Brian Windhorst & The Hoop Collective
2022 Western Conference Preview: 9/23/22
Brian Windhorst and ESPN's Tim MacMahon get together in-person in LA to preview the Western Conference with our NBA reporters. Dave McMenamin joins first to talk on-court expectations for the Suns and what the ceiling is for the Lakers. Then, Kendra Andrews joins to talk the Warriors upcoming trip to Japan and how long their title window can last before Ohm Youngmisuk joins to break down if the Clippers or Nuggets can be serious contenders. Lastly, Andrew Lopez discusses what Zion could be this season and if the Mavs or Grizzlies will take the next step.
2022 Eastern Conference Preview: 9/21/22
Brian Windhorst and ESPN's Tim Bontemps get together in-person in LA to preview the Eastern Conference with our NBA reporters. Nick Friedell joins first to talk if the Nets can play cohesive basketball and if the 76ers can take the next step with a full year of Harden. Then, Kevin Pelton joins to talk how offseason moves in the conference could impact the season before Jamal Collier joins to talk injury concerns for the Bulls and if people are forgetting about the Bucks.
Sarver Suspension Reaction: 9/16/22
Brian Windhorst is joined by ESPN's Tim MacMahon and Tim Bontemps to react to Suns Owner Robert Sarvers one-year suspension from NBA Commissioner Adam Silver and Silvers comments at the recent press conference. Then, the guys talk What Is Going On In Portland and Brians trip to Cleveland.
EuroBasket Results, Are The Hawks Or Cavs Better?: 9/8/22
Brian Windhorst is joined by ESPN's Tim MacMahon and Tim Bontemps to discuss some standout performers from EuroBasket, including dazzling displays from Luka & Giannis before talking what players may be earning themselves contracts in the NBA. Plus, how concerning Lonzos return timetable is for Chicago, What Is Going On In Atlanta after their offseason moves and Patrick Beverley and Russell Westbrooks friendly intro.
Emergency Pod: Donovan Mitchell Traded To Cavs: 9/1/22
Brian Windhorst is joined by ESPN's Tim MacMahon and Tim Bontemps to react to the trade sending Donovan Mitchell to the Cavs. The guys talk what this means for the future in Cleveland, why the Knicks couldnt land the plane to get a deal done, the next moves for the Jazz to continue to acquire picks and if this changes the landscape of the Eastern Conference.
How Barrett Extension Impacts Mitchell Talks, Potential For Kings: 9/1/22
Brian Windhorst is joined by ESPN's Tim MacMahon and Tim Bontemps to discuss how RJ Barretts extension with the Knicks impacts Donovan Mitchell trade talks, if it is a good contract for New York and talk what is going on in Sacramento including if playoff expectations are legitimate for the Kings. Plus, the guys talk the results of the Offseason NBA Survey article done by Bontemps.
When Will More Go On In Utah? KD Stays With Nets: 8/26/22
Brian Windhorst is joined by ESPN's Tim MacMahon and Tim Bontemps to discuss when Donovan Mitchell will be on the move and if it will certainly be to the Knicks, before talking a different trade from Utah sending Pat Bev to LA. Then, the guys talk what the basketball may look like on the court this season in Brooklyn with Kevin Durant locked in. Plus, reaction to Chet Holmgren's injury.
Significance Of LeBron's Extension, Expectations For Cavs: 8/19/22
Brian Windhorst is joined by ESPN's Tim MacMahon and Tim Bontemps to discuss LeBrons extension with the Lakers, what potential moves this leaves for Los Angeles, how his opt-out clause keeps the possibility to play with Bronny and what to make of the past 4 seasons for the Lakers. Then, the guys break down what the expectations should be in Cleveland for this season and what teams are All In this year.
Will We See KD In Nets Camp?: 8/12/22
Brian Windhorst is joined by Andscapes Marc J. Spears to break down what is next for the Nets and Kevin Durant, including if they think he will be at Brooklyns training camp. Plus, the guys share their thoughts on throwback jerseys and discuss what you learn from NBA practices.
Does KD Makes Sense In Boston? Offseason Winners & Losers: 7/28/22
Brian Windhorst is joined by ESPN's Tim MacMahon and Tim Bontemps to discuss if the Celtics should actually make a move for Kevin Durant and how important Jaylen Brown is to Bostons future. Then, the guys dive into the winners and losers of the offseason including how the 76ers upgraded their roster and why the Suns and Mavs needed to do more to stay in contention.
Harden's Contract, Westbrook's Future: 7/22/22
Brian Windhorst is joined by ESPN's Tim MacMahon and Tim Bontemps to discuss how Hardens new contract impacts the future of the 76ers and what the present state of the Lakers means for Westbrook including his interesting change of agents.
Ayton Back With Suns, New Star In The Empire State?: 7/15/22
Brian Windhorst is joined by ESPN's Tim MacMahon and Tim Bontemps to discuss Deandre Ayton signing back with Phoenix, what this means for Kevin Durants trade possibilities, if KD and Kyrie may wind up back together again in Brooklyn after all and if Donovan Mitchell could be a Knick by next week.
The Stars Of The Summer League: 7/12/22
Brian Windhorst is joined by Andscape's Marc J. Spears to talk his standouts from the NBA Summer League so far, including Keegan Murrays fantastic play and if the Kings could be a playoff team this season. Then, ESPNs Kevin Pelton joins to discuss if the budding relationship between Josh Giddey and Chet Holmgren is for real before talking the Deandre Ayton situation in Phoenix.
Contract Notes You May Have Missed From Free Agency: 7/8/22
Brian Windhorst is joined by ESPN's Tim MacMahon and Tim Bontemps to discuss the key notes from the NBA free agency contracts. The guys break down Ja Morant not getting a player option, what protections the Pelicans put in Zions contract, Bradley Beal being the only player in the league with a no-trade clause and Zach LaVine getting all he wanted from Chicago. Plus, could Donovan Mitchell be in the Empire State soon?
