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Reviews: 22

mdl
 Jul 31, 2020
garbage podcast. tried listening but too much nonsense.

@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

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The Ringer NBA team breaks down the latest news, trends, and transactions around the league four days a week. MON: Logan Murdock & Raja Bell TUE: 'The Mismatch' with Kevin O'Connor & Chris Vernon WED: 'Group Chat' with Justin Verrier, Rob Mahoney & Jonathan Tjarks FRI: 'The Mismatch' with Kevin O'Connor & Chris Vernon

Episode Date
The Lakers Squeak Out a Win, Plus: Holding Out for a Herro, and the Bulls’ Future With Donovan | The Mismatch
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Chris and Kevin get together to talk about the Lakers’ narrow win over the Nuggets to go up 3-1 in the Western Conference finals (1:22), the superstar-esque heroics of Tyler Herro in Miami’s win over Boston to go up 3-1 (27:51), and the Bulls’ new look with head coach Billy Donovan (58:10).  Hosts: Chris Vernon and Kevin O’Connor
Sep 25, 2020
Nuggets Smoke the Lakers and Playing Coaching Matchmaker with Mike Trudell | Group Chat
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Lakers.com's Mike Trudell joins Justin, Jon, and Rob to go over the Lakers’ loss in Game 3 of the Western Conference finals to the Nuggets (0:34), match up available head coaches with vacancies around the league (42:18), and preview Game 4 of the Eastern Conference finals (1:08:52). Hosts: Justin Verrier, Rob Mahoney, Jonathan Tjarks Guest: Mike Trudell
Sep 23, 2020
Don’t Count the Nuggets Out, Hayward’s Importance, and Awards Voting Hysteria | The Mismatch
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Chris Vernon and Kevin O’Connor cover the Lakers-Nuggets Western Conference finals (1:06), the importance of Gordon Hayward to the Celtics’ success against the Heat (25:07), and other stories from around the league, including the potential G League restart reported by Shams Charania (40:21) and the controversy around awards voting this season (47:10). Hosts: Chris Vernon and Kevin O’Connor
Sep 22, 2020
The Lakers Are … Inevitable, the Celtics Get Their Heads in the Game, and the Wubble Is in Jeopardy
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Logan and Raja are back Monday morning discussing the inevitability of the Lakers-Nuggets series (5:18), whether awards snubs motivate star players (18:21), and if Marcus Smart’s outburst after Game 2 brought the Celtics back into the series (38:07). Then from The Ringer’s copy desk, Jordan Ligons hops on to talk about recent coronavirus concerns in the Wubble, Candace Parker’s future, and the WNBA playoff format (51:33). Finally, producer extraordinaire Isaac Lee pours out some liquor for his cursed Clippers (59:33), and Logan and Raja each pick their Real One of the Week (1:05:30).  Hosts: Logan Murdock and Raja Bell Guests: Jordan Ligons and Isaac Lee
Sep 21, 2020
Celtics Can’t Take the Heat in Eastern Conference Finals Game 2 Loss | The Mismatch
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The Heat beat the Celtics to go up 2-0 in the Eastern Conference finals, and Chris and Kevin got together after the game to talk about the Celtics’ meltdown in the face of Miami’s zone defense (0:40), the matchup between the Lakers and Nuggets (39:26), and what moves the Clippers might make in the offseason (50:58). Hosts: Chris Vernon and Kevin O’Connor
Sep 18, 2020
Clippers Gonna Clip, Nuggets Kill Them With Joy, and Bam Goes the Dynamite with Ben Golliver | Group Chat
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Justin Verrier, Jonathan Tjarks, and Rob Mahoney are joined by The Washington Post’s Ben Golliver to decompress from the dopamine overdose of the Nuggets’ historic win over the Clippers (0:50) and Bam Adebayo’s near-unbelievable Game 1–winning block against the Celtics (47:12). Hosts: Justin Verrier, Jonathan Tjarks, and Rob Mahoney Guest: Ben Golliver
Sep 16, 2020
The Keys to Clippers vs. Nuggets and Celtics vs. Heat and the Future for the Raptors and Rockets | The Mismatch
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Chris Vernon and Kevin O’Connor discuss the importance of Kawhi Leonard and Nikola Jokic in Game 7 of the Clippers-Nuggets series (0:43) and what to look for in the Eastern Conference finals between the Celtics and Heat (32:22). They then touch on the future of the Raptors (48:44), the head coach shuffle around the league (61:17), and what might be next for Russell Westbrook (69:19). Hosts: Chris Vernon and Kevin O’Connor
Sep 15, 2020
Who’s Afraid of the Big, Bad Clippers? Not the Nuggets.
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Logan Murdock and Raja Bell hop on during this basketball-less Monday to figure out who’s to blame for the Clippers’ less-than-expected performance in the playoffs and what could sway Game 7 against the Nuggets (3:26), who the key players are in the upcoming Eastern Conference finals between the Heat and Celtics (30:49), and the aftermath of Houston’s unfruitful postseason (42:48). Then The Ringer’s Sean Yoo joins to pour out a little liquor for his Houston Rockets (56:29), and Logan and Raja each anoint their Real One of the Week (1:07:02).  Hosts: Logan Murdock and Raja Bell Guest: Sean Yoo
Sep 14, 2020
Instant Reaction: Boston Wins Game 7 and Heat vs. Celtics Preview
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Kevin O'Connor and Logan Murdock hop on right after Celtics-Raptors Game 7 to share their instant reactions (00:11) as well as a very early preview of the Eastern Conference Finals (13:10). Plus, quick thoughts on the Nuggets surviving elimination against the Clippers (17:33). Hosts: Logan Murdock and Kevin O'Connor
Sep 12, 2020
Rockets in Retrograde: Lakers Punish Houston in Game 4
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Chris Vernon and Kevin O’Connor discuss the Rockets’ abysmal showing against the Lakers in Game 4 and what potential moves the team might make in the likely event they lose the series (1:53). They then discuss the down-to-the-wire Game 6 between the Celtics and Raptors (26:31), Kawhi’s dominance in the playoffs versus the regular season (41:59), and the age-old question of whether Giannis will stay or go (58:07). Hosts: Chris Vernon and Kevin O'Connor
Sep 11, 2020
The Bucks Stop Here, What's Next for Billy Donovan, and Playoff Rondo Manifests | Group Chat
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Justin, Jonathan, and Rob are joined by Ethan Strauss of The Athletic to discuss what the Bucks can do to move forward from a disappointing loss in the second round and the role of star players in shaping the landscape of the league (1:53), plus how the Heat pulled off the upset and what could be the key to their next matchup (hint: it rhymes with ham) (32:03). Then the Group Chat crew takes a look at what Billy Donovan's departure from the Thunder means for the team's future (41:00) and what the sudden appearance of Playoff Rondo means for the championship-hungry Lakers (51:10). Hosts: Justin Verrier, Rob Mahoney, and Jonathan Tjarks Guest: Ethan Strauss
Sep 09, 2020
Dead or Alive: Nuggets Still Kicking, Bucks Barely Twitching, Raptors and Lakers Fight for Their Lives | The Mismatch
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Chris Vernon and Kevin O’Connor get into all the conference semifinal matchups about halfway through the round, starting with a surprisingly competitive Nuggets-Clippers series (2:43). They then move on to the basically over Bucks-Heat series (21:09), the back-and-forth Raptors-Celtics series (32:29), and the early days of the tied-up Rockets-Lakers series (42:42). Hosts: Chris Vernon and Kevin O’Connor
Sep 08, 2020
The Westbrook Conundrum, the Perfect Sidekick for Giannis, and Is Miami a Championship Contender?
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Logan Murdock and Raja Bell get into the Lakers' Game 2 win against Houston and the role Russell Westbrook plays in swinging Rockets games (2:48), whether Giannis can lead a championship charge on his own in a league of fearsome twosomes, which other star in the NBA would be the best pairing for him (39:33), and playoff predictions (59:18). Hosts: Logan Murdock and Raja Bell
Sep 07, 2020
Raptors Snatch Last-Half-Second Victory From Celtics, Bucks Still Can’t Take the Heat, and Steve Nash Named New Nets Head Coach | The Mismatch
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Chris Vernon and Kevin O’Connor dive into the Raptors’ huge one point victory over the Boston Celtics to stay in their second round series (1:51), beg Budenholzer to play Giannis and Middleton for 40 minutes (19:40), mourn the exhausted Denver Nuggets after their blowout loss against the Clippers (40:23), debate what could constitute a “small” Lakers lineup against the Rockets in their round 2 matchup (45:40), and finally discuss the hiring of Steve Nash as the new Brooklyn Nets head coach (1:02:26).
Sep 04, 2020
Emergency Podcast: Brooklyn Nets Hire Steve Nash As Head Coach and Rockets Beat OKC
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Logan Murdock and Raja Bell share their reactions to the Brooklyn Nets signing Steve Nash to a four-year head-coaching deal and keeping interim head coach Jaque Vaughn as lead assistant coach (00:48). Then they discuss the dramatic ending to Game 7 between the Rockets and Thunder (31:05).  Hosts: Logan Murdock and Raja Bell
Sep 03, 2020
Unpacking the Nuggets' Win, Discussing the Raptors' Supreme Struggle, and Lu Dort Nerd Corner With Wosny Lambre | Group Chat
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Justin, Jonathan, and Rob are joined by The Athletic's Wosny Lambre to discuss the drag-out battle between the Nuggets and the Jazz in Game 7 and what ultimately made the difference for the Nuggets (02:23). They also talk about the Raptors' failure to hold off the Celtics and how Toronto can improve in this first playoff outing without Kawhi Leonard (36:17). Then Jonathan takes us to Nerd Corner to break down how players with big wins can be difficult to build a team around (55:43). Hosts: Justin Verrier, Rob Mahoney, and Jonathan Tjarks Guest: Wosny Lambre
Sep 02, 2020
The Grand Rockets Debate Continues, the Bucks Feel the Heat, and Murray Mania | The Mismatch
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Verno and KOC turn yet another contentious page in their ongoing Houston Rockets debate after the Rockets' embarrassing Game 6 collapse against the Oklahoma City Thunder (1:38) before discussing the predictably competitive Bucks-Heat matchup as well as the other series in the NBA playoffs (32:27). Hosts: Chris Vernon and Kevin O’Connor
Sep 01, 2020
Mitchell and Murray Face Off, Kawhi Clinches the First Round, and Blazers and Mavericks Head Home
