Daly Dose #129 Who is going to the NBA Finals?

This week on the Daly Dose, we make our picks for who will be going to the NBA Finals! With the NBA Conference Finals now underway, we tell you who is going to win the East between the Boston Celtics and the Cleveland Cavaliers, and who will win the West between the Golden State Warriors and the San Antonio Spurs.

What happened to Houston Rockets guard James Harden in the series against the Spurs? We think we may know why he failed to show up for Game 6.

Colin Kaepernick can’t seem to get many looks in the NFL, the Denver Broncos made some fans angry, Tom Brady is tempting fate, and do Big Baller brand shoes actually make you a big baller?

And with the Warriors and the Cavs being heavy favorites to go to the NBA Finals, we count down the Top 5 upsets that have taken place in the NBA Conference Finals.

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Daly Dose #128 The fights that we wish had happened

The NFL Draft put a few players around the league on notice that their days could be numbered. Who should be looking over their shoulder?

We are nearly finished with the NBA conference semifinals, and of course we are seeing some players getting it done in the biggest moments, and a few players that are failing to make the big plays.

University of Alabama head football coach Nick Saban just got a big raise, so of course that means we have to hear about how that money should go to the players. Unfortunately, it isn’t that easy.

Finally, with the Gennady Golovkin vs Canelo Alvarez fight finally being announced, we look back at the Top 5 greatest fights that never did take place.

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Daly Dose #127 The 2017 NFL Draft Recap

This week on the Daly Dose, we take a look at the wild weekend that was the 2017 NFL Draft! Who were the winners and losers as NFL teams selected the top collegiate talent? NFL writer Dillon Brooks stops by to discuss which teams got better, and who may have fallen short!

The NBA conference semifinals are under way, and Clint and Dillon give you their picks in each series, and a few things that have stood out so far.

Anthony Joshua unified the heavyweight title in London last week, and he just might breathe some life into the world of boxing.

Plus Stanley Cup Playoffs, how the ESPN layoffs might affect you, and we count down the Top 5 horses that are least likely to win the Kentucky Derby!

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Daly Dose #126 The 2017 NFL Draft preview

This week on the Daly Dose, we are discussing the reality television show that is the 2017 NFL Draft! Longtime friend of the show, Larry from Centennial stops by to discuss the yearly phenomenon that is the NFL Draft. We play a game of “You make the pick” and discuss all of the bizarre things that we may see on draft night.

Our picks for who will win the NHL Stanley Cup this season, and we also play a game called “Name the real hockey player”.

The NBA playoffs are heating up, and we share what we have learned from the games so far.

And this week we count down the Top 5 greatest NFL Draft classes of all time!

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Daly Dose #125 Are you high?

This week on the Daly Dose, Clint answers a Twitter question about the United Airlines controversy, and shares a story about his own air travel back from vacation.

04/20 is later this week and there are a few sports figures that seem to be puffing more than passing. NBA Commissioner Adam Silver, NY Giants QB Eli Manning, and the city of St Louis are all under suspicion!

Longtime Pittsburgh Steelers chairman Dan Rooney passed away last week, and wee look at one of his draft classes that might be the best ever in NFL history. The 2017 NFL Draft is coming next week and there are a few teams that could take a QB despite already having a franchise QB on their roster.

We give an NBA Playoff preview, as we look at which series are more likely to go seven games, which one is most likely to have an upset, and which one is likely to have a team lose their voices from whining.

Finally, with Alex Ovechkin and the Washington Capitals trying to win an elusive Stanley Cup, we count down the Top 5 athletes that never won a title!

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Daly Dose #124 The 2017 Daly Dose College Basketball Awards

Clint is back from his vacation, and discusses what he learned from his trip!

The NBA Playoffs are finally here! Can anyone actually beat the Golden State Warriors or the Cleveland Cavaliers? We give you four teams that just might have what it takes to pull the upset.

In the NFL, the Oakland Raiders are looking desperate, and Tony Romo may be retired, but he still has more pressure on him than you might think.

The 2017 Major League Baseball season is underway, and as usual, it makes absolutely no sense.

College basketball may be over, but we hand out some season-end awards. Of course, we give out the Coach of the Year, and Player of the Year, but you also won’t want to miss the Kardashian Award, the Chris Webber Award, and the Guy Lewis Award!

Finally, with Dustin Johnson pulling out of the Masters with an odd injury, we take a look back at five of the craziest off-the-field injuries in sports history!

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Daly Dose #108 Our Daly Dose Christmas Wish List

This week on the Daly Dose Sports Podcast, we read our Christmas wish list! But the list isn’t for us. We ask dear old Santa for a variety items for a number of different sports figures!

What does LeBron James really need this holiday season? Richard Sherman?

