Ryan Turell: ‘Being the first Orthodox Jewish to play in the NBA would be a dream come true’

It’s not very often that a draft prospect has the chance to be a pioneer in the NBA. After averaging 27.1 points per game in NCAA III with Yeshiva University, Ryan Turell could become one by becoming the first Orthodox Jewish player to make the …

It’s not very often that a draft prospect has the chance to be a pioneer in the NBA.

After averaging 27.1 points per game in NCAA III with Yeshiva University, Ryan Turell could become one by becoming the first Orthodox Jewish player to make the league. A prolific shooter with 47.1 percent of makes from beyond the arc in his senior year, he has already locked up an invite for the upcoming G League Elite Camp.

The 23-year-old forward recently discussed with HoopsHype his preparation for the draft and his dream of becoming a trailblazer for other Jewish kids.

Usman Garuba: ‘Jalen Green is going to be the NBA’s leading scorer in a few years’

Forward Usman Garuba had an up-and-down rookie season with the Rockets but did show glimpses of how important he can become for a rebuilding Houston club with his defensive skills. The 20-year-old Spaniard discussed his ambitious plans for the …

Forward Usman Garuba had an up-and-down rookie season with the Rockets but did show glimpses of how important he can become for a rebuilding Houston club with his defensive skills. The 20-year-old Spaniard discussed his ambitious plans for the summer, learning from Draymond Green‘s game, Jalen Green, the 2021 draft class and more with HoopsHype recently.

Check out what Garuba had to say below.

Eddy Curry: ‘People still harbor this real anger about my career. I find that intriguing’

https://open.spotify.com/embed/episode/63kQVLqLXBlLB1LPIYkioh Former NBA player Eddy Curry joined Michael Scotto on the latest HoopsHype podcast. Curry discussed what to expect from his new Caramel and Cheddar podcast on The Players’ Tribune, untold …

Former NBA player Eddy Curry joined Michael Scotto on the latest HoopsHype podcast. Curry discussed what to expect from his new Caramel and Cheddar podcast on The Players’ Tribune, untold stories behind the scenes playing for the Chicago Bulls, New York Knicks, and much more.

For more interviews with players, coaches, and media members, be sure to like and subscribe to the HoopsHype podcast on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, and anywhere else you listen to podcasts. Listen to the podcast above or check out some snippets of the conversation in a transcribed version below.

Tracy McGrady: ‘I won, and I’m still winning’

https://open.spotify.com/embed/episode/2mkJhYbWWTeQ1h3MWTpMtb NBA Hall of Famer Tracy McGrady discussed his NBA career and his new Ones Basketball League venture with Michael Scotto on the latest edition of the HoopsHype podcast. McGrady talked …

NBA Hall of Famer Tracy McGrady discussed his NBA career and his new Ones Basketball League venture with Michael Scotto on the latest edition of the HoopsHype podcast. McGrady talked about being in trade talks for Bulls star Scottie Pippen, what would’ve happened if he stayed with Vince Carter and the Raptors, if Tim Duncan joined the Magic, playing with Yao Ming, his NBA Top 75 snub, and more.

For more interviews with players, coaches, and media members, be sure to like and subscribe to the HoopsHype podcast on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, and anywhere else you listen to podcasts. Listen to the podcast above or check out some snippets of the conversation in a transcribed version below.

Nike Hoop Summit legend Roy Rana: ‘I never thought Nikola Jokic would become who he is”

HoopsHype recently talked to Canadian basketball coach Roy Rana, who currently serves as an assistant coach on the Sacramento Kings while also being the head coach for the Egyptian men’s basketball team. The 53-year-old Rana has also been the head …

HoopsHype recently talked to Canadian basketball coach Roy Rana, who currently serves as an assistant coach on the Sacramento Kings while also being the head coach for the Egyptian men’s basketball team.

The 53-year-old Rana has also been the head coach for the World Team at the annual Nike Hoop Summit an astonishing 10 times, leading the team to victory in 2012, 2013, 2015 and 2018. Among the names he has coached while serving in that role are Nikola Jokic and Joel Embiid, two of the frontrunners for NBA MVP over the last two seasons, as well as Shai Gilgeous-Alexander.

This interview was edited for clarity.

Max Strus: ‘I never thought I’d be in the NBA’

Miami Heat guard Max Strus had an improbable journey to becoming a starter on the top team in the East. Strus spent his first two seasons playing Division-II college basketball at Lewis University before transferring to DePaul University. After …

Miami Heat guard Max Strus had an improbable journey to becoming a starter on the top team in the East.

Strus spent his first two seasons playing Division-II college basketball at Lewis University before transferring to DePaul University. After going undrafted, he eventually landed with the Chicago Bulls, his hometown team, but suffered a torn ACL. Then, when he thought his NBA career might be over before it got any traction, the Miami Heat called and allowed him to compete for a roster spot.

After earning a two-way contract with the Heat, Strus played well enough to sign a multi-year deal. Now, Miami is 13-2, with Strus as a starter heading into the playoffs.

