The Full 48

By Bleacher Report and Howard Beck

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Howard Beck takes on the biggest topics and invite A-List guests along for a fast-moving NBA podcast from Bleacher Report that goes the full 48.

Episode Date
David Griffin on the Lakers & LeBron, Kawhi's Letter, Koby Altman's Wedding, and NBA Schedule Conspiracy Theories
Former Cleveland Cavaliers and Phoenix Suns Exec, David Griffin, returns to dig into the Dog Days of NBA Summer! He offers some insight and analysis on the Lakers & LeBron James, Toronto & Kawhi Leonard, the Utah Jazz as a sleeper play-off contender, and the regression of the Philadelphia 76ers. He's also talking East vs West Conference Finals, and debunking conspiracy theories about the NBA schedule, and what it really means to play on Christmas and MLK Day. And he's explaining the how and why of his officiating duties at Koby Altman's upcoming nuptials. via Knit
Aug 10, 2018
Adam Duritz of Counting Crows
Counting Crows frontman Adam Duritz is a Golden State Warriors fan and a Boston Celtics fan! He speaks to his dual fandom along with the 25th Anniversary of the band's breakout album, "August And Everything After." He's sharing stories about "Round Here" (and how it ended up in "Billions" this season), "Mrs. Potters Lullaby" (and the role actress Monica Potter played in getting the song recorded and released), and the first song he ever wrote, "Good Morning Little Sister." He's also talking about the current tour and the songs he and the band love to play live. And he explains why his own podcast, "Underwater Sunshine" is his favorite thing he's doing right now! via Knit
Jul 30, 2018
Bleacher Report's Ric Bucher
Bleacher Report, Mad Dog Radio, and NBA Radio's Ric Bucher joins Howard to analyze and debate the recent moves in the off season, and what it might mean for the playoff picture next Spring. They discuss LeBron and the Lakers, Paul George staying in Oklahoma City, the Kawhi Leonard trade, DeMarcus Cousins signing with the Golden State Warriors, and Carmelo Anthony and Dwight Howard. They also vote for the Biggest Winners and Losers so far, the Best Value of the Summer, the move Underrated Move of the Off Season and the Most Baffling. Plus they answer two critical questions - are the Lakers now a playoff contender thanks to LeBron? And with Cleveland out in the East, who slides into that spot? via Knit
Jul 23, 2018
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander sat down with Howard Beck at Summer League in Las Vegas and spoke about being drafted by the Los Angeles Clippers, his experience to date at Summer League, his Rookie Of The Year aspirations, why Doc Rivers is a great coaching match for him, playing in the same city and arena as LeBron James, his basketball hero Allen Iverson, the Canadian basketball scene, learning leadership skills at Kentucky, cutting his hair, and how he celebrated on draft night. via Knit
Jul 17, 2018
Golden State Warriors Associate Head Coach Mike Brown
Associate Head Coach of the Golden State Warriors, Mike Brown, has a strategy to get to 5 Championships, some advice for Lakers Coach Luke Walton regarding LeBron James, and pure excitement for new Warrior DeMarcus Cousins! Mike also reveals what it's like having his son play Summer League for the Warriors, how it was to coach LeBron in Cleveland, what he learned from Gregg Popovich, and whether another head coaching job may be in his future. via Knit
Jul 12, 2018
Former Atlanta Hawks GM Wes Wilcox
Former Atlanta Hawks GM Wes Wilcox offers some insight and analysis to the recent flurry of NBA signings: LeBron James to the Los Angeles Lakers, DeMarcus Cousins to the Golden State Warriors, Paul George to the Oklahoma City Thunder. They discuss likely scenarios for Jabari Parker, Kyrie Irving, Lonzo Ball, and Kawhi Leonard. Plus, Wes and Howard breakdown the 2019 salary cap expansion and what that might do for teams like the Brooklyn Nets and the Chicago Bulls. via Knit
Jul 06, 2018
ESPN's Howard Bryant on the Future and Legacy of LeBron James
Howard Bryant, ESPN Senior Writer, and author of the book, "The Heritage: Black Athletes, A Divided America, and The Politics of Patriotism," has many thoughts and theories to share about LeBron James' free agency, activism, heritage, and legacy. Bryant also discusses the comparisons to Michael Jordan, LeBron's effect on the power of the player, the sphere of lightning, the new breed of NBA coaches, and the erosion of team parity in the NBA. via Knit
