Lopez and Begley: 9/24/21
Zach discusses the chaos in Minnesota, then brings on ESPN's Andrew Lopez to talk all things Pelicans and SNY's Ian Begley -- host of The Putback -- to preview the Knicks.
Marks and Krawczynski: 9/21/21
Zach talks to Bobby Marks about Ben Simmons, Damian Lillard, and the temporary death of NBA free agency. Then Jon Krawczynski of The Athletic helps preview the Timberwolves under pressure.
MacMahon and Mares: 9/16/21
Zach and ESPN's Tim MacMahon discuss John Wall trades, and expectations for the Jazz and Mavericks. Then Adam Mares of DNVR Sports hops on to discuss Aaron Gordon's extension and the upcoming Nuggets season.
SI's Chris Herring: 9/14/21
Zach and Sports Illustrated's Chris Herring pick teams that will be better and worse than expected.
Mike Budenholzer: 8/12/21
Zach talks to Milwaukee Bucks coach Mike Budenholzer about the team's championship journey, his career, highlights and lowlights from his time with the Spurs, and more.
Stephen A. Smith and Jeff Van Gundy: 8/10/21
Zach talks to ESPN's Stephen A. Smith about the new-look Lakers, the Nets as favorites, the Knicks and Damian Lillard, and more; then ESPN's Jeff Van Gundy stops by to talk about Team USA in Tokyo and the biggest offseason moves.
McMenamin, Friedell, and Katz: 8/5/21
Zach talks to ESPN's Dave McMenamin about the revamped Lakers roster, ESPN's Nick Friedell about the upgrades for the Bulls and Knicks, and then The Athletic's Fred Katz joins to talk all things Wizards.
Pelton, Shelburne, and MacMahon on Free Agency: 8/3/21
Zach talks to ESPN's Kevin Pelton and Tim MacMahon about winners and losers of early free agency, and Ramona Shelburne stops by to talk all things Lakers -- Russ, Alex Caruso, what this team looks like now.
Bobby Marks on Draft and Free Agency: 7/30/21
Zach talks to ESPN's Bobby Marks about the multitude of moves made on the night of the draft and what it all means for free agency.
Jonathan Givony and Mike Schmitz: 7/27/21
Zach talks all things NBA draft with ESPN experts Jonathan Givony and Mike Schmitz.
Woj and Lowe Draft Special: 7/25/21
Zach and ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski discuss the latest intel ahead of Thursday's draft, the biggest names who could be on the move, and a crowded point guard market.
Ted Lasso's Brendan Hunt : 7/23/21
Zach talks to Brendan Hunt about the enormous success of Ted Lasso and the many NBA Easter eggs littered throughout the show.
Bucks Clinch - NBA Finals Game 6 Reaction: 7/20/21
Zach Lowe and Brian Windhorst are joined by Cleveland Forward Larry Nance Jr. to discuss Giannis historic performance, the significance of a small market team winning, the Bucks ability to keep fighting, the coaching redemption in Milwaukee and the future of the Suns.
Tim Legler and Mike Brown: 7/19/21
Zach and ESPN's Tim Legler break down the NBA Finals with the Bucks one win from the title, then Golden State Warriors assistant Mike Brown discusses taking the Nigerian team to the Olympics.
NBA Finals Game 5 Reaction: 7/17/21
Zach Lowe and Brian Windhorst are joined by Raptors Head Coach Nick Nurse to discuss the wild ending to Game 5, Khris Middletons amazing performance, Jrue Holidays clutch play, the level of shot making in the game and how the Suns should feel going into Milwaukee for Game 6.
NBA Finals Game 4 Reaction: 7/14/21
Zach Lowe and Brian Windhorst are joined by Denver Nuggets Head Coach Michael Malone to discuss Khris Middletons outstanding performance, how great Giannis key block was, Devin Bookers sensational performance, the Bucks reliance on transition buckets, the Suns turnovers and Phoenix needing more from Ayton offensively. Then the group talks coach getting into a horse and carriage with Nikola Jokic, get an update on Jamal Murray and discuss the grind of the last two seasons.
Kevin Arnovitz on the Finals: 7/13/21
Zach talks to ESPN's Kevin Arnovitz about the state of the NBA Finals.
NBA Finals Game 3 Reaction: 7/11/21
Zach Lowe and Brian Windhorst are joined by Kings guard Tyrese Haliburton to talk Giannis dominant Game 3, Ayton getting in foul trouble, how Game 4 will set the tone for the series and Chris Pauls leadership.
NBA Finals Game 2 Reaction: 7/8/21
Zach Lowe and Brian Windhorst are joined by former Hornets and Magic Head Coach Steve Clifford to discuss the great effort from the Bucks, the amazing offensive response from the Suns, what the preparation is like for the teams ahead of Sundays Game 3, the importance of Khris Middleton and the process of making adjustments for coaches.
NBA Finals Game 1 Reaction: 7/6/21
Zach Lowe and Brian Windhorst discuss the Suns winning Game 1, Chris Pauls brilliance, the importance of free throw shooting, what adjustments the Bucks can make and Deandre Ayton stepping up.
NBA Finals Preview with Kevin Pelton & Marques Johnson: 7/5/21
Zach and ESPN's Kevin Pelton preview the NBA Finals. Then, Milwaukee Bucks legend and broadcaster Marques Johnson on the team's journey here, their battles with the 76ers and Celtics in the 1980s, "White Man Can't Jump" and much more.
Suns Euphoria and Clippers' Future: 7/1/21
Zach talks to ESPN's resident Suns fan Michael Schwartz about what this Finals run means to him, then ESPN's Kevin Arnovitz joins to discuss Chris Paul finally making the Finals, Kawhi Leonard, and what comes next for the Clippers.
