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You could argue that no other team in the Western Conference has a higher variance between its floor and ceiling than the Phoenix Suns, and to analyze the "bubble" heartthrob-turned-playoff contender, Matt is joined by Sam Cooper of The Timeline Podcast. Together, they look at the early returns of the Devin Booker and Chris Paul pairing, ponder over DeAndre Ayton's fascinating upside, and discuss the team's depth as a whole.

Follow Sam on Twitter @scooperhoops

Transcript

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you're listening to basketball and bore a SportsCastr featured podcast with your host Matt Brooks.
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Experts from across the globe sit down with Matt to talk all things MBA from news and rumors to gain breakdowns and ****ysis, tune into the live stream twice a week on SportsCastr and be part of the conversation.
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But first buckle in for today's edition of basketball and more.
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All right, everybody, welcome back to basketball and more with your host, Matt Brooks.
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I am, of course, joined today by Sam Cooper of the Timeline pod, which is a blue wire pods podcast.
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Um, Sam, how you doing today? I'm doing great, Matt.
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Thanks for having me on excited.
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Thio talks, Um, son's basketball.
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I am, too.
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There's a lot of there's a lot of love from the net side of things.
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We really formed a strong bond with the sun's during the bubble.
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We were both the, uh, highlight bubble teams, and it felt good and it just it felt fun.
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So I'm excited to do this.
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I like everybody else.
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I'm just enamored by the sons and adding Chris Paul to the mix, who is probably one of my six favorite players ever is just It's just a lot for me to handle, so I'm sure you feel the same way.
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Yeah, I mean, I have to say it's kind of a strange feeling absorbing this much national content.
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A about the sons.
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I think they have 13 games on national TV or something to that extent in the first half of the season, which right there is like a foreign concept to all of us who have who have been.
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I mean, it's been 10 years, obviously, since they made the playoffs, Um, but absolutely Chris Paul brings.
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He brings mostly strengths.
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I would say the Onley.
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It's not even a weakness, really.
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But you know, I think the sons have become a darling of of many people that people are rooting for to make some noise in the Western Conference this year.
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But on the other hand, Chris Paul, we all know is it is a divisive player, and once he's playing against your favorite team and you have to kind of watch him, you know, in his facial reactions to the refs and doing a little bit of whining, um, the tide will turn in terms of that public opinion, but just in terms of what he brings on the court, what he's gonna do for Devin Booker and DeAndre eight.
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Yeah, this is the most stoked.
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I've been a better sons off season in a decade.
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Easily.
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It's so cool like it is.
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And I think it's honestly for Chris Paul.
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I mean, boy, I don't know if you could pick a better fit.
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I kind of I theorized about this a little bit in like I don't even know.
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It must have been, like right after the or right during the playoffs.
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I was really think about ideal destinations for him, and a lot of it was just I would look at Phoenix and say, Man, this just This could be like a little bit of a Houston light offense where you have him next to another guard who, honestly, I mean book is just gonna be such a better off ball player.
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And I think it will be easier for them to work things out between them.
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Um, you know, and that that can change quite a bit and and things, you know, things on paper are different.
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Then they play out.
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But I just I love it.
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I love it so much and I love it for Chris Paul and I love it for the sons.
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I mean, they just they upgraded.
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That position is greatest.
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Rubio is at the things that he's great at.
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Um, it's just such a dramatic upgrade.
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Yeah, I mean, it's it's a huge upgrade now.
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I can't underestimate how important Ricky Rubio was, and and you know we're all rooting.
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But Rubio came in and he created a system alongside Monty Williams in which the Sun's led the league in assists.
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So you know, he finally kind of allowed Devin Booker for the first time in his career to playoff ball even a little bit.
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Um, and we saw Booker sort of start to thrive in that role.
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Now Chris Paul comes in and you touched on it.
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But the biggest difference between the two is just the gravity that Chris Paul brings and his off the dribble ability, um, from any spot on the floor.
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I think when you look at the sons this year and kind of the roster composition, the easiest way you can talk yourself into the sun's being a good Western Conference team as opposed to just like 1/7 or eighth seed is how many teams in the Western Conference have two guys as good as Devin Booker and Chris Paul at being three level scores.
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You know, being able to get into the teeth of the defense and attack the rim or score from the mid range or score from three point range, which, you know, getting into the mid range area and sort of attacking from There is a very, very important concept come playoff time.
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So, you know, I would argue you look at the Western Conference.
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I mean, both l A teams have that for sure.
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Denver probably has that to between between Jamal Murray and Yokich.
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But after that I mean, Dallas doesn't have it.
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They've got so much just squarely on Lucas shoulders.
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Utah doesn't have it.
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They're relying on Donovan Mitchell and, uh, you know, maybe Portland arguably has it. But C.
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J you know, you could argue.
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Is it as a true number two option is a little bit iffy.
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So, you know, I think that right there is kind of the early case for Phoenix to be not just a fringe playoff team, but a solidified playoff team.
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I like it.
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I like this Take.
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I like where you're going with this, and I'm gonna I'm gonna force you into it further.
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We'll ask this right away.
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Where do you have them finishing? Yeah, I mean, we've talked about it on our podcast before.
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I still think I'm leaning towards, like, sixth.
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I think that yeah, you know, And and here's the thing.
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There's a wide range, there's a wide range and it depends on a number of factors.
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I think this is a good roster.
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I think the West is wide open.
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First of all, um, the Lakers, they're gonna be really good.
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And in fact, we just We just finished up a couple of preseason games.
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I know preseason doesn't really mean anything, but the Sun's just took a couple of losses against the Lakers, and, you know, if they have toe match up against them in the playoffs, I'm sure that wouldn't go so well for them.
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But after that, I think there honestly is a chance that if everything goes right for Phoenix this year, and I mean absolutely everything goes right, they could finish his hias second in the Western Conference.
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Now, if everything goes wrong, they could miss the playoffs entirely.
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So so there is a wide range.
