On Episode 108 of the Ballislife In The Paint Show, co-hosts Ronnie Flores and Devin Ugland discuss the best rookie performers in the NBA. Which players has been surprisingly good and which players haven’t lived up to early expectations? Which two Rookie of the Year candidates are not surprising at all to Ron and Dev? Spoiler Alert: Neither the No. 1 pick Cade Cunningham or No. 2 pick Jalen Green are among the Rookies discussed in their “Surprises.”
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The guys also discuss the latest “PR Tour” that Scottie Pippen has been on to promote his new book, Unguarded, where he’s taken countless shots at former Chicago Bulls teammate Michael Jordan. Does Pippen have a legitimate gripe with all the things he’s saying about His Airness or is he just creating drama to sell copies of his book?
Is Jordan’s silence of Pippen’s criticism making MJ look even better than he did after “The Last Dance?” Is Pippen’s issue really with Mike or is it with the media and marketing/branding opportunities that helped make Jordan into one of the most famous athletes of all time?
Ron and Dev also discuss the Ben Simmons saga in Philadelphia. Is it time for the Sixers to trade the all-star caliber forward? If so, which team presents the best fit for Simmons and gives Philly the best return in prospects and draft picks?
Lastly, Ron and Dev break down the Top 40 preseason Cal-Hi Sports state rankings in California high school basketball. Sierra Canyon, Corona Centennial and Harvard-Westlake all look like locks for the 8-team CIF Southern Section Open Division field, but which teams have the best chance to spoil the Open party? Why did Sierra Canyon start the season at No. 1 over Centennial when Centennial beat Sierra Canyon head-to-head last season? Tune in to hear all of this and more!