Ep 170- Weird News and Thanksgiving Drama
Strange week around the NBA: Derrick Rose took a leave of absence, Lavar Ball took on Donald Trump and the Grizzlies suddenly fired their coach. Get ready for LeBron James’s career as a voiceover actor. LeBron will play the voice of a cartoon Yeti next fall. Chicago Bull Nikola Mirotic accepts an apology for being punched in the face by his teammate. Meanwhile, Ben Gordon gets arrested for punching his landlord. Bulls fans have switched to watching Duke games.
Original music by @Brendan_Eder
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.’
It’s that time of year where tankers turn borderline All-Stars into future draft picks and contenders pretend players like George Hill could be the final piece to their title-winning team. But the rumors don’t just stop with NBA basketball. We want juicy trade rumors so bad we start to see them everywhere we look. Find out about some big names changing teams like Meryl Streep to HBO and Nestle ditching candy for coffee and vitamins. We’ll keep tabs on the drunk guy outside the bar willing to trade “anything” for a hot dog. Plus, even more trades involving Kim Jong Un, Lavar Ball and Vince McMahon. Tune it. I propose you’ll love it.
Chris Paul’s return to Los Angeles ended in a classic Clippers tragedy. Mick Minas, author of “The Curse: The Colorful and Chaotic History of the LA Clippers” joins us to break down the gossip-riddled locker room fight and a few other beefs that all took place on Martin Luther King Day. Mick details his playoff hopes for the team despite this season’s injuries and bad breaks. We introduce a new segment called: “Bad Precedent, Mr. President” and pit Steve Kerr, Gregg Popovich and Matt Barnes quotes against each other in our “Diss of the Week.”
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Come celebrate the NBA regular season’s halfway point by testing your knowledge in categories such as “Conspiracies”, “White Boys” and “Halftime Shows”. Catch up on the highlights from the week: everything from JJ Redick and Kyrie Irving’s doubts about dinosaurs to the James Johnson-Serge Ibaka fistfight. What’s the name of Kobe Bryant’s company? Why was Tim Donaghy in the news again? Which NBA player might secretly be from Uzbekistan? How DID the dinosaurs become extinct, really? NBA fans, let us edify and entertain you!
Imagine the NBA in a future with self-driving cars and artificial intelligence. Will virtual reality change the way we go to games? We speculate on futures near and far. How will the Uncle Drew movie do at the box office? Which free agents are really going to the Lakers? What’s next for Sam Hinkie, the guy with the longest view in any room? Plus updates on the Ball family in Lithuania and the truth behind Kyrie Irving’s departure from Cleveland… Something about a plant-based diet?
Was that year a doozy or what? The President Trump era has helped create basketball anomalies such as Flat-Earth Kyrie Irving and Lavar Christopher Ball. 2017 also ushered in the first year where the NBA unofficially became a year-round spectacle. We break down the highlights month by month, reminiscing about the funniest moments and the litter of jokes they spawned. This episode is basically Chris Farley on The Chris Farley Show, “You remember when Ice Cube announced he was starting a 3-on-3 tournament with Allen Iverson and Stephen Jackson?… That was awesome.”