Brian Windhorst & The Hoop Collective
Favorable Playoff Matchups for the Jazz, Lakers & The Play-In Tourney, NBA Tank-O-Thon: 5/11/21
Brian Windhorst, Royce Young and Kirk Goldsberry discuss the potential of the Utah Jazz getting the #1 seed and a very favorable draw in the playoffs, will the Lakers be able to avoid the play-in tournament, and the tank-o-thon Is on at the bottom of the NBA. Plus, what is going on with the Boston Celtics and more.
The Future Is Bright: 5/7/21
Brian Windhorst, Tim Bontemps and Tim MacMahon each pick one team from the lottery that they think has the best future.
The 2020 NBA (Re)Draft: 5/4/21
Brian Windhorst, Mike Schmitz and Kevin Pelton re-draft the 2020 NBA class.
With All (NBA) Due Respect : 4/30/21
Brian Windhorst, Tim Bontemps and Tim MacMahon break down who should be on the three All-NBA teams.
Surging Clips, Wizards Righting The Ship, New-Look Knicks: 4/27/21
Brian Windhorst, Ohm Youngmisuk and Ramona Shelburne discuss the surging LA Clippers, how the Washington Wizards have turned their season around, the difference in how the playoff-bound Knicks front office is being run now and much more.
Play-In Games Are Here To Stay: 4/23/21
Brian Windhorst, Tim Bontemps and Tim MacMahon discuss the play-in game scenarios from both conferences and why the play-in tournament is here to stay.
NY State Of Mind: 4/20/21
Brian Windhorst, Malika Andrews and Kevin Pelton give you the latest NBA happenings from New York City, including Julius Randle putting up an All-NBA season for the Knicks, Zion Williamsons effusive praise of Madison Square Garden and if the Brooklyn Nets will get it together in time for the playoffs.
MVP Straw Poll, Aldridge Retires: 4/16/21
Brian Windhorst, Tim Bontemps and Tim MacMahon discuss Bontemps NBA Media MVP straw poll and things get a little spicy. Plus, the guys talk about LaMarcus Aldridges retirement, Lukas crazy shot and much more.
Race To #1, Limping Lakers, Zion's PG Evolution: 4/13/21
Brian Windhorst, Marc Spears and Kirk Goldsberry discuss the race to the #1 seed in the Eastern Conference if the 76ers need home court advantage that badly, will the Lakers be able to keep up in the West without LeBron & AD and Zions evolution into the Pelicans PG of the future.
The Wild West: 4/8/21
Brian Windhorst, Tim Bontemps and Tim MacMahon break down the top contenders in the Western Conference. Plus, is Nikola Jokic the MVP, should Monty Williams win Coach of The Year, Michael Porter Jrs future with Denver and how to get a read on the LA teams.
Holiday's Extension, 25 Under 25 Rankings: 4/5/21
Brian Windhorst, Kevin Pelton and Bobby Marks discuss the Jrue Holiday extension and what that means for the point guard market in free agency. Plus, the annual 25 Under 25 rankings Pelton and Marks talk about their lists and what went into their decision making process for some young stars.
Redick's Comments, Buyout Market Bummers, The Rockets in 2030 & OKC's Failed Tank: 4/2/21
Brian Windhorst, Tim MacMahon and Tim Bontemps react to JJ Redicks comments about the New Orleans Pelicans front office, if the buyout market players are all hype, judging the Rockets trades in 2030, OKCs failed tank and much more.
Nets & Lakers Buyouts, Zach LaVine's Future, LeBron Recruiting Steph, Rich Paul on AI : 3/30/21
Brian Windhorst, Marc Spears and Nick Friedell talk about how the buyout market shaped out for the Nets & Lakers, what will happen with Zach LaVine and the Chicago Bulls, is LeBron recruiting Steph Curry and Rich Pauls take on what he couldve done with Allen Iversons business brand.
Vucevic to Chicago, Gordon to Denver, and Lowry still in Toronto: 3/26/21
Brian Windhorst, Tim MacMahon, and Tim Bontemps discuss Toronto not trading Kyle Lowry before the deadline, how much better the Bulls are with Nikola Vucevic, what Aaron Gordon brings to the Nuggets, and how the buyout market may shake out.
NBA Trade Deadline, Buyout Market, LeBron's Injury: 3/23/21
Brian Windhorst, Kevin Arnovitz and attorney Alex Spiro discuss some of the biggest things to watch for as the NBA heads to the trade deadline. Plus, who will be some of the major players to watch for in the buyout market and what will the Lakers do with both LeBron & Anthony Davis injured.
Tight MVP Race, Recent NBA Trades: 3/19/21
Brian Windhorst, Tim Bontemps and Tim MacMahon discuss a very tight MVP race between Harden, LeBron, Giannis, Embiid, Lillard & Jokic. Plus, the latest on the recent NBA trades will PJ Tucker make a difference for Milwaukee and much more.
Kawhi's Comments, GSW's Future & KAT On Anthony Edwards: 3/16/21
Brian Windhorst, Ramona Shelburne and Monica McNutt discuss whats going on with the LA Clippers, Kawhis comments having weight behind them, the outlook for the Golden State Warriors heading to the trade deadline & beyond, and Karl Towns comments on Anthony Edwards.
LaMarcus Aldridge & the Spurs, LaMelo Ball, KD & AD's Injuries: 3/12/21
Brian Windhorst, Tim Bontemps, and Tim MacMahon discuss what the Spurs can get for LaMarcus Aldridge, LaMelo Balls historic season, if KD and ADs injuries are bigger than their teams are letting on, and if the New York Knicks should be buyers going to the trade deadline.