Whats Going on in Brooklyn? Meme God Brian Windhorst Explains: 7/7/22
If you were on social media at all last weekend, youve seen the clip of Brian Windhorst on First Take palms in the air, looking to the heavens like hes the subject of a Renaissance painting and questioning what exactly the Utah Jazz were planning following the trade of Royce ONeale. Hours later, Jazz All Star Rudy Gobert was traded to Minnesota, and Windhorst instantly became Twitters NBA Nostradamus. Given his new fame, Windhorst took the time for us little people at ESPN Daily, and tells us about how hes handled life in the limelight&oh, and also whats going on with the Brooklyn Nets.
What Is Going On With Kyrie & KD?: 7/6/22
Brian Windhorst is joined by ESPN's Andrew Lopez and Dave McMenamin to discuss the latest on the Kevin Durant rumors, a big step for the Pelicans, what may happen with Kyrie including who may want to trade for him, a cryptic tweet from the Lakers and what else is now going on in Utah. Plus, the guys react to Brian becoming a meme.
2022 Free Agency Frenzy: 7/1/22
Brian Windhorst is joined by ESPN's Tim MacMahon and Tim Bontemps to react to a wild day in NBA free agency led by Kevin Durant requesting trade from the Brooklyn Nets. The guys talk possible destinations for what could be an unprecedented haul before diving into what this means for Kyrie, how much better the Hawks got, if a rebuild is upon us in Utah and more!
Kyrie Opts In, Wall To LA: 6/28/22
Brian Windhorst is joined by ESPN's Nick Friedell and Marc J. Spears to react to Kyrie Irving opting into his contract with the Nets before talking about how that impacts his future in Brooklyn or potentially elsewhere. Plus, the significance of John Wall to the Clippers.
2022 NBA Draft Reaction: 6/24/22
Brian Windhorst is joined by ESPN's Tim MacMahon and Tim Bontemps to react to the 2022 NBA Draft including Paolo Banchero jumping up to the top pick, the biggest surprises of Round 1, what exactly the Knicks were doing and the latest on the Kyrie saga with the Nets.
2022 NBA Draft Preview, Kyrie Wants Out?: 6/21/22
Brian Windhorst is joined by ESPN's Kevin Pelton to talk the logistics of where Kyrie could go outside of Brooklyn and the chances he remains with the Nets. Plus, the guys get you ready for Thursdays NBA Draft with who could go #1 and some players who will greatly outperform their selection.
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.
2022 NBA Finals Game 6 Preview: 6/16/22
Brian Windhorst is joined by ESPN's Tim MacMahon and Tim Bontemps to preview Game 6 of the NBA Finals including how Steph Curry will bounce back, why Ime Udoka says Boston likes doing things the hard way and the key to the series that continues to pop up. Plus, how Golden States smart financial decisions continue to set the team up for success.
2022 NBA Finals Game 5 Reaction: 6/13/22
Brian Windhorst is joined by ESPN's Tim Bontemps on the floor of the Chase Center to react to a massive win for Golden State in a weird game. The guys break it all down including a sensational performance from Andrew Wiggins, Steph going cold from 3, the Celtics' offensive struggles in the 4th quarter and why Boston missed a big opportunity in this game.
2022 NBA Finals Game 5 Preview: 6/13/22
Brian Windhorst is joined by ESPN's Tim MacMahon and Tim Bontemps to preview Game 5 of the NBA Finals including how the turnovers for the Celtics remain the key to the series, the brilliance of Steph Curry, if Steph still has another level to reach in the Finals, the difference Kevon Looney has made for the Warriors, what Tatum needs to do to step up for Boston and the status of Rob Williams injury.
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.
2022 NBA Finals Game 4 Preview: 6/10/22
Brian Windhorst is joined by ESPN's Tim MacMahon and Tim Bontemps to preview Game 4 of the NBA Finals including Draymond Greens struggles, Jayson Tatums potential to elevate his standing in the league, if Steph Curry can carry the Warriors and why Rob Williams is such a difference maker for Boston.
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.
2022 NBA Finals Game 3 Preview: 6/8/22
Brian Windhorst is joined by ESPN's Tim MacMahon and Tim Bontemps to preview Game 3 of the NBA Finals including how Klay Thompson is attempting to get himself going, the new battle cry for Boston and if Draymond Green has put himself in a precarious position with the officials including Scott Foster. Plus, a new head coach in Los Angeles, Russell Westbrooks future with the Lakers and Quin Snyder officially stepping down in Utah.
2022 NBA Finals Game 2 Reaction: 6/5/22
Brian Windhorst is joined on the Chase Center court by Andscapes Marc J. Spears immediately following the Warriors statement victory over the Celtics to talk Golden States strategy change, how Boston let Draymond win the mental battle, changes in officiating after 1 technical foul and how the Celtics sloppy play cant repeat in Boston. Plus, a special appearance from Warriors super fan Jimmy Goldstein.
2022 NBA Finals Game 2 Preview: 6/5/22
Brian Windhorst is joined by ESPN's Tim MacMahon and Tim Bontemps to preview Game 2 of the NBA Finals including why the Celtics are uniquely suited to guard Golden State, how the Warriors advantage in experience is irrelevant, how Boston can take punches without falling over, what version of Tatum the Celtics need and why Kevon Looney needs more minutes.
2022 NBA Finals Game 1 Reaction: 6/2/22
Brian Windhorst is joined by ESPN's Kendrick Perkins courtside at the Chase Center immediately following Game 1 of the NBA Finals to react to a historic 4th quarter performance from Boston. The guys talk how the Celtics continue to bounce back in games this season and who needs to step up for the Warriors to respond.
2022 NBA Finals Preview: 6/2/22
Brian Windhorst is joined by ESPN's Tim MacMahon and Tim Bontemps to give their predictions for the NBA Finals matchup between the Celtics and Warriors including what to expect in Game 1 of the series. Plus, they discuss the new perspective Golden State has on this season and if Boston is ready for the moment before talking about some news regarding the future of the Jazz.
