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Is Brad Stevens On The Hot Seat? Plus, The Kings Shake Up Their Front Office

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Is Brad Stevens On The Hot Seat? Plus, The Kings Shake Up Their Front Office

"This is the scanlon bells podcast, with NBA, champion Brian scelo brainy. Former NBA, general manager and Executive Ryan mcdonagh. Welcome back to Scallon Pals everyone. I am Ryan mcdonagh I'll be joined. By. The white mob of Ryan scale brainy a welcome and welcome back to our viewers and listeners on radio DOT COM and also on twitch TV we appreciate you joining us as always on Scallon pals our show on twitter where it's gallon pals he is at Scallop Brainiac at the NBA. The star Wash O'Brien scale brainy scale. There's a great game tonight in the Eastern Conference that is game two between the Boston. Celtics in the Miami Heat Miami won a thrilling game one in overtime game celtics controlled. Most of the way they're up double digits in the fourth quarter. Let it slip away Jimmy Butler made some big plays down the stretch. So scale, we'll pick the game as we do at the end of the show here on Scout Pals but what are your initial thoughts are as game to Boston and Miami and what you expect to see later? So from an individual standpoint, the Celtics, some guys who really played well but. From a basketball standpoint and what I think the team is capable of like listen Marcus smart might not hit five threes in a game I understand that. But the way that the Celtics, played their style of play was not what you would expect from them and it's funny Guinea came out he was on. Ninety eight five out here toucher and rich, and he was basically saying that I don't i. think we played awful. I don't think we played Celtic basketball was you know it's Trapping Kimba Walker thirty five feet from the basket and Making him pay by tacking quickly. So I think the Celtics will play with more pace nothing more frustrating in my opinion now I don't know if this is how they wanna play but any time a player is walking the ball up the court unless it's the last possession of a game anytime, a player is walking the ball up to court and has to scoot forward. So he doesn't get an eight second violation. Then I have a problem with that offensive possession. I don't understand how much more energy it takes to zipped above court. Move. The ball few times like whether you get the ball back with eight seconds on the clock against certain matchup or there's sixteen seconds on the clock during that match up I think it's much better to have already moved the ball side to side a few times. So my guess is and I know Brad and the Celtics Scott shellacked or and seating games versus Miami and my guess is Oh, come out they'll move the ball they'll emphasize moving the ball and won't be just from the coaches it'll be from the players as well. Scale you bring up a great point and that's something I want to get into more here on. Scallon. Pals. the pace at which you initiate the offense. That's something we studied in the fifteen years in front offices between the Boston Celtics and the Phoenix. You need to get the ball up quickly you need to get into your offensive flow scale. A lot of offense is based on reversals. How many times you can change the floor and all that and walking the ball up meet you waste valuable seconds. It's not eight seconds because obviously it some time to get the ball over. Those three of. That's drop kick. That's another reversal of the court this Brackley more time you have to make the defense work. So that's one of my pet peeves has an executive I hate it when teams do it in big games in big situations and I agree with you, I expect to see it whether's Kemba Walker Jalen Brown excuse me. Jason Tatum Jaylen Brown those guys pushing the ball to court initiating offense quicker for the Celtics tonight against a very good Miami heat defense. The more the more you make a team make multiple efforts to better chance you have of winning. That's what it comes down to you and I when I say winning I mean winning that possession. So you just if I'll keep reverting back to this and I used to love it as a player when teams would throw their offense away and try to run isolation at me. That is the dumbest thing you could possibly do even though you look at me and you're like a slow white guy, let's go right at him and that. That is not how you're going to beat me. You want to be people defensively you make them move anybody out there I'll just go go and test it stand there and I'll tell you where to go or run at me now appointed direction it is so much more difficult to run stop change direction and nowadays not even foul guys when you're doing it difficult to close out, run a guy off a shot and stay in front of him without bowing I, just don't understand in today's game the way the rules are wide, you would ever run isolation I do. Understand late game and I also understand like if you move decide decide now you've got something you might like with eight seconds ago go ahead get into your bag if you want but like to do that and not moved the ball and everyone's just standing there defensive, not only defensively that allow you to conserve your energy and now you have to just bear number one or two multiple effort but offensively allows you to where the other team out. So it's celtics were just worn out which I don't see how they could be after all those days off they. That's fine. You WanNa. Slow it down because you tired one thing but I just think they did it because they thought that was the best strategy to win and I'm not rolling with that and I know a lot of people are pointing the Brad Stevens here in Boston depict non basketball people are looking at it like it's brass faulted that happen man that's players fall, and that's not only the players that were doing it. It's to player standing around letting this stuff happened you got to move the ball especially gets a good defensive team like Miami or like Boston by the way Miami thirty two assists on that night they had no problem moving the ball side to side. Usually, the knee jerk reaction point the head. Coach. And the lawyers secondarily, we snap throughout the playoffs especially with rivers and the irs in this last series. Scale let let's talk more about you know. What do you think would be different tonight especially from the Celtics perspective you mentioned the pace you mentioned the ball. You mentioned lack of dissolution if it is. To stretch what do you think specifically that Brad Stevens does pensively with this dispute more ball player. Close possession possession game. Yeah. I, I don't mind you WANNA come up and put tyler hero or Dunkin Robinson in a one to pick I. Actually don't mind that I do I don't I have a problem when you walk the ball to floor and scoot over half court and then you go into a one to pick I've a problem with that but if you're flying up to give it up you. Get it back you put those guys in some type of action. All you gotTa do is get slight advantage and once Jalen Brown Jason Tatum Kemba Walker. Once those guys are slightly out of position then attack, but here's my point on the attack. It's not for you to attack is to go out there and play one on one. It's for you attack get Bam on A. By you to commit get somebody on the weak side to suck in now, move the ball in play out of it like if you really want to try to exploit a matchup okay fine I understand that but don't do it slow. Don't walk the ball to floor and then don't just settle for jump shot after jump shot like there's exploiting a matchup doesn't have to mean. You score on that guy is quitting a match up all that could mean is forcing another team to put two on you and when you do that, you play out of it and if you can't at this point, make the right reads in my bag it's on me. You're not good enough to be in the Eastern Conference finals if you can't play fast and make the right. When you finally do get to the basket, then you need to go back and reevaluate how good you are as a player. Don't tell me about a man. This guy is an all-star. This guy should have been guy should have been that this guy should, but you can't make rim read that a high level. No I believe that Jason Tatum Jalen Brown Kimball Walker Marcus Smart I believe all these guys can make compromising rim res affected defense. So I'm expecting that I'm expecting Miami who in my opinion have great isolation defenders Jae crowder. Andre Egwu dollar and you have Jimmy Butler I don't think that those guys are very good off the move I would I would attack Duncan Robinson Tyler Hero Jae Crowder, all those guys off the move. But isolation I would just move the ball I would just move it and say someone else trying to drive in created advantage. So that's what I'm expecting but we'll see we'll see if they go out there and do it. Yes scale we have the early morning injury report at the NAMM injury report out of Orlando the Celtics have. Gordon Hayward too doubtful. He was out. He was listed as out recently ever since a bad ankle sprain a month or so ago now scale do you think I I think you and I do think there's a chance that he plays in the series. When is your best guess that that happens and do you think there's a chance that he actually plays tonight So I don't I. Don't think he's GonNa play tonight but the idea of moving him from out to doubtful I don't understand how maybe you should tell me how I don't really understand how stuff works but I think you're like. Like good enough to play or not good enough to play or like I. Think I'm going to play and I'm GonNa try when I get I don't understand the classifications but. I don't think he's GonNa play tonight but I do think he's GonNa play his wife does not give birth to their son anytime soon remember it's not just a normal thing where you could slide into the hospital beat ever the Burger enough game or anything like that. No, you leave the bubble you gotta get there you got to do all these steps you gotta get back you gotTa Corentin again. So my guess is the Celtics I want are going to try. To get a game under his belt now I think he's GonNa come off the bench when he finally does I don't think he's GonNa play tonight but I think he is going to come off the bench because they don't want to disrupt what they have going as long as two celtics bring it tonight, moved the ball and play the way that they're capable of playing. If they don't then I could see them start Gordon Hayward trying to get some you know. To what they were before he got hurt but my guess is they'll keep it to saying if he does play tonight, it'll be very, very, very limited basis but moving forward I expect him to be coming off the bench but the whole monkey wrench in this whole thing is you've got to his son should be doing he's already promised to be there. Don't you think nowadays, Ryan. Like with everything and technology don't you think you could just be there zoom like this isn't that good enough nowadays like it's good enough for my kids not to go to school and take zoom classes can't you just be there on zoom for the birth of your children? Yes neum skype. Although this morning I'm having some audio video difficulty self. You might get a little frustrated if the baby starting to come out and then it blurbs and it's choppy and the. Advocate you're not sure if it's a boy and girl or the hair color, you know that could be a little bit difficult depending on your Internet connection but that's another story for another day. And that's know that's a personal decision. We've seen players leave the bubble for all kinds of reasons. Now let me ask you questions now this is. Not What I was planning on going with this but I'll bring it up because I think it's topical and relevant. Do you think all the guys on the clippers who left the bubble and came back for various? Periods of time offsets in mantras grandmother died a Lou. Williams had a friend who died Marcus Morris arrived late it is a family issue. Do you think impacted the clippers or is that just another in the long line of excuses that the clippers made over the past couple of days since they got eliminated by Denver? I don't buy into any of that stuff I don't think. I don't think that there's any outside sources anything you can't deal with in the NBA to win. If you understand what I mean by that. If you you're good enough to win, you're good enough to deal with adversity like how about how about the Lakers on talking about Avery Bradley out I'll hear them making excuses maybe if they lost, we'd here making excuses but. I think the NBA is a battle of attrition and the people who handle the drama the absence him best are the ones that are going to be the most successful at the end like anybody can do that. Make excuses for why they lose what about. MANTRAS? Herald leaving. How how do you build a fifteen point lead against the team and then you you you You end up losing ask by thirty five points in the second half. MANTRAS heralds grandmother died. That's that's her fault I. If that's your team, then you're not going to win that's that's how you can't survive a sprained ankle now listen being Lakers, Lebron get her okay big injury new Kevin Durant Golden State Warriors POPs, in Akili okay. I understand that's that's unfortunate. Right. But if you can't survive like people leaving coming in your team's not resilient enough and you're just not good enough that's just how I feel. You're good enough to be a fine team. You're good enough to talk about expectations. You're just weren't necessarily good enough to win it all. Scale since we're having some audio and difficult video difficulties I'm worried about my own mental health. So I'm going to take a nap and take the rest of the show off, and then you could just let me know after what happens like how went you know what I missed but but I can't I can't perform under these conditions so I'm just not going to try. Speaking of that, I love Kevin Love Ryan I love Kevin Love but but like he had a story today in the players should. And he talked about, he compared like going through the tough times of mental health right? I don't want to get on guys about mental health right but he had this story where he talks about God I really feel for the people out there the people who don't have. A job he can't put food on their on their plate there being addicted or getting put on the street I. Feel for those guys I. Don't know if I believe that. I don't know. Like I I understand that they're going through a hard time but like comparing yourself to them, I can't in my in my mind, I cannot go there. I can't read my mind around like one hundred, eighty, million dollar guaranteed contracts that you have coming your way. You're saying you're saying that your mental health issues are the same as the person they can't put food on your plate. Listen I'm a positive person in life if I couldn't afford to put food on the. Table for my family I think I would have some mental health issues. I think that I might do something. That's a little bit nuts I understand that. But I don't I don't understand how Kevin love compare what he's going through to what they're going through. I. I'm doing the same thing with Paul George and people using the mental health thing as an excuse therapy were out there like I can go walk down the street. Boston right now and be like man there's some people out here that need some serious help. Paul George Missing. You know going forward for sixteen or can't make shot in the second half is the same issue. No they're totally different in my opinion, and that doesn't mean that mental health issues that Kevin Love or Paul Your Journey Nba player or coach or executive extra rubber suffers that they're not important. They are important but they're different when you have the amount of money those guys have in the network and connections those guys have you can deal with it a lot differently and a lot more comfortably and try to overcome your obstacles than a guy on the street corner trying to figure out where his next meal is. GonNa come from and drink some. Food home to the family. So anyway, we won't go too down that rabbit hole here on Scalp Pals We'll get back to Boston in Miami Game Two at the end of this show that is at seven o'clock eastern tonight that's the the loan game in the NBA I think you'll see just one game a day the rest of the way with game two in the Eastern, conference finals tonight, and then game one in the Western Conference finals between the Denver Nuggets in La Lakers tomorrow I'm a scale we have some news that happened overnight. This happened I think relatively quickly as far as how these things go. That is the Sacramento Kings named a new head of basketball and that is Houston rockets, assistant GM Monte McNair scale. There were six names who were put out in the media as far as candidates three of those guys with through Trajan Langdon from the Pelicans Adam Simon from the heat and Calvin, booth from the Denver Nuggets. So they interviewed the other three who did not withdraw Sachin goop from Minnesota Wes Wilcox, the former GM of the Atlanta Hawks and Monte McNair and scallop of the six names honestly McNair nearest one I know the least about he's been with rockets for thirteen years. He played football at Princeton but this is a new hire four Sacramento and I'll be very interested to see how it works That he has a relationship with Luke Walton who was just hired by law d-box was now gone a year ago some other interesting new scall- in the article in the athletic this morning is that Joe Dumars will be an advisor to basketball operations. He will stay on board as an adviser I. I. Don't know if he has a connection with McNair either on the scale what are your thoughts on this You know it's not you know it's not a household name I don't say that to pick on him certainly I was When I got hired by the sons twenty thirteen but what are your initial reactions and thoughts about the kings making yet another change to the organization? Yeah I know him a little bit from. I speak and I hosted a panel at the Mit Sloan Conference and he kind of all that stuff up Maury is like the Godfather and he ask you and then everyone else handles details one of those type of things. But I mean I, think the Houston Rockets. First of all, they're innovative for what they did with the small lineup in saying we're gonNA Trade Clink Appel. We're going to go against the grain and say, we need to figure out a way to if we're going to win, we're going to play this certain way and listen I enjoyed watching them play just because they didn't win a championship doesn't mean that they didn't do the right things and play a certain style. It does I do wonder about this. The Houston Rockets ever since we see the Daryl Maury tweet was. No actually. We can't use that because we have to go back to the. Dan Tony Situation in the summertime where they started firing assistant coaches and vacuuming Dantonio. Extension and on and on and on and on right and even Daryl Morgan caught up in the. Chris Paul told me he wasn't going to trade me in any did drake me and all that stuff. So the Houston Rockets which I actually commend Daryl Morey and I'm sure Monte. McNair sort of the same way as maybe they're not afraid to try things that are outside the box which there's a there's a weird line to that there's man what are you doing in disaster and then there's like, hey, we gotta try something because we don't feel like we're good enough and I've always commended the Houston Rockets for going for it against the Golden State. Warriors. Teams are kind of tapping Zane maybe the Golden State Warriors won't be good five years. Let's gear up for when they're not very good. Not The rockets rockets win at them and I commend him for that So. Clearly he's not afraid to try some crazy things and I think Radebe as a little bit like that and you talked about playing five on four defensive. Anderson, crazy stuff like that. So maybe they WANNA try like some innovative stop with their team and I know they wanna play a lot faster. So it'll be interesting I wonder how it feels to be Luke Walton right now because you're there and you were in La and they got a new management and you were out now you're in Sacramento and they got new management and I'm not saying out but it is really interesting when a guy brings in. A new guy comes in. Always seems like he does make a move to hire his type of guy for the head coach. Yeah. That's a great point scale and with the audio video difficulties this morning I forget to get my thinking cap on your on Scallon Palace because he asked me to ask me questions and I will answer them ran diva bought the Sacramento Kings in two thousand thirteen. So He's been there a little over seven years now and there have been a lot of changes scale. Pete Alexandra was running the front office initially. was followed by Blahdy. was there five years on the sideline? We know the history there it's not good at least from a turnover standpoint going from boy in order if I go back to Michael Malone and then tyron. Corbett Corbin was the interim head coach and then George Karl came in and he wasn't there long and David yeager and now Luke Walton. So what's that five coaches? Gallon seven years? So. I think that's the biggest challenge for McNair initially is bringing some stability to the organization and then being honest and direct with Luke. Walton, his staff but also with ownership about what the plan is, what the vision is you know you and I will see we don't know at this point does money McNair want to break it down and try to build back up through the does he want to try to elevate the team to a playoff level? That would be my guess given that Sacramento is approaching? One of the longest if not, the longest playoff drought in NBA history Scott scale attract I think this year they tied the record next year, they may break the record if they don't make the playoffs haven't been in the playoffs and fifteen or sixteen years so. And that's something that honestly, I, underestimated getting into Phoenix the short-term pressure when you're new organization Monte McNair will show up in. Sacramento. Sometime this week scallop, he's not there already and you come in your new and it's day one for you. But kings fans and employees, players and everybody waiting a long time to get into the playoffs and they wanna get back there. So. So that pressure you have to be cognizant of that coming from the rockets, they a consistent playoff team. I think you can make an argument that over the last four or five years cumulative time period scall-. They've been the second best team in the League trailing only the Golden State Warriors, in that time period Boston's in the mix as well. Houston's been right there. So. This is different than that and I have discussed the challenges that not only McNair Sacramento Kings, face scowl but every team in the western conference faces especially the non playoff teams. You and I think Sacramento will be better next year we really like the Fox we'll see if they resign Bogdonovich we'll see what Marvin Bagley can give them if you can stay healthy but the challenges gal you know it's easy for guys like us to say and you and I it in the show but brother media people to say, well, that's a playoff team. THE NEXT YEAR RIGHT MEMPHIS IS A playoff team. Is, A. Playoff Team Phoenix is a playoff team. SACRAMENTO'S A playoff team. What I always say is there eight who make it and there are seven who don't in each conference? So if you're going to say you know one or multiple teams are playoff teams and you and I think the Golden State Warriors are very likely if not certain to be one next year as long as Steph curry and Klay Thompson or healthy, they get back in the playoffs with Draymond Green. That would mean if Sacramento or any other team in the west who didn't make the playoffs this year Scout, we'll go in than one or probably two and this scenario would have to go out. You know it'd be great like using it owners to say, like I believe that my team that we put together is GonNa Win Fifty Games next year thirty games next year forty, five, km six year. So then at least we know where you stand like if you if you're like we expect to teams to make the playoffs or we expect our team to win these particular games than you can make decisions on. Okay. Well, at least we know we're above expectations or below expectations no no, one would ever do that but it is kind of weird. If you ask every owner, how many games they think they're team is going to win it would. Be. Insane. There's only certain amount of games out there that you're allowed to win. It's just how it goes. There's eighty two of them everyone plays the same amount. So it is kind of interesting. Now let me ask question because you hear this A. And I never I don't agree with what the standard verbiage is when people say, Oh, you know how it is when a guy gets a new job. So I hear this a lot. You tell me if this is true, you know how it is when a guy gets a new job, he doesn't want that player to be successful because he didn't bring that player. In or he didn't drop that player I feel like I feel like if I was running a team I would want all the players to be good. So I can win some games I wouldn't care if this player was really good and he got credit the other guy got credit per personally I would just want to win. I wouldn't be looking for quote unquote credit. I'm not saying you were like this but I'm asking you feel like there are people out there that were like. Hey I wanna make sure that the guys had in our successful. So it looks like that my job I'm doing a really good job. Guy, that we got fired. Yeah no absolutely scale and I take my fair share responsibility for doing some of that in Phoenix. It's not a conscious thing. I don't think scale. It's a subconscious thing. You know to simplify it. Well, if you're getting a job that means you're replacing somebody, why are you replacing somebody well of the time because got fired or resigned it didn't go great So you know it's human nature to try to do something different and I think sometimes it's easy to Overdo it. You know what I mean when you when you should make a minor change to hear there see how it works. You make a bunch of change just one guy who has done an excellent job of that is Messiah Jerry and. TORONTO SCALP KEEP in mind you know he did not bring. Kyle lowry to the raptors that was Bryan Colangelo Bryan Colangelo drafted Neymar derozen into those guys. Got It through a certain level They made the trade with Rudy Gay I. Think he went to Sacramento at the time or maybe maybe Memphis second remember but they say sent out rudy to have those three guys. It wasn't working rudy went out. Then they were patient the team got a lot better than then got to a certain level and you kind of held held made marginal. Upgrades they drafted. Well, they made some other good accurate requisitions what kind of held US ships scalp until the B- The big guy became available in San, Antonio, Kawhi Leonard and then he pushed his ships into the middle of the table and it was brilliant. You know but it was it was slow it was methodical. It wasn't just tear it down and then build up from the ashes again. So we'll see what money McNair does I think the first order of business will be like I said to establish expectations for the owner in. Particular who by all accounts is a very nice guy, but it seems to listen to different people internally and especially externally, which is a little bit scary isn't executive when somebody starts going outside the organization and asking people who generally speaking Scott a lot less information than you do and you spend a lot less time on it So that's the first challenge. The second challenge to be Luke, Walton his staff because you're right and and I've been part of some of these situations anytime a new front office comes in scall- or vice versa. It's like everybody's on eggshells. Changes at a high level because it's human nature you thinking about yourself, your staff, your family like, Hey, are we going to be here my good or you know this guy come in you know I don't think this happened chance money McNair could fire Luke Walton his staff today or tomorrow like just start over you know. So that's that's the human element of it. So those are off court challenges on court challenges I orders of business. I think in in order of importance are one Dean Fox is eligible for an extension they could give him an Max extension certain. I shouldn't have certain certain as I can be that he would sign a scout because no player coming off a rookie scale contract has ever turned down a extension. So do they value Fox at that level? Is ownership willing to spend to that level for Fox? secondarily Bogdonovich is a restricted free agent. A, how do they value bogged down? Were they willing to pay him in restricted free agency? Did they want to proactively try to give him an offer when it starts or they comfortable matching if he gets an offer from another team or do they let them go price where it gets too expensive for bogged down and they let them go Way To be is buddy healed a how does bogged on's you know whatever you do with on impact buddy healed we know it's not a secret at this point that what he not happy about coming off the bench being that man score he wants to start in play a big role on the team. So those are the I guess three challenges and then the fourth one I would throw in there is Marvin Bagley look he's probably never going to be Luca Danni such that that's probably not fair to Marvin this point, but can he be healthy? Can't he contribute to a good team a lot in the group they're drafted him to play up tempo is that the way that money McNair? In Walton WanNa play they still WanNa, play running gone I. think that's the way they should play with. Fox's their best player. But if that's the case, how do they get Marvin healthy and how do they build a team around Fox with guys like Marvin who can run who can fill the lanes and transition and try to be the highest scoring, maybe most efficient fast-break team in the league. So so the short term challenges obviously well, we could go on there more than that. What money McNair has got his work cut out for them. There is talent on the roster, but there's also a lot of work to do to get that team to a solid playoff level in the western conference. How how difficult is it to say? Well, we want to do is make the playoffs like would you? Like championship or bus, and you make moves that are going to help you get to the play offs but not necessarily help you get over that Hump Do you think that I've changed my thought about this I think it's really important to make the playoffs to go. You can get that experience. You can eventually grow into a championship caliber team. That's why I'm really against the same hanky thing be bad for five years in eventually your players will be good. Enough I. Don't I don't believe in that I do believe that like you know like kind of what Miami's doing right now like Miami has. Never, wavered, they had an opportunity a couple years ago. The really tank they could have really tanked. They're like, no, we're not. WE'RE MIAMI WE'RE GONNA fight he fought all the way to the end. They missed it they and they ended up getting this draft pick right and everybody's like. Well, you're not good enough to get a good player. You're you're not bad enough I'm sorry you're not bad enough to get a good player, but you're not good enough to make it into the playoffs. Well, what they did was pushed pushed pushed it, and now you're they ended up drafting Bam on a by you. And he got him like right at the last part of the lottery ended up being a pretty decent player. They got tyler hero right at the end of the lottery, and the is being pretty decent player. So it seems like the culture to push and win and compete seems to be a better culture than, hey, we're gonNA get really bad and hopefully we knocked we get the perfect guy. We don't just be bad for another five years. So is that is that a challenge if you're the Sacramento kings and if you just make the playoffs, isn't that good enough? That'd be a great. You'RE GONNA, make the playoffs next year with a young team. The challenge scale from an executive standpoint is if you say that as your goal and it does not happen, then the negativity really starts and it puts your coaches in a tough spot and that's why I was hesitant to do that in Phoenix. Even my first couple of years and when we had a chance to be a playoff team before we went into the full blown rebuild. It's setting a bar that is very difficult to reach in the western conference. Especially, with a young team, you know how hard it is just to make the playoffs and be one of the top eight in the West. So I was hesitant to stay that specific now internally like in team meetings and as far as expectations, you could say that to your coaches and players and things like that. I think that's good about the challenge scale is in y you know what you mentioned why most owners and executives in particular don't do that say our goal is to win fifty games goes to win sixty games goes to win the NBA Championship. You put that out there. You don't do it. Then you get attacked for it and I bring it up because look at what's happening with the La Clippers right now. Now you and I think they deserve some of the criticism that they faced a because they said some of those things and you know we're acting like they were the favourite and they could flip the switch at anytime about the challenges from a fan perspective in particular if you say you better back it up because if you don't everybody comes out with their arrows, starts looking at you and could be your your head. The coaches head on the chopping block next because at least perception wise you fail to live up to expectations. Yeah but that's what this is. anyways that's. The amount of calls you know we take those calls throughout the week of Doc. Rivers the on the hot seat WHO's to blame and all this other stuff? I just that's how is GonNa be whether you come out and say your expectations are you don't say to your expectation? Isn't that maybe not for the Sacramento Kings maybe not for them maybe from their local media either way like when teams lose. There's there's criticism and people want you said the chopping block they wanna see people get fired you. It's unbelievable today I did a call I've had I had to I had to just think about this Ryan mcdonagh. I've had to go on for two or three minutes justifying why Brad Stevens is still the coach of the Celtics you know what I'm saying that is a you know NBA coaches right and you're just like you know. There's one thing when. It could be this or it could be that. Let's say seventy thirty, right you're like, oh, I can see where these people are coming from like the Brad Stevens thing if at. Minimum is ninety, nine percent one percent like all right. You want to criticize one percent they didn't move the ball brags out you a better job mixture. They got to move the ball that's about as far as but as far as people are asking for him to be fired in Boston, he's not the right man for the job I said. So He's Not. The right man for the job how about when our best players are more than twenty two and twenty three years old and he are saying not the right man for the job how about how about we go down that road win these guys have accomplished something and they established they and they somehow they think that because and so weird here in Boston. Because Brad, Stevens has gone to X. Amount of eastern conference finals and has not made it to the finals after game one, the Miami series by the way I remind you that he's not the right guy for the job I mean how many more Eastern Conference finals would the knicks or how about Insert I would say twenty five other NBA teams how many more would they like to go to before? They're like, Hey, you know maybe coach I just I didn't understand it questions were so mind boggling to me that was having a hard time. Answering them so I get it and in Boston, they never make any any beef about he noticed like when you walk into practice facility or you know what? It's like being in the garden and or watching the Patriots win super bowls or the red SOx or the Bruins or whatever it is you got one goal in mind and it's okay if you don't get there you have that goal and if you don't make it then yeah, you should there's some criticism that has to take place but it's better to be like that then to say. It doesn't really matter. Oh. Yeah. We're growing. We're all next year. We'll make it to the playoffs like there's a whole totally different animal, but I just can't imagine how Brad, Stevens getting like any type of heat and listen it wasn't reputable sources or anything like that or people that really knew. But in the NBA circles, that's like mind boggling to me.

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GSMC Basketball Podcast Episode 375: We're Back, Whose Team Is It Anyways, & 2019-2020 All-NBA Teams

GSMC Basketball Podcast

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GSMC Basketball Podcast Episode 375: We're Back, Whose Team Is It Anyways, & 2019-2020 All-NBA Teams

"Get your ears wrapped around the golden state media concepts, basketball podcast all the scoop need to know from college basketball to the NBA and even March, madness zoos of your rising stars topics on and off the hard work. This is the golden state media concepts basketball podcast. Tuning into just a basketball podcast to you by the GMC podcast network of your host today Nick Robin, and before we begin I just returned from beautiful Montauk down in Long Island in guy it was one of the most incredible weekends my life unfortunately, I had to come back to reality than sitting my box here in midtown right by square in. Honestly it's been a little tough stay positive during all this time and it's sad to admit this is probably the first time that I have full on quarantine since March I've left my apartment. Probably, three to four times in the last since Monday. So. Yeah. Three or four times about four to five days leaving get groceries and the these only and it has been lonely save lease. So I can't imagine people in New York did this for six weeks 'cause. It's just I don't know of heat lear. So that's one reason Weinstein put i. do some prejudice came back Montek as their lease came up and just being unemployed for this lines? Really. Taken. A damper on my mood and. I don't know when it comes to. Jobs, and how I feel about myself. What I'm doing for a living really reflects Kinda. How Amer- who I am as a human being I know that might be a little negative to say but I mean. I think we all deal with some of the same things but all at all I can do stay positive move forward is thirty, forty million people out there unemployed that are dealing with the same thing that I'm dealing with. So you just gotTa remember that we forward to more positive matters MBA's back on today's show out discuss whether we should be worried about the leader's performance from last night, and since none of these names will count toward the twenty twenty NBA awards. We'll take a look at this year's nominees and then on Knicks picks, the five players won't become household names in the bubble, but first a look at the return of NBA Action and how long should the Pelicans? They Zion's minutes. So after more than four months, the NBA is back hundred forty days since we last saw basketball so much has changed around the country before months ago the protests had started George Floyd. Incident had not yet occurred and again, such a travesty. On March Eleventh, we had a hundred forty reported deaths from code. We are now over a hundred. Thousand. So yes, is real a lot of people. was. On. Names or. Hard easier. A lot of people want to think that it's not a real thing in that they decided not to wear mass at the very beginning, which made this way more dramatic and has put us way behind where we should be New York. They God for governor, Cuomo as an amazing job in minimizing the spread of this virus in New York has somehow lost south headed of California and all these other states. that. Looking at, it should be ahead of New York since New York everyone's living on top of each other. Seems like a logical way for the virus spread by people having their flee the city or state in their apartments done their best as law-abiding US citizens that they are. So the opening ceremony yesterday very touching, very powerful all the players coaches and rest kneeled and link their arms in unison. And GIANBATTISTA play the national anthem with the combination of the guitar piano. So beautiful to see it got me to thinking that. The I mean obviously the majority of the NBA. African african-american. The majority of the people in the bubble outside of some players and coaching staff in other staffing members are African American and kind of shows you that this is their chance. This is her plot. To show America into crow passing a piece away into continue to. Engrave this message into America because people are finally listening and paying attention because. The NBA by far the most popular sports people are going to tune in. They're gonNA watch these games. Some people might not agree with some things that are sad or something that are done by. They. Should I mean it's all they're trying to do is. They want an equal seat at the table and that's what this is all about. That's what the names the message on the jerseys are about and it was awesome seeing those messages from players and. Moving on. So WanNa Pelicans verse Jazz, and Fittingly, go bear who. As we remember back in March touching the microphones ended up having posited for cove in scored the first only the first point game but the last point, the first resort game. He. Was Fouled on dunk attempt in the final minute went to a two from the line. Brandon Ingram went up to the three pointer. It bounced out jazz get in game with them. Helicopters needed to win and go bear showed up as always as the former defensive player of the year fourteen team points, twelve rebounds and three blocks especially Big Block on Zion. We will get into him and his minute restrictions a stack but looking at the game back court for the jazz was a sign of strength there colleen Mike Conley Donovan Mitchell Connolly, the wily veteran who came over from Memphis after spending his entire career there at a rough start. In the first part of this season, we now part one before Kobe and hard to postcode better in Kovin. And read. And they can buy it for forty points. Forum eleven from three head of eleven from. The Strip. Four overs. Four steals deals into blocks and Donovan. Mitchell detain them a little time to ease his way in use a little shaky yet first. Couple turnovers missing some easy shots, and if you add in Clarkson who had twenty three points off the bench, although he was one of Eight, rub the three point line. And looking at the box score, the jazz obviously shouldn't have won this game they shot only eat three, four three while the Pelicans were eleven thirty one shooting close to thirty, six percent but the jazz. Are the four seed in the Western Conference for a reason stuck in there and ended out only. ended up pulling this one out of there. and. Despite, some strong performances Raum the Pelicans Ingram played like an all star. In the first half. He was Civil Levin. And in the second half was one and nine including that three pointer. As the BUZZER expired. That secured the win the Jazz Lonzo, ball who people love to play with Dudas, unselfishness showcases, superb defense, and passing ability. Seven assists. Six rebounds and two steals. Cutting through passing lanes taking off passes he was tremendous but. was to thirteen from the field. including. Four from three and over two from the free throw line. So he has made great strides this year, but he still work in progress when it comes to the other facets of his game. and. Next one of my favorite players and one of the more underrated players in the league stuck to his claim last night in drew holiday had twenty points nine of eighteen field forty percent from three hitting two out of five five rebounds. Four assists repeals and one block and. Unfortunately though had six turnovers which led to the Pelicans second-half demise and looking at one of the key. Fixtures. For the Pelicans Zion. Williamson number one overall pick in this year's draft in last year's draft and one of the most. Coveted players in recent MB history probably since Lebron James That's how a mazing how talk about this guy is. He only played fifteen minutes, but in those fifteen minutes, six of eight from the field including four for four from the field in the sediments first-half however, he only had. Only, add did not have a single rebound and his plus minus which is establishing Tobago. Day whether. There's a lot of factors that go into the other players on the court with you. He was minus sixteen in his fifteen minutes of play now. I WANNA. Talk about his minutes restriction. Why is this guy on a minute restriction? Let's look at Stephen Strasburg in his early years with the nationals. He was on an innings limit. You made a statement in two thousand ten. Did, not. End Up hurting himself in recurrent Tommy John Surgery later that season. Upon his return twenty eleven minutes restriction the next year in two thousand twelve was limited to a hundred sixteen innings and unable to pitch in the postseason. Twenty thirteen was the first time that Stephen Strasburg even hitched into the eighth inning. As pitcher, you go up there five times a day in one job is throw as long as you can effectively, as you can until your manager continental out of the game. But this is a completely different scenario Zaia is not coming on Tommy John Surgery. He's not in concussion protocol. He is a twenty year old superstar with outside of one injury. Due to the explosion Michou when he was two. He has been completely healthy. So why rest them he needs to get back into playing shape anyways is still a big thicker individual. And how do you get into shape by going out and playing? And, the fact that they lost on a loss possession in a single possession game is why not roll out Zion for a minute or two I don't think the difference between paying fifteen minutes. Twenty minutes is going to affect them in the long run and these Games are important. The PELICANS as has been well documented. Are Only the only reason they didn't go straight in the playoffs the conspiracy that MBA people are saying. All over is that the only reason that brought out twenty two teams they didn't go straight into the playoffs is because they want Zaylon to come. They wanted to see more resigned they wanted to come to Orlando wanted to dominate. They wanted him to carry this Pelicans team into the AC or. A play a game with the Memphis Grizzlies, whoever else ends up in that eighth or ninth seed. So they are in the playoffs yet. So why not put them out there why not put out your best starting five in the last couple minutes crunch time to win a game where there's only they only now have seven names lap and they are currently were games out of the eighth seed and looking at the standings as they stand today. They are tied with the Spurs with four games back and are a half a game hind the Sacramento kings and the Portland Trailblazers. So yes, yesterday at every game moving forward is a must win game. So Alvin Gentry, I understand we have to do had coach. You're the protector players but Zion does not need protecting right now he is. Twenty years old, he is not battling. Injured the moment so send them out there in crunch time whether your team needs. Victories every victory they can get, and yes I know I mean, Hey, worse best case scenario they end up winning the playoff game they faced the Lakers in the first round they lose out on a lottery pick, but everyone wants to see Lebron resign. So Pelicans, let's make it happen and it's not getting easier for them 'cause. They're about to go face. The clippers who are coming off a loss to the La Lakers add more to that in a SEC. After this commercial break, we will look into Lakers clippers game from last night, and whether we should be worried for the Lakers barely squeaked out a win against. A Against the clippers team missing two of their four best players. So stay tuned right after this commercial break, we'll be back to. You. Are. You looking for the very best nfl and college football podcast. Then check out GSM see football podcast, get the latest football news both on and off the field from the NFL draft trades to the rumor mill to the NFL combines they got you covered that's GMC podcasts, dot com slash football, dash podcast, get updates on college rivalries, Indian insights, and much much more. It's football talk the way you want it this show sleeps and breathes football don't forget to like them on facebook and follow them on twitter visits. Yes. MC PODCAST DOT COM for more INFO. And we're back with you and what a great way to start the NBA season last night with to nail biting down to the last minute down to the last of. Finishes, as we mentioned in the last segment, the jazz. Up. Ended, the PELICANS would two free throws by none other than rudy go bear the guy who got the season pause a little bit earlier than we would've liked but. Had the happen. So it is now a Rudy Gobert revenge to her and I love it. I hope to see more of it because how great would be to see rigo bear put this team on their back and lead them to possibly a western conference finals matchup against a team we are about to talk to you now, which is the La Lakers in La Clippers and it has been. Such an amazing year for La Basketball. The Lakers and clippers have been one to near the top of the standings all year long and the clippers actually won the first two matchups in the season series. The Lakers of now with their one zero three, one, zero, one victory last night on Bronze Miss Shot put back had made it to now for the year and Anthony Davis came in ready to play thirty four points. Sixteen seventeen from the free throw line even had two shots from deep out in his typical eight rebounds four assists, but Lebron on the other hand had himself a subpar night. Six and nineteen from the field to a seven from threes he did out his typical eleven, rebounds seven assists but. Five turnovers however did show up what matters most in the fourth quarter everywhere early on his career he was criticized for not making the big plays when he counted last night. Too Big defensive stops in the floor and the game winning put back as I mentioned on that last offensive possession forced the ball out of letters, hands and covered George as he attended that three pointer at the buzzer which was. And Lakers wanted it. But Letter to George did put on a show combining for fifty eight points eighteen thirty, three, throw revealed nine, fifteen, nine of fifteen, sixty percent from three amongst to five feels three blocks. So what I'm asking is, why do they take thirty three shots when you have Lebron Davis who each took nineteen each letter in Georgia each retain at least twenty shots a game these guys can score from the perimeter inside. Letter, the Great. Turnaround jumper. And it just makes no sense. Especially when you're missing Lou will mantras herald to two of your top four scores. You have more shots to throw around might as well give up to your number one and number two options or one eighty, one V. And with the Lakers big game by Kyle coups, who is a player that they really need to show up in Orlando and hopefully I would say this is. Optimistic. thinking but if couch could somehow. Turn into a third star. abroad in a D will be cakewalk. Getting to the NBA finals and eventually hoisting. That Larry. O'Brien trophy but. I don't see that happening although he was four seven from three last night contributed sixteen points and seven rebounds, and that's what they need from him. A guy that for the stretch four or. Stretch five if need be next to Anthony Davis and Lebron. and. Whatever guards throughout out there dion waiters, Jr Smith outs, Caruso and the turnovers were issue for both teams. I would say out the to restart games and the clippers twenty two turnovers which led to twenty nine points I'll turnovers were. The Lakers and then the Lakers so had six turnovers but minimize the damage can contributing only fourteen points off those turnovers and it was nice to see. We're not in La Anymore, but it was nice to see the celebrity row out there in. The Lakers clippers game. So Mba players are permitted to attend games the bubble as fans. Of course, they must be six feet apart to satisfy social distancing rules and among those tenants. Last night, we had Portland's Damian Lillard and CJ mccollum San Antonio Marta rose, and Toronto's Kyle lowry. So we don't have the typical a list movie stars and real estate. Moguls. Like you'd see at stable center but got the next best thing it's like A. It's like our own a tournament in Orlando. Mike Lebron said. been interesting so far aid really my key point to this game at the clippers are better than the Lakers may be them. There to even but last night Lakers only won by two and it took A. Probably, one of the best defensive performances from Lebron last three to four years to to real in this win, and the clippers should be encouraged my last night performance they almost one as I mentioned without two or four best players in Lou Williams who Went to the gentleman's club and has been getting shit for it ever since and Mantras Herald who had to leave for a family matter and the bench points last night only managed thirty one they're twenty, nineteen, twenty, twenty, season average is fifty one. So it's twenty points the basically missed. Louisville average twenty game hero allergy e Tina game this year for the second. Seeded Clippers. Also. Committed to offense avows first time this career led to sitting out nearly the entire first quarter. And looking at the numbers, the Clippers beat them in every statistical category. All the major ones rebounding they everybody everybody them fifty, five to fifty, three they out shot them they boesch. Thirty six threes. The Clippers made sixteen at forty, four percent rate and. The Lakers only made eleven at one percent rate. Overall the some more balanced deep roster that can throw multiple lineups that youth thing go big with Zoo Bach Morris George. And Landry Shamet they go small with Mantras Paul, George Kawai Lou will and beverly. So they can throw a lot of different things that you that the Lakers more or less cannot and looking back at the stat sheet I mean realistically they beat them in. Three point percentage overall field goal percentage the Lakers shot under forty percent still managed to win, but again, missing to your four best players. Should probably have a little bit easier time against the clippers. They still have their two best players in quiet Leonard. And Paul George to the best wing defenders in the NBA. Now, looking at the next big storyline from last night Anthony Davis came out. was being fed the those of the game Lebron was feeding him and it begs the question is Anthony Davis. Now, the best player for the Lakers I know it's only been one game and we shouldn't blow this out of proportion. But that's what we do here in the media world is one take a small sample and we beat it down. And come up with all different scenarios from that small little situation even though it's one meaningless game, which vote really seems well, not really clippers case in the Lakers case, they loss game they'd be fine there now a half a game away from clinching. The number one seed in the Western Conference Bridge, as we know this year doesn't mean Shit because they're playing an empty fucking arena with no fans and we don't have that real home court advantage. Nonetheless, it's still good to be number one and to come out with a victory against a team like the clippers but back to the question at hand. So is Anthony. Davis now the best player on the Lakers. I'm going to have to see now. In seven years, the Pelicans, he only made two postseason appearances. He was their seventies which gives you time to the velveteen around you and try and win which. On occasion or? He did the only times he did make the playoffs the first occasion. Okay See. Barely, missed out 'cause durant only played twenty seven games that entire season. He was out with a leg injury as a remember that's when West forgotten to that. Triple double bind set that really never laughed after that season in then in seventeen eighteen. A made it. into the first round against the Portland Trail Blazers. But I would say they came out victorious more due to holiday and Rondo neutralizing Portland's guards so it was more On his team that himself that they advanced ended up pacing the warriors. got. Swept, or lost in five games like everyone did over the last five years. And then. He he really hasn't proven. He can win in the postseason. This is still Lebron's team and this team will only go as far as Lebron Takes Them Dot Sandy, Davis's in peace because of course he has without. And They Davis this team is a four, five, six seed but without Lebron. This team is an EC- borderline lottery team so It's still Lebron's team. Despite the poor performance from last night it's just one game would see how he bounces back from that. When they play Toronto next game, which is honestly could be a finals matchup with. Toronto having lost by Leonard of barely lost a step in are looking at the number two seed right now in the east and have the postseason experience to go out to the bucks who as we know, Middleton and bledsoe have been less than impressive in their postseason careers. And now, looking at the tail to players at the Lakers brought it. Dion waiters. Jr. Smith. Jr Smith eight minutes. Oh once field whereas Dion waiters eleven points five ten from the field although he was only one of six from three but he was four for four from within the ARC. And on top of that was a team high plus minus plus seventeen. Again that stat. Can go either way doesn't really mean Jack Shit but if anything it's more of a good thing that a bad thing in this case. But the unspoken hero of the night and someone we're GONNA see a lot more of as. We continue in the bubble Alex Russo. The Lakers have lost a re Bradley unfortunately as he declined to come to Orlando and then with rage on Rondo. Injured himself, he'll be out six to eight weeks. So that gives out Caruso one of the few guards left on the team ample playing time. So last night and. I'm going to go into a little comparison here with another player plays for a rival the Lakers and the Celtics, and that would be marcus smart. And Marcus Smart in Oscar Caruso. Although the hassle. Blunders. At times and maybe you don't want them should be not three they do at the end of the day make winning place. So Caruso last night twenty, eight minutes. The fourth most is played in a game. This season use only seven from the field three of six from the free throw line four rebounds two assists one steal not a great stat line by any means but that one steal was a huge flame of final minute that would have been the game winning defensive play if not for all Georgia's. Desert of three pointers at the end as he did tied the Game Lebron ends up missing the shot getting put back. The Lakers get the victory by Oscar Rousseau. It's just the type of player you want on your team you luck against and you hate to root for him. So that's the type of player that pay diffidence in this long extended playoff run for the Lakers we'll just have to see about that. Now moving on as I mentioned earlier in the show, all the stats from the seeding games will not count towards this year's Emmy Awards. So after this commercial break I will dive into the all NBA teams first second and third. I would have gone with all the normal awards, MVP rookie of the year, but those seem locked up and I feel like there's a Lotta. Great. Candidates for all NBA. Teams this year especially with the strikes shorten season that we've had to deal with. So after this commercial break, all NBA. Teams stay tuned for that. Check out the show that's built on the m a from the UFC two extreme cage fighting they got the fights covered check out the GSM see m a podcast get the latest news on past or upcoming fights join us as we've talked to in about some of the biggest names in the. Past, present and future. When it's the fight game, there's just one show to check out. GSM SEE PODCASTS, dot com back slash me dash podcast. Don't forget to like them on facebook and follow them on twitter visit GS PODCAST DOT COM for more INFO And now it's time for one of my favorite things, analyzing players and see how they've done throughout the season. It's been interesting one say the least as we're all looking at a sixty ish sixty to sixty three game sample rather than. Eighty two game. Sample size. So I think either way I think after three or four. More than reports of the season being behind us, we should be able to make. The same amount of logical pigs for who should be on the first team who should be on the second team should be on third and so forth. So starting at the first team and a going to go little position lists off of. Some of these picks but I'll try my best to keep it within a guard guard forward forward center match up to keep things. And On the first team, no surprises I would say many of these are not surprises all burst off we have Lebron James and this if elected to an MBA pursue, this will be thirteen. Time, which is to more than Kobe Bryant, an Carl Malone and breaks tyrant Bryant for the most all NBA team appearances. So right there I mean he's not yet has six championship like Michael Jordan but I mean this has to say something that he's still in his seventeenth season being elected as a top five player in the NBA it's. Unprecedented. All the verbiage in. Descriptive words you want here but Lebron James is all time he's at least should be in everyone's top five. And he's lead a Lakers team to the best record in a tough western conference. Yes. He has had the addition of entity Davis we'll get to in a bit, but without Lebron this team is barely a playoff team gives as seen as other southern about earlier Anthony Davis hottest chances seven season seven full seasons in New Orleans to lead that team to some kind of playoff dominance and he never did so this team this Lakers team without Lebron and just with a D is I'd say Much better than the Pelicans you on last year. So Lebron. Guard spot next fought James Harden was averaging. Thirty four point four points again unbound while we didn't think he could take it to another level after last season at one point he was averaging nearly four game. This'll be a six first team would be six first-team place him seventh all time for guards and we have to start in the conversation that James Harden might be the second greatest score since. The second grade score outside of Michael Jordan and Wilt Chamberlain. By scratching he might be the second greatest course since nineteen eighty Michael Jordan and then it's James Harden and Kobe Bryant and James Harden. It is just I mean he already holds his third all Thailand most consecutive three point Games covy never did that not even Michael did that. So that's gotta speak for something. So James Harden, the second guard on the first team, and then quiet Leonard who surprising this surprising that would only be his fourth all NBA team you came over from the clippers and free agency teamed up with Paul George Although Paul George, quite fully paid about thirtyish games together quiet been the catalyst for this team. leading them to the number two seed in the western conference although he had does have more help. I would say a couple of the other guys on this list but nonetheless. The clippers are not vying for a number to speed in a spot of their first ever appearance will be their first ever appearance in the Western Conference finals. Now looking at the next pick. Janas. Onto a Tuba, which is a no brainer you will more than likely. When MVP once again making him a back to back winner in leading one of the most dominant teams in league history. I believe their fifth all time in points per game differential. So that's featured south and he's been even better than it was last year touring nearly thirty points a game on only only thirty one minutes of playing time. He's increased always numbers across the board and leads in every advanced historical category that not even going to start to get into gear but guys best player in the world plain simple just has approved a yet. So. Let me take you back there. He is a best regular season player. In the NBA as it stands today. And then at the center position although he's played more before four rebel McGee Dwight Howard, taking over most events that the five Anthony Davis. Who has not disappointed in his first season in La hosting near career is in points per game and. Even has the belt an outside shot, which is something that you have to develop. When you're playing around player like Lebron, he turns all fours and the stretch fours I Chris Bosh. Kevin. Love. So, Anthony Davis JANAS ONTO CAPUTO WHY Leonard? James Harden and Lebron James. Are My first team all NBA. Now those were I would say that first team along those, no brainers. These guys going to be the top vote-getters for MVP but now going into the second team. It took a little bit more decision making and we start. With I'm going to start with their to the two guys adjustments down on the first team in that is Nichole Yokich. After a start posted his typical twenty, ten and seven from the center position. And led the nuggets into that three seed range. And have the ability although those these ads. So count towards. The all NBA teams will have the ability to overtake the Clippers for the number two seed in the. Western Conference and then. Our breakout player and Honestly could be in the discussion for most roof player even after winning rookie of the year Luca Danni. Has Let us surprising maths team into a middle of packing the western conference, and although again, it doesn't count last night. had. An. Austin game against the rockettes although they slipped up at the end and Lawson overtime in one of the highest scoring games of the season. And then now it gets those two picks automatic as those guys were on the cusp between the first and second teams, and now we can't some players that. Could have slipped between second or third and looking and none other than Damian Lillard whose team has been I would say disappointing this year after making a run to the Western Conference finals a lot of front court issues with players such as Zach homes, and you save Nurkic missing time but it hasn't slowed him down as he posted career highs in points per game an Asus. I think Damian Lillard is probably one of the most underrated players in the NBA. This guy is not get enough credit. I mean just look at the performance he put on after the death, the Kobe Bryant came into the stable centre and would stump from forty points. took away a win from a Lakers team that. Needed a moral victory that day. He not only dropped. Forty eight points but had a mere triple double Tennessee's nine rebounds in what should have been Lebron's. That night with the death of his good friend. Kobe. Bryant. But that just shows that Damian Lillard is a bad man. The guy is an assassin doesn't get enough credit where credit's due hasn't tried to chase rings has been dedicated to staying in Portland and. A little story I heard his this guy is as homegrown come when it comes to play the Golden State Warriors, he takes the bar to the coliseum walks over the stadium just like you and me that is that in a loan just who Damian Lillard is big fan and honestly wish we could see him succeed a little bit more. This season and see them in the playoffs but I think he would be a great first round matchup against the Lakers team because the Lakers have no one to stop David Lord the one week weakness Lakers how this year is there guard play is. Mediocre at best. and. Then over to the next guard spot and someone who's had the ball out of his hands last two years but has been. Re Given. The keys back to the engine with Chris Paul. In Oakland playing for the Oklahoma City Thunder this year everyone thought it was going to be a lost year for Chris, Paul that his career is over that was being stuck with the Oklahoma Stadium. What was left after Russell Westbrook in Paul George Ditch town, and what he's done is led them surprise to this seed in the western conference then one of the. Most. Clutch time performers this year and yes there's a lot of credit to gave them regard lineup with Dennis Schroder and shy Gildas. Alexander. An Billy Donovan at the top. But again, Chris Paul he's engineers catalyst. They don't go without him. They don't go anywhere without 'em impressive for a six foot thirty, five year old guard who we thought was passed prime but. He's being he could be voted talk player in the NBA. This season and the numbers I mean, they're not they don't blow you off the boards seventeen points. Six apposite is not as typical norm. But what he's done for this franchise speaks volumes of who he is as a player in it'd be great to see him get past the second around this year as well. And lastly. On my second team Jimmy Butler the first time the he has made the heat relevant the first time since abroad lacking twenty fourteen, we're talking nearly six years ago. He's posted career high assists at six point one in his shooting has all but evaporated but he's been consistent offensive force in the paint averaging right around twenty a game and they they made it to the four seed in a very top heavy eastern conference. We look at the standards you have the bucks have top. Followed by the defending champion Raptors. The Celtics who in my opinion are possibly the most talented on paper talented team in the NBA. They come to the fore SITA head of a sixers team that features to all stars in Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid. And right ahead of the fish seated, he's irs who have also had a surprising star. and. Every there you have it. My Second Team Damian, Lillard Chris Paul Jimmy Butler. Luca Danni in nickel. Yokich now moving onto the most controversial team in that is. NBA team and we have. I Have Bradley beal. At my first guards spine? Yes. I. Know This team has been. Awful this year is an embarrassment that they were even invited out to. The Orlando Bobble but that was all because of beal unfortunately, he's out for the year, but he averaged over thirty points a game. For the short season that we've had only that is only happened seventy times in NBA history. I'd say, Jordan Wilt Chamberlain Probably, count for ten to twelve of times. So he's one probably only fifty ish forty, fifty years players that have averaged thirty points an entire season you gotta put them in the top team player in the NBA yeah. Defense might be a little lacking but. The guy puts on a show every night next Guy Russell Westbrook. This might be a controversial pick as an we'll get into these snubs. In a sack, but he's adjusted shot selection in the second half making him. One of the most dominant paid scores he's been good and as as of late has been great leading the rockets in the western conference with the to edit monster him in Hardin. And then one of my favorite players in the NBA Chris Middleton he was one made field goal away from fifty forty, ninety on one of the greatest teams innovate history. Only nine players accomplished that feat eight players in the NBA you defense four positions for the least number one defense. And This. That was mind boggling the. So when Janas sits out he averages thirty one way four points per game her thirty, six minutes. Pretty impressive for your number two player. And then at the last forward position and one of the rising stars in the NBA on one of the most talented teams Jason Tatum last year you Kinda took a step back with Kyrie irving in town. But this year he's bumped his our up from fifteen to twenty three points game. He's been a stellar defender and. The Best Player. On one of the best teams in the Eastern Conference and he's only going to get better from here then lastly. One of the more. Unpopular players maybe right now in the NBA are was really go bare he's averaged. Thirteen point six rebounds a career high and seventy percent from the field. and has played at is typical old offensive level which has been even tougher year as the jazz have decided to atom more firepower. Mike Connolly and Bogdanovich and have gone away from the offensive minds if they've kept and they've now been there now temporarily. In defense, which are worse mark sense really grow bear became a full-time starter, but he a leader in defense. Real plus minus the fourth consecutive season, which is a players estimated. Impact on team performance measured in points allowed her one hundred defensive possessions. And on top of that, he leads the League in screen assists. Yes. Four hundred and forty-three besides dominates SA- bonus who has four hundred thirty he has a hundred more than the. Third. Guy On the Guy After Savannah's bonus which is. Out of bio that leads us into the Stop the stubs, and there are a couple of big ones here. Kemba Walker, who is playing on a winning team for the first time in his career and he has been a great point guard in comparison to what Kyrie Irving brought to the table last year Devon Booker is still one of the best young ours'll NBA but his team just can't seem to win. Whatever he tries we thought we saw the resurgence in the beginning he was. Twelve and ten or twelve eleven. The first twenty three games when we thought you finally putting together the sun or finally GonNa make the playoffs but more than likely doesn't look like that's going to happen this year and then Bam out of bio who's been one of the most versatile defenders point forward similar to a Lebron can guard all five positions can bring the ball up the court I'd say Rudy Gobert. More impactful to his team. Especially, the losses of some of their better defensive players trae young. Average. Twenty nine and nine. Honestly should put a at least in the compensation for top team player in the NBA but his team, which is so awful and. Himself on the defensive end. Just. No. Good. So he gets cut Ben Simmons and Ben Simmons was probably office heck here it was between him and Russell Westbrook but the seventy sixers they just have them perform this year. There are thirty, nine, twenty, six at the break and. They're not much better than they were last year we had high expectations for them. They're still not able to space deplored the way they would like. Invents sentences performance if you look at his numbers of the same exact thing were last year when he did make an. NBA All, all NBA team. But just think Bradley beal scoring thirty points. A game is something that we don't see often you had to put them ahead and Russell Westbrook. Being, one of the best players, one of the best teams in the League you have to give it yet to give that to them, and then lastly Joel embiid he's missed way too many games to be in the consideration but even with his what some people say, lack of effort still putting up twenty, three, twenty, four eleven a game. And then lastly. The number two seed in the Eastern Conference Toronto they needed to have a representative how Siaka them. But. Is Just Chris. Littleton Jason Tatum of just I think been more impactful and had better seasons than Seok. So you barely Miss Ikat here. By continues to produce like he did and develop this past season will definitely be making all NBA team in the near future. So there you have it my third and VINYL NBA team Bradley. Beal. And Russell us from the guard positions Jason Tatum Khris Middleton, and Rudy. Gobert bear a lot of first timers this year, and now we've on to Knicks picks after this commercial break I will talk about the Fi- players that will be household names once the bubble is over stay tune for that. Out this job built around the women of 'em. From the UFC. To the extreme case fighting we got the fights. Cover is San the golden state media concepts, women's MMA podcast, the latest news of upcoming. Discussions reviews matches join us as we talked to in about the biggest names did women's mixed martial arts the past present and future when it's the women's freight game, you know we're to listen to the golden state media concepts, women's MMA podcast. With the whole world on pause. World as all eyes on the NBA. So today on Knicks picks we're looking at by by players that I think will be household names for are gonNA, make basically they're coming out party Orlando over these next. Weeks, to months depending on how far their team makes it a couple of these players. Are already on the way to becoming established stars but I think with everything going on the world bligh's will be tune in to these players in the whole world is not the find out how great they are. So the first player on my list was a budding superstar before he injured himself missed eighteen months. No Pun intended is getting his feet back underneath them kristaps. Porzingis he looks like envy that one be to look at. One a over in Dallas and honestly could be one of the. Best Duos we've ever seen the guys seven foot three entrenched the floor. Can Guard multiple positions. He's just the type of player that you want in today's. Mba. You can put out the fire before you can even put him at the three. You'd block shots he rebounds he shoots he could potentially be a forty percent three point shooter. The Sky is the limit and it's taken them a couple of months, but he's really come on strong Agatha late. Especially before the shutdown of the season, I put a three consecutive thirty point and rebound games in January February put up another. Consecutive thirty point ten rebound games in March as well. So Chris were zingers number five on Knicks picks list of players that are gonNA, make a big impact in become household names in Orlando. Next at number four Jonathan is sick and this guy he's not just a walking protest right now with how he decided to stand up not wear black lives matters shirt on Friday in Orlando's tip off against the Brooklyn Nets. But the guy can really play. He's a stretch for can shoot. Can similar to. A lot of the players we see completed positions and was having a breakout season of four. He suffered injury back in January hasn't played since January first and really I think. If Orlando is GONNA, make the playoffs and make a run he's got to step up. So Jonathan. Isaac. Four state. Alum. And one of the most I think underrated players in the NBA will be on number three. Jalen Brown and he came to the League he wasn't going to be able to shoot. He's turned that around somewhere out quite lettered. And many others coming the league without without having a shooting tied for what we've seen is the right amount of repetitions and practice. It can be done. Jalen Brown is part of that Jason Tatum Kemba Walker Gordon Hayward headed monster and really this season he's already shown that he can be one of the best two way players in the NBA. And I think those who don't walk tune into too many Boston. Games. Don't know too much about him went to Berkeley very under the radar move came out was the third pick overall. and. As of late, the guy. Has Plato Lockdown Defense and I think he's only a twenty three years always only continue to get better number two. or J on Anobi, there's a reason that the Toronto Raptors have not taken. A significant step back from where they were. Last year is this guy Put them into the quiet spot guard your best player. his offensive game is still a little rusty, but that's coming along as well but he's a lockdown defender. Guard, Your Best Player won't hurt you offensively and the rappers. The two seed in the east and yes, has stalls the autumn. As. In his game to another level like you did the year before in winning the title by it's not all about crm. Johnno be another great wing defender would fringe me to our last player to watch for in the Orlando bubble and that is Jason. TATUM. Before the end of the season, he was having a monstrous March averaging nearly thirty, a game and. He has only gotten better with the departure of Kyrie. Irving it is now his team I only two years old him and Jalen Brown form. One of the best young Duos in the NBA they find themselves in the third grade. Now, it's going to be interesting to see what happens moving forward because honestly they have the talent in the team to take down the box and I think it would be great to see a Celtics Lakers rivalry. It's not the rivalry of old with guys like Kobe Bryant Kevin Mikhail Bird Magic Johnson. Paul Pierce Kevin Garnett, and there's on that same kind of intensity but beating the finals, my added that kind of rivalry, a bronco actually have a lot of experience or a lot of bad blood between him and the Celtics franchise oldest players that he played against are retired and it's crazy that in twenty twenty Lebron is still playing at a high level. I remembered Twain forty, five piece in the. Waiter go home game. So I think. Whole NBA. World would take a lot of joy in seeing a Lakers Celtics finals and old starts with this guy chasing tatum. So that's all we offer today on. Knicks. Picks the five players watch out for Chris tops forcing is Jonathan Isaac Shula. Brown. OJ Ana Nobie and Jason Tatum. These guys are the future of our Lee. It's great that we have all the time of the world right now and sit in front of the T. V. and watch them go to work. I want it and the show with talking about how raid is that the NBA is finally back we've been waiting a hundred forty days nearly four months or over four months to watch sport that we love and it has been nothing short of amazing. So far we've had great games already the first two games of the season were nail biters last minute and I think this is just hit the iceberg. We have a lot more basketball coming at you. So stay tuned for my next episode Gist Z. Basketball Podcast is always going follow us on facebook instagram twitter leave us a comment will really appreciate it, and until next time guys continue staying positive I'm out. 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GSMC Basketball Podcast Episode 396: Lakers Flip the Switch

GSMC Basketball Podcast

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GSMC Basketball Podcast Episode 396: Lakers Flip the Switch

"Get your ears wrapped around the golden state media concepts, basketball podcast all the scoop need to know from college basketball to the NBA and even much madness zoos of your rising stars topics on and off the hard work. This is the golden state media concepts basketball podcast. All right. What's going on you guys are listening to the GSM see basketball podcast I'm your host Casey. Forman, and this podcast is brought to you by the GMC podcast network Thanks for tuning into my first podcast of the week Hope hopefully everybody had a nice fun and safe weekend. We have NBA basketball back. You know the boycott is officially over. I'm glad they stood for what they believed in and sent a message out to the rest of the world in the country but but it is back on the playoffs are back on and I've had I've had you know fun Saturday and Sunday watching the game so far, and hopefully, you guys have had the same experience as me hopefully, everybody. A chance to watch some of the return of the first round and the second run a little bit. So I WANNA start today's show by talking about the Los Angeles Lakers You know how how they closed the Portland series and how they are finally showing they are contenders for that NBA Championship. After that I wanNA give you guys a preview of that semi conference final you know the second round of the NBA post-season on a preview of that after that let's. Go ahead and discuss the Braun Anthony Davis one more time and You know compare them to a duo Shaq and Kobe there's a lot. There's a lot of talk around Lebron in a d about them being possibly the best duo since Shaq and Kobe we know it's been roughly twenty years since checking Kobe have played together. So wow to say that they are the best do own I'm GonNa break that down talk about some other possible candidates for that. Very. Interesting topic though and then at the very end of the show I want to talk about again, the first round my final thoughts in the first round. But not just my final thoughts i WanNa talk about the biggest surprise for me from that first round. Okay. The biggest surprise from the first round of the postseason stick around until the very end of the show. But like I said I wanNA start today's podcast by the Lakers showing they are contenders for real. They are real contenders, I wanNA talk about South Los Angeles they are moving on to the second round after beating Portland four to one in five games. Okay. Yes. The Portland Trailblazers Stole Game One. It was a testament that team for even making it to the postseason they were not favored had a very tough seating game schedule. They make the postseason steel game one on the biggest stage against the Lakers and You know they play very well make some of the Games very close. It was pretty obvious though that you know they wore down after. The intense playoff schedule they had basically you know eight playoff games to make it to the postseason. So they played twelve playoff games. You know before the end of the FA by the the first round So they were wiped out they were exhausted dame obviously his injury. So it makes sense that that it was only five games in L. A.'s moving on. But it was impressive that Portland. made it this far they did wake up the Lakers in a sense i. think they underestimated Portland especially at the beginning of the series with them, upsetting them in game. One. and. Really woke them up in Los. Angeles. They they really turned it on in game to game three and game. Sorry. Game Two, three, four, and five and and Yeah. You know I was a testament to La really is I think in as far as Portland goes let me hype them up a little bit mellow plays fantastic in game five we saw some vintage Carmelo Anthony Twenty seven points seven rebounds mccullum played fantastic with a broken. He's a broken bone in his back played any way he dropped thirty six points over fifty percent shooting Damian. Lillard obviously did not play left the bubble early with that knee injury hopefully isn't requiring surgery they were they were without their head guy there there Batman in Damian Lillard and no one expected them. Especially, not meet to come out and beat the Lakers in game five or even make a comeback whatsoever. It was pretty apparent whence Damian Lillard went down the vet series was over Lewis from my perspective, my point of view. But like I said, you know Carmelo Ain Cj twenty seven points in thirty six points a very impressive showing that duo. Hopefully, we can continue to see Carmelo in Portland I. talked about that before I like his fit on the trail blazers I th I do think there might be some other places he fits just as well, but if they'll have him back I hopefully hopefully, we see him in Portland next year. But Lebron Anthony Davis when it comes down to it, you know when you're washing the highlights, you see the game recaps in the box, score the Brown and and a deep played great You know it's still it's still the story line, the narrative it has been all year the opposite on the opposite but Yeah. Kind of of the clipper team similar to the Milwaukee Bucks where they have their guy or their guys two guys in in the Lakers since a case and then it's A whole bunch of dudes you know whole bunch of other pieces after that but not necessarily a lot of complimentary pieces but you know it's the two stars and and and the Lakers case, and then a whole bunch of other guys and then in Milwaukee's cases kind Gonesse, he has his somewhat Batman his robin who I don't I'm not a big fan of Chris Middleton and then e d does have Eric Bledsoe, and Brook Lopez a couple other decent Wesley Matthew in some good pieces but similar though where it's him and then a bunch of guys. Lakers still that way. Lebron. A had forty three points nine rebounds four assists when fourteen of eighteen from the floor four of six from the three point line in game five Lebron had thirty six points ten rebounds. Ten assists a four of seven from the three point line fourteen of nineteen from the floor so of. Impressive. Showing their from your to stars you're to superstars in a D and Lebron again, forty three and thirty six. Lebron's gets the triple double. Both of them had four three pointers. Both of them make fourteen shots and she more than nineteen thousand, very impressive performance from the two stars in Los. Angeles. After that Cardwell Pope had fourteen points and four three pointers as well. So a big big. Big helping hand from Conroy Pope with fourteen in four threes Dwight Howard. Eleven point six rebounds. So, two guys right there. Who definitely have Caruso had like seven points a handful of rebounds in a few assists and four steals. So he played great up on the defensive side as well. Setting up on that perimeter where they need him most and one of the not shining moments, which is kind of been the story for Kyle Kuzma. All year up in down was one of those down games only had eight points was three of twelve from the floor not a good performance from him. They need him to be better. Luckily, they had a well pope with fourteen points in in four threes with eleven and six. Caruso was seven points and four steals. Luckily they had those things and then obviously the thirty six, triple double and forty three from Anthony Davis the first duo. Or Laker duo to do thirty, five to thirty, five points in a postseason game both of them at least thirty, five points, Sin Shack, and Kobe. Again, another reason only discussed that in my third segments stick around until then but coups again, not not a shining spot for for la again eight point three of twelve Lebron in a d bring them as far as they can in the in the win with thirty six and forty three, and again, they're still searching for that third guy with consistent play for the entire series I. Anthony Davis Averaged Twenty nine points. Twenty nine points nine rebounds four assists one half steals four and a half blocks. So an impressive stat line what you need from him in the first round of the postseason hopefully, it goes up from here Lebron James Twenty, seven points, ten rebounds, ten to ten rebounds ten assists and a steal a game. So he has had a A. I. WanNa. Say impressive because we've seen more but a triple double average in the first round twenty seven points i. said Lebron does need a near thirty point triple double to win this year especially against Portland but he's going to have to sustain that all year. If they want to win the win the title which he has done so far with a twenty, seven, ten and ten Anthony Davis near thirty points near ten rebounds four assists a steel on a block they had they have caught well, pope playing playing better than he has in the regular season with eleven points, Kuzma right around the eleven points as well. So kind of where he has been a slight. Step. Back he did have I think impressive performance so far but either way not really what you have have needed from Kouzmin you need more consistency for him which has everybody has saying all has been saying all year and then you know Danny Green Dwight Howard both getting about eight points but Howard's getting about seven hundred rebounds as well as those eight points. So they they are having guys step up don't have necessarily won the won third option, but then they have cardwell Pope with eleven coups with ten green and Howard with eight each Howard with seven rebounds. So they have you know four guys each giving you about the same kind of adding up to what you. From that third guy but then it's like in four guys can be the third guy whereas fourth fourth guy that you still need. Because when you're talking about a team, the Boston, Celtics, they have four guys who averaged twenty points. Okay. So Three at least so so So as we are the clippers so. Yeah. You need more. So you need that fourth option still all the the next three guys four guys can't all be that third option combined you know what I mean. So either way though they are getting a decent amount of help from there guys especially, Pope, coups Howard and green. This team like I have been saying like everybody has been saying though will go as far as Anthony Davis will as far as the Bron James we'll take them like I said earlier I said a second ago but I said the Bron James needs to average a near thirty point triple double near triple double to get past the trailblazers which who is expected to be at full strength at full strength. I thought it would go six games. Dame goes out at goes five. But either way I thought he needed to said average thirty points near triple double if not triple double and he averaged twenty. Seven ten, ten did exactly what I said he needed to do obviously, he didn't hear me but but my point is it's working and he he needs to sustain the thirty point triple double to have success throughout the entire postseason to have a long post-season run third. GonNa match-up against Houston more than likely in the next round a Portland on on steroids if you will because you know Portland has the two great guards, a lot of great shooting, and then you have Houston shoots a million threes a game, and then Westbrook who can somewhat shoot at times but really her down low. So. I'd much harder threat. I. Think. HOUSTON. Is Compared to Portland not discounting Portland whatsoever. But Houston is going to be a harder matchup for them into MVP's and Westbrook and Hardin Westbrook is back. AD needs to needs to be consistent. We saw him in game one release not be what they need him to be especially in in late in the ball game in the fourth quarter, Lebron played great with with what? in the First Game I. Mean Twenty Points Fifteen plus assists and fifteen plus rebounds. That was insane. So yes. So in Game One, twenty, three points, six assists and seventeen rebounds in game one. And they lose and no one really talks about that. Right they lose one talks about twenty three points, sixteen rebounds seventeen assist the first time ever in the postseason anybody has done that but they lost the ball game. So nobody gives a crap. So rightfully, so you know you need to win. We care about ws honestly more than anything else does not sure. As far as personal accolades, you know what I mean but any anyway, you know what I mean as far as the postseason goes individual performances are great but we're really looking at those ws how those are stacking up moving on past the first round onward, etc, etc.. So, in the first game, I said twenty plus fifteen plus fifteen plus for the first time ever, and then in game three. Thirty eight points MRS like three shots. It's a bunch of three pointers. Thirty eight points eight assists twelve rebounds they win the game because he shines and Yeah. He, he flipped a switch it seems like in game one he was very passive getting people involved in game two somewhat the same thing they win but Anthony Davis plays a lot better and they win he plays well but not you know not great offensively not attacking offensively. But in the last two games I've seen something from the brand that we didn't see in the first three he's attacking he he's taking a fish shots and he's knocking down open shots as well as contested shots will see if his hot streak can continue because he does have to wait for Houston and the okay see series. To to to close us, we'll see if he's hostile king continued but in game three, the only Mrs Three Shos thirty eight points in game five, twenty, seven points. Only Mrs five shots are sorry sorry. Sorry in Game Five, thirty, six points only Mrs five shots it's four threes is attacking is getting others involved, but but it seems to be looking for a shot and more than anything else he's a but but you know he's doing both he's looking for a shot and then when the defense collapses, he's doing the amazing passes getting his teammates involved. We know he can argue what he does do best. So I'm not worried about Lebron whatsoever, he flipped a switch for anyone who is worried about him or criticizing him doesn't know I wanNA say doesn't know because that's a harsh thing but hasn't been watching and and. Frankly, I think is wrong because he we've been we've been watching him for long enough now where we know he can simply flip the switch, turn it on and it's playoff mode at least when he is healthy So he has done that and he's attacking his scoring and what thirty six points in thirty eight points in game in multiple game so He's scoring. Don't be worried about Lebron simply be worried if the Lakers can have a third step up my pick though they're making me feel really good about my pick to win the finals, which was, which is the Los Angeles Lakers. They are my pick to win it all this year. They're making me feel great again with twenty, nine, nine, four, Lebron's with twenty seven point triple double. So they're making me feel very good about my pick hopefully they can sustain net a deacon sustained are can be a consistent and Braun. Vague hopefully can stay activated stay healthy and hopefully, my pick. I don't I drink myself. I'm knocking on wood. We will see how it goes either way. About my pick feeling great about Lebron James and Anthony Davis would those Los Angeles Lakers I'm GonNa go ahead and take a quick break. When I come back give you guys a preview of the second round of the NBA postseason the semi conference final don't go anywhere but first a quick word about bet us I'll be right back. All right listen up sports bettors. This is Casey here to tell you about my favorite sports book and it has to be bet US football basketball baseball. They are all back. That means it's time to get down your bets I only endorse one sportsbook, and that is bed US dot com. Why it's because bet us is the pioneer in online betting. With more than twenty, five years in the business you guys need a sportsbook with integrity longevity and you guys need to know that you're going to get paid. You need a sports book that offers everything live betting, MMA, Gulf horses, E. 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Then check out the GSM see football podcast get latest football news both on and off the field from the NFL draft to treats to the rumor mill to the NFL combines got you covered that's GMC podcasts dot com back slash football dash podcasts, get updates, college rivalries, key insights, and much much more. It's football talk the way you want it this show sleeps and breathes football don't forget to like them on facebook and follow them on twitter visit. Yes. M. PODCASTS DOT COM for. More Info. All right. Welcome back like I said before the break I want to talk about these second round of the NBA postseason these semi conference. Final round and this is really went is starts to cook up and start heating up. Start getting in their final forms if they aren't already and if teams have had injuries hopefully, some players were coming back especially in the Lakers case you know they have. Rondo. Coming back for Houston they have westbrook coming back but as far as teams like Toronto and Boston goes. Guys like how lowry who who is playing, but is someone injured era was injured in Gaza Gordon Hayward who was out so A couple of different areas to look as far as injuries some teams are getting there guys back. Some teams are simply you know losing them now. And So some teams are in different scenarios, some teams around the exact same boat, but we have officially began begun the second round of the postseason. At least in the Eastern conference at least out East we have we have Boston and Toronto Boston is up one house so far simply blew them out to run a looked. kind of like they haven't played in a little bit. Simply you know the Boston hasn't either both swept to the first round but but man Boston blew them out of the I. I A blew them off the court in the first match up of that series as far as Miami and Milwaukee goes that first matchup will be tonight Monday. Night I'm excited to see how that matchup goes. BOTH LA teams have officially moved on the Lakers like I just talked about moved on in five against the Portland Trail Blazers and the clippers moved on in six against the Dallas Mavericks I think both teams got. Up got slapped in the face got. Water thrown in their face. If he will wake up they simply they woke up flipped flipped a switch. It seems like towards the end of the series and the final couple of games especially, and they flipped it. They flipped a switch turned up and shown that they are the some of the best teams, two of the best teams and you know some of the contenders to win all this year both of them moved on both got woken up in the first round. Houston is up three to on. Okay. See WESTBROOK has officially return. I picked the rockets to win in six games. It's looking. It's looking good as far as my prediction goes and a lot of mine are looking pretty good You know I, think all of them. Nine game wise but as far as teams moving on on. All good so far in the first round, that's what you want. Right and I'M STILL WAITING ON THAT DENVER UTAH series to finish right now it's going on right now I think there's a minute left or a couple of minutes left as I'm recording this podcast but. I'm GONNA try to pull it up real quick but. Either way I'm waiting to see how Denver in Utah matches up or finishes out Okay. It's looking like Denver is gonNA. Enforce a game seven. I've originally did pick Denver in seven so it's making me feel better Denver's forcing a game seven and we're gonNA see how that finishes off I picked them in seven we'll see don't count out Utah they're playing very good but yeah the series Is still a still going on with one more game. I think the rockets and okay see we'll. We'll have one more game, but obviously, they'll have at least one more game So the first round is coming to a close and we are coming into starting. If already started this second round in the Senate already started out east. Let's go ahead and start in the eastern conference Miami versus mill. Walkie. Has Beaten the bucks to out of the three times they have played so far this season. Okay. Miami has the regular season upper-hand against argue the best defensive team in the entire league, one of the best offensive teams led by the MVP in defensive player of the year. In Janas. But but but I guess the heat have the upper hand and in in the first round against the Indiana Pacers they prove they are locked in prepared to to forced to make an upset. against. The Milwaukee Bucks so that they are locked in they have multiple guys in my opinion who can make big shots and big late game shots. The rookie tyler hero, they got Bam they got Jimmy Gordon Dragic. Multiple Guys Jae. crowder Agu Dala. A, lot of veterans on that team and a lot of guys who have been in the postseason they got championship experience with the Dala. Not Allow dog and Jimmy Butler Outta by you and they're very good defensive team defensive, defensive team and Yet Milwaukee struggled early but you know shown they aren't necessarily going and going anywhere. They haven't gone anywhere still the same team. Arguably, we've seen all season despite struggling in game one against Orlando but they are they have proven that they can be beaten and they aren't necessarily invincible because they can lose to the eighth seed. In the first game, they can make errors and lose games. Not Invincible, similar to the clippers I'll talk about that later. But you know they have the heat have multiple guys to take and make big. Game shots who does Milwaukee have to take those big late in big late game shots okay. Jaanus, not not a great. Shooter when you three pointer. Trust the honest and that big movement to knock down a big three pointer probably not Chris Mendelson who arguably is your best three point shooter or shooter in general but but has proven he can be inconsistent in big moments in big games cow corporate, who's a good shooter or a great shooter but it can he knocked on the biggest shot for you. Wesley Matthews is a good shooter. But still who's the guy is GonNa take the big shots late in the ball game to get you back in and win that game. If it's not a to the to you, you're going to get to US get down low obviously. If it's not who's GonNa take the late big three pointer at the end of the game I have a quiet questions of Milwaukee as far as that goes I think it will go down to that as far as the series will milwaukee. Against the heat. I think it will go down to the wire a whole lot of the games they have so far if a couple having blowouts, but one of them went right down to the wire, the heat were better late. So we'll see how the bucks do late in the ball game The heat are prepared for four eight upset in the heat. Do not fear the Milwaukee Bucks a watch out for potential upset but do not underestimate Milwaukee and Janas because who the WHO does the he'd have to to one on one check Jaanus I don't think they had that the the the bucks had the best player in the entire series in Jaanus. So, don't discount the heat, but don't overestimate the bucks. We'll see a very interesting series coming forward. Boston and Toronto Boston blue the rafters out in game. One. One twelve to ninety four. Okay. One twelve to ninety, four, the raptors. Mismatch team didn't come out to play their stars did not play well, a contrary for Boston jalen Brown has seventeen points. Five Rebounds Four Assists Jason Tatum twenty one points, nine rebounds, Marcus Smart Twenty One points Kemba Walker eighteen points of four guys a seventeen eighteen plus points. That's GONNA. Be Tough to beat. The ranchers are very deep team arguably just as deep. They don't have the firepower but. Just, as deep as the Boston Celtics Clipper team, there have the star power like I said, but arguably just as deep. But they don't have four guys. They didn't have four guys getting them seventeen plus points per game. They had Siaka them at thirteen points and only three rebounds. Okay. Thirteen points and three rebounds from Your Best Player. Is Not GonNa. Win You a playoff game vanfleet I think they're second best player only had eleven points that is not going to win. That is not going to beat the Boston Celtics with the firepower of jalen Brown Jason Tatum Kemba Walker Marcus Smart in especially when Gordon Hayward is healthy. If he comes back in the series they way more from Siachen and Van Fleet I think Larry Plato Okay but either way Mark Marcos, all played. Okay. Either way they're not GonNa win with those two guys getting eleven and thirteen points. SIAKA has not been playing great in the postseason so far only twenty points and forty one percent from the floor. I. Did pick Tirana one in six games we'll see if there is. An adjustment in. That takes place Toronto obviously one is needed, but there is the just you know knock down shots. Okay. Siachen vanfleet simply need to knock down shots. We'll see if they make the adjustments where they are needed. Nick nurse is a very good at those late game adjustments game to game adjustments. He's the coach of the year so we'll see what happens and. I have faith still in my pick and there in the rafters and six games either way we'll see what happens. Let's move out West I said the Western Conference Lakers against which I'm thinking it's going to be the Houston Rockets I'm very confident Houston's going to beat okay. SEE INSECTS and move on to the second round especially if Westbrook is healthy, which is looking like he is Excuse me at least somewhat healthy right he's playing but it's going to go into a eventually come down to. Harden and Westbrook Against Lebron, in Anthony Davis, that is what's going what it's going to come down to, and then on top of that as a you know as as well as which one of the guys on the roster similar you know both teams are the two stars and then you know some complimentary pieces especially in Houston's case complimentary pieces and guys who can shoot. But either way you know there is like who's going to be that third guy for Houston we know who's going to be that WHO's going to be that third guy for la both the same similar questions the two stars load who the relying on the rockets do however have a guy like Eric Gordon they can rely on to be a third option where the Lakers really don't either way I like L. A.'s defense compared to Houston's okay. It's the two stars Lebron ad compared to heart an an russ especially if Ross is just getting over an injury. A A Lebron clicking specially Lebron is attacking I'm not sure they have multiple bodies they can throw at him with Covington. Green Tucker they have multiple guys to throw it Lebron and try to try to disrupt him but as far as Anthony Davis goes I'm not sure who they have to throw out him to try and disturb and disrupt him. No real big throw Tyson, Chandler who's almost forty years old out there on him who who's WHO's GonNa Guard the note Clint Cappella. Even. Win with. Clint Capella I don't see that being big matchup issue but either way WHO's GonNa Guard Anthony Davis. I like the Lakers to move on in six games I think the to MVP's in Houston will win a couple of games maybe it goes seven but I like I like, i. like the Lakers defense in comparison to Houston's and I liked La's stars better in comparison to the rock either way don't discount them but I'm pretty confident in the Lakers, in six games to move on. Clippers and I pay Denver to move on it could very well be Utah though right Utah is. I'm sorry Utah Denver has force a game seven I I at least I believe I'm pulling up the score last time I checked they were up yes. Okay. So Denver has officially They have officially forced a game seven I did pick Denver in in seven I did pick Denver to move on face the clippers in the second round pick is looking okay at this point but either way which ever team moves. On at you know out of Denver in Utah I think it's a similar result whichever team moves on I got the clippers winning in six maybe five five. We'll see how much they've turned it on and how serious the clippers are but they've shown dropping to to the Mavericks Utah in Denver both teams that were ranked better than Ben Better Than Dallas on the offense none the offensive on the defensive and especially. They have they have a lot of young and up and coming players they're playing very well so far in the postseason But either way I see a similar result clippers in six maybe five we'll see how serious. The clippers are do think they woke up kind of Water thrown on them to wait them up at the end of the Dallas series they flipped a switch no kristaps porzingis really hurt Dallas in their chances to beat the clippers and Lucas. Either way. Dallas. Had No chance when US went down the clippers. Up. But they proved that they are not unbeatable dropped to two the number seven seed led by twenty one year old who I think is the next phase of this league. Either way they dropped to their proven, they are not unbeatable. They came be beaten in this league, but I don't think it will be by Denver or Utah I think they did force the probably probably six maybe five the again maybe they turned it up and they're like ours guys we're not losing more than one game in this next round, we're getting ready for La, let's get ready. But we'll see as serious as we hope they are as I'm thinking they are but. I think it goes five or six. Either team that moves on my pick was Denver I do Denver in their hot right now. It's hard to be too hot team and they did just kind of blow Utah out of the water. So we'll see. I think the clippers are moving on to meet the Lakers in the western conference. Final, the match all wanting to see we all been waiting to see all season. I'm thinking, we will inevitably get that matchup of. The Battle of Los Angeles that's what I'm thinking both La Teams move on. I'm not sure far as Miami and Milwaukee goes my pick was Milwaukee six, maybe seven, a my pick was Toronto in six. So we'll see who moves on I. Think we're going to have some really interesting series. All series might go at least six games are so So it's going to be interesting. We'll see what happens. Those are my predictions. Of what I think in that second round where I think will happen in the second round of preview of that semi conference. Final of the NBA's postseason I'm going to go ahead and take a quick break coming back. I want to discuss the Braun and Anthony Davis, are they the best duo since shack and coby? Okay. Are the best duo Shaq and Kobe? Almost twenty years I'm GonNa die Divan discussed that topic next don't go anywhere. If you haven't heard that dollarshaveclub has great razors. Let me be the I welcome you to the Club Stop Bang expensive razors out having start thinking about joining dollarshaveclub today right now Tryout Dollar Shave Club's ultimate shave starter set for a one time trial offer for only five books plus free shipping. 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Check out the show that's built on the M from UFC two extreme cage. By the they got the flight covered check out the GSM see 'em a podcast get the latest news on past or upcoming fights. Join US as we've talked to in about some of the biggest names in m e. past president future when it's the fight game, there's just one show to check out GSM PODCASTS DOT COM backslash Mame Dash. PODCAST. Go forget to leg him on facebook and follow them on twitter visit TSMC PODCAST DOT COM for more. Info. Did Welcome back. Okay I like I said before the break I wanNA talk about Lebron James Anthony, Davis I know there's been lots of talk recently about that duo in the league I, do think they are. The best in the League today. But. There you know there's been lots of talk. especially with ad and Lebron both playing, you know pretty well in the post season so far in in the season so far both about thirty five plus points for the first time in in Laker postseason history since Shaq and Kobe. So people are starting to compare this duo to that other dairy laker do a rightfully. So you've a guy who really good handling the ball guard like with a Braun and then you have a very good dominant big and shaggy in A. D. So. Yes, I understand the comparisons I see the comparisons and it's never an inevitable for us to compare the those two sets of duos Again, they played in the same franchised roughly the same positions So so of course we're going to, we're going to debate them and talk about them and compare them But like I think they are the best in the League today but are they the best since shack and coby all time? Kobi or they best all time. I don't know. There's tons of talk about when you have talents like a d and Lebron pair together when you've got Leith Lebron's paired with any all NBA caliber player, you start talking about it. But but yeah since shacking coach all time that. Reach, I'm not putting them in that sense at all. They haven't won anything yet. You know it's stupid to even put them in that conversation all time but as far as Sinn Shaq and Kobe. There's an argument there maybe he's in the regular season what we've seen so far hopefully seeing we see the same from them going forward in the postseason but koby know they won three championships together they did So three championships together both won MVP awards and finals MVP's not together though shack was the only one to win finals, MVP and are we saying? They're as good as that. We know we're comparing them to shack until the duo that one three, three championships in a row three peat did the last team I can think of the three and Two guys who were basically in everybody's top ten all time. So we're comparing them to those two guys and basically what we're saying are Lebron ad the best since since Shaq and Kobe were saying Lebron and or better than Braun in Dwayne Wade together. So that's basically what you would have to be saying what you have to say I. If you know if Lebron a dior, the best sin Shaq and Kobe. That means they're better than the Brown James and Wayne Wade paired together dwayne Wade before Lebron James goes there already has a finals and finals MVP you know don't want Lebron James is an MVP winner he goes in Paris up with Dwayne Wade they win two championships go to four straight NBA finals both are finals MVP winners both all time greats and with a four straight simply were beaten by or they Say because the first loss was embarrassing to Dallas in the second loss was to a very good San Antonio team where where you know there's a story book ending to that dynasty the they close out on top and win one last championship together and it was obvious the Lebron. Dwayne Wade or winding down and breaking down healthwise getting all. There's an old roster either way four straight NBA Finals appearances into championships for for Lebron and Dwayne Wade, and then here's another duo. We should talk about right not do over that gets talked about and not not a flashy duo but one that. Do. Oh, that one a whole lot and I'm talking about ten Dunkin and Tony Parker from the San Antonio Spurs Dynasty Right. They did have somewhat of a dynasty. They won four championships together four championships together both both have finals. MVP's. So. So Maine, four championships and looking at the other Shaq and Kobe won three. dwayne Wade in the broad one to. As far as other devos that that really one in the past I'm trying to think in the past. Since shack and Kobe there really isn't another duo that. Did anything consistently since. So. So so Dunkin Parker you know four NBA titles both are finals. MVP's again not a flashy duo none of flashy organization, the Spurs but one that should be talked about four championships. Okay. More than Lebron, James has one and his entire career more than Steph curry has won more than. What mom. More than what? Charles Barkley right anybody has more than one anyway anyway. That is a duo who needs to be talked about as far as shacking Kobe Duncan ane Parker, and then I'll I wanNA. Make my case here for my pick. For my pick honesty over Lebron ad as of now unless we see Lebron d do more than what these two guys did Yep. I'm let me make my case. Okay. So my case for the best duo since shack Kobe steph curry Kevin Durant. Okay Steph Curry Kevin. Are. They have to NBA Championships together Steph has three. They went to three championships straight. Okay. Great Championships. Steph went to four straight or five, five, three, eight, four, five, five, straight. Five. Straight. Championships together five straight they have. Both are league MVP Steph has to MVP's one unanimous durant has a has an MVP award leads multiple scoring titles and then they would have once two championships one, two three, and they would have won all three they went to. If injuries warrant a question of injuries warned a factor I should say, no injuries they are winning three straight championships I do it since since Shaq and Kobe. So I think that is a do oh. Okay. That needs to be tossed into consideration if not above the Lebron James Anthony Davis Obviously Lebron the best player out of all these guys but then Steph in my opinion Stephan durant. To bests next to best player. So as far as all time. Yeah. Steph Stephan durant are better than Lebron ad because of ad his his lack of okay. His lack of championships lack of and the lack of personal accolades and team achievements. Okay. So yes, it's kind of bringing down the broad in this duo, which usually is in that sense. But. Stephan. Clay three stressed Stephan Durand three straight champion is three straight appearances sh two straight back back and then arguably the best. Arguably yes. The best shooting duo ever arguably. Stephan clay is my pick know durant right there as far as scorers that could be the best to for all around Scorer Stephane in durant might be the very best Stephan Klay the best just overall shooting duboe of all time. Both are league MVP's elite scores and shooters. I could say, Stephan Klay. Should have three rings like I said. But Stephan don't have also associated as I should say Stephan clay could be it over Kirk durant in Steph. I'm sorry. I'm kind of all over the place you're I know, but Steph and Klay could very well be the pick over steph into rant they have three championships together to MVP's but all staffs but either way three championships, five straight appearances no finals MVP's whatsoever but as far as durant and curry both average over twenty six points in the three years together clicked right away the true testament of their greatness, their individual greatness, and they're willing to sacrifice to win games and to win championships ultimately is what it came down to. So they both average twenty six points got two titles together three appearances. You could say Stephan Klay but man Stephan durant. Arguably, our are right now unless we see more than what they did from the Brown and ad right now, Steph in durant are might best. Since shack and Kobe. Okay. They're my best. They should. They didn't have the amount of time together that that I wish they did in the other duos did have they only in three years together? But Lebron James Anthony Davis the only had one year not even a full year together. Yes. So don't write them off. They could very well end up being the best duo, some shacking Kobe over curry and durant. We'll see what they do this year what they do next year in in in the coming years hopefully if they are, you know still paired together in La. Hopefully that's the case and we can see them do the same thing and if not better things in the years to come. MJ In pippin though Jordan and Pippen got to be the best dual of all time because of the six for six championships. Shaq and Kobe might just be the most talented duo of all time as far as two guys we're in the top ten three repeated Shaq and Kobe the dominance they had throughout the league, the those three years especially. So. shacking code might be the most talented or Jordan and pippen or the most accomplished durant in curry as of now or the best sin check. Koby don't forget guys like Dunkin and Parker. Weighed in the Bron- but don't count out also Lebron Adm what they might just do years going forward and this year in this year's post season. Okay. So they might be as of now though I'm writing with my Guy Stephan. Steph and Kevin Durant, as far as when they were together. I'M GONNA, go ahead and take a quick break. Coming back for my final segment of the show, I want to discuss the biggest surprise of the first round of the postseason so far I wanna I wanna I wanNA talk about the biggest surprise for me. Okay. So that is coming up don't miss it I'm GONNA be. Right. Back. Check out this job built around the women of. From the UFC to the extreme cage fighting, we got the fights cover. The. Golden State media concept's women's MMA podcast the latest news of upcoming. Discussions of previous matches join us as we talked to in about the biggest names in women's mixed martial arts past present and future. When it's the women's game, you know where to listen to the golden state media concepts, women's May podcast. All right guys, that is a final segment of the first podcast of the week here at GMC basketball like I said, before the break I WanNa talk about my biggest surprise surprise to me from the first round of the NBA postseason. The first has been filled with surprises. You know poor, it starts out with Portland making the eighth seed despite a very tough seating game schedule. They have set the Lakers in game one of the first round and it makes everyone laker fans. Some laker fans start shaking Portland fans are feeling great and people are searching Church desserts. Tarkhan talking smack on the Brown and the Lakers and. That's how the first round started off. Portland makes it despite not being favored to upset the Lakers in game one Miami. Sweeps through the very capable Indiana Pacers team I thought would force miami-dade five, maybe six games in the Miami proves me wrong and sweeps through the Indiana Pacers again, a very capable team, very good team they get swept. By the Miami Heat again, very surprising in my in my mind, the Boston Celtics then go and sweep Philadelphia's seventy seventy sixers without Ben Simmons. Again, without Ben, it is the leader of the team, but they still have a very capable a very good roster with multiple former. All Stars if not all stars on that team either way Boston sweeps through philly without Ben. Simmons Orlando Steals Game One against the Milwaukee Bucks, you know the one of the best defense is they can't stop the Orlando Magic the eighth seed in game one and they kind kinda slapped in the face in game one in woken up and then go win four straight, which can expected them to do but they get upset in game one and can't stop the Orlando Magic. What okay see is making it very interesting. Despite, not having the Star power. That Houston has despite that Chris Balls leading that young team with a lot of those young and and score a. Very young and guys who can score honestly from the okay. So you're awesome Chris Balls, leading them and making it very interesting on his old team. The Houston Rockets. But either way I guess that I have Houston moving on but okay sees making it very interesting. Denver and Utah Okay Denver in Utah might be the most interesting match up in the entire first round. UTAH GOES UP THREE TO ONE ON DENVER. Denver looks outmatch beat up and not like they're as good that they'll be overmatched them. Yet again, it seemed like then you know Denver flips a switch and doesn't quit pushes back and forth a game seven. Okay. Force a game seven. Almost coming back from three to one forcing game seven. We'll see that's why you have seven games in the first round folks series like this. That's why we have seven games in the first round. Denver doesn't quit push back on Utah Utah has not been the same. Since since choking. In? Game? Five. I don't say Shokhin, but losing game five, they blown out in game six Michele plays very good. Forty four points, Jamal Murray for the second time in the series drops fifty points game six, fifty point I think what nine threes i. think he had Nine threes. I can't. Yet nine threes. Or. Mitchell of nine nine, they both had nine threes both Donna Mitchell Jamal Murray both had nine threes either way very surprising Mitchell in Murray dueling each other Murray outdueling Mitchell in this case drops another fifty points someone tweeted earlier in in the series. May. Address. It he points multiple times in this series that just might be that just happened kind of throwing me a curveball that just might be the most surprising thing Denver coming back from three one murray dropping fifty points more than twice in the series me doesn't game seven main or they add a gas. I don't know either way. My pick was Denver and seven. We'll see things they can continue the high shriek that just might be the most surprising thing what I was going to say was. The Dallas Mavericks Okay I didn't think anything could trump Dallas and what they do. Okay. They push the clippers six games luca he shines and single handedly beats the best team in the NBA twice. No No KRISTAPS for most of the series, he beats them one time off of a step back deep buzzer beater three point buzzer beater with a forty point triple double. The clippers elite defense has basically no answer for the twenty one year old international star. Okay I do think Luka is going to be an MVP and the next one to three years they need porzingis to stay healthy if they do one. Contending team going forward he is the Robin to Lucas Batman and and. They need him on the court for them to be serious contenders especially, going forward him on the court meant maybe the clippers don't move on and it goes to seven game if posing as healthy, the entire series either way that was like I said the most surprising thing. Luca. In the mavericks pushing the Clippers, the six games thought being four not five very surprising win six games especially with the injuries Dallas had but. Man Jamal Murray fifty points in multiple games. In the series you know he outdoors Donovan Mitchell who had forty four points. They both have nine threes in game six and Denver Blows Out Utah in game six to force a game seven. If Denver comes back three to one and wins the series that is officially the most surprising an interesting thing from the entire first round if they do that either way, it just might be already. Who saw Jamal Murray breaking out right now we knew he was a good established starting point guard but man, he's breaking in Star in this league multiple fifty point performances. Very surprising that just might be my pick I'm GONNA go into a tire right now Jamal Murray and in Denver coming back possibly from three one. The the dueling from Mitchell. Murray. Tie with with Mitch with Luca in the Mavericks winning two games against the clippers I'm doing Tai. Doing all all mavericks being in the Clippers I was doing all mavericks and Luca. But now with Murray impressive performance I'm doing a tie between him and in Luca in the Mavericks for the most surprising thing there you go. Most surprising thing those things right there profs Deluca in the mavs for for taking the clippers that far waking them up putting a glass of cold Lhasa water in their face, waking them up and getting them ready for the postseason and then props a Denver forcing a game seven despite being down three, two, one man, this first round has been intense insane. Honestly the best I I can remember in years. So. It's been amazing. Hopefully this said like I've been saying this is a sign of what's to come what is continue happening throughout the rest of the postseason. Hopefully, we see a lot of this going forward, but that is going to be it for the GMC basketball podcast. Thank you all the continue support. Go check us out on facebook as well as twitter any social media you guys have as well as any platforms you guys are listening on listening on please. Leave us any reviews any comments we would love to know what you guys think about our podcast. 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Hour 2 - Chris Simms (03-03-20)

