Heat-Celtics Game 7 Reaction with Kevin Pelton: 5/29/23
Zach and ESPN's Kevin Pelton break down Miami's Game 7 win in Boston, the Celtics missed chance at history, what's next for Boston and Jaylen Brown, and how the Heat pulled off this incredible turnaround. Plus, early thoughts on the Heat-Nuggets NBA Finals, Nick Nurse to the Sixers, Adrian Griffin to the Bucks, and more.
Friedell and Mares: 5/26/23
Zach and ESPN's Nick Friedell discuss the building drama of Heat-Celtics, and then (43:11) Adam Mares of DNVR talks all things Nuggets -- what this Finals run means to the city, visiting Nikola Jokic's hometown, whether the national media ignores the Nuggets, what matchup Denver fans should prefer, much more.
Goldsberry and McMenamin: 5/24/23
Zach and ESPN's Kirk Goldsberry discuss the Denver Nuggets journey to the Finals, Boston keeping its season alive in Game 4 in Miami, and whether the Celtics have a real chance to rally from 3-0 down. Then (44:44) ESPN's Dave McMenamin joins to discuss LeBron hinting at retirement, the Lakers plans from here, Anthony Davis, Kyrie Irving, and more.
Bobby Marks: 5/22/23
Zach and ESPN's Bobby Marks discuss the Miami Heat's remarkable turnaround (32:55), the implications of a potential Boston loss in this round (5:01), Lakers-Nuggets (47:05), LA's offseason plans (57:03), and Carmelo Anthony's official retirement (1:04:31).
Givony and Herring: 5/18/23
Zach talks to ESPN's Jonathan Givony about the dramatic Victor Wembanyama lottery, San Antonio's future, the choices Charlotte and Portland face at No. 2 and No. 3, and other offseason intel. Then (45:32) Chris Herring of Sports Illustrated joins to talk Heat-Celtics.
Tim MacMahon: 5/15/23
Zach and ESPN's Tim MacMahon discuss the fallout in Philly after another second round defeat, the Ja Morant situation in Memphis (25:21), Phoenix firing Monty Williams (36:35), and they look ahead to the Western Conference Finals (50:31).
Doris Burke: 5/12/23
Zach and Doris Burke discuss Celtics-Sixers Game 6 and what's on the line for both teams in Game 7. Then (30:52) Zach on the Nuggets advancing and a pivotal off-season for the Suns.
Howard Beck on All-NBA, Lakers-Warriors, and Heat-Knicks: 5/11/23
Zach and Howard Beck discuss Warriors-Lakers (23:38), Knicks-Heat (53:12), Sixers-Celtics (3:07), All-NBA picks (14:44), and much more.
Kirk Goldsberry on Nuggets-Suns and Celtics-Sixers: 5/8/23
Zach and ESPN's Kirk Goldsberry discuss the wild Suns-Nuggets series, Nikola Jokic shoving Mat Ishbia, and what comes next as the series moves to Denver. Then (40:32) they turn to James Harden's last-second heroics in tying the Philly-Boston series, and look ahead to Game 5 and beyond. Plus -- a quick mention of what to watch tonight in Warriors-Lakers.
Marks and Nehm: 5/5/23
Zach and ESPN's Bobby Marks talk Warriors-Lakers, Golden State's Game 2 blowout, adjustments to come, more. Then: What's next in Heat-Knicks and Celtics-Sixers. Then (1:02:01) Eric Nehm of The Athletic joins to talk about the Milwaukee Bucks firing Mike Budenholzer and what's at stake in a pivotal offseason.
Tim Bontemps: 5/2/23
Zach and ESPN's Tim Bontemps discuss James Harden's masterpiece in Boston, Philly taking Game 1 without Joel Embiid, Boston's puzzling last five games, the Nuggets taking a 2-0 lead over Phoenix (33:05), Chris Paul's injury, much more.
Jeff Van Gundy: 5/1/23
Zach and Jeff Van Gundy talk Steph Curry's masterpiece, Warriors-Lakers preview (36:07), Knicks-Heat Game 1 analysis (54:13), Suns-Nuggets (1:14:33), tweaks to the play-in seeding rules, and much more.
Marks and Beck: 4/27/23
Zach talks to ESPN's Bobby Marks and Howard Beck about fallout from Milwaukee's collapse against Miami, what comes next for the Cavs, New York's first-round triumph, Warriors-Kings, Lakers-Grizz -- plus a Suns-Nuggets preview.
Shelburne and Bontemps: 4/24/23
Zach and ESPN's Ramona Shelburne discuss De'Aaron Fox's injury and an epic Warriors-Kings series, what happens to the Clippers if they lose in the first round, Joel Embiid's status, Ime Udoka's hiring in Houston, and much more. Then (55:57) ESPN's Tim Bontemps join to talk all things Knicks-Cavs.
Kirk Goldsberry: 4/21/23
Zach and ESPN's Kirk Goldsberry discuss Golden State's Game 3 rally without Draymond Green, the ejections and non-ejections in Nets-Sixers (15:55), confidence levels of Philly and Phoenix, Kawhi's injury (38:02), Lakers-Grizzlies (52:16), the Raptors firing Nick Nurse (1:02:02), much more.
Marc Spears: 4/19/23
Zach talks to Marc Spears of Andscape about Draymond Green's suspension and the Warriors-King series. Then (32:15) Zach reacts to Tuesday night's Game 3s -- Atlanta-Boston (32:30), New York-Cleveland (36:05), and Phoenix-Clippers (40:30).
Youngmisuk, McMenamin, and Friedell: 4/17/23
It's an ESPN playoffs bonanza on The Lowe Post: Ohm Youngmisuk on a Clips-Suns classic, Nick Friedell (53:56) on Knicks-Cavs, Dave McMenamin (32:31) on Lakers-Grizzlies, injury updates, Russ vs Suns fans, banning the charge, and what to watch for as these series roll on.
First Round Preview with David Thorpe: 4/13/23
Zach and TrueHoop's David Thorpe continue their annual 8-by-8 rapid-fire preview of every first-round series -- plus Zach reveals his All-NBA, All-Rookie, and All-Defensive teams for 2023.
Beck and MacMahon: 4/10/23
Zach and old friend Howard Beck discuss the debacle in Minnesota and Rudy Gobert's suspension, then reveal some of their awards choices and preview Lakers-Wolves, Pelicans-Thunder, and Heat-Hawks. Then (1:01:49) ESPN's Tim MacMahon discusses the fallout of the Mavericks late-season tank and the futures of Luka Doncic and Kyrie Irving.
Kevin Pelton: 4/6/23
Zach and ESPN's Kevin Pelton react to Lakers-Clippers, sort out the wild West playoff picture (including possible Game 82 shenanigans), reveal some awards picks, debate the MVP, preview some play-in games and playoff series, much more.
Bobby Marks: 4/3/23
Zach and ESPN's Bobby Marks break down the wild race for spots 5-8 in the West, the new collective bargaining agreement and its implications (including on All-NBA and other awards), and talk the race between Toronto, Atlanta, and Chicago in the East play-in.
