NCAA basketball podcast with Michelle Richardson: Louisville brought down a tough opponent Duke; Trojans topple Stanford 82-78; plus more photo: The Louisville Cardinals Quinn Slazinski (11) does the reverse slam as Duke’s Jordan Goldwire (14) could only watch during Saturday’s game in Durham SC

NCAA basketball podcast with Michelle Richardson:

#1 Louisville (15-3) got a win over Duke (15-3) on Saturday 79-73. For Louisville four players in double figures David Johnson (19), Dwayne Sutton (13), Malik Williams (12), and Steven Enoch (10)

#2 The USC Trojans (15-3) are nobody’s basketball fool on Sat they defeated the Stanford Cardinal (15-3) 82-78 at USC. The Trojans’ Onyeka Okongwu led in scoring with 22, Jonah Mathews (19), and Elijah Weaver (13).

#3 Houston Cougars (14-4) got a win over the Wichita State Shockers (15-3) 65-54. For the Cougars Fabian White Jr (14), Dejan Jarreau (12) and Marcus Sasser and Quetin Grimes (10).

Michelle’s Final thoughts

Michelle Richardson does the NCAA podcasts each Sunday at


March Madness podcast with Michelle Richardson: Michigan State edges Duke 68-67; Texas Tech advances over Gonzaga; plus more

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On the March Madness podcast with Michelle:

#1 The Michigan State Spartans battled the Duke Blue Devils today and got a 67-68 win. Michelle, it was a game that was a nail biter right down to the end.

#2 The Texas Tech Red Raiders got a 75-69 win over Gonzaga on Saturday. The Red Raiders are looking forward to the next step in the big dance.

#3 Biggest time of the year for the NCAA. Michelle talks about what was the most exciting part of March Madness.

Michelle is your host for March Madness podcasts at


Busted Brackets Podcast Episode 2 March 27, 2017: The Sweet 16!




Your hosts: Vasu Vaddiparty & Charlie O

  • What does your bracket look like?

  • Who is the surprise team in the Sweet 16?

  • Is this truly a “chalk” tournament?

  • Can we expect any upsets in the Sweet 16?

  • If you are investing, who should you put your money on?

  • Who will make the Final Four?

  • Take 30 minutes and let’s talk hoops!

That’s Amaury’s News and Commentary podcast with Barbara Mason: Mad, Mad, Mad, March; A’s host Angels; Giants are in San Diego on Thursday

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That’s Amaury’s News and Commentary podcast with Barbara Mason:

#1 March Madness is in full tilt: Bears vs. Bears and the Cal women (20-13) lost a tough one at Baylor (33-1) 102-63. It was Cal’s hopes to get this one at Baylor it was too much Baylor who ran off 39 points on Cal. The Lady Bears have had an awesome year.

#2 Duke’s Zion Williamson got a crucial basket on Sunday to help beat Central Florida 77-76 by just that much.

#3 Talk about the Stanford Cardinal women (30-4) and visiting BYU (29-5). This has been another unforgettable season for both teams, who shared identical records before Monday night’s game. Stanford who had the home floor advantage made it pay off with a 72-63 win to advance.

#4 Turning to baseball, the Oakland A’s and San Francisco Giants concluded their Bay Bridge series to conclude the exhibition season. The A’s will continue their regular season on Thursday afternoon at the Coliseum.

#5 The Giants open their regular season against Manny Machado and the San Diego Padres on Thursday at Petco Park.

Barbara Mason is a freelance sports writer for Area Grande and is filling in for Amaury Pi Gonzalez at

Busted Bracket Podcast Ep. 1 with Vasu Vaddiparty & Charlie O: “listen as we all suffer & celebrate together!



Your hosts: Vasu Vaddiparty and Charlie O

Bracket Blues



March Madness NCAAB podcast with Michelle Richardson: Top schools Virginia and NC; plus Tenn, Kentucky, and Duke

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On the March Madness NCAAB podcast with Michelle:

#1 Michelle, talk about some the top ranked schools in March Madness, Virginia and North Carolina.

#2 Talk about the Tennessee Vols (5), Kentucky Wildcats (6), and Duke Blue Devils (10).

#3 The Washington State Cougars (11-20) finished up their season with Oregon State Beavers (18-12) they’ve lost four in a row. What is the best thing they can expect out of the Pac-12 Tournament?

Michelle’s Final Thoughts

Michelle does the NCAAB podcast each Sunday at

NCAAB podcast with Michelle Richardson: Duke anxious to get Williamson back; Knight’s health in decline; Could Howard be effective in postseason?

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On the NCAAB podcast with Michelle:

#1 Just getting an update from Michelle on the Duke Blue Devils’ Zion Williamson, who is out with a mild right knee sprain. Williamson has missed three games since his shoe exploded on him last week. Duke lost to Virginia Tech and beat Syracuse since Williamson has been out.

#2 Former Indiana head coach 78-year-old Bobby Knight is reportedly declining and he’s suffering from a cognitive disorder. He fears his memory is fading on him.

