Orlando Alzugaray, 640 Sports Miami, joined The B-Straw & Pauly G Show on the Road Trip to talk about NBA free agency. He says LeBron James really is in control right now and a lot depends on what he chooses and that will have a big impact on the Big 3. He says Kyle Lowry is a huge target in free agency for teams. Alzugaray doesn’t think LeBron James has any reason to go anywhere.
John Dickinson, 98.7 The Game, joined The B-Straw & Pauly G Show to discuss NBA trade rumors in the Road Trip. He said he had not heard about a Lin or Parsons trade with the Warriors. He said a Kevin Love trade has potential to happen. Dickinson thinks getting Love would really boost the team up the ranks. He discussed some other elements the team has been looking to improve as well.
CSN Houston’s Sebastian Salazar joined The B-Straw & Pauly G Show to discuss tomorrow’s big game between the USA and German teams in the world Cup. First he weighed in a bit on the biting incident with Luis Suarez saying some people don’t understand just how intense these players get while playing the game. They discussed how the issues the Ghana players were having with boycotting practice for not being paid could impact the match with Portugal tomorrow and what that in turn would mean for the US. Salazar said that a spectacular performance from goalie Tim Howard is the key to the US doing well in tomorrow’s game. He thinks that the US will tie with Germany tomorrow.
Tonight the B-Straw & Pauly G Show Road Trip traveled to New York to talk to WFAN’s Marc Malusis about free agency and potential trades in the NBA. He discussed the trades the Knicks have made so far in the off season. Malusis thinks that it is far fetched that Carmelo Anthony would be traded to the Rockets for James Harden. He talked about some of the possible moves that coach Phil Jackson is looking to make.
Mark Grote of WSCR joined The B-Straw and Pauly G Show to discuss LeBron opting out today. Grote doesn’t think the Bulls would be able to make it work for LeBron to come to the team. He also discussed how Derrick Rose’s injury is healing up. He said that the talk is all optimistic for Rose to come back but it’ll be hard to tell until he is really back.
Kurt Helin of ProBasketballTalk.com joined The B-Straw & Pauly G Show to discuss LeBron James opting out. Helin doesn’t buy into LeBron going back to Cleveland and says that’s like going back to your wife after a few years with your mistress. He thinks the Rockets have to go after LeBron but says it will be a really hard sell if only because they’re in the West. He thinks whether LeBron stays or leaves Miami depends on if Chris Bosh opts in or not.
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Daniel Wallach, partner at Becker & Poliakoff, joined The B-Straw & Pauly G Show to discuss a historic ruling today on sports gambling. Wallach explained the efforts in New Jersey to legalize sports gambling like they have in Las Vegas and why this will not work. The only chance the legislation has is if another state jumps in and throws weight behind this legislation so the Supreme Court will take up the case. Wallach says that until then Vegas will continue to be the only place where you can legally bet on sports.
Tonight The B-Straw & Pauly G Show Road Trip traveled to Houston and Las Vegas. They started in Houston talking to Houston Chronicle writer Jose de Jesus Ortiz about Carlos Correa’s injury and the Astros in general. Ortiz says that he is hearing that the injury is not as bad as originally feared and that Correa will be a huge help to the team. Next they flew to Las Vegas to talk to Micah Roberts, Line Makers with SportingNews.com, to talk about how the unpredictability of the World Cup is impacting betting in Las Vegas. He also said sports books are looking with interest at whether or not the Rockets will recruit LeBron James.
Sebastian Salazar, CSN Houston, joined The B-Straw & Pauly G Show to talk World Cup Soccer especially the USA and Portugal match this Sunday. He discussed the strangely jungle located stadium where the teams will play and said he doesn’t think the heat will be a big factor for the guys who are used to playing in humidity. He said Germany is the team that has impressed him most so far in the World Cup though there are several other teams looking to be contenders. If the US can win and get out of this group it will be a very impressive performance for us.