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Justin Termine, SiriusXM NBA Radio Host

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February 19, 2024 7:51 pm

Justin Termine, SiriusXM NBA Radio Host

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February 19, 2024 7:51 pm

Justin Termine joined JR to discuss if the NBA All-Star Game is salvageable and why he thinks LeBron will go on a farewell tour when his career is ending. 

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2024 Santa Fe available early 2024. Justin, how you doing, man? I'm doing all right. I mean, I'm a little disappointed with the way the game played out last night, but it's not something that was a shock. Not much of a shock, not much of a surprise. We heard the disappointment from Adam Silver after the game from someone who's on the scene the entire weekend.

So, put a bow on last night, man. Did people in the arena, people were just like, eh, what was the vibe? Well, I didn't get what the vibe was in the arena because I'm intelligent, so I took off prior to the game, which I've done over the last several years just because the game is no good. So, I love it from like a media perspective as I go and I get to talk. Like yesterday, I had a 20-minute conversation with Dr. J. We had Larry Bird on the show.

So, like, we get a lot of good content, but then I hate, I tail it out of there because I know what it is every year and until they give me a product that's worth saying for, I'm going to continue to do the same. And no doubt about it, Justin Termini here with us from NBA Radio. What do you see happening, if anything, into the future? It doesn't seem like anything can happen unless a player shows up on All-Star Sunday night for the game and says, I'm going to destroy everybody.

Yeah, I mean, and really that's kind of what I said today. I don't like blaming LeBron for everything, but he is the face of the league and this erosion happened underneath him and people will follow the leader, right? The face of the league. For example, I don't think Kevin Durant goes to Golden State if LeBron doesn't first leave to Miami.

He laid down the blueprint. A lot of guys speak up on social issues. They weren't doing that prior to LeBron. LeBron speaks up.

Guys will follow him. So, whether it's good or bad, the precedent that the leader sets is what everybody follows. LeBron hasn't set a precedent of, hey, let's take this seriously.

Let's stay again. And as a result, I think other guys have followed. If he took it seriously, if he said, we're not going to lose this thing and he did that over the last 10 years, we wouldn't be in the place that we are right now. Now, it's also on the league's plate because they allowed it to get to this point, just like with load management before putting their foot down.

But from a player perspective, yes, if LeBron took it seriously, everybody else would as well. Well, Justin, for someone who, well, I don't want to say I refuse. Maybe I feel the same way Josh Hart does about Indianapolis, but I watched from afar. And I thought the best event or best anything out of the weekend was watching Sabrina UNESCO go out there and beat, or get close, excuse me, get close to Steph Curry. For you on the ground, what was the best event?

What really had the most juice? Yeah, that one, easily. And that's the one you wish they would have finished the night with.

Uh, and maybe in the future, if they do something similar, that's the same. There was so much anticipation leading up to it. That was the buzz over the course of the couple of days is people saying they couldn't wait for that one. Uh, and then like the, the dunk contest is hit or miss. Like last year, the dunk contest was the highlight of it.

Then there's years where it's no good. I thought this year it was okay. The one that consistently is the best is the three point contest. But again, if you get like a Zach Lavine, Aaron Gordon, the dunk contest is better. You get a Mac McClung, uh, in year one, uh, the dunk contest is better, but consistently it's three point contest. And this time it was, it was, as you mentioned, Sabrina and Steph by a good margin. Well, Justin Termini is here with us from Sirius XM NBA radio. You mentioned the dunk contest.

Is there any saving that, or are we really looking at, I don't know, a potential elimination like we did almost 25 plus years ago? Yeah. I mean, it went through a bunch of bad years and then Aaron Gordon and Zach Lavine kind of brought it back a little bit. Uh, and then Mac McClung was great last year, but it's not necessarily about like, Hey, Mac McClung, he's great.

He clearly was the best stalker by far. It wasn't necessarily even close, but you want the stars. The one thing I fear is like, I don't think Jalen Brown should have been doing it because Jalen Brown is chasing a championship and to his credit, he plays almost every single night.

That's something that could provide wear and tear on his leg. So I don't think it was the smartest thing, but I also think it was dumb for the fans to boo him because I don't think he was great, but they were all over his case. So if you're all over the case of the one star that's willing to go out there and try and set the precedent that like, Hey, stars should be doing this. Like, why would another star do it? So I thought that was dumb from a fan's perspective. They booed the hell out of him.

All right. So now why would anybody else do it in the future? Knowing that potentially they could get booed as it hurts their quote unquote brand. Uh, so like Jalen might've been the last like major name or even semi nature name to do it.

Uh, and uh, you know, that's the only thing that necessarily saves it. You get the big time guys in there. It was the glove. He put on that Michael Jackson glove and people are like, what are we doing here? That, that kiss of death right there, Justin, kiss of death. Yeah.

Yeah. At least should have like moonwalked after he did it. So we knew what the hell he was doing. I mean, I didn't know what the glove was about. I'm like, I thought it was Michael Jackson, but I wasn't even thinking how he's from Indiana, even though I knew that. Uh, then I'm thinking cause they said it on the broadcast that it was because he has no left hand, which he also doesn't.

Uh, but uh, like maybe he should have grabbed the mic and explained a little bit as to why he was doing each one of these dumps just to kind of set it, set everything up. Cause that was over my head. I'll tell you that. Yeah. You guys think my left hand sucks. Watch me dunk with my left hand with a Michael Jackson glove.

Yeah. Well, we'll see what happens. Justin Termini here with us, the JR sport be showing CBS sports radio. Now that we have gone past the weekend, now the Brooklyn nets were able to announce the firing of Jacques Vaughn. How, how nice of them to wait to not hijack the all star a weekend. What, what other news do you think could potentially happen now that we have, we're now going into the stretch run? Well, I mean, that was a perfect time to announce that, right? Because, uh, like we barely talked about other than the show today, cause everything was overshadowed by people being my rate over what happened in the, uh, in the, in the all star game. So it was smart for them to do that.

