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Episode 308 – NBA Draft Review

Getty Images: Karl-Anthony Towns will be a key piece in the young and fun Wolves.

Getty Images: Karl-Anthony Towns will be a key piece in the young and fun Wolves.

On today’s episode of Believe The Hype, Tom and Benyam break down all the big winners and losers from the 2015 NBA Draft and the ensuing trades. Furthermore, Tom speaks to Jahlil Okafor and Emmanuel Mudiay after they were drafted about their current situations.

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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Closing Song: Bleacher Report – Kobe Bryant “Let It Go” Frozen parody (Let It Tank)

Episode 307 – Catching up with NBA Champion Andrew Bogut

Source @andrewbogut on Twitter: Bogut shares a moment with his mate Lazza.

Source @andrewbogut on Twitter: Bogut shares a moment with his mate Lazza.

Today on Believe The Hype, Andrew Bogut joins Tom and Benyam for a chat about the Golden State Warriors recent Championship run. The guys speak with Bogut about the sacrifices that players such as himself, David Lee and Andre Iguodala made this season, how the unit came together, the impact Steve Kerr and the coaching staff had on and off the floor, the impact that analytics have had on the Warriors team and the NBA as a whole, Harrison Barnes‘ coming of age this season, the upcoming FIBA Oceania series with the Australian Boomers and more.

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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Closing song: John Doe – Golden State Warriors 2015 NBA Champions “Theme Song”

Q&A with Jahlil Okafor

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With the third pick in the 2015 NBA Draft, the Philadelphia 76ers selected Jahlil Okafor. Today, I caught up with Jahlil Okafor for a chat via Cisco TelePresence along with other members of the International media, just moments after Adam Silver called his name. Here’s what he had to say:

Congratulations Jahlil, this must be a dream come true… Or even the beginning of a new dream for you and your family?

This is a dream come true. For all of us. I’ve worked hard to get to this point. My family have witnessed how hard I have worked my entire life so we’re all extremely excited and I’m just ready to be done with all this so I can go celebrate with my family!

In your eyes, what will be the biggest challenge facing you in the next step of your career?

I don’t really know. I don’t know what to expect. I’ll be working as hard as I can to try and be successful in this league. I’ve talked to a bunch of guys in the NBA… I’ve heard a bunch of positive things, I’ve got a bunch of advice so hopefully I can overcome any obstacle.

Have you had a chance to talk much yet with the Sixers organisation and how excited are they to have you coming across?

Yeah I’ve talked to the coach (Brett Brown) and I’ve talked to the GM (Sam Hinkie) and they both said they were surprised that I was still on the draft board. They said that they were the ‘luckiest people in the world’ so that was great to hear and i’m excited to get down there and start working.

I guess you and Joel Embiid are going to form a pretty clinical partnership then?

That’s my guy! That’s my brother right there! Oh yeah.

Who are you most excited to play against in the league?

Ah, Tim Duncan. He’s a guy that I idolised growing up. So he’s definitely a guy that I’m looking forward to playing. I respect him so much and I’ve learned so much from him watching him play.

What advice did Coach K give you prior to the Draft?

He just told me to have fun with it. He was supporting me and just basically said to have fun.

What are your thoughts on the 76ers roster right now?

I’m excited about it. I know some of the guys on the roster already… Jerami Grant, Nerlens Noel, Joel Embiid. Those are three guys that I know prior to going down there. I feel like i’ll have a good feel for it and fit in well.

VIDEO: This kid takes selfies of himself crying after the Knicks draft pick

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The joys of modern technology… Knicks fans can now snapchat how upset they are at Draft Picks. However, the joys of technology also mean that ESPN could pick you out and broadcast you all over the world.

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Episode 306 – Snakes in the grass

USA Today: DeMarcus Cousins and George Karl are in a weird place right now...

USA Today: DeMarcus Cousins and George Karl are in a weird place right now…

On today’s episode of Believe The Hype, Tom and Benyam chat about the DeMarcus Cousins, George Karl and Sacramento situation, the new leaked NBA jerseys, Dwyane Wade to the Lakers/Cavs free agency rumors, the Knicks looking to trade Tim Hardaway Jr. for Brandon Jennings, the Kings reportedly interested in JaVale McGee plus trading Rudy Gay for Rajon Rondo, Paul Pierce‘s interest in the Clippers and the Lance Stephenson/Matt Barnes trade plus the guys preview the NBA Draft and more!

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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James Harden comes to Sydney for a holiday and plays H.O.R.S.E

Instagram: @USYDbasketball

Instagram: @USYDbasketball

James Harden is on holidays in Sydney, you guys.

Normally for NBA players, they like to go away for a couple of weeks, recharge the batteries and get as far away from basketball. However, apparently basketball never stops for James Harden.

During his vacation, he popped down today to the King George V Centre in Sydney and mucked around on the basketball court for a bit. Even playing some H.O.R.S.E with his friends.

H.O.R.S.E looked like it started to get a little crazy… He even attempted this shot:

Even though it’s just a bit of mucking around with mates, the fact that Harden, in mid-July still has a ball in his hand, only a few weeks after the end of the Rockets season is a good sign for next year, it shows that he’s still got that ‘on switch’ to remain around basketball during a time that most players aren’t even thinking about basketball.

Although, James, you’re in Sydney mate… The most beautiful city in the World! GO TO TARONGA ZOO OR DO THE BRIDGE CLIMB OR GO TO BONDI BASKETBALL CAN WAIT UNTIL JULY!

H/T @braydizz, @USYDbasketball & @AngryITMan

Episode 305 – NBA Finals Game 6 Review

Getty Images: Steph Curry & Andre Iguodala with their mate Larry.

Getty Images: Steph Curry & Andre Iguodala with their mate Larry.

Today on Believe The Hype, the Golden State Warriors are the 2015 NBA Champions so Tom and Benyam break down their amazing Game 6 win. The guys chat about Andre Iguodala winning Finals MVP, Stephen Curry‘s 25 point performance, LeBron James‘ huge series, the credit Steve Kerr deserves, #BenchWatch, GSW’s post-title celebrations, wrapping up this NBA season and more!

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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