With the NBA Playoffs fast approaching, The Women’s Hoops and Talks Podcast called up Caitlin Cooper (@C2_Cooper) of Indy Cornrows to talk about which teams in the Eastern Conference we should watch. Then we debated who would be more deserving of Coach of the Year, Portland Trail Blazers Terry Stotts or Indiana Pacers Nate McMillan.
We also asked Caitlin about how she approaches writing about basketball, what are some tips for people who want to study the game, and what resources she uses to research and learn more.
1:15 Growing up the coach’s kid in Indiana and being a girl who knew sports
6:00 What has been happening with the Pacers, Victor Oladipo’s growth, and being a fan of an Eastern Conference team.
9:00 The 76ers are shaking things up with Markel Fultz returning to the lineup
10:15 How seeding in the East might shake out and what series are you looking forward to?
13:00 What would a Portland Trail Blazers San Antonio Spurs series be like? Will Portland role players like Ed Davis and Al-Farouq Aminu continue to keep up their strong performances? What is a successful season?
18:15 Discussing Terry Stotts and Nate McMillan as Coach of the Year candidates.
24:45 Watching the playoffs and seeing how teams adapt from game-to-game, enjoying maximum effort in each game, coaches head games, not overreacting
32:30 Advice for watching a player or a game in order to analyze what is happening. How she wrote The Pacers need better solutions when teams trap Victor Oladipo.
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Music used in the episode: “Happy Alley” Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License