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 Ron 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 Ron 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 Ron 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 Ron 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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Friday Fire: Will Andrew Wiggins vs. Jabari Parker become the NBA rivalry we hope it will?

Posted in Blogroll on July 11th, 2014 by Michael Tillery


Andrew Wiggins went first overall to Cleveland and Jabari Parker two to Milwaukee. 

Be patient with these two people…

One has showed and proved more consistently on the college level and one is a raw talent hoops fans are waiting to explode. One is compared to Carmelo Anthony because of his basketball killer mind and the other a talent we may have never seen on the NBA level. One’s athleticism is otherworldly and the other is athletic enough. Tonight, when the teams that drafted Andrew Wiggins and Jabari Parker face each other in the Orlando Summer League, we’ll get a glimpse of two players we all hope become all-stars leading the NBA into a new era of athletic talent.

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Friday Fire: Should the media be as critical of owners as they are of players?

Posted in Blogroll on July 11th, 2014 by Michael Tillery


Has the power to change a lot of minds. Why doesn’t he? 

Chris Broussard just reported that LeBron James is hung up on Dan Gilbert’s much scrutinized comic sans letter after LeBron left Cleveland for Miami. In most cases, professional sports owners lay back in the cut and allow team executives to run the show. Gilbert and Dan Snyder (pictured) are two who buck this normality and fly by the seat of their deep pocketed pants…

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LeBron James: The First Hired Gun Superstar?

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


Money, power, respect…and charity?

Observing fans while covering sports, a ubiquitous expression persists. It’s an expression of excitement generated by accomplishment and also fraught of consummate publicity. The consistent publicizing of an athlete’s professional performances, salary, stats and even social whereabouts generate worldwide buzz, and when a fan knowing of that buzz sees an athlete in person, fantasy becomes reality. LeBron James is the first social media megastar. He has become arguably the most scrutinized athlete to ever live mainly because of social media and his career will be spoken in love an hate long after he retires. ESPN’s broadcast of his much talked about decision to leave Cleveland casts him into a world exclusive of sports and more defined through the lens of entertainment. Since it appears casual fans (read: new money) are more interested in news buzzing off the floor as it relates to what culminates on the floor, LeBron might as well do something that has never been done in pro sports…

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2014 Orlando Pro Summer League: Will Nerlens Noel show and prove?

Posted in Blogroll on July 5th, 2014 by Ron Glover

(Getty Images)

Philadelphia’s Michael Carter-Williams used the Orlando Summer League as a springboard to 2013-14 Rookie of the Year.

Those waiting to see their favorite teams draft selections won’t have to wait anylonger as the Orlando Pro Summer League kicks off July 5th and will end on July 11th. Ten NBA franchises will take part in the 7-day event.

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