In our latest episode (Ep. 154), the ITP Crew goes hard on each of their Top 5 NBA GOATs in the backdrop of the Laker’s LeBron James surpassing Kareem Abdul-Jabbar as the league’s all-time leading scorer. The ITP crew reveals each of their top five. Is LeBron now the GOAT? Who can knock off MJ as the GOAT if not LeBron? Where does Kareem stand especially with the younger generation? Is Kobe a consensus Top 5 player? What about Magic Johnson and Larry Bird? Are some of the older stars like Wilt Chamberlain and Oscar Robertson forgotten in all-time GOAT conversations.
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The ITP crew (co-hosts Ronnie Flores, Ani Umana and Chelsea Hopkins) reveals they’re just missed player (No. 6) and if any current player outside LeBron has any chance to one day reach those heights. The ITP crew also talk about the game LeBron broke the record and what that moment meant to them and the lack of appreciation or mention of Kareem’s accomplishments and activism over the years.
The NBA trade deadline is the second big topic of this week’s special podcast and the crew go over the best long-term and short-term trades that went down. Besides the Suns acquiring Kevin Durant, which team was the big winner? Did the Lakers upgrade their roster enough to make a big playoff push? Who in the East got better? What is Portland and Chicago doing by not pulling the trigger on anything of significance?
Chelsea and Ani also talk about the Super Bowl and Rihanna’s halftime performance and the greatness of two-time Super Bowl winning QB Patrick Mahomes of the Kansas City Chiefs. How high can he climb on the GOAT list?
Ronnie and Ani also give their take on the unfortunate circumstances of New Mexico St. shutting down their basketball program? What’s next for the program and are some college teams on the verge of losing control of their roster or is this just a completely isolated circumstance?
Chelsea also talks South Carolina-LSU and the Gamecocks’ current WNCAA dominance!
The ITP crew and its special guest offers some terrific insight on the GOATs on the NBA and there are a couple of surprises, so make sure to tune in to Episode 154 from start to finish!
(0:00) – Intro
(2:09) – Quick Thoughts on Lakers-OKC Historic Game
(5:53) – Quick Thoughts on New Mexico St. Program Shutdown
(13:28) – Super Bowl: Rihanna, Mahomes’ GOAT Trajectory
(20:18) – Chelsea’s NCAAW Update: South Carolina Dominant!
(25:59) – ITP Podcast Info & Shout-Outs
(26:57) – Ani’s Quick NCAA Updates: Tobacco Road Blues
(32:42) – NBA Trade Deadline: Reaction To Best Transactions
(39:05) – Ani’s & Chelsea’s Best Short Term Move
(46:03) – What Are The Bulls, Blazers & Heat Doing?!
(53:35) – Chelsea & Ani’s Rihanna’s Super Bowl Grade!
(56:04) – Bron Celebration: Missing Boat on KAJ’s Legacy
(1:02:23) – Ceremony’s Most Memorable Moment
(1:05:51) – ITP Crew No. 5 All-Time Player!
(1:12:08) – ITP Crew No. 4 All-Time Player!
(1:18:28) – ITP Crew No. 3 All-Time Player!
(1:26:47) – ITP Crew No. 2 All-Time Player!
(1:28:23) – ITP Crew No. 1 All-Time Player!
(1:34:47) – Reaction To Top 5s!
(1:40:06) – Bron-MJ Debate!
(1:53:20) – Bron-MJ Accolades Difference
(2:01:31) – What Young Player Can Crack Top 10?
(2:04:03) – Just Missed & Overlooked Players