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PBT Podcast for Dec. 3: We answer twitter questions on Blazers, Pacers vs. Monstars

Dec 3, 2013, 9:42 PM EDT

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You got to be the programmers for the latest edition of NBC’s ProBasketballTalk Podcast with myself and Eyton Shander of NBC Sports Radio — I asked you to send me twitter questions (@basketballtalk) and we tried to answer a bunch of them.

We start off talking Trail Blazers and their hot start, then move on to the real question: Could the Pacers or the Trail Blazers beat the Monstars from Space Jam?

Other topics you asked about included the evolution of LeBron James and his game, what the Lakers will do without Steve Nash and what the Minnesota Timberwolves need to do to get back to winning games.

Check it out by hitting play below or  you can listen and subscribe via iTunes.

We’ll be doing the twitter questions PBT Podcast again, follow me and I’ll ask for questions again soon.


  1. skeeterladeeter - Dec 3, 2013 at 10:54 PM

    The concept of Space Jam is really more than people think. Many think it’s a harmless Loony Toons meets MJ and co., but what is it really? I’ll tell you: it’s MJ giving the good ole bird to the “elite” players of his time.

    Think about it like this:

    Charles Barkley, Patrick Ewing, Shawn Bradley, Larry Johnson, and Muggsy Bouges, not only arguably in the prime of their careers, the best players in the League at the time, and playing at a time when most believe the NBA was at its strongest… but ALSO infused with ALIEN cartoon talent is no match for the likes of…

    MJ. Really just MJ. Who are his cohorts? The starting five (I believe, my short term memory has taken some blows since 1996) was MJ, Bugs Bunny, Lola Bunny, Daffy Duck and Porky Pig (?). The 6th man of the game would probably go to Bill Murray, which without his heroics MJ would probably be chained in two-dimensional space jail.

    Of course it took years of intense film study, and years of breaking down the intense metaphorical significance of each scene (think about the segue from MJ practicing dunks in the Toons’ gym – you would recognize it by the cue of “Time Keeps on Slippin” and Newman somehow arriving down the divot hole and acquiring a fitted uniform of the Toon Squad – anyways, he does a few dunks, gives a smile and then we’re right to the game. No need for rising action here – we kids had poor attention spans, dammit!) But guys, I have a treat – I’ve cracked the real significance of Space Jam.

    It pretty much means that Michael Jordan thought so highly of himself that he believed that he and a squad of nonathletic two-dimensional cartoon characters, coupled with some sparse bench minutes from Billy Murray and the fat guy everyone knows at Newman, could overcome the likes of arguably the FIVE BEST NBA players (other than MJ obviously) at the time INFUSED with UNWORDLY ALIEN MUTATION TALENT!

    You probably that I’m attacking Jordan for thinking he’s soooo much better than the aforementioned players, and that it’s a crime to believe he could’ve realistically (hehe) won the game. I’m not. I sincerely think he should’ve won. LONG LIVE THE TOON SQUAD AND THEIR MAGICAL HOLY WATER (called Mike’s Stuff… in retrospect, ewww.)

    But boy if LeBron does a remake under similar circumstances, with similar (relative) NBA characters, and a similar story arc……watch the Hatorade a’flow…..Don’t think about it Bron, unless you retire from the NBA and attempt a career as an NFL wide-out and see a similar fate. It just wouldn’t be right.

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