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Logan and Raja discuss the incredible back-and-forth guard play between Donovan Mitchell and Jamal Murray in the Jazz-Nuggets series (5:22), what moves the homeward-bound Trail Blazers need to make in order to be a real title contender (32:35), Kawhi’s outstanding play and Marcus Morris’s dirty play to send the Mavericks home (45:39), and finally The Ringer’s Jason Gallagher joins the show to pour a little liquor out for his Mavericks (49:35). Hosts: Logan Murdock and Raja Bell Guest: Jason Gallagher
Aug 31, 2020
J.B. Bickerstaff on the NBA Strike and Racial Justice | The Mismatch
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Verno and KOC are joined by Cleveland Cavaliers head coach J.B. Bickerstaff to discuss the NBA players’ strike and how professional sports can lead the pursuit of racial justice for Black Americans. Hosts: Chris Vernon and Kevin O’Connor Guest: J.B. Bickerstaff
Aug 27, 2020
Emergency Podcast: Reactions to the NBA Players' Strike
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Logan Murdock, Rob Mahoney, and Van Lathan share their real-time reactions to the NBA postponing Wednesday's games as a result of the player strike led by the Milwaukee Bucks.
Aug 26, 2020
A Clippers and Mavs Blowout, and Pacers Fire Nate McMillan with Tom Haberstroh | Group Chat
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Justin, Jon, and Rob are joined by NBC Sports' Tom Haberstroh to talk about Tuesday's blowout between the Clippers and the Mavs, including the drama surrounding Luka Doncic and Marcus Morris (15:15). They also discuss the Nuggets' latest victory over the Jazz and the Pacers' decision to fire Nate McMillan just after announcing his extension (26:18). Hosts: Justin Verrier, Rob Mahoney, Jonathan Tjarks Guest: Tom Haberstroh
Aug 26, 2020
The First Round: The Close, the Not, and the Swept | The Mismatch
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Verno and KOC discuss the competitive first-round matchups (1:16), teams that are figuratively on the ropes (28:37), and the already-concluded series (52:52). Hosts: Chris Vernon and Kevin O’Connor
Aug 25, 2020
Luka Is Unreal, Fixing the Sixers, and "Kobe Day"
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Logan and Raja discuss Luka Doncic's stunning performance against the Clippers and where he fits in when it comes to the top franchise building blocks in the NBA right now (07:04). They are also joined by Ringer staff writer Tyler R. Tynes to talk about the 76ers getting swept out of the bubble and how to fix the absolute mess of a team (39:42). Finally, Logan and Raja remember Kobe Bryant on "Kobe Day" with memorable stories and encounters with the legendary player. Hosts: Logan Murdock and Raja Bell Guest: Tyler R. Tynes
Aug 24, 2020
Lottery Reactions! Plus: The Rockets Blast Off, Don’t Worry About the Lakers, and the Sixers Roll Over | The Mismatch
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Verno and KOC react to the 2020 NBA draft lottery (1:16) before discussing the ongoing first-round series in the playoffs (24:07). Hosts: Chris Vernon and Kevin O’Connor
Aug 21, 2020
The Lakers' Continued Offensive Woes, Clippers vs. Mavericks, and Giving Jimmy Butler the Respect He Deserves | Group Chat
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Justin, Jonathan, and Rob are joined by L.A. Times reporter Dan Woike to discuss the Los Angeles Lakers' woes against the Portland Trail Blazers in Game 1 (01:45), and the loaded Los Angeles Clippers' win over Luka Doncic and the Dallas Mavericks (22:00). Later, they bounce around the NBA bubble with their show-and-tell picks from the start of the playoffs (36:00). Hosts: Justin Verrier, Jonathan Tjarks, Rob Mahoney Guest: Dan Woike
Aug 19, 2020
Playoff Basketball Is Back: Breaking Down Jazz vs. Nuggets, Raptors vs. Nets, Sixers vs. Celtics, and Clippers vs. Mavericks | The Mismatch
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Verno and KOC break down the first day of playoff games, including Donovan Mitchell’s 57-point performance that still couldn’t save the Jazz (2:42), the sleepy Raptors vs. Nets series (20:58), the continued problems with the Sixers (28:29), and the flagrant call on Kristaps Porzingis that could have tipped the Clippers vs. Mavericks series (44:20). Plus, some predictions for the next round of games (59:20). Hosts: Chris Vernon and Kevin O’Connor
Aug 18, 2020
Play-in Excitement, the Dame vs. Steph Debate, the Importance of Role Players in the Postseason
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Logan Murdock and Raja Bell sit down to discuss the winners and losers of this weekend's play-in games (09:18). Logan also debates Raja on his take about Damian Lillard eclipsing Steph Curry (24:52). Then they touch on the dismissal of Alvin Gentry form the Pelicans, what "roll players" do best in the postseason, and their picks for the postseason matchups going forward. Hosts: Logan Murdock and Raja Bell
Aug 17, 2020
The Portland Trail Blazers Advance, Plus: Next-Round Predictions | The Mismatch
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Verno and KOC discuss the Portland Trail Blazers' win over the Brooklyn Nets and what we can expect for their next matchup against the Memphis Grizzlies, with the eighth seed on the line (1:00). Then they break down the potential franchises that could see changes in the near future (12:40) and discuss the teams to keep an eye on as they move on to the next rounds (33:40). Hosts: Chris Vernon and Kevin O'Connor
Aug 14, 2020
Damian Lillard, Sixers Sadness, and What to Do With Denver | Group Chat
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Justin, Rob, and Jonathan talk about bubble MVP Damian Lillard (01:25). Chris Ryan joins to discuss the downer of a time the 76ers are having and how improvements by other players could affect Ben Simmons’s performance (27:20). Later they dive into nerd corner to talk about the Denver Nuggets’ growth and what makes Michael Porter Jr. one of the breakout stars of the bubble (50:52). Hosts: Justin Verrier, Rob Mahoney, Jonathan Tjarks Guest: Chris Ryan
Aug 12, 2020
Seeds, Seeds, Seeds, Fixing the Sixers, and the Bubble Suns | The Mismatch
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Verno and KOC discuss the narrowing race for the 8-seed in the West (0:37), the never-ending quest to make the Philadelphia 76ers' roster fit together (28:12), and the still-undefeated Phoenix Suns (45:47). Hosts: Chris Vernon and Kevin O’Connor
Aug 11, 2020
Damian Lillard Balls Out, Devin Booker in Phoenix, and Should We Worry About the Lakers? | The Ringer NBA Show
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Logan Murdock and Raja Bell discuss this weekend’s games, including Damian Lillard’s incredible showing against the 76ers (00:41). They also talk about Phoenix’s momentum and how to best capitalize on Devin Booker’s moment (06:21) before discussing possible concerns for the Lakers, potential reform in the fight for the 8-seed, and players’ relationship with the media. Hosts: Logan Murdock and Raja Bell
Aug 10, 2020
Kemba Walker on the Celtics’ Title Hopes, New York Basketball, and MJ Stories | R2C2 with CC Sabathia and Ryan Ruocco
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CC and Ryan are joined by All-NBA point guard Kemba Walker to discuss how he’s adjusted to the Orlando bubble (11:58), New York basketball (25:13), his relationship with Michael Jordan, and the Celtics’ playoff hopes (48:53). This episode originally ran on the R2C2 feed. Hosts: CC Sabathia and Ryan Ruocco Guest: Kemba Walker
Aug 08, 2020
Dame Time in the Bubble, the Bright Now Suns, and the Race for the 8-Seed in the West | The Mismatch
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Verno and KOC discuss the Portland Trail Blazers’ strong push for the playoffs (1:18), the Phoenix Suns’ surprising run (17:54), and the jockeying for seeding in the Western Conference (43:39). Hosts: Chris Vernon and Kevin O’Connor
Aug 07, 2020
The Excitement of the Rockets and Blazers, the Suns' Contention, and Nerd Corner With the Lakers | Group Chat
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'Group Chat' returns to talk about the excitement in the NBA bubble, including the Rockets–Trail Blazers barn burner and the return of Carmelo Anthony (01:29); the Phoenix Suns' excellent game and whether or not they're legitimate contenders for the eighth seed (23:44); and lastly, in the Nerd Corner segment, how Anthony Davis has massively improved and what it's like for him when Lebron is absent (39:45) Hosts: Justin Verrier, Jonathan Tjarks, Rob Mahoney Guest: Logan Murdock
Aug 05, 2020
Shake’s Big Shot, Zion Bounces Back, and the Jimmy Butler Mystery | The Mismatch
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Verno and KOC react to Shake Milton’s clutch game-winner against the Spurs (0:43), the fight for the 8-seed (13:26), the micro-ball Rockets (23:40), the defending champion Toronto Raptors (41:21), the bizarre Jimmy Butler story (50:06), and more. Hosts: Chris Vernon and Kevin O’Connor
Aug 04, 2020
Reporting on the Bubble With Raja Bell
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Logan Murdock is joined by Raja Bell as they break down the start of the NBA season. They discuss the kind of play they are seeing inside the bubble (11:30), which teams to keep an eye on (39:15), and Bell's transition to the media side of the industry. Then they choose the "Real One of the Week," a segment that highlights a player of the week who they believe stood out from the rest (1:01:10). Host: Logan Murdock Guest: Raja Bell
Aug 03, 2020
Give Us More Lakers-Clippers, Free Zion, and the Seeding Race | The Mismatch
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Verno and KOC discuss the thrilling kickoff of seeding games in Orlando: Clippers-Lakers (0:42) and Jazz-Pelicans (32:51). Then, they preview the weekend’s upcoming games (59:18). Hosts: Chris Vernon and Kevin O’Connor
Jul 31, 2020
Thibs in New York, Lou Will’s Excursion, and Seeding Games Preview | The Mismatch
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Verno and KOC discuss the New York Knicks hiring Tom Thibodeau (0:12), Lou Williams visiting Magic City while on leave from the Orlando campus (21:30), and the imminent start of seeding games (43:01). Hosts: Chris Vernon and Kevin O’Connor
Jul 28, 2020
Basketball Is Back! Scrimmages Takeaways, Changing Expectations, and Mailbag Questions | The Mismatch
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Verno and KOC react to the first NBA scrimmages in Orlando and potential new game operations (4:28) before answering a few questions from you, the listeners (36:35). Hosts: Chris Vernon, Kevin O’Connor
Jul 24, 2020
The Latest NBA COVID-19 Testing Reveals No New Positive Tests. Plus: Regular-Season Award Selections | The Mismatch