Jun 28, 2018
Brian Scalabrine on the Big3, LeBron's Legacy, and GOAT Michael Jordan
Boston Celtics analyst Brian Scalabrine (aka White Mamba aka Veal Scalabrine aka Ginga Ninja) is also the captain of the Ball Hogs in the Big3 league, which starts its second season this Friday in Houston, and he's discussing Big3 playing style, rosters, trash talking, and beating Trilogy! Brian's also got stories about playing against Shaq and Kobe, KG's big arm wrestling victory, and playing in the NBA finals. Plus, he weighs in on LeBron James' legacy and future, Kawhi Leonard's situation with the San Antonio Spurs, Michael Jordan as GOAT, and why he calls Shaq the most dominant player in the NBA. via Knit
Jun 18, 2018
The Athletic's Marcus Thompon
The Athletic's Marcus Thompson has been covering the Warriors for years and joins Howard to talk about the team's latest championship win, their unique team chemistry and culture, how their dynasty stacks up against past dynasty teams like the Bulls and the Lakers, Steph Curry, Jordan Bell's Hennessey chugging, and the controversy surrounding Kevin Durant's Finals MVP win. via Knit
Jun 14, 2018
On the Cavs Beat with Joe Vardon, Jason Lloyd & Dave McMenamin
Joe Vardon of, Jason Lloyd of The Athletic, and Dave McMenamin of ESPN are not only the Cavs Beat, they're also very close friends and guesting on The Full 48! They discuss their unique friendship, the intensity and competitiveness of covering the Cavaliers, and their collective and individual relationships with LeBron James. They also weigh in on the Kyrie Irving trade, LeBron's control of the team, and what they think the future holds for LeBron and the Cavaliers. Plus, you'll hear some fantastic road stories involving Napa and "Top Gun," a Canadian border crossing, and what happens when you drink 88 ounces of beer in Erie, Pennsylvania. via Knit
Jun 04, 2018
ESPN's Zach Lowe
ESPN's Zach Lowe joins Howard to break down both game 7s of the conference finals, speculate on Houston's sustainability and reliance on "iso ball," Golden State's vulnerability, and rank LeBron James' achievements. They also theorize on how Cleveland can possibly beat Golden State, what would have happened if Kyrie Irving had not gone to Boston, Kevin Durant's finals play, how the league may look next season for LeBron, and why Coach Tyronn Lue deserves more credit than he's given. via Knit
May 30, 2018
Mr. Michael Lee of Yahoo Sports
Michael Lee of Yahoo Sports returns to break down the Golden State Warriors' problems including iso ball and Steph Curry's health; Game 5 statistics and who has the most on the line; the Houston Rockets' incredible season and if their future will include both James Harden and Chris Paul; and Michael offers up a rather unconventional suggestion and theory for how LeBron James should approach his NBA future. via Knit
May 24, 2018
Brooklyn Nets Kenny Atkinson
Coach Kenny Atkinson is at the NBA combine and shares the definition of a Nets player, his thoughts on Spencer Dinwiddie's nomination for "Most Improved Player," what he's learned from Brett Brown, Mike D'Antoni, and Mike Budenholzer, how he's watching the conference finals, and what he really thinks about the Celtics Al Horford. via Knit
May 18, 2018
Coach David Thorpe
Coach David Thorpe returns to The Full 48 to break down the upcoming Conference Championship games, weigh in on the futures of LeBron James and Kawhi Leonard, offer some advice to Ben Simmons, provide some insight to the Brad Stevens Coach Of The Year controversy, make a case for Coach Quin Snyder, analyze the Toronto Raptors next possible moves, and share his biggest disappointment from the second round of the playoffs. via Knit
May 10, 2018
JJ Redick
There's no rest for the wicked and that's how JJ Redick is able to join The Full 48 between playoff games, home life, and hosting a pod of his own! JJ speaks to Howard about the Sixers' current playoff run and team culture, coach Brett Brown, the Clippers' failure to win a championship, why the term "veteran leadership" is so distasteful to him, and what he's learned from coach Gregg Popovich. via Knit
May 01, 2018
"Billions" co-creator and executive producer, Brian Koppelman
