Player rappers, PG-13 and OKC, cold weather ASG: 12/14/17
Amin Elhassan, Chris Haynes and Marc Spears chat about player rappers (7:35), what to do with OKC and Paul George (28:15) and share stories from cold weather All Star Games (44:50).
Trusting the Sixers: 12/12/17
Pablo Torre, Kevin Arnovitz and Jackie MacMullan discuss Ben Simmons (6:15), Joel Embiid (14:25), Brett Brown (19:00), re-litigating "The Process" (24:55), Sam Hinkie (40:15) and the future for Philly (47:30) in advance of Thunder-Sixers on Friday, Dec. 15 on ESPN.
Twitter Listener Questions: 12/11/17
Kevin Pelton, Kaileigh Brandt and Andrew Han answer listener questions submitted via Twitter (0:30) and unpack the athlete outreach to a bullying video that went viral on social media (12:50).
Rookies, media dining, Hayward, gambling: 12/8/17
Brian Windhorst, Tim MacMahon and Jackie MacMullan chat about Utah's Donovan Mitchell and the draft (3:30), Nerlens Noel and media-room dining (14:35), Gordon Hayward and the Celtics (23:55) and sports gambling (42:25). Plus, Kevin Pelton, Kaileigh Brandt and Andrew Han on loving success vs. fearing failure (54:20).
Randy Williams, close friend of Kevin Durant: 12/7/17
Amin Elhassan, Chris Haynes and Marc Spears chat with Randy Williams, close friend of Kevin Durant, about KD stories at Texas (2:45), Durant's move from OKC to Oakland (10:55) and the Balls on AAU circuit before the buzz (27:20).
Rockets GM Daryl Morey: 12/6/17
Kevin Arnovitz has breakfast with Houston GM Daryl Morey at Nate'n Al Delicatessen to discuss how Mike D'Antoni was hired (5:45), player evaluation (19:45) and the Rockets defense (27:30).
KD-Boogie scuffle, Thunder, Westbrook: 12/5/17
Royce Young, Tim MacMahon, Bobby Marks, Cristina Daglas and Andrew Han examine the Durant-Boogie kerfuffle (2:10), the Thunder (15:45) and Russell Westbrook (39:25). Plus, Kevin Pelton, Kaileigh Brandt and Han answer listener questions (45:45).
Spurs, Livingston, Embiid, too early MVP talk: 12/4/17
Cassidy Hubbarth, Chiney Ogwumike, Ramona Shelburne and Andrew Han investigate the state of the Spurs (2:00), Thunder (15:05), the Livingston ejection (21:40), Embiid shade investigations (33:30) and early MVP talk (44:40).
Grizzlies, Clippers, Thunder and Spurs: 12/1/17
Tim MacMahon, Michael C. Wright and Nick Friedell talk about what's going on with the Grizzlies (4:40), Clippers (15:45), Thunder (18:10) and Spurs (26:55). Plus, Kevin Pelton, Kaileigh Brandt and Andrew Han take listener questions (40:45).
LeBron's ejection, Lonzo, Fizdale's firing: 11/30/17
Marc Spears, Chris Haynes and Marcus Thompson of The Athletic get together to chat about music tastes growing up (1:40), LeBron's ejection (15:55), Lonzo avoiding scuffles (22:30) and Fizdale's firing in Memphis (37:35).
Omri Casspi, Golden State Warriors: 11/29/17
Kevin Arnovitz chats with Golden State wing Omri Casspi on joining the Warriors, player misconceptions, his early career as a Jewish player and basketball in Israel.
Rose, Durant in OKC, Shade Investigation: 11/27/17
Cassidy Hubbarth, Chiney Ogwumike and Ramona Shelburne discuss the unexpected Derrick Rose hiatus (2:50), Durant's return to OKC (23:50) and shade investigation (41:50).
Thanksgiving Special: 11/22/17
Brian Windhorst, Rachel Nichols and Amin Elhassan share travel horror stories (8:55), the NBA's Thanksgiving strategy (25:15) and catfishing (35:35). Plus, Kevin Pelton, Kaileigh Brandt and Andrew Han answer listener questions (56:20).
