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Join the Pac-12 Networks' Mike Yam and Don MacLean every week as they deep dive into all your favorite teams and favorite student-athletes from the Conference of Champions.

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McKinley Wright IV Interview

Play Episode Listen Later Mar 18, 2020 26:46

Pac-12 Network’s Mike Yam and Don MacLean interview Colorado guard McKinley Wright IV. They talk about the abrupt ending to the season, and McKinley describes how he reacted to learning the NCAA Tournament was cancelled (1:45). He lays out the areas Colorado needs to improve for next season (6:00), and talks about the parts of his game that he will concentrate on this offseason. Mike and Don ask McKinley how he tries to instill confidence into his teammates (10:45), and he reveals the unique approaches he takes with many different personalities on the team. McKinley describes the determining factors for whether or not he returns for his senior season in Boulder (14:40), and talks about a meaningful conversation with his Dad shortly after the cancellation of the NCAA Tournament (18:05).

Pac-12 and NCAA Tournaments Cancelled + Best Stories of the Season

Play Episode Listen Later Mar 17, 2020 44:45

Pac-12 Networks’ Mike Yam and Don MacLean react to the cancellation of the Pac-12 and NCAA Tournaments and tell the story of how they found out about the news (2:45). They discuss the tremendous season of Payton Pritchard (11:35), and lament that he and other Pac-12 seniors will not end their careers in the NCAA Tournament. Mike and Don look back at some of the big storylines from the season (16:45), and relive the exciting finish of Oregon State's win over Utah in the first round of the Pac-12 Tournament (18:22). They also look ahead to next season, and discuss some of the early favorites to win the conference (23:20). On “Storytime with Don MacLean” Don also wonders if the absence of an NCAA Tournament might convince more players to stay in school instead of declaring for the NBA Draft (25:50).Pac-12 Deputy Commissioner & Chief Operating Officer Jamie Zaninovich joins the podcast (28:30), and explains how the decision was made to cancel the Pac-12 tournament. Jamie discusses the coaches' reaction to the cancellation of the tournament (36:00), and also gives an update on the likelihood of winter and spring athletes receiving an extra year of eligibility (37:30).

Earl Watson Interview

Play Episode Listen Later Mar 10, 2020 39:31

Pac-12 Networks’ Mike Yam and Don MacLean interview former UCLA star and current Pac-12 Networks analyst Earl Watson. Earl tells stories about his time as a player and coach in the NBA (3:07), and remembers a special moment he shared with Gregg Popovich early in his coaching career. He recounts watching multiple future NBA All-Stars work out at the UCLA gym (9:15), and states he would not have had a long NBA career if he did not attend UCLA. Don and Earl emphasize the importance of young players knowing their role when making the jump to the NBA (22:47), and share stories that underscore how well they knew their own strengths and weaknesses. Earl shares the close relationship he has with his former teammate Baron Davis (26:30), and tells an incredible story of Kobe Bryant facing off against Davis while he was at UCLA. Finally, Earl gives his prediction for the upcoming Pac-12 Tournament (31:00).

Pac-12 Tournament Preview

Play Episode Listen Later Mar 9, 2020 42:49

Pac-12 Networks’ Mike Yam and Don MacLean preview the Pac-12 Tournament, and analyze each team heading to Las Vegas. They preview Oregon State and Utah facing off in the first round (4:15), and show why the Beavers’ three point shooting is the key to their success in the tournament. They explain why Arizona versus Washington is one of the hardest 5-seed vs 12-seed matchups to predict in recent history (7:53), and both praise the recent play of Jaden McDaniels for the Huskies. Mike & Don take a closer look at Stanford facing Cal (13:48), and debate if the Cardinal need one or two wins in Las Vegas to feel good about their NCAA Tournament chances. They also examine Colorado looking to get back on track against Washington State (17:05), and break down the game plan the Buffaloes must employ against CJ Elleby and Isaac Bonton. Mike and Don congratulate Oregon for winning the Pac-12 regular season championship, and explain why the Ducks are the favorites to win the Pac-12 Tournament as well (22:20). They chat about USC’s great balance on offense and defense (24:10) and explain why UCLA should not worry heading into the tournament with a loss (25:10). Mike and Don break down Arizona State’s chances to make a tournament run (28:16), and highlight the importance of Rob Edwards for the Sun Devils.On “Storytime with Don MacLean, Don reminisces about facing Magic Johnson at the UCLA gym (31:16), and explains why Magic never lost a game there. Finally Don analyzes the pro potential of Oregon State’s Kylor Kelley (35:59), and breaks down how his defense might translate to the next level.

