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Aaron Torres Sports Podcast Ep. 62 : Enes Kanter

A new Aaron Torres Sports Podcast is live, with a very special guest: Former Kentucky Wildcat and current New York Knicks star Enes Kanter! Kanter talks to Aaron about all sorts of things in a wide-ranging interview, including his time at Kentucky, getting screwed by the NCAA, playing with Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook in OKC and what is next for the Knicks. But first, Aaron welcomes in his friend Nick Coffey to talk about a wild week in sports. They discuss:

A couple quick basketball storylines: Aaron attended Wednesday’s Adidas Summer Championships, and shares a couple quick thoughts on the No. 1 player in America, James Wiseman. Also, Aaron explains why Penny Hardaway could be an actual threat to the rest of college basketball, and not just a guy who recruits Memphis well for the Tigers.

Some thoughts on Larry Fedora and CTE: Next, Aaron and Nick shift to a wide-ranging discussion UNC basketball coach Larry Fedora’s comments on CTE. Aaron explains why he mostly defends Fedora here. At this point, don’t football players know what they’re getting into when they play? And while CTE is a serious issue, Aaron explains why some of the reports which have come out aren’t as conclusive as some say, and discusses why there are still more questions than answers this point with CTE and football.

Next, Aaron welcomes in former Kentucky Wildcat and current New York Knick Enes Kanter to the show. The two guys discuss a number of topics, as he gets set to host a summer camp in Los Angeles. Amongst the topics they discuss:

Enes’ time at Kentucky: Enes takes a deep dive on his time at Kentucky. He explains the frustrating process he went through with the NCAA and when and how he found out he was ruled ineligible. He also explains how he nearly came back for a second season at Kentucky and the advice that John Calipari gave him.

His time with the Oklahoma City Thunder: Enes shares intimate details of his time in Oklahoma City, when the Thunder nearly won a championship. He explains what it was like to play with Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant, and how he found out that KD was leaving OKC. Also, Kanter weighs in on the biggest talking point in basketball: Have the Warriors ruined the NBA?

And finally, his time with the Knicks: Finally, Enes wraps up by talking about his time with the Knicks. He explains why he is excited to play with Kevin Knox, and what fans can expect from a young team next season.

You can easily listen on the KSR App, available on iTunes and Google Play. Streaming online is simple through Pod Paradise.  You can also get it directly to your phone by subscribing to the Aaron Torres Sports Podcast feed on iTunes or via Android’s Podcast Addict app.


Aaron Torres Sports Podcast Ep. 61: Mega-Recruiting Recap with T.J. Walker + Corey Evans

Aaron Torres Sports Podcast Ep. 61: Mega-Recruiting Recap with T.J. Walker + Corey Evans

It’s a new week and with it a new Aaron Torres Sports Podcast – and after the biggest recruiting weekend of 2018, Aaron brings in two of the biggest experts to break it all down. First, it’s KSR’s T.J. Walker, then Rivals.com’s Corey Evans.

After Aaron breaks down Day 1 of SEC Media Days and the new Final Four sites announced, he turns to T.J. The guys do a deep dive on the following subjects:

James Wiseman: Wiseman is the biggest name in recruiting circles and Aaron gives you the inside scoop on everything you need to know. Does either Kentucky or Memphis have the edge in his recruitment? Is it possible he can reclassify to 2018? Also, has Vernon Carey passed him as the best player in this class?

Vernon Carey: With Carey impressing folks across college basketball the last few weeks, is it time to bump him to No. 1 in the recruiting rankings? Also T.J. explains why he believes that Kentucky is in better position with him than most realize.

Cole Anthony: And finally, is there any “news” on Cole Anthony? Is there any way to know where he’s leaning? And does Kentucky have a chance? Also, T.J. discusses his new podcast which will be released soon.

Next up, national recruiting expert Corey Evans joins the show after a busy week in Atlanta. He discussed the following with Aaron:

Dontaie Allen: Allen was the fastest-rising star of the weekend. What kind of player is he and what allowed him to have success in Atlanta? Also, will Kentucky offer? When? And how quickly will Allen accept if they do?

News and Notes from Around the Rest of Atlanta: After an extensive talk about Atlanta, Corey wraps up by discussing other news and notes from the Under Armour event. What are his thoughts on Top 10 prospect Josh Green and his AAU teammate Nico Mannion? Could they be a package deal? And could USC – yes, USC – finish with a Top 5 class in the country or even No. 1?

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You can easily listen on the KSR App, available on iTunes and Google Play. Streaming online is simple through Pod Paradise.  You can also get it directly to your phone by subscribing to the Aaron Torres Sports Podcast feed on iTunes or via Android’s Podcast Addict app.


