18 Burst results for "Mark Medina"
"mark medina" Discussed on Lakers Nation Podcast
"For changing too much of the roster after winning a championship and then respond to that criticism by changing almost the entire roster this year, but you're right, it is more of a step back towards veteran players rather than going young. But I also think that you're correct and that the process that the thought process of going with guys like Dennis shooter, that was not wrong. That was not the incorrect thinking because if that works if that hits, you've got a guy who fits Anthony Davis's timeline. Same thing with montrose harrell. If those things work, you've got guys who fit AD's timeline moving forward, you've got younger players, unfortunately, it did not work and the Lakers have pivoted and adjusted on the fly. But that doesn't mean that the entire roster is old. The one guy specifically, you know, I made a joke about this on Twitter last night. Taylor Horton Tucker is not even 21. Mini camp is in Vegas and Taylor Horton Tucker is still not 21 years old, and yet the Lakers gave him a big new contract. This off season, they paid him, he's now the fourth highest paid player. Now there's a big gap, right? You've got your superstars, and then you've got veteran minimum guys at the other end of the spectrum. You've got Kendrick nun on the minimum level. But THT is now the fourth highest paid Laker on the roster. They're obviously expecting production out of him. What are you going to be looking for from Horton Tucker specifically this season? Can he really step up even though he is still just 20 years old? Yeah, I'm bullish on his potential. I think he's scratching the surface. And I think, you know, when young guys in particular get a vote of confidence in terms of an extension from a team, sometimes that leads to complacency. Sometimes that leads to more empowered play. And I think because of what Taylor Horton Tucker's talent is and his versatility as a defender and a score and an outside shooter, I think that he's going to use this to build off of his previous seasons. And I think that because of how veteran late in this team is, they're still going to need that injection of energy to preserve their veterans legs. And so I think it's a win win. I expect really good things out of him. You know, it's not like he is going to have the pressure of having to produce on a night tonight basis, like LeBron James and Anthony Davis will, but he does, so he has some little bit of a security blanket with that. But I think that he has the expectation that, hey, he needs to be consistent with kind of the adage of we know what we're going to get at least a solid player on a night tonight basis. So I think that that was a great show of confidence. And I think the fact that while I disagree with the.
"mark medina" Discussed on Lakers Nation Podcast
"Anthony, Davis, for better and for worse, how healthy and effective LeBron James Anthony Davis are. They can camouflage any problems. They can obviously make things easier for teammates. So that goes without saying, it's the same importance as it was. Their first two seasons together. How effective and healthy can they be? I think the number two thing is, I don't doubt the sincerity in guys like Russell Westbrook and Carmel Anthony. And some of the other new pieces are Wayne Ellington, a Kendrick nunn are with buying in to their role and adjusting. But I think that there could also be tactical challenges when it comes to that. And the most notable example is Russell Westbrook. I think that he's obviously at a stage of his career where he's accomplished a lot. He obviously set the record, the league record for most triple doubles, but it doesn't have an MBA championship. I think he is eager to collect that ring, and also dispel the narrative that he can't be a part of winning basketball. But I think that even if he has to write intentions, there are going to be tactical adjustments of how do you divide ball handling duties with him and LeBron James. How does he reduce the weaknesses in his game with the three point shooting to the Lakers have enough reinforcements in some of the three and D guys that they got this off season? So the offset Westbrook's weaknesses. So I think that the second factor is not only the buy in, but how well tactically can everyone adjust their roles? With all that, I think the Lakers are the championship favorites. I would pick them. But it's going to be a competitive landscape when you look at the Brooklyn Nets. When you look out west, the Phoenix Suns, I think are still the real deal. Obviously the Milwaukee Bucks, you have to take seriously after winning the NBA title. So it's going to be a challenging. But I think the Lakers obviously have what it takes to win another ambient title. Well, you know, you mentioned everybody kind of buying in, accepting their role. That's what it's going to take. We think back to the 2020 title team, right? And obviously that was a disjointed season. Everything that happened there. But they started the season off with their training camp in Vegas. Their mini camp and that's what's happening with this team here, and they had this mantra of be a star in your role. And I felt like they kind of got away from that last season. You didn't quite have that same chemistry..
"mark medina" Discussed on Lakers Nation Podcast
"Lakers today got a special guest joining us to talk a little Lakers basketball Mark Medina from USA Today. Mark, how are you doing, man? Trevor, I am good. It's crazy how another NBA season's just around the corner, but here we are. It really is. And you know what? It's felt like it's kind of taken forever for a lot of fans out there, but at the same time, it's gone by pretty quick too. It's been another short off season, but as we were talking before we came on here, at least it was long enough for us to get a little bit of a break a little bit of a recharge and now we can fully dive back into basketball. Yeah, and I'm sure that the Lakers are gonna feel that as well. I mean, as you know, when the Lakers won the 2020 NBA championship in the bubble, 71 days later, is when training camp started. And that was a very short turnaround. Guys weren't really able to get rested, weren't able to clear their heads. It's challenging enough that there was still a pandemic going on. And here, while the Lakers obviously were not happy with the fact that they lost in the first round of the Phoenix Suns, they thought that they could defend their MBA championship. There is an unintended silver lining about the fact that, you know, LeBron James Anthony Davis, most in particular, have a chance to rejuvenate their bodies and minds and get after it with their off season regimen. And that's something that those guys and the rest of the Lakers supporting cast didn't really have that opportunity to last season. So a little interesting to see how that factor plays out as well as all the new faces that will represent this team this year. Well, yeah, let's talk about those new faces because when you look at this Lakers off season, maybe a little bit of a surprise. Three players total three players came back from last season. The rest of the roster has been turned over, what did you think about what the Lakers front office did over the summer? You know, it was interesting, Trevor, because when the Lakers after the Lakers lost in the first round, the Phoenix Suns. I think the message from the front office, coaching staff to the players was, hey, this is a one off season. A lot of the season long failures just had to do with the compressed nature of this season. Coming off the bubble injuries and that they would be totally content with running it back. Now, me know in the Lakers, me know and how opportunistic we're uplink is..
