Brian Windhorst & The Hoop Collective

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Brian Windhorst and a team of ESPN's Insiders sort out life in and around the NBA world.

Episode Date
NBA Restart Recap
2865
Zion's minutes restriction and lackluster play have Brian Windhorst, Kirk Goldsberry and Bobby Marks wondering how the Pelicans should manage the young phenom moving forward. The guys also discuss the tight race for the 8th seed in the West (36:30), Philly's struggles against Indiana (23:53) and their initial impressions of the restart.
Aug 03, 2020
Restart Eve
3179
With the NBA set to resume on Thursday, Brian Windhorst, Jackie MacMullan and Tim MacMahon tackle some of the mysteries swirling around Zion Williamson, LeBron James and Damian Lillard, among others.
Jul 30, 2020
The Bubble's Youth Movement
3695
Kevin Pelton and draft expert Mike Schmitz join Brian Windhorst to discuss the young stars of the bubble, and if their careers (so far) match the expectations that surrounded them coming into the league.
Jul 27, 2020
Unknown Gems
2615
Bol Bol's impressive debut put the basketball world on notice, so Brian Windhorst, Jackie MacMullan and Tim MacMahon discuss what it means for the Nuggets (15:01). Plus, they talk about Zion Williamson's anticipated return to the bubble (35:14), some teams who could thrive in this altered season, and Alex Caruso's decision to skip his sister's wedding (22:36).
Jul 23, 2020
Restricted Area
2993
It's been two weeks since players have arrived at the Disney World campus and Brian Windhorst catches up with Malika Andrews in Orlando on the latest in the NBA bubble (1:30). Then, Ohm Youngmisuk and Kevin Pelton join to sort out the dearth of information (15:50), the hotel room hierarchy (31:20) and whether it's a big deal that award voting will not include the seeding games (39:25).
Jul 20, 2020
Roster Shake-Ups
3030
Brian Windhorst, Jackie MacMullan and Tim MacMahon discuss a big change to the 76ers lineup, Victor Oladipo's playing status (17:10) and head coaching searches for the Nets (27:30) and Knicks (39:10).
Jul 15, 2020
Basketball's Bubble Start
3239
Live from the NBA bubble, Malika Andrews discusses her observations of practices and social gatherings, and whether players are adhering to the proper safety protocols. Bobby Marks and Tim Bontemps also join Brian Windhorst to talk about the lack of transparency concerning several star players' absences from the bubble (21:23). Plus, the guys wonder if we should be concerned about positive COVID-19 tests in the MLS (15:03) and also take an early look at next season's calendar (36:35).
Jul 13, 2020
The Heist: How an NBA Exec Stole Millions
2927
How did a Sacramento Kings executive steal $13 million and almost get away with it? On this special episode, Brian Windhorst shares his favorite story of the season.
Jul 09, 2020
No Doubles
3050
After entering the NBA bubble, Malika Andrews joins Brian Windhorst and Royce Young to detail her experience thus far. Plus, the crew discusses how teams' playoff standing could impact some player decisions regarding opting in or out of playing at Disney World (41:00).
Jul 06, 2020
...It's Complicated
3112
Several players don't trust that their teammates will adhere to the NBA's campus protocol, Brian Windhorst tells Jackie MacMullan and Tim MacMahon (38:45). The crew also discusses big decisions that Victor Oladipo and Bradley Beal must make, and if any coaches will voluntarily forgo the chance to go to Disney.
Jul 02, 2020
The Big Three That Never Happened
3441
Ten years after "The Decision," Brian Windhorst, Kevin Arnovitz and Nick Friedell recount the unforgettable week that nearly ended with LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh choosing the Chicago Bulls over the Miami Heat.
Jun 29, 2020
Full Steam Ahead
3043
Avery Bradley's absence is significant, but is it enough to derail the Lakers' title chances? Brian Windhorst, Jackie MacMullan and Tim MacMahon discuss that (21:45), as well as growing concerns around the league amid a number of positive coronavirus tests publicly announced this week.
Jun 25, 2020
Too Big To Fail
2967
Ahead of Wednesday's deadline for NBA players to decide whether they'll enter the bubble, Brian Windhorst, Ohm Youngmisuk, Nick Friedell and Kirk Goldsberry talk about players who may not want to return, due to a variety of factors (24:20). Plus, the guys discuss how the league will respond to inevitable complications and the chances of players agreeing to wear technology that could help the league identify guys at risk for COVID-19.
Jun 22, 2020
Make-Up Talk
2294
With the date and protocol in place, the NBA is rolling toward restarting the 2019-20 season. Brian Windhorst, Jackie MacMullan and Tim MacMahon discuss the varying coalitions involved, the stress and pressure to move forward and the next steps as Orlando looms.
Jun 18, 2020
Bubble Trouble: Part Two
3173
With some players openly expressing their concerns with the NBA's return plans, Brian Windhorst, Tim Bontemps and Dave McMenamin talk about the impact of such comments and how they will be received around the league. Plus, the guys discuss players they're excited to watch next month (27:07) and how winning a championship this season would affect LeBron's legacy (35:05).
Jun 15, 2020
Bubble Trouble
2491
With a small group of players growing hesitant about the NBA's restart plans, Brian Windhorst, Jackie MacMullan and Tim MacMahon break down some of the players' most pressing concerns.
Jun 11, 2020
Shark Tank
3050
While the NBA players await the protocol that outlines the rules and regulations of life inside the bubble, Brian Windhorst, Bobby Marks and Disney aficionado Royce Young discuss what questions remain and how challenging life down in Orlando could be.
Jun 08, 2020
Let's Get Goin'
2380
Now that the NBA officially plans to resume its regular season at Disney World at the end of July, Brian Windhorst, Jackie MacMullan and Tim MacMahon try to answer looming questions about the Disney complex, hotel accommodations, coronavirus testing, playoff seeding plans, the TV programming schedule, the loss of home court advantage and more.
Jun 04, 2020
Planning the Future
3103
Brian Windhorst, Malika Andrews, Andrew Lopez and Kevin Pelton discuss the events of the past week and how the NBA community has rallied around the cause. Then, the crew tries to answer questions about the quality of games to expect when the NBA returns, if the "playoff-plus" format is fair and whether the league is trying to tailor its return plan around Zion Williamson and the Pelicans (16:00).
