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SLAM Presents “No Pump Fakes”, The official podcast of the basketball bible. Host Theus McBee and Ahmad Smith will talk about the pureness of the game while giving in-depth analysis and providing special guests. Welcome to No Pump Fakes! A podcast made for those who truly love the game.
 
The Dime With Josh Rodriguez is the perfect podcast for anyone who wants the X's and O's along with the LOL's. Josh is one of the more entertaining hosts you'll find as he keeps the show fresh with original segments and an array of guests. However, don't be fooled by his playful nature. Josh knows the game, and his opinions rival any of the hot takes you hear throughout sports media.
 
We have a strong love for basketball and the doors that it can open outside of the game itself. We love to give current and former players, coaches, artists, and historians their credit and the platform they deserve to tell their story and teach our listeners about the game and applying lessons we learn from hoops to everyday life. We don't care for hot takes, we don't care for debates but we do care about giving people the recognition they deserve for their hard work, dedication, their expe ...
 
Sets For Life is dedicated to training equipping and empowering athletes for life after sports. This show will help you to see yourself as more than just an athlete. It will enable you to discover your gifts and redefine yourself as you chase your new dreams. Joi Walker has had the opportunity to play and coach at the Division 1 level. She also worked in Corporate America for several years. Her unique journey has allowed her to see the gaps. Many athletes fail to leverage the amazing skill s ...
 
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Bernard Robinson is in the house! We are honored to learn from another DC area great and one of our favorites to wear a Michigan jersey. We love trying to help the young hoopers coming up on this podcast and Bernard shares great stories and knowledge in this one. Robinson grew up taking basketball very serious at a young age. The 6'6'' left hander …
 
T-Mac is here! He just founded “OBL” the one-on-one league, he takes us behind the inspiration of launching the platform. It's time to get active and break down the top-75 one-on-one players of all time! We break it down into three separate lists. Plus T-Mac gives us his top-5 one-on-one players of all time. Tap in and show love! Ahmad Smith on Ins…
 
Congratulations to Nikola Jokic on winning his second straight MVP Award. We are done with voter fatigue and if this is how we are going to play out selections, let’s keep the same energy consistently. Joel Embiid was robbed after carrying his team throughout the year and it's more apparent now in the playoffs. LeBron James should have more than 4 …
 
What a treat this is! We have the man who plays the role of Larry Bird on the new HBO hit series Winning Time: The Rise of the Lakers Dynasty. Sean Patrick Small hops on the podcast for an episode we know you’ll love. After having Jeff Pearlman and former players shown in this series, we knew this would be a fun one before we even recorded. We of c…
 
We are live on location at New Jersey City University for our first ever “No Pump Fakes” live recording. Shoutout NJCU for hosting us and all the fans who showed love! In the words of Ahmad K Smith - The Knicks are a poverty franchise, aka Bing Bong. What do the Knicks need to do this off-season to become a playoff contender? Is Donovan Mitchell th…
 
Host of Unfair Sports, Jay Smith is this week's guest on The Dime. He and Josh go Poll Dancing and debate if the Heat are the best team in the East, if the Nets should re-sign Kyrie Irving (opt-out pending), and if the Mavs offense is too Luka-Centric, Plus, a quick review of what has happened in the 2nd round of the NBA Playoffs, and a For Real or…
 
Can the Golden State Warriors steal both on the road from Memphis? This is a valuable lesson for Ja, one possession can make the difference in a series. Shoutout to Jordan Poole - a STAR. The Bucks just stole home court from Boston, Giannis didn’t have a great game, and they’re missing Khris Middleton. Boston is in trouble - this may be a sweep. Ar…
 
Favourite Playoff memory in your life? Let's start with the 2016 Playoffs and LeBron coming back with the Cavs! When Kobe picked up another Chip against the Magic. The Playoffs are where players separate themselves from good to great. Thoughts on the final game of the Nets season…is Jayson Tatum going to finish his career with more rings than KD? A…
 
