Welcome home Ivan! We are back, and geared up to talk about all things Warriors, including the new uniforms, all their offseason moves, the return of their core, and much more! [Annotated list of topics] Let’s do this! 1:00 - Ivan is back and the first thing we talk about is
Welcome back to Golden State of Mindcast! We haven’t had a chance to gloat and crow about the fact that the Golden State Warriors are CHAMPIONS OF THE WORLD, but I promise we’ll get to that. Instead, Ivan, Nate, and Bram sat down to live-podcast-blog (however you would say that) the NBA Draft which transpired last night. It was a fun thing, and we are planning on maybe doing more of these for regular season games or whatever next season. I mean, what’s better than hanging out with your friends, drinking a nice cold beverage, and talking about sports? Anyways, enjoy. 1:30 - The Knicks are idiots. Will they actually trade Kristaps Porzingis? Ugh, what a toxic scene there. 4:00 - No surprise, Markel Fultz is the first overall pick. What do we make of this trade? Why were the Celtics nervous? Why were they not as high on him as everyone else? 6:30 - “Positionless basketball” about to happen in Philadelphia
Boy howdy, things are about to get fun. It’s almost June, and that means it’s time for our annual Warriors vs. Cavaliers match-up in the NBA Finals. Yes, that’s right. Round Three is almost upon us! Ivan and I sat down last night to discuss the Finals, LeBron’s legacy, the nature of legacy, the fact that people think the Warriors are evil, and much, much more. As always, we wandered off track and (sort of) found our way back. [Annotated list of talking points:] 2:00 - People love to hate watch the Warriors, and it’s still super surreal for us. 5:30 - It’s hard to figure out what’s going to happen in the Finals, because neither team has been truly tested yet. 9:00 - There’s no real underdog here. Cavs are defending champs with best player, Warriors added another MVP in his prime. 11:00 - Hugo’s awesome Star Wars tweet. Also, how people are convinced the Warriors are the Empire, as in the
Beloved Warriors scribe Marcus Thompson II has a fantastic new book out called, “Golden: The Miraculous Rise of Steph Curry.” We did a giveaway a few weeks ago, but if you didn’t win the giveaway, or if you haven’t yet picked up a copy of the book, DO IT NOW! Seriously, it is required reading for all Warriors fans. We were very happy to welcome Marcus to the pod, as he sat with us for well over an hour, talking about the book, talking about Curry, telling future kids to get off our lawn, and much, much more. You can listen here! Also, as you may have noticed, we are extremely excited to announce that we have joined the Almighty Baller Podcast Network. Big things are on the horizon for the Mindcast show. Welcome Marcus! [Editor’s note: We recorded this the day before Game 4 of the Jazz series.] 2:30 - Steph (on court killer) vs. Mr. Curry (worldwide brand mogul) vs. Stephen
Ivan is a Steve Kerr hater. Bram obviously has to put him in his place. We discuss that and much more on the latest episode of Golden State of Mindcast! Annotated list of topics covered: 0:50 - Apparently I’m an “excitable lad.” 1:00 - The Warriors crushed the Trail Blazers. 2:30 - Did we jinx the Clippers for the second year in a row?! 5:50 - I can’t pronounce Joe Ingles’ name. 8:45 - Doc Rivers needs to be removed as “Captain” of the “Clippers.” 9:15 “Imagine Steve Ballmer in a made-for-TV rendition of the poem, The Rime of the Ancient Mariner.” 11:25 - Let’s talk about basketball that actually matters. 13:45 - Rudy Gobert vs. Draymond Green potential matchup. Really, I’m more excited about Gobert vs. JaVale Mcgee. 17:30 - Ivan’s cue to cut me off from speaking. 19:15 - “Huh, Joe Johnson plays for the Utah Jazz? That’s weird.” 21:20 - People hate Radiohead? 28:00 - Potential Warriors vs. Utah match-ups. 33:50 - Addressing the Steve Kerr situation. 37:00 - Ivan, maybe kinda thinks
Last year around this very same time, Golden State of Mindcast feverishly roasted the LA Clippers and salivated at the Warriors dismantling them in the next round of the playoffs. During that very recording, Chris Paul broke a bone in his hand and derailed the Clippers' playoff run. Fast forward to last night, when we got carried away with yet another anti-Clippers roastfest, and, lo-and-behold, what happened? Blake Griffin injures his toe and is out for the remainder of the playoffs. This is not our fault! We are not witches! We did not curse Griffin and the Clippers, nor would we ever wish injury upon anyone! We apologize if the podcast seems tasteless in light of the news. --------------- 1:00 - Harrison Barnes hate, for some reason 3:24 - JaVale McGee is going to be the NBA Finals MVP 5:30 - How did the Warriors dominate the Blazers in Game 2? 9:40 - No easy answers for Blazers 11:30 - Nurkic returning for Game 3 — what will
Ivan and Nate couldn’t make it, so I brought David MacKay and Dan Marang on to the pod from Blazer’s Edge. We had a blast, talking about the upcoming first round battle, as well as the soul of Portland, the future of the Trail Blazers, and much, much more. Ivan and Nate couldn’t make it, so I brought David MacKay and Dan Marang on to the pod from Blazer’s Edge. We had a blast, talking about the upcoming first round battle, as well as the soul of Portland, the future of the Trail Blazers, and much, much more. 1:00 - Excited for playoffs? Apparently they aren’t. 2:30 - If Russell Westbrook has a 30-10-10 game, his averages would literally GO DOWN. Oh my, I think my brain exploded. 3:30 - Previewing the first round. It’s time for Blazers vs. Warriors, part two! Who are we going to see in the starting lineup for the Blazers in Game 1? 4:13 - Jusuf Nurkic back for Game
Ivan sadly could not make this pod, so we called up our good buddy David Naylor, from Canis Hoopus, to talk some hoops. Because Ivan was gone, things obviously went a little haywire. IVAAAAAAN! DON’T LEAVE US TO OUR OWN DEVICES!!!!! So, I apologize for the slight distortion on my voice, I had my mic input up way too high and didn’t realize until we’d already recorded. My bad. Also, I apologize for all the bad jokes and meandering conversations. Let’s get to it!
