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Mark Jones Interview 3-15-17

Mar 15, 2017|

NBA on ESPN play by play man Mark Jones, joined the guys from San Antonio getting ready to call the Blazers Spurs game tonight.

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What's up everybody it's dirt when I thank you for takes some time out to listen to the podcast of our show brought to buy less Schwab tires doing the right thing since 1952. To allow let's bring on our guest Mark Jones he's call on the game tonight it's going to be on ESP. And Mark Jones is gonna be on the play by play mark thanks for joining the show man wanna toxin hoops with you know wanna start with kind of just a general question. Around the MBA if fewer of the Portland trail blazing you see where they're at right now two and a half games out of the eighth seed kind of and that MBA purgatory. Are you pushing more for that seemed to make an eight seed or pushing more net he never tank up. Got up right they're okay thank. Eric thank you know what it sounds good from a fan perspective but. You know and in some of the winning in sum it up. General manager risen and personal people have been around the league coaches who have been in that spot and have actually. Done well thereafter. Does the common thread that I hear is tanking doesn't. Teach you how to win. And ultimately. Even when you change your gonna have to get those same players or a few new players and teach them how to win so. But the sooner that you could acquire. A winning culture. There and then get to Roland that big boulder uphill and get a little momentum rolling up bill. The better not because you know guys look at Philadelphia they talked about this process for four years they still have not initial work. They still up in the initial ordinance and it as far as I'm concerned. The draft is great. You know you look at the teams have been the lottery last several years. Yet the Minnesota Timberwolves have great young talent with. You know Rick which Levine and with the weekends sounds. They'll they'll they're barely get a pass winning thirty games this year doesn't do any you don't win with young talent speaks so. I'm I'm offended a free agency route. I don't think that tanking and draft picks Elisa Markel will take coveted put anybody play out you okay that that's that's my bottom line. I guess our response that mark would be Yucca is following this blazer team last year they made the second round of the playoffs the cut everybody by surprise there was a lot of positive momentum going into the offseason. And and we is blazer fans have when we talk about the slow on the show we thought everybody signed big time free agents that that would be enough to attract a big time name to come to Portland. Which just hasn't happened over the history disorganization outside or maybe a Brian grant some twenty years ago. So I. It seems like almost Portland is eliminated from the free agent conversation. Would you agree with that or do you think making the playoffs does something to Laura guide this offseason. Yeah you know I was like you guys up you know just on what we're game last night last year and we're really good feel good story of the of the playoffs. You know between the clippers in the first round and all that momentum moving forward. That's what happens when you have. Too many dollars. Chasing too few players quality players and it's couple land those big fish and you end up. I think over spending. On thought about guys who can't play but you have a overspending. On. Things that you really like but don't love you and you loved getting. The major reagents to come there and and I think. You know you can you guys have great management there. New rules is got a nice job in. I think yeah I think in the in the future it's gonna be a deal where you have to packaged people and and and led the stars so. You know. Yeah no no doubt about that Mark Jones joining us now we're previewing the blazers spurs matchup to be on the call for that one it's a double header on ESPN you can catch the plays are on the blaze a game on ESPN. And then following that is the box and clippers you seemed you seem a little fired up about the taking their which I I love this I want to have my back on earth on minus. I read I don't know I know ranking work well and I know you don't go pro Portland has great basketball culture and you got up and tactic then there's. The history there are others. My late great friend doctor Jack Ramsay who won championship they're. You guys have a basketball culture I don't think it's that. I don't think Portland. Is that hardest sell to free agents not not is not maybe as hard as some of the rest of support and bring him in Oregon. What I think the difficult thing with you know the tanking in freeagent thing is is always difficult market and I think it's always an ongoing conversation for us is because. You know the freeagent angle is basically when you come here in your multimillionaire you gonna get tax they held so people on their agents look at this and go oh my gosh we're losing a significant amount of money vs going down. Somewhere in Texas or somewhere in Florida. And then the other angle and Greg Oden is the one that threw this out because I can't speak to this some Caucasian. Black people in and Portland there's not a big percentage of common people think that that's a problem too so you're dealing with those two things in free agency. And the only response and I would have with what you said on the