Amanda Smith wears many hats. She is broadcast assistant for the Utah Jazz, radio analyst for Utah Utes Women’s Basketball team and host of How She Did It, a web series and podcast highlighting women in sports media. We asked Amanda what it is like to keep stats during a game, how she got started doing analysis, and what is her favorite part of covering a game?
Then we talk about the Utah Jazz and their upcoming season. Who is their team leader? Do they consider themselves rivals with the Portland Trail Blazers? What happened to the Jazz in the playoffs last season? Then we explain some of the things that we loved about Ed Davis and wonder, is Damian Lillard the coolest person ever?
All this and more on the latest Women’s Hoops and Talks podcast.
1:00 Icebreaker: If you could watch any two players of any era play 1 vs 1, who would it be? Donovan Mitchell vs Dwyane Wade in his prime, Arvydas Sabonis vs Shaquille O’Neal in their primes, Shaq vs Charles Barkley from last week (or Robin Lopez vs Brook Lopez, any day).
4:30 Introducing Amanda Smith, broadcast assistant for the Utah Jazz, and radio analyst for Utah Women’s basketball. She was a big fan of Lisa Leslie and Candace Parker and was influenced by the WNBA.
7:00 What does she do as a broadcast assistant for the Utah Jazz? Gets audio from game and keeps stats to share with the people calling the game.
12:00 About How She Did It, a Youtube series and podcast.
14:30 How did she get started as an analyst for the basketball team. What is her favorite part of it?
17:00 Preview of Utah Jazz--Big expectations this year! What are the main story lines this season?
18:30 Who is the leader in the Jazz locker room?
19:30 Are Portland and Utah rivals?
22:30 What are some of the qualities of the Jazz players that we might not know?
25:00 What happened to the Jazz in the playoffs?
26:00 In which we try to get Amanda hyped for Ed Davis with questionable success.
32:00 Thoughts on the Northwest division?
34:00 Off season shockers and how we reacted.
36:30 Damian Lillard is the coolest person on earth, probably.
40:00 We got email!! Which song is better, Bustabucket or Rip City Rhapsody?
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Music used in the episode: “Happy Alley” Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License