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We have a strong love for basketball and the doors that it can open outside of the game itself. We love to give current and former players, coaches, artists, and historians their credit and the platform they deserve to tell their story and teach our listeners about the game and applying lessons we learn from hoops to everyday life. We don't care for hot takes, we don't care for debates but we do care about giving people the recognition they deserve for their hard work, dedication, their expe ...
 
This is the Level Up Your Basketball Podcast Hosted by Jesse Winter (Level Up LI President/CEO & SUNY Cortland All Time Leading Scorer) & Evan Conti (Level Up LI Head of Player Development, Former Division 1 Athlete & Division 2 Head Coach). We help coaches, players & parents navigate basketball careers on/off the court. This bi-weekly podcast features special guests who offer a wealth of knowledge to help guide you on your journey from youth to college, professional & beyond. Produced by DB ...
 
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This one is SWEET… like Sweet 16 sweet! We get to catch up with current Utah Valley assistant coach and former Nevada Wolf Pack guard Todd Okeson! We learn all about his experiences in hoops from player to coach and there are of course plenty of Nevada stories in this one! Todd Okeson grew up in a small farm town in Kansas of about 300 people. The …
 
It’s about time we got another Blue Devil on the podcast! Duke legend Kenny Dennard joins us today to share his experiences with us. He has always had to prove others wrong and overcome adversity since the very beginning. It’s an inspiring story and we get to hear all about it! Kenny Dennard played on those memorable Duke teams that included Gene B…
 
We are taking it back to one of our favorite eras of hoops for this one. The Super-Sub is in the house! Ricky Sobers joins us on the podcast for an episode that true basketball fans will absolutely love and appreciate. Ricky Sobers grew up in The Bronx, NY during a very special era of basketball. He was one of the greatest players from the city to …
 
We got Neto! Pacers & ABA legend Bob Netolicky joins us on the podcast today to share his story & all of his amazing experiences from an incredible era of basketball. You do NOT want to miss out on this one! Bob Netolicky was an All-American selection at Drake University. He was later drafted in both the NBA & ABA. Netolicky chose the ABA route & p…
 
Some of our listeners in the United States may remember him by the name Sean Allen but everyone overseas knows him as Sean J. McCaw. It is an honor to have Sean J. McCaw on the podcast for an episode that our local and overseas listeners will absolutely LOVE. There is truly no better person to learn about the business, game, grind and lifestyle of …
 
Old School is in the house! Kelvin Davis joins us to share his hoops journey; one that isn't quite finished yet. You may have heard his name in the news the last few months and if you haven't then you're going to LOVE this story! Kelvin Davis is the oldest rookie in professional basketball history. At age 47 his professional career began in the ABA…
 
The NBA named 76 players to its 75th anniversary team. Time to argue about it. On the latest ProBasketballTalk Podcast, Dan Feldman and Kurt Helin discuss the biggest snubs, surprising inclusions, surprising exclusions, the entire 50 Greatest Players list making it, Andre Iguodala's top-20 endorsement of Kyrie Irving, several other borderline candi…
 
Who will win NBA MVP? Probably not Luka Doncic. Probably not Giannis Antetokounmpo. Probably not Stephen Curry. Probably not Joel Embiid. Probably not Kevin Durant. Probably not Damian Lillard. Probably not LeBron James. Probably not Nikola Jokic. Probably not James Harden. Probably not Anthony Davis. At minimum, 90% of those predictions will be co…
 
What an honor this is! We got a Chicago Hoops legend, the Crown Prince of Basketball of Illinois, Doc himself! Marcus Liberty is in the house today to share his hoops journey with us in an episode that we know you will enjoy. Marcus Liberty is without a doubt in the conversation for the best prep player to ever come out of Chicago. The accolades ne…
 
The kids know him as Old Man Dan. They got to know real quick though that he could hoop and he earned the respect from many across the world. That’s why we had to track down Old Man Dan himself and learn all about his journey. Dan Stoddard shares his story with us and it’s truly an inspiring one. Dan Stoddard is our first Canadian born guest and gr…
 