All-Star Game '21, Blake Griffin's Fit & Pelicans 2nd Half: 3/9/21
Brian Windhorst, Marc Spears, and Andrew Lopez discuss the 2021 All-Star Game, how the NBA is going to handle the COVID-19 vaccination process for the league, Blake Griffins fit with the Brooklyn Nets, and the second-half outlook for the New Orleans Pelicans.
Embiid Dominating, Lottery Machinations, and Kyle Lowry Trades: 3/5/21
Brian Windhorst, Tim MacMahon, and Tim Bontemps discuss Philadelphia's overtime win over Utah, Joel Embiid vying for Defensive Player of the Year (and MVP), the most interesting draft lottery since 2003, and potential Kyle Lowry trades.
The Competent Knicks, the Clippers Shrinking in the Clutch, and Oladipo on the Block: 3/2/21
Is the Knicks' success sustainable? Brian Windhorst, Kirk Goldsberry, and Royce Young discuss the competent Knicks in their first year under Tom Thibodeau. Plus, the Clippers struggles late in games and the market for Victor Oladipo at the trade deadline and in the summer.
Buy or Sell: Celtics & Mavericks: 2/25/21
As Luka Doncic, Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown continue their All-NBA-caliber seasons, Brian Windhorst, Tim MacMahon and Tim Bontemps discuss whether the Mavericks and Celtics, respectively, should go all in this season. Plus, more on the worst coaching job in the NBA (39:30) and Zion Williamson's interior scoring prowess.
Damian Lillard Stories, Harden's New Role & Breaking News: 2/21/21
Brian Windhorst, Marc J. Spears and Kevin Pelton offer strong reaction to Minnesota's decision to separate ties with Ryan Saunders (39:58). Before that, the guys tell some Damian Lillard pre-draft stories (25:40) and debate if the Nets -- after a string of impressive wins -- are now the team to beat in the East.
Zion Check-In, Draymond's Comments & Utah Jazz: Spurs 2.0: 2/18/21
How legit are the Jazz? Brian Windhorst, Tim MacMahon and Tim Bontemps discuss Utah's big leap this season and if it's enough to beat the NBA's best in the playoffs. Plus, reaction to Draymond Green's "double standard" comments and a look at Zion Williamson's numbers thus far.
The Death of Defense, Nets' New Roles & Disappointing Celtics: 2/15/21
As teams continue to allow record scoring numbers, Brian Windhorst, Ramona Shelburne and Nick Friedell debate whether good defense is actually necessary to win a title in 2021. Plus, trouble in Boston and a look at the motivations behind the trade that sent Derrick Rose to New York.
MVP Straw Poll: LeBron's MVP Chase, Steph's Resurgence, Embiid's Case: 2/11/21
In a season unlike any other, Brian Windhorst, Tim Bontemps and Tim MacMahon discuss several players' cases for the MVP award. Plus, a stroll down LeBron James memory lane.
LeBron's Shooting, Brooklyn's Paradigm Shift & Milwaukee's Identity Issues: 2/8/21
Brian Windhorst, Malika Andrews and Dave McMenamin discuss key adjustments made by the Lakers this season, as well as LeBron James' improvement from beyond the arc. Plus, are the Nets setting a new championship blueprint?
ASG Rosters, "Chesty" Rockets & Clippers' Kryptonite: 2/4/21
Brian Windhorst, Tim MacMahon and Tim Bontemps discuss which players belong in this year's All-Star Game. Plus, the crew dives into the Clippers' biggest weakness and Houston's post-Harden turnaround.
Trade Rumors, Nets Defense & Concerning Trends: 2/1/21
Another poor defensive showing for the Nets leaves Brian Windhorst, Kirk Goldsberry and Bobby Marks wondering how the NBA's most fascinating team will adjust. Plus, should we be worried by slow starts from Dallas, Miami and Toronto?
Early MVP Race, Kyrie's Fit, A Controversial Power Ranking: 1/28/21
Brian Windhorst, Tim MacMahon and Tim Bontemps discuss challengers to LeBron James in the MVP race, John Wall's first game against the Wizards and if the Timberwolves made the right choice in selecting Anthony Edwards No. 1 overall. Plus, Tim and Tim square off over the Jazz.
Embiid's Growth, Utah's Streak & A Can't-Miss Interview: 1/25/21
Chiney Ogwumike joins Brian Windhorst to discuss the evolution of Joel Embiid and an impressive stretch from the Jazz. Brian's longtime friend, music journalist and NBA superfan Lisa Robinson, then comes on to talk about her relationships with the game's most elite players, recruiting Anthony Davis to the Knicks and why she doesn't respect the Nets. Buckle up.
Clippers Turnaround, Bradley Beal Suitors & Roster Shuffling: 1/21/21
Brian Windhorst, Ohm Youngmisuk and Tim MacMahon discuss an apparent change in chemistry for the Clippers, potential landing spots for Bradley Beal should he become available, as well as some teams who could look to make big roster moves this season. Plus, the amazing Lou Dort.
2020-21 Small Sample-Size Theater: 1/18/21
In an annual tradition, Brian Windhorst, Kevin Pelton and Kevin Arnovitz discuss some of the league's statistical anomalies and whether they'll hold up. Will Paul George's hot shooting continue? How unreal are Nikola Jokic's passing numbers? Can Trae Young shake his cold spell? All that and more in the small sample theater.
James Harden Blockbuster Trade: 1/13/21
Brian Windhorst is joined by ESPNs Tim MacMahon and The Undefeateds Marc Spears to break down the James Harden trade and discuss what this means for all of the teams involved.
Westbrook's Struggles, LaMelo's Potential & Contact Tracing Concerns: 1/11/21
As COVID-19 continues to impact teams around the league, Brian Windhorst, Royce Young and Tim Bontemps discuss how the NBA will move forward. Plus, the crew also dives into Russell Westbrook's rough start in Washington and LaMelo Ball's ceiling.
