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@largeInLondon
 Dec 14, 2019
Top podcast pitched at the right level. A couple of smart and articulate guys chewing the fat on the NBA.


 Nov 16, 2019


 Oct 1, 2019

Alan
 Jun 24, 2019
entertaining


 Feb 21, 2019
please remove Chris Vernon from this podcast and i would listen to it again. KOC is great. Make it the KOC amd Devine show.

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A daily breakdown of the latest story lines, trends, and important developments in the NBA. We promise to keep the Sixers and Celtics discussion to a reasonable amount … or to at least try.


Episode Date
Our Biggest Draft Hits and Misses: Jayson Tatum, Mike Conley Jr., Draymond Green, and More | The Mismatch
01:12:52

With basketball still shelved, we revisit our biggest hits and misses in previous draft coverage: Dragan Bender, Jaylen Brown, Mario Hezonja, and more. Plus, are you in or out on Julius Randle?


Hosts: Chris Vernon and Kevin O’Connor

Apr 03, 2020
Optimism for Completing the Season, the Jordan Documentary, Mailbag, and More | The Mismatch
01:03:43

We review comments by Mark Cuban and Adam Silver that make it seem like the NBA is still focused on finishing the 2019-20 season (3:52), before discussing the news that ESPN has decided to move up the release date of its much-anticipated 10-part Michael Jordan documentary (7:09). Then we open back up the Mismatch Mailbag to a whole new list of your questions (11:00).


Hosts: Chris Vernon and Kevin O’Connor

Mar 31, 2020
The Four Most Undercovered Stories or Players from the 2019-20 Season | The Mismatch
00:58:13

We revisit some of the stories and players that we dropped the ball on covering this year—including Goran Dragic (the unsung anchor of the Miami Heat), Victor Oladipo’s return to form, Alex Caruso, and more.

Hosts: Chris Vernon and Kevin O’Connor

Mar 27, 2020
Possible NBA Return Scenarios, Draft Prospects Declaring, and More Mailbag Questions | The Mismatch
01:07:14

We look to other countries’ professional basketball leagues and wonder whether the NBA can develop a model to return that works in the United States (0:42) before discussing a bevy of college players that have declared for the NBA draft in the time since basketball’s hiatus began (12:46). Then, we revisit some of the questions we didn’t get to from last Friday’s mailbag, including basketball book and movie recommendations, potential rule changes to the league, and more (21:11).


Hosts: Chris Vernon and Kevin O’Connor

Mar 25, 2020
Reopening the Mismatch Mailbag: Who Should Blow It Up, NBA Sliding Doors, and More | The Mismatch
01:14:37

We sifted through all your questions and picked our favorites: What were our most memorable arguments? Which teams are primed to blow it up next season? What music are we listening to? And much more.


Hosts: Chris Vernon and Kevin O’Connor

Mar 20, 2020
Life Without the NBA. Plus: Tom Brady Leaves the Patriots. | The Mismatch
00:58:43

Kevin reacts to the news that his favorite football player of all time, Tom Brady, is leaving the New England Patriots (0:00). Then, we discuss the NBA’s myriad of options for proceeding with the season—all contingent on global news—and discuss what we’ve been doing while sports have been on hiatus (0:00).


Hosts: Chris Vernon and Kevin O’Connor

Mar 17, 2020
The NBA Season Is Suspended | The Mismatch
00:43:41

In light of the news that the Utah Jazz’s Rudy Gobert has tested positive for COVID-19, the NBA announced that the 2019-20 season has been suspended.

Hosts: Chris Vernon and Kevin O’Connor

Mar 12, 2020
The Rebuilding State of the NBA | Group Chat
00:45:50

The Lakers lose a shocker to the Nets, only their second defeat in 13 games (1:04). We then discuss what rebuilding looks like for the league and its teams these days (10:12). Plus: another segment of Line ’Em Up, where Tjarks analyzes the lineups we are seeing on the floor (33:17).

Host: Chris Ryan

Guest: Jonathan Tjarks

Mar 11, 2020
Is LeBron James Catching Up in the MVP Race? Plus: How the Coronavirus Might Affect the Rest of the Season | The Mismatch
01:02:14

Kevin wonders whether LeBron James should be getting more serious consideration for the MVP award, which leads us to a knock-down, drag-out fight about whether or not Khris Middleton is a top-20 player in the NBA (0:40). Then, with the coronavirus threatening to affect the NBA regular season, we imagine what it might be like if games have to be played without fans (36:40).


Host: Chris Vernon and Kevin O’Connor

Mar 10, 2020
Coronavirus Concerns, the Nets Fire Atkinson, and We All Drink the Ben Bartch Smoothie | Heat Check
00:43:26

Instant Replay: In this special extended segment, the gang looks at the latest news from around the NBA, including what further precautions the league might take to respond to the coronavirus outbreak. They also discuss the Nets' firing of Kenny Atkinson as well as LeBron looking a lot like an MVP (03:57).

Good Call/Bad Call: The 'Heat Check' family gets weird, and concocts and drinks the Ben Bartch smoothie with special guest Colleen Wolfe of the NFL Network (34:16).

Host: John Gonzalez

Guests: Haley O'Shaughnessy, Dan Devine, Colleen Wolfe

Mar 09, 2020
Podcast Spotlight—Winging It With Vince Carter and Annie Finberg
00:41:41

Here are some highlights from our podcast 'Winging It With Vince Carter.' On this special preview, Vince and Annie Finberg talk to an array of guests from around the NBA, including Lamar Odom, Markelle Fultz, and Kyle Lowry.

You can find 'Winging It' on the Ringer Podcast Network wherever you find podcasts.

Mar 07, 2020
At Full Strength, Are the Clippers the Title Favorites? | The Mismatch
00:53:31

After laying it on the Houston Rockets last night, the full-strength Clippers look about as good, if not better, than anyone in the NBA right now. Can they reach their final gear when the playoffs roll around (1:21)? Plus: We discuss Andrew Wiggins’s future with the Warriors and the race for the eighth seed in the West (10:49).


Hosts: Chris Vernon and Kevin O’Connor

Mar 06, 2020
Lakers vs. Sixers Recap, Another Knicks Feud, Plus: Line ’Em Up—a Jon Tjarks Joint! | Group Chat
00:48:18

Our very own Chris Ryan recaps what he saw last night at the Lakers-Sixers game (1:45). Spike Lee addresses his feud with the Knicks and the infamous James Dolan (19:15). Plus: Line ’Em Up—a Jonathan Tjarks Joint, a new segment where Tjarks highlights the most pressing story lines in the league (28:30). 

Host: Justin Verrier 

Guests: Chris Ryan and Jonathan Tjarks

Mar 04, 2020
Should Giannis Antetokounmpo’s MVP Already Be Locked Up? | The Mismatch
01:08:47

In Kevin’s return to the show, we return to our old ways: arguing about James Harden’s gather dribble and Giannis’s claim to the MVP (10:30). Then, we discuss the Knicks' awkward handling of Spike Lee (29:40), the Elam ending in the All-Star Game, and Jayson Tatum’s ascendance since Kevin’s absence from the podcast (56:26).


Host: Chris Vernon and Kevin O’Connor

Mar 03, 2020
Things We Need to Stop Talking About | Heat Check
00:45:52

Instant Replay: The Knicks make a hire, developments in the Giannis-Harden beef, and the Timberwolves get a resting policy violation (03:16).

The Main Event: We play Heat Check Survivor and vote tired conversations off Heat Check Island (22:58).

Good Call/Bad Call: Dan Devine gets a new nickname, the aftermath of the mystery box, and should the gang try a disgusting smoothie (37:49)?

Host: John Gonzalez

Guests: Haley O'Shaughnessy, Dan Devine

Mar 02, 2020
Giannis vs. Harden, a Budding Personal Rivalry | The Mismatch
00:57:54

We parse James Harden’s comments in response to Giannis Antetokounmpo passing him over during the All-Star draft (16:28), before breaking down which middle-seeded Western Conference playoff teams should be the most feared (22:47). Finally, we take a look at the lowly Chicago Bulls, who are getting good minutes from Coby White, and try to determine which of their young players most deserve to stay for the long haul (44:34).


Host: Chris Vernon

Guest: Jonathan Tjarks

Feb 28, 2020
Zion vs. LeBron, Bucks vs. Raptors, and the Ben Simmons Injury | Group Chat
00:59:24

Giannis Antetokounmpo and the Bucks walked away with a win over Toronto, but who deserves the credit? Zion Williamson faced off against LeBron James in their first matchup and gave us a glimpse into what we can anticipate for the rest of the season from this young Pelicans team. Plus, Ben Simmons's back injury and the tentative timeline for his return to the court.

Hosts: Justin Verrier and Chris Ryan

Feb 26, 2020
LeBron vs. Zion: A Potential Playoff Matchup and Passing of the Torch | The Mismatch
01:04:18

We recap some news from around the league, including Vanessa Bryant’s moving tribute to Kobe Bryant, Bradley Beal’s big scoring night, and Ben Simmons’s back injury (2:15). Then, we preview what it will mean when Zion Williamson plays in Los Angeles against LeBron James for the first time in his career (46:39). Finally, we finish by talking about some draft prospects that might fly under the radar (58:03). 


Host: Chris Vernon

Guest: Jonathan Tjarks

Feb 25, 2020
The Five Most Interesting Teams of the Stretch! Plus, Analyzing the Buyout Market and Playoff Projections | Heat Check
00:49:20

Instant Replay: Dwyane Wade's jersey is retired, Mark Cuban has a very expensive meltdown, and we analyze the buyout market (03:08)

The Main Event: The gang takes a look at Dan's ranking of the NBA’s five most interesting teams of the stretch run, including the Rockets, Pelicans, and podcast favorite Grizzlies (21:31).

Good Call/Bad Call: Zion debuting some new shoes, spending time at a Milwaukee casino, and deciding to go in on a $100 mystery box (40:39).

Host: John Gonzalez

Guests: Haley O'Shaughnessy, Dan Devine

Feb 24, 2020
Trae Young Drops 50 on His First Night Back. Plus: Embiid Says He’s the Best Player in the World. | The Mismatch
00:46:31

We go over some highlights of the first night the NBA returned to action, including Trae Young's and Joel Embiid’s big games against the Miami Heat and Brooklyn Nets, respectively (1:27). Then we try to make sense of the Western Conference playoff race and predict who will grab the eighth seed out of Memphis, Portland, and New Orleans (25:39).


Host: Chris Vernon

Guest: Jonathan Tjarks

Feb 21, 2020
The Cavs’ Coaching Change and Three Post-All-Star Story Lines | Group Chat
00:50:57

With a new head coach and a less-than-impressive season, what does the future look like for the Cleveland Cavaliers (3:30)? Plus, major story lines for the rest of the regular season: the impact of buyouts for the league (16:30), what Kyrie Irving’s injury means for the Nets (28:55), and Giannis’s MVP reputation (39:28).


Host: Justin Verrier

Guest: Rob Mahoney

Feb 19, 2020
Four Questions for the Post-All-Star NBA World | The Mismatch
00:49:26

We run down a list of items, including rumors that John Beilein might be on his way out in Cleveland and news that the G League is unionizing (1:23). Then, with the All-Star Game in the rearview, we ask four questions about the landscape of the league, including: Who should the Bucks and Lakers fear most in their respective conferences (27:12)?


Hosts: Chris Vernon and Jonathan Tjarks

Feb 18, 2020
All-Star Recaps, a Dunk Contest Controversy, and Dame D.O.L.L.A. | Heat Check
00:45:26

Instant Replay: John Beilein is reportedly not long for the Cavaliers, and we recap the All-Star events from Friday and find out who is the league's best one-on-one player (03:50).

The Main Event: The skills competition results, the 3-point contest shockers, and Team LeBron taking the All-Star Game by a single free throw (17:58).

Good Call/Bad Call: Honoring Vince Carter, controversial billboards for the Kings, and Bam Adebayo's strange training drill (38:44).

Host: John Gonzalez

Guests: Haley O'Shaughnessy, Dan Devine, Micah Peters


Feb 17, 2020
The Sixers Are ... Fine? Plus, More Knicks Drama, and Oh My God, Zion | Group Chat
00:50:31

Despite concerns surrounding Joel Embiid’s incendiary comments earlier this week, the Philadelphia 76ers defeated the Los Angeles Clippers; could this be the year the Embiid–Ben Simmons experiment succeeds (1:24)? Plus: The New York Knicks keep making headlines for all the wrong reasons, as their new brand consultant, Steve Stoute, publicly comments on the future of interim head coach Mike Miller (32:00), and rookie star Zion Williamson continues to amaze (41:35).

Hosts: Justin Verrier and Chris Ryan

Feb 12, 2020
Toronto Is on a Tear. Plus: Jimmy Butler Is Openly Recruiting Joel Embiid. | The Mismatch
00:49:43

We talk about how Toronto’s unbelievable win streak has kept teams like Boston, Miami, and Philly in their rearview mirror in the East (3:32), before breaking down the drama with the Sixers, Joel Embiid, and Jimmy Butler (29:56). Finally, we finish by touching on the Western Conference standings ahead of All-Star Weekend (35:32).


Hosts: Chris Vernon and Jonathan Tjarks

Feb 11, 2020
Trade Deadline Winners and Losers, KD Goes Off, and We Do Art | Heat Check
00:41:49

Instant Replay: The Raptors just can’t seem to lose, Kevin Durant wants all the smoke, and James Dolan isn't selling the New York Knicks (02:05).

The Main Event: The gang breaks down the winners and losers of the trade deadline including the Heat and the Clippers, and even the Knicks (19:28).

Good Call/Bad Call: D'Angelo Russell has a camcorder, Dame D.O.L.L.A. performs at All-Star Weekend, and we do art (33:47).

Host: John Gonzalez

Guests: Haley O'Shaughnessy, Dan Devine

Feb 10, 2020
D’Angelo Russell for Andrew Wiggins, Andre Iguodala to Miami, and More From the NBA Trade Deadline | The Ringer NBA Show
01:08:52

We react to the biggest news of today’s NBA trade deadline, including the Golden State Warriors swapping D’Angelo Russell for Andrew Wiggins, the Miami Heat acquiring Andre Iguodala, the Philadelphia 76ers making modest upgrades in Alec Burks and Glenn Robinson, and more.


Hosts: Chris Vernon and Kevin O’Connor

Feb 06, 2020
Breaking Down the Capela-Covington Blockbuster Trade | Group Chat
00:51:17

News of a four-team, 12-player trade revolving around Clint Capela and Robert Covington broke late Tuesday night, with numerous implications for the entire league. We discuss what this means for each team, as the trade deadline looms.


Host: Justin Verrier

Guest: Jonathan Tjarks

Feb 05, 2020
Knicks Fire Steve Mills, Ja Morant vs. Andre Iguodala, and Trade Deadline Preview | The Mismatch
00:55:27

We run down the Andre Iguodala vs. Memphis Grizzlies timeline (1:21) before previewing Thursday’s NBA trade deadline (12:40). Then ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski breaks the news that the Knicks have parted ways with Steve Mills (46:56) and we react in real time.


Hosts: Chris Vernon and Kevin O’Connor

Feb 04, 2020
The Lakers Remember Kobe, All-Star Game Changes, and Trade Deadlines | Heat Check
00:42:57

Instant Replay: The Lakers' touching tribute to Kobe Bryant, Damian Lillard's amazing streak, and the impressive run from the Raptors (3:05).

The Main Event: Trade deadlines, along with main contenders and the Knicks pulling off yet another chef's kiss (19:32).

Good Call/Bad Call: Changing the All-Star game format, snubs, and Aaron Gordon getting in the action (35:31).

Host: John Gonzalez

Guests: Haley O’Shaughnessy, Dan Devine

Feb 03, 2020
NBA All-Star Reserves, Lakers Back on the Court. Plus: Matisse Thybulle, Snubbed? | The Mismatch
00:49:41

We run through the list of All-Star reserves and debate whether guys like Bradley Beal have a good case for feeling left out (2:33). Then, we talk about the emotion surrounding the Lakers return to the court following Kobe Bryant’s death (27:07), and finish by going over Kawhi’s latest knee trouble and the Rising Stars lineup announcements (30:00).


Hosts: Chris Vernon and Kevin O’Connor

Jan 31, 2020
News From Around the League and Reflecting on Kobe Bryant | Heat Check
00:46:31

Today on 'Heat Check,' John, Dan, and Haley take a look at the news around the NBA, talk about a few recent games, and examine some impressive 50-point performances (02:42). They also discuss and reflect on the tragic passing of Kobe Bryant (19:33).

Host: John Gonzalez

Guests: Haley O’Shaughnessy, Dan Devine


Jan 29, 2020
Grappling With the Death of Kobe Bryant | The Mismatch
00:49:35

We try to come to terms with the life and death of NBA legend Kobe Bryant after a tragic helicopter crash killed him, his daughter Gianna, and seven other people in Calabasas, California, on Sunday.


Hosts: Chris Vernon and Kevin O’Connor

Jan 28, 2020
Remembering Kobe Bryant | Group Chat
00:37:31

Justin Verrier and Rob Mahoney remember Kobe Bryant on the day after the tragic death of the legendary Laker and eight others in a helicopter crash.

Host: Justin Verrier

Guest: Rob Mahoney

Jan 27, 2020
All-Star Starters, Zion’s Return, and Montrezl Harrell Rumors. Plus: Horford for Gallinari? | The Mismatch
00:56:37

We review the announced starters for the NBA’s All-Star Game (1:02) before discussing Zion Williamson’s return (47:00), debating whether the Sixers should trade Al Horford (21:22), and considering what the Clippers should do with their rim-running center, Montrezl Harrell (33:49).


Hosts: Chris Vernon and Kevin O’Connor

Jan 24, 2020
The Boring Clippers, Zion’s Debut, and Trade Deadline Preview | Group Chat
00:52:31

The Los Angeles Clippers are really, really good. But does that make them uninteresting to watch (0:44)? With Zion Williamson making his regular-season debut tonight, the New Orleans Pelicans could look to make a push for the playoffs (18:35). Plus: What moves could we see at the trade deadline (36:44)?


Host: Justin Verrier

Guests: Chris Ryan and Jonathan Tjarks

Jan 22, 2020
The Lakers Are Missing a Piece. Plus: Ben Simmons Is Unleashed | The Mismatch
00:52:11

The Lakers got walloped by the Celtics last night—is there more to take away from this one game than meets the eye (5:56)? Plus, Ben Simmons has been unleashed by the open space on the floor since Joel Embiid has been out with injury. How will Embiid be reintroduced into the lineup, and will the Sixers pursue Pistons guard Derrick Rose (20:00)?


Hosts: Chris Vernon and Kevin O’Connor

Jan 21, 2020
Kent Bazemore Traded, Kyrie Back on the Record, and All-Star Starting Ballots | Heat Check
00:43:27

Instant Replay: The Blazers have cut ties with Kent Bazemore and Kyrie Irving is back saying weird things in the media (4:01).


The Main Event: Our very own Dan Devine has been coronated as an All-Star voter! We run down his list of starters for the Eastern and Western conferences (24:04).


Good Call/Bad Call: LaMelo has a horse named … LaMelo, Josh Richardson is out here naming random iguanas in his backyard, and the Memphis Grizzlies are bumping metal in their arena (35:17). 


Host: John Gonzalez

Guests: Haley O’Shaughnessy and Dan Devine



Jan 20, 2020
Reassessing Brandon Ingram’s Ceiling, Talking Zion’s Return, and Examining the Depth of Denver | The Mismatch
00:56:47

After Brandon Ingram scored 49 points to outduel Donovan Mitchell, we wonder whether it’s realistic to think he’s already better than Ben Simmons and on a path to be in the class of Anthony Davis (1:34). Then, we discuss Zion Williamson’s imminent return and what it could mean for night-to-night interest in the league (13:00). Finally, we close with some thoughts on how Denver has set itself up with a deep roster, and how this year’s NBA draft is shaping up to be a real stinker (29:10).


Hosts: Chris Vernon and Kevin O’Connor

Jan 17, 2020
The Fast & Furious Grizzlies, SGA Is the Future, and Why the Bucks Don’t Get Their Due | Group Chat
01:24:18

We discuss the impressive new-era Grizzlies (1:57), teams looking to go all in at the trade deadline (18:16), contenders that are positioned to make a big second-half push (31:39), and the blossoming of Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (39:42). Then we debate why the Milwaukee Bucks are not getting prevalent recognition as the best team in the NBA (48:49).


Host: Justin Verrier

Guests: Jonathan Tjarks and Rob Mahoney

Jan 15, 2020
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander Is a Budding Superstar. Plus: Why Would Anyone Trade for Andre Drummond? | The Mismatch
00:52:26

We review Shai Gilgeous-Alexander’s historic triple-double and look at what the Clippers gave up when they sent him to OKC (1:04), before discussing the Lakers-Clippers regular-season dichotomy (9:33). Then, we talk about two of the hottest teams in the NBA: the Mike Conley–less Jazz and the Memphis Grizzlies (23:01).


Hosts: Chris Vernon and Kevin O’Connor

Jan 14, 2020
The Spurs Keep Coming Back | Heat Check
00:38:43

Instant Replay: The Nets beat the Hawks, plus the impact of Spencer Dinwiddie's off-court interests, a possible Sixers trade, and debating whether Steph Curry should return this season (02:42).

The Main Event: Paolo Uggetti joins us to talk about the Grizzlies' fight for the eighth spot and why you should never count out the Spurs (16:39).

Good Call/Bad Call: KD and Kendrick Perkins get into a spat on Twitter, Rob Pelinka gets an extension, and the glorious gift of scratchers (32:15).

Host: John Gonzalez

Guests: Haley O’Shaughnessy, Dan Devine, Paolo Uggetti

Jan 13, 2020
Kevin Durant vs. Kendrick Perkins. Plus: Russ Returns to OKC but Chris Paul Prevails. | The Mismatch
01:04:30

We discuss the overperforming Oklahoma City Thunder and whether they should still consider dealing their desirable players at the trade deadline (1:02), before breaking down the KD vs. Kendrick Perkins Twitter fight that was spurred by Russell Westbrook’s return to OKC (28:46). Finally, we gauge whether the younger Spurs have a chance to reset their season, and briefly re-rank the 2019 rookie class (46:00).

Hosts: Chris Vernon and Kevin O’Connor

Jan 10, 2020
Three Old Men and a Dunk Contest | Heat Check
00:37:50

Instant Replay: Anthony Davis busts his bum, Blake Griffin is no longer the bee’s knees, and more changes to the NBA (03:17).

The Main Event: Dwight Howard gets a contract guarantee, and making the dunk contest amazing again (22:28).

Good Call/Bad Call: Can you party too hard in Miami, Dramatic Apologies, Throwing Shade to Load Management. (31:33).

Host: John Gonzalez

Guests: Haley O’Shaughnessy, Dan Devine

Jan 08, 2020
The Wild, Wild West and Midseason Overreactions | The Mismatch
00:50:35

The Spurs, Pelicans, and Grizzlies have all looked quite encouraging as of late; do they have what it takes to make it into the playoffs (0:43)? As we approach the halfway mark of the regular season, the guys each give three overreactions from the season thus far (27:28).

Hosts: Chris Vernon and Kevin O’Connor

Jan 07, 2020
Can the Sixers Fix Themselves With a Trade? Plus: The Never-ending Kevin Love Speculation | Group Chat
00:56:12

The Sixers are 3-7 in their last 10 games—is the floor really dropping out from under them, or are they not suited to win regular-season games (1:07)? Plus: Where will Kevin Love end up? Are the Hawks just the Process Sixers but worse? And should the Thunder move Chris Paul?


Hosts: Chris Ryan, Justin Verrier, Jonathan Tjarks

Jan 06, 2020
David Stern’s Monumental Legacy, the NBA’s Middle Class, and the Return of Zion | The Mismatch
01:01:04

We take some time to review David Stern’s illustrious life and career after the news of his death (0:58). Then, we run down a list of teams that can go one of two ways: trade their valuable assets and tank or push for the lower playoff seeds (9:03). Finally, we try to contain our excitement for the rumors of Zion Williamson’s imminent return (43:15).


Hosts: Chris Vernon and Kevin O’Connor

Jan 03, 2020
Pelicans, Suns, Timberwolves: Who Can Still Turn It Around? | The Mismatch
00:57:31

We break down a Western Conference trio that had high hopes coming into the season but have struggled their way to the bottom of the conference. Can any of them get hot and get back into the playoff mix (3:12)? Then, we re-draft what we think are the top four players from the 2016 NBA draft: Ben Simmons, Brandon Ingram, Jaylen Brown, and Pascal Siakam (31:45).


Hosts: Chris Vernon and Kevin O’Connor

Dec 31, 2019
The Lakers Come Up Short Again Against the Clippers. Plus: Rockets Falter, Carlisle Calls the Post Extinct. | The Mismatch
00:50:45

We recap the Christmas Day games: Are the Clippers better suited for the playoffs than the Lakers? Does the same go for the Sixers vs. the Bucks? Plus: Is James Harden getting off too easy for the Rockets' failures, including losing to the Warriors on Christmas?


Hosts: Chris Vernon and Kevin O'Connor

Dec 27, 2019
NBA Christmas Day Preview. Plus: Ben Simmons Is Jahlil Okafor and Michael Carter-Williams All in One. | The Mismatch
00:49:24

Kevin deep-dives on his spicy Ben Simmons take (1:10) before we run down our wishes for the rest of the 2019-20 season and preview NBA Christmas Day (24:08).


Hosts: Chris Vernon and Kevin O’Connor

Dec 24, 2019
What’s the Point of an In-Season Tournament? | Heat Check
00:39:05

Instant Replay: The Denver Nuggets’ sneaky resurgence, a Siakam-less Raptors comeback, IT suspended because of … Frosties?, and Pop goes Pop on plus-minus (4:48).

The Main Event: A bizarrely structured in-season tournament and other proposed schedule changes (21:47).

Good Call/Bad Call: The Milwaukee Pro Wrestling Bucks, Romeo Langford heart-emoji Celine Dion, and Tacko Fall fever (31:28).


Host: John Gonzalez

Guests: Haley O’Shaughnessy, Dan Devine

Dec 23, 2019
Is Giannis the Best Player in The World?| The Mismatch
00:58:13

The weekend is here, and we are here to talk about the excellent face-off between the Lakers and the Bucks. We discuss whether Giannis Antetokounmpo is the best player in the world (05:56), focus on the short-handed Raptors (36:26), and look ahead to some of the exciting Christmas Day matchups (39:05).

Hosts: Chris Vernon and Kevin O’Connor

Dec 20, 2019
Are the Knicks Good or Are the Hawks Just That Bad? Plus: Solving the Sixers and Cutting Bait SZN. | Group Chat
01:07:57

The New York Knicks win their third game in four against the Atlanta Hawks, exposing the Hawks’ roster construction issues and illuminating a larger problem with rebuilding in the modern NBA (1:20). The Philadelphia 76ers have proved themselves to be an elite defensive team, but can they live up to the championship predictions without a potent offense (32:29)? And finally: Now that free agents from the summer can be traded, it’s time to cut bait on some valuable players in ill-fitted situations (41:32).

Hosts: Justin Verrier and Chris Ryan

Dec 18, 2019
The Bucks Stop There, Pelicans Down for the Count, and Drake Is Still Weird | Heat Check
00:38:48

Instant Replay (03:24): News from around the league, including the end of the Bucks’ win streak, Dion Waiters's latest suspension, the excellent clapbacks from CJ McCollum, and more.