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Hour 2 - Chris Simms (03-03-20)

"Thank you for listening to this. Podcast one production now available on spotify apple podcasts. Podcast one dot com in anywhere else. You get your podcasts. What's happening everybody? This is the Lakers. Podcast I'm your host Mike Trudell super pumped to be your flanked by Aaron Larson. You ready to go. I'm ready. The Lakers will be top ten defense to get away team. That has two stars or Super Fat in this case of Lebron in a D can sometimes kanter's other out but I think they're both good candidates for MVP. I really like the way that this team just feels to be around the. It's it's a very clear message. That's two stars in the navy and its everybody else gets on board the relationship that is developing between those two off the court and on their cohesiveness on the court I think in this case is a special case that the two of them will enhance each other as opposed to taking away from each other. 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If you were Washington Redskins Fan. Who would you want to or Haskins care to take a guess at the results? I give you a hint to it is winning but by how much he's winning by. A eighty percents. Yeah Eighty three percent one. Next guy or yeah. I don't know what to is going to be like his first year and I was wondering if you if you draft him. Do you have in play that first year? Because I I just WanNa make sure that I look at this long term or at least for five years and make sure that he's healthy enough that he's confident enough when he goes out on the field. But you know the still the buzz. Were waiting for the domino with Tom. Brady and nothing's going to happen. We have two weeks of this speculation rumor. Innuendo you're not quite sure what's going to happen and you're starting to get some of the Boston writers and reporters weighing in on this there. There was the national media that consume this at the combine. And that's where we had brady going in a lot of different directions here. I think the Tennessee. Titans are a real story. Here I really do. I think if I was going to rank where I think Brady could end up. I think it's New England one and I think it's Tennessee to after that is at Tampa. I'm reading today. The Teddy Bridgewater is high on their list. Is it going to be the chargers? I'm reading. The chargers? Could be all in Jordan love if they don't do Justin Herbert. What about the raiders? I'm hearing that the raiders. If Washington doesn't take too at two that maybe Jon gruden would be interested in two. We're just waiting until Brady happens because when Brady happens than everything else is GonNa fall into place as far as maybe. The chargers still hold out hope for Brady. That seems to have faded the Raiders. That seems to faded but all takes his one phone call one spark one from New England and says. Hey we're not going to match that or somebody says I. I saw what New England's offering. We're offering this arm hearing. This is what they're offering. Hey they're not gonna be retaining those five free agents on defense you know what kind of weapons or you're going to have a new England. That's what goes on here. You'll get somebody who will tell Brady. Brady's agent Don Yee. Hey I'm hearing that. This team is not going to be doing that. Or why would you consider them because of this? This is what happens. In College. Recruiting recruiters will talk negatively about the team. That they know they're up against. Hey that coach. Who knows how long he's GonNa Coach for man? They got three quarterbacks. Why would you go there? You can come here and start right away. If I'm selling my program I also probably disparage a couple of other programs so it becomes a little bit more crystallized a little clearer for you to go. Well of course that makes the most sense here Mike rebel. I don't rule. That out is a former teammate. He's done a great job in Tennessee. Brady coming in there instead of Ryan. Tannehill you still have Derrick Henry. I don't know what they have cap space wise. I don't know what their defense is. Ranked mclovin but Tennessee was pretty impressive to do what they did in the postseason. Don't have the rank but everyone except Kansas City got stumped by their Defense Rail. Seems like the coach remember. He kind of outsmart abell check on. That timeout thing didn't outsmart but he held held the clock up so he seems like is he. Maybe the bell check air. I don't I too early to about winning Super Bowl. How `bout geared to a super bowl. I well he's better look at all the other guys who've struggled though you know Romeo Cornell Charlie ways bill. O'brien of he has a great chance to be successful coach. That that's as far as I would go with this. The apparent to bill belichick. I don't think we're GONNA have the heir-apparent to bill belichick. If Brady and Giselle go to Nashville that place will start to get really popular. People start moving their people start vacationing. There they'd better watch out will move down there and and cool. Yeah Kirk herbstreit will move down. Did you see those tornadoes? That went through Nashville. Yeah scary a couple of people died. Yeah and I'm reading it and I was at first. I'm thinking waited. This is Nashville and I had not heard anything about those two tornado that tore through their sad to read last night was funny one in the NBA. Because the big story line has been the Milwaukee Bucks going after seventy wins. The rockets are making their move in the western conference. The mavs with kristaps porzingis man. They're going to be a tough out in the playoffs. So what happens the bucks lose to the heat? Jaanus was shut down by Bam out a bio and the rockets lose to the Knicks and then the mavs loss to the Bulls and Chris. Tops didn't even play. I know it's silly overact to one night in the NBA. But look at the rockets. They were coming off that big win against the Celtics. They got the clippers coming up next. It's hard to get up every single night in the NBA. And last night we saw the good teams. They did have a dip and energy. And that's what it was but I wouldn't waste a whole lot of time overreacting to this the teams that are good or good. We'll continue to be good even if they didn't look like that last night. I was watching the rockets and I give the Knicks credit. I mean the Knicks. Were the better team last night. They almost blew it. But the rockets it felt like there was a dip and energy there and then the Bama at a bio did a great job on the Greek freak. He really did. I'm not going to say that he's The Greek Freak Stoppers Kryptonite. But I think a Greek freak was six of eighteen from the floor. Season-low thirteen points tied for the second worst shooting game of the season for him. He was one of ten with auto bio as the primary defender including seven uncontested shots. Just something to file away the heat and bucks get together in the playoffs. Maybe it's a one off here. Maybe it's something a little more than that. Yeah mclovin. You're making me nervous about my bucks in the you've said before that you honest needs that jump shot at some point in the playoffs. Somebody is going to have to be their go to guy in the playoffs. Guaranteed and if it's Chris Middleton he knocks down no shots great. If it's bledsoe great somebody at some point is going to have to hit a big shot. Other than the Greek Freak come playoff time. These teams that are built for the regular season. I mean I laugh. You know when you see the way the regular season is played. And then you get to the postseason. It's completely different because this is just one of eighty two games and obviously there's coaching strategy. And you prepare for your opponent but you can only prepare so much because then you're getting ready for another game the next night or two nights you know after that postseason now. I lock in on you. That's it I got you for two weeks in a seven game schedule and that's where you see some coaching mismatches. There by the way couple of new t shirts on the Dan. Patrick Show store website for the L. A. Crowd a shoutout to Mookie Betts and another one just in time for Saint Patrick's Day go to Dan. Patrick dot com to check them out. Seton says to me. Only Clemens got it on Tuesday seton goes do you know what. Mlb stands for. And I said Major League Baseball it goes. Yes but also mookie Betts. His Middle Name. Is Lynn M. LB? Yeah so Seton came up with the He was the creative genius behind. Mlb S- appropriate. And that's for mookie. Betts Yeah Yeah. It's like a take on the Major League Baseball Logo Your bets batting stance in there and then. Mlb Yeah and it got dodger colors here. 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Today Mario Walks in downtrodden. He's got his head. Hung low like more calendars and I always remind him. He's the one who said something about our audience nice audience. Nobody's sending any calendars into get signed. And then all of a sudden they started to come in I go. Hey how about that audience. There Mario Eight seven seven three. Dp Show email address TPS. Dan Patrick Dot com twitter handle at. Dp Show yes mclovin. I was curious if the Lynn was after Fred Lynn for mookie. Betts but I went down this whole. Apparently there was a big issue. People were afraid he was named after. Mookie Betts by the turns out his parents were big Mukhi blaylock fans and they changed markets to Mookie as a nickname because of that. But there's Fred Lynn connection. I think I'm the only one who would have made that wait. You just said that that he was going to be He. They thought he was going to be named after. Mookie Betts so he got to Boston and everyone's like wait. This guy is named after Mookie Wilson Wilson. Yeah the mets player. Who killed but that was the buckner play. Yes mookie Wilson show. Everyone's like well. How can you have the best? Red Sox player they mookie. When mookie Wilson sort of dashed hopes Red Sox fans at eighty six? It turns out the nickname was after. Mookie blaylock. Not Mookie Wilson. Okay there you go but land Fred. Lynn Fred Lynn popular player. These days. Probably not no again chatterly todd. Nineteen eighties baseball. Actually mid Seventies. I think for with Fred Lynn. Alright some phone calls. By the way I I like my Dayton Flyers. My Alma Mater their number three in the country while they're flying too close to the sun. I don't want my flyers who are used to being up in the air with the nickname flyers. I don't want them to be echoes. And you get too close to the sun. I want them to be a little. I want them to be a sleeper here. Now they're going to be number two seed now. I get nervous. Well why wouldn't it be a one seat if they're in the top four teams in America? Don't ask Joey brackets or whoever's doing this at Eggo get him. Don't you want that moment in the final? Four gymnasts introduces the Dayton flyers has famous alumni. Then graphic on the screen is GonNa get you in there. Gruden you chuck Noll who boy. Yeah how many other schools have two coaches who won super bowls. I don't know what the answer is other than Dayton. I if a lot to tell you no. It's not a lot. You told me not to tell you this. It's just I got Jon Gruden and I got Chuck Knoll that's pretty good. Coaching royalty. There and Gerry Faust Gerry Faust went to Dayton. I believe member Notre Dame head coach. Who Else is Erma bombeck? The famous columnist went there. Jim Paxson great basketball player. And there's been a few beating I would hope I'm on the short list there if Dayton goes to the final. Four that Jim Nance would give me a shout on. Yeah Make Lemon. Did you say did make vais go to date or is he from Dayton? Sean McVeigh Sean. Mcveigh's grandfather coach. Sean McVeigh wasn't sharp enough to get into date. And he had to Miami of Ohio. Nice Yeah Ohio. Smacktalk cradle of coaches. That's Miami of Ohio. Okay sorry by the way I would have loved to have gone to Miami of Ohio. One day on campus and my head was on a swivel. I was going. I can't keep track of all the beautiful women on this campus. It was it was remarkable and the only problem. Every building is a red brick building there. If somebody says Oh yeah go down to the. It's the Red Brick building. You can't miss it. And then of course every building is red brick building there but Seaton's got this problem too because his not as alma mater but he was named after Seton Hall their eighth in the country. So you're not F- you're not a sleeper no and this is where it gets a little bit like I would prefer that Dayton was tenth with the potential to be one of the top fourteen. It is a lot more comfortable when your team gets in there? And they just sneak into the top twenty five so you know. They're in the tournament. You know like this is this. Is I feel comfortable here. But now when you're looking at it being three seen holy crap you know this is crazy yeah club you guys have to put them in the final game. You're obligated right when we're doing our brambles like you have you there's no way you have to put Dayton and Dan Entire Act I don't I I don't see does he'll put West Virginia and Seton Hall. You always always pick. If one of them is in there I'll pick them to win it. Dayton going farther than I would normally have them but I don't want to go. I'm Dominic Pencil them to win the National Championship. I have to do my research mclovin. You just. Don't go Willy Nilly when you're filling out your brackets. Well kind of we are seeing. Who would you pick West Virginia or seen off? They played each other before the finals. Seton Hall for sure I. I've been a lifelong Seton Hall. Fan West Virginia has been a little bit of a disappointment this year. Are they making the the say that pretty much every year though? Wait till you get a load of our bracket challenge. We'll give you the details of that coming up. We ever celebrity bracket challenge and you. The audience will be able to compete with all the celebrities. They're in an an unbelievable price there for the winter. Be The one member of the audience that we were working on some great things for bracket challenge will give you a heads up on that as soon as we got all the details for you. Let me see mentioned. Fritzy'S AL clippers thunder. Seventy sixers Lakers anybody for the seventy sixers playing embiid. The Big Stars Ben Shake Building. Shake Milton over under twenty for shake. Milton against the Lakers. Edo He's been trending over but like it feels like he's one of those guys use the bottom could fall out. Yeah we had a guy for con. Quick Mas who had three thirty point games in a row then went over nine and his next game or something like that and he was unbelievable. I remember the Summer League and I go boy if that guy gets good. There's a lot of announcers going to be nervous trying to pronounce his name and not screw it up and say another word. Firkin on the game on the Clippers sixers Game Van Ghanaian Jackson saying there are so many guys who could score thirty points in an NBA. Game that you don't even know but they can't do it consistently so you can have a shake millman is that does that ring true that you know there's a lot of guys who scored MBA. Just they can't do it a lot. I guess that I could see that. Did you know the Celtics have three players averaging at least twenty points this year because you got Jason Tatum Kemba Walker Jalen Brown now? It's happened before with the Boston. Celtics but you probably couldn't guess the players who were the three players on the Celtics so this at second time in franchise history now right now. They're they're averaging over tatum's averaging twenty three and a half a Jaylen Brown twenty point four. Kemba is twenty one point eight. This happened. Nineteen Sixty six Boston Celtics. Anybody WanNa take a crack at the Celtics of nineteen sixty six. Yes mclovin. I'll take a guess are Russell Nights. Joe Gino no none of those. I have a check havilcek stole. The ball is one Paulie Sam Jones. Sam Jones was the leading score. The Third One Bailey. Howell Bailey tip of my tongue. He averaged right at twenty points. Bailey Howell Bailey. George Bailey. I thought you were gonNA say Bird Peres. I thought that was my. It's a wonderful life. George Bailey Bailey. George Bailey. I can only. I can only mimic low. A couple of lines like President Reagan. Mister Gorbachev tear down this wall. But that's it. If they go give me some more Mr. Dare say something else Spanish. Yeah that's all I got sometimes. It's just you know the Jimmy Stewart with. It's a wonderful life where he gives that barring audio and then that's it give me another Jimmy Stewart. Line I don't know there is one in Mr Smith goes to Washington is that The one where he he Filibusters for a day or two that one. I was watching that. The my wife loves these old movies like Turner Classic Movies and she'll go over you ever seen this arsenic and old lace on. No she goes. Oh my God. They're all these movies I have not seen and she'll be like I can't believe you. How have you seen this? I I don't know I just didn't think about watching these old movies. But it'd be like Oh Carey grant big deal. I like Jimmy Stewart. He's kind of the same guy in every movie. Jimmy Stewart. Look out the back window. And I'm leaving Aaron until you got him broken legacy by the Grace Kelly and rear window on Roy. Alzheimer's really spectacular. Yeah Yeah Great. I gotTa Get aligned from Mr Smith so then I can try to imitate that. But there's one where he stands up and he's Massey's disheveled and he barely able to stand up and he's filibustering so. I don't know what that line is. Sounds like the most boring movie of all time by the way well. It's not a great movie Yes mclovin. You look puzzled. I've actually never seen that. One is good Mr Smith. I might have won the Academy Award. It's pretty pretty impressive. Ever seen who shot Liberty Valance? No people love that one. I've seen like half. There's so many black and white movies I have not seen and my wife is incredulous. She can't imagine that somehow live this life that I've lived. I haven't seen some of these movies. That's like us with you in Goodfellas but I I not big on the mob. You just not. Yeah but it's a little too close to home if I is. Uc Board movies at any of us right now and you just had a window of your life where you didn't watch any movies. It seems like well. Yeah but that was before I was born so I didn't go boy. I gotTa Watch Garden and I went. What's the big deal about? Ganga did citizen Kane all right Rosebud get along. I will take a break Chris. Simms will join US coming up phone calls. You'RE WELCOME AND WE'LL UPDATE The poll results from the first hour. We're back after this on the Dan. Patrick show do you own or rent your home. Sure you do and I bet it can be hard work. You know what's easy bundling policies with GEICO GEICO makes it easy to bundle your homeowner's or renter's insurance along with your auto policy. It's a good thing too because you already have so much to do around your home. Go TO GEICO DOT COM. Get a quote and see how much you can save. It's gyco easy visit. Geico DOT COM. Today that's GEICO DOT com once again. It's gyco easy visit. Geico DOT COM TODAY GEICO DOT com out of Lixin. All our mission is simple improve the quality of people's lives through the power of cannabinoid like CBD. 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Dot Com and use the Code Patrick Twenty at checkout to Receive Twenty Percents Off Sports Gel today it looks LCD. It's kind of amazing presents from pro. Football Talk Live. He'll join us here in a moment. Couple of phone calls hunter in North Carolina. Hey Hunter what's on your mind. Dan How are you doing Sir Talk about the two all talk about that and the Redskins or with two or just climbing if the medical clearance. It's only getting more hype. And if aligns really want 'em redskins could trade back one spot still get chased young and another traffic and Rivera team out that. What's your thought? Yeah I don't know what Detroit is going to do. It feels like they'd take such a cap hit. If they got rid of Matthew Stafford I understand if you could move on from Stanford if you were going to draft because it goes back to. How many times does a high paid quarterback the highest paid quarterback win a super bowl? I don't know if it's ever happened. Mclovin you can look at that but you know you spend all of this money and you end up you know. Your team loses some of its stars. This will happen Kansas City so Tom. Brady's never been the highest paid when all those superior I don't think he has. I don't think so either I don't think so either. Let's bring in Chris. Simms pro football talk live joining us on the program. How are you Chris? I'm doing good man. How are you good talk? Everybody's good back there Dan. That's what's up dude. How are you how was Indianapolis? It was I've had better I always enjoy going to the combine. You know seeing friends and getting to see these guys in person as far as the The draftees but I got really sick. They're like to where I threw up on my first segment of the show on Wednesday morning I had to leave the set And I was pretty much throwing up for the next ten hours after that so I've had better trips the combine. That's for sure you were on the set with Florio throwing up yes. I've been throwing up all night long. You know Now Okay it's probably Thrown up five six times I. I'm I get up to do the show. I threw up one more time leaving the hotel. You know you throw up you think okay. Maybe that's the last one I feel pretty good. Okay let me suck it up and see if I can go do this show. I got to the show. I was thirsty. Is L CHUG? The Blue Gatorade good the first segment and the last minute of the segment. I was about to pop and I had to walk off and of course down the trash can and let it all out. You gotta go Ginger Ale. You can't do blue gatorade. Nice plug there by the way. Yeah right yeah well trust me. I wasn't you're right. I went to Ginger Ale right after. It didn't matter what I did. At that point okay could have been holy water. It wasn't gonNA stay down. It was coming back up guy. Still throw up before games when they play Yes they do. I don't know how many do I was kind of that guy a little bit especially early on my career. I was Kinda guy that If it was an away game I might pull the trigger a little bit and the in my hotel room before I leave for the game. Because my stomach's just unsettled and I just feel butterflies. And Okay let me stick my finger down the throat and just get this out so I feel calm down. And I'd I'd certainly did that a few times early on in my career We're talking to Chris. Simms pro football talk live co host with Mike Florio and NBC sports? What are you looking for with quarterbacks at the combine I I think the biggest thing is you know just talent search things that I can look at either talent or major flaws that can pop out flaws to where you go. Ooh Okay wait now. Let me go watch the film and see if this is a reoccurring theme on film and kind of the same thing I think for you. Know the positive aspect of that too. How easily can they do difficult type things? That's the thing that jumped out to me. Just an urban word you know okay. Yeah it was great. It was a great combine as far as the physical attributes. Vertical running all of that. But the thing that really like opened my eyes is he just made a few throws during that workout. That are you know high degree throws and he can make it. He makes it look easy. Whether it was go. Routes down the left sideline or the post corner route. I mean he just threw a few balls that to me where I went. Wow that looks like you know. He's only giving about ninety percent effort and he's making a throw where everybody else would be like crying as hard as they can to make our fifth that throw in there or throw that throw the way he did so I guess those are the things special elite traits is what you look for and then does that match up on film to where you go okay. This guy's elite traits. We saw the workout also translated on the football field. Yeah I'm trying to figure this out. I don't get too hyped up about the combine because I want to see what you do on a football field and and that should be the litmus test but what happens is a and you're seeing this Jordan love now where people are going to raise another Patrick mahomes here. Somebody is going to go all in on Jordan love. That will probably surprise some people. It's what we don't know I go back to the Shawn Watson. He's the great case. Study here. He did everything right in front of you and that wasn't good enough for people and they wanted to have Mitchell trubisky. Who didn't do everything right in front of US or Daniel? Jones didn't do everything right in front of us. The Guy who did everything and then you go. Yeah you know but this guy over here has got a whole lot of potential. Maybe Jordan love is going to be great. It almost seems like we talk ourselves into something because of that word potential. Well I think you're right. I think that goes on every year. You know you do hear that. There's no doubt about that and people get lost in evaluating the wrong things. And that's where sometimes you you get. Busted certain positions because somebody some evaluator got fascinated with something and you go. That's great but that doesn't necessarily translate to being a good player. You know Jordan Lob. You're right I mean there's a love affair right now a little much for me yes. Some of the you know the words and comparisons. I'm hearing thrown around. Yeah that's a little much now Jordan love though I will say and I'm a little behind on my film here Dan just so I haven't done deep dive yet here. I'm going to start with the quarterbacks today but you know he certainly deserves to be in that conversation with the Joe Borough to adjusting her but I think he is there in that class. A player right now my TV scouting. I'd say he's fourth out of that group But I hear you. Everyone right now trying to say Patrick MOMS come on. That's not I've seen enough to let. Let's stop. I saw Patrick mahomes four throws and I went whoa. I don't know if I've ever seen anybody make that throw in my life. That was the kind of things I saw from. Patrick Mahomes Jordan love. I see a lot of good. I certainly see potential nice throwing motion strong arm all those things but come on the home is like right now on the decorate. It'd be like the greatest single talent we've ever seen in the sport. If you were Ron Rivera and you had the opportunity to take to. Let's say the medicals checkout right. Would you take him or would you just stand pat with chase young? Yeah well you know you. Jay is a once in a lifetime not once in a lifetime but once every five six seven years type talent Bosa so was clowney so is the other Bosa. I mean it feels like a lifetime has happened a couple times in the lifetime. Whoa you're right but you know academy thought both of this year. Who's yeah. He was picked to be that guy and he you know he's already in the conversation one of the best defensive players and football. You know. Same Debbie on cloudy. It's the same thing it's phenomenal now. You're right I get it now to our as much as I love them. And he's a fellow lefty quarterback and all those things he scares the hell out of me he does you know and nothing to do with the play the play and again. I haven't studied but from what I saw on TV. I know that's going to check out. I was the smart guy I know. He's got a strong arm. He's got great. Feel you know he's a leader? He's got charisma. He's got all the things you want as a quarterback but you know having seen the guy in person a few times. He's not a very big guy. He plays a little bit of a dangerous style of football. He does already have an injury history and that scares me and it just scares me about left handed quarterback Chris. Your fellow left handed quarterback but we had a caller saying you know you can't be successful with left-handed quarterback and I started rattling off successful. Left handed quarterbacks here is the offense still geared to be a right handed offense. Well yes it is most most offenses are but it's not like a huge Jon. Gruden did was a pain in his. That was left. You know he'd call a play go way. I got a call the other way. You'RE YOU'RE TALKING. You're driving me crazy. You're freaking you know you'd go off on me that way right. But that's that's That's not a huge problem. The call the bootleg to the left side as compared to the right side is not going to be some mind-blowing experiment. Well take receivers a few days to get used to the boss. Putting the other way and kind of falling a different way on the deep ball and falls out of the sky. It goes another way. Yes But you know the redskins. It's interesting altogether because I know you know I is the two thing real. Is it more of a smokescreen to get people to trade up for them? Is it really being uses motivational tactic? Dwayne Haskins you know that's the one thing you know Ron Rivera has said from the start as he wants to see. Dwayne work harder and be here and you know. He's Kinda made those comments because there was a lot of rumors coming out of Washington. Last year that Dwayne Haskins was lazy and I know the year ended up good and he started to play really well. But I'm sure what what people in Washington saw early on in the year and everything it was concerning. I'm sure people have told Ron Rivera. That and you know the quarterback can never have the lazy connotation you know next to his name and I don't know if that's true or not but I know I've been told that I know other people have been told by people around that organization and I think that's probably what they're doing more than anything is driving all the trade interest and scaring their young quarterback to get in gear and get ready to go What would be important for you? If you're Tom Brady right now. winning team. That's all I'd worry about. Well I mean that's that's where I just go. I think the list is. It's gotTa be short and I don't even know where the list is you know but I i. Just he's not. He's not going to the giants. Don't rebuild Tom Brady. You know that is one of the raiders in my opinion either. And just what you know like. Hey I'll come out there guys. And we'll rebuild this year and I'm forty four will make our super bowl run like I just don't see it that way you know. That's why I think the Tennessee. Titans are real. You know the more and more I hear everybody start talking about this forty nine or thing the more and more. I think you know where there's smoke there's fire when people like Dion Sanders and Mike. Flory on Peter King keep putting it together that to me means there might be something more there than we know already. So it's going to be in a spot to me where he can go in and they can win right away. It's not about money what I've been told Brady's not GONNA ask for thirty million a year. I've been told that it's going to be somewhere in the numbers around twenty million. But it's GONNA be. I think a place where he knows he can win. It can improve his legacy. He can show he went to the Super Bowl without bill. Belichick and you know you know puts it up but that way and says hey I'm the man to and all that so I really think that's the thing that's going to drive this home. Do you want to get in on the bet that Paulie has with? Espn reporter Jeff. Darlington police says Brady stays in New England and they put a five hundred dollars for the V. Foundation. Wow that's a good one who John Okay I'll jump in on that bad and I'm gonNA stay with us. I'm going with my Bali bag a donuts. And that's what I'm GONNA do okay. I'm going with him. I am right now. Even though I think it's close it's like fifty five forty five or sixty forty. I think he will go back to New England. I just think ultimately he's GonNa go. You know okay. Am I going up route? My family move. Okay that's not. That's not that great. This will be. It will be the hardest off season in his career since his rookie year. Does he really want to tackle that? And then try to implement kind of a new culture in the locker room and do all that stuff too. I mean that's exhausting. That stop learning a new playbook being all over at the way he is the New England playbook you know that's just not easy and I just think with Josh mcdaniels back. I think New England. We'll get some weapons around him this year to give him more of a fighting chance at the quarterback position. Yeah I'm going to bet he stays in New England. Chris good to talk to you. Come visit us when you make your Dispense revisit I will. I will do to make one soon. So you guys let me know or whenever you want me to plan all that out that would be great love to have you guys Chris. Simms pro football live co host? We'll take a break. We'll get phone calls coming up. Reggie Miller will join US coming up next hour. We're back after this and the Dan Patrick show do you own or rent your home. Sure you do and I bet it can be hard work you know what easy bundling policies with GEICO GEICO makes it easy to bundle your homeowner's or renter's insurance along with your auto policy. It's a good thing too because you already have so much to do around your home go to Geico Dot Com. Get a quote and see how much you can save. It's GEICO easy. Visit GEICO DOT com. 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In fact we'll play that here. Here's what it sounded like yesterday. You don't give me just one. Sal Okay so one sack plea please. Hey do you want to hear what Anthony Rizzo sounded like yesterday? Oh Yeah I'm doing some math in my head. What are you gonNa throw what he got a new idea? I wish I knew someone. Thanks for ME SOMEBODY. Bang for me a shot at the Astros law dear. He knows he's yeah. I take your shot. That's good you imagine if you had that with some of the star players up there and he even if it's not a star player letting you know what you're thinking when you're up there now if it's a real game and the catchers there and you're going you know I'm Gonna I think he's GonNa throw me a hook here if you're the catcher. You know it'd be hard to change the sign if he sang it right before. He delivers the pitch but it. Did you see where Trevor Bauer was telling the opposition what pitch was coming? Good Strategy for a pitcher. Well he was just trying to make a point. I guess I mean Trevor Bowers. He tries to make a lot of points there. I thought it was entertaining. That it was like You don't have to steal our signs. I'm GonNa tell you what I'm throwing there. I don't think he'll do that during the regular season. What was the logic behind that? Yeah Paul Trevor Bowers era. The second half of the season was six point three nine last year. Maybe he was doing it all summer. Telling them well. Maybe he's thinking they hit me when they didn't know what was coming. Maybe if I tell them what's coming. I got a better chance here but I don't know what his logic was unless he was just trying to make the point of you can't steal our signs because I'm not GonNa let you. I'm GonNa tell you what's coming there. You have that mclovin. Did you see anything on him? I thought he was just making a point about the Astra's drawing attention has he's been doing all along. Yeah I'd always interesting. I don't know you know people are looking at the Astros situation saying. Is it going to go away and I think every town they go into every city they go into? It's going to be. It'll start again and it depends on who they're facing but if you're going into New York you're going into Chicago you'RE GOING INTO LA. It feels like those markets are going to. WanNa piece of you and if you go to these other smaller mart. You've go into Oakland. That's GonNa be strange if Mike fires is pitching against the Astros in Oakland or in. Houston that would be interesting since he was the whistle blower there. But I don't think the Astros situation going to go away anytime soon but I don't know when the commissioner comes out to say if somebody throws at one of these guys you're gone for X. Number of games which would be strange that the people throwing at the cheaters are going to get more punishment than those who cheated. I brought this up while ago. You consider again trading Altuva to get rid of that because he is the face of it more than any player on that team. Oh they said he didn't do it. He's he's the Lance Armstrong of his sport. No that they said he didn't do it like his teammates. Said that he didn't WanNa know the pitches whether that's true or not but I I don't know trading him. It feels like there other players that may have been a lot more in on that then then him and you got to pay for five more years yes mclovin. I mean I think to play. The strike zone is just show. Small animals those strong for some of that height that even if he didn't tip the pitches he's hard to get out by way. I was ready to jump on the Yankees as my team in baseball. And let's call it on there. I keep hearing these negative things is Garrett Cole going to be pitching in April. I didn't even hear that. I thought that there was a report. Somebody's missing the first month of the season. I got Giancarlo Stanton. New of course would have hit. Eighty home runs. Had He known? What the pitches were. It would help if he stayed healthy judges. Aaron Judge Never Good News. Yeah but Giancarlo Stanton is one of those contracts that you're going to eat an eat in eat and it is not good. Not Good at all was at a ten year deal. They only really have like seven and a half more years. Yeah yeah they just got Jacoby Ellsbury off the books. And now you got that Albatross. Oh my God yes at the end of the day. Does it really matter to the Yankees? Yeah I don't care maybe not. Maybe not but man when he signed that deal. I went on like. Didn't anybody learn their less? No they never do. They're like we're going to give you a Chad Myers go no. Don't give him ten years. No no you know mclovin. I'm still okay with Bryce Harper. He was twenty six thousand. Eight hundred twenty seven. So he'll have the meat of his contract by the time it's over. He'll be like the hundred pies player might if they could turn out to get a bargain with Bryce Harper. 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SCAL VS. MCDONOUGH: Were AD's Actions In New Orleans Justified?

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40:22 min | 4 months ago

SCAL VS. MCDONOUGH: Were AD's Actions In New Orleans Justified?

"This is the scaling bells podcast with NBA Champion, Brian scelo brainy former NBA general manager, and Executive Ryan mcdonagh. Welcome back to scale appeals everyone I am Ryan mcdonagh and I'll be joined as always by the white mob Ryan brainy a welcome and welcome back to our viewers and listeners on radio, dot, com, and also on twitch TV for those of you listening and watching on twitch Scallon I love answering questions live on air, submit the best ones in our producer Jake Galley will send them to Scallon. I to answer for you live with that, I bring in the store of our show. Brian skela brainy scale. We had a tremendous weekend in the NBA. We had three big games to in the western conference, the first two games of the Western Conference finals. The Lakers now have stranglehold in that series up to in the eastern. Conference we have a series that's now gotten tighter with the Celtics winning. Game Three on Saturday night, we're going to bring heat VP Andy Ellsberg. He's essentially their GM scale. He'll be on with us in the second half of the show guy who's been as responsible as anybody including. Pat Riley for building the Miami Heat Dynasty over the last couple of decades resulting in three championship rings scalp where I want to start this show is what you and I talked about late. Last night what we were thinking about last night is we went to bed the Denver Nuggets down all night behind Nicole Yokich is eleven consecutive points look like they had the game in the final seconds against the Lakers and then the Bombay Anthony Davis scale big shot, and it now looks like the Lakers have the inside track to head back to yet another NBA finals the Roic of Ad. So. This morning I'm getting. I'm gearing backup. A kind of got a slight injury getting back to playing in. Do, a slow jobs and stuff like that and movement and stuff like that and I'm thinking to myself as I make this one, move I, how many NBA centers that have that type of defensive presence that type of ability to go above the RIM could've made that shot and Ryan mcdonagh. I know you know a lot of guys how many guys in the NBA could have made that shot guys could it came off of a screen and that was really down on the nugget that dot. How could you give that up in this situation? As I'm just reflecting this morning, I can't think of a single player that would I would feel comfortable taking that shot at that moment with the game on the line. Do you am I? Missing some other type of five men out there that can do that. Now the numbers back to you this one to scale Anthony Davis makes close to fifty percent of his shots in close games. That is the best in the league and it's just unguardable i. mean there's nothing you can do. There's no other big I can think of with that combination of size speed, athleticism length, and touch. You need all of those things Anthony Davis. Has All of them. Now, it was the blown coverage by either Mason plumlee and or Jeremy Grant I. think that's pretty obvious watching the replay but that doesn't change the facts Gal that a six eleven guy on a dead sprint ran behind the three point line and with a quick release shot a shot with Nicole Yokich seven footer himself had an excellent close out. He couldn't bothered the shot and that is why the Lakers now lead the series Oh and I think that's why might be one of one scale with his ability to defend willas ability to make big shots like that one and also shot before scale that the floater that he had not many six eleven guys put the ball on the floor I shoot a floater. They don't turn it over. They don't charge on. That's very difficult shot, and that showed I think the full offensive arsenal from a d. in the two biggest possessions of the night for the La Lakers. So how you you've been evaluated talent forever right? AD Agassi a phenomenal player they'd lost in New Orleans and now he's going and he's teaming up with the Braun. You look at him as like still unbelievably talented cannot stop him winning type of player. It's just a matter of being into right culture and having a guy like Lebron, James around him or do you look at him like the latter? Capped out on his own team New Orleans and you know I gotTa Get Outta here I'm not I wanna go to a different market or whatever I it's I'm having a hard time saying and maybe this is just the old school mentality versus a new school mentality and team up and the player empowerment era where I was like eighty you could have played this hard with New Orleans Pelicans and you guys would have been relevant. You're so good as a player. You can't tell me that that this ad that I'm seeing right now couldn't lead the Pelicans to fifty night in and night out. So when you're looking at a guy like that, how do you evaluate him? Well as he asks the tough questions here on Scaling Pels as you always do I get my cap on. So I make sure I can answer them accurately. I look at Anthony Davis to weigh scale. One is a phenomenal talent who is maybe the most talented player in the league and I don't say that lightly. But what he can do with all the skills I just mentioned size length athleticism touch timing his defense has been excellent I. Understand the argument for him for defensive player of the year in the regular season and I think he hasn't been the best defender so far in the playoffs cal, he's been the best one I've seen as far as his ability to switch out and smaller guys and guard them, and also protect the rim with his length with his timing you know most big guys. That size get Jamal Mari or some talented offensive guard switched on them. They can take advantage of that especially if you're great offense a player like Maury or harden or somebody like that. They really struggle against eighty to do that's that's good. Yeah. So I love the talent I hate what he did to the New Orleans Pelicans I hate it I hate it for the player I don't think it's good for our league It looks like the Lakers are gonNA benefit from it. Now they have two of the top five players on their team but I look at it as a fifteen plus your former executive scale and I bring it up because. Here's the fallout from Anthony Davis is decision right? So it benefits the player a ton individually Anthony Davis is probably heading to the NBA finals with Lebron. James it'll be a DS. First finals, Lakers make it. It'll be lebrons tenth finals, which is incredible. What. Scale look at the damage, the collateral damage in. La Magic. Johnson. The president of basketball operations, the legend. Resigns Luke. Walton. The head coach either gets fired or mutually parts ways depending on who you believe he is out in New Orleans del dams. The GM is fire now a year later. Young Talent Alvin. Gentry the head coach is gone. So when you give credit to a D. realized that those are for people who have accomplished a lot in the NBA they are all out of jobs some have found jobs elsewhere. Some are still looking magic Johnson space tedious moved on but keep that in my because I do. So I love the player, I love the talent I don't like what he did to the New Orleans Pelicans and personally all of our time ever getting over that. But as an executive of a guy now listen I don't know those guys cut it. They didn't cut it as an executive of you have a player that doesn't cut it. You guys will get rid of them. WHAT'S THE DIFFERENCE RIGHT I? Think I the New Orleans city let's say the ownership of New Orleans right they put their trust in an executive coach whoever? Whatever like if they didn't, they didn't get it done and they lose their job but if a player doesn't get it done, he loses his job. Aren't we just and you know you lost your job this is a cutthroat business through and through the equipment guys not doing his job he'd gone there's fifty other people lined up to take that job. What Ends up doing what it's like. It is a cutthroat business like we can expect players not to be cut throat in their in their careers right? Like we we have grown up and we've. taught from day one that you? You've got a it's going to be tough to make. It is tough to survive. Now, when a player has a little bit of power and he wants to control his career and it's it's a cutthroat business, people lose their jobs over it. Isn't that just what the NBA is. It's like it's unfair but it is what it is. Right Well. It's what it's become. Should be or not. I think the way when I grew up your raised if you signed a five-year contract, you play five years and then at the end of your an unrestricted free, you figure it out. You don't sound a five year contract, take the money, and then if you're injured so it while you gotta pay me anyways, if you don't play well, well, you gotta pay me anyways or if you don't feel like at any time I'm out I. don't care what this deal says I know what I told you two years ago but I changed my mind the money's guaranteed so few. That's what it is. I mean let let's let's call it. What is so if you want that kind of control and I give Anthony Davis, teammate, Lebron, James a lot of credit he's the only guy who had the balls to do that. He did it in Cleveland he signed a bunch of one year deals and had that control over the franchise. Now, Lebron suffered a catastrophic injury or something, and there was some risk there although it Kevin durant proved he suffered a catastrophic injury and he's still got the maximum contract for the maximum dollar amount in the maximum amount of years from a different team in the Brooklyn Nets. So that's all I'm saying scale if you want that kind. Of Control it's like what you were. I teach our kids right. If you make a deal, you honor the deal if you don't make or you make a short term deal, then you have the right to change your mind renegotiate and Sodas the team I just personally as an executive. Yeah. I'm sure I'm biased because this negatively impact me but if you sign a contract especially a long one for four or five years I. Expect you out of the deal if you don't honor that deal, then I personally lose respect for you. Maybe I'm in the minority there but that's the way I see it but let me ask you this because this is also it pertains to Yana says well. Would you rather have? Janas. Like. Let's say he would you rather him pull the ad thing like this summer and say, I'm not really interested in coming back. I'm not going to sign a supermax. I'm just giving you guys warning out. Or but. Or play it out and not give you any warning like if you're the Milwaukee Bucks, let's say let's say you were in Phoenix and you had John and he came to you and. I know I just wanted to go to Miami would you respect him more for telling you in advance and you can get what? The. New. Orleans Pelicans called a hall folks. They wanted all those draft picks in players and they were talking about this and that, and now that the tide had shifted three times at first, it was too much and then it was not too much and then it was too much and now it's not too much. So so as a as an executive, would you want? To come to you and say. Yeah, I? I'm not going to resign so you can do whatever you want with me. Want the player to be honest for sure. Now you'd want to be honest though before he signed the extension, that's the difference. If you're honest says it now like I Paul George Credit Paul George we've given a hard time for playoff and pandemic p. and all that he knew he wasn't going to sign with the Indiana Pacers. So he told them and they acted accordingly that let them bring a tremendous return that was very criticized at the time. What Kevin Pritchard Chad. Buchanan those guys? They got absolutely crushed bringing back Victor Oladipo in D'Amato bonus who are both all starts by the way that that deal ended up being pretty darn good for Indiana. But I'd rather have that you know like look I'm not going to be here as much as I don't like the way Jimmy Butler approached the situation in Minnesota with Tom, tomato and Scott Layden and how it impacted the organization I respect him. More. For being honest what I don't respect is a guy signing the contract saying all the right things and then in the middle of a term deal, not like your five of five year deal like in your two or three of a term deal saying you know what? I know what I said then the money's guaranteed but you know screw you guys I'm just going to do whatever I want and you guys can deal. With it I don't WanNa be here I personally don't respect that I've had some experience with something like that, and you just lose respect for me not as a talent ever respect the talent ad is one of the most talented players maybe the most talented big men in the league. I just don't like the approach and it's hard for me personally to ever view the player the same way without that coming up in my mind. I've seen like you. But then when I see him on stage, I realized that he was Never GonNa get to this point in New Orleans and he does have the right to do it now. I don't want to be treated anywhere but la, I mean, any backtracked on that? There's a lot of ways be handled it the wrong way but. And everyone kind of news soon as he signed with rich Paul, he was gonna go to La but. The way when I watch him here I go. Okay. No matter what he what he put forward. He was never going to be in the scenario in which he can be dominating the fourth quarter in the Eastern Conference finals and and put in a situation where he hits the biggest shot of his life and I just. Like I said I've gone both ways on this one. But when I've seen him when I saw him, do that I thought and you know what? It was never going to have this this stage in New Orleans and that's unfortunate. Because because of the people that put around him, what whether coach to ownership what the players they drafted, they can't land free agency whatever the reason is. Kind of now understand why ad wanted to leave now. I wasn't expecting it to be in the bubble of expecting it to be staple center on the road in that environment but he's not getting that shot at at this stage in at in New Orleans and it just never gonNA happen for him. So his legacy was on the line and I kind of commend him for leaving even though I don't like the way that he handled it. Wait a minute I totally disagree with it. Why would he not get that opportunity in New Orleans the year before he demanded a trade, they were in the western conference semifinals playing the Golden State Warriors. So if the Denver Nuggets can do it, it's the Denver Nuggets can do it. Why can't the New Orleans Pelicans do it Well that would be because in his mind. They missed out on it could be the demarcus cousins trait nick maybe he demanded that whatever the reason I'm saying his situation for the foreseeable future was not gonNA land him in the Western. Conference finals. That's how I see. Like anyone. You're. Right. Razors. What I'm sorry. Go ahead. Now, there were one series away from the Western Conference finals the year before and demanded a trade they were in the Western Conference Semis. They played the warriors with Steph Curry Klay Thompson Kevin Durant maybe the best team in NBA history. So they lost but that's where they were. I mean they. In. The final four in the western conference so he wouldn't get hidden. Yeah, but he didn't make demands after they lost to the western conference final he made demands after demarcus cousins went out when they when they went a future pick, but he healed and for demarcus cousins. Well, there's there's now that this is going on I'm Outta here like I said, I, don't know if it's one. That trait he wanted his boy demarcus from Kentucky. Yeah he might have but I'm seeing at that moment there is no way he was going to get to this point of his career was never going to happen. So we see this differently, you see it as a former player I, see it as a former executive. So you have no problem with the player doing whatever anytime to get whatever he wants regardless of what he said before and regardless of how it impacts other. True that's not true. I don't have. You see I don't have any problem with any player regardless of what they do like. I didn't have a problem with what Jimmy Butler did until he was waving the towel on the sideline like I. I was all in on Jimmy Butler and then I had a problem with him. Remember when he was in I think Golden State or Sacramento in the crowd waving the talent and he was waving the towel with the crowd on the road. I. Had a problem with that. But outside of the Jimmy Butler situation saying. You guys. WanNa pay you WANNA pay Andrei. Andrew. Wiggins all this money you want to pay. Karl. Anthony. Towns but you don't want to pay me. I'm the one that's winning I'm the reason why we went to the playoffs on the reason why we're good not because of those guys you treat them like the second coming, and now you're telling me you can't commit long term. So that's what he was pissed about. So I didn't have a problem with that I had a problem with the towel waving so you can't say anything anywhere any player like Every player's situation's a little bit different. There are different for sure but with Jimmy Butler wanted the timber wolves to do they literally could not do whether they wanted to or not per the rules they couldn't do what he wanted to do, which is renegotiate up amax extension without completely gutting their team. So they could've traded a bunch of guys created cap space and then renegotiate his contract upscale, but no executive would do that. So it's just unreasonable what he wanted coming off a playoff appearance in Minnesota. But anyway I don't bring this up to talk about Jimmy One final question I have for you about this you have been as critical as Kyrie irving as any media member. What is different between what Kyrie did two teams, the Cleveland Cavaliers in Boston Celtics and what Anthony Davis did to the New Orleans Pelicans. Cleveland and I don't have a problem within leaving in Boston. I just have a problem. Going on and talking about leadership when you're a terrible leader when you don't when you don't, you're not, you're not engaging with people you talk about doing it. You blame you point the finger at everybody else I didn't have a problem with that. I do have a problem with ghosting. You're the ownership management coaches and all that when the season's over like don't you after a team trades for you? I'll give you an example, I when I and I'm not tired. Of hearing so. We all understand that right but when I was in New Jersey. I got an offer from the Boston Celtics. I went into rob doorns office and I told the man to man this is what is out there this is what I'm GonNa do is. Is. Something that's okay. You guys want match it. You want to do. We want to talk about it and but I went face to face with Danny Aines two, thousand ten. High behind my agent anything like that. I. Go right up the Danny and say Danny. Let's talk about next year. Rauch spot no roster spot like what do you want to do I was I was this up front about it because I appreciate that what people do for me when I'm in an organization good batter indifferent I do that so that what I have a problem with with Kyrie and I had a problem with Anti Davis Not Playing twenty minutes at night or playing playing, playing not playing I had a problem with all that. But think about the end result Anti Davis plays that you're out and they're battling for the playoffs spot they might not get Williamson. So there is the benefit to how he went out but I don I disagreed with the way that he went out. But when I look at it like if a player wants out there has to be a way where it's a win win and I don't look at New Orleans as the only thing I look at New Orleans is what you brought up a lot. Of people lost their jobs because of that, that's that's unfortunate. But that's the cutthroat business that we're in. But I, look at I didn't think he handled it. That's all folks would assure and just like I didn't think Jimmy Butler handled it with the towel waving. So I, I have a problem with the way that some players handle it. I think there's a professional way to handle exit strategies. So I don't think Kyrie ghosting the Celtics is the appropriate way to handle an exit strategy. So that's when it comes to that. I have a problem with that I'd have problem with him deciding to leave though. Make some good points you mentioned the that's all folks that hilarious but also very unprofessional. Larry I wasn't a GM. If I was the GM, it wouldn't have been nearly as funny. Scale you made me think of one thing You remember that commercial last year with Kyri about his Jersey and the rafters someday. Do you think that's going to happen like should I call Wick Rouse Beck and Steve Pagliuca to see if the Jersey retirement scheduled if there's going to wait a little bit before they put a number up there Maybe, that's another story. You know. Do you know? Do you know that before he wrote made that Commercial Dino I one to get him to commit to the extension and I did. I asked him the question at open practice. So I was like. I'm doing open practice on 'em seeing open practice, and finally we sit down with Kyrie's meantime asking all the players I finally go to Cairo and I said like you got Paul Pierce sitting there in the front. He was there for whatever reason you got Paul Peirce sitting in the front row his jerseys up into rafters. There's a there's a tradition here in Boston like do you want to be known as a Boston Celtic? Are you trying to start your legacy and like thanks gathering became out of? What ask he had no response from anybody until he told me how bad is that? It's like You Gas for. Any of our listeners viewers are unhappy about how the Kyri situation went down in. Boston feel free to log your complaints to ask allegheny. He's on twitter at to send them a or just makes them inappropriate comment on his wall or whatever people do on twitter. Now, we got Andy Ellsberg, the a talented executive from the Miami, heat joining us in about seven or eight minutes. But now let's talk about eighty the player in the team because we phenomenal game last night in the Western. Conference game to. Scale what are your thoughts thought about it last night we talked about the individual brilliance of. We have to give credit as well to Nicola. Yokich for what he did that sequence Gal talk about a full offense of arsenal jokic hit a three. He posted up Davis with a Hook I had an unbelievable tippin that was like a volleyball play that shows you the time in coordination. Now that you've had twelve or fifteen hours to digest what happened in Game Two last night. They got to play to Yokich More I. Don't I can't I I will continue to drive this home no matter anytime. We're talking about the Denver Nuggets. Would they look like they`re Out talented like that's coming in my opinion like the Lakers have more talent just play you gotta play to Yokich more and you've got to hope that Anti Davidson come back to Earth a little bit because you did a good job I as a group they did a really good job against the Bron-. But I look at Yokich with the right team around in which I think they do as an uncomfortable guy. I personally think that he cannot be guarded so I feel like he needs more touches than he needs to more touches he'll get the more. Other people in Bob will also be a little bit more aggressive and looking to score. So we'll see Denver does it I think they will and I think they're at their best when Yokich kids fifty sixty touches in a game. I agree with that for those of you didn't see the ending last night. Here's what happened. Denver Nuggets. Trailed by as many as sixteen points Nicola Yokich scored eleven consecutive points down the stretch including a tip in that made it. One, three, one, zero, two with twenty seconds left Lakers had the ball Alex Caruso missed it open three point shot and then Jamal Maury blocked Danny Green shot out of bounds with two point one seconds left. So it was ball out underneath region Rondo. The talented veteran guards would lakers had the ball to inbounded in? Here's what happened next Yokich. Try to disrupt Rondo it puts it in. Here's Davis. Four three in the win. It's God. Davis. For the leg yours. Anthony Davis. Scored as a good three point basket, they will take a look put Anthony Davis is gonNA send the Lakers to a two series lead. Are Your thoughts on the final place down the time to digest and Rewatch what went down. The. Like I said this morning I don't like I said I was thinking this morning I don't know how many seven footers, the NBA that have his defensive talent his ability to drive in post could have made a shot like that. So I never made a huge mistake with plumlee and I don't know how him and grant have not communicated that I get the guys at top as the guy sitting there at. The elbow. You know a screen is gonNA come. They have to be better than that. But you know it's just an amazing show I mean grand probably could've played that perfectly and with with high release in and and six eleven he probably still could have knocked it in. So it's just it's an incredible shot I just think Denver can do so many so many better things to not put themselves in that situation. With, playing through your kitchen and moving the ball more and not feeling like they don't belong against Lakers but ad shot was incredible. And here's what La Lakers superstar Anthony Davis had to say about the big shot last night after hitting the game winning three to put the Lakers up to in the western conference finals. Because my teammates. told. Ron. That and and lay. Hiatus. burgling against the Brooklyn Nets in you know saying spot slightly different play in and I missed the shot. and I and I. I was upset at myself. You said, we're GONNA live W shoot shot. And I got to tonight and able to make it. But I mean. Especially for team. especially in a situation like this. Trying to go up to August especially team who's. You know who Greg Paterson Going to fight. For. The entire for eight minutes so to do something like that. You know and. Then, a Jersey reward tonight. No It just makes even more special. The jerseys they wore scale. What he's referring to those who are the Kobe jerseys the Black Lakers take the call, the Mama Jerseys, and that was a neat thing after the game last night, whatever you think of AD. Your Lakers whether you love him or hate him or somewhere in between I was pretty cool wearing Kobe Bryant's jerseys opt to throw in that shot and then if you read his lips Gal, they broke it down a slow motion. He said Kobe as he was sprinting back toward the Lakers bench end up inadvertently trucking. Taylor Horton Tucker of the player for the Lakers got smashed to the ground. Luckily Taylor said he's okay but he took the brunt of that from six eleven guy charging Adam but but Kudos to a combination to suit thanks cal I don't think you can say one without the other was a breakdown clearly defensively by the nuggets a leading one of the Lakers. Two best players you kind of figured, the ball was likely to go to James Anthony, Davis and that situation and it did. So the nuggets are kick themselves to that. But that doesn't change the fact as you mentioned that there only a few players in the entire league maybe just once gala can make that shot one other amazing thing watching the replays I slowed it down and went frame by frame from the basket scale looking down the court. He was close to stepping out of balance, but he didn't. So in order to have the balanced, the coordination, the timing to catch and shoot. Now, they didn't need a three because they're only one but still to be able to do all that at six eleven with all, that's going on the movement, the catch, the release staying inbounds getting off before the clock expired that that is what makes Anthony Davis such a unique player in such a unique talent. Nuggets, Blue Golden Opportunity would that Yokich going off at the end but You. You realize how good he is, and that's why we kind of we had the discussion about to New Orleans and You know what he did to get there and he is in a great position to win a championship and if I could have said that a year ago. They are there had the inside track their up to looking like they're headed back to yet another NBA finals. So jubilation L. A.. In Denver here is nuggets head coach Mike Malone after last night's game. No moral victories. No silver linings. Selva. Chance to win tonight. Obviously. Anthony Davis should say big three to win the game at the Buzzer. So we'll watch the film see what happened on that last play. And the messages down to Oh. Let's go out and win game three. Yeah, so they need to scale. Lebron. James has never lost a two Oh lead in his playoff career. DENVER, to have any chance, you know I think we we both feel that if the nuggets are going to have a chance, they're not gonNA come back from three not against this team the way the Lakers look with Bron James and Anthony Davis which makes game three tomorrow night crucial for the Denver. Nuggets. Get off to a good start in like. Nuggets. Just can't limp into these games I wait to other down they can't wait till they're down three Oh. It's not how this you don't do that against the Bron James and that's why they blew a golden opportunity because Lebron who who started the game he was great was was very average down the stretch and turning the ball over making the wrong reads all that stuff. I was I was Kinda shocked that Lebron net situation it didn't look as comfortable as I thought. AD saved them and that's a that's the beauty of having to top five players on your team. We try to get you inside the bubble behind the curtain, bring you the top decision makers. So we're working to get on Andy. Ellsberg. The Vice President Bascom operations for the Miami Heat. He is now in the Orlando bubble one of the final four teams remaining in Orlando. We're having some technical difficulties, but we'll get him on as soon as possible and we're confident that we're getting. Ready to join our show here over the next twenty, five minutes on Scallon Pals with that I bring in Brian, scale, brady and scale. Let's talk about the game a little bit more. We did that under many pod last night but we haven't talked on our live show about Miami Boston gained three, the heat one, the first two games game too was somewhat controversial as far as from the Celtics perspective they felt like they meltdown at the end there were there were. Some words being exchanged some cheers thrown in the locker room after the game there was a late night meeting that night on Thursday with Brad Stevens and the Celtics team leaders, Marcus Smart, Jalen Brown Jason, Tatum Kemba Walker, and then scaled the celtics bounce back with a better performance in game three Gordon Hayward Return helped. But for me scalp, it was the celtics young wings led by Jalen Brown, who were the difference in the reason the Celtics now trail the Miami Heat to one. So this is going to be an executive question for you. When you get players that are like so aggressively. so good at at aggressively getting downhill getting to the basket finishing getting out in transition finishing. Using their power, the athlticism finishing, and then they slowly but surely fall in love with jump shot, and then all of a sudden before instead of trying to get downhill and playing aggressive, they ended up falling in love with that isolation and the five six dribbles. How how as an executive and you know you want guys to work in their game, you want guys to expand their gain. But you I mean like guys like Jalen Brown or in the NBA for a reason Jason Tatum is talented but he's worked really hard at becoming better at the rim and getting to the rim but those guys like went away from that. So as an executive when you see a guy start creeping the other way, how do you get them back on track explained to them like we go to the basket that's what you're great. You're good at shooting. You're good at isolation but man. There's so many good things that happen when you get down hill and I, think in game three, we saw that for three quarters, diesel tatum and Brown getting out in transition tacking. But then like we've seen game one into and then even in the fourth quarter went back and falling into fell in love with the jump shot the isolation. How did you? Know that you want your players to work on that, but you don't want that to creep in at most times. I think you need to have a direct conversation with them scall- about that and watch the show and also remind them. It's not just about them. Individually it's about team performance and team success. So what I would do I think is better coming from a coach, maybe an executive air but the head coach or maybe even assistant coach that has a strong relationship with the player. We're speaking hypothetically here but in this situation says, look you know Jalen Brown Jason Tatum whoever it is watched the film here's what happens when you drive it, get to on the ball and then reverse the ball look at the shot. We get on the other side I know it's not your shot but look at the shot you created for Kemba Walker, her Brad Wanamaker, whoever I think that's the way to do it. SCALL- look at the team success maybe you bring in some of the stats some of. The analytics about when you do this. When we do this when the ball say for example, changes, sides of the floor two or three times. Here's how many points score per possession versus when it doesn't change at all or just changes once, and the defense shifts especially a talented defensive team like Miami. So I think that's the way to do it. Scale is just be honest direct the challenge from a coaching perspective especially in the second half is as NBA head coaches especially when teams are very evenly matched. As feel the Boston Celtics and Miami Heat, are they want to save their time outs for the end of the game? They don't WanNa, burn a bunch of timeouts to especially to go like instruct one individual player. That's the challenge for Brad Stevens or even on the other side Eric's bolster. If Miami does the same thing in the first half I think you do that as a coach you call time out and say look guys that's not what we do get the ball popping around the perimeter but in. The second half I think that's something that maybe you wait till next time out what you try to address it as quickly as possible just because if that's the way your team has been playing, and if the team has had success with that, you don't WanNa see your team go away from that especially when you have a lead down the stretch because that can lead to a collapse, which to some extent is what we saw happen in game two of the series on the Celtics replying take turns. Basketball. Yeah. Taught I. Don't understand it. I don't. I. Don't understand why like these players are so smart and we hear about Jaylen. Brown Venus. Astute. In Jason Tatum, he know how much he's grown at the player I. Don't understand how they still back to that isolation stuff near. Here's another good one like when Jason Tatum has tyler hero on him and he goes aggressively to the basket and he scores and then the next time he has Bam on a by you on them and I think Jason Tatum thinks that it was him and the reason why that he made it such a nice move and he was so good that he's scored but I think I tend to think it's because he had tyler hero on versus Bam on a body. So. Jason Tatum. The next time try to take out of by you like isn't that Explained to me that is that just me and my world the way I think or do you think the league or the mob mentality or whatever you WANNA. Call it. Do you think that they know the difference between having Dunkin? Robinson on you and Jimmy Butler on you. Well I. Hope I mean because both. Yeah both teams I should say players on both teams in the series are smart guys for the most part they make good decisions generally speaking sky here's what I think it is I think it's a fine line between confidence cockiness and good decision making and what I mean by that is you see it all the time it's human nature. Would a player thinks he's the best guy in the gym and nobody can stop him and he can score. And get a shot at any time. I think that can work both ways when your team is rolling in the player individuals flying well then that's great. You know that's how teams go on big runs and lead to blow outs and things like that. But when a team gets down or slipping that confidence that say Jayson tatum or Jalen Brown have that they can they can take and make any shot that's not always a good thing in those scenarios so. I think that's the learning aspects of it. That's why think Lebron. James. Is One of the best all time at it scall- I'm regardless of the situation Lebron has a feel for the game were all right. Yes. I could get to step back jumper but the Denver or just scored eight in a row. I'm just GONNA put my head down and get to the basket to get to the free throw line here even if that's not maybe the best. Place even if the jump shot is easier in this circumstance to manage the game I need to do that for my team. So I think that's the evolution of that tatum and Brown and basically all young players have to go through knowing time score what is a good shot and what isn't and I think the Celtics collectively did a much better job with their decision making in game three than they did in the first two games of the series. For, sure for the first quarter. But then let me ask you Miami's playing with some young guys they don't. Watch Miami you tell me how many bad shots you they've taken a game. It's gotta be less than ten like I mean seriously watch and say. And you can't you gotta use the clock. Obviously, you know like a shot with sixteen versus a shot with four. There's a big difference, right but I'm watching Miami and I'm like I. Think the Celtics have a lot of talent. But I'm watching Miami and I don't see those guys taking possessions off. Offensively by not cutting harder doing the hard stuff and I don't see him taking that many bad shots. So is that enough to win a series nowadays? Back. In the day, it wasn't. Well I think Miami's advantage in. Yeah. We're GONNA TRY TO GET Andy Ellsberg on here in a minute if we can. I think they're advantage gal is their depth. The fact that Erik Spoelstra has really created a tremendous offensive system with a lot of ball movement lot of player movement Bam at a Bios Development as a player maker is help that and then the elite shooting the APPs Gal especially with the emergence of their to youngsters Dunkin Robinson and Tyler Herro I think that helps it as well. So it's different though you're right I mean historically the teams that make the NBA finals look more like the Lakers too great players and Lebron James Anthony Davis doing their thing. Miami is good as Jimmy Butler is. Not that they're more balanced. There's some nights. Jimmy doesn't even have double digits in goal attempts in fact, the leading score in the playoffs. So for from ninety heat, it's going on drudge. So it's more balanced Ken that win a championship. You know we'll see in Denver. We love their depth but at the end of the day, it's really predicated on two guys. This Nicole Yokich and Jamal Mari that's where it has been in the playoffs so. The formula for for Miami to win is a little bit different than that. Can they win with defense in balance and continuing to move the ball and kind of spreading the shots around I? Don't know I think they have a decent chance to do that but that remains to be seen and that's that's fascinating. Typically when you see teams in the NBA Finals, that is not the way their bill. Yeah, I've been extremely impressed with everything that. MIAMI. Does I thought and you tell me if I'm wrong I thought they let go of the rope a little bit on the defensive in game three but they didn't give up take fought back and they got back into the game at the in the fourth quarter had an opportunity to really put the Celtics in an uncomfortable position and as far as addressing the Celtics and whatever happened in the locker room or in the the blow up afterwards. I. Don't feel like the Celtics were tested in that game yet and I'm interested in our use this number 'cause I always eight is the magic number I wanna see how they respond when they go down by eight, and especially if they had like the say, they had a six point lead, they lost it and Miami's now on a run in Miami goes up aid, I want to see how they respond because anything. And I said this a couple of days ago even before that. Right after that blow up, it was everyone talks about leadership leadership leadership. Leadership is not when things are going well, which is exact. Exact time talks about leadership leadership should be talked about when things are going bad and that's when. I'm listening this is just my experience leadership when when things are. When you need it most it is when things are going sideways and you gotTa Get your team back on track and that is where great leader step up and he respect those guys because they put in the work you don't got I rolling or anything like that. So I am still I'm still looking at the Celtics saying winter when these guys get tested I wanna see the leadership I believe in leadership I believe in the culture I just I got to see it because of what I saw game one two was the furthest thing from the Truth and I'll give you an example I clicked these clips in the second half. They were they were up by ten and it was the worst body language I think I have ever seen in my life ever for a team in the playoffs not not these you conference finals and I see combat body language in the regular season. But I saw awful body language in in in the playoffs and typically you know how it is Ryan Drama All Star Family whatever it is rape you get through the regular season and the playoffs start throw all that stuff away that talent always wins in the NBA I saw some of the worst body and it wasn't like they were getting beat. They were up in the game in the second half of game too. It was like they hated each other and I haven't seen that answer. Kyrie was. On the Celtics. So it's just a weird weird thing and it came back I didn't see the same type of body language in game three, but once again, they were not tested.

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GSMC Basketball Podcast Episode 341: Return of the Warrior