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We discuss the most recent NBA COVID-19 testing results, which revealed no new positive tests of players in the Orlando bubble (2:08). Then, we break down whether the four months of training could benefit a team like the Sixers, who are talented but were dysfunctional in the first half of the season (17:06). Finally, we share our choices for the NBA regular-season awards—MVP, Coach of the Year, Rookie of the Year, Most Improved, Defensive Player of the Year, and Sixth Man of the Year (30:30). Hosts: Chris Vernon and Kevin O’Connor
Jul 21, 2020
Which Team—Apart from the Lakers and Clippers—Has the Best Shot of Coming Out of the West? | The Mismatch
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We discuss the news that Victor Oladipo is now considering returning to play this season after previously stating he’d be out for the year (4:16). Then, we discuss Kemba Walker’s nagging knee injury, the Bucks’ challengers in the East, and Jakob Poeltl’s role with the Spurs (38:36). Finally, we open the mailbag and answer your questions about why the Lakers and Clippers are favored over the Bucks, which teams we’d invite to the NBA bubble if we could replace the Nets or Wizards, and whether the Lakers should try and buy out Vince Carter (49:24). Hosts: Chris Vernon and Kevin O’Connor
Jul 17, 2020
Russell Westbrook Announces He Tested Positive for COVID-19. Plus: Bruno Caboclo and Richaun Holmes Break Quarantine. | The Mismatch
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Russell Westbrook announced on Instagram that he tested positive for COVID-19 and is experiencing mild symptoms while away from the team. What will this mean for the Rockets? And is the NBA’s bubble going according to plan? Plus: multiple NBA players have accidentally broken quarantine since arriving in Orlando. Hosts: Chris Vernon and Kevin O’Connor
Jul 14, 2020
Senator Cory Booker on NCAA Reform, Speaking on the Senate Floor, the Criminal Justice System, and Fighting for a Better America | Flying Coach With Steve Kerr and Pete Carroll
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Steve and Pete provide updates on the upcoming NBA and NFL seasons before welcoming Senator Cory Booker to discuss player exploitation in the NCAA, his fight for criminal justice reform, expanding economic opportunity, and environmental reform. Later he talks about what it was like speaking as a Black man on the Senate floor, his experiences in politics, the complicity of America, and how individuals can help build a better nation. Host: Steve Kerr and Pete Carroll Guest: Cory Booker
Jul 13, 2020
Would the Bucks Give Giannis a 10-Year, $1 Billion Contract If There Were No Salary Cap? | The Mismatch
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We discuss the NBA bubble food photos that leaked on social media and the most recent roster additions for fringe playoff teams (2:11). Then, we open up the 'Mismatch' mailbag to answer your questions on which NBA players deserve a Pat Mahomes deal, which players are the most intriguing X factors during the playoffs, and whether the 'Mismatch' crew could beat Zion in a 3-1 matchup (28:31). Hosts: Chris Vernon and Kevin O’Connor
Jul 10, 2020
Vince Carter and Antawn Jamison on Their Many Years in the League, Black Fatherhood, and Player Activism | The Bakari Sellers Podcast
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Bakari is joined by former NBA players Vince Carter and Antawn Jamison to talk about their respective NBA careers (8:15), Black fatherhood (22:29), Vince’s recent retirement (35:06), and player activism (46:07). This podcast ran originally as an episode of 'The Bakari Sellers Podcast.' Subscribe on Spotify or wherever you hear podcasts. Host: Bakari Sellers Guests: Vince Carter and Antawn Jamison
Jul 08, 2020
Bradley Beal Is Out for the Season. So, Remind Us Why the Wizards Are Going to Orlando? | The Mismatch
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We discuss the breaking news that Brad Beal will sit out the rest of the season to manage a shoulder injury he’s been dealing with this season. What does that mean for the Wizards’ chances of making the playoffs or even the play-in tournament? Plus: Beal’s injury raises questions about why the NBA decided to go with 22 teams in Orlando instead of the initially proposed 20-team plan.  Hosts: Chris Vernon and Kevin O’Connor
Jul 07, 2020
How Will the Last Eight Games Affect Playoff Seeding?
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We discuss how some of the lower seeds might get shuffled in the final eight games of the regular season before locking in the playoff matchups (10:30). Then, with no show scheduled for Friday, we dive back into the mailbag early this week, answering your questions about players from the last four drafts who we haven’t given up hope on, biggest underachievers in NBA history, what games we’re best at, and more (37:17). Hosts: Chris Vernon and Kevin O’Connor
Jun 30, 2020
J.R. Smith Might Be Joining the Lakers to Replace Avery Bradley. Which Other Players Sitting Out Will Have the Biggest Impact? | The Mismatch
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After the first wave of news about which NBA players are opting out of the Orlando bubble plan for the season’s restart, we discuss whether our view of the competitive landscape of the league has changed at all (1:20). Then, we open back up the mailbag to answer your questions on Vince Carter, the NBA teams left out of the bubble plan, tampering in Orlando, and more (27:50). Hosts: Chris Vernon and Kevin O’Connor
Jun 26, 2020
The Five Players We’re Most Intrigued by Post-Quarantine | The Mismatch
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A lot can change in an unprecedented, three-month interruption of the NBA season. After not seeing much of anything from players on social media since the NBA shut down, Chris and Kevin each list the three players they’re most excited to see when basketball returns. Hosts: Chris Vernon and Kevin O’Connor
Jun 23, 2020
The NBA’s Orlando Health Guidelines, the 2009 Memphis Draft, and More Mailbag | The Mismatch
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We run through some of the details of the NBA’s 100-page booklet of health guidelines for when the league returns in Orlando (2:00), before revisiting the Memphis Grizzlies' choice to taken Hasheem Thabeet second overall in 2009 (22:36). Then we answer your questions about which rookies are in the best and worst situations, which teams have the brightest decades ahead of them, and which two teams from NBA history we’d want to watch face off (35:40). Hosts: Chris Vernon and Kevin O’Connor
Jun 19, 2020
A Growing Contingent of NBA Players Is Wondering If the League Should Return at All | The Mismatch
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A group of players reportedly led by Kyrie Irving held a phone call to discuss whether returning to play—amid the COVID-19 pandemic and continued social unrest surrounding police brutality—is the best course of action. Is this a representative sample of what NBA players want to do, and will this mean we won’t see some players make the trip to Orlando when the ramp-up begins at the end of June? Hosts: Chris Vernon and Kevin O’Connor
Jun 16, 2020
How Will the NBA Handle Growing Concern Over Its ‘Campus’ Environment? | The Mismatch
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As the restart of the NBA season gets closer and closer, there are rumblings among some players about how comfortable they will be about staying in the campus environment of Disney World without the freedom to leave for two months (0:33). Plus, we answer your questions about which underdog could win the title when basketball comes back, fixing the Knicks, ‘The Bachelor,’ and more (35:12). Hosts: Chris Vernon and Kevin O’Connor
Jun 12, 2020
What Needs to Happen Before the NBA Officially Returns? | The Mismatch
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Now that we have a date for when the NBA will be playing games again, the focus has narrowed to what happens in the interim. We discuss the NBA’s evolving thought process on COVID-19 testing, how many players will be with their teams in Orlando, and more (0:34). Then, we briefly discuss the wing prospects in the coming NBA draft that Kevin is most excited about (49:58). Hosts: Chris Vernon and Kevin O’Connor
Jun 09, 2020
The NBA’s Return Plan Was Approved by the Board of Governors. Now What? | The Mismatch
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After Thursday’s board of governors call with Adam Silver, the NBA has almost unanimously approved the league’s plan to return with eight regular-season games followed by a play-in tournament for the 8th seed in each conference. Now all that’s left is for the players union to approve the plan and for each team to get to Orlando and ramp up to play. We discuss potential challenges the teams will face getting ready to play competitively again (0:49), and then we open up the mailbag to answer your questions about the return plan, the league’s openness to potential player protests during games or the national anthem, and more (21:03). Hosts: Chris Vernon and Kevin O’Connor
Jun 05, 2020
As NBA Players Protest Police Brutality Around the Country, the League Is Locking in Its Return Plan | The Mismatch
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We discuss the sweeping condemnation of police brutality from NBA players and the NBA community—in line with nationwide protests over the last week—and what it means to even think or talk about the return of basketball in this moment (0:39). Then we go over reports about the league’s plan to return in late July and the board of governors meeting tomorrow that will dictate the terms of that return (10:08). Hosts: Chris Vernon and Kevin O’Connor
Jun 03, 2020
Gregg Popovich on America in 2020, the Leadership Void, and What Needs to Change | Flying Coach With Steve Kerr and Pete Carroll
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Steve and Pete are joined by San Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich to have a conversation about the state of our nation, how we got here as a country, our absence of leadership, and how we can take action to grow and bring about change following the killing of George Floyd by a Minneapolis police officer. Host: Steve Kerr and Pete Carroll Guest: Gregg Popovich This show is raising money for COVID-19 relief. You can help! Donate here!
Jun 03, 2020
Which Return Method Do NBA Front Offices Prefer? Plus: Most Overrated/Underrated NBA Stats | The Mismatch
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We discuss Kevin’s report that the NBA GMs voted overwhelmingly against the group stage format floated by the league earlier this week (1:56). Then, we open the mailbag back up to answer your questions about the best and worst statistics in the NBA, players whose legacies would be most improved with a title, and our favorite type of player to create in NBA2K (23:06).

