Brian Windhorst & The Hoop Collective
2023 Finals Game 4 MiniPod: 6/9/23
In this special NBA Finals episode of the Hoop Collective podcast, Brian Windhorst is joined by Michael Wilbon to recap Game 4 of the NBA Finals matchup as the Denver Nuggets dominate Heat in Game 4 to go up (3-1). They discuss the Nugget's team chemistry, which is getting stronger game by game, and how Jimmy Butler and the Heat are running out of gas. Plus, predictions for Game 5 on Monday.
Game 4 Preview With Jazz Coach Will Hardy, Chris Paul News: 6/9/23
Brian Windhorst is joined by ESPN's Tim Bontemps, Tim MacMahon and special guest Utah Jazz head coach Will Hardy to talk his resemblance to Walker Kessler, the Jazz exceeding expectations, what he does before games as a head coach, his very unique experience at the Olympics, how the Nuggets have given hope to other smaller market teams, Michael Malones adjustment strategy, what to expect in Game 4, the respect around the league for Spo and how these Finals have demonstrated the importance of being a team. Plus, reaction to the Chris Paul news and what his future holds.
2023 Finals Game 3 MiniPod: 6/7/23
In this special NBA Finals episode of the Hoop Collective podcast, Brian Windhorst is joined by Jalen Rose to recap Game 3 of the NBA Finals matchup as the Denver Nuggets won to go up (2-1) on the Miami Heat. They discuss Nikola Jokic and Jamal Murray becoming the first teammates in NBA Finals history to both record triple-doubles and the vigorous defense by the Nuggets that never let Miami lead in the second half. Plus, predictions for Game 4 on Friday.
Game 3 Preview With Georges Niang : 6/7/23
Brian Windhorst is joined by ESPN's Tim Bontemps, Tim MacMahon and special guest Philadelphia 76ers forward Georges Niang to talk the relentlessness of the Heat, Miamis shooting capabilities, his friendship with Duncan Robinson, how Denver handled the final possession of Game 2, what adjustments we may see from the Nuggets, how the Heat could potentially integrate Tyler Herro back into the rotation and Niangs thoughts on the 76ers hiring Nick Nurse.
2023 Finals Game 2 MiniPod: 6/4/23
In this special NBA Finals episode of the Lowe Post x Hoop Collective podcast, Zach Lowe and Brian Windhorst recap Game 2 of the NBA Finals matchup as the Miami Heat even up the series with the Denver Nuggets (1-1). They discuss the Heat's vital plays in the 4th quarter to walk away with the victory, and a possible Tyler Herro return in the series. Plus, they examine the Suns hiring Frank Vogel as head coach.
Game 2 Preview, Building Small Market Contenders: 6/3/23
Brian Windhorst is joined by ESPN's Tim Bontemps, Tim MacMahon and special guest, Former Bucks Owner, Marc Lasry to talk the struggles with building title contenders in small markets, how rewarding it is to build a homegrown team, the process of changing coaches, how Giannis has stayed down to earth and who the new labor agreement will favor more. Plus, the guys preview Game 2 of the NBA Finals and assess the Suns hiring Frank Vogel and the Pistons hiring Monty Williams.
2023 Finals Game 1 MiniPod: 6/1/23
In this special NBA Finals episode of the Lowe Post x Hoop Collective podcast, Zach Lowe and Brian Windhorst recap Game 1 of the NBA Finals matchup as the Denver Nuggets go up (1-0) against the Miami Heat. They discuss the size mismatches that surfaced with the Nuggets' offense against the Heat's defense, the modest performance of Jimmy Butler, and how the Heat can rebound in Game 2.
NBA Finals Preview With Kings' Coach Mike Brown: 6/1/23
Brian Windhorst is joined by ESPN's Tim Bontemps, Tim MacMahon and special guest, NBA Coach of the Year for the Kings, Mike Brown to preview the NBA Finals, break down the Heats zone, talk how to deal with Jokic, his experiences in the Finals, coaching one of LeBrons all-time performances, the Kings' historic season and lessons he has learned over the years. Plus, what does the future hold for the Warriors after GM Bob Myers stepped down and will the Knicks continue to be patient?
Heat Avoid History & Dominate Boston In Game 7, 76ers New Coach: 5/30/23
Brian Windhorst is joined by ESPN's Tim Bontemps and Tim MacMahon to react to the Heat dismantling the Celtics in Game 7, how Miami was able to rebound after a crushing loss in Game 6, Caleb Martins outrageous play, if Martin should have won Conference Finals MVP over Butler, Jaylen Browns struggles, Tatums ankle injury, what the Celtics need to get to the Finals and what their future holds. Plus, was Nick Nurse a good hire for the 76ers.
Derrick White Saves The Celtics, Previewing Game 7 : 5/28/23
Brian Windhorst is joined by ESPN's Tim Bontemps and Tim MacMahon to react to Bostons insane Game 6 win in Miami, Derrick Whites incredible heads up play, why the Celtics challenge was incredibly significant, the Heat missing out on a massive opportunity, how quiet the Miami locker room was, the Boston reaction in the end of the game, what the next 48 hours looks like for both teams and what to expect in Game 7.
Pressure In Miami? Lottery Picks Up For Grabs?: 5/26/23
Brian Windhorst is joined by ESPN's Tim Bontemps and Tim MacMahon to react to the Celtics officially making this a series again, Joe Mazzulla deserving credit for his adjustments, why Bostons 3-point shooting percentage is so important, how Miami can tweak their lineup and if the guys believe the Celtics can come all the way back. Plus, the coaching carousel is starting to power up and what lottery picks may be on the trading block.
Expect The Unexpected From Boston, Denver Makes First Finals: 5/24/23
Brian Windhorst is joined by ESPN's Tim Bontemps and Tim MacMahon to react to Boston showing some fight, the Celtics key shooting stat, Jimmy Butlers confidence level, what path to victory Boston fans can hope for, LeBrons interesting end of season quotes, the future for the Lakers, the Nuggets incredibly impressive play and how formidable they are going forward.
MINI-POD: Nuggets-Lakers WCF Game 4: 5/22/23
Brian Windhorst is joined by ESPN's Mina Kimes and Domonique Foxworth to react to the Denver Nuggets completing the sweep of the Los Angeles Lakers in Game 4 of the Western Conference Finals and what is ahead for LeBron and the Lakers during this offseason. Plus, predictions for Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Finals between the Heat and Celtics.
Celtics Collapse, Heat Reign, Denver Statement: 5/22/23
Brian Windhorst is joined by ESPN's Tim Bontemps and Tim MacMahon to react to a historically big blowout in Game 3 in Miami, why the Heat look so great right now, what has gone wrong with the Celtics, if Joe Mazzulla could be out of Boston if they dont turn this around, the future of the Celtics core and the perfect balance of Miamis attack. Plus, a preview of the potential Finals matchup between Miami & Denver.
MINI-POD: Nuggets-Lakers WCF Game 3: 5/20/23
Brian Windhorst is joined by ESPN's Bomani Jones to react to the commanding Nuggets' win over the Lakers in Game 3 of the Western Conference Finals. Plus, what to look forward to in Game of the Eastern Conference Finals between the Heat and Celtics.
MINI-POD: Nuggets-Lakers WCF Game 2: 5/18/23
Brian Windhorst is joined by ESPN's Cassidy Hubbarth and Domonique Foxworth to react to the action from Game 2 of the Western Conference Finals matchup between the Denver Nuggets and Los Angeles Lakers. Plus, what adjustments will need from the Lakers and Nuggets for Game 3.
Historic Draft Lottery Reaction, Lakers-Nuggets Game 1: 5/17/23
Brian Windhorst is joined by ESPN's Tim Bontemps and Tim MacMahon to react to a historic Draft Lottery night including from Wembanyamas team in France with Brian, his potential fit in San Antonio and the reaction around the league. Plus, the guys discuss what we learned from Game 1 of the Western Conference Finals, if we are in for a historic battle between AD & Jokic and a key adjustment by the Lakers.
Shrinking In Game 7, Suns Make Major Change, Ja Situation: 5/15/23
ESPN's Tim Bontemps, Tim MacMahon and Nick Friedell step in for Brian Windhorst to react to Tatums all-time Game 7 performance, the collapse of the 76ers, the future for Embiid & Harden, Monty Williams firing, the direction of the Suns, preview Lakers-Nuggets, why this is a legacy defining series for Jokic, preview Heat-Celtics and the latest on the Ja Morant situation.
Tatum Clutch Gene, Jokics Statement, Warriors-Lakers Preview: 5/12/23
Brian Windhorst is joined by ESPN's Tim Bontemps and Tim MacMahon to react to Tatums clutch performance, if this was the 76ers chance, how Jokic has more than lived up to the pressure on him in these playoffs, what may be coming in the offseason for the Suns, why Game 6 between the Warriors & Lakers has so many implications and if the Knicks can bring it to Game 7.
Big Statement From 76ers, Can Lakers Close?: 5/10/23
Brian Windhorst is joined by ESPN's Dave McMenamin and Jamal Collier to discuss the 76ers making a statement in Boston, a key change in strategy for the Celtics this season, if Durant & Booker can elevate the Suns once again, the Nuggets' potential going forward, LeBron's trust in his supporting cast, the matchup problems LA creates and if the Warriors have a 3-1 comeback in them.
