Jamieson Welsh – Fox Sports Radio (22nd April)

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Every Tuesday, #BTHype’s US Correspondent Jamieson Welsh jumps on with Steve Bortstein at Fox Sports 1340 AM 93.9 FM New Mexico to talk the latest news out of the NBA.

This week, Jamieson talks about the coaching situations around the league including New York Knicks firing of Mike Woodson & the rumors surrounding Steve Kerr as his replacement, the Utah Jazz not offering Tyrone Corbin a new contract & the situation surrounding Mike D’Antoni & Jim Buss. Furthermore, Jamieson reviews & previews the major Playoff series currently going down.

 Jamieson Welsh is a #BTHype US Correspondent & will be covering games across the West Coast for believethehypeNBA.com this season. Follow him on Twitter:@theejamieson

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

Aussie Update – Volume 10

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By JT.

A round-up of news featuring our top Aussie ballers.

Sports Illustrated with an excellent feature on Ben Simmons.

* Dante Exum signs with adidas.

* Michael Regan from Catapult, the Australian athletic tech company, joins TrueHoop for a fascinating discussion on what the NBA can learn from other sports such Aussie Rules football in relation to resting players and injury prevention.

* Andrew Bogut is likely out for the season with a fractured rib. Devastating.

So, if he suffered the initial blow in a game against the Nuggets last week, then why was he playing in this game against the Blazers (with the aide of a pain-killing injection) when the Warriors had already secured a playoff berth? He should have been shut down until the postseason (I mean, even the Atlanta Hawks were resting their key guys down the stretch). They’ve dropped the ball again.

* TrueHoop’s Ethan Sherwood Strauss on what the Bogut injury means to the Warriors.

* An NBA.com feature on Patty Mills.

* Ben Simmons was named Junior Player Of The Year by MaxPreps.

* Aron Baynes soaking up the Texas sun.

* At number 25 on Zach Lowe’s list of the things he liked and didn’t like from the 2013-14 season, is Patty Mills’ pull-up 3s in transition. Check this: “Patty Mills does not care what the score is. He does not care if there are three defenders already back on defense. He does not care if a teammate is open under the rim. He does not care if Gregg Popovich might cut him out of this summer’s wine-tasting tour. If Patty Mills is bringing the ball up in transition, he is going to pull up for a 3-pointer, and you are just going to have to accept it.”

* The guys over at TrueHoop TV Live had an interesting discussion about Andrew Bogut’s value (at the 34:25 mark). Worth a listen.

Andrew Gaze and Luc Longley weigh in on Patty Mills’ future.

JT is the former Editor of the now defunct NBAMate. One of Australia’s original & most successful NBA blogs. You can find him on twitter @JThoopin.

Jamieson Welsh – Fox Sports Radio (16th April)

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Every Tuesday, #BTHype’s US Correspondent Jamieson Welsh jumps on with Steve Bortstein at Fox Sports 1340 AM 93.9 FM New Mexico to talk the latest news out of the NBA.

This week, Jamieson talks about the disparity between the Eastern & Western Conferences, the Los Angeles Clippers form in the back half of the season & whether they are contenders, teams in the East & West that may be able to surprise Indiana, Miami, San Antonio & Oklahoma City, the San Antonio Spurs system & it’s ability to get the best out of it’s personnel, Mike D’Antoni’s future at the Lakers & more!

 Jamieson Welsh is a #BTHype US Correspondent & will be covering games across the West Coast for believethehypeNBA.com this season. Follow him on Twitter:@theejamieson

Iman Shumpert comes up with the two awesome plays

Iman Shumpert, one of the league’s most inconsistent, yet entertaining players came up with two phenomenal plays in the Knicks 109-98 win over their Big Apple rivals, the Brooklyn Nets.

First he drops Paul Pierce with a mean crossover and step back jumper in the third quarter, only to ramp things up in the fourth, with a vicious off the back board alley-oop.

Enjoy!

Get your votes in for the 2014 Believe the Hype NBA Awards

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The nominations are in guys and its time to vote for  who you want to win, not only the regular NBA awards but also the #BTHype gee-up awards.

Award winners will be announced in a couple of weeks.

Most Valuable PlayerMVP

Rookie of the Year

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Coach of the Year

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Sixth Man of the Year

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Most Improved Player of the Year

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Defensive Player of the Year

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International Player of the Year

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Least Valuable Player of the Year

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…..and now its time for the lighter Believe the Hype 2014 NBA Awards

Tool of the Year

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Quote of the Year

Roy Hibbert: “I’d die for curling, I’d give it all up for curling”. (On a potential Winter Olympic sport switch).

Kobe Bryant: “I don’t talk to players on teams that are 20 games under .500.” (When Nick Young spoke about the trash talk he hears from Kobe Bryant).

