On this NBA only podcast, Doc welcomes guest, Nelson Blake II (DC & Marvel Comics), to discuss the controversy surrounding Anthony Davis’ trade request, the hypocrisy around differing criticism of other players as well as franchises, the Lakers poor management, LeBron James’ self-defeating micro management, the debate about supporting teams vs individual players, the evolution of NBA players wanting to exercise their personal agency as human beings in relation to their actual free agency as employees, the toxicity of the modern sports media, and close out with speculation about the Knicks prospects in the future.
Doc speaks with Shinedown guitarist, Zach Myers, about filling in on bass with Saliva, how he joined Shinedown, getting his start as a teenage, phenom musician, how Shinedown’s sound evolved over the years to getting heavier, what it’s like being in the radio world, why he thinks Shinedown has had such big success, their writing process and good relationship with their longtime label, Atlantic Records, and wrap up talking hoops and the NBA.
This episode features the song “Carry The Torch” by Dead Reflections and “Devil” by Shinedown from their album Attention Attention.
Doc speaks with ESPN1500 Minnesota Timberwolves Analyst and Hardwood Paroxysm writer, Derek James, about how he became a basketball journalist, the evolution of new media, the connection between hoops and heavy music, question whether the dominance of the Golden State Warriors is good for the NBA, how the Cavs and Celtics will fair after the Kyrie Irving trade, the upcoming T-Wolves season, and re-litigate Russell Westbrook’s MVP campaign.
Everybody knows that professional athletics are a young man’s game. As sage Charles Barkley has lamented, “Father Time is undefeated.” While this is true, I’ve noticed a trend in the NBA media to send our aging veterans off to pasture before their skills have expired.
When Dwight Howard forced himself out of Orlando in 2012, everyone in the world would have killed to have D12 on their team. He was the NBA’s smiling, lovable good-guy. He was 26 years old, a 6-time All Star, 3-time Defensive Player of the Year, and even led the Orlando Magic to the NBA Finals.
Fast-forward 4 short years (or long years if you’re Dwight), and you would think this guy has the basketball equivalent of leprosy. He is viewed as a problem-child in the locker room, injury prone, and his stats have steadily fallen. The peculiar thing is if you compare his Per 36 numbers for the ’15-’16 season, they aren’t much different than his last season in Orlando, except points per game, but Dwight only had 8.5 FGAs per game in 2015-16 – the lowest since his rookie season.
I was in stupefied disbelief when I woke up to text messages and tweets learning of Kevin Durant’s exit from Oklahoma City to the Bay Area. KD re-upping for 1 year in OKC just seemed like the prudent maneuver. They were 5 minutes from the Finals, and showed the Warriors a unique type of athletic challenge that even the Cavaliers couldn’t replicate, despite winning it all. Golden State is 1 year removed from a title, and a couple months removed from the greatest regular season in history, and led by the first unanimous MVP in league history. There’s no way an historically great team that was a sniff away from it’s second title in as many years needs a generational talent like KD to tip the scales further in their favor.
But I guess it’s the same reason Coca Cola, McDonalds, and Budweiser still run countless ads on TV and billboards despite being ubiquitously well known; you have to stack the deck to insure market dominance.