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I'd probably settle on around sixth as like the average outcome.
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I I'm with you on that.
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I think there's a world in which Booker is a top five M v p candidate.
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I don't think that's crazy.
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I don't think that's the wildest outcome.
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And then if you look at Chris Paul, being is number two.
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Like what If he's the best number? Well, second best number two guy in that conference, It's not crazy.
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It's the It's the crazy outcome.
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And again, it's the absolute best case scenario, right? But it's the crazy outcome where, like Devin Booker is now a 30 point per game. Scorer.
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Chris Paul didn't lose a single step from where he was last year.
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In O, K.
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C and DeAndre.
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It becomes like a 2010 defensive player of the year.
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If you've got those three guys on the same roster all playing to their highest level, then yeah, 60 wins in the second seat is possible.
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I'm not saying it's likely, though, you know so So don't hold me to that But like I think it's just evidence, though, that you look the roster composition here and at least on paper, the ceiling of sky high.
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Yeah.
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So let me ask you, who do you if you have them at six? Because I'm curious about this.
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I've done a little bit of dialogue with people Who would you have above them? Um, so I think the three l a the to L A teams Denver obvious, um, obvious in terms of their more likely not that it's a guarantee again.
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Um, Dallas, I think, is gonna be a very good regular season team.
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Um, that that's not a commentary for me. That's not shade.
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I'm throwing about their playoff ability.
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I just think they're they're gonna be a team that cares about the regular season record, maybe more so than other teams.
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And they're gonna win a lot of games on there.
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Gonna be a very phenomenal offensive team, just like they were last year.
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And then after that, it gets a little bit iffy.
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I mean, maybe Utah, maybe Portland, Um, those are those are probably the teams I'd lean towards.
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I think once you get into that 567 range.
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It really kind of could go in any direction.
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Yeah, they're funny.
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I don't know if I like Dallas as much as other people.
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For whatever reason, I you know, they traded out offense for defense in a lot of ways. Yeah.
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I mean, I will say the Josh Richardson acquisition is something that Mavs fans seem to be really getting behind on Twitter.
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And I don't I don't necessarily understand it at all.
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I think Seth Curry is a big loss for them.
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I agree.
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I think, like just the gravity that he provides and like he's not like a creator per se.
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But he's a little bit better than just like, Ah guy, that's just gonna spot up like he could give you a little bit of wiggle and I don't know.
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I think they're gonna miss that a lot.
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Like I will say this like you bring in Josh Richardson All those issues you had last year in the playoffs where it's like, Oh boy, we got Seth Curry guarding you know whatever choir Paul George.
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Those air cleaned up and I actually think there probably a better playoff team.
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But the regular season, like the big reason they were so, like just took so many people by surprise was they were prolific offensively.
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So they're a team.
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I'm like, I'm wavering on a little bit, the other one, like Utah.
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I don't know what to expect from them.
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I think there's enough of a baseline there, and then it's like, What do we think of Portland? Well, they've cleaned up some mistakes.
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Do we maybe put a little bit too much emphasis on, you know, role players and stuff like that? Absolutely.
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But I mean, I'm I'm one of the biggest Derrick Jones Jr fans of the world.
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He started his career on the Sons and and it was tragic the way we cut him.
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And then he went to Miami and became a real player.
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But, you know, I think there were some acquisitions Portland made this offseason that maybe got overrated.
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Just a tad like that one.
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Let's switch gears a little bit and actually talk about the sun, since that's why we're both here.
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Um, I just want to get a little bit of the early returns.
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What do you think so far of the book or CP three pairing? How's it looking.
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Yes, it's just pre season, but I think there's little things you can learn from that stuff.
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Absolutely.
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There are little things you can learn, and Chris Paul has only played two preseason games with Sun so far.
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So you know, it's a limited sample size and all that, but they look really good together so far, and I don't think that surprises anyone.
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I actually think Chris Paul is an underrated off ballplayer, kind of with his offensive instincts and not just Devin Booker's ability to playoff ball next to Chris Paul, but the other way around as well.
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Um, with again limited sample size and whatnot that the net rating with those two guys on the floor together so far looks really good in a very small amount of minutes.
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I think the problem when you look at this roster and you kind of see the way it's constructed the potential Achilles heel for the Sons this year is that after Chris, Paul and Devin Booker, they never really brought in that third guard.
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But in between, you might not quite be able Thio maximize the offense the way you want Thio with both of them on the floor.
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Who's the who's? Who is that guy right now? Is it like, Is it campaign? Is it like Galloway eso its campaign? And it's scary because campaign played the best.
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He played the best eight game stretch of his career in the bubble.
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God bless him.
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But, you know, trusting him to be your riel backup point guard going forward and and thio kind of be able to buoy the offense is it's a tall order.
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Um, you know, they've experimented with other things.
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They played some minutes, which Von Carter, a point guard, but he's just not a creator.
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That's not his game.
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They've even tried it one more at point guard, a little bit in, uh, in pre season, and that was a disaster.
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I mean, it's one more is just like he's great when he's running around screens and being like a spot up shooter for you.
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But he's not a point guard, so you know it's something that they really have to figure out.
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Either.
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Campaign needs Thio look like he did in the bubble for a full season, or else Dario Saric needs to take a big step up.
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You know he's playing off the Suns bench this year, and and he kind of came into the league renowned for his ability, at least in a big man's body, to be able to make reads and play make for others.
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So they need one of those to to step up.
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Because if neither of them does thin, then they definitely could have an issue I like.
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Sorry, it's quite a bit.
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I don't know how you feel about him.
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I like him a lot, but maybe I'm just still buying in tow.
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Certain type of him from the league.
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No, he's great.
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He's great.
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He looked fantastic in the bubble, and I think you know he's gonna be there.
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He's gonna be their sixth or seventh band this year.
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And if Darius arches your sixth or seventh man, that's a legitimate.
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It's like legitimate playoff depth.
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But asking him to like be the play initiator off your bench is kind of tough, you know, this is a guy he could go out there.
