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A highlight from Episode 129 - Gitcoin - Elevating public goods with decentralization, quadratic funding, and community coordination
"You know, there are so many neat things that people are trying already. You know, like, for example, we ran around for a community group in Oakland, who had funding from their local government, it was basically all community organizations. You know, so really cool to see that play itself out. Even before we went down this road, Milwaukee was already doing some experimentation with quadratic rounds for very sort of niche applications, like helping people in Denver, Colorado, whose restaurants were struggling during the pandemic. We did a support for Ukraine round that was kind of a targeted approach at funding for that particular use case. But, you know, I think then another neat thing that's happening, which you may not even have heard about yet, is we now actually have a direct grants platform, which means it doesn't use quadratic funding. It's basically a way to use Web3 rails and all the existing tools, but just run more of like a traditional grants program. But I think we might start seeing things like people using quadratic voting to make decisions about how to give out the money amongst a smaller group of people internally. And so you might not be harnessing the wisdom of the crowd, but you can still have that transparency, that accountability, you know, all that kind of nifty stuff that comes along with using these tools. And also anybody who's created a grant proposal on builder potentially can apply to an even bigger number of different types of opportunities. So, you know, so I think, you know, we really, you know, are so just lucky to have such an innovative, creative, thoughtful global community. You know, like, we just saw a round run in Latin America where like the majority of the grant proposals were in Spanish, you know, and like we frankly, don't even have the resources internally to like provide support and documents and web pages. They just did it themselves, you know, which is so cool to see. And I think we're going to just see more and more of that. Like there's a Chinese community round that's happening. I've heard there's an African continent round that people are talking about, you know, basically any issue or cause you can think of, you know, there's probably somebody out there thinking about how they could run a grants program to do something about it. You know, and if somebody out there is listening and has some nifty idea, even without a big matching pool, like, you know, just like even a small amount of money that you put into a matching pool, or even just creating the space for people to give to something that matters, like even without a matching pool, I think can just be a really powerful thing. You know, there's something about just kind of creating the container for the conversation to bring the people together. And, you know, the neat thing about these grants programs is like the grantees are the ones who do a lot of that organizing, who bring their community with them, you know, and often do actually do a better job of supporting and onboarding people and creating guides and documentation and all that kind of good stuff in a way that makes sense to their community. So, yeah, I think it's super exciting and I definitely think about it a lot. Yeah, no, totally. I can see the excitement just as you talk about it now. And I think that, you know, what you said around the grantees is spot on too. It's just really cool seeing like how they've all kind of stepped up and contributed to the Gitcoin community in different ways, whether it's creating these educational onboarding materials, setting up one -on -one calls with people to walk them through getting a wallet set up and a passport set up, you know, which is fantastic. It's been really, really powerful. And, you know, obviously we have another Gitcoin granting round coming up November 15th, I believe you said was when it was starting, which is really exciting Gitcoin grant round 19. 56 million plus in funds allocated, really incredible. It's really been a catalyst for thousands of early stage Web3 projects. For those listening that haven't yet participated in a Gitcoin grant round, but are interested in maybe becoming a grantee, they have a really cool public good project, but maybe they're a little nervous. What advice would you give them? Yeah, I love this question. So a lot really depends on sort of what your starting point is, you know, so maybe slightly different advice, depending on like, you know, if you've already got a DAO that you're a part of, you know, you've got friends in the Web3 space, you know, I could definitely give some very specific advice for those folks, you know, versus like somebody who's brand new to the space, doesn't have an existing community. I think there's a place for everybody in Gitcoin grants rounds. And a big part of what we try to do as Gitcoin is like level the playing field, make sure that everybody has an opportunity to get in front of an audience, you know, that grantees can be discovered based on the kind of the quality and interest of what they're building. But yeah, I'd say the universal stuff, you know, it's very much like any community organizing or marketing. Like, you know, think about the picture that you put up as your picture, think about how you summarize the information in your grant proposal, think about the title that you use, good to have the name of your organization, and something to do with your value proposition. So people, maybe they're just looking for you by your name, and they know who you are, and they can find you that way. Maybe they've never heard of your project, but they're interested in your value proposition. So trying to be succinct and having both those things, kind of without needing to click away and go read it, you know, also that like, there's a bit of information that shows up kind of above the fold, as they say, like, you know, kind of in that little preview window, if you have a good little TLDR, that's like, this is what we're trying to do, this is how we intend to do it, this is why we're doing it, whatever you think is important for people to understand, like, I'm trying to raise this money so I can do this, you know, the more that you can be super clear about, like, by next round, or by six months from now, I hope to have accomplished this, and you can follow along and and sort of follow that journey. I think that's really important. Also, if you've been a grantee for more than one round, I know we're talking about new grantees, but updating people is super important, too. They sort of haven't seen that you've done anything with the funding, people start wondering, you know, like, you know, what are you really doing with this money? Should I give again? But I would say for like, people who in particular, who might be nervous, who don't have a web3 community, I would say like, there's a lot of people who are super supportive and helpful in our community. Like, so starting by coming to like our Twitter spaces, the Gitcoin hosts, which you can follow along at the Gitcoin Twitter account, and we're always announcing when the next ones will be. Also, you can usually find there's like a grantee support page, where we have like an event listing, which you can find linked to right off of the main Gitcoin website, gitcoin .co. So I mean, just follow along there, you know, and that can give you a sense of like, just if you just show up, you know, I can tell you that we are super friendly and supportive, you know, and you can just like come and talk about what you're working on, or even just listen for a while and see how other people are doing it and get comfortable, I think people will get a sense that it's a very welcoming and friendly space. You know, but also, like, there's a million, maybe not million, there's definitely tons of these Twitter spaces being hosted by people. If you're not already active on Twitter, I hear you, there's a lot going on in the world. And Twitter is not always my favorite place either these days. But, you know, it happens to be where a lot of the crypto community is, you know, definitely wherever your community is, like, try to bring them on board. But it's a lot easier to get donations from people who are already familiar with crypto, who are already familiar with Gitcoin than it is to like, you know, take somebody from never even having a wallet to like setting up their first wallet funding it, you know, connecting to passport going through all those stages. Definitely great guides out there. You know, I think it's a great idea to like host onboarding sessions or like office hours to help people in your community might want to support you. But definitely the lowest hanging fruit is the existing Gitcoin community that's quite active round after round. And you can find those people on our Twitter spaces, you can find those people, you know, in various discords, but also on the Twitter spaces that other people are hosting. And, you know, and I'd say one other thing I would throw out there is Telegram. All these tools that, you know, if you're from outside the web through space might be a little bit daunting. But you know, if you just join the Gitcoin Telegram group, there's so many people providing peer support, helping each other answering questions. Like if you just jump into that thread, which again, you can find it directly through our homepage, you know, you can from there, like find people who might want to help you with what you're building, or might have a similar project and want to collaborate with you, you know, or, you know, want to attend your Twitter space if you host one and invite other people. So yeah, I would say just like, focus on the people more than the technology. And like, figure out where the low hanging fruit is of like, where those people are that, you know, might be interested in working with you and supporting you. And don't hesitate to reach out and like DM people and, you know, and ask questions. You know, like, I'm always happy to chat if I can find the time. You know, definitely lots of people who are doing their project for the first time reach out. And like, you know, even share what you're thinking about posting in your grant proposal with others like, you know, there's no wrong time to do that. Even if you're listening to this right in the middle of an active grants round, and you missed the opportunity to apply, it's not too late to get involved to start listening to those Twitter spaces to join the Telegram. You can even post your grant proposal and then just apply three months from now in the next round. You know, so can't hurt to like, just moving start things forward, start onboarding your community, start playing with the tools yourself. Really helps to actually go and donate yourself to if you haven't before, because having done it yourself, you can then help other people do it more easily. Yeah, definitely. That's great advice. And you know, I think me personally, I only participated in two rounds, but was really kind of involved more as a community member and like just kind of listening in and being a part of the community before then, right. And it was a great way for me to learn and to kind of get my feet wet a little bit and to see what's going on before diving in headfirst. So great advice. Thank you so much for sharing that. As we near the end of our conversation, there's one thing I want to ask you about. I know that web3 can obviously be very stressful, fast paced, especially, you know, during Gitcoin grant season two, it can be feel like a bit of a sprint, especially for I imagine, the team that's working on the back end. You're also big, I know that you're a big advocate for getting outside for nature for laughter is the best medicine. I know you like to post some videos of you juggling, you know, by the lake is kind of a way to disconnect. Tell me more about how you stay grounded in this busy world of web3. Because I know that there's something that a lot of people struggle with. It's hard, man, honestly. And I can tell you, like, having spent much of my life working on, like, what feels like really life and death issues a lot of the time, like, this is definitely something I've struggled with for a lot of my life. I've definitely gone through cycles of burnout and like, you know, all that, you know, I would say just like, trying to not take everything too seriously, trying to take a step back and see everything in perspective, you know, surrounding yourself with like, friends and family that like, know you and love you and support you. You know, like, getting outside every day really makes a big difference to me. You know, my dogs are a big part of my life. You know, and they're, they're really a gift, because like, they demand that I take them outside. So even if I'm not feeling like going for a walk, they always do. And, you know, I feel like, basically, like, I having like a stressometer, you know, like, if you can sort of like monitor how you're doing, and when you get past like a certain threshold, like, just knowing that it's always okay to just like step away for a bit, you know, even just like, you know, just putting everything on pause and taking three deep breaths can go a really long way. But you know, like, I definitely feel like you really genuinely recharge your batteries by like going to a park or, you know, like the whole touch grass drink water thing like you have to take care of yourself to be able to like, you know, take care of business. You know, so like drinking lots of water or like, I mean, it sounds like, you know, sort of trite or soundbites or whatever, but I think it's really true. You know, and the older I've gotten, like the more just I haven't been able to just continue to like push indefinitely, you know, like that it used to be that I would just burn the candle at both ends and like, you know, it's like, I don't really need to go to bed at a reasonable time. I'll just stay up all night every day working and, you know, operate on zero sleep and not eat enough food and, you know, go for drinks at lunch and you know, like it just like all of that catches up with you after a while for sure. Totally. So I mean, like, as much as everything feels really urgent, like I think if you think back on what felt urgent, like six months ago, three months ago, month ago, even a week ago, sometimes, like a lot of the times things seem a lot more urgent and a lot more stressful in the moment that they really are. You know, so like just trying to have that perspective. And like, yeah, just, you know, take the time that you need to like pace yourself. That's, that's, you know, it's a marathon, not a sprint, that whole thing definitely can feel like a sprint. But, you know, even during the grants round, it honestly, it is a marathon. Like, you know, it's a, it's a couple of weeks with like, at least a week or two on either end of like, preparing and unwinding. And, you know, especially for our team, like, you know, I worry, even when I see like myself or other team members, like pushing a little too hard. And definitely, we see that with grantees too. But yeah, I mean, maybe just get off Twitter. I mean that, you know, the algorithms have a way of like, sort of sucking us back in, keeping us engaged. So, you know, like, you know, spend some time, more time on Farcaster or Lenster. You know, like, there's a lot of good vibes out there too, if you're in the web3 space. And honestly, I think there's a lot of alpha to be had in those social media networks too, that like, because it's a much smaller community, you can really focus on like talking to people who are working on similar things without a lot of the drama and chaos. And, you know, so like, even just making some little adjustments to how you're sort of spending your social media time, I find that pretty helpful for me. I actually hang out on Mastodon a lot recently, because it's an old school decentralized platform with all kinds of interesting people, and definitely different perspectives that I'm not hearing all the time in crypto Twitter. So yeah, I don't know. Everybody's got different things that are going to work different for them. You know, if you were having this conversation with one of my coworkers, you'd say meditation, you know, spend an hour at least every day meditating. You know, another coworker of mine would say, go dancing every night. You know, like, so I mean, you know, just like, I guess, like, figure out what it is that like, brings you joy outside of the space and like, force yourself to do a little bit more of it. And I think the end result is like, you'll actually find that your project is more successful, you're showing up with just like better vibes in general, and, and that resonates out and draws more people in and, you know, so, you know, there's even self -interested reasons beyond just like your health that I think, you know, people will notice if you if you make that little extra bit of effort not to burn yourself out. And if you are burning out, like, take some time away, like it, you know, might feel impossible. Like I definitely can relate to that. It feels like every time I take a week off at Gitcoin, I come back, it's a different organization that I left. But, you know, if you're in the right place with the right people, you need to trust that, you know, things are going to be okay. And, you know, if you're not feeling that way, like, maybe that's an indication that you should be thinking about if you are in the right place. And, you know, maybe there's a lot of different orgs, a lot of different, you know, things that you can get involved in, like, don't feel so trapped in the moment, especially for a lot of the younger people in this space, like, you know, don't have a mortgage or kids that they have to take care of, like, you can take those risks, you can make big changes, you can step away if you need to and experiment, explore other things, like, you know, give yourself that permission when the consequences are not nearly as severe as, you know, it will be like when you're, you know, in your 40s or 50s or whatever. Totally. Yeah. Yeah. That is some great advice. Well, thank you for sharing that, all that. And I can definitely resonate with a lot of that, especially the dog part. I have a very hyperactive black lab who I need to get outside at least for three or four walks a day. So it's been, oh, and there's my cat poking its head in the door right now, just on cue as we talk about pets. That's hilarious. So yeah, great advice. Thank you so much for sharing and so important in this, you know, rapidly growing, fast moving space. So it's been a pleasure just learning from you and hearing everything you've had to say. I've learned so much just from this short conversation. Obviously, we weren't able to cover everything. So for those listening along that want to follow you get in touch, learn more about Gitcoins work, what's the best way for them to do that? I am at Ben West on Twitter, because I was lucky enough to have a friend who registered my account for me in 2008. And I'm the same pretty much everywhere. I think Benjamin West on Telegram. I actually, if you go to my Twitter, I have like one of those link tree type things that you can click on it, I'll show you like a bunch of different places to reach me. But Twitter, Twitter definitely works. And probably most people listening to this are active on Twitter. So yeah, come find me there. That's probably the easiest one. Drew, thank you so much for doing what you're doing. By the way, I think you have crypto altruism is great. And the people the interview are super fascinating. And, you know, so so I'm, it's an honor to be part of your podcast. And thanks for doing what you're doing. Yeah, well, thank you. That means a lot. It really does coming from coming from you to hear that I really appreciate that. So thank you. And thank you for sharing all that information. I'll make sure to include that in the show notes for those listening along. And to wrap things up on this amazing conversation, I'm definitely going to have to take some time to reflect, you know, after after this conversation, because so many really cool things we've talked about. I like to ask everyone the same ending question. If you could name one thing that excites you most about the social impact potential of web three, what would it be and why? Hmm. And that's a tough one, because there's so many things that excite me about it. Truth be told, if I could pick one thing that excites me the most, but the thing that excites me the most is the opportunity for communities to empower themselves and accomplish their goals. Like I, you know, when I see projects come into reality that, you know, may not have otherwise that, like, are possible, because of, you know, whether it's Gitcoin grants, or just web three tools in general, you know, that excites me, there's, there's a lot of specific use cases that really are close to my heart. But like, I think the thing that's underneath all of it, you know, is that sort of cultural shift that, you know, that we talked about earlier, like that, you know, idea that decentralization really matters that, you know, individuals should not just be treated like cogs in a machine. You know, and I think for so many of us, we live in these worlds where like, our work day to day is not fulfilling. And, you know, we feel like we're not treated with respect. And to me, that just really sucks that that's fundamentally where we're at in our world. Like, you know, we've kind of democratized so much of our world. Yet, like, our work is this one place that is fundamentally undemocratic, fundamentally exploitative, often, and extractive. And, you know, and like, I think there's a way to change that, that's outside of these kind of old, like, left right socialism, capitalism paradigms. And like, to me, that's really exciting, because I feel like we've been trapped in this kind of debate that doesn't really go anywhere for a really long time. And like, there's a lot more nuance to be had in terms of like, how markets can be used by communities in positive ways, and how people can empower themselves, you know, by using some nifty tools and kind of working together. And, you know, really, just by all of us believing in this thing that we're doing all kinds of amazing stuff as possible. So yeah, I think that's really at the core of what excites me the most. Yeah, that's such a good one. And I couldn't agree more. I think that, you know, Web3 is such an interesting kind of confluence of so many different people and ideas and, you know, philosophies that it's really cool to just kind of be able to build and without kind of having to go through those same debates over and over again. So that's a great point to end on. Couldn't agree more. Ben, it's been an absolute pleasure. Thank you so much. Really enjoyed this conversation. And thank you for all you're doing to uplift public goods, Gitcoin and yeah, and to inspire so many early stage projects and builders. So thank you work you're doing. It's been an inspiration to me personally, and I know for many others as well. So thanks for being here today. My pleasure. Honestly, it's an honor and a privilege. And hello to your cat there who's joining us for the tail end. Yes, he always likes to make an appearance. Thanks, Ben. A huge thank you to Ben for coming on the crypto altruism podcast. Whenever someone asks me why I love the Web3 community so much, I typically point to Gitcoin grant season. It's a true testament to the power of decentralization and leveraging the wisdom of the crowd to fund what matters. Gitcoin is an incredible catalyst for public goods in Web3. And if you are listening to this between November 15, and November 29, then GG19 is live and you have an opportunity to participate by sending a VONATION to your favorite projects. So make sure to check out the show notes so you can follow along and get involved. And that brings us to the end of today's episode. Thanks so much for joining on the crypto altruism podcast. I had a great time and I hope you did as well. For more great content exploring the intersections of Web3 and social impact, check us out at crypto altruism .org. Also, if you love what you heard, I truly appreciate it if you rate, review, and subscribe to the show. You can also support the show by buying us a coffee or making a small crypto contribution. Crypto altruism runs on the support of community members like yourself and everything helps. Thanks so much for joining us and I hope you'll join us again for our next episode. Until then, let's keep showing the world the good of crypto. 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Fresh update on "milwaukee" discussed on The Eric Metaxas Show
"Hey, you. Have you checked your bucket list lately? Are you ready to take care of item number seven? Listening to the Eric Metaxas Show? Well, welcome. Tune in and then move on to item number eight, Skydiving with Chuck Schumer and AOC. Here now is Mr. Completed My Bucket List at age 12, Eric Metaxas. Welcome to hour two. I'm talking to Kyle Rittenhouse. Brand new book out. Tells the story of his life, what he's been through. The title of the book is Aquitted. So, Kyle, you know, somebody my age looks at somebody your age, you're not even 21. And you you've been through so much the stress of that trial. Again, it breaks my heart that you had to go through that. And I know God was with you and I'm thrilled that you were acquitted. And but I have to kind of wonder, what are you thinking about doing with your life, having lived through this in America? Well, I am currently working a nine to five job. I go to work in the morning. Today I'm off, but I go to work. I I work. I go home. I spend time with my dog. I'm just trying to live as normal as a life as possible. Sometimes that gets difficult getting recognized when I got into public. It's very hard to go out to eat. But right now, I'm just trying to just get get through what I'm going through right now. Get through. I'm being sued by the three people who attacked me in the Eastern District, Wisconsin Federal Courthouse in Milwaukee. I'm being sued. So I'm fighting these civil lawsuits and just working on winning this battle as well, winning these next three trials. Again, I'm very sorry you have to go through this, but there is this is God lets us go through things sometimes so that we will learn to lean on him in the midst of the battle. He wants us to lean on him, to turn to him and to know that all things are in his hands if we will put them in his hands. And so your future with regard to all of this stuff and one of my favorite scripture verses is Romans 828. All things work together for good. Even the worst thing, trials, whatever it is, imprisonment, all things work together for good for those that love the Lord and are called according to his purposes. And when you're going through a tough time, I want to tell people, folks, that is the word of God. You could take that to the bank and then some because God wants us to have peace in the midst of these difficult things, trials, whether literal or metaphorical. He wants us to have peace in the midst of it, to look to him in the midst of it. And I just want to say that to you because nobody your age should have to go through this. But God is with you in the midst of it. And I just hope that you will avail yourself of his presence in the midst of it because there's no other way to fly. Life is tough. And when I hear your story, I just think, wow, the only answer to this is turning to God.
