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Buckets, Boards and Blocks

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Basketball is steadily becoming an even bigger global game, and as the sport expands and captivates a larger audience sometimes the nuances get lost. Monica is a former Georgetown baller who wants her audience to be reminded of why they love this game. King is a Baylor alum who had NBA potential, but health issues caused him to change plans. Both Monica and King are analysts for ESPN and their shared experiences and chemistry will provide listeners with a fun and informative experience. Come for the love of the game stay for the buckets.

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Basketball is steadily becoming an even bigger global game, and as the sport expands and captivates a larger audience sometimes the nuances get lost. Monica is a former Georgetown baller who wants her audience to be reminded of why they love this game. King is a Baylor alum who had NBA potential, but health issues caused him to change plans. Both Monica and King are analysts for ESPN and their shared experiences and chemistry will provide listeners with a fun and informative experience. Come for the love of the game stay for the buckets.

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A Truly Fresh Voice

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Monica McNutt is one of the freshest voices in basketball media. She combines knowledge of the game with personality and a great group of guests for a really enjoyable listen. This show is a perfect companion during your daily workout or commute.

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A Truly Fresh Voice

By BJB_17 - Apr 19 2019
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Monica McNutt is one of the freshest voices in basketball media. She combines knowledge of the game with personality and a great group of guests for a really enjoyable listen. This show is a perfect companion during your daily workout or commute.

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Rank #1: LaChina Robinson and WNBA Finals Analysis

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Monica McNutt welcomes women's hoop analyst LaChina Robinson. They tackle a number of important issues including thoughts about the WNBA playoffs (14:40), Derek Fisher's inexplicable decision to only play Candace Parker 11 minutes in the closeout game against Connecticut (19:49), and whether the WNBA needs affirmation from NBA players (26:00). The interview with LaChina was recorded before game 2 of the WNBA Finals, so it preceded Elena Delle Donne's injury. But LaChina feels the Mystics/Sun Finals matchup will be a "knock down drag out" affair (36:10). Other topics are the improved marketing of the league (44:05) and LaChina's hope that women of color will get more head coaching opportunities (45:50).

Oct 03 2019

54mins

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Rank #2: LaChina Robinson on Women's College Hoop and WNBA news

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LaChina Robinson is one of the most thoughtful and dialed in hoop analysts in the country. Monica and LaChina break down the big WNBA free agency moves with predictions on which teams will make the WNBA Finals. LaChina also breaks down why the UConn women have suffered blowout losses to Oregon and South Carolina. And Monica's loyal sidekick and producer Bruce Bernstein checks in with thoughts about the NBA on the eve of All Star Weekend in Chicago.

Feb 13 2020

43mins

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Rank #3: Monica & Bruce discuss the hot stories of the week in the NBA and College Hoop

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Monica McNutt has been one busy DC Baller with her crazy college hoop schedule and she chronicles some of her recent travels. She is joined by her loyal sidekick/producer Bruce Bernstein and they discuss the red hot Milwaukee Bucks, the equally hot LA Lakers, and Bruce's beloved Boston Celtics and their challenging games this week. In Brooklyn, Monica and Bruce size up Spencer Dinwiddie and how he is playing All Star caliber point guard in place of Kyrie Irving. Monica has been a Carmelo Anthony fan for as long as she can remember and she has some thoughts on how he will be received upon his return to Denver. Monica and Bruce finish with a college hoop discussion with a focus on Michigan's success, Georgetown's off court issues, and Syracuse's ACC blues.

Dec 13 2019

45mins

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Rank #4: Buckets, Boards & Blocks: A. Sherrod Blakely of NBC Sports Boston

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Boston Celtics Insider A. Sherrod Blakely joins Monica McNutt and does a thorough review of the Celtics' disappointing season. He pulls no punches in his analysis of where things went wrong for the team many thought would be in the NBA Finals at the start of the season. Sherrod explains why Kyrie Irving's disappointing series against the Bucks might be a reason he ends up STAYING with the Celtics when he becomes a free agent on July 1st. He also shares his opinions on the mess in Lakers Nation, the Raptors/76ers series, and why Knicks fans should be optimistic.

May 09 2019

47mins

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Rank #5: Morgann Mitchell of NBA TV with All Star reflections and other words of wisdom

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Morgann Mitchell oversees social media content for NBA TV. She and Monica McNutt discuss how Common blew up the internet with his performance at All Star Weekend in Chicago. Morgann also discusses the challenge of convincing her father Sam (a former player, coach, and NBA TV analyst) to be active on Twitter. She also shares words of wisdom about how people starting out need to embrace the less glamorous tasks in order to prove themselves worthy of receiving better opportunities. Morgan is wise beyond her years and her perspective is valuable for anyone who wants to tap into the mindset of someone who is climbing the corporate ladder at a rapid pace.

