The All Day SJ Show – Season 2, Episode 1


Guess who’s back?! The All Day SJ Show is back for Season 2!

First off, thank you to all who listened, shared and supported during Season 1. I am blessed and humbled at all the support that was shown for the show, website and myself. I am motivated to continue bringing you all the best content, and that starts with Episode 1 of Season 2.

Guest: Raejhon Johnson

In Season two’s first episode of The All Day SJ Show, Raejhon Johnson joins the show to talk some NBA. We discuss our thoughts on the 2017-18 season so far, what the future holds for the Chicago Bulls, if this the season the Toronto Raptors finally break through and our predictions for the rest of the season.

A great discussion between two up and comers in the sports journalism/broadcast game. Tune in and welcome back.


When you think about the NBA currently, you think about LeBron James, Stephen Curry and Kevin Durant. Fans marvel at how LeBron goes coast to coast for a slam dunk, or how Durant makes scoring the basketball look easy. However, the aforementioned Curry’s skills are different. Curry is what you call a “lights out shooter.”

Curry is considered by some to be the best shooter in NBA history. His game is so transcendent, that the way basketball is played today has changed. Due to Curry’s popularity, young kids who watch his games believe they have to play like him in order to be successful in not just the NBA, but any level of basketball.

Enter Handy Johnson, founder of Back-2-Basics. Johnson believes in teaching players, at any level, the fundamentals of the game in order to ensure they succeed.

Back-2-Basics is a skill development camp that I saw a great need for by being a high school coach,” Johnson said. “I got to the interpretation of understanding that Back-2-Basics were how I was taught. So I said to myself, why not go back to what the basics were – and that is where Back-2-Basics came from.”

Stephen Curry’s personal trainer knows Coach Johnson,” camper Damian Bolden said. “He knows I really like Steph, so he spoke to his trainer and we got backstage passes to meet him and it was a lifetime dream. He gave me some advice to just keep working hard and it does not matter what height you are.”


Saint Catherine of Siena – Maguire Hall: the gym where the camp is located. The gym has hosted several big name basketball players – including Detroit Pistons legend and Basketball Hall of Famer, Isiah Thomas. (January 18, 2018 – Photo: Steven Johnson)


The calm before the storm, as the camp is set to begin. It is time to go back to the basics. (January 18, 2018 – Photo: Steven Johnson)

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Coach Johnson and his campers begin to arrive. Daniel Johnson, his son, practices his jump shot as Coach prepares the court for the instructional session. (January 18, 2018 – Photo: Steven Johnson)


It is go-time now. The campers have basketballs and now it is time to run some drills. You have to bring your ‘A’-game all the time for Coach Johnson. (January 18, 2018 – Photo: Steven Johnson)


Form is very important when it comes to shooting a basketball. Damian Bolden, who hopes to be the next Stephen Curry, works on his shooting form. (January 18, 2018 – Photo: Steven Johnson)


Coach Johnson instructs his campers on how to catch up with outlet passes from their teammates. When the camper catches the pass, they must finish with a lay-up. (January 18, 2018 – Steven Johnson)


The camp also teaches proper form when it comes to exercising. Here, Daniel does push-ups to strengthen his core muscles. (January 18, 2018 – Steven Johnson)

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Coach Johnson observes his campers as they go through their drills. (January 18, 2018 – Photo: Steven Johnson)


Again, it is all about the basics. Another camper looks to bury a free throw – a critical part of the game of basketball. (January 18, 2018 – Photo: Steven Johnson)

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A camper pulls up for a jumper after beating her opponent (the cones represent the defense) off the dribble. (January 18, 2018 – Photo: Steven Johnson)


“I have to give props to Coach Johnson – he is the best trainer in the city,” – Damian Bolden. As Coach Johnson ends this session, he takes time out to teach to what the campers are here for. (January 18, 2018 – Photo: Steven Johnson)




Guest: David Kaplan

For the first season finale of “The All Day SJ Show,” I had to go out with a bang.

David Kaplan, Host of NBC Sports Chicago’sSportsTalk Live” and Cubs Pre & Postgame shows, stops by to talk all things Chicago Sports. Kap joined the show after finishing his radio show, “Kap & Co.,” on AM ESPN 1000.

What are his thoughts on the Cubs off-season? What is the status of the Bears and their team going forward? What are his thoughts on the current Bulls rebuild? Is the Blackhawks championship window shut? Plus… a very special conclusion to the show.

All that and more on the Season One finale of “The All Day SJ Show.”



