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On today's TrueHoop Jarod Hector and David Thorpe discuss: LeBron James asking the media why they don't seem so concerned with a photo of Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones. The future of USA Basketball. The potential team for the 2023 World Cup and 2024 Olympics is young and lacks international experience. David says playing time is like oxygen for …
 
On today's TrueHoop Henry Abbott and Jarod Hector discuss: Kevin Durant's slender frame and how a conversation with a trainer in 2007 shaped his NBA future. The Lakers have won five of six and LeBron is playing like a top 50 player in the league. Is that a recipe for success? We are about a quarter through the season and there are some trends we've…
 
On today's TrueHoop Henry Abbott and David Thorpe are joined by The Athletic's Seth Partnow. They discuss: The end of game scenario from an October game between the Dallas Mavericks and Brooklyn Nets. Should teams play for the win in regulation or just try to score and get to overtime? What does analytics say about end of game situations? Can coach…
 
On today's TrueHoop Jarod Hector and David Thorpe discuss: Klay Thompson looked amazing against the Houston Rockets, is he back? James Wiseman was sent to the G League and David has a message for him and the Warriors. Ben Simmons has been getting more offensively aggressive the last few games. what does David see? The World Cup is underway in Qatar…
 
On today's TrueHoop Jarod Hector and David Thorpe discuss: The Warriors poor play. David says offense is the team's problem, which is leading to bad defense. He wrote an article about it. Kevin Durant is happy playing basketball despite the Nets poor record and he likes playing with his teammates. When teams go small, the Bucks go big Too early All…
 
TrueHoop's David Thorpe has clients who play in the NBA right now. He texts them videos of key plays, with teaching points to make them better. Jarod Hector learned about that, and got a little jealous. Wouldn't you want to get messages like that? TrueHoop Tactics is basically that: your chance to get the kinds of messages David Thorpe sends player…
 
On today’s BRING IT IN TrueHoop’s Jarod Hector and David Thorpe announce that later this week we’ll be changing the name of this podcast to TrueHoop, and joining the Gemini XIII family, which we are pretty excited about. We will keep delivering exactly the kind of great NBA content you are used to, like: * Joel Embiid and Anthony Davis were dominan…
 
TrueHoop’s Jarod Hector and David Thorpe discuss: * The best story in the NBA * The vibes in Minnesota and Brooklyn are very different. What is David seeing? * How good are the Cleveland Cavaliers? Jarod is really high on them. Is David? * The Lakers have some problems and David is ready to admit he was wrong about them. * Top 5 teams in the NBA ri…
 
Inspired by Tom Haberstroh and the Basketball Illuminati podcast, a couple of weeks ago NBA Twitter tried to make sense of a study noting that with fans absent from the stands in the NBA bubble, Black players had a boost in production. Did the absence of predominantly white and often loud and aggressive fans reduce the stress of racism? The paper i…
 
On today’s BRING IT IN TrueHoop’s Jarod Hector and David Thorpe discuss: * The ongoing saga of Brooklyn Nets start Kyrie Irving * The Warriors are 0-6 on the road and Warriors Twitter is angry at James Wiseman. David says not to panic and give the team some time. * The Lakers look directionless, but have a player in Anthony Davis who is playing ver…
 
On today’s BRING IT IN TrueHoop’s Henry Abbott and Jarod Hector chat with recovering NBA writer and podcaster Haley O’Shaughnessy. They discuss: * The end of Haley’s popular podcast Spinsters * What is the point of basketball? * Does the collective basketball watching community enjoy piling on a player? * What’s next for Haley? Is it possible to en…
 
On today’s BRING IT IN TrueHoop’s Henry Abbott and Jarod Hector chat with the author of Spaced Out: How the NBA's Three-Point Revolution Changed Everything You Thought You Knew About Basketball, Mike Prada. They discuss: * Mike’s dad Vincent Prada * The most important character in the book * What the NBA’s three-point arc and its widespread adoptio…
 
On today’s BRING IT IN TrueHoop’s Jarod Hector and David Thorpe discuss: * The Lakers finally get their first win, and David thinks they need to capture the joy from the postgame celebration. * The Nets have a Kyrie Irving problem and Jarod thinks it’s time they move on. * David and Jarod love what they’re seeing from the Cavaliers and the Bucks. *…
 