GSMC Basketball Podcast

58:18 min | 7 months ago

GSMC Basketball Podcast Episode 341: Return of the Warrior

"Get. Your ears wrapped around the golden state media concepts basketball podcast all the scoop need to know from college basketball to the NBA and even March madness zoos of your rising stars topics on and off the hard work. This is the golden state media concepts basketball podcast. Hey! What's going on, guys? You're listening to the GSM GMC. Basketball podcast brought to you by the GMC podcast network I'm your host Casey Forman I got a great show for you guys today, let me go ahead and give you a quick break down a what it's going to look like I'm going to start off by talking about Klay Thompson and how he's been fully cleared to participate in any warriors minicamp that. That may happen this summer, also going to be discussing my dark horse to win the NBA Championship this year after that I'm going to be breaking down the twenty twenty regular season awards on then at the very end. Make sure you stick around to the very end of the show because I'm going to be highlighting the MVP award, and then you know discussing breaking down. Who I believe should win that award. Yeah but like I said I. WanNa. Talk About Klay, Thompson and how he has been officially cleared. The first time since last year he's been cleared to participate in NBA you know re related. Basketball practices at anything to do with basketball. He he's there. He's back in as a warrior supporter over the last couple of years or you know especially in the last couple years. I you know I'm super happy to see clay back and it devastated me to see him. Go down in the first place you know. She has super happy to see him back more more than. Anything no I. Just hope he can stay healthy. You know. Go back to the level of play that he was playing at, but right now since he is getting the opportunity to go back to the warriors camp, and again they do end up having a mini camp this summer which they have reached out to the League in said they plan on doing they plan. Plan on doing a minicam getting the guys together before next year. Obviously, this'll probably before free agent seen everything happens in the draft, so it'd be with the group they have right now. And the guys are planning on bringing back as of right now but yeah, I'm super happy for him to get back and build chemistry with those younger guys like Andrew Wiggins Eric Paskal. Marquees Chris Bowman. The young point guard. these are players. He's going to have to build chemistry with Get used to playing with and like I said. These are young players players who haven't spent a whole lot of time in this league in exception, Andrew, wiggins, who's been a few years now are handful years now. So. Yeah, he needs to get back. And and you know. Get working with those guys. At least the guys. At least they're playing bringing back for the following year or coming years. I I I'm super super excited to see him do that but like I said. These guys are really young. Heaven played with a whole. Too many as systems quite yet, if any more than likely, a lot of these guys have played in one, maybe two and yeah, a guy like Klay. Thompson. WHO's GonNa come in and medial be immediately. Be basically a focal point. You know the focal point of the offense. At least you know. At the very least he's going to be the number two option for the warriors next year. rightfully so I think he's earned that right be these guys are going to need to get to know clay. As we all you know know loves to play off of the ball. We've seen him drop like fifty sixty points dribbling the ball no more than ten eleven times. which has never been done so? The best catch and shooter. Probably ever you know. We've ever seen in this game and loves playing off the ball and you know one of the things that comes with playing off the ball. Your teammates have to know you know your style where you learned to shoot where you don't really like to shoot. Where you like coming off screens, and that's all about you know. Building team chemistry that starts in the off season in these minicamp, so happy to see him getting a head start. And getting into these mini cams, hopefully I saw a video of him the other day. You know simply getting some shots up in gym. I saw some are some. Video the other day of staff you know shooting around in the warriors facility, so it's great to see these guys back in the facility getting things going again and hopefully for neck. You know getting things ready for next year. Hopefully Push, make make playoff push by like I. was saying you know how Klay plays off the ball? Those guys have got to know where he is at all times coming off screens where they necess- Koreans. Because these guys like Erick Paschal Marquees Chris Andrew Wiggins these are guys who are going to have to set screens. Clay and dry in Steph have been blessed with a guy draymond green one of the best. Players in the game you know thing that really goes unnoticed in isn't really appreciated. Withdrawn Concetta, great scream, and it's definitely something. These guys are GONNA have to learn to do as well but I definitely think they can get into head. Start on. It now is the best choice possible Let's talk about where clay was before the injury. And what I think is possible for him coming back. Out. Right the last time we saw him play obviously the twenty nineteen NBA Finals Against Toronto In my opinion that some of the best basketball I've ever seen Klay. Thompson. Play obviously Kevin Durant being out. He was a large part of the offense in a larger part than he was and hatch had a chance to the you know, take more shots. Obviously, points are going to go up that way at least when you're. You're Klay Thompson for him. Also percentages went up. A guy who's never shot over fifty percent from the field is entire career. was averaging over fifty percent from fifty five percent from the field was even averaging fifty nine percent in those finals this listening to this in those finals, he averaged fifty nine percent from the three point line. Okay, insane over fifty nearly sixty percent from the three point line are from the. Per shooting percentage from three people line insane something we haven't seen and was also averaging a career high in twenty six points in those finals. Like I said earlier was terrible to see him. Go the fact that you know. He tore his ACL. When went into the tunnel told Steve Curry and I'll be back in five minutes and me go run some laps and get loose stretched. Shout and I'll be back to play. You know Steve told him he was crazy. Are closed ended up here and he wouldn't be able to come back into the game unless he shot his free throws ran back, inch made both free throws. When went to? Observe checked! Out ended up. Seeing Klay Torres ACL was telling everybody he was fine. We'll be right back when in fact you know. He was playing on a torn ACL. So in the mental stability mental toughness, he has through the roof, which is why my confidence in him to come back better, if not, if not the exact same again, if not better. I have nothing but confidence in that and you showed it like I said coming back Ma-. Making both free throws wanting to keep playing in an NBA finals game with the tourney seal, so it takes. It takes a Tornado hail to keep Klay Thompson out of the game. Literally torn ACL besides that he would have played. But besides that, you know as A. Career career wise. He's a twenty point. Twenty point nine score forty percent from three forty five percent from the from the field overall. You know and coming back especially this year, no Katie get a Lotta younger guys on this on the roster. He's GonNa be a guide. They looked to a lot more offense. Now you don't have a cave Kevin Durant. You can dump the ball to in you know basically make half the offense happened by himself. You know you don't have that guy anymore. Excuse me the warriors are going to have to go back. To the style of play, they wrap of four Kevin Durant. Two floors to get the same level of play. They're going to get back to off the ball clays, GonNa be that number two auction, Steph, obviously at number one heck you know I would love to cease. Maybe even you know I'm sure they don't have a number one option. Obviously, you're saying staff. You'RE GONNA shoot more than play. Those two guys have they've been playing such respect for each other's games. We could even see clay being a bigger part of the offense and Steph. We could see steph being more that playmaker role, which is honestly something they need more of now You know losing a Guy Kevin Durant who can walk and run an offense so Yeah, a Steph is gonNA. Ask larger part in the playmaking process I think clay's. We're GONNA. Like I said take a larger part in the overall offense, and you know his shots are going. Go Up Even though they didn't go down too much whenever Kevin Durant did get there. There, I do think they're going to go up this this next year. and as far as my standard or or my expectation for for clay the next year. Her stop before anything before I. Say anything else I. Obviously, he just needs to be careful. Because once you do tear one, ACL, get that one done the chance for the other one to go up. Up I believe goes up I don't know fifty percent, but it goes up a whole lot. the percentage wise of you tearing that other one so so safety is key. He needs to you know load manage the crap out. Next season does not need to be playing a whole lot of back to back. Alleys at first does not need to be playing a whole. Whole lot of back to back games. Maybe at the end this season you can wrap it up but again yeah, the same thing. We kinda saw coli and and Paul George do this this this past season. I think is what the warriors to do. Was Steph curry with Klay next season? Just because you know with that type of injury, we saw with demarcus cousins. Tore the. Tour the ACL toward the Achilles toward the other acl. He has been nothing but injuries since I went in. That's the opposite obviously. You heard me on my last podcasts. That's absolutely terrible. What happened to demarcus cousins? But you know that's the last thing that I would want to happen the clay and he just needs to take a very careful. You know like I said his mental toughness is insane. He's he's GonNa WanNa go back a hundred percent, so he needs guys to to pull him back a little bit. Bring him back to Earth let them know you know. It's a long race he he knows all about that long race. Going to five straight championships for five state, five straight finals which is ultimately why we saw him his body breakdown and tear that acl the five years going to the NBA finals. Play that many extra games is going to do something to your body. And again that was why we saw klay somewhat breakdown before that a really reliable guy, not a guy you could say was gonna sit out ever you know definitely got you. You always see in the Golden State lineup, not really like staff in his younger years, who was in and out of the lineup but as far as what I see for clay next year. Like, I said I think he can come back just as good if not better I hope, he comes back even better because in in those twenty nineteen finals I I do think we are seeing the best Klay Thompson. We've seen yet. He is getting more shots than ever With with not too many proven guys on the roster. Obviously, he had to be but. Obviously a larger part of the offense. He's going to have to do that next year. I see his points per game being the highest. They've ever been next year against this this. This is saying he's back. One hundred percent healthy isn't in and out of the lineup due to injury all season. This is him being healthy all year. I have him you having a career year. As far as points maybe even as far as an rebounds, not having again Kevin, durant him having to be a larger role. In the offense and the Defense Defense Assad forget you know clay in my opinion. Isn't all NBA defender every year and a year? He hasn't been within the last three years has been a snub He's well deserving of that is an of that award of that honor of being all NBA and I think he's been snubbed of it He's an underrated under appreciated defensive anchor. Huge part of the of the Golden State, defense, and if you've been watching basketball over the past few years, you know that defense has been not as dominant, but almost as dominant as that offense. They've had an elite defense very versatile in large part to the six seven shooting guard. Who can switch defensively? In, Klay, Thompson be a next year I. See him being an all star. No doubt career highs in points assists even possibly rebounds. His shots are GONNA go up I hope he becomes more of the focal point of that golden state offense running screens, hopefully being safe, obviously, but running over the court getting open you know catching the ball and shooting it from from behind the three point arc as far as the Golden State Golden State my expectations for them. Stephan Klay stay healthy all year. Obviously, my expectations are are playoffs or bust, and and if everyone's health the in the playoffs if they do have an injury, wiggins fitting in his role Eric Paschal fitting in Israel. These young guys stepping up Maybe they make a couple moves in free agency or with the trade, but you know if everything goes as planned. You hear me talk about last week when I think they should do with the draft, pick and such. But if everything goes as planned I, see Golden State being right back in contention hopefully. At least making the play offs and I, see clay beating all star career highs in a lot of Gorey's and hopefully getting the honor of an all NBA defensive, and even all NBA team award, because I don't think I can't name three shooting guards that are better than Klay Thompson every single night, so at the very least needs to be on the all NBA discussion I think he will next year with increase in with his increased role in the offense but again. Health is the number one role in the ruined factor. Hopefully he can stay healthy but if he can. The Sky's the limit with him in that Golden State team really exciting to see what they can do. I know we're missing out on them on the postseason. which was really stinks. I love seeing Golden State in the postseason, which a lot of people don't like seeing but talking about the postseason coming up next I'M GONNA. Talk about my dark horse. To win the NBA Championship next season, so don't go anywhere. I'll be right back. Are you looking for the very best NFL and college football podcast, then check out the GMC football podcast. Get the latest football move both on and off the field from the NFL draft to treats to the rumor mill to the NFL combines. They got you covered. That's GSM. PODCAST DOT COM backslash footfall dash podcasts get updates on college rivalries king, D. Insights, and much much more. It's football. Talk the way you want it. This show in sleeps and breathes football. Don't forget to like them on facebook and follow them on twitter visit. Yes! MC PODCASTS DOT COM for more INFO. All right guys welcome back to the GMC basketball podcast. I'm your host Casey Forman. Like I, said before the break. What I WANNA do now is talk about? The NBA postseason once again. But I don't WanNa. Talk about You know the favorite to win the championship. Who I think will win I. WanNa talk about talk about a dark horse, my dark horse to win the championship this year, and if you don't know what that is, it's simply like an underdog, asleep or choice a team. You're Kinda sleeping on. Team, you didn't necessarily expect. Could win the NBA finals, so that's what I mean by dark horse and my dark horse team is the Boston Celtics a very young team, obviously led by a young starring Jason Tatum Okay Berry, Young, Star. Jason Tatum. However, you know in retrospect they are being led by. They're very. They're very wise. Intelligent coaching Brad Stevens. He's been there done that before. No, no championships yet, but he's been western conference. Finals, many times has multiple playoff series wins has been in the playoffs many times. They got a veteran coach in Brad Stevens. Young Star Jason Tatum. This year, not the best year, not the best start for him. He's he's had lately. Layton season I think. He really came together. Really started playing very well at the end of the season. His percentages all went up. Points per game went up, so he was playing very well. right before the League Stop Stop the play, soccer games and such but. This entire year he's averaging about twenty three points, seven rebounds, a steal, and a half a game and in less than. Thirty nine percent almost forty percent from the three point line, and this is a six nine small forward power four. Okay, he's on a guard. I mean he's basically shooting. Forty percent from the three point line his third in his third season in the NBA, so that's very impressive. He's ver-. He's worked on that part of his game and that that's one of the best parts you know he's a sharp shooter can can create for himself and others not too. Many assists this year, but like I said. Late in the season, we saw him playing very well at a higher level than we saw at the beginning of the season. I don't know if it had to do with Kemba Walker. Maybe you know. He was in and out of the lineup, due to injury at the at the end at the. End Part of the season. But. That can be a little concerning you know. Campbell was sitting for a couple of weeks. If not, you know a month or so, that was the stretch of time that Jason was playing better than he had been before so that can be a little a little Disturbing a little. Nerve wracking that your best two players. Don't necessarily play their best when when they're both playing kind of the same thing as. Joel Embiid Ben, Simmons, not to that extreme by any means no, neither that extreme by any means, but yes, we did see Jason playing better when Campbell was out. Since I'm talking about, and let's go ahead and keep it up so Kemba Walker this year averaging about twenty one points about five assists. A definitely a good point guard, if not a veteran point guard in this league time. It was more than more than time for him to leave Charlotte. Get to an organization ready to win. You know ready to use his talents in a in a in a way that you know that isn't wasting away his career, and not that he did waste his career by staying in Charlotte for so long. I know what he was to that city in that town, but you know great choice for him to ended up going to Boston in the system with Brad Stevens, who is known for usually known forgetting the best out this point guard not so much with the whole Kyrie irving thing, but as far as Isaiah Thomas goes. There's no doubt that you know Brad. Brad Stevens is the reason. In large part in the reason that Isaiah Thomas did so well. You know in Boston. So a similar point guard in Kemba Walker to Isaiah Thomas Very Short, a scoring guy, not so much of a defensive anchor at all. Not really a guy you can rely on defensively can maybe get you steeler so one night somewhat of a liability on the defensive end. and. Then you've got a guy like Jalen Brown averaging about twenty points, six rebounds, also averaging, steal a game I don't know if I've said this yet. But the Celtics are the only team the entire league who have three players averaging twenty plus points a game obviously Jason, Tatum Kemba, Walker and Jalen Brown Jaylen. Brown's similar to Jason, tatum very young player up and coming player. He's proven this season in his larger role that he is capable of having larger role they are the third seed in the eastern conference right now before seeing the eastern conference so not the very best Not The best start to the season form this year but again the other gallic Jalen Brown is well on top of Jason Tatum and Kemba Walker Guy. Who's a twenty point tonight? Make plays with his legs, also very good defensive and versatile defender. Again in that Brad, Stevens defensive system, all these players, tatum and Jalen Brown. Marcus smart really thrive and Brad really seems to get the best of them, but Let's not forget a guy in Gordon Hayward or who, before? His injury wasn't all star in the in the western conference. You know with the jazz and a guy who could lead a team, but also prove the fact that. You know he couldn't be a number. One guy is is kind of a side piece. Kind of complimentary guy can be set can be the second earth pro non was. This could have been the second, but now now can be a third can be your third best player. I would say on the on the Celtics he he's their fourth best player averaging seventeen points you sometime coming off the bench. Sometimes not that's also been the issue with the. The Celtics do they have a lineup. That's one hundred percent you know is at the same lineup every single time but Gordon Hayward if he's coming off, the bench not doesn't really matter. He's averaging this season. Seventeen points six rebounds as well as five assists, so he is also impart to do with that ball movement moving the ball around getting tatum getting cam getting. You Know Jalen Brown. Their shots I think he has more assists in any of them. Yeah, he does so. He's part of that ball moving. Getting the ball moving for that offense can still average seventeen eighteen points a game as the fourth guy on the team behind Jason Campbell Jalen, still getting seventeen points. Again like I said has been coming off. The bench has been starting if he kind of depends on who they're playing the match ups and what they needed to do, hasn't necessarily has always been there and those big games big moments. You need him to be someone so for him. No, the injury he suffered from. Very, scary I. Understand him being a little timid going to the rim. You know he rightfully, so he should be trying not to get that injury and Let's see talking about the Celtics. Let's get more that their team statistics. Okay, so they're. They're only eleventh in points per game in a points per game. In the League out of all thirty teams, their eleventh in hundred and thirteen points per game, so not the best offense, but. You know basically top ten in often so one of the better teams in offense second in opponents, points per game, so that's defensive stat holding the other team to as as many little points as possible as little as possible and their second in the league in opponents, points per game in only one hundred and six, so whenever teams play them the only average one hundred six points a game. Second in the League fifth in the League in all -fensive offensive rating so basically fifth in overall fence so. Beats their top not top ten in points per game, however you know. Top Five Enough Bentsen in the entire league in large parts of three guys, averaging twenty points per game like I said the only league that does have that. Then the less fin offense here's another coal stat fourth in defense. Okay, so we talk about the bugs the Lakers you know teams, the Clippers seems that are not all over the place. But you know some of their SAS are not always top ten top fifteen, and some other ones are five top ten kind of all over the place in some their team statistics. The Boston Celtics over somewhat steady in their team statistics. You know nothing's too great. Nothing's bad. Everything's pretty steady. Everything's good. You know nothing's bad. Nothing's necessarily great. Defense is very good, if not great, but again very steady in all of their team statistics second in opponents, points per game eleventh in points per game, still fifth in offensive rating fourth in defensive rating. So as far as those statistics go a very proven team, a very steady team who who has been playing at a steady pace, all season right there in the midst of the pack, not in an elite group and I guess a nine team. You WanNA underestimate. This season alone we've seen them beat the Lakers, the clippers and the bucks this year, not a thing you know, too. Many teams have had have done besides those teams that have named Lakers clippers, box and Celtics. Those were the only teams who have beaten those those other teams that have named the Celtics are right there in the midst with those Lakers, clippers in bucks They've beaten them this season. they're tied with the Lakers and the clippers I believe in their series. Season series I believe they're down one game, one or two games to Milwaukee. Nonetheless, they have beat them this season. and let's go back to the twenty seventeen. NBA Postseason, twenty, eight thousand NBA postseason were Lebron's last run in my in Cleveland bringing that team to the finals that he did. You know not necessarily something we also coming. but Jason Tatum in the Celtics Warriors. The team was in Lebron's way in the Eastern Conference Finals Talk Lebron Seven Games in those eastern conference finals. As a rookie, Jason Tatum was a rookie. Also at the time he was the focal point of that offense him and Jalen Brown. The two highlights of that team at the time also now obviously, but you know three years. This was three years ago. They were taking Lebron, and and not a good supporting cast. Let me let me say that. The Brandon not have a very good team that year, nonetheless, they took Lebron James, and the Cleveland Cleveland Cavaliers Seven Games in the eastern. Conference finals again in these guys, rookies rookie years. If not sophomore years, it's been three years since then you know. They've got a whole lot more experience under their belt as a team as players and. I said they've beaten the Lakers clippers and bucks this season. I don't think they should be a team. People are doubting I think they will beat the seventy sixers in the first round. They will be Toronto I think if they match up. The biggest test for them is going to be. You know Milwaukee and that Greek freak do they have an answer? CAN THEY BUILD? Build a wall around the hoop. You know like they saw Toronto Goulash your. They replicate that and disrupt Jaanus and get him away from what he likes to do. That's where it's GonNa. Come down to and if they can do that, you know I. I do have faith in them. If you. If you listen to podcasts last week, I believe last Monday I talked about. My playoff prediction and I don't have the Celtics winning. Let's be clear I. Don't have them winning the championship. I don't fight to bet that's not the team. I would bet on like I said they are simply my darkhorse a team. I don't want to count out some of the team that has been slept on this season in a team i. think is capable in large part. To you know in large part to do with. They have a veteran coach, Brad Stevens and you know three guys in Jayson tatum. Kemba, Walker and Jalen. Brown averaging twenty plus points a game. A veteran Gordon Hayward. Also. You know to help that guy like Marcus, smart and his cancer coming off the bench, very good team, I have beaten these high level teams. This season I'm very excited to see what they can do in Orlando Hopefully they've all stayed in shape with the all report to play. We all up to wait and see how that's going to play out. If players are GONNA report and play report to play on which ones doom which ones don't. But if they have the whole roster in you know, don't take this Celtic team for granted. Don't sleep on them. Because they could very well go ahead and win the NBA finals this year. but yeah, yeah, very good, very good young team. Very good young team very exciting for the future, but again don't count them out. Do not count those guys out. For this segment I'm GonNa go out and take a quick break. Greg grab a snag, oil water water, and then when I come back what I'm going to do, I'm going to talk about the NBA regular season awards. However I'm going to save the MVP award to the very end of the show from very last segment, so don't go anywhere I'll be right back. Check out the show that's built on the MMA from UFC. Two extreme cage fighting. They got the flights covered. Check out the GMC M A podcast. Get the latest news on past or upcoming fights. Join us as we talked to. In about some of the biggest names in MMA past president feature. When it's the fight game, there's just one showed a checkout GSFC, podcast dot, com backslash Mame Dash podcast. Don't forget to like on facebook and follow them on twitter visagie SMC PODCAST DOT COM for more INFO. All right guys welcome back. The GMC basketball podcast like I said before the break I. Want to talk about the twenty twenty NBA. Season Awards. However, I'm not going to discuss the MVP into the very last segment my next, so if you WanNa, listen hear about that. MVP race you know, make sure you stick around that very last segment. But, yeah, let's get going. Let's talk about those NBA regular season. Awards even though we don't necessarily know when we're GONNA. Find out these awards. You know who who is. In fact. The winner of these awards they have not yet come out and said when they replacement day. When the show is going to happen for the NBA awards we had a, we had a date before the season started. Like. Usually it's like the twentieth or the middle middle to end of June but obviously this season. We're going to have to push that back and we don't necessarily have a date for that yet and if I'm mistaken. Please let me know. Leave a comment and let me know if you guys do know the date of the NBA. Awards are going to be held. But I WANNA talk about today is the NBA's most improved player. I think there are three guys who are. Basically you know deserving of this award. All three guys could very well win this award and would be ib A-ok with, if any one of these guys one. You wouldn't necessarily see me getting upset about it. Let's talk about the three guys, so there's Bam Outta by antibiotics from the Miami Heat First Time All star this season Luca Danni ships from the Dallas Mavericks obviously also a First-time All-star this season, and then Brandon Ingram now a New Orleans Pelicans also first time all star this season Yeah very both like I, said all three of these guys, well deserving of the most improved player award however. Brandon Ingram yes. From point to twenty four points. However, you know none of his other stats necessarily improved at a drastic rate, you know. He went up at about five six point game. Luca, yes, basically, every statistical category did go up for him. When went from twenty seven points up to thirty points, seven seven rebounds basically up to ten eleven rebounds. Five or six seven assists up to basically nine tennis. It almost averaging triple double this year, however, as far as most improved goes his stats. Yes, have improved. Put his overall game. You know and. This is just me. I saw this from Luca already last year. So, I don't necessarily see a huge difference a huge. Huge improvement of his game this year. Necessarily because I saw this last year in his rookie of the year season, he was well deserving of that rookie of the year award and Yeah, like I said I saw this coming. I expected this from him this year. not so much as yes, definitely, an improvement, definitely far as winning the award, you know he's he second or third in MVP voting. I would honestly vote him for MVP over most improved just because most improved I think he's. GonNa say he's higher than that level of a player, but Lucas and MVP caliber player and I saw this even last year, so I don't. Yes, his stats improved, but overall I. don't see a huge improvement because I saw this in his rookie year and I expected this. Guy Obviously Brandon Ingram yeah. Played pretty well in Los Angeles was a co Star or one of the Co. Stars to Lebron. You know one of the stars in L. A.. Wasn't the focal point of the offense we see him get traded to New Orleans. This year now is the focal point of the offense with Zion. Be Now being out all year. Basically throughout the Millar the year. He was up in the twenty six. Twenty Seven Point Range Zion comes back to the points drop. Down to the twenty four point range, but still you know definitely an increased. Level of play this season, a deserving of that all star that he got this year. Don't know if he was an all star over a guy like Devon, booker however but you know. However he wasn't. All Star has a better record than the sun's right now and definitely increased his stats from last year to this year. But I don't see the heat having out, see the Pelicans having the same impact, the same record as the heat the Mavericks, a very good team but like I said not in not necessarily at the same point, or where the heat right now Bam is doing it on both ends of the court averaging about sixteen points, ten rebounds, five assists, and we tell you what he was averaging the year before. Because like I said you're talking about Luca and Brandon Ingram. They did the year before how they are pretty good that you're before. Bam last year only eight points case we went from eight points to sixteen points, a game, seven rebounds to ten and a half, and then to assist to the this If that's not the most improved player I don't know what is Bam out of by. You is my most improved player this year. Six Man of the year I. In my opinion, there are three guys. I think there are basically three guys for a lot of the awards this year. Usually they break it down into two or three. I think there are three guys in the running for six man of the year. Dennis Schroder. Okay See Thunder mantras Herald for the clippers and then Lou Williams. For the clippers. Yet Lou Williams been there done that multiple times six man of the year award winner. We know what he is. We know what he can do. he's like I. said been there done that kind of the boring choice, but I said this last week or last my last week's podcast, he could win it. Basically every year really depends on who else is having a good season that year, but he could win it basically any year, same thing with the and the MVP almost when every single year however I don't think he's the best choice this year, I really don't I was looking at the numbers and I really didn't know how good Dennis was playing. not too. Many people are talking about it I probably because he's in, you know. Oklahoma City thunder using. He's an Oklahoma City. But but still this year alone averaging nineteen points basically. Tied for a career high with him coming off the bench. Let alone us in one thousand nine points, four assists shooting. Thirty eight percent from the three point line was forty percent from the three a starting caliber, point guard but I. See I think you know. He saw where his career was going as far as the starting position was. Wasn't seeing him you know, thrive in that position when seeing himself thrive in that position so him. Go to the bench role here in okay see in. The rest is history. He's thrived in that role. I think he's the new up and coming He's the up and coming six man you know. I didn't necessarily know what he was doing. All Year hasn't really been talked about but the other guy is mantras hair law also averaging about eighteen points. Seven rebounds off the bench. Very good, you know it could very well go to any three of these players and similar to the most improved player I. I would be okay with it. mantras and Lube doing very good. I think if they didn't have each other like it was just or just mantras, I think they they both would have higher stats probably do a little bit better this season, but you know we see them being a super deep team in. In Dentists, obviously, the the main guy coming off the bench and okay, see bringing in that that spark plug bringing the energy for that second unit whereas you know mantras in lieu of each other, and yes, so I think think Dennis is having the overall better year, he he's getting the slight edge to the two guys, and he would be my choice for the sixth man of the Year Dennis Schroder Okay See Thunder. Right? Defensive Player of the year. Basically two guys at least in my opinion in the running Anthony Davis jaanus onto Kubo. Anthony Davis In My, if you've listened to to the prior podcast I, I have said that you know in my opinion. Anthony. Davis is the defensive player of the year this year, but you know he's in the running with us. I don't think it's too close. I think he's the clear defensive player of the year. He's doubling. jaanus steals and block or his blocks, not as steals, are both averaging about a steel and a half Jaanus, only averaging a block game. Anthony Davis up in the two half blocks a game. Okay, so he's doubling his blocks. He's second in the entire. League in Defensive Wind Shares Janas is number one overall defensive rating because. I'm guessing his versatility. Switch. A lot of positions but if you pay attention to the Lakers this year, he has. Anthony has been a threat down low and ultimate rim-protector. You're not getting a whole lot of easy shots around him. He's the anchor of that of the. Lakers defense this year without doubt he's at the. Defensive Anchor. He's also their leading score on offense similar to. Yana says have a better defensive supporting cast than Anthony Davis does however Anthony Davis and the Lakers are third and opponent points per game in third in defensive overall rating. So you know just with him and Lebron. Mainly no led by him on defense their third in league. Defensive. Rating Like I said this year if you pay attention to the Lakers basketball, he has been a threat down low, no easy buckets around him when he is down in the paint. He's my clear choice for defensive player of the year. Pretty quick one right there, but you know honestly the union spending too much time on that one I think it's quick and easy. Anthony Davis Los Lakers defensive player of the year. Right rookie of the year, one of the more debated topics this season with the over over hyping. It shouldn't say that you know. Zion's a amazing player, but you know the somewhat over Hyping of Zion against the stability in constant good play from John Moran. Let's break down these two guys so job this year. Averaging seventeen point seven assists Zaylon averaging about twenty three twenty four points, seven rebounds, like about two or three assists. But like I said, the consistent level of play has been draw all season in highlight in main point, it asked do with the fifty nine games that John has played in comparison to the nineteen games. That Zion has played if we include the next eight seating games which are going to be regular season, games technically regular season games. Then? MAYBE ZION GETS CLOSER TO THIRTY THIRTY GAME ranging twenty eight, but still I. Don't think any rookie of the year has one. You know playing less than I don't know I think it was about forty forty five fifty games, but still I don't know how you can give an award to a player who only played. A very small percentage of the season. You know like I said Zairean only played nineteen games in large part to do that early injury, he suffered. In Summer League but. That's been the knock on him. Can you stay healthy? CanNot body play all eighty two games, and then you know, play the postseason on top of that. A lot of people are saying that you know the whole reason. They're doing these seeding games. Inviting all the extra teams back is to see more Zion Williamson and maybe get Zion Williamson into the NBA playoffs. Because we know that's good for ratings. We saw him at Duke. Those ratings were through the roof. Excuse me. But I can't give it to John. Because of the Games. He's played. He's only played nineteen games I gotta give Gye Seventeen point seven assists. Forty nine percent from the field is rookie. Year plays fifty nine Games has led the Memphis. Grizzlies to the eighth spot in the Western Conference okay he and his team have had a better record than the trailblazers the Spurs. House Zion and his Pelicans. So those are the reasons. Excuse me those are the reasons I. Give the edge to Jami mirant. Running out of time on this segment is supposed to be a kwun coach of the year. Not something, too. Many people care about that much. Really only one guy in the running this year. It's gotta be Nick Nurse. Losing coli being the. Winning the finals last year showing up again this year proving everybody that they weren't a one and done team their second in the east or forty, six and eighteen again after losing coli. They've proven that they're still a relevant team wasn't just him? know to do with his system his players. He's got there still so in my opinion, nick nurse. Is that coach of the year? Okay, so those are most of my regular season. NBA Awards I'm going to take a quick break, and then let's talk about the MVP. And who I believe should be the winner. I'll be right back. Check out this. Build around the women of MMA from the you have to the extreme case fighting. We got the fights cover. The golden state media concepts women's MMA podcast, the latest news of upcoming twice discussions previous matches join us as we talked to you in about the biggest names, women's mixed martial arts past the present and future. When it's the women's fight game, you know we're to listen to the golden state media concept's women's MMA podcast All right guys. Thanks for sticking around to the very end of the podcast like I've been saying this is the part of the show where I'm talk about the MVP award, obviously the most important award of those regular season awards and the two candidates, and who I believe deserves to win the award so obviously the two front runners right now I've got to be honest on Toco and then Lebron James in third. You can throw a Luca Danni in there, but you know this is the two main race, as it usually is usually a third that third guy in their first constellation. You know your your third and MVP the the race, the race recipe you got third She's a very high honor. Definitely, we saw Paul George in. You know somewhat be third in the race last year. but yeah two guys Lebron Janas for the clear front runners, and rightfully so these guys are having the best season the two best seasons out of anybody in the in the league this year. My opinion I. Actually. That's not just my opinion. That's a plain fact. They're the two front runners But I want to discuss I wanNA, start. With Janas, who right now is the front runner of MVP for the MVP award? This season alone averaging twenty nine points, thirteen, and a half rebounds six assists. We know what he's doing I and defensive wind shares he is, he's I in defensive rating. Okay, he's third in rebounds. He's third in points per game. We know he's doing this season. We've seen it all seen. We saw last season but you know in my opinion. We're seeing a very similar season to last season I. Haven't seen a huge change of play from the MVP. I've seen the one thing the one thing that he needs to work on. I haven't necessarily seen a huge improvement of okay and. There has to be the mid range. or Mid Range Dowse I jump shot not just the mid range. Especially, the outside jump shot not something. He has developed something he is. Not his first tool in his toolbag, should I say We saw him this year for the first time. Ever I think maybe when they played La for the first time. Yeah, he five three pointers is most freed threes ever in a game. So! Yes, he's making improvements there. As far as consistent as consistently is in his play, no, I haven't seen. It hasn't reflecting his percentages really and that's something I'd taken into consideration. When I give out these awards, you know improvement from this year to last year I see a very very similar season I. don't see an improvement. The bucks are still a number one in the Eastern Conference, which obviously is not the best conference in basketball He does have a pretty good supporting cast, not necessarily Robin to Batman. That's simply the one thing he is missing I. In. My opinion is the Robin. You know that that second caliber guy because I. Don't think it is Chris Middleton. But, but yeah, very similar and his team and his style of play last year third in points third in rebounding. He's doing okay. We won the MVP lash rightfully so rightfully so people who are upset. He wanted over James Harden. James Harden was doing again having a similar season than he was before. Only thing was different. You know it was insane. Scoring those games, he was scoring seines amount fifty games back to back Games thirty point games back about. so yes I could see people getting upset but I did think honest deserved it last year. But this year this year suck about the guy. He's going against. Lebron James. Lebron, James this year twenty five points, Tennessee's eight rebounds They're both averaging about a steel and a half a game steal per game. Both number the number one seeds in their respective conferences in unison in the Bryant and Eastern. West Lebron obviously has the harder schedule harder conference in the Western Conference Lebron also has the Better Co star in Anthony Davis, comparison, the Chris Middleton who like I, just said is not in my opinion echostar. However you honest and after that number, two guy has a much better. Supporting cast in the Braun does much better, defensive supporting casts, and some better shooters Sergei much better shooter surrounding him. So you can kind of pick your poison there. You could say they kind of make up for it. They even there's themselves out innocence. With one not having the other you know what I mean so there's someone even even each other out on that sense. Lebron is fourth in ofensive wind chairs. He's I in assist We've seen him. This year changed from a definite small forward to a definite point guard has led the League in assists up until now. Like changed a position in his seventeenth year, it's also his seventeenth season in the NBA and then if you WanNa talk about. Simple test. Okay, let's do you know if if you've been watching the season heavily up until the up until stopped. Especially late in the season. If you're paying attention, the bucks on a struggling, but they weren't doing as well as they were in in in the beginning of the season. Okay, that lasts stretch games. We saw them lose in specific. We saw them lose to the Los Angeles Lakers if you watched that game. That was one of the best games all season that Lakers. Lakers vs box and then Lakers clippers that third time also a super close game. The second time the Lakers and clippers played. That was also a really good game but nonetheless if you watch the Lakers vs box that was one of the Games, one of the highlights all season and win. The MVP is so close in the running for the two guys. Games that they play children on the those matchups can can definitely have effect on the swing voters. You know. Same thing when you're voting for president, it's the same thing when you're voting for the MVP. No, there are swing voters. There are guys that where you know at the end of the season. If it's pretty close if the other guy outplays them when they play head to head, that could give that guy the edge very well. Rightfully so in my opinion, you know the entire season counts. You should take in retrospect the beginning middle and end of the season. You also shouldn't forget about the beginning of the season, which was going on absolute Tehran at the beginning of the season, we thought ad was the MVP caliber player, and then obviously in the middle to NBC Lebron. Really take step up. Be The focal point of that t lead it on offense and then. Taking a setback on offense, but being the assist leader. You know one point behind Anthony. He is leading that offense. He's a point guard, and then still averaging twenty five twenty six points a game. And then like I, said the eye test last time they played. Lebron simply had the edge over Jaanus. We saw the Bron- guarding. Guarding, Lebron and Lebron getting the edge the first time we saw them play. We saw getting the edge also something to do with it. You know it was. This was the last time we saw them play. was Lakers Bucks OR IN LAKERS, clippers out, that's enlarge, and then we saw Lebron have very good back to back performances. We saw him drop thirty, seven, eight and eight, and then go drop, but thirty five ten in seven I. Don't know if that was exactly but I pretty darn close and Having that happen at the very end of the season against his other front runner, his his his candidate is. Opponent in the MVP race having him get the edge against the honest. The definitely has a factor to do. With the voting, and then having it to do, it's Lebron seventeenth year. He Changed Positions Jaanus is doing basically the same thing he did lash if we saw him develop the outside jump shot, and he's knocking down threes in the mid range jumper super consistently, and he's the clear MVP. Yeah give it to him. You know rightfully so right last year. I thought. He was the MVP this year, however like I said not change of play for him somewhat consistent of last year. Not a big step up which I like to see MVP's do at least in a back to back MVP status. We saw Steph. Better your second year Steve Nash whenever he went back to back, Lebron is one back to back. Usually it's followed up by a better performance in the year before. Haven't necessarily solve that. When in retrospect I see a much better performance this year from the Bron- than I did last year. If you haven't if you can't tell already, I gotta go with the Brian James and this one. He's been robbed on many MVP's in his past the fact that he only has four MVP's right now. I think is insane. He's well deserving of at least five or six I hopefully. He gets his fifth this year. In my opinion, Yeezy MVP. I would love to hear what you guys think in for. Leave me a comment on twitter on apple podcast anywhere. You has get your podcast. You can leave me a comment. We know who you think could be the MVP this year. In my opinion, the the facts. I just laid out for you Lebron is that regular season MVP? However, let's see these eight seating gains and see what. What they can do in the finals are in the play offs. Hopefully we can see Lebron Janas matchup in the finals. Get those two MVP candidates in that finals matchup a whole lot of us. Do Want super excited to see that I don't know when exactly if they've already voted on the MVP. If they're still there waiting until after Orlando I don't know what the whole. Is With that. If you do know like I said Portillo, Freda shout me out. Again on twitter anywhere you listen anywhere, you see this. 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Hour 1: Show Me the Money

The Stephen A. Smith Show

37:58 min | 8 months ago

Hour 1: Show Me the Money

"The first take your take. Podcast is presented by capital one. This is banking reimagined. I take your take on. Espn radio the ESPN APP. Siriusxm channel eighty an ESPN news. I'm Jason Fitz presented by Progressive Insurance. Let's get you started off with some headlines that you need to know we all know that watching the NFL last year with the instant replay review process was at best painful. Well Sean Payton not mincing words about it. He appeared on Baltimore's one zero five seven. The Fan on Thursday said it became clear last season quote. We weren't prepared to enforce that monitor that the correct way I think the theory behind what the League voted on certainly had a chance to be successful but quite honestly we weren't ready in New York to handle it so Sean Payton basically saying that. The Rule Wasn't flawed. The ability executed by the League was strong statements by coach speaking of some NFL news. We've got some an NFL news. Volving a couple of teams on different coasts arrest warrants have been issued in south Florida for New York. Giants cornerback de Andre Baker in Seattle seahawks. Cornerback Quinton Dunbar in connection to an armed robbery investigation according to Miramar Police Baker's arrest warrants for four counts of armed robbery with a firearm and four counts of aggravated assault with a firearm Dunbar. Wanted on four counts of armed robbery with farm with a firearm. The alleged incident took place late Wednesday night at a party that began Wednesday evening according to the warrants but Baker and Dunbar accused of stealing money watches with force while armed with semiautomatic firearms at safe. Baker intentionally threatened victims with the firearm. So a little bit of staggering news. They're both clubs issued basically the same vanilla statement. They're aware of the incident. So we'll see what that means moving forward and lastly another. Nfl Headline Day after his comments went viral. Former Pittsburgh steelers linebacker James Harrison on Friday clarified. He said remember that. This is the thing Mike Tomlin ever did. Hand me an envelope. After hit. He told the barstools going deep. Podcast I'm may sixty said I'M NOT GONNA say what? He handed me an envelope after that that created a bounty gate conversation to which James Harrison quickly came out and said today on social media. This is the quote while. Y'All really compare what I did to bountygate Harrison wrote mighty has never paid me for hurting someone or trying to hurt someone or put a bounty on anybody. If you the full story of what happened back then you know. The fine for legal. Play wasn't penalized during the game. So Harrison essentially saying it wasn't go out and hurt somebody it was instead go out and hit somebody and because he knew that the fine would becoming. That's why Tomlin got involved. It should be noted that ownership is already stood out for the steelers and said that nothing happened like this. We've heard nothing from Mike Tomlin. So those are your headlines I take your take on. Espn radio the ESPN APP. Siriusxm channel eighty. This is what we're asking you guys. I know you're going to get fired up about this. This is the age old millionaires versus billionaires question that we have an cliche with all of that but remember blake smell the Tampa Bay rays raise ace has said on social media twitch you went to twitch to say. He's going to get his. He doesn't WanNA play for less Major League Baseball. His Senate proposal to the Players Association proposing a fifty fifty revenue split. And now we've seen bryce Harper and others come out and support. The sentiment of what Blake was trying to say. So I'm asking you. How should the league's handle playing payers paying players? I should say during the pandemic. So you know you've got owners that are worth obviously a ton of money but you've got players that make a ton of money to play the game. There's going to be argument on both sides of it. I want to hear your take triple eight say. Espn eight eight eight seven two nine three seven seven six who you side and with and so you can get involved with it. You can also tweet me at Jason Fitz. I want your take on how this should be handled paying players during a pandemic. So was we load that up? Let's get to some straight talk. Brought to the straight talk wireless runs on the same networks while saving up to fifty percent Kathy Unlimited Plan of the two thousand five gigs of high speed data. Then two G. so only forty five bucks a month. No contract straight talk wireless no contract no compromise. So we mentioned James Harris in in the headlines and that was a hot topic today on. I take as everyone's reacting to the story and this was brought up years after the fact so stephen. A Max and Louis riddick debated their reaction to James Harrison and his controversial story. Well it's unfortunate but let me give a little bit of advice To to coach Mike. Tomlin for the Pittsburgh steelers. Louis Riddick you old enough to remember this Max Kellerman. Even though you were wet behind the ears breath speller like SIMILAC. Because you said he was so young. You were such a puppy. You probably remember this to my advice to Mike. Tomlin head coach for the Pittsburgh steelers is to go back to the eighties. Watch Eddie Murphy's raw and go like this one me wasn't me that's it. There's all you got to say. That's how you got to respond. What me what to get then after Mike. Tomlin go back watch Eddie Murphy role. Hey wasn't that's it. You Ain't got no proof. Where's the evidence outside plausible deniability? Come up whatever you want. You didn't do that. You'll know what he's talking about US number one number two James Harrison. Come on Bro. Come on now I'll be. You got to know because James Harrison is smart brother. Y'All if you talk to them and Louis Riddick I'm sure you have at some point time and your career. If you talk to James Harrison. This is a very highly intelligent brother. He's been on this show. I've spoken to him in the past. He's a bright guy. You got to know what kind of revelation to say something like this. What kind of heat? That's going throw in the direction of Mike Tomlin and the Pittsburgh steelers so I gotta believe that if you say what you say you might have a problem with the Pittsburgh steelers organization or maybe Mike Tomlin in particular. I have no idea whether that's true or not. I'm just talking about the optics. How it looks. That's the way I'm taking this right now. I don't think it's much I. I don't think it's much ado about anything the. Nfl probably will investigate the matter because they investigate they investigate and think for crying out loud. But I think in the end what it comes down to if I might Tom. I don't know what you're talking about. And that's why I appreciate the steelers organization coming out saying man. There's no truth to this whatsoever. Your Dan Right. There's no truth to it what he's talking about. That's the stance you take. And you hold it probably. It probably didn't happen but dammit and Mike Mike Tomlin. That's the first thing I don't know if James Harrison said it happened it did this is going to make players want for the Pittsburgh steelers. They take care of their own. And of course are supposed to deny even if it did happen. Who knows that's of course he's supposed to do the La Look. This one is not that hard. Bountygate was a sham. Bountygate was ridiculous on. Its face because if you are giving an incentive for your team to win what is wrong with that say well to injure the other player as long as it's a legal hit that's the name of the game you're supposed to stop forward motion of the ball. I mean by Hooker by Crook. Stop motion of the ball within the rules and it is a full contact sport. If you want to wear down. The opponent knocked the best players key players out of the game by injuring them through the rules. It happens in boxing all the time. That's the name of the game in football now if James Harrison for first of all he says there's an envelope who knows what's in the envelope right. You said that there was a novel so go find that out secondly if it was a bounty or for something. The question is for what again? If it's knocking someone out of the game. Legally there's no crime there go ahead and prove that it's illegally or maybe they're just and this is what it seems like on the surface to me. Oh you're going to get a fine for playing hard. We're GONNA take care of that for you. Don't worry about that. We'll do right by will make you whole because you're playing hard. But what if he's playing hard were playing in a certain way at the behest of of management or the coach of Mike Tomlin? Well again that would come down to. Tomlin told him to break the rules or not and good luck proving that now on on a kind of an ethical or moral basis like my own values would say hey if the steelers are in any way and again this is pure conjecture telling players to break rules to hurt. Somebody that is that is an ethical violation. That is bad. And if somehow that were proven there should be a punishment but if they're simply trying to take care of a player who's getting finding their view for playing hard or if they're simply trying to incentivize their players to knock another player out of the game within the rules. There is nothing wrong with that but I think first and foremost it's important to get this out there number one art rooney the second. Mr Rooney has already said that this never happened. That's number one number two reports already out there on social media on the Internet that say James. Harrison's longtime agent said. He would have known that this would have happened. And he's saying this never happened so we need to get that out of the way. I Okay and then the league needs to go ahead and investigate this and figure out what exactly did transpire. How now ten. Eleven years removed. You're going to actually prove that there was something kind of transfer of whatever it was within that envelope. That actually did take place. I don't know how you'RE GONNA wind up proving that at this point time but you do need to go ahead and investigated in the interest of being fair and equitable and being consistent as far as your willingness and your desire to make sure that you investigate all things like this that can really compromise players safety especially given today's environment. There's no question that you need to do that. I think your take on. Espn RADIO ESPN news. I'm Jason Fitz and what loses say. There's incredibly smart. Yes you've got to investigate everything and I've seen some people commenting on the fact that we haven't heard from Mike Tomlin well. You're Mike Tom. What do you have to gain by saying anything? If you deny everyone's GonNa say that You know it it becomes a. He said he said. And if you come in and confirm it then you've created incredible controversy. I will say this remember. There is a difference between standing in a room and saying okay. Well hundred dollars knock somebody out of the game. There's a difference between that. James Harrison is a legend which is according to him afterwards. Knowing that it was going to ensue. A fine that they didn't think was going to be appropriate. They were coming in and paying that fine as it should also be noted again steelers. Ownership is absolutely denied. Any of this happened. So I'm not sure where the gain is for James Harrison. And telling this story. I'm not sure why he would lie about it. I'm not sure why it would even be something that was important for him to talk about but the fact is he did so. You know now that it's happened. The question is how does everyone react with speaking reaction? We're GONNA take more of your take in a second but before we get that we're going to get some expertise on all this. Espn radio presented by Progressive Insurance. This is the shower session part interview part concert from the shower grammy winner. Saint VINCENT INVITED UP AND COMING ARTISTS TO SING. Share and get funky all in the sound booth and the home. The shower watched now a youtube dot com slash progressive. Wow Okay so. Espn insider field. Yates John's the show. We'll get James Jason. Do you have a favorite shower song that you like the bust out ill-prepared to have an answer about my favorite shower song. This whole segment throwing me up. No I I mean nothing comes to mind you out of the two people in this conversation myself and you one of us is tone deaf and one of us is such an expert of music that you literally made a living out of it for the majority of your adult life prior to work into. Espn so I feel ill equipped to have a favorite shower song. That's Fairfield. I didn't know we were going to go there either. It's just you know it's I couldn't resist by the way I like to go Sinatra or like you know something. Classy classy shower okay. So Harrison obviously comes out and says a lot in a little and this statement is taken everybody by storm. So what was your reaction to James? Harrison's statement on on the podcast that he was handed an envelope of cash. Yeah so here's what I gotta say is I understand. This is ten years ago literally ten years since this hit took place. Almost ten years When James Harrison comes out and says what he said if it's to be taken at face value if he gives me is that Mike Tomlin paid in money for actually getting this hit then. It's scary fit like obviously as of that needs to be taken seriously and I understand that it's caused a lot a you know it's the steelers have pushed back on the narrative. We have not yet heard from Tomlin. But it's something that is serious and I think the important did remind people up here is that it's important for the NFL to look into this matter. We use the word investigations and people think that sounds it has a different connotation than looking into but it's important that the NFL looked into this matter for this reason. Is that James Harrison received cash for this hit or not right. We don't know that right now but for him to just come out and say opens up that can worms of possibilities. There are other teams. And I'm specifically thinking of the Saints Right now that I'm sure are GONNA be watching this closely. The NFL cannot decide. Went to be selectively vigilant when it comes to matters of discipline right you need to treat these things fairly and equally so. Nfl is going to great lengths of bid to investigate the saints situation. Many many years ago and I know that was another distant memory right now. They need to at least investigate the steelers situation and even if it turns up nothing fits they have to do some diligence. Here we're talking to ESPN NFL insider. Field Yates so. Is there a difference in your mind between standing up in front of the room and saying? Hey here's a bonus for anybody that Knox's player out versus going up to a player afterwards. It saying you're going get fined and that is going to be trash so we're just going to help you out with because we don't believe in the fine system probably well. Yeah I think there is a strict and not necessarily advocate for either of them The difference I would say is that you know. It's you're incentivizing. The player Prior to you know in in front of a room if you want make this bountygate. Basically you're incentivizing players to inflict harm in a way that is Berlin legal and football For money and covering a fine is that. Hey listen you did something that you probably thought you're going to be executing within the course of the rules but you're unable to do so But we'll carry like yeah. I think there's a difference fit And maybe the differences of matter to some people I think it is fair to say there is difference between those two though but it would still be illegal correct I mean even handing the the fine over to the player would still be against the NFL. Rules the I know. This is brought up some conversation about whether you could pay off a player's fine whether you could donate to a charity. Things like that Pity US RIGHT. If a player is fine. It's up to the player to pay that fine or more specifically That money is debited from the players paycheck and do not ever see it As they would normally get in almost always on Tuesdays during the course of the regular season we're talking to ESPN NFL insider field. Yates Harrison still has a really good relationship with the steelers in general. So how does that sort of? How does this entire issue affect the future of his relationship with the organization? Yeah I think Benchley pits. Here's I think what's going to happen. Is that the steelers are going to an art. Ready of the second was the first person to do. So but I think others are going to address this Madam And I think ultimately if what James Harrison said yesterday was something the never actually happened is going to be one. Where it's you know a misunderstanding. More realistically you know. Probably if if what James Ayers yesterday was not true when I think probably happened was that sometimes you get caught up in the moment you're on TV or radio and podcasts and you get excited and you say something that was beyond the realm of truth But if this causes you know a major situation which might ring it won't then maybe it impacts things going forward we're talking to ESPN NFL insider field. Yates on I take your take on ESPN radio. I'm Jason Fitz Okay. This weekend we get the return to NASCAR. We've seen some. You have see events. Do you have any sense of how the League is paying attention to other sports? As they try and figure out how to navigate coming back during the pandemic. Yeah I think we gotta look know. Certainly NASCAR is not being phobe ignoring that our goal but I think they're going to be looking closer at things like European soccer and some of the leagues that are fair to return as soon as this weekend and the reason why that's more pertinent miss case it's just the number of people right in fact there's more close contact and mass. I think software compares the football in terms of close contact because football is a collision sport. Every single play but You know we don't have a lot to study otherwise so I think docker will provide out a blueprint but at least a A sense of some of the precautions are going to have to take and one that I would warn people and I think that Adam silver actually kind of this himself. Is that like there really is. There's no playbook for a pandemic right and Adam silver said our. Cba was not built of course being the NBA. Commissioner handle a pandemic. It wasn't show. I understand that we expect out of our leaders for them to lead appropriately imperfectly but The NFL and every other league going to have to study these leagues and hope for the best they're going to do might involve on trial. Hopefully not air book trials for sure. We're talking to ESPN NFL insider field. Yates okay one other piece of news. It seems to be taking everybody by storm. This morning is a report out there. That the seahawks listened to some trade offers for Russell Wilson a couple of years ago from the Brown specifically Do you have any sense? On on the seahawks and how real that ever became. Yeah I don't get discounts. This was a particularly significant conversation You Know I. I think what's important to note? Is that before the two thousand eighteen draft Russell? Wilson had two years left on his contract which basically meant he was a year away from a negotiation right. Typically quarterback contractor negotiated one near two years out from the expiration of those deals I don't get the sense that it was pretty close. It wasn't something that time I got the census particularly close I think that sometimes what happens is there's a bridge between trade discussions and trade negotiation in the very sort of fine line there but I think that you know talking to other teams and mentioning players and getting a sort of feel for you know. We're the atlas certain guys could be perceived as negotiate could be perceived as discussions about a possible trade but I don't think this one was ever one that you know the red zone with. That's what I think. This might have just been more Sort of chatter than anything else. Well and in that sense field if the if the books were opened every every conversation was made public for every team. How common is it to have at least some? What's the value of conversation about your starting quarterback for many teams? I'm glad you phrased that much more faithfully than I did. A exactly a lot of players discuss and things because of where do where are you guys at on in certain acts right where you at on. Derek Carr to go to your beloved raiders for example right. Where are you at on Patrick Mahomes? Nothing's ever GonNa get traded but still That that's just how this functions and how this works a lot of people in the NFL. Despite the fact that they compete with each other very close friends especially the front office people who go on the road together and go out and scouting trips to colleges and Goto private workouts or or the combine. Like a lot of these guys are good friends. So when they're having conversations about players it might be more informational than it is negotiate. You guys can follow him on twitter at field. Yates as always feel man. We appreciate your time. He expertise soapy guys to stay in. Safe your dog adorable. Thanks for hanging out with us. We appreciate it thank you say. Hello right back his favorite. Oh that's because hacked by the way if you don't follow his twitter for any other reason follow just because everyone's while he tweets out pictures of what might be the cutest dog that I don't own in the entire world state and have a little bias towards my you guys can keep chiming in. You're fired up about it. We WanNa let you chime in on it. So we're going to. We're asking you in today's world. Knowing that Major League baseball players at least a few of them have stood up and said No. We're not gonNA play for less given the MLB proposal Who were you with the players? The owners how do you think this should all shake out? The twitter arguments are already through the roof. We'll get some more of your take coming up on. Don't forget if you're missing baseball tune in tomorrow night for classic game for the two thousand thirteen world series between the Red Sox and cardinals presented by Progressive Insurance Coverage Begins at eight PM Eastern on ESPN radio and the ESPN APP. Coming up your take plus has number eleven on first takes primetime. Nba players list been a disappointment so far in his career. Wow that's next regular season. Mvp is never motivated to be the best best. Everybody game motivated with telling down. Npa best take prompt players each day. Were building player from top fifty ranking on ESPN NBA expert. Who's in WHO's out number one? You'll have something to say about all this prostate. Nba Top players Monday through Friday at ten am eastern on ESPN. We'll live they're talking about it. I take were reacting to I take your take and that means primetime players come out for everyday. Don't forget by the way tune into the conclusion. Speaking of prime time players inclusion of the last dance. What are we gonNA talk about after that this Sunday nine PM Eastern? Espn listened to the rap podcast hosted by Jalen and Jacoby media following the broadcast presented by state farm and eighteen available. Wherever you enjoy your podcast. Primetime player the countdown continues. So it's time for number eleven next Saban I take. Nba Prime Time. Players ranking is Joel embiid grass in the face at Sean Collins. Phillies outspoken star. Leads Seventy sixers points per game in rebounds per game? This season a three-time all-star and be port in a career high forty nine points against the Atlanta Hawks back in February of the fence sexing possible career expert. The career high forty nine points player number. Eleven seventy sixers center. Joylin beat that collective noise you hear right now is the grown in hair pulling of seventy sixers fans everywhere because they realized that number eleven for Joel embiid might even been low for the talented has for the ability. He has and that raises the big debate that they had about the list. Today on I take as Jalen rose joined. Stephen A. To Talk About Joel. Embiid the number eleven player on their primetime list but asking a real question even number eleven has his career been a disappointment so far. I have no questions about the greatness of Joel embiid. I think that he's a phenomenal talent. He's a big boy who's got an outside shot. He's got moves around the basket. He's he's agile he's athletic. He defends he blocked shot. He's got a career average of twenty four and eleven on nearly thirty nearly forty eight percent shooting around thirty two from three point range. The brothers got game. Here's why I use the word disappointed. Disappointment albeit slightly because with greatness comes great expectations. Especially when you're in the same conference as the Greek freak. Yana Center Toco Janas coupon. Got Into the league year before. Joel embiid obviously toilet be missed his first two years due to injuries he's played the last four where. Gina's is pretty much played the last seven six or seven. The bottom line is this. He's the reigning league. Mvp and he's followed that up averaging twenty nine and thirteen and even then when we talk about him. What are the two things that we say most about him? Jalen rose what we say about him is a his ferocity. He's an attack mode constantly. Okay to chat talked about the Superman Kate putting it on him or whatever because of his dominance in the low post and be. He doesn't cheat you because there's always strenuous and extreme effort when it comes to this kid he wants it. It's not enough for him to be good. It's not enough for him to be great. He's never giving you the impression that he's remotely satisfied. And when you take that into account along with the fact that it was recorded he put on like fifty seven pounds of muscle said he came into the League. And you see those star one of the elite players in the game arraigning league. Mvp WHO plays like? He's starving. Remember what we talked about mets. Remember what we talked about Jalen last year when they lost Toronto. We actually contemplated whether or not that was the best thing that happened to joy and beat because he was so hurt in so devastated by that loss to Toronto. It was the first impression that we had vividly seen where he was credited. Incredibly affected by WANNA game to him anymore. That God has been honest. Answer to coupons for years and that's what I'm talking about disappointment not talk about guilty because we know the brother could play. I personally think Jalen he needs to be in the low post war but that's Brett browns problem not Joel. Beat get his behind back in that low post and let him do damage the a little bit more but the biggest thing the only thing actually when it comes to disappointment is that driving. Sada him could you imagine if if Joel embiid had the same attitude as the Greek Freak Lord have mercy. That's where I'm going with that Jalen. This was the put up or shut up season so right now. I guess I'll have to side with Max but I wanted to see how the rest of this year was going to play out through the play offs or I would be siding with Stephen A. If having to all perennially in the east gets Joel. Embiid and Simmons bounced out of the playoffs in the first or second round. When I look at the eastern conference standings Max Kellerman. Just think about something. I anticipate the Greek freak and the books being up there. Nick nurse is my coach of the year. Four reason we can't act like the raptors have a better record than the clippers without Kawhi Leonard Len by Pascal. And then I'll look a little bit deeper into the Eastern Conference. The Boston Celtics Jason. Tatum Kemba Walker Jalen Brown. They've been the gentleman the Indiana Pacers into bonus innovator depot has been in and out of the lineup would a better record in the sixers that Nah Nah Nah. I can't say -ticipant today so based on what I've seen from Jollibee. I agree with Steven when you talk about. Just talent facing the basket and back to the basket. It's only three big guys. Anthony Davis Greek free and be the separate themselves when they really healthy and when they really bring it. I say you're on ESPN NEWS. That says everything you need to know about the expectations on. Joel embiid because frankly he so stinking talented so yes. It's possible to be the number eleven primetime player and also be viewed with disappointment. Just because so much is expected of you is I. Take your take on. Espn RADIO DON'T FORGET. 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Thank you for having me on the show. First Time calling always listen to all the time. Yeah I was the players in the reason why because I I just can't fathom the fact that the owners WanNa pay them have for risking their life on the field. I mean with the cove nineteen going on and everything I'm at work right now and I. I can't you know I I can't see mine employer playing me half to Fang jobs that I was doing you know Before the Cova nineteen I mean risking my life all here being a front liner and I can't see them paying me half to do that so you know. I'm I'm just going to start with the players and whole baseball. Come back home because I am a baseball fan. Go Indian that's all I you know I appreciate your take Robert and I think you're right like if you take the real human element of this asking anybody to do. Their job at at half price is incredibly difficult to do and think about how often if a major company that suddenly was coming in if it was insert your favorite computer company or your favorite Coffee Company. There was coming in and telling you have to continue to do your job at half price working the same hours doing all the same things. I think. There'd be an uproar against the company. What do you do though? There's less games to be played right so it's interesting seeing some of the reaction on twitter as a. Jamie says elite soccer players over here taking pay cuts up to now and other sports furloughing paying playing staff on eighty percent salary. You've gotta look at that. And then but you've got Nacho that says prorated on games played so for every person that I've got that comes in and says you know the players have a right then you also have somebody that comes in and says the owners. Ocho SCRAPE POINT. The owner should be open and transparent with the books of the players. Know How much the owners are actually getting for the TV contracts. So you know it all comes down to which you WANNA take in this the players or the owners and I wanNA keep getting your take on a triple eight say. Espn eight eight eight seven nine. Three seven seven six. You can also tweet me at Jason Fitz. How should they handle it tune into ESPN daily podcast? Kitchen deep dive into a single-story from one of ESPN's hundreds of reporters presented by Marathon Donald Subscribing Review Espn daily available. Wherever you enjoy your podcast coming up a pro football hall of Famer weighs in on. Jayme Hairs James. Harrison's comments and gives his thoughts on the NFL stadiums with no fans. You'll hear that next. It's first take your take on. Espn radio and the ESPN news. I think you're on. Espn radio the ESPN APP. Siriusxm channel eighty ESPN news. I'm Jason Fitz presented by Progressive Insurance. If you missed the first hour today's show go check it out on demand some really interesting stuff with field yates. It's the first day care. Take podcast brought to you by capital one. Why SETTLE FOR AVERAGE CAPITAL ONE? You can open a savings account. Check this out with the rate five times the national average. Welcome to banking reimagined. What's in your wallet? Capital one and a member. Fdic you guys have fired up about Blake. Snell's Bryce Harper. The comments. You Know Blake smells not willing to pay to play unless he gets his house should Major League Baseball and frankly any sport handle paying their players during a pandemic. That is difficult to say. I'm going to give myself a pat on the back that I finally got it right. Triple eight say. Espn eight eight eight seven nine. Three seven seven six. We'll let you get into it and just a second before we do that. I want you to hear from Brian. Urlacher he joined. I take earlier today and had a conversation about his take on the James Harrison Story. What do you make of his comments? And how common things like that word? Did you ever have that happen? I've never heard of anything like that. Except for the The New Orleans situation. I've never heard of people getting paid for hits or a bounty enough and since the I haven't heard anything about it either until James those comments other days so I'm not sure how often that goes on. I don't know if if it really does you know I just The game was pretty clean as far as I know but maybe there are some things that go on inside that I. I wasn't apprised to my career but I just don't see any reason to bring it up now. Honestly I think it makes for guys talk about it. Ten years after it happened doesn't do anybody for for anybody Brian. There's been a lot of tackled playing without fans and there are some sports like the. Ufc people have seen fights and empty gyms basketball more typical. You could play games and empty gyms but football is not the kind of sport where we're used to seeing it played without fans. What is your opinion? What's your view on getting the season done? Even if it means they're no fans I just I feel like we need something you know as a country right now. Everything is going to watch do. I cannot see them not playing these games and the number doesn't my my stance on it but if you look at the money they will loose from TV money so the NFL has a huge contract NBA. The baseball but they have huge TV contract. That's how the players so I I really believe. Get HIM ON. Tv At least there may not be fans in the stadiums. And I've been since this whole thing started. I've been a huge EMC fan. I've been watching stuff on on. Us replay fights I wasn't a huge fan before but it's just something to watch and it's so intense but I really believe that they'll get these games on TV. Somehow I take your take on. Espn RADIO ESPN news. I'm Jason Fitz if you're missing baseball tune in Sunday for an NBA basketball tune in Sunday for an MBA classic. I can speak game six and the ninety eight. Nba Finals between the bowls in the jazz presented by auto zone coverage begins at four PM Eastern on ESPN radio and ESPN. A always fun to listen to that before you get the last dance because he gives you a little bit of a reminder perspective speaking of perspective ranking your perspective on how league should handle paying their players during a pandemic matins ups go to. What do you got? What's your take. I kind of side with the elders here. Just you know. We're not paying you to play the full season so soon be pro rated and as far as open the books for the contracts being a business owner employees of mine. Don't need to know what my construction contract is. They just need to come in and do their hourly job and get paid for their job now. That's a really good point. You know when you applied normal business logic and that's one of the next to take on it when you apply normal business logic you're right. They don't have an obligation to open the books. It just might help them a little bit. When they're talking about this perception Eric in North Carolina. What do you got? What's your take. I mean if I work forty hours I get paid for forty. I Buy Work Twenty hours. I paid for twenty hours. I mean they're asking them to play eighty two games which is one game more than a half a season so airplane half a season. Why don't they take half the salary? I mean. 'cause they're not asking them to play one hundred sixty two games for half as much money. They're asking them to do half of the amount of work for half of the amount of money. Well I'll let me counter this real quick. Don't go anywhere. What players injured remember the contracts based on the number of games just per year per season? What they get paid. So what about a player that gets hurt I mean ultimately he got paid for one hundred and eighty two games? Does he give money back to the owner because he didn't play them all low. I mean that's that's the part of the risk you take but I can't expect my boss to pay me the same amount of money for half of the amount of work and look I. Don thanks for your take on. I don't disagree with what you're saying. That's the the understanding of like I don't disagree with what we're coming from on it. I just I see both sides in this real quick Patrick in California. Patrick what do you got? Thanks shape appreciate you taking my call. my I take is that you know. They're the seasons has long so it makes some logical sense for them to get paid half as much because they're doing half the amount of work it gets tricky because like you said they get paid per season not for the number of games that they play Honestly I think the parents way to do it. Is You know you pay them half their regular rape for half the season and then you work out. Some kind of hazard pay to compensate for the rich. These players are taking by being out there on the field that the owners aren't taking by the press boxes. That's actually not a bad and you know it's interesting actually your take on it. You know the hard part about it is. We always look at owners. Say What your worth billions of dollars so just pay your payroll. That's always dangerous. Now go back to my music experience. You know you've got bands where you rascal flatts for. Example makes a lot more money than the drummer does. It's playing for Rascal flatts. But suddenly that doesn't change the fact that they're the marketable ones are the ones that have the money. They're the ones that own the business. So if they choose to do a pay cut and it makes things difficult if they're doing less shows this is very similar to that so there isn't an easy answer. I want more your take triple eight say. Espn eight seventy nine. Three seven seven six. You'll hear more about. I takes take on all of this major league baseball controversy next. Espn RADIO ESPN news.

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Straight Outta Vegas: 08/29/2020

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Straight Outta Vegas: 08/29/2020

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Yes. It's that time a week. Again. And you know what that is. It's Gametime. Welcome to the Party Pal and welcome back to another award winning edition of Straight Outta Vegas the weekend version Bernie Fratto were coming alive from the Geico Fox Sports Radio Studios. Where fifteen minutes could save you fifteen percents or more on car insurance, he'll go to GEICO DOT COM for a free rate quote. We are twelve days from. NFL. Football. So it's time to turn our focus to the matter at hand have a couple of team previews. That are actually drawing national interest in as well. I'm going to have a couple of week one trends you WANNA get down on in two best bets from Steve. And in about fifteen minutes, we'll be joined by Mike Mayor of the PAC twelve network. On their decision to not play football where things stand and what to look for in the future. It's a fluid story after Brian Finley's epic update at the bottom of the hour we'll continue on with their NFL, quick hitters, and again, can you get your mind around the fact that the chiefs and Texans kick things off. A week from Thursday. Okay. and. Of course, we wrap things up with mackinaw sports as we always do we close down the show with thinking man's segment of the program sports are entertainment, but they're more than that. There are shared experience people WanNa talk about them. You've come to the right place. We've got a lot to talk about this is straight out of EGAS debris game show you always wanted as they say in Torii. Hundred Minnesota. It's GONNA be lit. You know Oliver Wendell Holmes once said Man's mind stretch to a new dimension never returns to its original state. When you consider the events of the past six months are is, is there ever been a more glaring validation with that statement as pertains to our world? Are. sportsworld. In prison with which we now view sports, we may never look at the world sports to see him again. Now for one I'm glad the NBA came back after three days but there seventy, two hour boycott was met with plenty of vitriol and inflammatory reaction and I say this, hear me out. Raw Big. Sports fans don't act like you're not. On some just admit it more than others, you will not find a big sports fan than me because all my life sports have given me the thrills and division dream and most importantly, sports have taught me universal life lessons. So the NBA NHL back football around the corner I'm like you to consider this thought. Of whether or not you agree with what the NBA players did remember first and foremost they're above and beyond everything else human beings just like you and me. And if you care enough to watch them play and bet on their games, argue about the performances. And take a minute to understand what matters most to them and what they care about. So allow your mind to stretch to dimension. There's a word for that. They call it progress. Okay so was the NFL about to kick off for. A week from Thursday I'm starting to get more questions about two teams believe it or not. That seemed to draw national interest. But not always for the right reasons, not two teams are wait for. The Detroit Lions in the Las Vegas Raiders now both have distinctive storylines this season as the Lions, get their beloved Matt Stafford back after a season in which he suffered a broken back. And the legendary raiders will make their debut in Sin City after three years of anticipation. So let's talk preview predictions along with the best bet and I'll start with the lions. Now I think I know a thing or two about this team and I still got my finger on the pulse with all my. Contacts back in the motor city and I did lines pre and post for many many years with rob. Parker may heard him. He's one of the guys Mark Wilson among Dennis knowing a whole cast of characters. And let's face it. The lions, their fortunes live and die with or without Matt Stafford in in by the way, this is really a referendum year for Matt Patricia, Bob Quinn but I'm not going to bash the lions here I'm actually going to. Give them some props and recommend a bet based on their over under season win total of six and a half yet those lovable lions who's last visual title was nineteen ninety-three. They won one playoff game since nineteen, fifty, seven that was January sixth nineteen ninety-two when they beat the Dallas cowboys. John Madden said that day we're looking at the two teams of the nineties. He was half right cowboys went under three super bowls lands not so much. But last year with staffer, the lines are actually three and four with a tie in there without on their own eight. The average twenty five points a game with Stafford under center seventeen points without Matt Stafford threw nineteen touchdowns. Last year against five interceptions. He's replacements cumulatively nine touchdowns and ten interceptions by the way. In, the game staff was there he was averaging three hundred twelve yards per game. Passing good enough for number one in the NFL. He had over forty one, twenty yard pass. Please your past plays of more than twenty yards. Department of Redundancy Department. But he got hurt and you know what happened and actually they're passing attack wasn't that bad it ranked tenth in the League and they had an above average offense and believe it or not. There receiver combination who's back of Marvin Jones and Kenny Golladay they were the number one wide receiver do in terms of scoring touchdowns so they can add. A running game. They can become possibly more explosive. So what are they do they go out and get the Andrea of course he's hurt but if they can get him healthy and in the lineup, you'll be effective out of the shotgun, which is what he did at Georgia and he'll be a nice compliment to carry on Johnson now. Stafford under center brings this team, a lot of confidence boost their morale. So TGI Hopkinson. While the want to forget about him Iowa Sam he's your tight end flash last year. We look good. The lines have not had a thousand yard rusher since two thousand thirteen, some guy named Reggie Bush. But here's the bad news peewee thirty first rank defense last year terrible. They did Draft Jeff Okuda and he's going to be a day when starter and they did add three former patriots defensive tackle Danny Shelton linebacker Jamie Collins and Safety Doron harmon but did you have to replace Darius Slay? Look. They're try Matt Patricia is trying to bring in a New England type blinds fundamental technique wise discipline. Wise. Culture is trying to establish a better culture. Will it work? I don't know their defense last year they were thirty first and giving up yards per game twenty, six points per game they stunk okay. That defense couldn't stop a nose bleed, but here's the deal. There's a trend and this is why I'm going to be recommending that you bet the over of six and a half wins. Over the last nineteen years, eight NFL teams have seen their win total decrease. By three or more games in back to back seasons. The following year seven of those eight teams increased their win total by four more games. Lions win three games. Last year goes according to oil. The lions win four games they go seven to nine. You get the picture, you cash your ticket on the over six and a half winds. Remember now, Detroit drop from nine wins and twenty seventeen to six wins and twenty eighteen. Then the three wins in twenty nineteen and increase of four or more games in twenty twenty and that would put them over there. Season Win total of six and a half games. That bodes Walford Detroit so. I am recommending that you bet the over of the lions. Six and a half wins, and if you're feeling Saucy, this is not a bad I'm going to be on. But Comeback Player of the year is going to get a lot of juice Matt Stafford Open seven to one a better wasted. No time in putting six hundred try that again sixteen hundred dollars on Matt. Stafford. To win the Comeback Player of the year award another better put five hundred, it's five to one so. He's got a shot and You know the truth of the matter is. If the lions don't have a winning record that's going to hurt his chances, but he's going to put up some numbers and lions in my tenure history of covering them doing lines, pre and post game show. They always had a tendency to surprise you when you didn't much out of them. Do I think they're going to serve Surmount Green Bay past Green, Bay or the bears? No. Certainly certainly not Minnesota but they might make a little noise and I think those two bets are worth looking at the lions over six and a half and maybe Matt Stafford Comeback Player of the year now speaking of the. Aforementioned Green Bay packers, and they've been in the news a lot. This year, our own Steve Physics has weighed in with the week. One Best Bet. Yeah it's that time of year. Thank God. We can talk about some pets having to do with football in the NFL. Specifically in Fez likes one involving the Green Bay packers week one, let's give it a listen NFL week one. We're gonNA take the green. Bay Packers catching the points at Minnesota's shop around on this one, the line is anywhere from plus three. Normally, Minnesota would ever really awesome homefield advantage. So if Minnesota is comparable to Green Bay, they're very close I would expect the Minnesota should be laying three NAFTA Green Bay. But the big part of Minnesota's homefield advantage is that great crowd noise will Minnesota on Tuesday, this week announced no fans along with. Many other stadiums week one to start the season without the fans I can't give them more than two for a home field advantage. So if I've got to comparable teams and I give Minnesota, a generous to for home field that doesn't get me even three if I can get Green Bay plus three or more there plus three knives out there. Absolutely best bet green bay plus three to plus three half. Sounds like a solid bet especially when you add to the fact, we talked about last year week one divisional dogs have been absolutely rock solid of the sixty five percent range got a divisional dog. Green Bay might be the better team. I. Don't know and speaking of no fans. I'm going to go into this indepth next week because I've got a full report on which stadiums are going to be rich but believe it or not. There are five franchises that will actually have fans in the stands to start the season. The Cowboys Colts Jaguars chiefs in Dolphins. Minnesota is not going to have any fans the first two games they're going to reevaluate. So have a look at that play Dallas he's going to allow in Texas they allow fifty percent. So that's to be determined but to colts, they'll be about seventeen thousand same with the Jaguars, the chief sixteen, thousand dolphins they're talking about thirteen thousand, which will raise the question which I'm going to get into a little bit more next week does this inconsistency in NFL policies might that create advantages for certain teams? Still studying that we'll see but I do like best. One other trend that I want to emphasize and I think this one is really rock-solid has to do with NFL week one big home favorites of seven or more than points. Now favorites at fall into that category, they've gone over the total sixty, three percent of the time since nineteen ninety-one and it's not a small sample size there eighty-one contests. Were that result the prevailed fifty one wins thirty losses on the over under, and that's a nice large sample size over twenty eight year period. I here comes what I consider a more of a convince her. The over results improved to eighty percent. At sixteen and four total results Muna Line. which is minus seven or more in the opening games opening weeks is accompanied by a total. That opens at forty five or more points. So. There are three games follow that category one is a week from Thursday Kansas City opens at home laying ten against Houston the total is fifty five points check. Baltimore they open up at home against Cleveland they're leading eight and a half the total is forty eight and a half points check. San Francisco the open at home versus Arizona they're laying eight points total forty, six check. So. If that's goes according to Hoyle. You should make money based on those results going back to nineteen ninety-one. By the way in a more recent note, these Games have gone incredible since two, thousand, five, the situations where the team home team is laying more than seven points in the total. The opening total is forty five or more since two, thousand, five, twelve instances, eleven, and one. Ninety two percent over the last fifteen years and the average combined points in those big shot games has been a whopping sixty, one point two. So there you have a couple of things to look for week one it's nice to be talking NFL, and I'll references later in the show but do I think it will be a boycott of week one NFL Games while I suppose anything's possible but I don't think it's going to happen and we'll talk about that. Later what does it mean when Geico says fifteen minutes could save you fifteen percent or more on car insurance need you probably should have gone to GEICO DOT COM fifteen minutes ago coming up. Well I don't think the PAC twelve is going to be playing football this. Fall. So. Let's talk to a gentleman who will tell us why what are the factors they considering in making that decision and how decisive it was and how they've managed to avoid the blowback that the big twelve got or excuse me the big ten got and what we can live to in the future we'll be catching up with Mike Mayor of the PAC twelve network I'm Bernie Fratto County live from the Geico Fox, sports, Radio Studios. This is the pre-game show you always wanted. So don't go away. You're listening to straight OUTTA VEGAS. Great Bernie. Fratto folks. I bet that's really firm I need something a little softer than that rest easy with the sleep number three, sixty smart bet you can both gesture with your sleep number setting and it really helped me fall asleep faster. Yes. By gently warming your feet but can help keep us asleep. It senses your movements automatically just to keep you effortlessly comfortable sleepnumber proven quality sleep is life changing sleep. It's our big sale. The year we're all beds are on sale save fifty percent on the sleep number three, sixty limited edition smart bet only for a limited time learn more go to sleepnumber dot com. Back on straight Outta Vegas the pre-game show you always wanted Bernie. Fratto. Company live from the Geico Fox Sports Radio Studios. Let's get to it to get to our guest. He's a former. Fox. Sports radio teammate of ours. Produced my first few handful of. Straight out of Vegas Saturday night shows currently with the PAC twelve network. He joined us a couple of months ago when everything was up in the air say hello to Mike. Mayor Mike. How are you buddy? Good Birdie thanks for having me on again really appreciate it. Yeah. It's newsworthy and I'm looking forward to this conversation because look it's the decision by the PAC twelve to beg off was quick decisive and he you know the why don't you start with? The primary factors they considered in coming to a decision so quickly. Well. A lot of things were going on here because the last time you had me on, they had announced casual pretty quickly and within like ten or ten or so days we're talking about canceling the season. So a lot of things came out that weekend that put particularly the Big Ten and PAC twelve or we're going to be considering a lot of consideration was going into the other power five leagues. We're going to make a decision potentially to postponed football. So it got to be Monday this happened on Tuesday August, the eleventh where the PAC twelve and the big ten we're having meetings with their presidents and chancellors who ultimately had to. Say They were meeting the Paxil has their see grow group. Presidents. Chances Meet with Larry Scott Bishen the league and they were just considering a whole bunch of things and there was this heart condition bio card ideas which has been a popular thing that has been talked about within the Big Ten within the PAC twelve and so the pact hall they met with the PAC. Twelve medical advisory board and they looked into that they also looked into the fact that you couldn't get rapid testing point of care tests in the day before it was a big deal and also the biggest thing that people weren't even considering in California where I'm based and we`re A third of the League are based in. They couldn't even practiced like I I was I talked multiple coaches I talked to two in the League David Shaw and Justin Wilcox at. Stanford at cal they said they couldn't even get on the field they were like doing workouts they were practising with football or doing any sorts of training they were in groups and in order to get ready for a season, you need like four to six weeks to get ramped up for that and so the PAC twelve factored all of those things together consulted with the coaches and the athletic directors and they basically came to this decision as a group, which is a big. Thing I'm like the big ten and I don't Wanna point fingers where it just seemed like it came out of nowhere the PAC twelve ultimately came to the decision that it just wasn't in the best interest of the student athletes in the health and safety of them are playing this year. All right. So let's Juxtapose the PAC, twelve and the big ten because they were the both the elephants in the room and I understand that the PAC twelve communicate information flow is much better. Is that how they were able to avoid the Khun credible blowback to the big ten is currently getting because I haven't heard anything of that nature on the PAC twelve side. Yeah and That's the biggest thing I. Think the PAC twelve isn't getting nearly enough credit because obviously all the attention is focused on the big ten in the pack twelve has been so quiet like even in the buildup to this when it was in doubt, the Monday before decisions were made on that Tuesday A. Couple of weeks ago like you heard like Jim Harbaugh and James Franklin and Ryan Day in the big ten we're all speaking out and saying we want to play and I i. don't agree with this decision I. Think it's an abrupt move Mario Cristobal clay. Helton. I talked about David Shaw I talked we talked with nick a bitch kyle winning it. It was a unified even before they made the decision I've talked with a letter directors everybody in the last month or so when we were getting a lot of questions about this and the biggest thing that I got, it was a unified front. They were together the whole time. It was the unanimous vote. Everybody was onboard. There's no blow back and I know obviously a lot of players within the League are upset with what happened but David Shaw and all these coaches, her med Edwards, they've all had these great conversations with their players in it's a much more unified fronts and it was with the big ten which like I said I think the PAC twelve deserves a ton of credit. They get a lot of criticism for a lot of the decisions and the visibility of the week but they had the situation so well, and like I said, you juxtaposed with what happened with the big ten like it makes them look even better. All right. So here's where I throw a bit of a flag because the big ten I think he's starting to. Perhaps revisit this decision even though I think it's all window-dressing you're talking about Thanksgiving they're talking about a winter season indoor games played in Indianapolis and Detroit and Metrodome? Metrodome. You'd look here's the bottom line. Is there any kind of Plan B for the PAC twelve? Will they revisit this at all? Are they talking about a spring season? Were we in terms of the pack twelve or is it see in twenty twenty one? I think if we're going to a PAC, twelve football season, it's going to be in the spring or it's going to be as David. Shaw term did to me a winter season and starting in January and going and ending in March because the biggest thing that coaches have told. US on Sirius Xm told me is that they do not want to compromise the preparation for a fall twenty, twenty, one season and the decision that was made by the PAC, twelve in terms of football is that there are no false sports until January I. I don't think there's going to be a revisiting of this decision is final but if we get to a point where there's going to be at spring season, it's GonNa be short. It's GonNa probably be somewhere in the five six seven game range is what Kyle Wittingham was saying and David Shaw said we have to they have to start. Or they have to start in January and and at some point mid to late March at some point so that you can actually cool down and then get ready to play a fall season time late August early September like we know and love so that the priority now is if they're gonNA get Games in spring and I think they really want to try and do it is to not compromise in abbreviate or just alter twenty, twenty one fall but I think there is a real possibility that if things do get better and they can practice by like November or maybe early December that there could be a spring or or whatever winter season whatever you WanNa call year right. Wrapping up with Mike Mayor of the PAC twelve network final question because spring on the counter starts March twenty first. So this would be some sort of KOCHTA. January, February deal, and am of the belief that you cannot ask college kids to play to football seasons in the same calendar year. So I'm GONNA ask you. Mike. Point Blank. Do you think we see PAC twelve football before next? March? I. I think we will if. I'M GONNA. Put a big caveat on it like I said if things can pre progressive obviously with these new technologies procedures obviously with that new avid test that's at home is a big deal. The saliva test it sounds like it's trending in the right direction and a big thing just kind of juxtaposed this. If they can start basketball, there's been a lot of conversations about the ball. If there's a lot of conversations about that, if they can start basketball in like around Thanksgiving with what they're talking about I, think there's a real possibility that spring can get played I know but if we can't get on the practice field, paxil teams and coaches can't get on the practice field by this early December at the earliest I don't think we're gonNA see football because I'm with you. They didn't WanNa do spring but now that's the realistically the only possibility that they're going to have with PAC twelve foot ball so. I to be honest with you. The only way that this is going to get place that they can get on the field and the biggest thing is that. that they they they can't. They can't afford to risk altering that that Paul Twenty, twenty, one season and if If they're gonNA start late, they can't do it during. Or I mike thanks so much for coming on I. Appreciate it man. Really. Appreciate it bring. Thanks so much for having me on. Mike Mayor of the PAC twelve network I think the PAC twelve speculation about football between non marches shaky at best we'll see proved me wrong. PAC twelve I'm not second guessing you. But Trust Eyes Tell me a lot and I don't feel like they have any kind of plan whatsoever again for me wrong I hope I will admit that I am wrong. That was clunky. Alright well, there could be NFL season week one. Might there be a boycott in by the way how are the raiders do? In their inaugural season in Sin City I'll have both coming up but first. Let's go to the man. WHO has infinite wisdom? In fact, the other day he told me, you know Bernie two wrongs don't make a right. But to rights made an airplane, it's brand fairly with the latest I feel like I saw tweet from you. Bernie. Seeing that exact joke earlier this week the NBA. Closing out some first round playoff series on Saturday. The Lakers banished the trailblazers from the Orlando bubble using a much-needed fourth quarter. Boost. To leapfrog the Damian Lillard deprived Portland Squad one, thirty, one, twenty, two, Afterwards Lakers head coach. Frank Vogel drooling over Lebron James and Anthony Davis who combined for seventy nine points both guys rose to the challenge the elevator play and our cad having a huge think thirty point second half thirty one points like an APP something like that was a factor. In the Bron- get him involve get him going a little bit in eighty. This assert himself Russell, westbrook tried to inject himself but less effective shooting three of thirteen in his first game back from injury as the rockets still side swiped the thunder one fourteen to eighty. Okay. See got an abridged version of Dennis. Schroder he had nineteen points before getting thrown out of game after drilling PJ Tucker in his downstairs. Area Tucker dejected afterwards for fighting back with a headbutt the thunder also breaking from three point range seven of forty, six and one of. Their players Lou door went over nine from three point territory. Also earlier, the bucks downplay the magic one, eighteen, one. Oh, four to storm into the next round in five Games College football season began on Saturday central Arkansas hanging on getting a late touchdown to Take Down Austin P. twenty four to seventeen in one score in the NHL Playoffs the Vegas Golden Knights Ramrod the Vancouver canucks three nothing Vegas now leads that second round series two, one, and the only thing better than the Golden Knights in Vegas is our main man living in Vegas Bernie Fratto. Brian Love here in the Central Arkansas Update. I'm just curious how did Scottie Pippen fuel how he was portrayed tonight's game involving central, Arkansas. I think much more fair than he was in the Michael Jordan documentary and the only one that thinks that. Right. Thanks Brian. All right. How are the raiders going to do in their inaugural season here in Sin City and? You know will we have the NFL week one? On recent events in simple conversations that have taken place. We're going to get to that but first, Steph ethic checks in with another best bet involving the Minnesota Vikings and a certain quarterback. Let's give it a listen. We'll go prop bet kirk cousins over thirty eight, hundred pass yards last year cousins only through for thirty, six, hundred and three but last year he sat out week seventeen. So the vikings mailed in their week seventeen game against the bears he would have gone over this number had he played that game and kirk cousins amazingly in the four years before he's never missed a game. So he is Mr Consistent and he's gone over four thousand yards and all those years. So if I'm right about the Vikings and their defense is not nearly as good as it's been in prior years that means the vikings aren't going to have the lead, which means that aren't gonNA be able to run the ball like they normally do half the time they're going to have to throw the ball more. This is a usage situation. Even without digs I think cousins has to throw more I'm going over thirty, eight, hundred pass yards, kirk cousins. That would be steve the only two time winner of the prestigious Hilton West Gate Super Contest and let's not forget phys had the Kansas City chiefs to win it all way before everybody else did I'm talking back in two thousand, eighteen he thought they'd win it this year. Are. The NFL is on the clock is they say meaning multiple teams they're not ruling out a boycott nine teams missed practices past week. And we've got Texas and chiefs a week from Thursday. But it's been reported if enough prominent players. Decided they don't WanNa play. It could happen now I don't think it's one hundred percent on. I. Know Mike Tomlin head coach of the steelers was the Asiya today where they're going to miss practice and he said, no, we support all the causes of course but not sure of cancelling practice would. When really accomplish anything course my beloved Detroit Lions has it the other day they were scrimmaging each Chicago bears and with four minutes to go in the game the bears went home to boycott for plays. Later in the Lions scored thank you folks from on moving up for Shuki Green in the catskills now that damn happened but we've got to watch it. I'M GONNA, make a prediction because I don't like the people at equivocate. You know you've been around that guy you have a hard time making up your mind well, yes and no. I do not believe the NFL will boycott a game again much like my PAC, twelve position from Yong will see I'll admit it if I'm wrong I just don't think they want to give up those game checks a couple of weeks from now. I. Think the NBA made their point DNA channel. So Major League Baseball teams they've made their point and I think this is a this is a matter that's got people's attention and we'll have people's attention another team that will have people's attention certainly here in their beautiful New Stadium In. Sin City on Las Vegas Raiders and. I actually think the raiders are going to be very exciting this year and their win total is seven and a half and I'll tell you where I think they're gonNA fall? Give Mike Mayock, a lot of credit. The raiders signed thirteen players in free agency this year seven of those players in the biggest chunk. Of the salary in salary cap space. Was Spent on defense and they I. Mean they brought in a fusion of talent on all three levels of defense and they needed to because twenty thousand or twenty, nine, thousand, nine that team can that defense couldn't stop a parade The good news is. Derek, cars get some much needed weapons. He's he's got a lot of mouths to feed this year. So he'll have to figure out how to get the ball to so many weapons but I, think he can do it because last year the raiders lacked explosiveness even though they had eleventh most yards per game in the NFL. They were twenty four points. The only averaged nineteen points a game. That's got a real chance to improve dramatically this year because they had a draft that pulled in Henry rugs the third from Alabama. South Carolina Wide Receiver Brian Edwards he's a big guy stuttered a physical guy and Lynnwood and junior from Kentucky this guy is your classic Swiss army knife and he not only led the sec in all purpose yards per game. Last year he volunteered move from wide receiver to quarterback earlier in the season in ended up rushing for almost fifteen hundred yards. So when you add to that the raiders not have the best tight end in all of football with Darrin Waller and his backup as a hall of Famer Jason Witten. You've got yourself makings of an offense. Oh, I didn't even mention. Josh. Jacobs. Terrific rookie season he was one of the elite running backs last year and I think you'll see Lynn Boden get time in the backfield as well. He just needs to learn how to block on the NFL level, but that's do get more moves in Clinton and Bill Clinton when he's got the ball. So All kinds of talent all over the field but here's the deal the raiders. Their fortunes will rise and fall on defense and again, the added much needed skill and experience there they brought in linebackers they brought in safety and improve the interior of the defensive line, and they've got some good guys coming back and clean fairly Max krav being trayvon mullen. Again Give Jon. Gruden Mike Mia Credit. They really worked hard on. Rejuvenating net defense for lack of a better word and they went out and they spent money and free agency they brought in Cory Littleton Nick Wykowski both are going to start immediately. A Guy that they drafted out of Clemson in Clinton's get some guys who can play. On defense guy by the name of or Muse who you're going to be hearing about again another kind of jack-of-all-trades guy he's GonNa play linebacker. So, when you add it all up and you put in guys like Max, crosby just mentioned. Rod Marinelli has also been hired now. Rod. Marinelli was the head coach at. Alliance in two thousand eight when they went on and sixteen I can't forget. That's the last year did pre and post. But Rodman was also part of Jon, GRUDEN staff in Tampa. Bay has a defensive line coach for super. Bowl. Thirty seven when they won the whole thing by the way the also drafted another study in the first round by the name of Damon are net he'll start immediately. So when you add it all up and you get Jonathan Abrams back healthy and Marius Randall, who's a better than average safety and Jeff Heath that's a veteran guy who's going to bring a lot of leadership. This is a team I think go eat meat. But that. Good. That puts them over their win total of seven five or seven point five. So I'm betting that the raiders will go over their win total of seven and five, and you know what they could go nine and seven. Not, ruling it out, but let's face it the Kansas City chiefs, rule the universe and happened to be in the AFC west. Denver's going to be better under VIC FANGIO and I think. Know I think the addition of tyrod Taylor instant in San Diego not seeing La the chargers and Anthony Lynn they've got a good roster. So they're an above average division but I still think the raiders eight and they go over that total of seven and a half it's going to be fun to watch and again the NFL starts. A. Week from Thursday as the chiefs host the Texans coming up on me love Canley without him. Smacking on sports. We've got two brand new NBA series starting up tomorrow we're going to break those down. We're GONNA talk about the Bubble Hotel California league check out anytime you want, but you can never leave. And See who advances to the next round where the value might be what does it mean when Geico says fifteen minutes could save you fifteen percent or more on car insurance mead? You probably should have gone to GEICO DOT COM fifteen minutes ago on Bernie Fratto coming alive from the Geico Fox Sports Radio Studios. This is the pre-game show you always wanted. So don't go away. You're listening to straight OUTTA VEGAS. One of the best in the Business Bernie Fratto Good Morning. This is Laura Kim host of the new corner odds a podcast where we share strategies for thriving in the new world of work I just put out a new episode about how to light a fire under your career by making your Mondays. Matter. The episode was fueled by nature. Valley pack sustained energy bars. Here's a clip from the episode. So, here's my suggestion if you're working at home these days because of the pandemic use the time on Monday morning that you would have spent commuting. 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He's Mackenzie rivers in it's time for mackinac sports and became really looking forward to tomorrow because a couple a good second round series starts and that you know we talked a couple three weeks ago about the fact, and I was actually on the odd couple two monies ago talking about the fact that they've mommy heat were Pesky. Partially become a because of Jimmy. Butler. and. You saw the movie trading places, right? Oh. You Remember Eddie Murphy's at the concert and the gentleman up there that band sexual chocolate many stands up because Dubois consume the zing. That's. Jimmy Butler. The boy can sing and is he good enough to lead that bunch of? Scalawags and upset. The Milwaukee. brewers. He could definitely be the brewers in a game of basketball talking just late, but they're not good knowledge. When, when he went to the everyone had the same sentence how can you say you're about winning and go to a team like the heat when you're leaving team like the sixers that were one of the best in the League. But when you're a winner like Jimmy Butler, you bring it with you and here's a fun fact for you. The Miami Heat were the only team in the league this year to have a winning record against those mighty Milwaukee Bucks, and in fact, they were up by the last time they played on. August six to make it three. Oh, they lit up in the fourth quarter who knows if that was a little bit of mind games to try to you know it's a lot easier to say, hey, we only twice out of three times rather than we swept you to get to not be such a bulletin board material I think this team set up to beat them one of the issues in this matchup and you look to matchup is can milwaukee start to make their three pointers and can they defend Miami's prolific ability to make. Those three pointers yes and Mike holders and the bugs have a very specific defensive game plan. They liked to pack the paint and say, Hey, if you're going to take above the break threes at least we'll see it come in will be able to get the rebound but Miami's the second-best accuracy. Wise three point shooting team in the league and Liangelo Veterans Milwaukee, they have some youngsters that really have nothing to lose. You're talking about the twenty year old hero Tyler Hero. Kentucky. Yeah. He'll fire him up Kendrick Nunn didn't think he'd. Be, in the League at this point at twenty, five years old as a rookie, he's GonNa fire him up another forty percent three point shooter and Bam at a bio. Maybe the best guy in the League defending Janas Twenty, three most improved player candidate. This is a very interesting matchup of contrast you got the veteran bucks is going to shoot them up and then you've got the rookies and young heat saying, Hey, we'll fire away try to stop us. It's the classic youth versus experience and I'm really looking forward to watching as they. teed up tomorrow the other series I have even slightly more interesting because in the Fox sports radio. Bracket challenge that I'm in I've actually got the Boston Celtics Suv, vanishing all the way to the Eastern Conference final, but they've got to get past. TORONTO, I and they're an underdog of Mackenzie, and I'm right there with you I love the Boston Celtics plus one thirty. If I was making this line Bernie to the Celtics Sixty, seventy percent chance to win. Yes. If you look at the season long data, the raptors have the better record. They're better recently better since the all-star break all those fun facts but if you just look at the net rating in non garbage time so how does this team do? On a per possession basis if we just discount all those garbage time stats that don't matter in the last five minutes when you're up by twenty wealth, the bucks of the number one, team nine point Oh not a surprise sneakily the Boston Celtics number two at seven point much better than the raptors appoint half behind him their fifth in the League. So yes, if you just the standings, the raptors look like the better team, but I, think if you look at the advanced metrics, even something as simple as net rating, the Celtics have been the better team they're getting their underdog getting points I like him. I like him too and one of the reasons like Boston so much as I. Just simply think they're one of the classically constructed teams in the modern era. Yes jalen Brown Jason Tatum Kemba Walker three prolific offensive players that can create their own shot off the dribble. I Love Marcus smart and his two nations defense and look when you look at the Celtics you put together some great notes here Mackenzie. The other five title favorites drama Clippers Lakers box rockets to celtics, not only nine and four against those teams they won by margin. Conversely, what are the raptors do against those other favorites the raptors or one of those classic teams that are amazingly well coached amazingly two nations every single game they give you it all but you know what that means against the best. They don't really have another level to go to and we've seen it against the best of the best the only foreign seven against the spread losing behalf a game. Against the Celtics one in three and you talk about the Celtics amazing offense it's particularly good against team that keeps you out of the paint like the raptors the Celtics can shoot it. They have five guys that can create their own show at any given time. Absolutely. All right. The other game I'M LOOKING FORWARD TO TOMORROW DENVER AND UTAH I HAVE UTAH. I thought well, I don't think they want to get to a game seven I like Utah to wrap it up tomorrow their land two and a half that that you have the jazz plus. Two hundred for the series is looking mighty good Bernie congratulations on that. But I don't think you have to hedge I think these jazz have are the better coach team under Quin Snyder I think the best guard in Donovan Mitchell and I relate again and bonus play by the way I liked the under that one. All right real quickly before we sign off, you have a best bet for tomorrow's well, yes the Boston Celtics plus two and a half I love them for the series I. Think they get it off to the great way game one. All. Right. So the Lakers took care of business tonight you know they would, and they'll. We'll see who they face next either Oklahoma. City. Or Houston, and I am enjoying these NBA playoffs very, very much. All right. 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Best of The Herd: 02/17/2020