A highlight from Milwaukee's Growing Pains & Early Season Observations
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Fresh update on "milwaukee" discussed on Bloomberg Markets
"Place oh it's not quite it's not quite Milwaukee but it's got some smile I'm summit it's great all right right now we're gonna have more coming up in just moments this is Bloomberg let's get some company news right now with Lisa Mateo thanks Paul two entertainment giants they are looking to team up to make their offerings a little bit more attractive sources tell the Wall Street Journal that Apple and Paramount Global are in talks to bundle their streaming services and that would make them cheaper than the script subscribing to both them separately we have right Apple now they're up about half a percent of power mount global up about 7 % and move over Apple and Google Microsoft looking to the competition the mobile gaming market the head of Microsoft Xbox division says company the is talking to potential partners about setting up a mobile gaming store now no word on when that would open Microsoft right now is down about one and a half percent and some trouble for Pfizer's experimental weight loss pill the drug maker has stopped development of its twice daily pill after more than half a patient's in mid -stage study suffered side effects like nausea and vomiting Pfizer will continue working on a once daily version that it hopes will be a little bit more tolerable Bloomberg's Simone Foxman has more on the demand for the pill forty four percent of americans say they'd be interested in taking one of these jail p once but that number of drops to about twenty three three percent when they learn they have to take it on an injection basis uh... Bloomberg intelligence says this leaves Pfizer's overall obesity drug hopes in limbo but bank of america also said note in a today that you know hopes were particularly high for Pfizer and obesity in general now Pfizer right now is down about four percent and meanwhile shares shares of altimune they are on the rise right now they're up about forty percent and this is after a mid -stage study of its experimental weight loss drug put it on par with Novo Nordisk's Wegovy we have Novo Nordisk down just a fraction those are the stories we're following I'm Lisa Matei Bloomberg Radio is where you are. Get live business news and market lines from anywhere 24 hours a day via your mobile device listen to the iHeart radio app tune in the Bloomberg Business App and Bloomberg .com Support for this podcast and the message following come from Coriant. Coriant provides wealth management services centered around you. They focus on exceeding expectations simplifying lives and establishing legacies that last for generations. Leverage their exclusive network of experts to help achieve your and personal professional financial goals. As one of the largest integrated fee -only registered investment advisors in the U .S. Coriant and has experienced teams who can craft custom solutions designed to help you reach your financial goals no matter how complex. Real requires wealth real solutions. Connect to a wealth advisor today at Coriant .com When you get your news from Bloomberg, you don't just get the story. You get
A highlight from 419// Telling The Difference Between Weeds and Wheat: A Devotional Bible Study on Matthew 13:24-30
"Do you sometimes doubt if you're truly hearing God's voice or if it's really your own? Or have you been in a season where it feels like He's completely silent? Have you been praying for a way to learn how to hear His voice more clearly? Hey friends, I'm Rachel, host of the Hearing Jesus Podcast. If you are ready to grow in your faith and to confidently step into your identity in Christ, then join me as we dig deep into God's Word so you can learn to live out your faith in your everyday life. You may be familiar with The Salvation Army by the Bells We Ring at Christmas, but did you know that we also produce a network of Christian shows you can listen to on your favorite podcast store? One of those shows, Words of Life, is currently in a series on parenting. We'll be joined by families at all stages of parenting to hear their testimony and what they've learned along the way. We've realized that we are her first experience with faith, you know, and what she sees in us, and we're really mindful of how we react to things and how we speak. I've always thought, like, I'm not raising this kid to just grow up, right? I'm raising them to be a fully grown adult who is functional in society. As a father, as a parent, I feel my goal in life is to share the very best parts of me. Those values that you guys instilled in us certainly is something that we give to ours. Find Words of Life wherever you get your podcasts, or visit WordsOfLifePodcast .org to start listening. This holiday, the Home Depot is helping you get gifts that keep on giving by making sure they keep on going. Right now, when you buy a select battery kit from Ryobi, Milwaukee, RIDGID, DeWalt, or Makita, you get an eligible tool for free. Just pick a brand, pick a battery kit, and get a tool free. Give the gift of more doing this holiday with the Home Depot. How doers get more done. Valued at participating stores and online, one per transaction. Discount taken at checkout. Full, eligible tool list in store and online. Valued October 23rd, 2023 through January 28th, 2024. Hey friends, welcome back to the Hearing Jesus Podcast. I'm your host, Rachel Grohl. Today we are continuing our discussion of Matthew Chapter 13. So if you're just joining us and this is your first time listening to the podcast, welcome. We're glad you're here. What we're doing is we're in a series of an introduction to the Gospels where I'm walking through the Gospel of Matthew and chapter by chapter, verse by verse, we're talking about some of the things that we easily overlook because we are in a different time and space than the original audience was. And the reason why we do that is because there are things that the original audience, Jewish living people in a farming community would have understood that is sometimes lost on us. And so I want to point some of those things out to help you understand how this message of the Gospel is relevant to you in your life today. If you would like to dive a little bit deeper, we have resources available for you every day. There are journal prompts that go along with each episode as well as a family discussion guide, and you can get the links for that in the show notes. And then we also offer spiritual direction and one on one life coaching to help you dive That's what you're interested in. You can go to shears .org for that as well. So we are in Matthew chapter 13, and we're picking back up at verse 24. It says, Jesus told them another parable. The Kingdom of Heaven is like a man who sowed good seed in his field. But while everyone was sleeping, his enemy came and sowed seeds among the wheat and went away. When the wheat sprouted and formed heads, then the weeds also appeared. The owner servants came to him and said, Sir, didn't you sow good seed in your field? Where did the weeds come from? An enemy did this, he replied. The servants asked him, Do you want us to go and pull them up? No, he said, because while you were pulling the weeds, you may uproot the wheat with them. Let both grow together until the harvest. At that time, I will tell the harvesters first collect the weeds and tie them in bundles to be burned, then gather wheat and bring it to my barn. So at first glance, this may feel very similar to what we studied yesterday, which was the parable of the soils. And I would encourage you to go back and listen to yesterday's episode if you haven't done that so far. But it's the same theme, but it means something a little bit different. And you have to remember who this audience was that Jesus was speaking to. This original audience was a group of people that likely were farmers. And in that time frame, there was a lot of wealthy landowners that controlled most of that rural land throughout the I mean, that was throughout the Roman Empire, not just in this location. But their estates were worked either by free peasants or by slaves. And honestly, essentially, most of their situations were very, very similar. The only difference would be the fact that the slaves could be beaten or sold. But as far as their stature and their status in life, they live very similar lives. And so many of the hearers of Jesus that were in this crowd would have been rural farmers on these larger estates. And they would have really identified with this situation that he's describing. So they would have identified with the soil story from yesterday. And then this story about the weeds, they would have understood what the struggle was about. And before we get into that, I just want to make note about a couple things. First, the crop that's going to be produced in the life of the person who is good soil. So this is going back to what we talked about yesterday, this idea of good soil. The crop is for the kingdom of heaven to operate. And many think that that crop is referring to converts, people that are one to Christ through the believer. And yes, that is partially true. But in this context, it goes a little bit deeper to this more fundamental idea of transformation of the person who has encountered this kingdom of heaven experience. And so in the forest soil yesterday, we were talking about the four kinds of soil in the forest soil. That crop represents the working of the Holy Spirit inside the life of that seed or you and I, that person, that seed falls on good soil. And so there's a reference there to this production of good fruit. And later in Galatians, we'll study this. If you don't know what I'm talking about, you can go there and read in Galatians chapter five about the fruit of the Spirit and what that is. It is the gifts of the Spirit within the believer's life. And that results in these characteristics that are produced by the Spirit of God working through the life of the believer. And so this external creation of this kind of Spirit produced righteousness and these good works that are done, they're now coming up through these new converts where it's not just about them praying a prayer or them making the decision to follow Jesus, but it's about them producing good fruit, a good crop, a good harvest, the fruit of their lives. And so that's what we want to look for when we're talking about good soil is not just the fact that somebody receives that word, but that they internalize it and they develop this relationship with Christ. So as we're going through a couple of things in verse 25, it says about while everyone was sleeping, his enemy came and sowed seeds among the wheat and went away. Now, in that culture, they often would sleep after lunch, but most of the time, the greatest length of time that they would be sleeping would be at night. And either way, it could have happened at either time at lunchtime or even at nighttime. But this was something that was very common in that timeframe. Ancient farmers sometimes fought. Sometimes it would be over land. Sometimes it would be over relationships. Lots of different things, money. And a Roman law had to actually forbid this practice of sowing poisonous seeds into a neighbor's field. And so do you have to think about what was their diet? The most basic staple of their diet in the entire ancient world was what? So wheat was critical. And most of the time we're talking about seed, we're talking about wheat. And so what the enemy or the neighbor that wanted to get back at his neighbor would do is he would also plant a poisonous weed, which is a kind of a rye grass known as Darnell. And it looks like wheat, especially in the early stages. And you can really only tell the difference once the ear appears, once the fruit appears. See, Satan operates in this world, both as the swooping bird that we saw yesterday that swooped down and stole the seed and also as that enemy farmer. And so what this parable is doing is emphasizing the fact that the enemy will plant things just alongside of where God is planting. And what does that look like? Well, it's evil intentions. It's lies. His influence is right alongside those who are spreading God's word. And the interesting thing about this, and you will hear a lot about this if you are operating within the church, within the body of Christ or serving God, is there's a lot of times a demonic oppression or attack against God's people, especially when they are called to share God's word. It's predictable. We call it predictable resistance. And quite often what will happen is the moment that you are getting ready to stand out and stand up in obedience to what God has called you to do, the enemy will attack.
A highlight from RadCast Rewind: Episode with Fishing Legend Al Linder, Now on Carbon TV
"Hey, Radcast is on. And welcome to the show, Mr. Jim Zumbo. Gentlemen, I am pleased to be here and I use that term loosely when I say gentlemen. Al Winder. Just want to welcome you to the show. Thanks for taking time out of your busy schedule to hang out with us on a podcast for a little bit. I am looking forward to it. There's nothing makes me happier than a coke in Minnesota. If I can't be out fishing, I should be talking about fishing. Hayling from Wisconsin, Janna Waller. Thank you so much for having me. It's Radcast. Hunting, fishing, and everything in between. Powered by Bowspider. Brought to you by PK Lures and High Mountain Seasonings. And now, here's your hosts, Patrick Edwards and David Merrill. Again, Al, it's great to have you on the program. I do want to give a quick shout out to Danny Kertola, my cousin, for helping set this up with Al. That was a big deal. Thanks, Danny. Yeah, so I really appreciate Danny and Al. Just want to welcome you to the show. Al, thanks for taking time out of your busy schedule to hang out with us on a podcast for a little bit. I am looking forward to it. Nothing makes me happier than a coke in Minnesota. If I can't be out fishing, I should be talking about fishing. It's going to be well below zero tonight. So Al, that's probably one of the big motivations for Patrick and I to start this podcast is we both have young families and we're both avidly into the outdoors, whether it's fishing, hunting, or a little bit of both. So that's our goal is to recruit new anglers and new hunters to the outdoors. The timing is really appropriate for it. We've got a whole new recruitment coming in because of COVID that our sport has never seen before, experience in the outdoors. And they need some guidance in a lot of cases to respect the resource. And that's an important part of what's happening now with these whole lot of these newbies coming in. Yeah, it's been fun to watch you over the years because you've really helped teach everybody about that. And I know as a kid, I always looked forward to outdoor life coming in the mail and also in Fisherman Magazine, because that was the thing was I wanted to learn more about fishing and growing up in Cheyenne, Wyoming, it was like a dead zone of fishing. There's really not much close unless you're going to drive two hours to Glendo, three and a half hours to Seminole, five hours to Boyson, you just forget about it. There's just nothing there. You talk about teaching people. I was reading that as much as I could, because I knew when I went, I had to really capitalize on those trips. And you've done an amazing job about that. And I just wanted to know if you could just share some tips with us, what's some key strategies of getting kids and just other anglers out on the water? What are some good strategies and tips? Number one, make sure you take them when you can get them back. I can't hold eyes how important that is, especially with the younger ones that have shorter tension spans. And it is critical that barber is going down or something pulling on the end of that line. And that's one. And even with new adults, and we have a lot of those coming into the sport now that have never fished before. And yes, they have patience where the young people don't, however, their patience will reign after one or two trips without getting a bite. It's the biggest hindrance that I've seen to our sport and your people back. The key is getting a bite to light that fire. They got to catch something. And you don't want to take them out in miserable weather conditions. You have to weather good and do everything in your power to make sure that they get back. And the reason people fish and continue to fish is they had a good experience and a good experience is something pulling on the end of their line. That's really the reason you're out there. That's what motivates people. It's the miracle of a fish. It is amazing to me, my entire life in this business to see what a fish can do to change somebody's life. Yeah, a kid sitting on the dock catching bluegills and all of a sudden nowhere, a two pound bass runs out from under the dock and grabs your bait. You never had your catching your six and having a ball and out of this bass is there. Your hook did break where you landed your life forever. Somebody has never met fish. Yeah, they heard something about it. They're going out with somebody that knows something about all of a sudden next to the boat. This monster opens his mouth and bites on it. It's an image that burns into your spirit that will change. It never goes away. That's what lights the fire in this sport. And it's why it's so important that the end of good weather to do it. And that's the key is to get them action. And then if they're really young, you know, after two, three hours, they like to think around and alive. You get a few fish around all kids like that. They're fascinated with fish bouncing around in the life. And that's the key. It really is the key to keep them motivated, keep them fishing action in a short period of time. But again, with the adult or even a young person after after. So you get them out for two trips the third time. Yeah, you're going to say you want to go fishing with me today. You got too bad experience that they're going to go back and play video games. So the interest won't be there. Well, I was fortunate enough to grow up near Saltwater and my dad in the Pacific Northwest. We did a lot of salmon and halibut and deep sea. And I got introduced very young to fishing. We actually just had a podcast with my dad on talking about starting that fire that you're talking about. I'm curious, who was the fishing mentor in your life? The person that got you hooked on fishing? Well, actually, my brother's 10 years my senior. And he took me everywhere from the time I was a little kid. He's seeing a burning passion. He shared that he said there was something about it from the time you were little. You were obsessed with fish and fishing. And he nurtured that. He actually nurtured that in him being 10 years older than I am. Yeah, he took me under his wing. And I had some really good experiences in those years. One of them that really fed my passion for fishing was my mother. And this is strange, but I got to share that story with you. My brother obviously loved the fish. So he took me everywhere we could go. We fished all over the ponds and lakes and creeks and rivers in between Chicago and Milwaukee. And there's many of them. And we were out every moment we could go. He'd be able to go the way he took me. But my mother really liked to fish. And she's seen people would ask me at a young age, wouldn't you go to a Christmas gathering of family or friends like this? And yeah, what are you going to do when you grow up? Boldly coming? I'm going to be living fishing. That's what I'm going to do. I'm going to look at you. Oh, OK. You're going to blow it off. And my mother, she, under the guy, my brother, would she at Christmas time or birthdays or special event every time I found my Christmas presents and gifts were the latest, greatest fishing tackle in the industry, whether it was a rod, a reel, a lure, magazines, books, anything that she fed that fed it and fed it. Never said that's a dumb thing. How are you going to make a living in a fishing industry? Especially at that time, that many years ago. Yeah. And the only thing you get, you tackle manufacturers and outdoor writers that at that time, one of the inspiring outdoor writers to me as a kid was Jason Lucas. He wrote for Sports of Field at that time. And he wrote a book called Lucas on Bass. And I'll bet you I read it a dozen times. It marked every page, the experiences burned into my mind. But experiences like that, and then television, I remember pioneers of the TV fishing business, the first one, his name was Gattabot Gattis, the Flying Fisherman. He was the first one that syndicated television fishing shows. And he'd fly to different locations all over the country and share his fishing experience, Gattabot Gattis. And then that led to Virgil Ward, that was the true championship fishing. And he was the one that lit by fire to get into the fishing industry and do a television show in the business. He was here in my hometown in Brainerd, Minnesota, when we were starting Lindy Jackal Company. And his producer, his name was Jayden, he gave us a call at the office one day and he says, Hi, I'm Dave Jayden, I'm with Virgil Ward, championship fishing. We've been in the area for three days. We're having, we want to do well, I should have went to Bass Busters gig. And he says, can you help? And I understand with the way you're a really good fisherman, everybody says, go call Al if you want one. So should we do a show? That's absolutely. We went out, we got a phenomenal show shot in four hours, he got everything done. He's all happy. He took off, went back to Missouri, and we finished that. My brother looks at me that night, we're talking. He says, that's great. He does a television show and talks about the lures that he manufactures. I said, we could do that. We got, why don't we start a television fishing show and help with that's what led our fire. And that was it. That trip went there and we bought a camera. I mean, that's what camera and my brother learned how to use it and how to voice tape together. And you're shooting with film at that time. You had to rewind these stories on how you get into the game and into the fishing industry and into the sport and the different aspects that are available. You get these different stories from everybody that is enough to make a living business. But I'll go back to what I said just a little bit. Just what a fish could do to change somebody's life. It's astounding to me how it happens all the time. One experience with a fish and just bam, your life is changed by it. Yeah, I agree. It's an amazing experience. I remember catching fish when I was little and how it lit my fire. And again, I promised that I would do this on the podcast and I hope it's not lost because you hear this stuff a lot. But my friend Seth Ewing, who lives in northern Idaho and myself, we grew up just eating up your shows and the magazine. And it really did benefit both of us. He's an incredible fly fisherman and he learned a lot from your fly fishing video that you guys put out with Dahlberg. And I love the smallmouth and the walleye and those kind of species. And so it's just one of those things where I hope it's not lost on you when you hear us say thank you so much for doing all of that because it really did inspire a lot of people across the United States and the world to go out and fish and to take other people fishing, which I think is really cool. One of the things that I always enjoyed and my dad and I always enjoyed watching you fish was just the joy on your face. You were always chuckling and laughing and having a great time. We were just living vicariously through you as the wind blew about 70 miles an hour through Cheyenne, but it's just, it really did make a big difference. And I do want to, I want to ask about this because this is really important to David and I, we both have little kids and we take them out fishing, hunting different activities and you have kids of your own. And I know like he's very influential and big into the fishing business as well. But can you talk a little bit about what that was like raising your kids to be fishermen, but also raising them during that time that you're just so busy and you got all these things going on with the fishing world and the fame that you had going on. How did you manage all those things and still make it a great experience for your kids? They grew up in the business they did. There's not all seven, Ron had seven children. I've got two boys, all of the kids, even the girls, three of his kids are girls. They all served in the business doing something. Yeah. From the time we started Lindy Tackle Company, they were pouring sinkers and learning how to tie snails, raffle them on cars. They were exposed to the business as a family run business all their life when they grew up in different fields and did other things. But a number of them stayed in the business and are in the business today, like Jimmy and Banny and Billy and my son Troy.
A highlight from No Cease Fire
"All right, welcome to the Dennis Prager Show. I'm your guest host, Carl Jackson, sitting in for Dennis Prager. The number to call in, 1 -8 -Prager, 776. That is 1 -8 -Prager, 776. Sitting in studio with me, Lou's got my back right here at AM 950 The Answer, 94 .9 FM. Go to TheAnswerOrlando .com. You can see all of our great programming here. I would certainly appreciate that. Sean McConnell is in my ear. Alan Estrin, thank you so much for inviting me back. I want to thank, obviously, Dennis Prager and Sue for trusting me behind this microphone. It really means a lot to me. I certainly appreciate that. Mr. McConnell, who do we have on the lines? All right, Suzette is on the lines. I thought I heard Tony earlier as well. Anyway, Suzette, so glad to have you with us. The number to call in, 1 -8 -Prager, 776. 1 -8 -Prager, 776. I have so much that I want to get to that it's absolutely unbelievable. I've got to mute my phone, apparently, and my laptop here. But listen, I wasn't exactly sure how I was going to come at this show, to be frank, with those of you that are in the listening audience. I'm watching my country, and every day I'm looking at my country and I'm watching what's happening. I'm looking at our leadership. I'm looking at what's happening with the Israel -Iran slash Hamas war. And I'm just, it's weird. I go home, even though I'm on this microphone, I go home sometimes and I read these headlines and I'm in disbelief of where we are. You know, I recently, or I've been hearing more and more people, including the White House, call for a ceasefire in Israel. I pray to God that Israel, even if it means forgoing any aid from the U .S., I pray that they would absolutely annihilate Hamas, and I pray that they would ignore Biden and the White House. Obviously, Biden and the Vice President and the Democrat Party are catering to portions of their base, which sadly are, they have partly a Hamas constituency, a pro -Hamas constituency. I think I want to talk to you about this. I think I want to start here. Frankly, I wasn't even sure. I got stuff scattered all around me, but guys, I think we are leading up to another 2020 -type summer, another 2020 -type summer of violence, if you will. But I do want to make mention of this. Before the Democrat Party calls for a ceasefire in Gaza, let me call for a ceasefire. Can I do that? I want to call for a ceasefire in St. Louis, Missouri. This was the first city with the highest murder rate in St. Louis. There were 194 murders. By the way, this is as of January of this year, so the numbers have gone up. So I want to call for a ceasefire in the Democrat -run city of St. Louis. Again, 194 murders in 2021. That was with an average of 64 homicides per 100 ,000 inhabitants. There has been a decrease in the city's population since 1993, which, oddly enough, has resulted in a greater murder rate, despite the fact that they have a dipping population. I would also like to call for a ceasefire in the Democrat -run Baltimore, Maryland. That is the second city with the highest murder rate. That is Baltimore, Maryland. Again, there were 348 murders in the city with an average of 58 .63 deaths per 100 ,000 inhabitants. The majority of murders in Baltimore are centered in a few high -density areas. This, according to the Baltimore Sun research, gun deaths are concentrated in a quarter of the city's communities. I bet you don't have to guess who runs those cities. I'd also like to call for a ceasefire in San Juan, Puerto Rico. That is the third city with the highest murder rate. Right under Baltimore, there were 172 murders in the city of San Juan with an average of 54 .03 deaths per 100 ,000 inhabitants. Since Puerto Rico became a colony of the United States going back to 1898, the island has been plagued with crime. The island has been plagued by violent criminal activity for a long time as well. The island has been plagued by illegal activity for a long time, too. By the way, this is USAbyNumbers .com. Also, I'd like to call for a ceasefire in Detroit, Michigan. Detroit, Michigan has been the fourth city with the highest murder rate. All of these cities, with the exception of one that I'll touch on, are run by Democrats. I want to call for a ceasefire there. It seems to me that the Democrat Party are fixated on making sure that no innocent civilians die, despite the fact that Hamas that runs Gaza, despite the fact that they killed more than 1 ,400 Israelis, including American citizens that happen to be there. We don't even know the name of the hostages that have been taken, frankly. So they're since so fixated on calling for a ceasefire in Hamas, I thought just maybe, maybe that they didn't understand that the cities that they run are under fire every freaking day, and perhaps since they run them, perhaps they could do something about it. That's kind of what I'm thinking here. So Detroit has been the fourth city with the highest murder rate in the United States and 34th in the world with a murder rate of 40 .74 per 100 ,000 inhabitants. There has been an increase in violent attacks in Detroit. Although thefts and other crimes have decreased, the city's overall crime has reduced significantly since the 1980s, yet the results are still pretty horrible. And what about a ceasefire in Milwaukee, Wisconsin? So on the western side of Lake Michigan, the American state of Wisconsin contains the metropolis of Milwaukee. It is well known for its viewers, several of which provide tours that detail its contribution to the brewing industry. The Harley -Davidson Museum is there, so that'd be a nice thing to see. That overlooks the what? The Mino Monte River features vintage motorbikes on exhibit, such as one that was owned by Elvis Presley. I'd love to see that. The Milwaukee Public Museum is close by and features an expansive European village, as well as a replica of early Milwaukee, but the murder rate there is 42 .5 of 100 ,000 inhabitants. So you've got to make sure that you don't get a cap popped in you while you're on your way to the museum. How about a ceasefire in New Orleans? How about a ceasefire there? New Orleans, Louisiana. That has a murder rate of 40 .6 per 100 ,000 inhabitants. I'm sure the Democrats are all over that. Guys, this is a party of chaos. This is a party, the Democrat Party, it is a party of murder. It is a pro -hamas party.
