18 Burst results for "Cody Zeller"
"cody zeller" Discussed on Premium Hoops
"Were recognized as being sort of a transition. We're not where we want to be. We want to be you know much much higher and really sort of pushing the envelope on that in burrito has talked about that fact that like we've got stop on defense But then when we get stops it needs to turn into offense very very quickly because there just aren't that great half court players on this right now and it's pretty clear that mid cup jack and borrego or on the bait but really committing to that so you think that's another way in which we may look at. Balkan veered say like he improved by one percent. Here went down by two percents. There was this really good year But he's so good and so talented. And i think the style in the process and the ability to sort of run the offense the barilla wants to run is more important than those little fluctuations in in the shots. Yeah exactly and i think one of the things that that has excited about this year two for lamelo is the addition mason. Plumlee which to most people are like Like hawaii excitement mason. Plumlee like sue people who did not watch the hornets consistently last year. A number one. I think this is trying to be fair. I think this mac bomba was the worst rotation player in the nba last year or close to it Like he is not contributing the same way defensively that he did at one point in time. He's obviously never really been an awesome defender in in charlotte at least not in the second time around And offensively as so rougher in like he cannot catch the ball. Still i remember. I was talking to our richer annual over at busby at the beginning of last year. And i literally like. I mastered like holy shit. This caught the ball on a roll and like He like made like a kickout pass. Oh my god this is like doomsday's happening and like that's just kind of like an indicator that's whereas offense wasn't that again like he's had until his offense player point being you're subbing out a thousand minutes of biz mac beyond who starting large chunks of last year. I love cody zeller. Like i think he was a huge edition for the blazers. If healthy is the issue like going back through the last couple years. I think in the last five years cody zeller has played less than two thirds of all possible beams and that was just such a big problem last year. Like i think you saw how good they were with. Cody zeller on court. Like when cody was on court like that was the best team i think ever looked other than some of the smaller lamps that they run to close games but again it's hard that throughout the throughout the year you have to have variation in the regular season like i look at this and i'm like okay. Well mason plumbing this guy who other than last year and part of it is using held out because of the pistons like being they were clearly tanking but other than last year he's played in over..
The NBA Show
"cody zeller" Discussed on The NBA Show
"Little easier to talk yourself into. Portland is like by the numbers. They're starting lineup was actually pretty good. Defensively they just questions like can they get enough of those minutes. And can you get better stuff out of your bench which you know the personnel. There has changed. Maybe there's enough there. I have a hard time talking myself into their defense being good enough and i think their offense might actually take a bit of a step back. You know. they've been consistently top three. I feel like just on a gut level. They may fall and more of like a five. Six range of this year between coaching changes personnel changes people adapting to the way the blazers play. I felt like they could be line for a slight step back. And so if their defense is in league average then. I'm not sure what difference it really makes. Jumping from twenty ninth to twenty twenty third yet. I think the hope is that guys like roco in you. Know the new additions. Cody zeller who you guys norm. A bit of a standard Zeller duck and rightly. So larry man's junior these guys who are pretty damn good defensive players pretty versatile in their applications defensively and i think that's the hope you know i used to get tax from blazers people about mellows defense last year which was just like on another level of terrible right like it was just so you just getting that out of the lineup. You know sort of similar to what we said about the bulls like getting like all right. We don't need you to be all. Nba first team defense. But like can you just not be horrible. Can you just not miss every single assignment. Can you not just get blown by on your one on one key. Not just get creamed on the boards like these are things that you can. You can reasonably ask of people where you're gonna play eighteen twenty twenty five minutes a game so i think the new editions that defensive pick up the slack. Yeah i guess the question is how is their defense just completely broken like whoa a couple of small tweaks in the scheme sounds like billups is going to play a little bit more. Switch you little bit more aggressive than they had been which was a well known to be a very conservative defense in portland and do guys. Like larry nance cody zeller filling in for mellow and his to they make up the difference in the i think the bigger question is how good of defense does it really need to be like. If as long as they're not sacrificing offense like can they be high twenties. Can they be sixteen like they were three years ago. Is that enough to dislike. Let lillard and mccollum. And now powell just like shoot the lights out. We'll switching even a little. Bit is a pretty dramatic change for the. That's not a small change like this. They've been locked into the system for so long as you said just in really conservatively defensively. And i think for good reason because of their personnel. Like when we talk about switching we talk about the bigs and whether they can guard guards. I think they're better suited for that than they are the alternative. You know merkich shuffle around a little bit. Covington can move. You know nance bring these guys in is in zeller that'll help but when you get. Cj mccollum switched on a guy. Who's six nine. You're just kind of stuck with offensive rebounds with jones and the blazers have all their primitive guys are those guys. It's all kind of smaller wings and guards. They play so small on the perimeter. The more they switch. I would be a little concerned about their ability to stand up. Now i know the the you know. They're starting from pretty low place in terms of defensive rating. So maybe there's only only up to go from here. But i don't think that's the solution of their problems. Yeah and we. We talked about this in the play offs About you know. Basically switching the dependent on matchup having a defense as dynamic enough to recognize time situation opponent and make your defensive maneuvers. Bastogne those things and not have it. Just be a blanket scheme that like no matter what we switch words like. Don't switch. cj mccollum points. Lebron james like this is not a good idea. he's that perhaps in a double perhaps go wander perhaps do something different than switch and i think with a veteran leading group like this one who this guys have stuff to prove still. I think you'll find that. They'll have a more dynamic defense. It's not like when you think about when bud went to milwaukee and the defense that he implemented which was just as blanket like look. This is what we always do. No matter what it's a very young group you don't want to overload them with information and you know let's let's be real like an nba. That drop defense pack. The pain is going to work against about ninety percent of teams especially in the regular season when nobody cares anyway. It's in the place where you run into problems but again. That's a young team that makes sense to take that approach. This dudes are freaking old man. He's a veterans. They got on this team. They should be able to understand. High level. Defensive concepts on a frequent flyer. I think that brings up a good question. Because they haven't had a lot of merkich the past two years. And i have to wonder if there's a correlation between the defensive just chasm between the third and the second excuse me the third in the second and first years in the rankings that i mentioned is having just more yo Nurkic got almost him yokich. Is that enough rob. You think to make enough of defense. Is he like that type of guy. I mean watching his canter. Get blown by wasn't doing it for you. I know but like this is what he should be doing for this team right. You should be anchoring the demons because this need from absolutely i think he's pretty competent in that regard. You know. he's not an all defense candidate. He's not one of these elite rim-protector protectors we're gonna talk about season for this incredible impact. But he's a guy who can hold down a spot who can take up space who knows like angles pretty well who can get in.