Suns Statement, Harden Saves Philly: 5/8/23
Brian Windhorst is joined by ESPN's Tim Bontemps and Tim MacMahon to react to the Suns evening up the series despite a historic day from Jokic, the 76ers avoiding an epic collapse, Bostons late game management, the significance of winning Game 4s, the chess match between the Warriors & Lakers, what we can expect from Steph Curry and if the Knicks can generate any offense against Miami.
Warriors Rebound, Embiid Returns, Budenholzer Fired: 5/5/23
Brian Windhorst is joined by ESPN's Tim Bontemps and Nick Friedell to react to the Warriors responding in a big way, why it is hard to bet against Steph, if this is Embiids chance, why Boston should win as the deepest team, the key injuries in the Knicks-Heat series, if KD & Booker can do anything to stop Jokic and the Nuggets and Mike Budenholzer getting fired from the Bucks.
Lakers Strike First In The Bay, MVP Revealed : 5/3/23
Brian Windhorst is joined by ESPN's Bobby Marks and Kevin Pelton to react to the Lakers defeating the Warriors in a historic game, AD setting the tone for the series, LA's defense on Steph, the Knicks bouncing back in Game 2, why the Heat need Butler back to win, Joel Embiid winning the MVP, the Celtics playing down to opponents, Harden turning back the clock and when we will see Embiid return.
Steph Curry's All-Time Performance, Conference Semifinals Matchups: 5/1/23
Brian Windhorst is joined by ESPN's Tim MacMahon and Tim Bontemps to talk an all-time Game 7 performance from Steph Curry, why the Kings have nothing to be ashamed of, the Heat stealing Game 1 at MSG, Jimmy Butler and Julius Randle's injuries, how the 76ers will need a big Harden game in Boston, Embiid's return estimate and why the Nuggets create a serious math problem for the Suns. Then, the guys preview the big Lakers-Warriors matchup.
Celtics Survive, Must Win For Lakers? Future For Bucks: 4/28/23
Brian Windhorst is joined by ESPN's Tim MacMahon and Tim Bontemps to talk the up & down performances of the Celtics, if LeBron can bounce back against Memphis, if the Lakers need to close it out at home, if the Grizzlies should resign Dillon Brooks, Miamis historic win over Milwaukee, Jimmys insane performances, what the future direction of the Bucks is and preview Heat-Knicks.
Playoff Jimmy Reaction & Major Offseason Questions: 4/26/23
Brian Windhorst is joined by ESPNs Bobby Marks and Andscapes Marc J. Spears to discuss where Jimmy Butlers performance ranks among all-time playoff performances, the challenges of coming back from a 3-1 deficit, the Bucks looming offseason decisions, De'Aaron Foxs injury, how close the Kings-Warriors series is, the struggles for Memphis and if the Grizzlies will resign Dillon Brooks this offseason.
Knicks Atmosphere, Can Warriors Finally Win On The Road?: 4/24/23
Brian Windhorst is joined by ESPN's Tim MacMahon and Tim Bontemps to talk some near disastrous endings for the Wolves and Warriors, if Golden State can finally win a road game, Draymonds pivotal leadership, a wild weekend at the Garden for the Knicks, if New York could make a run, the Cavs key flaws, Dillon the Villain making more headlines and pivotal injuries to multiple star players.
Bounce Back In The Bay, The Leader Of The Suns: 4/21/23
Brian Windhorst is joined by ESPN's Tim MacMahon and Tim Bontemps to talk the Warriors getting what could be a season saving win, why Game 4 may decide the series, a physical battle in Brooklyn with multiple ejections, if the ejections were fair, how Booker is playing like a Top 5 player in the league, how the Clippers continue to adapt, why the Suns need to close this series out soon and who needs to step up for the Lakers.
Welcome To The Fox Show, Lakers In Drivers Seat: 4/19/23
Brian Windhorst is joined by ESPNs Kirk Goldsberry and Andscapes Marc J. Spears to discuss another huge win for Sacramento, De'Aaron Fox taking his game to the next level, Draymonds incident with Sabonis, Mike Browns leadership and how much the door is open for LeBron & the Lakers in Memphis.
Unique Wins Count The Same: 4/17/23
Brian Windhorst is joined by ESPN's Tim MacMahon and Tim Bontemps to talk the Clippers stealing Game 1 in Phoenix, Russs unique heroics, Kawhis outrageous performance before talking the surprising help LeBron & AD received to take Game 1 in Memphis for LA. Plus, are things opening up for the Knicks and should the Warriors be concerned?
Most Exciting Round 1 Playoff Matchups: 4/14/23
Brian Windhorst is joined by ESPN's Tim MacMahon and Tim Bontemps to talk some of the most compelling series of Round 1 including why Knicks-Cavs could be the most entertaining, which matchup is the key to that series, if Russ can help the Clippers upset the Suns and a surprising trivia fact about LeBron. Plus, our own Stats Williams joins to point out the most important trends to watch in the playoffs.
Should LA Scare Memphis? Zion Update: 4/12/23
Brian Windhorst is joined by ESPNs Kevin Pelton and Andscapes Marc J. Spears to discuss the Lakers winning an ugly game, Minnesota giving up another lead, the struggles of Wolves stars, how the Lakers matchup in Round 1, the Hawks surprising people against the Heat and get a much anticipated update from Zion Williamson.
The End Is Always Loud & Disaster In Dallas: 4/10/23
Brian Windhorst is joined by ESPN's Tim MacMahon and Tim Bontemps to talk the fight between Rudy Gobert & Kyle Anderson, Jaden McDaniels significant injury for the playoffs, what went wrong in Dallas, some interesting exit interview quotes, the future for the Mavs and how the Portland Tankers can meet Dames desire to win now.
What Is Going On In Dallas? Play-In Picture: 4/7/23
Brian Windhorst is joined by ESPN's Tim MacMahon and Tim Bontemps to talk the Mavs struggles this season, Kyries future with the team, Mark Cubans comments on Kyrie and losing Brunson in free agency before diving into the Play-In standings including how a few matchups could drastically alter the playoff picture.
Potential Playoff Noisemakers, Lakers Heating Up: 4/5/23
Brian Windhorst is joined by ESPN's Dave McMenamin and Nick Friedell to talk if the Suns are a title favorite given how well KD is playing, if the Lakers could be set up for a playoff run, Anthony Davis playing his best ball in LA, why the Knicks could make some noise in the playoffs, which player is perfect for Tom Thibodeau in New York and what could be the best series of the opening round.
Wild Western Playoff Picture, Eastern Favorites: 4/3/23
Brian Windhorst is joined by ESPN's Tim MacMahon and Tim Bontemps to talk how the Lakers playoff seeding potential continues to improve, if the Suns impressive play is sustainable in the playoffs, the Mavs ongoing disaster, if Giannis & the Bucks are runaway favorites in the East, injury concerns for Harden, the potential Knicks-Cavs 1st round matchup and Wembanyamas wildly impressive highlight.
Final 2023 MVP Straw Poll Reaction: 3/31/23
Brian Windhorst is joined by ESPN's Tim MacMahon and Tim Bontemps to react to Bontemps final MVP Straw Poll results of the season including a new leader in the race, a potential for a historically tight finish and if Giannis still has a chance to take on Embiid and Jokic. Plus, what is going on in Dallas?
KD Returning, Brandon Ingram Propelling Pels: 3/29/23
Brian Windhorst is joined by ESPNs Andrew Lopez and Andscapes Marc J. Spears to discuss Brandon Ingrams impressive play of late, the Pelicans late season push, when Zion may return, Minnesotas resurgence ruining a party in Sacramento, Kevin Durants return game, the importance of chemistry building for the Suns and another season of historical injuries.
Disaster In Dallas, The Pat Bev Effect: 3/27/23
Brian Windhorst is joined by ESPN's Tim MacMahon and Tim Bontemps to react to disastrous issues with the Mavericks, Lukas frustrations, the problems continuing to mount for the team, LeBrons return, the Bulls impressive record with Patrick Beverley on the roster and the key to the MVP race down the stretch of the season.
LeBron Injury Update, Key Playoff Position Battles: 3/24/23
Brian Windhorst is joined by ESPN's Tim MacMahon and Tim Bontemps to check in from across the country to talk teams jostling for seeding in the East and West, Austin Reaves big performances, when the Lakers could get LeBron back, Jas return to Memphis, Dillon Brooks awkward jersey swap with Kyrie, concerns for the Mavs and if we will see Zion again this season.
The Massive Impact Of All-NBA Selections: 3/22/23
Brian Windhorst is joined by ESPNs Bobby Marks and Andscapes Marc J. Spears to discuss if Ja Morant will still make All-NBA to earn an extra 40 million dollars, how voters will view his suspension and why the All-NBA voting has massive ramifications for Jaylen Brown and the Celtics as well. Plus, some strong play in Utah as their rebuild progresses.
What Is Going On In The Western Conference?: 3/20/23
Brian Windhorst is joined by ESPN's Tim MacMahon and Tim Bontemps to talk how no teams in the Western Conference have been able to separate themselves as real contenders including the Nuggets struggles and the Warriors brutal road trend continuing. Plus, are the Celtics still in the top tier of contenders in the East?
