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The BBL Show

By 21 Media
Just in time for the start of 2020-2021 basketball season, the BBL is pleased to announce the launch of our new podcast, The BBL Show, produced by 21 Media.

The BBL Show is a dynamic, one-stop, interactive experience that will bring all the basketball action to you in a podcast format. Join our hosts Jay Marriott and Drew Lasker as they provide a weekly round up of all the latest BBL news including interviews with coaches and players, team updates, game predictions, and fun activities for BBL Fans. Jay and Drew will not always agree, but they always have fun when it comes to the BBL!
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Jordan Johnson Rocks for Glasgow
We welcome Glasgow Rocks Jordan Johnson as he discuss his fast start, we have hot topics, player of the week, Lasker Lookback, Marriott Minute and much more!
October 19, 2021
Stanley Davis Jr. Beats the Odds and Brings New Energy To Surrey
Stanley Davis Overcomes America's top 100 most dangerous city and makes it pro!
October 12, 2021
A Road Less Travelled With Sharks New Playcaller Aaron Anderson
This week we go swimming in the shark tank with star guard Aaron Anderson as he shares his amazing story and the Sharks fast start to the 2020-2021 Season!
October 5, 2021
Bristol Flyers Head Coach and GB Assistant Andreas Kapoulas
The Big Boss of the Bristol Flyers, Andreas Kapoulas Joins the show after a 2-0 start. Is Jay and Drew Buying or Selling the Bristol Flyers? Find Out along with our New Hop Topics segment along with Who, When and What the Hell, Lasker Lookback, Marriot Minute and Much More!
September 28, 2021
GB International Dan Clark Brings HIs Talent To The British Basketball League
GB International and new Manchester Giant, Dan Clark, having had extensive spells abroad mostly in Spain returns to the BBL. Jay and Drew finds out the motivation to coming Home, Expectations, London Lions European Exit and much more!
September 20, 2021
There Is A New Sheriff In London - GM Brett Burman
We welcome London Lions GM Brett Burman to the show to discuss his new role, Europe, season expectations and much more!
September 13, 2021
Preseason With Sean Kilmartin, Co-Founder & Head Coach of USA Select
We start this seasons journey in the most plausible place with USA Select’s cofounder and coach Sean Kilmartin. If you do not know this larger than life character he has been bringing his American travel teams over to the UK for over 20 years. Coach Kilmartin is responsible for the start of many professional careers and has BBL teams up and down the country desperate to get a pre season game in with them.
September 6, 2021
Drew Lasker Retires After A Stellar 16 Year Career
Welcome to our final episode of the Summer Road Trip 12. Turn those numbers around and you get 21 which means a lot to your Host as we head up to Newcastle for our Final Destination. In what will be an emotional celebration of an incredible career, Andrew 'Drew' Lasker leaves out on top as a Champion as he walks away from the British Basketball League after 16 Seasons! 
August 21, 2021
WBBL Star Kennedy Leonard 'Assists' On The BBL Show
We are going WBBL for the first time this summer as star guard Kennedy Leonard of the London Lions drops in to talk about another Super Team in the capital as they head into the EuroCup Women.
August 14, 2021
Manchester Giants Get a 'Steel' With Josh's Return to the BBL!
Today’s episode is larger than life…GIANT to be precise as we catch up with new Manchester signing Josh Steel!
August 6, 2021
Sharp Shooter Jordan Ratinho Returns To Sharks!
In Today's episode we check in with resigned Sheffield Shark Jordan Ratinho!
July 30, 2021
Head Coach Ben Thomas Reveals New Signing For The Cheshire Phoenix!
We have a special treat for you the listeners…we catch up with Coach Ben Thomas of the Cheshire Phoenix…not only are we going to talk about an already impressive roster…we are going to do a LIVE player announcement right here on the show…
July 22, 2021
Elvisi Dusha Breaks Silence On The Plymouth Raiders Departure From the BBL
We are headed to Plymouth to catch up with former Plymouth Raiders Point Guard, Elvisi Dusha as he shares his feelings on the situation! 
July 15, 2021
Glasgow Rocks New Recruit, Jaycee Hillsman
Episode 6 of this Road Trip takes us to Texarkana, Texas to visit with new Glasgow Rock signing Jaycee Hillsman!
July 8, 2021
Jay Marriott Launches The New WBBL Franchise - Gloucester City Queens
Our Host Jay Marriott sits in the guest seat to discuss the new WBBL Franchise and his role as GM!
