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A highlight from SBF Trial, Day 16: In Final Cross Examination, SBF Gets Caught Again by His Own Words
"The paperback version of my book, The Cryptopians, is out now. It contains a new afterword covering recent developments in crypto since 2021, when the book went to press. Plus, this version names the person I suspect to be the DAO hacker. In case you never got to read the book in hardback, or, like me, you like to read paperbacks or bedtime reading, order today. Check our newsletter and the show notes for the link, or just search for it at any of your favorite bookstores. It's The Cryptopians — idealism, greed, lies, and the making of the first big cryptocurrency craze. Thanks for reading. Hey everyone, Laura here. Welcome to the Unchained Recap for Day 16 of the SBF trial. Thanks for tuning in. The government wrapped up its cross -examination of former FTX CEO Sam Bankman -Fried on Tuesday with Assistant U .S. Attorney Danielle Sassoon shooting more rapid -fire strings of questions at SBF that underscored the incredulity of some of his claims, plus a mic -dropping set of final questions that seemed to indicate the defendant's knowledge of his guilt. In her cross -examination, Sassoon interrogated the defendant's relationship with Bahamian officials, his efforts to determine who would have spent the $8 billion of missing FTX customer funds, his concern — or lack thereof — about the fiat ad account, and his infamous Nov. 7 tweets telling customers' assets were fine, which he deleted the next day. The defense followed with a redirect examination aimed at recreating reasonable doubt that the 31 -year -old former FTX and Alameda research CEO did not defraud or conspire to defraud customers, investors, and lenders. It used the time to give Bankman -Fried space to further expound on his answers in the cross -examination Monday. The prosecution started its cross -examination by asking Bankman -Fried about whether he cultivated a close relationship with Bahamian officials. For instance, she asked whether SBF recalled proposing to the Bahamas Prime Minister Philip Davis that FTX pay off the country's national debt of roughly $11 .6 billion. SBF said, quote, I don't remember that. Sassoon also asked SBF about having a conversation with Davis' son about a job in NFTs and giving Davis and his wife, quote, floor -side seats at FTX Arena to see the Miami Heat. She brought up a screenshot of a Signal group chat named Project Chinchilla Chatter, where SBF had joked that former co -CEO of FTX Digital Markets Ryan Salem was a member of the Bahamas government. She also mentioned a private dinner and played a video from the Crypto Bahamas conference. Davis was in attendance at both, alongside guests like former US President Bill Clinton, former UK Prime Minister Tony Blair, singer Katy Perry, and actor Orlando Bloom. Then she pulled up an email from November 9, 2022, between the defendant and Bahamas Attorney General Ryan Pinder. By that point, FTX had halted withdrawals. And yet, in the email, Bankman Fried wrote to Pinder, quote, we have segregated funds for all Bahamian customers on FTX, and we would be more than happy to open up withdrawals for all Bahamian customers on FTX. Bankman Fried admitted that FTX was reopened temporarily solely for Bahamian customers. When Sassoon asked him about what she called Alameda spending the FTX customer fiat deposits from the North Dimension bank account owned by Alameda, Bankman Fried said he did not learn until September -October 2022 that FTX customer fiat deposits in the North Dimension account had been, quote, used. Under the quick questioning from Sassoon, SBF admitted that it was, quote, permissible for Alameda to borrow and use fiat deposits, and yet that he didn't tell his employees not to spend FTX customer deposits, didn't set up measures to segregate FTX customer funds from Alameda's funds, didn't tell Alameda employees to keep FTX customer money in the North Dimension bank account for the benefit of FTX customers, and yet made representations before Congress about the safeguarding of FTX customer assets. Bankman Fried claimed that in September -October 2022, he learned that $8 billion of customer money had been spent. When Sassoon asked him what information he learned about who had spent it, he said, quote, I don't remember knowing anything about particular employees. She rejoined her, so it's your testimony that while you were CEO of Alameda, by the way, I think she meant FTX, some unknown people spent $8 billion without your knowledge? Then she asked him, you didn't call in your deputies and employees and say who spent $8 billion? He said he asked Ellison how it happened. Sassoon asked whether he had fired anyone for spending $8 billion of FTX customer deposits. He responded, no. She responded, and so, just to be clear, it's your testimony that while you were Alameda CEO, your employees were spending millions and then billions of customer funds without you knowing it? SPF denied that it was his testimony. During the defense's redirect, Cohen asked Bankman Fried why he had denied to Sassoon that he had spent the $8 billion. SPF first stated how he didn't think, quote, there was a clear, simple pointer decision where a particular person or group decided to spend the money. Moreover, he, quote, wasn't particularly interested in trying to dole out blame for it. That wasn't my priority. It was generally something I deprioritized as later, and I tried to focus as much as I could on what stuff has happened, what's the best thing we can do going forward. Similar to the earlier line of questioning about whether or not Bankman Fried had tried to identify who had spent $8 billion of FTX customer money, Sassoon showed multiple times that SPF's actions don't quite match his story. For instance, he described simply overhearing about the fiat ad account from FTX co -founder Gary Wang and director of engineering Nishad Singh just after Ellison had feared that Alameda might have gone bankrupt. Earlier, he had testified that at this point, SPF learned that Alameda's liabilities to FTX were $10 billion, not $2 billion as he thought. In this section of the transcript, Danielle Sassoon says, and you didn't say, hey guys, what's this fiat ad account that had an $8 billion bug that almost made Alameda bankrupt? SPF replied, when I heard it, I didn't have all that context, but I did ask what the fiat ad account that was an account was referring to. Question, and you were told, weren't you, that it had to do with Alameda's liabilities to FTX for customer funds, right? Answer, not at that time. I was told they were busy and I should stop asking questions because it was distracting. Sassoon asked, so it's your testimony that your supervisees told you to stop asking questions? In the overflow room, people laughed. Sassoon aimed at Bankman -Fried's credibility, highlighting tweets that, from the government's point of view, demonstrated how the defendant misrepresented FTX's financial status to customers. She focused on several tweets SPF posted on November 7, which were deleted the day after, once it became known that FTX did not have the full amount of assets to process customer withdrawals. Bankman -Fried said that before FTX went bankrupt, but as customers were rapidly withdrawing from the exchange, he was writing tweets because, among other things, he wanted to reassure customers and have them leave their funds on the exchange instead of withdrawing. Referring to the statement in the November 7th tweet, quote, FTX has enough to cover all client holdings, Sassoon said, quote, your tweet doesn't say that Alameda has enough to cover all client holdings, does it? He agreed. She reminded him that in previous testimony, he said that when he wrote this tweet, he was referring to the fact that Alameda had more in assets than liabilities. He said he wouldn't put it that way, but then she asked, quote, on November 7th, FTX itself, if you disregarded Alameda's assets, did not have enough to cover all client holdings. He disagreed. Bankman -Fried admitted that even if he and Alameda had liquidated its assets, for example, by either selling their investments in Robinhood and recalling their money from Modulo, the amount was still less than needed to cover FTX's obligation to its customers. And Sassoon asked him if these assets were investments. He said yes. Then she said, quote, you tweeted, didn't you, that we don't invest client assets? He said, that is correct. For the final line of questioning for the cross -examination, Sassoon created a mic drop moment that indicates SPF knew who the four co -conspirators were even before all four were publicly known. Sassoon began by asking, quote, Mr. Bankman -Fried, you would agree that you, Caroline, Gary, and Nashan were the ones involved in the decisions to spend FTX customer money by Alameda, right? He said no. Then she asked if he had learned in December that Caroline and Gary had pleaded guilty. He said yes. When asked if he knew that they were both cooperating with the government, he said he wasn't sure, but, quote, I may have. Then she pointed out that in January, he would have learned that Singh had also pleaded guilty. He said January or February. She asked if, in December, when he'd heard about the guilty pleas of Caroline and Gary, he'd been surprised not to learn anything about Nashad. He agreed. She responded, because Nashad was the fourth person involved in your scheme to use FTX customer money, right? He said nope. She pulled up the same Google doc written on December 25, 2022, in which, in Monday's testimony, Sassoon had shown he'd been wondering if he could get the Robin Hood shares transferred to himself. However, this time, she focused on a different section of the document, labeled Nashad. Question, do you see it says Nashad? Answer, I do. Question, and A says, quote, lots of the complaints, et cetera, filed at this point make claims like the three co -conspirators in a way that doesn't really seem to leave much room for them adding on a fourth. They don't seem to be keeping a seat warm for him as a defendant. Do you see that? Answer, I do see that. Question, B, also there's no plea deal, no nothing, yet. Do you see that? Answer, I do see that. And quote, C, what does this mean? One, he got immunity. Two, they aren't bothering with him. Three, they'll just have a separate parallel set of complaints for him once they get past whatever the blocker is. Four, something else? You wrote that Mr. Bankman -Friede, correct? Answer, I think so. After the defense's redirect, the judge and both teams of lawyers had a charging conference to revise the jury's instructions. On Wednesday, the defense and prosecution will give their closing statements, then the jury deliberates. The end is in sight. We'll see you next time.
