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Relatively Speaking Podcast
62 minutes | Mar 30, 2018
Relatively Speaking Podcast Episode 132
The sports media industry landscape is constantly changing, and FanRag sports is changing with it. After 132 episodes, Jared Mintz and Joseph Nardone (that's right, he's back) wrap up their podcast by reflecting on the last couple of years, their careers to this point as writers, where the industry's been and where it's going. The duo, who also host the Off The Wall Podcast for The Knicks Wall, fondly reminisce on some of their previous stops as writers, the running gag that the podcast would be cancelled shortly after it kicked off, and some of their favorite episodes and conversations with their esteemed guests. They also make fun of Kevin Durant, because they're blogger boys and he's not. For amateur basketball coverage and takes on Marty Jannetty, you can follow Joseph on Twitter at @JosephNardone. As always, you can follow Jared on Twitter at @JMintzhoops, and subscribe to the Relatively Speaking Podcast on iTunes and Stitcher.
49 minutes | Feb 21, 2018
Relatively Speaking Podcast Episode 131
With almost a week in between meaningful NBA games, myself and millions of others are going crazy just waiting for the second half of the season to pick back up. Returning to the show for his third appearance, and helping Jared discuss the most important and interesting storylines for the last leg of the season is Josh Eberly. Josh is a member of the Professional Basketball Writers Association, and is a contributor for Hoop Mag, as well as the host of the Hot Takes and Shot Fakes Podcast. The two talk about Cleveland being the team to beat in the East, the Rockets being incredible close to the Warriors, Kawhi Leonard's strange situation in San Antonio, and LeBron's future. To stay in the loop of what's important on NBA Twitter, make sure you follow Josh at @JoshEberley. As always, you can follow Jared on Twitter at @JMintzhoops, and subscribe to the Relatively Speaking Podcast on iTunes and Stitcher.
64 minutes | Feb 16, 2018
Relatively Speaking Podcast Episode 130
The NBA had a wild trade deadline last week, and with All-Star weekend literally hours away from tipping off, there's only one team that we should all be talking about. No, the Relatively Speaking Podcast is not going to discuss the Cleveland Cavaliers, rather the team that worked with them to fix their problems and potentially steal their franchise's greatest player in free agency this upcoming summer...the Los Angeles Lakers! Joining Jared to discuss one of the NBA's most prominent franchises is Jacob Rude, who is a contributor for Lakers Outsiders, and the host of the Coast 2 Coast Podcast. Jared and Jacob talk about the Lakers' youth movement, long term plans for Isaiah Thomas and Julius Randle, and whether or not they have a shot at LeBron. For great Lakers and NBA thoughts you can follow Jacob on Twitter at @JacobRude. As always, you can follow Jared on Twitter at @JMintzhoops, and subscribe to the Relatively Speaking Podcast on iTunes and Stitcher.
59 minutes | Feb 1, 2018
Relatively Speaking Podcast Episode 129
The NBA is the greatest league in professional sports. Even with Super Bowl LII on deck, all we can talk about is NBA All-Star weekend, LeBron's drama in Cleveland, DeMarcus Cousins season ending injury, and James Harden's ridiculousness. And then, unexpectedly, five-time All-Star Blake Griffin gets traded in the prime of his career! The Clippers moving Griffin to Detroit represents the death of Lob City, which was more than likely the franchise's most glorious run. Joining Jared to discuss the end of an era, Blake's legacy, the future for Los Angeles's other team, and the potential of landing LeBron is Rob Flom, column editor for SB Nation's Clippers blog Clips Nation. For great Clippers and NBA content, and other thoughtful tweets, you can follow Rob on Twitter at @RichHomieFlom. As always, you can follow Jared on Twitter at @JMintzhoops, and subscribe to the Relatively Speaking Podcast on iTunes and Stitcher.
40 minutes | Jan 22, 2018
Relatively Speaking Podcast Episode 128
Between Chris Paul's controversial return to the Staples Center, Arron Afflalo literally trying to take Nemanja Bjelica head off, and the Cavs dropping five of their last six games and looking like the worst defense the NBA has seen in years, things are heating up around the NBA. Somewhere in the background of the madness has been the Chicago Bulls, who are 15-8 since Nikola Mirotic returned to the team in early December, and have won 4 of their last 5 games. After trading Jimmy Butler during the offseason, the Bulls are in full rebuilding mode, and things are seemingly further along than expected. Joining Jared to make sense of the Bulls hot stretch and talk about their young core is Vijay Vemu, who covers the team for SB Nation's BlogABull.com. You can follow Vijay on Twitter at @VJVemu. As always, you can follow Jared on Twitter at @JMintzhoops, and subscribe to the Relatively Speaking Podcast on iTunes and Stitcher.