Hosts: Chris Vernon and Kevin O’Connor

May 29, 2020
Will the NBA Go to a Group Stage Format for Its Playoffs? | The Mismatch
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As the NBA nears its return, we explore the benefits and drawbacks of adopting a World Cup–style group stage for the 2020 playoffs. Could this draw new fans? Could it be a precursor to future midseason tournaments or even playoffs? Does this shift the competitive balance in any way? 

Hosts: Chris Vernon and Kevin O’Connor

May 26, 2020
The Passing of Jerry Sloan, the NBA’s COVID Testing Plan, and Mailbag Questions | The Mismatch
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Longtime Utah Jazz coach and NBA Hall of Famer Jerry Sloan died Tuesday morning. We remember his playing and coaching career and the legacy he leaves behind in the modern NBA (1:20). Then, we get into the nitty-gritty of Kevin’s reporting on the NBA’s COVID-19 testing plans in the event of a return this year (10:50), before answering more of your mailbag questions (27:19).

Hosts: Chris Vernon and Kevin O’Connor

May 22, 2020
The NBA Return Forecast, Bojan Bogdanovic’s Surgery, and the Knicks’ Future. Plus: ‘The Last Dance’ Finale. | The Mismatch
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We run through the latest news around the NBA, including Tillman Fertitta’s comments to Donald Trump about the return of the NBA, Jazz wing Bojan Bogdanovic’s wrist surgery, and the Knicks’ new assistant GM, Frank Zanin (1:49). Then, we give our closing thoughts on ESPN’s Michael Jordan documentary ‘The Last Dance’ (35:30).

Hosts: Chris Vernon and Kevin O’Connor

May 19, 2020
Final Takeaways From the 'Last Dance' Finale
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After the final two episodes of 'The Last Dance' premiered Sunday night, Chris Ryan and Sean Fennessey break down the key takeaways and share their overall thoughts on the popular sports documentary. They talk about how a document like this could be made for modern players and what this doc does to Michael Jordan's legacy as a whole.

Hosts: Chris Ryan and Sean Fennessey

May 18, 2020
NBA Salary Reductions, Completing the Regular Season, Momentum Toward a Return. Plus: More Mailbag Questions. | The Mismatch
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News about the NBA’s potential return continues to trickle out. This week, we discuss whether NBA players would feel compelled to complete the regular season if it meant they'd make their full salaries, and the timeline for the league’s return (5:01). Then, we reach back into the mailbag to answer questions on Lonzo Ball’s basketball preference, our all-time 3-point shootout and dunk contest lineups, and our favorite seasons of covering the league (23:30).

Hosts: Chris Vernon and Kevin O’Connor

May 15, 2020
Notes From the NBPA’s Call With Adam Silver. Plus: ‘The Last Dance’ Episodes 7-8. | The Mismatch
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We go through the news leaking out of the conference call between the National Basketball Players Association and commissioner Adam Silver (1:17). Kevin shares his insights and reporting into the return ideas the NBA thinks are most feasible. Then, we discuss the emotional impact of episodes 7-8 of ESPN’s ‘The Last Dance,’ the only stain on Scottie Pippen’s career, and Jordan as a baseball player (37:04).


