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On today’s podcast, Tom & Benyam chat about the New York Knicks signing Phil Jackson as President of Basketball Operations & the challenges that he’ll face in the role. Furthermore, the boys chat about the race for the 8th seed in the East between the Knicks & the Atlanta Hawks & whether or not the 76ers will win another game this season. Also, Tom & Benyam answer your twitter questions answering everything from whether David Lee should come off the bench for the Warriors, the best situation for Dante Exum, whether or not there are more than 4 contenders this year through to how to get out of the ‘friend zone’ & Jeff Adrien’s hair.
Today on Believe The Hype, Tom & Benyam chat about the Memphis Grizzlies ‘clawing’ themselves into the top 8 in the Western Conference & the importance of Marc Gasol to the team’s recent success, Blake Griffin’s huge week & his development this season, the recent slumps from the Miami Heat, Oklahoma City Thunder & Indiana Pacers, 6th Man of the Year candidates, corporate yoga, Al Jefferson, Andrew Bogut gee-ing up sophomores & more!
On today’s episode, Nate Duncan from Basketball Insiders joins Tom & Benyam to chat about all the major talking points from the Sloan Sports Analyitics Conference including the hot hand theory & some of the verbatim from the panels. Furthermore, the boys chat about Nate’s recent article where he ranks the top 10 players in the NBA, chat about the future of the Chicago Bulls including whether or not they should push for Carmelo Anthony in Free Agency, Phil Jackson’s GM rumors & the potential arrival of Nikola Mirotic. Also, the boys chat about whether or not Goran Dragic & the Phoenix Suns threaten anyone in the Playoffs & more!
Today on Believe The Hype, Tom & Benyam catch up with #BTHype’s US Correspondent Jamieson Welsh who’s just got back from Portland after covering the Blazers v Lakers game. The boys chat about the season that the Blazers are having so far, how they may finish off the season, the improvement of LaMarcus Aldridge & the effect that Robin Lopez has on the team. Furthermore, the boys chat about the state of the Lakers, the surprising play of Kent Bazemore, what Free Agent Lakers may be on the roster next season & the future of Pau Gasol.
Furthermore, Jamieson catches up with Nick Young, Kendall Marshall & Kent Bazemore & those interviews appear in the show.
On today’s episode of Believe The Hype, Tom & Benyam chat about the surging Chicago Bulls. The boys chat about what’s going right for the Bulls under the leadership & play of Joakim Noah, whether or not we can consider them fringe contenders in the East, Tom Thibodeau, Jimmer Fredette’s signing & whether or not we could/should see Derrick Rose sometime before the end of the season. Furthermore, the boys chat Allen Iverson, Adam Silver’s thoughts on changes to the Draft & Playoffs, crocodile eating snakes & more!
Today on Believe The Hype, Tom & Benyam are back in Australia after two weeks cutting around NBA arenas & are here to break down the big news from the last few days in the NBA. The boys chat about the Heat’s win over the Knicks, LeBron’s huge month of February & how dangerous the Heat are looking right now. Furthermore, the guys chat about LeBron’s new mask, the Knicks & Raymond Felton’s troubles, where Jimmer Fredette, Caron Butler, Glen Davis & Danny Granger’s futures now they’ve been bought out, the Oklahoma City Thunder’s recent troubles & why Russell Westbrook isn’t to blame.
Today on Believe The Hype, Tom & Benyam break down all the major moves from the NBA trade deadline & talk about how they may effect the rest of the NBA season. Furthermore, the guys chat about why the NBA trade deadline doesn’t see the major blockbuster deals that we’ve seen in seasons past. Furthermore, the guys chat about Friday’s Miami Heat vs Oklahoma City Thunder game & the Playoff teams in the Western Conference that are currently in decent form in the Golden State Warriors, Houston Rockets & the San Antonio Spurs. Tom & Benyam also chat to Rockets guard Patrick Beverley & Spurs guard Patty Mills.
On today’s episode of Believe The Hype, Tom & Benyam wrap up all things from New Orleans as they review the Eastern Conference’s massive 163-155 win over the West at the Smoothie King Arena. The boys break down all the highlights from Kyrie Irving’s MVP performance, Blake Griffin’s dunk-fest, the pre-game & halftime entertainment & more.
Furthermore, the boys chat to Chris Bosh, Paul Millsap, Roy Hibbert & LaMarcus Aldridge post-game to chat about their experiences in NOLA. Also, the guys give some insights into their favourite parts of the weekend & some behind the scenes moments.
Today, Tom & Benyam come to you from inside the Mercedes Benz Superdome as #BTHype breaks down the events from NBA All Star Friday & Saturday Night. The boys chat about the Celebrity Game, Rising Stars Challenge, Shooting Stars Challenge, Skills Challenge, 3-Point Contest & Dunk Contest. Furthermore, the episode includes interviews with Paul George, Steven Adams, Bradley Beal, Giannis Antetokounmpo, Victor Oladipo, Joe Johnson, Ben McLemore & Terrence Ross.
Today on Believe The Hype, Tom & Benyam are on their way to New Orleans for All Star Weekend & happened to connect through Denver on their flight down to the Big Easy. So, no better way to spend some time in Denver than break down the upcoming All Star Weekend with podcast host & Captain of the #TOTWarmy, Woobly Balls. Tom, Benyam & Woobly preview & put down their predictions for every major event this weekend including the Rising Stars Challenge, Shooting Stars Challenge, Skills Challenge, Three Point Shootout, Dunk Contest & the All Star Game.
Tom & Benyam have arrived in the USA for their All Star Tour & today, the boys are in Salt Lake City to catch the battle of the NBA’s boom rookie Point Guards, Michael Carter-Williams & Trey Burke. The boys discuss how the rookies matched up & chat about what’s in store for the Utah Jazz & the Philadelphia 76ers in the second half of the season. Furthermore, the guys speak to 76ers Brett Brown about Carter-Williams, Tom catches up with Rudy Gobert to chat to the rookie about life in the NBA & the upcoming FIBA World Cup & the boys compare Denny’s to a fire extinguisher.
Today on Believe The Hype, Tom & Benyam are excited about the fact that #BTHype legend Sasha Vujacic is back in the NBA after signing a 10 day contract with the Los Angeles Clippers. The boys discuss his ‘impact’ so far on the team & also analyse the huge improvements that we’ve seen from Vujacic’s team-mate Blake Griffin this year & what that means for the team moving forward. Furthermore, the guys chat about the All Star Saturday Night contestants & format, trade rumors surrounding Pau Gasol, Evan Turner, Ersan Ilyasova & Larry Sanders & more!
On today’s episode, Tom & Benyam discuss the Indiana Pacers recent signing of Andrew Bynum. The boys talk about what impact Bynum can make on the team, if there was any risk involved & why the Pacers looked into making this move. Furthermore, the Washington Wizards broke the Oklahoma City Thunder’s 10 game win streak. The boys break down the game plus discuss John Wall’s impact on the Wizards & the improvement he’s show this season & what the Thunder team may look like when Russell Westbrook is brought back into the rotation after the All Star break.
On today’s episode of Believe The Hype, Tom & Benyam are joined by NBA Australia Editor Simon Legg. The boys break down the Oklahoma City Thunder’s big win over the Miami Heat, iPhone Software Updates & Dante Exum declaring for the 2014 NBA Draft. Furthermore, the guys speak about the recent All Star Weekend announcements for the Celebrity Game & the Rising Stars Challenge rosters & talk about what guys will probably be snubbed from tomorrow’s All Star Game reserves announcement but probably should have got a look in.
On today’s episode of Believe The Hype, Tom, Benyam & Jamieson Welsh discuss the San Antonio Spurs worrying 1-10 record vs the top teams in the NBA & whether it’s something that should cause concern for the team. The boys discuss what moves the Spurs should look at making including aquiring free agent Andrew Bynum. Furthermore, the guys chat about the NBA All Star Starters, Carmelo Anthony’s 62 point game in MSG, Terrence Ross’ 51 points vs the Los Angeles Clippers & the general high scoring production we’ve seen throughout January.
Today on Believe The Hype, Tom & Benyam chat about the revitalised Brooklyn Nets & discuss how the return of Andrei Kirilenko & moving Kevin Garnett to the Center have helped their recent 9-1 start to 2014. Furthermore, the boys discuss the Chicago Bulls recent form off the back of the great play from Joakim Noah, DJ Augustin & Taj Gibson. All that plus Pierre the Pelican, Team USA’s 28 man squad, Kevin Garnett, R.Kelly & more! This weeks All NBA Five is players you’d like to see have a segment on Spike Lee’s new NBA XM Radio Show…
On today’s episode of Believe The Hype, Tom & Benyam look ahead to the All Star Saturday Night & discuss who they would like to see taking part in the 3 major events – The Dunk Contest, 3 Point Shootout & the Skills Challenge. Also, the boys create a new event, the NBA Triathlon which is pulling together a group of NBA guys to contest all 3 events. Furthermore, they discuss Kevin Durant’s huge week, including his 54 point performance vs the Golden State Warriors, his MVP credentials & whether the Boston Celtics should & will trade Rajon Rondo.