Jonah Mathews Interview

Play Episode Listen Later Mar 4, 2020 33:00

Pac-12 Networks’ Mike Yam and Don MacLean interview USC guard Jonah Mathews. The Trojans’ senior captain reveals who on the team is paying the most attention to NCAA Tournament Bracketology (5:08), and explains why he is desperate to make the most of his final collegiate season. Mathews praises the energy that freshmen Ethan Anderson and Onyeka Okongwu have brought to the team (10:00), and describes the relationship Okongwu has developed with Nick Rakocevic (14:52). Mike and Don ask Mathews about the resiliency of USC this season (15:50), and the offensive freedom he enjoys while playing under Andy Enfield’s (17:09). Mathews previews the Trojan’s upcoming game against UCLA, and praises the job Mick Cronin has done in Westwood this season (21:00). Finally, Mathews gives a review of the music played at the Galen Center on game day (24:35).

UCLA, USC & Stanford Make Strong Cases for NCAA Tournament

Play Episode Listen Later Mar 3, 2020 40:06

Pac-12 Networks' Mike Yam and Don MacLean break down the impressive performances by the conference's bubble teams this past weekend (4:34), and take a closer look at the 7 Pac-12 squads currently projected to make the NCAA Tournament. Mike and Don discuss UCLA's impressive sweep of the Arizona schools (6:00), and preview their enormous game against USC at the Galen Center. They talk about N’Dante Faly’s return to the court (9:32), and determine what type of impact he will have on Oregon the rest of the season. They also discuss the recent struggles of Colorado, Arizona & Arizona State, and pick which team they are most concerned about moving forward (11:52).Mike and Don discuss Stanford’s ability to bounce back this season, and praise Jerod Haase’s lack of panic while coaching his team (20:45). They also list some of the top candidates for Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year, including Tyler Bey and Bryce Wills (26:26). Finally, Don breaks down the NBA potential of Oscar Da Silva (29:50), and explains how his versatility on offense and defense will translate well to the next level.

Mick Cronin Interview

Play Episode Listen Later Feb 26, 2020 34:49

Pac-12 Networks’ Mike Yam and Don MacLean interview UCLA head coach Mick Cronin. Cronin talks about what has led to UCLA’s recent turnaround (2:17) and how the team has had to adjust to a new coaching staff without senior leadership (7:10). He also talks about simplifying things to eliminate excuses (10:30) and how proud he was of his team limiting turnovers in their win over Colorado (17:00). Cronin also discusses how the strength of the Pac-12 as a conference can help the Bruins get into the NCAA tournament (24:30). Lastly Cronin sends out a recruiting pitch by showcasing the Westwood weather in February (27:38).

UCLA's Turnaround & Pac-12 Bubble Watch

Play Episode Listen Later Feb 25, 2020 48:17

Pac-12 Networks’ Mike Yam and Don MacLean discuss the Pac-12 teams on the NCAA Tournament Bubble and which teams might be dancing in March (3:53). They look at remaining schedules and wonder if Oregon’s last three games at home could lead to them winning the regular season conference championship (8:54). Mike and Don break down UCLA’s turnaround (16:13) and show how the lack of consistency among the top teams has led to the current standings (20:50).Mike and Don also talk about what Sean Miller’s message to his team should be after Arizona’s heartbreaking loss to Oregon (28:55) and predict which teams will get byes in the Pac-12 Tournament (32:25). On “Storytime with Don MacLean” Don talks about what translates from one level of basketball to the next (35:38) and how stats are only part of the equation. Finally Mike and Don break down the NBA prospects of UCLA forward Chris Smith (41:42), and how he has all the tools to have a career at the next level.

Ted Robinson Interview

Play Episode Listen Later Feb 19, 2020 49:21

Pac-12 Networks' Mike Yam and Don MacLean interview one of the signature voices of Pac-12 basketball, Pac-12 Networks’ Ted Robinson. Ted recalls the scary Oscar da Silva injury in Colorado, and highlights the actions of both Tad Boyle and Jerod Haase to bring the two teams together (6:24). Mike, Don and Ted break down the top six in the Pac-12 Standings (11:40), and talk about teams wanting to avoid the early morning game in the tournament. Ted talks about the recent success of UCLA (21:15) and explains why he cannot figure out USC this season. Ted also compares the similarities and differences of Oregon’s Payton Pritchard and Arizona State’s Remy Martin (25:03). Finally, Mike asks Ted and Don for their conference award predictions (30:58), and they talk about some of the most underrated players in the conference (39:00).

Separation in the Standings & Nico Mannion Breakdown

Play Episode Listen Later Feb 18, 2020 43:09

Pac-12 Networks' Mike Yam and Don MacLean evaluate the top teams in the Pac-12, as the league enters the home stretch of the regular season. They review the six teams vying for a Pac-12 Tournament bye (1:48), and determine whether or not 13 wins will be the magic number to win the conference's regular season (4:35). Mike and Don discuss Arizona State and Remy Martin’s recent success, and debate if Martin is a potential challenger to Payton Pritchard in the Pac-12 Player of the Year race (11:50). They also highlight Colorado’s impressive win at Oregon State (15:50), and Don explains why Arizona is a legit contender to win the conference (19:53).Mike and Don also talk about UCLA’s continued impressive play (25:15), and praise the recent performance of forward Cody Riley. On “Storytime with Don MacLean” Don talks about the importance of team chemistry off the court (29:10), and shares how personal agendas can keep a team from reaching their goals. Finally, Mike and Don break down the NBA prospects of Arizona guard Nico Mannion (35:30), and explain why his explosiveness has so many professorial teams intrigued.