Warriors In Finals, How To Build Around Luka: 5/27/22
Brian Windhorst is joined by ESPN's Tim MacMahon and Tim Bontemps to discuss the Warriors advancing to their 6th NBA Finals in 8 years, Klay Thompsons joy in the win, what is next for the Mavs, if the league will trend away from Super Teams going forward, how the Suns will manage Ayton in the offseason and the ability of Boston to shut down any half-court offense from the Heat.
Injured & Outmatched: 5/24/22
Brian Windhorst talks with Kirk Goldsberry and Ohm Youngmisuk dive into the Miami Heat's rash of injuries, why it's not a competitive series even though the series is tied 2-2 with home court advantage. Plus, are the Dallas Mavericks out matched against Golden State now that the Warriors are finding a rhythm?
Boston Bounces Back, Can Luka Carry The Mavs Again?: 5/20/22
Brian Windhorst is joined by ESPN's Tim MacMahon and Tim Bontemps to discuss the Celtics making a bounce back statement in Game 2 against Miami, Bostons evolution over the course of the season, why the Heat need Lowry, the similarities between Ime Udoka and Jason Kidd, if Luka can carry the Mavs again and the prolific nature of this Warriors team. Plus, a league executive who may be on the move.
Conference Finals Preview, NBA Lottery: 5/17/22
Brian Windhorst is joined by ESPNs Kevin Pelton and Marc J. Spears to react to the Mavs dismantling the Suns, Luka making a statement, the future in Phoenix, Boston closing out the Bucks despite a massive series from Giannis and what to expect from the NBA Lottery.
Process Still Loading For 76ers, Mavs-Suns Game 7: 5/13/22
Brian Windhorst is joined by ESPN's Tim MacMahon and Tim Bontemps to discuss the Heat eliminating the 76ers, if Harden will give Philly a discount and how long The Process can continue. Plus, can the Mavs take down the Suns in Game 7, which player will make a statement in the decisive game and if Boston can avoid elimination.
MVP Reaction, Stopping Flopping: 5/10/22
Brian Windhorst is joined by ESPNs Bobby Marks and Nick Friedell to react to Jokic winning the MVP again, talk the upcoming offseason contract decisions for Zach LaVine and James Harden, the 76ers resurgence, how Portland can maximize Dame, injury designations in the NBA and flopping in the postseason.
Can The Warriors Defend Ja? Harden Struggles: 5/6/22
Brian Windhorst is joined by ESPN's Tim MacMahon and Tim Bontemps to discuss if Harden has officially started to regress, what the Mavs can do to get back into the series with the Suns historic shooting, if the Celtics can win it all with an all-time level defense and how the Warriors can defend Ja.
Keeping Zion In New Orleans, Bucks' Physicality: 5/3/22
Brian Windhorst is joined by ESPNs Marc J. Spears and Andrew Lopez to talk Zions thoughts on the Pelicans postseason performance, the future in New Orleans, the Bucks' physicality against the Celtics, the Warriors escaping with Game 1 and Devin Bookers competitiveness.
Significance Of Harden, Time For Change In Utah?: 4/29/22
Brian Windhorst is joined by ESPN's Tim MacMahon and Tim Bontemps to discuss Dallas closing out Utah for Lukas first playoff series win, the future of the Jazz, the 76ers avoiding a Game 7, why Harden is the key to success in Philly and Chris Paul putting on another masterclass performance for the Suns to eliminate the Pelicans.
Young Talent Making Playoff Statements: 4/26/22
Brian Windhorst is joined by ESPNs Dave McMenamin and Kevin Arnovitz to talk the matchup issues Minnesota creates for Memphis, the Pelicans making it a series with the Suns, the potential of the youth in New Orleans and if Trae Young can overcome the swarming Miami defense.
Boston Takes Charge, Key Playoff Injuries: 4/22/22
Brian Windhorst is joined by ESPN's Tim MacMahon and Tim Bontemps to discuss Bostons transformation from the start of the season, the squads sensational defense on Kevin Durant, Booker & Middletons injuries and Joel Embiid making a statement in Toronto.
Boston Buzzer-Beater, T-Wolves Statement: 4/19/22
Brian Windhorst is joined by ESPNs Marc J. Spears and Kirk Goldsberry to talk the significance of the Celtics epic Game 1 win over the Nets, Kyries engagement with the Boston fans, Minnesotas statement win against Memphis and Chris Pauls mastery of the point guard position.
2022 Overall NBA Playoff Picture: 4/15/22
Brian Windhorst, Tim MacMahon and Tim Bontemps are reunited with the legend Jackie MacMullan to break down the NBA Playoff picture including if the Celtics should be favored over the Nets, how key injuries will impact a few key series and if Harden and Embiid can make a statement. Plus, the crew talks Jackies podcast series Icons with the Ringer.
NBA Play-In Tournament Preview: 4/12/22
Brian Windhorst is joined by ESPNs Nick Friedell and Andrew Lopez to break down everything you need to know about the NBA Play-In Tournament including if Ben Simmons or Zion may return and who has the most to prove. Plus, should teams have tanked to avoid the Nets and what matchup has the most exciting potential.
Best Odds To Reach The Finals: 4/8/22
Brian Windhorst is joined by ESPNs Tim MacMahon and Tim Bontemps to break down which teams have the best betting odds to win the Eastern and Western Conferences including why the Nets are being wildly overvalued. Plus, MacMahon hands out his monthly major award.
Magic's Comments, Simmons' Grievance: 4/5/22
Brian Windhorst is joined by ESPNs Ohm Youngmisuk and Bobby Marks to talk Magics comments about the Lakers, the significance of Ben Simmons filing a grievance against the 76ers, the Nets playoff potential and the chances Kawhi comes back.
