Should the NBA rest players and screw its own fanbase?

All this and more covered in this week’s Big E Show on SB Nation Radio. Listen to my twenty minute segment by clicking on the soundcloud link here

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This is way better than playing…and we’re getting paid millions too! LOL, NBA fans are some funny-ass people.

NBA Finals Game 4 preview, Yahoo Sports Radio

Hello All,

Last night I went on Yahoo Sports Radio’s Big E Sports Show with the awesome Elissa Walker Campbell to preview tonights Cavs – Warriors huge Game 4.

You can listen to my 10 minute rambling here, where I dissect Cleveland’s lineup, berate their management and discuss all things NBA:

And while I’ve got your attention, you can also stream another podcast stint I did back in April following Kobe Bryant’s final NBA game — that 60 point, 50 shot umm, classic [That’s the segment where I preceeded Hall of Fame basketball writer Bob Ryan]:

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A who seh me don?

NBA in London: Two CNN features and one Yahoo podcast

 

Two NBA features and one NBA podcast in five days. Bam. Now that’s what I call a busy week. But that’s what happens when the NBA comes to London; everything stops and I’m scrambling to go to open practices, conduct interviews, and eventually go to the big game itself — which was a thriller. Toronto beat Orlando in overtime at the O2 on Jan 14.

Both articles were Toronto Raptors related and featured an in-depth interview with team president and GM, Masai Ujiri. Ujiri was born and raised in Nigeria, played low-level college and pro hoops, yet is running an NBA team. Wow.

I don’t want to get all cliche, but honestly, he’s inspiring. If he can do that, then anyone can do anything if you work hard enough and set your mind to it. Seriously, the man overcame some massive obstacles, but had persistence and smarts to get to the top — and good on him.

First feature focuses on the Raptors being the NBA’s first truly global team (one Nigerian GM, seven international players, and one Sikh superfan: the Turbinator):

Click here to read CNN Story

The second feature is on Ujiri’s vision for an NBA populated with talented Africans — much like today’s European soccer leagues:

Click here for the story

Finally, last but certainly not least, is my podcast with the legendary Elissa “Big E” Walker Campell from Yahoo Sports Radio. We’re talking all things Raptors, New York Knicks (IE Porzingis) and Eastern Conference basketball in 10 minutes of riveting dialogue.

Listen to the podcast stream here:

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Between Michael and I, we’ve racked up 6 rings.

 

 

Talkin’ NBA Free Agency on Yahoo Sports Radio with Big E

Hello All,

Last week I had the pleasure of returning for a guest spot on the Big E Radio Show with Elissa Walker Campbell to discuss the NBA off-season. We hit on Deandre Jordan’s back and forth with the Dallas Mavs and LA Clippers, along with the Knicks questionable first round pick, Kristaps Porziņģis, the Spurs rebuilding effort and a bunch of other topics.

For a print journalist, it’s always special to be able to discuss your thoughts on air, and I value these spots a great deal. In fact, the show has recently been syndicated on Sirius Satellite Radio, meaning it’s beamed out to millions of listeners all over the United States. Not bad for a kid who played high school ball at the American School of Kuwait!

The show was broadcast in two segments, which you can stream here:

Click here for Part 1

Click here for Part 2

Thanks everyone, and please chime in with any feedback, it’s always welcomed and appreciated!

Lastly, please check in to my Twitter account for updates on new articles I’ve written.

In case you missed them, I had two features that ran for CNN World Sports in July.

One was in-depth look at the off-court lives of professional tennis players outside of the top 10.

The other was a light-hearted profile of the 10 types of people you’ll see in a yoga class.

Enjoy and have a great week!

This crazy-ass beard just got me  a $200 million contract from Adidas!!

This crazy-ass beard just got me a $200 million contract from Adidas!! I’m the richest hipster in the world!

Talkin’ NBA hoops on Yahoo! Sports Radio with Elissa Walker Campbell

Hello Folks,

Last week I phoned in for a regular guest slot on The Big E Sports Show with Elissa Walker Campbell. I love doing these spots, they’re great fun and the questions Elissa asks never fail to bring up perspectives on players and teams that I hadn’t really thought of. That’s the sign of a seasoned interviewer at work.

We waxed lyrical on the MVP race and the NBA playoff picture. The radio segment was split in two for podcast listeners. Here they are:

Part 1

Part 2

Meanwhile, last Friday I released an article on CNN with the headline “The $900,000 Monument to England’s Failure” about a giant sculpture by an Italian artist which records every loss the England football team has suffered since 1847. That’s a lot of losses. You can read the article here.

NBA MVP Candidate and hipster or jihadi? You decide.  (Photo credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports)

Hipster NBA MVP Candidate or fundamentalist cleric? You decide.  #FearTheBeard

(Photo credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports)

Motez Bishara on Yahoo Sports Radio Dissecting the Donald Sterling fallout / Kindle Countdown Deal Kickoff

Hello all!

Yesterday I was interviewed by the always terrific Elissa Walker Campbell for her Big E Sports show out of Houston on Yahoo Sports Radio.

We went over all the nail-biters in the first round of the NBA playoffs, but kicked off discussing the supercharged controversy involving Clippers owner Donald Sterling. Sterling’s racist rant caught on tape by his 20-something year old mistress was legitimate global news, on a viral level. The NBA came down hard on the 80-year-old, banning him from the league on every possible level (no attending any arenas, no communication with management, etc) and is pushing for a majority vote of fellow owners which would force him to sell. This is totally unprecedented in global sports (and even, perhaps, in every level of business).