Tres Tinkle Interview

Play Episode Listen Later Feb 12, 2020 32:23

Pac-12 Networks’ Mike Yam and Don MacLean interview Oregon State forward Tres Tinkle. Tinkle talks about breaking into the Top 10 of the Pac-12 all-time scoring list (2:10), and explains what it has been like to play for his dad the last four seasons (6:24). He explains how it has affected their relationship (8:53) and how emotional senior day will be (10:59). Tinkle also breaks down the inconsistent play of the Beavers to start conference play (13:26) and their shooting struggles this season (16:51). Mike and Don ask Tinkle who is the most likely candidate to become a consistent third scorer for the Beavers (19:44) and about the importance of Zach Reichle’s dunk in the Civil War (22:24). Lastly, Tinkle shares what playing in an NCAA Tournament game would mean (25:03).

Colorado Leads the Pac & The Importance of Consistency

Play Episode Listen Later Feb 11, 2020 37:58

Pac-12 Networks’ Mike Yam and Don MacLean discuss the unpredictability of the Pac-12 this season and preview who is climbing towards a post season berth. Mike gives the latest update on the health of Stanford forward Oscar Da Silva (3:50), and he and Don discuss where Stanford stands after his injury (6:44). They talk about Colorado's experience being a key factor to the Buffs being atop the Pac-12 standings (8:30), and preview their critical match-up against Oregon on Thursday (10:30). Mike and Don review UCLA's enormous road upset over Arizona (12:46), and Don explains the reasons for the Bruins' recent success. They determine whether or not Stanford and USC's should be worried about receiving an NCAA Tournament bid, and look at which Pac-12 teams are making a late season push for the tournament (15:05). Mike gives a shoutout to Cal's Matt Bradley and Washington State's CJ Elleby for their play this season (20:56), and Don explains his thoughts on the lack of consistency from today’s athletes (23:33). Finally, Don evaluates the NBA potential of Oregon State forward Tres Tinkle (30:07).

Richard Jefferson Interview

Play Episode Listen Later Feb 5, 2020 40:56

Pac-12 Networks' Mike Yam and Don MacLean interview former Arizona star and current Pac-12 Networks analyst Richard Jefferson. The former Wildcat shares some of his favorite moments while in Tucson (3:30), and explains the differences in college basketball when he was in school (5:27). Jefferson reminisces about battling against Luke Walton in practice (8:00), and describes his favorite things about playing for Lute Olson10:08). Mike and Don ask Jefferson about some of the all-time greats he played with during his NBA career, including LeBron James, Tim Duncan and Jason Kidd (12:22). Jefferson describes what is what like to play alongside a point guard like Kidd (18:28), and tells a story about an interaction he had with Kidd as a rookie. Finally, Jefferson reveals his favorite Pac-12 player from the past few years (26:25), and makes a prediction for next month's Pac-12 Tournament (32:25).

Arizona’s Impressive Road Sweep & Stanford Bounces Back

Play Episode Listen Later Feb 4, 2020 34:32

Pac-12 Networks' Mike Yam and Don MacLean review another wild weekend of Pac-12 basketball, and determine whether or not there is any separation in the conference championship race. They discuss Stanford bouncing back from three consecutive losses to defeat Oregon on Saturday (4:48), and explain why the Ducks should not be worried after a tough road loss (8:10). Don tells us why Arizona’s road sweep over the Washington schools might determine the conference championship (12:50), and describes the ways the Wildcats can still improve (16:00). Mike and Don mention Cal’s Mark Fox as a candidate for Coach of the Year (19:10), and praise the Golden Bears for exceeding expectations this season. Finally, Don explains why Stanford freshman Tyrell Terry’s poise and confidence will translate to the next level (24:32), and Mike and Don debate which freshman point guard is the most important to their team.

Tad Boyle Interview

Play Episode Listen Later Jan 29, 2020 24:49

Pac-12 Networks’ Mike Yam & Don MacLean interview Colorado head coach Tad Boyle. They discuss how the Buffs have found success with 3-point shooting (1:32), and how the team’s experience has set high expectations for the season. Coach Boyle talks about beating a top-15 Dayton as a turning point for the offense (5:18), and how the team’s strong leadership starts with McKinley Wright and Evan Battey. Mike and Don ask about Tyler Bey’s athleticism (8:29) and how he can translate it to NBA success. Finally, Coach Boyle explains what feels different about coaching in Boulder this year (11:36) and the importance of a regular-season conference title. Mike and Don wrap up by evaluating what Wright and Bey mean to the Buffs, and how they can find success at the next level (17:06).

