Welcome to “The Tidal League Podcast” a show that will shine a light on some of our favourite athletes, and personalities from some of the sports we love.
We want to give our guests the opportunity to share their thoughts not only on the evolution of their sport, but also on the world events that impact our lives. We ask the questions you want to know the answers to.
As promised Trish and Kurt welcome the “Grande Frappuccino” himself Dhanung Bulsara, new co-host of “Beyond the Press”. We get the “Full D Experience” and hear about the amazing things D is working on in all things sport and lifestyle. We also get to know some of the backstory behind what makes this highly caffeinated and super sweet guy who he is. From a traditional East Indian upbringing, to auditioning for “So You Think You Can Dance”, to focusing on broadcast journalism and everything that’s happened in between. They laugh, they get deep and then our hosts have the tables turned on them when D becomes the interviewer. Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/tidalleague/
Tidal League Podcast is back…again. Trish and Kurt are here to fill you all in on what’s happening here on the Tidal League Podcast Network. Sneak peak at our own “Grande Frappuccino” Beyond the Press Co-host Dhanung Bulsara or “D” and we talk about the unbelievable growth happening at Tidal League, highlighting some of our new and favourite shows and how we have launched an exciting new investment opportunity through crowdfunding investment firm FrontFundr. And as always we touch on where our Toronto Raptors are at so far this season. https://www.frontfundr.com/tidalleague Instagram- https://www.instagram.com/tidalleague/
27 min 33 sec
Two years in and we have a lot to be thankful for. Join Trish and Kurt for a special Canadian Thanksgiving edition where they reflect on the growth of the Tidal League Podcast Network and what the future holds including a sneak peak at this week’s “No Pump Fakes” guest (whatever his name is) and a certain “certified” guest coming up on “Tipping the Scales” Tap in as we give thanks.
24 min 55 sec
We exist in a North American bubble, where our teams, sports, movies and celebrity are the most coveted and important, but why is that? What does the rest of the world think? Needless to say outside of our borders there is a big world, that doesn’t revolve around King James. To get more specific, we speak to Jaron Blossomgame, former Cleveland Cavalier, current starter for the Ratiopharm Ulm in the EuroCup, and host of the “Beyond the Press” podcast. Jaron gives us his backstory from being in the NBA to now playing overseas and the positives that have come along with it. Why is the hardest level of play, not the most prestigious? We learn about his show “Beyond the Press” and since it’s been a while, we end up giving some Kobe love. Trish and Kurt start off the show with the recent press involving Montreal Canadiens superstar goalie Carey Price, and forward Jonathan Drouin, both of whom are on leave for Non-Covid related illnesses and both who have used their platforms to promote the importance of looking after your mental health; we get into the NBA preseason, and the most recent Kyrie Irving new; and get caught up on what’s new here at the Tidal League Podcast Network.
44 min 17 sec
With NBA preseason officially underway we talk about the grind of fringe roster players. The mental and physical battle of fighting for a job in the NBA. Does it make more sense for a player who may spend more time in the G League to head overseas where the earning potential is higher? The leagues that exist overseas offer more than just earnings but opportunities to see a new world, add life experience and develop. Who you would choose to spend 24 hours with dead or alive? Family or celebrity how would you break down the day with that individual?
26 min 48 sec
We didn't anticipate a deep and dramatic episode but we got into the social injustice issues with the very first "National Truth and Reconciliation Day" here in Canada and what that means for our nation not just today but moving forward. We highlight the effects of the pandemic and will it come to an end? The NBA is continuing to expand its reach to new markets with its new G League franchise in Mexico City and Indian Ambassador. Will we ever see a second NBA franchise in Canada?
35 min 32 sec
With 6 games left in the MLB season will the Blue Jays make the Wild Card? Are the Lakers going all the way and will they manage expectations during the season to preserve the health of their aging roster for the post season? Excitement of media day and training camp for this upcoming NBA season with the return of normality. Trish leaves us with a mysterious blind item at the end!
25 min 10 sec
There are 10 games left for the Jays and the race for the wild card is heating up. Will Andrew Wiggins be forced to get his COVID vaccine? What happens if it comes down to is his personal beliefs or playing in the NBA? The WNBA Playoffs begin tonight, will we see Seattle repeat? LeBron or MJ?
31 min 36 sec
Donda or CLB - both were good but were they masterpieces? The Toronto Blue Jays will go to the playoffs due to a huge closing push down the stretch. Tidal League shows "No Pump Fakes" and "Survival of the Fitted" in the SLAM Magazine!