On today’s BRING IT IN TrueHoop’s Jarod Hector and David Thorpe discuss: * Time for coaches in Brooklyn and Philadelphia to show what they can do. * Jarod sees a problem with the Dallas Mavericks. * The Suns are exactly who David thought they’d be. Still capable of winning. * The return of the top 5. Jarod and David each give props to the best team…
 
On today’s BRING IT IN TrueHoop’s Jarod Hector and David Thorpe discuss: * The Lakers are 0-3 and David does not see any leadership from LeBron James and Anthony Davis * The 76ers are also 0-3 but David has insight from the locker room on a team that isn’t panicking * Adam Silver is worried about teams tanking for Victor Wembenyama, David thinks we…
 
TrueHoop's David Thorpe has clients who play in the NBA right now. He texts them videos of key plays, with teaching points to make them better. Jarod Hector learned about that, and got a little jealous. Wouldn't you want to get messages like that? TrueHoop Tactics is basically that: your chance to get the kinds of messages David Thorpe sends player…
 
On today’s BRING IT IN TrueHoop’s Jarod Hector and David Thorpe discuss: * The Lakers got beat by the Warriors on opening night and David has some concerns. Does LeBron believe in this team? * Jarod was at the Nets opener against the Pelicans. He talked to David’s “sons” Pelicans assistant coaches Corey Brewer and Ryan Pannone, they are very high o…
 
On today’s BRING IT IN TrueHoop’s Jarod Hector and David Thorpe discuss: * Jordan Poole and Andrew Wiggins get the bag from the Warriors. What does that mean for Draymond Green and Klay Thompson? * David talks to a lot of NBA players during the season. One of them shared thoughts about LaMelo Ball. David gives further context on the conversation an…
 
On today’s BRING IT IN TrueHoop’s Jarod Hector and David Thorpe discuss: * Draymond Green’s return to the Warriors. That was fast … but whatever they decided Jarod says it’s on the Warriors and their lauded culture to show they are doing the right thing. * David handed out progress reports for Ben Simmons, Kawhi Leonard, and Zion Williamson. How do…
 
On today’s BRING IT IN TrueHoop’s Jarod Hector and David Thorpe discuss: * The Draymond Green assault video that has now been seen by everyone. Does this change anything? Jarod and David ultimately agree but differ on a few things. * This isn’t how you want to begin a title defense. Where do the Warriors go from here? David thinks Steph Curry’s lea…
 
On today’s BRING IT IN TrueHoop’s Henry Abbott, Jarod Hector, and David Thorpe discuss: * The excitement around 2023 NBA draft prospects Victor Wembanyama and Scoot Henderson. Who should teams draft first overall? David has thoughts. * Jarod has dreams of a future NBA of all tall players. * A bunch of injured players are back this season, how will …
 
On today’s BRING IT IN TrueHoop’s Jarod Hector and David Thorpe discuss: * David’s recent article on Ben Simmons and the Brooklyn Nets. He is the key to the Nets’ season. * The Phoenix Suns got beat by the Adelaide 36ers of the NBL on Sunday. The 36ers were led by Robert Franks, a player David knows well and believes every NBA team could use. * Is …
 
On today’s BRING IT IN TrueHoop’s Jarod Hector and David Thorpe discuss: * David and his family are very grateful they made it through Hurricane Ian * James Wiseman looked great in the Warriors preseason game. Are the Warriors young players the best in the league? * Doc Rivers had an interesting conversation with James Harden. Monty Williams and De…
 
On today’s BRING IT IN TrueHoop’s Henry Abbott and Jarod Hector discuss NBA media day: * Wait, where is coach Thorpe? * Jarod attended media day in Brooklyn and it was a doozy … but Henry says at least stuff is out in the open. * The Cavaliers seemed poised to do big things this year. * The right people in Denver started to say smart things about t…
 
On today’s BRING IT IN TrueHoop’s Jarod Hector and David Thorpe discuss: * Ime Udoka and the Boston Celtics. * Robert Sarver is selling the Phoenix Suns, who will the NBA get in bed with next? * The Detroit Pistons are making a push towards relevancy * David and Jarod make their 2022-23 All-NBA predictions. The teams you could make of the players t…
 
