LeBron James’ master plan is business, never personal

Posted in Blogroll on July 18th, 2014 by Ronald Glover

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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

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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 Ronald Glover

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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

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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 Ronald 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.

Interview with Sports Anchor Keith Russell from 1/10/08

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

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Importing interviews from archived TSF to current site.

Covering Sixers games you come across all kinds of Philly luminaries inside and out of sports. Sitting in press row, you might see legendary journalists like David Aldridge or Phil Jasner doing their thing any given night. Since I live in the Philly area, I get a chance to see their local news stations and there’s nothing like Action News. I grew up watching professionals like Vernon Odom, Jim O’Brien (Sportscaster turned comedic weatherman who tragically died in a parachuting accident helping someone parachute to safety) and the beautiful Lisa Thomas-Laury. So one day to my surprise, I saw Keith Russell anchoring sports on 6-ABC. I was shocked being that he was one of my favorite ESPN News anchors because of his quick wit, chemistry with other anchors and funny as hell facial expressions. My sister, Gina, does the best Keith Russell impression…Has me rollin’ just thinking about it. Simply put, Keith is a natural and one of the best. I wanted to do something different (type of journalist) and get the perspective of a sports anchor to give everyone an idea of what it takes to be one of the elite. Keith’s dedication to Philly sports as well as his craft goes unparalleled. Enjoy, but more importantly pass this interview to a talented youngster who has a dream of doing what Keith does so well.

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DJ Irie interview: The Soul Flow of DJ Irie from 4/27/07

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

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Importing interviews from MichaelTillery.com to TSF.

During a trip to Vegas to cover Chris Webber’s Bada Bling Charity event, I happened upon one of the baddest DJ’s on the planet by chance. I was exhausted from having such a good time mingling and getting to know the numerous celebrities at Hard Rock Café’s Body English—from Nas and Kelis (Bossy was currently number one on the charts) to Emeka Okafor, playground legend Lloyd “Sweet Pea” Daniels, NBA champion Gary Payton and defensive stalwart Doug Christie (who was there with his lovely wife Jackie). Just so you know, Jackie is not the otherworldly jealous caricature media associated, so gently squash those ridiculous rumors. Common and Talib Kweli performed a classic set that I’ll not soon forget. My fiancé and I saw Common—my favorite alternative to what’s popular presently—perform a couple months earlier at the University of Delaware, so I knew the night would somehow develop its proper perspective. The night was laid back and especially memorable because I was able to reminisce and laugh with Webb, Juwan Howard, and Jimmy King of the Fab Five about their glory days—literally a dream come true.

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Last Night at the NBA Finals: Spurs duplicate Game 3 and crush Heat 107-86 in Game 4 to go up 3-1

Posted in Blogroll on June 13th, 2014 by Michael Tillery

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About says it all right? 

First things first…RIP Ruby Dee. You were as great a person as this world has ever had. Thank you. We will miss you, Maya Angelou and Yuri Kochiyama…

“Don’t ever underestimate the heart of a champion.” Those words were of course uttered by former Houston Rockets head coach Rudy Tomjanovich after the Rockets successfully repeated in 1995. Houston underachieved during the regular season yet defeated 4 higher seeds to reclaim the Larry O’Brien trophy. After getting blown out by the Spurs, what else will the Heat say to themselves after the Spurs smashed them for a second straight game 107-86 — at home? San Antonio now is one game away from winning another NBA title. If the Heat are to comeback, they’d be the first Finals team to ever do so.

31 teams have tried and 31 have failed.

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Last Night at the NBA Finals: Kawhi Leonard and Danny Green lead Spurs rout of the Heat 111-92

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

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You see Floyd and Jamie over there. Hope Floyd didn’t drop too much on the Heat.  

Got up in them; demolition; ass whuppin’ like Pop used to give; whatever else; it all applied. San Antonio took a 2-1 lead in the NBA Finals last night, 111-92. Kawhi Leonard got hot early with a dunk and some easy baskets from inside and outside the arc, and his teammate Danny Green got off as well to help Pop and the Spurs retake home court advantage. Miami looked out of sorts on both ends and woefully just didn’t want it as much as San Antonio. This is the NBA Finals and quite honestly, the Heat played like it was an October game in Phoenix. Tim Duncan (14 points, 6 boards), Tony Parker (15 points, 4 dimes) and Manu Ginobili (11 points) didn’t have to do much because the young cats stepped up and stomped the Heat in their collective throats…

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Last Night at the NBA Finals: In a a 98-96 win, LeBron James and the Heat shut up the critics and tie the Spurs 1-1

