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  • On Episode 188 of the Ballislife In The Paint Show hosts Ronnie Flores, Ani Umana go hard on the wild few weeks in the WNBA, and give their 2024-25 NBA predictions in light of the Boston Celtics capturing their 18th league championship.
    The ITP Crew goes hard on the Celtics' tandem of Jaylen Brown and Jason Taytum winning a NBA title and the NBA's young core of stars entering their prime. Will the future league stars be focused since many of them will enter the league with a substantial amount of money? The crew also touches on the irony of the Celtics winning the title in the light of the deaths of Bill Walton and Jerry West.
    Ani and Chelsea give their first reaction NBA predictions for 2024-25. Why won't the Celtics repeat? Will Tatum ever win NBA MVP? Who are the best bets for MVP and rookie of the year? Ani and Chelsea break it down!
    Danny Hurley of two-time NCAA champ UConn turned down the L.A. Lakers job. It's been an embarrassing off season for the storied franchise. Should the Buss family sell the franchise?
    The NBA had a great season on the court, but the television coverage and media storylines were quite lackluster. What can the NBA do to change this? Are the media personalities dictating coverage?
    The WNBA had positive momentum with Caitlin Clark and Angel Reese entering the league, but the momentum has turned into a PR nightmare in the past few weeks of division by race, gender and affiliation. Mainstream media is being criticized for its lack of W knowledge and people trying to use the new eyeballs to push their own agendas. Will the WNBA be able to take advantage of the new popularity, or will these agendas turn off new fans? Chelsea gives her insight as a former player and dishes on what needs to change. Does the W need new leadership or will Clark-Reese rhetoric die down quickly enough?
    The ITP Crew also offer a quick breakdown of recent grassroots events they attended such as the Pangos All-American Camp and NBPA Top 100 Camp and what they have in store for the rest of the June and July live periods.
    The ITP Crew goes in-depth on a variety of hot topics in this week's pod, so make sure to tune in to Episode 188 from start to finish! Also make sure to check out our ITP Overtime shorts for more info, insight and behind the scenes stories!

    (0:00) - Intro
    (1:36) - 1st Reactions To Celtics Winning Title
    (4:35) - Tatum & Brown, Last Of The Old HS Stars?
    (7:04) - Will Young Hoop Stars Stay Focused?
    (9:18) - Irony of NBA Deaths (Walton & West)
    (16:05) - 2024-25 NBA Predictions: Boston Repeat?!?
    (22:01) - Turning Down Lakers: What's Next in LA?
    (25:06) - ITP Hot Take: Do Lakers Need New Ownership?
    (31:52) - NBA's Lackluster Coverage: Why?
    (36:46) - Media Personalities Influencing Coverage
    (42:36) - WNBA: No Focus On Game Play & Growing Game
    (53:06) - WNBA: Lack Of Leadership & Direction
    (56:33) - Traditional Media Coverage Dead for W?
    (1:05:13) - Grassroots: Stock-Risers & Upcoming Events!
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  • On Episode 187 of the Ballislife In The Paint Show hosts Ronnie Flores, Ani Umana go hard on the NBA playoffs and the fast-approaching 2024 WNBA season. The ITP crew also touches on the high line themes of the upcoming NCAA live period (May 17-19) and if high school players will ever again be en vogue to college recruiters?
    First, Ani and Chelsea give their first take reactions to the NBA playoffs? Is experience the difference and the style of play in the post-season making all the difference in the world?
    There is a big difference between regular season statistical output and winning and losing in the playoffs, but what does that say about NBA Award-Winners? Did Shai Gilgeous-Alexander get robbed of NBA MVP? Is he going to have to earn one with sustained excellence? Did voter fatigue keep The Joker from winning it last season and it turn keep SGA from winning it this time around? Did Rudy Gobert deserve NBA Defensive Player of the Year? Who are the league's best on-ball defenders and do they deserve more recognition? The ITP Crew breaks it down!
    Did Jamal Murray's non-suspension change the tide of the NBA playoffs?
    As the WNBA season tips off, we reference Ep. 115 with special guest Kelsey Bone about the W coming of age and hitting the big-time. Is this the moment? Is what transpired over the last 3 months women's basketball Bird and Magic moment? Ron and Ani put Chelsea on the hot seat as the 2024 season tips. Will the Las Vegas Aces be the champs once again? Who will be league MVP? Who will be most improved player? Which team will take the biggest leap? Who will win Rookie of the Year? Chelsea breaks it all down!
    Angel Reese and Caitlin Clark are breaking barriers and knocking down doors in terms of their popularity and legitimizing the W as a first-rate league. Will the public embrace those two over the long haul for their accomplishments, or are they more folk hero and sex symbol?
    The ITP Crew closes this episode with a quick breakdown of the upcoming NCAA live period. Will collecge recruiters embrace high school recruits once again after the elongated eligibility of COVID era players is up? Or will transfer portal regulations be the change that does it? Can Duke's incoming recruiting class, led by 2024 Mr. Basketball USA Cooper Flagg, make noise in next year's NCAA Tourney?
    The ITP Crew goes in-depth on a variety of relevant topics in this week's pod, so make sure to tune in to Episode 187 from start to finish! Also make sure to check out our ITP Overtime shorts for more info, insight and behind the scenes stories!

    (0:00) - Intro
    (1:11) - NBA Playoffs & Draft Lottery: 1st Reactions!
    (5:19) - NBA Awards: Controversy & Breakdown!
    (12:44) - Defensive POY: What's Its Purpose?
    (18:33) - Who Is Just a Great On-Ball Defender?
    (25:59) - Jamal Murray Non-Suspension: Game-Changer!
    (28:03) - WNBA Preview: 1st Reaction To Change Coming!
    (31:33) - Reference To Ep. 115: Is This a Bird-Magic Moment?
    (37:25) - ITP Hot Take: WNBA Predictions!
    (47:48) - Will Public Embrace Players' Role As Sex Symbols?
    (53:06) - Charter Flights: Why Now?
    (55:16) - Live Period (5/17-5/19) What To Expect!
    (59:34) - 2027 Class: Will Colleges Seek HS Players Again?
    (1:04:09) - Will Duke's Recruiting Class Make NCAA Noise?
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  • On Episode 186 of the Ballislife In The Paint Show hosts Ronnie Flores and Ani Umana go hard on the top high school players to watch this spring and summer. The fellas talk about each of the returning classes, who've they've seen in recent weeks and players they looking forward to evaluating the rest of the spring and summer.
    For the 2025 class, where does Cam Boozer go from here? Can names like Hudson Greer and Brayden Burries thrust themselves even higher into the national rankings?
    2026 has the makings of a special class. Players such as Brandon McCoy Jr., Tyran Stokes, Caleb Holt and Jalen Montonati lead the way. Montonati and his coach at Owasso (Okla.), Brian Montonati, are special guests to this week's show, as they discuss winning the program's first Class 6A state title, expectations for next season, the approach Jalen takes towards improving his game and whom he emulates.
    The 2027 class is a hard act to follow, but names such as Babatunde Oladotun, Jaylan Mitchell and Gene Roebuck have it off to a good start. Also look out for the Florida Rebels 15u backcourt of Cayden Daughtry and O’Neal Delancey!
    The ITP Crew goes in-depth on the players you'll be hearing plenty about in the future and get some terrific insight from their special guests, so make sure to tune in to Episode 186 from start to finish! Also make sure to check out our ITP Overtime shorts for more info, insight and behind the scenes stories!

