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A former UNC basketball player on the Duke matchups from the past vs now

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March 11, 2024 3:27 pm

A former UNC basketball player on the Duke matchups from the past vs now

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March 11, 2024 3:27 pm

Kenny Smith, former UNC basketball player/Talk of Champions, on his history with UNC and legalized mobile gambling in NC.

Did the tournaments mean more back then than they do now? What does Kenny think is nearly impossible when you look at seating in tournaments and who ends up winning and losing? Where has Kenny NEVER been, and never will go? What were some experiences he had as a player and as a spectator? Who does Kenny like in the West for the NBA? Does Kenny have any words of wisdom on sports wagering in NC, since it officially kicks off today?

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It's an issue I've been talking about for five years. Today's finally the first day where we can legally place a bet on our phones, and whether or not you're into it or you're not, we should have all had the right to do this for a while now, and we had to wait a long time here in North Carolina to do it. I haven't placed one yet today. It's still early.

We haven't had anything go live yet. Well, I'll tell you what. The first thing is, you know, I know FanDuel believes this as well as being responsible for the first thing. I mean, but all of us can, you know, we could fly to other cities and perhaps casinos and actually, you know, place a bet or a wager.

But the first thing about that is being responsible. And so all you have to do, you said you haven't placed your first, all you have to do is download the app. You download the FanDuel app, and it's also, you can get $5 wager. You'll receive another $250 in bonus bets. So you get the bet, an extra $250 by registering today, man. So go ahead and do it. Absolutely. Follow the instructions.

It's pretty simple. I've already got the app, so I'm going to do that, which if I bet, if everything I bet on is $5, I'll have, like, how many more bets to lose. You got nothing to lose for a while. I'll be fine.

I'll be fine for like a month. So now if you win, you better be better. Yes, but you know. Don't think like that. We know how I'll.

Don't think like you're gonna lose. Well, you know what? I'm about, like most people, I'm about $50.50, right? Okay, that sounds good.

That sounds good. I mean, it's still not necessarily a winning hand, but $50.50, but depending on how daring you get with, with underdogs and whatnot. So, all right, if I told you right now that the Tar Heels and the Blue Devils, because I was just looking at this, on FanDuel right now are the same odds to win the ACC tournament, would you?

They're both plus 180. Would you be surprised? I wouldn't be surprised, but I know who I'd, who I'd put mine on. You know, being at North Carolina tutorial, you're watching them win twice. But, you know, it is hard to beat a team three times, for sure. Right.

And any, any sporting competition. So, I mean, those are the premier, premier schools, obviously. So, I'm not surprised.

No, I would not be surprised. All right, my only feel is that I just don't think that, like, when you played it was different, right? When you played the ACC tournament, because it wasn't, we weren't at, although we were pretty close to getting into the 64 team field. And maybe when you got to the ACC tournament, you guys knew you would be at worse than at large team in the NCAA's. But the tournaments then just carried a lot more meaning than they seem to today. For a lot of schools, these are almost tune-ups at this point. And both Duke and North Carolina know that they're going to the next, to the next tournament.

And that is, unfortunately, maybe for a lot of reasons, has taken on a different, maybe a more important meaning. Well, honestly, when we, the years I was there, it was to be a one seed. Right. You know, that's an important, that's an important number because, you know, you really count six wins. You're trying to count down from six wins. Right. And if you're a one seed, you know, you're really counting down for five.

Let's be honest. Like, you should be counting from five. So, that extra, you know, playing the team, which, you know, it's happened, but the odds of it happening are so astronomical that you lose to a, you know, such a low seed. If you're a one seed, it just rarely happens in the history. When it happens, we all go shocked. Like, you know, when Virginia happened a couple of years ago, but those things don't happen. So, you're counting down from five. That is, that is a big, big bonus to be a number one seed. Oh, there, there is no doubt.

But although when we expand the tournament to, I don't know, 195 teams soon, the, those 16 seeds are going to be better teams. Adam Gold here with my man, Coach Pete, the Ruta Capital Financial Advisory Group. Are most of your clients hands-on or they just give you their money and let it work for them? About 90% give the money and then we meet every year and go through status reports, have a financial pit stop, making sure everything's fine. It is like a puzzle, Adam, but for the next 10 of you will solve your own retirement puzzle at no cost or obligation. Call and claim your comprehensive review with Coach Pete and the team, 888-843-0013, or text ADAM to 600-700.

Adam Gold is a paid spokesman, investment advisory services offered by Capital Financial Advisory Group, a North Carolina registered investment advisor. Still, I take my chances. No, no, you're right. I take my chances at a school who, you know, a lot of them have gone close to 500 for the year. Right. To get in and they've gotten in that tournament because, you know, some of the conferences have that kind of feel.

I would take my chances anytime in that situation. Kenny Smith is joining us at the Jet on TNT. We'll talk a little bit about the NBA here in a second and I'll work some odds in as well as we're celebrating our first day to legally wager on sports here in the state of North Carolina. But going back to your playing in this Duke Carolina game, because we've I've already seen so many videos of Duke fans, Duke students being brutal to R.J. Davis and Cormac Ryan in the pregame.

And I know it goes on in other places as well. What did what were your thoughts, your, you know, your memories of, you know, early before the game starts and how you were treated over in Durham? Well, I wasn't such a pregame shooter.

I always figured a lot of times in college, if I didn't have it by seven o'clock, I'm not going to have it by seven thirty. So I never really went out and shot a lot, you know, pregame. But, you know, the one thing about, you know, playing in Cameron is the proximity of the fans. That's really it. The way that the stadium is built, you know, it's so small. Everyone is, you know, within earshot of everything that you say, which most arenas you are not.