My take on the Sterling scandal and more can be heard on this 11 minute segment

But that’s not all! I’m running a Kindle Countdown Deal that kicks off today at the low LOW price of $1.99 (US customers only, sorry). Access the Kindle purchase from here

Clippers – Warriors Game 7 is in LA tomorrow, promises to be a good one! Have a great weekend everyone.

Vanessa, you can instagram me anytime you want.

Vanessa, you can instagram me anytime you want.

KMA Radio Shenandoah, Iowa Interview on How to Beat the NBA AND how to beat the holiday eating buldge

More radio talk, this time coming out of Shenandoah, Iowa! The Dean and Don show had me on as their guest a couple of weeks back and, of course, we talked all things to do with ticketing and the NBA. Here’s how it went:

Hope everyone has an awesome Thanksgiving weekend! I am a sucker for holiday food. If you’re anything like me and are a little nervous about how to beat the Thanksgiving and Christmas food bulge then I’ve got some good reading for you.

This study suggests working out before breakfast is the only way to avoid gaining weight if yu’re going to binge eat later in the day

And this article suggests 45 mins of cardio workout per day during the holiday period. Either way, the point is don’t just sit around on the sofa eating turkey, as smugly satisfying as it feels.

Happy holidays everyone!

Half price opening day tickets AND my tips on scalping etiquette: KRLD Dallas radio interview

The launch of the new NBA season is less than a week away! In anticipation of opening day I spoke to Mitch Carr of the KRLD Morning News show in Dallas about how to get the best deals all over America, and drilled down into some important scalping do’s and don’ts.

Listen to the seven minute interview here:

And while we’re on the topic of Texas, basketball and tickets, I did some digging and found half-price 4th row center seats to watch San Antonio play Memphis on opening night. Yep, a season-ticket holder of the defending Western Conference champs is willing to take a $109 haircut on the deal (season-ticket price: $254, Ticketmaster price $329 with fees, eBay price $145 each) .
You can find the link here (while it lasts): http://www.ebay.com/itm/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=111182225492

A little digging goes a long way sometimes… happy hunting.

Salt Lake City Tribune and Kuwait Times write-ups!

Coming home to a suprrise write-up that took up half of page 5 was pretty cool . The sub-header was my favourite part!

Coming home to a suprrise write-up that took up half of page 5 was pretty cool . The sub-header was my favourite part!

Not the most obvious two papers to link together, yet upon my arrival into Kuwait yesterday, both broadsheet newspapers had articles on “Beating the NBA: Tales From a Frugal Fan.” [One thing ‘Beating the NBA’ can lay claim to is having a disparate readership.] It was a very cool way to get a welcome home!

Here’s the Salt Lake City piece, which zeroed in on my experience with the well organized (IE pain in the butt) EnergySolutions Arena scalpers. (full URL)

Kragthorpe: Jazz ticket sellers frustrate author

By Kurt Kragthorpe

| Tribune columnist

First Published Jul 08 2013 10:43 am • Last Updated Jul 08 2013 10:43 am

The Jazz have some issues when it comes to playing consistent, team-oriented defense inside EnergySolutions Arena. But it’s apparently a different story outside the building.

An author who toured the NBA in search of ticket bargains credits the brokers outside ESA with establishing an almost impenetrable defense. More accurately, Motez Bishara accuses them of collusion, not allowing one another to lower the prices.

Beating the NBA: Tales From a Frugal Fan is Bishara’s story of how the secondary ticket market works. He shares his experiences of landing high-priced courtside seats for marquee games and finding huge discounts for other games, mostly by scouring websites and making in-person deals with scalpers outside the arenas.

Except in rare cases, he succeeded in securing good tickets for much less than face value. So he was not happy about paying $20 for a $17 upper-bowl ticket to watch the Jazz play Phoenix on a cold night in February 2011.

That’s a notable game in Jazz history. Jerry Sloan had resigned as coach the previous day, so Tyrone Corbin made his debut in a 95-83 loss to the Suns in front of a sellout crowd of 19,911 that included Bishara, who was surrounded by Junior Jazz players.

Believing that he paid too much money for a seat near the top of the arena, Bishara writes an unfavorable account of his ESA experience. But that chapter aside, the book is intriguing. As he pointed out, many baseball fans try to visit every major league ballpark, but a tour of NBA venues is unusual. His stories focus mostly on what he had to do to acquire a ticket, but he also provides good flavor of the cities, arenas and teams.

kkragthorpe@sltrib.com

And the full readable Kuwait Times PDF is right here:

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Thanks for checking in! PS, I am now finally on instagram under ‘motez56’. 56 was Lawrence Taylor’s # with the New York Giants, in case anyone was wondering. Aaaand, before I wax lyrical on the great LT, it’s over and out from me.

The National newspaper features “Beating the NBA”

Today’s The National (UAE) features a wonderful article on my basketball journey by Ali Khaled. Big thanks to The National’s sports section for assigning a very talented writer to dive into the book, and enquire about all the little things that made the journey so memorable.

Here’s the URL: http://www.thenational.ae/sport/north-american-sport/one-fan-travels-to-find-just-the-ticket-in-the-nbas-basketball-games

And the text of the article below:

One fan travels to find just the ticket in the NBA’s  basketball games

Jul 1, 2013

 

Basketball and road trips. You would be hard pressed to find two more  quintessentially American activities.

They are also the central themes of a recent book by the Kuwaiti author and  basketball fanatic Motez Bishara called Beating The NBA: Tales from a Frugal  Fan.

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