Smith And Jones

Opinion, analysis and news on the Raptors, NBA and the biggest stories in sports with Eric Smith and Paul Jones.

Recent Episodes
Jan 19, 2022
Don’t Write Off Frank Vogel ... Yet

Eric and Paul catch up with 16-year NBA vet & Mavericks analyst Derek Harper to preview Raps-Mavs and also discuss how detail and preparation has evolved in the NBA, playing for Pat Riley, the next steps for star Luka Dončić working alongside his head coach and former All-Star PG Jason Kidd (0:30). Afterwards, Dan Woike of the LA Times talks about why he feels Frank Vogel’s job as Lakers’ head coach is safe for now amid reports that he is on the hot seat, the lack of flexibility the team has when it comes to improving the roster, and how they’ll have to resort to the buy-out market after the deadline (29:03).

The views and opinions expressed in this podcast are those of the hosts and guests and do not necessarily reflect the position of Rogers Sports & Media or any affiliate.

Jan 19, 2022
The Raptors' Rotation & Cardigan Talk with Gary Trent Sr.

Eric Smith and Paul Jones are joined by former NBA vet Gary Trent Sr. to discuss how scouting has evolved from his playing days until now, the Raptors recent rotation as they overcome injuries, and Gary Trent Jr’s showing off his love for fashion as he supports his team on the sidelines (14:43). Later, Alvin Williams joins the show for his view on the Raptors after traveling to cover the team on the road in Miami, Luke Dončić's style of play, the lure of offence in MVP voting, the evolution of scouting, and more (30:59). 

The views and opinions expressed in this podcast are those of the hosts and guests and do not necessarily reflect the position of Rogers Sports & Media or any affiliate.

Jan 18, 2022
José Calderón & Buyers Or Sellers?

Eric Smith & Paul Jones discuss the Raptors 104-99 loss to the Heat with a focus on Nick Nurse’s rotation and the hard foul on Scottie Barnes which ultimately wasn’t ruled a flagrant (1:19). Next, Raptors fan favourite José Calderón discusses his new endeavour - joining the Cleveland Cavaliers front office - and looks back on his time with Toronto (31:38). Afterwards, Sportsnet’s Michael Grange joins the guys to assess the Raptors at the halfway point of the season and if the team will be a buyer or seller at the deadline (48:06).

The views and opinions expressed in this podcast are those of the hosts and guests and do not necessarily reflect the position of Rogers Sports & Media or any affiliate.

Jan 17, 2022
Putting Together Team Canada with Shane Doan

Jeff chats with Shane Doan about putting together the Canadian men's Olympic hockey team and Claude Julien taking the reins as the head coach of the squad (3:05). Next, Scott Laughlin talks about the imminent return of Jack Eichel, if we’ve forgotten how good he and Carey Price are, as well as Keith Yandle approaching the iron man streak record (19:25). Finally, Ken Wiebe looks at the one month anniversary of Paul Maurice’s departure in Winnipeg and how the team might approach their roster ahead of the trade deadline (49:50).

The views and opinions expressed in this podcast are those of the hosts and guests and do not necessarily reflect the position of Rogers Sports & Media or any affiliate.

Jan 17, 2022
Heat and Raptors Roll On Without Kyle Lowry

Eric Smith and Paul Jones look ahead to the Raptors game against the Heat - one that was supposed to feature Kyle Lowry going against his former teammates for the first time (9:13). Next, ESPN’s Tim Bontemps goes around the NBA and shares his thoughts on the Raptors-Heat matchup, Kevin Durant’s injured knee, the ongoing situation with Kyrie Iriving & the Nets, and why the Lakers’ second half schedule won’t be doing them any favours (30:01). 

The views and opinions expressed in this podcast are those of the hosts and guests and do not necessarily reflect the position of Rogers Sports & Media or any affiliate.