On the Sam and Brad Show Podcast "Feel Good Friday Edition:"
On the Tuesday edition of the Sam and Brad Show
The guys weighed in on the Cleveland Cavaliers and the NBA. Is it okay to tank? (22 seconds in)
They also weighed in on the NBA All Star Game and the interest level in the game and surrounding events. (11:24)
Kevin Mawae of the Pro Football Hall of Fame Class of 2019 spoke about his induction into Canton. (22:42)
On the Monday edition of the Sam and Brad Show Podcast,
Sam and Brad spoke with Tom Withers of the AP to talk Browns and Cavs as they traded for fan favorite Matthew Dellavedova.(22 seconds in)
Also Sam and Brad discussed the new-look Browns and how they're playing for interim coach Gregg Williams (16:45)
And they spoke with the Voice of the Browns, Jim Donovan. (20:35)
Sam and Brad spoke with Joe Vardon off the bat to talk about his article in The Athletic discussing the Kyrie Irving trade and the demise of the Cavaliers.
At 17:48, the guys spoke with Browns play-by-play voice Jim Donovan to talk Browns as they prepare for the Bengals this Sunday.
Sam and Brad caught up with Cavs' beat writer Joe Vardon to talk about his article in The Athletic chronicling the Cavaliers' demise.
Sam and Brad had a lot going on today with the firings of Browns coach Hue Jackson from earlier Monday and Cavaliers coach Ty Lue from Sunday
Jim Donovan, radio voice of the Browns joined in at 2:19 to talk about the firing of Hue Jackson and Todd Haley and what's next for the Browns.
18:12 Joe Vardon of The Athletic joined the conversation to talk about Ty Lue's firing and the rebuild for the Cavs.
29:40 Scott Petrak of the Elyria Chronicle Telegram and BrownsZone.com also talked about the Browns and who could be their next head coach in 2019.
Sam and Brad spoke with Steve Doershuck right off the bat to talk Browns and the tension between coaches.
Tom Withers joined in later to talk Cavaliers at 18:53
and Terry Bowden joined in to talk UA Zips football at 33:52
Sam and Brad got into the Thursday edition of the podcast with Sam and Brad talking scary movies ahead of Halloween.
Ross Benjamin picked games against the spread in college and pro footbal for entertainment purposes only,
John Michael the Radio Voice of the Cleveland Cavaliers joined the show to talk about the debut and the next game against the Timberwolves.
NBA insider Sam Amico of AmicoHoops.net joined the Sam and Brad Show in studio to talk NBA and Cavaliers ahead of the 2018-19 season.
The Cavaliers open up the season Wednesday against the Toronto Raptors.
Sam and Brad also caught up with Zips head football coach Terry Bowden to talk about the Wagon Wheel game against Kent 19 seconds into the podcast. Also at the 5:04 mark Browns radio network analyst Doug Dieken weighed in on the Browns' season thus far.
Cavaliers beat writer Rick Noland of the Medina Gazette spoke with the Sam and Brad Show about Kevin Love signing an extension to be a part of the Cavs' building process post-LeBron James.
Fox 8 Sports anchor John Telich joined the Sam and Brad Show Monday to talk about the legacy of LeBron James and the upcoming future for both the Los Angeles Lakers and the Cleveland Cavaliers.
James agreed to a four-year deal with the Lakers Sunday evening.
July 11, 2014:
"I'm Coming Home:" the article posted to SI.com, courtesy of Sports Illustrated writer Lee Jenkins, were the words of LeBron James: Northeast Ohio's Hero turned Villian turned Prodigal Son.
After winning a pair of titles in South Beach with his cast of characters, LeBron James vowed to bring the Larry O'Brien Trophy to Cleveland... To Akron... To Northeast Ohio...
June 19, 2016:
The final seconds had ticked off of the Clock in Oakland, California. Cavs 93, Warriors 89... Tears streamed down the cheeks of the two-time champion, four-time MVP, Kid from Akron...
Meanwhile, more than twenty-four hundred miles away, Cleveland, Ohio was swarmed with fans sharing the same tears, hugging perfect strangers, dancing on police cars while officers watched in shared jubilation.
He did it; he kept his promise. LeBron had returned to Cleveland and brought the title with him.
(Photo Credit: Justina Bucceri, Rubber City Radio Group)
June 8, 2018:
With still more than four minutes remaining on the game clock in Game 4 of the 2018 NBA Finals at Quicken Loans Arena, LeBron James walked off the court wearing number 23 for the Cleveland Cavaliers. While giving congratulations to members of the Golden State Warriors, who would go on to win Game 4, completing the sweep of the Cavs in the Finals, The Kid from Akron was met with a standing ovation and chants of "MVP! MVP! MVP!" from 20,562 fans, most, if not all of whom were on their feet.
