Trying to beat LeBron, Blazers and Rockets, too washed for sneaker culture: 3/22/18
Brian Windhorst, Andrew Han, Nick Friedell and Tim MacMahon chat about LeBron and the Raptors (3:45), the uneven Bucks (23:40), the Blazers and Rockets (32:05) and trying to decipher sneaker culture (37:15).
LeBron, Lillard and Westbrook (oh my): 3/19/18
Ramona Shelburne, Chiney Ogwumike and Royce Young chat about Ty Lue (2:55), LeBron (8:10), the impressive Blazers (13:50) and the resurgent Thunder (33:40).
Warriors, Wolves, Cavs and enjoying sports: 3/15/18
Brian Windhorst, Andrew Han, Tim MacMahon and Rachel Nichols free associate on the Warriors' injuries (2:55), the Timberwolves (13:40), Ty Lue and JR Smith (23:15), the surprising Pacers, Raptors and East seeding (30:30) and Finals pairings (49:20).
Challengers to Cavs-Warriors IV?: 3/12/18
Cassidy Hubbarth, Ramona Shelburne, Ohm Youngmisuk and Dave McMenamin reflect on the Cavs' weekend in LA (1:35), if the Raptors can take the Cavs (7:45) and if the Warriors should be nervous about the Rockets (17:50).
Raptors, Rockets, West playoff race: 3/9/18
Brian Windhorst, Brandon Lowe, Andrew Han and Tim MacMahon chat about the viability of a Raptors-Rockets championship series (2:00), the Raptors' evolution (8:20), a 2017 draft revisit (16:45), the Clippers (19:15) and the West playoff mess (27:55). Plus, Kevin Pelton, Kaileigh Brandt and Han unpack mental health, athletes and society (43:30).
Dinner with Kevin Durant and Michael Beasley: 3/8/18
Chris Haynes has dinner with Kevin Durant and Michael Beasley to discuss their early days of the friendship (0:40), playing AAU together (9:45), hooping in PG County (18:25), differing NBA paths (27:50), the trials and tribulations in the league (35:50) and what's next for them (45:35).
CJ McCollum, Portland Trail Blazers guard: 3/7/18
Kevin Arnovitz chats with CJ McCollum of the Portland Trail Blazers about the NBA as a workplace (4:20), the one-and-done rule (10:30), CJ's interest in business (13:50), the platform athletes have today (23:55), how the Blazers have changed (30:40) and CJ's list of questions (36:10).
Rockets, Raptors, winter horror stories: 3/6/18
Andrew Han, Kevin Pelton, Chris Forsberg, Bobby Marks and Nick Friedell ask how serious a threat the Rockets are to the Warriors (1:20), why people are looking past the Raptors (12:40) and winter horror stories (19:30).
Celtics, Cavs, Lonzo, Kawhi's shoes: 3/5/18
Cassidy Hubbarth, Chiney Ogwumike and Ramona Shelburne on the Celtics and Cavs (1:30), Lonzo Ball's surge (16:20) and Kawhi's shoe situation (20:25).
No Soup for You: 3/2/18
Brian Windhorst, Tim MacMahon, Brandon Lowe, Andrew Han and Jackie MacMullan discuss the Warriors trip to DC (2:15), the best soup in Cleveland and food in Boston (10:10), Windhorst story time (26:10), the Sixers and Spurs (31:50) and Jimmy Butler (54:45).
Broken ankles or being dunked on?: 3/1/18
Amin Elhassan, Marc Spears and Chris Haynes go down the rabbit hole of James Harden breaking Wes Johnson's ankles and discuss whether it's worse to get viciously crossed over or to get dunked on.
Answering Listener Questions: 2/28/18
Kevin Pelton, Kaileigh Brandt and Andrew Han answer listener questions from Twitter (0:55) and take a deeper look at the last bastion of amateurism (20:45).
Tanking, Anthony Davis, in-arena experiences: 2/27/18
Andrew Han, Nick Friedell, Bobby Marks and Chris Forsberg try to fix the tankathon underway in the league (1:50), marvel at Anthony Davis (24:20) and gripe about in-arena experiences (30:20).