Josh is joined by first time guest Dime Dropper and the two respond to takes on Kevin Durant, Trae Young, and Doc Rivers on Dime vs Primetime. Plus predict the rest of the 1st round, and play a playoff edition of "Trust, Marry, Kill" Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoicesBy The Dime With Josh Rodriguez
 
Ahmad is repping the funeral colors…brooms are popping for this Nets/Celtics series. It’s straight out nasty for the Brooklyn Nets. We have never witnessed this from Kevin Durant, he’s rattled and the basketball world is shook. Giannis is proving and adding to his case that he’s the best player in the world. The Memphis Grizzlies talked a lot of sm…
 
It's official, Ben Simmons may be returning. Should Brooklyn Nets fans be rejoicing or is it too late. Are the Nets missing James Harden now more than ever? DeMar came out and said he would bounce back and he did just that with a win on the road and a 40-piece. With Middleton out, the pressure is on for Giannis to show up. The streets said the Rapt…
 
What an honor this is! We have one of the greatest players in ACC history and one of the best players to ever wear a UNC jersey on the podcast today. Larry Miller joins us to share his basketball experiences from one of the more fascinating eras of hoops. You will see his number 44 hanging in the rafters. Larry Miller is known as the recruit who he…
 
Playoff basketball is underway! Jayson Tatum with the game-winning buzzer-beater, he’s special! Not only can he drop 30 on you he can also go out and guard your best player. Who’s the best player in the Celtics/Nets series? Can Nikola Jokic be the best player on a Championship team or is he a stat filler? Running your offence through a Center is gr…
 
True hoop fanatics will understand the beauty of this one. We got the captain from that 1984 Georgetown Hoya championship team. Gene Smith takes the time and shares his experiences and damn is it a good one. Gene Smith was a defensive nightmare for opposing teams. His motor was relentless and he had an incredible ability to beat guys to a spot, sac…
 
The official playoff preview…from first-round exits to the 2022 NBA Champions. Is it clear-cut that the team with the best player should win the series? Will the Utah Jazz get out of the first round and we look forward to the Patrick Beverley and Ja Morant matchup. We got the Phoenix Suns getting to the Finals, congratulations in advance. Trae Youn…
 
Is Joel Embiid the best player in the world? Are the Milwaukee Bucks ducking the Brooklyn Nets? Which play-in game are we looking forward to the most? How much does voter fatigue impact MVP votes? Our selections for end-of-year awards! The road the Boston Celtics have to take is tough…good luck. Ahmad Smith on Instagram Theus McBee on Instagram…
 
Chris Paul is a franchise changer, he makes a positive impact on winning. Will Chris Paul’s legacy be criticized if he doesn’t win a Championship? People are quick to talk about the Memphis Grizzlies as a Championship contender, we love their energy but remember they haven’t done anything in the playoffs, be humble. The Eastern Conference is a bloo…
 
LeBron has a history of carrying teams to the playoffs but have we ever seen a player his age cope with these expectations? Just remember to keep that same energy with everyone else. Russell Westbrook showed up and his contemporaries didn’t - that's the bottom line. When we look at Kevin Durant and Giannis Antetokounmpo...who will go down with the …
 
Trae Young is the best passer in the league and the Hawks are hot right now! Where will he rank at the end of his career when it comes to all-around greatest Point Guards? We talking best all-around game by positions; are you taking Steph Curry or Chris Paul for your PG? Is Kobe a lock for SG and LeBron has the Forward position secured. At the Cent…
 
You all know us too well to know that we couldn’t not track down a Saint Peter’s alumni after the recent magical run. What better guest to have than the school’s all-time leader in points per game average?! Rich Rinaldi is in the house and it is an HONOR! We of course love the recognition the current Saint Peter’s team is getting recently, but we w…
 
Kwab is back on the show! Josh finds anonymous hot takes and the two decide whether the takes deserved to be Will Smith slapped. Plus, a Brooklyn Nets State of the Union and the latest installment of "For Real or Fugazi" Eastern Conference Contenders Edition. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices…
 
