Brian Windhorst & The Hoop Collective
The Big Three That Never Happened: 6/29/20
Ten years after "The Decision," Brian Windhorst, Kevin Arnovitz and Nick Friedell recount the unforgettable week that nearly ended with LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh choosing the Chicago Bulls over the Miami Heat.
Full Steam Ahead: 6/25/20
Avery Bradley's absence is significant, but is it enough to derail the Lakers' title chances? Brian Windhorst, Jackie MacMullan and Tim MacMahon discuss that (21:45), as well as growing concerns around the league amid a number of positive coronavirus tests publicly announced this week.
Too Big To Fail: 6/22/20
Ahead of Wednesday's deadline for NBA players to decide whether they'll enter the bubble, Brian Windhorst, Ohm Youngmisuk, Nick Friedell and Kirk Goldsberry talk about players who may not want to return, due to a variety of factors (24:20). Plus, the guys discuss how the league will respond to inevitable complications and the chances of players agreeing to wear technology that could help the league identify guys at risk for COVID-19.
Make-Up Talk: 6/17/20
With the date and protocol in place, the NBA is rolling toward restarting the 2019-20 season. Brian Windhorst, Jackie MacMullan and Tim MacMahon discuss the varying coalitions involved, the stress and pressure to move forward and the next steps as Orlando looms.
Bubble Trouble: Part Two: 6/15/20
With some players openly expressing their concerns with the NBA's return plans, Brian Windhorst, Tim Bontemps and Dave McMenamin talk about the impact of such comments and how they will be received around the league. Plus, the guys discuss players they're excited to watch next month (27:07) and how winning a championship this season would affect LeBron's legacy (35:05).
Bubble Trouble: 6/11/20
With a small group of players growing hesitant about the NBA's restart plans, Brian Windhorst, Jackie MacMullan and Tim MacMahon break down some of the players' most pressing concerns.
Shark Tank: 6/8/20
While the NBA players await the protocol that outlines the rules and regulations of life inside the bubble, Brian Windhorst, Bobby Marks and Disney aficionado Royce Young discuss what questions remain and how challenging life down in Orlando could be.
Let's Get Goin': 6/4/20
Now that the NBA officially plans to resume its regular season at Disney World at the end of July, Brian Windhorst, Jackie MacMullan and Tim MacMahon try to answer looming questions about the Disney complex, hotel accommodations, coronavirus testing, playoff seeding plans, the TV programming schedule, the loss of home court advantage and more.
Planning the Future: 6/1/20
Brian Windhorst, Malika Andrews, Andrew Lopez and Kevin Pelton discuss the events of the past week and how the NBA community has rallied around the cause. Then, the crew tries to answer questions about the quality of games to expect when the NBA returns, if the "playoff-plus" format is fair and whether the league is trying to tailor its return plan around Zion Williamson and the Pelicans (16:00).
Warp Speed: 5/28/20
With multiple return-to-play proposals on the table, Brian Windhorst, Jackie MacMullan and Tim MacMahon discuss the feasibility of these options, as well as the NBA's real motivations behind each plan. Plus, the crew identifies the teams who could benefit the most from this extended layoff (33:50).
Disney World of Questions: 5/25/20
The NBA's potential return to Disney World poses a lot of questions. Brian Windhorst, Bobby Marks and Tim Bontemps talk about what they've heard from within the league about life inside the bubble, coronavirus testing protocols, and whether it's even worth it for bottom-tier teams to finish out the regular season. Plus, the crew looks at potential playoff matchups and if this year's format could pave the way for 1-16 playoff seeding in the future (28:55).
Something About Interviews: 5/21/20
Horace Grant didn't hold back in his criticism of "The Last Dance," so Brian Windhorst, Jackie MacMullan and Tim MacMahon discuss whether his comments are valid, and if the documentary really missed the mark on Scottie Pippen. Plus, Brian tells some stories of LeBron's former football prowess, leaving the crew to wonder about what type of NFL career he could (or still could?) have had (29:25).
Revisionist History: 5/18/20
The 1997-98 season didn't need to be "the last dance" for Jordan's Bulls, Ramona Shelburne explains to Brian Windhorst and Kirk Goldsberry. Plus, the crew discusses potential modifications to the CBA and how they might lead to some "big-time" players suddenly hitting the open market (27:30).
74 Greatest Players: 5/14/20
Can you compare across eras? Brian Windhorst, Jackie MacMullan, Tim MacMahon and Kevin Pelton offer thoughts on NBArank's 74 greatest players of all time.
Dorkville: Deals of the Decade: 5/11/20
Brian Windhorst, Kevin Arnovitz and Tim Bontemps discuss Adam Silver's league-wide conference call before diving into some of the 74 trades, signings and draft picks that have shaped the NBA since "The Decision" in 2010 (15:00).
The Fun Max: 5/7/20
A Kevin Durant return this season isn't completely off the table, according to Nets GM Sean Marks. Brian Windhorst, Jackie MacMullan and Tim MacMahon discuss whether it's in KD's best interests to come back (15:10), as well as tension in the Jazz locker room and how "The Last Dance" has portrayed interactions between players in the 1990s (35:07).
The Bubble Boys: 5/4/20
While remaining optimistic that the NBA will resume its season at some point in 2020, Brian Windhorst, Tim Bontemps and Bobby Marks recognize the steep uphill battle the league must overcome to return in a safe manner. The guys discuss these many hurdles, as well as how history would remember this year's champion (46:05) and whether the league needs to seriously consider beginning its season in December from this point forward (26:50).
Poor Sports: 4/30/20
What might a return to NBA practice facilities look like across the league? Brian Windhorst, Jackie MacMullan and Tim MacMahon discuss that, as well as Dennis Rodman's trip to Las Vegas (13:36) and the feud between Michael Jordan and Isiah Thomas (19:00). Plus, a call from The Hoopline about defense in the modern NBA (31:30).
Greener Pastures: 4/27/20
With the NBA stating some training facilities could soon reopen, Brian Windhorst, Tim MacMahon and Tim Bontemps discuss the feasibility of these first steps. And with Draymond Green's recent comments, the guys talk about the messy ending to the Warriors dynasty (11:12) before taking some questions from The Hoopline (25:50).
The NBA's Lady Gaga: 4/23/20
Ahead of Episodes 3 and 4 of "The Last Dance," Brian Windhorst, Jackie MacMullan and ESPN writer Tim Keown dive deep into the complicated man that was -- and still is -- Dennis Rodman. Plus, the crew discusses the '08 Celtics' group message (27:56) and the real reason why Ben Simmons is hesitant to shoot from beyond the arc (39:45).
Uncharted Territory: 4/20/20
Major changes to the NBA's pre-draft process could be coming, draft expert Jonathan Givony explains to Brian Windhorst and Bobby Marks (28:00). Plus, the guys discuss what top prospect Jalen Green's lucrative G-League deal really means for the futures of the NBA and college basketball.
NBA Regular Season Awards: 4/16/20
Around the time they would normally cast their ballots, Brian Windhorst, Jackie MacMullan and Tim MacMahon give their selections for NBA MVP, Rookie of the Year, Most Improved Player, and more.
2019 NBA Lottery Re-Draft: 4/13/20
Draft expert Mike Schmitz joins Brian Windhorst and Kevin Pelton to re-select the NBA's 2019 draft lottery based on the information we now have from this season. Plus, a question from the Hoopline about the logistics of a virtual NBA Draft (46:00).
Snake Blank-Blankers: 4/9/20
Kevin Garnett made some, um, colorful comments about the Timberwolves this week. Brian Windhorst, Jackie MacMullan and Tim MacMahon try to make sense of the soon-to-be Hall of Famer's messy relationship with Minnesota before discussing what it will take for the NBA to return in 2020 (28:26).
NBA Future Power Rankings: 4/6/20
The Clippers (3:48) and Raptors (30:37) should be very excited for what's to come, whereas the Rockets (13:57) and 76ers should be a bit more concerned (21:50). Based on a variety of factors, Brian Windhorst, Kevin Pelton and Tim Bontemps break down which teams they expect will rise and fall over the next few seasons. Plus, the guys discuss the opening in Chicago's front office and whether it's a desirable position.