A highlight from The Clippers Are Dumb, Plus the NFL Trade Deadline, Sleeper Teams, and 'The Godfather' With Michael Lombardi
"Coming up, the Clippers trade for Harden. Lots of football talk and some Italian movies. Oh yeah, next. It's the Bill Simmons Podcast presented by FanDuel. It's the best time of the year with football in full swing and basketball returning soon. FanDuel, the best place to bet on the action. The app is safe, secure, and easy to use. And when you win, you get paid instantly. Get exclusive offers every day. Jump into the action at any time during the game with quick bets and take home a fast W. Plus, check out the Explore page for the simplest way to start betting. Download the app today. Bet with America's number one sportsbook. The Ringer is committed to responsible gaming. Visit TheRinger .com slash RG to learn more about the resources and help lines available and listen to the end of the episode for additional details. Must be 21 plus and present in select states. Gambling problem, call 1 -800 -GAMBLER or visit TheRinger .com slash RG. We are supported by McDonald's. This month, McDonald's is upping its game by introducing two beloved sauces to its lineup. Mambo sauce and sweet and spicy jam. Hmm, why do I love these? Well, they both pack a spicy punch. They let you switch up the flavors in your usual order. I like having more choices. You know what, if you're gonna give me eight choices, why not give me 10? The sweet and spicy jam sounds delicious. These two sauces are only available for a limited time at participating McDonald's, so make sure to try them. While you can, tap the banner to learn more. We're also brought to you by The Ringer Podcast Network. I put up a new rewatchables on Monday night. We did the Omen. We did the OG Omen. We did the 1976 one. One of the creepiest movies ever made with some of the scariest scenes that have ever been in any of these movies. Me and Chris Ryan broke all of it down for you. What else happened in The Ringer universe? Oh, The Ringerverse crew. Everybody got together for the first time and they did a live show in LA on Monday night and even dressed up for Halloween, a couple of them. It was great, great to see everybody all together. Check out the, all of our basketball stuff on Ringer NBA, Mismatch, Brazilos Pod, Ringer Gambling. Austin Rivers has his new podcast, Off Guard. And then obviously our football stuff, all our culture stuff as well. And we're gonna have a big announcement on this podcast on Thursday about an upcoming show you might not be expecting. Coming up in this pod, I'm gonna talk about the Clippers trading for James Harden at the top and why I thought it was a huge mistake. And then our old friend Mike Lombardi, we're gonna talk about the trade deadline in the NFL as well as what team that seemingly looks like their season's almost over might actually jump in the second half of the year. And then last but not least, we're gonna talk Italian movies and Italian TV shows because why not? This is a fun podcast. First, our friends from Pearl Jam. ["PURL JAM"] All right, I'm taping this on Tuesday before the Clippers game on Tuesday night. The Clippers traded for James Harden late night. They tried to do this as late as possible at night when the most possible people were asleep because they were embarrassed by this trade. And they should be because they're the Clippers. They haven't made the finals ever in the history of the franchise, dating back to Buffalo in 1970, talking five and a half decades of bad luck, terrible injuries, mismanagement. We had the Donald Sterling piece of it. We had load management. And in the last couple of years, they've had some of the worst playoff losses of the 21st century. And now they're trading for a guy who's quit on his last three teams. So they decided, you know what, we'll do this in the middle of the night on the East Coast at least. So we'll take the least amount of slack. They were bidding against nobody. There's 30 teams in the league. One of them had James Harden. 28 other teams were like, we're good. And the Clippers said, you know what, we need this guy. We'll still be not nearly as good as Denver, but if we do this, maybe we could lose in either round two or round three, maybe? I just feel like they don't have any draft picks left for the rest of the decade. So they basically traded three picks for James Harden. The worst one was a 2028 unprotected first. Why do this now? Why do this for a team with no other offers? Why bid against yourself? And why not just wait? If you know you're trading basically two and a half picks plus all these expirings they had, why not wait? The league, I don't know if you've watched it the first week, the league is more talented and more loaded than it's ever been, probably in 30 years. And there's a really, really, really good chance that a couple teams that thought they were gonna be good are not gonna be good. Like for instance, Memphis is 0 -4. Or is Memphis gonna go 25 and 57? Probably not. But there's gonna be a couple teams that are just way worse than they expected. And guess what happens after Thanksgiving and in December and in January? Those teams panic. Guys become available. Like what if Toronto is bad? What if they're like, you know what, Pascal Siakam, this just isn't working for us. What if Chicago, who's already had two team meetings, I think, in three games, what if they decide to put Zach Levine on the table? Like you just don't know. What you do know now is that there was only one team bidding for James Harden and the Clippers ended up with him anyway. The other thing, if you're giving up this much for one guy, I better know that I have a chance to actually win the title. And I just don't feel like they do. I went to the game Sunday night. Kawhi, he looks fine. He looks fine. Does he look like the Kawhi from the mid -2010s? No. Does he look like the guy from 2019 Toronto? He does not. He looks like an older playing himself back in the shape version of Kawhi. And if that's your best player, that's just not gonna be enough this year. The Celtics are too good. Denver is too good. Milwaukee has Giannis and Dame. Phoenix has a ton of scoring. Golden State's gonna be really good. They're still not in the mix. So that was my first issue. The second one, who are you getting? Who are you getting in this trade? Where you're getting I .S. Quinn on three teams. You're getting the most disappointing playoff star this century, literally this century. And there's no other person you can put in there. There's nobody who has even half of the qualifications from a playoff disappointment standpoint that this guy does. Zach Lowe came on the Book of Basketball podcast, I think in 2019, we did a James Harden podcast. And in that podcast, which was four years ago, called him the Karl Malone of guards. And I was immediately the most jealous I've ever been of a comparison. Since then, he had the 2020 bubble flame out. Then they had in 2022, the Miami series, which he sucked in. And then in 2023, the Celtic series, this guy, it's an all time resume. And the Clippers who are just playoff futility through and through for the entire franchise history were like, that's the guy. That's the guy that can take the lovable loser Clippers over the top, James Harden. He slows you down. He needs the ball all the time. The Clippers now have Paul George, who succeeds the most when he has the ball. Koulai Leonard, who has perennially succeeded the most when he has the ball. Russell Westbrook, who loves to either have the ball or crash the boards. And now Harden, who needs the ball. See four guys who need the ball. Then Norm Powell comes in, he needs the ball. Bones Holland comes in, he needs the ball. Are we playing with three balls now? No, we're gonna still play with one. James Harden can't guard anybody. That seems relevant. He hasn't played defense in four years.
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So stay tuned for that. Coming up, we're gonna have Rob Mahoney talking after the two Thursday night TNT NBA games. We're gonna react to basically everything we've seen for the last three days. Just things that have jumped out to us. And then Peter Schrager is gonna come on and talk about the NFL. Do we have a best team? What are we noticing through seven weeks? What can we expect in week eight that will lead to million dollar picks? And that is today's podcast. Let's bring in our friends from Pearl Jam. Here we go. All right, we're taping this. It's almost 10 o 'clock on Thursday night, Pacific time. Rob Mahoney is here from The Ringer NBA and showing TheRinger .com. We stayed up late because these were two good games. We've had three straight days of very entertaining basketball and we gotta start with the biggest story. Kelly Oubre in the Sixers. What a signing that was, he looks great. No, we just watched LeBron versus the Suns. LeBron's 29 minute limit I think is out the window. He played the whole fourth quarter. And then made the two big head down just going to the basket plays at the end. But biggest thing that's jumped out to you in the last three days is what? Lakers wise or just in general? In general. I think a lot of these teams that we expect to be really good clearly have some assembly required. And the Lakers are one of those teams. I think we saw that from the Bucks and the Sixers tonight too. We're seeing it certainly with the first days of the Victor Webinama experience. Everyone is getting up to speed into their rhythms, trying to understand how all these new pieces fit together. Not revelatory for the opening days of the season to feel that way, but I think even some of the stuff that personally I thought was going to be seamless, like the Giannis, Dame pick and roll, there's some kinks in it that they're going to have to figure out over time. Lakers I thought were the one that surprised me on that one because I thought they were one of the teams that were going to have the advantage coming in. You think about last year's team compared to this year's team. It doesn't seem like Reeves is involved enough either game that, I don't want to say he's an afterthought, but it just felt like he was more in the mix in the playoffs last year. And I liked what Schroeder did for them last year and he was good on Toronto last night and really fit in with what they did. So they're going to have to figure out that Vincent D 'Lo thing. Wood was playing crunch time, which I was really surprised. Did you think we'd be getting this much Christian Wood? I thought that was like a flyer for them. Guarding Kevin Durant on some possessions, wild stuff. But if nothing else, we can trust that when Christian Wood is out there, he will be Christian Wood. In these uncertain times, we can always fall back on that. He certainly had his fair share of like black hole kind of possessions in this game, but he also does play into the Lakers advantages in terms of their length, right? Their size against a team like Phoenix, they're just going to be able to out muscle, get to rebounds, get to balls that they can't get to. So that part of it paid off, I thought in terms of just like having another big out there and certainly the Anthony Davis experiment continues as far as like, do you want more size with him? Do you want to play small with him? There's always that internal question because he seems a little reluctant to do it on a full -time basis, but I'm sure Christian Wood's going to get his shots. I mean, clearly Jackson Hayes is going to get some shots in the rotation to be a meaningful part of the Lakers, the mix there for the Lakers. So I don't know. I think Darvin Ham has a lot of questions to figure out, including the one you listed with Austin Reeves, which is like, who has the ball? Who's initiating for us? Who is involved on a possession to possession basis? Because this game, this was a lot of D 'Angelo Russell, and it was a lot of a better version of D 'Angelo Russell than maybe we saw the other night, but it still feels like a lot. 33 minutes for him tonight. Yeah, Reeves, seven shots, one assist. And I thought all of his usage stuff was going to go up, but it seems like it drifted Russell's way. The other thing I was surprised, I thought Rui was going to be a bigger part of this team. I only played 12 minutes, but I haven't changed my thought on them. They're just such a big, problematic team. And if you're the Suns and you're feeling good after that Warriors game, right? And the Warriors, no Draymond, they were able to overpower them a little on the boards. The two centers had 22. And then tonight you see the flip side of the use of Nurkic experience, where it's like, you're getting zero room protection and you're getting somebody who's just going to be confused anytime somebody is coming off a pick. Basically Lebron at the end of the game just said, I'm going to go attack that guy. Yeah, I'm going to go attack that guy right there. Durant was better tonight, at least for the first three quarters that he looked on Tuesday night. It was really cool just seeing those guys on a basketball court after all these years. As I get older, I'm older than you, but just think like, man, this goes way back now. We're talking mid 2000s was the first time these two guys played basketball against each other and it's still going on. So that was in a cool way kind of lingering over this game. I was enjoying that one. How do you think Durant looks in terms of being a 35 year old guy who they gave up three first rounders and two swaps and Mikhail Bridges and Cam Johnson for? It feels like a slightly loaded question. Yeah. He's looked good. And certainly as you said, the first three quarters of this game looked more than good enough. I think the problem was just like this version of the Suns like felt very James Harden is hurt and Kyrie Irving won't get the shot. Nets, you know, just like Kevin Durant and a bunch of like - I blocked that net out of my mind. I think a lot of us have tried to, but you know, him with a lot of like serviceable workaday role players can get you so far. But as you saw on this one, against a really good defensive team like the Lakers in the fourth quarter, they can just shut the water off. And this is where, you know, I'm nervous about the Suns for a variety of reasons. I think if it was just the defense or just the depth or just the injury risk of their core guys, I would feel better. But it's all of the above all the time. And that's going to put Durant in some games like this one. It's going to put Yusef Nurkic in positions like this one where all of a sudden he's triggering your offense because you don't really have a default point guard out there. And sometimes the value of having a point guard in your rotation, I don't think it's really going to matter when Beal and Booker and Durant are playing together. Those guys can all handle and play make and do everything they need to do. But in a game like this, where two of those guys are out, sometimes it helps to just be able to run some offense that doesn't have to involve Kevin Durant pounding the rock through pick and roll. Yeah, 28 shots for him today. 13 including, and then 13 free throws. He played 39 minutes and was also playing the five in stretches. And this is game two. They had to basically try to unlock 2007 Texas Longhorns Durant. That's the last guy I want to be throwing miles on, maybe in the entire league other than LeBron. Cause he's, you know. That's going to be true for Booker and Beal too, right? Like when any of these guys are out, those three, whoever's left is going to have to play huge minutes or else you get into Grayson Allen and Drew Eubanks are playing like a massive role in your rotation. And I like those guys. I like Drew Eubanks. Maybe not like tamper and lose a second round pick like Drew Eubanks, like some teams do, but. I'd lose 50K for him. Maybe not a second round pick. It's a little steep. Yeah. The other game, Milwaukee Philly. So no Harden. I wish there was a way to just mute the entire Harden story of all coverage for it. Anything online, anything on Twitter, all conversations. I just don't want to hear it anymore. And I don't think he has any interest in playing. And I just think, just tell us when he gets traded. Their best chance now, now that the, especially the Clippers last night looked great.
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Valid one time per day. Excludes $1 to $3 menu. It's the crossover. Sports Illustrated's NBA show. Breaking down the latest news, rumors, and everything in between. Here's your host, Chris Mannix and Rohan Nadkarni. This is the Crossover NBA Podcast. I'm Chris Mannix joined this week by my colleague at Sports Illustrated, Rohan Nadkarni. And Rohan, it's always good when we have some breaking news on the podcast. We are recording this on the day the NBA returns. Tuesday night, double header, Warriors Suns, Lakers Nuggets. That's going to be a lot of fun to watch on Tuesday. But the big story over the weekend was Giannis Atentecumpo once again saying, Milwaukee, you are my home. Giannis agreeing to a three -year, $186 million contract extension. We'll get into kind of the nuances of why this extension makes sense financially right now. And why he would do it now. And what kind of contracts he can sign in the future. But this was something I think that Bucs fans and the Bucs front office was optimistic about in the aftermath of Milwaukee acquiring Damian Lillard. But now, here we are with Damian Lillard under contract for the next four seasons. Giannis Atentecumpo under contract for, I believe, three of the next four seasons. I'll get the numbers right. But the last year's a player option of that deal. But he's under contract at least until his early 30s, putting him through his prime years in Milwaukee. Your reaction to this deal getting done at the 11th hour before the start of the season? Pretty surprised only because Giannis himself kind of mentioned early this summer why financially it wouldn't make the most sense for him to do it now. As you alluded to, there is some kind of not quite complicated math, but a series of steps that Giannis can undergo to kind of maximize the financial impact of taking this deal now. So he's still coming out ahead money -wise. I mean, I wrote when the Damian Lillard trade went down, I should say, that this was a huge win and it only becomes a bigger win for Milwaukee if Giannis signs. And that's what happened. And I think, listen, this team, the expectations still win a title, all those things. But for the city of Milwaukee, for the franchise, even if they don't win a title now, if you get another three or four years of Giannis at Centecumpo, you get his entire prime in Milwaukee. You put off the conversation, at least for a couple years, about whether he's leaving, etc. That's a huge win. It makes the Lillard trade a win already. It's really incredible work by their franchise. I mean, we sat here, Chris, I'd say at the beginning of the summer, kind of wondering aloud what moves are on the table for the Bucks because they looked a little bit boxed in at the start of the summer in terms of what they could do to improve the roster around Giannis. To go around and get Damian Lillard and then sign Giannis to an extension the same summer, when no one was expecting either of those moves, it's an unequivocal, unqualified, total home run for the Bucks. No, I tweeted this in the immediate aftermath. This was an executive of the year stretch for John Horst. Not only does he get Damian Lillard into the fold, which makes the Bucks better in the short term, he ensures long -term viability by getting Giannis' name on a contract. Just to clear up the math here and sort of explain what kind of deal Giannis has signed. He is under contract now for the next four years. This year's age 28 season, he's going to make $45 .6 million. Next year, he'll make $45 .8 million. The new deal kicks in in the 25 -26 season, which will put Giannis at $57 .6 million that year, $62 .2 million in 26 -27. He has a player option for 22 -28, which would be year five of this new deal that he's operating under, which is worth $66 .8 million. The reason that he signs this contract right now, and I want to give credit to Bobby Marks, the ESPN front office insider, because he's been able to explain this in a way even idiots like you and me can't understand. It's mutually beneficial for the two sides to do a deal like this right now. Because of that over 38 rule that exists, Giannis could sign a short -term extension again with Milwaukee in 2026, and then a four -year extension with the Bucks in 2028. What this deal is effectively doing, or the message it's sending, is that Giannis is a buck for life. He's going to be alongside Damian Lillard for the next four seasons. That's a guy we've talked about a lot. He likes Damian Lillard, and he wants to play with Damian Lillard. Not only is Giannis getting himself financially set up for the short term by signing this three -year extension, he is putting the dominoes in place to make the max possible amount of money over the next 10 years of his playing career. Anyone that might have been wondering if Giannis is going to be a buck over the long term, it sure looks right now that Giannis is going to be playing in Milwaukee for the entirety of his NBA career. I think we're looking, Rohan, at another Dirk Nowitzki. I think this is kind of a Dirk -like situation where the Bucks have shown Giannis enough. They've shown Giannis enough that he is willing to commit to this team long term. Absolutely. And I'll just leave a little bit of room. Our old friend Howard Beck wrote about it today for The Ringer that everything is great right now. Up until things change, if this flames out, whatever, we've seen stars request trades, etc. I'll leave a little room for that, but I'm with you. And I think it's great for the NBA. I really do. I want to see Jokic in Denver for his entire career. I want to see Giannis in Milwaukee for his entire career. We've kind of lost that the last few years with guys moving around teams so much. There's been this conversation this week, should Kevin Durant have his jersey retired in Golden State? I think it'll happen and I think it's fine, but it's just not the same. It's not the same as a guy like Giannis staying in one place for his entire career. It's refreshing to see. I think it's just so good for the league. I'm excited, man. I'm excited to see him battle with the Celtics this year. I miss the days when it felt like you could think these two teams are going to have to get through each other for the next few years. We're setting up for that with Giannis and Tatum for the next few years. As a basketball fan, I'm just really excited. I think you hit the nail on the head. I think he's going to be kind of remembered as this generation's Dirk for just how synonymous he is with Milwaukee. The fact that Giannis said the things he said earlier this summer, he said he wants to play for a winner, and backed it up, I just think says a lot about the kind of person he is. That was not just posturing or whatever. Milwaukee made some good faith moves, and he signed a good faith extension in return. To contrast this with Lillard's situation in Portland, Lillard committed to the Blazers, but he didn't demand action out of them before he committed to them. Giannis came out this offseason in multiple interviews and said, I'm paraphrasing, of course. You've got to make sure that you have a championship roster around me. He put a lot of pressure on the Bucs to get something done. To the Bucs credit, for the second time in three years, they pulled off a deal that made Giannis happy. Drew Holiday, his acquisition a few years ago, that made Giannis happy. Now, Damian Lillard bringing him in, that makes Giannis happy. He was able to use his status with the team to push them to go all in for a championship. Once they did, he committed. He was true to his word, and said he would commit to the Milwaukee Bucs. I do think that's commendable for Giannis as well. I think, short term, if you're looking for questions about the Bucs, there are a couple of them. Chris Middleton is the most glaring. I have no idea what to expect from Chris Middleton this year. He missed half the season last year. Then there's that weird, vague pre -season talk for me. Well, I'm going to get to that. I'm going to get to that. I like the coaching stuff. Chris Middleton, his status is a big variable here. I think with a healthy Chris Middleton, the Bucs are the number one team in the East. It's still close, because I think Boston is really good, obviously. But with Middleton, I think they're number one. Without him, I think they're number two. I'm anxious to see how healthy he is at the start of the season, and how healthy he can be throughout the season. The other part of it is coaching. This Terry Stotts story has kind of gone away over the last couple of days. Frankly, who really cares about an assistant coaching change on an NBA team? This is a real thing. Terry Stotts was given a hands -on role to effectively be the architect of this Bucs offense. We know this, because Damian Lillard came out last week and said, Look, this is the same offense I ran in Portland. The guys that are veterans on the Milwaukee team were coming to him and saying, Well, what about this? What about that? What's the right way to run this particular play? Terry Stotts was not just a sage voice on Adrian Griffin's bench. He was someone that was intimately involved and integrally involved in what this team does offensively. We've seen the reporting that there was some kind of public blow up at a shoot around or a practice between Terry Stotts and Adrian Griffin. I had not heard about that. I had heard in the hours after Stotts decided to leave the team that he just wasn't comfortable being Adrian Griffin's assistant coach. That's kind of what it came down to. Terry Stotts has been head coach in the NBA for a long time. He has had some levels of success as a head coach. Adrian Griffin came in and Adrian Griffin, people have told me he rides his assistants out there. He makes them work pretty hard. Adrian Griffin worked under Scott Skiles for a while, worked under a number of different coaches in different situations. Adrian Griffin had high expectations and demanded a lot from his assistant coaches. The way I was explained to me was Terry Stotts just wasn't comfortable with the dynamic, didn't like the dynamic with Adrian Griffin. Maybe that dust up in practice was the straw that broke the camel's back, but it felt like the people I talked to that it was coming. I don't think this is inconsequential. I really don't because now everybody else on that Bucs staff gets bumped up a seat. Now you don't necessarily have the guy on the bench with that kind of gravitas is the right word, but certainly experience that Terry Stotts brought to the table. I don't think we can dismiss his exit as nothing because I do think it's something. Yeah, not to mention his relationship with Damian Lillard, right? I mean, that's something that I think was probably providing Dame some level of comfort. He obviously posted a photo of them together on Instagram after. Take that for what it's worth. I mean Terry Stotts and Damian Lillard will always have a great relationship. Terry Stotts empowered Damian Lillard over nine years. Like took him on as a rookie and helped develop him into the player he became. So I can understand the loyalty between Lillard and Stotts. The one interesting thing about the Bucs and Celtics, I'd say, is the questions around their coaching staffs. You know, Missoula had to deal with it a lot last year, especially during the playoffs. Now listen, at the end of the day, he came within a game seven and Jason Tatum maybe not turned his ankle of making it to the finals. So maybe that stuff was overblown. But, you know, there's been a lot of talk about the assistance the Celtics added this summer and the reasons they needed to do that. Bringing in a guy like Jeff Van Gundy, for example, to consult with them. And the importance of that experience that it's a lot of pressure on Adrian Griffin in his first year to deliver a team with title expectations. And now he's losing his most experienced assistant coach. It's going to be very interesting. I think that's a serious variable for the Bucs. We've seen it cut both ways. I mean, we've seen Nick Nurse have a lot of success. We've seen Emei Yudoka have a lot of success. Other times it doesn't go as well. So I think it's going to be very interesting keeping an eye on just how the coaching staff in both Milwaukee and Boston ultimately affects what those teams do. I think one of the undercurrents of the Celtics summer, for example, was maybe moving on from some of the guys that didn't fully buy in with Missoula. Guys who necessarily didn't have the best relationship with him. So I don't know that it's going to make a huge impact because they're just so much more talented than the rest of the conference. But I'm interested to see how that plays out. Yeah, it certainly adds a wrinkle to what Milwaukee's trying to do this season. I think with such a slim margin between the Celtics and the Bucs, anything can make a difference. So that's worth keeping an eye on this year.
