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We have reached the historic 50th episode of The Lottery Mafia Podcast. I know, we're just as surprised as you are. To mark the occasion, James Plowright and I dedicated the first 27 minutes of the episode to reflecting back on all the fun we've had, and the terrible predictions we've made. We also thanked every guest that has ever appeared on the podcast, so if you've been on, your name was called.

The rest of the episode was dedicated to discussing the Brooklyn Nets, a team that suddenly finds themselves outside of the playoffs. The team might be up for sale, its star players could be traded away, and they don't have full control of a 1st round draft pick until 2019. They are, as our guest Reed Wallach of Nets Daily and Vantage Sports put it, "a team in flux." Reed was kind enough to join us on this historic episode, and provided a lot of insight into the major stories covering this team. James and Reed also bonded over their love of Jerome Jordan. We thank Reed for coming on, and we thank all you listeners old and new, for tuning in.

As always, we can be found on iTunes.

So here's the deal. If you want to listen to James and I reminisce and make fun of ourselves, tune in from the beginning. If you're only here for the Nets talk, or you get bored of reminiscing, jump to the 27:15 mark. However, we do have a new NBA player introducing the podcast, and new intro music, so I'd recommend at least listening to that before jumping ahead. Anyways, here are the estimated time stamps:

  • Celebrating 50 episodes - Start to 27:15 mark
  • The potential sale of the Nets - 31:30
  • What direction will the team take? - 37:00
  • Billy King's future - 48:00
  • Lionel Hollins' job so far - 53:00
  • Potential trades for Brook Lopez, Joe Johnson - 1:00:00
  • Mason Plumlee's development - 1:11:00
  • Karasev's emergence - 1:13:00
  • Corey Jefferson's role - 1:18:00
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In our first podcast of 2015, James and I discussed two topics; the Dion Waiters trade, and the Detroit Piston's recent winning streak since Josh Smith was waived. 

A disclaimer; we had some not so minor technical difficulties while recording, so a bit of editing had to be done in order to get things right. We recorded last Thursday, and unfortunately the podcast is only going up today. But fear not! The material is still (mostly) relevant. 

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Dec 19th, 2014 by lotterymafia at 10:55 am

In what was the most quickly put together episode in the history of the TLM Podcast, James and I recorded Tuesday night on the subjects of Mike Malone, the Kings future, and potential trade scenarios for Ben McLemore, Nik Stauskas, Greg Monroe, Jeff Green, Wilson Chandler, and Lance Stephenson. Rajon Rondo is mentioned, but note that he had not been traded just yet. I also discovered a new ingredient to put in coffee, which has been met with overwhelming opposition.

Episode 48 may be our last podcast of 2014. We will try to seek one in the days following Christmas, but if not, we'd like to thank everyone who has listened to the podcast this year. You are the reason we do this (also, James and I like recording ourselves talking about basketball).

Subscribe on iTunes, and follow on Podbean. Enjoy your weekend, and the holidays.

Estimated Time Stamps:

  • Mike Malone, the Kings ownership, and the future of the team - 8:00
  • Ben McLemore, Nik Stauskas - 21:00
  • Trades scenarios!
    • Greg Monroe - 29:00
    • Jeff Green - 34:00
    • Wilson Chandler - 44:00
    • Lance Stephenson - 49:00
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Dec 12th, 2014 by lotterymafia at 10:37 am

This week's edition of The Lottery Mafia podcast features the return of AllThatAmar of SB Nation's SLC Dunk, to discuss the Utah Jazz's season so far.

The Jazz just snapped a nine game losing streak on Wednesday with their win over the San Antonio Spurs. They are now 6-16, but despite their record, there have been encouraging signs, particularly from key players Gordon Hayward and Derrick Favors. We talk about their progress, along with a handful of other Jazz related topics (see below).

We'd like to thank Amar for coming back on the podcast once again. Always fun to talk to, Amar gave us more information on D-League call-up Patrick Christopher than even Christopher himself probably knows. He also revealed his love of Queen Elizabeth II, which extends to buying stamps with her face on it (you're going to have to listen to get the full context here). 

As always, subscribe on iTunes, and follow us on Podbean. I say it with every episode, but you all rock.

Estimated Time Stamps:

  • Dante Exum's rookie season - 4:00
  • Rodney Hood's rookie season - 12:30
  • Gordon Hayward, and Derrick Favors' improvement - 16:00
  • Enes Kanter (is he in their long-term plans?) - 20:00
  • Rudy Gobert, Year Two - 27:30
  • Quin Snyder's job performance so far - 35:30
  • Joe Ingles role (mentor for Exum, etc) - 40:00
  • The low down on Patrick Christopher - 44:30
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Dec 12th, 2014 by lotterymafia at 10:37 am

This week's edition of The Lottery Mafia podcast features the return of AllThatAmar of SB Nation's SLC Dunk, to discuss the Utah Jazz's season so far.

The Jazz just snapped a nine game losing streak on Wednesday with their win over the San Antonio Spurs. They are now 6-16, but despite their record, there have been encouraging signs, particularly from key players Gordon Hayward and Derrick Favors. We talk about their progress, along with a handful of other Jazz related topics (see below).

We'd like to thank Amar for coming back on the podcast once again. Always fun to talk to, Amar gave us more information on D-League call-up Patrick Christopher than even Christopher himself probably knows. He also revealed his love of Queen Elizabeth II, which extends to buying stamps with her face on it (you're going to have to listen to get the full context here). 

