Episode 3: Un Dia De Partit
This is the Barcelona episode. One of our favorite cities. It’s beautiful, it’s gritty and people are laid back. It kinda reminds me of San Francisco with warmer weather and without the “tech bros”.
There is a big misconception regarding the Olympic committee’s stance on the eligibility of the USA “Dream Team”. This is directly from the USA Basketball website. “At the time, the NBA was not even a part of the organization that came to be known as USA Basketball, the governing body for basketball in the U.S. When the vote to change the rules was taken, in fact, the U.S. representatives voted against it. They were content for the U.S. to be represented by amateurs. “
This is the trailer for and link to the ESPN 30 for 30 “Once Brothers”. You can purchase it and then watch it on Amazon Prime. It’s definitely worth a watch, and it’s crazy to think that kind of modern day civil war was going on in Eastern Europe in the early 90’s.
To be honest I was too young to really have an opinion on Drazen Petrovic being an All Star snub, but I do remember that he was in the 3 point contest.
Over last several years this photo has become iconic. Mostly because it’s Steph Curry sitting on his father’s lap at the 1992 NBA All Star game in Orlando, and he just happens to be close to Drazen who appears to be mentally shooting a three and oddly enough Steph is making a similar face.
It’s also nice to know that the generosity goes both ways. Drazen’s mother Biserka Petrović gifted Miami Heat point guard Goran Dragic one of Drazen’s game-worn Nets jersey after Dragic led Slovenia to a FIBA Eurobasket title. Slovenia shares a border with Croatia and the gesture brought Goran to tears.
The 2017 Slovenian National Team was led by Goran Dragic, but it also served as a global coming out party for Luka Doncic. The third teammate in this photo is 27 year old small forward Edo Muric who is an accomplished European pro.
Arto Saari is one of the gnarliest….. How he approached rail skating in the early aughts made you want to vomit, and that is a compliment. It was no surprise that he was Thrashers 2001 Skater of the Year. Arto has recently moved to the North Shore of Hawaii. He’s a very talented photographer, and he has been dabbling in big wave surfing at Waimea Bay. Lord helps us all!
Arto had not heard of Lauri Markkanen, but he immediately looked up some highlights. He said that most professional Finnish athletes play in the NHL. The Finnish language is pretty crazy to wrap your head around if you’re an American. Watch this video of Chicago Bulls teammates Markkanen and Dunn, and you’ll get a sense of how complicated it is.
As an Orlando Magic fan 2009 was a special year. It’s also the year that I met my wife. Don’t get me wrong. I did not think the Magic would win the 2009 title, but in 2010 I did. They had the leagues best overall record, and went undefeated in the playoffs until they met up with the Boston Celtics and they CRUMBLED in the Easter Conference finals 4-2. But like I said, 2009 was something special.
The thing I love most about this Ricky Rubio clip is when Rubio says “I didn’t know, exactly what was the draft MAN!” His buy out clause with Jovenut was a bit complicated to go into on the podcast, but basically they worked a loop hole which enabled him to transfer to BARCA.
So this full clip of Dwight Howard is kinda awkward. Dwight doesn’t recognize Vasquez in the photo, and thinks he’s Rudy Fernandez. Also he mentions that he’s been waiting for 3 long years, when the Magic had actually been waiting 6 years at the time of this 2011 interview.
This is just a video of Vasquez talking hoops in Spanish.
This was the first real time Euroleague championship that I remember. I thought that Fran would want to join the Magic after this. And when was the last time you saw a 7 footer put someone 6’4” on their shoulders? Imagine Steph Curry on Zaza’s shoulders.
Here is the official recap of the game 2016 Clasico that we attended. Do you think Tyrese Rice’s stutter step crossover was disrespectful? Also peep young Luka at the start.
I don’t want to post too many of Colin Sussingham’s photos from the trip, because I’d like to make a zine, maybe at the end of Season 1.
This is the song that played during the podcast. Un dia de partit. It gave me goose bumps when I heard it at Palau. I hope the Dracs get free tickets to the game because they worked their asses off.
Quimet & Quimet: This place is my absolute favorite. Get their 15 minutes before they open and walk straight to the back right corner at the bar just under the Pilsner Urquell sign. Career del Poeta Cabanyes, 25, 08004 Barcelona, Spain (+34 934 42 31 42)
Cal Pep: They are open for both lunch and dinner and I’d recommend getting in line 30 minutes before they open for either. It’s best to go there with another person and let bar tenders / servers choose for you. Classic Catalan food. Also Eric Koston’s favorite spot. Plaça de les Olles, 8, 08003 Barcelona, Spain (+34 933 10 79 61)
Cañete: Odds are you’ll have to wait a bit to get a seat here, but the good thing is they’ll serve you drinks in the vestibule. The tartar and the octopus are very worth it. Carrer de la Unió, 17, 08001 Barcelona, Spain (+34 932 70 34 58)
Bar Boqueria: A great spot in the back right corner of Boqueria Mercat. The portions are HUGE and delicious, so choose wisely. La Rambla, 9, 08001 Barcelona, Spain (+34 931 71 70 61)
Kino: Bar Kino is a fun and cheap and cheerful spot right across from MACBA. There’s outdoor seating where you could literally get hit by a stray skateboard. There’s also indoor seating, and they play a lot of Smiths and Moz. Carrer de Ferlandina, 23, 08001 Barcelona, Spain (+34 931 79 84 09)
Beyond eating recommendations do EVERYTHING ANTONI GAUDI. Buy tickets ahead of time to everything, and spend the extra 10 Euro for whatever premium options they have. It is well worth it.
Casa Batllo - If you can do the Saturday morning pre-opening option, you get to walk through the house with an augmented reality tour, and only a total of 10 people are allowed in.
Casa Mila - Definitely do this in the morning or the evening when the lighting is great.
Sagrada Familia - Make sure you purchase tickets to go up into the tower. It’s a little claustrophobic coming down, but you’ll get some the best views of the city.
Park Guell - This is a great half day trip it’s a little off the beaten path and it’s predominantly outdoors. You can also check out Gaudi’s personal home. Homie lived like a monk.