Herring on Conference Finals & Lillard: 6/28/21
Zach talks to SI's Chris Herring about both conference finals and the Damian Lillard situation.
Bontemps and Givony: 6/24/21
Zach talks to ESPN's Tim Bontemps about the East Finals, then ESPN's Jonathan Givony dishes on the lottery and the draft -- and a special appearance by former Suns coach Jay Triano on the Valley Oop.
Bobby Marks and Kevin Pelton: 6/21/21
Zach and ESPN's Bobby Marks discuss what comes next for the Sixers and Jazz after awful playoff losses, then ESPN's Kevin Pelton helps preview Hawks-Bucks and breaks down Game 1 of Suns-Clippers.
Mavs dysfunction, Injury woes, and Sixers collapse: 6/17/21
Zach talks to ESPN's Tim MacMahon about dysfunction in Dallas, ESPN's Baxter Holmes and injury expert Jeff Stotts on the wave of injuries league wide, and Spike Eskin of the Rights to Ricky Sanchez podcast on the Sixers epic collapse in Game 5.
2021 Playoffs Emergency Pod: Durant's Incredible Game 5: 6/15/21
Zach Lowe and Brian Windhorst react to Kevin Durant's indescribable Game 5 performance against the Milwaukee Bucks.
Jeff Van Gundy: 6/15/21
Zach and Jeff Van Gundy discuss the three 2-2 series as the second round of the NBA playoffs heats up.
Arnovitz on Hawks-Sixers and Anderson on Durant: 6/10/21
Zach and ESPN's Kevin Arnovitz discuss all things Hawks-Sixers, then Sam Anderson of the New York Times magazine joins to talk about his mammoth profile of Kevin Durant and the Brooklyn Nets.
Nets cruise, Suns take Game 1, and Fake Porzingis Trades: 6/8/21
Zach talks to ESPN's Bobby Marks and Seth Partnow of The Athletic about the Nets destroying Milwaukee, Suns-Nuggets Game 1, Clippers-Jazz, fake Kristaps Porzingis trades, much more.
Herring and Windhorst: 6/4/21
Zach talks to Sports Illustrated's Chris Herring about all things West and then Brian Windhorst stops by to discuss the front office changes in Boston.
MacMahon, McMenamin, and Pelton: 5/31/21
Zach brings in a whole crew to talk Mavs-Clippers, Suns-Lakers and the Anthony Davis injury, Knicks-Hawks -- plus a look-ahead to a potential Nets-Bucks blockbuster.
Andrews and Woike: 5/27/21
Zach talks about Jazz-Grizzlies and Ja Morant, then ESPN's Malika Andrews joins to discuss the Brooklyn Nets and Dan Woike of the LA Times talks Clippers existentialism.
Opening Weekend Takeaways: Johnson, MacMahon, and Lopez: 5/24/21
Zach talks Suns-Lakers with Eddie Johnson, Clippers-Mavs with ESPN's Tim MacMahon, and Knicks-Hawks with ESPN's Andrew Lopez.
Annual First Round Playoff Preview with David Thorpe: 5/21/21
Zach and TrueHoop's David Thorpe reunite for their annual 8 X 8 preview of every first-round playoff series.
Jeff Van Gundy On Warriors-Lakers Play-In : 5/18/21
Zach and Jeff Van Gundy preview the Warriors-Lakers play-in game, and talk playoffs.
Woj and Lowe Play-in and Playoffs Preview: 5/18/21
Zach and ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski discuss the league's commitment to the play-in tournament, the first round playoff matchups they are most intrigued by, and look ahead to the offseason.
Kirk Goldsberry On Incoming Hall Of Famers: 5/14/21
Zach talks to ESPN's Kirk Goldsberry about new Hall of Famers Kevin Garnett, Tim Duncan, and Kobe Bryant -- plus NBA awards!
Kevin Arnovitz On Play-In Races & All-NBA Ballot: 5/11/21
Zach and ESPN's Kevin Arnovitz discuss the play-in races and the All-NBA ballot
Tim Bontemps on All-Defense & MVP Races and Dallas' Jalen Brunson: 5/7/21
Zach and ESPN's Tim Bontemps discuss the MVP and All-Defense races, then Jalen Brunson of the Dallas Mavericks joins to talk play-in, ribbing Luka Doncic, Steve Nash and Allen Iverson as inspirations, much more.
Howard Beck on Play-In Tournament Dissension, 6th Man of the Year Deep Cuts: 5/3/21
Zach and Howard Beck of Sports Illustrated discuss the Lakers' recent struggles, the play-in tournament, all the ongoing races, and Sixth Man of the Year.
Chris Vernon & Ben Cohen: 4/29/21
Zach talks to Chris Vernon of the Ringer about the Memphis Grizzlies and the wild West playoff race, then Ben Cohen of the Wall Street Journal discusses his book about the hot hand and Stephen Curry.
West Playoff Race & Battle For LA: 4/27/21
Zach talks to ESPN's Dave McMenamin and Ohm Youngmisuk about the Lakers, Clippers, Blazers, and the broader Western Conference playoff and play-in landscapes.
East Playoff Race With Kevin Pelton: 4/23/21
Zach talks to ESPN's Kevin Pelton about the red-hot Knicks, and the wild East playoff race -- play-in scenarios, the rising Wizards, the race for No. 4, Brooklyn's path, and much more.
Most Improved Player Race: David Thorpe: 4/20/21
Zach discusses Stephen Curry and the MVP race, then goes through the Most Improved Player race with David Thorpe of TrueHoop.
Sixers center Joel Embiid: 4/16/21
Zach talks to Sixers center Joel Embiid about his MVP case, his improving jump shot, how mad he was about not making All-NBA last season, and more.
