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The Tidal League Podcast, in depth interviews with NBA, WNBA Players and Personnel

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Welcome to “The Tidal League Podcast” a show that will shine a light on the stars of the NBA and WNBA both on and off the court and give them opportunities to share their thoughts on the game and on the world events that impact our lives. We ask the questions you want to know the answers to. We talk to the biggest stars of the game and the talent that manages them. Our in-depth conversations give you, the fans, the chance to really know your favorite players and hear what matters most to them, we go beyond the game and talk about everything from fashion and music, to politics and mental health. Join hosts Kurt and Trish as they are joined by the movers and the shakers of the Leagues we love and hear the stories that showcase why basketball is fast becoming the most popular sport in the world.
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Looking for the latest NBA highlights and breakdowns? Do you want to know what it's like to be in a real coaching film session? Ever wonder how actual NBA players and coaches view the game? Meet Coach Nick, founder of BBALLBREAKDOWN, who's been breaking down NBA games with slow motion, freeze frames, arrows, and voice over for over 8 years. He also has over 20 years experience coaching players at every level, using the most cutting edge techniques that ensure maximum output and efficiency.
Today we are joined by the “Guard Whisperer” to talk all things hoops. Growing up in Los Angeles, Olin Simplis was once regarded as one of the top guards in the L.A. area.  His college basketball career, however, didn’t go as planned and today he shares with us what happened and how he turned disappointment into opportunity, learning from his mistakes and founding Olin Simplis Training.   Olin talks about the importance of mentorship and leadership, using what you are passionate about to fuel your future, and overcoming other people's opinions of you to do what matters and make a difference.   With more than 20 years of coaching experience, Olin is considered one of the most recognized basketball trainers on the west coast and we talk about why he has been successful, his focus on injury prevention and putting the player first, why he loves coaching the women and the exciting ways the WNBA has evolved over the last 25 years.  He shares fun stories about the special relationship between two of his Canadian players, cousins Nickeil Alexander-Walker and Shai Gilgeous-Alexander and why he values his partnership with Wasserman,  the mystery behind his twitter handle and what the loss of Kobe Bryant has meant to him.
Today’s guest, Nigerian born Canadian basketball player Eugene Omoruyi, grew up playing soccer and only switched to basketball because he grew too big. He tells us today, he never looked back and his drive for the game has fueled his success. During our conversation we talk about his experience being an immigrant, the sacrifices his family made, the lessons he learned to fight for what he wanted and what BrokeBaby is all about. From his days at Orangeville Prep, the first Canadian Prep School to rival those in the US, playing alongside Jamal Murray and Thon Maker to playing for the Oregon Ducks he shares with us how he overcame the obstacles thrown his way. Eugene talks about declaring for the 2021 draft and what he’s doing to prepare both mentally and physically.    We reminisce about the 2019 Raptors NBA championship run, how they inspired and motivated him and other young players and the power of sports to unite and divide.   We talk about the recent trade of Canadian Khem Birch to the Raptors, if he sees himself playing for Canada’s team, his hopes and dreams for the future including the legacy he hopes to leave behind.  He tells us about his Godsent Foundation, created to give back to his roots in Nigeria and his thoughts on the racial divide that is so prevalent today. 
Hear from the fans as they tap in with Alexys Feaster!
A force that has infiltrated both politics and sports, Alexys Feaster spent six years as Senior Director of Player Development at the NBA.  Navigating players through investment, relationships, and leadership opportunities Alexys has worked, and supported some of the best in the League.  She joins Trish and Kurt to talk about her years there, what it was like working with the Obamas, during the 2012 election campaign, and to showcase her new initiative, The Kinship Advisors, a DC think tank that creates alliances with athletes, entertainers and organization who are committed to positively impacting underserved communities.
Carolina Blanco joins us today as we speak about her time with SIG  and the evolution of women in professional sports. How the WNBA has grown and made massive strides to get to where they are today including their 25 year anniversary but also how much work is still ahead to level the playing field. We also talk about how the core of SIG and how Boris Lelchitski built the agency around women including the likes of WNBA legend Ticha Penicheiro.  Carolina leads a life full of positivity always finding the best in every scenario, we hear about how important the little things are in sports and no matter who you are you play an important role in the team. 
In a special episode, and taking a new spin on things, "The Tidal League Podcast" brings together 5 female movers and shakers in the world of sport to give their take on what it's like to be a woman in a male dominated arena.  These incredible women talk about their place in this world, the changes that have occured over the years, the fight for equal pay and equal rights, the difference between equity and equality, the challenges and the incredible opportunities, how they support each other, how they take care of their mental health, and how they maintain professional boundaries. We talk about the economics of women in sports, the money making aspect of it, how to grow the involvement of women in all aspects of sports, the importance of male allies, and the four cornerstones of raising the profile and interest in the WNBA and beyond - money, coverage, respect and time. Bri Lewerke - Twitter @brilewerke Margo Brousaides - Twitter @smarfwater Emily Davis - Twitter @emdavis45 Carolina Blanco - Twitter @blancostrong Val Suarez - Instagram @positivechalkdc A Seat at the Table - For Women in Sports (LinkedIn)  
Hear from the fans as they tap in with Megan Walker!