26 min 3 sec
Have you listened to "Donda" and is it brilliant? "Certified Lover Boy" drops Friday September 3rd - will it live up to the anticipation that's built up over the last year? The musical brilliance in producing and making music that people feel apart of, shoutout to Jay-Z. Covering the new generation of athletes and how receptive they are to traditional discipline and coaching? Are we in a new era of player coaches and will this pave the way for more young coaches to follow?
35 min 56 sec
Trish is back and she's a winner! We get right into things with the return of civilization and what that looks like. The ESPN conundrum with Rachel Nichols and Max Kellerman and how do big networks manage growth? How Tidal League has grown into a network that's built on relationships. The generational shift of people with social media and the pressure that comes with it.
33 min 7 sec
The WNBA returned from its Olympic break with the inaugural Commissioner's Cup championship game between the Seattle Storm and the Connecticut Sun. Kurt & Scott talk about the dominant performance from Seattle and how the WNBA is the purest form of basketball. We get into League expansion, limited roster spots, and why we need more from the fans!
22 min 15 sec
Today, Kurt welcomes Joey Lye, Olympic Bronze Medalist with the Canada's Women's Softball Team. We hear all about her Tokyo Olympics experience, the long journey through the COVID-19 pandemic, her perspective on pursuing dreams and happiness, and much more.
27 min 32 sec
Kurt and Trish are back to talk about Thursday’s NBA Draft, who the greatest drafted Raptor of all-time is, and dive into the feedback surrounding Simone Biles’ withdrawals from Olympic events and battle with mental health. They welcome Katie Goodman, the new host of Tidal League FC, to talk about her soccer journey, the growth of the MLS and women’s soccer in America, and the buzz surrounding the MLS’ newest franchise, Austin FC.
43 min 24 sec
In today’s episode of the Tidal League Podcast, Kurt and Trish bring on big-time Milwaukee Bucks fan & friend of the show, Mark Faddoul. The trio talks about the Bucks season, the wild emotions of the NBA Finals, Giannis’ greatness and so much more. Kurt and Trish talk about the non-stop sports landscape, the return of fans, Space Jam: A New Legacy, a potential WNBA expansion team in Toronto, and the likelihood of Kyle Lowry and Masai Ujiri being with the team next season.
52 min 3 sec
Trish and Kurt are back in this week’s episode to catch up on the world of sports. From the ecstasy to the agony of the Stanley Cup Finals to the excitement of the Euro and Copa America Finals, Paige Bueckers’ powerful ESPYs speech, and the disappointing finish for Team Canada’s men's team.
37 min 42 sec
Join Kurt and Trish as they talk about the Montreal Canadiens’ continued playoff run on the backs of Carey Price, a social justice angle of the U.S.A. Men's Olympic Team that no-one's talking about, and how the Toronto Raptors ended up with the 4th overall pick in the 2021 NBA Draft. They catch you up on the NBA Playoffs, including Ben Simmons’ performance and the state of his mental health, Kawhi’s situation with the Clippers, and who might just end up in the NBA Finals.
40 min 22 sec
Hear from the fans as they tap in with Sacramento Kings assistant coach, Lindsey Harding!
15 min 7 sec
Join Trish and Kurt as they talk about the NHL Playoffs, the excitement for Habs fans as the Montreal Canadiens are the unexpected champs of the North, and their chances when they face former Canadiens captain Max Pacioretty and the Las Vegas Golden Knights as well as what a post COVID world will look like as Canada starts to welcome fans back into stadiums. No chat is complete without talk of the NBA Playoffs, and we get into what it takes to win a championship, how injuries have played a part in this year’s run, and how two years ago, Raptors fans were celebrating their first NBA championship. We touch on the role of women coaching in the NBA, the sexism that still exists and the culture shift that has happened in a very short time. Joining Kurt and Trish from Brooklyn, NY is Matt Mangano the man behind Inked NBA. He tells us about the inspiration behind the page, how tattoos have become the ultimate symbol of self-expression in the NBA world, the influence of Allen Iverson, some of the fan favorites including his own (shout out to LaMelo Ball and Ty Young) and where he sees himself and his page moving forward. Also remember to check out our newest shows Survival of the Fitted and No Pump Fakes wherever you listen to your podcasts.
59 min 11 sec
Today on The Tidal League Podcast we are joined by Lindsey Harding, professional basketball coach and former player who serves as player development coach of the Sacramento Kings. Larger than life, Lindsey’s story is exciting and entertaining. As the NBA’s first African American female pro personnel scout, she is a trailblazer. From her days as a player, her exceptional career at Duke University, and being drafted first overall by the Phoenix Mercury in 2007, to her 10-year career in the WNBA while playing overseas in the off-season and the impact of coaches on her life, we get into it all. We talk about the evolution of elite athletes using their voice and their platform to impact change, her relationship with Toronto Raptors president Masai Ujiri and Giants of Africa, her work as Head Coach of South Sudan's women's basketball team, how she’s defined being a woman in a field dominated by men, and what it was like to meet Barack and Michelle Obama.