Final NBA MVP Straw Poll Results: 4/1/22
Brian Windhorst is joined by ESPNs Tim MacMahon and Tim Bontemps to talk the final NBA MVP straw poll results including reacting to a new leader at the top before talking seeding in the Eastern Conference and the Suns dominance.
Most Likely 1st Round Upsets, Celtics Injury: 3/29/22
Brian Windhorst is joined by ESPNs Marc J. Spears and Kirk Goldsberry to talk the impact of the Celtics losing Rob Williams to injury, when Ja Morant may return, which team is most susceptible to a 1st Round upset this season and who will be the 7 & 8 seeds.
Hot Tempered Heat, Potential All-NBA Lineup: 3/25/22
Brian Windhorst is joined by ESPNs Tim MacMahon and Tim Bontemps to talk the argument on the Heat sideline involving Jimmy Butler, Udonis Haslem and Erik Spoelstra, who the favorites are in the East, why it is now or never for the Jazz and who will make All-NBA this season.
Large Sample Size, Are The Celtics A Contender?: 3/22/22
Brian Windhorst is joined by ESPNs Kevin Arnovitz and Kevin Pelton to talk if the Celtics have a legitimate chance to reach the NBA Finals this year, how concerning the drop-off is for the Bucks defensive rating, the struggles of the Lakers down the stretch and when the last time the Western Conference had such little depth.
The Good, The Bad And The Ugly For The 76ers: 3/18/22
Brian Windhorst is joined by ESPNs Tim MacMahon and Tim Bontemps to talk how the 76ers are a team with massive strengths and massive weaknesses, if James Harden can show up in big games, when Ben Simmons will return to the Nets, Kyries status in the league and the state of the Mavs in the Western Conference.
The Two Most Significant Players In Basketball: 3/15/22
Brian Windhorst is joined by ESPNs Kendra Andrews and Marc J. Spears to talk the significance of Draymond Green to the Warriors as he returns to action including how vital he may be to overcoming Western Conference foes like Memphis. Plus, Windy and Spears discuss Kyries status in home games and what strategy may be in place in Brooklyn.
Breaking Down Every Award But The MVP: 3/11/22
Brian Windhorst is joined by ESPNs Tim MacMahon and Tim Bontemps to talk the awards races other than MVP including the Cade Cunningham/Evan Mobley Rookie Of The Year debate, which coach is leading the way for Coach Of The Year and if this season will lead to another Defensive Player Of The Year trophy for Rudy Gobert.
LeBron, The Elite Scorer: 3/8/22
Brian Windhorst is joined by ESPNs Ramona Shelburne and Ohm Youngmisuk to react to LeBrons historic performance against the Warriors, talk his current motivation to be remembered as an all-time great scorer and what the plan is for the Clippers including when their star players may be returning. Plus, the crew shares some stories about Gregg Popovich as he approaches the all-time wins record in the NBA.
Warriors Struggle, Mavs Catch Fire: 3/4/22
Brian Windhorst is joined by ESPNs Tim MacMahon and Tim Bontemps to talk the Warriors struggles of late, Stephs shooting slump, the importance of Draymond Green and Lukas white hot play to lead the streaking Mavs. Plus, the return of MacMahons segment.
Harden's Immediate Impact: 3/1/22
Brian Windhorst is joined by ESPNs Kevin Pelton and Marc J. Spears talk how big of an impact the James Harden trade will have on the 76ers, their strong play of late, when we will see Simmons on the court for the Nets, some of the top NBA Draft prospects and the importance of Draymond Green to the Warriors.
Should The Lakers Trade Stars This Offseason?: 2/25/22
Brian Windhorst is joined by ESPNs Tim MacMahon and Tim Bontemps to talk about the idea of the Lakers trading LeBron James, if LA will go all in or all out going forward and what they expect from James Harden on the Sixers. Then, MacMahon reminds us who the best shooting big man of all-time is.
All-Star Interviews With The NBA's Future: 2/22/22
Brian Windhorst interviews some of the NBAs rising stars at All-Star weekend in Cleveland. He chats with Tyrese Haliburton about his trade, Anthony Edwards about the source of his confidence and more!
Latest Straw Poll Updates, Steaking Celtics: 2/17/22
Brian Windhorst is joined by ESPNs Tim MacMahon and Tim Bontemps to discuss the latest MVP straw poll results including an incredibly tight race between Embiid and Jokic. Then, the crew talks the Celtics hot play of late.
Lakers' Deadline Inactivity: 2/15/22
Brian Windhorst is joined by ESPNs Ramona Shelburne and Dave McMenamin to talk the Lakers inactivity at the trade deadline, why LA wants this team to figure things out and what that means for the future of the team and LeBron James.
NBA Trade Deadline Reaction: 2/11/22
Brian Windhorst is joined by ESPNs Tim MacMahon and Tim Bontemps to react to the NBA Trade Deadline including breaking down the massive Simmons-Harden trade, the Mavs trading away Kristaps Porzingis and how big of a deal it is that the Lakers did not make a big splash at the deadline.
Trade Deadline Preview, All-Star Reserves: 2/8/22
Brian Windhorst is joined by ESPNs Marc J. Spears and Kevin Pelton to talk All-Star reserves, If we will see Ben Simmons or James Harden get traded before the deadline and the significance of the Caris LeVert trade for the Cavs.
Trade Deadline Expectations: 2/4/22
Brian Windhorst is joined by ESPNs Tim MacMahon and Tim Bontemps to talk how the Grizzlies have become the most fun team in the NBA, what trades the Pelicans can make, if CJ McCollum will be traded and why this may be a tame trade deadline.
Creating A Winning Culture In Phoenix: 2/1/22
Brian Windhorst is joined by ESPNs Kirk Goldsberry to discuss how the Suns are creating a culture of winning, the Hawks are turning things around and the idea of the NBA adopting the European soccer model of loaning players for a short time frame.
