Episode 24 – Lazy Draft Day Comparisons

 

By the time you read this, the 2016 NBA Draft will take place exactly 8 days from today, which means player analysis, trade rumors, and anything even remotely resembling an “inside source” rearing its ugly head. Fortunately for you, @BarstoolReags and @terrence_payne are here to help you knife through all the bullshit. This week we’re talking Buddy Hield hitting 85 3’s, who goes where in the top ten, which current prospects could end up being this year’s Draymond Green, and Terrence has a meltdown over Mt. Rushmore. Yep, that Mt. Rushmore.

Also the boys talk lazy draft comparisons on this week’s episode. What’s a lazy draft comparison, you ask? Anytime an analyst dares to NOT think outside the box when comparing one player to another. Basically comparing white guys to white guys, foreign players to other foreign players, lefties to lefties, etc, etc, etc.

See exhibit A:

 

 

Get the picture? Good. Send us your favorite lazy draft comparisons that you’ve seen or make up some of your own and maybe we’ll put together a blog of the best lazy draft comparisons sometime later this week.

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Episode 23 – Terrence Payne Joins the Show, Transfer Talk

 

It’s a monumental day here at the Storm the Court Podcast as @terrence_payne finally makes his debut as the show’s new co-host. Last year, Terrence provided some much needed support off the bench and offered his expert insights into the realm of college coaching changes and tournament brackets. This go around, Terrence takes on a starting role as he discusses Malik Newman, Jordan Matthews, and the transfer epidemic in college basketball alongside your boy @BarstoolReags. Per usual, Terrence more than held his own and should be an excellent addition to the podcast. Expect big things moving forward.

Also bad news for all three of you lady listeners out there- Your boy Reags got engaged this weekend and is officially off the market, so make sure to reach out and say congratulations to the happy couple.

Mazel Tov, you two.

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It’s Time to Talk about LeBron and Jordan

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It’s time to talk about the biggest taboo sentence in basketball. Michael Jordan isn’t the most talented player ever anymore. LeBron James is something we’ve never seen before, no matter what you think – and I hate the guy and teams he played for – he’s the best player to ever play in the NBA. On top of that I grew up watching Jordan as anyone born in the mid-80s did, so this is in no way era bias.

Now before I get into it, it’s important to remember I’m not arguing careers. As of right now Jordan has had the better career but LeBron is a more talented player. There’s obviously been a ton of backlash on Twitter when I’ve brought this up the last couple of days and I’ll address everything in more than 140 characters.

First off, let’s get rid of the notion that defense was incredibly better in the 90s. Hand checking doesn’t mean defense was better. A hand check is a foul, always has been, always will be. Will it give Jordan more freedom of movement? Sure. But what he wouldn’t be able to do now is just beat one defender and then have an open shot. With the NBA being allowed to play zone now – something that wasn’t allowed in the 90s – defenders can help more, making defenses more complex.

Also, if you think hand checking would slow LeBron down, remember he’s 6’8” 250 lbs – literally the size of Karl Malone. What defender would try to check him back in the 90s? Pippen and Rodman are the answers I got quite a bit. Pippen is the same height as him, but LeBron still has 20 pounds and an inch and 30 pounds on Rodman. On top of that after LeBron beats a defender, no one would be challenging him at the rim. Not to mention how different players are now compared to then. Everyone now is bigger, quicker and more athletic. We are at a peak in terms of athleticism in the NBA and pure talent. If the NBA quit today there are easily 15 players that instantly get into the Hall of Fame, not to mention the likes of a Russell Westbrook, Karl-Anthony Towns, Anthony Davis, etc who easily could get into that breath.

To those saying LeBron plays in a weak Eastern conference and never plays anyone. Take a look at who both LBJ and MJ played in the Finals. Jordan had incredibly weaker opponents, especially compared to LeBron. MJ’s first title came against an old Lakers team, followed by a Blazers team that was strictly based around Clyde Drexler and then a Suns team who was okay. After that he got a Jazz team that really wasn’t that good – they had Malone/Stockton in their mid-30s and only made the Finals because everyone else in the West got old – the Rockets, David Robinson got hurt, the Sonics didn’t have anyone except Payton/Kemp.