Jamal Murray Out Indefinitely: 4/13/21
Zach discusses Jamal Murray's ACL tear in his left knee and what it means for the Nuggets going forward.
Chris Herring on the Playoff Race in the West: 4/12/21
Zach talks to Sports Illustrated's Chris Herring about the middle of the Western Conference playoff race -- Mavericks, Spurs, Blazers, Grizzlies -- and the race to avoid both the Lakers and the play-in tournament.
Doris Burke on playoff push, MVP race: 4/8/21
Zach and ESPN's Doris Burke bounce around all the hot topics in the NBA: playoff races, contenders vs pretenders, the MVP race, much more.
Nick Friedell and Adam Mares: 4/5/21
Zach and ESPN's Nick Friedell discuss the ailing Golden State Warriors, and then Adam Mares of DNVR talks about the surging Nuggets.
Mina Kimes and Kevin Clark: 3/30/21
Zach talks to ESPN's Mina Kimes about her new Brooklyn Nets fandom and the alleged evils of super teams, and then Orlando Magic superfan Kevin Clark of the Ringer checks in on the Magic's latest rebuild
Trade Deadline Reaction with Bobby Marks: 3/25/21
Zach and Bobby Marks give instant reaction to all the big moves and non-moves of the NBA trade deadline.
Woj and Lowe '21 Trade Deadline Show: 3/24/21
Zach and ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski discuss the top storylines ahead of the trade deadline.
Injuries to LeBron and LaMelo: 3/22/21
Zach talks to ESPN's Dave McMenamin about LeBron's injury, how far the Lakers might fall, and the passing of Elgin Baylor. Then ESPN's Kevin Pelton (38:26) breaks down LaMelo Ball's injury, and the Rookie of the Year race.
Most Intriguing Trade Deadline Teams with Bobby Marks: 3/19/21
Zach and ESPN's Bobby Marks pick their five most intriguing trade deadline teams.
Kirk Goldsberry on the growing imbalance in the NBA: 3/16/21
Zach talks to ESPN's Kirk Goldsberry about the built in advantage for big market teams in free agency and how the new playoff format will affect the trade deadline.
Ramona Shelburne and Royce Young on March 11th, 2020: 3/11/21
Zach talks to Ramona Shelburne about the league's shutdown last March. Then Royce Young joins to discuss what it was like to be in the building for the cancellation of last year's Jazz-Thunder game and shares a few thoughts on this year's OKC team.
Bill Simmons on the Second Half of the 2020-21 Season: 3/9/21
Zach and Bill Simmons of The Ringer discuss the big questions for the second half of the NBA season.
Eddie Johnson on the Suns and Jazz guard Jordan Clarkson: 3/4/21
Zach talks to NBA legend and Suns analyst Eddie Johnson about the red-hot Suns, then Jordan Clarkson joins (44:31) to discuss the West-leading Jazz, his young Lakers day, LeBron, J.R. Smith's Finals blunder, more.
Chris Herring on Blake Griffin and Russell Westbrook trying to age gracefully: 3/1/21
Zach talks to Sports Illustrated's Chris Herring about the difficulty for guys like Blake Griffin and Russell Westbrook to age gracefully in today's NBA as well as two teams middling in the East- Toronto and Indiana.
Scalabrine on the Celtics and an All-Star Draft: 2/26/21
Zach talks to Brian Scalabrine about the struggling Boston Celtics (and some classic Kevin Garnett stories), then drafts All-Stars with ESPN's Kevin Pelton.
Ramona on Lakers' Losing Streak and Ohm on State of the Clippers: 2/23/21
Zach talks to ESPN's Ramona Shelburne about the Lakers on a three-game losing streak, then Ohm Youngmisuk catches up on all things Clippers.
Sixers Talk with The Rights To Ricky Sanchez and Defending Luka, Trae, and Zion with Kevin Arnovitz: 2/19/21
Zach talks to The Rights to Ricky Sanchez co-hosts Spike Eskin and Michael Levin about the always interesting Sixers, then ESPN's Kevin Arnovitz joins to discuss his piece on the challenges of defending Luka Doncic, Trae Young, and Zion Williamson
John Hollinger on the MVP Race: 2/16/21
Zach and John Hollinger of The Athletic discuss the crowded MVP race.
Selecting the 2021 All-Stars with Kevin Arnovitz: 2/11/21
Zach and ESPN's Kevin Arnovitz fill out their 2021 All-Star ballots.
De'Aaron Fox and Ian Begley: 2/8/21
Zach talks to SNY's Ian Begley about the Derrick Rose trade and all things Knicks, then Sacramento's De'Aaron Fox joins to talk about the red-hot Kings.
Jerami Grant and Chris Webber: 2/4/21
Zach talks to Detroit's Jerami Grant about his breakout season in Detroit, and Chris Webber discusses what a Pistons revival would mean -- plus Bad Boys memories, reflections on the Kings-Lakers rivalry of the early 2000s, and more.
MacMahon on the Mavs, Pelton on Bucks, Celtics, Suns: 2/2/21
Zach talks to ESPN's Tim MacMahon about the reeling Mavericks, and then Kevin Pelton joins to discuss the up-and-down Celtics, Bucks, and Suns.
Collin Sexton and Nick Friedell: 1/29/21
Zach talks to ESPN's Nick Friedell about what the Chicago Bulls do from here, and then Collin Sexton joins (41:06) to talk all things Cleveland Cavaliers -- plus his real thoughts on "Sexland."
Howard Beck on the anniversary of Kobe Bryant's passing: 1/26/21
Zach and Howard Beck of Sports Illustrated reflect on the life and career of Kobe Bryant on the anniversary of his passing.
Mike Schmitz on 2020 Rookie Class: 1/21/21
Zach talks to ESPN's Mike Schmitz about how the top 3 picks from the 2020 Draft are performing early in their careers.
