Five Most Confusing Teams with Howard Beck: 9/30/22
Zach does his annual Five Most Confusing Teams episode with Howard Beck of Sports Illustrated.
Friedell, Marks, and Lopez: 9/27/22
Zach talks to ESPN's Nick Friedell about Nets media day and Brooklyn's outlook. Then (37:10) ESPN's Bobby Marks talks Jae Crowder and the Suns, and (55:30) ESPN's Andrew Lopez previews the Pelicans.
Shelburne and Bontemps: 9/23/22
Zach discusses Robert Sarver selling the Phoenix Suns and Mercury, then (14:05) ESPN's Ramona Shelburne breaks down Ben Simmons' appearance on JJ Redick's podcast -- what happened in Philly, and his reset in Brooklyn. Finally (51:25) ESPN's Tim Bontemps previews the Sixers and talks Lonzo Ball injury news.
Pelton and Krawczynski: 9/20/22
Zach previews the Western Conference landscape with ESPN's Kevin Pelton on where the Kings fit, and then Jon Krawczynski of The Athletic on the new-look Wolves (43:13). Plus: Important discussions on team nicknames, game-worn jerseys, and most impactful championships.
Baxter Holmes and Chris Vernon: 9/16/22
Zach and ESPN's Baxter Holmes dissect the Robert Sarver situation in Phoenix and Adam Silver's press conference about it, then Chris Vernon of The Ringer talks all things Grizz.
Chris Herring: 9/13/22
Zach and Chris Herring of Sports Illustrated pay tribute to Jonathan Tjarks, then discuss the 2021 NBA Finalists as we approach the 2022-23 NBA season -- the Phoenix Suns and Milwaukee Bucks. Are we sleeping on them?
Shelburne and Pelton: 9/9/22
Zach talks all things Lakers with ESPN's Ramona Shelburne and then takes stock of the Hawks' place in the East with ESPN's Kevin Pelton.
Begley and MacMahon: 9/7/22
Zach and Ian Begley of SNY talk Knicks in the aftermath of missing out on Donovan Mitchell, then ESPN's Tim MacMahon joins to talk more Mitchell/Jazz and preview the Dallas Mavericks.
Bobby Marks on Donovan Mitchell Trade: 9/1/22
Zach and ESPN's Bobby Marks dissect every angle of the Cleveland Cavaliers blockbuster deal for Donovan Mitchell: How good are the Cavs? Did the Knicks blow it? What does this mean for the Lakers and Russell Westbrook. Much more!
Sedano, Fedor, Schwartz: 7/28/22
Zach goes around the league to talk about some of the interesting teams who have stood pat so far this offseason: Jorge Sedano of ESPN on the Miami Heat (00:10) ; Chris Fedor of Cleveland.com on the Cavaliers (29:48) ; and ESPN's resident Suns guru Michael Schwartz on the Phoenix Suns.(1:07:35)
Tim Bontemps: 7/25/22
Zach and ESPN's Tim Bontemps discuss the pros and cons of a potential Jaylen Brown-Kevin Durant mega-trade between the Nets and Celtics.
Andrews, Clark, and Mares: 7/22/22
Zach goes around the standings: ESPN's Kendra Andrews discusses the Warriors offseason, Kevin Durant, and more; Kevin Clark of The Ringer talks all things Magic (32:52). Then Adam Mares of DNVR Sports breaks down the Nuggets ahead of a pivotal season (1:07:55).
McMenamin and Herring: 7/18/22
Zach and ESPN's Dave McMenamin discuss the Lakers Russell Westbrook dilemma and LeBron's future in LA. Then Chris Herring of Sports Illustrated helps break down the Chicago Bulls quiet offseason and path forward.
Tim MacMahon and Kevin Pelton: 7/14/22
Zach and ESPN's Tim MacMahon break down the Donovan Mitchell trade landscape, then Zach an ESPN's Kevin Pelton react to the Suns matching Indiana's offer sheet for Deandre Ayton -- and how both moves impact the Kevin Durant sweepstakes
Bobby Marks and Ohm Youngmisuk: 7/12/22
Zach and ESPN's Bobby Marks discuss the James Harden, Bradley Beal, and Damian Lillard contracts and the Warriors offseason. Then ESPN's Ohm Youngmisuk breaks down the LA Clippers.