The Herd with Colin Cowherd

40:57 min | 1 year ago

Best of The Herd: 02/17/2020

"Thanks for listening to the best of her. Podcast be sure to catch us. Live every weekday from twelve to three eastern nine to noon Pacific on Fox sports radio. Nfs One find your local station for the hurt Fox. Sports radio DOT COM or stream. It live every day on the iheartradio. App by searching heard is the best of the herd with Colin cowherd on Fox sports radio. Here we go into Monday live in Los Angeles. This is the heard wherever you may be. And however you may be listening. We're on iheartradio Fox. Sports Radio and F s one joy Taylor at the All Star game in Chicago is joining me. One hour from now where. Colin was right where Colin was wrong. Plenty of ball joy. How are you this morning? I'm great a lot warmer here in. La Five degrees in Chicago. It was very cold but it was beautiful. Love Chicago did a great job with everything I was not the actual game. I was at Saturday night's festivities which were very fun good stuff. Chicago's a great American city Just not in January and February chilly. Start with this I usually don't talk about all star Games. I've never done a segment after a pro bowl. I don't really talk about the All Star game. I don't talk about the hockey. All Star game. I really don't talk about the NBA. All Star game but yesterday is significant. Not just because it was really really entertaining but over the last fifteen years if Lebron James Cares about something then then the players care about something this is a star driven league in the NFL. The stars bail on the pro bowl. You know let's face it. They play it before the Super Bowl. So many of the best players aren't available and the other valuable players stars. Don't want a plan the game. So what is the symbolism? What is the signal in the national football league to the players? Who aren't superstars of a superstar in it? Whoa what do I care about vacation but in the NBA? Lebron James decided this weekend. This game matters and so it mattered. It was not just about tweaking the rules because if it was just about that then why did coli Leonard come out in the first half guns blazing? I'm going to take home the MVP if Lebron cares about something politically the other stars care. Lebron James says you need to own your own media pout. Flap Forms Steph and Katy followed. Lebron James says to the commissioner we gotta have fewer back to back games will give the fans a higher quality product. The Commissioner Listens Lebron's like I'm not into load management outside of Leonard. Who's a quirky personality and many do defend his physicality? There is an issue with his knee. The players follow Michael Jordan. Had remarkable influence among the fans be like Mike advertisers gatorade McDonald's and the media Lebron's remarkable influence among the players if he cares about a political issue all of them do if he cares about the scheduling. The commissioner does if he cares about the all star game that thing looked like a playoff game got a bunch of guys with titles and rings in one hundred million dollar net worth and their plan that fourth quarter like. It's game five of a of a second round playoff series that is influence and Lebron can have his critics and he's been to the finals and he's a lot. It should be noted Jerry West had been to like nine ten eleven finals before he won. And he's the Damn logo but Lebron James Caring about the all star weekend. It's kind of a wide open weekend. You've got the NASCAR race right. The Daytona five hundred. You got a new sport the XFL KINDA got the. All Star weekend and Lebron has made a point. The Game Matters. I'm GONNA leave the dunk contest. The kids that the dunk contest is the home run Derby. I'm leave that Saturday night to the kids but the game the spectacle the contest Sunday night prime time this matters and I thought yesterday and a star Driven League you saw another example of the star players in this league. Caring taking charges flopping arguing with each other arguing with Iraq and by the way all you fans out there that don't like the NBA OAS find ways not to like it. And I always hear about. Where's the parody I don't know? Did you watch collide Lebron ad playing together in the fourth quarter. I'd watch that really. How come CLEMSON AND ALABAMA FOOTBALL FANS? Don't complain when they get all the five star athletes you don't love parody then. Ohio state football fans cheer when they get more five star athletes than everybody else in the big ten combined. I don't hear you cheering for parity. Then I don't hear you. Nfl FANS THE SAINTS. Keep winning their division. The Patriots keep winning their division. I don't hear patron saint fans complaining about parody. Greenvale probably win their division for the next three with Aaron Rodgers. I don't hear anybody in Green Bay compare complaining about parody parody we had it in the NBA's in the seventies nobody watched my sonics. One Elvin Hayes one DR j. One Portland One and nobody watched you know what they watched? All those stars lining up yesterday and caring and playing hard like it mattered and that game is going to get a big fat rating because of it I like stars parodies overrated and if Lebron cares about something the stars the League and the Commissioner do I thought it was a great Sunday for the League. Let me shift to this. Oh brother here's a report. Tom Brady is GONNA get offered two years and sixty million dollars by the Las Vegas raters. Okay so a lot of this stems from a report that Tom Brady bought a house of big. What they call mansion in Las Vegas okay. You know what I'm done with as a an esteemed twenty five year member of the American media one of the leading opinion assists in the space. Here's what I'm over blank bought a house in blank. He's going to be the new blank. Nick Sabin bought a house in Austin Texas. He's going to be the new coach. Longhorns when when when didn't buy it Jon Gruden bought a house in Knoxville? He's going to be the new coach of the Tennessee. Volunteers how did that work out co why? He bought a Condo in Toronto. He's staying with the Raptors Ole for three Tom Brady. I don't believe bought a big mansion in Las Vegas. Prove it to me. Show me the mortgage title. I don't buy it because I don't think Tom Brady is going to go to a rebuilding franchise and planted a vision with Patrick mahomes twice a year in those weapons and by the way it would be great for Mark Davis. Because the brand of the raiders. The net worth of the owner like Lebron. The cavaliers would be elevated by three hundred million dollars. The raiders need Brady way more than Brady needs. The NFL's poorest owner. Here's what I know about blank bought a house in blank city and he's moving there. I own a house in Utah. Were not moving this. Show their nonsense. Show me the mortgage title. This doesn't make stylistic sense it doesn't make brand sense it doesn't make roster sense and Jon Gruden by the way doesn't run an offense. You watched him for years on quarterback camp. He doesn't run the offense that Tom Brady does. Okay the New England. Playbook does not have a play called. Y Two K banana split okay. That's what Jon Gruden has. That's not what Brady runs. None of this makes sense. I don't buy into it for a second. Show me the mortgage title. I was in Vegas for the weekend I looked at all the mansions I could. None were Brady's and if a guy named Tom Brady bought a mansion in Vegas. Maybe there's a dentist or an accountant or a lawyer or a magician or an executive at a casino named Tom. Brady this one. I do not buy be sure to catch live editions of the heard. Weekdays at noon eastern nine. Am Pacific on Fox sports radio at this one and the iheartradio APP. A chant with the spurs fourteen years in the NBA is one of our fine NBA analysts. One of our absolute favorite. Stephen Jackson joining us now brought to you by Mercedes Benz the best or nothing just like that. Just like Steven Jackson the best or nothing folks. We don't go to be listers so first of all I was saying this like the NBA star Driven League in the NFL. The stars don't WanNa play in the pro bowl mostly and so the symbolism is who gives a rip right in the NBA. I watched early in Lebron late. And I'm like the messages. Lebron cares cares. So when I'm watching that game on like if I was a lesser all-star and Lebron's going at it. I'd be like Kyle. Lowry is out there. Like it's game seven of the finals. I think it does matter when the stars care about this game doesn't it? It matters what you know win and having to win every quarter made them play like that from the beginning and I think the new rules how they switched to game up help the help the competition that a game winning every quarter. I was telling somebody earlier coaches that teach their teams to win every quarter to win games. They come out and play harder from beginning to game. If you watch all the coaches that coached teams in their coach. Winning quarters a lot of coast but the coaches that do they teams come out and they always try to win that first quarter. I think the emphasis put on winning quarters for charities and stuff like that made them play at a high level from the beginning of the game in the Bronx and Greek. Freak from the jump. I mean look at it. Watch the HUDDLES. They're like totally into it. I think that's I gained should be the all-star game should be like that guy that could mail it in. You didn't have really a second gear. You played hard. You didn't play right. Greek freak is the same way. He has one speed. You know nobody's spec Amy Lillard pretty much. Light Damian competes. He competes Greek freak before the game. He wasn't really into shaken hands. Before to get you know this is all star game but if you see his dunks at begin the game he would duncan those things pretty hard like he was serious. He was trying to win. That game I think Lebron had all the closes all the clothes so it was it was. It was ready for them to win. You know it's kind of funny. I'm watching it at the end of the game and you've got ad and Lebron and Kawhi playing together and pretty seamlessly and this is one of the things. I've been hitting on for years. Nobody wants parity. If they're winning in College Football Alabama Clemson get all the good players fans. Don't want Parody Kentucky Basketball FANS IN DUKE FANS THERE. We got all the five Star Guy. They don't want any parity but in the NBA. Air By the lead in that parody. I was watching Lebron and I'm watching. I'm watching a deeply and I'm thinking I'd watch that that'd be scary. That'd be the that'd be arguably the greatest basketball team ever isn't sort of even down to Aa. You Stephen Stars align in a you all the best players from Atlanta. Go to the same a team. Don't they all play any a you team? California they get all the best players and this was when I was in middle school. So it's been like that. I think people that don't understand the goal of any game or any sport is to win whether you plan ric great players where you making a move like. Katie and go on to great team. It's about winning and that's what you work for. That's what you play for. And if you've got get on a team with guys as great and make all star team for regular season teams and so be Paul George and Oklahoma City spends a year with Westbrook like or not a title team. And so let's go win. Titles when you were in the League tell me the difference between playing in San Antonio where you felt every night you could win and the team in which you drove to the arena knowing you had no chance to Milwaukee when I was walking short time but I wouldn't say we didn't have as we didn't have a chance in Charlotte. I just knew we had to earn it. Like San Antonio's a lot of Nice where we will pull up into the rain. We he was GonNa win you got Tim. Duncan we've got derived so we all we gotta do is show up Charlotte I knew we had to work. We had to prepare. We had to be the better team that night and we knew we. Wasn't you know what I mean? But we had to try to be. Let's not even go to state. We were a small team undersized but we had to find ways to win and I like being in that position you know I like an underdog and a lot of guys like that but at the same time it's about winning and anybody that's putting yourself in the position to win I respected. You made news last week. You're like a journalist. So Ya heard that now. Now you had a big podcast you and Matt Barnes to a podcast and you have Kevin Durant on in. He respects you guys obviously automobile. Yeah and You and matt do your podcast and Kevin durant comes on and he acknowledged that that draymond green moment more joy nights on the air certain lines you can cross and if you cross certain lines even with family members you're out of the will right when he said that on your podcast. We used surprise. He admitted it. Nah I'm not. I think everything that he went through is helping them come to grips with who he is. You know you got caught with the burner now. You comfortable with Mitt and that you still got it because you got caught with it. If you got caught you wouldn't be comfortable with me and you still use it. You know what I mean. I think I think all that was blessed fail because if I was Kevin Durant if I was in them. Shoes is no way that wouldn't come from my my official page like I'M I. I'm off the cuff anyway. But he I think everything he's been through a people belittling and saying he shouldn't have a fake page and ours. I think it's helping them come to grips with who he is and he's able to admit those things now. I could make the I've said before Golden State. It's Silicon Valley. Steve Kerr played in the league steps. Pretty easy to play with as a star. Like Duncan was stars are hard to play with. Klay Yeah I still acknowledge that okay. Draymond says something. It crosses the line call. You can call me a beware at no time you joy nobody in the world I would never do. I'm not taking if I get and I will give you the same respect and not do as well. I would appreciate that but you can do about it but could I not argue this with Kevin. K- There's an old saying don't jump over a twenty dollar bill to get to a five right okay. Draymond pissed off. It's still a great fit for you. You're walking away from the best superstar teammate. To Kyri Irving who we have to acknowledge can be a little difficult at times. Steps never shown one moment of being difficult right. He's flawed not a great defender. Could I could. I make the argument. Devil's advocate okay. Dream on cross the line don't let drain on affect your career. You don't go to a lesser team. That's my problem with durant. Like I can be really upset with Stephen Jackson Right. But you are not gonNA affect my career. I'm not leaving this town because you called me a word. I'm going to confront it. I may hate you. But I'm not leaving the Spurs and Dunkin's prime. That's look at Kevin. I think Kevin you're letting drain on control you. I don't like that well. I was in a situation San Antonio as we want a championship. I didn't get the contract that I I knew I deserved. I love and went to the hawks. Do you regret it no. You don't never regretted because I went to. The hawks was top fifteen scoring and I got my contracting next year and ended up being on a good team. I would never belittle my own set myself for for the Spurs Organization. You know I made all sat in the playoffs. I May I was the third leading score. But you WANNA give Ginobili another guy the money. I'M NOT GONNA take this. So we K. D. He GonNa make the same amount of money. We're got his where he goes and when he and he's told me earlier. It's about winning. You'RE GONNA win more than it is but he can win there too because this thing carry. He wanted the biggest shots ever in the finals. He still wanted to top five points in the league. You have you have. Dj a solid role player. One of the most athletic bigs in the League. And you have a great group of young guys around you in the east. They can do some damage he can win with that team in a wis again to Milwaukee I duNno Choas not into east no more no more I just think Kevin Durant I. I understand him being angry but I hope he didn't flush some of his career down the toilet. He got three more rings in Golden State if he wanted him. That's what NATO will you keep saying winnings everything he can win any type thing about me? I want everywhere been so it didn't matter what team. But where'd you entitles one title and San Antonio? That's what's better than everything but I had a chance to win. Titles other places to that I went but you didn't. We didn't but winning the attitude and the goal to win was the same place everywhere. So Jessica's you in a certain organization are certain team your win your attitude for winning should not change just because the spurs and it was a winner organization. I WANT TO GO TO STATE. I went to Charlotte everywhere else and I still help them win. I got Charlotte to the playoffs for the first time in thirteen years. So the winner attitude is in you. That can't be taught. And then you don't get that by going organization has to be a new first so let me What do you make Zion? I think he's fascinating flawed. Lot of critics out there. Stephen you dropped thirty points at nineteen years old. I want to hear the critics What do you make of his game? What what part of his game do you jumps out what? I don't think people criticizing his game. I think everything that comes with it like when you look at him. Yeah he's talented. He's athletic what he's overweight still and eighty two games of as high as he jumped coming up and down eighty two games. He's not GONNA make eighty two game season. I know as low management. Nobody plays eighty two games but every time he goes up dunk. Everybody's don't know how he's GonNa land. He's a big Guy. I think he's still has to work on his body. I think he has has to lose some weight but as far as talent and what he can defend him making shoot right now make him shoot right now. I think he's backing people down and let them get to his left hand. He's a left hand shooter making go right like that's one thing about one thing about San Antonio we've taken that we take all all the stuff you like to do away and make you ask some tag in England patriots. Nba No more. They let guys go to their sweet spots. Just take shots when they want. So you gotTa make our do things that they're not they're not comfortable doing and Once they get to that point I think they'll see his game changed a little but you gotta lose weight. I think he's a great player. Is going to be a great player in his league. Got Lose weight though finally Lakers clippers. You can go either way. I like the clippers architecture of their roster but they lakers a five game where they have like a five game lead on the clippers. So let's just talk in terms of a seven game series. Not Not a singular game where the clippers can beat them. They play a seven game series. Starting tomorrow who would you like? And why I like Lakers as I just never seen the dynamic of Lebron and a player like Anthony Davis. I don't see them. Losing seven game series to nobody. The bronze WANNA smartest players clippers. Great Defense Team. They're out a better defense team but analytically the Lakers are. I don't believe in analytics but I just think the Lakers have too much experience. And Lebron's never play with a player like eighty. I don't think they get to that point and that win or are you surprised how good they've been this early this quickly now. I'm not. I'm not good smart players. Play well together and you know they. They made it a point to get together early this summer in jail with the team. You know what I mean. And that's big. When when everybody comes in early and come wants to be on the same page and build that Camaraderie early and WanNa be on it and want to be a great team in preseason. Is SEAN EARLY IN REGULAR SEASON? They got together. They put this together early. This is not a regular season thing. They've been planning this and that's why says whereas it was played well for how do you build? Camaraderie? It can't just go to the gym to be fake either. You can't come camaraderie. It doesn't bill just because you WANNA same team. You got to want to be friends you you got to want to hang out with this guy you gotta care about the things. He has gone off the court just as much as he cares about the things you have going on. And that's how it was with US Golden State. I think one person said they was going out to eat. Every I'm going to we all going you know and and that bill is That's how the Spurs were great store. No not go spurs were we we we. We've built a team bond over paintball. Tim Duncan love plan payback so used to bring all the teammates. Either play paintball and I think the reason why tim became so so cool. We'll plant paintball. He's the semi out to get the flag. Because I want to get shot by the paintball is got a number one hit me and I and I I kind of kept running it. It didn't bus so I ran up to the top of my mass fogged up and I had to wear grabbed fag. I slipped and I hit my face on the steps own. So blood is shooting everywhere. My lit up because it was far could see so as I put my mask down to show. I got the flag. Everybody's shooting me because they think I'm still in the game was just shooting. There were three things paint so tim. after we play my lip swallow. And he all he thinking about is how mattel pop that I got us out here planned paintball in training camp so we make a whole story. I fall do something and lie about empowered for so we get to continue to play paintball. But that's how that's how Spurs Gio in the summertime. They play paintball. I think that's great is cool. I love it. Yeah no I think the one I said last year Lebron's first year in Los Angeles. He never felt like part of the guys. Part of IT WAS. He didn't like the roster he didn't like all the young guys Then you put Anthony Davis around him Danny Green around. You gotTa have some common. And they're all like his age and they've all had his life experience maybe they have kids. It really is true like last year. He gave them a bunch of Lonzo. Ball's their kids right. Nothing in common. They have nothing in common. Appreciate the game the way he does too. Yeah thanks for telling a story a problem. My God my story. Time Stephen Jackson POPs watching the show Steven Steven Steven Jackson. Stephen Jackson scummy stay is easier. I Call You. Yeah you come. Everybody be short catch. Live editions of the Heard. Weekdays at noon Eastern Nine Am Pacific. Every sport has a different culture of for instance in football. You play hurt. You play her. It's not a discussion in baseball. You don't play hurt. There's another game tomorrow. It's twice as long as the NBA season. You don't risk a worse injury Justin Moore and all the twins years ago. Got a concussion. I mean like he was done for the year. Aaron Rogers gets a concussion. He's fighting get back on the field the next week. It's not because errands tougher than Justin. It's the reality of the culture of the sport. So Rob Manfred is the Commissioner of Major League Baseball. The Astros got caught and are acknowledging they used a you know bang the garbage can tweak the system to learn what pitches were coming. Bantered HAS NOT SUSPENDED. Houston players now the GM got fired by the owner. There is public scorn the GM got fired the manager. A good manager got fired. Manfred is taking massive heat for this. He is now the world's worst commissioner. So was Roger Goodell two years ago with a cab drama. Oh wait so. Was Adam silver a couple of months ago with the NBA? China drama await so as Gary Bettman during both two or three lockouts you notice. It's hard being a commissioner. I can't imagine being Adam silver. I have to be in business with companies and countries that don't share our government sort of sensibility and there were billions of dollars. Those contracts that China situation was tough. They've lost hundreds of millions of dollars. It's at Global League. You're dealing with. Players are coming from countries with different languages. Different sensibilities different cultures. What if you get a Russian player? You GotTa Call Vladimir Putin and see if you can get it. I mean it's hard. These are hard global jobs. And the job of commissioner is to take crap because the owners don't want their names in the paper case so your job is an owner is to deflect and a take heat and rob. Manfred is earning his pay now. But let me ask you about this because I do think the Houston Astros. Obviously you some sort of system we have no idea if Jose altuve had a buzzer on him. So don't pretend we know it seems like it's fishy but there's no proof you can't tell me there's prove it seems really fishy that he didn't want anybody to take his shirt off but all the snarky media stuff and player stuff. You don't know so I'm not going to kick a guy out of a sport or suspended if I don't know what I do know is the bang in the garbage. Can Banging this making noise. Some players knew what pitch is coming. It's not right. This is a sport that had a steroid era not a steroid issue. A steroid era scuffed baseballs corked bats black SOx scandal in nineteen nineteen Pine Tar incidents. You have term in baseball foreign substance. This is not golf. This is the sport where Roger Clemens and Rafael Palmeiro pointed congress. To deny stuff we later discover is true if you if you give away the secrets. You're a rat you're a whistle blower. There is no clean baseball. There's never been a totally clean baseball and not a criticism of baseball. It's just not golf if you move a twig Gulf. Vj Singh early in his career got caught doing something that players didn't appreciate within players. Vj Sings always had a bad reputation. He's not forthright. He's not totally honest. That'll stay with him forever. When Ken Caminiti a player that I covered in San Diego twenty years ago came out and said there steroids all over this sport. He was taken him he was when can SACO? Jose Canseco came out and said half the sports taken steroids. He was ripped. He was crushed but yet clemens in Rossi were defended lying in front of Congress. This is not a clean sport. It's a great sport. It's got great history to people who love it absolutely. The dodgers should be mad but the dodgers in that series against Houston batted one seventy seven at home. One Twenty at home with runners on scoring in scoring position game. Seven cody bellinger had an error in the first inning. That set the tone. They blew that series. They couldn't head. They couldn't hit it dodger stadium. That wasn't about the bang in the garbage cans. The dodgers blue that series. They weren't as good a team and they weren't as good a team at home. So now you're going to strip the astros of a world series. Rob Manfred pointed this out if you strip the Astros and I think they cheated. I think baseball's binge eating forever and I still love watching the world series and I still love watching Yankees Red Sox and I still go to dodger stadium but I know it's not Gulf. You know it's the Nascar if you're not if you're not trying if you're not cheating you're not trying. They're constantly pushing the envelope. That's the sensibility. The culture of Nascar to sense ability of baseball. Here's Rob Manfred. First of all. It never happened in baseball and I. I'm a precedent guy. I'm not saying you always follow precedent but I think you ought to start by looking back at the way things have been done and you have to have a really good reason to depart from that precedent once you go down that road of changing. What happens on the field? I just don't know how you decide where you stop. If you vacate the Astros title what do you do with the steroid era? You don't think. Steroids won a few world series. Titles really you don't think so you don't think they change the outcomes of series really. Never you don't think that one closer who is an average star name Eric. Gonyea then became the most unhittable closer ever wrapped up a few big playoff games here there and I'm not picking on him. All the big sluggers were on juice cattle steroids. You open up the door for this. Your open up a case of worms. Not a can of worms. Yeah I think Houston did something that got. Gm and their manager fired and you should have. But there's a big gap between that and vacating title. We may learn this week. The Red Sox cheated the following year in two thousand eighteen. That story come out today or tomorrow so we vacate that title. What are you GONNA do? Baseball has to own its baggage the NFL owns its baggage. The NFL's like yeah. You know what players get concussions. Here we got to change the rules. Baseball wants it both ways. They want to call people rats whistleblowers but then their outrage when somebody gets caught the first guy that came out and acknowledged this got ripped by players. He said. Yeah those guys back there banging on garbage cans. Nobody wanted to hear it and now. You're outraged I'm sorry I wrote it down this morning. Pine Tar Incident Stealing Signs Foreign Substance. Steroid era scuffed. Baseballs Cork Bats seventy five. Years of greenies what you think you're the US Open you. Think you're the masters please one more heard the heard streams twenty four hours a day seven days a week within the iheartradio APP. Search her listen. Live or on demand. Whenever you like. Hey guys it's bobby bones. I host the bobby bones show and that pretty much always sleepy because I wake up with three o'clock in the morning a couple of hours later I get all my friends together. We get into a room and we do a radio show wish our allies we tell our stories we try to find as much good in the world if he possibly can and we look through the news of the day that you'll care about also your favorite country. Artists are always stopping by to hang out and share their lives and music to wake up with a bunch of my friends on ninety eight point. Seven W. M. Zeke you in Washington. Dc or wherever rotates you on the iheartradio APP? Go Colin Right Colin. Wrong where Colin was right. Well I've said for years the NBA comes up with a good idea. Baseball makes the most money on it and the NFL gender gets it right the NBA tweaked. Its All star rules. This is what they do. They try to new ball at failed. They had a dress code. People didn't like it but the NBA's never been afraid just to go out there and throw something against the wall and they're not afraid to admit that didn't work. We're going to stop doing it. And they tweet the all-star rules that make for a better game team you honest wooden sub late kyle lowry. Taking charges guys are yelling at each other. Lebron was playing real defense the NBA. I saw more people on twitter this morning saying hey pro bowl call the NBA and figure out how to make your game better. This is what the NBA does really. Well they roll the dice. They take chances. That new ball was a disaster. Remember when they came out with the sleeves for a couple years that was dumb? But it's okay billy survived. It's okay you can take chances. I Like it where Colin was wrought dunk contest guy. But I gotTa Admit Derek Jones and Aaron Gordon was fun The quality of athleticism today all through basketball starting at about thirteen years old is amazing We had a guy jumping over an eight foot man. I'm generally I think these are kind of cheesy. By the way I went to one a few years ago at the staple center there jumping over. Kia's and I mean there's was all sorts of nonsense but I thought this weekend. It was a spectacle and what Saturday night is is a spectacle showcase for what the NBA believes are the world's greatest athletes and Aaron Gordon Derek Jones can dunk. I mean I think that's been established. They're pretty unique where Colin was right. What a shocker Russell. Westbrook of all the guys the All Star game that shot more than once had the worst percentage for ten over four on threes. God you're such a jerk with Russell Westbrook knowing not I'm just saying he can't shoot. It's a shooters league. Nobody's denying Russell's an amazing talent. Nobody's denying he's worth buying a ticket for but Houston is worse with him this year. An Old Casey with Chris Paul. Not Nearly as athletic has not missed a beat and I could argue Chris. Paul I mean that's been the story of the year in the NBA for a team. That's not great as Oklahoma City. Without Westbrook where Colin was wrong. And this is where I gotTa give Chris Paul Credit. I thought his career was over. I loved him coming out of wake forest and I loved his first six or seven years in the NBA Denny got prickly he was harder deal with. He was hard to coat and he got hurt. A Lot. And I said it's over Chris. Paul has missed only one game. He made an all star game last night he had an alleyoop. Don didn't know that was in him He had the best plus minus on the night. I was I. I Love Chris Paul coming out but I said a couple years ago. He's difficult. He's hurt. He doesn't appear to get along with coaches and players. Chris Paul if the NBA had a comeback player of the year. He would win it. He has had a spectacular and in my opinion shocking season. Good for him where Colin was right. Zion Williamson Lot of critics. Can't shoot a jumper fat. I Dunno best ten games starting. Nba History. Don't out. Think the room with talent if you see somebody that has other Lee other worldly talent or a body size or energy like he does all. I need to see after that is self awareness. I know you're going to be a star. He literally gets me to a television set at night. Zion Williams Williamson gets me do a TV set. There's a lot of good players in this league. And there's good teams I don't care about. Zion gets me a TV set too. Many people out thought the room. He can't shoot a jumper who in God's name shoots a great jumper at nineteen years old. A year on a rail didn't shoot threes like that until he was in the year league for five or six years. I think the critics have gotten very quiet. He has the second most points per minute for any NBA rookie ever after only wilt chamberlain. We loved him at Duke. We said he'd be a star we. We said he'd be a star by the end of his first year and he's delivered where Colin was raw. Raiders are going to offer Tom Brady two years and sixty million according to a report. I don't get John Gruden's dissatisfaction with Derek Carr so Derek Carr completed seventy percent of his throws Andy of over one hundred passer rating. This is with a rebuilding franchise. I I don't get it. I think Derek cars probably the twelfth best quarterback in the League. Where are you going to get better? This is a rebuilding roster and they went to London and beat the bears outside of Kansas City and Mahomes or very competitive. He had a career high in yards and passer attempts plowed yards per attempt. Derek Carr in a very good year. Derek Carr is eight upper third quarterback. He reminds me at Tony Romo. He's he's athletic. He moves around. He's got a nice armed. People say he's not tough folks when you plan a bad team for years and get beat up and when you had a a big injury like he did. You're a little gun shy. Tom Brady Office. Injury was gun shy for about a year and a half Derek cards of top twelve quarterback in the league he can make all the throws. He's athletic seventy percent completion. Rate had career highs passer rating over one hundred. I I don't get it you get to the AFC championship with their car. I absolutely believe that you can get to a conference championship with Derek Carr. There is no doubt in my mind. If you could get a defense in Las Vegas slash. Oakland Stop. Anybody where Colin was right well last week. The chargers made it official. We're done with Philip rivers. We said this about week. Five or six of the NFL season. It's it's over there. You can have flaws as a quarterback you can't be these three things old unathletic and mistake prone now. Brady's old and he's pretty unathletic but he doesn't make a bunch of mistakes. Drew brees is old no longer world. Class Athletic doesn't throw a lot of picks You can be young Jameis Winston and athletic and throw picks and people keep you around but the chargers need new energy. They knew juice and frankly they got to sell tickets. And there's a fatigue to Philip rivers style. Which is you know you win. Eight or nine games but he'll throw huge picks in crisis. It was time we thought it was time. They officially moved on where Colin was wrong. He was number two pick a couple of years ago at a Duke Marvin Bagley and I loved him as wrong on that guys drafted below him or better including Luca who was the number three. Pick Sacramento. Kings only started ten games. They're only seventy five games. He's actually played in. He's not a bust he can play and he's got some athletic ability he's long and athletic and runs the court. Well but in twenty twenty. It'd be nice to occasionally hit a long jumper. He can't The more I look at Marvin Bagley The more with on that one where Colin was right. The Cleveland Cavaliers are a mess. If Lebron James is not part of the franchise. They are reportedly as joy reported. John Villains going to get fired little more than halfway through its first season. He was the coach at Michigan. He was a very good college coach. we said when he got hired. This is weird for a man of his age to be shifting into a completely different sort of ecosystem basketball like. He's a great college coach. He's a perfect fit for college basketball. He was getting elite. Eight final fours and winning the Big Ten perfect college basketball coach. Weird fit weird higher. We didn't get it. I mean let's be honest about this franchise takeout Lebron James last twenty years. The minute he leaves it's at tire fire poorly run and in my opinion poorly own where Colin was right. I defended Brad Stevens last year and Jason. Tatum said they're not the problem. They were great the year before Kyrie Irving arrived. They're no longer great. Have you seen what's happened? Jason Tatum now without Kyrie irvings. A legitimate all star. He can carry this franchise. He is still got ten great years prime years ahead of him and Brad Stevens. Now has this team As a number three seat by the way Brooklyn with Kyrie. Irving has a losing record when he plays eight and twelve. They have a winning record. When Kyrie Irving is out Kyri Irving was the problem. I'm not disputing his talent. I'm not disputing his ability to close but last year the narrative was suddenly. Brad Stevens. Can't deal with will. He's got four guys on this team. Now that can get twenty and night Gordon Hayward Jalen Brown Jason Tatum Kemba Walker. They all that in the NBA. If you can drop twenty Jason Nathanson all star. He gets along with that star and Jason. Tatum got a really great ten years ahead of him he gets along with him. Fine Kimball Walker. Seems like he's been an all-star Gordon Hayward is a good player. Jaylen Brown's averaging twenty night these are star players in the NBA. He gets along with all of them. He didn't get along with Kyrie Irving and now in Brooklyn. Nobody else seems to Collin. Collin wrong on a Monday. The only way is through a new podcast. In partnership with iheartradio underarm players coaches and athletes will share. Intimate personal stories are performing at the highest level. Here is Canadian. Heptathlete Georgia an were. The reason I want is because on the day I was confident and need to continue that mentality to understand that I can be Olympic athlete. I can compete with the best in the world and just perform. Listen to the only way through available now on the iheartradio APP or wherever you get your podcast.

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GSMC Baseball Podcast Episode 221 Bol Bol's Debut, Mikey's Top 10, & What Does An Asterisk Mean?

GSMC Basketball Podcast

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GSMC Baseball Podcast Episode 221 Bol Bol's Debut, Mikey's Top 10, & What Does An Asterisk Mean?

"Get your ears wrapped around the golden state media concepts, basketball podcast, all the scoop need to know from college basketball to the NBA and even much madness zoos of your rising stars topics on and off the hard work. This is the golden state media concepts, basketball podcast. Welcome to the GMC basketball podcast brought to you by a GMC podcast network. I'm your host Nick Robin and are here in Beautiful Montauk. New. York last podcast, I mentioned that I moved to New York for the next month. Yes. I know during a pandemic, probably not the best time, but I look at it this way. My friend. Who's coaching baseball in the East? Hampton's all summer as a place free of charge. So there's many times you have the opportunity to move to New York. Have Free Room and board. and. The best part is the city is completely empty I went by Time Square last week, and there wasn't a soul in sight, which is I mean for anyone that knows New York Times, Square's biggest tourist attraction. Probably one of the big tourist attractions in the United. States. So. It's just me and the city to my lonesome and I came out to Montauk, which was the original reason on my trip to visit some friends have a beautiful house here right on the water. So yes, that is ocean that you're hearing in the background and. I was in the city on Wednesday getting groceries with my friend and it just started. Profusely just pouring down like I'm not just like a light summer crisslow, but like. Probably one of the. Most Rain I've ever seen maybe in my entire life I mean being from San Diego, we don't get much. Sun are much rain there. So that was. Quite. A transition coming, from San, Diego Seventy to seventy five days and then coming into New York and being like why the fuck am I here when I was already in paradise back home living at my parents house, but needed to get out of that and I think my Stepdad was more than happy to get the fuck out. He drove into the airport had five am on Tuesday just so I would get on the plane. So thank you for that rob and so yeah, I arrived here yesterday in Montauk, and honestly it's it's paradise. It's just a little. Island and long. A little area at the very end of Long Island. So the Hamptons and right now, I'm going to house and there's about. Fourteen to sixteen people staying here, this weekend and. Unfortunately, only one technically unemployed podcasting. Can Be job as well? But yeah. So they're all on conference calls all day, and I'm just sitting here being like. Wow. I feel like a complete piece of shit. On. Conference calls on in all different areas of the House I'm just sitting here on my computer like reading articles on the NBA, like. China. Doing work here. But. Just off the same. So moving on though and actually one last thing. So I came here, last summer fourth of July weekend, and the moment I get here. It's just full on party. We're drinking whatever doing all that fun stuff and I come here yesterday and everyone just sitting around on their desktops monitored. Everyone's got to monitors and I'm just like, wow, this is kind the transition of what it means. Send it when you're in your mid to later twenties where I feel like now, it's like once the weekend hits. Full, go until. Monday morning. Whereas, in your early twenties, it's Your parting, it's twenty, four seven and your body's able to recuperate better. Now, it's like I. I get drunk I. Wake up in the hangover probably lasts almost two days now. CER- Problems are getting older I guess. But moving onto the day's show, we'll dive into overtime sensation Mikey Williams, top ten college list. And then should there be an Asterik on this season. The Spurs are still getting Shit for it nearly over twenty years later. So we'll dive into that, and then on Knicks picks the best second round draft picks since two thousand. But first a look at bulls surprising debut in what that means for the nuggets strategy in Orlando. So. On Wednesday night mobile, second round draft. Pick out of Oregon made his MBA debut. He is son of 7-foot-7 month able when fortunately passed away in twenty ten. Trust me tiny easy to be that tall. You don't live as long. My friend who plays a WHO played football, University of Arizona. Keeps telling me how HE NEEDS STA pop out a couple of kids. By the time. He's twenty five because he doesn't know how long he's GonNa live. He's a big. Six four three hundred pounds and Those type of guys, I. Mean a heart can pump so much blood that quickly. So. Sorry off topic there. But so Bobo, he's been hampered by foot injuries all year. He was draft in the second round. Out of Oregon and. He was projected to be a lottery pick coming out of high school, but he injured himself during his one year at. Oregon and. Luckily for the nuggets, actually got two guys who fell them back to back years. The other one being Michael Porter. Jr., who fell to them at fourteenth overall, and then Bobo came to them at forty fourth overall second round draft pick, which means they don't get guaranteed contracts. So they're playing under a little bit of stress there. But. They knew they were getting. A good deal on him in the second round, and he lost lost on Wednesday night hosting sixteen points including two threes from guy who's seven foot to Henry, bounds and six plots. Not a bad debut I. Mean. Again, these are scrimmages, not real games. But nonetheless, you're still playing, it's NBA competition and. Due to his performance got hit with a random drug tests right after so. The question is, what should we think about Volvos performance and like spring training? scrimmages. For Not Real Games but stats don't count. So I don't think we look look too much into it and just. To provide some other examples in two thousand and two in this opening night. Gordon Kerr Acidic who. Don't even do that is scored twenty nine points and his MBA debut. and. Yeah, he's now out of the League is out of the League in less than two years. So there goes to show you that just because you Scored Twenty nine points, which is also an NBA. Is. The most points at of the scored in their MBA debut. Sincere two thousand and looking at Lonzo ball strong performance in the two thousand seventeen summer league. preseason games don't me Jesse Jackson. But. I will mention that. Mobile's performance. He was the only rookie in twenty years register at least fifteen points. Henry bounded by blocks a preseason game. Thank you to ESPN stats and information research on that one. So. Yes. I guess we could. Take it with. Bigger, grain of salt and what we typically would cause these. preseason games are a little bit different. We are preparing. This isn't. This. Isn't MBA summer league. This isn't preseason where no starters are playing because we're still getting starter minutes from. Nikola Yokich and we're GONNA get into that in a sec with the nuggets super lineup. So. The nuggets had only eat healthy players arriving to Orlando. And with that. Coach Mike Malone Dot. He'd experiment a little bit with the lineup and he put out A. Monstrous lineup. With. Nicholas Yokich at seven foot playing the Point Guard Jeremy? Grant as the other guard. Fobel at seven foot to as I mentioned forward. Paul millsap at seven, and then at Center Mason Plumlee at six eleven. So here is a quote from Mike. Malone. Quote you heard for years now that this game is truly position game in the modern era alone said before the game. Quote again, well, we're going to find out how that holds tonight. So putting guys in different positions making them a little bit uncomfortable making them experience a position and responsibilities that they've never had to really think about before it's only going to help them. It definitely can't hurt and quote. and. The experiment. Went fifty fifty, they won the game eighty, nine, eighty, two against the. Hapless Washington Wizards who are without Bradley beal in, of course, John Wall. But they also had a twenty five turnovers. which is about. Double the amount, they typically have the normal game. And now, some fun facts on the starting lineup. First off the average height was eighty, two point. Four inches there have only been five other instances of a team using a starter, a starting lineup that was that tall or taller since items I listed in the box score in nineteen, seventy, seventy one. And this is the first time ever that a seven footer was put at the point guard position. So. It's a lot to think about and. Let's see. The rockets are going in the opposite direction doing the whole small ball lineup, Mike Malone. It's going with the bigger is better method and. It worked it. In this. Scenario. But I don't see it pulling through. I don't think these guys are quick. Enough Yokich, Volvo. Paul, millsap meets quick enough to guard players such as quiet Leonard. Paul. George Lebron James Anthony Davis. Guys are going to see in the Western Conference finals if they even make it there. So it's GonNa be interesting to see what other strategies that teams use in. ORLANDO. Honest. I mean, this is the time. There's no fans this kind of. At this point it's kind of a law season. Yes. There will be a winner, but I can't imagine what that's GonNa look like in game seven of the NBA finals. No fans in there. They win it all and then the celebration, there's no fans. Limited media and just going to be a surreal feeling once a champion is crowned. Just, not the same in like afterward, you can't even really celebrate. No clubs are open. We all know back in two, thousand, sixteen after the cavs one in the incredible three, one comeback, they went to excess in Vegas to celebrate, but there's not going to be any of that this year so. And I. Did Watch a couple of scrimmages or and it was very odd. They had the. Fans, they fans on the television they had. The announcers or the? By the announcers over the PA system they have the. Go Nuggets. Chant and It's just it's odd strange. The new norm I guess, don't really know how I feel about it, but we're about to get a whole lot of it and but we'll get into more of this and more in the third segment where I will be examining. Should there be an Asterik on this season. I've had feelings about it when it comes to stir oid users and. Strike shortened seasons and I kinda changed my. Opinion, on it a little bit. So we'll get into that and more later. But next after this commercial break, we'll be looking at overtime sensation, Mikey Williams top ten college lists that he just released Wednesday on twitter to stay tuned for that after this commercial break club before we cut to commercials. Take a listen at that beautiful Atlantic Ocean right in front of me. 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Posted the photo of jocks character Like Typical five six foot being tied up by these little people just showing you that. The bigger, they are the harder they fall, and we'll see that if that's true for this nuggets team. It'd be interesting to see them play the rockets big or small. With. The. Nuggets. Their shortest players, six seven in that being the tallest player on the rockets. So that'd be interesting to see in round two. Now moving onto Mikey's top ten and I'm talking about Mikey. Williams. So let's start who is Mike Williams. Is An incoming sophomore guard. and. Overtime Phoenix from San Diego. California, he is goes to San, Ysidro High School. which is right by the border. So when I was in high school. my my high school basketball team. We played. SANUSI. Drought in the. In the city semifinals, they had this amazing gardening jv Watson, the average thirty points a game which in San Diego. County is unheard of knowing averages that much the guy is with a three point sniper. He ended up going to long, beach state. Things didn't really work out there for him and I don't. Think. He transferred out of there, but ended the. Off. Part. Of the story. So. It's the state, semper city semis. Torrey Pines were saying you see drill where the all white school, they're a little more Hispanic couple, black kids on the team. We were an all white chemo's white fundamentals and. This is a very. Poor. Choice. But. From. Our student section, but we started chanting the. Pledge of allegiance or the national anthem, whichever one because Senior. Cj was right on the border to Mexico. So. But. Non Pc story there for you. So yeah, he goes Sanusi drew high school. The guys followed by Lebron James He is has highlights all over over time. which is a sports website or a website that. Priorities self in prep sports. Predominantly. Basketball. So mikey Williams. He's considered a top three player in the class of twenty, twenty three and he tweeted out on Wednesday I. Appreciate Every College recruited me up until this point, but here's my top ten. Let's rock. and. The list includes only one blueblood. Kansas. To mid majors. To Power Five. And then five each. We'll get into the HPC's an attack, but so far, he has Kansas. Not, sure his why he chose Kansas overdue or Kentucky or UNC but. Yes. He has Kansas. Hometown San Diego States. Memphis who has penny hardaway who has in his short time? There is known to be a great recruiter. But with most great recruiters he got. Hit with some illegal. Recruiting tactics with. Projected number one pick James Wiseman last year. So that was unfortunate to see USC. Who has also been? Hit with was part of that. Federal. Investigation back in twenty. ASU WHO's also part of that investigation as well and then. Alabama state. Texas. Southern North Carolina Central Hampton University. And hennessy state. So, half the schools are HVAC. US. We got into it last week. Or a couple of weeks ago now with may curve. Make her maker. Who shows? Howard University being the first five star recruits to commit to an HP. So Alabama state in Texas southern are in the S WAC. Alabama state's new head coach is former. Nba Star Bo Williams. So. That's probably. Helped with recruiting so far and then. In the MEA see conference, North Carolina central the Big South Hampton University, and then Tennessee state of the obesity. So. WHY NHPC? A lot of it, of course, has to do with the current Social Kliment. But mikey Williams mother was also former softball player in graduate from Hampton University, and of course, maker maker. Make her make her maker. These names. So make her maker and his recent commitment. Our University has drawn a lot of interest. mikey Williams his tweeted floor that he wouldn't mind going to an HP. And Really, why not build your own legacy? If you're truly back rate of a player, it doesn't matter where you go to college. If you perform, you will get drafted and. At an HVAC where the talent level is not as high as a typical power five or even possibly mid major, so I would say these HVAC user more. I don't even know what the word is. Her Alo- Alo- Major. So yes, he's low major schools. He's going ball out. He's GonNa put up, big numbers might not be against the best competition but. It. Will still prepare them for the NBA and more than likely. I. Don't I hate to say before they even announced it. But Mike Williamson type of one and done player that we've seen over the course of the last. Ten fifteen years. Now since I think oh five, they mandatory that you have to go to college, you have to be at least nineteen years old or a year removed from high school to enter the NBA draft. So. I. Personally. Would like to see making Williams stay local and go to Santa State. Bear, he can build out his own legacy. He can be the man. We have never had a our highest. Ever. ESPN recruit was. Winston, shepherd, I, think he was around in the low fifties while around fifty seven. So we've never had a top ten player in the country commit to San Diego State. And back in the day when I worked for the team I asked our assistant coach wide. Don't. Players. Why don't top five? Top sorry. five-star. Top Ten, top twenty, five players in the country commit Sandia state. First off the beautiful. School. It's in Sunny San, Diego not the best part of San. Diego. But you're still in San. Diego? The weather year round is amazing women. Yes. Women are very pretty go on instagram. And you'll see. And the school itself is really not that difficult of school, and if you're only coming for a year, why not Sandiego why go spend a Cold Winter Kentucky or? Or Duke. Or, UNC why spend yourself being miserable or Michigan freezing your ass off. Head over to the AUTOPLEX at San Diego State, hang out by the pool go to practice. Hit The beach if you want and. But the problem here that issue sec does not succumb to wanted done players. They've had guys like me, Pope in two, thousand, fourteen when trevor came in in two, thousand, twelve, these guys thought they were going to be one and done come in fall out Khalid. Both of them ended up staying for years. Neither of them ended up making the league. So I think, maybe the pedigree of MBA players coming out of San Diego state might frighten some. Players in coming here. So that would be I'd say the biggest. Turnoff to a lot of. Top. Twenty Five, top ten players in the country making their way down to. The Mesa on Montezuma but. They do have. Proof in the pudding who I Leonard of course came to San Diego State in twenty ten. And Twenty, ten, twenty eleven lead Santa State to thirty, four and three record. Sweet Sixteen appearance. The first one in school history if not for. A couple blunders against Kemba? Walker in Connecticut they actually could have won that game. They had a very senior besides squad. Senior lead. Team. I believe all starters besides quiet where seniors that year? And They were they were dominated they. Of course, have the amazing defense with quiet lettered they had. A, lottery pick player or right outside he went to. So, they had the lottery player in corrupt quite Leonard. They had the head coach Steve Fisher who previously been to back to back NCW championship games with a five. Actually one NCWA championship in nineteen, eighty nine. But. People don't count out. Coz weren't his players because. Bill Frieder, the head coach of Michigan. got fired on the eve of the NC Double A. Tournament because he had committed to. ASU The. Head coaching job there after the season and The President of Michigan or the AD said. I WanNa Michigan man to coach a Michigan team. So he fired him put Steve Fisher charge, which is. Absurd to think about on the eve of the tournament fire. Your. Head, coach a person who runs your entire program and has done a great job all year, just because he took another job, which is stupid to announce that in freighters. Cases probably not the smartest move to announce that before you. Head into the NC double. A. Tournament players aren't going to really trust you because can go as soon as you guys are out or win it all. You're leaving. For what you think are greener pastures so My point is here that. Quite, lettered went to San. Diego State. He Bald, the fuck out you got drafted. He won vinyls MVP. He's been in contention for league MVP. He's won two championships with two different franchises with only. Just won the championship was filed Mvp as well which only one other players on and that is Lebron James Asari and Kareem abdul-jabbar three players have done that. So it just shows you that it can be done. You can go to a mid major. You can have success there and you can parlay that into success. At the NBA, level. Prime example right there. So whatever mikey Williams decides to do. I hope in my own personal opinion I, hope it's either Sandiego state or it's an Hvac, you a different path that players before him haven't taken, and if you're truly that good, it doesn't matter where you go to college. 'cause scouts will find you people will still be at the Games and it would just be great for. One. Of these programs. Which one it is, or San Diego State. So it's exciting to see, but he's still i. mean the guy's only going to be an incoming software, maybe hill forego his senior year and go early. But at this rate, we're still three years away. There's still so many things that can change I'm I'm surprised. It's even cut his list out ten. This point has again, he had so much time and. I mean to be honest. We don't even know like he could. Maybe he doesn't continue to develop at. The same trajectory that he's been producing and maybe doesn't end up being a top three player in his class. When you're twenty, twenty three comes along, but I wish him the best as a fellow San Diego native. It's great to see our own. Make It on. The national, stage? And we've had. Really has had many great players come out over the years. There's trees budding who was compared to Larry Bird, their Norman Powell who's with the rafters. Look down the list I. Mean there's really not that many great players that come from San Diego most some come from the La area. The Bay Area New York Florida Texas. So I wish you the best of luck and we'll see what happens over the next of years as a lot can change between now and twenty, twenty, three I mean just look at. At Twenty Twenty compared to twenty nineteen, we were all expecting the best year of our lives and we fell flat on her face is, but we're getting through it day by day. So after this commercial break, we'll be looking at whether there should be an asterisk on the season. 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USC along with five HP US including Howard where his mother went to school. But now we're moving on to. Should there be an asterix on this season. There's been a lot of talk around the league shot came out. With comments lately, saying quote, it's an Asterik baby. It will count for some people, but I'm not changing my opinion and quote Janas came out said I feel like at the end of the day, this is GonNa be the toughest championship you could ever win. and. So. I kind of I have to Abreu Janas, this titles going to be tough everyone's playing under the same circumstances, his old dealing with corona virus while also trying to win a championship and their whole family to worry about and everything going back home, and they're stuck in Orlando in their. Hotel rooms with no way to be there physically for their family and loved ones. So that's to be extremely tough. On all these players. So you gotta look at. That way. In terms of the Astros. I feel like. Yes, there'll be an astros on this season. I feel like there should be any season that is abnormal. So Look at the nineteen ninety-five. Atlanta braves. They WANNA structure and seasons there should be an ostrich next the championship saying that last game swing, it didn't make it any less. Tough or any less difficult. In winning the championship and everyone in these strike shortened seasons everyone, it affects everyone not just team at one at all. So one, thousand, nine, hundred, Eighty, eight, nine, hundred, ninety, nine, during the Spurs, run the Lakers Celtics. The Knicks every. That played that year was dealing with the same things that the spurs dealt with, but the spurs still came out on top. I so where I stand on the asteroid, is I. had it. All wrong? When I think of it. ASTERIK. It. means. that. I felt that immediately, it mattered lesser. It was less than -nificant. Whatever happened in that year. But it's more supposed to indicate that this particular season was different. than. But typical to game one, hundred, sixty, two game. I've ever many games I play manage I'll the sixteen games play in the NFL, just me and said, it was different terms. Amount of games played doesn't make it any less hard. On. Doesn't. Yeah. Doesn't change anything doesn't make it easier that they played. Yes. I guess you're more well rested, but I don't think it makes it easier. To play less games, you saw to go out there and perform and all these teams. Have and. I mean. Yeah. Look at the nineteen white sox scandal dot one in particular. That's something that I feel like should have an asterisk on it. 'cause players, e players came out. They said, they bet on. Themselves to lose the game. So that's been proven. So there I feel like that. Not that kind of sort of senator should be an ostrich for for cheating like. Point Blank, they went to the court. They were found not guilty, but baseball son, another way family players for life. That kind of thing that should've asterix something that does not happen every day or with the steroid users and I'm going to start by saying I don't give a fuck. If you took steroids. If you didn't take steroids, you still have to go out and hit a baseball, which is one of the hardest things in professional sports and. My opinion. Is Easy? Barry bonds steroids or no steroids. Was One of the greatest players of all time steroids just made him the greatest baseball player that ever lived. So these guys who did your steroids? Yes, I think maybe should be an Asterik, that's their name. Just. Saying that they did test positive for performance enhancing drug. So in that case, the ASTERIK is more negative than it is positive, but I think in terms of an asteroid on the season I. Agree, yes. There should be an Asterik just a point now to indicate that. Yes. During this time we were going through global pandemic. And these players were under different constraints. What is normal for a typical? NBA Championship? So That's one part of the answer. But then the next part is this isn't going to be easy championship for anyone, and this is why again everyone is play on on an equal playing around everyone has received. The same amount of rests, slash break whatever you WANNA call due to this co wrote a virus, and now look at what's happened with each team Lakers now of a healthy Lebron James and Anthony Davis. And Lebron later years, he needs all the rest he can get. He's been at home with the family chill and relaxing keeping his body as temple in check. By can these new shooters Jr? Dion waiters, Gerald Smith on waiters. Can these guys go out and make these threes? Can they perform the clippers healthy quiet and Paul. George only played twenty games together and during those twenty eight Games they were twenty one and seven that's sixty to win pace and they had an eight point zero point differential. That would be good for second in the NBA behind the bucks so. They're rockets, harden, Westbrook. That's all you need to know. They have to the fifteen best players in the league. When you have to the fifteen best friends in the league, you have a shot at winning championship of Bucks. Best. Player in the world plus they have a solid supporting cast Chris Middleton. One of the most underrated. Never two guys in the League Eric Bledsoe Solid Point Guard. But candy perform in the playoffs when it matters most in most years. No. But it's another season. Another playoff run. So be given another opportunity. then. They at Brook Lopez. A stretch five who is great for a team, like this doesn't need the ball in his hands that much, Kyle. Korver you might be thirty, eight, thirty, nine years old, but he still one of the greatest shooters of all time and shooting isn't something that. Gets Zapped Dude. athleticism shooting something that will always be there. So Kyle Korver broke. Lopez Eric Bledsoe Chris Littleton Jaanus, you got the best player in the world and they don't just have one of those players in the world. They also have one of the best regular season teams in NBA history. There eleven. Point. Two, nine point differential is good for fifth, all tied fifth, all-time and MBA history. Behind. Ahead of some of the greatest teams, all time and right behind the nineteen seventy-one, seventy, two, La Lakers with wilt Jerry West. The one title, they won thirty three game win streak the nineteen seventy seventy, one bucks, cream bar, Oscar, Robertson. The ninety, five, ninety, six pools, the semi, two, and ten team. At Twelve, point, two four, and then the two, twenty sixteen Seventeen Warriors, eleven point six, three. That was the first Duran title so. This. Isn't just any old regular season dominating team. This is one of the greatest teams in NBA history. So it's GonNa be tough for everyone who has to go up against not just not just the Lakers on just the clippers with a box, the rockets, and moving forward the Celtics. They have one of the most formidable starting lineups in the NBA Marcus Smart Jalen Brown, Jason, Tatum Kemba. Walker Gordon. Hayward undersized. But. Just as talented as any other team in the league, probably one of the most talented teams in the League if you think about it and then. Give the seventy sixers with two of the most talented players in the League in Joel, Embiid, and Ben Simmons can I learn how to play together. History has shown us. Not. Really. So There's a ton of great teams out there. So I don't know why we're talking about an ASTERIK has. This could be one of the more competitive playoffs in recent NBA history. This one I remember twenty eleven, two, thousand, twelve, you had the young Oklahoma. City Thunder, you had the Miami Heat. You had the Chicago Bulls, you had the Lakers were still. Getting around a little bit, the Dallas Mavericks just came off a championship. So I'm expecting. One of the best. Playoffs in recent history. 'cause, we have some very talented teams out there. That are all itching for that I championship. It could mean a lot to some of these players like Jaanus, like Joel embiid. Russell Westbrook, in James Harden are still ringlets. Nikola Yokich ring. Lewis Lebron, and Lebron's case he get a first rank Rabi and a Fourth Ring for himself which would put him in. A class old by himself. He would be one the only player in NBA history to win a finals and win finals MVP because more than likely to their him a D.. But I would say. Lebron would win files EP between those two depending on how the series goes, but he would be the only player in NBA history to win. Three. Championships with three different teams and be fined named finals MVP. So. We have that to look forward to as well as quiet Leonard could also become the first player to win files MVP for three different teams if he leads the Clippers Championship and not just that it would be the first championship in the history of the La. Clippers. Let's stay on that topic for a SEC. and think about how a mazing of this year and has been for the city of La in terms of their two basketball teams, the Lakers and the clippers have been one to nearly all season long, and we have Lebron James. The goat people consider him the greatest player of all time. Definitely greatest player of his generation. We have quiet Leonard, the silent assassin Agai, who does whole his talking with his game and not with his mouth. In the fact that we both vying for that Fourth Sorry Third Championship case for championship in Lebron's case. But for both of them, who would be their third title with a third franchise as the marquee best player on their team. So It, just an. It's an exciting time for just to be an LA, basketball fan and honestly I love Lebron but the Clippers They've been waiting patiently the Chris Paul Era Lob city didn't work out, but they're hoping with. Leonard Paul George and one of the deepest teams in the entirely that they will finally bring championship to Clipper Land and how Joyce that. Except for all those Lakers fan out there that haven't seen a championship since twenty, ten, a decade, and counting. So have enough of the Astros talks we're going to be moving onto knicks picks right. After this commercial break into day, we are looking at the best second round draft picks. Those guys don't get guaranteed contracts since two thousand. So stay tuned for that and we will be right back. 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It was a different season than what we typically expect from eighty two games and the season finishing in six seven months rather than almost taking nearly a whole year to be completed by what twenty twenty side. Things are unpredictable. Now, moving on to Knicks picks today we are discussing. The batch second round draft picks since two thousand and for those out there that don't know second round draft picks. Don't get guaranteed contracts, which is absurd because. There's only two rounds. In, the NBA draft, every year sleds only sixty players. They selected to be a part of the National Basketball Association unlike. Football at has seven rounds and Major League baseball that has forty rounds this year, they actually had five rounds due to. And it just. I think it's mind boggling that. Only sixty players every year out of all. Three, hundred fifty one division one. Call. College basketball teams out of all the professional leagues in the World in Europe China. Serbia. It's just. Absurd. That only sixty players dropping because there's so many talented basketball players in the world and it just shows how could get the be make it at this level. So. In the crazy part is only around graphics more than likely or knocking, be making an impact. In the NBA, but there are some players that do so looking at some of the nominees here. There's MANTRAS, Harrell. Spencer Dinwiddie Patrick. Beverley. Chris Middleton just name some current active players in these guys were even good enough to make artless, but some second round players. So we have to remember since two thousand. We've seen a great one of the best shooters of all time and Kyle Korver. One of the better scores and Milwaukee Bucks history in Michael Read. For all you though that don't remember him. and. We've seen a lot of contributors to title-winning teams such as. The Lakers. So there are a lot of talented players that do come out of the second round. And typically. They don't get the same respect and they really have to earn every minute. Go out and play. It's kind of like. Being around traffic is kind of like being. Almost a walk on. On a college basketball team where. You basically earn every minute. You get out there. It's like. It's like you were still drafted Mba, but not really, you don't have the same respect as someone who is a lottery or a first round draft pick where they put in. More money on you where they. Kind of give you an incentivize. Instead of is the play you over guys who were second round draft picks are floating back and forth between. The G., league and the NBA. Players. Come from humbling backgrounds. A lot of them were talk players in college draft stock took a hit right before the draft. So we're GONNA get into it now. As always start with the honorable mentions and I'm. GonNa. Go with a couple more than usual today. So I'm going to start with Monty. Alice. So we're not in the top five yet. We're doing honorable mention. So mantell drafted fortieth overall at a high school. By. The Golden State Warriors. Guy. Averaged thirty eight point four, game thirty, eight point, four points per game as a senior. In the NBA. The. Average. Nearly Twenty five points game on two separate occasions. One time over twenty five, the other time right below, and it's funny 'cause. You were thinking the warriors years ago back in Twenty, ten, twenty eleven. They were debating who to keep. Steph Curry Bramante, Alice. Luckily, the warriors who made the right decision. Trading Monty, Alice. Heaping Steph, Currin I. Mean. We'll see now that's worked out with five street. Finals appearances three NBA Championships, but money was no scrub himself guy average nearly eighteen points in four and a half assists a game for his career. He was part of the warriors team at upset. The number one seeded mavs. That was their first playoff appearance in twelve years, and one thing that you love to see from a player, who's six, two, six, three, barely one, hundred, eight houses, he twice the League in minutes played. And this is a guy was not that big. WHO GETS THE RIM A lot? A lot of hit so bad that he was able to lead league back-back season minutes for eight minutes per game is very impressive. Now moving on to one of the most. I think at this point, he might be a little bit over rated but. has made a huge impact and one of the best shooters in his generation. That is Danny Green slighted forty six overall by Cleveland, coming out of North Carolina. And some fun facts for year. Number one, he s bose three point field goals made in Finals History Twenty, seven, which he didn't a twenty thirteen. NBA Finals against the Miami Heat who? Story. Came back with the. Shot and were seconds away from losing. And at one point in that series, he was twenty, five, thirty, eight from three. So he was thinking nearly study percents of his threes. Unfortunate list record was ended up being broken by Steph Curry, the two thousand sixteen, NBA Finals. Number two fun fact is along with Michael Jordan and Sam or James Worthy while with Michael Jordan James Worthy, he's. Only, player. To Win both an NC AA championship, which she did in two, thousand, nine with Tyler hands grow in North Carolina and an MBA championship. Would she's done on two occasions in two thousand fourteen with the Spurs and last year with the Toronto. Raptors. He's her quintessential Rian player that you'd want on your team these days in. A career forty point, two, percent, three point shooter, which is best for top fifty all time. Now moving onto a player who? I think is definitely going to be in the top five once it's all said and done. That is Chris Milton. He was drafted three nine overall by Detroit. And is ends up on the Milwaukee Bucks. This year he was. Nearly nearly became an I mean barely almost became. The. Number ten player. To shoot percent from the field forty percent from three and ninety percent from the free throw line to be exact, he was forty nine, point nine, percent forty, nine, point, nine percent from the field. or one point, eight percent from three and ninety point eight percent. From, the free throw line. So we're talking about one. If. You had one more extroverted field goal. You would have became the tenth member of the fifty. Forty Ninety Club. is how two-time all-star and probably and I deal. Probably, the MOST IDEAL SECOND OPTION TO S. and. Hopefully. Can. Bring Milwaukee. Their first NBA Championship since nineteen seventy one. So forty nine years in the making Chris Middleton. Player who doesn't have the ball? His hands at all time could also guard small and power forwards, and like Danny Green is probably a step up in terms of the superb Rian. The guy that you need on your championship team. Now, moving onto the two players that were at the top of my honorable mention less, and we're starting first with agent zero. Gilbert Arenas who in two, thousand, one was selected thirty first overall by the Golden State Warriors. Out of university, of Arizona. He made a championship appearance against the blue devils year. Unfortunately, they lost and during his time, the NBA although it was. It'd be like, he kind of came and went. He was a three time. All Star baking three. Teams Second. Team Appearance It owes seven a third team appearance in Oh five oh six. You got the nickname agency wrote to the fact that he wore number zero, which was reference to. The number of minutes. Critics said, he would play in the NBA and the fact that he became known as one of the most clutch players in the league. From two thousand and two thousand, I've been. He. Twenty four points and five point seven assists per game. Although he was more volume shooter as he shot only forty, two point, seven percent from the field thirty, six percent from three, which is. Rate but not remarkable solid not. On six point, three attempts per game. So. He's definitely a player that I think might. Be More today with how much players are shooting from the perimeter. He does though have a sixty point game. Against the Lakers in two, thousand six and holds the highest scoring average. By a second round draft pick since two thousand. Unfortunately. In twenty ten, he signed a six year, hundred eleven, hundred eleven, million dollar contract and knee injuries from that point the. Career. He was kind of out of the League in, we can talk about the firearm incident but due to the injuries and and stupid. Off Court incidents, he has found himself at a League by the year twenty twelve. So he did have a solid decade in the. NBA. But due to some boneheaded mistakes, he's now out of the League. But at the time, he was one of the most exciting players. Of the mid Mid-2000s and now my next guy, another honorable mention to one of the smallest players. But smallest Moose half players in NBA History Isaiah Thomas, strategy, sixtieth. Overall by Sacramento and twenty eleven. He's been the best player on Eastern Conference Finals, team. Celtics against the cavs in twenty seventeen. Where he made all MBA second team. So he was ready a top ten player in the League at only by foot nine. And he's shortest player to record a triple double and multiple. All Star. Team. appearances. Unfortunately, after the twenty seven. Twenty seven th season where he roic played in an NBA game after the death of his sister. He was traded to Cleveland in what might be looked at one of the coldest moves ever. By organization, which really just shows that this is the business. There is no loyalty. He went onto play for cavaliers, the Lakers the wizards. and has been dealing with hip injuries ever since. So yes, it was A. Shitty. Move on the part of the Celtics, but they saw. What was happening and made the correct business decision? It's looks like it's helped out as they are now on the top teams in the Eastern Conference and have a legitimate shot at baking, not only the Eastern Conference finals, but the finals themselves. Now moving on into our top five in the first player on this list. Has a long career. Ahead of him. But as already been. One of the most impactful players in the League today. has made a first team all leading in his Ori- tenth old time career triple doubles eat twenty-five. That is Nikola. Yokich who has come into the bubble. And looks to have lost at least twenty to twenty five pounds. Again, he was twenty, twenty and eighteen. All Mba. and. was drafted forty first overall by Denver twenty fourteen. He was one of the top players in Serbia taking home the Serbian player of the year awarded. Twenty. Eighteen. and. Again, at only twenty five years old he a long lustrous career ahead of him at seven foot he. TIMES, place a point guard position, which is. On At. His height and size. and. Last year finish third in MVP boating. So Nikola. Jokic Yokich number five on my list. But trending board next one of the best six men in NBA History Lou Williams in two, thousand, five, hundred, forty fifth out of a by Philly straight out of high school, a three times. Six Fan of the year award winning the war in two, thousand, fifteen, the raptors eighteen and nineteen, the clippers, and as of last season, he is most career points off the bench. And during his time with La last three years, he has instead of. Treasury going down. He's gone up attic twenty and a half points a game in five and a half assists. And he's four and one of the best he can roll. duos in the league with mantras. Herrell. Although typical of guys sitting around pigs or. NBA Journeyman, he's played for six teams. And he's the first player in league history to to average at least to record at least thirty points, ten steals and set seven assists in the game. Last year, you probably at his marquee moment in the NBA as yet thirty six points and eleven assists in helping the clippers. Overcome a thirty one point deficit against the warriors first round, that is the biggest comeback NBA playoff history. Not Too bad for a second round draft. Pick out of highschool. Now, moving onto number three, we have one of the greatest role players slash secondary players in NBA history. He's a Swiss army knife can do a little bit of everything. He's a three time NBA championship, a three-time all-star, and that is dre Mondrian. He's been voted a top fifteen player in the league, the retirement. Sorry. Two Times getting a second. All NBA. Team in two thousand, sixteen third team in twenty seventeen along with winning defensive player of the year. And he's always been a winner. Looking at his two final four appearances at Michigan State, during his four year college career, and that's kind of what? Kind of what I WANNA talk about here with draymond green is the fact that he was a winner throughout. Throughout. College. Got? Better? Every? season. Won Numerous awards was a consensus. All American. But for some reason, the fact that he stayed for years hurt his Stra- stock and he ended up being. A, second round pick instead of a lottery pick. So just because someone stays in college for years, it makes them somehow less valuable to a player who's coming out in nineteen twenty. That's going to need a couple of years developed anyways. Unlike somewhere like draymond green. Even commented League, right away and give you immediate impact. Just something to think about their for the fans out out there. So, moving onto number two. And, probably one of the more underrated players of the last fifteen to twenty years drafted forty seventh overall by the Utah Jazz. Paul MILLSAP. So he's a four time all star and similar draymond green. He's an all around solid player with no one trant or anyone weakness and he's number one all time in wind shares for around dropping since two thousand. And they say consistent winner as he's made the playoffs in eleven of his fourteen years in the NBA and now moving on lastly. So before I will, let's go back a little bit. So at number five bit Nikola, Yokich the young seven. Foot. Point Guard Center. From the Denver Nuggets number four Lou will. Number Three Raymond Grain Number two, Paul Millsap, and lastly my number, one overall best second round draft pick since two thousand mark is saw and it's interesting before we saw mark assault in the NBA, he was actually his rights were actually traded for his own brother and that actually in retrospect that was a very successful trade for the Lakers although they did lose out on mark solve who's perhaps one of the greatest European players of all time. So. Marcus Trade, to, MEMPHIS? In. Two thousand. Seven two thousand eight dilates the back-back titles for the Lakers the saw onto the Memphis Grizzlies. and has. Is probably you'll be the greatest player Memphis. Grizzlies. History. To NBA. Teams. Twenty fifteen first steamed twenty. Thirteenth second team. He's a three time. All Star. He wins the twenty, thirteen, the NBA defensive player of the year. So we now have. To set around, Heck's that have gone on to be. Best Defensive, player in the NBA. Pretty remarkable. He also won silver battles in the two thousand and twenty twelve Olympics losing both years to. Team. USA. and. He has kind of revolutionized the center position. Kind of like a Bill Walton asked. Great, passer especially, the further and further comes news. He went into his career. Adjusted to this new three point generation as learned to be very. Adequate three point shooter. And to top it all off he. reached. The top of the tower and was a twenty Mateen Avi Champion for the Toronto Raptors. So He's had a very successful career perhaps said, top ten top fifteen European player of all time. So that's your lists for you guys today and on Knicks picks weeded. Best second round draft picks since two thousand starting with number five Nikola, Yokich who? Perhaps will be number one on the slips. Once it's all said and done number four Lou will. Number Three draymond green number. Two whole millsap in number one, mark, Saul. We have any disagreements or want to say something about this list, feel free to reach out on facebook twitter or Instagram, and as always. Thank you for listening suggests, MC basketball podcast brought to you by the GMC podcast network. Thank you to all into all a good night. You've been listening to the Golden State media concepts of basketball podcast part of the golden state media concepts, podcast network. 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GSMC Basketball Podcast Episode 412: Lakers Cruise, LeBrons Upset, Boston Finally Finishes the Job, and All-NBA Team Snubs

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GSMC Basketball Podcast Episode 412: Lakers Cruise, LeBrons Upset, Boston Finally Finishes the Job, and All-NBA Team Snubs

"Get your ears wrapped around the golden state media concepts, basketball podcast, all the scoop you need to know from college basketball to the NBA and even March madness zoos of your rising stars topics on and off the hard work. This is the golden state media concepts basketball podcast. Welcome to the jets MC basketball podcast brought to you by the MC podcast network as always I'm your host today Nick Robin, and let us begin. So a little about my life going on this week just. Same Old same old staying in my room applying to. and. Frustrating last week applied to this company and really thought. I had a shot of the job, but unfortunately woke up to an email from one of the people had interviewed with the find out that I didn't get it and don't WanNa go into too much detail here but. It sucks when you get denied for job that you really think you're qualified for if not even overqualified for. We're living in tough times right now in job market is so competitive because as good as you think, you are as an applicant, there's probably three to four at least other people out there. That are just as good if not better for you for that specific job. To. Stay positive have a final interview next week and it's going to be interesting to see how I go about the podcast while. Also working a fulltime job 'cause spend a little bit easier right now because I've had so much free time which I think at times has made me less productive. I would always be told when you were younger the busier you are the more productive you will be and I feel at times I find myself being a little bit lazy 'cause I have too much free time on my hands and that's why maybe I haven't met every deadline on time even speaking about this episode right now. But let's move on on today's show. I'll take a look at the recent MVP announcement and how it ticked off. Lebron then the Celtics finally get a win and do they have it in themselves for a serious comeback lastly, Alexan- this year's all NBA teams but first, let's take a look at the Lakers game one win over the Denver Nuggets they cruised to victory on. Friday. Night the Lakers playing in their first Western Conference finals in ten years and outside of the first quarter, the Lakers had control the game the entire way cruising to a one, twenty, six, one, fourteen, victory. Davis came out big putting up thirty seven points, ten rebounds, four assists, and for all you stat heads out there as of right now, Anthony Davis is the only player in NBA. His average at least twenty plus points per game and ten plus rebounds in less than thirty five minutes played per game an NBA history pretty impressive and that's the thing that as a Laker fan should be salivating over the fact that Lebron and a of not had to play major minutes entire postseason thus far in there in the third round and. Both guys are averaging under thirty five minutes per game. This is the lowest amount of minutes. Lebron is ever averaged in the post-season. So James together a solid stat line playing only thirty minutes. Fifteen points took only eleven shots making six twelve assists and has played very limited minutes as post-season. He's only past the forty plus minute mark once this postseason. Now is in the first round in game one against the Portland Trail Blazers for this into perspective of Ron from twenty ten to twenty eighteen averaged forty one point four minutes per game this year only thirty three point, nine minutes per game. So it's great to see. He's very well rested aside from having several days prior to the series he's been playing. Limited, minutes this entire postseason, which is great because once they get to the finals, he's GonNa, play the entire game if the if if they're not leading, they don't have a big lead he's playing the entire game he wants that for championship and which each game one after the other coming it's like I don't see anything that's GONNA. Stop them stop him from getting that Elusive Fourth Championship. and. The team looked great. Offensively, the nuggets outside of that first quarter looked discombobulated the entire game. And looking at the Lakers, they moved the ball around very efficiently shot fifty three percent from the field and assisted on thirty three of forty four field goals. Rondo had nine assists in just twenty two minutes and passed Michael. Jordan for tenth all time in the playoff assists list leaders. And he could get as far as six. All Time Larry Bird is only thirty nine assists ahead of Rondo. So more than likely, the Lakers at minimum are going to be playing seven more games. If he can average six assists over those seven games, he will pass Larry Bird for six all time and it's really great to see Bondo Dwight Howard, and Lebron James Three guys who are in their mid. Thirties still impacting NBA Games Lebron. Of course, the best player on the Lakers Dwight Howard was amazing in this game in prior to the season. Howard. Assure the team that he would do what bevere they needed from him this season, which is done. So to prove it, he was the one who came up with the idea of a non guaranteed contract out give the Lakers the ability to cut bait with him at any time thereby holding them accountable for his play and his actions and on Friday night in the first seven minutes alone he had multiple alley oops drove heart of the basket blocked two shots created two steals and drew four fouls. He gave Yokich fits, and for the first time in Nikola Yokich is postseason career he picked up three owls prior to halftime. That's great to see when you can take out the teams best player can't get any better than that. It's up to the first corner. The Lakers trailed thirty eight, thirty, six, thirty, eight points in a quarter that is ridiculous amount the other teams based on pace for one hundred and fifty two points, and after that from the second to the third quarters, the nuggets were outscored by twenty five Lakers scoring sixty seven nuggets with only forty two. So yes, six days arrests as we talked about on last week's podcast did help this Lakers team while the nuggets cast their second straight game seven. So they played a total of fourteen games. Now fifteen while the Lakers played only eleven. So, yes. Nuggets have a younger team. They don't need as much as a team like the Lakers who Rondo early to mid Thirties Lebron Dwight Howard in the same boat. while. The nuggets have more young legs with Jamal Murray Gary, Harris Nikola, Yokich, Michael Porter Jr., really their only player. In the rotation over the Egypt thirty is Paul MILLSAP. And the second quarter was had some controversy there. The nuggets were valid vested throughout the quarter and begs the question did the Lakers get star treatment the nuggets committed sixteen thousand the second quarter leading to Murray and Yokich oath getting an early foul trouble as both players had to sit out some of the second quarter seven minutes for Yogesh in the last three and a half minutes four Jamal Moore. That's never good recipe to have your best players sitting out heading into halftime. Lakers were able to shoot twenty four throws to compare that. The nuggets only shot twenty eight for the entire game. But if you look at the overall comparison, the Lakers only shot nine more free throws than the nuggets that probably accounts more though for that fourth quarter when the Lakers took out there starting players and they weren't driving to the Bassett as much because it was big lead at that point and despite the two stars missing time, the Lakers could only extend the lead to seventy to fifty nine prior to halftime. And it wasn't just the LAKER superstars that performed. You GotTa look at the bench depth. Casey. P. and Markeith Morris combined hit six. Three pointers contagious Colorado. Pope was six ten for eighteen points and you need guys like that. The rotation to step up in the playoffs can't be led by Lebron ad. So this is a positive sign as well as Kyle Kouzmouk contributed eleven points. This is all great to see because these are the type of players that you need to step up. Restless round, as well as into the finals because you know what you're going to get from Lebron you know or than likely white, you're going to get from a D. and even Rondo has shown that he can be a consistent contributor on this team. So it's more a question mark of what we're GONNA see from Casey P Markey, Morris Kyle Kuzma Alex, Caruso if those guys are able to continue to play at the level, they have been I see no reason why the Lakers can't sweep the series. The scariest part is I don't think the Lakers have even hit their pinnacle yet if you look at the minutes comparison. Yogi Murray so they played fourteen games prior this series coming back from a three one deficit in both the first round and the second round. The only team in NBA history to ever come back to separate three one deficits. In the same postseason they've played a combined eleven hundred and thirty playoff minutes this postseason already to compare that to the Lakers Davis. Lebron have only played seven, hundred and fifty five. That's nearly four hundred less minutes together on the floor. That's a great sign for the Lakers the to US players have been. Dominate while on the court together and I think the best part is unlike Shaquille. O'Neal Kobe Bryant. Who couldn't coexist Lebron Anthony Davis don't mind deferring to each other at different times if anything Lebron wants to give Anthony Davis as many opportunities as possible as this is Lebron's eleventh conference finals and it's only Davis's first. So he needs experience more than Lebron does at this point in his career. Lebron everything. A player can imagine do in their career and the only thing that matters for him championships and getting this team to believe in themselves he is already I think we can say he is might be the most decorated playoff performer in NBA history I know he doesn't have the same amount of championship since Jordan. But if he makes the files this year at that will be his tenth finals. Appearance is tenth finals appearance only three other players in league history have at least ten. Finals appearance. However despite what happened in game one being on cruise control nearly the entire second half in dominating the nuggets it's only one game and the nuggets have proven that just because you lose game wine or you're down the series, doesn't mean you're out and if the Lakers ended up losing game to. Back to where they started, which is even with the nuggets despite. Lakers. Rate Performance of game one doesn't mean anything they need to hunt behind themselves. Recalibrate absolves going into this next game 'cause nothing that happened in game one matters anymore it doesn't matter that. Rondo. Played Amazing doesn't matter the Anthony Davis bawled out none of that matters anymore all that matters is what they do in game two and if they don't show up and the Nuggets Pie, the series they're back to ground zero. So make sure the tune in to Sunday's game to Lakers nuggets should be exciting one I don't see the nuggets. Folding like they did in game one and I believe the officiating now that it's been pointed out the media I think it's going to be even more examined than it was in game one. So moving on, we are talking Janas. Onto Cocoon back-back MVP winners what that means in terms of NBA, history and Abhran was just a little ticked off about it that and more after this commercial break. Are you looking for the very best Nfl College Football podcast checkout GSM see football podcast, get the latest football news both on and off the field from the NFL draft to treats to the rumor mill to the NFL combines. They got you covered. That's GSM. See PODCASTS, dot com slash football dash podcasts, get updates. I'm college rivalries keen de Insights and much much more. It's football talk the way you want it this show eats sleeps and breathes football don't forget to like on facebook and follow them on twitter visit. Yes. MC PODCASTS DOT COM for more INFO. So. The MVP was announced this past Friday and I don't know about you but I was not surprised by the results at all I mean if you look at the numbers, you look at the teams records Jaanus onto catoon. Was His award to lose at this point and he deserves it. He received eighty five out of one hundred one first place votes earning nine hundred and sixty two points from global panel, Hundred Sports, writers, and broadcasters as well as the one fan vote. Let's see what this back-back MVP means for. Jaanus you now join. Steph Curry Lebron James Steve Nash. Tim Duncan. Michael Jordan Magic Johnson Larry Bird Moses Malone Cream Durbar wilt Chamberlain Bill Russell as the only players to win the award back to back. Out of that list. Nash and now Janas are the only players to win back back with no ring but Jaanus is still only twenty five years old Let's remember guys Jordan didn't wait until he was twenty eight same with Lebron. Curry was twenty five. He's one of the few players outside of Magic Johnson to win to be a superstar player and win a title that early on in his career. Took will chamberlain a little bit of Time Dirk didn't win one until later on in the second half of his career. Main and then you gotta look at all the great players who have Never WanNa rain. Charles Barkley. Patrick Ewing Karl. Malone. Stockton. And we'll get all the guys who had a team up with other players Clyde. Drexler had to go to. Houston with Akeem. Lebron had to go team up in Miami. So it takes time some guys had link up with other players. So I mean again, the guys only twenty five years old and has been nothing but remarkable since he's come into the League has made great strides. Every year has worked on his jump shot probably the only weakness left in his game and free throw shooting. and. Not only does he joined this elite list hall of Famers as the only players went back to back MVP's he's now one of only three players joining Michael Jordan one, thousand, nine, hundred, seventy, eight, km allies one in nineteen, ninety, three, ninety, four to win both the MVP and offensive player of the year award in the same season. The only other players to accomplish that feat not in the same season but over the course of their entire careers, the atom old David Robinson and Kevin Garnett. So jaanus is now in elite elite company among the greatest players Mba history and I know everyone wants to talk about him not making the finals this year not winning a title once again with his team having the best record in the NBA for the second year in a row the. Time and you can't. This is two years out. It's only been two years where DONNAS has been this. I'd say maybe three years that he's been this dominant in the conversation over the best player in the NBA. Everyone is in this wind now, motor win now era where if you don't do it now yet to jump ship and go to another team, but it doesn't have to be like that. He can do this on his own terms. He still has a lot of growing to do. And speaking back to the defensive player of the year, two stats for you lead the NBA field goal percentage allowed at the rim. That's a minimum of one hundred field goals attempted and field goal percentage allowed us the close defender. Very. Impressive had a one of the best years and a history of into this way he posted a thirty one point nine player efficiency rating. That's the highest in a season in NBA history. And last year, you gotTa Love the humility of this player last year in July Twenty nineteen, he told bucks fans quote please after the state don't call me MVP until I win it again, next year and quo wanted again. So now I think Jaanus, you deserve it, you are the MVP you're the best regular season player in the NBA playoffs not so much. We'll see what the future holds again only twenty five years old. You've made great strides throughout your career and I didn't think you can do any better than what you did. You did last year this year was even more incredible averaging twenty, nine over twenty, nine points a game thirteen rebounds nearly six, six, fifty-six percent from the field. And all of this and only. Thirty minutes of play per game. The bucks were one of the best teams, not only this year, but in league history. Beating teams by Naveh Ten points a game. And Bucks Fans I want to let you know you can breathe lately knowing you honest wants to stay. For now after accepting the award, he's told Ernie Johnson on MBA. As long as everybody's fighting for the same thing dot, which is to be a champion I don't see why not be in Milwaukee for the next fifteen years. It's gotTa feel good as a bucks fan to hear that because this is a very, very special player. Arguably one of the top. Forty players in NBA history all already the guy is uber talented. That's the basket like known. We've seen since a Shaquille O'Neal and last week in a three hour meeting in Milwaukee the Bucks Kohner and Governor Mark Lasri made it clear to the Greek freak that the franchise willing to spend into the luxury tax to deliver him a championship level supporting cast. I think we've seen now that yes. Chris Bilton is a great player, but I don't think he can be this number two option on a bucks team that wants to win the championship. They need to get a guard. They got the big man you have your your shack, your wilt chamberlain. Your Kareem abdul-jabbar and now he needs his Kobi. Is Wayne. Wade is Magic Johnson next to what he brings to the table. There's rumors right now about Chris. Paul. He is thirty five years old but he showed us this year that he can still play at a high level and start like Chris Paul, needs to be at the box for three or four years on the road they just need for next year maybe the year after that and I think he has enough in the tank to help Janos get to that next level away some the ball handling duties from Jaanus can play more off the ball where I think he will find lots of success. Abroad. Upset about the MVP voting. After game one after his team torched nuggets he had this quote starts pissed me off. That's my true answer if his yeezy off because out of one hundred, one votes, I got sixteen first place votes. That's what's pissed me off more than anything. You know not saying that the winter wasn't deserving of the MVP. But that pissed me off and I finished second a lot of my career either from a championship now, four times as an MVP and quote. So Lebron finished runner-up wartimes, which is tied for the most all time with Jerry West and Larry Bird, and this is actually is closest second place finish finishing only. MVP. Voting points between him and Ontario Kubo but Lebron I love you. You're my favorite player in the NBA. But let's be real. You did not stand a chance against Janas. This season and let's take a quick look at the numbers. Jaanus lead Lebron in the following categories points per game field goal percentage total rebounds per game blocks for a game, and now let's look at the advance stats box plus minus B. O. B. O. R. P., which is value over replacement player. How many points better are you than the average player? Key are an as I pointed out Janas had the highest PR IN NBA History Win shares, and true shooting percentage. Again only played thirty point, four minutes per game at his four minutes less than Lebron. Looking now Lebron side he did lead in the following categories three point percentage assists steals and free throw percentage. But if we look at the free throw in the three point percentage, he wasn't it was better but not that much better, Yana? Shot. A. Mediocre thirtyish percent from three Lebron was at thirty, five percent. It's free throw percentage on a sixty three percent for Lebron right around seventy six, thousand, nine ish percent. So it's not like he was that much better in that is too. Facile bronze game that's similar to Janas. He struggles in shooting from deep. Shooting from the free. Throw line. And Looking. Now, let's look at the team records. Jaanus is bucks finished with the best record in the NBA again like last season and had the twelfth best point differential in NBA history at ten point zero eight however look prior to the restart the Butts Head of plus eleven point to point differential. That's good for fifth all time. And in the bubble they struggle, they went three and five in the Games. So honestly, at this place, if the box had played of regular eighty two game season, they would have a point differential somewhere in that eight four to eight range not only did you honest team had the best record in the NBA? They had one of the best point differentials in NBA history. And yes Lebron. Was Great and his role as a distributor for the Lakers. Especially, after they flamed out last season, not even making a playoff appearance I have worn telling stat in support of Lebron. La was plus one hundred and seventy three in eight, hundred, sixty, two minutes with James on the court without Anthony Davis in the regular season their second best player. So without their second best player, they were a positive one, hundred, seventy three would just Lebron the court the six, hundred and seventy seven minutes La played with Davis on the court without James Lakers were minus twenty nine. So that means. Lebron the court with even Davis air still a top one, two or three team in the western conference without Lebron and Jess Anthony. Davis, they're barely if even a playoff team and it's interesting now to look at. In comparison little, Braun in two, thousand, nine and two, thousand, ten Lebron's Cleveland. Cavaliers had the best record in the NBA Lebron won back back MVP's and nine and ten, and exactly like Jaanus loss in the Eastern Conference finals. The first year he wanted to BP and exactly how what Janas did this year lost in the Eastern Conference semifinals that year he won his second EP. So if this shows anything for Jaanus, there's still a lot of room to grow and a lot of room to develop because Lebron again didn't become a winner till three years later in Miami. After winning his first semi up let's see how. Janas. Looks in two more years when he's twenty seven, twenty, eight years old the same age when Michael and the Braun won their first championship. And yes, Lebron did not win the MVP it sucks whatever. But all that matters right now is championships and Lebron still owns this league in his thirty five and seventeen season is team unlike Janas is still in the playoffs on the cost of making his tenth finals appearance. And looking at players that amid ten finals appearances, it would be Lebron Kareem abdul-jabbar with ten Sam Jones Sweet Stroke Sam Jones Eleven. And the Champion of Champions Bill Russell the Lakers are up one. Oh, right now on the nuggets if they can pull off and win this series, Lebron will be in very very elite company hand finals appearances. Yes I know three and six so far. But let's say he gets the four and six with Ted Finals appearances and outside of the twenty ten twenty eleven series against the Dallas Mavericks he has been the underdog in every series he has been undermanned against the warriors the probably the best dynasty in NBA history against the Oh seven spurs one of the best dynasties of two decades ago it's just incredible what he continues to do even. Nowadays I mean, look at him on the court he's got gray in his beard and he has balling guys ten years is junior. Yes. Janas might be the MVP of the regular season but King James still a most valuable player when it comes playoff time and he will continue to be the MVP until otherwise noted Kawais out Janas out. Chris Paul James Harden Russell Westbrook earl out but King James is still standing. And we'll see. What he does tonight in game two. Now, moving on Look at Boston who won last night to bring them to within one game of the heat we'll see what the return of Gordon Hayward meant for them the scoring spree from their guards and much more stay tuned for that after this commercial break. Check out the show that's built on the MMA from UFC two extreme cage fighting. They got fights covered check out the GMC M A podcast get the latest news on past or upcoming fights. Join US as we've talked to in about some of the biggest names in the. Past President Future when it's the fight game, there's just one showed checkout GSFC, podcast dot com backslash Mame Dacha podcast. Don't forget to leg on facebook and follow them on twitter visit GS MC podcast dot com for more INFO. And now we're back to the other series in the Eastern Conference Boston I my Ami, and after the first two games, it really looked that Austin was down for the count. But like they've done all postseason, they've been inconsistent with their play even in the series against Philli although they swept although they swept the series they did allow an undermanned Philly team to come back into several games and with last series, they were up to oh against. TORONTO. Og on an OB hits game winning three in game three allows them to come back tie the series at to take some the seven games really against A. Tough Toronto team but a team I really struggled offensively the entire series of look in the box stores and you look at the numbers they were putting up it really shouldn't have gone seven games in reality Boston one, six avenues, seven games. It's never fun to have to win six out of seven games in the series when that soon that past series should have been done in five or six games but the Celtics took control last night winning one seventeen to one. Oh, six to pull within two one and after blowing early leads in games one in to the Celtics were via able to finish it off in game three. And are trio of Stars Brown tatum and Walker old scored twenty plus points twenty, six from Jalen twenty, five, hundred, Jason Tatum, and twenty one from Kemba Walker whose looked like he's finally half that slump. That he exhibited in Games one in the last two games. In the previous series, they combined to go twenty, eight, fifty, three, seven, sixteen from deep and for good measure tatum added fourteen rebounds and eight assists the primary playmaker for the Celtics last night and this entire as he's averaging twenty five eleven nearly six assists per games adding one block and one steal. He has been phenomenal I mean realistically the Celtics should be up three Oh, but this team is tough they have. Great players who they just know their roles and they plan to perfection. Bam. Abihu arguably is the best player on this team put up twenty, seven, sixteen three steals and two blocks. He became the second youngest player in postseason history to produce that stat line since boxing deals were first recorded in one, thousand, nine, hundred, three, eighty, four, the youngest player to do so another Great Hall, of Fame Center Hakeem Elijah One. Though there was some turmoil last game after game two, Marcus smart and several other players are are heard yelling at each other in the locker room. After the Game Jason Tatum had this quote about that locker room incident after game three quote anybody that's played sports played in a team game were not supposed to be happy being down to if you are then you don't care. We care about this basketball game of emotions. So we want guys refreshing be upset to care. It's nothing personal. We just have to figure some things out. It's nothing more than that. supposed. To talk it out, figure it out and come together for the next game. Leave what happened in the past in the past because you can't change it and that's exactly what the Celtics did. Last night they ran into some of the same issues not being able to close out agree Miami team, but in the end. It came out on top one, seventeen, one, zero, six, a big change in the game was putting. Marcus smart on Goran Dragic. We'll get into that in a sack, but let's look at the heat. Now this is only their second lost and the entire playoffs. This marks are best starts in the postseason at ten to tying them with the two thousand, five, twenty, twelve in two, thousand, thirteen Miami Heat teams, they swept the Pacers. In the first round, they beat the bucks for one and now they lead the series two one, this stat is very impressive like, wow this is just shows the kind of team that Miami is that they're never out of the game and here's the stat. Never led in this game, not just marked the first time that's happened in the team's last seventy games. It's only happened one other time this season November twenty, third versus Philadelphia. Miami is the type of team where they can play with anyone. They're never going to be blown out and they're always going to be coming at you always within a few points as we've seen in the Games wanted to they wouldn't go down easy and they came back to win both games they find themselves up to one in the series. Boston does have the return of Gordon Hayward although the stat island wasn't plentiful. He still has a tremendous impact on the game and it takes away minutes from lesser players in the Celtics, rotation. So I'M GONNA. Now look at some numbers I like numbers I don't like. And the first thing I liked the number four. That's a number of players at scored twenty plus points for the Celtics. Jalen. Brown Jason Tatum Kemba Walker and Marcus Smart added twenty points himself going nine for nine from the free throw line down the stretch in the fourth quarter. Next. What I don't like and this was probably. The most important part in the reason Celtics won this game minus twenty nine. That's Goran Dragic plus minus in twenty eight minutes of play. Last night just look at his games one and two, he averaged twenty seven points shooting fifty, five percent from the field forty, six percent from three and a perfect one hundred percent from the free throw line on six attempts smarts defense on. The biggest difference in the game and the first two games Kemba Walker was guarding dragic and he torched them Brad Stevens as far enough to make that adjustment and we've Gordon Hayward coming back that allows the defense to do the things that they're doing now Kemba. Walker. Played. Jae crowder for for most of the game someone who? Doesn't seem to take advantage of the size difference between the two players he went to of ten only shots coming from behind the ARC. The next number I like sixty at is a number of points. The paint for the Celtics playoff. Hi, this year comparison Miami only at thirty six. Over Games one and two the Celtics only combined for seventy two points in the paint. which makes no sense as the Celtics struggled mightily against Miami's two three zone. which shouldn't be an issue for a Celtics team that has a personnel. To beat people off the dribble they have the penetrators amply, Americans, all over the floor especially with the return of Gordon Hayward. The Celtics have a lot of guys who can initiate offense and who can finish at the paint. They finally showed it in this game as this is a team that should be. They should be doing dribble drive. Bouncing it out to a man in the corner if he's open but for the most part, these guys should be able to get to the rim against a under-sized Miami team. Next number four. I don't like number four. Number of pointers made by players on the Miami he not named. Tyler hero or Dunkin Robinson outside of those players, Miami was only four of twenty four from deep. After shooting forty four percent in game one, the heat of shot only thirty, two, point six and twenty, seven, point three, per se. In the last two games that's not going to get it done for this team. Honestly, this might be the worst thing that could have happened to the Miami. Heat, although they lead the series two one due to the Lakers being a couple games behind behind the Celtics and he league decided to. Move. Game. For two upcoming, Wednesday. So this gives the Celtics a couple extra days rest. They now have the momentum after winning games three with Gordon, hayward returning as well as we'll give them a couple extra days to rest after playing his first game in over five weeks although they are behind to one, the Celtics are in a great position here. Especially, we games one and two they could have easily won both it could be up to Rio. It's they should be thankful only down to one. Now. The Gordon Hayward referring. WHO's effective in a limited role? He did not shoot great was to a seven from the field but added five rebounds. Four assists three steals a block and only one turnover someone that is able to speak the floor again takes away minutes from other players that as a Celtics Fan, you really don't want to see out there such as Oj. KANTER Williams wanamaker. So he played thirty minutes, which is a lot for so many hasn't played an NBA game and over five weeks and yeah, he was great out there and this gives the Celtics their best small. Lineup Walker Brown smart, hayward in Tatum old five guys are capable of dribble drive in all shoot the three at a solid percentage really have no weaknesses offensively on the defensive side they might be a little small but orcas smart first team all defense one of the best defenders in the NBA Jason Tatum can guard multiple positions one through four brown another great defender same with Hayward Walker. It's probably only week man on the defensive side for this team. So yes, Hayward back in the lineup it gives Brad Stevens several more options than what he had before. and. Realistically. I think that Miami might be in trouble I mean they've played great in those first two games, but they had to come back and it's hard to come back so many times and it just really drains the ranger team to have to be back nearly every part of the game as didn't want to and even game three, the heat just don't seem to go away and game one. They came back from fourteen down the fourth quarter win overtime and game to fifteen point comeback in the second half and even last night Boston led by as many as twenty in the fourth quarter and the heat cut it to five with less than a minute remaining. If it wasn't for some miss free throws in threes a he could have take a lead. What makes this team so tough Jimmy Butler as we've talked about so many times he's just a dog Bam out of by one of the best young players and defenders in the NBA or androgen someone who has always played at a high level throughout his career has jumped from team to team. In Phoenix came to Miami played with the rockets for a little bit Andrea Dolla, a finals MVP and another great gritty defender, Jae Crowder, a big body. And someone who has proven to be a valuable player on a playoff team and has postseason experience and then tyler hero. Who plays well above is level and then Duncan Robinson someone who came from a d. three college went to Michigan, able to make an MBA. So a lot of these guys on this team, they just have chips on their shoulder throughout their careers. Jimmy Butler is the same way small community college in Texas was able to get to Marquette, make the league and add something that. You want from your team guys who were always taken for granted or were not given the same opportunities or had to fight for everything they got in their careers and that's what this team is made of US lers, blue collar mentality players, and that's something that I think Pat Riley has always looked for from players throughout his coaching career whether it was the New York Knicks. L. Eighteen was very talented. But when he got to the New York Knicks, he had to work with the different kind of player in his early years in Miami. And throughout his tenure I think he's has a type of player. He looks for someone who's not going to shy away from the big moments someone who has the work ethic which I think most of these players honest Miami, team have. But. I. Think the Celtics may now be in the driver's seat although they are down to one Gordon Hayward. Coming back is huge for this team open up opens up a lot of possibilities. Again takes away minutes from lesser players that you don't WanNa, see in the rotation for a team as finals aspirations. Game four is on. Wednesday. So it gives them a couple days to recuperate especially or these teams that have played. Every other day. Since the playoffs began outside of the rest between series. We'll have to wait and see for a couple more days. What happens in the next game but I'm very confident. The Celtics could take control of the series. That's not good for me. Because if you remember from last podcast, I got a bet down for a date with a girl that I've been wanting to go on a date with those fifteen years old beat. If you can hear me, don't let up don't let. This Celtics team comeback. In this series, you got this you're up to one. You've got Jimmy Butler one of the best defensive players and leaders in our league. You have bamboo bio one of the best young players in the League you have to the best sharpshooters tyler hero, Duncan Robinson, you have guys with Bass Playoff Experience Jay crowder Andrea Iga Dolla finals MVP stopped. Lebron was the whole reason he got voted finals. MVP. Give, Goran Dragic who she's itching for an NBA championship probably just as much as any player on this team, you guys have the talent of the work ethic. So let's get it done. Get me that date when we return, we're looking at all NBA teams what they got right what they got wrong more on that after this break stay tuned. Out The show built around the women of MMA from the UFC to the extreme cage fighting, we got the fights cover. The golden state media concepts, women's MMA podcast. The latest news of upcoming twice discussions of previous mattresses join us as we talked to in about the biggest names in women's mixed martial arts past present and future. When it's the women's fight game, you know were to listen to the golden state media concepts, women's MMA podcast. Thank you for staying with us today and I. Apologize For those who thought we were about to get into knicks picks but with the all NBA teams announce this task Thursday I thought we would take a look at this and let's get to the results. So the Braun and your honest were unanimous first team. Getting all five hundred possible votes. So the way that it works voting is you can be voted for first-team five points second team to three points and third team. One point. Braun Janas got five hundred points each this markle bronze sixteenth. All NBA team passing fifteen time. All NBA team selections, Kareem abdul-jabbar Koby Bryant and Tim Duncan is also as thirteenth first team selection which continues his NBA. Nobody is with even in sight of him or Malone second most with eleven and let's look we have. So Guard James Harden of the Houston Rockets made six appearance Luca. Danni. Chick. Only is he the first player to be? All Mba, I either his first or second season since Tim Duncan and ninety eight, ninety nine but becomes a six player named the NBA First Team at age twenty, one or younger. Very impressive is the future of this league and I'm excited to see what he continues to do next year after getting some plant experience under his belt than you have. Jaanus. Made a second consecutive first team selection and then Anthony Davis who made his fourth appearance on the first team and This is the first time that two teammates have made first team the same season since Steve Nash and Amari. Starter stottlemyre. Big Accomplishment there. Let's look at the full list. So we have Davis Lebron this year stottlemyre and Nash and Oh six seven. And then shocking Kobe did it three times that's an NBA record teammates, Jordan and Pippen and ninety five, ninety six surprised that they don't have more Malone and Stockton to two times erred and Mikhail and eighty, six seven. Magic and Kareem did it twice and then serving in Malone in eighty two and eighty three. Now moving onto the all MBA team they lillard who if the voting was done after the games had push to be on the first team feel like he just never gets enough credit and it's always this I think in his mind is a slight 'cause I think he'd believes that he deserves to be on that first team but Lebron led the League in assists best record in the western. Conference and James Harden had another great scoring season for the Houston Rockets averaging around thirty five game. Now next up Chris Paul gone to the second team. This year driven aided season is ninth total appearance and many people not think he had this kind of season in 'em was traded to okay. See along with Shay Gildas Alexander the Nilo. Gallon Nari, and yeah really that point Oh two percent chance of making the playoffs. They got in, took the rockets to seven games and we're hoping to see where you goes next whether it's sustain Oklahoma City or go join Jaanus and the box and help the young buck. Get a title backs quite Leonard, Haskell Seok them, and then center Nicholas you'll. And then Arthur team and Simmons. Russell Westbrook making his ninth appearance as well. Jason Tatum Jimmy Butler and Rudy go bear and we have to remember that there's a lot of. NBA players that didn't even play an all of these are missed a majority of the season looking at Steph Curry Kevin Durant Blake Griffin and Kyrie Irving. So this open up spots for first timers before I go into those, it amazes me how much talent is in this league we have about twenty five to thirty nearly superstar players in our league it just shows How far the NBN's come we got seven footers shooting the breeze. We have guards that play almost like centers in the way that they can score in the paint and it's just amazing to see all the talent that the NBA has to offer our fans back to the guys who made their first appearance on an NBA team. We're looking at past SIAKA basing tatum. And Simmons Joining Lozanic as first team selections to the All NBA team comparing my list that I put on the podcast a couple months ago, and it was nearly spot on I had four of the five spots for the first team I had Qui- though over Luca Danni chick and then on the second team I had Jimmy Butler on the second team but quite hook his spot pushing him to the third team, and then I had Luca Danni. Boo Bay, the first team in Pascal Siaka who made the second team, and then on the thirteen and these are where to my biggest stubs come. I had west had Jason Tatum. Bear. But I had Khris Middleton in the second third position Bradley beal in the First Guard. Slot. But Ben Simmons and Jimmy Butler were the ones who made it on that third team among the players who missed a kite. There's Chris Middleton who had eighty two points, sixers Senator Joel embiid seventy nine voting points. Wizards Guard Bradley Beal at thirty two in Raptors guard. Kyle lowry with twenty six. And in my opinion, rally beal was by far the biggest on this list he is now the only player in NBA history to average thirty plus points in six plus assists and not making all NBA team. That's it not a nobody else Bradley Beal And that is all thirty plus points six plus assists to put that into perspective. There have only been thirty players in NBA history to have averaged thirty plus points over an entire season. Bradley. Beal is one of them and not only did he not make an NBA team he didn't even make the NBA All star team. Straight disres- back from the voters from the coaches around the league. This guy is a baller, but let's be realistic. The wizards are bad now horrendous no one expected him to make the playoffs this year and they definitely weren't in contention at all as they finish the season twenty, five and forty seven. Doing a winless in the bubble. And then my next step snub. Chris Middleton Guy Averaged nearly twenty one points a game on a nearly fifty forty ninety season and played for the best team in the League revolt even eight such seasons in NBA history and Chris Melton was about to be the night. Also. Posted career highs in points assists rebounds. Plus Field Goal and free throw percentage And this guy came in third team, Siachen should not even been on any. The team somehow made a second. Yes. He had a great year but his efficiency went down dramatically after becoming the key player in their offense they were more of a defensive team that, yes, he did provide an extra punch for a team that was missing quiet Leonard Khris Middleton, I think impact was just as big as impact that Pascal crm had on the raptors. Now paydays great news from a financial perspective for Siachen and Simmons. As a result of CRM second team nod and Simmons. Thirteen spot both players will now earn starting salaries twenty eight percent of the twenty twenty salary cap rather than the twenty twenty, five percent they got at the beginning of the contracts extended say had signed last year. Exact value those contracts though will depend on where the two thousand twenty twenty, one cap falls. Assuming that it does stay the same dacoven and everything going on. That would be one, hundred, nine, million taking twenty, eight percent of that comes four year extension would now be worth a hundred and thirty, six, point nine, million instead of one, hundred, twenty, two, point, two, million. That's a nice. Fifteen million dollar bonus for making the NBA team for Simmons is five years will now be worth one, hundred, seventy, seven, point, two, million, rather than one, hundred, fifty, million that he signed at the beginning or that it was at the beginning of that contract. So a nice eighteen million in cash for Simmons and then. On the unfortunate side. Beata. Would have become eligible for the supermax twenty twenty one howdy earned it. All NBA spot. On the other side, he will now have the opportunity next season to make an NBA team in gain that eligibility. Looking at these lists again, mine looking at the one. Real one I think all the players for the most part I should have made an NBA team in the NBA team. I would say, Chris Middleton is someone that I think should have taken a spot away from. Pascal Siachen as I mentioned. But now looking at it Jason Tatum was the best player. On a title contender I don't like all the bullshit though about how Chris Middleton had more points than Russell Westbrook Woodson's Nelson is technically afford but I would say he's a guard as well. Wrestle West gets a spot over Chris Middleton. But I think Christon had a great efficiencies in for one of the best teams in league history and is nothing to show for it disappointing. In the least. Hopefully, he'll make for next year and lead this team deep into the playoffs. He's now getting that reputation as someone who can produce during. The regular season similar to bledsoe can't seem to get it going in the playoffs or we go. Let's take one last look at the all NBA team and just think about Lebron James He made his sixteenth, all MBA selection but thirteen first team selections think about that for thirteen seasons he was voted on by the NBA media and broadcast personnel that he was a top five player in the league basically means he finish at least top five and MVP voting thirteen of his seventeen seasons. I don't think we've ever seen that in. Any sport whether it was NFL, the MLB or the NBA. We're watching something special right now and I really think he's GonNa take the ship this year. Only seven more victories and he will get that four title putting him in exclusive company with Magic Johnson Michael Jordan Bill Russell Kareem abdul-jabbar as superstar players with at least four championships. and. Again right now, we are seeing some of the best NBA basketball. The League is ever seen can look at the past and how great those players were but the talent level just continues to get higher higher. 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HR 2: Birthday Mystery Guest