Kevin Arnovitz on the new look Nets, the frisky Grizz, and the Jazz: 1/19/21
Zach talks to Kevin Arnovitz about the new-look Nets, Giannis, the frisky Grizzlies, the Jazz, injuries in Portland, and much more.
Chris Herring on Harden trade to Brooklyn: 1/13/21
Zach and Chris Herring of 538 react to the James Harden blockbuster trade.
Adrian Wojnarowski and Dr. Abraar Karan: 1/12/21
Zach talks to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski about the NBA's revised health protocols and the Kyrie Irving situation, then Dr. Abraar Karan of Harvard Medical School and Brigham & Women's Hospital provides expert commentary on whether the protocols will work.
McMenamin and Pelton : 1/8/21
Zach and ESPN's Dave McMenamin talk about the Lakers, and then ESPN's Kevin Pelton joins to talk about whether the Bucks and Clippers belong in the same category as the Lakers.
Do You Believe with Richard Jefferson: 1/5/21
Zach and Richard Jefferson play "Do You Believe?" with some early-season NBA trends: the frisky Knicks, the struggling Raptors, the 6-1 Sixers, and potential challengers to the Lakers in the West.
James Harden Trade Talk with Brian Windhorst: 12/31/20
Zach talks to ESPN's Brian Windhorst about the James Harden trade landscape, and how some potential Harden suitors have looked so far this season
Early-Season Surprises with Chris Herring: 12/28/20
Zach talks to 538's Chris Herring about early-season surprises and trends: Golden State's struggles, what Spencer Dinwiddie's injury means for the Nets, the 3-0 Pacers, New Orleans, Milwaukee & more
2020-21 Season Preview with Jeff Van Gundy: 12/22/20
Zach and ESPN's Jeff Van Gundy preview the 2020-21 NBA season -- title contenders and pretenders, MVP talk, much more.
Most Confusing Teams with Kevin Arnovitz: 12/18/20
Zach and ESPN's Kevin Arnovitz pick their 5 Most Confusing Teams for the 2020-21 NBA season
Sarah Kustok and Malika Andrews: 12/15/20
Zach and Sarah Kustok of the YES Network preview the Brooklyn Nets with Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving, then Malika Andrews of ESPN goes deep on what makes Giannis Antetokounmpo tick and his looming decision deadline.
Goldsberry, Bontemps, and Koreen: 12/11/20
Zach previews the Miami Heat -- and discusses the James Harden rumors -- with ESPN's Kirk Goldsberry, then talks Celtics with ESPN's Tim Bontemps and Raptors with Eric Koreen of The Athletic.
Tim MacMahon and Kevin Pelton: 12/7/20
Zach talks to ESPN's Tim MacMahon about the James Harden situation, and then Kevin Pelton discusses the Pelicans, Warriors, Jazz, and Western Conference outlook.
Howard Beck and Lloyd Pierce: 12/3/20
Zach and Howard Beck discuss the Russell Westbrook-John Wall trade and the Lakers' stars re-upping, then Atlanta coach Lloyd Pierce comes on to talk about the team's work registering Georgia voters in this election cycle -- plus the new-look Hawks.
Kevin Arnovitz and Taylor Rooks: 11/30/20
Zach talks to ESPN's Kevin Arnovitz about the remade Atlanta Hawks and the new hierarchy in the Eastern Conference. Then Turner's Taylor Rooks joins to talk about her new magazine feature on life in the NBA's Orlando bubble
Chris Herring on 2020 Free Agency Winners and Losers: 11/23/20
Zach and Chris Herring of 538 discuss the winners and losers of the NBA's wild offseason.
Bobby Marks and Jonathan Givony: 11/19/20
Zach and ESPN's Bobby Marks and Jonathan Givony recap the 2020 NBA draft and look ahead to NBA free agency this weekend.
What's the Verb?: 11/17/20
Zach Lowe joins Brian Windhorst to discuss what the Jrue Holiday trade means for Giannis Antetokounmpo's future with the Bucks. Plus, the guys take a look at some of the deals already made around the league.
Brian Windhorst on Harden rumors and CP3 to Phoenix: 11/16/20
Zach and ESPN's Brian Windhorst discuss the first day of the NBA's transaction period: James Harden rumors, Chris Paul to Phoenix, the Lakers reloading, more.
Tommy Sheppard and Kevin Clark: 11/12/20
Zach talks to Wizards GM Tommy Sheppard about the coming draft and offseason, and the Ringer's Kevin Clark about Russell Westbrook trades and the strange journey of the Orlando Magic.
2020 NBA Draft Preview with Mike Schmitz and Jonathan Givony: 11/9/20
Zach previews the NBA draft with ESPN's experts Mike Schmitz and Jonathan Givony -- a new mock draft, trade possibilities, rumblings, more.
Bobby Marks on Jrue Holiday trade rumors and Golden State's plans with the #2 pick: 11/5/20
Zach talks to ESPN's Bobby Marks about the NBA start date for 2020-21, Jrue Holiday trade rumors, what Golden State might do with the No. 2 pick, and more.
Yaron Weitzman and Cooper Raiff: 10/29/20
Zach talks to "Tanking to the Top" author Yaron Weitzman about the Sixers hiring Daryl Morey, and then Mavs superfan Cooper Raiff about his stunning debut movie "S#!%house."
2020 Off-Season Outlook with Bobby Marks : 10/26/20
Zach and ESPN's Bobby Marks make predictions on some of the big player options and potential contract extensions looming over the coming NBA off-season frenzy
Bill Simmons on the NBA Off-season: 10/19/20
Zach and Bill Simmons of The Ringer preview the long awaited NBA off-season.