Who Will Be The Top Seed In The East?: 1/28/22
Brian Windhorst is joined by ESPNs Tim MacMahon and Tim Bontemps to talk how the Heat can be the top seed in the East, if the Bulls can avoid slipping in the standings considering their injuries, what the ceiling is for the Cavs and what is next for the Nets.
Injured Bulls, Potential Laker Trades: 1/25/22
Brian Windhorst is joined by ESPNs Marc J. Spears and Kevin Pelton discuss the impact of injuries on the Bulls, if Detroit will trade Jerami Grant, if a Westbrook for Wall trade is possible and the Blazers' plan for the rest of the season.
All-Star Ballot Submissions : 1/20/22
Brian Windhorst is joined by ESPNs Tim MacMahon and Tim Bontemps to talk their All-Star ballot submissions including how position distinctions impact starters. Plus, they break down the players deserving of a reserve spot, how many games you should need to play to get into the All-Star Game and the Celtics poor shooting percentages.
Significance Of Injuries To Contenders, Jerami Grant Trade Ideas: 1/18/22
Brian Windhorst is joined by ESPNs Bobby Marks and Ohm Youngmisuk to talk Kevin Durants injury timeline, potential trades for the Nets, the significance of Draymond Greens back injury, if Paul George can come back this season, the importance of the Clippers making a playoff push, if Detroit should trade Jerami Grant and where he may land.
When Is It Time To Hit The Reset?: 1/14/22
Brian Windhorst is joined by ESPNs Tim Bontemps and Tim MacMahon to talk if the Blazers should tank this season and shut down Dame, how the Lakers should manage Russell Westbrook and an interesting betting moment from the Warriors game.
Klay Day In The Bay: 1/11/22
Brian Windhorst is joined by ESPNs Nick Friedell and Marc J. Spears discuss the impact of Klay Thompsons return to the Warriors, his performance in his first game back, the ceiling for Golden State, potential Ben Simmons trades and who needs to make a move.
Early Look At The NBA Market: 1/7/22
Brian Windhorst is joined by ESPNs Tim Bontemps and Tim MacMahon discuss the moves that could be made at the trade deadline, an interesting quote from the Hawks front office, if the Blazers will move on from Dame or CJ and what teams will be buyers or sellers.
DeRozan's Game-Winners, Bulls Potential, Kyrie Returning: 1/4/22
Brian Windhorst is joined by ESPNs Kirk Goldsberry and Jamal Collier to discuss DeMar DeRozan's historic game-winners on back-to-back nights, the Bulls potential this season, the significance of Kyrie returning, if the Nets can overtake the Bucks and potential trade targets for the Bulls to get into the NBA Finals conversation.
Bad 3-Point Shooting, Best Guard Combos: 12/31/21
Brian Windhorst is joined by ESPNs Tim Bontemps and Tim MacMahon to discuss a historically bad 3-point shooting performance from the Celtics, what moves Boston can make, Desmond Banes potential in Memphis and the best guard combinations in the NBA.
Roster Flexibility Around the League, What Moves Can The Lakers Make?: 12/28/21
Brian Windhorst is joined by ESPNs NBA Front Office Insider Bobby Marks to discuss the challenge facing front offices around the league to fill out rosters with so many players in the COVID health and safety protocols and how that may impact moves around the trade deadline. Plus, what moves can the Lakers make?
Holiday Wishes For The NBA: 12/24/21
Brian Windhorst is joined by ESPNs Tim Bontemps and Tim MacMahon to get into the holiday spirit by giving out their 3 biggest wishes for teams in the NBA and discuss some interesting comebacks around the league.
DeRozan's Respect Level, Updated COVID Protocols: 12/21/21
Brian Windhorst is joined by ESPNs Marc J. Spears and Jorge Sedano to talk how DeMar DeRozan is viewed around the league, updates to the NBA G League Ignite, the latest COVID protocols around the NBA including who is required to wear masks.
State Of The Mavs, Trade Market Options: 12/17/21
Brian Windhorst is joined by ESPNs Tim Bontemps and Tim MacMahon to talk MacMahons article on the relationship between Luka Doncic and Rick Carlisle, Dallas desire for cultural change, the organizational decision makers in Utah and what teams may be involved in the trade market.
Steph Set To Break A Record, Pacers' Future: 12/14/21
Briand Windhorst is joined by ESPNs Dave McMenamin and Kirk Goldsberry to discuss the historic record Steph Curry is set to break, LeBron leveling up his play, what direction the Pacers will move in going forward and positive COVID tests in the NBA.
Straw Poll Results, Season Conditioning: 12/10/21
Brian Windhorst is joined by ESPNs Tim Bontemps and Tim MacMahon to recap Bontemps straw poll, Steph Currys dominance to start the season, Lukas comments on his conditioning and what to expect from the Nets.
The Future In Portland, Can Things Improve In New York?: 12/7/21
Brian Windhorst is joined by ESPN's Ohm Youngmisuk and Ramona Shelburne to break down what is going on in Portland, if Chauncey Billups is the right fit for the team, the current state of the Knicks, if things can improve in New York and if the Suns and Warriors are worried about the Lakers or the Nets.
Tampering Updates, Suns Make A Statement : 12/3/21
Brian Windhorst is joined by ESPNs Tim Bontemps and Tim MacMahon to talk the significance of the Suns beating the Warriors, the NBAs stance on tampering issues, a historical game from the Cavs, the impact of Bams injury on the Heat and another setback for Zion this season and the Rockets quality play of late.
Warriors And Suns Surge, NBA Fan Behavior: 11/30/21
Brian Windhorst is joined by ESPNs Jamal Collier and Marc J. Spears to discuss the Warriors and Suns white hot play of late, the Bucks surging lately and what the line is for fans behavior at NBA games.