July 2, 2021
NBA Draftee Ryan Richards Shares His Journey Around The World
Ryan Richards talks about his fascinating worldwide career, and the BAL (Basketball Africa League). Ryan speaks his truth about his career and where it has led him to now.
June 24, 2021
Kieran Achara Leads the BBL's Community Wellness Hub
EPISODE 3 of our Summer Road Trip has us land in Glasgow! KieronAchara joins the travel Van to talk about the newly launched British Basketball League INSPIRES, a community wellness hub that highlights our physical and mental well-being.
June 18, 2021
Houston We Have a Problem?! The BBL Show Producer, Corey Mallory Solves It
It’s summertime!!!  This week, The BBL Show travel to Houston, Texas, as Jay and Drew bring Corey Mallory out from behind the scenes to discuss his rise as a producer, and the free-play game that started his longtime friendship with Drew. Corey also shares more about the work that goes into the show production process, but for Corey it does not feel like work as he loves what he does! Corey is also a seasoned BBL fan (who cares about the 6-hour time difference?), so producing The BBL Show makes him a part of all the action
June 10, 2021
Road Tripping to the Chicago Bulls United Centre with Joe Pinchin
Summer Time! We hit the road in this offseason edition of... Road Tripping. We visit former Leicester Riders media and comms, Joe Pinchin! Joe is now manager of digital content for the Chicago Bulls. Pack your suitcases and come along!
June 3, 2021
Tahir Hajat Joins as we Celebrate AAPI Heritage Month and the League's End of Season Awards
Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month is the month of May in the US when we reocognize and celebrate the contributions of Asian Americans and Pacific Islander Americans to our country, business, and society. This recognition is starting to impact other countries also. The purpose of this month stands in stark contrast to the disturbing rises of hate and violence towards Asians in recent months, theorised to be largely connected to the pandemic.  Tahir Hajat joins the show to share his experiences as a minority in the U.K. and how we can heal the divide between other communities. We wrap up the show asking his thoughts on the BBL's end of season awards and Season Review!
May 26, 2021
BBL & WBBL Playoff Finals
We close episode 37 in style with the Champs, Newcastle Eagles
May 19, 2021
Semi-Finals Preview With Surrey Captain Tayo Ogedengbe
In today's episode Surrey Scorchers Captain Tayo Ogendengbe joins the show to preview the Semi-Finals of May Madness.  Tayo shares with Jay and Drew what went wrong in Surrey and what type of legacy he wants to leave behind.  We also touch on the Hot Topic, scores and top performers, The Lasker Lookback, and the Marriott Minute.
May 11, 2021
Andy Thomson Rejoins For May Madness
British Basketball League legend rejoins the show to see who the winner of the league predictions. We also talk MVP, Coach of the Year, Playoff matchups along with, the weeks. scores and top performers, The Lasker Lookback, hot topics and the Marriott Minute.
May 4, 2021
It's A Celebration With League Champion Mustapha Heron
On the final episode of the Regular season we Congratulate the Leicester Riders who secured the 2020/21 BBL League title To celebrate we bring you a member of that freshly crowned championship team, Riders guard/forward Mustapha Heron! We get his intial reactions to being a Champion along with the weeks scores and top performers, Player of the week nominees, hot topics where we go crazy for some May Madness and discuss the Birmingham Raiders, Marriott Minute and the Lasker Lookback. 
April 27, 2021
Wellness Check in With Shark Star, Jeremy Hemsley
In this episode we are joined by Sheffield Shark star guard Jeremy Hemsley...we talk NBA, Sharks and a very honest convo around Mental Health...we get the scores and top performers from a busy week...Player of the Week nominees...we revisit MVP talk in hot topics.. The Lookback Lasker style and the Marriott Minute
April 13, 2021
Manchester Giants New Head Coach Lloyd Gardner
Lloyd Gardner chats about what lead the Giants job, London City Royals and the future of the British Basketball League. Jay and Drew talk MVP, Marriott Minute, Player of the Week, Scores and Ballers and the Lasker Lookback. 
April 6, 2021
We Go Ivy League with Worcester Wolves Star Brandon Anderson
On this episode of The BBL Show, Jay and Drew are joined by Worcester Wolves star guard Brandon Anderson.  Brandon hails from Brown University, a member the US Ivy League. While earning accolades and honors on the court, Brandon also had high scores in his major of Business, Entrepreneurship and Organizations.  Brandon signed with the Wolves in August 2020, as an important part of the Club’s roster build-out of new talent.  The League and The BBL Show are chock full of high IQ ballers! Of course, Drew and Jay have this recent scores and top performers, Player of the Week noms, current hot topics…and no show is complete without The Lasker Lookback & The Marriot Minute.  Let’s go!