Real_Sports: A Snapchat Sports Pod
"cody zeller" Discussed on Real_Sports: A Snapchat Sports Pod
"He signed this. He signed his first round pick as of today he was. He was in the gym developing players meeting with the player development staff to me the final straw was. He wasn't willing to do this whereas the owners and the new owners coming in saying that they should go and get ben so if the are the deals i think what the i think the move. I think the final straw was. They don't want to give up anything for bannon and they said screw this guy so new ownership they want their guys in the office but if the t. wolves are the are the rot in hell in minneapolis. Ben first off to you have to make a move that can position you to be able to make another move which is d you owe. And a slew of picks and pick swamps just so that when the next superstar if dame becomes available. You still have assets the swing. You still have a matisse you still have a maximum so that type of deal is more to me like you have to make a deal that will allow you to make another deal in the future. Because zillow doesn't put the team over the top is essentially your side. I think that deal makes the team better in the playoffs. But i don't think that is putting us with the boxer rats now but it's more so that thing given the conversations and the new information that have has benz stock in trade equity decrease that all for you maybe even a little. What do you mean like you know. You used to say. Ben plus maxi and picks yet dame easily i still i still think it's just a matter of when dame finally sees tony. Snell cody zeller play basketball. And he realizes what the fuck doing here. But i genuinely like you can't sit here and tell me nobody wants to stay jack that it's like where as time continued like i i don't i don't i. This isn't biased towards the sixers. Because as far as we know that ben isn't even on the sixers so who cares like his ceiling can still really that debt you think he's a perennial australian dream. Ongeri us. i think that his ceiling can still be religious. You think he'd be just draw. I don't think he needs to find j. There's what hold him back. I think he needs to. He needs to shoot the ball. But i think i think the number one thinking to do is improve. A free is improving free. Throw shooting if this guy could shoot seventy something percent from the line jack. He'd average twenty four thousand. It'd be rabble exactly. It's a mental thing. And i think part of that is the situation. That's played out in philadelphia on everything and that a new change of scenery will do it for him. But it's just exhausting with this guy and exhausting. I actually started a fucking diary for this guy. I wrote down the way i felt. Read that I thought you were kind of kidding. You're actually diary about this guy. I took time today. Sat down went back erased. It edited legitimately. Because i had to convey how i fell on a piece earn in a notes app while all right well i don't. They did everything for this guy. Everything protect him you made. It seem like this guy was good. He's terrible anyways. Let's move onto more positive light. I feel like the vibe of the podcast. We obviously skip monday. So last record was thurs that it's been about a week Visor very different here The ravens were underdogs facing you know patrick. Mahomes jackson mahomes and the eagles were home. You're gonna be there your wanna know eagleton's wanna know and in the past seven days it feels like there's a little flip that all obviously initiated with the eagles losing at home at having inept offense and a running back for quarterback the dolphins lost thirty five nothing and then the ravens took care of patty 'em did you you didn't staff for the game I literally watched the confetti fall in the ravens when the soup the way that they celebrated the other night jack. Congratulations hang a banner. As i am able to convince the entire internet that you got a tattoo on your of the score like that's that is exactly how much you were boasting about it. Raised is out onto detroit. All i ditch at all. I did was zero point zero percent guarantee which was odd. It was i. I had the screen shots. Wait you had the screech. Is the most.
Dunc'd On Basketball Podcast
"cody zeller" Discussed on Dunc'd On Basketball Podcast
"We can move to the portland. Trailblazers the blazers last year. Finish forty two thirty and pretty close to their differential differential of a forty six point. Eight win team roster is somewhat similar to last year. Remember they got. they swapped. Norman powell for got norm powell exchange for gary Way through the season they traded dirksen junior and some picks for For larry nance junior. Which i think is going to be a big help in there is still the uncertainty swirling around damian lillard but for me i'd be the basic here is that last year the blazers had the differential a forty six point win team when they had the second worst defense in the league including horrendous bench defense and not every part of that is fixed but the cantor mellow minutes oregon. And while that could lead to some reduction in their offensive efficacy. I think there's more ground to gain improving defense than there is ground to lose weakening on offense. Yeah i haven't totally finished. I won't do it until the very start of the season. We go through. All the team previews but i to me. This is a team that went damian. Lillard has been healthy has looked by guitar. Five offense and yet the bench offense may not be quite as good. But i think they're going to be firmly in that mix with some of the other top offenses You i don't think they made enough changes. Yeah they brought it up the nate one stat on that in the last eight years portland has had a top seven offense six times and i believe at least one of the two years. The didn't lillard missed significant time. So forty three and a half. I mean it seems like they're iran this range over year It seems like i always end up going the over on portland. I'm kind of leaning that way again. This year i was seduced a year ago by some of the defensive changes that they made those obviously did didn't work although worth noting that when they had merkich and covington out there they actually defended just fine. It was just the bench. That was terrible now though. I think Their bench defensive should be relatively adequate. Cody zeller i think is an underrated pickup. He's probably above average defensive center for us a backup getting nance junior in there as well Nor impala the three. You know they're one through three are still pretty miserable. As far as the starters but having nance's a sub i think is good. Now nansen covington merkich like those guys could miss time. And that's maybe where things kind of fall apart anthony. Anthony simon still really sucks on defense otis. Ben michael moore who they brought in. Tony snell is pretty blah there. He's probably gonna get two minutes as a backup so you know. I don't think they're going to be world beaters. But could they get into like the high teens. Low twenty s. I think that's realistic. And i think they're to be top five on up so that to me is going to get them to more than forty three and a half wins. I'm not. I'm not going towards the stratosphere with these guys and i also worry that lillard just can't continue to play quite this level you know we've said that the last two years leslie because he keeps getting better every year in the near like a wait a minute like he asked his targeting worse at some point but Shooting does age pretty well. Cj looked really bad in the playoffs. I thought he never really looked in great shape after coming back from that foot. A what kind of year he has. I think is going to be really important. But cj after that start healing played at four forty seven games last year and nurture only played thirty seven right the the wrist issue so I think though that because of the way they went out to denver in the playoffs and because of the negative with lillard and maybe thought that he could again ask for trade. Obviously if that happens then they're going to go under but they'll go under whatever the fuck their line is if he they would have already been going under his my kinda thought on it like i don't think i don't think the blazers are going to trade damian lillard if they're over five hundred and they're competing in the west like they might in the offseason but i don't think they would during the year. Well i mean i. It's really what's matter whether he asked for a traitor. And i mean they're five games over and they're just not happening for them. 'cause that's a thought on this right is that you're really gonna like what's going to be good enough for damian lillard at this point in time. Is it going to be good enough. Like i mean. Unless if they're not on peace for homecourt advantage then maybe he does ask for the trade and then so i. I'm not sure about that. Actually danny that you wouldn't ask for the trade unless it looked like they were going under anyway because i think finally his standards are a little bit higher. You know this just looks like yet another one of these same years that they've been having all these times then maybe it's a little different so so that is a risk here like this isn't going to be one of my best butts to go over but i think i don't wanna price in like him getting traded. I don't think that's a good way to do it. You just gotta try to make the decision based on who's of available in what you think that group is going to do so. I think that you know. I mean it's one thing if we're talking about philly where ben simmons like. I'm not even going to be in camp. But here i think i will go over. I'm going over as well. I think i'm a little more confident in it than you. But i'm also not sure i'm gonna put it one of my best bats. We'll see you all shake all that out when we actually get there. Instead we can go to the phoenix suns. The reigning western conference champions. The sons last year had the differential of a sorry they won. They went fifty one in twenty one day at the differential over an eighty two game season. A fifty six win team and they are gonna be without dario charge for the year. But they didn't have any what i would call high end departures. They lost a couple of smaller guys. brought javale mcgee peyton landry shamet in a trade and vegas is negative on negative on where they're going to go because drops all the way to fifty point five wins. I think part of that is because the sons were so incredibly healthy last year during the regular season bridges booker. Paul eytan all played sixty.
Game Theory Podcast
"cody zeller" Discussed on Game Theory Podcast
"Really improved his shooter over the last few years to the point where I feel pretty good about him knocking down 35% of his spot threes. So this is a deal that makes a lot of sense for the Portland trailblazers. I actually think that it doesn't totally reshape their team, but it fills multiple holes in a way that the off season prior to this acquisition just did not. I would be terrified if I was the Portland trailblazers prior to this Larry dance deal of going into a season with just use of nurkic and Cody zeller as my bigs. And Larry Nance is not an enormous big man by any stretch. And I think that if one of Yusuf nurkic or Cody zeller gets hurt, the blazers are probably gonna have to sign a true center in order to counteract that. The problem for Portland here is that that true center is something that is important in their scheme. So to have only gone into this off season prior to this deal having Cody zeller and Yusuf nurkic on the roster. I think was kind of a strange move given their injury histories. it, on the wing, they really only went out and got Tony Snell, and I know that Tony Snell had a great year last season shooting the ball. I think he went 50 50 like 95 or something like that from the free throw line because of limited attempts. But he's a very limited player. He's a decent three and D guy. He probably will be able to be their 8th man, but this is a team that even with Larry Nance, I think is still ripe for a shake up in some regard. The team is now given Norman Powell this 5 year $90 million deal in addition to the enormous deals given out the Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum. And I don't know that we know if those three can play together on a playoff court, quite yet. While Norman Powell is extremely long and has a 7 foot wingspan and his strong for his size, Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum and Norman Powell across the front line or across the backcourt seems like a way for teams to get their bigger shot making wings in the playoffs matched up on to smaller players that they can take advantage of. Now, what acquiring Larry Nance does is it allows you to counteract that by taking one of Lillard McCollum, Powell off the court and in this case it would probably be Powell. It also counteracts for potential injuries, which CJ McCollum only played about 50 games last year. So I think that being able to play a more traditional lineup because you have Larry Nance now that can play the four. Is specifically helpful..