Feb 20 2020

42mins

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Rank #6: You can't spell "Fantastic" without "Fanta"

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One of Monica's favorite guests and colleagues is versatile hoop maven John Fanta. He is one half of "Team MoJo" and his basketball knowledge is off the charts. He shares his thoughts on Georgetown's recent struggles and coach Patrick Ewing's handling of the aftermath. John will also introduce you to a big man from DePaul (Paul Reed) whom you'll soon be hearing MUCH more about. Also on the show: Jim Boeheim's comments about one of the departed Georgetown players, teams to watch when you want some postseason sleepers for your March Madness bracket, and a preview of the G-League Showcase this weekend.

Dec 19 2019

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Rank #7: Head Coach Diane Richardson of Towson University

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Diane Richardson has had an incredible journey in life and basketball. (6:14) She spent more than two decades in corporate America before pursuing her true passion and becoming a full-time college coach. (@7:38) As the Mom of special needs kids, she explains how that shaped her as a coach and (@9:15) how her daughter won a silver medal in the Special Olympics. (@10:00) In 1980 she was on the Olympic track and field team but the USA boycotted the Olympics and she explains how that affected her plans. (@12:23) What she looks for in her recruits and how she loves dreamers. Coach explains why accountability matters so much (@13:45) both for players and assistant coaches. (@15:30) Monica and Coach discuss how three of her former players were in the WNBA Finals but Jonquel Jones of Connecticut was literally a member of her family and not just a former player. (@19:22) Coach explains her goals for this season after winning 20 games last season.

Oct 30 2019

28mins

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Rank #8: Buckets, Boards & Blocks: Krystle Rich, Camron Smith, & Pops

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Monica McNutt welcomes 76ers "Outsider" Krystle Rich from NBC Sports Philadelphia. Krystle's analysis of the team's challenges both on and off the court are very thought provoking. She also shares some feedback on how coach Brett Brown can tweak the offense to get more out of Ben Simmons. Cam Smith of MSG Network also joins the show to discuss MSG 150, the new MSG Network show which starts on Monday May 6th. Monica, Cam, and others will deliver an innovative look into sports around NYC and across the world. Cam also checks in with his thoughts on the NBA playoffs, including his expectations for a Celtics/Raptors Eastern Conference Finals showdown. And finally, "Pops," a.k.a. Kevin McNutt, a veteran high school ref lets everyone know he thinks NBA players whine too much about calls and it makes the games harder to enjoy.

May 02 2019

45mins

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Rank #9: Lessons learned through basketball will help us through the Corona Virus crisis

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Monica McNutt and Bruce Bernstein discuss lessons they learned from playing on teams and how they will help us navigate the crisis the country (and the world) is going through. Teamwork, leadership, sacrifice, and adjusting on the fly are all characteristics of successful teams. And as our society plays "one possession at a time" during these uncertain days, our nation and our world need to remember the lessons we learned through sports.

Mar 19 2020

23mins

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Rank #10: Talking ACC Hoops with Kelly Gramlich

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Monica McNutt is joined by ACC Network analyst and 105.5 The Roar host Kelly Gramlich. They talk about Kelly's career journey from playing at Clemson to her current roles, plus the Clemson-LSU national championship game (6:00), the wide open race for the Women's Final Four (10:45), strength in the Pac 12 and at South Carolina, plus the lack of depth on the men's side of the ACC (17:00).

Jan 09 2020

30mins

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Rank #11: Pamela McGee of the USC Women of Troy

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Pamela McGee has had an amazing journey. As a member of the 1983 and 1984 NCAA Championship winning USC Women of Troy, she was a key member of what some have called the original Women's Dream Team. Along with teammates like Cheryl Miller, Cynthia Cooper, and her twin sister Paula McGee the Women of Troy are the subject of a new HBO Documentary that dropped on March 10th and is now available "On Demand." Pamela is the mother of two professional ballers: Javale McGee of the Los Angeles Lakers and Imani McGee-Stafford of the WNBA's Dallas Wings. Pamela is also an Emancipator and the founder of ER Ministries, where she motivates and empowers people all over the world with her message of "True Freedom." Monica and Pamela share some vivid memories and stories of her career and life.

Mar 12 2020

29mins

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Rank #12: Edniesha Curry: Assistant Coach for the University of Maine Men's Team

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There are 1,404 full time coaches and assistant coaches in men's division one college hoop and only one is a woman. She is Edniesha Curry of the University of Maine. "Coach Eddy" discusses her journey and describes how she traveled the world doing different coaching gigs and honing her skills. Coach Eddy downplays the "adjustments" that need to be made for a woman coaching men. She correctly points out that men who coach women are in a similar situation and nobody discusses "adjustments" they have to make. Coach Eddy is straightforward, at times blunt, and clearly equipped to handle any "coach-player" situation that comes up. She isn't a household name now, but she soon will be.