Today on Believe The Hype, Tom & Benyam wrap up all the major storylines from the last week of NBA action. The boys break down the Celtics, Warriors & Heat three-way trade & discuss what it means for all 3 franchises plus chat about the long & short-term future of the Boston Celtics & Rajon Rondo. Furthermore, the boys discuss Nick Young’s 5-on-1 fight against the Phoenix Suns & the Lakers not coming to his aid, the outlook for the New Orleans Pelicans, Marc Gasol’s return, Joe Johnson’s nightclub numbers in London, Greg Oden’s first game back since 2009, the monthly mailbag & more!
On today’s episode, Tom & Benyam are joined by Kristen Ledlow from NBATV’s NBA Inside Stuff joins us on todays show for a chat. Kristen chats about the return of Inside Stuff, what it’s like working with Grant Hill & the rest of the crew at NBATV, her top moments on the show so far, Grant Hill’s dancing comparison & more! Furthermore, Kristen, Tom & Benyam chat about the Atlanta Hawks’ season so far, if the Golden State Warriors are legitimate contenders & how the Phoenix Suns will fare post Eric Bledsoe injury.
Follow Kristen on twitter: @KristenLedlow & catch her on NBA Inside Stuff every weekend on NBATV!
Today on #BTHype, Tom & Benyam get into the details & analyse yesterday’s Luol Deng/Andrew Bynum trade & talk about what it means for the immediate & long-term futures of both the Cleveland Cavaliers & Chicago Bulls plus, what the immediate future may hold for the now waived Bynum. Furthermore, the boys discuss whether Paul George is a legitimate Most Improved Player contender AGAIN after winning the award last season, the Toronto Raptors success post-Rudy Gay, J.R Smith doing J.R Smith things & more! This weeks All NBA Five is Nickname Jerseys we’d like to see.
On today’s episode, Ben Swanson from SBNation’s rufusonfire.com comes back on the show to chat about the surprising success that the Bobcats have seen so far this season. The boys chat about the positive impact that both Steve Clifford’s coaching style & defence & Al Jefferson have given to the team, if the team should look to make any deals before the trade-deadline & Cody Zeller’s slow start. Furthermore, the boys break down the success that the Bobcats have been having in the NBA hairstyle power rankings due to the great barbershop game of Jeff Adrien & Chris Douglas-Roberts. Finally, the boys discuss the announcement of the new Hornets color-scheme & logos for next year & ask the controvertial mascot question – “With Hugo coming back, what happens to Rufus?!?!”
On the last episode of 2013, Tom & Benyam look forward to the NBA All Star Game & discuss who’s in the conversation for being a first time All Star in New Orleans this season. Furthermore, the boys chat about the NBA’s recent injury bug with Russell Westbrook, Al Horford & Brook Lopez all getting extended minutes on the sideline, Andrew Bynum’s current situation with the Cleveland Cavaliers, Chris Bosh’s game winner, Ray-J & more!
Merry Christmas everyone! Today on #BTHype, Tom & Benyam wrap up all the action from the 5 Christmas Day games – Bulls v Nets, Thunder v Knicks, Heat v Lakers, Rockets v Spurs & Clippers v Warriors. The boys break down all the games & the major storylines to come out of them. Furthermore, the boys chat sleeved jerseys, the need for a flexible schedule to ensure marquee match-ups on Christmas Day, if Andrew Bogut will ever get ejected from an NBA game, the maturation of the OKC Thunder’s leadership core, James Harden’s offensive prowess, Kevin Garnett’s face & more!
Today, Jabari Davis from USA Today’s HOOPSWORLD joins #BTHype to chat about the current state of the Los Angeles Lakers. The boys chat about the teams’ 13-13 (at time of recording) start & their current outlook for the rest of the season. In this, the boys chat about Kobe Bryant’s return from his achilles injury & current knee injury that’s keeping him out for 6 weeks, the emergence of role players in Nick Young, Xavier Henry & Wes Johnson, Mike D’Antoni’s system, the signing of Kendall Marshall, Swaggy P & Pau Gasol’s budding bro-mance & much much more!
On today’s episode, Tom & Benyam are joined by Simon Legg from NBA.com Australia. The boys chat about the Oklahoma City Thunder’s strong start for the season including the emergence of their bench guys, Reggie Jackson, Jeremy Lamb & Steven Adams. Furthermore, the guys dissect the San Antonio Spurs win over the Golden State Warriors, including the first time 3 Aussies, Andrew Bogut, Patty Mills & Aron Baynes started in an NBA game. Plus Andre Drummond’s emergence as an NBA star & the effect he & Josh Smith have had on the Detroit Pistons, the ongoing Omar Asik trade saga & Trey Burke’s Rookie of the Year candidacy.
The silly season is almost here! As Festus Ezeli’s favourite holiday, Festivus is just around the corner, Tom & Benyam are back with another big episode of NBA discussion. This week the boys chat about the Portland Trail Blazers & Damian Lillard’s clutch performances vs Detroit & Cleveland, if it’s a concern for the San Antonio Spurs that they don’t have a ‘statement win’, trade rumors surroundings Zach Randolph, Pau Gasol & Carmelo Anthony, Derrick Rose’s thoughts on whether the Chicago Bulls should make any moves, Iso Joe Johnson, ‘Efficient Rudy Gay’ & more!
Today, Tom & Benyam are joined by #BTHype’s US Correspondent Jamieson Welsh to chat about the biggest surprises from the NBA season so far. The boys break down the hot start from the Portland Trailblazers off the back of the MVP ‘conversation’ calibre year from LaMarcus Aldridge. Furthermore, the boys chat about the Phoenix Suns becoming Playoff contenders, the Oklahoma City Thunder’s bench play, Monta Ellis, the weak East, Brad Stevens’ Celtics leading the Atlantic Division, Michael Carter-Williams & Matthew Dellavedova.
On today’s episode of #BTHype, Tom & Benyam wrap up all the major news over the last week in the NBA. The boys chat about the Pacers v Heat rivalry, how the Pacers will look when Danny Granger returns, Adam Silver considering getting rid of Divisions, the Bobcats improvement, Kevin Durant & Russell Westbrook’s altercation with a fan in Atlanta, Stephen Jackson signing with the Clippers, the Knicks coaching rumors, Dwight Howard’s sugar habit, Andrew Bogut’s love advice & more! This weeks All NBA Five is an NBA Action News Team.
Today on Believe The Hype, with both the Knicks & the Nets struggling, Tom & Benyam chat about what’s wrong in New York City & break down who’s in a worse position & what exactly each team could do to get their seasons back on track. HINT: Not much. Furthermore, the boys chat about Kobe Bryant’s return to the Lakers, the trade sending Rudy Gay to the Sacramento Kings, Kyrie Irving’s future in Cleveland, Kyle Korver & Jimmer Fredette’s Christmas lights.
On today’s episode of #BTHype, Tom & Benyam break down all the big news from the last week in the NBA including Jason Kidd’s ‘cola drop’, the surging Oklahoma City Thunder off the back of a big week from Kevin Durant & Russell Westbrook, the resurgance of Texas NBA rivalries, Chris Paul’s leadership & the impact of J.J Redick’s injury on the Clippers. Furthermore, the boys reach into the monthly mailbag, cue a confession, talk rats in locker-rooms & more!
It’s been a big week in the NBA & on today’s episode, Tom & Benyam chat about all the big stories from the league this week. The boys discuss Derrick Rose’s injury & what that means for the Bulls, Kobe Bryant’s 2 year $48.5m contract extension with the Lakers & Derrick Williams being traded to the Sacramento Kings. Furthermore, the boys chat about Rudy Gay banning stats in the Raptors locker-room, Amare Stoudemire banning Monday Night Football from the Knicks locker-room, Andrew Bogut, Charlotte Hornets, Skincare Secrets of Roy Hibbert, DeMarcus Cousins, John Wall & more!
On today’s episode, Tom & Benyam are joined by Dakota Schmidt of SB Nation’s D-League blog Ridiculous Upside & SI’s Behind the Buck Pass to chat about some of the top D-League prospects for this upcoming season including Malcom Thomas, Jarvis Varnado, DeAndre Liggins, Chris Douglas-Roberts, Devin Ebanks & Thanasis Antetokounmpo. Whilst chatting about the D-League, the boys also discuss the future of the D-League as an option for High School players over college & more. Furthermore, the boys chat about the Milwaukee Bucks slow start to the season under new coach Larry Drew, Giannis Antetokounmpo & Nate Wolters’ potential, the Bucks new aquisitions of OJ Mayo, Caron Butler & Brandon Knight & much much more…
Zach Harper from CBS Sports’ Eye On Basketball blog & podcast comes on the show today to chat about the Minnesota Timberwolves’ great start to the season. The boys break down how the Wolves’ new pieces have been fitting into their rotation, Ricky Rubio’s defence, Kevin Love’s MVP form, how Shabazz Muhammad & Derrick Williams may fit into the teams’ future plans & overall, the future of the franchise. Furthermore, the boys chat about the Brooklyn Nets’ slow start, the San Antonio Spurs hot start, the potential for rappers to join NBA teams on a 1 week contract, Vegemite & more!
