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Episode 174 – 2014 Awards Winners

This week on Believe The Hype, Tom & Benyam chat about some of the more intriguing storylines from the Playoffs so far, including the Washington Wizards 2-0 lead over the Chicago Bulls, the San Antonio Spurs sloppy game vs Dallas & LaMarcus Aldridge’s back-to-back 40 point games to give the Portland Trail Blazers a commanding 2-0 lead over the Houston Rockets. Furthermore, after you guys, the listeners voted over the last 2 weeks, the results are tallied in & today the guys announce the winners of the the #BTHype awards: Most Valuable Player, Rookie of the Year, Coach of the Year, 6th Man of the Year, Most Improved Player, Defensive Player of the Year, International Player of the Year, Least Valuable Player, Tool of the Year, Quote of the Year, Tweet of the Year, Instagrammy of the Year & the coveted Gee-Up of the Year!

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 173 – Couchella

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The Playoffs are up & running. So far we’ve had upsets galore & some great games of basketball. So, today on Believe The Hype, Tom & Benyam break down all 8 games from the first two days of the post-season. The guys chat about the surprise away victories from Atlanta, Golden State, Brooklyn, Golden State & Washington along with the ‘yeah, those went to script wins’ from Miami, Oklahoma City & San Antonio. Furthermore, the boys chat about the phenomenon that is ‘Couchella’, hating on chocolate, Masai Ujiri’s WWE moment, Swaggy P being in the dog house with Iggy Azalea, Dante Exum’s shoe deal & answer your twitter questions!

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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Masai Ujiri taunts Brooklyn before Game 1

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There’s plenty of reasons to love Masai Ujiri. Success basically follows him wherever he goes. From being able to pull together a perrenial Playoff team in the loaded Western Conference during his stint in Denver, to completely turning around the Toronto Raptors from being a lottery team to Atlantic Division Champions in less than 12 months… The man oozes success & likeability.

Well, today, Ujiri had his WWE Face moment when addressing a packed Maple Leaf square prior to the Raptors vs Brooklyn Nets Game 1 tip-off at the Air Canada Center.

After telling the crowd he’s got to leave the stage & head to the game… He dropped this (f)bomb:

The only thing that could have made this moment better, would have been if Ujiri just dropped the mic & walked off the stage, rather than handing it across to Tim Leiweke. Overall, I give Ujiri a 8.5 for this. The execution of the mic-drop would have taken this up to a 10. If the Raptors picked up a victory, then this moment would have sat right behind Pat Riley guaranteeing back-to-back Lakers Championships in ‘happy-with-it’ NBA podium moments.

This isn’t the first bit of pre-series taunting that Raptors Nation has put on the Brooklyn Nets. Yesterday, the Toronto Sun, so ‘happy with it’ that the Raptors were back in the Playoffs, ran what could only be described as the greatest front-page of a tabloid paper since English Paper News of the World published this.

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During half-time, Ujiri apologised for the comments:

But it seems like this wasn’t going to be the end of it… As collaborated by Ben Golliver at SI.com’s Point Forward, the comment was the talk of the locker-rooms after the game, which the Nets won 94-87:

“We have his back,” Amir Johnson said, according to the New York Post. “I’m with him 100 percent so if he said ‘f ‘em,’ I say ‘f ‘em.’”

USA Today Sports reported coach Dwane Casey’s reaction: “That’s Masai. That’s why our team plays like that. He’s a fiery guy. That should represent how we feel.”

Nets coach Jason Kidd tried to play off Ujiri’s comment.

“I don’t even know who their GM is,” Kidd said, according to Raptors.com.

Ujiri & the city of Toronto may have won the pre-series battle. But, so far the Brooklyn Nets are 1-0 up in the war. Something tells me, this battle of words isn’t quite over just yet.

via: Sports Illustrated

Episode 172 – NBA Playoffs Preview

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THE PLAYOFFS ARE HERE, YOU GUYS!

On today’s episode of Believe The Hype, Tom & Benyam are joined by NBA Australia Editor Simon Legg to preview the 1st round match-ups of the Playoffs. The boys break down all 8 series & give their predictions for how they are going to play out. Furthermore, the boys chat about what potential break-out stars we may see over the next couple of months.

Follow Simon on twitter at @Simon_Legg plus catch him over at NBA Australia through @NBA_AU & au.NBA.com.

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 171 – Coaching Carousel?

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On today’s episode of Believe The Hype, Tom & Benyam dedicate most of the episode to coaches. The boys chat about the future of Rick Adelman in Minnesota & chat about what non-Playoff coaches may be on the hot-seat. Furthermore, the boys chat about the future of Mark Jackson in Golden State & whether a first round exit may mean his demise. Also, the guys discuss Andrew Bogut’s injury, the Mount Rushmore of soft-drinks, Kevin Love’s future in Minnesota plus the regular segments, Player/Rookie of the week, Tweet of the Week & Into The Toolshed!

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 170 – The Mini Tourney

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Today on #BTHype, Tom & Benyam chat about the race for the final Playoff spots in the Western Conference & how it’s turned into a ‘Mini Tournament’. Also, the boys break down the Heat’s big win over the Indiana Pacers & chat about how LeBron James, Udonis Haslem & the rest of the Heat were able to shut down the Pacers offensively & hit the Pacers where it hurt… In the paint. Furthermore, the guys chat about Rudy Gay’s improvement as a Sacramento King, the Atlanta Hawks eliminating the Knicks from Playoff contention with their win over the Heat, the potential Playoff matchup between the Houston Rockets & the Portland Trail Blazers, Corey Brewer’s 51pt performance vs the Rockets, Lamar Odom to the New York Knicks rumors & 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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Instagrammys – Week 24 – Ryan Kelly

Not only is his nickname ‘R.Kelly’…. But Ryan Kelly actually has a voice that would make the superstar singer, R.Kelly jealous.

Here’s a video of Kelly singing Kelly’s smash hit, I Believe I Can Fly. No word yet on whether Simon Cowell has contacted the Lakers Rookie.

Credit: @YoungPepDash

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Episode 169 – Enter The Dragic

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Today on Believe The Hype, Tom & Benyam catch up with #BTHype’s US Correspondent Jamieson Welsh who’s just got back from Phoenix after covering the Suns v Thunder thriller. The boys chat about the season that the Oklahoma City Thunder & the Phoenix Suns are having so far, what to expect from these teams in the Playoffs, potential match-ups & more! Furthermore, the boys chat about Kevin Durant’s 25 point streak, the impact of Caron Butler, Goran Dragic, Gerald Green & more!

Furthermore, Jamieson catches up with Scott Brooks, Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook, Reggie Jackson & Derek Fisher. These interviews appear in the show.

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

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Episode 168 – NBA 2014 Awards Nominations

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On today’s show, Tom & Benyam pull together their annual awards nominations for the 2013 NBA Season. The boys pick their shortlist for the following awards: Most Valuable Player, Rookie of the Year, Coach of the Year, 6th Man of the Year, Most Improved Player, Defensive Player of the Year, International Player of the Year, Least Valuable Player, Tool of the Year, Quote of the Year, Tweet of the Year, Instagrammy of the Year & the coveted Gee-Up of the Year. After pulling together the nominations, now it’s your guys turn to head over to believethehypeNBA.com & vote for who sould win the Awards with the winners being announced in a few weeks.

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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Instagrammys – Week 23 – Lamar Odom

Don’t get between Lamar Odom & his two great loves… Food & Females. When he can combine the two, he’s in a good place.

Side note: It’s awesome to see that Lamar Odom’s looking a lot healthier than he was only 6 months ago. It seems like his recovery’s on the right path.

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