March 30, 2021
Trophy Final Analysis with Cheshire Phoenix Matthew Bryan-Amaning AKA MBA
So this week we talk all things BBL Trophy Final with former London Lion now Cheshire Phoenix via Worcester Wolves...Matthew Bryan-Amaning...or as we all affectionately know him as MBA...this alongside a catch up on the weeks scores and top performers...player of the week not nominee as we go with the MVP of the topics that include Ryan Richards and Newcastle Eagles...the Lasker Lookback and Marriott Minute
March 24, 2021
Celebrating Mother's Day with London Lions Dirk Williams
On this episode of The BBL Show, Jay and Drew spend time with London Lions star guard, Dirk Williams, and chat about Sunday’s trophy final. We all remember Dirk’s 2018 ‘Dunk of the Year’ that was an internet sensation, but did you know that Dirk hails from Alabama (USA) as a graduate of University of Alabama at Birmingham? When Dirk originally joined the BBL, he played for the B. Braun Sheffield Sharks, then played in Hungary before joining the Lions club. The BBL Show continues its celebration of Mother’s Day, as Drew and Jay surprised Dirk with a cameo from his mom, Momma Frizzle. This episode has another surprise twist as Jay surprises Drew with a visit from Momma Lasker......we love our moms!!!
March 16, 2021
We Celebrate International Women's Day!
This week, The BBL Show joins the global celebration of International Women's Day (IWD) with a few of the strong, inspiring women from our League.  IWD is a day when many across the world celebrate the social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of women. It also serves as prompt to remember our collective responsibility to advocate for women’s equality. This year’s theme is #ChooseToChallenge and serves as a call to action to stand up to bias and inequality. We carry our IWD momentum as we power a live panel event with the BBL that was held on March 8th. The panelist include WBBL stars Siobhan Prior & Rheanne Bailey, Sarah Booth and our very own Selina Conroy. Today we bring you Sheffield Sharks Managing Director Sarah Backovic, BBL and FIBA referee Kate Unsworth, and London Lions Assistant Coach Andrea Boreland. ALL of this meant the return of our Social Responsibility Correspondent, Yvonne Harris. And of course, we have Scores and Top Performers, Player of the Week Nominees, Lasker Lookback and The Marriott Minute! #ChooseToChallenge #IWD2021
March 9, 2021
EuroBasket 2022 Qualifying Great Britain Guard, Teddy Okereafor
This week on the show we introduce you to Great Britain Basketball record breaker and Bristol Flyers floor general Teddy Okereafor! We have news from around the league, scores and top performers, the fans mailbag, the Lasker Lookback and the Marriot Minute!
March 2, 2021
Wake Forest Commit and Surrey Scorchers, Cameron 'Killa Cam' Hildreth
This week on the show we are with young British sensation Cameron Hildreth...and his Dad Daniel...we are joined by 5 listeners who were picked at random from our competition “ASK CAM”...they will have a chance to fire a question Cameron’s way and see everything behind the scenes at the show...we also have the weeks scores and top performers...our PLAYER OF THE WEEK nominees...the Lasker Lookback..
February 23, 2021
Leicester Riders Head Coach Rob Paternostro
On this episode of The BBLShow, Jay & Drew invite Leicester Riders’ coach, Rob Paternostro, to discuss a myriad of topics…his love for basketball, his playing career which spanned the US, Belgium, and the UK, Rob talks candidly about the 2 teams he hated to face, the top 3 players he's coached against along with, our favorite part of the segment, Rob’s top 3 food dishes as an American Italian from Connecticut. This episode will make your hungry!
February 16, 2021
British Basketball League Bromances
We hope that all The BBL Show fans who are romantics at heart had a wonderful Valentine’s Day with loved ones. In this episode, the bromance with Jay and Drew once again takes center stage, and they are joined by 2 other duos who try to upstage the guys with their special camaraderie, Sheffield Sharks’ Kipper Nichols & Antwon Lillard, and Newcastle Eagles’ Louis Sayers & Eddie Matthews. You decide, who has the dreamiest bromance. There is nothing like the power of love and basketball! Then we pivot to our usual line up….the week’s games, top scorers, player of the week noms, fan mailbag, and our fave…The Lasker Lookback.