Brian Koppelman is the co-creator and Executive Producer of the Showtime series "Billions," the host of "The Moment" podcast, and a long-suffering New York Knicks fan. Hear how his love-hate relationship with the Knicks finds its way into all of his projects (including the movie "Rounders"), what he learned from professional wrestling, what he thinks about the NBA player's love of "Billions," who inspired Bobby Axelrod, and how Mark Cuban and Marc Lasry came to be part of the hit Showtime series. via Knit
Apr 25, 2018
Matt Barnes on Marijuana and the NBA
Former NBA forward Matt Barnes speaks to marijuana - his own personal use both now and as a player, and what he thinks the NBA should do about their current marijuana policy. Matt also explains his take on his "bad guy" reputation in the NBA, the curse of the Clippers, why his championship win with the Golden State Warriors "doesn"t count" in his opinion, and what his future holds. via Knit
Apr 20, 2018
Pacers President of Basketball Operations Kevin Pritchard
Indiana Pacers President of Basketball Operations, Kevin Pritchard, admits he's surprised by the team's 49 win season, but not as surprised as he was when Paul George asked to be traded! Kevin runs down the events immediately following Paul George's request, how a powerful play from the Pacers' players themselves affected the trade outcome, what the Pacers saw in Victor Oladipo and Domantas Sabonis, and why Nate McMillan should win Coach Of The Year. suggested channels/streams: Pacers, Kevin Pritchard, Paul George, Victor Oladipo, Domantas Sabonis, CJ Miles, Larry Bird, Al Jefferson, Nate McMillan, Oklahoma City Thunder PACERS GM KEVIN PRITCHARD PACERS 49 WIN SEASON 7:37 - "With us choosing Victor and Domantas we really felt like those guys embrace what we're all about you know toughness, unselfishness" 8:33 - "I would say consensus was low 30s [wins]" VICTOR OLADIPO 9:04 - "He has a real chance to change us in a very significant way very early" 9:14 - "I think that there was an IT factor starting in September that good night, he is really, really special" 9:47 - "When we were watching some of the early games, he [Larry Bird] said, 'gosh, you might be better than you think'." 11:02 - "He's a speed demon. There's few guys in this league that really have true speeds from end to end" 12:00 - "Larry [Bird], Magic, LeBron, those guys see the game happen before it even happens" 12:22 - "The one thing I like about Victor is that he's never really forced his game; when the play is there, he makes it, and that's a great player" 14:33 - "We felt like we could use Victor in a ball handling, make the play, be our true playmaker down the stretch the last 3 or 4 minutes" 14:50 - "As soon as we knew we had Victor and Domantas, it was all about bringing in shooting" PACERS OWNER HERB SIMON 17:18 - Herb's ownership philosophy 17:38 - Treadmill of Mediocrity 17:57 - "Herb made it perfectly clear that breaking it down and starting from the bottom wasn't an option" 18:20 - "the draft is high risk, high reward, especially at the top" 19:02 - "We wanted to have a chance to compete this year and see what we had and then make changes or at least have opportunities with our cap space and with the draft to get better" PACERS TRADE PROCESS 20:56 - "If we would have listened to the noise, we wouldn't have done this trade" 22:01 - The Woodcutter Story analogy 22:09 - "99.9% of the time you do not know until a lot later on whether it was right or wrong" TRADE BACKLASH 22:57 - "You know I live in Indianapolis and taking over the job as President and then immediately having to trade your best player over the last 6, 7 years, it's not the most comfortable situation, and I live downtown and I would walk to the arena and I heard it from a few people, fans." 24:02 - "I still wanted to have a team that when the fans came to the game, they walked out the door and they said, 'I love that team.' I wanted the community to be proud of this team" 25:10 - Al Jefferson 25:59 - six veteran Pacers players who lobbied for a chance to prove themselves as a team PACERS' PHILOSOPHY ON PLAYERS 28:40 PAUL GEORGE 32:11 - "You know I was jilted to be honest with you but at the end of the day a lot of water goes under the bridge" 32:18 - "Paul was awesome here. Got two Eastern Conference Finals, played a lot of great basketball and we will honor that for the rest of the Pacers' existence" 33:47 - "It was Victor and Domantas. We wouldn't have done just Victor. We needed Domantas" PACERS COACH NATE MCMILLAN 41:42 via Knit
Apr 09, 2018
