Sometimes Famous Guests

Sometimes Famous Guests


Episode 95 – ‘The One With Kristen Ledlow’

Today we bring you our very first guest of the 2014-15 NBA season, Kristen Ledlow. Kristen is the co-host of NBA TV’s Inside Stuff, which made its triumphant return to television screens last season. We were lucky enough to chat to Kristen for over half an hour, in what was a fantastic laughter filled conversation. Enjoy the show and remember to check out NBA Inside Stuff, Monday’s at 5pm on BT Sport.

You can find Kristen at the links below:

Greg Tanner (MVP247 Co-Editor and founder of the legendary

Episode 89 – ‘’MVP247 Co-Editor Greg Tanner”

Today Bates and James have the pleasure of talking to Greg Tanner, founder of the now legendary Greg has carved out a reputation as one of Britain’s leading basketball experts and this show is a real treat for UK fans.

In 2009, Nike chose Greg as the host for NBA megastar LeBron James’ special visit to its Midnight Madness bootcamp event. After introducing the two-time MVP to around 200 young ballers, specially invited guests and media, Greg conducted a 20 minute interview session with LeBron, before taking questions from the audience.

In October 2010, Greg was chosen as the host for an exclusive Kobe Bryant Q&A session for winners of a Footlocker House Of Hoops competition.
Greg introduced the five-time NBA champion before interviewing him in front of specially invited guests and media.
One of Kobe’s answers from the interview session caused quite a stir – quickly racking up nearly 1 million views on YouTube, and getting airtime on ESPN, NBC and NBA TV.

More recently Greg was a basketball producer at the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Ethan Sherwood Strauss (ESPN)

Episode 59 – ‘Andre Von Strauss’

On Thursdays edition of the Double Clutch Podcast we are delighted to have been joined by Eye On Basketball contributor and ESPN writer, Ethan Sherwood Strauss. We get rudely interrupted by the fire alarm at Portsmouth University but battle through to bring you a fun, laughter filled podcast.

We discuss Sloan, what is it? and why is it relevant to today’s NBA. We talk about OUR football an awful lot and almost unearth Ethans favourite team. We also talk Allen Iverson, Ethans Top 5 of the last decade, tanking and obviously the current state of the Golden State Warriors.

Steven Edwards (First Take UK)

Episode 50 – ‘The Magic Number’

We finally made it to episode 50! Thanks to those who have followed and supported us since our very first episodes. We hope we have bought you fun and insightful NBA coverage from a British perspective. So here’s to 50 more and another cracking NBA Playoffs and Finals come June.

Thanks to Steve from FTUK for his Hall of Fame entry, available now to relisten to on the website.

Also shout out to Believe The Hype for supporting the show since it was a baby using a Nerf rim.

Peter Vecsey (Hall Of Fame NBA Columnist, analyst for NBC for 12 years, TNT, and NBA TV.)

Episode 41 – ‘Stories, Insights And History Featuring Peter Vecsey’

Today we have a very special podcast. We are delighted to have spent over an hour with Peter Vecsey. Peter is a Hall of Fame NBA columnist and is well known for his post match grilling of players. We get his views on the now infamous 1997 Karl Malone interview, as well as a few fantastic insights into his relationships with some of the games best, from Kobe Bryant and his parents, to Pat Riley and Michael Jordan. This is a thoroughly enjoyable journey through the National Basketball Association. Peter tries in vain to name a Top Five of all time and states Kobe Bryant is as good as Jordan. You can also find out which NBA personality Peter thinks is stupid…..which you do not want to miss and we even get his views on expanding the NBA as a global brand. We hope you enjoy the show!


Episode 39 – ‘Believe The Predictions’

On this weeks Podcast we are joined by one half of the chart topping Believe the Hype NBA Podcast. Yes that’s right… barely a week after their Nate Robinson NFL talk went viral and simply took over the internet, we have somehow bagged their host. Tom Read joins Frankie Hobbs and Matthew Bates in debating the rookie of the year as well as making a few bold season predictions. The guys also give us their H.O.F entries. Be prepared to be shocked…

Episode 71 – ‘Historic Playoff Wizardry’

On Thursdays show Matt is joined by Tom Read of the Believe the Hype NBA Podcast to discuss all of the Game 2′s which have taken place since Monday. We start with Monday night/ Tuesday mornings Memphis Grizzlies @ Oklahoma City Thunder game, finishing on Thursday morning with Portland @ Houston. We also go through some of your #NBAintheUK tweets and questions regarding the weekends Playoff action.

Tom Read: @TraRead

Nick Caro (NBA Nation Australia) & Tom Read (BELIEVE THE HYPE)

Episode 33 – ‘Dallas Mavericks Have It All.’

Today we are joined by two guests, Tom Read of Believe the Hype makes his second appearance on Double Clutch and Nick Caro of NBA Nation Australia makes his long awaited British debut. A rather jam packed show see’s us discussing Derrick Rose, Monta Ellis, Metta World Peace and a whole host of other NBA stars. We also debate Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnetts respective legacies in Boston, as well as the new look Houston Rockets. We even have a little bit of fun! #WhoIsRolfHarris

Nick Caro: @NickCaroNBA
Tom Read: @TraRead


STATE OF THE FRANCHISE: The Los Angeles Lakers 2013

On our very first special focusing on one particular team we are joined by two Lakers fans, Mr Tom Read of the fantastic #BelieveTheHype Podcast and Mr Brent Veale formerly of That Basketball Show, to discuss the turbulent Lakers season. From Dwight, to Pau to Metta World Peace’s Cat, we debate it all. We also do your songs that sum up the Lakers season.

Find #BelieveTheHype over at: and on iTunes.
Toms Twitter @traread
Brents Twitter @MrTrain


STATE OF THE FRANCHISE: The Philadelphia 76ers 2013

We are back for our second STATE OF THE FRANCHISE show. Today’s is a Sixers special! featuring special guest, rocker of the best hair in the podcasting world and Australia’s biggest export since Fosters….Mr Benyam Kidane from the Believe the Hype podcast. Yep that’s right another Aussie tags along with us Brits to discuss their personal favourite NBA franchise. Will it be an Andrew Bynum sob fest? who knows! We discuss the Andrew Bynum injury, Sixers history and we even attempt to salvage something good from a dismal Sixers season. Enjoy!

CHRIS COX (The Undersized Basketball Podcast)

Episode 11 – ‘Surprises, Disappointments and Lottery Teams.’

The season is rolling to its sudden close, so we thought we’d give you our end of season special. We have assembled an All Star cast to bring you our biggest surprises and disappointments of this years regular season. As well as discussing the past two weeks worth of NBA action we also debate the Lottery Teams and whether or not they can get any better.
You can find more of Mr Cox over at:

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