Real_Sports: A Snapchat Sports Pod
"cody zeller" Discussed on Real_Sports: A Snapchat Sports Pod
"Imagine that Kevin durant has now gone thirty thirty and twenty nine three gold medal games. He signed a four year extension with the brooklyn nets. most likely would be able to play in a fourth gold medal game in the next four years or in four years rather team. Usa they lose game one to france of the tournament lose to exhibition games. Come back around and end up winning the entire thing. Did you get a chance to see the game. And i was at a bar and it was on. It was so funny. How many people were like actually pretending to care about it. But you haven't watched minute. You don't care about this. It's olympic basketball. You know what else is annoying now. Now like it's all over social media whether it's drain on its kevin durant all these guys that are on the team are doing like i told you so tour like or like we did it. And we've battled adversity. No you did it. I mean they did and and it wasn't there were takes. Colin coward said they weren't going to get a medal perkins. I mean that doesn't really count but there are people who were doubting them I was more on the boat of like the world is catching up. They need to play. Well they took care of business and by the way. Kevin durant is hilarious was being hilarious. They looked like they had a ton of fun. And the most important player who i would imagine going into next season is going to get a tana. Verse back jrue holiday just like you win the nba. Final seventeen days ago. Seventeen days later you win a gold medal and you're so impactful on both sides of the ball. That's your boy. That's your boy. He started the process. He he was moved number one of the process trading him for none other than that's thirty million dollar man nerlens noel. But the the thing that i'm most excited about with the olympics being over is now damian. Lillard i do you know that twitter doesn't work in tokyo. Yeah i heard. Now daimiel when damian gets back to the states. Let's assume he's hanging around tokyo today taking it all in last time. He comes back tomorrow and he'll log on twitter and he'll find out. That cody zeller is headed to portland to turn the trail blazers franchise around. And even i just saw reports that damian lillard tried recruiting wave. Poppy kelly oubre to the trailblazers date dame is asking for kelly who bray and you can't do that for him. We're on watch over here. We are on much and the irony to the whole thing. Is i think you guys are in a prime spot right now because i everyone is just high themselves up with the cap. The knicks can't make the right move to get him the he can't really make the right move together him and now a lot of the targets for dame are limited n. Portland made no moves now. He's our just hundred. I would almost go as far to say like it's phillies like like it would be a loss. If you don't land damian lillard it would be a like. I think you guys should be favored. To end up with damian lillard. Yes and if you're doing your little diabolical i'm not. I'm getting my hopes up even though my hopes are way past where you're trying to get them up to so that you can crush that when he either stays in portland or goes to like fucking denver or something. That's not gonna work all right. I'm being serious like they should get team. There's and we think it's a coincidence at daimler posted a post olympics. Instagram with matisse stibal. I do think that's a coincidence. Because i don't if they're not friends. I promise you they're not friends. Dame's a rapper. Matisse's a vlogger and like maybe they're you know trying to set up. A youtube did just try and just take two hobbies and put them together and say content creators rather talking. They're talking about the real. The real estate market in both portland in philadelphia and giving each other tips for when the other person is living in their city. That's all they're not friends. Is that something that would do real estate. We're gonna work the irs and we're going to need an nba player eagle ariza flying around in my face disentitlement episode. I do think dame should should probably. I'm curious or go to the sixers. When do we think will start to go because this mba investigation for teams who were. Oh my god teams talking before. Six o'clock holy crap That's gonna go on and then like how soon a how soon till dame's six stop doing this to me man. I'm asking you would know like what is the season the while there was a report today that the goal is not necessarily to trade. Ben simmons but to land damian lillard. Whoever wrote that i'll have what he's having. What does that mean is it that they wouldn't have to give up then. I think that's what they're trying to say okay. I wasn't really sure if they were just like look. We're more focused on getting dame less focus on trading ben not that we would expect to get dame without giving ban but the goal is to get dame and then figure out the rest from dame will be a six. Let's say the training camp probably starts at the end of this month. September maybe middle september because the season starts at the end of october. I don't think dame's pull a heart in and get all fat in a two weeks span and go to little baby concerts. But i think he'll do dub baby slow baby. There's multiple babies yet. He's friends with baby. He's tried to low baby whose way better zeal babies better not babies. Isn't the baby on heart. Tatty with do aletha. Yeah popstar deliver with the baby and say but hey we can't do baby got cancelled. Can't not baby talk. But dame will be a philadelphia seventy sixer before opening night before opening night. You're leaving time line. I all right fair-play fairplay before Opening night in buffalo for the next six years will star joshua allen the third six-year deal two hundred and fifty eighty million dollars in six year. Leonov macy's two-month paycheck. I dunno eagleson. Give me the stats on the kind of pulled up. All i know is what tom brady. May and the first twenty one years of his career in salary. That's what alan is going to make in his new deal. thing about. inflation isn't alive and well park those. Usd tap shot. And did you hear. Oh shit did you hear that. What no it's just the window slamming shot in buffalo. Just oh my god. Wow that was crazy. I think they got this year. But my question is for you. What what are the ravens waiting for. I don't know i right. Maybe maybe they were looking for alan to set the market. Because i was yeah. I actually didn't think the contract was like though mahomes is was more ridiculous right like they gave him a decade deal so i think they were trying to figure out what. What do you do with these new age. Guys in terms of years guarantee money and overall money josh allen had a better season ends up actually beating lamar in the playoffs. But someone pointed out realistically you give them you know the three years they've been the league. Lamar has the better track record. Overall trend after the past sixteen games might have been a little more on josh inside. So i do think lamar deserves. And we'll get as much if not more money than josh allen. It's just will be interesting. I actually could see the like lamar guy. Obviously i could see them opting for like four or five years and more money. ap y. But i don't see them going nice nice term thank you. I don't see them going like an eight or ten years. Like mahomes i. I don't for see the ravens making a decision like that And then there's the baker conversation. Where does baker land the last time. A quarterback was in this situation. Joe flacco who's was in a contract year. He opted not to extend. That's qb. That's qb to joe flacco to you. We'll say there's been rumors reports He opted to play it out and he got a four year. One hundred twenty million dollar deal. Which now looking at like peanuts. Because the white quarterbacks get paid but he bet on himself it feels like the browns would actually prefer baker to bet on himself. I don't see them going to separate way after the season..