Ric Bucher on NBA Lottery, Brett Brown for Coach Of The Year, and Kevin Durant for MVP
Ric Bucher returns to the podcast for a round of "it's NOT too early AND..." featuring a prediction on the NBA Western Conference Playoffs, some thoughts on Kawhi Leonard's situation with the San Antonio Spurs, a strong case for inducting Chris Webber into the Hall of Fame, reconfirming 76ers' Brett Brown as his pick for Coach of The Year, and more than one opinion on the current NBA lottery system. via Knit
Apr 04, 2018
Ray Allen
10-time NBA All-Star and 2-time NBA Champion Ray Allen is among the finalists in consideration for induction into the NBA Hall of Fame, class of 2018, and shares his reaction to the news. He's also talking about his time in Milwaukee, Miami, and Boston, including where things stand with some of his former Celtics teammates (Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett, and Rajon Rondo). He explains his love of Michael Jordan, how golf fits into his new retirement routine, why he believes the NBA should adopt a shorter season, and who makes his list of Top 5 Teammates of all time. And you'll discover what went in to writing his new book, "From The Outside: My Journey Through Life And The Game I Love." via Knit
Mar 26, 2018
2018 NBA Draft Class Analysis with Bleacher Report's Jonathan Wasserman
Bleacher Report's NBA draft expert, Jonathan Wasserman, returns to break down the 2018 Draft Class including Oklahoma's Trae Young, Duke's Marvin Bagley III, Mikal Bridges of Villanova, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander of Kentucky, and Luka Doncic. He and Howard review last year's draft class top picks... who's been a surprise, who's been a bust, who still has a potential, and which team might want their pick back! via Knit
Mar 21, 2018
Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr
Golden State Warrior head coach Steve Kerr is passionate about gun control, and explains why it's so important for him to speak up and be active in the movement. He's of course, also talking basketball, including the importance of talent in building unique team culture, lessons learned from Phil Jackson and Gregg "Pop" Popovich, the Houston Rockets' threat to the number one seed, and that video of him dancing at the Steph Curry's 30th birthday. via Knit
Mar 16, 2018
Bleacher Report's Jonathan Abrams on NBA Age Limits and HBO's The Wire
Bleacher Report's Jonathan Abrams joins to discuss NBA age limits and how changing the NBA's current rule might impact the game, college basketball, and future elite athletes. Jonathan and Howard break down the possibility of a true NBA minor league system, the idea of youth academies, and other solutions for developing star highschool talent. Plus, Jonathan shares some stories from his new book, "All The Pieces Matter: The Inside Story Of The Wire." via Knit
Mar 08, 2018
Los Angeles Lakers owner Jeanie Buss
Jeanie Buss invited Howard Beck to the brand new Lakers facility in Los Angeles, the UCLA Health Training Center, for an in-depth sit down that covers the Lakers owner's new front office, trust in Magic Johnson, lessons learned from Dr. Buss, team expectations, Coach Luke Walton, the Kobe and Shaq years, Magic's tampering fines, the Jordan Clarkson / Larry Nance, Jr. trade, the NBA All-Star Game, The Clippers, and Lavar Ball. via Knit
Feb 26, 2018
Michael Lee of Yahoo Sports NBA
Michael Lee of Yahoo Sports NBA joins Howard to break down the NBA All-Star Weekend in Los Angeles. Recorded on the concourse of the Staples Center after Sunday Night's All-Star Game, the two analyze the teams, the players, and most importantly, what the this year's changes brought to the event. Michael also remembers covering his first All-Star Game in 2003 (which happened to be Michael Jordan's last)! Plus, find out what who had the best dunk of the night, who should have won in Michael's humble opinion, what player behavior on the bench really indicated about some relationships, and how the two felt about Adam Silver's press conference. And they touch on age limits and what the remainder of the regular season might have in store for the Cavaliers, the Rockets, and the Warriors. via Knit
Feb 20, 2018
Former Nets & 76ers GM Billy King
