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NOW ON iTUNESFor nearly five years, Greg Grasso has been interviewing noted authors stateside and abroad. What started out as a hobby, is now consuming his free time and interest in Spy, Thriller, Historical and Biographical Authors, looking into what makes them tick, how they process information and content, and why they write. ------------------------David Baldacci was his first novelist, and since has led to some of the greatest and most renown authors as Jeff Deaver, Tess Gerritsen, Raym ...
 
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He was one of the most prolific pure shooters in all of college basketball, and still holds the Atlantic 10 record for 3 pointers made from his time playing for his dad at the University of RI. Now, after an 11 year pro career overseas, Jimmy Baron Jr, is retiring from the hardwood as he moves on to a new career at the prestigious IMG Academy as a …
 
Even though he's coached and had success at just about every level in the game, Arkansas head coach Eric Musselman is constantly looking to innovate and learn. As college basketball attempts to push through the Pandemic, the 2nd year Razorbacks coach gives us an idea of his personal and professional experience through an unprecedented summer of rac…
 
At the end of the 2019-2020 season, the URI Rams had some serious roster holes to fill. That's when David Cox went to work. Now with the additions of transfers Jalen Carey, Malik Martin, along with the Mitchell twin and others, the new look Rams will be in a position to bolster their depth and play the defense style that Cox has been wanting to pla…
 
He's the man behind the scenes of some of the NBA's biggest stars. Rob McClanaghan has worked with Steph Curry, Derrick Rose, Kevin Durant and John Wall just to name a few. His book 'Net Work' gave fans a unique look at the world of the NBA superstar. McClanaghan's ability to gain the trust and confidence of the game's elite makes him one of the NB…
 
After more than 40 years in the business of being a professional scout, the legendary career of Tom Konchalski is coming to an end. He was the first scout to tell then North Carolina assistant Roy Williams about a talented kid out of Wilmington that he should take a look at. That kid was Michael Jordan. Some say the Missouri native has an photograp…
 
Kenny Blakeney took over as head basketball coach at Howard over a season ago and is already having a huge impact, not only on the basketball community at Howard but at the University as a whole. Outside of basketball, Blakeney is an entrepreneur and leader in the black in community. He is currently working with Michelle Obama and Chris Paul's 'Whe…
 
There's certainly more to future Hall of Fame coach Bob Huggins than meets the eye. Most fans glimpse of the Morgantown native is that of a hard-nosed sideline general. Those close to Huggins know there's a lot more to understand. Beloved by his players and the coaching community Huggins' road to success is one paved by gritty hard work born into h…
 
Bryce Drew came to national attention as a player in the 1998 NCAA tournament as 13 seeded Valparaiso upset 4 seed Ole Miss on Drew's buzzer-beating bomb. Now in his third head coaching job and 1st year with a rebuilding Grand Canyon, Drew discusses the challenges of coaching during Covid-19 while raising a young family and utilizing his strong fai…
 
Team Takeover CEO Keith Stevens is one of the most influential people in the basketball world that most average fans have never heard of. His Nike sponsored grassroots program is annually one of the nation's best with dozens of alums competing both professionally and in college, and over 20 coaching alums having now moved on to college staffs. Stev…
 
How does a coach get his team ready during a pandemic? USF head coach Brian Gregory sheds some light on the challenges, procedures and pitfalls of navigating pre-season conditioning drills while trying to keep his student athletes safe.Gregory's coaching tree includes Kevin O'Neal, Tom Izzo, Jud Heathcote, and was a former teammate of David Robinso…
 
21 minority Big East assistants have announced they’ve formed Coaches For Action, a coalition created to use their platform of athletics to educate and bring awareness to social injustices.Four of the coalition member coaches joined Adam Finkelstein for a live roundtable on The Upside to discuss the initiative.We welcome Dwayne Killings of Marquett…
 
In 1921 one of the nation's most heinous acts of racial injustice occurred on the streets of Tulsa, Oklahoma.Tulsa was home to one of the most prosperous African American communities in the country. Nicknamed, 'Black Wall Street', hundreds of black business owners and families flourished.That all came crashing down as the result of an alleged sexua…
 
In the fourth installment of our series 'Race in Sports' the Upside broaches the subject from a slightly different perspective as we look at the sport of college baseball and HBCU's. We welcome legendary coach Roger Cador. Coach Cador is the 'John Thompson' of college baseball when it comes to black leadership. He is also a member of a Major League…
 
They were both teammates and later co-workers on the staff of Mike Krzyzewski at Duke. In the third installment of our series 'Race in Sports' University of Pittsburgh head coach Jeff Capel and Marquette head coach Steve Wojciechowski join Adam.These two friends witnessed through their careers the same situations while looking through different len…
 