"mark medina" Discussed on Mason & Ireland
"Just know what happened when anthony davis came in and didn't want to be there. It got weird when james harden came in and didn't wanna be there. It got weird. And if ben simmons comes in and he doesn't wanna be there. It's going to get weird. And the doctor puts doc rivers in an impossible spot. What are you think i look. I think you've got to get rid of him somehow. You can't let us in john. Wall does seem like the best guy to me. I just feel like that. They're not gonna find anybody. That's anywhere close. They just don't have the resources to make it all work and there's kind of screwed right now. We got a bag with thirty seven million dollars. You want to get out of the floor and play by the way this. This is going to play out in within. The camp opens in a week. I mean this is playing out right. Now we've reached media day is monday. We'd reached critical mass on this right now but you wonder like rich. Paul was the agent for anthony davis and he got anthony davis what he wanted and james harden got what he wanted so we have the last two incidences of this happening. The player got exactly what he wanted. Why why won't win. Simmons get the same. Because i think we've seen examples that go the other way and earn. Aaron rodgers is one of them said aaron rodgers out. He doesn't wanna be there. You've got to trade him. You've got no choice. He must be traded or else and there. He is playing quarterback. I watched them light up detroit last night right but that's not the nba the nba players league when the player wants to move yet allows water league. That's true but that's not the same what. Nfl players very very rarely force the hand of the team nba players. Do it all the time. I say he will be on the floor for philly for the opener oaken. I'll bet betcha mythical money on that. Oh god i've i've been to many of over will keep it low. Let's twenty five hundred. He won't be on the floor for the opener. you say. Well okay. i'll do that. Twenty five hundred aba question about mythical money yes so in baseball. We only wins and losses right but in football. Were betting against spread correct. Because baseball's too weird like money. It's you know and people bookies lost and say no no. No i can explain it to you. We we don't sign a minus one eighty or plus two fifty or it's the weirdest stuff in the world hor. Hey it's impossible to keep baseball's the one sport where we i mean we can figure points in and everything else i mean we can give them a point spread and we want we just give it a points for like a one runs one and a half now. Yeah you're gonna bet made. Because i was thinking maybe just do the same thing for football win or lose. That's wow survivor. that's what you do into riber. You're still alive in the survivor pool. Jorges picking the bucks over the rams this week that you're survivor big. You know you don't have to do that right. That's going to be a pickup. Want one. That's going to be sure i'll think about it then. Yeah let's do it go with your gut your gambling. You're a gambler rolling the dice. Horan i told you that off the air. You're like oh man no don't do that. Yeah just it's it's a close game. I mean that's basically a pick them. There are games that look lopsided. You wanna lopsided game there. You go the gambler. No one took place. That's all i know. No one way to run by the way we're doing live the day today. It's my life today okay. So little known fact kenny. Kenny rogers stole life. Yep boy why are you killing people again. I'm gonna look it up. But i think he is. Okay so here's this is a true story for is because i read it somewhere. No he's dead. He died only twenty he lived. Yeah i died. I don't know if i should tell the story that. Should i tell the story in doubt. Leave it out okay. Kenny rogers story at off story for for the late kenny rogers. I will be respectful coming up next for you. We'll have questions we will give it a span and see what pops up mason ireland show seventy s so couple things on twitter mark medina tweets wise bergman so offended by you guys calling him dumpy his nickname for over a year with sausage as that is actually true. It was and i'm not offended by it. It's just like just. I don't need a dumb nickname. You wanna call me burger. That's fine we're not at that. We're not. We're not back in two thousand sixteen. When i first got here and you need to find some cool little nickname for your producer. We're not there anymore. It's different now. Hey we're the actually. Yes absolutely not. I mean a problem for you. Were like a comfortable pair of shoes. We're like bergen smack. Bergman burgi perfect jeff scott tweets when kenley blows a playoff save eyebrow. Gone symmetry might be a good thing. We'll you know. Jeff scott is my roommate who shaved his eyebrows off. Yeah that's my college roommate got it. That's the guy who had to shave his eyebrows and he hates kenley and he was a baseball pitcher. Ucla but you're right. It's a weird dichotomy with kinley. If you were to show people the evidence say okay. This is kenley jansen. Hearers numbers is this guy. You'd want on your team for whatever reason most fans including me would say now pass. He makes me too nervous. So let me ask this question. If it's a close game in the ninth inning. What reliever would actually make you feel. Comfortable would try and right trying to spend terrible. I know i'd rather not the in very good lately. I rather have him than kinley. He's like not even your eighth inning guy anymore. Bergman he's shaky a vessel s. I'd rather have out there kenley. You'd rather have it in a safe situation than kenley word. That's a bit far. We'll wait a minute greg. You would put. Ken lean before training. Maybe not training over vesey a. Yeah i love this as not. I know everybody's killing you for this but your idea putting your reason. The bullpen for the playoffs to me makes a lot of sense. He's just better than anybody. The dodgers have and last year. He won the world series for them. Well the deal. Is you gotta get twenty-seven out outs. It doesn't matter which one amen amen all right. It's time to spin the wheel of questions. Horray hit it will questions brought to you by our friends at puente hills tour if you got a car. That's just sitting around..
"Facebook group wants to know. What was your favorite game on. Switch this year who. That's such a hard question. I think this could just be a game. You played a lot. I don't think it needs to be a game that came out on switch or it's exclusive. But what what were you mainly in your hours into. Okay then probably haiti's i think probably that's the answer. Yeah 'cause i played. I've played haiti's mainly on pc but That that game is the one i have. Continuously come back to this year consistently even before it was out on switch when it was still an early access. It was a game. I was going. I cannot wait for this to leave early. Access so bad that has consumed my year for sure Probably animal crossing for me. You know. I kind of dropped off on a pretty hard. It got a got the world through a lot at some point this year. And it also like selfishly. Let me work with a bunch of really cool people that i've always wanted to work with like We are hosting as animal crossing charity streams and all these people were playing animal crossing a jumped on and and joined us and it was just a blast to just see that kinda love getting thrown out for charity but recently Pigment three has been consuming tons of my time. Because it's like my kids favorite game the watch and so although i have an extra consoles i wanna play the moment to sit down and play. Ps five series x but my kid every morning is like data pigment. Fight the bad guys and so yeah like she. We dropped her off like you know like a her. She goes daycare as to other kids there and she gets there in her daycare. Persons like how you doing. And she's like we fought a spider and he dropped the melon. And it's really hard to explain that The lady like that's nice. That's okay but so yapping threes wonderful if you haven't played it Or you planted a long time ago. Give it a shot. It's it's super grade on switch. Tom knows he reviewed months ago. Yeah brian did. Did your kid ever realize that her villager is not going back. No no no. Luckily we haven't talked about that incident. Ever since but i'll check still sleep in which i think it has to be animal crossing just because of what happened. It was like the thing everybody was playing together. I was like. I have attended a birthday party for mark. Medina animal crossing ahead like a a semi kind of podcast. Like gang of discussion in animal crossing in my house in my mind like my attic room. We each other for like forty five minutes like there's so many cool things people have done in that that space that it's kinda you know. I haven't played much in the last couple months my time. There is unforgettable yup for sure. I think it's also my favorite just because i've put so many. I actually haven't put as many hours as i thought i might have. I think i'm currently at over to ninety. So i guess that is. It's getting up there Game so much. And i'm still playing it To me bar over on. Facebook asked if nintendo could steal one play station in one xbox franchise and make them nintendo exclusive. What would you have them steal them putting their own spin on it. Yeah over on spin to like. I mean i i have all the councils i played i played them all regularly so that would just be like oh you just made the graphics worse in a franchiser and the screen smaller so on and i can play it anywhere in. I don't go anywhere a super cheating answer for xbox banjo counry king my banjo beck. Yeah that's just retake banjo. 