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A little something at the top that I wanted to talk about that ties into what's going on in this Phillies Atlanta series, which is now over because Atlanta became the latest team to dominate the regular season and then lose immediately in the playoffs. So I want to talk about that. I have some thoughts. Million dollar picks. Craig Horlebeck and Danny Heifetz coming on to talk about NFL then and now comparisons for players. And then Austin Gale is going to nerd it up with us about the NFL. Oh wait, there's more basketball. Kyle Mann talking about all the rookies that we have coming into the NBA season in less than two weeks. And last but not least, our friend Joanna Robinson talking to MCU because she has a new book coming out. So this is really, really a loaded podcast. You should be paying for this. You really should. You're lucky this is free. Free content, my friends. Let's bring in Pearl Jam. All right, I'm going to do million dollar picks in one second, taping this on a Thursday morning. I was thinking about my friend James' baby doll Dixon today, whenever there was a Hollywood deal that we always would laugh at and be like, oh my God, I can't believe they did that or can't believe they took that job. And he would always say, money grab, baby. I'm talking about him like he's dead. He's still alive. What a money grab. And we just money grab has been a running joke with baby and Sal and Jimmy and my circles for a long time. Who's doing a money grab? All of the professional sports leagues right now are in one of the all time money grabs we've ever seen. Now, I was thinking about it last night with the Dodgers because on the one hand, the Dodgers get bounced in three games, right? They play this whole regular season. They get this great record and then they get bounced and they're done. And their fans are just irate. They're apoplectic. They can't believe this happened again. Oh my God, we lost momentum. Now, there's some rational Dodger fans that are also like, you know, we did start playing Kershaw in game one of a playoff series and he didn't make it out of the first inning. They lost Urias during the season, who was their best starting pitcher. And it was a pretty flawed Dodger team. Actually, I wasn't surprised that they lost. I didn't think it was gonna be the Diamondbacks. But in general, the Dodger fans are like, I just spent six months watching this team and this season ended in 90 hours. We saw this happen in the NBA with the Bucks and the Heat last April. The Heat was an eight seed. The Heat farted around during the whole regular season and turned it on for a couple games and all of a sudden the Bucks were gone, which was great. It was really fun. Hockey has had this forever. I had hockey season tickets for a couple of years with the Kings and the regular season was so meaningless and so stupid for a team that knew they were gonna make the playoffs that you almost wondered, what was the point? Why am I paying for this other than to see Connor McDavid or a couple other people? The NFL has expanded to 17 games, which all of us love football, but 17 seems way too many, especially with the injury potential. And they're probably gonna go to 18. They'll just keep the gravy train going. And it's all about the money. And I'm not breaking any new ground by saying that, but at what point do we stop carrying? At what point, because I'm there with baseball. Baseball is fun. You put it on every once in a while. But for the most part, if you have a good baseball team, and I've had a few, the 2018 Red Sox were probably the best start to finish baseball team I've ever rooted for, but ultimately they also could have lost and not won or it would have been over. It's all about the playoffs now. And it feels way more random than it ever did. And I don't know if it's a good thing. I think it's a bad thing for baseball because people talk about how fun these wildcard games are and the pitch clock, and I'm with you. I've watched a ton of baseball, but I also didn't really watch any baseball during the regular season. And I'm somebody who grew up loving baseball. I watched baseball my whole life. I wrote a Red Sox book up until probably the late 2000s. I love baseball equally with every other sport. And now I just don't care as much. And there's a million reasons for that. But the biggest reason is the regular season just doesn't matter at all. You could win 120 games and it doesn't matter. The other team could just get hot. Like, well, look at the Phillies right now. The Phillies, who everyone was like, they're built for the playoffs, they're built for the playoffs. That seems like the type of team you should just build. Build a team. Who cares about the regular season? Build it for the playoffs. I think Miami has entered this mode in the NBA just year after year. They don't care. They're going to be like a five seed, six seed, seven seed, eight seed. Doesn't matter. And they'll just see if they can get hot. It's more fun if you have no attention span at all. And maybe it makes more sense in the TikTok generation. But for what I grew up with and what we used to care about was the totality of everything. The regular season meant this. It really meant something to win 100 games of baseball. It was amazing if your basketball team won 60 games. There were just these little markers that you had in your head. And all this stuff ties in. The load management piece, which the NBA is allegedly trying to fix. I'll believe it when I see it. Football adding more games so that the sport is more random than ever before. There's more chance for injury than there's ever been. And there's more chance for just wacky results, which I think is maybe what they want. I'm not sure I want it. I don't like where we are. Like even in baseball, and I think hockey is another one, and I think basketball is another one. The home team should get some sort of advantage for being good during the regular season in baseball. This five game series the Dodgers had against the D -backs. Why wouldn't the Dodgers get all five games at home? The only advantage they get is that if there's a game five where they've just not played for a week and then you get game five at home and that's the advantage. Well, I've watched baseball for the last 25 years. The home field advantage, except for maybe the Phillies, doesn't seem to matter at all. The Red Sox won the majority of their biggest games on the road during the 2000s and 2010s. Can count them up. I always felt like the 0 -14, the 0 -7, I felt like those teams could win anywhere. The 18 team had that crazy extra extra extra innings game against the Dodgers where it seemed like the season was over. Guess what? They won the next game. Home field doesn't matter as much. So if it doesn't matter as much, at least make it so that in round one a team is rewarded for winning a hundred plus games and all their games are at home. And if you want to go in their house and beat them, that seems fair. But to just make it like it's worth one game, I felt the same way with Milwaukee and Miami. I think it should have been Milwaukee gets the first two, Miami gets the next two, Milwaukee gets the next three. They earned it. They got the one seed. So we're heading toward this world where regular seasons will continue to be devalued. They'll try to cover it up with fantasy and gambling, but for the most part, there's going to just going to be more randomness with the results. And I don't think I like that. I don't know if Miami was a better team than Milwaukee last year. I think Giannis got hurt and Jimmy Butler left his body and then they beat Milwaukee in a series and it was fun, but did that mean they were a better team? What's the point of these seasons? Are we just turning everything into March Madness? Feels like where we're heading. I'll tell you this though. It's a fucking money grab. All right. Million Dollar Picks coming up.
A highlight from Preseason Begins & The Annual GM Survey
"This is the crossover NBA podcast Chris Mannix joined as I always am by Chris Herring and Rohan Nadkarni. Quick housekeeping note fellas the NBA preview issue is out I guess the basketball preview issue because there is a lot of college stuff in there as well but the cover is NBA Jimmy Butler guest editor for this NBA preview issue Rohan you spent some time with Jimmy Butler in parts unknown I assume South Florida did a a story with him it's excellent check that out I've got a piece on the Phoenix Suns spent some time talking to Matt Ishbia James Jones Frank Vogel key pieces of that organization trying to recreate exactly what happened after the season ended how they got this point where they have one of the most expensive teams in NBA history a lot of good stuff there scouting reports different elements as well make sure you pick up the magazine on stands right now. So fellas we've got the NBA GM survey that's out and I want to dive into some of the elements of that but before we start recording this podcast I was just going through social media looking up some clips and all that stuff and I came across one from the Pat Bev pod the Patrick Beverly pod he does with Barstool Sports I just want to play this clip for you because Pat Bev was joined by Michael Rubin the former owner of the Philadelphia 76ers now this still the CEO with fanatics someone who has a strong relationship with a lot of players including James Harden who they discussed in this clip here as a past NBA owner obviously you're close to the Sixers the situation that's going on with James Harden how would you handle it it wouldn't have happened you know first of all James is family to me and like I'm not going to hide about that I love James this thing is breaking my heart this thing was just not handled well he was playing with us in practice and boy he was cooking he was oh I'm talking about the pot was out and he was stirring that bitch up there's nobody who wants to win a championship more than James Harden I know this guy like my brother people give James a hard time because you know he likes to have fun it's bullshit like the guy the guy's work ethic for basketball is insane and his attitude has been great he's been leading he's been giving advice so you might hear all the bad shit you know TV from reporters that's not there but actually being a teammate that's there he's he's been phenomenal I block out the noises really same because I think a lot of people just don't know like the real James Harden how badly he wants to win I think he's in great not good shape he's in great shape yeah he's in great shape right that's right body looks great yeah every time I'm in the weight room he's in the weight room he's gonna ball out this year so herring I know my blood shouldn't boil when I hear stuff like this and I know it you know the podcast is doing its job if it gets me kind of drawn in and talking about it but to hear Michael Rubin say that James Harden wants to win a championship more than anyone at the same time that James Harden is trying to force his way off a championship contender that is a Rubik's Cube of nonsense that I'm really having a hard time wrapping my head around your thoughts on the propaganda emerging from the Pat Bev pod about James Harden I'm just trying to think of a stranger mashup than the one you just explained I mean the the whole universe of Michael Rubin and all the there's so many things lately that just on social media that I've wanted to mute and I don't think I know enough about how to do it I haven't taken the time to do it but if I had a way of muting like Michael that Rubin parties James Harden and any other number of athletes are at or like all these white parties and everything else it's like I would do that but that makes this element of this story this this framing odd because it's like okay well he presumably is friendly with James Harden or James Harden is friendly with him but also the fundamental standpoint now at this point that maybe there are people in the organization that instead of kind of just gloves off which it seemed like it would be based on what James Harden said about Daryl Morey earlier this summer that there's also the very real possibility that maybe he's not traded and so they need him to feel wanted and they need him to feel like they want him to perform well which is what you would want if you're a team that at least there's a you said in one of the last pockets we did it's not out of the realm of possibility that they could be a winner a contender a champion if everything fell right you know the right way so I think that's all this is is just positive reinforcement but I mean it's also silly from the standpoint that you're saying that clearly people that are making trade demands whether it's behind the scenes whether it's publicly whether it's saying my general manager my president is a liar it's hard to hold those two thoughts in the same time in your head that you know on the one hand he can say those things but also nobody wants it more than he does come on like I did I know it's just you know the first thing probably that popped into Ruben's mind but it's just silly Rowan I know you're you're a regular at these white parties but do you have a issue let me just first of all echo my esteemed colleague Chris herrings fatigue with Michael Rubin just this guy's everywhere all the time fanatics sucks I'll say it fanatics is not good wow let's start there I mean like kudos to Michael Rubin you know what he did getting involved with meat mill etc but like we could have left it at that listen I if I were James Harden I might be living my life a similar way I let me put it that way but there is now a what is it a preponderance of evidence that winning a championship is not necessarily number one on this guy's priority list just not only in terms of how he's carried himself this offseason but how he likes to carry himself during the season when he's staying in Miami or Vegas for an extra night I'm away from steam mates are flying separately etc that all that stuff's been reported I'm just I'm sick of the the Sixers offseason I'm sick of the Embiid hard in partnership I respect you Mannix for still holding out hope having faith you've always been kind of an optimist a wanderer a dream I died that's why I don't describe you but I'm just so over this it just well like you said I mean respect to that podcast we're here talking about it I love Pat Bev he's a good personality but like what are we doing here Michael Rubin who are you who are you fooling okay we are familiar with James Harden's game okay you're not fooling us game off the court specifically right like you you can't say James Harden is misunderstood or gets a bad rap when right he he forced his way out of Houston by throwing a multi -week temper tantrum he effectively quit on the Nets which forced them to make a when deal they probably didn't want to and now here he is trying to get out of Philadelphia after holding you know one of the worst holdouts in holdout history to stay away from the team it just the the I mean just trying to get us to believe that is just wild so you know we had to talk about it you know James Harden still officially member of the 76ers we'll see what happens as these preseason games go on and what they do with them but right now James Harden kind of between a rock and a hard place might have to play for Philadelphia this season so I want to talk in this episode about the GM survey which always provides good preseason material whenever it comes out and there were some interesting elements in this year's GM survey guys and I want to start with the championship prediction from the NBA GMs which turned into a two -way tie between the Boston Celtics and the Denver Nuggets Milwaukee coming into third place 23 % Phoenix 7 % they came in fourth in the LA Clippers finishing at 3 % last year the Bucks were the leader at 43 % Denver doesn't surprise me Denver has the core of that team back we've talked about this before I think they can expect some organic growth from Christian Brown I think Peyton Watson might be able to play they've some other guys on that roster that can take steps up by the way while we're speaking of the Nuggets condolences to Mike Malone's family for the passing of Brendan Malone his father that was revealed by the organization this week but when it comes to Denver on the floor I can see why they'd be a championship contender the Celtics I might be one of the few pessimists I don't know if I'm pessimistic about the South I have more questions about the Celtics than many people do my good friend Scalabrini was on TV recently and he said every GM would want this roster and I tend to agree with that sort of because if you could bubble wrap this roster and guarantee that it plays 65 to 70 games together and will be healthy going into the playoffs I think you're absolutely right I think the backcourt is really strong especially defensively Drew Holliday elite defender Derek White big time defender we know what Jalen Brown Jason Tatum can do you know that that that speaks for itself the front court is good right Chris has Porzingis good player Al Horford good player but Porzingis chronically injured right like he played what 60 -65 games last year but that was a contract year and I have less confidence he's going to be able to repeat that he was already injured this off season with whatever happened with his foot over in the World Cup Al Horford's 37 by design he's probably only going to play like 50 games this year because they want to keep him healthy for the playoffs so we don't know what's what Al Horford is going to look like at the end of this season after that what is there they signed Wennion Gabriel Wennion Gabriel last year played 68 games for the Lakers in the playoffs he played 10 he averaged 3 .7 minutes per game in the playoffs with the Lakers last year that is the definition of playable in the regular season and unplayable in the playoffs like it just is what it is Luke Cornette is still there he was unplayable for Boston in the playoffs last year you know this is a team that was already thin when Grant Williams was there now Grant Williams is gone and I don't know what they do if one of these two guys goes down for any length of time so that's a long way of saying like yeah I can buy the argument that the Celtics are the team to beat Eastern Conference I can buy the argument that they are a championship contender but Rohan I just I have a lot of concerns about what happens if anything goes south in that front court I agree I mean that's why I thought the holiday trade was so fascinating and why I wasn't sure how seriously to take Boston as a contender for holiday even though his name was obviously their name was obviously coming up that entire weekend before he was traded a huge reason why they've been been special the last few years is kind of the alchemy of their front court mix -in matching Horford, Rob Williams, and Grant Williams that's gone entirely I see people saying now Porzingis and Horford might start together this talks about does Derek White come off the bench there's a right that's another thing I don't understand I mean you don't you don't have a backup really for either guy right now why aren't they backing up each other that already is starting to not make a ton of sense for me the way I look at it Mannix is I do think we're starting to see some trickle -down effect of the second apron because you look at the top teams right now whether it's Milwaukee, Boston, Phoenix, Denver to an extent it's not that the championship teams of yesteryear were flawless but we're looking at teams that are especially top heavy these days and Boston doesn't have a lot of avenues to improve the roster same for Milwaukee I mean I think Milwaukee has a great five and uh Holliday, Conaton, Middleton, Giannis, and Lopez but then they have Bobby Portis and they have a bunch of question marks after that they don't have a lot of playoff rotation guys uh Phoenix is in a similar boat Denver I think you and I are probably high on Denver's bench than most people we like what we think Peyton Watkins can do Peyton Watson can do Zeke Najee Swarther had a nice pre -season debut but those are a bunch of question marks for them right now so on one hand I echo your skepticism about Boston only in terms of Horford's coming off the worst postseason of his career um I think on both ends of the floor and he's only getting older Porzingis he's played 10 playoff games in his life but when you match them up against kind of the other contenders unless you think like a team like the Lakers or Warriors who have a little bit more depth maybe not quite as much top and talent uh can make a push I understand why you'd put Boston there only because I think a lot of the contenders are really top heavy right now well I mean but the the front court like to get out of the Eastern Conference you gotta get through Milwaukee and Milwaukee's front court is still really strong they still have all the pieces that were in place they still got Giannis still got Brook Lopez still got Bobby Portis they've still got all the guys that have the potential to give Boston a lot of problems and I go back a couple of years and the Celtics back when they had Rob Williams and they had Grant Williams they were in the mix for Yaka Purdle when San Antonio was trying to deal him they wanted to get Purdle they didn't want to get two first -round draft picks back then but they knew back then when they had you know three you know strong front court guys that they needed one more to get through Milwaukee that was when they made the deal for Mike Mascala and he turned out to be unplayable in the playoffs as well so I have concerns about Boston's front court anything about the predictions hearing concern you or you know stand out to you whether it's the Celtics or somebody else I mean I can admit to the same thing you guys are saying that I was surprised that Boston was tied for first for just you know the team that GM's thought was the most likely to win the whole thing it's really hard for me to look at this roster without wincing just a little bit we all can acknowledge that there's a lot of top and talent in this team there was before the moves they made this summer there is now the Porzingis fit is interesting I think everybody can look at that and say wow that if this works out they can win a title obviously no one's denying that it's just to have him and Horford as your two centers and then Wendy and Gabriel who I really like but I don't think of as necessarily my second or third string center or you know if he's even a center he's like six nine or whatever he is so that's all it's just you know and look I've been critical of the Celtics from the standpoint of you're trading away a lot to get Porzingis if only you're talking about Marcus Smart from the standpoint of you know a backbone a heart and soul obviously a very versatile important defender within that cog that they have defensively so they go get Drew Holliday and I think it does kind of answer a lot of those questions a lot of those criticisms but I just I still wonder a little bit of if now you're doing that and in doing that you give away Robert Williams if it makes you thinner at the spot that I was most concerned about now you know it's center even when they had those three it was kind of a weird hodgepodge of guys that you're not for any reason you're not gonna feel comfortable about whether they can hold up and be healthy the whole year also stylistically if you're missing one of guys it changes the way your offense looks because two of them are guys that can shoot from three one is a guy that's kind of more around the rim and setting screens and stuff like that so anyway I was just a little bit surprised that as we're all acknowledging the potential thinness of this group that they would be a co -favorite here I think the Nuggets still deserve to be the favorite and I personally would probably take the Bucks over the Celtics as a favorite but but all that said you know I don't think there's a runaway team here after the Nuggets I would probably leave them at number one because there was a lot of other stuff that happened between the depth of the Lakers the top end stuff of the Celtics the top end stuff of the Bucks to me when I see that much stuff happening I'm just going to defer to the team that won last year that granted they did lose some things but they have the potential to get better with more continuity of the top end guys that they have that haven't been healthy up until last year so I would you know I was a little bit surprised to see that Boston pulled into a tie with Denver among the GMs well we as we know the Boston media mafia is working over time in these kinds of situations I'm kidding I know it was the GM survey one thing I want to throw out there is in a in kind of a funny twist like the Celtics have had the best Joel Embiid defender over the years in Al Horford and Horford was giving Embiid problems in the semis last year to the point where Tucker had to get in his face and be like bro you need to take this matchup but what does Boston do now in that matchup because if you're playing Horford against Embiid does that mean you're playing Porzingis and Horford together and which of your guards are you keeping off the floor does that mean you keep Derek White off the floor it's kind of an interesting problem they've created for themselves unless they're willing to live with Porzingis on Embiid but that kind of takes away one of the biggest strengths they've had in that matchup over the years yeah is it going to be a challenge for them because Horford has been excellent I mean Embiid he gives him so many problems he clearly has the timing down on Embiid like he does he knows yeah it's fat it's fantastic to watch he pushes him off his spots he's he's just got a lot of you know and maybe some of it's mental too like Embiid's seen him so many times over the years that it's like all right well Al Horford again and you know he's asked about every single postseason he's had great games against Horford don't get me wrong he's played really well at times but it is I have a little surprise guys that the team nobody's really in on the Suns yet seven percent seem a little low for me you know man look I understand maybe Herring you got to give this team time to figure itself out and see if these guys can play together and see if this mix of players can work but you know if that team gets the playoffs fully healthy hard to stop very hard to stop in the postseason no no question I mean you know I watched clips I watched bits of the the game that they played against the Pistons and granted it's the Pistons you know one of the youngest teams in the league but to watch the Suns who you know have just started playing together that you know have 80 points between the first and the third quarter of a road game road opener for preseason there's obviously a lot of potential there offensively I would say that as we talk the things we like and dislike about teams the thinness the depth of these rosters I'm a little bit surprised that the Suns haven't done a little bit more to go out and get a a bonafide point guard I think it's a big granted you have a lot of ball handling on that roster it's not to say you don't and top level guys that can do it but it's a big change to go from having Chris Paul be your point guard and even to have campaign be your backup point guard to then going and just saying we're you know we're going to kind of take the Clippers route to have our forwards handle the ball to have Devin Booker handle the ball again all guys that can do it but these are also guys that you like to just kind of throw in iso situations you don't want to wear them down the whole season of having them handle the ball so I they've added depth and I think they need that they obviously needed it last offseason or I'm sorry last postseason and so they've done well to add to that but I think that they still it would do them well to have even if it's you know I look at something like what the Bulls did they went and got Javon Carter someone that played for the Suns at one point the sort of guy that could really be helpful to this team I also wonder just a little bit just a little and I think I saw some of this in their first preseason game as well Yusuf Nurkic is an interesting fit I think he can do good things for them he's good you know as a playmaker here and there defensively I worry just a little bit about him of how big it seemed like he took in Portland and you know for all the problems Ayton has at times I wonder if he's more nimble defensively and would work better defensively with that team but we'll see we'll see what happens I think that the Suns absolutely could win it they absolutely have the talent and skill to do it I think they have you know a coach that I really like one of my favorites in league and Vogel but I definitely have some questions about them which is why again would still take Denver head and shoulders above everybody else for now I actually am a little bit surprised the Lakers didn't get more picks here as well in this in the survey I maybe would have liked the Suns more before the Nurkic trade I'm just I'm replaying that Denver series in my head and while Landry Shammet was getting a ton of open threes and theoretically that could be Bradley now I mean I look at them as even worse or you know more poorly equipped to slow down the Nuggets than they were last year and while we're on the subject of health I mean Durant you know he missed some time obviously he came back right before the start of the playoffs and looked great at times and I think bookers only continue to improve but I mean there's a health there's a health question mark hanging over them you know as long as Durant is there and I I need to see it I mean there's definitely some exciting moments just watching kind of Beale Booker and Durant take their turns in that preseason game and it's like oh man like they have three guys who can go just iso and get a score seemingly anytime they want but and I'm I'm warming to the Nurkic move more than when it first happened but I really need to see that defense in action for a little while before I can take them seriously as a title contender yeah I think you guys just articulated why they only got seven percent of the vote there's a lot of question marks out there about them until we see them actually come together and play all right we had Nicole Jokic picked up first place in two different categories and I want to talk about both of them first was the player most likely to win the 2023 -24 MVP he got 43 percent of the vote in that category Yanis at number two at 20 percent and then if you were starting a franchise today and could sign any player who would it be he got 33 percent of the vote in in that category Victor Webayama coming in second with 23 percent on the subject of MVP guys let's start there 43 percent of the vote I'm actually shocked it wasn't higher like I thought it would be like 70 percent because not look first he's 28 years old he's in his prime he's durable he's just won a championship he was you know the best player on the best team in the NBA there's no reason to believe he's not going to come in next year and put up comparable or this year put up comparable numbers and I do think that the people that were divided on Nicole Jokic last year are not going to be divided this year the people that were skeptics about his ability to win and use that against him when it came to MVP voting and use that as a reason to vote for Joel Embiid those people aren't going to exist or that feeling isn't going to exist if Nicole Jokic puts up MVP numbers on the guy on the team that is at or near the top of the western conference there is no doubt in my mind he is going to win MVP he is going to get deservedly I think every benefit of the doubt this year when it comes to MVP votes so whether it's you know Embiid, Giannis, Jason Tatum, Luka Doncic I think Jokic is going to get the benefit of the doubt there Herring I think he's going to be by far and away he is by far and away the front runner to win the MVP.