Pleasant Surprises: Warriors, Knicks & Bulls: 1/7/21
A string of vintage Stephen Curry performances has Brian Windhorst, Tim MacMahon and Nick Friedell wondering how the Warriors can sustain success for the entire season. The crew also discusses Tom Thibodeau's immediate impact on the Knicks' culture and Chicago's impressive young core.
Causes for Concern: 1/4/21
Brian Windhorst, Bobby Marks and Tim Bontemps discuss the five teams they're surprisingly worried about nearly two weeks into the season.
Harden Trade Packages, Grizzlies' Bright Future, Philly's Start: 12/31/20
The Nets lose Spencer Dinwiddie for an extended period of time, leaving Brian Windhorst, Marc J. Spears and Tim MacMahon to discuss how the injury will impact James Harden's trade market. Plus, the crew discusses Tyrese Haliburton's strange journey to the Kings and how Ja Morant's injury could be a blessing in disguise for Memphis.
Brooklyn's Chemistry, Steph's Struggles & Harden's Value: 12/28/20
Brian Windhorst, Kirk Goldsberry and FiveThiryEight's Chris Herring discuss James Harden's strong beginning to the season, Stephen Curry's struggles as the lone star on the Warriors, this year's rookie class and first impressions of the new-look Nets.
Expansion & Extensions: 12/23/20
After discussing the latest news regarding James Harden and the Rockets, Brian Windhorst, Tim MacMahon and Tim Bontemps talk about possible locations for expansion. Plus, some under-the-radar contract extensions from the past few days.
One Exciting Thing for the 2020-21 NBA Season: 12/21/20
Brian Windhorst talks to Malika Andrews, Nick Friedell, Andrew Lopez, Bobby Marks, Dave McMenamin, Eric Woodyard, Royce Young and Ohm Youngmisuk about one thing theyre watching this upcoming season.
James Harden Latest & 2020-21 NBA West Preview: 12/17/20
After discussing the latest in the James Harden saga, Brian Windhorst, Ramona Shelburne and Tim MacMahon dive into the Western Conference's biggest storylines as we head into the new season.
2020-21 East NBA Preview: 12/14/20
Brian Windhorst, Kevin Pelton and Tim Bontemps tackle the biggest questions facing the Eastern Conference's top teams as we get set for the 2020-21 season.
James Harden's Behavior & Giannis Speaks: 12/10/20
Brian Windhorst, Tim MacMahon and Kevin Arnovitz discuss James Harden's strange behavior and the Rockets' response to it. Plus, the guys dig into Giannis Antetokounmpo's recent comments and what they might tell us about his future in Milwaukee.
Trade Grades & LeBron's Extension : 12/2/20
A blockbuster Russell Westbrook-John Wall trade has Brian Windhorst, Tim MacMahon and Kevin Pelton asking who the winner is. Then, Dave McMenamin joins the crew to discuss LeBron James' surprising contract extension and its impact on Anthony Davis' future.
What Will Giannis Do?: 11/25/20
Brian Windhorst welcomes Malika Andrews and Tim MacMahon to discuss the possibilities of what comes next for Giannis Antetokounmpo. And before that, the crew talks about the growing implications of player options in contracts.
Free Agency Winners & Losers: 11/23/20
As the NBA world waits to know more about the future of Giannis Antetokounmpo, Brian Windhorst, Ramona Shelburne and Tim Bontemps discuss the flurry of roster moves made over the past few days and how they may alter the landscape of the 2020-21 season.
Countdown to Free Agency: 11/19/20
As we inch closer to the official start of NBA free agency, Brian Windhorst, Tim MacMahon and Kevin Pelton discuss landing spots for Gordon Hayward, the Bucks' attempts to appeal to Giannis Antetokounmpo and the latest in James Harden's showdown with the Rockets.
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.
THE GIANNIS DRAFT Ep. 1: Who is Giannis?: 11/16/20
He was a Greek teen of Nigerian descent, hocking trinkets on the streets of Athens. And when he started playing basketball, few people knew what to make of Giannis Antetokounmpo. The only thing the scouts could see was that he was all arms and legs. The only thing Giannis could envision was an opportunity for his family.
THE GIANNIS DRAFT Ep. 2: Shut him down: 11/16/20
After a showcase in a coastal Italian town, the Milwaukee Bucks and Atlanta Hawks had seen enough. And yet, it was the Hawks' courtship that secured a promise for the franchise to believe they had an inside track on drafting Giannis. And when Giannis touched down in Atlanta prior to the draft, the organization became even more obsessed with making this Greek teen a Hawk.
THE GIANNIS DRAFT Ep. 3: And with the 15th pick: 11/16/20
From Atlanta to New York, Giannis' new American journey delivered him to the NBA draft. First, he needed to understand how it all worked. He needed a suit. He needed a Greek flag. And he needed a team. No one knew who would be selected no. 1. As the picks started to come off the board, Giannis Antetokounmpo finally wondered whether this grand plan would all come together.
Trouble in Houston: 11/12/20
According to reports, James Harden and Russell Westbrook are uncertain of the Rockets' future. Brian Windhorst, Tim MacMahon and Kirk Goldsberry discuss how Houston can fix the situation. And, if the Suns receive Chris Paul in a trade, how might he fit in Phoenix's young lineup? Plus, Brian speaks to longtime sportscaster Jim Gray about his legendary interviews with MJ, Kobe, and Shaq, and also LeBron for "The Decision."
With a Dec. 22 season start date set, Brian Windhorst, Bobby Marks and Tim MacMahon look at some of the biggest names who could be on the move in the coming weeks.
2020 NBA Draft Preview: 11/1/20
Brian Windhorst welcomes ESPN NBA Draft experts Jonathan Givony and Mike Schmitz to make sense of a class filled with question marks entering the draft under unique circumstances.