Lakers, Butler iced, Embiid and Sixers, Isaiah: 11/20/17
Cassidy Hubbarth, Chiney Ogwumike, Andrew Han and Ohm Youngmisuk talk about the Lakers (2:30), if the circus around Lonzo matches early LeBron (13:15), Jimmy Butler getting iced (23:50), Embiid shade investigation (29:40), Sixers (35:10) and Isaiah Thomas (49:05).
Rockets, Celtics, Towns' marijuana stance, sliding Clippers: 11/17/17
Brian Windhorst, Tim MacMahon and Nick Friedell talk Rockets and Celtics (4:55), Towns' marijuana advocacy (28:45), the sliding Clippers (41:15), a Portis-Mirotic update (49:05) and Jody Avirgan on the 30 for 30 podcast Hoodies Up (1:02:35). Plus, Kevin Pelton, Kaileigh Brandt and Andrew Han take questions (1:21:20).
Ben Simmons, Fultz, Kuzma, Intimidating Arenas: 11/16/17
Amin Elhassan and Marc Spears are joined by Keith Pompey to talk about the expectations on the Sixers (7:50), intimidating arenas (13:30), Ben Simmons (27:00), Markelle Fultz (30:55) and if Kyle Kuzma is the best Lakers rookie (43:00).
Young Sixers, Fun Knicks: 11/15/17
Kevin Arnovitz and Chris Herring marvel at the young Sixers (0:35), the unique Ben Simmons (15:50), how history will view Sam Hinkie (25:00) and how fun it is to be a Knicks fan again (28:55).
Petty Cavs, Blooming Celtics, Road Stories: 11/14/17
Jorge Sedano, Baxter Holmes, Chris Forsberg and Dave McMenamin talk about the Cavs in New York(0:55), the Celtics' lofty position (11:10), if Cleveland takes Boston seriously (21:30) and road stories (24:20). Plus, Kevin Pelton, Kaileigh Brandt and Andrew Han answer listener questions (36:40).
Streaking C's, Rolling Thunder, Rockets role players: 11/13/17
Cassidy Hubbarth, Chiney Ogwumike and Ramona Shelburne discuss the streaking Celtics (3:30), the Thunder star power (16:20), Rockets role players (28:20) and shade investigations (36:50).
Cavs-Rockets, Ray Allen, struggling Thunder: 11/10/17
Brian Windhorst, Tim MacMahon and Jackie MacMullan discuss Cavs-Rox (3:10), how much Cleveland misses Kyrie (12:00), Ray Allen (21:30) and OKC's struggles incorporating stars (34:50). Plus, Kevin Pelton, Kaileigh Brandt and Andrew Han ruminate on a listener question (49:10).
Former Phoenix Suns coach Earl Watson: 11/9/17
Chris Haynes, Amin Elhassan and Marc Spears speak with former Phoenix Suns coach Earl Watson about what happened this season (5:15), Eric Bledsoe's situation (14:35), his days at UCLA with Baron Davis (28:40), Kansas basketball (34:15), the death of his brother (39:30) and one hot take (45:20).
NBA insider Alex Spiro: 11/8/17
Kevin Arnovitz speaks with attorney Alex Spiro about his interactions with players, teams, the league and how good his hometown Boston Celtics look.
Bledsoe and Bucks, Wolves, Listener questions: 11/7/17
Jorge Sedano, Baxter Holmes and Nick Friedell break down LeBron's Instagram post (0:38), Bledsoe to the Bucks (2:45), the state of the Wolves (14:50) and what's left of the Bulls after Portis-Mirotic (22:20). Plus, Kevin Pelton, Kaileigh Brandt and Andrew Han answer listener questions (36:15).
Big performances, Melo's ejection, Warriors-Cuban: 11/6/17
Cassidy Hubbarth, Chiney Ogwumike and Ramona Shelburne discuss Harden and Porzingis' big performances (1:55), if LeBron's 57-pointer was more impressive (23:25), Melo's ejection (39:10), Warriors and Cuban (46:20) and shade investigation (58:45).