Pull Up with CJ McCollum
"cody zeller" Discussed on Pull Up with CJ McCollum
"Wings in the nba. We lose my guy in. He goes back to boston. That's one of my favorite teammates of all time. Just because of his personality how happy he is and how selfless he is. He's one of the only players. Nba wear when the started gets hurt. And he's a backup. He's he's happy about the role and being able to play but about three games in three days and he's like oh god signed up for twenty to twenty five minutes. You know what i mean like. He's that type of guy who was looking forward to coming back and he would be the ultimate team guy and talk to the media about how you know. He's just trying to fulfill a role until net comes back and he's happy. You know to come off the bench and do those types of things. It's just a really good human. Being who does things the right way and continues to fight for a lot of the things that are affecting him and his people back home in his country my guys at collins. I'm happy for him because he's faced a lot of injuries These past years. And there's a guy who's been hurt understand what that does to you mentally. I understand what that does to you. Emotionally and physically and for him to have to continue to rehab I know it's taken a toll on him. But i'm happy to see the spurs you know extending offered him. I think he got a three year. Deal is going to organization Who's been proven To help develop players care about their young guys. They're going to give him all the opportunities in the world to succeed and he's going to get a chance to be the best of himself. Once he's healthy in pigging pop and being able to post up being able to defend essentially guard one through five a guy who can knock down threes a guy who has a huge huge ceiling and a huge huge future in this league. I'm very very thankful far relationship and hopeful that go get healthy and be able to come back from this and five to seven years. We will forget that he was hurt in the beginning of his career. So really really excited about him. We signed cody zeller to a one year deal. He'll he'll be slated as the backup network. I think he's just a solid guy. The ultimate teammate Based on things. I've heard From other players from other organizations from our agent who we share together code. He's just a really good dude. Who do all the dirty work screens go. Dive and roles at a basket. You'll hit the weeks. I just a sharp smart player Who comes from a basketball family basketball pedigree who will definitely definitely be a huge huge help in a. He added boosts to our depth as a team. And he's a guy you can depend on each night to just be solid inconsistent. Macklemore comes in as a backup swingman. One year deal was in my draft glass in two thousand thirteen sniper. He has one of the prettiest jumpers. I've seen the nba period usually a great result. And i'm sure he'll give us that change of pace that we need in terms of just come in and knock down shots come off screens do those little things and also a guy who the defense can't leave understanding his shot credibility understanding fact that he can get hot at a moment's notice. I'm looking forward to playing with ben and looking forward to seeing you know how he continues to help us out. Tony snow. he comes in. You know very very tall known for for being a three and d guys along wing. He's he's athletic. Can guard and i think last year he shot fifty fifty one hundred Which kinda shows you how efficient how effective he is over fifty percent from the field obviously fifty percent from three in one hundred at the line which is which is incredible. Even if you only have five attempts it's hard to make five free throws row as i've struggled with my entire career but i'm looking forward to playing with all these guys. I'm sure there's some more movement that could potentially happen not only with our team but the rest of the nba. And i look forward to discussing all those things throughout the the rest of the podcast in terms of moves by the chicago bulls motion the miami heat guy vic finalize the deal is going back another guy who's in my draft class so i'm extremely happy excited to see how the nba shapes up. I'm excited to play to k. Again and see all these guys on different rosters for sure getting some jerseys from some of my friends who are switch teams and Religious look forward to talking about everything so stay locked ended up. Pull up pa. We got the curry situation. Two hundred million dollar man for the second time knicks. Julius randle he gets another bag new bag alert and so much more so make sure you're following the show on apple.
The NBA Show
"cody zeller" Discussed on The NBA Show
"You really hoping that like some of these. Moses brown's sterling browns turn into like big time players in the way that some of the other guys that they've hit on you know Doors fini's smith some other starters that they've kinda mind from the depths of of nowhere. They've actually done a pretty good job of that. Really come to the four and fill out this roster. But you're right like what's next. I have no idea like us to his credit is signing up for for more of this but like there isn't a clear pathway here unless kristaps just becomes the player that they thought he would be in and set the worst in the world at the very least they have someone in hand that they could say is an all star when he's available but the problem is he's a massive human who's never available man if kristaps could just learn how to rebound and muscle up on little guys on switches. This thing would make a lot more sense for him. Anchoring the defense again if he can be good interior defender right. That'd be huge difference now all right. Let's let's close it with this question because there are a lot of things that have happened over. The past few days here Other other things that we did not talk about today. Rob that you are more. Pope perplexed by perplexed by or intrigued. By there's a lot of pressure right now on the blazers to meaningfully upgrade their roster. And here's what they've done so far. They've resigned norm powell five years. Ninety million love norm powell meant it. They signed cody zeller. Good signing especially for dead that the five love that they signed tony snell. Was your big zeller fan. I am i think he does. He does a lot of shit that you know. It won't let you on sportscenter but like when he's right he helps you team win. Great contributing the only variable zeller is health. If he's on the floor because he's on their he's he's been quite useful broke so they bring in tony. Snell a guy who both didn't miss a three pretty much all last season but also was completely out of the rotation in atlanta. I think it says a lot in terms of what that team thought of him. And they signed ben macklemore. Who's another small guard and a theoretical more up and down shooter. That's it that's fine. And if i'm damian lillard. I can't say there's anything going on there that makes me feel eager stay. Yeah means for me in a no. This is like weird like fringe thing. But i like the camp campaign. Settling twenty mil. Like i get debt like you know. There's a humility to having been a first rounder lead. The league come back to the damn summer league and finally make roster again. So you're you're offered me twenty mil. So i'm gonna take it but like just tj mcconnell. I mean he was better than that dude on. He's shown himself to be way. Better than taylor horton tucker. I would argue in the playoffs. He was obviously way better than alice. Caruso and these guys got deals way bigger than his like. I don't know. I don't know if that's like something. He agreed to way in advance et cetera et cetera. He's got to be watching this market and be like i was like legitimately a pay center and game changer in the fucking playoffs in western conference final games and these guys got like tj. Mcconnell's me come on lake. Gimme a break guys. I guess if you wanted to rationalize it maybe he saying to himself. I'll spend a couple of years under chris. Paul's wing to yell at ref manage the offense school and then once paul goes on to greener pastures becomes secretary of state. Or whatever he's gonna do after basketball he rises and becomes the starting point guard. I don't know if that's going to happen but it's not the worst thing in the world to hate yourself to team that you finally figured it out on. Is there really an ocean between devante graham and campaign. No no totally. No no. I want to circle back to to the trailblazers. Though 'cause rob us off a bunch of their moves this off season but you forgot the key ones which are kenneth farid. Michael beasley and a menu moody. All three of whom are playing for the trailblazers summer league team celled. And it's the read you know i was so a team. Usa highlight flashed across. Maybe not i think it was my tv or something from pass and ken for was on one of those teams somehow when we were calling a manual and outside jewish that dude's name again. Fuck this guy's name but you know hopefully makes it back into the league. Chelsea can't read the obscure big man who's bouncy and is in theory. Ilab threat is just like a tradition like none other. Fourteen minutes amen. There's the multiple plum probably in that category is a mess. Also snitch. myself. In say that i was a naked draft moody over porzingas.
