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Hoops Before Homework
75 minutes | Jan 4, 2021
TWO WEEK OVERREACTIONS: NETS, RAPTORS, JIMMY, RUSS, BRCNBA, AND MORE
The guys are back to overreact! After just two weeks worth of games, what's better than a few over-reaches and bold takes? The Nets were being crowned Eastern Conference Champs after just two games and now, as Leander puts it, "not a playoff team." The Raptors have been slow out of the gate. Will they continue to struggle early on? Luka and the Mavs? Jimmy? And of course, what is an episode without BRCNBA talk?
87 minutes | Dec 22, 2020
NBA PREDICTIONS AND BRCNBA TALK FEATURING THE COMMISH JON MENNA
Leander and Balta reveal their pre-season NBA predictions of Finals matchup, MVP, ROTY, and more. BRCNBA League Commissioner, Jon Menna, joins the guys to give his takes on the season as well, while giving an in-depth pre-season review of BRCNBA's upcoming 6th season.
54 minutes | Oct 11, 2020
LeBron's Pass, Heat Chances, Jimmy Outplaying LeBron? BRCNBA Sighting, Rapid Fire (Not so Rapid)
Leander, Balta, and the Bobblehead join up to talk the 2020 NBA Finals. The guys debate whether LeBron made the right basketball play be passing to Danny Green, the Heat's chances of pulling off a miracle comeback, Jimmy Butler's rise, and include a BRCNBA segment that has been much requested.
44 minutes | Sep 17, 2020
The Bobblehead: Dylan Marlar, Balta's apology, Conference Finals Preview, Lebron's Greatness
Host Joshua Balta is joined by none other than the Bobblehead, Dylan Marlar to discuss the Clippers collapse, Balta gives his heartfelt apology to Lakers Nation and more importantly, Lebron James. Conference Finals Preview is discussed, and Lebron's greatness is discussed in length. KD and Steph even make an appearance.
48 minutes | Sep 4, 2020
2nd Round, Bucks/Heat, Giannis Legacy in Jeopardy? Rockets Have a Chance? Raptors Coming Back? Rapid Fire
The guys break down recent playoff action! Can the Bucks and Raptors come back from down 2-0? Do the Rockets or Nuggets have a chance in their respective series against the Lakers and the Clippers? Nash in as Nets HC. Balta gives us his top 5 rank. Rapid Fire.
58 minutes | Aug 21, 2020
NBA PLAYOFFS, LAKERS IN TROUBLE? BUCKS? BALTA'S PICKS, DRAFT LOTTERY, NBA RANK: DAME
The guys are back and talking Playoff Basketball! Are the Lakers in real trouble? Can the Bucks re-kindle pre-shutdown glory? Draft Lotto went down last night and Balta's Hornets came away with the biggest climb of the evening, yet his BRC-NBA fantasy league dreams of owning the number one spot were shot. Balta gives his pre-playoff picks while seeing that his pick of OKC over HOU is in serious jeopardy. Leander argues that Dame is outside of the top 10 while Balta could not disagree less.
54 minutes | Aug 1, 2020
THE NBA IS BACK, POP QUIZ: WHO STARTS FOR THE WIZ? LAKERS/CLIPS, MELO'S BLAZERS, TATUM GOES 2/17
The NBA is back and so are the guys from Hoops Before Homework! The season started with a BANG (insert Mike Breen) and so your hosts jumped right in breaking down the biggest games from the restart: Pels/Jazz, Clips/Lakers, Blazers/Grizz, Bucks/Celtics. Leander hits Balta with an untimely pop quiz in true English Teacher fashion: Who started for the Wizards? How about those new look Nets? Rockets/Mavs may score 400 combined, Balta steals Leander's YouTube TV subscription, Will you be watching Kings/Magic this weekend?
44 minutes | Jul 13, 2020
STOP IT CELTICS TWITTER, LONGEVITY VS. PEAK, DISNEY BUBBLE FOOD, NBA RESTART: FANTASY EDITION
On this episode Leander goes in on Balta for doing something he said he would never do...get a dog. Leander doesn't stop there. He calls the new pup "ugly." The guys discuss the impact of longevity versus peak when taking legacies into consideration. Cavs version of Shaq makes an appearance! The players have arrived in Florida and have plenty to say about their living conditions. We discuss those and declare our affinity for free food! Many fantasy leagues nationwide have called the season off, but not ours! Did we mention that we believe we have the best league in the country? The guys also offer strong candidates that we believe will be crucial to a mini-postseason run.
54 minutes | Jun 30, 2020
KAWHI TOP 10 ALL-TIME WITH TITLE? LEGACIES, ASTERISKS, "HEAR ME OUT:" BREAKING INTO THE BUBBLE, LOOKING BACK AT "THE DECISION," 50K LAYUP
The guys discuss the return of the NBA being as real as ever despite the rising COVID numbers in Florida. Also, have you considered how to break into the "bubble" in Florida? Well, the guys lay out their plan to do exactly that! Legacies are discussed in depth as Leander lays out which superstars (Harden? LeBron? Giannis? Kawhi?) will benefit the most from winning a title. Finally, we must know... would you choke if you had the chance to make a layup for 50k in front of 22,000 fans?
