Episode 215 – This is Rich Paul’s world… you’re just living in it


Leigh Ellis from NBATV’s The Starters returns to the podcast today for a chat about all the latest NBA news & notes. The boys chat about Eric Bledsoe’s new 5 year $70million contract with the Phoenix Suns & how Tom & Benyam have egg on their face after only 5 days ago, going super negative on Rich Paul. Furthermore, the guys chat about Dante Exum & the exciting but young Utah Jazz & have a look at the top teams in the Southeast Division & what we should expect from the Miami Heat, Charlotte Hornets & Washington Wizards this season.

Follow Leigh on twitter @LeighEllis & catch him on The Starters on NBATV, with the new season returning on the 13th October & at nba.com/thestarters.

Don’t forget that that you can follow us on twitter @traread & @benyamkidane and using the #BTHype tag to ask questions to be answered in next weeks episode.


Lance Stephenson’s foray into the rap game…….actually isn’t bad

lance1Y’all tryna make the next highlight on SportsCenter huh?

Lance Stephenson’s remix of Bobby Shmurda’s Hot N***a and its accompanying video might just be the second biggest NBA power move of the summer, behind LeBron returning to Cleveland.

Dare this be the rebirth of the previously widespread phenomenon of the rapping, recording and music releasing NBA players? Little did we know how spoilt we were with the likes of Shaq Diesel of K.O.B.E.

Not since the illest of mid-2000’s days have we seen this many basketball references in one rap song, not to mention shout-outs to AND1, plus rocking a Hornets Larry Johnson throwback for full mid-2000’s effect.

Takes me back to arguably the two best NBA related rap songs of all time, both belonging to NBA Live soundtracks from Fabolous’ NBA 2003 jam In the Game and Chingy’s NBA Live 2004 remix of Right Thurr .

Admittedly both were soundtracks for a basketball video game, so NBA content was definitely mandated, but as much as we would expect from an NBA player releasing a rap video.

Check out the video here:

Episode 214 – Bled$oe


Today on Believe The Hype, Tom & Benyam break down the Eric Bledsoe situation & discuss whether there’s any chance that he could wind up with the Minnesota Timberwolves who offered him a max deal this week. (Spoiler Alert: There isn’t any chance). The guys chat about how it’s gotten to the 21st September & Bledsoe still doesn’t have a deal, his immediate future & more. Furthermore, the boys talk about extension chat surrounding Ricky Rubio, Jimmy Butler, Kenneth Faried, Klay Thompson & Tristan Thompson, Rex Chapman’s arrest plus who should we expect to have breakout NBA seasons after the FIBA World Cup

Don’t forget that that you can follow us on twitter @traread & @benyamkidane and using the #BTHype tag to ask questions to be answered in next weeks episode.


Aussie Update – Volume 34


By JT.

A round-up of news featuring our top Aussie ballers.

* Joe Ingles has signed with the Los Angeles Clippers on a non-guaranteed one-year minimum deal worth $507,336.

* Bleacher Report takes a look at Joe Ingles’ career thus far.

* Marc Spears from Yahoo! Sports says the Spurs are open to a sign and trade for Aron Baynes. In the meantime, China is looming as a serious option if he wants to get paid.

* Andrew Bogut is feeling good and looking forward to an increased role in the Warriors’ offense.

* Check out Basketball Australia’s new online store.

* Ben Simmons addresses the rumours that he may play professionally overseas after his senior year at Montverde: “No overseas, no going to another college; I’ll be going to LSU after I leave Montverde, 100 percent.”

* Ethan Johnson from The Pick And Roll on what the Aussie Boomers could look like in 2020.

* Chris Goulding is introduced at his new club CAI Zaragoza.

* NBA 2K15 do right by Delly.

* According to Aus BBall Prospects, a number of US college coaches have been recruiting at the AIS in the past week.

* In a surprise to no one, FIBA have indicated that they have no plans to change the World Cup format.

* Several Australians have been appointed to key FIBA Commissions.

* For any young Aussies who aspire to play college ball in the US, this piece from The Pick And Roll is a must read.

* The Gold Coast Suns have announced that Aron Baynes has joined the club as an ambassador.

JT is the former Editor of the now defunct NBAMate. One of Australia’s original & most successful NBA blogs. You can find him on twitter @JThoopin.

“Hey there’s Nerlens Noel, let’s get some wedding pictures with him”


Last week Nerlens Noel completed the iconic run through the streets of Philadelphia, all the way up to the top of the Art Museum steps, bringing a 100 or so school kids with him.

What the camera’s didn’t catch was the nearby wedding party, and in the spirit of meeting all the Philly fans he can this summer, Nerlens jumped in these guys wedding photos.

On first sight this is ridiculous, but then you remember that people at weddings take like a bazillion photos, so why not have on with the city’s most fun and recognisable athletes.

Here’s the original run clip:

via: Complex

How to get a beard like James Harden


James Harden’s commercial game just goes from strength to strength and caps off great summer of selling me things with this spot for NBA 2K15.

If you are a hair connoisseur like myself, you probably always wondered how exactly Harden sculptures that magnificent beard.

Introducing, the ‘Beard Guru’.

Seriously,this is easily the weirdest Harden ad of the bunch. I’m left with so many questions

!s the same guy Nerlens uses for his high-top, or the same guy that paints Carlos Boozer’s head. I need answers NBA2K.

PS Anthony Davis’commercial cameo game might be the strongest in the league. Time to AD some of his own spots.

Robert Sacre: The Baller and the Boarder


#BTHype favorite Robert Sacre, has been with the Lakers for a couple of years now, but doesn’t really know that much about the city.

He’s still very much from North Vancouver (see tattoos/love for the Grizzlies), so VICE sent him out on the town with pro-skateboarder Danny Montoya to check out the best local LA food spots, catch some skateboarding and more.

Check it out:

via: VICE