Ep. 5: NBA Western Conference Preview, the national anthem, and Kevin Garnett enters the Man Cave

So you thought the Eastern Conference preview was good?

Wait until you hear this one.

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In this episode, I dive into the Western Conference to tell you that your team stinks.

Also, I’m not thrilled that your team might be better than mine.

Doesn’t matter. The point is, I’m right about this stuff.

I also take a look into this whole national anthem controversy. How will the NBA handle these protests What’s the right way and wrong way to handle it? Is the message diluted? Well, let’s talk about it.

And I welcome the Big Ticket to the Man Cave.

Look, I’ve never really been a KG fan, but the dude is cold. He deserves to be a champ, he deserves to be in the Hall of Fame. Most importantly, he deserves a spot in the Man Cave. Tim Duncan might not be thrilled about it, but it’s not Tim’s Man Cave. It’s mine. And for some reason, I’ve kidnapped these guys and stuck them in a room together.

This is starting to get weird…

Finally, I’ve heard enough of your whining and complaining. Couch Coach is on iTunes. But here’s the deal, coaches: you got to review this thing. You’ve got to write reviews and rate it or else it’s going to stay buried at the bottom of the iTunes feeds. I’d write the reviews myself, but that wouldn’t be very… kosher.

So click this link, subscribe and write me a review.

The season starts in 18 days, so get your head right. A team who has no idea of your existence might need you.

I don’t have anything else to say, so, bye.

Heart You,

Stephen Hale, aka The Couch Coach

P.S. Don’t forget to tell a friend and leave some feedback on Facebook, Twitter, or here. Or drop me a line at stephen@couchcoachhoops.com.

Ep. 4: NBA Eastern Conference Preview, my NBA Mt Rushmore, and Allen Iverson enters the Man Cave

What in the world took me so long, right? What was that, like three weeks? My bad, guys. But I’m back and boy-howdy, is this episode a real treat.

We are much closer to the start of the season than maybe many of us realize. If you’re like me, you’re probably wasting your spare time in the realm of fantasy football. I’m in a record setting seven leagues this year. (I know, it’s a real problem.)

It always becomes an obsession this time of year as I await the end of October and the beginning of the NBA season. But I just can’t stand it anymore, so I’m doing my early, early season predictions. I figured every NBA blogger or writer from ESPN to Basketball Breakdown to SB Nation is making theirs, so I might as well toss mine
into the ring, too.

This week, I preview the NBA Eastern Conference. I rank all 15 teams for you and it’s not up for debate. I’d love for some surprise team to prove me wrong, but I don’t see it happening.

*Spoiler alert: the Cavs will be back in the Finals and I’m not exactly thrilled about it.

Additionally, we recently had a fresh batch of Hall of Famers get inducted. This makes for good discussion, but one thing that drives me nuts about HoF inductees is that it always reverts back to that stupid “Mt. Rushmore” conversation.

Everyone wants to narrow it down to four players. Four? That’s not even a good round number. Why not five? Or three? Or 10? And why Mt. Rushmore? Can most of us name the four people actually on the real Mt. Rushmore?

… does Google search for Mt. Rushmore

I get sick of those conversations, but I figured I’d go on record with mine. I dedicated my HCYGTK segment to clarifying who is on Mt. Rushmore and I hope you disagree with me. I’d love to tell you how wrong you are.

Finally, speaking of Hall of Famers, I welcome our newest member into the Couch Coach Man Cave. It’s getting crowded in there. We may need to order a new batch of robes soon. Tim Duncan, Ray Allen, Coach K and now…

Well, click on the episode below and find out.

Heart You,

Stephen Hale, aka The Couch Coach

P.S. Don’t forget to tell a friend and leave some feedback on Facebook, Twitter, or here. Or drop me a line at stephen@couchcoachhoops.com.

Ep. 3: The future of USA Men’s Basketball and LeBron James, plus 5 Bold Predictions

Refresh. Refresh. Refresh.

That’s what you’ve been doing, right? Anxiously awaiting the newest episode of the Couch Coach? Well, you can stop hitting F5, because it’s here, and man, its a whopper.

