In this episode, I chat with Dieter Kurtenbach from over at Fox Sports about NBA Awards. Who should win MVP between Kawhi Leonard, James Harden, Russell Westbrook, and LeBron James? Is Draymond Green Defensive Player of the year, or is it Rudy Gobert? What should we do with Joel Embiid and the NBA Rookie of the Year race? We also chat about All-NBA, All-Rookie, and All-Defense in this episode, as well as the intensity of playoff hockey and my dog's tendency to decide to poop inside. Finally, Dieter gives us an upset to look out for in the NBA Playoffs' first round. You can follow me over at @Sam_Vecenie, and Dieter over at @dkurtenbach on Twitter. Please remember to rate, review and subscribe to the show if you enjoy it!
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NBA Main Character Syndrome nba accolade citation decision donation endowment gift gold grant honor presentation scholarship trophy verdict adjudication allotment bestowal conferment conferral decoration decree distinction order feather in cap gold star forfeit loss reward distribute confer hand out bestow allot donate assign present allocate accord apportion render concede adjudge endow dish out shell out fork out sweeten the kitty disagree take keep withhold refuse approval award badge kudos laurels accolades approvals awards badges decorations distinctions honors accede acquiesce admit allow give tender vouchsafe contest question oppose argue disapprove disallow challenge reject dispute dissent protest deny accorded acceded acquiesced admitted allowed awarded bestowed conceded conferred endowed gave presented rendered tendered vouchsafed contested questioned opposed argued disagreed took disapproved disallowed challenged rejected disputed dissented protested denied withheld refused according acceding acquiescing admitting allowing awarding bestowing conceding conferring endowing giving presenting rendering tendering vouchsafing contesting questioning opposing arguing disagreeing taking disapproving disallowing challenging rejecting disputing dissenting protesting denying withholding refusing acquisition accomplishment achievement allowance annuity benefit bonus commission dividend earnings fortune gain income increment inheritance net premium prize proceeds profit remuneration return riches salary security wages wealth winnings want need failure defeat lack dearth penalty punishment misfortune poverty debt Main Character Syndrome mvp Main Character Syndrome MVP M.V.P DPOY Main Character Syndrome D.P.O.Y Roy Main Character Syndrome roy complete entire full greatest gross outright perfect total utter incompletely none zero whole any every sum totality bar none barring no one each and every every bit of every single alone only solely nothing but fully exactly quite purely entirely totally altogether wholly just utterly all in all partly partially everything everyone group accumulation aggregate aggregation collection ensemble entirety jackpot mass quantity unit utmost works sum total across the board integer lock stock and barrel wall to wall whole ball of wax whole enchilada whole nine yards whole schmear whole shooting match whole show zip zilch a lot all considerably emphatically exceedingly extremely highly immensely incredibly infinitely intensely largely markedly notably powerfully substantially tremendously wholesale rarely mildly insignificantly inconsiderably barely hardly across-the-board all-embracing all-encompassing all-inclusive blanket broad broad in content comprehensive encompassing extensive global including all categories including all members panoptic sweeping wide widespread agglomerate agglomeration amount assemblage body bulk combination conglomerate conglomeration heap lump mixture pile the works one fraction part individual aggregates accumulations agglomerates agglomerations alls amounts assemblages bodies bulks combinations conglomerates conglomerations grosses heaps lumps masses mixtures piles quantities sums totalities totals whole ball of waxes whole enchiladas whole schmears whole shooting matches wholes ones fractions parts individuals gathering all things considered all told bodily by and large collectively conjointly en masse everything considered everything included for the most part generally in all in sum in toto on the whole taken together ALL Main Character Syndrome aegis armor arms barricade bastille bastion bulwark buttress citadel cover deterrence dike embankment fastness fence fort fortification fortress garrison guard immunity munitions palisade parapet position protection rampart redoubt resistance safeguard security shelter shield stockade stronghold trench wall ward warfare weaponry weapons harm hurt injury betrayal capitulation desertion flight surrender yielding rejoinder whitewash argument story answer reply extenuation return exculpation excuse plea vindication response exoneration apology retort rationalization apologia fish story song and dance jive cleanup copout apologetics apologizing excusing explaining off-time charge question indictment request advocacy advancement aid assistance backing campaigning for championing defense encouragement justification pleading for promotion promulgation propagation proposal recommendation upholding urging opposition attack discouragement stop protest stoppage anchor ballast bower comfort fastener foothold grapnel grappling iron grip hold hook kedge mainstay mooring mud hook pillar staff stay support release Band-Aid acknowledgment antiphon back talk