Michael Jordan Memories: 4/2/20
Now that the Michael Jordan documentary debut is imminent, Brian Windhorst, Jackie MacMullan and Tim MacMahon decide it's time to tell some unbelievable stories about Jordan's iconic career.
NBA Offseason To-Do List: 3/30/20
The Bucks have to make a decision on Giannis' future (9:05), the Nets need a new coach (14:22), and the Nuggets (26:04) and Rockets (37:45) are in dire financial situations. With the 2020 season on hold, Brian Windhorst, Kevin Pelton and Bobby Marks tackle the offseason's biggest questions and answer a voicemail from the Hoopline (402-316-2955).
Move off the Spreadsheets: 3/26/20
The suspended season will create major financial implications for the NBA, its players, and free agency, explains Brian Windhorst to Jackie MacMullan and Tim MacMahon. Plus, the crew discusses how the Olympics postponement could affect the 2021 season (30:35) and then the show takes its first listener voicemail.
LeBron's Greatest Performances: 3/23/20
LeBron's comments from a recent Instagram Live chat spark the question: what are some of The Chosen One's most memorable single-game performances? Brian Windhorst, Kevin Arnovitz and Royce Young take a trip down memory lane.
It's a Quagmire: 3/19/20
A charity game? Adam Silver says that's one solution the NBA is considering to excite basketball fans while the league is on hiatus. Brian Windhorst, Jackie MacMullan and Tim MacMahon discuss the commissioner's ideas, long-term scheduling ramifications of suspended play (11:18) and Michele Roberts' comments about coronavirus testing for NBA players.
Pie in the Sky: 3/16/20
What was it like the night the NBA stopped? Brian Windhorst looks back with Royce Young (at the postponed Jazz/Thunder game) and Tim MacMahon (at the final Nuggets/Mavericks game). Then, the guys discuss possible adjustments to the season's calendar (26:19) and why the league is incentivized to finish out the season (36:22).
Reaction Pod: NBA Suspends Season: 3/11/20
Shortly after the NBA announced the suspension of its season due to coronavirus concerns, Brian Windhorst, Jackie MacMullan and Kirk Goldsberry discuss why the NBA made the right decision, how the league will handle this situation moving forward and possible silver linings that could emerge from this.
Hand on the Joystick: 3/9/20
LeBron's huge weekend puts him neck-and-neck with Giannis Antetokounmpo in the MVP race, explains Brian Windhorst to Dave McMenamin and Pelicans reporter Andrew Lopez (19:14). Plus, the guys discuss Zion Williamson's impact on New Orleans and what makes the young phenom so impressive (40:03).
Majoring in the Minor: 3/5/20
On the heels of Caris LeVert's monster performance, Brian Windhorst, Jackie MacMullan and Tim MacMahon debate if LeVert could be a trade piece in the Nets' pursuit of a third star. Plus, the crew discusses a big weekend for the Lakers (28:48), Trevor Ariza's reaction to being nutmegged by Trae Young (13:56) and what the Spike Lee incident means for Leon Rose and the Knicks (20:57).
Large Sample Size Theater: 3/2/20
The Bucks find themselves in the midst of a historical regular season, but will that dominance translate to the playoffs? Brian Windhorst, Kevin Pelton and Kevin Arnovitz discuss that as well as the impacts of rookies Zion Williamson and Ja Morant and what the stats say about their futures (20:35). Plus, can Russell Westbrook propel a new-look Rockets team through the playoffs? (40:00)
Hot Streak: 2/27/20
Is Jayson Tatum's leap the new normal? Brian Windhorst, Jackie MacMullan and Tim MacMahon discuss his hot streak, then breakdown the Rockets and how small ball is working (11:20). Plus, why are the Jazz (26:00), Heat (33:00) and 76ers (38:00) all struggling? And who could be bought out and join the Lakers (44:00)?
Men of Their Word: 2/24/20
Is it a two-man race for MVP? Brian Windhorst, Kirk Goldsberry and Ohm Youngmisuk discuss how dominant LeBron James has been and how vulnerable the Lakers might be (8:15), when to raise the warning flag on the Clippers (28:25) and the all-in Rockets (36:30).
Bit of a Disaster: 2/20/20
The Celtics are hot, so how wide really is the gap between Boston and Milwaukee? Brian Windhorst, Jackie MacMullan and Tim MacMahon debate that (24:50) after discussing John Beilein's departure from Cleveland. Plus, the crew talks about some of the overachieving teams they're excited to watch down the final stretch of the regular season (37:20).
Expecting the Unexpected: 2/17/20
How early on in their lives do players realize that they're better than good? Brian Windhorst and Andrew Han get some unexpected thoughts from the NBA's younger players at All-Star weekend.
Tighten It Up: 2/14/20
The debut of Zion Williamson was later than folks hoped for, but he's tearing up the league. Brian Windhorst, Kevin Pelton and Andrew Han discuss how good Zion already is and how good he could become, Ja Morant and the Grizzlies' 8-seed run (16:26) and whether the Clippers can stay healthy (20:03).
Big-Time Bucket Getter: 2/10/20
The skidding 76ers need the All-Star break, explains Brian Windhorst, Jackie MacMullan and Tim MacMahon. Plus, the crew discusses the Rockets' small-ball lineup (26:52), how James Harden feels about the recent roster moves and the D'Angelo Russell era in Golden State (42:14).
No Bathroom Breaks: 2/6/20
Just after the trade deadline, Brian Windhorst, Rachel Nichols and Kevin Pelton gather to discuss the Timberwolves/Warriors trade (10:03), the Clippers' acquisition of Marcus Morris Sr. (19:45), the surprising Andre Drummond trade (25:31) and some significant contender moves (36:00).
Sneaky Big Move: 2/3/20
Just days away from the NBA trade deadline, Brian Windhorst, Bobby Marks and Tim Bontemps look at players the Clippers (7:48), Lakers (18:53), 76ers (25:13) and Blazers (46:25) might consider. Plus, the guys discuss how struggling teams like the Timberwolves and Cavaliers could make a huge splash.
Rookie of the Year?: 1/30/20
Just one week into Zion Williamson's NBA career, Brian Windhorst, Jackie MacMullan and Tim MacMahon give their early impressions of the rookie phenom (14:40). Plus, conversations about the NBA's surprising cap projections (29:55) and Damian Lillard's unheralded dominance (41:36).
Remembering Kobe Bryant: 1/26/20
Brian Windhorst, Dave McMenamin and J.A. Adande look back on their favorite Kobe Bryant moments.
Always Tinkering: 1/23/20
With the 76ers taking a skid, Brian Windhorst, Jackie MacMullan and Tim MacMahon wonder if Philly should move on from one of its franchise stars (25:04). Plus, the crew looks at James Harden's prolonged struggles and how Daryl Morey might be able to reverse the Rockets' course (11:40).
Too Much, Too Fast: 1/20/20
Is Adam Silver's failed midseason tournament a stain on his resume? Brian Windhorst, Nick Friedell and Kevin Arnovitz discuss alternate ideas as the NBA looks for ways to drum up more regular season interest, especially from younger fans. Plus, a review of the Clippers' last month and what it says about their hopes of reaching the NBA Finals (27:49).
Calling It Out: 1/16/20
Brian Windhorst and Jackie MacMullan compare their All-Star ballots and assess any tough omissions (3:00). Plus, Tim MacMahon joins to talk Kyrie Irving's 'glaring' comments (23:30) and the Jazz's recent resurgence (41:55).
Knuck If You Buck: 1/13/20
With Milwaukee still on pace to reach the 70-win mark, Brian Windhorst, Kirk Goldsberry and Kevin Pelton debate the Bucks' title chances and if Giannis and the team are built for more than just the regular season. Plus, the group discusses Kyle Kuzma's value to the Lakers (24:43) and a surprising season for the Grizzlies (38:48).
Pillow-Fight Playoff Race: 1/9/20
Never count out the Spurs. Brian Windhorst, Jackie MacMullan and Tim MacMahon discuss the suddenly-sizzling Spurs and the race for the eighth spot in the West (17:15). Plus, they talk about John Beilein's speaking error and which teams could potentially buy or sell during trade season (34:00).
Basketball Mercenaries: 1/6/20
With trade rumors circling, Brian Windhorst, Kevin Arnovitz and Royce Young outline where Kevin Love and Andre Drummond could fit in. Plus, the guys lay out their concerns for the 76ers and Clippers (33:20) before discussing the peculiar handling of Kyrie Irving's shoulder injury (41:36).