36 minutes | Jan 11, 2018
Relatively Speaking Podcast Episode 127
Considering we haven't talked about the New York Knicks since the Carmelo trade, Jared had a special guest on the podcast to discuss his hometown team. Joining the show this week is Bryan Gibberman, who used to host the Podium Game Podcast, and has made several appearances on the LockedOn Knicks podcast. Bryan doesn't hold any punches when it comes to discussing the Knicerbockers, and with strong ties to the Michigan basketball program, he was the perfect person to talk to about a potential Tim Hardaway Jr./Trey Burke reunion. Bryan also had a special guest column for The Knicks Wall this week, where he discussed the below average job that Knicks' coach Jeff Hornacek has done this season. For mostly rational Knicks, Phoenix Suns and other NBA takes, and the occasional New York Jets bashing, make sure you follow Bryan on Twitter at @Gibberman10. As always, you can follow Jared on Twitter at @JMintzhoops, and subscribe to the Relatively Speaking Podcast on iTunes and Stitcher.
50 minutes | Jan 5, 2018
Relatively Speaking Podcast Episode 126
The Toronto Raptors have the second best record in the East, but lead the conference in ret rating, and have been one of the most exciting teams to watch in all of the NBA over the last couple of months. Joining Jared to discuss their hot start, and whether it's sustainable, is Sean Woodley, who writes and hosts a podcast for LockedOn Raptors, and contributes to SB Nation's Raptors HQ. Sean opens the show explaining how Masai Ujiri and Dwane Casey have implemented a culture change, before getting into what makes DeMar DeRozan so good. The two also discuss preserving Kyle Lowry, the team's depth being driven by a youth movement and more. Keep up with great Raptors content and other fire sports tweets by following Sean on Twitter at @WoodleySean. As always, you can follow Jared on Twitter at @JMintzhoops, and subscribe to the Relatively Speaking Podcast on iTunes and Stitcher.
30 minutes | Dec 30, 2017
Relatively Speaking Podcast Episode 125
As we prepare our good-byes for 2017, Jared dedicates this episode of the Relatively Speaking Podcast to his five most important NBA storylines from the past year, as well as the five things he's most excited for in 2018. The Golden State Warriors won their second championship in three seasons, but was it a big deal? Why don't people like Kevin Durant anymore? Who are the league's new must-watch stars? Jared covers these topics, heart-wrenching break-ups, and also, happily, leaves the Phil Jackson/Carmelo Anthony Knicks in 2017. For the future, we look at reasons we won't see the Cavs and Warriors meet up again in the NBA Finals, both in 2018 and beyond. Will there by a blockbuster trade? If so, this episode looks at the candidates for relocation. And don't worry, Lavar Ball gets a shout-out as well. As always, you can follow Jared on Twitter at @JMintzhoops, and subscribe to the Relatively Speaking Podcast on iTunes and Stitcher.?
83 minutes | Dec 14, 2017
Relatively Speaking Podcast Episode 124
After talking about the Cleveland Cavaliers surprisingly yet unsurprisingly taking over the Eastern Conference last week, the Relatively Speaking Podcast went back to the top of the West this week, to discuss a couple of teams in Texas who are giving the Golden State Warriors a run for their money. Helping Jared make sense out of the surging Houston Rockets, and the early success of a Kawhi-less San Antonio Spurs team is Kelly Scaletta, whose writing can be found at Fanrag Sports, Bleacher Report, Dime Uproxx and BBall Breakdown
68 minutes | Dec 10, 2017
Relatively Speaking | Cleveland Cavaliers getting back on track
If you've been keeping up with the NBA, and the Relatively Speaking Podcast for that matter, you know there are few topics, teams and players more worthy of discussion at the moment than the Cleveland Cavaliers and LeBron James. After a 5-7 start, the Cavs have reeled off 13 wins in their last 14 games, and are back near the top of the Eastern Conference. Joining Jared to discuss the Cavs righting the ship, LeBron having a career-year in his 15th season in the league, unsung heroes, and more is Carter Rodriguez. Carter writes for SB Nation Cav's blog Fear the Sword, and he's the co-host of The Chase Down podcast with Justin Rowan For Jeff Green stanning, great Cavs/NBA takes and the occasional Twitter beef with less than favorable former sports reporters turned political voices, make sure you're following Carter at @Carter_Shade. As always, you can follow Jared on Twitter at @JMintzhoops, and subscribe to the Relatively Speaking Podcast on iTunes and Stitcher.
