The Bridge Ep. 64: Jabari Davis, NBA writer, joins the show to discuss his career, chat about the league and recap and preview all things NBA playoffs

Jabari Davis

The first round of the NBA playoffs has seen some teams advance and others clinging to their playoff lives. Let’s talk some hoops, shall we?

Before we get into Episode 64, as a reminder, The Bridge is broadcast as a one-hour radio show every Wednesday night at 7 ET on Sports Radio America. Once the dust settles from that live broadcast, the show is released as a podcast on iTunes and on this website on Friday nights. You can listen to the live show every Wednesday on Sports Radio America here or through the TuneIn app.

  • “Sports News Read Like Real News” told the tale of two interesting NBA playoffs post-game press conferences featuring Russell Westbrook and CP3 (2:14).
  • The Bridge Question of the Week is: Will we see another rematch of the Golden State Warriors and Cleveland Cavaliers in the NBA Finals? Call in or text in your answer to 929-BRIDGE7, that’s 929-274-3437, and you’ll make it on the next show.
  • Before introducing this week’s guest, some thoughts regarding the recent layoffs at ESPN (10:18).
  • This week’s guest was Jabari Davis, an NBA writer and long-time hoops fan who pursued his passion for the league until he ended up covering it. We’ll chat about how he got started as a writer and some of his work before chatting about some topical NBA items and breaking down all things NBA playoffs.
  • You can follow him on Twitter @JabariDavisNBA. The interview starts at the 15:38 mark.

– In the interview, we discuss:

What made him decide to pursue writing about the NBA and where he got his start (16:02), what the biggest challenge was in becoming an NBA writer (18:14), how much the NBA media culture helped (19:05), what his favorite part of some of his writing projects are (20:13), what he does aside from NBA writing (22:05), why the 80s are his favorite time period for the NBA (22:53), the biggest difference from that era to now (25:07), why his favorite player is M.J. (Magic, that is) (26:27), his thoughts on the Los Angeles Lakers season this year (28:14), the direction the Lakers are headed in for the future (30:44), if the NBA should go back to a five game series for opening rounds (33:27), if anyone can slay the beast that is the Golden State Warriors (35:12), if a possible absence of Steve Kerr will have a significant impact (37:03), how impressive Russell Westbrook’s season was (38:32), if the Rockets handling the Thunder was surprising (40:22), if it’s yet another year when the Clippers can’t make it out of the second round (41:59), some brief disappointment for the CP3 trade that wasn’t (43:30), how exciting the Rockets v. Spurs series will be (44:57), if the way the Cavs should be worried even after sweeping the Pacers (46:28), if anyone knew that losing Rajon Rondo would doom the Chicago Bulls (48:50), if a team has a shot at knocking off the Cavs before the Finals (50:30), if we’re on a collision course to Warriors vs. Cavs, Part III (52:12), if Warriors vs. Cavs is a rivalry (54:14) and what team would have the most to lose, should they lose (55:28).

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