On today's episode, Jason and Producer Rob G discuss LaMarcus Aldridge's abrupt retirement from the NBA due to an irregular heartbeat. While most in the NBA media are focusing on how this could impact the Brooklyn Nets' title chances this season, the guys agree that this could be a case of addition by subtraction. Aldridge was a luxury item in Brooklyn. If anything, his absence should lead to more minutes for defensive bigs like DeAndre Jordan and Nic Claxton. The bigger story in all of this, at least according to Jason and Rob G, is whether or not Aldridge belongs in the Pro Basketball Hall of Fame. Even without a championship ring on his resume, you could argue that Aldridge had a better pro career than guys like Chris Bosh and Kevin Love. Even with his career getting cut short, Aldridge should still be considered a Hall of Famer. Later, former UCLA Bruins head coach and FS1 college basketball producer Steve Lavin swings by to discuss how he ended up spending 4 months straight on the road as part of FS1's college hoops coverage, how the transfer portal could impact the sport moving forward, if coaches may lean more into recruiting high-end transfers as opposed to one-and-done freshmen, why it's going to be extremely important for coaches to be more flexible in their approach to the game if they're going to successfully navigate the shift towards transfers, what he learned from legendary coach John Wooden, how alternative paths to the NBA like the G-League, JBL and Overtime leagues could impact college basketball moving forward, how the Name Image Likeness bill could be what ultimately keeps top-level recruits in the college game, and much more!
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