Show Recap: October 5, 2018 (From Toyota Center in Houston)

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TMAC is BACK!!!


First Half

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Rockets head coach, Mike D’Antoni joined the show!

Plan to utilize Melo?

“He, James and Chris are figuring how to play off each other. So far so good” – D’Antoni

Did you speak to Melo about his role?

“He was on board. We just got to figure it out” – D’Antoni

“I wouldn’t be surprised if we had some talks and try to get it right” – D’Antoni

How will Rockets be “Better” defensively?

“Why wouldn’t we be better?” – D’Antoni

Lessons from last year’s Western Conference Finals?

“We understand what it takes to beat Golden State” – D’Antoni


With NBA Basketball being played in Seattle for the first time since 2008 at KeyArena, let’s…

Run it BackMost memorable moments from KeyArena:

1994 Playoffs: 8th-seeded Nuggets upset Sonics

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1996 Playoffs: Last NBA Finals win for Sonics

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1992 Playoffs: Kemp dunkface on Lister

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Now onto…

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Perfection; JJ Redick early candidate for 6th man of the year?

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Personal Space; Think this fan will want to sit courtside again?

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Twirling; Is Lance capable of dishing out a normal assist?

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Rim Protection; Is this the year Myles Turner takes the next step?

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Splash Father; Is Steve Kerr the best shooting head coach in league?

Moving on…

What changes for Celtics with Gordon Hayward back?

“He has to get back into great basketball shape” – TMac

“It’s just baby steps you have to take. Eventually, he’ll get there” – TMac

Buy Kyrie’s commitment to Celtics?

“He’s tired of all the rumors that are out there about him joining the Knicks” – TMac

“It makes great sense to be on a team that’s going to be good for a long time” – TMac

“I have the Celtics winning the championship in 2019” – TMac

Expect Brandon Ingram to take a leap this year?

“He’s very skilled. This is what they expected out of him” – TMac


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Brian Windhorst on the future of the NBA in Seattle


Second Half

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Rockets owner Tilman Fertitta and GM Daryl Morey joined the show!

“We really improved ourselves this year. We’re really good” -Fertitta

“We’re excited about where we’re at” – Morey on the Rockets current roster

Is 2018-19 roster complete yet?

Out with the old…

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In with the new…

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“The coaching staff and players are all in harmony to help us win games” – Morey

Melo still adjusting to Rockets style?

“Carmelo is an extremely talented player. He’s going to have his best season in a long time” – Morey

Is a championship worth the repeater tax?

“This will be our 1st year in the luxury tax in many, many years. You can’t even worry about it” – Fertitta

Other highlights:

“We have to beat them. They are the champs” – Morey on the Warriors

“I don’t want to rebuild” – Fertitta

“What would happen if he (TMac) was in Coach D’Antoni’s offense? He’d probably be coming off winning his 5th straight MVP” – Morey


Tucker.JPGRockets forward and reigning “Sneakerhead” champion, PJ Tucker joined the show!

Expect to start on opening night?

“I’m good. It’s just more precaution. ” – Tucker on his back injury

Fair to question Rockets offseason moves?

“It’s always possible. We have a better understanding of what were doing” – Tucker on the Rockets being a better defensive team than last year despite some subtractions from the roster

Smart move for Boogie to sign with PUMA?

“That’s a great opportunity for them. They signed a lot of bigs. I like what they’re doing” – Tucker

Impact of NBA removing color restrictions on shoes?

“I love how the league is allowing everyone to show their personality” – Tucker

Other highlights:

“Favorite Mac shoe: The first one” – Tucker

“It hadn’t been a process for me at all” – Tucker on adjusting to Melo

“I’ve known Melo since we were 16, 17 [years old]” – Tucker


CP3.JPGRockets PG and superstar, Chris Paul joined the show!

On his shimmy towards Stephen Curry during last year’s Western Conference Finals:

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“It was just in the course of the game. They have a lot of fun when you’re up there (Oracle Arena) playing there when they have leads so it was just a moment in the game” – Paul

What made free agency decision so easy?

“It was never any issues. I actually bought a house last year in the city. I had no plans on going anywhere” – Paul

Excited to play with Melo?

“With Melo, we just hoop. We talked all summer and worked out” – Paul

“I don’t think I had to lobby for him. We just talked about it” – Paul on whether he had any part in bringing Melo to Houston

How did hamstring injury make you stronger?

“Things happen. With my hamstring, it was tough. I almost got nauseous” – Paul

“Coaching probably not for me. I love to hoop more than anything. It’s my happy place” – Paul

Did you throw shade at Clippers?

“There we go with somebody trying to make a story. I loved my time there in LA” – Paul

Quick recap:

How are you working to stay healthy through playoffs?

“When you compete, there’s no on and off button. For me, we have a great training staff. You control what you can control and that’s preparing” – Paul

“When you’ve been injured and are healthy enough to play, you have to take advantage of it” – Paul

On Rockets title chances:

“If you got anybody in my locker room who say anybody other than us, then they got to go” – Paul

“Absolutely. But once again, it’s the process” – Paul

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