Today, Tom & Benyam discuss the recent ‘players only’ team meetings that have happened in the Cavs, Wizards, Knicks & Nets locker rooms & discuss what may have been said & how important these meetings are. Furthermore, the boys chat about Steve Adams’ ‘hate’ for Australia, Chris Paul’s double-double streak, Lamar Odom, Trey Burke, 30 games in 30 nights, Home Improvement board games & more!
Tas Melas from NBATV’s The Starters joins us today on the show talk through some of the major talking points around the NBA at the moment. The boys discuss some of the recent trade rumors including Omar Asik, Kenneth Faried, Iman Shumpert, Derrick Williams & Evan Turner, the Cavaliers slow start, the Trailblazers 7-2 start to the season, some of the more underrated signings of the offseason including Corey Brewer, DeJuan Blair, Andrea Bargnani & Marco Belinelli plus who some of the early season MVP candidates are including Kevin Love, Paul George & Kevin Durant & much much more…
On today’s episode, Tom & Benyam discuss Nick “Swaggy P” Young & Iggy Azelea’s relationship, the first ever match-up between Kyrie Irving & Derrick Rose, Steve Nash’s injury problems, LeBron James’ comments about the Miami Heat’s defense so far this season, Anthony Davis’ great start to the season, Russell Westbrook’s new underwear deal & the first meeting between Andrew Wiggins & Jabari Parker. Furthermore, the boys All NBA Five this week is; recasting Seinfeld with NBA Players.
Today on #believethehype, Tom & Benyam chat about the sluggish start to the season for Derrick Rose & the Chicago Bulls, discuss what’s wrong with the team & chat about if the team had been overhyped heading into this season. Furthermore, the boys talk about what Rookies have been outstanding, surprised & disappointed, the new Christmas Day sleeved jerseys & play the new hit gameshow – “Tanking, or just really bad.”
On today’s show, Beynam & Tom discuss all the big talking points from the first week of the NBA season including Russell Westbrook’s return, Paul George & the Indiana Pacers fast start, the Dallas Mavericks – contenders or pretenders?, Pau Gasol, the Denver Nuggets’ slow start & the curious case of Kendall Marshall. Furthermore, this week sees the return of Player/Rookie of the week, Into the Toolshed, Tweet of the Week & this weeks All NBA Five is “Players who should have menu items named after them at the Manila NBA Cafe.
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On today’s show, Dan Devine from Yahoo! Sports’ Ball Don’t Lie comes back on the show to discuss the major storylines from the opening days of the NBA season. The boys discuss the creepy unveiling of the New Pelicans mascot Pierre, the Michael Carter-Williams’ classic NBA debut in the 76ers big win of the Miami Heat, Andrew Bynum’s return in Cleveland, the Lakers upset win over the Clippers, Derrick Rose & Kevin Love’s post-injury form, Kevin Durant entering Super Fun scoring mode for the next two weeks & much much more…
The NBA 2013/14 season is only days away! On today’s exciting episode, Tom & Benyam preview the exciting season ahead. The boys put together their predictions for who’s going to make the Playoffs in both the Eastern & Western Conferences, discuss who the award favourites are going to be for Most Valuable Player, Most Improved, Rookie of the Year, 6th Man of the Year, Defensive Player of the Year plus chat about players that may make “the leap” & who’s in line for the scoring title. Furthermore, the boys answer some great listener questions about the season ahead.
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Today, Tom & Benyam catch up with NBA Asia’s Senior Director of Marketing Communications, Sheila Rasu to chat about the amazing growth that the NBA & basketball has seen in Asia over the last few decades. Specifically, the boys & Sheila chat about the NBA’s success & challenges, growth in major markets such as China & Philippeans, importance of mid-level regions such as Japan, Australia, India & South East Asia & NBA initiatives such as NBA 3X, Jr. NBA, NBA Cares & Basketball Without Borders. Furthermore, Shiela speaks about the importance of the Australian market & hints at future developments & initiatives that could find their way ‘Down Under’.
On today’s episode of #believethehype, Tom & Benyam catch up with US Correspondent Jamieson Welsh fresh out of the Nuggets v Clippers pre-season game in Mandalay Bay. The boys chat about the game, Chris Paul’s 40 point outburst & how both of the teams are looking heading into the season, that’s now only a week & a half away. Also, the boys chat about the Clippers sleeve jersey, #NBARank & the words exchanged between LeBron James & Kevin Garnett/Paul Pierce in the media over the past week.
Furthermore, whilst at the Clippers/Nuggets game, Jamieson catches up with Nate Robinson & Jordan Hamilton. Those interviews also appear in the show.
Today, Tom & Benyam catch up with NBA rookie Matthew Dellavedova who’s currently trying to lock down the 3rd Point Guard spot with the Cleveland Cavaliers. The boys chat to Delly about his experiences with the team so far in Summer League, training camp & pre-season, working under Mike Brown, what he’s learning off Kyrie Irving & Jarrett Jack, Cavs rookie hazing, Anthony Bennett’s development, how he’s been keeping in touch with the other Australian’s in the NBA & more…
Today on the show, Tom & Benyam are joined by #believethehype’s US Correspondent Jamieson Welsh who attended yesterday’s pre-season game between the Sacramento Kings & the Los Angeles Lakers. The boys briefly chat about the game, talk about how both the Kings & Lakers are looking heading into the new season & what we could expect from both of these teams moving forward. Furthermore, the boys chat about the NBA’s first pre-season game in the Philippines between the Houston Rockets & the Indiana Pacers, Jeremy Lin, Patrick Beverley, Dwight Howard & more!
Furthermore, whilst at the Kings/Lakers game Jamieson catches up with Steve Blake, Brandon Heath, DeMarcus Cousins & Jimmer Fredette. Those interviews appear in the show.
On today’s show, Tom & Benyam are joined by #believethehype’s US Correspondent & theopnation.com writer Jamieson Welsh & Starting5online.com’s Nick Metallinos to discuss the first 10 years of the careers of Michael Jordan & LeBron James & debate who’s career was better at that point & what LeBron James has to do coming into the 2nd half of his career to become the G.O.A.T.
Today, Ben Swanson from SBNation’s Charlotte Bobcats blog Rufus on Fire joins Tom & Benyam to have a chat about the Charlotte Bobcats upcoming season. The boys chat about the roster changes that they’ve made, Steve Clifford coming in as head coach, the impact Al Jefferson will make to the team, plus what to expect this season from Kemba Walker & the young core. Furthermore, the boys chat about Jalen Rose’s comments that Michael Jordan may return to play with the ‘Cats for a game, the namechange back to the Hornets & in paying respect to the final season of the team being called the Bobcats, Ben gives his alltime Bobcats starting five.
Today, Alex Kennedy from USA Today’s HOOPSWORLD joins Tom & Benyam as #believethehype continues their Off Season breakdowns by discussing the movements of the Southeast Division. The boys chat about if Charlotte Bobcats have improved with the addition of Al Jefferson & what to expect from Cody Zeller, whether John Wall can live up to the faith that the Washington Wizards gave him by extending him with a max deal, the positive direction that the Orlando Magic are heading in, the personnel improvements made by the Atlanta Hawks & the roster tweaks made by the Miami Heat. All this plus the Kevin Durant Dwyane Wade feud & much much more.
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This week, Tom & Benyam sit down & do their annual “Rank ‘Em Boys” lists where they each rank the top 5 players in each position & then agree on a set #believethehype Top 5. Also, the boys chat about Paul George’s potential $90m over 5 years contract extension with the Indiana Pacers, Shaqramento, the news that the NBA may have the Heat & Nets trail nicknames on jerseys for a game this season, Tony Parker’s workload after France’s Eurobasket win, Parks & Recreation, Breaking Bad & much much more…
Today Matt Moore from CBS Sports joins Tom & Benyam to discuss the off-season moves from the Southwest Division. With the Division arguably making more noise this off-season than any other, there so many talking points to discuss including what to expect from the Rockets be now that they have Dwight Howard, which Rocket is comparable to a Ninja Turtle, if Rick Carlisle can find a way to make Monta Ellis a reliable 2nd option, can the Pelicans scare & contend for a Playoffs spot, will the small tweaks that the Grizzlies made help them improve next season & can the Spurs contend again or will this be the year that we start to see a decline out of them?
Today on #believethehype, Tom & Benyam catch up to discuss Michael Beasley signing with the Miami Heat… A week after Leigh Ellis sort-of predicted it. The boys discuss what this means for the team & how the Heat bench has improved over this offseason. Furthermore, the boys chat about Derrick Rose’s return & if the Bulls are worthy of the ‘contender’ tag, Gary Payton saying that 90′s point guards are better than the current point guard crop, JR Smith, Rajon Rondo, Dennis Rodman’s continued love affair with North Korea & more!