'cause that's that would be like technically. We're only counting off of like nuts and bolts rate was the only xbox exclusive in that in that series but yeah fangio I think also nintendo could do some cool stuff with like ratchet and clank. Maybe i was. I was actually. That's exactly where my brain was going to like. I feel like if they if they merged that with. Mario like if Made just crazy. Three d. action platformer There was a little bit rashes. Unloaded mario. I think that would be a good fit you in other words stealing so much. Collaborating without asking ten is exactly and a lot of. Dmca's it's hard. Because a lot of like sony exclusives to my mind like don't they're selves well to what nintendo kind of focuses on mike unless you're looking at making bloodborne cart reality which i totally think should happen. The naturally nintendo game But yeah like i think crashing clinking the most against the the forerunner for like. Oh that'd be perfect as a nintendo game like and having their unique spin on things. But i on the microsoft
"mark medina" Discussed on WFAN Sports Radio_FM
"Do you give them a real chance? How serious of a fight you think they put up today? Against the Lakers team that I'm sure will be motivated to try and not this Siri's at 22. I think it's a real deal. I still give the the edge of the Lakers. They're up to one. I think they are the better team. Want the Nuggets show that they're getting by actions because they work hard, but they have talent. I mean, Jamal Murray. Nicole Yokich are stars like polio, which is the best passing big man in the MBA. And Jamal Murray is one of the best point guard in India. You know they don't have the same town, but That the Lakers have with LeBron James Anthony Davis. But wise, you could make the argument that there's more balance on your account for Your bench and guys like, you know Gary Harris on Michael Porter Jr and Paul Millsap. And so I think what I looked at The game three windows. Gonzaga had the reason why the Lakers should be concerned are three things one that August have had a track record. Being able to compete to the Nuggets or the real deal and three this wasn't just a matter of Hey, the Lakers are playing down of their competition. Even in the game to where that they had Because of Anthony Davis, this game winner. The Nuggets were outplaying them. So You know, I'm sure that the Lakers will kick it up into an even higher, dear. But unlike the Clippers, Syria sighting. I haven't got a cent so far that this is just the Lakers going through the motions, and they think they have a raft under wraps. They know How dangerous the Nuggets are, and I think that you know, illustrates the concern even bore that, for the most part they have been trying. It's just nuggets are really get him. Mark Medina, massively talented national and writer for USA Today, joining us in his Adidas. Fancy Adidas pajamas. I say that because I want to get every detail about Mark wrong. I mean life if you're going to commit, just commit all way, I got a backpack. I dressed for the occasion for it. Not in the bag. John Adidas pajamas. Yeah, I'm not wearing a suit like I would be at games, but I'm not job trying to get the work started. Don't belive me, Margaret. Friends mark for a long time. This is going to be off brand. You would be surprised. I'd never made fun of you before a radio in it. It's going. This is going to be to be a first time for this, but I'm just going to read your tweet from the other day. I want you to defend it. I want you to tell me why I was wrong for making funny on Twitter. Oh, no, We're all I'm going to quote you. I'm just gonna quote you Man. The last time joker was this impressive is when he got a bunch of mobsters to rob a bank before having Walter not each other. So you're going to read it in that tone? It sounds like what you read in my tone. It's like, Oh, yeah, that was funny. This is Dwight Howard. This isn't Dwight Howard. Corny sense of humor where he's going up to yoke it and saying, Hey, on the Batman. I'm going after you Joker like that. It's stupid. But I thought I was a little Corky like You know, like that's why I thought yours on the bubble like that. The bubble tweet. It's okay, guys, not sleeping. That's Mark Got a no judgment on the worst tweeter on Earth. Margie underscore Medina. I promise worth of follow. Despite the tweet, I just read you. I didn't want to bring up. I didn't want to bring up your kids, though. What's your read on this on this idea that Dwight Howard is or will continue to be or can be ineffective Counterweight. Tioga has that Is that? What that narrative from Game one hollow? Or do you think there is still the opportunity for Dwight Howard to be a big difference? Maker? On what he Conduce T joker in this serious going forward? I think it was a real thing, but it's also evolved. You know, I think the first two games you know Dwight's credit He played really well. Sometimes I thought is this the year 2009 and not 2040? Number one and number two, you know, with Dwight's presence, he was able to get Nicole Yokich into foul trouble that limited to have now. I think in Game three, it took a little bit of a turn where clearly Dwight seemed more amped up about that matchup than the actual came itself and had these Doing corny Batman jokes like there seemed to be a thing where he was just so consumed with trying to catch up with you okay to trash talk to him on the bench, and you know, he got a technical He almost got thrown out the game. So I think that there is a recipe that the Nuggets can exploit. Because your kid is a good player, and maybe they get Dwight so wrapped up in tow it, But my hunch is that the Lakers behind the scenes I have talked to Dwight. You know, I know. Rage on Rondo went during game Krieger when he was on the court he was getting into his ear. Um, so I think it's going to be evolving, but I don't think anyone was exaggerating or giving false praise to Dwight for his play. It was good the first two games, but I thought that took a turn for the worse and came through. Mark Medina..
"mark medina" Discussed on BBALL BREAKDOWN Podcast
"To keep in mind is heavy has been mindful of all these human things if it was pre-approved you can reduce the quarantine now in richaun Holmes. This case that was him breaking the rules inadvertently. So he had to be in quarantine for 10 days. And I guess if you're connecting the if you're looking at the Timeline, he should be back out of office team just now. What was his inadvertent mistake. He he stepped out of the bubble. He was trying to get food delivery. Okay. Wow, and that and that wasn't preapproved like that was just a mistake here these other cases, you know, this is them talking of the team. This is the team talking to the league, you know, there are no surprises. They're issuing the ten day quarantine as well as no pay, you know, as a incentive to make sure the people are breaking the rules inadvertently and to maximize health and safety issue in the case of the family emergency is because they're giving a heads up and they know it's not a health situation then it's then there's a little bit more leeway with that fair enough. I have been talking about wage. To go with a player about we were taking bets the over-under for who's going to how many the percentage of players are going to violate the bubble and he perceptive. He said he said take the overnight and whatever it was a p over. I think it's interesting because it seems to me there's a novelty to this and there's a real Focus but I I wonder what happens three weeks from now off 5 weeks from now when people you know, you have to imagine everyone's going to get a little bit complacent here, right and seems like oh, what could possibly go wrong. Do you is there anybody been talking about that or notion and either way how easy is it for you if wanted to walk out just walk right out of the bubble. I think would either like flashing lights and is there a people to attack with you?.