Former GM of the Nets and 76ers, Billy King, breaks down the Cleveland Cavaliers trades, and what it means for the future of the team and LeBron James. He also sheds some light on the trade process and his own strategy as a GM, and explains why he thinks the Houston Rockets have a chance to win it all this season. Plus, he shares thoughts on Jason Kidd and Milwaukee Bucks, Isaiah Thomas and the Los Angeles Lakers, and cap smoothing! via Knit
Feb 13, 2018
Milwaukee Bucks Khris Middleton
Milwaukee Bucks guard Khris Middleton is one of the best 3-and-D players in the league, and joins Howard to talk about the Milwaukee Buck's coaching change, former coach Jason Kidd's controversial comments about the team, the return of Jabari Parker, his chemistry with Eric Bledsoe, not making the Eastern Conference All-Star team, and the importance of the NBA Nap. via Knit
Feb 06, 2018
J.A. Adande on Blake Griffin, Lavar Ball, and the Magic of LA
J.A. Adande, Director of Sports Journalism at Northwestern, joins Howard to talk about the Blake Griffin trade - what it means for the Clippers, the Pistons, and maybe even, the Lakers. They also discuss the controversial Lavar Ball and the media's role in creating his "newsworthiness," Lebron James possible exit from the Cavaliers next season, Magic Johnson's return to the Lakers, and Jerry West's new role with the Clippers. via Knit
Feb 01, 2018
Stu Jackson on player-referee relations, the Clippers vs Rockets brawl, televising the All-Star Draft, and NBA age limits
Stu Jackson, former Executive Vice President of Basketball Operations for the NBA and current Senior Associate Commissioner of the Big East, joins Howard to talk player-referee relations including the severity of the issue, possible solutions, and how to best effect change. Stu also weighs in on the NBA age limit, legalizing marijuana, televising the All Star draft, Malice At The Palace, and the recent brawl involving the Rockets and the Clippers. via Knit
Jan 23, 2018
Ish Smith of the Detroit Pistons
Starting point guard for the Detroit Pistons, Ish Smith, talks about his 10 NBA teams in his 7 season career, how he deals with the constant trades and moving, where he keeps his collection of NBA jerseys, some of the future Hall of Famers he's played with, what's working for the Pistons right now, how Avery Bradley has changed the team, and what he loves about current head coach, Stan Van Gundy. via Knit
Jan 15, 2018
Ken Berger on Paul George & The Thunder, Kyrie Irving & The Celtics, and LaVar Ball & The Lakers
NBA veteran writer/reporter Ken Berger joins Howard to discuss the NBA issue that is LaVar Ball, Paul George and The Thunder, Kyrie Irving's growth with the Celtics, and The Cavs' future. Plus, the two play a game of Rank The Rebuild Teams (Lakers, Bulls, Grizzlies, and Nets), and Ken does his best Mike Francesa impression! via Knit
Jan 10, 2018
Devin Booker, Jordan Bell, and Jamal Crawford
The Full 48 rings in the New Year with some of the best of Howard Beck's interviews from 2017! Devin Booker talks about his 70-point game from last season, and the shoes he got from Kobe Bryant. Jordan Bell shares thoughts on being a rookie with the Golden State Warriors, his Guitar Hero obsession, and his favorite tweets on the "Things Jordan Bell Could Block" twitter account. And Jamal Crawford speaks about his special bond with Isaiah Thomas, and puts his encyclopedic memory to the test! via Knit
Jan 02, 2018
Coach David Thorpe on Kyrie, LeBron, Isaiah, Westbrook, and Coach Luke Walton
Coach David Thorpe joins Howard Beck to offer insight on Kyrie Irving's success and role in Boston; Isaiah Thomas' return and what it could mean for the Cavaliers; Houston Rockets potential threat to the Warriors; and Coach Luke Walton. Plus, they do a little fact or fiction on the rookie class. via Knit
Dec 26, 2017
Jordan Clarkson on Lonzo, Kobe, and the D-League
Jordan Clarkson is the self-proclaimed old OG of the Lakers! The fourth year guard (and childhood San Antonio Spurs fan) shares thoughts on Lonzo and LaVar Ball, Lakers coach Luke Walton, the Los Angeles media, and messin' with teammate (and close friend) Brandon Ingram on social media. Jordan also explains why he loved the D-League, what he took from two years with Kobe, and who was in the lockerroom the night of Kobe's last game. via Knit
Dec 18, 2017
Derek Fisher on Kobe Dual Jersey Retirement, Kobe & Shaq, and The Lakers
Kobe Bryant's former teammate, Derek Fisher, has plenty to say about Kobe's upcoming dual jersey retirement on December 18th, including which number he'd pick if he could only pick one to retire. He shares thoughts and stories on Kobe #8 and Kobe #24, Kobe's rookie season, the Kobe and Shaq dynamic and feud, and the "what if" if Karl Malone hadn't gotten injured in '04. via Knit
