Friday, August 28, 2009

The Dontonio Wingcast Episode 004

Taped 08.27.09. Episode Length: 46 minutes

Ben Golliver from and Basketball Prospectus's Kevin Pelton are back after a one-week hiatus with episode 4 of their newly-christened The Dontonio Wingcast.


The official naming of the podcast.
Briefly reminiscing about collecting basketball cards.

Segment 1:

LaMarcus Aldridge: where does he stand, what's next and is there a better, younger 4 in the NBA?
The evolution of the Power Forward position: has any position changed more over the last decade than the 4?
When and why do 7 foot 4s fall in love with their jumpers?
How does Blake Griffin fit in? A hybrid between throwback and modern 4s? What about Rashard Lewis? Paul Millsap? David Lee?
How Steve Novak helped Ben win an argument over KP2.

Segment 2:

Inflated scorekeeping: a threat to the sanctity of basketball?
Kevin's experiences keeping score over the years.
Discussing the over-reliance on box scores: How "Groupthink" develops in the post-game locker room hallways and makes its way into game recaps.
Could more advanced box scores be helpful? What would they include?

Segment 3:

A number-crunching post preview: What is the relationship between roster retention and winning percentage? Does winning cause roster retention or does roster retention cause winning?
A look back at 40 years of Blazers rosters: when was there the most turnover? The least? Which 4 Blazers played together the longest? Which 2 players played together the longest?
What makes the last 6 years of Blazers history so remarkable from a winning percentage standpoint? Why is this good news for Kevin Pritchard?

Musical Interludes:

Theme Song: Cam'ron - Sports, Drugs and Entertainment
Ahmad - Back in the Day (remix)
Boom Tho - Internet Dominance
AZ - I'm Back

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

The Dontonio Wingcast Episode 003

Taped 08.13.09. Episode Length: 54 minutes

Stat heads, this one is for you as Ben Golliver from probes Basketball Prospectus's Kevin Pelton's vast mind for some intricate, never-before-seen-or-heard Blazers stat knowledge. Ben and Kevin round out this episode with their first special guest interview: NBA Hall of Famer Clyde Drexler.

Segment 1:

Our continued struggle to name the podcast
Shortened rosters in the NBA: Causes and Effects
An extensive look at which players currently without contracts could make a difference for a contender this year

Segment 2:

KP2 introduces Basketball Prospectus's improved player projection system for 2009
Nic Batum and Steve Blake: what does KP2's system expect from each?
Pelton's system answers the question, "Does it matter whether Miller or Blake starts?"

Segment 3:

Pelton discusses his team projections with an early preview of the Western Conference and predicts a Northwest Division winner
Expectations for the Blazers: What's more important, total wins or the division title?
Pelton explains the "Plexiglass Principle" and whether the Blazers might fall victim to it

Segment 4:

Guest interview with Clyde Drexler
The Glyde discusses: Memories from the 1992 Dream Team, the Andre Miller signing, handicapping the Western Conference race, how many games it would take for the Dream Team to beat the 2008 Men's National Team in a 7 game series, among other topics.

The podcast is 54 minutes long and is a 50 megabyte MP3.

Musical Interludes:

Theme Song: Cam'ron - Sports, Drugs and Entertainment
Mos Def - Mathematics
Beanie Sigel - Feel It In The Air
Rick Ross - Magnificent

The Dontonio Wingcast Episode 002

Taped 08.06.2009. Episode length: 48 minutes.

Ben Golliver from and Kevin Pelton from talk hoops over the course of 4 segments.

Segment 1
Whether Kevin, as a Seattleite, is more proud of his personal accomplishments or of Brandon's accomplishments.
Whether Brandon has a greater emotional pull on his fans than other NBA stars.
A short look at B Roy's contract negotiation and the false comparison with Andrea Bargnani.
Segment 2
A look back at B Roy's statistical similarity scores.
What specific improvements we would like to see in B. Roy's game.
How I think B Roy can and should be more proactive this season in helping Greg Oden.
Segment 3
Discussion of Rashard Lewis's positive PED test.
I admit to snooping in NBA lockers for illegal supplements and recount my interview with Blazers strength and conditioning coach Bobby Medina.
Kevin shoots down all NBA/steroid conspiracy theories.
Segment 4
Scouting in the NBA: what role do scouts play? Is it changing?
Reaction to Memphis's decision to disband their college scouts.
Kevin's thoughts on Moneyball's influence on MLB and NBA scouting, including a mind-blowing quote to end the podcast.

Musical Interludes

Theme Song: Cam'ron - Sports, Drugs and Entertainment
Jay-Z - Dope Man
Gangstarr - Full Clip
Richie Rich - Do G's Get to Go to Heaven?

The Dontonio Wingcast Episode 001

Taped 07.29.09. Episode length: 49 minutes.

Ben Golliver from and Kevin Pelton from discuss Andre Miller to the Blazers, Greg Oden's continued development, and the 2012 Olympic team. Kevin explains what it's store for Ben during his first WNBA game and breaks down whether Sue Bird could beat Sergio Rodriguez 1 on 1.

Musical Interludes

Theme Song: Cam'ron - Sports, Drugs and Entertainment
Fabolous - I Miss My Love
AZ - City of Gods