After giving Rob a week off to talk Jazz with Ben Dowsett, we're back at it for the end of the beginning. By which I mean we hand out our versions of the NBA awards. Well, I hand out versions of them and Rob cheats to fit his favored guys into the mix. He also wrote (!) about some of his picks at PPP. I take some final shots at this seasons' Timberwolves, but it's not my fault, I was goaded into it by what Rob had to say (after the jump) about Kevin Love!
This week on the pod, Rob and I spend some time on the Pacers (note: this was recorded earlier on Thursday, so before the weekend and especially before Sunday's debacle. I'm losing some faith, but still am far more bullish on them then the general populace who seem worried about a series with either Charlotte or New York. Surprised if it went 6 against either.)
As we march towards the playoffs, Rob and I took on the Hot Topics of the week, first with a little bit about the last few playoff spots, including Portland and Atlanta's late season, injury-aided swoons, whether Dallas could hang on to make it or if the Suns could come out on top of that race. We then moved to a discussion of the rather bizarre intra-coaching staff feud in Golden State which saw Brian Scalabrine demoted to the D-League.
Make or Miss Podcast #9: Dean on Draft Previews the NCAAS
This one is going up a little late, but Rob and I talked with Dean Demakis for about an hour on Wednesday night talking about prospects who could help or hurt themselves with good showings in the tourney. Obviously, some of the discussion is slightly dated (sorry, Jabari) as we're over halfway done with the first round games at the time I post this, but still good stuff from Dean after the jump.
Make Or Miss Podcast: Playoff Races & Covering The Right Places
In this week's addition of the Make or Miss Podcast, bear with my scratchy throat, our usual peripatetic natures, and maybe even a dose of HotTakes as Rob and I discuss the perception versus reality of the NBA's national TV product before talking some Eastern and Western Conference playoff races, with some focus on the Hawks, Mavs and Suns.
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 #5: When to Give Up On Young Guys?
As we wind down towards the trade deadline, Rob and I talked for a good long bit about a topic very closely related to the deadline: when should a team move on from a young player? After the jump, we also talked briefly about the Nets/Kings swap of Marcus Thornton for Jason Terry and Reggie Evans, and got into it a bit about this current rookie class. Thanks to Quentin for the topic suggesting.
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.
Make or Miss Podcast #3: Trade Deadline Discussion
Right now is sort of the silly season in the NBA. All the discussion of who was and wasn't snubbed for the all-star game is dying down (now that Anthony Davis has been added, Al Jefferson, Kyle Lowry, Mike Conley and DeMarcus Cousins, thanks for asking), trade talks are still just talks with the deadline weeks away, and players not participating in All-Star weekend are starting to show the focus one might expect of a bunch of bros in the 10 days before they had to Cabo for spring break. That said, the internet trade rumor mill is in full swing, and Rob and I can throw stuff against the trade machine wall as well as the next guy, so why not?
I haven't regularly watched college basketball since probably the year J.J. Redick and Adam Morrison battled for College POTY. I'm not sure which season was Rob's last as a regular viewer. So, to speak intelligently about the upcoming extremely hyped, but suddenly mysterious draft, we turned to someone who is watching a lot so we don't have to, Dean Demakis from Dean on the Draft.