A highlight from Part 2: Zach Wilsons Alive, Belichicks in Trouble, Buffalos Cruising, and Week 5 Lines With Cousin Sal
"All right. So we're taping part one here. It is a little past 4 o 'clock Pacific time. Just watch the Pats completely shit the bed. We're not going to talk about that. That'll be part two. Part one. Ryan Russilla was here. We're talking Drew Holiday. The big trade. How is the NBA different for you right now, and are we done? Do we finally have the 30 rosters? Is this what we're looking at? Do we know who's going to be on everybody's team, or are we somehow not done? I never think we're done anymore in the NBA, and I know you're being a gracious host here, but you and I talked for five minutes today. I think you have the headline take on this, okay? I think you have the headline take on what the top of the league looks like. Are you ready to share it this early? I think Boston has the best top six. I did not feel that way 24 hours ago. I did not feel like there was a clear best. I trust this team in crunch time, and if Porzingis stays healthy, which is a huge if, I think they have the best six, and they can fill around, and they have the most ways that they can play whoever in the series. So from that vantage point, you had to do the trade. And they gave up a center who has been hurt every single year, and I don't fully trust that he's ever going to be out there when it matters. Brogdon, who was hurt, who was mad at the team, and two picks. And you get Drew Holliday, who was a 2021 Finals hero, who's one of the best defensive guards in the league, who's still really good, and just raises their ceiling. Now you can go white Holliday, Tatum Brown, and a center at crunch time, and you're good. You can switch on almost everything, especially if you get anything from Horford. So were you similarly enthused? Yeah, I love Drew. There's some stuff with his shooting in the playoffs where it's been pretty bad, or you're like, is that just because you can't make shots at the playoffs, or is it just what happened statistically? I mean, it does happen. I mean, if I'm getting the negative parts out of the way, like, yeah, sure, he's a little bit older. The big situation is a huge question mark. I can't believe what they got from Horford last year. So I don't know if you can just pencil that in, because he was way beyond expectations, at least for me, or for what I had for him. But when you can add Drew for those pieces, and I'm with you, when Rob Williams is right, it's really, really nice. But you can even tell when he's out there, you're like, is something wrong with him again? The number of times that I've watched Rob Williams in Celtics games, I'm like, I know he's out there, but wait, something. And every time, I thought Marcus Smart was trying to end his career with some of those Valley U passes, depending on how he lands, like, wait, is this going to be the last one we ever see from him? So to me, it makes a lot of sense. By the way, on that Rob point, my dad texted me after the trade, he's like, oh, I hate giving up Rob. I'm like, you complained about Rob more than anybody I know in my life. You would text me from the games going, oh, Rob's just off in the, Rob just walked in the tunnel again. I don't know what happened. I like just Brian Barrett had a tweet, 32 games, 29 games, 52 games, 61 games, 35 games. Those are Rob Williams' last five years. It just wasn't reliable enough for a team that's trying to win a title. I interrupted you. No, you didn't, because it's a it's a really good point, because what's going to happen? I mean, you know, it's just there's there's definitely like if Prozingis is hurt, it feels like the whole thing is screwed up and there's a really good chance that that could happen. But if you're talking about like the allocation of minutes and the talent that's getting those minutes, well, the talent that's getting those minutes just went up with Drew Holiday. And that's, I think, the simplest way to look at it. So they they turn Marcus Smart and Grant Williams and Brogdon and Rob Williams into Drew Holiday and Prozingis, more Derek White minutes, more Peyton Pritchard minutes. And then there's a little bit of an X factor with who's going to be like that ninth man, tenth man, kind of big four slash five person, maybe, or somebody you trade like that. I feel like that's the easiest position to pick up in January and February. The big thing for me is I think White was ready for a bigger role. I think White and Holiday together is magnificent as a as a backcourt. And I read some stuff today. They think White's going to come off the bench. I don't know if I see that. I think I would come out of the gates with White and Holiday and Tatum and Brown in the center and maybe bring to your Horford point, like maybe bring Horford off the bench and try to really try to rest his minutes during the season and be careful with him and make him a bench player. And then the playoffs reassess. But I think that having those four guys all together, they complement each other so well. You can play basically any kind of defense against any perimeter guy in the league. Those four guys and they're just better. I mean, there's there's just no way around it. They're better. He's a much better player than Marcus Smart was last year. And you know, you made that point about the shooting. He'd have those games. He'd go 5 for 22 in a playoff game. You know, he'd eat. But I do feel like he was asked to do a little bit more than maybe what he's supposed to be doing. I don't feel like he's a pure point guard. Right. Now you have White who can handle most of the ball handling. He could play off the ball and they're going to get the best version of him. Awesome locker room guy, too, by all accounts. I mean, really like a beloved teammate wherever he went. And I think they wanted to change the chemistry a little bit. I think this was an unhappier team than maybe they led on to the outside world last year. Yeah. Look, I definitely like him more than Smart. And you know, to be totally fair, when I'm looking at like the Lillard side of this trade last week before we knew the second piece of Drew and upgrading from Drew to Lillard, I'm going, OK, well, now you're top two in Milwaukee's like in the argument for the best two in the NBA. OK, that's that's really what this league has been about now post the teens decade where it was the arms race for your top three. It's you look around the league, you go, OK, who's got the two best? Like, let's come up with the five teams who have the two best. And with Lillard and Giannis, that's like a whole nother level. So when I was looking at it, it's like Lillard compared to Drew, you know, Drew is not somebody you're expecting to break down a defense off the dribble. Right. Oh, we're stuck into the shot clock, like make something happen where Lillard can literally do anything right in the final second of the shot clock and still you feel like it's still a decent look. So that part of it's a huge upgrade. But he's number three to four as far as an offensive option. He also and I don't know, this is just me talking out loud as I thought about the trade. It's pretty clear that when Boston's offense gets into trouble in the playoffs, like Tatum and Brown haven't figured out a way to kind of unlock it other than just like I can already picture my head like I know what the Tatum move is going to be. I already know what the Jaylen Brown move is going to be. And I don't know if Smart was able to make their life easier with the playmaking. And then sometimes I even think Smart would go like, well, if you guys are going to screw around, like I might just I might just be green light on this possession. I don't think Drew necessarily plays that way. So, you know, it's probably silly for me to think that like Drew is going to be the Steve Nash type who comes in and sets up all these great late playoff possessions. But there may be something in lessening the burden of those guys feeling that they have to do or defaulting to just forcing the issue as much as they do in the playoffs. I like how much ball handling they have, to your point, because they were talking about experimenting a little bit more with Tatum as a point forward this year, which makes me nervous a little bit just because, you know, he's six foot nine. I'm not sure that's the best use of him, but they seem pretty adamant. Like we feel like he could be a little bit more of a creator. And then you think White can do that. To me, White is the key to this season now, because if, you know, other than the Porzingis health thing, which I almost I'm going to knock on wood, but part of the reason they made all this movement and they got rid of Brogdon and Smart was I think they really wanted to push White to be the lead ball handler for them and a creator. And there's some unbelievable pick and roll stats with him. And just if certain people set him a pick in the way, even in the Miami series, he was one of the only guys who could create offense. So I think they have that plus they have Drew. And the reality is for Drew, this is this might be the deepest offensive team he's been on. Right. When you think back to like it was on some pretty weird Philly teams and some pretty weird New Orleans teams, and even when Milwaukee was at its best, it was really just Giannis, Middleton and Drew. And that was it. This is there's more shooting and playmaking around him than I think we've seen. Maybe it'll be a slight upgrade on the flip side. He doesn't have Giannis, who was the second best player of the century, probably, but I like the spot for him. It seemed like he really wanted to go to a contending team and I don't really know who they were competing against because for reading through some of the reports, it just seemed like Philly. I don't even know what the trade was for them. Portland wanted at least one piece back, probably two that they could do their keeper package. They wanted picks back. Golden State wasn't even in it. And it didn't seem like OKC ever threw their hat in the ring, which I was shocked by because I felt like OKC was the sleeping giant of this whole thing with Dort and some picks and just say, fuck it, let's let's see if we can be really good this year. So it seemed like it was down to Boston. The Clippers, they just had more assets. I don't know if Portland keeps Rob. He's on a good contract. They already have Ayton. My guess is that they're probably spinning him. Does it make sense that both of those guys? My sense is they're going to try it out, you know, but, you know, the thing with Rob is like, if you think he's an awesome defensive player that's just out there, like he's awesome when he's used a certain way. And once Boston unlocked that two years ago, where they stuck him on a non shooting big and then you could see other teams adapt to it, it's like, well, let's stop giving them an out where Rob can just roam off of this dude that's not a shooting threat, because I think that, you know, this is just going to turn into like now that he's not here. But I mean, have you listened to us talk about Rob Williams at all last couple of years? He you know, I don't I don't think he's I know what the defensive metrics are. I know the on off stuff. It's a big reason why I think the analytics models always love Boston. Like sometimes you look at him and be like, hey, I think this team's good, but like these numbers are overwhelming. This is like, yeah, it's it's so far like as if there's this huge gap between Boston and everybody else, which I never really felt going back these last two years. But you're if Chauncey Billups and you think like, OK, Rob Williams is going to go out there and like wreak havoc, it's like, well, he has to be used a certain way. So maybe they feel like that's in defensive support to Aiten. And with Aiten, you know, I have I'm not quite sure what to expect. Well, this is the one thing he's probably going to put up huge numbers because he's not going to have older dudes that have a higher status in the league that go, I'm sick of passing it to you. So he's probably going to get more touches. We'll probably see like early Aiten numbers and like twenty to ten for the first six weeks of the season. Yeah, I'm with you. Yeah. Like he'll he'll he'll put up some big numbers there. But, you know, defensively, it's really about his competitiveness because there were times I think going back two years ago when we were thinking about him with that run of the Suns, the finals, you're like, look at this guy. Like he can switch out on the smaller players. You can rotate. But it's all about the way he's wired. And I think long term, unfortunately, like we already kind of know the answer there. Like I don't think all of a sudden now you start playing with some fierceness after being in the league this long. So he was the fifth option on that team and there seemed to be real resentment toward him in that whole Phoenix culture of like, why doesn't he just realize we don't need his offense? We need him to basically rebound and block shots and crash the offensive boards. I think his attitude was probably twenty five years old. I want to be the best player I can be. I already went to a finals. I don't that's not I think I could do more than that. So I don't I don't think anyone was necessarily wrong. As I said, on my Thursday pot, I just hated the trade for Phoenix. I just thought they got the poopoo platter back. You know, they got some some some spare ribs back and a couple of egg rolls and and that's it. But they did not get an entree back. And I think he's an entree on the right team, whether he's a guy that made sense for them. I don't know. But I know that they didn't get a good haul for him. I think Rob, for his contract, for what his talents are, is a really intriguing piece for them or for another team, because you could trade for him. And it's not like a daunting salary. Right. I think he's in what is what is it, like 15 a year or something like that? No, it's a really good. Yeah. I mean, it was a really low cost extension and he's still a pretty young guy. Yes, so.
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We did the big chill. It was very, very exciting. I have Kyle Brandt coming on Monday's podcast. I'm just gonna tell you the movie now because it is gonna be the best moment of your weekend if you spent two hours watching this classic. We're doing Toy Soldiers. It really brings everything possible to the table. So if you wanna watch it ahead of time, there it is. That podcast is going up Monday night. If you wanna hear stuff about the debate, we have Tara Paul and Mary's podcast, Somebody's Gotta Win. That reacted to it as well as the press box with Brian Curtis and David Shoemaker. So there you go. Our debate coverage has been on point. Also, higher learning. Van and Rachel had Larry Elder on this weekend. It made a lot of noise, man. That podcast is great. I hope you check that out as well. Hope you're checking out theringer .com. And on this podcast, gonna talk about the dame trade at the top. We're gonna bring in Ben Thompson from the Techery newsletter, which he's been on this podcast I think four weeks ago. And he's a huge Bucks fan. He's gonna give the Bucks fan side of things. We're gonna do million dollar picks. And then old friend Seth Meyers talking about a whole bunch of stuff. So really good podcast. It's all next. First, our friends from Pro Jam. What's up? All right, I'm taping this on Thursday afternoon. Normally when there's a big MBA trade, I always do the emergency trade reaction right after the podcast. But we just put up a podcast on Tuesday. So I decided to play it a little differently this time. I wanted a little distance, I wanted to listen to stuff, read stuff, and try to form some big picture opinions coming out of this. So I have four smaller ones, then one big one. First one, I thought Portland did an incredible job with this trade. I really liked this trade, especially everyone was trying to bully them in June and July about, oh, you got to take Miami's offer. You just got to. It's where he wants to go. It's the only offer you're going to get. And guess what? They waited. They played it perfectly. They stared Miami down, and they got a much better deal. First of all, they get the Drew Holiday piece that they can flip into a bunch out of their stuff, which we'll talk about in one second. I love the DeAndre Ayton gamble. As you know, on this podcast, I am a big DeAndre Ayton guy. Not in the sense of I'm the biggest fan of his in the world, but I'm a fan of the asset. I just think I love the valued assets, no matter what it is. Whatever market we're talking about, DeAndre Ayton, 18 and 10 for his career, 60 % field goals percentage, 25 years old. He's played in 45 playoff games. He played four rounds in the 2021 finals. Last year, he got his ass kicked by Jokic. Oh, sorry. Like, that never happens. And Phoenix just sold on him, which I can't wait to talk about. But just from a Portland standpoint, they not only get Ayton in whatever they get for holiday, they get the 29 first, they get the two swaps, and they dump Nurkic. Nurkic hasn't had a healthy start to finish all the way through the playoffs here since 2018, which I'm positive was a long time ago. He's basically 12 and 8. He's, you know, a 50 % shooter. I made a list of the top 30 centers. I encourage you to do this at home, because what's more fun than making lists of NBA centers? I can't imagine anything. I made a list of who I thought were the best assets of the center position for talent, contract, everything. He was 29th on my list. The only person I had ahead of him who's technically a starter, unless you start talking about the Detroit or Charlotte guys, was Zubats on the Clippers. I thought he was the 29th best center asset in the league. And Phoenix, you know, just quickly to go to them, they're trying to win this year. They got worse. They turned Ayton's money into Nurkic and Grayson Allen and Nasir Little. Grayson Allen, we already know with him, he can't play in playoff series. We saw him 22. We saw it last year. I heard and read in some places like that, I got two rotation players. Did they? Is Nurkic a playoff rotation player? Is Grayson Allen a playoff rotation player? Because I'm positive he's not. So for the same money that they were spending on Ayton, they got three guys that I don't think are going to help them. In 25, the money comes down a little bit to 23 million just for Nurkic and Little, which is 7 million less than Ayton. And then in 26, that money goes up to 25 .5. But I don't understand what Phoenix was doing. Why not wait to see if Ayton clicks with Vogel? Vogel has such a good history with centers. He rejuvenated Dwight Howard on the 2020 Lakers. He basically created Roy Hibbert's career in 2013 with the defense verticality thing. I thought he was going to do a good job with Ayton. I'm stunned that they gave up on him. I'm almost waiting for one of those, now they tell us stories when, you know, that's where Brian Curtis calls them, where like a week after something happens, there's this kind of notebook dump where it's like, here's seven terrible DeAndre Ayton stories. So maybe that'll happen. But for Phoenix just to be like, cool, we locked this down, man. We got Nurkic. You're trying to win the title. You have KD and Booker and Beal. And like, what are you guys doing? Anyway, from Portland's standpoint, I love the Ayton thing. I love that they didn't get bullied. And I know they're going to turn Drew Holliday into something. So this to me was at least an A minus for them, for where they were two months ago, where Dave's like, I want to go to Miami. That's it. And if you don't trade me there, that's kind of fucked up. And they made this work as it got reported that, uh, I think in the athletic, that he expanded his list to Brooklyn and to Milwaukee in the last two weeks. And that's what Portland was waiting on. You know, they were banking on the fact that he's a competitive dude. He's one of the best 75 pairs ever. He wanted a situation settled. So, you know, you wait, you wait, you wait, they expand the list and then you go. Uh, there's a Drew Holliday piece to this. That's awesome. He becomes a contender prize. I wouldn't call this a Drew Holliday sweepstakes. I reserved sweepstakes for the superstars, but it's a mini sweepstakes. This is somebody that could have a huge impact on the playoff race. You know, not only the usual suspects, everybody's talking about Boston, ironically, Miami is a really good fit for him. And in some ways, um, I'm a little more scared of them with Miami than Dame in some ways, especially at a much cheaper contract with giving up less and keeping some of their assets. Philly, if they could pull it off, they have to be in there in Golden State, Minnesota. I think I have to mention Sacramento, I think is a team that if they could figure out how to get Drew without giving up their core, which is basically Keegan Murray and Sabonis and Fox, like that's, you know, could Davion Mitchell be in that trade with some, with a salary and some picks, who knows. The team that I love for Drew Holliday is OKC. I have OKC, you know, I started doing my MBA research for the over -under spot and I haven't landed on a number for them yet, but to me, they feel like a high forties team with Chet and with the growth of their young guys. And if you just like, let's say they traded Lou Dort and a bunch of their picks, maybe two firsts and two of their lesser picks or three firsts and a second, whatever it is. And they just say, fuck it. And they get Drew and you put him with Giddy and SGA and Jalen fucking awesome Williams and Chet Holmgren and all these other dudes they have, that might be a top three team in the West. I mean, that, that's starting to give me some early 2010s OKC vibes. So where he goes is going to be important. I just feel like there was so much Drew Holliday slander the last couple of days. You know, he's one of my favorite players. Even Haralabob, who was the chairman of the board of the Drew Holliday fan club for years and would have the benefit dinners there and, you know, just did a lot of yeoman's work on that front. And even he was like, yeah, yeah, Dame's better than Drew. That trade makes sense for Milwaukee. I was hurt, Haralabob. I was 100 % hurt by that. But you know, Drew got his ass kicked by Jimmy Butler in the playoffs last year. I get it. It happens. Jimmy was unbelievable. I feel like he would have kicked anybody's ass. By the way, why is Drew Holliday guarding Jimmy Butler? That speaks more to some of the issues with Milwaukee. He was never supposed to be a point guard and a creator. I think he was always better as an off -the -ball guy. We saw that with Rondo and New Orleans and just in general. I want to see him with a point guard. I want to see him just being unleashed, not having the ball a lot, just worrying about hitting threes, being an occasional, you know, make -shit -happen guy and being like the third or fourth best guy on a team without having the offensive responsibility to have. All their half court issues got blamed on him for the last couple of years. And I get it. They weren't like an awesome half -court team, even the other one in the finals, but I really value that dude. I had him, even I did the trade value list in August and I had him 37th and I had Dame 23rd. I think he's one of the best 30 players in the league still. He's 33 years old, which, you know, I'm going to talk in a second about when guards hit their mid -30s, but just in general, I think he's a real asset. If he goes to a team like the Celtics and they can keep Derek White and Tatum and Brown in the center, it's like, look out, man. So little mini sweepstakes, rarely do we get the trade, but then we still get another asset to talk about. Thank you for everyone involved in the trade. And then the fourth small point is just that, you know, not rocket science, Milwaukee bought some Giannis time here. They have one of the best 20 players of all time. They were staring down the barrel of a situation that was not good. I was talking about it on this podcast in late June and early July. I thought he was going to put them on the clock. I thought Mark Lasry selling his stake was a really bad sign for all of this because that dude is smart. As I laid out in June, that guy is really smart. And if he's feeling like, you know what, it's time for me to sell my buck stock, that makes me nervous. And then all the stuff that Giannis said and did, which I thought he did really fairly and really smartly. And I think that dude's about titles and that's it. And I know we say that about players, but I think in his case, I don't think he cares about, you know, what's my legacy, how do I compare against Dirk DeWhisky, any of that stuff. I just think he wants more rings. I mean, think about the guys who have won two rings out of the best 35 guys on my list of my pyramid. Those are all guys in my top 35 that won multiple wings. You go to the one -ring side, Jerry West, Oscar, Moses, Dirk, Jokic, Giannis, Pettit, Garnett, Kawhi, Rick Barry. That's the list he's on now. I certainly don't think he's looking at that list going, I got to get away from these guys, but it's a slightly different list. I think when you win multiple rings in multiple situations, it elevates you in a certain way. I think he fundamentally understands that at least a little bit. I want to be the best player since LeBron James. I think that's a thing that he wants. How am I going to do that? I need more rings. I need more finals trips. He knew from last year and maybe even the Boston series that they just weren't good enough. Whether this trade is going to be the thing that propels them, we'll find out, but he's been in the league 10 years, two MVPs, five first teams, two second teams, and now we have this little two -year window. Kawhi and the Raptors was a one -year window. This is a two -year window, I feel like. With Giannis, he's got two years left in his deals. So does Lopez. Middleton has two in a player option. Dame's got two, and then this crazy $120 million player option extension thingy that he has that just keeps going and going. It's probably two years. There's a world where this could go terribly this season, at least for what the expectations are, and then maybe it becomes Kawhi, Raptors. Maybe Giannis is like, you know what? That didn't work. Trade me. And the Bucks, who have no picks left and no future, they look at it next summer, and they go, all right. We tried it. Giannis, what can we get for you? Dame, what can we get? And they just do a reboot, rehaul. Remember, they won in 2021, which just takes so much pressure out of this. It's so much different than the Clippers situation, where they went all in on Kawhi and Paul George. They give up all those picks and SGA, and they've gotten nothing out of it. They haven't even made the finals. So it's got to happen. I think they at least probably have to make the finals. If they get bounced in round two, do I think Giannis is going to stay because they made this Dame -Mower trade? Probably not. So that leads to the big question, is how good of a trade was this? So there's a big picture angle on Dame, and it's going to sound negative, but I really don't want it to sound negative because I think Dame, I voted for him for NBA Top 75. I think he's been one of the best guards in the last 15 years. I think there's a ton of great things you can say, and there's a chance that he goes to Milwaukee, and this thing is fucking awesome. I know any Celtic fan I've talked to, including Isaiah, who's helping produce this podcast today, the Giannis -Dame pick and roll is just terrifying. Other than Jokic and Murray, it's going to be the single most unstoppable offensive play in the league. It is. We are conceding that point. The spot Dame is in right now, big picture -wise, it's weird. He's a superstar, but he's not, and we've seen guys like this before. I judge superstars by, do you have the resume statistically, and is your team succeeding consistently at a certain level? You can't totally say that about Dame. He's never been on a 55 -win team. He's missed the playoffs completely four times in 11 years. He said three first -round exits. He made the Final Four once in 2019, which was really lucky because Golden State and Houston were the two best teams, and then they got smoked. He's never been on a true contender ever. Instinctively, you go, well, that's not his fault. Who's he played with? Well, he played with LaMarcus Aldridge and CJ McCollum and a couple other guys, but not really anybody. The reason I'm putting this up is there's a success element that he has not had yet that for somebody with his resume is actually kind of unusual. I went and I looked up how many guards in the history of the league averaged 22 points a game for their career and played at least 700 games. I thought the list would be like 20. I didn't know. I didn't know what I was walking into. Only I think 75 guys have averaged 22 a game. So I went and I looked up the list, and it was 10 guys, 700 games, 22 a game for their career. There were some guys who came close like David Thompson, who I think is one of the best guards I've seen in the last 45 years, but had a short career and had some drug issues. He didn't make it. He didn't play enough games. Pete Maravich, 24 .2 points a game, but he didn't play enough games. Kyrie hasn't played enough games yet. Bradley Beale is five games away. I'm actually kind of glad the cutoff's at 700 so we don't have to talk about him. And then Mitchell and Trey Young aren't there yet. There's only 10 guys that made it, and the 10 guys are all fucking awesome. And