Yes, you can argue the East is weaker now than when MJ played – especially this year – but in the West, LeBron has had to play the Spurs 3x, a Warriors team who won 73 games a year later, a Thunder team with KD/Russ/Harden/Ibaka and a Mavs team who had Dirk in his prime surrounded by Kidd and Chandler. Every single team, with the exception of possibly the Thunder are better than any team Jordan played in the Finals. So, if you want to knock LeBron for playing no one in the East, you have to knock Jordan for playing weaker competition in the Finals.

The third thing a lot of people said to me is how LeBron can’t shoot the ball. Well, if LeBron can’t shoot the ball than exactly how good was MJ? Jordan obviously is a much better midrange shooter than LeBron, but why should LBJ be penalized for settling for midrange jumpers? He uses his athleticism and skill to get into the lane and finish. Not to mention he’s a better career 3-point shooter than MJ and has better effective field goal percentage and true shooting percentage for you advanced stat nerds (like I am).

Everyone wants to find a reason to hate LeBron because of his personality and look I get it. Like I said I hate him, but can acknowledge how damn good he is. This is also in no way a slight to Jordan, both players are in the top 99.99 percentile of talent in the NBA, with no one else in the top-2 conversation. But, there’s a notion that LeBron sucks in the playoffs or chokes away games. Last year he showed us just how dominant he can be putting up the best points & assists per game in a Finals. If you want to compare playoff stats, they are more than comparable:

PER: Jordan, 28.6 James, 2777…4

VORP: Jordan, 22.8 James, 24.9

True Shooting%: Jordan, .568, James .566

Best Win Share: Jordan 4.8, James 5.8

If you want total career stats:

Jordan: 30.1 PPG, 6.2 RPG, 5.3 APG, 2.3 SPG, .509 eFG%, .327 3pt%, 27.9 PER, .569 TS%, 104.4 VORP

James: 27.2 PPG, 7.2 RPG, 6.9 APG, 1.7 SPG, .532 eFG%, .340 3pt%, 27.7 PER, .581 TS%, 108.6 VORP

Everyone wants to remember their time as the best, especially players. That’s why it’s almost impossible to take what they say for a good word. I mean, shit TMac said the league is watered down now when he made an All-NBA Second Team with Jermaine O’Neal, Peja, Ben Wallace and Sam Cassell. That team SUCKS.

Again this isn’t an argument about career or resume. Jordan still has that, because of those six rings. This is just strictly on a talent level. Ryen Russillo – someone I trust immensely with NBA talk just said today on Mike and Mike, ‘there’s no gap between MJ and LeBron, but there’s a different argument with resume to talent. I can’t argue six rings, but I can argue talent.’

No matter what you think of him, sit back and watch him play. We’ve never seen someone like him before. Enjoy greatness, but cheer against Cleveland. Hell, that’s what I do. These are the two best players to ever step foot in the NBA and we’re splitting hairs at 99.99 percentile of talent. But, it’s time to drop some of the false LeBron notions and realize basketball is getting better than it ever was in the 90s.

Special NBA Draft Edition: Episode 22 – Stool Greenie

 

Guess who’s BACK?!?! While you were balls deep in that riveting Cleveland vs. Toronto matchup and a draft lottery that’s written like a WWE script, @BarstoolReags and @StoolGreenie were busy chopping it up in the studio. Up in the lab laying down some smooth vocals for you, the avid college hoops fan, who like a withdrawing heroin addict, needs a quick fix to hold you over until the real action picks back up later in the year.

On this week’s special NBA Draft episode, Greenie stops by to talk early onset depression brought on by the Celtics 3rd overall pick, #TheProcess, Simmons vs. Ingram, European ballplayers, and whether or not the NBA Draft is actually rigged (yes).