Gap Week: 10/28/20
After a flood of news, Brian Windhorst, Tim MacMahon and Tim Bontemps speculate on Daryl Morey's potential plans for the 76ers and how James Harden will fit with new Rockets head coach Stephen Silas. Plus, the guys discuss the peculiar timing of the Jazz sale and what it means for the team's future.
There Will Be No Hiatus: 10/26/20
As the idea of a Christmas-time start date gains steam, Brian Windhorst, Ohm Youngmisuk and Bobby Marks discuss the would-be accelerated offseason timeline and its impact on 2021 roster construction. Plus, bubble alternatives, the latest in the GOAT debate and the weirdest places the guys have reported from.
A Stan With a Plan: 10/22/20
After hiring Stan Van Gundy, can the Pelicans now contend in a crowded Western Conference? Brian Windhorst, Tim MacMahon and Kirk Goldsberry debate. Plus, the guys discuss the Rockets' future post-Daryl Morey and how Ty Lue will fare as the Clippers' new coach.
Hypothetical Trades: 10/19/20
Brian Windhorst, Kevin Pelton and Tim Bontemps discuss hypothetical offseason trade scenarios involving four players: Chris Paul, Victor Oladipo, Jrue Holiday and Bradley Beal.
Word of the Day: 10/15/20
Brian Windhorst, Tim MacMahon and Bobby Marks try to make sense of the NBA's complex financial picture. The crew also identifies teams who may look to make some roster changes this offseason.
Game 6 of the 2020 Finals: 10/11/20
Brian Windhorst and Zach Lowe 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
Brian Windhorst, Zach Lowe 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.
Day 88: 10/8/20
Brian Windhorst, Marc J. Spears and Tim MacMahon discuss the best candidates for the Rockets and Pelicans coaching jobs. Plus, Doc Rivers' fit with the 76ers and once the Larry O'Brien trophy is handed out, does the bubble immediately pop?
Game 4 of the 2020 Finals: 10/6/20
Brian Windhorst, Zach Lowe 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
Brian Windhorst, Zach Lowe 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
Brian Windhorst, Zach Lowe 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
Brian Windhorst, Zach Lowe and Doris Burke offer instant reaction to the Los Angeles Lakers' Game 1 win over the Miami Heat in the 2020 NBA Finals.
No Confetti: NBA Finals Preview: 9/27/20
Can the Heat (12-3 in the playoffs) take down the Lakers in the NBA Finals? Brian Windhorst, Ramona Shelburne and Kirk Goldsberry weigh the factors. Plus, the Eastern Conference Finals regrets the Celtics will have and the rocky history between LeBron James and Pat Riley.
Super Herro: 9/23/20
Tyler Herro's breakout performance has Brian Windhorst, Tim MacMahon and Ohm Youngmisuk singing the praises of the confident rookie and #HeatCulture after Miami's gutsy Game 4 win over Boston. Plus, the crew discusses Jamal Murray's emerging stardom and the need for a big LeBron game in the Western Conference Finals.
Push and Pull: 9/21/20
Anthony Davis buzzer-beating 3-pointer leads Brian Windhorst, Dave McMenamin and Royce Young to talk about the rapport between Davis and LeBron James, and what ADs game-winner really says about LeBron. The guys also discuss LeBrons gripes with the MVP award and Wednesdays Game 4 between the Celtics and Heat.
Clippers Collapse & Heat's OT Win: 9/15/20
How will the Clippers' epic downfall affect Kawhi Leonard, Paul George and Doc Rivers? Brian Windhorst, Nick Friedell and Tim MacMahon discuss the team's cloudy future and a Nuggets-Lakers showdown. Then, they turn to the East to revel in Bam Adebayo's game-saving block in the Heat's OT win over the Celtics.
The Comeback Kids: 9/13/20
With Nuggets-Clippers heading to Game 7, Brian Windhorst, Kevin Pelton and Kevin Arnovitz wonder about the long-term future of Kawhi Leonard's Clippers. Plus, the guys discuss Giannis Antetokounmpo's standing with the Bucks and an interesting trade scenario the Rockets could pursue in the offseason.
A House Divided: 9/9/20
After a 2OT thriller between the Raptors and Celtics, Brian Windhorst, Tim MacMahon and Tim Bontemps discuss the reversal of Kyle Lowry's career postseason narrative, Kemba Walker's timidness and which team is better suited for the next round. Plus, how might Danuel House's potential absence impact the Rockets-Lakers series?
Brian Windhorst, Bobby Marks and Royce Young break down Russell Westbrook's Game 2 shooting struggles and the Lakers' improved overall team effort. Plus, as Milwaukee's season hangs in the balance, the crew discusses the near future for Giannis Antetokounmpo.
Nash To the Nets: 9/3/20
After discussing James Harden's confusing playoffs narrative, Brian Windhorst, Tim MacMahon and Kirk Goldsberry react to breaking news of the Nets' hiring of Steve Nash as head coach. Plus, Kirk gets heated about shooting fouls and the crew wonders if Giannis and the Bucks are just a regular-season team now that they're down 2-0 to the Heat.
Matrix Moments: 8/30/20
The Jamal Murray-Donovan Mitchell fireworks show has Brian Windhorst, Dave McMenamin and Tim Bontemps buzzing about the Western Conference playoffs. They discuss Marcus Morris' antics against the Mavericks, Dallas' future and why the Lakers' title hopes rests on Anthony Davis. Plus, can the Heat upset the East's top-seeded Bucks?
Weight of the World: 8/27/20
Now that it's clear the 2020 NBA season will continue, Brian Windhorst, Ramona Shelburne and The Undefeated's Marc J. Spears discuss why the majority of players want to keep playing, as well as how players and owners can keep pushing for social justice.