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He could get like two or three assists per game.
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He can kind of initiate a set from the elbow with some of those elbow touches and like he can even run, pick and rolls.
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He's like it was kind of like funny.
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Any time last year, the sons had Frank Kaminsky as well who they actually just pick pick back up last night.
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Coincidentally, um, and you know, any time like you would watch Dario Starch and Frank Kaminsky run like a two man pick and roll, it was like the most awkward thing in the world.
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But it was, like, strangely effective.
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Um and so, you know, Dario definitely has those playmaking chops when you compare him to other power forwards and centers.
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When you compare him to a point guard, though, like he doesn't make up for not having a legitimate backup point guard.
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So ah, lot of it still falls on campaign to really be what he's advertised as being sure.
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I mean, you can't like have Dario Saric is your full time.
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Can't be just like taking all of the possessions.
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I don't I don't know if that's the best way to use him, but he is somebody like where he can be that point forward, taking it up in certain stretches, maybe off his own rebound or something like that is that kind of what you're saying exactly.
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Make sense.
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The other position I thought that was just notable for me is backup center.
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Who is that right now? Yeah, that looks like Well, that's a funny question.
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We haven't seen Dario start yet.
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He hasn't played yet, and it's it sounds like he's a week away.
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Um, to be honest with you, I forget exactly what his injury is, but I should have.
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I should have researched that before.
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Uh, Dario Sarge was a center in the bubble, and he was he was really good.
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He was really good in that role.
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And that was something that my co host, Mike the Hill and I talked a lot about on our podcast last year.
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It was like a thing in the second half of the season where selectively Dario started to be used in a zoo, the center in line ups and the net ratings with those lineups looked really good, and it was kind of just because yes, Dario Sarge doesn't jump more than six inches off the ground and he's not like a rim protector.
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But all of the things that he was kind of good enough at to be a four were magnified when you played him against other fives, right? Because it was like he has a little bit of burst.
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But when you compare him to other power forwards, he doesn't really have a lot of burst.
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But when you compare him to other centers, hey, he can kind of have, like an off the dribble attack game.
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Or like his playmaking at the five, looked a lot better than it was before his shooting at the five.
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You know, he's a solid shooter, but he's not like a lights out shooter.
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So a 34 35% 3 point shooter at the five looks a lot better at the four.
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So it kind of just became a thing where, like, small ball Dario, Sarge, lineups looked really good.
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I would like to believe that when he comes back, he will be soaking up most of those minutes behind DeAndre.
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However, for the time being, it's been Damian Jones.
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Yeah, that's what I That's what I was gonna ask that question.
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Yeah, Yeah, Who's not? You know Damian Jones. He is what he is.
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I think he's out there to catch lobs.
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Chris, Paul is gonna make him make it easy for him If the two of them get to play together at all, um, defensively is gonna use all six of his fouls.
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Yeah, so you just hope he doesn't.
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He doesn't like, you know, have a major role in that DeAndre and can stay healthy and they're not gonna It would be Jaylin Smith a little too green to throw out there like that.
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I mean, Jaylin Smith, they're playing him at the four so far, which is like, you know, in my opinion, he's very clearly a five and not a four.
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I agree.
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But that's, you know, even even so, that's like kind of long term, like he's just skinny right now.
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So, like, you know, I think he's another guy where it makes sense to play with the five because Jaylin Smith shown some like off the dribble aggression in pre season two.
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And you, you know, he'll take it from the top of the key and he's playing the four.
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And then he gets by his man and has shows that little bit of burst and drives to the rim, and then Damien Jones is right there underneath the basket. clogging the lane.
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So it's like, Wow, you know, he misses The layup would have been nice if Damian Jones wasn't there, But but But, you know, on the other hand, if Jaylin Smith is like £220 right now, you understand the coaching staff just doesn't maybe have the faith in him to play that position, Um, for long stretches of time.
00:16:08
So we'll have to see how it develops.
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I don't think that's all that uncommon.
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It's to like, throw up the guy that's like clearly, clearly probably a five long term.
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But just you don't really wanna expose them like that.
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I don't I don't find that to be all that uncommon, but I do think it makes like learning the ropes a little tricky.
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And maybe it's the fire that you need for ah young player to be like, Hey, I need a book up because this thing, this is not working like I'm Jalen Smith.
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I wanna hit my sweeping hook game and I have another big like right in the middle because I actually I like certain parts of his package outside of just the shooting.
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I think he's an interesting player Yeah, I think so too.
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Look, I'll be honest with you.
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Like there were a lot of guys on my list ahead of him, you know, like I was.
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I was talking on my podcast about Tyree's Halliburton and Devon for sale for months.
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And then they take a guy who I wasn't even really on my radar, so it was an adjustment.
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Um, but the one saving grace is this.
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I will say, like, this is the first year in a very long time where the sons had the 10th overall pick.
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He I would be nice if he played somewhat of a roll this year, but he really doesn't need Thio like he doesn't need to be one of the sons 10 best players in order for them to be a solid team, which is just a very unique feeling like we're used to kind of putting a lot of pressure on our rookies like Devin Booker.
00:17:23
Um, Devin Booker.
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Unfortunately, like he, he had one of the toughest development arcs.
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I think literally of any prospect in maybe MBA history.
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But at least in his generation, just a guy who was thrown into the fire had five different NBA head coach is in his first five seasons and was just given a chaotic situation and asked to make something of it s so that when he when he first broke out, he was like a point guard, right? They were just thrown him out there, sort of like as their third stringer some of the some of the lineups that we've saw what Devin Booker back in like 2016 2017 2018 before the And that's why I said Ricky Rubio was so important because Ricky Rubio and Kelly you break T Uber's credit made this team decent.
00:18:04
But for a while, Devin Booker was playing next toe next to guys who were, you know, arguably just G league level, and people were asking if he was an empty calorie score.
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It was so unfair to him.