Posted in Blogroll on June 9th, 2014 by Michael Tillery

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The eyes have it…

Well, well, well. What do we have here? Y’all hear those crickets outside in broad daylight? I sure do. Whassup Twitter? Why is basketball twitter so quiet after the Heat win, but are loud as stinking hell when the Heat lose? Are you really that needy to find solace in a Spurs victory? Are you really that needy that you’ve become pseudo Spurs fans and stick voodoo dolls with crazy ass eyes in hopes LeBron and his mates lose and lose hard? Some of you are about to learn a critical lesson why respecting greatness in the current time and space in which it operates is the correct option instead of the moronic one usually taken in this social media numbing era. An option of ridiculousness having absolutely nothing to do with the game of basketball or even sports itself. Where the hell are the memes? Where the hell are the jokes and facebook conversations about cramps clamoring for Midol pills? Where are the stupid as hell hockey player comparisons? Where y’all at? Yeah I just finished a sentence with a preposition, but maybe foolery induced emphasis is just what some of you need. Yet and still, even after the Miami Heat reclaimed home court advantage in these NBA Finals with a 98-96 win, doubt will remain.

Be honest, in that 3rd quarter when LeBron took over, you got up out of your seat, turned off the air and turned on the heat on blast. Come on admit it. Ha.

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@TSFSports Miami Heat vs. San Antonio Spurs NBA Finals Preview: Let’s do it again!

Posted in Blogroll on June 6th, 2014 by Ronald Glover

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For nearly a year, Tim Duncan has stewed in the anguish of last year’s Finals defeat.

The Spurs had the Miami Heat right where they wanted them in Games 6 and 7 of last year’s NBA Finals. San Antonio’s inability to execute in the most critical moments cost them their fifth world championship. Tim Duncan feels the angst more than any player heading into thew Finals rematch. It was Duncan who missed a rolling hook in the lane with the Spurs trailing 90-88 late in Game 7. The Spurs would never recover awarding the Heat their second NBA title in as many years with a 95-88 victory.

Will it be different this time?

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NBA.com Exclusive: Living Legend Bill Russell on The Finals, Past and Present

Posted in Blogroll on June 5th, 2014 by Michael Tillery

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Eleven-Time NBA Champion Provides Insights into his Finals Experiences and Thoughts on this Year’s Rematch Between the Heat and Spurs…

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Friday Fire: As the season winds down to the NBA’s version of the Final Four, who wins the chip?

Posted in Blogroll on May 16th, 2014 by Michael Tillery

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What everyone expected right? How will this play out? What do you want to see? Who deserves to play for it all?

Part 3 of Chuck D airs Saturday 8:30. The show concludes with TSF family, The Last Poet, Kobie Colemon. Here’s first part with Chuck and the second part. Chuck and I talk about the violence in Chicago and LeBron James.

Let’s get to it…

It’s down to the Eastern and Western Conference Finals and all three teams looking to become the new NBA Champion have gone down to Miami during this dynastic run. Is revenge overrated? Are any of these teams capable of shutting down the champs and specifically LeBron James 4 out of 7?

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Notes from TNT’s NBA Coverage – Wednesday, April 23, 2014: LaMarcus Aldridge is Spencer Haywood; Heat remain unbeaten vs. Bobcats

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

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43 points and 8 in Game 2 after 46 and 18 in Game 1. 

Comparing Aldridge to Spencer Haywood (TSF Live interview with Spencer) is not about build or even their games, but more of an ability to hit a mid-range turnaround efficiently as well as bang down low when it counts. His confidence in his jumper maybe gives him a too cool reliance to play outside the paint, but he’ll get it right. If you don’t believe me, just ask Kevin McHale just that and check his response…

TNT’s NBA coverage of the playoffs continues Thursday, April 24, with doubleheader action featuring the Oklahoma City Thunder @ Memphis Grizzlies at 8 p.m. ET and the Los Angeles Clippers @ Golden State Warriors at 10:30 p.m.

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Notes from TNT’s NBA Playoffs Coverage – Tuesday, April 22, 2014: Wiz go up 2-0 on Bulls; Pacers get even with Hawks

Posted in Blogroll on April 23rd, 2014 by Michael Tillery

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Wall and the Wizards are taking full advantage of the postseason.

TNT’s NBA coverage of the playoffs continues Wednesday, April 23, with doubleheader action featuring the  Charlotte Bobcats @ Miami Heat (Game 2) at 7 p.m. ET and the Portland Trail Blazers @ Houston Rockets (Game 2) at 9:30 p.m.

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