The Independence Day move of Kevin Durant from the Oklahoma City Thunder to the Golden State Warriors was the biggest free-agent move since the last one. Ok, so it was a bigger deal than most of them. A perennial MVP contender moving to a team that blew a 3-1 lead in the most recent NBA finals, their inability to achieve the elusive fourth victory costing them back-to-back titles.
So the NBA is coming back for their annual trip to London in January 2017 when the Denver Nuggets will play the Indiana Pacers in the only regular season NBA game that takes place overseas. Every year from the initial announcement until the day of the game itself we get lots of questions through our social media accounts and year on year the same questions are repeated so we thought it might be a good idea to throw together a handy guide which will hopefully answer all your questions in advance! If we have missed anything out just hit us up on Facebook / Snapchat / Twitter or E-mail .
The 2017 NBA All-Star Game was given to the city of Charlotte in North Carolina, the home of the Charlotte Hornets franchise, on 22 June 2015. Just over a year later, in a statement made on Thursday, the NBA decided to move the game and all the events that go with it, with New Orleans currently (at the time of writing) the favorite to host the festivities.
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With the FIBA Small Countries just over Niall and Andy take a look back at the tournaments and review Ireland’s performances. Were the tournaments a success and what is next for the international programmes?
We talk to Jason Kennedy, head coach of the Irish Wheelchair Basketball team, who are headed to their European Championships in Bosnia this Friday and also have details on how you can get your hands on a limited edition TCC reversible basketball jersey!
And of course with the week that is in it we talk Kevin Durant, NBA free agency and just what it means for next season in the NBA.
In the latest podcast Niall & Andy review how the Irish men and women have performed in the FIBA European Small Countries so far and preview the semi final match ups. We also talk to Irish u20 women head coach Emer Foley and player Aoife Whelan ahead of the European u20 championships next week in Montenegro.
And we wrap things up with some chat on the NBA Free agency speculation.
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The 2016 NBA free agent class is headlined by a handful of players coveted, at some point in the recent past, by every franchise in the league.
In episode 5 we focus on the Irish senior women’s basketball team ahead of the European Small Nation Championships in a couple of weeks. We discuss preparation and expectations with head coach Mark Scannell and chat to Grainne Dwyer about how the important the tournament is to her as well as finding out if she’d rather be an Obama or a Kardashian!
We discuss the excellent recent performances by the Irish u18 women and of course the NBA finals with a look ahead to game 5 and the effect of Draymond Green’s suspension. Also we answer a listener’s questions as Emmett Harkin got in touch through Facebook.