Jun 01, 2020
Warp Speed
2818
With multiple return-to-play proposals on the table, Brian Windhorst, Jackie MacMullan and Tim MacMahon discuss the feasibility of these options, as well as the NBA's real motivations behind each plan. Plus, the crew identifies the teams who could benefit the most from this extended layoff (33:50).
May 28, 2020
Disney World of Questions
2924
The NBA's potential return to Disney World poses a lot of questions. Brian Windhorst, Bobby Marks and Tim Bontemps talk about what they've heard from within the league about life inside the bubble, coronavirus testing protocols, and whether it's even worth it for bottom-tier teams to finish out the regular season. Plus, the crew looks at potential playoff matchups and if this year's format could pave the way for 1-16 playoff seeding in the future (28:55).
May 25, 2020
Something About Interviews
3621
Horace Grant didn't hold back in his criticism of "The Last Dance," so Brian Windhorst, Jackie MacMullan and Tim MacMahon discuss whether his comments are valid, and if the documentary really missed the mark on Scottie Pippen. Plus, Brian tells some stories of LeBron's former football prowess, leaving the crew to wonder about what type of NFL career he could (or still could?) have had (29:25).
May 21, 2020
Revisionist History
3586
The 1997-98 season didn't need to be "the last dance" for Jordan's Bulls, Ramona Shelburne explains to Brian Windhorst and Kirk Goldsberry. Plus, the crew discusses potential modifications to the CBA and how they might lead to some "big-time" players suddenly hitting the open market (27:30).
May 18, 2020
74 Greatest Players
3840
Can you compare across eras? Brian Windhorst, Jackie MacMullan, Tim MacMahon and Kevin Pelton offer thoughts on NBArank's 74 greatest players of all time.
May 14, 2020
Dorkville: Deals of the Decade
2794
Brian Windhorst, Kevin Arnovitz and Tim Bontemps discuss Adam Silver's league-wide conference call before diving into some of the 74 trades, signings and draft picks that have shaped the NBA since "The Decision" in 2010 (15:00).
May 11, 2020
The Fun Max
3063
A Kevin Durant return this season isn't completely off the table, according to Nets GM Sean Marks. Brian Windhorst, Jackie MacMullan and Tim MacMahon discuss whether it's in KD's best interests to come back (15:10), as well as tension in the Jazz locker room and how "The Last Dance" has portrayed interactions between players in the 1990s (35:07).
May 07, 2020
The Bubble Boys
2990
While remaining optimistic that the NBA will resume its season at some point in 2020, Brian Windhorst, Tim Bontemps and Bobby Marks recognize the steep uphill battle the league must overcome to return in a safe manner. The guys discuss these many hurdles, as well as how history would remember this year's champion (46:05) and whether the league needs to seriously consider beginning its season in December from this point forward (26:50).
May 04, 2020
Poor Sports
2595
What might a return to NBA practice facilities look like across the league? Brian Windhorst, Jackie MacMullan and Tim MacMahon discuss that, as well as Dennis Rodman's trip to Las Vegas (13:36) and the feud between Michael Jordan and Isiah Thomas (19:00). Plus, a call from The Hoopline about defense in the modern NBA (31:30).
Apr 30, 2020
Greener Pastures
2636
With the NBA stating some training facilities could soon reopen, Brian Windhorst, Tim MacMahon and Tim Bontemps discuss the feasibility of these first steps. And with Draymond Green's recent comments, the guys talk about the messy ending to the Warriors dynasty (11:12) before taking some questions from The Hoopline (25:50).
Apr 27, 2020
The NBA's Lady Gaga
3208
Ahead of Episodes 3 and 4 of "The Last Dance," Brian Windhorst, Jackie MacMullan and ESPN writer Tim Keown dive deep into the complicated man that was -- and still is -- Dennis Rodman. Plus, the crew discusses the '08 Celtics' group message (27:56) and the real reason why Ben Simmons is hesitant to shoot from beyond the arc (39:45).
Apr 23, 2020
Uncharted Territory
2662
Major changes to the NBA's pre-draft process could be coming, draft expert Jonathan Givony explains to Brian Windhorst and Bobby Marks (28:00). Plus, the guys discuss what top prospect Jalen Green's lucrative G-League deal really means for the futures of the NBA and college basketball.
Apr 20, 2020
NBA Regular Season Awards
3216
Around the time they would normally cast their ballots, Brian Windhorst, Jackie MacMullan and Tim MacMahon give their selections for NBA MVP, Rookie of the Year, Most Improved Player, and more.
Apr 16, 2020
2019 NBA Lottery Re-Draft
3329
Draft expert Mike Schmitz joins Brian Windhorst and Kevin Pelton to re-select the NBA's 2019 draft lottery based on the information we now have from this season. Plus, a question from the Hoopline about the logistics of a virtual NBA Draft (46:00).
Apr 13, 2020
Snake Blank-Blankers
2715
Kevin Garnett made some, um, colorful comments about the Timberwolves this week. Brian Windhorst, Jackie MacMullan and Tim MacMahon try to make sense of the soon-to-be Hall of Famer's messy relationship with Minnesota before discussing what it will take for the NBA to return in 2020 (28:26).
Apr 09, 2020
NBA Future Power Rankings
3352
The Clippers (3:48) and Raptors (30:37) should be very excited for what's to come, whereas the Rockets (13:57) and 76ers should be a bit more concerned (21:50). Based on a variety of factors, Brian Windhorst, Kevin Pelton and Tim Bontemps break down which teams they expect will rise and fall over the next few seasons. Plus, the guys discuss the opening in Chicago's front office and whether it's a desirable position.
Apr 06, 2020
Michael Jordan Memories
3464
Now that the Michael Jordan documentary debut is imminent, Brian Windhorst, Jackie MacMullan and Tim MacMahon decide it's time to tell some unbelievable stories about Jordan's iconic career.