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HR 2: Birthday Mystery Guest

"I time for all the big stories of the day. We haven't gotten to yet. This is the scoop with Anthony. Davis likely staying. Put in Los Angeles former Laker Brandon Ingram has a strong cases. The top free agent in the two thousand twenty class, hitting the market as an all star under the age of twenty four free agency is expected to open a few. Few days after the end of the playoffs in late October, Ingram is a restricted free agent which means New Orleans. We'll have a chance to match what he has offered. But do you think Brandon Ingram will get a Mac deal? I do think he deserves it and he is a great guy and David Griffin, the GM and New Orleans is one of the smartest. GM's in the league I would be shocked. Mace absolutely shocked. If Brandon Ingram got away from the PELICANS. I literally cannot picture a scenario under which David. Griffin would allow that to happen now. I could be wrong. COVID and pandemic, and this weird season that we hope happens may change all the rules. I know the caps going to come down next year. But they've got a great young roster in New Orleans. They have gone I would imagine that. Griff wants to team up. Zaylon and Brandon Ingram as the cornerstones of that franchise for the next ten years, and that's what I think's going to happen. Yeah I think it is. Highly Unlikely that Griffin, let's Ingram. I mean he was the centerpiece of the Anthony Davis Trade. He was the he was the biggest chip in that in that trade, so we got a great young raw through this. The Anthony Davis trace may turn out to be one of those rare deals work. For both sides, yeah, the other one that comes to mind that involved the Lakers was the POW Ghazal deal. As soon as the Lakers traded for Pao Gosol, the Lakers went to three straight finals winning. Two of them and POW became I think he's getting his number retired and hung in the rafters at Staples Center one day, and and the grizzlies were able to get marcus all POWs brother, who is the one of the main guys in in their development that took them to the Western Conference finals a few years later, so this New Orleans Lakers trade may turn out to be that way. Okay Mason an emergency services worker who staff the Dugout at minute maid park during Game Two of the twenty nine. L. C. S. Yeah is suing the Astros for over a million dollars for alleged significant injuries. He suffered as a result of a line drive foul off the bat of Michael Brantley the Worker Brian Carey Ota was working as a dugout paramedic in an area unprotected by netting on October thirteenth, twenty nineteen in the bottom of the fifth, according to the lawsuit Bradley's land drive hit him above the left eye, traveling one hundred eight miles per hour when it made impact, the lawsuit alleges the reason the netting had not been extended past the Dugout to the area were Carolina was sitting is because it would have obstructed the team's efforts to steal signs. So other what the the lawsuit is saying is that had the astros not been trying to steal signs? They would've followed the lead of a lot of other major league teams, and put netting up all the way down the line, and this was for which world series. Twenty nine thousand nine hundred. Thirteen twenty, one, thousand, nine, hundred, okay. Last year Yep do you think this is a legitimate complaint? Or perhaps the victim, taking advantage of the fact that the Astros cheated. They know they cheated. They put together to and two came up with this loophole legal strategy and they're trying to cash in on it. What do you got to believe if you're a stadium employees, a team employee? You're somehow. I mean there's there's always the risk you're going to get hit by. A rather drive remember in the back of your ticket. And also in a PA, announcement they say the dodgers are happy to have you keep any foul ball hit into the stands during the course of play, but if you are hit or struck way, we don't assume liability. I mean they. They go out of their way. That says right on the back of. Of the ticket we, we assume no liability. If you get hit by a ball, right so in this case. Do you think this guy's got a case I? Don't I. Don't I think he's a team employees. I think somewhere along the line. He has agreed to the fact that he He has to stay alert at all times to avoid a line drive. I think he's got no case whatsoever. I'll see. It's an interesting strategy. I'd have to see when other teams put the nets up. Did did the Yankees who they were playing in that AOL, CS. Did they have nets up? You know I'm GonNa. Follow it. It's going to be interesting to see how that turns out. All right British police said this week. They've arrested twelve year old boy after an English premier league player. Shared. Images where he shared images of racist messages. He had received via social media and one of the messages. The kids sent an image of a Klan rally to Crystal Palace's Wilfried Zaha. Saying you better not score today. CZAJA's from the Ivory Coast now. The Premier League will be seeking a lifetime ban for this twelve year old kid. Question. Should the kid's name be released? Should there be a criminal charge here and should the parents be punished? Great questions all three of them. No I don't think is named should be released. I think a lifetime. Sadly is appropriate because they need to make an example out of this kid and I think the ban should extend to the parents I think you need to make it so uncomfortable even for a twelve year old. To spew that racial crap that that people including parents and anyone else who's at that game just makes it. It's so unacceptable that no one will ever consider doing right. No I want to publicly shame the guy and put his name out there. No, I don't want the parents to get sued, but I do that. Whole family to be banned from the EP L. Forever in made an example out of I, think just that story the fact that they've made an example out of them will send a message. Yeah I agree with you. I don't think the kids names should be released. He does have another seventy years or eighty years on this earth. And? Nobody wants to be haunted by what they did is a twelve year old kid. At the same time. It seems like an criminal charge. Shouldn't shouldn't be. On a twelve year old kid but I like your idea. First of all. I love the idea that he's banned for life as a twelve year old. Secondly you're right banning the parents at some point, the and I don't know I'm not a parent is apparent responsible for what their twelve year old kid does. Yeah, especially if it's that kind of hate. The kid wasn't born that way mace. You don't come out of the womb hating people that have different color skin than you. You learn it somewhere along the way, and if that was my kid, I would accept a lifetime ban and I would immediately take it upon myself. I would make it my life's work to teach that kid about acceptance and not just you know we talked about. About the difference between not being a racist, and you know making a difference being it, you know what what was the way that you phrased it the difference between being anti-racist and something else but it. You've got racism. Racism isn't a black person's problem. It's a white person's problem and people that do this need to be shouted down. I'm okay with it. All right as for USC QUARTERBACK JT Daniels. Let it be on Monday that the. NCAA has granted him immediate eligibility at Georgia for twenty twenty. That means he could start for Georgia this fall if there's the season Anna three years left of college eligibility, he'll compete for the starting job this year. Two questions here number one will USC regret letting Daniels get away and to your USC fan. Will you root for Daniels if he's playing anybody other than USC. I first of all I've, he is an unbelievably talented kid so and and you know I will I will root for him. I definitely hope that he has a has a good college career. In terms of whether or not. It's disappointing that he got away USC. Regret letting him get away. Yeah, I mean I think USC is unbelievably comfortable with Keaton Slovaks who had a tremendous year last year. Matt think is back. It would be. It would be fantastic to have jt, Daniels, as the quarterback and waiting, but it's unfair to ask a kid that talented to wait, so I'm sure USC would love to have him on the roster, but kaeding slopes solidified as the starter, and that's the right guy for the job, and by the way you answer. Your answer was one hundred percent correct. Look, no further than Joe Borough. Joe Borough was beat out for the starting quarterback job at Ohio state. He was a scholarship. At Ohio State. When he got beat out, he left you went to Lsu completely transformed his game, won the heisman trophy and was the number one pick in the draft. If that happened to jt Daniels and I was a USC Fan, I'd be happy for Daniels. Yes, long as he doesn't come back and beat my team I think he didn't slow. This is a great player. IF DANIELS TURNS OUT TO BE JOE borough more power to him Yup. All right so among the activities then NBA players in the bubble have done so far include the following. Golf Fishing Ping Pong Shooting Beers. That's Jj Redican Meyers, Leonard. Riding a bike around that's Javale McGee brought his bike. Playing the guitar that's Nick Nurse who plays the guitar. Video Games, which is a lot of guys and walking paths. John from that list if you were in the bubble, what would I forgot Cornhole Cornhole is the other thing Cornhole Ping. Pong Of the things on the list. which do you think you would be doing? If you were in the bubble right now? I'd be golfing every day. Golf was on your list for eight. And being the great thing about golf is you're outside? You're getting exercise and it takes a long time, so you know you'd be. You'd be out there for four four and a half hours, and by the time you came back, you'd be ready to go to practice and there's your day. So of all those things golf would would be the one, but I wouldn't read that list I. wondered what it would be for because you don't go. Fishing I love fishing. Fishing seen some of I've seen some of the bass that that NBA players have reeled in the last couple of days. It's really impressive. You don't get fishing. Fishing is is a phenomenal sport. Yet so impressive that they they pre released all these already grown bass. They stop the Lakers. Yes, there, of course they did that. If they catch him and they releasing them, or they eaten them. Yeah, I think they have to go. They're releasing them yeah. What's the fun of that? If you catch a fish thrown back! What sport! Sport. I grew up as an angler. I am an Angler John a born Erno Angler Angler born Angler. You born to do it. When's the last time you baited a hook? Be Honest. When's the last time I baited a hook? That's a good question. It's probably would have been Lake Erie in Sandusky when when? I own that. That was. Eight nine years. Yeah, that's my point. Born Angler having morning nine years. We used to go out for purge. We used to go out for Walleye. We go out for trout ridiculous. Go out for Bass, not a good eating fish, but go out for Bass. We even John. We even did something called I see Bassett. Restaurants in past good eating. FRESHWATER BASS is not is not a great. Fish doesn't have a big fillet to it. I gotTA. We send you to the restaurants I'm going to man. I can't afford the restaurant circle. We even did something called dipping for Smelt. Do you know what Smelt Dr? I'm afraid to ask their their freshwater fish there little. They're almost like sardines. You know the only time I've ever heard that word. Yep, he who smelt it dealt it. Yeah, that's true. That's true, so is this great fish? Fish little tiny kind of like sardines. You fry them up and they're absolutely delicious, but at nighttime we would go, and we'd get this big net, and we dip it underwater and just pull up a ton of smelt and dump them into a cooler, and then put the net back in the water, a ton of smelt. We used to come back with smelt does not sound appealing. A ton of smelt made a really good meal John. Some of US had deficient hunt for our dinner. Yeah. I don't think you're one of them. All right there. You have your your scoop four today. Coming up next John. It's our Karen of the day. Yeah, and also are we supposed to have this mystery guest? Is this happening oh? Is this coming up now? That's coming up next. Oh the mystery guests! Oh, forget about the Karen, we can save her. There's a mystery guest. Coming on unless it's three guest is Karen to to wish John a fifty happy fifty seventh birthday manner wheeled. I'm much younger than you. You're fifty five. Yeah, two years younger. We're from different generations different generations younger. You know what's crazy about that is I technically am from a different generation. Yeah it, it breaks right on the. Generation X. baby-boomer line. Babies and your the beginning of the Gen-x Yup I so John I think you'll be pleasantly surprised a who what mystery gas got lined up for you. That is coming up next Mason and Ireland seven ten espn seventeen espn. Mason in Ireland. It is John Ireland's fifty seventh birthday today yeah. said they wouldn't make it to fifty. Did. You used to think you wouldn't make it to fifty I could never picture myself in my fifties and now I couldn't. Either I couldn't picture my friends with a bunch of guys like that are older than me, and they're all doing great like billy Mac and worthy and all those guys. It's hard to billy. Mack is older than you yeah. Four years who went to the same high school? Billy, Max Peter Pan He's eternally young here he is, he is Peter Pan. He's floating through life. Yes, successfully, so we've got a mystery guests. That's GONNA come onto the show in a minute here and it's somebody. I think the way this is gonNA. Work is John. You'll get eight. Yes, or no questions okay to figure out who it is. or no questions, okay but it's definitely somebody that you know, and you're going to ask them to the mystery guest and the mystery guests low using disguised voice answer yes, or no to your question. Okay. I'll have to I'll have to get creative. Okay, this is a good good little gag play. Games twice today Game Games twice. Lynched we have him yet. Will you give me one second guys. It's a him, so you just basically. Today just gave away the first clue it him. So that helps. The other thing is that. How old were you when you remember your your first birthday? Like do you? I remember my fourth birthday. You remember anything that young. I don't think I remember stuff that happened, but not necessarily a birthday that happened. Yet, so the reason I remember is my brother came home. I'm four years older than my brother and people were coming over and giving me birthday presents, and they didn't want to leave him out, so they gave him presence and I thought. Why does he get presents just for showing up? It's like. It's my birthday and he was born. He was born in December. We're in the middle of July right. So why is he getting fly? He getting gifts exactly exactly so I'm not much older. Is your brother than you? I am older than him. I was born in sixty three. He was born in the end of sixty six. Got sixty-three. Yes i. who was present when you were born Lbj? Sixty five yeah Lyndon B Johnson so I'm in the small window of Kennedy. BABIES HAVE JFK was president when I was born, and then was assassinated in November later that year. Yeah, just say guys know an update on Mr. yes just called my phone and is going to be calling the hotline any second now. Thank you for that update? Yes, thank you for that update and keeping you up to date. So what point did you nut? Stop giving a crap about getting older? Mesa. For me, it was thirty five. Thirty five and it didn't matter that you're getting older anymore, didn't matter. Didn't anybody remembered? My birthday didn't care if. If you know that I was getting older I. Just said every year pass thirty five. It's good to be alive. Yeah, I think well first of all I. Want everybody to know when my birthday is. It's marched the twenty third. Just in case you listeners are wondering. It's it's, coming up fast. As far as When did I think I don't think I've ever been especially afraid of getting older I. Don't think it ever especially bothered me. I would think it's and my family. It's a little nor I mean it's kind of normal. You know my my mom is seventy eight. I've got a brother one year younger than me I've got a brother five years. Younger guys have Mr Guests on the phone. Okay, we have Mr. Okay good great, so I get eight. Yes, or no question. Yes, okay mystery guests! Have you and I ever worked together? We ever been paid by the same company at the same time. And Lot. No, no that it's not true, okay. I am the salaries fairly? No we have never worked together, okay? I don't need to work with the. When Are they after? Yes, or no questions? Yep Did we meet? Once, I got to Los Angeles like post. Nine, thousand, nine, hundred, ninety five. Did we meet after then or after that? It would be it I don't remember. Okay. If John Stick to the script, That is. No we did not. We met before that. Do you and I share the same occupation. Are you a broadcaster? No. I liked guy okay. Are you rea-? Real Job Okay, you got a real job. Are you friends with Mason? Do you consider Mason of friend? Not at all. Hell no to. So that's four and I'm not any closer to getting this. No, you're close. Are you famous, do you? Would you be recognized walking down the street? Maybe maybe okay. Are, you in sports. Mad. I have no idea who this is. Are you an actor. Everybody's acting all the time. I only got one left all right last one. Have you ever been on the show before now? Man You got nowhere. Do we want to give the other two? Because originally Mason asked me. Why are you giving him? Eight and I said I think ten. I don't think it'll give me any closer well. No. Winter League that he's not in sports, Lindsey to you have a yes or no question that might help me. Yes we'll go off of the premise that he's an actor. Are you. A. Let's see. Are you most known for you? I WANNA see like. Got a question. For you, guys each get one good. Go ahead, good. Let's you got one. You go first, okay. Mine's mine's actually very specific. Did you. Play Josh Lyman on the West Wing. No way how you guys got Brad Whitford to come on the show. Yes, how did you pull this off? We'll let him explain not that hard. It's not that hard. The Brad this is going to not only. Does this make my day? This is going to make my wife's Day. Who would leave me for you in a heartbeat? Happy Birthday. Thank you the the acting president of the United States Happy Griffin, thank, thank you for that. Are you aware that I'm friends with shift? Oh God. No really, but he speaks very highly of you. He says that. He used to live with your brother. Something like he's known you forever, according to him. Brother. All was my roommate in college. Wow, small, world hey. You. You are now my joke that Richard. Richard can be kind of dark. You Know Jesse can. might joke that is. He's doing a one man show, but the only problem is. He hates the cat. Richard is like a brother to me. Literally a brother to me. Yeah, yeah, he the one of the the reason I became friends with him, as we golf together and Brad I don't know if you golf, but if you've ever golf with Richard, it's not a bad idea to wear a hard hat if know what I mean. Because when he hits a bad shot, you'll see a pterodactyl eight iron like flying across the fairleigh. Actor. He's passionate. He's he Back in the day, we played a lot of softball together in New York and he was a great athlete actually. he's a good Golfer. He's better than me, but one of the one of the great days for me was he called me over in back when before cove? He called me over in the restaurant. You said Hey John. And he goes. And Sheen and he and invited Martin out to play Golf, and for me for me, getting to talk to any you guys and Mason in Linzie thank you because they know this brad to me. The West Wing is the best show ever made and nothing in my world is close nothing. I listened to all of Molina's PODCASTS. On several. That's how down the rabbit hole I am. God and your character was as good as any character on the show, and and and the fact that you would agree to do this. Dumb dog and pony. Radio show is incredibly cool to me so so I. I appreciate it. I heard. You're a wingnut, so yeah, well matter of fact Mason knows my favorite day of the show ever was when we somehow got Aaron. Sorkin to come in, he had he had written the social network at that point, and and he came in for an hour and I think I freaked him out. Because I I asked him like so many questions about all you guy he. He couldn't have been nicer like He. He couldn't have been better matter-of-fact Brad. This is how into into Aaron I am I. Don't understand why studio sixty which you also start in only got one season I was like that because I thought that the thing that makes the west wing great is the casting is that they just nailed all you guys and I thought I thought they had lightening strike twice with Studio Sixty with you and Matthew Perry Amanda. Pete and thought Sarah Sarah. Paulson was awesome. Were you surprised that? Were you surprised that only got one year or did you know it was coming? You Know I. Think we were all We were all surprised because there was such a big buildup right and that show was kind of a victim of coming at the wrong time. economically you know now that show would be like a streaming show. right right, and it wouldn't have the ratings pressure now. That show would be a huge hit back then it wasn't. Quite big enough, and it was very. You know expensive show with a big cast and everything. but yeah, it was disappointing. I loved if it makes any difference, I I've gone back and watched it once every five years since it came out, and I watch west wing like it's my Netflix Goto, whenever I'm doing anything else and Brad I know I'm not the only one there's a whole gym. I don't know if this still happens to you, but there's a whole generation of people watching the West Wing, especially with our current political situation that you guys. Are there something going on politically? There's something going on I. Follow you on twitter. I know right where your head that, but. The the I just find that that happens to you to people still what stop you and say and ask you about the West Wing? Yeah, it's very sweet and when we made the. There was no chance that. The show would possibly. be broadcast more than twice. There would be a rerun, and at that time one hours didn't go into syndication, and you'd have to go to the Museum of broadcasting to see it so very bizarre that we have like a whole generation of people who've like memorized. Episodes very very strange the funniest story. This kid kind of exhausted looking. Obviously a capitol, Hill staffer comes up to me when I was in DC awhile back. And he and he said what people often say, which is really sweet, he said. Hey Man I just want you to know that. You're the reason I went into politics. And that's all that's. That's really sweet. I appreciate that and he said actually. I'm exhausted. I'm broke and I'm never gonNA Kiss mary-louise Parker. AM I. Not Josh Lyman had from Moyer Kelly mary-louise. Parker to you. Know all the you had a pretty good. Run a getting getting to be a bachelor on that. Show the fact that you get to kiss as many girls rob lowe is probably one of the great upsets of all time. You'd even admit that. Nobody that coming. Man Rick Bradley Whitford Actors with Mason. Ireland seventeen ESPN I want to ask you about Sometimes you get involved in a phenomenon in it happened for you. West Wing obviously was one. You ended up in the movie. Get Out! Did you know that that was going to be as big as it was when you were doing it? man, the short answer is no I remember i. Read, it came out of my office and I said to my wife. Oh my God. This is an amazing script. I mean and kind of. What I call a forehead knocker where you're reading a script and you're like I can't believe nobody's. Done this nobody's pressed race through the horror genre. So I was excited about it I was the biggest Jordan Peele and still am I just. As a performer as a comedian I think he's brilliant. and I wanted it you know the everybody adored him just wanted. To work out, but this was a four and a half million dollar budget which is. Nothing it's like you know a Christmas episode of West. Wing I mean the very low budget I think we shot for twenty two days. So the most we were hoping for was that it would make you know like I. Don't know become an already film and make like you know thirty million dollars, and then he invited me up the Sundance where it premiered at midnight. And he called me into loop and said before that and I said has the movie and he's like I think it's pretty good. I think it's really good. You know you have to think that you have to drink the KOOL aid. You've spent two years. You know working I. Miss and he's like no I think it's pretty good. And then when I saw it sundance I have never seen the SU- clay rise like that I was. Blown away by what he did, and then it just went nuts. Yeah, it was a shock. Hey, Brad I can't take for doing this man. You absolutely made my day and as you can tell, I'm a superfan and please please work with Aaron Sorkin again. I, know you want that to happen, but talk them into it, will you? I, will you know my wife just wanted to. We re watched a few good men haven't seen in a long time, and that's where I met Aaron. Him because I played initially the Kevin Bacon part, and then he promoted me. to play the Tom Cruise part and it was I hadn't seen the movie since then because I didn't WanNa, see it because I was upset. Because you've movie, Stars came in, you know took right took my, but it was so bizarre to be watching these things, and and like in the scenes between them I still like no. So some of the lights, going back and forth, but I would love to work with him again. He says I, I love him to death. I well have a great day man and thank you very much rallies. Okay kiss the way John. Thank you sir. Bradley Whitford. You guys. That was awesome. That's Lindsey you don't know. That is like my favorite show ever created times ten. Well I know how much you love it, but shoutout goes to mark Kates Yup. WHO's? Malicious with them. Yup Mark knows mark knows of my obsession, so it's for coming up with that Yeah Yeah Melissa cates for her help, yeah. Yeah, they're great, but By the way if you're out there listening if you've never seen the west wing particularly, if you're jaded right now, because of what's going on, who would be jaded? What's there to be jaded about John? We'll make you always accuse me being to Pollyanna. That's why. Because I worship at the temple of Aaron. Sorkin Yup. That was. It's a great show. It's a great show. John I got a question for you so. I think we all agree that the best duo. That will be playing in Orlando is Lebron and a D. Yes. What's the best trio. That okay. And tell me when we come back Mason in Ireland seven ten espn. We are gearing up for The restart of everything galaxy will be playing L. AFC on Saturday. We got that game for you here on seven ten ESPN. Lakers were counting down just fifteen days away from Lakers. Clippers dodgers a week from tomorrow opening day at dodger stadium versus the giants Johnny Cueto Versus Clayton Kershaw. It's all coming people. It's all coming. So John, we often talk about the the the best duo in the League as being Anthony Davis and Lebron James. Right. Let's see this is a guy named. it's from bleacher report. A guy named Dan. Val wrote this K-. He wrote about the Best Trios in the league, the Best Trios. Point of contention here Yup and there's plenty of room for it, okay? Does it. Is it like? Right now like for example can I take steph curry and Draymond, or because they were all hurt this year? Are they out? You want the. Only teams that are going to be playing in Orlando Okay of the teams in the bubble Yep I still think I would take the Lakers because Lebron ad or so good, and then just add one i. who who would your third their third was? WHO's probably I'd probably had coups MMA. Their third was Danny Green. Danny Green's fine, but that but so I don't violate the spirit of your question. If. We were going to play a game of three and three Yup. I think. I would lean. Towards Jason Tatum Kemba Walker and Jalen Brown. But. I again Lebron a are so good. That like you could take. If you want if you wanted like if you're trying to find three equaled. Like across the board I would do those Boston. Guys they've got. This guy's got Boston five with Jaylen Brown tatum and Kemba Walker so. I'm trying to figure out who would be number one so the problem is each one has a throw in right right. So what do you into? The Lakers are right there. Yeah, throw in Danny. Green, throwing cal Kouzmin. They've got the Lakers at number two. Let me. Take three guesses at who number one could be. Is it Houston. Westbrook and throw in. Houston is number four K. include PJ, Tucker okay hardened P. Thicker and the clippers with. PG and maybe Lou Williams. It is the clippers, and by the way, and I say that should be the trio. Paul George Kawhi Leonard Lou Williams. They've got mantras. Herald there Paul George Kawhi Leonard Mantras Herrell as the best trio playing in Orlando I would include Lou Lou Williams. To and I would put the Lakers ahead of him anyway, because Anthony Davis is so much better than any other big man. You could come up with. They've gotten a walkie. At three Jaanus Eric Bledsoe and Chris Middleton Daryl good. Houston is at four Harping PJ. Talk Arrest Horton in there at all. Column and maybe mellow. Let's see Raptors Kalari Pascall Com Fred Vanfleet Nancy their number six. That's a good three. Joel embiid Tobias. Harris Ben Simmons now on paper. That of that team looks great, except they can't win on the road. They've got New Orleans at number. Eight Drew Holiday Brandon Ingram Zion. That is a good young team. Yeah, and then you didn't even mention Lonzo. Yeah, he yeah, he wasn't included there, but yeah, they've also got Lonzo Yeah, Portland's well down the list well down the list, but yeah, the problem with that is. You know it's who in WHO's eyes. Do you choose the trio like I would say Lou Williams over mantras Herald I would say Kuzma. I would use instead of Danny Green. And, it's very close between those two I. Think it when you add that third component, it's very close. Lou Williamson's just instant offense. He can just flat out score in a huge hurry. All right, coming up next for you. We've radio tinder coming up next shared. By the way from earlier in the show of of Philip, one of our listeners thank you, Philip. points out that you were right. Sea Bass is a saltwater species, and technically not a bass, but prize for eating freshwater bass is a true bass price for sport fishing, but not eating. Is what you were talking about. Yeah, we never ate white bass when we call or black bass, either one. When we caught them. Those were always throwbacks all right coming up next radio tinder mason and Ireland Seventeen Espn. I tied for Radio Tinder Lindsey taken away. All right guys, so we're GONNA start with our good buddy shack. Who Hid shot? Did it a good thing for family that needed help yesterday after witnessing car stranded on the side of Interstate, seventy five down near Gainesville Florida, the NBA. Legend pulled over Major. The family was okay. Any stayed with them until sheriff's arrived, the local sheriff shared the Dash Cam footage where they think. Check for his assistance before he went on his way. Have you guys ever pulled over to help? A stranded motorists before swipe left or swipe bright. Swipe right I have and. I'll do it a lot particularly if I see somebody older, or if I see somebody female, and they look like they're having trouble like changing a tire. Something like that or you know, I'll just offer to help them. Mace I will I will jump your answer. You answer it, but Mason will not only pull over for stranded motorists. Stranded pets, will you not yes, I will yeah. People Right? If see a dog running down the street and it doesn't have a leash on. I. Am all over that dog trying to get it to come back because I've been on the other side of that where your dog runs away and you can't find your dog. I'll do whatever it takes to get that tag into call that number and to put that. Owner of the dog at ease, but there was a famous one where there was I. we're meeting at Jerry's famous Deli I think when it was in West Hollywood. Yes, still is I. think isn't and Yeah I. Think so and I was driving to the breakfast, and I saw golden retriever. Get get hit on Olympic Boulevard and I pulled across traffic, just straight perpendicular. Getting to that dog. And managed to get the dog to the side of the road called the owner owner came and got it. Sent me a thank you card afterwards. Because the dog was okay in the end, but when I showed up at breakfast I had blood on me from from smoking that dog. But Yeah I'm I'm I'm a sucker for a loose dog and I will always pull over to help a motorist. Anything for the dogs. Not. Meaning times when she does when she does her stuff on ESPN has assigned behind her. That says dogs welcome people tolerated. Kind of sums up your position one hundred percent. All right guys speaking of tolerating people president trump's came out with a new book. One of the most eye-popping allegations detailed in Mary Trump's new book. Is that her uncle Donald worried that he couldn't pass it. Himself handsomely paid smart kid to take his sat's to help them transfer from the University of Pennsylvania. Have you guys ever cheated on a test of importance of any magnitude? Before Swipe left or swipe right swipe right because this is we're talking about. About Mason and I have a different position on cheating in school different all right so Lindsey I did not cheat, but I used to sit next to a basketball player in a sociology class at UCLA, and he said hey man. What you get for number five so I just took my arm off my paper and let them copy number five, and then later he goes. Let me see number eleven. I gave him number eleven and Mason said this was. Cheating, I'd like to think that I kept that guy eligible and gave us a fighting chance against some of the other powerhouses in the world right? You could have helped to keep him on the team. At the same time. You were still cheating. Cheating if you know you're. Hitting the no wait a minute I wasn't cheating. He was cheating. See I would argue that you were because you were part of the scheme the cheating scheme. Just as guilty okay, so Lindsey settle that argument I deduct go in there to cheat. I had no plan to cheat. He contacted me said. What'd you get for number nine I? Let him see what you get for number eleven i. let him see. It did I cheat last one hundred percent. There's no I do. I mean you were come come. What's the word complicit? Yes, you were complicit in the cheating, so yes, you, you cheated. Under under your definition, then yes, I've cheated, but that was exactly how. I would do it when I never I never cheated off someone else, but many times I allowed people to cheat off me so using your definition. Yes, many times you let people cheat off of you anybody you asked. Wow I never offered. Sort of. Ethics. It was getting everyone through the class, so they didn't have to take. It twice Jeez. Wow, wow, all right. Yeah, I know I. I'm Swiping left on I didn't Cheat I. Never let anybody okay. How about this you guys? Was this Cheating Mace? You're in a fraternity right? Yes, okay. We had at the fraternity a test file. Yes, and we encouraged everybody when you took a test. If. You didn't get asked to return it if the teacher didn't say, turn the test back in if you are allowed to take the test with you. Are Deal was we would take it with us, and we put it in the test file, so if somebody had to take the class the following year, they would have a good idea of what the test questions would be. And sometimes the the professors wouldn't even change them, so they would have the actual questions. Lindsey is that cheating I mean it's kind of cheating but I. don't have a problem with it because teachers are that lazy to not change their questions each year. They kind of deserve it because anybody could do that. It may sound cheating. Yeah. I mean it's it is cheating. It's institutional cheating, too. It's like the whole fraternity is in on the thing. But, because you're only getting tests as opposed to answers, correct, I think it's less egregious than what you were doing. Why was he would still have to study the test and those answers correct? But, I knew the answers to all the tests I. just letting other people see what I wrote Yeah Yeah, you're a cheater. All, right next one. TYRA banks is twirling into the ballroom to host the. Rolling into the ball rolling on, and she's not going to dance herself, but she's going to host the upcoming season of ABC's dancing with the stars, according to variety banks to new GIG comes. Comes after news broke on Monday, that longtime host Tom Bergeron and Erin Andrews would be departing the show past notable ESPN alum from dancing with the stars include our own keyshawn, Johnson from ESPN, La and ESPN's Kenny Mayne wanted to know if you guys would ever agree to appear on dancing with the stars. Swipe left or swipe. I swipe right I would love to try that and it's not. It's not just the I wanNA be famous thing. It's I really would love to see what I was capable of I'm always amazed. My mom tells me. Keeps me up to date on dancing with the stars. WHO's doing well? WHO's doing? WHO improves the most? She? She loves to talk about that stuff I. Think I would I first of all. Nobody gives me enough. Credit I am an excellent answer. and. That's the one thing that surprises. People about Steve Mason is. He's an excellent dancer. so I really would have a head. Start on everybody and I would love to see how much I could improve. I would love to be on dancing with the stars all right, so here's all answer your question Lindsay. I've got I know Rick Fox a little bit. And Rick Fox made it to the final four on dancing with the stars and what he told me he is makes you can do it, but what he told me is. You have to commit to it. Yes, you have to practice three to four hours a day. When Kishan announced, he was going on that I told him right out of the gate. I said you're going to be the first one out. And I said the reason is not because you're not competitive, you are, but you don't have time to put in three to four hours a day. You're on Monday night countdown. You're Flying York every week. You own twenty different Panetta's. Key is just. Talking about key out first week. And, having said all that. I. Think that if keyshawn and Mason had a dance off. I would bet on keyshawn what? Because I don't think that you would put in the work that the difference I would put in the work, but Kishan has been a rhythm in you. Just totally nailed it by the way. That's a stereotype, exactly keyshawn better rhythm. Excellent rhythm. Let's let's take a plane. I guarantee you. I would not be the first one off dancing with the stars I would work at it. I fly myself I would learn. I would listen to my dance partner dance off between Mason Keyshawn, who wins? I'm nasty. Oh keyshawn, that's it again. This stereotypical rhythm thing. Yes, yee's black. He has rhythm. You don't. You lose. I've got excellent rhythm. To be on the Internet, so the whole world can see it. You need to get more famous in order to get the invite. Yeah, I'm not quite there. I'm not quite. There need a little more fan. Okay? A girl I went to college with us to live with my college. Girlfriend is the casting director for dancing with the stars. Oh come on, hook us up man in there. I would love to do. He's the one that got Rick Fox I would love to do it love to do it. I got another one. Well I wasn't going to say this today, but we are due for a break. We'll take. We'll take a break saving until tomorrow, okay? You're always such a slave to the clock slave. We'll talk. I think we should go commercial free for the rest of the week I'm I'm all for that now that you would never agree to that? Are you kidding me? It's business of commerce. You know what I. Say more show well the brakes aren't that long long is this break? About a minute. 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Denver's Rising Floor, Relitigating The MPJ Tweet, and the Difference Between The Nuggets & Heat's Zone Defense

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Denver's Rising Floor, Relitigating The MPJ Tweet, and the Difference Between The Nuggets & Heat's Zone Defense

"This is the scanlon bells podcast with NBA champion Brian. SCELO brainy. Former NBA general manager and Executive Ryan mcdonagh. Welcome back to Scallon pails everyone I am Ryan mcdonagh and I'll be joined as always by the White Mama Brian scale rainy a welcome and welcome back to our viewers and listeners on radio DOT, com and also twitch. TV. Scallon. I love getting your questions and answering the best ones live on air. So feel free to submit those to us without I bring in the star of our show Brian scalise brainy and scale going into game three last night in the western conference you and I wondered if this series would be over relatively quickly, the Lakers had a to lead they dominated game one the nuggets. Played better in Game Two all the Lakers control most of that game, the nuggets led by Nicole. Yokich is eleven points late look like they were gonNA steal a win until Anthony Davis at the now famous three at the Buzzer to give the Lakers to lead. So the Lakers had control scale they had a chance to essentially in the series last night they look like they make that happen in the fourth quarter when they were down twenty and went on an incredible run. But led by Jamal Murray the nuggets pulled away down the stretch and now Brian scalable rainy, we have a series in the western conference. I thought the Lakers didn't play well at all. I, thought they got away from what made them good. But you know so many times in the media people talk about adjustments. Maloney made adjustments Oh Frank Vogel, he didn't make adjustments. I think he's just players plants super hard and I've said this earlier about NBA players. They handle adversity really well, and I think being down to adverse situation and being up to is like how how do you handle that type of pressure? and to me, the Lakers didn't have the sense of urgency that I saw in the first two games in a nuggets did now. Could be waking up the sleeping giant but i. do really like what I saw from L. A. and I do think they're gonNa win this series but the only. Glimmer of hope if I was the Denver Nuggets would be and I think you referenced it. Against the clippers they have to play perfect and we saw joe-marie and Yokich have some perfect games at least four of them. We saw some. Catastrophic meltdown. So the clippers but I do feel like they have to play perfect to beat the. Lakers. With team that they have. But they've done it before in this bubble. You brought up a great point on our mini pot overnight scale as I get my thinking cap. Think about this one here. In the bubble and how it impacts teams with a what is a decisive lead in series when I mean by that is the teams that go up to Oh and series scale I think something like ninety, one percent of the time they win though series you know when they're out to a two zero lead however, you mentioned on her many pod last night that the last two years in the eastern conference that has happened in the team that is down Oh to his comeback to one this win the series right it was Cleveland, against the Boston Celtics two years ago, and then just a year ago. It was the Milwaukee Bucks dominating the Playoffs Eastern Conference. Dominating the Toronto Raptors through the first two games of that series. So Milwaukee was up to Oh and the conference finals they were ten and one in the playoffs they look like the best team in league and then Toronto completely flipped series one, four games in a row. My question for you scall- Is, do you think that is more likely to happen this year in the bubble in Orlando with no travel? No fans and no home court, and if it is more likely, I think I know your answer to this but which team that was down oh to between the Boston Celtics and Denver Nuggets would be more likely to come back and win their respective series. I. Mean. The question is who who are you going again, strike so I think coming back from to Lebron's is damn near impossible personally because I feel like he makes adjustments on the fly. All right days you this I'm going to do this and eventually we're going to figure this thing out. That's tough to do. But I, will say. The Celtics do have a chance with the Gordon Hayward coming back and. then. Putting the stuff behind it and I said this earlier about the cells a game the Celtics were up by ten to the Miami Heat Nancy worst body language. I've ever seen in Eastern Conference finals game. This wasn't after you're down by ten. This is what you up by ten coming out of the hat I don't I don't know if I've ever seen something like that. They just absolutely lost all will to play for one another anywhere together as a team so. If that changes and Gordon Hayward comes back there. That's an easy one. I still think the Celtics are better team. I think are better without Gordon Hayward to be honest with you. I just thought they were they were so bad during the first two games with their body of Joe Miami was on a run. There's nothing they can do about it but I don't know if the Denver and this is like I don't WanNa hate on the. Denver Nuggets because of what they've done, what they've accomplished, it feels it feels bad to short change them but it has no disrespect to them. It's all teams you're down Oh to to Lebron how? You win that series. It just doesn't I. Don't see how you figure out a way to beat that guy for at a five times. It's just not in your car that's how I look at it. Lebron never lost in that situation scale I believe is record is twenty two when his teams are up to and they were up to o on the Denver Nuggets in the Western Conference this year, and now it's two one with the nuggets win last night Denver takes game three, one, fourteen, one, oh, six and it was a weird game skeleton. The nuggets played their best game. I really liked how aggressive Nicola Yokich came out. I thought he was attacking the basket and he was looking to score scale if we remember citizen of Yokich offensively. have any criticism of that guy with the way he's played but at times you know it's to pass I. He tries to be too unselfish. It seemed like his mindset early in game three last night was to come out and attack and I think that was a big reason Denver. Got Off to a good start along with a role players Jeremy Grant was excellent. He made shots which he is not done especially from deep in the playoffs this year and then Monte Morris I thought gave them big lift scout that's stout that's still hard for me to believe what Jamal Murray did in game two I think Mari was plus sixteen and forty four minutes. Four minutes more. He didn't play in game two, the nuggets were minus eighteen. So just somebody to. Stop the bleeding. In this case, it wasn't just to keep it close. Actually the nuggets added to their advantage behind Monte. Morris. So I was really impressed with that last night but I, your your point is well taken. I think of the four teams in the conference finals given their opponent, the Denver Nuggets to play the best they have. They have the smallest margin for error given that they are playing an all time. Great Lebron James, and another guy in his prime he's headed hall of fame someday in Anthony Davis. And I WANNA actually question like Sam Amick wrote a great story about Drummer Mike Malone and Mike Malone challenged him to be more consisted. As a I don't know how I look at it as a player, not not never from my perspective, right? Like my consistency is about just being solid. If I'm solid every night I win I accomplished a lot in light but for joe-marie he has exceptional performances and he also has performances where you're like, you don't know he's out there. So evaluate that for me is it man? He's really young as he always been inconsistent is what is consistency for a player like that or do we calm inconsistent because he has remarkable performances and? The rest of the time he's just average. So when you're evaluating him and if you're evaluating players and I talked about this with the clippers, what is your floor? What is your ceiling and I think that's a big deal for superstars. What is the worst you're going to get from them in a playoff game? So evaluate Jamal Murray for me and looking at him as a championship level player is his floor high enough to win a championship. We know the ceiling is definitely high enough but his his floor high enough and. Is it hard for him to get to that floor every single day? Yeah Great Question I. think that's a challenge for any young player. Especially, any emerging star which I put you in that category I still very young I believe he's only twenty three years old even though he's in year four. Now, in the NBA scale, he has played extremely well. And he's getting more consistent. That was one of the things that stood out watching the game last night scall- the ability to create good shots against good defenders when you have no screen when you're either single covered or sometimes even double covered that's what separates for me the superstars scale and I'm not putting Jamal Maury in that category yet but he does have the ability. He's shown the ability in this year's playoffs to create a good shot when the nuggets have nothing going offensively, it does not need to come off. A great feed from Yokich it doesn't need to come off a screen. He can just go get a good shot against just about any defender with his shooting ability with footwork with his balance with a strength is finishing ability at the basket. So he's really impressed me scale. I'm not ready to call him a superstar yet, but I don't know if he needs to be a superstar for Denver to win because they have another guy into call. Yoga Chu is very close to that level if not at that level already so Can you have to if you don't have Lebron James Sayer, you don't have a lender, not quite this year but what quite has done in the past in the playoffs especially last year in Toronto if you don't have that Guy Scall-, can you win the championship with two guys who were just a notch or two below that but both playing at a very high level I think the Nuggets can, but it's GonNa be tough given the opponent and really when we look back at this series, if the Lakers win I think game to that by Anthony Davis may be hard for Denver overcome keep it keep in mind they won last night now it's to one, but they still have to win three out of the next four games against Lebron James Anthony Davis and the LA LAKERS. which is very difficult to do. So. Is He in the Devon Booker Conversation is the end. The James Harden conversation is the end. The I'm like I'm really the Russell Westbrook I'm really having. Like Jamal. Murray when he's at his best, he is a superstar and you and you would agree with that like ceiling is pretty high but it what what what what category would you put him in at this point which is interesting because. He can single handily beat the Lakers if he has a stretch here of four amazing games. Yeah I. This may be controversial. I would put him ahead of Westbrook as far as his ability to perform under pressure in the playoffs and make shots because you know scale. That's where a lot of it comes down to in the playoffs, you have to be able to make shots over the top of a defense although transition opportunities, you get usually dry up the game. Plan for you they play off you if you're a non shooter like Westbrook, how do you make them pay now harden I think it's easy to overweight what we've seen recently, which was James Harden and the rockets kind of laying down in games four and five and bowing out softly of this year's playoffs what hardness shown the ability you know including in playoff games to go. On scoring menges and do things like that. So I think I think Maureen can be like that. I think maybe he can be even more consistent where I'd be surprised if you ever saw Jamal Murray I don't say quit maybe that's too strong of worse cal but kind give up on a game give up on a series I. Don't think that's the way he and. Nicola Yokich and this Denver Team are wired I. Think they'll go down fighting. In fact I. think the recent history proves that they're down three one in the first round against Utah they're fifteen they come back and win that series. They're down three one against the mighty La Clippers they come back and win that series. So they're to continue to fight. They showed that last night. So I actually put them ahead as far as who I want tomorrow in a playoff game I, put him ahead of Russell Westbrook but still behind James and obviously behind Lebron James Maybe the first guy or one of the top guys in NBA history to have at that. But I think he's close I. Think you could you know hardened like someday with scoring binges and let's see if you can do it more consistently in a playoff setting because he does have more consistent reliable teammate especially from a passing perspective. Than anybody in my opinion James Harden hardness played with in Houston over the last few years. Do you think I like. Snap judgment a little bit on Michael Porter Jr. because I feel like. He. Still does some like some crazy stuff but I'm. Really, growing on me. I. Think he's simplified his game a lot and I kind of feel like he has to be a third one of the third or fourth best players, and he has to sort of be more consistent in delivering, but he's a really. He's better and not as. I say not as bad as I thought from the standpoint of just not having a great feel for the game. I think I made a snap judgment on him. Now I understand why you said what you said and for those who are nudist gals or didn't hear the segment scouts. tweeted out and Kendrick Perkins echoed that Mike Porter Junior was the kind of player who gets coaches fired that may have been a little harsh scale but I understand your point I, understand what you meant by that is his highlight package is better than his game. Consistently when I mean by that is you know you see the threes, you see the Dong, soo the blocks, the rebounds are above the Rim and you say, wow, what you don't see in a guy on twitter I think his name is Steve. Jones Junior scalise a former. Video Coordinator League had a really good breakdown of one sequence I think it was from game to when the nuggets had lead in Puerto Junior on one possession did everything wrong defensively right like he lost his man he got back. He didn't box out. It was like a comedy of errors and you see Mike Malone in the nuggets bench up like what the Hell Malone signals for millsaps or somebody to get out. So that's the frustrating part of those are the things honestly not a lot of people see I think from a fan perspective. Unless, you've played in the league like you have worked front offices when you really break down the film and watch not just what happened scale. But why it happened there are times with Puerto Junior when you're scratching your head at the same time, keep in mind that this is a college age player kid should be what a junior at Missouri. So in the playoffs when the stages this high and you're playing against veterans like Lebron James Anthony Davis region Rondo who is now in the top nine all time playoff assists I think you know? You and I have high expectations and see for fans to remember Hey, look, this is a very inexperienced player. He missed his entire rookie year with a back injury. He played limited minutes in the regular season this year to expect them to be good at all this stuff right away today given how few NBA Games he's played is maybe a little bit unrealistic. So that's how I took a scale is that we tend to rush guys development at times in not let it play out especially when the stakes are high in the conference. Finals. But when I'm thinking guys. Like even thinking back to Tracy McGrady in Toronto maybe I, don't know the game like maybe I didn't know the game I know the game now but. I remember Tracy McGrady in Toronto like. The issue of not being good is like they have a weakness and a team, you can't go left to shoot. So a team forces, you left his shoe and that's a week, but then they get better at it. I don't see the same amount of mistakes if I if I think back to when I watched Lebron Kevin Durant with another one. Tracy, McGrady I'm I'm using all these guys and even derrick rose his rookie year. I don't remember it being like that like there's so many small mistakes and so I don't know I'm I'm. I don't know if I've been around enough NBA players to look at a young guy and I think the the game has really changed like it's becoming a younger man's game. So coaches, we'll. We'll. We'll give and gift minutes to younger players so they can figure this thing out, but I'm trying to think of players that were just clueless from a basketball standpoint, but they can make the big highlight plays like Michael Porter Jr. can and I'm like thinking back and I don't remember any of those guys I'll tell you one and I like Joe Green but I remember people were talking about Gerald Green being the next Kobe or whatever they were saying. I was like you don't Kobe was he did he might have been too aggressive. But it wasn't like he didn't know how to play and he he did a lot of good. He might take a badge shot that which is people where people see I'm not talking about that. I'm talking about you have the ball guys ahead of you on the wing and you just blow them off and that player might be a superstar he just blew off. Talking about stuff like that and. I don't remember really good players doing that at a young age and maybe it did happen. You tell me I'm you've been evaluating players forever and you have a database of evaluating players I'm just kind of looking from the outside and I can't remember great players making mistakes like that. It's a good point and keep in mind the Kobe Bryant grew up in the European basketball factory. He's an American guy off see born and raised in Philly actually morning Italy but raised in Philadelphia. So with his father Joe Jelly Bean Brian, he grew up around the game scale and I think that's where I see a real big advantage for some of the young players coming up. That's why I think you're seeing. A lot of sons of NBA players. Now with Steph curry probably being the best current example son of Dell and brother Seth is is a solid player in league as well. I. Think you'll see more of that scale growing up around the game, the knowledge from a young age, and I'm not saying Puerto Junior doesn't have that he does his father has been a longtime coach. He's an assistant coach now at Missouri so. My point is a lot of it is fundamentals and just learning how to play the right way from a young age, for example, watching. Nicole. Yokich. You know coming from that Serbian basketball factory, which for a small country unanimity players they produce and how good they are especially as far as the coaching and teaching. You can tell that he's been drilled to make the right past the right play There are times when porter junior does not do that. Now, the challenge scale from an evaluation perspective is does he does not do it at times because he's inexperienced and he's just not comfortable doing it yet. Because at every level, he's been able to at six ten with athleticism and a beautiful stroke. Regardless of what's happening I'm just going to dribble up in score. It doesn't matter who else is open I can get to the basket I can get my pull off off at any time, and that's one of the amazing things to me scale his pull up jump shot sometimes when you watch him, he is completely guarded. It's Durant la comparing him to Kevin. Durant at all but there there is a guy there and it doesn't bother me you know Puerto, raises up and shoots it, and it's like the defender isn't there even if it's a six nine athletic guy on them so I bring that up because I think sometimes in in cases. Like Porter's which is unique. I need more time to figure out how how can you develop because he's never had to do anything differently right like he always been able to do that. We're even Kobe Bryant for his greatness. Let let us citizen he's six. So he's not porter's about four or five inches taller than that. So Kobe as a smaller player, not the small player but as a smaller player had to make the right play it time Chris. Paul at the other spectrum really had to make the right play because he's maybe six one and not the most athletic. So that's what it comes down to scale. Is it experience or intelligence? It seems Puerto Junior is intelligent enough. It seems like he is a little immature but to me, it does seem like he's smart enough to figure out how in time to make the right play in not play in a selfish manner that had you and perk concern that negatively impacts his team in his teammates. And that's the thing. I cover all Celtic. Games and. You know I was blown away by the improvement at Jalen. Brown. Made from year one year two. I'm even blown away by the rim reads that Jason Tatum is now making I would I just always assumed that may be because here's a great example of that member we mentioned yesterday Rondo. The first drill I drill in practice when doc SORTA. You to attack the basket he liked proceeded to dominate practice was a year before we had cagey and ray he proceeded to dominate practice for from this one drill for twenty straight minute and there was I mean even. Paul Pierce on the sideline like Whoa I can't believe this and it was like from day one his feel to to play basketball elite elite and so. An obviously held true, and that's like more of what I experience I. See a young player and he has like he does all the little things that matter and that player becomes grain too quiet. Leonard was a good example of that people think that he wasn't good. No. Like. They held them. Accountable couldn't shoot but he put a bunch of working become a better shooter but his body positioned feel for the game. It's almost similar to what he does. Now it's just he now can shoot. So it's a totally different animal, and so I just I wonder about young players when they don't do the little things are they one day especially when they do the big stuff because you know they're boys under mom and everybody. Saying like you know when that ball is driven, you gotta sit down at that guys top lake. They're not saying stuff like that. They're telling you like, yeah, baby keeps shooting. You should shoot every time you get it. So are you listening to that? Are you listening to like Manna? Get lost. So that's that's what I think makes a winning player. That's that's why I brought the comment up about being fired because. People are going to assume that he's a great player, but like in my world, everything counts as a one him making that contested three, which was incredible for him to do in his Kevin Durant like. I'm with you is just as important as cracking back on the weak side or not over committing to the ball or understanding how to play to win a guy goes down to help like all that stuff. It's all worth one to me if you give a all those things and and you can make crazy step back jumpers well, it's all for not. You have to be able to do the little stuff as well. You do and I think maybe I'm giving porter and the people around him too much credit scale. But I really believe as they son of a coach Michael Porter Jr. as I mentioned as longtime coach. that. He will get drilled the right way you know I i. don't think a coach especially at a high major level like Missouri is insistent on quantum. Martin staff is saying, Hey man well, we'll look at that step back three. That was great. I think Michael Porter Sr. is probably saying the opposite like Michael, you missed the guy in the corner you didn't get I think that's usually the case with coaches especially with their own kids I've seen they tend to be even tougher at times on them as far as. Making the right basketball play making the right read because that's what they've demanded out of them junior players, and also that's what they demand out of their own team. You know whether it's a Missouri or elsewhere but he certainly talented scale and he is an ex factor. But, he wasn't the main guy last night who stepped up to me we've talked about that I think at this point, you know we started a show by talking about the floor for Jamal Mari, which is getting higher and higher as he gets more consistent Yokich is you expect for at least I expect almost triple double every night from the guy now he's that good. So who are the other nuggets last night it was two guys, Monte Morris and Jeremy Grants to a lesser extent porter. But I, I was really impressed with Denver I. DO think we have a series now though it's still going to be tough to beat Lebron in a d three out of four times. Scale, the fatigue question's GonNa come up I. I asked you a little bit about it last night but I want to get into it more because Denver has shown that late in series. Even when they're down in Games Laden series game five, six, seven, they can surge. Do you think the longer this thing goes if if the liquor still have the ability to knock the next five games but do you think the long? Series goes that benefits Denver especially with a thirty five year old Lebron James in your seventeen. Yeah I mean I think it all comes down to game four, and if if game four is obviously one by the Lakers, I would put a bow on spy. If somehow the nuggets can win game four, then I I really believe that fatigue vacuum is gonNA kick in because. To me. Lebron. Looks fatigued right now and I know that he can do that. He can bounce back. You can have those throwback performances but. I I. Think the only reason why the Bron- ever doesn't blow by people were dominy games is because of fatigue and? He's so good as a player as a reader of the defense and all that stuff the only reason, and he can read and that's typical. It's a shame that as we get older, our bodies start to go because he is becoming a making the right reads and. And being able to compromise the defense, he probably does that at a level right now higher than he's ever have but his body is not doing the same thing that it used to have like if he's ten percent fifteen percent slower than he was when he was with heat, then that's a big deal. So he used to blow by guys now that guys on his shoulder that guys on his hip. So I do think that fatigue is the only way to beat Lebron. So to me this whole series comes down to game four and the Lakers come out and they figure out how to beat the nuggets in I do I don't think this will be. Another series in which they come back from three one. But if the nuggets game four, then I don't know, I don't actually know who I think is going to win this series because game four if nuggets wind and they have done this before they had the confidence, they can do it a fatigue. Wise. Those guys man. Yoga play the entire game, second our lease, the entire second half, and really be good and not have big time drop off. So game four is going to be huge for legs. I'm not saying is back in wall it's not back the wall but this they had to look this like we're GonNa we have plans on winning a championship. We we're going to get out of this series game four is our game seven. Game Four, tomorrow night in the Western Conference our friends at Bet rivers have the opening line with the Lakers six point favorites as always scale and I will have a lot of breakdown leading up to the big game in the Western. Conference tomorrow night. Let's look at the ministers bution scale from last night Lebron James Played thirty seven minutes Anthony Davis who is younger than Lebron played forty-three. He looked at me at times especially when the Lakers made that big run in the fourth quarter, it was almost like they were waiting for to keep up with the pace of the play. And get into the play The Lakers had a number of chances to tie the game. In the fourth quarter they made up a seventeen point differential down the cut it to three of, but then Lebron turnover contagious caldwell-pope mystery, and then Lebron misstep back three they couldn't score in three opportunities and then the nuggets led by Jamal Maury pulled away late. But after the game last night Gal Lakers superstar Lebron James did not make any excuses. He gave a lot of credit to the Denver Nuggets turn the ball over. Too much. I wanted to the free throw line. And you know I give credit his Doodo Denver came in and played exceptionally well, you know they. They played better than us more aggressive than US three quarters thirty six minutes. but we gotTA. Made, isn't a penalty in the third quarter like nine and a half minutes to go and we have turnovers. That led to some easy bucks for them. We Have Sixteen, Twenty five points and we put them to the lights we night time so. It's not going to be winning ingredients. of We continue to do that and we knew that even after game to what we talked about that trying to assure that. So we got to be better than game for. Scale even though I've heard before as local, the Lakers gave Denver ton of credit and talked about you know how they I like data and play with the same in the mental energy the physical energy to win that game. So I come Rhonda was like that Anti Davis Psychiatric Accountability for two rebounds, which we should get into house anti two rebounds. Man I've seen them get like six rebounds on one play one time. How did he get to rebound for an entire game? It's mind boggling to me. He had two rebounds in forty three minutes and they were both late in the game scale I. think in fact, they both might have been in the fourth quarter. He had zero for a while, but you don't have to take our word for it. Here's what Lakers superstar Anthony Davis had to say about his rebounding performance after last night's game. No Do Better job on glass person we You know I can't have you know to rebalance targeting so. In that aspect but. They're gonNA acceptable I mean there's not really much. I can say, I, just had be done. Kudos to him for for owning it their team owns it. But I agree with you, I think tomorrow night is super important. It usually is important anytime. There's a two one series that game for however, in this case, you want to talk about confidence for a young team and keep in mind the Denver Nuggets still are a young team although they have a ton of high level playoff experienced now over the last two years. With two seven game series in a row in the first round a year ago, and now to seven game series to start this year, and it looks like the Western Conference, finals is going to be another one. Bring it upscale because I feel like if the nuggets are able to win game four tomorrow night, then the series would be tied at two but then also the. Nuggets will feel like well, we should have won three in a row. We had them beat in game tube for Anthony Davis hit that shot so we should be up three one that that's interesting part of it. So we'll see how both teams respond. One thing I think the Lakers needs gal is they need their role players to play better Rondo wasn't as good last night. Caruso wasn't as good. Last night especially offensively seems like the the nuggets have have kind of put it in their game plan to completely Caruso alone and just kind of Jerem to shoot. He's a good defensive player but he struggled offensively, I'm scale. Who Do you think is the Lakers best bet tomorrow and if they're GONNA win the series to step up other than Rhonda. Probably expect him to do at a high level, but which other labor do you think besides Lebron and Rondo can help them get through to the NBA finals. So the way I look at it is Rondo plays welding Caruso will play well because he just not asked to do too much I think. The Lebron is. Obviously, the best player makes the whole thing go but. REBRAND has a lot of pressure and a lot of things on him and I'm not saying pressure as in pressure to win. Responsibilities in a gain and when you deviate responsibilities get stretched too thin as people in the business world would say you know you gotta be able to delegate I think I think Lebron delegates Tonto Rondo Rondo too. Good. So the brownfields like all right, I don't have to worry about that side of it so. I got all eyes on. Rondo. Rondo plays well, at Rhino has energy I don't see how the Lakers lose a game. Moving forward I mean I I would love to track when rondos good is the Lakers will lose a game I. don't I think it'd be impossible to be because when he's good. Gainey Green, is better Colorado Pope is better. Better when Rondo is good. So I think that that's if I was Denver I would figure out a way where I could get him off the floor maybe attack him on defense or I don't make him make him shoot which been making shots. So that'd be the Guy I'd be focusing on. John Rondo up Jamal Maury a few times last night in the fourth quarter Lakers. Had that incredible Ron and those were big turnovers. Those are ball turnovers that led to transition opportunities going the other way for the LA. Lakers, brought him back from down twenty was ninety, seven, seventy, seven. Then they cut it cut to three and as I mentioned a few chances to tie the game. It was interesting also to hear scale. What the Denver Nuggets said after the game last night here is Nicole Yokich. The nuggets star saying that alluding to the fact that it seemed like the nuggets may have been intimidated by the La Lakers early in the series however, that is not the case anymore different is game day Dave just Really, aggressive, never making tragedy were. And you're kind of one step slower than then one day were. Kinda surprising on every in every in every game by the pace by by the rebounding. So we were second game you kind of knew what we're going to. See on the floor and. To the today, it was just a really good night for us replaying look at defense I think and Just we need to figure out that that big they had to. We can have a let that happen. But the was a big big win for us today. Watch offers his own I. Think the Lakers are GonNa runs on with Yokich in the Game I. I started I've watched Denver I think the way that the Lakers played that zone in in the fourth quarter is a really positive way to stop Denver and make them. It will make Jamal maybe be more aggressive, but you could take away a lot of cuts in a lot of stuff from yokich would that. Just, Mike loan going into the game you'd better be ready for it. It's a very interesting question scale from a tactical perspective. If you are Lakers head coach, frank, Vogel how much do you use that zone and Wendy? Use It? Do you come out with it right away? Do you say we're GONNA play a majority of the forty eight minutes in zone or something that you think is more of a a change of pace. You know it's spring it on and pull it off when they're not ready for it. How would you approach that? If were head coach of the La Lakers. Yeah. So come out of time outs. I've used out of timeouts and you gotTa Stop I. Just keep going back to it and then I put it back in the back pocket and I'd probably try to do it again after the second time out just to just to make Mike alone say, okay this is what they're running coming out timeout and. Then, you play the cat and mouse game. The Lakers are smart enough at the team in that group in particular that was on the floor they're all very high Q. Guys. I. Think that they could go in and out of it to keep the nuggets on their heels and the way that they set up. They could look the same and go into man or look the same go into zone it. All it's GonNa do is create a little bit of hesitation on Denver's part and that's all you really WanNa do you WanNa make an NBA player think for just a quarter of a second and you probably GonNa win that possession. So I, thought that was I just thought it takes away from what I feel like Yokich is unstoppable as a player when he's at his best and not that doesn't meet scoring every time. It just means making the right play or just hitting open guys for shots I. Don't could to take that away you can be. More locked into cutters you pressure him Yokich and you could pass him off when he drives. So it's a I thought it was I thought it was really unique and I don't know if I've ever seen a team run the zone like Dat against Denver. Yes. So correct me if I'm wrong but it seems that you seem to think the two series with the coaches usage of the zone you. Thank. You Miami. You seem to think the Boston Celtics figured out the heat zone and that's not something the heat should do as much especially with Gordon. Hayward. Back in the lineup our the Lakers you'd like to see more of it. Right I. Am I reading that right or am I putting putting words in your mouth? No because the Boston Celtics when they bring their when they bring your bigs when the Miami Heat bring their bigs up. So you have Gordon Hayward, Jalen, Brown, Jason Tatum, Kemba, Walker, you have these guys driving biggs to the middle of the lane and now making plays. So what what are you not worried about with Yokich? I'm not worried about blow buys with Yokich. See The difference you drive and you get a blow by that zone is screwed for Miami and with Gordon Hayward Jason Tatum. Jalen Brown, those guys can blow by you like Yokich is not blowing by he's playing the HIP game right? He's trying to keep you on his hip spin off you. So in that zone, it advantageous to have bigger bigger defensive players at the top of the key. So now you could body him up. You could be there cutters are being passed off if they do they go through, you pass him off. So I think it's I think it's because. I'm not worried about the blow by at the top because Yokich isn't blowing by anybody I think zone we'll work really well, and that's the fundamental difference between the two. Yeah you make a good point. The Celtics have more bigger versatile wing playmakers especially with Jason Tatum and Gordon Hayward that can kind of get in the middle of his own with their size athleticism. They can dribble pass shoot from there and breakdown zone. The nuggets really don't have that. That's not the way. There are two best players, Yokich and Mauri in particular wired. So be interesting to see but that's the fundamental question scale. You know that's not something Lakers have done a lot this year like Miami played more zone in the regular season than did the La Laker. So in a playoff series, this is what keeps keeps coaches up at night. Do you just continue? To do what you've done and keep in mind Lakers have a top five defense by playing almost exclusively man or do you make a significant adjustment on the biggest stage under pressure and hope it works out because he saw really good things in the fourth quarter. That's why coaches get paid the big bucks and we know either way especially as of the coach of that team Frank Vogel Coaching in with Lebron James. His decision and choice is going to be scrutinized either way especially, if whatever he chooses to do defensively does not work out at the end of the day but the playoffs is different because you have time to prepare I don't think that people understand. How little prep time you actually have to get ready for a game in the regular season with eighty two games coming at you three and a half games a week. Sometimes, you know three games in four nights. When you when you play a team one time the next time you know everything about that team I I would I would personally love. To see more back to backs of the same team in the regular season I. Think it's great for preparation. You see you'll also see how players respond to the defense that they had the night before is not the same thing that happens you know the next that's why when they say to cream rises to the top in the play offs just because. You're a superstar and you have a big game I mean you you know that that team is coming actually to shut you down. That's that's not a that's how it works. So you have to go to something else and then they try to stop you. Then you have to go to something else and that's what makes those guys superstar. That's what a superstar is in the regular season. If you just fundamentally play the percentages I, I'm going to try to force long to. Take away corner threes can't over help you do those things. Percentages are gonNA play themselves out that most times you're going to win but. Sometimes it doesn't work out that way, but it doesn't mean you deviate and everyone I. Love when people say, Oh, in game adjustments in the regular season, they should have done this. I should have done that they should have trapped. This guy should have kept that guy that you have to be you have to stand for something in the regular season in the play offs you have to be able to make adjustment you have to do things differently I'll tell you an example would would Tom Thibodeau we're GONNA, playoff series, and typical wanted US defensively to be this is the court has massive. He wanted us to be six inches closer to the ball handler on a pick and roll, and he wanted our hand not to be to the side he wanted to be. Low to protect the pocket pass we did that we were six inches up closer to the ball, and we had her hand low, and we right completely disrupted a teams entire offense based on that one adjustment that we made. In the playoffs I think it was against the Chicago Bulls. Nine. And he wanted us one step closer to Ben Gordon and Derrick rose, and we wanted to take away the pocket pass. So we can retreat back that was it and that adjustment right there change helped us win games and change the series. That's how minute adjustments are in the playoffs but you're not doing that in the regular season, he's not making that on the fly. You're just you're playing your principles. So it's two different defenses. Yeah No you're right you you take away strengths and force people to weaknesses in the playoffs. If a strength like the Chicago Bulls, you mentioned it oh nine their strength is getting to on the ball and pick and roll action making that pocket pass, which is the bounce pass between the two defenders when they collapsed and get to on the ball and you're playing four on three. If you take that, then you know not a lot of teams have seen that or put it a different way. Teams haven't been able to take that away or. Done that consistently. So now you're on the playoffs in highest stage and you really don't know what to do because that hasn't happened at least not consistently you know, and then then you kind of questioning yourself, we're gonNA take a quick break right here on Scallon pals coming back on the other side, we're going to get into the big coaching higher yesterday with the Chicago Bulls Hiring Billy Donovan, and also preview the huge game four in the Eastern Conference tonight between the Boston Celtics and Miami Heat you're listening to watching scalise on radio. 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The Herd-HOUR-3-Chris Paul, Lakers, Mo Dakhil