Aaron Torres Sports Podcast Ep. 60: Silly Louisville lawsuit + New Mexico coach Paul Weir

It’s another episode of the Aaron Torres Sports Podcast, as Aaron is joined by New Mexico coach Paul Weir to discuss what Aaron believes will be one of the most fascinating college basketball teams in America in 2018-2019. But first, Aaron’s buddy Nick Coffey stops by to talk the biggest topics of the day, and boy oh boy did they have plenty to discuss:

The Papa John’s Fallout: The “Papa John’s” story reached the world of sports, as John Schattner is out after his inflammatory comments earlier this week. The question now – what does it mean for Louisville athletics, with Schattner’s name and company attached to the stadium?

Louisville basketball players sue the NCAA: Next the guys stay in Louisville to discuss former Cardinals players suing the NCAA following the removal of the 2013 national championship banner. Nick explains why the lawsuit is essentially frivolous and the players have little chance of winning.

Changes to AAU basketball: With AAU basketball season here the guys discuss why proposed rule changes from the NCAA are absurd and will only hurt college basketball and its players, not help it.

Finally, who would argue the NFL is a more entertaining product than college football?: Finally, the guys dig into a popular topic on social media earlier this week, with one Sports Illustrated writer claiming that the NFL is a more entertaining product than college football. Aaron questions who would make such a claim, while arguing that college is superior in just about every way imaginable.

Next up, Aaron is joined the head coach of the New Mexico Lobos, a team to keep an eye out for heading into the 2018-2019 college basketball. Weir took over last season and immediately led them to the Mountain West title game, and has an improved roster last year which includes a slew of transfers including former Ohio State guard Jaquan Lyle and Kansas forward Carlton Bragg. The pair discusses:

The unique change that allowed New Mexico to have success in Weir’s first season: As Aaron laid out in a previous episode, Weir made a drastic change which allowed the Lobos to be rapidly improved the second half of last season. Weir explained what that change is, what went into the decision and how his players reacted.

Updates on a loaded transfer class: Weir explains the impact that Lyle and UConn transfer Vance Jackson will have heading into 2018-2019. Weir also updates the status of former Kansas forward Carlton Bragg who is also in Albuquerque, and explains how he plans to keep his team focused with a vastly improved roster.

New Mexico’s book club: Finally, Weir explains how he started a “book club” at New Mexico and how his players have responded positively to the experience.

You can easily listen on the KSR App, available on iTunes and Google Play. Streaming online is simple through Pod Paradise.  You can also get it directly to your phone by subscribing to the Aaron Torres Sports Podcast feed on iTunes or via Android’s Podcast Addict app.


KSR Baseball Podcast E39: Doug Flynn

It’s time for another exciting edition of the KSR Baseball Podcast!

In episode 39, coach Keith Madison and KSR baseball aficionado Trey Huntsman discuss the following:

-Update on former UK players in the pros
-Early preview of next year’s UK roster
-Coach Madison’s thoughts on the championship changing play in the College World Series
-Coach Madison talks Mississippi State coaching change and how they feel for Coach Henderson after leading the team to CWS.

Then, former Major League Baseball infielder and Lexington native Doug Flynn joins the show to talk about:

-Update on the Reds, what’s standing out
-Thoughts on their draft picks
-Does he think they’ll make any moves at the All Star break?
-Likes way Reds are playing but making crucial mistakes costing them games
-Change in players in current era of baseball
-Players he likes around the league
-3rd annual Bluegrass World Series coming up in early August in Louisville — big-time former MLB stars playing in the event
-Coach Madison plays his lightning round game with Doug Flynn

And to close, the trio gives a special tribute to Kentucky legend Frank Ramsey — did you know he was also an All-SEC baseball player at UK for two years?

You can easily listen on the KSR App, available on iTunes and Google Play. Streaming online is simple through Pod Paradise. You can also get it directly to your phone by subscribing to Kentucky Sports Radio on iTunes or via Android’s Podcast Addict app.


Aaron Torres Sports Podcast Ep. 59 – Summer League Fever + Texas Tech coach Chris Beard

It’s a post-holiday edition of the Aaron Torres Sports Podcast and a big one at that! Summer League is underway and Nick Coffey and Aaron Torres have caught the fever, plus a visit from Texas Tech coach Chris Beard after he led the Red Raiders to the school’s first Elite Eight appearance in school history last March. The guys start in Summer League though, where they discuss:

Kevin Knox’s emergence as a star: It’s always tough to take too much out of Summer League, but is Kevin Knox emerging as a star in front of our eyes? Aaron and Nick think so, and wonder whether he ends up as the steal of this NBA Draft. The guys also explain why his game might be suited better for the NBA than it ever was for college.