Young Legend: 8/23/20
Chiney Ogwumike and Mike Golic Jr., hosts of ESPN Radio's "Chiney & Golic Jr.," join Brian Windhorst to laud Luka Doncic's Game 4 performance and to question Paul George's readiness for the big stage. Then, Tim Bontemps blasts the 76ers for a disappointing season before diving into Joel Embiid's cryptic postgame comments and the team's murky future (23:00).
The Ones Get It Done: 8/20/20
After watching the Lakers even the series against Portland, Brian Windhorst, Jackie MacMullan and Tim MacMahon try to make sense of the West's top seed. The crew also discusses Houston's impressive run (20:09), the Mavericks' chances against the Clippers (28:40) and Thursday night's draft lottery (35:20).
August Madness: 8/16/20
On the first day of the playoffs, Brian Windhorst, Kevin Pelton and Kevin Arnovitz discuss Portland's chances of upsetting the Lakers in the first round. The guys also preview the other matchups before reflecting on Vlade Divac's tenure in Sacramento.
Blazin' Ahead: 8/14/20
Immediately after watching Damian Lillard and the Blazers secure the top spot in the Western Conference play-in, Brian Windhorst, Jackie MacMullan and Tim MacMahon discuss Dame's amazing bubble run, Phoenix's future and how nagging injuries for LeBron James and Russell Westbrook might affect their respective teams' title hopes.
The NBA's Wonderful Weekend: 8/10/20
Should we be concerned about the Lakers heading into the playoffs? Brian Windhorst, Dave McMenamin and Tim Bontemps discuss that, as well as Damian Lillard's memorable weekend (41:56) and if TJ Warren's recent scoring outbreak is an anomaly (23:27).
Setting the Seeds: 8/6/20
After one week of bubble basketball, Brian Windhorst, Jackie MacMullan and Tim MacMahon discuss the teams who could pose some serious problems for the top seeds in each conference. Plus, a breakdown of Luka Doncic's monster Tuesday night performance (25:35).
NBA Restart Recap: 8/3/20
Zion's minutes restriction and lackluster play have Brian Windhorst, Kirk Goldsberry and Bobby Marks wondering how the Pelicans should manage the young phenom moving forward. The guys also discuss the tight race for the 8th seed in the West (36:30), Philly's struggles against Indiana (23:53) and their initial impressions of the restart.
Restart Eve: 7/29/20
With the NBA set to resume on Thursday, Brian Windhorst, Jackie MacMullan and Tim MacMahon tackle some of the mysteries swirling around Zion Williamson, LeBron James and Damian Lillard, among others.
The Bubble's Youth Movement: 7/27/20
Kevin Pelton and draft expert Mike Schmitz join Brian Windhorst to discuss the young stars of the bubble, and if their careers (so far) match the expectations that surrounded them coming into the league.
Unknown Gems: 7/23/20
Bol Bol's impressive debut put the basketball world on notice, so Brian Windhorst, Jackie MacMullan and Tim MacMahon discuss what it means for the Nuggets (15:01). Plus, they talk about Zion Williamson's anticipated return to the bubble (35:14), some teams who could thrive in this altered season, and Alex Caruso's decision to skip his sister's wedding (22:36).
Restricted Area: 7/20/20
It's been two weeks since players have arrived at the Disney World campus and Brian Windhorst catches up with Malika Andrews in Orlando on the latest in the NBA bubble (1:30). Then, Ohm Youngmisuk and Kevin Pelton join to sort out the dearth of information (15:50), the hotel room hierarchy (31:20) and whether it's a big deal that award voting will not include the seeding games (39:25).
Roster Shake-Ups: 7/15/20
Brian Windhorst, Jackie MacMullan and Tim MacMahon discuss a big change to the 76ers lineup, Victor Oladipo's playing status (17:10) and head coaching searches for the Nets (27:30) and Knicks (39:10).
Basketball's Bubble Start: 7/13/20
Live from the NBA bubble, Malika Andrews discusses her observations of practices and social gatherings, and whether players are adhering to the proper safety protocols. Bobby Marks and Tim Bontemps also join Brian Windhorst to talk about the lack of transparency concerning several star players' absences from the bubble (21:23). Plus, the guys wonder if we should be concerned about positive COVID-19 tests in the MLS (15:03) and also take an early look at next season's calendar (36:35).
The Heist: How an NBA Exec Stole Millions: 7/8/20
How did a Sacramento Kings executive steal $13 million and almost get away with it? On this special episode, Brian Windhorst shares his favorite story of the season.
No Doubles: 7/6/20
After entering the NBA bubble, Malika Andrews joins Brian Windhorst and Royce Young to detail her experience thus far. Plus, the crew discusses how teams' playoff standing could impact some player decisions regarding opting in or out of playing at Disney World (41:00).
...It's Complicated: 7/2/20
Several players don't trust that their teammates will adhere to the NBA's campus protocol, Brian Windhorst tells Jackie MacMullan and Tim MacMahon (38:45). The crew also discusses big decisions that Victor Oladipo and Bradley Beal must make, and if any coaches will voluntarily forgo the chance to go to Disney.
The Big Three That Never Happened: 6/29/20
Ten years after "The Decision," Brian Windhorst, Kevin Arnovitz and Nick Friedell recount the unforgettable week that nearly ended with LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh choosing the Chicago Bulls over the Miami Heat.
Full Steam Ahead: 6/25/20
Avery Bradley's absence is significant, but is it enough to derail the Lakers' title chances? Brian Windhorst, Jackie MacMullan and Tim MacMahon discuss that (21:45), as well as growing concerns around the league amid a number of positive coronavirus tests publicly announced this week.
Too Big To Fail: 6/22/20
Ahead of Wednesday's deadline for NBA players to decide whether they'll enter the bubble, Brian Windhorst, Ohm Youngmisuk, Nick Friedell and Kirk Goldsberry talk about players who may not want to return, due to a variety of factors (24:20). Plus, the guys discuss how the league will respond to inevitable complications and the chances of players agreeing to wear technology that could help the league identify guys at risk for COVID-19.