backcap close comeback comment cooler counterclaim crack disclosure echo elucidation explanation feedback guff interpretation key lip observation parting shot pay dirt quick fix rebuttal refutation remark repartee report resolution result rhetorical question riposte sign solution statement thank-you note the ticket topper wisecrack trouble problem silence quiet answers Band-aids acknowledgments antiphons back talks backcaps closes comebacks comments coolers counterclaims cracks defenses disclosures echoes elucidations explanations feedbacks guffs interpretations justifications keys lips observations parting shots pay dirts pleas quick fixes rebuttals refutations rejoinders remarks repartees reports resolutions responses results retorts returns rhetorical questions ripostes signs solutions statements thank-you notes the tickets toppers wisecracks troubles problems questions requests silences apologetic pretext apologies admissions amends atonement concessions confessions excuses extenuations mea culpas mitigations redress reparations criticisms complaints charges repudiation indictments defiance condemnations censures accusations refusals denials Defense Main Character Syndrome colt newcomer amateur apprentice beginner cub fledgling greenhorn neophyte tenderfoot trainee freshman\u002Fwoman new kid on the block expert professional flunky heel new kid on block novitiate probationer pupil rook rookie starter student tyro teacher mentor filly foal sapling yearling youngling youngster dilettante abecedarian aesthete connoisseur dabbler dallier nonprofessional smatterer trifler uninitiate artsy fartsy dabbling green half-baked half-cocked unaccomplished ungifted unskilled chick learner nestling novice freshman frosh underclassman undergrad undergraduate Rookie Main Character Syndrome ROOKIE club company lineup organization party side squad unit aggregation band body bunch contingent duo faction foursome gang outfit pair partners rig sect set span stable string tandem trio troop troupe workers yoke individual one single teammate team Main Character Syndrome Team teams opposing averting conservative preservative preventive thwarting arresting balking checking coping with defending frustrating guarding in opposition interrupting protecting resistive safeguarding uptight warding off withstanding unwary unwatchful more opposed against allergic anti antipathetic antithetical antonymous at cross-purposes at odds averse battling clashing combating conflicting confronting contrary controverting counter crossing defensive denying disagreeing disputed dissentient enemy exposing facing hostile incompatible inimical irreconcilable objecting obstructive opposite protesting repelling restrictive rival up against warring in favor of kind friendly more opposing against the grain helping aiding similar compatible assisting most opposed most opposing on guard alert careful cautious guarded heedful mindful observant on one's guard on one's toes on the lookout on the watch vigilant wary watchful upon one's guard Main Character Syndrome Defensive blueprint outline version abstract delineation preliminary form rough sketch bill debenture coupon IOU receipt warrant order bond promissory note cheque letter of credit bank draft money order current puff eddy breeze wind selection lottery levy assignment registration induction allotment roll call recruiting greetings impressment Selective Service call of duty call-up letter from Uncle Sam drench drain swill swig glass drag swallow peg quaff prepare devise design forge draw up manufacture delineate sketch compose concoct skeleton form fabricate make contrive draw invent project characterize shape fashion plan rough adumbrate frame block out stop tell truth neglect break raze wreck demolish ruin destroy disorganize press choose recruit enroll muster impress enlist indite induct call up conscript dragoon conscribe sign on sign up reject dodge avoid accompanied associated with attended came along chaperoned conducted consorted convoyed dated dogged drafted dragged escorted followed guarded guided hung around with hung out kept company led looked after shadowed shlep along showed about showed around spooked squired string along stuck to tagged along tailgated took out ushered went along withdrew lost left abandoned neglected deserted ignored disregarded accompanies associates with attends chaperons comes along conducts consorts convoys dates dogs drafts drags escorts follows goes along guards guides hangs around with hangs out keeps company leads looks after shadows shows about shows around spooks squires sticks to tags along tailgates takes out ushers withdraws loses leaves abandons neglects deserts ignores disregards accompany associate with attend chaperon come along conduct consort convoy date dog draft escort follow go along guard guide hang around with hang out keep company lead look after shadow show about show around spook squire stick to tag along tailgate take out usher withdraw lose leave abandon desert ignore disregard air blast breath heavens ozone sky stratosphere troposphere ventilation waft whiff zephyr application appeal blank claim demand entreaty inquiry letter paper petition requisition solicitation suit reply applications appliances appositeness employments exercises exercisings functions germanenesses operations pertinence plays practices purposes relevance usances utilizations values misuses Main Character Syndrome mutt pooch pup chow coyote cur dingo hound hyena wolf lobo canine