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Episode 288 – Dad Bods

Getty Images: Melo could have one of the best dad bods in the NBA.

Getty Images: Melo could have one of the best dad bods in the NBA.

On today’s episode of Believe The Hype, Tom and Benyam are happy about the new ‘look’ that has everyone talking… dad bods. Also, from a basketball perspective, the guys chat about Mike Conley‘s return for the Grizzlies to help them get a huge game 2 win over the Warriors, Tony Allen #1stTeamAllDefense, the Hawks evening up the series against a John Wall-less Wizards, how good the Clippers looked without Chris Paul with the offense running through Blake Griffin, the Bulls game 1 win and the need for the Cavs to make adjustments for Pau Gasol, Tom Thibodeau’s future and more!

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Episode 287 – The 11th Nugget

Getty Images: Chris Paul's 'hamstring game' was all of the amazeballs.

Getty Images: Chris Paul’s ‘hamstring game’ was all of the amazeballs.

Today on Believe The Hype, Tom and Benyam chat about Chris Paul‘s amazing performance in leading the Clippers to a huge game 7 win over the Spurs and look ahead to their next series against James Harden and the Rockets, John Wall‘s huge start to the Wizards/Hawks series, Golden State cleaning up the awards with Stephen Curry to be announced MVP and Bob Myers winning Executive of the Year and the guys chat about the Warriors series against the Grizzlies. All that plus Tom got an FREE 11th Nuggets at McDonalds, so, naturally, that comes up.

Apologies for the audio quality on this episode… Minor technical difficulties. Will be fixed for the next episode.

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NBA stars confirmed for Rod Laver return

Getty Images: Patty & the boys will play New Zealand at Rod Laver Arena.

Getty Images: Patty & the boys will play New Zealand at Rod Laver Arena.

Today Basketball Australia confirmed that Melbourne’s Rod Laver Arena will be hosting the first leg of the FIBA Oceania Championships on the 15th August 2015.

Game two of the two leg series will be played in Wellington on the 18th August with the series winner automatically qualifying for the Rio Olympics in 2016.

The event will be a double header with the Australian Opals taking on New Zealand Tall Ferns before the Australian Boomers will play the Tall Blacks in front of what’s anticipated to be a 15,000 strong sell out crowd.

Six of the Seven Boomers who ply their trade in the NBA have confirmed their availability for the event. Pending injury, if Andrew Bogut, Matthew Dellavedova, Dante Exum, Patrick Mills, Aron Baynes and Cameron Bairstow all suit up in August, Rod Laver could create history and break the record for the most number of contracted NBA players suiting up for the Boomers in one game.

The record is currently set at four (Dellavedova, Baynes, Bairstow and Exum) from last years’ World Cup Team.

Joe Ingles and LSU signee Ben Simmons will not take part in the series. Ingles is taking time off to get married and also sort out his impending free-agency. Simmons will report into LSU prior to the tournament but will be in Australia over the coming months with his new College to take on unconfirmed NBL teams in Newcastle, Sydney and Melbourne.

This will also mark the first time that arguably the best ever Australian basketballer, Andrew Bogut, will play for the Australian National Team in front of his home crowd in Melbourne since 2006.

“I am thrilled to be playing for the Airbnb Boomers in front of our home crowd in Melbourne.” Bogut said.

“This is a fantastic opportunity for Aussie fans to get behind our national teams and I urge everyone to come out to Rod Laver Arena and support us with the passion we know the basketball community has.”

Off the back of a stellar rookie season, young gun Dante Exum will also play in front of his Melbourne home crowd for the first time.

“I love putting on the Australian jersey and playing in front of a hometown crowd in Melbourne will be extra special.” Exum said.

” It’s always such a great experience to play with these guys – we’re all mates and we’re in this together.”

This will mark the first time that the National Team has played at Rod Laver Arena since the Boomers took on the United States in a warm-up game for the Sydney 2000 Olympics… Which we all remember because of this moment between Andrew Gaze, Shane Heal and Vince Carter:

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Tickets go on sale to the general public Wednesday 6th May via Ticketek. And prices start from just $20.

Episode 286 – Talking Playoffs with Delly

Getty Images: Delly held his own in his first ever Playoffs series.

Getty Images: Delly held his own in his first ever Playoffs series.

On today’s episode of Believe The Hype, Matthew Dellavedova joins Tom and Benyam to have a chat about the Cavs Playoff campaign so far. The guys chat about how he’s dealing with the week long break before the second round series against the Bulls, how the team is dealing with Kevin Love‘s injury and J.R. Smith‘s suspension, Chipotle and more.

Follow Delly on twitter: @matthewdelly.

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Episode 285 – Getting Grizzy With It

USA Today Sports: Courtney Lee and Vince Carter celebrate like it's 2015.

USA Today Sports: Courtney Lee and Vince Carter celebrate like it’s 2015.

Today on Believe The Hype, Tom and Benyam chat about the Grizzlies knocking off the Blazers and setting up a Western Conference Semi-Finals match-up against the Golden State Warriors, the importance of Mike Conley‘s health to that match-up, the Hawks big game 5 win over the Nets off the back of big games from Al Horford and Jeff Teague, Kevin Love reportedly out for 4-6 months after his shoulder surgery, Andrew Wiggins being announced as NBA Rookie of the Year, Billy Donovan officially is the new Thunder head coach and the Mayweather v Pacquiao fight.

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Episode 284 – Refuse to Lose

Getty Images: Khris Middleton prefers playing basketball to going fishing.

Getty Images: Khris Middleton prefers playing basketball to going fishing.

Today on Believe The Hype, Tom and Benyam chat about the Spurs taking a 3-2 lead in their awesome series vs the Spurs, Tim Duncan‘s ageless amazingness, ‘hack a DeAndre’, the Rockets closing out the Mavericks, the demise of the Dirk Nowitzki era, the Blazers, Nets and Bucks refusing to lose and the Billy Donovan/Thunder coaching rumors.

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Kevin Durant will beat you 1 on 1 on 1 if you challenge him

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Kevin Durant has a new line of commercials out for fast food chain “Sonic”. In these, he’s hanging out with regular joes who enjoy the new Kevin Durant Candy Slush.

In the first one, we finally get the answer to “could two guys on each other’s shoulders beat an NBA player at one on one (on one)?”

I’ve never asked that question, but i’m sure someone out there probably has… Here’s the TVC:

In the second commercial… Durant’s shows us how to ‘dunk a slush’… which isn’t as amazing as it sounds… Unless you’re this guy:

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Check out the commercial:

via: TNLP