Kyrie conspiracies, Cavs' struggle, meals on Pop: 11/3/17
Brian Windhorst, Tim MacMahon, Kaileigh Brandt, Andrew Han and Kevin Pelton discuss Kyrie's double down on conspiracy theories (3:30), the Cavs' continued struggles (13:20) and meals on Popovich (28:30). Plus, Kevin and Kaileigh open shop to answer questions (37:10).
Surprising Magic, NBA life as a Muslim: 11/2/17
Amin Elhassan and Marc Spears are joined by former NBA player Tariq Abdul-Wahad to talk about the Magic (2:30), Dubs-Spurs (9:15), life in the NBA as a Muslim (16:50), Lonzo vs. Lillard (46:25) and what Olajuwon does with cognac (31:30).
Small Sample Size Theater: 11/1/17
Are the Celtics better than we thought (3:25), are the Knicks a .500 team (9:50), how good is Ben Simmons (13:40) and is Wiggins already fully formed (19:30)? Kevin Arnovitz and Kevin Pelton investigate in Small Sample Size Theater.
Slow Cavs, Ringzz, Porzingis, Thunder, Wolves: 10/31/17
Jorge Sedano, Baxter Holmes, Ian Begley and Royce Young on if they're concerned about the Cavs (1:00), "ringzz" as a legacy grade (9:40), Porzingis and the Knicks (19:50) and how the Thunder (26:45) and Wolves (38:50) look so far.
Slow start for Cavs-Dubs, top of the West, travel horror stories: 10/30/17
Cassidy Hubbarth, Chiney Ogwumike and Ramona Shelburne ask if it's too soon to panic about the Cavs and Warriors (1:05), the top of the West (16:10), travel horror stories (24:15) and shade investigations (31:45).
Sixers, surprising Clippers, coaching hot seats: 10/27/17
Brian Windhorst, Tim MacMahon and Jackie MacMullan talk about the interesting week with the Sixers (7:00), the preposterous young big men in the league (15:20), the surprising Clippers (24:00), Boogie's night back in Sac (54:20) and storytime with Jackie Mac (38:15).
Boogie Returns to Sacto, Suns' Dysfunction Junction: 10/26/17
Amin Elhassan, Marc Spears and Chris Haynes talk about DeMarcus Cousins' return to Sacramento (4:10), Spears story time around a young Melo (15:30) and the mess in Phoenix (33:28).
Memphis Grizzlies and Pro Wrestling: 10/25/17
Kevin Arnovitz and Andrew Han spend a few days with the Memphis Grizzlies and discover how the city's pro wrestling history informs the team's game operations as Grizz (the mascot) prepares for a stunt.
Phoenix fiasco, the Brow, Bay Area villains, Lakers: 10/24/17
Jorge Sedano, Israel Gutierrez and Baxter Holmes talk about the mess in Phoenix (1:13), Anthony Davis and the Pelicans (15:00), if the Warriors are villains (25:10), Lonzo and the Lakers' future (32:50) and week one hot takes (46:40).
Wiggins' winner, shooting yips, Giannis' rise, Warriors: 10/23/17
Cassidy Hubbarth, Chiney Ogwumike and Ramona Shelburne discuss the first week of the NBA: Wolves-Thunder (1:03), shooting yips (9:25), Bledsoe tweets (18:36), shade investigations (25:15), Giannis' rise (32:30) and motivating the Warriors (42:33).
Lonzo, Rockets, Thunder and lottery reform: 10/20/17
Brian Windhorst, Tim MacMahon and Jackie MacMullan chat about Lonzo (and LaVar's) NBA debut with the Lakers (4:00), first thoughts on the Rockets (14:55) and Thunder (23:45) and Mark Cuban's proposed lottery reforms (39:20).
Spurs' Equality Message: 10/19/17
Amin Elhassan and Marc Spears speak with Knicks GM Scott Perry about taking over the Knicks, his time with the Pistons and how non-athlete minority personnel can rise in a front office. Then, Michael C. Wright joins to talk about the Spurs' protest and does LaMarcus Aldridge have a burner billboard?
Doc Rivers: 10/18/17
Doc Rivers joins Kevin Arnovitz to discuss the departure of Chris Paul, the disintegration of last season's Clippers culture, when players should (and should not) protest and why do coaches get free suits?
