Daly Dose 06-19-19 Recapping the NBA Finals with Coach Mac

This week on the Daly Dose, we sit down with long time basketball coach Russ McKinstry to recap the NBA season and the NBA Finals!

How were the Toronto Raptors able to upset the Golden State Warriors? What makes Kawhi Leonard such a special player? Which role players proved to be key to delivering a title to Canada?

We also discuss the Los Angeles Lakers acquiring Anthony Davis from the New Orleans Pelicans. Did they get a bargain? How will the Pelicans look going forward?

We also talk NBA Draft, and look forward at which teams will be the favorites next year.

Finally, we discuss why the passing of Denver Broncos owner Pat Bowlen is more important than many people realize!

We have a lot to cover this week on the Dose!

Daly Dose 02-11-19 A surprise winner at the NBA trade deadline

Monday on the Daly Dose, we recap what we learned from our first full weekend without the NFL!

There may have been a surprise winner at the NBA trade deadline, one NBA superstar is going to have to start playing again, and Magic Johnson isn’t happy with the New Orleans Pelicans.

Plus, LeBron James might be scheming, we have a conspiracy theory in college football, a very young front row at the Daytona 500, and both good and bad news for the Duke Men’s basketball program!

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Daly Dose 02-05-19 Our Super Bowl LIII roundtable Part 2

Tuesday on the Dose, we are continuing the roundtable discussion that we began following Super Bowl LIII! A new Pro Football Hall of Fame class was announced over the weekend. What did the committee get wrong, and what does this latest class mean for future players?

The Oakland Raiders are looking for a new home, the New England Patriots get disrespected, and the Miami Dolphins and Cincinnati Bengals officially hire their new head coaches. Plus, we discuss the Los Angeles Lakers latest offer to the New Orleans Pelicans for Anthony Davis!

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Daly Dose 01-29-19 Recapping the 2018 NFL season Part 1

Tuesday on the Dose, we are recapping the 2018 NFL season,  as we prepare for Super Bowl LIII on Sunday!

We are joined by a longtime friend of the show to look back at what we will remember from the 2018 NFL season.  We discuss the officiating, the high scoring offenses, the Pro Bowl, and we begin to look at each division and look at every team in the league. How did their season go, and what are they looking forward to next?

Plus, Anthony Davis wants a trade, and Americans are spending a crazy amount of money betting on the big game!

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Daly Dose 04-18-18 Our lineman appreciation day

Wednesday on the Daly Dose, we look at some college football news, and an interesting NFL rule proposal. There is a disturbing divorce story coming out and we are trying to find a moral to the story.

Today is National Lineman Appreciation Day, and we are celebrating by remembering some of the most underrated linemen that we can think of.

Finally our weekly Daly Dose Hump Day Power Rankings take a look at the most efficient players in the NBA this season. It it a coincidence that they are all still playing?

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Episode 48 of the Daly Dose Sports Podcast is up!

The Daly Dose Sports Podcast brings you our NBA preview! Breakdowns for each team and Clint gives his picks for who will be playing in the NBA Finals. Plus World Series, college football, and NFL talk. And do you still need a Halloween costume? We count down the Top 5 sports themed Halloween costumes that you can use this year! Check out Episode 48!

Episode 48


The Daly Dose Sports NBA Preview: Southwest Division

Our final NBA preview!

NBA Southwest

Western Conference Southwest

(Predicted order of finish)

Team Outlook
1. San Antonio Spurs The Spurs responded to getting knocked out of the first round of the playoffs last year by signing LaMarcus Aldridge and David West. Aldridge is a significant upgrade to the Spurs as a scorer and he seems to have a boring enough personality to fit right in with those robot nerds down there.
2. Houston Rockets You might look at the Rockets and consider them a favorite to contend for the West after they went to the Conference Finals last year. But there are still a number of questions that remain to be answered. How will James Harden deal with being jilted by a Kardashian? Can 30 year old Dwight Howard stay healthy? And what is really in Ty Lawsons’ water bottle?
3. New Orleans Pelicans Anthony Davis might be the best young player in the NBA today. For the second straight year he led the league in blocked shots, was fourth in scoring, and eighth in rebounds. Of course, Tyreke Evans is already hurt and we know that Eric Gordon can never stay healthy. So if the Pelicans are going to make the playoffs Davis will have to play at an All-World level.  So you’re telling me there’s a chance…
4. Memphis Grizzlies If I was going to head into a back alley brawl, I would want to take this team with me. Marc Gasol, Zach Randolph, Mike Conley, Jeff Green and Tony Allen are some bad dudes. Unfortunately this isn’t a street fight. It’s basketball. And this team is another year older and still can’t shoot.
5. Dallas Mavericks Sure, the Mavs may not have had the best offseason. Rim protector Tyson Chandler left for Phoenix. And talented shooter Monta Ellis has joined the Pacers in Indiana.  And Dirk Nowitzki is just another year older.