#3 The Howard Bison are a near .500 team. They have won four out of their last six games and have two games left in the season. What do you look for in the Bison going into the postseason?

Michelle does the NCAAB podcasts Sundays at

NCAAB podcast with Michelle Richardson: Without Azubike and DeSousa, Wildcats have their way with Hawks; Duke comes back to beat George Tech; OSU gets the better of UW; plus more

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On the NCAAB podcast with Michelle:

#1 Udoke Azubuike is out with an injury and Silvio DeSousa is in ineligible. Wihout their key players, the Kansas Jayhawks (16-4) couldn’t turn the corner to the Kentucky Wildcats (16-3) 71-63. The score is reflective of the lack offense needed by the Hawks.

#2 Duke (17-2) got a win over Georgia Tech (11-9) on Saturday 66-53. The Blue Devils got hoop help from RJ Barrett with 24 points and 11 rebounds Duke won it coming back from behind.

#3 Washington Huskies (16-4) defeated the Oregon State Beavers (12-7) 79-69 Saturday . The Huskies’ Jaylen Nowell (19) and Nahziah Carter (18) both led in scoring and the Beavers’ Stephen Thomson Jr (30) and Tres Tinkle (18) led OSU in scoring.

#4 Michelle’s final thoughts

NCAAB podcast is every week at

Kings go big, taking Marvin Bagley III with the No. 2 pick in the 2018 NBA Draft

Intense Marvin Bagley III on the court at Duke Photo: @sacramentokings

By Charlie O. Mallonee

The Sacramento Kings did not go off script on Thursday in the 2018 NBA Draft. When it was time for them to make the number two overall selection in the draft, the Kings wasted no time taking power forward Marvin Bagley III, a freshman from Duke. At 6-foot-11 and 234 pounds, Bagley is the prototype of the new big man in the NBA.

Bagley was a 2017-18 consensus First Team All-American. He was named NABC National Freshman of the Year and NABC Pete Newell Big Man of the Year. Bagley was named to the All-ACC Academic Team.

“I’m just too excited right now,” Bagley said after being selected by the Kings. “I can’t even describe the feeling I’m feeling right now. A lot of emotions running through me, seeing my family out there, happy for me, and friends that came. This has been great.”

“I’m super excited to get started with this franchise and keep it going and keep building,” said the newest member of the Sacramento Kings.

Vlade Divac on his new player

Bagley by the numbers in 2017-18

  • Played 33 games
  • Averaged 33.9 minutes per game
  • Averaged 21.0 points per game
  • 61.4 field goal shooting percentage (hitting 270-of-440 attempts)
  • 39.7 percent 3-point shooter (23-for-58)
  • 62.7 free throw shooting percentage (131-of-209)
  • 11.1 rebounds per game
  • 1.5 assists per game, 0.8 steals per game, 0.9 blocks per game

More on Bagley III

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  • Bagley is one of three players in ACC history to lead the league in scoring, rebounding, and field goal percentage. The other two players were Clemson’s Horace Grant and Wake Forest’s Tim Duncan (that’s not bad company).
  • Second player in ACC history to be named both ACC Player of the Year and Rookie of the Year in the same season.
  • Set the Duke record for points, scoring average, rebounds, rebounding average, double-doubles, 30-point games and 20/10 games.

Strengths and Weaknesses

  • Strengths
    • Runs the floor well, which leads to easy baskets
    • Good finisher in a crowd and can elevate for lobs (that should make D’Aaron Fox happy)
    • Finishes strong around the basket and possesses a soft touch
    • Can play facing the basket and has a nice shooting range
  • Weaknesses
    • He is not a great defender — has a tendency to be a “ball watcher”
    • Bagley is lefthand dominate and almost always finishes on his left. That will have to change at the next level.
    • He has a flat jumper and hits only 39.7-percent from 3-point range.
    • Bagley is just a 62.7-percent free throw shooter (a potential “hack-a-player” candidate)

Who does Bagley compare to?

The experts say Bagley III is very comparable to Amar’e Stoudemire. He can run the floor, do damage at the basket and struggles on defense.

Stoudemire in Israel
Stoudemire is still playing in Israel Photo: @Amareisrael

Kings Second-Round Pick: So long!

The Kings drafted Duke guard Gary Trent Jr. with the number 37 overall pick in the draft and within five minutes traded him to Portland for two future second-round draft selections.

UNBELIEVABLE! Kings will pick at 5 & 10 but it could have been at number 3 & 10

by Charlie O. Mallonee

Right at the top of this story – let me say that it is time for the NBA Lottery to go away. Yes, it creates some interesting discussions during the playoffs for the fans of non-playoff teams, but the purpose of the inverse draft is to allow the worst teams in your league to obtain top talent to become competitive again. 