Uh, that didn't shock me that they, they ended up doing that. I mean, I think there's just a ton of teams that are involved here down the stretch, uh, which keeps a lot of head coaches alive. I know we've already got three, we're the three head coaches in the, uh, in the Eastern conference. Uh, and one of them is not even a Maki Williams with the worst record, but clearly you're not going to fire him because of the contract. Uh, I think the big news, uh, is just waiting on Embiid.

I think that's the big story. If Embiid is healthy, then that alters the way that the, uh, the playoffs look in the Eastern conference. If he's not healthy, uh, then that certainly makes it a lot easier for everybody else. Because I think if Embiid is healthy, they're easily the second best team behind Boston in the East. Well, Justin, with all the, the parody in the league and even in the East, there's other teams dealing with injuries, uh, the New York Knicks, uh, Phoenix Suns out West.

It seems like there's a minute or a second. I was shocked that Kawhi played, I mean, he didn't play much, but he did play. What are your thoughts overall as we move into the stretch run? Who are you favoring as we kind of run down here? Well, I think there's three teams that have separated themselves a little bit. That's Boston, Denver, and the Clippers. Uh, and with Boston, I mean, like they're on a historic pace right now. They're on pace to win like 64, 65 games, which is the fourth best record in the history of the Celtics, which is, you know, that means something. It's not, you know, fourth best record in the history of the Charlotte Hornets or Minnesota Timberwolves fourth, we get most wins in the history of the Boston Celtics. They'd be doing something that bird just did once that, you know, KG and Paul Pierce just did once that havel check just did once, uh, which is amazing. The season was shorter for Russell.

So he wasn't getting 65, 66 wins. Uh, but I mean the Showtime Lakers, the most they ever won was 65. Boston's on pace for that.

So certainly they've earned the right to be called the favorite. I'm just hesitant with their head coach and the shot selection for that team down the stretch. I think they rely too much on the three, so they could be had by a team like the Knicks. So I think we're a little bit more consistent and play a better playoff brand of basketball. I still favor Boston.

And then in the West, again, there's a slew of teams that could win it, but I'll put, uh, the Clippers and I'll put Denver just slightly ahead of everybody else. And Justin Termini here with us from NBA radio. You know, before you joined us, we shared some of the audio from LeBron James pontificating about his future. Do I have a big farewell tour?

Do I, you know, go quietly into the night? What are your thoughts on, on LeBron and his deal? He wants to play with his kid. He wants attention. He doesn't want attention. What say you, Justin? Uh, I mean, I think I'll say the same thing. I think everybody with a brain would say is that he wants attention and there's no way that LeBron James is there a zero chance.

Okay. He's 50 50. I'm saying the zero chance that he gives a, you know, as he put it, uh, he can Duncan's it.

He is going out with, uh, with a farewell tour. Uh, I mean, I think he's the most attention starved athlete we've seen in the history of, uh, of sports and, you know, he'll also sell it as, you know, like I was, I was not going to do it, but then I talked with my family. I talked with my friends. They think that I should do it. Adam silver thinks it's best for the league. He kind of convinced me to do it. So he'll paint that in the way that like, it's not about me, uh, but it is about him. And then the other aspect of this is LeBron's a corporation, right? So he's going to do what he needs to do to, uh, heighten the brand and the money. And there's too much money involved for him and the league by him doing a farewell tour.

So that is 100% taking place. So Justin, you were certainly around tons of legends that you had mentioned over the weekend. What stood out to you from a personal perspective?

Was there any conversation that you had with any of the legends behind the scenes and in front of the microphone that you, you really took away from this past weekend? No, I mean, just having the, you know, the, out of the speaker part, dr. J and Larry bird, that's beyond a thrill. Uh, and you know, listen, the scoring, it's just, that's the biggest difference in the league from back when those guys played, uh, and just whether or not that's good for the sport. Some of them think it's good.

Some of them think it's bad. Uh, and, uh, you know, it's, it's based off, I guess, uh, you know, what you want, do you want more offense or do you want to get back a little bit to the, I think everybody kind of wants a happy medium where, uh, they don't necessarily want the nineties, but they, you know, early two thousands, but they also don't want what it's become, which is, you know, guys with consistency scoring 60 to 70 points. Yeah. It's, it's nuts to say, Oh my God, we had an all-star game last night and the total almost pushed us to, to 400.

It's just, uh, it's maddening, but this is the way the league is right now. Hey Justin, I want to thank you for taking the time to hop on and lend your perspective. All right chair. Thanks for having me on buddy.

I appreciate it. Most certainly Justin, where can people follow you and all that good stuff? Follow me on, uh, they could follow me on Twitter at Germany radio at T E R M I N E radio. So that's on Twitter. And then we've got the show four to seven Eastern time Monday through Friday on NBA radio.

No problem. I can hear final question. How, how do you and Eddie not just, I know he's busy and you're busy and you're not always looking at each other in the face. How do you guys not rip each other to stress physically when you are in front of each other? No, we've had some, we've had some physical altercations.

I mean, we, you know, we, we talked with a meta world piece this week at the all-star game. We got some advice from him on, you know, how to go at each other. So, Oh yeah, Eddie and I, we verbally go at it. And when we're in person, if we, uh, if we go a little too far, we can get physical, which is bad for me. Cause he's got about six, seven inches on me and hype. Okay.

Hey, no, no to Justin, make sure that there's this video of it. Okay. I don't know if we want to do that. I mean, one of us might be spending the night behind bars.

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