On today’s BRING IT IN TrueHoop’s Jarod Hector and David Thorpe discuss: * The brilliance of LeBron James, Kevin Durant and Stephen Curry * David wrote a piece handicapping the upcoming NBA MVP race. Who are the candidates and which player is the “best bet”? * A case for Zion Williamson as MVP * What did David learn watching EuroBasket 2022? RECENT…
 
On today’s BRING IT IN, New Yorker staff writer Louisa Thomas hosts with Jarod Hector and David Thorpe: * Phoenix Suns governor Robert Sarver was suspended for a year and fined $10 million for abhorrent behavior. Louisa just published a New Yorker story about Sarver, and has thoughts on what could the league have done better or differently. * Britt…
 
On today’s BRING IT IN TrueHoop’s Jarod Hector and David Thorpe discuss: * Steph Curry’s comments about former teammate Kevin Durant and trust. * The NBA midseason tournament will begin in 2023-24. David has an idea to make it beneficial to a larger community and Jarod has an idea about a full on Champions League model tournament. * The Detroit Pis…
 
On today’s BRING IT IN TrueHoop’s Jarod Hector and David Thorpe discuss: * The US Open and the mental toughness of athletes. * EuroBasket 2022 is going on, is there anything David sees that might transfer to the NBA when they players return to their teams? * We wrote about the Cavaliers acquiring Donovan Mitchell, how much did they improve their ti…
 
On today’s BRING IT IN TrueHoop’s Henry Abbott, Jarod Hector and David Thorpe are back together for the first time in a while. They discuss: * Alligators, crocodiles and why you should never live in Florida. * What the LIV Golf Tour situation should be teaching the heads of other professional sports leagues. * Every year David writes an article cal…
 
On today’s BRING IT IN professor, and sports historian at Arizona State University Victoria Jackson hosts with Jarod Hector. * What exactly is the NCAA? Victoria will give us an answer you won’t hear anywhere else. * Now that NIL endorsements exist, how is that working out for the players and universities? * Victoria’s pragmatic approach on reshapi…
 
On today’s BRING IT IN, Abigail Smithson is back as guest host and she sits down with NBA legend Muggsy Bogues. * Why does everyone in Muggsy’s family have a nickname? * What was the best team he’s ever played on? * How does it feel to give an assist to a teammate? * Muggsy and Dell Curry were teammates for years and he watched the Curry kids grow …
 
On today’s BRING IT IN author, space writer and Warriors fan Shannon Stirone hosts with Jarod Hector and David Thorpe. * What is space? Shannon delves into the phenomenon that surrounds us. * Uranus is the funniest planet and it’s for exactly the reasons you think. * How do movies and popular culture correctly or incorrectly inform us about space? …
 
On today’s BRING IT IN Jarod Hector and David Thorpe discuss: * Kevin Durant’s ultimatum. What is the supremely gifted basketball star searching for? * David recently compared the NBA season to Game of Thrones. How can we inject more humanity into our sports? * We are a basketball podcast but Jarod had to give a few minutes of appreciation to the g…
 
On today’s BRING IT IN Jarod Hector and David Thorpe discuss: * The 30th Anniversary of the 1992 “Dream Team” its significance on the game today and an appreciation for the team’s best player, Charles Barkley. * Nobody outside of Scottie Barnes’ family is a bigger fan of Barnes than David. He talks about Barnes’ summer work. * The early lines on te…
 
On today’s BRING IT IN Jarod Hector and David Thorpe talk about player development. * Bronny James is the most scrutinized high school player in the country because of his famous dad. David sees a lot in his game to like both in terms of play and his spirit. * It’s mixtape season as Jarod calls it. How do we make sense of videos players and teams p…
 
On today’s BRING IT IN Henry Abbott, Jarod Hector, and David Thorpe are reunited after some time off. * They discuss the late Bill Russell who passed away on Sunday. Henry describes him as one of the “real ones.” * The Celtics reportedly might consider trading Jaylen Brown for Kevin Durant. Nobody on the podcast likes that. * The title favorites fo…
 
On today’s BRING IT IN artist, professor, and basketball fan Abigail Smithson hosts with Jarod Hector and David Thorpe as guests. * How can art impact the way we think about basketball? * David often talks about the artist and the scientist, who does Abigail think are the NBA’s best artists? * Abigail hosts a podcast called “Dear Adam Silver” where…
 
