The Trail Blazers have reached the halfway point in their season and the NBA is weirder than ever. Tara and Cassidy take a look at the last three Blazers games, wonder if Jake Layman should get a starting role and if Noah Vonleh would still be making an impact in Portland.
Then we turn to the big question: can NBA players be friends? And how do friendships unite fans? We spoke to some superfans who have bonded over their love of the Trail Blazers even though they are 67 years apart in age! We had a wonderful time talking to Arinze and Charlene McGee and Soosie Byrne of The Golden Girls Who Love the Portland Trail Blazers.
6:00 More Jake? Moe Fun? What to do with the Jake Layman/Maurice Harkless debate?
10:30 Basketball is full of hard decisions.
12:00 An easy decision, firing Tom Thibodeau. Players don’t need to be yelled at.
13:00 If the Trail Blazers didn’t have Terry Stotts (and they couldn’t have Gregg Popovich) who would be a good coaching fit for the team?
15:00 Noah Vonleh was a good teammate and he’s doing well in New York
19:00 Basketball friendships! Can players be friends?
21:00 The ultimate basketball friendship: the Banana Boat crew.
25:30 PSA: Don’t forget to vote for Damian Lillard for All Star
26:00 Fan friendships, how basketball unites us.
29:00 Talking with Charlene and Arinze McGee and Blazer Fan Soosie of the Golden Girls Who Love the Portland Trail Blazers.
31:30 How they all met
34:30 Who are the Golden Girls Who Love The Trail Blazers?
36:30 Arinze diplomatically refuses to name a favorite Trail Blazer
40:00 Soosie’s house is Trail Blazers Disney World
43:00 Charlene became a Blazer fan when her family moved here from Liberia
46:00 Being friends and bonding over the Blazers allows us to see life in different ways and from different perspectives
48:30 Friendships formed around sports cross all sorts of boundaries
52:00 Game day routines
53:30 Arinze gives us a report on young prospects and star sightings at the Les Schwab Invitational
57:00 What would you tell your friends to get them to watch basketball?
1:04 Basketball bringing families closer too
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Music used in the episode: “Happy Alley” Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License