Make-Up Talk: 6/17/20
With the date and protocol in place, the NBA is rolling toward restarting the 2019-20 season. Brian Windhorst, Jackie MacMullan and Tim MacMahon discuss the varying coalitions involved, the stress and pressure to move forward and the next steps as Orlando looms.
Bubble Trouble: Part Two: 6/15/20
With some players openly expressing their concerns with the NBA's return plans, Brian Windhorst, Tim Bontemps and Dave McMenamin talk about the impact of such comments and how they will be received around the league. Plus, the guys discuss players they're excited to watch next month (27:07) and how winning a championship this season would affect LeBron's legacy (35:05).
Bubble Trouble: 6/11/20
With a small group of players growing hesitant about the NBA's restart plans, Brian Windhorst, Jackie MacMullan and Tim MacMahon break down some of the players' most pressing concerns.
Shark Tank: 6/8/20
While the NBA players await the protocol that outlines the rules and regulations of life inside the bubble, Brian Windhorst, Bobby Marks and Disney aficionado Royce Young discuss what questions remain and how challenging life down in Orlando could be.
Let's Get Goin': 6/4/20
Now that the NBA officially plans to resume its regular season at Disney World at the end of July, Brian Windhorst, Jackie MacMullan and Tim MacMahon try to answer looming questions about the Disney complex, hotel accommodations, coronavirus testing, playoff seeding plans, the TV programming schedule, the loss of home court advantage and more.
Planning the Future: 6/1/20
Brian Windhorst, Malika Andrews, Andrew Lopez and Kevin Pelton discuss the events of the past week and how the NBA community has rallied around the cause. Then, the crew tries to answer questions about the quality of games to expect when the NBA returns, if the "playoff-plus" format is fair and whether the league is trying to tailor its return plan around Zion Williamson and the Pelicans (16:00).
Warp Speed: 5/28/20
With multiple return-to-play proposals on the table, Brian Windhorst, Jackie MacMullan and Tim MacMahon discuss the feasibility of these options, as well as the NBA's real motivations behind each plan. Plus, the crew identifies the teams who could benefit the most from this extended layoff (33:50).
Disney World of Questions: 5/25/20
The NBA's potential return to Disney World poses a lot of questions. Brian Windhorst, Bobby Marks and Tim Bontemps talk about what they've heard from within the league about life inside the bubble, coronavirus testing protocols, and whether it's even worth it for bottom-tier teams to finish out the regular season. Plus, the crew looks at potential playoff matchups and if this year's format could pave the way for 1-16 playoff seeding in the future (28:55).
Something About Interviews: 5/21/20
Horace Grant didn't hold back in his criticism of "The Last Dance," so Brian Windhorst, Jackie MacMullan and Tim MacMahon discuss whether his comments are valid, and if the documentary really missed the mark on Scottie Pippen. Plus, Brian tells some stories of LeBron's former football prowess, leaving the crew to wonder about what type of NFL career he could (or still could?) have had (29:25).
Revisionist History: 5/18/20
The 1997-98 season didn't need to be "the last dance" for Jordan's Bulls, Ramona Shelburne explains to Brian Windhorst and Kirk Goldsberry. Plus, the crew discusses potential modifications to the CBA and how they might lead to some "big-time" players suddenly hitting the open market (27:30).
74 Greatest Players: 5/14/20
Can you compare across eras? Brian Windhorst, Jackie MacMullan, Tim MacMahon and Kevin Pelton offer thoughts on NBArank's 74 greatest players of all time.
Dorkville: Deals of the Decade: 5/11/20
Brian Windhorst, Kevin Arnovitz and Tim Bontemps discuss Adam Silver's league-wide conference call before diving into some of the 74 trades, signings and draft picks that have shaped the NBA since "The Decision" in 2010 (15:00).
The Fun Max: 5/7/20
A Kevin Durant return this season isn't completely off the table, according to Nets GM Sean Marks. Brian Windhorst, Jackie MacMullan and Tim MacMahon discuss whether it's in KD's best interests to come back (15:10), as well as tension in the Jazz locker room and how "The Last Dance" has portrayed interactions between players in the 1990s (35:07).
The Bubble Boys: 5/4/20
While remaining optimistic that the NBA will resume its season at some point in 2020, Brian Windhorst, Tim Bontemps and Bobby Marks recognize the steep uphill battle the league must overcome to return in a safe manner. The guys discuss these many hurdles, as well as how history would remember this year's champion (46:05) and whether the league needs to seriously consider beginning its season in December from this point forward (26:50).
Poor Sports: 4/30/20
What might a return to NBA practice facilities look like across the league? Brian Windhorst, Jackie MacMullan and Tim MacMahon discuss that, as well as Dennis Rodman's trip to Las Vegas (13:36) and the feud between Michael Jordan and Isiah Thomas (19:00). Plus, a call from The Hoopline about defense in the modern NBA (31:30).
Greener Pastures: 4/27/20
With the NBA stating some training facilities could soon reopen, Brian Windhorst, Tim MacMahon and Tim Bontemps discuss the feasibility of these first steps. And with Draymond Green's recent comments, the guys talk about the messy ending to the Warriors dynasty (11:12) before taking some questions from The Hoopline (25:50).
The NBA's Lady Gaga: 4/23/20
Ahead of Episodes 3 and 4 of "The Last Dance," Brian Windhorst, Jackie MacMullan and ESPN writer Tim Keown dive deep into the complicated man that was -- and still is -- Dennis Rodman. Plus, the crew discusses the '08 Celtics' group message (27:56) and the real reason why Ben Simmons is hesitant to shoot from beyond the arc (39:45).