Trae Young’s struggles: The guys also touch on the struggles of Trae Young early on in summer league. The guys explain why they’re annoyed that Young’s game hasn’t evolved at the NBA level, and wonder why he’s trying to take on so much. Also, at what point is it too early to start wondering if the Hawks made the wrong selection with Young?

Grayson Allen: Finally, the guys wrap up by talking about why they’re not only OK with Grayson Allen’s hard fouls, but how it might be the path to a long, professional career for him. They also talk the re-emergence of one player who skipped college basketball last year, and why they’re happy for a former star who has suffered one injury after another.

Next up, Texas Tech head coach Chris Beard joins the show. As you may remember, Beard led Texas Tech to one of the most remarkable seasons in college basketball last year. In just his second season at the school, the Red Raiders made the Elite Eight. He discusses all that and more starting with:

His unique path in coaching: Beard describes his wild ride through coaching, which includes stops as head coach at the JUCO and DII levels + the ABA. What did those experiences teach him that he takes with him today? Also, why being let go at Texas Tech as an assistant a decade ago led him to where he is today.

How he gets his players to buy in: Aaron asks the simple question: How does Beard have so much success so quickly, at every stop he goes to? Beard how he gets players to buy in and believe in his system. He also explains his personal philosophy of only “getting one shot” and taking advantage of it.

His torn ACL: Finally, Beard talks about his health, after suffering an ACL-tear mid-season. Beard never stopped coaching, and explains why recent lottery pick Zhaire Smith is to blame for the fact that he hasn’t gotten surgery yet.

You can easily listen on the KSR App, available on iTunes and Google Play. Streaming online is simple through Pod Paradise.  You can also get it directly to your phone by subscribing to the Aaron Torres Sports Podcast feed on iTunes or via Android’s Podcast Addict app.


Ep. 58 Aaron Torres Sports Podcast – Boogie to the Warriors + The Good and Bad of July 4

It’s a new week and an all new episode of the Aaron Torres Sports Podcast! After hosting two episodes solo (as well as filling in a day on Kentucky Sports Radio), Nick Coffey is back and joins Aaron to talk about the biggest stories from across college basketball and the NBA. The fellas discuss:

Boogie Cousins to the Warriors: The guys react to the shocking news that Boogie is now a member of the two-time defending champions. Aaron explains why he isn’t upset by the news – and why this may actually may him like the Warriors more. Plus, what kind of impact can Boogie actually have? And also, is it time to question what Adam Silver has actually done for the NBA?

A quick look at LeBron to the Lakers: Every sports show in America is talking LeBron to LA and Aaron and Nick couldn’t help but turn their attention there for a second. The guys discuss why LeBron choosing business over basketball is bad for the NBA, and what the heck is Magic Johnson doing with all the other moves besides LeBron? Also, does Rajon Rondo’s signing mean the end of Lonzo Ball in LA?

What are realistic expectations for Kentucky next year? Following up on Aaron’s visit to Kentucky Sports Radio, Aaron and Nick break down what are realistic expectations for Kentucky next year? The guys explain why “National championship or bust” is the wrong attitude to have, but why all the pieces are there anyway.

Plus, the guys talk the best and worst of 4th of July. They ask: When did setting off fireworks for a whole week become a thing? And why they’re both OUT on the hot dog eating contest.

You can easily listen on the KSR App, available on iTunes and Google Play. Streaming online is simple through Pod Paradise.  You can also get it directly to your phone by subscribing to the Aaron Torres Sports Podcast feed on iTunes or via Android’s Podcast Addict app.


Aaron Torres Sports Podcast E56: Jim Calhoun

It’s another edition of the Aaron Torres Sports Podcast – and woooooo is it a doozy, as Aaron is joined by the Hall of Fame, former head coach of UConn basketball Jim Calhoun. As a UConn alum, Aaron went bonkers, reliving Calhoun’s glory days, his best players and teams, as well as his new job as a head coach. Plus, the wild story of how Bob Knight convinced Calhoun to take the UConn job instead of Northwestern nearly 40 years ago.
First however, Aaron hits on some of the biggest topics and in and around basketball, including:
Reid Travis’ Arrival at KentuckyAfter briefly hitting on the topic last week, Aaron takes a deep dive into the Reid Travis commitment at UK. He explains why Travis now makes Kentucky complete, as well as the team to beat in college basketball in 2018-2019. Aaron also explains why the hype surrounding this year’s team is different than in years past.
Turmoil at UConnAaron looks at the tricky, legal situation involving Kevin Ollie and his buyout at UConn. Aaron also explains why the situation might be a bit more complicated than many have made it out to be.
Johnny Jones gets Another Job: How? 
NBA Awards Show: The dumb Ben Simmons vs. Donovan Mitchell debate, and Bill Russell gave the middle finger to all of America.
Next up, Aaron does a deep dive with the Hall of Famer, Jim Calhoun. The pair hit on a number of topics, including:
 
