The Uncharacteristic Behavior of the NBA by Nigel Broadnax

Posted in Blogroll on August 13th, 2014 by Nigel Broadnax


The NBA might have a public relations problem on its hands…

This week, the NBA came down quite hard on the Toronto Raptors. The league fined the team $25,000 for tampering allegations.

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NBA TV Televised Schedule for the 2014-2015 NBA Season

Posted in Blogroll on August 13th, 2014 by Michael Tillery


Black Mamba and the King both have returns that will be much publicized.

NBA TV will televise 97 live games during the 2014-15 regular season with the league’s biggest stars and top teams in action including up to nine appearances by the NBA Champion San Antonio Spurs and Tim Duncan, the Cleveland Cavaliers and four-time league MVP LeBron James, the Oklahoma City Thunder and 2014 NBA MVP award winner Kevin Durant, the Chicago Bulls and Derrick Rose, the Los Angeles Clippers and Chris Paul, the L.A. Lakers and 16-time NBA All-Star Kobe Bryant, the Miami Heat and Dwyane Wade, the Houston Rockets and Dwight Howard and the Golden State Warriors and Stephen Curry.

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TNT NBA Televised Schedule for 2014-2015 Season

Posted in Blogroll on August 13th, 2014 by Michael Tillery




TNT to Feature Marquee Primetime Christmas & MLK Day Doubleheaders. Network’s 53-Game Regular Season Schedule to Showcase NBA’s Biggest Stars with Multiple Appearances by League’s Top Teams.


Turner Sports, entering its 31st consecutive year of NBA coverage, will feature a 53-game schedule during the 2014-15 NBA regular season including 10 appearances on TNT by the Cleveland Cavaliers and Chicago Bulls, nine appearances by the Los Angeles Clippers, L.A. Lakers, Oklahoma City Thunder and Golden State Warriors, seven appearances by the San Antonio Spurs and six appearances by the New York Knicks, Houston Rockets, Portland Trail Blazers and Phoenix Suns.  TNT will televise 19 Thursday night NBA doubleheaders during the regular season.

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The Multi-Paralleled Impact of the Paul George Injury by Nigel Broadnax

Posted in Blogroll on August 8th, 2014 by Nigel Broadnax


There are certain moments in life that you immediately know could alter the course of history (or in this case, NBA history). You’ll be able to recall where you were during these moments for a long time. The latest moment is the gruesome breaking of Indiana Pacers star Paul George’s leg last Friday during a Team USA scrimmage.

I was in Boston for the NABJ Convention when George’s injury occurred.  I had the game on while getting ready for the Sports Task Force Jam; a party thrown by sports media members. It was hard to bring myself to leave for the party, since it meant missing the rest of the game. Especially with Derrick Rose looking like he was back in his 2011 form. But, I eventually made my way out.

A little later, I was in the lobby of the Sheraton Hotel with Myron Medcalf of and some other friends, and I waited for them to hit the ATM before we got in our cab. We look over at the TV that was showing the game, and all we saw was George lying on the baseline; then we saw the looks of awe and terror painted on the faces of his teammates; then we saw the stretcher come out.

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Friday Fire: Would you have traded Andrew Wiggins for Kevin Love?

Posted in Blogroll on August 8th, 2014 by Michael Tillery


Win now or cry later?

I’ll speak on it in the comments.

DeMarcus Cousins: Don’t blame it on the Boogie

Posted in Blogroll on August 7th, 2014 by Ronald Glover


DeMarcus Cousins survived the first series of cuts for Team USA.

Before Paul George’s leg injury became the story of the Team USA/FIBA tryouts, word in the camp was Sacramento Kings center DeMarcus Cousins could be cut in favor of Brooklyn Nets center Mason Plumlee.

If Cousins fails to make the roster, the only ones to blame are those who continue to cast his rising star into utter darkness.

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Byron Scott is Not the Man for the Job

Posted in Blogroll on August 4th, 2014 by Nigel Broadnax

bs The Los Angeles Lakers recently hired Byron Scott as their latest head coach. This comes after the Mike D’Antoni era in LA — that lasted a little under two seasons and ended with his resignation. This is Scott’s fourth head coaching position — following stops with the New Jersey Nets, New Orleans Hornets and Cleveland Cavaliers. Prior to working the sidelines, Scott played 11 seasons with the Lakers and averaged 15 points. He made up half of the Showtime back court alongside Magic Johnson that won three championships in the mid and late ’80’s. VP of basketball operations Jim Buss and general manager Mitch Kupchak have done a good job hiring a guy who “knows what it means to be a Laker,” which seems to be important to them. They also succeeded in hiring a guy loved by long time Lakers fans, so this means everything will trend skyward as they recover from an out-of-character 27-win season, right? No. This pairing is not a sure thing, and Byron Scott will become the third straight non-interim Laker coach scooped off the scrap heap filled with other team’s throwaways.