Uncharted Territory: 4/20/20
Major changes to the NBA's pre-draft process could be coming, draft expert Jonathan Givony explains to Brian Windhorst and Bobby Marks (28:00). Plus, the guys discuss what top prospect Jalen Green's lucrative G-League deal really means for the futures of the NBA and college basketball.
NBA Regular Season Awards: 4/16/20
Around the time they would normally cast their ballots, Brian Windhorst, Jackie MacMullan and Tim MacMahon give their selections for NBA MVP, Rookie of the Year, Most Improved Player, and more.
2019 NBA Lottery Re-Draft: 4/13/20
Draft expert Mike Schmitz joins Brian Windhorst and Kevin Pelton to re-select the NBA's 2019 draft lottery based on the information we now have from this season. Plus, a question from the Hoopline about the logistics of a virtual NBA Draft (46:00).
Snake Blank-Blankers: 4/9/20
Kevin Garnett made some, um, colorful comments about the Timberwolves this week. Brian Windhorst, Jackie MacMullan and Tim MacMahon try to make sense of the soon-to-be Hall of Famer's messy relationship with Minnesota before discussing what it will take for the NBA to return in 2020 (28:26).
NBA Future Power Rankings: 4/6/20
The Clippers (3:48) and Raptors (30:37) should be very excited for what's to come, whereas the Rockets (13:57) and 76ers should be a bit more concerned (21:50). Based on a variety of factors, Brian Windhorst, Kevin Pelton and Tim Bontemps break down which teams they expect will rise and fall over the next few seasons. Plus, the guys discuss the opening in Chicago's front office and whether it's a desirable position.
Michael Jordan Memories: 4/2/20
Now that the Michael Jordan documentary debut is imminent, Brian Windhorst, Jackie MacMullan and Tim MacMahon decide it's time to tell some unbelievable stories about Jordan's iconic career.
NBA Offseason To-Do List: 3/30/20
The Bucks have to make a decision on Giannis' future (9:05), the Nets need a new coach (14:22), and the Nuggets (26:04) and Rockets (37:45) are in dire financial situations. With the 2020 season on hold, Brian Windhorst, Kevin Pelton and Bobby Marks tackle the offseason's biggest questions and answer a voicemail from the Hoopline (402-316-2955).
Move off the Spreadsheets: 3/26/20
The suspended season will create major financial implications for the NBA, its players, and free agency, explains Brian Windhorst to Jackie MacMullan and Tim MacMahon. Plus, the crew discusses how the Olympics postponement could affect the 2021 season (30:35) and then the show takes its first listener voicemail.
LeBron's Greatest Performances: 3/23/20
LeBron's comments from a recent Instagram Live chat spark the question: what are some of The Chosen One's most memorable single-game performances? Brian Windhorst, Kevin Arnovitz and Royce Young take a trip down memory lane.
It's a Quagmire: 3/19/20
A charity game? Adam Silver says that's one solution the NBA is considering to excite basketball fans while the league is on hiatus. Brian Windhorst, Jackie MacMullan and Tim MacMahon discuss the commissioner's ideas, long-term scheduling ramifications of suspended play (11:18) and Michele Roberts' comments about coronavirus testing for NBA players.
Pie in the Sky: 3/16/20
What was it like the night the NBA stopped? Brian Windhorst looks back with Royce Young (at the postponed Jazz/Thunder game) and Tim MacMahon (at the final Nuggets/Mavericks game). Then, the guys discuss possible adjustments to the season's calendar (26:19) and why the league is incentivized to finish out the season (36:22).
Reaction Pod: NBA Suspends Season: 3/11/20
Shortly after the NBA announced the suspension of its season due to coronavirus concerns, Brian Windhorst, Jackie MacMullan and Kirk Goldsberry discuss why the NBA made the right decision, how the league will handle this situation moving forward and possible silver linings that could emerge from this.
Hand on the Joystick: 3/9/20
LeBron's huge weekend puts him neck-and-neck with Giannis Antetokounmpo in the MVP race, explains Brian Windhorst to Dave McMenamin and Pelicans reporter Andrew Lopez (19:14). Plus, the guys discuss Zion Williamson's impact on New Orleans and what makes the young phenom so impressive (40:03).
Majoring in the Minor: 3/5/20
On the heels of Caris LeVert's monster performance, Brian Windhorst, Jackie MacMullan and Tim MacMahon debate if LeVert could be a trade piece in the Nets' pursuit of a third star. Plus, the crew discusses a big weekend for the Lakers (28:48), Trevor Ariza's reaction to being nutmegged by Trae Young (13:56) and what the Spike Lee incident means for Leon Rose and the Knicks (20:57).
Large Sample Size Theater: 3/2/20
The Bucks find themselves in the midst of a historical regular season, but will that dominance translate to the playoffs? Brian Windhorst, Kevin Pelton and Kevin Arnovitz discuss that as well as the impacts of rookies Zion Williamson and Ja Morant and what the stats say about their futures (20:35). Plus, can Russell Westbrook propel a new-look Rockets team through the playoffs? (40:00)
Hot Streak: 2/27/20
Is Jayson Tatum's leap the new normal? Brian Windhorst, Jackie MacMullan and Tim MacMahon discuss his hot streak, then breakdown the Rockets and how small ball is working (11:20). Plus, why are the Jazz (26:00), Heat (33:00) and 76ers (38:00) all struggling? And who could be bought out and join the Lakers (44:00)?
Men of Their Word: 2/24/20
Is it a two-man race for MVP? Brian Windhorst, Kirk Goldsberry and Ohm Youngmisuk discuss how dominant LeBron James has been and how vulnerable the Lakers might be (8:15), when to raise the warning flag on the Clippers (28:25) and the all-in Rockets (36:30).