    (0:00) - Intro
    (1:34) - 2024 National Player Rankings Breakdown
    (10:31) - 2025 Class Breakdown: Who To Watch!
    (19:04) - 2026 Class Breakdown: That Loaded?
    (14:38) - Kentucky's Coaching Change: Sign of Times?
    (23:34) - Jalen Montonati Interview (w/Father Brian Montonati)
    (25:39) - Montonati's on Owasso (Okla.) Winning First State Title
    (29:57) - Jalen Montonati on State Final & Earning Gatorade POY
    (33:30) - Jalen Montonati on USA Basketball Experience
    (36:25) - Jalen Montonati on Players He Emulates
    (42:47) - Reaction to Montonati Interview
    (44:16) - More 2026 Standouts to Watch!
    (49:52) - 2027 Class Breakdown: Waiting To Explode!
    (58:40) - Pangos AA & NBPA Top 100 Camp Dates
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  • On Episode 185 of the Ballislife In The Paint Show, hosts Ronnie Flores, Ani Umana and Chelsea Hopkins go hard on a variety of topics, including the record-breaking WNCAA Final and WNBA Draft and separating hype surrounding those event from the actual basketball perspective.
    Before the ITP Crew goes in on the past few weeks in women's basketball, Chelsea and Ani give their insight on the 2024 Nike Hoop Summit. Is Duke-bound Cooper Flagg head and shoulders above the other elites in the 2024 class? Who else stood out?
    The ITP Crew also give their take on the NCAA Final Four and UConn repeating as champions? Are the Huskies an all-time great NCAA team? Or was the field not very strong because of the parity and older players that switch teams in the NCAA transfer portal? Is Mark Pope's hiring at the University of Kentucky a big sign that relying on high school recruits is not an attractive strategy or was the pressure-cooker that is Big Blue Nation just not from some of the big-time coaches that were considered good candidates for the job?
    Chelsea goes in on the WNCAA Championship and the greatness of South Carolina's Dawn Staley to put together an unbeaten season with five new starters. This women's Final Four and the WNBA Draft drew record-breaking audiences, but will this crop of players make a big WNBA impact.
    Chelsea goes hard on why this WNBA Draft class will have a big impact socially but perhaps not as much on-court. Is there another sure-fire star besides Iowa's Caitlin Clark? Who was the best first round pick after the Indiana Fever's new star guard at No. 1? Who was the steal of the draft and which pick will a team regret down the line?
    The ITP crew also debates the NBA Play-In Games and if the Oklahoma City Thunder are a disrespected No. 1 seed? Is guard Shai Gilgeous-Alexander a worthy MVP, or is the Nugget's Joker and the Mavs' Luka Doncic on another level? Chelsea and Ani dish hard on the topic!
    The ITP Crew goes hard on the most relevant topics in grassroots, college and pro basketball, and offer plenty of terrific insight, so make sure to tune in to Episode 185 from start to finish! Also make sure to check out our ITP Overtime shorts for more info, insight and behind the scenes stories!
    (0:00) - Intro
    (1:17) - Nike Hoop Summit Insight!
    (5:16) - Nike Hoop Summit Player Breakdown
    (10:01) - Cooper Flagg: Chelsea's Changing Eval!
    (14:38) - Kentucky's Coaching Change: Sign of Times?
    (18:20) - UConn Mens: Is This Team LIKE That?
    (22:39) - USA Basketball Mini-Camp: Eye-Catchers!
    (27:28) - Perspective On Record-Breaking WNCAA Tourney
    (37:18) - Chelsea's Perspective On 2024 WNBA Draft
    (43:42) - WNBA Draft: Veterans Not Playing It Forward?
    (54:22) - W Draft: Basketball Breakdown, Analysis
    (55:57) - ITP Hot Take: Best 1st Round Pick After Caitlin!
    (57:35) - ITP Hot Take: Best WNBA Draft Steal!
    (59:13) - ITP Hot Take: What Pick Will A Team Regret?
    (1:03:29) - What Will This Draft Mean To The W?
    (1:07:39) - NBA Play-In Games Quick Reaction
    (1:09:07) - Are The Thunder A "Disrespected" No. 1 Seed?

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  • On Episode 184 of the Ballislife In The Paint Show, hosts Ronnie Flores, Ani Umana and Chelsea Hopkins go hard on the epic Monday Elite 8 games, particularly Iowa and LSU, and women's NCAA March Madness.
    Before the ITP Crew goes in on the Caitlin Clark phenomenon, Ani gives a quick breakdown on the high school scene and why its a bit mundane right now because of the success of older college teams with transfers in the NCAA Tournament. UCONN and Purdue are not big surprises on the men's side. Is a showdown imminent?
    Chelsea and Ani then give their reactions to the Elite 8 WNCAA Tourney showdown between Iowa and LSU, a rematch of last year's NCAA title game. Did Iowa improve that much over the course of the season? Is Clark, Iowa's star guard, just that good or did Kim Mulkey devise a fatal game plan to slow her down? Did LSU lose focus after winning the title last season? Ani and Chelsea go hard!
    After a former all-conference D1 player, Chelsea gives her insight of coaching adjustments, strategies and ego. How much does ego come into the outcome of a college game? Do players ever scrap the game plan on their own?
    The ITP crew also debate just how great of a college player Clark is (Top 5 ever?) and her potential impact on the WNBA. Will she develop into a WNBA MVP candidate? Chelsea and Ani dish hard on the topic!
    LSU-Iowa turned out to be the most watched womens' college basketball game, ever. Will the Caitlin effect transfer over to the WNBA when she joins?
    The ITP Crew also offers their W and Men's NCAA Final Four predictions. Does UCONN have a chance to win BOTH championships? Can Purdue vs. UCONN be the big man matchup the men's game needs?
    The ITP Crew goes hard on Caitlin Clark, March Madness and offers plenty of terrific insight, so make sure to tune in to Episode 184 from start to finish! Also make sure to check out our ITP Overtime shorts for more info, insight and behind the scenes stories!

    (0:00) - Intro
    (1:12) - Successful NCAA Teams vs. HS Standouts!
    (3:33) - NCAA: UCONN vs. Purdue = No Surprises!
    (8:27) - 10 March Madness Defining Moments (Ballislife.com)
    (10:54) - WNCAA: Epic Elite 8 Quick Reactions!
    (15:08) - Ani's Reactions To Iowa-LSU
    (22:31) - Did LSU Lose Focus This Season?
    (25:50) - Insight/Perspective From Former WNCAA Player
    (34:19) - WNCAA Final Four Preview
    (40:43) - Just How Good Is Caitlin Clark? A Debate!
    (1:03:18) - Can W Carry Over Caitlin's Lightning In Bottle?
    (1:11:49) - Can UCONN's Paige Bueckers Run It Back?
    (1:15:47) - Clingan vs. Edey: The Big Man Matchup We Need?
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  • On Episode 183 of the Ballislife In The Paint Show, hosts Ronnie Flores, Ani Umana and Chelsea Hopkins go hard on the upcoming men's and women's NCAA March Madness.
    Before the ITP Crew goes in on the NCAA Tournament brackets, Ron gives a quick take on Chipotle Nationals (April 4-6). Can any team beat FAB 50 No. 1 Montverde Academy (FL)?
    Chelsea gives her insight and first reaction to the WNCAA Tournament. What top seeds set to join No. 1 overall team South Carolina in the women's Final Four? The Albany 2 Region is a gauntlet. Will Iowa and LSU meet in a much-anticipated Elite 8 game?
    Chelsea breaks down three names you need to know going into the W tournament that doesn't play on one of the top seeded and star-studded teams: Dyaisha Fair (Syracuse), Madison Booker (Texas) and Alissa Pili (Utah) and what makes them must-watch players.
    Ani breaks down the state of the transfer portal and the strategies college staffs are using to get a leg up on the competition. It's the game within the game and it began way before the portal officially opened up!
    The ITP Crew then give their reaction to the men's brackets and the teams to watch to come out of each region, and why the West Region seems to be the one that will be a bracket buster! Is top seed North Carolina a strong pick? Why is Chelsea a bit shaky on No. 2 seed Arizona? Who has the bet chance to blow that region wide open?
    Ron and Ani then break down five men's transfer portal players you need to watch and that could have an impact on the brackets: Keshon Gilbert (Iowa St.), Tyon Grant-Foster (Grand Canyon), Jaden Bradley (Arizona), Shahada Wells (McNeese St.) and RayJ Dennis (Baylor).
    The ITP Crew then gives their best picks for those interested who follow Ballislife Bets! What are the best first round games to watch where underdogs will cover and the best money line picks?
    The crew closes out the show with Chelsea giving her Final Four picks on the W side. Can the Pac-12 have three teams in the Final Four in the conference's last year of existence?
    The ITP Crew goes hard on March Madness and offers plenty of terrific insight on both the men's and women's tourney, so make sure to tune in to Episode 183 from start to finish! Also make sure to check out our ITP Overtime shorts for more info, insight and behind the scenes stories!