Hosts: Chris Vernon and Kevin O’Connor

May 12, 2020
The Challenges of Making 'The Last Dance,' The Stories Players Tell, and Quarantine Comforts With Jason Hehir | The JJ Redick Podcast
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JJ and Tommy sit down with filmmaker Jason Hehir to talk about his Michael Jordan/Bulls docuseries 'The Last Dance' and explore what went into making the immensely popular project. They break down the animosity between players during that era (23:07). Jason reveals what went down during the supposed "Jordan freeze-out" in 1985, and then they draft their favorite quarantine comforts (48:09).

Subscribe to The JJ Redick Podcast here.

Hosts: JJ Redick and Tommy Alter

Guest: Jason Hehir

May 11, 2020
Internal Debates About the NBA’s Return. Plus: Pick a “Blow It Up!” Team. | The Mismatch
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We discuss Kevin’s article about the debates going on within the league office about the best plan to bring basketball back this summer (1:42). Then, we open the mailbag back up to answer your questions about Matthew Dellavedova, which teams should blow it up, and whether Steph Curry could score 101 points in a game (37:16).

Hosts: Chris Vernon and Kevin O’Connor

May 08, 2020
Buying Into Analytics and The Advantage of the Multisport Athlete With Dave Roberts
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Steve and Pete are joined by manager of the Los Angeles Dodgers, Dave Roberts, to discuss how they look at and assess multisport athletes, and how a player's expertise at one sport can translate to another. Later the guys chat about how analytics factor into their respective coaching strategies, how analytics are being utilized for player development, and getting players to live in the present.

Hosts: Steve Kerr and Pete Carroll

Guest: Dave Roberts

This show is raising money for COVID-19 relief. You can help! Donate here!

May 07, 2020
‘The Last Dance’ and the Athlete As a Role Model | The Mismatch
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We run through some league news, including the discussions about whether Kevin Durant would be ready to come back by the time the NBA is ready to ramp up again (1:41). Then we go deeper into episodes 5-6 of ‘The Last Dance,’ including the concept of the “role model” athlete (30:00).

Hosts: Chris Vernon and Kevin O’Connor

May 05, 2020
Instant Reactions to ‘The Last Dance Episodes 5-6 | The Ringer NBA Show
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Justin Verrier and Rob Mahoney come to you immediately after the conclusion of the fifth and sixth episodes of ‘The Last Dance.’ On this week’s pod: an examination of Michael Jordan’s trip to Atlantic City during the 1993 playoffs, a window into the unique pressure Jordan faced every time he stepped out of his hotel or home, and what NBA Twitter would have to say about the ascension of Jordan the shoe mogul.

Hosts: Justin Verrier and Rob Mahoney

May 04, 2020
The NBA’s Orlando Bubble. Plus: ‘The Last Dance’ Questions, Allen Iverson in 2020, and Chris Paul to the Bright-Future Suns? | The Mismatch
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With news swirling about the NBA's continued exploration of potential return options, we discuss the complexities of restarting basketball in a bubble in Las Vegas or Orlando (1:23). Then, we open the Friday mailbag to answer your questions on ESPN’s ‘The Last Dance,’ teams that could make a leap next season, and whether or not Kevin is secretly British (23:39).

Hosts: Chris Vernon and Kevin O’Connor

May 01, 2020
NBA Facilities Opening in May. Plus: ‘The Last Dance’ Episodes 3-4 | The Mismatch
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We react to the news that the NBA is considering opening its practice facilities up to players starting as soon as May (1:40), before discussing Marc Eversley’s hiring as the new Bulls general manager (7:06). Then, we close by giving our biggest takeaways from episodes 3-4 of ‘The Last Dance,’ including some revelations about Dennis Rodman and intriguing moments with Phil Jackson (18:40).

Hosts: Chris Vernon and Kevin O’Connor

Apr 28, 2020
Instant Reactions to ‘The Last Dance Episodes 3-4 | The Ringer NBA Show
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Justin Verrier and Rob Mahoney gather to discuss the second week of ESPN’s Michael Jordan documentary, ‘The Last Dance.’ This week, we got a peek into the fascinating life of Dennis Rodman. Plus, we’re starting to peel the layers of the onion back on the real Jordan as he shows his past frustrations with Scottie Pippen, Phil Jackson, and the Detroit Pistons.

Hosts: Justin Verrier and Rob Mahoney

Apr 27, 2020
Brooklyn’s Head Coaching Search, Chris Paul’s Hesitance to Return Too Fast, and More Mailbag Questions | The Mismatch
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We discuss the short list (read: Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving’s list) for Kenny Atkinson’s replacement in Brooklyn (2:13). Then, we take a look at NBPA president Chris Paul’s reluctance to bring the NBA back without giving players at least a month to get their bodies ready (7:19). Finally, we open the 'Mismatch' mailbag again to answer your questions about the draft, the Grizzlies, our dream 3v3 partners, and more (11:53). 


Hosts: Chris Vernon and Kevin O’Connor

Apr 24, 2020
Virtual Draft Strategies, Past Draft Stories, and Game-Changing Coaches | Flying Coach With Steve Kerr and Pete Carroll
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Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr and Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll discuss all things draft, including how they are preparing for a virtual draft, how they scout players, and drafting late-round guys like D.K. Metcalf and Draymond Green (3:25) before talking about the coaches in both the NFL and NBA who innovated the game like no one before them (39:30).

Hosts: Steve Kerr and Pete Carroll

This show is raising money for COVID-19 relief. You can help! Donate here!

Apr 23, 2020
‘The Last Dance,’ Re-living the Demise of the ’90s Bulls, and the NBA’s Quarantine Bubble With Bill Simmons | The Mismatch
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Kevin and Chris are joined by Bill Simmons to react to Draymond Green’s Warriors-Bulls comparisons (1:48), discuss episodes 1-2 of ‘The Last Dance,’ recount some of the lesser-known stories of the late-’90s Bulls, and discuss the feasibility of the NBA's return from quarantine (54:44).

Hosts: Chris Vernon and Kevin O’Connor

Guest: Bill Simmons

Apr 21, 2020
Instant Reactions to ‘The Last Dance’ Episodes 1-2 | The Ringer NBA Show
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Chris Ryan and Sean Fennessey convene for a special recap of ESPN's new Michael Jordan documentary, 'The Last Dance.' Episodes 1-2 bring us back to the beginning, where Michael Jordan was a fresh young face at the University of North Carolina. What memories did the documentary evoke, and what were the moments that gave us goose bumps?

Hosts: Chris Ryan and Sean Fennessey

Apr 20, 2020
Jalen Green Forgoes College for the G League. Plus: The Ringer NBA Draft Guide Launches | The Mismatch
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Top prospect Jalen Green is the next player to join the G League rather than go to college. Is he the next wave in a trend or an outlier (3:20)? Plus: The Ringer NBA Draft Guide has launched. Which players does Kevin have higher or lower than the NBA community consensus (55:15)?


Hosts: Chris Vernon and Kevin O’Connor

Apr 17, 2020
What Can the NBA Learn From Other Leagues Around the World About Returning in 2020? | The Mismatch
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We discuss the successes and failures of the NBA’s H-O-R-S-E broadcast (2:30), before talking about Taiwan bringing basketball back with mannequins and cardboard cutouts in the stands as fans (12:25). Then, we jump back into the mailbag to answer a handful more of your questions (33:04).


Hosts: Chris Vernon and Kevin O’Connor

Apr 14, 2020
Flying Coach With Steve Kerr & Pete Carroll: Two Champions on Mentors, Philosophies, and Why They Coach (Premiere Episode!)
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Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr and Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll sit down for the premiere episode of their new podcast ‘Flying Coach With Steve Kerr & Pete Carroll,’ in which they offer up their unique perspectives as championship-level coaches in the NBA and NFL.

Hosts: Steve Kerr and Pete Carroll

This show is raising money for COVID-19 relief. You can help! Donate here!

Apr 13, 2020
Four Draft Prospects You Should Start Looking Up Now | The Mismatch
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We chat about whether the proposed NBA H-O-R-S-E tournament will be entertaining or a bust (1:31), before reviewing the news that the Bulls will hire Arturas Karnisovas as their new executive vice president of basketball operations (6:15). Then, amid uncertainty about the rest of the regular season, we look ahead to the NBA draft and give four prospects we think you should be familiarizing yourself with (16:05).


Hosts: Chris Vernon and Kevin O’Connor

Apr 10, 2020
Creative Ideas to Bring Basketball Back and Even More Mailbag Questions | The Mismatch
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The guys discuss the emerging ideas about how to bring back the NBA, including a H-O-R-S-E competition and rapid testing to resume the season (0:41), before answering more mailbag questions on: potential expansion team locations, greatest teams to never win a championship, Giannis destinations, and more (14:01).