Tight MVP Race, Struggles In Boston & Denver: 3/17/23
Brian Windhorst is joined by ESPN's Tim MacMahon and Tim Bontemps to talk the Nuggets hitting a rough patch, the MVP race being as close as ever, Anthony Davis health & the Lakers playoff potential, how concerning the Celtics post All-Star break struggles are and what the future holds for Ja after the suspension announcement.
Bucks Team To Beat? New #2 Pick On Draft Boards?: 3/15/23
Brian Windhorst is joined by ESPNs Kevin Pelton and Andscapes Marc J. Spears to discuss Spears correct preseason prediction about the Kings, what their ceiling is, if the Bucks are the team to beat in the East, if the Warriors can finally get things going on the road and if Brandon Miller has overtaken Scoot Henderson as the #2 pick.
Its Good To Be A King, The Wide Open West: 3/13/23
Brian Windhorst is joined by ESPN's Tim MacMahon and Tim Bontemps to talk the Warriors without Wiggins, how wide open the Western Conference is, how high up the Lakers can climb in the standings, what concerns there are with the Mavs and the Kings righting the ship for the franchise.
KD & Luka Injury, Making A Rivalry: 3/10/23
Brian Windhorst is joined by ESPN's Tim MacMahon and Tim Bontemps to talk the battle between Draymond Green & Dillon Brooks, what makes a rivalry, if the Warriors' road record makes them not contenders, KDs injury update, if it hurts the title chances in Phoenix and how significant Lukas injury is to Dallas.
Nuggets Postseason Expectations, Concerned About Boston?: 3/8/23
Brian Windhorst is joined by ESPNs Kirk Goldsberry and Andscapes Marc J. Spears to discuss if the Nuggets clutch numbers in the regular season will translate to the postseason, if they trust Denver in the playoffs, if Ja will return this season, if Celtics fans should be concerned yet and what the Knicks can do.
Luka VS. Booker, What Is Going On In Memphis?: 3/6/23
Brian Windhorst is joined by ESPN's Tim MacMahon and Tim Bontemps to talk the rivalry between Luka and Booker, KD returning to form, why Chris Paul is going to have to hit open shots, the Lakers coming up with pivotal wins for playoff positioning, what is going on with Ja Morant and Memphis, the Celtics struggles and who the favorites seem to be in the West.
KD A Ray Of Sunshine In Phoenix, Steph Returning Soon: 3/3/23
Brian Windhorst is joined by ESPN's Tim MacMahon and Tim Bontemps to talk how Kevin Durant fit in his first game in Phoenix, how happy Booker and KD are to be teaming up, if Russ can buy into a reduced role with the Clippers, give an injury update on LeBron, talk if the Warriors are still a feared team in the Western Conference Playoffs and how the Cavs can navigate some challenging decisions.
2022-23 Large Sample-Size Theater: 3/1/23
In an annual tradition, Brian Windhorst is joined by ESPNs Kevin Pelton to discuss some of the league's statistical anomalies and fascinating trends over the course of the season. How insane was Dames performance? Who deserves All-NBA selections? What do the numbers say about a historical uptick in scoring? Who has regressed during the season? All that and more in the large sample theater.
Miscues To Start In Dallas, Snyder To Atlanta: 2/27/23
Brian Windhorst is joined by ESPN's Tim MacMahon and Tim Bontemps to talk how Kyrie & Luka are working after another late game miscue, how the Lakers are turning things around after their deadline moves, the Kings potential, Quin Snyder getting hired in Atlanta and the Knicks hot streak.
Teams Under Pressure To End The Season: 2/24/23
Brian Windhorst is joined by ESPN's Tim MacMahon and Tim Bontemps to preview the final quarter of the NBA season including teams under pressure to make a run in the postseason. The guys talk the pressure of MVPs on Jokic & the Nuggets to have success in the postseason, if we should have confidence in the Warriors because of their past successes, how Russ fits with the Clippers and why the clock is ticking in Philadelphia.
KDs Fit In Phoenix, Can Russ Work With Clippers?: 2/22/23
Brian Windhorst is joined by ESPNs Kirk Goldsberry and Andscapes Marc J. Spears to discuss Spears winning the 2023 Naismith Hall of Fame Curt Gowdy Media Award, KDs fit with the Suns including how quickly the team can put it all together, if the Nets can still make noise in the playoffs, what Russ can do with the Clippers and Kevin Love going to Miami.
Victor Wembanyama: A Prospect Unlike Any Other: 2/20/23
Brian Windhorst is joined by ESPN's Jonathan Givony to discuss their trip to France to talk with and watch Victor Wembanyama as he prepares for the NBA Draft. The guys discuss why he is unlike any prospect they have ever seen, Victor's unique draft preparation plan, what his rookie season expectations should be and more!
MVP Straw Poll Reaction, KD's Intro, Mavs New Start: 2/17/23
Brian Windhorst is joined by ESPN's Tim MacMahon and Tim Bontemps to react to the latest MVP Straw Poll results including if Jokic could enter a rarified air. Plus, what is the biggest takeaway from the beginning of the Kyrie-Luka pairing in Dallas, the pressure on the Suns as they welcome KD and expectations in Boston with a first-year coach.
The Real MVP Of 08 Celtics, Kyrie & LeBron In Cleveland: 2/15/23
Brian Windhorst is joined by ESPN Analyst and NBA Champion Kendrick Perkins to discuss his career including his private jet journey courtesy of John Calipari, how the 2000s Boston Big 3 built team chemistry, the best player on the 08 Celtics, inside the struggles between LeBron/Kyrie in Cleveland, playing with Hall Of Famers and more!
Lakers Set To Make Some Noise?: 2/13/23
Brian Windhorst is joined by ESPN's Nick Friedell and Dave McMenamin to discuss if the Lakers new moves can result in some noise in the playoffs, talk LeBrons injury and the team plan going forward. Then, the guys talk the new look Nets, what they can do for the rest of the season and Hardens comments on what broke things apart in Brooklyn.
Blockbuster Trade Deadline Reaction: 2/10/23
Brian Windhorst is joined by ESPN's Tim MacMahon and Tim Bontemps to break down everything you need to know from the trade deadline including the Suns blockbuster for Kevin Durant, the Lakers moving on from Russ, which title contenders helped their rosters like the Bucks and more!
A New Crown For King James: 2/8/23
Brian Windhorst is joined by ESPN's Tim MacMahon and Tim Bontemps in a special edition of the Hoop Collective taped live on the radio to react to LeBron James breaking Kareem Abdul-Jabbars all-time scoring record in the NBA, the Lakers future and Kyries fit in Dallas. Then, Andscapes Marc J. Spears and ESPNs Kirk Goldsberry join to discuss Cam Thomas incredible scoring streak and if we will see the Raptors make any moves at the deadline.
Impact Of The Kyrie Trade: 2/6/23
Brian Windhorst and Zach Lowe 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?
Unscheduled Kyrie Trade Request Reaction: 2/3/23
Brian Windhorst is joined by ESPN's Tim MacMahon and Tim Bontemps to react to Kyrie Irving requesting a trade from the Brooklyn Nets including potential destinations, how the Nets should respond and what this means for Kevin Durants future in Brooklyn.
2023 Trade Deadline Preview: 2/3/23
Brian Windhorst is joined by ESPN's Tim MacMahon and Tim Bontemps to preview who the major players will be at the trade deadline including if the Raptors will be sellers, who the main targets will be for the big teams and more!
Murray Leading In Atlanta, Future In Chicago: 2/1/23
Brian Windhorst is joined by ESPNs Jamal Collier and Andscapes Marc J. Spears to discuss Spears interview with Dejounte Murray including his leadership in Atlanta, what direction the Bulls should go in, how healthy the Bucks are and if the Raptors will be sellers at the deadline.
Jackson Jr. Stat Controversy, 76ers Contenders?: 1/30/23
Brian Windhorst is joined by ESPN's Kevin Pelton to discuss the social media fascination with Jaren Jackson Jrs blocks per game at home, a tough call for the Lakers with an interesting response, if the 76ers are legit contenders, what direction the Blazers are headed and more!
Rivalry Wins, Nets/Lakers Plan For The Future: 1/27/23
Brian Windhorst is joined by ESPN's Tim MacMahon and Tim Bontemps to react to the 76ers big rivalry win, Kyries future with the Nets, Rui getting traded to the Lakers, a big win for the Warriors, what the Grizzlies need moving forward and more!
The Land Of Kings, Pelicans Health Check: 1/25/23
Brian Windhorst is joined by Andscapes Marc J. Spears to discuss Spears prediction about the Kings making the playoffs with the team now sitting in 3rd place in the West before talking the Lakers trade for Rui Hachimura. Then, ESPNs Andrew Lopez joins to talk injury updates on some key Pelicans stars and the idea of NBA coaches doing their own dunk contest.
CBA Updates, What Is Going On In Atlanta?: 1/23/23
Brian Windhorst is joined by ESPN's Bobby Marks to discuss the status of the next CBA discussions for the league, what the path forward looks like for the Hawks, potential trade deadline options and a look back at a recent history of deadline deals.