    (0:00) - Intro
    (2:47) - Chipotle Nationals: Quick Breakdown
    (5:10) - W NCAA Tourney: Chelsea's Overview
    (8:04) - Iowa, LSU & UCLA In Same Region! A Gauntlet!
    (11:04) - W Tourney: 3 Names You Need to Know!
    (21:14) - NCAA Tourney: Transfer Portal Importance!
    (28:55) - NCAA Tourney: First Reaction To Brackets & Top Teams
    (36:36) - West Region: Bracket Buster!
    (40:50) - 5 Transfers To Know About!
    (52:48) - Ballislife Bets: Best 1st Round Winners!
    (57:35) - Closing Thoughts On Tourney! Age Matters!
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  • On Episode 182 of the Ballislife In The Paint Show, hosts Ronnie Flores, Ani Umana, Chelsea Hopkins and Horace Neysmith go hard on the epic weekend of high school hoops, where state championships were decided in power states across the country. The ITP crew also dish on the big controversy in New Jersey, where Manasquan (N.J.) lost on an egregious referee's overturned call to FAB 50 No. 40 Camden (N.J.), which went on to capture the NJISAA Public Group 2 state state title on the court. The show concludes with Horace previewing his upcoming Underclassmen All-American Game on March 24 in Atlanta.
    Before the crew takes a deep dive on the high school scene, Chelsea gives her dish on the dramatic SEC Championship Game between LSU and South Carolina, why women's college basketball has surpassed the men's game this season in terms of star power, and her early break down of the upcoming women’s NCAA Tournament! Ron also breaks down how the retirement of Coach K at Duke signaled a changing of the guard in college basketball. The men’s top coaches no longer hold a grip on the players and the sport itself, and don’t have the platform to encourage positive change. Now that the players have exerted more control and power, it’s women’s coaches such as Dawn Staley (South Carolina) and Kim Mulkey (LSU) who command the stage. Why and how did this happen? The ITP Crew breaks it down!
    The ITP Crew gives their personal dish on the Manasquan-Camden playoff controversy. Ani and Chelsea feel it was an isolated incident where a wrong court have been righted off the court by the state association, where Horace and Ron lean to the side that what transpires on the court is what stands, even when the human error is blatant. Ron breaks down how and why he conducts the FAB 50 based on results, and focuses on what happens on the court and not in meeting rooms or in court rooms.
    Ani gives the rundown of the UIL Class 6A state title game and what makes FAB 50 No. 5 Plano East (Texas) so special. Horace gives the rundown on what went down in the GHSA playoffs and how FAB 50 No. 24 Grayson (Loganville, Ga.) won its first state title. Was it an upset then Grayson beat Ace Bailey and McEachern (Powder Springs, Ga.)? Is Ace Bailey the best prospect in the country, even over Cooper Flagg? Horace and Ani go hard “In The Paint” on the topic and on national player rankings!
    Ron then gives a quick rundown of what went down in Florida and California in their big state title games.
    The show concludes with Horace dishing on his Underclassmen All-American Game (March 24), its history and purpose (proceeds benefit Diabetes causes) and some of the top young talent expected to play this year. He also breaks down why Gilbert Arenas, the former NBA All-Star, has his son Alijah, one of the top 2026 prospects in California and the nation, play at Chatsworth (Calif.) instead of at Sierra Canyon (Calif.), where his sister plays at, or one of the other power programs. Gil’s reasoning might surprise you!
    The ITP Crew go hard on plenty of terrific and relevant high school topics and break down plenty of players who stood out over the weekend, so make sure to tune in to Episode 182 from start to finish! Also make sure to check out our ITP Overtime shorts for more info, insight and behind the scenes stories!

    (0:00) - Intro
    (2:51) - NCAAW Takeover: How Did This Happen?!
    (11:16) - Chelsea Dishes On LSU-South Carolina!
    (16:53) - NCAA Men's Coaches: Losing Their Grip
    (19:06) - Chelsea's Hot Take on W March Madness!
    (24:25) - Big Girls Name For the Future!
    (25:50) - Manasquan-Camden Playoff Controversy!
    (30:00) - NJ Controversy Fallout: On-Court v. Off-Court!
    (39:10) - Texas UIL Title Game Breakdown
    (45:28) - Georgia GHSA Championship Recaps
    (50:51) - Ace Bailey vs. Cooper Flagg!
    (1:01:44) - More State Title Rundowns!
    (1:02:53) - Underclassmen A-A Game (3/24) Spotlight!
    (1:06:04) - 2026 & 2027 Standouts!
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  • On Episode 181 of the Ballislife In The Paint Show, hosts Ronnie Flores, Ani Umana and Chelsea Hopkins go freestyle on a variety of relevant topics, from the youth level all the way to the NBA and its product.
    Cheslea gives an update on the next EYBL Scholastic event and the ITP crew gives their take on the Oak Hill Academy program. Can it regain its former glory?
    Bronny James and his NBA Draft stock is a big topic in basketball. Is he getting a fair shake? What about his physical condition? How much is LeBron James at fault? How about the media? Ron gives his hot take about Bronny playing at the level expected and Chelsea plays Devil's Advocate about his future!
    The ITP Crew also talk about the state of the college games on both the men's and women's side. Ani dishes on why the college game is strong despite the lack of stars, while Chelsea dishes why the WNCAA is in good hands even after Iowa star Caitlin Clark moves on.
    Speaking of the NCAA, the future of the organization itself is in peril as a result of the massive amount of lawsuits that rule against them as anti-trust issues will keep the organization from ever thriving the same way again. Do the power conferences need to split away? Can there be two separate levels of college, one with a collective bargaining agreement and a scholarship model? Will the organization exist in five years?
    The ITP Crew also go "In The Paint" on the future of the NBA's G-League Ignite and what the NBA can do to strengthen its on-court product.
    Ron also breaks down the recent Pangos Jr. All-American Camp and Ani gives his hot take predictions on the UIL playoffs!
    The ITP Crew go hard on plenty of relevant and hot topics, so make sure to tune in to Episode 181 from start to finish! Also make sure to check out our ITP Overtime shorts for more info, insight and behind the scenes stories!

