The Starting Five Ron Artest Interview

Posted in Blogroll on November 19th, 2014 by Michael Tillery

There is no denying Ron’s positive effect on Queensbridge

*Reposting this today because it’s the 10th anniversary of the Malace in the Palace. 

This interview was conducted this summer in Long Island as Ron was getting ready for the season–just days after the referee gambling scandal hit the press.

Ron Artest has been through a lot since coming out of St. Johns eight years ago and it’s been well documented. I wanted to do this interview to give fans a more well rounded opinion because of how Ron’s been vilified before and after The Brawl. I’m thankful Ron agreed to do this because most athletes would remain reticent and never speak again to the press. I would see tidbits of him giving back to the community and wondered if this cat is so much of a monster, then why do children all over the nation seem to love him? He’ll tell you he’s responsible for the public perception of him because of his rebellious relationship with authority early on in his career. He’s made a fair share of mistakes, but it’s not the whole story and we all know how the media runs with negativity.

Yes, athletes make millions of dollars to play a game–we all understand that. It also would be ridiculous to think and publicly say sports fans have a right to act like fools at a sporting event just because they’ve shelled out hard earned money. To some of us, athletics is more than entertainment. Fans and media heap undeserving amounts of blame on athletes while the world loudly crumbles around them.

America dropped the ball after what happened in Detroit that night by not properly scrutinizing fan behavior. The athletes involved lost millions of dollars, but what about John Green or the foolish fans that came on the court only to be clocked by Jermaine O’Neal?

It must be noted Ron does an amazing amount of charity work in communities all over the nation. He doesn’t want it all publicized, but it’s criminal that almost none of it gets any media shine.

Ron this season is averaging a very respectable 19 points, 6 rebounds and four assists as the Kings come off their second road win in New Jersey last night 106-101.

This is a very compelling interview. Ron is honest about his professional career, is very contrite about his transgressions and acutely aware of his place in society. Read this very carefully and speak your mind candidly afterwards.


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Stephen A. Smith vs. Michael Carter-Williams: Fallout from the Call Out

Posted in Blogroll on November 18th, 2014 by Ron Glover

(NY Post)

Veteran journalist Stephen A. Smith’s latest media beef is with second year player Michael Carter-Williams.

Last week, Philadelphia 76ers point guard Michael Carter-Williams posted an essay on The Players Tribune – a website started by former New York Yankee Derek Jeter which provides an unfiltered platform for athletes to enlighten their fan base on whatever is on their mind at the time.

For Carter-Williams his mind was on being 0-7 to start the 2014-15 season and the moment last year when his team was on the cusp of losing an NBA-record 27th game in a row. Carter-Williams recalls how members of the press, most notably ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith seemed all to eager to see his team set a new mark in futility. Upon hearing Carter-Williams comments, Smith went on a rant that should make every athlete shudder.

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Notes from NBA on TNT Coverage – Thursday, Nov. 13, 2014: Regarding Derrick Rose, everybody does need to chill the f— out

Posted in Blogroll on November 14th, 2014 by Michael Tillery


It’s the world we live in brothas…

This is self explanatory. Incredible are those who, while not going through Rose’s injury issues, are the first to criticize a player looking out for his future. Rose is an athlete most once adored…and many still dig Rose. Shut the hell up and watch the game without coming out your face with some envious and most definitely mimicked dumbassery. Ha.

Word to Pooh…

TNT’s NBA coverage will continue Thursday, Nov. 20, at 8 p.m. ET with a doubleheader featuring the Los Angeles Clippers @ Miami Heat followed by the Chicago Bulls @ Sacramento Kings at 10:30 p.m.

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@TSFSports Week 11 NFL previews and predictions: Is Darren Sproles a legitimate MVP candidate?

Posted in Blogroll on November 14th, 2014 by Ron Glover


Darren Sproles’ body of work in Philly this season should garner MVP consideration.

The Philadelphia Eagles have endured a beat up offensive line, a sub par season by running back LeSean McCoy and finally an injury to Pro Bowl quarterback Nick Foles. The one constant has been the timely heroics of free-agent acquisition Darren Sproles — who has in many ways the reason the Birds are 7-3. As far-fetched as it may seem the 5’7″ Sproles has stood tall and deserves to be listed among the NFL’s top MVP candidates.

Byes: Cowboys, Jaguars, Jets and Ravens

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Roy Ayers and Michael Tillery RAPstation Radio Interview Part 2

Posted in Blogroll on November 10th, 2014 by Michael Tillery


The legendary vibraphone master finishes up our interview here on The Starting Five

Honored to do this interview. Mr. Ayers has influenced so many across every music platform and specifically Hip Hop. Check out the 1st part on RAPstation radio for context. Part 2 is below.

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@TSFSports Week 10 NFL previews and predictions: These Brownies pack a punch

Posted in Blogroll on November 6th, 2014 by Ron Glover


Rookie Terrance West has become the main man in a crowded Browns backfield. 

The 2014 Cleveland Browns were supposed to take their lumps while veteran quarterback Brian Hoyer kept the seat warm for electric rookie Johnny Manziel. Head coach Mike Pettine has taken a different course with his team, Incorporating a three-headed monster at the running back position with a solid receiving corps. Hoyer has passed for ten touchdowns compared to only four interceptions as the Browns sit one game out of first place in the AFC North heading into tonight’s battle with division rival Cincinnati Bengals.

Bye: Chargers ,Colts, DC, Patriots, Texans, Vikings

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Dignity of Self: My Reflection on “Rumble in the Jungle”

Posted in Blogroll on October 31st, 2014 by Christian Avard


On Oct. 30, 1974, Muhammad Ali defeated World Heavyweight Champion George Foreman in Kinshasa, Zaire. 