Steve Kerr is expected to soon be named the USA Basketball head coach to succeed Gregg Popovich, but Kerr's journey to this place is unlike any other. Kerr was barely recruited out of high school as a player, ended up becoming a legend at Arizona under Lute Olsen, and went from being a second-round NBA pick to 15 years in the league, five rings, an…
 
Age is just a number and today’s guest proved that to be true. We’ve got basketball history in the house! Ken Mink is the oldest college basketball player to ever score in a game and we get to hear all about it. Ken Mink was born in 1935 and grew up in Tennessee. He starred on his high school team that led him to a scholarship to play at Lee’s Coll…
 
Magic forward Jonathan Isaac and Wizards guard Bradley Beal said plenty about coronavirus vaccines. As Kent Bazemore showed, there's value in engaging on the topic with people who aren't vaccinated. On the latest ProBasketballTalk Podcast, Dan Feldman and Cassie Scarfone – an infection preventionist and registered nurse in critical care with a mast…
 
Duke legend, basketball Hall of Famer, and now the president of USA Basketball Grant Hill joins Kurt Helin at NBC Sports to talk about a number of topics. that includes picking a new coach for USA Basketball in the next few months, plus what the Hawks need to do to build off last season.Por NBC Sports
 
We are blessed to have Guice in the house today! If you’re not familiar with Jermaine Barnes then now is a good time to change that. It’s one of those basketball stories that every young hooper should hear and one that everyone will respect. Jermaine Barnes has always been a student of the game. Of course his explosive dunks raised plenty of eyebro…
 
The Bulls added Lonzo Ball – a move highly praised in some corners (including this one) and deeply panned in other corners. The Bulls added DeMar DeRozan – a move highly praised in some corners and deeply panned in other corners (including this one). Dan Feldman and K.C. Johnson of NBC Sports Chicago discuss the Bulls' eventful offseason (which als…
 
We finally got Philly represented on the podcast! Marc Jackson joins us to share his inspiring hoops journey and plenty of amazing stories that involve some of the best players from that early 2000’s era. Jacko is a player that every team loved to have and we know you will understand why after you give this one a listen. Jackson grew up in Philly i…
 
We got an Australian Basketball legend joining us today. We have former NBA and NBL player Lanard Copeland in the house! He is one of the NBL’s great high-flyers and automatic scorers and he has an inspiring journey that is like no other. Trust us! Lanard Copeland was cut every single year from his high school team. In fact, the very first jersey t…
 
The Cavaliers shortchanged their final year of title contention with LeBron James by not trading the Nets pick. Then, they undercut their rebuild before it even began by giving Kevin Love a massive contract extension. Since those highly consequential era-ending and era-opening blunders, Cleveland had been mostly quietly rebuilding. Until this year.…
 
The real hoopers know just how special this one is. However, not all know just how incredible his journey in basketball, life and transformation is. We are blessed to have Jelani Gardner join us for a conversation that will move and motivate you in whole different way than what you’re used to on this podcast. Jelani Gardner grew up in the Los Angel…
 
Ben Simmons, seeking a trade from the 76ers, is threatening not to report to training camp. Joel Embiid is tweeting about it. Other teams are trying to entice Daryl Morey with their not-so-great offers. How did Philadelphia get here? Dan Feldman and Noah Levick of NBC Sports Philadelphia discuss Doc Rivers' infamous comment about Simmons, the Simmo…
 
We got Seattle’s finest in the house today! Seattle is an absolute hotbed for basketball and has cooked up some of the best players around the league including Jamal Crawford, Isaiah Thomas, Nate Robinson and many others. One player was coined “a man amongst boys” during his playing days and ranks at the very top of most hoopers lists when you talk…
 
