Make or Miss Podcast #24: Finals, Love, World Cup (with draft bonus)
Long time, no see, hear or read. Along with everyone else, I took a little time to decompress from the NBA finals, as well as throw myself into the World Cup. But good news, WOH is back with a brand new invention. Or really, just a new podcast with Rob, where we spend 90 minutes, first talking about the rumored Kevin Love deals with Golden State, (I get my Klay Thompson hate ON), break down the Spurs victory in the finals, before finishing up with some World Cup talk. We recorded pre-draft and pre USA NUMBER 1's winning-by-losing effort against Germany, so that's why it might sound dated.
Make or Miss Podcast #6: Breaking Down Deadline Day Deals
Up until the Danny Granger for Evan Turner and Lavoy Allen swap, we didn't think there was going to be enough to talk about to do a full podcast on just the trade deadline. But even without that, we still managed to talk, and talk...and talk. We give our thoughts on the deadline in general and say a few words about each trade in turn.
Short version, big winners for moves they made were Golden State and Washington for shoring up the backup PG slot with Steve Blake and Andre Miller respectively. I also like what Milwaukee did, if for no other reason that it indicates that they are going to see where the Nate Wolters train takes them. (Hint: good places). I also think Miami was a de facto winner both by virtue of opening up a slot for a buyout guy themselves, Oklahoma City not making a move and Indiana making a move I think hurts the Pacers.
Make or Miss Podcast: Firings, Firing Away, Free Styling
In a special post Valentine's Day edition of the Make or Miss Podcast, after the jump Rob and I talk about the recent firings of coaches and GMs in Detroit and Cleveland respectively; discussed the wisdom and plausibility of "making someone else beat you" with respect to LeBron's game winner at Golden State on Wednesday and finished up with a little talk about the Warriors' prospects.
Rob and I ended up not having time to talk about it like we planned last week, so we spent the whole time this week (and then some) talking about our picks for the All-Star reserve squads. I have an epic brainfart in considering Eastern Conference candidates in Part 1, but I have my revenge in Part 2, oh yes I do. Interested to hear thoughts on our 7 and 8-man selections for the respective conferences.
Also, not only do we have a name for the pod, the Make or Miss Podcast (explanation within), but some extremely appropriate bumper music as I'm sure you'll agree, after the jump.
It's time for the New Year's addition of the PPPpodcast at WhereOffenseHappens Theater brought to you by bad puns and worse stutters (sorry, I was especially bad about it this week...) With a special guest appearance at the beginning! Rob and talk about the future for Andrew Bynum and Andre Miller following their "conduct detrimental" suspensions as well as ponder the Timberwolves late game foibles. Podcast below the jump for listening and/or downloading pleasure. Enjoy!
In Which I Lambaste Mike Brown (with a poke at Doc Rivers as well)
I don't understand, that always worked with Lebron
The other week when I talked about the horrorshow that is the Cleveland offense, I stated that Mike Brown is a bad offensive coach, figuring I didn't need to provide examples. But he provides them anyway, and not just of his teams' "get the worst shot possible given our talent" philosophy with the ball, but for a guy with a supposed great pedigree for defensive principles, oversees a team prone to some shocking breakdowns.
Rob and I missed connections this weekend, so we decided to bang out a quick podcast this evening, listen or download after the break. Topics include us discussing Draymond Green (and the possible overrating of "underrated" 3&D assets), a little about Kobe's return, and a fair amount about the value of post possessions. The conversations about using the pass to "penetrate" the defense are here (PJax) and here (Brad Stevens)
I also wanted to take a quick look at a play that sort of epitomizes the lack of imagination that I characterizes the horrorshow that is the Cavs offensive scheme.
The Cleveland Cavaliers and Failures of Offensive Imagination
Only possible because they didn't have to share.
Remember the optimism in Cleveland when they won the 2013 Lottery? They were going to add another young star to Kyrie Irving! Andrew Bynum was going to be healthy and given them a potent inside-outside mix! LEBRON WAS COMING BACK! Surely he'd be anxious to be reunited with Mike Br...oh now I see where the wheels came off. Needless to say, it hasn't exactly worked out, in large part because one of the Cavs' supposed strength heading into the year, their offense, has been not only bad, but nearly unwatchable.