A highlight from SBF Trial, Day 9: Nishad Singh Describes Former FTX CEO as a Bully and Big Spender
"Apple Card is the credit card created by Apple. You earn 3 % daily cash back up front when you use it to buy a new iPhone 15, AirPods, or any products at Apple. And you can automatically grow your daily cash at 4 .15 % annual percentage yield when you open a high -yield savings account. Apply for Apple Card in the Wallet app on iPhone. Apple Card is subject to credit approval. Savings is available to Apple Card owners subject to eligibility. Savings accounts by Goldman Sachs Bank USA. Member FDIC. Terms apply. Hi, everyone. Thanks for tuning in to the Unchained Recap for Day 9 of the criminal trial for Sam Bigman -Fried. In devastating testimony for the defense, former FTX head of engineering Nishad Singh detailed instances of bullying behavior from ex -CEO Sam Bigman -Fried and numerous times when SPF used customer funds to fuel his spending spree. Singh described an organization that allegedly defrauded FTX customers by freely spending customer assets on ill -advised investments, sponsorships, and political action, all at Bankman -Fried's direction, and a leadership style that browbeat and belittled anyone who disagreed with him or expressed concerns. Singh's testimony echoed comments by the prosecution's other two star witnesses during the first two weeks, former Alameda CEO Caroline Ellison and former FTX chief technology officer Gary Wong. I was blindsided and horrified. I felt really betrayed. That five years of blood, sweat, and tears from me and so many employees driving towards something that I thought was a beautiful force for good had turned out to be so evil, Singh said. I knew that customers were betrayed. So many customers had to put their trust in us. Singh, who came across as earnest and is having a strong conscience, told jurors that SPF continued to spend excessively even after learning of an $8 billion hole in Alameda's balance sheet that mushroomed as the crypto market slumped following the collapse of the I deficit. learned of the hole and even after that, implicitly and explicitly, I greenlit transactions that I knew must have been digging the hole deeper and therefore coming from customer funds, Singh said. Singh, who was Bankman -Fried's younger brother's friend and had known SPF since high school, was initially intimidated by the defendant after joining Alameda in 2017. But he lost faith in SPF amid his dismissiveness and seeming dishonesty to where company's financial management. I had a lot of admiration and respect for him, Singh said. Over time, I think a lot of that eroded, and I grew distrustful. Singh described his increasing concern about Bankman -Fried's spending even as the company sank deeper into debt. I'd frequently go to Sam and express that I thought that the spend was too large or that it didn't make sense, in essence, a bad business decision. And I also would express that I felt kind of embarrassed and ashamed of how much it all reeked of excess and flashiness. It didn't align with what I thought we were building a company for. Some examples of the excess were that Alameda had invested $1 .5 billion into Bitcoin miner Genesis digital assets in early 2022, as well as $500 million into AI startup Anthropic and $200 million into incubation firm K5, founded by Michael Kives. The K5 deal accelerated after SPF attended a Super Bowl -related party in Los Angeles with several top A -list celebrities. Hillary Clinton, Doug Emhoff, Katy Perry, Orlando Bloom, Kate Hudson, Leonardo DiCaprio, Jeff Bezos, Netflix CEO Ted Sarandos, Kendall Jenner, Kris Jenner, and Corey Gamble. Singh said SPF described the event as, quote, the most impressive collection of people he had ever seen in one location, adding that the FTX co -founder told him that if asked, K5 could probably arrange an FTX dinner with Elon Musk, former President Barack Obama, Rihanna, and Mark Zuckerberg in a month. When Singh saw the term sheet with K5, which proposed hundreds of millions of dollars in bonuses to Kives and his partner Brian Baum, as well as $1 billion for their VC firm, he was shocked. Quote, I was worried that partnering with K5 and giving them this much money would be really toxic to FTX and Alameda culture, that every day I was actively trying to espouse, I felt we all were, that politicking and social climbing was not going to be rewarded. And here we were rewarding people in exorbitant amounts, Singh said. He added that he asked SPF to use his own personal money for the deal so that it wouldn't affect the culture of FTX. Singh also detailed his shock at the $1 .1 billion FTX spent on sponsorships, such as the naming rights for the Miami Heat basketball arena and endorsements from top celebrities, including Steph Curry, Tom Brady, Gisele Bundchen, and Larry David. He was also uncomfortable with the spending on real estate. For instance, before they moved into their luxury penthouse apartment, Bigman Fried and his future roommates argued over where to live. The group had initially chosen a more modest apartment, but SPF wanted to check out the penthouse. Quote, Sam really liked this one, Singh said. Sam's a fan of views, and there was substantial disagreement about if we should go with it, in part because it was really expensive, in part because it's super ostentatious. When discussing it with SPF, Singh said, quote, Sam said that he would pay $100 million for the drama to just be done with and go away, which I took as a pretty clear sign that I should shut up. In September 2022, Singh had a discussion with the defendant about the lack of collateral Alameda had to support its futures trading. Singh determined that Alameda was short $10 billion of what was needed to support its trading positions and relied on its $65 billion line of credit to make up for this multi -billion dollar deficit. Bigman Fried instructed Singh to transfer SPF's Ellison's and Wong's personal SRM tokens, which were locked, and therefore illiquid, into Alameda's main trading account. Singh said the transfer was meant to fool the CFTC, or US Commodity Futures Trading Commission, by making it seem as if Alameda had posted more collateral than it had. Singh did not execute the transfer, saying that it felt wrong. He said, quote, I was fine giving up my personal assets. I'd taken on debts and given up my assets for the company countless times. But I understood the purpose of this exercise was to be, you know, to fool a US regulator and to fool employees of the company. And I wasn't comfortable doing that. Singh, who was freaking out about the possibility that FTX would be unable to meet customer withdrawals, had an evening talk with the defendant in the fall of 2022 on the palatial balcony of their luxurious apartment, which featured a swimming pool and several lounge chairs. In this talk, Singh said he was worried about Alameda's NAV, which was his euphemism for the hole, and Bigman Fried responded, quote, I'm not sure what there is to worry about. NAV is fantastic by almost any measure. When Singh asked how much Alameda was short by, SPF said, quote, that is the wrong question to be asking, and then proceeded to talk about how much he could deliver within various timeframes. Around $5 billion in 24 hours, substantially more in several weeks. And after that, quote, again, substantially more. At some point, Singh said, Jesus fucking Christ. And Bigman Fried said that his shortcoming of several billion dollars had been taxing him about 5 to 10 percent of his productivity. While Singh responded, he thought it would hit him a lot harder. The prosecutor asked Singh why he didn't leave FTX. He said he considered leaving the company every day, but added, quote, how could I live with myself if my departure precipitated a fall that might have been unavoidable? Singh details how he tried to cut costs of the company and said that at first he was, quote, pleasantly surprised and felt he was able to cut a couple hundred million dollars in spend. But further conversations with SPF made him realize that what Singh felt was, quote, an obligation was, quote, not being taken seriously since SPF was unwilling to cut endorsement and sponsorship deals that meant another $1 billion was, quote, headed out the door. After SPF returned from his Middle East fundraising trip, Singh, who so rarely met with a former FTX CEO one -on -one, said that it was an annual occurrence, met with him privately again, this time in one of Sam's apartments. After beginning by stating he was not doing well and thinking of quitting, Singh asked SPF how it was going with NAV. SPF, who was standing in the kitchen with his back against the fridge, said he could raise anywhere from $0 to $5 billion. He told Singh the main plan was to make FTX a success and said to Singh, quote, that depends a huge part on you. You're one of the few people, Nishad, that can take that kind of work off my plate so I can focus on the rest of this. Singh admitted he had been afraid to ask SPF for the meeting and said that he felt the defendant was, quote, very mad and that the meeting was tense with, quote, long periods of silence. Then he listed some of what he called Sam's tells for when he's upset and how SPF showed them in this conversation. Quote, puffed out his chest, hands back. He was grinding his finger, closing his eyes, grinding his teeth or tongue in his mouth. And when he opened them to respond, he would sort of glare at me with some intensity. I ended up apologizing to him at the end for asking for the meeting because I could tell it was so unwelcome. Singh pleaded guilty to charges related to violating campaign finance laws, which involved letting donations be made at his name even though they were funded from Alameda or as a borrower from FTX. Some of these loans were used for Bank One Three's political donation campaign and to fund his brother's political action committee, guarding against pandemics. Additionally, he said he participated in falsifying and backdating FTX's 2021 revenue numbers for auditors. SPF wanted FTX's revenue, which stood at 950 million dollars for the year, to be one billion dollars because FTX's revenue would show up on a spreadsheet that would be presented to investors. SPF proposed creating fake revenue backdated throughout the year from charging for offering staking services of serum. When withdrawals began to accelerate on November 5th, Singh became, quote, concerned that this might spell doom and the end of our fraud. Since he knew customers who expected full access to their assets did not know that they were not backed. Although Singh seemed to have a strong sense of right and wrong, even he ended up doing things he wasn't proud of. Around this time, he sent SPF a signal message asking if he could, quote, make some fictitious transactions that it looks like I had paid off this amount that I owed. Singh explained that he meant backdated transactions, which was, quote, something I knew could be done because Sam had proposed it once to me in other contexts. Singh acknowledged this, quote, felt wrong and said he wasn't trying to excuse himself, but said, quote, I was in different levels of having a right mind throughout these days. On November 6th, he said a war room meeting gathered in one of Bankman -Fried's apartments. It was attended by Singh, SPF, Ellison, Wong, Romnick Aurora, and by phone, head of FTX Digital Markets, Ryan Salem, who all were workshopping a draft tweet thread by Bankman -Fried. Quote, there was a point when they were discussing whether or not to characterize FTX as solvent or well -capitalized. I felt very uncomfortable with both definitions, Singh said. I felt neither was true. Singh leaned over the couch to say something like, quote, I'm not comfortable with this. I'm recusing myself. He testified. They acknowledged in a kind of annoyed way and proceeded. Singh had wanted to halt withdrawals rather than make a statement about FTX's strength. He said, quote, I'd overheard in the conversation opinions that these tweets should be really strong, which I understood to be a euphemism for particularly misleading in such a way that will quell fears definitively. On November 8th, via signal chat, Singh and Bankman -Fried discussed the fact that lawyer Dan Friedberg was angry and that Salem might resign. Singh then wrote, quote, they may need to know that it wasn't a ton of people orchestrating it. In testimony, Singh explained, quote, I really wanted Sam to clarify what everyone's role in this fraud was. I wanted him to clarify that I wasn't orchestrating it and that I learned about it really late. I wanted Sam to clarify that he was orchestrating it. I was certainly guilty for participating in it since September, but don't feel I made the whole. And secondly, I wanted the state of my relationship with these people I loved and tried to do right by, to remain intact and for them to not hate me. It was during this part of his testimony that Singh revealed he had been, quote, suicidal for days shortly after his direct testimony ended, meaning that Tuesday morning he will face his cross -examination. Unchained will be back for more recaps tomorrow. And if you like, you can also get real -time updates on my Twitter feed at Laura Shin at around lunchtime and after 4 .30 PM when court lets out. Thanks and see you tomorrow.
A highlight from Did Sam Bankman-Fried's Defense Blow It?
