Radio buddies reunite as the longtime voice of Trail Blazers basketball Brian Wheeler joins Mitch for Episode 47. The guys reminisce about how they first met and the unusual circumstances that affected Brian with Mitch’s arrival to Seattle. They discuss the NBA Western conference hierarchy following this weekend’s news of Kawhi Leonard and Paul George teaming up on the Clippers. A four-pack of guests on today’s show includes ESPN NBA writer Kevin Pelton, Dan Brechlin of the Hartford Courant, Alicia Rose DelGallo from ProSoccerUSA.com, & Samara Freemark of the In the Dark Podcast. Later, Wheels and Mitch weigh in the World Cup victory by Team USA and the earthquakes that have recently shaken up Southern California including a few quake stories of their own. Finally, the guys wrap up with a thought on a remarkable story of a youngster turning heads at Wimbledon and an opinion on MLB’s Midsummer Classic.
- Kevin Pelton | ESPN NBA Writer on free agency news
- Dan Brechlin | Hartford Courant writer on participation of transgender athletes in sports
- Alicia Rose DelGallo | ProSoccerUSA.com editor live from France on Team USA World Cup Championship
- Samara Freemark | Reporter for In the Dark podcast on Curtis Flowers criminal case
TABLE OF CONTENTS
2:50 | Mitch & Wheels recall when they first met in the mid-90s and how Mitchy the Kid was in Seattle to ultimately take Brian’s job at the radio station.
20:13 | The Blazers have made some moves since the season wrapped up including inking Dame Lillard to a massive extension.
23:09 | The guys recall their Sunday tradition when they were working together in their early radio years.
30:46 | Episode 47 naming considerations are presented to Brian to mull over to reveal the winner at the end of the show.
34:27 | With Kawhi and George heading to the Clippers, rank the Western Conference heading into next season.
37:15 | Which team that calls The Staples Center home the more complete roster right now?
40:12 | Are the Warriors undervalued given their latest odds to win the title in 2020?
44:12 | Kevin Pelton weighs in on the moves that paired Kawhi Leonard and Paul George in LA and also discusses the market for Russell Westbrook.
59:09 | Dan Brechlin shares the story of how high school track in Connecticut has opened a national dialogue about transgender athletes competing in sports.
1:20:04 | Live from France, Alicia Rose DelGallo recaps the World Cup final match and discusses the off-the-field topics the players have been vocal about during the tournament.
1:35:17 | Samara Freemark summarizes the saga of Curtis Flowers which has featured a half-dozen trials over the span of 21 years and the latest news that may eventually set him free from death row.
1:52:49 | The United States Women’s National Team are back to back World Cup champs!
1:54:15 | SoCal Earthquakes this week halted some Summer League hoops games and also shook up some memories of quakes that Brian and Mitch recall over the years.
2:00:13 | Do you have CoCo Gauff fever after the 15 year old stunned the tennis world by knocking off Venus Williams at Wimbledon?
2:02:04 | Will the guys watch the MLB All Star Game and Home Run Derby or has it lost its luster?