Monthly Archives: February 2013

Episode 111 – West Coast Bias

The NBA returned from the All-Star break, mourned the passing of Dr. Jerry Buss, and yawned through the trade deadline. This week we talked about why the trade deadline was so quiet and the story lines that will shape the stretch run of the 2012-13 season.

Episode Rundown

  • 00:00 – Introduction
  • 03:25 – Remembering Lakers’ owner Dr. Jerry Buss
  • 13:25 – Billy Hunter ousted as union head
  • 17:48 – If a trade deadline falls in the woods, and nobody hears it, did it actually fall?
  • 23:15 – Second half story lines
  • 50:15 – Performances and Embarrassments of the Week

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The Best Owner In All of Sports

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Around the age of 5 or 6 I picked up a basketball for the first time during recess. I wasn’t yet big enough to get the ball to the rim. Girls were still carrying cooties back then so given the choice between playing hide and seek with them or chucking a basketball 8 feet into the air at the rim, I went with the latter. Sometime later, I’m at my father’s house for the weekend. He turns on the TV to a Lakers’ game. “Dad they play basketball on TV?” “Yes, son, they do.” “That team has a player named Magic?” “Yes, son.” “Is that really his name?” “Yes, it is.” I was hooked. Basketball became my favorite sport and the Lakers were my favorite team. Continue reading

Episode 110 – Midseason Awards Show

With the All-Star break comes midseason awards, Hedo Turkoglu on ‘roids, Derrick Rose’s very patient approach to his return from injury, what we look forward to seeing this All-Star weekend, and a very timely placed Ron Jeremy joke. Enjoy the show!

Episode Rundown:

  • 00:00 – Introduction
  • 05:00 – Hedo Turkoglu suspended for doping!
  • 10:10 – Derrick Rose is okay with missing this season
  • 19:25 – Performances and Embarrassments of the Week
  • 25:55 – Midseason Awards!
  • 51:45 – What are we looking forward to seeing this All-Star weekend? Somehow Ron Jeremy made his way into this conversation.

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The Sake of Change

Auerbach_Red-2This season, four NBA franchises have changed head coaches. These types of coaching changes occur when a team is struggling and failing to meet expectations, whether those expectations were realistic or not. Either that, or a head coach doesn’t get along with his player(s). Most of the time I’m not a fan of midseason coaching changes. To me it’s like trying to fix a brick wall with scotch tape. When a team struggles the reasons for the struggle go beyond just bad coaching. Sure, coaching could be part of it, but a sub-talented roster or bad chemistry could also be part of the reasons too. That being said, coaches are always easier to remove than players and I thought now would be a good time to examine the teams that have changed coaches both before and after the change happened.
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Episode 109 – You Got the Juice Now, Man

In a classic scene at the end of the movie Juice, Omar Epps’ character Q gets into a fight with Tupac’s character Bishop. The fight leads to Bishop’s death, much to the chagrin of Q. As Q walks away, another kid tells him, “Yo, you got the juice now, man.” I bring up this scene because it’s the source of this episode’s title, which, as you may have guessed, revolves around steroids and performance enhancing drugs in the NBA. We also talked about underpaid superstars, Billy Hunter’s leave from the players union, and the role of superstars in the NBPA.

Episode Rundown

  • 00:00 – Introduction
  • 02:00 – Performances and Embarrassments of the Week
  • 08:10 – Was it okay for the Rockets to attempt to break the record for three-point field goals at the end of a blowout?
  • 13:00 – Steroids in the NBA: who around the league might be juicing?
  • 33:00 – LeBron is underpaid!
  • 44:05 – Superstars should take a more active role in the union
  • 65:15 – Setting the stage for Lakers vs. Heat and Lamont and Adam’s wager

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The Circus vs. The Grammys vs. The Rodeo

Every year the Bulls, Lakers, Clippers, and Spurs embark on lengthy road because their home arenas are occupied by events.The Bulls’ Circus Trip occurs every fall when the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus takes over the United Center; Staples Center plays host to The Grammys every February, sending the Lakers and Clippers packing; and the Spurs must vacate AT&T Center when San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo comes to town. Continue reading

Episode 108 – C’mon Caron

It’s nice when the entire band plays together. You just get a fuller, more complete sound. In Episode 108 we discussed the league’s responsibility to admit blown calls, Kobe’s transition to point guard, Lamont and Adam’s side bet, how Rajon Rondo’s injury impacts their immediate and long term future, and Rudy Gay’s trade to Toronto.

Episode Rundown

  • 00:00 – Introduction
  • 02:55 – Performances and Embarrassments of the Week
  • 12:05 – Kobe’s role reversal
  • 21:10 – Lamont and Adam book a bet
  • 28:10 – What should Boston do now that Rondo is out for the season?
  • 40:50 – Memphis moves Rudy Gay in three-team, six-player trade

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