Leigh Ellis from The Basketball Jones comes back on the show to chat with Tom & Benyam about the Toronto Raptors off-season moves & how the season’s shaping for the Raps next year. Furthermore, the boys chat about who are some contenders for the Most Improved Player award & throw down a challenge to the listeners to help pull together a bet. Also, the boys discuss Michael Beasley, Dante Exum plus in the wake of the #FrancoRoast, the boys chat about what NBA players they’d like to see roasted!
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On today’s episode, Tom & Benyam are joined by a true Australian basketball pioneer, Carl Rodwell. Carl was the first ever Australian NBA Draft Pick after being taken by the Atlanta Hawks in the 20th Round (217th Overall). Carl tells the tale of his basketball life, starting out as a boy in country New South Wales playing for Cowra High School, representing the National Team at the Olympic Games, playing college basketball at UC Riverside, trying out for the Atlanta Hawks & more.
Today, Jabari Davis from HOOPSWORLD & The OpinioNation joins Tom & Benyam to chat about what NBA Superstars are currently “on the clock” to solidify their legacies from going from a good NBA player to a great NBA player. Furthermore, the boys chat about the trade that sent Caron Butler to the Milwaukee Bucks, the retirement of Tracy McGrady, Fab Melo, The Laker Bro’s & the boys get all emotional about Tony Parker’s retirement from the rap game.
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This week, Tom & Benyam are joined by Lead Editor of SBNation’s Silver Screen & Roll blog, Drew Garrison for a chat about the off-season so far from the NBA’s two Los Angeles franchises, the Lakers & the Clippers. The boys chat about Doc Rivers & the new player personnel coming into Clip City & whether or not this makes the Clippers legitimate title contenders. Plus, on the other side of Staples Center, they discuss the new Lakers signings, should the Lakers tank or make a run at the Playoffs. Furthermore, the boys discuss Allen Iverson’s retirement, Breaking Bad, Robert Sacre’s bench celebrations, Swaggy P & much much more…
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Today on #believethehype, Tom & Benyam chat about the Rookie Transition Program & after Shabazz Muhammad was sent home for having a female guest in his hotel room, the boys discuss how the NBA can turn this negative into a positive & suggest some other potential courses that NBA rookies should be taken through during the program. Further to this, the boys chat about the 76ers hiring of Brett Brown as their head coach, Beno Udrih & Greg Oden. Also, the boys chat about the current FIBA news with the Asia World Cup qualifying now over & the upcoming Oceania Series. Benyam, who’s been at Boomers camp over the last week, chats about how the Aussies are shaping up including the development of future potential NBA lottery picks Dante Exum & Ben Simmons. Plus, Into The Toolshed & Tweet of the Week!
On today’s episode, Tom & Benyam are joined by Dan Devine from Yahoo! Sports’ ‘Ball Don’t Lie’ to have a chat about the off-season moves so far from the two New York teams, the Knicks & the Brooklyn Nets. The guys discuss each addition to the rosters & predict how this will help/hurt both franchises moving forward. Furthermore, in Episode 77, Tom, Benyam & Dan decided that they’d be open to investing in Jay-Z’s 0.07% stake in the Brooklyn Nets, today, the guys give an update on where this is at.
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Today Leigh Ellis from The Basketball Jones joins Tom & Benyam to have a chat about the weeks big NBA moves including the Milwaukee Bucks & Detroit Pistons Brandon Jennings & Brandon Knight swap, the Indiana Pacers & Phoenix Suns Luis ‘Coca’ Scola & Gerald Green trade & what it means for those teams moving forward. Furthermore, the boys discuss Nate Robinson signing with the Denver Nuggets, John Wall’s extension, what other 2010 Draftees deserve extensions & the 76ers coaching saga. Also, after Steve Nash had a tryout with Inter Milan this week, the boys pull together their NBA Wednesday Night Social League Indoor Soccer Teams to be built around Nash. Plus Leigh tells a great Steve Nash story & takes over Tom’s role by delivering a great Tweet of the Week!
Follow Leigh on twitter: @LeighEllis
This week on #believethehype, Tom & Benyam take a break from the NBA news & are joined by Samir Mane to review & discuss the movie career of Shaquille O’Neal. The boys break down Shaq’s 3 ‘blockbuster’ films – Blue Chips (1994), Kazaam (1996) & Steel (1997) & talk through everything from the borderline plot-lines, supporting cast & the great ‘Shaq’ moments from the films.
Follow Samir on twitter @SamirMane.
On today’s episode, Tom & Benyam catch up with #believethehype USA Correspondent Jamieson Welsh in Vegas to discuss the last week at Summer League. The boys chat about who’s played well, who’s surprised & some players that may be in-line for finding themselves a home on an NBA roster next season. Furthermore, Jamieson catches up with some of the players cutting around Vegas & interviews Aron Baynes, Matthew Dellavedova, Dion Waiters, Isaiah Thomas, Jordan Hamilton, Brandon Davies & Kings head-coach Mike Malone. Also – Tom has a bone to pick with Kent Bazemore.
Today on the show, Tom & Benyam are joined by #believethehype’s new US Correspondent Jamieson Welsh from Summer League in Las Vegas. The boys discuss the opening two days of the Tourney, who’s surprised so far & have a look at the outlook of the weekend. Also, the boys touch on the last week of Free Agency including: The Lakers signing Nick ‘Swaggy P’ Young & amnestying Metta World Peace, the Mavericks signing Monta Ellis, The Cavs big week in signing Jarrett Jack & Andrew Bynum & also, the Brooklyn Nets picking up Andrei Kirilenko.
Furthermore, Jamieson catches up with some of the players cutting around Vegas & interviews them about their time at Summer League. Guys appearing on the show include Jarrett Jack, Matthew Dellavedova, Malcom Thomas & Andrew Goudelock.
This week on #believethehype, Tom & Benyam break down all the major Free Agency moves from the opening week of the period including Dwight Howard’s decision to leave the Los Angeles Lakers for the not-as bright lights of Houston to team up with fellow All-Star James Harden & the Rockets. Further to this, the boys break down the rest of the major moves from the week plus chat about other guys who could find themselves in new homes – Free Agents Andrew Bynum, Nate Robinson & Celtics star Rajon Rondo who could find himself traded out of Boston. All this plus Tweet of the Week, Into The Toolshed & a bit too much chat about Gary Hall Jr…
Today on #believethehype, Tom & Benyam look back on yesterday’s action packed & hectic NBA Draft Day. The boys recap the first 10 picks & the major trades from the day plus discuss who were the big winners & losers from the day. Furthermore, the boys look into the big free-agency period ahead & chat about major Free Agents such as Dwight Howard, Chris Paul, Andre Igoudala & Josh Smith to see where they may be going. All this plus another episode of Law & Order: Gilbert Arenas Unit, Andrew Bogut’s rookie hazing & much much more…
#believethehype’s reached the 100 milestone!
Today, to celebrate #believethehype’s 100th Episode, Tom & Benyam look back on the last 100 shows & give the listeners some feedback into how the show got started & a behind-the-scenes look at what’s happend over the last 2 NBA Seasons, including some never before heard stories & events from the #TexasTour, stupid predictions, favourite moments & much much more. Plus, the boys receive some messages from listeners & also answer some of their questions.
We’d like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who’s listened to us over the last 100 shows! If you’ve been there from Episode 1 or only got onto us last week it doesn’t matter… We thank you for listening & supporting us. If it wasn’t for you, we wouldn’t be doing this.
The Miami Heat are the 2013 NBA Champions! On today’s episode Tom & Benyam re-cap an amazing Game 7 where the Heat defeated the San Antonio Spurs 95-88 off the back of an amazing performance by NBA Finals MVP LeBron James where he finished with 37pts & 12rbs to capture the Heat’s 2nd Championship in a row & the 3rd for the franchise. Furthermore, the boys discuss what’s next for the San Antonio Spurs, ‘Three’ Wade, wrap-up Bench Watch & break down all the antics from the Miami Heat’s after-party at Story Nightclub.
After an amazing Game 6 of the NBA Finals where the Miami Heat defeated the San Antonio Spurs 103-100 in a nail biting over-time game, today, Tom & Benyam break down all aspects of the game including the back & forth throughout the 1st half, the San Antonio Spurs taking control of the game in the 3rd Quarter, LeBron James’ inspiring 4th Quarter comeback campaign, Ray Allen’s game-tier at the end of regulation & then Chris Bosh’s massive plays on the defensive end in Overtime. This game had it all. Furthermore, the boys preview an exciting Game 7 match-up & discuss what both teams have to do to back up on thursday night. Also, the boys break down the best moves from the bench in Bench Watch.
Today’s episode of #believethehype NBA Podcast, Tom & Benyam break down the San Antonio Spurs 114-104 NBA Finals Game 5 victory over the Miami Heat to take a 3-2 series lead. The boys chat about the clinical performance by the Spurs including massive games from Manu Ginobili who was starting his first game of the season, Danny Green’s huge game from beyond the arc where he broke Ray Allen’s record for the most amount of 3pt shots made in an NBA Finals series & what went wrong for the Miami heat including LeBron James’ 4th Quarter struggles. Furthermore, the boys break down the ‘game within the game’ in Bench Watch where we discuss the best towel waves, towel pumps, bum taps, high fives & backseat coaching from the bench of each team. Finally, the boys preview what’s to come in Game 6 & what to expect from both teams when the series returns to Miami.