Remembering David Stern: 1/1/20
On the day David Stern passed, Brian Windhorst and Jackie MacMullan get together to share memories of the former NBA commissioner and to discuss his impact on basketball before, during and after his time in the league.
New Year's Six: 12/30/19
Now that the highly-anticipated Christmas Day games have passed, Brian Windhorst, Jackie MacMullan and Tim MacMahon get together to break down the top six teams in each conference and whether they have what it takes to make a deep postseason run.
NBA Nowhere: 12/23/19
The Bucks can make it to the NBA Finals, but Brian Windhorst, Nick Friedell and Bobby Marks cast doubt on Milwaukee's hopes of actually winning the title. Plus, the demise of Blake Griffin (15:32), the latest from the trade market (27:56) and why the on-court product isn't as compelling as it once was.
Anything Is Plausible: 12/19/19
How good are the Celtics? Brian Windhorst, Jackie MacMullan and Tim MacMahon discuss Kemba Walker's impact on Boston (13:05), Pascal Siakam's continued improvement (22:15) and how the Pelicans could shift the title race (33:30). Also, the Miami Heat are storming the East (25:00).
To Live and Contend in L.A.: 12/16/19
The Lakers are on a tear, with the Clippers not far behind. Brian Windhorst, Dave McMenamin and Ohm Youngmisuk discuss their early impressions of the Clippers (16:35) and how the two teams match up against each other (28:30). Plus, the guys talk about title contenders (39:00), the trade market and LeBron's visit to his alma mater to watch his son play.
Uncomfortably Good: 12/12/19
Last night, Kawhi Leonard returned to Toronto and Brian Windhorst, Jackie MacMullan and Tim MacMahon discuss the Raptors' reception before asking the question: should Kawhi's jersey be retired? Then, the crew makes early All-Star roster predictions (12:27) before reacting to some confounding stats (21:42) and asking if any player would merit a 9-year contract like the one Gerrit Cole just signed with the New York Yankees (31:31).
No Love: 12/9/19
The Knicks find themselves mired in basketball purgatory and Brian Windhorst, Kirk Goldsberry and Tim Bontemps discuss why James Dolan's team can't seem to figure it out. Plus, the guys talk about this year's disappointing rookie class (22:23) and potential trade partners for Cleveland and Kevin Love (37:09).
All Riled Up: 12/5/19
The Rockets should be "embarrassed" by their behavior this week, explains Jackie MacMullan to Brian Windhorst and Tim MacMahon. Plus, the crew takes a look at Jimmy Butler's fit in Miami (28:30) and the flaws of the coach's challenge. And, an unbelievable story about Pat Riley (39:23).
Underrated Trade SZN: 12/2/19
They're two of the NBA's leading candidates in the early MVP race, but is it possible the media has been underrating the performances of James Harden and Giannis Antetokounmpo? Bobby Marks and Royce Young join Brian Windhorst to answer that question. Plus, the guys discuss Denver's great start (22:14) and some teams that could become real players in the trade market (34:00).
King Slayers: 11/27/19
The next Larry Bird? Jackie MacMullan tells Brian Windhorst and Tim MacMahon why Luka Doncic reminds her of the Celtics legend (15:26). Plus, the crew casts doubt on the proposed rule changes before breaking down the incredible start to the season by Giannis Antetokounmpo (29:46).
Sign Stealing: 11/21/19
Why settle for two All-Stars when you can have three? Brian Windhorst tells Jackie MacMullan and Tim MacMahon a big name the Clippers should target this season (21:56). Plus, Jackie calls Portland's 'Melo signing a "desperate" move before she and the guys discuss one of the worst stretches for the Spurs in the Popovich era (8:05).
Small Sample Size Theater 2019: 11/18/19
In this annual early-season tradition, Brian Windhorst, Kevin Pelton and Kevin Arnovitz wonder if James Harden can average 40 points per game, if LeBron James can lead the NBA in assists (9:30) and if the Lakers' defense can continue shutting down its opponents. Plus, they discuss the two most surprising starting units (31:12) and Paul George's GOAT campaign...after two games (53:57).
A New Kind of Amusement Park: 11/14/19
The Knicks are incapable of sticking to a plan says Brian Windhorst, who is joined by Jackie MacMullan and Tim MacMahon to discuss dysfunction in New York (14:37). Plus, does Portland's uninspiring start to the season mean it's time to deal one of their stars (31:31)? And, the crew talks about Boston's strong start to the season and roster changes they need to make to become serious title contenders.
High Bench Marks: 11/11/19
With the Lakers off to a hot start, Dave McMenamin and Bobby Marks join Brian Windhorst to discuss LA's title hopes and if they can keep this defense up for the entire season (19:38). But before that, what really happened to Dion Waiters -- and what should Miami do about it? Plus, the guys talk about Toronto's stifling defense (32:58) and how Gordon Hayward's injury will impact the Eastern Conference (39:28).
Early Struggle City: 11/7/19
With so many top players and teams struggling early on, Jackie MacMullan and Tim MacMahon join Brian Windhorst to discuss what's wrong with the Rockets, what's right with the Lakers (16:06) and why a few of the league's most notable names can't seem to get it right early on (29:28).
Golden State of Affairs: No Curry, No Klay. What's Next?: 11/6/19
In the modern NBA, the Golden State Warriors have been a dynasty. Appearing in five straight NBA Finals and winning three rings in that span, the team became the stuff of basketball legend. But this season, they've won just two games. And with star Steph Curry out with a broken hand, the Warriors' fate has gone from bad to worse. But could a rough 2019-20 lead to more glory in the future? NBA reporter Nick Friedell joins Mina Kimes to explore what's gone wrong with the Golden State Warriors so far, and why there might just be a silver lining.
The Show Must Go On: 11/4/19
Is it too soon for a curtain call? Brian Windhorst, Nick Friedell, Andrew Han and Royce Young ask the question for the Warriors (2:30) and the Bulls (24:50). And what happens if it goes sideways for the Rockets (35:30)? Then, the Blazers get broken down and the guys discuss who will be the best in the West (48:15).
Changing of the Guard: 11/1/19
The Warriors have a new normal, and Brian Windhorst, Jackie MacMullan and Kirk Goldsberry discuss whether Stephen Curry's hand injury really marks the end of an era (27:56). Plus, why this year's T-Wolves are different (18:20), the unexpected hero in Miami (42:57) and much more.
Week One Eyebrow-Raisers: 10/28/19
There's no overreacting going on, but Brian Windhorst, Kirk Goldsberry and Ohm Youngmisuk identify a few things they'll be keeping track of with the L.A. teams. Then, the Suns and Heat have started the season impressing the guys (22:10) as they pick a few interesting players that have caught their attention early, including Atlanta's Trae Young (45:30).
Start Your Engines: 10/23/19
Are Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant finally happy in Brooklyn? Brian Windhorst, Jackie MacMullan and Tim MacMahon try to answer that question (12:20) before discussing who could lead the NBA in scoring this season (24:30). Plus, a breakdown of the Lakers performance against the Clippers (29:30) and also the Jaylen Brown and Dejounte Murray extensions.
MINI POD: Game 1 of the 2019-20 season: 10/22/19
The Clippers defeated the Lakers on opening night of the 2019-20 season and Zach Lowe and Brian Windhorst broke it down from the floor of Staples Center immediately following the game.
2019-20 East/West Projections: 10/21/19
Kevin Pelton projects a major shake-up in the NBA's power structure and he joins Brian Windhorst and Tim Bontemps one day before the tip of the 2019-20 season to discuss his analytics-based conclusions. In the East, Pelton explains his concerns for the Celtics and the guys also dig into how far the Pacers can go (15:19). In the West, the crew lays out expectations for the Clippers (33:05) and Lakers (36:55) after addressing their postseason concerns for the Rockets (28:38).
On the day of an "NBA-shaking" move, Brian Windhorst, Jackie MacMullan and Tim MacMahon discuss the Bradley Beal extension and how it affects the rest of the league. Plus, the crew breaks down Buddy Hield's pointed comments, the potential of Carsen Edwards (18:34), if Zion Williamson's preseason success will translate to the regular season (27:34), if Kyrie Irving is already dictating orders in Brooklyn (39:29), the underrated draft day trade that could alter the league for years to come and much more.
