Notes from TNT’s NBA Coverage – Thursday, February 13, 2014: Since they asked, who is on your NBA Mount Rushmore?

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

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I’m going  with Wilt Chamberlain (GOAT), Michael Jordan, Julius Erving (Magic Johnson and Larry Bird are the same dude and I can’t discount Doc’s ABA days. Sorry not sorry), Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Oscar Robertson. I hear y’all saying Bill Russell was a better player than Wilt and honestly, y’all need to step away from the crack pipe. Wilt did it with less HOF players than Russell. That cannot be denied and just because writers throughout history want to dismiss Wilt simply because his prowess and confidence makes them insecure is certainly not Wilt’s fault. Ask any longtime NBA fan and he or she will tell you that Boston vs. Philly was labeled Wilt vs. the Celtics, not Wilt vs Russell. LeBron will certainly replace my childhood hero Dr. J. in my eyes soon enough and be seen and debated as the greatest basketball player of all time despite this idiotic mindset eliminating him from such thought. Because of his size, strength and undeniable talent, he absolutely belongs in any discussion of anything basketball regardless of how fans and media largely see and scrutinize him. He would do the same in any era regardless of how any league and any era views and plays defense. Further, chill with the Kevin Durant has locked up the MVP talk. We’re halfway into the season. He’s shooting 57% despite having the ball in his hands more than most of the league. Durant is putting in 31.5 points and carrying OKC though, but chill on the crown stuff until the season is much more clearer. Deal with it. Who do you have as your Mount Rushmore?

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Notes from TNT’s NBA Tip-off presented by AutoTrader.com – Thursday, Feb. 6, 2014: The Rising Stars squad up

Posted in Blogroll on February 7th, 2014 by Michael Tillery

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That Michigan Man is looking like a ROY…

BBVA Compass Rising Stars Challenge & State Farm All-Star Saturday Night Participants Exclusively Announced on TNT

Listen, if you’re expecting crisp basketball and defense, ya got the wrong game. Just sit back and be entertained…

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Three things I think I know about basketball

Posted in Blogroll on February 6th, 2014 by Okori Wadsworth

Basketball is heating up in the two precincts that matter. With everything that’s going on, you could be forgiven if the information has created a white noise of sorts — leaving you unable to keep up. It is understandable Andrew Wiggins’s talents blend in with Kobe Bryant’s views on the current NBA and Kevin Durant’s scoring binges, blending into some sort of confusing miasma. Without putting too much emphasis on it, this is why I’m here. Walking you through what’s going on, giving you a point of view you might not have thought of, and to generally provide a bit of levity you’ll need during what is the first truly serious part of the basketball season.

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Last night in the NBA: Carmelo Anthony drops 62 points in Knicks 125-96 rout of Bobcats

Posted in Blogroll on January 25th, 2014 by Ronald Glover

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Carmelo Anthony was 23 of 35 from the floor against the Bobcats.

Just when talk of Oklahoma City’s Kevin Durant being the NBA’s best scorer was at a premium, Carmelo Anthony reminds us he is the NBA’s reigning scoring champion. Anthony scored a Madison Square Garden record 62 points as the New York Knicks smoked the Charlotte Bobcats 125-96.

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Notes from TNT’s NBA Tip-off – Thursday, Jan. 23, 2014: 2014 NBA All-Star Starters Announced

Posted in Blogroll on January 24th, 2014 by Michael Tillery

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Who got the snub?

I’m down with Beans getting the spot. His fans appreciate him for all he’s given on the court to Los Angeles and the world at large. Let a legend be legendary…

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Notes from NBA TV’s NBA Fan Night presented by Sprint – Tuesday, January 21, 2014 Boston Celtics (86) at Miami Heat (93)

Posted in Blogroll on January 22nd, 2014 by Michael Tillery

(ESPN)

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Miami sits at 30-12…

Voting is open for next week’s game, via NBA.com, the NBA Facebook page, NBA TV’s Facebook page, Yahoo.com, NBA.com mobile web, mobile NBA Game Time App, the NBA Game Time from Sprint App, and Twitter.

Fans can select between the following games:

New Orleans Pelicans at Cleveland Cavaliers

Orlando Magic at Detroit Pistons

Boston Celtics at New York Knicks

San Antonio Spurs at Houston Rockets

 

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Notes from NBA TV’s NBA Fan Night presented by Sprint – Tuesday, January 7: New Orleans Pelicans (88) at Miami Heat (107)

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

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It’s a blowout!

Voting is open for next week’s game, via NBA.com, the NBA Facebook page, NBA TV’s Facebook page, Yahoo.com, NBA.com mobile web, mobile NBA Game Time App, the NBA Game Time from Sprint App, and Twitter.

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Last night in the NBA: Clevland Cavaliers send Andrew Bynum to the Chicago Bulls for Luol Deng, draft picks

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

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Former All-Star turned journeyman Andrew Bynum will be courted by contenders like the Heat once he is waived by the Bulls.

In a shocking move, the Chicago Bulls traded two-time all-star forward Luol Deng to the Cleveland Cavaliers for center Andrew Bynum. The Bulls will waive Bynum — making him a free agent and avoiding the $12.3 he is owed by the Cavaliers. The Bulls also avoid the luxury tax and will save themselves about $20 million. Chicago also gets a conditional first round pick and second round picks in 2015 and 2016.

Are the Bulls making headway to enter the Carmelo Anthony sweepstakes this summer?

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Last night in the NBA: Joe Johnson strikes again as the Nets defeat the Thunder 95-93

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

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Joe Johnson fades to black over the outstretched arm of OKC’s Serge Ibaka.

