Brian Windhorst & The Hoop Collective
Like Father, Like Son? What LeBron's Legacy Means for Bronny James : 12/13/19
LeBron James has turned basketball on its head, from the moment he first stepped onto the court. His son, Bronny, is currently a high school NBA prospect. But how much has basketball changed since LeBron got his start - and how much has he paved the way for his son to succeed...or to fail? ESPN's Brian Windhorst joins Mina Kimes to get an inside look at the lives and careers of LeBron and Bronny James, the nature of fame, and the impact of sports on family.
Uncomfortably Good: 12/12/19
Last night, Kawhi Leonard returned to Toronto and Brian Windhorst, Jackie MacMullan and Tim MacMahon discuss the Raptors' reception before asking the question: should Kawhi's jersey be retired? Then, the crew makes early All-Star roster predictions (12:27) before reacting to some confounding stats (21:42) and asking if any player would merit a 9-year contract like the one Gerrit Cole just signed with the New York Yankees (31:31).
No Love: 12/9/19
The Knicks find themselves mired in basketball purgatory and Brian Windhorst, Kirk Goldsberry and Tim Bontemps discuss why James Dolan's team can't seem to figure it out. Plus, the guys talk about this year's disappointing rookie class (22:23) and potential trade partners for Cleveland and Kevin Love (37:09).
All Riled Up: 12/5/19
The Rockets should be "embarrassed" by their behavior this week, explains Jackie MacMullan to Brian Windhorst and Tim MacMahon. Plus, the crew takes a look at Jimmy Butler's fit in Miami (28:30) and the flaws of the coach's challenge. And, an unbelievable story about Pat Riley (39:23).
The Dawn of Luka Doncic: 12/4/19
Luka Doncic is having an electric second season in the NBA. He's even in the running for the MVP at just 20 years old. But what makes last season's Rookie of the Year so dominant on the court - and why did the skeptics underestimate him? NBA Draft analyst Mike Schmitz joins Mina Kimes to examine Luka's career so far, and what his ascent means for the rest of the NBA.
Underrated Trade SZN: 12/2/19
They're two of the NBA's leading candidates in the early MVP race, but is it possible the media has been underrating the performances of James Harden and Giannis Antetokounmpo? Bobby Marks and Royce Young join Brian Windhorst to answer that question. Plus, the guys discuss Denver's great start (22:14) and some teams that could become real players in the trade market (34:00).
King Slayers: 11/27/19
The next Larry Bird? Jackie MacMullan tells Brian Windhorst and Tim MacMahon why Luka Doncic reminds her of the Celtics legend (15:26). Plus, the crew casts doubt on the proposed rule changes before breaking down the incredible start to the season by Giannis Antetokounmpo (29:46).
Sign Stealing: 11/21/19
Why settle for two All-Stars when you can have three? Brian Windhorst tells Jackie MacMullan and Tim MacMahon a big name the Clippers should target this season (21:56). Plus, Jackie calls Portland's 'Melo signing a "desperate" move before she and the guys discuss one of the worst stretches for the Spurs in the Popovich era (8:05).
Small Sample Size Theater 2019: 11/18/19
In this annual early-season tradition, Brian Windhorst, Kevin Pelton and Kevin Arnovitz wonder if James Harden can average 40 points per game, if LeBron James can lead the NBA in assists (9:30) and if the Lakers' defense can continue shutting down its opponents. Plus, they discuss the two most surprising starting units (31:12) and Paul George's GOAT campaign...after two games (53:57).
A New Kind of Amusement Park: 11/14/19
The Knicks are incapable of sticking to a plan says Brian Windhorst, who is joined by Jackie MacMullan and Tim MacMahon to discuss dysfunction in New York (14:37). Plus, does Portland's uninspiring start to the season mean it's time to deal one of their stars (31:31)? And, the crew talks about Boston's strong start to the season and roster changes they need to make to become serious title contenders.
High Bench Marks: 11/11/19
With the Lakers off to a hot start, Dave McMenamin and Bobby Marks join Brian Windhorst to discuss LA's title hopes and if they can keep this defense up for the entire season (19:38). But before that, what really happened to Dion Waiters -- and what should Miami do about it? Plus, the guys talk about Toronto's stifling defense (32:58) and how Gordon Hayward's injury will impact the Eastern Conference (39:28).
Early Struggle City: 11/7/19
With so many top players and teams struggling early on, Jackie MacMullan and Tim MacMahon join Brian Windhorst to discuss what's wrong with the Rockets, what's right with the Lakers (16:06) and why a few of the league's most notable names can't seem to get it right early on (29:28).
Golden State of Affairs: No Curry, No Klay. What's Next?: 11/6/19
In the modern NBA, the Golden State Warriors have been a dynasty. Appearing in five straight NBA Finals and winning three rings in that span, the team became the stuff of basketball legend. But this season, they've won just two games. And with star Steph Curry out with a broken hand, the Warriors' fate has gone from bad to worse. But could a rough 2019-20 lead to more glory in the future? NBA reporter Nick Friedell joins Mina Kimes to explore what's gone wrong with the Golden State Warriors so far, and why there might just be a silver lining.
The Show Must Go On: 11/4/19
Is it too soon for a curtain call? Brian Windhorst, Nick Friedell, Andrew Han and Royce Young ask the question for the Warriors (2:30) and the Bulls (24:50). And what happens if it goes sideways for the Rockets (35:30)? Then, the Blazers get broken down and the guys discuss who will be the best in the West (48:15).
Changing of the Guard: 11/1/19
The Warriors have a new normal, and Brian Windhorst, Jackie MacMullan and Kirk Goldsberry discuss whether Stephen Curry's hand injury really marks the end of an era (27:56). Plus, why this year's T-Wolves are different (18:20), the unexpected hero in Miami (42:57) and much more.
Week One Eyebrow-Raisers: 10/28/19
There's no overreacting going on, but Brian Windhorst, Kirk Goldsberry and Ohm Youngmisuk identify a few things they'll be keeping track of with the L.A. teams. Then, the Suns and Heat have started the season impressing the guys (22:10) as they pick a few interesting players that have caught their attention early, including Atlanta's Trae Young (45:30).
Start Your Engines: 10/23/19
Are Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant finally happy in Brooklyn? Brian Windhorst, Jackie MacMullan and Tim MacMahon try to answer that question (12:20) before discussing who could lead the NBA in scoring this season (24:30). Plus, a breakdown of the Lakers performance against the Clippers (29:30) and also the Jaylen Brown and Dejounte Murray extensions.
MINI POD: Game 1 of the 2019-20 season: 10/22/19
The Clippers defeated the Lakers on opening night of the 2019-20 season and Zach Lowe and Brian Windhorst broke it down from the floor of Staples Center immediately following the game.