Teams Under The Most Trade Deadline Pressure: 1/20/23
Brian Windhorst is joined by ESPN's Tim MacMahon and Tim Bontemps to discuss the teams facing the most pressure as we head towards the trade deadline including why the Mavs need to get Luka help, who can right the ship for the Clippers, if it is worth it for the Lakers to deal picks, what direction the Raptors should go in and more!
Warriors White House Trip: 1/18/23
Brian Windhorst is joined by Andscapes Marc J. Spears to discuss his experience joining the Warriors for the team trip to the White House including some unique behind the scenes information before diving into if Golden State is beginning to turn things around.
Records Broken, Basketballs Evolution: 1/16/23
Brian Windhorst is joined by ESPN's Kirk Goldsberry to talk witnessing record breaking attendance at the Alamodome for Warriors-Spurs, the evolution of hero ball, the growth of talent in the world, the challenges facing big moves at the trade deadline and more!
1st Half Of Season Storylines: 1/13/23
Brian Windhorst is joined by ESPN's Tim MacMahon and Tim Bontemps to discuss the most intriguing storylines from the first half of the season including the uncertainty in the Western Conference, the massive uptick in scoring across the league, Jokics case for a MVP 3-peat and more!
Curry Returns, Banchero Impresses, KD Injury: 1/11/23
Brian Windhorst is joined by Andscapes Marc J. Spears to discuss Steph Currys return for the Warriors, what it means for Golden State going forward and if the team needs to make any moves in the near future. Plus, they discuss a strong start to Paolo Banchero's career. Then, ESPNs Nick Friedell joins to talk how the Nets will manage KDs absence, what players we need to step up and if it could be a good thing for the team in the long run.
Lakers' Expectations Trending Up?: 1/9/23
Brian Windhorst is joined by ESPNs Dave McMenamin to talk his sit down with LeBron, the Lakers five game win streak, if our expectations for LA should change, why there is belief within the locker room and what moves the team could make.
All-Star Starter Predictions: 1/6/23
Brian Windhorst is joined by ESPN's Tim MacMahon and Tim Bontemps to react to the NBA All-Star fan vote standings, who they think deserves to be an All-Star and what the lineups might look like. Plus, who may be the odd man out in the starting lineup in the Eastern Conference?
Incredible Scoring Across The League: 1/4/23
Brian Windhorst is joined by ESPN's Andrew Lopez and Andscapes Marc J. Spears to discuss the insane performances weve seen in the NBA lately including Donovan Mitchells 71-point outing, LeBrons efficiency, the Warriors impressive homestand and the significance of Zions injury for the Pelicans.
Danger For Minnesota? Potential Contract Extensions: 1/2/23
Brian Windhorst is joined by ESPN's Bobby Marks to discuss Minnesotas struggles, what they can do to correct them and the moves on the table for them. Plus, what players are eligible to be resigned and will their team do so, including if the Mavs will resign Wood for Luka.
Luka Makes History, Brooklyn Contenders?: 12/29/22
Brian Windhorst is joined by ESPN's Tim MacMahon and Tim Bontemps to discuss Lukas historic performance against the Knicks, changing fortunes for New York, Brooklyn continuing to stay hot, how the Suns can make some trades to booster their bench and what to make of the Nuggets.
Attainable Franchise All-Time Scorer Records: 12/27/22
Brian Windhorst is joined by ESPN's Tim MacMahon and Tim Bontemps to discuss what players have a chance to become their franchises all-time leading scorer for their current teams. Which records are out of reach and which ones will go down soon?
NBA Christmas Day Preview 2022: 12/23/22
Brian Windhorst is joined by ESPN's Tim MacMahon and Tim Bontemps to preview the NBA Christmas Day slate including the matchups to watch and what teams are trending up and down.
Nets Can Contend, Cavs' Star Takes Note: 12/21/22
Brian Windhorst is joined by ESPN's Kirk Goldsberry and Andscapes Marc J. Spears to discuss stories from Chris Pauls graduation ceremony, the impressive turnaround for the Nets, what they need to become legitimate contenders, Donovan Mitchells interview about his time in Utah, the success of the Cavs and Mobleys development.
AD Injury Reaction, What Should The Bulls Do?: 12/19/22
Brian Windhorst is joined by ESPN's Kevin Pelton to react to the Anthony Davis injury news, what direction the struggling Bulls should go in, a surprising win streak from the Magic and what Memphis needs for postseason success.
1st MVP Straw Poll Reaction, Curry Injury: 12/16/22
Brian Windhorst is joined by ESPN's Tim MacMahon and Tim Bontemps to react to Bontemps first MVP Straw Poll of the 2022-23 season including why some stars are lower than expected and why some may not be as far ahead as expected. Plus, the guys react to Steph Currys injury timeline, including what this means for the Warriors planning for this season.
Oh, Here Are The Clippers, Knicks Rebound: 12/14/22
Brian Windhorst is joined by ESPN's Ohm Youngmisuk and Andscapes Marc J. Spears to discuss how formidable the Clippers look when Kawhi and Paul George are healthy, John Walls return to D.C., where the Knicks stand and discuss if there is more pressure to win in New York than anywhere else.
Thank You Paul Silas, Nets Turning The Corner?: 12/12/22
Brian Windhorst is joined by ESPN's Nick Friedell to remember NBA Legend Paul Silas including stories regarding his career in coaching. Then, the guys break down the recent success in Brooklyn and what this team needs to be successful on the court before discussing the myriad of ways this season could go come the trade deadline.
Luka Needs A Co-Star, What Is Wrong In Phoenix?: 12/9/22
Brian Windhorst is joined by ESPN's Tim MacMahon and Tim Bontemps to talk why the Mavs need to get Luka a co-star, what it means for their future if they dont, what has changed with the Suns since last season, the potential danger of the Pelicans roster and how the Heat can move forward with all of their injuries.
Why Does Joe Mazzulla Fit For The Celtics? NBA Awards Changes: 12/7/22
Brian Windhorst is joined by Andscape's Marc J. Spears and ESPNs Kevin Pelton to talk Joe Mazzullas coaching style, the Celtics insane offensive efficiency, new NBA Awards that may indicate changes to come, Alperen ^engŁns unique skillset for the Rockets and the challenges in comparing eras in the NBA.
Can AD & The Lakers Keep This Up? Concern For Hawks/Warriors?: 12/5/22
Brian Windhorst is joined by ESPN's Bobby Marks to discuss if AD and the Lakers can keep up their elite play, what moves they may make, how concerned Hawks ownership should be about Trae Young and what moves are available to the Warriors. Plus, discussion on the current state of the next CBA.
Celtics Top The NBA, 2020 NBA Draft Mistakes: 12/2/22
Brian Windhorst is joined by ESPN's Tim MacMahon and Tim Bontemps to talk the significance of the Celtics extending Al Horford, their early domination, Tatum taking another step forward and the teams impressive shooting. Plus, we take a look back at the 2020 NBA draft including a the player picked outside the Top 10 who may be the best in the class and the biggest bust.
Pelicans Play Defense Now, Big 3 In DC?: 11/30/22
Brian Windhorst is joined by Andscape's Marc J. Spears and ESPNs Andrew Lopez to talk Herb Jones superb defense, the Pelicans finding their groove, the future growth of NBA talent in the world and the surprising start from the Wizards including if they have a potential Big 3 brewing.
More To Learn In LA, Young Stars Putting It All Together : 11/28/22
Brian Windhorst is joined by ESPNs Kirk Goldsberry to talk what we should make of the Lakers resurgence, what we will learn about the team in their next tough stretch and why the Pacers are a potential trade partner. Plus, does Indiana have the best young backcourt in the league and some other young stars who are putting it all together.
What is this, a crossover episode?: 11/24/22
On the CJ McCollum Show, CJ McCollum and Izzy Gutierrez welcome Brian Windhorst for a Hoop Collective crossover episode! They discuss cryptocurrency in the NBA, strategies for gambling in the casinos (06:50), and how dangerous the Pelicans are with Brandon Ingram and Zion Williamson (23:40). Plus, what teams to watch as the season moves full steam ahead (44:03).
Our 2nd Annual Friendsgiving: 11/23/22
Brian Windhorst is joined by a roundtable of ESPN NBA reporters for a special Thanksgiving episode including Tim Bontemps, Tim MacMahon, Ohm Youngmisuk, Ramona Shelburne, Dave McMenamin and Nick Friedell. The crew talks Ben Simmons & the Nets struggling in his return to Philadelphia, continued health issues for the Clippers, what expectations are within the Lakers organization, Kyries return, best Thanksgiving foods and more!
Bulls Stars Struggle Together, Bucks Persevere: 11/21/22
Brian Windhorst is joined by ESPNs Jamal Collier to talk the struggles for the Bulls, Lonzos uncertain injury timeline and Zach LaVines slow start. Plus, reaction to a strange incident with Giannis in Philadelphia and how the Bucks have persevered through injuries this season.
SGA Early MVP, Western Contenders: 11/18/22
Brian Windhorst is joined by ESPN's Tim MacMahon and Tim Bontemps to talk Shai Gilgeous-Alexanders historic start to the season, if he is speeding up OKCs timeline, the waiting game for the Clippers with Kawhis slow progression, Victor Wembanyamas latest dazzling display of talent and if Portlands start to the season is sustainable enough to make them contenders in the West.
