Notes from NBA on TNT Coverage – Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014: Gay, Cousins lead Kings rout of Rose-less Bulls

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

(Sacramento Bee)

Behind Cousins and Gay, Sacramento is looking like a playoff team early…

I’m so glad DeMarcus Cousins and Rudy Gay are shutting up the critics. Word to them…

TNT’s NBA coverage will continue Thursday, Dec. 4, at 8 p.m. ET with a doubleheader featuring the Cleveland Cavaliers @ New York Knicks followed by the New Orleans Pelicans @ Golden State Warriors at 10:30 p.m.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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@TSFSports NBA Draft live blog: Will the Cavaliers deal the top pick or stand pat?

Posted in Blogroll on June 26th, 2014 by Ron Glover


The Philadelphia 76ers have made no secret of their desire to select Andrew Wiggins

As the NBA Draft draws nigh, rumors are hot and heavy surrounding the possibility of the Cleveland Cavaliers dealing the No.1 overall pick.

The most enticing offer has come from the Philadelphia 76ers — who have offered their 3rd, 10th, and 32nd picks in exchange for the chance to draft Kansas standout Andrew Wiggins.


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@TSFSports NBA Draft live blog tonight at 6:30 pm hosted by @RonGloverII

Posted in Blogroll on June 26th, 2014 by Ron Glover

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Regardless of who goes No.1, things are looking up for both Jabari Parker and Andrew Wiggins.

@TSFSports Editor-In-Chief Ron Glover (@RonGloverII on Twitter ) will host an NBA Draft Live blog beginning at 6:30 pm. There will open discussions on  predictions, rumors and of course who’s wearing the freshest vines in the green room of The Barclays Center.

Joel Embiid’s broken foot rocks the NBA Draft landscape; Are Kevin Love and Klay Thompson on the move?

Posted in Blogroll on June 22nd, 2014 by Ron Glover


Despite his health issues, some team is gonna hang their hopes on Joel Embiid.

Former Kansas Jayhawks center and potential No. 1 pick Joel Embiid suffered a stress fracture in his right foot last week. The injury required surgery and two screws were placed in his foot.

This is a major setback for the All-American — who showed no ill effects from a back injury he suffered late in his dominant freshman season.

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TSF Greatest Playoff Moments 5/7/89: Michael Jordan finds redemption against the Cleveland Cavaliers with “The Shot”

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


I guarantee you that kid cried in the car.

Everyone remembers the moment they were won over by a player or team. You gave your unconditional stamp of approval — come hell or high water, that was you boy or squad. Future failures were only speed bumps on the road to immortality.

Michael Jordan — who I was a fan of, but not at a fever level — won me over when he disposed of the heavily favored Cleveland Cavaliers with what has become known as “The Shot”.

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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


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 – Thursday, Feb. 6, 2014: The Rising Stars squad up

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


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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