The Herd with Colin Cowherd

49:49 min | 5 months ago

The Herd-HOUR-3-Chris Paul, Lakers, Mo Dakhil

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They often imitated but never duplicated duplicated get it Colin Coward. Thanks much as part of your day should point out that Collins on Saturday pod will cain was really good. Very interesting can download that one. Bird podcast network I also have a pod. On the heard podcast ever called all ball, all basketball, all the time. Langston Galloway was my guest. Check, that one out all. The time ended up gottlieb show is weekdays after this when three to six eastern twelve to three. Pacific. Look I. I'm not GonNa sit here and lie to you and be fake. Humble. I don't think I do know that I know more basketball than most of you. Sorry actually not sorry. I've gotten paid to coverage for almost twenty years. I played it profession they played it in college I grew up in a family of coaches in my dad now my brother. So yeah, like I watched a little bit differently. And I think there are players who can face adversity and fail at some point in time their career and overcome it. I think there are guys that can overcome adversity or pressure. For most of their career and then face some sort of stress or strain or adversity, and then you know get get the Yips and never overcome it. And then I think there are guys that have always been good under pressure. We just. We just struggled to understand that you can be a winner and maybe not win a championship because it is in fact, a team sport. And Winnie's really hard. I here's what I mean like. Lebron James failed is first time in the NBA playoffs in the NBA finals. degree. They play the Dallas. Mavericks. And he didn't trust his jump shot. He was super tight. And he didn't play particularly. Well, there's other factors in it. You Know Tyson and. Credit colonies pointed this out. Tyson Chandler was protecting the rim. Right remember this is back when the heat started Joel. Anthony, as their center there just wasn't space and he wasn't able to finish and he got a little tentative interest as mid range jump shot. There's other factors one Joel Anthony to Mike Bibby was her starting point guard. He was bad so bad and games one through five actually didn't play a minute in game six. But. But if we add to sum it up for Lebron. Whatever was going on emotionally mentally, he wasn't ready for that moment. And he choked. then. The next year they took on the thunder who weren't the best team, the West there were very young but very talented and he didn't choke. And then he was kind of up and down the Spurs series. And infecting game six, they were dead to rights beaten. He made some plays but obviously, ray on bail them out the most making the game tying three, and then game seven. He was the only one with gas in the tank and he hit a couple of shots. Early had great confidence he was fantastic. And I still don't think Lebron is he just doesn't have the game of. Jordan Kobe bird etc to get his own shot other than kind of playing bully baller shooting over guys. Some of that. Some of that has mentality of one set guys up whatever it is. Lebron, in most basketball players, NBA basketball current foreign players. Mind is a all time. Great but he is not the Alpha give me the ball I'm gonNA bring us back. I'm going to even Chris Paul did last night. But he has overcome those the early career early part of the championship. stress strain yes. If you will. Then there's Nick Anderson. Remember Nick Anderson. Great player Dylan. Oi. Grey Guy. Right Guy Nixon awesome dude. And Nick, was having an all-star caliber career in Orlando with the magic. Playing. With Shack. Penny. Hardaway like that was a squad. They're playing in game one of the NBA Finals against the Houston Rockets and he missed four consecutive free throws and a game they should have won the end up losing. And never really recovered. There was a guy that was great under pressure until that one moment than he wasn't. Then you have Chris Paul. And I think Chris Paul's fasting. Fasting, think of all of the things in his career in which he has been through. You know like this is a guy who played for the late skip prosser. In College. And they got upset in the second round of the NCAA tournament. You know it's like that's a fascinating thing like Chris Paul lost in the NCA tournament. Right they lost West Virginia. And so the thought is well Chris Paul's choker. They couldn't even win in college. Do you remember that game. Right. Like for Chris Paul to be the guy responsible for them losing he's certainly played pretty damn well. Twenty two points and nine. This did F five turnovers. And they couldn't stop anybody. They couldn't guard anybody they couldn't guard. West Virginia and Kevin Pits Naga and Mike Ganzi. Tyrone Sally. Then you go to the NBA and crystal was drafted by the New Orleans. Hornets. K. But before he plays a game. Hurricane Katrina happens and they play in Oklahoma City. So you got that as adversity. Then they're playing George Shinn. Sells the team, the League because he can't sell the team. So the League's operating it and they wanted Trade Chris Paul to the Lakers. But that trade gets knicks this is all part of his career. Now, then he goes to the clippers and with the clippers he was heard his first three years. They had a squad, but it was a dysfunctional squad for team that had never won before. But he led the League in assists four different times led the League in steals six different times. He is an all time. Great player. One. Year with the rockets, he pulled his hamstring inopportune moment one year with the rockets they missed twenty seven straight threes. And so they don't accomplish what they thought. They could doesn't take them to the next level. He has a huge contract they trade him Oklahoma City I. Watched Him last night. Now I. Know in our minds there's more pressure the NBA finals then there is in the first round the playoffs. But the truth is it's not really how it works. It just isn't when you're playing. He's just playing, and if you can handle the pressure of playing of making shots or missing shots or making plays or taking over a game you. In the playoffs when your back's against the wall like I've said this about like. Go in pick. The player. Clayton Kershaw had unvbelievable moments in the playoffs. I think it was like against the mets he was nasty back against the wall. He was Donald. For the dodgers his issue has always been when he gets the seventh inning against the basically. Until you know recently when he's lost the pop his fastball when he was Prime Clayton Kershaw, it was just when he get to the seventh inning Pedro Martinez. Pedro Martinez when he got over one hundred pitches was Hannibal before that he was unhittable. The Best Pitcher I've seen in my lifetime is Pedro. Martinez. I don't think he's a choker I just think you get tired like anybody like any pitcher over a hundred pitches and they can hitch a little bit. Last night with four minutes left Houston was up ninety, eight, ninety two. Chris Paul Hits Two threes. Grabs two steals gets two rebounds hits. Two. Free Throws Oakland City the game on a twelve to two run force game seven. Now. I. Don't know how the clutch gene works. I don't know for people used the term clutch gene. But by my estimation. When your back's against the wall against the team used to play for and you get traded for another player he plays poorly and you play great. Why how would there be any more pressure than those moments? You go back to when he was in New Orleans with the Hornets early in his career he was great in the playoffs. He just wasn't surrounded by good enough team. That's it. Now, go back to the two thousand, nine playoffs. and. He had some unbelievable game they were just. By the by the Denver Nuggets. But I I look at Chris Paul and I. Think. He's one of those guys who's a winter that just hasn't won a championship. The circumstances sometimes dictate if you can, in fact, when a championship. Like. It's it's it's really important to point out that had that clippers team put together five years previous. They probably win a championship. But because they won at injuries and to the League had changed the three pointer the stretching of defense is small ball, the thunder, the the the. The warriors are just better. For that era of basketball. So sometimes circumstances not how good you are dictate. If you win championships I watch Chris Paul last night and I thought to myself what a stud. What a tremendous player Tremendous player. What a I mean just an absolute. Stud. And I don't know how that changes just because the round of the playoffs change. That's completely and utterly unfair and. You know. Just, not realistic. You don't. It's like Aaron Rodgers. has had some amazing moments like the throw in. Dallas in the playoffs couple of years ago. They're down twenty eight to three against the Atlanta Falcons much like Tom. Brady was two weeks later they don't come back well, Aaron Rodgers and Tom Brady well yeah. His defense couldn't get a stop. He surrounded by ten other guys on offense. There's some limitations to what anyone human being can do. Aaron Rodgers has shown us in the biggest of situations that he can in fact, pull off miracles in great place suddenly forgets all that of course not. Same thing goes for manning. You don't go from clutch getting it without some sort of. Monumental collapse and suddenly become a go can't do it under pressure I. Don't believe that. The the premise of it is Russell Westbrook hasn't changed. He has always been a high turnover guy a guy that struggles to shoot a guy who's not great finisher around the rim. WHO's competitive as hell but there's just something missing and that get exposed in the playoffs whereas Chris. Paul hasn't really changed. He's a big shot maker. He's a tough defender. He will stick his nose in there and rebound and he will make the big shot in the playoffs and not have any. Over overtaken on that responsibility. The only difference is how you see him because the round the playoffs but love that's the limitations of the supporting cast. All right coming up next modell join US covers the NBA for bleacher report get his thoughts on c. p. three his thoughts on Russell Westbrook was bad last night. Not Good and I'll tell you us wasn't great. Jaanus. But we've seen the bucks losing the first game of the playoffs previously. So of the other series, just Larry's can they recover plus we've got game seven tonight. You haven't seen the jazz and nuggets. You would not believe the numbers that Jamal Murray and Donna Mitchell put up that's next but I be sure to catch live editions of the heard Weekdays at noon eastern nine am Pacific on Fox sports radio s one and the iheartradio APP? 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It's like the I think we're going to have to put Derek Jeeter enlists why Derek Jeeter like? Remember how jeter would look when he was at the plate and there'd be a pitch that was down the middle, but he wouldn't like it. He likes throw his but way out as if it was almost GONNA hit him. The almost like bail out with his hips and lower body. In an effort to show the pictures to inside even though look right down the middle. Just. Annoyed me. Knowing me. and. Seriously jets you know back then did you could you date one seven or eight today? All had to be ten it's kind of annoying. This. Mohawk, he'll joins us in the hurt he worked for the clippers and the Spurs. Now he covers the NBA for bleacher report and the athletes. The juxtaposition last night of Russell Westbrook who's been a league MVP fallen apart down the stretch as opposed to Chris Paul who's one of these by so many fans maligned guys. How how would you describe what happened on that Foreign Orlando last night? Yeah that was pretty interesting I think we sort of saw. The. Problems with Russell Westbrook at the end, the game, and this is something we've seen with. You know when he was playing with Kevin Durant, it's something where we're almost accustomed to. If you'RE GONNA fall in the League for a long time to rush does have that tendency to try to take it out on his own? No matter how good his made? And then when you flip it over and look at Chris Paul you know Chris. Chris does and what he's done almost all his career especially, you know this year he's been great in the clutch and the way this team structured Oklahoma. He's able doug the Kinda just. Take his foot off the gas for the first three quarters and conserves energy, and then when they really need, he just turns it up and that's what we saw last night. Yeah. I tried to express it in a way which I don't know if it hit which is like this guy is Chris Paul has been through an amazing amount right like forty plays in New Orleans they have Katrina see plays in Oklahoma City than the League owns the team then gets traded that gets rescinded. But he was he was great young in the playoffs first couple years, and then with the clippers, it was a little bit of a dysfunctional mess the league kind of change right before their eyes right where we're now sudden you know you have a center who's Not Offensive Player, and and and you know then you have a powerful net that positions kind of been eliminated and then there's always injuries or little dysfunction then he gets to Houston and he pulls a hamstring like there have been things but through it all like I think Chris Paul has been a winner even he hasn't won a championship. It's just hard to explain that to somebody who is result oriented and looks at it like well, how come they didn't get past the second round with the clippers. Yeah that's the ultimate problem of rings culture. Right? Like we look at it and you don't have a ring you didn't win anything. You weren't a great player. And I don't think people fully understand. With the gains like now. It's not hey you're the best player there for you should just win a championship. You need to have great pieces around you look at what we're watching with Milwaukee Yada. Do we're always kinda asking? Do they have enough? You know very, very few guys. In elevate their team to the point that every time they step on the court, their championship level team, and that's a guy like Lebron James. That's a guy like Michael Jordan like those guys are extremely rare. The other guys need to have health I. Think you know we hold that against Chris a lot of times. In that we think like, Hey, he'd never made it past the second round. How many of those teams were supposed to make it best the second round I mean we can. We can get for the three one loss to Houston. That's something you know you you gotta go ahead and for we can talk about when he turned the ball over his with the clippers against Oklahoma City. Had A chance to go up three to do we can talk about those things but we don't talk about the game winning floater against the Spurs. The first round was unbelievable game seven that was an unbelievable game right and you know we we don't talk about those enough. We always just WANNA focus on when it didn't work out but more often than not if you just look at. He delivers more than he doesn't, and you know nobody's GonNa. Bet a hundred. Thousand. He's he's not a There are GonNa be Games where he's going to have bad ones and unfortunately it's GonNa come sometimes at a bad time. You know it's it's not on him like when you look at his run with Houston, they say three to lead against the. Warriors. He's the reason why in that game if you go back and watch that game five, he pushed his body so far to the limit to make sure they get that win. Pulled his hamstring and couldn't play the next two games I mean you know. But if he doesn't do that, they probably don't win that game and they're down in that series three two. Does Okla. I mean I still struggling with how Oklahoma City is doing this right I mean Shea Alexander. Still couple years away like he doesn't they have some transition where they don't get labs and open shots, which normally would you just so young? you know Lou. Is a great athlete and if he learns to shoot, it's GonNa. Be Good player, but they're just trying to. Use Him for his toughness on James. Harden. Chris Pauling using. Ferguson who's not a great like they're. In a Stephen Adams should dominate, but he doesn't just that's not what he does. Even though you know he's being guarded by somebody six four, I don't even know how they're in this thing. Yeah I mean some of it. Yes. To look at you know the rockets, they just the turnovers they had last night. Were were really indefensible again, that goes back to Russ and and it wasn't just him. You know hard and had I think five turnovers heir Gordon had four turnovers I mean right there. That's you know probably half the teams turnovers between the three them and then you just look at it with the way the rockets play you know they'll let you in games because they always tend to go on a you know like a six seven minute spell where they just can't make shop and if you're able to take advantage of it. You know you can jump back into these games and I think that's what Oklahoma City's been able to do but I'm with you sometimes I'm. How is still a game watches? Parts of yesterday's game where I was just like I don't like I can't even explain it. I I actually I have I have hypotheses mode. Akil. Joining us he used to work for the Spurs and the Clippers now works for Bleach report and yeah thought joins us in the her dugout filling in for Colin I actually have a I have policies and you help me kind of flesh it out. I. Understand. For the most part analytics and how it works. Okay. But the part and Barclay doesn't really get it to one of the things that he kind of nails is the idea of jump shooting based teams because. That truly play Alex Base basketball. It's not just about three days. It's about layups as about free throws. But I feel like if you don't ever post up. And you're just playing this driving kick game and shoot and try and get to the rim of not kick it out. It can be, and then you're you're on and you miss a bunch of threes it can be exhausting to be on defense that long and play at that pace in a shoot that many and now we go longer and longer into a series and your legs are going I. Mean James Harden was gassed at the end of that game and I think that a little bit of their style it's problematic because they wear themselves out. Yeah. I would I had one thing to your hypothesis is you know? I, think the ignoring completely the mid range, which is the rockets tend to do. Is something that really hurts me, I. Think this is. You know you're you know. You're leaving so much of the court. or it's like this is real estate. We're not GONNA touch. It's almost like you're you're treating it like it's a swamp land and I think in that situation not willing to take that shot. Means when I'm guarding you when you get past the three point line, I'm just GonNa meet you at the rim or or three or four feet from the rim and not have to worry about too much. You know I, don't have to worry about you pulling up at the L. but like what was the last time we've seen James Harden pull up at the elbow. Then we saw Rustu it last night, but he missed by four feet so. That was that was impressive airball impressive because let's let's get to the bucks how. How problematic is Janas issues I mean I know people making a big deal of them not guarding Jimmy Butler. I, think the bigger issue is he's just not able to big boy people and they're able to kind of build a wall in the playoffs. How problematic is this this series heading forward? Yeah it's definitely a concern I think you know your First off you have to give the he credit for being able to get back in transition and build that wall. That's pretty difficult and its own right but I think that. Comes down to it after that, the other players have to run with Yana serves a great example from yesterday's game where you know they built the wall, but nobody could accounted for Kyle Korver on the win and they able to find him for three I. think that you kind of have to take down that wall a little bit is those other guys have run the lanes with him? And give it passing angles because if they're going to put that much attention on your honest and transition, then he's gotTa make them pay with those other guys because once those guys start hitting shots than it makes it a little tougher to Kinda WanNa slide over and bsn nail to show big and and create that wall and help help help out Jimmy Butler Bam headed by whoever is you know? Primary defender in that position because now you're also worried about Kyle Korver stepping into three Chris Middleton or George Hill. Cutting behind you or things like that and I think that. The way the blocks, my one attack in transition. Mode joining us from bleacher report and the Authentic Doug Alley been for Colin. This is the heard. Have you ever seen? Two guys make the volume and. Accuracy of shots with the level of difficulty that we're seeing with. Jamal Marine Donovan Mitchell. I don't think anybody. I mean. What are these guys on? What are they doing? How is this happening? I my theory is feeding them some sort of like alligator blood or something like that. Since there in Orlando or something like that 'cause they're doing it for like three or four straight games. It's been impressive. There's no way to really describe it. I. Don't think we've ever seen a shootout go for this long in a playoff series between two guys. It's incredible. Really incredible Am I crazy to think that the Lakers one last night that way whether they get? HOUSTON. Oklahoma. City. They'll be at a gas they match up really well, they got extra time and extra arrest due to the protests like the the Lakers may be winning without anybody realizing. It's a huge win for them. I. Mean. Look when I was with the clippers, we went to seven game series against Memphis beat Memphis flew to San Antonio after that game had one day or practice and played San Antonio and we got swept in that series now granted we're supposed to west we weren't good enough at that point. But we were exhausted and you could see it in game on you can see it in practice before that series even we all felt tired I mean, how is the video Guy Doug and I was exhausted? So I think you know you have. This is always advantage for the Lakers. No matter who they play. The fact that these two teams are going to really be slugging it out, and then whenever they're done, it's a day off and then the Lakers the next day like that's just a brutal scenario there for either team that moved on. So it's definitely a win for the Lakers by the way you mentioned you were the video guy for the clippers in all of your video work did Chris Paul ever commit a foul because it does not appear as though he realized he believes he ever committed a fell. When I was on the team I'd never thought he committed search directory always wrong. I can't believe what a terrible t they gave him last night. Well. What was that? That was just bizarre I mean what we're doing we gotta get rid of this. Supposed automatic technical for the Air Punch and I've seen games where they call it as soon as the guy does it and I've seen games where they let guys slide and I, think ultimately, we just gotTa get rid of that rule. This automatic tech critter punching is too much. Let guys show a little emotion. I'm not surprised by Boston I just think like I. Love Toronto at Nick. Nurses done but I'm not at all surprised by Boston I picked them to win the series again it's very, very early but I think Jason Tatum is a burgeoning star and then I'm a Kemba Guy I know he's not as good as Kyri I get that. But if you tell me games come game on the line, you need your point guard to go get you a bucket. I feel like I can get you that bucket and they're not big inside but Toronto doesn't expose that like I I like Boston this thing. Yeah it's really an interesting scenario. The way I kind of look at it it's. The. The the thing about it is it's two different teams A. BOSTON, who's to be heavy on their superstars they're gonNA lean heavily on like you said Jason, Tatum Kemba Walker, and also Jalen Brown like those guys were Toronto Kinda, beat you with their their cadre guys and everybody kind of pitches in. So it's GONNA be interesting that scenario for me ultimately when it comes to the playoffs I wanNA have a guy I can trust is it going to guy? Boston's got two of them and when I look at Toronto this is what set Toronto apart last year. All the other year from they fell apart when things weren't going right right. They were just like Oh, we're in trouble give it to Kuwa- go get a bucket. That guy like I'm sorry I like Pascal Pascale not that Guy I don't think he's ever going to be that guy I think he's going to. Second or third option throughout his career, and he's going to be a good one that. But he's not that guy, I don't know power Kyle lowry that guy anymore I don't they mark souls that guy you know maybe it's red leap but I concerned you know we just as size that he's going up against the wings and the Celtics like it becomes a problem for me ultimately in the offs like this is a good match for the Celtics it's interesting I'm one of these people. I. Think people think that I anti player because I want them to stay in college. One of the reasons I think college is really good for some guys is you have to learn to be bad guy like you can't you. You don't go from high school a year in college or go in the G. League and then go. All sudden you know 'cause you when you're first in the league. You don't get that opportunity to be the Alpha and you don't really grow into the role of being an Alpha unless you've done it before at a higher level, it's one of the things I think is missing when guys kind of brushed through college have a decent first year get drafted early and slowly move up kind of the food chain of of the NBA. Last thing you mentioned coup why I said this yesterday like. I think he's the best player in league I watch my both ends mean he's so officiant. He carries that team and I I know Janas is probably GonNa win the MVP if not I would. I would vote for Lebron because of what he's done for that team but I feel like, Hawaii truth be told both ends of the floor combined he's the best player. I mean it. Is Definitely. The Best Player the biggest question coli he's healthy. Healthy and we know throughout the season East constantly you know load managing and stuff like that if he was playing this way throughout. Seventy seventy five games you know he's up there in the NBC debate and it becomes a real argument. You know I think it's One of those things where we just going to what we're getting from him. But when we see them in the playoffs, like you know, we saw it lasts we saw in in game six you know when the mavs are making a run the clippers we're just like here you go Koi, go get it and he had a donkey three mid rangers. Without hesitation like he just said, cool I got you. And I, there's no question I. Think he's he's not the best. He's one of the best and that's a a very few very small list to be on. So I'm with you on that dog I. Is, outstanding and I've had a front of quote seasoning front row view this year being in La. More. Great stuff man I love you work appreciate unionists, enjoy the hoops. Tonight. We'll talk soon and thank you for having me. Of course, worked in the clippers in the Spurs. Now covers the League for the bleacher report and the likes music with news. On the news, this is the third line news. Right Okay Doug we talked about this earlier we're just gonNA, keep adding layers to it. The Big Ten may be closer to play football in the fall. That's right. President Donald Trump tweeted out earlier today had very productive productive conversation with Kevin. Warren, Commissioner of the Big Ten conference about immediately starting big ten football would be good great for everyone players fans country on the one yard line the big ten that up sending out this statement a white. House representative reach out to the big. Ten. Commissioner Kevin Warren on Monday to facilitate a phone call between President Donald. Trump and warned commissioner warned on Tuesday Commissioner Gordon the president had a productive conversation the big ten, and it's returned to competition task force on behalf of the big ten council presidents and chancellors are exhausting every resource to help student athletes get back to playing the sport they love at the most appropriate time in the safest and healthiest way. Possible. I guess the big thing is he's offering up the they have they have plenty of tasks and he wants to test their way. That's correct. The the issue that I think they have is you know field player safety, but it's Can you do the heart MRI's after if somebody gets Kovic to make sure they don't have myocarditis. I have always maintained that your better your players are better off not just on campus, but in your facility because they get the best training, the best treatment if they get sick, you know what I'm homesick. Him Not being cared for, and if you're already working out together, why can't she then? Play against each other that part I didn't understand to begin with. So yeah, I looked this but obviously, the president's using this to be up. Politic up. good politics for him. It's A. It's winning if. Even, if they don't play, he can say, well, they didn't WanNa play because. You know it's about politics. It's about the election. If they do then he becomes the champion of it even if the big time was trying to play to begin, as you said, the federal government is offering all sorts of resource everything from rapid result tests to other financial backing and several different college football reporters across the country have reached out and reported sources on the interpretation of President Trump's on the one yard line. Not being classified as being that close. Yes. But that is at least according to one yard line. That's very good. Very, very, very good point Now, we will transition to some NBA here Doug you talking it there with Kiel. Last night during Jimmy, Butler is dominating performance his former teammate Joel embiid was giving his thoughts on twitter. He tweeted out a couple of different things he tweeted out in all caps if. Dot Dot dot I guess if the seventy sixers had never traded Jimmy Butler is what he's referring to also later on he added Jimmy Butler Hashtag. To Good Yeah. That'd be missing his buddy Jimmy Butler. I mean Butler is one of those guys that can be little like Chris Paul Right can be at times difficult to be around if you ain't all about winning Jimmy Butler didn't the he's the one who's like we don't want girlfriends or wives right now we're a business trip I'm sure there's guys and team like, Hey, hey, I would like to see my girl. Hey. He's not for everybody. But if he's for you, he's four you and I think that's what he's found in. MIAMI. And last thing here, Doug. We will finish up with some unfortunate news for your Los Angeles chargers. We talked about this a little bit yesterday, but unfortunately, bad news turned worse for the chargers. All Pro Safety James, his knee injury was a bit more serious than initially expected. He is going to have surgery and he will be at six eight months. Of course, has his charter. Groundhog Day right. I mean ground I joey Bosa holds out his first year. Then Derwin James got hurt last year and Melvin Gordon was holding out like it's always forced lamp got hurt and they they passed on Pam homes. Charges Man. On repeat that's right music with the news. Well. That's the news and thanks for stopping by heard lie you love Jada them the ten best players to be annoying to watch. That's next in the hurt be short catch live editions of the heard Weekdays at noon eastern nine am Pacific on Fox sports, Radio One and the iheartradio APP. 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We talk to the people at the heart of it all represent an shape this global movement real talk with real people listen to get down k town on the iheartradio APP apple podcasts or wherever you listen to your podcasts. It was may nineteenth nineteen eighty-three in Springfield Oregon in the middle of an otherwise peaceful cool spring night a car arrived at McKenzie Willamette Hospital. Diane downs and her three children had been shot Cheryl seven was dead and Danny three in Christie eight had life threatening injuries a year. Later Diane herself was found guilty for the shootings. In the eighties, this was a shocking headline story of fatal attraction. Authorities believed Diane's infatuation with a married man who said he had no interest in being a father to anyone's children was the possible motive behind her shooting her three kids one year later at her trial she was pregnant. That child was Becky Babcock for years becky has tried to come to terms with who were mother is but one mystery has taunted her. Who is your biological father? She's what I call Jackpot match. Did you find Becky's biological father join me as we search for the answer and explore Becky's and her mother's passed on this season of happy face presents to face listen on the iheartradio APP apple podcasts or wherever you find your favorite shows. Doug, Alley for Colin this is the got some game tonight. We'll talk some lines in a second but you know how we do every day at this time in the heard, we got something say for you. It's almost the end of the show, but that doesn't mean we're phone ended in Nope we grind to the very last segment. It's time for best for last. Yes. So here's what we decided to do watching Chris. Paul last night, and some of the theatrics some of the way which he handles himself. It drives people crazy. So I thought we would give you the ten most annoying great athletes slash teams of all time number ten. Kevin Durant. I think Kevin Ramp. Got Her was best player in the NBA. and. One of those dudes that. He's a great basketball player. I think he's actually a really good thoughtful guy. But the the need the social media thing like the alter-ego or maybe that's real who he is on social media. It's just a lot. A Lot. Number I said Derek jeter and. Look, Derek Jeter, you don't get anything better than. Five and five, five, five last game stadium in it's a home run for three thousand hit and a flair for the dramatic. But There was a way in which she. You know. Fall down the middle you WANNA swing, stick his but out. Come on dude that's not even close. Some wasn't his doing the gold gloves we didn't deserve it. On a Derek Jeeter, sometimes wear me out. Number there's no denying how great ploy mayweather is. I think the greatest boxer of all time I mean he's brilliantly waited until. You just fought conor McGregor different fought a boxing match before you know crazy money like there's a certain brilliance to them. When he found money pack. Yeah. It was like three years after everybody one to see it. So many was not only injured but past his prime. So He's not smart not great. It's not the greatest of all time and then just annoying. Just is. You know, and then you pay all the money to see a fight and. Until the McGregor fight where he just let McGregor kind of wear himself out before he finally Tko. As the exception like he gets ahead and then just stays away. Walls defense is awesome. I WANNA see offense number seven, Lebron James. He does the did I draw blood. Fouled that I draw blood. The step back, jump shower dribbles with his right hand and then step back. It's a weird. There's a kind of an awkwardness to him. I also don't understand maybe I should because I'm a little light back there at times. Doesn't shave. The, head. Anybody. Like I know like I. Don't think we make fun of it on twitter I just actually want to know the reason does he have one of those wrinkly heads? Doesn't seem like it would change much. Well. Number six fall. I'm okay with them making the list. You know. I've praised him for the last two hours fifty one minutes. I can be a little Chris Paul the talking to the Ralph's some of the by language stuff flipping in the basketball, the Air Punch I never committed a foul Chris. Number Five, the rockets let's just put together. Der Maury is brilliant. Okay. MIC Dantonio is brilliant James Harden's brilliant town I hate watching James, Harden play basketball my Dantonio teams always lose the playoffs to somebody who they're better than or as good as. I and Daryl. Morey it's like look at some point. Some point through the computer out and deal with the real deal stuff number four. Remember the Commission A group to study why they lost. Game Seven. Because the officiating. Blame on the rap they did the blame, the refs thing come on. John McEnroe. Greatest tennis broadcaster of all time one of my favorite players of all time but God was he obnoxious number three Tim Duncan another never called foul guy. And I hate that we say about Jim duggan greatest powerful whatever he played center more than he played power forward. Why are we doing this? Number two draymond. Green. Draymond Green Look. I agree with draymond stance on players always should've in the bubble because it is your platform you do have but there are so many what he said about. Barkley. He wants to put himself in that category of staff and clay. He's not in the category of Staffing Klay. I think he's a great player but Mandy see some crazy stuff that doesn't actually make sense number walk no one more annoying than Te'o. Does a great player. Who based? On, talent. Belonged in the hall of fame but then he's not gonNa she wanted to be null fame does it get any does get in I don't WanNa, go the ceremony and to do it on my own. He. Now, he brought down the the only time. The Eagles had a bad season under read was when he was holding out for more money doing sit ups in his driveway. Kevin Ran, Derek Jeeter Floyd Mayweather Lebron James Chris Paul the rockets. John McEnroe. Tim Duncan Draymond Green and terrel owens most annoying great players all time. All right. So we got games tonight. And they they should be really really good. You, have the jazz taken on the nuggets. the the jazz are weird one. There were one because Donald Mitchell has carried them but can they can get the supporting cast help whereas? Rudy Gobert can help you on defense, but not an offense, Yokich can care help you on offense and on defense as well. The question would Yokich is always does he have gas in the tank? I think he does I think the nuggets win tonight. 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GSMC Sports Podcast Episode 705: NBA Schedule Release, the Patriot Way, and Aaron Rodgers

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GSMC Sports Podcast Episode 705: NBA Schedule Release, the Patriot Way, and Aaron Rodgers

"At, this is your alternate stop for Everything Sports, the golden state media, concepts or podcast should I say more from the NFL MLB the NBA MMA. It's all in here. Golden State concepts sports podcast listen. Now. Hello Hello Hello, and welcome back to the GMC sports podcast brought to you by the GMC podcast network I. Am your host Alex Mass for? Thank you so much for tuning in today's episode. Before I start talking about anything I want to remind you guys to subscribe to the podcast. So you never miss an episode you get those alerts on your phone laptop. You may be listening and you never Miss An. An episode when we release them also make sure to leave us a five star review. We also really appreciate that and follow us on all social media platforms, twitter facebook instagram whatever you have on social media. We do as well. We love to interact with you guys there. I hope wherever, and however you may be listening. You and your family are happy and healthy. During the current world we are living in. In and let's just get right into it. We've a fantastic show for you guys today a little bit later on I'm going to be talking about Tom Brady an interesting quote that came out that he said to his throwing coach and a little bit talking about the Patriot way going to be talking about some Aaron Rodgers and other interesting quote came out around him about him and his relationship with the Green. Green Bay packers and stick around at the end of the episode. I'm going to give you my top ten NFL rosters on paper. The top ten NFL rosters not adopted NFL teams topped him NFL rosters on paper. Who has the most talent in the league, so stick around for that? That lists will be coming at the episode, but we're going to start off today's episode with some basketball so yesterday the NBA. came out with their schedule release on WHO's GonNa, be playing the eight regular season games that each team will play who qualified for the Orlando bubble before going into the playoffs frightening for those last playoff spots on specifically in the West, and so with that schedule released came who has the toughest and the easiest schedule in the NBA for the last remaining eight games, and I found it absolutely fascinating. I told you guys about a couple of episodes ago. That when I was saying, who did I believe would make the playoffs in the west and that eight seat. I said it was going to be. New Orleans Pelicans led by Zion Williamson, not necessarily just because I think they're super talented, super young. They are obviously and I believe that I also believe that the NBA will everything within its power to make sure Zion Williamson is playing. Playing playoff games. And what do you know when the schedule was released? WHO has the easiest schedule out of anybody? The New Orleans Pelicans by a long shot have the easiest schedule remaining out of any of the NBA teams that qualified then you look at some of the harder schedules. Who else has a heart schedule? The MEMPHIS CRIVELLI lease have a top five hearts get one of the hardest schedules remaining sort of the Phoenix Suns. And so do the Portland Trailblazers those are three of those teen three of the teams. The Grizzlies are the eighth seed. Portland and Phoenix are also competing for that eight seat with New Orleans to be that last team in the playoffs in the West and the New Orleans Pelicans have an easy schedule by far. It's not even close when you look at percentage points. On who has the easiest schedule out of the remaining games? And this isn't a surprise to me at all. The NBA wants his I N. Williamson Play Zion Williamson is box office. When he went to Duke the ratings went up, he blew up. If you remember in high school is I am Williamson blew up at spartans. Ville that's one of the southern. Carolina and he absolutely blew up on instagram. Everything social media for just being a fantastic dunker, super athletic and basketball social media ratings at that made any sense went up because of Zion Williamson. Because of him, more people were talking about high school basketball. More mix tapes. Things like that and everyone was super, excited and Super Height for this on kid to come play. He obviously goes to Duke, university and Duke University has its highest basket college basketball ratings pretty much ever because it's not because of our Barrett. Who was a great player? Ties Jones some other guys. It is because of Zion Williamson. He is so box office is so electrifying that people will just be drawn towards him. When plays doesn't matter what team he was on the new. New Orleans Pelicans currently have higher ratings higher ticket sales than they've ever had even when they had anthony. Davis on the team Anthony Davis has played for that organization Chris Paul I think technically for the organization when they were like the New Orleans Hornets something like that or New Orleans. Bob Cats something like that Chris Paul. Technically was also on that team. This is the highest ratings ever had because of nineteen year. Old Zion Williamson and they are any playoff spot because of Zion Williamson if you remember for a good stretch for about. Four or five weeks of the NBA season. Have it right here. The best play in basketball efficiency wise, statistically wise analytically wise. Was a Zion Williamson back to the basket posted. Move think about that. Zairean Williamson at nineteen years old and only been playing. What seventeen to twenty games at some point coming off a torn meniscus rookie? His team is not in a playoff spot. They're not even really in playoff contention. The Best Plan basketball analytically is not a Lebron James. Layup Not James Harden three now. Steph curry three. Not you know. Rudy Gobert layup anything like that. It is time limbs and back to the basket. Play and that just blew my mind and it's no surprise why the NBA wants him to play. He is the every single time Zion Williamson place. He will be on national television I. It doesn't matter who he plays. He could play the sonic play the magic play. The Nets play the Kings. These bad teams I am Williamson's box office. He will be there he is on. He is the first game when the NBA returns on July. Thirtieth the first game is jazz Pelicans and it's not because the jets it is because of Zion. Williamson, everybody wants to see him play. He is box office in this brings me to. The theme of how this Orlando Bubble needs to work, and how it's going to work for the NBA and the NBA knows this for this bubble to work given all the risk given all the talk given all the delays all the setbacks that have gone on and even Adam silver yesterday, said a potential. Outbreak within the bubble could and probably would lead to another shutdown, and who knows what we even happen at that point if they would even finish the season or anything like that. The NBA will go as far as their stars go. That is how the League has worked for ever. The stars drive the NBA, and yes, every sport is a star Driven League. You could say the NFL is a star driven league, not really in comparison to the NBA the MLB in particular is more of an organisational thing, the general managers the owners. The brand comes first. It appears and Major League Baseball. Then the players in football is kind of similar the brand of the cowboys, the the ownership Jerry Jones. The head coach even gets a lot more recognition and popularity and note worthiness that some of the players do you compared to other sports, specifically baseball and basketball? Those kind of come before the players and the NBA The number, one thing that drives the league is the players, not even the product, not even the brand, not the owners, not the coaches and has always been the players. It has always been the Lebron James's the Magic Johnson's Larry. Bird's the Michael Jordan like we mentioned like I've mentioned. The NBA was saved in the eighties by magic and bird, and then became a blew up again because of Michael, Jordan in the nineties, and early in the late nineties and then Lebron. James Bring it back. They this whole transparent. This is how the NBA has worked. It just gone from star to star or from rivalry to ivory, so it's no surprise that the stars had the easier schedules in the. NBA will go as far as they go. They know that if teams that don't have as many stars advance, the ratings will go down and I'm not accusing the NBA of rigging the schedule I have no idea how they came up with the schedule. But if you look at the teams with the easier schedules, compared to the harder, I already mentioned the Pelicans the teams that have the hardest schedules are. Don't have as many stars as the teams with easier schedules, and I'll give you a few examples that scene with the hardest. Of remaining is the Miami. Heat not many stars. Jimmy Butler is a star, but not an alias Star more of Bela Star not the most notable name. If you talk to someone who just casually watches basketball number two, the hardest schedule remaining in the NBA Toronto Raptors who just lost Leonard again are not a star driven t more of a coach driven team, a defense driven team. They're not gonNA. Run the score up similar to the Miami. Heat nor to play defense and there led by a lot of solid role players. In guys on the rise like Pascal. For the heat on a Bio Fred Van Lee for the Heat Tyler Hero Duncan Robinson. Frederick lead obviously played for the raptors. Things like that, so they have the hardest schedules them. As the Denver Nuggets again job itches a star, but similar Jimmy Butler or More of a Bela Star, even though I think he's a potential top player in the NBA. He's not hasn't reached that superstar status, not necessarily playing wise, he's playing wise, but more popularity wise, and then, of course there's the other teams like Memphis Portland. Phoenix Washington. Those teams that don't have those star players have the harder schedule as have the hardest schedules remaining because the NBA knows, the more the stars advance, the more people will continue to watch now. Let's take a look at some of the teams with the easier schedules. Mentioned the Pelicans. Philadelphia has the second easiest schedule in the NBA whatever I constantly said about the Philadelphia Seventy sixers. On this show. They are a super talented team. Have to superstars and popularity with Ben. Simmons Joel Embiid. They just haven't been able to make it. Work haven't been able to make the encored chemistry work. They haven't been able to kind of put all the pieces together. That's super talented roster, do you? WanNa know what will help with the chemistry with the bringing together of this roster with the reaching of the potential, a really easy schedule, getting the confidence of Benjamin's Joel. EMBIID blowing out teams will bring the confidence up again. The confidence level up. For the entire Philadelphia. Seventy sixers team. And they have the second easiest schedule. The third easiest schedule in the entire NBA is the Boston Celtics. Who might come a little bit surprised since they're such a good team, but again the NBA knows that the Celtics are such a big brand, their super powerful Jason. Tatum, was reaching that popularity that superstar status before the shutdown Kemba Walker has everson. Superstar Jalen. Brad Stevens the Celtic brand. Everything about the Celtics has just bring superstar, or so they have an easier schedule. They want them to advance and don't be surprised when he gets to the playoffs. This will lead me into a continuing point. That the NBA not necessarily favors the superstar teams, but we've always used to seeing you know when the playoffs start, the whistle gets tighter one of the reasons. Why maybe James Harden hasn't always performed at his best in the playoffs, something like that. Do not be surprised in the NBA The season, if when the Orlando bubble kicks off, and after the plan tournament after the regular season Games, and after once the playoffs start to begin that the whistle stays the same that James Harden does get those calls that he's used to the Lebron's at the free. Throw line more that Hawaii the free throw line more. Jason Tatum Kemba Walker Zion Williamson because the NBA. Keep saying this bubble can only work if the stars advance. This bubble is only worth it for the NBA Revenue Wise if People Watch, if people tune in and a lot of people say well, it will be the only thing on, so people will watch not necessarily anymore. All the sports are starting to come back late July baseball will be on. The MLS will also be on. An the NHL will also be on, and they'll be in the Super Exciting Kinda tournament style. Almost like March madness type of you know could form of their tournament that they're doing though be plenty of sports to watch once July thirtieth hits. How does the NBA stay number one when they do that? Less of the Indiana Pacers less of the Miami. Heat lesser the Toronto Raptors less of the Denver Nuggets more of the Pelicans more of the sixers more of the Celtics more of the Lakers clippers bucks teams like that who have those superstars that everybody knows that everybody recognizes they. The NBA wants more James Harden Games, they want. The rockets were still Lakers they want the Pelicans I the Lakers in the first round. And this brings me back to the superstar effect of the NBA Yes as I, unwilling Williamson has already here. This whole thing is about Zion Williamson. They gave him the easiest schedule on purpose or by accident or just just that's the algorithm worked because they want the first round match to be Pelicans. Lakers Lebron Zion all over ESPN crazy stuff like that and again it'll just go as far as the stars go and I can't wait to watch how the NBA regular. Regular season will finish out will be really interesting to see. Will a team like the Miami Heat? The Toronto Raptors may be down in standings because of their schedules are. Maybe he gets into the top five, even maybe top four in the east. Will the Pelicans the playoffs I? Really do think that they're going to just because again. They have the easiest schedule compares into the Grizzlies who have one of the hardest Portland as one of the hardest and Sodas Phoenix. And of worked out in their favor that way, it's going to be a lot of fun to see July thirtieth the start of the bubble is going to be absolutely awesome. Sports will finally be back with the NBA. I can't wait to watch it. We're GONNA. Take a quick break when we get back on the other side of the break I'm going to be telling you about an interesting Tom Brady quote that came out today. And what does it mean about Tom? Brady in the Patriot Way and specifically bill belichick as well Lee right back after this break is the GMC sports podcast. Are you looking for the very best nfl and college football podcast then checkout GSM see football podcast. Get the latest football news, both on and off the field from the NFL draft to trade to the rumor mill to the NFL combines. They got you covered. That's GSM podcast dot com slash football dash podcast. GET UPDATES I'm college rivalries, keen insights, and much much more. It's football. Talk the way you want it. This show eat sleeps and breathes football. Don't forget to like them on facebook and follow them on twitter visit. Yes, and see PODCASTS DOT COM for more INFO. All right and we are back here. The GS MC sports podcast brought to you by the GMC podcast network does finished talking about strength of schedule in the NBA, and how the stars you know kind of drive the League for the NBA and let's switch gears here to the NFL I saw an interesting quote according to reports, Tom Brady apparently said this to his throwing coach for the Tampa Bay buccaneers trading for. For Rob Gronkowski Tom Brady who's obviously now the new quarterback of Tampa Bay after him. He finally left New England after about twenty years. They're sort of one of the biggest moves in NFL history. He's obviously in Tampa Bay now. He said football's fun again. Tom Brady apparently said that to throwing coach. Tom House after the bucks traded for Rob Gronkowski, and while this might seem like a really simple meaningless Quote from Tom I. Think it has a lot of deeper meaning and whether he was Kinda. Like around or not I think there's some serious nece to it. I? Don't think Tom Brady specifically at the end. Of his Patriot tender was having the greatest time playing football. It is confirmed that rob. Gronkowski was not having fun playing football anymore. He said after he retired that his body was kind of breaking down, and he just wasn't having fun wasn't enjoying the playing the game of football anymore in the national football league and I think Tom. Brady was reaching that point specifically at the end of last year that the daily grind of the New England patriots the. Of the Patriots was just getting down to him, and he was just bringing him down, and he needed to change of scenery, and instead of retiring like Gronk, did he just went to Tampa Bay and Rob Gronkowski obviously followed him there after taking year off. It's really interesting to see this quote because I think this. This quote shows the deep rooted issues that Tom Brady had with Bill Belichick and the New England, Patriots there is a common phrase that everybody associates the Patriot dynasty with, and that's the Patriot. Way Patriot way is associated to Bill Belichick, and maybe even Robert Kraft than. It is to Tom Brady. The Patriot, way is supposed to be the system that you know makes anybody you know. UNDRAFTED doesn't matter who you are into a star. You fit your team. You do your job as they like to say. You know in the Patriot land and I WANNA. Make the argument that the Patriot way doesn't actually exist that. It's all Tom Brady now. I know what you're thinking. Isn't this the whole debate of Isabella check? Is it Brady? You're going to. It's Brady now I'm not going down that road. I do I'm making the argument that. Yes, this is more. The success of the Patriots is more brady than Bella check, but in no way am I trying to diminish what Bill Belichick has accomplished as a coach is a six time superbowl champion obviously. But what I'm trying to say is is that this whole phrase of the Patriot? Ways and overrated statement? It's not actually true. If you look throughout the twenty years of the Patriots, they've had multiple different teams. They've won multiple different ways. sometimes specifically in early in Tom's career. It was more ground and pound. Run the ball. Play good defense. There was talented players defensive. Team Tedy Bruschi. Ty Law was on there at one point and talented guys and the offense event and then when you get to the middle part of Tom Brady's career and kind of flips to more of a defensive driven team to an offensive driven team. That's when you get the you know. Rob Gronkowski's the Randy Mosses, the West welders aren't Hernandez those talented guys on the offensive end four Tom Brady to throw to then you kind of got to the latter part of Tom Brady's career. Where was a little bit of both specifically in that Ram Super, bowl or was just a low scoring game. He kind of switched back to more of a defensive team. Eventually you. That kind of ran out and Tom. Brady ran out of gas, and the offense wasn't good. Enough and Tom. Brady obviously decided to leave, but what has been the to. There's been too consistent things throughout this entire Patriot dynasty, and that's Tom Brady, and that's Bill Belichick and I WANNA make the argument that the Patriot ways in anything besides Tom Brady. Tom Brady is the patriot. Way. It's never been the Patriot way. It's been the Tom Brady way. One of the staples of the Patriots Organization. And the so phrase the Patriot way is that any wide receiver IT works any offensive weapon works, and he running back works and he. You know undrafted receiver like Julian Element West. Walkers, all those guys work no matter who the Patriots get, they'll make it work. I don't think that the Patriots are the ones making it work I think Tom. Brady's making it work. I mentioned in the last episode that Russell. Wilson is an outstanding. Aaron Rodgers as well is an outstanding quarterback. Because they make any receivers, they have work. No matter who is with Russell Wilson! Those guys stats go up. They have always have a good enough receiving core, even if they have less talented players around them, specifically Aaron Rodgers has done this for years and years making guys who are maybe middle of the pack receivers into true number. One receivers guys like Jordy Nelson. devante Adam savage super talented, but things like that getting making guys. Hit their ceiling quitting exceeding expectations is always been what iron rogers. And Russell Wilson have done not only in their career, but what the receivers and the weapons they've worked with. Now. Why don't we call that the green? Bay Packer Way, or why don't we call that the Seattle seahawks way those teams have had success both those guys have won super bowls before. Why is it not the you know Seattle? Seahawks the Green Bay Packer Way. Why do we just give credit to Aaron Rodgers and Russell Wilson? Well that's because the reason why those receivers are always so good is because of how could the quarterback is? Because how good Aaron Rodgers is because how good Russell Wilson is! He elevates their team. He's there one. They fit in the category. That I've talked about on the show before a players that elevate your team that can overcome a bad receiving core that can overcome a poor defense. Poor coaching things like that. They make anything work. They make anybody working. They just consistently win games. Games Tom Brady is that same thing instead of giving Tom Brady Credit and saying look how good Tom Brady is a receiver. He makes anybody work. He made WES Welker work. He made Julian Elman worke made Mohammed some new work? He Made Rob Gronkowski all these. All these guys exceed expectations. None of these first round picks none of these super talented guys. Rob Gronkowski was a second round. Pick you know. None of these everyone just exceeded expectations. Everybody got better and we. To all it's the Patriot way they grinded the workouts and I'm sure they grind and they worked out, but maybe it's because of how good the quarterback is. Maybe it's because of how catchable the ball is. Maybe it's because how accurate is. Maybe it's as attention to detail his football I. Iq and I think Tom might have gotten sick of that and I've mentioned this before one of. Of the reasons when I think the Tom Brady leaving New England patriots story started was after I think it was after the Atlanta Falcons Super Bowl or maybe no I'm sorry I think it was after the ram super. Bowl it was after the new the La Rams Super. Bowl, because I think Jimmy. Garoppolo was still on the team at that time after that Super Bowl win. Jimmy Garoppolo was really close to being the apparent to Tom Brady in there were rumours that You Know Bill Belichick. That were pretty much confirmed bill bill belichick actually trade Tom Brady to San Francisco and Rob Gronkowski to Detroit and kind of do this full-fledged ritual. Rebuild at hand all the keys off Jimmy Garoppolo Tom Brady obviously wasn't happy about that went to Robert. Kraft demanded that Jimmy Garoppolo. Be moved and Jimmy Garoppolo was moved. Very, very little price of a second round, pick to the San Francisco Forty niners meow, no, what happened from there, Tom? You know got another super bowl against. I think when Jimmy Garoppolo was traded was after the Philadelphia Super Bowl. Maybe after that loss, it was either after the Atlanta Super. Bowl after Philadelphia after the eagles suitable loss was when Jimmy. Garoppolo was traded. We all know what happened. After that Tom Brady did get another super bowl with the against the La Rams, and then eventually has now moved on to Tampa, Bay and Jimmy Garoppolo just went to a super bowl with. With San Francisco and I think when those reports came out to be true I think that's when Tom Brady started to really think about. Why am I still here and really started to thinking about legacy now Tom Brady has always been living in the moment type of Guy Ticket one year at a time. I'm not gonNA retire anytime soon. I'm not even thinking about that and I think that might have changed this off season. I really do believe Tom Start to think about his legacy. What are the only holes and Tom Brady's legacy? There's not many one of them. Is that what we all know? That Tom is the greatest quarterback of all time, but even have some some flaws in his and his legacy one of them is. Can he win without the new? England, Patriots Tom and Bill Belichick and I think that was one of the reasons why he wanted to go to Tampa Bay another reason as why does Tom. Brady not get enough credit. We've always talked about this with the Patriot way. Who deserves more credit bill, Belichick, Tom, Brady and it always. Always seems to lean just a little bit more. Bill Belichick the Patriot way which I believe is just a combination of how Tom Good Tom Brady is Bill Belichick's coaching style. more Brady's play than Bella. Checks cut style I. Think Bell Mentality Is Team I. It's all about we. Nobody gets more credit than anybody else. no one gets special treatment than anybody else and I really do believe that. At the end of his stint with the New England Patriots Tom Brady wanted more credit tom. Brady wanted some special treatment He talked about on the Howard Stern show how he wanted to He had an interview as soon as. Anyone who doesn't know when he left New England went to Tampa. Bay couple days after announcing that signing he went on an interview with Howard Stern. which is very unlike Tom Brady. Tom Brady's supposed to be mister, robot, suit and tie. He's a little bit more. Let loose now. Ever since he's come to Tampa, Bay and I think this is maybe the real Tom Brady who just been kind of masquerading in this business like You know suit style for the New England. Patriots and he's now more kind of like flip flops and sandals type Tom Brady which I like, and he said that at a certain point that the grind was just getting too much. He wasn't enjoying the game anymore. He actually wanted to take some OTA's off. Spend more time with his. His family and that wasn't looked upon like smiling by the New England Patriots Organization. It's more a little bit more special treatment for Tom I'm going to take off the OTA's. I'll see you all regular training camp, and you know the Patriots. Organization wasn't throw about that Bill Probably Bill Belichick in particular, was the one who was angered by that, and for me that that's why Tom Brady really wanted to leave. He wanted more credit and he wanted to patch up any holes in his legacy. And again with this whole aspect of the Patriot way I think it's an overrated term. I'm not necessarily calling bill belichick and overrated coach. I think he's one of the greatest coaches of all time, but again we don't know what he's done without. Tom Brady will find out shortly. But this whole mantra this whole phrase of the Patriot way get rid of a guy yearly. It's a year too late. which by the way is not an original to New England patriots guys like bill parcells on the all time. Greats had been doing that forever. Getting rid of the guys a year before year late to maximize trade value Jimmy Johnson did that with the Dallas cowboys as well. Wake County became sort of like Oh my God. The Patriots invented this when they really didn't and also this sort of team I. WE ATTITUDE NOBODY GETS special. Treatment is sort of that was considered. The Patriot way when in reality, the Patriot way was just the Tom Brady way. It was Tom Brady making everything work and was Tom Brady winning super bowl. It was Tom Brady being the best quarterback in the league year in year out making west Welker work, making elements work guys like that exceeding expectations, time and time again, so I wanna just restate that. We don't give Tom Brady enough credit and this is when he think really captured his. His moment and captures the credit because of Tampa. Bay Wins a super bowl this year. I can tell you all the credits going to Tom Brady. It's not going to you. Know Bruce. Arians, not going to the Jason Likes the general manager and not going to Mike Evans not going into the consume not going to Chris Goodwin Godwin anybody like that. It's Tom Brady will get the credit and I think that's one of the reasons why he wanted to go to Tampa Bay. He wants to lead a team to a championship and get all the credit which is fine. He deserves it. He's an Alpha athlete the greatest quarterback of all time. Either him or Michael Jordan is the greatest team sport athlete of all time, and for him to get almost minimal credit for the Patriots Dynasty I can understand why he'd be a little angry. You're pissed off about that so I really do believe that this whole Patriot way again like statement is just been Tom Brady Way and I think we're going to see that when he goes Tampa Bay when he makes the Mike Evans, exceed expectations, the Ronald Jones running back our gronk Howard celebrate all those guys will do better than they did with James, Winston have career years because of Tom Brady and again I think he's out to prove that this. This year with Tampa Bay. We're going to take another quick break on the other side, and we're talking about some Aaron Rodgers and interesting quote on an analyst said about him. We'll get into it on the other side of this break, so make sure you stick around for that and also make sure to stick around for the end of the episode I'll be giving you my top ten NFL teams on paper. The most talented rosters in the League who are they? Where do I rank them? 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Who I believe will eventually leave his current franchise, and that's Aaron Rodgers and Brandon Marshall. Who is a football player? Now turned analyst for I. Believe Fox Sports, one said recently that the Green Bay packer organization has failed Aaron Rodgers. The fact that Aaron Rodgers has only gotten one super bowl all of his years. With Green Bay is pathetic and it's just they've underachieved, and while I agree with you. That Aaron Rodgers only having one super bowl. is a failure of his career. You could say, but it's the national football league. You don't know how things are going to go. You don't know who's going to be in your division. How good other teams are going to be? Aaron Rodgers didn't know that he would be walking into the NFL. Win The greatest dynasty in pretty much all of sports. The new, England Patriots Dynasty would be going on He didn't know he was going to get drafted by Green Bay. He was drafted by. Francisco Number One. The national. Football League is always something that has been unpredictable, so I know about all of that. But he did bring up. An interesting point has the green bay packer organization failed Aaron Rodgers, and we've talked about this almost the entire, the entire Aaron Rodgers career. And I'll tell you why I think they might have actually failed him, and then I'll sort of restate some points that I made thing. Maybe even made my first ever episode. My second episode why Aaron Rodgers might leave and I'll maybe talk about some teams that he could potentially go to again quickly, but. The amount of times that Aaron Rodgers has played with a top ten defense in the League now I. Know What the League is now has always been. It has an into classic saying Defense Wins Championships. Do you really believe in that I really? Do I think a lot of the best coaches are actually more defensive coaches than offense coaches and understand that the current wave in the NFL was to get a quarterback. Get coach shoes. This quarterback Guru quarterback whisperer who will always develop your guy and make him into the next Tom Brady or something like that, but I feel like more often times than not. The whole quarterback Guru Mantra and a phrase doesn't actually work out. If you can try to think of some of the best coaches in the NFL. Who are these so called quarterback gurus? And where are they? Now Sean McVeigh was a quarterback. You're and I would say he's the best one out of all of them had a fantastic year with jared goff year one. The obviously went to the Super Bowl. Winning was Urnov Midi was a second year. Year Sean mcvay second year with the Rams, obviously went to the Super Bowl had an incredible season jarod. Goff was also great and Kinda since then they've all fallen off. Goths fallen off, not necessarily showing base coaching has fallen off, but it's not at the same level that it was Adam cases of so called quarterback whisperer and I talked about him in my last episode. That's great. Quarterback Guru and you worked with pay manning, but it doesn't help the entire team when because of your coaching style because of the way you lead the locker room as a coach players like Jamal, Adams WanNa leave because you don't deal with the defense, and they don't trust you to lead a winning organization and be the face of a winning team to be the coach of a winning team. Do, consider Kyle Shanahan the head coach of the San. Francisco Forty Niners, quarterback Guru, some people do, but I really don't. They actually run the ball more than they throw it I think. How's your hand? Just one of the best offensive minds and football, he schemes guys open with wide receivers. It's not just about the quarterbacks. I wouldn't put him on that list, but if you look at some of the best coaches in the NFL, John Hogg was a special teams coach. He's also a little bit more defensive than he is offensive. Bill Belichick's obviously defensive head coach Mike Tomlin a little bit more defensive for Pittsburgh Andy Reid. I would I wouldn't consider him. A quarterback grew. I would consider him more of just an offensive genius. He doesn't strictly. His whole mantra isn't just a quarterback, whisperer or anything like that. It's more this offensive scheme, so things like that. But, when you talk about you know these top ten you know. How many times has Aaron Rodgers? Play date with the top ten defense and why defense matter so much I actually think it matters more for quarterbacks, and it's better for great quarterbacks to play with a defensive head coach than offense effect coach, because if you have a great quarterback like. Patrick mahomes Lamar Jackson. Think Tom Brady? People like that. They will make the offense work. Guys like Russell Wilson, like I talked to one of my last segment in Aaron Rodgers. Just make the offense work. There are always going to put up points thirty GONNA make any receiver. They have work. They'll get you to twenty one twenty four points pretty consistently in NFL game, and you need to head coach who leads more defensively because then they are the ones who focus in and it's you know, make a defense that will limit the opponent to twenty so just just keep you in the game sort of thing, because if you if you have a defensive head coach that can just keep your team. Team in the game and you have someone like Aaron. Rodgers or a Patrick mahomes and Lamar Jackson Tom Brady drew brees. If you're just in the game in the fourth quarter, you have a better chance likely than not that you're. GonNa win that game because you have the superior quarterback on the field, so I always think that for young quarterbacks in particular as well it just keep them in the game and let them develop when when it comes to Aaron, Rodgers and younger quarterbacks like to on borough, people like that that I actually prefer to have a defensive head coach. If you have a good quarterback, because you know if you just keep the game close. You'll be good and if you're looking at how many times has. Aaron Rodgers played with a top tier defense. Only one time is at one hundred percent confirmed that Aaron Rodgers has played with the top defense, and that was in two thousand and ten. You could also make the argument that they were a top ten defense. In two thousand nine people have them at number nine in some rankings, but I found a lot of people that actually have them in the twelve to fourteen as well. But if you're wondering what happened in two thousand in ten, when Aaron Aaron Rodgers played with a top tier defense, a top ten defense that was the year Aaron Rodgers when the Super Bowl I think he also won the MVP that year. So if you give Aaron Rodgers a top tier defense, he'll take the offensive and he'll make it work. You'll make it a super bowl. Contending offense and it feels like Green Bay hasn't got that message and they've never gotten that message. They went from Mike McCarthy, who was an offensive head coach, but also a little bit. Bit More, you know. He's got some defensive prowess to Matt Leflore. Who was a peer offense? If head coach doesn't work a lot with the defense and again, Aaron, the team went thirteen and three last year, but like I've mentioned this before Aaron Rodgers. Stats went down led the League in throwaways You know they were kind of like a ten in sixteen, masquerading as a three thirteen and three team, maybe even nine and seventeen on the led the league in wins by one score which? Which is again proves my point that if you have the game, be close. Aaron Rodgers will figure out a way to win the game most of the time the not, but then when he gets the NFC championship game, and your defense can't get a stop against San Francisco Aaron Rodgers and such a deep hole that he can't crawl you all the way back, so a top tier defense matters when it comes to the NFL careers of quarterbacks. It's not all just offense. Tom Brady drew brees. Peyton manning all played with top ten defense at least five times in their NFL, creating a Muslim they were even seven and Tom Brady's case it was over ten. Times they played with the top ten defense. And that shows that's why Aaron Rodgers has more super bowls. That's why paid manning as more super bowls drew. BREES also has one, but that's been for different reasons, but there's a reason why, traditionally that drew brees led you know saints teams have gone further especially more recently than you know an Aaron Rodgers lead Green Bay packer team you know. Know The Saints Organization has been considered better than Green Bay, and then we get to know you know the classics is what have you done for me recently? Not just overall, so we've known that the past that Green Bay hasn't gotten errand. The best weapons the best roster the best defense, even the best head coach necessarily what have the green? Bay packers packers done for Aaron Rodgers recently. More recently. They gave him a big contract extension. So that's great, and then the following year after going three and thirteen and Aaron Rodgers throwing a ton of touchdowns and four interceptions. Yes, his stats one a little bit down, led the League throw as like I keep mentioning. But still had a fantastic year another less went thirteen three went to the NFC championship game to repay Aaron Rodgers, and to take the next step is the franchise and said of getting him. A great receiver Great Defensive Player meet-and-greet Offensive Lineman. They decided to draft his replacement. Jordan love with the first pick another back. The second pick which just shows to me that the packers just don't they, don't. They're I almost feel like they're overvaluing Aaron an esoteric, because I don't think they're taking Aaron Rodgers grant because I think they love Aaron, Rodgers and I think the organization is extremely thrilled that he's there and while they might have drafted as replacement I. Don't think they're forcing. Aaron Rodgers out of the Green Bay Packer Organization like they kind of force Brett farve out If you remember Brett, Farve was drafted. I think there was more pressure. An urgency to see Aaron Rodgers on the field replace. Brett, Farve even though the fans didn't agree with it then there is a Jordan love. For example the everybody in the organization when they drafted and they love Aaron Rodgers, they wanted to get on the field soon as possible and they replaced Brett. Farve rather quickly. I don't think that same love necessarily translates to Jordan, love and Air I. Don't think they're in as a rush to see Jordan. Love on the field again I mentioned this before, though I don't think he's going to sit. For three plus years, I think two more years and Aaron Rodgers and Green Bay we'll go their separate ways, but again to repay Aaron Rodgers for his continuous carrying the franchise. They drafted as replacement and are running back. Aaron Rodgers career stats sixty four point, six career completion, percentage, ridiculous, forty-six thousand yards, three hundred and sixty four touchdowns to only eighty four interceptions, and he has the greatest quarterback rating of all time at a one or two point four. He's one of only two quarterbacks to have a Qbr over one hundred, the other one being Russell Wilson, who's just right behind him? And he's done that with net only once having a top ten defense once he is gone one hundred, thirteen and sixty as an NFL quarterback with only having a top defense, once one or super bowl the year he had the top defense like I mentioned, and this is why I'll close on this point why I think Aaron. Rodgers is on his. His way out. I think he's starting to realize this. then. Narrative has always been around Aaron Rodgers at Green. Bay's not doing enough, but it really picked up after the draft, and now he has an easy escape route. They've drafted his replacement. They didn't get him another receiver. They didn't get him a defensive player. They didn't get him at defensive head coach. And he's done all this things for them gone thirteen and three all the yards, not no interceptions doesn't turn the ball over and to repay. Green Bay just drafts. There was replacement gets another running back. Get another head coach that who knows if he. If you know, Aaron really signed off on it. There's been some reports. Their relationship had that being with Matt leflore and Aaron Rodgers isn't great and I. Keep saying this and I'll say it again. I am not going to be surprised almost expecting that. In the next two seasons is gonNA leave Green Bay I. Really do believe he wants to go to California and be a quarterback for the San Francisco forty. NINERS LA RAMS LA chargers with the rams being the favorites. I said I think in one of my first episodes that there are some teams that could sign Erin team like. Chicago or maybe one of the New York teams but I really do believe Aaron. Rodgers has never wanted to be a green bay packer. I think he's fine being there now, but if Aaron Rodgers could always have picked at the beginning of his career where he wanted to go, he wanted to go number one overall, not just because to be the number one overall pick because he wanted to play for the San Francisco forty. Niners and Jimmy Garoppolo takes a step back for San Francisco this year and you know the forty niners have realized that Amichi's hit their ceiling similar. Similar to what happened? What's happening right now? Really with Gerry Goffin, Vais they are artist could really wanna go back to where he wanted to be along in San Francisco or team like the Los Angeles Rams if Jared Goff continues to improve, and the rams keep going down and down and lower in the standings. Maybe the cardinals like I predict will pass them in their division, and all the sudden Sean mcvay wants to find a new quarterback before his job is on the line and income in could come Aaron Rodgers I'm not going to be surprised if that happens because. Again I agree with Brandon Marshal on this point here and everyone wants to just. Attack Aaron Rodgers everyone has been attacking Aaron. Rodgers you kind of have to pick a side when it comes to Aaron Rodgers career, you either love and Roger. You think he's overrated and he's not as good. The overrated crab will say well look. You had Mike McCarthy. He's a good head coach. And they gave and Davante Adams and other division has never been great, and that's all fine and. And good, but if you put Aaron Rodgers with bill ballot check as a head coach with ten, if Aaron is ten times in his career, like Tom Brady ten times in his career had a top ten defense. Aaron Rodgers will be a multiple time superbowl champion. If Aaron Rodgers got to play with Randy Moss Rob Gronkowski Aaron. Hernandez west Roker, even Jewish settlement to a certain extent. All of a sudden Aaron Rodgers. Turns into the four time superbowl champion, or if you take what New Orleans has you know if he could play with them, Michael Thomas you know, have a Mark Ingram and Alvin Kamara offensive line there Sean Payton as a head coach. Cameron Jordan on the defensive end. Aaron Rodgers has never had these players ever in his career all green. Bay has obviously never been hot spot for free agents, but not because of its almost because of lack of trying like Green Bay understands that they're not hot spots. They just kind of roll over and play dead when it comes to the free agent market. They're just like Oh. Oh, we're not gonNA. Send anybody to big money. Why can't a Green Bay packers go trade for a Stefan digs who went to the bills? Why can't they trade not Beckham? Junior who when he got traded for Cleveland, why aren't they in on all of these traits that are happening with receivers with offensive Lineman with corners? Why weren't they? The jalen Ramsey sweepstakes the Marcus Peters sweepstakes? Things like that. Why aren't they drafting receiver? Why didn't they draft? To the best available receiver that was on the Board in the draft why trade up Jordan love things like that all manifested this weird relationship that has always had with Aaron Rodgers, which is Aaron Rodgers Yeah Cool California kid I can carry the franchise just Gimme. Some weapons gave me some defense and green bay loves Aaron, and they pay, and they make him the highest paid without even being asked light, and they know that he'd have to give them. All the money wasn't some. hold out or anything like that. They've always been good to earn. Earn financially, but then you've gone to the other side of the coin, which is drafting in free agency and building a team around him and getting a good head coach, and they just never been able to do that. They've never been able to get Erin a true number one to Anna's great and I. Think he's super talented, but they've never been able I think he's only as good as Aaron, Rodgers could make him I, think he's maybe a top ten top fifteen receiver in the league, but if you put Davante Adams with you know. On the jets. Do you think that Dante? What the Sassy are now I? Don't think so I think Aaron Rodgers again like Russell Wilson and Russell Wilson. Tyler Lockett situation. The stats go up because of how good your quarterback is, and yes, I believe green. Bay has failed Aaron Rodgers in that regard. And said they've always asked. Erin to make these receivers exceed expectations, Bruno Jimmy Graham got. We got Jimmy Greg Who's way past his prime? Can you make him what he wasn't New Orleans when nobody can do that, can you make Davante Adams into a number one receiver like he's done. We're not GONNA we're going to get rid of Jordy Nelson, but we're going to get a replacement. Can you. Can you help them exceed expectations Erin? It's just kept doing it. And doing it and similar to how Tom Brady was kind of fed up at the end. I think I think Aaron Rodgers is GonNa? Get Fed up especially with the replacement down the line Tom Brady took the route of. Telling them to trade Jimmy Garoppolo and then he was still fed up afterwards i. don't even think Aaron would tell them to trade toward love, two or three years down the line. I think he would just leave to a California team can like San Francisco or the rams, but it's going to be really interesting to see the Aaron Rodgers Green Bay relationship. A Pan out as it's always has been, but I definitely agree with Brenda Marshall that the Green Bay packers have. Have Failed Aaron, Rodgers, and in his career one hundred percent. We're GONNA take one final break on the other side of the break going to give you guys. My top ten NFL Ross on paper were the most talented NFL teams forget the coach organization where you play just who has the most talent in the league. Okay, and we'll be doing that right when we get back from this break. It's the GMC sports podcast. Thank you so much for listening so far. Are you looking for help for your fantasy football team? Check out the GSM see fantasy football podcast. Get today's best advice I start who to sit, even who you should draft from sleeper picks to red hot lineups. They got it all covered for you. That's GMC PODCAST DOT COM back slash Spanish dash football dash fogcast. We'll cover traditionally dynasty few PR even. When you need fantasy help, there's just one showed up. Don't forget to like them on facebook and follow them on twitter visit. GS MC PODCAST DOT COM for more INFO. and. All right and we are back here. The GMC sports podcast brought to you by the GMC podcast network with the final segment of today's episode and I saw something on pf F. I think yesterday. were. They released their top ten rosters in the NFL. Just a pure talent standpoint I didn't agree with all migrants on them. so I'm just going to be giving you guys. My top ten rosters on paper. So this takes into everything on. This isn't necessarily my top ten teams in the League stretch of the imagination. I think some teams will win more than others on this list. This just takes into account. Who has the most town on the roster? This has nothing to do with coaching general manager like where you play. What's your division like? For example so this is not win. Loss is not ten teams in the NFL who are the best who has the most town leak or the most talented rosters, and let's get right into number ten. I HAVE THE DALLAS cowboys. They would be higher on this list. This was last year, but they lost a lot of people in free agency specifically, Byron Jones. They got more talent on the offensive end when they drafted CD. Lamb, I love Amari Cooper I like him to love him. Actually I should have said like I like Amari Cooper I. Don't love him. I don't think he's a true number. One receiver I think he's a one eighty to A. A perfect be if he can be paired with someone like for example of CD lamb blossoms into like an NFL superstar wide receiver that'd be perfect. I think Amari Cooper would be a perfect to to someone like a D Andre Hopkins on another team or something like that I it's hard for me to see Amari Cooper consistently torching the best cornerbacks in the league like Stefan Gilmore's Byron Jones's You know people like that. So I had the cowboys coming in at number ten I still liked their defense. I, liked demarcus Lawrence I love their linebackers, Jalen, Smith Jalen and vendor H I think they have maybe the best young linebacking corn, the League. They can really fly really move. There was obviously some injuries last year as well when it comes to win loss I've said the cowboys ready to go nine and seven. Mike McCarthy to head coach again. Don't love him. I think Dak Prescott is a good quarterback. Don't think he's great. Love Ezekiel Elliott love the offensive line of the cowboys. They're definitely super talented roster. The cowboys always seem to have a ton of talent mostly for the most on the often. Have you always been more of an offensive organization? I'm just throughout the years than defensive, but they do have some good defensive pieces, lot of offense of talent, lot of weapons number ten on my list for most talented teams rosters. Rosters on paper at number nine had the Pittsburgh steelers I think the steelers are really talented team I feel like if they weren't a really talented team, they wouldn't have gone eight last year with colleges and Mason Rudolph as their quarterbacks. I Love James, Connor I think he's a little bit underrated, I think he's actually a really good running back. The steelers have a great offensive line. I love Juju. Smith Schuster I think he's kind of falling into that underrated category. He didn't have the greatest year last year and people kind of make it seem that now. He's not this great number one receiver anymore. He's more of a number to like Antonio. Brown used to call him out on social media for but in reality. I think it's just Juju Smith. Schuster had Mason Rudolph and duck hodges as his quarterbacks. Over the entire span of the year, which would bring any receivers numbers down so I think that's one of those reasons why Juju had more of a down year they got Eric Iran and Free Agency they drafted Klay Pool. Who I think is an underrated steel. Out of Notre. Dame. I think he's a great receiver. Ben Rothlisberger coming back an even though I don't think Ben Rothlisberger is what it used to be. He's still is super talented arm town guy can. Arm can throwing the ball down the field and if he comes back, even what like? It like maybe like an eighty five percent version of what Ben Rothlisberger used to be. Their team will be better than last year and he's still a very talented quarterback in this league, so I have the steelers at number nine. They also have guys like a watt on the defensive end. They have depre- things like that. They have a ton of sound on the defensive, another great young defensive team, one of the best defense in the league I think they just have a really talented stover, also, so they're coming in at number nine and number eight. Is the Indianapolis Colts Indianapolis Colts have one of the best roses in the league. They drafted incredible for. If I had done like an episode right after the draft that teams who won the draft, the colts would absolutely be up there. They didn't have a first round pick. They added to force buckner. One of the best defensive tackles and league probably second to only Aaron Donald. They got You know. They have Marlee in the backfield. One of the best offensive lines in the league lead by Quin Nelson Ty. Michael Pittman Junior who reminds me a lot of Michael Thomas Darius Leonard in the. Backfield, but defensive backfield almost. In the linebacking corps they have a pretty good defensive line, obviously now led by deforest buckner. I, don't believe in Philip rivers necessarily, but I think with a good offensive line Philip rivers is still talented sort of like bedrock burger is still can throw the ball. doesn't have like a noodle arm or anything like that so I absolutely loved the colts as roster and I. Think they're going to be pretty good this year I think I have them also going at nine and seven, just finishing behind the titans. Titans and the Texans, but again with the super talented roster with the Indianapolis Colts Offensive Line. Jonathan Taylor was also drafted Marlin Mac to good running backs. I think they have to good receivers now been and t Y, Hilton Great, offensive line pretty good. Front seven I think a secondary is a little bit of a weakness of theirs, but again I still think they have a top ten roster in the NFL from top to bottom at number, seven I the Los Angeles chargers did not make the PF tops head. Which I was shocked, I think the Rock. The chargers have one of the best in the League. Maybe I'm crazy, but when you look at their. Defense Melvin Ingram Joey. Bosa, Derwin James They got the cornerback from Denver from blanking on his name. Now maybe Weekday Chris Harris I. Think it's Chris Harris. Who which the chargers They have three good corners now. To good pass rushers, decent linebackers. They drafted one at the end of First Round Murray out of Oklahoma who's also fantastic and then you go to the office of Allen Mike Williams, Eker who's a great running back I. Think they have a decent offensive line, not great, I think Justin. Herbert's talented quarterback on I think he's got a great arm I think he can move your minds me over more accurate version of Josh Allen I think we'll see him play late in the year I think the church. One of the most talented rosters talked about I. Really do believe they have a super bowl level roster talent wise on paper I don't understand why they didn't make the top ten for pro football focus again to good pass rushers. Three good corners, a fantastic safety who? Does a little bit everything from sort of like Jamal Adams Derwin Jane's I think he's absolutely incredible and then. Again Mike Williams great big tall receiver love Keenan Allen Hunter, Henry as well as a tight end if he can stay out these great and Austin neck nectar I think the chargers roster as a super bowl level. Rosser I have them coming in at number seven a number six's team. I talked about a lot roster. Wise, and that's the Cleveland browns again. They are like Noah's Ark of football teams on offense to good receivers. O, B J Jarvis Landry to good running backs. Kareem Hunt Nick. To good tackles now Tristram Worth's Jack. Conklin to good tight, hence to David Joe. And Austin Hooper who's arguably one of the best tight ends in the League Baker Mayfield, as talented, enough quarterback and then on the defensive in as well as a Va. Vernon myles Garrett in the secondary. They have ward as well and greedy Williams too I mean just everywhere. They have talented guys and I really do believe they're one of the most talented racers in the league again. If these other teams the next five, I'm GONNA mention a little bit better than Cleveland I. Don't think I. Don't think there's a huge gap between on the browns number six and maybe five through to here. I think they have one of the most talented Russia's in the league I want to say they're one of the most talented offenses they're really close them. The chiefs in the box, and maybe even the saints as well have really talented offensive, and the Ravens as well. The browns are up there. They can compete with anybody in the in the league talent. Wise if they can. Can Get the coach Right Kevin Stances Guy, and if Baker Mayfield can have a big bounceback season take a big leap throw for a lot of touchdowns. AUDIARD's yards bring those interceptions down. BROWNS can make a lot of noise for once and their franchise history and number five, the Kansas City chiefs defending super bowl champions, one of the best offenses in the league I think. Taibbi kill as the best receiver in the League at what he does best receiver in the League. They have obviously Travis Kelsey. WHO's the best tight end? The League Great Offensive Line Patrick homes as the most talented quarterback in the league. More talented Aaron Rodgers Tom. Brady drew brees Lamar Jackson. He's number. One best quarterback ammos talented. Austin Not Austin. clouds layer is where they drafted. I think he was the best. Running back in the draft would have been my pick great in the running and passing game on. He reminds me a lot of bigger Darren sproles, and without in the Patrick Mahomes, and you re chief system. That's going to be scary. Scary to watch wouldn't surprise me if he went offensive rookie of the year. He probably my bet, except for maybe a quarterback like Joe Borough I'm I non quarterback. Offensive Rookie of the year I would definitely lean towards would be cloud our layer. I have the chiefs and number five just an all around super talented roster. It's why they won. The Super Bowl led by maybe the most talented player in the League Patrick Mahomes. At number five or four excuse me I. The San Francisco Forty Niners I do believe there are a little bit more talented than the Kansas City chiefs. They obviously just met in the Super Bowl. Offense but I think that the forty nine hundred better defense and I think the gap between the forty niners defense and the chiefs defense is bigger than the gap between the Kansas, city offense then the San Francisco Defense, if that makes any sense, the forty niners of the best defense in the league. You could argue maybe Baltimore. has also really good defense as well, but I would probably give it to San Francisco. Bo says maybe the best defensive end the entire League they pretty decent, secondary great linebackers, and on the offensive end. They have a great team as well just a lot of guys. A lot of scheme fits a lot of Deebo, Samuel. Who's obviously hurt now? Jimmy Garoppolo the most talented. Talented, but I think he's really talented from football IQ. Standpoint similar to you know the Dak Prescott of the world like I've mentioned before San Francisco just overall a really talented team. They lost a forest buckner this year, but they drafted defensive tackle to replace him, who apparently they love Brandon as well as a really talented wide receiver, coming out of Arizona State, George biddle obviously. George Kid Alert Travis Chelsea, I. Say just try. He's tied in the league I'd probably take Kelsey just by a little bit I think. Calcium may be a little bit faster George Kittles, obviously a lot more physical kills obviously probably number two, maybe number one best tight on the league, overall, extremely talented team. San Francisco they come in at number four announced get to the top three rosters town, wise in the NFL at number three I have the New Orleans saints who only got better in the off season they added. Added Emmanuel Sanders at wide receiver. I think their biggest need is tight end that they could get a tight end. That'd be great. They've a decent offensive line I. Think it's good enough. I think drew. brees is still really talented Alvin. Kamara is an extremely versatile back top vibe running back in the league. Mike Thomas is a top five top five top seven receiver in the League. Just mentioned Emmanuel Sanders. They're pretty talented on the defensive end, but this is really coming from the offense of weapons why they're so talented. I think the Saints Win The division. It'll be close with them in Tampa Bay, who will get you in a minute? But I do believe that you know. The saints are just an overall, maybe one of the most talented offenses in the league, maybe only second to offense wise strictly they're really close with like the chiefs, and also maybe the Ravens offensive lies and I'll get into the bucks as well next, but. Saints overall just an extremely talented team paper. They're one of those teams that are one of these teams in this list that as extremely talented an has the good head coach in good organization, which is why they're consistently good every year, so the saints are coming in at number three at number two, I have the Tampa Bay buccaneers I think I really do believe that the second most talented team in the league. Pf Adam at five, just I seen Mike Evans I see Gronk I see three good tight heads to good receivers, a great quarterback Tom Brady decent running back Ronald Jones the leaguer shacks insects Shaquille Barrett one of the best young linebacking course in the league. The Donald Soon Defensive End. I think they're one of the most talented teams the league I have them coming in at number, two led by Tom Brady is the most talented anymore, but Mike Evans Chris Godwin. OJ Howard Rob Gronkowski Ronald Jones Break Shaquille Barrett Devon White. White is also on that team dominated. Sue just everywhere and I think they're also Jamal Adams sweepstakes. They haven't gotten him yet. Obviously, a number two. I have the Tampa Bay buccaneers I think one of the most talented teams in the league I thought they would have been higher. The number five on PIA thefts list, but they're coming in at number two for me and finally the most talented team in the League I. Agree with PF I. Really do believe it's the Baltimore Ravens I'm don't think there's a whole on this team. There's not a huge need. If there was any need on this team, it would be wide receiver. I think they need a true number, one a superstar receiver, but the way they run the ball with Mark Ingram drafted jk Dobbins Lamar. Jackson is obviously incredible, fantastic, offensive line, fantastic defense. Maybe the best in the League markets Peter's guys like that or Thomas. If he stays on the team, the Ravens are. Are just extremely talented I. Think Hong Coward said on his show a couple of weeks ago that they Michael Sixteen now I wouldn't go that far, but wins fries me. They had the best record in the league. They're so talented it'll just be what happens in the playoffs for them. I think they're gonNA. Win Their division rather easily thing. They might take a step back because their division got better. Better, but I do believe they'll be in the driver's seat. Maybe even the driver's seat in the AFC, as well just competing with the chiefs really for the best team in the AFC most talented team in the league, no doubt for the Baltimore Ravens again not a really major hole, if anything, a true number, one ride receiver without them, good tight ends best running game in the League one of the. The best defense is Great. Secondary Ravens have it all. That is going to be it for this episode of the Jesus Mc Sports podcast. Thank you so much for listening. Make sure you follow us on all social media twitter facebook instagram leaves a five star review and subscribe to the podcast. We really appreciate it again. Thank you so much for listening and I will see you all in the next episode. You've been listening to the Golden State media concepts sports PODCAST, part of the golden state media concepts in podcast network. 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GSMC Basketball Podcast Episode 287: Who Got Traded Where?

GSMC Basketball Podcast

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GSMC Basketball Podcast Episode 287: Who Got Traded Where?

