Tar Takes 4.23.18: LeBron James, Ben Simmons, Lamar Jackson, Luke Maye

Philadelphia 76ers Guard Ben Simmons (Photo via Getty Images)

Watch the second Tar Takes broadcast with Ryan Lipton and David Matlock below! Tar Takes is presented by The JR Report and the brand new app Relevnt!

We discuss the latest in the sports world with debate segments of the hottest NBA/NFL topics of the week as well as the North Carolina Tar Heels.

Today, we take a look at LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers’ struggles against the Indiana Pacers, who we think the favorites are in the Eastern Conference, what we think of Luke Maye, Joel Berry, Theo Pinson and the NBA Draft, and the top storylines for the 2018 NFL draft.

For individual segments click the links below!

What do you make of the Cavaliers’ struggles?

What will be the Eastern Conference Finals matchup in the 2018 NBA playoffs?

Can UNC’s Luke Maye make it to the NBA?

Will Joel Berry or Theo Pinson be drafted to the NBA?

What are the top storylines for the 2018 NFL draft?

Is Patrick Reed commenting on our post?

Ryan Lipton is the founder of The JR Report. For more news and The JR Report updates follow him on twitter @rytime98.

Tar Takes Full Broadcast 4.17.18: LeBron James, Chris Paul, Patrick Reed

Victor Oladipo vs. the Cleveland Cavaliers (Photo via David Richard-USA TODAY Sports)

Watch the first Tar Takes broadcast with Ryan Lipton and David Matlock below. Tar Takes is presented by The JR Report and the brand new app Relevnt!

We discuss the latest in the sports world. We have one take segment along with four debate segments. Three of those segments are on anything in the sports world and one of them, to keep in touch with our Tar Heel background involves North Carolina news.

Here is what we discussed today!

Does LeBron James have enough help or not? Can’t we just decide.

LeBron against the Indiana Pacers in Round 1 of the 2018 NBA Playoffs. Can the Pacers beat the Cavs?

CP3 and the Houston Rockets’ playoff struggles

Whether UNC should pursue Sacha Killeya-Jones?

Should we like Patrick Reed?

Ryan Lipton is the founder of The JR Report. For more news and The JR Report updates follow him on twitter @rytime98.

JR Report Podcast: Should Raiders follow Warriors path, fire Jack Del Rio after season?

Oakland Raiders coach Jack Del Rio (Photo via Getty Images)

The JR Report Podcast, hosted by Ryan Lipton, dives into the Oakland Raiders 2-3 start to the 2017 NFL regular season and why it might be smart for the Raiders to move on from coach Jack Del Rio after the 2017 season.

Now isn’t the time to move on. If Oakland misses the playoffs owner Mark Davis should look hard at moving on from Jack Del Rio.

Del Rio prides himself on defense and attitude, yet the defense has been horrible and the team can’t show up and be competitive in must-win games. (Last year’s losses to the Denver Broncos and Houston Texans and this year’s loss to the Baltimore Ravens and Denver Broncos).

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Ryan Lipton is the founder of The JR Report. For more news and The JR Report updates follow him on twitter @rytime98.

Why Thunder guard Russell Westbrook shouldn’t have signed extension

Thunder guard Russell Westbrook (Photo via David J. Phillip/AP)

Ryan Lipton, host of the JR Report Podcast, discusses Russell Westbrook signing a new five-year $205 million extension with the Oklahoma City Thunder. Why the move makes sense but isn’t the best decision for Westbrook on and off the court.


Ryan Lipton is the founder of The JR Report. For more news and The JR Report updates follow him on twitter @rytime98.

JR Report Podcast: NFL Week 4 picks, Raiders Broncos preview

Raiders QB Derek Carr vs. Broncos (Photo via Getty Images)

Ryan Lipton, the host of the JR Report podcast, breaks down the recent Oakland Raiders loss to the Washington Redskins and looks forward to the Week 4 AFC West matchup in Mile High against the Denver Broncos.

Ryan also discusses his five picks against the spread for Week 4 of the NFL season. Ryan hit on 63% (34/54) of his picks against the spread in 2016 and is back again with another solid start hitting on 58.8% (10/17) so far in the 2017 NFL regular season.

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Ryan Lipton is the founder of The JR Report. For more news and The JR Report updates follow him on twitter @rytime98.

JR Report Podcast: Despite what NFL media think, Raiders not going anywhere

Oakland Raiders quarterback Derek Carr (Photo via AP Images)

The Oakland Raiders have been disrespected by the NFL media as of recently.

CBS Sports’ Pete Prisco has the Raiders outside the Top 10 of his NFL power rankings and Colin Cowherd doesn’t think Oakland is any threat to the New England Patriots.

Here is why the Raiders disrespect is ridiculous.

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JR Report picks against the spread

The 2017 NFL regular season kicks off in less than 24 hours!

As such, here are The JR Report and Ryan Lipton’s top 5 picks against the spread for Week 1 of the NFL season.

Remember, The JR Report hit on 63% (34/54) of its picks during last year’s regular season.


Ryan Lipton is the founder of The JR Report. For more news and The JR Report updates follow him on twitter @rytime98.