49 minutes | Nov 29, 2017
Relatively Speaking Podcast Episode 122
After taking a Thanksgiving week break, the Relatively Speaking Podcast has returned, with a very special guest. Joining Jared this week is the first person he ever recorded a podcast with, Varoon Bose, who's a social media specialist with a focus on the NBA for Bleacher Report. Jared and Varoon go back several years, having written and podcasted at the now defunct Bro Jackson together, and they reunited to discuss Varoon's hometown team the Portland Trail Blazers and other general NBA current events. The show takes a look at the Blazers' surprisingly good defense, if their hot start has been smoke and mirrors, and some of the team's unsung heroes. You can get great NBA content, iffy food takes, and hilarious memes and GIFS by following Varoon on Twitter at @VaroonBose. As always, you can follow Jared on Twitter at @JMintzhoops, and subscribe to the Relatively Speaking Podcast on iTunes and Stitcher.?
63 minutes | Nov 17, 2017
Relatively Speaking Episode 121
The Boston Celtics are the hottest team in the NBA, and the Relatively Speaking Podcast had on one of their biggest followers to discuss what's going right so far. If you're on Twitter you probably know him as Snottie Drippen, but James Holas is an incredibly talented writer who eats, sleeps and breathes the NBA. Before getting into the Celtics, Jared and James talk about the Oklahoma City Thunder's slow start, and if the pieces all fit together. They also discussed OKC's elite defense, and if it's for real. You can find James' writing at BBallBreakdown and Real Ball Insiders, and check out his NBA podcast The B.O.D. Pod on All Mighty Baller Radio. If you aren't already, make sure you follow him on Twitter as the infamous @SnottieDrippen. As always, you can follow Jared on Twitter at @JMintzhoops, and subscribe to the Relatively Speaking Podcast on iTunes and Stitcher.
65 minutes | Nov 10, 2017
Relatively Speaking Episode 120
We had a pretty big trade in the NBA this week, as the Eric Bledsoe saga came to an end, with the 28 year old guard being traded to the Milwaukee Bucks for Greg Monroe's expiring contract and a first round pick. To help Jared make sense of the trade, as well as the status of a topsy turvy Eastern Conference is Bucks' writer and podcaster extraordinaire Ti Windisch! After rapid fire questions, Jared and Ti open up the show discussing why the Bucks made the trade, and how it could help propel them to the top of the East. You can find Ti's writing at The Step Back and FanSided's Behind the Buck Pass, and check out his NBA podcast Timeout with Ti. Keep up with Ti on Twitter @TiWindisch. As always, you can follow Jared on Twitter at @JMintzhoops, and subscribe to the Relatively Speaking Podcast on iTunes and Stitcher.?
86 minutes | Oct 30, 2017
Relatively Speaking Podcast Episode 119
The NBA season is back and so is the Relatively Speaking Podcast! After taking a week off, Jared's back with a familiar personality joining him as this week's guest. That's right, former Relatively Speaking Podcast Joseph Nardone makes his long anticipated return to the show to help make sense of the young basketball season. After exchanging pleasantries and getting caught up with one another, Jared and Joseph create their own version of "buy or sell" to discuss early season narratives. Can Kristaps Porzingis lead the NBA in scoring? Will LeBron's Cavs bounce back? How good are hot-starters like the Grizzlies, Clippers and Magic? You can keep up with Joseph and his college basketball takes by following him on Patreon, and by reading his work at UnpaidLaborers. Stick around for said fire takes and bad jokes on Twitter at @JosephNardone. As always, you can follow Jared on Twitter at @JMintzhoops, and subscribe to the Relatively Speaking Podcast on iTunes and Stitcher. ??
59 minutes | Oct 16, 2017
Relatively Speaking Podcast Episode 118
Not only are we just a day away from the NBA season tipping off with Kyrie Irving returning to Cleveland, and Chris Paul making his Rockets debut against the defending champion Warriors, we're also wrapping up our NBA season preview today! After running through the Western Conference with Aimee Stiegemeyer last week, Jared goes over the East with FanRag's own Nekias Duncan. Get excited for the NBA season by checking out Nekias's work and follow along with Miami Heat Beat this NBA season. You can also get A+ puns and great pizza tweets by following Nekias on Twitter at @NekiasNBA.As always, follow Jared on Twitter @JMintzhoops, and subscribe to the Relatively Speaking Podcast on iTunes and Stitcher.
61 minutes | Oct 9, 2017
Relatively Speaking Podcast Episode 117
With the New York Knicks already sitting at 0-3 and the NBA preseason under way, it's officially time for the Relatively Speaking Podcast to begin previewing the 2017-18 season. Joining Jared to preview the Western Conference is Aimee Stiegemeyer, the co-founder and co-editor of Memphis Grizzlies blog All Heart in Hoop City. Aimee is a long time friend of the podcast, whose statue resides in the Ask Me Anything Hall of Fame. The two discussed what it's going to take to beat the Warriors, how the Rockets and Thunder stack up against Golden State, the Wolves and Nuggets' improvements, and the perennially slept on Spurs. Make sure you follow along with All Heart in Hoop City this NBA season (they cover the WNBA and G-League too!), and follow Aimee on Twitter at @HoopCityHellCat. As always, you can follow Jared on Twitter at @JMintzhoops, and subscribe to the Relatively Speaking Podcast on iTunes and Stitcher.