Hosts: Chris Vernon and Kevin O’Connor

Apr 07, 2020
Our Biggest Draft Hits and Misses: Jayson Tatum, Mike Conley Jr., Draymond Green, and More | The Mismatch
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
2555

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
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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
2273

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
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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
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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
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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
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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
3813
Aug 27, 2019
Midsummer Mailbag: Luka Doncic vs. Ben Simmons, Harden’s All-Time SG Rank, and 2019 Breakout Candidates | Group Chat
2902
Aug 22, 2019
No One Wants to Play for Team USA. Plus: Rookie Survey Takeaways | The Mismatch
2830
Aug 20, 2019
DeMarcus Cousins Tore His ACL. Is This the End of Boogie As We Know Him? | Group Chat
2113
Aug 16, 2019
Most Exciting Matchups of the 2019-20 NBA Regular Season | The Mismatch
3165
Aug 13, 2019
Can Kevin Durant Be the Face of Basketball in Brooklyn? Plus: The Present and Future of Team USA. | Group Chat
3493
Aug 08, 2019
Draymond Gets Paid, Zion’s Big Draw, and the 2010s All-Decade Teams | The Mismatch
3084
Aug 06, 2019
The Blazers Lock Into McCollum and Lillard, the Raptors’ Post-Kawhi World, and Carmelo Anthony Musical Chairs | Group Chat
2989
Aug 01, 2019
Lin-sad-ity, the End-of-Bench Rolodex, and Early Over/Unders | The Mismatch
2990
Jul 30, 2019
Kawhi Is a Fun Guy, Zion Chooses Jordan, Fixing Free Agency, and the Best Young Cores | Group Chat
3115
Jul 25, 2019
The Wacky Wizards, the LeBron-AD Duo, and Coach Tim Duncan | The Mismatch
3779
Jul 23, 2019
The Point God Is Stuck in Trade Purgatory | Group Chat
3158
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
4215
Jul 16, 2019
Russell Westbrook for Chris Paul Emergency Podcast | The Ringer NBA Show
2431
Jul 12, 2019
To Russ or Not to Russ: Which Teams Should Be in on Westbrook? | Group Chat
3520
Jul 11, 2019
The Seven Most Intriguing Names of the 2019 NBA Offseason | The Mismatch
4576
Jul 09, 2019
Paul George Is Gone, What Happens to Russ? | The Ringer NBA Show
2432
Jul 07, 2019
Kawhi Leonard AND Paul George Go to the Clippers | The Ringer NBA Show
2425
Jul 06, 2019
Free Agency News Slows, but the Kawhi Tension Grows. Plus: Contrarian Corner | Group Chat
2772
Jul 03, 2019
The Kawhi Decision Will Change Everything for an Already Changed NBA | The Mismatch
3702
Jul 02, 2019
Free Agency Day 1 Madness: The Sixers! The Knicks … The Nets! And Wherever Kawhi Goes | Heat Check
3896
Jul 01, 2019
2019 NBA Free Agency Live Reactions: Hour 1 | The Ringer NBA Show
2722
Jun 30, 2019
NBA Free Agency Preview: Which Domino Will Fall First? | The Corner 3
3235
Jun 28, 2019
A Rockets, Sixers, and Jimmy Butler Love Triangle | Group Chat
3133
Jun 26, 2019
Is New York Really the Best Destination for Kevin Durant? | The Mismatch
3399
Jun 25, 2019
Free Agency Speculation SZN Is in Full Swing | Heat Check
3211
Jun 24, 2019
NBA Draft Instant Reactions: Pelicans, Hawks, Grizzlies Grab the Reins of the Draft | The Corner 3
3079
Jun 21, 2019
James Harden vs. Chris Paul, Plus: Utah Is Trying to Seize Its Window With Mike Conley | Group Chat
3210
Jun 19, 2019
Ka-Why Not Stay in Toronto? Plus: Draft Picks Who Will Not Fail | The Mismatch
3575
Jun 18, 2019
The NBA Season Is Over, Yet the NBA Season Continues | Heat Check
3653
Jun 17, 2019
Anthony Davis to the Lakers Emergency Podcast | Group Chat
2976
Jun 16, 2019
The Toronto Raptors Are the 2019 NBA Champions | Heat Check
2364
Jun 14, 2019
Kevin Durant’s Injury Changes the Offseason Calculus of Nearly Every NBA Team | Group Chat
3151
Jun 12, 2019
The Ripple Effects of the KD Injury, in These Finals and Beyond | The Mismatch
3775
Jun 12, 2019
KD Goes Down (Again), but the Warriors Survive | Heat Check
2024
Jun 11, 2019
The Raptors Out-Warriored the Warriors | Heat Check
1926
Jun 08, 2019
How to Plan for Having Multiple First-Round Draft Picks | The Corner 3
3431
Jun 06, 2019
The Raptors Ruin Curry’s Big Night | Heat Check
1924
Jun 06, 2019
Which Upcoming Free Agent Combinations Fit Best? | Group Chat
3331
Jun 05, 2019
The Warriors Are Up Against the Injury Bug As Well As the Raptors | The Mismatch
3353
Jun 04, 2019
The Warriors Pull Off a True #StrengthInNumbers Victory | Heat Check
1559
Jun 03, 2019
Analyzing the NBA Draft Through the Lens of the Finals | The Corner 3
2985
May 31, 2019
Spicy P Heats Up to Take Game 1 | Heat Check
1802
May 31, 2019
The Rockets' Reboot, the Lakers' Turmoil, and Repositioning Basketball As International Soccer | Group Chat
3939
May 29, 2019
A Very Mismatch Finals Preview | The Mismatch
3753
May 28, 2019
NBA Draft Mailbag Special | The Corner 3
4092
May 27, 2019
Are the Bucks Out of Answers for the Raptors? | Group Chat
3668
May 24, 2019
Kawhi Leonard (Literally) Limps the Raptors to Another W | The Corner 3
2427
May 22, 2019
The Warriors Without KD Are Still Pretty Damn Good | The Mismatch
4294
May 21, 2019
The Raptors Win the Most Boring Double-OT Playoff Game in Recent Memory | Heat Check
2917
May 20, 2019
Western Conference Finals Game 2: The Blazers Just Couldn’t Close the Door on the Warriors | The Ringer NBA Show
1871
May 17, 2019
The Brook Lopez Game Trumped the Kyle Lowry Game | The Ringer NBA Show
3271
May 16, 2019
NBA Draft Fits and Conference Finals Thoughts | The Corner 3
3324
May 15, 2019
Emergency NBA Draft Lottery Pod | The Ringer NBA Show
3148
May 15, 2019
Let’s Get Ready to Conference Finals! | The Mismatch
4117
May 14, 2019
The Four Bounces Heard Round the World: Kawhi’s Raptors Advance | Heat Check
3060
May 13, 2019
Sixers Earn a Game 7. Have the Bucks Earned the Title of ‘Favorites’? Plus, Kevin Durant’s Injured Calf | Group Chat
2717
May 10, 2019
The Sixers’ Worst Dreams Are Being Realized. Plus, Are We Seeing a Combo-Guard Renaissance? | The Corner 3
3505
May 08, 2019
A Sad, Somber Emergency Pod for Raptors-Sixers Game 5 | The Ringer NBA Show
1088
May 08, 2019
The Bucks Beat the Celtics, and the Celtics Also Beat the Celtics | The Mismatch
4162
May 07, 2019
A Simmons-House Emergency Pod for Rockets-GSW Game 4 | The Ringer NBA Show
2209
May 07, 2019