The Starting Five looks back 40 years later.

Hey, you hear some rumbling? That’s the “The Rumble in the Jungle” from 40 years ago. You know, that prolific sporting event when challenger Muhammad Ali defeated the World’s Heavyweight Champion George Foreman? That’s what you’re hearing.

Make no mistake. This heavyweight bout transcended the sport of boxing. We’d be remiss if we didn’t look back.

I’m always learning something new about this unforgettable bout. But deep down, the thing that resonated with me was that, despite regaining his title, winning back his belt was secondary. It wasn’t about getting back at critics, nor was it about redeeming himself. For Ali, it was beyond that, way beyond that.

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Setting a Reasonable Bar for Anthony Davis in 2015 by Nigel Broadnax

Posted in Blogroll on October 31st, 2014 by Nigel Broadnax

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Won’t be long before a 3rd #23 enters the pantheon…

Over the last few weeks, the Anthony Davis hype train has revved to full-speed-ahead mode en route to the start of the season. The New Orleans Pelicans power forward enters his third year, and many expect him to quickly continue his development and become a superstar.

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TNT Notes: Knicks wear out their welcome and dispose of Cavs in LeBron James’ return to Cleveland 95-90

Posted in Blogroll on October 31st, 2014 by Michael Tillery

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The Knicks disposed of the Cavs last night, but best believe Cleveland is happy nevertheless…

New York spoiled The Kings’s return, but good days are ahead in Cleveland despite a 95-90 opening game loss to the Knicks.

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@TSFSports NFL Week 9 previews and predictions: Big Ben is clocking huge numbers for the new look Steelers

Posted in Blogroll on October 30th, 2014 by Ron Glover

(NY Daily News)

Last week’s offensive jail break against the Colts left Ben Roethlisberger 33 yards shy of the single-game passing mark.

These aren’t the same ‘ol Pittsburgh Steelers. The days of power smash-mouth football have been replaced with an aerial assault led by quarterback Ben Roethlisberger. Last week against the Indianapolis Colts, Big Ben was 40 of 49 for 522 yards and six touchdowns in the Steelers 51-34 victory. The Steel Curtain defense resembles more of a wet paper bag now, but with this kind of firepower, the Steelers may have just enough to end their post-season drought.

Byes: Bears, Bills, Falcons, Lions, Packers and Titans.

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Three Things I Think I Know About The NBA Season

Posted in Blogroll on October 28th, 2014 by Okori Wadsworth


After an NBA Postseason that saw the San Antonio Spurs put together the single most brilliant offensive postseason in my living memory, culminating in a live disemboweling of a 4-time MVP and his superstar-laden team in one of the most shocking finals in recent history, and then an NBA offseason that saw LeBron James return home with Kevin Love in tow, Derrick Rose seemingly back at full strength, and Paul George lose his entire season due to a basket stanchion, there’s a lot to keep track of. But that’s what I’m here for in the micro, and TSF Sports is here for in the Macro. Our job is to help you understand what’s going on. Here are a few things I think I know for the NBA season.

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@TSFSports NFL Week 7 previews and predictions: Peyton Manning and Phillip Rivers headline a Mile High Showdown

Posted in Blogroll on October 25th, 2014 by Ron Glover


Through the first half of the 2014 season few have stood taller than Phillip Rivers.

Two seasons ago, everyone was ready to send Phillip Rivers out to pasture. Blown leads and catastrophic miscues all but sealed the San Diego Chargers quarterback’s fate. Rivers rebounded in 2013 and advanced to the AFC Divisional Round before bowing out to the Denver Broncos.

This week, the Chargers (5-2) look to continue their uncharacteristically fast start against the Denver Broncos and Peyton Manning — the NFL’s new all-time touchdown king.

Bye: 49ers and Giants

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Why We Should All Tune into the Bulls by Nigel Broadnax

Posted in Blogroll on October 24th, 2014 by Nigel Broadnax


Barring injury, this will be the year of redemption for the Bull Wonder, Derrick Rose. 

I don’t think there is another team that I am more excited to see this season than the Chicago Bulls. They’re back to try to avenge their disappointing five-game, first-round exit at the hands of the Washington Wizards.

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Anthony Gilbert TSF Live interview Part 2; Ron Glover and I pick NFL Week 7

Posted in Blogroll on October 19th, 2014 by Michael Tillery

Anthony and I in 2008 in DC after covering LeBron’s Cavs vs. Gilbert Arenas’ Wizards

Two of my brothers on this week. The first part of Anthony Gilbert’s interview aired on RAPstation; the second part  that finishes up with Ron Glover and Michael Tillery airs here.

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@TSFSports Week 7 NFL previews and predictions: Cam Newton and the Panthers look to cool off a hot Aaron Rodgers and the Packers

Posted in Blogroll on October 16th, 2014 by Ron Glover


Cam Newton stepped back into 2011 form in last week’s tie against the Bengals.

The last time the Carolina Panthers (3-2-1) faced the Green Bay Packers (4-2), quarterback Cam Newton was embarking on what became a record-setting rookie season. Newton was 28 for 46 for 432 yards and a touchdown and three picks, he also had 10 rushes for 53 yards and a score. Newton’s performance prompted Packers signal caller Aaron Rodgers — fresh off a Super Bowl — to speak about how “impressed” he was with with the rookie in only his second game.

With the Panthers backfield once again on the mend, the Panthers need a vintage performance from Newton to upend the Packers, winners of three straight.

Bye: Buccaneers and Eagles

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