The Main Event (18:32): Micah Peters stops in to talk to the gang about the absolute mess the Pelicans are in, and whether Zion and all the team's missing parts can even fix it.

Good Call/Bad Call (30:11): Drake is being really weird again, gambling for 3-point shots, and we get Cubas mixed up. 

Host: Jawn Gonzalez

Guests: Haley O’Shaughnessy, Dan Devine, Micah Peters

Dec 17, 2019
Can the Lakers or Bucks Amass 73 Wins? | The Mismatch
00:51:12

With the Lakers and Bucks on a crash course to meet each other with identical 25-3 records, we wonder whether each team can continue its torrid pace (11:30). Also, Luka’s twisted ankle (2:25) and trades that could change the league (28:49).


Hosts: Chris Vernon and Kevin O’Connor

Dec 16, 2019
Luka Lights Up Mexico City. Plus: Is There a Trade Out There for the Celtics? | The Mismatch
01:01:00

With Luka Doncic continuing to put up gaudy numbers (this time in Mexico), we imagine a world in which the NBA continues its global expansion and increases its player pool. Are there enough talented players for 34 teams, or even 36 (3:50)? Then, we run down some of the potential players who could get moved in the coming weeks, now that the Dec. 15 restriction on trades for free-agent signings has been removed (32:17).


Hosts: Chris Vernon and Kevin O’Connor

Dec 13, 2019
The Top 25 Players of the 2019-20 Season Thus Far | Group Chat
01:15:05

We run down our lists of the 25 best NBA players so far this season, including Giannis Antetokounmpo and James Harden as solo shows, but also Anthony Davis and LeBron James as well as Kawhi Leonard and Paul George as duos in Los Angeles.


Hosts: Justin Verrier and Jonathan Tjarks

Dec 11, 2019
The Bucks and Lakers Are the Cream of the Balanced NBA’s Crop. Plus: Trade Season Preview and the Denied Rockets Protest. | The Mismatch
00:55:45

The Milwaukee Bucks and Los Angeles Lakers continue to thrive atop their respective conferences, but there is still more parity in the NBA than in years past (1:24). Then: It’s the most wonderful time of the year ... trade season is here (31:29)! And finally, the Houston Rockets’ protest gets denied (52:52).

Hosts: Chris Vernon and Kevin O’Connor

Dec 10, 2019
Will Kevin Get Love, the Knicks Fire Fizdale, and Untucked Jerseys | Heat Check
00:35:38

Instant Replay (03:40): News from around the league, the state of the Cavs and what the price of Kevin Love might be, and the result of Clippers-Bucks and what this could mean for them down the line.

The Main Event (14:08): Paolo Uggetti stops in to talk to the gang about the Knicks' firing Fizdale, the awkward fallout for the interim head coach, and who New York may have an eye on.

Good Call/Bad Call (29:03): The city of brotherly love has another incident, Portland’s Terry Stotts gets ejected, and snitches get bad calls!

Guests: Haley O’Shaughnessy, Dan Devine, Paolo Uggetti

Dec 09, 2019
The NBA’s Replay Review System Is Flawed. So Do the Rockets Have a Point? | The Mismatch
00:43:51

We discuss the James Harden dunk that wasn’t counted in the Houston Rockets’ double-overtime loss to the San Antonio Spurs (1:21). Are the Rockets right to file a complaint in the hope that it will point out a flaw in the replay review system? Plus: what Zion will look like when he returns (26:09), David Fizdale’s clock is ticking (32:11), and LaMelo Ball’s chances at going first overall in the NBA draft (38:10).


Hosts: Chris Vernon and Kevin O’Connor

Dec 06, 2019
Does the NBA Have a TV Ratings Problem? | Group Chat
00:51:30

We take a look at the Rockets protesting their loss to the Spurs (2:00) and discuss the NBA’s plummeting ratings (14:00). Then Jonathan Tjarks joins the show to compare team power ranking tiers (29:30).

 

Hosts: Chris Ryan and Justin Verrier

Guest: Jonathan Tjarks

Dec 04, 2019
Giannis, Harden, and Luka Have Broken PER. Plus: Are the Raptors the 1993-94 Bulls? | The Mismatch
00:55:39

The high-usage superstars of the league have all become so dominant and efficient that they’re in line to break historical PER records. Do we need to adjust the record books to reflect the 3-point era (3:00)? Plus: The Pacers have righted the ship while the Jazz haven’t, and the Raptors are more legitimate than anyone could’ve predicted (18:30).


Hosts: Chris Vernon and Kevin O’Connor

Dec 03, 2019
The Ceiling For the Clippers, Nets Momentum without Irving, and Love Chokes | Heat Check
00:37:12

Instant Replay (03:16): The Clippers and Raptors had wonderful games with no signs of slowing down. Also, James Harden had a moment.

The Main Event (21:25): The gang looks closely at the Nets in Kyrie Irving’s absence and his inevitable return. Brooklyn seems to be doing just fine without him. Will he be hindering them or putting more gas in the tank?

Good Call/Bad Call (32:23): The Bulls' optimism through movie quotes, love chokes in Philly, and cussing in Boston.Host: John Gonzalez

Guests: Haley O’Shaughnessy, Dan Devine

Dec 02, 2019
A Thanksgiving NBA Mailbag! | Group Chat
01:02:49

The ‘Group Chat’ crew answers questions from you, the listeners! Topics include: the biggest “pretender” team, help for Luka Doncic and the Dallas Mavericks, the 25-and-under power ranking, realistic midseason trades, and more.


Host: Justin Verrier

Guest: Jonathan Tjarks

Nov 27, 2019
The NBA’s Radical Proposed Schedule Shakeups. Plus: Is Giannis as Big a Star as He Deserves to Be? | The Mismatch
00:57:12

We break down the ins and outs of the proposed changes to the NBA schedule, including playoff reseeding, the midseason tournament, and more (2:00). Then, we talk about the NBA’s dip in TV ratings this year, wondering whether it has anything to do with the Western Conference's being loaded and a dearth of Eastern Conference stars (33:51).


Hosts: Chris Vernon and Kevin O’Connor

Nov 26, 2019
Big League Changes, the Spurs' Surprise Victory, and Crazy Jersey Choices | Heat Check
00:35:13

Instant Replay: The Spurs and the Bulls pull one out of the hat, along with Jimmy Butler returning to Philly to an irate crowd! (03:43).

The Main Event: Zach Kram breaks down new changes to the NBA that could have a drastic effect on the playoffs, finals, and beyond (17:21).

Good Call/Bad Call: More Jersey redesigns even wilder than the last (29:20).

 

Host: John Gonzalez

Guests: Haley O’Shaughnessy, Dan Devine, Zach Kram

Nov 25, 2019
Brandon Ingram Is Better Than Ben Simmons | The Mismatch
00:58:31

We talk about the Celtics' versatility, including Kemba Walker's range on and off the court (02:07), dive into how Brandon Ingram is the driving force making the Pelicans viable while Zion is injured (07:02), and ask whether Pascal Siakam is a legitimate no. 1 option (26:12).

Hosts: Chris Vernon and Kevin O’Connor

Nov 22, 2019
Carmelo Is Back, and He's the Same As Ever. Plus: Luka, Harden, LeBron, and Giannis Tangle for MVP Front-runner | Group Chat
00:58:05

We dive deep on the Blazers' roster building and how it created a need for Carmelo Anthony just two months into the season (1:16). Then, Jonathan Tjarks joins the pod to discuss Luka Doncic’s gaudy box scores, James Harden being a 6-foot-5 Wilt Chamberlain, LeBron and Anthony Davis sharing the MVP narrative, and Giannis representing the Eastern Conference (19:05).


Hosts: Chris Ryan, Justin Verrier

Guest: Jonathan Tjarks

Nov 20, 2019
Should the Spurs Trade DeMar DeRozan and LaMarcus Aldridge? | The Mismatch
00:52:49

We discuss Luka Doncic’s incredible start to the season, including his run of triple-doubles and how it compares to Russell Westbrook's (1:31), before having a knock-down, drag-out argument about whether the Spurs should blow up their older core and try to rebuild around younger players on their roster (20:28). Then, we finish by marveling over James Harden’s incredible scoring season so far, assessing his fit with Westbrook, and wondering whether the Rockets pose a serious threat in the Western Conference (43:17).


Hosts: Chris Vernon and Kevin O’Connor

Nov 19, 2019
Paul George’s Historic Start, the Sixers’ Angst, and Austin vs. Doc | Heat Check
00:44:28

Instant Replay: The Blazers sign Carmelo Anthony, Paul George’s Clippers debut, and Pop’s second-in-command (5:32).

The Main Event: Pod Save America’s Dan Pfeiffer on the Philadelphia 76ers’ recent struggles and whether they can reach their fullest potential (18:00).

Good Call/Bad Call: Jersey redesigns, Rivers-on-Rivers crime, and eating a waffle on the bench (37:03).


Host: John Gonzalez

Guests: Haley O’Shaughnessy, Isaac Lee, Dan Pfeiffer

Nov 18, 2019
Carmelo Anthony to the Blazers, Kristaps Porzingis Returns to the Garden, and Andrew Wiggins ... Superstar? | The Mismatch
00:56:18

We discuss last night’s breaking news that Carmelo Anthony will be joining the struggling Portland Trail Blazers (1:20), before analyzing the Knicks' revenge win over Kristaps Porzingis and the Dallas Mavericks (15:18) and Andrew Wiggins’s 11-game tear to start the season (43:43).


Hosts: Chris Vernon and Kevin O’Connor

Nov 15, 2019
Are AD and LeBron Better Than We Expected? Plus: Hipster Team Watch and Best Young Duos. | Group Chat
01:00:43

We are three weeks into the season, and LeBron has seemingly unlocked Anthony Davis. However, are the Clippers still the best team in the West? (1:15). Then, the enjoyment of watching the NBA’s “hipster” teams like the Hawks, Suns, and Grizzlies led by Ja Morant, Devin Booker, and Trae Young grow into established units (18:45) before we highlight some of the NBAs best up-and-coming duos (43:00).

Hosts: Chris Ryan, Justin Verrier

Guest: Jonathan Tjarks

Nov 13, 2019
A Knicks Coup! Plus: Injuries Are Starting to Pile Up. | The Mismatch
00:58:54

A rash of injuries has hit the NBA. We discuss the most impactful ones, including Gordon Hayward's and Steph Curry's (1:50). Then, we run through some Kristaps Porzingis troubles in Dallas and the absolute organizational debacle that is the New York Knicks (25:11).


Hosts: Chris Vernon and Kevin O’Connor

Nov 12, 2019
Dion Waiters’s Suspension, Hayward’s Hand, and the Nightmare in New York | Heat Check
00:41:36

Instant Replay: Dion Waiters’s suspension, Gordon Hayward’s injury, and the success of the Raptors (03:00).


The Main Event: James Dolan and the dreadful Knicks (22:00).


Good Call/Bad Call: Giannis gets violent, Nick Nurse gets touchy, Carmelo still wants to ball, and the Clippers’ throwback jerseys (36:15).


Host: John Gonzalez

Guests: Haley O’Shaughnessy and Dan Devine

Nov 11, 2019
Is Kawhi Leonard’s Load Management a Problem? Plus: Gordon Hayward Is Back and the Wolves Need a Leader. | The Mismatch
00:59:46

The load management conversation is at a fever pitch in the NBA after the Clippers were fined for not communicating Kawhi Leonard’s reason for sitting out. Is this a real problem for the league or is it confined to Leonard (2:00)? Plus, we run through Kemba Walker’s return to Charlotte, Gordon Hayward’s resurgence, the Wolves' precarious position, and more (19:33).


Hosts: Chris Vernon and Kevin O’Connor

Nov 08, 2019
Trending: Lakers and Clippers Up, Blazers and Rockets Down | Group Chat
00:47:47

We examine four Western Conference teams who have had a noteworthy week: the Los Angeles Lakers trending up (1:09), the Portland Trail Blazers trending down (14:32), the Los Angeles Clippers trending up (23:06), and the Houston Rockets trending down (32:12). Plus: league narratives we love to see and hate to see (40:45).


Host: Justin Verrier

Guest: Jonathan Tjarks

Nov 06, 2019
John Collins’s PED Suspension, the Truly Bright Future Suns, and Anthony Davis’s Chicago Comments | The Mismatch
00:54:25

We react to the breaking news that Hawks forward John Collins has been suspended 25 games for violating the league’s PED policy (2:45). Then, we discuss the Suns’ hot start, Devin Booker’s tear, and whether they can sustain a winning season in the West (10:38), before running down some news and notes of the last few days (40:32).


Hosts: Chris Vernon, Kevin O’Connor

Nov 05, 2019
The Tanking Warriors, the Overachieving Suns, and the Undefeated Sixers | Heat Check
00:37:11

Instant Replay: The tanking Warriors, Giannis-to-Raptors rumors, early overachievers, and the Blazers’ frontcourt void (4:00).

The Main Event: The still-undefeated Philadelphia 76ers, with special guest Tyler Tynes (21:53).

Good Call/Bad Call: Dwight Howard’s nickname for the Lakers, Mike Malone calls out his team, Kenny Atkinson’s unconventional communication, and 42-year-old Vince Carter (30:39).


Host: John Gonzalez

Guests: Haley O’Shaughnessy, Dan Devine, Tyler Tynes

Nov 04, 2019
Does Steph Curry’s Broken Hand Equal Tank for the Warriors? | The Mismatch
01:12:16

Two-time MVP Stephen Curry broke his hand this week—will the mighty Warriors wave the white flag on this season after a slow start and the loss of their superstar (3:42)? Plus: We run through a list of guys who have had incredible starts and discuss whether they can sustain their torrid paces (40:15).


Hosts: Chris Vernon and Kevin O’Connor

Nov 01, 2019
Real or Fake: MVP Anthony Davis, the Deep Mavs, the Suns Sans Ayton, and More | Group Chat
00:51:58

The Golden State Warriors’ bumpy start to the season highlights the steep cost of building a superteam (0:59). Then, with so many premature narratives shaping up from the first handful of games of the season, which ones are real and which ones are fake (10:04)?


Hosts: Chris Ryan, Justin Verrier

Guest: Jonathan Tjarks

Oct 30, 2019
Early Signs of Trouble for the Nets and Kyrie Irving? Plus: Five Early Takeaways From the First Week of the Regular Season. | The Mismatch
01:07:11

We react to Jackie MacMullan’s story in ESPN about Kyrie Irving’s mood swings and the Nets’ organizational response to it (1:23). Then we share five early takeaways from this NBA season, including what look to be monster seasons for two young guards in Trae Young and Ja Morant (14:30).


Hosts: Chris Vernon and Kevin O’Connor

Oct 29, 2019
Is the West More Wide Open Than We Thought? Plus: NBA Media in L.A. | Heat Check
00:43:26

With one week in the books for the 2019-20 regular season, we share our takeaways from the first handful of games (2:16). Plus: Los Angeles is the center of the basketball universe and the center of the NBA media universe; is this the new normal (23:16)?


Host: John Gonzalez

Guests: Dan Devine, Haley O’Shaughnessy, Bryan Curtis

Oct 28, 2019
It’s Overreactions SZN: All-Star Trae Young, Portland in Trouble, MVP KAT, and More | The Mismatch
00:53:52

The guys share their concerns about the Houston Rockets experiment (1:26) as well as the revamped Los Angeles Lakers (9:07). Then they overreact to opening week of the regular season (24:20).

Hosts: Chris Vernon, Kevin O’Connor

Oct 25, 2019
The Clippers Expose the Lakers’ Flaws in Round 1 of the Battle for L.A. Plus: Must-Watch Games. | Group Chat
00:39:12

The Los Angeles Clippers impress on opening night with a statement victory over crosstown rivals Los Angeles Lakers: how the Lakers can address their shortcomings (0:59) and what more we can expect from the Kawhi Leonard–era Clippers (12:29). Then we preview some of the most anticipated matchups of this week (20:19).


Host: Chris Ryan

Guests: Justin Verrier, Jonathan Tjarks

Oct 23, 2019
2019-20 NBA Season Preview: Three Bold Predictions, Title Picks, MVP, and More | The Mismatch
01:01:01

We speed through the last pieces of preseason news—Zion’s knee, contract extensions, Michael Jordan's comments, and Klay Thompson's timeline (1:30)—before diving headfirst into the 2019-20 season with three bold predictions (41:42). Then, finally, we run down our predictions for the championship and the NBA regular-season awards (56:45).


Hosts: Chris Vernon and Kevin O’Connor

Oct 22, 2019
Zion’s Injury, Buddy Gets Paid, and Way-Too-Early Playoffs Predictions | Heat Check
01:04:48

The NBA-China story drags on, Zion Williamson’s injury delays his much-anticipated debut, and Buddy Hield reaches an extension with the Sacramento Kings (3:37). Then: Which teams will actually make the playoffs (18:06)?


Host: John Gonzalez

Guests: Dan Devine, Haley O’Shaughnessy

Oct 21, 2019
Bradley Beal Gets Extended, Buddy Hield’s Feud, and Zion’s Knee. Plus: Final Preseason Takeaways. | The Mismatch
01:03:33

We’re shocked by Bradley Beal’s extension (1:00), confused by Buddy Hield’s public feud with the Kings (0:00), and dismayed by Zion’s knee injury, which could derail the beginning of his rookie season (5:00). Plus: We close the NBA preseason by each sharing the four stats that interested us most over the last month (42:30).


Hosts: Chris Vernon and Kevin O’Connor

Oct 18, 2019
Rookie Standouts: Zion, Herro, Morant, Barrett, and More! Plus: KAT’s Next Step | Group Chat
00:44:37

With the regular season right around the corner, we examine the rookies with the most outstanding preseason performances (1:09). Then, we discuss the career trajectory of Minnesota Timberwolves superstar Karl-Anthony Towns (35:41).


Host: Justin Verrier

Guest: Jonathan Tjarks

Oct 16, 2019
LeBron James’s Comments on China Spur Backlash. Plus: The Rookie Extension Deadline Is Approaching. | The Mismatch
00:50:28

LeBron’s comments about Daryl Morey’s tweet were surprising and spurred a lot of backlash—what do we make of them (3:00)? Plus, we go over some lingering preseason headlines and then run down the list of rookie extension-eligible players and opine on whether their respective teams should offer to bring them back (18:36).


Hosts: Chris Vernon and Kevin O’Connor

Oct 15, 2019
The Shallow Lakers, a Kyrie Irving Setback, and Max Player Buddy Hield? Plus: the NBA League Pass Draft | Heat Check
00:47:31

We review the stories coming out of this weekend: a minor Anthony Davis thumb injury, Kyrie Irving’s reaggravated facial fracture, the Kings’ Buddy Hield contract dilemma, and Zion Williamson’s impressive performances (2:51). Then we draft all 30 NBA teams in terms of watchability (12:16) before deciding whether an NBA news item is a good call or bad call (42:42).


Host: John Gonzalez

Guests: Haley O’Shaughnessy, Dan Devine, Micah Peters, Isaac Lee

Oct 14, 2019
What Are the Chances Zion Williamson Is Actually As Dominant As He’s Looked in the Preseason? | The Mismatch
00:54:03

With Daryl Morey’s tweet now almost a week in the rearview, we talk about the NBA preseason games being played in China and assess how this story line might continue to unfold (9:30). Then, we share some more takeaways from preseason thus far, including the Rockets looking like the best team in the NBA and Zion seemingly dominating the NBA like he’s dominated his past competition (21:28).


Hosts: Chris Vernon and Kevin O’Connor

Oct 11, 2019
Ben Simmons Shoots 3s Now, We Just Can’t Quit the Thunder, and Preseason True or False | Group Chat
00:46:09

Let’s overreact to preseason basketball! Ben Simmons shoots (and makes) a 3-pointer (7:30), the Oklahoma City Thunder flashes double–Ewing Theory potential (13:07), and the baby Pelicans might grow up quicker than anyone expects (22:59).


Host: Chris Ryan

Guest: Justin Verrier

Oct 09, 2019
Adam Silver’s Latest on Morey and China. Plus: The Five Things That Have Stood Out Most in the Preseason Thus Far. | The Mismatch
01:05:34

We discuss Adam Silver’s press conference from Tuesday morning following up on the NBA’s statement regarding Daryl Morey’s Hong Kong tweet (1:10). Then, we share our top five biggest takeaways of the early preseason, including Anthony Davis’s dominance and the new look Pelicans (31:51).


Hosts: Chris Vernon and Kevin O’Connor

Oct 08, 2019
Daryl Morey, China, and the NBA | Heat Check
00:34:35

Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey caused international ripples on Friday night after sending a since-deleted tweet in support of protesters in Hong Kong. Facing fierce backlash from the Chinese government and businesses, the NBA finds itself in a delicate balance between protecting business interests and freedom of expression.

Read John Gonzalez’s reporting on this story here.


Host: John Gonzalez

Guests: Dan Devine, Haley O’Shaughnessy

Oct 07, 2019
NBA Approval Ratings and the Making of ‘Sonic Boom’ | Group Chat
00:45:42

As training camps kick off, Chris and Justin evaluate their perception of some noteworthy teams (1:51). Then Ringer staff writer Jordan Ritter Conn comes on to talk about his new podcast, ‘Sonic Boom: How Seattle Lost Its Team’ (35:43).


Hosts: Chris Ryan, Justin Verrier

Guest: Jordan Ritter Conn

Oct 02, 2019
Media Day Highlights: The Houston Experiment, the Knicks’ Expectations, and the Pelicans’ Playoffs Excitement | The Mismatch
00:57:35

Basketball is (almost) back! The guys discuss the most intriguing quotes from all 30 NBA teams’ media days, on topics such as the James Harden–Russell Westbrook dynamic in Houston, the return of Kristaps Porzingis, the hype around Zion Williamson, LeBron’s late-career trajectory, and much more.

Hosts: Chris Vernon, Kevin O’Connor

Oct 01, 2019
What Are the Things You’d Love to See From Each Team Heading Into the Season? | Group Chat
00:50:27

We respond to a list of listener submissions about what they’d love to see for their team heading into the 2019-20 NBA season, including: Markelle Fultz getting solid NBA minutes, the Knicks looking competent, the Bulls becoming relevant again, and the Hawks playing at least a shred of defense.


Hosts: Chris Ryan and Justin Verrier

Sep 26, 2019
Chris Paul–to–Miami Rumors, Bradley Beal Destinations, Warriors at a Crossroads, and ... No. 1 Prospect LaMelo Ball??? | The Mismatch
00:59:28

The duo highlights a handful of selections from The Ringer’s 29 People and Things That Will Define the NBA in 2019-20 article (0:41), then adds a few of their own (30:14).

Hosts: Chris Vernon, Kevin O’Connor

Sep 24, 2019
James Harden Thinks the Media Settles on MVP Narratives Too Soon. Is He Right? | Group Chat
00:42:35

We play a game of ‘Is This a Thing?’ with a slew of offseason story lines, including: James Harden’s comments about how the media chooses the MVP, the Orlando Magic’s locked-in roster, the outlook for Team USA in the 2020 Olympics, Isaiah Thomas’s injury, and Lonzo Ball and Brandon Ingram’s potential as a young duo.


Hosts: Justin Verrier and Danny Chau

Sep 19, 2019
Spain Wins the FIBA World Cup. Plus: NBA Islands! | The Mismatch
00:58:09

The guys discuss Spain’s victory over Argentina in the 2019 FIBA World Cup finals (0:45) before comparing their respective lists of “island” players (12:00).

Hosts: Chris Vernon, Kevin O’Connor

Sep 17, 2019
France Eliminates Team USA From the FIBA World Cup. What Now? | Group Chat
00:37:53

We gather for an emergency reaction to Team USA losing in international tournament play for the first time in 58 games. What comes next for USA basketball: Will they have to go young with Zion Williamson and Trae Young, or will veteran stars like LeBron James, James Harden, Anthony Davis, and more reenter the fold?


Hosts: Justin Verrier and Dan Devine

Sep 11, 2019
Nikola Jokic and Serbia Get Bounced From the World Cup. Plus: Western Conference Big 3 Picks. | The Mismatch
00:57:30

NBA All-Star Nikola Jokic and Serbia were upset by a scrappy Argentina team at the FIBA World Cup (3:00). Plus: We go through the Kevin Durant Wall Street Journal article (8:57) and share the ideal Big 3 players for every Western Conference team (34:52).


Hosts: Chris Vernon and Kevin O’Connor

Sep 10, 2019
2019 Story Line Over/Unders | Group Chat
00:47:21

We do a little game of "predict the headlines" ahead of the 2019 NBA season: When will Anthony Davis start to get unhappy in L.A.? When will Ben Simmons’s jump shot get called into question? When will we start to worry that Zion is out of shape? And more.


Hosts: Chris Ryan and Justin Verrier

Sep 05, 2019
Team US-Meh Survives. Plus: A Big 3 Team for Every NBA Eastern Conference Team | The Mismatch
00:57:12

Team USA narrowly defeats Turkey in an unexpectedly competitive OT thriller, as FIBA World Cup action intensifies (0:48). Plus: With the 2019 Big 3 season coming to a close, the guys select a hypothetical Big 3 team for each Eastern Conference team (34:09).

Hosts: Chris Vernon, Kevin O’Connor

Sep 03, 2019
The Eight Most Important NBA Players Heading Into the FIBA World Cup | Group Chat
00:43:52

As the beginning of the FIBA World Cup approaches, we run down the most important NBA players competing in the tournament and speculate over what impact their participation might have on their 2019-20 NBA seasons.


Hosts: Justin Verrier and Jonathan Tjarks

Aug 29, 2019
LeVert Gets Locked Up and Dwight Howard Returns. Plus: A Very Mismatch Mailbag. | The Mismatch
01:03:33

The Brooklyn Nets extends Caris LeVert for $52.5 million over three years (0:43), and the Los Angeles Lakers sign former All-Star (and former Laker) Dwight Howard (8:27). Plus: the first-ever 'Mismatch' mailbag (22:58)!

Hosts: Chris Vernon, Kevin O’Connor

Aug 27, 2019
Midsummer Mailbag: Luka Doncic vs. Ben Simmons, Harden’s All-Time SG Rank, and 2019 Breakout Candidates | Group Chat
00:48:22

We open up the mailbag in the dog days of August and field questions about dark-horse MVP candidates, James Harden’s usage, the 2019 Sixers, future All-Stars about to make a breakout, and more.


Hosts: Chris Ryan and Justin Verrier

Aug 22, 2019
No One Wants to Play for Team USA. Plus: Rookie Survey Takeaways | The Mismatch
00:47:10

De’Aaron Fox joins the long list of Team USA dropouts for the upcoming FIBA World Cup, so how does the current team stack up against other countries’ squads (0:45)? Plus: The 2019-20 rookie class cast some surprising votes for superlatives among their peers (22:11).

Hosts: Chris Vernon, Kevin O’Connor

Aug 20, 2019
DeMarcus Cousins Tore His ACL. Is This the End of Boogie As We Know Him? | Group Chat
00:35:13

We go over the news out of Las Vegas that DeMarcus Cousins has torn his ACL—what does this mean for the rest of his career, and what will it mean for the 2019-20 Lakers (1:50)? Then, we bounce around the rest of the NBA and talk about the sale of the Nets and Team USA news (20:46).


Hosts: Chris Ryan and Justin Verrier

Aug 16, 2019
Most Exciting Matchups of the 2019-20 NBA Regular Season | The Mismatch
00:52:45

The NBA just officially announced the 2019-20 regular-season schedule. Which matchups are we most looking forward to?