Can the Celtics win the east? Theus likes his chances with Durant and Kyrie but isn’t ready to make them the favourite with all the question marks around them. There’s a reason why Brooklyn is in the play-in tournament. Do we keep the standard the same for every single superstar in the NBA regardless of age and narrative? We don’t want to hear no “…
 
Creator of "Hoopspaces", Chris Barnett joins Josh on The Dime to break down Twitter takes that include whether Julius Randle's time with the Knicks is over, how the Pelicans will look once Zion is back, and if it's possible for fans to stop crossing lines with players. Plus, Chris hits on how he thinks his 76ers will finish the season, and describe…
 
Playoffs are nearing and its getting “spooky” for some teams, especially some of these Western Conference Play-in teams who may be watching from the crib. Shoutout to Jamal Crawford who retired today, arguably the greatest Sixth-man of all-time with his contributions to the game, will we see him in the Hall of Fame?Also lets show love to all the Si…
 
Welcome back to the greatest basketball podcast in the world! We are redrafting the 2016 NBA Draft, starting with Brandon Ingram at #1 all the way through to number 24 in honour of Kobe “Bean” Bryant. The foresight of redrafting is a beautiful thing because damn there were some questionable picks in this draft. Looking at notable undrafted players …
 
Nat of the "All Nat" Podcast joins Josh as he returns from his hiatus. The two hit up NBA Twitter and discuss just how good is the duo of James Harden and Joel Embiid, and if anyone is really scared of the Lakers and Nets. Plus, with the return of Draymond Green the Warriors have their core together for the first time in over 1,000 days, and Nat "S…
 
It’s a special episode for all of our local Nevada Wolf Pack fans. Faron Hand AKA “Meatball" is in the house! The former Big West player of the year shares his basketball story with us and some fun memories about his days playing in Reno. Faron Hand is from Philly and played in a special era of basketball where he played against familiar names like…
 
Happy Birthday to The greatest shooter of all-time! What if the Warriors didn’t draft him, how would his career have played out? It was meant to be in Golden State and he’s definitely getting a statue, it just feels right! Josh Hart, Gary Trent Jr., Jordan Clarkson…the differences between superstar role players and role players. How they can impact…
 
What is Dame really doing in Portland? The team is tanking and they’re tanking good. The writing is on the wall for Dame, in his 30s he’s not getting any younger. Dame is prioritizing his situation over a Championship. It really begs the question, what matters more; The Bag or Championships? The 76ers have entered win now with James Harden and Joel…
 
What is the definition of an NBA Superstar? How many players make the Superstar list without diluting the power of the name? Tatum is fresh off the fifty burger. At what point do we separate him from the “young guys” and call him a Superstar regardless of age! The Brooklyn Nets…it’s starting to get scary, will they make the playoffs? At this point,…
 
Who do you have for the best player in the world right now? The conversation must be had. Theus and Ahmad rank their best young players, Ja, Tatum, Luka. At the moment Ahmad thinks Stephen Curry isn’t the best point guard during the regular season, but that changes once we get to the playoffs. When the playoff lights shine the greats really come to…
 
Happy Birthday to Luka Doncic! Theus and Ahmad discuss who is the best player in the world today, hint LeBron is still in the discussion. The Lakers are in a play-in team and the clock is ticking, but Theus still has faith in LeBron James for a playoff run. Is playing around Brandon Ingram rather than Zion Williamson the answer for the Pelicans? Th…
 
This episode is special on so many levels and any true hooper knows why. We are blessed to have former Rhode Island star and Pro Hooper Zach Marbury on the podcast today. Everyone knows the importance, love, and beauty that the Marbury legacy represents GLOBALLY, and we are honored to learn more about Zach and his unique basketball experiences. The…
 
Is KAT a better 3pt shooter than Dirk Nowitzki? Is KAT the best shooting big or center? The answer is absolutely if he's a center but best shooting big, it's Dirk! Shooting the ball is more than just the 3pt line. Tony Parker or Steve Nash…there is levels to how we rank who’s better. Tony Parker is cold but It’s a lot closer than you think. We need…
 
