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Ep. 181 - Freestyle Ep. talking Bronny, NCAA, NIL, G-League, HS & More!

On Episode 181 of the Ballislife In The Paint Show, hosts Ronnie Flores, Ani Umana and Chelsea Hopkins go freestyle on a variety of relevant topics, from the youth level all the way to the NBA and its product. Cheslea gives an update on the next EYBL Scholastic event and the ITP crew gives their take on the Oak Hill Academy program. Can it regain its former glory? Bronny James and his NBA Draft s...

Ep. 180 - Kobe's HS to Lakers Journey: The Plan & Its Roadblocks!

On Episode 180 of the Ballislife In The Paint Show, hosts Ronnie Flores, Ani Umana and Chelsea Hopkins go hard on the one-year plan that was hatched for the late, great Kobe Bryant to turn pro out of high school with special guest Gary Charles, who was part of the small circle that knew of the plans for the 17-year wunderkind from Lower Merion High School (Ardmore, Pa.). Before bringing on Gary Ch...

Ep. 179 - NBA MVP International Dominance & American Development w/Chris Palmer!

On Episode 179 of the Ballislife In The Paint Show, hosts Ronnie Flores, Ani Umana and Chelsea Hopkins and Horace Neysmith go hard on two main topics: the U.S. American development system (from grassroots to the pros) and the dominance of international talent at the elite NBA level. Will NBA MVP go to a non-American for the next 10 years? the question was brought up by long-time NBA writer Chris P...

Ep. 177 - Special MLK FAB 50 + Elite Player Spotlight, End of Warriors' Dynasty & More!

On Episode 177 of Ballislife's "In The Paint Show", ITP hosts Ronnie Flores, Ani Umana and Chelsea Hopkins go hard on various topics, from inclement weather affecting NFL games, the contenders for the women's NCAA title, run-of-the-mill NBA teams that need to make a trade, and everything high school hoops, from the big MLK results, to the new FAB 50, to players that helped themselves on the eve of...

Ep. 176 - HSBB Mid-Season All-Americans, MLK Weekend Preview!

On Episode 176 of Ballislife's "In The Paint Show", ITP hosts Ronnie Flores, Ani Umana and Chelsea Hopkins go hard on the high school basketball season up to this point, spotlighting the annual Elite All-American Team by announcing their Mid-Season All-American choices and previewing the top games and storylines from this weekend's Spalding Hoophall Classic. First, the ITP crew gives their insta...

Ep. 175 - Holiday Tourney Standouts & Sleepers, Detroit's Slide, JuJu & More!

On Episode 175 of Ballislife's "In The Paint Show", ITP hosts Ronnie Flores, Ani Umana and Chelsea Hopkins go hard on the holiday tournaments they attended, from the Tarkanian Classic, City of Palms, Les Schwab Invitational, The Classic at Damien, and Torrey Pines Holiday Classic. The ITP Crew break down the top teams in their FAB 50 spotlight and highlight stock risers and top 2027s on the come u...

Ep. 174 - 2024 Prediction! Champions, Breakout Stars, Top Storylines +700 Million & More!

On Episode 174 of Ballislife's "In The Paint Show", ITP hosts Ronnie Flores, Ani Umana and Chelsea Hopkins give a personal touch to their basketball takes on the last pod on 2023! The ITP Crew dishes on what they are grateful for and their New Year's resolutions they plan to keep! The ITP Crew give their reaction to the recent contract announcement of MLB's Shoehei Ohtani's to the Los Angeles Dodg...

Ep. 173 - Hoophall West Breakdown, NBA In-Season Tourney, CFB Playoff Mess + More Holiday Hoops!

On Episode 173 of Ballislife's "In The Paint Show", ITP hosts Ronnie Flores, Ani Umana and Chelsea Hopkins go hard on the recent Hoophall West, the college football playoff controversy and give a quick preview of the December tournaments the ITP crew will be scouting. We tip-off the latest pod with some big off-court news from Ani and the NBA In-Season Tournament. Why is it working and whom will a...

Ep. 172 - Chet/Wemby ROY Race, EYBLS, McDAAG Forecast + More!

On Episode 172 of Ballislife's "In The Paint Show", ITP hosts Ronnie Flores and Chelsea Hopkins go hard on plenty of topics, including the NBA Rookie of the Year race between the Spurs' Victor Wembanyama and Thunder's Chet Holmgren and discuss the media push of young player highlights vs. contributions to winning teams. Is Holmgren, who was injured all of last season, now the ROY front-runner over...