Apr 02, 2020
NBA Offseason To-Do List
3087
The Bucks have to make a decision on Giannis' future (9:05), the Nets need a new coach (14:22), and the Nuggets (26:04) and Rockets (37:45) are in dire financial situations. With the 2020 season on hold, Brian Windhorst, Kevin Pelton and Bobby Marks tackle the offseason's biggest questions and answer a voicemail from the Hoopline (402-316-2955).
Mar 30, 2020
Move off the Spreadsheets
2835
The suspended season will create major financial implications for the NBA, its players, and free agency, explains Brian Windhorst to Jackie MacMullan and Tim MacMahon. Plus, the crew discusses how the Olympics postponement could affect the 2021 season (30:35) and then the show takes its first listener voicemail.
Mar 26, 2020
LeBron's Greatest Performances
3310
LeBron's comments from a recent Instagram Live chat spark the question: what are some of The Chosen One's most memorable single-game performances? Brian Windhorst, Kevin Arnovitz and Royce Young take a trip down memory lane.
Mar 23, 2020
It's a Quagmire
2608
A charity game? Adam Silver says that's one solution the NBA is considering to excite basketball fans while the league is on hiatus. Brian Windhorst, Jackie MacMullan and Tim MacMahon discuss the commissioner's ideas, long-term scheduling ramifications of suspended play (11:18) and Michele Roberts' comments about coronavirus testing for NBA players. Plus, Andrew Han wants listeners to call in to the show by dialing 860-255-8014 (42:25).
Mar 19, 2020
Pie in the Sky
2795
What was it like the night the NBA stopped? Brian Windhorst looks back with Royce Young (at the postponed Jazz/Thunder game) and Tim MacMahon (at the final Nuggets/Mavericks game). Then, the guys discuss possible adjustments to the season's calendar (26:19) and why the league is incentivized to finish out the season (36:22).
Mar 16, 2020
Reaction Pod: NBA Suspends Season
1663
Shortly after the NBA announced the suspension of its season due to coronavirus concerns, Brian Windhorst, Jackie MacMullan and Kirk Goldsberry discuss why the NBA made the right decision, how the league will handle this situation moving forward and possible silver linings that could emerge from this.
Mar 12, 2020
Hand on the Joystick
3325
LeBron's huge weekend puts him neck-and-neck with Giannis Antetokounmpo in the MVP race, explains Brian Windhorst to Dave McMenamin and Pelicans reporter Andrew Lopez (19:14). Plus, the guys discuss Zion Williamson's impact on New Orleans and what makes the young phenom so impressive (40:03).
Mar 09, 2020
Majoring in the Minor
2419
On the heels of Caris LeVert's monster performance, Brian Windhorst, Jackie MacMullan and Tim MacMahon debate if LeVert could be a trade piece in the Nets' pursuit of a third star. Plus, the crew discusses a big weekend for the Lakers (28:48), Trevor Ariza's reaction to being nutmegged by Trae Young (13:56) and what the Spike Lee incident means for Leon Rose and the Knicks (20:57).
Mar 05, 2020
Large Sample Size Theater
3063
The Bucks find themselves in the midst of a historical regular season, but will that dominance translate to the playoffs? Brian Windhorst, Kevin Pelton and Kevin Arnovitz discuss that as well as the impacts of rookies Zion Williamson and Ja Morant and what the stats say about their futures (20:35). Plus, can Russell Westbrook propel a new-look Rockets team through the playoffs? (40:00)
Mar 02, 2020
Hot Streak
2995
Is Jayson Tatum's leap the new normal? Brian Windhorst, Jackie MacMullan and Tim MacMahon discuss his hot streak, then breakdown the Rockets and how small ball is working (11:20). Plus, why are the Jazz (26:00), Heat (33:00) and 76ers (38:00) all struggling? And who could be bought out and join the Lakers (44:00)?
Feb 27, 2020
Men of Their Word
3119
Is it a two-man race for MVP? Brian Windhorst, Kirk Goldsberry and Ohm Youngmisuk discuss how dominant LeBron James has been and how vulnerable the Lakers might be (8:15), when to raise the warning flag on the Clippers (28:25) and the all-in Rockets (36:30).
Feb 24, 2020
Bit of a Disaster
3194
The Celtics are hot, so how wide really is the gap between Boston and Milwaukee? Brian Windhorst, Jackie MacMullan and Tim MacMahon debate that (24:50) after discussing John Beilein's departure from Cleveland. Plus, the crew talks about some of the overachieving teams they're excited to watch down the final stretch of the regular season (37:20).
Feb 20, 2020
Expecting the Unexpected
2212
How early on in their lives do players realize that they're better than good? Brian Windhorst and Andrew Han get some unexpected thoughts from the NBA's younger players at All-Star weekend.
Feb 17, 2020
Tighten It Up
2650
The debut of Zion Williamson was later than folks hoped for, but he's tearing up the league. Brian Windhorst, Kevin Pelton and Andrew Han discuss how good Zion already is and how good he could become, Ja Morant and the Grizzlies' 8-seed run (16:26) and whether the Clippers can stay healthy (20:03).
Feb 14, 2020
Big-Time Bucket Getter
3151
The skidding 76ers need the All-Star break, explains Brian Windhorst, Jackie MacMullan and Tim MacMahon. Plus, the crew discusses the Rockets' small-ball lineup (26:52), how James Harden feels about the recent roster moves and the D'Angelo Russell era in Golden State (42:14).
Feb 10, 2020
No Bathroom Breaks
2569
Just after the trade deadline, Brian Windhorst, Rachel Nichols and Kevin Pelton gather to discuss the Timberwolves/Warriors trade (10:03), the Clippers' acquisition of Marcus Morris Sr. (19:45), the surprising Andre Drummond trade (25:31) and some significant contender moves (36:00).
Feb 07, 2020
Sneaky Big Move
3387
Just days away from the NBA trade deadline, Brian Windhorst, Bobby Marks and Tim Bontemps look at players the Clippers (7:48), Lakers (18:53), 76ers (25:13) and Blazers (46:25) might consider. Plus, the guys discuss how struggling teams like the Timberwolves and Cavaliers could make a huge splash.
Feb 03, 2020
Rookie of the Year?