"Get your ears wrapped around the golden state media concepts basketball. podcast all the scoop you need to know from college basketball to the NBA and even March madness zoos of your rising stars topics on and off the hard work. This is the golden state media concepts basketball podcast. Thank you for tuning into the GMC basketball podcast brought brought to you by the GMC podcast network. I'm your host Isaiah Qudos. Today we're GonNa talk about the latest traits then compared the raptors recent success versus the sliding sixers and similarly will talk about the rising nuggets and the falling jazz. Well then see how the grizzlies have been doing. And how they stack up in the West. I will check in with the heat and see with their new acquisitions. They can really make a push in the east and the show was some predictions for some of the bigger games happening over the next few days now trades. Trade deadline is Thursday. I believe it's three PM Eastern toll. PM Pacific Time. If I'm not mistaken and so it's coming down the wire. There are some big trades happening so thus far so with the knowledge that I've gathered over the last few days in and with the timeline in which I'm producing this podcast. I'm going to give you the most up-to-date trade that I know of as of now hopefully not too many big trades happen from now now. I'm going to release his podcast to win. Things happen but I'm sure that will happen because that's just how it goes in the NBA trades. Always go down to the very last minute but the biggest ones that I know of as of right now a dollar is gonNA play this year. And No. It's not GONNA be for the Memphis Grizzlies Andrea Agudelo was acquired by the Memphis. Grizzlies sleaze in the off season. And he has decided to sit out for most of the season much to the dismay of some of his younger teammates. We'll get to that in a little bit but yeah he's decided not to play because he just didn't see a point for not playing for a team that he didn't think were serious serious contenders I mean. I believe it's like sixteen th year in the season as of right now. He's already a three-time champion one time finals. MVP so I mean at this point in his career. He's a veteran. He kind of kind of earned that right to kind of take a step back and really focus on other things other than basketball. He's really been pushing his new book. That just came out with. He's been figuring figuring out life outside of basketball. His his retirement plans is and and just making money moves basically but he is part of a trade. That's going to see him play now that he's and he's very excited about this opportunity. He's going to go to the Miami Heat and not only that he's getting a thirty million dollar contract extension over two years so he cashed out. Spend then all this time basically taking a vacation and now he's cashing out. He's going to go to Miami great weather great team. Great Situation Dillon Brooks and and John Rant are probably very happy about this. They expressed their dissatisfaction with Andrea Agudelo. A couple of days ago. Dillon Brooks saying how he can't wait till they trade him away from the Grizzlies so that they can actually play him and show them what they're all about and John. Mirant Kinda echoed this This thought by re tweeting it favoring it whatever on Social Media Steph curry actually got in on the conversation by adding a picture of Andrea Godollo on his instagram with the finals trophy and the finals. MVP Trophy in which case John replied with Kevin Durant holding his own finals finals. MVP trophies so a little bickering going back and forth to to have both disclosed that there's mutual respect between them just a little poking fun at one another but either way a good situation because the grizzlies get rid of them. They get people back in which I which they're going to be able to actually use because Andrea Della wasn't playing for them And he would always going to go to a contender Miami. Who's playing really well? This season Last year in the regular season averaged five point seven points point three point seven rebounds and point to assist not great numbers of course but Andrea dollars one of those players. That's just so smart so defensively offensively sound that. His impact carries a lot more weight than his statistics and even more so in the playoffs. He kind of coast through the beginning. Part of the a season in which point he'll start to pick it up in the playoffs and he brings that championship mentality and that impact in which I talked about in the playoffs has numbers increased. Did nine nine point eight points per game. Four point three rebounds and four assists so you really starts to step it up in the playoffs. She's a huge reason. Why the Golden State Warriors were able to win all the championships? They did including that finals. MVP that he got and two thousand fifteen so Miami he got to go on a definitely a good piece for them to continue and you growing and in return the grizzlies got just as wind. Lo Who's averaging eleven point three points six points six rebounds and four says he has been injured as of late has complain that much but he's a great acquisition great move for the Grizzlies and now they're young. Core is a really good sign on for things to come there. Young core looks like this. John Moran Age Twenty Justice when low. He's h twenty. Three Dillon Brooks Twenty Four. Jaren Jackson Junior Age Twenty Brand Clark Age twenty-three enticed Jones is twenty three as well. So that core right there is young. Which means they're going to be good for years to come the grizzlies team that looked to be down and out of rebuild for sure they turn things around very quickly in the last us year? They dropped the bomb rant. They traded up for Brandon. Clark they got rid of Mike Conley four Jay crowder and a future first round pick. They acquired the Anthony. The name Melton Take Jap Josh Jackson they got they got I wanted to take Andrea Agudelo. And they flipped dollar for justice winslow. So they've really been making some great moves to kind of bullshit their squad after kind of fallen off because no one really expected them to really be anything this year but now they're in a good position in their eighth place in the West and getting good pieces to continue this moving forward another big trade. That happened was clink. Cappella moved from the Houston Rockets Doc. It's we talked about it a little bit last podcast. He ended up going to the Atlanta Hawks in a four team trade huge fourteen trade. That saw I believe sixteen players. Move around the hawks. The rockets the nuggets and Minnesota all involved in this trade Minnesota does miss out on Diangelo Russel. The worst kind pulled out stopped listening to trades surrounding him but they do get Hernan Gomez Maliki Beasley Jared Vanderbilt and a first round pick. Nothing really doc. Exciting they're hurting Gomez can be a decent player but nothing extraordinary. Really the rockets get Robert Covington. Which is pretty extraordinary? He's he could be a a good asset for them and they get Jordan bells. Well it kind of just to bolster that center position because they really don't have a full on center right now and they they they're looking at playing. PJ Tucker at the five to place a lot of small ball but whenever they go up against people like the Lakers. Who Have you know? Anthony Davis and McGee and Dwight Howard. They're going to need someone a little bigger down low Jordan. Bill isn't necessarily that much bigger but he is a center. So that's why they got him as well nuggets. Get Noah von Lay Gerald Green Shabazz Napier Bates Diop and a first rounder. So I think they got got a lot of good assets that they need especially since they have so many injuries right now and Atlanta get Cappella annonay. So that's great pairing to go with trae a young. He kinda need somebody to help them out and Cappella averaging thirteen points. Thirteen rebounds is a big statistical. Help for him and really I. I mean they're offensive strategy. Should be run. Pick and rolls for those two players have trae young shoot as much as possible and just have cappella rebound whatever he misses and put a backup cup. That should be their new. Their new go-to another trade Was the kings traded with the Hawks Hawks involved again the Kings get Alex Glen and Jabari Parker from the hawks. Four deadman which we talked about a little bit last podcast as well. Jabari Parker is averaging fifteen points and six rebounds so a good acquisition there and len is eight point seven five point eight a eight point seven points five point eight rebounds so already better numbers than a a deadman would be offering. So it's definitely a good move for the Kings. I see why the Hawks did. It's just a little back over cling Capella to ads them Minutes plus just veteran experiences. Well in that locker room plus deadman had some of his best years at Atlanta. So it's a familiar environment armament and a good acquisition good trade for the both of these teams another big trade saw the seventy sixers get Alec burks and Glenn Robinson the third heard for some draft picks two weeks ago. The words only had one second round. Pick for the next seven drafts through the Willie Cauley Stein Trade. They'd Alec burks and Glen Robinson Trade. They now have five they have. Utah's Twenty Twenty Dallas's twenty twenty Denver's twenty twenty one. Toronto's twenty twenty two and their own twenty twenty two draft picks coming in the next couple of years so they really fix their problems in terms of you know draft capabilities and we we all know what the warriors can do in the draft. What they've done with it in the past? They've been dynasties off of their draft so it's important for them to have their picks and they got it back with these. He's trades although they do lose Albertson Glen Robinson great players and the sixers they do have to find other traits to make or they gotta wave if some players otherwise they have to waive Glen Robinson and Alec burks after getting him so but either way this is really great for the sixers. They need bench points so badly. Their bench is ranked twenty seventh in the League in terms of scoring and Alec burks glimpse in third have been having career years for the the warriors in a year where they've had so many injuries they've been able to have extended minutes really Grow their value. I kinda thought that they would end up being the bench that holster. You know that people that holster the bench for the Golden State Warriors and see their success when their starters come back and they come off the bench and continue the way they've I've been playing. Obviously the warriors want to invest in the draft until they saw them more as trade value than anything. But either way I think it's beneficial for both teams the sixers especially Other trades that have been talked about a sham of the clippers apparently is off limits and trade talks with the Knicks for Morris so the clippers are targeting. Marcus Morris. Not sure if that's GONNA happen if they can't involve shamet the Lakers. Also want Morris And they've also talked about getting dinwiddie. They've also talked about shorter. Schroeder as well from the thunder so the Lakers really trying to push to find and and bolster the point guard position for their squad. So I'd be interested to see just who they end up landing with. I think at some point they will make a move. Oof the Lakers. At some point. We'll bring somebody in in my opinion for those are the biggest trades as of right now a lot of speculation a lot of moves being made but for the Toronto Raptors. A lot has stayed the same their winning streak continues. Meanwhile the sixers have been sliding so good thing. They've gone some deaf now that we just talked about so we break down the two giants in the east coming up next. Are you looking for the very best. NFL and college football podcast then check out the GSM see football. PODCAST get the latest football news. 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The Hawks and the Kings Getting Damore Jabari Parker and Alex slant and two of the warriors best players this season and Alec burks Glen Robinson Third Head into the sixers to help out their bench who's ranked twenty seventh in the League in terms of scoring so much needed help for them especially when their offense has been struggling so much and speaking of the sixers. We're GONNA talk about them and the Toronto Raptors who are enjoying. I'm very opposite types of success at the moment raptors have had a lot of success as of late their second right now. They're only six and a half say only six can have back from the books because the books have been at some points up seven eight. What have you? They've been dominating the East but the raptors are six and a half back right now in the east. They've already been flying extremely high when they came into play against the Pacers. They've tied their team. Best with eleven game game win streak coming into this game. So they're looking to extend that and get an outright new record new franchise record for win streak and in in the first quarter. They jumped out to a thirty to twenty lead where the Pacers just struggled shooting the ball. They're percentages were awful. And then the Pacers and the the second quarter absolutely caught fire out of nowhere. The outscored the raptors forty three to eighteen in the second and they're shooting percentages skyrocketed skyrocketed. After shooting the ball extremely poorly in the first quarter they went sixty six point seven percent from the field and fifty three point. Eight percent from three point land compared to the rafters who were shooting twenty seven and twenty two in those respective columns. So that's why the scoreline became as skewed as well as it was towards the end there and in the in the first half the pacers ended up taking the lead sixty three to forty eight. So the Raptors win streak is in jeopardy on the biggest lead for Indian at one point was nineteen and at which point. The Raptors really started making some headway. They cut the deficit to eighty six eighty. Two heading into the fourth quarter. They fought their way all the way back and then from there the pacers seemed to have stopped any serious runs a comeback that the raptors had had Really just stopping them in their tracks. Every time they're really got close and with the score at one six one two three. The Pacers went on a run. That put them up. One fourteen one three with three fifty to go and with three fifty to go. And you're up by eleven. The Indiana Pacers look to close closed this game and they have done so a lot this year. They've been a great team But now the defending champs had something to say about it used off forty eight minutes to really fight back in this game really went down to the wire Siachen Himself had seven points and an assist on a lower three to to make you one eighteen one. Sixteen with a little over a minute left from here. It was kind of poor execution from the Pacers on that last drive by Siaka that gave him his seventh point in those minutes. He kind of just turn it over mid court and they gave him a break away so they were just being very careless with the ball late in the game not really taken care of it not really holding onto this lead like they should be and then with twenty nine point. Five seconds left in the Game Serge. Ibaka who had struggled it was really early on Sanca three to give Toronto a one nineteen to one eighteen lead so they fought all the way back from me. Nineteen down to take the lead finally late in the game and towards the end Ola depot had a great open look at three with twelve seconds left. But he couldn't get it to go he he actually got his own offensive. Board kicked it out to Brogden with four seconds left and the opportunity to find a wide open Aaron holiday I believe but he didn't he didn't find him he was open on the wing he was wide open instead. Brogden dribbled into a double team and ended up turning the ball over and after his went the other way kind of dribble the doubt and they win the game. One nineteen to one eighteen. Instead of new franchise is record winning streak of twelve games according to the Elias Sports Bureau Research. The Raptors are the sixth defending defending champions in the past thirty five seasons to record their franchise longest winning streak four of the previous five return to the NBA finals and three went on to repeat so of history repeats itself the Toronto Raptors will be back in the NBA finals and if history is on their side. It looks like they might might be defending their championship with another championship run. I'm not exactly sure how that's really going to go. Because the very close in the bucks have been dominating all year and there's formidable opponents in the Celtics key. We'll get to that later. But yeah I mean if history's on their side they're in a good spot right now. Cow Lowry lowry had himself a fantastic game. This one thirty two points. Ten Rebounds and eight assists for a triple double. He was all over the place. Baca also Oh had a great game in a season high thirty points including that eventual game winner with twenty nine seconds ago basically the shooting of a confidence his his his coach told them in a time out. You know. Just keep shooting. She did it with confidence. Just throw it up there. And he did and end up winning the game for them he also added seven rebounds and three assists basketball comes back to his old ways. He scored twenty five points. Nine rebounds and five assists with three steals including really clutch. Went down the stretch that I talked about earlier. That kinda turned the game around really gave them opportunity to win this game And the Pacers played really well as well. They just couldn't hold onto the lead sometimes. Sometimes that's just how it goes. When momentum swinging Brogden had twenty four points six rebounds six assists but he had sticks turnovers? And that's really what hurt them because late down in the game they kinda just handed them the game. The rafters took it for sure. But it didn't help that. They had a lot of turnovers down the stretch. Justin holiday had twenty two points. Five rebounds three assists and three steals. McDermott had nineteen points. A bonus had fifteen eleven and ten for another triple double will this season but he himself had a few turnovers as well and then depot still not exactly back to the high volume scoring. We're used to seeing him a year ago. He had thirteen in in this game. So the raptors are really feeling themselves. They're on a great win streak on the Pacers kind of blow it in there on a three game losing streak but it's okay because the team that's right behind them in the standings right now are the sixers and there aren't a three game win streak themselves. Their most recent loss lost coming out the hand of the Miami Heat it was a pretty competitive first half with the league going back and forth. It was the heat though that came out on top with fifty fifty six fifty two lead going into halftime from their the he kind of found a groove really started pouring on the offense where in comparison the sixers just struggled offensively the heat outscore the sixers. Forty one to twenty five with Jimmy. Having fifteen of those usually after a big lopsided headquarter like that the game tends to balance itself out but no not. Today they Miami Heat continued to stay hot after outscoring them as much as they. You did after pouring in forty one points in a single quarter. They backed it up with another great shooting. Output they shot seventy seven point eight percent from the field. They almost didn't miss and they shot sixty three point six from three to scored another forty points capping off an eighty one point second in half. That's insane which is a franchise record as well and ended a bearing. The sixers won thirty seven to one. Oh six to heat win in this series three two one the regular season series. They've won it three to one and then looking at a eastern conference matchup in which they can play them potentially in the playoffs. This is a very good sign for them. They know they can go three one up on a team as formidable as the sixers in the playoffs they would have to hold on one more game. Not many teams blow through leads during shade to my own team for doing so. But it's a really good sign for the Miami Heat in a good position they wanna be the in moving forward in case they do have to match up against the sixers in the playoffs on the other hand. The sixers have been struggling especially on the road. They've lost their tenth of their last twelve on the road. And they've been beaten nine times by double digits already this season on the road so so they're a great team when it comes to playing at home but they just can't find a way to find dubs on the road which is a problem especially if you're GONNA make late playoff pushes and you're gonna go deep in the playoffs. You have to find a way to win some games on the road to help yourself out especially since they're not going to be the one seed so they won't always have that homecourt advantage third. This thirty one point two feet was the worst of the season for the sixers and the Butler is the main reason why he went off and after the game he had a funny quote. He said he felt like Luca in this game pointing to Luca. DONNCHA juice had a great year. You know second-year player out of Dallas Mavericks. He had thirty eight point seven rebounds with three steals so he really did it all played really well. He didn't want to give to the fact that he was playing up against the six years old team. He said he was just focused on. Winning doesn't matter who's in front of him but I feel like that's not necessarily true. He doesn't score thirty eight that often and I feel like he did have a little more extra motivation. And this one Goran Dragic had twenty four points. Three Rebounds Rebounds six assists off the bench. Great numbers for him. Duncan Robinson had nineteen Audubon the recent first-time all-star had eighteen points. Eight rebounds eleven assists and on the other side of the sixers and beat played really well twenty nine points twelve rebounds. Mike Scott Not really sure about that one seventeen points mostly all of them from three two of them from the line but the rest all from the three-point land. Ben Simmons had sixteen points eight rebounds seven assists not enough scoring output from me. Milton had eleven and then four more players had six points including Harris and Horford so just not enough high volume scoring from their high profile players. They're all star players Horford does not seem to play very well when embiid is on the court. I don't know what what it is about. That embiid seems to sink thing that they have no identity on offense. Sometimes they play slow sometimes. They play fast. Sometimes they clog up the post sometimes. There's no one in there and they just really nailed down an offensive strategy. That really works for them when they needed. They don't really execute the half court offense very well and especially when it comes playoff time. That's really what a lot of teams look at so. They really got to work on that. He says himself he doesn't really know when to find that balance between being out on the three point land giving space for the post or when he needs to be down there himself and just doing work so he they need to figure that out Horford also said that there are some issues going around in their locker room but that the keep that internal offer now. I'm not really sure what that alludes to but if things are going wrong on the court things are bound to happen in the locker room so they gotta figure some stuff out there six in the east right now. Luckily they have a big cushion Brooklyn Nets behind them with seven and a half games back so they do have some breathing room mm-hmm but if they want to get higher up in the Eastern Conference race they gotta start figuring stuff out now and luckily for them they did acquire a new pieces. That might just bring new life life to the sixers team some much-needed offensive scoring as well. So we'll see how they do. These two big teams in the east are two very different. Pass right now. It's very similar to two teams in the West. That's a right now. So we look closer at the nuggets and the jazz coming up next. Check out the show that's built on the MMA from UFC. Two extreme cage fighting. They got the fights eight covered check out the GSM. SEE 'EM A podcast. Get the latest news on past or upcoming fights join us as we talked to in about some of the biggest names the enemy past present. Future when it's the fight game there's just one showed a checkout. GMC PODCAST DOT COM back. Slash M Dash podcast August. Don't forget to let them on facebook and follow them on twitter visit. GSM See podcasts. Dot Com for more INFO. Welcome back. GMC BASCO podcast. We just broke down the Toronto Raptors. Who are on a franchise record twelve game winning streak versus Philadelphia Sixers who are now on a three-game skid they've been playing kind of poorly as of late and beat seems to think they just don't have an identity on offense and they have not been executing on defense either so they have adleman struggling have been slide and luckily they have a bit of a cushion with the nets being as far back as they are but for them to be actual contenders? They they gotta start figuring stuff out hopefully with the acquisition of Alec burks and Glen Robinson Third. They can kind of spark some new life into this team. That's been struggling to really give them help in the locker room and help on the court as well so two very different teams in the east in terms the rafters and the sixers and then two very different teams in the West as of right now are the Denver Nuggets in the jazz. These two teams played each other Wednesday night before we get to that. I'm going to look back a little bit. Just Kinda put some chronological order to this. The jazz very last game was Saturday. So they haven't played played for a while. They played against the blazers where they got blown out. One twenty four one seven. I talked about last podcast. Kind of alluded to it Damian. Lillard went off. He had fifty one one points and he handed you tides fourth straight loss where they had lost to the Nuggets Spurs and the rockets in that time so they were having a lot of issues at the time. They caught Lillard at a terrible time because he was in an absolute inferno but before all of that they had a four game win streak and then before even that they had lost one game but before that they had a ten game win streak so things have fallen off real quick for the Utah Jazz. It's really unfortunate to see the game against the Blazers. They got no production from Gobert or ingles for that matter points wise they had six and three respectively. So that's really never going to help you when you're to two of your bigger stars are now being productive on the offense. Meanwhile the Denver Nuggets recent game before matching against the jazz was funny enough against the Blazers small world. They had Murray back finally after missing facing ten games with an ankle injury. But they still didn't have millsaps Mike Porter Jr. or plumlee so it wasn't going to be an easy task. Especially when Damian Lillard had been as good as he has been that Gary Harris and Tori Craig kind of took turns going up against the blazing hot Lillard like I said and they actually held him to just twenty one points on eight for twenty three shootings. So the man the myth the legend Dame dollar. Finally it cooled off just a bit for them to squeak out a win that combined with a near triple double from Yokich where he got twenty nine points. Thirteen thirteen rebounds and nine assists two steals and three blocks led to a one thousand nine hundred ninety nine thrashing of the Blazers. That's a great stat. Line line for Yokich. He's really been stepping it up as of late in playing really well very confident and it makes sense because they've had so many injuries so a lot of have the responsibility of taking over has been on him and it's really revitalized his game because I felt like early on in the season he's really underperforming. Not really putting the numbers people would have expected because he can definitely be in that. MVP MVP race. He's a triple double machine and now he's starting to joint show put up. Some big numbers. Murray had twenty points in his return but then grant ended up hurting himself in this one so now and the game leading up to the Utah Jazz. They didn't have plumbly. Paul millsap Barton Jeremy Grant Michael Porter. Jr. All of them were hurt. They had seven active players against Utah and not to mention. This is on a back to back so I don't care how much Utah has been struggling. They should absolutely win this game. There's no excuses. They look to do so early on playing really well through two quarters. They took a fifty seven seven. Forty nine lead at halftime mostly from Bogdonovich. Who at fourteen points? The jazz would push that to seventy one fifty six wchs before the nuggets out of nowhere. One on twenty two four run that resulted in Denver taking its first lead since the first quarter making it. Seventy any six seventy five and you kind of look at this one saying Oh my goodness. Are we really going to lose this one after having this many days off after the nuggets just played a game the night before they have seven active players ninety one of their starters. Utah responded they answered the Bell Pretty well extended its lead out again as the nuggets rested their stars the debris there so the jazz took advantage but again the nuggets fought back. They even held the jazz to a single field goal in the final seven minutes. They could only manage one field goal. The nuggets ended up taking game. Ninety eight ninety ninety five an improbable victory for them. I mean honestly baffling the fact that the jazz lost this game. This was Utah's first loss against Denver at home and nine consecutive games to lose it and this fashion. The way that they did aid is not a good sign for where the Utah Jazz were and where they want to be. Yokich did have historic night. He had thirty one points. Twenty one rebounds and Tennessee's for his eleventh triple double of the season he's the tenth player ever her with a thirty two thousand ten stat line an NBA history. And he's the second in thirty five years to get it with a win. The only other person in the last thirty thirty five years to do that demarcus cousins Yokich was going up against Rudy. Go bear most of the time. And we've talked about Gobert before. He's you know defending defensive player of the year. He's a tough person Scorpions. Well not for Yokich. Yokich was thirteen for fourteen against him. When he was his primary married defender? He was eating him alive in this game. Murray also had back to back games after missing the last ten with an angle injury. So you're not really sure how mu- how well he was going to hold up in. This one will yield up. Just fine had thirty one points and forces. He led the nuggets with scoring. I think he played really well. And then Monte Morris had fifteen and Tori Craig at eight points and twelve rebounds Harris who Who generally shoots pretty well for the Denver Nuggets? He had clutch free throws down the stretch that extended the the lead for the nuggets held onto this one one but he shot. Oh for thirteen from the field. He did not make a single field goal in this one. That's a new franchise record for the war shooting night without a field goal. So it's not a good way to make history for yourself and the fact that the nuggets one despite missing every single feel will is insane to me absolutely insane the jazz on the other hand Mike. Conley scored twenty one points eight rebounds five assists this. That's a decent stat line for him. Donovan Mitchell only had eighteen points and eight rebounds he kinda struggled against the defense that the nuggets throughout him and Bogdonovich with most disappointing for me. Remember how I said. He was leading them in scoring at halftime with fourteen he finished with sixteen sixteen which means he only scored two points in the second half. Where did he go? What was he doing? He added five rebounds five assists so rounded. I was that line but the fact that he found nothing in the second half very disappointing. Not a good sign for the UTAH. Jazz go barefoot. Decent had sixteen points fourteen rebounds. Good double double for him. And then Clarkson added sixteen points as well off the bench Utah Tor- now in fifth after being as high as second in the West. Remember talking about it. If you podcast ago they had won eighteen gene of twenty games at one point but this recent slide means that they're on a five game losing streak all of a sudden. I'm not sure what happened to them because they were flying high. They're playing extremely well. I think it's probably because they've been on the road for a bed and they have a fourteen thirteen record. Yeah and they just. I don't know what it is. I think it's a midseason lull for them. They've really got to figure out their identity. Donovan Mitchell was not happy after the game said that it's not where they were used to being and they know they have to be better for where they WANNA go. They are one of the better teams in the West on. They're on a good day and really. They're tied from a record standpoint with the rockets so they could be in fourth with just a win and with the rockets lost but now they're three games back from third place. The Denver Nuggets three and a half back from the clippers. And that just means that they're six and a half back from the Los Angeles Inches Lakers. Who are still crushing? It in first place the nuggets somehow still battling gotta give it to them. They're in third place. It's like I just said and they're only half game back from second and three games up on fourth which is pretty impressive especially considering the fact that they've had so many injuries and now they've acquired a couple of more players to bolster their roster so the nuggets are in a great place for when they finally get all their players back. So you gotta give it up for them but disappointed see where the jazz have fallen to. But another team in the West are the grizzlies who continued to improve and with their recent acquisitions and they're now very young core that we talked about earlier. They look to make some noise in the near future. In their most recent game they went up against the Mavericks and they came out. Victorious spoiler spoiler alert. We break it down and take a look at how the grizzlies match up in the West. So stay stay with us. Check out this build around the women of 'em man eh from the UFC to the extreme cage fighting we got the fights cover is San the golden state media concepts women's MMA podcast the latest news of upcoming pipes discussions of previous matches. Join us as we talked to in about the biggest names in women's mixed martial arts the past present and future when it's the women's striking you know where to listen to the golden state media concepts women's MMA podcast awed cast welcome back to C. Basketball podcast brought to you by the GMC awesome. See podcast network. I'm your host as we just talked about the Denver Nuggets. How they're holding on the West playing really well? As of late. Despite the fact they have had so many injuries. They're still in third place there only half a game back from second. Somehow they've been playing as well as they have yokich especially Who's had just had a career triple double historic triple double thirty twenty ten stat line? It's only happened a few you times in history. So he's one of them and then the Utah Jazz who have been sliding as of late. After winning eighteen of twenty games they're on a five game skid they fall all in all the way down to fifth place in the West not sure what's going on with them. They gotTA figure out quick but other teams in the West that are making some noise. Are the Memphis his grizzlies the grizzlies young and they are very good. They're kind of solidifying themselves in this playoff race right now. They're eighth so nothing thing to really be that excited about it would go up against the Lakers. Three Games up on ninth though. Who are the Portland Trailblazers? And they've kind of had an up and down season. San Antonio Spurs have kind of floated around there as well. The PELICANS are making a run up will break that down a little bit later but yeah yeah they're five back from the mavs who are in seventh and they're seven and three in their last ten games so they've had a lot of success recently and and they're really starting to put it together and speaking of the mavericks they matched up against them recently and unfortunately for the mavericks they were without their star player. Luca Danni who do for the fourth consecutive game has missed this one due to a spraining his ankle. And during this time there too and to you during this stretch and they're four and five on the season without Luca Danni so not a great record obviously since they he pretty much runs their entire offense and he is their entire team for the most part. Especially when you know. They've lost. Why Powell pausing is still coming into his own which he is in this absence of Luca Danni? We'll get into it. But yeah he would. They also do not have seth curry or JJ bridge so they were missing a lot of key players in just one against the very confident grizzlies team. Nevertheless the game was very competitive. And the first with only one point separating the team porzingis housing has had fifteen points in the first quarter and the mouse took a thirty to thirty one. Lead at the end of it in the second porzingas continued to lead the mavericks in scoring but the tide of Momentum Kinda shifted and the grizzlies ended up taking a fifty nine fifty six lead going into half half Porzingis took a shot to the nose that left him bloody so he had to leave the court for bit and he later found out he had broken his nose but but he did return in this one. He didn't think too much of it. He said he didn't have a headache. So no concussion. Protocol thrown back on the court during this time that he was off though the Grizzlies I had started to take control when he got back. It was too late. They had gone on a twenty one. Two three run and outscored the Mavericks Forty One to twenty two in the third quarter with their lead ballooning to twenty five in the fourth at one point. So the grizzlies really made use of the fact. That porzingas wasn't on the court really really started pouring on the offense and after falling behind that much the mavericks just couldn't muster up enough offense to make a comeback so the grizzlies took this one one twenty twenty one to one zero seven to move over five hundred for the first time this season. There are twenty six and twenty five now. It's very exciting stuff for the grizzlies. Who is is making a great push in this playoff race? And it's crazy to me that this grizzlies team you know is playing as well as it is. This is the Grizzlies Thirteenth win in. Its last sixteen games and they haven't made the playoffs since two thousand seventeen. I mean when all of their key players like Marcus. Oh Mike Conley Zach Randolph. The bully team the Memphis Grizzlies were back then making the playoffs consistently and being a force in the West after all that blew up. They really didn't have anything. I remember being in a sports media class at my old university economy art and having to make reports on this team each week and just thinking the WanNa talk about this team. They're so bad they were bottom of the West pretty much the entire year so it was really depressing to have to follow them for the whole semester but now so they really turn things around very fast. Very Fast Way Dillon Brooks ends up being a pretty decent player. John Ransom Fantastic Zik draft pick and they have great pieces around them to really build this team and they've done a lot of good work so far to be in a a place in no one expected that at all especially not me the mavericks on the other hand other than Porzingas in this game totally struggled porzingas had thirty two points and twelve rebounds so he's had a lot of good games as a as of late with the absence of Luca Donges. He's really taking over over the role of just leading team Jalen Brunson. WHO started point guard with no Luca and with no? Jj Berea he had twenty twenty twenty points two rebounds and six assists he had pretty decent stats but their next highest score in Tim. Hardaway junior shot twenty three percent from the field. He had fourteen points and six rebounds. Maximum clearer their next highest scorer with ten points. Shot thirty six percent from the field. He had six rebounds as well. So the Mavericks really just couldn't find any scoring any consistent scoring at least they had completely rely on porzingas dude broke his nose so it was really unfortunate for them. They couldn't find enough offense to really stick with his grizzlies team. Who played really well? John Moran especially twenty one points only one rebound in three assists but getting done on the on the offense Fen Jaren Jackson Junior his running mate his twenty one twenty year old running-mate had nineteen points six rebounds three assists with a steel and two blocks. This kid is a monster. These two are going to be a great duo for a long time time. Taya's Jones another young buck nineteen points which is a new career High Brandon Clark. Eighteen points six rebounds. And then Dillon Brooks six thirteen points and six rebounds himself after the game. The Grizzlies announced a multi year contract. Extension for Dillon Brooks. who was the only player to have played and started every game for them this year? He's averaging a career best sixteen point one point three point four rebounds and two point one assists and got a thirty five million deal over three years so the really securing their future with him. Really making sure that this young core sticks together and and I think it's a really smart move for them because if they keep this young core together and kind of develop them instead of just going for big free agents. The Grizzlies could be really dangerous. The the next few years they're already in eighth place right now and with as young as they are they're only gonna get better and better as time goes on and so it really raises the question question. Just how good are they right now in this western conference. Well we're going to break down first. Place is still Los Angeles Lakers. No one's GONNA stop them. They're playing extremely extremely well at a very high volume. They're only six and four in their last ten but for whatever reason. They just feel untouchable in a way. They're winning by margin of seven point. Point five on average there three games up on second place to La Clippers who have found a little more success as of late. I've criticized them for being very inconsistent but since being pretty much injury free other than Patrick Beverley. Recently they've been playing a lot better than eight and tune their last ten. They'RE GONNA hold down second place right now key pieces in quite Leonard. Paul George. They're gonNA lead them to a great western conference race. I think they're are gonNA catch up with the Lakers. Really combat them see. Just how durable this Lakers team really is both of these two teams looking to get acquisitions and continue this race and Lois who ends up in first behind them Denver Nuggets. We talked about them already. Houston Rockets aren't fourth right now. I'm still not convinced. It's about the whole James Harden Russell Westbrook. I mean at times it looks like it can work because of just the high volume scoring that the two of them can offer and but then moving flint. Capella is kind of an interesting move for me. I don't see the benefit especially since they both have players shoot as much as they do. They need a big big guy down the middle like Capella. WHO's going to get offensive boards whenever he can have you're gonNA replying small ball and PJ Tucker at the five? I just think that teams are GonNa go big against them and completely boy them the Utah Jazz are sliding but I can still be in this playoff race. No doubt they have the pieces ceases to do so Oklahoma City thunder and six which is really really impressive as well because like we've talked about before. No one expected that either Chris Paul aw although they are going to trade away Gulnara. I've heard to the Miami Heat as well to join Andrea Gudauta which would be insane and if doing so I feel like the thunder are probably fall off. Just a bit does hold a lot of weight especially on the offensive end on the Dallas. Mavericks are in Seventh Right now when they get Luca back and get Luca and porzingas playing consistently together they can start building a lot more momentum a lot more chemistry I think they'll continue to be a force and move up in this western conference race in the standings. And then come the grizzlies so the people that are going to threaten the grizzlies spot at number eight. I think are the blazers. They definitely make a push their ninth right now. Three Games back. And they have the pieces to do so Damian Lillard. CJ mccollum Mellow Mellow whiteside network. When he comes back they have a lot of pieces to make a move and get them so? I think it's possible it's definitely possible And then the other team. I think that can really push up there. And maybe past the grizzlies sneak in the number eight spot are the PELICANS. They've been playing really well lately although there only five and five in their last ten. Don't want that for you. They're really great team. Have a lot of potential. Just not just a few weeks ago. They were second to last to last. And now they're what is it. Six Games out of Eighth Place Zion. Williamson's already already playing really well. Pair that with Lonzo Ball. Who's just going to be feeding him all day and has found a better shooting form so his he's more productive on the offensive end? Got Brandon Ingram. WHO's probably one of the most improved players this season and they've got a lot of pieces around them to make this team a well rounded and I don't think they're gonNA make make any moves in the trade deadline not getting rid of drew holiday so they could make a push this year to be a night spot? I think that's those teams in the Pelicans. And the Blazers teams that really they can push the grizzlies out of a playoff spot. But only time will tell really but the guerrillas. Grizzlies aren't the only ones who made some big moves in the trade market market to get themselves in a good position we talked about earlier. The heat have made some noise as well. So we'll take a look at their most recent game and see how they stack up and the Eastern Conference. Could they be the biggest threat to the Milwaukee Bucks. Find out next tired of searching the vast jungle of podcasts. Now listen close and here this out. There's a podcast network that covers just about everything thing that you've been searching. The golden state media concepts podcast network is here nothing less than podcast bliss with endless hours. There's of podcast coverage from news sports music fashion looking entertainment fantasy football and so much more so stop blurted around and go straight Out to the golden state media concepts podcast network guaranteed to build that podcast. Whatever it may be visit us at? Www Dot M. C. podcast dot com. Follow us on facebook and twitter and download on itunes soundcloud and Google play. Yeah yeah welcome back to the. GMC Basketball PODCAST. We just talked about how the Memphis Grizzlies have developed developed young core and have developed a winning mentality and a winning way about them. They've been playing really well this season. They're seven and three in their last ten. They've won won thirteen games and their last. I can't even remember how many but they've been playing really well as of late putting it together and they're in eighth place somewhat comfortably right now. There are three three games up on the Blazers and then the western conference. I think they can sneak in. Keep that eighth seed and maybe makes a noise in the playoffs as possible. But we'll we'll see only time will tell and then looking on the other side. The Eastern Conference Miami Heat made some moves and they are looking to be you even better than they have been this year which has been really good. We talked about earlier how they thrashed. The sixers is how they made some big moves. They're looking like title contenders especially with these new players that they're trying to acquire they got Andrea Dollar Championship mentality right there. Great Acquisition -sition. Great person have coming off the bench. He can shut people down defensively. He won't add to much offensively at this point in his career. Don't think uh-huh add some definitely in the playoffs because he wakes up for the playoffs. I don't know what it is about them. And then if they add gallery as well the heat could be some serious serious serious contenders because y'all Nari brings a lot offensively and defensively so we gotta talk about their most recently game game against the clippers where they ended up losing unfortunately for them. This game was a game of two halves. It was a really tight contest but the zone defense of the Miami. He really caught the clippers off off guard. Kind of trouble them and they ended up holding the clippers to twenty nine point point six percent shooting from three point land. The only made eight threes in the first half they were really struggling that first. Half and then the heat lead fifty eight fifty five going into halftime and Jimmy was leading the way with ten points. Four rebounds five assists only through one half. So it's really good sal and have because because you match you say he matches that he ends up with twenty eight and ten. So that's a great stat line. Then in the third the clippers kind of started figuring out how to really run their offense and after scoring only eight threes in the first half. They scored nine threes in the third quarter alone. I don't even see see how possible they were just going off. The warriors actually just set a franchise record with ten threes in one quarter. which I think is crazy? Because they didn't have steph curry or Klay Thompson win or Kevin Durant but somehow they did that. So that's a lot of threes score and one quarter the clippers outscore the heat thirty seven to twenty two and the third quarter and then from there. The clippers never really cool down. They shot sixty one point nine percent from the field and sixty three point six percent from three adding another another seven three pointers in the fourth quarter. So when they're shooting this well and making this many threes. Of course the the Bulls. The heat are couldn't get buried this time. They outscore the heat. Thirty six thirty one sham. It had fourteen points in the fourth quarter and three of them were threes raise. It could be so much worse for the heat other than losing this game. They lost at one. Twenty eight one eleven but it could be so much worse I them Jimmy Butler ended up getting hurt in the fourth quarter. He's straining shoulder and he's getting an MRI Thursday so hopefully for them. It's nothing into serious. They're going to need him especially now that they're acquiring some good pieces to really make a playoff push or make a championship run on the other side of the ball. Beverly left with a sore right groin. He's been very injury prone this year. which interesting interesting to say or see so hopefully for the clippers? He's not injured too. Who Long? Because he's a guy that helps run their offense. He's just a defensive nuisance as well. So he's a good his good player for them and if he's injured for long long durations is not going to be good for them especially since they just recently finally got healthy again. So we'll see how that goes on. The Clippers ended up with twenty four three pointers. which is a new franchise record? Their previous record was twenty so they beat that by four twenty twenty four three pointers. That's a lot and now Miami is twelve and thirteen on the road and in those in those games that they've lost awesome the road against teams from the Western Conference. There are three and seven so picture it like this if they're in the NBA finals. They made it somehow. There are three and seven on the road against team in the West. You go up against team like the Lakers. And you're three and seven teams in the West on the road you're GONNA get whooped. And so they need to find a way to get ws on the road. Much like the sixers that we talked about earlier. Paul George for the Clippers had a nice double double double twenty three points. Five rebounds Tennessee's Shamet who's been playing really well player. We talked about earlier being off limits in the trade for the Knicks When they're trying to acquire Marcus Morris he had twenty three points and six assists most of them coming in the fourth quarter? Kawhi Leonard I'm fourteen points seven rebounds and nine assists and then heroin Lou Williams had fourteen Zubec- Mike Green had twelve and so two Mohawk Nicholas. Marcus had oh. Mark had eleven so that eight players in double figures pretty much everyone who played big minutes minus beverly because has he got hurt. He only had five points but everyone had double digit scoring. That played high minutes in this game for the clippers on the other hand only six players for the heat scored in double digits. But they didn't score as high volume as clippers. Did Derek Jones. Junior led the way with twenty five points and nine rebounds ons. Autobiography had another great game at a double double in this one. Twenty two points. Eleven rebounds six assists Kendrick. Nunn had thirteen points three assists or three runs and six assists drug had thirteen points four rebounds forces and then Butler had eleven five and seven and he was only you only had one the point in the second half he get hurt in the fourth but after leading the heat in scoring and in most categories he only added a little bit more in that third quarter I think his stat line would have been a lot better if you got to play in that fourth quarter probably wouldn't have been better for the heat as well probably would make them more competitive so now thinking about their new acquisitions in Guatemala. Possibly Gallon are in the next couple and the next day. Because the deadlines coming up do they have what it takes to make a real big. Push the East if we look at we look at the east. Milwaukee Bucks are clear favorites to win their first place there forty-three in seven. There are six and a half games up on second place they have the best player in NBA best player in the world. Argue with me now. Janas Kubo he's an absolute monster. He's a force on both offense offensive and defensive side. He's got Eric Bledsoe and he's got Chris Middleton helping him out and so he's got a lot going for him and this team is rolling. They've got a lot of chemistry thing really well. And they're being teased by margin average wise. Twelve point four points behind them are the Toronto Raptors. They've been playing really well. They're defending champion. So got to put some respect on their name their a game and a half up on third place raced and they're just playing really well since getting their best better players. Back in. Pasco Siaka Marcus Soul. They had power her for a while and they're getting healthy. The at the right time cholera held it down. Vanfleet held it down and they've just getting wins. The Boston Celtics aren't third game up on the heat right now and to me I think the Celtics could be the biggest threat in the east other than the bucks. They have pieces like Jason. Tatum Kemba Walker Jaylen Brown. Marcus smart coming off the bench and Gordon Hayward they've got a lot of great pieces and they're looking to gain one more piece as well in this trade market so to get someone else by the trade deadline a center. Perhaps they could he probably the best team in the east and then coming in fourth as heat add on the players that they potentially get the players that are ready gun they could definitely be top three for sure. I think that the raptors won't stay. Hey there in second the whole year but in terms of beating the bucks I still think the Celtics have the best chance. The Pacers come in fifth. They've they've kind of been on a on a skit as a three game skid five and five in their last ten not playing that well but they victor Hugo back. He's still kind of getting into the groove of the things. They're still trying to figure out how to play with them. rotation-wise chemistry wise all that jazz. So bonus TJ warn Brogden. They've got great pieces and they're great great defensive teams so they have a lot of capabilities to be dangerous in the Eastern Conference. The seventy sixers are kind of hit or miss for me if they can start gaining some more chemistry some more offensive identity like Joel embiid says they need then they can really make some noise Alec burks and Glenn Robson third our first sure going to help them they can get up to the top four maybe even the top three but they're going to need a lot of work before that happens. The Brooklyn Nets are sitting in seventh. Seventh aren't even necessarily think that they might stay there. I mean I think they will just because the closest player the closest team outside of the playoff race right now. It's four and a half games back in the Chicago Bulls so really. This season. Conference is very top. Heavy at Brooklyn Nets team you know those sneak into the playoff race and the Orlando Orlando Magic. Come in at eight and they are awful. Twenty two and twenty nine. The Brooklyn is twenty three and twenty seven. Those two teams won't make any noise at all. They'll be first round exits. They'll just get a playoff berth and they can say oh meant to the playoffs. Thank you Chicago Bulls like I said in ninth place therefore halfback their nineteen eighteen and thirty three so if they even make a push into the playoffs. I'll be shocked but it would make sense because maybe the Orlando Magic breakdown. They've had a lot of injuries as of late. But really there's teams that can make any real noise in this but a big thing to say right now. The Atlanta Hawks are no longer the worst team in the east. Congratulations the Atlanta Hawks. And now they got some pieces as well they can move up. They got cappella entry on. They can move up. I don't know if they'll make it into the playoff race. But who knows. I mean anything's possible. At this point if the Chicago Bulls in nineteen thirty three or even look higher their magic or twenty two and twenty nine. The Atlanta Hawks are about eight games. Back it's possible it's possible but yeah the Cleveland Cavaliers the worst team in the East right now thirteen and and thirty nine. Luckily they're not the worst team in. NBA that team is still the warriors at twelve and forty east is very top heavy. That bucks walks rafters celtics heat. Pacers sixers that tops six. Those teams will suffer around a bunch but anything that happens below. That really won't matter WHO'S GONNA end up on top. It'll be the bucks but who's going to end up in. The finals is probably the bucks but I think the best is team to combat them would be the Celtics as of right now. Maybe the heat can make that push with Their recent acquisitions but only time will tell so so I mean really how will shake up is kind of course for speculation. It's up to educated guesses and and speaking of educated guesses. I give my predictions on the biggest games coming up over the next couple of days when we'll be right back. Are you looking to get your college football looking to get the latest news on your favorite school team. The Diaz Empty College football the ball. PODCAST is your ticket to all things college football doing us as we talk college football from the National Championship. The college rivalries the bowl game to the heisman trophy so which converts the best. We've got you covered for the big ten and the big twelve the PAC twelve. ACC and everything in between Wayne Download the Gsee College football podcast on Itunes stitcher soundcloud Google. Play or anywhere you find God gasps just type GSA indeed in the search bar welcome back. GMC Basketball PODCAST. Just broke down the eastern conference kind of talks about the Miami Heat who mates Rican recent acquisitions and Audrey and Godollo looking at Gallen Nari as well really make a push in the eastern conference race their fourth place right now game back from the Celtics nine back from the bucks walks who are just running away with it and they just recently lost the clippers hopefully for them. Jimmy Butler isn't seriously hurt he did sprain or tweak his shoulder skinny Mirai on Thursday. Not really sure how the ease shake out. It's all for speculation like I. I teased and speaking of speculation. We're doing some more predictions. Some big aims happen over the next couple of days. Some big matchups on Thursday the Houston Rockets and the Los Angeles Lakers are matching up. Los Angeles Lakers being in first place. Three Games on the second-place clippers. He's Iraq because being in fourth place. Six and a half back from the Lakers. There on three game win streak and the Lakers on game win streak both six and four in their last ten so they have had pretty similar recent success. But we talked about this before we've talked about this matchup. The rockets have a lot of firepower and Russell Westbrook and James Harden and. It's kind of funny. Because I talked about this potential matchup earlier in the podcast when he talked about the trade and that the rockets made they got rid of Clean Cappella and they're going to go small all and play. PJ Tucker so given that information going up against the Los Angeles Lakers team. Who are huge? Anthony Davis Davis Lebron James Javale McGee Dwight Howard. The list goes on. I don't think the rockets are going to have anything down. Low to really battle against these guys and with as good as the Lakers have been all year only lost seven times. The rockets are in for a long tonight. James Harden is GonNa have to score fifty Russell. Westbrook will have to add about thirty. Maybe Eric Gordon drop in twenty. I don't know how they're going to win this game I really don't I'm GonNa give this one to the Los Angeles Lakers there. I in the West for reason. They've been playing so well this this season they've been very consistent. They got King James. It Got Anthony. Davis WHO's on a tear playing some of his best basketball could be the MVP race could be in the defensive player of the year race. I just don't think the rockets have enough to withhold them and stop them A small bowl will not work against bully ball that the Lakers will playing. So I think the Lakers will win this one by about ten points. Probably Arkansas necessarily lose by that much. Always always but they give up around one hundred and fourteen points a game and funny enough to Lakers actually score one hundred fourteen points per game so I I think that the rockets will lose about eight or ten points and the Lakers are GonNa take this one on Thursday night moving on on Friday. The seventy sixers play against the grizzlies and maybe some people look at this game and think it's not really that big of a match up but for me. I think it might be the grizzlies like we talked about earlier. have been making a lot of headway in the western conference. They're playing really well. And the seventy sixers have been kinda suspect for most of the year. The been very inconsistent have been on a three game skid haven't really found that offensive flow but they're getting key players in Alec burks Glen Robinson third who were having career years so I think in their debut against a team like the grizzlies who have been on the rise and playing really. Well this is going to be a really big matchup. It's going to be a big big test for the grizzlies. See really where they are in terms of this playoff race. They're squeezing in eight right now but could they really make some noise against some of the bigger teams in it. Not only the Western Conference with the Eastern Conference so it'll be a different difficult task for them for sure. But for whatever reason I'm GonNa go with the seventy sixers on this one I think with their new acquisitions like a burks Glen Robinson third. They're going to add some much needed offense offense for the seventy sixers and they're gonNA bring just that extra edge that they need a little bit of a revitalization for for the Locker Room and even though the grizzlies have been as good as they've been all year I feel like they're gonna go quite a bit against sixers Joel. embiid is a much bigger bigger star than John. Mirant Ben Simmons if he can find some sort of offense get to the basket gets some easy buckets. He'll have an impact on this game if he scores over twenty points. They'll win. Joel embiid is going to go off. He always does. He's only had really just one poor performance all a year when that he had that one for eleven shooting Game Tobias Harris. He needs to step up. He's been playing really poor lately has been really producing much on the offensive. Then Horford I mean he. He doesn't play really well with with embiid so I don't expect that much for him but I do expect Alec burks and Glenn Robson third to really establish himself really bring that offensive. Necessary points sixers need and they're going to bury the grizzlies. They're going to beat them not by a lot. The margin of victory for me is three and so I think the win just a little bit more than three maybe four. Maybe five something like that. It's going to be a close contest. Test I mean Doug you're on the not gonNA rule over the grizzlies by any means but they are going to end their three-game skid sixers going to get back on the winning side of things and that's just what I think game after that also on Friday are the Toronto Raptors versus the Indiana Pacers. We just talked about their last match up how the the Pacers got stunned blue with nineteen point lead to let the Raptors get back in the game for a bucket hit an eventual game-winner. Get a career high thirty points. And the pay's really just gave this one away which I thought was crazy because it also resulted in the raptors getting their franchise record record twelfth straight win. We talked about before when franchises follow up. NBA Champion Championship with a year. Where they have their highest highest streak of winning? They ended up getting back in the Jamie chips. I don't know if that's necessarily true. Fishery will be on their side but in this particular matchup. It won't happen again. The Pacers are gonNA come back with a vengeance. They'RE GONNA make sure they go up big on this team and they bury them big in this game. The Toronto Raptors have been winning for too long. Eventually the has to give out. And it's going to give out against the Indiana Pacers. The Pacers have too much ability to much grit to them to lose like like this against the raptors again so soon bonus is going to have a great game. TJ Warranty and have very game. Brogden will not turn over the ball six times especially in crunch time. He will fix that. And I feel like if Victor Oladipo will finally start to figure it out finally starts at bringing that large outpouring of scoring that he can do the raptors. Do have them play well. You already know that Calorie. I feel like he's GonNa be quiet block. Oh definitely won't have a season-best thirty points again. And so I think the Pacers are gonNA take this game. They're gonNA start moving back up the eastern conference like they should be they're going to end and there are three games get as well so I got two teams that are on three games. Kids that are GONNA end it. And when their games the Pacers will beat the raptors and then finally on Saturday another game where you might think. God's not that big of a deal Boston Celtics versus the Oklahoma City Thunder. And you know most people would think the Celtics would probably win this game and I would agree with. You definitely agree with you. I think that the Celtics should win this game. I just talked about how great they are. And how. They're probably the best team to go up against the Milwaukee Bucks in the east. But it's hard to say because the thunder have been good all year long. They been a team. That's shocked a lot of people. No one expected them to be as competitive as they are but they are. They're here they've been doing it during six place in the West right now. They're on a three game win streak. They're eight and two in their last ten games whereas the Boston Celtics are on a five game win streak and they're eight and two in their last game so they got some winning streak going up against one another. They have similar records in their last ten games. So it's going to be a battle. It's going to be a fantastic game. But here's why I think the Celtics into win. First of all they have more scoring ability. More Star power to them. Marcus smart coming off the bench. He comes off the bench. Yeah Kemba Walker. Starting Jason Tatum Jalen Brown and Gordon Hayward starting whereas the Thunder Bay could potentially be losing gallon are in a trade. So they wouldn't have him. They do have Chris Paul he can pull the strings really well. He's been playing some of his best basketball tall shade Yoga Alexander as well another player. That could potentially win most improved player. He's playing really well but I don't think you'll have a big game in this one. I don't Stephen Adams could potentially be a big X.. Factor in this one but at the end of the day. I think the Celtics are GonNa win this game by five this one. It's going to be tight that thunder most likely. You're going to go down by a lot. Make a push for a comeback. But then they're going to fall short. It's just what they do sometimes. They come comeback win the game but against a team like the Celtics. It just won't be enough this time and so that's my final prediction and that's going to do it for this podcast. Thank you for listening to. GMC Basketball podcast brought to you by the GMC podcast network. I would like to ask the. Please remember to subscribe to the show and write a nice review because that really helps us out also if you can please follow us on facebook twitter and instagram. I would greatly appreciate. That does. Thank you guys. 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If not just a respite from from children? That is as really just the motto of the show and just to clarify their time literally broadcasting from a closet right now. So but it's very nice closet I have to say thank you. Thank you. I'm actually I put some clothes in front of me right here so that it catches a little bit more of the. audio. Like I've created a little studio here. You're basically Cognac. This is how he records to. Yes all right. We're GonNa talk about Tuesday night's games, clippers, mavs, and nuggets and jazz, and we're going to get into some offseason talk for teams that have been eliminated perhaps some teams that are about to be eliminated. But I it's eight PM Pacific Time on Tuesday right now, the biggest story in the NBA is players and coaches reactions to the Jacob. Blake shooting is really kind of unavoidable at this point, the raptors players and Celtics players have talked about potentially boycotting today's game. So by the time you hear this, they're probably was a decision on that a lot of players talked about it yesterday just in media availability favorably Jalen Brown, and some others I saw but doc rivers was especially poignant last night after the game he actually waited until after the game to talk about this. And he like took his mask off and delivered a really heartfelt tearful message just about what's going on in the country I. Believe we have the audio of that. So if Steve Our producer complain that right now it's just so sad. With thins out to me is. Just just watching the Republican. Revenge. Convention. And this this viewing fear right like. All you hear Donald Trump and all talking about fear. We're the ones getting killed. We're the ones getting shot. rhythm. Ones we're denied. To live in certain communities. we've been home. We've been shot. and. Keep hearing a fear. It's It's amazing. Why we loving this country. And this country that loves us. Back, so obviously a lot of poignant things said there by doc I don't really have much to say in situations like this you know clearly what happened to Jacob Blake was inexcusable. I would just say now's the time to listen specifically to people like doc. And if you could stomach may be watching the video of what happened to Jacob Blake just because. It's really what's happening in this country is unavoidable and inexcusable and I. I don't think we could turn our heads way from and I think that's kind of basically what the gist of a what a lot of guys were saying. They wanted to draw attention to this and they weren't sure if being in the bubble and playing basketball was the appropriate response. Definitely something where we're monitoring today. But if anyone wants to say anything about that, you know go ahead. Yeah I thought docs comments were great, but this is going to be really interesting moment for N. B. Advocacy in general just because the players they've done their part speaking to racial injustice while they've been in the bubble, they've tried to fight for people like Brianna Taylor. There's just too much here to fix a press conference. There's too much that can calcified systemic bullshit going on that leads to an unarmed black man being shot seven times in the back by police. And this is really the moment I think for the billionaire team governors for the NBA itself to take more active role in this part of the conversation. In this part of the action, there's you know there's a time to start new diversity initiatives. There's a time to donate to this group or that group. That's all well and good. But there's a lot of power based in the NBA beyond the players I think they've. They're showing some frustration terms of hitting kind of the limit of what their platforms can offer individually in terms of being in the bubble that was supposed to be the whole. The whole point of this was being able to put those players in their voices in the spotlight. But now it's time for I. Think for the NBA itself and for the team governor's to do more, this is the time for them to put their stake in the ground. When we talk about Doc rivers you remember, of course, Donald Sterling fiasco a few years ago where he was kind of the face of that transition away from Donald Sterling and still is very much a face of the clippers. So, he's been in the public eye for for a long time dealing with. Discrimination Racial Injustice Doc rivers in one thousand, nine seven was a victim of an arsonist burnt down his house in San. Antonio's was a year after he he retired with the San Antonio Spurs RC BUFORD? WHO's GM? The president. Now of the San Antonio Spurs was a scout for the spurs at the time and race over to Doc rivers house when offers was on the road and tried to grab things out of his house and the cops came the house was gone a the family pet passed away in the fire. The cops never said it was racially motivated but I think doc rivers and his family believe that was he is a black man living in an exclusive you. Know predominantly white community in San Antonio at the time, and so this is a man who's been dealing with this sort of thing for decades. So when when people at home are watching, this might not be NBA fans they have to understand where this emotion is coming from. Yeah I mean I think it's just a heart check for all of us. I gave her the players are coming from about the boycotts like what we're doing. It just seems so pointless in comparison. Especially like someone like Maya War what she's doing that's real and it's not just us to like our jobs or to watch basketball and talk about it, and if we're being honest is that really the most meaningful way to impact change in the world it's not. So we make our way or the other because the world is a crazy place in what we do for a living is really not making a big impact on it unfortunately. Yeah. My more. The WNBA legend. Pretty much I think she she took off a season in order to help a man with his fight to to get out of prison who was who who's wrongly accused just really just incredible stuff from her clearly. uconn Grad as well. So you could always go to do the right thing. So. Yeah. It's it's interesting because I think the other thing that's coming through here, and obviously this is the most important thing and like I said at the top, this is completely inexcusable and if the guys want to boycott definitely have my support and. Definitely the NBA has a history of. Protesting and just striking in order to draw attention to things they'll Russell I. think is prime example of that so it'd be interesting to see. Them carry on that legacy. I think this is. Honesty. I. Hope that the players do boycott I think this is a big moment for the NBA but. I think all of our real hope would be that they wouldn't have to that. They would never put in this position in the first place. I think that's a lot of what spoke to was that people like him aren't allowed to just be coach eighty other things that you're seeing just kind of on the fringes here is it seems like now that a lot of these teams have been there for upwards of weeks I think it's like fifty days or something and not have been there. You're starting to see the disconnect from the real world I think that's probably what's driving a like just like guys wanted they've been saying they want to get out there right they they feel like they're in this bubble they can't really make substantial change because they're not in their communities, etc.. And the other example about we saw last night was Paul George who finally had a good game clippers his breakthrough game cupper score one, hundred and fifty four against the mavs in a win i. think it was like the third most points ever scored in a playoff game and George who was roundly mocked by a lot of people including like by me quite frankly. Just. In his post-game walk-off interviewed hasn't even left. The court yet is pretty much acknowledges that he'd been dealing with anxiety and depression. And it was it was just a really emotional and matter of fact just this is what I've been dealing with So credit to Paul George for just being honest there You know it reminded me of what I say sometimes about people as they get older like in their twenties like. A lot of the things that used to be like jokes in just like foibles turn clinical at a certain point and become a little bit more serious and I feel like there's a little bit of that happening specifically with the George thing and just a conversation about mental health in the NBA is going on in the League right now where it's like we're used to just bagging on JR Smith and Some of these other. Guys that are typically just in in the mean circles I. Guess. But then you realize that there are like serious issues behind here. and. It's almost like a reckoning in and out of itself where I. Think, these are people in they deserve like respect in and that there are real issues going on behind some of the struggles I guess is what I'd say. I mean it's not an accident that the NBA itself and I would guess a lot of professional sports were this way players coaches. Executives are obsessed with self help books with books that kind of give you guidance on how to live your life on how to find balance on how to find happiness like they're in locker rooms all across the league and a lot of the nets transitioned into teams, hiring their own mental health professionals with players feeling feeling free like Paul de to speak out a little bit more about finding the kind of help that he needs to deal with those moments. That's. I think you could look at what the NBA has done in terms of mental health over last even five years and be a little cynical about it. In terms of you know in the way that all big corporations pay lip service to certain kinds of initiatives like that. But the big difference in Demar Derozan and Kevin Love in all these guys coming out and talking about this stuff is that you get More moments like this where this is just a normalized thing this is a part of life. This is something that Paul George can be a human being even though he standing in front of a zoom screen being broadcast to media all across the country in this very weird environment he's allowed to be human being and not just a mean machine. Yeah. I was talking to an NBA player before the bubble about. What he's most worried about. In the environment, the bubble environment and what he said was. The mental health aspect or the anxiety not initially it's a month in a month into just living in seclusion and living in your hotel room and not having family and friends around you. After a bad game. What happens that's what the player told. Me was after a bad game. Are you gonna be able to just get away go to your family, go out to dinner to get away and not have to think an roast. On Social Media and that's what Paul George was talking about is is players imploring him to get off social media I. Think I saw that he turned off commentary or any sort of comments on his instagram And I think that's the sign of a of someone who is searching for socializations someone to talk to going to the phone and feeling like that's an outlet. When in fact it's just it's. It's as JJ. RETTIG once put. It's me. A den of snakes on Instagram, and so I think it's a collective understanding that. Men, real human human interaction, Super Health, and these times and went for these NBA players humid and I think social media The NBA is on social media more than any other sport in I think that's a that could come back to backfire for some of these superstars who are used to having a supporting support system around amend in this bubble you see Paul George and others really struggling not a weakened. It's a month in when it starts to really set in. Okay. I think Tom said is a great point and like I'll be like serious year social media is terrible I tell all. Off Social Media. I I haven't checked my mansions in three years and my mental health is so much better. I'm not even joking like it's the worst thing in the world social media driving all of us crazy players, bloggers average people get off it think about this. Okay. Twitter allows any person in the world to speak to you anonymously think about that. So any one of the seven billion human beings in the world can just talk to you on your phone. Anytime. They feel like it as that going to be a healthy thing for you to deal with that on a daily basis of your Paul George. If you didn't know I like hearing from NBA Fan two, six, seven, four, three, nine, hundred, sixty. Four, four six. He's my favorite. You don't like to hear that guy he's got a lot of good. On everything I email address, they won't talk to me twitter. I'm out when I first met sharks he had a flip phone and he was in la believe you're going to the beach for the first time a couple of years ago. Is that correct Yeah man from Dallas cowboys beaches here. So I would I always say that sharks is the only one living, right? And I I agree with everything that said but. It's funny. So the game right before George has his breakout game has his quote which he told her. To be honest in hindsight, if I shoot the ball better, the series would be a lot different. Is it is it that simple this series rob? Because it seemed like everything was significantly different obviously kristaps zing play and we can get into that a little bit. But when both by George going which the Clippers didn't have a lot of the season just because of injuries and absences and whatnot, it does feel like they are as dominant as we always wanted them to be. Well. It's not even just those two guys to. This game in particular no coli all series has just been Kinda Thaad getting whatever he wants, and that's with you know during finished Smith Mexico but they've done the best that they can in those matchups i. think they played pretty good defense just doesn't really matter co is that strong? He can create that much space can get his shots. It's GonNa put a lot of points. Then you have Paul George going off then you have modules herald getting. Back to his game. Then you have so many guys on the roster getting that eight or nine points and all of a sudden just overwhelming. You know the clippers are not the kind of team. That's GONNA. have this fluid pass heavy offense. It's always going to be a little bit of your turn my turn. It's going to be a little bit of driving kick but not super dynamic, but there's just so many different weapons that they fled you. and. Then you look at the fact that Lucas playing on one leg they don't have kristaps Porzingis they don't have Dwight Powell. I don't even know where they're gonNA go from here, and so we might just point to the clippers say, hey, they're just better they. They hit their shots with Paul George Twenty seven game one too so like. It. He can do this. It's the question of whether Dallas has enough weapons to combat a good night from both Colli and Paul George. They don't right now and that's what sucks about injuries. That's what sucks about going to the bubble and playing in these afford this foreign environment is you know they might not have access to the greatest they would otherwise. And they've been just ramped up super quickly and you get guys who are just breaking down. kristaps is always dealt with the issues over the years even before he tore his ACL and so when he's out and Lucas clearly not a one hundred percent. it. They'RE GONNA be. They're GONNA be Roadkill How many good nights you get from Seth Curry and Trae Berg? It's just how much longer can they go? I do think it points to with them with the mavs built. The mavs have to always be an also anders on offense because they really can't guard new one. That's the problem right? Like Qui- Paul George like these are six eight guys shooting over six two guys like polar to Seth Curry on him. He should be dominating the mavs have no answer for and we saw that last night. Will and that's where they missed someone like kristaps to who is not a shutdown defender by think the clippers were shooting something like seventy three percent at the rim in this series when kristaps isn't in the game, you know they the mads can defend space if they're a little smaller, maybe they can they can get into a little bit more but you Just need somebody around the basket especially with players you know the clippers aren't huge in terms of height, but they're strong and they're going to get up and finished through you if they can get to the rim, can we just talk about for a second how the fact that the clippers just dropped one hundred and fifty four points and no one's just like. Their minds, aren't blown. The just dropped a hundred and fifty four points in regulation and it's just like. Yeah that's. Number. It's it's a huge number. It's the biggest the numbers. Like like funny you mentioned that the big number was rebranded this year to the Habur stats we're just trying to get as many good terrible puns as possible. I'm a muffler. You know my editing style, which is all the time. Yes very punish various and the the thing. The thing about the NBA right now is a hundred thirteen point six offensive rating defensive rating whatever you WANNA call it. That's by far the most we've seen in the in the postseason you can chalk it up to just the first round. Just guys are playing defense, but a hundred and fifty four points by the clippers. So many more threes are being taken even compared to the regular season the weird thing and I guess this could be a sample size issue is. Like the clippers just I think they may twenty two three pointers last night rinse ridiculous. Like we just don't even bat an eye anymore you know what? The biggest difference I saw what the clippers last night was it was. Like I think that everything they do clearly, they were there more efficient they they execute better than we ever seen before defensively I thought they were better and it help that they could just watch Michael Kid go krista shoot threes and just at him from from the the bench area but that laugh at it, it's really really mean that's the thing that's their identity. They are kind of the bullies are the team that like when you were down, they will talk shit about you when you try to walk to the baseline they will step. On your bad angle and as much as I do not support Marcus Morris for what he did and we can get into that just a little bit. They are the bully on the block and you saw with Trez finally in the game, they really embrace that they definitely played with more of an energy. We talked about last week how the Lakers were upset that they didn't have a fans in the arena and it seemed to like throw them off early. They said they did I kind of believe it with the clippers because DOC said after. I believe it was game four that loss that they didn't play with energy and you saw when treads was being trashed when he was yelling things and just like spittle flying everywhere they really like played like that they rally behind him yet. He's really struggled against Bobin in this series that's been a low key weapon for the mavs is like because it's very rare. That mantras herald loses the backup center matchup at a game, and the fact that he lost a flight three games a huge part of the math success and him yeah him having a big game as what they expect the guy last night, we could flip to the other series now just because way way way way we're just gonNA skip over the Marcus Morris Luca Danni. Yeah I don't know it feels pretty clear what he did. I'm always a little skeptical when people put on twitter like the video or just a screen shot of what happened because I think a lot of times we just like over blow what is pretty much just like one little snippet of what's happening with free of context. But if you watch it from a certain angle I was like. There's really no denying it because I thought. It was just after a free throw and they just happened to be in the same vicinity but he actually walked from wherever he was to where Luca was specifically stepped on his ankle and I just don't think that Marcus Morris any benefited out anymore and so it was just really bad. He was a little too quick to grabbing michou little. People like how he helped him off the floor and grabbed his shoe and I'm like when you're playing a game, how often does the guy who stepped on the shoe and it falls off actually go and grab it real quick unless in the heat of action like it almost never happens in the league where the guy who cools you off like Oh, I'm going to grab this and give it back to the player I. knowing Marcus Morris he's always had antics in the NBA that like I think it was earlier this season against Anderson, he like elbowed him in the face and then walk to the pace. Yeah. Yeah. Going to group them right. And then and then he got And the fact that it was his ankle that Lucas had an amazing series and it's just the whole bully nature of the clippers i. just it's hard for me to believe and Rick Carlisle was was smart not to comment on this after the game after he was objected. Hard for me to believe that that was not in touch I think that's the way to put it. You know we can't pretend that were not going through those clips and looking at body language and looking for every movement like wh- I. Don't think there's like a definitive proclamation you can make in terms of the we know for certain the Marcus Morris acted intentionally but there's all those little things. There's the shoe there's. It almost looks like he stretches out his step a little more to make sure he makes contact like we can. We can pick apart this stuff. We're never going to get a satisfactory answer. Again to John's point about being quick on Marcus Morris also very quick to jump on social media and say I would never do anything like that. How dare you accuse me and my integrity? It's all a little suspect to say at least he's very quick to just clarify everything on twitter after he just does some really dumb shit clearly. Earlier in the season he had that really stupid comment about. Saying, this had female tendencies and then all of a sudden. He really. It's almost like he's just wrapped up in the heat of battle. But at this point, he just has a long resume of this. There's going around also of him getting tangled with Ben Simmons and all of a sudden it's like. Him in the head as they were going down. Is Not Great. Charts are you a Marcus Morris Supporter something? That like he was at a certain point someone maybe like that was like the mavs him in the offseason but pretty much roles that out at this point. I mean if we're being honest I, think the mavs needs someone like Marcus Morris like you kinda gotTa have guys and play on the edge you need enforce her it's like an hockey right? You had the one guy hitting your player yet the guys would hit them back. So there's like a story in Dallas, about way back in time two, thousand three. The Nash Dirk Mavs they're up at three zero against Portland. The first round, they lose the next three games before a game seven Nick Van Exel gives a speech in the locker room where he says, Hey, look the NBA thinks you're soft Portland thinks you're soft maybe you are but I'm not soft. Let's go adding Dallas needs a guy like that. Honestly. So what you're saying is that we're going to get the colby Iran are tests situation where Marcus Morris goes and visits Luca in the shower after they lose the series. Still one of my favorite stories of recent history where he's just like you couldn't just like sit down at lunch she just had to you've really needed to tell him so badly that you wanna to play with them that you had to go in the shower, this is very strange excited for Marcus Morrison his brother Marquee to be on every NBA team by the. Almost there. Yeah, well, they're both in the same general location. So at the very least they they found each other yet again, what also one of the more bizarre contract situations didn't they sign so that they had a pool of money and that they? Yes what them? which was Yeah, which is the sons way of pretty much like circa venting I think like paying them what their value was. Traded like traded the next summer like one year later boom you're out of here it was. I, guess we're team chemistry. Wise as we've seen maybe not the worst thing but one of the one of the dirtiest I think in recent history but. Clearly a lot of subplots happening with this series but. The basketball has been way more exhilarating think of lay for the nuggets and the Jazz just another barn burner where everything devolves into Murray versus Donovan Mitchell. Murray took this one. Pretty much was. Absent for a couple of quarters I forgot he was out even on the court for a while and then all of a sudden you can kind of see him working his way back in, and then he just explodes in takeover takes over the game. He couldn't miss at a certain point there was there was a point where like He dishes it to someone who was underneath the basket they got blocked by go bare just happened to fall in his hands, and then he just like made a free throw line extended shot just like before the Buzzer went off it was like everything was going right for him. I don't really know what to make of this series. Tom, did last night's game change just your outlook on the series, the whole or maybe even these two guys and where they are and just like the nebulous of of of stars in this league. Yeah. It's amazing what Murray did on that possession where he split the screen at the top and drove into the paint and I did a spin move in the arrogant. When Rudy Gobert went up to block his shot did a spin move to just lay it in. It's just the Guy Jamaal. Murray is incredible with the ball in his hands. He's scored ninety four straight points without a turnover. Over the last three games fifteen assists. We're watching too young studs Donovan Mitchell in. Jamal marriages go off. I. Don't know if the Utah Jazz have another gear where they can actually play really good defense. And Stop Them. But right now it's just GonNa be as it is around the MBA just going to be a shoot out and. I I picked the nuggets to win seven in this series but the way that Jamal Murray played last night. If they can keep that up and I don't think joke has had a great series. I think that's that's GONNA go seven. I. Think this is a pretty substantive change for Murray, and this is a guy who authorized career. There's been questions about the consistency and to your point Just I think Dr Stretches of games where he does phase out a little bit but it looks to me more like picking his spots than it does drifting out of games you know in terms of like he's not a great defender. Maybe, not even a good one. But in terms of effort and engagement on that side has been one of the more consistent nuggets series lot like he's actually trying to get into stuff and then over the course of games, you know the nuggets always certainly this season in particular been a very to man game heavy offense in fourth quarters Tim and Yoga's just working over and over and over through that pick and roll stuff. Leading up to that I, see more of that kind of. Chris Paul famously does this stuff where I three quarters are very much everyone involved. Fourth quarter is I'm going to take over and really engage and really start manipulating possessions. We start controlling things I'm seeing more of that kind of stuff for Murray, and there's the poise he has with the ball the way he's manipulating defenses I think we're seeing more sophisticated player out of the ashes of you know this guy who's been historically inconsistent. So I I do think part of what's going on here and we had a talk last week about drop defense. So you've got two guards who can shoot off the dribble going against two big men who drop back in the paint and basically giving them free shots constantly. So then opera jumps out to me last year in the playoffs Donovan Mitchell against the switching defense in Houston who was in the fourteen, th percentile pick and roll ball hammer scores this year against the drop defense in Denver he's the ninety first percentile like I do believe Mitchell's Bernie was last. Year but I just think the way the NBA played. Now, if you don't switched at screen against an elite guard shoot threes you're GONNA lose go bearing Yokich are getting absolutely murdered on the picket role. I'm looking at the numbers on it go bear and Yokich are getting murdered in the pick and roll Yokich is thirty seven out of forty on garden play go bears thirty three out of forty like and this is rudy go bear. This is probably the best drop defender in the NBA and they're just not much. You can do when this guy shooting forty pull ups. Bomani Jones DP and has quote you always says zones for cowards. I'm getting to the point now where I'm starting to drop defense for cowards like if you play drop against a good guard I think you'RE GONNA lose to be fair to the nuggets didn't WanNa play drop of the series like they tried to have Yokich up further start it and Mitchell just getting to the rim he's just you know rolling around yogurts they're getting so much penetration so many lobs to bear. They almost I think they adjusted because they felt like they had to off the rim a little bit and yet to your point then Mitchell just pulls up like I think the command from Mitchell has been really impressive in the series we've seen his passing kind of incrementally improved, but he's just picking his spots and really getting you know all all three levels of scoring as the nuggets are offering it getting to whatever he needs for them to be really competitive in these games. Yeah it's interesting even though the nuggets clearly one last night and Murray had this huge game even during the loss is still feels like the jazz are a team who know who they are and they have is identity and it seems like they were making a lot of shots early on. So maybe I'm just like this is recently buys talking, but it seems like they have this formula even with Bogdanovich out there have enough offense Mitchell's taking the reins in the defense is going to sustain them. I'm still a little unclear of what the nuggets are and I feel like a lot of the success they've had. Come with Murray getting high all of a sudden Yokich just drills a bunch of threes to start with and it gets colder moving a little bit and then he of disappears and. I I think this goes into the Michael Junior conversation really well because. They had success with him on the court last night they went on that big run with Murray just scoring all those points with him spacing the floor, and clearly he gives them something on offense and clearly gives them something just like a jolt that they just didn't have especially with all these injuries that they're dealing with will now gary hairstyle out But on the other end is just abominable on defense he is just. Like it's so bad that like I can even tell when he is just completely out of position and there's that one. Clip where I think Michael Sends it out last night where he's just like completely botches possession and then Michael Malone has his hands in his head and it's like that's what it feels like to watch him I'm defense and so on. So. On one hand I feel like they need them on the other hand I feel like he's doing perhaps more damage than he's worth Tom like where are you on just like him and what he's bringing the NBA when you when you talk about a guy who's supposed to have the ball in his hands, all the time and the the fulcrum of the offense, and then just lays down defensively You have to wonder if he's okay with his role and you see Murray End to be the predominantly the the ball handler When Yokich, when you look at his game, he hasn't been the same fulcrum of the offense that he usually maybe that has some sort of. Play on the defensive end. But like these two guys when you run dribble handoff with Yokich and Jamal. Murray, it's buckets every time for the same reason that was talking about is just a drop defense when you look at Rudy? Gobert you want to see him out on the perimeter and I think when you have the two men game between Donovan Mitchell. Enrico. Bear and Yokich Jamal. Murray. We'll see who's GONNA win that battle. But when, but we're wearing game six year There's been a blowout for for Denver. I would hope that they're going to have an amazing Yokich game coming up here because defensively they can't stop anybody to me. This series reminds me actually somewhat mavs clippers. So the math like the nuggets when they're going on offense, you can't stop them. No matter what. They're that good on offense. The problem is they don't guard at all. So the nuggets of the jazz and the clippers can always come back in these games right so it's like the jazz the clippers are always gonNA play good offense 'cause they're playing a bad defense whereas the nuggets and the mavs, half the play great offense consistently are not going to stop anyone. Yet, another. Team because. I. I always look at Michael Malone is just as defensive grinder and seems like every time I listened to a press conference. He's always talking about like playing with forests and all this other stuff and I almost feel like it's a weird mix with the personnel that he has particularly the stars that he have like Murray and Yokich are probably the weirdest be big to in the best possible ways of these kind of big shoes that are popping out just because Yokich is just this cherry and just dislike Unicorn the Unicorn amongst the UNICORNS. In it's just a weird fit because. It seems like they just I kind clash in a lot of ways and just like they never the defense never feels right they brought in guys like millsap. Jeremy Grant and all the other guys really like legitimize defense didn't really work and they're kind of in this situation now with millsap. Ready for free agency like I. Don't Know How do you replace him is grant that guy? It's Kinda Lake. Like owning a luxury car. Where you buy the car, you're like Oh. This is great like I feel good about myself driving a BMW whatever but then. You need other luxury parts in order to supplement the luxury car I feel like Yokich is the luxury car. and He needs similarly unique players in order to bring out the best in that team. And I look around on Lake Maybe Jeremy Grandson Answer Murray is sometimes but even he can fade in an hour and I don't I think even if they win the series going forward charts I think they have a bit of a question mark as to what is the right mix of guys around Yokich just to bring the best out of him you brought up the the Ben Simmons idea yesterday and wrote about it on the site is that like the answer firm I think the idea of getting a defensive counterpoint for Yokich upfront will be really good but I I would say even beyond that fundamentally. If yokich and Murray are your best players I think usually one of your top two players has to be a two-way guy like historically over the last twenty s years I don't think there's a team or their top two guys. Neither one of them can play defense. I think if they're going to be your pairing and they're gonNa WanNa Championship, it's going to be so much easier if either Murray or Yokich could play really good defense, they're Miami somewhat of the Nash Dirk mavs back in the day where if your top two guys, neither one can play D- You just compromise it's just really hard to win four playoff series if that's the case. Charge you WANNA YOU WANNA pivot nerd corner. Now you had some some coaching adjustment talk you WanNa go yeah. Okay. So one thing I've been thinking about in the first round in the playoffs is like I'm curious y'All's philosophy is on coaching adjustments in terms of when should a coach say okay, we did all these great things regular season we gotta stick with what we Do, best versus at what point do you say we gotta adjust to our opponents like I know personally I'm very much of the school of thought like you've got adjust you've got to be aggressive because I just in my experience I feel like more series are lost by wedding to adjust to slowly than adjusting to quickly but I do acknowledge it does happen where okay. I remember back in the day the two, thousand, seven, Mavs when they want sixty seven games, they opened that series against the we believe warriors and bench their centers and I think that was probably the right move to make but making it in game one kind of signaled we cannot guard them. We've got to change up where do you stand that whole kind of? Question. Like for Denver when you're dealing with a young team. I'm not I'm not for that I think you have to look at the roster composition and how old they are in the basketball cue that you have with your with your best players because I feel like the only way you're gonNA adjust and be aggressive like you say is if you have players that can do that a lot of players in this league can't make adjustments. A lot of players can't listen to play calls. A lot of players don't respond to instruction very well especially in the playoff atmosphere. So I think a lot of those decisions about whether to just stick to your guns and go with what got you there. And making those adjustments, it depends whether you have. A Lebron James Alaska Donncha. Guys who have the basketball IQ where they can make sort of in game adjustments where the game comes very easy to whereas if you have people who need everything scripted out. You build those habits throughout the entire season in these youth out out the door I don't think that's going to go very well. So you really have to instead of having a hard and fast rule about this. I think you really have to understand the roster composition whether you're star players in your role players are all working on the same on Saint Pitch. Yeah I don't think you can ever take that piece of it for granted in terms of asking a player to go from. The starting lineup to the bench cutting guys out of the rotation dramatically changed their shot profile. You can change some stuff and Michael moons a great example of this. You know he's really had his finger in the dam throughout the entire series in terms of okay. We're GONNA Jeremy Grant we're going to move these defensive match-ups. We're going to try to control everything. We can to rectify the fact that our team is like a bunch of players who can either score or defend but not both. And you can do some of that stuff. But at some point you do risk losing guys and. I agree that there are a lot of series that are lost because coaches don't make adjusted quick enough. The thing is that there's stuff that's bigger than the series, right? Like there's your young guy who you just gave an extension to that. You don't WANNA lose in year one of that extension. There's all these different factors that you know there's a certain safety if we just play our way, maybe this is like the Mike Boone holes corollary, but you can just chalk that up as like trusting your guys, right. This is how we play. This is how we've one. If you start making changes, start making changes to that all of a sudden the phone calls come in from the agents all of a sudden. This guy is rumbling a little bit. This guy starting to get a little grumpy there's there's a lot that can go down just from the strategy of trying to win a series. All right. We're GONNA, take a break there When we come back, we're going to talk about some teams that have gone fishing already from the playoffs including one who just ended up in some breaking news. So we'll be right back. We're back some breaking news. We're GonNa talk about the Pacers anyway but they gave us even more reason to So million was fired today, which is odd because just recently his contract was extended and I believe. It was he was given a team option for the season after next in that I'm reading the ESPN news right now and it was described as as soft extension which I've heard a lot of NBA jargon mess. The first time I've for that one rob you spent a lot of time around this team you reported out of big feature for them earlier in the year. Are you surprised by this move at all? I am a bit. There's certainly been that conversation around the league were natives concern some of which I didn't think was entirely fair and that gets into kind of the circumstances of his dismissal here which. I think is kind of a raw deal. You know the Pacers are team where you can very easily identified the things they should have been doing but didn't like it. It's not hard to shoot more threes than they did because they were right there near the bottom of the league. That said. Even, though the Pacers have been a first round exit for a couple years running now I don't know that they should have won any of those series in every single one pretty much especially with these last couple of years there without guys there without bonus and Jeremy Lamb this year to really critical parts of their second unit. Victory Depot is clearly not himself. You're missing pieces all over the place every season, the team formed a little bit in the regular season, and in the playoffs, you have to see that there's a reckoning in terms of that kind of performance and what can be exposed to postseason setting and so. It is tricky in that regard. Do I think another coach could elevate what they have offensively, I think there's some potential for that. But in terms of what needs been able to defensively culturally I think that stuff is really valuable and especially if you're talking about giving a coach a chance to show what this team can do with fully healthy roster I'm not sure Indiana really had the opportunity to do that. ME. This is nothing about his performance as as a coach in has everything to do with the new candidates that are popping up in the last week you have Brett Brown who was fired last week you have. Mike Dantonio who's been out. You know in the in the rumor mill to be, let go at the end of the year. You Have Alvin Gentry who is fired Jim Boylan who is fired. I think this is more to do about a market for coaches and whether the Pacers, feel like there's someone out there that they need to get that maybe previously was not going to be available but they read the tea leaves or a reached out to their their agents, the representation, a feel like nate McMillan is not their coach of the future and we'll see I. mean the details of the contract extension that gave nate McMillan two weeks ago. But to me, it was something that Jim. Boylan got from the Chicago Bulls which was like, yeah, we kinda like you but we also don't. We want to date you. We don't necessarily want to marry you, and so that's what this deal to me was about was named McMillan was just like. You know they decided that someone else out there on the on the job market was someone they wanted to target we should mention that. In addition to the firing. Out. That Mike d'antoni is a target for the pacers charge. You actually wrote about that a couple of weeks ago. So credit to you for that is he like Thomas saying is he the guy who could potentially take this team from what it was, which is a first round out to something even bigger I think if you were to hire Dantonio, you'd have to restructure your team a little bit. and. I. Think. We look at nate to me. You have to go back to the depot. He's free next summer an Indiana loss Paul George already. They don't WanNa do that again and I mean I don't think it takes too much reading into it to say if Victor wanted nate to coach him, he would still be in Indiana. And I. Think if you're all a depot, you can say look I want to be seen as one of the best guards in the NBA I'm an offensive system. I may not necessarily showcase my full abilities, right? I'm sure if a depot I would look what happens in. Houston say I could do that. He probably could and obviously but he has the confidence to believe that he could and to me it makes a lot of sense at all parties I think if you were to Dan Tony the idea would be to trade one of your bigs probably miles turner for wing play a little smaller, play a little faster and realistically to championship probably not but you will probably play US slightly more entertaining former basketball even if it's not as consistent on both ends of the floor. Wilcox's point to this is a team that characteristically will not pay the luxury tax and they just ate a season of salary for their coach and that wasn't for no reason at all. You know I think I think that comes in service of the idea that if the front office were really confident in nate in really confident those kinds of relationships. then. He would still be there and the fact that he hasn't is certainly telling in that regard given the financial reality of this particular franchise in the most unstable economic times the NBA seen pretty much ever. I mean. But do you WanNa make Victor Oladipo your franchise player? That's a fair question. Do you want to make victory depot who has not looked himself and his head? One of the most devastating knee injuries? You can have a torn tendon quad tendon He's a guy who has lived above the rim for a lot of his career and just finished four games that any dunks. He's the guy who's not getting to the rim. He's clearly limited out there a year or and change from his injury. Are you going to be listening to that? Guy To make coaching decisions I mean I find the Pacers I making coaching decisions based on who I've view, the long-term roster of this team and I get a little nervous when they're making any sort of personnel decisions whether married or not based on a victory depot when I'm not even sure he's a franchise player when he becomes a franchise becomes a agent x summer right now I don't feel confident in that. And maybe he gets better, but we just had four months off and he wasn't any better So I just get really nervous about putting all my chips. And betting on Victoria depot as the long-term centerpiece of this franchise. But they do have TJ Warren. So the franchise is in good hands no this. This is uncharacteristically bold of the Pacers as rob mentioned. So, on the one hand I am encouraged by that, they are seemingly like taking advantage of this window team that they basically homebrew themselves and a founder bonus and or depot when they were distressed assets. They made some draft picks over the years obviously. The TJ Warren signing or trade was was is well documented at this point especially at the Ring Dot Com. On the other hand strikes me as the. Quandary that the Pelicans were in when they let go of Monty. Williams team a coach that just brought that team to the playoffs and they went for Alvin Gentry and you saw that while in spirit going for it like is exciting. You could see that he can quickly fall apart if all the right players in place and as you mentioned Tom just. The PELICANS team that got injured a lot the following season. If you're building your team around the depot I'm not sure if you can really count on him to be there I don't know I will say this though Dantonio who they're going after he has made a career out of making fringe guys good and so I do wonder if Even. If they didn't have a depot who is still just the guts of that team that they've been playing with. Earlier in the season, he could still elevate them more to what they they had already been out enough. I got a question fiance. About what do you think is like miles Turner's trade value in the NBA these days. You would think that a lot of teams would want him specifically just because every it seems like there are so many really talented offensive bigs who WanNa, play four Anthony Davis who knows I Will be you would think that his? Three. Five game would be the perfect complementary lot of those guys. I think is quite a bit especially as a floor stretching big. I. Think team's GonNa be wanting that versus just the model of the Rudy Gobert. So the Klinka. CAPELLAS. So I think I think mouse turn going to have some trade value I don't think he's going to be on the team next year. I think given the transition that you're having a head coach and the fact that Bonus in him long term I think I think they're gonNA. Make this summer and and I think it's smart to evaluate whether it's a bonus and Turner are the centerpiece front quarter that team now. What can they get? I don't know we'll see what the the off season. GonNa look like with draft picks with the the money crunch around the league. What kind of value you're gonNA get for him. But you know the You mentioned Monte Williams and Alvin Gentry. A moment here mentioned that Alvin Gentry and. Nate McMillan or two of the few black coaches we have in the NBA. We're just both let go in the past week. Both were in very difficult circumstances this year with injuries and you look at the injuries that happen to the Pacers were sitting here and they this guy got an extension two weeks ago and Yes he's been swept twice in the last. Two postseasons. But. Man It seems like the margin for error is a lot thinner for African American head coaches and they are for for white head coach is and it just I hope nate McMillan gets hired again I do and I hope Alvin gentry gets hired again. J. BICKERSTAFF was held on in Cleveland and so John will see in Brooklyn, but this is a league that prides itself on being the most progressive and diverse of of the other leagues. But right now, there's another head coach who's just like a that was already very much in the minority of black head coach Nick. No. Yeah. I know other coaches respect NATO lot that this will be A. Test to see if other offices do to, and if they really look at what he did in terms of establishing what kind of team Indiana would be over this last half decade or so really I think he had a significant role in that and this is going to be a big culture check for the Pacers. I think more broadly because we've been talking about Mike. Dantonio in these other potential candidates. This'll be the first time. I know. Basically since Jim, O'Brien took over the pacers aren't just promoting an assistant or associate head coach already on the staff likely. Maybe they do go that route. Bet on the obvious candidates in that regard to be the next head coach if they bring someone in, that's the first time they've they've done that since. The nineties probably like the the early two thousands like that's that's a big change for them and you know there are the roster questions we've been talking about the Disa- Bonus Turner stuff. There's how do we juggle all these different interests on the team? We maximize the pieces that we have. We elevate this in that. There's there's going to be a lot to account for in the of the team I think just by that kind of dramatic shift he and I think sometimes to culture can be seen as little nebulous like we'll be CONC- concrete TJ worn play defense to share that was culture that was nate. McMillan that is a heck of feather in your cap. Right? They're getting TJ to commit by it on defense because he was not doing that in Phoenix and that transition that's good. Coaching Plain and simple. The makes a nice transition to some other players who perhaps aren't committing on defense the Philadelphia seventy. sixers. so I don't know do you want to talk about the sixers? Prefer that we stick our hands in the blender. because. I don't know how many more times I could say the same things about the sixers but. And I were talking about this a little the other day I feel like in Tom you should know this. Feels like the Miami where we talk about them all the time that people are like stop talking about the seventy sixers. But I think people still want to talk about the sixers because they're so fascinating they have these players generational talents that they can't really figure out. Clearly. Brett Brown has gone here well, Tom. Actually. I talk about the. Do you do you see like similarities here between this just like media circus and just like the constant drama with what was going on in Miami The Miami. Drama was so different that was. Very player focused and Lebron focused a lot of it was just made up. The sixers or creating their drama like they've. They pushed out Sam Hinkie after like three years into the into the process then they bring in Brian Bringing Jerry. COLANGELO hires his son in that magically disappears your see Jerry and Bryan. Colangelo. is now running the show then the whole. the whole social media scandal happens by the reported by the ringer by the way shots the rigor then you got. Him Brank landfills out than a they, Joshua Harris. We have the one of the most coveted front office positions in the NBA The the situation with two young stars in the market of Philadelphia is going to be Assad after coveted. Front office position, and then they promote from within where the guy who had no experience being a GM. Elton brand is hired as the GM and he was acclaimed for the team like two years ago or prior right so. Then, like they've remake the roster every month, it seems around Ben Simmons and Joel. Embiid you have their own injury issues like a lot of these things are self inflicted drama. The Miami Heat on the other hand were such a beacon of stability where they were just the same organization same front office structure, same coach they sit. Within the first week of Lebron, James and Dwayne Wade and Chris Bosh plan together. There were rumors that air exposure was going to be fired at Lebron James Wanted Eric's bolster out of there. And you know what they did. Pat Riley and air exposure told Lebron James and the rest of the team. This is it. This is the crew. This is how it's going to be. The have problems with air expulsion of problems a mate, and that's the that's the speech that Pat Riley in air exposure were able to deliver is. This is would organization championship Caliber Organization looks like I don't know what the seventy sixers or telling players right. But it ain't that because everything that they do they reverse just like the Indiana. Pacers did with nate nate McMillan where it's like this is our team. This is who we're going to go with going forward and then they trade for Jimmy Butler and get rid of Roko and a search then they go and they trade Landry Shamet and sixteen picks and they get. Tobias Harris, and then Oh when he doesn't do so well, we're going to double down give him a Max contract don't forget about Trey Burke at trade reckless remain on that halfway through the season right? So I don't see much similarities with the sixers and the heat simply because the heat have doing this and winning championships for a long time, the sixers have just been turn style of personnel both on the court and upstairs I. Brown tweeted I wanNA thank all the hundred into players I played with over my last seven years. You know why he wrote that hundred into because it's the most in the NBA over that seven year period a guy who has coached three playoff teams has one hundred and two players over the last seven years, which is by far the most in the NBA. You don't think that's a little shot at the front office on the way as a hundred and two players that came through my system and I don't feel bad for. I don't feel bad for the the sixers simply because a lot of this is just self inflicted and it doesn't. It doesn't remind me of the Miami Heat Howard the. I feel like in terms of franchise stability. Shall Sir Jakarta Samson though. No but it's funny. One thing that is consistent has been bred so. Like the heat they stuck with Brett perhaps longer than they maybe should have, and now they're in a situation where I think the essential question for them is can a coaching change? Change everything that they need change there is that going to be the fixed. They need are the two guys that they're building their franchise around. They just need to be utilized differently here and he gets shooters in there and then we're good rob. I do wonder is there a coach out there that can make sense of this Rosser or are we are they fatally flawed? Are we in for this team just blowing up? One of these guys getting traded a year down the road here I mean I think the whole premise of this is the idea that if Brett Brown is not the right coach of this team, you have to at least try right before you start entertaining dramatic ideas of blowing up the team you're really banking on a tie. Lou to come in and make sense of this. You know a different kind of coach and maybe that's the most dramatic difference in terms of this Miami Philadelphia parallel is accountability right? Like if nothing else the Pat Reilly. Erik spoelstra regime is an engine of accountability and that's been the complaint all along with Brett Brown is that guys like Ben Simmons Joel Embiid in particular are not being held to account are not being forced to play the way they should or not being your that voice for whatever reason. Like br bread is a good human being and good at relating to people and good at connecting with guys. But clearly, that was not his strong suit in terms of getting those guys to play the way they needed to. So there comes a point at which regardless you know I think breads a good coach. But that voice wasn't reaching anybody. You certainly wasn't reaching the most meaningful members, the organization which are Joel Embiid Ben Simmons, and so sometimes, it changes sake can be meaningful in that particular way. I it is funny. What time Miami Philadelphia there are those close from Josh Richardson where he literally just said what Rob said in. So many words it's like word for word culture accountability. I was somewhere with was culture and accountability. Now I'm not. We got to change that like that was a direct quotes Dot Richardson is known anybody having said that though it would have been better if Jefferson, like made a couple more shots. Yeah. Initiative offense a little bit better if he played like he did in Miami so. I don't know obviously the situation is a mess. Run out of time here. So let's do either the blazers over the Magic Tom as as our guests you WanNa talk about the future of Orlando or Portland Portland let's go. The wrong answer Tom. Talking about Portland. Just frees us up to do a whole magic podcast later don't. I want you to have the ball for for sixty minutes on the Orlando Magic. Takes don't worry about it, but Aaron Gordon though so obviously, Portland had a pretty miraculous run here they're barely getting by on the court right now it seems like everyone just needs a nap like in the middle of the game, they just need to set up the blankets in the locker room wherever is going on backstage there and take some time off to. Damian, Lillard at least for this next game on Wednesday which. Would end here so. Sorry if they ended up making them racket come back and when Gabriel scored fifty points, but we'll just assume. Tom, what's what's the path forward here? Do they have enough as currently constructed? They need like one more piece in there good or do they need something a little bit more significant? Ben I think they need a ball mover three, four wing Draymond green is always thrown out as the guy that a that they need. They need just someone who's able to relieve some of the pressure off Damian Lillard, defend and pass. Because I. Guess The the point is that Nurk was supposed to be that guy, but he doesn't play any defense right now whether you can chalk it up to conditioning rare being away from the game for a year these dealing with a death in the family, but they have provided absolutely no No pressure whatsoever defensively, and Nurk is a really good passer But I think they just need someone on the wing not trigger Reza They got mellow who's as you know as much of a black holes, any player in the League on the wing. So going forward I do think that they need to be pragmatic about their ceiling in this current format and I love the back court receive mccollum, and Damian Lillard. But I also love the idea of them. Being for a guy who's able to be. In an I duNno. If there is a player Andrea Goodall in his prime, but someone like that, who can defend and move the ball and be the kind of that that wing defender that can also be a point guard in a pinch. Am I crazy for thinking that that might be Kyle Anderson's music. Thinking in my head, but that'd be a great pickups for them like I love that idea and that's the threshold you're working with right. You're not going to get a guy that defends and moves the ball and hits threes. You might be able to get to those things and so Anderson's I already have visions in my head of him being in that you know the Mohawk lists spot essentially of being able he has to shoot five corner threes in this playoff game and it's GonNa. Come down to whether he hits one of them are three of them and isn't that isn't Kyle. Anderson. Just tall and Turner though. Rude. How are you? Sir, how you know I think just shuffled through. So many of these guys you can't shoot the point where like harkness with serviceable and they got rid of him just because he couldn't hit an open three I think the myth of Evan Turner is that he people see that he's a passer and they think that like Tom was saying that he's A ball mover, they think he's somebody who's GonNa facilitate your offense. But in reality he needs the ball on his hands like that's who he is. He's fundamentally kind of bad point guard and so Anderson is is a different class player. In that regard you know not not blowing the doors off of anything but can at least get your offense a little better situated. I think. Ultimately, this goes back today. I mean Daimler wants to be seen as the ultimate winner and the ultimate team Guy Loyalty Guy and I feel like at the end of the day, he's going to have to make a decision. Do I trade seeded mccollum one of my best friends or do I go for championship at feels very Lord of the rings you know. Loyalty on one hand. There's that shining gold ring on the other. What do you want to do? It's his life. What about Fred Championship play with his friend? I mean this call I don't I don't know isn't going for the ring evil. I mean dumping one of your best friends. This is frodo throwing. Sam into the volcano at the end effectively the charts. Yeah, no, it's funny. I think if you'd asked me this about a week ago, I would have said they just need probably a bigger wing and they're probably good trevor rees filled the whole I think they probably would have maybe not beat the Lakers but giving them a little bit more of a run for their money. If they had just anybody who could defend wings right now I don't think aretha is the answer going forward because. Jackie macmullan did a story with him where She watched the MOS racing game with Aretha. Was, wearing Kobe Bryant Jersey and raises one of the few players who actually played with Kobe Bryant in his prime when Kobe was like winning titles. So I really don't think raises the guy there but. They definitely need that. But on the other hand, a motor worried about collins. Now, this is now what third major injury he sustained, and if they don't hit on their graphics, ends specifically their higher drafts because they're not going to be picking up. Going forward unless the Kings for some reason. Trade back and give them their back again. I. Just. They need those type players because as good as mccollum and and dame. Are there not ad Lebron level good where you could just put anyone around them and they're gonNA make it work. They need though supplementary guys in order to really bring out the best of the entire situation. So I'm a little bit more concerned than I was a little while ago. But at the same time, everyone's healthy next year if the make a couple of moves on the fringes. Get. Tall. Turner. In there perhaps may maybe they're fine I. Don't know it gets back to the question of what do you want to be an in this championship or bust culture that we live in is making the playoffs every year with Damian Lillard who's an absolute superstar and just one most fun players watch Such a such a big voice in the community just everything you want as a leader on your team. Like do you think that there's some sort of psychic value of having a CJ mccollum and this core together for bid for the future? Do you want blow that up for maybe a shot at a championship? I don't these are these are tough questions for an organization a answer they might value just having accord together and seeing it through because even with that collins like if you wanted to trade him or move on from that Collins, what are you GonNa get? He hasn't played you know and it's going to be one of those things where it's tough to trade a a player with resident doesn't have that much traits documents where you're kind of stuck with the core that you really wanted to build around when they're not available Justin as the Premier Carmelo hater see back next year. What do you think? So I'm going to zag here I know dragged Carmelo allot almost too much I might say. I think at this point, he is proven that he could be like an eighth guy if you just need him occasionally to just be like catching shoot three point shooter, he's not going to interrupt what you're doing i. think he's fine worse case he's a minimum contract. You just move on from like midseason like the Lakers would have been fine with him as opposed to their other like thirty four year old guys that they have in their ventured wouldn't I mean is mellow better than Jr. Smith right now probably. I mean, at the very least like he's a bigger guile, hold defend bigger bodies. I will note though that sharks found us that that he had the worst plus minus on the teen during the playoffs was just the playoffs. It was for their team outnumber the whole class, right so it's not what you want to see but I do think that like he's still serviceable there's there's a player in there. So I think. The concern point there is that mellow was playing like thirty eight to forty minutes a game for that team. So you have a lot to work with their. If you want to you, you bring you put a lot of him in for some of that work other wings that you could get in the free agent market, a trade market you know Gary Junior hasn't come in this conversation he has to that's a piece that gets them a little bit closer to where they wanna go. Even if you're playing three kind of smaller guards at once they, they have some room to work with their but that's that's a big chunk of playing time that was. Helpful in certain French type situations in hitting bigshots but also in terms of plus minus kind of sandbag. jv Can we get Blake Griffin there? That'd be great is there is there a wing defender on the Pistons that we can throw in that trade that will make it at this point use you'd assume that the Pistons just want to dump the contract, right? We're at that point with Blake Griffin Yeah Yeah I like that idea that's a good idea for being going to go for. It makes no sense. How many more years left on that deal does he have to hot? I think we're at the point where the Pistons Probably WanNa move on for him and if there isn't a lot of long-term money still left on that contract. That's the right sort of gamble with he Mike Portland should be taking now a little worried that considering their biggest issue this year was injuries and what we just said about Collins, and then I don't know going forward if Nurkic is going to be bothered by an invalid. Injuries, he had he was pretty much out for longer than a year I think we are just about a year. So who knows but and like demon CJ urge aren't getting any younger dame's certainly on the other side of thirty at this point I believe cj is just about to be having said that I need I need good. Blake Griffin minutes to come back like he's had too much of a impactful career in this league to just like wilt away playing next to bobby. Brown and in. In some of the other guys that I can't even think. How could you forget about? Christian would know my God Christian would yeah that's actually the take here. Need to clear space for Christian would write build around the the face of your franchise. These be Christian. So Blake has one more year and then a player option, the following year, which it's almost forty million. So I'm going to go out on a limb here and say he's GonNa take that. Real, quick here before we sign off Raptors and Celtics as you've been talking, there's been more talk about. The Raptors and Celtic series being boycotted. So we'll see what happens there. But assuming this goes on the first game is scheduled to be tomorrow any quick thoughts rob and we can go around a little bit of just about going into that series and maybe some keys for that I mean if the series does start on time and go as expected, these teams have been kind of circling each other all year it's been one of the match I've been most excited to see in terms of the dynamics of it changes a little bit with Gordon Hayward situation, but I mean, the raptors are ferocious the hell this is the kind of team. You want to see them tested against a really versatile good defensive team like the Celtics. I'm really looking forward to the chess match of it. Yeah. I. Do wonder about the Hayward piece I feel like he's a very important player for series like this Toronto plays such good defense. It's going to be a freak and war and a grind for Jalen Brown Jason Tatum. Kemba Walker. If those guys can score sling against Toronto, they might win but it's not going to be easy yet. Kyle lowry let's hope he's healthy because I think he could give Kemba fits Kemba has coming back from a knee injury in his looked pretty good They've ramped up minutes during the season games and he's looked really good. But I, I would not wanNA face kyle lowry healthy Kyle lowry in a playoff series. If I'm Kemba Walker trying to make my I e playoff front of my career, I'll just say that because they're gonNA throw multiple bodies I multiple defensive coverages and that's where Gordon Hayward as a stabiliser could really really help So I think it's going to be an awesome series and you know to two teams that are full of really good young players. That, that are ready to prove that they belong in the Raptors of course, winning the championship last year even though they did that I think they still just have a huge chip on their shoulder about you know quiet Leonard leaving, and now they're still I don't think many people are picking winning all Kemba Walker. Another uconn legend is a key to the series is what you're saying. That's what I'm hearing. Yes. That is what I'm saying and I'm trying to. Think of a wake forest player here. I don't think on that. Myth where you at Ishmael. Al Franken new guy. I. Dunno Chris Sale Hord. Kemba men after watching him in Charlotte here the last few years it's It's GonNa be great to see what can do. We already know you can win a championship right Javy. Oh totally you you might even say to had you just had he just stayed put or they give him any teammate in Charlotte who's worth a damn but. Yeah. It's going to be a fascinating series. I've loved obviously watching Kemba come alive again in the first round although it was against the sixers. So who knows what he will be going forward it is a bummer though I think the the through line of what you guys are saying is a lot of this is coming down to absences and injuries lowery might be out hayward certainly will be out and. we'll see what happens from there but. We'll see I'm really excited about the series. It's the only second round series actually book right now. So hopefully get a couple of other ones and keeping the playoffs moving. That's good place to stop here Tom Thank you for joining us my friends you thanks for having me on always good to be with you guys. All right. That's it for us Thank you. Tom. Thank you to rob and charkes. Thank you to Steve and Sasha for producing US We will be back next week until then we'll see you later. Basketball is. Gary. Jerry.