Kirk Goldsberry: 3/31/23
Zach and ESPN's Kirk Goldsberry react to Boston destroying the Bucks and Kevin Durant's return. Then they look ahead to a weekend of big games, discuss all the playoff races, and talk awards -- including Rookie of the Year, Defensive Player of the Year, and the NBA's All-Defensive teams.
Tim MacMahon: 3/28/23
Zach and ESPN's Tim MacMahon look at the play-in race in the West amidst the Mavs' struggles and LeBron's return. Plus, they offer a broad look at the All-NBA picture.
Jeff Van Gundy: 3/23/23
Zach and ESPN's Jeff Van Gundy talk the Dallas Mavericks protest, Paul George's injury, and debate the Big Questions for the rest of the NBA regular season -- including MVP.
Chris Herring: 3/20/23
Zach and Sports Illustrated's Chris Herring talk about the state of the playoff races with 10 games left, the Kings fantastic season, their early Sixth Man of the Year thoughts, All-Rookie races, and more.
Scalabrine and Pelton: 3/17/23
Zach and Brian Scalabrine discuss Boston's recent wobbly play and the juggernauts battling them atop the East -- plus early All-NBA talk. Then Zach and ESPN's Kevin Pelton break down the jumbled Western Conference, talk sad Lonzo Ball news, Michael Jordan potentially selling a majority stake in the Charlotte Hornets, and more.
Mares and Duncan: 3/13/23
Zach and Adam Mares of DNVR Sports talking about the recent Nuggets struggles and the impact on the MVP race. Then Nekias Duncan of Basketball News dives into the Most Improved Player race.
Howard Beck: 3/10/23
Zach Lowe and old friend Howard Beck talk about Kevin Durant's injury, the MVP discourse, and the East play-in landscape: Nets, Heat, Hawks, Raptors, Wizards, Pacers, Bulls, and more.
Tim MacMahon and Kendra Andrews: 3/6/23
Zach and ESPN's Tim MacMahon talk about the Ja Morant situation in Memphis, the Kings and the Suns in the top half of the playoff bracket, and then the Mavs one month into the Luka-Kyrie angle. Then ESPN's Kendra Andrews joins to talk all things Warriors
Doris Burke and Eddie Johnson: 3/2/23
Zach and ESPN's Doris Burke discuss the red-hot Milwaukee Bucks and New York Knicks, plus the other teams at the top of the East. Then Eddie Johnson of SiriusXM and the Phoenix Suns broadcast joins to break down Kevin Durant's debut, the Suns upside, potential playoff paths, and LeBron's latest injury update.
Dave McMenamin, Baxter Holmes, and Jon Krawczynski: 2/27/23
Zach takes stock of the Western Conference after a wild weekend: ESPN's Dave McMenamin on the new-look Lakers, ESPN's Baxter Holmes on Damian Lillard's 71-point outburst, and Jon Krawczynski of The Athletic on the reeling and confusing Timberwolves
Jonathan Givony: 2/24/23
Zach and ESPN's Jonathan Givony discuss Victor Wembanyama, Bronny James, the four worst teams in the NBA and their long-term outlooks, chaos within the Atlanta Hawks, who has the most at stake in the NBA over the rest of the season, and much more.
Ohm Youngmisuk and Kendrick Perkins: 2/21/23
Zach and ESPN's Ohm Youngmisuk discuss Russell Westbrook's fit with the Clippers -- plus how the NBA can save the All-Star game, Lonzo Ball's injury, Kevin Love in Miami, and more. Then ESPN's Kendrick Perkins dives into his new memoir, and tells stories galore about his life, the 2008 Celtics, the Durant-Westbrook-Harden Thunder, and much more.
Kirk Goldsberry: 2/16/23
Zach Lowe and Kirk Goldsberry breakdown the most intriguing offenses and defenses units are in the NBA, and how they might impact the championship picture.
Chris Herring: 2/14/23
Zach and Sports Illustrated's Chris Herring pick their most interesting teams and players for the rest of the season: Suns, Mavs, Blazers, Wolves, Knicks, and much more. Plus: Are the Suns the favorites now with Kevin Durant? How do Luka Doncic and Kyrie Irving look together so far?
NBA Trade Deadline w/ Bobby Marks and Kevin Pelton: 2/9/23
Zach and ESPN's Bobby Marks and Kevin Pelton discuss and debate a wild NBA trade deadline: Kevin Durant to Phoenix, the end of the Nets experiment, the Lakers reload, Golden State's moves, much, much more.
LeBron passes Kareem; Tim MacMahon joins to discuss Kyrie in Dallas: 2/8/23
Zach discusses LeBron breaking the all-time scoring record, then ESPN's Tim MacMahon dives deeper into Kyrie Irving's fit in Dallas.
Hoop Collective's Brian Windhorst on Kyrie Trade: 2/6/23
Zach Lowe and Hoop Collective's Brian Windhorst come together for a crossover episode to react to the Kyrie Irving trade including what this means for the Mavericks playoff aspirations, if the Nets can still put out a contender, what LeBron wants from the Lakers before the deadline and who may still be available. Plus, what it the significance of Steph Currys injury for the Warriors playoff standings?
Bobby Marks on Kyrie Trade Request: 2/3/23
Zach Lowe and ESPN Insider Bobby Marks break down Kyrie Irving's trade request from the Brooklyn Nets, potential suitors for the deal, and what it means for the Nets going forward.
Kevin Pelton: 2/2/23
Zach and ESPN's Kevin Pelton pick their trade deadline wild card teams, build fake trades, share intel, and more!
Tim MacMahon: 1/30/23
Zach and ESPN's Tim MacMahon discuss the Western Conference landscape with a week-plus to go before the trade deadline -- fake trades and intel galore. Plus: Jokic vs Embiid, the MVP race, the Lakers issues with officials, Myles Turner's extension, and more.
Ramona Shelburne: 1/27/23
Zach and ESPN's Ramona Shelburne react to All-Star starters and LeBron approaching the scoring record, then talk Sixers future ahead of Jokic-Embiid this weekend. Plus, trade talk on Warriors, Lakers, Bulls, Clippers, John Collins, and more.
Bobby Marks: 1/24/23
Zach and Bobby Marks break down the Lakers trade for Rui Hachimura and survey the landscape of the league as trade season begins. Plus, full 12-man All-Star roster debates!
Steph Curry: 1/23/23
Four championships, 2 MVPs and a Finals MVP later and Steph Curry still has healthy insecurity that keeps him in check. He sits down with his President and GM to break down just how he became the leader of a dynasty. Bob reveals the text that Steph sent Kevin Durant when the Warriors were recruiting him and they examine why Curry was able to handle the addition of KD. Steph admits why Mark Jacksons praise early in his career scared him, and why hes looking forward to life after basketball.
