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The Atlantic Files #175: Xavier Silas' Coaching Journey
Anyone who's been watching basketball for the last decade has heard the name Xavier Silas. Whether it's college basketball, NBA, professionally overseas, the Big 3, or even The Basketball Tournament, Xavier Silas' name has come up. If you haven't heard the name, then you haven't been paying attention.
Silas had a long playing career that took him to many places all over the world. Even played in the G League where he got the chance to play for Team USA too.
Now that he's only making playing appearances in The Basketball Tournament over the summer, he's shifted his attention to coaching and running AAU or high school programs.
An AAU program is where it all started. After developing the program based out of Colorado, he then went through a coaching program with the NBA and landed a job as an assistant coach for the Delaware Blue Coats of the G League.
Last season, the Blue Coats had one of the best defenses in the league while still showcasing a high-powered offense. Silas had a big hand in this as he was helping with both sides of the ball at different parts of the season. Fast forward to this season that just started in the Disney bubble, and the Blue Coats are playing at one of the fastest paces in the G League while also placing in the top five in assist percentage, assists, points scored, and turnovers on both sides of the ball.
They're now the only undefeated team left after the G League Ignite team fell on Wednesday night.
Xavier Silas credits a lot of people for the inspiration to coach and the guidance to get him where he is. Everyone from people he's played with, against, for, and coached with.
Now, he continues to make his own stepping stones towards a head coaching gig. The G League coaching job helps with the X's and O's, but the creation of the Colorado Prep school gives him all the surrounding experience that a college coach would experience.
Hear about all of this and more in the latest episode below!
0:00 - Intro and Atlantic Division standings update
3:25 - Interview with Xavier Silas
The Atlantic Files #174: Ben Simmons is DPoY worthy
The Atlantic Division has had a couple of notable situations take place in just the last week. Derrick Rose has been traded to the New York Knicks and Ben Simmons said he's the best defender in the NBA.
Neither of these things really has changed the landscape of the league nor the Atlantic Division itself. Some people might be enthralled with Rose going to New York, but in reality, it isn't moving the needle in either way.
Derrick Rose has one of the most inspiring stories in NBA history and he has worked incredibly hard to still be a meaningful contributor on a team. While his experience and skill set will be useful in New York, it's not going to push them any further than they were already projected.
Then, we have Ben Simmons catching a lot of flack for what he said in a post-game presser. Confidence is key in any sport, especially on the defensive side of the ball in the NBA. His defense has been noted by a lot of people across the league, but fans keep letting his jump shot overshadow anything else he does.
Finally, we have gotten a second round of NBA All-Star voting returns. The top vote-getters are not surprising at all. We've seen them there before and they probably will continue to be the top voted players for years to come. The fringe players are the ones that are surprising though. Alex Caruso, Derrick Rose, and Russell Westbrook getting the same or more votes as someone like Fred VanVleet? Make it make sense!
All of that and more on the latest episode below!
2:00 - Derrick Rose traded to the New York Knicks
7:20 - Ben Simmons says he's the best defender in the NBA
11:30 - 2021 NBA All-Star voting returns
The Atlantic Files #173: Caris LeVert's blessing in disguise
By now, we're sure that everyone has seen the news about Caris LeVert's scary cancer situation. This trade that sent LeVert to Indiana could very well have saved his life!
Joining us this week to talk about everything cancer related is Deanna Bianchini. She works as a Physician Assistant in Oncology. For those who don't know, oncology is the study of cancer. She came to give her expertise on the whole situation and how much of a blessing in disguise this trade truly could be.
Cancer is always a serious conversation. There are many cancer awareness campaigns and kidney cancer is not one of those that people often hear about. We had a great conversation with Ms. Bianchini, and everyone can learn a lot about kidney cancer and the complications that come with it!
Before we get to that conversation, we had to give an update on the state of the Atlantic Division. This is the Atlantic Files after all.
The Philadelphia 76ers are still handling business, while a couple of other teams are sinking. The race for the playoffs in the East is going to be very interesting and the race for the top four seeds between Philly, Brooklyn, Indiana, and Milwaukee.
All of that and more in the latest episode below!
1:00 - State of the Atlantic Division
6:10 - Conversation with Deanna Bianchini, PA-C on Caris LeVert's cancer scare
The Atlantic Files #172: Will RJ Barrett become an All-Star?