Murphy, Lopez, and MacMahon: 7/7/22
Zach goes around the Kevin Durant trade landscape with Blake Murphy of Sportsnet in Toronto on the Raptors dilemma. Then ESPN's Andrew Lopez talks Zion Williamson's extension and the Pelicans potential interest in Durant. Finally ESPN's Tim MacMahon joins to talk the sneaky-interesting Houston Rockets.
Jon Krawczynski and Tim Bontemps: 7/4/22
Zach talks to Jon Krawczynski of The Athletic about the Wolves gamble on Rudy Gobert, then ESPN's Tim Bontemps talks Kevin Durant trade landscape, Donovan Mitchell's future in Utah, and the Celtics loading up.
First Day of Free Agency with Kevin Pelton : 6/30/22
Zach and ESPN's Kevin Pelton discuss a wild day in the NBA: Kevin Durant's trade request, where Kyrie Irving ends up, the Hawks/Spurs trade, Philly's offseason, Wolves, Wiz, Nuggets, Karl-Anthony Towns, Lakers signings, much more.
Bobby Marks: 6/28/22
Zach and ESPN's Bobby Marks dissect Kyrie Irving's decision to opt in with the Nets, and pick their 5 Most Intriguing offseason teams as free agency approaches.
Bobby Marks and Jonathan Givony: 6/24/22
Zach talks to ESPN's Bobby Marks and Jonathan Givony about Kyrie Irving, Brooklyn's doomsday scenario, fake Kevin Durant trades, Orlando taking Paolo Banchero No. 1, New York's draft night, the free agency landscape, much more
Steve Kerr and Jonathan Givony: 6/21/22
Zach talks to Golden State coach Steve Kerr about the Warriors title run. Then ESPN's Jonathan Givony joins (49:22) to talk all things NBA draft -- trade rumors, his latest mock draft, Kyrie Irving, and much more.
2022 NBA Finals Game 6 Reaction - Holy Cannoli: 6/16/22
Brian Windhorst and Zach Lowe react to the Warriors winning the NBA Finals in Game 6 from the floor of the TD Garden. The guys discuss the level of difficulty for Golden State to win this title, Draymond showing up big time, the Warriors savoring this one, this being the crowning moment of Steph Currys career, Boston looking totally discombobulated, Tatum struggling down the stretch and how many times Klay has said 'Holy Cannoli' before.
Chris Herring: 6/14/22
Zach and Sports Illustrated's Chris Herring discuss the Warriors coming within a win of the NBA title, the Finals MVP race, Golden State's decision not to trade for another veteran, and more.
2022 NBA Finals Game 4 Reaction: 6/10/22
Brian Windhorst and Zach Lowe react to Game 4 of the NBA Finals from the floor of the TD Garden. The guys discuss Steph Curry's incredible performance, Steve Kerr's decision to bench Draymond Green for a crucial stretch in the 4th quarter, the huge put backs by Andrew Wiggins, and Jayson Tatum's disappointing second half.
Game 3 Notes: 6/9/22
Zach empties his notebook with thoughts from Game 3 as the NBA Finals turns to a pivotal Game 4 in Boston on Friday night.
2022 NBA Finals Game 3 Reaction: 6/8/22
ESPNs Brian Windhorst and Zach Lowe react to Game 3 of the NBA Finals from the floor of the TD Garden. The guys discuss Boston overcoming big performances from Steph Curry and Klay Thompson, the Celtics managing their turnovers being the key to the series, Tatums ability to move the ball and if Curry can overcome being an underdog in a series.
Jeff Van Gundy and Tim MacMahon: 6/6/22
Zach and Jeff Van Gundy break down the NBA Finals so far, and look ahead as the series travels to Boston. Then ESPN's Tim MacMahon on more drama in Utah.
Doris Burke: 6/3/22
Zach and ESPN's Doris Burke break down Boston's win in Game 1 of the NBA Finals and look ahead to Game 2.
Finals Preview with Kevin Arnovitz: 5/31/22
Zach and ESPN's Kevin Arnovitz look ahead to the NBA Finals matchup between the Warriors and Celtics.
Kevin Pelton and Marcus Thompson: 5/27/22
Zach and ESPN's Kevin Pelton react after the buzzer to Miami's huge win in Boston and look ahead to Game 7 of the East finals on Sunday. Then longtime Warriors writer Marcus Thompson of The Athletic joins to reflect on Golden State's return to the NBA Finals.