"mark medina" Discussed on BBALL BREAKDOWN Podcast
"The second here teams like the Pelicans the Trailblazers the Memphis Grizzlies off every game counts here. This is where their chance to make. The playoffs is here. So those games they're going to be competitive but they're going to be sloppy because guys are out of shape and the stakes are high. But the sense that I get is that they're not going to be playing the guys forty minutes a night, but it'll still be a competitive game it might agree. But I think in this climate especially for fans that hey always basketballs back, I think they'll take a competitive game, even if it's not well played and then you'll to have the third tier where it doesn't look like they even have any shot of making the playoffs the Phoenix Suns the Washington Wizards the San Antonio Spurs and you wonder dog Is their engagement level going to be I would think as much as coaches want to preach a there's still a mathematical chance? Hey what's billed habits for next season change their end game as you know, what let's just get out of here in one piece. Right? So you do Wonder at what point do they start checking out after kind of the initial wave of excitement of the first two games or three games of hey basketball is back and all that and maybe that's not good for them. But maybe in a weird way that helps the other chairs, you know, the top tiers of hey, this is a game where we don't have spent all our energy, but we're getting guys a good sweat for the second-tier. Hey every game counts. I'll take the W to help our playoff chances. So I do get the larger concern of hey, why have These extra teams that seemed like a long shot to make the playoffs that only increases the risk and I get all that but I would counter with two things one. I am confident in a health and safety protocols at the MBA is implemented. But number two, you don't want to say these teams are guinea pigs cuz they are human beings, but they can help in serving a larger purpose for the other teams of getting themselves ready for the playoffs and that can improve the quality of play and reduce the chances of injuries happening. You know, I'm kind of curious because it sounds like they're all practicing in that, you know, we're going to get married and they haven't maybe necessarily been in the Arenas they're going to play in and there's not going to be fans in these Arenas play. So I'm to me is it shooting guy said he shooting that might be a challenge because the background is so much different and like darker there's not a lot of contrast. Have you heard any inklings about how that play might be afraid? by having an empty Arena Yeah, I think it's really it's one of these things that the teams are aware of the challenges with everything but it's just until you experience that you just don't know now. We have gotten a sense from the legal what the setup is going to be. I mean generally speaking, you know, there's going to be some social distance protocols with like, you know the benches and how far apart there are they're going to add, you know certain like plexiglass of the scores table all that stuff. But as far the setup itself, I think that they are going to The Courts the court the baskets are the baskets and I think to address some of like the depth perception of hey, there's no bath fans..
"mark medina" Discussed on BBALL BREAKDOWN Podcast
"What is it like a covering the NBA from the bubble? Will the players actually observe the bubble entire time? How will this new format affect the actual play on the court. The only question left is say with me are you in? Hey sports fans coach Nick here and welcome to the bballbreakdown podcast today. I'm honored to be joined by friend of the breakdown Mark and Medina. Thursday is a USA Today NBA reporter and a guy who's been on the show since the beginning. Practically Mark and is now reporting from the bubble. So Mark, does it sound like bubble tea when you talk cuz you're in the back that would be funny if we could produce Subs out sound effects, but no, I think it's just it feels like an alternate universe but there's no quirky sound effects of it fair enough enough. So, you know, let's get into the mind of like what it'd be like to have to commit yourself to 3 months plus of being in this isolation. Basically, I suppose before you left. Were you like really afraid to go out or do anything because you couldn't even want to risk getting, you know infected. Yeah, well, I've certainly taken the current of Irish seriously as everyone should so I followed the social distancing rules, you know, I've stayed at home when I can really only ventured outside when I go for walks or runs get some occasional takeout go to the grocery store, but I think felt personally as long as I was doing that was fine so long when it came to the option of should I would I be willing to come down here. I give USA they a lot of credit there was no pressure whatsoever if I felt uneasy or if I felt this was too long commitment. The reasons are certainly would have been anything held against me, but I think the reality that I came to grips is with this, you know, right now, you know, I'm not married. I don't have kids. So I think if those two variables were thing I would have said no, but I figure since you never know when you would have this opportunity to do it take it and then the second variable I had was down..
"mark medina" Discussed on Xtra Sports Radio 1300 AM
"This Thursday. Thank you for being here. This next guy. I love Mark Medina. But Mark used to cover the Lakers here in L A and then the warriors up in the bay. And so you say today wisely scooped him up. National N ba writer. The lows, favorite media member in the country. They have a remarkable bond and Mark Medina joins me now in the gym room show from the bubble, Mr Medina. How big is the hotel room? You're trapped in. Bill. It's It's not that big. Just think of a single sized room with double God's big screw TV and the desk in a fridge. But you know what, Like It's all functional. It's clean. I'm Breda role, because I mean, I'm pretty much on zoom calls or radio hits or writing anyway, So it's not like I would have been doing much, regardless. Hey, did you work for ESPN? You could bring the truth Here they did you dirty with Don't they gave you double beds? In the three of you know that that actually has come in handy because it's like where I put on my my paperwork in my medical devices, so It's all good. It's not you can say it. Do I get mad and double? No, here's a very positive person takes things into perspective or in the middle of pandemic. I'm not goingto Become pointed about should hotel set up like they're good. So all right. So I quarantined a couple months ago when I when I tested positive for covert 19 But it was a different thing, right? I was in my house. Wait, ma'am, and I got out. I had the had the cove it I had the the it was actually exactly what's going on with some of these MBA players where I had any bodies, and I also had an about short term antibodies and tested positive, Probably because the virus was no longer active. But do you like it was it wasn't great, but I am a house on my wife and kids. I live in l A so I could hang out the front yard where nobody can come up. You're stuck in your hotel room. How? How's the experience Been? I mean, has it started because I'm curious or some insight into what it's like to be like for players when they have to do this Zion when he comes back and has to do this What's the vibe in like, and how many days into this area? Yes, I write here Sunday Die and so far so good. I've got negative tests were tested every day. So my count. I have four negative tests have three more to go. And then assuming all those are negative I'll be out of corn. I believe next Monday. And then what That means is, you know I'm not confined in my room anymore. I can, you know, go outside to get meals Take out. Ah, I could go to the practices of view down while we're hearing all the social distance Master rules once scrimmages start On July 23rd eye can watch those No. Once the game starts July 30. If I could go to the arena, I can go to the press conferences afterwards on Bill, It will be the social distance particles there, too. So even though I'm going to be out of the room There's not really many things you could do anyway. But I think the reality is this. Like a lot of a lot of players have like a basketball camp where you know you're in your dorm and then you're just playing basketball day. That's gonna be kind of a similar feel here like there's so much going on with so many damn so many things to write. So many interviews to dio that this whole idea of like going, sir, Crazy and board like itjust doesn't apply here like one for the word. It's not really the real world Once you get out of that room. Dear Mark Medina here on this show from USA today. All right, so I won't understand this. You're hungry, right? It's two in the morning or it's two in the afternoon. Can you call down and be like, Hey, Disney, send me a huge steak and three beers or how does that What's the or their limits on the food that you have access to it? And you can't leave your physical hotel room. Yes, So by design, they deliver three meals a day. So go drop bags off, and it's standard different items that are perfectly edible, but it's kind of uniform across everywhere probably offered it. Drop it off a dune. Drop it off at six. I mean, frankly, some of those times have fluctuated. You can always order room service. No, just leave it outside her door. Now, you know every every media outlet, including USA today that signed up for this You know it's a pretty extensive fee because it's covered in the hotel, stay those meals testing. All that, like, if you do order room service like it's additional charges, But yeah, you could perfectly Do that. If you're just getting so hungry, or you don't like what the takeout is, so I think that reinforces that as much as it's convenient like it. It's really not that dramatic. So a random MBA writer who occasionally host for Jim Rome was in the bubble, and he just like police end up five old fashions that actually could happen. That could happen. I imagine you would be doing that a lot. Yes, Yes. I may be doing that for the conference finals. Findem coming down Mark Medina here on Ah! Here on the show. All right, So, so Zion Williamson we talked about this few hours ago in the news brought broke, has left the bubble..
