42 minutes | Aug 10th 2020

The Western Conferece Past, Present and Future | Antonio Daniels | Showtime Podcast with Lakers Legend Michael Cooper

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Showtime Podcast with Lakers Legend Michael Cooper Ep. 17  The Western Conferece Past, Present and Future and the Best Way to Carve out an NBA Career Guest: NBA Champion Antonio Daniels Twitter: @ShowtimeCooper Ari Temkin: @arisports Powered by Bet Online Coop visits with NBA champion Antonio Daniels on the influences he's had In his career, the players he watched growing up, the toughest player he ever had to guard and the modern game. As the TV voice of the New Orleans Pelicans AD also discusses the Pelicans and their future in the NBA playoff picture.   1:22 - 2:34 What got Antonio into playing basketball? Who were the players in the NBA who influenced him when he was growing up in inner city Columbus, Ohio. 2:48 - 4:04 Who was the guy while you were growing up that you had to beat and provided the best competition for you?  4:17 What are the ways Antonio was influenced by his late brother and what he taught him about the game of basketball. 6:25 - 8:26 How Antonio dealt with the loss of his brother and how he was able to find sanctuary in the game of basketball.  8:33 - 10:38 Antonio is the fourth overall pick in the 1997 draft to the Vancouver Grizzlies, what did he learn about the NBA from his time in Vancouver? 10:56 - 12:23 What was it like to join the Spurs and play for Gregg Popovich? AD: “He demands the most out of you. He doesn’t allow you to take shortcuts. He wants you to be the best version of yourself.”   12:54 - 15:27 Coop and Antonio discuss the similarities between Gregg Popovich and Pat Riley. Also Antonio Daniels on what makes the Spurs different. “If your top player never gets ripped, you lose your locker room.”   15:43 - 17:50 How Coop got into his role with the Lakers and how Antonio came into his role in the league and who they both got into spots where they had to specialize on defense first. “Your offense will eventually come. If your defense is there, you are going to put yourself into position to play.”   18:01 - 22:33 Coop’s lightning round: 1- Tim Duncan: “The greatest teammate in professional sports history.” 2- George Gervin: “On the most underrated players in basketball history.” 3- The Alamo 4- David Robinson: “Maybe the nicest guy on the face of the earth. Still today.” 5- Avery Johnson: “I got so many stories about Avery Johnson.” 22:40 Who was the best player AD played against while he was in the NBA? Michael Jordan? Kobe Bryant? What made those guys so difficult to guard? What made a guy like Allen Iverson difficult to guard? 25:38 What was Antonio’s perspective on the Lakers vs. Celtics rivalry? Who was AD’s favorite NBA player growing up? Coop: “Isiah Thomas, that boy gave me 25 on a bad ankle.” 27:00 What’s his perspective on the bubble as the TV voice of the New Orleans Pelicans. 29:05 Would this be an asterisk champion? “Whoever wins this championship deserves more credit than any champion in NBA history.” 30:32 The young New Orleans Pelicans and is Alvin Gentry the right coach? 32:38 What does Zion need to work on in order to improve? “There is so much that Zion doesn’t know yet, but that he has to learn to understand.”  34:20 Does Alvin Gentry get enough credit? Will he stick around with the Pelicans? 37:08 The importance of family in both of their lives and if there is a positive of the COVID 19 pandemic and subsequent quarantine, family is certainly one of them. Powered by Bet Online Showtime with Coop Podcast on CLNS Media  
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