again, I mentioned this in the context of Dame, who we think he is versus the success he's had. So the 10 guys, Michael Jordan, 30 .1, Jerry West, 27 .1, Allen Averson, 26 .7, George Gervin, 26 .2, Oscar Robertson, 25 .7, Kobe, 25 .0, Harden, 24 .7, Curry, 24 .6, Wade, 22, barely made it, and Russ, 22 .4, and then Dame is at 25 again. All right, what does he not have that those other guys have? Well, MJ, don't need to talk about him. Don't need to talk about Jerry West, who's the freaking logo. Allen Averson, pretty good comparison, right? Big stats, really memorable player, but not a ton of success. Here's the difference. Averson made the finals once. He won an MVP. Dame has done neither of those things. George Gervin was the best scoring guard of the 70s. He made two final fours. He had some bad luck. He really, in 79, really should have came close. And some of it's on him, right? He could have come through. Bobby Dandridge is the one that ended up coming through for the Bullets. They lose. But two final fours, he had four top five MVP finishes, five first teams, four second teams. He was just unassailably the best guard in the league until MJ. Oscar Robertson, don't need to go through him, but he won a ring and an MVP. Kobe, five rings and an MVP. Eleven first teams for Kobe, by the way. James Harden, three final fours, an MVP, six top five MVP finishes, six first team MBAs. And even though Harden has never made the finals as the best guy, he made it with OKC as the sixth man, you could build a contender around Harden. We saw it. We haven't really seen it with Dame. I think that's a fair thing to bring up. Curry, four rings, two MVPs, you know, the Curry thing. Dwayne Wade, three rings, two top five MVPs, two first teams, three second teams. He's more in the Dame waters a little bit, but he had the 2006 finals and he was the second best guy with LeBron on those heat teams. And then Westbrook, who you would say, well, Dame had a better career than Westbrook. Did he? Westbrook made the finals in 2012. He was second best guy on that team. Almost made the finals in 2016. He won an MVP. He had two first teams and five second teams. It's at least like a real argument. And I think when you look at Dame, he only had that one 2019 round three, got bounced. He's only had one top five MVP finish. He's only had one first team MBA and four second team MBAs. Really, really good top 75 career. But the piece that's missing is, have you been on a really good team? Have you made a real run at it? Which is why, you know, I think this Milwaukee trade is so much fun. This is his real chance. I get nervous about a couple things with this trade. One is that, you know, if you look at the 33 and older guards who average 22 points a game in a season. Jordan did it twice. Curry did it twice. Still going. Kobe did it three times. Jerry West twice. Sam Jones once. Hal Greer once. That's the entire list. Now the NBA is different. We have more three -pointers now. It's easier to score. Scoring is the easiest it's ever been. Guys can play at a longer age. So I'm not ruling out Dane being good for the next three years. But just pointing out, history is saying, be a little nervous. In general with guards, like Chris Paul, we saw from age 35 to 36 to 37, like it just dropped. But that's two years older than Dane. Maybe it's fine. I just worry about guards. We have not a lot of instances with guards in their mid -30s of them either peaking as players or being able to sustain whatever success they had during their prime. It always starts to go down with really no exceptions, except for Steph Curry. He's the only non -exception. So if your case is Dane's as good as Steph Curry, or Dane can be as potent as Steph Curry on a winning team, like, you know, Steph Curry is better than Dane, but I'm not going to argue that he couldn't do a lot of the stuff that Curry did in Golden State. The bigger issue for me, the age I'm definitely worried about. Dane has not been healthy the last couple of years, and we have not seen him play nine straight months at playoff basketball with a big bullseye on his back. Everybody coming after you, you're the best team. We haven't seen him do that ever, much less than the last couple of seasons. So can he stay up? Can he stay healthy? That's one thing. The defense with Dane just got kind of swept under the rug the last couple days, and I don't really understand it because there's five categories of defensive player I feel like. There's excellent, there's good, there's average, there's not so good, and then there's bad. And I think Dane's a bad defender. I think the stats back it up. Like, his defensive rating last year was 245 out of the guards. He's the 245th guard for defensive rating. You know, 117 .4 individual defensive rating is 483 overall. Portland's team's always defensively, it was the Achilles heel for them. Partly because of Dane, because he couldn't guard anybody. He's too small. And, you know, think about what we saw from the playoffs the last couple years. I think about the 2020 bubble Celtics playoffs, not infrequently, because I think that team had a chance to potentially win a title. What happened? Everyone hunted Kemba Walker. It was hunting season. It's like, where is he? Got to get a switch. Got to get Kemba Walker guarding somebody who's bigger, or got to beat him off the dribble, and it just became a hunt session with him. And basically, he got played out of the league. He's not in the league anymore. You know, we had this with Isaiah Thomas, too, in the mid -2010s. I think it's been an issue with Kyrie Irving. The Celtics certainly went at him in the playoff series with Brooklyn a couple years ago. Curry, you saw, who I think is a better defender than people give him credit for, but the And he's a much better defender than Dame is. Jordan Poole is somebody that got hunted in playoff series recently. Chris Paul, obviously, is a big one. Jalen Brunson, remember what the Heat did to him? Mitchell, when he was on Utah, this was a huge issue. And then Trae Young, obviously. My fear with Dame is he's a DH, and I think in Portland, part of the reasons he was able to put up the stats he did was because he wasn't playing defense, right? It was just, how many points can I score? My team isn't very good, and I'm just going to do my thing. He's an incredible offensive player. But how much of a trade -off is the defense, right? Well, you think, all right, well, Milwaukee, they're really good defensively. They'll be able to protect him. Here's the team. Giannis, Dame, Lopez, Portis, Middleton, Conaton, Beauchamp, Crowder. Who's guarding Trae Young on this team? Who's guarding Jason Tatum? Here's a partial list of guys that I don't think this team will be able to guard this season. Devin Booker, Tatum, Butler, Trae Young, Kyrie, Curry. Who's going to be chasing Curry around the screens? Dame lowered? Good luck. SGA, Luca, Mitchell, Murray, Edwards, Brunson, Ja, Garland, Fox, Halburn. Are they going to be able to cover Derek White? I don't know. The way this team is constructed, they are not going to have the ability to guard other guards at all, which means they're just going to have to be in a shooting match with them, right? It's going to be not much different than what's going to happen with Phoenix, where they're just literally going to have to outscore the other team. I've just watched too much playoff basketball over the last couple years, where it's like, if you have that weak link on defense, and you're playing a team that's smart enough, they're going to go after that weak link. Like, think about them against the Lakers, right? The Lakers figure their crunch time. Let's say they make the finals. It's Milwaukee and the Lakers, and Lakers crunch time. They're going to have LeBron and Davis and Austin Reeves and, I don't know, a shooter and a point guard, whatever. All they're going to be doing is trying to find where Dame is on the court and going after him. What about when they play Boston? Boston puts out White and Brogdon and Tatum and Brown and a center, and all they're going to be doing is trying to make sure Dame is covering somebody who has the ball who's now torturing him. I think it's a real problem for them. And what's funny is they gave up Drew's defense and, you know, they, what they gave up on defense, which is significant, and they gained an offense, it might end up just being a wash and they might just be a different version of the same team where they still have a huge flaw. It's just on the other end of the court. I'm just shocked that nobody brought up the defense. I agree he's an amazing offensive player and what's cool about this trade and what I'm excited about as a basketball fan is, can he go up a level? Right? A lot of these stats he put up, especially the last couple years. They didn't mean anything. They were, he was on bad teams. Like, who cares? Ultimately, Bradley Beal scored 30 points a game on the Wizards. Who cares? I think most really good offensive players, if they're on a bad team, can get between 25 and 30 a night. Can you do it nine months in a row? Can you do it when you're getting hunted on defense all over the place? How much can Milwaukee protect him? And what does he have in the tank at age 33 with 900 plus games on the O 'Dominor already? I'm still afraid of the Bucks, but people have, like, FanDuel had them as best odds in basketball and I think most people feel like they're the favorite now. I don't feel like there's a favorite. I think you can go through every team. Boston, I could, I'm scared of Porzingis. What's going to happen with Jalen Brown out there? He has contracts. Can Peyton Pritchard, all these different things. Philly, God only knows. Miami, they're unquestionably worse. Yeah, Milwaukee is going to be really good, but depending where Holiday lands and how this all plays out, I just think it's still wide open. And the other piece, so if you're just talking Boston, Miami, Tatum kills Milwaukee. I have no idea why. Boston is kind of built to at least stay with Dame and, you know, Derek White is about as good of a person you're going to have to try to keep Dame in check, at least. And Boston's done a really good job of guarding Giannis over the years. They don't have Grant Williams this year, but I just don't think, I think there's as many ways this goes wrong as it goes right, I guess would be my final thought on this because for what they gave up, especially with that 29 unprotected and the two swaps and, you know, they are all in on this team. And you know my theory, when you go all in on a team, you better think you can win. Not positive, but it's an awesome trade. It really is. It makes the league so much more fun. Dame and Giannis together. I'm going to enjoy watching Portland. I still have my eating stock. Watching Phoenix fans slowly realize that Derkiszna isn't the answer is going to be fun and then we'll see where Drew Holliday goes. So really fun trade. We're going to talk about it a little bit more with Die Hard Bucks fan, Ben Thompson in one second. Let's take a break.
Scott Presler: Registering Voters Will Make Biden a One-Term President
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A highlight from Bob Burnett: Block Space Scarcity and the Need For Layer 2s to Scale
"If we believe Bitcoin adoption is going to follow the path that we all, I think, are here believing in, then mathematically, it means that there isn't room for everybody. Welcome to the Coin Stories podcast, where we get to explore the future of money, business, technology and Bitcoin's revolutionary promise to boost economic prosperity around the world and mend our broken financial system. I'm Natalie Brunell, and I'm here to learn with you. This podcast is for educational and entertainment purposes only. None of the discussions should constitute as official investment advice, and you should always do your own research. Please make sure to subscribe to the show so you don't miss out on any new episodes. This podcast is made possible through partnerships with companies I trust, and I'm very picky about who I choose to partner with, so I hope you take the time to listen to ad reads throughout the show. Thanks for joining me. If you like this type of content and want to see more of it, make sure to hit that like button. All right, it's time for the show. Welcome back for another episode, everyone. I'm really excited about this episode because we're going to learn a lot about block space and block scarcity. Here with me is CEO of Barefoot Mining, Bob Burnett. Bob, thank you so much for joining me. Oh, my pleasure, Natalie. Great to see you. Your presentation at Bitblock Boom kind of blew me away because it is something that I have not thought about. I knew that the mempool, the memory pool of transactions was pretty clogged, and there were a lot of transactions waiting to be confirmed, but everything that you shared about block space and this other type of scarcity that Satoshi created with Bitcoin, it was just kind of mind -blowing and a little worrisome, so I'm excited to get into that. But first, let's set the scene here and talk a little bit about who you are, how you came to this space. You're originally from the Midwest like me, so I want to hear a little bit about your background, your upbringing, and I bet your gateway, computer journey is pretty interesting, so let's go to the beginning. Where are you from and what did you do early on? Well, thank you, Natalie. Yeah, I'm from Wisconsin originally. I grew up in a town called Kenosha, Wisconsin. I was fortunate as a young guy to have some great teachers, and, you know, luckily too, I think I was somewhat blessed in terms of just having a lot of mathematical and scientific inclinations, and so I had a teacher, his name was Cornelius Fowler, and he kind of took me under his wing in the late 70s, and so he started getting me programming on computers at that time, and that kind of led to a passion for computing, but computing then was very different than it is now, and so I ended up going to University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee and getting a degree in computer engineering, and then came out of school, and again, Fortune smiled. I went to work in Chicago in your hometown for a company called Xena, which at the time was a very large TV brand. Yeah, I remember the building near me in the suburbs. Yes, Milwaukee off of Milwaukee Avenue off of 294.
A highlight from Milwaukee's Impending Rebuild & Miami's Playoff Odds
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A highlight from Trump v. the Others
"We get it. You're busy. You don't have time to waste on the mainstream media. That's why Salem News Channel is here. We have hosts worth watching, actually discussing the topics that matter. Andrew Wilkow, the next D 'Souza, Brandon Tatum, and more. Open debate and free speech you won't find anywhere else. We're not like the other guys. We're Salem News Channel. Watch any time on any screen for free 24 -7 at snc .tv and on local now channel 525. at preggertopia .com I'm not going to say that George Strait automatically means that I'm here, but it's a good signal. Mark Davis in for Dennis. A certain Texas twang coming from George, if not from me, but a certain Texas flavor when I am here and it is always a joy to be here. Mark Davis from 660 AM, the answer where I am the happy morning host. And boy, was I happy to be here this morning. Happy being a relative term. It was demanding for everybody because I'm here in central time talking to the West Coast crew out there in Pragerland where everybody was working really late between radio and the Salem News Channel. Just fantastic coverage last night, post debate, all kinds of opinions flying thick and fast. So I'm just really enormously pleased to be here in one of my frequent fill -ins. It's always a joy to be here for Dennis. And you can follow me on Twitter or X or Guacamole or whatever they're calling that thing these days, at Mark Davis, M -A -R -K Davis. And the best way to get ahold of us, of course, is the phone lines that are used in the show every day. 1 -8 -Praeger -776, 1 -8 -Praeger -776. Again, I'm Mark Davis here in the big bustling DFW. And wherever you are, I have some things I need to know from you. You ready? And what I'm gonna do is put some of it in question form. Most of my obvious offering is to get your thoughts and ask the blanket question. What did you think of the two big things that you could see last night? One of them was the debate on a stage in Milwaukee. And the other one was seen by perhaps 10 times more people. I mean, are we at 200 million? At some point, everyone in America, if not around the world, will have seen Trump on Tucker. And we'll talk a little bit about whether it was smart for Trump to do Tucker instead of the debate. It certainly wasn't dumb, it certainly didn't hurt him. Because after all, as we've learned by now, nothing hurts him, at least not yet. And by the way, every candidate on the stage last night, every candidate on the stage last night, dreams of having a bump, having a boost like Trump will get today from another arraignment. This time under the aggressive thumb of Fannie Willis in Fulton County in Atlanta, Georgia. He will turn himself in at some point and you will then almost be able to palpably sense the fundraising boost, the poll boost. Here is the truth of the Trump poll numbers. There's something we know, but there's something numerical we don't know. Again, one eight Prager 776, one eight Prager 776. Talk about Trump's decision not to be on that debate stage. And then we'll talk about everybody that was on that debate stage. Cuz it was a fascinating night for Vivek, a so -so night for DeSantis. A really good night for Tim Scott, a surprisingly, momentarily at least interesting night for Mike Pence. Nikki Haley did great, but did she get enough Mike time? Chris Christie, that New Jersey bully boy thing, that just gets really old, really fast. And Doug Burgum and Asa Hutchinson were there as well, which is about the old, I got nothing bad to say about these guys. I've got nothing bad to say about these guys. Hutchinson was an okay governor of Arkansas, really needs to be awakened on some of the gender clarity necessities. Doug Burgum seems like a wonderful guy, and what a tough nut, keyword nut. Who plays basketball the night before a debate? Who does something that has even a remote injury risk? My colleague Mike Gallagher and I were talking, and he said, if I'm on the debate stage the following day, I'm putting myself in lockdown. I'm gonna be in bed, in some type of pneumatic bubble. Nothing will get to me, but so that I don't rip open my Achilles tendon. Which he did, so he had to crutch himself onto the stage. And I don't wanna be cynical enough to say that this strikes me as debate theater and that it was faked. I don't believe that, I don't wanna be that guy, I don't wanna be that cynical, but I will be this judgmental. How dumb is it to do something the night before a debate that can hurt you? So of course, I know driving on the highway can hurt you and da, da, da, da. So I have all kinds of hot takes on how I think everybody did. I'm gonna frame it in terms of what I expected versus how they did. And then we'll talk about what I expected from Trump on Tucker. I expected it to be stratospherically good, and it was. So we have specific Trump on Tucker observations, and we have specific debate participation observations. And it all takes place against this glorious, fascinating backdrop of late August, 2024. Here we are, we are still September, October, November. So we're still four and a half months before anybody votes for anything. Change is still possible, but how plausible is it? How many times have you heard people say, yeah, in this particular year, by this point, Newt Gingrich was in the lead? Yeah, in this particular year, Rudy Giuliani was in the lead. Well, guess what was not going on when Newt, obviously, neither gentleman ever became president or ever will, it seems, for multiple reasons. There was no Trump, nobody had a 50 point lead. It was just wide open, it was five or six or eight or 10 or 14 or 17 people all running now. Trump is the alpha dog, the king of the hill. There is nothing that has dented his support yet. I will tell you the one thing, I wouldn't even say might, I'd say the only thing that can, the only thing that can, and I'll do that here in a second. In fact, probably got to get to that first. 18 Prager 776, 18 Prager 776. And again, my name, Mark Davis, follow me on Twitter, X, whatever you want to call it. I can't say X, it's Twitter to me, I don't know, I'm an old fart, what can I say? At Mark Davis, and I'll take a look at those during the break. But the best way to get ahold of us, of course, with your thoughts, 776. 18 Prager Okay, I do have a fresh column in the Fort Worth Star Telegram, I'm proud to write for the Star Telegram and the McClatchy newspaper chain and Newsweek and Town Hall, but the thing I did an immediate, I pretty well do mean immediate, turnaround reaction column for was the Star Telegram. So if you go to star -telegram .com and look at opinions, find me, Mark Davis, there is my column that talks about how Vivek and Pence and Tim Scott helped themselves. I mean, the only people who did, but they did. But the enduring question, the enduring question is, can anybody catch Trump? Is that even possible? So if we start with the premise that they say anything is possible, not anything, okay? Asa Hutchinson, Doug Burgum, or Will Hurd winning the nomination is as close to not possible as the English language permits, okay? But let's just say that in these turbulent times, where almost everything seems volatile, it was volatility that kind of lofted Trump in 2016. There were a lot of frustrations, there he was, he seemed anti -establishment, he caught the wind of that in the sales of so many Americans. The timing was just, it was perfect for Trump. Now, eight years, next month, wow, he and Melania came down the golden escalator at Trump Tower. In a way, it seems like yesterday, in a way, it seems like 100 years ago. But anyway, everybody knows him now. And the love for him and hatred of him are both baked in so solid, so two things are true at the same time. With Trump as the nominee, you're going to get two things, guaranteed two things. The love for him and the devotion to him and the desire to flip a huge middle finger to the establishment that now pursues and persecutes him, that will be on fire with energy. The other thing that's gonna be on fire with energy, every Democrat, Biden could be actually dead and on the ticket, and Democrats will crawl on broken glass and walk through fire to deliver another loss to Trump. So that will be in furious force. So which of those forces, which of those phenomena is greater? I don't know, and neither do you. Are there risks to making Trump your nominee? There sure are. But are there risks that a whole lot of people seem totally willing to take? Yes, indeedy. So what is the one thing that might erode Trump support? And I'm not saying it will, but it's the only thing that can. 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I totally understand his logic. Why should I? They're 50 points behind me. I don't need to show up for this. I totally get it. He's right about that. It did not hurt him to not be there, but it was a missed opportunity. There are millions of people for whom the last 10 times they heard Trump talk, it was all about Jack Smith, and Fannie Willis, and Alvin Bragg, and this persecution, and that lawsuit, and this vendetta, and that witch hunt, all of which is true. But it can be fatiguing to some folks who are not a junkie for this. And this would have been an opportunity for Trump with a bunch of rivals, and a bunch of pretenders to be sure, and a bunch of people at 0 .5%, and I know, I know, I know, I know, I know. But it would have been him talking about borders. It would have been him talking about crime. It would have been him talking about climate, which by the way, he did with Tucker, but he could have done that too. Not to get greedy, but why not do the debate and then sit down with Tucker tonight? Wouldn't that have worked? So yeah, but it was a statement. I understand it was a statement. It was a positioning statement that says, I don't even need to be on that stage as they all run for who's going to be the last person left when there are two candidates left standing. That is, by the way, what last night's debate was about. It's what the entire campaign is about for everybody not named Trump. At some point in the spring, there'll be two candidates left. One of them will be named Donald Trump, and the other one will not. And everybody wants to be that other person. And forever it looked obvious that it was going to be DeSantis. It doesn't look that way so much right now. Now it could really be the vague. Will that sustain? Is this kind of a flash in the summer pan? I don't know. Your thoughts are welcome. 18 Prager 776. As I get ready to go to the phones, here's the thing. Everybody, I get asked this all the time. Is there anything that could change the calculus? Anything where Trump just doesn't have that 50 point lead anymore? Because while we're talking math, here's what's undeniably true. Trump can win the nomination, can breeze to the nomination without poaching one single supporter from anybody on that stage last night. Obviously, he could do it tomorrow. DeSantis, just to pick somebody or the vague, let's go with DeSantis for the moment. He needs to poach half of the Trump poll numbers. He's got to go get half of those people. Half of the people saying we want Trump, half of the 50 some percent, if not more, who say we want Trump, who say that now in August, have to stop saying that by the time people are really voting in Iowa, New Hampshire, and South Carolina, and Nevada, etc, etc. So what is the one way that happens? And this is a half court shot, maybe a full court shot. And that is that some of the poll emotions right now, some of it, most of it is we want this guy to be president. We loved him then, we love him now, we want this guy to be president. You know, the usual earth logic that people use in expressing support for a candidate. But some of it, and it'll have to be a lot of it. And I don't know that it is. But certain x percentage of it has to be folks who may or may not require Trump to be their next president. But they are furious at what's being done to him. It is a show of support. I mean, why do you think the poll numbers will go up after he is arraigned today in Atlanta? Is it because a bunch of people will just look at issues around America and decide, oh, he is my guy? Some may, but most of the poll bursts and the fundraising bursts that happen after each continuing litany of indictments is people saying, oh, hell no. It's what I call the Jason Whitlock effect. Jason Whitlock is the wonderful broadcaster, blogger, who was on the Tucker one, I think might have been after the first indictment or the second one, I lose track. Jason Whitlock was on with Tucker when Tucker was on Fox and said, I don't even know what I think about Trump. I'm halfway with him, halfway not. I like some of what he does, some of it not. I don't know. But tonight I'm hardcore MAGA. Tucker, tonight I am hardcore MAGA, Jason Whitlock said. And it was as a statement of revulsion at what was being done to him. Now, if that's a bunch of Trump support, cuz here it is in one nutshell. By the time we get to, we go through Christmas, we go through the holidays, everybody digests their holiday meals. And then we all get rolling in January of 2024. And millions of Republicans go, whoa, okay, now it's what's always been serious. But now it's time, time with a capital T. It's not about whether we don't like Jack Smith or whether we think 2020 was rigged or whether we're just not about anything else. Other than it's about one thing, one thing, who beats Biden? Who gives us the best chance of beating Biden? And if the similar numbers of people who think so today think that that's Trump, and by the way, it may well be, then nothing will change. All these campaigns, all the DeSantis's, all the Viv Hanks, all the everybody's, I don't wanna say it'll be for naught, but it will not bear fruit. It will not bear fruit. If, however, and it's funny because right now we got the sort of the fresh angst, the renewed emotion and determination of what will happen after Trump is dragged before yet another tribunal for yet another non -crime. And we can talk about this some today if you want. There's really only one thing out of every single one of these stupid persecution prosecutions, all these indictments, all these things. Really, they only got him on one thing. There's one thing that he just really should have done differently. And that's the handling of those stupid documents. Give back the stupid documents. If you do that, then that's not even a problem. But all this election related stuff is insane. He thinks he got screwed. And guess what? So do I. Guess what? So do most of you. We don't get to believe that. And if we're him, we don't get to act on that and make phone calls and secure meeting space and tweet to somebody to watch a TV show, all of which has been criminalized by these lunatic prosecutors. But in January of 2024, it's not gonna be about that anymore. No matter how we feel about that. No matter how we feel and no matter how resentful we are of that and how much we wanna stick with him. And I mean, in that regard, if millions of people say, God bless you, sir, God bless you, we love your presidency. We want those policies back, but the damage seems to have been done.
