Ep. 148 - NFL Scare, NBA Outbursts + Holiday Tourney Recaps!

On Episode 148 of the Ballislife In The Paint Show, hosts Ronnie Flores and Ani Umana discuss what has transpired over the holidays since the last ITP episode on December 13, including the cardiac arrest of Buffalo Bills' safety Damar Hamlin, the offensive outbursts in the NBA, and the unfortunate death of stalwarts such as Pele and Barbara Walters. The fellas also go hard in the paint on all the happenings surrounding the holiday tournaments, from the best teams, standouts performers and airline travel issues many teams faced.

Ron and Ani discuss their reactions and feelings of Hamlin's unfortunate on-field situation and why it's important for all high school sporting events to have qualified medical personnel on-site.

The ITP crew also give their reaction to the Cleveland Cavaliers' Donovan Mitchell's 71-point outburst vs. the Bulls. He's only the seventh NBA player to crack the 70-point barrier, but Ron and Ani discuss why there have been so many insane offensive outbursts in recent weeks, especially by the Mavs' Luka Doncic. Can we expect more this season and why is this happening?

Ron and Ani also go hard on the holiday tournaments and how all the results around the country produced the most highly-anticipated FAB 50 National Rankings update in years. There are 15 newcomers this week, but Paul VI (VA) stays No. 1 while there is a bunch of movement among top teams. Do teams that played murderous schedules deserve to be ranked ahead of a team that beat them that hasn't played as many tough teams?

The fellas also discuss their top standouts and fast-rosing prospects over the past few weeks, the trials and tribulations of holiday travel from some top teams, and the fight coach Patrick Behan of FAB 50 No. 8 St. John's (Washington, D.C.) is in against ALS. Behan took his team to the Torrey Pines Holiday Classic in San Diego, where it won the title to remain unbeaten heading into the Behan Strong Invitational, where all the proceeds from the event will be donated to his fight against the disease.

The ITP crew offers some terrific insight on the national landscape of high school holiday tournaments and the latest sports news, so make sure to tune in to Episode 148 from start to finish!

(0:00) - Intro

(4:12) - Reaction to Bills’ Darmar Hamlin Collapsing

(9:28) - Ron’s Plead for Qualified Personnel at HS Events

(11:44) - Ron’s Memories of Kevin Copeland & Hank Gathers

(17:52) - Recent Passing of Greats: Barbara Walters & Pele

(22:16) - Reaction to Spyda Mitchell’s 71-Point Outburst

(25:50) - NBA: Individuals That Talented or Covert Tanking?

(29:01) - Reaction to Brooklyn Nets’ Turnaround

(34:36) - New FAB 50: Parity in HS Basketball

(39:40) - FAB 50: What’s Coming Up Matters

(46:00) - Surprising, Fast-Rising Players

(53:32) - Top Holiday Tournament Players

(58:05) - LM & MM Programs Recruiting Up

(1:02:51) - Holiday Tournament Travel Issues

(1:06:39) - Coach Patrick Behan & His ALS Fight
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