Wizards, Spurs, Zaza, sideline reporting: 2/26/18
Cassidy Hubbarth, Andrew Han, Ramona Shelburne and an interlude with Chiney Ogwumike to discuss the surging Wizards (2:05), the cruising Spurs (5:05), Pachulia-gate (11:35), how underrated Damian Lillard is (21:50) and the frenzy of sideline reporting (27:40).
Kawhi, the Lakers, tanking, rabbit hole: 2/23/18
Brian Windhorst, Brandon Lowe and Tim MacMahon discuss the Kawhi situation brewing in San Antonio (2:45), assess the Lakers' young talent (22:55) and going down a tanking/reminiscing about The Decision rabbit hole (34:20). Plus, Kevin Pelton, Kaileigh Brandt and Andrew Han tackle a favorite topic in NBA Twitter: Is a hot dog a sandwich? (56:15)
All-Star weekend, Dallas, Warriors in DC: 2/22/18
Amin Elhassan, Marc Spears and Chris Haynes reconvene to chat about on and off-the-court festivities at All-Star weekend (2:10), the Mavs' workplace (28:10) and the Warriors' D.C. plans (44:15).
How The Warriors Became Woke: 2/21/18
Doubletruck Stories: It's a combination of all that winning, Oakland's place in the black power movement and these unusual times. By Lonnae O'Neal and Marc J. Spears.
Mini-pod: All-Star Day 3: 2/18/18
Jackie MacMullan, Andrew Han, Steve Martinez and Baxter Holmes congregate inside Staples Center to give quick reactions to Day 3 of All-Star Weekend plus final thoughts on the events.
Mini-pod: All-Star Day 2: 2/17/18
Kevin Pelton, Kaileigh Brandt and Dave McMenamin give a quick take on Day 2 of All-Star Weekend.
Mini-pod: All-Star Day One: 2/16/18
Cassidy Hubbarth, Chiney Ogwumike, Andrew Han and Ramona Shelburne give a quick take on Day One of All-Star Weekend -- deep from the underbelly of Staples Center -- with insights from the Celebrity Game, Rising Stars Challenge and NBA community events.
Buckets, college basketball, two-way players: 2/16/18
Brian Windhorst, Andrew Han and Jackie MacMullan are joined by Rob Perez to chat about his show Buckets (4:05), the brewing scandal in college sports (10:55), LeBron and Durant's car ride (30:55), getting in people's heads (40:30), Pierce's jersey retirement (47:10) and the Cavs' roster (55:10).
D'Wayne Wiggins, Tony! Toni! Toné!: 2/15/18
Marc Spears and Amin Elhassan call up D'Wayne Wiggins of Tony! Toni! Toné! to talk about his Warriors fandom (5:45), thoughts on Quincy Jones (12:00), working with the biggest names in music (16:40), the heyday of Tony! Toni! Toné! (28:50) and advice to players (33:00).
Front offices on deadline, tanking, media dining: 2/13/18
Andrew Han, Bobby Marks, Chris Forsberg and Nick Friedell discuss the logistics of making multiple trades at the deadline (2:35), tanking teams (14:00) and media dining (27:45). Plus, Kevin Pelton, Kaileigh Brandt and Han answer listener questions (36:15).
Cavs again the king of the East?: 2/12/18
Cassidy Hubbarth, Andrew Han and Ramona Shelburne on the new-look Cavs (3:05), if they can challenge the Warriors (14:20) and which incoming Cav helps the most (21:50).
How much did the NBA landscape change?: 2/9/18
Brian Windhorst, Jackie MacMullan and Tim MacMahon recap the Cavs' deadline demolition (4:00), a Shaq story (13:00), the shrinking market for free agents (18:30), Rodney Hood and George Hill (25:30), if there's optimism now in Cleveland (36:45), Joe Johnson (42:00) and Boogie (48:05). Plus, Kevin Pelton, Kaileigh Brandt and Andrew Han try to disentangle idea of art being separate from the artist (56:10).
2018 trade deadline first impressions: 2/8/18
Amin Elhassan, Marc Spears and Chris Haynes convene after a frantic trade deadline to talk Cavaliers movement (2:15), Isaiah Thomas (9:10), Paul Allen's musical skills (20:30), Mudiay, Payton and depressed values (26:30), DeAndre Jordan (30:30), the Kings (34:15) and Wade's return to Miami (43:10).