1 hr 9 min
In a special episode of the Tidal League Podcast, Kurt and Trish tease some new Tidal League content, make some spicy predictions for the remainder of the 2021 NBA Playoffs, discuss the upcoming Tokyo Olympics, and much more!
50 min 54 sec
Today Orlando Magic point guard Michael Carter-Williams joins the podcast to talk about his NBA story and how his upbringing and genetics have led both him and now his brother, on the road to professional basketball. We hear about what it takes to get there and even more, after 8 years in the league, what it takes to stay there. Michael talks about sharing the court with superstars like Kobe Bryant, what it was like to meet President Barack Obama, the challenges and joys of raising children in today’s world, and the issues he believes in and has used his platform to move forward. As the leader of the Magic, Michael gives us his predictions for the months to come, the impact of the pandemic and the ongoing restrictions that have been placed on the league, the mental and physical toll on the players, the current trade of Canadian Khem Birch from the Magic to the Raptors and although being traded is a common thing in professional sports, we talk about the human side of constantly saying goodbye.
51 min 26 sec
Hear from the fans as they tap in with Indiana Fever forward Jantel Lavender ahead of the 2021 WNBA Season!
29 min 10 sec
N’dea Jones joins the Tidal League Podcast to tell us her story, starting with WNBA Draft Night 2021 where she was chosen 23rd overall by the Seattle Storm and the big differences between being drafted in the WNBA and the NBA. We talk about the mental game and the things that keep her grounded, the power of prayer and her faith, the story of when she fell in love with the game - like real life, the ups and downs of that romance. An exceptional young woman - she’s finishing her second degree, a Masters of Jurisprudence - N’dea shares her thoughts on the path her life has taken, what’s it’s been like to play with the Storm and superstars Sue Bird, Breanna Stewart, and Jordin Canada, the scrimmages, the opportunity to play overseas, the players that have been her inspiration and what she hopes her legacy will be.
47 min 31 sec
Today we are joined by WNBA Champion, Sixth Woman of the Year, and WNBA All-Star Jantel Lavender, one of the newest members of the Indiana Fever. Entering her 10th year in the WNBA, we talk about the disparities between the NBA and WNBA and her role as a leader and a voice in inspiring other young girls to be their true selves. With more and more networks airing WNBA games, fans will have unprecedented access to watch the women play and our podcast today continues to raise the profile of the League and the elite athletes who have changed the way the game is played. With the start of the WNBA season, Jantel shares her thoughts on how the League has used its platform to raise the profile of social justice issues, in particular, the Black Lives Matter movement, how breaking her foot impacted her career in exceptional ways, and what she’s most looking forward to, playing for her new team. We talk about what it was like to play for the LA Sparks and Magic Johnson at the Staples Centre, winning it all in the 2016 championship series. Jantel tells us about the constant grind to stay at the top and in the game, the pressure around body image, and her message to other women who face similar challenges - celebrate yourself!
1 hr 2 min
Hear from the fans as they tap in with Connecticut Sun point guard Jasmine Thomas ahead of the 2021 WNBA Season!
13 min 27 sec
Jasmine Thomas of the Connecticut Sun joins Kurt and Trish for a sneak peek of the 2021 WNBA season. We hear about the basketball journey that has taken her around the world, from Russia, to Israel and many other countries in between. What is life in the “W” like, and what changes has she seen since first being drafted in 2011. Does she still bleed Duke blue, even though she has spent the majority of her career so close to the legend that is UConn? (the answer is of course; once a Blue Devil always a Blue Devil). Where will life lead after basketball, what are her hopes for the future of the women’s game? We find out about all of this and so much more.
48 min 9 sec
Looking for the latest NBA highlights and breakdowns? Do you want to know what it's like to be in a real coaching film session? Ever wonder how actual NBA players and coaches view the game? Meet Coach Nick, founder of BBALLBREAKDOWN, who's been breaking down NBA games with slow motion, freeze frames, arrows, and voice over for over 8 years. He also has over 20 years experience coaching players at every level, using the most cutting edge techniques that ensure maximum output and efficiency.