The National Basketball Association is a worldwide marketing behemoth that is spreading its brand across the globe at a lighting pace. The NBA no longer needs gimmicks like the Draft Lottery when they have Steph Curry, James Harden, LeBron, Russell Westbrook and the 3-point shot to captivate fans for 48 minutes per game. The game itself is enough to market to the fans. No gimmicks are needed at this time.

The Kings got lucky and then got ******!

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The problem with the whole scenario is the Kings did this to themselves. The Kings made a deal with the Philadelphia 76ers to trade number one picks if the Kings selection was a better pick than the Sixers pick in 2017 as a part of a salary dump trade in 2015. That trade also cost Sacramento their 2014 first-round pick shooting guard Nik Stauskas. And if that is not enough, the Sixers get the Kings first-pick unprotected in 2019 now that Chicago can no longer receive a first-round selection from Sacramento.


Confused? Nate Silverman and former Secretary of Labor Dr. Robert Reich will be holding a seminar at UC-Berkeley on Wednesday to sort the situation out for “die-hard NBA fans” (that’s not true).

The Kings came into the lottery with the eighth worst record in the NBA. Sacramento has never been particularly lucky when it comes to the ping-pong balls on Lottery Night. On Tuesday night, the Kings jumped from number eight to number three. For a brief moment, Sacramento became the luckiest team in the lottery. Then the Philadelphia 76ers raised their hand and said we’ll take that pick.

The Kings immediately fell back to number five in lottery order. They still made a major move from number eight to number five, but the fact is that for “one shining moment” Sacramento was number three in the order.

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There were many loud and demonstrative discussions going on over beer and shots in sports bars all over the Sacramento area on Tuesday night about what had just happened to their beloved Kings.

The Kings will also pick at number 10 thanks to DMC and the Pelicans

The Kings will have two lottery selections because of the DeMarcus Cousins trade to New Orleans. That pick was protected if it had been an one to three pick. It held at its pre-lottery spot of number 10. In this talented laden 2017 draft, the Kings are sure to have the opportunity to draft a high quality prospect with that selection.

Will that player be another DeMarcus Cousins? Probably not. Will he be a highly talented player that Kings can build around to become a playoff contender? The answer is probably yes.

Who will be available at number five?

isaac (my new personal favorite site for many reasons) has the Kings taking small forward Jonathan Isaac out of Florida State at number five. He is 6-11 and would have just turned 20 years old as the season starts. He averaged 12.0 points per game along with 7.8 rebounds and 1.5 blocked shots per game. If Rudy Gay does opt out of his contract, the Kings will need a small forward.


Draft Express says the Kings will wind up with Kentucky’s fine point guard De’Aaron Fox with the number five selection. Finding a young point guard who can be with the club for the long-haul has been a goal the Kings have been trying to fulfill for some time. Fox scores 16.7 ppg, 4.6 assists per game to go with 4.0 rebounds per game. Sacramento loves Kentucky Wildcats players (see Willie Cauley-Stein and Skal Labissiere).

tatum has the Kings taking Duke small forward Jayson Tatum at number five. Tatum is a 6-8 SF that is seen a good wing prospect. Again if Rudy Gay is opting out, the Kings need to replace that talent on the floor. Tatum is a good mid-range scorer who can score from multiple spots on the floor. He is also known as a good defender. By the way, he is also a Duke guy. If Coach K liked him, that is a pretty high recommendation.

And who will be there when the number 10 pick is on the board?

CS Bakersfield Arizona Basketball projects the Kings taking Arizona big man Lauri Markkanen with the number 10 selection they picked up from the Pelicans. He will be 20 years old by the beginning of the season. He is a seven-footer who weighs 225 pounds. Markkanen averaged 15.6 ppg with 7.2 rpg and shot 42.3-percent from beyond the 3-point line. Can you say “stretch four”?


Draft Express says that the Kings will bring the “Zags” Zach Collins to Sacramento with the number 10 pick. The 7-0 foot power forward/center averages 10 points per game to go with 5.9 rebounds per game. Drafting Collins could mean that Koufos could be on the move.

Ntililinilna has Sacramento going with point guard with the number 10 selection. They see the Kings taking international sensation Frank Ntilikina tenth. This kid is the darling of the Euroleague. He is 6-5 with a seven foot wing span! He is a true point guard with a pass first mentality. The drawback is that he is young – just 18 years old. He is a project. Ntilikina needs to learn how to play at the next level, but everyone says he has a very high basketball IQ. The reality is – he is not NBA ready yet. Well, neither was Skal Labissiere. Some time in Reno took care of that problem.

It’s now a war room problem

Between now and June 22, 2017 there will be multiple scenarios that will be run through the war room in Sacramento about who should be drafted by the Kings. Players will be brought in for tryouts and teams will be calling about possible trades for the draft slots that Kings have available.

What happens in the next 30 days may be the most important decisions that have been made in the history of this franchise in the last 20 years. What decisions are made will most certainly set the direction of the franchise for the next five to seven years. This is high drama if you are a fan of the Sacramento Kings.