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Mike Fratello of NBA TV Talks NBA Finals on The RE Show – 6/15/15

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MY NEXT GUEST IS PART OF
THEIR PRIX AND POSTGAME COVERAGE
OF THE NBA FINALS.
YOU CAN ALSO CATCH HIM TONIGHT
AT 9:00 P.M. EASTERN ON NBA
FINALS FILM ROOM.
A NEW ROUND TABLE SHOW FEATURING
FORMER COACHES BREAKING DOWN
STRATEGIES, TRENT, AND GAME
ACTION IN REALTIME IF THEY WATCH
EACH NBA FINALS GAME.
MIKE FRATELLO JOINING ME HERE
"THE RICH EISEN SHOW," HOW ARE
YOU, MIKE?
>> I'M DOING GREAT, THANK YOU.
>> SO WHAT DO YOU THINK IS THE
BIGGEST DIFFERENCE RIGHT NOW IN
THE NBA FINALS GOING THE
WARRIORS WAY THROUGH FIVE GAMES?
>> OBVIOUSLY THE HEALTHY BODIES.
THE ROSTER THAT GOLDEN STATE
HAS, THE FLEXIBILITY AND WHETHER
OR NOT THEY WANT TO PLAY BIG OR
GO SMALL.
WHEN THEY GO SMALL, YOU KNOW, IN
THE PAST, ITS ALWAYS BEEN
BUILDING YOUR ROSTER.
YOU HAVE TO ALWAYS KEEP IN MIND
HOW MANY TEAMS YOU'RE GOING TO
PLAY BIG DURING THE YEAR, HOW
MANY SMALL.
ARE YOUR SMALLS BETTER THAN
THEIR SMALLS?
WELL, IT'S TOUGH TO GET A TEAM
THAT HAS SMALLS THAT ARE BETTER
THAN WHAT GOLDEN STATE PUTS ON
THE FLOOR WHEN THEY GO WITH THE
FIVE PLAYERS.
AND PROBABLY THE SECOND THING
THAT I SEE IS, THE LACK OF
ANOTHER PERSON THAT CAN DRIBBLE
THE BASKETBALL AND PENETRATE TO
CLEVELAND.
THE FACT THAT KYRIE IRVING HAS
BEEN LOST TO THEM WAS A
DEVASTATING BLOW BECAUSE ALL OF
THESE PERIMETER SHOTS THAT ARE
NOT GOING IN FOR CLEVELAND, IF
YOU PICTURE KYRIE IRVING IN THAT
SITUATION, HE'S A TERRIFIC
THREE-POINT SHOOTER.
YOU HAVE TO CHASE HIM OFF THE
LINE, BUT HE HAS MAYBE THE BEST
HANDLE, ONE OF THE TWO, THREE
BEST HANDLES IN THE NBA WHEN HE
PUTS IT DOWN ON THE FLOOR AND
CAN FINISH AT THE RIM.
SO THEY'RE MISSING THAT.
DELLAVEDOVA HAS DONE A TERRIFIC
JOB OF STEPPING IN AND TRYING TO
REPLACE WITH THE MINUTES THAT
THEY LOST WITH KYRIE, BUT YOU
KNOW, DELLAVEDOVA IS PIECE TO A
TEAM.
HE'S A WINNING-TYPE GUY, BUT IN
HIS MINUTES THAT HE SHOULD BE
PLAYING AS THE BACKUP TO KYRIE,
SO MUCH MORE EFFECTIVE THAN
WE'VE GOT A WHOLE GAME ON HIS
BACK.
AND HAS HE STEPPED UP YET?
19, THEN CHICAGO, AND THE
20-POINT GAME THAT HE HAD
AGAINST GOLDEN STATE.
THAT HAPPENS ONCE EVERY SO
OFTEN.
YOU CAN'T RELY ON THAT FOR SEVEN
GAMES OVER FINAL.
>> MIKE FRATELLO JOINING ME HERE
"THE RICH EISEN SHOW."
WHAT DOES DAVID BLATT THINKING
ABOUT RIGHT NOW?