Dec 12, 2017
Chris Bosh on Coding, Blood Clots, and Staying Steady, Calm and Confident
It's been nearly two years since former Miami Heat star Chris Bosh played an official NBA game, but he's been keeping plenty busy during his forced hiatus! In addition to working with to teach kids about coding, he's drawing, making music, working out every day, and watching all the young players dominate the game! He's ready for his next NBA opportunity, explains why he's willing to risk his health to return to the court, and also has a few thoughts on LeBron, Dwyane, and Ben Simmons. via Knit
Dec 07, 2017
It's Way Too Early But... with Bleacher Report's Ric Bucher
Howard Beck's Bleacher Report colleague, Ric Bucher, joins the pod for a game of "It's Way Too Early But..." And that means hot takes are back... and covering issues like the Memphis Grizzlies' struggles and firing of David Fizdale, The Detroit Pistons' hot start, Doc Rivers as the long haul choice for the Lakers, blowing up the Clippers, Brad Stevens as Coach Of The Year, fixing the Cavs, and the NBA's MVP so far. via Knit
Nov 28, 2017
Kelly AuCoin - "Dollar Bill" from "Billions"
Actor Kelly AuCoin is a self-proclaimed Trail Blazers fanatic! He's also Dollar Bill on "Billions" and Pastor Tim on "The Americans!" Hear how he became a Blazers fan, what he remembers about the 1977 championship, his take on Bill Walton and Maurice Lucas, and his obsession with all things 1970s NBA. Kelly's also sharing stories from the set of "Billions" (which is currently filming season 3), including the infamous Axe and Dollar Bill fight scene, the puffy vests, and the incredible things that come out of his character's mouth! via Knit
Nov 20, 2017
Tom Haberstroh on the NBA going vegan
Is the NBA going vegan? Bleacher Report's newest team member, Tom Haberstroh, investigated that very issue, and joins Howard to discuss the findings from Tom's article "The Secret (but Healthy!) Diet Powering Kyrie and the NBA." They hit on Kyrie Irving and Damian Lillard's adoptions of a more plant-based diet, Iman Shumpert's rejection of the vegan lifestyle, and the controversial Netflix documentary, "What The Health!" They also tackle Isaiah Thomas' hip injury, the current state of the Cavaliers, and why they're both sold on the Boston Celtics and the Milwaukee Bucks. via Knit
Nov 16, 2017
Jack McCallum and "Golden Days"
Legendary NBA writer (though he may beg to differ), Jack McCallum, has a heck of a new book, "Golden Days: West's Lakers, Steph's Warriors And The California Dreamers Who Reinvented Basketball," and some compelling reasons why today's NBA might not be the Golden Age of the game! He shares the interesting facts and anecdotes he uncovered about Jerry West, Elgin Baylor, and Wilt Chamberlain, dissects how the game and coverage of the game have changed in the last 40 years (for good and bad), and argues why both Steph Curry and Kevin Durant should be applauded for their handling of social media. via Knit
Nov 07, 2017
Al Harrington on Changing the NBA's Marijuana Policy and Age Limit Restrictions
Former NBA player turned Cannabis entrepreneur, Al Harrington, advocates for NBA policy change regarding medical marijuana use, and age limit restrictions in the league. Hear how Al believes the players can benefit from medical marijuana, why it should be regulated differently than alcohol, and how it helped him deal with injuries in his career. Al also shares the story about how he got former NBA commish David Stern to agree that it might be time for the league to change course concerning cannabis. via Knit
Nov 01, 2017
Former Cavaliers GM David Griffin
Former Cavaliers GM David Griffin still watches the Cavs closely despite now living in Sonoma, California! He joins Howard to talk a little fire relief for his new neighborhood, and of course The Cavaliers. David weighs in on the Cavs start this season, the Kyrie trade, Kyrie's reasons for leaving Cleveland, and LeBron James' future. Howard and David also discuss LaVar and Lonzo Ball and the Lakers, corporate sponsorships on player jerseys, and the competitive balance issue in the league and whether lottery reform will make it better or worse. via Knit
Oct 27, 2017
Rachel Nichols from ESPN's The Jump! Plus, Zach Lowe Crashes the Pod!