1 hr 18 min
Today we are joined by the “Guard Whisperer” to talk all things hoops. Growing up in Los Angeles, Olin Simplis was once regarded as one of the top guards in the L.A. area. His college basketball career, however, didn’t go as planned and today he shares with us what happened and how he turned disappointment into opportunity, learning from his mistakes and founding Olin Simplis Training. Olin talks about the importance of mentorship and leadership, using what you are passionate about to fuel your future, and overcoming other people's opinions of you to do what matters and make a difference. With more than 20 years of coaching experience, Olin is considered one of the most recognized basketball trainers on the west coast and we talk about why he has been successful, his focus on injury prevention and putting the player first, why he loves coaching the women and the exciting ways the WNBA has evolved over the last 25 years. He shares fun stories about the special relationship between two of his Canadian players, cousins Nickeil Alexander-Walker and Shai Gilgeous-Alexander and why he values his partnership with Wasserman, the mystery behind his twitter handle and what the loss of Kobe Bryant has meant to him.
1 hr 12 min
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 and Thon Maker to playing for the Oregon Ducks he shares with us how he overcame the obstacles thrown his way. Eugene talks about declaring for the 2021 draft and what he’s doing to prepare both mentally and physically. We reminisce about the 2019 Raptors NBA championship run, how they inspired and motivated him and other young players and the power of sports to unite and divide. We talk about the recent trade of Canadian Khem Birch to the Raptors, if he sees himself playing for Canada’s team, his hopes and dreams for the future including the legacy he hopes to leave behind. He tells us about his Godsent Foundation, created to give back to his roots in Nigeria and his thoughts on the racial divide that is so prevalent today.
59 min 12 sec
Hear from the fans as they tap in with Alexys Feaster!
31 min 4 sec
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.
1 hr 25 min
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 hear about how important the little things are in sports and no matter who you are you play an important role in the team.
1 hr 1 min
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 boundaries. We talk about the economics of women in sports, the money making aspect of it, how to grow the involvement of women in all aspects of sports, the importance of male allies, and the four cornerstones of raising the profile and interest in the WNBA and beyond - money, coverage, respect and time. Bri Lewerke - Twitter @brilewerke Margo Brousaides - Twitter @smarfwater Emily Davis - Twitter @emdavis45 Carolina Blanco - Twitter @blancostrong Val Suarez - Instagram @positivechalkdc A Seat at the Table - For Women in Sports (LinkedIn) https://www.linkedin.com/groups/12389000/--
1 hr 20 min
Hear from the fans as they tap in with Megan Walker!
11 min 24 sec
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 WNBA has played and how she herself has used her voice and her platform to raise awareness. She talks about draft night, how she’s learned to dominate in any arena, what motivates her, her most memorable basketball moment and how she made history by leaving UCONN after three years and declaring for the draft. She tells us her dreams for life after basketball, her ambition to take on a role in law enforcement, maybe with the FBI, and how through it all she wants is to make a difference.
Hear from the fans as they tap in with Myles!
26 min 55 sec
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 game of 3 on 3 and what playing against Kobe meant to him.
56 min 32 sec
Q&A with Wizards Assistant Coach David Adkins
29 min 45 sec
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 some of our favourite players in the League, including a player close to coach's heart, Isaiah Thomas.
1 hr 8 min
Bonus content straight from the fans with WNBA legend Ticha Penicheiro.
17 min 9 sec
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 role as Director of Women's Basketball at SIG. As a young girl her heroes were Michael Jordan and Magic Johnson. Today she is thrilled that there are so many female athletes for young girls to look up to and she talks about what it’s like to be one of those heroes. We talk about the growth of the WNBA, how professional athletes use their platform to promote important issues, her thoughts on the future of the WNBA, the impact of Kobe Bryant, and some never before told stories.
1 hr 7 min
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.
46 min 15 sec
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 of the Capital City Go-Go.
54 min 45 sec
1 min 10 sec
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.
37 min 53 sec
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.
1 hr 7 min
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 take big risks, paving the way for her to get to where she is today. Dismissed by the mainstream media as not a real photographer yet embraced by the players, she’s proven what she can do on the big stage. From her start in the Drew League, to the creation of her now famous watermark and her clothing line, her story is a remarkable one and an inspiration to many. Cassy tells us her favorite players, her favorite pictures, her favorite moments and much more.
1 hr 12 min
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 NBA and the WNBA.
51 min 25 sec
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. We also talk about Ian’s new initiative, Men Can Be Sad. He opens up about his own mental health, how hearing the stories of others helped him to normalize his experiences and how he hopes this platform will allow him to help others cope with their own demons. Ian gives us his thoughts on the Canadian players who are tops on the swag list, where the Raptors rate in the LeagueFits standings, where the WNBA fits - in his opinion the most fashionable sports league in the world, his favorite player look and what the future holds for him and for LeagueFits.
1 hr 9 min