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Rights To Ricky Sanchez Podcast: Nerlens And The Summer League Phenoms

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The Sixers are RUNNING the Orlando Summer League. Who needs Lebron?

We discuss Nerlens, Casper, and the the rest of the roster, preview the Las Vegas roster, and weigh in on THE DECISION II.

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Rights To Ricky Sanchez Podcast: Eric Snow Interview

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That’s right, another guest!

This week on Rights To Ricky Sanchez, we talk to former Sixers point guard, Eric Snow.

E-Snow is now the Director Of Player Development for SMU (head coach Larry Brown), and had long, successful NBA career with the Sixers, Cavs and Sonics.

We talk to Eric about his job at SMU, working with Larry Brown, playing with Iverson, the state of college basketball and the NBA, playing with Lebron James, and yes, whether or not he fell asleep that one time on TV with Marc Zumoff.

You can book Eric for personal appearances including speaking engagements, dinners, or even playing golf, with Thuzio. Just hit this link, and find out all of that information. Thanks, Thuzio!

We do fit in a little bit of Evan Turner trade talk, and some special relationship advice at the end of the pod.

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Time’s Yours Podcast: NBA Finals Game Six, Heat Prevail

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Wow, what a game. Sure, it was sort of sloppy, but it was the game that we’ve all been waiting for in the NBA Finals.

Lebron James woke up and took over. Tim Duncan had a game for the ages. Eric Spoelstra put Dwyane Wade back in. And the referees were, well, not good.

Rich Hofmann and I discuss.

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Lebron James Doesn’t Know How To Tie A Tie

So Andre Iguodala (@MindOfAI9) is on the USA Basketball Olympic team, and has been tweeting pictures.

Today, he tweeted one of him getting dressed for the opening ceremonies.

However, someone in the background (can’t figure out which player) is being shown how to tie a tie.

UPDATE: OMG IT’S LEBRON

UPDATE 2: My girlfriend has suggested to me the possibility that Lebron is showing the other guy how to tie a tie. I don’t buy it. Why would the other guy need to at that very second? Plus, Lebron is looking at the other guy, the other guy is not looking at Lebron.

I’m not hating, but it’s hilarious. In the future, know that the best way to show someone how to do this is for both of you to be looking into the mirror.

PS: Good luck Dre.

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Time’s Yours Podcast: Scott Raab Talks Lebron James and “The Whore Of Akron”

To say Scott Raab doesn’t like Lebron James would be an understatement.

This isn’t the kind of “hate” that comes along with your run of the mill sports rivalry. Not like Yankees fans hate the Red Sox. Not like Eagles fans hate the Cowboys. This is personal.

Scott Raab dislikes James with such a passion, his book about Lebron James became in large part about that passion. People have had feelings like this before, but never put them into words.

Raab is an Esquire writer and native Clevelander who over the last year and a half has become the loudest and most recognizable (written) voice of a large group of people who have turned on James and never looked back. A seed that was planted during the 2010 NBA Playoffs when James “quit” during a series against the Celtics, and then grew to full bloom with The Decision and the dominos that fell because of it.

Raab’s Lebronfrontations (I made that word up, cool right?) have been well documented. He’s that guy whose press credential was revoked by the Miami Heat because of his comments about James, and the nickname he assigned to him; Whore Of Akron. A book title was born.

The Whore Of Akron is the story of James through Raab’s eyes. Raab describes it as the “search for the soul of Lebron James.” He says he never found it. If you’ve ever wondered why Cavs fans are so bitter and angry, you can be assured it’ll be well documented in the book. You may not agree, but at least you’ll understand.

I spoke to Raab about the book and James. I met Scott by blasting him on Twitter becaue he was blasting Lebron. It was a conversation I needed to have. Take a listen.

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The Whore Of Akron is available on November 15th from Harper publishing.

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Free Boosie: The Rules Of What Teams Athletes Can Cheer For

I only call this Free Boosie because it was inspired by Mareese Speights (who wants to free Boosie) and Lee Russakoff (who also does).

