Ep. 147 - Another FAB 50 No. 1, HS TV Games, Tourneys, Griner & More!

On Episode 147 of the Ballislife In The Paint Show, hosts Ronnie Flores, Chelsea Hopkins and Ani Umana discuss a variety of topics, including high school games produced as made-for-TV specials. 20 years after LeBron James made his national TV debut on ESPN, his son Bronny James at Sierra Canyon (CA) took on Kiyan Anthony (Carmelo's son) and Christ the King (NY) in a celebration of 20 years of HS ball on the sports network. Should more diligence be done to make sure the facts surrounding the game are accurate? Who is to blame when media outlets run with bad info? Does it matter? Do the positives of these events outweigh the negatives?
The crew ITP also discusses the play of Christ The King (NY) and Cardinal Hayes (NY) and the latest FAB 50 national rankings. CTK lost to Sierra Canyon and Cardinal Hayes lost twice at Hoophall West. Can both programs bounce back? Ron and Ani break down how the various start dates around the country affect early results and the FAB 50.

Paul VI (VA) is the new No. 1 team in the FAB 50 and heads to the City of Palms Tournament in Florida looking to sustain its No. 1 ranking. Ron and Ani discuss its chances to win the COP and also break down the upcoming Tarkanian Classic in Las Vegas. Can host Bishop Gorman bounce back from its loss to Corona Centennial (CA) to come out on top?

Chelsea gives her hot take on WNBA star Brittney Griner's return to the U.S. in a prison swap with Russia. Will Griner return the the W next season? Was the mixed reactions to her return warranted? Chelsea also reveals some shocking details about the realities of professional ball in Russia going forward.

The ITP crew offers some terrific insight on the national landscape of high school ball and how the media tries to control certain narratives, plus gives insight to the Griner situation in their last episode of 2022.

Make sure to tune in from start to finish, as the ITP crew appreciates your support throughout the year. Episode 148 will take place 1/3/23!

(0:00) - Intro

(1:03) - Ani & Ron's HS Eval Updates

(3:07) - Chelsea’s Israeli/Pro/W Update

(7:40) - NBA Parity & Re-Naming of Individual Honors

(13:37) - Reaction to Brittney Griner's Return to US

(20:19) - Chelsea’s Take on Griner’s Future

(23:33) - Chelsea on Realities of US Pros Returning To Russia

(27:29) - Reaction to Sierra Canyon/Christ The King TV Game

(31:54) - Ron’s Take on 20 Years of HS TV Games

(38:21) - Breakdown of CTK & Cardinal Hayes’ Struggles

(45:00) - New FAB 50 Breakdown & Various Start Dates

(47:22) - Paul VI (VA) at No. 1 Going to COP

(51:40) - Tark Classic Preview

(58:50) - Next Pod Update (1/3/23)

(1:00:19) - Hoops Predictions for 2023!

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