Daly Dose #135 The 2017 Daly Dose NBA Awards

This week on the Daly Dose, we take a look back at the 2017 NBA season and hand out some end of the year awards! Who did we vote for as the Rookie of the Year, Offensive Player of the Year, and Most Valuable Player? What about Executive of the Year, and the Least Valuable Player of the year? We wrap up the season by celebrating the best of the NBA!

There is a parent in college football that is actually doing a great job, Jordan Spieth did some celebrating at the Travelers Championship, and we are okay with that, and the Oakland Raiders and the Kansas City Chiefs are making some offseason moves.

Plus, we look at the winners and losers of the 2017 NBA Draft, and we count down the Top 5 greatest players selected with the top five selections in NBA Draft history.

Listen here to Episode #135 The 2017 Daly Dose NBA Awards

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Daly Dose #133 The Russ McKinstry Interview

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!

Plus, we do discuss the NBA Finals and how the Golden State Warriors were able to knock off the Cleveland Cavaliers.

The Pittsburgh Penguins won their second Stanley Cup in a row, and now Nashville Predators fans can get back to normal.

And what does Oklahoma Sooners football coach Bob Stoops’ retirement mean to the rest of the Big 12?

Listen here to a very special Episode 133: The Russ McKinstry Interview!

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JR Smith tweets “Cavs in 8” following Game 5 loss to Warriors

Cleveland Cavaliers shooting guard J.R. Smith has never met a shot…or apparently a tweet that he doesn’t like. Following the Cavaliers loss to the Golden State Warriors in Game 3 last week, Smith tweeted out “Cavs in 7.” However, he claims his twitter account was hacked, and that he never actually sent that message.

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“I’m smarter than that.” stated Smith.  That revelation was actually met with some disappointment, as many considered the prediction to be proof of the faith he still had in his teammates to rally, and win four games in a row.

On Monday night, the Warriors wrapped up their second title in three seasons with a convincing 129-120 victory over the Cavaliers to complete the best-of-seven series.

As Warriors forward Kevin Durant received his Finals MVP award, and the Warriors celebrated their title, Smith’s twitter flashed again. This time it stated “Cavs in 8.” You really can’t blame Smith for the Game 5 loss. He went 9 for 11 from the field, shooting 7 for 8 from three-point range. You can, however, understand why he would be so confused after watching his defense on Steph Curry for much of the series. Curry averaged 29 points, and nearly 10 assists for the series.

Daly Dose #132 LeBron vs. Michael

This week on the Daly Dose, we are taking a look at what we have seen so far in the 2017 NBA Finals, between the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Golden State Warriors. Is the series over, or can Cleveland stage another comeback?

The Stanley Cup Final is actually very competitive, but we have a warning for Nashville Predators fans as their team battles the Pittsburgh Penguins.

The NFL offseason has been full of storylines so far, but many of them are just hype.

With Mike Trout on the disabled list, who is now the best player in Major League Baseball?

Do you realize that College Football is just 80 days away? And we have some great early season matchups coming!

And then we count down the Top 5 reasons that LeBron James can never be on the same level as Michael Jordan!

Listen here to Episode #132 LeBron vs Michael!

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Cavaliers to sign Rihanna in hopes of bolstering bench

After two NBA Finals games, in which the Cleveland Cavaliers have been beaten by a combined score of 145 to 104 by the Golden State Warriors, management has decided to make a drastic move.

Cavaliers general manager David Griffin has announced that pop star Rihanna will be signed immediately to a 10 day contract. “We realize that this might seem unorthodox, but desperate times call for desperate measures. ” Griffin stated. “Rihanna has showed more passion than Kyle Korver, Channing Frye, and Deron Williams combined. At least she shows up for the games.”

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The Barbadian singer, songwriter, and actress has never actually played organized basketball, but she doesn’t have huge shoes to fill. Through the first two games, Korver, Smith, and Williams have compiled a whopping 10 points combined.

“I think Rihanna can score five points per game.” Griffin said. “And if nothing else, she can distract the opposing players just by wearing a pair of basketball shorts on the floor. That would be more than any of these guys have done.”

Does Griffin worry that this lack of production from the Cavaliers bench could be an indictment of the quality in which he has done his job?

“I didn’t sign those guys.” Griffin insisted. “Those were Lebron’s guys, and he made the choice to sign them. I am just trying to correct his mistakes.”

 

Daly Dose #131 The show about nothing

This week on the Daly Dose, Clint is joined by Larry from Centennial for an unscripted show about nothing, recorded in Winter Park, Colorado. With a very dry season coming for the sports world, they discuss some alternative sports to watch until football season rolls around again.

Why the Indy 500 has a very personal value for Clint, Larry has a special interest in college lacrosse, and they try to come up with things that are more interesting than the French Open.