00:18:13
Um, just because it was just pure chaos all the time, but different story for a different day.
00:18:19
Well, I mean, he's it hasn't slowed him down in the slightest, And I think, let me let me ask you about the because I think that the forward rotation is really strong.
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Is it almost too strong or do you think that they're the perfect number of forwards is on this team.
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I think there's a good number of forwards on this team.
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I think Mikhail Bridges and Jae Crowder and your starting lineup is like exactly it's exactly what a playoff team needs.
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It's one inside guy, one outside guy because you know you have Chris Paul, you've got Devin Booker creating the offense.
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So then you need to set the tone defensively, and obviously, DeAndre goes a long way towards doing that.
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He's made big strides, but Jae Crowder's like your thicker power for defender.
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We've seen him.
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Garden is in the playoffs just this past and LeBron James just this past playoffs.
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Andi Davis? Yeah, hearted.
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Everyone s exactly And that's that's that's That's what Kelly you break couldn't give you.
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Like Kelly, Uber is a good defender in his own right.
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But Kelly you break is a point of attack defender.
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Like the way Golden State I've seen clips of it is already using Kelly.
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You Bray is there like you have a 7 ft wingspan.
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Just go out there in full court press, which is great, but the sun's already have Mikhail Bridges, who could do that like Mikhail Bridges as a 71 wing span.
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And you know he's got noodles flopping all over the place and he'll go out there and give you three or four steals. That's great.
00:19:36
Um, if you want someone out there Thio harass like a Damian Lillard or Ah James Harden Nora Luca, don check.
00:19:42
But when you're talking about the bigger guys, who's going to guard Kuai, who's gonna guard LEBRON? I mean these these air guys in your division who you're gonna be matching up with three times each this season? Um, that's Jae Crowder.
00:19:53
And that's the That's the big differentiator between a guy like Jae Crowder versus a guy you lost in Kelly.
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You break the sun's feel like the just the pain in the backside team in the Western Conference.
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Like I just there's something about them having to contain those two guards.
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The wing depth.
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I wouldn't wanna play them.
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They just seem like a paint their annoying.
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They're gonna be really annoying.
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I mean, and you look at like Jae Crowder is scrappy.
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Chris Paul is annoying, just objectively annoying, like I love that he's on my team, but he's annoying on given Carter a guy like that to like Jevon Carter will pick you up and just press you for 94 ft.
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S o.
00:20:31
I think they're gonna be fights with this team this year, for sure.
00:20:34
Yeah, And I think that I mean to your point about that, like how high this team ceiling goes like, I don't think it's that crazy because everything about this team is how the game is played.
00:20:46
Now, you know, having multiple creators, you wish you had one more.
00:20:49
You could go.
00:20:50
You could go find whoever at the trade deadline.
00:20:52
Maybe you guys finally land Spencer Dinwiddie or something like that.
00:20:55
Oh, my God, that would be That would be perfect.
00:20:57
But Brooklyn's probably gonna be too good, But we'll see.
00:20:59
They'll be good.
00:21:01
I'm really I mean, look, that's this conversation for another day.
00:21:03
I'm very much gonna be watching how all that works with him and Paris.
00:21:07
I just It's it's there one variable right now that I'm watching different conversation.
00:21:11
Different day.
00:21:12
Regardless, the sons have ways to improve, and I they can.
00:21:16
They can work around the fringes and and shore up things and get a guy on expiring or get a guy that's, you know, maybe even on the waiver wire.
00:21:24
We'll see how good they look.
00:21:26
I think they're really interesting and again, just the way that they're built.
00:21:29
It's so fascinating.
00:21:31
The big variable is, of course, DeAndre eight.
00:21:34
I think it all comes down to it.
00:21:35
It's pretty simple for me.
00:21:37
Yeah, well, what I mean, what do you think? What do you think about him? If I could turn around on you for a second because he's like he's, I'm always interested in hearing other people's thoughts on him just because when you go on sons, Twitter or any online sons community, it's like a war zone whenever you talk about DeAndre.
00:21:54
So getting the outside perspective is interesting.
00:21:56
Sometimes he's really interesting, and he also flirts with being like a master of none.
00:22:03
Does that make sense? Yeah, it does.
00:22:05
He really makes sense, but I don't know if he's spectacular in anyone skill just yet, and I'm really interested where he grows from from here, and the shot selection stuff bothers me a little bit now.
00:22:20
I don't think it's indicative to where he's gonna go, because there's a good chance.
00:22:23
Like if he's already taking these, you know, whatever the long twos like.
00:22:28
It certainly suggests to me that he's gonna be shooting threes at some point, which, when that happens, all of a sudden you have a very interesting player defensively.
00:22:37
Have no idea what to expect.
00:22:39
And I'd love to hear your insight on that, because, I mean, one of my big questions is what does CP three have in effect on DeAndre? And I think that the biggest question so far with them offensively, what we hope for is that Chris Paul beats those mid range shots out of him because if you know only there's only so many mid range touches to go around.
00:22:58
You know it's actually funny.
00:22:59
Chris Paul was recently on J.
00:23:01
J.
00:23:02
Re****'s podcast, and it was a fantastic listen.
00:23:03
They only talked about the Sun's for a little bit.
00:23:05
But one anecdote that I thought was funny back when they played in L. A.
00:23:09
It's it's funny to go back and like think about where the leak was in like 2013 2014, when those guys were playing together.
00:23:15
Because the three point revolution was like underway, right But like Steph Curry was just becoming Steph Curry.
00:23:20
It was so not what it is now.
00:23:23
Eso like Chris, Paul was talking about how JJ Red**** still used to take, like, hey would curl around screens and take long twos back then, you know, and like, that's JJ Red****.
00:23:32
You know, he he just wasn't in the mindset yet of like, Okay, 80% of my field goal attempts are gonna be three is because that's the most efficient shot.
00:23:38
So Chris Paul was was reminiscing about how he would always yell at him about that because it's the worst shot in basketball, so that kind of tipped me off.