2958
Just one week into Zion Williamson's NBA career, Brian Windhorst, Jackie MacMullan and Tim MacMahon give their early impressions of the rookie phenom (14:40). Plus, conversations about the NBA's surprising cap projections (29:55) and Damian Lillard's unheralded dominance (41:36).
Jan 30, 2020
Remembering Kobe Bryant
2377
Brian Windhorst, Dave McMenamin and J.A. Adande look back on their favorite Kobe Bryant moments.
Jan 27, 2020
Always Tinkering
2663
With the 76ers taking a skid, Brian Windhorst, Jackie MacMullan and Tim MacMahon wonder if Philly should move on from one of its franchise stars (25:04). Plus, the crew looks at James Harden's prolonged struggles and how Daryl Morey might be able to reverse the Rockets' course (11:40).
Jan 23, 2020
Too Much, Too Fast
2602
Is Adam Silver's failed midseason tournament a stain on his resume? Brian Windhorst, Nick Friedell and Kevin Arnovitz discuss alternate ideas as the NBA looks for ways to drum up more regular season interest, especially from younger fans. Plus, a review of the Clippers' last month and what it says about their hopes of reaching the NBA Finals (27:49).
Jan 20, 2020
Calling It Out
3024
Brian Windhorst and Jackie MacMullan compare their All-Star ballots and assess any tough omissions (3:00). Plus, Tim MacMahon joins to talk Kyrie Irving's 'glaring' comments (23:30) and the Jazz's recent resurgence (41:55).
Jan 16, 2020
Knuck If You Buck
3259
With Milwaukee still on pace to reach the 70-win mark, Brian Windhorst, Kirk Goldbserry and Kevin Pelton debate the Bucks' title chances and if Giannis and the team are built for more than just the regular season. Plus, the group discusses Kyle Kuzma's value to the Lakers (24:43) and a surprising season for the Grizzlies (38:48).
Jan 13, 2020
Pillow-Fight Playoff Race
3449
Never count out the Spurs. Brian Windhorst, Jackie MacMullan and Tim MacMahon discuss the suddenly-sizzling Spurs and the race for the eighth spot in the West (17:15). Plus, they talk about John Beilein's speaking error and which teams could potentially buy or sell during trade season (34:00).
Jan 09, 2020
Basketball Mercenaries
3914
With trade rumors circling, Brian Windhorst, Kevin Arnovitz and Royce Young outline where Kevin Love and Andre Drummond could fit in. Plus, the guys lay out their concerns for the 76ers and Clippers (33:20) before discussing the peculiar handling of Kyrie Irving's shoulder injury (41:36).
Jan 06, 2020
Remembering David Stern
2222
On the day David Stern passed, Brian Windhorst and Jackie MacMullan get together to share memories of the former NBA commissioner and to discuss his impact on basketball before, during and after his time in the league.
Jan 02, 2020
New Year's Six
3619
Now that the highly-anticipated Christmas Day games have passed, Brian Windhorst, Jackie MacMullan and Tim MacMahon get together to break down the top six teams in each conference and whether they have what it takes to make a deep postseason run.
Dec 30, 2019
NBA Nowhere
3296
The Bucks can make it to the NBA Finals, but Brian Windhorst, Nick Friedell and Bobby Marks cast doubt on Milwaukee's hopes of actually winning the title. Plus, the demise of Blake Griffin (15:32), the latest from the trade market (27:56) and why the on-court product isn't as compelling as it once was.
Dec 23, 2019
Anything Is Plausible
3549
How good are the Celtics? Brian Windhorst, Jackie MacMullan and Tim MacMahon discuss Kemba Walker's impact on Boston (13:05), Pascal Siakam's continued improvement (22:15) and how the Pelicans could shift the title race (33:30). Also, the Miami Heat are storming the East (25:00).
Dec 19, 2019
To Live and Contend in L.A.
3705
The Lakers are on a tear, with the Clippers not far behind. Brian Windhorst, Dave McMenamin and Ohm Youngmisuk discuss their early impressions of the Clippers (16:35) and how the two teams match up against each other (28:30). Plus, the guys talk about title contenders (39:00), the trade market and LeBron's visit to his alma mater to watch his son play.
Dec 16, 2019
Like Father, Like Son? What LeBron's Legacy Means for Bronny James
1177
LeBron James has turned basketball on its head, from the moment he first stepped onto the court. His son, Bronny, is currently a high school NBA prospect. But how much has basketball changed since LeBron got his start - and how much has he paved the way for his son to succeed...or to fail? ESPN's Brian Windhorst joins Mina Kimes to get an inside look at the lives and careers of LeBron and Bronny James, the nature of fame, and the impact of sports on family.
Dec 13, 2019
Uncomfortably Good
3106
Last night, Kawhi Leonard returned to Toronto and Brian Windhorst, Jackie MacMullan and Tim MacMahon discuss the Raptors' reception before asking the question: should Kawhi's jersey be retired? Then, the crew makes early All-Star roster predictions (12:27) before reacting to some confounding stats (21:42) and asking if any player would merit a 9-year contract like the one Gerrit Cole just signed with the New York Yankees (31:31).
Dec 12, 2019
No Love
3721
The Knicks find themselves mired in basketball purgatory and Brian Windhorst, Kirk Goldsberry and Tim Bontemps discuss why James Dolan's team can't seem to figure it out. Plus, the guys talk about this year's disappointing rookie class (22:23) and potential trade partners for Cleveland and Kevin Love (37:09).
Dec 09, 2019
All Riled Up
3323
The Rockets should be "embarrassed" by their behavior this week, explains Jackie MacMullan to Brian Windhorst and Tim MacMahon. Plus, the crew takes a look at Jimmy Butler's fit in Miami (28:30) and the flaws of the coach's challenge. And, an unbelievable story about Pat Riley (39:23).
Dec 05, 2019
The Dawn of Luka Doncic
1240
Luka Doncic is having an electric second season in the NBA. He's even in the running for the MVP at just 20 years old. But what makes last season's Rookie of the Year so dominant on the court - and why did the skeptics underestimate him? NBA Draft analyst Mike Schmitz joins Mina Kimes to examine Luka's career so far, and what his ascent means for the rest of the NBA.