USC Contending for Pac-12 Title & Importance of Oregon's Role Players

Play Episode Listen Later Jan 28, 2020 38:36

Pac-12 Networks’ Mike Yam & Don MacLean discuss the significance of some home sweeps in the conference this past weekend (3:00). They consider what a handful of close losses mean for Washington’s NCAA tournament chances (4:18), and what it takes for teams to overcome adversity as the season progresses. Mike and Don explain what USC has done to put themselves in contention for the regular season conference crown (8:17), and what a huge comeback win over Arizona means for the Sun Devils. They also examine how good point guards in the Pac-12 have elevated the league (10:37), and the impact that experienced players have on a team (14:41). Mike and Don discuss which role players are stepping up for Oregon and how Dana Altman is getting the most out of his roster (17:28). They break down what forward Onyeka Okongwu means to USC, and Don explains why Okongwu will be a first-round draft pick (25:20). Finally, Mike and Don react to the stunning loss of Kobe Bryant and how it’s being felt all across the basketball world (30:07).

Payton Pritchard Interview

Play Episode Listen Later Jan 22, 2020 25:13

Pac-12 Networks' Mike Yam and Don MacLean interview Oregon guard Payton Pritchard. The senior guard talks about receiving more national attention for his play this season (2:50), and reveals how he bounced back from a disappointing junior season (4:50). Pritchard also discusses the benefits of going to school with other great athletes such as Sabrina Ionescu and Justin Herbert (15:30), and explains why he is ready to join the NBA after this season (16:49). Finally, Pritchard explains a surprising part of Dana Altman’s personality that the public does not get to see (17:50).

Conference Chaos & Isaiah Stewart Breakdown

Play Episode Listen Later Jan 21, 2020 42:53

Pac-12 Networks' Mike Yam and Don MacLean discuss another wild weekend in the Pac-12, including USC & Oregon’s incredible comeback wins on Saturday. They break down the ways Stanford must regroup after a disappointing loss at the Galen Center (6:24), and determine if USC is now a top-tier team in the Pac-12 (12:40). Mike and Don also analyze how many wins it will take to win the conference (15:30), and applaud the performance of Washington guard Marcus Tsohonis against the Oregon schools (17:50).On “Storytime with Don Maclean,” Don praises his UCLA teammate Trevor Wilson, and explains why Wilson is one of the most underrated players in Bruins history (28:53). Finally, Mike and Don break down the NBA prospects of Washington forward Isaiah Stewart (33:37), and project how his offensive game will translate to the next level.

Jerod Haase Interview

Play Episode Listen Later Jan 15, 2020 25:21

Pac-12 Networks' Mike Yam and Don MacLean interview Stanford head coach Jerod Haase. They discuss why the Cardinal have been so successful this season (2:43), and how juniors Oscar Da Silva and Daejon Davis have become the leaders of a young squad. Coach Haase explains the smooth transition of adding freshman point guard Tyrell Terry to the starting lineup (5:43), and explains the reasons he knew Terry would make an immediate impact . Mike and Don ask about the benefits of coaching and recruiting at Stanford (11:00), and coach Haase reveals some of the impressive people that have talked to the Cardinal this season (13:00). Finally, Coach Haase explains how the foundation has been laid for Stanford to be a consistently successful program moving forward (16:20).

Payton Pritchard's NBA Future & Stanford's Surprising Start

Play Episode Listen Later Jan 14, 2020 39:16

Pac-12 Networks' Mike Yam and Don MacLean break down another upset-filled week of Pac-12 basketball, and discuss how the parity in the league might affect NCAA Tournament seeding (1:10). Mike and Don chat about Stanford & Cal’s impressive sweep of the Washington schools (6:26), and marvel at the improvement of Cal guard Matt Bradley. They also look at Washington’s issues after losing point guard Quade Green (11:10), and break down how freshman phenom Isaiah Stewart is affected by Green’s absence. Mike & Don discuss Stanford’s improvement this season (20:14), and point to a slower offensive tempo as a reason for the Cardinal’s impressive start to conference play. They break down Oregon guard Payton Pritchard’s NBA prospects, and compare him to former UCLA guard Aaron Holiday (26:33). Finally, on "Story Time with Don MacLean," Don talks about the lessons he learned from a middle school free throw shooting contest (32:59).