Warriors-Celtics Reaction, OKC, and KCP: 1/19/23
Zach and ESPN's Kirk Goldsberry react to the Boston-Golden State overtime thriller and discuss what comes next for both teams. Then Andrew Schlecht of The Athletic (26:04) discusses the surging Oklahoma City Thunder, and Denver Nuggets guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (1:06:35) talks all things Nuggets -- plus his Lakers tenure, the bubble, and his fear of roller coasters.
Jeff Van Gundy: 1/17/23
Zach and ESPN's Jeff Van Gundy take stock of the NBA at the halfway point: Do they regret their Finals picks? Who should make a trade? What's up with the Warriors? Plus deep dives on the Sixers, Bucks, Clippers, Raptors, Grizzlies, and much more.
Bill Simmons: 1/13/23
Zach and The Ringer's Bill Simmons pick their Western Conference All-Stars and talk trade deadline possibilities, the Nets without KD, Ben Simmons, more.
Bontemps and McMenamin: 1/10/23
Zach and ESPN's Tim Bontemps discuss Kevin Durant's injury before weighing in on all things Raptors. Then ESPN's Dave McMenamin on possible Laker trades and his sit down with LeBron James.
Bobby Marks and Kings guard Kevin Huerter: 1/6/23
Zach and ESPN's Bobby Marks discuss the middle of the West and trade deadline dilemmas for Portland (43:34), Phoenix (25:56), Golden State (15:56), and Utah (4:20). Then Sacramento Kings guard Kevin Huerter (51:17) talks all things Kings, his time with the Hawks, playing with Trae Young, and more.
Howard Beck: 1/3/23
Zach and SI.com's Howard Beck discuss Donovan Mitchell's 71-point explosion, the top of the East, Klay Thompson's 54-point performance, the Warriors winning without Curry, predictions for 2023, and unsung heroes of the first half of the NBA season.
Ohm Youngmisuk and Kevin Clark: 12/30/22
Zach and ESPN's Ohm Youngmisuk discuss LeBron's recent comments about the Lakers roster and the state of Kawhi Leonard and the Clippers. Then Kevin Clark of The Ringer discusses his beloved (and hot!) Orlando Magic and more.
Tim MacMahon : 12/27/22
Zach discusses the red-hot Brooklyn Nets and Kevin Durant's remarkable career. Then ESPN's Tim MacMahon joins to talk about James Harden and the Rockets, Harden's actual team in Philadelphia, the Mavs and Christian Wood, the Wolves and Rudy Gobert, and the trash-talking Memphis Grizzlies.
Pelton and Mares: 12/23/22
Zach and Kevin Pelton check in on the Philadelphia 76ers, the reeling Boston Celtics, and the rest of the East -- plus Zach LaVine and Trae Young chatter. Then Adam Mares (47:11) of DNVR Sports talks all things Denver Nuggets and Nikola Jokic -- can Denver win the West?
Kustok and Begley: 12/19/22
Zach talks Nets and Knicks hot streaks with Sarah Kustok of the YES Network and Ian Begley of SNY -- plus trade scuttlebutt from across the league in the wake of the Anthony Davis injury and struggles in Chicago and Toronto.
Trade Landscape with Bobby Marks: 12/16/22
Zach and ESPN's Bobby Marks discuss the implications of Stephen Curry's injury, and preview NBA trade season.
Goldsberry and Lopez: 12/13/22
Zach and ESPN's Kirk Goldsberry discuss the NBA renaming all its awards -- and the new "clutch player of the year" award. Did they get it right? What were some fun alternatives? Then (51:48) ESPN's Andrew Lopez and Zach discuss the red-hot New Orleans Pelicans.
Vernon and Youngmisuk: 12/9/22
Zach and The Ringer's Chris Vernon talk about problems in Atlanta and Philadelphia, and then do a deep dive into the Grizzlies -- and whether they can already make a title run this year. Then ESPN's Ohm Youngmisuk and Zach ask whether the Clippers are ever going to get it together -- and how.
McMenamin and Givony : 12/6/22
Zach and ESPN's Dave McMenamin discuss Anthony Davis's surge and what it might mean for the Lakers trade options. Then Zach and ESPN's Jonathan Givony (41:37) check in on a bunch of rookies in Detroit, Indiana, Houston, Oklahoma City, and more.
Kirk Goldsberry: 12/2/22
Zach and ESPN's Kirk Goldsberry take stock of the NBA at the quarter mark by discussing what teams and players they were wrong about: Mavs, Wolves Suns, Bulls, Cavs, Warriors, Celtics, Pacers, the MVP race, and much more.
Scalabrine, Bontemps, and Koreen: 11/29/22
Zach and Brian Scalabrine (2:03) break down Boston's historic offense and Jayson Tatum's MVP chances. Then ESPN's Tim Bontemps (37:37) talks about the present and future of the Miami Heat. Finally: Are the Raptors a sleeping giant? Eric Koreen (1:01:08) of The Athletic answers that and more.
Lamar Hurd and Mike Prada: 11/23/22
Zach Lowe is joined by Portland Trail Blazers TV analyst Lamar Hurd to talk team identity and any potential superstar trades the Blazers might make, and by The Athletic's Mike Prada to discuss all things Wizards and what their plan for the future is. All that and more!
Top 5 MVP Candidates So Far: 11/21/22
Zach and ESPN's Kevin Pelton reveal their early MVP ballots, complete with honorable mentions and state of the team discussions for every candidate's team. Plus, a deep dive on the 9-6 Indiana Pacers (59:41), revisiting the Tyrese Haliburton-Domantas Sabonis trade, more.
Warriors Trade Options and the Red-Hot Kings: 11/17/22
Zach talks Warriors struggles and trade options -- plus Klay Thompson's long road back -- with ESPN's Ramona Shelburne and Kendra Andrews (7:55). Then longtime NBA veteran and All the Smoke co-host Matt Barnes discusses the red-hot Sacramento Kings (46:23).
MacMahon, Katz, and Lopez: 11/14/22
Zach talks Mavs and Luka Doncic with ESPN's Tim MacMahon, and all things Pelicans with ESPN's Andrew Lopez. Then Fred Katz of The Athletic joins to discuss the 6-7 Knicks. Plus: Joel Embiid's monster weekend.
Doris Burke: 11/11/22
Zach and ESPN's Doris Burke muse about the Lakers' options, the West-leading Jazz, the surging Nuggets, the steady Suns, much more.
Nehm and Bontemps: 11/8/22
Zach talks to Eric Nehm of The Athletic about the Bucks 9-1 start, then ESPN's Tim Bontemps comes on to discuss the Celtics, Hawks, Bulls, Raptors, and Knicks.
Bobby Marks: 11/4/22
Zach and ESPN's Bobby Marks discuss Kyrie Irving's suspension, the future of the Nets, and the Kevin Durant trade landscape. Plus, the Josh Primo allegations in San Antonio, and a deep dive into the 6-1 Cleveland Cavaliers.