2019-20 East/West Projections: 10/21/19
Kevin Pelton projects a major shake-up in the NBA's power structure and he joins Brian Windhorst and Tim Bontemps one day before the tip of the 2019-20 season to discuss his analytics-based conclusions. In the East, Pelton explains his concerns for the Celtics and the guys also dig into how far the Pacers can go (15:19). In the West, the crew lays out expectations for the Clippers (33:05) and Lakers (36:55) after addressing their postseason concerns for the Rockets (28:38).
On the day of an "NBA-shaking" move, Brian Windhorst, Jackie MacMullan and Tim MacMahon discuss the Bradley Beal extension and how it affects the rest of the league. Plus, the crew breaks down Buddy Hield's pointed comments, the potential of Carsen Edwards (18:34), if Zion Williamson's preseason success will translate to the regular season (27:34), if Kyrie Irving is already dictating orders in Brooklyn (39:29), the underrated draft day trade that could alter the league for years to come and much more.
2019-20 Preseason Preamble: 10/9/19
Brian Windhorst, Jackie MacMullan and Tim MacMahon break down Kyle Lowry's contract extension and what it means for Toronto's approach this season. Plus, the crew discusses Bradley Beal's trade value (18:42), if the Warriors will eventually trade D'Angelo Russell (30:22), how Kristaps Porzingis will perform this season (38:50) and more.
2019-20 West Season Preview: 9/30/19
With the battle for Los Angeles almost underway, Brian Windhorst, Tim MacMahon, Dave McMenamin and Ramona Shelburne begin by outlining how the Lakers and Clippers can make a deep playoff run this season. Then, they discuss the chances for the new-look Warriors and how continuity can help the Blazers get over the hump (15:20). Plus, the crew takes a look at the Russell Westbrook/James Harden dynamic in Houston (24:46) before diving into the Jazz and Nuggets.
Who's better in 2020: Giannis or Kawhi?: 9/27/19
Brian Windhorst, Jackie MacMullan, Kirk Goldsberry, Kevin Pelton and Andrew Han debate who is the current best player in the NBA: Giannis Antetkounmpo or Kawhi Leonard? And are we glossing over LeBron too quickly?
2019-20 East Season Preview: 9/24/19
Brian Windhorst, Jackie MacMullan, Royce Young and Malika Andrews examine the rosters of the Bucks, Celtics and 76ers and discuss if each team has made enough moves to reach the 2020 NBA Finals. Plus, they take a look at Kemba Walker's role on the Celtics (26:34) and dissect the new-look Nets (38:36). Lastly, they tackle some of the questions concerning their sleeper teams: the Pacers and Raptors.
Conversation with Dennis Rodman: 9/10/19
Jackie MacMullan sits down with Dennis Rodman in advance of the premiere of his "30 for 30" documentary, "Rodman: For Better or Worse," to talk about his childhood, playing days in the NBA and struggles with being a good father.
Superstar redraft: 8/29/19
Brian Windhorst, Royce Young and Tim MacMahon compile a fantasy draft-style list of superstars they would take if starting a franchise over from 1 to 21.
No More Old Guys: 8/20/19
Brian Windhorst, Ohm Youngmisuk and Ramona Shelburne begin by discussing the new 30 for 30 Podcasts series, "The Sterling Affairs," about former Clippers owner Donald Sterling's fall from power. Then, the trio talks about how the Clippers and Lakers will perform in the 2019 season (23:00). Plus, will the Lakers take a chance on Carmelo Anthony and/or Dwight Howard (36:15)?
Episode Twenty-Eight: Brian Windhorst: 8/7/19
Did you know Brian Windhorst was in a coma for three weeks? We ask him about that... and LeBron.
Midsummer Round-Up: 8/7/19
Brian Windhorst, Kevin Arnovitz and Royce Young open the show by breaking down the "Rich Paul Rule" and what it really means. Then, the guys discuss Team USA's roster, Gregg Popovich's coaching plans and how the Celtics players in camp are using this as a chance to build team chemistry (8:52). Plus, they talk about Kyle Lowry's important role on the team (25:10) and Carmelo Anthony's fallout with the Thunder (34:11).
A Bit of a Hiatus: 7/18/19
Brian Windhorst, Jackie MacMullan and Tim MacMahon talk about how the Hornets and Kemba Walker parted ways (2:20), how the Thunder will move forward with Chris Paul (18:50), if Kawhi Leonard really makes his teammates better (33:46) and some of the hidden details behind the Leonard/Paul George move (37:35).
The Rockets trade for Russell Westbrook: 7/11/19
Brian Windhorst, Royce Young and Tim MacMahon hop on an emergency podcast to discuss the dramatic trade that sent Russell Westbrook to Houston for Chris Paul.
A brief history of summer league: 7/10/19
Jackie MacMullan talks to agent and founder of the Las Vegas Summer League Warren LeGarie about how his iteration of summer league came to be (1:15), the coaching situation in Houston (7:00), negotiating for coaches (14:05) and summer league surprises (23:05).
Forecasting the next domino: 7/8/19
Andrew Han, Kevin Pelton, Dave McMenamin, Tim Bontemps and Kirk Goldsberry convene at Las Vegas Summer League to discuss whats next for Russell Westbrook and OKC (1:05), what Kawhis movement means for the leagues future (16:05), the Lakers roster (31:10) and initial Zion thoughts (39:25).
Kawhi's money moves to the Clippers: 7/6/19
Brian Windhorst, Bobby Marks, Royce Young and Kevin Pelton convene for an emergency conversation after the Clippers trade for Paul George and sign Kawhi Leonard in free agency, discussing the shocking moves and implications for the league.
We need to talk about Kawhi: 7/3/19
Brian Windhorst, Andrew Han, Kevin Arnovitz and Kendrick Perkins discuss Kawhi Leonards trip up to Toronto (1:50), what he might want from teams (16:10), what a trade and contract extension conversation is like (29:20) and why Perk thought the Lakers were in the lead at one point (34:20).
The Free Agency Frenzy: 7/1/19
Brian Windhorst, Jackie McMullan and Tim MacMahon weigh in on if the Lakers are getting close to nabbing Kawhi Leonard (1:00), the D'Angelo Russell (5:40) and the Jimmy Butler (15:30) trade, Milwaukee's dealing of Malcom Brogdon (25:15) and more.
The Nightmare Before Free Agency: 6/28/19
Two days before the start of the highly-anticipated NBA free agency period, Brian Windhorst, Jackie MacMullan and Tim MacMahon discuss how Kemba Walker would fit in Boston (1:38). Then, the crew plays a game of "Max Or No Max" (21:49) before brainstorming different ways to fill out the bottom of the Lakers roster (47:07).
The Laker Effect: 6/24/19
Brian Windhorst, Kevin Pelton and Andrew Han look back on the grades for the Anthony Davis trade (1:27), go over player options/extensions to watch out for in the coming week (7:37) and are joined by Ramona Shelburne to discuss Ron Adams possibly joining the Lakers (29:55) as well as who the first chips to fall may be in free agency through the lense of L.A. (35:40).
