Tara was joined by guest host Cassidy Gemmet to talk about the upcoming season, the 2018 Class of the James Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame and relive favorite Manu Ginobili moments.
Then Tara talks to Kelsea O’Brian of Raptors HQ about Kawhi Leonard who was traded to Toronto this summer along with Danny Green in exchange for DeMar DeRozan and Jakob Poeltl. Kelsea happens to be a Toronto fan who already loved Kawhi Leonard as a player. She talks about what the atmosphere in Toronto was like right after Dwayne Casey was fired, how the news really snuck up on people, and how Kyle Lowry is expected to carry on without his dear friend DeMar (hint: they can still FaceTime).
All this and more on the latest Women’s Hoops And Talks (WHAT) Podcast.
- Introducing Cassidy Gemmet, guest host
- 2018 NBA Hall of Fame inductions are this week, we talked about Steve Nash, Grant Hill, Maurice Cheeks and Tina Thompson
- Training Camp signings — where do they fall on the continuum of offseason content?
- Retirement announcements: David West and Manu Ginobli
- Favorite Manu moments also including HEB commercials
- Can we get a Dirk Nowitzki Retirement tour? Please?
- Remember when Portland broke Kobe and he had to announce his retirement after the Lakers played the Blazers?
- Introducing Kelsea O’Brian from SB Nation’s Raptors HQ
- Women of SB Nation series
- What was it like in Toronto after Dwayne Casey was fired?
- There were not indicators that Kawhi would be traded to Toronto, only wishful thinking
- The time between when the rumors surfaced and the trade was announced was about 5 minutes
- Number one expectation this year is that the Raptors will get farther in the playoffs
- Toronto is going to finish first in the East (sorry Boston and Philadelphia)
- Differences between Kawhi and DeMar DeRozan: there is not playbook on how to guard Kawhi. Also, defense.
- What will happen to Kyle Lowry without his BFF DeMar?
- As a Raptors fan Kelsea is feeling a little bit guilty and very excited
- Don’t forget Danny Green! A perimeter shooter like him is needed on the team
Find Kelsea at @kelsea_lately, find all her work about the Raptors
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Music used in the episode: “Happy Alley” Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License