>> HE WENT OFF THE AIR LAST
NIGHT AND PUT THE SHOW TOGETHER
THAT'LL AIR TONIGHT THAT YOU
MENTIONED, FILM ROOM, MY FINAL
THOUGHT WAS DAVID BLATT RIGHT
NOW IS TRYING TO DECIDE WHAT
LINEUP DO I COME OUT WITH IN
GAME SIX WHICH IS OUR SURVIVAL
GAME IN THE NBA FINALS?
DO I GO BACK TO THE MAZZ
GOVERNMENT, THOMPSON, LeBRON
JAMES FRONT LINE, OR DO I CHANGE
AND PERHAPS JUST PLAY ONE OF THE
BIG MEN, MAYBE MOZGOV ALONE AND
BACK HIM UP WITH THOMPSON AND
STAY WITH PERIMETERS WHERE THE
BALL WOULD BE A POWER FOLD IN
THAT SITUATION AND THEN BRING ON
A JAMES JONES OR SHUMPERT, AND
J.R. TOGETHER OUT THERE?
DOES HE JUGGLE THE MINUTES OF
DELLAVEDOVA AND TRY TO GET BY
WITHOUT DELLAVEDOVA ON THE FLOOR
WHERE YOU HAVE A LEBRON, J.R.,
SHUMPERT AND THAT NEXT SHOOTER,
WHETHER IT'S JONES OR MILLER?
HE HAS COMBINATIONS THAT HE
COULD THINK ABOUT USING, BUT
THEN AGAIN, WHEN YOU HEAR PEOPLE
CRITICIZING SOME BREAKDOWNS THAT
HE HAD LAST NIGHT DEFENSIVELY,
SHAME ON THOSE PEOPLE.
THEY'VE GOT TO UNDERSTAND THAT
YOU'VE GOT SUCH A SCRAMBLED
LINEUP OUT THERE, THESE GUYS ARE
HEAVY ROTATIONS IN EVERY
POSITION THAT THEY HAD TO MAKE
NOW WITH THE NEW LINEUPS THAT
BLATT'S BEEN FORCED TO PLAY OUT
THERE.
YOU'RE GOING TO HAVE AN
OCCASIONAL BREAKDOWN.
THE I THINK FACT THEY WENT AS
FAR AS THEY DID AND AS LONG AS
THEY DID, IT WAS STEPH CURRY
STEPPING ON FIRE.
PUT BACK IN THE GAME GOES FROM
TWO OR THREE, AND YOU KNOW, UP
TO TEN RIGHT AWAY.
AND THAT'S THE END OF THE NIGHT.
>> DO YOU THINK BLATT IS LOOKING
AT ANYBODY ON HIS BENCH THAT HE
HASN'T EVEN CALLED OR LOOKED AT?
NOBODY'S EVEN RIPPED OFF THEIR
WARMUP JERSEY?
MAYBE LIKE SEAN MARION, IS HE
JUST†-- IS THERE ANY POSSIBILITY
THAT WE SEE SOMEONE IN GAME SIX
THAT WE HAVEN'T SEEN ANYBODY
YET, MIKE?
>> MARION, YOU'RE RIGHT, I THINK
MARION WOULD BE THE ONLY NAME
THAT MAKES SENSE.
AND TO PUT PERKINS IN THERE,
WHAT'S THE REASON?
IF YOU'RE GOING TO GO WITH ONE
THING, YOU HAVE MOZGOV, BACK HIM
UP WITH THOMPSON, YOU NEED
SCORING.
THAT'S WHAT YOU NEED.
AND PERKINS ISN'T GOING TO GET
YOU 15 OR 20 POINTS, SO YOU'VE
GOT TO MAKE UP THE POINTS, KYRIE
BEING OUT, LOVE BEING OUT, A GUY
LIKE MARION, IN A GAME AGAINST A
SMALL GOLDEN STATE TEAM, THAT'S
AN ENVIRONMENT THAT HE
FLOURISHED IN IN THE PAST.
I DON'T KNOW IF HE'S INJURED OR
HURT, BUT IF NOT, MAYBE THAT'S
THE MOVE YOU MAKE.
PUT HIM OUT THERE TO GET THAT
ENERGY, OFFENSIVE REBOUND AND
TRY TO RUN THE FLOOR, GET A
COUPLE EASY ONES.