On today’s #believethehype NBA Finals episode, Tom & Benyam break down Game 4 of the NBA Finals where LeBron James, Dwyane Wade & Chris Bosh all stepped up & lead the Miami Heat to a 109-93 victory over the San Antonio Spurs to square the series at 2-2. The boys chat about the performance of the Heat’s ‘big 3′, the Spurs not finding their rhythm on offense, the Heat’s small ball adjustments, Tony Parker’s injury & more. Furthermore, the boys preview sunday’s Game 5 & chat about what the Spurs have to do to counter the resurgence of the Heat’s stars. Plus, also, another NBA Finals edition of ‘Bench Watch’, where we break down the best from the sideline cheering & support including Juwan Howard’s big game that will forever be known as Juwanji.
Today on #believethehype, Benyam & Tom break down Game 3 of the NBA Finals where the San Antonio Spurs defeated the Miami Heat 113-77 to take a 2-1 lead in the series. The boys discuss the amazing performances by Gary Neal & Danny Green, Kawhi Leonard’s defence on LeBron James, Tony Parker’s injury, the Heat’s questionable defensive assignments, Mike Miller’s shooting display, Tracy McGrady & Patty Mills’ garbage time performances & much more… Furthermore, the boys preview Game 4 & discuss what the Heat have to do to come back in the series & should the Spurs be worried about Parker’s injury. Finally, of course it wouldn’t be an NBA Finals episode without Bench Watch! breaking down all of the towel waving & high-fiving action from on the bench.
Today on #believethehype, Benyam & Tom discuss the Miami Heat’s 103-84 victory over the San Antonio Spurs in Game 2 of the NBA Finals. The boys chat about the emergence of Mario Chalmers, Udonis Haslem’s defense, LeBron James’ ability to get his team-mates involved despite his poor shooting throughout the first 3 quarters, “That Block”, Danny Green’s hot eye from outside, Manu/Duncan/Parker’s struggles & more. Furthermore, the boys break down the towel waving & high-fives in “Bench Watch” & try to decypher Metta World Peace’s tweets comparing the Miami Heat to a hamburger…
On today’s episode of #believethehype, Benyam & Tom break down Game 1 of the NBA Finals where the San Antonio Spurs defeated the Miami Heat 92-88 on the road. The boys chat about everything from Tony Parker’s amazing game & clutch finish through to LeBron James’ triple double. Furthermore, the boys preview Game 2 on Sunday & discuss what the Miami Heat have to do to get 1 back on the Spurs & tie the series. Also, the boys debut their new NBA Finals segment – Bench Watch.
On a special episode today, Tom & Benyam catch up with Golden State Warriors star Andrew Bogut for a chat about last years successful season which saw Andrew come back from a horror run of injuries to help the Warriors make it to the Western Conference Semi Finals. Furthermore, the boys ask Andrew about – the success of his team-mates Steph Curry & David Lee, rookie hazing, his move to California from Milwaukee, off-season plans, leadership & Mark Jackson.
You can follow Andrew on twitter at @andrewbogut.
The NBA Finals are here! On today’s episode of #believethehype, Tom & Benyam preview the upcoming 2 weeks where either the San Antonio Spurs or the defending champions Miami Heat will etch their names in history as the 2013 NBA Champions. The boys chat about the major match-ups in the series & the big storylines that will come out this week including LeBron’s redemption seeking mission to defeat the team that beat him in his first Finals appearance in 2007, what players will need to step up for the series, Patty Mills & Aron Baynes’ towel waving & much much more…
Today, Tom & Benyam are joined by Jabari Davis from The OpinioNation to break down the Indiana Pacers 91-77 victory over the Miami Heat to force a deciding Game 7 & a ‘winner takes all’ situation for a spot in the NBA Finals. The boys discuss Paul George’s development, Roy Hibbert’s big performance on the court & poor performance in the press-room & does LeBron James need more help from Dwyane Wade & Chris Bosh? Furthermore, the boys chat about Grant Hill’s retirement & Jabari touches on some of his thoughts on the Lakers off-season moves. Finally, before recording commenced, Jabari had just been followed by Kobe Bryant on twitter & mid-recording Tom finds the same surprise in his twitter account & gives his reaction LIVE on the air…
On today’s episode of #believethehype, Tom & Benyam wrap-up the Spurs 4-0 sweep of the Memphis Grizzlies in the Western Conference Finals, how will the Spurs approach the 10 days rest before the NBA Finals? Plus, what does this loss mean for the Grizzlies moving forward? Furthermore, out in the East, the boys break-down the 2-2 series between the Pacers & Heat touching on Game 3 & 4 plus discussing the impact of Roy Hibbert, LeBron James’s post game & more. Also, the boys discuss whether or not Dwyane Wade is a dirty player.
On today’s episode of #believethehype, Tom & Benyam get stuck into the Conference Finals. In the West, San Antonio are up 3-0 over Memphis & on the verge of sealing another berth in the NBA Finals. In the East, LeBron James & the Miami Heat are stuck in a 1-1 barfight with the Indiana Pacers. The boys break down the games so far & talk about what to expect from the series’ over the next few games. Furthermore, the boys also chat about the All NBA Teams & potential landing spots for Free Agent Dwight Howard.
On today’s show, Tom & Benyam are joined by Cleveland Cavaliers play-by-play announcer Fred McLeod to discuss the current situation in Cav-land after a massive week for the franchise with winning the NBA Draft Lottery. Tom, Benyam & Fred discuss the future of the franchise including what the Cavs may look at doing with the #1 Pick, the development of Kyrie Irving & the Cavs young core of Tristan Thompson & Dion Waiters, the hiring of Mike Brown & much more.
You can follow Fred on twitter at @CavsFredMcLeod
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On today’s episode of #believethehype, Tom & Benyam preview the NBA Conference Finals series between the Heat/Pacers in the East & the Spurs/Grizzlies in the West. The boys look at everything from key match-ups, players who’ll need to step up & give their predictions for how the series will go down.
Today on another Playoffs edition of #believethehype, Tom & Benyam open up by discussing the most important news from today – Towelgate & the potential repercussions that this could have for the Grizzlies team moving forward… On a more serious note, the boys chat about the two series that finished today in Memphis v Oklahoma City & Miami v Chicago. Furthermore, they look ahead to the final games of the San Antonio v Golden State & ndiana v New York series… Furthermore, the boys chat about Sacramento/Seattle, George Maloof trapped in a closet, Nate Robinson plus ‘what’s next’ for both the Thunder & Bulls.
On today’s episode of #believethehype, Tom & Benyam marvel Roy Hibbert’s amazing performance in Game 3 of the Pacers v Knicks series. Furthermore, the boys discuss all the game 3′s from the 4 Conference Semi Finals series over the last couple of nights & discuss the amazing performances by not only Hibbert, but also Chris Bosh, Marc Gasol & Tony Parker. Furthermore, the boys discuss the LeBron James v Nazr Mohammed incedent & if that’s why LeBron James is walking around Chicago with a police escort…
Today, Tom & Benyam wrap up the opening 2 games from each of the NBA Conference Semi Finals series with all 4 contests tied up at 1-1 & therefore each team has won one… All series have been close & the boys discuss who’ve been the standout players & moments from the series including Joakim Noah, Steph Curry, Mike Conley & Kevin Durant. Furthermore, the boys discuss – Lion King, carney fans in expensive seats, NBA players who should have high tops, Bryant Reeves, obscure NBA jerseys & much much more.
Today, Tom & Benyam preview the NBA Conference Semi-Finals series including the highly anticipated return of the Knicks/Pacers rivalry from the 1990′s. The boys also discuss the other 3 series – Heat v Bulls, Thunder v Grizzlies & Spurs v Warriors. Furthermore, the boys discuss what each team has to do to win the series plus give their predictions into the outcome of all the series. Also, Benyam discusses what the itinerary would be if he was given the opportunity to spend a week in Las Vegas with Andrew Bynum.
Today on #believethehype, Tom & Benyam catch up to discuss the Playoffs to date including the amazing emergence of the Golden State Warriors as a legitimate force in the Western Conference. The boys cover off all series & give their predictions for who will join the San Antonio Spurs & the Miami Heat in the Conference Semi-Finals & why. Furthermore, Tom & Benyam take some time to chat about Jason Collins becoming the first openly gay player in the NBA & how this will have a positive effect for social change moving forward. Also, after the Lakers were eliminated, Tom jumps back on an old bandwagon…
The results are in hoops fans! After Tom, Benyam & Jabari Davis unveiled the nominations for the #believethehype NBA Awards in Episode 78 & you guys voted for them over the past two weeks, the results have been tallied & on today’s episode, Tom & Benyam announce the winners to all the NBA Awards as voted by YOU – the listener. The winners are announced 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, 12th Man of the Year & the coveted Gee-Up of the Year.