And despite the hope that so many feel around this time of year, we give you a few NFL teams that have no hope whatsoever. And we don’t just mean this season.

Plus some surprising NBA teams, a college football scandal, and the Top 5 least popular holiday gifts for sports fans!

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1. San Antonio Spurs

How much will the loss of Tim Duncan really affect the always resilient Spurs?

Last season he averaged career lows in points, rebounds, and minutes played.

But if nothing else, his retirement does drop the average age of the roster from 74 to 65.

Just wait until Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili hang it up.

They might get that average age down into the teens.

 

2. Dallas Mavericks

The Mavs didn’t just stand pat after their surprising 42 win season, that earned them the No. 6 seed in the Western Conference Playoffs.

They went out and signed former Golden State Warriors Harrison Barnes and Andrew Bogut to add into the mix.

So as Dirk Nowitzki finishes out his career, he can watch Bogut sitting on the bench injured, and Barnes clanking open shot after open shot.

Enjoy your twilight years, Dirk!

 

3. Houston Rockets

For a number of years, the Rockets have fought the contention that they are only concerned with their offensive game.

With the hiring of head coach Mike D’Antoni Houston can finally put that argument to rest.

Defense is officially for suckers!

 

4. Memphis Grizzlies

The core of the always physical Grizzlies remains the same with Marc Gasol, Zach Randolph, Tony Allen, and Mike Conley returning for their seventh season together.

But the Achilles heel for this group, has been their struggle to shoot from the perimeter.

So they went and signed knockdown shooter Chandler Parsons, who will either give them a bona-fide outside threat, or be given a wedgie and stuffed into his locker by his teammates.

 

5. New Orleans Pelicans

The Pelicans bottomed out last year, winning just 30 games, when do-everything forward Anthony Davis missed 21 games with various injuries.

But there is a reason that Davis is all-universe in the Big Easy.

It is primarily because Tyreke Evans, Jrue Holiday, and the rest of the entire team are always injured and Davis literally has to do everything.

NBA team signs neighborhood H-O-R-S-E champ to multi-million dollar deal

There has been a lot of discussion about the money being spent in the NBA this offseason, and on Monday the Houston Rockets did nothing to slow that dialogue.

After winning his Hunters Creek neighborhood H-O-R-S-E championship, local businessman and father of four Ted Blanford, was offered a three-year deal worth an estimated $37 million dollars. The offer comes with an with an opt-out option after the second year.

The 33-year-old financial analyst was as surprised as anyone about the life-changing offer.

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“I has been shooting pretty good from the corner by the mailbox.” Blanford said. “That’s my shot. And then I made a granny shot from the three point line to win our neighborhood game. But it isn’t like I expected anything like this.”

Blanford said that he had tried out for his high school team as a senior only to be cut prior to the season.

“I wasn’t very good. I can’t dribble very well and I am a liability on defense.”

But Rockets manager Daryl Morey thinks that makes him a perfect fit for his franchise.

Houston is currently at least $70 million dollars under the 2016-2017 NBA salary cap, and will be looking to sign even more players to big money contracts over the next few weeks.

“The bottom line is that we have money to spend.” Morey defended. “I mean we tried to give it to Dwight Howard for goodness sake. I think that just shows how desperate we really are. Blanford can’t be any worse than that guy.”

 

2016 NBA Draft team grades

The 2016 NBA Draft has come and gone. And while you dozed off after the first seven picks, we forced ourselves to stay awake so that we could give you our 2016 Draft grades! So try to stay awake this time. There could be a test later.

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Atlanta Hawks

Notable picks: Taurean Prince, F, Baylor; DeAndre Bembry, SF, St. Joseph’s; Isaia Cordinier, SG, France

Outlook: The Hawks clearly needed some players that could contribute right away, and it seems they got that in Prince and Bembry. Now if they can just get Al Horford to stay, they assure themselves of another early playoff exit.

Grade: B

 

Boston Celtics

Notable picks: Jaylen Brown, SF, California; Ante Zizic, C, Croatia; Demetrius Jackson, PG, Notre Dame; Ben Bentil, PF, Providence

Outlook: The Celtics got some talented perimeter players. Unfortunately, they already have a ton of talented perimeter players. But maybe they are holding out hope they can trade for a frontcourt player like Kevin Love. And if that is their plan, Danny Ainge no longer seems like a genius, does he?

Grade: D

 

Brooklyn Nets

Notable picks: Caris LeVert, SG, Michigan; Isaiah Whitehead, SG, Seton Hall

Outlook: Brooklyn is pretty bad, so they can pretty much use help everywhere. Yet, they somehow they still managed to botch that.

