Articles tagged with: NBA

Memphis Grizzlies Star Mike Miller Speaks With BSP!!

Written by Randy Zellea, Nick Singleton on Friday, 09 May 2014. Posted in Interviews, Basketball, Foundation Spotlight, Beyond the Athlete, Featured

The Story Of An NBA Champion!!


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Memphis Grizzlies Star Mike Miller Speaks With BSP!!

For the past fourteen years, Mike Miller has given his all to the National Basketball Association. He can  recall the majority of the games in his career, despite his wife jokingly insisting he has a bad memory of everything else.

 Still, ever since he could actually remember, Miller began working on his notable 3-pointer in small town, South Dakota with his family.  I was fortunate," said Miller. "My uncles, my dad and his brothers, they all played basketball. Then I had two older brothers who played. Being the youngest of three brothers, you tag along and do anything to spend more time with them, even though they don't want to spend time with you. For us, that was basketball. Our whole family, it was all basketball. I picked it up early."

Real Sports Talk Radio-Guest: Tracy Murray 5/5/14

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Real Sports Talk Radio-Guest: Tracy Murray 5/5/14

Randy Zellea of Real Sports Talk Radio Caught up with former NBA star Tracy Murray as he broke down the NBA playoffs, his career on and off the court. His participation in UCLA, his tarnsition to the broadcast both.. Playing against Jordan,being a wwe fan and Much More..#realsportstalkradio

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Real Sports Talk Radio

This week Randy Zellea (@randybsp) and Mike Tramontozzi (@mtramontozzi) are back on Real Sports Talk Radio produced Backsportspage.com . This week discuss the Big Winners and losers in the NFL. What is up with Brooklyn Nets??  The Knicks well.....Mike T and Randy will debate. Patrick Creighton from Sports Radio 610am in Houston joins us to give us a different perspective of the week it was. Call in and join the talk at 760-283-0846, #realsportstalkradio, #backsportspage

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Real Sports Talk Radio

Real Sports talk with Randy Zellea (@randybsp)? Yes it is happening. With Mike Tramotozzi (@mtramotozi) Hosts the show live from 7pm-8pm. Tonight Mike Dives into the NFL and NBA action from this past week. We also here from BSP’s own Marcus Jacobs live from the MLB winter Meetings at 7:30pm. #realsportstalkradio #backsportspage Call in at 760-283-0846

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Real Sports Talk Radio

Real Sports talk without Randy Zellea (@randybsp)? Yes it is happening. With Randy gone Mike Tramotozzi (@mtramotozi) Hosts the show live from 7pm-8pm. Tonight Mike Dives into the NFL and NBA action from this past week. We also here from BSP’s own Marcus Jacobs live from the MLB winter Meetings at 7:30pm. #realsportstalkradio #backsportspage Call in at 760-283-0846

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Real Sports Talk Radio

Seth Kamens joins Randy Zellea for Real Sports Talk Radio at 7pm EST. Tonight the boys discuss the mess known as NY Sports scene. Are the Knicks and Nets really that bad? The Yankees and Mets are making moves but are they good moves? Can you believe that after all this the Giants and Jets have the same record? We also discuss the events of this crazy sports week!! Also Thumbs up Thumbs down..   Tweet us at @randybsp or @skamens and visit us facebook.com/realsportstalkradio and call in 760-283-0846

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Real Sports Talk Radio

This week Randy Zellea (@randybsp) and Mike Tramontozzi (@mtramontozzi) are back on Real Sports Talk Radio produced Backsportspage.com . This week discuss the Big Winners and losers in the NFL. What is up with Brooklyn Nets??  The Knicks well.....Mike T and Randy will debate. Patrick Creighton from Sports Radio 610am in Houston joins us to give us a different perspective of the week it was. Call in and join the talk at 760-283-0846, #realsportstalkradio, #backsportspage

Sacramento King Star Jason Thompson is still a Jersey Guy at Heart

Written by Randy Zellea, Nick Singleton on Tuesday, 05 November 2013. Posted in Interviews, Basketball, Foundation Spotlight, Featured


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Sacramento King Star Jason Thompson is still a Jersey Guy at Heart

Growing up, Jason Thompson knew early on the importance of a healthy lifestyle. He has made it his life’s mission to help educate fellow athletes, children, and young adults about the causes for which he feels most passionate. 