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"Turbulent times call for clear -headed insight that's hard to come by these days, especially on TV. That's where we come in. Salem News Channel has the greatest collection of conservative minds all in one place. People you know and trust, like Dennis Prager, Eric Metaxas, Charlie Kirk, and more. Unfiltered, unapologetic truth. Find what you're searching for at snc .tv and on Local Now Channel 525. Boys and Queen get it right. The show must go on. This one surely does with the Eminem segment and last night the show was on on the debate stage in Milwaukee. I'm tingling with anticipation as my buddy Mike Gallagher joins me. How did it all grab you? Well remember it was one of two shows that took place last night. Have you seen the latest number of the Tucker interview with President Trump? You want to guess? I'll tell you what this could be telling because I don't know when somebody said something about it. The last time I heard a number it was 70 some million. You're not even close. You ain't even in the ballpark. 168 million. Tremendous. Now listen the number from the Fox News debate lucky to get five, six, seven million. That'll be a big night. 168 million. Leading the Washington based inside the Beltway news site Axios to proclaim today Trump won the debate last night by a landslide. Mark I'm going to give you a caveat. I said all along I'm going to always be in for whoever the Republican nominee is. That will never change so please remember that. I'm not saying this to say I'm bailing on anybody but I predicted that Ron DeSantis needed to have a great night. He had to have a stellar night. He had to hit it out of the park. He had to be a kind of a game changer. If not his campaign is over. Well guess what? He didn't knock it out of the guy. And you know I've been analyzing even my own reaction to this. Driving in today thinking about this. I hate to play armchair psychiatrist. You hate to judge a presidency or who could be elected president based on your communicative skills, your gestures, your facial expressions, how warm you come across. But I'm sorry that's largely how people vote for people. You've got to be a good communicator. Look at the greatest presidents of our lifetime. Look at the great communicators from Reagan to Trump. They're not awkward. They don't have stilted moments. I mean you see at the end Brett Bear had to prompt poor Governor DeSantis for the closing statement because he stood there with that frozen smile on his face and he wasn't sure when to start. And all night long I saw people posting video clips of that awkward smile that he's not a natural skilled you know warm you know what I mean effervescent politician. Now again shame on all of us for judging policy on that and I'm not saying that. His policies are superb but Joe and Mary Birkin are watching in Omaha and they're saying this guy doesn't win me over. He's awkward. He's a little clunky. And let me just get one more out of the way and then I want to see what you think. I'm on a roll but here's my final takeaway. The moment of the you could boil down the entire debate to about 30 seconds when Brett and Martha with that stupid pension of saying raise your hands like it's awful and I hate it as much as you do but hey nonetheless that's what that's part of nominee. You want to talk about first of all even if convicted right wasn't the question even if he's convicted will you still support what he's going to be convicted.
"milwaukee" Discussed on The Garden Report | Boston Celtics Post Game Show from TD Garden
"Like when his boys on the wall in the locker room and timeouts and how he's able to galvanize this team is unit. I mean, that there was nothing to be said, you know? And I asked all too, I said, did you say something after that? And the huddle of the guy say, there's nothing to be said. Everyone knew, everyone knew what Tyler was. And you know, you look down, you look at the end of that fourth quarter, the south is to build a ten point lead off of that. Huge. Big time. That's what we were talking about just ways like none of us could fathom that this game went from like the Celtics looking like they were definitely gonna lose till they were up ten. And it just happened, you know? And again, Al gets a ton of that. Jimmy was talking Tatum. A couple really big buckets from smart there. Just enough, you know, and that's again, just talking about the difference between, you know, this Celtics team versus old Celtics teams are like, and we're talking about last year's team, the beginning of this season is like, you know, these are games of Celtics would be on the other side of. You know, they do enough to have a lead. They can't put a team away and then they just have a game taken from them. Something's just took this game from Milwaukee. This has to feel awful if you're the bucks. Off, well, the markets all over market smart had to stay after the game too, was when he talked about how I feel who asked him if someone asked him if he felt the buck sort of just falling apart. They were just, he was like, I mean, we all sort of order, right? And he's like, I think we're all exhausted. That's what happens when a series like this is this chippy and aggressive and guys are playing well over 35 minutes in this well. Jason Tatum didn't even stop out, you know, it seemed like so it was one of those games where, you know, who's got who wants it more. And the stuff that we're able to build that cushion, that was enough for them to close the door on them. And Tatum had a lot to do with that as well. We can't forget that. You know, Tatum, kingdom, kept grinding out there, kept kind of looking for his offense, kept kept reading the defense pretty much..
"milwaukee" Discussed on The Garden Report | Boston Celtics Post Game Show from TD Garden
"Tatum take the coffin, Tatum kicked the coffin doors open, but they were 6 feet. There were 5 and a half feet deep before Al just started climbing and pulling him out of the grave because I was doing it before the fourth quarter. I mean, he was doing everything he could to keep these guys in it. And so you got to give him credit for that. I just thought that we were all screaming at our TVs and I'm sure people were tweeting, need Tatum now, new Tatum now. Any minute now, you know, you got to get a little bit more aggressive and try to take over in some capacity. And I think that he did that in the fourth quarter. Now, I'm not saying Al obviously didn't. I mean, now have the biggest fourth quarter of the mall. But Adam was right behind him, and those were the two guys that you mentioned John smart had a couple of cameos towards the end there. But it was a two man game, and that fourth quarter. And they just did what they had to do. So I got to give, you know, we've talked about Tatum bordering on this line of superstardom and whatnot. And this is the type of performance that keeps you in that conversation other than just sort of if you continued on in that same way the first half went, then we're criticizing him like crazy to use the story of the game. Sharad said it in game three. Tatum sucked ass all game and all you needed was for him to be Jayson Tatum for three or four minutes, 5 minutes, whatever. 5 Tatum, give me 5 minutes. And we got. And that's it and they would have had game three. He did it tonight. That was the difference, you know? And I think John to your point, I think the way this team is built, you can win a lot of games with him being great for 5 minutes. Right. And because you're going to make life so hard about that more. It's going to be hard for them to separate. Even when you're doing everything wrong and your offense is a mess and you can't get into any flow and your stars are slumping. You're always in the game as long as you're playing defense. And again, he may stressed it early on. If we do this, we're good, man. Move the ball play defense. We're going to be in every single game, if not dominate these games when we execute. Let's bring in Bobby Manning for the Daniel tice report. From Milwaukee here. Bobby. Bobby, don't touch anything. What's going on? Hands off by stream, pal. What's going on? I know you were listening to some of the interviews. What's the vibe down there? Yeah, we'll get to the tight stuff at the end, but we gotta get. Moment resonate for at least show it to me. Show it to me, Bobby. Is it under there? Yeah, when you know it's hanging up back home. 42. It's gonna hang out time. And this is. Gonna be a space. It's gonna be a case with Bobby gets back. Watch. This is a beautiful moment. I mean, for his career, I mean, come on. Where's the music? Where's the music? He comes back, it doubted pretty. So you Philadelphia stands just trying to find his place here again, but it seemed like he had bigger visions on how he wanted to go. And he's allowed that.
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"Tremendous intentional myths gets his own rebound, puts back two hands on his shoulders, Bobby portis. Any call on that? Make this official call it, go to the rim and make sure they call it. No call. Right? Rob, tip. Didn't go. Okay. Try and bring in there, Horford. Just have it on his hand. He's a tenth of a second too late. But there's really two situations there. Where Marcus smart should have had chances to tie the game. And he was not giving those chances. Also, throw him some credit for getting it off the rim and getting his own rebound. Absolutely. Absolutely. So when we see the last two minute report tomorrow, what do you think the chances are the police gonna say that he should have won that it should have a three pointer? I think there's no way that that happens, right? Not a chance. And then two, will they acknowledge that there was a foul on portis when he put back his rebound? Yeah. Not a chance. Yeah. Right. Exactly. Not a chance. No mistakes found, I bet. No, no, no, no, no. They'll find a mistake earlier in the two minutes. They seem more innocuous. Right. Right. They'll be like, oh, we're going to admit culpability, but we're going to do it far enough back that, you know, it was a reach there and so there should have been was driven the ball around half court when Wesley Matthews hand checked him. Oh, great. Thanks for finding that one there, bob. Yeah. Yeah. That's the end of the game was frustrating to me because, you know, if the outcome works itself out, then we can just kind of chalk it up and say, well, the refs just had a bad another bad day, right? Oh, well, Ho from. But now this one has consequence. You know, that's the hardest part for me in trying to swallow a beating like this is that if those things don't end up affecting the final score or the outcome, I can just kind of grin and bear it. But when it impacts how this series is going to play out because of all the things we've been talking about for the last power along the recording. That's where the vitriol and the anger just kind of continues for days on end. And so until Monday night, I'm just breathing fire, man. Yeah. You know? I'm breathing fire. And I think they win game four. What about you? Do you think it goes back to that? No, I think they do. I think they've got this kind of like squared away for 7 games. Celtics at home in 7. The one thing I'd say though nah, I'm sorry, just feels rigged, you know? I agree. And I've had that, I've had that, listen,.
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"So the series goes to their style and you have to beat them at their own game to sort of ascend to a higher status. I don't know. Maybe this is how they're building up what they know is going to be the future of two franchises. Giannis just signed back up. He's committed long-term to Milwaukee. There's a good vibe there. Milwaukee's a team with a, you got to take your hats off for a small market. They do have a big fan base. So nobody's nobody's really hurting even though that's not a major market. And Giannis basically told the NBA. I'm not going anywhere. So you got to live with this market. If you're going to have me be the heir apparent type, you know, I'm going to be one of the MVP, dot, dot, dot. So if you're going to do that, part of me thinks that they're also building this bad blood so that there's a rivalry for years to come. Yeah. Yeah, you got to protect the sacred cow, right? That's kind of where we're at. And it does feel like there's a lot of that going on here where the rest of the package from Milwaukee is and all that attractive to look at. Giannis is his story and his demeanor and his, you know, all that is is really, really marketable from the NBA's perspective. His game, I think, less so, but that's not to say he's not marketable. I mean, he's more fun than Shaq took market. But he's not, he's not John morant, in terms of the excitement and the, you know, he's not Steph Curry. So yeah, so there's a balance there, right? That they're trying to strike and try to make him be that guy. And unfortunately, we're in the middle of where the kind of the crosshairs of that, right? Yeah. So do you think if they get through this series that it'll be a lot easier going? Oh, right. Yeah. Don't you feel like they're just going to all of a sudden they're going to be able to play a little bit looser. I think and yet they're also going to be able to like their defense is going to be that much stronger because they've already gotten their butts kicked like as long as nobody goes down with an injury, which I'm seriously concerned about. As long as nobody goes down with an injury, don't you think they get through this series and they kind of become a wrecking ball to the finals? Yeah. I think that they are the way that they defend Milwaukee. I mean, the way they defend is kind of like playing a team that plays zone. I mean, I feel like it's so it still zone kind of somebody's own principle that feels like and what they do. It would switching. They're switching, but they're loading up someone to the pains and all that. It just feels like they're it's kind of played in zones up all the time. And you just have to kind of think a certain way to play against that team. Whereas playing the nets were kind of almost playing like a regular season T because they don't scheme up so much..
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"S 50. And you can receive your 50% welcome bonus on your first deposit bet online, where the game starts. So John, here's the positive side. Typically when you see a series where the fix is in this bad, the team on the receiving end does end up winning narrowly in game 7. Not always, didn't necessarily happen against Toronto and then not Miami in the bubble because it was too serious in a row where the Celtics fell victim to kind of a similar circumstance. Although this team is a lot bigger in the Milwaukee Bucks than either Miami or Toronto was in the bubble, but it was a similar mugging that was allowed that was very, very frustrating to experience as a fan. Having said that, I feel like to your point, I still like this Celtics odds, still like their chances. I almost feel like the league wants it this way because they know there's some bad blood here. And they want to draw this bad blood out 7 games. The problem is at some point here, pretty soon. Somebody could get really hurt. I mean, I don't see this going on like this. Safely. I really don't. I can't believe how much the tempers have been kept in check when this is being allowed the way that it is. I said after game one, this was dangerous. This is dangerous. And so here we are again. Having said that, if the Celtics come out on top after 7, how much easier they going to find it to initiate their offense the rest of the way..
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"And I thought that the drives were there for them. Yeah. Like Brown was Brown went off. They were hitting outside shots. Grant Williams was going bananas. They had that 20 point lead. And they had to make data adjustments so that it couldn't happen again. I agree with that. In the middle, right? All they did was go back to what they did in game one. I don't think that game one and three are different. I think game two is different from game one in three. I think they went back. I think that they all fought in game two, what we thought. No way are they going to be allowed to do that again? They got away with that bullshit in game one. They're not going to allow it for us in game two. They didn't do it as much. Look what happened. We got our asses kicked. What have we got to lose? And we're going to be at home, so we know we're going to get the benefit of the calls. Let's do it again. And oh, look, they allowed us to do it again. Imagine that. Imagine imagine. But the thing is, they could have gotten away with it in game too. So I think they leaned off of it. It's not like there were foul calls to your point. Milwaukee just didn't think they were going to pull it off again. Consciously, they didn't do it. Exactly. Exactly. And so you have a different approach in game three. Our game two, but game three becomes this situation where you let the mug and come back. You let them hug and grab and touch and all that. And. Just to get on, I mean, just in terms of, okay, what can you do? Because the truth is, is that there are things that others can do to overcome what the bucks are doing and where it impacts them back in the freaking mouth. Right. They need to get. They need to start becoming the assaulters. Yeah. Yeah. Right. So, you know, when you when you go into game four, you know, you need Tyson's minutes need to have purpose. Yeah. You know, grant needs to happen. He needs to do, he needs to do the land bear. Right. Right. He's got to go out there and I know he's not 6 11, but no, but you're right. They have to there is they are too comfortable. Yeah. And as the officials are only called the first hit, you better make sure there's a second and a third hit. Because right now, they're just they're comfortable out there. Drew is able to go wherever he wants to go. And our guys are ended up on the floor. How many times can Tatum hit the floor today? A lot. How about smart? There was one on the rebound. He was just on the ground and there was a no call. It's ridiculous. Okay. This is going to be a tail a two halves in a way in terms of this show. We've done enough complaining about the officials on the first half. I'm going to take us to the ad read and then we're going to come back and we're going to talk about some potential not positives. There's nothing positive to take away from this series. But there are, well, let me get into it. Our partners at bet online continue to be the.
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"But then the creativity of getting into the paint and making the right pass. The thing is, is when they throw every body at you and out on the perimeter when you're initiating the offense or clutching and grabbing, you never there's no room to get spacing because all the help and this is why it's, this is why it's a misnomer that Milwaukee is this good of a defensive team. When you allow them to clutch and grab on the perimeter like that, of course they're slow ass bigs are going to rotate over and help defend and always be there. But if you called the game normally where that perimeter wasn't allowing the clutching and grabbing and they were able to get things moving and the ball was going to move. Every time that helped defender got over there, it would be just a little bit later, which would allow them to move the ball to the open man more often. And because they're clutching them, they help defense as soon as they actually get around the defender who just literally put their arm all the way around them as they turn the corner. They just grab them as they fight through that fight through contact. It's not body contact. It's arm contact. Which is illegal. Once they fight through that, the big is over their doubled and there's no space to make that path. It can just everything. That's where this is wrong. It's not the physicality. It's not, it's not even like the charge is definitely bugged me because it's not equal. But if you called that party equal, hey, we're just not calling everything a foul. I mean, everything a charge. Okay, as long as it goes both ways, no big deal. It's really, I mean, this lead got rid of and this is to your point about it not being fun. This league got rid of hand checking. Specifically because this is not the product of basketball that they wanted to put in front of us. So I get it. It's not a hand checking. It's just draping. So that's worse than a hand checking. So get rid of this. And bring back hand checking. Because this is an you already said, this is not what you want. So why are we watching it? Right. Right. And I don't think that I actually don't think Milwaukee is, I think it changed a bit of what they're trying to do defensively, particularly streamed games one and three. They were much more worried about the parameter in game three than they were in game one..
"milwaukee" Discussed on Celtics Stuff Live
"To the Milwaukee Bucks are now down two to one in this series. The last time you heard from me and John was only a week ago and Celtics had dropped game one at home, so here we are, the first home game for the Milwaukee Bucks, the same outcome and I imagine there's gonna be some vitriol in this year episode. We have not done a really great job of being with you on a weekly basis for much of this season, but here we are. And it seems like an interesting time for you and I to get back into it. This series, from the very beginning, has been set up to encourage the style and or I should say, yeah, forget it. I'm not going to say encourage. Go for it. Well, favor heavily, the style of the Milwaukee Bucks. And what's good for the goose is not always good for the Gander. I thought it was going to be encouraging in the first half, John. When the Celtics were getting them into foul trouble, many of the box, although it's just so funny how Giannis just, oh no, no, it's not on Giannis. It's on that other guy. All the time when it comes to foul trouble and they just continuously allow him to charge whether that be out on the break or with a back to the basket, something that we complained about, our eye complained about on the last show happened again. He got away, they call it a block. It's a goal tend. Marcus smart. Absolutely fouled in the act of shooting. They put him on the line because they're over the limit instead. So many things. Those are the two big ones for me. So many things about this game infuriating to watch. I'll let you go ahead and kick it here because I could probably just keep going. I'm angry Justin. I'm angry.