Grade: D

 

Charlotte Hornets

Notable picks: None. Traded No. 22 pick to Sacramento for G Marco Belinelli

Outlook: The Hornets decided that they didn’t want to risk a pick on an unproven commodity. So they traded the pick to the Kings for a journeyman three-point shooter that doesn’t make very many three point shots.  LeBron may never be able to overtake Michael Jordan as a player but he has already passed him as a GM.

Grade: D

 

Chicago Bulls

Notable picks: Denzel Valentine, SF, Michigan State; Paul Zipser, SF, Germany

Outlook: Chicago got rid of Derrick Rose and his hefty contract and picked up Valentine to run the point. Will the rookie be as good as Rose once was? Probably not, but he might actually wear a uniform and participate in games.

Grade: B

 

Cleveland Cavaliers

Notable picks: Kay Felder, PG, Oakland

Outlook: The Cavs get a backup point guard as insurance just in case Matthew Dellavedova leaves. And Felder should be able to watch and cheer just as good as Delly ever did. Well done, Cavs.

Grade: A-

 

Dallas Mavericks

Notable picks: A.J. Hammons, C, Purdue

Outlook: We have no idea what the Mavericks are doing anymore. Hammons has some good size and the Mavs did need a big man. Of course he’s not very athletic, and he doesn’t always play hard. So maybe he fits right in.

Grade: B+

 

Denver Nuggets

Notable picks: Jamal Murray, PG, Kentucky; Juan Hernangomez, PF, Spain; Malik Beasley, SG, Florida State

Outlook: Quite frankly, we aren’t sure what is going on in Denver. The Nuggets desperately needed some shooters to go along with PG Emmanuel Muiday and Nikola Jokic, and they actually got some shooters. But we aren’t used to the Nuggets making sense. And honestly, it scares us.

Grade: A

 

Detroit Pistons

Notable picks: Henry Ellenson, PF, Marquette; Michael Gbinije, SF, Syracuse

Outlook: The Pistons stated that they didn’t have any pressing needs, which allowed them to just take the top player available. We think it’s cute that a team that finished No. 8 in the Eastern Conference didn’t think they didn’t have any pressing needs.

Grade: B-

 

Golden State Warriors

Notable picks: Damian Jones, C, Vanderbilt; Patrick McCaw, SG, UNLV

Outlook: Big surprise here, the Warriors just get better. They pick up Jones who can help their frontcourt should Festus Ezeli and Marreese Speights leave via free agency. And McCaw could develop into a solid perimeter defender. It is almost like the league fixed it for them. Right, Ayesha Curry?

Grade: B+

 

Houston Rockets

Notable picks: Chinanu Onuaku, C, Louisville (37); Zhou Qi, PF, China

Outlook: The Rockets love their analytics and they grabbed two players, plus Gary Payton II following that draft, that all should fit their analytic scheme pretty well. How’s that analytic thing working out, by the way? Good? Or no?

Grade: B-

 

Indiana Pacers

Notable picks: Georges Niang, SF, Iowa State

Outlook: Niang could eventually contribute, and the Pacers also dealt for Jeff Teague and Thaddeus Young, which should boost their offense considerably. And don’t worry about the defense. Nothing to see there, folks. Just keep moving along.

Grade: B

 

Los Angeles Clippers

Notable picks: Brice Johnson, PF, North Carolina; David Michineau, PG, France; Diamond Stone, C, Maryland

Outlook: With his skills and team-first attitude Brice Johnson seems like a perfect fit for the Clippers, and Diamond Stone is a bit of a head case. Which also makes sense for the Clippers.

Grade: C

 

Los Angeles Lakers

Notable picks: Brandon Ingram, SF, Duke; Ivica Zubac, C, Croatia

Outlook: The Lakers got exactly what they needed out of this draft, and both players should be a good fit for what new head coach Luke Walton wants to do. Of course they will still have point guard D’Angelo Russell running the show and showing these guys the ropes. So good luck with that.

Grade: B+

 

Memphis Grizzlies

Notable picks: Wade Baldwin, PG, Vanderbilt; Deyonta Davis, PF, Michigan State

Outlook: A productive draft for Memphis, as they got a young point guard as insurance in case Mike Conley departs. And Davis could eventually be a player too. If he ever recovers from the shame and humiliation of sitting in the draft green room for four hours waiting for his name to be called.

Grade: B

 

Miami Heat

Notable picks: None.

Outlook: The Heat feel they are set for talent and so they didn’t make a single move. Or else they are gearing up to make another run at LeBron James. Either way, if there were any diehard Miami fans they would surely be disappointed.

Grade: C

 

Milwaukee Bucks

Notable picks: Thon Maker, PF, Australia; Malcolm Brogdon, SG, Virginia

Outlook: Milwaukee grabbed the enigmatic Sudanese-Australian big man that is either 19 years old, or possibly as old as 21-23, which makes their draft grade either bad or really bad.