Sean Miller Interview

Play Episode Listen Later Jan 8, 2020 28:36

Pac-12 Networks' Mike Yam and Don MacLean interview Arizona head coach Sean Miller. Coach Miller tells the story of Don's recruiting trip to Pittsburgh, and describes the young MacLean's fiery presence on the court (2:15). They discuss how college basketball recruiting has changed over the last several years (9:00), and how the Wildcats retain so much talent every season. Coach Miller also talks about the development of Arizona freshman guard Josh Green (14:30), and describes some of the positives and negatives of coaching such a young team (18:24). Finally, Coach Miller highlights the Wildcats' rebounding as the biggest factor in Arizona's Pac-12 title chances (20:46)

Challengers to Oregon & All-Freshman Team

Play Episode Listen Later Jan 7, 2020 32:28

Pac-12 Networks' Mike Yam and Don MacLean discuss if No. 9 Oregon is currently the best team in the conference (5:08), and chat about the Ducks' defensive performances. Mike and Don also look at a host of young Pac-12 teams that can compete for a conference championship, including No. 24 Arizona with their impressive Freshman class (12:20). They list some of the most impressive freshmen in the Pac-12 (15:15), and discuss the impact Stanford guard Tyrell Terry has made on the Cardinal this season (17:30). Mike & Don marvel at the perfect fit between Washington State and head coach Kyle Smith, and compare him to Cougars football head coach Mike Leach (20:30). Finally, on "Story Time with Don MacLean," Don recalls trash talking former Lakers star James Worthy during a pickup game at UCLA (24:40).

Arizona Media Day with Sean Miller, Nico Mannion & Josh Green

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 8, 2019 12:58

Pac-12 Networks’ Mike Yam & Don MacLean interview Arizona guards Nico Mannion and Josh Green, while Pac-12 Networks’ Ashley Adamson talks to Arizona head coach Sean Miller.

Arizona State Media Day with Bobby Hurley, Remy Martin & Rob Edwards

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 8, 2019 13:06

Pac-12 Networks’ Mike Yam & Don MacLean interview Arizona State head coach Bobby Hurley, while Pac-12 Networks’ Ashley Adamson talks to Arizona State guards Remy Martin and Rob Edwards.

California Media Day with Mark Fox, Matt Bradley & Paris Austin

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 8, 2019 13:05

Pac-12 Networks’ Mike Yam & Don MacLean interview California head coach Mark Fox, while Pac-12 Networks’ Ashley Adamson talks to California guards Matt Bradley and Paris Austin.

Colorado Media Day with Tad Boyle, McKinley Wright IV & Tyler Bey

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 8, 2019 13:05

Pac-12 Networks’ Mike Yam & Don MacLean interview Colorado guard McKinley Wright IV and forward Tyler Bey, while Pac-12 Networks’ Ashley Adamson talks to Colorado head coach Tad Boyle.

Oregon Media Day with Dana Altman, Payton Pritchard & Will Richardson

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 8, 2019 12:59

Pac-12 Networks’ Mike Yam & Don MacLean interview Oregon head coach Dana Altman, while Pac-12 Networks’ Ashley Adamson talks to Oregon guards Payton Pritchard and Will Richardson.

Oregon State Media Day with Wayne Tinkle, Tres Tinkle & Ethan Thompson

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 8, 2019 13:04

Pac-12 Networks’ Mike Yam & Don MacLean interview Oregon State head coach Wayne Tinkle, while Pac-12 Networks’ Ashley Adamson talks to Oregon State forward Tres Tinkle and guard Ethan Thompson.

Stanford Media Day with Jerod Haase, Daejon Davis & Oscar da Silva

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 8, 2019 13:02

Pac-12 Networks’ Mike Yam & Don MacLean interview Stanford guard Daejon Davis and forward Oscar da Silva, while Pac-12 Networks’ Ashley Adamson talks to Stanford head coach Jerod Haase.

UCLA Media Day with Mick Cronin, Prince Ali & Alex Olesinski

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 8, 2019 13:05

Pac-12 Networks’ Mike Yam & Don MacLean interview UCLA head coach Mick Cronin, while Pac-12 Networks’ Ashley Adamson talks to UCLA guard Prince Ali and forward Alex Olesinski.

USC Media Day with Andy Enfield, Jonah Mathews & Quinton Adlesh

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 8, 2019 12:59

Pac-12 Networks’ Mike Yam & Don MacLean interview USC head coach Andy Enfield, while Pac-12 Networks’ Ashley Adamson talks to USC guards Jonah Mathews and Quinton Adlesh.

Utah Media Day with Larry Krystkowiak, Timmy Allen & Both Gach

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 8, 2019 12:59

Pac-12 Networks’ Mike Yam & Don MacLean interview Utah head coach Larry Krystkowiak, while Pac-12 Networks’ Ashley Adamson talks to Utah forward Timmy Allen and guard Both Gach.

Washington Media Day with Mike Hopkins, Nahziah Carter & Sam Timmins

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 8, 2019 12:59

Pac-12 Networks’ Mike Yam & Don MacLean interview Washington forwards Nahziah Carter and Sam Timmins, while Pac-12 Networks’ Ashley Adamson talks to Washington head coach Mike Hopkins.

Washington State Media Day with Kyle Smith, CJ Elleby & Jeff Pollard

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 8, 2019 13:04

Pac-12 Networks’ Mike Yam & Don MacLean interview Washington State head coach Kyle Smith, while Pac-12 Networks’ Ashley Adamson talks to Washington State forwards CJ Elleby and Jeff Pollard.