insect fly rat snake weasel rodent ant mosquito flea termite lice foxes bedbug mice centipede vermin babe angel doll broad honey chick bathing beauty beauty queen cover girl sex kitten tomato centerfold peach pin-up cupcake bunny cutie cutie-pie dollface dream girl dreamboat glamor girl good-looking woman hot dish hot number raving beauty sex bunny sex pot dish sexpot glamour girl baffle bamboozle beat bewilder cap cheat circumvent con confuse deceive defeat defraud dupe finagle gull have hoax hoodwink mislead outdo outfox outmaneuver overreach swindle take in top trick worst outthink end-run fake out goose lead astray make a fool of make a monkey of outgeneral outguess outjockey pull a fast one on put one over on run circles around outwit\u002Foutsmart exceed total eclipse outstrip transcend excel best better outshine overrun clobber bash shut out be first blow away go beyond add lower fall drop descend lose fail fall behind replace surrender outsmart gyp end run figure out jip juke give encourage support help clear up abet protect guard assist aid explain enlighten outwit pretend delude trifle flimflam scam diddle snow bluff spoof kid make believe put on play-act chicane jive lead on play a trick on suck in fool fox canines chows coyotes curs dingoes hounds hyenas lobos mutts pooches pups wolves dishes angels babes bathing beauties beauty queens broads bunnies centerfolds chicks cover girls cupcakes cutie-pies cuties dollfaces dolls dream girls dreamboats glamor girls good-looking womans honeys hot dishes hot numbers peaches pin-ups raving beauties sex bunnies sex kittens sex pots tomatoes Main Character Syndrome Fox bold disposed dogged eager gallant hardy heroic inclined interested persevering prepared ready spirited courageous dauntless desirous fearless intrepid nervy persistent plucky resolute spunky unafraid unflinching up for valiant valorous afraid apathetic cowardly disinterested fearful meek timid unconcerned unprepared unready unwilling weak able capable cautious disinclined working injured lame deformed incapacitated disabled maimed bad crippled ailing walking healthy play sport business adventure pastime jest amusement occupation proceeding lark frolic festivity merrymaking enterprise merriment diversion pursuit line distraction recreation scheme romp joke undertaking fun athletics plan sports profession work surrender entertainment task passiveness inactivity contest tournament competition meeting round match meat quarry fowl fish kill victim prey chase ravin wild animals stratagem ploy strategy hoax derision design tactic butt device prank practical joke object of ridicule acquiescent agreeable biddable consenting game obedient action activity agility alacrity alertness animation bag ballgame big idea bit bustle commotion dash deal energy flurry force functioning going happening haste hoopla hopper in the works industry life liveliness motion movement operation power process proposition racket reaction response rush scene spirit stir stunt trip turmoil vigor vim vitality vivacity rest unemployment yielding peace harmony slowness dullness question stoppage inertia cessation indolence stiffness weakness stillness repose quiet calmness calm apathy lethargy laziness inaction idleness activities acts avocations bags ballgames bits deeds endeavors enterprises entertainments games hobbies jobs labors occupations pastimes projects rackets scenes schemes stunts tasks trips undertakings ventures works zoos sluggishness immobilities professions hate vocations inactivities act avocation deed endeavor hobby job labor project venture zoo immobility vocation anagram cipher logograph athletic contest athletic event sports event Game Main Character Syndrome mvp Main Character Syndrome MVP M.V.P NBA Main Character Syndrome nba athlete competitor member opponent participant pro professional rookie amateur champ contestant jock sweat sportsperson superjock team player conductor director fan spectator star actor thespian impersonator ham lead extra understudy mimic mime entertainer bit player performer trouper walk-on playactor stand-in hambone scene stealer musician artist virtuoso rocker soloist instrumentalist music maker barnstormer character clown comedian foil headliner idol ingenue ingénue pantomimist play-actor player soubrette stooge straight person thesp ventriloquist villain audience actors amateurs artists barnstormers bit players characters clowns comedians entertainers extras foils hambones hams headliners idols impersonators ingenues ingénues leads mimes mimics pantomimists performers play-actors players soubrettes stand-ins stars stooges straight persons thespians thesps troupers understudies ventriloquists villains walk-ons fans audiences animal challenger contender games player gorilla iron person jockey muscle person sport athletes animals challengers competitors contenders contestants games players gorillas iron persons jockeys jocks muscle persons professionals shoulders sports sportspersons superjocks bettor gambler gamester high roller plunger wagerer adversary antagonist aspirant battler candidate combatant contester dark horse disputant entrant favorite hopeful rival scrapper team member warrior supporter ally Player Main Character Syndrome colt newcomer amateur apprentice beginner cub fledgling greenhorn neophyte tenderfoot trainee freshman\u002Fwoman new kid on the block expert professional flunky heel new kid on block novitiate probationer pupil rook rookie starter student tyro teacher mentor