tanking because I agree on philly's been bad example thus far for them. But a fewer wager money on long term futures would you place more money on where Minnesota's going to be vs Portland the next three years with their core vs what Portland has. Boy that's a great comparison. Great question. You know what I would I would put my AM. I'm a reporter for reason not I think I like. We're Minnesota's you know provided Jack Levine comes back in is that would mean again you got to. Dynamic explosive wind scores. And you've got a big guy in the middle and I still think that there is there's there's a place for the big guy. In beads. Injuries history now. You know he missed the first two years with put problems. And now been the issue has sidelined him for another year. That's a big question mark guys and you know I I delayed my money on one of those teams you know 34 years from now being in the championship on. Although the Western Conference but probably take the Minnesota Timberwolves. What would we got the blazes and personnel on ES the end the blazes are basically irrelevant at this point we'll see it in a make and play house but the spurs have been LaMarcus Aldridge sounds like he's going to be back and a lot of tonight Golden State. But struggling as a play we had that dumpster fire of a game on Saturday night when nobody played between Golden State. And San Antonio but what do you make of LA BM back and in the spurs' chances of of knocked in Golden State often Western Conference playoffs. You know I think you know San Antonio. It's just amazing what they've done this year in seven new players know Tim Duncan for the first time. Since Bill Clinton was in the White House and cure they are just half game back. Of the Golden State Warriors and I think San Antonio is ultimately gonna ask them and finish with a number one seed. Com you know I I think LaMarcus Aldridge coming back tonight it is great for them you know. It's funny yet. I remember him in Portland and then there were whispers about him not being a guy that really showed up when it was money time and testosterone diamond bella and call it. But I think he is who he is and then he's under real secure some kind of a 18 guys. This side or one B guy beside quiet Leonard. You know him being back tonight. It is meter par San Antonio especially defensively he's he's been better than advertised defensively in the spurs are. Number one in the league and depends a deficiency. And well did Johnny on this one mark assuming the spurs overtake Golden State nick it kind of does look that way right now. Does goals they can out of the Western Conference this year and go back to the NBA finals. Man I tell you what that's that's the that's the that's the deal right there that's the question in its Kevin Durant does know where it BP. That their margin of errors is still I think slim guys. You know that they were rolling right along. And I think what. Durant injury really exposes is. If you're gonna mortgaged the future on one guy you better hope of one guy stays healthy because I'll watch Golden State put Philadelphia last night and they were like for debt. The sixers. At home in Oakland and you know date there's no partisans on Bogut there's no Barbosa others no bench. And it it's a struggle like I you know like I could see them not making it to the Western Conference finals. I really can you you know especially in the current state you know they've got a they've got to consistently make shots and the problem now with the warriors is that. Without that third guy and I've not spoken a couple coaches about this already. Without without Durant you know much 26 point two and that are a lot of rebounds and blocked shots without him in there you really locked in. On step. And play and that that's a big deal to be able to look good to be able to do that and you we see how they've struggled shooting salt. Either ago Mark Jones ESPN judge him on the call for the blazers spurs game we call on the game with his long side we've yet. Daughter with the legendary all the favorite QB brown loves he's going to be on the yeah let me what I just. He's got to get back what they just yet what type report pick up yeah you know I look a lot Portland. And you know Greg Oden. Has his take on free agency and African American representation yeah in the city Cortland. I'm gonna beg to differ but that's a factor. Because Portland. I know I know Brian grant when he was down and Miami Brian I got in on each other and he spoke very highly of that city he loved it there. And NGOs light and and I've been to Portland. Going back to the first NBA finals when you guys played against. The bulls back in early ninety's and I've always on Portland could be a very. Inclusive and an open minded type of environments are. You on the big picture I think that's one player's perspective. I don't know how it universal. That perspective might be but he's entitled to it I disagree. There you go good stuff Mark Jones ESPN catch him on the call Hugh B brown tonight blazers spurs and then that's followed up with the bucks and clippers on ESPN. Mark thanks for jumping on and I'd go back and forth on the taking debate. Yeah Taylor and one last thing I want to shout out who and prayers up to my men Jerome Kersey. Who's gone and left us way too soon and prayers up to my men cliff Robinson hope to get letter nuclear. If you're listening to much sabre cats ever in the NBA. Absolutely love cursing we love uncle split fees of thanks for joining us mark. Take your post.