Celtics Still On Top, Cavs Legit Contenders?: 11/16/22
Brian Windhorst is joined by Andscape's Marc J. Spears and ESPNs Kirk Goldsberry to talk a fantastic start from the Celtics, how they have flown under the radar, if the Cavs are legitimate title contenders, if it is time to be concerned about the Warriors and if this is the year the Kings return to the playoffs.
2022-23 Small Sample-Size Theater: 11/14/22
In an annual tradition, Brian Windhorst is joined by ESPNs Kevin Pelton to discuss some of the league's statistical anomalies and whether they'll hold up. Is Portlands defense sustainable? Will Utah regress back to the mean or are they a playoff team? Are the Warriors in serious trouble? All that and more in the small sample theater.
Suns Start Strong, Time For Concern In Minnesota?: 11/11/22
Brian Windhorst is joined by ESPN's Tim MacMahon and Tim Bontemps to talk the Suns strong start after a tumultuous offseason, if it is time for concern about Chris Paul, the awful start for Minnesota including a lack of leadership and if the Grizzlies will contend for the top seed in the West.
Potential Expansion Destinations In The NBA: 11/9/22
Brian Windhorst is joined by Andscape's Marc J. Spears to talk potential expansion destinations for the NBA down the line including Mexico City, a return to Seattle, a jumpstart in Vegas among others. Plus, will there be a future for Ime Udoka in Brooklyn?
NBA Crisis Management, Future For Knicks & Nets: 11/7/22
Brian Windhorst is joined by Attorney Alex Spiro to explain how to handle crisis management in high profile situations including big NBA scenarios. Then ESPN's Bobby Marks joins the show to tell us which New York franchise hed rather work for before explaining the futures for both of them.
Kyrie Suspension Reaction, Warriors' Early Struggles: 11/4/22
Brian Windhorst is joined by ESPN's Tim MacMahon and Tim Bontemps to react to Kyries suspension from Brooklyn and discuss his future with the Nets and the response from the NBA. Plus, key injuries for the 76ers and continuing early struggles for the Warriors.
Seriously, What Is Going On In Brooklyn?: 11/2/22
Brian Windhorst is joined by ESPN's Tim MacMahon and Tim Bontemps to talk Steve Nash & the Nets parting ways, Brooklyn pursuing Ime Udoka, the issues surrounding Kyrie Irvings tweet and discuss a general lack of accountability- .
Early Season Overachievers & Underachievers: 11/1/22
Brian Windhorst is joined by ESPN's Kirk Goldsberry and Marc J. Spears to talk about the biggest underachievers and overachievers so far this season. The crew discusses Portlands impressive start, the surprise in Utah and a strong start for the Spurs before talking a lack of identity for the Clippers and struggles for the Heat & Warriors.
76ers Concerning Start, Brooklyn's Flaws Solvable?: 10/28/22
Brian Windhorst is joined by ESPN's Tim MacMahon and Tim Bontemps to talk the 76ers limping out of the gates this season, what issues they are able to address, concerning +/- stats for some star lineups in Brooklyn, an awkward call out in Minnesota and some young rookies making an early statement.
Pels Strong Start, Nets Struggles, What Is Going On In Utah?: 10/25/22
Brian Windhorst is joined by ESPN's Andrew Lopez and Nick Friedell to discuss what potential exists for the Pelicans this season after a strong debut, the flaws on the Nets that need to be addressed to make the team a legitimate contender and What Is Going On In Utah after an unexpectedly successful start.
Opening Reactions: Nets & Lakers Struggle, Strength In The East: 10/21/22
Brian Windhorst is joined by ESPN's Tim MacMahon and Tim Bontemps to talk the start of the NBA season including an potential tone setting comeback for the Suns, the strength of the Eastern Conference, if the Knicks could finish higher than the Nets and assess LeBrons thoughts on the state of the Lakers.
Who Will Have The Most Regular Season Wins?: 10/18/22
Brian Windhorst is joined by ESPN's Tim MacMahon and Tim Bontemps to talk who will have the most regular season wins this season. The guys each select a team in a snake draft of all 30 NBA teams to build a group of 10 teams who will have the most wins this year.
A Golden State Crisis? Finding Positions In LA: 10/14/22
Brian Windhorst is joined by ESPN's Tim MacMahon and Tim Bontemps to talk the drama surrounding Draymond Greens altercation with Jordan Poole, if the team was right to call it a crisis situation, how things are meshing together with the Lakers and talk What Is Going On In Minnesota as we head into the season.
The Wembanyama Experience, Potential Lottery Teams: 10/7/22
Brian Windhorst is joined by ESPN's Tim MacMahon and Tim Bontemps to talk Victor Wembanyamas impressive debut, what teams may be tanking this year and What Is Going On In Orlando. Plus, the guys talk about the dust up between Draymond Green and Jordan Poole.
Checking In At NBA Camps - Who Knows Their Roles?: 9/30/22
Brian Windhorst is joined by ESPN's Tim MacMahon and Tim Bontemps to talk Embiids comfort coming into the season, lingering issues with the Suns following last years collapse and what the potential looks like in Minnesota. Plus, will the fans get the play time they want for young talent in New York?
NBA Media Day Reaction 2022: 9/27/22
Brian Windhorst is joined by our ESPN NBA Reporters at a variety of locations from Media Days across the league. First, Tim Bontemps joins to talk the tone in Boston and what the outlook is in Phoenix. Then, Nick Friedell joins to discuss what Brooklyn could be this season before Andrew Lopez joins to break down the excitement in New Orleans. Lastly, Dave McMenamin lets us know how expectations are shifting in Los Angeles.
2022 Western Conference Preview: 9/23/22
Brian Windhorst and ESPN's Tim MacMahon get together in-person in LA to preview the Western Conference with our NBA reporters. Dave McMenamin joins first to talk on-court expectations for the Suns and what the ceiling is for the Lakers. Then, Kendra Andrews joins to talk the Warriors upcoming trip to Japan and how long their title window can last before Ohm Youngmisuk joins to break down if the Clippers or Nuggets can be serious contenders. Lastly, Andrew Lopez discusses what Zion could be this season and if the Mavs or Grizzlies will take the next step.
Emergency Pod: Sarver To Sell The Suns: 9/21/22
Brian Windhorst is joined by Andscapes Marc J. Spears and ESPNs Ramona Shelburne to react to Robert Sarver announcing his intention to sell the Phoenix Suns & Mercury and the implications across the NBA.
2022 Eastern Conference Preview: 9/21/22
Brian Windhorst and ESPN's Tim Bontemps get together in-person in LA to preview the Eastern Conference with our NBA reporters. Nick Friedell joins first to talk if the Nets can play cohesive basketball and if the 76ers can take the next step with a full year of Harden. Then, Kevin Pelton joins to talk how offseason moves in the conference could impact the season before Jamal Collier joins to talk injury concerns for the Bulls and if people are forgetting about the Bucks.
Sarver Suspension Reaction: 9/16/22
Brian Windhorst is joined by ESPN's Tim MacMahon and Tim Bontemps to react to Suns Owner Robert Sarvers one-year suspension from NBA Commissioner Adam Silver and Silvers comments at the recent press conference. Then, the guys talk What Is Going On In Portland and Brians trip to Cleveland.
EuroBasket Results, Are The Hawks Or Cavs Better?: 9/8/22
Brian Windhorst is joined by ESPN's Tim MacMahon and Tim Bontemps to discuss some standout performers from EuroBasket, including dazzling displays from Luka & Giannis before talking what players may be earning themselves contracts in the NBA. Plus, how concerning Lonzos return timetable is for Chicago, What Is Going On In Atlanta after their offseason moves and Patrick Beverley and Russell Westbrooks friendly intro.
Emergency Pod: Donovan Mitchell Traded To Cavs: 9/1/22
Brian Windhorst is joined by ESPN's Tim MacMahon and Tim Bontemps to react to the trade sending Donovan Mitchell to the Cavs. The guys talk what this means for the future in Cleveland, why the Knicks couldnt land the plane to get a deal done, the next moves for the Jazz to continue to acquire picks and if this changes the landscape of the Eastern Conference.
How Barrett Extension Impacts Mitchell Talks, Potential For Kings: 9/1/22
Brian Windhorst is joined by ESPN's Tim MacMahon and Tim Bontemps to discuss how RJ Barretts extension with the Knicks impacts Donovan Mitchell trade talks, if it is a good contract for New York and talk what is going on in Sacramento including if playoff expectations are legitimate for the Kings. Plus, the guys talk the results of the Offseason NBA Survey article done by Bontemps.
When Will More Go On In Utah? KD Stays With Nets: 8/26/22
Brian Windhorst is joined by ESPN's Tim MacMahon and Tim Bontemps to discuss when Donovan Mitchell will be on the move and if it will certainly be to the Knicks, before talking a different trade from Utah sending Pat Bev to LA. Then, the guys talk what the basketball may look like on the court this season in Brooklyn with Kevin Durant locked in. Plus, reaction to Chet Holmgren's injury.
