Episode 25: Fred VanVleet (featuring Sue Bird and Shea Serrano)
Play • 1 hr 34 min

It's another star studded episode of "The Old Man and the Three" as JJ and Tommy start things off with a wide ranging interview with Toronto Raptors rising star Fred VanVleet. He brings some brutal honesty in discussing topics such as free agency, his rise from the G-League, playing with Kawhi, and what it takes to win the chip. Then, to follow that up, it's a power packed Top 5/Draft as they welcome in journalist Shea Serrano and WNBA Legend Sue Bird. It's all here on OldMan3.


RUNDOWN

Fred VanVleet

  • Discusses the CBA and early start of the season
  • How he is handling the free agency period
  • Taking the average fan through what being a free agent is like
  • On reaching a point in your career where a big payout is due
  • How much does being given the opportunity to run a team factor into his destination  
  • Breaking down the formula for winning and what they have in Toronto
  • If he had to think of an NBA city to play in this year, where would it be
  • How the Covid protocol is going to look in the 2021 season
  • Discusses his bubble experience
  • On his trajectory from the G-League to where he is now and the role it played​
  • Did he ever have a low moment where he was bitter about how it started
  • What was his thought process when he heard of the Kawhi trade 
  • How Kawhi was as a teammate
  • What did he learn about playing from behind during the championship run
  • How the anonymity of that team assisted in their run
  • How your perspective of the game can change after having children
  • Was winning a championship the hardest thing he's ever done in basketball
  • Is mental toughness the separator for a champion
  • Discussing the mentally tough players throughout the league. 
  • Feeling like an outsider making his way through high school and college
  • On having a chip on his shoulder and using it to his advantage 


Sue Bird and Shea Serrano

  • ​Shea talks about his book and how it came about
  • Congrats to Sue and Megan on their engagement
  • TOP 5/Draft

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