NBA Front Office w/ Keith Smith & Trevor Lane
"cody zeller" Discussed on NBA Front Office w/ Keith Smith & Trevor Lane
"Right in that range and then it's got the escalator language. So if you could somehow makes all NBA team or anything like that, then he bumps up to that full 207, which is the Trae young that's where Luka doncic will be. So, yeah. So I think that's wrong, you know, a pretty good, you know, spot for them to be there and then they re-signed Mike muscala. That was a little bit of a surprise, but they've always liked him. There. They like that, he's dead. You know, that big in there to work with their other young big, so like Alexi books schefsky and those guys. So, I'm just remember if it was one of my, it was one of my favorite like, just offer stated tweets of the night, it just popped back into my head. That when the mic was small thing came across. I remember my tweetdeck is just, you know, going berserk, right? Like a, cuz there's so much going on and I just saw just enough of yours. I think he tweeted something like, like, in response to Mike muscala. You just tweeted like, I mean, okay, or whatever. Like, I guess, I guess that's something like, like that, where it's like, yeah, that's that is it? That's the reaction to Mike muscala, right? They already traded Moses Brown, and Al Horford out. They they added off waivers in case anybody forgotten that had happened in a salary dump from Utah and then Kemba Walker clearly on, they added him. We'll see if you know, maybe one of these teams that misses out on a point, guard gets a little more often. You're sitting Kemba Walker, you know, potentially in a trade as of right now, I would guess know you would that, but you do have the Knicks everything that they did other than resigning, Derrick Rose. They did not add a point guard, okay? Other than Derrick Rose. So you know, let's see what the next few on day two. They've got about seven million more in cap space so that could be targeted at one of these guys who hasn't been signed yet. But yeah well we'll see when we get there Portland Trailblazers their big deal was resigning Norman. Powell five years ninety million so big chunk of change for Norman Powell but don't get robbed. Yeah, refer to as that. Now the Duncan Robinson deal but they added that Macklemore from the Lakers. Like I'm going to be a minimum contract, they're dead. He was going to get squeezed out by think more Shore, things in L and LX. Yeah yeah. That's that's exactly a Wayne Ellington, you know. Yeah we'll talk about we get the Lakers but that's what happened job. But I like that for Portland, they needed somebody who could, you know, knock down some shots and then they added Cody Zeller, he's going to be there new backup, big my guess is they're moving on from enes Kanter? So Zeller world team team up behind Jusuf nurkic there and then they lost Zach Collins. Well, we're going to come back to that one. Yes, we're getting that one. We're going to finish with that verse but yeah, yeah, all right. That's perfect. Well, you should now and I'll go on a rant that's going to be fun to go here. So yeah, I mean, I don't know that any of these moves are get Damian Lillard saying, you know, let me know. You'll be a buy more real estate here in Portland and eventually you'll lock down even further. But you know, it's a start at least you'll.
Titus & Tate
"cody zeller" Discussed on Titus & Tate
"Twenty eight. Joey's camp yeah. I think that it makes sense. Honestly i find. Joe lees camp top fifty most of the year. I don't know why people were like alice go. I haven't like thirty four thirty five something like that Very early second. Or i'll take it. Yeah that's malcolm brogden range draymond. Green rain yeah. I think he's an absolutely shooter. Like there's no question about that. I know he had like a forty s vertical leap. It feels like cody zeller. Forty vertical leap. Where late like that right like. When was the last time you saw. We stand like yeah. It's a it's a farm vertical or something. So i get the appeal. I think he's really bad on defense right now. Which is the significant problem. You can really shoot off a movement. And i really think he's absolutely worth guaranteed contracts. Which coming into the draft process. I don't think most people which was just like i said like is weird to me like people were almost surprised that he was like a guaranteed combine. Invite and i was like i don't i don't know why would be shot. Like forty seven percent from three in iowa this. You're right right. Yeah you sold us on 6'7 and forty seven percents three. Yeah if you want pays in space camp same. I want to ask you about two guys that i think could potentially move up slash of talent. The first one is sheriff. Cooper and i feel like as we've gotten around the draft. I've heard a lot of jaden. Springer's i've heard a lot of camp thomas other guards that have kind of jumped ship. Maybe they go as high as eight or nine or somewhere in that range. But shreve cooper to me. I mean i know he was young money cash money. I know there are some things about his auburn days. That you know worth the best. He said he was gonna ahdab any opt in but natural talent. I mean i love. She started when he started play. We thought he might be the best. Like we're like my god. Is he the best freshman after all in the country wasn't but we one game for for a moment in time so he he showed the flashes. So what do you see cooper. I've seen new york knicks. They obviously like him. But i've also seen cam thomas there. But do you like sherie cooper because i. I'm a little bit love with him. I like i think if cooper passer he's best live and i think he's the best ball handler nice. It's really hard to be like a six foot. One guard ways one hundred seventy pounds. Who isn't a great shooter. Man and can't defend see see. This is the same. He eat trick the system. He got listed as six four at the combine. I saw him listed as six four. And then i thought he grew three inches. I might be the number one might be three years league. Six seven okay. So he is six one. That's we've seen that man. Stay on next bruce pearl. Why did we know that he's okay. You're right six four. Like it's i love the skillset like if he gets to the point where he can chew. I totally agree with you. I think there's a real possibility that he could be a starting caliber. Nba boy as it is the small. I'm a little bit skeptical on the shot. I don't love the way it comes out. I don't love the fact that he has. Its natural lean backward whenever he gets closed out on. Because i think he feels like yes. Try and get the shot up over these offenders who were just beginning longer than he is. I think that leads to some balance and rhythm difficulties for him but if he can hire that out. I totally understand what you're saying. I think he is a legitimate. Probably enter the nba is like a top fifteen like combination. Passer ball handler. Point guard in the league. And that's that's like high end of the day right. He's that good. That's what i'm saying if you're the new york knicks you sign chris. Paul you bring in sheriff cooper and you have chris paul be the show. Yeah cooper behind him and you also have quickly. As as combo guard and robinson robinson dollar contract nixon win the championship percents contractors. And you guys getting. I'd like we're asking for ten asking for speed speed of dunkin in all seriousness Is there a prototype. Ooh because what was it. Five years ago everyone in the draft is looking for the extreme on green Then duncan robinson comes on the scene and maybe not everyone but that was certainly.
The Bill Simmons Podcast
"cody zeller" Discussed on The Bill Simmons Podcast
"You know like you said in that span. Usa game bill. he can bring it. He can get stops across multiple positions with kai jones. I mean if you're charlotte here you have a young potential blossoming star and lamelo ball. I'm really into the idea of jones here. Just because of like he's so raw and you don't know what he's going to become necessarily. But i can at least for see him becoming a a rim running big who get up and down the floor. Forty blocks shots inside. He can switch screens potentially like he he struggled. That doesn't matter quite as much for charlotte because lamelo is going to be handling the ball so much like you don't have to worry about him quite as much as being a decision maker at the top of the key because of the way you run your offense so i think i jones here with the balance of role playing potential and three years in addition to really high long-term upside with us. Ross i take a swing for the fences here. I like the point charts. Spain in that piece about how texas has weird. They done a good job at pumping. A big is that at least seem competent. Nba games. Do you like your kyle. It's a good point that you're making about lamelo. I mean lamelo is the as it in. The and i like lamelo is the type of playmaker like talent. Wise that if you are a big guy and you can run and jump and chew gum. He's gonna just feed you over and over again. It's this dwight powell thing like you know the way could just make wipeout a great. It's a no fences wipeout but Yeah chi makes sense. I do like aruba like positionally. I think you kinda come into a situation where you have. Pj of miles yoruba like those those four guys together. I think the kyw makes sense as like a as vertical spacer. Who's there other like legit pick and roll vertical spacer on that roster snob near metro. Cody zeller who's afraid. Yes so now are very vertical right. I mean it does make sense on that level outdoor one t here. I mean like does and i. I've actually heard some rumblings. I don't think that they'll do it here. But what do you think about isaiah jackson here. I know you're gonna make fun of mikhail suit acer. Yeah he's a. He's a vertical space. I'm not the biggest early for him. Yeah it's too early. I mean i get the idea of it. And i think it's also worth mentioning here. Charlotte's been connected to miles. Turner and trade talks on clear if that involves the number eleven pick but if you are going for a big in a trade does that change the equation with what you're targeting here in the draft would you maybe go for a wing instead. You know like like we've mentioned giddy a bunch of times here still on the board i may maybe for san antonio is the perfect fit there with us next pick but is there any logic to do and we've seen lamelo share the ball with terry rozier. He shared the ball of the vodka. Graham having another wing who can handle for you. I'm i'm intrigued by the idea of giddy. Even though i lean towards a big at the spot. I like the giddy lane for this reason. I think it's easy to find big guys who can run and jump now in free agency all over the place. 'cause really teams can only play one. There's only one guy per roster at this point you know some some things might have to but really it's one per roster always seems like you could trade for them in the fact that atlantic capella for what they got two years ago. Who's like the finished. Best possible version of kijang. I don't like the idea taking big guys this high. When it's such a perimeter league now you know. When i feel like i can get guys later i can get nick claxton with the thirty second. Pick or whatever you know. Travesty i think I really liked the thought of giddy here. Even though it doesn't fit the big guy thing. I like getting lamelo high q. Malleable fun to play with guys. Like more of those types that he can toys for him because he's the guy. I'm building around right. I can go get runner jumper guys. they're valuable. I can get them every year. There's five i can go get but the the to find other malleable hayek q. Passer guys. I don't know i think this is the right. Spot for giddy members are disappointed right now then yet great. That's another reason take. We're taking getting so the spurs. This would be their backup. So so i would assume they're garuba waiting to happen but mia just made the case really quick for is it mitchell. Like a very spurs he kinda guy i know there. They have You know. Dijon murray they got derek weight. But it's not like i don't know it's not like they want a few titles with those guys like in they feel pretty tradable to either of those tayside just say like mitchell just seems spurs at him. I don't think they'll take mayor. But i just want to bring it up. Low fowleri there for san antonio you mentioned over you wanna flip. Murray or white. They're both making around fifteen million dollars. The next three years from our in the next four years for white so like that option could be there quite easily. If mitchell were the pick hair. I mean ultimately like for san antonio i be crushed no giddy. No schengen no wagner. I'd be very disappointed with the style. There I mean i think aruba. Gruber makes a lot of sense this roster. I love the front court next purnell. Neither of those guys can shoot guy. I like schengen more. Because i see shooting potential with him but you know gruber could be suspect available hair. So i'd be happy with rubel um instead of davy on mitchell coyote with an underrated thing i was going to tack on about Garuba is he might be the best interior passer in the draft..