Making sense of what we know: 2/7/18
Kevin Arnovitz and Kevin Pelton chat about Porzingis and injury causality (1:15), believing in the Raptors (9:20), what the Jazz should do (22:30), the evolving perception of bigs (26:00) and the Cavs (29:35).
'88 dunk contest, unseating LeBron, bad teams: 2/6/18
Andrew Han, Nick Friedell, Ohm Youngmisuk and Ian Begley recount the 1988 MJ vs. 'Nique dunk contest (4:45), if a trade could help a team unseat the Cavs (16:10) and bad team talk (30:30). Plus, Kevin Pelton, Kaileigh Brandt and Han answer listener questions (46:50).
Cleveland problems, Rolling Celtics: 2/5/18
Cassidy Hubbarth, Chiney Ogwumike and Ramona Shelburne on the tightening NBA budget (6:30), the problems in Cleveland (9:30), Super Bowl post-mortem (30:25), the rolling Celtics (35:00) the Knicks self-sabotaging (37:35) and dunk contest excitement (40:10).
Thunder nuggets, CBA minutiae, guessing deadline moves: 2/2/18
Brian Windhorst, Brandon Lowe and Tim MacMahon discuss the end-of-game hijinks of Thunder-Nuggets (4:20), Mirotic to the Pelicans (15:00), Asik and CBA minutiae (28:05) and trying to forecast the trade deadline (32:05). Plus, Kevin Pelton, Kaileigh Brandt and Andrew Han explore the ethics of recruiting promises (48:20).
Jamal Crawford, Minnesota Timberwolves veteran guard: 2/1/18
Marc Spears and Chris Haynes call up Jamal Crawford to talk about favorite kicks (8:25), adjusting to cold weather (13:30), the Blake Griffin trade (14:55), what happened with Lob City (25:00), the Sterling tapes (31:30), the uncanny similarity of Lonzo Ball's sneakers (43:40) and if Seattle produces the best players (54:00).
Answering Listener Questions: 1/31/18
Kevin Pelton, Kaileigh Brandt and Andrew Han answer listener questions about the MVP race (0:50), how to statistically evaluate front offices (8:30) and the increased friction between players and referees this season (13:00).
Blake Griffin? To the Pistons?: 1/30/18
Brian Windhorst, Royce Young, Bobby Marks and Kevin Pelton discuss their initial reactions to the Blake Griffin trade (2:10), parsing loyalty and leverage (13:25), the Clippers' future plans (23:00), the Pistons picture (28:25), Blake vs. Tobias vs. "the supermax" (38:15), if the Clippers got enough (44:10) and the changing market (52:20).
Cavs, Embiid-Russ, social media mea culpa: 1/29/18
Ramona Shelburne and Dave McMenamin discuss the state of flux for Cleveland (1:55), how much help the Cavs need (10:55), notoriety on social media (18:55), Embiid and Russ (28:40) and helping others (33:25).
All-Star draft and Countdown stories: 1/26/18
Brian Windhorst, Brandon Lowe and Jackie MacMullan discuss the All-Star draft (2:20), the third star of a Big Three (7:50), Kyrie and surgery threats (13:25), the NBA and gambling (32:20) and more NBA Countdown stories (46:25). Plus, Kevin Pelton, Kaileigh Brandt and Andrew Han ponder if social media is making everyone crankier (54:40).
Dwane Casey, Toronto Raptors head coach: 1/25/18
Marc Spears, Chris Haynes and Amin Elhassan call Raptors coach Dwane Casey to discuss the head coach firings this season (2:45), the difficulty in changing styles (9:45), figuring out how to beat LeBron (21:45), the young Raptors (28:00), working with GM Masai Ujiri (38:05), coaching abroad (41:40), Drake (50:35) and Kentucky (52:45).
Going around the Association: 1/24/18
Kevin Arnovitz chats with NBA writer Tom Haberstroh about how to make sense of the Cavs (0:40), scheduling and conference alignments (22:55), the crankiness around the league (38:00) and the Bucks situation (47:00).
NBA soap opera recap: 1/23/18
Andrew Han, Nick Friedell and Chris Forsberg discuss what it's like to become a meme (1:00), Love drama in Cleveland (8:20), Kidd gone in Milwaukee (15:15), Kawhi's unworldly trade value (25:10) and Lillard's meeting in Portland (29:55). Plus, Kevin Pelton and Kaileigh Brandt answer listener questions (34:05).
