Podcast: Coach Steve Finamore

Mostly we get our basketball fix from chumps like myself or the staff hired by your local newspaper. It’s all very enjoyable and produces the debate that runs sites like these, but at the end of the day it is more or less an opinion constructed mostly by observation rather than practice (Mind you that…

Podcast: Ryan Wolstat of Courtside

I talked some Raptors ball with Ryan Wolstat of the Sun’s Courtside blog, he gave us his thoughts on the free agent summer, our options at the wing and plenty of other Raptors topics. We also discussed whether irregardless is a word. Have a listen by clicking on the play button below or directly in…

Podcast: All things Jarrett Jack

To get a taste of what Jarrett Jack could bring to the Raptors I spoke with Tom Lewis, the main blogger over at Indy Cornrows. He saw Jarrett Jack play all 82 games for the Pacers last year and we talk about his character, his defensive make-up, what he brings offensively and what Raptors fans…

Mock Draft plus Podcast Analysis

For complete analysis of the mock draft check out my talk with Arsenalist. You can also listen in iTunes or download the audio file. [audio:http://raptorsrepublic.com/blog/audio/2009-06-02-phdsteve.mp3] 1. Los Angeles Clippers Blake Griffin 20 PF 6-10 248 Oklahoma Griffin is a no-brainer as the #1 overall pick. Every GM, every blog, every website has Griffin ranked as…

Talking Raptors with Jack Armstrong

I spoke with Jack Armstrong about the state of the Raptors and the importance of the upcoming draft. We also discussed Jay Triano and he gave his take on NBA intricacies like the overuse of timeouts and the possibility of coach’s challenges being used in the future. We also talked about Bryan Colangelo who he…

Chisholm RapCast + Trying to read BC’s mind

Usually I expect to learn nothing from a Colangelo press conference because he’s so great at talking whilst saying nothing. Proportionally speaking, we still didn’t get enough out of the 70+ minute presser but at least he confirmed some fears, admitted other failings and hinted at his plan for the summer. Of course nothing concrete…

RapCast returns and we talk Nathan Jawai, Magic preview

First up, let’s talk some Nathan Jawai. I spoke with Chris Langrill who’s a Stampede beat writer for the Idaho Statesman about our big Aussie man. We talked about his time in the D-League and whether his negative comments about the experience carried any weight. He had some surprisingly positives things to say about his…

Podcast with Heat uber-blogger, we talk Marcus Banks

The people who are outright opposed to the trade cite two reasons. The first being the inclusion of a first round pick and the other being Marcus Banks and his contract. Now there’s nothing we can do about the first round pick but we might be able to salvage something of Marcus Banks. If he…

Jack Armstrong answers your questions

OK, I tried to get as many questions in as I could, Jack only had 15 minutes and I had about 25 questions so there were many that were left out. I’ve basically taken the questions that were posted and asked them verbatim, there wasn’t much time for follow-ups. He had just crossed the border…

Talking NBA Draft with Jonathan Givony of DraftExpress.com

When it comes to college basketball and scouting very few people can match expertise with Jonathan Givony, President of DraftExpress.com. So if there ever was an interview where I was out of my league, this was it and I did the smart thing by just letting him talk. We chatted some Raptors basketball and he…

Talking Raptors with RaptorsHQ

There are a few great Raptor blogs out there and one of them is RaptorsHQ. I had a chance to talk some hoops with Adam and Dave, also known as Franchise and Howland. We chatted some Raptors ball and discussed issues ranging from Sam Mitchell to Roko Ukic. If I seem a little out of…