Tim MacMahon on Daryl Morey's Tenure in Houston: 10/15/20
Zach talks to ESPN's Tim MacMahon about Daryl Morey's tenure in Houston, what's next for the Rockets, and the Clippers hiring Ty Lue
Lakers coach Frank Vogel: 10/14/20
Zach talks to Lakers' coach Frank Vogel about the Lakers' 17th title, their journey from China in the preseason to this moment, his improbable rise, comedy clips in film sessions, much more.
Game 6 of the 2020 Finals: 10/11/20
Zach Lowe and Brian Windhorst offer instant reaction to the Los Angeles Lakers' closeout Game 6 win over the Miami Heat in the 2020 NBA Finals.
Game 5 of the 2020 Finals: 10/9/20
Zach Lowe, Brian Windhorst and former NBA forward Chris Bosh offer instant reaction to the Miami Heat's epic Game 5 win over the Los Angeles Lakers in the 2020 NBA Finals.
Game 4 of the 2020 Finals: 10/6/20
Zach Lowe, Brian Windhorst and Raptors coach Nick Nurse offer instant reaction to the Los Angeles Lakers' Game 4 win over the Miami Heat in the 2020 NBA Finals.
Game 3 of the 2020 Finals: 10/4/20
Zach Lowe, Brian Windhorst and coach David Fizdale offer instant reaction to the Miami Heat's Game 3 win over the Los Angeles Lakers in the 2020 NBA Finals.
Game 2 of the 2020 Finals: 10/2/20
Zach Lowe, Brian Windhorst and Kendrick Perkins offer instant reaction to the Los Angeles Lakers' Game 2 win over the Miami Heat in the 2020 NBA Finals.
Game 1 of the 2020 Finals: 9/30/20
Zach Lowe, Brian Windhorst and Doris Burke offer instant reaction to the Los Angeles Lakers' Game 1 win over the Miami Heat in the 2020 NBA Finals.
Ramona Shelburne and O'Shea Jackson, Jr.: 9/28/20
Zach talks to ESPN's Ramona Shelburne about the Lakers' path back to the Finals, and then O'Shea Jackson Jr. about what a title would mean to LA fans this season.
538's Chris Herring on the Conference Finals: 9/25/20
Zach talks to Chris Herring of 538 about the conference finals, LeBron's defense, and a potential Finals reunion of sorts.
Howard Back on Conference Finals Action and TV Essay: 9/21/20
Zach talks to Howard Beck of Bleacher Report about Anthony Davis' moment, both conference finals series, and his TV essay on TNT about social justice.
Stan Van Gundy Western Conference Finals Preview: 9/17/20
Zach discusses the end of the Clippers' season, and previews the Western Conference Finals with TNT's Stan Van Gundy.
Kevin Arnovitz on Nuggets-Clippers Game 7 and ECF Preview: 9/14/20
Zach and ESPN's Kevin Arnovitz talk Clippers-Nuggets Game 7, and preview the Eastern Conference Finals between Miami and Boston.
Heat Culture with Duncan Robinson and Dan Le Batard: 9/10/20
Zach talks to ESPN's Dan Le Batard about the unlikely reinvention of the Miami Heat, and then welcomes Ramona Shelburne and Heat guard Duncan Robinson for a look inside #HeatCulture.
MacMahon and McMenamin on Rockets-Lakers: 9/7/20
Zach talks to ESPN's Dave McMenamin and Tim MacMahon about the first two games of the Rockets-Lakers chess match, and what comes next. Plus: Can P.J. Tucker outwrestle four bears for a loose ball?
Kevin Arnovitz on Nash to the Nets and DEFCON 1 for the Bucks: 9/3/20
Zach talks to Kevin Arnovitz about the Nets hiring Steve Nash, weird finishes in two Game 7s, and the Bucks falling behind the Heat.
538s Chris Herring on Nuggets-Jazz and Celtics-Raptors Game 1: 8/31/20
Zach talks to 538's Chris Herring about the Jamal Murray-Donovan Mitchell duel, Celtics-Raptors Game 1, the Rockets & much more.
Malika Andrews and William Rhoden: 8/27/20
Zach talks to ESPN's Malika Andrews and William Rhoden of The Undefeated about the Bucks' initiating a work stoppage in the NBA, and the fight for social and racial justice.
Tim MacMahon and Yaron Weitzman: 8/24/20
Zach talks to ESPN's Tim MacMahon about Luka Doncic's brilliance in his first postseason and Yaron Weitzman of Bleacher Report about what went wrong with the Sixers.
Kevin Arnovitz on the First Round: 8/20/20
Zach and ESPN's Kevin Arnovitz talk all things playoffs: the No. 1 seeds scuffling, Mavs-Clippers, Jazz-Nuggets, and the Sixers looking awful.
Portland's C.J. McCollum: 8/17/20
Zach talks to Portland Trail Blazers star C.J. McCollum about life in Orlando, the team's run to the No. 8 seed, Dame's logo shots, the Lakers' match-up, much more.
First Round Preview with TrueHoop's David Thorpe: 8/14/20
Zach and TrueHoop's David Thorpe reunite for their annual rapid-fire eight-by-eight first-round preview -- plus thoughts on Damian Lillard, Caris LeVert, and much more.
Michael Schwartz and Doris Burke: 8/11/20
Zach talks to ESPN's resident Suns fans Michael Schwartz about the bubble utopia, and Doris Burke hops on to discuss the wild Western Conference playoff race.
Pablo Torre and Jeff Van Gundy: 8/6/20
Zach talks to Pablo Torre about the injury to Ben Simmons and Jeff Van Gundy about the Lakers sputtering half-court offense, how the Nuggets should handle Michael Porter, Jr., and the success of the Pacers.