Following a practice with the Heat, Strus spoke with HoopsHype over the phone and discussed his journey to the NBA, how a conversation with his coach at DePaul changed his outlook, behind the scenes with the Heat, Jimmy Butler as a teammate, his desire to remain in Miami long-term, and much more.

Bismack Biyombo donates NBA salary for hospital: ‘It motivates me to play for something bigger’

Several months after the unexpected death of his father, Francois, Bismack Biyombo joined the Phoenix Suns with two goals in mind: Use his salary to help build a hospital in his dad’s honor in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and win an NBA …

Several months after the unexpected death of his father, Francois, Bismack Biyombo joined the Phoenix Suns with two goals in mind: Use his salary to help build a hospital in his dad’s honor in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and win an NBA championship.

Biyombo explained why he decided to donate his salary, why he believes the Suns can win the championship, what he and the NBPA are working towards in the next CBA deal, and more in an interview with HoopsHype.

Editorial note: This interview has been condensed for clarity. 

Darius Miles and Quentin Richardson on Clippers, Lamar Odom, Donald Sterling, Suns, Knicks, and more

https://open.spotify.com/embed/episode/4KrrPShkDjruDW8yEdTYkw HoopsHype’s Michael Scotto is joined by former NBA players and current Knuckleheads podcast hosts Quentin Richardson and Darius Miles to discuss their time playing for the Clippers, …

HoopsHype’s Michael Scotto is joined by former NBA players and current Knuckleheads podcast hosts Quentin Richardson and Darius Miles to discuss their time playing for the Clippers, including Lamar Odom, Michael Olowokandi, Donald Sterling, etc. Plus, Richardson’s time with the Suns and Knicks, whether Miles believes high school kids should be able to go pro like he did, what his career could’ve been if he was healthy, and more on the latest edition of the HoopsHype podcast.

For more interviews with players, coaches, and media members, be sure to like and subscribe to the HoopsHype podcast on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, and anywhere else you listen to podcasts. Listen to the podcast above or check out some snippets of the conversation in a transcribed version below.

Q&A: Former lottery pick Shabazz Muhammad eyes NBA comeback

Former 2012 top high school recruit and NBA lottery pick Shabazz Muhammad is eying an NBA comeback. The 29-year-old swingman has hired agent Keith Kreiter of Edge Sports International and recently signed with San Miguel Beermen in the Philippines. …

Former 2012 top high school recruit and NBA lottery pick Shabazz Muhammad is eying an NBA comeback.

The 29-year-old swingman has hired agent Keith Kreiter of Edge Sports International and recently signed with San Miguel Beermen in the Philippines.

Following a 57-point, 19-rebound performance in a win, Muhammad spoke to HoopsHype over the phone and discussed his NBA career with the Timberwolves and Bucks, his time overseas in China and the Philippines, what he’d do differently, and why he can help an NBA team.

New Lions OC Ben Johnson breaks down what the team wants in a wide receiver this offseason

Johnson spoke with the local media at the 2022 NFL scouting combine and offered up what he wants at wide receiver

New Detroit Lions offensive coordinator Ben Johnson spoke with a select group of reporters at the 2022 NFL scouting combine on Tuesday afternoon. Johnson amicably covered several topics, but one area of emphasis stood out. He’s ready to tackle fixing the wide receiver position.

Detroit has a keeper in Amon-Ra St. Brown, who finished his rookie season as one of the best over-the-middle weapons in the entire league. But the rest of the receiving corps is thin, to be kind. Kalif Raymond, Josh Reynolds and KhaDarel Hodge— the next three top targets for WRs in 2021 — are free agents, while Quintez Cephus is returning from a broken shoulder. Adding help at receiver is a definite priority, and Johnson has some ideas on where the help can come.

When asked about what type of receiver the Lions might prefer this offseason, the freshly promoted Johnson broke it down.

“They come in a number of shapes and forms,” Johnson said. “But I think the definition of it is a guy who can win consistently one-on-one.”

Johnson continued,

“Whether that’s a big guy with a lot of strength and size, a guy with elite quickness or speed — it comes in a number of different ways. But we are looking for someone that, outside the numbers predominately, can win a one-on-one. And if he’s good at his job, dictates coverage. So they recognize where he’s at at all times and they start rolling his way, which will open us up for the run game and inside.”

The new coach summed it up nicely,

“We have guys that can win. We just want to see the guys that we have, or get somebody else, that can win on a more regular basis.”

In another answer, Johnson talked about the need to expand the field with receiving talent.

“The more we can expand both vertically and horizontally outside the numbers and deep down the field, the more it’s going to make the guys on the inside that much more dangerous,” Johnson said, referring to TE T.J. Hockenson and RBs D’Andre Swift and Jamaal Williams.

No specific college prospects or potential free agents were discussed, but Johnson’s eyes lit up when he talked about adding a bigger receiver and what that can do to help the Lions’ anemic red zone offense.