    (0:00) - Intro
    (1:37) - EYBL Scholastic Weekend Preview
    (9:27) - Is MVA Going To Reload?!
    (12:38) - Bronny's Dropping NBA Draft Stock!
    (23:23) - Making College Cool Again!
    (28:00) - G-League Ignite & Its Future
    (32:51) - What Changes Does NBA Need?
    (40:04) - W NCAA Thriving!
    (42:42) - NCAA Men's: Lack of Star-Power
    (48:00) - Recent NIL Rulings & NCAA's Future
    (53:47) - Pangs Jr. A-A Camp Standouts!
    (57:59) - UIL Playoff Predictions!
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  • On Episode 180 of the Ballislife In The Paint Show, hosts Ronnie Flores, Ani Umana and Chelsea Hopkins go hard on the one-year plan that was hatched for the late, great Kobe Bryant to turn pro out of high school with special guest Gary Charles, who was part of the small circle that knew of the plans for the 17-year wunderkind from Lower Merion High School (Ardmore, Pa.).
    Before bringing on Gary Charles for his exclusive and unique insight on the plan to get Bryant to the L.A. Lakers via a trade with the Charlotte Hornets, the ITP Crew give their instant reaction to the Super Bowl (and Usher's halftime performance) and dish on comments from WNBA great Sheryl Swoopes on Iowa's Caitlin Clark regarding her adjustment once she gets to the W. Was Swoopes on point, out of line or partially correct? Chelsea goes in.
    Charles then spends 40 minutes breaking down the plan to get Kobe from Lower Merion to the NBA, even though he was a wing guard and academically eligible for any college in the country. That was unheard of at the time. Charles goes "In The Paint" on meeting Kobe through his father Joe "Jellybean" Bryant, what Kobe was like as a rising junior at ABCD Camp, the keys to hatching the plan for him to turn pro, and the occurrences that could have foiled Team Bryant's plan to keep him from Nike and keep other NBA teams drafting higher than Charlotte from realizing he should be their pick.
    What would have happened in Lower Merion would have traveled to Los Angeles for a MLK Showcase game vs. Schea Cotton and St John Bosco? Why taking R & B singer Brandy to the prom was potentially worrisome? What if Tim Thomas would have went straight pro out of high school instead of going to Villanova? What if the New Jersey Nets would have went for Kobe at No. 8 instead of Kerry Kittles?
    Charles, a longtime grassroots basketball coach and event director, also gives some insight on a Plan B if the Charlotte move didn't happen and what transpired leading up to draft day.
    The ITP crew then close this special episode with their reactions to the interview and some media references helpful to learn more background information on Kobe's unique path. Kobe's prep-to-pro journey hasn't been told in this manner, so make sure to tune in to Episode 180 from start to finish! Also make sure to check out our ITP Overtime shorts for more info, insight and behind the scenes stories!

    (0:00) - Intro
    (1:24) - Mahomes Chasing Brady: NFL's Future
    (2:01) - Super Bowl Halftime Show Reaction!
    (3:54) - Intro To Kobe Bryant's Plan To Go Pro
    (5:32) - Sheryl Swoopes on Caitlin Clark: Chelsea's Dish!
    (10:28) - Ani & Ron's Dish on Swoopes' Caitlin Comments
    (18:56) - Announcers Cheering On Greats?
    (23:28) - Kobe Bryant's Statue: Instant Reaction
    (25:48) - Gary Charles (Grassroots Czar) Interview
    (30:51) - Charles: Kobe As Rising Junior
    (32:36) - Charles: Realizing Kobe's The One
    (37:59) - Charles: Keys To Hatching HS-To-Pro Plan
    (43:57) - Charles: Close Calls That Could Foil The Plan!
    (49:41) - Charles: Plan B If Charlotte Deal Changes!
    (53:07) - L.A. Kobe Game That Never Happens
    (59:06) - Charles: Shielding Kobe From Nike
    (1:00:47) - Charles: Leading Up Draft Day!
    (1:08:24) - Chelsea & Ani's Reaction To Kobe Plan
    (1:13:52) - Ron's Experience With Kobe's Timeline
    (1:17:54) - Ani & Chelsea's Dish on Finding The One
    (1:22:54) - More Media References To Kobe's Journey
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  • On Episode 179 of the Ballislife In The Paint Show, hosts Ronnie Flores, Ani Umana and Chelsea Hopkins and Horace Neysmith go hard on two main topics: the U.S. American development system (from grassroots to the pros) and the dominance of international talent at the elite NBA level. Will NBA MVP go to a non-American for the next 10 years? the question was brought up by long-time NBA writer Chris Palmer, this week's special guest.
    First, the ITP Crew reacts to the Super Bowl matchup in Las Vegas between the Chiefs and 49ers. Is Patrick Mahomes the benefit of some luck at the elite level? How much does luck play into greatness? Was Kobe Bryant fortunate to play for the Lakers and not another team?
    Chris Palmer comes on the show to expand on his question on international dominance at the NBA MVP level. Why hasn't an American born player won NBA MVP since James Harden in 2017-18? Who are the best bets to be the next one? Is it Anthony Edwards of the Timberwolves?
    Palmer has also spent three decades covering the NBA. Is it in a healthy space? Does the NBA need a great white American born player?
    The ITP Crew also reveal their top three American NBA MVP candidates. Do Jayson Tatum and Trae Young have a realistic shot in the coming years? The crew also expand on Palmer's takes about the state of America's developmental system and talk about some fundamental changes that need to be made.
    The ITP Crew also talks about their three top TV sitcoms of all-time in light of Palmer's latest published book: "The Fresh Prince Project" about the famous 1990s sitcom "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air".
    The ITP crew offers some terrific insight on a variety of important hoops topics that impacts every level of the game, from youth basketball all the way to the elites in the NBA, so make sure to tune in to Episode 179 from start to finish! Also make sure to check out our ITP Overtime shorts for more info, insight and behind the scenes stories!

    (0:00) - Intro
    (3:05) - Instant Reaction to Chiefs vs. 49ers Super Bowl
    (7:30) - Lamar Jackson: Window Still Wide Open?
    (12:04) - Defining Greatness: How Much Luck Involved?
    (18:17) - Kobe Bryant: Circumstances In His Favor?
    (24:49) - American Hoops Development: At A Crossroads?
    (29:17) - Grassroots To Pro Development Breakdown
    (32:12) - Chris Palmer (NBA Writer) Interview
    (35:11) - Palmer: Changes In Grassroots System
    (34:05) - Palmer: Does U.S. System Need Overhaul?
    (39:58) - Palmer: Best American NBA MVP Bets!
    (43:48) - Palmer: State Of The NBA
    (51:56) - Palmer: Fresh Prince Project
    (54:35) - Chelsea's Reaction To Palmer Interview
    (57:34) - Ron & Ani's Top 3 U.S. MVP Candidates!
    (1:07:08) - Making Grassroots System Better!
    (1:14:14) - ITP Crew Top 3 Sitcoms!
    (1:20:24) - ITP Past Episode References
    (1:21:39) - Taylor Swift Bowl!
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  • On Episode 178 of the Ballislife In The Paint Show, hosts Ronnie Flores, Ani Umana and Chelsea Hopkins and Horace Neysmith go hard on the 2024 McDonald's All-American Game and the announcement of the 24 players selected to play in this year's game (April 2 in Houston).
    The big news from the standpoint of reaction to the roster selection is having three players from FAB 50 No. 1 Montverde Academy (Fla.) on the East Team and three from No. 3 Prolific Prep (Calif.) on the West Team. Should MVA had all five of its starters make the team? Is three the limit in the game? Are Asa Newell and Robert Wright two big snubs? See why Ronnie feels Rob Wright is easily the biggest snub and where he'd have him ranked in the 2024 class!
    The ITP crew goes over some of the McDonald's Game's top matchups, trends and players to watch. Can McEachern's Ace Bailey over-take MVA's Cooper Flagg as the top player and recruit in the class? Is Dylan Harper still underrated even though me might be the third best player in the class?
    The ITP Crew also reveals whom they feel on the East-West rosters can bring out the competitive juices in the game. They also reveal how Team USA for the 2024 Nike Hoop Summit gave a glimpse of who did and did not make the McDonalds' All-American Game.
    The focus of this week's pod is Mikey D's, but the ITP Crew also dishes on the firing of Bucks coach Adrian Griffin. What is warranted? Is there something deeper than defensive performance? Is Doc Rivers the answer for a team that must win now? The crew also talked the scoring outbursts of the 76ers' Joel Embiid and Timberwolves' Karl-Anthony Townes. Is Minnesota for real?
    The ITP crew offers some terrific insight on a variety of topics related to the 2024 McDonald's All-American Game, so make sure to tune in to Episode 178 from start to finish! Also make sure to check out our ITP Overtime shorts for more info, insight and behind the scenes stories!