filly foal sapling yearling youngling youngster dilettante abecedarian aesthete connoisseur dabbler dallier nonprofessional smatterer trifler uninitiate artsy fartsy dabbling green half-baked half-cocked unaccomplished ungifted unskilled chick learner nestling novice freshman frosh underclassman undergrad undergraduate Rookie Main Character Syndrome ROOKIE athletics fun game pastime action amusement ball disport diversion exercise frolic gaiety games picnic play pleasure recreation fun and games physical activity work sadness unhappiness seriousness vocation teasing nonsense jest pleasantry drollery derision scorn jesting raillery mockery banter laughter tomfoolery trifling badinage merriment horseplay joke jollity mirth escapade practical joke jollification kidding mummery gloom praise flattery laughingstock target buffoon butt mock plaything jestee object of derision object of ridicule don exhibit model show off be dressed in have on adventure business distraction enterprise festivity lark line merrymaking occupation plan proceeding pursuit romp scheme sport sports undertaking profession surrender entertainment task passiveness inactivity adventures amusements businesses distractions diversions enterprises festivities frolics jests jokes larks lines occupations pastimes plans plays proceedings pursuits recreations romps schemes undertakings professions works surrenders entertainments tasks passivenesses inactivities Main Character Syndrome S'port Sport affecting breathtaking climactic comic dramaturgic dramaturgical effective electrifying emotional expressive farcical histrionic impressive melodramatic powerful sensational spectacular startling striking sudden suspenseful tense histrionical the Main Character Syndrome The approach argument assumption code concept doctrine idea ideology method philosophy plan position premise proposal provision rationale scheme speculation suspicion system thesis understanding base basis codification conditions conjecture dogma feeling foundation grounds guess guesswork hunch impression outlook postulate presentiment presumption shot stab supposal supposition surmise theorem formularization suppose systemization disbelief fact information reality truth calculation knowledge measurement proof certainty acceptance accepting assuming belief expectation fancy hypothesis inference posit postulation presupposition shot in the dark sneaking suspicion theorization theory unexpected realness naturalness genuineness doubt assumptions brasses chutzpah cockiness conceits imperiousness insolence nerves presumptions prides sasses self-importances unexpecteds timidities realnesses realities doubts humility shyness modesty antecedent authority axiom backbone background backing bedrock cause center chief ingredient core crux data dictum essence essential evidence explanation footing fundamental hard fact heart infrastructure justification keynote keystone law nexus nucleus principal element principle reason root rudiment sanction security source substratum support underpinning warrant end effect exteriority result surface periphery outside exterior trivia auxiliary credence credo creed faith gospel gospel truth opinion precept say-so tenet nonbelief unbelief skepticism beliefs acceptances admissions assents assurances avowals axioms certainties conclusions confidences conjectures convictions credits deductions divinations expectations faiths fancies feelings guesses hopes hypotheses ideas impressions intuitions judgments knowledges minds mindsets notions opinions persuasions positions postulations presuppositions professions reliance suppositions surmises suspicions theorems theories theses thinkings trusts understandings views nonbeliefs confusions truths calculations proofs facts disagreements uncertainties ambiguities measurements physicalities ignorance distrust abstraction apprehension big idea brain wave brainchild conceit conception conceptualization consideration fool notion image intellection notion perception slant thought twist view wrinkle being concrete Theory Main Character Syndrome breadth diameter dimension duration height limit magnitude mileage period piece portion quantity radius range section segment space span stretch term width compass continuance elongation endlessness expanse expansion extensiveness interval lastingness lengthiness linearity loftiness longitude longness measure orbit panorama purview reach realm remoteness season spaciousness stride tallness unit protractedness ranginess extreme unimportance whole length point generation past second turn life moment date day present stage age pace while future era occasion tide lifetime stint clock instance epoch bout eternity infinity spell tempo extent bit juncture instant shift tour allotment life span month week hour chronology many a moon ending time origin collection harvest wine grapes vintage agedness decrepitude elderliness fatuity imbecility infirmity senescence senility weakness advanced age second childhood senectitude strength reign course quarter century year times ages allotments bits bouts chronologies clocks continuances dates days durations epochs eras eternities extents futures generations hours infinities instances instants intervals junctures lastingnesses life spans lifetimes lives many a moons moments months occasions paces pasts points presents seasons seconds shifts spaces spans spells stages stints stretches tempos terms tides tours turns weeks whiles years endings Main Character Syndrome Year