February 9, 2021
Celebrating Our 21st Episode With Former Tarheel & Glasgow Rocks Rookie, Christian Keeling
The episode of The BBL Show is special. It is our 21 st episode of jam-packed BBL action (time flies), and it happens to be the jersey number for our co-host, Drew Lasker. Like most athletes, Drew has a special affinity to his number, and he talks about how this number has brought him good vibes throughout his career. Drew and Jay go back into the vault and find the 2008-2009 BBL Trophy footage from Drew’s Plymouth Raiders days, when he averaged 21 ppg. For those young cats out there, Drew was (and still is) a baller! This week, Jay and Drew are joined by Georgia (US) native, former University of North Carolina Tar Heel, and star guard for the Glasgow Rocks, Christian Keeling. Christian joined the club in 2020, and his impact is already being felt. The guys have the scores on the doors, with Drew serving point on Player of the Week noms and the Lasker Lookback. Of course, fun is always in the lineup; this week, it’s a game of 21.
February 2, 2021
Celebrating the Cup Final With Sky Sports Presenter Nat Coombs
Episode 20 Let’s hear it for the Newcastle Eagles, The 2021 BBL Cup Champions!!! The Eagles topped the London Lions, adding another trophy to the Club’s collection. Joining Jay and Drew for the championship recap is Nat Coombs with Sky Sports, a familiar face to sports fans throughout the UK. Let’s pop the bubbly, toast the Eagles, the Lions, and all the Clubs and play a game of Top 5 All-Time Sporting Movies.
January 28, 2021
Road To The Finals - Legends
Do you ever wonder what it feels like to be a champion? Jay and Drew sit down with Jay Couisnard (Riders 13), Zaire Taylor (Riders 13), Steve Dagostino (Sharks 12) and T.J. Walker (Eagles 06) to share their Cup Finals experience! Enjoy
January 23, 2021
Road To The Finals - Coaches vs Kids with Coach Mac vs. Reece & Coach Vince vs. Zion
Welcome back to the Road to the Finals and it’s time for the Coaches to have their say! We are joined by Coach Ian Macleod of the Newcastle Eagles & Coach Vince Macaulay  We put the coaches on the hot seat with EaglesFix star Reece Alderson and Zion's Time Out Talk, Zion Robinson! Can they handle the heat?
January 22, 2021
Road To The Finals - The Floor Generals With Fletch & Robinson
It’s another BBL Show Easter Egg the battle before the battle! We've got both 2x MVP players in the house. We go back and forth with the floor generals for this BBL Cup Final Showdown. Enjoy!
January 21, 2021
The Road To the Finals - Round Table Talk With Rowe & Routledge
The BBL Show Road To The Finals! This special episode features Sky play by play Comms team Anthony Rowe & Daniel Routledge! Jay and Drew get some insight from the deadliest duo in the BBL. If your going on a Road to the Finals the first thing you need is the wisdom of Daniel and the enthusiasm of AntRowe. We hope you Enjoy!
January 20, 2021
Remembering Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. With Eagles Star Justin Gordon
In the segment The BBL Show celebrates and honors the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Day, Jr., who led the US civil rights movement rooted in the tenets of nonviolent protest. Dr. King’s impact extended to the UK and throughout the world. Jay and Drew are joined by Newcastle Eagle high-flyer Justin Gordon and they discuss the aspects of Dr. King’s legacy that resonate with them the most, and how they choose to be inclusive leaders. The guys also meet up again with Yvonne Harris to discuss the League’s commitment to diversity and inclusion.  And, of course, Drew and Jay get Justin’s thoughts on the Cup Final. The BBL Show is in overdrive this week. Buckle up and have fun!
January 19, 2021
Former BBL Star C.J. Gettys Joins The Show from Japan
This week The BBL Show checks in with former Newcastle Eagle and BBL league star, CJ Getty. CJ is a 7-foot powerhouse who hails from Ohio (US). He won Trophy Finals MVP honors last season, and he now plays in Japan. It is great to hear how life and basketball across the globe are shaping up for CJ. Of course, Drew and Jay talk scores, the scorers of the week, and the player of the week. Then they have fun taking the deep dive into a great fan question. Next up Jay & Drew preview the BBL Cup Semi Finals with the Riders/Eagles match up, and they discuss the unfortunate forfeit of the Manchester Giants due to the need to quarantine. Another reminder as to how these times are impacting all facets of life.  Lastly, the guys chat about the Trophy Random Draw. Enjoy the listen and stay safe!
January 12, 2021
Mid-Season Predictions With Andy Thomson
Happy 2021! Now that the season is in full swing, the Drew and Jay adjust their picks for their midseason predictions. For this discussion, 20-time BBL Trophy Winner, former Leicester Riders captain and BBL great Andy Thomson joins us again on The BBL Show lending his insight on adjusting those preseason predictions. Drew and Jay have fun going head-to-head with a mock All Star game. Drew has his sights on the north, while Jay takes the best 5 from the South.  Share your predictions with us. Let’s see who lands closest to the pin at the end of the season.