Joe Johnson’s time with the Brooklyn Nets has been a lesson in patience. The 2013-14 version of the Nets — who were assembled to challenge to the Miami Heat have struggled coming out of the gate.

Johnson hit his second game-winner of the season as the Nets rallied from a 16-point deficit to defeat the Oklahoma City Thunder on the road 95-93.

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A collection of Okori Wadsworth’s NBA thoughts

Posted in Blogroll on December 18th, 2013 by Okori Wadsworth

(GQ.com)

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OKC is again at the top of the league.

Perhaps it’s the arrival of what is supposed to be one of the most loaded draft classes in recent history that is making me think his way. Or maybe it’s the slow realization that the NBA of the past few years is shifting under our foot with the speed of Russell Westbrook on a fast break. Whatever the reason is, basketball is going to undergo a massive sea change. At this moment in the NBA, things are changing faster than we can keep up with them. So if you don’t stop and take a minute to check where we are, you’re going to miss something vitally important.

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Notes from NBA TV’s NBA Fan Night presented by Sprint – Tuesday, Dec. 10: So what the Pacers beat the Heat…what’s next?

Posted in Blogroll on December 11th, 2013 by Michael Tillery

 

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Paul George honestly, is not ready to be paired with LeBron. Stop that unnecessary narrative before it starts.

Sports doesn’t have to be this and that or this cat vs. that cat. The actual athletics should be compelling enough to get fans through 48 minutes, 9 innings or an hour of actual time on the gridiron. LeBron James has disposed of every big time competitor on his path to the chip, so until a singular player becomes the reason for his team defeating James and the Heat, no one should honestly be in the discussion. I understand TV and the selling of narratives for the masses, but that doesn’t necessarily mean fans must buy in and continue discussions that will never line their pockets despite obviously filling others. Paul George is capable and I hope he does become an NBA champion, so leave it as that and let the young man develop within the context of his very skilled abilities. We know what LeBron can do and has done, so why even consider discussing a young talented player as a true competitor alongside an athlete as uniquely gifted as any the game has seen? Frame the discussion as Indiana vs. Miami instead of coupling two players as if their names are Magic and Larry….

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Ron Glover’s @TSFSports 2013-14 NBA Season Preview: The Miami Heat stand ready while challengers bum rush the throne

Posted in Blogroll on October 30th, 2013 by Ronald Glover

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LeBron James and the Miami Heat will have to go through a hellish Eastern Conference to reach their fourth straight NBA Finals.

The 2013-14 NBA season is sure to go down as one of the greatest in recent memory. Our anticipation for opening night has peaked with the return of Derrick Rose to the Chicago Bulls and the bolstering of the Brooklyn Nets with the additions of Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce and Jason Terry. For good measure, the Nets hired Jason Kidd as head coach to run things from the bench. Has either team done enough in the off-season to prevent the World Champion Miami Heat from a third consecutive title.

Out West, Dwight Howard has a new home in Houston and the Los Angeles Lakers are waiting for the return of Kobe Bryant. Doc Rivers is looking to take the Clippers to the next level. The Golden State Warriors added defensive stalwart Andre Iguodala to an already talented roster. In Oklahoma City, Kevin Durant will be asked to shoulder the scoring burden until the electric Russell Westbrook returns.

Teams on the come up, impact rookies and old faces in new places. Lace ‘em up tight fam, it’s going to be a great season!

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James Harden and the past: What happened to the shooting guard position?

Posted in Blogroll on October 22nd, 2013 by Okori Wadsworth

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Following basketball in the late 1980’s came with certain rules we all understood. You feared and hated the Bad Boy Pistons. At the same time, you also hated and respected the Showtime Lakers. Finally, the shooting guard position was where most of the game’s best scorers were found. Just in the 80’s alone, there was Michael Jordan announcing himself as the next king of the sport in Chicago, Joe Dumars being the only semi-clean Bad Boy in Detroit, and Clyde Drexler being the Mr. Pibb to Jordan’s Dr. Pepper in Portland.

That was just off the top of my head, but more importantly, what has happened to our shooting guards? Where did they go?

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@TSFSports links for 8/21/13 (featuring Kem) Happy Birthday Wilt Chamberlain (Commentary)

Posted in Blogroll on August 21st, 2013 by Michael Tillery

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Look, up in the sky…

The past. How do we objectively sort history comparative to the present and even the future? Do we merely allow the past to float away like the leaves falling off trees while somehow forgetting the next generation of seeds? Do we over-exaggerate the past by embellishing facts just so history remains relevant and even superior to what is now? Is it wrong to ask and debate whether Wilt or Mike is the GOAT? Is Wilt Chamberlain gone from your sports measure simply because he’s not alive and little footage is available to give him the proper and in many cases a cynical eye test? If Wilt were alive on this day, his birthday, what position would he play? What was his go to move? How would he be perceived by society? What is your perception of him? Would he dominate? Would you be shocked by his chill demeanor? Could you honestly say without question that he couldn’t score 100 points today?

Happy Birthday Mr. Chamberlain.

Let’s have a little chat people…

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Byron Scott fired by the Cleveland Cavaliers

Posted in Blogroll on April 18th, 2013 by Ronald Glover

(USA Today)

Scott is out in Cleveland. (USATSI)

Is Byron Scott to blame for the Cleveland Cavaliers reluctance to rebuild?

The Cleveland Cavaliers have removed head coach Byron Scott of his duties. In three seasons, Scott coached the Cavs to a record of 64-166 (.278).

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