The NBA Finals are all but over, which is as unfortunate for fans as it is for the folks in the television and advertising world. We were at least afforded some excitement in Game 3, but the Golden State Warriors were still able to absorb the biggest punch they’ve taken this playoffs and win the game. Ugh.
Before we get into Episode 70, as a reminder, The Bridge is now 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 Mr. Met flipping the bird to some fans after another loss (2:28).
- The Bridge Question of the Week is: Who will win the NBA Finals and why? Call in or text in your answer to 929-BRIDGE7, that’s 929-274-3437, and you’ll make it on the next show.
- This week’s guest was Jame Holas, an NBA writer for bballbreakdown.com and part of the Away Team podcast for Press Basketball and The Truth podcast for AlmightyBaller. James has been an NBA fan for decades and a popular voice in the NBA twitter world, and you might actually remember him as a party involved with the famous “Met me in Temecula” saga three years back. We’ll talk about that story, how he got into covering the NBA and his favorite era of hoops, as well as some topical things currently in the league like Kevin Durant’s impact in leaving for the Warriors, if they can be beat in the NBA Finals or ever and what this means for the future of the league.
- You can follow James on Twitter @SnottieDrippen. The interview starts at the 10:08 mark.
– In the interview, we discuss:
What made him decide to cover the NBA and how he got started (11:20), if there was a time when he was unsure he would get a following (13:16), serving in the Navy and playing hoops (14:09), what player he most plays like (15:39), the best part about 90s hoops (16:54), how he became a Boston Celtics fan after leaving Pippen’s Bulls (19:02), the inspiration for his Twitter handle and what would happen if he met Scottie Pippen (20:55), the “Meet me in Temecula” story and the publicity that came from it (22:56), if he still hates Kobe Bryant (26:40), if there’s anything LeBron James can do to surpass Michael Jordan (28:53), Kevin Durant leaving for the Warriors (30:34), if the Thunder could have been successful if KD stayed (33:01), should the Warriors be blamed for all of this (35:53), if the Cavs could have brought in different players to combat Golden State (38:46), the lack of hope for non-Warriors and Cavs fans (41:41), why it’s almost hard to root for the Warriors (47:26), if the new trend for superstars will be to try and take down Golden State or LeBron (50:38), how many games it will take for Golden State to win this thing (57:40), how excited we should be for the BIG3 (59:28)
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