Selected to the first team All-American in 2020, our guest today has already had a storied career at the young age of 22. Megan Walker, small forward with the Phoenix Mercury of the WNBA was drafted 9th overall during the virtual 2020 draft by the New York Liberty after playing college ball at UCONN. She joins us today from Hungary where she plays in the EuroLeague and talks with us about the incredible journey she’s been on.  Megan shares with us what matters to her, the importance of influencing social change, the Black Lives Matters Movement, the role the WNBA has played and how she herself has used her voice and her platform to raise awareness.  She talks about draft night, how she’s learned to dominate in any arena, what motivates her, her most memorable basketball moment and how she made history by leaving UCONN after three years and declaring for the draft.    She tells us her dreams for life after basketball, her ambition to take on a role in law enforcement, maybe with the FBI, and how through it all she wants is to make a difference. 
Hear from the fans as they tap in with Myles!
Join Kurt and Trish as they welcome Indiana Pacers Centre Myles Turner to the show. At 24, Myles is the longest tenured player on the team, making him what his teammates call the “young vet”. We learn about Myles the person, who’s Knicks loving, superhero of a dad inspired and nurtured Myles into the man he is today and how Kevin Garnett, LaMarcus Aldridge, Chris Bosh, and George Hill inspired and drove him to the player he is today.  We find out what current LEGO set he is working on, who he would put on his team for a game of 3 on 3 and what playing against Kobe meant to him. 
Q&A with Wizards Assistant Coach David Adkins
Kurt and Trish are joined today by Washington Wizards Assistant Coach, David Adkins.  Starting his coaching journey at high school boys basketball powerhouses, Montrose Christian and DeMatha, working with a number of talented future NBA players, including Kevin Durant, to leading Maryland Terps female team to the 2014 NCAA Women's Final Four learning from the great Brenda Frese and now as a trusted and respected part of the Wizards organization.  We talk about the evolution of both the mens and womens games,  the importance of protecting players, and one's own mental health and an inside look at the future of some of our favourite players in the League, including a player close to coach's heart, Isaiah Thomas.
Bonus content straight from the fans with WNBA legend Ticha Penicheiro.
Regarded as one of the best point guards of all time, today we welcome former WNBA player Ticha Penicheiro. Joining us from Miami, Ticha talks about her journey in professional basketball which began in Portugal and led her to the US where she has now made her home.  Playing from a young age, Ticha talks about what it took to make her dream come true, from playing in the WNBA, winning the championship with the Sacramento Monarchs and being a Nike Athlete to her induction into the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame in 2019 and her current role as Director of Women's Basketball at SIG. As a young girl her heroes were Michael Jordan and Magic Johnson. Today she is thrilled that there are so many female athletes for young girls to look up to and she talks about what it’s like to be one of those heroes.  We talk about the growth of the WNBA, how professional athletes use their platform to promote important issues, her thoughts on the future of the WNBA, the impact of Kobe Bryant, and some never before told stories.  
Welcome back Sportsnet’s Michael Grange. The leading voice of the Toronto Raptors, there is lots to unpack with the tumultuous season they’ve experienced thus far. Michael shares his thoughts on what’s really going on with the Raptors this year and why they are hovering near the bottom of their division.  We talk about the future of Kyle Lowry with the Raptors, his value to the team, the vindication of Masai Ujiri, the challenges Nick Nurse faces, and the Raptors 905 G-League season.  Tune in to our all things Raptors episode with Michael Grange.
The Washington Wizards recently named Amber Nichols the general manager of their G League affiliate, the Capital City Go-Go. She is just the second female general manager in the NBA's 28-team farm system, joining Tori Miller, who was hired to head up the Atlanta Hawks' affiliate in July. We hear about her journey to date and the culture that Ted Leonsis has instilled within the organization. Monumental Sports & Entertainment has focused on providing the best environment possible for their teams.  Hear about her role models who helped support her along the way and the future of the Capital City Go-Go.    
Justin Jackson OKC Thunder forward talks about his career in the NBA, and the experience and growth he has had playing with Dallas Maverick teammates Dirk Nowitzki, Luka Dončić and, at the start of his NBA journey as a Sacramento King, the great Vince Carter. We dig into his start as a Tar Heel at UNC where he learned from one of the best, Coach Roy Williams. We hear of Justin's journey through life, his positive perspective on the path he is on, how he has moved forward through COVID and much much more.
Head of Athlete Relations at Overtime, Shea Dawson joins the show to talk about her love of the game and what she has learnt along the way. From starting her career at Five-Star basketball camp to a position with the Philadelphia 76ers we hear how Kawhi Leonard's “shot” in the 2019 conference finals started Shea on the path to her dream job at Overtime. A woman who’s positivity radiates and who’s intentional life is an inspiration, join us as we learn how she earned her place in basketball and about key lessons all young players need to learn.
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