Daly Dose #155 The Daly Dose NBA Preview

This week on the Daly Dose, we are previewing the 2017-2018 NBA season! We know that the Golden State Warriors, and the Cleveland Cavaliers are the heavy favorites but can anyone challenge them? Our picks for the NBA Finals as well as league MVP and Rookie of the Year!

We have  HUGE announcement concerning the future of the Daly Dose Podcast!

There were some major overreactions in college football, and we discuss what the latest games could mean to the college football playoff.

The NFL is in the middle of a strange season. How many MUST see teams are actually in the league right now?

And we count down the Top 5 ways that Dallas Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott will be spending his time on suspension!

Listen here to Daly Dose #155 The Daly Dose NBA Preview!

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Daly Dose #139 Our Fifty States Tour

This week on the Daly Dose we begin our 50 States Tour!

We make a brief stop in each state across the nation, and look at their greatest athletes, the best moments, and the most disappointing losses. From Alabama and their heated in-state rivalry, to the amazing athletes that the states of CaliforniaFlorida, and Illinois have produced, to some of the most memorable wins and losses in ColoradoIdaho, and Kentucky, we are touring the USA sports world!

We know that Massachussets has had some memorable wins with the Celtics, Red Sox, and Patriots, but what is the worst moment in their sports history? The state of Mississippi has given us some of the greatest athletes in the world, and Maryland has a few sports moments that we will never forget!

Be sure to check out the first installment of our 50 States Tour, as we remember some of the best and worst in sports from across this nation!

Listen here to Daly Dose #139 Our Fifty States Tour!

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Daly Dose #138 Our midseason Major League Baseball report

This week on the Daly Dose, we are looking at Major League Baseball at the halfway point. Who are the best teams? Which teams are most likely to fade down the stretch? We know the Chicago Cubs are the defending champs, but can they even make the postseason this year? Are the New York Yankees and the Washington Nationals contenders or pretenders?

NBA free agency is slowing down now, and we look at the winners and losers from a busy offseason signing period.

The NFL quarterback may be the most important position in all of sports, yet we have a number of teams that are still not settled on who their starter will be. We know that the Denver BroncosChicago Bears, and Cleveland Browns still need to pick a starter, but who else could be heading for a QB controversy?

Why you shouldn’t care about the McGregor vs. Mayweather press conferences, and we count down the Top 5 most impactful NBA free agent signings of all time!

Listen here to Daly Dose #138 Our midseason Major League Baseball report.

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Daly Dose #119 The March Madness bubble watch

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 NBA season is now in the home stretch, and we take a look at who might make the playoffs, and why the Kevin Durant injury might actually help the Golden State Warriors.

Finally, we count down the Top 5 current NBA players that never made it to the NCAA Tournament.

Listen here to Episode 119: The March Madness bubble watch!

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NBA Preview: The Southeast Division preview

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1. Atlanta Hawks

Sure, the Hawks lost Al Horford and Jeff Teague, but they did pick up big man Dwight Howard. So there goes all of that team chemistry and general likeability.

2. Washington Wizards

The Wizards had two goals this offseason: sign Kevin Durant and/or sign Al Horford. They struck out on both of those, but they did get rid of head coach Randy Wittman. So that’s a positive. Besides, people in Washington are used to ruined expectations.

3. Orlando Magic

The Magic went out in the offseason and made some very solid moves. They hired new head coach Frank Vogel, a no nonsense coach that has playoff experience.  And they brought in some good talent in Serge Ibaka, Bismack Biyombo, and Jodie Meeks. So who is going to get the blame if this group can’t show some improvement and reach the playoffs? Probably Dwight Howard.

4. Miami Heat

Remember when the Heat had LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, and Chris Bosh and we’re planning on winning 6…7…or 8 championships? Now all three of those players are gone. Along with most of the people who claimed to be Heat fans.

5. Charlotte Hornets

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Scientists warn: Warriors bandwagon cannot support growing population

Oakland, CA- With the recent addition of forward Kevin Durant, scientists are warning that the Golden State Warriors bandwagon is nearing a very unhealthy capacity.

Researchers from the National Science Foundation are warning the general public that the bandwagon is nearing the extent of it’s sustainability, and that it could struggle to support the growing population.

“Look, we already knew that the Warriors bandwagon was pretty full.” stated leading researcher Vincent McKinney. “But when they lost to the Cleveland Cavaliers in the NBA Finals that population dropped to a more healthy level.”

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“However, with the addition of Kevin Durant, we are seeing those numbers skyrocket. People are talking about this team going undefeated. There is talk that they could win 200 games next season. I mean, that is physically impossible. But right now logic is not entering into the equation.” McKinney continued.

On Monday, Durant announced that he would sign a two-year deal, with a one-year option, to join the back-to-back Western Conference Champs.

“But super teams don’t always win.” McKinney continued. “And when this happened a few years ago in Miami, we saw a high number of injuries when people fell off of a bandwagon that was filled to capacity.We are hoping to avoid a similar incident right now, but no one is listening.”

 

Daly Dose #83 The 2015-2016 NBA Awards

This week on the Daly Dose Sports Podcast, we look back at the 2015-2016 NBA season and some of our memories from a very interesting year. We pick some winners and losers from the NBA Draft and wonder where some of the top free agents could wind up. Team USA Basketball made some interesting selections for their roster and we have some concerns about how they might do at the Olympics in Rio. Plus there are some season ending NBA Awards, reflections on both Pat Summitt and Buddy Ryan, and we count down the Top 5 NBA Draft steals of all time!

Listen to Episode 83

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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+++

Daly Dose Sports Podcast #76 The Daly Dose Top 5

This week on Episode 76 of the Daly Dose Sports Podcast Clint talks some news from the world of boxing. Everyone is saying that Canelo Alvarez is going to fight Gennady Golovkin. Don’t get too excited. Plus we look at the NBA Playoffs and a few stories from the league. Finally we count down the Top five reaasons that you should be checking out the Daly Dose Top 5 every single week! Check out Episode 76!

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The Daly Dose Sports Podcast: Episode 74- Winners and losers from the NFL Draft

This week on the Daly Dose Sports Podcast, Clint takes a look at the winners and losers from the NFL Draft. He also talks some NBA playoffs, answers listener email, and discusses one of the biggest sports upsets of all time… and it just happened this week. Then he counts down the Top 5 highest drafted kickers and punters in the NFL Draft of all time! Check out Episode 75!

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