NBA Draft Special

Play Episode Listen Later Jun 17, 2019 59:01

Pac-12 Networks’ Mike Yam and Don MacLean break down the Pac-12 players eligible to be selected in the 2019 NBA Draft. Don explains how he prepares college basketball players for the NBA Draft, and goes in-depth into the intense training regimen he provides (2:30). Don describes training both Bol Bol and KZ Okpala, and explains why Bol’s skill set is so special (18:54) and how Okpala’s defensive versatility will translate to the next level (23:28). Mike and Don also talk about the NBA potential for a number of other draft-eligible Pac-12 players, including Matisse Thybulle, Zylan Cheatham, Luguentz Dort, Kevin Porter Jr., Kenny Wooten, Kris Wilkes and Jaylen Hands. Don also describes his experience working with Zion Williamson (55:00), and talks about his incredible athleticism and jumping ability.

Oregon Asst. Mike Mennenga + Final Thoughts on the Season

Play Episode Listen Later Apr 1, 2019 60:36

Pac-12 Networks’ Mike Yam and Don MacLean recap the Pac-12 season and talk about CJ Elleby and Jaylen Nowell’s NBA prospects (3:30). They also discuss Cal’s decision to hire Mark Fox (9:08), preview the analytics-based system Kyle Smith will bring to Washington State (14:37) and review some of the possible candidates for the UCLA head coaching position (19:32).Mike and Don interview Oregon assistant Mike Mennenga (28:18), and discuss the games at UCLA and USC that turned around the Ducks' season. Mennenga also talks about the positive energy Francis Okoro brought to the team (31:50) and Oregon’s philosophy of building strong relationships on the recruiting trail (41:00).Don talks about the process college players go through before declaring for the NBA draft (48:37), and on “Story Time with Don MacLean” he recalls the horrific wildfires and Borderline shooting in California last year and praises the responders and volunteers that banded together to help those affected (51:19).

Jim Harrick + Oregon in Sweet 16

Play Episode Listen Later Mar 25, 2019 57:49

Pac-12 Networks’ Mike Yam and Don MacLean discuss Oregon advancing to the Sweet 16 and praise the Ducks consistency on defense (4:38). They also review Washington and Arizona State’s successful seasons (14:26) and applaud the direction of Pac-12 Basketball heading into next season (17:56).Mike and Don interview former UCLA head coach Jim Harrick (22:47), and discuss the recruiting process that brought Don to Westwood. Harrick also talks about the unselfishness of the 1995 UCLA National Championship team (26:22), and describes the type of head coach that can succeed at UCLA (41:15).Don evaluates the NBA potential for Washington’s Jaylen Nowell (45:33), and on “Story Time with Don MacLean” he recalls the one-on-one battle between big men Manute Bol and Gheorghe Muresan when they were teammates in the NBA (49:00).

Altman, Hopkins & Hurley Interviews + NCAA Tournament Preview

Play Episode Listen Later Mar 18, 2019 62:15

Pac-12 Networks’ Mike Yam and Don MacLean recap the Pac-12 Tournament, and share some of their favorite moments from Las Vegas (2:48). They discuss Washington’s Matisse Thybulle breaking Gary Payton’s conference steals record (6:46), and break down how Oregon was able to win four games in four days (14:52).Mike and Don go in-depth on the Pac-12 NCAA Tournament teams, 12-seed Oregon, 9-seed Washington and 11-seed Arizona State, and preview each of their first round matchups. They interview Oregon head coach Dana Altman (22:17), and ask him about Payton Pritchard’s phenomenal play to end the season. They talk to Washington head coach Mike Hopkins (37:33) and chat about the importance of an NCAA Tournament appearance for his senior class. They also interview Arizona State head coach Bobby Hurley (48:00), and discuss the Sun Devils playing in Dayton for the second consecutive season.Finally on “Story Time with Don MacLean” he recalls losing to Indiana in the NCAA Tournament, and discusses the pitfalls of teams being overconfident in March (55:57).

Matisse Thybulle Interview, Pac-12 Awards & Tournament Preview

Play Episode Listen Later Mar 11, 2019 59:21

Pac-12 Networks’ Mike Yam and Don MacLean discuss the upcoming Pac-12 Tournament, and Don breaks down why Washington is still his favorite to win it all (1:13). They also talk about Oregon’s defensive dominance (7:35), highlight Colorado’s impressive finish to the regular season (8:56), and go over all of the Pac-12 Awards and All-Conference Teams (21:17). Mike and Don interview Washington’s Matisse Thybulle (27:39), and ask him about winning Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year for the second straight season. Thybulle also talks about his adjustment to playing zone defense (29:33) and why his Senior Day meant so much to him (42:44).Don evaluates the NBA potential for Oregon’s Louis King (38:44), and on “Story Time with Don MacLean” he recalls some of the highlights of being teammates with Allen Iverson on the Philadelphia 76ers (46:22).