Jason Thompson grew up in small town New Jersey, but grew fast among his peers. At nearly 7 feet tall, Thompson elected to attend Rider University, where he averaged 20 points and 10 rebounds per game in 2007. This was accomplished by only two other collegiate players in a single season, one being Kevin Durant. 

In 2008, Thompson was drafted by the Sacramento Kings 12th overall in the NBA Draft. He has averaged 10.5 points and 7.1 rebounds over his career.   

Phil Jackson's 11 Rings

on Monday, 04 November 2013. Posted in Back Sports Page Book Reviews, Basketball


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Phil Jackson's 11 Rings

If you want to hear the juicy truth about “Shaq vs. Kobe” or if the rumor of “Michael Jordan being suspended for gambling” if that is what you are looking for, “11 Rings” by Phil Jackson isn’t the book you want to pick up.

Brooklyn's Reggie Evans: More Then Just A Basketball Player

on Sunday, 03 November 2013. Posted in Interviews, Basketball, Foundation Spotlight, Featured


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Brooklyn's Reggie Evans: More Then Just A Basketball Player

Reggie Evans may not be a high profile name like his new teammate Kevin Garnett with the Brooklyn Nets.  However in Pensacola, Florida Evans is everyone’s favorite hometown hero.  Evans played at Woodham High School where he stood out enough to play at Coffeyville Community College in Kansas before getting recruited by now UCLA Head Coach Steve Alford to play at the University of Iowa. While being a star at Iowa Evans was named Big Ten Tournament MVP in 2001 and Second Team All-Big Ten in 2002.

If Defense Wins 'Chips, the Sixers are in Great Shape

on Wednesday, 08 February 2012.

What Andre Iguodala has meant to the Sixers, and how they are the toughest out in the NBA.

You ever play against that rec league team that just suffocates your squad defensively? You know the teams I'm talking about. No one stands out, but they move the ball better than any other team in the league. If they play man-to-man defense, they always seem to rotate on queue. They always go over the screener when you try to run a pick-and-roll. If they play zone, you'd better be able to shoot the rock because you’re not getting inside. The team that no one wants to play because they give it their all on every play. They're deep, they're unselfish. They rotate better than skateboard bearings. They find the best shot on damn near every possession. They make you work.

That's the 2011-12 Philadelphia 76ers. They are that rec team that no one enjoys playing. They are the team that only the teams with a ton of talent and mismatches defeat (think Miami Heat) or teams who get lucky because their star player goes off defeat (Deron Williams, New Jersey Nets). They rarely play a bad game, and even other teams in the league have to fight hard until the final buzzer to barely defeat them (think Utah and Denver). Some teams get lucky against them when they have their sole off night of the year (Knicks) but all in all they bring it; on every possession, for every quarter, for every game. They win through injuries. They win when their best player can't buy a jump shot or make a free throw. And it's usually because that best player is busy doing some things on the court that are simply more important, knowing his teammates will pick up the offensive slack. Their best player is busy setting an example—with Defense.

Andre Iguodala may be the only player in the league who, on every possession of every game, when he's on the floor, guards the opposing team's best player. This is partially because he's so versatile (can guard positions 1-4 if necessary). But this is more because he's a great defender, perhaps the single best on the ball defender in the NBA. 

Iguodala leads by example. He doesn't want credit for his defense. He looks at it the same way everyone in this city looks at their lives when they wake up in the morning to go to work—it’s his job. There isn't one other player in the NBA who is considered the best player on their team, who has as small an ego as Andre Iguodala. He's that player on that rec team who, if they had to pick one, would be called their best player—their leader.

Perhaps it was playing with Allen Iverson that forced Iguodala to find other ways to contribute on the court. Perhaps he's always been wired this way. Iguodala's scoring average dipped in each of his first four years, after which the Sixers gave him a huge six-year $80 million extension. Sixers fans would be lying to you if they told you they agreed with that at the time. Today? They'll tell you Andre's worth every penny. And they'll be right.