00:23:46
Oh, yeah, He's gonna be on DeAndre AIDS cases here for sure.
00:23:48
Um, because when you're Chris Paul, you're the greatest midrange shooter in your generation.
00:23:52
You could get away with it when you're DeAndre and you're shooting 40% on those shots.
00:23:57
Um, he's gonna hear about it if he uses it too much.
00:24:01
As for his defense, I mean, I will.
00:24:04
I will say this if I can plug anything today.
00:24:06
We have a YouTube channel for our podcast is Well, we just released a 15 minute ****ysis on DeAndre and everything about the strengths, weaknesses and what he needs to do to take the leap next year.
00:24:17
We talked extensively about his defense.
00:24:19
This guy, he's not there yet because he still has too many like off ball kind of communication miscues, the types of mistakes that you would expect a young player to make, sometimes with his reaction time.
00:24:31
Eso He's not a defensive anchor right now, but the athleticism that this guy flashed last year is the reason he was selected number one overall, it's not any of the offensive stuff.
00:24:42
He's good at some stuff on offense, but but defensively, first of all, his block rate went way up last year like he excelled as a drop coverage defender.
00:24:51
He was a lot better just to protecting the rim.
00:24:54
But the real reason he was taken number one overall the number of times that I don't have the stats for this, unfortunately, but the number of times that Monty Williams deployed him and either traps or switches on defense, just like from the eye test exponentially increased in Year two.
00:25:08
Because this is a guy.
00:25:09
He's the biggest strength of Dion.
00:25:11
Trading on paper is that he has the foot speed, uh T to cover like guards in a way that most guys in a 7 ft frame just don't like.
00:25:21
He's not like a slow footed.
00:25:23
He's Yeah, he's not.
00:25:25
He's Yeah, and he's not like a Joelle and be, like, kind of lumbering type who's, you know, a great offensive talent but isn't gonna go out there and switch anything.
00:25:32
So it's just that, like that is his biggest asset going forward.
00:25:36
If he can really tap into that, then he can't be played off the floor in the playoffs.
00:25:41
So, like that.
00:25:42
Interesting.
00:25:43
That's but you know, that's how he gets his value.
00:25:45
If he doesn't tap into it, I think he will.
00:25:48
For the record, if he doesn't tap into it, then what's his ceiling is like.
00:25:51
He's more, you know, he could be another Rudy Gobert type, and he's not even he's not even that good at protecting the rim.
00:25:57
You know he's not.
00:25:58
He still doesn't come close to go bare when it comes to that skill set.
00:26:01
But like, you know, you look at a guy like Go Bare and for all the defensive player of the year awards he racks up.
00:26:05
There's still this question of, Well, what can you really do for you to play? Offsetting if DeAndre 18 switching screens constantly the way he was in year two, then none of that exists in the narrative around him.
00:26:15
What's so if he becomes like somebody that you can really deploy and switches? What type of a defender does he become? Uh, well, are you asking like where he ranks or just like, just like a player comp? Anything? Like what? When it's tough? Well, it's tough, It's tough.
00:26:31
This is a cop out answer.
00:26:33
But it's tough because I don't know that there's like This is what's fascinating to me about.
00:26:38
It is like we demand so much of big men these days, so much more from big men defensively than we used Thio.
00:26:46
That, like drop coverage, is just kind of became the norm several several years ago before they realize, Oh, no, they're actually too many pull up three point shooters.
00:26:53
We can't do this all the time, but it's changed so rapidly that I don't know that I could give you a true archetype like a true historical comparison.
00:27:01
If Dion Trading lives up to his absolute defense of potential.
00:27:04
I think he's a big man, kind of like no other that we've seen before.
00:27:07
I mean, maybe Anthony Davis is a guy who could, like, you know, he can switch or drop like it's kind of.
00:27:12
But here's the thing.
00:27:13
I think there's close to a 0% chance that DeAndre becomes the player.
00:27:17
Anthony Davis is offensively ever.
00:27:20
But I think he could.
00:27:21
I think he could be close to the player he is defensively, for sure.
00:27:25
This is interesting.
00:27:26
I just I for ah, lot of the stuff that I know about 18 is just offensively.
00:27:32
So he is.
00:27:34
Sometimes this shot map looks a little bit like a LaMarcus Aldridge or whatever or a Myles Turner or somebody like that.
00:27:42
But I just The switch ability is really fascinating to me.
00:27:44
Yeah, I mean the thing about 18, and I think it's so because just of how we evaluate players, it's always comparing them to somebody or finding a point of comparison or mapping it out.
00:27:55
I just I've never been able to find one for 18.
00:27:58
I never have and I think he's really unique in a lot of ways.
00:28:01
His playmaking is also makes him kind of an interesting player, like he just He's really hard to get a grip for, and I think I mean, like, that's That's the That's his defining characteristic through his career is I just don't know how to grade this guy.
00:28:15
I mean, it's hard for him because he came into the league and from day one like these were always still like comparisons.
00:28:20
But like people compared just his body, the way it looked toe like a David Robinson from day one.
00:28:25
Not that he plays like David Robinson.
00:28:26
He doesn't whatsoever eso so don't you know? I'm not saying that, but but just that he looked like a 30 year old in an 18 year old's body.
00:28:35
Eso you know, he has those physical tools.
00:28:37
He's He's this 7 ft, massively strong and fast big man who can break the mold of just everything you expect from a big man these days.
00:28:46
But the motor and the conditioning and the consistency just isn't there yet.
00:28:51
So there's something mental about him that just hasn't been unlocked at this stage of his career, and that's an unfortunate thing because you talk about projecting future growth.
00:28:59
That's not something you can always get out of guys once.
00:29:02
It's clear after a couple of years that maybe they don't have it.
00:29:04
Um, I'm not here to comment on, like de on trade ins, Mental state.
00:29:08
Does he have it? Does he not like, you know, I'm not interested in talking about that, but just I can tell you the motor that fans have expected out of him has not been there on a consistent basis throughout his first two seasons and like that's been the most frustrating thing.