Friedell and MacMahon: 11/2/22
Zach Lowe and ESPN's Nick Friedell discuss Steve Nash, Kyrie Irving, and the mess in Brooklyn. Then ESPN's Tim MacMahon and Zach play "Are you worried yet?" about the Warriors, Wolves, and Nuggets.
Richard Jefferson: 10/28/22
Zach and ESPN's Richard Jefferson discuss the start of the season: under-the-radar feel-good stories, the Bucks defense, struggles in Brooklyn, Philly and Los Angeles, the Warriors' repeat chances, much more.
Chris Herring: 10/25/22
Zach talks to Chris Herring of Sports Illustrated about the Lakers struggles, Russ trades, Nets and Sixers stumbling early, the Blazers and Jazz scorching early, and much more.
Opening Week Thoughts with Chiney Ogwumike: 10/21/22
Zach and ESPN's Chiney Ogwumike go rapid-fire around the first week of NBA action: Lakers struggles, Kawhi and Wall are back, 0-2 Sixers, Pelicans roaring out of the gate, Nets expectations, Banchero, Ivey, Cavs, Warriors repeat chances, much more.
Season Preview with Jeff Van Gundy: 10/18/22
Zach and ESPN's Jeff Van Gundy talk about all the contract extensions and Draymond Green's tenure in Golden State. Then they make Finals predictions, figure out the playoff fields, under the radar teams, a surprising player for the Lakers to target, and much more.
Award Predictions with John Hollinger: 10/14/22
Zach and John Hollinger from The Athletic predict the major NBA awards and make their Finals picks for the 2022-23 season. Plus, they debate Zach's League Pass Rankings.
Cade Cunningham, Collier, Andrews, and Spears: 10/11/22
(0:00) Zach sits down with Cade Cunningham to talk Pistons rebuild, then (21:38) ESPN's Jamal Collier joins to break down Detroit's direction. Then (51:45) Andscape's Marc Spears and ESPN's Kendra Andrews take us inside the Draymond Green situation in Golden State.
Bill Simmons on Draymond and Wembanyana: 10/7/22
Zach and Bill Simmons of Spotify and The Ringer discuss the fallout of Draymond Green's punch hitting TMZ, Victor Wembanyana and tanking, and more NBA burning questions.
Over Under Win Totals with Kevin Pelton: 10/4/22
Zach and ESPN's Kevin Pelton debate NBA win total over/unders -- toughest choices, easiest decisions, much more.
Five Most Confusing Teams with Howard Beck: 9/30/22
Zach does his annual Five Most Confusing Teams episode with Howard Beck of Sports Illustrated.
Friedell, Marks, and Lopez: 9/27/22
Zach talks to ESPN's Nick Friedell about Nets media day and Brooklyn's outlook. Then (37:10) ESPN's Bobby Marks talks Jae Crowder and the Suns, and (55:30) ESPN's Andrew Lopez previews the Pelicans.
Shelburne and Bontemps: 9/23/22
Zach discusses Robert Sarver selling the Phoenix Suns and Mercury, then (14:05) ESPN's Ramona Shelburne breaks down Ben Simmons' appearance on JJ Redick's podcast -- what happened in Philly, and his reset in Brooklyn. Finally (51:25) ESPN's Tim Bontemps previews the Sixers and talks Lonzo Ball injury news.
Pelton and Krawczynski: 9/20/22
Zach previews the Western Conference landscape with ESPN's Kevin Pelton on where the Kings fit, and then Jon Krawczynski of The Athletic on the new-look Wolves (43:13). Plus: Important discussions on team nicknames, game-worn jerseys, and most impactful championships.
Baxter Holmes and Chris Vernon: 9/16/22
Zach and ESPN's Baxter Holmes dissect the Robert Sarver situation in Phoenix and Adam Silver's press conference about it, then Chris Vernon of The Ringer talks all things Grizz.
Chris Herring: 9/13/22
Zach and Chris Herring of Sports Illustrated pay tribute to Jonathan Tjarks, then discuss the 2021 NBA Finalists as we approach the 2022-23 NBA season -- the Phoenix Suns and Milwaukee Bucks. Are we sleeping on them?
Shelburne and Pelton: 9/9/22
Zach talks all things Lakers with ESPN's Ramona Shelburne and then takes stock of the Hawks' place in the East with ESPN's Kevin Pelton.
Begley and MacMahon: 9/7/22
Zach and Ian Begley of SNY talk Knicks in the aftermath of missing out on Donovan Mitchell, then ESPN's Tim MacMahon joins to talk more Mitchell/Jazz and preview the Dallas Mavericks.
Bobby Marks on Donovan Mitchell Trade: 9/1/22
Zach and ESPN's Bobby Marks dissect every angle of the Cleveland Cavaliers blockbuster deal for Donovan Mitchell: How good are the Cavs? Did the Knicks blow it? What does this mean for the Lakers and Russell Westbrook. Much more!
Sedano, Fedor, Schwartz: 7/28/22
Zach goes around the league to talk about some of the interesting teams who have stood pat so far this offseason: Jorge Sedano of ESPN on the Miami Heat (00:10) ; Chris Fedor of Cleveland.com on the Cavaliers (29:48) ; and ESPN's resident Suns guru Michael Schwartz on the Phoenix Suns.(1:07:35)
Tim Bontemps: 7/25/22
Zach and ESPN's Tim Bontemps discuss the pros and cons of a potential Jaylen Brown-Kevin Durant mega-trade between the Nets and Celtics.
Andrews, Clark, and Mares: 7/22/22
Zach goes around the standings: ESPN's Kendra Andrews discusses the Warriors offseason, Kevin Durant, and more; Kevin Clark of The Ringer talks all things Magic (32:52). Then Adam Mares of DNVR Sports breaks down the Nuggets ahead of a pivotal season (1:07:55).
McMenamin and Herring: 7/18/22
Zach and ESPN's Dave McMenamin discuss the Lakers Russell Westbrook dilemma and LeBron's future in LA. Then Chris Herring of Sports Illustrated helps break down the Chicago Bulls quiet offseason and path forward.
Tim MacMahon and Kevin Pelton: 7/14/22
Zach and ESPN's Tim MacMahon break down the Donovan Mitchell trade landscape, then Zach an ESPN's Kevin Pelton react to the Suns matching Indiana's offer sheet for Deandre Ayton -- and how both moves impact the Kevin Durant sweepstakes
Bobby Marks and Ohm Youngmisuk: 7/12/22
Zach and ESPN's Bobby Marks discuss the James Harden, Bradley Beal, and Damian Lillard contracts and the Warriors offseason. Then ESPN's Ohm Youngmisuk breaks down the LA Clippers.
Murphy, Lopez, and MacMahon: 7/7/22
Zach goes around the Kevin Durant trade landscape with Blake Murphy of Sportsnet in Toronto on the Raptors dilemma. Then ESPN's Andrew Lopez talks Zion Williamson's extension and the Pelicans potential interest in Durant. Finally ESPN's Tim MacMahon joins to talk the sneaky-interesting Houston Rockets.
