On Episode 65 of our In The Paint Podcast, co-hosts Ronnie Flores and Devin Ugland break down the latest episodes of The Last Dance with a major focus on the relationship between Michael Jordan and Isiah Thomas.
Was it Jordan who kept Thomas off of the Dream Team? Does Thomas get enough credit for his titles and being an all-time great point guard? Have the two ever buried the hatchet?
Next, Ron and Dev dive into another high school star decommitting from college and choosing to route of the G-League Pathway Program. Five-star point guard Daishen Nix spurned UCLA for the professional ranks, so what does that mean for UCLA and college hoops as a whole?
Nix’s move leads into the next topic discussed In The Paint as the NCAA moved a step closer to allowing student-athletes to profit off of their name, image and likeness (NIL), announcing that the Board of Governors will vote on the issue prior to the 2020-21 scholastic year.
If voted through, what are the legal ways student-athletes can earn money on NIL? What will the oversight look like? Will schools have fiscal and financial advisors in place to help these athletes navigate these new opportunities?
Ballislife co-owner Matt Rodriguez closes out the show with a look at how sports social media has changed during the course of the COVID-19 pandemic. Matt also details BIL’s mask initiative which donates 25 percent of mask sales, and 10 percent of spring collection sales, to World Central Kitchen.
If you want all the answers to those questions and more, make sure to hit the play button above to listen in to the latest episode of the In The Paint Show!