00:29:23
And that's where I think a Chris Paul because so interesting, because this this guy will make her break you like as an MBA player.
00:29:30
He will.
00:29:31
But he's gonna he's gonna get on him and DeAndre kittens, either this, like exactly what they need.
00:29:36
Lock down defensive Peace Corps.
00:29:37
He's on another team in a couple of years, or Chris Paul is like it's It's a little bit combustible.
00:29:43
I There's the outcome, for I think the Sons is that they're either this total shocker in their conference.
00:29:50
Aiden's everything you wanted or does it become a little? I don't wanna say Jimmy Butler, Timberwolves? This because I don't know.
00:29:57
That's all the way fair.
00:29:59
But there's an outcome where something along those lines happens because it's just like, you know, he comes there and he's like, I don't know if these young guys haven't That's you know, e don't know.
00:30:08
I don't know if that's an outcome.
00:30:09
I thought about at least a little bit with the Chris Paul thing.
00:30:12
Yeah, I mean, I think Chris Paul came to Phoenix because he wanted to play with Devin Booker.
00:30:16
Andi, that's the swing factor is that I just I don't know how that would happen because Devin Booker just he gives a ****.
00:30:23
He just does.
00:30:24
He does.
00:30:25
He does, and and But But to your point, if this team wants to go anywhere in the playoffs, they need unengaged.
00:30:31
DeAndre.
00:30:32
Because you look at the roster, there's he is.
00:30:35
He's not like an offensive maestro.
00:30:38
Give him the ball in the post 15 times a game and let him go toe work.
00:30:41
That's not how you're gonna get the most value out of him.
00:30:43
But there are things that he brings like he's one of the best rebounders in the N B A.
00:30:46
Already, he averaged, like 13, maybe 12.
00:30:50
May was 12 rebounds per game last year but was among the top leaders and offensive rebounds.
00:30:54
And if he's not going out there and giving that consistent hustle on the glass every night, no one else on the Sun's roster can give that to you.
00:31:01
Eso like right there.
00:31:02
You know, it's not just about the defense.
00:31:04
There are other things that he could do where it's just like they need him fully engaged because he really has to kind of set the tone physically and playing enforcer role.
00:31:12
Um, especially now, you know, one of the losses that they had this season was Aaron Baynes as well, when, um, Aaron Baynes kind of, I think over performed a little bit last year.
00:31:21
But when DeAndre and missed 25 games because of the suspension, the sons had, like a surprisingly good record, Um, or did a surprisingly good job of treading water with Aaron Baynes is the starting center, and that was exactly what he would do.
00:31:34
He would just come in.
00:31:35
He would hit a few threes, but he would also set the tone physically.
00:31:38
Now that he's gone.
00:31:40
It's up to DeAndre and to bring that edge every night, because if he doesn't bring it, no one will.
00:31:45
Yeah, no, I don't.
00:31:46
And again, this is that.
00:31:47
That's why I asked about the backup center position, because I just I feel like there's a lot of responsibility on Ayton to be, I think, just play a lot of roles in the center e a lot.
00:32:00
If they continue with the Dario at center thing, that's still gonna be good.
00:32:04
But it's it's just gonna be different, like Dario cannot.
00:32:07
He's not. He's not a defensive.
00:32:09
He's strong, I think.
00:32:10
Darius Arches underrated Lee strong, and that's why it works in the first place.
00:32:14
Like he is a decent post up game, actually, even against centers.
00:32:18
He's got a really strong lower body, but he's not.
00:32:21
He's just not the same type of guy.
00:32:22
You can't go out there and tell Darius Sarge to grab 10 rebounds a game and block a couple shots, right? Yeah, you're playing without a shot blocker, especially in those minutes, and I think that's those are gonna be the dangerous minutes like if you don't have any and it's not like I don't like their bench because I like a lot of their players off the bench.
00:32:38
I just They're missing a couple of small pieces, a creator, as you've mentioned, a rim protector and those air pretty crucial for for, you know, both sides of the ball, like you can have all these really ***y names as role players.
00:32:52
But if you don't have guys to set them up or to give them a little bit of backing, I guess in terms of rim protection on the other end of the floor, then, yeah, like I that's those are my main questions for the sons right now.
00:33:04
And that's precisely the right question I have.
00:33:06
I mean, like, 11 signing I loved.
00:33:08
They brought in Langston Galloway and a veteran minimum deal That's a 40% 3 point shooter who has looked amazing in preseason so far.
00:33:15
Uh, what you know, in a vacuum, a good signing.
00:33:18
But what's he gonna do if you don't have someone to get him the ball right? Like when he plays with Devin Booker or Chris Paul Langston Galloway will look good when he plays without those guys.
00:33:27
Someone has to get him the ball, you know? So they're they're gonna be struggles.
00:33:30
And I think you look at this team.
00:33:32
The starting lineup, I think, looks really good and built for playoff basketball.
00:33:36
And then you look at the bench and there's one or two guys deep in the bench who are who are also like starting caliber.
00:33:41
Arguably players players like Cam Johnson.
00:33:43
Players like Dario Sarge.
00:33:45
After that, Maybe Jevon Carter is not starting caliber.
00:33:48
But like I love him, he brings.
00:33:50
He brings something tangible.
00:33:52
After that, there's there's a steep drop off.
00:33:55
And so if you start to talk about what's gonna hold this team back, do they really have the functional depth, Especially if they sustained an important injury or two midway through the season? That is a critical question, and I don't fault anyone for having that doubt.
00:34:08
Just a lot of variance with this team.
00:34:10
Speaking of variants, who's your biggest surprise on the roster? Uh, in terms of what I've seen so far in terms of what I think I'm gonna see, gonna see.
00:34:17
Who do you think the guy, if there is one, a guy that take you by surprise, I like I like betting on guys who just, you know, have the work ethic.