The Right Time x The Hoop Collective Collab: 6/22/19
In a collaboration between The Hoop Collective and The Right Time, Bomani is joined by ESPN NBA analyst Brian Windhorst (2:48), NBA agent Bill Duffy (18:20), NBAPA Executive Director Michele Roberts (28:01) and ESPN front office insider Bobby Marks (41:17) for the first edition of the new series "Baseline: The Supermax". They discuss what the "super team" preventing CBA provision is, who it affects, why it has been or not been successful, the value of talent, the union's role in protecting that as well as how difficult it is to construct a roster around.
Once Around the Rumor Mill: 6/21/19
After briefly reacting to last night's NBA Draft, Brian Windhorst, Jackie MacMullan and Tim MacMahon discuss how poorly things have gone for the Celtics since Kyrie Irving first joined the team (5:53). Plus, would Al Horford be a good fit in Dallas (22:15) and how should the Rockets tackle the future in a wide-open Western Conference (30:35)?
Where does the draft break?: 6/18/19
Brian Windhorst, Andrew Han, Bobby Marks and Mike Schmitz chat about the Wizards push to hire Masai Ujiri (1:30), the top of the 2019 NBA draft (6:50), how deep the draft is (23:30), what a warroom is like on draft day (31:45) and one thing to look out for on draft night (54:30).
The Lakers trade for Anthony Davis: 6/15/19
In an emergency podcast, Brian Windhorst, Andrew Han, Dave McMenamin and Kirk Goldsberry discuss the Lakers trading for Anthony Davis, how fair the terms of the trade are and what L.A. does next with their remaining cap space.
Days of Finals future past: 6/14/19
Brian Windhorst, Andrew Han, Tim Bontemps and Nick Friedell react to the news of another to-be free agent injury in the Finals (1:30), the future of the Warriors (13:50), the champion mettle of the Raptors (23:50) and Kawhi the kingmaker (42:20).
MINI POD: Game 6 of the 2019 Finals: 6/13/19
Brian Windhorst, Zach Lowe, Andrew Han and Kendrick Perkins offer instant reaction to the Toronto Raptors' Game 6 win over the Golden State Warriors in the 2019 NBA Finals on the floor of Oracle Arena. Special cameo by 2019 NBA champion Marc Gasol.
MINI POD: Game 5 of the 2019 Finals: 6/10/19
Zach Lowe, Brian Windhorst, Cassidy Hubbarth, Andrew Han and Kendrick Perkins offer instant reaction to the Golden State Warriors Game 5 win over the Toronto Raptors in the 2019 NBA Finals on the floor of Scotiabank Arena.
We the NBA North?: 6/10/19
Brian Windhorst, Andrew Han, Tim Bontemps and Nick Friedell discuss if the Raptors can close out in Game 5 (1:40), questions about Durant (9:50), if the rest of the league has title envy (22:45) and who the favorite would be for the 2020 title (32:15).
MINI POD: Game 4 of the 2019 Finals: 6/7/19
Brian Windhorst, Zach Lowe, Ramona Shelburne, Andrew Han and Jackie MacMullan offer instant reaction to the Toronto Raptors' Game 4 win over the Golden State Warriors in the 2019 NBA Finals on the floor of Oracle Arena.
A matter of semantics: 6/6/19
Brian Windhorst, Jackie MacMullan, Andrew Han and Nick Friedell discuss Kyle Lowrys fan exchange (1:50), the implications of Game 3 (6:10), injury updates (28:00) and a prediction reset (45:20).
MINI POD: Game 3 of the 2019 Finals: 6/5/19
Brian Windhorst, Andrew Han, Kevin Arnovitz, Cassidy Hubbarth and Kendrick Perkins offer instant reaction to the Toronto Raptors Game 3 win over the Golden State Warriors in the 2019 NBA Finals on the floor of Oracle Arena.
Under the podcast lake: 6/4/19
Brian Windhorst, Andrew Han, Jackie MacMullan and Tim Bontemps assess the injuries ailing the Warriors and Raptors in the Finals (1:40), expectations for Game 3 (24:45) and early free agency chess (36:10).
MINI POD: Game 2 of the 2019 Finals: 6/2/19
Brian Windhorst, Cassidy Hubbarth, Andrew Han, Pablo Torre and Kendrick Perkins offer instant reaction to the Golden State Warriors' Game 2 win over the Toronto Raptors in the 2019 NBA Finals on the floor of the ScotiaBank Arena.
Toronto's basketball moment: 5/31/19
Brian Windhorst, Andrew Han, Tim Bontemps, Nick Friedell and Jackie MacMullan discuss Pascal Siakam, the Warriors and Game 1 (8:40), Kevin Durant (32:30), what happens after the Finals (43:30) and the Lakers (52:30).
MINI POD: Game 1 of the 2019 Finals: 5/30/19
Brian Windhorst, Cassidy Hubbarth and Doris Burke offer instant reaction to the Toronto Raptors' Game 1 win over the Golden State Warriors in the 2019 NBA Finals on the floor of the ScotiaBank Arena.
Rooting for laundry: 5/27/19
Brian Windhorst, Kevin Arnovitz and Kevin Pelton parse what it means to be a fatalistic fanbase (0:45), if the Warriors are better without Durant (13:50) and the Warriors-Raptors Finals matchup (30:30).
Making Moves: 5/24/19
Brian Windhorst, Jackie MacMullan and Tim MacMahon discuss the Eastern Conference Finals including Kawhi's importance to the Raptors (2:00), the All-NBA Teams and snubs (12:00), NBA Free Agency possibilities (21:30), Jackie's conversation with Pat Riley and much more.
The Inevitable Warriors: 5/20/19
Brian Windhorst, Andrew Han, Nick Friedell and Tim MacMahon discuss Draymond Green and the Warriors (1:10), the Blazers (14:20) and the Raptors and the Bucks (32:30).
Close Call : 5/16/19
Brian Windhorst, Tim McMahon, Andrew Han and Jackie MacMullan weigh in on Game 1 of both conference finals, including Brook Lopez's big night for the Bucks. Plus, they look ahead to Game 2 and recap the NBA draft lottery.
Kings Of The North: 5/13/19
Brian Windhorst, Kevin Pelton and Tim Bontemps recap boBrian Windhorst, Kevin Pelton and Tim Bontemps recap both Game 7's of both conference semifinals, discuss how the Sixers can move forward after back-to-back Eastern Conference Semifinals losses, look ahead to the NBA draft lottery and weigh in on the Frank Vogel and John Beilein coaching hires.