Respect for the man who had put an entire team..., an entire city on his shoulders, and carried them all back to the NBA Finals for the fourth year in a row. A little help from his friends, sure; but "a little" doesn't begin to stress the perceived solo mission LeBron embarked on throughout the 2018 NBA Playoffs.
July 1, 2018:
The daylight was dwindling, but the heat still sweltered. With most of the region wrapping up the day, the news broke, just about 8 p.m.:
Just hours into the NBA Free Agency, LeBron's decision was made, speculation could rest, and a fanbase could be content with a superstar's decision and begin to move forward (or not).
It didn't take Cavs owner Dan Gilbert too long, much like after LeBron's first exit, to respond to LBJ's decision, but the difference in those two responses was night and day:
"We will always remember the evening of June 19, 2016 as the Cleveland Cavaliers, led by LeBron James, ended the 52-year drought delivering the long elusive championship that many thought they would never see... A championship that united generations of Clevelanders, both living and passed.
Virtually anyone with roots in Northeast Ohio paused and felt the memories of the past and the utter joy that the burden of the so-called 'curse' was finally a thing of the past. Cleveland, Ohio was the home of a championship team for the first time since 1964. Words do not express the meaning and the feeling this accomplishment brought to the people of Northeast Ohio.
None of this would have happened if LeBron James did not agree to come back home and lead the Cavaliers to the promised land. The entire Cavaliers franchise thanks LeBron for that precious moment and for all of the excitement he delivered as he led our team to four straight NBA Finals appearances.
LeBron is a family man, first. We wish his kids, his wife Savannah, his mother Gloria, and LeBron himself nothing but the best in the years and decades ahead. LeBron's connection to Akron, Cleveland and all of Northeast Ohio will most certainly endure as his commitment to the region and his support of many important causes has been impactful to so many kids and families.
LeBron, you came home and delivered the ultimate goal. Nothing but appreciation and gratitude for everything you put into every moment you spent in a Cavaliers uniform. We look forward to the retirement of the famous #23 Cavs jersey one day down the line..."
July 2, 2018:
A deep breath.
A moment of reflection.
A realization that most of us in Northeast Ohio do not wake up with the presumption that an athlete or a sport is going to dictate how our day goes. For so many of us, there are our families, our friends, our pets (Hi Amos!), our careers, our hearts and our souls, our love, and the list goes on and on.
Taking solace in that, I tip my cap to you LeBron. I thank you for giving Northeast Ohio that moment on the night of June 19, 2016, when we cried tears of joy, alongside family, friends, and fellow fans; when you swelled a community with pride, love, and unrelenting joy.
Tom Withers of the Associated Press joined the Sam and Brad Show to talk about the Cavaliers, LeBron's possible destination, and more on a Thursday afternoon.
Former Brooklyn Nets GM and ESPN Front Office Insider Bobby Marks joined the Sam and Brad Show to recap Thursday's NBA Draft.
Former Brooklyn Nets GM and ESPN Front Office Insider Bobby Marks joined the Sam and Brad Show to recap Thursday's NBA Draft.
Fox Sports Ohio's Fred McLeod spoke with Brad Russell and Justin McKinney about the drafting of Collin Sexton at #8 for the NBA Draft.
The Cavs are excited about their new prospect and look forward to seeing what he can do on the court.
NCAA college basketball analyst for ESPN and host at 1070 The Fan in Indianapolis Dan Dakich spoke with Sam and Brad to talk NBA Draft this afternoon.
Coverage begins for the NBA draft tonight at 7 p.m and the Cavaliers have the #8 pick obtained in the Kyrie Irving trade.
Cavaliers and NBA insider Jason Lloyd of The Athletic discussed the Cavaliers' season and the possible free agency destination of LeBron James this summer.
Fomer 12-year NBA point guard and Cleveland Cavaliers 1st round pick Brevin Knight spoke with Sam and Brad to give his thoughts on the NBA Finals and Game #3.
NBA insider Sam Amico from Amico Hoops.net spoke with Sam and Brad after Wednesday's Game #3 loss.
Game #4 is set for Friday at Quicken Loans Arena.
NBA writer and insider Sam Amico joined Sam Bourquin and Brad Russell to talk about the NBA Finals Game #1 tonight between the Cavaliers and Warriors.
Amico says the Cavaliers have a chance because you can never know what can happen in a seven-game series.
They're back at it again for the fourth consecutive year.
The Golden State Warriors will be facing off against the Cleveland Cavaliers in the NBA Finals.
Tom Withers of the Associated Press talked about the perspective from the home side of things, as LeBron and the guys defeated Boston in Game #7 Sunday with Sam and Brad.
On the other side, Ryan Leong of the Associated Press caught up with the guys to talk about things from the Warriors perspective. They defeated Houston in 7games on Monday.
