Jamieson Welsh – Fox Sports Radio (15th July)


#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.

Today, Jamieson chats LeBron James’ decision to return to the Cleveland Cavaliers, what journalists & media members that have come out of this looking good & what this means for the future of the Cleveland Cavaliers & Miami Heat. Furthermore, Jamieson chats about Carmelo Anthony returning to the New York Knicks, Chandler Parsons to the Dallas Mavericks, Emmanuel Mudiay, Summer League & 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

Patty Mills & Aron Baynes hijack a live TV broadcast


The San Antonio Spurs trophy tour has begun ‘Down Undah’. No better way to start it than for the 2 Aussie Spurs to hijack a live TV broadcast?

This morning, Patty Mills, Aron Baynes & the trophy that Australia has affectionately dubbed as “Lazza” made a very unprompted public appearance on Fox Sports News. Whilst FSN reporter Julian De Stoop was doing a live cross from outside Collingwood Football Club’s training facility, the NBA Champions thought that it’d be a good idea to take over the broadcast to show off “Lazza” to the world.

De Stoop was none-the-wiser, saying “Get off boys, get off!” whilst accidentally pushing Patty Mills’ injured shoulder!

When De Stoop realised that it was in fact Patty & Aron doing the prank he said:

“I’m highly embarrassed about that, i’ll have to apologise to [Patty] down the track.”

“I had no idea it was him. I just thought it was a couple of Collingwood nuffies.”

I hope that this isn’t the last we see of Patty, Aron & Lazza gate-crashing Australian TV broadcasts… Who knows? We may see them do the same thing behind the window outside of the Sunrise Studio… Or even Frogging LIVE on stage during the X Factor?

The opportunities are endless.

Check out the video here

Let’s be honest… Julian De Stoop’s face says it all.



Julian De Stoop wrote on Fox Sports about the stunt & apologizing to Patty for elbowing his injured shoulder:

I can honestly say that this is the first time I’ve been punked by a bloke with a newly-minted three-year $12 million NBA contract. And I’m pretty confident in saying that I’ve never previously been photobombed with a major US sporting trophy.

By the way, I’ve got some good news for all you Spurs fans out there. Mills’ shoulder is in good nick after his recent operation. He barely flinched when I gave him a gentle shove!

Sorry for that Patty – all the best with the recovery and the championship defence.

H/T: @TomCastletonFOX & @MitchCompton

Aussie Update – Volume 24


By JT.

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

* Dante Exum showed star potential in his first NBA game at the Las Vegas Summer League. Here’s his highlights.

* A couple of postgame interviews with Dante Exum – here and here.

* Dante Exum on The Starters.

* Exum wasn’t the only Aussie to shine in Vegas, as Brock Motum, Cameron Bairstow and Chris Goulding all made a positive impression on Day 2.

* Patty Mills and Aron Baynes are bringing the Spurs’ Championship trophy Down Under from July 16-21 and will make stops in Melbourne, Sydney, Canberra, Brisbane, Cairns and the Torres Straits Islands.

* Ben Simmons taking on The King at the LeBron James Skills Academy in Las Vegas. Once more, he killed it.

* Cameron Bairstow throws out the first pitch at a Chicago White Sox game.

* Dante Exum throws out the first pitch at a Salt Lake Bees game. He shanks it.

* Dante Exum’s first trading card has been released by Panini America.

* Dante Exum will earn $3,615,000 this season.

* Jonah Bolden hangin’ out with Kevin Durant at UCLA.

* Matthew Dellavedova on having LeBron James as a teammate: “I’m just excited to have a chance to get amongst it and win some games.

* In an interview with SLAM Magazine Bradley Beal singled out Matthew Dellavedova as one of the league’s toughest defenders.

* Thon Maker doin his thing down in Myrtle Beach this week.

* Data suggests that top 10 prospects, like Ben Simmons and Thon Maker, are virtually guaranteed to make the NBA.

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.

Episode 200 – I’m Coming Home


“In Northeast Ohio, nothing is given. Everything is earned. You work for what you have. I’m ready to accept the challenge. I’m coming home.” – LeBron James

On today’s episode of Believe The Hype, Tom & Benyam break down LeBron James’ decision to return to the Cleveland Cavaliers. The boys chat about his letter, Dan Gilbert, what this means for the team on the court, how LeBron James can help the Cavs’ young core of Kyrie Irving, Andrew Wiggins, Anthony Bennett & Dion Waiters & whether this Cleveland Cavaliers roster, as constructed, are a legitimate threat in the East (um, yeah.) & the Kevin Love trade rumors & LeBron’s smart move only signing a 2 year contract. Furthermore, the guys chat about all the other major Free Agency news of Chris Bosh re-signing with the Miami Heat, the Houston Rockets being the biggest loser of the past 24 hours, despide signing Trevor Ariza, Jeremy Lin to the Lakers, Carmelo Anthony most-likely staying in New York, Pau Gasol close to signing with the Chicago Bulls & how Lance Stephenson has become the most valuable chip in the evenly powered Eastern Conference.

Also, this is episode 200 for us… So, thanks for listening & continuing to support the show. You guys are the best.

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.


Rookie hazing’s already begun for Jordan Clarkson


The NBA life has already started for Los Angeles Lakers rookie Jordan Clarkson… the Lakers 2nd Round Draft pick  will more than likely make the team’s roster next season… But there’s no guarantees just yet.

However, the Lakers don’t wait for contracts to be signed before they start the rookie hazing process.

The team’s only just arrived in Las Vegas today & Lakers Summer League Coach Bill Bertka has already sized Clarkson up for some of the more mundane rookie duties… Most notably, doing the coaches grocery shopping.

This is a good sign for Clarkson. For Bertka to put this kind of trust in him before he’s even signed the dotted line must mean that the Lakers have plans for him this upcoming season… Plans probably including:

  • Pre-game doughnuts
  • Wearing funny suits to nationally televised games
  • Pumping up flat basketballs
  • Carrying Kobe Bryant’s bags
  • Pop-corning cars

& maybe becoming a reliable back-up point-guard off the bench?

Episode 199 – Mightly Morphin Russell Westbook


Today on Believe The Hype, Tom & Benyam answer your social media questions from either Twitter or Facebook. The boys chat about everything from Gordon Hayward & Chandler Parsons’ offer sheets, to the Chicago Bulls interest in Lance Stephenson, Voltron, Hip-Hop, NBA hair-cuts, through to Russell Westbrook’s fashion & 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.