"mark medina" Discussed on The Darren Smith Show
"Of maximizing safety revenue a competitive and good product. So I'm glad I don't have to make the decision but hopefully the NBA does sin. Yeah have you given or do you have is probably premature. I would hope that Mark Medina is able to cover these games then again. I guess if you can cover them from home it's not like you're GONNA be part of press conferences or anything like that. Do you have just any personal thoughts mark on you know what that might look like from a coverage standpoint. Yeah I I know. The League is is talking to the Pro Basketball Writers Association about these issues of you. Know How much media will they let in a if at all and you know I think you know? Usa Today like every other news organization. They're also weighing. You know their their business expenses and not wanting to put people in harm's way I mean for me personally. That's very early for me to know what I'm GONNA do But if it's safe Of course I'd love to be down where the action is but if it's not or if it's not the budgetary cards you know covering games off the TV and zoom calls with the press conferences. It's not ideal but it certainly beats the alternative which has been these last few months. I've just endless. Zoom calls conference calls updates and checking in with teams and all that stuff So I'm at the point where I'll take anything because it's it's better than nothing and we were also talking about something that caught my eye again. Being the Soccer Durkin. The conversation about the German Soccer League is piping in noise. Artificial crowd noise. I don't know that you have or haven't experienced this. But do you have a thought on just as a broadcast about enhancing a broadcast using artificial crowd. Noise you know. I have experience artificial crowd noise when I was like what I was ten years old because my brother and I would would play indoor basketball and his room with you know with plastic on the door and we will play Jock. Tampa's while we're playing against each other to like us being it or arena. It was fun when we were kids. But I don't think you can fool the general public into thinking. Hey this game seems exciting because you have fake you know puppets or whatever in the stands or or crowd noise. I think that most people know this is such a screwy set of circumstances. And they're going to understand that the product is not gonna be the best product. The atmosphere is not going to be the same. I think all fans really care about is one what I was saying earlier. That like anything is better than nothing but to as long as players are given forth a good effort and are competing. Don't take it So trying to try to inflate it. With other bells and whistles I can be seen as a little disingenuous but that being said I do hope that maybe this creates an avenue where there might be some more behind the scenes access that some of the broadcast partners can get you know while obviously adhering to the social distancing concerns market is always great to speak with you by the way You've heard of Villanova correct. I have. Yeah Yeah Okay. You've heard of of the University of Connecticut. I Have Yeah Georgetown. I've heard all my friends. You still want to make that claim you stand by that claim that Syracuse carry the big east. I mean you can. You can make make the argument arriving. They made they made so many one title. Thousand nine hundred five they would bring in New York Market to Madison Square Garden. They were well-traveled during those games You know they all this competitive games at Manley Field House in the eighties. That's kind of genesis of what made the Big East great you know Syracuse and Georgetown. So yeah they're they're I. Think one of the pioneers at elite. Of course they deserve more credit. Well there a pioneer the league carry the League. Life went on again one. That one title in the mid nineties isn't currently in two thousand three. My friends Oh that's right. That was John Wallace right now. That Mellow John. Wall a ninety six and lost to Kentucky. But we're finals. Bribe all right. It's always great to speak with YOU EVEN DISAGREE ABOUT STEVE. Appreciate Your Mound Seaman. Thank you Mark Medina. Usa Today can't let me Villanova's John. Shaffer just reminded me via text message is one of the last four titles. So you know the league goes on but it's always fun to rehash those old rivalries from back in the day and if you notice that was a nice little dig their from him on the way out to about how. Syracuse would bring all the fans in Madison Square Garden which is worse saint. John's played in case. You didn't know all right. Thank you to mark Medina. Yeah I I like again. I I keep thinking to myself. How can they get Zion back and Cubans idea I think is? I don't know that that was his motivation. 'cause usually you think. Mark Cuban is probably mostly concerned with what's in Mark Cuban's best interest but Dallas is fine in the western conference standings the seven seed. But if you can get Zion back in there which is expanding the playoffs to the two top ten teams from each conference man. Two thirds of the League a postseason. But whatever whatever do what you gotTa do get it back up and running on television and Orlando again from experience. I think is a very very good destination for this especially it. It's not just cooped up and a bunch of rooms in Vegas Hotel that there's air trees even a second candidate. The seems to be the only viable plan. Now from this is this is it. Must this is it. Hey we've got some shoutouts when we come back a long weekend. We need to shout. Some people like that. So if you got gotTA shout out by all means. Let's hear it when we come back so forty seven from the wine cave. San Goes Ronald McDonald House provides Away from home for families with critically ill or injured children in a local hospital this year. Ronald.
"mark medina" Discussed on The Darren Smith Show
"All right hour number two exit thirteen sixty with you here on this Tuesday afternoon. Taking you up until the loose cannons. Were a day today where we are envious of Jim Russell. Who is keeping us on the air back at the home base of Iheart Sandiego had seasons fifty two delivered earlier today lucky fell. I know he just gets the stare into the abyss of an empty studio as we continue to broadcast here from the kitchen table. Now going on show. What is a forty-seven did I say that earlier? Forty seven here from the kitchen table. All right Which Sports League is going to be back? I who knows but a little later on is Jim just told you were expecting an announcement from the NHL it seems like more and more the NBA's gravitating towards this Orlando idea which allows us to play. The song from the Book of Mormon Orlando. So what does that GONNA look like? How many teams seeding one through sixteen etcetera? There's all sorts of questions here and thankfully we have a smart guy who covers the league. He's the national NBA writer for USA. Today very good to the show. It's always greatly appreciated. He's Mark Medina. Who JOINS US on extra thirteen? Sixty Mark Darren. Thank you so much for your time. Darren hat thanks so much for the Nice words. I gotTa say you know you calling me smart. I fully attributed to go into a good college. Oh Wow okay good I like it. Yes and it's an excellent broadcasting school that Syracuse University. No doubt about that. You're very proud. What were they calling goes? Well yeah well we back. Yes I do recall that I remember my Alma Mater. We used to play all the time. I don't know what happened. Whatever happened to that? Great Syracuse Saint. John's rivalry. Do you recall. Hey You know circus moved on to bigger and better things going to the east really. Yeah how's that working out for the basketball program man? I I'm sorry open this Pandora's box here. They've had their moments. You know they've they've they've upset. Duke Times that's.
