Ep. 188 - WNBA Divide & Media Failures, 2024-25 NBA Predictions & More!

On Episode 188 of the Ballislife In The Paint Show hosts Ronnie Flores, Ani Umana go hard on the wild few weeks in the WNBA, and give their 2024-25 NBA predictions in light of the Boston Celtics capturing their 18th league championship.
The ITP Crew goes hard on the Celtics' tandem of Jaylen Brown and Jason Taytum winning a NBA title and the NBA's young core of stars entering their prime. Will the future league stars be focused since many of them will enter the league with a substantial amount of money? The crew also touches on the irony of the Celtics winning the title in the light of the deaths of Bill Walton and Jerry West.
Ani and Chelsea give their first reaction NBA predictions for 2024-25. Why won't the Celtics repeat? Will Tatum ever win NBA MVP? Who are the best bets for MVP and rookie of the year? Ani and Chelsea break it down!
Danny Hurley of two-time NCAA champ UConn turned down the L.A. Lakers job. It's been an embarrassing off season for the storied franchise. Should the Buss family sell the franchise?
The NBA had a great season on the court, but the television coverage and media storylines were quite lackluster. What can the NBA do to change this? Are the media personalities dictating coverage?
The WNBA had positive momentum with Caitlin Clark and Angel Reese entering the league, but the momentum has turned into a PR nightmare in the past few weeks of division by race, gender and affiliation. Mainstream media is being criticized for its lack of W knowledge and people trying to use the new eyeballs to push their own agendas. Will the WNBA be able to take advantage of the new popularity, or will these agendas turn off new fans? Chelsea gives her insight as a former player and dishes on what needs to change. Does the W need new leadership or will Clark-Reese rhetoric die down quickly enough?
The ITP Crew also offer a quick breakdown of recent grassroots events they attended such as the Pangos All-American Camp and NBPA Top 100 Camp and what they have in store for the rest of the June and July live periods.
The ITP Crew goes in-depth on a variety of hot topics in this week's pod, so make sure to tune in to Episode 188 from start to finish! Also make sure to check out our ITP Overtime shorts for more info, insight and behind the scenes stories!

(0:00) - Intro
(1:36) - 1st Reactions To Celtics Winning Title
(4:35) - Tatum & Brown, Last Of The Old HS Stars?
(7:04) - Will Young Hoop Stars Stay Focused?
(9:18) - Irony of NBA Deaths (Walton & West)
(16:05) - 2024-25 NBA Predictions: Boston Repeat?!?
(22:01) - Turning Down Lakers: What's Next in LA?
(25:06) - ITP Hot Take: Do Lakers Need New Ownership?
(31:52) - NBA's Lackluster Coverage: Why?
(36:46) - Media Personalities Influencing Coverage
(42:36) - WNBA: No Focus On Game Play & Growing Game
(53:06) - WNBA: Lack Of Leadership & Direction
(56:33) - Traditional Media Coverage Dead for W?
(1:05:13) - Grassroots: Stock-Risers & Upcoming Events!
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