Kevin Arnovitz on the NBA Restart: 8/4/20
Zach talks to Kevin Arnovitz about the race for the 8th seed in the West, the Suns' early bubble success, the enigma that is the Sixers, the Raptors reminding everyone how good they are, and coaches fashion.
So, Where The Hell Were We? Final 8 Teams: 7/29/20
Zach and ESPN's Kevin Pelton go rapid-fire through eight teams to wrap our "So, Where The Hell Were We?" series.
Rachel Nichols and Howard Beck: 7/28/20
Zach talks to ESPN's Rachel Nichols and Bleacher Report's Howard Beck over drinks about their toughest award ballot decisions, the Knicks hire of Tom Thibodeau, and Lou Williams' trip to Magic City.
538's Chris Herring on Sixth Man of the Year: 7/23/20
Zach and 538's Chris Herring fill out their Sixth Man of the Year ballots.
So, Where the Hell Were We? Grizzlies and Pelicans: 7/20/20
Zach and TNT analyst Stan Van Gundy play "So, Where the Hell Were We?" with the Pelicans and Grizzlies -- plus who poses the biggest threat to the Bucks in the East, and the LA teams out West?
So, Where The Hell Were We? Thunder and Clippers: 7/16/20
Zach continues the "So, Where The Hell Were We Series" by talking Thunder with ESPN's Royce Young and Clippers with ESPN's Kirk Goldsberry.
Inside the Bubble with ESPN's Malika Andrews and Miami's Meyers Leonard: 7/13/20
Zach talks to ESPN's Malika Andrews and Meyers Leonard of the Miami Heat about life inside the NBA bubble, plus Leonard on shot-gunning beers, Heat Culture, video games, and more.
So, Where The Hell Were We? Raptors, Bucks, and Jazz: 7/9/20
Zach plays "So, Where The Hell Were We?" about the Raptors with Eric Koreen of The Athletic; and the Bucks and Jazz with ESPN's Kevin Pelton and Tim MacMahon.
Chris Bosh talks Heat, Raptors, Tim Duncan & The Last Chip: 7/7/20
Zach talks to Chris Bosh about his playoff runs in Miami, his early days in Toronto, his new newsletter "The Last Chip," guarding Tim Duncan, much more.
John Hollinger On The Sixers, Heat And Rockets: 7/2/20
Zach and John Hollinger of The Athletic play the second edition of "So, Where the Hell Were We?" starring the Sixers, Heat and Rockets.
Brian Windhorst on the legacy of "The Decision": 6/30/20
Zach talks to ESPN's Brian Windhorst about the legacy of "The Decision" 10 years later, and the positive coronavirus tests within the Brooklyn Nets.
Kevin Pelton On Where The NBA Left Off: 6/25/20
Zach and ESPN's Kevin Pelton discuss whether the NBA should cancel the season, and then play the first edition of, "So, where were we?" with the Lakers, Mavs, Celtics, and Nuggets (19:02).
Atlanta's Lloyd Pierce and Renee Montgomery: 6/22/20
Zach talks to Hawks coach Lloyd Pierce about the intersection of basketball and social justice in Atlanta, and the WNBA's Renee Montgomery about sitting out the 2020 season to focus on reform (46:04).
Bill Simmons 2009 Redraftables: 6/18/20
Zach and The Ringer's Bill Simmons re-draft the 2009 NBA Draft.
Kevin Arnovitz on All-Defensive Teams: 6/16/20
Zach and ESPN's Kevin Arnovitz discuss the Orlando bubble and then fill out their all-defensive ballots.
Caron Butler: 6/11/20
Zach talks to former NBA star Caron Butler about his work in criminal justice reform, the protests sweeping the U.S., lessons from Kobe, peak Wizards-Cavaliers hijinks, and much more.
Howard Beck on his oral history of The Lob: 6/8/20
Zach talks to Howard Beck of Bleacher Report about his oral history of the epic Game 7 between the Lakers and in 2000, the legacy of the Kobe-Shaq partnership, the NBA's restart plan, and more.
Kevin Pelton on NBA's 22 team format: 6/3/20
Zach talks to ESPN's Kevin Pelton about the NBA's proposed 22-team format.
Pistons coach Dwane Casey: 6/1/20
Zach talks to Pistons coach Dwane Casey about the protests sweeping the nation, and what the NBA community can do going forward.
Lakers guard Alex Caruso: 5/29/20
Zach talks to Lakers guard Alex Caruso about his unlikely NBA journey, the Lakers' surreal season, the NBA's potential return, all the memes, and much more.
Woj & Lowe Crossover Part I: 5/26/20
Zach talks to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski about the NBA's potential restart.
Game of Zones: 5/22/20
Zach talks to Craig and Adam Malamut, creators of Game of Zones, about the end of their hit series -- favorite jokes, bits that almost didn't make the show, their creative process, much more. Includes spoilers for both Game of Zones and Game of Thrones.
Charles Barkley: 5/19/20
Zach talks to Charles Barkley about "The Last Dance," Dream Team stories, player empowerment, his trade from Philadelphia to Phoenix, much more.
The Ringer's Ryen Russillo: 5/17/20
Zach and The Ringers Ryen Russillo re-watch Game 7 of the 1998 conference finals between the Bulls and Pacers.
Danny Ainge: 5/14/20
Zach talks to Celtics GM Danny Ainge about facing Michael Jordan in two NBA Finals, the 63-point game, the NBA's potential return from COVID-19 hiatus, more.
J.A. Adande: 5/11/20
Zach talks to J.A. Adande about Michael Jordan's retirement in 1993, Scottie Pippen's season without MJ, and all things "Last Dance."
Jack McCallum: 5/7/20
Zach talks to Jack McCallum about his new podcast series, "The Dream Team Tapes," dinner with Charles Barkley, the Isiah Thomas controversies, all things Michael Jordan, and more.