Murray Gets Hot, Kawhi Stays Hot, Curry Not Looking So Hot | Heat Check
3185
May 06, 2019
Have the Sixers Found Themselves? | Group Chat
3127
May 03, 2019
Playoff Round 2 Check-in, Plus an Early Look at the Centers in the NBA Draft | The Corner 3
3278
May 01, 2019
Warriors-Rockets Game 2 Instant Reactions | The Ringer NBA Show
1209
May 01, 2019
Raptors-Sixers Might Be the Big Matchup We Were Promised After All | The Mismatch
4083
Apr 30, 2019
How the Warriors “Stole” Game 1 From the Rockets | Heat Check
3152
Apr 29, 2019
Tying Up Warriors Loose Ends and Previewing Round 2 | Group Chat
3172
Apr 26, 2019
Damian Lillard Sent Russell Westbrook and the Thunder Home | The Corner 3
3524
Apr 24, 2019
It’s Time to Fear the Deer | The Mismatch
4663
Apr 23, 2019
Round 1 Check-In: Where Do Teams Stand? Plus, Player-Fan Interaction | Heat Check
3618
Apr 22, 2019
No Embiid? No Problem! | Group Chat
3293
Apr 19, 2019
The Nuggets' Comeback Might’ve Saved Their Season | The Corner 3
3341
Apr 17, 2019
The Warriors Blew a 31-Point Lead | The Mismatch
4050
Apr 16, 2019
Upset SZN: Game 1 Shockers and Not-So-Shockers | Heat Check
4611
Apr 15, 2019
The Playoff Matchup Draft | The Corner 3
3117
Apr 12, 2019
The NBA Playoff Brackets Are Set | Group Chat
3331
Apr 11, 2019
Magic Johnson Stepped Down and the Lakers Are (Further) Off the Rails | The Ringer NBA Show
2460
Apr 10, 2019
Ten Questions Leading Into the Playoffs | The Mismatch
3490
Apr 09, 2019
Concern-Trolling Playoff Teams and Just Concerns for the Sixers | Heat Check
3393
Apr 08, 2019
Giannis Antetokounmpo’s MVP Moment | The Corner 3
2602
Apr 05, 2019
Whose Future Timeline Is the Darkest? | Group Chat
3802
Apr 04, 2019
First-Round Matchups We’d Like to See | The Mismatch
3262
Apr 02, 2019
The Only Playoff Race Left: The Eastern Conference | Heat Check
3499
Apr 01, 2019
Sixteen(-ish) NBA Prospects in the Sweet 16 | The Corner 3
2912
Mar 29, 2019
2019 NBA Award SZN Is Here | Group Chat
4128
Mar 28, 2019
(Not) Jockeying for Playoff Matchups | The Mismatch
3721
Mar 26, 2019
The NBA All-Entertainment Team and the Über-competitive Coach of the Year Race | Heat Check
3543
Mar 25, 2019
Ja Morant Mania and the NCAA Tournament Through an NBA Draft Lens | The Corner 3
2598
Mar 22, 2019
The Playoff Watchability Rankings | Group Chat
3883
Mar 21, 2019
The Hottest Team in the NBA Right Now Is … the Spurs?! | The Mismatch
4143
Mar 19, 2019
The Degenerate’s Guide to the NBA Playoff Race | Heat Check
3558
Mar 18, 2019
Early 2019 NBA Draft Thoughts | The Corner 3
3186
Mar 15, 2019
Which Team Is Headed for a First-Round Upset? | Group Chat
3813
Mar 14, 2019
The Race for the Playoffs and the Race for the Lottery | The Mismatch
3194
Mar 12, 2019
The Infallible Warriors Might Not Be So Infallible | Heat Check
3188
Mar 11, 2019
We Unironically Care About the Eastern Conference Playoff Race | The Corner 3
3779
Mar 08, 2019
LeBron Passes Jordan and Lakers Fans Are ... Apathetic? | Group Chat
3538
Mar 07, 2019
Is This Your King? The Clippers Win the Battle for L.A. | The Mismatch
3240
Mar 05, 2019
Who Is to Blame for the Lakers’ Letdown? | Heat Check
2849
Mar 04, 2019
How Many 3s Will Trae Young Be Shooting in 2029? | The Corner 3
3056
Mar 01, 2019
Our NBA Potluck Dinner | Group Chat
3470
Feb 28, 2019
Are We Sure the Lakers Will Make the Playoffs? | The Mismatch (Ep. 393)
3549
Feb 26, 2019
Are We In or Out on LeBron, Davis, Zion, Durant, Kyrie, and More? | Heat Check (Ep. 392)
3416
Feb 25, 2019
The Playoff Musical Chairs in the Western Conference | The Corner 3 (Ep. 391)
3545
Feb 22, 2019
Should We Care Whether Kyrie Irving Is Happy? | Group Chat (Ep. 390)
2875
Feb 21, 2019
Stories From NBA All-Star Weekend | The Mismatch (Ep. 389)
3654
Feb 19, 2019
Our Top 25 Players Right Now and the Ongoing Anthony Davis Headache | Heat Check (Ep. 388)
3363
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)
3576
Feb 15, 2019
A Ringer NBA Investigation: Who’s to Blame for the Lakers Tailspin? | Group Chat (Ep. 386)
3576
Feb 14, 2019
MVPaul George? Plus: the Rising East | The Mismatch (Ep. 385)
3196
Feb 12, 2019
The New-New Sixers Look Good-Good | Heat Check (Ep. 384)
2750
Feb 11, 2019
NBA Trade Deadline: Eastern Conference Power Shifts and Favorite Trades | The Ringer NBA Show (Ep. 383)
3752
Feb 08, 2019
The Sixers Are All In (We Think?), With Bill Simmons | The Ringer NBA Show (Ep. 382)
3040
Feb 06, 2019
Is Anthony Davis’s Price Tag Worth It? | The Mismatch (Ep. 381)
3334
Feb 05, 2019
Trade Deadline Week Is Here and the Big Hitters Get Busy | Heat Check (Ep. 380)
3295
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)
3153
Feb 01, 2019
Assessing the Best Anthony Davis Trade Packages | Group Chat (Ep. 378)
2854
Jan 31, 2019
Where Will Anthony Davis End Up? | The Mismatch (Ep. 377)
3135
Jan 29, 2019
Anthony Davis Wants Out | Heat Check (Ep. 376)
2797
Jan 28, 2019
The Rolling Raptors and All-Star Reserves, Plus: A Special Interview With Nikola Jokic | The Corner 3 (Ep. 375)
3084
Jan 25, 2019
Where Do the Pacers Turn Without Victor Oladipo? | Group Chat (Ep. 374)
2940
Jan 24, 2019
Uh-oh, the Warriors Look Invincible Again | The Mismatch (Ep. 373)
3344
Jan 22, 2019
The NBA All-Drama All-Stars and the Western Conference Shuffle | Heat Check (Ep. 372)
3308
Jan 21, 2019
Dennis Smith Jr.‘s Unraveling Drama in Dallas, Plus All-Star Ballots | The Corner 3 (Ep. 371)
3430
Jan 18, 2019
Playing Trade-Deadline Doctor and Going Deep on the Pelicans | Group Chat (Ep. 370)
3423
Jan 17, 2019
The Celtics Start to Show Their Cracks. Plus: The Trade Deadline Rumor Mill | The Mismatch (Ep. 369)
3393
Jan 15, 2019
A Year Later: Did the Clippers Win the Blake Griffin Trade? | Heat Check (Ep. 368)
4320
Jan 14, 2019
Predicting the NBA Headlines for the Coming Weeks | The Corner 3 (Ep. 367)
2632
Jan 11, 2019
Half-Season Superlatives and Kings Nation | Group Chat (Ep. 366)
3871
Jan 10, 2019
How Should Teams Build Around Their Young Stars Before It’s Too Late? | The Mismatch (Ep. 365)
3185
Jan 08, 2019
Goodbye Thibs and Hello Hoiberg (?!) | Heat Check (Ep. 364)
2941
Jan 07, 2019
James Harden Is a Cheat Code | The Corner 3 (Ep. 363)
3099
Jan 04, 2019
Debating Ben Simmons and Russell Westbrook for All of Eternity | Group Chat (Ep. 362)
3291
Jan 03, 2019
Elite, but Overlooked: The Pacers and the Nuggets | The Mismatch (Ep. 361)
3059
Jan 02, 2019
New Year's Resolutions for All 30 Teams | The Corner 3 (Ep. 360)
3603
Dec 28, 2018
The Lakers Refuse to Let LeBron’s Injury Scare Spoil Their Christmas | The Mismatch (Ep. 359)
3371
Dec 26, 2018