P.J. Carlesimo Interview, Top 4 Seeds & Colorado to the NBA

Play Episode Listen Later Mar 4, 2019 58:31

Pac-12 Networks’ Mike Yam and Don MacLean discuss Cal’s stunning victory over Washington and break down the reasons why the Huskies are likely to bounce back (1:13). They also talk about Arizona State’s important victory over Oregon State (5:00) and predict who will be the Top 4 seeds in the Pac-12 Tournament (8:30). Mike and Don interview Pac-12 Networks’ P.J. Carlesimo, and ask him about the overall state of the conference (12:00). P.J. also talks about Washington’s zone defense potentially surprising some teams in the NCAA Tournament (16:30) and recalls coaching legends like Michael Jordan, Larry Bird and Magic Johnson on the 1992 U.S. Olympic Dream Team (26:12). Don evaluates the NBA potential for Colorado’s Tyler Bey and McKinley Wright (38:44), and break down what areas of their game they need to improve to make it to the next level. Finally, on “Story Time with Don MacLean” he describes the amazing amount of talent on his youth teams and discusses Shawn Kemp’s incredible skill level growing up (46:22).

Larry Krystkowiak Interview & Washington Clinches

Play Episode Listen Later Feb 25, 2019 57:21

On the eighth episode of Inside Pac-12 Men’s Basketball, Pac-12 Networks’ Mike Yam and Don MacLean break down the key story lines in the Conference of Champions. They discuss if Washington’s Matisse Thybulle might win Pac-12 Player of the Year (4:30), explain why the Huskies are not satisfied with just a regular season Pac-12 title (7:40), and wonder if UCLA can potentially get a top four seed in the Pac-12 Tournament (15:19). Mike and Don interview Utah head coach Larry Krystkowiak (16:25), and ask him why the Utes are consistently underrated in the preseason media poll. Krystkowiak explains the similar traits of former Utah stars, and current NBA players, Delon Wright, Jakob Poertl and Kyle Kuzma (27:09), and describes the improvements in Sedrick Barefield’s game that have allowed him to develop into one of the most dynamic players in the Pac-12 (29:45). Don evaluates the NBA potential for Arizona State’s Zylan Cheatham and Lugentz Dort (41:20), and breaks down which current NBA players they remind him of. Finally, on “Story Time with Don MacLean” he describes Charles Barkley’s amazing ability to trick an opponent with flattery, and recalls a funny outburst from Moses Malone near the end of his playing days (49:20).

Ted Robinson Interview, Oregon State and the Scary Tourney Teams

Play Episode Listen Later Feb 18, 2019 60:01

On the seventh episode of Inside Pac-12 Men’s Basketball, Pac-12 Networks’ Mike Yam and Don MacLean break down the key story lines in the Conference of Champions. They discuss how Oregon State’s ability to break the press helped them defeat Oregon for a second time this season (5:30) and evaluate whether Colorado or Stanford could make a run in the Pac-12 tournament (12:25). Mike and Don interview Pac-12 Networks’ Ted Robinson (19:00), and talk about the unpredictability of the Pac-12 this season. Robinson also reminisces about the amount of talent in the conference during the 2007-08 season (22:36), explains how special it was to be a part of eleven Olympic broadcasts (35:55), and discusses his friendship with tennis legend John McEnroe (38:00).Don evaluates the NBA potential for Oregon State’s Tres Tinkle (46:42), and then on “Story Time with Don MacLean” he describes his pregame ritual while at UCLA and explains why the words “intensity” and “concentration” were so important to him (52:20).

Sean Elliott Interview + Shocking Wins by Utah & Washington State

Play Episode Listen Later Feb 11, 2019 60:01

On the sixth episode of Inside Pac-12 Men’s Basketball, Pac-12 Networks’ Mike Yam and Don MacLean break down the key story lines in the Conference of Champions. They discuss how Washington’s first conference loss might help the Huskies in the long run (6:16) and look at Arizona State’s NCAA Tournament chances after their up-and-down weekend (9:30). They also explain why Utah was able to comeback against UCLA and what makes the Utes so effective on offense (15:00), and Don breaks down Washington State’s impressive road sweep of the Arizona schools (20:58).Mike and Don interview former Arizona forward Sean Elliott, and they talk about the coaching style of former Wildcats head coach Lute Olson. Elliott also talks about Don breaking his Pac-12 scoring record (25:47), and discusses the current state of the Arizona program (42:07). Don evaluates the NBA potential for Washington State’s Robert Franks (47:32), and then on “Story Time with Don MacLean” he recalls a fight between Wes Unseld and Bernard King early in his NBA career (51:54).