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Ryan Howard: One ring, no asterisks and no respect

Posted in Blogroll on August 3rd, 2014 by Ronald Glover


Despite landing a championship with the Phillies, Ryan Howard may be bidding Philadelphia farewell.

In ten seasons, Philadelphia Phillies first baseman Ryan Howard has done it all, winning Rookie of the Year in 2005 and National League MVP in 2006. Despite the lofty accolades, Howard’s greatest professional accomplishment came as the Phillies ended a 25-year championship drought by winning the 2008 World Series.

Howard is healthy again after two injury-plagued seasons, but with an aging roster and questionable personnel moves, the once elite slugger on a fast track to Cooperstown may be playing his final weeks in Phillies pinstripes

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Indiana Pacers forward Paul George suffers serious leg injury in Team USA scrimmage

Posted in Blogroll on August 2nd, 2014 by Ronald Glover

(Stephan R. Sylvanie/USA Today)


Indiana Pacers forward Paul George is carted off the court at UNLV’s Thomas and Mack Center.

All Star forward Paul George seriously injured his right leg contesting a lay up by James Harden at the 9:33 mark of the fourth quarter in the first Team USA scrimmage at the Thomas and Mack Center on the campus of UNLV.

Head coach Mike Krzyzewski immediately called and end to the scrimmage and addressed the stunned crowd after George was rushed to the hospital.

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Cole Wiley talks to The Starting Five Live about his movie, After the Storm

Posted in Blogroll on July 27th, 2014 by Michael Tillery

Cole Wiley

Airs: July 26th, 2014 8:30 pm ET.


On the 42nd edition of The Starting Five Live, Michael Tillery talks with writer/director Cole Wiley about his movie After the Storm.

After the Storm is an important film.

It’s the story of a fateful journey of survival and follows a young boy who must overcome the loss of his home and family to the destructive wrath of Hurricane Katrina.

We also discuss his father, legendary sports writer Ralph Wiley and also Spike Lee.

Thanks for tuning in and we hope you enjoy the show.

Parts 1 & 2 after the jump.


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Part 2 of The Starting Five Live Howard Bryant Interview

Posted in Blogroll on July 21st, 2014 by Michael Tillery













In part 1, I had an interesting conversation with the ESPN columnist and author that aired on RAPstation Radio 7/19/14.

Access it here for context.

Part 2 is below. Follow Howard on twitter. Thanks for listening. I enjoyed the entirety of this interview. Please comment. – Michael Tillery

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Kobe Corleone: How the Lakers Legend Compares to an Iconic Movie Character by Nigel Broadnax

Posted in Blogroll on July 21st, 2014 by Nigel Broadnax


Interesting will be the last few years of Kobe’s career. 

The other night, I became perhaps the last person on Earth to watch the 1972 cult-classic mafia flick The Godfather.  I found the movie entertaining and it took a while for me to digest it. Over the last few days, I’ve replayed various scenes of the film in my head. Through all of that, I discovered the movie’s parallel to the NBA world.

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LeBron James’ master plan is business, never personal

Posted in Blogroll on July 18th, 2014 by Ronald Glover


There was no way LeBron James was going to turn his back on Cleveland a second time.

Four years ago, LeBron James took his basketball destiny into his own hands and came away with two world championships. Signing with the Miami Heat left the city of Cleveland in disbelief and Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert sounding like anything but the owner of an NBA franchise.

LeBron James returns to Cleveland a better player, a better man and on his own terms.

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Lance Stephenson leaves Pacers for Hornets (short interview with Lance from after lockout embedded)

Posted in Blogroll on July 16th, 2014 by Michael Tillery

What went down in Indy?

After Stephenson didn’t want to resign with Indiana for 5 years/44 million, this situation became very confusing. Larry Bird wasn’t budging off that number, but it seemed, because of the close relationship between Lance and Larry Legend, that something would eventually be hammered out. 

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DJ Cash Money and Branson Wright appear on The Starting Five Live on

Posted in Blogroll on July 13th, 2014 by Michael Tillery

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On the 40th show, the legendary DJ Cash Money talks the DJ craft, Hip Hop, the old school and a new club night in Philly. Next up, Cleveland Plain Dealer writer/reporter Branson Wright reacts to LeBron James returning to the Cleveland Cavaliers.

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