    (0:00) - Intro
    (2:19) - Chelsea's Insight As Ranked Late-Bloomer
    (3:36) - McDonald’s All-American Game Roster 1st Reactions!
    (7:49) - Can Ace Bailey Trump Cooper Flagg As No. 1?
    (12:20) - Dylan Harper: Still Underrated?
    (14:51) - McDAAG: Players/Matchups To Watch
    (22:39) - Nike Hoop Summit Team USA Roster Reaction!
    (26:46) - 3 Players From No. 1 MVA & No. 3 Prolific Prep!
    (32:39) - HS Programs W/Most All-Time McDonald's A-As
    (34:05) - Robert Wright Leads 2024 Snubs!
    (40:12) - Who Will Set The Competitive Bar?
    (45:04) - Bucks Fire Adrian Griffin: What?!?
    (53:58) - Individual NBA Scoring Outbursts: Wow!
    (56:52) - Are The Timberwolves The Real Deal?
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  • On Episode 177 of Ballislife's "In The Paint Show", ITP hosts Ronnie Flores, Ani Umana and Chelsea Hopkins go hard on various topics, from inclement weather affecting NFL games, the contenders for the women's NCAA title, run-of-the-mill NBA teams that need to make a trade, and everything high school hoops, from the big MLK results, to the new FAB 50, to players that helped themselves on the eve of the McDonald's All-American team announcement.
    The ITP crew gives there light-hearted take on the snow during NFL games? Ridiculous or a built-in home field advantage cold-weather teams deserve?
    Chelsea gives a quick update on the NCAA women's scene: Is UCLA and/or UCS legit Final Four contenders? What is LSU's main problem as the defending NCAA champs? Can the Lady Tigers repeat?
    Ani and Chelsea dish on NBA teams that need to make a trade in order to have any chance in the 2024 NBA playoffs. Ani goes hard on why the Mavs should look to trade for Toronto's Pascal Siakam and Chelsea goes hard on why the Golden State Warriors need to make a move to not throw away Steph's twilight years? She explains why the dynasty is over and how the Warriors window closed rather quickly. In addition to Klay Thompson, the ITP Crew explain why the Bulls' Zach Levine and the Hawks' Dejounte Murray need to find a new team!
    Ron dishes on all the high school hoops results from MLK weekend, particularly the Bass Pro Tournament of Champions and Spalding Hoophall Classic. He talks Columbus' (FL) big weekend, the new FAB 50 national rankings and why so many results fell in the Explorers' favor. The ITP Crew also talks about stock-risers such as Archbishop Stepinac's Boogie Fland, Archbishop Wood's Jahlil Bethea, Columbus' Jase Richardson and more.
    The ITP Crew also dish on the value of elite players producing for their FAB 50 ranked high school team vs. showcasing their skill level as it relates to national player rankings and NBA mock drafts. Is there too much emphasis on these fluctuating lists by players and on national broadcasts? Does it take away from the high school game? Why is it important to emphasize the high school game?
    This episode is No. 12 of season six of the ITP Show and one of the most important of the high school basketball season, so make sure to tune in to Episode 177. Also make sure to check out our ITP Overtime shorts for more info, insight and behind the scenes stories!
    (0:00) - Intro
    (2:19) - Should Weather Affect NFL Games?
    (7:46) - NCAA W: Is USC & UCLA Final Four Material?
    (14:29) - ITP Hot Take: Is LSU Repeating?
    (21:33) - NBA: 2 Teams That Need To Make A Trade!
    (30:13) - GS Warriors: Why Their Run Is OVER!
    (44:53) - NBA Players That Need A New Team
    (51:23) - HSBB: Hot Takes From MLK Weekend!
    (53:13) - FAB 50 Spotlight: HLs & New Rankings!
    (1:03:07) - MLK Weekend Stock-Risers!
    (1:11:38) - HS Production/Winning vs. Pro Showcasing!
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  • On Episode 176 of Ballislife's "In The Paint Show", ITP hosts Ronnie Flores, Ani Umana and Chelsea Hopkins go hard on the high school basketball season up to this point, spotlighting the annual Elite All-American Team by announcing their Mid-Season All-American choices and previewing the top games and storylines from this weekend's Spalding Hoophall Classic.
    First, the ITP crew gives their instant reaction to the college football national championship game and Michigan's performance against a Washington program that will be joining the Big 10. Is Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh headed to the NFL?
    In our ITP Mailbag segment, Chelsea goes in on the question of whether or not USC's JuJu Watkins is a shoo-in for the 2024 U.S. Olympic National Team. Chelsea also breaks down the youngest Olympians ever and the greatness of Cheryl Miller, the star of Team USA at the 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles. Will JuJu be on the team when the Olympics return to L.A. in 2028?
    Ron and Ani reveal their 2023-24 Mid-Season All-American first and second five. Both have a surprise pick or two? Is there any sophomore good enough to be a legit All-American this season? What does the announcement that A.J Dybansta of FAB 50 No. 9 Prolific Prep (Napa, Calif.) is considering the G-League next season actually mean?
    Ron breaks down the updated FAB 50 rankings on the eve of the MLK holiday weekend. Who is the second best team in the country, Paul VI of Virginia or Long Island Lutheran of New York? Why is there so many newcomers (15) and parity?
    The ITP crew closes out by dishing on the top matchups and storylines of the Spalding Hoophall Classic. Listen to why ani is looking forward to the matchup between No. 7 Don Bosco Prep (Ramsey, N.J.) and No. 41 Archbishop Stepinac (White Plains, N.Y.) and its top-shelf point guards. Ron is most interested to see if No. 3 Paul VI or No. 27 McEachern (Powder Springs, Ga.) can win the Bass Pro Tournament of Champions in Missouri on Saturday night then win a big showcase game on MLK Monday.
    The fellas also break down a sleeper performer from Hoophall they are looking forward to and if the 2024 McDonald's All-American Game is going to have a different feel or anything surprising this year.
    This episode is No. 11 of season six of the ITP Show and one of the most informative yet on the high school scene, so make sure to tune in to Episode 176. Also make sure to check out our ITP Overtime shorts for more info, insight and behind the scenes stories!
    (0:00) - Intro
    (1:37) - CFB Title Game Instant Reaction
    (7:02) - Will Raiders get Jim Harbaugh?
    (12:37) - ITP Mailbag: JuJu Watkins on Olympic Team?
    (17:12) - Cheryl Miller's Greatness!
    (22:25) - Mid-Season HS Elite A-A Team!
    (27:26) - Elite A-A Second Five
    (32:56) - J-Crowe & 2026 Class!
    (34:32) - Mid-Season A-A Team: Why Those Guys?
    (37:01) - A.J. Dybansta To G-League?
    (44:15) - FAB 50 Spotlight: 15 Newcomers!
    (52:11) - MLK Weekend Preview: Key Matchups!
    (58:56) - Key Player & Sleeper from Hoophall!
    (1:04:46) - Any McDonald's A-A Surprise/Suspense?
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  • On Episode 175 of Ballislife's "In The Paint Show", ITP hosts Ronnie Flores, Ani Umana and Chelsea Hopkins go hard on the holiday tournaments they attended, from the Tarkanian Classic, City of Palms, Les Schwab Invitational, The Classic at Damien, and Torrey Pines Holiday Classic. The ITP Crew break down the top teams in their FAB 50 spotlight and highlight stock risers and top 2027s on the come up.
    Before the ITP Crew gets into the high school hoops breakdown, they give their instant reaction to the college football bowl game fallout, as players across the board opted out. They also give their quick analysis of Washington's and Michigan's playoff semifinal victories and if the committee made the right choices in the aftermath.
    Chelsea dishes on USC's JuJu Watkins and the recent sellout between USC and UCLA, which is a good sign for WNCAA basketball. Is JuJu Watkins the next big thing in women's hoops? Should she have the option to turn pro after this season? Ani and Chelsea go hard on opposite ends of the debate!
    The ITP Crew also dish on the Detroit Pistons' historic losing streak, which was eventually snapped after 28 games. Ani and Chelsea break down how and why a streak like that goes on and why they feel Detroit's talent is not reflected in its current 3-30 record. Chelsea also break downs what a losing streak/feels is like from the perspective of a pro player and ani from a scholastic coach.
    The ITP Crew end the its first podcast of 2024 with the breakdown of the holiday tournaments, including the 50th anniversary of the City of Palms? Which is the best FAB 50 ranked team that could give No. 1 Montverde Academy a run for its money? Ron runs down Clark Francis' Top 10 of his 50 greatest players in the event's history.
    Ani dishes on his top four 2024s and why Jayden Harper of FAB 50 ranked Don Bosco Prep (N.J.) is a bonafide No. 1 prospect candidate. Ani and Ron and shout out break-out performers and 2027s from the holiday events they attended. Ron also breaks down event championships for St. Pius X-St. Matthias (Downey, Calif.), Roosevelt (Eastvale, Calif.) and Carlsbad (Calif.).
    This episode is No. 10 of season six of the ITP Show and the first one of 2024, so thanks for turning in to Episode 175 as the ITP beings another year. Also make sure to check out our ITP Overtime shorts for more info, insight and behind the scenes stories!
    (0:00) - Intro 