Dec 04, 2019
Underrated Trade SZN
3063
They're two of the NBA's leading candidates in the early MVP race, but is it possible the media has been underrating the performances of James Harden and Giannis Antetokounmpo? Bobby Marks and Royce Young join Brian Windhorst to answer that question. Plus, the guys discuss Denver's great start (22:14) and some teams that could become real players in the trade market (34:00).
Dec 02, 2019
King Slayers
3422
The next Larry Bird? Jackie MacMullan tells Brian Windhorst and Tim MacMahon why Luka Doncic reminds her of the Celtics legend (15:26). Plus, the crew casts doubt on the proposed rule changes before breaking down the incredible start to the season by Giannis Antetokounmpo (29:46).
Nov 27, 2019
Sign Stealing
2637
Why settle for two All-Stars when you can have three? Brian Windhorst tells Jackie MacMullan and Tim MacMahon a big name the Clippers should target this season (21:56). Plus, Jackie calls Portland's 'Melo signing a "desperate" move before she and the guys discuss one of the worst stretches for the Spurs in the Popovich era (8:05).
Nov 21, 2019
Small Sample Size Theater 2019
3372
In this annual early-season tradition, Brian Windhorst, Kevin Pelton and Kevin Arnovitz wonder if James Harden can average 40 points per game, if LeBron James can lead the NBA in assists (9:30) and if the Lakers' defense can continue shutting down its opponents. Plus, they discuss the two most surprising starting units (31:12) and Paul George's GOAT campaign...after two games (53:57).
Nov 18, 2019
A New Kind of Amusement Park
2383
The Knicks are incapable of sticking to a plan says Brian Windhorst, who is joined by Jackie MacMullan and Tim MacMahon to discuss dysfunction in New York (14:37). Plus, does Portland's uninspiring start to the season mean it's time to deal one of their stars (31:31)? And, the crew talks about Boston's strong start to the season and roster changes they need to make to become serious title contenders.
Nov 14, 2019
High Bench Marks
2945
With the Lakers off to a hot start, Dave McMenamin and Bobby Marks join Brian Windhorst to discuss LA's title hopes and if they can keep this defense up for the entire season (19:38). But before that, what really happened to Dion Waiters -- and what should Miami do about it? Plus, the guys talk about Toronto's stifling defense (32:58) and how Gordon Hayward's injury will impact the Eastern Conference (39:28).
Nov 11, 2019
Early Struggle City
2892
With so many top players and teams struggling early on, Jackie MacMullan and Tim MacMahon join Brian Windhorst to discuss what's wrong with the Rockets, what's right with the Lakers (16:06) and why a few of the league's most notable names can't seem to get it right early on (29:28).
Nov 07, 2019
Golden State of Affairs: No Curry, No Klay. What's Next?
1139
In the modern NBA, the Golden State Warriors have been a dynasty. Appearing in five straight NBA Finals and winning three rings in that span, the team became the stuff of basketball legend. But this season, they've won just two games. And with star Steph Curry out with a broken hand, the Warriors' fate has gone from bad to worse. But could a rough 2019-20 lead to more glory in the future? NBA reporter Nick Friedell joins Mina Kimes to explore what's gone wrong with the Golden State Warriors so far, and why there might just be a silver lining.
Nov 07, 2019
The Show Must Go On
4263
Is it too soon for a curtain call? Brian Windhorst, Nick Friedell, Andrew Han and Royce Young ask the question for the Warriors (2:30) and the Bulls (24:50). And what happens if it goes sideways for the Rockets (35:30)? Then, the Blazers get broken down and the guys discuss who will be the best in the West (48:15).
Nov 04, 2019
Changing of the Guard
3114
The Warriors have a new normal, and Brian Windhorst, Jackie MacMullan and Kirk Goldsberry discuss whether Stephen Curry's hand injury really marks the end of an era (27:56). Plus, why this year's T-Wolves are different (18:20), the unexpected hero in Miami (42:57) and much more.
Nov 01, 2019
Week One Eyebrow-Raisers
3195
There's no overreacting going on, but Brian Windhorst, Kirk Goldsberry and Ohm Youngmisuk identify a few things they'll be keeping track of with the L.A. teams. Then, the Suns and Heat have started the season impressing the guys (22:10) as they pick a few interesting players that have caught their attention early, including Atlanta's Trae Young (45:30).
Oct 28, 2019
Start Your Engines
2184
Are Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant finally happy in Brooklyn? Brian Windhorst, Jackie MacMullan and Tim MacMahon try to answer that question (12:20) before discussing who could lead the NBA in scoring this season (24:30). Plus, a breakdown of the Lakers performance against the Clippers (29:30) and also the Jaylen Brown and Dejounte Murray extensions.
Oct 23, 2019
MINI POD: Game 1 of the 2019-20 season
1259
The Clippers defeated the Lakers on opening night of the 2019-20 season and Zach Lowe and Brian Windhorst broke it down from the floor of Staples Center immediately following the game.
Oct 23, 2019
2019-20 East/West Projections
3614
Kevin Pelton projects a major shake-up in the NBA's power structure and he joins Brian Windhorst and Tim Bontemps one day before the tip of the 2019-20 season to discuss his analytics-based conclusions. In the East, Pelton explains his concerns for the Celtics and the guys also dig into how far the Pacers can go (15:19). In the West, the crew lays out expectations for the Clippers (33:05) and Lakers (36:55) after addressing their postseason concerns for the Rockets (28:38).
Oct 21, 2019
Un-Beal-Ievable
3323
On the day of an "NBA-shaking" move, Brian Windhorst, Jackie MacMullan and Tim MacMahon discuss the Bradley Beal extension and how it affects the rest of the league. Plus, the crew breaks down Buddy Hield's pointed comments, the potential of Carsen Edwards (18:34), if Zion Williamson's preseason success will translate to the regular season (27:34), if Kyrie Irving is already dictating orders in Brooklyn (39:29), the underrated draft day trade that could alter the league for years to come and much more.
Oct 18, 2019
2019-20 Preseason Preamble
2747
Brian Windhorst, Jackie MacMullan and Tim MacMahon break down Kyle Lowry's contract extension and what it means for Toronto's approach this season. Plus, the crew discusses Bradley Beal's trade value (18:42), if the Warriors will eventually trade D'Angelo Russell (30:22), how Kristaps Porzingis will perform this season (38:50) and more.