2019-20 Preseason Preamble: 10/9/19
Brian Windhorst, Jackie MacMullan and Tim MacMahon break down Kyle Lowry's contract extension and what it means for Toronto's approach this season. Plus, the crew discusses Bradley Beal's trade value (18:42), if the Warriors will eventually trade D'Angelo Russell (30:22), how Kristaps Porzingis will perform this season (38:50) and more.
2019-20 West Season Preview: 9/30/19
With the battle for Los Angeles almost underway, Brian Windhorst, Tim MacMahon, Dave McMenamin and Ramona Shelburne begin by outlining how the Lakers and Clippers can make a deep playoff run this season. Then, they discuss the chances for the new-look Warriors and how continuity can help the Blazers get over the hump (15:20). Plus, the crew takes a look at the Russell Westbrook/James Harden dynamic in Houston (24:46) before diving into the Jazz and Nuggets.
Who's better in 2020: Giannis or Kawhi?: 9/27/19
Brian Windhorst, Jackie MacMullan, Kirk Goldsberry, Kevin Pelton and Andrew Han debate who is the current best player in the NBA: Giannis Antetkounmpo or Kawhi Leonard? And are we glossing over LeBron too quickly?
2019-20 East Season Preview: 9/24/19
Brian Windhorst, Jackie MacMullan, Royce Young and Malika Andrews examine the rosters of the Bucks, Celtics and 76ers and discuss if each team has made enough moves to reach the 2020 NBA Finals. Plus, they take a look at Kemba Walker's role on the Celtics (26:34) and dissect the new-look Nets (38:36). Lastly, they tackle some of the questions concerning their sleeper teams: the Pacers and Raptors.
Conversation with Dennis Rodman: 9/10/19
Jackie MacMullan sits down with Dennis Rodman in advance of the premiere of his "30 for 30" documentary, "Rodman: For Better or Worse," to talk about his childhood, playing days in the NBA and struggles with being a good father.
Superstar redraft: 8/29/19
Brian Windhorst, Royce Young and Tim MacMahon compile a fantasy draft-style list of superstars they would take if starting a franchise over from 1 to 21.
No More Old Guys: 8/20/19
Brian Windhorst, Ohm Youngmisuk and Ramona Shelburne begin by discussing the new 30 for 30 Podcasts series, "The Sterling Affairs," about former Clippers owner Donald Sterling's fall from power. Then, the trio talks about how the Clippers and Lakers will perform in the 2019 season (23:00). Plus, will the Lakers take a chance on Carmelo Anthony and/or Dwight Howard (36:15)?
Episode Twenty-Eight: Brian Windhorst: 8/7/19
Did you know Brian Windhorst was in a coma for three weeks? We ask him about that... and LeBron.
Midsummer Round-Up: 8/7/19
Brian Windhorst, Kevin Arnovitz and Royce Young open the show by breaking down the "Rich Paul Rule" and what it really means. Then, the guys discuss Team USA's roster, Gregg Popovich's coaching plans and how the Celtics players in camp are using this as a chance to build team chemistry (8:52). Plus, they talk about Kyle Lowry's important role on the team (25:10) and Carmelo Anthony's fallout with the Thunder (34:11).
A Bit of a Hiatus: 7/18/19
Brian Windhorst, Jackie MacMullan and Tim MacMahon talk about how the Hornets and Kemba Walker parted ways (2:20), how the Thunder will move forward with Chris Paul (18:50), if Kawhi Leonard really makes his teammates better (33:46) and some of the hidden details behind the Leonard/Paul George move (37:35).
The Rockets trade for Russell Westbrook: 7/11/19
Brian Windhorst, Royce Young and Tim MacMahon hop on an emergency podcast to discuss the dramatic trade that sent Russell Westbrook to Houston for Chris Paul.
A brief history of summer league: 7/10/19
Jackie MacMullan talks to agent and founder of the Las Vegas Summer League Warren LeGarie about how his iteration of summer league came to be (1:15), the coaching situation in Houston (7:00), negotiating for coaches (14:05) and summer league surprises (23:05).
Forecasting the next domino: 7/8/19
Andrew Han, Kevin Pelton, Dave McMenamin, Tim Bontemps and Kirk Goldsberry convene at Las Vegas Summer League to discuss whats next for Russell Westbrook and OKC (1:05), what Kawhis movement means for the leagues future (16:05), the Lakers roster (31:10) and initial Zion thoughts (39:25).
Kawhi's money moves to the Clippers: 7/6/19
Brian Windhorst, Bobby Marks, Royce Young and Kevin Pelton convene for an emergency conversation after the Clippers trade for Paul George and sign Kawhi Leonard in free agency, discussing the shocking moves and implications for the league.
We need to talk about Kawhi: 7/3/19
Brian Windhorst, Andrew Han, Kevin Arnovitz and Kendrick Perkins discuss Kawhi Leonards trip up to Toronto (1:50), what he might want from teams (16:10), what a trade and contract extension conversation is like (29:20) and why Perk thought the Lakers were in the lead at one point (34:20).
The Free Agency Frenzy: 7/1/19
Brian Windhorst, Jackie McMullan and Tim MacMahon weigh in on if the Lakers are getting close to nabbing Kawhi Leonard (1:00), the D'Angelo Russell (5:40) and the Jimmy Butler (15:30) trade, Milwaukee's dealing of Malcom Brogdon (25:15) and more.
The Nightmare Before Free Agency: 6/28/19
Two days before the start of the highly-anticipated NBA free agency period, Brian Windhorst, Jackie MacMullan and Tim MacMahon discuss how Kemba Walker would fit in Boston (1:38). Then, the crew plays a game of "Max Or No Max" (21:49) before brainstorming different ways to fill out the bottom of the Lakers roster (47:07).
The Laker Effect: 6/24/19
Brian Windhorst, Kevin Pelton and Andrew Han look back on the grades for the Anthony Davis trade (1:27), go over player options/extensions to watch out for in the coming week (7:37) and are joined by Ramona Shelburne to discuss Ron Adams possibly joining the Lakers (29:55) as well as who the first chips to fall may be in free agency through the lense of L.A. (35:40).
The Right Time x The Hoop Collective Collab: 6/22/19
In a collaboration between The Hoop Collective and The Right Time, Bomani is joined by ESPN NBA analyst Brian Windhorst (2:48), NBA agent Bill Duffy (18:20), NBAPA Executive Director Michele Roberts (28:01) and ESPN front office insider Bobby Marks (41:17) for the first edition of the new series "Baseline: The Supermax". They discuss what the "super team" preventing CBA provision is, who it affects, why it has been or not been successful, the value of talent, the union's role in protecting that as well as how difficult it is to construct a roster around.
Once Around the Rumor Mill: 6/21/19
After briefly reacting to last night's NBA Draft, Brian Windhorst, Jackie MacMullan and Tim MacMahon discuss how poorly things have gone for the Celtics since Kyrie Irving first joined the team (5:53). Plus, would Al Horford be a good fit in Dallas (22:15) and how should the Rockets tackle the future in a wide-open Western Conference (30:35)?
Where does the draft break?: 6/18/19
Brian Windhorst, Andrew Han, Bobby Marks and Mike Schmitz chat about the Wizards push to hire Masai Ujiri (1:30), the top of the 2019 NBA draft (6:50), how deep the draft is (23:30), what a warroom is like on draft day (31:45) and one thing to look out for on draft night (54:30).
The Lakers trade for Anthony Davis: 6/15/19
In an emergency podcast, Brian Windhorst, Andrew Han, Dave McMenamin and Kirk Goldsberry discuss the Lakers trading for Anthony Davis, how fair the terms of the trade are and what L.A. does next with their remaining cap space.
Days of Finals future past: 6/14/19
Brian Windhorst, Andrew Han, Tim Bontemps and Nick Friedell react to the news of another to-be free agent injury in the Finals (1:30), the future of the Warriors (13:50), the champion mettle of the Raptors (23:50) and Kawhi the kingmaker (42:20).
MINI POD: Game 6 of the 2019 Finals: 6/13/19
Brian Windhorst, Zach Lowe, Andrew Han and Kendrick Perkins offer instant reaction to the Toronto Raptors' Game 6 win over the Golden State Warriors in the 2019 NBA Finals on the floor of Oracle Arena. Special cameo by 2019 NBA champion Marc Gasol.