"Welcome back, everyone. I am Cass Piancie. I'm joined as usual by my partner in crime, Mr. Bennett Tomlin. How are you today? I'm doing well. How are you, Cass? Good. It's been an exciting week. We are joined by a very special guest, actually fourth time appearing on the show in some way, shape, or form. If you count the panel. If you count the panel, which you were a part of, David Z. Morris, welcome back to Crypto Critics Corner. Thank you. And welcome. He has, he's been writing for Protos and kind of covering the SPF trial for Protos. So it's been wonderful having you on the Protos team, David, but actually maybe we should start off there. How did you wind up writing for Protos? What's going on over at Coindesk? Let's talk about it. Yeah, I think some people will know and some people will not. There was a big round of layoffs from Coindesk about six weeks ago now, seven weeks ago. And unfortunately, I was impacted. There's a whole behind the scenes story that I can't go into too much. But as people know, Coindesk is a subsidiary of Digital Currency Group, which was pretty significantly impacted by a lot of crypto crashes that we caused, question mark. And so I've been talking to some of my colleagues and saying that there needs to be some sort of to equivalent like the Silver Star or the Purple Heart for journalists who lose their jobs because they destroyed the organization that they were working for. Well, and I've also been excited just to add, before you get any further, to have, for you to have had more time to contribute to your personal newsletter, Flesh Markets, where you get to cover some of the more esoteric but interesting stuff that just can't get editorial approval at other outlets. Yeah. Yeah. Thank you. And I guess right up front, I can say, it would be really awesome to have more people sign up. It's just davidzmorris .substack .com. And you get a biweekly subscriber only crypto news roundup, although right now it is mostly SPF trial. Lots of lots of good stuff there. It's been really exciting to see it grow. And I have gotten a lot of a lot of great feedback. So it's nice. And we're going to link to that sub stack in the show notes. And if you're listening to this on a podcasting platform, I will be linking to it there as well. So it'll be easy enough to find David's sub stack and also his coverage of the trial so far for Protos. So we'll be linking to all of that good stuff. But now let's get to the main course of our discussion, which is the trial and how hectic and wild this has been. Why don't you start us off, David? You've been there firsthand, wherever you want to start. Why don't you just go for it? So we just finished the first week. There was no trial on Monday, but Tuesday started with jury selection, which was interesting. But also I got a lot of reading done, which I think is actually going to be a theme for a good bit of the trial. And then we really went off to the races. The first witness was Adam Yedidia, who was one of the developers of fairly high ranking. He lived in the Bahamas penthouse with Sam Bankman -Fried and was a longtime friend. He crucially, well, we'll go into more depth, but he's a little bit different from some of the other witnesses because he's not testifying under a plea deal. He hasn't pled guilty to any crimes. So the prosecution started off with a witness who's not implicated in anything that's going on particularly. They did actually start off with a cocoa commodities trader, if I recall, right? Like everyone seems to have just skirted over that. It's okay, I actually saw a bunch of videos say the same exact thing, but I know he wasn't a very impactful witness. He basically was just saying that he, as a professional commodities trader, cocoa trader, had fallen for the hype of what SPF had put out there and FTX. He watched the Super Bowl ads and put his money on there. But yes. And that was actually kind of significant just as a thing for the prosecution to establish, which is this was a customer, somebody who had used FTX, talked about the marketing, talked about why he, a professional, trusted the platform. And that sort of establishes the grounds for a lot of the fraud charges. So yeah, that was the first. Adam, you did the second. Third witness was a guy, Matt Wong of Paradigm, which is a crypto venture fund, took the stand to talk about how they got robbed. And then yes, we wrapped up the week with Gary Wong, the co -founder of FTX and Alameda Research and Gary's testimony was definitely the bombshell of the week. And we'll get into it, but I think the totality of the situation is that things are going very badly for Sam. And there was even some drama in the courtroom that seemed to reflect that people understood that, which I think we will also get to. Yeah, so jumping back to that, I haven't been in the courtroom like you have, but I've been reviewing the coverage and the transcripts and some of that. And the opening statement for Sam Bankman -Fried's lawyers struck me when they were going over it because it made a variety of incredibly strange arguments. At least to me as a lay person, none of us on this call are a lawyer, just to be clear for anyone listening, but argued in the opening statement that Alameda Research had billions in profits, said Alameda Research was a totally legitimate payment agent for FTX that everyone was fully aware of, and then even tried to make the excuse that FTX was a bank and that a bank run is what occurred, which is surprising to me because I missed them getting that charter, but apparently their lawyer found it. Do you have any thoughts on kind of that opening? Well one notable thing about kind of being in the courtroom is that at this point, I'm not really yet looking back at anything. So I was there for the statements and I found the defense statement quite weak. The bank run thing definitely jumped out at me. And of course, that is the side of the debate that Michael Lewis is on, which maybe we can talk a tiny bit about either here or elsewhere. And also just more generally, I think that the way to think about those arguments is not so much that they're actual arguments that the defense is going to be able to make over the course of the trial for reasons that I'll get into, but they are means of sowing doubt. The defense's only real tactic so far has been to, and this is legitimate, right? In a criminal case, the standard is you have to establish beyond a reasonable doubt that somebody is guilty. And so the defense is focused on creating that reasonable doubt. It's pretty much failing to do so, so far. And I think the opening statement kind of previewed that they are kind of grasping at straws. For those who don't know, the defense witnesses were all denied. Basically, they submitted a list of witnesses that was almost exclusively, as far as I could tell, subject matter experts, finance professors, and other people who had no real specific knowledge of what was going on. And the judgment in that case was that these witnesses are only going to confuse the issue because they're going to be talking in theoretical terms rather than speaking to any substance. And so that means the defense doesn't actually have any witnesses to call. There might be some opportunities for them to go back to that initial witness list and get some people in. But I think at most there were two names that they were given the option to recall as responses to government witnesses. So they're really relying on their cross -examination to, again, almost exclusively to sow doubt about the witnesses. And that has included both with Adam Yedidia and Gary Wong talking about the deals under which they are testifying. And in Adam Yedidia's case, the first major witness, I would say, I think that fell really flat in a way that might wind up harming the entire defense. Because as I said, Yedidia did not plead guilty to anything, but he was testifying under an immunity agreement. That is, anything he said could not be used to charge him with a crime. He has not been charged with a crime, but the agreement just prevents him from being charged based on his testimony. However, and the prosecution has done this very effectively, both with Yedidia and with Gary Wong, they are actually bringing up these agreements first and emphasizing the fact that what nullifies the agreements is if the witnesses are found to have lied. So somebody like Adam Yedidia is now completely not charged with any crime. Anything he says cannot be used to charge him with a crime on the stand. But if he lies, that agreement is nullified. And the same goes for Gary Wong, who actually faces decades in prison for the stuff that he's charged with. So if you give the jury the benefit of the doubt that they're at least slightly thinking these things through, it really undermines the fundamental argument of the defense that is trying to imply basically that these people are just saying what the government wants them to say because they were offered a deal. And that's really one of, frankly, only two lagged defenses standing on right now. So that's a really compelling point that you're making and piggybacking off of that in a sense here. I think some of the more dramatic flubs that have been pointed to publicly, the one that I remember distinctly, and I don't know if this played out similarly in the courtroom, but the one I remember distinctly is he didn't buy a yacht, did he? Which was what the defense team essentially said to, I don't know if it was Yididia, I think it was Yididia where they were saying he owns a Toyota Corolla. Obviously he's not taking in all this wealth just to buy fancy crap for himself. He didn't buy a yacht, did he? And I think the other flub that everyone's been noticing or that has been sticking out for everybody is that the judge is basically not having any of this, that there's been a lot of repetition, that there's been some borderline hearsay attempts for witnesses and other stuff, and that the judge is saying, you guys better fucking cut this out right now. But yeah, can you talk about those moments? So there's actually three things because I want to talk about the hearsay thing and see if I can pull out the details because that was a pretty nuanced one. Yeah, but the questioning of Yididia about Sam's spending was honestly hilarious and really made the defense seem, I think I just have to say, not that competent. And it's surprising because this is the firm of Mark Cohen and a guy named Christian Everdell. And Everdell is handling most of the cross -examination so far, and it was Everdell who pursued this line of questioning with Yididia and was asking, yes, did he buy nice clothes? Did he buy a nice car? Did he buy a yacht? And of course, Yididia was saying, not that often. I think also during this question, Yididia was saying like, no, he just dressed in cargo shorts and a t -shirt. And I think the really incredible part that seems to show some real lack of comprehension by the defense is that the defense then pulled up a piece of evidence that was the infamous photo of Sam Bankman -Fried on stage with Bill Clinton and Tony Blair at Crypto Bahamas last year. Now, they pulled up this photo because Sam Bankman -Fried in that photo is sitting next to Bill Clinton in cargo shorts and a t -shirt. So the defense is doing this to try and show he's just a regular guy. He's not embezzling money. Look at him. But he's next to Bill Clinton and Tony Blair, guys. How do you think he got on that stage in a t -shirt and cargo shorts? Do you think the jury is morons? They know influence peddling when they see it. Do you not? And the other point at which this is a complete disaster is that there's what's known as redirect. So cross -examination is after the prosecution has asked questions, because these are all prosecution witnesses. So the prosecution goes first, asks questions, defense gets to cross -examine. And then the prosecution gets to come back for what's called redirect, which is they have to address issues that the defense raised in their cross -examination, and they can essentially rebut. Now, the rebuttal for this line of questioning that the prosecution came back with immediately was to ask you, Didier, have you heard of FTX Arena? And at this point, I was in the actual courtroom. Sometimes I'm in the overflow, but I was in the actual courtroom, and the actual courtroom burst out all of it. I could not control myself. I laughed. Everybody laughed, because we all knew where this was going, which is that Didier said, yes, I've heard of it. We paid $100 million for the naming rights for the former Miami Heat Arena. And again, it seems like the defense's tactics are built on the assumption that the jury is stupid, which is to say that they think that this guy's personal spending is the full sum of what he did with $8 billion. And so that was pretty bad. The hearsay issue was interesting, and I'm not going to be able to pull the details back up from memory. But effectively, I think this was with, maybe we shouldn't go too deep into this, because I'm not even remembering whether it was Didier or Wong. But essentially, the defense was looking at the transcript of testimony that one of the witnesses gave to, I believe, the FBI immediately after the shutdown in December, was asking them what they had said at the time. And then when they did not produce the response that the defense was hoping for, the defense began reading their past statements to them from the transcript and asking them, did you say this? And that is essentially putting words in the witness's mouth. The judge immediately cut this off very sternly. And it was part of a much larger pattern where the defense was getting constantly shut down on its lines of questioning as whether they were leading the witnesses. And of course, Cass, as you point out, the big one was repetition. And it really feels like the defense is just killing time, because a substantial portion of the cross -examination with the major witnesses so far has just been the defense re -asking the same questions as the prosecution with no apparent purpose at all, as far as I could tell.
A highlight from SPECIAL REPORT: Inside Sam Bankman-Fried's Trial Defense Episode 1
"FTX collapsed this week from crypto king to criminal suspects. The less generous view is that you have committed a massive fraud. I mean, I'm deeply sorry. Saying sorry means nothing. I made a series of mistakes that seem they don't just seem dumb. They seem like the type of mistakes I could see myself having ridiculed someone else for having me. I'm Zach Guzman. You're listening to the SPF defense podcast, an exclusive coinage investigation. I've met SPF in person three times. Once when he just bought the naming rights to the Miami Heat's arena, once in the Bahamas at their huge extravaganza with Tom Brady, and once at his parents' home under house arrest, ankle bracelet included. In fact, I was the last journalist to interview him before he was sent to prison for breaking his bail agreement. I showed up to his parents' house near Stanford's campus on a Sunday and was immediately greeted by a security guard who informed me I'd have to leave all my electronics with him outside. I had interviewed Sam plenty of times, just never after being wandered down with a metal detector, and certainly never while he was under house arrest. Three hours later, Sam agreed to answer questions from the coinage community and surprisingly handed me about 50 pages of documents outlining his defense strategy, and exactly what he says led to FTX's downfall. After reading it through and realizing neither myself nor anyone at coinage is an attorney, we brought in the best person we could think of, Mark Litt, the government's lead prosecutor in his case against Bernie Madoff. This is part one of our series investigating SBF's upcoming defense. In this episode, Mark Litt provides his unique insight on the unanswered questions surrounding the relationship between SBF and Caroline Ellison, his girlfriend turned cooperating witness. You were one of the former lead prosecutors on the Bernie Madoff case, one of the biggest Ponzi schemes, not the largest Ponzi scheme in American history. When you look at that case and compare it and contrast it with what's being alleged that Sam Bankman Fried did to St. Alameda and FTX, what do you see? Here, the government is alleging among other things that promises were made to investors and promises were broken, and the promises were material. So there's a couple of charges relating to derivatives, trading fraud and conspiracy to commit that fraud. There's one I think for conspiracy to commit securities fraud and the substantive count of securities fraud. There is money laundering attached to those. So it's not a Ponzi scheme, but it's fraud. It just happens to be in a wrapper of cryptocurrency, which is novel. Well, just start on what you would do if you were Sam's attorney. Well, what I would have been doing and what I would be doing right now is developing whatever I can to cross the cooperators who are going to be critical to the prosecution. When you look at what's happening here and the fact as this goes to trial that you're going to need to convince 12 jurors that a crime was carried out, how does that element of cryptocurrency or the fact that maybe it's not as simple as an outright Ponzi scheme, what does that do to the prosecution side, defense side when you think about what's going to happen in this case? I don't think it changes it all that much. In a trial involving an equity stock or a bond, you may have to do some explanation to the jury about some of the terminology they're going to hear about. Cryptocurrency is newer. You might have to do a little bit more of that to provide context. But the case isn't about cryptocurrency. It's about, again, representations made and not kept. It's about taking money from one pocket and using it for purposes of another company in another pocket without the investor knowing that. That's not hard for a jury to understand. The defense may want to make it about cryptocurrency and go off on a tangent about the intricacies of trading and all of that, but it's not really relevant to the charges.