Oct 09, 2019
2019-20 West Season Preview
2755
With the battle for Los Angeles almost underway, Brian Windhorst, Tim MacMahon, Dave McMenamin and Ramona Shelburne begin by outlining how the Lakers and Clippers can make a deep playoff run this season. Then, they discuss the chances for the new-look Warriors and how continuity can help the Blazers get over the hump (15:20). Plus, the crew takes a look at the Russell Westbrook/James Harden dynamic in Houston (24:46) before diving into the Jazz and Nuggets.
Sep 30, 2019
Who's better in 2020: Giannis or Kawhi?
633
Brian Windhorst, Jackie MacMullan, Kirk Goldsberry, Kevin Pelton and Andrew Han debate who is the current best player in the NBA: Giannis Antetkounmpo or Kawhi Leonard? And are we glossing over LeBron too quickly?
Sep 27, 2019
2019-20 East Season Preview
3005
Brian Windhorst, Jackie MacMullan, Royce Young and Malika Andrews examine the rosters of the Bucks, Celtics and 76ers and discuss if each team has made enough moves to reach the 2020 NBA Finals. Plus, they take a look at Kemba Walker's role on the Celtics (26:34) and dissect the new-look Nets (38:36). Lastly, they tackle some of the questions concerning their sleeper teams: the Pacers and Raptors.
Sep 24, 2019
Conversation with Dennis Rodman
3387
Jackie MacMullan sits down with Dennis Rodman in advance of the premiere of his "30 for 30" documentary, "Rodman: For Better or Worse," to talk about his childhood, playing days in the NBA and struggles with being a good father.
Sep 10, 2019
Superstar redraft
932
Brian Windhorst, Royce Young and Tim MacMahon compile a fantasy draft-style list of superstars they would take if starting a franchise over from 1 to 21.
Aug 29, 2019
No More Old Guys
2747
Brian Windhorst, Ohm Youngmisuk and Ramona Shelburne begin by discussing the new 30 for 30 Podcasts series, "The Sterling Affairs," about former Clippers owner Donald Sterling's fall from power. Then, the trio talks about how the Clippers and Lakers will perform in the 2019 season (23:00). Plus, will the Lakers take a chance on Carmelo Anthony and/or Dwight Howard (36:15)?
Aug 21, 2019
Episode Twenty-Eight: Brian Windhorst
3156
Did you know Brian Windhorst was in a coma for three weeks? We ask him about that... and LeBron.
Aug 07, 2019
Midsummer Round-Up
2899
Brian Windhorst, Kevin Arnovitz and Royce Young open the show by breaking down the "Rich Paul Rule" and what it really means. Then, the guys discuss Team USA's roster, Gregg Popovich's coaching plans and how the Celtics players in camp are using this as a chance to build team chemistry (8:52). Plus, they talk about Kyle Lowry's important role on the team (25:10) and Carmelo Anthony's fallout with the Thunder (34:11).
Aug 07, 2019
A Bit of a Hiatus
3143
Brian Windhorst, Jackie MacMullan and Tim MacMahon talk about how the Hornets and Kemba Walker parted ways (2:20), how the Thunder will move forward with Chris Paul (18:50), if Kawhi Leonard really makes his teammates better (33:46) and some of the hidden details behind the Leonard/Paul George move (37:35).
Jul 18, 2019
The Rockets trade for Russell Westbrook
2032
Brian Windhorst, Royce Young and Tim MacMahon hop on an emergency podcast to discuss the dramatic trade that sent Russell Westbrook to Houston for Chris Paul.
Jul 12, 2019
A brief history of summer league
1822
Jackie MacMullan talks to agent and founder of the Las Vegas Summer League Warren LeGarie about how his iteration of summer league came to be (1:15), the coaching situation in Houston (7:00), negotiating for coaches (14:05) and summer league surprises (23:05).
Jul 10, 2019
Forecasting the next domino
2762
Andrew Han, Kevin Pelton, Dave McMenamin, Tim Bontemps and Kirk Goldsberry convene at Las Vegas Summer League to discuss what's next for Russell Westbrook and OKC (1:05), what Kawhi's movement means for the league's future (16:05), the Lakers roster (31:10) and initial Zion thoughts (39:25).
Jul 08, 2019
Kawhi's money moves to the Clippers
2544
Brian Windhorst, Bobby Marks, Royce Young and Kevin Pelton convene for an emergency conversation after the Clippers trade for Paul George and sign Kawhi Leonard in free agency, discussing the shocking moves and implications for the league.
Jul 06, 2019
We need to talk about Kawhi
2962
Brian Windhorst, Andrew Han, Kevin Arnovitz and Kendrick Perkins discuss Kawhi Leonard's trip up to Toronto (1:50), what he might want from teams (16:10), what a trade and contract extension conversation is like (29:20) and why Perk thought the Lakers were in the lead at one point (34:20).
Jul 03, 2019
The Free Agency Frenzy
2735
Brian Windhorst, Jackie McMullan and Tim MacMahon weigh in on if the Lakers are getting close to nabbing Kawhi Leonard (1:00), the DeAngelo Russell (5:40) and the Jimmy Butler (15:30) trade, Milwaukee's dealing of Malcom Brogdon (25:15) and more.
Jul 01, 2019
The Nightmare Before Free Agency
3602
Two days before the start of the highly-anticipated NBA free agency period, Brian Windhorst, Jackie MacMullan and Tim MacMahon discuss how Kemba Walker would fit in Boston (1:38). Then, the crew plays a game of "Max Or No Max" (21:49) before brainstorming different ways to fill out the bottom of the Lakers roster (47:07).
Jun 28, 2019
The Laker Effect
3743
Brian Windhorst, Kevin Pelton and Andrew Han look back on the grades for the Anthony Davis trade (1:27), go over player options/extensions to watch out for in the coming week (7:37) and are joined by Ramona Shelburne to discuss Ron Adams possibly joining the Lakers (29:55) as well as who the first chips to fall may be in free agency through the lense of L.A. (35:40).