Hosts: Chris Vernon, Kevin O’Connor

Aug 13, 2019
Can Kevin Durant Be the Face of Basketball in Brooklyn? Plus: The Present and Future of Team USA. | Group Chat
00:58:13

We discuss Kevin Durant's first on-the-record interview since his Achilles tear. What is the NBA going to look like in 2020 without its potential best player (1:00)? Then we break down the present and the future of Team USA, including who should and will make it this year, and who we’re most excited to see in 2020 and beyond (31:11).


Hosts: Justin Verrier and Dan Devine

Aug 08, 2019
Draymond Gets Paid, Zion’s Big Draw, and the 2010s All-Decade Teams | The Mismatch
00:51:24

The guys react to Draymond Green’s four-year contract extension with the Golden State Warriors (0:42), scheduling news for the 2019-20 season (16:24), and NBA.com’s All-Decade Teams for the 2010s (35:03).

Hosts: Chris Vernon, Kevin O’Connor

Aug 06, 2019
The Blazers Lock Into McCollum and Lillard, the Raptors’ Post-Kawhi World, and Carmelo Anthony Musical Chairs | Group Chat
00:49:49

We break down CJ McCollum’s near-max extension, and what it means for the perennially good-but-not-great Blazers (1:00). Then, we briefly run through what it’s like for a coach and franchise to find out they lost their star free agent (25:10), before talking through some potential Carmelo landing spots (31:41).


Hosts: Justin Verrier and Danny Chau

Aug 01, 2019
Lin-sad-ity, the End-of-Bench Rolodex, and Early Over/Unders | The Mismatch
00:49:50

Jeremy Lin bemoans the likely end of his NBA career (1:59) which begs the question: Which fringe NBA players could be valuable additions for contending teams (14:38)? Plus: Evaluating early Vegas odds for 2019-20 win totals (37:16).

Hosts: Chris Vernon, Kevin O’Connor

Jul 30, 2019
Kawhi Is a Fun Guy, Zion Chooses Jordan, Fixing Free Agency, and the Best Young Cores | Group Chat
00:51:55

We share our takeaways from the Los Angeles Clippers’ introduction of Kawhi Leonard and Paul George (2:04) before discussing Zion Williamson’s Jordan brand deal (17:25) and the future of free agency (23:50). Then, Zach Kram joins to explore the best young cores in the NBA according to the numbers (33:31).


Host: Justin Verrier

Guests: Danny Chau, Zach Kram

Jul 25, 2019
The Wacky Wizards, the LeBron-AD Duo, and Coach Tim Duncan | The Mismatch
01:02:59

The guys discuss the noise coming out of the Washington Wizards (0:50), the Los Angeles Lakers’ new pairing of LeBron James and Anthony Davis (31:35), Tim Duncan joining the San Antonio Spurs coaching staff (50:26), and Zion Williamson's signing with Jordan brand (55:37).

Hosts: Chris Vernon, Kevin O’Connor

Jul 23, 2019
The Point God Is Stuck in Trade Purgatory | Group Chat
00:52:38

Chris Paul is reportedly “parked” in Oklahoma City. So how good will the Thunder be? (2:11) Plus: a way-too-early look at the FIBA World Cup (25:50) and a way-way-way-too-early index of 2020 championship contender tiers (39:19).


Host: Justin Verrier

Guests: Danny Chau, Jonathan Tjarks

Jul 18, 2019
The Actual NBA Offseason Is Here: The Bright-Future Grizzlies, Ripple Effects of the Westbrook Trade, and the Star Movement Era | The Mismatch
01:10:15

With the 2019 NBA summer league in the books, the guys discuss the bright future of the champion Memphis Grizzlies as well as other Las Vegas standouts (1:08). Then, they debate the merits of the controversial Russell Westbrook trade (22:40) and the increase in player movement in the modern NBA (49:21).

Hosts: Chris Vernon, Kevin O’Connor

Jul 16, 2019
Russell Westbrook for Chris Paul Emergency Podcast | The Ringer NBA Show
00:40:31

The Oklahoma City Thunder and the Houston Rockets just shook the league—again—by swapping Russell Westbrook and Chris Paul. We convene to discuss the ramifications for these two teams and the rest of the league.


Hosts: Chris Ryan and Justin Verrier

Jul 12, 2019
To Russ or Not to Russ: Which Teams Should Be in on Westbrook? | Group Chat
00:58:40

With some distance from the initial shock value of the trade, we take a measured look at the unprecedented haul of picks that the Thunder received from the Clippers in exchange for Paul George (2:00). Then we try to find the ideal partner for Russell Westbrook at this stage of his career and consider which teams can make those partnerships happen (26:00). Finally, Tjarks shares his three biggest observations from NBA summer league in Las Vegas (47:30).


Hosts: Justin Verrier and Jonathan Tjarks

Jul 11, 2019
The Seven Most Intriguing Names of the 2019 NBA Offseason | The Mismatch
01:16:16

Live from Las Vegas at NBA summer league, the guys discuss seven topics they're most interested in from the offseason so far.

Hosts: Chris Vernon, Kevin O’Connor

Jul 09, 2019
Paul George Is Gone, What Happens to Russ? | The Ringer NBA Show
00:40:32

Now that Kawhi and Paul George have joined forces, what is the market for Russell Westbrook (0:57)? Then we discuss Kawhi Leonard’s savvy moves as a behind-the-scenes general manager, and the Clippers’ potential next season (18:10). Plus, a check in on the Lakers’ new roster (34:20).

Hosts: Chris Ryan, Kevin O'Connor, Jonathan Tjarks

Jul 07, 2019
Kawhi Leonard AND Paul George Go to the Clippers | The Ringer NBA Show
00:40:25

Emergency pod! The Los Angeles Clippers win the Kawhi Leonard sweepstakes and acquire Paul George from the Oklahoma City Thunder.

Hosts: Chris Ryan, Kevin O’Connor

Jul 06, 2019
Free Agency News Slows, but the Kawhi Tension Grows. Plus: Contrarian Corner | Group Chat
00:46:12

Does anyone actually know anything about Kawhi Leonard’s impending decision (0:40)? Plus: Now that we’ve had a few days to think about the new signings, were our initial reactions correct (15:21)?

Hosts: Chris Ryan, Justin Verrier

Jul 03, 2019
The Kawhi Decision Will Change Everything for an Already Changed NBA | The Mismatch
01:01:42

Kawhi Leonard seems destined to wind up with the Los Angeles Lakers, but whatever he decides to do will drastically shift the NBA landscape (0:36). The top Eastern Conference contenders reload for another run (16:59) while a handful of teams make some questionable signings (42:44).

Hosts: Chris Vernon, Kevin O’Connor

Jul 02, 2019
Free Agency Day 1 Madness: The Sixers! The Knicks … The Nets! And Wherever Kawhi Goes | Heat Check
01:04:56

Free agency is finally here! The Philadelphia 76ers sign-and-trade Jimmy Butler to the Miami Heat (1:24) and the New York Knicks strike out while the crosstown Brooklyn Nets sign two megastars (23:00). Plus: Where will Kawhi Leonard end up? Could the reloaded Utah Jazz be real contenders? What in the world are the Charlotte Hornets doing? And much, much more (39:26).


Host: John Gonzalez

Guests: Chris Ryan, Kevin O’Connor

Jul 01, 2019
2019 NBA Free Agency Live Reactions: Hour 1 | The Ringer NBA Show
00:45:22

The Ringer NBA crew gives instant reactions to the first wave of free-agency signings.

Watch on The Ringer’s YouTube channel.


Host: John Gonzalez

Guest: Kevin O’Connor

Jun 30, 2019
NBA Free Agency Preview: Which Domino Will Fall First? | The Corner 3
00:53:55

Ahead of the start of free agency on Sunday, we go over some of the emerging suitors for the top free agents and speculate about the order of operations that could determine which guys pair up on teams. Will Kawhi Leonard end up in a Lakers jersey? Will Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant pair up in Brooklyn? Will the Knicks strike out? And more.


Hosts: Kevin O’Connor and Jonathan Tjarks

Jun 28, 2019
A Rockets, Sixers, and Jimmy Butler Love Triangle | Group Chat
00:52:13

The Houston Rockets are doing what they can to insert themselves into the sweepstakes for free agent Jimmy Butler—can the Sixers convince Butler to stay in Philadelphia? Plus, after a new Kevin Arnovitz report about league schedule changes, we re-enter into past discussions about whether the NBA needs to be proactive in changing their schedule format and adding a midseason or a play-in tournament.


Hosts: Chris Ryan and Justin Verrier

Jun 26, 2019
Is New York Really the Best Destination for Kevin Durant? | The Mismatch
00:56:39

The results from the NBA awards were largely unsurprising (0:50), but free agency may have some surprises in store (27:48).

Hosts: Chris Vernon, Kevin O’Connor

Jun 25, 2019
Free Agency Speculation SZN Is in Full Swing | Heat Check
00:53:31

With the start of free agency right around the corner, everyone is wondering where some of the league’s biggest stars will end up (3:55). Plus: Draft additions make a handful of young teams (hint: one of the teams has Zion Williamson on it) instantly exciting to watch (34:06).


Host: John Gonzalez

Guests: Dan Devine, Danny Chau

Jun 24, 2019
NBA Draft Instant Reactions: Pelicans, Hawks, Grizzlies Grab the Reins of the Draft | The Corner 3
00:51:19

We break down the teams with the biggest draft hauls from Thursday night: the Pelicans, Hawks, and Grizzlies—who all seem to have gotten the exact guys they wanted in Zion Williamson, DeAndre Hunter, and Ja Morant, respectively. Then, we speed through recapping the rest of the lottery picks, including the biggest surprise in Cam Johnson going 11th and the awkward fit between Darius Garland and Collin Sexton in Cleveland.


Hosts: Kevin O’Connor, Danny Chau, Jonathan Tjarks

Jun 21, 2019
James Harden vs. Chris Paul, Plus: Utah Is Trying to Seize Its Window With Mike Conley | Group Chat
00:53:30

The Jazz are putting their chips in the center of the table, trading for an expensive, sure-handed star in Mike Conley—will it pay off in a wide-open Western Conference (1:00)? Plus, we break down all the reporting, theories, and future fallout in Houston after an explosive report of discord between James Harden and Chris Paul came out earlier this week. Should the Rockets do what they can to get rid of Chris Paul and his huge contract, or should they press the big red button and trade James Harden (22:37)?


Hosts: Chris Ryan and Justin Verrier

Jun 19, 2019
Ka-Why Not Stay in Toronto? Plus: Draft Picks Who Will Not Fail | The Mismatch
00:59:35

Kawhi Leonard led the Toronto Raptors to the first championship in franchise history, but will he re-sign with them (1:46)? The Anthony Davis trade shifts the landscape of the offseason, including raising questions about the fate of the no. 4 pick in the upcoming draft (10:38). Plus: Verno’s annual list of draft picks who will not fail (34:41).

Hosts: Chris Vernon, Kevin O’Connor

Jun 18, 2019
The NBA Season Is Over, Yet the NBA Season Continues | Heat Check
01:00:53

The blockbuster Anthony Davis trade kicks off a sure-to-be-dramatic offseason (3:57) as the now-imminent NBA draft shifts into focus (46:56).


Host: John Gonzalez

Guests: Joe House, Jonathan Tjarks

Jun 17, 2019
Anthony Davis to the Lakers Emergency Podcast | Group Chat
00:49:36

The Lakers and Pelicans wasted no time in kicking off a game of offseason musical chairs in the NBA. What does Davis in L.A. this early in the offseason mean for the rest of 2019 free agency? Plus, does this make the Lakers title favorites, or do they have a lot more work to do?


Hosts: Chris Ryan and Justin Verrier

Jun 16, 2019
The Toronto Raptors Are the 2019 NBA Champions | Heat Check
00:39:24

In a thrilling Game 6 of the NBA Finals, the Toronto Raptors defeat the Golden State Warriors to win their first championship in franchise history.


Host: John Gonzalez

Guest: Kevin O’Connor

Jun 14, 2019
Kevin Durant’s Injury Changes the Offseason Calculus of Nearly Every NBA Team | Group Chat
00:52:31

We briefly preview what the Warriors have to do to make up for the loss of Kevin Durant for the remainder of the Finals (more Boogie?) (1:30). Then, we run through each big-market team with cap space and wonder whether KD’s injury has dramatically affected their offseason plans (31:32).


Hosts: Chris Ryan, Justin Verrier, and Jonathan Tjarks

Jun 12, 2019
The Ripple Effects of the KD Injury, in These Finals and Beyond | The Mismatch
01:02:55

Game 5 of the NBA Finals was headlined by Kevin Durant’s league-shaking Achilles injury and punctuated by an unusual number of bizarre moments (4:39). Plus: Teams around the league prepare for movement in the fast-approaching NBA draft (41:33), and the Memphis Grizzlies hire Taylor Jenkins as their new head coach (56:26).

Hosts: Chris Vernon, Kevin O’Connor

Jun 12, 2019
KD Goes Down (Again), but the Warriors Survive | Heat Check
00:33:44

Kevin Durant suffers an Achilles injury in his first game back, but the Golden State Warriors manage to pull out a win against the Toronto Raptors in Game 5 of the NBA Finals.


Host: John Gonzalez

Guest: Chris Ryan

Jun 11, 2019
The Raptors Out-Warriored the Warriors | Heat Check
00:32:06

The Toronto Raptors push ahead to a 3-1 lead in the NBA Finals after defeating the Golden State Warriors in dominant fashion.


Host: John Gonzalez

Guests: Dan Devine, Kevin O’Connor

Jun 08, 2019
How to Plan for Having Multiple First-Round Draft Picks | The Corner 3
00:57:11

We review Steph Curry’s hero ball Game 3 of the NBA Finals—an interesting reversal of some past Golden State games against LeBron (1:32). Then, we pivot to talking about the teams that have multiple first-round picks in the upcoming NBA draft, and what the best plan of action is to capitalize on those picks (16:53).


Hosts: Danny Chau and Jonathan Tjarks

Jun 06, 2019
The Raptors Ruin Curry’s Big Night | Heat Check
00:32:04

A well-rounded Game 3 performance by the Toronto Raptors wins them back home-court advantage from the shorthanded Golden State Warriors despite a transcendent performance from Stephen Curry.


Host: John Gonzalez

Guest: Dan Devine

Jun 06, 2019
Which Upcoming Free Agent Combinations Fit Best? | Group Chat
00:55:31

We briefly survey the NBA Finals as it stands, tied 1-1 (2:00), before diving into swirling rumors about Kyrie Irving to the Nets or Lakers, Anthony Davis to anyone who will open their wallet, D’Angelo Russell to a mid-level franchise, and more (34:00).


Hosts: Chris Ryan and Justin Verrier

Jun 05, 2019
The Warriors Are Up Against the Injury Bug As Well As the Raptors | The Mismatch
00:55:53

The undermanned Golden State Warriors managed to take Game 2 from the Raptors in Toronto; as the series shifts to Oakland, will they be able to replicate that success (0:51)? Plus: With the draft approaching in two weeks’ time, which sleepers could rise above the fray (38:54)?

Hosts: Chris Vernon, Kevin O’Connor

Jun 04, 2019
The Warriors Pull Off a True #StrengthInNumbers Victory | Heat Check
00:25:59

The Golden State Warriors win Game 2 of the Finals in impressive fashion, overcoming various injuries and ailments to their stars by locking up the Toronto Raptors with stellar defense.


Host: John Gonzalez

Guest: Dan Devine

Jun 03, 2019
Analyzing the NBA Draft Through the Lens of the Finals | The Corner 3
00:49:45

We briefly go over Thursday night’s NBA Finals Game 1 and look forward to what adjustments the Warriors can make in the face of a 1-0 deficit (1:46). Then, we hand out awards to the draft prospects who most closely mirror the roles that Finals participants like Pascal Siakam and Andre Iguodala are filling for their teams (15:00).


Hosts: Kevin O’Connor and Danny Chau

May 31, 2019
Spicy P Heats Up to Take Game 1 | Heat Check
00:30:02

Pascal Siakam dominates Game 1 of the Finals, leading the Toronto Raptors to a solid victory over the Kevin Durant–less Golden State Warriors despite a poor shooting night from Kawhi Leonard.


Host: John Gonzalez

Guest: Dan Devine

May 31, 2019
The Rockets' Reboot, the Lakers' Turmoil, and Repositioning Basketball As International Soccer | Group Chat
01:05:39

We sit down ahead of the NBA Finals to go through some of the news that has broken between the end of the Eastern Conference Finals and now. First, do the Rockets need to hit the reset button on their core if they want to win the title (2:45)? Then, the deluge of Lakers turmoil seems to be never ending, but will it ultimately trickle off if they go star-hunting this offseason (22:00)? Finally, we share our observations on NBA free agency and rumblings about a midseason tournament that have us thinking about the ways that basketball is starting to mirror soccer (37:40).


Hosts: Justin Verrier and Chris Ryan

May 29, 2019
A Very Mismatch Finals Preview | The Mismatch
01:02:33

The Toronto Raptors advanced to the NBA Finals for the first time in franchise history. How will they match up against the defending champs Golden State Warriors (0:44)? Plus: How will the outcome of this series affect free agency, if at all (40:18)?

Hosts: Chris Vernon, Kevin O’Connor

May 28, 2019
NBA Draft Mailbag Special | The Corner 3
01:08:12

With the NBA Finals still on hold, we convene our NBA draft experts to open up the mailbag and answer some of your pressing questions about the top prospects as we approach the 2019 NBA draft. From Zion Williamson and RJ Barrett to Ty Jerome and Matisse Thybulle, we break down our thoughts on top prospects and role players who might be available for late-round steals.


Hosts: Kevin O’Connor, Jonathan Tjarks, Danny Chau

May 27, 2019
Are the Bucks Out of Answers for the Raptors? | Group Chat
01:01:07

Kawhi Leonard had one of the best games of his career en route to a surprising Game 5 road win over one of the best teams in the NBA. Will Mike Budenholzer have to shorten his rotation in Game 6 to avoid getting eliminated (1:30)? Plus, we react to the All-NBA team announcements and the potential salary cap implications for some of the league’s biggest stars in Kemba Walker, Damian Lillard, and Klay Thompson (33:00).


Hosts: Justin Verrier and Jonathan Tjarks

May 24, 2019
Kawhi Leonard (Literally) Limps the Raptors to Another W | The Corner 3
00:40:27

Despite Kawhi Leonard’s lingering quadricep injury, his stellar defense and the Toronto Raptors’ overall adjustments prove successful against the Milwaukee Bucks for the second game in a row as they tie the series (1:25). Plus: Rumors say Kevin Durant could sign with the Los Angeles Clippers in the offseason (23:41) while the New Orleans Pelicans navigate the happy dilemma of pairing Anthony Davis and Zion Williamson (31:33).

Hosts: Kevin O’Connor, Danny Chau

May 22, 2019
The Warriors Without KD Are Still Pretty Damn Good | The Mismatch
01:11:34

The Golden State Warriors are headed to their fifth straight NBA Finals after sweeping the Portland Trail Blazers despite Kevin Durant out with an injury (0:48). Plus: belated reactions to the NBA draft lottery (43:09) and critical reactions to Magic Johnson’s recent comments on the Los Angeles Lakers (51:18).

Hosts: Chris Vernon, Kevin O’Connor

May 21, 2019
The Raptors Win the Most Boring Double-OT Playoff Game in Recent Memory | Heat Check
00:48:37

Kawhi Leonard and the Toronto Raptors take advantage of an off-night from Giannis Antetokounmpo to edge out a double-OT win against the Milwaukee Bucks in Game 3 (3:12), while the Portland Trail Blazers fall behind 3-0 to the still-dominant Golden State Warriors (28:10). Plus: The Duffel Bag Boys weigh in on the NBA draft lottery order (38:34).


Host: John Gonzalez

Guests: Mark Titus, Tate Frazier

May 20, 2019
Western Conference Finals Game 2: The Blazers Just Couldn’t Close the Door on the Warriors | The Ringer NBA Show
00:31:11

We give immediate reactions to the Warriors' hot third-quarter comeback against the Blazers, behind strong performances from Steph Curry on offense and Andre Iguodala on defense (1:00). Then, we briefly preview Game 2 of the Eastern Conference finals, where Toronto will look to make adjustments against the heavily favored Bucks (22:52).


Hosts: John Gonzalez and Haley O’Shaughnessy

May 17, 2019
The Brook Lopez Game Trumped the Kyle Lowry Game | The Ringer NBA Show
00:54:31

We recap a hard-nosed win for the Milwaukee Bucks over the Toronto Raptors in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals—one that featured a solid performance from Giannis and an outstanding one from his supporting cast (2:08). Then we bounce around to some other news from the league, including Blazers players’ comments about Terry Stotts’s pick-and-roll defense, the Pelicans' chance to draft Zion Williamson, and the NBA coaching carousel (21:09).


Hosts: Chris Ryan and Justin Verrier

May 16, 2019
NBA Draft Fits and Conference Finals Thoughts | The Corner 3
00:55:24

Now that we know the order of the NBA draft, we go over which teams might be the best fit for the non-Zion top talent: R.J. Barrett, Ja Morant, Darius Garland, Cam Reddish, and more (1:05). Then, we recap Game 1 of the Western Conference finals, in which Steph Curry was dominant and the Warriors of old routed the Trail Blazers (43:34). Finally, we wonder whether Toronto has run into LeBron 2.0 in Giannis Antetokounmpo (47:45).


Hosts: Danny Chau, Jonathan Tjarks

May 15, 2019
Emergency NBA Draft Lottery Pod | The Ringer NBA Show
00:52:28

The New Orleans Pelicans win the 2019 NBA draft lottery, presumably landing superstar prospect Zion Williamson (5:26), while multiple teams find themselves in more or less fortunate draft positions than expected (16:20). Plus: Kevin O’Connor reports his takeaways from the lottery drawing in Chicago (39:07).


Hosts: Chris Ryan, Justin Verrier

Guests: Jason Concepcion, Kevin O’Connor

May 15, 2019
Let’s Get Ready to Conference Finals! | The Mismatch
01:08:37

The shorthanded Portland Trail Blazers advance to the Western Conference finals in impressive fashion, but how far will they be able to push reigning champs Golden State Warriors (0:48)? With the Toronto Raptors now facing the well-rested Milwaukee Bucks, who will emerge from a massive Eastern Conference finals showdown (22:38)? Plus: Recent head coach hirings elicit a wide range of reactions, and many fan bases’ hopes hinge on the results of the NBA draft lottery (48:30).

Hosts: Chris Vernon, Kevin O’Connor

May 14, 2019
The Four Bounces Heard Round the World: Kawhi’s Raptors Advance | Heat Check
00:51:00

Kawhi Leonard’s buzzer-beating fadeaway lifts the Toronto Raptors over the Philadelphia 76ers to move on to the conference finals (3:12), while CJ McCollum’s big night helps the Portland Trail Blazers defeat the Denver Nuggets to secure their first conference finals berth in 19 years (32:29).


Host: John Gonzalez

Guest: Dan Devine

May 13, 2019
Sixers Earn a Game 7. Have the Bucks Earned the Title of ‘Favorites’? Plus, Kevin Durant’s Injured Calf | Group Chat
00:45:17

We give our immediate reactions to a statement game from Ben Simmons, who helped the Sixers force a Game 7 in Toronto on Sunday (0:50). Then, we eulogize the Celtics and wonder if the Bucks are flying under the radar as the best team in the league, before wondering how KD's injury will affect the Rockets-Warriors series (16:00). Finally, we recap a tumultuous week in Lakerland, as they lost out on their desired coach in Ty Lue, only to land on Lionel Hollins and Jason Kidd as potential backup options (33:00).


Hosts: Chris Ryan and Justin Verrier

May 10, 2019
The Sixers’ Worst Dreams Are Being Realized. Plus, Are We Seeing a Combo-Guard Renaissance? | The Corner 3
00:58:25

We go over what appears to be the worst possible timeline for the Sixers—backs against the wall in the present, uncertain of how to build their Frankenstein roster in the future (1:15). Then, we run down the larger takeaways from the other series: Boston’s been overwhelmed by Milwaukee, Paul Millsap has found his old form, and the Rockets’ swingmen have been critical (24:50). Finally, we finish with some draft talk about what lessons we can learn from these playoffs, including (for the hundredth time) that teams shouldn’t take inexperienced rim-running centers over skilled combo guards (44:10).


Hosts: Danny Chau and Jonathan Tjarks

May 08, 2019
A Sad, Somber Emergency Pod for Raptors-Sixers Game 5 | The Ringer NBA Show
00:18:08

Two of our resident Philadelphia 76ers fans commiserate over the Sixers’ embarrassing loss to the Toronto Raptors in Game 5.

Hosts: John Gonzalez, Michael Baumann

May 08, 2019
The Bucks Beat the Celtics, and the Celtics Also Beat the Celtics | The Mismatch
01:09:22

Giannis Antetokounmpo takes advantage of the imploding Boston Celtics to propel the Milwaukee Bucks to a 3-1 series lead (0:34) while the Houston Rockets hold off a late run from the Golden State Warriors to tie the series (25:04). Plus: The Portland Trail Blazers need to reactivate Dame Time to defeat the Denver Nuggets (42:19), and the Philadelphia 76ers need to address their inconsistent play to compete against Kawhi Leonard’s historically great playoff stretch for the Toronto Raptors (51:10).

Hosts: Chris Vernon, Kevin O’Connor

May 07, 2019
A Simmons-House Emergency Pod for Rockets-GSW Game 4 | The Ringer NBA Show
00:36:49

Bill Simmons is joined by Joe House to give immediate reactions to a gritty, frantic win for the Houston Rockets over the two-time reigning champion Golden State Warriors to even the series at 2-2 (1:10). Then, Simmons and House discuss the Milwaukee Bucks’ sound win over the Boston Celtics to take a commanding 3-1 lead in the series, which featured a dominant, MVP-like performance from Giannis Antetokounmpo (21:10).


Host: Bill Simmons

Guest: Joe House

May 07, 2019
Murray Gets Hot, Kawhi Stays Hot, Curry Not Looking So Hot | Heat Check
00:53:05

An impressive scoring outburst from Jamal Murray helps the Denver Nuggets edge out the Portland Trail Blazers (3:45) while yet another dominant performance from Kawhi Leonard lifts the Toronto Raptors over a struggling Joel Embiid and the Philadelphia 76ers (16:28). A bizarre end-of-game sequence of events, including a missed Stephen Curry dunk, ensures the Houston Rockets an overtime victory over the Golden State Warriors (30:28) while the Milwaukee Bucks take back home-court advantage from the Boston Celtics by revving up their offense (42:50).


Host: John Gonzalez

Guests: Tate Frazier, Danny Chau

May 06, 2019
Have the Sixers Found Themselves? | Group Chat
00:52:07

We give our instant reactions to the Sixers’ convincing Game 3 win over the Raptors (1:30), before bouncing around to the other Round 2 series (21:00). Then, we go over some of the offseason news that has gotten swallowed by the playoff churn, including Monty Williams’s and Ty Lue’s impending coaching hires and Gersson Rosas’s new gig as GM of the Timberwolves (35:43).

Hosts: Justin Verrier and Chris Ryan

May 03, 2019
Playoff Round 2 Check-in, Plus an Early Look at the Centers in the NBA Draft | The Corner 3
00:54:38

We check in with each of the four playoff series, including what the Celtics need from Kyrie Irving and Gordon Hayward, whether Brett Brown’s adjustments in the Sixers-Raptors series are here to stay, and whether Nikola Jokic has finally made the choice to be a dominant scorer for the rest of the playoffs (1:30). Then we give a quick preview of the big men in the upcoming NBA draft, theorizing about what roles they might fill and whether it’s worth using a high draft pick on any of them (43:23).