Bit of a Disaster: 2/20/20
The Celtics are hot, so how wide really is the gap between Boston and Milwaukee? Brian Windhorst, Jackie MacMullan and Tim MacMahon debate that (24:50) after discussing John Beilein's departure from Cleveland. Plus, the crew talks about some of the overachieving teams they're excited to watch down the final stretch of the regular season (37:20).
Expecting the Unexpected: 2/17/20
How early on in their lives do players realize that they're better than good? Brian Windhorst and Andrew Han get some unexpected thoughts from the NBA's younger players at All-Star weekend.
Tighten It Up: 2/14/20
The debut of Zion Williamson was later than folks hoped for, but he's tearing up the league. Brian Windhorst, Kevin Pelton and Andrew Han discuss how good Zion already is and how good he could become, Ja Morant and the Grizzlies' 8-seed run (16:26) and whether the Clippers can stay healthy (20:03).
Big-Time Bucket Getter: 2/10/20
The skidding 76ers need the All-Star break, explains Brian Windhorst, Jackie MacMullan and Tim MacMahon. Plus, the crew discusses the Rockets' small-ball lineup (26:52), how James Harden feels about the recent roster moves and the D'Angelo Russell era in Golden State (42:14).
No Bathroom Breaks: 2/6/20
Just after the trade deadline, Brian Windhorst, Rachel Nichols and Kevin Pelton gather to discuss the Timberwolves/Warriors trade (10:03), the Clippers' acquisition of Marcus Morris Sr. (19:45), the surprising Andre Drummond trade (25:31) and some significant contender moves (36:00).
Sneaky Big Move: 2/3/20
Just days away from the NBA trade deadline, Brian Windhorst, Bobby Marks and Tim Bontemps look at players the Clippers (7:48), Lakers (18:53), 76ers (25:13) and Blazers (46:25) might consider. Plus, the guys discuss how struggling teams like the Timberwolves and Cavaliers could make a huge splash.
Rookie of the Year?: 1/30/20
Just one week into Zion Williamson's NBA career, Brian Windhorst, Jackie MacMullan and Tim MacMahon give their early impressions of the rookie phenom (14:40). Plus, conversations about the NBA's surprising cap projections (29:55) and Damian Lillard's unheralded dominance (41:36).
Remembering Kobe Bryant: 1/26/20
Brian Windhorst, Dave McMenamin and J.A. Adande look back on their favorite Kobe Bryant moments.
Always Tinkering: 1/23/20
With the 76ers taking a skid, Brian Windhorst, Jackie MacMullan and Tim MacMahon wonder if Philly should move on from one of its franchise stars (25:04). Plus, the crew looks at James Harden's prolonged struggles and how Daryl Morey might be able to reverse the Rockets' course (11:40).
Too Much, Too Fast: 1/20/20
Is Adam Silver's failed midseason tournament a stain on his resume? Brian Windhorst, Nick Friedell and Kevin Arnovitz discuss alternate ideas as the NBA looks for ways to drum up more regular season interest, especially from younger fans. Plus, a review of the Clippers' last month and what it says about their hopes of reaching the NBA Finals (27:49).
Calling It Out: 1/16/20
Brian Windhorst and Jackie MacMullan compare their All-Star ballots and assess any tough omissions (3:00). Plus, Tim MacMahon joins to talk Kyrie Irving's 'glaring' comments (23:30) and the Jazz's recent resurgence (41:55).
Knuck If You Buck: 1/13/20
With Milwaukee still on pace to reach the 70-win mark, Brian Windhorst, Kirk Goldsberry and Kevin Pelton debate the Bucks' title chances and if Giannis and the team are built for more than just the regular season. Plus, the group discusses Kyle Kuzma's value to the Lakers (24:43) and a surprising season for the Grizzlies (38:48).
Pillow-Fight Playoff Race: 1/9/20
Never count out the Spurs. Brian Windhorst, Jackie MacMullan and Tim MacMahon discuss the suddenly-sizzling Spurs and the race for the eighth spot in the West (17:15). Plus, they talk about John Beilein's speaking error and which teams could potentially buy or sell during trade season (34:00).
Basketball Mercenaries: 1/6/20
With trade rumors circling, Brian Windhorst, Kevin Arnovitz and Royce Young outline where Kevin Love and Andre Drummond could fit in. Plus, the guys lay out their concerns for the 76ers and Clippers (33:20) before discussing the peculiar handling of Kyrie Irving's shoulder injury (41:36).
Remembering David Stern: 1/1/20
On the day David Stern passed, Brian Windhorst and Jackie MacMullan get together to share memories of the former NBA commissioner and to discuss his impact on basketball before, during and after his time in the league.
New Year's Six: 12/30/19
Now that the highly-anticipated Christmas Day games have passed, Brian Windhorst, Jackie MacMullan and Tim MacMahon get together to break down the top six teams in each conference and whether they have what it takes to make a deep postseason run.
NBA Nowhere: 12/23/19
The Bucks can make it to the NBA Finals, but Brian Windhorst, Nick Friedell and Bobby Marks cast doubt on Milwaukee's hopes of actually winning the title. Plus, the demise of Blake Griffin (15:32), the latest from the trade market (27:56) and why the on-court product isn't as compelling as it once was.
Anything Is Plausible: 12/19/19
How good are the Celtics? Brian Windhorst, Jackie MacMullan and Tim MacMahon discuss Kemba Walker's impact on Boston (13:05), Pascal Siakam's continued improvement (22:15) and how the Pelicans could shift the title race (33:30). Also, the Miami Heat are storming the East (25:00).
To Live and Contend in L.A.: 12/16/19
The Lakers are on a tear, with the Clippers not far behind. Brian Windhorst, Dave McMenamin and Ohm Youngmisuk discuss their early impressions of the Clippers (16:35) and how the two teams match up against each other (28:30). Plus, the guys talk about title contenders (39:00), the trade market and LeBron's visit to his alma mater to watch his son play.
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.
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