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On the Double with The Double S Xpress, August 12, 2013

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Guests: Rashaad Powell & Paul Gackle

The Double S Xpress talk about the summer Seattle Basketball Pro-Am with League Commissioner Rashaad Powell.  Paul Gackle joins the show to talk about the San Francisco 49ers pre-season.

Guest, Paul Gackle

Guest Name
Paul Gackle
Guest Category
Guest Occupation
Bay Area Sports Writer, Reporter, Columnist, Podcast Host
Guest Biography

Paul Gackle grew up in the newsroom and he’s determined to carry journalism into the future.

Gackle started covering sports for his family’s newspaper, the McLean County Independent, in North Dakota as a teenager and he recently reported on the Giants, 49ers and A’s as a columnist for the San Francisco Examiner.

In addition to the Examiner, Gackle has published work with the East Bay Express, the Winnipeg Free Press and PBS Frontline.

Growing up in Canada, Gackle fell in love with hockey. He blogged about the now-defunct San Francisco Bulls in his first iteration of The Gackle Report and was the team’s color analyst on for radio on and TV with Comcast Hometown Network.

Guest, Rashaad Powell

Guest Name
Rashaad Powell
Guest Biography

Rashaad Dominic Powell (born June 14, 1981 in Renton, Washington) is an American professional basketball player.

Powell is the League Commissioner for the Seattle Basketball Pro-Am.

Powell attended Renton High School in Renton, graduating in 1999. As a senior, he average 20 points, 12 rebounds, six assists, three steals and two blocks per game en route to becoming the league]s most valuable player. He then attended Chemeketa Community College (Salem, Oregon) from September 1999 to June 2001. While at Chemeketa, Powell continued to hone his skills, playing multiple positions. By his sophomore year he was the team co-captain, and concluded the season averaging 14 points, six rebounds, three assists, one steal and one block per game. Upon graduating with a General Studies Associate Arts degree, he accepted an offer from the University of Idaho to join the team as a walk-on. By the third game he had become a starter. He would be sidelined shortly thereafter due to a dislocated right shoulder, and would medical redshirt the remainder of the 2001–2002 season. Powell returned for the next two seasons. Powell was also named the 2003–04 Big West Conference Defensive Player of the Year, while graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree in Communication with a minor in Recreation.

He began his professional career in 2004–05 in the American Basketball Association (ABA) with the Bellevue Blackhawks, as he was the first player signed in franchise history. His career was yet again put on hold, as he suffered a broken right hand shortly after training camp. In the fall of 2005 he was invited to training camp with the Yakama Sun Kings of the Continental Basketball Association (CBA), and was the last player released before the season began.

Powell returned to the ABA for the 2005–06 season signing with the Tacoma Navigators. At the conclusion of the ABA season, he signed with the Seattle Mountaineers of the International Basketball League (IBL)[1] and was named First Team All-IBL, IBL Western Conference All-Star (All-Star game Most Valuable Player), and number 16 in Pro Basketball News' Top 20 Minor League Players in America. In the fall of 2006 Powell was invited to mini-camp with the Seattle SuperSonics of the National Basketball Association (NBA) prior to the start of their training camp. He then signed with the Everett Explosion of the IBL for the 2006–07 season, in which he was named to the Western Conference All-Star team.

Following the 2007 IBL season, Powell signed with Club de Deportes Provincial Llanquihue de Puerto Varas in the División Mayor del Básquetbol de Chile. From August 2007 to November 2007 he averaged 29 points per game, 11 rebounds per game, five assists per game, two steals per game, and one block per game. He led the league in virtually every statistical category, and prior to his departure, was ranked the number one player in the league. In November 2007 he returned to the United States, was in invited to training camp again with the Yakama Sun Kings of the CBA, and again was the last player released prior to season. Shortly thereafter, he signed with the Albany Patroons of the CBA. Prior to the conclusion of the CBA season, Powell signed with the Sharjah Club in Sharjah, United Arab Emirates. In 2011 he played for the West Coast Hotshots in the International Basketball League.[2]

On the Double with The Double S Xpress

On the Double with The Double S Xpress sports talk show; Sports Broadcasting; Play-by-Play; Analysis; Commentary; Insight; Interviews; Public Address

Mission: To provide the best play-by-play & analysis of all sports in the broadcasting world.

Description: Shawn Walli & Sean Boyd; a dynamic duo on the microphone in the sports broadcasting world.

Information: The Double S Xpress was born in Tacoma, WA in 2005. Shawn Walli & Sean Boyd joined forces to call Tacoma Thunder IBL basketball games on 1180AM KLAY. Shawn & Sean freelance for the major sports networks like NBC Sports, ESPN, CBS Sports, & MLB Network to name a few.

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