Lively, Bold and Full of Spirit: 5/10/19
Brian Windhorst, Jackie MacMullan, Tim MacMahon and Andrew Han discuss the tough times in Boston, the Lakers' coaching situation (18:30), Warriors-Rockets (28:00), Sixers- Raptors (47:00) and the Cojones factor player of the month (53:30).
An even second round: 5/6/19
Brian Windhorst, Andrew Han, Nick Friedell and Chris Herring chat about how impressive the Nuggets are (2:20), Kawhi's postseason play (18:50), the Sixers' inconsistency (33:25), a critical Game 4 for Boston (44:50) and the Warriors (53:00).
Game 2 Turnarounds : 5/2/19
Brian Windhorst, Jackie MacMullan, Tim MacMahon and Andrew Han discuss the Warriors' 2-0 edge on the Rockets, the game 2 turnarounds of the Bucks (22:00), Sixers (33:45) & Blazers (42:00). Plus announce the "Troll of the year" (57:00).
Officiating Evaluation : 4/29/19
Brian Windhorst, Tim Bontemps, Kirk Goldsberry and Andrew Han discuss the Warriors game 1 win over the Rockets, the player/referee relationship (10:00), the Celtics game 1 "upset" (28:00), preview the Blazers-Nuggets series (48:00) and much more.
Are we there yet?: 4/26/19
Brian Windhorst, Tim MacMahon, Andrew Han and Jackie MacMullan sort out the Rockets immediate travel schedule (3:40), the one-game series of Nuggets-Spurs (15:20), the Warriors (24:20), Lillard (37:30) and the East second round (42:00).
Can anyone beat the Warriors?: 4/22/19
Brian Windhorst, Andrew Han, Kevin Pelton and Nick Friedell discuss the Blazers-Thunder series (1:20), the looming inevitability of a Warriors title (9:30), the Sixers (45:00) and a Windhorst filibuster.
Playoff Cone of Uncertainty: 4/19/19
ESPN's Brian Windhorst, Jackie MacMullan and Tim McMahon discuss the latest from the NBA Playoffs and how worried the 76ers should be about Joel Embiid's knee injury (3:15). Brian then talks about James Harden's greatness and how Houston's superstar reminds him of Peyton Manning (19:20). The crew also dives in to Kevin Durant's big game last night and if the Rockets could beat the Warriors in the next round (33:15). Lastly, the crew reacts to Denver's troubling performance thus far (46:27).
Upset? Reacting to Game 1s: 4/15/19
Brian Windhorst, Andrew Han and Rachel Nichols offer overall thoughts from opening weekend (3:20), if any favored team should be worried (10:20), offseason anxiety (39:00) and more.
Mega Hoops Playoff Podcast: 4/12/19
Zach Lowe, Ryen Russillo, Brian Windhorst and Bomani Jones each take you through their playoff previews. Zach thinks Rockets-Jazz is going to be the most interesting first-round series. Russillo and Bomani talk about Warriors playoff fatigue, who can beat them in the west and more. Plus, Brian Windhorst and the Hoop Collective discuss Denver-San Antonio, OKC-Portland and many other playoff matchups.
NBA Playoff Preview: 4/11/19
Brian Windhorst, Jackie MacMullan, Tim Macmahon and Andrew Han discuss the Magic Johnson resignation, Dirk's farewell (8:00), Portland's strange game (12:00), the East (15:00) & West (30:45) playoff match-ups and the cojones player of the month (46:00).
Emergency pod: Magic Johnson resigns: 4/9/19
Brian Windhorst, Kevin Pelton, Ohm Youngmisuk and Andrew Han conference call into an emergency podcast to discuss Magic Johnsons impromptu press conference and stunning news that he is resigning from the Lakers front office.
Submitting The 2018-19 NBA Awards Ballot: 4/8/19
Brian Windhorst, Kevin Arnovitz, Kirk Goldsberry and Andrew Han discuss the NBA Awards including MVP (4:30), Coach of the Year (10:00), DPLOY (20:00), ROY (27:00) All NBA First-Team (40:00) and many more. Listen to Brian & Kevin complete their ballots in real-time!
Goodbye, 2018-19 Lakers: 4/4/19
Brian Windhorst, Ohm Youngmisuk, Ramona Shelburne and Dave McMenamin discuss the failed season for the Lakers and LeBron James and wildly speculate what could come next.
Buyers' Remorse? : 4/1/19
Brian Windhorst, Bobby Marks, and Tim Bontemps discuss the many issues surrounding Kristaps Porzingis and the Mavericks (2:00), the Nikola Jokic ejection (20:00), the strange Warriors game (41:00) and much more.
Believe In Magic? : 3/28/19
Brian Windhorst, Tim MacMahon, Kevin Pelton and Andrew Han discuss the Magic moving into the eighth seed (5:00), the Mavs (16:00), Lakers (23:00), and Knicks lottery chances (26:00), the Blazers fate post injury (35:00) and much more.
The Amazing MVP Race : 3/25/19
Brian Windhorst, Nick Friedell, Royce Young and Andrew Han discuss the front runners for the MVP race (2:00), the Rookie of the Year race (15:00), the Warriors getting into playoff mode (33:00), the Thunder (45:00) and much more.
March Sadness : 3/21/19
Brian Windhorst, Tim MacMahon, Ramona Shelburne and Andrew Han recap Celtics-Sixers discussing Joel Embiid's dominance, the slipping OKC Thunder (14:00), Doc Rivers snubbing the Lakers (26:00) and much more.
2018 NBA Re-Draft : 3/18/19
Brian Windhorst, Kevin Pelton, and Mike Schmitz go through the first 14 picks of the 2018 NBA Draft and do a re-draft based on what we know today. Plus, discuss Zion Williamson and other up and coming NBA hopefuls (51:27).
Boogie's Back, Westbrook vs Fan, Dolan : 3/14/19
Brian Windhorst, Tim MacMahon, Tim Bontemps and Andrew Han discuss DeMarcus Cousins' performance against the Rockets, what team could de-throne the Warriors (5:00), Russell Westbrook's interaction with a Jazz fan (12:00), James Dolan (20:00), Steve Ballmer (31:30) and much more.
Lakers' Woes And Pistons' Wins : 3/11/19
Brian Windhorst, Kevin Pelton and Kirk Goldsberry discuss Brandon Ingram's injury (3:30), the Lakers' mounting issues (10:00), the Pistons on an incredible hot streak (25:00), the Draft Lottery (45:00) and much more.
Postseason and Beyond: 3/8/19
Brian Windhorst, Tim McMahon and Michael C. Wright discuss the tight-knit Western Conference standings and why they don't believe in the Nuggets (1:10), the less-chaotic Eastern Conference (18:12) and the Lakers' possible offseason plans. Plus, Brian tells a quick Boban story (37:21) before discussing the futures of the 76ers and Celtics (41:30).