Warriors Appreciation and Tim Bontemps on Heat-Celtics: 5/24/22
Zach reflects on how the Warriors have made it back to the doorstep of another trip to the NBA Finals and then talks to ESPN's Tim Bontemps about the Eastern Conference Finals.
Nekias Duncan and Kirk Goldsberry: 5/20/22
Zach talks to Nekias Duncan of Basketball News and the Dunker Spot about Heat-Celtics. Then ESPN's Kirk Goldsberry talks Warriors-Mavs, San Antonio history, lottery winners and losers, more.
Arnovitz and Scalabrine: 5/16/22
Zach and ESPN's Kevin Arnovitz discuss Mavs-Suns Game 7, Phoenix's future and preview Mavs-Warriors. Then Brian Scalabrine talks Celtics-Bucks Game 7 and looks ahead to the Eastern Conference Finals.
Bobby Marks, Howard Beck, and Jeff Van Gundy: 5/13/22
Zach and ESPN's Bobby Marks and Howard Beck of Sports Illustrated talk Philadelphia's James Harden problem, Bucks-Celtics, Golden State-Memphis, Giannis taking the "best player" throne, and more. Then Jeff Van Gundy joins to preview Suns-Mavs Game 7.
Chris Herring: 5/9/22
Zach and Chris Herring of Sports Illustrated break down all four second-round series, plus the Ja Morant injury/Jordan Poole video, officiating controversies in Boston-Milwaukee, fan interactions in Dallas, much more.
Second Round Reset with Kevin O'Connor: 5/5/22
Zach and The Ringer's Kevin O'Connor take the temperature of all four second round playoff series and a special guest drops by to chime in on one of them.
Brandon Clarke: 5/4/22
Zach Lowe is joined by Memphis Grizzlies forward Brandon Clarke to discuss the Grizzlies meteoric rise this season, his thoughts on the Dillon Brooks foul on Gary Payton II, having to defend Steph Curry and Klay Thompson, and he and Jaren Jackson Jr's friendship.
Friedell and MacMahon: 5/3/22
Zach and ESPN's Nick Friedell talk Heat-Sixers, Philadelphia's struggles without Joel Embiid, and how no one may have won the Harden-Simmons trade. Then ESPN's Tim MacMahon discusses Suns-Mavs and how Dallas' defensive solutions only create more problems for them to solve.
Jeff Van Gundy: 4/29/22
Zach and ESPN's Jeff Van Gundy reflect on the three series that ended Thursday, preview the conference semifinals, talk Zion, the future of the Pelicans, change coming in Utah, much more.
Marks on Nets and MacMahon on Mavs-Jazz: 4/26/22
Zach and ESPN's Bobby Marks discuss the Celtics sweeping the Nets, what's next for Brooklyn, the Simmons-Harden trade, Kevin Durant's career arc, more. Then ESPN's Tim MacMahon talks Mavs-Jazz ahead of Game 6.
Kustok and Arnovitz: 4/22/22
Zach takes stock of the playoffs in the wake of injuries to Devin Booker and Khris Middleton; then Sarah Kustok of the YES Network talks Nets-Celtics and ESPN's Kevin Arnovitz discusses Wolves-Grizz and some Jazz-Mavs
Bontemps, MacMahon, and Andrews: 4/19/22
Zach and ESPN's Tim Bontemps talk Sixers-Raptors and Celtics-Nets, plus Kyrie's middle fingers; then ESPN's Tim MacMahon discusses Jazz-Mavs and ESPN's Kendra Andrews talks resurgent Warriors.
First Round Preview with David Thorpe: 4/15/22
Zach and David Thorpe of TrueHoop do their annual 8-by-8 preview of every first-round series.
Play-In Preview with Kevin Arnovitz: 4/11/22
Zach and ESPN's Kevin Arnovitz break down all four play-in matchups, make predictions, and discuss Frank Vogel's imminent firing from the Lakers.
Bam Adebayo and All-Rookie Teams with Kevin Pelton: 4/7/22
Zach talks to Miami's Bam Adebayo about the Heat's season, the Jimmy Butler-Erik Spoelstra argument, playoff seeding, Defensive Player of the Year, more. Then ESPN's Kevin Pelton joins to debate Rookie of the Year and pick All-Rookie teams.