Jun 24, 2019
The Right Time x The Hoop Collective Collab
3410
In a collaboration between The Hoop Collective and The Right Time, Bomani is joined by ESPN NBA analyst Brian Windhorst (2:48), NBA agent Bill Duffy (18:20), NBAPA Executive Director Michele Roberts (28:01) and ESPN front office insider Bobby Marks (41:17) for the first edition of the new series "Baseline: The Supermax". They discuss what the "super team" preventing CBA provision is, who it affects, why it has been or not been successful, the value of talent, the union's role in protecting that as well as how difficult it is to construct a roster around.
Jun 22, 2019
Once Around the Rumor Mill
3170
After briefly reacting to last night's NBA Draft, Brian Windhorst, Jackie MacMullan and Tim MacMahon discuss how poorly things have gone for the Celtics since Kyrie Irving first joined the team (5:53). Plus, would Al Horford be a good fit in Dallas (22:15) and how should the Rockets tackle the future in a wide-open Western Conference (30:35)?
Jun 21, 2019
Where does the draft break?
3790
Brian Windhorst, Andrew Han, Bobby Marks and Mike Schmitz chat about the Wizards' push to hire Masai Ujiri (1:30), the top of the 2019 NBA draft (6:50), how deep the draft is (23:30), what a warroom is like on draft day (31:45) and one thing to look out for on draft night (54:30).
Jun 18, 2019
The Lakers trade for Anthony Davis
2464
In an emergency podcast, Brian Windhorst, Andrew Han, Dave McMenamin and Kirk Goldsberry discuss the Lakers trading for Anthony Davis, how fair the terms of the trade are and what L.A. does next with their remaining cap space.
Jun 16, 2019
Days of Finals future past
2963
Brian Windhorst, Andrew Han, Tim Bontemps and Nick Friedell react to the news of another to-be free agent injury in the Finals (1:30), the future of the Warriors (13:50), the champion mettle of the Raptors (23:50) and Kawhi the kingmaker (42:20).
Jun 14, 2019
MINI POD: Game 6 of the 2019 Finals
1352
Brian Windhorst, Zach Lowe, Andrew Han and Kendrick Perkins offer instant reaction to the Toronto Raptors' Game 6 win over the Golden State Warriors in the 2019 NBA Finals on the floor of Oracle Arena. Special cameo by 2019 NBA champion Marc Gasol.
Jun 14, 2019
MINI POD: Game 5 of the 2019 Finals
1028
Zach Lowe, Brian Windhorst, Cassidy Hubbarth, Andrew Han and Kendrick Perkins offer instant reaction to the Golden State Warriors' Game 5 win over the Toronto Raptors in the 2019 NBA Finals on the floor of Scotiabank Arena.
Jun 11, 2019
We the NBA North?
3288
Brian Windhorst, Andrew Han, Tim Bontemps and Nick Friedell discuss if the Raptors can close out in Game 5 (1:40), questions about Durant (9:50), if the rest of the league has title envy (22:45) and who the favorite would be for the 2020 title (32:15).
Jun 10, 2019
MINI POD: Game 4 of the 2019 Finals
1096
Brian Windhorst, Zach Lowe, Ramona Shelburne, Andrew Han and Jackie MacMullan offer instant reaction to the Toronto Raptors' Game 4 win over the Golden State Warriors in the 2019 NBA Finals on the floor of Oracle Arena.
Jun 08, 2019
A matter of semantics
3167
Brian Windhorst, Jackie MacMullan, Andrew Han and Nick Friedell discuss Kyle Lowry's fan exchange (1:50), the implications of Game 3 (6:10), injury updates (28:00) and a prediction reset (45:20).
Jun 06, 2019
MINI POD: Game 3 of the 2019 Finals
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Brian Windhorst, Andrew Han, Kevin Arnovitz, Cassidy Hubbarth and Kendrick Perkins offer instant reaction to the Toronto Raptors' Game 3 win over the Golden State Warriors in the 2019 NBA Finals on the floor of Oracle Arena.
Jun 06, 2019
Under the podcast lake
2972
Brian Windhorst, Andrew Han, Jackie MacMullan and Tim Bontemps assess the injuries ailing the Warriors and Raptors in the Finals (1:40), expectations for Game 3 (24:45) and early free agency chess (36:10).
Jun 04, 2019
MINI POD: Game 2 of the 2019 Finals
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Brian Windhorst, Cassidy Hubbarth, Andrew Han, Pablo Torre and Kendrick Perkins offer instant reaction to the Golden State Warriors' Game 2 win over the Toronto Raptors in the 2019 NBA Finals on the floor of the ScotiaBank Arena.
Jun 03, 2019
Toronto's basketball moment
3628
Brian Windhorst, Andrew Han, Tim Bontemps, Nick Friedell and Jackie MacMullan discuss Pascal Siakam, the Warriors and Game 1 (8:40), Kevin Durant (32:30), what happens after the Finals (43:30) and the Lakers (52:30).
May 31, 2019
MINI POD: Game 1 of the 2019 Finals
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Brian Windhorst, Cassidy Hubbarth and Doris Burke offer instant reaction to the Toronto Raptors' Game 1 win over the Golden State Warriors in the 2019 NBA Finals on the floor of the ScotiaBank Arena.
May 31, 2019
Rooting for laundry
4259
Brian Windhorst, Kevin Arnovitz and Kevin Pelton parse what it means to be a fatalistic fanbase (0:45), if the Warriors are better without Durant (13:50) and the Warriors-Raptors Finals matchup (30:30).
May 27, 2019
Making Moves
3496
Brian Windhorst, Jackie MacMullan and Tim MacMahon discuss the Eastern Conference Finals including Kawhi's importance to the Raptors (2:00), the All-NBA Teams and snubs (12:00), NBA Free Agency possibilities (21:30), Jackie's conversation with Pat Riley and much more.
May 24, 2019
The Inevitable Warriors
3577
Brian Windhorst, Andrew Han, Nick Friedell and Tim MacMahon discuss Draymond Green and the Warriors (1:10), the Blazers (14:20) and the Raptors and the Bucks (32:30).
