MVP Cast
The DeAndre Liggins One

The DeAndre Liggins One

August 6, 2020

New London Lions arrival DeAndre Liggins joins the MVP Cast to talk about his move to the UK and his ambition to put the reigning British Basketball League champions on the map in the Basketball Champions League.

He tells Mark Woods about his journey from the tough environment of the south side of Chicago to the NBA, of playing along side Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook and James Harden at the Oklahoma City Thunder - to learning from featuring beside LeBron James at the Cleveland Cavaliers and missing out on a trip to the Finals - and the brutality of the hoops business on both sides of the Atlantic. More at mvp247.com.

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The Tim Lewis One

The Tim Lewis One

July 31, 2020

Tim Lewis joins the MVP Cast to talk us through his current role as a scout in the NBA, his journey from teacher to becoming a coach and his rise through the ranks in the UK before expanding his horizons overseas and then, the gain and pain of former BBL club Essex Pirates.

He also tells us about the learnings from being around Chris Finch and Nick Nurse as their assistant for Great Britain, why the former is destined to be a NBA head coach and why the latter is a rock star.

And with overseas coaching stops from Japan to Arizona and parts in between, Lewis outlines why young British coaches need to commit fully to making it in the trade if they want opportunities to advance. More at MVP247.com

 

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The Tim Bontemps One

The Tim Bontemps One

July 26, 2020

ESPN's Tim Bontemps joins the MVP Cast to talk about the re-start of the NBA within a tightly controlled bubble in Orlando and the challenges that presents. With the playoffs forthcoming on site, we look at the likely contenders for a championship in isolation and the sub-plots in the mix. More at MVP247.com.

 

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The Jonny Bunyan One

The Jonny Bunyan One

July 14, 2020

Glasgow Rocks guard Jonny Bunyan joins the MVP Cast to talk about the unique role of local rotation players in the BBL in maintaining the culture of each club and why Gareth Murray is amply qualified to be his team's new head coach. The Scot gives us an insight in how Falkirk Fury, founded by his father John, has been one of the most prolific producers of Great Britain internationals in recent times, and why the development pathway needs a rebuild. More at MVP 247.com.

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The Dan Davis One

The Dan Davis One

July 8, 2020

Renowned player agent and former Kingston Kings star Danny Davis joins the MVP Cast to give us an insight on how he represents his clients at PTI Sports, the pitfalls when cutting a deal and how they can break down and the market change that coronavirus is set to bring. He also recalls his glory days winning MVPs and trophies galore at Kingston and Glasgow Rangers and the joy of playing under Kevin Cadle. More at mvp247.com

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The Melita Emanuel Carr One

The Melita Emanuel Carr One

July 1, 2020

Great Britain guard Melita Emanuel Carr joins the MVP Cast to discuss how experiencing the death of a friend led her to set up an initiative to address street violence in the UK, her experience of racism on both sides of the Atlantic, dealing with long-term injury and her plans to make a difference after her basketball career is done. More at mvp247.com

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The Kyla Nelson One

The Kyla Nelson One

June 24, 2020

Kyla Nelson joins the MVP Cast to give us her perspective on the Black Lives Matter movement and growing up as a mixed race female in the UK and the USA. She reveals the peaks and troughs of her current battle with cancer, her decision to transfer universities from Pitt to Florida International, and her ambition to be a coach - of men. More at www.mvp247.com

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The Tony Garbelotto One

The Tony Garbelotto One

June 17, 2020

Tony Garbelotto joins the MVP Cast to tell us about coaching during the aborted attempt to re-start the Japanese Basketball League during coronavirus, the pitching process to obtain jobs overseas, the parallels between the boom and bust of Mersey Tigers and London City Royals, and he reveals what arose from his abrupt exit from leading Great Britain after only two games in charge.

The Alan Richardson One

The Alan Richardson One

June 11, 2020

In the latest edition of the MVP Cast, we're joined by former top referee Alan Richardson to talk about his officiating career at home and abroad and the perils of being caught in the middle, his experiences with FIBA and EuroLeague, and what it takes to reach the top.

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The Ovie Soko One

The Ovie Soko One

June 8, 2020

In the latest edition of the MVP Cast, we talk to Great Britain and London Lions forward Ovie Soko who tells us about coping (well) with the instant celebrity from his Love Island tour, his process for basketball self-improvement throughout his career and the contrasts between playing overseas and at home, his desire to be a role model, and his future ambitions on and off the court - including his first book.

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