A Vision in BLACK

Posted in Allen Iverson, Andre Miller, Baron Davis, Blogroll, Brandon Roy, Carmelo Anthony, Caron Butler, Chris Paul, Dwyane Wade, Gilbert Arenas, Jim Crow, Kevin Garnett, Kobe Bryant, LeBron James, Malcolm X, Michael Beasley, Michael Tillery, NBA, North Philadelphia, Paul Pierce, Philadelphia, Rasheed Wallace, Richard Hamilton, Tim Duncan on July 16th, 2008 by AXG

We declare our right on this earth…to be a human being, to be respected as a human being, to be given the rights of a human being in this society, on this Earth, in this day, which we intend to bring into existence BY ANY MEANS NECESSARY.

Malcolm X

This may seem a bit capricious when compared to how I usually write, however its quite the contrary. A quiet storm has been on the horizon for a few years…its just that I do not talk nor write about the trouble on my mind very often. This is a message to the BLACK journalist, about how and why we are essential to the media.
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‘Sheed and AG at their best in North Philadelphia

I am not going to give the negativity within the media against black people in America any love or support by mentioning them. If you have been paying attention you would know exactly who and what I’m trying not to talk about.

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Sorry Shaq, But You Are No Kareem OR Biggie

Posted in Kobe Bryant, LeBron James, Los Angeles Lakers, Shaquille O’Neal, Tim Duncan on June 24th, 2008 by Michael Tillery

Man this shit ain’t news. Baseball must suck right now.

Shaq can’t rap…it’s as simple as that. Michele back me up on this.

What the hell? Shaq waits until the Lakers lose to come out with some bitchassness like this?

Tim Duncan can say the same to you after your team gave up the guts and lost in the first round. Kobe just lost to a better team-in the Finals.

You whined your way out of Miami just to get punched out of the first round and now you want to clap? That’s foul Shaq and you damn well know it.

Never thought I’d say it, but I hope Bean boofs it on your head next year so you can join your point guard in some true Kobe vine tasting.

Yeah yeah..it was a freestyle with tongue in cheek, but it’s still foul. No matter how you slice and dice it.

NBA On TNT Western Conference Finals Notes: “It ain’t my fault his back is hurt. If you’ve got a bad back, go sit on the sidelines.”

Posted in Blogroll, Charles Barkley, Ernie Johnson, Inside the NBA, Kenny Smith, Kobe Bryant, Los Angeles Lakers, Manu Ginobili, Reggie Miller, San Antonio Spurs, Tim Duncan, Western Conference Finals on May 26th, 2008 by Michael Tillery


Barkley on whether or not Spurs guard Manu Ginobili’s performance is crucial to the series: “It’s not about Manu (Ginobili), it’s about (the Spurs) bench. Even if (Tim Duncan, Tony Parker and Ginobili) have great games, it’s still not enough points to beat the Lakers. (The Spurs) have to hope that their role players: Robert Horry, Michael Finley, Bruce Bowen and (Ime) Udoka play well at home. We’ve seen that throughout the playoffs…role players play better at home.”

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NBA On TNT Western Conference Finals Notes: “I don’t think he’s a dirty player at all, he’s gotten a reputation that’s not merited”

Posted in Blogroll, Bruce Bowen, Kobe Bryant, Manu Ginobli, Tim Duncan on May 22nd, 2008 by Michael Tillery

(Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times)

Uh…say what Kobe?

Lakers guard Kobe Bryant on Spurs forward Bruce Bowen: “I love him as a basketball player. He doesn’t get his just due as a defensive player because he’s playing with Tim (Duncan). I really enjoy playing against him, I don’t think he’s a dirty player at all, he’s gotten a reputation that’s not merited. I think he’s a really smart defensive player and I have a lot of respect for him.”

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NBA On TNT Playoff Notes: ‘They’re too young, they’re going to fold.’ (Barkley chat with Ernie about gambling video added)

Posted in Blogroll, Charles Barkley, Chris Paul, Chris Webber, Ernie Johnson, Kenny Smith, New Orleans Hornets, San Antonio Spurs, Tim Duncan on May 20th, 2008 by Michael Tillery

Ice Man? Is that you?