East Coast Road Trip : 3/4/19
Brian Windhorst is joined by Nick Friedell and Royce Young to discuss the Warriors east coast road trip questioning how they can utilize DeMarcus Cousins best (4:00), the current state of the Lakers including the pause on the Carmelo Anthony acquisition (20:00), the on-going drama with the Suns (30:00), Paul George's injury update (42:00) and much more.
No Margin for Error: 2/28/19
Brian Windhorst, Jackie MacMullan and Andrew Han discuss the Celtics' four-game losing streak and Kyrie Irving's recent mysterious behavior (00:50). Then, the crew discusses Dwyane Wade's game-winner (30:25) and how difficult the road ahead for the Lakers is (35:26). Plus, some speculation about Dirk Nowitzki and if will really call it quits after this season (42:05).
Large Sample-Size Theater: 2/26/19
Brian Windhorst welcomes ESPN NBA Writers Kevin Arnovitz and Kevin Pelton to break down the top teams in the Eastern Conference (4:36). Despite Boston's struggles, Windhorst still believes the Celtics are the team in the East to beat (13:56). Plus, the guys discuss the biggest threats to the Warriors in the Western Conference (19:30) and the Lakers' bleak playoff chances (30:40). Then, conversations about LeBron James and if he is still the best player in the NBA (42:10), as well as where Kawhi Leonard ranks among the NBA's top players (47:50). Lastly, the guys talk about who should win Coach of the Year (58:20).
The Irritating Beard: 2/20/19
Brian Windhorst, Jackie MacMullan and Tim MacMahon discuss the unintended consequences of the super max (3:28), a potential change in the Anthony Davis plan (7:14), the future of the Sixers (17:45), why other players are irritated with James Harden's performance (21:10), why the MVP race has become ideological (35:40), and the budding Celtics-Bucks rivalry (41:16)
All-Star Saturday Night: 2/16/19
Brian Windhorst and Andrew Han trek to Charlotte for All-Star weekend, interviewing players participating in the festivities and keeping record of their discussions leading up to All-Star Saturday night.
Balancing the Books: 2/15/19
Brian Windhorst, Andrew Han, Dave McMenamin, Nick Friedell and Tim Bontemps chat about the faltering Lakers (1:15), reevaluate the Porzingis trade (24:05), LeBron seeing Zion Williamson in action (9:55), how good the 76ers' new starting lineup is (44:35) and more.
Pelicans/Lakers Non-Trade, Magic, Celtics, and the Mecca: 2/11/19
Brian Windhorst, Jackie MacMullan and Tim MacMahon discuss the fallout behind the Pelicans and Lakers non-trade (3:00), Magic Johnson's interview (14:00), the Celtics struggling and Kyrie's mindset going into the offseason (30:00), media speculation about players wanting to join the New York Knicks (47:00) and much more.
2019 Trade season debrief: 2/7/19
Brian Windhorst, Andrew Han and Rachel Nichols parse the moves leading up to the 2019 trade deadline including the East race (1:30), the LA teams (16:20), Markelle Fultz leaving the 76ers (20:20) and more!
25 hours before the 2019 NBA trade deadline: 2/6/19
Brian Windhorst, Andrew Han and Bobby Marks mini pod the Clippers-Sixers trade of Tobias Harris and the looming implications 25 hours before the 2019 NBA trade deadline.
Game Time: 2/4/19
Brian Windhorst, Jackie MacMullan & Tim MacMahon discuss the plays to be made for Kyrie Irving (1:09) & Anthony Davis (8:58), weigh in on other intriguing trade possibilities (31:45) and much more. Plus, Tim's "Cojones Factor" Players of the Month for January (1:00:50).
Brian Windhorst, Jackie MacMullan, Tim MacMahon & Ramona Shelburne break down every angle of the Kristaps Porzingis blockbuster (1:13), discuss the ripple effects on Anthony Davis (35:32), Kyrie Irving (41:06) and much more.
Brow Greetin': 1/28/19
Brian Windhorst, Kevin Pelton & Royce Young discuss the latest developments with Anthony Davis, the most likely destination for Davis and when a trade will take place.
Player Haters' Ball: 1/25/19
Brian Windhorst, Jackie MacMullan & Tim MacMahon discuss the hate aimed at James Harden (8:40), Victor Oladipo's injury (28:10), the hierarchy in the east (43:00) & more.
Boogie Is Back: 1/22/19
Brian Windhorst, Nick Friedell and Dave McMenamin discuss Dave's insane journey to the Duke vs Syracuse game (5:30), Klay Thompson's amazing offensive performance (12:00), the Lakers' current situation (20:00), where will Melo end up (25:00), the latest on the Pelicans and Anthony Davis (44:00) and much more.
Kyrie Apologizes, Doncic, Harden's Fatigue & More: 1/17/19
Brian Windhorst, Jackie MacMullan and Tim MacMahon Kyrie Irving's apology to LeBron (2:30), Luka Doncic and the Mavs (21:00), the Nets' win over the Rockets and the possible fatigue factor for James Harden (38:00).
Time To Panic?: 1/14/19
Brian Windhorst, Tim Bontemps & Kirk Goldsberry discuss the Lakers' struggles without LeBron (7:40), the Spurs' bounce-back (29:57), Boston's issues (51:00) & more. Plus, what's happened to all the good nicknames in the NBA?
Bucks, Harden, Celtics & Butler: 1/10/19
Brian Windhorst, Jackie MacMullan and Tim MacMahon discuss the Bucks' impressive win and James Harden (5:30), Story time about getting passes from NBA players (11:00), the Celtics (25:00), Jimmy Butler (45:00) and Patrick McCaw (55:00).
Thibs, Lakers, Butler: 1/8/19
Brian Windhorst, Ramona Shelburne and Nick Friedell discuss the firing of Tom Thibodeau (5:00), state of the Lakers 2019 edition (25:00), Jimmy Butler's relationship with the Sixers and where he may end up (30:00) and much more.
Kawhi, Pacers, All-Star Ballots: 1/3/19
Brian Windhorst, Jackie MacMullan, Andrew Han and Tim MacMahon discuss Kawhi Leonard's return to San Antonio and if he will get a tribute video (3:30), the Pacers' recent run (20:15), Pelicans-Nets (27:55), hypothetical All-Star ballots (36:00) Cojones Factor Player of the Month (50:45) and much more.
Rookie phenoms, in praise of the Nuggets: 12/24/18
Brian Windhorst, Jackie MacMullan, Andrew Han and Tim MacMahon marvel at the rookie class headlined by Luka Doncic (2:30), assess the Lakers as 2018 closes (18:15), dream up fantastical Celtics trades (27:55) and sing the praises of the Denver Nuggets (37:10).
AD to LA, Houston's Struggles, And Shenanigans : 12/20/18
Brian Windhorst, Jackie MacMullan, Tim MacMahon and Andrew Han discuss the possible Anthony Davis to LA situation (35:00), the Rockets (26:00), the Celtics tough schedule (16:50) and much more. Plus, Jackie calls out all the shenanigans.