We need to talk about the Spurs: 1/22/18
Ramona Shelburne, Michael C. Wright and Ohm Youngmisuk discuss reports of a fraying relationship between Kawhi Leonard and the Spurs (1:25), his injury (8:10), Tony Parker (21:55), potential life after Pop (27:50) and Cavs disarray (31:00).
Being petty and dumping salary: 1/19/18
Brian Windhorst, Andrew Han, Brandon Lowe and Tim MacMahon go behind the scenes of NBA Countdown (3:30), secret tunnels in L.A. (11:30), potential Houston trades (25:20) and what to do with Kemba Walker (38:30). Plus, Kevin Pelton, Kaileigh Brandt and Han on the merits of doing your own research (57:35).
Damian Lillard, Portland Trail Blazers star: 1/18/18
Chris Haynes and Marc Spears get on the line with Trail Blazers star Damian Lillard to talk about All-Star selections (4:20), market size (7:40), being a franchise legacy (10:20), staying connected to his neighborhood and more.
In the green room with Jackie MacMullan: 1/17/18
Kevin Arnovitz hangs out with Jackie MacMullan in the ESPN green room to chat about NBA profanity (1:20), the Clippers (5:40), the Kings (16:05) and Jackie Mac stories (23:15).
What Is Kyrie Irving Chasing?: 1/17/18
Doubletruck Stories: The inside story of Irving's last year in Cleveland, from his relationship with LeBron James to his demand to leave to what he is hoping to find as a member of the Boston Celtics. By Jackie MacMullan.
Are the Rockets and Clippers rivals?: 1/16/18
Tim MacMahon, Andrew Han, Bobby Marks, Chris Forsberg and Nick Friedell break down the postgame fracas in L.A. (2:10), officiating difficulties (11:05), most calculated players (20:30) and if the Clippers and Rockets are rivals (25:05). Plus, Kevin Pelton, Kaileigh Brandt and Han answer listener questions (36:05).
Cavs-Warriors II, Lakerland, MLK: 1/15/18
Cassidy Hubbarth, Chiney Ogwumike and Ramona Shelburne assess Cavs-Warriors II (3:00), what the options are for the Cavs (9:35), CP3's return to LA (12:20), what to do in Lakerland (16:35) and the importance of MLK day (21:05).
Cavs keep pulling us back in: 1/12/18
Brian Windhorst, Andrew Han, Brandon Lowe and Tim MacMahon on the Cavs' losses (4:40), if it's time to panic in Cleveland (18:00), really reckless trade speculation (28:10) and figuring out Boogie's future (37:40). Plus, Kevin Pelton and Kevin Arnovitz discuss the demography and makeup of the NBA fan (57:40).
Elton Brand, former NBA star and current G League GM: 1/11/18
Marc Spears and Amin Elhassan chat with former NBA star and current Delaware 87ers GM Elton Brand about his post-playing career (4:40), rap battles with Shaq (15:20), Lou Williams (21:25), playing for Donald Sterling (27:55) AAU with Ron Artest and Lamar Odom (35:35) and college recruiting visits (42:30).
Kent Bazemore, Atlanta Hawks wing: 1/10/18
Kevin Arnovitz chats with Kent Bazemore of the Atlanta Hawks about cycling and fatigue (2:45), minutes played and travel (16:15) and beefing with the referees (29:40).
Tribute videos, charter vs. commercial travel, player camaraderie: 1/9/18
Andrew Han, Chris Forsberg, Bobby Marks and Nick Friedell discuss tribute video issues (2:20), commercial travel vs. team charters (13:25) and DeRozan and Lowry not talking to each other their first year together (22:15). Plus, Kevin Pelton and Kaileigh Brandt answer listener questions (29:15).
What to do about LaVar?: 1/8/18
Cassidy Hubbarth, Chiney Ogwumike and Ramona Shelburne break down what the Lakers are supposed to do about LaVar and the Balls (3:00) and Paul George's homecoming in LA (36:40).