During this period of intense racial discord in America, The Upside has looked at some of the black leaders in the community of sports to give us their perspective on these historic events that are effecting every corner of our nation. Today we welcome Missouri Coach Cuonzo Martin to the show.Not that long ago the names John Thompson and John Chane…
 
Dr. Scott Brooks joined The Upside Podcast in the first of a series of discussions about the racial issues we're facing in this country and how they impact athletes, coaches, and families. Dr. Brooks is the Director of Research at the Global Sports Institute at Arizona State. He is also a senior fellow at the Wharton Sports Business Initiative and …
 
The son of a well known high school coach in the Cincinnati area, Mick Cronin's (@CoachMickCronin) coaching tree association includes the likes Bob Huggins and Rick Pitino.As a head coach, Cronin has led his teams to 11 NCAA tournament appearances and guided the Bearcats of Cincy to 9 straight bids.Now in his second year as head coach at UCLA Croni…
 
Texas head men's basketball coach Shaka Smart is the latest guest of The Upside Podcast with Adam Finkelstein. In this wide-ranging conversation, Shaka and Adam talk about the recent signing of five-star prospect Greg Brown III, not only discussing what he brings to the Longhorns but the added challenge of recruiting against the NBA G-League to get…
 
The Last Dance is a highly anticipated sports documentary miniseries profiling the 1997-98 Chicago Bulls and their season long quest for a sixth NBA championship. With Michael Jordan, Scottie Pippen, Toni Kukoc, Dennis Rodman, and Steve Kerr are some of the most recognizable names on that roster, current Southern Connecticut State University head c…
 
Dr. Joe Carr is perhaps the most well-known sports psychologist in the world of basketball. With over 30 years of experience in clinical, sports, and community psychology, Dr. Carr is a co-creator of the NBA's "Rookie Transition Program" and has worked privately with individuals including Lebron James, Carmelo Anthony, Allen Iverson, and Victor Ola…
 
This was the season that Pat Chambers, his staff, and program had been building towards for literally the better part of the last decade. They were a ranked within the top ten programs in the country at one point this winter and a virtual lock to hear their name called on Selection Sunday. Of course, after the season's abrupt end due to the coronav…
 
Georges Niang had just finished warm-ups with the rest of this Utah Jazz teammates last Wednesday, March 11th when officials ran onto the floor at Oklahoma City to stop the game before the opening tip. The next 24-hours essentially shut down the sports world as the NBA suspended their season, college basketball conferences tournaments were cancelle…
 
Pittsburgh head coach Jeff Capel just finished his first season at the helm of the Panther program, reflects upon the last twelve months, while also looking back at his time as the associate head coach at Duke in order to share his unique perspective about recruiting at the highest levels, one-and-dones, and much more.…
 
Jordan Brenner has covered the NBA and college basketball for over a decade at places including ESPN, Bleacher Report, and the Athletic. He also founded a site called Giant Killers back in 2006 which accurately projected George Mason's Cinderella run to the Final Four that year and went on to be the foremost authority on NCAA tournament upsets by u…
 
Last year when they were freshly committed to Ed Cooley's Providence College Friars, both David Duke and A.J. Reeves were our first guests this Podcast. Now after 5 games with the program, both Freshman standouts are living up to the hype. Not only are they teammates, they are also college roommates as they are making an immediate impact for coach …
 
Dean Oliver is considered by many to be the Godfather of Advanced Basketball Analytics. The author of the groundbreaking book "Basketball on Paper", Oliver was the first statistical analyst in the NBA. He has worked in the front office for the Sacramento Kings, Denver Nuggets and Seattle Supersonics.Journey 'inside the numbers' on this special edit…
 
Adam visits with author Shane Snow. Shane is an award-winning journalist, celebrated entrepreneur, and the bestselling author of the books Smartcuts: The Breakthrough Power of Lateral Thinking and DREAM TEAMS: Working Together Without Falling Apart, as well as the co-author of The Storytelling Edge. He is founder-at-large of the content technology …
 
Jonathan Givony is in his first year as ESPN's NBA Draft analyst and reporter but established himself as the foremost authority on the NBA Draft long before that. He is the founder and former director of Draft Express and spent the previous two years working with The Vertical at Yahoo Sports. Jonathan has traveled across the globe for the better pa…
 
Bob Walsh has carved a career in the northeast to become one of the most respected coaches in the area. As a former Providence College assistant coach, Rhode Island College head coach and his most recent stint at Maine, Bob now prepares for the next phase of his basketball journey. On this episode, Bob takes us behind the scenes of the NCAA tourney…
 
Brad Wachtel has been described as the best bracketologist you've never heard of. While he may not yet have the national popularity of others that project the NCAA tournament field, his history of being able to predict the bracket is unmatched. In fact, from 2008 to 2010 he was the most accurate of the 170+ people in the country who attempt to do s…
 
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