Hosts: Kevin O’Connor, Jonathan Tjarks, Danny Chau

May 01, 2019
Warriors-Rockets Game 2 Instant Reactions | The Ringer NBA Show
00:20:09

In Game 2 of the most anticipated playoff series thus far, the Golden State Warriors hold off a bloody-eyed James Harden and the Houston Rockets to defend home-court advantage with a 2-0 lead.


Host: John Gonzalez

Guest: Haley O’Shaughnessy

May 01, 2019
Raptors-Sixers Might Be the Big Matchup We Were Promised After All | The Mismatch
01:08:03

The Philadelphia 76ers defeat the juggernaut Toronto Raptors in Game 2, tempering concerns of a one-sided series (0:47), while Nikola Jokic and the Denver Nuggets present a big-man problem for the Portland Trail Blazers (14:36). The Milwaukee Bucks need to address how to combat the Boston Celtics’ suffocating defense (28:38), while Warriors-Rockets remains derailed by officiating controversies (45:16).

Hosts: Chris Vernon, Kevin O’Connor

Apr 30, 2019
How the Warriors “Stole” Game 1 From the Rockets | Heat Check
00:52:32

The first game of the highly anticipated second-round matchup between the Golden State Warriors and the Houston Rockets ended with a conspicuous lack of foul calls (4:04), while in the East, the Boston Celtics proved their formidability with a resounding win against the Milwaukee Bucks (16:02). Plus: the Philadelphia 76ers struggled to contain—let alone stop—Kawhi Leonard and the Toronto Raptors (24:50), and the San Antonio Spurs got knocked out of the first round in a bizarre sequence at the end of Game 7 versus the Denver Nuggets (37:33).


Host: John Gonzalez

Guests: Dan Devine, Shea Serrano

Apr 29, 2019
Tying Up Warriors Loose Ends and Previewing Round 2 | Group Chat
00:52:52

We wonder whether the Warriors can close the Clippers in Game 6 in L.A., or whether we’re starting to see signs that they’re unraveling (4:00). Then, we touch on the other Western Conference series that’s still going—Spurs vs. Nuggets—and what a potential loss could mean for Michael Malone, Nikola Jokic, and the rest of the Nuggets franchise (15:30). Finally, we close with—predictably—some Russell Westbrook talk and a preview of the upcoming round of the playoffs (28:00).


Hosts: Justin Verrier, Chris Ryan

Apr 26, 2019
Damian Lillard Sent Russell Westbrook and the Thunder Home | The Corner 3
00:58:44

We recap one of the most ridiculous shots in NBA history—Damian Lillard’s 37-foot stepback 3 to end the series against Oklahoma City (1:08). Then we talk about the rise of the pull-up 3 in the NBA, and how it might affect scouting and drafting going forward (21:00). Finally, we go over the remaining series and give exit surveys for the Nets and Magic, the other teams that were eliminated on Tuesday night (34:30).


Hosts: Kevin O’Connor and Jonathan Tjarks

Apr 24, 2019
It’s Time to Fear the Deer | The Mismatch
01:17:43

The Phoenix Suns fire head coach Igor Kokoskov, continuing a season of constant upheaval for the franchise (1:14), the Milwaukee Bucks look unstoppable as they complete their sweep of the Detroit Pistons (22:38), and the Utah Jazz pull off an impressive win against the Houston Rockets to avoid a sweep (33:36). Plus: as the first round comes to a close, the most interesting narratives for the remaining series (49:56).

Hosts: Chris Vernon, Kevin O’Connor

Apr 23, 2019
Round 1 Check-In: Where Do Teams Stand? Plus, Player-Fan Interaction | Heat Check
01:00:18

With the first round of the NBA playoffs in full effect, Joe House calls in to check on where the current Eastern and Western Conference matchups stand (02:51), including 76ers - Nets (18:03) and Clippers - Warriors (28:59). Then Tyler Tynes discusses his recent piece on the touchy relationship between NBA players and fans (50:14).


Read Tyler Tynes's piece on fan abuse towards players here.


Host: John Gonzalez

Guests: Joe House, Tyler Tynes

Apr 22, 2019
No Embiid? No Problem! | Group Chat
00:54:53

The Philadelphia 76ers found themselves without superstar center Joel Embiid against the Nets in Brooklyn for Game 3, unintentionally unlocking Ben Simmons to seize a win (0:52). Meanwhile, the San Antonio Spurs handily beat the Denver Nuggets behind an unlikely outburst from Derrick White (15:10) as the Golden State Warriors re-established their dominance over the Los Angeles Clippers (26:22). Plus: Which matchups are we most interested in so far (39:24)?


Host: Justin Verrier

Guests: Chris Ryan, Haley O’Shaughnessy

Apr 19, 2019
The Nuggets' Comeback Might’ve Saved Their Season | The Corner 3
00:55:41

We break down how Jamal Murray shot his way out of his cold streak, helping the Nuggets tie their series with the Spurs at 1-1 and potentially stopping the bottom from falling out from underneath them this playoffs (1:30). Then, we wonder whether the Thunder will be able to get back on track when they come home, considering how bad they looked on the road in Portland in games 1 and 2 (12:38). Finally, we breeze through the Eastern Conference series and do a little draft preview before the expansion of The Ringer’s NBA Draft Guide this week (31:45).


Hosts: Kevin O’Connor, Danny Chau, Jonathan Tjarks

Apr 17, 2019
The Warriors Blew a 31-Point Lead | The Mismatch
01:07:30

The resilient Los Angeles Clippers make a historic comeback against the reigning champion Golden State Warriors in Game 2 (0:42) and the Philadelphia 76ers redeem themselves with a resounding win against the Brooklyn Nets (26:44).

Hosts: Chris Vernon, Kevin O’Connor

Apr 16, 2019
Upset SZN: Game 1 Shockers and Not-So-Shockers | Heat Check
01:16:51

The 2019 NBA playoffs are finally here! The first round kicked off with some surprising upsets (2:53), most notably the Brooklyn Nets defeating the Philadelphia 76ers (29:55) and the Orlando Magic edging out the Toronto Raptors (57:16).


Host: John Gonzalez

Guests: Justin Verrier, Spike Eskin, Kevin Clark

Apr 15, 2019
The Playoff Matchup Draft | The Corner 3
00:51:57

We preview the 2019 NBA playoffs by drafting the series we’re most excited to watch, including intriguing stylistic matchups like the Rockets and Jazz, talent-heavy lineups vs. up-and-coming teams like the Sixers and Nets, and hotly contested new rivalries like the Blazers and Thunder.


Hosts: Kevin O’Connor, Danny Chau, Jonathan Tjarks

Apr 12, 2019
The NBA Playoff Brackets Are Set | Group Chat
00:55:31

We open by briefly delving into the Kings firing Dave Joerger, and examining what the potential trickle-down effects of that might be (1:30). Then, we preview the playoffs through a series of questions (9:00): How far do teams like the Raptors and Warriors have to go to keep their stars? Who’s legit and who’s not ready? Will talent win out for the Sixers?


Hosts: Justin Verrier, Chris Ryan, Paolo Uggetti

Apr 11, 2019
Magic Johnson Stepped Down and the Lakers Are (Further) Off the Rails | The Ringer NBA Show
00:41:00

Magic Johnson resigning put the finishing touches on an NBA season that was filled with an absurd amount of drama. What does this mean for members of the Lakers franchise—including Rob Pelinka, Jeanie Buss, and LeBron James—and have we reached Peak NBA Reality TV yet?


Hosts: Chris Ryan, Justin Verrier, Paolo Uggetti, Haley O’Shaughnessy

Apr 10, 2019
Ten Questions Leading Into the Playoffs | The Mismatch
00:58:10

Top prospects audition for the pros in the NCAA championship game (0:46) while the still-murky NBA playoff picture continues to shift (15:23). Then: 10 burning questions for the 2019 NBA playoffs (22:24).

Hosts: Chris Vernon, Kevin O’Connor

Apr 09, 2019
Concern-Trolling Playoff Teams and Just Concerns for the Sixers | Heat Check
00:56:33

With the postseason just within grasp, which flaws could haunt playoff-bound teams in the weeks to come (4:50)? And of course, the Philadelphia 76ers generate genuine apprehension from their fan base (34:04).


Host: John Gonzalez

Guests: Joe House, Dan Pfeiffer

Apr 08, 2019
Giannis Antetokounmpo’s MVP Moment | The Corner 3
00:43:22

We recap the exciting Bucks comeback win over the Sixers on Thursday night, which featured gigantic performances from Giannis and Joel Embiid (1:30). Then, ahead of the Final Four, we take one last dive into NCAA tournament prospects like Jarrett Culver and De'Andre Hunter (21:30).


Hosts: Danny Chau and Jonathan Tjarks

Apr 05, 2019
Whose Future Timeline Is the Darkest? | Group Chat
01:03:22

We weigh the different bleak futures of some of the NBA’s bottom-feeders and try to determine who has the longest path back to contention (2:00). Then, with the playoffs on the immediate horizon, we go over the teams that are trending up and trending down, and whether that will matter for how they fare in their opening series (49:00).


Hosts: Justin Verrier, Paolo Uggetti, Haley O’Shaughnessy

Apr 04, 2019
First-Round Matchups We’d Like to See | The Mismatch
00:54:22

With the end of the regular season in sight, which first-round matchups would be the most interesting (0:56)? Plus: even more NBA draft takeaways from the NCAA tournament (30:43).

Hosts: Chris Vernon, Kevin O’Connor

Apr 02, 2019
The Only Playoff Race Left: The Eastern Conference | Heat Check
00:58:19

With the Western Conference playoff teams locked in, we shift our focus to the four teams competing for the last three spots in the Eastern Conference (5:39). Then, we examine how media coverage for NBA teams varies across the country (34:50).


Host: John Gonzalez

Guests: Haley O’Shaughnessy, Bryan Curtis

Apr 01, 2019
Sixteen(-ish) NBA Prospects in the Sweet 16 | The Corner 3
00:48:32

Halfway through the Sweet 16 in the NCAA tournament, we examine the notable players with draft potential (1:12). Plus: parity between the Eastern and Western conferences (39:05).

Hosts: Danny Chau, Jonathan Tjarks

Mar 29, 2019
2019 NBA Award SZN Is Here | Group Chat
01:08:48

We hand out some traditional awards for the 2018-19 NBA season, as well as a bevy of 'Group Chat'–specific ones—like Most Washed, the Best Player in the World Belt, and the Skeleton Key Award.


Hosts: Justin Verrier, Haley O’Shaughnessy, Paolo Uggetti

Mar 28, 2019
(Not) Jockeying for Playoff Matchups | The Mismatch
01:02:01

Jusuf Nurkic’s horrific leg injury takes the air out of the Portland Trail Blazers’ postseason ambitions (1:00), the variability of playoff seeding in the Western Conference makes matchup-jockeying impossible (20:15), and the NCAA's March Madness sheds more light on NBA draft prospects (46:55).

Hosts: Chris Vernon, Kevin O’Connor

Mar 26, 2019
The NBA All-Entertainment Team and the Über-competitive Coach of the Year Race | Heat Check
00:59:03

Who have been the most entertaining personalities in the NBA this season? (4:01) Plus: our pick for Coach of the Year from an unusually stacked pool of candidates (43:10).


Host: John Gonzalez

Guests: Ian Karmel, Chris Almeida

Mar 25, 2019
Ja Morant Mania and the NCAA Tournament Through an NBA Draft Lens | The Corner 3
00:43:18

We assess a dominant first-game performance from Murray State point guard Ja Morant, who has now solidified his case to be a top-three pick in the coming NBA draft (1:20). Then we note a bevy of prospects to look out for in this weekend’s March Madness games (17:00) before switching to the NBA and trying to make sense of a heavily clustered race for the five-through-eight seeds in the Western Conference playoffs (35:10).


Hosts: Kevin O’Connor, Jonathan Tjarks, Danny Chau

Mar 22, 2019
The Playoff Watchability Rankings | Group Chat
01:04:43

We do some in-depth analysis on the Sixers finally getting over the hump and beating the Celtics, then wonder whether the Thunder’s recent skid means they might be one-and-done in the playoffs (2:30). Then, we rapid-fire draft the teams in the playoff field that are most watchable (40:30).


Hosts: Justin Verrier, Haley O’Shaughnessy, Paolo Uggetti

Mar 21, 2019
The Hottest Team in the NBA Right Now Is … the Spurs?! | The Mismatch
01:09:03

Another home victory against the Golden State Warriors marks an impressive nine-game winning streak for the San Antonio Spurs (6:46). Plus: previewing regular-season awards (32:55) and NBA prospects to look forward to in March Madness (43:59).

Hosts: Chris Vernon, Kevin O’Connor

Mar 19, 2019
The Degenerate’s Guide to the NBA Playoff Race | Heat Check
00:59:18

Resident gambling degenerate Joe House gives his predictions for how the playoff race will shake out in each conference (4:05). Plus: New York Knicks owner James Dolan was in the headlines for all the wrong reasons last week; will he ever sell the team? (38:46)


Host: John Gonzalez

Guests: Joe House, Dan Devine

Mar 18, 2019
Early 2019 NBA Draft Thoughts | The Corner 3
00:53:06

We react to Thursday night’s games, where the Pacers proved they’re going to be a tough out in the playoffs and Luka Doncic started to look worn down by the NBA season (2:04). Then Kevin and Danny share a short list of prospects who are piquing their interest early on in the run-up to the 2019 draft (22:36).


Hosts: Kevin O’Connor and Danny Chau

Mar 15, 2019
Which Team Is Headed for a First-Round Upset? | Group Chat
01:03:33

Now that the Anthony Davis trade saga has cooled down, we wonder whether the dwindling list of potential outcomes means he might just re-sign in New Orleans—and, of course, what that would mean for the Lakers and Celtics (01:30). Then, we speculate about which teams are most likely to be upset in the first round of the playoffs, and which teams are primed to do the upsetting (35:47).


Hosts: Justin Verrier, Haley O’Shaughnessy, Paolo Uggetti

Mar 14, 2019
The Race for the Playoffs and the Race for the Lottery | The Mismatch
00:53:14

Altercations mar an otherwise entertaining night in the NBA (0:53), playoff-bound teams jockey for matchup advantages (20:21), and draft season approaches as the NCAA action accelerates (42:37).

Hosts: Chris Vernon, Kevin O’Connor

Mar 12, 2019
The Infallible Warriors Might Not Be So Infallible | Heat Check
00:53:08

Amid a dynastic run of dominance, the Golden State Warriors are starting to show some cracks (2:47). But is anyone a real threat to challenge the reigning champions (8:48)? Plus: Is Brett Brown the right coach for the star-studded Philadelphia 76ers (25:12)?


Host: John Gonzalez

Guests: Jonathan Tjarks, Tyler Tynes

Mar 11, 2019
We Unironically Care About the Eastern Conference Playoff Race | The Corner 3
01:02:59

We start by taking stock of the incredible Thunder vs. Blazers Thursday-night game, which featured 51 points from Damian Lillard in a Thunder victory (2:00). Then, Danny goes iso in a special Dwyane Wade–jersey-swap-edition of "Huerter She Wrote" (20:03). Finally, we go long on the Eastern Conference playoff race, and all somehow agree that the Pistons are … good (21:40)?


Hosts: Kevin O’Connor, Jonathan Tjarks, Danny Chau

Mar 08, 2019
LeBron Passes Jordan and Lakers Fans Are ... Apathetic? | Group Chat
00:58:58

We react to the underwhelming response from the Lakers crowd as LeBron James passed Michael Jordan for fourth on the NBA’s all-time leading scorers list (1:30). Then we crib a segment from the Magic’s television broadcast and answer "Is this anything?" with regards to the Warriors' recent struggles, Gordon Hayward’s game-winner, and the Mavs’ tanking (32:06).


Hosts: Justin Verrier, Paolo Uggetti, Haley O’Shaughnessy

Mar 07, 2019
Is This Your King? The Clippers Win the Battle for L.A. | The Mismatch
00:54:00

The Clippers add one more blow to the Lakers’ playoffs hopes (1:40) while the Boston Celtics’ chemistry issues continue to fester (31:15). Plus: takeaways from the MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference (43:05).

Hosts: Chris Vernon, Kevin O’Connor

Mar 05, 2019
Who Is to Blame for the Lakers’ Letdown? | Heat Check
00:47:29

The Los Angeles Lakers continue their collapse (4:04) while the Eastern Conference playoff race heats up (17:21). Plus: an inside look at the story of Rick Pitino in Greece (29:21).


Host: John Gonzalez

Guests: Jonathan Tjarks, Chris Ryan, Dave the Greek

Mar 04, 2019
How Many 3s Will Trae Young Be Shooting in 2029? | The Corner 3
00:50:56

We recap the Jazz-Nuggets game and wonder whether this is proof that the Jazz are back to where they need to be to contend in the Western Conference (1:00). Then, Zach Kram joins to talk about his piece on the 3-point revolution (25:00). Finally, we throw an outlet pass to the weekend’s games (44:30).


Hosts: Danny Chau, Jonathan Tjarks

Guest: Zach Kram

Mar 01, 2019
Our NBA Potluck Dinner | Group Chat
00:57:50

We all bring one team, one player, and one take to discuss on this episode. Featured: the Boston Celtics, the Los Angeles Lakers, Chris Paul, Ben Simmons, and more.


Hosts: Justin Verrier, Haley O’Shaughnessy, Paolo Uggetti

Feb 28, 2019
Are We Sure the Lakers Will Make the Playoffs? | The Mismatch (Ep. 393)
00:59:09

After falling below .500, the Los Angeles Lakers are at risk of missing the playoffs (1:19). Plus: checking in with the young rebuilding teams (33:28).

Hosts: Chris Vernon, Kevin O’Connor

Feb 26, 2019
Are We In or Out on LeBron, Davis, Zion, Durant, Kyrie, and More? | Heat Check (Ep. 392)
00:56:56

With so many story lines in the NBA, which ones are we in on (3:41)? Then: the New Orleans Pelicans’ continuing conundrum (30:55) and the most interesting MVP candidates of the season (44:21).


Host: John Gonzalez

Guests: Shea Serrano, Dan Devine

Feb 25, 2019
The Playoff Musical Chairs in the Western Conference | The Corner 3 (Ep. 391)
00:59:05

We talk about the sustainability of the Lakers' flipping the switch and what it means for Western Conference playoff contenders the Kings, Clippers, and Spurs (1:00). Then, we do a mini Draft Class in light of the news that Zion Williamson dodged a bullet with just a mild knee strain (33:00).


Hosts: Kevin O’Connor, Danny Chau, Jonathan Tjarks

Feb 22, 2019
Should We Care Whether Kyrie Irving Is Happy? | Group Chat (Ep. 390)
00:47:55

We react briefly to the news that top prospect Zion Williamson has a sprained knee (2:40) before diving deep on the recent Kyrie Irving interview with Rachel Nichols (8:40). Then, news breaks that Anthony Davis will not only be active in the Pelicans game Friday night, but also will be the next guest on LeBron James’s ‘The Shop’ on HBO (29:20).


Hosts: Justin Verrier, Haley O’Shaughnessy, Paolo Uggetti

Feb 21, 2019
Stories From NBA All-Star Weekend | The Mismatch (Ep. 389)
01:00:54

Our hosts had an eventful time in Charlotte over All-Star Weekend, and they’re here to share some notable highlights.

Hosts: Chris Vernon, Kevin O’Connor

Feb 19, 2019
Our Top 25 Players Right Now and the Ongoing Anthony Davis Headache | Heat Check (Ep. 388)
00:56:03

The New Orleans Pelicans’ Anthony Davis problem casts a shadow on All-Star Weekend (1:57). Plus: debating the Ringer staff’s ranking of the top 25 players (36:05).


Host: Chris Ryan

Guest: Justin Verrier

Feb 18, 2019
Early Returns on the Eastern Conference Arms Race, Plus Pelicans Talk With Arcade Fire’s Win Butler | The Corner 3 (Ep. 387)
00:59:36

We run down the list of the five Eastern Conference contenders that made deadline additions and where they’ll stand in relation to each other come playoff time (1:00). Then, Arcade Fire’s Win Butler joins the show for a second time to discuss the awkward Anthony Davis situation and the NBA Celebrity All-Star Game (37:52).


Hosts: Kevin O’Connor, Jonathan Tjarks, Danny Chau

Guest: Win Butler

Feb 15, 2019
A Ringer NBA Investigation: Who’s to Blame for the Lakers Tailspin? | Group Chat (Ep. 386)
00:59:36

We parse last night’s news through the lens of some unnecessarily hot takes—Luka is the next LeBron, Jake Layman is first-team All-NBA, Buddy Hield is better than Jamal Murray, and more (2:00). Then, we steal a bit from Chris Ryan and Jason Concepcion and do our own 'True Detective' investigation: Who is to blame for ‘The Flat Lakers’ (28:55)?


Hosts: Justin Verrier, Paolo Uggetti, Haley O'Shaughnessy

Feb 14, 2019
MVPaul George? Plus: the Rising East | The Mismatch (Ep. 385)
00:53:16

Paul George’s MVP case grows as his scorching offensive streak continues (1:15), Marc Gasol bolsters the already-formidable Toronto Raptors (10:45), the Philadelphia 76ers’ new Big Four forms a threat in the East (27:35), and the Los Angeles Lakers’ playoff berth is anything but certain (46:48).

Hosts: Chris Vernon, Kevin O’Connor

Feb 12, 2019
The New-New Sixers Look Good-Good | Heat Check (Ep. 384)
00:45:50

The anticlimactic nonresolution of the Anthony Davis saga leaves the Western Conference at the mercy of the Golden State Warriors (3:03), while the reloaded Philadelphia 76ers look to rise atop the Eastern Conference elite (25:33).


Host: Chris Ryan

Guests: Justin Verrier, Michael Levin

Feb 11, 2019
NBA Trade Deadline: Eastern Conference Power Shifts and Favorite Trades | The Ringer NBA Show (Ep. 383)
01:02:32

The trade deadline delivered on medium deals—including Marc Gasol to the Raptors, Tobias Harris to the Sixers, and Nikola Mirotic to the Bucks—but it was missing the Anthony Davis trade we were hoping for. What does this mean for the Eastern Conference Finals race, and does any of this matter with the Warriors hanging overhead?


Hosts: Justin Verrier, Kevin O’Connor, Danny Chau, and Paolo Uggetti

Feb 08, 2019
The Sixers Are All In (We Think?), With Bill Simmons | The Ringer NBA Show (Ep. 382)
00:50:40

Bill Simmons and Chris Ryan hop on the Ringer NBA Show feed to talk about the Sixers spending what was left of their draft capital to acquire Tobias Harris and make a push for the NBA Finals this season (1:06). Then, Ben Detrick joins to break down how this Sixers lineup might jell come playoff time (28:04).


Hosts: Bill Simmons and Chris Ryan

Guest: Ben Detrick

Feb 06, 2019
Is Anthony Davis’s Price Tag Worth It? | The Mismatch (Ep. 381)
00:55:34

The Los Angeles Lakers may need to overpay to acquire Anthony Davis before the trade deadline (3:57). Plus: Which trade candidates could propel fringe playoff teams into contention? (37:10)

Hosts: Chris Vernon, Kevin O’Connor

Feb 05, 2019
Trade Deadline Week Is Here and the Big Hitters Get Busy | Heat Check (Ep. 380)
00:54:55

The Lakers, Celtics, Knicks, and Sixers are making noise as the trade deadline approaches (3:39), while the New Orleans Pelicans are still looking to move Anthony Davis (35:14).


Host: John Gonzalez

Guests: Jonathan Tjarks, Micah Peters, Zach Kram

Feb 04, 2019
Kristaps Porzingis Is Out in New York. Does This Mean Two (or Three?) Superstars Might Be In? | The Corner 3 (Ep. 379)
00:52:33

We break down the Kristaps Porzingis–to-Dallas trade from every angle: the Mavericks, the Knicks, Porzingis himself, Kevin Durant, Anthony Davis, the Pelicans, the Lakers, the Raptors, and more. NBA trade season is upon us!


Hosts: Kevin O’Connor, Jonathan Tjarks, Danny Chau

Feb 01, 2019
Assessing the Best Anthony Davis Trade Packages | Group Chat (Ep. 378)
00:47:34

We pore over the myriad teams that could offer a reasonable package for Anthony Davis: chief among them the Lakers and Celtics, but maybe equally as intriguing, the dark horse Clippers and Raptors.

Disclaimer: This podcast was recorded prior to the Kristaps Porzingis trade news. For more on that, tune into 'The Bill Simmons Podcast.'


Hosts: Justin Verrier, Chris Ryan, Paolo Uggetti


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Jan 31, 2019
Where Will Anthony Davis End Up? | The Mismatch (Ep. 377)
00:52:15

The Los Angeles Lakers are the clear front-runners to trade for Anthony Davis, but 28 other teams could look to acquire him (1:32). With the trade deadline fast approaching, teams bifurcate into buyers and sellers (28:54).

Hosts: Chris Vernon and Kevin O’Connor

Jan 29, 2019
Anthony Davis Wants Out | Heat Check (Ep. 376)
00:46:37

Adrian Wojnarowski dropped a not-so-surprising Woj bomb on Monday morning, reporting that Anthony Davis will not sign a contract extension in New Orleans and has requested a trade. Will this shake up the Lakers? Does Boston have the most assets, or will another team woo the Pelicans? And is there something to the Klutch Sports conspiracy theory?


Host: John Gonzalez

Guests: Kevin O'Connor and Paolo Uggetti



Jan 28, 2019
The Rolling Raptors and All-Star Reserves, Plus: A Special Interview With Nikola Jokic | The Corner 3 (Ep. 375)
00:51:24

The hype around the Toronto Raptors has died down despite their continued excellence (0:40). With the All-Star starters announced, which players will make the team as reserves? (14:05)

Plus: Kevin O’Connor sits down with Denver Nuggets star Nikola Jokic to discuss his outstanding play this season (31:46).


Hosts: Kevin O’Connor, Jonathan Tjarks, Danny Chau

Jan 25, 2019
Where Do the Pacers Turn Without Victor Oladipo? | Group Chat (Ep. 374)
00:49:00

We digest the news that Victor Oladipo is out for the rest of the season by wondering whether the Pacers should push on for the playoffs or reset until he gets back (2:30). Then, we debate who has a more promising future: the Hawks or the Mavericks (27:53)? And finally, we finish with one final chat about Carmelo Anthony (39:05).


Hosts: Justin Verrier, Haley O’Shaughnessy, Paolo Uggetti

Jan 24, 2019
Uh-oh, the Warriors Look Invincible Again | The Mismatch (Ep. 373)
00:55:44

The juggernaut Golden State Warriors look unstoppable as of late (4:10) and Carmelo Anthony looks to return to the court (15:00). Plus: Which players could benefit from a change of scenery at the trade deadline? (25:43)

Hosts: Chris Vernon, Kevin O’Connor

Jan 22, 2019
The NBA All-Drama All-Stars and the Western Conference Shuffle | Heat Check (Ep. 372)
00:55:08

What would the All-Star teams look like if they were selected on the merits of creating drama (3:11)? Plus: Lonzo’s injury, Boogie back, the PG-Russ dynamic, and the Dennis Smith Jr. saga's resolution (?) (33:03).