As always, subscribe on iTunes, and follow us on Podbean. I say it with every episode, but you all rock.

Estimated Time Stamps:

  • Dante Exum's rookie season - 4:00
  • Rodney Hood's rookie season - 12:30
  • Gordon Hayward, and Derrick Favors' improvement - 16:00
  • Enes Kanter (is he in their long-term plans?) - 20:00
  • Rudy Gobert, Year Two - 27:30
  • Quin Snyder's job performance so far - 35:30
  • Joe Ingles role (mentor for Exum, etc) - 40:00
  • The low down on Patrick Christopher - 44:30

After a long hiatus, the podcast has returned, and we've got a good one for you. James and I discussed the Philadelphia 76ers first win, and played a little game of "Real NBA Player or Not?" which is exactly what it sounds like.

We also discussed the Milwaukee Bucks surprising start, along with why the Charlotte Hornets have been the most disappointing team in the NBA so far.

Whether you're a first time listener or returner, you can subscribe to the podcast on iTunes, or follow us on Podbean.

Estimated Time Stamps:

  • Philadelphia 76ers talk - Start of the Podcast
  • Milwaukee Bucks talk - 15:30
  • Charlotte Hornets talk - 33:00
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The NBA season is roughly a week old, already the NBA's lottery teams have given us plenty to talk about. James and I had plenty to discuss, so check out the topics and time stamps below.

  • Tyrus Thomas wants to return to the NBA and discusses his "guard-like" skills - 5:00
  • The Sacramento Kings surprising start 14:30
  • The New York Knicks, and whether they are running the triangle or not - 24:30
  • Ricky Rubio's extension - 30:00
  • Derrick Favors is on FIRE - 38:30
  • Alec Burks' extension (worth it?) - 43:30
  • Detroit's poor start - 48:30
  • 76ers talk - 51:00
  • Los Angeles Lakers talk -  58:00
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Oct 20th, 2014 by lotterymafia at 9:05 am

Happy Monday everyone (said no one ever). Episode 44 of the TLM Podcast is here, though James and myself were convinced it was episode 45 while recording. ¯_(ツ)_/¯

This week we had no guest, and no script -- the two of us talked about whatever came to mind, and my word did a lot of things come to mind. We talked about our favorite NBA podcasts, discussed how everyone is jumping on the Pelicans hype train, and James asked me to name what team some of the most obscure NBA players are playing for now (can you tell me who Jack Cooley plays for? Because I can).

We also discussed how much we like the Milwaukee Bucks, and spoke about a handful of NBA lottery related topics, the biggest being why on Earth Byron Mullens declined a player option with Philadelphia to go to China and now be on the verge of being cut. It was a fun episode, so let it take you wherever it goes!

No time stamps this week, but thanks again for listening. Follow us on Podbean and subscribe on iTunes.

 

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Oct 3rd, 2014 by lotterymafia at 9:04 am

Yesterday, James and I had the pleasure of talking about the Denver Nuggets upcoming season with Charlie Yao of Roundball Mining Company, ESPN's Truehoop affiliate for the Denver Nuggets. We covered plenty of topics surrounding the Nuggets, a team that just two seasons ago had won 57 games, but now faces questions regarding the health of key players and the direction of the franchise. Despite these concerns however, the three of us believe the Nuggets will be in the playoff hunt. Below are the list of topics covered. The first bit of the podcast covers more general discuss before weaving into our topics, but trust me, all of it is worth the listen.

We thank Charlie for joining us, and as always thank you for listening. Subscribe on iTunes, and follow us on Podbean.

Estimated Time Stamps:

  • General discussion of team/job performance of Tim Connelly - Start of podcast
  • Brian Shaw (how much pressure is he under?) - 9:30
  • Expectations for Gallinari and McGee coming off of majoring injuries - 23:00
  • Kenneth Faried's extension (how much is he worth?) - 31:00
  • Importance of Arron Afflalo this season - 42:30
  • Hypothetical, quickly thrown together trade scenarios involving Faried (this was fun) - 49:30
  • How much will the rookies play, and Erick Green's role this season - 53:15
  • Are the Nuggets a lottery or playoff team? - 1:02:00
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After a bit of an unexpected hiatus, the podcast is back. This week we were joined Zachary Bennett of CanisHoopus.com, SB Nation's Timberwolves blog. Despite losing Love, Zachary gives good reasons as to why things may not be as bad this year as they look.

With the Timberwolves having one of the busiest offseasons of any team this summer, we had no shortage of topics. Zachary gave us his input on the Kevin Love trade and why it is potentially the best return for a super star player in recent years, along with what to expect now that Flip Saunders is both head coach and President of Basketball Ops (I of course called him the GM by mistake). Additionally, we talked about Thaddeus Young and whether he could opt to stay in Minnesota long-term, why Ricky Rubio is the future point guard of the franchise, and what we should expect from Shabazz Muhammad and Gorgei Dieng in their second seasons. 

As always, we thank you for listening. Be sure to subscribe to the podcast on iTunes, and follow us on Podbean.

Estimated Time Stamps:

  • Flip Saunders as Coach and President of Basketball Ops - 5:00
  • Kevin Love trade - both 3:00 and 12:00
  • Thaddeus Young (the trade, and playing in Minnesota long-term) - 25:00
  • Ricky Rubio's extension and future with the team - 33:30
  • Shabazz Muhammad and Gorgei Dieng's second season expectations - 48:00
  • The rumored Eric Bledsoe trade (that doesn't hold a lot of weight) - 55:00
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