A highlight from Were SBF's parents in on it? Follow the Money
"Welcome back, everyone. I am Cass Pianci, and I'm joined as usual by my partner in crime, not of the criminal sort, Bennett Tomlin. How are you today? I'm doing well. How are you, Cass? I'm doing good. It's been busy. It's been a very busy week for both of us. But today's episode is going to be about SPF's parents, the Bankmans and the Freeds, and their what appears to be increasingly important role that they each played in the criminal elements of FTX and Alameda Research. They called it a family business. They accepted incredibly large salaries. His father was getting a million dollars after requesting it because he was only getting 250 ,000 before. Mom pushed and tried to ensure that any money getting sent to the charity arm of the company had two steps of separation, two degrees of separation. And just really shady, weird stuff going on over there with the Bankmans and the Freeds. But those are kind of vague descriptions of what's going on. Bennett, why don't you walk us through some of the seriously criminal elements and what is happening? There is a decent amount of allegations contained in this lawsuit from the FTX debtors in possession against Joseph Bankman and Barbara Fried that at a high level alleges that they were involved in specific aspects of the business and were closely connected to various alleged criminal acts and criminal acts people have pled guilty to. Starting with Joseph Bankman, he was involved with Alameda Research as early as 2018, which is when it was founded, and stayed involved throughout the entire time. The first several years, this appears to have been relatively informal. He directed FTX towards their first law firm, suggested their first accounting firm, was involved in consultations for hiring of certain executives and things like that. But none of this was documented in any kind of formal way. Eventually, in January 2021, he decides that there should be some kind of piece of paper that describes his relationship with these entities. And so he creates a document that describes his work for Alameda Research and FTX and FTX US, saying he's doing a variety of pro bono legal work and consulting work for these entities. What's interesting, of course, is that he was the signatory for the FTX entities and for himself on this entity. Really has kind of vibes of that loan agreement between Bitfinex and Tether years ago, where JLVDV and Juan Carlo was signing for both entities. And so that was one moment that really struck me as I was going through that is that he felt the need to, after providing advice for several years, finally in 2021 documents it and says he's providing this pro bono legal advice. This did not stay pro bono for very long. Later in 2021, he would take a leave of absence from Stanford University. And after he took this leave of absence, he allegedly told an FTX US employee, I'm no longer getting paid by Stanford because I'm on leave, so you should have me on salary starting December 1st. In December 2021, this is when he finally entered into a formal employment agreement with FTX US, where his nominal title was Senior Advisor to the FTX Foundation. You said it was $250 ,000. It was actually $200 ,000 a year, plus bonuses he was supposed to be getting paid. And this is where we get to the fun part that you made an allusion to before. He went to FTX's head of administration after signing this employment agreement that clearly said $200 ,000, told this person that he was supposed to be getting $1 million a year starting in December, and then he sends an email over to Sam Bankmanfried, his son, that says, and I quote, Gee, Sam, I don't know what to say here. This is the first I've heard of the $200 ,000 a year salary putting Barbara on this, meaning he cc'd in Sam Bankmanfried's mother and his domestic partner to help him deal with this contract negotiations that happened after he signed that contract. And it worked. It worked. Within two weeks, Bankman and Fried were gifted $10 million in funds originating from Alameda. Within three months, they ended up getting their $16 million mansion in the Bahamas funded entirely by FTX. And over the period after they got that mansion, they were able to expense something like $90 ,000 in various other expenses. And before he signed that contract agreement in December 2021, I do want to make clear he was also provided with an option to purchase shares of FTX US and FTX trading in November 2021. Before he was even employed with FTX, he was getting large options of shares. So yeah, I think that kind of is a good initial overview and we can get into some of the details he was also involved in, but they were receiving a lot of this type of monetary compensation. Yeah, well, I want to specifically bring up here some things that really made a red flag go off for me were, for instance, how they were keen to keep the residencies, the properties that they were acquiring with these gifted funds and all this money that they were essentially taking from customers, to be clear on that, that they wanted to ensure that that money in those properties would be shielded from a bankruptcy. And I'm just wondering, like, why, if they're so confident in this business, if they're so confident in their son, if they're so sure this is the future of finance, and I get it, you want to shield your personal property from a bankruptcy, but you just got gifted $10 million. You have to know this isn't exactly personal property, right? Like, you have to know your son is giving this to you. Your son is making money from the company. How is he making all of this money? You haven't really nailed that down yet. And you still are just letting this all transpire. Nobody was asking any questions is kind of what I'm getting to. But the questions they were asking were about, like, ensuring that they were shielded from any problems in the future. Yeah. And we should clarify the timeline a little bit here. There's a 2021 email exchange where FTX's general counsel wants to set up a meeting with their law firm to discuss how assets, including primary residence, can be structured to be bankruptcy remote. And Bankman quickly kind of responds in this email chain the next day and says it would be great, all else equal, if we could have the founders put money into property in the Bahamas and sent them a link to a description of an offshore trust structure in the Bahamas. He then discusses this with a lawyer in the Bahamas, another Stanford law professor, and his brother -in -law, and then ends up saying something we might use when we buy property in the Bahamas. And the reason I'm belaboring this point is because it happens, I think, about a year before they actually end up getting the house. And then, five months before they get the house, there's another thing that happens, and that's that they apply for residency in the Bahamas, permanent residency in the Bahamas. In order for them to get that, there's a $15 ,000 fee. That's also paid by FTX. And so I think what that kind of shows is this kind of series of planning that went into them eventually getting this mansion. They started discussing how to structure this about a year before, and I don't think they ended up using those trusts, at least not at the time of bankruptcy. They had already gotten their residency months before they got the property, and then they got the property. They wanted to benefit from this. There's no doubt about that. I mean, there is no doubt. I just want to be clear, and we're going to link to the very thorough protest article that goes over all of this, but it is very obvious. I think before we get to the crux of this, I first want to delve into this a little bit more. So Stanford yesterday decided that they were going to return all of the donated funds from this family, which amounted to $5 .5 million, which is a lot. I mean, I know that they get a shit, a metric shit ton of cash every year, but the idea that they're getting $5 .5 million in a single year from one family, one company, you know, essentially one family. That's how you get your name on a building and stuff like that. So they were donating a ton of money to this educational institution. All I want to say is that I think Stanford is disgusting. I think we see this in a bunch of these higher education, these private institutions, probably equally common in great public universities as well, but the ones that we hear about are like MIT or Harvard or Stanford accepting money from Jeffrey Epstein or accepting money from these guys, and then, oh, okay, you're returning it. Great. Well, you know why you're returning it? Because you got caught. That's why you're returning it. You're not returning it because you thought it was the right thing to do. Now that it's all coming out in these court documents, Stanford's giving the money back. They didn't do it one minute before that happened, though. Isn't that interesting? And I, you know, I think you should get into kind of the details of those donations, which there were many over this period, but like, oh, what a nasty, nasty way for a university to operate. I think the elite private colleges are at a special risk for kind of this because so much of their, like, existing structure is based around taking in cash and converting it to some vague elite authority. Speaking specifically about the donations from FTX to Stanford that appear to have been directed by Joseph Bankman, there was one that came from Paperbird directly to Stanford University. And this one was interesting because there was a lot of discussion about which entity to use. And what Bankman ends up saying is that he thought it should come from Paperbird, which was one of the entities that Sam Bankman -Fried owned that held most of the stock for FTX that investors were buying into. The corporate structure of FTX is a mind fuck. But this shows Bankman was aware of parts of the mind fuck. He says Paperbird can use the deduction. And when he discusses alternatives, he says we can have another entity loan Paperbird money, but that requires some paperwork. Eventually they get it all sorted out. FTX transfers money to Paperbird into a newly set up bank account, which immediately sends that money on to Stanford. There was another four million dollar donation to a Stanford fund for pandemic preparedness that he described as pretty much a no brainer. Bitcoin were transferred from Alameda Research's FTX account eventually. There was another series of donations where it was proposed that they give 1 .5 million from the FTX Foundation to Stanford College. However, the initial 500 ,000 for this came from an Alameda Research bank account, and the second 500 ,000 came from an FTX US bank account. There was another donation they did for a Stanford blockchain conference so they could sponsor it. That one was only 10k. But again, it kind of points towards how Bankman saw these entities as interchangeable. He said 10k is so little it doesn't really matter. So if we think that having FTX US is easier or safer for some reason, we should just do that. And what's most interesting is you talked about your name on a building. And there was a Stanford University employee who provided comment as part of this lawsuit. And this Stanford University employee apparently says that internally in Stanford, these donations were categorized as directed by the Bankman -Frieds. And like when they specifically got the big $4 million pandemic preparedness donation from Alameda, this person even reached out, should this one be categorized like the rest as from you all? Or is this one somehow different? And so yeah, I think that those donations kind of point towards how they were specifically using these commingled customer and client funds from across all these different entities in this self -promotional activity of giving these donations. Yep, there's more to where this money went, how much was spent, why they were in control of this. But I think the question that everybody wants to ask and is wondering about is how are they not being criminally charged with anything yet? And will they? I think we should hold off on that question for just a moment, because I want to talk about how Joseph Bankman also made sure other people he was related to and friends with got paid while he was in this position, because I think that's kind of fun. They talk about one example where he got a Stanford law student a free trip to the French Grand Prix tickets to the race so they could go and visit that. But I think the more interesting one was a hackathon that they had planned that was run by his sister. Bankman freed Sam's aunt. They hired her at a rate of $14 ,000 a month to prepare the FTX million -dollar hackathon and crypto summit held at the Miami Heat Arena, which was the one they put their name on briefly. They spent a total of $2 .3 million on this event, which was attended by 1 ,200 people. They were spending crazy amounts. They said she was authorized to spend like without a budget, whatever it was needed to get this event done. There was so much of this kind of like self -enrichment here that we'll get to your question as to how are they not being criminally charged. That's just grift. Yeah, obviously. The other person we need to talk about, of course, is Barbara. Barbara Freed, Sam Bankman Freed's mother. In her specific role, she, as you alluded to at the very beginning of this episode, described herself as her son's partner in crime of the non -criminal sort. And Sam made sure to sing her praises to his team, making known to her that he intended to rely on her direction regarding who to give to, how much to give to, and how it should be disclosed and told them that it would be good for them to follow her advice as well. And what seems really interesting is she seemed to have a great deal of control. The lawsuit even alleges she was able to unilaterally commit funds of Sam Bankman Freed's to her political action committee, Mind the Gap, meaning without Sam's authorization, she was able to take Sam's money donated in Sam's name to her political action committee, which is a great deal of trust. And even inside her own committee, when she had to talk about some of these donations, she would say things like, I don't know exactly what interconnected entity he sent the money from, but the business is real and revenue -generating, which again, I think, points towards kind of the interchangeability of these entities for these folks. What I think really gets interesting is Nishad Singh, who has already pled guilty for conspiracy to defraud the federal election committee, as well as a variety of other conspiracy charges. He was one of the people who appears to have served as effectively a straw -man donor for Sam Bankman Freed, and was advised in this process by Barbara Freed, Sam's mother. At one point when they were discussing donations to her organization Mind the Gap, and she suggested that, now that my connection to Sam is publicly known, because we don't want to create the impression that funding MTG is a family affair, as opposed to a collective effort by many people, including some mystery guy Nishad Singh, which is when she was suggesting that on their end, they would prefer if his name was the one that was donating to Mind the Gap instead of Sam Bankman Freed's. And similarly, she was worried about a lot of their political donations. There's a really telling one, where she's warning him in an email, And again, later, just the last one to really put kind of a cherry on top of her seeming knowledge of some of the criminal acts that Nishad Singh has pled guilty to. She said, And I think this, as well as some of the more specific tax advice that Bankman Freed was giving on FTX their specific finances and stuff like that, point towards potential knowledge of criminal acts. I tweeted out shortly after I read through this lawsuit, or as I was about halfway through reading this lawsuit, if I'm being honest, And as you alluded to previously, that is kind of what this feels like. It feels like these two law professors, who should have known better, had high -level knowledge of things that people have already pled guilty to, and were deeply involved in the business. Bankman specifically was even mentioned on an internal document as a member of the management of FTXUS, along with only a few other names. They had knowledge, they were inside the organization, and they had some amount of presence. One last thing that I think really hammers that home. When we went to consensus, and we talked about this in our episode that we did after that, Anthony Scaramucci was talking about his experiences in the lead -up to and aftermath of the FTX collapse. And one thing he said that seemed to be corroborated in the lawsuit is that Bankman was involved in them attempting to get the emergency funding. And as we said, and we shared the audio clip of Scaramucci saying it, Bankman apparently told Scaramucci, Anthony or intimated to him, that there was an asset liability mismatch at FTX. What happened to me is I was actually speaking in Sarasota, Florida. There was rumblings that day, I think it was November the 6th or something like that, or 7th. The Monday was the 7th. And then I got back to New York and I spoke to Sam's dad about the problem, and it was intimated to me that it was an asset liability mismatch, that they were leading redemptions and there were assets available, but they weren't necessarily liquid, and they needed time to get the liquidity, and they were looking for some rescue plans. And so at that time, I was a good citizen and a partner in the business. In fact, they owned a piece of my business. I was certainly trying to help them on their fundraising round.