Grade: C-

 

Minnesota Timberwolves

Notable picks: Kris Dunn, PG, Providence

Outlook: The Wolves decided to go with a new point guard over scorers like Jamal Murray or Buddy Hield. Which tells us that head coach Tom Thibodeau has enough of whiny, complaining point guards that can’t shoot.

Grade: B-

 

New Orleans Pelicans

Notable picks: Buddy Hield, SG, Oklahoma; Cheick Diallo, PF, Kansas

Outlook: The Pelicans surprised us all and actually made some intelligent selections here. Now they just need to draft a massage therapist to rub Anthony Davis back, which has to be sore from carrying this mess.

Grade: A

 

New York Knicks

Notable picks: None

Outlook: The Knicks had no picks this year, but they were able to make a deal to bring the artist formerly known as Derrick Rose to the Big Apple. If they can manage to bring in another free agent like Dwight Howard or Joakim Noah to combine with Rose and Carmelo Anthony, they could be a one of the top teams in the Eastern Conference. If it were 2010.

Grade: F

 

Oklahoma City Thunder

Notable picks: Domantas Sabonis, PF, Gonzaga; Daniel Hamilton, SF, Connecticut

Outlook: In addition to Sabonis and Hamilton, the Thunder also shipped out Serge Ibaka and picked up perimeter defender Victor Oladipo. Ibaka had been an excellent defender but had fallen in love with taking bad shots. And I think we all know that Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook take enough bad shots as it is.

Grade: A

 

Orlando Magic

Notable picks: Steven Zimmerman, C, UNLV

Outlook: Orlando traded guard Victor Oladipo to Oklahoma City and brought big man Serge Ibaka to town. A big man that should be a top defender, but has an inflated ego about his offensive skills? It’s like Dwight Howard is back!

Grade: D

 

Philadelphia 76ers

Notable picks: Ben Simmons, PF, LSU; Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot, SF, France; Furkan Korkmaz, SG, Turkey

Outlook: The Sixers finally get a player that should be able to get the ball to past top draft picks Nerlens Noel, Jahlil Okafor, and Joel Embiid. Of course if form holds, Simmons will be injured prior to the start of the season anyway.

Grade: B+

 

Phoenix Suns

Notable picks: Dragan Bender, PF, Croatia; Marquese Chriss, PF, Washington; Tyler Ulis, PG, Kentucky

Outlook: The Suns grabbed another Kentucky player in the undersized Ulis, giving them five on the current roster. That means if they do ever end up winning anything they will probably have to vacate those wins.

Grade: B

 

Portland Trailblazers

Notable picks: Jake Layman, SF, Maryland

Outlook: Portland bought their way into the draft to grab the 6-foot-9 shooter that isn’t very consistent at shooting. But after the surprise season the Blazers had, I’m not doubting any of their decisions again. Well, except maybe Greg Oden. And Victor Claver. Oh, and Nolan Smith. Maybe Erick Barkley. Jeff Lamp. Of course Sam Bowie. But that’s it.

Grade: C-

 

Sacramento Kings

Notable picks: Georgios Papagiannis, C, Greece; Malachi Richardson, SG, Syracuse; Skal Labissiere, C, Kentucky

Outlook: Kings VP Vlade Divac swore that the hiring of Dave Joerger as head coach would be the end of the foolishness in Sacramento. But after these selections it is clear that the Kings still have some shenanigans going on. It is almost like Divac is trying to trick us. One last flop, if you will.

Grade: D-

 

San Antonio Spurs

Notable picks: Dejounte Murray, PG, Washington

Outlook: Of course the Spurs had Murray fall to them at pick No. 29 when he was expected to be a top 15 selection. The athletic point guard could end up taking over for Tony Parker in a few seasons, and teaming up with a 74-year-old Tim Duncan to lead San Antonio to another title.

Grade: A-

 

Toronto Raptors

Notable picks: Jakob Poeltl, C, Utah; Pascal Siakam, PF, New Mexico State

Outlook: The Raptors were able to grab Poeltl, to replace Bismack Biyombo, a player that we never even knew existed until about three weeks ago.

Grade: B-

 

Utah Jazz

Notable picks: Joel Bolomboy, PF, Weber State; Marcus Paige, PG, UNC; Tyrone Wallace, PG, California

Outlook: The Jazz just missed the playoffs so they felt like they may not have any real pressing needs coming into this season. But they also allowed 50-year-old Kobe Bryant to score 60 points, on one leg, while wearing Depends under his shorts in his final game. So one of these guys had better be able to defend a little, right?

Grade: C

 

Washington Wizards

Notable picks: No picks.

Outlook: The Wizards have enough problems on that roster without adding any new headaches. Bravo, Wizards. Bravo.

Grade:A+++