ROY candidates, revisiting the Kyrie trade: 1/5/18
Brian Windhorst, Tim MacMahon, Brandon Lowe and Jackie MacMullan discuss ROY candidates (8:20), East and West parity (16:15), player of the month (23:10), recent Wolves draftees (28:00) and revisit the Kyrie trade (34:10). Plus, Kevin Pelton, Kaileigh Brandt and Andrew Han analyze the aftereffects of Jason Collins' announcement nearly five years ago with Kevin Arnovitz (1:05:40).
Name-dropped by Chappelle or Drake?: 1/4/18
Amin Elhassan, Marc Spears and Chris Haynes ring debate whether it's cooler to be name-dropped in a Dave Chappelle set or a Drake song (7:25), player references in music (20:30), how Kyrie Irving got his handles (28:55) and regions claiming players (33:15).
Are the Thunder who we think they are?: 1/3/18
Kevin Arnovitz and Royce Young discuss the expectations for the Thunder (3:20), Melo's role (6:50), what we learn about OKC when looking players who have left (16:55) and if the NBA is a civic pastime in Oklahoma now (28:55).
Disrespectful dunks, Isaiah's return, Wolves: 1/2/18
Nick Friedell, Andrew Han and Chris Forsberg on Anthony Davis' disrespectful dunk (2:20), Isaiah Thomas' impending return (10:00) and what's in store for the Timberwolves (18:50). Plus, Kevin Pelton and Kaileigh Brandt answer listener questions (34:30).
Rich Paul, Klutch Sports Group: 12/25/17
Chris Haynes, Marc Spears and Amin Elhassan speak with sports agent Rich Paul about his early dreams (6:30), his perspective on Nerlens Noel and Eric Bledsoe (20:40), LeBron free agency plans (28:05), thoughts on LaVar Ball (32:15), feelings on the music industry (38:35), future business plans (48:10) and music artists (56:50).
Sliding Celtics, what-if Kyrie deals, Rockets: 12/22/17
Brian Windhorst, Tim MacMahon, Jackie MacMullan and NBA Countdown producer Brandon Lowe talk about the regressing Celtics (7:30), the future for Isaiah Thomas (19:10) and Banana Boat odds in Houston (33:20). Plus, Kevin Pelton, Kaileigh Brandt and Andrew Han on the scariness of change (57:05).
Baron Davis, former NBA star: 12/21/17
Marc Spears and Amin Elhassan share their favorite Baron Davis stories (3:00), then chat with Baron about his legacy (20:50), playing for the worst owner in sports (28:50), what players catch his eye (37:45) and thoughts on LiAngelo Ball and UCLA (40:30).
Isaac Chotiner, Slate.com: 12/20/17
Kevin Arnovitz and Isaac Chotiner of Slate assess the ascending Rockets (1:40), if the Warriors are impervious (21:15), the nature of NBA fandom (26:10) and the philosophy of player rest (37:00).
Are there any other East contenders?: 12/19/17
Dave McMenamin, Ian Begley, Chris Forsberg and Nick Friedell discuss whether any other team can come out of the East (1:15), defensive stoppers (15:30), surprise teams (22:00) and beat reporting stories (30:00). Plus, Kevin Pelton, Kaileigh Brandt and Andrew Han answer listener questions (42:25).
Kobe, Kobe, Kobe: 12/18/17
Cassidy Hubbarth, Chiney Ogwumike and Ramona Shelburne chat about Kobe Bryant's jersey retirement (1:30), Kobe disciples (10:00), Sixers-Thunder (25:10) and Chiney's scandalous story from her other podcast (33:05).
Harden and Rockets, Kawhi and Spurs: 12/15/17
Brian Windhorst, Tim MacMahon and Jackie MacMullan discuss the surging Rockets (2:20), James Harden's MVP candidacy (15:45), Kawhi Leonard and the Spurs (20:00), the NBA referee turnover (29:40) and appropriate travel attire (36:30).
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).
The Greatest Story Ever Trolled: 12/13/17
Doubletruck Stories: Joel Embiid has turned the Sixers' famed process into performance art, and everyone is feeling merry and bright-for now. By Ramona Shelburne.
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).
Daryl Morey, Houston Rockets GM : 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.
