In our latest episode (Ep. 155), the ITP crew (hosts Ronnie Flores, Ani Umana and Chelsea Hopkins) go hard relevant and trending topics at each level of basketball.
The ITP Crew start off with the saga surrounding Alabama basketball and star player Brandon Miller. Should he be playing right now? What about coach Nate Oats, should he be coaching? Chelsea and the fellas give their hot take on the situation!
Ron, who has been involved with Cal-Hi Sports state rankings for over 20 years, give his take on the CIF basketball players and why and how the California Interscholastic Federation needs a re-vamp of its regional playoff format. Ron gives his fix on how to make the section titles more meaningful and a process where everyone can understand what they are playing for.
At the NBA level, the ITP Crew talks about the disappointment of the NBA All-Star weekend (ratings wise and entertainment wise) and the load management issue the league has right now that is starting to affect public perception of the league’s direction. Ani and Chelsea dish on what can be done to rectify the issue. The crew also talks about Dame Lillard’s 71-point game and his path to NBA stardom and what “loyalty” represents and means to them.
Ron and Ani dish on the National All-Star Game circuit in the light of the closest Mr. Basketball USA (national player of the year) race in many years and the fact the 2023 class still has something to prove on a national level. Can front-runner Cam Boozer earn national POY honors as a sophomore? Where does Bronny James fit into this equation in light of the fact he’s not a serious national player of the year candidate but is being pegged by ESPN as a Top 10 pick in the 2024 NBA Draft?
The ITP crew offers some terrific insight on Lillard, load management, and Bronny James’ stance in the scouting world so make sure to tune in to Episode 155 from start to finish!
(0:00) – Intro
(2:22) – FAB 50 Update
(5:23) – Deion Sanders’ Comments on Recruiting
(9:49) – Dish on Brandon Miller-Alabama Saga
(18:24) – Ron’s Dish on Revamping CIF Basketball Playoffs
(24:17) – Dish On NBA’s Load Management Issue
(36:20) – Chelsea & Ani’s Dish on Improving A-S Weekend!
(45:35) – Quick Update on NBA Season & Dame Lillard!
(59:03) – Bronny James’ Comparisons & Draft Status: WTF!
(1:06:04) – Scouts’ Lack of Focus on Production
(1:10:24) – Bronny’s and Amari Bailey’s Unique HS Situation!
(1:12:07) – Mr. Basketball USA Tracker Results/Reactions