It isn’t all bad news though. At least free agent C DeAndre Jordan said he would go to Dallas, which should really help.

Did you miss the Southeast Preview?

Or the Atlantic Preview?

2015 NBA Draft Grades for all 30 teams

Is it too early for NBA Draft grades? I mean these players haven’t even stepped on the court yet. But who cares? We can see into the future and tell you right now how this is all going to go for your favorite team. Check out the Daly Dose NBA Draft Grades already and quit being so negative.


Team Selections Outlook and grade
Atlanta Hawks 1st round- traded Kelly Oubre, SG, Kansas

2nd round- Marcus Ericcson, SG, Spain

Dimitrios Agravanis, PF, Greece

Acquired: Tim Hardaway Jr

The Hawks selected Oubre out of Kansas and then traded him for Tim Hardaway Jr and future picks. We all saw the Cavs go to the Finals with Knicks castoffs so it looks like the Hawks are trying to follow that surefire path to success.

Grade: C-

Boston Celtics 1st round- Terry Rozier, PG, Louisville

RJ Hunter, SG, Georgia State

2nd round- Jordan Mickey, PF, LSU

Marcus Thornton, SG, William and Mary

We have been watching Danny Ainge rack up draft choices and thinking that he was a genius. And then he selected Terry Rozier with the 16th pick when he already has Isaiah Thomas and Marcus Smart. The genius has left the building!

Grade: D-

Brooklyn Nets 1st round- Chris McCullough, PF, Syracuse

2nd round- Traded Pat Connaughton, SG, Notre Dame

Acquired Rondae Hollis-Jefferson, PF, Arizona

Jaun Vaulet, SG, Argentina

Steve Blake

The Nets traded Mason Plumlee and Connaughton to Portland for Steve Blake and Rondae Hollis-Jefferson. That gives the Nets McCullough and Rondae-Jefferson- two players that aren’t over 50? Instant upgrade for this geriatric roster!

Grade: B+

Charlotte Hornets 1st round- Frank Kaminsky, C, Wisconsin

2nd round- traded Jaun Vaulet, SG, Argentina

There were reports going into the draft that Hornets owner Michael Jordan really liked Kaminsky. Was it because he valued his offensive skills or because he thinks he can still beat him one on one? We’ll let you decide.

Grade: B

Chicago Bulls 1st round- Bobby Portis, PF, Arkansas

2nd round- No picks

Portis is a beast. Not sure where they will play him or who will be his frienon the team as he tweeted “—- the Bulls” just last year. So he will probably have to sit at the lunch table alone like that dumb blonde girl in Orange is the New Black.

Grade: B+

Cleveland Cavaliers 1st round- traded Tyus Jones, PG, Duke

2nd round- Sir’Dominic Pointer, SF, St Johns

Acquired- Cedi Osman, PG, Macedonia

Rakeem Christmas, C, Syracuse

The Cavs traded Jones to Minnesota for Cedi Osman and Rakeem Christmas. I’m not sure I have ever seen Rakeem Christmas play but after watching LeBron’s supporting cast in the NBA Finals I would think that Lloyd Christmas would be an upgrade.

Grade: C

Dallas Mavericks 1st round- Justin Anderson, SF, Virginia

2nd round- Satnam Singh Bhamara, C, India

Anderson is a good value and the 7’2” Bhamara looks like the bad guy in a comic book movie. Who doesn’t need that guy on their roster?