Jon Krawczynski and Tim Bontemps: 7/4/22
Zach talks to Jon Krawczynski of The Athletic about the Wolves gamble on Rudy Gobert, then ESPN's Tim Bontemps talks Kevin Durant trade landscape, Donovan Mitchell's future in Utah, and the Celtics loading up.
First Day of Free Agency with Kevin Pelton : 6/30/22
Zach and ESPN's Kevin Pelton discuss a wild day in the NBA: Kevin Durant's trade request, where Kyrie Irving ends up, the Hawks/Spurs trade, Philly's offseason, Wolves, Wiz, Nuggets, Karl-Anthony Towns, Lakers signings, much more.
Bobby Marks: 6/28/22
Zach and ESPN's Bobby Marks dissect Kyrie Irving's decision to opt in with the Nets, and pick their 5 Most Intriguing offseason teams as free agency approaches.
Bobby Marks and Jonathan Givony: 6/24/22
Zach talks to ESPN's Bobby Marks and Jonathan Givony about Kyrie Irving, Brooklyn's doomsday scenario, fake Kevin Durant trades, Orlando taking Paolo Banchero No. 1, New York's draft night, the free agency landscape, much more
Steve Kerr and Jonathan Givony: 6/21/22
Zach talks to Golden State coach Steve Kerr about the Warriors title run. Then ESPN's Jonathan Givony joins (49:22) to talk all things NBA draft -- trade rumors, his latest mock draft, Kyrie Irving, and much more.
2022 NBA Finals Game 6 Reaction - Holy Cannoli: 6/16/22
Brian Windhorst and Zach Lowe react to the Warriors winning the NBA Finals in Game 6 from the floor of the TD Garden. The guys discuss the level of difficulty for Golden State to win this title, Draymond showing up big time, the Warriors savoring this one, this being the crowning moment of Steph Currys career, Boston looking totally discombobulated, Tatum struggling down the stretch and how many times Klay has said 'Holy Cannoli' before.
Chris Herring: 6/14/22
Zach and Sports Illustrated's Chris Herring discuss the Warriors coming within a win of the NBA title, the Finals MVP race, Golden State's decision not to trade for another veteran, and more.
2022 NBA Finals Game 4 Reaction: 6/10/22
Brian Windhorst and Zach Lowe react to Game 4 of the NBA Finals from the floor of the TD Garden. The guys discuss Steph Curry's incredible performance, Steve Kerr's decision to bench Draymond Green for a crucial stretch in the 4th quarter, the huge put backs by Andrew Wiggins, and Jayson Tatum's disappointing second half.
Game 3 Notes: 6/9/22
Zach empties his notebook with thoughts from Game 3 as the NBA Finals turns to a pivotal Game 4 in Boston on Friday night.
2022 NBA Finals Game 3 Reaction: 6/8/22
ESPNs Brian Windhorst and Zach Lowe react to Game 3 of the NBA Finals from the floor of the TD Garden. The guys discuss Boston overcoming big performances from Steph Curry and Klay Thompson, the Celtics managing their turnovers being the key to the series, Tatums ability to move the ball and if Curry can overcome being an underdog in a series.
Jeff Van Gundy and Tim MacMahon: 6/6/22
Zach and Jeff Van Gundy break down the NBA Finals so far, and look ahead as the series travels to Boston. Then ESPN's Tim MacMahon on more drama in Utah.
Doris Burke: 6/3/22
Zach and ESPN's Doris Burke break down Boston's win in Game 1 of the NBA Finals and look ahead to Game 2.
Finals Preview with Kevin Arnovitz: 5/31/22
Zach and ESPN's Kevin Arnovitz look ahead to the NBA Finals matchup between the Warriors and Celtics.
Kevin Pelton and Marcus Thompson: 5/27/22
Zach and ESPN's Kevin Pelton react after the buzzer to Miami's huge win in Boston and look ahead to Game 7 of the East finals on Sunday. Then longtime Warriors writer Marcus Thompson of The Athletic joins to reflect on Golden State's return to the NBA Finals.
Warriors Appreciation and Tim Bontemps on Heat-Celtics: 5/24/22
Zach reflects on how the Warriors have made it back to the doorstep of another trip to the NBA Finals and then talks to ESPN's Tim Bontemps about the Eastern Conference Finals.
Nekias Duncan and Kirk Goldsberry: 5/20/22
Zach talks to Nekias Duncan of Basketball News and the Dunker Spot about Heat-Celtics. Then ESPN's Kirk Goldsberry talks Warriors-Mavs, San Antonio history, lottery winners and losers, more.
Arnovitz and Scalabrine: 5/16/22
Zach and ESPN's Kevin Arnovitz discuss Mavs-Suns Game 7, Phoenix's future and preview Mavs-Warriors. Then Brian Scalabrine talks Celtics-Bucks Game 7 and looks ahead to the Eastern Conference Finals.
Bobby Marks, Howard Beck, and Jeff Van Gundy: 5/13/22
Zach and ESPN's Bobby Marks and Howard Beck of Sports Illustrated talk Philadelphia's James Harden problem, Bucks-Celtics, Golden State-Memphis, Giannis taking the "best player" throne, and more. Then Jeff Van Gundy joins to preview Suns-Mavs Game 7.
Chris Herring: 5/9/22
Zach and Chris Herring of Sports Illustrated break down all four second-round series, plus the Ja Morant injury/Jordan Poole video, officiating controversies in Boston-Milwaukee, fan interactions in Dallas, much more.
Second Round Reset with Kevin O'Connor: 5/5/22
Zach and The Ringer's Kevin O'Connor take the temperature of all four second round playoff series and a special guest drops by to chime in on one of them.
Brandon Clarke: 5/4/22
Zach Lowe is joined by Memphis Grizzlies forward Brandon Clarke to discuss the Grizzlies meteoric rise this season, his thoughts on the Dillon Brooks foul on Gary Payton II, having to defend Steph Curry and Klay Thompson, and he and Jaren Jackson Jr's friendship.
Friedell and MacMahon: 5/3/22
Zach and ESPN's Nick Friedell talk Heat-Sixers, Philadelphia's struggles without Joel Embiid, and how no one may have won the Harden-Simmons trade. Then ESPN's Tim MacMahon discusses Suns-Mavs and how Dallas' defensive solutions only create more problems for them to solve.
Jeff Van Gundy: 4/29/22
Zach and ESPN's Jeff Van Gundy reflect on the three series that ended Thursday, preview the conference semifinals, talk Zion, the future of the Pelicans, change coming in Utah, much more.
Marks on Nets and MacMahon on Mavs-Jazz: 4/26/22
Zach and ESPN's Bobby Marks discuss the Celtics sweeping the Nets, what's next for Brooklyn, the Simmons-Harden trade, Kevin Durant's career arc, more. Then ESPN's Tim MacMahon talks Mavs-Jazz ahead of Game 6.
