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"JETTING DOWN TO MIAMI getting ready for a full week of Super Bowl events down on south beach. The boys are headed there. What tomorrow morning tomorrow afternoon? Getting Ready to roll out there fritzy. You're very excited. I can tell I am normally. I'm very nervous about the whole guest list and guest showing coming up on time and everything. But I'm pumped about Miami South Beach it's GonNa we've got a nice lineup already. And a few things as the days progress should be good. I was GONNA say this year. Just mailing it in. It doesn't care at all the guests whatsoever you South Beach Guy Fritzy i. Can you know shirts off guns out kind of thing back in the day. Maybe but things have never kinda fallen apart since my Lee Teens was back in the day. A little a little window about twenty five thirty years ago. Now keep the shirt on and stay in a you. Tell them with my Chinese food. Eighty four fritzy was at his peak back. Then Yep all here Mr Miami you go down there for the heat all the time your buddies Spoelstra. What any tips for us? Down there. aw not really Mr Miami. Yeah you are and I'm not a big South Beach Guy Really. I mean I'm from Boston. I'm more of a you know mirus dive bar. Type guys. sweatshirts T shirt. You know some kind of like a retro t shirt Hartford whalers t shirts that I wear around the. That's pretty much it. Yeah Perla Ella. Yeah I'm a little worried about the south. I don't fit in either like is there. Are there dive bars and like normal things down there or are we going to have to like kind of club it out by the airport. Maybe you can go hang out if you could find the train station. I don't know perhaps Seething speaking of which if you want to come see the show while we're down there you go to Dan and MIA DOT DOT COM to get tickets for it. You should come see it. Come check out the live show Dan. Mia Dot Com. Thanks Chris. How's the tremendous transition there by seekonk? Just wove that in seamlessly wove that in effortless. Loeven I love to get into today. Glad to be here we go to the Super Bowl so we'll talk a little bit about that forty niners there's Jimmy Garoppolo Sarala chiefs. Patrick Mahomes I do want to talk a lot of NBA Today. Though a lot of things they discussed their the trade deadline is just two weeks away away and expect that to be busy agency these senior NBA insider over at ESPN. He's going to join us in the second hour to talk about some of the potential deals that could be on the table. I think we'll see. I think we'll see a flurry of activity. There are probably sixteen right. Now that you can say legitimately have a chance at winning a championship happy chip. We'll talk about that design Williamson made his debut on Wednesday expected to play again tonight. Pretty impressive debut. I know you guys talk a little bit about it yesterday. But but four three pointers for Williamson in the fourth quarter. I think if anything that's encouraging what I want to see as much as anything from Zion Williamson is can he keep that up. Are we going to see Zairean as a stretch for type of player because in today's NBA. You have to be. You can't exist in the league today as a big Man without being ineffective a perimeter shooter and certainly it's a plus. You're going to be effective three points years. We'll talk more about that. which was down in New Orleans for that debut on Wednesday night? Yeah polly how does it work with players players like Zion or any players in the league because I think a lot of people will plan to watch him especially these first few games and there's been a lot of talk. You won't play back to backs. They'll manage minutes. Would we know like mid-afternoon today. Williamson is starting or even active not a healthy scratch for the Pelicans you'd have indications I think I'm not sure if it's tonight's or tomorrow morning when official injury reports come out but you would have some kind of mentioned about being questionable probable. That type of stuff comes out the nuggets. Pelicans look into eight o'clock tonight on national. TV If at seven o'clock you would know yes. Okay it'd be on social media somewhere it would be on. I think they tweeted out from their media. Accounts want something like that. The nuggets game resigned. Good test resign and up and down team playing like that. I know people are people are upset on Wednesday. That Alvin gentry pulled CBS ion out of that game. But come on the guy's coming off a major knee injury. He the Pelicans if if they make the playoffs great but this season is all about getting Zion all the way back and get him completely healthy and being ready to go for next season. I mean it's already a win to to get him out there on the floor. It's not about this playoff aspirations to start the season but you already have Brandon Ingram playing all star level basketball. You feel more or comfortable now than you did. Three months ago. About the prospect of paying Brandon Ingram. Big Time Dollars. Maybe Max level