"milwaukee" Discussed on The Garden Report | Boston Celtics Post Game Show from TD Garden
"And look, again, for the way he did, I don't think you see that in game four. You know, Marcus smart, I feel like is sort of starting to get his groove back a bit. He talked about how he was a bit sore in the beginning, but then the adrenaline took over. So I think he's going to work his way back and I wouldn't be shocked if we see a big game from him. Can they do anything to free up Tatum, guys? Can he may do anything to make his life easier, or it's on tape. Sean Tatum. I mean, he's missing, I mean, he's missing a significant number of wide open shots. There's nothing you can do as a coach. That. The one thing I think they probably could do is get him more on switches where he's got like, you know, someone a significantly smaller defender on him and just, again, shoot over the top. Don't play around. Don't try to get deep into the paint. Just literally if you're on the elbow or you're near the paint, just raise up over the little guy. Don't make it more complicated. But again, that's more on Tatum, I think than email. And I'm surprised he hasn't done that moisture rod. He hasn't done it effectively, certainly. And I think some of it screen setting, they talked a lot about that between games one and two. Those guys need a set more solid screens, Robin, in particular. I think Horford said some decent ones. And tight, so I haven't really been involved in this series of probably the best screen settings on playable. Yeah. You can't play them. So four minutes and it was like, get them out, out, out, out, out, out, out. I want to talk about rob because I think he's key for this right now. He needs to he needs to be involved. Early on, I thought he was mine is thinking one thing and his body's saying. I don't know. He looks like he's like, he looks like at the beginning of the year sort of rob, just a little bit out of sorts. Like, yeah, his body's just not following his brain's commands, you know? Yeah. Yeah, and defensively he's having a lot of trouble, but offensively, he's so key to freeing up Tatum and creating some active possessions where he's getting downhill and then he's in a mismatch, and he's getting on the offensive glass. No smaller Milwaukee lineups, rob should be decimating on the offensive glass. And he was at his best. And he was doing that small way teams. So he's got to step up. He really does. He's key to this series. Right now, Al is just so much better. They're going small more often than not putting grant out there..
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"You're going with this one. I mean, he came at me. He was really enforcer, which I thought was really good to see. 'cause they need guys like that. You know, the hip check that he gave Grayson Allen, that just sent him flying. After Grayson had going for a loose ball had not taped him down. Little things like that, it may not seem like that big a deal, but you're sitting messages. And that's important in this sleep. Particularly when you're a young guy like grant. I felt like the bucks were sort of looking for those guys to sort of do that one dagger, that three pointer that they needed and it wasn't there. And I'm looking up and that's when Bobby, Bobby said that comment, I'm just like, it has to be on it. But he has to do it because these other guys, it's not falling for them. And the stuff that's rolling right now, or at least the momentum was shifting, but yeah, you know, it's like max and I talked about it in our recent episode. Surviving the jaundice game. This was it, right? 40 points and efficient scoring and just, you know, throughout the entire game, just a constant force, but they survived it. But what I didn't anticipate was them having to survive one of these ice cold shooting nights from Jayson Tatum, let alone that be the same exact game. So, you know, keep that, keep that in mind, sell these fans. They nearly pulled it off with Tatum shooting the way he did. And when Yan is dropping 40, you know, it was just, it was literally half a second off, you know, that layer from Al, which would have been one heck of a win. If they pull this one out. Yeah, man. That would have been incredible. No doubt. I would have devastating from Milwaukee. That's devastating for walking. Obviously they were crippling. Celtics in 5 of the suffix won this one. Because it would have been Ripley..
"milwaukee" Discussed on The Garden Report | Boston Celtics Post Game Show from TD Garden
"Course, he's joking, but I think just some seriousness in there. Yeah, I got to mute you there, sorry. What video you watching over there? But yeah, and look, obviously. We are back live anybody asking. It's not a replay. This is live garden report part two, sorry. We're not going to say who did it, but it was Bobby. Bobby. Bobby, filled our stream. Killed our street. I love how we figured it out. Yeah, and then he texted us going, hey guys, sorry. I did a bad thing. I know. We all know. We know buddy. We know what you did. We know what you did. He's going to do the rest of it. He's going to do the rest of the show like this, okay? Hands behind his back. The barge was no more entering. Did Bobby just set off a freaking fire drill and Milwaukee? If I serve, did you hear that? Maybe it's just out here. I don't know what that was. Bobby. Bobby. He was like, all right, I'll see you guys later. Slap and he just slap it down on.
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"Chicago. He gets hot. Bobby port is something can happen. Boston has another game where they're just off, which I know that that was the hope in some ways before, is that, you know, some of these guys just didn't get the shots. They wanted or there were so many open shots that were missed or the likelihood of jaylen Brown and Jayson Tatum ever struggling with this extent again. What are the odds? It could be 5, but I picked 7. I picked Boston in 7. I just felt like it would be too big a hill to climb for Milwaukee without Middleton here because this feels like a series where Middleton is even more helpful than usual. And I think that's being bore out, but I do think that maybe Milwaukee gets one more game. Yeah, I could see that happening. I think I'm pretty confident in Boston just being the better team with Middleton out. The three point shooting is an interesting variable as it always tends to be, especially when you're taking as many as Boston has been forced to take. But at the same time, generating 17 corner threes as the Celtics did in game two, typically that's good. That typically that's what you want to do as an offense. I don't know if you're going to make 8 or 9 as Boston did in game two. But the looks that they get, they're clean they're open and it's just tough. I don't know. That's why you have to feel good about them because if that's your floor of like, damn, we didn't score here, but all we got out of it was a corner three. That's not a bad outcome. You just have to knock those shots down. And even as I was thinking about like, I remember just watching game one, my thought was, man, the Celtics were too reliant on Al Horford, and he didn't get the job done. And then you go back and you look at the numbers and he was like four of 9 from three. So I think there's something to be said about how much of the game is in Al Horford's hands. I remember going back and counting it out. I think he took 5 of their first ten shots in that game. And I don't know that you ever want so much of it to be in his hands. But I mean, it's not like the guy went one for 9. He went four for 9 from three. He wasn't George Yang in this thing. He was shooting well enough to wear like that is hurting you on some level if you're Milwaukee. You might determine that that's better than letting Giannis run wild for 45. Not pointing fingers at any teams that play in San Francisco. But my point is that, you know, so you might determine that you would rather be beaten by one guy than another. And if you're comfortable with saying, we'll let Al Horford beat us if he has to. If he's willing to try, you can try that, but it still may bite you in some other ways. And to some extent, it's kind of what happened with grant Williams too. Is that you put the game in other people's hands and they've got a really good guys on their bench and rotation players. And if they get going, then you're going to start paying more attention to them. And guess who else gets going at that time? Jason Tatum and jaylen Brown. So it's a deeper team and even if the teams were of equal depth when you take Middleton out of that rotation, it's a much different ball game. And I just kind of think that's what we're seeing. And the strategy is built for Boston to have more opportunities to score cleanly than Milwaukee. And I think that's the problem. American corn farmers. A proud and chosen profession inspired through generations. Tested, resilient, and committed to giving back as much as they're growing, pushing the boundaries of what's possible with every bushel. While replenishing every increasingly precious resource, like the reduction of soil loss by 40% with every acre grown in a world where sustainability matters more than ever, we need all the help we can get, and there's no greater resource than the capable hands of American corn farmers. Hey guys, open floor here. We want to share with you another podcast. We think you'll like. 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Game three, Saturday night, excuse me, between the Memphis Grizzlies and the Golden State Warriors. This series is an interesting one, two very entertaining games. I will say that. Okay, let's just start it with I want to do what we did with the first series here. Just tell me something, Chris, that you've got your eye on that you're thinking about questions you have, matchups that are intriguing. Does Dylan Brooks not playing matter? Does GP two actually, who's absence matters more GPU or Dylan Brooks? What are you thinking right now?.
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"You know, when yaz was going one on one, basically the Celtics were happy to let him do that. So that it meant that the bucks wouldn't get threes all over the place. That was the big change. The buck shot basically fewer threes than not even just them, but just the league that we've really seen in years, the fewest threes made that we've seen in years, certainly on that stage. And that is Milwaukee's lifeblood. And so is Boston going to keep guarding the same way. I imagine that they would since it shut down Giannis to some extent. Certainly in that first half. But if you're the bucks, do you start using him as a screener more? And do you start going to other things to try to throw Boston's defense off since they're looking for Giannis to try to go one on one? If he's not going to do that, what is their defense look like? And does it maybe give you advantages in other spots? So that's what I'm looking for is to see how much of that momentum and Reggie Miller fashion does carry over and how much they can actually take from that game plan wise to try to throw off a defense that really had their number at least in the first half first three quarters of game two. Yeah, great point. I think what's really fascinating and I'll echo it is how can Milwaukee generate efficient offense. Their offense in the first two games has been absolutely terrible. Giannis is shooting 38.5% from the floor in this series. And it speaks to his greatness that he can average was 27 11 and 9 and a half assists or something like that in two games and you look at it. Look at those numbers and you're like, wow, he's dominating. And then when you watch the games, it's like this dude is really struggling. And you got to tip your cap to Al Horford. You got to tip your cap to grant Williams, who was the star of the good news in a lot of ways. And yeah, they switched up their coverage on him a little bit less help, fewer double teams, more single coverage, all of that. But what really is fascinating to me is those empty corner screen and rolls were Giannis is the screener for grace and Allen or pat Connaughton or drew holiday. And he rolls and there's no help from the strong side corner and whoever has the ball is going middle and the Celtics just basically let them waltz in for a layup because whoever's guarding Giannis is sticking to Giannis. What's fascinating to me about that, which happened a lot of that success happened when the bucks were down by so you can't take too much away. But what's really fascinating to me is who else is on the floor and most notably brook Lopez is not on the floor. And how do how does bud adjust to what is once again? They won the title last year with brook Lopez playing a significant role, but they escaped the Brooklyn Nets series with brook Lopez just getting absolutely torched. And I do wonder right now with Chris Middleton out, which completely changes the equation for them offensively. How do you get Giannis going? And to me, it's like, you look at the numbers with and I have them right in front of me here with Giannis on the floor with brook Lopez. Milwaukee's offensive rating is 75.9. When Giannis is not on the floor, or when Yanis is on the floor without brook Lopez, it's one 17.1. And Milwaukee's starting 5, which is Bobby portis, brook Lopez, Giannis, west Matthews and drew holiday. They played 19 minutes. And their offensive rating is 69.0. So I just wonder is bud going to cut brick Lopez's minutes because the offense has just been so atrocious with him on the court. Defensively though, he is everything for them. He is so integral to how they want to play. And they've had a lot of success limiting Boston's attempts at the rim. Boston's shooting shot 93 threes in two games. Milwaukee shot 52 threes like that math is just hilarious to me. In 2022. But limiting the rim is what they want to do on defense. And if you take Brooke off the floor, how does that impact that? Do you see Jalen attacking the rim more? Do you see Giannis getting into foul trouble? Because Tatum is attacking the rim more. Are you able to get lobster rob Williams? That's sort of thing. So I think it's just a huge conundrum right now with Chris Middleton out. Do you downsize and just get more spacing or do you just trust and believe that your defense can carry you for the rest of the series? I don't know what the answer is, but that's what I'm looking for in game three. It's not, it's not a great thing and I think it gives you not to jump too far ahead. I think it gives you more appreciation for a team like Phoenix or not even not even a team, but like ayton, which if you're 8 and you've got to feel really good. Number one, you're about to make a lot of money, like a lot of money. Aside from that, which I guess being in the NBA always affords you that possibility. For all the crap you've had to hear. And I think I was guilty of it even early on is that basically, you know, I think the kings obviously are the team that looks absolute worst from that drafts, but ayton, certainly. Bagley, but then there was Trey for a while, got that criticism as well. I think a little bit. And Luca, and on how can you pass on a couple guys that could be generational as far as how many times they're all stars or the titles they're going to win or whatever else. Is the guy, you know, even Luca within that series we're watching him kind of get torched because there's no good matchup for him to be had out there. You're targeting him. I mean, the great thing about Phoenix and the great thing about 8 and to some extent is that they're kind of game plan proof as far as like it's really hard to play that dude off the floor. Now when Frank Kaminsky is having to play, you know, and not to knock him too much 'cause I know he's obviously been out this year, but obviously in the finals last year. Stuff can get rough when somebody gets hurt when somebody's out or when there's just one really bad matchup and it involves someone that you really need on one side of the ball. And it's crazy to think that Brooke would be kind of at the root of maybe some of the offensive problems because in theory that makes sense when you're talking about someone that can't shoot, it's interesting when it's Brooke Lopez and it's someone that, if anything, that's maybe become the strongest part of this offensive game and gone away against the grain from what he was as a back to the basket guy. I really slow plotting sort of guy. He's very skilled, but that there's still reasons that you kind of need more space just for where he would be if it's going to be the corner. Or if a team feels like that they can get away with ignoring him. So Adam the corner. They'll give him the corner. They're going to give you that. And especially if it means that they can have extra hands and arms in there against yeah, so it's crazy to think like how intricate all this stuff is. I think I even used this in one of my recent stories where you think about watches and all the pieces they have. And how much I think about the jobs I would never want to have as a person, like a hobby, nothing I would ever want to do. I would never want to have to be somebody that has to fix watches because there's like 8 trillion parts that are all smaller than your fingernail. In the back of one. But that's how many parts and things are going into a series at any given moment. And the idea that matchups matter in the playoffs. We know that, but it's crazy to think that someone that is literally half of the reason sometimes maybe the entire reason that Boston might struggle to score in a good game plan based around Brooke largely around him and.
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"Milwaukee, 65 at 3 52 Wisconsin's afternoon news with John McSherry. John is on his listener trip. I was going to check in with them over the weekend. I didn't because I wasn't quite sure where he was and didn't want to get in the way of their time over there. Space, Jim, don't breathe. Dazed and confused. Some of the other movies being suggested as it comes to the Packers game. Face damage. Interesting horror movie. Bad movie, though that shade to LeBron Space Jam one or the remake with LeBron That's interesting. The second one. I'm going with the second. Not bad, Not a horror movie, and I guess I just don't get it. Space Jam. Yeah, Now we're just getting in the movies that seem to remind us of that terrible game we watched. I guess that's where space jam come. I'm assuming they mean the second one because the first one was I was gonna make a ton of points in space jam in the good guys one and that's kind of not what Packer fans were looking for yesterday, so I don't know. All right. They're saying Space Jam one now, So Oh, that's like, um, Okay, So our latest WTMJ cares Initiative is raising money to help renovate a room at the Penfield Children's Center. You may have heard of Penfield before. It's something that wtmj Jean Miller has been very Very supportive of over the years and raised a lot of money for over the last 20 years in Gene is now leading this WTMJ cares initiative. He joins us in studio. How you doing, pal? Doing great. Thanks for having me. All right. So tell us a little bit about Penn Field's been around a while over 50 years. Yeah, Yeah, it's it's one of those places. I think people hear about heard of. And then when asked, you know what What do they do? People go. I don't really know. It's a Children's center. Right? Well, they handle the neediest and the most vulnerable of our young population. Ages. 1 to 3. Kids with some really severe developmental challenges and then other kids who who aren't nearly as affected by such things, but they call mingle. They raise them together. They work with them together. They handle kids with behavioral issues, and also they have a Montessori school. They can take kids up to. I believe fifth grade, so they treat kids at all levels with all manner of Challenges as I said, But it's just a beautiful place. I got to know about 20 years ago through a mutual friend and I've been working with the member since and just touches your heart to see the That's just the kids but the families, Then those volunteers and PTS that work with these kids on a daily basis, They're saints. So the latest WTMJ carries initiative. You're running this one. The last one. This is it. Yep. And you want to raise some money? What exactly are you trying to raise money for? For Penfield? It's a part of the center that is it has a very scientific and antiseptic sounding formal name, But let's just call it what it is. It's a play center. It's an indoor play center that leads to not to replace center. It's 35 years old. It's seen better days. It needs some improvements. It's it's It's fine for the kids, but it could always be better. Things have changed over 35 years, materials designs and again. The big thing with Penfield is they want all these kids with all these different abilities and challenges to be together because they want kids to feel like kids, and this would really go a long way toward improving that any money we can raise? It's a big number that they need to pull this off. So anything we can get will go toward that. And it would just make Penfield and even more wonderful place. So for the next couple of weeks, you know you're going to share some of the stories of some of those directly impacted what we're going to hear. You're going to hear stuff from Christine Homes, the president and CEO, She'll do a much better job of explaining pen Fields mission and you'll hear from Jason Perry. He will explain what the need is with this specific playroom. Then you hear from some families. One story is very uplifting. Another one Also uplifting but with a bit of tragedy to it, and it just again makes you appreciate what these parents and kids go through and what Penfield does for them to deal with things that don't always play out the way you think they are, But you'll hear that as well. Well, thank you for doing it. I know that you've been tied to them for several decades now, and I know that they appreciate it. I know you're too humble to say it. But the amount of time and energy you put toward raising money for that place is pretty remarkable. It's a beautiful place. They do it great job and again, you know, for the most vulnerable in the youngest among us, Nothing is too much You're here. That's wtmj. Jean Miller. If you want to help give just text the word cares. Cres to be econet markets Talk and text line 85561616 20 business headlines..
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"W I s n W r N W h D to Milwaukee and I heart radio station. Good afternoon. I'm Dave Michaels. The number of Afghan refugees at Fort McCoy in Wisconsin. Is now over, 8000 officials at Fort McCoy say nearly 8800 Afghan refugees are staying there, and spokesperson Cheryl Phillips says about 13,000 refugees could be supported. Raymond Newport, Wisconsin Radio Network. 26 Republican senators are asking President Biden for the exact number of Americans still trapped in Afghanistan. And in a separate letter from 10, Republican senators, they're asking for answers about how the Via administration intends to keep its promise to continue assisting individuals who desire to evacuate and Democrats are getting involved as well. Senator Richard Blumenthal on Monday said he is furious about the Biden administrations delays in getting Americans out of Afghanistan, saying, I have been deeply frustrated, even furious that our government's delay and inaction. I'm Mike Bauer. Milwaukee Old woman running for the United States. Senate has been charged with embezzling $20,000 in campaign funds. Chantilly Lewis has been charged with four felonies total if convicted, she faces up to 10 years in prison tonight. The Racine Common Council is expected to vote on whether or not to use $450,000 on eviction prevention. And that money would come from the American rescue plan. Last month, the Supreme Court ruled that evictions could resume across the country, which ended pandemic era protections for about 3.5 million people nationwide. Checking the sizzle. Health Sports scoreboard Eric Lower pitching tonight for the Brewers. They'll play the Phillies and American family field from the Orthopedic Associates of Wisconsin. W I s N news Center. I'm Dave Michaels. This week's red pilled America tackles the question should trump run again for president to find the answer. We follow the story of Trump's covid response to see where the former president is most vulnerable. Listen to the red pilled.
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"And if you buy into a system based around one guy or two guys, you can do that and in certain cultures can do that certain coaches can coach twelve certain coaches can coach guys to play for these jobs. They don't even want to talk. I know yeah one for you. I think that the key to success is when a title is to get two guys to play for the 12 and what I mean by that is like for Phil Jackson for instance the triangle offense allowed Michael Jordan to play and and help everybody else Elevate their games and we that's the same thing with stuff right and has yes, it's like stash dead. As good as you are your gravity can make Festus ezeli get seven points just off of setting you exactly exactly I think that might be a man. They're both right what age you have to kind of have everything working for you. But that one I think is an interesting situation where we have players who want to play for themselves and and and do it that way and it's awesome when you can get the other all teammates to buy it and it's amazing, but I think it also has to go the other way as well. So and then so then I would throw out like with with Russ like all the games where he took 23 shots and Katie got fifteen, you know, and and the playoffs like either of those where that drove me nuts that that kind of that's part of it there. But we you know, we've even seen it with like in the Miami Heat scenes with with with LeBron where you know, a lot of times their role players would just kind of fade and disappear because they weren't getting the kind of touches and kind of Rhythm establishing a movement in the offense. Like they would not help them perform and we've heard, you know, I interviewed Steve Kerr a few times and one of the times we suck. About why he doesn't you know run as many pick-and-rolls as most most teams and he was like because a lot of if you run a lot of pick-and-rolls, you have three guys just kind of stand around and don't touch the ball for a lot of the time and that kind of just deflates all the energy. They might not go run back hard on defense the next time just by letting them touch the ball and feel it a little bit and get some more engaged. It certainly worked out for them pretty well so far. We I mean, we all might remember Serge Ibaka complaining about his role in the offense in OKC because that's exactly what he did. He run the corner and stand there and every fifth possession. He might be able to touch the ball and shoot it and that's got to be annoying. Yeah. I know and that's also kind of Steve Kerr's GS and I know somewhere yes fans, especially this year hate the fact that stuff is giving up Touches for Qantas, and whoever it might be but way back in their Prime though for sure. It's as much because they had so many Playmakers in general and was Shaun Livingston David West biggie dead. Those guys if you were running high pick-and-roll, like it's not playing to their strange cuz they're not stand up catching Shooters. Like Houston was built to the funny thing about those teams was they really didn't have many shooters. They had staff they had clay and then they had KD but I had a ton of high IQ play dog grooming you how you have you. Have you have a help get them the ball Draymond. Sometimes I saw play where it's like he found Steph into two guys..
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"They're they're starting centers on Thomas Bryant. Yeah, it's not bad. It's like Thomas Bryant worse than than Daniel. Theis is he isn't he injured as a thumb isn't that's a good question. Yeah. Yeah. I got injured at started year actually to play this year though, right buddy came back. Wait, I might think I've seen him play when I was when I watch and we like to see really, you know, if only we had a way of life. He's played ten games this year. So I know I've seen some of those games but let's see if I go to the logs real quick. Yeah. He hasn't played a completely played the first two games and he's been out so that's that's a good point as well. I want to check out why I gave it to come back because his something he solid for them. Isn't always an ACLS it for him. I don't why don't I don't remember that. Oh, forgive me for not keeping track of every single NBA player's injury updates. Damn. I will I will try to get better but who's playing for him instead? Is it Lopez? Yeah Lopez moving to run last night. Yeah. That's that's going to keep you average that the Wizards beat the Nets twice when Kevin Durant and I replayed it just showed that Russ is not being like smaller than Durant. It shows that he can garden download. We still not a lot in the two games off the Wizards are placed in that. Right. That's a good point too. Let's go. Let's go fish more comments here and see how we can react to these as we're moving along and the show. Let's see when Tombo DPO I want to say that the improved again. Why isn't all stars arrange close your last night? Yeah, the Bulls had another big win. Okay. Okay, I mean listen every time that happens. I'm so another Bell Rings unsold. Let's see Leo cab want to say Watch em guys had the same level of Michael Jordan. Yiannis is going to be same level Michael or Lebron James soon. I mean listen the guy is this is it right on this is now in his prime. I don't think he's going to get better off right? I don't know. Is it going to get better? The thing is this we're watching him right just so scared. He got two MVPs and he's still learning how to play Every Day's learning more and more and more and more wildly. He is a guy that grew up playing basketball every day..