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"I certainly think that would be a good nice boost for the League if it if it happens to return so. I don't know that that was mark. Cuban's motivation but it certainly caught my eye not a bad thing if you can get Zion under the postseason. Yeah no I think he can make the argument for for that as well. I think the reality when I've been looking at all these scenarios there's definitely the cost benefit of you know quality of play safety the financials but when I'm looking at it at least to me I don't feel like there's an obvious answer? All which scenario satisfies those things the most. I think he could make an argument for all of them. But you can also make an argument against them Of which one can reach those. You know stated goals of maximizing safety revenue a competitive and good product. So I'm glad I don't have to make the decision but hopefully the NBA does sin. Yeah have you given or or do you have as probably premature? I would hope that Mark Medina is able to cover these games again. I guess if you can cover them from home it's not like you're going to be part press conferences or anything like that. Do you have just any personal thoughts mark on you know what that might look like from a coverage standpoint yeah I know the League is talking to the Pro Basketball Writers Association about these issues of you. Know How much media will they let in if at all and you know I think you know? Usa Today like every other news organization. They're also weighing. You know their their business expenses and you know not wanting to put people in harm's way I mean for me personally. It's very early for me to know what I'm GONNA do But if it's safe Of course I'd love to be down where the action is. But if it's not or if it's not in the budgetary cards you know covering games off of TV and zoom calls with press conferences. It's not ideal but it certainly beats the alternative which has been these last few months. Just endless zoom calls conference calls league updates and check in with teams and all that stuff So I'm at the point where I'll take anything because it's it's better than nothing and and we were also talking about something that caught my eye again. Being the soccer dworkin. The conversation about the German Soccer League is piping in crowd noise. Artificial crowd noise. I don't know that you haven't experienced this. But do you have a thought on just as a broadcast about enhancing broadcast using artificial crowd. Noise you know. I have experience artificial crowd noise when I was like what I was like ten years old because my brother and I would would play indoor basketball and his room with you know with the coupon the door and we'll play jock jams while we're playing against each other to like simulate us being it or arena. It was fun when we were kids. But I I don't think that you can fool the general public into thinking. Hey this game seems exciting because you have fake you know puppets or whatever in the stands are or crowd noise. I think that most people know this is such a screwy set of circumstances and they're going to understand that the product is not going to be the best product. The atmosphere is not going to be the same. I think all fans really care about is one what I was saying earlier. That like anything is better than nothing but to as long as players are given forth a good effort and are competing they'll take it So trying to try to inflate it. With other bells and whistles I think can be seen as a little disingenuous but that being sad. I do hope that maybe this creates an avenue where you know there might be some more behind the scenes access that some of the the broadcast partners can get you know while obviously adhering to the social distancing concerns market is always great to speak with you by the way You've heard Villanova correct. I have yeah. Yeah Okay you've heard of the University of Connecticut. I Have Yeah Georgetown. I've heard of all my friends. You still want to make that claim your stand by that claim that Syracuse. Carry the Big East mean you can. You can make the argument mean. They made the made so many one title. In nineteen ninety five they would bring a New York Market to Madison Square Garden. They were well-traveled during those games You know they all those competitive games. I've Manley Field House in the eighties. That's kind of the genesis of what made the Big East great you know Syracuse and Georgetown. So yeah they're there. I think one of the pioneers of the League's of course deserve more credit. Well there are a pioneer the league and carry the League. Life went on again one. That one title in the mid nineties isn't carrying. We want in two thousand three. My friend that's right. That was John Wallace right now. That was the Melo Outta John. Wall has a ninety six loss to Kentucky. Yeah all right. It's always great to speak with you even about disagree about why I appreciate. Your Mound Seaman. Thank you Mark Medina. Usa Today can't Villanova's John. Shaffer just reminded me via text message is one of the last four titles so the League goes on it's always fun to rehash those old rivalries from back in the day. And if you notice that was a nice little dig their from him on the way out to about Syracuse would bring all the fans in the Madison Square Garden. Which is where Saint John's played case? You didn't know all right. Thank you to mark Medina. Yeah I again I. I keep thinking to myself how can they get Zion back and Cubans Idea? I think is. I don't know that that was his motivation. 'cause usually you would think mark. Cuban is probably mostly concerned with what's in Mark Cuban's best interest but Dallas fine in the western conference standings there the seven seat but if he can get Zion back in there which is expanding the playoff to the two top ten teams from each conference man. Two thirds of the League postseason. But whatever whatever do what you gotTa do get it back up and running on television and Orlando again from experience. I think is a very very good destination for this especially. It's not just coupon yup and a bunch of rooms in a Vegas Hotel. There's air trees even a second candidate. The seems to be the only viable plan. Now for the this is this. Is it bust this is it? Hey we've got some shouts when we come back a long weekend. We need to shout some people. I like that. So if you've a shout by all means let's hear it when we come back..
"mark medina" Discussed on The Darren Smith Show
"Extra thirteen? Sixty Mark Darren. Thank you so much for your time. Darren hey thanks for the nice words and I gotTa say you know you're calling me smart. I fully attributed to go into a good college. Oh Wow okay good it. Yes and it's an excellent broadcasting school that Syracuse University. No doubt about that. You're very proud. What were they called? Yeah well way back yes I do recall that I I remember miles mater. We used to players all the time. I don't know what happened. Whatever happened to that? Great Syracuse Saint. John's rivalry. Do you recall. Hey you know. Circus moved on to bigger. And better things going to so really yeah. How's that working out for the basketball program? Man I I I'm sorry. Open this Pandora's box here. They've had their moments you know. There's they'd be Dave upset Duke at times. That's right. Consider accuse stabbed all of their friends in the big east right in the back. Oh they were carrying that conference and then it just. They weren't for their way it so they had They had to cut ties. Whatever that you would call these alternate facts given some of the terminology that we use today in Media Mark Medina joining US mark. What is Shaquille O'Neal talking about? You wrote that you quoted shack saying that if a season gets back up and running here that whomever it is that wins. The Larry O'Brien trophy. Whoever wins the NBA Championship? That there will be an asterisk next to that championship. What what a shock dog about. I don't know I'm just as befuddle. I think his argument probably came from the fact that look you. You stop a season and all of a sudden when you're restarting two and a half months later it feels like a different year and when we're talking about all these different proposals there could be a possibility that you know to ease some of the safety and logistical concerns. That they're not that are playing tournament or just jumping right into the playoffs In a in a single elimination format and so with that maybe there's a Cinderella that unexpectedly beats one of the favorites. But all that being said I would still argue that You know whoever wins the NBA Championship if anything? They should be given more credit because of all the unconventional things that they had. They've had it Matvey Gate this year with you. Know not being able to really have a formal practice for two and a half months and being socially isolated from your teammates and coaches and so I think whoever winds up winning that title Short Talents. GonNa play large factor. But I think the other thing is who is going to be able to as you know what Clippers coach Doc rivers said. Win The way Y- I think whoever wins that championship a lot of those players will talk and reveal ways today you know overcome some of these tough cards of finding creative ways to work out on their own or in groups set in and you know how did they still foster team chemistry maybe through group tax or just phone calls. And so you know when you're looking at that whole big picture. No one should be diminishing this championship team because there's a lot of extracurricular things that they had to deal with Before and after when I saw what shocked said the first team that popped into my mind and you