Significance Of LeBron's Extension, Expectations For Cavs: 8/19/22
Brian Windhorst is joined by ESPN's Tim MacMahon and Tim Bontemps to discuss LeBrons extension with the Lakers, what potential moves this leaves for Los Angeles, how his opt-out clause keeps the possibility to play with Bronny and what to make of the past 4 seasons for the Lakers. Then, the guys break down what the expectations should be in Cleveland for this season and what teams are All In this year.
Will We See KD In Nets Camp?: 8/12/22
Brian Windhorst is joined by Andscapes Marc J. Spears to break down what is next for the Nets and Kevin Durant, including if they think he will be at Brooklyns training camp. Plus, the guys share their thoughts on throwback jerseys and discuss what you learn from NBA practices.
Does KD Makes Sense In Boston? Offseason Winners & Losers: 7/28/22
Brian Windhorst is joined by ESPN's Tim MacMahon and Tim Bontemps to discuss if the Celtics should actually make a move for Kevin Durant and how important Jaylen Brown is to Bostons future. Then, the guys dive into the winners and losers of the offseason including how the 76ers upgraded their roster and why the Suns and Mavs needed to do more to stay in contention.
Harden's Contract, Westbrook's Future: 7/22/22
Brian Windhorst is joined by ESPN's Tim MacMahon and Tim Bontemps to discuss how Hardens new contract impacts the future of the 76ers and what the present state of the Lakers means for Westbrook including his interesting change of agents.
Ayton Back With Suns, New Star In The Empire State?: 7/15/22
Brian Windhorst is joined by ESPN's Tim MacMahon and Tim Bontemps to discuss Deandre Ayton signing back with Phoenix, what this means for Kevin Durants trade possibilities, if KD and Kyrie may wind up back together again in Brooklyn after all and if Donovan Mitchell could be a Knick by next week.
The Stars Of The Summer League: 7/12/22
Brian Windhorst is joined by Andscape's Marc J. Spears to talk his standouts from the NBA Summer League so far, including Keegan Murrays fantastic play and if the Kings could be a playoff team this season. Then, ESPNs Kevin Pelton joins to discuss if the budding relationship between Josh Giddey and Chet Holmgren is for real before talking the Deandre Ayton situation in Phoenix.
Contract Notes You May Have Missed From Free Agency: 7/8/22
Brian Windhorst is joined by ESPN's Tim MacMahon and Tim Bontemps to discuss the key notes from the NBA free agency contracts. The guys break down Ja Morant not getting a player option, what protections the Pelicans put in Zions contract, Bradley Beal being the only player in the league with a no-trade clause and Zach LaVine getting all he wanted from Chicago. Plus, could Donovan Mitchell be in the Empire State soon?
Whats Going on in Brooklyn? Meme God Brian Windhorst Explains: 7/7/22
If you were on social media at all last weekend, youve seen the clip of Brian Windhorst on First Take palms in the air, looking to the heavens like hes the subject of a Renaissance painting and questioning what exactly the Utah Jazz were planning following the trade of Royce ONeale. Hours later, Jazz All Star Rudy Gobert was traded to Minnesota, and Windhorst instantly became Twitters NBA Nostradamus. Given his new fame, Windhorst took the time for us little people at ESPN Daily, and tells us about how hes handled life in the limelight&oh, and also whats going on with the Brooklyn Nets.
What Is Going On With Kyrie & KD?: 7/6/22
Brian Windhorst is joined by ESPN's Andrew Lopez and Dave McMenamin to discuss the latest on the Kevin Durant rumors, a big step for the Pelicans, what may happen with Kyrie including who may want to trade for him, a cryptic tweet from the Lakers and what else is now going on in Utah. Plus, the guys react to Brian becoming a meme.
2022 Free Agency Frenzy: 7/1/22
Brian Windhorst is joined by ESPN's Tim MacMahon and Tim Bontemps to react to a wild day in NBA free agency led by Kevin Durant requesting trade from the Brooklyn Nets. The guys talk possible destinations for what could be an unprecedented haul before diving into what this means for Kyrie, how much better the Hawks got, if a rebuild is upon us in Utah and more!
Kyrie Opts In, Wall To LA: 6/28/22
Brian Windhorst is joined by ESPN's Nick Friedell and Marc J. Spears to react to Kyrie Irving opting into his contract with the Nets before talking about how that impacts his future in Brooklyn or potentially elsewhere. Plus, the significance of John Wall to the Clippers.
2022 NBA Draft Reaction: 6/24/22
Brian Windhorst is joined by ESPN's Tim MacMahon and Tim Bontemps to react to the 2022 NBA Draft including Paolo Banchero jumping up to the top pick, the biggest surprises of Round 1, what exactly the Knicks were doing and the latest on the Kyrie saga with the Nets.
2022 NBA Draft Preview, Kyrie Wants Out?: 6/21/22
Brian Windhorst is joined by ESPN's Kevin Pelton to talk the logistics of where Kyrie could go outside of Brooklyn and the chances he remains with the Nets. Plus, the guys get you ready for Thursdays NBA Draft with who could go #1 and some players who will greatly outperform their selection.
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.
2022 NBA Finals Game 6 Preview: 6/16/22
Brian Windhorst is joined by ESPN's Tim MacMahon and Tim Bontemps to preview Game 6 of the NBA Finals including how Steph Curry will bounce back, why Ime Udoka says Boston likes doing things the hard way and the key to the series that continues to pop up. Plus, how Golden States smart financial decisions continue to set the team up for success.
2022 NBA Finals Game 5 Reaction: 6/13/22
Brian Windhorst is joined by ESPN's Tim Bontemps on the floor of the Chase Center to react to a massive win for Golden State in a weird game. The guys break it all down including a sensational performance from Andrew Wiggins, Steph going cold from 3, the Celtics' offensive struggles in the 4th quarter and why Boston missed a big opportunity in this game.
2022 NBA Finals Game 5 Preview: 6/13/22
Brian Windhorst is joined by ESPN's Tim MacMahon and Tim Bontemps to preview Game 5 of the NBA Finals including how the turnovers for the Celtics remain the key to the series, the brilliance of Steph Curry, if Steph still has another level to reach in the Finals, the difference Kevon Looney has made for the Warriors, what Tatum needs to do to step up for Boston and the status of Rob Williams injury.
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.
2022 NBA Finals Game 4 Preview: 6/10/22
Brian Windhorst is joined by ESPN's Tim MacMahon and Tim Bontemps to preview Game 4 of the NBA Finals including Draymond Greens struggles, Jayson Tatums potential to elevate his standing in the league, if Steph Curry can carry the Warriors and why Rob Williams is such a difference maker for Boston.
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.
2022 NBA Finals Game 3 Preview: 6/8/22
Brian Windhorst is joined by ESPN's Tim MacMahon and Tim Bontemps to preview Game 3 of the NBA Finals including how Klay Thompson is attempting to get himself going, the new battle cry for Boston and if Draymond Green has put himself in a precarious position with the officials including Scott Foster. Plus, a new head coach in Los Angeles, Russell Westbrooks future with the Lakers and Quin Snyder officially stepping down in Utah.
2022 NBA Finals Game 2 Reaction: 6/5/22
Brian Windhorst is joined on the Chase Center court by Andscapes Marc J. Spears immediately following the Warriors statement victory over the Celtics to talk Golden States strategy change, how Boston let Draymond win the mental battle, changes in officiating after 1 technical foul and how the Celtics sloppy play cant repeat in Boston. Plus, a special appearance from Warriors super fan Jimmy Goldstein.
2022 NBA Finals Game 2 Preview: 6/5/22
Brian Windhorst is joined by ESPN's Tim MacMahon and Tim Bontemps to preview Game 2 of the NBA Finals including why the Celtics are uniquely suited to guard Golden State, how the Warriors advantage in experience is irrelevant, how Boston can take punches without falling over, what version of Tatum the Celtics need and why Kevon Looney needs more minutes.
2022 NBA Finals Game 1 Reaction: 6/2/22
Brian Windhorst is joined by ESPN's Kendrick Perkins courtside at the Chase Center immediately following Game 1 of the NBA Finals to react to a historic 4th quarter performance from Boston. The guys talk how the Celtics continue to bounce back in games this season and who needs to step up for the Warriors to respond.
2022 NBA Finals Preview: 6/2/22
Brian Windhorst is joined by ESPN's Tim MacMahon and Tim Bontemps to give their predictions for the NBA Finals matchup between the Celtics and Warriors including what to expect in Game 1 of the series. Plus, they discuss the new perspective Golden State has on this season and if Boston is ready for the moment before talking about some news regarding the future of the Jazz.
Warriors In Finals, How To Build Around Luka: 5/27/22
Brian Windhorst is joined by ESPN's Tim MacMahon and Tim Bontemps to discuss the Warriors advancing to their 6th NBA Finals in 8 years, Klay Thompsons joy in the win, what is next for the Mavs, if the league will trend away from Super Teams going forward, how the Suns will manage Ayton in the offseason and the ability of Boston to shut down any half-court offense from the Heat.
Injured & Outmatched: 5/24/22
Brian Windhorst talks with Kirk Goldsberry and Ohm Youngmisuk dive into the Miami Heat's rash of injuries, why it's not a competitive series even though the series is tied 2-2 with home court advantage. Plus, are the Dallas Mavericks out matched against Golden State now that the Warriors are finding a rhythm?
