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 #19: Coaching Changes and Conference Finals
Way late getting this one out there. Rob and I talked on Saturday (I promise, not like I'd lie considering how silly my ECF prediction looks now, especially since I think I forgot Indy had home-court advantage during our discussion). We spent some time on the Kerr and Van Gundy hirings before previewing the Conference Finals matchups and making predictions. Audio and download after the jump
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.
Detroit Pistons' New Energy Or Just The Dead Cat Bounce?
After the surprising firing of Detroit Pistons Head Coach Mo Cheeks on Sunday, one of the big stories of this abbreviated, pre-All Star week is how Detroit would perform under interim coach John Loyer. With the important caveats that it's just one game, and they were playing a Spurs team without 3 of its top 6, Monday's 109-100 victory was nonetheless impressive. Especially noticeable was the Pistons' offensive execution. Under Mo Cheeks they ran some of the most boring, vanilla sets in the entire league. While Monday night was not perfect (Brandon Jennings still likes to pound the ball. Josh Smith still likes to take jump shots early in the shot clock), it was markedly better. One word comes to mind to describe how the Pistons were attacking, and up til now had only been associated with the variety of ways in which they squandered fourth quarter leads:
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.
Holiday Bonus Podcast: Better Than Jam of the Month Club
We knew we'd be good, right Bled?
Today being one of the few days on the calendar between opening night and the playoffs with no game action, Rob and I decided it would be a good time to add to the overall holiday mirth with that good podcast stuff. We went a little long today, probably because Rob gave me the floor to revise and extend my remarks about the Phoenix Suns. Podcast link, download and extras after the jump.
Sometimes Help Hurts (Post Play and Defensive Schemes)
Take your time, Dwight
On the podcast on Tuesday, we talked briefly about posting up, in general terms, as an offensive strategy. The subject of post play has become a hill upon which a lot of the "back in my day" types have chosen to die - you can't win in the NBA without a post presence, because, PRESENCE. Ignoring, of course, the changes in both the rules in place and the skillset of the modern big man. Taking into account those factors, many people smarter than me have wondered aloud what's so special about posting up?
When Rob and I talked about Greg Monroe on the podcast a while back, we were both lukewarm on him as a piece around which a contender can be built. For a number of reasons, he's somewhere between the poor man's Al Jefferson and the homeless man's Kevin Love, between his relatively plodding, though skilled, style, his subservience to gravity and his questionable defense at an extremely important defensive position.
Having guys who can space the floor is at the same time both underrated and overrated in today's NBA. The recent rise to prominence of "Three and D" wing players - guys who can play effective defense but have offensive skillsets limited to shooting spot up 3s and possibly finishing in transition - has players occupying what was a Moneyball-like area of exploitable market inefficiency almost overrated.