Ep 106-Moreyball and The NBA Quarter Season Awards
Daryl Morey uses behavioral economics to help him make draft picks and run the Houston Rockets. We give out our quarter season awards (the usual ones and some Brickhouse originals). We’ll teach you how Morey ended up with Joey Dorsey over DeAndre Jordan and why he’s banned giving potential draft picks nicknames. Plus, who got overpaid last summer and who’s in line for the same next year.
Only one team can win the finals and it’s months before free agency. We can’t tell who wins but we can tell you what players will do after they lose. Who’s hanging out on the yacht Rich Paul will buy with all his Ben Simmons endorsement money? Can Magic Johnson really go another 75 days without tampering with Paul George again? Maybe this is the summer Steven Adams finally learns the names of all his brothers and sisters. Of course we all want to know what happens to LeBron James. Take every joke you get and multiply it by ten and that’s how much you know the NBA.
Only the hottest gossip and news for the last week of the regular season. Did Meek Mill’s judge really try to get a shoutout on a remix track? Do NBA assistant coaches gamble on point spreads? Are the Morris twins telepathic? Our million-to-one playoff bets are back and one may involve a courtside Donald Trump bodyslam. Find out by who! We give our five best (and worst) NBA cities and a few theories about Kawhi Leonard. Plus, find out what’s been dubbed a “LiAngelo” in our diss of the week.
The NBA playoffs are two weeks away which means NBA playoff previews are just as close. We preview the previews by telling you which media talking points will be used to death with our “cold takes.” We introduce mildly zesty topics of debate with our “lukewarm takes.” Finally, we burn boring preview shows to the ground with our “Nashville hot takes.” Plus two fake movie trailers for the Phoenix Suns offseason and early reviews of Kyrie’s film “Uncle Drew”. Find out LiAngelo Ball’s chances to make the NBA and all the non-tampering ways Magic Johnson plans to land LeBron James.
Bob’s dad, Tom Johnson, is back to talk all things Rockets. Would you want Chris Paul as a teammate? What’s the best restaurant by Rockets owner Tilman Fertitta? How are the Rockets announcers like the twelve-step program? Also, Jordan Clarkson and his beliefs on dinosaurs and whether or not NBA players are getting dumber. Lonzo Ball reveals little known and extremely rare pregnancy complications. Plus, Bob’s dad shares his suggestion for the NBA coaches new mental health guru before shouting out his neighborhood drinking buddies.
We’re joined by groom and best man Stephen and Nick in town for a weekend-long bachelor party. Topics range from soup-throwing to NBA players who can drink the most. Stephen recasts The Hangover movie using only Golden State Warriors and Matt reveals little known Bosnian marriage laws. We play “Two Truths and a Lie” where our guests have to guess which ridiculous story we made up about known partiers JR Smith and James Harden. Plus, the new ‘Bachelor’ parody starring Robin Lopez!
Going into the All-Star break the ten worst teams in the NBA had lost 41 games in row combined! This is the last year the teams at the bottom have the most to gain the more they lose. We tell you how those teams can collect the most L’s and give outside the box suggestions on how they keep selling season tickets. Maybe the Kings could try cigarettes at halftime? The Bulls could hire Mike Ditka to coach and change the team’s catering to deep-dish pizza and polish sausage. Mark Cuban’s open about tanking and your team can be too! Follow us @brickhousepod
In stereotypical fashion an American travesty (the Fergie National Anthem) drastically overshadowed Canada (and the genteel rendition of O’Canada by the Barenaked Ladies). Bob and Matt answer questions from listeners on everything from Sam Presti to Black Mirror. Who plays more minutes for the Lakers next year: Isaiah Thomas or Gelo Ball? How will the Uncle Drew movie perform at the box office? And will the Miami Heat ever play in another jersey again since the release of their “Miami Vice” alternate threads? Plus NBA conspiracy theories and more news about the scandal that could end NCAA basketball. Email us questions through our contact page on brickhousepodcast.com
The Cavs shook up their lineup this week trading six players. We couldn’t help but notice they replaced problematic players with the NBA equivalent of choir boys. Too many of the former Cavs were distracting the team from winning. We rank every Cavalier in order from least to most distracting. Find out where Isaiah Thomas, Kevin Love and Mr. Khloe Kardashian rank. Plus more trade news from around the league and we introduce a new segment called, “How is this Not Tampering?”
Blake Griffin is leaving LA and he’s taking Lob City with him. The only Clipper to have his jersey retired (in a mock ceremony) was traded seven months after signing the biggest deal in franchise history. We breakdown the fallout around the league as well as the LeBron James to Golden State fiction. It’s been a rough two weeks for Kevin Love. Greg Monroe goes to Boston and Joakim Noah goes home. Plus, Red Panda’s stolen unicycle and Shannon Sharpe vs ‘dry-snitching.’