Washington's Historic Start & Bobby Hurley Interview

Play Episode Listen Later Feb 4, 2019 58:11

On the fifth episode of Inside Pac-12 Men’s Basketball, Pac-12 Networks’ Mike Yam and Don MacLean break down the key story lines in the Conference of Champions. They discuss Washington’s unbelievable start to Pac-12 play (5:19) and debate if Noah Dickerson’s potential absence will hurt the Huskies (7:39). Don also explains why USC’s offensive improvements will make them a dangerous team in the Pac-12 Tournament (14:51) and Mike praises Oregon State for their impressive road sweep over Utah and Colorado (16:50).Mike and Don interview Arizona State head coach Bobby Hurley (24:22), and talk about Zylan Cheatham’s all-around game and the improvement of Remy Martin. Mike also questions Hurley about his unusual game-day routine (38:16). Don evaluates the NBA potential for Washington’s Matisse Thybulle (48:55), and then on “Story Time with Don MacLean” he recalls a Sports Illustrated photo shoot with Bill Walton and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar that did not make the cover of the magazine (53:06).

Washington, USC & Matt Leinart Interview

Play Episode Listen Later Jan 28, 2019 60:11

On this week’s episode of Inside Pac-12 Men’s Basketball, Pac-12 Networks’ Mike Yam and Don MacLean break down the key story lines in the Conference of Champions. They discuss USC’s sudden improvement (1:18), highlight USC forward Bennie Boatwright’s recent performance (7:07) and wonder how USC can attack Washington’s stifling zone defense (9:53).They also explain how Utah guard Sedrick Barefield has stepped up his game (13:38), and wonder why Washington is not getting more consideration for the AP Top 25 (19:23).Mike and Don interview former USC quarterback Matt Leinart (21:10), and talk about his decision to choose football over basketball and baseball. Leinart also explains why he does not regret coming back to USC for his senior season (36:00).Don evaluates the draft prospects for UCLA’s Jaylen Hands and Kris Wilkes (48:18), and on “Story Time with Don MacLean” he tells a hilarious story about the Washington State student section trying to distract him at the free throw line (53:46).

Best Team in Pac-12 & Don's Michael Jordan Story

Play Episode Listen Later Jan 21, 2019 60:01

On this week’s episode of Inside Pac-12 Basketball, Pac-12 Networks’ Mike Yam and Don MacLean break down the key story lines in the Conference of Champions.They talk about Arizona’s Ryan Luther’s big performance against Oregon State (7:15), discuss Arizona State and Washington’s chances to win the Pac-12 (11:50), and explain why more Pac-12 teams are playing zone defense (22:25) . Don also explains why Washington’s Matisse Thybulle’s defensive talents will translate to the NBA (24:10), and predicts that Oregon will be a top four seed in the Pac-12 Tournament (41:50).On this week’s "Story Time with Don MacLean", he reminisces about beating Michael Jordan in a pickup game and explains what makes MJ the greatest of all-time (51:45).

Pac-12 Player of the Year Race & Wayne Tinkle Interview

Play Episode Listen Later Jan 14, 2019 60:01

On this week’s episode of Inside Pac-12 Basketball, Pac-12 Networks’ Mike Yam and Don MacLean break down the key story lines in the Conference of Champions. They discuss Washington and Arizona’s impressive conference road sweeps (1:50), take a closer look at KZ Okpala’s Pac-12 Player of the Year chances (5:30), and highlight the emergence of Louis King at Oregon (13:33). Don also explains why Arizona State will bounce back from a disappointing loss (11:20), and ponders how UCLA can be more consistent with their talented roster (18:00).The guys talk to Oregon State head Coach Wayne Tinkle (20:30), and discuss what has led to Beavers best conference start since 1993.Don also goes into story mode and explains how he helped improve Jordan Bell’s jump shot before the NBA draft (42:50), and reminisces about facing Gary Payton and Sean Elliott during his collegiate days (49:55).

State of Pac-12 & Mike Hopkins Interview

Play Episode Listen Later Jan 7, 2019 59:32

On this week’s episode of Inside Pac-12 Basketball, Pac-12 Networks’ Mike Yam and Don MacLean break down the key story lines in the Conference of Champions. Don explains what he’s liked about the Washington Huskies and ponders whether they could win the Pac-12 regular season title (2:08). The guys also talk to Washington head coach Mike Hopkins (20:00), who tells the amazing story of how he connected with Matisse Thybulle early in his tenure. Hopkins also explains why Thybulle is the best perimeter defender he’s ever coached. Don also gives his thoughts on UCLA’s hot start in conference play and explains what qualities his alma mater should look for in their next head coach (39:19). Mike and Don also discuss Stanford’s KZ Okpala’s NBA potential (43:48) and Don tells a memorable story about facing Arizona and Lute Olson during his playing career (49:55).

Inside Pac-12 Basketball Introduction

Play Episode Listen Later Jan 4, 2019 1:32

Pac-12 Networks’ Mike Yam and Don Maclean introduce the Inside Pac-12 Basketball Podcast and preview what to expect on the show this season.

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