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Balling In The 6ix
35 minutes | 4 days ago
Grading the Toronto Raptors' offseason - How Masai Ujiri is gearing up for a huge 2021
KJ and Vural talk through a lively off-season - one which the Raptors' Front Office played very carefully. We talk: :: Malachi Flynn and Jalen Harris making the roster? :: Can Len and Baynes really replace Gasol and Ibaka? :: Who had the worst offseason in the NBA - and who had the best? Follow us on Twitter @BallingInThe6ix
35 minutes | a month ago
Raptors Offseason - Drop Gasol, (tentatively) sign VanVleet, have a look at Poeltl?
We promised off-season content, and we delivered. Main talking points: :: Masai should get rid of Gasol, re-sign Ibaka (no-brainer) :: Toronto should be careful how much they pay FVV if they want a star in the 2021 off-season :: Why Jrue Holiday is likely to be the biggest trade of the 2020 off-season This should be the Raptors roster next season, per KJ: BC: Lowry, FVV, Powell, Thomas, T-Davis FC: Ibaka, Boucher, Siakam, OG, McCaw, Stanley + Picks 29 and 59 in the draft. Follow us on Twitter @BallingInThe6ix
31 minutes | 2 months ago
The Philadelphia 76ers did win something this year - the Serial Underperformers award
Balling in the 6ix looks back on our start-of-season predictions and gives our own alternative awards. This is the last episode of the 2019-20 season (sad face). Follow us on Twitter @BallingInThe6ix.
26 minutes | 2 months ago
The resurgence of Dwight Howard
The Boston Celtics slash the deficit with the Miami Heat in half to 2-1, while the Lakers - thanks to Dwight and AD - down the Denver Nuggets. We talk: :: How Dwight Howard on Nikola Jokic is a fantastic move from Frank Vogel :: Miami's zone defence getting figured out :: London Lions' first foray into Europe Follow us on Twitter @BallingInThe6ix
33 minutes | 3 months ago
Boston ends Toronto's 456-day NBA title defence - but Kawhi goes out at the same stage!
Toronto are out - but we're still here. KJ and Vural discuss - :: The Raptors falling in Game 7 to a formidable Boston Celtics outfit :: Bam Adebayo's clutch block to down that same Celtics side :: Kawhi paying tribute to Toronto by going out at the same stage :: There will be no Nikola Jokic slander anymore, all hail The Joker! Follow us on Twitter @BallingInThe6ix Credit to MLG Highlights for the opening clip under Fair Use.
40 minutes | 3 months ago
Playoff Powell shows up - but can the Toronto Raptors drag themselves over the line?
What. A. Series. We do our typical dramatic recaps of Games 5 and 6 against the Boston Celtics before analysing a massive Game 7 for Toronto and Nick Nurse. It could be the last time we see these boys play together. We also look at: :: Why Miami Heat will be tougher to face for either Boston or Toronto than the Milwaukee Bucks :: OG at the five - is the Raps' future small ball? :: The importance of Rajon Rondo for the Lakers Follow us on Twitter @BallingInThe6ix
19 minutes | 3 months ago
OG gave Toronto a lifeline - but Lowry proved he is the heart of this Raptors' team
Vural and KJ round up and analyse Games 3 and 4 of the Toronto Raptors vs Boston Celtics Eastern Conference Semi-Finals before tonight's Game 5. We talk: :: OG in the clutch :: Kyle Lowry proves, once again, he doesn't choke in the play-offs :: The Raptors' starters heavy minutes Follow us on Twitter @BallingInThe6ix
29 minutes | 3 months ago
Marcus Smart is Steph Curry, because the NBA Bubble continues to be normal
2-0 down to Boston. Wow. But fear not - KJ and Vural are here to inject some optimism into all Toronto Raptors' fans. We talk: :: How Lowry and VanVleet going 3-19 from three, while Smart hits FIVE triples in the fourth, is just unnatural. :: Siakam as a no.1 option. :: Why Matty Thomas needs to get back into the rotation. Follow us on Twitter @BallingInThe6ix
19 minutes | 3 months ago
NBA Player Strike: because some things are bigger than basketball
We were meant to be discussing the Toronto Raptors-Boston Celtics matchup - but instead, we look at the ramifications of a monumental night in the NBA. Each podcast host put their views forward separately; they do not necessarily endorse the others, and are putting their own views forward, not of the organisations they may work for. Follow us on Twitter @BallingInThe6ix
35 minutes | 3 months ago
Why can't Pandemic P(aul George) handle the playoffs anymore?
KJ and Vural concisely break down the latest two rounds of games from every NBA playoff series, including: :: Norman Powell's remarkable consistency - and how the Toronto Raptors are taking care of business on both ends of the floor. :: Why the Raptors' bench mob is back! :: How Luka Doncic is outshining Paul George - badly. :: Nicola Jokic's failure to lead the Nuggets in their series against the Utah Jazz. :: A tasty Celtics-Raptors matchup we have been waiting for, for years! Follow us on Twitter @BallingInThe6ix
29 minutes | 4 months ago
Do the Milwaukee Bucks need Marc Gasol? Raptors smash Brooklyn, while Dame Dolla gets one over LeBron (NBA Playoff Opening Game Roundup)
KJ and Vural talk through a pulsating opening round of playoff fixtures, which saw shock upsets by the Magic and the Blazers, while Toronto took care of business. We spoke about: :: Whether the Bucks need a Vucevic stopper :: Toronto's third-quarter woes :: Why the Heat-Pacers series will go the distance and much more. RESULTS Denver Nuggets 135 Utah Jazz 125 Toronto Raptors 134 Brooklyn Nets 110 Boston Celtics 109 Philadelphia 76ers 101 LA Clippers 118 Dallas Mavericks 110 Milwaukee Bucks 110 Orlando Magic 122 Indiana Pacers 101 Miami Heat 113 Houston Rockets 123 Oklahoma City Thunder 108 LA Lakers 93 Portland Trail Blazers 100
27 minutes | 4 months ago
Toronto continue to dominate in the bubble - but are the Raptors a match for the Bucks?