    (2:00) - CFB Bowl Games Fallout

    (4:53) - CFB Semifinal Instant Analysis  

    (10:17) - JuJu Watkins: Next Big Things in Women’s Hoops?

    (21:16) - Detroit Pistons: A Breakdown of Losing 

    (26:39) - Losing: A Players’ & Coach’s Perspective 

    (36:29) - FAB 50 Spotlight: City of Palms Breakdown 

    (40:43) - City of Palms: 10 Greatest Players/Teams 

    (45:45) - FAB 50 Spotlight: Les Schwab Invitational  

    (52:42) - ITP Scouting Report: Top 2024s & Sleepers 

    (58:38) - Grading Cam Boozer: Where’s He Going? 

    (1:00:41) - Tark, Damien, Torrey Pines Standouts! 
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  • On Episode 174 of Ballislife's "In The Paint Show", ITP hosts Ronnie Flores, Ani Umana and Chelsea Hopkins give a personal touch to their basketball takes on the last pod on 2023! The ITP Crew dishes on what they are grateful for and their New Year's resolutions they plan to keep!
    The ITP Crew give their reaction to the recent contract announcement of MLB's Shoehei Ohtani's to the Los Angeles Dodgers for $700 million over the next 10 seasons. Is there anything comparable in other sports? Why don't vast amounts of American kids embrace baseball more?
    The ITP Crew also dish on the NCAA bowl game system and the reality that many potential top NFL Draft picks will sit the bowl games out. Why is that? Have bowl games lost all their luster? Will they be around when the new 12-team NCAA playoff kicks off and when the power conferences eventually form their own alliance?
    The Detroit Pistons have lost 20 straight games and 44 of 48 since the 2023 NBA trade deadline. The organization brought in well-paid and highly-regarded coach Monty Williams. Is the talent level that bad? Is coaching that big of a difference-maker at the highest levels? Is Williams doing a good job with this young core? Chelsea and Ani go hard in the paint on the issue and also dish on the Spurs' Gregg Popovich. Is he going to lead the franchise's turnaround? Has his time passed as an elite coach?
    In our last episode of the calendar year, the ITP Crew give their predictions for 2024. Who is going to win the NBA title? What team will capture the NCAA tournament? What will be the biggest story of 2024 be?
    Will it be a Nuggets vs. Celtics NBA Final? Will a team like Marquette or Houston make a run at the NCAA title? Will NIL continue to dominate national headlines? Will there be a bigger story than Bronny James heading to the 2024 NBA Draft?
    What athlete is Ron, Ani and Chelsea looking forward to watching the most in 2024?
    The ITP Crew breaks it all down!
    This episode is No. 9 of season six of the ITP Show and the final one of the year, so make sure to tune into Episode 174 from start to finish! Also make sure to check out our ITP Overtime shorts for more info, insight and behind the scenes stories! The next episode will be taped on New Year's Day or Jan. 2.
    (0:00) - Intro 

    (1:29) - What ITP Crew Is Grateful For 

    (7:36) - ITP Crew’s New Year’s Resolutions 

    (13:08) - Shohei Ohtani’s $700 Million Contract: Reactions! 

    (25:19) - Elite Players Sitting Out Bowl Games: What’s Next?

    (31:09) - ITP Basketball Holiday Hot Take!

    (40:20) - Pistons & Spurs: Talent or Coaching? What’s Wrong?

    (46:16) - Is Pop’s Time As Coach Done?

