Light Years

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A Leverage The Chat podcast dedicated to talking Golden State Warriors Basketball, the NBA, and everything else -- hosted by experts @samesfandiari @AndyKHLiu from Warriors World.

Episode Date
Light Years - Ep 59

Andy Liu and Saam Esfandiari return for a special championship LIGHT YEARS podcast going over all the trash narratives, remaining thoughts on another title, and what comes next. 

Jun 13, 2018
Light Years - Ep 58

Andy Liu and Saam Esfandiari return to celebrate the 2-0 lead, the Steph/KD offense, and a long round of mailbag questions using the #LightYearsPodcast. 

Jun 05, 2018
Light Years - Ep 57

Andy Liu and Saam Esfandiari celebrate the survival of the Golden State Warriors over the Houston Rockets by relishing the great Steph performance, slander Steve Kerr, try to make sense of this team's identity, their legacy, and a preview of the NBA Finals against LeBron James. 

May 29, 2018
Light Years - Ep 56

Andy Liu and Sam Esfandiari are live from NextDoor HQ discussing Warriors-Rockets Game 5, the series as a whole, where the Warriors go from here and take your questions.

May 25, 2018
Light Years - Ep 55

Andy Liu and Saam Esfandiari return to play Devil’s Advocate to their Twitter timeline, discuss all the storylines in the WCF, and why Twitter hates the Warriors.

May 18, 2018
Light Years - Ep. 54

Rasheed Malek, King of WarriorsWorld, join Andy Liu and Saam Esfandiari to talk about the matchup with Houston, Kevin Durant’s moods, and the art of twitter trolling against other fanbases. 

May 10, 2018
Light Years - Ep 53

Andy Liu and Saam Esfandiari return to discuss Houston L, Fraymond v Barkley, Steph’s return, Looney’s game, and an Esfandiari rant at the end. 

May 03, 2018
Light Years - Ep 52

Andy Liu and Saam Esfandiari discuss Russ slander, smallball Warriors lineups, a recap of the Spurs matchup, and all the key factors of the Pelicans series.

Apr 26, 2018
Light Years - Ep 51

Mo Dakhil join Andy Liu and Saam Esfandiari to discuss everything about Warriors-Spurs, film room etiquette, why the Pelicans are the best team not named Warriors in the West, and a trip down memory lane for Mark Jackson’s coaching career. 

Apr 18, 2018
Light Years - Ep 50

Sam Esfandiari anre Flu Game Andy Liu discuss Warriors first round match up vs Spurs, the breaks in the schedule and the rest of Western Conference Round 1​.


Apr 13, 2018
Light Years - Ep 49
Bonta Hill joins Andy Liu and Saam Esfandiari to discuss Twitter and real life trolls, why the first two postseason rounds are a waste of time, Kevin Durant’s BlogBoys, and the arrogance of Warriors fans. 
Apr 04, 2018
Light Years Ep 48
Andy Liu and Saam Esfandiari return to go over Vegas chicanery, Steph injuries, KD’s best-case first round scenario, Lacob’s comments on the future of the Big Four, and a mailbag questions. 
Mar 28, 2018
Light Years Ep 47

Andy Liu and Saam Esfandiari return to discuss panic levels of GSW injuries, the greatest Steph/KD playoff moments past and future, the midrange game genius (?), and the stereotypes of San Francisco and Chase Center. 

Mar 23, 2018
Light Years Ep 46

Andy Liu and Saam Esfandiari return to discuss the hobbled Warriors, Steph’s birthday party, their mental edge on the rest of the NBA, and a segment on each Western Conference playoff team.

Mar 16, 2018
Light Years Ep 45

Anthony Slater and Marcus Thompson of The Athletic join Light Years to discuss Houston’s case as a true contender, Andre Iguodala’s doctors, the Warriors’ overall social impact, and favorite hypothetical postseason matchups. 

Mar 05, 2018
Light Years - Ep 44

Amin Elhassan join Light Years Podcast to talk about Austin Croshere (sorta), Russell Westbrook’s perpetual tough guy act, Mike D’Antoni’s coaching philosophy, Cleveland’s front office culture, and what makes Andy’s wish list for a perfect summer of tweeting.

Feb 27, 2018
Light Years - Ep 42

Andy Liu and Saam Esfandiari return to muse on Nate Thurdmond, Team Steph’s All-Star L, Houston’s incessant need for respect, KD’s incessant need to be recognized as a top-2 NBA player, Favorite Steve Nash memories, and Trae Young criticism. 

Feb 21, 2018
Light Years Ep 41

Andy Liu and Saam Esfandiari are joined by CSN Warriors Outsider’s Drew Shiller and Grant Liffman to talk about how they made it on TV, best player-coach on the Warriors, Drew’s defense against Klay Thompson in college, are the Cavs going to be one of the worst teams to make it to the NBA Finals in recent history?, Grant’s whiskey preference, and who will get traded in the offseason..

Feb 14, 2018
Light Years Ep 40
Andy Liu and Saam Esfandiari return to discuss everything that ails the Warriors, whether fans should stress, trade deadline candidates, mailbag questions regarding Rockets/Thunder, and the future power struggle of the FO for Klay/Draymond. 
Timestamps (edit these as you wish Saam)

0:00 - Harry B memories


3:00 - Andy's rant on GSW fans incessant worrying


7:00 - Thunder game analysis


20:00 - who GSW respects as players


25 - TO issues and bench 


29 - Should the Warriors trade assets? Will they?