All-Defense with Chris Herring: 4/4/22
Zach and Sports Illustrated's Chris Herring go through the All-Defense ballots, talk MVP, playoff races, much more.
Schwartz and MacMahon: 4/1/22
Zach talks to ESPN's Michael Schwartz about the dominant Suns and Devin Booker's MVP case. Then ESPN's Tim MacMahon joins to talk MVP debates, the reeling Jazz, fake Rudy Gobert trades, much more.
Bontemps and Marks: 3/29/22
Zach and ESPN's Tim Bontemps and Bobby Marks discuss the top of the tightly bunched Eastern Conference.
Most Improved Players with David Thorpe: 3/25/22
Zach and David Thorpe of TrueHoop make their annual top-10 lists for Most Improved Player, plus talk Heat kerfuffle, Rookie of the Year, All-NBA, Raptors, Finals picks, much more.
All-NBA with Kevin Arnovitz: 3/21/22
Zach and ESPN's Kevin Arnovitz fill out their All-NBA ballots...in pencil.
Kendra Andrews, Marques Johnson: 3/17/22
Zach and ESPN's Kendra Andrews discuss Steph Curry's foot injury, the state of the Warriors, and the Western Conference playoff race. Then Marques Johnson joins to talk about the Bucks gearing up for a title defense.
Jaren Jackson, Jr. and Kendrick Perkins: 3/15/22
Zach talks to Memphis Grizzlies star Jaren Jackson Jr. about the team's breakout season, Ja Morant, trash talking, and more. Then ESPN's Kendrick Perkins tells Kevin Garnett stories.
Friedell on Nets-Sixers and a Pop Celebration: 3/11/22
Zach talks to ESPN's Nick Friedell about the Nets blowout win over the 76ers in Philadelphia. Then a parade of guests that either played for or coached under Gregg Popovich in San Antonio with great stories as he is on the precipice of becoming the all-time wins leader in NBA history: Brett Brown (24:18), Ime Udoka (41:37), Danny Green (58:05), Monty Williams (1:14:05), Steve Kerr (1:33:08).
Bill Simmons: 3/7/22
Zach and The Ringer's Bill Simmons rank the players, coaches, and/or teams facing the most pressure for the remainder of the NBA season.
MacMahon and Mares: 3/3/22
It"s middle of the West day on the Lowe Post! Zach talks Mavs and Jazz with ESPN's Tim MacMahon, then Adam Mares of DNVR Sports hops on to discuss the forgotten Denver Nuggets.
Bontemps and Sedano: 3/1/22
Zach and ESPN's Tim Bontemps discuss the early returns of James Harden, then ESPN's Jorge Sedano talks about the under-the-radar Heat
Lopez and Krawczynski: 2/24/22
Zach talks to ESPN's Andrew Lopez about the Pelicans and Zion Williamson, then Jon Krawczynski discusses the strange and evolving Minnesota Timberwolves.
Jeff Van Gundy on the Biggest Questions of the 2nd Half: 2/22/22
Zach addresses the drama with LeBron James and the Lakers and then discusses the league's biggest questions of the 2nd half with ESPN's Jeff Van Gundy.
The Celtics' Turnaround and an All-Star Draft: 2/17/22
Zach and Brian Scalabrine discuss the red-hot Celtics and their chances in the East, then Zach and ESPN's Kevin Pelton draft their own All-Star teams and talk MVP, the top of each conference, more.
SI's Howard Beck: 2/15/22
Zach and Howard Beck of Sports Illustrated discuss the many tentacles of the 76ers-Nets mega deal and weigh in on the early returns from other deadline swaps.
Trade Deadline Madness with Bobby Marks: 2/10/22
Zach talks to ESPN's Bobby Marks about a wild trade deadline including the Harden-Simmons trade, the Mavericks dealing Kristaps Porzingis to Washington, the Sabonis-Haliburton swap and much more.
Shelburne and Bontemps: 2/7/22
Zach and ESPN's Ramona Shelburne discuss the Ben Simmons/James Harden situation and what the Lakers should do about Russell Westbrook. Then ESPN's Tim Bontemps talks about the Caris LeVert trade and other deadline rumblings.