Longtime sports columnist for the Boston Globe Dan Shaughnessy spoke with Sam and Brad to talk about the upcoming series between the Boston Celtics and Cleveland Cavaliers.
Sam Amico of Amico Hoops discussed last night's win from the Cavaliers over the Toronto Raptors in the Eastern Conference Semifinals.
Game #2 is tomorrow in Canada. Join time is 5:30 and tip-off at 6 on 1590 WAKR.
Vince Cellini of Cavaliers In The Paint spoke with Sam and Brad to talk about the Cavs and Pacers series being tied at 2 apiece.
He discussed the emergence of JR Smith on the defensive end against Victor Oladipo and Kyle Korver's 3 point marksmanship in Game #3,
Tom Withers of the Associated Press joined Sam and Brad to talk about last night's win over the Pacers in Game #2 of their playoff series.
Game #3 will be Friday night in Indianapolis. You can hear it on 1590 WAKR.
Veteran broadcaster Jay Crawford joined the Sam and Brad Show Monday to talk about his new venture doing the play-by-play for the Cleveland Browns' preseason games on News 5.
He also talked about the Cavs' loss in Game #1 of the playoffs and how the lack of chemistry and synergy on the court is worrysome at times.
There's a lot of questions about the Cavaliers after their 18-point loss to the Indiana Pacers in Game #1 of the NBA Playoffs
Fox Sports Ohio's TV play-by-play voice Fred McLeod offered his thoughts.
NBA writer Sam Amico from Amico Hoops.net spoke with Sam and Brad Thursday to talk about the Cavaliers as they get ready for the Indiana Pacers on Sunday.
He also offered his thoughts on who needs to step up for the Wine and Gold during the second season.
Sam and Brad spoke with Cleveland.com and Cleveland Plain Dealer sports columnist Bud Shaw to talk about our teams on a Monday afternoon.
NBA reporter Jeff Zillgitt spoke with Sam Bourquin Thursday after the Cavaliers' win over the Toronto Raptors at the Q last evening.
Sports columnist for the Cleveland Plain Dealer Terry Pluto spoke with Sam and Brad to talk Cleveland sports, including the trades from the Browns, the inconsistencies of the Cavs, and the Indians as they continue Spring Training.
Vince Cellini of Cavaliers In The Paint on Fox Sports Ohio spoke with Sam and Brad to talk about the Cavs' win last night over Detroit as well as the strong play of one of the "other" kids from Akron, Revere HS grad Larry Nance, Jr.
Cleveland Cavaliers General Manager Koby Altman joined the Sam and Brad Show to talk about the new-look Cavs and how the new additions to the team have panned out.
"I think the whole organization feels rejuvenated," Koby explained. "We needed to put some wind in our sails, and these deals helped us do that."
The new additions to the team are Larry Nance Jr. Jordan Clarkson, Rodney Hood, and George Hill. The Wine and Gold will play the Oklahoma City Thunder tonight at 8pm with coverage beginning at 7:30pm on 1590 WAKR.
Tom Withers of the Associated Press joined the Sam and Brad Show on Monday to talk about the new-look Cavaliers and how they have a new bounce in their step after revamping the roster and beating Boston.
The Cavs will play the Oklahoma City Thunder tomorrow before the All Star Break.
CBS Sports NBA writer James Herbert joined the Sam and Brad Show to talk about the NBA Trade deadline and the Cleveland Cavaliers' newest players.
"Mr Cavalier" Austin Carr joined the Sam and Brad Show Wednesday to talk about the Cavaliers' loss to the Pistons last night and how they can rebound against the Miami Heat tonight.
The game can be heard on 1590 WAKR.
Austin along with Campy Russell, will be featured speakers at the Shaw JCC Sports Dinner Feb 1.
Sam Amico caught up with Sam Bourquin and Brad Russell ahead of the Wine & Gold's contest against the Indiana Pacers tonight.
You can hear the game on 1590 WAKR at 7:30pm with coverage beginning at 7pm.
Sam and Brad spoke with Vince Cellini, who works as part of Cavaliers In The Paint for Fox Sports Ohio.
Vince discussed the struggling Cavaliers, Ty Lue's move to put Tristan back into the starting lineup, and moving Jae Crowder to the bench.
TV voice of the Cleveland Cavaliers on Fox Sports Ohio, Fred McLeod joined the Sam and Brad Show Tuesday to assess the Cavs' loss against Golden State and their recent struggles as of late.
The Cavaliers return to the practice floor tomorrow before taking on the Orlando Magic Thursday night.
Jim Chones, former Cavalier and color analyst for the Cavaliers Radio Network, spoke with Sam and Brad at the Q.
NBA TV Host Matt Winer joined the Sam and Brad Show live from Quicken Loans Arena on Monday, as the Cavs prepare to take on Golden State.