BONUS: 30 for 30 Season Two Sneak Peek: 10/30/17
The Hoop Collective shares the trailer for Season Two of 30 for 30 Podcasts, launching November 14th, as well as one of our favorite episodes from Season One, Yankees Suck.
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?
Petty & Pretty: 10/12/17
Jorge Sedano, Amin Elhassan and Kevin Pelton weigh in on Isaiah Thomas' grudge toward Danny Ainge, Kyrie Irving's dis toward Cleveland, Joel Embiid, the Wolves and more.
Not Over Yet: 9/27/17
Jorge Sedano and Kevin Pelton discuss Dwyane Wade heading to the Cavs, the Thunder's recent moves and more. Plus, where do Houston and Boston fit in the NBA hierarchy?
Eastern Conference Shake up: 8/23/17
Jorge Sedano, Amin Elhassan and Kevin Pelton break down every angle of the Cavs-Celtics trade, discuss what it means both short and long term throughout the NBA and more.
Finding Darko: 8/16/17
The world is quick to label Darko Milicic an epic NBA bust, but here are 10 reasons he is an utter success. By Sam Borden.
Working Overtime: 8/15/17
Jorge Sedano talks to Sam Esfandiari of Warriorsworld.com, along with Nick Sciria and James Holas of Bballbreakdown.com about the NBA schedule release, the latest in the Kyrie Irving saga, the origins of "Meet me in Temecula" and much more.
Kyrie Kraziness: 7/25/17
Jorge Sedano, Amin Elhassan and Dave McMenamin discuss the Cavs' inner turmoil, the signing of Derrick Rose, what the future holds for Kyrie Irving and more.
Summer Wind: 7/13/17
Jorge Sedano, Kevin Pelton and Ohm Youngmisuk recap NBA free agency, discuss the potential Knicks-Rockets deal, weigh in on Paul George to OKC, Lonzo Ball in the summer league and more.
Pennies For Jimmy: 6/23/17
Before a conversation with Hall of Famer Joe Dumars, Jorge Sedano, Amin Elhassan and Kevin Pelton react to the NBA draft, grade the Jimmy Butler trade and much more.
Draft Preview: 6/19/17
Before a conversation with top prospect De'Aaron Fox, Jorge Sedano and Kevin Pelton welcome Jeff Goodman to discuss the big trade between the Celtics & Sixers, weigh in on the implications for Paul George and look ahead to who makes the most sense for the Lottery teams in Thursday's NBA Draft.
NBA Lockdown Insiders: 6/18/17
Amin Elhassan, Brian Windhorst & Ryan Hollins talk breaking news surrounding Paul George, dissect Celtics and 76ers trade & former NFL WR Nate Burleson weighs in on superteams
Jorge Sedano talks to Marc Spears and Dave McMenamin about the Warriors' NBA Finals victory and looking ahead to what's next for both Golden State and Cleveland.
Great Consequences: 6/8/17
Jorge Sedano and Kevin Pelton discuss what went wrong for Cleveland in Game 3, changes the Cavs could make in the offseason and if 16-0 is a harder task than 73-9.
Channeling Clubber: 6/5/17
Jorge Sedano & Amin Elhassan discuss another dominant Warriors win in Game 2, discuss the Cavs' mental state, if LeBron could leave Cleveland again, Lonzo Ball's latest & more.
Cleveland Rocked: 6/2/17
Israel Gutierrez, Ohm Youngmisuk and Jorge Sedano discuss the Warriors' convincing Game 1 win, debate the adjustments that must be made, weigh in on the Rihanna effect, Austin Rivers vs. Glen Davis and more.
Jorge Sedano, Amin Elhassan and Kevin Pelton break down the NBA Finals on the eve of Game 1 and debate if Doc Rivers is being hypocritical with his recent comments.
Debate Reignited: 5/26/17
Israel Gutierrez and Ohm Youngmisuk discuss what a seventh straight Finals appearance means for LeBron's legacy, debate if Brandon Ingram should actually be untouchable and more. Plus, a conversation with NBA veteran Jared Dudley.
Irv Goody: 5/24/17
Jorge Sedano and Kevin Pelton discuss Kyrie Irving's masterful performance, the agreement between Chris Bosh & the Heat and more. Plus, a conversation about NBA conspiracies.