Were the offseason trade rumors around Pascal Siakam legitimate, or was it just a lot of media speculation gone wild? How did Alabama guard Joshua Primo vault up to the No. 12 pick and surprise pundits? NBC Sports' Kurt Helin asked the agent for both men, Todd Ramasar, about all that, plus they talk draft prep for players, some Thomas Bryant, and e…
 
Damian Lillard remains with the Trail Blazers – for now. Ben Simmons remains with the 76ers – for now. Bradley Beal remains with the Wizards – for now. On the latest ProBasketballTalk Podcast, Dan Feldman and "Built to Lose: How the NBA’s Tanking Era Changed the League Forever" author Jake Fischer discuss the offseason's lingering star drama and, o…
 
Anytime we ask former guests about the best high school basketball players they played against in the early 90’s, there is always one name that is mentioned immediately. Jerod Ward is that name and we are beyond blessed to have him on the podcast today. The message is clear in this one. Never Be Average and “Eat Adversity.” Ward was the number one …
 
Draymond Green and Kevin Durant made major waves in their recent Bleacher Report interview. On the latest ProBasketballTalk Podcast, Dan Feldman and Monte Poole of NBC Sports Bay Area discuss: Fallout from Green's and Durant's comments in Golden State, especially with Bob Myers and Steve Kerr Green's infamous blowup at Durant When Durant decided to…
 
It’s our pleasure to catch up with Priest Lauderdale today! All of you 90’s hoops fans will be pumped about this one and one thing is for sure, someone needs to update this man’s Basketball Reference and Wikipedia page. Even though we experienced a few technical difficulties during this one, Priest stuck with us and still took the time to share his…
 
Giannis Antetokounmpo conquered the NBA on his own terms. How did he climb from poverty in Greece to leading the Milwaukee Bucks to a championship? Mirin Fader chronicled Antetokounmpo's journey in her new book: “Giannis: The Improbable Rise of an NBA MVP." On the latest ProBasketballTalk Podcast, Dan Feldman and Fader discuss: Antetokounmpo's upbr…
 
This episode is about as real as it gets. We got Keith “The Boss” Closs in the house! We have been wanting to do this episode for quite some time and it did not disappoint one bit. Closs was ahead of his time. In an era where 7 footers played on the block with their back to the basket, the 7’3’’ Closs could handle the ball, shoot the rock from outs…
 
Dan Feldman and Nate Duncan of the "Dunc'd On" podcast discuss 24 superlatives from the NBA offseason: Best offseason Worst offseason Best signing Worst signing Team that improved most for next season Team that declined most for next season Team that improved most for 2022-23 and beyond Team that declined most for 2022-23 and beyond Signing that wi…
 
Believe in yourself or nobody else will. This really is one of the most inspiring hoop journeys that we have had the honor to learn about. It’s our pleasure to have Darryl McDonald in the house! Of course like any hoop fan we can watch his highlight reels on repeat in awe, but it was truly special to look beyond the highlights and hear about the wo…
 
I publish an NBA draft board each year. But I also also start the process relatively late. Though I watch college basketball throughout the season, I don't drill down into the top prospects until the draft is approaching. As a result, my impressions don't always match the draft experts who track players for years coming up. Experts like Chad Ford (…
 
There are more than a handfull of incredible high school basketball players that have come out of the Los Angeles area. LA is a hotbed for basketball and when you talk about all of the hoopers from that area, there is one name specifically that is ALWAYS mentioned to be among the best of the best. That name is Ricky Price and we are honored to have…
 
We have a returning guest today and he is one of our favorites! NBA Draft historian Matthew Maurer joins us to talk about this year's upcoming NBA Draft. We ask for his take on many of this year's top prospects, where they may land, draft sleepers, international prospects, some draft history and MUCH more. Maurer is an NBA Draft Historian who creat…
 
We promise you don't want to miss this one. Chris Anstey is in the house for an episode filled with fun, inspiring and fascinating stories. You will learn very quickly why Chris is one of Zach's favorite players from that late 90's era! Anstey was born and raised in Australia. He was an elite tennis player until the age of 17 when he was introduced…
 