Kustok and Arnovitz: 4/22/22
Zach takes stock of the playoffs in the wake of injuries to Devin Booker and Khris Middleton; then Sarah Kustok of the YES Network talks Nets-Celtics and ESPN's Kevin Arnovitz discusses Wolves-Grizz and some Jazz-Mavs
Bontemps, MacMahon, and Andrews: 4/19/22
Zach and ESPN's Tim Bontemps talk Sixers-Raptors and Celtics-Nets, plus Kyrie's middle fingers; then ESPN's Tim MacMahon discusses Jazz-Mavs and ESPN's Kendra Andrews talks resurgent Warriors.
First Round Preview with David Thorpe: 4/15/22
Zach and David Thorpe of TrueHoop do their annual 8-by-8 preview of every first-round series.
Play-In Preview with Kevin Arnovitz: 4/11/22
Zach and ESPN's Kevin Arnovitz break down all four play-in matchups, make predictions, and discuss Frank Vogel's imminent firing from the Lakers.
Bam Adebayo and All-Rookie Teams with Kevin Pelton: 4/7/22
Zach talks to Miami's Bam Adebayo about the Heat's season, the Jimmy Butler-Erik Spoelstra argument, playoff seeding, Defensive Player of the Year, more. Then ESPN's Kevin Pelton joins to debate Rookie of the Year and pick All-Rookie teams.
All-Defense with Chris Herring: 4/4/22
Zach and Sports Illustrated's Chris Herring go through the All-Defense ballots, talk MVP, playoff races, much more.
Schwartz and MacMahon: 4/1/22
Zach talks to ESPN's Michael Schwartz about the dominant Suns and Devin Booker's MVP case. Then ESPN's Tim MacMahon joins to talk MVP debates, the reeling Jazz, fake Rudy Gobert trades, much more.
Bontemps and Marks: 3/29/22
Zach and ESPN's Tim Bontemps and Bobby Marks discuss the top of the tightly bunched Eastern Conference.
Most Improved Players with David Thorpe: 3/25/22
Zach and David Thorpe of TrueHoop make their annual top-10 lists for Most Improved Player, plus talk Heat kerfuffle, Rookie of the Year, All-NBA, Raptors, Finals picks, much more.
All-NBA with Kevin Arnovitz: 3/21/22
Zach and ESPN's Kevin Arnovitz fill out their All-NBA ballots...in pencil.
Kendra Andrews, Marques Johnson: 3/17/22
Zach and ESPN's Kendra Andrews discuss Steph Curry's foot injury, the state of the Warriors, and the Western Conference playoff race. Then Marques Johnson joins to talk about the Bucks gearing up for a title defense.
Jaren Jackson, Jr. and Kendrick Perkins: 3/15/22
Zach talks to Memphis Grizzlies star Jaren Jackson Jr. about the team's breakout season, Ja Morant, trash talking, and more. Then ESPN's Kendrick Perkins tells Kevin Garnett stories.
Friedell on Nets-Sixers and a Pop Celebration: 3/11/22
Zach talks to ESPN's Nick Friedell about the Nets blowout win over the 76ers in Philadelphia. Then a parade of guests that either played for or coached under Gregg Popovich in San Antonio with great stories as he is on the precipice of becoming the all-time wins leader in NBA history: Brett Brown (24:18), Ime Udoka (41:37), Danny Green (58:05), Monty Williams (1:14:05), Steve Kerr (1:33:08).
Bill Simmons: 3/7/22
Zach and The Ringer's Bill Simmons rank the players, coaches, and/or teams facing the most pressure for the remainder of the NBA season.
MacMahon and Mares: 3/3/22
It"s middle of the West day on the Lowe Post! Zach talks Mavs and Jazz with ESPN's Tim MacMahon, then Adam Mares of DNVR Sports hops on to discuss the forgotten Denver Nuggets.
Bontemps and Sedano: 3/1/22
Zach and ESPN's Tim Bontemps discuss the early returns of James Harden, then ESPN's Jorge Sedano talks about the under-the-radar Heat
Lopez and Krawczynski: 2/24/22
Zach talks to ESPN's Andrew Lopez about the Pelicans and Zion Williamson, then Jon Krawczynski discusses the strange and evolving Minnesota Timberwolves.
Jeff Van Gundy on the Biggest Questions of the 2nd Half: 2/22/22
Zach addresses the drama with LeBron James and the Lakers and then discusses the league's biggest questions of the 2nd half with ESPN's Jeff Van Gundy.
The Celtics' Turnaround and an All-Star Draft: 2/17/22
Zach and Brian Scalabrine discuss the red-hot Celtics and their chances in the East, then Zach and ESPN's Kevin Pelton draft their own All-Star teams and talk MVP, the top of each conference, more.
SI's Howard Beck: 2/15/22
Zach and Howard Beck of Sports Illustrated discuss the many tentacles of the 76ers-Nets mega deal and weigh in on the early returns from other deadline swaps.
Trade Deadline Madness with Bobby Marks: 2/10/22
Zach talks to ESPN's Bobby Marks about a wild trade deadline including the Harden-Simmons trade, the Mavericks dealing Kristaps Porzingis to Washington, the Sabonis-Haliburton swap and much more.
Shelburne and Bontemps: 2/7/22
Zach and ESPN's Ramona Shelburne discuss the Ben Simmons/James Harden situation and what the Lakers should do about Russell Westbrook. Then ESPN's Tim Bontemps talks about the Caris LeVert trade and other deadline rumblings.
Eastern Conference Trade Market with Bontemps and Marks: 2/3/22
Zach talks to ESPN's Tim Bontemps and Bobby Marks about the trade landscape in the Eastern Conference as we approach next week's deadline.
Herring on the '90s Knicks and MacMahon on the Mavs and Jazz: 1/31/22
Zach talks to SI's Chris Herring about his incredible new book "Blood in the Garden" on the 1990s New York Knicks. Then ESPN's Tim MacMahon joins to discuss the surging Mavs and the reeling Jazz.
Trade Chatter with Bobby Marks and Picking All-Stars with Kevin Pelton: 1/27/22
Zach runs through the names being bandied about ahead of the trade deadline with ESPN's Bobby Marks. Then Kevin Pelton stops by to select All-Star rosters.
The Scorching Grizz, the state of the Sixers, and a trade!: 1/14/22
Zach and Chris Herrington of the Daily Memphian discuss Ja Morant and the scorching Grizz, then Spike Eskin and Mike Levin of the Rights to Ricky Sanchez talk Sixers, Ben Simmons, and more. Plus analysis of the Hawks-Knicks trade involving Cam Reddish.
Klay Day and Raptors Deep Dive: 1/10/22
Zach talks to ESPN's Ohm Youngmisuk about Klay Day and the Warriors, then Eric Koreen of The Athletic and Blake Murphy of Sportsnet convene for the annual holiday season Raptors deep dive.