January 5, 2021
Mid Season Awards With High Tea Hoops
What a year! We are 16 episodes into The BBL Show. Listen as Jay and Drew go against the grain and partner with High Tea Hoops to discuss midseason awards. Its more friendly banter than competition as we go toe-to-toe with this British podcast and discuss this seasons’ candidates for MVP, Coach of the Year and Young British Star. We are so pleased with the increasing media coverage for the BBL. The League’s players, coaches and fans now have a variety of channels to share their love for British Basketball. Thank you for all your support of The BBL Show in 2020. In advance, we appreciate your continued support in 2021, and we share in your hope for a prosperous and safe new year. 
December 29, 2020
Christmas Spirit With Wolves Star Jordan Williams
The ugly Christmas sweater episode! In this week's episode Drew and Jay are joined by Worcester Wolves star Jordan Williams - who has the best/worst Christmas sweater? Let us know what you think in the comment section!   Drew and Jay round up this week's action focussing on the Sky Sports game between Leicester Riders and Bristol Flyers, they talk who will be unwrapping early Christmas presents in the form of new signings and of course the Lasker Lookback and Marriot Minute.   Merry Christmas to all the BBL Show listeners, viewers and BBL supporters out there.
December 22, 2020
Top 5 Christmas Movies With General Geno Of The Leicester Riders
We are in Week 2 of the BBL Championship and the Club contenders are balanced as every team has a win on the board. Jay and Drew unpack the weekend’s play action by focusing on the Sky Game between the London Lions and Plymouth Raiders. They also review the Glasgow Rocks huge victory over the Plymouth Raiders.  Drew and Jay catch up with Leicester Riders general, Geno Crandall. Geno hails from Gonzaga University (Go Bulldogs!) and he played his professional rookie season in the Czech Republic. They have some holiday fun with Geno playing a game of Top 5 All-Time Christmas Movies. Let us know your favorite Christmas/Holiday movie. Holiday gifts for The BBL Show team be sent to Gift cards always work! LOL! Seriously, The BBL Show fans have been a great gift this year. Thank you for your support. On behalf of The BBL, The BBL Show, and 21 Media we wish you, your families, and your loved ones peace, health, safety and prosperity during this holiday season and in 2021! #TheBblShow2021 
December 15, 2020
BBL Influencers Paul Nicholson & Tom Bonnett Building Off The Court
Episode 13 is epic as Jay and Drew chat about the new era of the BBL driven in large part by the power and reach of as Sky Sports. There is plenty of great play action to download this week with a double header featuring Sheffield Sharks vs Cheshire Phoenix, followed by the main event Newcastle Eagles versus London Lions part 3. These matchups never get old! Drew and Jay spend time with BBL Influencers Plymouth Raiders Commentator, Paul Nicholson, and Surrey Scorchers Marketing and Communications Officer, Tom Bonnett. Paul is known on both sides of the pond, and across the globe as a well-respected coach, and he has been a leader with the Raiders for over 15 years. Tom is actually the Marketing and Communications Officer for two professional sports teams based at Surrey Sports Park. The other is the Surrey Storm, a netball team competing in the Vitality Netball Super League (VNSL). In his role, Tom has been on the forefront of the communicating real-time season status updates, as things fluctuate on a regular basis. Both Paul and Tom also share how their work behind the scenes (and off the court) contributes to the BBL’s growth and vision for its future.
December 8, 2020
Great Britain Captain, Myles Hesson, Joins The Showww From The French Bubble
Some things are better by the dozen…that includes The BBL Show as this marks the 12 th episode of the only podcast dedicated to bringing the BBL’s basketball action in an informative, fun way. This week we bring you another jam-packed show as Jay and Drew run down the final games of the cup competition and chat it up about some of the excitement with the quarterfinal match ups. The shuffle is on as teams throughout the league adjust their rosters in preparation for Championship Week. Drew and Jay give their insights as to which squads are making all the right power moves, and which rosters may need improvement. Be sure to catch the Sky Sports debut featuring a stellar double header starting with the Sharks vs. Phoenix, followed by the Eagles vs. Lions. We are having way too much fun!