Boston Bounces Back, Can Luka Carry The Mavs Again?: 5/20/22
Brian Windhorst is joined by ESPN's Tim MacMahon and Tim Bontemps to discuss the Celtics making a bounce back statement in Game 2 against Miami, Bostons evolution over the course of the season, why the Heat need Lowry, the similarities between Ime Udoka and Jason Kidd, if Luka can carry the Mavs again and the prolific nature of this Warriors team. Plus, a league executive who may be on the move.
Conference Finals Preview, NBA Lottery: 5/17/22
Brian Windhorst is joined by ESPNs Kevin Pelton and Marc J. Spears to react to the Mavs dismantling the Suns, Luka making a statement, the future in Phoenix, Boston closing out the Bucks despite a massive series from Giannis and what to expect from the NBA Lottery.
Process Still Loading For 76ers, Mavs-Suns Game 7: 5/13/22
Brian Windhorst is joined by ESPN's Tim MacMahon and Tim Bontemps to discuss the Heat eliminating the 76ers, if Harden will give Philly a discount and how long The Process can continue. Plus, can the Mavs take down the Suns in Game 7, which player will make a statement in the decisive game and if Boston can avoid elimination.
MVP Reaction, Stopping Flopping: 5/10/22
Brian Windhorst is joined by ESPNs Bobby Marks and Nick Friedell to react to Jokic winning the MVP again, talk the upcoming offseason contract decisions for Zach LaVine and James Harden, the 76ers resurgence, how Portland can maximize Dame, injury designations in the NBA and flopping in the postseason.
Can The Warriors Defend Ja? Harden Struggles: 5/6/22
Brian Windhorst is joined by ESPN's Tim MacMahon and Tim Bontemps to discuss if Harden has officially started to regress, what the Mavs can do to get back into the series with the Suns historic shooting, if the Celtics can win it all with an all-time level defense and how the Warriors can defend Ja.
Keeping Zion In New Orleans, Bucks' Physicality: 5/3/22
Brian Windhorst is joined by ESPNs Marc J. Spears and Andrew Lopez to talk Zions thoughts on the Pelicans postseason performance, the future in New Orleans, the Bucks' physicality against the Celtics, the Warriors escaping with Game 1 and Devin Bookers competitiveness.
Significance Of Harden, Time For Change In Utah?: 4/29/22
Brian Windhorst is joined by ESPN's Tim MacMahon and Tim Bontemps to discuss Dallas closing out Utah for Lukas first playoff series win, the future of the Jazz, the 76ers avoiding a Game 7, why Harden is the key to success in Philly and Chris Paul putting on another masterclass performance for the Suns to eliminate the Pelicans.
Young Talent Making Playoff Statements: 4/26/22
Brian Windhorst is joined by ESPNs Dave McMenamin and Kevin Arnovitz to talk the matchup issues Minnesota creates for Memphis, the Pelicans making it a series with the Suns, the potential of the youth in New Orleans and if Trae Young can overcome the swarming Miami defense.
Boston Takes Charge, Key Playoff Injuries: 4/22/22
Brian Windhorst is joined by ESPN's Tim MacMahon and Tim Bontemps to discuss Bostons transformation from the start of the season, the squads sensational defense on Kevin Durant, Booker & Middletons injuries and Joel Embiid making a statement in Toronto.
Boston Buzzer-Beater, T-Wolves Statement: 4/19/22
Brian Windhorst is joined by ESPNs Marc J. Spears and Kirk Goldsberry to talk the significance of the Celtics epic Game 1 win over the Nets, Kyries engagement with the Boston fans, Minnesotas statement win against Memphis and Chris Pauls mastery of the point guard position.
2022 Overall NBA Playoff Picture: 4/15/22
Brian Windhorst, Tim MacMahon and Tim Bontemps are reunited with the legend Jackie MacMullan to break down the NBA Playoff picture including if the Celtics should be favored over the Nets, how key injuries will impact a few key series and if Harden and Embiid can make a statement. Plus, the crew talks Jackies podcast series Icons with the Ringer.
NBA Play-In Tournament Preview: 4/12/22
Brian Windhorst is joined by ESPNs Nick Friedell and Andrew Lopez to break down everything you need to know about the NBA Play-In Tournament including if Ben Simmons or Zion may return and who has the most to prove. Plus, should teams have tanked to avoid the Nets and what matchup has the most exciting potential.
Best Odds To Reach The Finals: 4/8/22
Brian Windhorst is joined by ESPNs Tim MacMahon and Tim Bontemps to break down which teams have the best betting odds to win the Eastern and Western Conferences including why the Nets are being wildly overvalued. Plus, MacMahon hands out his monthly major award.
Magic's Comments, Simmons' Grievance: 4/5/22
Brian Windhorst is joined by ESPNs Ohm Youngmisuk and Bobby Marks to talk Magics comments about the Lakers, the significance of Ben Simmons filing a grievance against the 76ers, the Nets playoff potential and the chances Kawhi comes back.
Final NBA MVP Straw Poll Results: 4/1/22
Brian Windhorst is joined by ESPNs Tim MacMahon and Tim Bontemps to talk the final NBA MVP straw poll results including reacting to a new leader at the top before talking seeding in the Eastern Conference and the Suns dominance.
Most Likely 1st Round Upsets, Celtics Injury: 3/29/22
Brian Windhorst is joined by ESPNs Marc J. Spears and Kirk Goldsberry to talk the impact of the Celtics losing Rob Williams to injury, when Ja Morant may return, which team is most susceptible to a 1st Round upset this season and who will be the 7 & 8 seeds.
Hot Tempered Heat, Potential All-NBA Lineup: 3/25/22
Brian Windhorst is joined by ESPNs Tim MacMahon and Tim Bontemps to talk the argument on the Heat sideline involving Jimmy Butler, Udonis Haslem and Erik Spoelstra, who the favorites are in the East, why it is now or never for the Jazz and who will make All-NBA this season.
Large Sample Size, Are The Celtics A Contender?: 3/22/22
Brian Windhorst is joined by ESPNs Kevin Arnovitz and Kevin Pelton to talk if the Celtics have a legitimate chance to reach the NBA Finals this year, how concerning the drop-off is for the Bucks defensive rating, the struggles of the Lakers down the stretch and when the last time the Western Conference had such little depth.
The Good, The Bad And The Ugly For The 76ers: 3/18/22
Brian Windhorst is joined by ESPNs Tim MacMahon and Tim Bontemps to talk how the 76ers are a team with massive strengths and massive weaknesses, if James Harden can show up in big games, when Ben Simmons will return to the Nets, Kyries status in the league and the state of the Mavs in the Western Conference.
The Two Most Significant Players In Basketball: 3/15/22
Brian Windhorst is joined by ESPNs Kendra Andrews and Marc J. Spears to talk the significance of Draymond Green to the Warriors as he returns to action including how vital he may be to overcoming Western Conference foes like Memphis. Plus, Windy and Spears discuss Kyries status in home games and what strategy may be in place in Brooklyn.
Breaking Down Every Award But The MVP: 3/11/22
Brian Windhorst is joined by ESPNs Tim MacMahon and Tim Bontemps to talk the awards races other than MVP including the Cade Cunningham/Evan Mobley Rookie Of The Year debate, which coach is leading the way for Coach Of The Year and if this season will lead to another Defensive Player Of The Year trophy for Rudy Gobert.
LeBron, The Elite Scorer: 3/8/22
Brian Windhorst is joined by ESPNs Ramona Shelburne and Ohm Youngmisuk to react to LeBrons historic performance against the Warriors, talk his current motivation to be remembered as an all-time great scorer and what the plan is for the Clippers including when their star players may be returning. Plus, the crew shares some stories about Gregg Popovich as he approaches the all-time wins record in the NBA.
Warriors Struggle, Mavs Catch Fire: 3/4/22
Brian Windhorst is joined by ESPNs Tim MacMahon and Tim Bontemps to talk the Warriors struggles of late, Stephs shooting slump, the importance of Draymond Green and Lukas white hot play to lead the streaking Mavs. Plus, the return of MacMahons segment.
Harden's Immediate Impact: 3/1/22
Brian Windhorst is joined by ESPNs Kevin Pelton and Marc J. Spears talk how big of an impact the James Harden trade will have on the 76ers, their strong play of late, when we will see Simmons on the court for the Nets, some of the top NBA Draft prospects and the importance of Draymond Green to the Warriors.
Should The Lakers Trade Stars This Offseason?: 2/25/22
Brian Windhorst is joined by ESPNs Tim MacMahon and Tim Bontemps to talk about the idea of the Lakers trading LeBron James, if LA will go all in or all out going forward and what they expect from James Harden on the Sixers. Then, MacMahon reminds us who the best shooting big man of all-time is.
All-Star Interviews With The NBA's Future: 2/22/22
Brian Windhorst interviews some of the NBAs rising stars at All-Star weekend in Cleveland. He chats with Tyrese Haliburton about his trade, Anthony Edwards about the source of his confidence and more!
