The Tidal League Podcast, in depth interviews with NBA, WNBA Players and Personnel
Welcome to “The Tidal League Podcast” a show that will shine a light on the stars of the NBA and WNBA both on and off the court and give them opportunities to share their thoughts on the game and on the world events that impact our lives. We ask the questions you want to know the answers to. We talk to the biggest stars of the game and the talent that manages them. Our in-depth conversations give you, the fans, the chance to really know your favorite players and hear what matters most to them, we go beyond the game and...
Eugene Omoruyi of the Oregon Ducks 2021 NBA Draft Prospect
Today’s guest, Nigerian born Canadian basketball player Eugene Omoruyi, grew up playing soccer and only switched to basketball because he grew too big. He tells us today, he never looked back and his drive for the game has fueled his success.
During our conversation we talk about his experience being an immigrant, the sacrifices his family made, the lessons he learned to fight for what he wanted and what BrokeBaby is all about.
From his days at Orangeville Prep, the first Canadian Prep School to rival those in the US, playing alongside Jamal Murray an...
Q&A with Alexys Feaster Founder & Chief Impact Officer The Kinship Advisors
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Alexys Feaster Founder & Chief Impact Officer The Kinship Advisors
A force that has infiltrated both politics and sports, Alexys Feaster spent six years as Senior Director of Player Development at the NBA. Navigating players through investment, relationships, and leadership opportunities Alexys has worked, and supported some of the best in the League. She joins Trish and Kurt to talk about her years there, what it was like working with the Obamas, during the 2012 election campaign, and to showcase her new initiative, The Kinship Advisors, a DC think tank that creates alliances with athletes, entertainers and organization who are committed to positively impacting underserved communities.
Carolina Blanco Executive Director SIG Sports
Carolina Blanco joins us today as we speak about her time with SIG and the evolution of women in professional sports. How the WNBA has grown and made massive strides to get to where they are today including their 25 year anniversary but also how much work is still ahead to level the playing field.
We also talk about how the core of SIG and how Boris Lelchitski built the agency around women including the likes of WNBA legend Ticha Penicheiro.
Carolina leads a life full of positivity always finding the best in every scenario, we he...
Women in Sports Panel Discussion
In a special episode, and taking a new spin on things, "The Tidal League Podcast" brings together 5 female movers and shakers in the world of sport to give their take on what it's like to be a woman in a male dominated arena. These incredible women talk about their place in this world, the changes that have occured over the years, the fight for equal pay and equal rights, the difference between equity and equality, the challenges and the incredible opportunities, how they support each other, how they take care of their mental health, and how they maintain professional b...
Q&A with Phoenix Mercury Megan Walker on Locker Room App
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Megan Walker of the Phoenix Mercury
Selected to the first team All-American in 2020, our guest today has already had a storied career at the young age of 22. Megan Walker, small forward with the Phoenix Mercury of the WNBA was drafted 9th overall during the virtual 2020 draft by the New York Liberty after playing college ball at UCONN. She joins us today from Hungary where she plays in the EuroLeague and talks with us about the incredible journey she’s been on.
Megan shares with us what matters to her, the importance of influencing social change, the Black Lives Matters Movement, the role the WNB...
Q&A with Indiana Pacers Myles Turner on Locker Room App
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Myles Turner | Young Vet | Knicks vs Pacers | Texas Proud
Join Kurt and Trish as they welcome Indiana Pacers Centre Myles Turner to the show. At 24, Myles is the longest tenured player on the team, making him what his teammates call the “young vet”. We learn about Myles the person, who’s Knicks loving, superhero of a dad inspired and nurtured Myles into the man he is today and how Kevin Garnett, LaMarcus Aldridge, Chris Bosh, and George Hill inspired and drove him to the player he is today.
We find out what current LEGO set he is working on, who he would put on his team for a g...
Q&A with Washington Wizards Assistant Coach David Adkins on Locker Room App
Q&A with Wizards Assistant Coach David Adkins
David Adkins Washington Wizards Assistant Coach
Kurt and Trish are joined today by Washington Wizards Assistant Coach, David Adkins. Starting his coaching journey at high school boys basketball powerhouses, Montrose Christian and DeMatha, working with a number of talented future NBA players, including Kevin Durant, to leading Maryland Terps female team to the 2014 NCAA Women's Final Four learning from the great Brenda Frese and now as a trusted and respected part of the Wizards organization. We talk about the evolution of both the mens and womens games, the importance of protecting players, and one's own mental health and an inside look at the future of som...
Q&A with WNBA legend Ticha Penicheiro on Locker Room App
Bonus content straight from the fans with WNBA legend Ticha Penicheiro.