The East season preview: 10/17/17
Brian Windhorst, Rachel Nichols and Jackie MacMullan preview the Eastern Conference for the 2017-18 season. How much of a rivalry is Cavs-Celtics? Are there any serious challengers to Cleveland in the near term?
The West season preview: 10/17/17
Pablo Torre, Amin Elhassan, Chris Haynes and Ohm Youngmisuk preview the Western Conference for the 2017-18 season. Can anyone challenge the Warriors? Is Lonzo Ball the presumptive Rookie of the Year? Is everyone ready to believe in the Timberwolves?
The Friday Mailbag: The End For Now: 8/4/17
Kevin Pelton, Kaileigh Brandt, Zach Harper, BIG Wos, Han God, Mariano, Black Tray, Tom Haberstroh, Anthony Mayes, Mama Hoye, Lindsey E, AC3, Maksims, Brandon, Ryne & Ryan.
Fresh Off the Bench: Leave-Taking: 8/3/17
Cary Chow, Ohm Youngmisuk, Michele Steele, and Andrew Han welcome Kevin Negandhi, Cassidy Hubbarth, Hornets GM Rich Cho, movie producer Brian Yang, and a surprise guest.
Called for Traveling: The NBA's Best ...and Worst Cities: 8/3/17
Kevin Arnovitz and Brian Windhorst on the best food, airports and atmospheres of NBA cities across the country.
Game Shows, Golf, Dicaprio, Celebrity Owners, Hathaway: 8/2/17
Amin Elhassan, Pablo Torre, Jade Hoye, Zach Harper and Black Tray
Wiggins, Kyrie, Brinks Sandals, Nuggets, NBA's New Economy : 8/1/17
Brian Windhorst, Tim MacMahon, Royce Young, Tim Bontemps and Rodeo Joe talking basketball on a Tuesday in August.
AI, LaVar Ball, Shaq's Track, Curry Trolls LBJ, Power: 7/31/17
Amin El Hassan, BIG Wos, Black Tray, Mariano Bivins, John Jervay, Justin Tinsley and Jonathan Simon.
The Friday Mailbag: Second To Last: 7/28/17
Kevin Pelton, Tom Haberstroh, Zach Harper, Kaileigh Brandt, Black Tray, Mariano Bivins, Andrew Han, Anthony Mayes, Mama Hoye and Mama Mari answer listener questions from Twitter.
Kyrie troll, summer runs, Ray J, trick shots, jersey logos: 7/26/17
Amin Elhassan, BIG Wos, Zach Harper, Mariano Bivins, Black Tray and Tom Habertstroh on Kyrie's IG, NBA summer pickup runs, Ray J, DJ Vlad, J Cole and sponsored jerseys.
Kyrie, Trade Scenarios, Chauncey, Rose, Crabbe: 7/25/17
Brian Windhorst, Tom Haberstroh, Tim MacMahon and Tim Bontemps on the Kyrie situation, possible trade scenarios, Wolves possibilities, Chauncey's knowledge, Rose and Crabbe.
The Cavs Debacle, Kyrie vs LeBron, Power: 7/24/17
Amin Elhassan, Black Tray, Mariano Bivins, Justin Tinsley and Chris Haynes on the situation in Cleveland, who exactly is to blame, and Power
The Friday Mailbag: Promise the Moon: 7/21/17
Jade Hoye, Kevin Pelton, Zach Harper, Kaileigh Brandt, BIG Wos, Black Tray, Andrew Han, Momma Hoye, Mariano Bivins, Anthony Mayes, Eden Liu, Jordan Osrin, Jimmer and AC3.
The Kyrie Irving Problem : 7/21/17
Brian Windhorst, Tom Haberstroh, Tim Macmahon and Dave McMenamin with the latest on Kyrie Irving being unhappy in Cleveland.
OJ paroled, 2K stories, Vick vs. Kap: 7/20/17
Amin Elhassan, BIG Wos, Black Tray, Zach Harper and John Jervay on OJ getting paroled, NBA 2K storytime, Chester Bennington and Michael Vick's comments on Colin Kaepernick.