MINI POD: Game 5 of the 2019 Finals: 6/10/19
Zach Lowe, Brian Windhorst, Cassidy Hubbarth, Andrew Han and Kendrick Perkins offer instant reaction to the Golden State Warriors Game 5 win over the Toronto Raptors in the 2019 NBA Finals on the floor of Scotiabank Arena.
We the NBA North?: 6/10/19
Brian Windhorst, Andrew Han, Tim Bontemps and Nick Friedell discuss if the Raptors can close out in Game 5 (1:40), questions about Durant (9:50), if the rest of the league has title envy (22:45) and who the favorite would be for the 2020 title (32:15).
MINI POD: Game 4 of the 2019 Finals: 6/7/19
Brian Windhorst, Zach Lowe, Ramona Shelburne, Andrew Han and Jackie MacMullan offer instant reaction to the Toronto Raptors' Game 4 win over the Golden State Warriors in the 2019 NBA Finals on the floor of Oracle Arena.
A matter of semantics: 6/6/19
Brian Windhorst, Jackie MacMullan, Andrew Han and Nick Friedell discuss Kyle Lowrys fan exchange (1:50), the implications of Game 3 (6:10), injury updates (28:00) and a prediction reset (45:20).
MINI POD: Game 3 of the 2019 Finals: 6/5/19
Brian Windhorst, Andrew Han, Kevin Arnovitz, Cassidy Hubbarth and Kendrick Perkins offer instant reaction to the Toronto Raptors Game 3 win over the Golden State Warriors in the 2019 NBA Finals on the floor of Oracle Arena.
Under the podcast lake: 6/4/19
Brian Windhorst, Andrew Han, Jackie MacMullan and Tim Bontemps assess the injuries ailing the Warriors and Raptors in the Finals (1:40), expectations for Game 3 (24:45) and early free agency chess (36:10).
MINI POD: Game 2 of the 2019 Finals: 6/2/19
Brian Windhorst, Cassidy Hubbarth, Andrew Han, Pablo Torre and Kendrick Perkins offer instant reaction to the Golden State Warriors' Game 2 win over the Toronto Raptors in the 2019 NBA Finals on the floor of the ScotiaBank Arena.
Toronto's basketball moment: 5/31/19
Brian Windhorst, Andrew Han, Tim Bontemps, Nick Friedell and Jackie MacMullan discuss Pascal Siakam, the Warriors and Game 1 (8:40), Kevin Durant (32:30), what happens after the Finals (43:30) and the Lakers (52:30).
MINI POD: Game 1 of the 2019 Finals: 5/30/19
Brian Windhorst, Cassidy Hubbarth and Doris Burke offer instant reaction to the Toronto Raptors' Game 1 win over the Golden State Warriors in the 2019 NBA Finals on the floor of the ScotiaBank Arena.
Rooting for laundry: 5/27/19
Brian Windhorst, Kevin Arnovitz and Kevin Pelton parse what it means to be a fatalistic fanbase (0:45), if the Warriors are better without Durant (13:50) and the Warriors-Raptors Finals matchup (30:30).
Making Moves: 5/24/19
Brian Windhorst, Jackie MacMullan and Tim MacMahon discuss the Eastern Conference Finals including Kawhi's importance to the Raptors (2:00), the All-NBA Teams and snubs (12:00), NBA Free Agency possibilities (21:30), Jackie's conversation with Pat Riley and much more.
The Inevitable Warriors: 5/20/19
Brian Windhorst, Andrew Han, Nick Friedell and Tim MacMahon discuss Draymond Green and the Warriors (1:10), the Blazers (14:20) and the Raptors and the Bucks (32:30).
Close Call : 5/16/19
Brian Windhorst, Tim McMahon, Andrew Han and Jackie MacMullan weigh in on Game 1 of both conference finals, including Brook Lopez's big night for the Bucks. Plus, they look ahead to Game 2 and recap the NBA draft lottery.
Kings Of The North: 5/13/19
Brian Windhorst, Kevin Pelton and Tim Bontemps recap boBrian Windhorst, Kevin Pelton and Tim Bontemps recap both Game 7's of both conference semifinals, discuss how the Sixers can move forward after back-to-back Eastern Conference Semifinals losses, look ahead to the NBA draft lottery and weigh in on the Frank Vogel and John Beilein coaching hires.
Lively, Bold and Full of Spirit: 5/10/19
Brian Windhorst, Jackie MacMullan, Tim MacMahon and Andrew Han discuss the tough times in Boston, the Lakers' coaching situation (18:30), Warriors-Rockets (28:00), Sixers- Raptors (47:00) and the Cojones factor player of the month (53:30).
An even second round: 5/6/19
Brian Windhorst, Andrew Han, Nick Friedell and Chris Herring chat about how impressive the Nuggets are (2:20), Kawhi's postseason play (18:50), the Sixers' inconsistency (33:25), a critical Game 4 for Boston (44:50) and the Warriors (53:00).
Game 2 Turnarounds : 5/2/19
Brian Windhorst, Jackie MacMullan, Tim MacMahon and Andrew Han discuss the Warriors' 2-0 edge on the Rockets, the game 2 turnarounds of the Bucks (22:00), Sixers (33:45) & Blazers (42:00). Plus announce the "Troll of the year" (57:00).
Officiating Evaluation : 4/29/19
Brian Windhorst, Tim Bontemps, Kirk Goldsberry and Andrew Han discuss the Warriors game 1 win over the Rockets, the player/referee relationship (10:00), the Celtics game 1 "upset" (28:00), preview the Blazers-Nuggets series (48:00) and much more.
Are we there yet?: 4/26/19
Brian Windhorst, Tim MacMahon, Andrew Han and Jackie MacMullan sort out the Rockets immediate travel schedule (3:40), the one-game series of Nuggets-Spurs (15:20), the Warriors (24:20), Lillard (37:30) and the East second round (42:00).
Can anyone beat the Warriors?: 4/22/19
Brian Windhorst, Andrew Han, Kevin Pelton and Nick Friedell discuss the Blazers-Thunder series (1:20), the looming inevitability of a Warriors title (9:30), the Sixers (45:00) and a Windhorst filibuster.
Playoff Cone of Uncertainty: 4/19/19
ESPN's Brian Windhorst, Jackie MacMullan and Tim McMahon discuss the latest from the NBA Playoffs and how worried the 76ers should be about Joel Embiid's knee injury (3:15). Brian then talks about James Harden's greatness and how Houston's superstar reminds him of Peyton Manning (19:20). The crew also dives in to Kevin Durant's big game last night and if the Rockets could beat the Warriors in the next round (33:15). Lastly, the crew reacts to Denver's troubling performance thus far (46:27).
Upset? Reacting to Game 1s: 4/15/19
Brian Windhorst, Andrew Han and Rachel Nichols offer overall thoughts from opening weekend (3:20), if any favored team should be worried (10:20), offseason anxiety (39:00) and more.
Mega Hoops Playoff Podcast: 4/12/19
Zach Lowe, Ryen Russillo, Brian Windhorst and Bomani Jones each take you through their playoff previews. Zach thinks Rockets-Jazz is going to be the most interesting first-round series. Russillo and Bomani talk about Warriors playoff fatigue, who can beat them in the west and more. Plus, Brian Windhorst and the Hoop Collective discuss Denver-San Antonio, OKC-Portland and many other playoff matchups.
NBA Playoff Preview: 4/11/19
Brian Windhorst, Jackie MacMullan, Tim Macmahon and Andrew Han discuss the Magic Johnson resignation, Dirk's farewell (8:00), Portland's strange game (12:00), the East (15:00) & West (30:45) playoff match-ups and the cojones player of the month (46:00).
Emergency pod: Magic Johnson resigns: 4/9/19
Brian Windhorst, Kevin Pelton, Ohm Youngmisuk and Andrew Han conference call into an emergency podcast to discuss Magic Johnsons impromptu press conference and stunning news that he is resigning from the Lakers front office.
Submitting The 2018-19 NBA Awards Ballot: 4/8/19
Brian Windhorst, Kevin Arnovitz, Kirk Goldsberry and Andrew Han discuss the NBA Awards including MVP (4:30), Coach of the Year (10:00), DPLOY (20:00), ROY (27:00) All NBA First-Team (40:00) and many more. Listen to Brian & Kevin complete their ballots in real-time!