December 1, 2020
Manchester Giants Rebrand With Owner Jamie Edwards
Week 4 in the BBL was jam-packed with 10 games on the slate. The basketball action did not disappoint, and Jay and Drew were there for it all. This dynamic duo is trying out a new coverage style for The BBL Show, by unpacking the week team by team, as opposed to straight game coverage. We hope fans of this show like to switch up. Post your feedback. Drew and Jay also spend some time with Manchester Giants’ owner and performance coach, Jamie Edwards. Jamie had a successful basketball career in England, and now pays-it-forward to other athletes who need to learn how to transform their mental game. With his electric delivery, Jamie teaches athletes how to focus on the controllables and accept the results without blaming anyone. Listen as Jamie uses his motivational skills to get Drew and Jay excited about the rebrand and bright future for the Giants!
November 24, 2020
2-Year Sky Sports Deal with Selina Conroy & Kieron Achara
In Part 2 of Episode 10 we are joined by the BBL’s Head of Communications, Selina Conroy and Olympian and former Glasgow Rock, Kieron Achara. We discuss the new 2- year Sky Sports deal which add Kieron to their commentary team. The British Basketball League is delighted to announce the return of coverage of the BBL to Sky Sports this season. The two-year agreement will see Sky Sports air 30 live BBL matches a season. As part of the agreement Sky Sports will also air the BBL Trophy Final, BBL Cup Final, BBL Playoffs and live coverage of the Women’s BBL Playoff final. Sky Sports will broadcast a double header live from the Eagles Community Arena on December 3 to kick-start the coverage. Newcastle Eagles, who are the BBL’s most successful side with 25 major titles to their name, host a London Lions side who have been very busy adding to their line up in the close season in an eagerly anticipated opening night encounter in the BBL Championship. B. Braun Sheffield Sharks will tip-off against Cheshire Phoenix in the league season opener earlier in the evening. Both matches will be live on Sky Sports Arena and Sky Sports Main Event from 4.30pm. It promises to be a highly exciting time for British Basketball as the road to the 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham, where 3×3 basketball will be a featured sport, draws ever closer. Sky Sports coverage will include expert analysis from Kieron Achara MBE, who was part of the London 2012 Olympics Basketball squad, and current Newcastle Eagles star Drew Lasker.
November 18, 2020
Bristol Flyers Head of Media Communications Joel Osborne Joins the Crew in a Collaboration for Rivalry Week/ Star Point Guard Josh Wilcher Helps Break Down the Southwest Derby
Episode 10 takes on a new twist as we introduce rivalry week, with the Bristol Flyers hosting the Plymouth Raiders. Joel Osborne, Head of Media Communications for the Flyers, joins us and he tees us up for some post-game interviews with coaches Paul James and Andreas Kapoulas. Paul is a veteran of the British basketball scene as a former player for his hometown team Leicester All-Stars. James has a storied career as a coach, and he has dedicated much of his life to developing the sport of basketball and nurturing athletic talent. Andreas Kapoulas is considered the driving force behind the Flyers climb to success. Andreas is a straight shooter, with very insightful perspectives. Drew and Jay get a Game Review from Bristol Flyers Star Point Guard, Josh Wilcher.  Josh is a BBL fan favorite who is originally from Australia.  We also give our predictions for a streak of 10 BBL games that start Tuesday and go every night. Look out for Part 2 as we are joined by the BBL’s Head of Communications, Selina Conroy and Olympian and former Glasgow Rock, Kieron Achara. We discuss the new 2- year Sky Sports deal which add Kieron to their commentary team. 
November 17, 2020
Former Plymouth Raiders Coach, Gary Stronach, Helps Us Break Down Week 2 BBL Action!
This week The BBL Show reviews 3 BBL Cup Games! Up first, the B. Braun Sheffield Sharks handed the London Lions their second loss of the 2020-21 season on Friday night. Vince Macaulay’s capital side were hoping to bounce back following their recent overtime loss to the Newcastle Eagles. Despite an encouraging late comeback, the Lions fell short, with the Sharks picking up the 70-61 victory. Jay and Drew welcome a special guest, former Plymouth Raiders coach Gary Stronach! Jay catches up with Gary to see what he's been up to since he hung up his clip board 10 years ago. Hardcore BBL fans may remember that Gary gave Drew his first professional opportunity back in 2005. If not for Gary, England may not have become the foundation for Drew’s professional basketball career. Thanks to Gary for being a change agent for countless careers in the BBL! Gary also sticks around with The BBL Show team to review the final two games of the weekend. Homecourt advantage was non-existent on the third gameday of the BBL season as in both the Newcastle Eagles vs. Leicester Riders and the Manchester Giants vs. Cheshire Phoenix games the victory went to the visiting team…leaving the taste of defeat with the Riders and Phoenix for the first time this season. Newcastle handed the Riders their first opening day loss since 2006, in a game that only saw 200 points in total, 98-102. Whilst the North-West derby between Cheshire Phoenix and Manchester Giants saw the Mancunians pick up a 92-98 victory. Newcastle now extends its lead at the top of Group 3, whilst Manchester sits in first place of Group 2.
