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Episode 14 - It's a Lifestyle with Matt Barnes
On this episode, we dive into the world that exists for athletes outside of the arena. We’re joined by the 14 season veteran, championship winner and a guy who weathered storms on and off the court, Matt Barnes. Gilbert and Matt, are two guys who established themselves as pros, while also figuring out how to walk the line and live the life.
For young guys, they share some wisdom as to how to keep things in perspective and how to prioritize your life as a pro. They also look back on their era, how social media and celebrity culture have only magnified the expectations on an athlete. It’s a unique lens these guys offer a look through and a side of the game that really is not shared enough.
|Dec 10, 2018|
Episode 13 - Real Friends with Nick Young
On this episode, Nick Young joins the podcast. For Gilbert and Nick, they have one of those friendships that is part brotherhood, part rivalry, and flat out hilarious. We run it all the way back to when these to Valley kids were first introduced in DC in 2007.
Before he was Swaggy P, Nick was taking under the wing of Agent Zero. It formed a unique bond that take them through their careers and into some wild times on and off the court. These two are there for each other through thick and thin, have some stories to tell and then some.
|Dec 03, 2018|
Episode 12 - Confidence Always on 100
On this episode, we take a look at the ways in which a great scorer can be effective. When it comes to offensive skills it is the combination of work ethic and natural ability. Currently in the NBA, individual skill is at an all-time high. We run through scoring talent and the attributes -- off the dribble, pure stroke, off movement and clutch moments -- and who has some of the best of technique we’ve ever seen on the court.
Taking it further, Gil concludes that it all comes down to confidence. From one of the coldest bucket getters ever to do it, Agent Zero takes us inside the brain of an offensive mastermind. Be sure to catch his train of thought when it comes to being in the zone and taking the last shot. For the Hibachi, there’s no such thing as good defense, because there’s always better O.
|Nov 26, 2018|
Episode 11 - Know The Alpha Dog
On this episode of the No Chill Podcast we get take a look at the importance of chemistry for an NBA team. Whether it’s knowing who’s supposed to get the ball in crunch time, fitting in on a roster or finding the right blend of veteran and young players, it’s all about how their egos work together. From how the Warriors will make it work this season as free agency questions loom, to Melo’s failure to launch in Houston and what Jimmy Butler left behind in Minnesota, there’s been no shortage of drama in the early part of this NBA season.
Agent Zero has some ideas as to why it’s on the star player to take control, but more importantly why there always must be an alpha dog in the locker room to determine who’s running things. In some cases it’s clear cut, but Gil points out how more often than not, isn’t always the superstar that has the most command.
|Nov 19, 2018|
Episode 10 - College vs The Pro Game
On this episode of the No Chill Podcast, we dive into what it takes to play in the college game as it compares to the pro level. So far this season, Duke looks it has a all-time team. With this dynamic, young Blue Devil team turning heads early, we’re also being introduced to a new Coach K. As for Zion Williamson, he has exceeded early expectations, but Gil has a some questions about his game translating to the NBA.
We also take a look at the option of a year in the G League with an $125,000 contract for top prospects, as opposed to a year in college. Is it actually a good deal? Or are you better off on campus?
Speaking of staying on campus, we look at the return of LaMelo Ball to a high school squad. For Gil, it is the right move by Melo to stay on track to the NBA. If and when he gets there, what kind of player will he be?
|Nov 12, 2018|
Episode 9 - What Makes An Effective Coach
On this episode of the No Chill Podcast, we take a look at NBA coaching. For Gil, he’s got a lot on his mind about what makes a good coach and why superstar players generally DON’T become head coaches. But he thinks more should.
|Nov 05, 2018|
Episode 8 - Giving Credit Where Credit Is Due
There have been some eye popping and some head scratching moments to start the NBA season. With all eyes on the Lakers, Gil’s got a few ideas of how to get it right with the players that they have.
|Oct 26, 2018|
Episode 7 - Ranking the Best Teams in the NBA
On this episode, we get into power ranking the top teams in the East and the loaded West. Gil cuts right to the chase, letting us know who he thinks is coming out of each conference and why.
For other teams, there’s plenty to look forward to and for us fans, plenty to watch for. How will Kawhi play in a new system with the Raptors? Will Giannis finally get some support in Milwaukee? Does the LeBron have the Lakers in contender mode already?