Who are you cheering for in the Stanley Cup Final? Sidney Crosby is a very underrated player, and we begrudgingly have an underrated team in Major League Baseball.

Plus, NFL rule changes, our picks for the NBA Finals, and counting down the Top 5 NBA Finals with the highest television ratings of all time!

Listen here to a very special Episode #131: The show about nothing!

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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.”

 

Daly Dose #82 Recapping the NBA Finals

This week on the Daly Dose Sports Podcast we break down what happened in the NBA Finals. How did the Cleveland Cavaliers come all the way back to beat the Golden State Warriors? We also take a look at the longest droughts in the Big 4 sports, and give a quick NBA Draft preview. Plus OJ: Made in America, the mess at the US Open, some Copa America talk, and who isn’t going to win at the Olympics in Rio. Finally our Daly Dose Top 5 counts down the best seasons that did not end with a championship.

Listen to: Episode 82!

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The 2016 NBA Mockery Draft

It seems like just days ago that the NBA Finals ended, and now here we are with the NBA Draft already upon us!

Oh yeah, that was just a few days ago…but the NBA knows that you can either watch the draft or watch baseball.

Either way, you’re probably going to get a nap out of the deal.

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1. Philadelphia 76ers

The Sixers need the skills that LSU forward Ben Simmons has, as he is probably the best athlete, passer, and playmaker in this draft. Plus, he’s already used to losing. So it’s a win/win. Well…I guess it’s more win/win/lose.

Pick: Ben Simmons, F, LSU

 

2. Los Angeles Lakers

The Lakers like what Ingram brings to the table, as he is 6-9 and can hurt defenses from the perimeter. And Lakers point guard D’Angelo Russell is already trying to add Ingram on his Snapchat.

Pick: Brandon Ingram, F, Duke

 

3. Boston Celtics

Boston might end up trading this pick, but they could use some help in their front court, and the city of Boston does love them some white players.

Pick: Dragan Bender, PF, Bosnia

 

4. Phoenix Suns

The Suns have Eric Bledsoe, Brandon Knight, Devin Booker, and Alex Len. So they add another great athlete that looks good in workouts, but never really delivers in an actual game.

Pick: Marquese Chriss, F, Washington

 

5. Minnesota Timberwolves

First, T-Wolves point guard Ricky Rubio shoots 36 percent from the field for his career. Then he says how he is thinking about leaving Minnesota so he can finally make the playoffs. Minnesota has one word for the Spanish brick layer- “Adios.”

Pick: Kris Dunn, PG, Providence

 

6. New Orleans Pelicans

Jamal Murray might be the safest pick in the draft. He can score inside and outside, and should make an immediate impact with a team that desperately needs it. Sure, coming from Kentucky he will have to get used to the pay-cut, but sometimes these things just take time.

Pick: Jamal Murray, F, Kentucky

 

7. Denver Nuggets

The Nuggets can really use a top flight scorer and they can get one in Hield. And in a few years when he leaves to play for a real franchise, they will say how smart they were to have drafted him way back when.

Pick: Buddy Hield, G, Oklahoma

 

8. Sacramento Kings

Brown has some major physical skills, but he also has an attitude that have made teams question if he is worthy of a high pick. But in Sacramento, his attitude feels cute and cuddly when compared to DeMarcus Cousins and Rajon Rondo. So this pick just makes sense.

Pick: Jaylen Brown, F, California

 

9. Toronto Raptors

The Raptors need some rebounding help as Bismack Biyombo will be hitting the free agent market. And while no one even knew who Biyombo was a few weeks ago, the Raptors are now going to say he is a huge loss to their title chances.

Pick: Domantas Sabonis F/C Gonzaga

 

10. Milwaukee Bucks

The Bucks need some depth and skill up front, and Utah seven-footer Jakob Poeltl has shown that he might be capable of growing a Jack Sikma-like afro. So there’s that.

Pick: Jakob Poeltl, C, Utah

 

11. Orlando Magic

Orlando has had a pick in the top five of the NBA Draft for the past three years and have yet to win more than 35 games in a season. See? This NBA draft system is really working!

Pick: Skal Labissiere, C, Kentucky

 

12. Utah Jazz

It takes a special kind of player to play in Utah, where the alcohol is scarce, and the women are wearing bonnets. But Vandy shooting guard Wade Baldwin is saying all the right things in his interviews. So let’s see if he is really the good guy that he is portraying.

Pick: Wade Baldwin, SG, Vanderbilt

 

13. Phoenix Suns

The Suns have three picks in the first round so they can afford to take a chance on Murray here. He is extremely athletic and has great size. And it isn’t like anyone is holding their breath that the Suns are going to actually win something.

