Eric returns from his gingerbread house making hiatus to talk with Scott about the Knicks' firing (freeing?) of David Fizdale and preview the trade market that is set to open up on the NBA High Holiday of December 15, when players signed this summer become eligible to be moved.
With Eric sidelined due to an urgent gingerbread house making engagement, Elizabeth and Scott ran a Williams & Harrell-esque two-person game. This week saw the Harden dunk/Rockets protest fiasco, an all-time LeBron uncalled travel, and Chris Paul doubling down on being a snitch, so as good basketball attorneys we have to ask: is the NBA rule of law under threat?
(Programming note: Eric should be back tomorrow night to discuss the Fizdale firing and preview the Dec. 15th trade market, if he isn't too offended by all the jokes made at his expense here and during the first several minutes of the episode.)
The NBA is through its first academic quarter, which means it's [shudder] report card time! We dish out our As, Bs, Cs, and Ds/Fs (what's the difference, really?) to the teams, players, and other entities that have impressed, satisfied, underwhelmed, and failed us to this point in the 2019-20 season.
Mel00 Returns, Ben Simmons Makes a Three, Magic Has MVP Candidates (Like, Many), and Proposed NBA Schedule Reform
We're #thankful for the NBA—even if it involves watching Carmelo again. Also, Ben Simmons made a three, Magic Johnson used his newfound Twitter freedom to list his top 16 (editor's note: actually 17) MVP candidates, the league rolled out a schedule reform package, and more.
Across the NBA, players are being felled by various maladies—and the injury bug struck this podcast mid-show when Eric experienced a sudden bout of phlegm just as the Melo discussion heated up! Don't worry: he played through it, and we continued to weigh in on the surprising hot & cold starts across the league.
It's not going to happen again....I hope.
Which players, coaches, and cultural figures had the most profound impact on the style and structure of the NBA? Scott called up fellow Humble Sons of the Rust Belt Danny and Jesse Poljak (shoutout Oak Park Court) to talk basketball revolutionaries earlier in the week, and the debates were intellectually on par with those heard in Paris salons circa 1789.
(Note: apologies for the substandard audio quality in the first 35ish minutes; we had some WiFi/connectivity issues that were sorted out for the second half of the episode.)