Vural takes this one solo, talking all things Toronto Raptors. In this episode, he explains: :: How Toronto got beatdown by Boston - but came back strongly. :: Whether the Milwaukee Bucks are, by some measure, beatable. Follow us on Twitter @BallingInThe6ix
37 minutes | 4 months ago
How the Toronto Raptors are SUFFOCATING their opponents
Another day, another W for the Toronto Raptors. KJ and Vural discuss a gorgeous 3-0 week for Nick Nurse's troops, including - :: How OG and Siakam shut down LeBron James and Anthony Davis. :: Steady Freddy's elite form in the bubble. :: Why Toronto fans shouldn't be worried about letting leads slip in the third quarter. Follow on Hotmic for live commentary of selected Raptors' games - download it for free at hotmic.io using the code 'BALLING754'. Follow us on Twitter: @BallingInThe6ix
65 minutes | 4 months ago
The NBA Returns - and the Lakers have it in the bag. Here's why the Toronto Raptors won't go back-to-back.
PREDICTIONS TIME. That's right, KJ and Vural submit their full bracket predictions for the NBA playoffs. There's still some regular season to go, but the Magic and the Trail Blazers/Grizzlies should take the 8th seed - and we predict every single matchup from there. Tweet us your own playoff prediction brackets by filling in your custom one here: https://www.printyourbrackets.com/images/fillable-nba.pdf and tweeting it to us @BallingInThe6ix. Follow on Hotmic - download it for free at hotmic.io using the code 'BALLING754'.
37 minutes | 4 months ago
NBA Return Preview - Can the Toronto Raptors' go back-to-back?
The NBA is back - albeit in the strange form - and that means KJ and Vural can finally record together in a socially distanced manner. We talk: :: The Raptors' chances of repeating their 2019 NBA Final heroics :: How games will be different in Disneyland :: Who will end up making the playoffs from both the Eastern and Western Conference. Look out for a bumper predictions podcast next week! Make sure you follow us on Twitter: @BallingInThe6ix and on Hotmic - download it for free at hotmic.io using the code 'BALLING754'.
30 minutes | 5 months ago
NBA Injuries - Can players like Derrick Rose or Victor Oladipo ever get back to their best?
We welcome back two medical experts - including your co-host Vural - to talk through the recoveries of some of the league's finest after falling foul to injury. With a particular focus on Derrick Rose and other stars who have suffered long-term injury, this is the second part of a three-part special on injuries. Qualifications - Vural Ergisi: Medical Sciences Degree, Cambridge University Mehmet Ergisi: studying Medicine at Imperial College London, interested in pursuing sports medicine Follow us on Twitter: @BallingInThe6ix
30 minutes | 5 months ago
Steph, Kobe, and Embiid: NBA Injuries Edition
We welcome two medical experts - including your co-host Vural - to talk through some of the league's most odd, gruesome and fascinating injuries. With a particular focus on Steph Curry, Kobe Bryant and Joel Embiid, this is the first part of a three-part special on injuries. Qualifications - Vural Ergisi: Medical Sciences Degree, Cambridge University Mehmet Ergisi: studying Medicine at Imperial College London, interested in pursuing sports medicine Follow us on Twitter: @BallingInThe6ix
17 minutes | 5 months ago
The Book of Malcolm Miller
AT 27, Malcolm Miller is still languishing on the end of the Raptors' bench. He's seen the likes of Fred VanVleet and Chris Boucher carve out roles in a winning side, but he's struggling to get minutes on the court, despite being serviceable when he does appear. So who is Malcolm Miller? We look at his full career - from high school to the NBA - and analyse where the fringe Toronto player is at. Follow us on Twitter: @BallingInThe6ix We're also on Hotmic! Use code 'BALLING754' to download the app for free.
31 minutes | 6 months ago
Reliving the Toronto Raptors 2019 Championship Run - Canada, the NBA title is yours!
RELIVE the monumental 2019 NBA Finals as the Toronto Raptors win their FIRST NBA Championship. In just 30 minutes, Vural and KJ take you through all the thrills and spills of the series, interjected with some of the best commentary Matty D and the gang had to offer. Make sure you follow us on Twitter: @BallingInThe6ix and on Hotmic - download it for free at hotmic.io using the code 'BALLING754'. Credit: NBA and SportsNet for fair use of commentary.
33 minutes | 7 months ago
Reliving the Toronto Raptors 2019 Championship Run - 24 seasons in the making
This was the Toronto Raptors' second conference finals - and did they deliver. Four straight victories after going down 2-0 to the Milwaukee Bucks set up an epic showdown with the Golden State Warriors. KJ and Vural hammer home the magic of the 2019 Eastern Conference Finals with analysis of all the performances, tactics and eventual results. With commentary from your favourite broadcasters as well as podcasters, this isn't one to miss. Follow us on Twitter: @BallingInThe6ix Follow us on Hotmic, the live commentary streaming app! Download the app for free using code 'BALLING754' here: https://app.hotmic.io/
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