Host: John Gonzalez

Guests: Jason Concepcion, Haley O’Shaughnessy

Jan 21, 2019
Dennis Smith Jr.‘s Unraveling Drama in Dallas, Plus All-Star Ballots | The Corner 3 (Ep. 371)
00:57:10

Dennis Smith Jr. is the latest high draft pick to become uncomfortable with the ball being taken out of his hands. What does that mean for him and Luka Doncic (18:00)? Then we run down our All-Star ballots for this season (28:18). To wrap up, Kevin interviews Matt Quinn from the band Mt. Joy—a lifelong Sixers fan—about his favorite Sixers-Celtics media conspiracies and the overlap between touring bands and NBA players (39:42).


Hosts: Kevin O’Connor and Jonathan Tjarks

Guest: Matt Quinn

Jan 18, 2019
Playing Trade-Deadline Doctor and Going Deep on the Pelicans | Group Chat (Ep. 370)
00:57:03

We diagnose the problems that the Celtics, the Lakers, and the Grizzlies will have to address at the upcoming NBA trade deadline (1:10). Then, we call up Scott Kushner, the 'New Orleans Advocate' Pelicans beat reporter, to give us the Pelicans side of the Anthony Davis story and dish out his best DeMarcus Cousins stories (28:19).


Hosts: Justin Verrier, Paolo Uggetti, Haley O’Shaughnessy

Guest: Scott Kushner

Jan 17, 2019
The Celtics Start to Show Their Cracks. Plus: The Trade Deadline Rumor Mill | The Mismatch (Ep. 369)
00:56:33

The fraying Boston Celtics slide even further (0:44), James Harden continues his historic scoring streak amid the Houston Rockets’ injury plague (23:04), and trade rumors pile up as the deadline approaches (34:42).

Hosts: Chris Vernon, Kevin O’Connor

Jan 15, 2019
A Year Later: Did the Clippers Win the Blake Griffin Trade? | Heat Check (Ep. 368)
01:12:00

The Los Angeles Clippers host Blake Griffin for the first time since the controversial trade (3:27), the Boston Celtics falter despite their talent (15:26), the New York Knicks accelerate their tank (28:08), and rookies’ statistical comparisons encourage or discourage fans (49:32).


Host: John Gonzalez

Guests: Joe House, Dan Devine, Zach Kram

Jan 14, 2019
Predicting the NBA Headlines for the Coming Weeks | The Corner 3 (Ep. 367)
00:43:52

We take a stab at clairvoyance by each trying to predict two headlines that will be written over the coming weeks (1:05). Then, we throw an outlet pass to the weekend’s best games (34:00).


Hosts: Kevin O’Connor, Danny Chau, Jonathan Tjarks

Jan 11, 2019
Half-Season Superlatives and Kings Nation | Group Chat (Ep. 366)
01:04:31

We award 2018-19 half-season awards for: Best Player, Most Surprising Team, Most Disappointing Team, Most Confusing Team, and League Pass Poison Teams (0:50). Then, Kings superfan Riley McAtee joins to talk about how he hopes the rest of Sacramento’s season unfolds (43:46).


Hosts: Justin Verrier, Haley O’Shaughnessy, Paolo Uggetti

Guest: Riley McAtee

Jan 10, 2019
How Should Teams Build Around Their Young Stars Before It’s Too Late? | The Mismatch (Ep. 365)
00:53:05

Tom Thibodeau is out in Minnesota. So what does that mean for franchise cornerstone Karl-Anthony Towns (1:00)? Then we dive deep into how the Spurs have reinvented themselves by turning the clock forward and backward at the same time (18:25). Finally, we take stock of the upcoming “pre-agents” and what their franchises have to do to ensure they don’t walk (43:25).


Hosts: Chris Vernon and Kevin O’Connor

Jan 08, 2019
Goodbye Thibs and Hello Hoiberg (?!) | Heat Check (Ep. 364)
00:49:01

Minnesota firing Tom Thibodeau after a win, who could replace him, Kawhi Leonard’s return to San Antonio, and the drama-filled Sixers.

Host: John Gonzalez

Guests: Shea Serrano and Jonathan Tjarks

Jan 07, 2019
James Harden Is a Cheat Code | The Corner 3 (Ep. 363)
00:51:39

James Harden daggered the Golden State Warriors Thursday night in overtime (1:30), and Kawhi Leonard was showered with boos while the Raptors got throttled by the Spurs (29:12). Plus, NBA prospect Bol Bol’s college season is done after just nine games (45:30).


Hosts: Kevin O’Connor, Danny Chau, Jonathan Tjarks

Jan 04, 2019
Debating Ben Simmons and Russell Westbrook for All of Eternity | Group Chat (Ep. 362)
00:54:51

The Thunder beat the Lakers (sans LeBron) Wednesday night, but are we right to be concerned about Russell Westbrook’s continued shooting woes (1:30)? Plus, Chris spills his deepest, darkest concerns about the future of the Sixers as Ben Simmons still refuses to shoot jump shots (34:30).


Hosts: Justin Verrier, Chris Ryan, Paolo Uggetti

Jan 03, 2019
Elite, but Overlooked: The Pacers and the Nuggets | The Mismatch (Ep. 361)
00:50:59

The Indiana Pacers remain consistently among the Eastern Conference elite (2:59), the Denver Nuggets continue their dominant run atop the West (9:33), and James Harden’s propensity for drawing fouls fuels his scorching stretch of games (18:00). Plus, five questions for the NBA in 2019 (39:55).

Hosts: Chris Vernon, Kevin O’Connor

Jan 02, 2019
New Year's Resolutions for All 30 Teams | The Corner 3 (Ep. 360)
01:00:03

We ring in the new year by giving 2019 resolutions for every team in the league — from the lowly Knicks and Hawks to the high and mighty Warriors.

Hosts: Kevin O’Connor, Jonathan Tjarks, Danny Chau

Dec 28, 2018
The Lakers Refuse to Let LeBron’s Injury Scare Spoil Their Christmas | The Mismatch (Ep. 359)
00:56:11

The Los Angeles Lakers handily defeat the Golden State Warriors despite LeBron James's groin injury (3:25), James Harden continues getting back to MVP form as his Houston Rockets beat the Oklahoma City Thunder (24:07), and more takeaways from the Christmas Day games (36:08).

Hosts: Chris Vernon, Kevin O’Connor

Dec 26, 2018
NBA Guilty Pleasures | Heat Check (Ep. 358)
00:41:49

As the NBA regular season nears its midpoint, we share our favorite guilty pleasures of this year thus far.


Host: John Gonzalez

Guest: Chris Ryan

Dec 24, 2018
Which Rebuilding NBA Franchise Would You Want Most? | The Corner 3 (Ep. 357)
00:42:04

We try to temper our hype after Luka Doncic’s 32-point explosion in a loss to the Clippers, review Chris Paul’s nagging hamstring and the Rockets’ thin roster, and discuss the weird Buddy Hield age news (2:00). Then, we each choose the rebuilding franchise we think is best set up, or most intriguing, for the long term (18:45). Finally, we throw an outlet pass to the weekend’s best games (37:45).


Hosts: Kevin O’Connor, Danny Chau, Jonathan Tjarks

Dec 21, 2018
’Tis the (NBA Trade) Season | The Mismatch (Ep. 356)
00:50:32

Trade season dawns on the NBA as free-agency restrictions get lifted (0:54), the James Harden–led Houston Rockets surge up the standings (21:07), and the Oklahoma City Thunder’s stellar defense keeps them rolling (33:49).

Hosts: Chris Vernon and Kevin O’Connor

Dec 18, 2018
The Trevor Ariza Trade That Wasn’t, Then Was | Heat Check (Ep. 355)
00:49:27

A three-team trade centered on the Washington Wizards acquiring Trevor Ariza falls through in dramatic circumstance and is reincarnated in altered form (4:21): The Phoenix Suns receive Kelly Oubre Jr. and Austin Rivers while the Memphis Grizzlies keep the status quo (30:36).


Host: John Gonzalez

Guest: Joe House, Jonathan Tjarks

Dec 17, 2018
Exploring the Trade Candidates That Could Shuffle the League | The Corner 3 (Ep. 354)
00:42:47

The Kings are our kings and we hope the trade market might heat up soon for guys like Kevin Love and Tim Hardaway Jr.. Plus, we throw an outlet pass to the games we’re looking forward to this weekend.


Hosts: Kevin O’Connor, Jonathan Tjarks, Danny Chau

Dec 14, 2018
Did the Raptors' Big Win Over the Warriors Make Them the Best Team in the League Right Now? | Group Chat (Ep. 353)
00:42:13

We try to sift through the noise of the Raptors’ blowout win against the Warriors (1:45) and diagnose the state of the Pelicans after Anthony Davis’s big night against the Thunder (13:33). Then, we take a look at two teams whose stocks are up and two whose are down (24:06).


Hosts: Justin Verrier, Paolo Uggetti, Haley O’Shaughnessy

Dec 13, 2018
LeBron Thought About the Knicks, but It Was All a (Pipe) Dream | The Mismatch (Ep. 352)
00:52:31

LeBron James comments on having considered the New York Knicks as a free-agent destination (1:17), the Sacramento Kings and Dallas Mavericks continue to overperform behind their young stars (14:50), the Boston Celtics return to excellence after a slow start (34:10), and the Los Angeles Lakers look to add Trevor Ariza to an already wing-heavy roster (43:10).

Hosts: Chris Vernon, Kevin O’Connor

Dec 11, 2018
The Bulls' Drama Is Boiling Over Under Boylen | Heat Check (Ep. 351)
01:09:57

Turmoil continues for the Chicago Bulls under Jim Boylen (7:16), the three Texas teams deviate from expectations (14:12), growing pains afflict the Philadelphia 76ers’ Jimmy Butler experiment (32:12), and Buddy Hield emerges as the Sacramento Kings’ budding star (53:39).


Host: John Gonzalez

Guests: Shea Serrano, Michael Baumann, Katie Baker

Dec 10, 2018
Lessons From the 2016 NBA Draft | The Corner 3 (Ep. 350)
00:41:59

We review some of the Houston Rockets’ biggest problems and ask whether they could be remedied with a Kevin Love trade (1:30). Then we take a look back at the lessons we learned from the 2016 draft (25:00), before throwing an outlet pass to this weekend’s games (37:18).

Hosts: Kevin O’Connor, Jonathan Tjarks, Danny Chau

Dec 07, 2018
Debating the NBA’s Top 25 Players Through 25 Games | Group Chat (Ep. 349)
00:47:54

We review the Lakers vs. Spurs and Thunder vs. Nets games from Tuesday night (1:30) before coming clean on our ballots for The Ringer’s Top 25 Players in the NBA Through 25 Games (31:24).

Hosts: Chris Ryan, Justin Verrier, Haley O’Shaughnessy, Paolo Uggetti

Dec 06, 2018
The Nuggets Are Here to Stay | The Mismatch (Ep. 348)
00:55:22

The Denver Nuggets have proved themselves to be elite (1:07), the Oklahoma City Thunder’s stellar defense is leading their surge (9:51), the retooled Minnesota Timberwolves start to climb up (22:06), the New Orleans Pelicans’ struggles amplify in a loss to the rolling Los Angeles Clippers (32:50), and the Los Angeles Lakers finally begin to accelerate (44:11).

Hosts: Chris Vernon, Kevin O’Connor

Dec 04, 2018
30 Thoughts for 30 Teams | Heat Check (Ep. 347)
01:13:55

More than a quarter of the way through the regular season, what can we say about every team in the NBA?


Host: John Gonzalez

Guests: Jason Concepcion, Kevin O’Connor, Haley O’Shaughnessy

Dec 03, 2018
The Spurs Are Pivoting to Boring Basketball | The Corner 3 (Ep. 346)
00:46:30

Gregg Popovich’s disdain for 3-point shots (1:36), Andrew Wiggins’s future in the league (15:52), and R.J. Barrett’s less-than-stellar start at Duke (24:14). Plus, is Luka Doncic “tall James Harden” or “fat Steph Curry” (29:00)?

Hosts: Kevin O’Connor, Jonathan Tjarks, Danny Chau

Nov 30, 2018
What Were We Wrong About Before the Season? | Group Chat (Ep. 345)
00:54:03

Kyle Korver to the Jazz (0:40), Luka Doncic owns our hearts (7:30), the Wolves are looking up without Jimmy Butler (17:30), and the Clippers might be a playoff lock (22:08). Plus, we admit the takes we misfired on before the season (35:30).


Hosts: Chris Ryan, Haley O’Shaughnessy, Justin Verrier, and Paolo Uggetti

Nov 29, 2018
Can the Rockets and Jazz Turn It Around? | The Mismatch (Ep. 344)
01:05:55

The Houston Rockets’ slow start might be the new normal (0:50), the Orlando Magic are ... good? (19:40), and the young New York Knicks continue to develop (36:01). Plus, the quarter-season awards (47:03).

Hosts: Chris Vernon, Kevin O’Connor

Nov 27, 2018
The Clippers Are Atop the Wacky West (for Now) | Heat Check (Ep. 343)
00:45:29

Somehow, the Los Angeles Clippers have climbed to the best record in the crowded Western Conference (4:02), and the Philadelphia 76ers’ Jimmy Butler experiment starts to bear fruit (21:32).


Host: John Gonzalez

Guests: Dan Devine, Dan Pfeiffer

Nov 26, 2018
Opening Up the Thanksgiving Mailbag | The Corner 3 (Ep. 342)
00:46:17

We open up the mailbag by answering questions on the Wizards’ dysfunction, the first-, second-, and third-year players we’re most excited about, pre-agency, the Lakers, and much more.

Hosts: Kevin O’Connor, Jonathan Tjarks, Danny Chau

Nov 21, 2018
Will Anyone Trade for John Wall? | The Mismatch (Ep. 341)
00:49:56

John Wall’s gargantuan contract stifles his trade value (2:27), the Sacramento Kings continue to outperform expectations in the crowded Western Conference (13:56), and the teams on a streak, winning or losing (33:19).

Hosts: Chris Vernon, Kevin O’Connor

Nov 20, 2018
The Wizards (Finally) Want to Blow It Up | Heat Check (Ep. 340)
00:56:13

The devastatingly underachieving Washington Wizards look to sell, sell, sell (3:17) and the glut of talent in the Western Conference coagulates even further (31:13).


Host: John Gonzalez

Guests: Joe House, Jonathan Tjarks

Nov 19, 2018
Sophomore Surge or Sophomore Slump? | The Corner 3 (Ep. 339)
00:45:36

Jimmy Butler’s tight fit in Philadelphia (1:07), a sophomore focus in this week’s The Kids Are Alright (23:26), and a look ahead at the weekend’s best games (37:36).

Hosts: Kevin O'Connor, Danny Chau, Jonathan Tjarks

Nov 16, 2018
Relationship Counseling: Warriors Edition | Group Chat (Ep. 338)
00:50:43

Jimmy Butler’s debut for the Sixers didn’t go quite as smoothly as it could’ve—what does that mean for Ben Simmons (2:00)? Plus, Kevin Clark on the Magic (11:38), and a whole lot of Draymond Green and Kevin Durant melodrama (24:36).


Hosts: Chris Ryan, Justin Verrier, Paolo Uggetti, Kevin Clark

Nov 15, 2018
The Rockets Don’t Stay Melo | The Mismatch (Ep. 337)
00:54:57

The Jimmy Butler trade reshapes both conferences (0:48), the Houston Rockets look to move on from their Carmelo Anthony experiment (10:06), the overachieving Los Angeles Clippers remain impressive (19:16), Caris LeVert’s injury sets back the Brooklyn Nets (26:44), and some teams’ expectations contrast with their performance (34:34).


Hosts: Chris Vernon, Kevin O’Connor

Nov 13, 2018
Jimmy Butler Is a Sixer | Heat Check (Ep. 336)
00:53:10

The Minnesota Timberwolves finally trade Jimmy Butler to the Philadelphia 76ers.


Host: John Gonzalez

Guests: Chris Ryan and Jason Concepcion

Nov 12, 2018
Zion Has Broken Our Mold of What a Pro Prospect Can Be | The Corner 3 (Ep. 335)
00:42:31

Duke’s trio of outstanding freshman surpassed our lofty expectations (1:38), the NBA’s shooting guard renaissance has caught us off guard (14:03), and we’re not quite sure if Milwaukee has what it takes to handle a tough West Coast road trip (34:37).

Nov 09, 2018
The Five Tenets of a Legendary League Pass Team | Group Chat (Ep. 334)
00:43:15

Kyrie Irving is totally not mad online about Jamal Murray, and the Boston Celtics totally don’t have a problem with offensive distribution (1:20). Plus, could the Lakers be the best League Pass team in NBA history? (22:37).

The Lakers May Be the Greatest League Pass Team in History, Justin Verrier

Hosts: Chris Ryan, Justin Verrier, Haley O’Shaughnessy, Paolo Uggetti


Nov 08, 2018
The Deep, Dominant Raptors Keep Rolling Along | The Mismatch (Ep. 333)
00:57:23

A big night for Jamal Murray continues the Denver Nuggets’ hot streak (3:07), the torrid Toronto Raptors add another loss to the Utah Jazz’s disappointing start (14:53), precarious teams face sink-or-swim developments (32:58), and draft prospects look to shine as the college basketball season kicks off (47:55).

Hosts: Chris Vernon, Kevin O’Connor

Nov 06, 2018
The LeBron-Era Lakers’ Drama Intensifies | Heat Check (Ep. 332)
01:12:57

The Los Angeles Lakers add another loss to their turbulent start to the regular season (4:07), and the league’s offensive explosion is transforming defensive schemes (27:34). Plus, examining the importance of providing context to Derrick Rose’s comeback narrative (55:04).


Host: John Gonzalez

Guests: Juliet Litman, Justin Verrier, Haley O’Shaughnessy

Nov 05, 2018
When Should We Panic About Houston? Plus, Duke Mania Is Here to Stay | The Corner 3 (Ep. 331)
00:45:28

Ringer staff writer Kevin O’Connor is joined by Jonathan Tjarks and Danny Chau to discuss the unfathomably bad Houston Rockets' start (2:27) and the bright futures of the Jazz and Nuggets (20:52). Then, the trio re-ups their patented "Draft Class" segment to talk about the tantalizing NBA prospects on the Duke Blue Devils (32:56).

The State of the John Wall–Bradley Beal Union, Kevin O'Connor

Nov 02, 2018
The Early Tiers of the NBA | Group Chat (Ep. 330)
00:57:06

The Ringer’s Chris Ryan is joined by Justin Verrier, Haley O’Shaughnessy, and Paolo Uggetti to establish eight unique tiers of the NBA and place all 30 teams within them.


Klay on Klay: The Warriors Guard on the Hidden Art and Craft of His Game, Kevin O'Connor

Nov 01, 2018
Klay Thompson Catches Fire, the Bucks Remain Aflame, and the Cold-Start Teams | The Mismatch (Ep. 329)
00:57:04

The Ringer’s Chris Vernon and Kevin O’Connor recount the record-breaking night from Klay Thompson (0:50), debate how the still-undefeated Bucks have achieved early-season success (30:53), and discuss their concerns for underachieving Western Conference teams (44:44).

Oct 30, 2018
Cavs Fire Ty Lue, Early-Season Drama, Bud's Bucks, and Overlooked Teams | Heat Check (Ep. 328)
00:54:39

The Ringer’s John Gonzalez is joined by Shea Serrano to discuss the Cleveland Cavaliers firing head coach Ty Lue (4:32) and all the drama going on in the NBA regular season through two weeks (11:30). Then, Jonathan Tjarks comes on to talk about the undefeated Milwaukee Bucks and Toronto Raptors (33:36) as well as oft-overlooked teams with intriguing narratives (37:01).

Oct 29, 2018
The Three-Point Revolution Is Only Just Beginning | The Corner 3 (Ep. 327)
00:41:41

The Ringer’s Kevin O’Connor is joined by Danny Chau and Jonathan Tjarks to discuss the exponential growth of 3-pointers in the NBA (1:24) and the promising offense but problematic defense of Trae Young and Luka Doncic (13:46). Then, they throw an outlet pass to this weekend’s games, previewing a rematch of Lakers-Spurs as well as exciting matchups between the Jazz and Pelicans and the Celtics and Pistons (26:57).

Oct 26, 2018
Is the NBA Trying Too Hard to Entertain Us, Or Is the Scoring Boom What We Need? | Group Chat (Ep. 326)
00:42:10

The Ringer’s Chris Ryan is joined by Justin Verrier, Haley O’Shaughnessy, and Paolo Uggetti to discuss whether fans will get sick of the routinely high-scoring games from the first week of the season (1:27). Then, they talk about the Thunder’s cramped roster and wonder whether some of the Cavaliers’ veteran pieces could help Oklahoma City (21:34).

Oct 25, 2018
The Lakers or the Thunder: Who’s in More Trouble? Plus Milwaukee’s Overhaul and Boston’s Slow Start | The Mismatch (Ep. 325)
00:49:43

The Ringer’s Chris Vernon and Kevin O’Connor discuss the lack of shooting plaguing the Lakers and Thunder through Week 1 of the season (1:43). Then, they break down how Milwaukee and Denver have overhauled their style of play for the 2018 season’s pace, while Boston, surprisingly, has not (33:17).

Five Takeaways From the NBA’s Opening Week, By Kevin O'Connor

The Celtics Didn’t Get the Memo About the NBA Scoring Boom, By Paolo Uggetti

Oct 23, 2018
Lakers-Rockets #Spitgate, Plus Opening-Week Takeaways | Heat Check (Ep. 324)
01:04:26

The Ringer’s John Gonzalez is joined by Kevin O’Connor, Paolo Uggetti, and Jason Gallagher to recount the brawl between the Los Angeles Lakers and Houston Rockets during their Saturday-night matchup (2:47) as well as the basketball aspects of the game (20:01). Then, Dan Devine comes on to discuss the standout teams from Week 1 of the regular season (38:26).

Oct 22, 2018
Digesting LeBron in a Lakers Uniform, Plus Early Evaluations for Ayton and Jokic | The Corner 3 (Ep. 323)
00:49:11

The Ringer’s Kevin O’Connor is joined by Danny Chau and Jonathan Tjarks in the debut of their revamped Friday show: The Corner 3. They kick the season off with some immediate reactions to LeBron in purple and gold (1:41). Then, they assess DeAndre Ayton’s early signs of stardom and Nikola Jokic’s ability to take another leap in year four (13:04), before looking ahead to some upcoming games of interest (31:40).

Jonathan Tjarks: Finding the Nikola Jokic Blueprint

Paolo Uggetti: You May Not Know Josh Hart Yet, but You Will

Oct 19, 2018
Anthony Davis’s Hot Start, the Young Suns, and Early Sixers Reactions | Group Chat (Ep. 322)
00:50:23

The Ringer’s Chris Ryan is joined by Haley O’Shaughnessy and Paolo Uggetti to share some immediate reactions to the first two days of NBA games, including whether they like Anthony Davis to win the MVP (2:25) and whether this will be the season the Suns’ future comes into focus. Then Justin Verrier joins to share his takeaways from being at the Clippers' home opener (28:00), before all four assess the state of Philadelphia’s young core (37:00).

Oct 18, 2018
‘Sources Say’ Live From Ringer #NBAPalooza | Sources Say (Ep. 321)
00:53:00

The Ringer’s Chris Ryan and Juliet Litman are joined by Joe House for the 2018 return of 'Sources Say,' live on stage during The Ringer’s 2018 NBA Previewpalooza. They dive back into NBA gossip with the latest Jimmy Butler rumblings, Ben Simmons’s dating life, and which players will see their NBA Twitter stock rise and fall this season.

To see the video version of this podcast and the rest of Previewpalooza, head over the The Ringer’s YouTube channel.

Oct 17, 2018
20 Questions for the 2018-19 NBA Season | The Mismatch (Ep. 320)
01:10:48

The Ringer’s Chris Vernon and Kevin O’Connor preview the imminent NBA season by answering and debating 20 questions about the league.

Oct 16, 2018
The Way-Too-Early Playoff Predictions, Plus: NBA Sad Face | Heat Check (Ep. 319)
01:09:09

The Ringer’s John Gonzalez is joined by Jason Concepcion to discuss the latest development in the Jimmy Butler drama (3:23) and preview the Eastern Conference playoff picture heading into the season (9:15). Then, Haley O’Shaughnessy and Paolo Uggetti come on to preview the Western Conference playoff picture heading into the season (25:38). Finally, Kevin Clark, Riley McAtee, and Isaac Lee come on to adjudicate whose fan base is the saddest in the NBA (47:56).

Oct 15, 2018
Jimmy Butler’s Practice Tirade and Lakers vs. Warriors Preseason Takeaways | Group Chat (Ep. 318)
00:47:06

The Ringer’s Chris Ryan and Justin Verrier are joined by Haley O’Shaughnessy and Paolo Uggetti to break down the explosive Timberwolves practice that owned NBA Twitter for a day (1:50). Then, they discuss what the Lakers’ pace of play in the offseason means for a 33-year-old LeBron James (30:55).

Oct 11, 2018
The Future of the Young Suns and Key Players to Watch Out For | The Ringer NBA Show (Ep. 317)
01:07:25

The Ringer’s Chris Vernon and Kevin O’Connor react to the news of Ryan McDonough being ousted from the Phoenix Suns GM position (1:10), discuss the expectations for key players going into the 2018-19 season (24:35), and hash out an NFL argument regarding Drew Brees (56:30).

Oct 09, 2018
The 2018-19 NBA League Pass Draft | Heat Check (Ep. 316)
00:49:22

The Ringer’s John Gonzalez is joined by Chris Ryan, Juliet Litman, Micah Peters, and Isaac Lee to draft all 30 NBA teams in order of League Pass watchability.

Oct 08, 2018
Jimmy Butler to Miami? Plus: Tempering the Lakers Hype. | Group Chat (Ep. 315)
00:29:39

The Ringer’s Chris Ryan and Justin Verrier are joined by Haley O’Shaughnessy and Paolo Uggetti to preview the imminent Jimmy Butler trade to Miami (0:53) and discuss the uncertainty around the new Lakers (13:47).

Oct 04, 2018
The New Lakers, the New-ish Rockets, and GM Survey Takeaways | The Ringer NBA Show (Ep. 314)
00:56:48

The Ringer’s Chris Vernon and Kevin O’Connor give their takeaways from watching the renewed Lakers (6:45) and reloaded Rockets in person (27:32). Then, they react to the GM survey (40:43) and discuss some story lines floating around the league (46:52).

Oct 04, 2018
Waiting for the Butler Trade, LeBron’s Lakers, and Doncic’s Debut | Heat Check (Ep. 313)
01:13:15

The Ringer’s John Gonzalez is joined by Shea Serrano to assess the ongoing Jimmy Butler trade saga and new additions to the Eastern Conference elite (3:49).

Then, comedian Ian Karmel comes on discuss the start of the LeBron James–era Lakers, J.R. Smith’s tattoo violation, and the Portland Trail Blazers’ season prospects (25:08).

Finally, Jonathan Tjarks joins to examine Luka Doncic’s promising preseason debut, the return of Markelle Fultz, and the potential for Karl-Anthony Towns to elevate this season (53:02).

Oct 01, 2018
Jimmy Butler Trade Talks and Media Day Takeaways | The Ringer NBA Show (Ep. 312)
00:46:57

The Ringer’s Chris Vernon and Kevin O’Connor explore the discussion around the Minnesota Timberwolves looking to trade away Jimmy Butler (0:52) and react to the highlights of an eventful media day (28:32).