00:34:26
Um, Mikhail Bridges is gonna be like, I think he's gonna become not a household name, like, You know, not everyone's gonna have his jersey at the end of the season or anything, but you know how, Like, you know, the Raptors are a good team and people talk about like, Oh, g you know, like I think Mikhail Bridges is next up, kind of like, Oh, G just got an extension for $18 million a year.
00:34:45
I think Mikhail Bridges is gonna be a similar in a similar boat after this year.
00:34:49
He's a guy who every MBA Twitter, hipster loves just because ah, lot of people watched him at Villanova.
00:34:56
Obviously, those were some good teams he played on at Villanova and he played an obvious role.
00:35:00
But then he's coming to the N B A.
00:35:02
Recently, we've seen some like surprising offensive flashes from him.
00:35:07
Nothing crazy, but it's like if you've got this guy who's already such a good defender, and he could just be like uh, 13 to 15 point per game score, who, like occasionally puts the ball on the floor, you know, runs a pick and roll.
00:35:19
We've seen that a little bit from him in preseason.
00:35:21
It's small.
00:35:22
It's small stuff.
00:35:23
But like just a guy who can create his own shot, like, 20 or 30% of the time instead of the 5 to 10% of the time, it was in years one and two.
00:35:32
Um, it's gonna go a long way towards sort of filling in the gaps on on this team's roster, so they don't need him to be a premier score or anything.
00:35:38
Um, but he just fits the three and the mold, and and I think he's gonna be a guy who, like not a lot of people have known about to this point.
00:35:46
And a lot of people are going to know about now that they watch him on national TV and see him guarding Luca, Don Check and James Harden all the players that he guards on a routine basis.
00:35:55
I mean, look, you bring up the running, pick and roll here and there. That's important.
00:35:59
If you're splitting minutes up between Booker and Chris Paul, that's you're gonna need somebody because they look, you can try to run everything through those guys.
00:36:08
Chris Paul is getting older.
00:36:10
And those possession, just even the little bit of many rest that you could give them, I think is really important.
00:36:17
Absolutely.
00:36:18
Yeah.
00:36:19
I mean, if Mikhail can take a step up on be like a pick and roll play maker when Chris Paul is off the floor like that's the ideal scenario, I'm not even asking for that much.
00:36:26
I'm just asking for a lot of possessions, just a little bit.
00:36:30
Yeah, he's not gonna be your like backup.
00:36:33
Whatever.
00:36:34
He's not gonna Dario Sarge running the offense when those guys air off the floor.
00:36:37
But just even just to give, you know, let Chris Paul let Chris Paul be in the corner for one possession, Let's let him.
00:36:43
Let's let him put his hands on his knees and maybe, you know, lift up to the wing or something like that. That's interesting.
00:36:48
I actually did not know that about Miles, but I've now learned about the switch ability of Ayten and Bridges, and that's why I do these, because I'm coming here.
00:36:55
I'm learning it's a learning experience for me.
00:36:57
Um, we'll close out with this.
00:37:00
What is your key stat from last year.
00:37:03
It could even be from the preseason.
00:37:04
I try to shoot you this beforehand.
00:37:06
Um, that I that you think will define the sun's this upcoming year.
00:37:11
Well, I'll give you an easy one.
00:37:12
I've got to.
00:37:13
I've got one that I prepared to, but I'll start this.
00:37:16
The number of games that Chris Paul plays is gonna make or break this team.
00:37:19
If Chris Paul plays 70 games in a 72 game season, this is gonna be a **** good team.
00:37:24
I could tell you that right now.
00:37:25
Um, if Chris Paul plays 50 games for all the reasons I mentioned, not really having a third guy behind him.
00:37:30
Uh, like, you know, the sons.
00:37:32
The sons could easily enough slot Jovon Carter into the starting lineup and, like play Devin Booker, a point guard, and their starting lineup would be fine without Chris Paul.
00:37:41
But it's about everything that happens after Devin Booker comes off the floor.
00:37:44
Um, so if Chris Paul only place 40 or 50 games and he certainly has had an injury history.
00:37:51
Like I said, there are reasons.
00:37:53
If you doubt the sons, I'm not naive about it.
00:37:56
I know what they are.
00:37:57
Um, here's the sad I'll give you, though.
00:37:59
This was a stat that kind of fell out of favor recently, but I think it's still relevant, and I'll explain why last year.
00:38:05
If you look at every five man lineup that played at least 200 minutes throughout the course of the season, the Sun's five man lineup of Ricky Rubio, Devin Booker, Mikhail Bridges, Kelly you Bray and DeAndre eaten it was their starting lineup after 18 came back from the suspension was the top rating in the N B A last year at plus 20.
00:38:24
2 points per possessions.
00:38:26
I think that's important because you take that, you swap out Ricky Rubio for Chris Paul and you swap out Kelly, you break for Jae Crowder.
00:38:33
E think the Chris Paul edition is a clear upgrade and no one could argue against it.
00:38:37
I think the the Jae Crowder thing is not necessarily a clear upgrade because you lose some of Uber's offense.
00:38:42
But I do think you gain on defense on paper.
00:38:46
This starting lineup is going to be very good on paper.
00:38:48
I think the starting lineup could be one of the best starting lineups in the N B. A s.
00:38:52
So I think you know they want to maximize the amount of time that they see those guys together, because it's just it's five very good players who fit together in a way that makes sense under modern basketball principles and for playoff basketball.
00:39:04
Can they keep those five guys healthy? Can they get enough production off the bench? Those are gonna be the defining questions.
00:39:10
You know.
00:39:11
What I like about that lineup is that it's just feisty and big.
00:39:14
That is just it Z.
00:39:15
It's just it's gonna be annoying.
00:39:18
I mentioned.
00:39:19
I mean, is going to be an annoying lineup to try toe, to try to score on just like Mikhail Bridge.
00:39:23
I had already talked about it, but just like Mikhail Bridges and Jae Crowder and then DeAndre to is, it's Ah, fantastic defensive front court.