Ticha Penicheiro WNBA Legend
Regarded as one of the best point guards of all time, today we welcome former WNBA player Ticha Penicheiro. Joining us from Miami, Ticha talks about her journey in professional basketball which began in Portugal and led her to the US where she has now made her home.
Playing from a young age, Ticha talks about what it took to make her dream come true, from playing in the WNBA, winning the championship with the Sacramento Monarchs and being a Nike Athlete to her induction into the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame in 2019 and her current rol...
Michael Grange talks Toronto Raptors
Welcome back Sportsnet’s Michael Grange. The leading voice of the Toronto Raptors, there is lots to unpack with the tumultuous season they’ve experienced thus far. Michael shares his thoughts on what’s really going on with the Raptors this year and why they are hovering near the bottom of their division. We talk about the future of Kyle Lowry with the Raptors, his value to the team, the vindication of Masai Ujiri, the challenges Nick Nurse faces, and the Raptors 905 G-League season. Tune in to our all things Raptors episode with Michael Grange.
Amber Nichols GM for the Capital City Go-Go, G League affiliate for the Washington Wizards
The Washington Wizards recently named Amber Nichols the general manager of their G League affiliate, the Capital City Go-Go. She is just the second female general manager in the NBA's 28-team farm system, joining Tori Miller, who was hired to head up the Atlanta Hawks' affiliate in July.
We hear about her journey to date and the culture that Ted Leonsis has instilled within the organization. Monumental Sports & Entertainment has focused on providing the best environment possible for their teams.
Hear about her role models who helped support her along the way and the future o...
Introducing "The Tidal League Podcast"
Justin Jackson OKC Thunder forward talks being an NCAA Champ, early NBA career, and playing with Luka & Dirk
Justin Jackson OKC Thunder forward talks about his career in the NBA, and the experience and growth he has had playing with Dallas Maverick teammates Dirk Nowitzki, Luka Dončić and, at the start of his NBA journey as a Sacramento King, the great Vince Carter. We dig into his start as a Tar Heel at UNC where he learned from one of the best, Coach Roy Williams.
We hear of Justin's journey through life, his positive perspective on the path he is on, how he has moved forward through COVID and much much more.
Shea Dawson Head of Athlete Relations at Overtime on her journey from Five-Star basketball camp to the NBA
Head of Athlete Relations at Overtime, Shea Dawson joins the show to talk about her love of the game and what she has learnt along the way.
From starting her career at Five-Star basketball camp to a position with the Philadelphia 76ers we hear how Kawhi Leonard's “shot” in the 2019 conference finals started Shea on the path to her dream job at Overtime. A woman who’s positivity radiates and who’s intentional life is an inspiration, join us as we learn how she earned her place in basketball and about key lessons all young players need to learn
Cassy Athena "Your favorite NBA players favorite photographer"
She’s been called “your favorite NBA players’ favorite photographer” and today we hear how she earned that title. From LeBron James to Drake she has captured the moments of the biggest names in sports and entertainment. Living the dream of every NBA fan, she gives us the scoop on how she turned her love of taking pictures into an incredible career.
Capturing moments through her pictures from a young age, photography has always been her passion. In 2009 she was diagnosed with a brain tumor and she talks about how this changed her life, giving her the freedom to...
Rico Hines, NBA trainer and the Godfather of LA plus his journey to Assistant coach of the Sacramento Kings
Rico Hines, Director of Player Development and Assistant Coach for the Sacramento Kings and trainer for a number of high profile NBA players, including Raptors forward Pascal Siakam.
Coach Hines has had a successful career starting as a player for the UCLA Bruins and entering his professional career working under Coach Don Nelson with the Golden State Warriors.
We talk about what it takes to coach some of the best players in the NBA, how he helped his players overcome the challenges faced in 2020 and what he sees is in the future for both the...
LeagueFits creator Ian Pierno from Slam, the collision of sports and fashion in the NBA
In 2018 a new Instagram account, LeagueFits, was born linking the world of basketball and fashion - two areas that seem worlds apart. The NBA tunnel has become the runway for the most stylish of players and today we are joined by one of the co-creators, Creative Producer at Slam, Ian Pierno.
Ian talks about how LeagueFits began, his love of basketball being the inspiration, the culture of the sport which is unique among professional leagues, how he ended up at Slam, and the coming together of streetwear and high fashion as a form of individual expression.<...
Two time WNBA champion Jordin Canada talks Seattle Storm, playing with Sue Bird and Breanna Stewart + Meeting Kobe,Jordan brand, and BLM
Calling in from Turkey we welcome Jordin Canada, WNBA point guard with the Seattle Storm
Selected by the Storm 5th overall in the 2018 WNBA draft she won the championship in her rookie year, one of two championship teams she’s been a part of.
She talks about being in the bubble and the connection for her between playing basketball and the BLM movement. A strong social justice advocate, Jordin gives us her insights on how to keep the movement going, to use her voice and the platform she’s been given to ensure change happens, incl...