LeBron James playing with his son Bronny James is flat-out special and who knows what it will look like but ultimately it’s special. Today people are quick to judge LeBron but pump the brakes, he’s 37 years old and still a top-5 NBA player, LeBron can continue to play at a high level for another 3+ years! Bronny is a talent and regardless of his da…
 
CJ McCollum or Collin Sexton? Is there an obvious clear cut choice? If Collin Sexton didn’t get injured this season would he have been an All-Star? When we rank players do we not account for defensive ability? CJ has played at the highest level and hit big shots throughout his career. Breaking down the Sacramento Kings trade with Indiana. The Kings…
 
James Harden is in Philly and Ben Simmons is a Brooklyn Net. Everyone is happy and they should be. All the talk about Ben Simmons shooting the ball can stop because he’s surrounded by elite shooting and playmaking with the Brooklyn Nets! James Harden and Joel Embiid is hype and the potential is amazing but slow down this ain’t Kobe and Shaq. The pr…
 
We took a few weeks off but we are coming back hot! We have been asked by many listeners to get a USC alumni on this show and who better to get than one of the most exciting players from the program? Jeff Trepagnier joins us to share his basketball experiences for an episode that we know you’ll love. Trepagnier is without a doubt one of the most ex…
 
LaMelo Ball and Dejounte Murray are All-Stars. LaMelo Ball has been a prodigy in the making, despite all the noise and hate he’s an All-Star. It’s also easy to forget that LaMelo is only a second-year player. Dejounte Murray is smooth and a true two-way player who has improved his game year over year to this point. Shoutout to Adam Silver for getti…
 
Devin Booker and Chris Paul, this conversation about who’s better and who’s more valuable needs to stop. Give them both their flowers. Do the Phoenix Suns have what it takes to win the NBA Finals? Let’s talk about the best Big-3’s in the league today. With over eight teams that have a legitimate Big-3 who has the edge, and can it work with two wing…
 
Shoutout to the Atlanta Hawks and Trae Young on their 7-game winning streak. Don’t forget that this team made the ECF, it was just a matter of getting healthy. Coach Monty Williams is getting the shoutout and love for the Suns, they’ve won 10-straight and it’s a special time in Phoenix. Who are the best five ISO guys in the league today? Damn, five…
 
PSA: We ain’t talking about the Knicks! This is No Pump Fakes, we make our own rules, forget the positions we naming the five All-Star starters from each Conference. From East to West we get into the locks for each conference and our picks that round out our starting five. Who’s more deserving Trae Young or James Harden? Plus honourable mention of …
 
Some episodes just deserve love for both basketball and non-basketball reasons. Isaiah Thomas should be every young hooper’s role model and recognized by all. From growing up with very little opportunity to be seen in the hoops world, to developing into an overseas star, Isaiah carved his own path to success and made a name for himself. You saw the…
 
Paul Pierce vs Carmelo Anthony. People are quick to say Melo but Paul Pierce lead the Celtics to a Championship as the best player and won Finals MVP. The Truth didn’t just beat anyone in the Finals, he beat Kobe. Jayson Tatum is fresh off another 50-piece game in his young career, the man is special and he’s scoring in a magnitude of ways. This is…
 
Joel Embiid and Nikola Jokic are coming off amazing games, and it begs the question of who’s the best big in the league? Nikola Jokic is a point center, something we’ve never seen before and he’s a playoff performer. Joel Embiid brings it on both sides of the court but hasn’t had the same success in the playoffs. Defensively Joel is far superior bu…
 
Dwyane Wade was special, when it comes to his legacy he’s one the greatest shooting guards of all time. When you look at James Harden, Allen Iverson, and Dwyane Wade it's hard not to put D-Wade #1. The Lakers are not good, after a 37-point beatdown from the Nuggets, it's getting messy and confusing. How do these LeBron lead Lakers compare to some o…
 
Dre Baldwin is in the house! This is a great episode for all hoopers and entrepreneurs looking to find success even when the odds are against you. Whether it’s pro basketball, writing, business, or podcasting, Dre has always had the competitive fire to find success. Dre was cut from his high school team until his senior year of high school. His har…
 
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