What a pleasure this one was. Von Wafer drops in to hang out with us today for an episode that we know that all of you will love. The stories and advice that Wafer shares to young hoopers coming up are extremely valuable and if you truly listen, then it might just make a difference. Wafer was playing basketball ever since he can remember. He was a …
 
Giannis Antetokounmpo just played a historically great NBA Finals game. Then, he played an even better NBA Finals game. Antetokounmpo is enjoying this experience and Bucks fans should, too. He has even gotten Milwaukee within a game of the Suns. Dan Feldman and Frank Madden of Locked On Bucks discuss the NBA Finals and Milwaukee's longer-term outlo…
 
Is Phoenix-Milwaukee the ideal big-market NBA Finals? No. Do Dan Feldman and Mike Prada care? No. The Suns and Bucks are enjoyable teams that play hard, smart and together. This Finals matchup could be excellent – especially if Giannis Antetokounmpo is healthy. Feldman and Prada preview the series (with a look back on conference finals MVPs).…
 
We don't expect you to recognize the name, but sometimes the unexpected turns out to be the most interesting. Chris Ott joins us today to share his experiences that involve multiple former guests of ours. He gives us a great idea of what the average role player in college basketball will go through and also the struggles of a first year Division 1 …
 
The shorthanded Bucks just beat the shorthanded Hawks in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference finals. Without Giannis Antetokounmpo, could Milwaukee hang with the Suns in the NBA Finals? Even if Trae Young returns, could Atlanta? Dan Feldman and Kurt Helin discuss the playoffs ahead and behind (who should win Western Conference finals MVP?). They also …
 
We had a blast with this one. Former Iowa State star, NBA player, and author Paul Shirley is in the house! This was some of the most fun we have had on this show and we know that you’re all in for treat. Shirley was undrafted after a successful career at Iowa State. He had stints with the Chicago Bulls, Atlanta Hawks, Phoenix Suns and had great suc…
 
The Pistons haven't won a playoff game in 13 years. But their fortunes are changing. Detroit won the 2021 NBA Draft lottery, getting the inside track to Cade Cunningham (or Jalen Green???). The other big winner: the Raptors, who moved up from the No. 7 lottery seed to the No. 4 pick. Tanking pays, apparently. On the latest ProBasketballTalk Podcast…
 
It's double the fun today, especially for you TBT fans. For the first time we have back-to-back guests in the same episode. We got 2 members of the Utah Valor on the show today. Marquis Marshall and Chris Jones take the time to share their hoop stories and their preparation for this year’s TBT. Marquis is the son of former NBA player Donyell Marsha…
 
This is the Level Up Your Basketball Podcast hosted by Evan Conti & Jesse Winter. In this nineteenth episode with Tom Spanbauer (Head Men's Basketball Coach at SUNY Cortland) on to discuss: playing multiple sports in High School, his college playing career at SUNY Cortland, competitiveness of the team & Division 3 basketball, recruitment, team firs…
 
Wednesday was so insane around the NBA we barely talked about Kevin Durant having a game for the ages the night before. Chris Paul and COVID, Kawhi Leonard and his ACL, Stan Van Gundy out in New Orleans, then Scott Brooks out in Washington, Donnie Nelson out as GM in Dallas, and LaMelo Ball being named Rookie of the Year. It's almost too much to pr…
 
The Trail Blazers have reached a crossroads. After making the playoffs eight straight years, Portland ousted coach Terry Stotts. C.J. McCollum could get traded. Damian Lillard almost certainly won't, but building around him is a major challenge. And Neil Olshey said A LOT at his end-of-season press conference (embedded above). Where will and should…
 
All love and respect in this episode. We got perhaps the most passionate and energetic guest that we have ever had on this show today. The Ol’ Black Magic himself is in the house! Carl Krauser takes the time to hang out and share his hoops story with us in an episode full of love, laughs, and amazing stories that we know you’ll enjoy. Krauser grew …
 
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