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Sep 25, 2018
Jimmy Butler v. the Timberwolves, the Lakers’ Lonzo Problem, and the Sixers' GM Search | Heat Check (Ep. 311)
01:11:07

The Ringer’s John Gonzalez is joined by Jason Concepcion to discuss the Los Angeles Clippers’ unconventional hiring of Lee Jenkins, the tension between Jimmy Butler and the Minnesota Timberwolves, and the New York Knicks’ future prospects (3:45).

Then, Paolo Uggetti joins to talk about the rise of NBA offseason trainers and the new dynamic of the Los Angeles Lakers' roster (31:00).

Finally, Mike Levin from 'The Rights to Ricky Sanchez’ comes on to evaluate the Philadelphia 76ers’ ongoing GM pursuit and their outlook on the season (47:15).

Note: This podcast was recorded before the Philadelphia 76ers announced their hiring of Elton Brand as general manager.

Sep 18, 2018
The Anthony Davis Pre-Pre-Agency, the Minnesota Timberbulls, and (Another) Dwight Howard Debate | The Ringer NBA Show (Ep. 310)
00:43:18

The Ringer’s Chris Vernon and Kevin O’Connor discuss Anthony Davis’s uncertain future with the New Orleans Pelicans (15:30), Minnesota Timberwolves president-coach Tom Thibodeau acquiring his former players (24:08), and the most underrated acquisitions of the offseason (31:49).

Sep 11, 2018
Wizards Chemistry Experiment, Suns-Rockets Trade, and Are We Sure ...? | Heat Check (Ep. 309)
00:58:36

The Ringer’s John Gonzalez is joined by Joe House to discuss interesting NBA story lines as training camp approaches (2:24). Then, Haley O’Shaughnessy comes on to parse the trade between the Phoenix Suns and the Houston Rockets (31:08) and debate some Are We Sure questions (40:09).

Sep 04, 2018
Manu Ginobili Retires, the Sixers’ GM Search, and Kobe Fans vs. LeBron | The Ringer NBA Show (Ep. 308)
00:46:37

The Ringer’s Chris Vernon and John Gonzalez react to Spurs legend Manu Ginobili announcing his retirement (0:59) and discuss the Philadelphia 76ers’ ongoing search for a new GM (16:38). Then, they examine the NBA rookie survey (30:13) and debate Kobe fans’ scruples about LeBron James (38:26).

Aug 28, 2018
Melo (Finally) Signs in Houston, Kawhi’s “THANK YOU” Letter, and Are We Sure ...? | Heat Check (Ep. 307)
01:05:58

The Ringer’s John Gonzalez is joined by Shea Serrano to discuss Carmelo Anthony officially signing with the Houston Rockets (2:28) and to parse Kawhi Leonard’s farewell letter to San Antonio (14:17). Then, Justin Verrier joins to evaluate the "Are We Sure" questions about the Lakers’ playoff contention, Markelle Fultz, Devin Booker, and the Trail Blazers’ stars (24:22). Finally, Paolo Uggetti comes on to make the case for the Toronto Raptors as the East favorites (46:29) and to discuss NBA players’ use of social media over the summer (55:41).

Aug 15, 2018
Do the Lakers Have Too Many Personalities? Plus, Other Mailbag Questions | The Ringer NBA Show (Ep. 306)
00:53:58

The Ringer’s Chris Vernon and Kevin O’Connor answer an array of questions from listeners, including who would be the starting five of underappreciated NBA players (9:10), whether or not Luke Walton will be able to handle the new Lakers (33:30), the guys’ favorite albums of 2018 (42:10), and much more.

Aug 07, 2018
LeBron Gives Back, Rockets Keep Capela, Giannis Bulks Up, and NBA Hard Knocks | The Ringer NBA Show (Ep. 305)
00:40:52

The Ringer’s Chris Vernon and Kevin O’Connor highlight LeBron James creating a school for at-risk youth in Akron (0:11), discuss the Houston Rockets retaining Clint Capela as well as adding Carmelo Anthony (4:22), and react to Giannis Antetokounmpo gaining muscle (24:20).

Jul 31, 2018
Kevin Love's Extension, the Carmelo Trade 2.0, and the Lakers’ Meme Team | The Ringer NBA Show (Ep. 304)
00:40:50

The Ringer’s Chris Vernon and Kevin O’Connor react to Kevin Love signing a four-year extension with the Cleveland Cavaliers (0:10), discuss the ripple effects of the Carmelo Anthony trade (14:21), and debate the Los Angeles Lakers’ questionable offseason moves (31:40).

Jul 24, 2018
Kawhi for DeRozan, Smart Stays a Celtic, the Timberwolves’ Shaky Future, and Pre-Agency | Group Chat (Ep. 303)
00:52:21

The Ringer’s Chris Ryan and Justin Verrier are joined by Haley O’Shaughnessy to discuss the impact of the Toronto Raptors acquiring Kawhi Leonard in exchange for a package led by DeMar DeRozan (0:54), Marcus Smart signing a four-year contract with the Boston Celtics (24:25), the uncertainties surrounding the Minnesota Timberwolves’ stars (29:03), and the next disgruntled stars to leverage their situations (37:12).

Jul 19, 2018
Carmelo Destinations, Jimmy Butler’s Future in Minnesota, and the Kawhi Saga | The Ringer NBA Show (Ep. 302)
00:51:23

The Ringer’s Chris Vernon and Kevin O’Connor discuss the report that Houston Rockets GM Daryl Morey spurned the Philadelphia 76ers’ attempt to hire him (0:41), landing spots for Carmelo Anthony (9:02), the Denver Nuggets’ updated roster (18:14), Ben McLemore heading back to the Sacramento Kings (26:24), Jimmy Butler turning down an extension with the Minnesota Timberwolves (30:27), and questions surrounding the remaining free agents (40:13).

Jul 17, 2018
Jonathan Isaac Is a Star, Trae Young's Bust Potential, and Other Summer League Takeaways | The Ringer NBA Show (Ep. 301)
00:43:08

The Ringer's Chris Vernon and Kevin O'Connor sit down in Caesars Palace Las Vegas to talk NBA summer league. They discuss Jonathan Isaac's impressive play, Mo Bamba, Jaren Jackson Jr., and Kevin Knox. They revisit Trae Young's bust potential and discuss the uncertainty of college stats and the shortage of sophomores in this year's summer league.

Jul 10, 2018
The Big Men Are Running Summer League, Plus Free-Agency Check-in | The Ringer NBA Show (Ep. 300)
00:36:49

The Ringer's Justin Verrier and Jonathan Tjarks sit down in Las Vegas to talk about some of the rookies and sophomores playing in NBA summer league, including Harry Giles, Marvin Bagley III, Deandre Ayton, Collin Sexton, Jaren Jackson Jr., and more. They they talk NBA free agents and some possible landing spots for Clint Capela, Marcus Smart, Isaiah Thomas, and Jabari Parker.

Jul 09, 2018
LaVine Gets Paid, Kawhi Trade Possibilities, and Summer League Takeaways | The Ringer NBA Show (Ep. 299)
00:19:56

The Ringer’s Chris Ryan is joined by Kevin O’Connor and Jonathan Tjarks to discuss the free agency signings of the weekend thus far (0:11) and takeaways from day 1 of NBA Summer League in Las Vegas (13:29).

Jul 07, 2018
Melo to Leave OKC, Kyrie’s Uncertain Future, Lakers’ Coaching Conundrum, and Trae Young Misses Treys | Sources Say (Ep. 298)
00:28:10

The Ringer’s Juliet Litman and Chris Ryan discuss the Oklahoma City Thunder reportedly parting ways with Carmelo Anthony (0:58), the possibility for Kyrie Irving to leave the Boston Celtics (8:15), how LeBron James affects the Los Angeles Lakers’ coaching staff (16:20), and Trae Young’s struggles during NBA summer league in Utah (25:54).

Jul 06, 2018
Warriors Add Boogie, the Lakers’ Bizarre Signings, Kawhi Destinations, and Summer League Tips Off | The Ringer NBA Show (Ep. 297)
00:59:40

The Ringer’s Chris Vernon and Kevin O’Connor react to DeMarcus Cousins signing with the Golden State Warriors (0:11), examine the Los Angeles Lakers’ puzzling roster additions (11:23), debate potential Kawhi Leonard trade scenarios (26:00), and discuss takeaways from the start of summer league in Utah (40:32).

Jul 03, 2018
LeBron to the Lakers, Paul George Stays with the Thunder, and More Free-Agency News | Heat Check (Ep. 296)
01:09:19

The Ringer’s John Gonzalez and Chris Ryan react to LeBron James signing with the Los Angeles Lakers for four years (1:44). Then, HBO and The Ringer’s Bill Simmons calls in to offer his thoughts on the LeBron signing and its ripple effect (26:56). Finally, Justin Verrier comes on to round up all the other free-agency news (48:59).

Jul 02, 2018
Austin Rivers to the Wizards, D.J. to Dallas (Potentially), and More Free-Agency Rumors | The Ringer NBA Show (Ep. 295)
01:09:51

The Ringer’s Chris Vernon and Kevin O’Connor discuss the recent trade by the Los Angeles Clippers that sent Austin Rivers to the Washington Wizards (01:12) and the potential for the Clips to deal DeAndre Jordan to the Dallas Mavericks (03:47). Then they discuss Paul George’s free agency and how what he decides will affect other free agents (16:26), what it would cost the 76ers to sign both Kawhi Leonard and LeBron James (30:16), and the free agents that aren’t being talked about (48:21).

Jun 27, 2018
Melo's Opt-in, Free-Agency Rumors, and Woj vs. ESPN | Heat Check (Ep. 294)
00:57:52

The Ringer’s John Gonzalez is joined by Chris Ryan and Danny Chau to discuss Carmelo Anthony opting into his contract with the Oklahoma City Thunder (02:40), free-agency rumors surrounding Kawhi Leonard and LeBron James (08:15), and their takeaways from the NBA draft (27:20). Then Bryan Curtis comes on to discuss Adrian Wojnarowski’s Twitter euphemisms (34:35) and LeBron’s media presence (45:25).


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Jun 25, 2018
2018 NBA Draft Takeaways | Draft Class (Ep. 293)
00:46:15

The Ringer’s Kevin O’Connor, Jonathan Tjarks, and Danny Chau react to the trades and selections made at the 2018 NBA draft.

Jun 22, 2018
2018 NBA Draft Preview Spectacular | The Ringer NBA Show (Ep. 292)
00:42:11

The Ringer’s Chris Ryan sits down with Kevin O’Connor, Tate Frazier, and Danny Chau to answer questions surrounding the 2018 NBA draft.

For more on the draft, check out our 2018 NBA Draft Guide at nbadraft.theringer.com.

Jun 20, 2018
Kawhi Rumors and Draft Prep | Heat Check (Ep. 291)
00:52:23

The Ringer's John Gonzalez is joined by Joe House to talk Kawhi Leonard rumors and odds for which team he ends up on (2:40), then John sits down with Tate Frazier and Riley McAtee to discuss potential top 10 NBA draft picks including Luka Doncic, Marvin Bagley III, Wendell Carter Jr., Mo Bamba, Trae Young, and more (32:15).

Jun 18, 2018
Michael Porter Jr.’s Injuries and Kevin Knox’s Rise. Plus: Ringer Fans on the Grizzlies, Magic, and Bulls | Draft Class (Ep. 290)
00:58:18

The Ringer’s Kevin O’Connor, Jonathan Tjarks, and Danny Chau discuss the puzzling news surrounding Michael Porter Jr.’s injuries (1:08) and the potential rise of former Kentucky forward Kevin Knox (7:26). Then, they bring on resident Memphis Grizzlies fan Chris Vernon (15:31), resident Orlando Magic fan Kevin Clark (32:09), and resident Chicago Bulls fan Tommy Alter (43:43) to discuss their respective teams' draft possibilities.

Jun 15, 2018
The Warriors' Wild Parade, LeBron’s Offseason, Kawhi Meeting With Pop, and Draft Talk | The Ringer NBA Show (Ep. 289)
01:08:55

The Ringer’s Chris Vernon and Kevin O’Connor discuss the Golden State Warriors’ championship parade (03:30), the best landing spots for LeBron James this offseason (08:30), Adrian Wojnarowski’s report that Kawhi Leonard and Gregg Popovich are scheduled to meet (21:25), and updates from the NBA draft (43:34).

Jun 13, 2018
Warriors-Cavs Fatigue, LeBron Landing Spots, Offseason Story Lines | Heat Check (Ep. 288)
00:49:47

The Ringer’s John Gonzalez sits down with Chris Ryan and Kevin O’Connor to discuss whether the anticlimactic sweep in the Finals is good for basketball (3:45) and debate which team LeBron James might head to over the summer (22:56).

Jun 11, 2018
Warriors Sweep Cavs for Third Championship in Four Years | The Ringer NBA Show (Ep. 287)
00:23:24

The Ringer’s Juliet Litman and Kevin O’Connor react to the Golden State Warriors eliminating the Cleveland Cavaliers in the NBA Finals.

Jun 09, 2018
Deandre Ayton to the Suns? Plus: Ringer Fans on the Kings, Mavs, Hornets | Draft Class (Ep. 286)
00:51:01

The Ringer’s Kevin O’Connor and Jonathan Tjarks discuss the probability that the Phoenix Suns will take Deandre Ayton with the no. 1 overall pick (1:21). Then they bring on resident Sacramento Kings fan Riley McAtee (15:08), resident Dallas Mavericks fans David Shoemaker and Jason Gallagher (25:43), and resident Charlotte Hornets fan Tate Frazier (37:52) to discuss their respective team’s draft possibilities.

Jun 08, 2018
Bryan Colangelo’s Resignation and the Future of the Sixers With Ben Detrick | The Ringer NBA Show (Ep. 285)
00:26:55

The Ringer’s Chris Ryan and Justin Verrier sit down with writer Ben Detrick to discuss the news of Bryan Colangelo resigning from the Philadelphia 76ers, and examine what that means for the 76ers organization heading into the draft and free agency.

Jun 07, 2018
KD Crushes the Cavs in Game 3. Plus: Will Deandre Ayton Go No. 1? | Group Chat (Ep. 284)
00:37:30

The Ringer’s Chris Ryan is joined by Paolo Uggetti, Kevin O’Connor, and Justin Verrier to discuss Kevin Durant’s great Game 3 and the Cleveland Cavaliers' chances at keeping LeBron James this offseason before being joined by Shea Serrano for a quick breakdown of LeBron’s monster dunk in the first quarter. Then, they discuss the likeliness of Deandre Ayton as the no. 1 pick.

Jun 07, 2018
Previewing Game 3 of the Finals, Plus Coaching Free Agency | The Ringer NBA Show (Ep. 283)
00:39:39

The Ringer’s Chris Vernon and Kevin O’Connor preview Game 3 of the NBA Finals, breaking down what the Cleveland Cavaliers need from LeBron James to win (21:25) and Andre Iguodala’s potential impact if he plays (29:45). Then they examine the Detroit Pistons’ coaching situation (35:55).

Jun 05, 2018
Warriors Rout Cavs in Game 2 | Heat Check (Ep. 282)
00:45:44

The Ringer’s John Gonzalez is joined by Kevin O’Connor to react to the Golden State Warriors’ convincing win against the depleted Cleveland Cavaliers in Game 2 of the NBA Finals.

Jun 04, 2018
The Draft Mailbag, Vol. 4 | Draft Class (Ep. 281)
00:44:14

The Ringer’s Kevin O’Connor and Jonathan Tjarks are joined by Danny Chau to answer listener-submitted questions about the 2018 NBA draft. Topics include: trading into the lottery, concerns for Deandre Ayton’s defense, and whether Miles Bridges’s measurements will impact his draft stock.

Jun 01, 2018
LeBron’s Teammates Throw Game 1 Away | Group Chat (Ep. 280)
00:34:40

The Ringer’s Chris Ryan is joined by Haley O’Shaughnessy, Justin Verrier, Jason Concepcion, and Paolo Uggetti to discuss the Cleveland Cavaliers' loss to the Golden State Warriors in Game 1 of the NBA Finals (00:35). Then Jonathan Tjarks calls in to give his takeaway from the game (10:45) before they close it out with a game of Finals Flashback (32:50).

Jun 01, 2018
The Bryan Colangelo Twitter Story With Ben Detrick | The Ringer NBA Show (Ep. 279)
00:25:23

The Ringer's Chris Ryan sits down with writer Ben Detrick to discuss The Ringer's investigation into Bryan Colangelo and a number of Twitter accounts. They break down how the story started, how they reported it out, and how it's been received since publication.

May 30, 2018
Golden State Comes Back, and a Cavs–Warriors Finals (Again) | The Ringer NBA Show (Ep. 278)
01:03:13

The Ringer’s Chris Vernon and Kevin O’Connor discuss the Golden State Warriors’ comeback win in Game 7 of the Western Conference finals (00:30) before previewing another Finals matchup between them and the Cleveland Cavaliers (50:00).

May 29, 2018
LeBron to the Finals (Again), Warriors-Rockets Game 7, and Mourning the Celtics | Heat Check (Ep. 277)
00:48:23

The Ringer’s John Gonzalez is joined by Shea Serrano to react to LeBron James’s Cleveland Cavaliers advancing past the Boston Celtics to the Finals (2:33). Then Jonathan Tjarks calls in to preview the Western Conference finals Game 7 between the Golden State Warriors and Houston Rockets (24:26). Finally Politico’s Jason Schwartz and Thrillist’s Kevin Alexander call in to eulogize the Boston Celtics’ season (39:42).

May 28, 2018
Rockets Up on Warriors, All-NBA Teams, Doncic Falls, and Porter Rises | The Ringer NBA Show (Ep. 276)
00:47:07

The Ringer’s Kevin O’Connor and Shea Serrano react to the Houston Rockets defeating the Golden State Warriors to take a lead in the series (0:35), debate how LeBron James’s Cleveland Cavaliers can hold off the Boston Celtics (11:49), and discuss the All-NBA selections (19:39). Then O’Connor is joined by Jonathan Tjarks and Danny Chau to talk about Luka Doncic’s reported fall on draft boards and the potential for Michael Porter Jr. to be taken higher than expected (26:27).

May 25, 2018
The Depreciating Cavs, the Strengthening Rockets, and Offseason Rumors | Group Chat (Ep. 275)
00:37:53

The Ringer’s Chris Ryan is joined by Justin Verrier, Jason Concepcion, Kevin O’Connor, and Paolo Uggetti to talk about the Cavaliers’ weak performance against the Celtics in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference finals (1:12). Then, they look ahead to the next Rockets-Warriors matchup and talk about some offseason rumors (20:29).


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May 24, 2018
WCF Game 4 Instant Classic, Joel Embiid in the Bahamas, and Conference Finals Predictions (Ep. 274)
00:45:19

The Ringer’s Juliet Litman, Chris Ryan, Justin Verrier, and Danny Chau discuss the Houston Rockets bouncing back against the Golden State Warriors (01:00) and make their predictions for the rest of the conference finals (27:45). Then they break down the recent free agency news surrounding DeMarcus Cousins (30:15), Karl-Anthony Towns (33:45), and Joel Embiid (40:55).

May 23, 2018
Cleveland Bullies Boston, WCF Game 4, and the Draft Combine | The Ringer NBA Show (Ep. 273)
01:10:46

The Ringer’s Chris Vernon and Kevin O’Connor discuss the Cleveland Cavaliers’ beatdown of the Boston Celtics (02:00) and preview Game 4 of the Western Conference finals between the Houston Rockets and Golden State Warriors (32:20). Then they talk about the winners and losers from the NBA draft combine (55:20).


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May 22, 2018
Warriors Overpower Rockets and LeBron Carries Cavs (Again) | Heat Check (Ep. 272)
00:56:05

The Ringer’s John Gonzalez is joined by Chris Ryan to discuss the Golden State Warriors handily defeating the Houston Rockets in Game 3 of the Western Conference finals (2:24). Then Justin Verrier and Tate Frazier come on to debate whether LeBron James can bring the Cleveland Cavaliers to a series victory against the Boston Celtics (30:20).

May 21, 2018
Who Is Luka Doncic? Plus: Victor Oladipo and Shaquille O’Neal | The Ringer NBA Show (Ep. 271)
00:37:23

The Ringer’s Danny Chau and Jonathan Tjarks discuss how no. 1 draft prospect Luka Doncic would fit within the top lottery teams (0:11). Then, a special interview between Indiana Pacers All-Star Victor Oladipo and Hall of Fame center Shaquille O’Neal (12:34).

May 18, 2018
The Rockets Blast Golden State and We Have Ourselves a Series, Plus Celtics-Cavs and the NBA Draft | Group Chat (Ep. 270)
00:42:43

The Ringer’s Chris Ryan is joined by Justin Verrier, Jason Concepcion, Jonathan Tjarks, and Paolo Uggetti to recap Game 2 of the Western Conference finals (1:30). Then, the guys make some predictions for the next Celtics-Cavaliers matchup and break down the results of the NBA draft lottery (20:37).

May 17, 2018
NBA Draft Emergency Micropod | The Ringer NBA Show (Ep. 269)
00:09:10

The Ringer's Chris Ryan, Jonathan Tjarks, and Kevin O'Connor give their rapid reactions to the NBA draft lottery, including the biggest winners and losers.

May 16, 2018
Golden State Dominates, Houston’s Role Players Disappear, and Previewing Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Finals | The Ringer NBA Show (Ep. 268)
01:21:26

The Ringer’s Chris Vernon and Kevin O’Connor react to the Golden State Warriors’ dominance over the Houston Rockets in Game 1 of the Western Conference finals (00:55). Then they preview Game 2 between the Boston Celtics and the Cleveland Cavaliers (45:10) before looking ahead to the NBA draft (1:05:00).

May 15, 2018
Celtics Pummel Cavs, Warriors-Rockets Is Here, and Second-Round Exit Interviews | Heat Check (Ep. 267)
00:53:09

The Ringer’s John Gonzalez sits down with Jason Concepcion, Kevin O’Connor, and Jonathan Tjarks to react to the Boston Celtics’ dominant Game 1 win against the Cleveland Cavaliers (2:25), preview the highly anticipated Western Conference finals between the Golden State Warriors and the Houston Rockets (21:42), and discuss the futures of the four teams that exited the playoffs most recently (32:26).

May 14, 2018
Conference Finals and Lottery Preview, Plus De’Aaron Fox | Draft Class (Ep. 266)
00:50:28

The Ringer’s Kevin O’Connor and Jonathan Tjarks are joined by Danny Chau to preview the two conference finals (3:13) and anticipate the NBA draft lottery (16:42). Then, O’Connor sits down with Sacramento Kings point guard De’Aaron Fox to discuss the draft process and 'Dragon Ball Z' (25:14).

May 11, 2018
Saying Goodbye to the Sixers and Looking Ahead to the Eastern and Western Conference Finals | Group Chat (Ep. 265)
00:41:37

The Ringer’s Kevin O’Connor, Justin Verrier, and Haley O'Shaughnessy comfort Chris Ryan following the Sixers' loss to the Celtics. Then the group makes some predictions for the Celtics-Cavaliers and Warriors-Rockets matchups.

May 10, 2018
Cavs Sweep Raptors, Sixers Hang On Against Celtics, SVG Out of Detroit, and Fiz In New York | The Ringer NBA Show (Ep. 264)
01:19:07

The Ringer’s Chris Vernon and Kevin O’Connor react to the Cleveland Cavaliers defeating the Toronto Raptors in a historic sweep (0:11) and the Philadelphia 76ers avoiding a sweep from the Boston Celtics (30:42). Then, they preview the two Western Conference series (41:06) and discuss coaching changes around the league (55:46).

May 08, 2018
Celtics Eclipse Sixers, #LeBronto Continues, and Warriors-Rockets Is Near | Heat Check (Ep. 263)
01:09:09

The Ringer’s John Gonzalez is joined by HBO and The Ringer’s Bill Simmons to review how the Boston Celtics built a surprising 3-0 lead over the Philadelphia 76ers (2:27). Then, Shea Serrano calls in to discuss LeBron James and the Cavaliers dominating the Toronto Raptors (30:04). Finally, Haley O’Shaughnessy and Paolo Uggetti join to react to the Golden State Warriors overwhelming the New Orleans Pelicans (49:19) and the Houston Rockets pushing ahead of the Utah Jazz (59:32).

May 07, 2018
The Draft Mailbag, Vol. 3 | Draft Class (Ep. 262)
00:42:11

The Ringer’s Kevin O’Connor and Jonathan Tjarks are joined by Danny Chau to answer listener-submitted questions about the 2018 NBA draft. Topics include: finding next year’s Donovan Mitchell, Terry Rozier and the diminishing need for point guards, strategies for trading picks, and more.

May 04, 2018
LeBron’s Toronto Takeover, the Ben Simmons No-Show, and More Playoff Prescriptions | Group Chat (Ep. 261)
00:52:29

The Ringer’s Chris Ryan, Justin Verrier, Haley O'Shaughnessy, and Kevin O’Connor go live to discuss the Eastern Conference semifinals.

May 04, 2018
Steph Curry Is Super-Back, Drake vs. Perk, and New Wrinkles in the Kawhi Saga | Sources Say (Ep. 260)
00:34:01

The Ringer’s Juliet Litman and Chris Ryan are joined by Shea Serrano to discuss the Raptors’ LeBron-sized curse (2:20) and the return of Stephen Curry (13:00) before launching into the beefs surrounding the NBA playoffs (14:28). Then they examine the current state of the rift between Kawhi Leonard and the San Antonio Spurs (25:20).

May 02, 2018
Here They Don’t Come: The Celtics Bulldoze the Sixers, Plus Cavs-Raptors and Pelicans-Warriors | The Ringer NBA Show (Ep. 259)
01:14:54

The Ringer’s Chris Vernon and Kevin O’Connor react to the Boston Celtics’ convincing victory over the Philadelphia 76ers (1:19), debate whether LeBron could carry the Cleveland Cavaliers past the Toronto Raptors (41:46), and gauge the New Orleans Pelicans’ chances to make the series competitive against the Golden State Warriors (1:01:00).

May 01, 2018
Cavs Push Through, Rockets Blast Jazz, and Warriors Still Got It, Plus Sixers-Celtics Preview | Heat Check (Ep. 258)
01:16:57

The Ringer’s John Gonzalez sits down with Juliet Litman and Chris Ryan to react to the Cleveland Cavaliers edging out the Indiana Pacers in Game 7 (3:40) and the Houston Rockets dominating the Utah Jazz (19:14). Then they preview the series between the Boston Celtics and the Philadelphia 76ers (25:27) and question the viability of the Oklahoma City Thunder’s future after they were bounced out of the first round (36:16).

Finally, Kevin O’Connor joins to discuss the Golden State Warriors pummeling the New Orleans Pelicans (53:16), debate how the Cleveland Cavaliers will fare against the Toronto Raptors (58:46), and consider the ways in which the Washington Wizards and Milwaukee Bucks can learn from their early exits (1:05:03).

Apr 30, 2018
Celtics-Bucks Goes Seven, Predicting Game 6s, and Warriors-Pelicans Preview | The Ringer NBA Show (Ep. 257)
00:51:09

The Ringer’s Kevin O’Connor and Jonathan Tjarks are joined by Zach Kram to discuss the Boston Celtics and Milwaukee Bucks going to Game 7 (2:39), the three series going into Game 6 (13:16), and the Golden State Warriors and New Orleans Pelicans tipping off in the first game of the second round (40:42).