35 - Mailbag Questions! 

Feb 08, 2018
Light Years - Episode 39

Andy Liu and Saam Esfandiari bandy around topics that include parking logistics at the Chase Center, Celtics and Warriors rivalry, Lavar v Kerr, why the Pelicans don’t deserve AD, and LeBron James as a Clipper or Laker

Jan 31, 2018
Light Years - Episode 38

Andy Liu and Saam Esfandiari discuss the NBA in shambles, from LeBron James’ leadership, Jason Kidd’s swindling, Wizards’ players’ only meeting, the end of the Spurs, and the Rockets’ thirst for credibility. 

Jan 23, 2018
Light Years - Episode 37

Co-founder of 'Leverage The Chat' BLK Tray joins Andy Liu and Saam Esfandiari to go over if there was ever even a Cavs-GSW rivalry, Steph’s Under Armour contract, and a rolling list of stories that inclue Monta Ellis in a strip club, Stack Jack, Nellie, and Anthony Randolph. 

Jan 17, 2018
Light Years - Episode 36

Matt Moore of The Action Network joins Andy Liu and Saam Esfandiari to talk about Steph as a point guard and historic talent, Draymond’s ref comments, Anthony Davis as a Warrior (?), LaVar Ball, and his most blocked fanbase. 

Jan 12, 2018
Light Years - Episode 35

Andy Liu and Saam Esfandiari discuss the schematic shortcomings of the Moreyball Rockets, answer why Andre Iguodala and Draymond Green just need to shoot, Curry and KD’s on-court blossoming, the Cavs with IT, and New Year’s Resolutions around the NBA. 

Jan 05, 2018
Light Years - Episode 34
Mike Dunleavy stories (1:00The Warriors v. Cavaliers Xmas Day Game (3:30) And our takes on every Western conference team from Bottom to Top (23:00)
Dec 27, 2017
Light Years - Episode 33

The Chase Down and Light Years pods come together in anticipation of Cavs-Warriors on Christmas to discuss the state of the rivalry, how a big-name addition could help the Cavs, who poses the greatest threats to each team and of course, air their grievances.

Show Notes:
00:00-10:15: Introduction, Watching the Steph-less Warriors, the battle for Jordan Bell's soul
10:16-18:22: Dueling Kyrie Irving and Russell Westbrook obsessions
18:23-27:23: How Paul George or Marc Gasol affect a Warriors series
27:24-36:08 : Looking ahead to Christmas Day game, Discussing Cavs bench play
36:09-46:55: Greater threat: Celtics or Rockets, discussing Warriors and Cavs asterisks
46:56-54:46: A Festivus Airing of Grievances
54:47: Wrap up
Dec 20, 2017
Light Years - Episode 32

Andy Liu and Sam Esfandiari bring on The Athletic’s Anthony Slater to discuss how Kevin Durant has changed since Oklahoma, Coach Kerr’s favorite player, and how he dealt with Russell Westbrook 

Dec 14, 2017
Light Years - Episode 31

Andy Liu and Sam Esfandiari discuss fan appreciation for Kevin Durant, if Steph and KD will ever peak together, and Celtics/Houston’s chances against GSW. 

Dec 07, 2017
Light Years - Episode 30

Andy and Sam are joined by The Athletic’s Marcus Thompson to talk about the real KD, the Warriors evolution, and real v. Superficial toughness. 

Nov 27, 2017
Light Years - Episode 29

Andy and Sam are joined by Sports Illustrated's Andrew Sharp and Ben Golliver to discuss Warriors road trip, If Boston or Phili is the future of the east, what to make of OKC and how the Warriors ruin the rest of the NBA​

Nov 20, 2017
Light Years - Episode 28

Sam and Andy are joined by Warriorsworld's Sheed Malek to discuss NBA fan twitter, Cavs Instagram corniness and Warriors rise.

Nov 15, 2017
Light Years - Episode 27

Andy Lie, Sam Esfandiari welcome in Zach Harper. 

Discussing GSW playing with or without KD (2:12), Where the Wolves are (9:50), Outside perceptions of GSW fanbase (15:05), “Real of Fake News” NBA Edition (19:15) and Jamal Crawford’s quotes on the Clippers (41:20)
Nov 10, 2017
Light Years - Episode 26

Sam Esfandiari and Andy Liu. The lethargic Warriors, studio gangster Wizards, and early observations. 

Nov 01, 2017
Light Years - Episode 25

Andy and Saam are back talking GSW’s China struggles, MouthpieceGate, Giannis’ Future, and the rest of the NBA. 

Oct 24, 2017
Light Years - Episode 24

Andy Liu and Sam Esfandiari discuss first game observations, expectations and Kerr's fat shaming.

Oct 19, 2017
Light Years Look Ahead

....And we're back! Andy Liu and Sam Esfandiari welcome you to the new Light years podcast. 

Oct 16, 2017
Light Years - Episode 23

Andy is back from Asia... Unfortunately that means another pod... Sorry.

Oct 10, 2017
Light Years - Episode 22

We've sent Andy to South Korea... Please don't ask any questions why. Enjoy.

Sep 24, 2017