Eastern Conference Trade Market with Bontemps and Marks: 2/3/22
Zach talks to ESPN's Tim Bontemps and Bobby Marks about the trade landscape in the Eastern Conference as we approach next week's deadline.
Herring on the '90s Knicks and MacMahon on the Mavs and Jazz: 1/31/22
Zach talks to SI's Chris Herring about his incredible new book "Blood in the Garden" on the 1990s New York Knicks. Then ESPN's Tim MacMahon joins to discuss the surging Mavs and the reeling Jazz.
Trade Chatter with Bobby Marks and Picking All-Stars with Kevin Pelton: 1/27/22
Zach runs through the names being bandied about ahead of the trade deadline with ESPN's Bobby Marks. Then Kevin Pelton stops by to select All-Star rosters.
The Scorching Grizz, the state of the Sixers, and a trade!: 1/14/22
Zach and Chris Herrington of the Daily Memphian discuss Ja Morant and the scorching Grizz, then Spike Eskin and Mike Levin of the Rights to Ricky Sanchez talk Sixers, Ben Simmons, and more. Plus analysis of the Hawks-Knicks trade involving Cam Reddish.
Klay Day and Raptors Deep Dive: 1/10/22
Zach talks to ESPN's Ohm Youngmisuk about Klay Day and the Warriors, then Eric Koreen of The Athletic and Blake Murphy of Sportsnet convene for the annual holiday season Raptors deep dive.
Kustok and King: 1/6/22
Zach talks to Sarah Kustok of the YES Network on Kyrie Irving's debut and the state of the Nets with their part-time star, then Bulls analyst and 8-year NBA veteran Stacey King discusses the East's No. 1 seed -- plus some stories from the glory days
Chris Herring: 1/3/22
Zach and Sports Illustrated's Chris Herring take an early pass at picking All-Stars.
Jeff Van Gundy: 12/30/21
Zach and Jeff Van Gundy discuss the biggest questions for the rest of the NBA season: Are the Lakers done? Should Boston break up Tatum and Brown? Who should trade for Ben Simmons and Jerami Grant? Can the Bulls win the East? Much more.
ESPN's Kevin Arnovitz: 12/23/21
Zach and ESPN's Kevin Arnovitz discuss the Jazz, Bucks, and Hawks ahead their Christmas Day games -- and touch on what the Knicks should do without Derrick Rose.
Kevin Pelton and Dr. Robby Sikka: 12/20/21
Zach and ESPN's Kevin Pelton discuss Anthony Davis' injury, the Lakers playoffs chances, the red-hot Grizz, gritty Miami Heat, and more. Then Dr. Robby Sikka joins to discuss the NBA's response to another COVID outbreak.
Celebrating Curry and Picking X-Factors : 12/16/21
Zach riffs on the greatness of Stephen Curry, and ESPN's Nick Friedell talks about the scene at Curry's record-breaking game at MSG. Then Kevin O'Connor of The Ringer joins to pick X-factors for the rest of the NBA season.
Windhorst and Lopez: 12/13/21
Zach talks to ESPN's Brian Windhorst about the upstart Cavs and the uptick in players testing positive for COVID-19. Then, ESPN's Andrew Lopez on the latest setback for Zion Williamson and how the Pelicans have fared without him.
Bobby Marks: 12/10/21
With Dec. 15 approaching, ESPN's Bobby Marks helps navigate the trade landscape: Indiana's intentions, potential homes for key Pacers, Ben Simmons, Kyrie Irving, James Harden's impending free agency, sellers, and what if anything the Lakers can do.
Pelton and MacMahon: 12/7/21
Zach and ESPN's Kevin Pelton talk about what's next for the reeling Portland Trail Blazers, then ESPN's Tim MacMahon joins to talk the struggling Mavs, hot Rockets, and streaking Grizz.
Doris Burke and Eric Collins: 12/3/21
Zach and ESPN's Doris Burke talk about her visit with the Warriors, takeaways from Suns-Warriors I, her beloved Knicks, and the surprising start in Minnesota. Then Charlotte's play-by-play man Eric Collins discusses his burgeoning NBA fame.