Kustok and King: 1/6/22
Zach talks to Sarah Kustok of the YES Network on Kyrie Irving's debut and the state of the Nets with their part-time star, then Bulls analyst and 8-year NBA veteran Stacey King discusses the East's No. 1 seed -- plus some stories from the glory days
Chris Herring: 1/3/22
Zach and Sports Illustrated's Chris Herring take an early pass at picking All-Stars.
Jeff Van Gundy: 12/30/21
Zach and Jeff Van Gundy discuss the biggest questions for the rest of the NBA season: Are the Lakers done? Should Boston break up Tatum and Brown? Who should trade for Ben Simmons and Jerami Grant? Can the Bulls win the East? Much more.
ESPN's Kevin Arnovitz: 12/23/21
Zach and ESPN's Kevin Arnovitz discuss the Jazz, Bucks, and Hawks ahead their Christmas Day games -- and touch on what the Knicks should do without Derrick Rose.
Kevin Pelton and Dr. Robby Sikka: 12/20/21
Zach and ESPN's Kevin Pelton discuss Anthony Davis' injury, the Lakers playoffs chances, the red-hot Grizz, gritty Miami Heat, and more. Then Dr. Robby Sikka joins to discuss the NBA's response to another COVID outbreak.
Celebrating Curry and Picking X-Factors : 12/16/21
Zach riffs on the greatness of Stephen Curry, and ESPN's Nick Friedell talks about the scene at Curry's record-breaking game at MSG. Then Kevin O'Connor of The Ringer joins to pick X-factors for the rest of the NBA season.
Windhorst and Lopez: 12/13/21
Zach talks to ESPN's Brian Windhorst about the upstart Cavs and the uptick in players testing positive for COVID-19. Then, ESPN's Andrew Lopez on the latest setback for Zion Williamson and how the Pelicans have fared without him.
Bobby Marks: 12/10/21
With Dec. 15 approaching, ESPN's Bobby Marks helps navigate the trade landscape: Indiana's intentions, potential homes for key Pacers, Ben Simmons, Kyrie Irving, James Harden's impending free agency, sellers, and what if anything the Lakers can do.
Pelton and MacMahon: 12/7/21
Zach and ESPN's Kevin Pelton talk about what's next for the reeling Portland Trail Blazers, then ESPN's Tim MacMahon joins to talk the struggling Mavs, hot Rockets, and streaking Grizz.
Doris Burke and Eric Collins: 12/3/21
Zach and ESPN's Doris Burke talk about her visit with the Warriors, takeaways from Suns-Warriors I, her beloved Knicks, and the surprising start in Minnesota. Then Charlotte's play-by-play man Eric Collins discusses his burgeoning NBA fame.
Schwartz and McMenamin: 11/29/21
Zach and ESPN's Michael Schwartz break down the red-hot Suns ahead of their showdown with the Warriors, then ESPN's Dave McMenamin checks in on the Lakers -- plus reaction to surgeries for Michael Porter Jr. and Joe Harris, and Knicks lineup tinkering.
ESPN's Kevin Arnovitz: 11/23/21
Zach takes stock of the league as the quarter poll approaches, then ESPN's Kevin Arnovitz joins to talk the Isaiah -LeBron fracas, more Kings drama, the Wizards and Bulls hot starts, and more.
Beck and Kustok: 11/18/21
Zach and Sports Illustrated's Howard Beck pick their inner circle of contenders, talk Warriors, and discuss Howard's feature on Scoot Henderson. Then Sarah Kustok of the YES Network talks all things Nets.
ESPN's Kevin Pelton: 11/16/21
Zach and Kevin Pelton go over angsty teams -- should fans worry about the Knicks, Pacers, Blazers, Kings, Jazz, or Grizzlies? Plus reaction to Evan Mobley's injury, the rampaging Bulls, and more.
Friedell, Slater, and Ogwumike: 11/11/21
Zach talks to ESPN's Nick Friedell and Anthony Slater of The Athletic about the scorching Golden State Warriors, then Chiney Ogwumike joins to discuss the Mavs, Suns, Clippers, Hawks, and more.
ESPN's Mike Schmitz: 11/8/21
Zach and ESPN's Mike Schmitz give their early impressions of the NBA's rookie class.
Baxter Holmes and Brian Scalabrine: 11/5/21
Zach asks ESPN's Baxter Holmes to take us behind the scenes of his Robert Sarver story, then Brian Scalabrine helps dissect a wild week for the Boston Celtics.
Jeff Van Gundy: 11/1/21
Zach talks to ESPN's Jeff Van Gundy about the Lakers, the surging Wizards, Kyle Lowry's pace, and a way to eliminate take fouls.
Joakim Noah: 10/28/21
Zach and Joakim Noah discuss the highs and lows of his career: the 2009 Celtics series, the Tom Thibodeau era, the Heat rivalry, Derrick Rose's injury, Florida, much more.
Tim Bontemps: 10/26/21
Zach and ESPN's Tim Bontemps bounce around the East: the unbeaten Bulls, buzzy Hornets, the clunky Nets start, Boston, Toronto, much more. Plus, some tidbits on the West, including whether the Thunder might sniff 9-73.
Chris Herring: 10/22/21
Zach and Sports Illustrated's Chris Herring discuss the highs and lows of the first 72 hours of the NBA season.
Kevin Pelton: 10/18/21
Zach and ESPN's Kevin Pelton discuss the extensions that did and didn't happen -- Deandre Ayton, Mikal Bridges, Malcolm Brogdon, Jaren Jackson Jr., more -- and then Kevin picks his 5 Most Intriguing Players for the upcoming NBA season.
Kemba Walker and Chiney Ogwumike: 10/15/21
Zach talks to Knicks point Kemba Walker about coming home, the highs and lows of his career, and more. Then ESPN's Chiney Ogwumike debates League Pass Rankings with Zach.
Kevin Arnovitz: 10/12/21
Zach talks to Kevin Arnovitz about the latest on Kyrie Irving, Ben Simmons, and the five most confusing teams headed into the season.
Bill Simmons: 10/7/21
Zach and Bill Simmons bat around the big questions going into the NBA season: Can the Nets win it all without Kyrie? Who gets Ben Simmons? Which West and East powers are in danger of slipping into the play-in? And much more.
McMenamin and Marks: 10/5/21
Zach and Dave McMenamin preview the Lakers season, then Bobby Marks goes inside the Ben Simmons stand-off.
Friedell, Slater, and Serrano: 9/30/21
Zach talks to ESPN's Nick Friedell and Anthony Slater about all things Warriors: Andrew Wiggins and vaccines, Klay Thompson, and how good Golden State can be this season. Then best-selling author Shea Serrano joins to discuss his beloved Spurs.
Kustok and Bontemps: 9/28/21
Zach talks to Sarah Kustok of the YES Network about Kyrie Irving, Brooklyn's media day, and expectations for the Nets. Then ESPN's Tim Bontemps joins to talk Michael Porter Jr.'s extension, the latest on Ben Simmons, and the Milwaukee Bucks quest to repeat.
