Ethan Skolnick Helps Us Turn Up the Heat| Decade Respect On Deck (The Baseline NBA Podcast)

The year is over and the end of 2019 marks the end of a decade. The Baseline brothers look to close out the year (and the decade) out in style. On this week’s show we discuss:

The Breakdown:

– The Miami Heat are one of the league’s best teams. How are they doing it and are they a legitimate threat in the East? Ethan Skolnick (CEO of Miami-based Five Reasons Sports) joins the show.
– Is Erik Spolestra getting enough credit for his coaching job?
– Hassan Whiteside was addition by subtraction allowing Bam Adebayo to assert himself as part of the team’s present and future.
– How was Jimmy Butler acquitted himself as a leader for this upstart team?
– Kendrick Nunn, Tyler Herro and Duncan Robinson are providing an unexpected boost.
Justise Winslow and Kelly Olynyk have yet to hit their stride and could provide a boost or trade value.
– Ethan suggests the team could be interested in Jrue Holiday and explains that there is more to the Dion Waiters scenario.

The Drop:

– With 7 different champions in the 2010’s the NBA wasn’t as one-sided as many suggested.
– Cal picks the Cavs as his least impressive champion while Warren selects the Lakers who were the decade’s first winner.
– Which team surprised us the most with their title between the Mavericks and the Raptors?
– Which Warriors team was the best?
– Warren selects the Spurs as his revenge champion of the decade.
– LeBron James and Stephen Curry take the honors as champions of the decade with Kawhi Leonard right behind them.

Coast to Coast:

– Sacramento drama: Dewayne Dedmon wants out, Buddy Hield upset over lack of trust & Marvin Bagley injured again. Should the Kings accommodate Dedmon’s request?
– Jeff Green was waived by the Utah Jazz and has cleared waivers. Will we see Uncle Jeff on another roster this season?
– Zach Randolph retires ending his comeback attempt in the NBA

Warren is a seasoned NBA writer and co-host of The Baseline NBA podcast. He is currently a contributing writer at CloseUp360 and the founder of His previous work includes time with Dime Magazine, Yahoo Sports and Celtics Life.

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