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[Podcast] WHAT Leadership and Locker Room Chemistry Look Like

Tara and Cassidy are joined by Nitz from the Daily Dings Podcast to talk about Damian Lillard, team chemistry among the Trail Blazers, and what is going on with the Golden State Warriors.

NBA: San Antonio Spurs at Portland Trail Blazers
Apr 10, 2017; Portland, OR, USA; Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard chats with injured Trail Blazers center Jusuf Nurkic on the bench during the first half of the game against the San Antonio Spurs at Moda Center. Mandatory Credit: Steve Dykes-USA TODAY Sports
Steve Dykes-USA TODAY Sports

Tara and Cassidy have a quick chat about Jusuf Nurkic and add their best wishes to the outpouring of support from Portland fans. Then they are joined by Nitz Bluvstein (@nitzbluv), a frequent guest of the Daily Dings podcast and general Twitter instigator.

Get to know Nitz and hear her takes on NBA Twitter and how basketball kept her in touch with friends when she was far away. Then she gives us her outsiders perspective on Damian Lillard and how he will perform in the playoffs. Finally she tells us what she really thinks about the Golden State Warriors chemistry and where Kevin Durant might end up.

All this plus our very first listener email!

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8:00 Icebreaker: For your favorite player, if he was not a celebrity basketball player, what profession do you think he would be really good at?

Nitz: Allen Iverson as a teacher, Tara: Damian Lillard as the Executive Director of a non profit and Cassidy: Evan Turner, morning show host.

12:50 Why do so many NBA players look so happy and relaxed when hanging around kids?

14:00 Getting to know Nitz who grew up in the Bay Area hating the Lakers because her dad thought were way too flashy. Moved to Israel and followed the team as a good way to keep up with everyone back home.

17:05 What is her pitch to people to join Twitter? You get direct access to the stars and media, and also get to hang out with other people who are passionate about the same things that you are.

18:40 A sidebar about why Tara likes JaVale McGee so much.

20:35 Outsiders perspective on Damian Lillard. He is just all around better, and he seems like he will be more successful in the playoffs.

22:30 A big part of wanting to go on into the playoffs is that we just want more basketball.

23:20 How much of the coverage of the Warriors this year is just noise and how much of it is true? They truly seem like they don’t like to play with each other any more?

25:30 You can work with someone every day in an intense situation and make a great product but you will all hate each other after a while, even if you are friends.

26:30 How much does continuity matter? Chemistry might be more the thing. And someone who can set the culture.

28:30 Why Tara spent a year not saying the name of the Golden State Warriors and how Girls Inc benefited.

31:00 Whose game will age better, Stephen Curry or Klay Thompson?

36:00 Where does she think Kevin Durant will end up? Where will he hold his free agency meetings? What can top the Warriors’ virtual reality glasses?

37:00 Blowing a three-one lead still hurts.

38:00 Listener emails! Keep writing in please!

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Music used in the episode: “Happy Alley” Kevin MacLeod ( Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License