On today's show, The Basketball Jones discuss the latest NBA Trade Deadline rumors (Dwight Howard, Pau Gasol, Jamal Crawford, Josh Smith, etc.), the T-Wolves' playoff hopes, Rubio and Love's SLAM cover, a few topics from the MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference, and the issue of placing corporate sponsors' logos on NBA jerseys.
All that, plus Leigh's "Tweet of the Weak," a controversial round of "The Pun Gun," a new game titled "Jan or Ian," 'Sheed, NBA fashion accessories, and much more.
This episode was especially high-energy. Jalen Rose was all fired up about Deron Williams, Rajon Rondo, and imports. What are imports? Imports are the result of NBA players “working the frequent flyer miles” and importing “friends” to hotel rooms during road trips. Toward the end of the podcast, Jalen couldn’t answer my line of questioning without getting fined or possibly fired. We felt like that was a good place to stop.
Once again, Jalen Rose came by the studio to record the show, slung his trusty baseball bat over his shoulder, and started breaking down the NBA. He reviewed the New York Knicks offense and discussed how they will incorporate all their new pieces into Mike D’Antoni's "system." He then explained that even though Kobe said he wished the Lakers front office would "come out and either trade [Pau Gasol] or not trade him,” what he really means is “TRADE PAU RIGHT NOW.” When the conversation turned to the All-Star Game, Jalen explained his grudge over the event. Unless you are Jamal Mashburn, I think you will really enjoy this pod.
Join The Basketball Jones on the sonic journey that is The Overdose. Today's topics include: the "Free Steve Nash" movement, Russell Westbrook's five-year contract extension, the Celtics' slow start, and the possibility of Kyrie Irving playing for Australia in the 2012 Olympics.
All that, plus Leigh's "Tweet of the Weak," a new pun-tastic segment, and a short table reading of a scene from Kevin Durant's upcoming movie, Thunderstruck.
Jalen joined the pod from Vegas where he is covering the Pacquiao-Marquez fight. We discuss his thoughts on the fight, what it’s like to go to a big fight in Vegas, and the surprisingly solid undercard. Jalen then discusses the current NBA lockout and reminds us that in the 1998-99 lockout, a deal wasn’t reached until mid-January and there was still a season. We then went on to hit the major (non-Penn State) topics of the day -- Michael Jordan (Jalen compares him to God), Jets-Pats (Jalen says Jets), Shaq calling out Kareem (“blasphemy”), Albert Haynesworth (no good for the Bucs), and the recovery of Shaun Bradley’s bicycle (Jalen tells the tale of Webber dunking on Bradley in high school) and much more.
My favorite part of the pod was when Jalen tried to defend his draft day suit. As you can see above, it is a horrendous, red, double-breasted, pinstripe number that even Bishop Don Magic Juan couldn’t pull off. Check back every Friday for more of Jalen Rose, and throughout the week for new Grantland Network podcasts.
I knew Jalen before he asked me to do this pod with him but I did not know how much he knew. You can talk football, baseball, basketball, Kardashian, and Pacquiao with him and he is an expert on all aspects. Okay, maybe not Kardashian but I guess that is what I am there for.
One sport that I had no idea Jalen was so well versed on is boxing. He was very knowledgeable and interested in the Manny Pacquiao Juan Manuel Marquez fight. I was very knowledgeable and interested in the Lenny Dykstra/Jose Canseco “fight”. Jalen will also casually break out a story every podcast that will make your jaw drop. This week he recounts the time that Shaquille O’Neal mushed Kobe during a five on five game. He wasn’t there but he has “100,000 credible sources” that corroborate the story.
We also touched on Ndamukong Suh's meeting with Goodell, pleaded for Peyton Manning to stay on the sideline, were dragged into talking Tim Tebow and Kim Kardashian (apologize in advance) and covered the cricket scandal, you won’t get in depth cricket coverage on Mike and Mike.
Enjoy the Jalen Rose pod, they honestly get better every week.
The questions about Clemson potentially going unbeaten have been answered. But in their latest pod, The Solid Verbal guys debate whether the Tigers "Clemsoned" themselves in Atlanta, or if Saturday's loss was of a more honorable ilk. Plus, with even more shake-up in the top five, they discuss how much more likely Boise State is to be ignored in its quest to play in the BCS Championship.
Also, Ty Hildenbrandt and Dan Rubenstein break down the offensive explosion in State College, Andrew Luck's laser arm, the fake quarterback controversy at Oregon, and the Turner Gill experiment at Kansas. And, as expected, another round of listener voice messages.
Jalen Rose came back for Week 2 of the Jalen Rose Show. We would definitely have to retitle the podcast if he didn't.
Athletes never realize how cool their stories are. In Friday's podcast, Jalen nonchalantly talks about how NBA athletes don't actually have tons of groupies at their hotels, mentions that Mike D’Antoni doesn't coach defense, and describes Charles Oakley smacking Charles Barkley during the 1998–99 lockout. He thinks Charles Oakley open-hand smacking Charles Barkley is no big deal. He is very wrong.
We also argued over Tim "greatest quarterback in NFL history" Tebow, talked about why ladies with a love of the spotlight date NBA players, and determined that the Hawks get at least six or seven wins a season simply because Atlanta is a fun town. Over the course of the pod, we broke into song three or four times. I know that last one is weird, but so is the Jalen Rose Podcast. Good weird.