Our First Annual Friendsgiving: 11/24/21
Brian Windhorst is joined by a roundtable of ESPN NBA reporters for a special Thanksgiving episode with Dave McMenamin, Tim Bontemps, Tim MacMahon, Nick Friedell and Kevin Pelton. The crew talks LeBrons suspension following an altercation in Detroit, if Draymond Green can be an All-Star this season, what the ceiling is for the Warriors, Klays progression as he returns from injury, a few teams surging in the West and a unique game delay in Sacramento.
Can The Celtics And Knicks Get Out Of Their Slumps?: 11/19/21
Brian Windhorst is joined by ESPNs Tim Bontemps and Tim MacMahon to discuss the Celtics struggles this season, if their ceiling is lower than we expected as a team, how good the Knicks can really be, if the Suns are still favorites to return to the Finals from the West and what teams have a legitimate shot to make it out of the East.
Can The Warriors Keep This Up? Expectations In Brooklyn: 11/16/21
Brian Windhorst is joined by ESPNs Nick Friedell and Cassidy Hubbarth to talk the incredible start to the season for the Warriors, what impact Klay can have when he returns, how Brooklyn plans to move forward with their roster and if Brooklyn can win a title as currently constructed.
Did The Lakers Make The Right Offseason Decisions?: 11/12/21
Brian Windhorst is joined by ESPNs Tim Bontemps and Dave McMenamin to discuss a memorable trip to the White House for Bontemps, the Lakers start to the season, the success of players traded from Los Angeles and the Bulls surging with their new pieces blending well together.
Some Surprising Starts To The NBA Season: 11/9/21
Brian Windhorst is joined by ESPNs Kevin Pelton and Kevin Arnovitz to discuss Dame Lillards struggles to open the season, the 76ers successful start to the year despite the drama surrounding the team, the Cavs surprising start to the season, the Wizards strong performances and the state of dress in the NBA.
Reaction To The Allegations In Phoenix: 11/5/21
Brian Windhorst, Tim MacMahon and Tim Bontemps react to the allegations of racism and misogyny with the Phoenix Suns' majority owner Robert Sarver, how the team is reacting to it and how they will move forward. Then the group talks the state of the Celtics after a big win before discussing the Lakers' shocking loss to the Thunder.
Foul Changes, More Physical Play In The NBA: 11/2/21
Brian Windhorst, Ohm Youngmisuk and Marc J. Spears discuss their thoughts on the new foul rules being enforced, scoring being down across the league, the Nets struggles on offense, a strong start to the season for the Warriors and some impressive showings from the rookies around the NBA.
Takeaway's From Week 1 Of The NBA Season: 10/29/21
Brian Windhorst, Tim MacMahon and Tim Bontemps talk their early takeaways from the first week of the NBA season including James Hardens early drop-off in scoring, the decline in free throw numbers, surprising early success from the Wizards, if they believe in the starts from the Hornets and Timberwolves and Tyler Herros start to the season.
Bulls Hot Start To The Season, Bucks Stay Motivated: 10/26/21
Brian Windhorst welcomes a new member of the ESPN family Jamal Collier to discuss what to make of the Bulls great start to the season, free throws being down across the league, how the Bucks are staying motivated and what next level Giannis can reach.
What Will The 76ers Do? Parity Across The NBA: 10/22/21
Brian Windhorst, Tim MacMahon and Tim Bontemps talk how long it will take for Ben Simmons to get traded, how the 76ers can succeed with the current situation, some interesting quotes about the Mavs past, the parity in the NBA this season and what teams are flying under the radar.
2018 Rookie Class Extensions: 10/19/21
Brian Windhorst is joined by ESPN Front Office Insider Bobby Marks to discuss which contract extensions were made, like Jaren Jackson, and which ones were not, like Deandre Ayton, from the 2018 rookie class.
What Will The Nets Look Like This Season?: 10/15/21
Brian Windhorst, Tim Bontemps and Tim MacMahon talk the impact of Kyries stance on the Nets, what Brooklyns title chances look like without Kyrie, how long can the Nets keep this team together and when Zion will be back.
What Will Ben Simmons' Reception Be? Lakers' Expectations: 10/12/21
Brian Windhorst, Dave McMenamin and Ramona Shelburne discuss Ben Simmons returning to the 76ers, what the reception will be like for him in Philadelphia, how the Lakers are preparing for the season and what their expectations should be.
Can Talent Beat Out Fit For The Lakers?: 10/8/21
Brian Windhorst, Tim MacMahon and Tim Bontemps discuss the expectations surrounding the Lakers, what minimum players can make an impact. if talent can overcome fit, how well the Suns can replicate their success and if the Pelicans or Bulls will be able to play better defense this season.
Blueprint For Star Players To Get Traded, Updates From Camp: 10/5/21
Brian Windhorst, Nick Friedell and Ohm Youngmisuk talk NBA teams training in San Diego, Kyries vaccination status, the blueprint for players like Ben Simmons to get a trade and what to expect as the season starts.
Ben Simmons Holds Out, Lakers Lineup Options: 10/1/21
Brian Windhorst, Tim MacMahon and Tim Bontemps talk Draymonds interesting comments, why the latest statements from the 76ers are a win for Ben Simmons, what type of team would trade for Simmons, what the keys are for the Mavs this season, if Anthony Davis will play center this season and how all of the pieces will fit on the Lakers.
NBA Media Day Reactions: 9/28/21
Brian Windhorst, Andrew Lopez and Marc J. Spears discuss the interesting developments around the league from the NBA Media Days. We talk everything from David Lettermans appearance at Nets Media Day, surprising new information about an injury to Zion, the latest from Warriors Media Day and the potential impact of vaccination status on the league.
Roundtable Talk Of Make Or Break Players In The NBA: 9/23/21
Brian Windhorst, Tim MacMahon and Tim Bontemps discuss the players who will make or break seasons for potential contending teams. The group talks the importance of Ben Simmons, Tyler Herro, Kristaps Porzingis Kemba Walker, Lonzo Ball, Klay Thompson and others.