November 10, 2020
Newcastle Eagles & London Lions Analysis with Surrey Scorchers' Star Lovell Cook
The BBL Season is in full swing! The Newcastle Eagles and the London Lions opened the season with a bang as the Eagles upset the Lions 89/79 in overtime. Tune in as Jay and Drew analyze this matchup from top to bottom and are joined by Surrey Scorcher star shooting guard, Lovell Cook. Lovell’s professional basketball career spans 5 years and he signed with the Scorchers last December. He gives us insight into the Surrey club and gives his expectations on the season. Off the court, Lovell is a rising entrepreneur with his lifestyle brand called Check it out! We wrap up the show by previewing next week's hard-hitting matchups: London vs. Sheffield, Newcastle vs. Plymouth, and Cheshire vs Manchester.
November 3, 2020
Darius Defoe & Daniel Routledge launch the 2020/2021 BBL Season
Lucy number 7! Welcome to the 7 th episode of The BBL Show. This is a special edition as Newcastle Eagle Darius Defoe and BBL commentator Daniel Routledge help us officially launch the BBL Season. We celebrate as Darius is the longest serving player in the league, going into his 17 th season. He is also the BBL's most winningest player, with a total of 26 Trophies! Daniel is a familiar voice and face, keeping BBL fans current on all the action. In addition to being one of the foremost experts of British basketball, Daniel is also a school governor, proud husband and dad. This weekend opens with one game on the slate as Bristol and Surrey game was forfeited as Bristol had 4 players come down with COVID-19. That leaves us with a Headliner juicy matchup right out of the gate as Cup Favorite London Lions host the Newcastle Eagles.  Thanks to our listeners for having fun with us for the past several weeks. Let the games begin!
October 31, 2020
Celebrating Black History Month with Anthony Rowe & Ashley Hamilton
Welcome to another exciting edition of The BBL Show, with a focus on Plymouth, as we feature two BBL former Plymouth Raiders. First, BBL star and current commentator, Anthony Rowe; and New Talisman and Great Britain National Team star, Ashley Hamilton. Anthony’s hometown is Plymouth, and he started his career as a Plymouth Raider before signing with the Leicester Riders. Given all of Anthony’s success and awards during his playing days, you would think that all he did was play basketball. That clearly is not the case. Tune in for a game that showcases Anthony’s movie knowledge…especially those in the basketball genre. There is never a dull moment on The BBL Show! Ashley is the 2018 Trophy Final MVP. His heralded career has taken him to Spain and the USA, but his heart is always with the UK. Ashley talks about his recent signing to Plymouth and his excitement for the new era this team is embarking on. In this episode we proudly celebrate Black History Month, honour the Black Lives Matter movement, and feature an exclusive statement from the League reinforcing and its commitment to take actions that support unity and inclusion. We are always keen to hear from you the fans. Reach out to us on all forms of BBL socials using the hashtag #thebblshow. Let us know who won the battle of movie characters game by chiming in on who you most want to take the last shot in a BBL Final.
October 27, 2020
World Mental Health Day Awareness with Kofi Joseph & MBE Kieron Achara
The excitement continues to build for The BBL Show as the season opener draws nearer! Episode 5 is jam packed as we start the show with a special surprise! Kipper Nichols joins in a short cameo to face off with Jay. Kipper played for the University of Illinois (USA), and he is excited to start his rookie season as a Sheffield Shark. In this episode, we recognize World Mental Health Day as we are joined by former Worcester Wolves and recent Cup Champion Kofi Joseph. This year’s theme for World Mental Health Day is “Mental Health For All,” which takes a laser focus on the unprecedented impact that the COVID-19 global health emergency is having on our individual and collective mental health. Kofi opens up about the challenges he has overcome with his mental health over the years, and he dives deep into the concept of Imposter Syndrome. Imposter Syndrome is a false yet polarizing belief that one’s success is fraudulent or undeserved. Kofi is not alone in this experience…. but we must say, Kofi is not an imposter; he is the real deal all day!!!.  We finish the show with recently retired Great Britain National Kieran Achara as he was just named MBE. An amazing accomplishment to top off his great career as a beloved member of the Glasgow Rocks. Jay and Drew close The BBL Show congratulating Kieran on a great run!
