Director Michael Hamilton Talked About His Steve Nash Documentary “NASH”

I was able to chat with Michael Hamilton about his Steve Nash documentary called NASH.

Some of the topics we covered during this Podcast include:

  • Why he picked Steve Nash as the target for his latest documentary
  • Something he learned about Nash while filming this documentary
  • Using the story of Zeus making Sisyphus roll a boulder up a mountain for eternity as a comparison to Nash constantly fighting through adversity
  • How he got Nash’s siblings involved with this documentary
  • Arranging cameos in the documentary from Ron Howard, Barack Obama and Owen Wilson

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Observations From Toronto’s Locker Room After Beating Phoenix 104-100

Here are six observations, notes and quotes from Toronto’s locker room after they beat Phoenix 104-100:

  • It’s amazing the amount of respect the players have for Doug Smith. After the game, Smith was able to pull DeMar DeRozan aside and he got some quotes from him that the rest of us media folks couldn’t get. Yet another example of why Smith is one of the best in the business and why I have a ton of respect for him.
  • Amir Johnson spent a lot of time after the game soaking his left ankle. To me, it’s clear he’s gutting out minutes right now. He’s a warrior for the Raptors and his hustle and desire is something that rubs off on his teammates.
  • I’ve learned the trick to chatting with Kyle Lowry is asking solid questions. If you throw lame or generic questions at him he’ll give a brief answer. But, if you ask something that piques his interest or gives him a chance to shed light on something, he’ll likely give you a good quote back. Some media bristle at this, but personally, I like how Lowry challenges us media grunts to step our games up.
  • Dwane Casey on the Phoenix Suns getting hot from beyond the arc: “Again, it’s not a mystery that this is one of the best three-point shooting teams in the league. They can get back in any game just like that. That’s they way they’ve been for two years now. So, nobody should be surprised that they are going to come down (the court) and pull-up (and shoot). It seems like we were (surprised).”
  • Weird vibe in Toronto’s locker room tonight. On the one hand, the team escaped with a win to push their record to 12-2. However, it was clear talking with the players they were grumpy with choking up a big lead in the fourth quarter. None of the usual joking around between teammates that normally happens after wins. More of a somber, business approach tonight once the media got into the locker room.
  • The shoe game of Greivis Vasquez, DeMar DeRozan and Terrence Ross makes me jealous. I wish I had a fraction of their kicks.

Pocap: Raptors Hang On To Beat Suns 104-100

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Catching Up With Jeff Hornacek

Jeff Hornacek talked with the media about what he learned while playing for legendary coach Jerry Sloan, coaching a team with a couple siblings and he talked about Tyler Ennis’ rookie season.

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In The Scrum With Dwane Casey

Dwane Casey chatted with the media tonight about Phoenix possessing match-up issues, getting his message through to players despite the team’s great record, battling through adversity, Lou Williams being named Player of the Week, finding a scoring balance with a lot of talented scorers on the roster and he learned a new word.

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Lou Williams’ Media Session After Being Named Eastern Conference Player Of The Week

Lou Williams is normally a shy, reserved player, so it was great to hear him open up about being named Eastern Conference Player of the Week, the doubt that crept into his mind while he was rehabbing from knee surgery, his ability to draw fouls and the winning atmosphere in Toronto’s locker room that was apparent early in the season.

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Catching Up With Jabari Parker

Jabari Parker joked with me about the “false fans” sleeping on the Milwaukee Bucks this season, learning from Jason Kidd and being compared to Carmelo Anthony.

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Catching Up With Giannis Antetokounmpo

Giannis Antetokounmpo talked with me about Milwaukee’s surprising start to the season, being 6’10” and playing point guard this season and Jason Kidd giving pop quizzes to the team after practices.

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Toronto Raptors Chat On The Fan 590

I was on The Fan 590 to chat about the strong start the Toronto Raptors have had to their season. We talked about Lou Williams giving the team a scoring spark, if Toronto can be one of the top teams in the Eastern Conference this season, why Kyle Lowry is the heart and soul of this team and why the road trip at the end of December could be trouble.

I was on The Fan 590 to chat about the strong start the Toronto Raptors have had to their season. We talked about Lou Williams giving the team a scoring spark, if Toronto can be one of the top teams in the Eastern Conference this season, why Kyle Lowry is the heart and soul of this team and why the road trip at the end of December could be trouble.

