The Point Game Podcast: David Aldridge


The Point Game Podcast: David Aldridge

On the latest episode of the Point Game Podcast featuring CSNChicago.com Bulls Insider Vincent Goodwill and San Antonio Express-News Spurs writer Jabari Young, TNT's David Aldridge joined the two in review of the first week of the NBA season.

Aldridge, a longtime NBA writer and columnist, was in Chicago for the NBA's season opener with the Bulls and Cavaliers and had the opportunity to interview President Barack Obama, who was in attendance.

He was asked if he was nervous considering all the extra security in the building that night and the fact it was the President of the United States.

"The answer to all that is yes, it's the president. You don't get that often," Aldridge said. "A long time ago I interviewed President Clinton in D.C. at the MCI Center. It's deep, man. You know who the guy is and what he means to people. Yeah, you're nervous."

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Everyone knows Obama is a huge Bulls fan and NBA fan in general so the interview itself wasn't too difficult.

"It's good I can ask him regular questions as opposed to try to figure out what his level of knowledge is about the NBA and then it can go in a any direction and some of it isn't good if he doesn't know anything," Aldridge said. "But what made it easy is because he does know. It wasn't like I had to think about the question. It's a regular question because I know he knew."

Aldridge was also in Chicago for the he said/he said controversy between Bulls coach Fred Hoiberg and Joakim Noah. Hoiberg said Noah volunteered to come off the bench and Noah, days later, said the conversation didn’t go like that.

“What Fred told us in the (TNT) meeting was that Joakim came to him,” Aldridge said. “But he did not say ‘I want to come off the bench.’ The version we were told was, ‘If you’re thinking about this, I play really well with (Taj) Gibson, so if you wanna do it, I’m down with it for the good of the team.’ There’s a distinction there.

“I think he understood the way they wanted to play, that they wanted to shoot more 3s like everybody else, that he and Pau (Gasol) just don’t work together. Not that way.”

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Aldridge has covered the NBA for The Washington Post, had a stint at ESPN and was a columnist for the Philadelphia Inquirer. He was asked about the difference between covering the league back in the day compared to the Twitter/Instagram world that's inundated coverage now.

"You don't have time to think anymore," Aldridge said. "I could have a piece of information and get it in the afternoon. I could think whether it's important or not, call some people to see what they think and then write a story with some nuance. You don't do that anymore. I don't do hot takes, I'm no good at it."

Aldridge also named Magic Johnson the most compelling person he's covered, gave his observations on the NBA at large, including LeBron James "pacing himself" through the regular season and in the wake of Flip Saunders' passing, spoke about the longtime coach as well.

NBA Board of Governors pass new, stricter anti-tampering rules


NBA Board of Governors pass new, stricter anti-tampering rules

After much discussion over whether or not the NBA should impose harsher penalties on teams for breaking the anti-tampering rules, an official decision has been made. The NBA Board of Governors passed a much more strict set of rules that will force teams to be compliant with the anti-tampering rules.

Among the new measures, the league will be selecting five teams per year that will undergo a "random audit", the maximum amount for a fine related to tampering has been raised to $10 million and team officials are required to save communications with agents for one full year.

The league will also retain the right to take the communication devices of owners if it is deemed necessary in investigations, though it has been stated that it is not something that Adam Silver wants to rely on moving forward. 

Though concrete details have not been released, possible punishments for tampering will reportedly include taking away draft picks, the voiding of contracts and more.

This is all in an attempt to create a more "even playing field" amid the belief that small-market teams are at a disadvantage when it comes to player movement. The new rules sound great but there is already fear among NBA GMs when it comes to how their privacy will be affected with this being a clear area of focus for the league. 

Along with the new, harsher tampering penalties, the league also announced that they have changed the language regarding traveling calls to "address the uncertainty around traveling." Another new rule announced was that teams are now required to announce their starting lineups at least 30 minutes before tipoff as opposed to 10 minutes, in an effort to "increase transparency for teams, media and fans." Teams will still be allowed to change their lineups up to the last minute if a player gets hurt in pregame warmups. 

All of the new anti-tampering rules approved by the league on Friday were a response to this wild NBA offseason we just experienced. There were many deals agreed to right at the start of free agency, such as the Bulls with Thaddeus Young, and the timing of those deals had many owners wanting the league to make tampering a greater focus. To a greater extent, moves like Anthony Davis forcing his way to the Lakers and Kawhi Leonard orchestrating he and Paul George's move to the Clippers are what got this package of anti-tampering measures passed.

Adam Silver has picked up a reputation as an NBA Commissioner who is very willing to listen to new ideas and make changes, and Friday's events support that reputation as he and the league continue to look for the best ways to get NBA teams to be in compliance with the anti-tampering rules. 

Is Ryan Arcidiacono trying to become the fourth Jonas Brother?


Is Ryan Arcidiacono trying to become the fourth Jonas Brother?

The Jonas Brothers are in Chicago for concerts that are taking place on Thursday and Friday night, and they have enjoyed quite a week. This week the trio has enjoyed a nice golf outing at Village Links in Glen Ellyn, had some quality BBQ at Bub City and even got the amazing opportunity to play a touch football game at Soldier Field. But one particular Bulls guard is looking to add another fun experience to their Chicago trip.

The Bulls organization welcomed the Jonas Brothers to the city with a set of custom jerseys for the trio and their significant others and that's when Ryan Arcidiacono chimed in with his offer. 

Since the Jonas Brothers have already got to play some football on the actual Soldier Field grass, Arci figured they might as well keep the Chicago sports-themed fun going and shoot some hoops with him. 

Now, Arcidiacono didn't make it clear whether or not he was offering for the Jonas Brother to get some shots up with him at the United Center, where their shows take place on Thursday and Friday night. But, either way, his time is running out as they will be moving on to Jackson County, MO for their next stop on tour on September 21.

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