Cavs rode shotgun with J. R. Smith to NBA title

Winning the NBA championship means a lot for LeBron James, the city of Cleveland and the Cleveland Cavaliers. It may mean a little bit more for Cavs’ shooting guard J.R. Smith. The celebration of Cleveland becoming the first sports team to bring back a major championship to the city for the first time in 52 […]

Monday's Meditation

Warriors talked too much too soon

The Golden State Warriors drunk too much of their own Kool-Aid. The Warriors became too intoxicated with their own hype and self-shimmy ways. Sometimes too much talking can come back and bite you right smack in the rear end. After all that talk they have been doing the past two seasons, especially the last couple of […]

Cleveland Cavaliers guard J. R. Smith helped shut down the "Splash Brothers" during this season's NBA Finals. Photo by Dennis J. Freeman/
NBA Sports

Cavs coming up small in NBA Finals

Too slow. Not athletic enough. Players with limited abilities. Just ugly. I know. The Cleveland Cavaliers suck. LeBron James and his boys don’t look like they have any business on the court against the Golden State Warriors. If the Toronto Raptors looked like a junior varsity team against the Cavaliers in the Eastern Conference Finals, […]

LeBron James is going to have rally his team from an 0-2 deficit against the Golden State Warriors. Photo by Dennis J. Freeman/
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Clippers feel Blake Griffin’s absence

LOS ANGELES-It’s games like the one played Sunday at Staples Center between the Los Angeles Clippers and Cleveland Cavaliers that highlight the fact that the home team really miss the down-low presence of Blake Griffin. A perimeter defense might be the other thing the Clippers are lacking after LeBron James, J.R. Smith and rest of […]

Kobe Bryant is expected to pass Michael  Jordan at third place on the NBA's all-time scoring list this season. Photo Credit: Dennis J. Freeman/

5 Things About the 2014-15 NBA Season Worth Watching

1. Kobe Bryant surpassing Michael Jordan for third place on the NBA’s all-time scoring list. There has been just five individuals to have climbed the ladder of the 30,000 points plus plateau in NBA history. Kobe Bryant aka the Black Mamba, is one of those guys. Now he’s about to pass up Mr. Icon himself […]

The Miami Heat has failed to contain Boris Diaw (33) and the San Antonio Spurs in this year's NBA Finals. Photo Credit: Antonio Uzeta/
NBA Sports

Kitchen Too Hot for the Heat

It’s over. The Miami Heat look old. The Heat players look older than the other old guys, some team called the San Antonio Spurs. Dwayne Wade  has turned into Dwayne Fade. Mario Chambers resembles Mario Chambers. Shane Battier should have retired before the start of the season. Greg Oden is useless. The Heat must have […]

Dwayne Wade pulling up for two points in Game 2 of the NBA Finals. Photo Credit: Antonio Uzeta/
NBA Sports

‘Batman & Robin’ Light up Spurs

SAN ANTONIO-The Miami Heat responded from their Game 1 defeat in the 2014 Finals to grab Game 2 with a 98-96 victory in San Antonio to even the best-of-seven series at 1-1. LeBron James, quieted down his critics with a 35-point, 10 rebound performance. Dwayne Wade was effective for the Heat, and wound up scoring […]

Center Roy Hibbert has some growing up to do in order for the  Pacers to overthrow the Miami Heat. Photo Credit: Jevone Moore/
Monday's Meditation

George, Pacers Primetime Floppers

My oldest son tried to warn me about Paul George and the Indiana Pacers.  For most of the NBA season, I tried to convey to my namesake that George and the Pacers were legit and would be primed to overthrow LeBron James and the Miami Heat. Well, after the self-inflicted headcase the Pacers had become […]

Ready to fly: Blake Griffin goes airborne against the Utah Jazz. /Dennis J. Freeman
Clippers CoNNect

Griffin February Player of the Month

The National Basketball Association today announced that Los Angeles Clippers forward Blake Griffin has been named Western Conference Player of the Month for February.  It marks the first time Griffin has achieved this honor and the first time a Clipper has won since Chris Paul (December, 2012). Griffin helped the Clippers to a 7-4 month including victories over Houston, Oklahoma City […]

LeBron James' greatness is fiueled partly by an absentee father. Photo Credit: Jevone Moore/Full Image 360

Open Letter to LeBron James (Fatherless Anger)