The voice of the Toronto Raptors Matt Devlin aka Matty D
One of the most loved moments during the Raptors 2019 championship run was hearing Matt Devlin shout out towns and cities from across Canada. Today, we are thrilled to welcome the man, whose play by play of the 2019 NBA championship series will be forever remembered by Toronto Raptors fans.
Matty D as he is affectionately known, has been the voice of the Raptors since 2008 but had a lustrous career long before then. Today we learn more about who he is, from his early day to his current gig. He’s called games for almost every sport and he sh...
Jesse Tipping talks Canadian Basketball, the Athlete Institute and Orangeville Prep, plus Schitt's Creek
Our guest this week is Athlete Institute co-founder Jesse Tipping. From the ground up he and his family built the elite basketball program Orangeville Prep which has grown an enormous amount of talent, including Jamal Murray and Thon Maker.
We talk the importance of fostering young talent, gender equality in basketball and how to be a proactive force in athlete's mental health. We also talk about his unusual connection to Emmy award winning television show “Schitt's Creek”. Sit back and enjoy this entertaining sit down with one of the “most influential“ people in Canada Basketball.
Bria Hartley | Playing for NCAA Powerhouse UConn | 2021 WNBA Season & Tokyo Olympics | Friendship with Drake
TL is excited to welcome WNBA star Bria Hartley, point guard for the Phoenix Mercury, Recovering from an ACL injury, Bria tells us about her rehab, her goals for 2021, including the start of the season and playing for the US at the Tokyo Olympics next summer.
Drafted seventh overall by the Seattle Storm in the 2014 WNBA draft, Bria played for the UConn women's basketball team, and won back to back national championships in 2013 and 2014 prior to the start of her professional career.
In our time today we talk Drake, her competitive nature and what it’s be...
Jose Calderon | Toronto Raptors Legend | Remembering Success with Spain | Playing With and Against the Greats
This week on “The Tidal League Podcast” Kurt sits down with former NBA player and Raptors legend, Jose Calderon. His first years playing for the team, the years after Toronto playing with some of the best in the NBA, and a few Kobe stories that no fan will want to miss.
Tune in for this intimate interview we had so much fun recording - we know you’ll enjoy it too.
Duncan Robinson | Reaching the NBA Finals | Playoff Performer | Expectations for Next Season
Miami Heat Guard, Duncan Robinson, joins us as he gears up after a short off season for the start of the 2021 NBA season.
Tune in as Duncan chats about the lead up to the finals, how things came together for the team, the special run that almost led to an NBA championship and how he handled the intensity and the pressure of playing on the NBA’s biggest stage.
After only two seasons, he’s already in the record books and we hear what goals he’s set for himself, his predictions for the coming year, wh...
Michael Grange | Fred VanVleet's Future | Will Masai Ujiri stay with Raptors? | Full Season in a Pandemic
The Tidal League Podcast is excited to welcome back Michael Grange, award winning sports journalist and author.
Michael shares his initial thoughts on the future of the Raptors and as we ramp up towards the start of free agency, Fred VanVleet’s dazzling future as arguably the most sought after player in the free agent market puts into question whether he will be back with the Raptors.
With a lot of speculation out there, Michael shares his perspective on Raptors President, Masai Ujiri, his future with the Raptors and what it will take to keep him. ...
Bernie Lee | Journey to Becoming an NBA Agent | Managing the Career of Jimmy Butler | Playoff Bubble Stories
What’s it like to be the agent to the NBA’s hottest player? Today we find out as we welcome Bernie Lee, agent for Jimmy Butler. “Everybody has a story”. The Toronto native, currently running Quartexx Basketball, talks about how basketball was always his story.
Supportive parents put him on the right path and as a college player he realized if he wanted basketball in his life, it wouldn’t be as a player. Knowing he wanted to stay connected to the game, he became an intern to an agent and realized immediately that this was what he wanted...
Jack Armstrong | Voice of the Raptors | From Brooklyn to Toronto | Who's the Best Raptor of all Time?
As one of the most recognizable voices in basketball and longtime broadcaster for the Toronto Raptors, our guest today, Jack Armstrong needs no introduction to Raptor’s fans.
The voice of the team, he has become an integral part of the fan experience and we hear what this has meant to him. Jack shares the remarkable journey he’s been on with the Raptors and as we relive the exciting moments of game 6 when the Raptors won their first championship Jack talks of how the team united a Country inspiring young athletes across Canada.
Lexie Brown | WNBA "Wu"bble | Kicks & Fits | Minnesota Links
Lexie Brown, WNBA star of the Minnesota Links, joining from the IMG “Wu”bble, opens up about her career, the future of women in basketball, the opportunities that come from her experiences and the platform that’s created to influence important world events. The WNBA are the leaders in championing social justice issues and Lexie talks about what that means to her and how she’s embraced her ability to make an impact.