dollars in this off season so that's a win Zion. Zairean comes back. That's a win so even if you finished in a lottery once again you've got the building blocks in place for a run next year. Yeah PAULIE ANY CHANCE UNINTENTIONALLY UNPLANNED PLAN ZION missing. The first half of the season gave Brandon Ingram a chance to kind of explode be the focal point. Lonzo ball people not watching every movie makes 'cause Zion's not there could have ben good thing long term for this team absolutely. I mean long term. We'll see you gotta be concerned long-term about the Health of Zion. We've just never seen a player that at plays above the rim leg Zaylon with the type of upper body weight. He puts down on it so when he goes up it all is eventually gonNA come crashing down and I I worry I know a lot of people around the league. I talked to worry about the long term effects of that. There's only so much you can do the padding so much treatment you can do that. Changes are alters the fact that you're bringing two hundred and fifty ish pounds down on that knee. So that's something that bears watching especially this off season. If you're Zion Williamson. I I think one of the goals. This off season is slimmed down considerably. I saw some social media stuff but people surprised that he was the way that he was when he came back. It's not like you can do a lot of cardio when you have a knee problem. So is limited there. But when you get into the off-season I would imagine that a priority for the Pelicans is going to be have him. Slim slimmed down a little bit and get down to more manageable weight so it takes away some of the pressure on that knee but silent back in action tonight and if the ratings on ESPN or any kind of indicator he is becoming coming must see TV right away. There's a reason ESPN TNT. All the major outlets were putting him on opening the Pelicans on national TV early he as a one man ratings machine will probably continue to be throughout the rest of this season and probably his career. all-star starters were announced last night not a lot to quarrel with with the all star. The Western Conference. I was completely fine with how that went eastern conference. I'm a big pascal. Siachen guy but because of the a number of games he played I probably would have given the nod Jimmy Butler. I'm a media voter in all this and if you're unfamiliar with how. NBA Starters are chosen. It's divided ended up. It's twenty five percent of the media. Vote Twenty five percent of the player vote and the fan vote account for fifty percent of the voting so I voted for Jimmy Butler. Because of all he's done for the heat. This season played terrific all year. Long the biggest problem I have trae young. trae young is an all-star star starter doesn't make a lot of sense to me. He is a terrific score. No question about that average close to thirty points per game but he is a minus defender her to say the least and his team is not good they had the second worst record in the NBA. They have eleven wins right now. It's not AWW trae. Young is in an all star but you have to stack up against the other. Potential starters are out there. I Kyle lowry the argument against Kyle. Lowrey he's only played like thirty. Four Games injuries derailed him early in the season but he's averaging twenty points he's a bulldog on both ends of the floor. Does that sell. Does that sell it. On All Star game it's the All Star game and Kyle lowry playing serviceable defense and hidden mid-range Jumpers and he's a very good player and gives gives you better chance to win but trae young as the guy. The kids watch a model. Well they do but is it a celebrity game or a meritocracy. That's the question. Look if you want to say it's just who the fans want to play great. Go back to the fan vote. Make that one hundred percent of the voting at that point Taco fall might have a chance to get on the team all twenty one minutes of games played. He's played this season. But if you're going to say that it should be some form of meritocracy I. I don't know how you argue with Kyle lowry being in that position. I don't know how you argue. Pearl off with Ben Simmons being in that position for me as a voter voter. I didn't even consider trae young for that. Second Guard. Spot Kemba Walker was a lock that was going to happen. He was mortal lock for that. First Guard spot. Why why do you say say that? Because by way I'll tell you the sixers fan like worth thrilled that Kemba Walker Celtics Star. Because he can't beat us. Savings is definitely a better player. Them like I mean sixers I was I was like that's a one. Finally we have the Celtics number this year because campus no problem. He's just going to shoot outside. I mean they beat him three times. You know there are three and this year and they kept Walker as twenty two points a game score. Come on yeah I know you have the Celtic mindset. But I'm telling you right now. There are a lot of players in. NBA Scare the sixers and Kemba Walker. One of them trying to figure out what."