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Join NBA Legend and the King of Twitter Rex Chapman and one of his closest friends, Actor Josh Hopkins, for the Rex Chapman Podcast. With special guests and the latest news from the NBA, hear personal stories as Rex and Josh rose to the top of their careers from humble beginnings in Lexington, KY. The Rex Chapman Show is powered by BasketballNews.com and produced by Next Chapter Podcasts. 

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Join NBA Legend and the King of Twitter Rex Chapman and one of his closest friends, Actor Josh Hopkins, for the Rex Chapman Podcast. With special guests and the latest news from the NBA, hear personal stories as Rex and Josh rose to the top of their careers from humble beginnings in Lexington, KY. The Rex Chapman Show is powered by BasketballNews.com and produced by Next Chapter Podcasts. 

    Candace Parker joins Rex and Josh

    Candace Parker joins Rex and Josh

    On the latest episode of The Rex Chapman Show, Rex and Josh Hopkins are joined by the incredible Candace Parker. Returning home to Chicago after 13 seasons in LA, Candace is getting ready for the upcoming WNBA season, while commentating on the NBA and raising her daughter Lailaa.
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    3:40 - Candace returning home to Illinois and how it came full circle after growing up in Naperville, one of the best places to grow up in the country.

    5:30 - Why Candace fought playing basketball at first, and how she ended up falling in love with the game.

    10:00 - How important it was for Candace to just play growing up, no matter what game it was, and why young athletes shouldn't specialize.

    16:30 - Being recruited by Pat Summit, and why she ended up going to the University of Tennessee to play for the Lady Vols.

    20:15 - How Candace took it upon herself to prove she could play for Coach Summit.

    25:30 - Candace's WNBA career has been full of ups and downs, and includes an incredible amount of hardware.

    31:00 - Being both a Mom and a professional athlete.

    34:30 - Candace even wrote down the date she was going to return to the WNBA the day her daughter was born.

    42:30 - How playing basketball overseas ended up being more lucrative, and why Europeans are so proud of their basketball teams.

    48:00 - How the WNBA was at the forefront of advocating for racial equality and social justice, and how important it is to represent the marginalized groups in this country.

    51:30 - The worst questions Candace gets about basketball.
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    James Jones: Phoenix Suns GM, and 3 time NBA champion

    James Jones: Phoenix Suns GM, and 3 time NBA champion

    On the latest episode of The Rex Chapman Show, Rex and Josh Hopkins are joined by James Jones - a three-time NBA champion and the general manager of the Phoenix Suns. Once described by LeBron James as his favorite player, Jones describes his path to the NBA and how he transitioned to the Suns’ front office. How did Jones take his mindset as a player and translate that to his GM role on the team with the NBA’s best record?

    4:00 - How did James Jones become such a great shooter? It's all in the family for Jones, who grew up playing every sport, and had several family members play basketball at the college level.

    6:45 - The impact of playing multiple sports on him, and how growing up well-rounded athletes has benefitted a number of NBA players.

    10:45 - How going to the University of Miami gave James more than just basketball. He met his wife Destiny, and grew into the man he would become as he continued his goal of becoming a professional basketball player.

    14:50 - The pressures the Phoenix Suns are under now to win are not too different from what Jones experienced as a player with the Miami Heat where they go from low expectations to trying to win multiple championships.

    19:30 - What does James Jones think a General Manager is supposed to do? Jones sees himself as a problem-solver first and the most important thing he does is to help his people, and the Suns organization.

    27:45 - The Acquisition of Chris Paul and how the Phoenix Suns ascended to the top team in the Western Conference.

    33:30 - It's not just the veteran guys like CP3 and Jae Crowder coming in, but there's been serious growth from a number of the younger players like DeAndre Ayton, Mikal Bridges, Jalen Smith and many others.

    36:00 - How Devin Booker has grown as a leader thanks to the arrival of Chris Paul, and how they take care of each other especially those crucial moments late in games.