Goodbye, 2018-19 Lakers: 4/4/19
Brian Windhorst, Ohm Youngmisuk, Ramona Shelburne and Dave McMenamin discuss the failed season for the Lakers and LeBron James and wildly speculate what could come next.
Buyers' Remorse? : 4/1/19
Brian Windhorst, Bobby Marks, and Tim Bontemps discuss the many issues surrounding Kristaps Porzingis and the Mavericks (2:00), the Nikola Jokic ejection (20:00), the strange Warriors game (41:00) and much more.
Believe In Magic? : 3/28/19
Brian Windhorst, Tim MacMahon, Kevin Pelton and Andrew Han discuss the Magic moving into the eighth seed (5:00), the Mavs (16:00), Lakers (23:00), and Knicks lottery chances (26:00), the Blazers fate post injury (35:00) and much more.
The Amazing MVP Race : 3/25/19
Brian Windhorst, Nick Friedell, Royce Young and Andrew Han discuss the front runners for the MVP race (2:00), the Rookie of the Year race (15:00), the Warriors getting into playoff mode (33:00), the Thunder (45:00) and much more.
March Sadness : 3/21/19
Brian Windhorst, Tim MacMahon, Ramona Shelburne and Andrew Han recap Celtics-Sixers discussing Joel Embiid's dominance, the slipping OKC Thunder (14:00), Doc Rivers snubbing the Lakers (26:00) and much more.
2018 NBA Re-Draft : 3/18/19
Brian Windhorst, Kevin Pelton, and Mike Schmitz go through the first 14 picks of the 2018 NBA Draft and do a re-draft based on what we know today. Plus, discuss Zion Williamson and other up and coming NBA hopefuls (51:27).
Boogie's Back, Westbrook vs Fan, Dolan : 3/14/19
Brian Windhorst, Tim MacMahon, Tim Bontemps and Andrew Han discuss DeMarcus Cousins' performance against the Rockets, what team could de-throne the Warriors (5:00), Russell Westbrook's interaction with a Jazz fan (12:00), James Dolan (20:00), Steve Ballmer (31:30) and much more.
Lakers' Woes And Pistons' Wins : 3/11/19
Brian Windhorst, Kevin Pelton and Kirk Goldsberry discuss Brandon Ingram's injury (3:30), the Lakers' mounting issues (10:00), the Pistons on an incredible hot streak (25:00), the Draft Lottery (45:00) and much more.
Postseason and Beyond: 3/8/19
Brian Windhorst, Tim McMahon and Michael C. Wright discuss the tight-knit Western Conference standings and why they don't believe in the Nuggets (1:10), the less-chaotic Eastern Conference (18:12) and the Lakers' possible offseason plans. Plus, Brian tells a quick Boban story (37:21) before discussing the futures of the 76ers and Celtics (41:30).
East Coast Road Trip : 3/4/19
Brian Windhorst is joined by Nick Friedell and Royce Young to discuss the Warriors east coast road trip questioning how they can utilize DeMarcus Cousins best (4:00), the current state of the Lakers including the pause on the Carmelo Anthony acquisition (20:00), the on-going drama with the Suns (30:00), Paul George's injury update (42:00) and much more.
No Margin for Error: 2/28/19
Brian Windhorst, Jackie MacMullan and Andrew Han discuss the Celtics' four-game losing streak and Kyrie Irving's recent mysterious behavior (00:50). Then, the crew discusses Dwyane Wade's game-winner (30:25) and how difficult the road ahead for the Lakers is (35:26). Plus, some speculation about Dirk Nowitzki and if will really call it quits after this season (42:05).
Large Sample-Size Theater: 2/26/19
Brian Windhorst welcomes ESPN NBA Writers Kevin Arnovitz and Kevin Pelton to break down the top teams in the Eastern Conference (4:36). Despite Boston's struggles, Windhorst still believes the Celtics are the team in the East to beat (13:56). Plus, the guys discuss the biggest threats to the Warriors in the Western Conference (19:30) and the Lakers' bleak playoff chances (30:40). Then, conversations about LeBron James and if he is still the best player in the NBA (42:10), as well as where Kawhi Leonard ranks among the NBA's top players (47:50). Lastly, the guys talk about who should win Coach of the Year (58:20).
The Irritating Beard: 2/20/19
Brian Windhorst, Jackie MacMullan and Tim MacMahon discuss the unintended consequences of the super max (3:28), a potential change in the Anthony Davis plan (7:14), the future of the Sixers (17:45), why other players are irritated with James Harden's performance (21:10), why the MVP race has become ideological (35:40), and the budding Celtics-Bucks rivalry (41:16)
All-Star Saturday Night: 2/16/19
Brian Windhorst and Andrew Han trek to Charlotte for All-Star weekend, interviewing players participating in the festivities and keeping record of their discussions leading up to All-Star Saturday night.
Balancing the Books: 2/15/19
Brian Windhorst, Andrew Han, Dave McMenamin, Nick Friedell and Tim Bontemps chat about the faltering Lakers (1:15), reevaluate the Porzingis trade (24:05), LeBron seeing Zion Williamson in action (9:55), how good the 76ers' new starting lineup is (44:35) and more.
Pelicans/Lakers Non-Trade, Magic, Celtics, and the Mecca: 2/11/19
Brian Windhorst, Jackie MacMullan and Tim MacMahon discuss the fallout behind the Pelicans and Lakers non-trade (3:00), Magic Johnson's interview (14:00), the Celtics struggling and Kyrie's mindset going into the offseason (30:00), media speculation about players wanting to join the New York Knicks (47:00) and much more.
2019 Trade season debrief: 2/7/19
Brian Windhorst, Andrew Han and Rachel Nichols parse the moves leading up to the 2019 trade deadline including the East race (1:30), the LA teams (16:20), Markelle Fultz leaving the 76ers (20:20) and more!
25 hours before the 2019 NBA trade deadline: 2/6/19
Brian Windhorst, Andrew Han and Bobby Marks mini pod the Clippers-Sixers trade of Tobias Harris and the looming implications 25 hours before the 2019 NBA trade deadline.
Game Time: 2/4/19
Brian Windhorst, Jackie MacMullan & Tim MacMahon discuss the plays to be made for Kyrie Irving (1:09) & Anthony Davis (8:58), weigh in on other intriguing trade possibilities (31:45) and much more. Plus, Tim's "Cojones Factor" Players of the Month for January (1:00:50).
Brian Windhorst, Jackie MacMullan, Tim MacMahon & Ramona Shelburne break down every angle of the Kristaps Porzingis blockbuster (1:13), discuss the ripple effects on Anthony Davis (35:32), Kyrie Irving (41:06) and much more.
Brow Greetin': 1/28/19
Brian Windhorst, Kevin Pelton & Royce Young discuss the latest developments with Anthony Davis, the most likely destination for Davis and when a trade will take place.
Player Haters' Ball: 1/25/19
Brian Windhorst, Jackie MacMullan & Tim MacMahon discuss the hate aimed at James Harden (8:40), Victor Oladipo's injury (28:10), the hierarchy in the east (43:00) & more.
Boogie Is Back: 1/22/19
Brian Windhorst, Nick Friedell and Dave McMenamin discuss Dave's insane journey to the Duke vs Syracuse game (5:30), Klay Thompson's amazing offensive performance (12:00), the Lakers' current situation (20:00), where will Melo end up (25:00), the latest on the Pelicans and Anthony Davis (44:00) and much more.
Kyrie Apologizes, Doncic, Harden's Fatigue & More: 1/17/19
Brian Windhorst, Jackie MacMullan and Tim MacMahon Kyrie Irving's apology to LeBron (2:30), Luka Doncic and the Mavs (21:00), the Nets' win over the Rockets and the possible fatigue factor for James Harden (38:00).
Time To Panic?: 1/14/19
Brian Windhorst, Tim Bontemps & Kirk Goldsberry discuss the Lakers' struggles without LeBron (7:40), the Spurs' bounce-back (29:57), Boston's issues (51:00) & more. Plus, what's happened to all the good nicknames in the NBA?
