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Friday Fire 2 From Cevidence: It’s Life Or Death. Who Do You Pick?

Posted in Friday Fire, Kobe Bryant, NBA on January 11, 2008 by mizzo
So you’re in a life a death situation that has to be decided by a one on one basketball game. Your worse enemy versus you. But instead of you two playing it out, you have to pick one current NBA player to take your spot. The coin flip is held and somehow your enemy gets the first pick. In turn, of course, he picks Kobe Bryant to represent him. Who do you pick as your player in hopes that you make it out of this game alive?

Friday Fire: Can Kobe Bryant And The Los Angeles Lakers Win The NBA Championship?

Posted in Friday Fire, Jimmy Lynam, Kobe Bryant, Los Angeles Lakers, NBA, The Starting Five on January 4, 2008 by mizzo

Run by the Commission for Old School Friday.
Fallin’ from the roof. Thanks Coach Lynam ;)

It’s simple. Can the Lakers do this? If not, what’s holding them back?

Interview With Sacramento Kings Forward Ron Artest: “I Keep It 100%”

Posted in Ben Wallace, Blogroll, Brawl in Detroit, Commissioner David Stern, Larry Bird, Mark Jackson, Michael Tillery, NBA, New York Knicks, Referee gambling scandal, Ron Artest, Sacramento Kings, sports and ethics, The Maloof brothers, The Starting Five, Tiger Woods, Tim Donaghy with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 19, 2007 by mizzo

There is no denying Ron’s positive effect on Queensbridge

This interview was conducted this summer in Long Island as Ron was getting ready for the season–just days after the referee gambling scandal hit the press.

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Shots Fired At Pacers Guard Jamaal Tinsley

Posted in Blogroll, Indiana Pacers, NBA on December 10, 2007 by mizzo

The latest pro athlete target

I guess professional athletes aren’t being targeted Jason. What planet are you on? Can’t wait to hear what you have to say about this. Jamaal Tinsley is the latest athlete to have his well being put in danger. This is getting ridiculous. It’s time for athletes to seriously think about taking the necessary security measures.

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TNT NBA Notes November 6

Posted in Charles Barkley, Ernie Johnson, Inside the NBA, Kenny Smith, NBA, TNT OverTime, TNT Sports on December 7, 2007 by mizzo

Kenny Smith, Ernie Johnson and Charles Barkley

Smith on New Jersey Nets guard Jason Kidd missing a game due to migraines contrary to reports that he skipped the game because he wants to be traded: “If there is one guy in the league I do believe, it would be Jason Kidd. He doesn’t have to miss a game to prove a point that he wants to be traded. He can tell the New York papers that he wants to be traded and it would be all over the country in five minutes.”

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NBA Scores November 13

Posted in Allen Iverson, Carmelo Anthony, Chris Paul, Cleveland Cavaliers, Denver Nuggets, J.R. Smith, Jason Kidd, Larry Hughes, LeBron James, NBA, New Jersey Nets, New Orleans Hornets, Richard Jefferson, Vince Carter on November 13, 2007 by mizzo

(AP Photo/Bill Kostroun)paul-kidd.jpg
JKidd’s in my rear view? Hmm…The NBA? I’ve got this!

New Orleans 84, New Jersey 82

Paul best Kidd in marquee point guard match up.

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NBA Scores November 7: There’s a New Wizard In Boston

Posted in Blogroll, NBA on November 8, 2007 by mizzo

Utah 103, Cleveland 101

(AP Photo/Douglas C. Pizac)

We might not play D, but we can score with anybody

Coast to coast game winning drive by Williams thwarts King monster triple double

There aren’t many guards that enter the league with the ability to do whatever on the court. Coming out of Illinois, Deron Williams languished on the pine his rookie year–waiting his turn to make an early NBA impression. He now has total command of the floor and Jerry Sloan is looking like a genius. Williams could score 25 a game. He could be named defensive player of the year. He could lead the league in assists.

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November 6 NBA Scores

Posted in Blogroll, NBA on November 7, 2007 by mizzo

Early in the season scoring seems to be up.

New Orleans 118, Los Angeles 104

(AP) You have nobody down low! This is my game!

Chris Paul and Peja Stojakovic go off in road win

Chris Paul set a franchise record with 21 assists to go along with 17 points to help the Hornets run their record to 4-0. Many of his dimes went to Peja Sojakovic (36 points), who also set a team record with 10 threes and hit for 17 points in the third. David West went for 22 as the Hornets used a sick inside out game to keep the Lakers on their heels. The Hornets hit 14 of 25 shots from beyond the arc.