Today Leigh Ellis from The Basketball Jones joins Tom & Benyam as the preview the first round Playoff matchups & some of the interesting storylines that we could see over the coming weeks including – Will montaellahaveitall to be able to stay with the Miami Heat? Can the Lakers surprise the Spurs? Do the Celtics have one last run in them against the Knicks? How will James Harden’s Rockets perform coming up against his former team in OKC & much much more…
On today’s show, Tom & Benyam are joined by Jabari Davis from The Opinionation, Sheridan Hoops & Lakers Nation to 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, 12th Man 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 #believethehype’s awards page & vote for who YOU think should win the Awards with the winners being announced in a few weeks.
You can catch Jabari on twitter at @LA_Sportstalk.
Today Tom & Benyam are joined by Dan Devine from Yahoo! Sports’ Ball Don’t Lie blog to chat about the big questions leading up to the final week of the NBA Regular Season including: The race for the final Playoff spot in the Western Conference, who’s the 2nd best team in the Eastern Conference? Coaches that may be fired at season’s end, who should/will be in the All NBA 1st Team, the beloved art of tanking & much much more. Furthermore, Benyam & Tom throw out their investment pitch to Dan to be joint partners the investment opportunity of the year – Jay-Z’s 0.07% stake in the Brooklyn Nets.
On this weeks #believethehype, Tom & Benyam discuss Carmelo Anthony’s massive week where he dropped 50pts, 41pts & 40pts to lead the Knicks to 11 straight wins. Furthermore, the boys chat about what Danilo Gallinari’s season ending injury means to the Denver Nuggets Playoff chances. Plus, will the Clippers hang a banner in Staples Center, Brittney Griner, Chris Bosh’s 29th Birthday Party & much much more… This weeks All NBA Five is NBA Players that should move to Australia, what would their jobs be?
On today’s episode of #believethehype, in the post-#HeatStreak world, Tom & Benyam come to the conclusion that LeBron James is very good at basketball. Furthermore, the boys discuss the race for the #2 spot in the Eastern Conference after the Knicks recent form & are the Knicks & Pacers legitimate opposition for the Miami Heat. Also the boys chat about Kobe Bryant moving to #4 in the all-time scoring lost, the Mavs Playoff push, the Lakers struggles, Phil Jackson’s twitter game, a self imposed ban on Pablo Prigioni & much much more… This weeks All NBA 5 has an Easter theme – Where would NBA Players hide their Easter eggs in a scavenger hunt.
This week on #believethehype, Tom & Benyam pull out their Time Travel 2.0 time machine app again & travel back in time to the infamous month of July 2010 & re-live “The Decision” & the effect that LeBron James moving to Miami could have on the NBA & the future of the league. Furthermore the boys discuss, the future of the New York Knicks & Cleveland Cavaliers, Are the Lakers still favourites to three-peat, John Wall v Evan Turner & much much more. This weeks All NBA 5 is Sex & the City characters.
This weeks #believethehype, Tom & Benyam discuss whether or not the Chicago Bulls should bring back Derrick Rose this season, if he’s fit how does he fit into the team & how his potential return effects their Playoff chances. Furthermore, the boys chat about the Denver Nuggets & Miami Heat’s hot streaks, the New York Knicks slump, the new look Summer League format, Steph Curry hating on adidas, The Leisure Machine Larry Sanders, Pablo Prigioni & much much more. Plus the boys reach into the monthly mailbag to give their expert advice to the NBA’s elite.
On this weeks episode of #believethehype, Tom & Benyam find a way to work Kwame Brown into just about every topic covered… The boys chat about DeAndre Jordan’s monster dunk on Brandon Knight, the Lakers big week & the amazing performances by Kobe Bryant to get them back above .500 & into the Playoff picture, Amare Stoudemire’s injury & how it effects the Knicks, is Pablo Prigioni the next Jeremy Lin? Lottery bound teams that you don’t want to play in the final month of the season & the NBA’s International pre-season schedule. This weeks All NBA 5 is Characters from The O.C.
After a weeks break at the finish of the #TexasTour, Tom & Benyam are back to discuss the latest NBA action! This week, Benyam’s US trip is still going & the boys chat about his time in New York, the Knicks & Nets games he took in & how the rest of the season is shaping up for basketball in the Big Apple. Furthermore, Benyam chats to Iman Shumpert & Deron Williams about the games, rivalries & more! Plus, Benyam wasn’t the only guy lighting up the Garden this week, the boys also discuss Curry’s record 54pt game. Also, Klay Thompson’s allowance, the Miami Heat’s 12 game winning streak & more. This weeks All NBA Five is players most likely to win an Oscar.
In today’s episode, it’s Day 5 & the final day of the #TexasTour which also means it’s time for the NBA All Star Game! In today’s episode Tom & Benyam break down all the action from the Toyota Center which saw the Western Conference defeat the Eastern Conference 143-138 with Chris Paul taking out MVP honors. Furthermore, Benyam sits down with LeBron James post-game for a chat about the game. Plus, with the #TexasTour now coming to a close, the boys wrap up by having a chat about some of their favourite moments from the tour. From being pulled over by the Highway Patrol through to being stuck in an elevator… So much has happened over the last week!
Day 4 of the #TexasTour & it’s time for NBA All Star Saturday Night! Today Tom & Benyam review all the action from an action packed Saturday Night with the Shooting Stars Challenge, Skills Challenge, 3pt Shootout & Slam Dunk Contest. Furthermore, the boys chat to some of the competitors about their experiences in their respective events. Interviews include: Jrue Holiday, Jeff Teague, Steph Curry, Steve Novak, Gerald Green, James White & Jeremy Evans. In addition to this, Tom & Benyam chat to NBA legend Dikembe Mutombo about his thoughts on judging the Slam Dunk Contest. Furthermore, the boys preview the weekend’s main event – the NBA All Star Game.
Day 3 of the #TexasTour sees the #believethehype SUV arrive in Houston for the final destination: All Star Weekend! Today, Tom & Benyam hit up media day, Hall of Fame press conference & the BBVA Rising Stars Challenge. On today’s episode, the boys review the game & have a chat to Bradley Beal, Brandon Knight, Anthony Davis, and Warriors duo Klay Thompson & Harrison Barnes about their All Star experiences. Furthermore, the boys finish up with a preview of NBA All Star Saturday Night & give their predictions for the Dunk Contest, 3pt Shootout & the Skills Challenge.
Day 2 of the #TexasTour sees Benyam & Tom hit up San Antonio, their final destination on the way to All Star Weekend in Houston. Today, the boys catch up with San Antonio Spurs big-man Aron Baynes & have a chat about his first few weeks in the NBA, his time in Europe, the London Olympics & his experiences on the Australian National Team, his new nickname & much much more…
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Day 2 of the #TexasTour sees Benyam & Tom hit up San Antonio, their final destination on the way to All Star Weekend in Houston. Today, the boys catch up with San Antonio Spurs big-man Aron Baynes & have a chat about his first few weeks in the NBA, his time in Europe, the London Olympics & his experiences on the Australian National Team, his new nickname & much much more…
Today Benyam & Tom are joined by Los Angeles Lakers rookie Robert Sacre. Robert opens up on his experiences in his first NBA Season & what it’s like to play for such a storied franchise in the Lakers with celebrated veterans Kobe Bryant, Steve Nash, Pau Gasol & Dwight Howard. Furthermore, the boys discuss his time growing up in Vancouver, life as a former Grizzlies fan, Vancouver as a potential NBA city & his experiences on the Canadian national team. Furthermore, the boys grill Robert on the hottest questions in hoops – Jay-Z or Kanye, Mighty Ducks or Cool Runnings & Streetfights… The answers may surprise you!
It’s only 1 week away from #believethehype’s Texas Tour to Dallas, San Antonio & Houston for NBA All Star Weekend! So this week, Benyam Kidane & Tom Read chat about the upcoming weekend plus discuss the in’s & outs of the Memphis Grizzlies, Toronto Raptors & Detroit Pistons three way trade that sent Rudy Gay to the Raps, who’s the winners, losers & what to expect from these teams moving forward. Furthermore, the boys discuss the Celtics, NBA Players & Rookies of the week plus the boys break down the rosters for the Rising Stars Challenge & do their own Mock Draft for the game.
This week on #believethehype, Tom Read & Benyam Kidane discuss the NBA All Star Reserves – did the coaches get it right? Who was snubbed? Who should replace Rondo now that he’s injured? Furthermore, the boys chat about the official news that the New Orleans Hornets will be re-named the Pelicans starting next season, Australia Day shout-outs to Aron Baynes & ‘Aussie’ Kyrie Irving, The Washington Wizards fine form of late & the Memphis Grizzlies/Cleveland Cavs trade & what this could mean to Rudy Gay. Plus, in the Monthly Mailbag, the boys are asked questions by Steph Curry, Josh Smith, Dikembe Mutombo, Gerald Green & Charles Barkley.