Iguodala and, of course, Coach Doug Collins, have led this team to new grounds. They are 18-7. The last time they were 18-7, they went to the NBA Finals. The Sixers’ top eight scorers this year are identical to their top eight scorers last season. So what makes this team different? You got it... Defense. 

Philly has 18 wins. In those 18 wins, exactly zero of their opponents have gone over 100 points. Last season, when Philadelphia finished 41-41, they allowed 97.5 points per game. This season? Slightly under 87, good for second best in the NBA. Remember that rec team that guarded the pick-and-roll so well? The Sixers are best in the league at it, holding opponents to 34% shooting in pick-and-roll situations. They are also the most efficient defensive team according to hoopdata.

It doesn't stop there. Scoring on the Sixers is like trying to break through a chastity belt. They are third in the NBA in opponents field goal percentage (second in adjusted FG%) and fourth in opponents three point percentage (a major Achilles heel for past Sixers teams). They lead the league in taking care of the basketball (averaging more than three turnovers less per game than the second place team, the Spurs). This, while forcing 15 turnovers a game, leading to a league best differential of -4.3 per game, more than double the next closest team.

How does all this translate into a potential championship? The last team to hold teams to under 87 points per game for an entire season—the 2003-04 Detroit Pistons—won the Larry O'Brien Trophy. The team's defense and their efficient offense, which has led to a point differential of 10+ per game—well, four teams in the last 25 years have done this. Four spent the following summer as NBA Champions. This Sixers team is young but experienced, feisty yet disciplined, offensive and defensive. Their best player is about as selfish as a stay-at-home mom. Their coach doesn't allow them to underachieve. And when you play them, they make you earn everything. Nah, I wouldn't want to play them either. 

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What is a Legacy?

on Tuesday, 07 February 2012.

A Look at Two Prominent Sports Figures


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What is a Legacy?

Legacy: n 1) money or property left to someone by a will; 2) anything handed down as from an ancestor.

Ok, I think we can all agree that our definition of a legacy, as it pertains to sports, is slightly altered. So let's redefine it.

Sports Legacy: n 1) The public perception of one's career. 2) How we view an athlete or coach after their career is over.

Now we have something to work with. Who decides what one's legacy is in the world of sports? Is it Yahoo!? Fox? ESPN? NBC? The short answer: none of the above.

Are the Sixers for Real?

on Friday, 03 February 2012. Posted in Basketball

History Shows They Are

My buddy Jay texted me after the Sixers 74-69 win over the Orlando Magic on Monday.

 

"The Sixers are for real!"

 

He sent the same text sometime during the third quarter of the Sixers 98-82 drubbing of the Chicago Bulls two days later. I texted him back in agreement.

 

The NBA is Back, A Look At The League and How We Got Here

on Thursday, 02 February 2012. Posted in Basketball

How the Lockout Helped the NBA

•THE LOCKOUT•

 

When the NBA Lockout began, I, as a writer and as a fan, refused to cover it, and refused to write about the league at all.

 

A couple of my friends suggested this was just an opportunity to be lazy, hell even my editors probably thought so. They couldn't have been further off. Truth be told, there isn't a sport I'd rather cover, nor write about. It was more like a self-imposed punishment, as if I wasn't being punished enough by the fact that my favorite sport, and favorite league, was a lot closer than a casual fan may think to not having a season at all. Had the league been canceled, would I have continued my NBA writing boycott? Hopefully we'll never find out.

 

Entourage Season Premiere

on Monday, 25 July 2011. Posted in Reviews

With a little taste of Sports

Sometimes, it is okay to be a follower.

 

I was two years and 17 days old when The Simpsons premiered on Fox in 1989. To this day I'm not sure I've ever seen the pilot episode for the soon to be 22 year old sitcom (for the record, I'm not the biggest Simpsons fan). All I remember is watching the NFL on Sundays as a child, and The Simpsons following the Fox game. When you're four, five or six, you watch what your parents watched, mine watched The Simpsons.