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Michael Jordan, The Selfish Egomaniac

Let me get this out of the way up front, so there’s no confusion.

Michael Jordan is the greatest basketball player I’ve ever seen, and it’s not even close. In fact, Michael Jordan is the greatest athlete I’ve ever seen. Never has the combination of skill and will to win ever been so high in one person.

When you were cheering against Jordan, no matter who you were cheering for, you just knew you were going to lose. Not only did you as a fan know it, but it seemed like everyone playing against him knew it too.

So when the greatest player in NBA history decides to talk about current NBA players, you listen.  Most notably, his recent comments about Lebron James vs. Kobe Bryant, and the recent Wade, James, Bosh union in Miami.

Before you take what Jordan says as gospel, there’s one thing you must remember.

Michael Jordan is a selfish egomaniac. It’s true. He’s a winner, he was dominant, and he was unforgettable. All of those things happened to coincide with the fact that he is also a selfish egomaniac.

Michael Jordan was asked yesterday what he thought of Lebron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh all deciding to play together in Miami.

Jordan said, “there’s no way, with hindsight, I would have ever called up Larry, called up Magic, and said ‘Hey look, let’s get together and play on one team.” Jordan continued, “in all honesty, I was trying to beat those guys.”

Michael Jordan is giving a genuine answer. He wouldn’t have decided to join a team with Magic Johnson and Larry Bird. That doesn’t mean it’s the right answer.

It’s an answer from a guy who didn’t want to, and still will not share the spotlight. Who was more interested in being “the man” and winning, than winning in and of itself. From a guy who was so legendarily hard on his teammates, that they wrote a book about it.

It’s also a response coming from a guy who played with one of the 50 greatest NBA players of all time, Scottie Pippen. If Pippen never came along, and the option to play with Magic Johnson did, it seems like the logical choice to make.

It’s a comment from a guy whose ego was so big and out of touch with reality, that he decided that he was left without a challenge in professional basketball, so he would go and play baseball. It’s often been speculated that he was told by David Stern to take a break from the NBA because of an out of control gambling problem.  Either way, he chose to feed his ego and fill the void with baseball. It’s often said the hardest thing to do in professional sports is hit a baseball, Jordan figured for him, it would be no big deal. It turned out, he was wrong.

Sure, Jordan was a guy who wouldn’t want want to call up Magic and Larry to play on the same team, but was so ignorant of his own eroding skills, that he chose to suit up for the Washington Wizards when he was failing as a GM.

The most recent comments from Jordan were the second ones to make headlines. The first being Jordan’s comment that Kobe Bryant is a better player than Lebron James.

A valid opinion, for sure. True because Michael Jordan says it’s so, not so much.

He picked the guy whose game is not only modeled by, but invented by Michael Jordan. Bryant’s moves, most notably the recently developed fade-away jumper, came from Jordan, even down to the post big shot fist pump.

Jordan chose the guy whose relationship with his teammates has always been described as stormy, at best. Much in the same way Jordan’s was, many times for the very same reasons.

Jordan chose the guy who so desperately wanted to be the most important player on a winning team, that he made Lakers choose between himself and Shaquille O’Neal, at the time the league’s most dominant player.

The very traits that defined Jordan as a great player skews his view of today’s players and how they should act. The belief that one man can bring a team to a championship may be true for Michael Jordan, but it doesn’t mean it’s true for everyone. These are the same traits that have plagued, and may continue to plague Jordan in the front-office.

Jordan doesn’t see Scottie Pippen for what he was, one of the greatest players of all time, but something that he created. In his mind, if it wasn’t Pippen, it would have been someone else. Perhaps James is just self-aware enough to know that he needs his own Pippen in Dwyane Wade.

When Jordan sees greatness, he sees it embodied in himself. This is why he thinks Lebron James shouldn’t have left Cleveland, and why he thinks Kobe Bryant is a better player than James.

Michael Jordan was the greatest basketball player I’ve ever seen. It doesn’t mean that everything Michael Jordan thinks about basketball should be taken as gospel. It should be taken for what it is, the opinion of a great basketball player.

 

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