Today Benyam & Tom are joined by former NBA All-Rookie 2nd Team member & current star for the Melbourne Tigers in Australia’s National Basketball League Jonny Flynn for a chat. Jonny & the boys talk about his time in the NBA, his thoughts on Australia, Melbourne & the level of competition Down Under, his time at Syracuse under Jim Boeheim, representing the United States at the U19 World Championship & much much more… Plus Jonny answers the questions some quick questions that we all want to hear… Including everyone’s favourite topic, Mighty Ducks vs Cool Runnings.
On today’s Podcast, Tom & Benyam are celebrating JaVale McGee’s birthday by giving you an action packed episode of NBA analysis & gee-ups. The boys give their opinions on the NBA All Star starting lineups plus discuss who should be locks on the bench & who some potential All Star snubs may be. Furthermore they chat about LeBron James’ 20,000th point milestone & the trade status of JJ Redick & Eric Gordon. All the regular segments are back: Rookie/Player of the Week, Into the Toolshead, Tweet of the Week. Plus this weeks All NBA Five topic is what players should change their names.
Today Tom caught up with Detroit Pistons star Greg Monroe as a part of a teleconference for next weeks NBA London Live game at the O2 in London between the Pistons & the New York Knicks & spoke with him about various aspects of his season to date. Tom & Benyam also discuss the upcoming event & the great initiatives that NBA Europe have been putting together to help grow the game Internationally. Furthermore, after a massive week in the NBA, the boys discuss the speculation surrounding the Sacramento Kings sale & relocation to Seattle, Carmelo Anthony’s altercation & retaliation with Kevin Garnett, trade rumors surrounding Rudy Gay & DeMarcus Cousins, Steve Nash’s 10,000 assist milestone, Aussie Aron Baynes’ impending move to the San Antonio Spurs & much much more. This weeks All NBA Five topic is Professional Wrestling.
Today’s episode of #believethehype, Benyam & Tom are joined by Jabari Davis from theopinionation.com & lakersnation.com to discuss the ongoing problems & struggle of the 15-17 Los Angeles Lakers. This season so far hasn’t gone anywhere near as planned for the team that many were expecting should cruise through the West. The boys discuss why this is the case & what has to be done. Furthermore, Benyam, Tom & Jabari play a game called “Fix the Franchise” where they are all given universal control of the Los Angeles Lakers & put forward their pitch on what they would do to ensure that the Lakers win the title in the next two seasons.
On the final #believethehype NBA Podcast of 2012, Tom & Benyam discuss the development of Kyrie Irving over his first two seasons in the NBA. Is he one of the best PGs in the NBA right now? Can he hold a franchise on his back? Furthermore, the boys briefly wrap up the Christmas day games, discuss the Avery Johnson firing & what’s next for Brooklyn & also give props to the league leading Los Angeles Clippers. This weeks All NBA Five is New Years parties that NBA Players will be hosting.
Merry Christmas from us at #believethehype! On today’s Christmas special, Benyam & Tom preview the marquee NBA Christmas Day matchups of Celticsv Nets, Knicks v Lakers, Thunder v Heat, Rockets v Bulls & Nuggets v Clippers. Plus, the boys discuss what some teams may want for Christmas this year… Furthermore, Tweet of the Week, Into the Toolshed & this weeks All NBA Five is “Santas Little Helpers” – NBA Players that could use their unique skillset to help Santa deliver his presents on time.
This week’s episode of #believethehype was a LIVE Video Episode! We are 1/4 through the NBA Season so Tom & Benyam sit down together to talk through what we’ve seen & what’s to come. The boys touch on: The Rookies – who’s been good, who’s disappointed? Most Improved Players, The MVP race & what teams are contenders & who are pretenders… Furthermore, the boys get Australia’s first ever “Le Tony Burger” from Quick in France & are put up to a challenge by the viewers to have to eat it… you’ll have to see it to believe it!
**PLEASE NOTE, THE FIRST 30SECS OF THE EPISODE DID NOT RECORD**
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On today’s episode of #believethehype, Benyam & Tom discuss the New York Knicks continued winning ways, even with their star player Carmelo Anthony sidelined throughout the week with a lacerated finger. Furthermore, the boys give props to Kobe Bryant for his 30K milestone, chat about the Thunder’s form & players who could be on the trading block. Plus the boys reach into the Mailbag to answer questions that NBA Players have sent into them over the last few weeks…
This weeks episode of #believethehype, Tom & Benyam discuss the San Antonio Spurs $250K fine for resting their star players, Pau Gasol & his future at the Lakers, Rajon Rondo’s suspension, The New Orleans Pelicans, Wizardmania, Harden’s return to OKC & much much more… This weeks All NBA Five has a Sesame Street feel to it.
This weeks episode of #believethehype, “The Great Thowback Race” is heating up… Tom & Benyam update on where they are at in their race to find either Glenn Robinson or Kenny Walker. Plus the guys chat about the hot topics from the past week in the NBA including the return of Kevin Love, the surprising Bobcats & Andrew Bynum’s injury troubles. This weeks All NBA Five is inspired by the new computer game “Dikembe Mutombo’s got 4 1/2 Weeks To Save The World as Tom & Benyam try to help Mutombo by pulling together a crack team for him.
On this episode of #believethehype, Benyam & Tom chat about Andrew Bynum’s suspect “bowling” injury, the Memphis Grizzlies & New York Knicks’ winning start to the season, whether or not the Heat are better without Dwyane Wade, Josh Howard & Shaun Livingston’s NBA comebacks & much much more. The boys also update us after week 1 of “The Great Throwback Race” & this weeks All NBA Five is “White Collar Jobs”.
On today’s #believethehype Tom & Benyam launch a new segment “The Great Throwback Race” where the boys are racing each-other to try & grab an interivew with a former NBA Player & are trying to raise money for charity along the way. This week Benyam & Tom announce to each-other who their respective Former-NBAers are going to be… For more info on “The Great Throwback Race” & to donate head to believethehypeNBA.com. Furthermore, the boys discuss the firing of Mike Brown & the hiring of Mike D’Antoni, The New York Knicks & San Antonio Spurs’ start to the season & more… This weeks All NBA Five is “Players who would want to play for the Nuggets now weed’s legal in Denver”.
#believethehype is back to our regularly scheduled weekly show this week with all your favourite segments, Tweet of the Week, All NBA Five, Into the Toolshed & Player/Rookie of the week all returning for the first time this season. This week, Tom & Benyam chat about James Harden & the Rocket’s starting off the season with a bang, The Lakers troubles, the amazing performance by the Knicks in their home opener against Miami & much much more. Keeping in the spirit of the current festive season, this weeks All NBA Five is “Halloween Villans”.
This week, Tom & Benyam sit in the same room together for the first time as they break down everything in their NBA Season Preview Extravaganza Episode! The boys break down all 30 teams, from contenders to pretenders, plus go into some of the big storylines for the season along with awards favourites!
**Please note, unfortunately due to recording issues, the first 2 mins of the broadcast is missing… Basically, we just chatted Harden to Houston, there is more discussion on this later on in the podcast also.**
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Today Tom & Benyam ask the age old question… Who really cares about Pre-Season? Furthermore, the boys chat about some of the major injuries that have occurred so far & how they may effect their teams this season, Players who have surprised so far in the pre-season, the Kobe v Smush feud, LeBron to the Lakers in 2014?, James Harden’s contract situation & the NBA announcing that they are going to enforce the 90sec pre-game rule effectively ending geeing up before the tip. This weeks All NBA Five is Players who should form a Bobsled Team.
Today Tom & Benyam are joined by Sam Meyerkopf from Euroleague Adventures to discuss the incoming batch of exciting European rookies including: Jonas Valanciunas, Alexey Shved, Tornike Shengelia, Mirza Teletovic, Pablo Prigioni, Evan Fournier, Joel Freeland, Nando De Colo & Victor Claver. Sam lets us know what NBA fans should expect from these guys in the upcoming season & their careers moving forward. Follow Sam on twitter at @HoopLikeDrazen & @Euro_Adventures & check out euroleagueadventures.com for more from him.
After a two week hiatus, Tom Read & Benyam Kidane return to discuss the latest news from the NBA including the start of Training Camp, John Wall, the KG v Ray Allen beef & more. Furthermore, the guys break down who the contenders are for this years Most Improved Player Award. This weeks All NBA Five is Players who should use pick-up lines out at clubs & what those lines should be.
On today’s podcast, Tom sat down with Memphis Grizzlies star Rudy Gay at NBA 3X in London to have a chat about various things including the upcoming season, Team USA even the Mighty Ducks… Plus even belt out a quick song for the listeners. Furthermore, Tom & Benyam spoke about Basketball in the United Kingdom, LBJ & KD training together in the off-season & Hakeem Olajuwon’s busy off-season & more.