IT'S TOUGH TO SAY GET EASY ONES
WHEN YOU'RE TRYING TO CONTROL ON
THE OTHER END.
YOU HAVE TO PICK AND CHOOSE.
IF YOU HAVE A TWO ON ONE, THREE
ON ONE, TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THAT.
THERE'S A BLOCK SHOT OR A STEAL.
YOU HAVE NUMBERS.
YOU TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THAT.
OTHERWISE, YOU'RE COMING DOWN,
BRINGING IT UP, RUNNING WITH
YOUR SETS, MAKING GOLDEN STATE
PLAY DEFENSIVE.
>> NBA TV'S MIKE
FRATELLO,†@MIKEFRATELLO ON
SOCIAL MEDIA.
DID YOU LIE TO THE MEDIA LIKE HE
DID?
DID THAT EVER HAPPEN TO YOU?
>> I CAN CLAIM AT MY AGE, THE
BEGINNING STAGE OF DEMENTIA FOR
ME, IT'S NOT LYING.
STEVE IS YOUNG AND HE HAS TO BE
HONEST AND SAY HE LIED.
>> YEAH.
BUT DID YOU EVER FIND YOURSELF
IN A SITUATION LIKE THAT, MIKE?
>> IF I DID, I WOULD JUST AVOID
THE QUESTION.
I WOULD JUST SAY, I'M NOT SURE,
I'D RATHER NOT GO INTO THAT AT
THIS TIME.
WE'LL MEET BACK WITH THE STAFF
AGAIN AND MAKE FINAL DECISIONS
JUST BEFORE THE GAME.
>> RIGHT.
>> I DON'T KNOW IF I'D COME OUT
AND JUST BLATANTLY SAY IT.
THEN AGAIN, I'VE NEVER BEEN TO
THE NBA FINALS COACHING THE
TEAM.
MAYBE IF I GOT THERE, MAYBE I'D
DO IT THE WAY STEVE DID.
>> SURE.
DO YOU THINK LEBRON SHOULD BE
NAMED MVP OF THE FINALS EVEN IF
THE CAVS WIND UP LOSING BASED ON
WHAT YOU'VE SEEN FROM LEBRON SO
FAR, MIKE?
>> LEBRON YOU HAVE TO BASE THAT
ON THE NEXT GAME THAT STEPH
CURRY HAS.
IF HE HAS ONE MORE GAME LIKE HE
HAD LAST NIGHT AND, YOU KNOW, IN
THE PREVIOUS GAME, AND THEY WIND
UP WINNING THE WHOLE THING, THEN
HE'S PROBABLY DESERVED OF THE
MVP IN THE FINALS AS WELL.
>> BASED ON WHAT YOU HAVE SEEN
AND AGAIN, THIS IS AN EXCELLENT
SHOW, NBA FINALS FILM ROOM
TONIGHT AT 9:00 EASTERN TIME ON
NBA TV, BASED ON WHAT YOU HAVE
SEEN, HOW DO YOU THINK THIS
WINDS UP?
THESE NEXT TWO GAMES OR EVEN
JUST ONE MORE GAME IN THE NBA
FINALS, MIKE?
>> I SAID IN THE BEGINNING IT
WAS GOING TO GO SEVEN, THAT WAS
MY THOUGHT.
THEREFORE, I HAVE TO GICHL
CLEVELAND WINNING, GOING BACK
HOME AND IN AN ENVIRONMENT WHERE
THESE FANS, JUST LIKE THE GOLDEN
STATE FANS HAVE WAITED A LONG
TIME.
THE CLEVELAND FANS HAVE WAITED A
LONG, LONG TIME FOR ANOTHER
CHAMPIONSHIP.
AND I THINK THEY MAY BE ENOUGH,
AND IT WOULD TAKE SHUMPERT
MAKING SHOTS AND J.R. MAKING
SHOTS, NOT JUST LEBRON ALONE.
LEBRON GETTING 40 AND THOSE
OTHER GUYS NOT CONTRIBUTING IS
NOT ENOUGH.