We also get into the breakout teams and breakout players poised to step up this season. For Gil, it comes down to development and who has it all together to take things to another level. For teams like Detroit or Denver, they could fail to get off the ground, or just might surprise us all.
Before we go, Gil gets into his age theory, where he favors a younger player with upside as the better choice as opposed to the ones that peak early. From there we hit on some MVP candidates to keep an eye throughout the year.
|Oct 12, 2018|
Episode 6 - Getting Season Ready
On this episode of the No Chill Podcast, we get hyped for for the start of the basketball season as Gil takes us inside what players of all levels need to be focused on for training camp.
We get into how when players return to their teams from the summer, it creates an ultra competitive environment with roster spots on the line and positions on the depth chart up for grabs. Gil explains why the best want a shot at the best, not only to find out how they measure up against each other, but to also make themselves better.
Every team, from the those in a rebuild, to those coming off a tough playoff loss or even defending a championship, there are pressures and narratives that can make or break you...starting in training camp.
|Oct 01, 2018|
Episode 5 - Train the Trainer
On this episode of the No Chill Podcast, we’re back in the gym, as Gil jumps in on a skills workout. From the mentality you should have stepping on the court, to the mindset it takes to not only build on your skills, but to also translate the technique to game situations -- it’s an inside look at next level preparation.
Gil is on the court breaking down the training details as you would want to learn from a player who knows how to be effective at the highest level. He also explains the approach necessary to work from being an average player to an exceptional player. It really is in the desire, the work ethic and learning from your training sessions that will translate to making in-game reactions second nature.
For both players and coaches, Gil offers up teaching and learning points to make the skill work “next level” effective.
As the session finishes, Gil points to the work you should put in to prepare to go against different looks, different matchups, and ways to out smart the opposition.
Then, we talk to Dash about how the role of the skills trainer has been elevated. For him it’s the creativity that takes place in the lab, but that will only happen when a player is ready and willing to develop their game. As Gil points out, it also takes dedication to committing the extra hours on the court that will translate to taking your game to another level.
So...there’s a lot to learn on this one, so get your notebook ready as Agent Zero trains the trainer.
|Sep 18, 2018|
Episode 4 - How To Get Buckets On EVERYONE
Hitting court as we go inside Gil’s mind to understand how he sees the floor, reads defense and decides the most effective way to score the basketball. Hibachi breaks down how to get to the best shot against any type of defender, in any game situation.
And then Agent Zero explains how he was able to use one play to set up several more on the way to scoring in bunches against some of the best defenders in the NBA.
Gil also looks at some of the up and comers like Giannis, Brandon Ingram and Lonzo Ball, and has some ideas for them to add to their games...bringing their offensive production to another level.
|Aug 27, 2018|
Episode 3 - Hibachi Time!
Gil looks back on his exit from Golden State and his arrival in Washington. He recalls a few other teams that could have been for Agent Zero...and yes, a coin flip to decide his next team.
Before he'd figure things out as a Wizard, the Cali kid would have to adjust to the east coast. Once he got comfortable, the takeover was on and a new era was in full swing. He looks back on the team in those first two seasons, the joy he experienced making an all-star team and the story of an all-time great nickname.
|Aug 20, 2018|
Episode 2 - The Making of Agent Zero - Part Two
After two years in Arizona, it was time for Agent Zero to jump to the NBA. Gil recalls who he thought would draft him, before ultimately landing in Golden State. For the Warriors, he'd struggle just to find practice time, let alone game minutes. Once Gil got a chance, there was no looking back. As for his new life as an NBA player, that would be the ultimate learning experience.
|Aug 16, 2018|
Episode 2 - The Making of Agent Zero - Part One
Before he was an All-NBA, high scoring superstar, Gilbert Arenas picked up basketball in the San Fernando valley parks. Success would not come quickly for Agent Zero, but a habit for taking on the biggest challengers propelled his play. From an overlooked high school phenom to an unlikely star at the University of Arizona, Arenas recalls what drove him and who pushed him along the way, in the first of two parts looking back at his career.
|Aug 13, 2018|
Episode 1 - The Return of Agent Zero
Gilbert Arenas makes his podcasting debut, along with co-host Mike Botticello. Never at a loss for words, Agent Zero makes sense of the NBA Summer. He also offers up his side of the story behind the headlines he made via TMZ and the claims against him. Also, could a return to the court may be in the cards for Gilbert? This episode is brought you by Life Recovery Water.
|Aug 05, 2018|