50 minutes | Jun 18, 2020
LEANDER'S RETURN, GIANNIS>TIMMY? KYRIE CALL, PATBEV IS 17 AGAIN, JOKIC'S ABS, MATH 100
Host Leander Wallace makes his return to the show following the birth of his son and goes head on with negative Giannis takes that occurred during his absence. The guys talk the now "infamous" "Kyrie Call" and its possible implications. Disney has released a list of the amenities that players will have at their disposal in Orlando, but one sticks out above the rest. Balta apologizes for prior statements on Nikola Jokic, and the two teachers take you to math class discussing Vegas' odds on each team hoisting the O'Brien trophy.
68 minutes | Jun 11, 2020
BEN MASTIN: HOST OF FIXING BASKETBALL, NBA RETURN, KD NOT PLAYING IS A MISTAKE, BUCKS NOT GETTING OUT OF THE EAST, MJ DONATING 100 MILLION!!! DREW BREES?? PLAYER PROTESTS
Host of Fixing Basketball, Ben Mastin, joins Balta to discuss the return of the NBA and if they got it right. The two debate KD's decision to not return for a playoff run. The Celtics a title contender?? Does Jayson Tatum deserve to be mentioned with the likes of Lebron, Kawhi, AD... Ben believes so! MJ's whopping 100 MILLION dollar commitment to fight racial injustices over the next decade is discussed and whether or not this makes up for his silence throughout the years. Drew Brees on an NBA podcast? YOU BETCHA! And how we believe players will protest/honor racial injustices and the memories of the victims upon the return.
110 minutes | Jun 1, 2020
Ralston Turner: Is it legal to double in pick-up? NC State, Life of a G-leaguer, and Let's Be Real: America has never treated Black people as equals
Former LSU and NC State standout Ralston Turner joins the show to talk about everything from pickup ball's unwritten rules to LeBron James to the recent deaths of unarmed African Americans. Is doubling in pickup okay? Should NC State's coaching staff have laid off of BeeJay Anya's lefty hooks shot? Is the G-League better or worse than power 5 college basketball? You can find all the answers in this episode. Ralston and the guys cap the episode off by getting serious and discussing the tragic deaths of Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, and George Floyd.
41 minutes | May 26, 2020
Celtics' Fake Dynasty, 1-16 re-seeding a good idea? Steph is better than the Beard, History 101: Tommy Kearns
The guys talk about the proposed 1-16 seeded playoff format, and how it will affect each team. Leander thinks Paul Pierce has a beef with LeBron and is allowing it to cloud his judgment, and both hosts believe Kendrick Perkins is flat out wrong about the Harden vs Steph debate. History class is in session as Tommy Kearns is the subject of today's lesson.
53 minutes | May 20, 2020
The Finale of "The Last Dance,” Jordan/LeBron, 90's Reunion, "Hear me out:" Memphis Grizzlies
Balta and Leander close out The Last Dance, and each give their thoughts on Jordan's place all-time. Leander reminds everyone just how bad the 98-99 season truly was once it resumed. Jordan and LeBron's accomplishments and place in all-time debates are discussed, and Balta tells you why Draymond Green is nothing more than a 3-Musketeers Bar (yes, you read that correctly). Leander tells you why the Memphis Grizzlies will be NBA champs within three years.Links:Jack McCallum article: https://vault.si.com/vault/1997/03/10/a-cut-above-more-than-ever-it-seems-no-team-can-catch-the-bulls-is-that-good-for-the-nba90's Reunion Video: https://youtu.be/yy3S4vBu18U
36 minutes | May 17, 2020
The G.O.A.T. Fantasy League, NBA draft-LaMelo Ball, "Hear me out:" Nets, Lakers, and Knicks Edition
In this episode, your hosts are joined by three members of the much talked about BRC fantasy league. The guys discuss the beginnings of the league and how it transformed into a full-fledged imitation of the real NBA collective bargaining agreement. Each member discusses their thoughts on this year's NBA draft as well as LaMelo. Jon tells why the Nets bleak history will soon change, Dylan says LeBron James is reason enough to believe the Lakers will win the title, and Ed lays out his 6-step plan for the Knicks to win it all in 2023!
41 minutes | May 13, 2020
Finally Harden doesn't get a call, George Mikan was not good at basketball, History 101, The Last Dance
The guys wonder if James Harden's feelings are hurt by not being included in the superstar phone call. Both Leander and Balta have a problem with George Mikan being included in ESPN's top 40 players of all time, and class is in session as today's content is History 101 and a rule that we bet you didn't know about! George Karl gets hammered for making two major errors in the '96 Finals.
48 minutes | May 6, 2020
Balta's Miserable Hornets, The Last Dance Episodes 5-6, "Hear me Out" Brooklyn Nets Edition
On this episode of Hoops Before Homework Balta tells of the tragedies of being a Hornets fan, the guys discuss the sham that is MVP voting, and the biggest takeaways from The Last Dance episodes 5-6. Leander tells the world why the Brooklyn Nets can win a championship in another edition of "Hear Me Out."
30 minutes | May 3, 2020
Kane Pitman, host of Locked on Bucks, talks about his journey to covering the Bucks, Last Dance, and gives Balta some fantasy advice, "HearMeOut" Segment: Atlanta Hawks
On episode two of the Hoops Before Homework podcast Kane Pitman joins the show to discuss his journey from the oil refineries of Australia to covering the MVP of the NBA. Also, Balta lays out the reasons the Atlanta Hawks (yes those Hawks) can win a championship in the next three years.
39 minutes | Apr 28, 2020
The Last Dance: Takeaways from Episodes 1-4
Your hosts introduce themselves and jump straight into their takeaways from "The Last Dance."
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