Right. And so they're saying the same things, but you're not an earshot of everyone. And, you know, they have those I think they probably have a how to cheer class at sort of where you sit and they and they give you the memo. What I know at one time they used to give memos out of what everyone would say during certain days.

We used to see them on the floor after the game. So we're like, oh, they're inventive, but they're not that inventive. No, I mean, so they do have a memo of what's going to be said and how they're going to say it. But your college, like R.J. Davis and Ryan, those guys have been in the ACC wars. They're not going to be, I would say, flustered by that.

No, and they certainly weren't. If Cormac Ryan was flustered by it 31 points later, I think we all would have said, man, if he was flustered, he might have scored 50. It does make your antennas go up.

So you do lock in much more when you have that type of proximity. It almost feels like a high school game because of the proximity of the court. Kenny Smith is joining us here on the Adam Gold Show. Have you been back at Cameron for a Duke Carolina game since you left? Never.

Really? No, I would never go there. I've been at Chapel Hill, but there's no reason for me to sit and be part of the show when I just want to see the show. I know if I went or any form of player, we become part of the show. And for me, that's not something I'd want to do. That's because your son was at Tar Heel for a while, so I thought maybe you'd kind of sneak over there and just put on a cap and just stand behind the bench and watch your squad play.

No, you're not putting on a cap. I'd rather watch the highlights. I'd rather watch the replay. I'd rather hear the announcers tell me who has how many fouls.

It's better be in Barre or Barad with things going on. And most of the time, honestly, I've been doing the games for the College Basketball Final Four, so we're preparing for ourselves for the March Madness, which is the following week. When does your preparation, and I know you watch college basketball because you're a basketball head like all those guys are, but when does your real preparation for the tournament begin? Well, it starts, you know, when I first took it on, I did have an advantage because I used to coach a lot of AU basketball at the high level, at the highest level.

I have a program called Jet Academy that's in the EYBL, which is the Nike league, the highest of the high. And so, you know, I knew a lot of the kids, you know, by either seeing them play against them or playing with me. Just hadn't seen them yet in college, so I had an advantage individually, but now it's all year. But there's always going to be with 64 teams, you know, more than 64 now with their play with the early games that there's going to be schools that you could not have seen. I mean, I was watching Drake, Indiana State last night.

I mean, how many times is Drake on television that I could find and know what day it is? So there's going to be games and teams you're not going to be aware of. You're learning as the process goes. You know the top 20, 25 schools pretty well.

But after that, if anyone tells you they know the rest, they're all lying. Just when I fill out my bracket, I'm going to take Indiana State because if they're forcing them to get in after losing, I'm going to take them because I got powder blue uniforms. Right, and who knows, maybe Larry Bird will show up and the Sycamores will advance.

Kenny Smith is joining us here. All right, right now, looking at the odds in the West to get to the NBA Finals, or it might be to win the title. And the Clippers are plus 500 and the Nuggets are plus 400. Man, I think those are two of the best teams. Celtics still have to prove it to me. The Nuggets have already done it. Who do you like in the West?

Well, the Western Conference, they are the cream of the crop. You know, the thing that we, you know, everyone worries about the Clippers even last night. If you watch the game, you have three guys that top three guys are sitting out and you know with with with Russell Westbrook being injured for a multitude of games. So health has always been the reason why the Clippers have not been close a little more close right smelling an NBA championship. So if Kawhi Leonard Paul George healthy along with Westbrook, then that plus 500 makes sense. But if they're not what they haven't been that has been the difference.

Kenny Smith is joining us here on the Adam Gold show does what are the odds if I had to set a fan or the mobile app odds on Shaq or Chuck beating you to the board. Plus what plus 25,000. I would say, without the ones like you who work tirelessly to keep things running, everything would suddenly stop hospitals, factories, schools and power plants. They all depend on you. No matter the weather, emergency or time of day. You're the ones who get it done at Grainger, we're here for you with professional grade industrial supplies, count on real time product availability and fast delivery call click Granger calm or just stop by Grainger for the ones who get it done. Instacart shoppers know groceries.

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So they start moving and turned in a chair. And most people think our studio that run is like 100 yards that run is four steps. The first step is the weather gets the first step always wins. There's no way that you could lose if you if you have the first step. So it's impossible to win sometimes if they don't leave the same time I do even Chuck, I would think you could recover with if Chuck gets the first step I my money would be on you cover on the first step if I've already turned. If I haven't turned, I can't recover.

I'm telling you that it's only four steps to that board downstairs. Kenny Smith before I let you go. Is there any any other words of wisdom you have for the masses on our first day of allowable sports wagering here in North Carolina. Without question. As I said before with handle myself take gaming responsibility.

Seriously, it's the number one sports book app, it is going to be easy to operate so simple, you're going to go on, get $5 and you're going to get $250 extra and bonus bets. And then good luck the rest of the way. Absolutely.

And if, and stick with powder blue right and stick with powder blue, and you won't go too bad. Kenny, I appreciate your time, man. Thanks a lot. You got it.

Kenny Smith here on the Adam Gold show. Yeah, it's with the perfect powder blue fan dual hat today. Yeah. Exactly. I'll say the same thing about driving. Sure, right traffic. I live so much life on the roads, my, my son was supposed to start driver's ed this week. I've got enough kids in the class or they, they put it off. My son is cool with it. And he likes to sit and either like text or play Monopoly millionaire, whatever it is, he's playing on his phone. He doesn't want to show first to go like exactly the chauffeur.

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