Ep. 162 - Spurs Win Wemby Lottery! All-Time GOAT Prospects, Coaching Hooks, W Cuts & More!

On Episode 162 of the Ballislife In The Paint Show, hosts Ronnie Flores, Ani Umana and Chelsea Hopkins go hard on the 2023 NBA Draft Lottery, which ended up with the San Antonio Spurs winning the draft rights to Victor Wembanyama, the 19-year old, 7-foot-4 French pro who some feel is the best NBA prospect, ever. The ITP crew gives their reaction to the results of the NBA Draft lottery and give their rundown of where Victor rates among the all-time GOAT prospects. Is he the best ever?

In this action-packed episode, the crew touch on all levels of basketball, starting with the NFHS rules changes at the high school level. What do HS coaches feel about the new rules that eliminate the 1-and-1 foul situation and foul carry over? Fouls will also rest after each quarter with two shots awarded on the fifth foul. We speak to an assortment of coaches and Ron, Ani and Chelsea give their take!

Chelsea gives his WNBA update as the season is scheduled to tip-off on May 19. Some notable 2023 WNBA Draft choices were cut before ever making an opening-day roster. Is there anything that can be done to help the developmental aspect of incoming rookies? Is it bad P.R for the W to cut first round draft choices? Chelsea and the fellas dish on this explosive topic plus discuss the recent penalties levied on the defending champion Las Vegas Aces.

Ani breaks down the top prospects at the third session of NIKE EYBL in Dallas. Is 2026 forward A.J. Dybansta one of the best prospects Ani has ever seen? Will be re-class up to 2025? Who are the best prospects the ITP crew has ever evaluated. The trio break down their choices from each of their unique perspective and talk about who would be the No. 1 pick in an all-time NBA Draft! Is it LeBron, Lew Alcindor, Wilt or Wemby?

The ITP crew also breaks down the rest of the NBA Draft Lottery. Are the Hornets locked in on Brandon Miller at No. 2? What are the Rockets and Pistons going to do after sliding down to No. 4 and No. 5? The crew also discuss their sleeper draft pick with roughly six weeks to go before draft night!

They close out this episode talking about the NBA coaching carousel and if Doc Rivers, Monty Williams and Mike Budenholzer deserved a pink slip after their team's playoff exits. Has the window a coach has before he loses his locker room shrunk all across the board? Who can replace that trio and be an upgrade for the 76ers, Suns and Bucks? Does Wembanyama benefit from a long-tenured coach like Popovich?

The ITP Crew also react to the Nuggets taking a 1-0 series lead on the L.A. Lakers in the Western Conference finals, plus plenty more in the latest ITP pod, so make sure to tune in to Episode 162 from start to finish!

(0:00) - Intro

(2:35) - HS Rule Changes: Elimination of 1-and-1 FTs

(8:57) - W Update: Chelsea Dishes on Draft Cuts!

(26:46) - Ani’s Dish on 3rd NIKE EYBL Stop

(31:33) - A.J. Dybantsa: Is He That Good?

(36:38) - Why Top Prospects Hit or Miss?

(40:43) - ITP Crew Top 3 Prospects Ever Evaluated

(49:02) - ’23 NBA Draft Lottery: Instant Reaction

(59:07) - ITP Crew Early Draft Sleepers!

(1:03:22) - Victor Wembanyama’s Crystal Ball

(1:13:12) - All-Time NBA Draft: Who Goes No. 1?

(1:19:04) - Top Tier NBA Coaches Fired: Dumb Moves?

(1:29:48) - Quick Hitting NBA Playoff Updates
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