A Love Letter to NBA Players Association Executive Director Michele Roberts

Posted in Blogroll on September 28th, 2015 by Michael Tillery

(Photo: Jennifer S. Altman/Washington Post)

Michele Roberts, the Executive Director of National Basketball Players Association

If I were an NBA athlete, the following would be my love letter to you Michele.

Where have you been our love? Where has been this fire so strong of thee? Where has been this commitment that we’ve needed to represent such a purposefully muted voice? A voice of us knowing fully what it is to be shunned, criminalized, sexualized, objectified, bamboozled and run amok? We’ve been together for a year now, and we’d like to congratulate you on your success over that time. As the first Black woman (let alone woman in general) to lead any major sport player union, we need your love; we need your strength; we most definitely need your courage to galvanize our ranks, and take us into the next era where our beloved soul rock soul will be seen on more TV’s across the world.

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In Game 6, Behind Finals MVP Andre Iguodala, Golden State Wins the NBA Championship over LeBron James and Cleveland, 105-97

Posted in Blogroll on June 17th, 2015 by Michael Tillery


The last time the Warriors won the chip neither of these cats were born. 

The Golden State Warriors complete a dream season by disposing of LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers 105-97 in Game 6 of the NBA Finals. Andre Iguodala, who had 25 points, 5 rips and 5 assists, became the first Finals MVP with 0 regular season starts. The Warriors, founded in Philadelphia in 1946, claims it’s 4th NBA title (1946, 1957, 1975 and 2015) and the first in 40 years. Steve Kerr became the 1st rookie head coach to win a title since Pat Riley did the same in 1982. The 67-15 Dubs went 16-5 during the playoffs, and ended the year with the 3rd most wins in NBA history behind the ’95-’96 and ’96-’97 Chicago Bulls — two teams that Steve Kerr made big shots for whenever Michael Jordan found himself doubled.  LeBron had 32 points, 18 rebounds and 9 assists to lead the Cavs, but it just wasn’t enough, and Cleveland remains in search of its first title of any kind since 1964. Steph Curry, who had 25 points to match Iguodala, also had 8 dimes, 6 boards and 3 steals.

Oakland rejoices for the first time since 1975 when Rick Barry shot free throws like Riley Curry would.

That ain’t no diss…

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LeBron James: The King of Rock

Posted in Blogroll on June 4th, 2015 by Michael Tillery

bron and fam

What do you see in this pic? Something genuinely family or otherwise?

In an age where LeBron James is unfavorably compared to the arguable GOAT Michael Jordan at every turn exclusive of sharing the same number, what James has accomplished in his much scrutinized 12 NBA years is as incredible as any athletic feat imaginable. Appearing in his 5th straight Finals and 6th overall during that span will be what most attach their emotions to in these social media debatable days, but what is more remarkable about LeBron James, sports first social media superstar, is his ability to lead with the coolest of demeanor amidst a white hot world microscope. After he left Miami with 2 NBA titles in 4 tries, you’d think the criticism would fall silent, but even as Cleveland sits precipitously above the unyielding abyss, many still doubt LeBron’s preternatural ability to stare into the logic drowning flames decidedly below, and potentially claim a title 51 years lost to the melancholy depths of Lake Erie dystopianism.

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Predicting The NBA’s Second Half, Or Trying To

Posted in Blogroll on March 2nd, 2015 by Okori Wadsworth


With the second half of the NBA season currently steamrolling towards one of the most interesting playoffs in recent memory, many people will tell you that they know exactly how things are going to go.

Everyone will tell you they know who is going to win a championship, and who is going to win the MVP. Some people might even try to take the fun out of All-Star Weekend by explaining how the Dunk Contest is pointless.

I am not immune from proclamations of this sort. The only difference between me and everything else is that I do not claim omniscience.

Instead, I just tell you what I think I know. It is up to you to figure out if I have earned your respect as a hoops thinker enough to take what I say seriously.

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NBA All-Star Game Reserves Announced on TNT: Damian Lillard and DeMarcus Cousins Wuz Wobbed

Posted in Blogroll on January 30th, 2015 by Michael Tillery

2015 NBA All-Star Reserves Exclusively Announced on TNT


“Neither one of us made it? Bro…this is some bullllllllllllllllllllsheeeeeeeeeit.”

Both cats are playing at the top of the league at their respective positions and deserve starting slots quite honestly. Boogie is as misunderstood as any and much smarter than most think. This is the second straight year Cousins was snubbed. I covered the ’10 draft and in a Marshawn Lynch kinda way, some in the media just won’t support his efforts as a center in the NBA. All the things many have said of Kevin Love (before this season), should have been said of Cousins as he entered the league. I’ll never forget telling Sixers brass, that he should have been the pick over Evan Turner, but that’s just me talking right? Ha.

DeMarcus’ snubbing reminds of Josh Smith missing out a few times while he was in Atlanta.

Cousins averages this year: 23.8 points a game, 12.3 rebounds, 3.2 assists, 1.6 blocks and 1.3 steals in just 33.8 minutes a game.

Lilliaard: 20.3 points/6 dimes/4 boards.

Same thing with Lillard. Dude is a straight monster and match-up hell for any player in the league every night out. Surely, the 24 year old guard will take it out on the rest of the league in the 2nd half…as will Cousins.

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NBA All-Star Game Starters Announced: Stephen Curry and LeBron James Head to Gotham

Posted in Blogroll on January 23rd, 2015 by Michael Tillery
Stephen Curry and the Warriors have dominated the competition…

2015 NBA All-Star Starters Exclusively Announced on TNT.

We Live in Brooklyn Baby…

Oh, that was shameless plug? My bad, the game is in MSG, but events will also be held at the Barclays Center, so yeah, it’s Roy Ayers all day.

Ah, a reason to push aside the foolishness of #DeflateGate. On that, I have but one comment:

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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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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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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

bron last night

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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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 ESPN.com 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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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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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 sports 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 and 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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Matt Maurer (@thedraftreview) comes on TSF Live on The Starting Five

Posted in Blogroll on July 1st, 2014 by Michael Tillery


2nd part of our interview from 6/29/14

On the first part of my interview with Matt, the NBA Draft was analyzed. In part 2, we discuss LeBron James. We hope you enjoy the show!

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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

(AP Images)

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.