    (55:22) - ITP Final Exam 2024 Predictions: NBA 

    (1:00:12) - ITP Final Exam 2024 Predictions: NCAA Men's 

    (1:00:12) - ITP Final Exam 2024 Predictions: NCAA Men's 

    (1:05:11) - Athlete Looking Forward To See In 2024

    (1:11:03) - Biggest Sports Stories For 2024 
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  • On Episode 173 of Ballislife's "In The Paint Show", ITP hosts Ronnie Flores, Ani Umana and Chelsea Hopkins go hard on the recent Hoophall West, the college football playoff controversy and give a quick preview of the December tournaments the ITP crew will be scouting.
    We tip-off the latest pod with some big off-court news from Ani and the NBA In-Season Tournament. Why is it working and whom will advance? Ani and Chelsea give their predictions!
    The ITP Crew also dish on the college football playoff controversy surrounding the omission of unbeaten ACC champ Florida State from the four-team playoff. Why did the committee get this wrong and what was the reasoning? Did Georgia deserve to fall all the way out of the top four after an untimely loss to Alabama and will the will the FSU/Dawgs bowl game be the greatest non-playoff bowl game ever, or a major letdown?
    The ITP Crew also give their personal takes on CFB and the irony of the Pac-12 doing so well in football and women's basketball in light of the conference's demise.
    Ron and Ani then breakdown the Hoophall West, giving their takes on standout players and teams that need to re-bound. Ron breaks down star sophomore guard Kaden House of Desert Mountain (Ariz.), while Ani dishes on the spectacular weekend of Kentucky-bound guard Boogie Fland of Archbishop Stepinac (N.Y.).
    The fellas also dish on AZ Compass Prep (Ariz.) and Corona Centennial (Calif.) reaching a crossroads in their season. Will AZ Compass Prep turn it up and have a chance to challenge the top teams in the EYBL Scholastic and does Centennial have a chance to win a fourth straight CIF Southern Section open crown?
    The ITP Crew also give their Hot Take on the Montverde Academy (Fla.) blowout of Columbus (Fla.). Was it surprising? Does FAB 50 No. 2 Link Academy (Mo.) have any chance at the upcoming EYBLS event in Las Vegas against FAB 50 No. 1 MVA after losing to No. 8 Prolific Prep (Calif.)? Ani breaks it down!
    The ITP Crew also previews where they will be evaluating games at this month from Las Vegas at the NBA showcase event to Tarkanian Classic, down to Florida and the 50th Annual City of Palms Classic. What teams and players are Ron and Ani looking forward to watching the most?
    The ITP Crew also dishes on the reality of few fans at high-level games involving EYBLS and other prep school teams vs. the traditional high school environment. What does it mean? Is it good or bad for the game?
    This episode is No. 8 of season six of the ITP Show and offers som terrific insight on the high school scene and the holiday tournaments approach, so make sure to tune into Episode 173 from start to finish! Also make sure to check out our ITP Overtime shorts for more info, insight and behind the scenes stories!
    (0:00) - Intro: Ani Goes For It! 

    (2:57) - NBA In-Season Tourney: Instant Reaction  

    (8:33) - NBA In-Season Tourney: Chelsea's Predictions! 

    (11:01) - NBA In-Season Tourney: Ani's Predictions! 

    (12:53) - CFB Playoff Mess: Reaction to FSU’s Omission 

    (20:26) - FSU vs. Georgia: Great Bowl or Wash-Out?

    (24:13) - ITP Crew Give Their CFB Background!

    (30:23) - The Hot Pac-12! 

    (32:40) - ITP Scouting Report: Hoophall West Standouts!

    (38:04) - Hot Take: Most Underwhelming HS Team!

    (44:28) - MVA-Columbus (FL) Result Reaction

    (52:08) - EYBL Scholastic: MVA vs. Link Academy Preview! 

    (53:19) - ITP Crew Holiday Tourney Schedules! 

    (56:25) - HSBB: Talent-Laden vs. Traditional HS Games

    (1:02:58) - City of Palms/Tark Preview  
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  • On Episode 172 of Ballislife's "In The Paint Show", ITP hosts Ronnie Flores and Chelsea Hopkins go hard on plenty of topics, including the NBA Rookie of the Year race between the Spurs' Victor Wembanyama and Thunder's Chet Holmgren and discuss the media push of young player highlights vs. contributions to winning teams. Is Holmgren, who was injured all of last season, now the ROY front-runner over the presumed favorite? Did sitting out last season actually help Holmgren?
    Ron and Chelsea talk young player development on fairly poor teams. Many rookies and second-year players are getting social media praise for their play, but on teams that have poor records. Does this paint an accurate picture of their development? Is the value of young players over-stated because of the media's push to promote highlights? Ron and Chelsea dish on the important subject!
    The ITP Crew break down the announcement of the new 14-team Nike EYBL Scholastic League, which was formally known as the NIBC (National Interscholastic Basketball Conference). What does this mean for the high school landscape? What does this announcement mean for parents and players who strive to make it to the highest levels of the game? What could be in store in the league's future?
    The McDonald's All-American Game has been dominated in recent years by players who participate on Nike-affiliated grassroots teams. Now that plenty of the McDonald's selections hail from EYBLS programs, does that change the dynamic of the selections? Does that change the thinking of the selection committee? The game has been around since 1978 and 1989 was the first time two players were selected from the same high school. 2019 was the first time three were selected from the same program in the same year. Ron and Chelsea break down the chances of this year's Montverde Academy (Fla.) team having more than three. Do all five of MVA's starters deserve to make the prestigious game?
    Ron gives Chelsea a Pop Quiz of the tumultuous situation between LSU women's basketball star Angel Reese and Tigers coach Kim Mulkey. Will her suspension be lifted and will she come back to the team? Can the player-coach relationship be salvaged and LSU make another NCAA title run? Will Reese lose NIL value once she takes off a Tigers' uniform? Chelsea is put to the test!
    Ron and Chelsea also give their hot takes on Bryce James returning to Sierra Canyon, the demise of Sports Illustrated and the once proud sports media giant creating AI-generated stories, a parent at Hinsdale South (IL) High School suing because her returning all-conference son was cut from the basketball team and the ramifications of the House vs. NCAA case. Does the NCAA have a future if it loses this lawsuit?
    This episode is No. 7 of season six of the ITP Show and breaks down important topics in high school and NBA basketball, so make sure to tune into Episode 172 from start to finish! Also make sure to check out our ITP Overtime shorts for more info, insight and behind the scenes stories!
    (0:00) - Intro 

    (1:54) - Bryce James Back At Sierra Canyon!  

    (6:03) - Sports Illustrated: Using AI For Stories? Say It Ain’t So! 

    (12:20) - Wow: Parent Suing School for Cutting All-Conference Son!

    (20:50) - ITP Hot Take: House vs. NCAA Lawsuit (Is NCAA Over?)

    (30:08) - Cheslea’s ITP Final Exam: LSU’s Angel Reese & Kim Mulkey! 

    (40:13) - NBA Young Stars: ROY Race & Highlight Driven Media Push

    (42:53) - Did Chet Holmgren Benefit From Sitting Out? 

    (44:34) - Highlight Culture: Are Young NBA Players Over-Valued? 

    (49:09) - A Pro’s Perspetive: Adapting To Losing 

    (53:23) - EYBL Scholastic: What’s In Store For This League?