October 20, 2020
Coaching Challenges ahead with Gareth Murray & Champions League Champion Kareem Queeley
The BBL Show is gearing up for the season opener! For Episode 4, we turn the spotlight onto the Glasgow Rocks and feature their newly appointed Player Coach, Gareth Murray. Later we are joined by Champions League Champ, Kareem Queely, of the San Pablo Burgos. Gareth speaks candidly about the opportunities and challenges ahead as he transitions from Team Captain into his role as Player Coach. Gareth talks about ‘survival’ being the theme for the 2020/2021 BBL Season, his coaching philosophy, and his predictions regarding Glasgow’s season. Jay and Drew also spend time with Kareem Queeley, the first Brit to win the Champions League Championship. Listen as Kareem reflects on this great accomplishment and fills us in on some of his future goals. The BBL Show is a dynamic, one-stop, interactive experience that will bring all the basketball action to you in a podcast format. Join our hosts Jay Marriott and Drew Lasker as they provide a weekly round up all the latest BBL news including interviews with coaches and players, team updates, game predictions, and fun activities for BBL Fans. Jay and Drew will not always agree, but they always have fun when it comes to the BBL! Get ready for the current BBL season! Subscribe to The BBL Show wherever you get your podcasts and join us for unique fan experiences that bring you closer to the players, the games, and each other.
October 13, 2020
BBL's All Time Starting 5 with Mike Tuck
It seems fitting that the 4th Episode of The BBL Show features 4 X time Champion for the Braun Sharks Mike Tuck. As Mike gears up for his 12th season with the Sharks, he takes some time off the court to talk basketball with Jay and Drew…while on the court he still shows the rookies who’s the captain. This 2016 Playoff Final MVP hails from Toronto, Canada, but Sheffield also feels like home for Mike. He loves his community and has much respect for his long-time head coach Atiba Lyon. Mike is also an NBA analyst for Sky Sports which explains why he felt right at home on The BBL show. Listen as Mike shares his reflections on his career, and the league. And of course, we could not pass on the chance to get his input in creating our BBL All Time starting 5 using players from 2005-present. We want to hear from you! Use the hashtag #TheBBLShow to choose who drafted the strongest team. (Our bet is on Drew!)
October 6, 2020
BBL 20/21 Preseason Predictions
As we prepare for the 2020-2021 season to launch, Andy, Drew, and Jay give their preseason predictions in Episode #2 Part 2. Head to social media using the #TheBBLShow and give your thoughts on the guys’ picks and share some of your own. We want to hear from you!
September 30, 2020
Andy Thomson Reflects On His 14-Year Pro Career
The BBL Show thanks all the fans for tuning into Episode #1. The success of our program is a reflection of your love for the BBL…the clubs, the players, the coaches, the game. The excitement continues in Episode #2. Let’s jump in! As the BBL gears up for its current season, the Leicester Riders will be without their beloved captain and BBL great, Andy Thomson. Andy is a champion; one of the best to play the game. And while he may have hung up his playing jersey, the BBL is still in his DNA and Leicestershire will be a town he still calls home. In this episode, Jay and Drew chat it up with Andy and discuss his reflections on the game, his career, his predictions for the coming season, and his next chapter. (Hint: Retirement for Andy will not be a slowdown.)
September 29, 2020
London Lions Head Coach Vince Macaulay
Just in time for the start of 2020-2021 basketball season, the British Basketball League (BBL) is pleased to announce the launch of our new podcast, The BBL Show, produced by 21 Media. The BBL Show is a dynamic, one-stop, interactive experience that will bring all the basketball action to you in a podcast format.  Join our hosts Jay Marriott and Drew Lasker as they provide a weekly round up all the latest BBLnews including interviews with coaches and players, team updates, game predictions, and fun activities for BBLFans.  Jay and Drew will not always agree, but they always have fun when it comes to the BBL! In this episode, Jay and Drew chat it up with Vince Macaulay, Head Coach of the London Lions.  Vince has been a driver for the success of this club for several years.  Jay and Drew talk with Vince about the Lions’ new, exciting roster leading up to their European campaign in the Champions League in Bulgaria. Here’s an interesting fact for BBL fans, Vince has not always been just about basketball; he attended the London International Film School and focused on Cinematography and Film/Video Production. Get ready for the current BBL season!  Subscribe to The BBL Show wherever you get your podcasts and join us for unique fan experiences that bring you closer to the players, the games, and each other.
September 22, 2020