The Mindcast crew is back and better than ever. Follow along as they giggle their way through a spirited basketball (mostly) conversation. [Annotated list of things we covered] 0:10 - Bram has no idea Ivan has already started recording and relays a funny story about dropping the mic, so to speak. 2:15 - WHOOOOOA! 2:25 - Spurs game recap. Going down huge and battling back. 6:00 - Nate definitely watched the game naked in a sauna. 11:00 - The Warriors have really been themselves again these last nine games. Playing fearlessly, with a chip on their shoulder. Stephen Curry is really leading the team, much as he did during the 14-15 WGBC season. 15:30 - How many years will it take for us to stop throwing shade at Harrison Barnes? [I’m guessing at least another five full seasons. Obviously we are scarred.] 17:00 - We are super professional. 23:00 - Who is “the man” on the team, and when Durant returns, will he take a back seat to Curry
Nate, Ivan, and Bram are here for you. Listen along as they giggle their way through the NBA news, the world news, and whatever else news is out there. Annotated list of things we covered: 0:30 - Catching up on all the things we covered. 1:00 - "I'm a free man, at least for now." Why Bram listens to talk radio. Things are already off the rails. 6:40 - Nate's bad GameThread twitter headline. 11:00 - Timing of injuries, and timing of shooting slumps. 21:15 - Steph starting to look like Steph? 23:00 - MCCAW!!! 31:00 - Nate and Bram share a lawn. Ivan needs to get off it. 46:00 - Seriously, we talked about McCaw for a REALLY long time. 47:00 - MVP race. 56:00 - Ivan tried to wrap this thing up, to no avail, because Bram brags about the facebook page.
Dan Marang and David MacKay of SB Nation's Blazer's Edge joins Ivan Bettger to preview the matchup between the Warriors and Blazers. We discuss the "snub" of Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum, Portland's conundrum of roster construction and payroll, potential targets for the trade deadline, and how they plan to defend the potent Warriors arsenal.
This week we discuss the fan catharsis of a big victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers. We also lament the oddities of the Chase Center groundbreaking pageant, Draymond Green's maturity, and preview Wednesday's battle with the Oklahoma City Thunder.
The crew is back in town, taking a long look at the NBA through the prism of the league’s most talented squad. What can we learn by watching different teams battle the Warriors? 1:50 - Talking about the Portland Trailblazers, especially the Festus Ezeli signing. Comparing the loss of Ezeli to the loss of Harrison Barnes and Andrew Bogut. 7:00 - Warriors dodged a bullet with all three of those players, somehow ended up with Durant. 10:00 - “People don’t care about the human side of sports anymore.” - Nate Parham and his hot takes. 14:00 - Nate wishes the Warriors hadn’t gotten KD and misses Mark Jackson. [Note: not actually true, but I did try and trick him into saying something hot.] 19:30 - Would Portland ever be able to sign a marquee free agent to pair with Damian Lillard and C.J. McCollum? 23:45 - “Durant could have been the centerpiece of this Blazers team for the past 10 years.” “That’s just cruel and unusual
3:00 - Draymond Green, Defensive Player of the Year (talking about those two blocks). 5:30 - Voter fatigue and how it relates to Stephen Curry’s MVP candidacy. 6:00 - People hate things that are good for them. 7:45 - Kevin Durant’s better-than-advertised defense for the Warriors, especially from the weak side. 13:20 - Will the Warriors have the best offense of all time once the season is said and done? We compare them to the 2002-03 Utah Jazz, a team that somehow included Karl Malone, John Stockton, Mark Jackson (yup, that Mark Jackson), and Deshawn Stevenson (looooool, what a wacky, strange locker room that must have been). Also, shoutout Jarron Collins! 17:00 - Bram makes a horrible Vince Vaughn reference and then refuses to edit anything out. 19:00 - After Ivan mentions Zaza Pachulia, Bram somehow goes on a very long, profanity-laced dive down the rabbit hole of Zsa Zsa Gabor’s wikipedia page. FEEL FREE TO SKIP THIS PART, I ONLY KEPT IT IN FOR ALL