00:39:31
It's got the perimeter defense.
00:39:33
It's got the post defense.
00:39:34
It's got the rim protection.
00:39:35
It kind of just like those guys can switch three through five.
00:39:38
Um, it's really the perfect line up if you think about it because Devin Booker has his struggles defensively, like we could be honest about it.
00:39:44
But if you had to build a lineup around Devin Booker to hide Devin Booker on defense, this is the line up like this is the most effective lineup you could build that would hide him and just play to his strengths on offense.
00:39:55
So James Jones did a good job there of like figuring that out.
00:39:58
Yeah, I think he's done a miraculous job.
00:40:00
I think you've taken a lot of the arc type of what made Houston special.
00:40:04
You've added a center to the mix, which, like turns out you actually need center.
00:40:07
It's crazy, Andi, you've also you're gonna play something that I just think you know.
00:40:13
For Devin Booker, he gets to be a little more free flowing.
00:40:15
You get to take some to you get Chris Paul, but guess what? Chris Paul should be taking mid range shots.
00:40:20
He can roast.
00:40:21
You put a center in front of him. It's two points.
00:40:24
It's two point is gonna happen every time, which is gonna be a thrill for you to watch, and I just I love it.
00:40:29
I really love what you guys have done and I want it to work.
00:40:33
I want everybody is healthy.
00:40:34
I just I just wanted to work because they're going to be so, so fun to watch.
00:40:39
I appreciate it.
00:40:40
For the record, Phoenix fans have, ah, bit of a bromance going on.
00:40:43
We're rooting for you out in the East to between Steve Nash and Antonio and and, um, are you see all of the connections and and those those connections surprised me.
00:40:53
I would be lying if I didn't tell you.
00:40:55
I was a little worried about Steve's ability.
00:40:56
Thio not to do the job but, uh, handle the locker room.
00:41:02
But But we'll see.
00:41:03
Hopefully, I mean, you know, hopefully works out for you guys.
00:41:05
He has been vastly impressive so far.
00:41:08
I mean, he's just he's a great He's a great leader.
00:41:10
He's a great leader and a great mediator.
00:41:12
He understands how to do it, for sure.
00:41:14
But like, you know, can he hand? I mean, he's assembled the perfect he's assembled the perfect staff to.
00:41:20
Basically Steve Nash doesn't have to handle.
00:41:23
I'm sure these air like old, tired things that you guys have been talking about for months.
00:41:26
So, you know, excuse me for just hopping into the conversation weight, but like, you know, Steve Nash doesn't have to do any X's and O stuff if he doesn't want to.
00:41:34
This year, which is kind of a massive privilege.
00:41:36
He's already said, Look like Jacque Vaughn's gonna run the run. The defense.
00:41:40
Tony's gonna It was like one of the first things you said I was like Okay, well, I guess e guess that's taking care of him.
00:41:46
He handles the vibes.
00:41:47
Is the five guy Everybody made fun of it on Twitter, and I like I get it.
00:41:52
It's kind of hilarious concept.
00:41:54
Guess what? He's really good at it.
00:41:56
He's just really good at, You know, Kyrie, Irving.
00:41:58
God bless him is a and it's what we want.
00:42:02
It's what you want.
00:42:03
Media is a guy that's honest, and he gives his thoughts and he's an open book.
00:42:06
He comes out, tells the media.
00:42:09
E was wrong about what I said about Steve.
00:42:13
I was I was like, Well, there you go, there you have it that's that's awesome that he said that and that's I mean, I think he was dead serious about it.
00:42:21
I I really think that that Steve's caught a lot of people by surprise myself included, Um, he's just been an open book and, uh, you know, not in that cliche PR make everybody happy way.
00:42:33
There's a lot of there's a lot occur with him, and I think it's It will be interesting.
00:42:36
Um, he's dramatically risen their ceiling for me because I had questions.
00:42:42
But now we're rooting for you out here.
00:42:45
We loved the sons, and we've We've definitely We have adopted a lot of your former great players in terms of our coaching staff out here.
00:42:54
So So I wanna let you plug away.
00:42:56
First off, I gotta tell you mentioned the YouTube channel.
00:42:59
Absolutely fantastic content.
00:43:01
I haven't even told you that.
00:43:03
I was gonna tell you beforehand when I started my own.
00:43:06
I took a lot of influence from you guys.
00:43:08
I had to learn how to put a description together.
00:43:10
I was like, I don't know what I'm doing.
00:43:12
I gotta go read what they wrote here and figure this out.
00:43:14
It's it's spectacular stuff.
00:43:17
That show is great as well.
00:43:18
But I just wanna let you know that and lets you plug away anything else that you have coming out.
00:43:22
Thank you.
00:43:23
Thank you.
00:43:24
That's far too kind.
00:43:25
If I mean, I would say our YouTube channel Go subscribe to it if either our podcast the timeline of Phoenix Suns podcast, a blue wire podcast who are on their network.
00:43:34
We are You can find us on any podcast at.
00:43:36
Obviously, if you're interested at all in the Sun's for any reason, go seek out our weekly content their or our YouTube channel if you're interested in, you know, not even necessarily being regular subscriber.
00:43:45
But, for instance, if you wanna learn more about DeAndre eaten, you know, and and didn't get enough information about that on this podcast today, there's that 15 minute video I just talked about.
00:43:54
Just dropped a few days ago.
00:43:55
So, you know, we released sons content like that on a regular basis so you could go find us there again.
00:44:00
It's just the timeline.
00:44:01
Phoenix Suns Channel either or works.
00:44:03
But But yeah, Thank you so much for having me on Matt.
00:44:06
It's been fun.
00:44:07
Absolutely the best believe I'm watching that video.
00:44:09
Appreciate the first thing, Ideo.
00:44:12
So thank you again for doing this.
00:44:13
And I'm sure I'll talk to you at some point during the season. Fantastic.
00:44:16
Thank you.
00:44:54
Yeah,

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