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Which is something something you would need on the sideline. He was in coaching mode. Dad yeah very much so we've missed you freeze. I just found out found it funny that you went to all places liberty university. That's right well. Let's give the people some back story here because it's liberty university. It's a religious school jerry falwell school. It's phase one of the recycling torture you freeze. He's been out of football for a couple of years and he decided to coach from the press box in a hospital bed and so oh he gave the halftime speech and talk to his team by video because they weren't going to wheel him back and forth by the time they got him downstairs they would've have time would have been over and and they would have just brought him back up. I don't know what the funniest part of the story is but if you don't know the back story on hugh freeze all thirty three of his victories at mississippi were expunged because they were obviously shooting in a way that was obvious to all of us 'cause mississippi got good all of a sudden and they were getting the recruits all of a sudden and then next thing you know he's making calls to escorts and saying he dialed the wrong number but apparently he dialed it many times and so he was out of football for two years but he he comes back heroically here and liberty university with you. Freezing the press box coaching tough guide coaching from the press box walks get shutout scores zero point scores as many points they couldn't have scored fewer than that scores as many points as they would have if you raise it just stay in the hospital bed in the hospital shaking your head about is this even the strangest thing he's done one time. He faked funeral scene for himself for his team to motivate them. Is it possible this guy only gets paid like if he appears like coaching and that's why he was was there. I feel so i'm sorry i have so many unrelated thoughts on i feel so bad for the poor staff at liberty whatever because they had to find a hospital bed to get this guy in a press box and you have to kind of wonder like whose responsibility is that and how did they receive the information. Oh the new head coach is kind of crazy needs the hospital bed in a press so you're wondering who's the allison of the liberty coaching staff and they should get some sort of a war because they delivered a hospital spital bed to oppress box for hugh freeze so you felt bad for the staff you're saying he's the staph infection because they are annoyed pari. I mean think about how important you have to be. I gotta be there. Gotta get there. We can't score zero points without you are a writer my friend. My favorite part was the post game handshake where the coach from the other teams walking across and you got who freeze looking down a thumbs up and then he's looking up at him up and the part that is baffling to me is liberties never played an important game so you don't have to rush through sickness to get there and they've gone their entire history without playing a game than matters was the coaches embrace. After the game saturday ed within the pre-game speech he gave from the hospital bed from different room and also it made no difference because he lost one hundred nothing didn't they lost four to nothing fin t circus solid defense. Yeah syracuse syracuse was really feeling bad about it's all offensive showing but not as much as coach freezes offensive showing of zero point it really is magical and is through god's right like if you wanted to do the rehab tour is doing it that way the way to get back in the game scoring zero points in showing everybody in in the world of college football that you're a total kook that but you care about college football deeply because your team your team needed you you care about your job. You care about your the players yes. She took a loss in week one but i promise you the next two years liberty. We'll be every very very good liberty. All of a sudden is gonna start getting all the recruits. I watched <hes> i watched a lot of college football this weekend and one of the funny things that happened to me is i'm flipping being through the channels and got stuck accidentally on a kansas game and it was just for one play and it was a pick six kansas assists had a pick six and returned it and i saw that the guy running to the end zone had on the back of his uniform the word defense and so i'm saying to myself oh did less miles go there and all of a sudden. He just gave the defensive players. The name defense on the back of the universe nope guy's name was actually defending. Thank god said observations. You got was marveling at how much weight brian kelly is laws. It's amazing. You went on one of those cleansing diets. Did you see brian. Kelly look better last night. Then he's ever loaded is at tigr healthy. He looked like a guy who spent some time with his family. He was cleansing himself brian kelly. That's right so <hes> brian kelly kelly in the past we have told you brian. Kelly looks like the guy screaming no wake at fifty foot yachts that are swamping his doc the owner of the yacht of course that swamping his dock is chip kelly. He looks like the park ranger. Just wants to double check that you properly reserve your campsite does he looked like any of these things anymore has denied tonight us the ability to say that brian kelly looks like a beer nut has denied us the ability to say that brian kelly looks like bill belichick if he never got into coaching became a gym teacher and just live the happy quiet life the gym teacher. He still looks like yes. That one still works the rest. I mean he'll get back to it gives off yacht. I don't know about like the like. He used to be like chubby coach guy. I don't know if he fits that anymore. Does still look like the old guy at a wedding reception dancing footloose or is that time done if you lose if you can we make fun of of brian kelly it'll be back. Is that what you're showing them back. I mean he's back in football. It'll be it'll be back. Let's not erase it. Let's just you know we'll write it in pencil right now. He doesn't look like that but we'll get back to it off season by midseason. He'll be back to looking like his old self. We've got some good rod sound to play for you by the way. Have you heard this to god's like this. If you haven't heard this this is wonderful. I have not heard it and i was just trying to identify the game where the weight will start coming back from brian kelly. It's the twenty first at georgia. That is the day that it starts coming back so here's alex rodriguez. Alex rodriguez was exceptional at baseball and here's alex rodriguez making an observation avation that made all of us look at each other after we heard it. I just love to hear i love get over to third base. Make it three to one. You always want even lead verses odd leads why the solo home run to tie it at the grand slam does not beat you. Keep it simple. Play that again if that flew over your head because it wasn't quite simple enough play that for the audience so they can swallow it up. I just love to hear. I love getting over to third base. Make it three to one you always want even leads versus ali why the solo run to tie it at the grand slam this beach you keep it simple so to run leads better than then a five run leeann. That's chris lebatardshow the stugatz these donlevatar show with within two guards on e._s._p._n. Radio our country's gonna get embarrassed in basketball. They are wheezing against turkey. We've got an update eight for you. <hes> turkey turkey e._s._p._n. Radio is presented by progressive insurance. The dan le batard show is brought. Do you buy new shell v power nitro plus premium gasoline with four levels of defense against govern- where corrosion and friction guests on the dan le batard show appear via the shell pennzoil performance line. Here's your sportscenter update raphael and the doll defeated merrin chill edge to move on to the us open quarter-final as dan was just discussing team u._s._a. U._s._a. Turkey have moved overtime. We'll keep you posted or watch together on. Mike spoke on e._s._p._n. Plus we were watching on. Mike's phone there as the u._s. Almost lost turkey. Jason tatum was taken free throws. At the end he needed to make a free throw to get us into overtime with a tenth of a second. Let choked and finally justin bieber revealed on his instagram that at age nineteen he began using hard drugs. Football is finally finally back this thursday night and draft kings the leader in one day. Fantasy football has a single game showdown with two and a half million dollars total prizes up for grabs download the draftkings afghan app now and use code dan for a special offer for all the latest headlines and information tune into sports center on e._s._p._n. Radio all throughout the day. Stu gods loves to accuse people of choking joking but i would argue stu gods. Jason tatum went to line with a tenth of a second left against turkey. He was taking three free throws and they were down to he. He missed the second free. Throw choking would be missing the third stugatz. He made the third to tie the game you can't you can't say that the second second one is choking when he turns around and makes the third and they don't lose the game and are now in overtime. The third would have won the game. I understand what you're saying but if you turn around put around the pole guillermo at lebatardshow if you have three free throws in a game and you're down to and you missed the second one but you make the third one to send it into overtime. Did you choke. I don't wanna be too extreme on this but he failed america. Okay very good <hes> mike. Mike found the game on e._s._p._n. Dan plus. I was scanning it on all our televisions here and all i saw was rashard lewis making a basket that excited ice cube. I on one of the televisions here. I can't get u._s._a. Turkey anywhere <hes> also put it on the poll at lebatardshow guillermo. Is this team going to kill gregg popovich because god. I was looking at my phone and saying man. He looks like hell look at the team. He's coach and he made you can't find it anywhere. You can find it on e._s._p._n. Plus which is argon especially really come college football time because that was the only place that i could watch colgate on air force that boy what does pop need this in his life. That's what i'm wondering like. You have won so many championships. You're generally regarded as the greatest coach in the history of the n._b._a. Or at least one of them. Why do you need to be coaching kemba walker jason tatum and being just annihilated by c._e._o. Spin and ersan ilyasova. What is this life for why why isn't he the stress stress i mean isn't jason tatum kemba walker kind of like coaching demar derozan and lamarcus aldridge. Isn't that kind of deal. He's already got. What's the score there. My guys miles turner. I just had a huge block and joe harris picked up the steel right. I'll show harris that wow was joe. Harris is on the team yeah right now. It's eighty six eighty. Four turkey wide open been look berry turkey while now there are five. Oh no oh boy all right. Keep us updated. Let's just watch this together. Let's watch this. It's on e._s._p._n. Plus <hes> we're headed toward international shame gamble put it on the poll does pop need this in his life eighty four eighty nine or even thanks for turkey. It's ilyasova who i told you who else is out there. Somewhere campbell responds with the three wow <hes> let me check out the turkey national boards going like serbia's good. Greece is supposed to be good. I said turkey scrappy. I mean when you have ilyasova and cd oestmann. What do you say and i will say team u._s._a. For all their lack of star power they can defend we will get back to the team u._s._a. Updates we've got a stu gods weekend observations for you at eleven a._m. Eastern mike was mentioning mentioning e._s._p._n. Plus my guess is that that's where you would have found the jackson state game where this happened this week and i don't wanna tell you very much okay. Visually it wonderful okay. I wanna give you as few details as i can on this. If you don't know what this is visually was wonderful because at one point during during an end zone celebration flag started raining down on the field during the jackson state game what happened mike are we up now. We are tied kemba walker campbell walker knocker show wow what does what does turkey have for our beloved kemba walker. Let's wrap ourselves in the flag. Now wipe the floor with a scrappy turkey team here from e._s._p._n. Plus i'm assuming is actually e._s._p._n. Two really yeah because it was just the hall of fame game. There's is a black college hall of fame game and i think this was on e._s._p._n. Two <hes> the deuce so let's go ahead and play for the people again penalty flags start raining down what happened <music> now mike. Why are you shaking saying now lead by two wow a seven. Oh run really deafness. <hes> i'm looking at the roster should be up by fifty two. I mean they really should so. I don't want to give you any more information other than flags rain down on a touchdown that i think made it fifteen to seven jackson state. Jones jones does drop more new man what the skoll tigers and we love it more building flags on the field. They reviewed at jackson state coming onto the field bulletin players of his touchdown celebrator. He was <hes> and then afterwards leaned into it. He's like that's right. That's right. They've come off bringing. Keep planks. This was the tax whack challenge and if people didn't see this he was literally getting into the scrum like the guy caught it on the team with laying around and other players were jumping on so it's like did he catch it. Is it a fumble. Is it such as you see the mascot to join into the pilot. I want to get into here. Put it on the poll. Should mascots ever be penalized for anything because they make everything better also put on the poll. Do mascots make everything better might give us an update. How much time is left left on that game. We're under a minute right now. Turkey really struggling to get miles turner off the boards. He's just eating glass out there and they don't have an answer for kemba walker whose jack in every shot up as has he should right now. What's the score. It is ninety one eighty nine. However turkey just makes a basket who plus the harm. It looks like oh no all right. We come back with an update. Oh what do we have. We don't have any answers for sped buddy shut up. It's time to make your sponsors. He's happy all right. Come back. Come back here and find out whether we have an international embarrassment or whether we're all wrapped in the flag. I thought you're going to say hey come back could find out if we have an answer for cd does not have an answer for c._d._o.'s. I love saying who plus the harm here at anytime what in four car batteries is about to fail so think go ahead and get yours tested for free advance auto parts. It won't cost a dime to make sure you are not any twenty-five percent who could be stranded in a mall parking lot some. I'm spooky woods or even worse at your in laws if your battery is weak advance has batteries that deliver more performance and starting power in extreme conditions they had they could. 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No one in the media we'll tell you what happened but at the my voice to weekend observations brought to you by vivid seats from the biggest concerts and games so the hottest theatre ownership shows and more vivid seats has it all download the app and joined the vivid seats rewards loyalty program today then he shot across the tennessee one three majors one me and mike a lot of money one away for a while all due to injury but make no mistake about it. Stan wawrinka is back. Wa wa speaking of back. We'll have in their speaking of cocky gus malzahn. He's also this transfer portal amazing. Easing jacobson plays at washington. Just in fields do it in a big game. There are few better feelings than not preparing for a hurricane that never comes. You feel like you've won. European model do me a favor have a hurricane layover prague and get back to me with a model the euro model please. It'd be like naming the super bowl model after the jets. If you wanna see what a a billion dollar company looks like when no one is running it take a look at the texans no idea if he can or can't but but jacobson looks like he could play on sundays in complete stunner the miami dolphins seemed to have a plan kenny stills else. I guess you're onto the next one we now know the meaning of the jay z. Song they meant trading you clayton kershaw saturday night five innings five heads fiber runs laws dan he's rounding into postseason form auburn home blues best uniforms eight college football not sure i can read. The tea leaves on this one but it appears bill. O'brien is in win now mode. Nobody knows what it's like to have. An entire country rooting against her white like naomi osaka neck graham can cut a rug being rathi on the doll looks exhausting the right bunn could take a good burger work and make it a great burger. I took louisville plus nineteen last night thinking. There's no way a bobby betray. No coach team gene is going to lose by twenty in their home opener. It works one problem though bobby betray. No is no longer the head coach coach l. louisville. When did that have it. Are you surprised imagine how surprised i was when i turned on the game because the potato that is not surprising at all you would make a bet no good information. The surprising part is you want it very close. I wouldn't don't be surprised if in last blood rambo users roughing dollars left arm as a weapon if the nevada kicker mrs this is vic. Does he still get a scholarship. It feels like there's been a knicks playing a quarterback at auburn. Since the early ninety two years years thirty million dollars jacoby perset really lucked into that deal thirty eight years old six two six two six six zero breezes into the u._s. Open quarterfinals might want to look into that naomi osaka making cocoa. Goths loss all about her naomi the j._j. Watt is strong in you. The texans are fun. They don't have a g._m. For the next five years they don't have a draft pick if you're wondering what the dolphins are doing let me explain. They're doing everything they can to give themselves. The best is chance of drafting jalen hurts lincoln riley sunday's collision course lebron try and trademark multiple mondays and we have a problem boo police what happened boeing a three times u s open champion off the court for being injured is is okay. The no in no hitter now stands for no one cares. Paul finebaum said notre dame. You should never be allowed in the college football playoff again. I'm good with that. I don't know about you but from afar. It looks like the texans are having a blast. Let's all the bills her make. It achieves better l. They doing speaking to help our breath dan. Those are the weekend observations asia. <hes> did you see what it is that <hes> leshan mccoy said about picking kansas city instead of the rams even though the rams the chargers excuse me even though the chargers might have been a better fit for him now. He said he doesn't want to be that far from his his eight year old child but he also had the money quote at the end where he says also those taxes shady so so those taxes jalen hurts. That was a bit startling to see him. Look send much better in oklahoma than we ever saw him. Look in alabama. I don't know what houston's defense is or isn't but it was startling to see him. Be that kind of overwhelming. Lincoln riley riley is gonna make a lot the money <hes> yes. You have the asli obviously. He's somebody who he's got the quarter another. If there's a third straight oklahoma undersides quarterback back to win the heisman crazy well it wasn't just the jalen hurts completed all three of his passes. It's that he rushed for more yards than you've ever seen him rush for and the wide wide open offense. Maybe the alabama offense looked primitive because there's just a lot of open space out. There for jalen hurts to out athlete. Everybody in a way that didn't seem like was being accomplished when he was at alabama. You had a couple of u._s. Open notes there stu gods and did you see what happened with medvedev. Did you see it was some quality trolling that he was doing the crowd. I don't know why the crowd was so mad at him. During this match he ripped the towel away from towel boy and he was displaying just poor sportsmanship throughout the match and he threw his racket once or twice. My wife even said to me. She was watching the match. This medvedev guy is a complete bleep. That's what i'll take but he not only was a bleep during play when they got the microphones is near him. He'd just enjoyed the holy helen of trolling and agitated hissing u._s. Open audience today. You'll through to the next round. Talk talk about your emotions and how you feeling first of all what i can say that thank you all guys because your energy tonight. Give the win because if you're not here guys i would probably lose the nash because i was so tired. I was cramping yesterday for sorta to play so i want all of you to know in your sleep tonight. I want because of you. You've fed up this atmosphere. You'll through to the full frowns new out here yeah but again the only i think i can say that you're giving me right now. Guys i think it will be an awful meyer. Five knicks mattress. I've been the more you do this. The more i will for you guys thank you he was he was waving his arms at the crowd telling him to bring it when they move the microphone away from him. He asked for it back act like he waived for for it to come back during the match a lot of people were accusing him of scratching his forehead but only doing it with his middle finger and and then he kept advancing and after his next match he did it again. What say again is that today. I was losing six two hundred zero. I was painfully ain't fooling my addict or before the match. I thought i'm not gonna play. I was painful in my shoulder. I as much as i could and you guys being against me. You gave me so much jenner just to pay for these weekend gets for free. He put it on the pole. Are you now rooting for medvedeva. This is getting ratcheted up because now he's got wawrinka. If he went that he gets federer and then he gets in the doll like we knows knows. No one's rooting for the crowd. If this dude makes it to federer i mean if he feeds off an entire crowd being against him. I want him to win now. I want him to just roll through everybody. I'm so conflicted because i love the wallah story but medvedev we got. We need this star. How much fun would would that be. If you turn that country club into a bunch of issing luoyang villain when's the last time we had a damn i mean mcenroe joke of it started doing wing it a little bit and you saw how it how how the crowd turned on him at wimbledon but nothing to this level they just showed him like a camera shot of him like going through security into the stadium and i was just laughing. My ass off because this guy is so great to watch. He's evil. The entire match. Donlevatar is funny to hear stu gods and how generally resistant he is to knowledge yep. It's the key to the show stugatz. You just figured out the secret sauce aw dexter knowledge is my kryptonite. These talk show with the guys on e._s._p._n. Radio you mentioned bonex during your <hes> weekend observations <hes> put on the pole guillermo at lebatardshow is bo knicks <hes> the perfect college football all name there was a picture making its way around the internet that i assume is real which is in two thousand and eleven and auburn players in the crowd celebrating you know oh how players do sitting on the wall with the fans and you see a little mop of blonde hair celebrating with the auburn player in two thousand eleven clearly a delighted child. It's a delighted little kid and so to go from that to being the quarterback on that team at having a victory eh against oregon come out that way where your leading them back <hes> and in a way that's overwhelming and dramatic. Yes you got the observation. It feels like there's been a knicks playing quarterback at auburn. Since the mid ninety s that's because in nineteen ninety-two through nineteen ninety-five patrick nix was playing quarterback for auburn and that's bonuses. This is dead so we have our sue us to announce here. We did them last week. It was a lot of fun. It's our annual award show where we reminisce and in ten categories about a bunch of different stuff and we're here to announce the winners now. I don't know who the winners are. It was your voting that made the winners. I have no idea either. I hope i brought home some hardware though i mean the voting process was really tight especially in mispronunciation what was the spread and the mispronunciation voting mispronunciation was won by five i- votes with thousands of votes wow and that was a stugatz laden category. There was only one <hes> one mispronunciation outside of the got a loaded stu gods conference. Let's start with the categories. What is the first <hes> the montage down. Oh it's just all right. Let's do the whole thing now and now here are the winners of the two thousand and nineteen sui awards best laugh kawai leonard worst mistake made on the show billy gill talks for eight seconds and says nothing well charlie sent charlie had this charlie as far as i know so just attorneys title you stay go best prediction got says boston college shouldn't give the ball to their best player right before she scores the game winning goal so i've noticed the last couple of possessions exertions where it seems like they tried to force it and force something. I'd rather see someone other than saying brooklyn mistaken better authentic. Take the african more the decoy on in the past break the uncomfortable moment greg cody hard network out talking about his tour just want to give you a sample of what greg cody sounded like which set us all off in a panic everyone except for greg cody because he's old and he stubbornly refuses to go to the doctor so that's what you sounded life for the better half of a month now. Let me <hes> dan everyone. We told you repeatedly to go to the doctor. You ignored us. You finally went to the doctor and the results of your visit to the doctor were or or what yeah after several tests <hes> they found a tumor in my chest greg cody on the e._s._p._n. Radio best revelation greg cody reveals. Dan is engaged in cody without my permission is reported something that very few people knew greg is ah a mercenary. I'm mad right now and hurt and you should be in sand. It's funny. He's been threatening to report this on me for days and i'm i'm like you wouldn't do that. He's been threatening me blackmail. He's just been telling me that. I'm going to report this story. Apparently he would because he did. There is is major personal news for e._s._p._n.'s dan levitan hard. He's been keeping it secret here it is that's the headline there there. There is his son of course laughing harder than anybody at a journalist jackass. His father is best mispronunciation. This pronunciation stugatz says stella artois stella or tohis best dismissal. Anka's area dismisses billy for rambling each one of those prickly areas. If you were to watch this video you would believe that you could just peel that off of the center of the pineapple once you've cut off the top and you just it turns into a bite size is little piece of pineapple. Let you can chew so you go and you get the pineapple. You cut off the topic all right perfect. This is just going to peel off. I'm going to beat him like eminem's. Not the case. Then people are sticking their hands in the pineapple trying to rip off these appeases. It's not working and it's because it was like one specific type of pineapple. I think that you could do that way. I kid you not at forty. Five seconds ago our guest here big movie star in hollywood hollywood threw up his hands and just looked at you like why is he still talking. Honestly those are seconds of my life. I would never get back. Your audience will never get that minutes it watching the video would have been really boring hearing the video describing business possibly more. What were you even talking about royal. God the holy yourself how to speak now or we're going to do. Well keep it tight. A best limited fake jeff passan's fake elmo that i forgot about best story sarah spain's michael jordan story celebrity you've ever been faced with bru- i was fairly drunk at michael jordan's son's high school whoa graduation party that drake lil wayne performed and may or may not have given them my card and said justin case you ever need any senior his areas point bother the garden. What do you need you. What did the card say. Pass was one of my old cards from when i lived in l._a. Eyeso- one side with my acting headshots signed was my phone knows how long before he called still waiting. I just met michael two months earlier to super bowl party acted a little strange so that when he saw me again to leslie rescued uh-huh jewish you'll remember like what are you doing depression. What did you do the first time you met michael jordan. He remembered how strange you where michael jordan must be hundreds hundreds of people he was in a v._i._p. Area of a party that i was covering the red carpet for i discovered him before the party truly began when he was alone and no one knew he was is there and so i asked if he might take a photo with me and the security guard kept saying no one i kept upping the ante as to why he should take a photo with me and i may or may not have said when you got not divorced. My mom emailed me and said there's still a chance and a may have said that when i was growing up you lived one town over. I used to go to your house and stand on top of my car to look over the gate and see if you're in the front you that's great. I may have said that. I had a plan wants to go trick or treating and then faint at your door so that you'd have to bring me inside while you call nine one one actually the second meeting was you showing his sinus graduation gordon but he did eventually take the photo with me because because either he thought it was funny and compelling or he was scared but charles oakley was with him and took the photo but part of his thumb covered the quarter. How much much distance was the restraining order still pending. The photo might have just been the pass around the security detail. Essentially i've never been back the don le batard guys building out the a. rod bathroom of your imagination origination. Is that what i heard you discussing during the break towels with a on them. You know the thing you slide the paper on. That's a baseball bat. Hey the guts actually calls it. The throne bali does an actual throat. There's gotta be a full length mirror in there somewhere four. I imagine somewhere in his house. He has a replica of david but with his head b._c.'s libertas show with as to god's on e._s._p._n. Radio and finally walkie phoenix has earned rave reviews for his portrayal of the joker. The film was given an eight minute long long standing ovation at the venice film festival eight minutes find a hobby. I mean there's nothing that will happen. In my lifetime where i will feel the need to give an eight minute standing ovation to anyone billy hates these things billy hates these film festival celebrations. How am i got enough of that already. Already thursday eight minutes standing ovation sit down. You know how long eight minutes is nothing. Is that good that i'm gonna be standing for eight minutes and clapping how how could that go on for eight minutes minute. You throw it in an occasional. You know what it is. He's old. It's always that one guy in the ovation keeps the ovation going. I don't want to punch that guy in the face because because i don't want to sit down so to certain point yeah you just keep clapping like eight minutes is so long. No movie is good enough for eight minutes. Long full is as any movie ever made worthy of an eight minutes eight minutes standing over. I mean if the jets finally when a super bowl my lifetime. I don't think i'll stand for eight minutes afterwards serious areas. I love the the jets news coming out on. Who's this what is how does he spell his name. The third round pick <hes>. Does he say his name gitai. Polite is that how <hes> you pronounce the jets third round pick. You don't have any okay you cover the team. You love the team you don't have any idea they waived him and he had accrued over over one hundred thousand dollars in fines violating team rules in four months not so polite wow you know with these film festivals like it always gets reported how long the standing sanding ovation was so becomes a bit of a contest so i'm sure like the joker crew went into this with a strategy you let the initial minute long reaction go and then todd phillips director stands up and then don't care you for ninety seconds at least than walking phoenix stands up and that's a solid two and a half minutes right there. There's a strategy. Did he play a better than heath ledger jack nicholson. They're saying let's play it well. Jack nicholson got nominated. This is a kingmaking role. This is if you play it. Well you become an oscar nominee. There's something about this role and they're saying early. Reports are aura that this reinvents entire genre. Oh i hate. How many ways can you reinvent clown. Seriously an evil villain villain cloud walking phoenix says he went a little mad stop it. He got into character or nature valley sweet and salty bars indulgent break. You deserve in your day. Have you tried the dark chocolate and almond flavored now. That's a sit in the dock and take a moment kind of bar nature valley sweet and salty bars for all the latest headlines and information sportscenter on e._s._p._n. Radio all throughout the day. We'll get to funniest thing from the sports weekend weekend in a second but first happy fifty fourth birthday to charlie sheen and happy birthday to him. I don't care good luck also happy eighty eighth birthday too. I did not know he was still with us. Dick motta what i yeah. I don't care good luck still coachella. He should be right. Hugh freeze can coach from from a hospital bed. I feel like dick. Motta should coach from the cemetery. Let's do funniest thing from the sports weekend. Hey people what sport made you laugh this weekend in this segment we go. What made you laugh this weekend ha buddy the thing for the sports weekend is brought to you by wendy. Spicy nuggets here for a limited time at participating restaurants. Wendy's we got you. There's been some good stuff is this week and a lot of stuff isn't gonna make the cut here chris. What did you think was the funniest thing from the sports weekend. Georgia tech players lifting weights on the sidelines before losing fifty two fourteen eighteen. Only what do you think was the funniest thing from the sportsweek. Micky arison party were local celebrity jamaican paul that is on our twitter account so you can now take a look at what jamaican paula incredibly inside joke from billy gill a great one a good one a good one no no doubt but ten people in coconut grove got it roy. What is the funniest thing from the sports weekend. Lebron james fouled a trademark for the term taco. Oh tuesday unbelievable mike. What about you. What is the funniest thing from the sports weekend. I pride myself going besides but sometimes you just gotta go choc- hugh freeze coaching which part of it though was funniest which part about the face timing post game conference but i think the loan camera shot from <music> outside the box in which is great gives a thumbs up. It's just this was totally unnecessary and they got shut out well. The getting shut out party's just great. He coach from a hospital bed in the press box and it's hugh freeze. Remember the wrong number multiple times thing. It's just it was all a perfect. There's no other way for hugh freeze to start his. That's how it needs to return at a religious university. After two years out of the sport after thirty thirty three victories were vacated because they were clearly cheating after saying that the escort service that was on his phone was just wrong wrong number that he dialed too many times getting shut out. Remember this forever. This is right up there with bobby. Poetry knows post-game conference after he had that motorcycle accident where in the sugarbowl hat this is up there but you guys know what's next. It's liberty flirting with the college football playoff season or two yeah yeah liberty winning whatever alabama soon enough uh-huh and then having to forfeit. What do you think was the funniest thing from the sportsweek love when this happens then the university of tennessee paying. I mean just under a million dollars to lose georgia state at home there. There were some good stats this weekend that were funny because you had tulsa getting negative seventy seventy three rushing yards against michigan state. Put this on the poll. Guillermo does michigan state football exists to simply never win anything meaningful full. They did hold tulsa to negative seventy three yards. There's a great stat from jayson stark he he wrote that over the weekend you saw the yankees got shut out and it's the first time in two hundred and twenty games that they hadn't scored at least one run over the same period. The marlins were shut out twenty twenty six times. We all liberties actually d one or what you call f bs now. Oh wow they're they're. They're playing with the big boys enter an independent. There'll be a national champion soon. We had how how did none of these make the cut you. You had a medvedev's behavior at the u._s. Open which was just some quality trolling from him of fans that were booing him. Listen to this tale. You'll through to the next round. Talk to us about your emotions and how you're feeling first of all what i can say. Thank you all guys because your energy energy tonight. Give me the win because if you are not here guys i would probably lose the match because i was so tired that was grandpa and yesterday for sorta for me to play so i want all of you to know when you sleep tonight. I want because of you. You've paid off this atmosphere. You'll through to the fourth rounds new doing well out yeah yeah but again the only thing i can say that the and there's even right now. I think it will be enough of my five next matches. The more you do this the more i will. We got thank you. You just get into it. There was so much funny stuff this weekend that i wanna <hes> do funniest thing from the sports weekend again next segment. We're going to do it again. Donlevatar you are the best and when i say the best i mean the very very worse than most evil stugotz the worst but this time worse lebatardshow with his two guys on e._s._p._n. E._s._p._n. radio greg cody given a straight dog is brought to you by straight talk wireless everything for less only at walmart sept- he's not here well. You told me something thing funny a second ago. It's the most greg cody thing ever greg cody of the miami herald. I know it when i see it. We'll tell me tell me tell tell the audience what you just told me during the break about <hes> greg cody. I was honestly relieved when i arrived here today and he was not here because tuesdays. These are the most unpleasant day of my week. We love tuesday's but you love tuesday so i think everyone loves tuesday's bill. You'll tuesday's right. You love great mike. I'm sorry i like tuesdays. I don't think greg likes me very much. I like greg so what happened with greg so he was upset because <hes> as you said listen. We're coming off a long weekend and there's so much content. Come in later in the week and you know we wanted just to show to be together. Do the show we have plenty of content to get to. I mean we could have done funniest thing for this weekend for a second consecutive segment going to well. Maybe this is it so greg is upset with you because you asked them come in later this week. He likes to come in on tuesdays. Tuesday's is his day on this. Show up unbeknownst to you and me. I just found out and listen. I'm not gonna name names. I'm not going to reveal my sources on this. Okay but greg cody spent the entire weekend really the last forty eight hours questioning y we as a show. We're coming into the show today in the first place he didn't wanna call you. Don't wanna come in today and then got mad at you for telling him not to come in today. Yes that's him several hours before. I texted him that we were looking to reschedule his appearance. I told him that the show was on and his response was how how that is so your father chris and then i can't even call him to tell him about it last night because he surely only ten beers in and he's not going to remember anything yesterday. He's getting upset at the text comes in our guys. I know on sunday because of the storm was looking at it was more for us on sunday was said that we weren't going to possibly work at all so he was excited and yesterday he gets the news that he has to work and he's mad and then he gets the news that he can't can't work and now he's upset again. The best kind of greg cody has to be hunkered down greg cody. I can't imagine what he smells like it and i. I honestly tried to reschedule him mm-hmm but he did the thing where he got all sensitive and he's like you know it's week one of the n._f._l. Season and i'm very busy if i could do i could. Maybe do it friday. You know what never mind signed. Maybe next week what how about not next week. About how about we'll see him in november. Let's go ahead and do funniest thing from the sports weekend people in the sport man you laugh. This weekend is a segment. We'll go. What made you laugh this weekend. Komo sports weekend is brought to you by wendy. Spicy nuggets here for a limited time at participating restaurants. Wendy's we got you caress. What was the funniest thing from the sports weekend the new north carolina head coach mack brown breaking it down in the locker room after the game. The dude got some serious just rhythm. He's got some charm to and north carolina which won two games all of a sudden matters by beating south carolina. What a dreadful showing by the s._e._c. this weekend again just godforsaken billy. What was the funniest thing from the sports weekend. Jackson state's mascot. Dan got a fifteen yard penalty for running on the field and jumping jumping onto a pile of players. Let's hear that sound receiver set jones does drop warren the touchdown tigers. He'll love it more building. Blacks on the field review the town jackson mascot good roy. What did what did you think was the funniest thing from the sports weekend. Oregon state has unveiled their turnover chain saw what f._s._u. did. How lame is that of how how what is that is the turnover massacres the touchdown mass which is it at some. It's not working out. It's had had a turnover backpack. They did that and they went with a touchdown mask over repeat so lame scary. Terry mascot is a blue in eighteen eighteen point lead. There was a fumble in their own story. Taggart should've left the stadium wearing a match. They gave up like a thousand yards. It's to a true freshman quarterback. It's just pathetic over there. I hope he stays forever. Mike what <hes> what was the funniest thing from the sports weekend well we played this medvedev ed sound in the last segment but after advance in the tournament he was added again and he made quite the revelation as well to say again is that today i was losing six three three zero. I was painful in my editor before the match. I thought i'm not gonna plate. I was painful in my shoulder. I took as much as i could and you guys is being against me. You gave me so much energy to win. Thank you that f._s._u. Mask is dedicated the one player his name is theory does a scary terry. Yeah we gotta get behind this medvedev guy right. I mean i know he's got were rinca federal the dow coming. Let's play that last sound again just because he tells you i took copious amounts of painkillers but he also sounds so pleasant in sort of taunting the crowd and feels like laghi wins them over at the end to say again is that today i was losing six three two zero. I was painful in my addict or before the match. I thought i'm not gonna play. I was painful in my shoulder. I took as much as i could and you guys being against me. You gave me so much energy to win. Thank you livery exceptional stu gods. What was the funniest thing from the sports weekend. Dan bears running back to rica showed up to a fantasy fantasy draft to give a stranger free tickets for picking him in the first round. What's funny about it is who would take to recover it in the first wants his a._d._p. A._d._p. What the eighth around nice rather vague but if you get free tickets that feels like something you would do you cash in on that way so that you could just be friends with areco wanna feel like i should pay a fine for saying a._d._p. What is the fine. What would be the nature of the average draft position but it's fantasy football bob saying what's his a._d._p.'s. I think last segment should have been fine when you said i usually go inside but it went beside usually ten dollars call <hes> i want to say gift. Certificate guys are put that up here. Put it up here. I want to say that the a. rod odd sound is the funniest thing from the sports weekend. I wanna play the sound for the people because it just doesn't make any sense and it's wonderful. I just love to hear. I love getting over to third base. Make it the get three to want you always want even leads verses odd leads why the solo it'll hold onto the target at the grand slam this beach you keep except for chris coney had it when he said early said so wait a minute so you'd prefer a two run lead to a five run linked that is keeping it simple keep except for five run lead would hold up after a grant. Let's uh-huh. Keep it simple but the reason that i can't go with that is because i delighted. Many of you probably haven't seen this but i delighted but a grandson wouldn't be three run lead. Come out that he picks up delighted in the resurrection of an old clip involving all the the pass rushing menace that is brute smith he was on. You have to see this because we the only ones that know about this. It is on a local television vision show. I think in buffalo where he's standing with his hands in his pockets being interviewed that local television network courtesy t._n._t. So this was back in the i know that <hes> rex chapman repurposes but someone who is like yeah but someone who was hanging around e._s._p._n. For the past week actually tweeted out the video. I had no idea this video exists in well. Can we get audio clearance on that video. Because what's funny is to see how the anchor reacts as bruce smith with his hands in his pocket is starting to answer a question and then just either drunk or dehydrated just falls flat on his back in the studio. Just just the hands remaining in his pockets. The whole time correct hasn't been amazing. It's dehydrated. You're allowed to laugh at his hands handset in his pockets. Look old time. If it's drunk you have to laugh obligatory contractually less but you're still allowed latte donlevatar. Did you guys see a gilbert. Arenas assessment of zion williamson agent zero stugatz enter my question. There are no like no okay. This is the dan le batard show with two guys on e._s._p._n. Radio has the news broken that zeke elliott has indeed signed signed because a whole lot of people are whispering about it as if it's something that's going to happen today. No the only reports are that he's on his way back act flying back from kabul to dallas right. Are you reporting hitter. What are we because it'd be time to do it your journalist. You're credible. Everyone believe you you want if you sense that. It's going to happen next couple of hours you might want to it seems that the reporting around this all suggests that this is going to happen very soon because you got tim cowlishaw cowlishaw saying that it will happen within an hour of him being on the radio today in dallas. You got adam schefter saying that they're clearly working on it all weekend. Can the report it or i mean you can report a chore. Am i allowed to like how does that work e._s._p._n. Going to run with the story. Just let me know the detail to like one of the details else. I am reporting that zeke. Elliott is going to sign with the cowboys. They rip up the old one. They give him a new contract and it's going to be a ninety million dollar contract about that luau. What are the years. Maybe six seven years something like that team option yeah details com still working it out all right okay but it's a done deal and i'm reporting on the melvin gordon hornby. I you know this is an interesting one because anthony lynn the quarter the talk actually report on anything but he's running back coach and i'm telling you this guy wherever he's been whether whether it's a head coach or whether it's position coach his running backs rush for a thousand yards ed so he's like melvin gordon. I don't need you like equa. Who's their backup is the best running back he's ever ever coached. You say that is a thousand yards like impressive anymore. That's the benchmark. How about trent williams what information can n._f._l. Insider stugatz report on trent one story at a time i can only be you know so many places at one time. Okay am not in washington right now. I have you know in dallas. That's that's where i am and i got an ear to the situation in dallas and i'll get back to you on trump williams. I know jay gruden said he's numb to it but isn't jagran numb to everything he just numb is <hes>. This is interesting the way that we do this right. I may you know washington is considered an afterthought <hes> but trent williams uh-huh is going to get more money than either of these two people. We've spent the whole off season talking about right. Even though the positions disposable it must not be that disposable in terms terms of star power when we spent so much more time talking about ezekiel elliott and talking about melvin gordon than we do about trent williams because the position the trent williams plays is not disposable and it's really valuable. The tackles become more valuable than running back yeah but not not only become more valuable than the running back become become more valuable than anything but the quarterback correct. I think the guy who can protect the quarterback well with the new rule changes. Yes that's probably the second most valuable god. I'm just saying financially stugotz saying i'm not saying it subjectively. I'm saying in terms of players in that sport who get paid the left tackle recently. I don't know if it's changed in the last few years but the left tackle and maybe there's a pass rusher. Maybe <hes> those are really high paying. It's why houston was trying to <hes> get <hes> jamine clowney franchises a different position. Even though he's a pass rusher they were trying to designate them for a smaller pay position. I liked picked. What david clowney said about <hes> how he took the player empowerment of a guy a largely fought to have botched his holdout situation in which levy on bell and he said i'm going to control my own situation now. Seattle's <hes> seattle's front seven is super menacing students like that <hes> you know mina kimes was telling us last week that david clowney even if you don't like his sack numbers what he does is he stops the run. <hes> the houston texans the better than anybody at stopping the run last season and they're they're going to miss that <hes>. They're going to miss it. A lot and the seahawks are going to be really really good. I'm looking at the top paid players ears the n._f._l. Coming up this year. It's mostly quarterbacks and then defensive ends. There's no tackle so i think it's quarterback defensive end and aaron donald is defensive tackle and then you get to the left have to write off ends up time yeah. I believe it's a fifth highest paid position in the n._f._l. Right now left tackle which <hes> actually chris cody had an amazing observation on this whole laremy tunsil trade <hes> because the dolphins are tanking for too right. Well guess we doesn't need the left. Tackle is much too lengthy blindside. You you spend the money on a right tackle dolphins ahead of the game. That's why he's expendable. Wait a minute though do they even have a right tackle right before the thing is like tunsil could also play rise is no no. I'm asking you guys a serious question. Though do the dolphins have someone announced right now to play the starting right tackle. They're actually just lining up with four guys that anyone. I was any different from the way they've blocked the last few years. It seemed every time like all they've got out. There is four guys dolphins. If you're not aware <hes> have a calendar with players and eight of them have been let go eight of the months been let go. They only have three offensive tackles on roster. This has to be the fewest they've ever had right on their depth chart on the miami dolphins official site there is literally nobody in the starting left tackle or ripe tackles literally literally no starter. Those things have a way of working themselves fitzpatrick. What is yours ars zach stirrup. He's like there's nobody here and i can't start what is trent williams. What is the amount of money that we're talking about in the trent williams hold old out because i do find interesting stu gods that while the tackle position is the fifth highest paid in the n._f._l. <hes> that running back isn't going to be up there because that's that is the nature of the the guys most likely to hold out whether it's on bell l. or ezekiel elliott or melvin gordon seemed to be running back because of how their position has been devalued and my question to you again is love for still guys is such that even though trent williams might be just as good at what he does as ezekiel elliott is what he does and better than melvin gordon is at what he he does and even though trent williams is somebody who deserves to be paid by any metric you care to us. Why do we not care about that holdout at all <hes> <hes> it's weird because it's not a sexy position. It's not a guy that we're familiar with <hes> is he considered to be the best tackle in the n._f._l. One of the best long just trying to give you an idea like taylor. Low in the titans didn't is getting sixteen million dollars this year because he's also suspended for the first four games season right but this goes deeper than just money with trend williams. I don't know if you camila with the details but trillions has really upset at the training staff of the washington <hes> ours because he had a growth on his head that he felt felt <hes> was <hes> was misdiagnosed and he had to get that growth on his skull removed and it was something that was bothering him for a couple of seasons. Did you guys read any of the details from wrong about the kind of pain that he was in the specifics of the kind of pain he was because he was saying that he would touch his head and there would be just just this liquid formation in his head that scared him he was saying he couldn't sleep at all that he went months without being able to sleep <hes> <hes> that's rank that somebody who's more physically imposing than most of the people who are hitting him. He's bigger in fact he's bigger than and anyone who's ever hitting him in the secondary and when you read the details on how much the reasons for him being joyless i don't know oh how much they would have to pay you to have liquid in your head and not be able to sleep and think about the consequences every night in your sleeplessness of what it is that you're doing for a living as all that's being reported is the surgeries on the other parts of your body like the head isn't even what we're talking about there with with gronk. We've never talked talked very much about the head even as he's had concussions concussion issues. It was always back stuff. Which is the worst incidentally like the the back stuff. If you get out of bed in the morning and you don't feel like you can walk around because your back is locked up yet. This time where like liquid in the hat is it worth ninety million pick about that liquid and the head ninety million. I've seen him to sleep though at all if you can chris give me some of the specifics because i don't want to get this wrong but he was talking specifically typically about going months without being able to sleep because of what was going on with his head you can listen to the dan lebatardshow with the stugatz thanks to one eastern on e._s._p._n. Radio and you can wash on e._s._p._n. News.

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Jamal MF'n Murray, Clips Advance, Siakam Struggles

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Jamal MF'n Murray, Clips Advance, Siakam Struggles

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HOOPS has died at age seventy eight. He led Georgetown to the one, thousand, nine, hundred, four, national championship. He was inducted into the Basketball Hall of fame and ninety nine and famously coached future hall of famers Patrick Ewing and Alonzo Mourning and Matombo and Alan Iverson and I see a Rockin, the Georgetown Hoyas Jersey here this morning trae. That's right. John Thomson and Alan Iverson made a lot of fans in the nineties I got this when I was in eighth grade and somehow it still fits me that's just how we wore things back in the day but. Sad to see another loss in the basketball family. The guy was a legend in the college game legend off the court and honestly it's not often you see a lot of coaches who are looking they're big men. IDA is so stand out in that way as well. Yeah. Big John Our condolences to the entire Thompson family twenty twenty continues to be a little rough but we have some fun games to break down except for that raptors one just skip over that one today. We'll get to that later. Let's start though with Jamal Murray outdueling Donovan Mitchell setting up the first game seven from the bubble takeaways. You can. Yes nothing easy. Well, maybe it is easy for Joel. Murray task. This is crazy. What this kid is doing right now Mitchell for that matter. So here we go. We set it right from the beginning this series is going seven. You can lock that in. We've got they're a weird way but. What to think of this game and Murray's performance and so on. Well I didn't think it was going seven. I didn't think the jazz could score enough. I thought the nuggets. We're winning this thing in five games and it's weird that it's sort of come all the way around and the the Utah Jazz had their offense going and now Jamal Murray fifty, forty, two and fifty in his last three games. That's on heard, of -Em playoff basketball and you said it might be a little too easy for mammary. I think that's a bit of the problem here is that it is a little bit too easy and that I think one of the shortcomings of head coach. Quin. Snyder is that he plays a lot of one on one ball and you saw last year superstars in the playoffs James Harden up against him and he was playing behind James Harden. He wasn't really doubling him to get it out of his hands. He was trying a bunch of that. Kind of thing but Mama I think you've a double pretty much from the get-go this wasn't a thirty, nine points in the second half after a slow first half. This was a pretty equal first half the second half performance. So I think it would be smarter to let Tori Craig Paul. MILLSAP SAT and who's the third start and Jeremy Grant let's see if he can do that. Again let those three guys while you cover joe-marie. Nikolay. Yokich. And get the ball out of Jamal mammaries hence isn't that an option and in a way? Your your offense is GonNa Score enough I think if you're the Utah, jazz because Denver doesn't usually play great defense and you still have Donovan Mitchell. So even if you get down a little bit if things don't work out. You can still get back into the game but I think you've just gotTa show him more because he is scorching walking into jumpers. He is absolutely feeling it a front to toback performance the post game interview, which was incredibly moving shows how the players are. Totally totally behind this movement how much he has been moved even as a Canadian kid. Growing up watching probably stars like Iverson and Georgetown even Georgetown affecting me and Canada would Jamal Murray a good Canadian boy he realizes there's. These these are the racial divide going on in both countries, but he is just locked in on lock him get him out of his. Low Right now, you gotta get him out of his flow of your Quin Snyder. Yes. I think it was Pablo Tori tweet joe-marie is playing basketball right now like he's owned a video game for a month before everyone else and is now just destroying people with combos they don't even know how do. That's a great way to put it because. Yeah. It's just one on one. He's like I'll Cook I'll get my step back three I've got the handle the taken to the rim and it's pretty special. Yeah the fifty, the forty to fifty but on high efficiency to lead this is the wild part is not fifty shots these these are like twenty five to thirty shots, high efficiency, and with all the three pointers he's just in his own right now. Talking about taking the bullet hands obviously, that would be a smart. Strategy from the Utah Jazz. But the way that he moves around he often just sort of gives woman gets it back straightaway and then goes to shut. So it's not quite as easily done as it is said because he's so active on that end, but he is just feeling. So outrageously confident right now I tweeted one of these three hit last night. There was a three on one for the nuggets aw and he you know in that sense usually. Coaches want you to go in and just sort of possible around and get the easy show. He just pulled up and knock down the three without even hesitating at all, and that just shows how confident he is right now because if he misses that I, mean they probably still going to win the game but you can understand if the coach was like, no, you've got to make the basket would get the the sure thing but instead he just hits that. and. It's just so incredibly fun to watch. But then on the other end, we're getting the same thing virtually from Donovan Mitchell, which is just incredible. He hitting nine threes as well. Yesterday and he was just as good as the nuggets got the wind but also I think what's really important here is obviously Murray's fantastic but the nuggets are just competing with with an effort and energy. They didn't have there for a couple of Games Yokich at twenty two points, but he's trying harder and Jeremy Grant. He's been very, very good for the nuggets as well. So that sort of competitiveness that just went for a couple of games is back and now Denver's got themselves in a position where they can. Win this series. Yeah Nuggets are trying to become the twelfth team to rally from a three one deficit to win the series I. think that's almost being overlooked because Murray's doing it just being a weird series as it is a very entertaining series but you're rightly I mean Murray is the headline and deservedly. So both what he did on the court and talking in the post game interview but I thought Plumlee the plum dog millionaire grab tiny game. Yeah, he changed it a bit Tori. Craig. Making. Hustle plays you said Jeremy Grant same thing but then knocking down four threes. Yeah. You're right test. If you're the jazz I think you say Hey Jeremy Grant can do that again in a game seven anybody but Jomie and then Gary Harris first action of the series. Now look you didn't do a ton comes back from. The right hit muscle strain but four points minutes out there obviously a capable defender and so that helped nuggets slowed down Jordan Clarkson that's assignment come off the bench and just lockdown during Clarkson who's been really really big for them at the defense, which is sorta nonexistent at the beginning of the series has come around Michael Malone is found the lineup starting Monte Morris they're. Dropping Michael Porter to the bench and now getting. Gary. Harris. Back playing plumlee some. They've got some defense. So. So trade, what do you buy this Kenya just run a second guy at your mall Murray or like. Work Right. Now with him because lease right I mean they do a lot of the you know dribble handoff action with with Yokich up top and it's just keep giving it back to them. Until he sort of gets into his little group enough space I mean that one step back three he had on goal bearing. I mean that one was just mind boggling to you're right about the fast break one. But what do you think tra-? It doesn't matter at honestly doesn't matter. We've this before. This is Steph Curry. He's playing exactly like Steph curry and when Steph curry doubled, he gives the ball up, he runs around and somehow he gets it and how he's open for three assuming that Murray will do the same in an I'm not. Really surprised that we're seeing the nuggets give this kind of effort because this is Jamal. Murray's team. Now, I'm old enough to remember when this was Nikolay team when he was their best player, but he's not right now and Jamaal Murray is your best player Ibrahim a little bit more intensity brings a little bit more fire and I think you're going to be at least getting the effort every single night whereas with Yokich. It's not a guarantee. You Know Murray can have a bad shooting night. He hasn't in three games, but he can have a bad shooting night. But at least he's still playing hard out there at least you know you're getting the full effort from him and I think it's made all the difference. This is the same thing that happened in the playoffs last year right Murray put the team on his back to get A. Game seven wind up in the first round. He saved game one in this series as well. It's crazy to think that this could have very easily been a Utah Jazz sweep, and now we're talking about them blowing a three one lead Murray last night was incredible when he's hitting to step back when he's made the first couple of threes, you think he can make anything he throws up exactly like a Canadian steph curry. Maybe the game is the same too right like he's in and out he's like combine fakes. He's showing his hands and then suddenly it's a little scoop at the rim. He's in complete control right now. Yeah. Because it's not just a shot he he has a pretty incredible handle like steph curry right? I mean he's really in this county it's pretty high for guard, right? Like you want to keep it at the waist they tell you but not Korean Murray, they're keeping up with their shoulders and maybe that helps maybe it's a little too enticing people who I can get a hand on that you can't. You can get three pointer interface though. I saw the tweet Scott last night. So I'd ask you guys know what is the craziest first round series the recent memory. Now, the stakes are that this is the first round series but what Mitchell and Murray are doing night in and night out here this show were getting this. What feels like at times like one on one battle is there another series I know Zach Lowe is throwing out the two thousand nine Bowl Celtics trae which was our. Series talking multiple overtimes rail and had a fifty one point game derrick rose put up a thirty six at one point. The total points weren't quite the same I. Think there was a Ben Gordon Forty point game, but the shot making was very similar and obviously I think Zach mentioned that there were like multiple moments in that where it's coming down to the last second, we haven't really had that as much in this series hopefully game seven. Yeah. Right. Is there any other series Lee that come to mind? Like just again, crazy first round series I think Spurs Clippers from two, thousand, fifteen, the one way Chris Paul hits the runoff the off the bank at a winning game seven I. think that was a pretty close close series because if I remember correctly, the clippers were damn to one in that series and game four was in San. Antonio and it was like this is the spurs are going to win this series now but then the then the clips back and I think Chris Paul even had the. The hamstring injury, which cost him the first couple of games of the next round but he's still went out and just got that victory over of San Antonio in game seven. So let's sort of seven game series other than the Bull Celtics that I can really think that was there was pretty taught the whole way. Anyway I know I hollander making the case for Thunder Grizzlies in two thousand fourteen which went to overtime multiple multiple. That Clipper Spurs series is isn't that famous in our world for two reasons one task wasn't that the one where you pick the cliffs to beat the Spurs and like Doc rivers like almost used it as motivation well. People. Picking the Spurs to win it, and then it had like task lists clipper left again. Totally unlike this series here that we're talking about where I picked the nuggets in five Yeah I picked the Clippers in seven to beat the Spurs. Their first playoff series victory. Over the Spurs and Yeah He's Doc rivers put it up on the board. Apparently I remember Jamie Maggio showing that photo of everybody else. Putting in their picks, everybody else had their individual picks but we were a team basically and then mind sort of stood out among star for. That screen shot start. A piece of paper I. Thanks for Photoshop in that Blake Griffin I. Appreciate it was definitely Blake Griffin. We're in a few people upset that they weren't included that they pick the clippers as well that it was like selective that doc on the one person now there's low. But I never see. As far as. Like fifty people on. Spurs picks everybody taken the Spurs. Yeah. I don't remember that John Hollander Thunder series I probably should but I think the grizzlies have played a bunch of series but unfortunately, they don't get the love only from John. Holliman. There's just one of those teams that play a lot of long series but I just remember. The most consequential first round series that always comes to mind is the the we believe warriors beating the mavs seven when matters. But that wasn't exciting I that the bowl celtics one that was not really consequential 'cause the Celtics went on to win that series and then lose the next round. But it was like Liam, Neeson's movie like nobody really cares what happens but you're and all by the whole thing right like. How many seven overtimes in that series? Triple not game six is awesome. Alan game the fifty one was triple overtime was at that game game was a game sick. Yeah. That's. Like that's crazy to think that was a triple overtime game and that fifty one was like, wow, rail and had fifty one. Now we're getting guys just putting up. Right, I mean the Murray Mitchell what they're doing right now is I wasn't a first round series but Tassie, you can speak to this too. It reminds you a little bit of Vince Carter versus Alan Iverson in the second round back in two thousand one and that seven game series just in terms of the pure scoring and doing it efficiently those guys put up some monster. Numbers in that one, it just feels like this. I tweeted last night it feels like this one's on steroids from Nat, with these young guys in Marine Mitchell the way they're getting their buckets. No doubt. Yeah Everson had a couple of fifties that a couple of fifties and if it's anything like that series, we're going to get a bit of a Dudley in the game seven died. The game high in that game was twenty three points from Antonio Davis of all People Vincent Iverson cooled off. So, I think. I think you've got to get the ball out of I understand what you're saying, but sometimes your mammary would lose the ball like that one where he went behind the back and he lost it and there's nobody around to touch it he picked it up and then he did a nice little scoop off the glass and he felt so good I mean is on the guy who scoring fifty points on the other team. It's it's I. Just don't I just don't believe that. Jeremy. Grant and Paul millsap he's just doesn't have it right now. And even Monte Morris. Third Terry Craig in there but like they just. Try it I think I think you got to try it again your offense with John Mitchell's good enough to bring it back. But yeah, this is a lot like Iverson events It really is final little part back to that Clipper Spurs series your time it was that fifteen you said. Yeah yeah forty. This is for Trey and task specifically, where were we when we watched Chris, Paul hit the game winner versus the Spurs what restaurant where we I believe all together. I it's a two to. Three three the something cafe no, it's a number I. Something something something number than an animal. Number An. against. Here I. Was But I'm pretty sure you both were and we watched it like in the little bar setting because we're like we're for Brunch I think it was like I think. I don't know if it was a Sunday because I was actually listening to it on the radio I was driving somewhere I. Remember I had yeah. I had the radio the. APP In my side console on where I was driving and I was like, Oh, my what's going on here Fired up Yeah I just remember we were we had friends I think may be in town or something, and that's why we were not watching the game and we were all out for Brunch and then we were going to love course watch it later but it was on in the bar part of this Nice restaurant and we like had remember as we all got up and watched the final couple of minutes. The brunch is delicious but their game watching setup is not ideal. You're there for the food. In a pinch you can. You can see Chris Paul hit a game winner. Yeah. It was a a tiny TV if I remember. STAG ONE TINY TV Dinner a dinner though skeets dinner. Okay. Okay I. M APM start. Basketball reference so good, sir. Okay. Wow. Okay. The only site that has that start times on their you know what I was doing. They're doing the classic. Two Thousand One sixers raptors that wasn't de game that was that was the me metoo four weekend was. The Raptors lost and always in a basement bar, we all stood up to kid. Rural. Canada really, weird. Basketball's the best. Okay. So anything else from this one, I mean look. What do you think I said TRAE member I threw that you I said does game six feel like a must win for the jazz? Debating that that silly is that stupid or whatever like what really carries over zero zero when they start game seven but what do you think what's your prediction for game seven? How do you make a prediction for this game? A toss up regardless both the nuggets and the jazz have been such up and down teams for the entirety of the year anytime you feel like they have momentum could definitely flip. There's GonNa be a lot of nerves at the beginning of game seven. It feels like so I don't know I meet I would tend to pick Murray because he's been on fire for three straight games but maybe that's the problem that being said I was a nugget early before the start and so of course, I'm GonNa go with the nuggets in this one right you were nuggets and seven just like I was. What did you go with this one? I can't remember. Nuggets in seek. Right right I'm just going to throw this out there to whoever loses. Coach might be can't as well because think about Quin Snyder if they don't get out of the first round when they led three one against Denver, he's been there I think seven seasons. Now that's a long time, and this is a season when they came in the head high expectations and then if you Michael. Malone listen. That number three seed, you go out to the number six seed unite like really getting the most out of those guys Yokich kitchen and Mari. He's been there awhile too. So wonder if one of those guys is going to get can't I hope not but. It's GONNA be. It's going to be a disappointing into the season for either team who whichever team loses. Sure. Sure. Yeah. They both especially with the jazz being up three one, I mean I remember a series where it looked like a team was so dominant for the first half of the series and then sort of looked like they're out class for the second half Mitchell's been good not a lot of other guys on the jazz have been over the last couple I mean Joe Engle, sorry Leahey's sorta disappeared here. He has I mean those I those guys are now leaning he was great for them. Doing all those things, knocking Dan shots being a bit of a Createa. But yeah defensively, he gets cooked a lot and on the offensive end, he's not really making up for it right now. So they need a lot more out of him and go basically and okay. But not quite as good as he was when they were when they won those three games where he was just feasting on Yokich, they've actually Yokich is defense has been his awareness of go bears rolling to WHO has been improved. Yes, he's been. That big body will send down big body a little closer to them. You're right and then go bare like even last night he missed like a pretty it would've been an awesome alleyoop like that one hand jam but you can see them like he dropped his head after he was like you could tell he was frustrated how he's been playing too. But yeah, I guess I'll stick with the nuggets in game seven but right flip a coin. Tasks way what do you say you got Denver? I'm with TRAE, that I have no idea what's going to happen but yeah, I'll take Denver Denver with the way things are flowing right now. All right. Let's keep going here Colli Leonard's clippers eliminate Luca and the mavericks in six Games one eleven ninety, seven victory there on Sunday Colli home I'd goodness dominated again thirty-three fourteen, seventy, five steals trae big takeaway a maybe outside of just being machine I mean he's awesome. This guy is killing right now five straight games with thirty plus points as best postseason streak and they really won the game for the clippers in the fourth quarter the mavericks were able to get it down to double digits Gets put back any scores eight straight for the clips. Then Reggie Jackson hit a couple of threes. The game was basically a wrapped Koi had twenty two in the second half on nine of ten shooting Doc said you can tell he's the guy who knows how to close out a series and that's exactly what it looked like he just put the team. On his back, he was hitting these little Michael, Jordan style flip shots in the lane driving across not even touching the ball with his left hand just dumping it up on the rim no problem he was incredible and you know the control he has and the advantage he has to be able to get a mid range jumper when that's the thing that every. Team. In the League wants to give up. It's huge I mean he can get his shot every single time. It's just a matter of, is he gonNa make it or miss it. He made most of them last night dodgers again was great thirty, eight, nine and nine in an elimination game but the only thing people are going to be talking about with this. Is the future for the Mavericks at Looks Bright Need to put some more pieces around Luca they needed to get kristaps healthy, and of course, another jeep shot from Marcus Morris objected in the first quarter for karate chop in the dunk right in the neck as Luca drove to the rim for a layup or Nicholas suspended suspended for that a game for sure. I absolutely. Think. So at first I thought on, that's just the hard Playa de when you look back at it that's swipe sort of Dan across his neck head tiredly unnecessary and he's had a couple of little incidents in this series on the League just give them a game at home for that and say you pay pushing us for too long man and you certainly didn't need to do that hot fails are one thing but just walking across the head like that. Bit of a bit of a jerk off move you'll get McCain for that but. All right especially when you take into consideration last week when he steps on Lucas Ankle, right? Right. He says he didn't do it intentionally. Of course some people think he did. And now you've got the karate chop it was definitely a karate chop it was a hard playoff foul and any rightfully got objected and and the flagrant to on that. But what do you think has does he get a game for this I? Think he does he is earned this reputation now throughout the series throughout the season as our own trey Kerby tweeted. Marcus Morris the first guy to get suspended in the preseason regular season and postseason history of the NBA. He's earned it. He really has after the step on the ankle after the getting into it with KRISTAPS PORZINGIS in game one. Listen? I think it's good. Overall when you zoom out, it's good to have this guy on your team. If Your Doc rivers stockers loves this Guy Dumpers loves the fact that Luca Danni. Number one he was. He was getting physical with Marcus Morris on the drive to the hoop as he should be pushing them offer that was a real tough chicken wing, and then after he got up after the hack on his neck, he was livid and that's exactly what you want is doctor but you want somebody to get under the other best player skin and that's you has thrown him off to a degree Lucas amazing in this game and the series and having that sixteen point third quarter But yeah, I, think overall, the lineup is perfect for Doc, rivers and I think they sort found something here I found out that. Even though he's the best player in the playoffs right now I think he's been the steadiest player in the postseason he's still doing it. Needed to throw that ugly in there, but he's still the best and then the fact Patrick Beverley is out Landry Shamet came into the starting lineup and he's kind of perfect. You know if if you need a defensive point guard, Patrick Beverley, thrown there landry shamet is more of a money shooter on the outside, and if you look forward whether it's Denver Utah and then the Lakers you don't need a Patrick Beverley. Necessarily for the guards that they have for like Casey out there I think Landry Shamet does enough defensively and a whole ton defensively to be that complementary guy and then off the bench you got Reggie. Jackson who in baseball we all know as Mr October A. But in this game in this game do Jackson was closer he really was he hit some big three's and we're going to be potentially playing in October. Reggie Jackson's in the final. She be the new. Mr October instead of Mr April may or June but I just bring that up because it's one of them good problems to have understandably to have too many guys like Patrick comes back. But we're going from this issue with the clippers of not enough team rotary. They hadn't played enough. Games together was the idea and I was definitely buying into that guys like Lou Williams mantras herald coming in and out of the bubble. But now those two guys are getting killed defensively and so you have to take one off the floor Liu and mantras. And so now doc has kind of shuffled these these lineups here I think Marcus Morris he's going to be there to stay even if he's suspended for game one of round two, which I think he will be He's going to be in that sorry Atlanta because. He is. He's a really good basketball player I. Know I know he's he plays ugly ball, but you can give it to him and expect the bucket. I mean he was twenty points per game this year with the Knicks on good percentages because is. He can get a bucket at anytime. So the clippers are in a real great spot. Yeah. Reggie Jackson hitting the three up threes there to ice. This one more of a dentist is that what you're thinking they're tasked with the closer pity Jackson career as a starter. Beauty that. Wow. Wow. Yeah Jackson did for the as as well as accuracy. You kind of forget Reggie's days I think more of a Yankee for sure I'm not that old. So I don't remember the Oakland days. But good stuff I do is we got another one do want to pull out. A Mike Geigo. Carney Lansford. Who? You're signing Nick Mustache. She had a great third baseman mustache. Amazing. Back to collide cooking, I like when they tried to go to the two three zone on him. nope. That's not gonNa work because that's when you see the limitations of Zone in the NBA when the other team has a guy like Colli. Very, easily score or make something happen, and then late in this game, you're you're talking about it there trae, he hits three straight jumpers where he didn't put the ball on the floor. I get it. He's a tough cover, but you've got to try and get up into a little bit more in at least make the guy dribble and try and maybe turn the ball over or you WanNa pass or something or make someone else like that was that was wild. You don't see that a lot just little gets the ball everything slows down because quite know damn rush and. then. Just okay. Are you going to stand that far away from me? You're sure. Okay. I'm going to shoot it and then just knock them down time after time I mean he was not feeling defense any pressure at all not easy because even then when you pressure I'm going GonNa go right around you and then probably hit like one of those little crazy MJ shots he said there trey. Got To give them a little bit more. Only. Thing else to add to. This is a question for you guys. Who would the clippers rather see in the second round because they're going to take on the nuggets or jazz? What's what's more favorable matchup for them? They don't care about either team like they are a title contender so it shouldn't matter. But who would they rather see? Who Do you think? The pretty even pretty even I guess they would rather see. The Jess, a suppose I. Think so I don't know I really can't split these teams because if you look inside, you've got Gobert Yokich both be guys who should have an advantage over zoo bots and this starting, but he's played great. Yeah he is. He competes and then they've got the other big guys who can lock MANTRAS GONNA throw their body at at whoever the big is for the other team but then got Mitchell and Miriam in one of. Those again, you expect to have a really big performance as well, and then you've got the role plays the question about the jazz is They tend to sort of fall apart a little bit in the playoffs at some point and the nuggets I mean they went to seven last year and they lost the game seven hindsight very, very tough to really split. They've just got so many similar parts and pieces that Alternately diving I'm just thinking who match up on. The best who would have the best defender fickle why? It's probably a Jeremy Grant or a Roy. So Neil probably and no other one of those really can escape wild that much. So ultimately doesn't matter. Okay. trae sort of group that yeah, I kinda feel the same way that I feel about both of those teams as the clippers playing against the Mavericks Maxxie Kluba is given it as all out there and he's doing a pretty good job but it's like quite score eight straight points on three possessions basically whenever he wants to it's just a matter of okay. I'll do it right now and I'll do it in the second quarter and I'll do it in the first quarter and at the end of the game, all adds up to thirty that's going to be the case against either ready teams that the clippers could see in the second round. Yep, probably true one final thing I lied Li I knew it like this when we had the karate Chop Chop Morrison Luca, and all that we had the rare four free throws to make three points situation. We do not get that very often. and Luca went to four. So he's sort of ruined it. Yeah. It was wild you. You'll see that often free throws to make three points. So if he'd hitters I three, then that's it. I mean you're getting the fourth one crazy, right? Yeah. Yeah. I missed one. He would have the chance. I. Really wasn't paying attention to that but Yeah, you're right. You're right. Looking back I think it was boban bond who sort of prevented Luca. Just that gigantic man they I mean Lucas what six, six, seven something like that and he looked like he was a bad full fateful right at the moment because stands air just he's just such a huge human being it's just. Don came to injury when Boban pulled Bangladesh. Sorry. Ex- yeah. The funny part ironic part right the mavericks can maybe use a Marcus Morris. Great he's a giant so he's been in force that way but he's like the friendly battle right? You need the crazy bouncer and that's Marcus Morris. They could use a guy like that pair beside Luga Luqa can't take this didn't played in Europe. I. Mean he saw some hard shots of art fouls. And He's not afraid. He's going at these guys but you still need you need a crazy Weirdo like markets in your corner. I. Think. It always helps to do the dirty work. So maybe they'll. Get One of those type of. What do you think Test Lucas? He just kept coming into series totally. He needs somebody like that beside him. But as DOC rivers said post game when Luca came into the League I, had a man crush on him and it's only developed more and more and more, and he was trying to be physical with Luka but Luka six games all the way through the fourth quarter was trying to pull his team to victory and despite all the injuries. Yeah. He definitely could use just somebody who's also on the floor to defend them because Bo bonds coming off the bench generally and. Has To be the the the friendly bouncers you put? That's the way to put it for sure seen He. He could use some nastiness, but this mass team they fought, they really did it was it was cool to see Tim Hardaway play defense and guys like Trey Burke and Michael Gilchrist guys who have sort of gone from an are NBA nerd. We love those type of guy like we we follow all these guys they kind of drop off a little bit. Now they're sort of in the in the sphere things against those. Cool to see those those guys come back but. Yeah. As as name Rick Carlisle Post Game I was watching a lot of post game press conferences said. We're going to get better guys around. Luca. That's that's the goal here, and that's that's the number one objective. Even those guys are all great stories if they can find a number three. kristaps healthy lookout. Yeah. I mean, this was by no means a disappointing first playoff appearance Luca Dodge because sometimes you see that right you see young talent have an incredible year and then they get the first taste of the playoffs and you know it's a bit of shell shock moment i. know this whole thing to throw that out the window because fans and you're not on the road and stuff but like. We've seen guys have dominant young regular seasons and then struggle in their first playoff series. Can't say that happened here with Luca and he did it against one of the best defense in the League unabomb ankle for a good chunk of it. No KRISTAPS Porzingis for a good chunk of it and still put up a fight. So yeah, you're. I saw Mark Cuban tweeting. How like excited felt like you know coming through on the tweet just like the future. So promisingly with was what you saw here from Luca and what he even had around still getting them to a couple of victory. Yeah. Well, it's just the defensive end just talked about it that that's what they need. They need someone who can. Protect the paint and protect the perimeter a little bit better because you can't have Luca trying to do all that on both ends of the floor and I. Think you know I I don't know who they gonNa Talk I think a guy like an Al Horford in who could help them defensively I think that would be important and he offensively wouldn't hurt. The model may is probably not quite on the time line as where the mavericks up at the play a like that you know Prime Al Horford there in Atlanta and I think would be a certainly an upgrade and then they need some perimeter defense as well. So I have a feeling Philadelphia might be okay with partying with Al Horford. Might be gettable. No I mean that's sort of thing but he's what thirty three I think now so He's he's best is probably behind, but he's the sort of player that I'm saying that they need someone there to help her kristaps as well. Help kristaps learn how to play a bit better defense. So but you know the things from the Mavericks yesterday offensively, I think Luka we'll be great with a with a guy like a Tim Hardaway and Dorian Finney Smith if those guys can be consistent and relied upon like they were earlier in the series but you also knew it was like that kind kinda punching above their white to do it the entire series without kristaps. But that's the sort of system I think that Lucre is best in when it's like. It's like Lebron when he was in his prime or in Cleveland is like spread Moran was shooters and let him dictate how he's going to facilitate the offense. Yeah and I would have liked to have seen honestly the mavericks play the nuggets or the jets I wonder if they were beaten them in the first round series now I know the porzingas injury mucks things up, but they are playing. The clippers here who people had as a championship contender from day one bring coin in Paul George and yeah they they were missing a lot of guys throughout the year but other when had him on the short list of teams to win the title? So this is not like Oh. What a tougher route loss you know like the complete opposite they're playing what should be one of the best teams in the League and I wonder if they would have advanced to the second round if they matched up almost against anybody except like the Lakers are clips, it's possible possible. Let's keep it moving here. We're going to get to the Celtics Raptors game one second round series, but I get the guitar maybe I dunno quick word from our sponsors here. Oh. You better believe I wrote a song for today. No Guitar off. Groom. Groom groomed, room I want to see you groom. Let's spend the night together. But first, let's see you groom. Another week of MANSCAPING as babies don't turn this off at the extent of the stock. 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The first quarter I certainly didn't help but two years ago remember the second round the raptors played the cats in a game that they should've one but they lost and basically they lost the entire series with that one game even though I know took a game win from Lebron game three of that series but you just felt that the raptors didn't win that game and that affected the mentally that really do. A game where they had like seven chances to tip the ball. Yes. Yes. Yes. Yes. They lose that guy and you could just tell that was like my God how? They lost the unmovable game. Now, this guy wasn't unloseable and the raptors are so much different for them because mentally they're are very strong to go back to last season in the playoffs every ran except for the finals that would down in a series out in this series and I fought back and I think that's a credit to nick but also just to the players that are experiencing the veterans and that's what if Iraq. You are hoping to see now in gang to like a pretty quick bounce a pretty quick response because game one was as bad as I think the raptors could applied are really do I didn't see anyone out there who seemed to get in any sort of flow, and again, a lot of that I think goes to the Celtics defense and just the way they played from. The. Start yes. The Celtics jumped on the raptors from the stock and anytime the raptors got that lead to sort of non right points. It just felt and all of a sudden the the Celtics rattled off three or four straight baskets. Campbell was great Jason Tatum I think in Fisher twenty one in the end. But it felt like he had a way bigger impact on the game. And Marcus smart was also very, very good for the Celtics of both end. So this one he could look at it and go. Well, the raptors are in trouble here and before they won the championship, I would say, absolutely, they're in trouble but having won the championship and shown last season that I mentally are a lot tougher team i. think this is just one of those ugly games I missed five days Carl Larry talked about the emotional. Things that they're going through a course with a with a couple of days off. So they weren't on the they didn't get off to good start but I think the raptors just starting to panic anyway I don't think I will I think I'd be much better. In Game Two, I. Certainly. Hope so because Otherwise. Series could be over very quickly. If the raptors conserve shake-off that that performance the raptors first quarter eleven fouls committed. Okay three Yakim. Ugly turnover after ugly turnover missing makeable shots at times and were down thirty nine to twenty three. They could not find any sort of rhythm offensively now, they never really found it all game and that's the concern. If you're APPS Fan Celtics are damn good defensive team they took away the transition lead something you talked about heading onto the series wraps elite seven fast-break points. And that is with the Celtics actually turning the ball over a lot. They just are so athletic. So disciplined defensively, they just scream back on defense and they're like, just don't let their apps and transition because we think we can slow them enough when it's half court and you know so far. So good. Of course, after one game really now two games down in the bubble where they've done a great job but are you concerned task wraps them One hundred percent definitely concerned as the Celtics. Team. Is Not GonNa give transition points. The Raptors weakness is what the Celtics are going to try and Illuminate here or or highlight in their. Weakness is half court offense I. Mean that's that's where the problem is. Where's it? GonNa come from I. Think a few things here I think they may be tried to push. Pascal. CEAC him a little bit into that number. One role maybe tried to focus on him a little too much. Maybe tried to get him going a little bit too much. I'm just trying to find an excuse for why pass calcium was missing bunnies at the rim over Jalen Brown who defended him well, and they're definitely ready for that spin. But also missing the three point shot Pascal CEAC him was not good and he's definitely the guy who can overcome any sort of great half court defense. He's the guy who can just get shot at anytime. So Pascal has to be better maybe if it's in the flow, the offense, it'll matter a little bit more. He'll be a little less. And deer in the headlights I'm the number one guy here in a tough series but he's he just missed bunnies and that was that was weird to see him get Jaylen Brown down to the rim and then front rim it a couple times there early, and so he had just a terrible night offensively and. You may have to go small as we talked about Pascal. And non obese the four five, sit down Ghazal and surge. Just to. Try and space it out as much because the Celtics defense is so good or maybe you have the on the floor and let him guard Marcus Smart. It's a great suggestion from our colleague. Blake. Murphy to see if the Celtics go to him a little bit if the Celtics go away from jaylen Brown Jason Tatum Kemba Walker at all and try and get. Marcus. Smart going on Marcus Soul because because the soul struggling out there on. Out there trying to, you know hang with Daniel ties on the perimeter and then hang with guards So I think the the Marcus smart experiment might not be bad but we didn't see nick nurse have to adapt because this was a frigging blow up and so I think I, think nurse would have in the fourth quarter if he needed to. Because he is that Kinda guy and we know he will try some things. But I'm definitely worried about the half court offense especially when Kyle lowry look good and he had a seventeen point night and you know Kyle lowry might have some duds in this series. You're you're you need you desperately need. Somebody like Fred. OJ To. Have a big game or Norman Powell Davin big game and you got a great surge game as well as so. Yeah. Definitely. Definitely definitely concerned with where the points are gonNA come from Yeah lowry gave the raptors a chance at the end of the third quarter I thought he sort did his classic like takes over the game three or four minutes to give him the fighters chance, and then the start of the fourth quarter happens there's a lowery score. Again, the Raptors get a stop and then lower returns the. Ball over and Brad wanamaker hits a three and it was like all that great work you did lowry there is sorta just gave away they're on a brutal brutal brutal turnover but otherwise, yeah, Sergio's okay a lowery played fine I thought everyone else sucked the end bleeds suck another baby he was three, hundred, sixteen, two of eleven from deep. You hope that doesn't happen again. But yeah, Trey, I'm interested to hear take you. You had the Celtics obviously in the series seven a lot of US picking a seven game series here. Like what what what did you take away from this game? One of how well the Celtics played or how poorly the raptors did well, the main thing deck's out as the raptors going ten for forty from three. That's terrible. You'RE NOT GONNA win a game shooting twenty, five percent from three and you know you would assume that the raptors we'll shoot a little bit better going forward in the series and you also don't expect Marcus smart to make five threes. But the offense just comes easier for the Celtics Kemba Walker was incredible yesterday he was just in complete control in the pick and roll finding out whether he's going to take a jump shot whether it's going to get to the rim whether he's going to set something up for somebody else I thought Thais was great to he really outplayed Marcus, all being a fulcrum for the offense cut into the hoop hitting the glass score points. This raptors are going to have to go small if not GONNA do anything out there he's not playing defense. If he's passing shots, it's the classic Mark Assault What Are you doing? You're just out there and they need more they need the raptors need. To find a way to score some points because I mean the Celtics played good. Their defense was really really good. I thought in the first half lowery he ended up with a decent line, but I didn't think he was really doing anything in the first two quarters of the game, and that's not really where the game was lost for the raptors. They were down by seventeen halftime and that's tough to come back from. Then you look at the Celtics it didn't feel like anybody played an incredible game but you still get twenty, five, twenty, one from smart twenty-one from tatum seventeen for Brown, eighteen from Kemba Walker the points just pile up because they have so many options out there. The got to find a way to get out in transition because the Celtics do a great job, it turn the ball over a lot yesterday, twenty, two turnovers. But most of them were not live ball turnovers and the ones that were the celtics are a little bit faster smaller more athletic team. They do a great job of getting back so. It's not gonNA be able to score on Marcus Smart. Maybe you just gotTa go small and try and run as much as you possibly can figure out a way to get a little more space out there. So that Fred Dan bleak can I can get some good looks. It's just one game, right? Like we saw the Celtics Celtics beat the bucks last year right in game one, and then they ended up losing in five games. This can turn a second raptors. Won a game one wants right franchise history literally one time. This is where they are meant to be. This is still going to be a long series. It's still going to be a great series can't wait to see the adjustments but Toronto played really really poorly yesterday I thought the Celtics were good. Not Great. So it ended up being a nice win for Boston. Here's an email. We got some no dunks crew is pascale. Siachen rated. Nothing. He does on offense smooth everything seems rushed. That was from. Dustin. And yet you said it was a rough game one. Let's be honest tasks. He's been bad in the entire start is not played well in the bubble is averaging under eighteen points per game shooting under forty percent can't really hit a threes like at thirty one, percent thirty, two percent there. And I am concerned in like these teams are so great defensively and if they were gonNA take away transition if they can the Celtics and it's going to be half court offense versus half court offense I think trae sorta right I got a lot more faith in a tatum and maybe even a brown may even for that matter to create something in a one on one setting. A breaking down a guy and at least getting into the paint either to the line or setting up another guy. Then I may be doing the raptors cassia calm I mean look there used to be debates like tatum or crm. Data I, love Siaka. Momma after San. There's no way in the world you're taking Siachen them. You're just not because tatum he can. Dribble. He has handled. He can look at you square you up and go by. That's the problem that to me. SIAKA can spin until he left the spin dizzy that I it's it's different. It's just to me that part's a little different now. Yeah, he was he was missing bunnies inside because he's a big dude and he had small guys on them but. I. Think the Celtics are happy with that type of offense. If that's what the raptors have to do I'm a little concerned. I'll say after one game I know we've been here before with the wraps, but the Celtics might just be a bad match for this team because they played damn good defense and that's what you gotta do. Sure. Of course, their perimeter defenders are tough and that's why you saw Fred Van. See Length, and have a bad game outside and Calorie I thought he was definitely slow in the first half but he's not going to score a lot more than what he got there with seventeen points. So it is going to be up to Ta- Pascal, CEAC I'm not GonNa hope for Oj in an ob to have a monster scam and Norman Powell. Maybe yes maybe no Pascal. Is Definitely No, you wouldn't take over. Jason Tatum no chance because you know it's Tatum is on that superstar threshold or Pascal. CEAC it's different being as number one option in the regular season. Then it isn't the playoffs that it was a it was definitely a worry I think people just say he's a number-one option because he is had to take that role on he's he's he's the next logical option when Kawhi Leonard left it's just it's just lodge kid but it's not it's not necessarily that he's he's been able to. Seamlessly go into that. Again regular season is just so much different, but we all thought he was ready for this role because of his growth just to be able to score inside. It's definitely been a bad bubble situation game for and that's it was better his last game before this area. So it looked like he was coming on. But yeah, he he should be able to hit a four foot bunny that has nothing to do with handles that has nothing to do with. Being able to to square up a guy, go buy him. It's just a buddy. So that's where he's going to score points and we saw Joel Embiid SORTA shut him down last year big body in the middle in round two with the seventy sixers and Pascal CEAC. You know like Fred van like the rest of the raptors just plugged away and found a way to contribute deep into. The playoffs and kick butt against the Golden State Warriors Trade this or I gotta correct. You said they won one game in franchise history. I think they've won three wanted to they want to last year including the warriors well, have one one that. Vincent. Obvious in series I one game series to at least well, there you go. I think that's probably that's probably the extent it's probably but. It's not four and twenty five years. Sweet. But. Yeah. It's not wasn't born a number one guy, but just the way he's grown, we thought he would be ready for it. He just wasn't ready for it yesterday and there are bad metro because of the length of shorty. Fred he's not he's not a big man but if there's going to be hands in his face, the entire time somebody else has got to help and you. Would think Paschi could do it I think he's he he's longer and he's bigger than Jaylen Brown. He's not tougher them. Marcus. Smart and that's the weird part to me. I say tougher, I mean you. You can't post up Marcus smart I don't know why anybody tries. It's it's just it's not GonNa work even though Pascal C Adams bigger. That was the weird part to me masculine. Serge Ibaka as well playing in the post. What are we doing here? We're not a post team. There's not and Pasco occasionally can go in the post for sure. But this game to me was lost their down twelve end of the first half and you're you're posting upsurge of Baca. This isn't year one of Serge Ibaka with the o'casey thunder here trying to figure out what he is. And then he turned it over because it's not his game and then it goes and seventeen point game at half one could have been single digits. Not. The. Point at one point say that that's what it was but I think this team doesn't score in the post and it was a it was a strange thing nickname with nurse was trying with the size I think I think he'll probably swing it the other way in go small soon. Yeah and again this was a textbook sort of team effort here from the Celtics because you're right no one had like a Game. But everybody was just good at felt like smart hitting five threes and Tatum with the twenty one guy said. Shooting fifty percent from the floor Brown and shoot well but still hit threes obviously is a is a positive out there Kemba totally fine four. Thais on the boards time Lord five for five. That's found money right? They're giving them ten points. Will. Sorry that huge that he had was that was shades of Lebron spinning the ball on the side by. The Raptors how dare you and they're not even Brad wanamaker. Yeah, hitting. Threes to they really got contributions from basically everybody played in this game. So I, really Nice Win for the Celtics and we'll see what happens moving forward. I'm a little concerned. I'll be honest beantown boys. I'm going to be wearing a green hat by the end of this I can see now maybe that's that's the pig pickup off here the raptors. Green. Hat Find One. All right. Let's keep me going here. Got Some news quickly thunder guard Dennis Router and rocket forward PJ Tucker refined twenty, five, thousand dollars each after their altercation in game five over the weekend. Mba. Executive Kiki Vandeweghe announced the punishment on Sunday Kiki doesn't. In this talkers. So yeah twenty thousand dollars just a fine. No suspension trae skeets I appreciate it. Tweet man will get you game but a punch, the twenty five thousand dollar fine. To me ridiculous to me. But Trust me I, would rather much rather get. Them. Honk you know hoick fifty fifty it might actually feel alright. But upon one hundred percent hurts. Yeah, yeah because we talked about getting a game way back when he was a rookie with the Hawks and he did more of a honk sorta punt John cousins if you want to call it that but the league said in the statement, Schreuder was fined for making contact the Groin area. Okay and it's a Tucker was fined for quote approaching Schreuder and making contact with them in escalation of the altercation but that is contact with the guard did not meet the standout for ahead. But yeah. So do you remember we were talking about Yoenis and I brought up how? He turned it ahead bump not. that. I think is the definition of a head bump what PJ Tucker not a head butt heads off didn't get again. Okay good to know future reference. We'll have a bumper but does uh to figure it out but I'm happy with the twenty five thousand, each is is and it's going to have any image mankind products. You could Bri with fifty thousand dollars. Okay, just. Good for sure especially with the discounts. or No dunk shirts you a lot of no dunk shirts with fifty thousand dollars absent it goes to charity. No Dot Com grab one so yeah tasks you got your wish though you're you're concerned that. Shooter got a game. Then this thing was a rap. Lease these guys are GonNa play here as the rockets lead the series three to the thunder you know trying to stay alive here on Monday. Dennis Schroder has been so good for. Okay. See it's. WHO's been their best player? So we definitely needed him out there. He's been smooth. He's been buttery February. I love watching him play when he's this good and his seems to be you know other than Chris Paul pulling up into the mid range the only guy who can reall