Welcome to Episode 49 of The Weekly Brew podcast – we know we say every episode is ‘packed’ (it’s sort of a catchphrase at this point), but this episode is PACKED. We broadcasted from Miami Heat forward Justise Winslow’s inaugural invitation basketball camp, and he joins us to share some thoughts about Houston basketball and life in the NBA. Bart Enis, of ROOT SPORTS, Jimmy Price of AstrosFuture and CBS Sports’ Ananth Pandian also call in this week.
Justise Winslow is one of the NBA’s rising stars – a strong defender who earned serious playing time in his rookie season (including starting Game 7 of the Toronto vs Miami Eastern Conference Semifinals) by taking on the toughest assignments in the NBA, guys like Klay Thompson, LeBron James and James Harden. He joins us to talk about giving back, the Houston basketball scene, life in the NBA and who in the Association he really gets fired up to guard.
Next, another of our friends at ROOT SPORTS, Bart Enis – a sideline reporter for Rockets and Astros broadcasts and a longtime Houston sports media figure – gets into some discussion about the surging Astros, who have turned around a discouraging start and are on a roll in the months of May and June, thanks to strong pitching and some shakeups in the lineup. Enis has been covering Houston sports since 1983, and learned the trade from his father, legendary Texas TV/radio broadcaster Bill Enis, who introduced the young Bart to larger-than-life figures like Muhammad Ali and Gordie Howe, and he shares what those experiences were like and how they impacted his development as a broadcaster in his own right.
Next, Jimmy Price, the owner and founder of AstrosFuture, an outlet monitoring and reporting on the Astros’ farm system, joins The Weekly Brew podcast to break down what’s happening in the five minor league affiliates, the Fresno Grizzlies, the Corpus Christi Hooks, the Lancaster JetHawks, the QC River Bandits and the Tri-City ValleyCats. If you want the scoop on what the Astros have in the pipeline, Price is the guy and AstrosFuture is the place to go. Price talks Alex Bregman, Forrest Whitley, AJ Reed (a recent call up), Tyler White and more in his thorough and illuminating look at the minor leaguers the ‘Stros have rising up through the ranks.
Finally, Ananth Pandian, NBA writer for CBS Sports, helps Austin and Kevin relive the glory of a Cleveland NBA Championship and delves into the recent NBA Draft, looking at guys like Ben Simmons, Brandon Ingram and Dragan Bender and what their NBA futures might hold. Pandian also offers an outsider’s look at the Rockets and what Mike D’Antoni might be able to do with James Harden and not a hell of a lot else next season. Pandian also examines the glut of NBA-ers sitting out the Rio Olympics and what that means in the grand scheme of things (i.e. not much – USA is winning the gold, and you heard it here first, folks).
In other words, it’s a solid episode, and you should should get to listening ASAP. We would prefer you do that on iTunes, because that is where you can subscribe and leave us the all-important iTunes reviews. We had one this week, and we appreciate it, but Kevin had some internet troubles as we were recording this week’s episode, and he will hit you back in the next episode along with any other listeners who want to get in on the action.
Thanks for listening, and – as always – remember: no matter who you are, where you go or what you do this week, always, ALWAYS brew responsibly.