The NBA Finals are set: It's the Heat and the Nuggets for the Larry O'Brien Trophy
"The Miami Heat champions of the Eastern Conference even after getting in only as the number 8 seed will take on the top seeded Western Conference champion Denver Nuggets in the NBA Finals. The heat got there by winning game 7 of the east title series in Boston Monday night. It came one year to the day after the Celtics won a game 7 on Miami's floor to claim the east crown. Meanwhile, the nuggets swept the LA Lakers in the west finals to claim their first finals birth in franchise history. The series opens Thursday in Denver. I'm geffen coolbaugh.
Caleb Martin helps Heat to 103-84 Game 7 win over Celtics and spot in NBA Finals
"The Miami Heat denied history and made some of their own winning game 7 of the Eastern Conference Finals one O three 84 over the Boston Celtics to punch their ticket back to the NBA Finals. Jimmy Butler scored a game high 28 points to help Miami become just the second number 8 seed to reach the NBA Finals. The heat won three straight before dropping three straight in the series NBA teams are 151 and O all time when leading three zero in a playoff series. Jaylen Brown and Jayson Tatum had 19 and 14 points respectively for the Celtics. Get them cool ball, Boston.
Episode 110 - May 28th, 2023 - Boston Making History??? - Burst 12
"This is boss winning game 7, but I'm like they won by one by luck. So I'm like game 7 to me is like, if you're a boss and figure not comfortable. I don't know they're not comfortable. And if you're Miami fan, you're like, you're disappointed, but you're like, okay, we can do it again. But you have the legs for it. You got the breath, you conditioning for it. You have the mental stamina to endure this again. Exactly. I don't know, man. I really don't believe they do man. I'm sure Jimmy Butler does, but this is body can handle it because you know, like I said, Jimmy can he can run against the wall every now and then and burn himself out. And now we don't know. That wall you're talking about, I was looking to see it maybe game three or four of Denver. The wall is going to be tomorrow. That's the wall bro. I think you're right. Walls game 7, man. Whatever energy he could have. You could have had along with rest. That shit be sale, bro that ship is sale. Unless it plays out of his mind, has the best career. Bam is, to me, them is a key. 'cause they're giving you shots. But you gotta make it. Yeah? Yeah, you do. Four or 5 and 6, you gotta come bring it, bro listen. If I'm slow, you gotta put Kevin Love it on that front line, man. It's not right. Grab these rebounds. He's not right. Well, you need someone. You need someone. That's not right. That's a problem. He used to start and then they took on the rotation. I think he's hurt too. It's a damn shame. That's a problem with Miami is that they're basically limping into this playoffs. Damn. Tyler hero, Victor LL depot, Kyle Lowry, Kevin Love. For your players that were giving you quality, you know, minutes, they're hurt. Listen, the window that Pat Riley's got along with the way the east is. You got to get another great player for Jimmy. Now, so what do you predict for game 7? Honestly, if I'm a betting man, I could predict a ten point difference in favor of Boston. Maybe I'd say probably ten 13 point difference to your Boston. Most of my plus 13, I could see I could see an 87 one O one type situation. I got three and a half push. I can see either team pushing. And winning narrowly. I don't see a blowout. I can't see a ten point lead for Boston. What's up, man? I'm just, I'm looking at a team who had them dead to rights, I think that's going to be psychologically spent as they are physically spent. But more psychologically. Like, you know, like, you know, at this point, everybody's, you know, physically spend and stuff like that, but your body adjusts. Psychologically speaking, I think then boys is done, bro, I really do. You know, I don't think so. This is, this is the very worst case scenario for Miami. I think this is something they can salivate. Because if you think about their AC, no, they shouldn't be here, but they should be, but you are. So it's like, okay, if punch way above their way, but I think they've reached their, I think they reach their maximum, man. I really do. I got a three and a half. I think they have a Vegas guy at three and a half. Could usually when there's three and a half, that means you figure the home team. So usually when it comes to sports bets, if you see a plus negative three negative 7 or negative ten, they favor the home team. But I think they got a three and a half. So it was three and a half that means that it's a push. Listen, I'm looking at momentum. I mean, I don't see my ultimate Boston. Games four and 5. Yes. Game 6 to me, I look as a fluke. I think it's the same bet, bro. It was the hand of a guy that got that child 'cause they had less time, like if everybody was 2.1 on the clock, they're outta here. They're not, it's over. But this is the same thing. We said last year in that game 7, between these two teams. You know, there was one shot away from being eliminated. Yeah. It was Jimmy Butler, that made that shot, right? I think he shot a three coming up. He took you, buddy, but then go in. Yeah, he took it. He rimmed out. Yeah, man. So who's to say, but I can say it's a man fortune favors the bold man. We will find out. Boston's been hella bold in a situation that they put themselves in that they are like on the verge of turning around. Here's to me, who's a player, if Miami really wants to help Jimmy Butler out?
AP News Summary at 10:47 a.m. EDT
"AP sports, I'm get cool bought Derrick white scored on a putback with one tenth of a second left and the Boston Celtics moved to the brink of the greatest comeback in NBA playoffs history, holding off the Miami Heat one O four one O three Saturday night to force a game 7 in the Eastern Conference Finals. Jayson Tatum had 31 points and jaylen Brown 26 for the Celtics who became only the fourth NBA team to erase a three O deficit in a best of 7 series and force a deciding game 7 played Monday in Boston. In other NBA news, the bucks are finalizing a deal to make Adrian Griffin their head coach after spending the last 5 seasons as a raptors assistant. Stanley Cup playoffs tied to scored twice in a span of one minute, 27 seconds, midway through the third period and the Dallas stars beat the Vegas golden knights four to two to stay alive in the Western Conference final Dallas host game 6 Monday down three two and engulf PGA Tour rookie Harry hall from England and Adam shank shared the 54 hole lead at colonial. Gethin kuba AP sports.
Celtics thrive on 3s, beat Heat 110-97 in Game 5 to extend East finals
"Derrick white had 24 points, including 6 three pointers and the Boston Celtics dominated Miami Heat won ten 97 on Thursday night in game 5 to extend the Eastern Conference Finals. You can go top to bottom of someone that hit a big shot at a crucial time. And they're a good team. They're always going to come back and attack us. So we can never be satisfied. Jason Tatum and jaylen Brown finished with 21 points apiece as the Celtics claim their second straight win and trim Miami series lead to three two. Duncan Robinson scored 18 points for Miami which host game 6 Saturday. Geffen kuba, Boston
The latest in sports
"AP sports I'm David Shuster, one game in both the NBA and NHL playoffs Sunday and they were completely different from a competitive standpoint. We start in the NBA with geth and kuba filling us in on Miami and Boston. The Miami Heat cruise to a three O series lead in the Eastern Conference Finals after blowing out the Boston Celtics one 28 one O two at home in game three. Gabe Vincent pace the heat with a playoff career high 29 points on 11 of 14 shooting. Caleb Martin added 18 points, Jimmy Butler scored 16 and bam adebayo 13. Boston stars Jayson Tatum and jaylen Brown were held to 14 and 12 points respectively on a combined 12 of 35 shooting. Miami can clinch its second NBA Finals birth in four seasons with a win in game four Tuesday. And now over to hockey with Mark Myers reporting on Las Vegas and Dallas. Chandler Stephenson scored early in overtime to give the golden knights a three to two win over the stars and a two O series lead the knights were able to tie the score in the final minute of regulation on a goal by Jonathan Marshall, Aiden hill made 26 saves in the Vegas nets, Jake Avengers stopped 21 shots for the stars who were now zero in four and overtime games this postseason. Turning to baseball, Houston completed a three game sweep of Oakland Sunday's final two zero and how bad are the a's well they're on pace to lose 138 games which would be a record. Other highlights Sunday Oscar Mercado with 5 RBI St. Louis ten 5 over the Dodgers and Cedric mullin 5 hits Baltimore 8 three over Toronto. To golf and Brooks Koepka won his 5th major title, he won the PGA Championship by two shots. That was good. Yeah, this one's this one's definitely special. I think this one's probably the most meaningful of them all with everything that's gone on, all the other crazy stuff over the last few years, but it feels good to be back and get number 5. And in auto racing, Spain's Alex pillow captured the pole position for this year's Indy 500. I'm David Shuster, a P sports.
Heat roll past Celtics 128-102, take 3-0 lead in Eastern Conference finals
"The Miami Heat cruise to a three O series lead in the Eastern Conference Finals after blowing out the Boston Celtics one 28 one O two at home in game three. Gabe Vincent paced the heat with a playoff career high 29 points on 11 of 14 shooting. My teammates tell me time and time again to come off the picker and be aggressive and then make reads from there. So when they're giving me that confidence and I see a couple go in, you know, I'll definitely continue to be aggressive. Boston stars Jayson Tatum and jaylen Brown were held to 14 and 12 points respectively. Miami can clinch its second NBA Finals birth in four seasons with a win in game four Tuesday. I'm geffen coolbaugh.
Heat back to the NBA's final four, top Knicks 96-92 for 4-2 series win
"The Miami Heat are headed back to the Eastern Conference Finals after topping the New York Knicks 96 to 92 in game 6 on Friday night. Jimmy Butler scored a team high 24 points for Miami. We got 8 more to get. And like I always say, we always going to be in this thing together. I'm so, so proud of all of my guys. Bam adebayo added 23 max drew scored 14 and Kyle Lowry had 11 and 9 assists for the 8th seeded heat. Jalen Brunson was spectacular for New York in a losing effort, scoring 41 points on 14 for 22 shooting. I'm geffen cool ball.