Rachel Nichols from ESPN's The Jump has plenty to say about the parts you did NOT see in her recent sit-down with LeBron James and Dwyane Wade. She's also weighing in on NBA player empowerment, the hype and expectation surrounding Lonzo Ball of the Lakers, NBA players as active citizens, the NBA halftime entertainment racket and the Red Panda, and day-drinkin' in LaLa Land! Plus, Zach Lowe crashes the pod before jetting off to his fancy LA lunch! via Knit
Oct 20, 2017
David Aldridge of TNT and
TNT analyst and columnist, David Aldridge, joins Howard to preview the upcoming NBA season, and share thoughts on why he thinks it's a 4 team race for title contention in the West! They also run through the teams they're irrationally high on, the teams they're just not feelin', off the radar story lines, big name players most likely to be traded by February 8th, and Howard's Brooklyn bias! via Knit
Oct 09, 2017
Dante Exum of the Utah Jazz
Dante Exum from the Utah Jazz checks in to talk Summer league ball, playing pick-up in Los Angeles with Baron Davis, his on-court relationship with teammate Ricky Rubio, the truth about that Joe Ingles jersey, goals for the upcoming season, why he's such a Pokeman fan, and what he loves about the new Call of Duty video game! via Knit
Oct 06, 2017
Nets Color Commentator Sarah Kustok
Nets color commentator Sarah Kustok talks about breaking down gender barriers as the first female primary TV analyst for any NBA team, the art of doing a great broadcast and balancing the serious with the fun, professionalism versus fandom, and the Nets' offseason moves and expectations for D'Angelo Russell. She's also got stories about calling her very first NBA game as an analyst, learning the game as a kid from her older brother, and playing pickup ball at the United Center with Scottie Pippen. via Knit
Sep 21, 2017
Houston Rockets GM Daryl Morey
Howard Beck engages Houston Rockets GM Daryl Morey in a spirited debate about the NBA lottery system, lottery reform, and the proposed reform package headed for a league vote in the very near future. They also discuss strategic tanking, the draft, and "destination cities." Plus, Daryl Morey weighs in on the Rockets' offseason acquisition of Chris Paul, and the team's on-going Hurricane Harvey recovery efforts in Houston. via Knit
Sep 14, 2017
Jason Lloyd of The Athletic
Jason Lloyd covers the Cleveland Cavaliers for The Athletic, and joins The Full 48 to break down the Kyrie Irving trade to Boston and what it really means for The Cavs upcoming season, Kyrie's relationship with LeBron, and parallels between Kyrie & LeBron and Kobe & Shaq. Jason also discusses the threat of LeBron leaving Cleveland for Los Angeles, and what the franchise will be like post-LeBron, for which he believes Cleveland is already preparing. via Knit
Sep 05, 2017
Bleacher Report writer Jonathan Abrams
Jordan Brenner and Jonathan Abrams discuss the NBA's growing embrace of social activism, and players' responses to Charlottesville.  via Knit
Aug 18, 2017
ESPN's Kevin Pelton
ESPN's Kevin Pelton joins with projections for the upcoming season including the only four teams he believes will have over 50 wins. He also discusses Avery Bradley, Kyrie Irving, Andrew Wiggins, Carmelo Anthony, the Chris Paul effect on The Clippers, the Cavaliers future, and what's up with all of the available unrestricted free agents? via Knit
Aug 10, 2017
Charlotte Hornets GM Rich Cho
Hornets GM Rich Cho weighs in on top pick Malik Monk, signing Dwight Howard, Kemba Walker's role on the court, working with Hornets owner Michael Jordan, his nickname Trader Cho, and his Big Time Bites food blog. via Knit
Aug 03, 2017
David Thorpe on Kyrie Irving, player empowerment and the wild & crazy NBA offseason
David Thorpe, former ESPN analyst and longtime skills coach to NBA players, joins Howard to discuss the new age of superstar empowerment, and what it means for the NBA's future.  via Knit
Jul 26, 2017
Jordan Bell, East/West disparity and the Knicks' mess
Howard Beck hits the Vegas summer league scene to chat with exciting Warriors rookie Jordan Bell. Then he and Jordan Brenner discuss the Knicks' mess and try to figure out how the East will field an All-Star team and many stars will be snubbed out West. via Knit
