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Hoops Philosophy Podcast
74 minutes | Sep 28, 2021
Oh ESPN, what have you done?…Again! Another year, another player rankings list, and another debacle. Hak and Ken discuss the infamous “list”, some team drama and a sensitive topic at the forefront of society, vaccinations. The coming season could become very interesting with how the NBA handles the vaccination issue. Tune in to hear the fellas break it all down.
88 minutes | Sep 21, 2021
Allow us to Reintroduce Ourselves
The boys are back! Hak and Ken step back to the scene with a 4-Mile guest, Matt, and the conversation is centered around stereotypes and trash-talk. It’s story time, a little sweet, a little bitter, but all in good fun because the trash talk was flying between Ken and Matt taking jabs at each other. Is there a potential 1-on-1 game between them? Will Matt bring Ken out of retirement?! Time shall tell, but we can only hope.
135 minutes | Aug 21, 2021
It's Raining $$$
Between the draft, free agency, and other happenings, A LOT of money was moved around within the NBA circle. Some notable players doubled down in their respective locations while others made a move for greener pastures or a change of scenery. But either way, pretty much everyone secured a piece of the pie and took home their share of the bag. Hak and Ken analyze and try to digest it all. Strap in, this one gets deep!
70 minutes | Jul 21, 2021
Is It Giannis Time?
This unique 2020-2021 NBA season is nearing its close. With Giannis and crew so close to tasting that first championship, they must show up in Games 5 & 6. Is this Giannis's time? Will he get that elusive first chip? Plus we break down how the NBA coaching cycle looks vastly different than the NFL, Olympics drama and more notably NBA stories!
82 minutes | Jul 12, 2021
For All The Marbles
The finals have been entertaining and full of epic performances! Down 0-2, Giannis and the Bucks came home to give the fans a treat. They took game 3 with an astounding win over the Suns and Giannis had a game for the ages! Coming back from a season-like-ending injury to put up historic performances is truly fitting of the moniker, “Greek Freak”! Hak & Ken discuss the USA team debacle against Nigeria and a touchy race issue amongst the media and the women.
59 minutes | Jul 1, 2021
So Close Yet So Far
The Suns have emphatically punched their ticket to the NBA Finals as the western Conference Finals champs! CP3 has finally made it to the grandest stage and if it wasn’t already clear, Devin Booker has proven he’s the future alongside a talented big in Ayton. Now we await the victor of the Eastern Conference Finals. With the series tied at 2 apiece, and with both stars nursing injuries, anything can happen. Hak and Ken discuss the conference finals and much more on and off the court.
59 minutes | Jun 22, 2021
Are We There Yet?
The conference finals are upon us! Just one more step to go but before that, 4 new teams have to prove themselves worthy. With new faces in not so familiar places, will they rise to the occasion or fold under the pressure? Hak and Ken team up to discuss what went down as we enter the conference finals. Ken is super HYPE as his Hawks are in a prime position to further prove the doubters wrong and make even more history. As an ATL fan, the struggle is real and these moments cannot be taken for granted!
80 minutes | Jun 15, 2021
No Data, Just Numbers (Pt. 3)
After a long time, we’re finally going to have a new champ who has either never hoisted the Larry O’Brien trophy or hasn’t done so anytime in recent memory. This fresh new array of teams has given the league a breath of fresh air. Underdogs have risen and are on a mission to prove their doubters wrong. Hak, Tej and Ken (back in the starting lineup) get together to wrap up and close out the numbers debate. And it gets interesting when the data guy (Ken) puts things back into perspective.
71 minutes | Jun 5, 2021
No Data, Just Numbers (Pt. 2)
So much drama! So many amazing storylines! With a decade old era of dominance coming to a close, the playoffs have brought forth a new era of competition and a new wave of talent has emerged ready to make its mark. Legendary organizations are turning a new chapter, however, (comma) was The Bubble a FRAUD?! And fans are STILL acting a fool! With Ken still on the DNP list, Tej has graciously stepped in to hold it down with Hak to continue discussing some more of the greatest numbers.
71 minutes | May 30, 2021
No Data, Just Numbers (Pt. 1)
The playoffs are in full swing and teams have come out swinging. Some are trekking the course as expected and some are challenging the status quo. With the return of the fans in the stadiums, a number of cases have risen pertaining to the disrespect of players and their families. Has fandom gone too far? The players and NBA have responded! Ken is on the DNP list (again!) this week, so Tej has returned to hold it down with Hak in true RBA fashion and discuss a controversial topic surrounding some of the greatest numbers.