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Interview With Jemele Hill: The Kev Dog Special

Posted in Allen Iverson, Althea Gibson, Andy Reid, Barry Bonds, Ben Wallace, Bill Cosby, Bobby Bowden, Boston Celtics, Carmelo Anthony, Chauncey Billups, Chicago Bulls, Chris Webber, Cleveland Cavaliers, Conference Finals, Dallas Mavericks, Denver Nuggets, Detroit Pistons, Doc Rivers, Donovan McNabb, Dwyane Wade, ESPN, First Take, Houston Rockets, Isiah Thomas, Jason Maxiell, Jason Whitlock, Jemele Hill, Jerry Buss, Jill Scott, Joe Paterno, John Coltrane, John Paxson, Kevin Durant, Kevin Garnett, Kobe Bryant, Lakers, LeBron James, Luol Deng, Miami Heat, Michael Tillery, Michael Vick, Miles Davis, Mizzo, NBA, NBA Finals, New Jersey Nets, New York Knicks, Orlando Magic, P. J. Carlesimo, Pac Man Jones, Paul Pierce, Phil Jackson, Philadelphia Eagles, Randall Cunningham, Rasheed Wallace, Ray Allen, Richard Hamilton, San Antonio Spurs, Seattle Supersonics, Shaquille O’Neal, Skip Bayless, Stephon Marbury, Tayshaun Prince, Teena Marie, Toronto Raptors, Tracy McGrady, Tyrus Thomas, Utah Jazz, Wimbledon, Zach Randolph with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on November 6, 2007 by mizzo

Do you really think you know me?

Jemele Hill, columnist for, has caught some flack around these parts. This is an age where some media entities represent Disney eared, Aaron McGruder caricatures adorned with extra teenie glasses whose sole aim is to pander to the disillusioned masses–themselves jackasses. You all know where I personally stand with Jemele. Similar to what we have here with the TSF creative, I wanted to engage you with provocative thoughts of visualizing where she stands in OUR collective hearts. There’s no one in journalism like her and she hears it from everyone. Could you imagine being in the center of a room with your eyes closed and wearing headphones? Opening your eyes, you are bombarded with screaming criticism from any and everyone. The faces are Black. The faces are White…Brown and so on and so forth. There are men. There are women and even youngsters.

You stand up with a sista burned fire ready to snap.. As you remove the headphones, the faces and voices fade to black like rescinding fog in a bizarro world. You wonder to yourself , “What the hell is going on?” Thinking aloud… “Is this my professional existence? Is this what I signed up for? Am I supposed to care what these strangers think? Why are they so passionate about the words I write? Do they scream their loved ones way, like they spew hatred and venom in my comment section every day?

Why do all these people want my writing to just go away?

I tell you what, this my destiny. I do this for the love. I’m here to stay no matter what they say….

Read Jemele’s archived work here.

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Kobe Trade News; NBA Scores; Jackie and Doug Christie Launch Internet Radio Show; Hingis Retires..Again;Jags Take a Hit, So Do the Padres ; Bounty Hunters Use Slurs Too

Posted in Blogroll, Jacksonvile Jags, Kobe Bryant, Marcus Stroud, Mike Cameron, Mizzo, NBA, San Diego Padres on November 1, 2007 by mizzo

Lil Stevie swinging like everyone else

Kobe will veto Chicago Bulls trade if Luol Deng is included.

Deng is very much in play in the conversations between Chicago and Los Angeles, has learned.

And it’s mainly because of Bryant’s wishes that Deng is still wearing a Chicago uniform.

A source with knowledge of the trade talks said Deng has been included in proposals swapped between the teams, but Bryant has continually threatened to veto almost any deal in which Deng would be included. Bryant wants to be sure that the team he joins has enough talent remaining to compete for the NBA title.

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More Stuff From Last Night’s TNT Coverage

Posted in Charles Barkley, Craig Sager, David Stern, Doug Collins, Ernie Johnson, Kenny Smith, Magic Johnson, Mike Fratello, Mizzo, NBA, TNT on November 1, 2007 by mizzo


After each TNT telecast, I’ll be posting notes from that nights show. I hope you enjoy the conversation. Barkley is off the hook. There’s nobody better in sports. He gives it to you real and raw.

Commissioner David Stern joined the show via satellite from San Antonio.

Stern on the new measures concerning the game officials: “All I can tell you is that we’ll be posting the (names of the) referees each morning so no one has any special information about our games. We’ll be doing deeper security checks. We’ll be putting in new rules to make sure referees don’t make calls from the locker room and the like. A series of things, but I would not be truthful with you if I didn’t let you know that if someone wants to engage in criminal conduct in violation of the law, it’s kind of tough. I often talk with FBI agents, rogue CIA agents and the like. It’s hard work, but we’re going to satisfy ourselves that we have the best mechanisms in sports. And I must tell you that other leagues and other conferences are coming to us and saying, ‘Ok, tell us what you’re doing and let us follow on.'”

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TNT Sports 2007-2008 Season NBA Teleconference: Reggie Miller, Marv Albert, Doug Collins and Turner Sports Executive Producer, Jeff Behnke

Posted in Antoine Walker, Doug Collins, Jeff Behnke, Marv Albert, Michael Jordan, NBA, Reggie Miller, Richard Hamilton, Ricky Davis, TNT Sports, Washington Wizards on October 25, 2007 by mizzo


Earlier today I had the honor of taking part in a teleconference with some of  the top NBA beat writers in the country to kick off  2007-2008 NBA seasonal coverage on TNT. Participants of the teleconference panel were as follows: Reggie Miller, retired NBA player and now full time NBA analyst. Doug Collins, former NBA player/coach who has become a fixture as an NBA analyst on TNT. Marv Albert, in my opinion, the best play by play announcer in sports and Jeff Behnke, Turner Sports executive producer. Very interesting conversation and one you’ll find quite intriguing. I found out that Ricky Davis has been traded to the Miami Heat for Antoine Walker.