Heat take 3-1 lead, hold off Knicks 109-101 for Game 4 win
"The Miami Heat moved to win away from their third trip to the Eastern Conference Finals in the last four years by topping the New York Knicks one O 9 one O one in game four. Jimmy Butler scored 27 points and added ten assists. We always got a shot to win whenever regarding we're just playing hard and playing together. Bam adebayo finished with 23 points and 13 rebounds, max truce scored 16 and Kyle Lowry added 15. Jalen Brunson finished with 32 points and 11 assists while RJ Barrett scored 24 and Julius Randle added 20 for the Knicks. I'm geffen cool bar.
Butler scores 28, Heat top Knicks 105-86 for 2-1 series lead
"Jimmy Butler returned from his spraying to ankle to score 28 points in the Miami Heat topped the New York Knicks one O 5 to 86 to take a two to one lead in their Eastern Conference semifinal series. It's never on one individual. All year long, we've been a team that plays team basketball on both sides of the floor. Max truce had 19 points, bam adebayo added 17 and 12 rebounds for Miami. Jalen Brunson scored 20 for New York, Julius Randle, added ten points and 14 rebounds for the Knicks game four is Monday. I'm geffen cool bar.
Bucks fire Budenholzer as coach after early playoff exit
"The Milwaukee Bucks have fired coach Mike budenholzer just over a week after his team's stunning first round playoff laws. Budenholzer guided the top seeded bucks to the league's best record this season that 58 and 24 only to see his team upset by the 8th seeded Miami Heat in 5 games over boot and holds his 5 seasons in Milwaukee, the bucks posted a two 71 and one 20 record with a 39 and 26 postseason Mark, budenholzer won the NBA's coach of the year award in 2019 and later led the bucks to their first NBA championship in 50 years in 2021. I'm geffen coolbaugh.
Second straight collapse caps Bucks' stunningly early exit
"Milwaukee Bucks star Jana Santa kumpo is taking a big picture approach to his team's stunning first round loss to the Miami Heat in the NBA playoffs. After the 8th seeded heat ended the top seeded bucks season with a one 28 one 26 overtime loss in game 5 Wednesday on ted-talks answer to a reporter's question about whether or not the team season was a failure went viral. There's no failure in sports. You know there's good days, bad days, some days you are able to be successful. So this is not. Antenna Cooper averaged 23.3 points and 11 rebounds over three games in the series, while missing two games with a back injury. I'm geffen coolbaugh
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"AP sports, I'm sheck Freeman. I'm at my comeback by the Miami Heat who rode one of the best playoff performances of all time. Jimmy Butler had 56 points, leading the heat to a one 19 one 14 win or the NBA's overall number one seed Milwaukee Bucks. The heat trail by 14 in the fourth quarter. I think this is where all the best players they show up in their show out. And I'm not saying I'm one of those best players. I just want to be looked at, looked at as such. The heat lead the series three games the one. LA Lakers best at Memphis one 17 one 11 in overtime, LeBron James with 22 points, including the driving lamp with .8 seconds left to send the game to OT, Lakers up three games the one. The long awaited trade has happened, Green Bay Packers trade Aaron Rodgers to the New York Jets for multiple draft picks. NHL playoffs Toronto erased of three gold deficit in the third period and beat Tampa 5 four in overtime. Seattle even its series with Colorado at two games apiece after a three two overtime win. Las Vegas defeated Winnipeg four two to take a three two serious lead and New Jersey, even at Ceres with the New York rangers at two two, a three to one devil's win, the devil's Jack Hughes is pleased they were able to win both games in New York. Yeah, you could call it that was hockey, but you know, we got the one and we had a lot of belief in the room that we'd get the second one tonight. So now we're really in this thing in two two and we're really excited with where we're at. Baseball. It'll play Colorado defeat at Cleveland 6 nothing Cincinnati beat Texas 7 6 to snap a 6 game skid. Detroit over Milwaukee and Arizona down Kansas City. America league, Baltimore's one 7 in a row, 5 four over Boston. He was Tampa setting a modern day baseball record by starting the season with 14th straight home wins. They beat Houston 8 three. Toronto over the Chicago White Sox Minnesota beat the New York Yankees and Oakland down the LA angels and extra innings. National league and the braves pitcher Spencer strider took a no hitter into the 8th inning and the braves 11 nothing shut out of Miami and San Francisco blank St. Louis for nothing. The colonels continued their slow start, chuck Friedman, AP sports.
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"As president. I'm Jim Forbes. Now this Bloomberg sports update RJ Barrett scored 30 points, Jalen Brunson added 26 and the next held on to beat the Detroit Pistons one 21 to one 12 on Friday night at Madison Square Garden, Julius Randle tripped in 21 points for the Knicks, who have won two of their last three games. Boy on Baghdad scored 25 and Alec Burks had 17 for Detroit, who had lost 5 of their last 6, the pistons now Owen 7 on the road this season. The next will take on Oklahoma City at the garden on Sunday afternoon. Bonet said Friday night off, they will take on the clippers in Los Angeles at four later today. All of the local NHL teams with the night off, they'll all be in action on Saturday. Miami dade county and the Miami Heat are ending their arena naming rights deal, but bankrupt cryptocurrency firm FTX. The county which owns the arena signed a 19 year $135 million deal for the bayfront heat home court's name in 2021, after an initial balloon payment of $14 million, FTX was scheduled to make a 5 and a half $1 million payment in January. The arena will still technically be referred to as FTX arena for Saturday's game, but signage and the name will soon be coming down. Former baseball star Pete Rose is asking Major League Baseball commissioner rob men for it to let him in the Hall of Fame and a letter to man for it rose said he has apologized many times for betting on baseball games, while managing the Cincinnati reds. Rose said he's sorry for the hurt he caused the people he loves and respects. This comes has a committee created by the league is considering 8 names to be inducted into the hall, who were not voted in by the writers. Team USA soccer has arrived in Qatar for the World Cup, gulf news, says the American players are the first to arrive for the global soccer tournament and landed in Doha Thursday ten days before the game start. Team USA plays Wales on November 21st. Will the Bloomberg sports update? I'm Tom Rogers
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"So i i think i agree with percents. I'm glad that you brought that up. Because it's good to see that from a national perspective and just look at what's happening in minnesota look what's happening in philadelphia and you know. Dozens of other franchises miami. And i've said this before on the podcast when it comes to the cliche of culture. What they've really got is just stability. Everybody knows what their role in. This team is on this coaching staff in this front office. It's more of a family atmosphere than anything else. I don't. i didn't get a chance to tell you this. But i was in springfield for the recent hall of fame. Enshrinement and chris bosh was there and the miami heat were better represented as a team that any other group that the sacramento kings were there and mass the boston celtics and to a lesser degree but when it came to the miami heat you had half the coaching staff. The front office pr. Everybody was there for chris. Bosh is shrine. And i think it's they see themselves as a family unit they back up there guys Twain way with lebron was their rate allen. Was there all these all. These guys have played together with chris. I think it just speaks volumes to how they view themselves organization. And that's why they just they don't like losing they just don't like it makes them as pat riley said again and gets overused. What was it losing his misery and he never wants to feel miserable which i think a lot of us can can feel the same way definitely. Well david i appreciate taking the time. Man i always enjoy kindling up in talk. Some ball Is there anything that you wanna blogger mentioned for you out of here anything. We'll going on the rise. Some things i'm working on. But as far as the short term i continue to be writing about the team over at forbes working on some other projects per fan site as well and then of course make sure to check out the very best coverage any kind of format. But of course the best podcasts available at flocked on heat. And i'm not just saying that. I think everybody agrees with me on this but we are trying to add a brought a different perspective. Much more bounce. One even as i sound very optimistic about the heat. I think we we offer compared to a lot of heat fans very very balanced Can i can promise you. We're we're we're we're changing the network around to that podcast bringing in a new coho soon. We're going to be a presence on youtube so look out for that. I think it's gonna be a great future and a great season for miami. And for the lockdown. He podcasts. While i'm excited for that. Obviously linked down below to follow you and of course to follow pot as well always enjoy listening to it. David thanks again for joining it to everyone listening. Thank you for listening and having a day..
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"I mean. I always wanted to play here. Obviously and i think it's a big step for him to that now he feels like he's in a comfortable place and is able to rehab here and kind of get some work in and things that sort. I think it's a roster that will be patient with his development and his continued impact. And and you know if he can return to health. I don't i hope they don't mismanagement. And that's something they've been guilty of in. The past is rushing guys back from injury so hopefully they don't do that with victor but if he if he gets the time he comes back and he is were supposed to be as close to whatever he could possibly be because again. These percentages so hard to gauge. Like i don't think if you had asked him last march or april following the trade deadline where he was added. The percentage where to set up is fifty percent or sixty percent. Yet you know he wind up getting injured again so you hope they'll get past that point of saying where are you in terms of your health overall and that he feels comfortable because there has to be some psychological factor out there and and kind of just refer back to what his surgeon said following the the off season surgery. That wasn't repaired right and there was always something wrong. Always a nagging injury concern with victor that just got aggravated during his brief time in miami but that the surgery is back to one hundred percent and now he's ready to roll and things of this sort and it's like if you look at that it's hard not to get excited about a potential return for him because to your point is fun player to watch a good guy off the court from everything we've heard and i think maybe pacers fans might challenge that to some degree. But i think miami i think could certainly be impactful. It has limited minutes yeah films overrated man. That that's what i come back to. I'm sure i won't get your clapback on that. But i don't care just enjoy basketball and it'd be nice to people but Yeah i think the the last mentioned to what what the in terms of your expectations for miami. This year like. Where are you hoping. Finish at In terms of seating were what would you say. Their expectations are for the for the season. I know pat. Riley will say championship but To me i'm kind of at i think. Ideally this team is five. Seater higher what they would like to do I think because further for what their goals are in my opinion I think that's what they need to be a. I just think it's really hard to ask yourself to be a succeed. Try and go past the first round of the playoffs. That's just not easy. Given what the top. Three of the east is looking like. you know philadelphia milwaukee. Actually i would not have philadelphia atlanta. Atlanta's going to be tough for teams And there i do think miami whatever better chain like let's say atlanta's three seed in my miami's six. I think that's a really good series. But you know getting matched up with brooklyn or milwaukee would not be ideal in the first round as you know as we know I know you might differently about it. But no i probably i probably the worst guy to ask this question because i've just gotten to the point now in covering teams that i don't really care anymore about titles and maybe i can say as as somebody who's watched five six runs to the nba finals during my lifetime and three championships and everything else like that. So i guess. I'm probably spoils is the right word but i've just learned to appreciate teams that try hard. That looked good that that try to just be competitive on a nightly basis and..
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"His is mobility overall Has been fantastic. And i thought there were moments. Where was really tough because outside. Marcus karen dejean giral. Like i didn't really like a lot of the the the wing defense. That was out there for for miami for being honest rauscher So we put some tough situations. But overall i his pick and roll defence. Looked a lot better than it. Hasn't been since i've watched in He there were a lot of times where he looked like the most dominant player in in games not obviously not in general but he had a couple of games where if just really popped and i just wonder if in some ways it speaks a little bit more about the heat's backup center situation than anything else. Because i don't like. I mean i think you and i were both in the same boat of like dwayne deadman was fine last year But i think that i wouldn't be shocked if if you're get some opportunities to maybe take some minister because i mean deadman's gonna be what thirty two this year. The shot really never came back from last nation. Even take it so. I curious what your thoughts are on on him community or no. I'm right there with you. I think you know we kind of historically have done that. The fans have always looked at a guy in summer camp or league and then training camp and gone while this is a breakout star way to happen just because they've historically been such a star team that you you you're looking forward to seeing that next guy take a leaper of development or something like that but you know you're probably not gonna play lot i you're gonna get the bulk of those minutes going to go to deadman. I wonder if they're going to give him the freedom to stretch floor the way he has throughout sacramento in atlanta. And things of that sort. Because you're right you just didn't take that shot at all. It was very strange except for a couple of seasons late..