TNT’s Craig Sager interviewed Spurs guard Manu Ginobili before Game #7

Ginobili on if the Spurs can win without a big game from center Tim Duncan: “Yes, I think we can (win without Duncan). He’s a very smart player and every time he is going to get blitzed defensively, he’s going to kick it (out). I think we’ve got good enough shooters to step up. I think we haven’t been making those shots in (New Orleans). If we add that part of the game (and play) solid, steady defense for four quarters…not just three, we have a chance (to win).”

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Spurs vs. Hornets: Game 7 Brings Pressure

Posted in Chris Paul, David West, Manu Ginobili, New Orleans Hornets, San Antonio Spurs, Tim Duncan, Tony Parker, Tyson Chandler, Western Conference on May 18th, 2008 by Jerold Wells Jr.

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Timmy has been there…Paul has not

Game 7 brings pressure.

Everything in the off-season leads towards the season. Everything is the season leads to the playoffs. Every playoff series has the potential to end in a Game 7.

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NBA On TNT Playoff Notes: Do Not Count Out The Spurs!

Posted in Boston Celtics, Byron Scott, Charles Barkley, Cheryl Miller, Chris Paul, Cleveland Cavaliers, Craig Sager, David West, Emmanuel "Manny" Ohonme, Ernie Johnson, Fabricio Oberto, Greg Popovich, Inside the NBA, Kenny Smith, Kobe Bryant, LeBron James, Marv Albert, Mike D\'Antoni, NBA On TNT, NBA playoffs, New Orleans Hornets, New York Knicks, Peja Stoyakovic, Rajon Rondo, Reggie Miller, Sam Casell, Samaritan's Feet, San Antonio Spurs, Sports Illustrated, Tim Duncan, Tony Parker, Wally Szczerbiak on May 12th, 2008 by Michael Tillery

(Photo:Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE/Getty Images)

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For the first time in the playoffs, Chris Paul was outplayed by a quicker Tony Parker

Congratulations to Robert Horry for tying Kareem Abdul Jabbar’s NBA playoff games record of 237.

Is he a Hall of Fame Player? Why or why not?

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NBA On TNT Playoff Notes: The Spurs Are In Trouble

Posted in Atlanta Hawks, Bryon Scott, Carlos Arroyo, Charles Barkley, Chauncey Billups, Cheryl Miller, Chris Paul, Craig Sager, David West, Detroit Pistons, Dick Stockton, Dwight Howard, Ernie Johnson, Flip Saunders, Inside the NBA, Jameer Nelson, Kenny Smith, Kevin Garnett, Manu Ginobli, Marv Albert, Mike Fratello, NBA, NBA On TNT, NBA.com, New Orleans Hornets, Pam Oliver, Paul Pierce, Rashard Lewis, Rasheed Wallace, Reggie Miller, San Antonio Spurs, Stan Van Gundy, SuperHugo, Tayshaun Prince, Tim Duncan, TNT OverTime, Tony Parker, Tyson Chandler on May 6th, 2008 by Michael Tillery

(AP Photo/Duane Burleson)

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Get back young boy!

Game #1: Orlando Magic (93) @ Detroit Pistons (100) – The Pistons lead the series 2-0.

Announcers: Dick Stockton, Mike Fratello and Pam Oliver reporting

Fratello on Pistons center Rasheed Wallace getting off to a good start: “Rasheed’s ankle is better in case you were concerned.”

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NBA ON TNT Playoff Notes: “‘Sheed is going to be ‘Sheed and we love him for that.”

Posted in 2008 NBA Coach of the Year, Atlanta Hawks, Boston Celtics, Bruce Bowen, Bryon Scott, Charles Barkley, Chauncey Billups, Craig Sager, David West, Detroit Pistons, Dwight Howard, Ernie Johnson, Inside the NBA, Jameer Nelson, John Thompson, Kenny Smith, Kevin Garnett, Kobe Bryant, Los Angeles Lakers, Manu Ginobli, Marv Albert, Melvin Ely, Mike Fratello, NBA On TNT, NBA.com, New Orleans, New Orleans Hornets, Orlando Magic, Pam Oliver, Pau Gasol, Rasheed Wallace, Reggie Miller, San Antonio Spurs, T.J. Ford, Theo Ratliff, Tim Duncan, TNT OverTime, Tony Parker, Utah Jazz on May 4th, 2008 by Michael Tillery

(AP Photo/Ann Heisenfelt)
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Chris Paul is as fearless as any athlete playing any game. Is he the real MVP?

