Excited about the NBA draft yet? Hopefully this podcast will do the trick. This week’s guest is Jay Williams, who was the No. 2 pick in the 2002 NBA draft. (Yao Ming went 1st.) After seeing Williams on ESPN’s coverage of the NBA Combine last week (yup, I watched all of it) I had plenty of questions to ask him. Plus, he announces college basketball games and works out with some of these players, so he’s intimately aware of their talents, unlike guys who claim to have informed mock drafts.
Williams didn’t take a call from Coach K while we were taping, and instead stayed on the podcast. What a trooper. Among the topics …
* Cody Zeller vs. Steven Adams
* Victor Oladipo vs. Ben McLemore (he’s shocked I have Oladipo 2nd)
* Trey Burke vs. Shane Larkin. Williams works out with Larkin. Williams knows people in Orlando who love Trey Burke.
* Tim Hardaway Jr. vs Shabazz Muhammad.
* The workout battle. Players want to play 1-on-1 in workouts, agents won’t let them.
* Two stories of his individual matchupes: 1) Dominating Frank Williams, 2) Unable to stop Allen Iverson
Episode 15: Talking Sports Media with Dan LeBatard the Columnist/Radio Host/TV Host
Episode 14: Mike Greenberg, ESPN Radio
Episode 13: Manish Mehta of the Daily News and Judy Battista of the NYT Talk Jets, Tebow and Sanchez
Episode 12: Evan Silva and Josh Norris of Roto World Talk About the NFL Draft
Episode 11: NFL Podcast with Mike Silver of Yahoo Sports, Who Hates the Draft
Episode 10: Bruce Feldman of CBS Sports on the NFL Draft and College Football
Episode 9: NBA Playoff Talk with Howard Beck of the New York Times
Episode 8: Talking Michigan-Louisville and the NBA with Al Horford of the Atlanta Hawks
Episode 7: NFL Draft Talk with ESPN’s Todd McShay
Episode 6: Kevin Ware Reaction, with John Ourand, Dan Steinberg & Clay Travis
Episode 5: Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network
Episode 4: Dan Wetzel of Yahoo Sports
Episode 3: Jeff Goodman of CBS Sports
Episode 2: Doug Gottlieb of CBS Sports
Episode 1: Stephen Curry of the Golden State Warriors
* Shout out to producer Michael Shamburger, who took time out of his vacation to put this bad boy together. And if his wife is reading this, thanks.