Apr 27, 2018
LeBron Carries the Cavs (Again), Raptors Take the Lead, the Thunder Make a Comeback, and the Rockets Decimate the Timberwolves | Group Chat (Ep. 256)
00:49:49

The Ringer’s Chris Ryan and Justin Verrier are joined by Haley O’Shaughnessy, Jason Concepcion, and Paolo Uggetti to react to the night’s quadruple header and answer a few mailbag questions.

Apr 26, 2018
What Happened to 'Zero Dark Thirty' LeBron? Plus Meek Mill and the Sixers | Sources Say (Ep. 255)
00:37:04

The Ringer’s Juliet Litman and Chris Ryan discuss LeBron’s social media presence during the playoffs (1:30), fresh-out-of-prison Meek Mill attending the Philadelphia 76ers game (12:30), and Hassan Whiteside (16:55). Then they discuss Kevin Durant’s move to Malibu (28:35) and Chris Paul selling his Houston home (31:30).

Apr 25, 2018
Houston Trusts the Math, OKC Has a Westbrook Problem, and the Sixers’ Next Steps | The Ringer NBA Show (Ep. 254)
00:58:42

The Ringer’s Chris Vernon and Kevin O’Connor react to the Houston Rockets’ unbelievable 50-point quarter against the Minnesota Timberwolves (0:28) and the Utah Jazz’s dominant victory over the flawed Oklahoma City Thunder (15:32). Then, they discuss the other series in the playoffs (44:18).

Apr 24, 2018
Washington Resurges, Sixers Escalate, Pelicans Sweep, and Cavs Edge One Out | Heat Check (Ep. 253)
01:00:17

The Ringer’s John Gonzalez sits down with Joe House to react to all of the weekend’s playoff action, including the Washington Wizards’ electric comeback against the Toronto Raptors (2:29), the Philadelphia 76ers’ impressive rise to contention (23:59), the New Orleans Pelicans’ surprising sweep of the Portland Trail Blazers (32:03), and the Cleveland Cavaliers’ rocky road thus far (50:45).

Apr 23, 2018
The Future for Big Men and Rebuilding the Blazers | Draft Class (Ep. 252)
00:28:02

The Ringer’s Kevin O’Connor, Jonathan Tjarks, and Danny Chau debate the pros and cons of taking traditional big men in the draft (2:07), discuss how the Portland Trail Blazers should rebuild their team (12:18), and receive grades for their analyses (25:14).

Apr 20, 2018
Jazz Strike Down Thunder, LeBron Carries Cavs, and Rockets Back on Course | Group Chat (Ep. 251)
00:56:02

The Ringer’s Chris Ryan and Justin Verrier are joined by Kevin O’Connor, Jason Concepcion, and Paolo Uggetti to react to the night’s triple-header action and assess the state of the playoffs thus far.

Apr 19, 2018
The Heat Steal One in Philadelphia and the Struggling Spurs Need Kawhi | The Ringer NBA Show (Ep. 250)
00:52:59

The Ringer’s Chris Vernon and Kevin O’Connor discuss the Miami Heat vindicating themselves against the Philadelphia 76ers (0:40) and Joel Embiid’s frustration at not being able to play (12:08). Then they talk about the Spurs’ chances to keep their series against the Warriors competitive (18:10) and whether the Kawhi Leonard mystery will ever be solved (21:45) before previewing tonight’s games (35:02) and debating whether LeBron James will be able to carry the Cleveland Cavaliers through the first round (47:15).

Apr 17, 2018
The Playoffs Are Here: Early Upsets and Flipping the Switch (or Not) | Heat Check (Ep. 249)
00:59:03

The Ringer’s John Gonzalez brings on Jason Concepcion to discuss the Minnesota Timberwolves blowing their chance at stealing a game against the Houston Rockets (2:33), the Philadelphia 76ers steamrolling the Miami Heat (10:09), and Oklahoma City Thunder flipping the switch against the Utah Jazz (19:10).

Then, Kevin O’Connor comes on to talk about the Indiana Pacers pulling off an impressive upset against the Cleveland Cavaliers (28:26), the Boston Celtics’ thrilling overtime win against the Milwaukee Bucks (34:45), and the dominant Golden State Warriors coming back into form against the San Antonio Spurs (40:34).

Finally, Justin Verrier and Danny Chau join in to review the New Orleans Pelicans edging out the Portland Trail Blazers (44:44) and the Toronto Raptors snapping their decade-long losing streak against the Washington Wizards (52:30).

Apr 16, 2018
Disagreements on the Big Board and Rookies in the Playoffs | Draft Class (Ep. 248)
00:33:46

The Ringer’s Kevin O’Connor, Jonathan Tjarks, and Danny Chau debate their most-differing rankings from The Ringer's updated draft guide (2:27), discuss observations from the Nike Hoops Summit (19:33), and evaluate how the impressive rookie class will perform in the playoffs (22:26).

Apr 13, 2018
Emergency NBA Playoff Preview | Group Chat (Ep. 247)
01:27:41

The Ringer's Justin Verrier and guest host Bill Simmons are joined by Jason Concepcion, Kevin O'Connor, and Haley O'Shaughnessy to discuss each of the NBA playoff matchups.

Apr 12, 2018
Bill Simmons on the Best NBA-Finals Food Cities | House of Carbs (Ep. 40)
01:01:56

The Ringer's Joe House is joined for the second pod in a row by his longtime buddy Bill Simmons to rank each of the potential NBA Finals cities based on their food scene. We're sorry in advance.

Apr 11, 2018
Countdown to the Playoffs, LeBron’s Future, and Not Predicting the Finals | The Ringer NBA Show (Ep. 245)
00:53:23

The Ringer’s Chris Vernon and Kevin O’Connor preview the battle between the Minnesota Timberwolves and Denver Nuggets for the 8-seed in the Western Conference (2:03) and evaluate the potential matchups in the Eastern Conference (10:35). Then, they discuss how the playoffs will impact LeBron James’s looming free agency (31:59), debate whether the inevitability of superteams contending for the championship is bad for the sport (42:32), and react to the raised price for ownership of the Memphis Grizzlies (47:06).

Apr 10, 2018
Narrowing Down the West, the Wide-Open East, and Sixers, Sixers, Sixers | Heat Check (Ep. 244)
01:09:03

The Ringer’s John Gonzalez is joined by Shea Serrano to debate how the Western Conference playoffs will shake out (1:49). Then, Kevin O’Connor and Justin Verrier come on to discuss which teams could rise above the fray in the Eastern Conference (25:52) and which players belong on the All-NBA teams (39:21). Finally, Michael Baumann and The Rights To Ricky Sanchez’s Mike Levin join to talk all things Philadelphia 76ers (48:27).

Apr 09, 2018
The Draft Mailbag, Vol. 2 | Draft Class (Ep. 243)
00:33:18

The Ringer’s Kevin O’Connor and Jonathan Tjarks answer listener-submitted questions about the 2018 NBA draft. Topics include: draft stock rising in the NCAA tournament, this year’s Donovan Mitchell, the safest pick in the draft, Deandre Ayton versus unicorns, and the Knicks’ rebuilding plan.

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Apr 06, 2018
Kyrie Irving's Shutdown, Sixers Stay Hot, West Playoff Carousel, and Hope for Bottom-Dwellers | Group Chat (Ep. 242)
00:46:18

The Ringer’s Chris Ryan and Justin Verrier are joined by Paolo Uggetti to react live to the Kyrie Irving knee surgery news (1:25) and discuss the impact of the injury on the rest of the Eastern Conference (13:04). Then, they debate which contending team will make it into the Western Conference playoffs (23:11) and look to the future for lottery teams (34:20).

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Apr 05, 2018
Villanova Wildcats in the NBA, Shuffling Playoff Seeds, and Predicting the Favorites | The Ringer NBA Show (Ep. 241)
00:49:09

The Ringer’s Chris Vernon and Kevin O’Connor project the futures of Villanova players who could leap to the NBA (1:09), discuss the various possibilities for playoff seeding (16:54), and debate the favorites in each conference (32:11).

Apr 03, 2018
Updated Playoff Picture, Players In and Players Out, Surprises, and Disappointments | Heat Check (Ep. 240)
01:06:41

The Ringer’s John Gonzalez is joined by Juliet Litman to discuss the matchups to watch for in the looming playoffs (2:57). Then, Kevin O’Connor comes on to evaluate the impact of players out with injury and returning from injury (26:12). Finally, Jonathan Tjarks and Danny Chau join to name the biggest surprises and disappointments of the season (49:17) and are quizzed on current scoring streaks in the NBA (58:29).

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Apr 02, 2018
Next Piece for the Process Sixers, Final Four Prospects, and (Don’t) Stay in School, Kids | Draft Class (Ep. 239)
00:35:14

The Ringer’s Kevin O’Connor and Jonathan Tjarks debate who the Philadelphia 76ers should take with their lottery pick (3:01), examine whether any players in the Final Four could be taken in the draft (14:59), discuss which college coaches could leap to the NBA this summer (21:48), and evaluate the risks for prospects who return to college (28:23).

For more draft coverage, check out The Ringer’s 2018 NBA Draft Guide.

Mar 30, 2018
Streaking Sixers, Scrappy Celtics, Re-drafting the Top 5 Rookies, and the Evolution of KAT | Group Chat (Ep. 238)
00:42:03

The Ringer’s Chris Ryan and Justin Verrier are joined by Haley O’Shaughnessy to discuss the bright future of the Philadelphia 76ers (2:41) and the Boston Celtics’ ability to elicit valuable production from unproven players (14:51). Then, they re-rank this season’s rookie class (26:02) and examine Karl-Anthony Towns’s complicated stardom (34:42).

Mar 29, 2018
IT Out, Fultz Back, Lorde’s Thunder Fandom, and Concern-Trolling Playoff Teams | Sources Say (Ep. 237)
00:33:54

The Ringer’s Juliet Litman and Chris Ryan discuss Lakers guard Isaiah Thomas undergoing hip surgery (1:24), Markelle Fultz returning to the rising Philadelphia 76ers (7:02), and Ben Simmons’s recent exploits (9:59). Then, they discuss singer Lorde’s Oklahoma City Thunder fandom (15:55) and some struggling playoff teams (27:40).

Mar 28, 2018
Fultz's Return, Overworked Wolves, Potent Underdogs, and Contrarian Drafting | The Ringer NBA Show (Ep. 236)
00:58:20

The Ringer’s Chris Vernon and Kevin O’Connor react to Markelle Fultz’s return to action (2:19), discuss the Minnesota Timberwolves’ puzzling loss to the Memphis Grizzlies (13:39), debate playoff teams that the top seeds want to avoid (24:25), and assess the value of dissent in draft evaluations (40:16).


Check out Kevin’s analysis of Fultz’s return here: https://www.theringer.com/nba/2018/3/27/17167456/markelle-fultz-return-sixers-analysis.

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Mar 27, 2018
Weakened Warriors, LeBron Flips the Switch, and the Sixers Soar | Heat Check (Ep. 235)
00:58:21

The Ringer’s John Gonzalez is joined by Kevin O’Connor to weigh playoff concerns for the Golden State Warriors with a sidelined Stephen Curry (2:35). Then, Joe House calls in to discuss how LeBron James’s recent hot streak bolsters the Cavaliers’ title chances (21:25). Finally, Jason Concepcion comes on to apologize for underestimating the now-potent Philadelphia 76ers (38:06) and explain how the Knicks fail at tanking (47:30).

Mar 26, 2018
Trae Young Declares, Robert Williams’s Future, and Kentucky One-and-Dones | Draft Class (Ep. 234)
00:41:10

The Ringer’s Kevin O’Connor and Jonathan Tjarks is joined by Danny Chau to project the NBA future for Oklahoma sensation Trae Young (2:00), discuss Texas A&M big man Robert Williams (19:00), and analyze Kentucky freshmen Shai Gilgeous-Alexander and Jarred Vanderbilt (29:00).

Mar 23, 2018
The Kawhi Leonard Mystery and Pre-Playoffs Questions | Group Chat (Ep. 233)
00:37:12

The Ringer’s Chris Ryan and Justin Verrier are joined by Paolo Uggetti to discuss a new wrinkle in the strange case of Kawhi Leonard (0:48), debate whether the Cleveland Cavaliers have flipped a switch (9:56), evaluate how the Portland Trail Blazers will fare in the playoffs (20:52), and consider playoff teams on a hot streak (25:24).

Mar 22, 2018
Playoff Picture Musical Chairs, Post-Lue Cavs, and Prospects Out of March Madness | The Ringer NBA Show (Ep. 232)
00:42:18

The Ringer’s Chris Vernon and Kevin O’Connor discuss hypothetical first-round matchups in the Western Conference (3:54), how the Cavs will fare during Tyronn Lue’s hiatus (19:41), and the fluctuating draft stocks of NBA prospects who have been bumped out of the NCAA tournament (31:30).

Mar 20, 2018
Ty Lue Steps Away, the Hobbled Warriors, and Anthony Davis Takes Flight | Heat Check (Ep. 231)
01:05:36

The Ringer’s John Gonzalez is joined by Juliet Litman to discuss the impact of Tyronn Lue temporarily stepping away as the Cavaliers' head coach, due to illness (2:20). Then, Haley O’Shaughnessy and Danny Chau discuss how the Warriors’ recent slew of injuries affect the Western Conference playoff picture (24:44) and variability in the Eastern Conference playoff picture (39:54). Finally, Micah Peters and Justin Verrier come on to discuss the future of the New Orleans Pelicans regarding the passing of owner Tom Benson (44:16) and how superstar Anthony Davis is carrying his team into the playoffs (53:49).

Mar 19, 2018
Debate the Dukies: Marvin Bagley vs. Wendell Carter, Plus NCAA Tournament Risers | Draft Class (Ep. 230)
00:33:17

The Ringer’s Kevin O’Connor, Jonathan Tjarks, and Danny Chau debate the pros and cons of two highly touted Duke University freshmen, Marvin Bagley III and Wendell Carter Jr. (3:21), and highlight four prospects whose draft stock may rise over the course of March Madness (17:19).

Check out The Ringer’s 2018 NBA Draft Guide with contributions from O’Connor, Tjarks, and Chau.

Mar 16, 2018
Zombie Warriors vs. Young Lakers, the Andrew Wiggins Debate, and Building the Bucks Around Giannis | Group Chat (Ep. 229)
00:39:21

The Ringer’s Chris Ryan and Justin Verrier are joined by Haley O’Shaughnessy to discuss the decimated Warriors’ triumph over the up-and-coming Lakers (1:55), to debate the turbulent career of former no. 1 pick Andrew Wiggins in context of the 2014 draft (17:59), and to consider how to reconfigure the Bucks to better complement their superstar, Giannis Antetokounmpo (28:19).


Articles mentioned on the show

Mar 15, 2018
NBA Birthdays, Griping Wiggins, and Jokic vs. Malone | Sources Say (Ep. 228)
00:37:31

The Ringer’s Chris Ryan and Juliet Litman sit down to discuss Stephen Curry's and Tristan Thompson’s birthday festivities (01:00). Then they discuss how unhappy Andrew Wiggins is (29:50) and the potential rift between Nikola Jokic and Mike Malone (33:20).

Mar 14, 2018
Spurs in Danger, Lillard Elevates, Unpredictable Playoff Picture, and Prospects on Display | The Ringer NBA Show (Ep. 227)
01:06:54

The Ringer’s Chris Vernon and Kevin O’Connor discuss the possibility for the Spurs to miss the playoffs for the first time in two decades (6:05), the Steph Curry–like ascent of Portland Trail Blazers All-Star Damian Lillard (14:47), the minimum number of wins necessary to make it into the competitive Western Conference playoffs (22:17), intriguing Eastern Conference teams on the rise (27:21), and prospects to look forward to watching during March Madness (47:23).

Mar 13, 2018
The End of the Spurs, Underrated Raptors, Streaking Blazers, and Most Important Players | Heat Check (Ep. 226)
01:02:56

The Ringer’s John Gonzalez is joined by Shea Serrano and Kevin O’Connor to debate whether the Spurs dynasty is nearing its end (3:09). Then, Jonathan Tjarks and Danny Chau come on to discuss the dominant Toronto Raptors and the scorching-hot Portland Trail Blazers (23:01). Finally, Paolo Uggetti joins to highlight the most important players in the last month of the season (42:38).


Articles mentioned in the show

Kevin O’Connor on the Spurs’ concerns for the future

'NBA Desktop,' featuring Danny Chau’s take on tanking

Paolo Uggetti and Haley O’Shaughnessy on the most important players of the final month

Mar 12, 2018
The Return of Michael Porter Jr., Bridges or Bridges, KBD in the NBA, and the All-Sleepers Team | Draft Class (Ep. 225)
00:49:39

The Ringer’s Kevin O’Connor and Jonathan Tjarks are joined by Mark Titus and Tate Frazier of ‘One Shining Podcast’ to discuss the impact of Missouri freshman Michael Porter Jr.’s return on his draft stock (2:49), compare two lottery prospects named Bridges (10:47), debate Ohio State junior Keita Bates-Diop’s NBA potential (23:21), and select sleeper picks for each position (34:51).

Mar 09, 2018
The Russ-vs.-Harden Debate, and Anthony Davis's Unbelievable Season | Group Chat (Ep. 224)
00:53:17

The Ringer's Chris Ryan and Justin Verrier are joined by Haley O'Shaughnessy to check in on the revitalized Cavs (3:20), DeMar DeRozan's MVP candidacy (10:45), and mid-tier playoff contenders, including the Pelicans and 76ers (20:15). Then Jason Concepcion stops by to talk Russ vs. Harden (37:55).


Links:


Kevin O'Connor on The End of The Spurs Dynasty

Jason Concepcion on Russ vs. Harden


Mar 08, 2018
Blazing-hot Blazers, the Lakers’ Latest Run, and March Madness Prospects | The Ringer NBA Show (Ep. 223)
00:55:51

The Ringer’s Chris Vernon and Kevin O’Connor discuss the Portland Trail Blazers’ impressive late-season run (3:08), the questions surrounding Kawhi Leonard and the Spurs (9:47), the rapidly improving Lakers (20:23), the coach-GM conundrum as it relates to the Detroit Pistons’ struggles (28:01), regular-season award predictions (38:30), and draft prospects to watch for during March Madness (48:57).

Mar 06, 2018
Don’t Worry About the Cavs, LeBron-to-Philly, and Lonzo’s Lakers | Heat Check (Ep. 222)
01:10:32

The Ringer’s John Gonzalez is joined by Joe House to discuss J.R. Smith's Soupgate (3:17), the Cleveland Cavaliers’ concerns (9:12), and the Rockets’ chances to usurp the Warriors (15:17). Then, Chris Ryan comes on to discuss the legacy of former Sixers GM Sam Hinkie (27:05), the hypothetical of LeBron going to Philadelphia (35:02), and the future for Hinkie (42:28). Finally, Kevin O’Connor and Paolo Uggetti join to reevaluate draft-day debates (48:22) and Lonzo Ball’s recent improvements (63:16).


Articles mentioned on the show:

Paolo Uggetti on the Rockets’ regular-season dominance

John Gonzalez on Sam Hinkie’s future

Chris Ryan and Justin Verrier on how LeBron James would fit on the 76ers

Kevin O’Connor on past draft-day debates

Mar 05, 2018
The Draft Mailbag, Vol. 1 | Draft Class (Ep. 221)
00:24:18

The Ringer’s Kevin O’Connor and Jonathan Tjarks answer listener-submitted questions about the 2018 NBA draft. Topics include: Michael Porter Jr.’s return to action, NBA prospects who could play football, Kawhi Leonard vs Luka Doncic, and more.

Mar 02, 2018
Is Houston the Biggest Threat to Golden State's Dynasty? | Group Chat (Ep. 220)
00:44:32

The Ringer's Chris Ryan and Justin Verrier are joined by Haley O'Shaughnessy to talk LeBron rumors (2:25), the red-hot Rockets (5:30), and Anthony Davis's MVP candidacy (13:10), before trying to pin down some of the teams between third and 10th place in the East and West who might make some noise in the playoffs (22:50).

Mar 01, 2018
LeBron-to-Philly Rumors, Plus Locker Room Check-Ins | Sources Say (Ep. 219)
00:31:39

The Ringer's Chris Ryan and Juliet Litman sit down to talk about teams tanking (2:55) and rumors about LeBron leaning toward joining the 76ers and what that would mean for Philadelphia (9:15). Then they do locker room check-ins for the Lakers, Cavs, Clippers, and more (14:55).

Feb 28, 2018
Tanking Reform, Playoff Sleepers, and Anthony Davis's Brilliance With Bill Simmons | Heat Check (Ep. 218)
01:17:02

HBO and The Ringer’s Bill Simmons brings on Haralabos Voulgaris and Jason Concepcion to discuss the trends of the modern NBA (3:09), the merits of advanced metrics (13:48), and how to fix tanking (34:17). Then they are joined by Justin Verrier to debate who belongs in the All-NBA first team (46:37), how much coaching matters (58:32), and the future of the post-trade-deadline Cleveland Cavaliers (69:14).


Link — The Ringer’s Kevin O’Connor on Takeaways From the Sloan Conference

Feb 26, 2018
Done With One-and-Dones, Plus Deandre Ayton's potential | Draft Class (Ep. 217)
00:32:56

The Ringer’s Kevin O’Connor and Jonathan Tjarks debate whether the NBA should change the one-and-done rule (2:40), evaluate the potential of Arizona big man Deandre Ayton (12:47), and receive grades for their analyses (30:12).


Links

Jonathan Tjarks on how the NBA could adapt soccer’s youth academy model

Jonathan Tjarks on the concerns about Deandre Ayton’s defensive prowess

Feb 23, 2018
What Is Going on With Kawhi Leonard and the Spurs? | Group Chat (Ep. 216)
00:41:04

The Ringer's Chris Ryan and Justin Verrier are joined by Danny Chau and Paolo Uggetti to briefly address the allegations surrounding the Dallas Mavericks (2:20) before they discuss Kawhi Leonard's current status, his relationship with the Spurs, and his longevity with the team (4:25). Then they examine Adam Silver's comments about exploring a radically different kind of NBA playoffs (23:45).

Feb 22, 2018
Jordan vs. LeBron and Final Stretch Preview | The Ringer NBA Show (Ep. 215)
00:50:55

The Ringer’s Chris Vernon and Kevin O’Connor debate whether LeBron James has a chance to catch up to Michael Jordan in the GOAT conversation (0:32) and discuss how the rest of the season will play out (35:17).


Links

The Ringer's Jordan-LeBron Week

Feb 20, 2018
All-Star Weekend, Star Rookies, and Future Stars | Heat Check (Ep. 214)
01:04:58

The Ringer’s John Gonzalez is joined by Shea Serrano to review All-Star Weekend (3:05), including Jimmy Butler’s decision to sit out the All-Star Game (8:05) and the utilization of nostalgia in the dunk contest (11:11). Then Haley O’Shaughnessy and Micah Peters come on to discuss other All-Star festivities (21:17) and the Rookie of the Year debate (32:42). Finally, Kevin O’Connor and Danny Chau sit down to evaluate the upcoming free agency (42:13) and the future All-Stars (52:33).


Links

Ringer staff on regular-season awards

Kevin O’Connor on potential player movement

Danny Chau on the 2023 All-Stars

Feb 19, 2018
Learning From 2015, Concerns for Marvin Bagley, and Chau-ing Down on Lonnie Walker | Draft Class (Ep. 213)
00:31:53

The Ringer’s Kevin O’Connor and Jonathan Tjarks are joined by Danny Chau to glean lessons from the 2015 NBA draft (1:16), debate the future of Duke’s Marvin Bagley III (14:30), evaluate an overlooked prospect (21:20), and receive grades for their analyses (29:32).


Links

The Ringer's 2015 NBA Redraft

Jonathan Tjarks on Marvin Bagley III

Feb 16, 2018
Should We Be Worried About the Warriors? | Group Chat (Ep. 212)
00:48:47

The Ringer's Chris Ryan and Justin Verrier are joined by Haley O'Shaughnessy to discuss the state of the NBA as we approach All-Star Weekend. They examine what sort of adjustments the Celtics can make (3:30), the Warriors' recent stretch of games (9:10), and the red-hot Utah Jazz (17:20). Then they talk about the Raptors and the Rockets (28:00), who are on top of the East and West, respectively. Finally, they revisit the Cavs' trade-deadline moves (39:40) and speculate on Isaiah Thomas's NBA future (44:45).

Feb 15, 2018
Inside the Cavs’ Trade Deadline, Drama in D.C., and More NBA Gossip | Sources Say (Ep. 211)
00:39:55

The Ringer's Chris Ryan and Juliet Litman sit down to discuss current NBA story lines, including Adrian Wojnarowski's inside story of the Cavs' drastic roster change (2:35), Steve Kerr letting his players coach (15:15), the Wizards' locker room problems (19:45), Blake Griffin's palimony lawsuit (28:00), Lonzo Ball expecting a child (34:10), and more.

Feb 14, 2018
Red-Hot Utah Jazz, Donovan Mitchell for ROY, and Early Draft Debate | The Ringer NBA Show (Ep. 210)
00:47:29

The Ringer’s Chris Vernon and Kevin O’Connor discuss the Utah Jazz on a 10-game win streak (1:24), consider Donovan Mitchell’s candidacy for Rookie of the Year (14:46), and debate their differing methods of evaluating the upcoming NBA draft (22:43).

Feb 13, 2018
Rejuvenated Cavs, New Laker Isaiah Thomas, and a Markelle Fultz Update | Heat Check (Ep. 209)
01:00:08

The Ringer’s John Gonzalez brings on Juliet Litman to discuss the revamped Cleveland Cavaliers on display against the Boston Celtics on Paul Pierce day (4:30), Jason Concepcion to explain the bizarre phenomenon of Isaiah Thomas on the Los Angeles Lakers (22:09), and Chris Ryan to scrutinize the Philadelphia 76ers’ mishandling of once-prized rookie Markelle Fultz (40:30).

Feb 12, 2018
Don’t Win for Doncic, the Jaren Jackson Jr. Debate, and the Lakers' Anti-tank | Draft Class (Ep. 208)
00:30:55

The Ringer’s Kevin O’Connor and Jonathan Tjarks explain the importance of the NBA draft (0:07), identify their current top prospects (3:23), consider the possibility of second-tier prospects jumping up to the no. 1 pick conversation (8:31), and evaluate the potential for Michigan State’s Jaren Jackson Jr. (10:14). Then they discuss the effects of Thursday's NBA trade deadline on the upcoming draft (19:43) and receive grades for their analyses (29:10).

Feb 09, 2018
Cleveland's Midseason Rebuild and Other NBA Trade Deadline Reactions | Group Chat (Ep. 207)
00:38:10

The Ringer's Chris Ryan and Justin Verrier are joined by a plethora of Ringer staffers — Haley O'Shaugnessey, Kevin O'Connor (1:10), Jason Concepcion (13:50), Paolo Uggetti, and Danny Chau (26:10) — to try to explain the events of the NBA trade deadline.

Feb 08, 2018
The Future of the Cavs and Knicks With Bill Simmons, Chris Ryan, and Justin Verrier | The Ringer NBA Show (Ep. 206)
01:07:11

HBO and The Ringer's Bill Simmons sits down with Chris Ryan and Justin Verrier to discuss Kristaps Porzingis's recent season-ending injury and its effect on the trajectory of the Knicks' season (2:35), possible destinations for Avery Bradley (12:20), and just what the hell is going on in Cleveland (26:55). Then, the guys are joined by Jason Concepcion to commiserate about Porzingis and explore what kinds of changes he may make to his game when he returns (37:30).