Grade: B-

Denver Nuggets 1st round- Emmanuel Mudiay, PG, China

2nd round- Nikola Radicevic, PG, Serbia

Mudiay has some weapons in his arsenal but he isn’t a consistent shooter. And he turned it over too much while playing in the Chinese pro league. And he doesn’t even look Chinese at all.

Grade: C-

Detroit Pistons 1st round- Stanley Johnson, SF, Arizona

2nd round- Darrun Hilliard III, SF, Villanova

Will Stanley Johnson prove out to be better than Justise Winslow? Maybe not but he’s a better fit for Stan Van Gundy’s system. So just stop with all of your negativity, Mr. Glass is Half Empty.

Grade: C+

Golden State Warriors 1st round- Kevon Looney, PF, UCLA

2nd round- No picks

First the Warriors win the NBA Finals and then Looney falls to them in the first round of the draft? Mark Jackson’s head just exploded.

Grade: A

Houston Rockets 1st round- Sam Dekker, SF, Wisconsin

2nd round- Montrezl Harrell, PF, Louisville

A number of people were really excited to see Dekker go to Houston. Does he suit a need? Not really. Did they more important positions to fill? Definitely. But he is white. So go nuts. Harrell was a steal. Maybe Dwight Howard will go from just being a champion in his own mind to a real champion? Naaaa.

Grade: A-

Indiana Pacers 1st round- Myles Turner, C, Texas

2nd round- Joseph Young, SG, Oregon

Turner is a defensive center that doesn’t bring much offense to the table but the Pacers already have Roy Hibbert and he’s the most frustrating player on their roster every single year. So apparently the Pacers just like to abuse themselves.

Grade: B-

Los Angeles Clippers 1st round- No picks

2nd round- No picks

Acquired- Branden Dawson, SG, Michigan State

The Clippers didn’t have any selections in this years’ draft but they also didn’t botch their pick like they usually do. So sometimes less is more.

Grade: A+

Los Angeles Lakers 1st round- D’Angelo Russell, PG, Ohio State

Larry Nance Jr, PF, Wyoming

2nd round- Anthony Brown, SF, Stanford

The Lakers decided to go with a PG instead of a big man selecting Russell over Jahlil Okafor with the second pick of the draft. This tells me that the Lakers are planning on getting a big man in free agency like Kevin Love. And he will probably hurt himself signing the contract.

Grade: B

Memphis Grizzlies 1st round- Jarell Martin, PF, LSU

2nd round- No picks

The Grizzlies needed a shooter and didn’t get one but with Martin joining Tony Allen, Jeff Green, and Zach Randolph this team is my favorite in any street fight they might enter.

Grade: C-

Miami Heat 1st round- Justise Winslow, SG, Duke

2nd round- Josh Richardson, SG, Tennessee

Everything came up perfect for Pat Riley as usual. When Miami fans find out they still have a professional basketball team even though LeBron James left they are going to be so excited.

Grade: B+

Milwaukee Bucks 1st round- Rashad Vaughn, SG, UNLV

2nd round-Traded Norman Powell, SG, UCLA

Acquired Greivis Vasquez

The Bucks needed some scoring here and got it with Vaughn who has proven to be a dependable shooter. This is good because Jason Kidd wasn’t going to teach him how to shoot anytime soon.

Grade: C+

Minnesota Timberwolves 1st round- Karl-Anthony Towns, C, Kentucky

2nd round- traded Cedi Osman, PG, Macedonia

Traded Rakeem Christmas, C, Syracuse

Acquired- Tyus Jones, PG, Duke

The T-Wolves grabbed Towns and then traded for Tyus Jones. That gives Minnesota a monster combination with Towns, Jones and Rookie of the Year Andrew Wiggins. Towns and Wiggins because they are monsters on the court. And Jones because he kind of looks like a monster. Or at least a Munster.

Grade: A+

New Orleans Pelicans 1st round- No picks

2nd round- traded Branden Dawson, SG, Michigan State

The Pelicans really need to surround center Anthony Davis with some talent so they went out and grabbed Dawson and then traded him away to the Clippers for cash. Davis is also going to look great in a Clippers jersey in two years.