TrueHoop’s Jarod Hector and David Thorpe discuss the benefits of taking summer league seriously for players, coaches, teams and executives. * If Donovan Mitchell gets traded to the Knicks, what does that mean for Julius Randle? * The latest on the Brooklyn Nets. * EYBL and the state of U.S. player development. RECENT BRING IT IN EPISODES: * July 15…
 
TrueHoop’s Jarod Hector and David Thorpe discuss summer happenings in the NBA. * Deandre Ayton had to get the Indiana Pacers to offer an exorbitant contract in order for the Phoenix Suns (the team that drafted him #1 overall) to pay him. There are going to be some awkward moments and hurt feelings this summer and heading into camp. How do the Suns …
 
TrueHoop’s Henry Abbott, Jarod Hector, and David Thorpe spent a lot of time talking to each other today, but only about an hour made it onto this podcast! * What David sees in the Summer League performances of Paolo Banchero, Chet Holmgren, Jabari Smith Jr., Keegan Murray, Jaden Ivey, and Bennedict Mathurin. * David’s early pick as the most likely …
 
TrueHoop’s Jarod Hector and David Thorpe are joined by Dr. Steve Ilardi. Building on the work of Dunks and Threes’ Taylor Snarr (and in partnership with TrueHoop) Ilardi created the new Bonus Wins stat. They discuss: * Chet Holmgren’s Summer League start * The origin of Bonus Wins * The biggest takeaway from the data around Bonus Wins? * The Utah J…
 
TrueHoop’s Jarod Hector, and David Thorpe discuss the NBA’s silly season, aka free agency: * What is leadership? David has a very specific definition and discusses how it applies, or doesn’t, to Kevin Durant and the Brooklyn Nets. * This is the time of year where teams solidify their rosters, our new stat, Bonus Wins, helps cut through the noise th…
 
TrueHoop’s Henry Abbott, Jarod Hector, and David Thorpe open the show discussing the serious events impacting our nation, then they discuss: * Jalen Brunson and free agency. Is $25 million per year a good deal for a team that wants to sign him? * Kyrie Irving… * The Warriors want to bring EVERYONE back. Can they? Will they? Which teams might pay a …
 
[This podcast was dead and buried! Kaput! Lost to technical issues! But then … the hero Jarod Hector put in all kinds of extra time, did something magical stripping audio from the backup video file and well … here it is! Thank you Jarod.] TrueHoop’s Henry Abbott, Jarod Hector, and David Thorpe breakdown the NBA Draft. * David has a nickname for thi…
 
TrueHoop’s Henry Abbott, Jarod Hector, and David Thorpe discuss: * The Golden State Warriors are NBA champs for the fourth time in the last eight years. How did they do it? * There will be a lot of talk about Jayson Tatum not being “ready” for the moment, but Henry knows the Celtics and the NBA broke Tatum well before the Finals. * What is Stephen …
 
At a critical juncture of the NBA Finals, TrueHoop’s Henry Abbott and David Thorpe spend an hour on what matters: What’s with the Warriors’ Cuisinart offense? David thinks it’s been unplugged by Ime Udoka. Why has Draymond Green been so ineffective? There’s a lot of story to that one. And what is going on with Kevon Looney in this chart? On BRING I…
 
TrueHoop’s Jarod Hector and David Thorpe discuss: * Sportswashing and the new LIV golf tour. * David realizes that the Celtics are baiting the Warriors into heliocentric offense. * What’s the deal with Draymond Green? Why can’t he string together consecutive good games? Jarod has an idea. * Stephen Curry has been great through three quarters of eve…
 
TrueHoop’s Henry Abbott and David Thorpe talk about the Warriors win in Game 2 of the NBA Finals: * David describes the five-minute stretch of the third quarter that decided Game 2 * Is Gary Payton II the key? * David and Henry have a lot of love for Celtics head coach Ime Udoka * Henry and David disagree about what makes an MVP, and Jarod Hector p…
 
TrueHoop’s Jarod Hector and David Thorpe discuss Game 1 of the NBA Finals between the Celtics and Warriors. * It looked like the “Thorpe Rule” was activated after the Warriors’ masterful third quarter, but then the Celtics amped up their defense and made tons of shots in the fourth. How did that happen? * It’s a coach’s league as well as a player’s…
 
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