Nick Young: “They got me, man, they stole my Yeezys too man. I don’t know what I would have did. I was just shocked they tried to get Swaggy yesterday.” (A nonchalant Swaggy P after having his house burgled whilst playing for the Lakers)

Tweet of the Year

Instagrammy of the Year

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Gee-up of the Year

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 Thanks for voting guys!

Aussie Update – Volume 9

By JT.

A round-up of news featuring our top Aussie ballers.

* Starting in place for the injured Tony Parker, Patty Mills had 26 points (6-11 from three), 6 assists and no turnovers (at +26) in the Spurs win over the Dallas Mavericks.

* An excellent piece on Patty Mills by the Corpus Christi Caller Times.

* With another dominant performance from Tournament MVP Ben Simmons (24 points, 12 rebounds and 5 assists) Montverde Academy defeated Oak Hill in the final of the Dick’s Sporting Goods High School National Tournament at MSG in New York.

The Champs.

Simmons with the jam.

* Ben Simmons has been selected to play for the Underclassmen in the Mary Kline Classic. He’s the highest rated prospect on either roster. Good luck, Seniors.

* Dante Exum has signed an exclusive autograph trading card agreement with Panini America, the world’s largest sports and entertainment collectibles company.

* Patty steps up his ‘Frogging’ game – here and here.

* Matthew Dellavedova had 14 points, 12 assists and 4 rebounds (at +18) in the Cavs big win over the Detroit Pistons.

* Andrew Bogut and The Black Falcon, continued.

Cameron Bairstow: “All the feedback I’ve gotten is that all that draft board stuff doesn’t mean anything. It’s all about what comes out of the GM’s mouth and that kind of thing. It just means you’re on people’s radar and at the end of the day you have got to go and work out and show what you can do and that is what they are going to be selecting you on.”

* Ben Simmons has been named to the 2014 ALL-USA high school boys basketball team. As a junior, no less.

Andrew Gaze hopes Patty Mills re-signs in San Antonio in the offseason. Sure, but if the Spurs don’t step up and pay him what he’s worth (potentially $3-4 million per, depending on how he fares in the post season) then Patty will have to explore the market. With his breakout season, he will have options.

* Thon Maker, everyone.

JT is the former Editor of the now defunct NBAMate. One of Australia’s original & most successful NBA blogs. You can find him on twitter @JThoopin.

Jamieson Welsh – Fox Sports Radio (8th April)

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Every Tuesday, #BTHype’s US Correspondent Jamieson Welsh jumps on with Steve Bortstein at Fox Sports 1340 AM 93.9 FM New Mexico to talk the latest news out of the NBA.

This week, Jamieson talks about UCONN’s NCAA Championship victory, the John Calipari to the Los Angeles Lakers rumor, the race for the 2nd seed between the Oklahoma City Thunder & the Los Angeles Clippers, the race for the #1 seed in the East between the Miami Heat & the Indiana Pacers, what’s wrong with the Pacers, who in the East may be able to upset one of the top 2 seeds & more!

 Jamieson Welsh is a #BTHype US Correspondent & will be covering games across the West Coast for believethehypeNBA.com this season. Follow him on Twitter:@theejamieson

Aussie Update – Volume 8

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By JT.

A round-up of news featuring our top Aussie ballers.

* The Patty Mills / Tim Duncan ‘gentleman’s handshake‘.

* Andrew Bogut: “I have been in early talks with the NBA about bringing a game to Australia in the future, but unfortunately I don’t see that happening any time soon.”

* Ben Simmons dominated with 25 points, 16 rebounds and four blocked shots in Montverde’s opening win in the Dick’s Sporting Goods National High School Tournament in New York.

* The guys over at SBNation’s Fear The Sword sing the praises of Matthew Dellavedova.

* It looks like Patty Mills has started a new craze – called ‘Frogging‘. Manu explains.

* In his latest chat ESPN draft guru Chad Ford addresses the question of whether or not Dante Exum could play the two-guard spot alongside a guy like Michael Carter-Williams: “Yes, he can play both positions. But I know he really wants to be a NBA point guard and I don’t think teams that have a young point guard will get a visit from Exum for workouts. I can’t see his agent, Rob Pelinka, sending him to Philly for example. That obviously doesn’t preclude the Sixers from taking him, but given how little teams really know about the kid, it could scare them away. I think he’d really like to play for the Lakers.”

* More from Timmy D, this time with an epic stare down on Aron Baynes.

* Patty Mills showed his support for indigenous Aussie golfer Scott Gardiner at the Valero Texas Open.

* Andrew Bogut and The Black Falcon, continued.

* Cameron Bairstow was named an All-America honorable mention by the Associated Press.

* Patty Mills continued his strong play with a team leading 21 points (including five 3s) in the Spurs loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder.

* Andrew Bogut weighs in on the Mark Jackson/Brian Scalabrine controversy.

* Dante Exum to star in Space Jam 2?………

JT is the former Editor of the now defunct NBAMate. One of Australia’s original & most successful NBA blogs. You can find him on twitter @JThoopin.