17 minutes | Oct 4, 2017
Relatively Speaking Podcast Episode 116
It feels like the NFL season literally just kicked off yesterday, yet we're a quarter of the way through the campaign. Without any teams prevailing as dominant, we take a look around the league at some of the trends we've seen, what we think will hold up, and what we aren't quite buying yet. Jared goes out of his way to prop up fellow great-name haver Jared Goff, as well as, Blake Bortles? He quickly dials back the Bortles love, but admits that the Jacksonville Jaguars could be for real, and could have a legitimate shot at winning the AFC South. Staying in the AFC, we also look at the legitimacy of the Kansas City Chiefs hot start, MVP candidate Alex Smith, and why we shouldn't be freaking out about the New England Patriots sitting below the Buffalo Bills and New York Jets in the AFC East. We then head to the NFC, where Jared rants about hating on Odell Beckham Jr., and the uncertainty surrounding some of the conference's best teams. It wouldn't be possible to have this show and completely ignore the return of NBA preseason basketball, but Jared tries to temper his takes. Key word, tries. Check in for his Carmelo Anthony takes, Kristaps Porzingis love, and what he thinks the most under the radar move of the offseason was. As always, follow Jared on Twitter @JMintzhoops, and subscribe to the Relatively Speaking Podcast on iTunes and Stitcher.
60 minutes | Sep 25, 2017
Relatively Speaking Podcast Episode 115
We waited all summer, if not the last couple of years, for it to happen. The New York Knicks finally traded Carmelo Anthony this weekend, sending him to the Oklahoma City Thunder to be paired with fellow All-Stars Russell Westbrook and Paul George. To discuss this significant Knicks' news, Jared paired with Twitter/podcast All-Stars Kyle Maggio and Trey Teamer of The Knicks Wall! The three shared their thoughts on the trade, the end of the rumors, Melo's legacy with the Knicks, his value to the Thunder, as well as what Enes Kanter and Doug McDermott can offer to a Knicks team with low expectations. Kyle is the associate editor for The Knicks Wall, as well as a bad food opinion haver, and can be followed on Twitter at @MaggioNBA. Trey is the social media editor for The Knicks Wall, and provides great basketball takes and hilarity for his personal account at @treyzingis. If you aren't already, go follow @TheKnicksWall for all of your Knicks news, cool (unofficial) team merchandise, and great content.
103 minutes | Sep 18, 2017
Relatively Speaking Podcast Episode 114
The Relatively Speaking Podcast put the wraps on the NBA offseason this week with FiveThirtyEight and ESPN Senior NBA writer Chris Herring. Jared and Chris go back a few years to when Chris covered the New York Knicks for the Wall Street Journal, as the two discuss Carmelo Anthony's crazy offseason, his place in today's NBA, and where we can expect to see him play his games this upcoming season. Chris also discusses the impact of Chris Paul being traded to the Houston Rockets, why it might take the Boston Celtics some time to figure things out before dethroning LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers, and teams he doesn't think are getting enough attention heading into the season. Of course Jared couldn't let the podcast finish without asking about the Knicks' beat, where Chris shared some of his best (and worst) experiences about one of the first jobs of his career. Chris is one of the best people to follow on Twitter when it comes to NBA news and analysis. You can follow him at @Herring_NBA, and check out his columns on ESPN/FiveThirtyEight.
28 minutes | Sep 11, 2017
Relatively Speaking Podcast Episode 113
The big story in the NFL this weekend was the Dallas Cowboys suffocating the New York Giants, and Jared thinks it was in large part due to Odell Beckham Jr.'s absence. He goes on to praise the Cowboys, especially second-year quarterback Dak Prescott, but discusses how important Beckham is if the Giants want to live up to their preseason hype. Under things he didn't expect to see, Jared discusses Alex Smith's prowess, the Cleveland Browns hanging close with the Pittsburgh Steelers, and impressive showings from the Jacksonville Jaguars and Los Angeles Rams. We then move to results that were disappointing, including the Seattle Seahawks continuing their offensive woes in road games, the highly touted New England Patriots defense getting smoked, and bad Andy Dalton showing up 17 weeks too early. Among players who pleasantly surprised this weekend were Carson Wentz, Marshawn Lynch, and Matthew Stafford, all of whom play vital roles for teams with playoff aspirations. Not to be overlooked, there was also some fantasy football advice sprinkled throughout the show, as you should make sure Kenny Golloday, Tarik Cohen, and Andre Ellington are all owned in your leagues. As always, you can follow Jared on Twitter at @JMintzhoops, and subscribe to the Relatively Speaking Podcast on iTunes and Stitcher.
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