The Woj Pod
"cody zeller" Discussed on The Woj Pod
"Who think like they can get players. That can help them that. This is a deep draft josh. Primo from alabama in the twenties. That's the name. I keep hearing with people right. Who who is you know. We'll see where he ends up You know maybe mid to early twenties but just quality guys. I mean atop top. Sec player. it's going to be a lot of fun. I think mike. We're going to have a lot of action this week and i think teams again having a few teams with multiple picks gives teams a chance to move up. I think we got teams. Who might like to move out and again. You know you always have the situation where someone's dropping and someone's targeting a guy in there and they're trying to get up and get at them so i think there's going to be like any year is going to be trade. There's going to be draft night wheeling and dealing but i think the depth of this draft makes people want to be in on the action of it. Yeah no question and a lot of the names that that you mentioned. I mean you got you know even jerry butler one of the best players in the country he on the twenty s. You talk about troy murphy from virginia Here in his name. Yeah late bloomer. You know he. He could get looks as high as lottery. Moses moody really good player eighteen points a game in the. Sec is a freshman. He's gonna go potentially in the late lottery so corey kuenssberg. We saw successful. He was i mean he might on the second round. He was one of the best players in the country. And so you go down the line. I think there's a really interesting mix of veteran guys who can contribute right away. Some of these swing guys who are more long-term prospects and whatever flavor you're looking for whether it's at the top in the middle second round on a lot of exciting players in this draft and just looking forward to getting to july twenty ninth. Yeah well listen. You're going to see. Mike schmitz all week on. Espn you're gonna see him on draft night on espn and on abc. We've got two shows this year on thursday night so it's going to be a lot of fun we'll be in bristol here for a couple more days and then off the brooklyn so try to get some sleep here. Mike and we'll we'll keep rolling through this. Thanks thanks for dropping has always been. Thanks appreciate it. Thanks for listening to this episode of the woge. Pod a big. Thank you to my guest today. Eight year nba veteran cody. Zeller an espn's draft analyst. Mike schmitz be sure to listen to new and archived episodes of the woods pod. Wherever you get your podcasts be sure. Also to listen to the low post with zach lowe the who collective with brian windhorst and be sure to catch on. Espn sunday at one. Thirty eastern the latest edition of the wo- jello. We'll catch you
The Woj Pod
"cody zeller" Discussed on The Woj Pod
"Uab l. or see him alongside tires halliburton at the nineteenth and evan mobile and jalen green. They're on the same team in. Kate was arguably the best player So we've seen all these stops. He's a stud at every single spot. And you know i. I just think that he deserves a little bit more. Credit for like the transformational star. I really think he's gonna be mike who's the one or two players in this draft. That teams seem really polarized about love. Them hate them but can't figure out what to think of them. Yeah i think there's there's a few. I mean we touched on a couple of them book night is kind of one of these. These polarizing guys You know. I think jalen johnson from duke is is somebody that that teams are trying to figure out. You know they're trying to figure out One like how good is he right. You know he had the abbreviated year. You know at duke bounced around a little bit in high school You know we had him as high as four at one point this season and so when you talk about a guy who six nine six ten with that body and versatility You know you'll hear things like aaron gordon right when it comes to to jalen johnson. Then you'll also see like okay. Is he consistently competitive you know. Why didn't he show up and every single game at duke. Not when he left but like when he was actually playing. Why was it one day. Twenty five fifteen and six and then the next it's three five and to you know On a team that could use him to produce more when when he was there. So he's a guy you hear. All over the board you know zaire williams from stanford is is another one. Kind of tantalizing wing. Who's getting a little bit of buzz. you know there's a big kid from turkey alpern shangkun analytics models top five like. He's he's off the charts You know you see glimpses of like a baby yokich. Sometimes he put up monster numbers. And then you look and say okay. He's a slow six ten center So there are a lot of names like that. I think are are all over the board and in one last one. I'll give you who. I think is getting some buzz in the top. Ten is josh giddy australian national team. Six eight point guard. He's one of the only players in australian mb l. History to have back to back triple doubles lamelo ball. The other one And i i was in vegas and watched him practice for like two and a half hours and seeing him against matisse stibal one possession and then joe ingles. The next was pretty eye opening. So i think you could see him get looks as high as number seven to the. Where's the video breakdowns. You do with players. Mike and sit down with guys and watch tape with them and talk through how they see the game how they see perhaps their role in the nba where they can improve what they're really good at. I know the teams find them. Invaluable because for many teams it's access they can't get to a prospect or it's additional access that they may or may not have with a draft process. What have you how valuable has happened for you to really understand and make your evaluations of players based on not just sitting talking with a guy but getting on the film and really breaking down tape with them and and getting a sense of how they see themselves how they see themselves fit into a league in a role that might be ahead for him. I think it's huge. Having basically an hour sometimes with david on mitchell we sat down for two hours and and we could have kept going In at that point you get to see okay. This kid one remembers every single play from this past season. Like every single play and two. Oh you has been watching. Drew holiday has been watching colorado. He has been watching donovan mitchell. And you get a look at One how they see the game and then to how they handle criticism the stuff on youtube. That's twenty five minutes long. That's like the best hits but we go for about an hour and a lot of times. I'll be brutally honest and and just try to you. Know tell guys prospect young prospects like these are there is you really need to improve in. Here's proof of that right. And you see guys who understand that and then you guys who run from it or guys who make excuses and to me the players who can always like take that constructive criticism and and apply it and say how they've been trying to tackle those shortcomings Really really impressed me in so for me. It's it's been invaluable. It's it's my favorite thing. I do In this entire space a getting to know these guys on a personal level. Get into just talk basketball in a longer form. That's not just a ninety second quick hitting things so i love it. You know team teams. Say they they enjoy as well. I think the players do too. So you know it's a lot that goes into it but I think it's an important part of the process and it's something that teams do more of now like at the combine like i. I've had players come up to me. And say hey. I'm really glad we did that when we did. Because like five or six teams showed me a lot of the same place that you did So i think it's becoming more and more part of the process mike. The pandemic and how it impacted scouting and evaluation of players your as limited as the teams. Were you like. They weren't able to go out. You weren't able to go out and then eventually it started to open back up. Are we seeing. Do you feel any impact or catch up or is there going to be are. We are teams. Maybe putting a greater premium on one workout in one day versus having seen them play in person over an extended period. What's the pandemics impact on the evaluation in this two thousand twenty one draft. I think it's a big part of it because you don't get those early touch points you know for me like if i was running a front office i think getting is on prospects as many times throughout the process. Possible is so important like you can't just show up at the ncaa tournament nc. Evan moby play twenty minutes and say oh. I got them figured out. You know like you have to go see him at usa basketball camp you have to go see him At the nike hoops summit for a week and teams weren't able to do that. There was no nike hoops summit. There was no mcdonald's. All american there was no jordan brand and those are times when you know even executives are. They're sitting down watching in getting that. I look at them. Like james weisensee good example of that even though he played just three games team psalm for a week straight at hoops summit. They saw him playing amongst his peers. Scrimmaging every single day playing a game Against some of the best players in the world in their age group. So that's why when you look at a guy like jalen johnson. It's hard because i didn't see him nike hoops summit. I didn't i barely saw at usa. Basketball i was lucky enough to see him. A little bit on nike. you. I b l But you just don't have those early reference points to lean on. And i think it's played a role in this year's draft and i think it's also going to continue to play a role in these next coming classes as well. Yeah it's remarkable. And i think this is again a year where there's a lot of folks i think you jay bilas Jonathan think this might be as deep of a draft as we've had since two thousand in three and their main probably not a lebron in the strap there probably won't be a lebron in any draft perhaps ever again. There may never be anybody quite like him again. But the depth of it and i think the fact that You know you talk to teams. Who are picking in the thirties and the forties..