Pick: Dejounte Murray, G, Washington

 

14. Chicago Bulls

Davis could be a nice addition into the mix in Chicago. Unfortunately players are trying to leave the team like Jerry Krause is still running things. So Davis could end up being the man in Chicago. The man that gets beat a lot.

Pick: Deyonta Davis, PF Michigan State

 

15. Denver Nuggets

Denver grabs the scorer from Turkey with their second pick. He will join foreign players Danilo Gallinari from Italy, Nikola Jokic from Serbia, Joffrey Lauvergne from France, and Jusuf Nurkic from Bosnia. The Nuggets are putting together a scrappy European rec-league team.

Pick: Furkan Kormaz, SG, Turkey

 

16. Boston Celtics

Another pasty white dude in Celtic green. It’s like kismet.

Pick: Henry Ellenson, PF, Marquette

 

17. Memphis Grizzlies

Richardson made more three pointers in the Elite Eight against Virginia last spring than the Grizzlies made all last season.

Pick: Malachi Richardson, SG, Syracuse

 

18. Detroit Pistons

The Pistons might get the steal of the draft in Valentine, a hard-nosed kid that will produce at the next level. As long as he doesn’t face Middle Tennessee in the NBA.

Pick: Denzel Valentine, G, Michigan State

 

19. Denver Nuggets

Denver has three picks in the first round of the draft, and are looking to prove that they are capable of screwing up three picks, just as easy as they can botch a single pick. Well played, Denver. You “win”.

Pick: Ivica Zubac, C, Serbia

 

20. Indiana Pacers

Larry Bird fired Frank Vogel because he wants to play faster. And while critics will say Vogel won, Bird will point out that Indiana plays in the Eastern Conference so winning isn’t that difficult. And that he can still beat you at HORSE.

Pick: Demetrius Jackson, PG, Notre Dame

 

21. Atlanta Hawks

The Hawks can use some frontcourt help, especially if Al Horford decides to leave via free agency. Sure Johnson won’t be able to step right in for a player the caliber of Horford. But he can probably win the same amount of playoff games.

Pick: Brice Johnson, PF, North Carolina

 

22. Charlotte Hornets

Michael Jordan makes some headlines as he scoops up the seven-foot athlete that is already being called the “Sudanese-Australian Kwame Brown”.

Pick: Thon Maker, PF, Australia

 

23. Boston Celtics

After grabbing a couple of big white stiffs, the Celtics finally pick up a player that could actually improve their team. Hey, third time’s a charm.

Pick: Taurean Prince, F, Baylor

 

24. Philadelphia 76ers

With so many needs to fill it is kind of hard to know what the Sixers will do here. But I do know what they won’t do. Win anytime soon.

Pick: Cheick Diallo, PF, Kansas

 

25. Los Angeles Clippers

The Clippers could have some holes to fill and the big man from Vandy could provide some backup minutes to Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan. Sure, he isn’t as athletic as those two…but he can make a free throw.

Pick: Damian Jones, C, Vanderbilt

 

26. Philadelphia 76ers

The Sixers need guards so they grab the talented Bembry who can shoot, see the floor, and handle the ball. Philly should be well aware of Bembry who played his college ball right down the street at St. Joes. Then again we are talking about the 76ers. They have no idea who this kid is, do they?

Pick: DeAndre’ Bembry, SG, St Josephs

 

27. Toronto Raptors

The Raptors are going to need someone to miss some shots with DeMar DeRozen a possibility to leave via free agency. Beasley will give it a try.

Pick: Malik Beasley, SG, Florida State

 

28. Phoenix Suns

Yes, the Suns have yet another pick in the first round, but can they really afford three rookies? No, so they take “Juancho”, who will probably stay in Spain for another season. Then he can come to Phoenix to “Sucko”.

Pick: Juan Hernangomez, PF, Spain

 

29. San Antonio Spurs

He may wait another year before joining the Spurs and fellow countryman Tony Parker, but at just 21 years of age, the talented shooter lowers the Spurs average roster age to 74.

Pick: Petr Cornelie, PF, France

 

30. Golden State Warriors

The Warriors might have won the NBA Championship with a player like Bentil in the lineup instead of Anderson Varejao. Of course a can of Spam on the floor would have been an improvement over Varejao.

Pick: Ben Bentil, Providence, PF

 

 

Daly Dose #81 The NBA Finals Conspiracy

This week on Episode 81 of the Daly Dose Sports Podcast we discuss the NBA Finals between the Golden State Warriors and the Cleveland Cavaliers. This looked like it was going to be a blowout, and instead is now headed to a Game 6. But could the NBA be manipulating this series?

We take a look at a common sports trend that needs to stop, and the NFL Twitter account was hacked last week. We wonder what the password could be?

Plus some college football, an all-time hockey great passes away, and a Daly Dose Top 5 that you do not want to miss!

Listen here: Episode 81

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