reference this in European USA Today Dot Com. And it's it's the right. One is the ninety. Nine San Antonio Spurs. I'll let you explain it. I don't would know much better than I. I sit here and talk on the radio all day. But is that title in ninety nine which was a strike shortened season or maybe it was a lockout. I don't remember exactly. I walk out work stoppage but is that title somehow mark is is it perceived differently than other NBA championships when people get around and discuss those such things. I don't think so now. The time has passed. I know what the time you know former bulls coach Phil. Jackson was one of the the band people floating this idea that there should be an astros because the lockout-shortened season and also I think can fill self interest. It was the first year of Michael Michael Jordan's second retirement But the reality is when people are talking about the San Antonio Spurs and Tim Duncan's Legacy Gregg Popovich is legacy. I haven't really heard much of people saying. Oh yeah but wonder their championships. Had An astros. Didn't really tell like most people say they had five rings and that's the end of it and so I think that's how people are going to look at the season Sure you could say this. Whoever wins the championship deserves a footnote? Right I think people will remember all these crazy set of circumstances that they had to deal with during the pandemic and so if anything. I think that the more that time is passing the more credit Will go to whoever wins the title this year. Mark Medina. Usa. Today is joining us on extra thirteen. Sixty it it sounds like a lot of eggs are in the Orlando basket right now. Mark your thoughts and what you're hearing and what the latest is on this league and Wyatt's it's preferring why it's preferences Orlando now versus any other options out there on the table. Yeah I think it's the only basket right now You know the the the reason why it's a few things I mean. No one can ignore the business relationship that the NBA has espn and Disney and Lo and behold they're the ones that ever see that complex But I think practically it serves a lot of purposes here where you know. That complex has a number of different venues that can accommodate a number of different games going on at once a number of different practices going on at once and it's within close proximity of different hotels. So you know this is I think does venue almost encapsulates what people think of that bubble city except that they didn't think of this is a bubble city they thought of this as like a. Taurus theme park right And I think also will help for down the line Four Disney for you know public relations with shelling the general public that assuming all stacey precautions are taken and there's no issues that people might feel comfortable going to those venues after the season and considering the fact that they had that relationship with the NBA goes hand in hand. But the most important thing is the practicality of it and and it makes it a lot of sense for everyone to be able to be at one venue within close proximity with each other without being too close. If that makes sense it makes a ton of sense. Because I've been the both and for years while working for that company that you just referenced. There we would go to Disney to cover spring training. So I'm very familiar with it. There's a lot of outdoor space of players. Want to bring their families. You're not cooped up. It's not going to be the same sterile hotel environment. You can go outside. You can walk. They got a ton of boardwalks so it seems like from preference standpoint. It would be the obvious choice if you were given both of those options. Plus who knows what's going to happen in Vegas but what about venues and do you have any sense of of what the League how it's going to be structured when if it decides that it's going to start playing again as I go straight to the postseason they're still going to be regular season games. Like what does it look like when in fact if in fact it's capable of executing this yeah those details are still to be ironed out you know as was reported. I think in the athletic last week the NBA surveyed. All the thirty. Gm's I've been told that they're still waiting to full results and all that but the reality is the expectation. Fridays Board of governors meeting. The hope is that they hash out all these ideas and I don't want to say that this is the end all be all end of the meeting. There might be more foul ups but the sense that I get from talking to people around the League is that that is going to provide the clarity of okay. What framework are we going to be working with? And you know with all the competing parties from executives players you know. League officials which option is the most preferable The reality is for a while the NBA said. Hey We we don't have the time line you know we. We don't need a rush but I think you know as time going on. There's a real feeling that they need to get going pretty soon because they wanna be able to start the season at the end of July and they know that they need to give players ample enough time to practice. Whether it's at the respect respective home facilities you know Orlando directly for these guys to be able to have some sort of minicamp because most of them have not had access to a basket and none of them have been able to practice formerly five on five and not only is that needed to knock off the rust and getting a rhythm and all that but it's also Needed to prevent injuries the last thing the NBA wants to do is not only put players in harm's way with the with With nineteen but they also don't WanNa put them in harm's way of suffering some sort of catastrophic injury and you're starting to see that now as the the European soccer in this conversation. You're starting to see some some soft tissue type injuries coming from practice from training from some of the matches etc. I mean. Listen that's just. It's something you're going to have to deal with but but would you expect station be marked that there will be games left to play in the regular season or straight to the postseason? I think that's an unknown. Nothing has been ruled out. But I know that Damian. Lillard was saying you know the Yahoo Sports about. Hey you know it's better to have play in tournament Especially for teams like them where you know. There's only a few games left. And that might mitigate the number of teams going you know to Orlando and the number of games all that but I I really do think that the most ideal scenario is to have a full regular season because of a few things what it buys teams even more time to get themselves into. Read them Even you know maybe. The warriors are a don't have much motivation to play. 'cause you know they're trying to save steph curry and draymond green and Klay Thompson but there's a lot of watery bound teams that hey just needed develop young guys right. And it's harder to get them going In just informal practices at civility right And then the third thing regardless of how this is going to be cut out. There's going to be a lot of bad basketball right because these guys have not played in a while but I think that the more you can kind of flush it out of everyone's system while there are maybe more competitive games going on between better teams. That won't be as pronounced as you know exposing only those can t playoff contending team so that sort of environment from the jump. I would agree with you. I saw that mark. Cuban today is advocating now and my first instinct was to say. Now where the Dallas Mavericks in the standings here. Because he's advocating ten teams per conference go to the postseason which makes it two thirds of the League. Go to the postseason now. The Mavericks are safe. There the seven seed here however this would include the New Orleans. Pelicans and if we can get Zion Williamson into the postseason..
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"Read mark Medina's five text messages in order are we ready mark Medina who I think is awesome do and he's an amazing tale than be a guy and mark if you're listening what are you doing bro goes does last segment. Hey sorry charge my phone. followed by crap. then I'm back on if you still need me there I mean there's not. then someone they are not responding I just ran out of juice in time got away the end so sorry man my bad I know you're bad. **** own bro. your job leads and I've done it in the end that marks right let's some lets him on Monday okay sounds good yeah Monday well I got a few Texan as well. sure yeah why not they're pretty similar to yours Hey so sorry I was charging my my phone I'm still here if there's time so sorry well yeah I guess I could be amazing like to me he said was charge my phone and you said got a flat tire and drop my phone the mother just some totally different that would be amazing really never are we'll get we'll get Medina on the program on Monday we'll talk I actually it's it's too bad because and I was gonna go when I was I was up to do the TV show I would like to hear what that was like media days are always interesting for these are high profile team seven upon due to the wars of Yu times I've been to the heat's back when they were doing their thing on the Cleveland lebrons first two years they haven't told all of them they're always interesting the guys are fairly loose but you can feel the expectation you can get a sense for how the biggest story in sport in the NBA is going to cover just in the questions in the five and how guys handle it so will a lot will give mark Medina from USA today newly promoted on Monday because we were able to get a ma again today eight five five two one two four CBS is the phone I would want to give us a.