Trade Talk, Joerger, Dolan sit down and more: 12/17/18
Brian Windhorst, Tim Bontemps and Kirk Goldsberry discuss the trade over the weekend and the confusion surrounding "Brooks" (5:00), criticism of Dave Joerger (15:00), James Dolan's interview with Ian O'Connor (30:00), Celtics on a roll (41:30), OKC guaranteeing Billy Donovon's contract (50:00) and much more.
A three-team non-trade: 12/14/18
An emergency pod with Brian Windhorst, Bobby Marks and Andrew Han trying to make sense of a deal between the Wizards, Grizzlies and Suns that fell apart over the confusion of which players would be traded.
Lakers Winning, Jordan Drama And Bulls Saga Continues : 12/13/18
Brian Windhorst, Jackie MacMullan, Tim MacMahon and Andrew Han discuss the Michael Jordan-Malik Monk situation (6:45), the ongoing Bulls drama (16:00), the Celtics, Luka Doncic's incredible week and much more.
Kawhi, Lakers & Ariza, Bulls Issues: 12/10/18
Brian Windhorst, Royce Young, Kevin Pelton and Andrew Han discuss what's more likely: Kawhi Leonard to the Clippers or Anthony Davis to the Celtics (3:00), issues with the Chicago Bulls (31:00), thoughts on the Lakers and if a trade for Trevor Ariza could help (42:00) and much more.
Kawhi, Lakers, Paul George, KD's Comments: 12/6/18
Brian Windhorst, Jackie MacMullan, Tim MacMahon and Andrew Han discuss last night's Raptors vs 76ers matchup (2:00), the Lakers' 4th quarter performance (10:30), Paul George putting the Thunder on his back vs the Nets (18:00), KD's comments on LeBron (50:00) and much more.
Spurs' Struggles, Fred Hoiberg Fired, A Ricky Davis Story: 12/3/18
Brian Windhorst, Michael C. Wright, Nick Friedell and Andrew Han discuss the Spurs' struggles (2:30), issues with their medical staff (25:00) and much more. Plus, a classic Ricky Davis story (21:52) and the crew discusses Bulls' HC Fred Hoiberg getting fired.
The Marvelous Mavs & Struggling Rockets : 11/29/18
Brian Windhorst, Jackie MacMullan, Tim MacMahon and Andrew Han discuss the thumping the Mavericks gave the Rockets and the year Luka Doncic is having. Plus, Jayson Tatum's struggles and the Cojones Player Of The Month (50:45).
Western Conference, Westbrook, Kawhi vs Pop, Jimmy Butler: 11/26/18
Brian Windhorst, Royce Young, Kevin Pelton and Andrew Han discuss the crazy Western Conference standings (2:00), Russell Westbrook's shot selection (20:30), Storytime with Brian on Sasha Pavlovic (32:00), Kawhi Leonard vs Pop (45:00), Jimmy Butler's tear (55:00) and much more.
Thanksgiving Question Marks: 11/21/18
Brian Windhorst, Jackie MacMullan, Tim MacMahon and Andrew Han discuss who's more talented: KD or Steph (2:20), Markelle Fultz's future (9:30), what to make of the Cavs' Dysfunction (20:00), Boston's issues and Terry Rozier's cryptic tweets (41:00), LeBron's return to Cleveland (51:00) and much more.
Warriors, Celtics, Kemba, Wizards ready to blow it up?: 11/19/18
Brian Windhorst, Tim Bontemps and Nick Friedell discuss Draymond Green's injury and what it means for the Warriors, the Celtics' progression from their early-season slump, Kemba Walker's incredible game and if the Wizards are ready to blow it all up.
Tension By The Bay: 11/14/18
Brian Windhorst, Jackie MacMullan, Tim MacMahon and Andrew Han discuss the dust-up between KD and Draymond Green and how that relates to the Warriors' internal struggles (3:00), Jimmy Butler's fit with the 76ers and the Eastern Conference (30:00), Carmelo Anthony's future (45:00) and much more.
Small Sample Size Theater : 11/12/18
Brian Windhorst, Andrew Han, Kevin Arnovitz and Kevin Pelton discuss if the Milwaukee Bucks are legit contenders, Houston's problems, Boston's offensive struggles so far, Denver's case in the Western Conference and much more.
Jimmy Butler is traded: 11/10/18
Brian Windhorst, Andrew Han, Nick Friedell and Bobby Marks launch an emergency session to break down the trade of Jimmy Butler from the Minnesota Timberwolves to the Philadelphia 76ers.
Running diary from Timberwolves-Lakers: 11/8/18
Brian Windhorst and Andrew Han catalog the day's events leading up to Timberwolves vs. Lakers starting at shootaround with Taj Gibson and Anthony Tolliver (4:30), Michelle Beadle and Chauncey Billups of NBA Countdown (15:30) and ending postgame with Rachel Nichols from The Jump (40:00).
Raptors, the East, Lakers and Kawhi: 11/5/18
Brian Windhorst, Andrew Han, Ohm Youngmisuk, Tim Bontemps and Dave McMenamin discuss the Raptors (2:00), the top of the East (15:00), the Wizards (17:15), Lakers (24:20), Kawhi's future (37:30) and much more.
Rockets woes, Kyrie kicks rust, Cavs reboot: 10/31/18
Brian Windhorst, Jackie MacMullan, Tim MacMahon and Andrew Han discuss the issues with the Rockets (3:00), Kyrie's resurgence, his haircut and the Celtics' season so far (14:00), Story Time with Jackie Mac (18:30), what's wrong with the Wizards (22:00), the toxic internal situation in Cleveland (40:00), Tim's Cojones Factor Player of The Month (54:00) and much more.
Ty Lue fired, Thunder worries and the Spurs: 10/29/18
Brian Windhorst, Royce Young, Michael C. Wright and Andrew Han discuss the Cleveland Cavaliers quickly moving on from Tyronn Lue and the situation between Lue and the Cavs' front office (2:00), State Of The Union address on the OKC Thunder (28:00) and the San Antonio Spurs (40:00), tribute videos, Warriors troll Fergie and much more.
LA Fight, Week One Frights: 10/24/18
Brian Windhorst, Jackie MacMullan, Tim MacMahon and Andrew Han break down fight night in LA, including Rondo saying that special effects were used by the Rockets staff if Chris Paul is a good teammate and Luke Walton criticizing the refs (2:00). Plus, Storytime with Brian and Jackie on Darius Miles (24:40), revising the LA suspensions & reliving "Malice in the Palace" (40:00), the Celtics rocky start (45:30) and more.