Latest Straw Poll Updates, Steaking Celtics: 2/17/22
Brian Windhorst is joined by ESPNs Tim MacMahon and Tim Bontemps to discuss the latest MVP straw poll results including an incredibly tight race between Embiid and Jokic. Then, the crew talks the Celtics hot play of late.
Lakers' Deadline Inactivity: 2/15/22
Brian Windhorst is joined by ESPNs Ramona Shelburne and Dave McMenamin to talk the Lakers inactivity at the trade deadline, why LA wants this team to figure things out and what that means for the future of the team and LeBron James.
NBA Trade Deadline Reaction: 2/11/22
Brian Windhorst is joined by ESPNs Tim MacMahon and Tim Bontemps to react to the NBA Trade Deadline including breaking down the massive Simmons-Harden trade, the Mavs trading away Kristaps Porzingis and how big of a deal it is that the Lakers did not make a big splash at the deadline.
Trade Deadline Preview, All-Star Reserves: 2/8/22
Brian Windhorst is joined by ESPNs Marc J. Spears and Kevin Pelton to talk All-Star reserves, If we will see Ben Simmons or James Harden get traded before the deadline and the significance of the Caris LeVert trade for the Cavs.
Trade Deadline Expectations: 2/4/22
Brian Windhorst is joined by ESPNs Tim MacMahon and Tim Bontemps to talk how the Grizzlies have become the most fun team in the NBA, what trades the Pelicans can make, if CJ McCollum will be traded and why this may be a tame trade deadline.
Creating A Winning Culture In Phoenix: 2/1/22
Brian Windhorst is joined by ESPNs Kirk Goldsberry to discuss how the Suns are creating a culture of winning, the Hawks are turning things around and the idea of the NBA adopting the European soccer model of loaning players for a short time frame.
Who Will Be The Top Seed In The East?: 1/28/22
Brian Windhorst is joined by ESPNs Tim MacMahon and Tim Bontemps to talk how the Heat can be the top seed in the East, if the Bulls can avoid slipping in the standings considering their injuries, what the ceiling is for the Cavs and what is next for the Nets.
Injured Bulls, Potential Laker Trades: 1/25/22
Brian Windhorst is joined by ESPNs Marc J. Spears and Kevin Pelton discuss the impact of injuries on the Bulls, if Detroit will trade Jerami Grant, if a Westbrook for Wall trade is possible and the Blazers' plan for the rest of the season.
All-Star Ballot Submissions : 1/20/22
Brian Windhorst is joined by ESPNs Tim MacMahon and Tim Bontemps to talk their All-Star ballot submissions including how position distinctions impact starters. Plus, they break down the players deserving of a reserve spot, how many games you should need to play to get into the All-Star Game and the Celtics poor shooting percentages.
Significance Of Injuries To Contenders, Jerami Grant Trade Ideas: 1/18/22
Brian Windhorst is joined by ESPNs Bobby Marks and Ohm Youngmisuk to talk Kevin Durants injury timeline, potential trades for the Nets, the significance of Draymond Greens back injury, if Paul George can come back this season, the importance of the Clippers making a playoff push, if Detroit should trade Jerami Grant and where he may land.
When Is It Time To Hit The Reset?: 1/14/22
Brian Windhorst is joined by ESPNs Tim Bontemps and Tim MacMahon to talk if the Blazers should tank this season and shut down Dame, how the Lakers should manage Russell Westbrook and an interesting betting moment from the Warriors game.
Klay Day In The Bay: 1/11/22
Brian Windhorst is joined by ESPNs Nick Friedell and Marc J. Spears discuss the impact of Klay Thompsons return to the Warriors, his performance in his first game back, the ceiling for Golden State, potential Ben Simmons trades and who needs to make a move.
Early Look At The NBA Market: 1/7/22
Brian Windhorst is joined by ESPNs Tim Bontemps and Tim MacMahon discuss the moves that could be made at the trade deadline, an interesting quote from the Hawks front office, if the Blazers will move on from Dame or CJ and what teams will be buyers or sellers.
DeRozan's Game-Winners, Bulls Potential, Kyrie Returning: 1/4/22
Brian Windhorst is joined by ESPNs Kirk Goldsberry and Jamal Collier to discuss DeMar DeRozan's historic game-winners on back-to-back nights, the Bulls potential this season, the significance of Kyrie returning, if the Nets can overtake the Bucks and potential trade targets for the Bulls to get into the NBA Finals conversation.
Bad 3-Point Shooting, Best Guard Combos: 12/31/21
Brian Windhorst is joined by ESPNs Tim Bontemps and Tim MacMahon to discuss a historically bad 3-point shooting performance from the Celtics, what moves Boston can make, Desmond Banes potential in Memphis and the best guard combinations in the NBA.
Roster Flexibility Around the League, What Moves Can The Lakers Make?: 12/28/21
Brian Windhorst is joined by ESPNs NBA Front Office Insider Bobby Marks to discuss the challenge facing front offices around the league to fill out rosters with so many players in the COVID health and safety protocols and how that may impact moves around the trade deadline. Plus, what moves can the Lakers make?
Holiday Wishes For The NBA: 12/24/21
Brian Windhorst is joined by ESPNs Tim Bontemps and Tim MacMahon to get into the holiday spirit by giving out their 3 biggest wishes for teams in the NBA and discuss some interesting comebacks around the league.
DeRozan's Respect Level, Updated COVID Protocols: 12/21/21
Brian Windhorst is joined by ESPNs Marc J. Spears and Jorge Sedano to talk how DeMar DeRozan is viewed around the league, updates to the NBA G League Ignite, the latest COVID protocols around the NBA including who is required to wear masks.
State Of The Mavs, Trade Market Options: 12/17/21
Brian Windhorst is joined by ESPNs Tim Bontemps and Tim MacMahon to talk MacMahons article on the relationship between Luka Doncic and Rick Carlisle, Dallas desire for cultural change, the organizational decision makers in Utah and what teams may be involved in the trade market.
Steph Set To Break A Record, Pacers' Future: 12/14/21
Briand Windhorst is joined by ESPNs Dave McMenamin and Kirk Goldsberry to discuss the historic record Steph Curry is set to break, LeBron leveling up his play, what direction the Pacers will move in going forward and positive COVID tests in the NBA.
Straw Poll Results, Season Conditioning: 12/10/21
Brian Windhorst is joined by ESPNs Tim Bontemps and Tim MacMahon to recap Bontemps straw poll, Steph Currys dominance to start the season, Lukas comments on his conditioning and what to expect from the Nets.
The Future In Portland, Can Things Improve In New York?: 12/7/21
Brian Windhorst is joined by ESPN's Ohm Youngmisuk and Ramona Shelburne to break down what is going on in Portland, if Chauncey Billups is the right fit for the team, the current state of the Knicks, if things can improve in New York and if the Suns and Warriors are worried about the Lakers or the Nets.
Tampering Updates, Suns Make A Statement : 12/3/21
Brian Windhorst is joined by ESPNs Tim Bontemps and Tim MacMahon to talk the significance of the Suns beating the Warriors, the NBAs stance on tampering issues, a historical game from the Cavs, the impact of Bams injury on the Heat and another setback for Zion this season and the Rockets quality play of late.
Warriors And Suns Surge, NBA Fan Behavior: 11/30/21
Brian Windhorst is joined by ESPNs Jamal Collier and Marc J. Spears to discuss the Warriors and Suns white hot play of late, the Bucks surging lately and what the line is for fans behavior at NBA games.
Our First Annual Friendsgiving: 11/24/21
Brian Windhorst is joined by a roundtable of ESPN NBA reporters for a special Thanksgiving episode with Dave McMenamin, Tim Bontemps, Tim MacMahon, Nick Friedell and Kevin Pelton. The crew talks LeBrons suspension following an altercation in Detroit, if Draymond Green can be an All-Star this season, what the ceiling is for the Warriors, Klays progression as he returns from injury, a few teams surging in the West and a unique game delay in Sacramento.
Can The Celtics And Knicks Get Out Of Their Slumps?: 11/19/21
Brian Windhorst is joined by ESPNs Tim Bontemps and Tim MacMahon to discuss the Celtics struggles this season, if their ceiling is lower than we expected as a team, how good the Knicks can really be, if the Suns are still favorites to return to the Finals from the West and what teams have a legitimate shot to make it out of the East.
Can The Warriors Keep This Up? Expectations In Brooklyn: 11/16/21
Brian Windhorst is joined by ESPNs Nick Friedell and Cassidy Hubbarth to talk the incredible start to the season for the Warriors, what impact Klay can have when he returns, how Brooklyn plans to move forward with their roster and if Brooklyn can win a title as currently constructed.
Did The Lakers Make The Right Offseason Decisions?: 11/12/21
Brian Windhorst is joined by ESPNs Tim Bontemps and Dave McMenamin to discuss a memorable trip to the White House for Bontemps, the Lakers start to the season, the success of players traded from Los Angeles and the Bulls surging with their new pieces blending well together.
Some Surprising Starts To The NBA Season: 11/9/21
Brian Windhorst is joined by ESPNs Kevin Pelton and Kevin Arnovitz to discuss Dame Lillards struggles to open the season, the 76ers successful start to the year despite the drama surrounding the team, the Cavs surprising start to the season, the Wizards strong performances and the state of dress in the NBA.
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