Who From The 2018 Draft Class Will Get Max Deals?: 9/17/21
Brian Windhorst, Tim MacMahon and Tim Bontemps discuss the players negotiating contracts at the end of their rookie deals from the 2018 draft class including how the Suns should manage Deandre Ayton, what to do with Jaren Jackson, where Collin Sexton fits in, what Miles Bridges should ask for and what space the Bucks have to fill out their roster.
What Tier Is Each NBA Team On?: 9/8/21
Brian Windhorst, Kevin Pelton and Tim Bontemps discuss the different tiers of NBA teams heading into this season. The crew breaks down what teams are actual contenders, what teams have a chance to become relevant this season and what teams will be battling in the lottery.
What Will Happen With Ben Simmons?: 9/3/21
Brian Windhorst, Tim MacMahon and Tim Bontemps discuss the latest developments on Ben Simmons this offseason, what it means for where he will play in 2021-22, how the 76ers can maximize their championship window and an interesting trade from the past week that could impact the futures of Chicago and Portland.
NBA Win Total Reactions, Which Teams Will Defy Expectations?: 8/27/21
Brian Windhorst, Tim MacMahon and Tim Bontemps discuss the likelihood that Ben Simmons starts the season with the 76ers, how consistent the Nets lineup will be in the regular season, why the Bucks and Jazz are likely go over their win totals, if Dallas got better this offseason, why the Warriors have such a variety of possible outcomes, how many games the Bulls will win and some of the key young guards ability to grow.
Why Did KD and Kyrie Sign In Brooklyn, Future Landscape Of The NBA: 8/16/21
Brian Windhorst is joined by author Matt Sullivan to talk about his book Can't Knock the Hustle: Inside the Season of Protest, Pandemic, and Progress with the Brooklyn Nets' Superstars of Tomorrow and the future of the Nets. Then Jake Fischer author of Built to Lose: How the NBA's Tanking Era Changed the League Forever joins to about the landscape of team construction in the league.
Kawhi Signs An Extension, NBA Summer League Reaction: 8/13/21
Brian Windhorst, Tim MacMahon and Tim Bontemps discuss Kawhi signing a surprise 4-year extension, the key takeaways from the NBA Summer League so far, which young rookies have impressed, the potential on the Rockets in the future, Evan Mobleys potential talent and Dennis Schroders contract with Boston.
Team USA Plays For Gold, Winners And Losers Of NBA Free Agency: 8/6/21
Brian Windhorst, Tim MacMahon and Tim Bontemps discuss Team USA Mens Basketball beating Australia, the score line being misleading, the upcoming gold medal game, the winners and losers of NBA Free Agency, if Zach LaVine will ever extend with the Bulls and what will happen with the Clippers and Kawhi.
Lakers And Bulls Make Big Moves In Free Agency, Team USA Figuring It Out?: 8/3/21
Brian Windhorst, Marc J. Spears and Ramona Shelburne discuss the variety of moves made by the Lakers, how big of a concern age is for L.A. this year, what to make of the Bulls bringing in Lonzo Ball and DeMar DeRozan and if Team USA Mens Basketball has figured things out.
Reaction To The Westbrook Trade, NBA Draft Recap: 7/30/21
Brian Windhorst, Tim MacMahon and Tim Bontemps discuss the trade sending Russell Westbrook to the Lakers, why the fit may be an issue, where Kyle Lowry will land this offseason and if Ben Simmons can get traded . Then the guys dive into the NBA Draft including a player who went later than expected who could make a huge impact.
Team USA Men's Basketball Has Tough Olympic Start, NBA Draft Preview: 7/27/21
Brian Windhorst, Marc J. Spears and Kevin Pelton discuss the unique setup for the Olympics in Tokyo, Team USA Mens Basketball struggling out of the gate, what Luka can do in Tokyo and what to expect from the NBA Draft including impressive comparisons for Jalen Green.
Bucks Clinch - NBA Finals Game 6 Reaction: 7/20/21
Brian Windhorst and Zach Lowe 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.
Team USA's Olympic Chances, Dame's Future, Can The Bucks Close Out The Finals?: 7/20/21
Brian Windhorst, Tim MacMahon and Tim Bontemps discuss Team USA Basketballs chances in the Olympics, the challenges facing the roster, Damian Lillards status in Portland, potential moves the Blazers can make, the impact of Jrue Holiday on the NBA Finals and if the Bucks can close out the series.
NBA Finals Game 5 Reaction: 7/17/21
Brian Windhorst and Zach Lowe 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
Brian Windhorst and Zach Lowe 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.
Giannis Dominates, Suns Struggle To Shoot, Team USA Struggles: 7/13/21
Brian Windhorst, Tim MacMahon and Tim Bontemps discuss the incredible performances from Giannis in the NBA Finals, the importance Jrue Holiday and Khris Middleton, Aytons foul trouble, the Suns struggling to shoot, the significance of Game 4 in this series and the challenge for Team USA to get the gold medal.
NBA Finals Game 3 Reaction: 7/11/21
Brian Windhorst and Zach Lowe 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
Brian Windhorst and Zach Lowe 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
Brian Windhorst and Zach Lowe 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: 7/6/21
Brian Windhorst, Ramona Shelburne and Marc Spears dive into everything you need to know heading into the NBA Finals showdown between the Bucks & Suns, kicking off tonight at 9p ET on ABC.
Bucks Take Series Lead Without Giannis, Suns To The Finals, No Asterisks Needed: 7/2/21
Brian Windhorst, Tim MacMahon and Tim Bontemps discuss the Bucks absolutely dominating the Hawks in the paint, the great game from Brook Lopez, the various injury situations of the series, the Suns amazing run to the NBA Finals and how there should be no asterisk stories for the playoffs.