NBA Guilty Pleasures | Heat Check (Ep. 358)
2509
Dec 24, 2018
Which Rebuilding NBA Franchise Would You Want Most? | The Corner 3 (Ep. 357)
2524
Dec 21, 2018
’Tis the (NBA Trade) Season | The Mismatch (Ep. 356)
3032
Dec 18, 2018
The Trevor Ariza Trade That Wasn’t, Then Was | Heat Check (Ep. 355)
2967
Dec 17, 2018
Exploring the Trade Candidates That Could Shuffle the League | The Corner 3 (Ep. 354)
2567
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)
2533
Dec 13, 2018
LeBron Thought About the Knicks, but It Was All a (Pipe) Dream | The Mismatch (Ep. 352)
3151
Dec 11, 2018
The Bulls' Drama Is Boiling Over Under Boylen | Heat Check (Ep. 351)
4197
Dec 10, 2018
Lessons From the 2016 NBA Draft | The Corner 3 (Ep. 350)
2519
Dec 07, 2018
Debating the NBA’s Top 25 Players Through 25 Games | Group Chat (Ep. 349)
2874
Dec 06, 2018
The Nuggets Are Here to Stay | The Mismatch (Ep. 348)
3322
Dec 04, 2018
30 Thoughts for 30 Teams | Heat Check (Ep. 347)
4435
Dec 03, 2018
The Spurs Are Pivoting to Boring Basketball | The Corner 3 (Ep. 346)
2790
Nov 30, 2018
What Were We Wrong About Before the Season? | Group Chat (Ep. 345)
3243
Nov 29, 2018
Can the Rockets and Jazz Turn It Around? | The Mismatch (Ep. 344)
3955
Nov 27, 2018
The Clippers Are Atop the Wacky West (for Now) | Heat Check (Ep. 343)
2729
Nov 26, 2018
Opening Up the Thanksgiving Mailbag | The Corner 3 (Ep. 342)
2777
Nov 21, 2018
Will Anyone Trade for John Wall? | The Mismatch (Ep. 341)
2996
Nov 20, 2018
The Wizards (Finally) Want to Blow It Up | Heat Check (Ep. 340)
3373
Nov 19, 2018
Sophomore Surge or Sophomore Slump? | The Corner 3 (Ep. 339)
2736
Nov 16, 2018
Relationship Counseling: Warriors Edition | Group Chat (Ep. 338)
3043
Nov 15, 2018
The Rockets Don’t Stay Melo | The Mismatch (Ep. 337)
3297
Nov 13, 2018
Jimmy Butler Is a Sixer | Heat Check (Ep. 336)
3190
Nov 12, 2018
Zion Has Broken Our Mold of What a Pro Prospect Can Be | The Corner 3 (Ep. 335)
2551
Nov 09, 2018
The Five Tenets of a Legendary League Pass Team | Group Chat (Ep. 334)
2595
Nov 08, 2018
The Deep, Dominant Raptors Keep Rolling Along | The Mismatch (Ep. 333)
3443
Nov 06, 2018
The LeBron-Era Lakers’ Drama Intensifies | Heat Check (Ep. 332)
4377
Nov 05, 2018
When Should We Panic About Houston? Plus, Duke Mania Is Here to Stay | The Corner 3 (Ep. 331)
2728
Nov 02, 2018
The Early Tiers of the NBA | Group Chat (Ep. 330)
3426
Nov 01, 2018
Klay Thompson Catches Fire, the Bucks Remain Aflame, and the Cold-Start Teams | The Mismatch (Ep. 329)
3424
Oct 30, 2018
Cavs Fire Ty Lue, Early-Season Drama, Bud's Bucks, and Overlooked Teams | Heat Check (Ep. 328)
3279
Oct 29, 2018
The Three-Point Revolution Is Only Just Beginning | The Corner 3 (Ep. 327)
2501
Oct 26, 2018
Is the NBA Trying Too Hard to Entertain Us, Or Is the Scoring Boom What We Need? | Group Chat (Ep. 326)
2530
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)
2983
Oct 23, 2018
Lakers-Rockets #Spitgate, Plus Opening-Week Takeaways | Heat Check (Ep. 324)
3866
Oct 22, 2018
Digesting LeBron in a Lakers Uniform, Plus Early Evaluations for Ayton and Jokic | The Corner 3 (Ep. 323)
2951
Oct 19, 2018
Anthony Davis’s Hot Start, the Young Suns, and Early Sixers Reactions | Group Chat (Ep. 322)
3023
Oct 18, 2018
‘Sources Say’ Live From Ringer #NBAPalooza | Sources Say (Ep. 321)
3180
Oct 17, 2018
20 Questions for the 2018-19 NBA Season | The Mismatch (Ep. 320)
4248
Oct 16, 2018
The Way-Too-Early Playoff Predictions, Plus: NBA Sad Face | Heat Check (Ep. 319)
4149
Oct 15, 2018
Jimmy Butler’s Practice Tirade and Lakers vs. Warriors Preseason Takeaways | Group Chat (Ep. 318)
2826
Oct 11, 2018
The Future of the Young Suns and Key Players to Watch Out For | The Ringer NBA Show (Ep. 317)
4045
Oct 09, 2018
The 2018-19 NBA League Pass Draft | Heat Check (Ep. 316)
2962
Oct 08, 2018
Jimmy Butler to Miami? Plus: Tempering the Lakers Hype. | Group Chat (Ep. 315)
1779
Oct 04, 2018
The New Lakers, the New-ish Rockets, and GM Survey Takeaways | The Ringer NBA Show (Ep. 314)
3408
Oct 04, 2018
Waiting for the Butler Trade, LeBron’s Lakers, and Doncic’s Debut | Heat Check (Ep. 313)
4396
Oct 01, 2018
Jimmy Butler Trade Talks and Media Day Takeaways | The Ringer NBA Show (Ep. 312)
2817
Sep 25, 2018
Jimmy Butler v. the Timberwolves, the Lakers’ Lonzo Problem, and the Sixers' GM Search | Heat Check (Ep. 311)
4267
Sep 18, 2018
The Anthony Davis Pre-Pre-Agency, the Minnesota Timberbulls, and (Another) Dwight Howard Debate | The Ringer NBA Show (Ep. 310)
2598
Sep 11, 2018
Wizards Chemistry Experiment, Suns-Rockets Trade, and Are We Sure ...? | Heat Check (Ep. 309)
3516
Sep 04, 2018
Manu Ginobili Retires, the Sixers’ GM Search, and Kobe Fans vs. LeBron | The Ringer NBA Show (Ep. 308)
2797
Aug 28, 2018
Melo (Finally) Signs in Houston, Kawhi’s “THANK YOU” Letter, and Are We Sure ...? | Heat Check (Ep. 307)
3958
Aug 15, 2018
Do the Lakers Have Too Many Personalities? Plus, Other Mailbag Questions | The Ringer NBA Show (Ep. 306)
3238
Aug 07, 2018
LeBron Gives Back, Rockets Keep Capela, Giannis Bulks Up, and NBA Hard Knocks | The Ringer NBA Show (Ep. 305)
2452
Jul 31, 2018
Kevin Love's Extension, the Carmelo Trade 2.0, and the Lakers’ Meme Team | The Ringer NBA Show (Ep. 304)
2451
Jul 24, 2018
Kawhi for DeRozan, Smart Stays a Celtic, the Timberwolves’ Shaky Future, and Pre-Agency | Group Chat (Ep. 303)
3141
Jul 19, 2018
Carmelo Destinations, Jimmy Butler’s Future in Minnesota, and the Kawhi Saga | The Ringer NBA Show (Ep. 302)
3083
Jul 17, 2018
Jonathan Isaac Is a Star, Trae Young's Bust Potential, and Other Summer League Takeaways | The Ringer NBA Show (Ep. 301)
2588
Jul 10, 2018
The Big Men Are Running Summer League, Plus Free-Agency Check-in | The Ringer NBA Show (Ep. 300)
2209
Jul 09, 2018
LaVine Gets Paid, Kawhi Trade Possibilities, and Summer League Takeaways | The Ringer NBA Show (Ep. 299)
1196
Jul 07, 2018
Melo to Leave OKC, Kyrie’s Uncertain Future, Lakers’ Coaching Conundrum, and Trae Young Misses Treys | Sources Say (Ep. 298)
1690
Jul 06, 2018
Warriors Add Boogie, the Lakers’ Bizarre Signings, Kawhi Destinations, and Summer League Tips Off | The Ringer NBA Show (Ep. 297)
3580
Jul 03, 2018
LeBron to the Lakers, Paul George Stays with the Thunder, and More Free-Agency News | Heat Check (Ep. 296)
4159
Jul 02, 2018
Austin Rivers to the Wizards, D.J. to Dallas (Potentially), and More Free-Agency Rumors | The Ringer NBA Show (Ep. 295)
4191
Jun 27, 2018
Melo's Opt-in, Free-Agency Rumors, and Woj vs. ESPN | Heat Check (Ep. 294)
3472
Jun 25, 2018
2018 NBA Draft Takeaways | Draf