In this episode, I go all-in on LeBron James. Guys, I tried really hard to give him a break, but I just couldn’t help myself. What came out was an all-out finger-pointing blame game and it just got out of hand. But I stand by it and I refuse to apologize.

Also, this episode would have come out a bit sooner, but my producer and I spent entirely too much time going back and forth about how tall Carmelo Anthony actually is. (Editor’s note: Carmelo Anthony is not now, nor has ever been, 6’11”, despite what Stephen thinks.) I would end up losing the debate and go back to make some additional edits. It doesn’t change the fact that Carmelo was the MVP for the USA Men’s National Team.

I also highlight five bold predictions that you guys submitted. Some of them are ridiculously bold (I’m looking at you, Trace), others have the smell of a bandwagon fan (Mr. Grant, the lifelong Laker fan picking Portland to make it to the WCF?!?!?!). Needless to say, this was a fun segment and I look forward to getting more interaction from my listeners.

Finally, I welcome, or rather, encourage, Coach K, to join us in the Man Cave. If you’re keeping track, our Man Cave now consists of Tim Duncan, Ray Allen and Coach K.

Boy, that’s an awkward group, isn’t it? Picture them all in fuzzy maroon robes with “C.C.” on the pockets, salt and pepper beards, sipping martinis and trying to find something to talk about. I think it goes something like this…

COACH K: So, Ray. I heard you were in a movie recently?”

RAY: Huh?

COACH K: Yea. What was it called? He’s All That? With Spikey Lee?”

RAY: Um, it was called, He Got Game. And it’s Spike Lee, not Spikey. And that was in 1998.

COACH K: He Got Game! That’s it! and Spike Lee. Yea, big Knicks guy, right?

RAY: Yep. He is. He really is.

COACH K: Yea, I never saw it but, uh, congratulations on the film.

TIM: Wait, you were in a movie, Ray?

* crickets *

COACH K: Hey, guys,want to see if they have He Got Game on Netflix?

– scene –

Someone Photoshop this please…

Don’t forget to tell a friend and leave some feedback on Facebook, Twitter, or here. Or drop me a line at stephen@couchcoachhoops.com.

Thanks for listening. We’ll talk soon. Ok, bye.

Stephen Hale, aka The Couch Coach

Ep. 2: The NBA Salary Cap, Russell Westbrook’s New Contract, the Olympics, and Ray Allen

So you’re back for more, huh? Good for you. Grab a life vest, because we’re going deep this time.

In this episode, we discuss Russell Westbrook and the future of the Oklahoma City Thunder, Blake Griffin and Chris Paul, and even take a look at some salary numbers for the Dubs up in Oakland.

Then, I break down five players from the men’s Olympic team in this segment of “Honey, Can You Get the Kids?”™

Finally, I reach out to Ray Allen and extend an invite to the Man Cave. Hopefully the rumors aren’t true…

Click here to get your ear scratched:

Don’t forget to tell a friend and leave some feedback on Facebook, Twitter, or here. Or drop me a line at stephen@couchcoachhoops.com.

Thanks for listening. We’ll talk soon. Ok, bye.

Stephen Hale, aka The Couch Coach

P.S. Hang tough. Couch Coach will be on iTunes before you know it.

Ep. 1: The NBA Offseason, Kevin Durant and Warriors, 2017 MVP Predictions, Farewell to Tim Duncan

You made it. You’re an official couch coach now. As promised, I have something to tickle your ears.

In this first episode, I talk about Kevin Durant and the Warriors, share my early season prediction for MVP and wonder who will compete with the new Super Team.

In our “Honey, can you get the kids?” segment, I break down a few interesting story lines in rapid fire.

I wrap things up with a special tribute to the best Power Forward ever in a segment we’ll call “Welcome to the Man Cave.”

After you’re finished, drop me a line at stephen@couchcoachhoops.com.

Tell me if it stinks, tell me if it’s awesome, and tell me what you want to discuss. Introduce a topic and I’ll read your email on air.

Thanks for listening and remember to tell a friend.

Have a great week,

Stephen Hale, aka The Couch Coach

P.S. Don’t forget, you can follow me on Facebook and Twitter, too. So, go do that. We’ll talk next week. Ok. Bye.

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