Guest: Fred Jordan

In Season one’s penultimate episode of “The All Day SJ Show,” the platform continues to be for the fans.

Fred Jordan, a good friend of mine and an avid-NBA fan, joins the show to talk all things NBA including: the 2017-18 season, the rise of several young talents throughout the league, if it will be CavaliersWarriors Part IV in the NBA Finals and who makes his list for top-10 players in the league currently.

Also, who is the best player of our generation? Fred does not hold back and gives his opinion, 100 percent.

Tune in and listen — great stuff here.



Guest: Chris Dorsey

As the first season of “The All Day SJ Show” begins to wrap up, it’s time to give the fans a platform.

When I created “The All Day SJ Show,” I aimed to not only have the best guests on the show, I wanted to produce content where my listeners could provide insight in addition to the well-known guests I had.

Joining this episode is one of those fans who I met on Twitter. Very vocal about his views on sports, Chris does not hold back on how he feels. It’s everything I envisioned when talking to fans and listeners of the show.

Take a listen and enjoy — we’re wrapping up the first season real soon.



Guest: Dan Hayes

On Episode 8 of “The All Day SJ Show,” veteran MLB writer, Dan Hayes, stops by.

Hayes covered the Chicago White Sox beat for NBC Sports Chicago for five seasons and was also the team’s correspondent for the MLB Network for three seasons. Currently, he writes for the Associated Press. He also serves as a voter for the Baseball Hall of Fame.

On this episode, we discuss the White Sox and their current rebuild.

  • How does he evaluate the rebuild so far?
  • What is his opinion on the 2017 off-season?
  • Will Jose Abreu be traded?
  • Reaction to the Welington Castillo signing.

We also discuss the statuses of Giancarlo StantonShohei Ohtani and how likely a 2020 World Series match-up is in Chicago.




Guest: David Haugh

We’re back with a post-Thanksgiving edition of “The All Day SJ Show.” Joining me today is Chicago Tribune sports columnist, David Haugh.

We talk the current state of Chicago Sports: including the Cubs, Bulls, Bears, Blackhawks, White Sox, Northwestern and Chicago Phillips.

This was a very good discussion and interview. Please take some time out to listen and hear what David has to say about your favorite teams.



Guest: Kendall Gill

This episode of “The All Day SJ Show” is a special one. Joining me for this edition is a true legend of Chicago Basketball in Kendall Gill.

Gill was a part of the “Flyin’ Illini” phenomenon, which was the golden age of Illinois Men’s Basketball. He was a lottery pick with the Charlotte Hornets in 1990, where he was drafted fifth overall. Gill was successful as a rookie, as he made the NBA-All Rookie First Team in 1991.

Known for his hard-nosed defense, Gill led the NBA in steals in 1999. He also is the co-holder of the NBA record for most steals in a game (11).

In this episode, we talk about the expectations for the Fighting Illini this season, as well as the “Flyin’ Illini” era. Kendall also talks about who was the toughest to guard between Michael Jordan, Kobe Bryant and LeBron James… but who was the true G.O.A.T.? Kendall’s answer may surprise you…

Also on the show, we discuss the Bulls current rebuild and how long we have to wait to expect them to be contenders again.



Guest: Slavko Bekovic

Joining me on this edition of “The All Day SJ Show” is NBC Sports Chicago’s Bears Postgame Live” Producer, Slavko Bekovic. Bekovic also serves as the Host of their “Fantasy Football Fix” Show.

Where do the Bears stand after the loss to the Packers? Are John Fox, Dowell Loggains and even Ryan Pace on the hot seat? Bekovic tackles those questions head on.

We also discuss the development of Mitch Trubisky, realistic free agent WR targets in 2018 (Jarvis Landry, Davante Adams anybody?)

Lastly, how far away are the Bears from contending?





Season 1 – Episode 4

Guest: Todd Hollandsworth

On this edition of “The All Day SJ Show,” FOX Sports Florida’s Marlins Color Commentator, Todd Hollandsworth, joins the show.

A 12-year MLB veteran, Hollandsworth won the NL Rookie of the Year Award in 1996 with the Los Angeles Dodgers. He also won a World Series Championship with the Marlins in 2003. He served as NBC Sports Chicago’s Cubs Pre & Postgame Analyst for eight seasons before rejoining the Marlins organization.

Holly joins me to recap the 2017 World Series, the Marlins’ future with Derek Jeter taking over ownership of the team, the difference between the 2016 Cubs and 2017 version and finally, one of my favorite moments as a Cubs fan.