Running commentary from LeBron's LA debut: 10/21/18
Brian Windhorst and Andrew Han record from LA for LeBron James' Laker debut and chat with Rachel Nichols on the fight (33:00), Adrian Wojnarowski on the construction of the Lakers (20:50), Michelle Beadle, Jalen Rose, Chauncey Billups and Paul Pierce for early impressions (30:00) and much more.
Tatum ready to rise, Anthony Davis ready to contend: 10/17/18
Brian Windhorst, Jackie MacMullan, Tim MacMahon and Andrew Han break down all angles of Celtics vs Sixers including Jason Tatum's potential superstardom (6:00), Pelicans vs Rockets (18:30), Anthony Davis' evolution as a player (23:00), his potential free agency (41:00), great Paul Allen stories (48:00) and much more. Plus, Storytime with Jackie Mac.
Basketball: A Love Story: 10/15/18
Jackie MacMullan talks to Basketball: A Love Story's creator Dan Klores about the making of the film, his love for the game of basketball, some of their favorite stories from the project and much more.
Lakers, Warriors, Butler, oh my!: 10/15/18
Brian Windhorst, Nick Friedell, Dave McMenamin and Andrew Han discuss the outlook for the Los Angeles Lakers, can KD and LeBron be working on something for next season (4:00), what do the Warriors have to look forward to this season (27:00), Jimmy Butler's practice fallout and much more.
Mavs Internal Drama, West playoff bubbles and Jimmy Butler: 10/10/18
Brian Windhorst, Tim MacMahon, Jackie MacMullan and Andrew Han discuss the latest on the Mavericks' continued internal drama (5:00), pro-ready Luka Doncic can be a special player (15:00), can Dejounte Murray's torn ACL shake up the Western Conference playoff race (40:00) and some Jimmy Butler trade scenarios (1:00:00).
2018-19 Eastern Conference Preview: 10/8/18
Brian Windhorst, Nick Friedell, Kevin Pelton and Andrew Han preview the Eastern Conference.
GM Survey: 10/4/18
Brian Windhorst, Tim MacMahon, Jackie MacMullan and Andrew Han discuss traveling and eating in China, the latest GM survey, how the Lakers will mesh, if Brad Stevens gets unfair treatment from the media and much more.
2018-2019 Western Conference Preview: 10/1/18
Brian Windhorst, Dave McMenamin, Michael Wright, Andrew Han and Tim MacMahon preview the Western Conference before training camp opens.
2018 Las Vegas Summer League special: 7/11/18
Cassidy Hubbarth, Nick Friedell, Andrew Han, Tim MacMahon and Amin Elhassan chat about the sights and sounds of Las Vegas Summer League, including the fervor for the summertime Knicks (3:45), the oddities of summer league (11:40), players that caught buzz (28:00), being the face of a franchise (32:00) and the Rockets (36:30).
Unpacking all the free agency machinations: 7/6/18
Brian Windhorst, Tim MacMahon, Andrew Han and Jackie MacMullan chat about LeBron (9:00), Carmelo's inevitable exodus from OKC (16:45), continuing speculation about Kawhi (20:20), the revamped Lakers (36:25), LeBron and the Cavs (52:15) and Boogie Cousins (66:50).
The remaking of the Lakers: 7/2/18
Cassidy Hubbarth, Dave McMenamin, Andrew Han and Ramona Shelburne discuss the continuing ramifications of LeBron James going to the Lakers (2:00), the Rondo signing and its implications for Lonzo (6:55) and the Lakers renouncing Julius Randle (21:55).
LeBron to the Lakers emergency pod: 7/2/18
Brian Windhorst, Amin Elhassan and Rachel Nichols gather in the offices of ESPN LA to record an "emergency pod" about LeBron James choosing the Lakers in free agency and the subsequent news.
The day before 2018 NBA free agency: 6/29/18
Brian Windhorst, Jackie MacMullan, Andrew Han and Tim MacMahon read the tea leaves about LeBron's options (3:30), the shifting leverage in Kawhi trade scenarios (8:00), the Cavs' conundrum (25:30), Paul George (34:00) and other free agents (42:15).
LeBron, Paul George and free agency: 6/25/18
Ramona Shelburne, Royce Young and Dave McMenamin discuss free agency impressions for LeBron James and Paul George (2:20), the leaked Lakers pitch for George (10:10), the logic of LeBron to "team X" (20:10), the Paul George of it all (35:50) and potential wildcard scenarios (42:10).
2018 Post-draft reactions: 6/22/18
Brian Windhorst, Tim MacMahon, Andrew Han and Jackie MacMullan offer reactions to the Luka Doncic trade (2:45), other draft surprises (19:15), the implications on free agency (22:55), the next steps in the Kawhi situation (38:40) and picks they liked (44:50).
Conversations about the 2018 draft: 6/18/18
Kevin Arnovitz, Jonathan Givony, Mike Schmitz and Kevin Pelton discuss how a prospect's profile can fluctuate leading up to the draft (1:30), how to sift through the rumor mill (10:50), the top players in the 2018 draft (19:05) and draft night questions (36:10).
Adrian Wojnarowski, ESPN: 6/18/18
Adam Schefter talks to Sr. NBA Insider Adrian Wojnarowski about LeBron James' future (4:40), his life as an Insider (11:27), the origin of the "Woj Bomb" (26:10) and more.
Workshopping the Kawhi situation: 6/15/18
Brian Windhorst, Tim MacMahon, Andrew Han and Jackie MacMullan chat about the news Kawhi Leonard wants out of San Antonio and workshop the permutations and implications of the news.
Colangelo sunk, Cavs on the brink: 6/7/18
Brian Windhorst, Andrew Han, Kevin Arnovitz, Ramona Shelburne and Shelley Smith discuss Colangelo's departure from the Sixers (1:00), Game 3 of the NBA Finals (14:45), Durant's performance (33:15), the Cavs' offseason plans (38:10) and LeBron's plans (53:05).
Courtside from Game 2 of the Finals: 6/4/18
Amin Elhassan, Kevin Pelton, Kevin Arnovitz, Marc Spears and Brian Windhorst (feat. Aaron Dodson of The Undefeated and Andrew Han) chat courtside from Oracle Arena after Game 2 of the NBA Finals about Steph Curry's big night (2:00), CJ McCollum on Twitter (10:00), JR Smith with MVP chants (12:20), Finals fatigue (18:10), the Cavs' mood (25:20) and if Dub Nation will be the same in two years (35:05).
Wild and crazy Game 1 of the 2018 Finals: 6/1/18
Brian Windhorst, Andrew Han, Kevin Pelton and Amin Elhassan discuss the varied reactions around Game 1 of the NBA Finals (2:35), overshadowed moments (9:50), downplaying suspensions and flagrants (16:05), the Cavs' collapse in OT (22:05), the Warriors' crunchtime lineup (28:50) and the block/charge controversy (32:15) and if Game 1 was the Cavs' best chance to make it a series (44:00).
