She Forgot The Words To The National Anthem. He Stepped In To Help.

Natalie Gilbert froze. 20,000 fans stared. All eyes were on her. This was supposed to be her moment. She was 13-years-old and had won a singing contest to perform the national anthem at an NBA game. She had dreams of Broadway. She had made it one line in when she completely blanked on the lyrics. … Continue reading She Forgot The Words To The National Anthem. He Stepped In To Help.

Podcast Of The Week: Charles Barkley Is Conan O’Brien’s Friend

Charles Barkley's appearance on the Conan O'Brien Needs a Friend Podcast (episode #53) will make you laugh, think, and laugh some more. They get into the the work ethic required to be a professional, the role talent and luck play, and more. The most entertaining aspect of this episode is just how good Barkley is … Continue reading Podcast Of The Week: Charles Barkley Is Conan O’Brien’s Friend

Talent + Work Ethic Always Trumps Talent Alone

Charles Barkley told Conan O’Brien that the best advice he ever received was being told he was “fat and lazy.” He was a young professional basketball player at the time and asked Moses Malone what would take him to the next level. “What do you mean fat and lazy,” he asked in shock. Malone replied, … Continue reading Talent + Work Ethic Always Trumps Talent Alone

Podcast Of The Week: C.R.E.A.M. – The NBA In China Edition

When Wu-Tang said, "Cash rules everything around me / C.R.E.A.M. Get the money / dollar dollar bill ya'll," they cemented the acronym. With Houston Rockets GM Daryl Morey tweeted, "fight for freedom, stand with Hong Kong," he gave us all a reason to revisit the acronym. It's still Cash, but it also could be China, … Continue reading Podcast Of The Week: C.R.E.A.M. – The NBA In China Edition

Podcast of the Week: Gladwell and Simmons, Just Hanging Out

Bill Simmons had Malcolm Gladwell on the podcast to talk about Talking to Strangers (discussed more here), and a million other things - from unexpected topics like Obama's reaction to Kanye/Taylor to expected topics like basketball. Being a fly on the wall for conversations like this is still my favorite part of the podcast medium. … Continue reading Podcast of the Week: Gladwell and Simmons, Just Hanging Out

A Great Player Is Someone Everybody Wants To Play With: Insights from The Pro’s Pro Joe McClean

Before Joe McClean became “the money-whisperer to the NBA elite,” he was a professional basketball hopeful. After almost making the NBA on several occasions, he got cut for the final time. Frustrated but determined to start a new chapter, he made a fresh start in finance - first with asset managers, then as an advisor. … Continue reading A Great Player Is Someone Everybody Wants To Play With: Insights from The Pro’s Pro Joe McClean