This week on the Daly Dose we sit down with long time high school basketball coach Russ McKinstry. Coach Mac has coached for over 30 years in Kansas, Colorado, and Arizona. He discusses how he got started in coaching, some of his biggest victories, best players, toughest opponents, and lessons that he learned along the way. He also discusses his battle with cancer, and how he was able to fight through that difficult time. It is an interview that you don’t want to miss!
This week on the Daly Dose we look forward to March Madness! A few big name programs could be left out of the Big Dance, and we discuss a few lesser known players that are worth your time to watch.
The NFL Combine took place in Indianapolis, and we wonder if it means anything. We play a game of “You Be the NFL GM” to see if you can find the best player from their combine results. NFL free agency is now open, and we look at some of the top players that are available.
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!
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.
We now turn our attention to the Southeast Division where the Hawks, Wizards, and Heat will battle it out to see who gets to lose against the Cavaliers in the playoffs.
Eastern Conference Southeast
(Predicted order of finish)
1. Atlanta Hawks
The Hawks lost SF DeMarre Carroll to free agency but managed to pick up veterans Paul Milsap and Tiago Splitter which should help them roll to an impressive regular season before folding once again in the playoffs.
2. Washington Wizards
The Wizards have a great ball handler and creator with PG John Wall and a terrific shooter in SG Bradley Beal. So why is it then that we always see Beal trying to create and kicking it to Wall for a low percentage three point shot? Maybe it is because head coach Randy Wittman can’t work a clipboard.
3. Miami Heat
Miami went just 37-45 last season and missed the playoffs. The Heat will get Chris Bosh back from his health scare and rookie Justise Winslow should give them some toughness and athleticism. And if that doesn’t help, Pat Riley is still leaving mean notes on LeBron James’ windshield whenever he gets the chance.
4. Orlando Magic
Orlando’s new head coach Scott Skiles is inheriting a team with some good young players. The Magic have four lottery selections on the roster and they will show improvement under Skiles who has a knack for coaching up young talent. And then in about three years they will grow tired of him turning beet red and screaming in their faces. And they will quit. And Skiles will get fired. But hey, it was fun while it lasted.
5. Charlotte Hornets
The Hornets currently have Cody Zeller, Tyler Hansbrough, and Frank Kaminsky on the roster but it may only be because the Washington Generals are now defunct.
The Central Division is one of the most competitive in the NBA. The Cavaliers are the defending NBA Eastern Conference champions.The Bulls have a new head coach and a new system. The Bucks and Pistons are good young teams that can push for a playoff spot. And The Pacers…well they have a team too.
Eastern Conference Central
(Predicted order of finish)
1. Cleveland Cavaliers
The Cavaliers were limping by the time they met up with Golden State in the NBA Finals. But this season could be different. Head coach LeBron James has a year of experience under his belt. And point guard LeBron James should be improved as well. If shooting guard LeBron James can deliver in the clutch and power forward LeBron James can battle in the paint, then center LeBron James might be able to lead this team to a championship.
2. Milwaukee Bucks
The Bucks are the best young team in the NBA. With players like Giannis Antetokunmpo, Jabari Parker, Greg Monroe, and Michael Carter-Williams all 25 or under Milwaukee could be a force for years to come. No really. I’m not kidding. This isn’t sarcasm. They are good. And young. Stop laughing.
3. Chicago Bulls
Bulls’ management was tired of all the winning that head coach Tom Thibodeau was doing and fired him after making the playoffs for five straight years. They have brought on Fred Hoiberg to bring his up tempo high scoring offense to the Windy City. It could actually work. I mean if Derrick Rose can stay healthy…Oh what am I saying? He probably got hurt as I was typing this.
4. Detroit Pistons
Ron Jeremy Stan Van Gundy takes over in Detroit where he will try to do what he last did in Orlando. So there’s good news coming, Detroit. You are going to build up a respectable team, only to lose in the NBA Finals and then bottom out, and have to completely rebuild again. But hey, it’s still better than being the Lions.
5. Indiana Pacers
Larry Bird has told head coach Frank Vogel that he would like the Pacers to run a little more this year with the departure of Roy Hibbert and David West. And that might be good news for forward Paul George and new acquisition Monta Ellis. And it is also good news for Pacer fans that will enjoy the up-tempo style. Of course it is bad news for the rest of the team that is you know….not very good at running…or making shots…or playing basketball.
This week on the Daly Dose Sports Podcast Clint looks at the college football season at the halfway point. Who are the biggest surprises? Disappointments? Heisman contenders? And he gives you his Top 5 ranked teams right now. Plus NFL, MLB and the Daly Dose Top 5 college football finishes of all time. Don’t miss Episode 47!
This week on the Daly Dose Sports Podcast Clint takes a look at what we learned from NFL Week 3, how MLB postseason is shaping up, and the winners and losers from Week 4 of the college football season. Plus we count down the ugliest NFL players of all time! It is a superficial and shallow Episode 44 that you do not want to miss!
On Episode 43 of the Daly Dose Sports Podcast Clint breaks down the NFL Week 2. Who are the teams that crashed back to earth? Who is better than we thought? A look at the MLB Wild Card game and why it needs to be left alone. Who are the winners and losers from Week 3 in college football? And we count down the Top 5 impactful quarterback injuries in NFL history. Don’t miss Episode 43!
Clint counts down a few Top 5’s today including the Top 5 most overrated college football players of all time and the top 5 actors who should NOT be playing athletes on the big screen! Check out Episode 34!