Jul 19, 2017
Devin Booker, Vegas and summer buzz
Howard checks in from Summer League in Las Vegas with a special guest - Devin Booker of the Suns. Then he and Jordan dive into the offseason's biggest winners and losers. via Knit
Jul 12, 2017
Houston Rockets Coach Mike D'Antoni
Houston Rockets coach, Mike D'Antoni, talks maximizing the talent and playing time of two future Hall of Fame point guards - James Harden and Chris Paul; signing P.J. Tucker, losing to the Spurs in the playoffs; remaining needs for the upcoming season, overcoming difficult relationships; and why he thinks Corey Brewer is the funniest player he's ever coached. via Knit
Jul 07, 2017
Zach Lowe on free agency & the 2017 NBA Awards Show, and Charles Barkley For President
ESPN's Zach Lowe (and host of "The Lowe Post" podcast) joins to break down the 2017 NBA Awards Show, and talk free agency. Plus, Red Carpet action - Charles Barkley for President 2020, Vince Carter dunks on everyone, and ESPN's Rachel Nichols' on NBA MVP vs Player Of The Year. via Knit
Jun 27, 2017
Lotto pick Lauri Markkanen, plus BR draft guru Jonathan Wasserman
Draft prospect Lauri Markkanen talks meeting Alonzo Mourning and Phil Jackson, Dirk Nowitzki comparisons, chips vs fries, hooping since childhood, who he'd select with the #1 pick in the draft, and Borat. Plus, BR Draft guru Jonathan Wasserman returns to break down the 2017 NBA draft. via Knit
Jun 20, 2017
Kevin McHale Isn't Buying That Crap
TNT analyst Kevin McHale joins the pod to talk about the Warriors' championship and how anyone might be able to top them next season. Then Howard and Jordan look back at the Finals, and ahead to the offseason. via Knit
Jun 15, 2017
Lakers Coach Luke Walton
Lakers coach Luke Walton joins Howard Beck and Jordan Brenner to talk about his team's rebuilding effort and his old squad, the Golden State Warriors. Plus: Where do the Warriors rank historically and which team might ultimately take them down? via Knit
Jun 06, 2017
Shaun Livingston, Point Guard for the Golden State Warriors
Shaun Livingston joins Howard and Jordan to share his insights on the Warriors and his amazing journey. Plus, the guys preview the NBA Finals.  via Knit
May 30, 2017
Jonathan Wasserman talks NBA draft
Bleacher Report's Jonathan Wasserman joins Howard Beck and Jordan Brenner to take a look at the state of the NBA draft. Also, the guys ponder the future of the Boston Celtics, and the upcoming NBA Awards. via Knit
May 26, 2017
Brett Brown, Head Coach Philadelphia 76ers
Sixers coach Brett Brown joins Howard Beck and Jordan Brenner to dish on the NBA draft and the next stage of The Process. Later, the guys debate the futures of the Celtics and 76ers, and Howard shares tales from inside the sequestered draft lottery room. via Knit
May 17, 2017
Jamal Crawford, L.A. Clippers guard
Jamal Crawford joins the guys and opens up about the future of the Clippers, his close friendship with Isaiah Thomas and the secrets of his legendary crossover. Plus: Where do the Raptors and Kyle Lowry go from here? via Knit
May 09, 2017
Portland Trail Blazers Head Coach Terry Stotts
In a historic interview, hosts Howard Beck and Jordan Brenner talk with Trail Blazers Head Coach Terry Stotts. The guys also talk about the playoffs and the future of the Clippers. via Knit
May 03, 2017
Daryl Morey, G.M. of the Houston Rockets
This week Howard and Jordan talk to Houston Rockets G.M. Daryl Morey about building teams, free agency, and rule changes. The guys also talk about Russell Westbrook's press conference as well as Paul George and free agency. via Knit
Apr 24, 2017
Brent Barry on playoff myths, the Cleveland Cavaliers and breakfast with Marv Albert
Brent Barry joins Howard Beck and Jordan Brenner on The Full 48 to talk about the Cavs' chemistry, playoff myths and the tips Steve Kerr gave him for working with Marv Albert. Later the guys discuss what the Knicks should do about Phil and Carmelo. via Knit
Apr 18, 2017
Adam Silver on tanking, player rest and the NBA's social consciousness.
NBA commissioner Adam Silver joins Howard Beck and Jordan Brenner to discuss tanking, player rest and the NBA's social consciousness. Afterward, Beck and Brenner discuss the MVP race, and Beck gives a preview of his ballot. via Knit
Apr 10, 2017