Burner season in Philadelphia: 5/30/18
Brian Windhorst, Jackie MacMullan, Andrew Han and Tim MacMahon try to figure out the wild story of 76ers GM Bryan Colangelo allegedly using Twitter accounts to leak info (4:30), if there are realistic due process options (19:00) and speculating on the nature of how this alleged scandal came to light (30:30) and the best player of the postseason so far (47:00).
Cavs to the Finals, LeBron's epic performance: 5/28/18
Cassidy Hubbarth, Nick Friedell, Andrew Han and Royce Young delve into the East finals series win by the Cavaliers over the Celtics (3:40), how high Jayson Tatum's ceiling is (7:40), if this is LeBron's best postseason performance (20:15) and a game of who wins Warriors-Rockets Game 7 (40:40).
Cavs on the brink, Rockets ready to pounce: 5/24/18
Brian Windhorst, Tim MacMahon, Andrew Han and Jackie MacMullan discuss the Cavs with their backs against the wall after Game 5 (2:10) and the likelihood Rockets-Warriors goes the full series (23:10).
'Magic' Curry, the young Celtics: 5/21/18
Cassidy Hubbarth, Michele Steele and Ramona Shelburne discuss "magic" Steph and the Rockets-Warriors (2:20), the homecourt advantages in Celtics-Cavs (20:22), cussing in the NBA (25:55) and Celtics talk (35:10).
Reevaluating the conference finals: 5/17/18
Brian Windhorst, Andrew Han and Tim MacMahon chat about the Rockets-Warriors series (2:05) and what's happening in Celtics-Cavs (28:50) after Game 2 of the respective conference finals.
What happened in Boston? Who picked the Rockets?: 5/14/18
Chiney Ogwumike, Andrew Han and Kevin Pelton discuss the surprising Game 1 result between the Celtics and Cavs (0:50). Later, Ramona Shelburne chats with Royce Young about his series prediction between the Rockets and Warriors (32:55).
Boston's future becomes the present, conf finals thoughts: 5/10/18
Brian Windhorst, Tim MacMahon, Andrew Han and Jackie MacMullan discuss the Celtics' bright future (3:30), what Kawhi's trade value is (13:45), the East finals (24:40), the West finals (37:25) and Paul George (59:20).
Four teams on the brink?: 5/7/18
Andrew Han, Royce Young and Ian Begley discuss LeBron's wild shot to put the Cavs up 3-0 over the Raptors (1:45), the Sixers facing elimination (27:25) and the Rockets surging (43:00).
Early thoughts on Round 2 of the playoffs: 5/3/18
Brian Windhorst, Chris Forsberg, Andrew Han and Tim MacMahon discuss the Rockets-Jazz series (2:20), the Celtics-Sixers series (20:50) and Raptors-Cavs (34:50).
What have we learned for Round Two?: 4/30/18
Andrew Han, Kevin Pelton, Ohm Youngmisuk, Nick Friedell and Royce Young autopsy the Thundersâ€™ season (2:40), thoughts on the Rockets-Jazz series (9:40), the Warriors-Pelicans (21:45), the Raptors-Cavs series (30:35) and the Celtics-Sixers in round two (43:35).
LeBron's shot, free agency implications, playoff chatter: 4/26/18
Brian Windhorst, Tim MacMahon, Andrew Han and Jackie MacMullan talk about Game 5 in Cleveland (8:40), free agency implications (20:30) and observations from the first round (48:00).
Freakishly Good : 4/23/18
Cassidy Hubbarth, Nick Friedell and Ramona Shelburne discuss Giannis Antetokounmpo (1:55), KD's mishap on Instagram (6:00), the Pelicans (12:10), the Sixers (25:45) and what's been the most fun so far in the playoffs (33:20).
Assessing the playoffs through two games: 4/19/18
Brian Windhorst, Tim MacMahon, Andrew Han and Kevin Arnovitz discuss the Rockets-Wolves series (3:00), the Cavs (12:00), what's going on with the Wizards (26:55), the Blazers (36:30), the Jazz (43:20) and Sixers-Heat (53:50).
Marathon Monday: 4/16/18
Marty chats with former NBA great and Memphis Tigers head coach Penny Hardaway (1:33). Plus, Marty talks about running in the Boston Marathon a year after the bombings (37:40)
Reactions to playoff opening weekend: 4/16/18
Andrew Han, Dave McMenamin, Kevin Pelton and Royce Young talk about the first weekend of playoff action with the Cavs losing (1:10), the Thunder's win over the Jazz (16:45), the Pelicans surprising win in Portland (29:40) and overreactions/underreactions to the first weekend of the playoffs (36:05).
Last night of regular season, playoffs: 4/12/18
Brian Windhorst, Tim MacMahon, Royce Young and Jackie MacMullan chat about the finally settled playoff seedings (4:05), the Wolves-Nuggets "play-in game" (14:35), the East matchups (26:05), clutch scorer of the year (38:05) and coaching changes in the league (49:10).
How to make sense of regular season awards: 4/9/18
Cassidy Hubbarth, Chiney Ogwumike, Ohm Youngmisuk and Ramona Shelburne parse out the cases for Rookie of the Year (1:25), the conversations about who is the MVP (19:40) and LeBron's marathon season (32:10).
Kawhi, end-of-season awards, Kyrie news: 4/5/18
Brian Windhorst, Tim MacMahon, Andrew Han and Jackie MacMullan assess the continuing Kawhi issue in San Antonio (3:00), figuring out end-of-season NBA awards (22:45) and the news of Kyrie Irving's season being over (1:00:35).
Playoff seeding, the San Antonio crossroad: 4/2/18
Cassidy Hubbarth, Andrew Han, Ohm Youngmisuk and Ramona Shelburne get together to chat about a Gordon Hayward sighting (3:40), the toughest lower seed in the East (6:05), the bottom of the West playoffs (12:35), the San Antonio crossroad (18:35) and the team with the most drama this season (34:15).
Tanking, MVPs, the value of awards: 3/29/18
Brian Windhorst, Tim MacMahon and Nick Friedell discuss the race to tank (8:55), the case for splitting up the MVP (25:20) and the value of various awards (38:40).
Dinner with Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum: 3/28/18
Chris Haynes has dinner with Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum and chat about the rising Portland Trail Blazers (1:10), how the two guards complement each other (9:40), preseason expectations (16:30), All Star changes (30:35), unwritten rules of basketball (48:55), the Rockets (53:40), the problem with rankings (56:05) and developing as players (1:11:10).
Fultz returning, Warriors' injuries: 3/26/18
Cassidy Hubbarth, Chiney Ogwumike and Ramona Shelburne chat about the Sixers and the imminent return of Markelle Fultz (1:10), LeBron's MVP chances (11:10), Warriors' injuries (20:40) rookies and team fit (33:45) and Giannis (36:50).
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).
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