By Kenneth Braswell, Executive Director, Fathers Incorporated Hello Beloved Brother, My name is Kenneth Braswell, Executive Director of Fathers Incorporated. My work for the last 23 years has been in business and not-for-profit leadership on behalf of vulnerable communities and Black men and boys. Today, I read with pain, excitement, angst, horror, delight, fear, concern, […]

Tennis star Maria Sharapova dazzled on the red carpet with this dress. Photo: Dennis J. Freeman
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Stars Prefer Style and Class at the ESPY Awards

LOS ANGELES-Style was certainly in at the 2013 ESPY Awards.  Fore sure, there were a lot of fashion cops manning the red carpet out in front of Staples Center and L.A. Live as the parade of glamour and the not so glamorous made their stroll in front of the many cameras snapping up shots about […]

Miami Heat All-Star Dwyane Wade Celebrates his team's NBA Championship last season with some Armand de Brignac ("Ace of Spades") Champagne.  (PRNewsFoto/Armand de Brignac Champagne, Seth Browarnik/

End of the Road for Big 3 and Heat?

Congratulations, Dwayne Wade.  Celebrate while you can, LeBron James. Enjoy your offseason partying, Chris Bosh. Winning back-to-to back NBA championships is not an easy thing to achieve. However, you managed to pull it off. Getting to the NBA Finals three times in a row is a great achievement. But considering the ineptitude of teams in […]

Monday's Meditation

Monday Quarterback: Blocking the Heat

Small ball will only take you so far. Right about now the Miami Heat can’t seem to find the forest from the trees. The Heat’s view of a second straight NBA championship has been currently eclipsed at the moment by the giant obstacle known as the San Antonio Spurs. It could be a temporary thing […]

Tim Duncan and the San Antonio Spurs gave LeBron James and the Miami Heat a beatdown in Game 3 of the NBA Finals. Photo: Dennis J. Freeman
NBA Sports

A Texas-Sized Whipping

Nothing from nothing leaves nothing. The Miami Heat received what they put out in Game 3 of the NBA Finals: a blank check they could not cash in after an embarrassing 36-point beatdown at the hands of the San Antonio Spurs. . It was nice to see you. Now it’s time to say good-bye. Thanks […]

Miami's Big 3 has made it to the NBA Finals three times in a row.
Thursday's Truths

Thursday’s Truths: Last Man Standing

As we approach the end of the 2012-2013 NBA playoffs, we see a different dynamic between the two teams facing off in the final series of the season, and yet if we take a closer look we can see more similarities than differences. One team is older in age that plays very conservative, and shoots […]


In the Closing Minutes

Sloppy plays down the stretch has cost the Miami Heat  two games during their series with the Indian Pacers; one game at home and one game on the road. There’s no doubt in my mind that this series could have been and should have been a sweep. Playing the most intense game of the entire […]

Mike Brown, the 2009 NBA Coach of the Year, is returning to Cleveland.

A Brown New Day

Mike Brown must be a happy man today. He should be. After being relieved of his duties as head coach of the Los Angeles Lakers five games into the 2012-13 season, Brown has 20 million reasons to flash that wide, charismatic smile of his. I wonder if the city of Cleveland is as happy as […]

Golden State guard Stephen Curry is help ushering in a different NBA era.

Time for Change

In a year full of posterizing dunks, highlights and buzzer beaters, the NBA has entered into a new era. This is a time when we start to see a rise of different competitors, individually, as well as collectively as a team. As we enter the 2013 NBA playoffs, it is not the traditional teams, except […]


Kobe Bryant: Living Legend

Although the Los Angeles Lakers are battling the Utah Jazz for the final eighth and final postseason spot in the Western Conference, there’s no doubt the Black Mamba will lead his team into the playoffs. This close to the end of the season some players have reached their peak already. Meanwhile, special players take their game […]

February 20, 2011;  Kobe Bryant #24 of the West (Los Angeles Lakers) during the 2011 (60th) NBA All Star Game at Staples Center in downtown Los Angeles CA. The West defeated the East by the final score of 148-143.
Monday's Meditation

Kobe or LeBron?

The debate rages on. Whom would you choose as the heir to the NBA throne of all-time greatness with the culturally iconic Michael Jordan removed from the game of basketball as a player? Kobe or LeBron? Of course, that is both a divisive and loaded question. Some people would slide with the more mercurial talents […]