Ep. 171 - Coach/Player Dynamic in NIL Era + Mr. Basketball USA Tracker

On Episode 171 of Ballislife's "In The Paint Show", ITP hosts Ronnie Flores, Ani Umana and Chelsea Hopkins go hard on the situation involving LSU women's basketball star Angel Reese and the dynamic between star player and coach in this current NIL era of college basketball. Many online are trying to pit Reese against her coach Kim Mulkey, but this topic is much bigger in scope than just the defend...

Ep. 170 - Breakout Stars & Debunking Hot Takes!

On Episode 170 of Ballislife's "In The Paint Show", Ronnie Flores and Ani Umana give their hot takes on the young risers and early standouts of the 2023-24 basketball season at all levels, from the NBA, college and high school ranks! The ITP crew starts off with their dish on hoop hot takes that are meant as click-bait and how impressionable those are to young players and fans. Ron and Ani dish on...

Ep. 169 - Preseason 2023-24 FAB 50 Rankings Release Special!

On Episode 169 of Ballislife's "In The Paint Show", Chelsea Hopkins hosts a special ITP episode, the "2023-24 Preseason FAB 50 Rankings Release Show" to coincide with the release of the complete rankings on Ballislife.com. Chelsea’s fellow ITP hosts, FAB 50 compiler Ronnie Flores and BIL associate editor Ani Umana, break down the preseason poll, talk "Teams on the Rise", "Teams on the Hot Seat",...

Ep. 168 - Hot Takes on USA Basketball, G-League Ignite & W!

On Episode 168 of the new and improved Ballislife In The Paint Show, hosts Ronnie Flores, Ani Umana and Chelsea Hopkins give their hot takes on three main topics: USA Basketball coming up short and not medaling at the FIBA World Cup, the 2023 WNBA season and the recent G League Ignite games with its plethora of 2024 NBA hopefuls. In the ITP Overseas segment, Ron asks Ani and Chelsea some hard-hitt...

Ep. 168 - Hot Takes on USA Basketball, G-League Ignite & W!

On Episode 168 of the new and improved Ballislife In The Paint Show, hosts Ronnie Flores, Ani Umana and Chelsea Hopkins give their hot takes on three main topics: USA Basketball coming up short and not medaling at the FIBA World Cup, the 2023 WNBA season and the recent G League Ignite games with its plethora of 2024 NBA hopefuls. In the ITP Overseas segment, Ron asks Ani and Chelsea some hard-hitt...

ITP OT, No. 4: Steve Smith & Definition of Great Athletes!

In ITP Overtime, Episode No. 4, Ronnie talks about the recent jersey retirement at Taft (Woodland Hills, Calif.) of multi-sports athlete and former NFL player Steve Smith (Giants) and discusses with Ani and Chelsea their definitions of a great athlete and what defines athleticism. How do you define it? Check out ITP Overtime, our series of short story bonus content that compliments our weekly IT...

ITP OT, No. 3: USA Basketball Problems? Talking FIBA vs. NBA Gap!

In ITP Overtime, Episode No. 3, Ani and Chelsea talk about USA Basketball's recent loss to Lithuania at the FIBA World Cup. Does the USA have developmental issues? What’s the problem?  Check out ITP Overtime, our series of short story bonus content that compliments our weekly ITP show! Some are funny and light-hearted, while others raw and behind-the-scenes topics! Listen to full episodes of...

Ep. 167 - Why Players Fall Short & Learning From It!

On Episode 167 of the revamped Ballislife In The Paint Show, hosts Ronnie Flores, Ani Umana and Chelsea Hopkins dish on why players fall short of their general high school evaluation and what evaluators learn from those misses. Why do highly-ranked Top 5 prospects miss or fail to live up to expectations? What do evaluators get wrong with some of the prospect they rank high in a particular class? O...

ITP OT, No. 2: Re-Ranking 2019 HS Class

In ITP Overtime, Episode No. 2, Ani and Ronnie re-rank the national class of 2019. The lightening rod player of the class is James Wiseman. Where would you rank him?  Check out ITP Overtime, our series of short story bonus content that compliments our weekly ITP show! Some are funny and light-hearted, while others raw and behind-the-scenes topics! Listen to full episodes of "IN THE PAINT” an...

ITP OT, No. 1: Elite 24 Rainouts

In ITP Overtime, Episode No. 1, Ani and Ronnie give their personal experiences with summer rainouts at the Elite 24 event, 14 years apart! You’ll never believe how it went down in Harlem and Atlanta! Check out ITP Overtime, our series of short story bonus content that compliments our weekly ITP show! Some are funny and light-hearted, while others raw and behind-the-scenes topics! Listen to f...