    (59:36) - Nike Grassroots Dominance in McDonald’s Game 

    (1:02:08) - Montverde Academy: 5 McDonald’s All-Americans?!
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  • On Episode 171 of Ballislife's "In The Paint Show", ITP hosts Ronnie Flores, Ani Umana and Chelsea Hopkins go hard on the situation involving LSU women's basketball star Angel Reese and the dynamic between star player and coach in this current NIL era of college basketball. Many online are trying to pit Reese against her coach Kim Mulkey, but this topic is much bigger in scope than just the defending NCAA champs and its star player and its lighting-rod coach.
    A.R. is currently suspended from LSU's team, but the ITP crew goes deeper on this topic, including the issue of student-athlete confidentiality rights, player-coach relationship as it pertains to protecting players from media onslaught and social media rumors, treating players different based on how much money he or she is earning through NIL, making star players available to the media after games, the locker room dynamics and how that has changed because of NIL, and treating players as student-athletes rather than pro athletes.
    Chelsea talks about Mulkey flaming the fires of Reese's suspension by avoiding the suspension with the media and Ronnie questions the importance of the relationship between star and coach. How important is it for rotation players to be on the same page with the coach both on and off the court? Ani and Chelsea give their hot takes! The locker room dynamic is a big topic now that star players have the potential to earn as much or more than some on the coaching staff. Can a team win big if the players and staff are not on the same page off-the-court?
    The crew then break down what makes a great coach at the collegiate level. Is Mulkey a great coach, or does she have great players?
    The ITP Crew also talks about media availability and Ani breaks down how it can hurt branding and draft status by declining. Should it be mandatory that players are made available to media if they are requested?
    Ronnie closes the topic by dishing on the future of big-time college sports. Are the players in the revenue sports headed toward employment? What is going to happen in the near future?
    Switching gears, Ronnie reveals the results of the preseason 2023-24 Mr. Basketball USA Tracker, which tracks the progress of the nations top high school basketball players. Duke-bound Cooper Flagg of preseason FAB 50 No. 1 Montverde Academy (Fla.) leads a two-horse race in the 2023-24 Mr. Basketball USA Tracker powered by Ballislife.com. The 6-foot-9 forward edges last seasons Mr. Basketball USA honoree, Cam Boozer of Columbus (Fla.), in a close race between the two elite prospects among 20 national candidates.
    Flagg garners six first-place votes, Boozer collects two while two other candidates receive one first place vote. The two other candidates to receive a first-place vote (one each) was undecided guard Dylan Harper of FAB 50 No. 18 Don Bosco Prep (Ramsey, N.J.) and Rutgers-bound forward Airious "Ace" Bailey of FAB 50 No. 21 McEachern (Powder Springs, Ga.). Will Harper join Bailey at Rutgers in the fall of 2024?
    This episode is No. 6 of season six of the ITP Show and breaks down important topics in collegiate sports, so make sure to tune into Episode 171 from start to finish! Also make sure to check out our ITP Overtime shorts for more info, insight and behind the scenes stories!

    (0:00) - Intro 

    (0:51) - LSU’s Angel Reese Suspended: Surprising?  

    (6:23) - Coach Kim Mulkey: Not Protecting Her Player? 

    (12:59) - Coach-Player Dynamic: Does Off-Court Matter Much?

    (20:18) - Is Mulkey a Great Coach? What Matters Most in CBB? 

    (30:20) - Bobby Knight Parallel: Does Mulkey Need to Adapt?

    (35:11) - NIL Era: Pro-Type Scrutiny For Student-Athletes?

    (43:24) - Star Player Media Availability: What’s the Obligation?

    (48:39) - ITP Hot Take: Are Colleges Going to Employee Athletes? 

    (52:27) - Mr. Basketball USA Tracker Results: Cooper Flagg!
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  • On Episode 170 of Ballislife's "In The Paint Show", Ronnie Flores and Ani Umana give their hot takes on the young risers and early standouts of the 2023-24 basketball season at all levels, from the NBA, college and high school ranks!
    The ITP crew starts off with their dish on hoop hot takes that are meant as click-bait and how impressionable those are to young players and fans. Ron and Ani dish on the hot take that preseason FAB 50 No. 1 Montverde Academy (Fla.) can beat a number of D1 college programs and win some CBB conferences. Ron contends that both levels of the game should be respected more and Ani's take is that grown men have a different outlook and motivation when it comes to the game. The fine line between success and failure is much thinner at the college level and Ron also stresses the talent level at quality D2s while Ani also discusses the impact of college-level scouting reports.
    The fellas also dish on the ridiculous notion that NBA all-time great Hakeem Olajuwon is "stealing money" teaching old 1990s moves and the surprising assertion by Louis Williams that the Clippers lost motivation and interest during the 2020 bubble because outsiders didn't consider it a legitimate NBA championship.
    Ron and Ani tell it like it is!
    In their ITP Scouting Report segment, the fellas dish on young players who have stood out so far in the NBA and college and on a number of 2026 and 2027 high school prospects who they expect to have break out seasons. The fellas break down the Thunder's Cason Wallace and Chet Holmgren, the Jazz's Keyonte George, USC's Isaiah Collier, Arizona's Kylan Boswell and many more.
    The fellas also dish on standouts from the Pangos All-South and All-East Camps whom should be 2023-24 high school standouts whole Ron breaks down the big-time matchup between young 7-foot bigs Keiner Asprilla of FAB 50 ranked Don Bosco Prep (N.J.) and Akol Nyok of Glenelg Country School (Md.).
    This episode is No. 5 of season six of the ITP Show and breaks down what we've seen so far in the 2023-24 season, so make sure to tune into Episode 170 from start to finish! Also make sure to check out our ITP Overtime shorts for more info, insight and behind the scenes stories!
    (0:00) - Intro 

    (0:37) - Game Focus (Too Many Fall Leagues?) 

    (3:29) - Can a HS Team Peak Early

    (4:46) - ITP Hot Take: Can MVA Beat a D1 Team? 

    (16:01) - Hot Take: Ridiculous Takes By Pros!  

    (21:00) - Hot Take: Lou Will On The Bubble!  

    (24:25) - ITP Scouting Report: NBA Breakout Guys!

    (21:03) - Scouting Report: CBB Frosh Eye-Catchers!

    (39:32) - Scouting Report: Young HS Players To Look For!
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  • On Episode 169 of Ballislife's "In The Paint Show", Chelsea Hopkins hosts a special ITP episode, the "2023-24 Preseason FAB 50 Rankings Release Show" to coincide with the release of the complete rankings on Ballislife.com.
    Chelsea’s fellow ITP hosts, FAB 50 compiler Ronnie Flores and BIL associate editor Ani Umana, break down the preseason poll, talk "Teams on the Rise", "Teams on the Hot Seat", players to watch for 2023-24 and more!
    Chelsea puts Ron and Ani under the gun about the big rule changes involving the elimination of the one-and-one foul shot, how teams get ranked, the bubble clubs that just missed and the big matchups to look forward to during the 2023-24 regular season.
    Ron and Ani break down the nation's best high school teams in three segments: Teams 31-50 (those looking to maintain their ranking and win section/conference titles), Teams 16-30 (those with legitimate shots to win state titles and move into the Top 15 because of their size and/or depth) and Team 1-15 (the top FAB 50 title contenders with future D1 prospects coming off the bench and loaded schedules).
    This episode is No. 4 of season six of the ITP Show and tips off our coverage of the 2023-24 high school basketball season around the country. This special episode compliments the detailed writeups of all 50 teams on the website, so make sure to tune into Episode 169 from start to finish! Also make sure to check out our ITP Overtime shorts for more info, insight and behind the scenes stories!

    (0:00) - Intro 
    (0:58) - New NFHS Foul Rules (1-and-1 Elimination) 
    (4:57) - How to Get Ranked 
    (6:42) - Teams No. 31-50 Released 
    (13:07) - How Teams Get in 31-50 Range 
    (17:52) - Teams No. 16-30 Released 
    (19:46) - Difference Between 31-50 & 16-30
    (21:03) - Teams/Players To Watch (16-30)
    (28:08) - FAB 50 Guidelines 
    (35:25) - Teams No. 1-15 Released 
    (39:36) - Teams/Players To Watch (Top 15)
    (44:03) - Teams On The Rise (Top 15)
    (48:40) - Players To Watch (Top 15)
    (1:00:00) - Ceiling For Cooper Flagg/MVA
    (1:05:20) - Breakdown Of More Teams  
    (1:11:24) - BUBBLE Teams Breakdown
    (1:15:49) - Big FAB 50 Games
    (1:22:47) - Key Preseason Content Dates
    (1:24:56) - Complete Preseason FAB 50 List 
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