Episode 254 – Half Season Report

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On today’s episode of Believe The Hype, Tom & Benyam break down all the big talking points from the last week of NBA action. They guys chat about Klay Thompson‘s amazing 37 point 3rd quarter blast against the Sacramento Kings & the rumored Joe Johnson to Charlotte for Lance Stephenson trade. Also, the boys have their half yearly report where they look at some of the major talking points of the season so far & chrystal ball the 2nd half of the season.

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The NBA on NBC theme song has a sweet rap track, you guys

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Move over Nelly – Heart of a ChampionThe Roundball Rock now has a sweet new rap track.

The artist, Boy Pierce, has dropped some awesome lines shouting out everything from Grant Hill drinking Sprite through to Chris Mullin’s flat-top.

It also probably features the first ever Anthony Mason rap reference “I’m Anthony Mason & I go n slam on your face son”

Hearing the line “NBA on NBC, way before the MP3″ is now officially the reason I wake up in the morning.

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Via: Boyd Pierce Music

Episode 253 – Blazing Wizards

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Today on Believe The Hype, Tom & Benyam are joined by #BTHype’s West Coast correspondent Jamieson Welsh & East Coast correspondent Roscoe Whalan for a chat. This week, Jamieson caught the Portland Trail Blazers v Sacramento Kings game so the guys chat about how the Blazers are looking, especially since LaMarcus Aldridge went down with an injury. Roscoe caught the Washington Wizards v Oklahoma City Thunder game so the guys chat about the Wizards season so far, how the team has benefited from having the majority of the squad back, Paul Pierce‘s turnover issues & the ongoing push for Kevin Durant to have a “homecoming”. All that plus the possibility of Wale & Kanye West designing Wizards uniforms, the new ‘USA vs the World’ Rising Stars Challenge format, Dunk Contest announcements & more!

Jamieson caught up with Damian Lillard & Will Barton for a chat & Roscoe caught up with Steven Adams. Those interviews appear in this episode.

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NBA announces new USA vs the World format for Rising Stars challenge

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Today the NBA has announced a new ‘USA vs the World’ format for the Rising Stars Challenge starting from the upcoming 2015 NBA All-Star Weekend in New York.

The format will see rookie & sophmore players from the United States take on their fellow 1st & 2nd year NBA players from the rest of the world. It’s a welcome change to the game that has gone through a lot of evolution since it first entered the fray in 1994. Initially it started off as just a rookie challenge, then in 2000 it became rookies vs sophmores, before changing again in 2013 to be a mixture of rookies & sophs selected by NBA TV personalities.

The new format showcases how the NBA has grown globally. This season, there is a record 101 international players, making up over 20% of players the league.

It’ll also be cool to see some match-ups from past Nike Hoop Summits happen again. A number of the players in the International Player Pool were a part of the historic back-to-back victories for the World team in 2013 & 2014.

Potential international players who could be playing for the International team include: Anthony Bennett, Andrew Wiggins, Kelly Olynyk, Alex Len, Steven Adams, Giannis Antetokounmpo, Dennis Schroder, Gorgui Dieng, Matthew Dellavedova, Dante Exum, Joe Ingles, Cameron Bairstow, Nik Stauskas, Jusuf Nurkic, Pero Antic, Nikola Mirotic & Kostas Papanikolaou.

via NBA media release

Jason Richardson is old & his team-mates want him to know that

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Today is Jason Richardson‘s 34th Birthday… Which, is kinda old in NBA circles.

His team, the Philadelphia 76ers, is the second youngest team in the NBA behind the Utah Jazz (who are all too young to actually appreciate jazz music) with an average age of 24.5 years. If it wasn’t for Richardson, they’d be the youngest team in the NBA.

For the former Slam Dunk champion’s birthday, the team gave him Depend For Men underwear, a bathrobe & some baby food. Here’s the Instagram photo he posted about it below:

34th Birthday presents from my teammates!!!😅😅😅😂😂😂😂😂

A photo posted by J-Rich (@richboyz23) on

Richardson hasn’t played since January 2013 & has been out with stress fractures. Let’s hope that this care package allows old man Richo to get back on his feet & back on the hardwood soon.

via: BDL

Episode 252 – Atlanta Fourks

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On today’s episode of Believe The Hype, Tom & Benyam break down all the big talking points from the last week of NBA action. The boys chat about whether or not the Atlanta Hawks could have 4 All-Stars in Paul Millsap, Jeff Teague, Kyle Korver & Al Horford, the prospect of European NBA expansion, Tristan Thompson knocking back a 4 year, $52 million deal, Joel Embiid’s weight issues, Brook Lopez trade rumors & the regular segments Player of the Week, Tweet of the Week & Into the Toolshed.

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Episode 251 – These guys are crazy good

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Today on Believe The Hype, Tom & Benyam catch up with #BTHype’s West Coast Correspondent Jamieson Welsh for a chat. Jamieson’s fresh off the plane from Salt Lake City where he caught the Golden State Warriors win over the Utah Jazz. The guys have a chat about the Warriors season so far, the chemistry change on & off the court since Steve Kerr took over from Mark Jackson, the improvement of Draymond Green, what Andrew Bogut means to the team, the intricacies of their bench unit lead by Andre Iguodala & if the season finished right now… What awards would the Dubs win? Furthermore, the guys chat about the relationship between Dante Exum & Joe Ingles.

Today’s episode features interviews with Andrew Bogut, Draymond Green, Andre Iguodala, Dante Exum & Joe Ingles.

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