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Observations From Toronto’s Locker Room After Thumping Milwaukee 124-83

Here are seven observations, notes and quotes from Toronto’s locker room after they beat Milwaukee 124-83:

  • Bruno Caboclo stole the show after the game. The media scrum waiting for him was huge – one of the largest of the season for any player – and Lou Williams and DeMar DeRozan took turns joking with the rookie. Caboclo soaked up every second with a huge smile on his face.
  • Caboclo on getting into his first NBA game and the reaction he got from the crowd: “I had butterflies in my stomach.”
  • Somebody texted Caboclo a picture after the game that had him in a Raptors jersey hoisting the Larry O’Brien trophy.
  • A casualty of the Caboclo scrum was Jonas Valanciunas’ post-game drink. Valanciunas wasn’t happy that it made a mess on a couple pairs of his kicks.
  • DeMar DeRozan on Bruno Caboclo: “The crowd got into it and I’m pretty sure he was happy. That’s definitely a memory he will have for forever.”
  • Lucas Nogueira was a popular player after the game, too. He was joking around with the media and he had a couple of reporters laughing.
  • Dwane Casey: “If we are going to be an elite team – or grow to be an elite team – we need to make sure we take care of business. Whether it’s a quarter, a possession, or whatever it is, we need to keep that business like mindset and not get caught up in all the craziness around us.”

Podcap: Raptors Beat Bucks 124-83

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Dwane Casey Explains Why Jonas Valanciunas Isn’t Getting More Playing Time

Dwane Casey explained how agility (or lack thereof) and match-ups are what's keeping Valanciunas to only playing more than 30 minutes once so far this season.

There has been a lot of angst this season among fans of the Toronto Raptors over why Bruno Caboclo and Jonas Valanciunas aren’t getting more playing time.

Caboclo is stuck on the depth chart on a team that is first in the Eastern Conference so it’s obvious why he isn’t seeing the court much.

But Valanciunas? He’s starting for the team and is supposed to be one of the building blocks for the future.

Dwane Casey explained how agility (or lack thereof) and match-ups are what’s keeping Valanciunas to only playing more than 30 minutes once so far this season.

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In The Scrum With Jason Kidd

Jason Kidd talked about the Toronto Raptors starting this season strong, the great play of Kyle Lowry, why it’s fun to have interchangeable players and Larry Sanders impact on the defensive end.

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David Blatt Finding Readjustment To Living In America Challenging

“It’s a readjustment to be back, yes, but the biggest change is in me. I see the world differently. I no longer see the world through the eyes of simply an American kid growing up here. I see them through the eyes of a worldly man who has experienced new sets of surroundings and made me look now at the world and the USA that I live in again, in a whole different way. I left the United States at 22, and I eventually found myself living in the former Soviet Union, the place that I viewed at one time, as a child of the Cold War, as the enemy to be feared, the threat to the U.S. and the world. After experiencing post-Soviet Union Russia, and living there, I had a totally different view of the place and the time period that I lived there. It changed my whole mindset about things. Now, when I’m looking at international events here through the eyes of an American again, I’m seeing it a lot different.”

David Blatt to Adrian Wojnarowski

Observations From Toronto’s Locker Room After Beating Memphis 96-92

Here are nine observations, notes and quotes from Toronto’s locker room after they beat Memphis 96-92:

  • DeMar DeRozan was fired up after the win and was yelling while walking up the tunnel and into the locker room. What was he saying? I couldn’t really make out exactly what he was yelling. All I could decipher was a bunch of smack talk about beating one of the NBA’s top teams so far this season.
  • Kyle Lowry did a live NBA TV hit after the game. I’m not sure if it will air in Canada due to NBA TV Canada’s post-game coverage of the Raptors. Weird, I know.
  • Lowry had a cute moment joking around with DeRozan’s daughter after the game. Just another example of the strong bond on and off the court between Lowry and DeRozan.
  • Dwane Casey on playing a flu-plagued Grizzlies team: “These games against a wounded animal are always the toughest to play because those players are playing with no pressure.”
  • The media scrum for Vince Carter after the game was intense. Besides a couple dumb questions – props to Carter for dismissing them and quickly moving on – Carter was open, honest and funny while dealing with the media.
  • Vince Carter on the ovation he received following the video montage: “It was amazing. They asked me earlier how I would feel or how would I react. You can’t prepare for that whether it was a surprise or you knew it was coming. It was just an amazing feeling and to just be in the moment. See it. Kind of relive it. As it was happening you see all of the stuff and all of the people you played with. As each play was happening I could remember it like it was yesterday.”
  • Dwane Casey on Chuck Hayes: “He knows who he is. He’s one of the best big man defenders in the league. He has a low centre of gravity and he knows how to use it.”
  • Legendary Sports Illustrated scribe Ian Thomsen was in the Raptors’ locker room after the game. I can’t wait to read what he writes on the team for SI.
  • James Johnson DeRozan’s fiancee were joking around comparing walking casts.