    39:00 - After being called the greatest teammate LeBron James has ever had, how does Jones evaluate talent and build a team that is good enough to win a championship? How does he look for great teammates that care about winning and care about their teammates having success as well.

    42:30 - The piece of the Miami Heat culture Jones took with him to Phoenix was to value winning above all and the overall impact playing for Pat Riley had on him as a player, a GM and as an individual.

    46:30 - In a league that often times sees players as an asset, or a commodity, Jones stresses you have to treat everyone as people and how important that is to sustain a winning culture. If you're a basketball player for 3 hours a day, what type of person are you for the 21 other hours?

    51:30 - How genuine Robert Sarver has been about winning, and how he wants to keep pushing the team to do more, and take that next step towards being a championship contender.
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    2021 NCAA Tournament Winning Coach Scott Drew

    2021 NCAA Tournament Winning Coach Scott Drew

    On this episode of The Rex Chapman Show, Baylor Bears head coach Scott Drew stops by to talk about winning the NCAA national championship, growing up in a basketball family, the future of recruiting in college basketball, what Baylor fans can expect out of next year's recruiting class and more!
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    01:30: How does it feel to be the champ?
    02:00: Being Homer Drew's son, better to be Bryce's brother
    05:30: Bryce Drew's infamous shot
    13:00: Finally getting to the top of the mountain after everything Baylor had been through.
    18:00: Thoughts on Gonzaga and the cancelled game on 12/5/20
    19:00: Making Baylor Hoops a family environment
    21:00: Rebuilding Baylor Hoops from the brink of the death penalty
    27:00: How Scott Drew constructed the national champion team
    37:00: Basketball & Life lesson that he took from his Dad/Valparaiso
    40:00: His natural passion for basketball & how does he unwind or get away from hoops
    42:00: We find out some of Scott's passions outside of basketball
    44:30: The landscape of College Hoops over the next decade.
    48:30: Baylor's incoming recruiting class
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    • 54 min
    Stephen Curry, The Greatest Shooter Ever Stops by in the Middle of a Historic Run

    Stephen Curry, The Greatest Shooter Ever Stops by in the Middle of a Historic Run

    On a special episode of the Rex Chapman Show with Josh Hopkins, Steph Curry joins the guys as he's in the middle of one of the greatest scoring streaks in NBA History. How much credit is Steph about to give Rex Chapman for molding him into the multiple NBA Champion and unanimous MVP? A lot to cover with Steph including what he's doing on the floor plus his reaction to the guilty verdict of Derek Chauvin.

    2:30 - Steph says there's still more progress to be made but following the guilty conviction of Derek Chauvin, this country can begin to understand accountability, and seek justice for every community.

    5:15 - How the generational changes have allowed athletes to use their platforms to work towards justice, when others couldn't in years past.

    9:30 - Not wanting to jinx Steph in the middle of his incredible stretch as of late, Josh has to ask what it's like being the greatest shooter in NBA history?

    14:30 - How Steph's hand injury affected not just his play on the court, and what it's taken for him to come back to an MVP level.

    18:30 - The type of work Steph puts in and the advice he has for other basketball players that like him aren't gifted with physical traits like LeBron James.

    21:00 - Where Steph sees the future of the NBA headed, and why he still believes you need big men on the floor, even against the Warriors.

    24:45 - How Steph Curry became a household name at Davidson, and when he finally realized he had potential playing in the NBA.

    31:00 - Getting into the mechanics of Steph's shooting, Rex asks when Steph became so prolific at shooting off the dribble after he was an off-ball shooter up until his junior year at Davidson.

    33:30 - The relationship with Steve Kerr that has flourished into multiple MVP seasons and NBA Titles for the Golden State Warriors. How did Steve Kerr take a great team and unlock their full potential?

    37:30 - How Steph has focused on enjoying basketball and perfecting his craft, while tuning out the uncertainty of his longevity, and the injuries to his teammates that have ultimately made the Warriors younger.