Barkley on Game #7 of the Hawks/Celtics series: “I’m still going with the Celtics (to win the series), but if they lose (Game #7) it will be the biggest upset in NBA history. The Celtics need to relax. They don’t need to play in Atlanta (anymore); Atlanta has to win in Boston. Is everyone surprised this series has gone seven games? No question, but the Celtics have got to relax. That’s why they play the regular season; they’ve got the home court (advantage). Nobody talks about the job (Hawks head coach Mike Woodson) has done getting the Hawks to the playoffs. Everyone thought this series was going to be a Boston sweep. I take my hat off to the Atlanta Hawks.”

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NBA Playoffs Last Night: Chris Paul, LeBron James and Dwight Howard Are Playing Ball–In Diapers–Against Each Other On Another Planet

Posted in Amare Stoudemire, Avery Johnson, Brandon Bass, Bryon Scott, Carlos Delfino, Chris Paul, Dallas Mavericks, David West, Defensive Player of the Year, Dirk Nowitzki, Hedo Turkoglu, Jason Kidd, Jose Calderon, Kevin Garnett, NBA playoffs, New Orleans Hornets, Orlando Magic, Phoenix Suns, Sam Mitchell, San Antonio Spurs, Shaquille O’Neal, Tim Duncan, Toronto Raptors on April 23rd, 2008 by Michael Tillery

(Photo: Chuck Cook/Times Picayune)
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At the buzzer….again

New Orleans 127, Dallas 103

Hornets lead series 2-0

Yes he is. The legend is in fact…fact. Chris Paul became the first player in NBA history to have two games of 30 points, 10 assists and 3 steals and also the first player to do the aforementioned in his first two playoff games.

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#3 San Antonio Spurs vs. #6 Phoenix Suns 1st Round Western Conference

Posted in Amare Stoudemire, Manu Ginobli, Shaquille O’Neal, Steve Nash, Tim Duncan on April 19th, 2008 by Michael Tillery

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Does it look like Amare wants a ring? He’s gonna boof it on everyone.

Shaq or Tim Duncan has played in the last nine NBA Finals and have 4 championship rings apiece. Shaq has been the most dominant player of his generation; Duncan the most steady.

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TBR’s Top All-Time College Basketball Players (Part I)

Posted in Allen Iverson, Blogroll, Bo Kimble, Charles Barkley, Chris Jackson, Chris Mullin, Chris Webber, Danny Manning, David Robinson, De La Soul, Derrick Coleman, Georgia Tech, Glen Rice, Grant Hill, Hakeem Olajuwon, Hank Gathers, Jamal Mashburn, John Thompson, Kenny Anderson, Larry Johnson, Len Bias, Lionel Simmons, Mark Macon, Michael Jordan, Patrick Ewing, Pervis Ellison, Ralph Sampson, Sean Elliott, Tim Duncan, Wayman Tisdale on March 18th, 2008 by Ron Glover

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Monster at UNLV 

I’m a big fan of lists and all-time rankings, I really didn’t get into college basketball until around 1983 or so. Many of my selections are based upon the fact that I live in the Northeast section of the country so I didn’t see Charles Barkley as much as I did Patrick Ewing. I can only go on what I’ve seen, no footage clips or one game that I happened to see on ESPN Classic. That’s not to say that Barkley wasn’t a great collegiate player, just that it would take away from the list for me to add him on someone else’s word.

So here is my list of top collegiate players, feel free to add your own or debate those on or NOT on my list.

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Sixers Break Out In Transition

Posted in Allen Iverson, Blogroll, Charles Barkley, Denver Nuggets, NBA playoffs, Philadelphia 76ers, San Antonio Spurs, SLAM, Tim Duncan on March 18th, 2008 by Michael Tillery

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Click on the pic to access my piece on SLAM. I get up with many of the Sixers and also some of the Spurs who were in town Saturday. I also voice my displeasure with Tim Duncan. Check it out. I’ll be covering Allen Iverson’s initial return to Philly which should be posted Thursday morning. I can’t wait to see the crowd reaction. Should be historic along the lines of Charles Barkley’s return. The irony of the whole situation is that the Sixers might make the playoffs while the Nuggets watch. Interesting…