Also a couple quick housekeeping announcements:

  • Former podcast guest and CBB writer extraordinaire Terrence Payne will be joining the team as a co-host this year. As you may or may not recall, Terrence has covered college hoops nationally for NBC, which means his opinions are always correct and should be adopted by you immediately.

Go back and listen to Terrence’s STC debut HERE.

  • While we’re not exactly in season per se, there is plenty going in the world of college hoops, i.e. the draft and Team USA Basketball (assuming the boys don’t get Zika or drink the water in Rio and die). That means the podcast will be coming your way weekly once again with plenty of material until the real action kicks off sometime next fall. Without getting too scientific on you, we’ve got some fresh new ideas that are being kicked around, which should ultimately mean more #content headed your way. So stay tuned.

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Episode 21 – Terrence Payne

 

For as much as folks love to complain about the selection committee and tournament snubs and busted brackets, I’m a bit surprised no one is complaining about the tournament schedule as a whole. For four straight days, the NC two A hits us with game after game after game, many of which are right on top of each other resulting in crazy finish after crazy finish, which is all part of what makes March Madness so great. But then something happens. The games just stop for a few days creating a basketball-less void from which there’s no escape. What are you supposed to do when there’s no college basketball? Where do you go? What am I supposed to do with my hands? Well fortunately for you, the Storm the Court Podcast has you covered until the games pick back up again (NIT and Women’s Ball notwithstanding, of course). This week, we got nationally recognized basketball writer Terrence Payne to sit down and recap the first weekend of the Tournament, the Jamie Dixon/Miller Bros/Pitt love triangle, the ACC, the Big East, and naturally, Final Four picks. Terrence also makes the cardinal sin of diving into his own personal bracket, something for which he was appropriately reprimanded and punished (just kidding. He apologized, though). Terrence provides an excellent perspective on the game from someone who covers college basketball nationally so if you’re looking to hear a guest that really knows his shit, go ahead and give us a listen.

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The $500 March Madness Tourney presented by KFC Radio & Storm The Court Podcast and Episode 20 ft. Rico Bosco ICYMI

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Well, it’s officially official. The brackets are set, or I guess I should say they’ve been set for a while now thanks to some deep web Internet hackers and/or an anonymous informant hiding inside the CBS studios. March Madness is officially here and committee complaints be damned, this year looks to be as entertaining of a tournament as we’ve seen in years. With that said, March Madness and bracket challenges go together like lamb and tuna fish and you might be wondering what sort of contests the best damn college basketball podcast in all the land has up their sleeves. Well, this year we’re teaming up with KFC Radio for the $500 March Madness Tourney presented by KFC Radio & Storm The Court Podcast. Basically how it works is just your standard bracket contest. 64 teams, six rounds, pick as many winners as you can and whoever has the best score at the end of the challenge wins. Perfect sweet sixteen gets a million dollars a year for the rest of their life. Not from us though. That’s Warren Buffet’s challenge. However, we’ll hook the winner up with $500 cold hard cash which should be more than enough to chip in on the rent or a less responsible investment like a sizeable bar tab or something. Only catch is this tournament is strictly for KFC Radio Premium subscribers, which I’m assuming most of you are, but if not, here’s the link to subscribe. $12 dollars a year, or if my math serves me correct, just a dollar a month which basically means you’re paying $12 to enter a $500 bracket challenge as well as getting hours upon hours of top notch premium material.

In addition, we’re gonna do a free draft style challenge where you draft a team based on seeds. Each person picks one team from the eight different selections broken up by seeds. You get points for your teams advancing. You get 1 point for the first round, 2 for the second, 4 for the Sweet 16, 5 for the Elite Eight, 10 for the Final Four and 15 for having the champion. On top of that you get points for the seed you have. For instance if you have a 4 seed, you’ll receive 5 points if they win their first round game, etc, etc, etc. Most points at the end of the tournament wins some free merch.

You can go ahead and make those picks HERE.

 

Lastly but not leastly, Rico Bosco made his triumphant return to the podcast to discuss the selection committee, tourney snubs and seeding, each tournament region, as well as offering some of his signature picks. To say he’s excited for the tournament is an understatement.