IT'S LEBRON GETTING HIS 35 TO
40, IT'S JAMES JONES KNOCKING
DOWN A COUPLE JUMPERS.
SHUMPERT HITTING A COUPLE
JUMPERS, J.R. BEING CONSISTENT
THROUGHOUT THE COURSE OF THE
GAME, THAT'S WHAT THEY NEED.
ANY GAME THAT WINDS UP OVER 100,
CLEVELAND SEEMS TO BE IN
TROUBLE.
IF YOU CAN KEEP IT UNDER 100.
AND THOSE GUYS MANUFACTURE SOME
POINTS, THEY HAVE A CHANCE TO
WIN.
>> BEFORE I LET GROW, MIKE, I'D
LOVE TO GIVE YOU THE FLOOR ON
JUST HOW GOOD LEBRON IS
PERFORMING RIGHT NOW.
YOU'VE SEEN ALL-TIME GREATS LIKE
DOMINIC UP CLOSE AND PERSONAL
FROM ALL YOUR YEARS IN ATLANTA
AND WHAT A STAR CAN DO BY
PUTTING THINGS ON HIS BACK WHEN
EVERYBODY EXPECTS IT.
I'D LOVE TO JUST GIVE YOU THE
FLOOR ON JUST HOW LEBRON IS
DOING IT RIGHT NOW.
>> WELL, I CAUGHT UP WITH A
GROUP LAST NIGHT MAKING,
CRITICIZING OR POINTING OUT
WHATEVER THE CORRECT WORD WAS,
SMALL THINGS THAT LEBRON HAD
DONE, YOU KNOW, COULD HAVE DONE
DIFFERENTLY OR BETTER.
I STOPPED IN IT, I WANTED TO SAY
THAT FOR THOSE VIEWERS OUT
THERE, WE'RE NOT CRITICIZING,
WE'RE BREAKING DOWN WHY THAT
JUST HAPPENED, BUT TO FIND FAULT
WHETHER IT'S SHOOTING PERCENTAGE
IS NOT WHAT IT SHOULD BE, HE'S
GOT TO MANUFACTURE SHOTS.
PEOPLE WOULD ALWAYS SAY, WHAT'S
THE DIFFERENCE, YOU KNOW, WHEN
YOU CAME FROM COLLEGE BEING AN
ASSISTANT AT THE COLLEGIATE
LEVEL FOR EIGHT YEARS AND MOVED
TO THE NBA, WHAT ARE SOME OF THE
THINGS THAT JUMP AT YOU THAT ARE
SO DIFFERENT?
AND ONE OF THEM WAS THAT I SAID,
IT'S SO HARD TO GET A SHOT OFF
IN THE NBA AGAINST DEFENDERS
THEY HAVE.
YOU DON'T REALIZE THAT BECAUSE
THEY'RE TO ATHLETIC, THEY'RE SO
LONG, THEY'RE SO QUICK, JUST TO
GET A SHOT OFF REQUIRES SO MUCH
WORK.
SO TO FREE YOURSELF UP TO GET
THAT SHOT OFF REQUIRES SO MUCH
WORK.
LEBRON IN HIS HIGH GAME, HAS HAD
38 FIELD GOAL ATTEMPTS.
I THINK HE HAD 34 AGAIN LAST
NIGHT.
THAT'S A LOT OF FIELD GOAL
ATTEMPTS FOR SOMEBODY TO TAKE,
BUT IF HE DOESN'T TAKE THEM,
WHO'S GOING TO TAKE THEM?
THERE'S NOT A GUY CREATING SHOTS
OTHER THAN LEBRON.
SO IT'S SOMETHING HE'S BEEN
FORCED INTO, NOBODY'S MORE OF A
TEAM PLAYER THAN HE IS.
HE KNOWS 34 OR 26 OR 38 SHOTS IS
TOO MUCH TO TAKE, BUT HE HAS TO
TAKE THEM TO GIVE HIS TEAM A
CHANCE TO WIN.
>> MIKE, THANKS FOR CALLING IN,
WE'LL CHAT SOON, THANK YOU.
>> THANK YOU.
>> THAT'S MIKE FRATELLO JOINING
ME HERE "THE RICH EISEN SHOW."