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.
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.
Podcast: Trade Thoughts and Rating Local Announce Teams
Most airtime he's gotten in months.
Thankfully, Rob has recovered from what sounded like a nasty bout of appendicitis, and we were able to record a long overdue podcast. After the jump, we get sidetracked talking MORE about Blake vs. DMC before segueing into discussing the recent trades involving Courtney Lee and Jordan Crawford among others before finishing up with our thoughts on the League Pass experience of the booths on local broadcasts.
Since I last looked at the Blake Griffin and DeMarcus Cousins comparison a month ago, a funny thing happened: they both started balling out all over the place. My thesis at that point was the DMC would be the better "primary option" as he was a more consistent one on one scorer as well as able to "bend" defenses by drawing a double team in the post.
This may become something of a belabored point on this here blog, but role matters a great deal when deciding between two players. Much as we can see the mammoth front line in Detroit being less than the sum of their parts, or Wes Matthews looking like an All-Star in Portland where he might look uglier on a team where he was expected to do more with the ball, a player's production is a function of both his talent and how well that talent fits the tasks he is put in a position to perform by his teammates and system. The importance of fit has a great deal of relevance to the Blake vs. DMC discussion.
After enjoying the Fightin' Stevenses whoop up on the Quittin' Woodsons (how long til they become Firin' Woodsons?), Rob from PPP and I sat down to record a podcast, which I've embedded after the jump. Even though I'm posting the here, it's still the Points Per Possession Podcast at Where Offense Happens, sort of like Sports Authority Stadium at Mile High, but with millions less in sponsorship revenue. Hey Rob, CTC?
Comparing players is something of a obsession among hoopheads. I'm of course not immune, even though I tend to think "who else you got" is almost as important a question as the skills and talents of the two players you are evaluating. One of the more intriguing pair of subjects for idle discussion is Blake Griffin and DeMarcus Cousins. Obviously, based on national profile and acclaim, Griffin wins in a walk. However, I'm not so sure. And I want to spend some time teasing out the areas in which each has the edge. In part 1 of this series, I'm going to look at their post games, in part 2, I'll look at pick and roll play, and in part 3 I'll discuss defense and transition play.