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"I mean but since before then when he was in minnesota Which feels way longer. Go than that was kinda wild. Think about but And and similarly with kyle. And kyle's been banged up throughout his career. Luckily bam's spin pretty fine with health but again it's just a it's it's a lot you're kind of like looking at a have you seen What is the movie draft. A kind of shitty ish football movie. i'm not really big football fans. Probably i don't like it as much but it reminds me a lot of the quarterback on that. Yeah yeah like the quarterback from they're they're they're relying on. The student was like former pro bowler but is he going to be healthy. Is going to be healthy. And it's like kind. Kinda how i view the c team right now. A really bad analogy. But i did pull pulled up off the matters for something in looking at the depth though this is where it starts to get really funky because i think in some ways i'm a little bit higher on the depth because i am you know overly optimistic on guy says you know about Arc that yeah no i. I've i've cooled. He really struggled in the olympics. I was hoping for a little bit more against You know when. He was playing for the nigerian national team but You know maybe this year But i mean who who is the backup point guard on the team. Like obviously this gave vincent coming into the year. I'm imagining. you're probably you know a lot of it's less about you know true position but more. Who's where your backup ball handlers. Obviously tyler hero. But he's doing a lot more off ball you're hoping he grows in somewhere on wall stuff. But ideally he's playing off of kyle in jimmy but i mean in terms of guys who are a little bit smaller playing the one like what is your reliability. Gave vincent this year confidence. I should say because based on last year i just. I don't know there were some flashes. But i'm not quite a quite Quite ready to crown gave vincent as backup point guard in the nba Where are you at with that. I think it's by default and also kind of think that he's ready I think that's a lot of pressure. But i think he kind of lived up to it with the nigerian national team. I think yours ready for that. She was very good there. Yeah and i think you know that's kind of it. Plays into where he's like now. He understands he's he signed with a team long term. I think it's a huge confidence boost. Last year felt except to a season and transition. Because you had just come off of that finals run and now it's kind of re you know re addressing what version of this team you are. Are you a contender. Obviously that did not pan out the way that people expected to the team themselves. Quite sure what their goals were or what. Their expectations were publicly the title contender but the reality is that they were lacking some talent. Which is why they tried to acquire. Kyle lowry at the trade deadline..
"miami heat" Discussed on Takeline
"Back in the day and kind of reflect doing this weird reflection. When i didn't want to reflect laugh thought i would be playing as opposed to reflecting and you know i i had to deal with that trauma and deal with that disappointment in a heart and so if people are struggling out there i hear you not our struggles are the same ever all problems a relative but if you can take one sentence from this book is worth it. You know All of these principles. And i wasn't trying to do it on purpose was happening real time in. And you know we I'm so glad that we just stuck with it And kept going in and until we come start jurors. Was there anything while while you were gone through this process and writing you mentioned like finding your way through it where you thought this project would be one thing but then as you're processing your own thoughts all of a sudden it p maybe became something else to any moments like that. Yeah i mean when when the idea came to have a book l..
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"One of the books. I would actually read the books he sends just because i knew and then we challenge each other. We debate during the season and all that stuff. It was a lot of fun. He gave us that book. And i am. And i really got a lot from that because you know at the time as going Through the the rigors of being professional athlete gets loneliness tough hard. You know you just like anybody else trying to be a good professional. You have to fight through these things. And i found myself doing that. And i gotta go without liars by mountain gland. Well because that's like a everybody knows that when this like as a household name that book a for especially for readers you know. That's like the book you know like ours. Lie you know it's like that's the one and you know. I'm i'm a harry potter fan. Who you know. I can't leave. Harry potter out harry potter in the hunger games did all that too. I got that side to me to just there. Your what's your favorite harry potter book. The goblet of fire kaba fires sport. A lot of sports in that. So that makes a lotta sense. Lot of to compete. People like your as for very long in the movies is like ten minutes yet there for a while. Wow speaking of of your sports life when you look at the nba landscape in particular now and just thinking about the things that you're a part of as a member of the miami heat a team that really kind of set the tone for the nba in terms of Talented people joining forces taking control of their own careers taking agency. In that way. Do you feel any any kind of pride for being part of a thing that helped change the trajectory of of the way athletes engaged with their their sport professionally. You yeah we do. Unfortunately you know my Career came to an end. I mean i think. I don't think this story will be told until we kind of dissect the career lebron yet because that'll be our segue into it And you know just. I saw myself still playing as well. We're the same age so i didn't see myself being in this position But yeah i do think we have I'm have a lot to to do that because it was just a brand new thought. I was a brand new idea. It had never been done in that context before The big three in boston happened but man of strings had to be pulled to make that happen. They had to make like to trade. Yeah you know. And it's after you know i can. We all suffer in the pros on the road to greatness but paul pierce man suffering suffering. No just day they you know they caught the right moment..
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"The thing about tennis is it's an individual. It's an individual sport in the players. Have so much less leverage than they would in any other kind of sport a team sport Because the players are just naturally against each other. Naomi osaka drops out. You know if. I'm her competitor. Thinking good you know what i mean like even though i might support her what she's saying so that structurally is this is just so hard and the other thing is tennis again. It's like eighty-one percent white Most tennis fans are wealthy. White people and i think they just is not surprising to me that the french and that the majors acted like this because they have never been shocked they have never had to answer to criticism or anything and that the fact that they would respond with this it seems shortsighted but it also makes complete sense calm considering the demo that they deal with this is like rolex is a major. You know sponsor of these of these tournaments of wimbledon. You look on the sidelines like rolex. This is the people who watch this tournament or people who are like. I'm gonna drop thirty thousand on a watch so it's just different. It's a different mindset and now mental. Health is just a conversation that i think people in general are not ready to have and don't know how to have your and don't know how to understand and i think that's doubly true for sports where the way we talk about. Sports is people overcoming adversity and look how strong they were in that situation. And you go to the foul line and people were yelling at you and you hit the and you hit the ice ice cold cold blooded big shot to overcome that pressure and i think all that kind of discourse makes it really hard to have a mental health conversation within sports and i think that's exactly right. It's so brave. When kevin love talked about it. When paul george talked about it when naomi talked about it and i think the.
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"I i think the nuggets all put up a good fight byron. I don't think that this one is i. Don't think this phoenix if the fetus. On don't win this round. I would be shocked. A booker averaged almost thirty points. A game down five assists forty. Two percent from three against the lakers. Has i think he's going to go. I think he's just going to eat against this denver. Backline wow really i. Players are super super super. Firing so.
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"What do you think about that match. Oh i first of all. I agree with you when you the clippers invited disaster and i think what. We all expect from a clippers team is to collapse under that pressure and they didn't. They came together. Their best player is playing his best basketball at exactly the right time. It sounds hokey but like the clippers are a team that like needs. Leadership is incredible but innocent really. He's not like i'm going to yell at you until you why he's island absence and paul george a takes up that mantle and maybe he shouldn't sometimes maybe he's the guy that should speak a little less the times. Marcus more senior at times tries to take leadership mental and the and. It's just a but when choirs playing great and can and is leading by example they are extremely strong The jazz have donovan. Mitchell back and he looks like he missed absolutely no time coming back off of the high ankle strain. I think it's gonna go seven. I am picking the to go to their first conference. Final in in the history of the franchise. So i'm gonna take the clippers in seven. I'm not at all confident about it. I wanna be clear about. But i think that i think that quite leonard playing like this is the best player on the floor and one of the best players in the nba when he is playing at this level on both sides of the ball. So that's that's what i think. Yeah you know. It's it's interesting because like you said you're not very confident interviews if a game seven that means that it's it's anyone. I feel the exact same way. I think i'm going to go with the jazz though. Okay i don't know. I just i've just i think the same in seven so i think we all know that this is going to be so close close together. That is probably gonna be stake. Seven games is with the jazz though. Donovan mitchell being infused back in because i think that matters i think when you're talking tired legs. You're talking energy. You're talking donovan. Mitchell is going to be just this sparkplug. He's one of the play he's been wanting to play. He's been wanting to get out there. And you gotta remember. Players read the press clippings to so utah is reading about all about the clippers. Not not a lot of people are talking about utah because everything is as la and yes they get press here and there but that's been the story so they wanna get the trae young package basically where you get on the big stage and now. Your name is everywhere. Everyone is talking about you. These players want to shine not to say that the clippers dome. But i think that that is. I'm watching it first. Hand with the hawks. That's a huge motivator. When people feel slighted or feel like the underdog feel like. I i think that so again i think is so close knit. I'm not confident about it as well but i think the jazz have this huge chip on their shoulder that i think that a that. They're going to be playing with the clippers. We've seen last round that they can get complacent so just know that we have one team..
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"Came to his monday night. Bucks fell to the extremely combustible brooklyn nets despite the fact that James harden left within moments of the opening tip with hamstring soreness which is not great hardened missed twenty one games during the regular season much of those with a tight hamstring the hamstring. Just kind of it doesn't really go away. It's the word it either heels or it doesn't and it just hangs around it just hangs around and So hardened ruled out for game two The bucks to figure something out. But i'm not sure what you know what they can really do because men the the nets are just good. The only need two of the guys at anytime and the rest of the team is really good. I think that if i were the net. I feel like i would just sit him. I would just sit harden until basically. The finals dash is how i would. I would look at it will be like. He's not just game to has game. Threes fours game. How many ever gains it takes. He's out and they have the luxury like you said of. They have given night. That can just carry any team like those two guys alone together. That's it lindsay in so when you add hardened that's a wealth. They have a wealth of talent so one their talent isn't there. I don't think it changes anything for the brooklyn nets because again you saw what they can do their just their that t you know and i think they realize that when they lost the game last round james harden said he said look. I think it was the best thing for us because we had realized that we actually have to try almost like he was basically saying they know they're good and sometimes they just rest on that. They're scary team. I just i don't care if hardens out here a very scary team period yeah According to cleaning the glass without harden katie and irving in the lineups those lineups outscored opponents by nine point. One points per one hundred possessions. So they're just they don't even need them. It's insurance really that they had three of the team harris. You know claxton..
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"And and and you know plan in a high level. Because obviously i'm an athlete. I love eating at the highest level. So you have bragging rights. So i didn't know what was going on but i did see so many critics on about the the cans being thrown and i just saw so many tweets. I'm like i gotta talk to jason. So yeah and the great thing about it is this. Us men's national team has a lot of young talent that is making its way in world soccer and is starting to make an impact now in the men's national team. Gino desk who plays for barcelona mckinney. As i mentioned Plays venice postage. Just won the champions league with chelsea. It's super super super exciting. So incredibly caffeinated crazy levels of concacaf game that like. I couldn't sleep for two hours after it. Just unbelievable stuff and Anybody that that watched it felt that level of energy. That was basically unsafe it. You can't have that much concha calf late on a sunday night before people have to go to work and go to school so was. Us it was irresponsible now. Let's talk about the playoffs. Nba play-offs rene looks like the hawks are pretty good. Come on now yes okay. I've been waiting for this jason. Okay so okay. We're in the second round of the playoffs. Your hawks out my neck's and i wanna thank the philadelphia seventy sixers going down. Twenty plus to the hawks early in the game. Because now you see for everybody. Who's like why can't the next. Why can't they knocked off the ball. Why can't they attack on defense. Why can't do this and that. Why because he's he's really really good and the hawks are team. Let's talk about hawk. Seventy sixers they talk about it jason. Because here's the thing that hashtag made before the playoffs was hashtag believe atlanta the only reason hashtag was made is because everyone watching it atlanta on a normal basis. Knew what we have saw what we have watched on a regular basis. We probably had less than five national. Tv games so i. This really matters because a lot of national media national fans. They haven't really watched trae young on full display. He's not doing anything different than what he does. Every single night. Like i don't. I don't know how to stress this enough that you should just believe. Atlanta innocence of trae young is as good as advertised. Yes our teams. Haven't been good in the past enough to make the playoffs with trae. Young has been doing that and everybody tried to minimize it to all. He's just a volume shooter. That shoots a lot and can't carry a team in law blah blah and then we got our free agents in the off season. We pay too much for everyone. According to everyone known to man bogies not good enough danilo. Gallinari is on his last leg I'm just saying things that were said to us in our we sit here looking at this team like man. Injuries have really given us fits as with every other team in the nba. But nobody's putting that asterik beside ours like when we were losing with of our injuries..