Happy Hunting.

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Episode 19 – Brad Redford

 

Well, we’re officially getting right down to the nitty gritty. Conference tournaments are already underway and several programs have already punched their tickets to the dance. This week, the big dogs are preparing to slug it out to see who can score a top for seed or one of the slew of at large bids. Xavier is certainly one of those programs who figures to be among the top eight seeds in this year’s tournament, so who better to have on this week’s show to talk shop than former Xavier player, Brad Redford. Brad starred at Xavier from 2008-2013, led the A-10 in 3 pt% twice, and even beat out Draymond Green for Michigan’s Mr. Basketball as a high school senior, something he talks about on this week’s episode. The guys also cover the usual stuff. A little Xavier/Big East/A-10 talk, memorable Xavier tournament games, All-Americans, Final four and National Champion picks.

Be sure to head over to bradredfordbasketball.com (@BradRedfordBRB) and check out the work Brad has been doing to help young players develop their skills to play at the collegiate level. Could also be useful if you’re looking to get back into the rec game and you’re looking to polish your shot so you can at least draw iron a couple times.

Also since there was no episode last week and on account of March Madness beginning, We’re going to be breaking you off with another episode dropping mid-week. Don’t say we never did anything for you. Stay tuned.

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Episode 18 – Jon Hood

 

The Storm the Court Podcast is coming up hard on that big 2-0 episode mark, and in my humble opinion, the interview with Jon Hood (@jonnylightning4) is one of the best episode’s we’ve had so far. That’s no disrespect to any of the other guest’s or former players that have joined in the past, Jon’s stories of his time at Kentucky are just that entertaining. From life as a top 100 prospect on the recruiting trail, to DeMarcus Cousin’s trying to fight everybody, to what day to day life is like for a player in the NCAA Tournament, Jon paints a pretty good picture of what it’s like to be a part of some of the best teams in recent memory. Even if you don’t fancy yourself a #BBN blowhard, as a betting man I’d be willing to bet several paychecks that you’ll be able to look past any personal biases and thoroughly enjoy this week’s episode.

Also Jon has been working on his own podcast called Beyond Borders, which you’ll be able to find here. Beyond Borders focuses on athlete’s lives outside the arena of competition, so if you like some of the stuff you’ve heard on here so far, make sure you check out some similar flavor on Jon’s podcast as well.

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Last Chance To Get Your Questions In For Episode 18 ft. Jon Hood

A few weeks ago we had former UK walk on Tod Latern on the podcast talking about everything from his days in the Bluegrass. This week, another former Wildcat sits down with @BarstoolReags. This time we’re joined by Jon Hood (@jonnylightning4) who should also be able to give us a great perspective of what it was like to play at Kentucky for five years, what it’s like to be a part of a national championship team, playing a little overseas ball, and what he’s been up to nowadays. Personally, I really dig the former player episodes because it gives squares like me who weren’t good enough to play D1 basketball a good picture of what it’s like to be big man on campus during the some of the more poignant years of our lives. So if you’re like me and you’ve ever wondered about these sorts of things, make sure you get your questions in for Jon as recording is set to go down here in a couple hours.

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Episode 17 – Big Cat

 

First and foremost, my apologies for not posting this to the site yesterday. College basketball is moving full speed ahead so things are pretty busy around here, which is really just code for “I went out the other night and had to play catchup at work hungover so I got behind and just forgot to post.” These things happen. The cool part about the Internet though is it’s written in pen, not pencil, so this stuff is around forever. Actually, it kind of works out great this way because North Carolina lost in spectacular Roy Williams fashion last night and my guys @BarstoolReags and  @BarstoolBigCat basically predicted the future. If you didn’t already listen yesterday and are into hearing clairvoyant stuff like that, then episode 17 should be right up your alley. Also if you like Badger basketball, Villanova talk, and ideas for improving the game of college basketball you’ll probably be pretty smitten as well. Thanks for the listen.

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