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Today Tom & Benyam take a minor break away from the NBA to catch up with #believethehype’s favourite European based basketballer AJ Ogilvy after his recent move from Valencia to Brose Baskets in Germany. AJ speaks about his new team & the confusing “Applegate” gee-up from last week & playing in the Euroleague. Furthermore, he gives his pick for the NBA title & also speaks about his former Vanderbilt team-mates John Jenkins, Festus Ezeli & Jeffery Taylor & lets us know what to expect from them in the NBA this season. Finally, the boys & AJ get side tracked & break down the upcoming Fall TV schedule in the United States. Remember to follow AJ on twitter at @AJ_Ogilvy.
This week Benyam & Tom do their own version of ESPN’s #NBARank as they rank the top 5 players in each position in the league & then try & agree on a set #believethehype Top 5. Furthermore, they break down Reggie Miller’s induction into the Basketball Hall of Fame, Derrick Rose’s new investment, Shaq’s potential move to Mexico & Justin Timberlake’s bid to buy in to the Memphis Grizzlies.
After purchasing a time machine App on the iTunes App store, this week Tom & Benyam travel back in time to January 2006 to record a podcast during the week that saw Kobe Bryant score 81 Points in a game over the Toronto Raptors. Furthermore, the boys discuss the exciting rivalry that’s brewing between LeBron James & Dwyane Wade, the exciting future of the 76ers now that Allen Iverson, Chris Webber & Andre Igoudala are meshing well as a unit, the 2005 Rookie Class & how their futures should pan out & also run their eyes over who should be in the upcoming All-Star Game. This weeks All NBA Five is Players who should be X-Men.
After a weekend off, Tom & Benyam have tried to compile an update from all the massive NBA News over the fortnight. However, nothing has really happened, which fits to their strengths & the boys speak about the premiere of “Thunderstruck”, comparing it to classic hoops film, “Juwanna Mann”. Furthermore, the boys discuss who’s been the best partyboys this offseason, The upcoming Rookie of the Year Race & The Sacramento Kings to Virginia Beach Rumors… Plus much much more! This weeks All NBA Five is Players to watch out for next season… Off the court.
The London 2012 Games have come to a close & it’s been an action packed Basketball Tournament. Today, Tom & Benyam review everything from the final two matches of the tournament – the Bronze Medal game between Russia & Argentina & of course, the Gold Medal game between the United States & Spain. Plus, the boys speak about their favourite moments from the Basketball competition & the Olympics in general. Furthermore, the team pull together an All-Olympic Team to celebrate who the best players were in the tournament.
Today Tom & Benyam preview the London 2012 Gold Medal match between global basketball rivals the United States & Spain plus the Bronze Medal match between Russia & Argentina. The boys also throw in some chat about the recent 4 team trade that sent Dwight Howard to the Los Angeles Lakers. Plus, Vanessa Bryant v Steph Rice, Olympic Village Booty Calls & which Australian Boomers could make the jump to the NBA.
This week Tom & Benyam review the first week of the London 2012 Olympic Basketball Tournament. It’s been a great week of hoops with the USA being as dominating as everyone expected but there have been a few surprises along the way for all teams. Furthermore, the boys are joined by Chris “Blocka” Dutton from Fairfax News to discuss the Australian Boomers tournament to date & some great off the court stories about Kobe Bryant. Make sure you follow Blocka at @BlockaDutton & at @Hoops_Heaven.
It’s been a long time coming! But, today Tom Read & Benyam Kidane preview the London 2012 Olympic Basketball Tournament. Touching on all 12 teams chances throughout the competition. Plus they discuss if any of these teams can knock the United States of their International basketball throne?
After a week off where Tom went to a music festival in Hungary. The boys wrap up his choice of NBA Jersey selections at the festival & then go on to talk about the latest moves from Free-Agency & unfortunately, continue on the Dwight Howard “will-he-or-won’t-he” express train to nowhere. Furthermore, they touch on the New York Knicks letting Jeremy Lin go, Kyrie Irving’s “training” injury & much much more!
The Playoffs are a week old & the #believethehype crew break down the matchups as they stand. As usual, there’s a lot of JaVale McGee chatter and unavoidable tangents. Plus all the regulars, Player of the week, Into The Toolshed, Tweet of the week and This weeks All NBA Five is NBA Players you’d like to see have their own alcohol label.
In our first look forward to the London 2012 Olympic Games, Tom & Benyam catch up with Australian National Team member AJ Ogilvy to talk about his selection into the Boomers Pre-Olympic squad, his season in Europe at Valencia & his time at Besiktas playing alongside Benyam’s all-time favourite player, Allen Iverson.
Today’s episode, Tom & Benyam announce who’s won YOUR NBA Awards that you all went and voted for at believethehypeNBA.com. Some amazing results. Plus all the regulars, Player/Rookie of the week, Into The Toolshed, Tweet of the week and This weeks All NBA Five is NBA Players you want to see take their talents to other sports…
This week Tom & Benyam are joined by a special guest, The Basketball Jones’s Leigh Ellis as they preview the upcoming first round of the NBA Playoffs. The three-man-weave breaks down everything from all 8 series to Amare’s cornrows…
This weeks episode, Tom & Benyam, with some help from Nic Goard nominate their choices for the inaugural #believethehype awards. Head over to our NBA Awards Nominations page to vote now!
This weeks All NBA Five is NBA Players you want to see release an autobiography in retirement.
This week was one of the biggest & best that the 2011-12 NBA Season has had so far. Great battles emerging both on & off the court. Tom Read & Benyam Kidane break down the best & worst of this weeks battles including: Van Gundy v Dwight, OKC v Miami, Griffin v Pau & The 76ers v themselves. Plus Calipari to the Knicks & Patty Mills’s big game for San Antonio. This weeks All NBA Five is “All NBA Players who would be good Mighty Ducks Characters”.
This weeks episode, #believethehype’s crack team of journalists hunt down Kevin Garnett and ask him some hard hitting questions about the NBA Season and life in general… Furthermore, Tom & Benyam discuss the Playoff race. This weeks All NBA Five is NBA Players you want to see do karaoke and what their song choice will be.
This week’s episode had a recording error… But Tom & Benyam don’t want to keep the fans waiting seven more days for the next episode, so this week we present a Flashback episode showcasing the best “All NBA Fives” of the season so far!
– All NBA Players to take home to your mother
– All NBA Players who could become President of the United States
– All NBA Players you’d like to see own a restaurant
– All NBA Players who should have their own reality TV show.
On today’s episode, Tom Read and Benyam Kidane review the events at NBA All Star Saturday Night. Everything from the Shooting Stars to the Dunk Circus… ahem, Contest. Was this the worst NBA All Star Saturday Night ever? Tom and Benyam discuss.
This weeks episode, Tom Read and Benyam Kidane preview everything to do with the NBA All Star Weekend. From JB Smoothe and the celebrity game through to the main event… the Rising Stars Challenge. No stone’s left unturned! This weeks All NBA Five is – NBA Players should appear on Dancing With The Stars.
This weeks episode, Tom Read and Benyam Kidane talk about the massive week that Jeremy Lin has had, JaVale McGee gets a mention (or three) and the All NBA Five is – NBA Players who should have their own Reality TV Show.
Join Tom Read and Benyam Kidane as we answer questions given to us by NBA Superstars. This weeks ‘All NBA Five’ is NBA players most likely to blow all their cash in retirement.
Join Tom Read and Benyam Kidane as we review the first month of the NBA Season! This weeks “All NBA Five” is NBA Players We’d like to see star as the MonStars in Space Jam 2…
Join Tom Read and Benyam Kidane as we premier the world newest game show? “Are You Smarter Than an NBA General Manager?” This weeks “All NBA Five” is NBA Players who would make great stay at home dads…
Join Tom Read and Benyam Kidane as we review the a big week in the NBA! Including Kobe Bryant’s massive week, Kyrie Irving, Back to the Future Geeups, The Miami Heat’s up and down week, Kwame Brown’s big mouth and much much more… This weeks “All NBA Five” is NBA Players who you’d like to see have their own fashion label…
Welcome to the “Believe the Hype” NBA Podcast! Join Tom Read and Benyam Kidane as we review the a big week in the NBA! Including What’s on Metta World Peace’s mind, Patty Mills, Bynum’s MVPesque antics, The 76ers, The amazing North West Division, Atlanta’s zone defence vs Miami and Benyam throws in the first member of the Toolshead. This weeks “All NBA Five” is NBA Players who you’d like to see own a restaurant…
Welcome to the “Believe the Hype” NBA Podcast! Join Tom Read and Benyam Kidane as we review the NBA’s first few days of the 2011-12 NBA Season. Including The Christmas Day matchups, Melo fever in the Garden, “Chuck” Norris Cole’s breakout game, The Durantula doing what he does best, Lou Williams’s attempted car jacking and the Lakers early troubles. This weeks “All NBA Five” is NBA Players who could become President of the United States…
Welcome to the “Believe the Hype” NBA Podcast! Join Tom Read and Benyam Kidane with our first episode previewing the 2011-12 NBA Season. All 30 teams are reviewed along with our picks to take out the title, MVP and ROY awards. All topics are touched from MySpace through to Jimmer fever through to Juwan Howard’s real age… This weeks “All NBA Five” is NBA Players that you would want to take home to your mother…