It’s All Happening! Eric Smith and Paul Jones are joined by Sportsnet’s Ben Nicholson Smith to react to the breaking news of the Blue Jays trading for pitcher Jose Berrios from Minnesota. Alvin Williams weighs in on the Raptors selecting Scottie Barnes over Jalen Suggs, how Barnes reminds him of Jerome “JYD” Williams, and Russell Westbrook joining Lebron James and company in LA. Next, we play Nick Nurse’s one on one with Eric following round one of the draft where he discusses why the team selected Barnes. Finally, the guys sign off as “Smith & Jones” comes to a close after 14 months.
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Eric Smith and Paul Jones discuss the importance of the NBA Draft and the Raptors' history of selections. Toronto Star's Doug Smith chimes in on what the Raptors will do with their 4th overall pick, what's in Kyle Lowry's future if Toronto selects guard Jalen Suggs, and the team's priority list in free agency. Plus, Canadian basketball scout Wes Brown gives his thoughts on if we can expect a bunch of movement between teams flipping draft picks, Cade Cunningham projected to be selected by the Pistons with the 1st overall pick, and which players could be sleepers and NBA ready in the 2021 draft.
Sportsnet's Ben Nicholson-Smith joins Eric Smith and Paul Jones to discuss the countdown to the Rogers Centre hosting Blue Jays games again with fans in the stadium, the importance of the upcoming schedule before the trade deadline, the team overcoming losing close games, and how Ross Atkins and the organization will balance chasing for rentals over giving up elite prospects at the deadline. Sports Illustrated's Howard Beck helps the guys sift through fact or fiction with NBA rumours floating around, if it's time for the Raptors to move on from Kyle Lowry, if Toronto can rebuild a championship contending team again very soon, and the Pelicans continuing to build around Zion Williamson.
ESPN's Tim Bontemps joins Eric Smith and Paul Jones to discuss the growing competition in international basketball, the NBA producing players to one day represent their home country on a global stage, and the pressure on USA Men's basketball program in the years to come. Sportsnet's Michael Grange weighs in on the positive directions with professional sports returning to Canada, concerns with how the women's national basketball team performed in their Tokyo Games opener vs. Serbia, how the Raptors will approach the NBA Draft, and if free agent centre Jarrett Allen would be a good fit for Toronto.
Eric and Paul are joined by Alvin Williams to chat about the championship mentality embodied by Giannis and the Milwaukee Bucks, and who the Toronto Raptors should look towards on draft night with the fourth overall pick. Next up, former Canadian runner and gold medalist Donovan Bailey stops by to give his predictions on this year’s Olympic crop of sprinters and who could potentially reach the podium in the 100 metre dash.