    41:00 - The rewarding work Steph and Ayesha have done with the Eat. Learn. Play. Foundation and their overall passion for community outreach.

    48:00 - The Curry family bond and basketball, with his brother Seth, and his teammate/brother-in-law Damion Lee. Just how competitive were the childhood matchups between Steph and Seth?
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    • 58 min
    Jamal Mashburn on Kentucky Basketball and life after a storied NBA Career

    Jamal Mashburn on Kentucky Basketball and life after a storied NBA Career

    On the latest episode of "The Rex Chapman Show," Rex and Josh Hopkins chat with former Kentucky legend and NBA All-Star Jamal Mashburn! While Rex and Mash catch up about the great times they had in Lexington and in the NBA, Josh feels like a kid again being on with two of his favorite Kentucky legends.
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    320 - Kentucky Superfan Josh Hopkins gets to geek out about being able to talk to Rex and Mash at the same time.

    56:15 - The first time Mash met Rex and what Rex did for him that helped mold him into a better basketball player.

    11:20 - Rex describes returning to Kentucky after he left for the NBA, and Mash's arrival that resurrected the program from probation.

    13:10 - Mash says it didn't take very long for him to make a decision to go to Kentucky and play for Rick Pitino. 

    21:10 - Mash's relationship with Pitinio, and how they remain close friends and business partners to this day.

    26:00 - Growing up outside of Rucker Park in the Bronx, and then arriving to Lexington, KY and having Richie Farmer for a teammate.

    39:30 - How boxing wasn't the right fit for a young Jamal Mashburn, and how he gravitated to basketball for the rest of his life.

    42:30 - Losing to Duke on Christian Laettner's miracle shot, and how Mash looks back on it now years later and the legacy of the Unforgettables.

    56:00 - The Three Jays: Did Toni Braxton really keep from Mash, Jim Jackson, Jason Kidd and the Mavericks from winning an NBA Championship?

    1:01:30 - How did playing for the Miami Heat prepare you for your final stop in Charlotte, which included an All-Star season. What did Pat Riley teach him about more than just basketball.

    1:08.00 - The Mashburns and Pitinos are multi-generational, with Mash's son joining Richard Pitino at Minnesota and now, New Mexico.
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    • 1 hr 22 min
    Zion Williamson Continues to Dominate and a Chat with k.d.

    Zion Williamson Continues to Dominate and a Chat with k.d.

    On the latest episode of "The Rex Chapman Show," Rex and Josh Hopkins are joined by multi-platinum, four-time Grammy winner and diehard Portland Trail Blazers fan, k.d. lang! One of Canada's most beloved musicians, and probably one of the most passionate basketball fans, k.d. discusses her life, her Blazers and why she can't stand super teams in the NBA.

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    15:30 - How are k.d.'s beloved Trailblazers doing so far this season as we push towards the postseason?
    17:00 - What was it about Damian Lillard that drew you in as a fan? How is he setting his career path compared to other superstars that are forming super teams?
    22:30 - k.d. shares what it's like having such a beautiful voice, why she still gets a rush from performing, and when she first discovered her voice. 
    28:00 - How coming out helped pave the way for others in the LGBT community to be comfortable with who they are and more importantly, for society to be more accepting.
    36:30 - The thrill of performing and being on stage is what makes her life's work so rewarding. Rex relates performing live at a concert to playing a game in a packed arena full of fans.
    40:00 - How all performers: basketball players and musicians alike, deal with real life issues while battling pressure and expectations.
    57:30 - Rex shares his relationship with Josh 
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119 Ratings

feedbackguest ,

Lovin’ It !

Especially Book Club !

Durell11 ,

Great Listen! From a Basketball Coach

Great guests and great work from Rex and Josh. Def must subscribe! Variety of guests in sports and entertainment and the hosts provide a great platform for guests while giving great insight through Q&A. Also funny and overall fun and entertaining listen!

-Barrett Meyer (Roman’s Dad)

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Great chemistry

Rex and Josh are great together. Love the interviews.

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