Oct 10 2019

51mins

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Rank #13: Morgan Wootten memories, inside the David Stern memorial service, & anticipating Zion

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Monica McNutt shares memories of legendary DeMatha coach Morgan Wootten, who passed away on Tuesday. Bruce Bernstein attended Tuesday's memorial service for NBA Commissioner Emeritus David Stern and shares some of his impressions of the incredible event at Radio City Music Hall . And Monica and bruce discuss their feelings on the eve of Zion Williamson's NBA debut on Wednesday.

Jan 23 2020

36mins

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Rank #14: NBA Season Preview with Monica and Bruce

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The new NBA season promises to be a wild and exciting ride. Monica and Bruce Bernstein from Pure Hoops Media discuss all the major storylines. LeBron James and the Lakers top the bill (@2:08). The Clippers and Kawhi Leonard (@8:05) are favored by many to win it all and the chemistry under Doc Rivers will be a work in progress. At 14:00, Monica and Bruce discuss the pros and cons of changing the playoff system to the top 16 teams instead of 8 teams from each conference. The Russell Westbrook/James Harden in Houston will challenge coach Mike D'Antoni's reputation for offensive innovation (@16:40). Can Utah fulfill the heightened expectations? (@ 23:30). Can Golden State succeed in spite of losing Kevin Durant to Brooklyn and Klay Thompson to injury? (@29:05). In the East, Monica likes Milwaukee and Bruce likes Philly (@34:10) but Ben Simmons' lack of outside shooting troubles Monica and Bruce (@39:00). The Celtics are intriguing with Kemba Walker replacing Kyrie Irving (@43:00). Speaking of Kyrie, he dropped 50 on opening night for the Nets, but can he be a leader until Durant returns? (@47:20). Monica and Bruce both want to be optimistic about the Knicks, but a lot of work needs to be done at MSG (@49:45). Finally, Zion Williamson's health is a concern and Monica is worried that losing weight might negatively impact his identity as a player (@56:00). Finally, Monica and Bruce make their predictions and they do not agree at all (@ 1:02:30).

Oct 24 2019

1hr 7mins

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Rank #15: JA Adande shares 20 years of Kobe Bryant memories

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JA Adande covered Kobe Bryant for 19 of his 20 year NBA career while working for the Los Angeles Times and ESPN. No journalist had a closer relationship with Kobe during his NBA career. Their contact with one another extended beyond Kobe's playing career as well. JA shares some of his favorite stories and memories with Monica on this week's "Buckets, Boards, & Blocks."

Jan 30 2020

39mins

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Rank #16: Diana Taurasi, Sabrina Ionescu, and Geno Auriemma honor Gigi & Kobe Bryant

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When the basketball world honored Kobe and Gigi Bryant on Monday, three women's hoop legends were front and center. Diana "The White Mamba" Taurasi, Sabrina Ionescu, and Coach Geno Auriemma all shared stories of his influence on their lives. Monica shares some highlights from their speeches and reflects on Sabrina's memorable game on the same day she honored Kobe.

Feb 27 2020

37mins

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Rank #17: Master Tesfatsion of Bleacher Report

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Master Tesfatsion of Bleacher Report is the host of "Untold Stories," and is one of the hottest young story tellers around. He is also a keen observer of college hoop and the NBA. He checks in with thoughts on Evansville's upset of Kentucky as well as Kemba Walker's strong start in Boston. Master and Monica also discuss Kyrie Irving's impact in Brooklyn, LeBron James' hot start with the Lakers, and why he thinks the LA Clippers will win it all.

Nov 14 2019

24mins

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Rank #18: Buckets, Boards & Blocks: Malika Andrews of ESPN

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Monica McNutt welcomes Malika Andrews, the midwest NBA reporter for ESPN who has been covering the Milwaukee Bucks all season. Malika shares her thoughts on why the Bucks have been so successful, reaching 60 wins. In addition, Malika tells a funny story about The Greek Freak's attempt to channel his inner "Pink Panther" as well as her reason for declining to vote in the NBA MVP balloting. And "Pops," a.k.a. Kevin McNutt joins his daughter to discuss the relative merits of his two favorite players: Kevin Durant and Giannis Antetokounmpo.

Apr 25 2019

53mins

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Rank #19: Tyrone Johnson of Sixers Outsiders from NBC Sports Philadelphia

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Ty Johnson has the scoop on the wild ride the 76ers have taken their fans on this season. He has takes on why it’s too soon to consider breaking up the Embiid/Simmons combo, whether a “developmental style” of coaching is right for the Sixers moving forward, and if Al Horford has time to fulfill management’s faith in him.

Mar 05 2020

37mins

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Rank #20: Angel Gray: Cavaliers' sideline reporter for FOX Sports Ohio

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Angel Gray is one of the most versatile hoop broadcasters in the country. She currently patrols the sidelines during Cavaliers games on FOX Sports Ohio, but she has also done play by play for the WNBA's Los Angeles Sparks and analysis for many networks including ESPN, CBS, and NBA TV. Angel also played four seasons of college hoop at Florida State. She shares stories of her broadcasting journey and also sizes up the future of a young Cavaliers team.

Nov 07 2019

33mins

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