We talk about how different it is to play in the WNBA compared to her college days, the level of excellence in the league and what i...
Mike George| NBA Agent | Canadian Basketball Talent| Jamal Murray| NBA Finals
This week, Kurt and Trish are joined by Canadian NBA agent Mike George. Mike was calling in from Phoenix and owns One Legacy Sports Management which in based in Toronto. Mike discusses his journey to becoming a successful agent in the NBA with high profile talent such as Jamal Murray and the three chat about the current landscape of talent for Canadian basketball players. Tune in now!
Nickeil Alexander-Walker | New Orleans Pelicans | League Fits | Rookie Season
Welcome to Season 3 of the TL Podcast. Today we are so excited to have New Orleans Pelican rookie and Toronto native, Nickeil Alexander-Walker talk with us about his first year in the league in what has turned into an extraordinary season with the pandemic, and how he is one of the first rookies to play in two opening nights in one season with the three month hiatus.
Nickeil shares with us his love of the game, his love of shoes, how he’s become a League Fits favorite, and what it’s been like sharing the spotlight with hi...
Season 2 Wrap-up | NBA Playoffs | East/West Favourites
Trish and Kurt talk NBA playoffs, Eastern and Western conference favourites. The battle in the west, some historic performances from Dame DOLLA, Luka Magic, and Spida Mitchell! We then take you through season "2" and how amazing our guests have been. Look forward to season "3" launching soon!
Langston Galloway | Free Agency | NBA Title Odds | LG Kicks
After initially going undrafted in 2014, Langston Galloway has gone on to play 6 seasons in the NBA featuring for; New York, New Orleans, Sacramento, and Detroit. In this week’s episode we talk about his success as a rookie and how that first year with the Knicks helped position him for the NBA career to come.
A true leader on and off the court, Langston talks about his foundation, his role with Jr NBA, and how he’s used his platform to help move the Black Lives Matter movement forward and the many ways he gives back to his com...
Dan Barto | IMG Academy | Evolution of the Game | Impact of Covid-19 on Pro Basketball
IMG Academy is known as one of the world’s most prestigious sports, performance and educational institutions. Today we are thankful to be joined by Dan Barto, Associate Director who has been with the IMG Academy basketball program since 2003. Dan has trained over 100 current or former NBA players and is known as a training design expert.
In our episode, we talk about what he’s done to bring the inspirational aspect of playing basketball back to the young players he coaches, what keeps him inspired, the direction the game is moving in and what strategies will continue to eme...
Amjed Osman | Inside the Green Room | Black Lives Matter | The Return of the NBA
When Tidal League hosted an episode of the podcast “Inside the Green Room” in Halifax in 2018 it was then Toronto Raptor Danny Green’s first welcome to Canada. As the show celebrates year 2 we are joined from L.A. by Executive Producer Amjed Osman, who talks about the show, the story behind it, how he and Danny met, the start of the podcast, how it has grown and how he grasped the opportunities that came his way and made their vision a reality.
Amjed shares his thoughts about how the collision of COVID and the Black Lives Movement...
Dwayne Bacon | Free Agency | The Real Me
What does it take to make it to the NBA? On today’s podcast Dwayne Bacon of the Charlotte Hornets joins us to talk about the journey he’s endured, his mini documentary “The Real Me” playing for Michael Jordan, his social media and what it’s like to be entering into the free agency world amidst a global pandemic.
Dwayne opens up about his top three passions in life - basketball, music and clothes and tells us about the album he recently released and his fashion line, “Bad Section”. As well he lets us in on who he’s cheerin...
Danny Green | NBA Bubble in Orlando | Black Lives Matter | NBPA | Raptors/Lakers Final
In this episode, Kurt and Trish are joined by two-time NBA Champion, and current Guard for the Los Angeles Lakers, Danny Green, from inside of the NBA bubble. Join us as we discuss Danny’s journey to the Lakers, the importance of using his platform, how we should look at 2020 and what life inside the bubble has really been like.
Will it be a Raptors/Lakers final? If there’s an asterisk by this championship what does that actually mean? And will there ever be another Kobe? Join us as we go inside the Green (hotel) room.
Episode #5: Interview with Mike Morreale
Mike Morreale, a 12 year CFL veteran, and Commissioner of the Canadian Elite Basketball League joins us this week on the Tidal League Podcast. Mike talks about what the League has done to prepare for, and the innovative ways they plan to engage fans in, this new world.
Mike shares how the League was created; bringing together Canadian elite players with international pro basketball players, the challenges they’ve overcome, always believing that being afraid to fail cannot be an option for something like this to succeed.
We hear why they have adopted the “first to a po...