59 minutes | May 23, 2021
Play-In 2 Play-Off
In the midst of the play-in tournament, we are getting a taste of the appetizers before the main course; and they have been delicious. The weeklong play-in tournament to qualify into the 7th and 8th seeds has been dramatic and full of epic performances. With Ken on the DNP list, we introduce the very first installment of the Kids Korner, we are joined by a special guest Tej (7), an avid hoops fan and is here to share the game from his vantage point. Hak and Tej break down their playoff predictions and play a fun game of “Who would you rather…?” which gets a bit interesting. It’s all about providing opportunities and instilling the RBA mindset into our future!
153 minutes | May 11, 2021
The Last Dance: GOAT
Having solidified his place in the annals of basketball history, Michael Jordan is the unanimous GOAT of GOATS. His love for the game transformed the fate of an organization and influenced the world, and his image became bigger than the game itself. There is no denying Michael Jordan’s competitive will and relentless determination to win at all costs. Hak and Ken revisit episodes 7-10 to take a deep dive on the many historic moments and share some personal stories of MJ’s direct impact and influence in their upbringing. This one became personal!
131 minutes | May 4, 2021
The Last Dance: Takeover
Being the king of the mountain brings more rewards, admirers, and fanfare however, it also brings more adversity, challengers, obstacles, and scrutiny. The attention, whether wanted or not, is more than abundant. MJ was at the peak of his superpowers and his only solace seemed to be within the lines. Hak and Ken take a deep dive and explore how Michael became Air Jordan and the pressures associated with superstardom took a toll on him, his teammates and his image. And how only a true uber-competitive superhero can respond to and rise in the moment for a complete takeover.
103 minutes | Apr 27, 2021
The Last Dance: Arrival
When the world and sports stood still amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, the world was gifted an artistic masterpiece that spoke to sports fans of all levels personally...The Last Dance. Hak and Ken revisit that epic point in time when the global icon Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls arrived on the scene and began to make his mark not only in the NBA, but also the world. Little did they know they would leave a lasting impact on sports, culture and just life!
96 minutes | Apr 20, 2021
With no shortage of talent in the league, a subtle difference separates the elite from the rest...basketball IQ. But what combination of skills and characteristics define possessing elite IQ? We all know some of the more obvious high IQ players, but who are the up-and-coming players that are going to carry the torch forward? Hak and Ken philosophize on which players are on the horizon as the top players with the noteworthy IQ. They discuss who passes the eye test and who is in the queue as that next guy, hence eye queue.
96 minutes | Apr 15, 2021
He Reminds Me Of...?
But what about the other guy’s?! The guy’s that don’t get comparisons. As each class enters the league, they watch, learn and model their games behind previous classes. Hence, the age old conversation begins, ‘He reminds me of’. Hak and Ken philosophize (yes, real word) which not-so-obvious players at each position remind them of players from the past. This one gets interesting with some creative twists.
70 minutes | Apr 7, 2021
HOT DIDDLY DEE, DRAMA!! That’s the ONLY way to describe the happenings of last week in the NBA. There was a whole lot of off-court media drama which made waves throughout the hoops world; followed by some rather lackluster performances and front-office woes (complaints). Hak and Ken are back with another "Open Run" to make sense of it all and provide a different kind of perspective to the outcry, and the unspoken unwritten codes of conduct. It was definitely a violation, but was it a technical or a flagrant? You make the call.
101 minutes | Mar 30, 2021
Old Faces, New Places
With the trade deadline past us, the dust has finally settled (almost) and this season saw the most activity in league history. With so much movement, it was tough to wrap your head around it all. But fear not, Hak and Ken are here to solve your troubles and make sense of it all. They go deep and discuss what happened and what the likely outcome will be. Hak flips the script and turns the tables on Ken with a new challenge. How will he respond?
104 minutes | Mar 24, 2021
With the trade deadline upon us, teams are in pursuit of building the “perfect” squad while players are in pursuit of landing the “perfect” gig. On this episode, Hak and Ken discuss some of the juicy trade rumors circulating the NBA circles and which players are the best “fit”, whether here or there, given their current situation. Ken surprises Hak with some trivia and puts him on-the-spot. Naturally savagery is part of the discussion, but all in good fun.
90 minutes | Mar 16, 2021
Trash Talk Vol. I
Trash-talking will always be an integral part of competition. The ability to speak a few words which measure the will of an opponent and gain a competitive advantage is an art and a science. It can be done on or off the court, in the locker room, on social media, or even in front of the media! Time and time again, we have witnessed the good and not-so-fortunate results of athletes talking trash. So Hak and Ken revisit some of their favorite trash-talking moments from some of the best in the game. And because there are an infinite number of moments, let’s begin the series with Volume 1.
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