Clippers Avoid Elimination, Trae Young's Injury, Latest On Dame Lillard, Leadership Changes In Utah: 6/29/21
Brian Windhorst, Kevin Pelton and Royce Young discuss the confounding ability of the Clippers to win elimination games on the road, the Suns ability to close, Trae Youngs injury, the Bucks ability to dominate in the paint, the backlash Dame Lillard has gotten for the Chauncey Billups hire, if Dame will want a trade and the leadership changes in Utah.
Booker's Broken Nose, Atlanta's Arrival, and the Coaching Carousel: 6/25/21
Brian Windhorst, Tim MacMahon, and Tim Bontemps discuss the Clippers' win in Game 3, the lasting effects of Devin Booker's broken nose, the ascension and chutzpah of Trae Young, the latest intel on the coaching carousel, and the two biggest takeaways from the draft lottery.
The Valley-Oop, Draft Lottery Implications, and Ben Simmons' Future: 6/23/21
Brian Windhorst, Ramona Shelburne, and Tim MacMahon discuss the game winning tip in by Deandre Ayton in Game 2 of the Western Conference Finals, the multitude of implications from last night's draft lottery, and the future for Ben Simmons.
76ers Collapse, Next Steps For Ben Simmons, Hawks Season Turnaround, Devin Bookers' Sensational Play: 6/22/21
Brian Windhorst, Doris Burke and Kirk Goldsberry discuss the state of Ben Simmons confidence, what is next for the 76ers, Bens trade value, the Hawks continuing to win road playoff games, the opportunity for the Bucks in the playoffs now, the display Devin Booker put on in Game 1 of the Western Conference Finals and Monty Williams coaching job this season.
Big Changes For The Mavs, Trae Young Amazes, 76ers Collapse, Clippers Surprise: 6/18/21
Brian Windhorst, Tim MacMahon and Tim Bontemps discuss the changes in the Mavs organization, why some see it as controversial, who Dallas may hire, the brilliance of Trae Young, the 76ers collapse, a big win for the Bucks and try to understand the Clippers.
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.
Who Are The Real Clippers? The Hawks Even The Series, Playoff Injuries: 6/15/21
Brian Windhorst, Kevin Pelton and Nick Friedell discuss the confounding nature of this Clippers team on a nightly basis, Kawhis injury, what version of Mike Conley we will see in the playoffs if at all, Joel Embiid massively struggling to shoot, who can take big shots for the 76ers, the impact of the Hawks coaching change, the culture in Phoenix, the Suns great defense and the Jokic ejection.
Donovan Mitchell Impresses, Are The Bucks Back In The Series?: 6/11/21
Brian Windhorst, Tim Bontemps and Tim MacMahon discuss the impressive performances from the Jazz so far, the outstanding play of Donovan Mitchell, the interesting lineup choices from the Clippers, if the Bucks are now officially back in the series, the offensive struggles of the Bucks and Nets and the keys to both the Nuggets-Suns and Hawks-76ers series going forward.
NBA Coach Of The Year Reaction, Brooklyn Dominates, Kawhi Being Clutch: 6/8/21
Brian Windhorst, Ramona Shelburne and Kirk Goldsberry discuss the voting for the NBA Coach Of The Year, then talk the domination from the Nets in Game 2 against the Bucks, the surprisingly good defense from Brooklyn, who is the key to the Nuggets-Suns series, the brilliance of Kawhi in the most clutch moments, the Jazzs matchup with the Clippers and the amazing performances from Trae Young so far in the playoffs.
Lakers Eliminated, Luka's Brilliance Bucks-Nets Preview: 6/4/21
Brian Windhorst, Tim MacMahon and Tim Bontemps discuss the Lakers getting eliminated by the Suns with a massive game from Devin Booker, what moves the Lakers can make next season, the Suns potential going forward, Denver impressing while shorthanded, the brilliance of Luka and preview Bucks-Nets.
Another Crazy Fan, Rappers On The Road, Embiid & AD Injuries: 6/1/21
Brian Windhorst, Marc Spears and Ohm Youngmisuk discuss the latest fan interference episode in Washington and around the league, meeting famous rappers on the road, Joel Embiids injury, the LA Clippers show signs of life and tie the series 2-2, can LeBron will the Lakers to victory without Anthony Davis and much more.
A Trip Around The NBA Playoffs: 5/27/21
Brian Windhorst, Tim Bontemps and Tim MacMahon talk about NBA Playoff games being blacked out, the Lakers taking a 2-1 lead over the Suns, what will happen to the Blazers if they lose this series to the shorthanded Nuggets, the Bucks demolishing the Heat and taking a 3-0 lead, how can the Clippers stop Luka Doncic and much more.
They Came Out More Aggressive : 5/25/21
Brian Windhorst, Ohm Youngmisuk and Bobby Marks discuss the Milwaukee Bucks taking a commanding 2-0 lead on the Miami Heat, the latest on Donovan Mitchells injury and a trip to LA to check in with the Clippers & Lakers who are both down 1-0.
LeBron's Late-Game Heroics, Play-In Tournament Success, Playoff Series To Watch: 5/21/21
Brian Windhorst, Tim Bontemps and Tim MacMahon talk about LeBrons late-game heroics, their thoughts on how the Play-In Tournament is going with one game left, which playoff series are the guys paying the most attention to and much more.
NY Belongs To The Knicks, Clippers Dodge Lakers... For Now: 5/18/21
Brian Windhorst, Ramona Shelburne and Vanity Fairs Lisa Robinson discuss her beloved New York Knicks, NBA players reluctance to speak to the media, the LA Clippers avoiding the LA Lakers in the playoffs for now and much more.
Oladipo's Out, Fertitta All-In On Rockets, Mid-Season Tournament : 5/14/21
Brian Windhorst, Tim Bontemps and Tim MacMahon discuss Victor Oladipos season ending injury, an interesting quote from Tilman Fertitta on the state of the Rockets, Russell Westbrooks stellar play, would a mid-season tournament work in the NBA and much more.
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, hawking 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.
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