Ep. 153 - Chasing KAJ: Talking NBA Peak Performance, Longevity, Recovery & LeBron's Legacy!

On Episode 153 of the Ballislife In The Paint Show, hosts Ronnie Flores, Ani Umana and Chelsea Hopkins welcome on special guest Jasen Powell (L.A. Clippers Director of Medical Sevices/Head Athletic Trainer) to dish on the inner-workings of NBA preparation, health and wellness and how it relates to longevity and peak performance.

Powell has been tenured with the Clippers for nearly 25 years and offers ITP's audience some terrific insight on the differences and advances in medical technology and game preparation over the last quarter century. Powell also dishes on the evolution of what NBA franchises invests in when it comes to player health and wellness and how and why it's such a bigger part of the game day preparation in the current NBA than the days when Michael Jordan broke into the league in the mid 1980s.

Powell also discusses how the average fan may not be aware when a player is laboring or not injured quite enough to sit out and how it's part of his job description to make sure they perform at a optimal or peak level, which may include some load management.

This topic is obviously relevant and important as the Laker's LeBron James is on the cusp of passing Kareem Abdul-Jabbar as the all-time leading scorer in NBA history. The ITP crew discuss the legacy of the NBA's two ironman superstars and what LeBron James' impending record-breaking achievement and career means to them. Ron also gives some background on Abdul Jabbar's career and how and why he's still somewhat overlooked by casual or young NBA fans.

The ITP crew also break down the Kyrie Irving trade to the Dallas Mavericks and what it means. Did the Mavs make a mistake in not trying harder to keep Jalen Brunson? Was this move strictly made to keep Luka Doncic happy? What does it mean for the Lakers that they missed on on the Irving sweepstakes?

The crew also dish on NBA All-Star snubs, which player each believes needs a change of scenery, WNBA dynasties and more!

The ITP crew and its special guest offers some terrific insight on a inner-workings of the NBA and the topics related to KAJ's and Bron's longevity, so make sure to tune in to Episode 153 from start to finish!

(0:00) - Intro

(2:50) - Chelsea’s Quick-Hitting NCAAW Updates!

(5:03) - Chelsea’s Pro Updates: Free Agency & W Super Teams!

(9:47) - Big Money in Pro Ball: Spending & Ego!

(14:23) - Gambling on Kyrie: Would You Do It?

(21:30) - Trade Deadline: Any Other Big Upcoming Moves?

(26:36) - All-Star Game Omissions: Owner-Agent Battle?

(31:24) - Top NBA All-Star Game Snubs

(38:00) - NBA Players That Need A Change

(44:03) - Quick Reaction To LeBron Catching Kareem!

(51:38) - Guest Jasen Powell (LA Clippers Director of Medical Services)

(57:51) - Powell on Load Management & Old Heads’ Gripes

(1:00:43) - Powell on Evolution of Pre-Game Preparation

(1:06:46) - Powell on Recognizing Peak Performance

(1:08:51) - Powell’s Advice on Game Prep For Young Players

(1:10:04) - Chelsea’s Reaction To Powell’s Insight 

(1:18:21) - Ron’s Background on Kareem Adbul-Jabbar

(1:23:50) - Ani & Chelsea on LeBron’s Legacy
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