Grade: D-

New York Knicks 1st round- Kristaps Porzingis, PF, Latvia

2nd round- No picks

Acquired Jerian Grant, PG Notre Dame, Guillermo Hernangomez, C, Spain

Kristaps Porzingis was booed unmercifully at the draft on Thursday night. The bad news is now its going worse to get for Porzingis when he has to play with Carmelo Anthony every night.


Poor little zingis.

Grade: B+

Oklahoma City Thunder 1st round- Cameron Payne, PG, Murray State

2nd round- Dakari Johnson, C, Kentucky

Dakari Johnson spurned head coach Billy Donovan while he was at Florida to attend Kentucky instead. Guess who has some extra conditioning every practice? It ain’t Kevin Durant.

Grade: C

Orlando Magic 1st round- Mario Hezonja, SG, Croatia

2nd round-Tyler Harvey, SG, Eastern Washington

The Magic needed some scoring ability and they got it with both picks. Jalen Rose compared Hezonja to Chandler Parsons on draft night…which is good… except they are nothing alike. However they are both white. Good eye, Jalen.

Grade: B-

Philadelphia 76ers 1st round- Jahlil Okafor, C, Duke

2nd round- traded Guillermo Hernangomez, C, Spain

Richaun Holmes, PF, Bowling Green

Arturas Gudaitis, C Lithuania

JP Tokoto, SF, North Carolina

Luka Mitrovic, PF, Serbia

With D’Angelo Russell off the board the Sixers decided to go with another big man in addition to the fifty they already have. This could be the beginning of something big with all those young post players. Or it could be like when the Detroit Lions just kept drafting WRs every single year.

Probably the latter.

Grade: C

Phoenix Suns 1st round- Devin Booker, SG, Kentucky

2nd round- traded Andrew Harrison, PG, Kentucky

Booker joins Kentucky alumni Eric Bledsoe, Archie Goodwin, and Brandon Knight in Phoenix. It must be tough for all of those ex-Wildcats to afford that NBA pay cut.

Grade: C+

Portland Trailblazers 1st round- traded Rondae Hollis-Jefferson, SF, Arizona

2nd round- No picks

Acquired- Pat Connaughton, SG, Notre Dame

Daniel Diez, SF, Spain

Mason Plumlee

It’s scary for Portland fans to think about LaMarcus Aldridge living the City of Roses. You know what’s scarier? Mason Plumlee taking over for him.

Grade: D-

Sacramento Kings 1st round- Willie Cauley-Stein, C, Kentucky

2nd round- No picks

The Kings have a huge headache with DeMarcus Cousins. So they decided to compound that headache by adding Cauley-Stein. But if anyone is up for that challenge it might be George Karl who actually had Carmelo Anthony in the Western Conference Finals in 2009. Yes! That same Carmelo Anthony! Not a different one! That same guy on the Knicks! Are you kidding me?

Grade: C-

San Antonio Spurs 1st round- Nikola Milutinov, C, Sebia

2nd round- Cady Lalanne, C, Massachusetts

Can Milutinov play? Beats me. Is he even an NBA talent? No clue. But the Spurs took him. So he must be secretly great. End of story.

Grade: C

Toronto Raptors 1st round- Delon Wright, PG, Utah

2nd round- No picks

Delon Wright is a very good PG, he has good size, and he’s tough and very good defensively. Except for the dribbling. He isn’t very good at dribbling. But do you really need to be good at dribbling to be a point guard? Apparently not.

Grade: C-

Utah Jazz 1st round- Trey Lyles, PF, Kentucky

2nd round- Olivier Hanlan, PG, Boston College

Traded Daniel Diez, SF, Spain

The Jazz have quietly gone about rebuilding their franchise into an up and coming team. In fact they have done it so quietly that most of the teams in the league forget that Utah even has a franchise.

Grade: B-

Washington Wizards 1st round- traded Jerian Grant, PG, Notre Dame

2nd round- Aaron White, PF, Iowa

Acquired- Kelly Oubre, SG, Kansas

The Wizards traded for Kansas forward Kelly Oubre who commented that he was happy to go to “whichever teams wins me a Championship”. He’s going to be disappointed. But so will the Wizards. So this is a win/win. Or a lose/lose. Whichever.

Grade: C