We’ll also be offering a 2007-2008 NBA Preview in the next couple of days here at TSF.

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Report: Paul Byrd buys 25K of HGH, 6 Referees Implicated in Gambling Scandal

Posted in ALCS, Cleveland Indians, HGH, NBA, Paul Byrd, referee scandal, sports and ethics, Tim Donaghy on October 21, 2007 by mizzo


Cleveland Indians Game 4 hero Paul Byrd reportedly purchased twenty five thousand dollars worth of human growth hormone.

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Interview with Editor In Chief Rob King

Posted in Barry Bonds, Bill Simmons, Bob Schiefer, ESPN, ESPN Digital Media,, Gannett, interview, Jeff Chadiha, Jemele Hill, Jimmy Clausen, John Kosner Sr., Knight Ridder, Kobe Bryant, Maurice Clarett, Meg Greenfield, Michael Tillery, Michael Vick, Mizzo, NBA, Penn State, Philadelphia 76ers, Philadelphia Eagles, Philadelphia Inquirer, Pulitzer Prize, Rob King, Scoop Jackson, sports and ethics, Terrell Owens, The Starting Five, TSF, Washing Week In Review, Washington Post on October 19, 2007 by mizzo


Simply put, the reason why there is a TSF is because of There’s no denying such a significant fact. In saying that, we also want an alternative to what has become almost a singular voice in sports. ESPN has a stranglehold on the way sports is packaged and the only way that grip changes is for sites like TSF and others to consistently speak out and offer a substantive check and balance. ESPN has hired numerous minorities as of late and Rob King is most likely ESPN’s most significant addition in quite some time. Just as some of you have questioned’s writers I’m sure some of you will question the hire mainly because of King’s graphic artist background. I had the same question and when contacting ESPN, John Kosner Sr., Vice President and General Manager, ESPN Digital Media responded with this statement via email: “Rob is a true leader. He is uniquely qualified to take to the next level bringing together a talented team to serve sports fans with the best in sports writing and reporting, audio, video and photography. It’s a dream assignment and he was born to do it.” Judge for yourselves what type of impact Rob King will have on MSM. He holds the keys to an organization that shapes the way we visualize and read sports. I must say that Rob King is one of the most intelligent people I have ever come across. The way we view sports is morphing just as fast as the technology that’s readily available. What’s your opinion and where do you see sports heading?

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Flight of the Phoenix: Interview with Grant Hill

Posted in Alex McKechnie, Amare Stoudemire, Bill Walton, Blogroll, Chris Webber, Chuck Daley, David Stern, Detroit Pistons, Dream Team, Duke University, Etan Thomas, Grant Hill, Jerry Colangelo, Julius Erving, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Ken Griffey Jr., Kevin Garnett, Lakers, Leonard Tose, Michael Jordan, Michael Tillery, Mike D'Antoni, Mizzo, NBA, New York Knicks, O.J. Mayo, Pan Am Games, Philadelphia Eagles, Phoenix Suns, referee scandal, Sacramento Kings, Sean Livingston, Slam Magazine, Steve Kerr, Steve Nash, Tamia, Tim Donaghy, UCLA, USA Basketball, Washington Wizard, Zach Randolph with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 12, 2007 by mizzo


Many athletes are not afforded a second chance and ultimately languish among the has beens and what ifs. Grant Hill has become the soul model for athletes that haven’t the courage to fight and find their true sense of career satisfaction in the midst of adversity. He’s overcome injuries that normally cause freakishly talented pros to run from the sights, sounds and once in a lifetime heights of glory associated with super stardom. Legends primitive who become hood stars that saunter apprehensively and settle diminished into a lost world of sitting on stoops and embellishing past stories to any admirer who used to love them.

A new day has dawned. The signing of Hill by Phoenix proves how serious the Suns are in their quest of obtaining the title forever elusive. Playing at Duke, where his Blue Devils were the first team to go back to back since Walton dreams and Kareem teams energized the UCLA dynasty, Grant was able to perform in a comfort zone that most athletes only dream of.

Initially when Grant entered the NBA, he was one of the most gifted ballers to grace the scene. His unique combination of athleticism, intelligence and modesty was instrumental in Grant becoming the first rookie to lead any American sport in fan all-star total balloting. It wasn’t anything unusual for Grant to rack up multiple triple doubles per week as he positioned himself to become a true basketball icon. He was one of the first to be proclaimed the next Jordan and had the classiness and ambassador like presence of one Julius Erving.

GHill was the truth before this generation’s definition of truth ever existed. His African American art has been on tour to give those not accustomed an inspiring renaissance of cultural thought. Grant and his R&B songstress wife Tamia are fam first, and committed to giving back to raise up those who live by means less amid socially distorting life distress.

Simply put, Grant is a winner. This cannot ever be questioned.


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