ESPN's Mike Greenberg: 5/4/20
Zach talks to ESPN's Mike Greenberg about covering the Bulls first three-peat, "The Last Dance," the 1992 vs 1996 Bulls, LeBron and Jordan, more.
ESPN's Michael Wilbon: 4/29/20
Zach talks to ESPN's Michael Wilbon about all things Michael Jordan and "The Last Dance."
ESPN's Bobby Marks: 4/27/20
Zach talks to ESPN's Bobby Marks about how the Nets tried to distract Dennis Rodman in the 1998 playoffs, the legacy of the Bad Boys, their infamous walk-off, and much more.
FiveThirtyEight's Chris Herring: 4/23/20
Zach and Chris Herring of 538 pick their NBA All-Rookie teams
Warriors coach Steve Kerr: 4/20/20
Zach talks to Steve Kerr about the 1997-98 Chicago Bulls, The Last Dance, and much more.
ESPN's Jackie MacMullan: 4/17/20
Zach and Jackie MacMullan talk about Michael Jordan on the eve of "The Last Dance": her memories covering him; her visit to see him play baseball; the difference between the first three and last three titles; his greatest and most memorable moments, much more.
Mike Breen: 4/14/20
Zach talks to Mike Breen about prime Michael Jordan breaking the Knicks' hearts, Linsanity, the Ray Allen shot, and much more.
Bradley Beal: 4/9/20
Zach talks to Washington star Bradley Beal about whether he wants to play again this season, his relationship with John Wall (8:46), why he signed an extension in Washington (11:09), and much more.
Paul Scheer: 4/8/20
Zach talks to Paul Scheer of Black Monday and a million other things about his Clippers fandom (16:19), the Clippers transforming from underdogs to favorites, his comedy journey (30:25), "30 Rock," "Human Giant," and much more.
Sue Bird and Megan Rapinoe: 4/7/20
Zach talks to Sue Bird and Megan Rapinoe about life in quarantine, Megan becoming a worldwide celebrity (24:21), the future of their sports, the hardest they've laughed at a movie (55:34), much more.
Pau Gasol: 4/5/20
Zach talks to Pau Gasol about COVID-19, Kobe Bryant, his playing future, and more as part of the NBA's NBA Together campaign.
MVP Ballot with Bill Simmons: 4/2/20
Zach and The Ringers Bill Simmons discuss their MVP ballots from 1 to 5.
Sandro Galea and Keyon Dooling: 3/30/20
Zach talks to Sandro Galea, the dean of Boston University's School of Public Health, and Keyon Dooling, player wellness counselor for the NBPA, about the mental health challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic.
TrueHoop's David Thorpe: 3/30/20
Zach talks to TrueHoop's David Thorpe about Luka Doncic, Trae Young, Jayson Tatum, and the rest of the Most Improved Player field.
Rachel Nichols on NBA shutdown: 3/19/20
Zach talks to ESPN's Rachel Nichols about dealing with uncertainty, her interview with Adam Silver, NBA storylines that might go unfinished, more.
Howard Beck on COVID-19 and the suspension of the NBA season: 3/13/20
Zach talks to Bleacher Report's Howard Beck about COVID-19 shuttering the NBA, and much more.
Daryl Morey from Sloan Sports Analytics Conference: 3/9/20
Zach talks to Rockets GM Daryl Morey about trading away Clint Capela (2:41), the future of basketball (21:32), embracing innovation, and much more.
Kevin Arnovitz on Kenny Atkinson and Nets parting ways: 3/7/20
Zach and ESPN's Kevin Arnovitz discuss the Nets and Kenny Atkinson agreeing to part ways.
Metta World Peace: 3/6/20
Zach talks to Metta World Peace about his press conference after winning the title in 2010, the passing of Kobe Bryant (6:50), his underrated career (9:56), his influence on mental health awareness in the NBA (12:33), and much more.
Kevin Arnovitz on the Bucks and MVP race: 3/3/20
Zach and ESPN's Kevin Arnovitz discuss Milwaukee's status as favorites and the MVP race (49:57).
MINI POD: Zion vs. LeBron: 2/26/20
Zach and The Athletic's John Hollinger react to a highlight filled game between the Pelicans and the Lakers and discuss the potential playoff matchup between the two on the floor of Staples Center.
Lakers F Jared Dudley: 2/24/20
Zach talks to the Lakers Jared Dudley about the Kobe Bryant memorial, what the last month has been like inside the Lakers, the Western Conference playoff landscape, and much more.
538's Chris Herring: 2/19/20
Zach and Chris Herring of 538 pick their five most interesting players for the rest of the NBA season.
Nick Elam: 2/18/20
Zach talks to Nick Elam, creator of the Elam Ending, about its big-stage debut in Sunday's All-Star game, potential pitfalls, the future, much more.
All-Star Bam Adebayo Heats Up Miami : 2/14/20
Miami Heat center Bam Adebayo is having a breakout season. And it's happening quicker than most expected, just his third year in the NBA. ESPN's Zach Lowe explains what makes the first-time All-Star a remarkable talent on the court, and what's behind his incredible motivation off of it.
ESPN's Pablo Torre: 2/13/20
Zach talks to ESPN's Pablo Torre about the Rockets small-ball experiment (4:02), Philly's lineup change (35:52), the new All-Star format (20:54), much more.
Trade Deadline Reaction with Bobby Marks: 2/6/20
Zach and ESPN's Bobby Marks react to the D'Angelo Russell-Andrew Wiggins trade, the Rockets going small (18:38), the Clippers getting Marcus Morris (49:44), much more.
Woj & Lowe Trade Deadline Show: 2/5/20
Zach and Adrian Wojnarowski discuss the standoff between the Lakers and Clippers (2:32), how the firing of Steve Mills affects the Knicks at the deadline (19:32), deals they want to see (21:28), and more.