Israel Gutierrez and Kevin Pelton discuss the Celtics' Game 3 win over the Cavs, the odd circumstances around Enes Kanter, LeBron not making the top-3 of the MVP vote & more.
Bonus - All-NBA Reaction: 5/18/17
Jorge Sedano and Amin Elhassan react to the All-NBA rosters and discuss the ramifications for the players who were and weren't honored.
One Call Away?: 5/18/17
Jorge Sedano, Israel Gutierrez and Amin Elhassan discuss if the Celtics' strategy should change in the Eastern Conference finals, weigh in on another LaVar Ball outburst and have an interesting "Back to the Future" moment.
Lucky & Good: 5/17/17
Kevin Pelton and Ohm Youngmisuk discuss the Warriors' drubbing of the Spurs in Game 2, the Celtics getting the top pick in the draft and this biggest lottery winners and losers.
Injury To Insult: 5/15/17
Kevin Pelton and Jeff Goodman discuss the Warriors' epic Game 1 comeback, the impact of Kawhi Leonard's injury, Celtics-Wizards Game 7, the importance of the Lottery and more.
Don't Sweat The Small Stuff: 5/11/17
Jorge Sedano, Amin Elhassan and Kevin Pelton discuss the Celtics' dominant Game 5 win, explain how perspiration altered Kawhi Leonard's destiny, weigh in on Lavar Ball's latest outrageous comments and more.
Missed Opportunities: 5/10/17
Cassidy Hubbarth, Kevin Pelton and Jorge Sedano discuss the ramifications of the Spurs' Game 5 win, Gordon Hayward's future, the pettiness on the '08 Celtics and more.
Texas Two-Step: 5/8/17
Jorge Sedano, Kevin Pelton and Ohm Youngmisuk discuss the Spurs and Rockets being squared up, debate if the Raptors should start over, weigh in on Draymond Green's comments about Kelly Olynyk and more.
San Antoni-Oh No!: 5/4/17
Kevin Pelton, Ohm Youngmisuk and Amin Elhassan discuss the impact of Tony Parker's injury, the Raptors' issues, the Clippers' decision about their future and more. Plus, a debate about LeBron James' personal rivals and breaking NBA esports news.
Switched Flipped: 5/2/17
Cassidy Hubbarth and Jorge Sedano discuss how the Cavs are firing on all cylinders, wonder if the Spurs can snap out of it, weigh in on Matt Barnes hating hard on Utah & more.
One On One - Tyronn Lue: 5/1/17
Dave McMenamin goes one-on-one with Cavs coach Tyronn Lue in an extensive conversation about his career, his mentors, why coaching in Cleveland is the toughest job in the NBA, the team's rivalry with the Warriors, while he'll always have a soft spot for the Lakers and much more.
The Clips Clip: 5/1/17
Jorge Sedano, Kevin Pelton and Ohm Youngmisuk discuss what's next for the Clippers after they falter against the Jazz, the Celtics' resiliency, Larry Bird's resignation and more. Plus, former All-Star Caron Butler stops by to discuss Paul Pierce's farewell and share his take on the playoffs.
Bull-own Opportunity?: 4/27/17
Israel Gutierrez and Kevin Pelton discuss the Bulls' missed opportunities against the Celtics, bemoan the lack of quality play between the Wizards and Hawks, wonder if LeBron's minutes are a real concern and more.
True Value: 4/26/17
Jorge Sedano, Kevin Pelton and Ohm Youngmisuk discuss Houston's elimination of OKC, if the Thunder front office can get support for Russ, San Antonio's re-assertion against Memphis, anxiety in Toronto and more. Plus, they break down the entertaining recent stories by Dion Waiters and Wright Thompson.
Long Live The King: 4/24/17
Jorge Sedano, Ohm Youngmisuk and Dave McMenamin discuss if their opinion of the Cavs has changed as a result of Cleveland's sweep, if the Warriors are in trouble without Steve Kerr long term, the Celtics' ability to claw back against the Bulls, the irony in Russell Westbrook's statements and more.
Blame Game: 4/20/17
Jorge Sedano, Kevin Pelton and Zach Harper debate how much blame Russell Westbrook deserves for the Thunder's 4th quarter woes, wonder if you could blame the Warriors for continuing to rest Kevin Durant and discuss Paul George placing blame on the media.
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