Bucks, Harden, Celtics & Butler: 1/10/19
Brian Windhorst, Jackie MacMullan and Tim MacMahon discuss the Bucks' impressive win and James Harden (5:30), Story time about getting passes from NBA players (11:00), the Celtics (25:00), Jimmy Butler (45:00) and Patrick McCaw (55:00).
Thibs, Lakers, Butler: 1/8/19
Brian Windhorst, Ramona Shelburne and Nick Friedell discuss the firing of Tom Thibodeau (5:00), state of the Lakers 2019 edition (25:00), Jimmy Butler's relationship with the Sixers and where he may end up (30:00) and much more.
Kawhi, Pacers, All-Star Ballots: 1/3/19
Brian Windhorst, Jackie MacMullan, Andrew Han and Tim MacMahon discuss Kawhi Leonard's return to San Antonio and if he will get a tribute video (3:30), the Pacers' recent run (20:15), Pelicans-Nets (27:55), hypothetical All-Star ballots (36:00) Cojones Factor Player of the Month (50:45) and much more.
Rookie phenoms, in praise of the Nuggets: 12/24/18
Brian Windhorst, Jackie MacMullan, Andrew Han and Tim MacMahon marvel at the rookie class headlined by Luka Doncic (2:30), assess the Lakers as 2018 closes (18:15), dream up fantastical Celtics trades (27:55) and sing the praises of the Denver Nuggets (37:10).
AD to LA, Houston's Struggles, And Shenanigans : 12/20/18
Brian Windhorst, Jackie MacMullan, Tim MacMahon and Andrew Han discuss the possible Anthony Davis to LA situation (35:00), the Rockets (26:00), the Celtics tough schedule (16:50) and much more. Plus, Jackie calls out all the shenanigans.
Trade Talk, Joerger, Dolan sit down and more: 12/17/18
Brian Windhorst, Tim Bontemps and Kirk Goldsberry discuss the trade over the weekend and the confusion surrounding "Brooks" (5:00), criticism of Dave Joerger (15:00), James Dolan's interview with Ian O'Connor (30:00), Celtics on a roll (41:30), OKC guaranteeing Billy Donovon's contract (50:00) and much more.
A three-team non-trade: 12/14/18
An emergency pod with Brian Windhorst, Bobby Marks and Andrew Han trying to make sense of a deal between the Wizards, Grizzlies and Suns that fell apart over the confusion of which players would be traded.
Lakers Winning, Jordan Drama And Bulls Saga Continues : 12/13/18
Brian Windhorst, Jackie MacMullan, Tim MacMahon and Andrew Han discuss the Michael Jordan-Malik Monk situation (6:45), the ongoing Bulls drama (16:00), the Celtics, Luka Doncic's incredible week and much more.
Kawhi, Lakers & Ariza, Bulls Issues: 12/10/18
Brian Windhorst, Royce Young, Kevin Pelton and Andrew Han discuss what's more likely: Kawhi Leonard to the Clippers or Anthony Davis to the Celtics (3:00), issues with the Chicago Bulls (31:00), thoughts on the Lakers and if a trade for Trevor Ariza could help (42:00) and much more.
Kawhi, Lakers, Paul George, KD's Comments: 12/6/18
Brian Windhorst, Jackie MacMullan, Tim MacMahon and Andrew Han discuss last night's Raptors vs 76ers matchup (2:00), the Lakers' 4th quarter performance (10:30), Paul George putting the Thunder on his back vs the Nets (18:00), KD's comments on LeBron (50:00) and much more.
Spurs' Struggles, Fred Hoiberg Fired, A Ricky Davis Story: 12/3/18
Brian Windhorst, Michael C. Wright, Nick Friedell and Andrew Han discuss the Spurs' struggles (2:30), issues with their medical staff (25:00) and much more. Plus, a classic Ricky Davis story (21:52) and the crew discusses Bulls' HC Fred Hoiberg getting fired.
The Marvelous Mavs & Struggling Rockets : 11/29/18
Brian Windhorst, Jackie MacMullan, Tim MacMahon and Andrew Han discuss the thumping the Mavericks gave the Rockets and the year Luka Doncic is having. Plus, Jayson Tatum's struggles and the Cojones Player Of The Month (50:45).
Western Conference, Westbrook, Kawhi vs Pop, Jimmy Butler: 11/26/18
Brian Windhorst, Royce Young, Kevin Pelton and Andrew Han discuss the crazy Western Conference standings (2:00), Russell Westbrook's shot selection (20:30), Storytime with Brian on Sasha Pavlovic (32:00), Kawhi Leonard vs Pop (45:00), Jimmy Butler's tear (55:00) and much more.
Thanksgiving Question Marks: 11/21/18
Brian Windhorst, Jackie MacMullan, Tim MacMahon and Andrew Han discuss who's more talented: KD or Steph (2:20), Markelle Fultz's future (9:30), what to make of the Cavs' Dysfunction (20:00), Boston's issues and Terry Rozier's cryptic tweets (41:00), LeBron's return to Cleveland (51:00) and much more.
Warriors, Celtics, Kemba, Wizards ready to blow it up?: 11/19/18
Brian Windhorst, Tim Bontemps and Nick Friedell discuss Draymond Green's injury and what it means for the Warriors, the Celtics' progression from their early-season slump, Kemba Walker's incredible game and if the Wizards are ready to blow it all up.
Tension By The Bay: 11/14/18
Brian Windhorst, Jackie MacMullan, Tim MacMahon and Andrew Han discuss the dust-up between KD and Draymond Green and how that relates to the Warriors' internal struggles (3:00), Jimmy Butler's fit with the 76ers and the Eastern Conference (30:00), Carmelo Anthony's future (45:00) and much more.
Small Sample Size Theater : 11/12/18
Brian Windhorst, Andrew Han, Kevin Arnovitz and Kevin Pelton discuss if the Milwaukee Bucks are legit contenders, Houston's problems, Boston's offensive struggles so far, Denver's case in the Western Conference and much more.
Jimmy Butler is traded: 11/10/18
Brian Windhorst, Andrew Han, Nick Friedell and Bobby Marks launch an emergency session to break down the trade of Jimmy Butler from the Minnesota Timberwolves to the Philadelphia 76ers.
Running diary from Timberwolves-Lakers: 11/8/18
Brian Windhorst and Andrew Han catalog the day's events leading up to Timberwolves vs. Lakers starting at shootaround with Taj Gibson and Anthony Tolliver (4:30), Michelle Beadle and Chauncey Billups of NBA Countdown (15:30) and ending postgame with Rachel Nichols from The Jump (40:00).
Raptors, the East, Lakers and Kawhi: 11/5/18
Brian Windhorst, Andrew Han, Ohm Youngmisuk, Tim Bontemps and Dave McMenamin discuss the Raptors (2:00), the top of the East (15:00), the Wizards (17:15), Lakers (24:20), Kawhi's future (37:30) and much more.
Rockets woes, Kyrie kicks rust, Cavs reboot: 10/31/18
Brian Windhorst, Jackie MacMullan, Tim MacMahon and Andrew Han discuss the issues with the Rockets (3:00), Kyrie's resurgence, his haircut and the Celtics' season so far (14:00), Story Time with Jackie Mac (18:30), what's wrong with the Wizards (22:00), the toxic internal situation in Cleveland (40:00), Tim's Cojones Factor Player of The Month (54:00) and much more.
Ty Lue fired, Thunder worries and the Spurs: 10/29/18
Brian Windhorst, Royce Young, Michael C. Wright and Andrew Han discuss the Cleveland Cavaliers quickly moving on from Tyronn Lue and the situation between Lue and the Cavs' front office (2:00), State Of The Union address on the OKC Thunder (28:00) and the San Antonio Spurs (40:00), tribute videos, Warriors troll Fergie and much more.
LA Fight, Week One Frights: 10/24/18
Brian Windhorst, Jackie MacMullan, Tim MacMahon and Andrew Han break down fight night in LA, including Rondo saying that special effects were used by the Rockets staff if Chris Paul is a good teammate and Luke Walton criticizing the refs (2:00). Plus, Storytime with Brian and Jackie on Darius Miles (24:40), revising the LA suspensions & reliving "Malice in the Palace" (40:00), the Celtics rocky start (45:30) and more.