Lopez and Begley: 9/24/21
Zach discusses the chaos in Minnesota, then brings on ESPN's Andrew Lopez to talk all things Pelicans and SNY's Ian Begley -- host of The Putback -- to preview the Knicks.
Marks and Krawczynski: 9/21/21
Zach talks to Bobby Marks about Ben Simmons, Damian Lillard, and the temporary death of NBA free agency. Then Jon Krawczynski of The Athletic helps preview the Timberwolves under pressure.
MacMahon and Mares: 9/16/21
Zach and ESPN's Tim MacMahon discuss John Wall trades, and expectations for the Jazz and Mavericks. Then Adam Mares of DNVR Sports hops on to discuss Aaron Gordon's extension and the upcoming Nuggets season.
SI's Chris Herring: 9/14/21
Zach and Sports Illustrated's Chris Herring pick teams that will be better and worse than expected.
Mike Budenholzer: 8/12/21
Zach talks to Milwaukee Bucks coach Mike Budenholzer about the team's championship journey, his career, highlights and lowlights from his time with the Spurs, and more.
Stephen A. Smith and Jeff Van Gundy: 8/10/21
Zach talks to ESPN's Stephen A. Smith about the new-look Lakers, the Nets as favorites, the Knicks and Damian Lillard, and more; then ESPN's Jeff Van Gundy stops by to talk about Team USA in Tokyo and the biggest offseason moves.
McMenamin, Friedell, and Katz: 8/5/21
Zach talks to ESPN's Dave McMenamin about the revamped Lakers roster, ESPN's Nick Friedell about the upgrades for the Bulls and Knicks, and then The Athletic's Fred Katz joins to talk all things Wizards.
Pelton, Shelburne, and MacMahon on Free Agency: 8/3/21
Zach talks to ESPN's Kevin Pelton and Tim MacMahon about winners and losers of early free agency, and Ramona Shelburne stops by to talk all things Lakers -- Russ, Alex Caruso, what this team looks like now.
Bobby Marks on Draft and Free Agency: 7/30/21
Zach talks to ESPN's Bobby Marks about the multitude of moves made on the night of the draft and what it all means for free agency.
Jonathan Givony and Mike Schmitz: 7/27/21
Zach talks all things NBA draft with ESPN experts Jonathan Givony and Mike Schmitz.
Woj and Lowe Draft Special: 7/25/21
Zach and ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski discuss the latest intel ahead of Thursday's draft, the biggest names who could be on the move, and a crowded point guard market.
Ted Lasso's Brendan Hunt : 7/23/21
Zach talks to Brendan Hunt about the enormous success of Ted Lasso and the many NBA Easter eggs littered throughout the show.
Bucks Clinch - NBA Finals Game 6 Reaction: 7/20/21
Zach Lowe and Brian Windhorst are joined by Cleveland Forward Larry Nance Jr. to discuss Giannis historic performance, the significance of a small market team winning, the Bucks ability to keep fighting, the coaching redemption in Milwaukee and the future of the Suns.
Tim Legler and Mike Brown: 7/19/21
Zach and ESPN's Tim Legler break down the NBA Finals with the Bucks one win from the title, then Golden State Warriors assistant Mike Brown discusses taking the Nigerian team to the Olympics.
NBA Finals Game 5 Reaction: 7/17/21
Zach Lowe and Brian Windhorst are joined by Raptors Head Coach Nick Nurse to discuss the wild ending to Game 5, Khris Middletons amazing performance, Jrue Holidays clutch play, the level of shot making in the game and how the Suns should feel going into Milwaukee for Game 6.
NBA Finals Game 4 Reaction: 7/14/21
Zach Lowe and Brian Windhorst are joined by Denver Nuggets Head Coach Michael Malone to discuss Khris Middletons outstanding performance, how great Giannis key block was, Devin Bookers sensational performance, the Bucks reliance on transition buckets, the Suns turnovers and Phoenix needing more from Ayton offensively. Then the group talks coach getting into a horse and carriage with Nikola Jokic, get an update on Jamal Murray and discuss the grind of the last two seasons.
Kevin Arnovitz on the Finals: 7/13/21
Zach talks to ESPN's Kevin Arnovitz about the state of the NBA Finals.
NBA Finals Game 3 Reaction: 7/11/21
Zach Lowe and Brian Windhorst are joined by Kings guard Tyrese Haliburton to talk Giannis dominant Game 3, Ayton getting in foul trouble, how Game 4 will set the tone for the series and Chris Pauls leadership.
NBA Finals Game 2 Reaction: 7/8/21
Zach Lowe and Brian Windhorst are joined by former Hornets and Magic Head Coach Steve Clifford to discuss the great effort from the Bucks, the amazing offensive response from the Suns, what the preparation is like for the teams ahead of Sundays Game 3, the importance of Khris Middleton and the process of making adjustments for coaches.
NBA Finals Game 1 Reaction: 7/6/21
Zach Lowe and Brian Windhorst discuss the Suns winning Game 1, Chris Pauls brilliance, the importance of free throw shooting, what adjustments the Bucks can make and Deandre Ayton stepping up.
NBA Finals Preview with Kevin Pelton & Marques Johnson: 7/5/21
Zach and ESPN's Kevin Pelton preview the NBA Finals. Then, Milwaukee Bucks legend and broadcaster Marques Johnson on the team's journey here, their battles with the 76ers and Celtics in the 1980s, "White Man Can't Jump" and much more.
Suns Euphoria and Clippers' Future: 7/1/21
Zach talks to ESPN's resident Suns fan Michael Schwartz about what this Finals run means to him, then ESPN's Kevin Arnovitz joins to discuss Chris Paul finally making the Finals, Kawhi Leonard, and what comes next for the Clippers.
Herring on Conference Finals & Lillard: 6/28/21
Zach talks to SI's Chris Herring about both conference finals and the Damian Lillard situation.
Bontemps and Givony: 6/24/21
Zach talks to ESPN's Tim Bontemps about the East Finals, then ESPN's Jonathan Givony dishes on the lottery and the draft -- and a special appearance by former Suns coach Jay Triano on the Valley Oop.
Bobby Marks and Kevin Pelton: 6/21/21
Zach and ESPN's Bobby Marks discuss what comes next for the Sixers and Jazz after awful playoff losses, then ESPN's Kevin Pelton helps preview Hawks-Bucks and breaks down Game 1 of Suns-Clippers.
Mavs dysfunction, Injury woes, and Sixers collapse: 6/17/21
Zach talks to ESPN's Tim MacMahon about dysfunction in Dallas, ESPN's Baxter Holmes and injury expert Jeff Stotts on the wave of injuries league wide, and Spike Eskin of the Rights to Ricky Sanchez podcast on the Sixers epic collapse in Game 5.
2021 Playoffs Emergency Pod: Durant's Incredible Game 5: 6/15/21
Zach Lowe and Brian Windhorst react to Kevin Durant's indescribable Game 5 performance against the Milwaukee Bucks.
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