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"Part of the reason part of the reason that for me it just struck me how much we overreact. And I'm not sleeping on the this thirty five or forty minutes as it relates to the rockets that you have to seize your moment's, right? There's a balance you have to seize your moment's. There's no guarantee look at the funder when they had that big three. There's no guarantee that what feels inevitable will become inevitable. But it's also true in the NBA that it's very rare that you're going to make this leap from not being a playoff team or not being team that won playoff series. Suddenly having that confetti fall for you in the tears and the championships in a single season. It's a process in a ladder and last week, and we discussed on the show a pretty good amount. I went through all the teams in this century who had won an NBA championship or individuals who stars at one an NBA championship for the first time. And every case I one for pop in the Spurs ninety nine I one for shacking Coby now the personal Lakers, obviously. But for that too. I one for the Miami Heat ever with doing way in two thousand six I one for the Mavericks ever, I one for Cleveland ever in every one of those cases, I one for the warriors ever in every one of those cases those teams got down to the finals to one or two oh or one oh in the second round three one in an early round of the team. I went I didn't go through all. But I went back for a good hour and a half and went back to headlines when those series. Happened. And this was true. When that warriors team the first one that wanted championship went down to one against Memphis headlines and prognosticators pointing out they were done in the warriors case. And this is an easy one to recall. I'm sure it was folks I think Charles Barkley is the best analysts in sports. He certainly in the conversation. I think he's that talented. It's just a reminder. Everybody gets Frong say, nah when Memphis up to one in the second round, by the way. Can't win an NBA championship shooting threes. I knew it point is we we overreact. And for me. The main overreaction is more walking losing in the first game. The Celtics Dhaka's the Celtics can't beat them because they can this series. But are they because mock you can beat anybody seven game series in this NBA playoff run? I don't think they'll be the worst thing that'll be the match, but they can look I love Portland. I think they can be Denver. But neither Portland nor Denver is beating whichever team events out the Western Conference equation. But the bucks reminder how much people freak out how many people they're not gonna do. It can't shoot three to four from three point line last night. By the way, this much talent single-game we lose track of the history of the game. And the fact is our seven game series for a reason. So it's all just take a deep breath. And remember, and I think the rockets are done and we'll do that in half an hour. They may not be teams have come back. It happens. I still think the bucks win that series. I still think Toronto is that series the warriors role, but there's a lot of basketball left to be played and jumping to conclusions usually get in some trouble eight five five two one two four CBS. If you wanna give us a call Mark Medina is a great reporter. He used to cover the Lakers, the L news. He now covers the warriors for the San Jose Mercury news. We're going to get his perspective on the officiating on Steve Kerr's fake flop. A whether or not he thinks the rockets have a chance to go home. And even this thing up park. Medina will give us a perspective on that rockets warriors series that even though it's the second round, it feels like a conference final you can feel that anger that energy. It will get a bird's eye view from guy covering this team this team every single day Medina next on Reina than you with me. Bill writer after we get a CBS sports update with rich Ackerman..
"mark medina" Discussed on The Lowe Post
"Without curry a win. Durant is on the floor of the year. Just what in those minutes Durant on curry off? This is one of the first times I've been that was referring mostly to win out. Curry also have Mark Mark Medina had a good piece on this today. Particularly in a season with so much drama around the warriors Curry's presence in his leadership. Ju it just has to count it has to count in this calculus in a big way in a bigger way than I think for almost any player the league, it's just him holding the team together strong, but him being the voice that if there's a conflict between literally any part of the team in any other part of the team. He is the glue who can go in and figure out how to how to fix it that has to matter. Agreed. I also. It's gonna be really hard to leave Lillard off. Lillard? I think Yokich is a lock to get on for me. And I think PG is a lot to get on for me. So that really leaves? We're talking about one spot. I think you're going curry versus Dame versus Embiid or. Yeah. No. And embiid's in there to Embiid shooting percentage and turnovers. I just don't know if it's enough, and it's like Lillard is making one hell of a case they are the difference between when he's on the floor. And when he's off the floor is sixteen points. It's one of the biggest gaps in the league, Paul George. I think is the biggest one at seventeen. There's going to be someone who is like it's really hard to leave them off. And Embiid for everything I just said about the shooting percentage in the turnovers. The Sixers are flat bad when he doesn't play bad. They've been bad for two years when he does lay doesn't matter Simmons is on the floor. Mel he's attached. At the hip terrific. So Rettig deserve some of that credit to man game is so good by like we've yet to see the Sixers with the exception of that run at the end of last season. When Embiid was hurt in Simmons went crazy, and they played mostly bad teams. They're mostly just not very good. When m beat is off the floor. Yeah. No. He he's for all those reasons I had to put him down, and he has to be under consideration. And the Sixers where are they now third. So, you know, they're they're they're in a good range there there. You know? I think finally about where we expected them to be. And yeah, I don't wanna leave him beat off in the same way. You don't want to leave Lillard off and Lillard everything. I said about curry applies to Lillard Lillard is an absolute rock and a stud phenomenon maybe the best culture center in the entire league. Every single feature that you've seen written on him the last couple of years. It's he's just he's just fantastic. And the way the guy's respond to him react to him. Yes. Tone, set, our culture said are all of that. And that's stuff should matter in the MVP discussion to it's not just stats, and it's not just wins. It's it's it's it's your presence. Yeah. It's it's going to be really tough. I don't know how it's going to shake out for me. I'm with you that I think yoga John Paul George are fairly essential. Although the thunder's late-season fade here is fairly troubling to. It is going to be true to see where they end up and how that hurts him or whether he built up enough equity in the first sixty eight games of probably did. Because the way that we have these minute to minute discussions now because of Twitter talkradio pods everything else, we we, you know, the MVP discussion people do start to get I think kind of mentally locked into a certain place at a certain point even though their season to go. And you shouldn't the Paul George thing. It was like a few weeks ago, but he was talking about oh, he's definitely third..
"mark medina" Discussed on Mornings with Keyshawn, Jorge & LZ
"Let's let's let's stick him behind him. And see what it is. And one of the reasons why that's what they would do, you know, Mr. Kraft's naming the patriots give brought up a lot with sort of luminated to me yesterday. Well, I had the opportunity to go up to a my brother's keeper a summit which is the initiative that President Obama started five years ago, he continued through his foundation and Robert crabs named came up in conversation with some of the people in Boston who are working with the president through my brother's keeper. And what I didn't know was raff had been thoroughly involved with a lot of sort of criminal Justice reform prior to make meal. Yes that he has been donating tons of money quietly behind the scene. He has been heavy involved the community with so many issues that cabinet has said is important to him. So if he works end up with the, but he was alone by himself. So, you know, but if you were in with the patriots wouldn't be completely out of the norm. As far as Mr. Kraft's is concerned, even though people are upset that he said what he said about President Trump's during the Super Bowl, my he just playing both sides of the fence, man. He's a billionaire. Yeah. That's what they do. Rush. They make request request. So we have one l z seems to be very popular request Wednesday. We have one from this is the Instagram's we can't forget, you Instagram people Mark Medina wants to hear blow the whistle. And those e file. That's a good combo. Yeah. And he likes blow to from too short as well. But I didn't see that part. Oh, interesting thing is that that's actually Raj Saint foul. It is it is we're basketball. At the Venice. I forgot all about that. Call foul behind. Everyone thinks that you though, L D. Cookie. Monster's me too. What the hell achy sound like a lot of people the woo woo. Is key. But we're going to explain coming up a little bit before we get out of here behind the bit. Before the end of the show. We're gonna explain where that came. So you don't know what the Wu is. The thing we play probably more than any other bite on the show who are you talking about just put your hands up because you said before we get out of here, then you had to retrace reach. Okay. What's going? She's selena. Why are we stopping smashing some saying retrace Icke? Happy birthday, Sydney. Portia. Nineteen years young. Don't miss any Portia. Going. What sometime Raj dot com? Doesn't update? I'm coming so early every time and so. Maybe if we.