In the NO Podcast Episode 9: Broken Wings

Published: January 7, 2011

Our Podcast returns from Holiday Hiatus, and Michael and Ryan talk about their favorite wins and losses of 2010, what they would be doing if they were Dell Demps(i.e. trade speculation) and generally spend way too much talking about the terrible wing players playing for the Hornets.



  1. 42

    January 7, 2011 at 1:00 am


    I’m looking forward to not being raked over the coals in a podcast . . .

  2. Rocco

    January 7, 2011 at 11:30 am

    Michael & Ryan:

    Usually to get this type of cereberal, nuanced and thoughtful opinion via the blogosphere, it involves more “serious-minded” topics (like politics lol).
    You guys have a good take on discussing the NB eh, and still giving us the sense that there is life outside of roundball. I look forward to your posts and casts. Good fortune to both of you in 2011. Go Pollenators!!

    • Michael McNamara

      January 7, 2011 at 11:47 am

      Thank you for the feedback- it is appreciated on this end.

      I know personally that I try to remove emotion when I talk about sports, because that tends to cloud most issues with fans and even some media members. It is a big business and there are livelihoods at stake, multiple alpha male ego clashes, and most importantly, all these guys have a life off the court and there deficiencies as basketball players have nothing to do with who they are as people.

      If you stay objective, this sport isn’t really hard to figure out IMO, but to be honest- it isn’t nearly as fun to follow either. I remember being a diehard that lived and died with each loss, and carried it with me for days at a time.

      While that passion is gone, I feel that I have a passion for understanding ALL of the elements that make up a basketball organization- from on-court to player development to the financial side to PR, etc. etc.

      I think it is a falsehood that once you learn the magician’s tricks, then you are no longer interested in magic because for some people it extends far beyond just the trick- it is about the showmanship, the passion of the performer, etc. That’s how I feel about sports and the Hornets- the whole puzzle is just fascinating to me and I try to showcase all of those layers, not just the often referred to layers.

      Again, thank you for the feedback and we welcome all other feedback- good or bad. We put a lot of time and thinking into these podcast, but really they are for the listeners, not to amuse ourselves- so if you want more or less of anything, please let us know. Thanks.

      • 42

        January 7, 2011 at 11:52 am

        Sounds like you need to battle Ryan for his Avatar . . .

  3. JCS

    January 7, 2011 at 4:53 pm

    Like Harrison Ford’s ‘Air Force One,’ this podcast could of ended in 3 different parts, but who am I to judge and um, who is Larry Sanders? Is a he related to Ned Flanders?? Anyway…Corey’s last name is pronounced Ma-GET-ee, not majetty. He is a Chicagoan a la JuJu, but I doubt he’d be a fan fav. Like Don Nelson in is twilight years, all he cares about is inflating personal stats. Nothing more, nothing less. As for Aaron Afflalo and Thadeus, Ryan I agree with you 100%. They are both free agents in 2K11, as are the following players I believe Demps should put in his radar:

    Francisco Elson 7-0 235 lbs Center
    Dan Gadzuric 6-11 240lbs Center
    Theo Ratliff 6-10 235lbs Center
    Etan Thomas 6-10 260lbs Center

    Leon Powe 6-8 240lbs Power Forward

    Thaddeus Young 6-8 217lbs Small forward
    Maurice Evans 6-8 220lbs Small Forward
    Jamario Moon 6-8 200lbs Small Forward
    Rodney Stuckey 6-4 205lbs PG/Small Forward
    Grant Hill 6-8 225 lbs Small Forward
    Derrick Brown 6-7 225lbs Small Forward

    Aaron Afflalo 6-5 215lbs Shooting Guard
    Jamal Crawford 6-5 190lbs Shooting Guard

    Chucky Atkins 5-11 185lbs Point Guard

    All things considered, these players would be back-ups, not to mention coachable, affordable, and meshable*. Surely certain players would have to take pay cuts (Jamal Crawford) but with fair negations I believe it can be done. Trading Ariza, Marcus, and Marco would have to be a part of the deal, where as Aaron Gray should just be dumped…

    • Ryan Schwan

      January 7, 2011 at 9:41 pm

      You haven’t said much recently JCS. Where you been?

      So the question is – do you think the podcast should have ended earlier? Is the podcast going too long? I worry about things like that.

      • JCS

        January 7, 2011 at 10:42 pm

        Hey there Ryan. I haven’t said much b/c I go to church on Wednesday nights at the same time the Hornets play, and on the weekend I’m with friends and family. If it wasn’t for my HD DVR, I’d probably miss all the games.

        As for the podcast, I think you guys did a great job, but if it is to be considered a legitimate show then it should be the same time length every episode. Mind you, I have a background in radio, so my input may be completely different from the next man. Perhaps you should do a poll.

  4. 42

    January 7, 2011 at 11:17 pm

    Going for the same length every time at the expense of content without good reason seems like a bad idea. Deal with the issues at hand in a practical way. Doubling up when you skip one episode or when there is something needing attention is reasonable.

    Many media forms aren’t constrained by such empty genuflection to regularity, such as the canvas of a painter. Books vary in length, as do articles and your posts.

  5. 42

    January 8, 2011 at 12:41 pm

    I’m with Ryan on not getting to upset about the fluke game here and there. I do agree with Michael that we need more of those on our side. I want another thirtyburger (How is Devin doing, by the way?).

    I think we need to find some average players, as well. Baby steps. We have been marking up our talent. The opinion of Smith has to have improved over the course of this season. Same for Marco. `Flipping’ these players is the best we have to shore up the bottom of the team, which is really what we need. Incrementally improving the starting wings: good idea and possible.

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