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"Last night bucks again with no problem from the Miami Heat. Winning by 29 taking a three old lead in that best of seven. They'll play Game four tomorrow and I'm going to go out on a limb and say that Syria's will be over. Lakers. Went home for Game three, beat the Suns, 109 95 and L. A now has a to one lead in that best of seven and Denver last night at Portland. Beat the trail Blazers 1 21 15 again Game four of that. Syriza's also tomorrow tonight three game threes. Knicks it, Hawkes. Syria's even at one. Brooklyn it Boston Nets up to Oh, and the Clippers will be at Dallas Go. Mavs Dallas up two games to none on the Clippers. Just looking like that deli thing ain't working out for that Quite kid tomorrow. Milwaukee Miami Nuggets Blazers, Sixers Wizards, Utah Memphis Astros were off yesterday they begin a weekend Syriza today in Houston against the Padres. San Diego's hot They won 11 other last 13. Texas Tonight is at Seattle beginning a weekend Syria's there and in the American League West Oakland beat the Angels. Last night by a score of five Nothing. ST. Louis beat Arizona Diamondbacks have lost 11 straight. Chicago over Baltimore Orioles have lost 10 in a row in Tampa Bay. Still hot. They won 11 12 games after beating Kansas City Yesterday. Governor Abbott is beefing up security at the border, not in response to the ongoing immigration surge, but because of drugs. Microsoft is acknowledging that a Russian email hack targeted more than 150, American and foreign organizations. There are warnings the Olympic Games in Tokyo this summer could lead to an Olympic Corona virus strain and Americans you've been cooped up during the pandemic are expected to hit the road and record numbers this year more coming up W Away I news time 7 20 now traffic.
"miami heat" Discussed on WFAN Sports Radio_FM
"The second most efficient season in NBA history behind Wilt Chamberlain. I mean, think about that. And yet M P. J's not really tested in a postseason sense, and I think Portland we've seen this before. If Portland doesn't have to play the Warriors, they can win playoff series after playoff series. That's impossible upset. The Miami Heat are not the team you want to play. I think the biggest drop the most sick outside of Lakers going to the plan, the most significant battle In the NBA playoff picture this year was for the three seed. In the Eastern Conference. And with all All respect. Two. Playing some of these other teams. These air conference You have a easy road if your Brooklyn now you just do and I don't want broken to win because I have said, I don't think that they will. They're going to play one of the play and teams, right? As the two seed, they're going to play the winner of Boston, Washington and in theory, the Wizards are the kind of team that could maybe shocked him a little bit, But I just don't buy it as well as as well as the Wizard of play, and they have played great basketball. Don't buy it. And Boston just been too inconsistent. And that means that Brooklyn As the two seed is going home court advantage over Milwaukee. If Morgan gets there, because I'm a lot more worried about the heat. If I'm a if I am Philly, Milwaukee or Brooklyn. I know Magic's matter. But I'm a lot more worried about the Miami heat that I am the Knicks or the Hawks. And I just I just damn I think Trey Young is an otherworldly talent and what the Hawks have become under Nate McMillan's incredible They're already a top 10 offense. They become basically a middle of the pack defense from basically the worst defense in the MBA. Which makes him formidable, and the next defense is excruciating to go up against and Julius Randle's been awesome on there's just his level of belief in New York, right, a grittiness combined with confidence. Derrick Rose. I thought about Derrick Rose was sixth man of the year, which felt kind of weird, right? But there's something special brewing there. But the Miami Heat made the finals last year. They feel underappreciated and disrespected. Bam is a defensive marvel. Jimmy Butler is a defensive marvel in just a marvel. Tyler hero started playing better. Erik Spoelstra's one of the best coaches in the MBA, and in the postseason. Think Milwaukee is gonna win that series, and I actually think Again. I'm down on Brooklyn. I watched the last few games and I'm aware that I could absolutely wrong and Howard back to be wrong. A lot of us could be wrong. I just don't think it's gonna work. Despite all the firepower Despite the fact then James Harden when he played with wasn't as much as you know, you would have liked was one of the best three or four players in the MBA. Despite the fact that Carver you're being just had a 50 40 90 season. Only nine people have done that. All of them are Hall of Famers of the Malcolm Brogdon. Rajan's Like the one guy who's just like I'm here to 50%, or better from the field. 40% of better from 3 90% better In the free throw line now. Hi region play every day..
"miami heat" Discussed on The Propaganda Report
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"miami heat" Discussed on KTRH
"Rockets lost their fourth straight one A 1 84 to Miami Heat. Visit the New York Knicks tomorrow night pregame. It's six on sports Talk 7 90 Ktrh will join the coverage at seven correspond the big news of the national news coming out. Is the admission by the Cuomo administration that yes, they did try to hide the number of fatalities that they had in nursing home, Jess. Because they were afraid that Donald Trump would use that as a political football. I'm Sheriff Ryan and used his news, weather and traffic station. NewsRadio. 7 40 Ktrh. What happened? Why it happened? Jimmy Barrett 10 Sheriff Friar explain it now back to Houston's Morning news. You know, share trying to process that last thing that you just said. There's there's like a three pronged thing here that comes out for me. Number one that all of those people perhaps 9000 people died as a excuse me. Let me redo that 9000 infected people were put into those nursing homes upon a direct mandate signed by Andrew Cuomo. So that it happened is prime number one. Number two is the fact that what you just said is also true. They are now it is now being revealed that they lied about the number of deaths that were resulting from that and then number three. Is that Andrew Cuomo while trying to make sure that President Trump doesn't get any credit for anything, make sure the he gets all of the blame for everything. But that he received an Emmy Award for his wonderful performances on television and remaining calm and in showing leadership through the covert crisis and oh, by the way, while people were dying in those nursing homes at his hand, he was writing a book about how awesome he was at it, and Bauji was complimenting him is the best handling of covert of any governor in the country. And you had a hospital ship that could have been used to treat those people sitting there empty because Donald Trump Senate, he said. That's exactly correct. And they never used a single bed. They had all of those people into nursing home beds. Of course, in the same Place and in a Petri dish, essentially with the people who are the most vulnerable in the most at risk from covert 19, and it is, it is incomprehensible to me and how this guy doesn't get thrown out of office. Now they're trying to recall Gavin Newsom in California, and they should How that is not happening already in New York is something that I do not understand, and the media still won't hold him accountable unless it's this radio station or its unless, unless it's a couple of programs on cable news. Simply incredible. All right, It's 5 10. Let's get us going here and see where we're headed and how hard it's gonna be to get there. Julie. The Hardy has that answer Is we check traffic. Good morning, Julie it good morning. It's pretty quiet on the roadways right now. But we do have disabled vehicles to watch out for once on the Katy Freeway. This is the outbound side of silver and it's a big truck. He's off.
"miami heat" Discussed on Xtra Sports Radio 1300 AM
"With Steve Nelson Amarcord only coming to you live from the studios here in Denver and at the half the Denver Nuggets are looking good. Nuggets did just about everything right in the first half, The Miami Heat couldn't shoot the ball and Denver has a 58 tow 33 lead over the heat. After two quarters. Basketball is Nuggets with two players in double figures, the heat with nobody in double figures. Bam's got nine. But that's It's the heater shooting just 30% from the field in this game, and the Nuggets are rolling. All right, we'll get to all the scores from the NBA. There's a ton of games tonight and top 25 college basketball. See you. CSU are both playing hoops tonight. We'll get to that. But let's go and listen to the highlights from the first half this contest Nuggets Playing Game four of the five game road trip in the Nuggets. They're feeling pretty good about themselves that they won four straight games, playing the best best ball off the early going of this NBA season in the first quarter nuggets like we mentioned we're looking good. The Heat couldn't score, but the Nuggets kept on keeping up, rebound, Tapped and grab by Nicola Yokich. We've played four minutes in the first quarter in the front court, Harris split the defenders behind the back toe. Millsap and the Lay up is up in Gary Harris is playing with pep in his step tonight, both defense and offense. He's looking good, so far. 92 fours, the score Nuggets leader by nickel their big lead of the night. Gary Here's has five assists the half. He has five. Then I get 16 assists. Nuggets with 16 assists on 24 made buckets. In that opening frame, but the man in the first quarter was the thrill and back. The other way comes Denver. Murray Backdoor cut over to Gary Harris kick out over the Barton in the three that one's good for, Will Barton this second three of the First quarter and then obviously did 18 to 7 infinite moment of the first half percent about Ball corporation. The future's in your hands recycle it. Will. Bart had 10 points in the first quarter, Denver had a 26 to 12 lead over the 12 points. 12 12 points in 12 minutes. The heat made five baskets in the first quarter. They were five of 22. They were just one of 16 from three. They shot 6% from three in the first quarter. Bam at a bio had seven of those drug points from Miami. So to the second quarter we go and then I just started to rain down from three I would pass off over the composite. Apostle whipped a backdoor to Monte kick out three green that one's good credit. Thank you for that place beautiful past threading the needle of Monte Morris, who found green right to strike so good. Michael Green has got seven points in six minutes in the first half of the Nuggets and Denver continued, did shots from three turn over Miami. Loose ball. The front court to Gary Harris whips in the quarter to Barton Barton head fake. Other three Got it out there by a policy brings it back out to the shake, guarded by Max Strus throws it back over to Paul Millsap. Millsap backs his band down split the Defenders. Bank shot no good rebound, tapped up by Joker right to Millsap in the corner. Murray for three. Yes, 56. The 31. Another door blown out the Miami heat late in the first half, Jamal Murray's get seven points and four rebounds and two assists. He's two of four from the field, one of one And from three point range and the cola Yokich has a smooth 16 points. Murray backs up on Abi, You stutter step Dr. Backs him up again. He loves playing against senators whips it in the corner over to Gary Harris. There's drives baseline throws it downloaded yolk into the lay up is up and in 16 for joker and most of those in the second quarter two. This is a hammer. Just it is 25 Point lead for Denver. Joker's got 16 points, seven rebounds and assists in 18 minutes. Jokers plus 23 Jamal's plus 24 Gary's Plus 24. Paul's Plus, 21 will plus 19. The Nuggets are lighting up the heat tonight. They have a 58 33 lead over Miami after two quarters of basketball. We'll continue with your halftime report after break on the altitude radio network. You're Denver Nuggets Halftime show continues in 2.5 Minutes are the altitude radio network. Very dribble Drive throws it down. Oh, you sneaky Blue Arrow..