Feb 07, 2018
Collapsing Cavs, New-Look Pistons, Wizards Without Wall, and Trade Deadlines | Heat Check (Ep. 205)
01:08:51

The Ringer’s John Gonzalez brings on Shea Serrano to discuss the tumultuous Cleveland Cavaliers (3:30), Jonathan Tjarks to deliberate over the Pistons’ future (18:45), Joe House to question whether the Wizards should trade John Wall (32:35), and Kevin O’Connor and Jason Concepcion to review previous trade deadlines and preview the upcoming one (44:35).

Feb 06, 2018
Playoff Standings Overview and Trade Deadline Preview | The Ringer NBA Show (Ep. 204)
01:00:50

The Ringer’s Chris Vernon and Kevin O’Connor consider which moves the Cleveland Cavaliers should make (3:47), discuss the Houston Rockets’ chances at climbing atop the Western Conference (11:20), and analyze the shifting order of the playoff standings (16:27). Then, they explore which players will be targeted before the trade deadline (34:37), debate the conundrum of max contracts (41:01), and predict the biggest name traded before Thursday’s trade deadline (55:09).

Feb 05, 2018
Unpacking the LeBron-to-GSW Possibility, Plus Trade Rumors | Group Chat (Ep. 203)
00:52:08

The Ringer's Chris Ryan and Justin Verrier are joined by Haley O’Shaughnessy to discuss LeBron saying he would "consider" going to Golden State (1:20), Nikola Mirotic's trade to the Pelicans (9:20), and possible trades for players including DeAndre Jordan (15:05) and Tyreke Evans (19:20). Then, they survey some NBA teams to figure out if they're at their best or worst for this season, including the Nuggets, Pacers, Wizards, and more (27:50).

Feb 01, 2018
Who Is the Clipper That Was Promised? Examining L.A.'s Future in Basketball | Sources Say (Ep. 202)
00:32:53

The Ringer's Chris Ryan and Juliet Litman sit down to discuss the end of the Lob City era, Blake Griffin's new life in Detroit, and who may be L.A.'s next big star (1:25). Then they discuss Kevin Love's tumultuous last couple of weeks (20:40), the end of the Cavs era (26:25), and the Warriors' post-loss escape-room trip (28:20).

Jan 31, 2018
The Blake Griffin Blockbuster | The Ringer NBA Show (Ep. 201)
00:55:37

The Ringer’s Chris Vernon and Kevin O’Connor discuss the impact of John Wall’s injury on the Eastern Conference playoff picture (0:54), scrutinize the Blake Griffin trade (6:37), project the futures for both teams involved (30:24), and debate the fallacies of defensive metrics (41:39).

Jan 30, 2018
The Griffin Trade With Bill Simmons, Justin Verrier, and Chris Ryan (Emergency Edition) | The Ringer NBA Show (Ep. 200)
00:53:36

HBO and The Ringer's Bill Simmons, Chris Ryan, and Justin Verrier discuss the Clippers trading Blake Griffin to the Pistons in an emergency edition of 'The Ringer NBA Show.'

Jan 30, 2018
Boogie Goes Down, Fixing the All-Star Draft, and Boston vs. Philadelphia | Heat Check (Ep. 199)
00:33:21

The Ringer’s John Gonzalez and Kevin O’Connor discuss the impacts of DeMarcus Cousins’s Achilles injury (1:48), the Memphis Grizzlies’ future after Mike Conley’s season-ending surgery (8:12), potential improvements to All-Star Weekend (13:30), and possible trade-deadline moves (18:22). Then, they debate Boston vs. Philadelphia (25:30) and preview this week’s most exciting games (31:28).

Jan 29, 2018
Cleveland's Very Bad Week, Trade Rumors, and Marveling at the Spurs | Group Chat (Ep. 198)
00:48:50

The Ringer's Chris Ryan and Justin Verrier are joined by Kevin O'Connor to talk about the Celtics snapping their four-game losing streak and Kyrie Irving stepping into the role of team spokesperson (2:40), Ben Simmons's developing talent (6:25), and the multitude of rumors circling the Cavs (11:55). Then, they speculate about the "best version" of the Blazers (30:05), Spurs (39:00), Bucks (44:00), and more.

Jan 25, 2018
#RingerNBA Live: All-Star Reserves and Trade Deadline Preview | After-Party (Ep. 197)
00:54:12

The Ringer’s Chris Ryan, Justin Verrier, and Kevin O’Connor react to the announcement of All-Star reserves and perform a mock draft of the All-Star teams (1:28). Then, they are joined by The Ringer’s Haley O’Shaughnessy to discuss intriguing trade possibilities ahead of the upcoming deadline (29:53).

Jan 24, 2018
Firings, Accusations, Rifts: This Is Why We Play? | The Ringer NBA Show (Ep. 196)
00:43:48

The Ringer’s Chris Vernon and Kevin O’Connor review the recent dramatic news in the NBA: the Milwaukee Bucks firing Jason Kidd (2:19), the seemingly imploding Cleveland Cavaliers (16:18), Kawhi Leonard’s rift with the San Antonio Spurs (29:25), and Damian Lillard’s reported discontentment with the Portland Trail Blazers' front office (35:05).

Jan 23, 2018
East Teams in Strugglesville and All-Stars in Tinseltown | Heat Check (Ep. 195)
00:33:36

The Ringer’s Juliet Litman and John Gonzalez analyze the Cleveland Cavaliers’ continuing struggles (0:50), review Chris Paul’s recent exploits (7:27), and discuss Eastern Conference teams dealing with internal turmoil (16:32). Then, they debate the omissions from the All-Star starters (23:11) and preview this week’s most exciting games (32:10).

Jan 22, 2018
Kemba Walker Trade Rumors and Mock-Drafting the All-Star Starters | Group Chat (Ep. 194)
00:34:44

The Ringer's Chris Ryan and Justin Verrier are joined by Danny Chau and Paolo Uggetti to discuss the Kemba Walker trade rumors and possible destinations for him (1:30). Then, they talk about the NBA All-Star Game, the starters for the East and West, and who was left out (16:10), before implementing a mock All-Star starter draft (23:20).

Jan 19, 2018
'Sources Say': NBA Fight Club and Celtics Legends Controversy (Ep. 193)
00:31:21

The Ringer's Juliet Litman and Chris Ryan marvel at the NBA fights of late, and offer theories to explain the recent rise in incidents (1:05). Next, they examine the Isaiah Thomas video tribute debacle (11:20) and Clippers-Cavs trade rumors (19:10). Then, they congratulate Jayson Tatum on his new child (21:05), wonder whether the Baby Lakers are friends (22:55), and examine Chris Paul's California real estate ventures (24:20).

Jan 17, 2018
The (Sort of) Brawl in the Hall and the Broken Cavs (Ep. 192)
00:41:31

The Ringer’s Chris Ryan and Kevin O’Connor review the various altercations in and around the Rockets-Clippers game (1:13), answer fan questions regarding the aforementioned incident (17:56), and analyze the Cleveland Cavaliers’ issues, as were on display against the Warriors (24:15).

Jan 16, 2018
‘Heat Check’: The Jimmy Butler-for-MVP Campaign Starts Here (Ep. 191)
00:41:01

The Ringer’s Juliet Litman and John Gonzalez check in on the state of the NBA through the first half of the season (0:34), preview Chris Paul's return to play the surging Los Angeles Clippers (15:20), laud the NBA’s efforts regarding social activism (26:15), review some quirky stories coming out of last week (35:52), and look forward to this week’s slate of games (39:34).

Jan 15, 2018
'Group Chat': Sixers-Celtics, What Ifs, and the Future of the Warriors (Ep. 190)
00:34:27

The Ringer's Chris Ryan and Justin Verrier are joined by Haley O’Shaughnessy and Jason Concepcion to react to the London 76ers-Celtics game (2:18), then they ask some "What if..." questions about the NBA in general (18:35), before speculating on the future of the Golden State Warriors (28:50).

Jan 12, 2018
The Rule of Three(-Pointers) and Trade-Season Preview (Ep. 189)
00:58:19

The Ringer’s Chris Vernon and Kevin O’Connor discuss the recent Jimmy Butler–led Minnesota Timberwolves surge (0:58), speculate about the Phoenix Suns’ future with Devin Booker at the helm (18:33), and debate the change in the role of 3-pointers (31:09). Then, they analyze how the San Antonio Spurs have managed to thrive in the absence of key players (37:31), wonder if DeMarcus Cousins should be shooting 3s (46:01), and evaluate the likelihoods of recent trade rumors (48:23).

Jan 09, 2018
‘Heat Check’: Turbulent Lakers, Triumphant Raptors, and Tampering in L.A. (Ep. 188)
00:36:01

The Ringer’s Juliet Litman and John Gonzalez unpack the drama surrounding the Los Angeles Lakers (0:58), evaluate the updated All-Star voting process (8:52), project the impact of players returning to action (14:38), and wonder if the Toronto Raptors could contend with the top-tier teams (20:24). Then they discuss some regrettable choices by players named Paul (24:49), react to eccentric news stories in basketball (30:47), and preview this week’s slate of games (34:01).

Jan 08, 2018
'Group Chat': Is Cavs-Celtics a Real Rivalry? (Ep. 187)
00:47:47

The Ringer's Chris Ryan and Justin Verrier sit down with Haley O’Shaughnessy and Paolo Uggetti to discuss the less than impressive Cavaliers-Celtics game and ask whether the teams have a real rivalry (0:50). Then they test out a new segment, "Illusion vs. Reality," in which they review the Raptors, Thunder, Nets, and more (10:30). Finally, they try to separate some of the middle-of-the-road teams from contenders and wannabes (30:50).

Jan 04, 2018
‘Sources Say’: The Air-balling of Grievances (Ep. 186)
00:34:28

The Ringer's Juliet Litman and Chris Ryan kick off the new year by discussing the photo of Baron Davis and Laura Dern (01:00), Isaiah Thomas's return (10:15), Jackie MacMullan's piece on Kyrie Irving (14:45), and the Lakers airing their grievances (24:30).

Jan 03, 2018
The King in the Fourth Joins King James, the Raptors Evolve, and the L.A. Teams Diverge (Ep. 185)
01:02:23

The Ringer’s Chris Vernon and Kevin O’Connor anticipate the impact of Isaiah Thomas returning to action for the Cleveland Cavaliers (1:09), assess the potential consequences of James Harden’s injury on the Houston Rockets’ future (18:30), commend the Toronto Raptors’ improvements as evidenced by their recent winning streak (24:47), analyze the manifold implications of the Los Angeles Lakers falling down the standings (31:26), debate the plausibility of Donovan Mitchell winning Rookie of the Year (44:10), and evaluate the Los Angeles Clippers’ suddenly viable playoff hopes (49:51).

Jan 02, 2018
One Thing for Every Team With Bill Simmons, Part 2 (Ep. 184)
00:53:59

HBO and The Ringer’s Bill Simmons and The Ringer’s Kevin O’Connor discuss one topic for each of the 30 teams in the NBA. In Part 2, they break down teams with records over .500.

Dec 27, 2017
One Thing for Every Team With Bill Simmons, Part 1 (Ep. 183)
00:59:30

HBO and The Ringer’s Bill Simmons and The Ringer’s Kevin O’Connor discuss one topic for each of the 30 teams in the NBA. In Part 1, they analyze teams with records under .500.

Dec 27, 2017
'Group Chat': The 12 Questions of Christmas With Bill Simmons (Ep. 182)
01:11:06

The Ringer's Justin Verrier is joined by Danny Chau, Paolo Uggetti, and HBO and The Ringer's Bill Simmons to discuss the Christmas Day slate and beyond through 12 questions, including: "Who are the 76ers?" (1:50), "Should the Cavaliers trade the Brooklyn pick?" (14:50), and others.

Dec 21, 2017
Kobe’s Past, Rockets’ Present, and Rookies’ Future (Ep. 181)
00:56:34

The Ringer’s Chris Vernon and Kevin O’Connor review Kobe night at Warriors-Lakers (0:40), evaluate Jayson Tatum’s rapid maturation on display against the Pacers (9:33), and laud this year’s impressive rookie class (17:18). Then they discuss the Bulls’ surprising win streak stemming from Nikola Mirotic’s return (27:02), analyze the ingredients behind Houston Rockets’ continued dominance (33:42), and anticipate the return of key players in the Eastern Conference (43:44).

Dec 19, 2017
‘Heat Check’: Anyone Can Beat the Thunder, Including the Thunder (Ep. 180)
00:36:56

The Ringer’s Juliet Litman and John Gonzalez review the Oklahoma City Thunder’s eventful week (1:26), debate which team is the worst in the league (13:24), preview the Kobe Bryant jersey-retirement ceremony (19:44), discuss some young players (26:58), and get excited for Christmas Day games (34:32).

Dec 18, 2017
Bill Simmons on the NBA Trade Saga With Bill's Dad and Kevin O'Connor (Ep. 179)
00:32:31

HBO and The Ringer's Bill Simmons is joined by his dad and The Ringer's Kevin O'Connor to discuss some of the trades that shaped this NBA season, Russell Westbrook's off-ball play, the trade deadline, and way-too early NBA Finals talk.

Dec 16, 2017
'Group Chat': Houston Is Good, OKC Is Bad, and Hezonja Is Back (Ep. 178)
00:45:38

The Ringer's Chris Ryan and Justin Verrier are joined by Danny Chau and Haley O’Shaughnessy to throw out some LeBron relocation theories (0:50), try to pinpoint what's wrong with the Thunder (3:30), gush about the Rockets (14:45), and answer some rapid-fire questions (21:10). Then they bring back 'Take Tank' (27:25) and try guess the narrative for the upcoming Lakers-Cavaliers game (41:25).

Dec 14, 2017
Rising Teams in the East, Setting Teams in the West (Ep. 177)
01:03:52

The Ringer’s Chris Vernon and Kevin O’Connor react to Victor Oladipo’s transformation into a star (4:15), debate why the Oklahoma City Thunder superteam hasn't worked (17:54), and analyze the Toronto Raptors’ surprising success (29:09). Then, they gauge whether the dominant Rockets will contend with the Warriors (43:34), speculate around LeBron’s future (51:22), and consider which Western Conference teams will rise to playoff contention (56:20).

Dec 12, 2017
‘Heat Check’: Jah, Boogie, and the J-Team (Ep. 176)
00:36:43

The Ringer’s Juliet Litman and John Gonzalez discuss the Stephen Curry–less Warriors (01:15), how the Sixers and the Nets have been adjusting since the Jahlil Okafor trade (11:00), and Victor Oladipo's impressive play for Indiana (19:15). Then they play an all–Boogie Cousins edition of "Real or Not Real" (23:30), talk about "the J-Team" catching on in Boston (28:15), and wrap up by looking ahead to this week's games (33:30).

Dec 11, 2017
The Top 25 NBA Players of the First 25 Games (Ep. 175)
00:30:56

The Ringer’s Chris Ryan, Justin Verrier, and Danny Chau parse through their article ranking the 25 best players in the NBA through the season thus far.

Dec 08, 2017
'Group Chat' — LeBron James and Kevin Durant at Their Best (Ep. 174)
00:46:56

The Ringer's Chris Ryan and Justin Verrier are joined by Paolo Uggetti and Haley O’Shaughnessy to discuss peak LeBron and KD (1:45). Then they wonder if some teams would've taken a do-over if given a second chance to make managerial decisions, including the Suns, T-Wolves, and more (18:33). Finally they tackle some NBA anomalies, including Bradley Beal's recent performance and DeMarcus Cousins's solo success (40:20).

Dec 07, 2017
‘Sources Say’ — Agent News, Frustrated Teams, and LaVar Ball Speaks (Ep. 173)
00:42:41

The Ringer’s Juliet Litman and Chris Ryan examine the recent scandal regarding decertified NBA agent Andy Miller (0:43), wonder about the future of big men in the league (7:54), and debate the most frustrated teams so far (10:47). Then, Juliet is joined by ‘The 5th Quarter’ director and producer Michael D. Ratner and LaVar Ball to discuss the intersections between the NBA and Hollywood (21:26).

Dec 06, 2017
Underperforming Superteams, Overperforming Rookies, and the First-Quarter Awards (Ep. 172)
01:07:25

The Ringer’s Chris Vernon and Kevin O’Connor review the Warriors’ eventful night against the New Orleans Pelicans (1:40), debate the roots of the Minnesota Timberwolves’ issues (12:43), laud Donovan Mitchell’s impressive scoring display (37:17), and explore potential trades for DeAndre Jordan (44:31). Then they give out awards for the season thus far (51:46).

Dec 06, 2017
‘Heat Check’ — Old Friends and New Foes (Ep. 171)
00:33:43

The Ringer’s Juliet Litman and John Gonzalez discuss Chris Paul returning to Los Angeles with the soaring Rockets (0:20), speculate on the possibility of DeAndre Jordan joining his old teammate in Houston (6:36), examine the cratering young Lakers (9:12), and consider the significance of Derrick Rose returning to the dominant Cleveland Cavaliers (13:30). Then, they detail the feud between Andre Drummond and Joel Embiid (18:33), debate the best big men in the league (21:17), recount the bizarre story of Nerlens Noel getting a hot dog during a game (28:38), and run through this week’s most exciting games (32:09).

Dec 04, 2017
'Group Chat' — NBA Watchability Rankings (Ep. 170)
00:38:57

The Ringer's Chris Ryan and Justin Verrier are joined by Danny Chau and Haley O’Shaughnessy to try to figure out just how bad the Thunder really are (1:44). Then the crew re-ranks the top five NBA teams based on watchability (20:04), before ending with Danny’s Odditorium—a new segment that dives into the mind of an NBA oddball (29:51).

Nov 30, 2017
A Tale of Two Hot Seats: The Fractured Grizzlies and the Dismal Clippers (Ep. 169)
01:04:05

The Ringer’s Chris Vernon and Kevin O’Connor parse the falling out between Marc Gasol and David Fizdale (1:16) and debate whether the Memphis Grizzlies should tank (15:34). Then they review the implications of the surging Pistons’ win against the Celtics (45:19), wonder how the San Antonio Spurs keep winning without Kawhi Leonard (51:02), and speculate as to what the latest Blake Griffin injury could mean for the Los Angeles Clippers’ future (52:49).

Nov 29, 2017
‘Heat Check’ — A Rose by Any Other Name (Ep. 168)
00:34:48

The Ringer’s Juliet Litman and John Gonzalez discuss Derrick Rose considering leaving basketball (1:03), look forward to Isaiah Thomas’s looming return to action (5:49), examine the schism between Marc Gasol and the Memphis Grizzlies (9:23), scrutinize the Oklahoma City Thunder’s recent struggles (19:29), check in on retiring NBA players (27:23), and list the games they are excited for (32:28).

Nov 27, 2017
‘Sources Say’ — The New NBA: Exciting for Basketball, Not As Exciting for Gossip (Ep. 167)
00:27:15

The Ringer’s Chris Ryan and Juliet Litman discuss Klay Thompson’s comments on scaffolding (0:33), react to C.J. McCollum’s subpar trash-talking (5:25), condemn Danny Ainge’s questionable tweet regarding Kyrie Irving (7:50), speculate on the turmoil within the Oklahoma City Thunder (11:34), recount Ray Allen’s catfishing saga (17:28), and ruminate on Ben Simmons’s guarded personal life (20:13).

Nov 22, 2017
The NBA Therapy Session and the Rorschach Test (Ep. 166)
00:59:23

The Ringer’s Chris Vernon and John Gonzalez react to the phenomenon that is the Boston Celtics’ ongoing winning streak (0:31), reinstate the Cleveland Cavaliers as a true contender (6:15), diagnose the problem with the free-falling Clippers (9:40), speculate on the future of the Utah Jazz without Rudy Gobert (16:28), and praise the surprisingly good Portland Trail Blazers (24:09). Then, they adjudicate which middling teams will rise above the fray (29:53).

Nov 21, 2017
‘Heat Check’ — Basketball Doesn’t Stop (Ep. 165)
00:29:57

The Ringer’s Juliet Litman and John Gonzalez review the Celtics’ continuing win streak (0:49), marvel at the Warriors’ effortless dominance (3:31), and tout the young 76ers’ impressive recent performance (9:45). Then, they play "Real or Not Real?" with the sinking Los Angeles Clippers (16:33), check in on James Harden and Lonzo Ball (22:50), and preview the holiday weekend’s slate of games (27:52).

Nov 20, 2017
#RingerNBA Live: Warriors-Celtics (Ep. 164)
00:31:17

The Ringer’s Chris Ryan, Jason Concepcion, and Justin Verrier share their instant reactions to the blockbuster matchup between the Golden State Warriors and the Boston Celtics.

Nov 17, 2017
'Group Chat' — The Joel Embiid Experience (Ep. 163)
00:50:59

The Ringer's Chris Ryan and Justin Verrier are joined by Haley O’Shaughnessy to examine Joel Embiid's career-high display in the 76ers-Lakers game, Ben Simmons, and the state of Lonzo Ball (0:57). Then they give out some first month awards (14:30). Next, the guys are joined by Kevin Clark, who tries to explain the enigma that is the Orlando Magic (36:50). Finally, Haley rejoins the group to look ahead to an exciting Warriors-Celtics matchup (45:40).

Nov 16, 2017
LeBron Keeps Feuding, Celtics Keep Soaring, Clippers Keep Falling (Ep. 162)
01:03:48

The Ringer’s Chris Vernon and Kevin O’Connor question whether LeBron James’s comments about Dennis Smith Jr. are true (1:55) and analyze how potent the Milwaukee Bucks’ defense really is (8:30). Then, they dissect the winning ingredients that make up the Boston Celtics (14:25), consider the Detroit Pistons as a sustainably good team (22:55), highlight Anthony Davis’s dominant string of games for the New Orleans Pelicans (31:00), project how the Utah Jazz will adjust to losing Rudy Gobert (39:00), and diagnose the extent of the Los Angeles Clippers’ problems (42:00). Afterward, they look ahead to the college basketball prospects who may make an impact in the NBA (48:00).

Nov 14, 2017
'Heat Check' — Silver Medalists, the Draymond Green Award, and LeBron vs. New York (Ep. 161)
00:30:00

The Ringer’s Juliet Litman and John Gonzalez deliberate on who the second-best team in the league is (0:17), analyze the implications of the Rudy Gobert injury for the Utah Jazz (10:08), and debate the most essential players for each team (13:36). Then, they play "Real or Not Real?" with LeBron James’s comments on Dennis Smith Jr. (17:06), Lonzo Ball’s apathy toward his triple-double (19:43), and Rick Carlisle’s apparent dislike of Nerlens Noel (21:33). After, they heat-check Jordan Clarkson and the new-look Milwaukee Bucks (24:14) before running through the most intriguing games of the week (28:27).

Nov 13, 2017
‘Group Chat’ — Anti-Melo, Pro-Kristaps, and the Lavar Ball Conspiracy (Ep. 160)
00:43:52

The Ringer’s Chris Ryan, Justin Verrier, Haley O’Shaughnessy, and Paolo Uggetti discuss whether they are hyped or concerned about some teetering teams (1:59). Then they debate some hypothetical coach trades (29:19) and play another round of Take Tank (37:04).

Nov 09, 2017
'Sources Say’ — NBA Gossip in the Age of Leaks (Ep. 159)
00:28:27

The Ringer’s Chris Ryan and Juliet Litman unpack the newest batch of drama surrounding the Cleveland Cavaliers (1:02), speculate on the Chicago Bulls’ infighting scandal between Bobby Portis and Nikola Mirotic (13:13), celebrate the most fun teams in the league (17:03), and assess the state of NBA gossip thus far in the regular season (24:21).

Nov 08, 2017
Bill Simmons and Pastor Carl Lentz on Locker Room Culture, Secret Scrimmages, and More (Ep. 158)
01:07:58

HBO and The Ringer's Bill Simmons is joined by Hillsong pastor and NBA confidant Carl Lentz to lay out how the secret NBA scrimmages come about in the summertime and many more inside-the-NBA stories from the likes of LeBron and reigning MVP Russell Westbrook.

Nov 08, 2017
Bledsoe Is a Buck, Kyrie Is Basketball Houdini, Kristaps Is a Superstar (Ep. 157)
00:43:55

The Ringer’s Chris Vernon and Kevin O’Connor react to Eric Bledsoe being traded to the Milwaukee Bucks for Greg Monroe (0:24), address the Jahlil Okafor trade rumors (14:43), and marvel at the Celtics’ surprising early-season success (16:40). Then, they discuss the drama within the Miami Heat concerning Hassan Whiteside (26:12), speculate on the meaning behind LeBron’s Instagram post (28:32), and debate whether Kristaps Porzingis could be in the MVP conversation (33:18).

Nov 07, 2017
‘Heat Check’ — To Dame or Not to Dame (Ep. 156)
00:31:27

The Ringer’s Juliet Litman and John Gonzalez review the weekend’s exciting Thunder-Blazers matchup (1:30), laud the Celtics’ dominant winning streak (6:50), gauge their concerns about the precarious Cavaliers (11:55), and analyze D’Angelo Russell’s first return to Los Angeles as a Brooklyn Net (16:05). Then they play Real or Not Real with the Eastern Conference 2-seed Detroit Pistons (20:00), sensational Utah Jazz rookie Donovan Mitchell (21:35), and stats-stuffing savant DeMarcus Cousins (22:05). Finally, they heat-check the New York Knicks’ Kristaps Porzingis (23:40) and look forward to the week’s most intriguing games (27:45).

Nov 06, 2017
Early Season Assessments With Bill Simmons and Tom Haberstroh (Ep. 155)
00:49:40

HBO and The Ringer's Bill Simmons is joined by recently departed ESPNer Tom Haberstroh to give his thoughts on the Cavs' lacking defense (18:00), potential Boogie Cousins trades (30:00), and re-drafting the 2017 NBA draft (42:00).

Nov 03, 2017
'Group Chat' — Should We Be Worried About the Cavs? Should We Be Excited for the Knicks? (Ep. 154)
00:47:15

The Ringer's Chris Ryan and Justin Verrier are joined by Haley O’Shaughnessy to discuss the Cavs and the Bucks (0:57). Then they bring in Jason Concepcion to examine the current state of the New York Knicks (13:15). Finally, Haley O’Shaughnessy returns to tackle some more teams, including: the Suns, Nuggets, Timberwolves, Pistons, and Pacers (24:52).

Nov 02, 2017
Tricks and Treats of the Early NBA Season (Ep. 153)
01:10:47

The Ringer's Chris Vernon and Kevin O'Connor discuss the personnel problems with the Cavs (10:00), the surprising top teams in the league (28:00), Aaron Gordon's improvement (38:00), the impressive young Bucks (50:00), and Kobe's film crew (1:02:00).

Oct 31, 2017
'Heat Check' — Real or Not Real: Cavs, Clips, Magic, and more (Ep. 152)
00:37:02

The Ringer's Juliet Litman and John Gonzalez sit down to talk some NBA story lines, including some obvious trouble in Cleveland (1:35), Draymond Green and the Golden State Warriors (9:55), and the Clippers' impressive start to the season with point-Blake (22:13). Then they go on rookie watch to talk Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown, Frankie Smokes, and more (28:40). Finally, they look ahead to some of this week's more exciting matchups (33:50).

Oct 30, 2017
'Group Chat' — It Turns Out All the Bad Teams Are Good (Ep. 151)
00:39:10

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