Talking Trades in the NBA: 2/4/20
Ahead of Thursday's NBA trade deadline, rumors swirl about some of basketball's biggest names, causing fans and NBA Twitter to lose their minds. ESPN NBA senior writer Zach Lowe breaks down the buyers, sellers, and targets as the February 6 deadline draws near.
Brian Windhorst on Trade Deadline: 2/3/20
Zach talks to ESPN's Brian Windhorst about the upcoming NBA trade deadline.
Matt Barnes: 1/29/20
Zach talks to Matt Barnes about what Kobe Bryant was like off the floor, Kobe the Dad, the end of the Phil Jackson era with the Lakers, going from enemy to friend with Kobe, much more.
Ramona Shelburne and Rachel Nichols: 1/27/20
Zach, Ramona Shelburne, and Rachel Nichols share their memories of the life of Kobe Bryant.
Dave McMenamin, ESPN: 1/23/20
Zach talks to ESPN's Dave McMenamin about the powerhouse Lakers (15:58), Kyle Kuzma's future (24:57), Frank Vogel's rotations, Zion's debut (2:14), and much more.
Danny Green: 1/22/20
Zach talks to Lakers guard Danny Green about late-career LeBron (2:16), why this is the most fun team environment he has ever experienced (18:44), those classic Spurs-Heat Finals, the Ray Allen shot (23:00), Kawhi's decision (33:34), much more.
ESPN's Kevin Arnovitz: 1/16/20
Zach talks to ESPN's Kevin Arnovitz about the rising Grizz (1:07), the race for No. 8 in the West (12:38), the Nuggets, Jazz, Rockets, and Clippers, and Frank Vogel's coaching job with the Lakers (1:02:57).
Mini Pod: Joe Ingles Addendum: 1/15/20
Zach tracks Joe Ingles down to have him tell a ridiculous story he forgot to ask him about the other night.
Jazz F Joe Ingles: 1/14/20
Zach talks to Utah forward Joe Ingles about the surging Jazz (4:02), the art and limits of trash talk (19:04), the wild fires ravaging his native Australia (42:53), much more.
Bleacher Report's Howard Beck: 1/8/20
Zach and Bleacher Report's Howard Beck pick their Western Conference All-Stars, plus talk Kyle Kuzma trade value (25:20), Kyrie Irving's injury (33:04), and more.
ESPN's Dan Le Batard: 1/6/20
Zach talks to ESPN's Dan Le Batard about the legacy of the LeBron-era Heat as the 2010s come to a close.
Steven Adams: 12/30/19
Zach talks to Oklahoma City center Steven Adams about his unconventional path to the NBA (9:25), the departures of Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook (39:05), the best and worst trash talkers (35:35), the Draymond Green incident (21:33), much more.
Koreen & Arthur: 12/26/19
Zach talks to Eric Koreen of The Athletic and Bruce Arthur of the Toronto Star about the post-Kawhi Raptors, trade questions, the top of the East and All-Star picks.
The Ringer's Bill Simmons: 12/19/19
Zach and Bill Simmons of the Ringer fill out their early MVP (3:02) and All-NBA ballots (44:02).
Woj & Lowe Show: 12/16/19
Zach and Adrian Wojnarowski open NBA trade season: buyers (2:18), sellers, big names that could be on the move (11:09), much more.
John Hollinger: 12/11/19
Zach talks to John Hollinger of The Athletic about trade buyers and sellers (3:33), Kevin Love (21:15), much more.
The Harden Puzzle: How Houston Rockets Star James Harden Confounds NBA Defenses: 12/10/19
James Harden's basketball strengths are varied and, for a defense trying to guard him, frustrating. Now, teams are trying something different against the Houston Rockets' versatile star. ESPN senior writer Zach Lowe joins Mina Kimes to measure Harden's impact on the league this season and to discuss effective ways to stop him.
Marc Spears: 12/5/19
Zach talks to Marc Spears of The Undefeated about his Damian Lillard feature story (1:40), the Blazers (28:36), Chris Paul's comments about his trade to the Thunder (32:20), Utah's struggles, and more.
Gary Gulman: 12/4/19
Zach talks to comedian Gary Gulman about his HBO special "The Great Depresh," basketball as coping mechanism (5:20), the 1980s NBA versus today's game (38:36), the art of writing jokes, and the origin of his state abbreviations bit (48:20).
Marcus Smart: 11/25/19
Zach talks to Boston's Marcus Smart about being a stretch 6, tension in last season's Celtics locker-room (3:18), what's different now, being an inch away from losing basketball (9:22), and guarding Kyrie Irving (26:13).
Burke & Arnovitz: 11/22/19
Zach talks to ESPN's Doris Burke about first impressions of the Kawhi-PG Clippers (4:19), what's different about this Boston team (17:26), whether this is the end of the Spurs (31:19), and more. Then ESPN's Kevin Arnovitz joins to discuss his story on an epic NBA scam (41:02).
The Good Place: 11/18/19
Zach talks to "The Good Place" creator Michael Schur and writers Joe Mande and Jen Statsky about their NBA fandom, their favorite jokes in the history of the show, and behind-the-scenes stories.
Howard Beck: 11/14/19
Zach talks to Howard Beck of Bleacher Report about Knicks chaos (2:55), Andrew Wiggins (33:09), and the 9-2 Lakers (49:09).
Rick Carlisle: 11/12/19
Zach talks to Mavs coach Rick Carlisle about the Luka Doncic-Kristaps Porzingis partnership (4:23), Dallas' 2011 title run (16:59), the Malice in the Palace (22:10), the 1986 Celtics (28:29), facing Michael Jordan in the playoffs, much more.
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