The Woj Pod
"cody zeller" Discussed on The Woj Pod
"I think people are over thinking this one a little bit personally. you know. it seems like every year the further you get from when the games were actually played the more you nitpick players in. Think of all the reasons why you shouldn't pick them right when it seems like like i said just yesterday that commingle was this guaranteed top five. Pick this two way versatile wing that every. Nba team wants and yet there are question marks about you. Know his style of play You know his decision making his shooting ability all that. But it's really hard to find six eight wings with that type of body that type of scoring ability a type of footwork that type of versatility on the high end you think maybe he becomes a jalen brown type of guy and you know if he's not that maybe he's a harrison. Barnes somebody who can play either forward spot Score the ball inside and out And defend a few positions so I do think that teams are nitpicking. Him a little bit. Because when when i hear like oh he may slide all the way to nine to me. That's that's crazy talk yet. I think coming is going to be a guy you see. If he does slide there are going to be teams. Who think are going to be aggressive. And maybe that's number nine with the kings and number ten with new orleans. And i think both those picks are very much in play new orleans. They're going to try to get certainly bledsoe's contract off and we'll see what they do at stephen adams traded for them. They signed him to an extension. We'll see how he fits in here. Is they put their team together for next year. But no one's just taking that blood so deal off your hands and so part of a deal that might include something they like coming back. You're attaching the tenth pick in. This is a draft when you have a draft is good and a lottery that strong that ten pick has more value than perhaps in in other years. I mean that's you can get a really good someone's gonna slide. Their teams are going to be. They're going to be dying to get that guy maybe debut on mitchell from baylor. Yeah i if. I was a contending team or someone who could take on salary and get up into the top ten. I would be doing backflips. If i could go get davey on mitchell like to me the idea that you know. He's another guy who's going much lower than than we had him Over the last few weeks is also i. It's shocking to me. And if if any part of that is because of one a workouts or what's been going on there like watch the film on this kid like did we not watch the. Ncaa tournament did not watch the national championship. Do not watch the big twelve tournament when this kid was guarding kate cunningham one possession and then you know breaking people off the dribble the next possession for pull up threes..
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"cody zeller" Discussed on The Woj Pod
"I certainly wouldn't not sure if we say we're positive of that but i think there's some reason to believe that and then oklahoma city at six and the warriors at seven and then things get moving there but it feels like mike anyway. The top of it is starting to. You can start a start maybe right. If not in penn were right in those in pencil right now. yeah. I think definitely especially with with kate at the top and then you just hear more and more of jalen green at number two you know. I think that's what houston needs right like this is a team. That's looking for star potential. And i think he you could. Argue is the most in the entire draft when you talk about guy with his athleticism and and scoring ability and then i think mobely fits right in in cleveland. You know giving them a versatile big who can defend who can step out. Who doesn't really need the ball in his hands to be effective. You know. I think that would be a huge win for them and then and then suggs in toronto. Obviously we saw what he did with with gonzaga so i think it kind of opens up you know after orlando i think think oklahoma city is maybe the more the most interesting team you know just outside the top five. If if scott barnes does indeed go to orlando and you know what the thunder do. Is it a situation where they're looking at package. All these assets and potentially move up for a franchise change like a kate cunningham or or like jalen green. Or you know you hear the name. James book night a lot you hear. Jonathan kamenga allot You know. I think those are two of the more polarizing prospects in this draft You know it seems like yesterday that nba teams were at the g. League bubble and talking about kamenga you know. I got a flurry of taxling. Why isn't coming up. The number one pick like he. He's six foot eight and he's long he's got a great body has got all the tools and just had kind of an up and down year there but Where he goes. I think is one of the most interesting storylines in the strath kamenga. Mike definitely feels like a player. Who is dropping. I think there was a sense during the year that he and jalen green were kind of perhaps back to back in that four five slot jalen green. I think has moved up. Commingle has moved down. And you know it's funny. There was a real sense in the bubble that it was a great advantage for green and commitment to both be there especially in a college season where it was hard for teams. Like gm's go out and scout college basketball because they just weren't in arenas because of having to quarantine going in and out. I think there were less of them out. And about seeing fewer games and there you were in the bubble. Sam was in the bubble for two weeks in oklahoma city. He got a chance to watch coming. Green close really be around them see them against nba level certainly professional competition nba level competition playing with older players playing on an nba court with nba rules in an nba. Three point line if there was ever a year to be in that ignite g. league program. This was the year because of just how uneven the college season was and it felt like both green and coming had stood up pretty well to that and yet we get closer to the draft. Green moves up commingle feels like is sliding. Yeah and i think to be honest..