Schwartz and McMenamin: 11/29/21
Zach and ESPN's Michael Schwartz break down the red-hot Suns ahead of their showdown with the Warriors, then ESPN's Dave McMenamin checks in on the Lakers -- plus reaction to surgeries for Michael Porter Jr. and Joe Harris, and Knicks lineup tinkering.
ESPN's Kevin Arnovitz: 11/23/21
Zach takes stock of the league as the quarter poll approaches, then ESPN's Kevin Arnovitz joins to talk the Isaiah -LeBron fracas, more Kings drama, the Wizards and Bulls hot starts, and more.
Beck and Kustok: 11/18/21
Zach and Sports Illustrated's Howard Beck pick their inner circle of contenders, talk Warriors, and discuss Howard's feature on Scoot Henderson. Then Sarah Kustok of the YES Network talks all things Nets.
ESPN's Kevin Pelton: 11/16/21
Zach and Kevin Pelton go over angsty teams -- should fans worry about the Knicks, Pacers, Blazers, Kings, Jazz, or Grizzlies? Plus reaction to Evan Mobley's injury, the rampaging Bulls, and more.
Friedell, Slater, and Ogwumike: 11/11/21
Zach talks to ESPN's Nick Friedell and Anthony Slater of The Athletic about the scorching Golden State Warriors, then Chiney Ogwumike joins to discuss the Mavs, Suns, Clippers, Hawks, and more.
ESPN's Mike Schmitz: 11/8/21
Zach and ESPN's Mike Schmitz give their early impressions of the NBA's rookie class.
Baxter Holmes and Brian Scalabrine: 11/5/21
Zach asks ESPN's Baxter Holmes to take us behind the scenes of his Robert Sarver story, then Brian Scalabrine helps dissect a wild week for the Boston Celtics.
Jeff Van Gundy: 11/1/21
Zach talks to ESPN's Jeff Van Gundy about the Lakers, the surging Wizards, Kyle Lowry's pace, and a way to eliminate take fouls.
Joakim Noah: 10/28/21
Zach and Joakim Noah discuss the highs and lows of his career: the 2009 Celtics series, the Tom Thibodeau era, the Heat rivalry, Derrick Rose's injury, Florida, much more.
Tim Bontemps: 10/26/21
Zach and ESPN's Tim Bontemps bounce around the East: the unbeaten Bulls, buzzy Hornets, the clunky Nets start, Boston, Toronto, much more. Plus, some tidbits on the West, including whether the Thunder might sniff 9-73.
Chris Herring: 10/22/21
Zach and Sports Illustrated's Chris Herring discuss the highs and lows of the first 72 hours of the NBA season.
Kevin Pelton: 10/18/21
Zach and ESPN's Kevin Pelton discuss the extensions that did and didn't happen -- Deandre Ayton, Mikal Bridges, Malcolm Brogdon, Jaren Jackson Jr., more -- and then Kevin picks his 5 Most Intriguing Players for the upcoming NBA season.
Kemba Walker and Chiney Ogwumike: 10/15/21
Zach talks to Knicks point Kemba Walker about coming home, the highs and lows of his career, and more. Then ESPN's Chiney Ogwumike debates League Pass Rankings with Zach.
Kevin Arnovitz: 10/12/21
Zach talks to Kevin Arnovitz about the latest on Kyrie Irving, Ben Simmons, and the five most confusing teams headed into the season.
Bill Simmons: 10/7/21
Zach and Bill Simmons bat around the big questions going into the NBA season: Can the Nets win it all without Kyrie? Who gets Ben Simmons? Which West and East powers are in danger of slipping into the play-in? And much more.
McMenamin and Marks: 10/5/21
Zach and Dave McMenamin preview the Lakers season, then Bobby Marks goes inside the Ben Simmons stand-off.
Friedell, Slater, and Serrano: 9/30/21
Zach talks to ESPN's Nick Friedell and Anthony Slater about all things Warriors: Andrew Wiggins and vaccines, Klay Thompson, and how good Golden State can be this season. Then best-selling author Shea Serrano joins to discuss his beloved Spurs.
Kustok and Bontemps: 9/28/21
Zach talks to Sarah Kustok of the YES Network about Kyrie Irving, Brooklyn's media day, and expectations for the Nets. Then ESPN's Tim Bontemps joins to talk Michael Porter Jr.'s extension, the latest on Ben Simmons, and the Milwaukee Bucks quest to repeat.
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.
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