Q&A with Terrence Ross

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By Roscoe Whalan

For the second night in a row, the Toronto Raptors needed overtime to finish the job. On Saturday night, it was the Washington Wizards who fell to the team from North of the border. Before the game, I caught up with Raptors’ swingman Terrence Ross to talk about the team’s current win-streak, adjusting to life coming off the bench and most importantly, his favourite TV shows.

So, Terrence, second night of a back-to-back, overtime in Brooklyn how do you guys prepare? Does that wear you down a little.

Uh, not really, we just got to play the way we play. We always play with a lot of energy and with a high motor. So, we’ve just got to do it again tonight.

You guys are on a bit of a win streak now, must be feeling good. What’s changed? What’s made you guys better?

We’re just getting back to the old way we were playing, you know, moving the ball, taking open shots, you know, our shot wasn’t falling at first so now it’s falling so now we’re playing better.

How much do you worry about being on the bench now and not starting? Does that play on your mind?

No. It’s a long season. We’re going to have up and downs so, you’ve just got to ride it out.

And you’ve seen the line up for the dunk contest this year, who do you think’s going to win?

Zach LaVine.

Why’s that?

Because I think he has the most dunks in his repertoire.

Do you wish you were out there again or are you done with that?

I’m done with that. I don’t want to do it again.

Did last year’s format mess you up? Didn’t like that, that ‘Battle Round’ thing?

Nah, I just don’t want to waste too much energy, you know, going out there and dunking and putting all that wear and tear on my knees.

Okay, can I ask you, I saw you tweet that your favourite TV show was Wilfred, is it still your favourite show? What’s your favourite show?

I got a lot of different favourite shows. Wilfred was my favourite show for a while.

The American Wilfred or the Australian one?

I like both of them, you know, because the Australian Wilfred had more characters in it and more characters like him in the show so it was more of him just kinda like being a dog rather than interacting with people so, I like both of them so I don’t know. I like the American version because it’s a series and you can see it more and have a lot more episodes and the seasons there’s like four of them and I saw all four of them so I don’t know, it’s still definitely one of my favourite shows.

Good luck for the rest of the season.

Thank you.

Roscoe Whalan is a #BTHype US Correspondent & will be covering games across the East Coast, based in Washington for believethehypeNBA.com this season. Follow him on Twitter: @RoscoeWhalan7

Episode 255 – Snubs

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Today on Believe The Hype, Tom & Benyam chat about whether or not players like Damian Lillard, Kyle Korver, Mike Conley & Nikola Vucevic should feel robbed after being “snubbed” from the NBA All-Star Game. Furthermore, the guys chat about Hassan Whiteside‘s huge week & emergence as a legit NBA starter & how Kyrie Irving‘s huge scoring output, including 55 points vs Sacramento & his improved defensive effort has helped contribute to the Cleveland Cavaliers 9 game win streak.

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.

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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.

Check it out:

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