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"cody zeller" Discussed on The Woj Pod
"You know waiting in the parking lot to test that coming out of the cold and this kid just came with a smile every day and it was that that kind of sparked your group a little bit. He never has a bad day. Tons of energy And i think you just see like the locker room like you said Kind of pick up the spirits of everyone when he walks in the room so He was huge for said especially this year with kobe we were. We can hardly see anyone butter teammates so there's plenty days or as you know stuff started dragging on. But he was. He was one of the one of the couple of guys in the locker. That really helped out our students. So a great teammate. Enter code cody. You touched on this. And i think when you bet in the league as long as you have you been in one place you've been on different kinds of teams in charlotte you know and you haven't been able to experience a lot of the playoffs and you think back to that miami series in your third year and wanting to feel that again and be a part of that again. How much of a challenge is it. Is you advance in your career and you understand what a business it is. And it's not necessarily what you imagined as a college kid or coming out and you get in you. It's easy to get cynical in the nba. Right it's easy to just and guys get cynical in your some. The people around the business of it can be cynical. How do you keep sort of that that enthusiasm or that desire like you said to you know. Can i get to a top four seed. You know a team. That's playing to be a top four seed and either conference and go and feel that and be a part of that. How do you manage that as you move through your career. There's there's plenty of days where we play eighty two games. There's plenty games where Especially in the morning. Wake up. And you're like i don't wanna play. Hey i don't want it you know. I'm not feeling that. I've played you know forty games already. My body hurts like we're gonna you know we're in a cold city. There's you know like you can come over a million different excuses but By gametime once you get you know once you warmed up and You know you rise. The and i sometimes add remind myself i used to always It was a as a pacers fan but we live two hours from At the time of market square arena mayor and It was a huge deal for for my parents. Two working parents For one to get five tickets to a game and then for two to drive two hours up to see the pacers play and we would always be in the very last nosebleed and we used to go. maybe once a year maybe once every other year and For one like you said two to four the tickets for too. you know. it'd be a seven seven thirty game and then we'd we'd watch the game. I thought it was the coolest thing ever to be able to watch An nba game and it was really my only chance to to see an nba game. Live and then we drive all the way home. The my dad would be up at five. Am the next morning to get to work. And so i think that like somewhere somewhere in this arena ten year. Old cody zeller setting in very tot nosebleed. Where his parents have worked months to try to afford five tickets. Those bleed and this is like their one chance to see an nba game live. Cmih play live. So there's plenty of times. When i when i kind of have to pitch myself realized like i play basketball for letting this this. This is pretty. This is pretty amazing. This is oil so This does have a little talk myself. Get my cell go like that. That's great that's great perspective and you've gotta be able to You're right you've got to be able to remind yourself of that Sometimes Cody zeller headed into Nba free agency here in august. Cody wish you the very best Pleased that i don. I did not call tyler one. You know you said i. I was thinking about this as we were going on. I now i remember i. I don't think i. I don't know that i had your soul number but i texted somebody to apologize. Who did i text. Maybe your pr director. Jordan joined gertler. I was with jordan time. Who's worth excel. Yeah it was jordan gertler because he he was walking down the hall with you. That's exactly that's what. I texted jordan. Almost as soon as i passed you buying anything it's later he's like i just got a text Because we said he's call you tyler like on knowing deal and then thirty seconds later you've So like. I said. I tell you that story to make you feel better now. No valley so yeah. That's that's awesome. I'm often wrong. But at least i can. I try to be quick to listen. Awesome to jump in here. Cody a lot of fun to visit with you and look for to see and where Where you are nexium. Thanks so much for having me on appreciate it back here on the pod with mike schmitz. Espn's draft analyst. You will see plenty of him over the next week leading into thursday nights draft on both espn and abc. Mike our human. I'm good woes back in back in bristol back at the cafeteria. I got my doubletree cookie out here. It's good to be back out east and feel a little sense of normalcy at less than a week until draft night so a lot going on but all good stuff. Yeah and and we've got this draft. I think is as anticipated as any in recent memory. I mean this is a loaded group. There's a lot of enthusiasm and the league you got. You know a few teams with multiple picks. Can they move up. And i think now though mike the top of the draft it feels like it's taking shape. I think we're confident of kate cunningham at number one detroit has not formally said that but every indication is the pistons will take cutting out of oklahoma state. And i think right. Now there's a sense of jalen green at number two. Houston evan. Moberly of usc. They're big man to the cavs at three and jalen suggs from gonzaga at four to toronto. And perhaps even. And i think all along it'd been four players and i think there's some momentum at least some traction. Perhaps you know that scottie. Barnes from florida state stays in state with orlando at five That that's very much a possibility. I certainly wouldn't not sure if we say we're positive of that but i think there's some reason to believe that and then oklahoma city at six and.
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"cody zeller" Discussed on The Woj Pod
"There's there's only a handful of guys on each team that are scoping scarlet points. Kim was going to score. You know those guys are going to score the points you know. There's a certain niche for guys that come in and play hard every night. You do all the dirty work. Nobody else wants to do. You put your nose line dive on the floor. And and i think that's what i'm you know still eight years later. I think that's still what i bring to the team as I wanna promise to better and What i'm on according team plays well so Just kind of embraced that role throughout my whole career. And that's and that's going to be your value in this spree agency whether it's to return to charlotte which is certainly an option or to go somewhere else. And i i mean you look at your career cody and you played at one high school in your hometown. You weren't off it. You weren't off at img or school. You played in your hometown in indiana. You played at you and then you played eight years in charlotte. You've not had a lot of change in your career and your sort of on the custody of having to make a decision and i think you're going to be in great demand. I know you are the things you just laid out. You talked to gm's and coaches. And i know steve. Clifford was still coaching. This league and i know how he feels about you. He would want you on his team because he he believes you. Impact you impact winning. But obviously there's lots of factors in free agency. There's what's the financial number like. Yeah there's lots of teams want me. But are they going to pay me a market value. Somebody else's you have lots of factors but this is new to you and looking out in the landscape. How do you. You know you're probably you may not be day one free agent signing although it does move quickly in this league now and and a lot of deals are done and as you and i both know there's deals done before free agency actually starts But but how do you look at the landscape. And how do you decide what fits for me. What do i want out of a team. And we're exactly like what's the environment that i want to choose and pick because i know you're thinking about all that stuff you're talking with your agent's same goal federal excel. I'm sure if not every day pretty often about what it all looks like. Yeah i think. I think it's gotta exciting like you said it's It's my first time being a free agent for style really had a choice of been fortunate to be drafted by charlotte in a good city but I think as i look at freeing see I wanna win. And i think it aligns with you know what i bring to the team and everything and i stand for I think Interesting one. When i was coming out of the draft i had I had dinner with one of the one of the team. And they said you have to be motivated in this league by one of three things. And i said it's either money playing time or status it can't be about lifestyle can't be about You know anything else asked to be about one of those. Three things has to motivate you and so he he gave me an example of player for each one and my silent for the night. And then i had to go mass the next morning. Which one would. I be motivated by. And i think that's always kinda stuck with me. i think My answer was status. And i think i've made My contract before this one was was a big deal. financially and Playing time like i've played A blade big minutes Started in this in this league Couple of hundred games on played thirty minutes a night But you know. I think i can have a huge impact as a as a backup center Infrequency psyche. there'd be a you know a a starting center on a fringe playoff team or a backup center on a really really good team competing for top four Homecourt advantage in in that conference So anyway playing. Time is not important to me but i think status is really the one and his example for the player of status was tim. Duncan and so status doesn't mean you know llanelli attention or i want all the credit but someone liked him dunkin where i wanna be remember. It is every time. I slept on the floor and made an impact on winning. When it's better. And i think that's what tim duncan did his impact one eight. I think that's what i can bring. A team is Is Is impact winning and make. My two is better so as i go into free agency. I think that's what i'm looking for is Not necessarily you know. Sit on the bench for a team is one of the championship. You know i. I'm looking at you know in my mind. A team at the top floor in the conference is you know. They're applying for homecourt advantage. They are planning to make make the playoffs. they're planning to have homecourt advantage of men. Anything can happen. What you get in the playoffs in my mind. That's a that's a winning team. And like i said even if that means me playing fifteen twenty minutes is a backup center On a team like that. That's that would be my ideal role in free agency. Some of you may not know this. Although i don't know how that's possible. But i am an alumni of saint bonaventure university. And almost everything. Good that's come in my life whether personal or professional. It's ben because of saint bonaventure. It was a place that gave me confidence and gabi belief in myself and helped me horn a craft that i wanted to develop to get this level of education. I had to move to upstate new york. But you don't have to say bonaventure. University has developed a one hundred percent online master of arts and sports journalism program leveraging insights from.
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Embiid scores 18, leads 76ers past Hornets 114-106
"The seventy Sixers took control in the second half as ended a three game losing streak with a one fourteen one oh six win over the Hornets trailing by five with the half Philadelphia opened with a nineteen the six run taken a seventy two sixty four lead at eleven to run at the start of the fourth quarter in the nineteen ninety four lead to all the beat had a team high eighteen points for come quick mods came off the bench to score seventeen al Horford added fifteen we were really trying to play with that with some good pace and I really move the ball well and I would always encourage and beat quick Boston Horford were among six who scored in double figures for the Sixers Cody Zeller had a game high twenty four for Charlotte Michael Luongo Philadelphia