At The Buzzer: Episode 19, 20 and 21 Reviews

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One of the most relevant aspects to this radio show for me is that as I create new experiences and fulfill a nearly lifelong vision, I am enjoying something that cannot ever be taken away. The discoveries, conversations and related fulfillment keep growing and I’ll never look back at this venture into uncharted personal territory with any level of regret.

So there.

My primary highlight from Episode 21 is my interview with basketball legend Rob Boone, who played for STL's ABA team in '75-76. He also played with Moses Malone, Adrian Dantley, Magic Johnson and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, among many others. My opening commentary included a full breakdown of the Carmelo Anthony trade possibilities, Don Nelson’s unfortunate pending retirement and a look back at the ABA and Spirits of St. Louis.

ABA and NBA legend Ron Boone has been an announcer for the past 22 years for the Utah Jazz. Boone played in St. Louis, alongside Marvin Barnes, Ron Boone, ML Carr, Don Chaney, Maurice Lucas, Moses Malone, Freddie Lewis, Caldwell Jones … even current New York Knicks coach Mike D’Antoni was on that team. The show’s final segment was an interview with Brandon Coleman, part of a group promoting the NBA in St. Louis. I added my perspective on any new city acquiring an NBA team, then discussed if Mo Williams really thought about retiring and how the Cavs are a big mess.

Episode No. 20 featured my opening commentary regarding Team USA winning the gold medal at the FIBA World Championships in Turkey. I also talked about how DVR is a life-saver now that I'm a father and set the proverbial stage for the show's interviews with LeBron James' high school coach and also lifelong friend and St. Vincent/St. Mary teammate Dru Joyce. University of Akron head coach Keith Dambrot coached LeBron James as a freshman and sophomore at St. Vincent/St. Mary, before leaving for Akron where he has been very successful.

Dru Joyce III, who played with James at St. Vincent/St. Mary, went to on to become the all-time assists leader at the University of Akron. His father (Dru Joyce II) coached St. V during James' junior and senior seasons.

Episode 19 focused heavily on the FIBA World Championships semifinals. Kevin Durant was dominating, Russell Westbrook played well and Team USA shut down ex-Missouri star Linas Kleiza, who had been scorching for Lithuania. We started ATB’s “Will Carmelo Anthony be traded?” talks, and how Darius Miles is getting a chance in Charlotte.

This show featured a strong interview with NBA writer Rob Mahoney, as we discussed the Worlds, why the USA does not care much about it compared to other nations, and the role of Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook on Team USA. We also talked about the Oklahoma City Thunder and Dallas Mavericks.

The final segment featured a breakdown of a potential Carmelo Anthony trade to the Chicago Bulls with an interview with blogabull.com, SB Nation's official Chicago Bulls NBA affiliate blog. Also, we discussed what Derrick Rose needs to improve on to become an elite guard and had a Bulls overview.

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