Calhoun’s New Job at a DIII SchoolCalhoun explains why he shockingly took the job at St. Joseph’s College, a Division III school in Aaron’s hometown of West Hartford, Connecticut. Calhoun also explains the differences between building a program at the DIII vs. DI level, and how coaching at a former all-girls college helps recruiting.
The Rise of UConn BasketballCalhoun takes listeners behind the scenes of how he built UConn basketball from a program with no resources and facilities into a Big East power. What was it like walking into a league where six coaches became future Hall of Famers? And when did he know he had the program on the right track?
Calhoun Discusses his Best Players and Teams: Finally Calhoun wraps up by talking about the best players and teams from his time in Storrs. Why the 2004 team – featuring Ben Gordon and Emeka Okafor – was his most talented, but not necessarily the “best.” And why he readily admits we’ll never see anything like what Kemba Walker pulled off in 2011.

You can easily listen on the KSR App, available on iTunes and Google Play. Streaming online is simple through Pod Paradise.  You can also get it directly to your phone by subscribing to the Aaron Torres Sports Podcast feed on iTunes or via Android’s Podcast Addict app.


The KSR Baseball Podcast E38: ESPN’s Mike Rooney

Before the college baseball seasons reaches a conclusion in Omaha at the College World Series, listen to the latest edition of the KSR Baseball Podcast.  Coach Madison is joined by ESPN baseball analyst Mike Rooney to talk about a variety of topics, like…

—  What’s a StitchHead? Baseball Lingo Explained.

—  The Best Nicknames in Baseball.

—  Thoughts on Miss. State’s new head coach and what’s next for Gary Henderson.

—  Breaking Down and Predicting the College World Series Final.

—  The Reds are actually winning baseball games?  What’s going on?!?!?!

You can easily listen on the KSR App, available on iTunes and Google Play. Streaming online is simple through Pod Paradise. You can also get it directly to your phone by subscribing to Kentucky Sports Radio on iTunes or via Android’s Podcast Addict app.


The KSR Football Podcast: Surprise Saturday Special

There’s a KSR Football Podcast on a Saturday?  What’s going on?

To be frank, it’s not technically a football podcast because only two members of the team are talking.  Nick Roush spoke with Freddie Maggard earlier this week about his new life as the Director of UK Player Development.  If reading isn’t your thing, this 30-minute conversation might suit your tastes better than the 2,000-word post.  Get wrapped up in nostalgia as Freddie talks to Nick about a few things, like…

—  Why he wears a shirt a tie to work everyday.

—  What it’s like to work for Mark Stoops.

—  Newcomers that will have the BBN excited.

—  Why he chose to leave his life as a media member and what he misses most.

—  What makes Freddie so nervous about the start of the season.

The KSR Football Podcast will return from its extended hiatus in late-July after SEC Media Days.

You can easily listen on the KSR App, available on iTunes and Google Play.  Streaming online is simple through Pod Paradise.  You can also get it directly to your phone by subscribing to “KSR Football Podcast” on iTunes or via Android’s Podcast Addict app.


Aaron Torres Sports Podcast E55: NBA Draft Night Special

The NBA Draft is over and the Aaron Torres Sports Podcast is your home for the most comprehensive post-draft coverage anywhere. Aaron is joined by Nick Coffey and they chat for over an hour on the draft’s biggest storylines.
Mikal Bridges’ MomBridges and his mom, a 76ers employee, were the story of the draft… right up until Bridges got traded from Philadelphia to Phoenix. Was this an even ploy by Philly? And how can Philly even make trades without a GM.
Michael Porter Jr’s FallThe guys do a deep dive on Michael Porter Jr’s fall, and why it might be the best thing for him. Did the Nuggets actually get the best player in the draft? And is it really a risk even if he is injured?
How Good is Luka Doncic? The guys debate the third overall pick Luka Doncic and whether we should actually buy the hype. Aaron explains why Sacramento didn’t make a mistake passing on him, and the guys wonder why so many draft snobs are obsessed with European prospects. Also, how many top European prospects actually work out at the NBA level?
Why Kevin Knox to the Knicks is a Perfect Fit: Aaron explains why he believes that Knox was the steal of the draft with the Knicks. The guys also talk about why they hate Mo Bamba to the Magic and give a big shout out to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.
Plus, stay til the end for a conversation on Reid Travis, and why John Calipari shook up all of college basketball with his decision to attend Kentucky.

You can easily listen on the KSR App, available on iTunes and Google Play. Streaming online is simple through Pod Paradise.  You can also get it directly to your phone by subscribing to the Aaron Torres Sports Podcast feed on iTunes or via Android’s Podcast Addict app.

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