Tuesday, 07 May 2019 17:46

Sam and Brad Show Podcast 5.7.19

On the Tuesday edition of the Sam and Brad Show Podcast:

Sam caught up with ESPN Baseball analyst Tim Kurkjian (20.9 seconds in) 

He also caught up with the listeners including Howard in Akron on what should be done with Firestone Stadium (4:51) 

Former Cleveland Cavalier Kendrick Perkins joined the show to talk NBA Playoffs. (9:01) 

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Monday, 02 July 2018 11:51

The Kid from Akron L.A. Bound

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. 

Cavs Parade

(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. 




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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,


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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.


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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.


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Thursday, 12 April 2018 16:42

Sam Amico Talks Cavaliers, 2018 Playoffs

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. 


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Former Cavalier great and current FoxSports Ohio basketball analyst and current Director of Alumni Relations Campy Russell joined Sam and Brad Thursday to talk about the game between the Cavs and Celtics tonight in Boston.


For the full interview, click here.

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John Telich from Fox 8 Sports spoke with Sam and Brad Monday to talk about the Cavaliers' loss to the Boston Celtics Sunday night.

The Cavs will face the Celtics Tuesday at 8:30pm. You can listen to the game on 1590 WAKR and listen to Sam and Brad as they broadcast from the Q from 2pm-8pm.


The full interview can be heard here. 


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FS1's Chris Broussard joined the Sam and Brad Show Tuesday to talk about the NBA playoffs and how the Cleveland Cavaliers and Golden State Warriors could be on a collision course to meet in the NBA Finals for the third consecutive year.


Chris also discussed the ongoing isssue with one-and-done prospects in the NBA and what it means for the league as well as the players.

The conversation stems from the ESPN 30 for 30 on John Calipari and his players at the University of Kentucky entitled "One and Not Done."

For the full interview, click here.


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Former Cleveland Cavalier, Canton McKinley Bulldog, and Michigan State Spartan guard Eric Snow spoke with Sam and Brad to talk about the Cavs' dominant playoff run.


The full interview can be heard here.


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Sean Deveney, NBA Writer for the Sporting News discussed the Cavaliers' sweep of the Toronto Raptors and what they can expect in the Eastern Conference Finals from either the Celtics or the Wizards.


The full interview with Sean, Sam, and Brad can be heard here.


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Sam and Brad caught up with Spencer Davies from Basketball Insiders, Sports Time Ohio, and Fox Sports Ohio to discuss the Game #3 between the Cavaliers and Raptors.


The Cavaliers have a 2-0 series lead on the Raptors and will look to push it to 3-0 tonight on 1590 WAKR. Game time set for 7pm and pregame set for 6:30pm. 

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Brian Dulik of the Medina Gazette spoke with Sam and Brad to discuss the Cavaliers taking a 2-0 lead over the Toronto Raptors in the Eastern Conference Semifinals.

The Raptors and Cavs will square off in Game#3 Friday at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto.


For the full interview, click here.


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Tom Withers from the AP joined the Sam and Brad Show to discuss the Cavaliers' win over the Toronto Raptors last night at the Q,  116-105.


The Wine and Gold will be taking on the Raptors tomorrow at the Q at 7pm with a 6:30pm pregame on 1590 WAKR.

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Sam Amico from NEOSports Insiders and Fox Sports Ohio joined Sam and Brad to talk about the Cavaliers as they prepare for Game #3 against the Pacers tonight.

They play tonight on 1590 WAKR. Pregame starts at 6:30 with the tip-off at 7pm.


For the full interview with Sam and Brad click here, and for more on Amico's take on the Cavs and the NBA, click here. 

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Tuesday, 18 April 2017 15:24

AUDIO Telich: Big 3 Effort In Game #2

John Telich from Fox 8 Sports discussed Game #2 between the Cleveland Cavaliers and Indiana Pacers on Tuesday.

He also discussed some of the issues going on with the Indiana Pacers and what to expect in Game #3 in Indianapolis Thursday.

For the full interview, click here. 

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Chris Broussard from FS1 broke down the NBA Playoffs and the Cavs/Pacers series with Sam and Brad as they broadcasted live from Quicken Loans Arena.


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Friday, 06 May 2016 17:24

AUDIO Cavs Get Ready For Game 3

The Cleveland Cavaliers are in the ATL and are looking to put the Hawks in a 3-0 hole in the Eastern Conference Semifinals.

Joe Vardon from Cleveland.com joined Sammy B on a "Feel Good Friday" to talk about the matchup, if the Cavs will continue to shoot at their blistering pace, and if Atlanta will play dirty.

Vardon says he expects this contest to be a little tighter than in Game 2, where the Wine & Gold connected on a record 25 three-pointers.

"It's hard to find a matchup right now that the Hawks can exploit," said Vardon.

As far as the comments addressed by NBA analyst Charles Barkley, Joe says he doesn't expect any tom-foolery from Atlanta here tonight, or throughout the series.

"I think they're a more cerebral team, they respect the game, they will play more agressive defense on the perimeter," he explained.


The Cavs and the Hawks tip it off tonight at 7 p.m. on 1590 WAKR.


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Tuesday, 03 May 2016 18:45

AUDIO Cavs Looking To Sustain Momentum

The Cleveland Cavaliers had a good showing at Quicken Loans Arena Monday night against the Atlanta Hawks 104-93, and after an eight day layoff, they looked just as crisp as they did when they swept Detroit in the first round.

Sam Amico from AmicoHoops.net joined Sam Bourquin and Brad Russell during their live broadcast from Canal Park Tuesday to talk about the win, the Cavs' energy on the offensive and defensive ends of the floor, and their mentality heading into Game 2 in Cleveland Wednesday night.

Amico said that he liked how the Cavaliers came out with a lot of energy early on.

"They really played with passion right away, they did the right things early, they got Kyrie going early," Amico said.  The Wine and Gold did give up an 18 point lead during one stretch, but Sam said he wasn't worried that the Cavaliers would lose.

He (Amico) says the Cavaliers have to get out and play their game early so the Big 3 can get a rest.

"You want to play your Timofey Mozgovs, your Dahntay Jones'," he says. "I just need to think you need to start resting your regulars."

The Cavaliers and Hawks play Game 2 at 8 p.m. on 1590 WAKR.  The Average Sports Show will broadcast live from the Q from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. prior to tip-off.

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The Cleveland Cavaliers swept the Detroit Pistons in the first round of the NBA Playoffs and now they await the winner of the Boston/Atlanta series, which is now tied at 2 apiece.

Mike Petraglia, Boston sports reporter for WEEI Radio in Boston joined the Sam Bourquin Show to talk about the series, the ebbs and flows, and the quality coaching job done by Brad Stevens in Beantown.

Mike says that it's been entertaining watching this series at the TD Garden, with a raucous crowd that's always behind their team 100 percent.

"It's been a great atmosphere," he said.  

He says he gives the edge in the series to the Celtics because of the way they've been playing as of late and their leadership on the bench from Stevens and the leadership on the floor from guard Isaiah Thomas.


Mike also talked about the ruling that New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady must serves a four game suspension for his role in the Deflategate situation.

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