Rockets for Sale, Best-Worst Signings, Lonzo, LeBron: 7/19/17
Brian Windhorst, Tom Haberstroh, Tim MacMahon and Andrew Han on Leslie Alexander putting the Rockets up for sale, sports gambling, best and worst free agent signings, Lonzo an
Still KD, Lonzo's Kicks, Valentine Trolled, Power: 7/17/17
Amin Elhassan, BIG Wos, Black Tray, Mariano Bivins on Still KD the Documentary, Lonzo Ball's potential sneaker deal and what it means, later Justin Tinsley for Power recap.
The Friday Mailbag: It's Fun To Be Young: 7/14/17
Kevin Pelton, Jade Hoye, BIG Wos, Andrew Han, Black Tray, Zach Harper and Tom Haberstroh answer listener questions from Twitter.
Stephon Marbury on acting, China, Iverson: 7/13/17
Kevin Arnovitz and BIG Wos speak with Stephon Marbury on his upcoming movie, Starburys as the original Big Baller Brand, what happened in Minnesota, life in China and more.
Summer league, free agency winding down, Melo to Rockets?: 7/12/17
Brian Windhorst, Tim MacMahon, Andrew Han and Tom Haberstroh on the oddities of summer league, the potential of a Carmelo Anthony trade to Houston and gambling in Las Vegas.
Lonzo's Jay-Z take, LVSL players, Stanley Johnson: 7/10/17
Amin Elhassan, Black Tray, Jade Hoye and Mariano Bivens on Lonzo Ball's Jay-Z take, summer league and Stanley Johnson joins to talk Big 3 and movies.
Gordon Hayward, Nuggets, Heat, even more Hayward: 7/5/17
Brian Windhorst, Tim MacMahon and Tom Haberstroh on Gordon Hayward's decision to go to the Celtics, the improving Northwest division and what's left to do in free agency.
Free agency winners and losers, Jay-Z's 4:44, Power: 7/3/17
Amin Elhassan, Black Tray, Mariano Bivens and BIG Wos break down Jay-Z's 4:44, the winners and losers of free agency (so far) and Power.
The Friday Mailbag: Easy and Cheap: 6/30/17
Kevin Pelton, BIG Wos, Kaileigh Brandt, Jade Hoye, Tom Haberstroh, Zach Harper, Mariano Bivins, Black Tray, Momma Hoye, Anthony Mayes answer listener questions from Twitter.
CP3 fallout, Clippers Future, Blake, Hayward, Spurs: 6/29/17
Kevin Arnovitz and Brian Windhorst on the Chris Paul trade, what the Clippers do with Blake, Gordon Hayward's status on the market, the value of a superstar and the Spurs.
Phil Jackson, Chris Paul, mating bears, other things: 6/28/17
Amin Elhassan, Pablo Torre, Tom Haberstroh, Black Tray, Jerry Ferrara, Mike Ryan, Jade Hoye and Zach Harper talking fallout and meanings of the Jackson firing and CP3 trade.
NBA Awards, Voting, MVP, CP3, Hayward, Butler: 6/27/17
Brian Windhorst, Tom Haberstroh, Tim MacMahon, Kevin Pelton, Jade Hoye and Andrew Han on the NBA Awards show, best moments, voting, best moments, Russ, CP3 future and more.
TBA LIVE Recap, BET Awards, Reasonable Doubt, Power: 6/26/17
Amin Elhassan, Black Tray, Justin Tinsley, John Jervay and Wells P talk TBA Live in LA, the BET awards show, 20th anniversary of Reasonable Doubt and the premiere of Power S4.
TBA: Draft Side Piece : 6/22/17
Amin Elhassan, Brian Windhorst, Rachel Nichols, Andrew Han and Jade Hoye simulcasted with the 2017 NBA Draft.
Cavs' Hot Mess, Bron Future, Porzingis, Draft : 6/21/17
Brian Windhorst, Tom Haberstroh, Tim MacMahon, BIG Wos, Black Tray and Jade Hoye on the Cavs' hot mess, LeBron vs. Gilbert, Porzingis and the draft.
2017 NBA Draft Preview: 6/21/17
Kevin Pelton and Chad Ford preview the 2017 NBA Draft: The implications of the Celtics-76ers pick swap, possible trades, Jimmy Butler, Paul George the Cavs & the Lakers, Ball.
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