What started like a routine podcast—talking about how the Trail Blazers look from an outside perspective, what they might learn from this season, which young players are looking great—was interrupted by the strangest news anyone had heard in a very long time. The NBA is suspending the season. Join us on the wild ride where we talk to Jannelle Moore about the future of the Trail Blazers and what books we are planning to read while we wait for the league to start back up again. Stay safe everyone!
Questions about the Blazers
1:00 Icebreaker: Who is your favorite NBA player on Social Media?
4:15 What is working for the Blazers and the younger players on the team? It will be good in the long run. Gary Trent Jr looks especially good. Nassir Little is king of the big-time hustle play.
8:00 Portland could use more facilitators. Should the Blazers have done more to keep Seth Curry?
10:45 What would help Anfernee Simons’ develop the ability to facilitate?
11:45 Who is in a better position for the future, the Golden State Warriors or the Trail Blazers?
15:00 The Blazers should try a different look and have CJ McCollum be more of the main facilitator.
21:45 We don’t even really know what real defense is anymore. The rules have changed so much to favor the offense that defenders can’t defend.
24:00 Thoughts on Carmelo Anthony and Trevor Ariza. “You all wanted Carmelo Anthony, you got Carmelo Anthony.”
27:45 News breaks that the NBA Season is suspended.
31:20 Worrying about the arena employees.
37:30 LeBron vs Giannis MVP race.
39:30 Book recommendations while the season is suspended. The Jordan Rules by Sam Smith, The Sixth Manby Andre Iguodala and Carvell Wallace, The Victory Machine: The Making and Unmaking of the Warriors Dynasty by Ethan Sherwood Strauss, Five-Point Play: The Story of Duke’s Amazing 2000-2001 Championship Season by Mike Krzyzewski and Donald T. Phillips. Also, Women of Troy Documentary on HBO.
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Music used in the episode: “Happy Alley” Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License.