Running commentary from LeBron's LA debut: 10/21/18
Brian Windhorst and Andrew Han record from LA for LeBron James' Laker debut and chat with Rachel Nichols on the fight (33:00), Adrian Wojnarowski on the construction of the Lakers (20:50), Michelle Beadle, Jalen Rose, Chauncey Billups and Paul Pierce for early impressions (30:00) and much more.
Tatum ready to rise, Anthony Davis ready to contend: 10/17/18
Brian Windhorst, Jackie MacMullan, Tim MacMahon and Andrew Han break down all angles of Celtics vs Sixers including Jason Tatum's potential superstardom (6:00), Pelicans vs Rockets (18:30), Anthony Davis' evolution as a player (23:00), his potential free agency (41:00), great Paul Allen stories (48:00) and much more. Plus, Storytime with Jackie Mac.
Basketball: A Love Story: 10/15/18
Jackie MacMullan talks to Basketball: A Love Story's creator Dan Klores about the making of the film, his love for the game of basketball, some of their favorite stories from the project and much more.
Lakers, Warriors, Butler, oh my!: 10/15/18
Brian Windhorst, Nick Friedell, Dave McMenamin and Andrew Han discuss the outlook for the Los Angeles Lakers, can KD and LeBron be working on something for next season (4:00), what do the Warriors have to look forward to this season (27:00), Jimmy Butler's practice fallout and much more.
Mavs Internal Drama, West playoff bubbles and Jimmy Butler: 10/10/18
Brian Windhorst, Tim MacMahon, Jackie MacMullan and Andrew Han discuss the latest on the Mavericks' continued internal drama (5:00), pro-ready Luka Doncic can be a special player (15:00), can Dejounte Murray's torn ACL shake up the Western Conference playoff race (40:00) and some Jimmy Butler trade scenarios (1:00:00).
2018-19 Eastern Conference Preview: 10/8/18
Brian Windhorst, Nick Friedell, Kevin Pelton and Andrew Han preview the Eastern Conference.
GM Survey: 10/4/18
Brian Windhorst, Tim MacMahon, Jackie MacMullan and Andrew Han discuss traveling and eating in China, the latest GM survey, how the Lakers will mesh, if Brad Stevens gets unfair treatment from the media and much more.
2018-2019 Western Conference Preview: 10/1/18
Brian Windhorst, Dave McMenamin, Michael Wright, Andrew Han and Tim MacMahon preview the Western Conference before training camp opens.
Kawhi Leonard is a Raptor: 7/18/18
Brian Windhorst, Bobby Marks, Andrew Han and Kevin Pelton sort out the parts of the Kawhi Leonard trade to Toronto (2:30), how good a DeMar DeRozan-led Spurs team could be (20:50), how good a Kawhi Leonard-Raptors team could be (28:10) and reactions to other league news (33:30).
2018 Las Vegas Summer League special: 7/11/18
Cassidy Hubbarth, Nick Friedell, Andrew Han, Tim MacMahon and Amin Elhassan chat about the sights and sounds of Las Vegas Summer League, including the fervor for the summertime Knicks (3:45), the oddities of summer league (11:40), players that caught buzz (28:00), being the face of a franchise (32:00) and the Rockets (36:30).
Unpacking all the free agency machinations: 7/6/18
Brian Windhorst, Tim MacMahon, Andrew Han and Jackie MacMullan chat about LeBron (9:00), Carmelo's inevitable exodus from OKC (16:45), continuing speculation about Kawhi (20:20), the revamped Lakers (36:25), LeBron and the Cavs (52:15) and Boogie Cousins (66:50).
The remaking of the Lakers: 7/2/18
Cassidy Hubbarth, Dave McMenamin, Andrew Han and Ramona Shelburne discuss the continuing ramifications of LeBron James going to the Lakers (2:00), the Rondo signing and its implications for Lonzo (6:55) and the Lakers renouncing Julius Randle (21:55).
LeBron to the Lakers emergency pod: 7/2/18
Brian Windhorst, Amin Elhassan and Rachel Nichols gather in the offices of ESPN LA to record an "emergency pod" about LeBron James choosing the Lakers in free agency and the subsequent news.
The day before 2018 NBA free agency: 6/29/18
Brian Windhorst, Jackie MacMullan, Andrew Han and Tim MacMahon read the tea leaves about LeBron's options (3:30), the shifting leverage in Kawhi trade scenarios (8:00), the Cavs' conundrum (25:30), Paul George (34:00) and other free agents (42:15).
LeBron, Paul George and free agency: 6/25/18
Ramona Shelburne, Royce Young and Dave McMenamin discuss free agency impressions for LeBron James and Paul George (2:20), the leaked Lakers pitch for George (10:10), the logic of LeBron to "team X" (20:10), the Paul George of it all (35:50) and potential wildcard scenarios (42:10).
2018 Post-draft reactions: 6/22/18
Brian Windhorst, Tim MacMahon, Andrew Han and Jackie MacMullan offer reactions to the Luka Doncic trade (2:45), other draft surprises (19:15), the implications on free agency (22:55), the next steps in the Kawhi situation (38:40) and picks they liked (44:50).
Conversations about the 2018 draft: 6/18/18
Kevin Arnovitz, Jonathan Givony, Mike Schmitz and Kevin Pelton discuss how a prospect's profile can fluctuate leading up to the draft (1:30), how to sift through the rumor mill (10:50), the top players in the 2018 draft (19:05) and draft night questions (36:10).
Workshopping the Kawhi situation: 6/15/18
Brian Windhorst, Tim MacMahon, Andrew Han and Jackie MacMullan chat about the news Kawhi Leonard wants out of San Antonio and workshop the permutations and implications of the news.
Finals postmortem, what comes next for LeBron: 6/12/18
Cassidy Hubbarth, Chiney Ogwumike and Ramona Shelburne chat about the diss tracks in LA (3:10), the Warriors celebrating and making news (21:30), pining for LeBron in free agency (35:50) and awards (43:00).
Colangelo sunk, Cavs on the brink: 6/7/18
Brian Windhorst, Andrew Han, Kevin Arnovitz, Ramona Shelburne and Shelley Smith discuss Colangelo's departure from the Sixers (1:00), Game 3 of the NBA Finals (14:45), Durant's performance (33:15), the Cavs' offseason plans (38:10) and LeBron's plans (53:05).
Courtside from Game 2 of the Finals: 6/4/18
Amin Elhassan, Kevin Pelton, Kevin Arnovitz, Marc Spears and Brian Windhorst (feat. Aaron Dodson of The Undefeated and Andrew Han) chat courtside from Oracle Arena after Game 2 of the NBA Finals about Steph Curry's big night (2:00), CJ McCollum on Twitter (10:00), JR Smith with MVP chants (12:20), Finals fatigue (18:10), the Cavs' mood (25:20) and if Dub Nation will be the same in two years (35:05).
Wild and crazy Game 1 of the 2018 Finals: 6/1/18
Brian Windhorst, Andrew Han, Kevin Pelton and Amin Elhassan discuss the varied reactions around Game 1 of the NBA Finals (2:35), overshadowed moments (9:50), downplaying suspensions and flagrants (16:05), the Cavs' collapse in OT (22:05), the Warriors' crunchtime lineup (28:50) and the block/charge controversy (32:15) and if Game 1 was the Cavs' best chance to make it a series (44:00).
Burner season in Philadelphia: 5/30/18
Brian Windhorst, Jackie MacMullan, Andrew Han and Tim MacMahon try to figure out the wild story of 76ers GM Bryan Colangelo allegedly using Twitter accounts to leak info (4:30), if there are realistic due process options (19:00) and speculating on the nature of how this alleged scandal came to light (30:30) and the best player of the postseason so far (47:00).
Cavs to the Finals, LeBron's epic performance: 5/28/18
Cassidy Hubbarth, Nick Friedell, Andrew Han and Royce Young delve into the East finals series win by the Cavaliers over the Celtics (3:40), how high Jayson Tatum's ceiling is (7:40), if this is LeBron's best postseason performance (20:15) and a game of who wins Warriors-Rockets Game 7 (40:40).
Cavs on the brink, Rockets ready to pounce: 5/24/18
Brian Windhorst, Tim MacMahon, Andrew Han and Jackie MacMullan discuss the Cavs with their backs against the wall after Game 5 (2:10) and the likelihood Rockets-Warriors goes the full series (23:10).
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