Catching Up With Wayne Ellington

Can you imagine waking up from a nap to find 15 messages on your phone that you had been traded? That’s exactly what happened to Wayne Ellington last week. I was able to talk with him about how he found out he was traded from Memphis to Cleveland, how he is adjusting to his new team,what it’s like to be traded during the middle of an NBA season, living out of two bags of clothes and why Cleveland looks to be a great fit for him.

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Catching Up With Nicolas Batum

Nicolas Batum talked about how his three-point shooting has opened up things for him, Portland’s recent 10-4 streak, being a young player but a vocal leader this season, and the reason for the dip in his field goal percentage this season.

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Catching Up With Klay Thompson

The Golden State Warriors (15-8) are currently ranked 5th in the Western Conference, despite being without Andrew Bogut and Brandon Rush. Second-year guard Klay Thompson took a moment to talk about their success this season and his evolving role with the team.

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Catching Up With Vince Carter

Confession: I’ve always been a fan of Vince Carter.

Sure, the way he left Toronto stung a little, but it’s been nine years and I’ve gotten over it. However, it appears that fans in Toronto haven’t. Last night boos rained down on Carter like thunder every time he touched the ball. Sitting in the gondola listening to this all unfold all I could think about is how great it would be to have Carter return for a season to mentor Toronto’s younger players and allow the fans to get over their hurt and anger.

After the game I was able to talk with him about becoming a veteran leader, how he is mentoring OJ Mayo, how much he loved his time playing for Toronto and the possibility of getting his number retired.

I attempted to ask him about returning for a season to mentor Toronto’s young players and fix things with fans, but he misheard my question.

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Catching Up With Alvin Gentry

Alvin Gentry chatted with me about the changes in his roster this season, the growth of Markeiff Morris and what he is looking for from Michael Beasley.

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Catching Up With Leandro Barbosa

Leandro Barbosa discussing the contribution’s everyone must make, the Boston coaching staff giving him confidence, and making an impact during games.

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Catching Up With Gary Neal

Gary Neal chatted with me about the Spurs not stealing a lot of headlines, what veterans on the team he is learning from and what Gregg Popovich has meant to his growth on and off the court.

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Catching Up With Cory Joseph

Cory Joseph talked with me about playing at “home” in front of friends and family, how Tony Parker has challenged him to grow as a player and the role Gregg Popovich has had in his development.

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Catching Up With Doug Collins

Doug Collins talked about how important teaching is, his impact on the NBA over the past 40 years and why coaching is about more than X’s and O’s.

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Catching Up With Thaddeus Young

Thadeus Young talked with me about how Doug Collins has helped him grow as a player, being the veteran leader on a young Sixers team and how important a strong start to the season is.

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Catching Up With Luke Ridnour

Mark Cheel was able to chat with Luke Ridnour about being the oldest player on the Wolves roster, back issues that slowed him down during training camp and his goals for the current season.

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Catching Up With Devin Harris

Devin Harris took a second to chat about his new team, the Atlanta Hawks.

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Podcast: It’s Time To Fear The Beard

For the latest Hoops Addict Podcast, Mark and McNeill talked about the Lakers slow start, James Harden’s great start in Houston, the rookies who got contract extensions this week and we ended with an interview McNeill had with Paul George.

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Catching Up With Chandler Parsons

After netting 6 points, 6 assists, 5 rebounds and 3 steals in a win over the Atlanta Hawks, Chandler Parsons took a second to discuss the role players on the Houston Rockets roster.

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Catching Up With Paul George

Paul George talked with me about how the team has grown over the past two seasons, how a tough loss to the Miami Heat helped the team grow, expectations for this season and how his game is going to improve.

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