Your eyes are not deceiving you. The New York Knicks are still at .500 right now and they are actually in the playoff race for the Eastern Conference. On top of that, they are the number one ranked defense in the entire league!
We have to tip our caps to Coach Tom Thibodeau on getting this Knicks team to where they are so far. We also have to give props to both RJ Barrett and Julius Randle. Two guys who have been doing the brunt of the work to get them here in the first place.
RJ Barrett had some doubts going into this season. His shooting percentages were super low and the Knicks were hoping he was going to be their big superstar one day. Over the last five games of this season, he has looked like he would deliver on that hope, however, the rest of his career so far might say otherwise.
Then, in Toronto(or Tampa Bay), we have an interesting story brewing with the Raptors. Pascal Siakam and Fred VanVleet aren't exactly delivering everything they need to make the Raptors a playoff contender. They've been at the bottom of the East this whole time and don't look like they'll climb out very far if their play continues this way.
All of that and more on the latest episode below!
1:10 - New York Knicks and Will RJ Barrett be an All-Star
9:42 - Are Pascal Siakam and Fred VanVleet actually Toronto's future?
The Atlantic Files #171: Who can beat the Brooklyn Nets?
What just happened in the NBA?! The whole landscape just shifted with a mega tilt towards the Eastern Conference. No, we're not exaggerating and if you think it is an exaggeration, then you might want to clean those glasses. James Harden is now on the Brooklyn Nets joining the likes of Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving!
Who is going to be able to beat them in the Atlantic Division or even in the entire Eastern Conference? There is a very short list if there are any.
Also, what kind of ceiling do the Nets now have for this year and years to come after this deal? Is it only a one-year window or could it be more than that? Then, one of the biggest questions is what exactly is going on with Kyrie Irving, and will he be able to gel with the team as well?
Around the division, things are going quite well record-wise for the Philadelphia 76ers and Boston Celtics. They're sitting at first and second in the East and it doesn't look like either one is going to slow up any time soon given they don't get covid after their recent issues. Joel Embiid still looks great and Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown are still a very dynamic duo.
Should the Sixers make a big trade after Harden didn't go to Philly? How about either Bradley Beal or Zach LaVine?
Finally, we have the New York Knicks and Toronto Raptors bringing up the rear. One team is sinking and the other is rising. I'll give you a guess as to who is who.
All of that and more on the latest episode below!
2:10 - James Harden traded to Brooklyn Nets (W/ Martin Soaries and Felix John-Baptiste)
33:25 - Philadelphia 76ers struggles and covid protocols
37:35 - Bradley Beal vs Zach LaVine, who should the Sixers trade for?
46:00 - Boston Celtics postponed games
47:15 - Toronto Raptors stepping their game up
49:15 - New York Knicks regressing to the mean
The Atlantic Files #170: The New York Knicks are good?
So here we are, finally into 2021 and about nine games into the NBA season. Thus far, this season is just as weird as the last year and or so has been. What do we mean, you might ask, well the New York Knicks actually have a winning record!
You did read that last sentence correctly. The Knicks are actually playing winning basketball and we're not sure if the world is really prepared for this. Although, we could just see them crumble and then world order would then be restored.
Moving to another tri-state team, the Philadelphia 76ers are at the top of the standings. Joel Embiid looks primed to win an MVP while some of the new faces on the team have stepped up and given the team a breath of fresh air. Let's not forget about Doc Rivers and the fact he could grab a Coach of the Year award as well!
Then, we have the Brooklyn Nets. One of the most prolific offenses in the league while having one of the most garbage defenses to go along with it! One will have to outweigh the other in the end, but we'll have to see which wins out.
In terms of the Boston Celtics, we have a real discussion brewing between Jaylen Brown and Jayson Tatum. Which one would you want to build with?
Finally, there are the surprisingly bad Toronto Raptors. Well, we're not sure what else to say other than the fact that they're pretty bad.
Hear about all of our thoughts on these topics in the full episode below!
1:50 - Sixers hot start and some worries
9:30 - Joel Embiid and Nikola Jokic for MVP
11:02 - Brooklyn Nets defense is garbage
14:35 - Boston Celtics and Jayson Tatum vs Jaylen Brown vs Brandon Ingram
24:10 - New York Knicks are actually winning games
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