May 20, 2019
Close Call
3091
Brian Windhorst, Tim McMahon, Andrew Han and Jackie MacMullan weigh in on Game 1 of both conference finals, including Brook Lopez's big night for the Bucks. Plus, they look ahead to Game 2 and recap the NBA draft lottery.
May 16, 2019
Kings Of The North
3122
Brian Windhorst, Kevin Pelton and Tim Bontemps recap boBrian Windhorst, Kevin Pelton and Tim Bontemps recap both Game 7's of both conference semifinals, discuss how the Sixers can move forward after back-to-back Eastern Conference Semifinals losses, look ahead to the NBA draft lottery and weigh in on the Frank Vogel and John Beilein coaching hires.
May 13, 2019
Lively, Bold and Full of Spirit
3927
Brian Windhorst, Jackie MacMullan, Tim MacMahon and Andrew Han discuss the tough times in Boston, the Lakers' coaching situation (18:30), Warriors-Rockets (28:00), Sixers- Raptors (47:00) and the Cojones factor player of the month (53:30).
May 10, 2019
An even second round
3801
Brian Windhorst, Andrew Han, Nick Friedell and Chris Herring chat about how impressive the Nuggets are (2:20), Kawhi's postseason play (18:50), the Sixers' inconsistency (33:25), a critical Game 4 for Boston (44:50) and the Warriors (53:00).
May 06, 2019
Game 2 Turnarounds
3761
Brian Windhorst, Jackie MacMullan, Tim MacMahon and Andrew Han discuss the Warriors' 2-0 edge on the Rockets, the game 2 turnarounds of the Bucks (22:00), Sixers (33:45) & Blazers (42:00). Plus announce the "Troll of the year" (57:00).
May 02, 2019
Officiating Evaluation
3268
Brian Windhorst, Tim Bontemps, Kirk Goldsberry and Andrew Han discuss the Warriors game 1 win over the Rockets, the player/referee relationship (10:00), the Celtics game 1 "upset" (28:00), preview the Blazers-Nuggets series (48:00) and much more.
Apr 29, 2019
Are we there yet?
3615
Brian Windhorst, Tim MacMahon, Andrew Han and Jackie MacMullan sort out the Rockets' immediate travel schedule (3:40), the one-game series of Nuggets-Spurs (15:20), the Warriors (24:20), Lillard (37:30) and the East second round (42:00).
Apr 26, 2019
Can anyone beat the Warriors?
3363
Brian Windhorst, Andrew Han, Kevin Pelton and Nick Friedell discuss the Blazers-Thunder series (1:20), the looming inevitability of a Warriors title (9:30), the Sixers (45:00) and a Windhorst filibuster.
Apr 22, 2019
Playoff Cone of Uncertainty
3354
ESPN's Brian Windhorst, Jackie MacMullan and Tim McMahon discuss the latest from the NBA Playoffs and how worried the 76ers should be about Joel Embiid's knee injury (3:15). Brian then talks about James Harden's greatness and how Houston's superstar reminds him of Peyton Manning (19:20). The crew also dives in to Kevin Durant's big game last night and if the Rockets could beat the Warriors in the next round (33:15). Lastly, the crew reacts to Denver's troubling performance thus far (46:27).
Apr 19, 2019
Upset? Reacting to Game 1s
3240
Brian Windhorst, Andrew Han and Rachel Nichols offer overall thoughts from opening weekend (3:20), if any favored team should be worried (10:20), offseason anxiety (39:00) and more.
Apr 15, 2019
Mega Hoops Playoff Podcast
1783
Zach Lowe, Ryen Russillo, Brian Windhorst and Bomani Jones each take you through their playoff previews. Zach thinks Rockets-Jazz is going to be the most interesting first-round series. Russillo and Bomani talk about Warriors playoff fatigue, who can beat them in the west and more. Plus, Brian Windhorst and the Hoop Collective discuss Denver-San Antonio, OKC-Portland and many other playoff matchups.
Apr 12, 2019
NBA Playoff Preview
3235
Brian Windhorst, Jackie MacMullan, Tim Macmahon and Andrew Han discuss the Magic Johnson resignation, Dirk's farewell (8:00), Portland's strange game (12:00), the East (15:00) & West (30:45) playoff match-ups and the cojones player of the month (46:00).
Apr 11, 2019
Emergency pod: Magic Johnson resigns
1782
Brian Windhorst, Kevin Pelton, Ohm Youngmisuk and Andrew Han conference call into an emergency podcast to discuss Magic Johnson's impromptu press conference and stunning news that he is resigning from the Lakers' front office.
Apr 10, 2019
Submitting The 2018-19 NBA Awards Ballot
3378
Brian Windhorst, Kevin Arnovitz, Kirk Goldsberry and Andrew Han discuss the NBA Awards including MVP (4:30), Coach of the Year (10:00), DPLOY (20:00), ROY (27:00) All NBA First-Team (40:00) and many more. Listen to Brian & Kevin complete their ballots in real-time!
Apr 08, 2019
Goodbye, 2018-19 Lakers
2407
Brian Windhorst, Ohm Youngmisuk, Ramona Shelburne and Dave McMenamin discuss the failed season for the Lakers and LeBron James and wildly speculate what could come next.
Apr 04, 2019
Buyers' Remorse?
2960
Brian Windhorst, Bobby Marks, and Tim Bontemps discuss the many issues surrounding Kristaps Porzingis and the Mavericks (2:00), the Nikola Jokic ejection (20:00), the strange Warriors game (41:00) and much more.
Apr 01, 2019
Believe In Magic?
3220
Brian Windhorst, Tim MacMahon, Kevin Pelton and Andrew Han discuss the Magic moving into the eighth seed (5:00), the Mavs (16:00), Lakers (23:00), and Knicks lottery chances (26:00), the Blazers fate post injury (35:00) and much more.
Mar 28, 2019
The Amazing MVP Race
3489
Brian Windhorst, Nick Friedell, Royce Young and Andrew Han discuss the front runners for the MVP race (2:00), the Rookie of the Year race (15:00), the Warriors getting into playoff mode (33:00), the Thunder (45:00) and much more.
Mar 25, 2019
March Sadness
2757
Brian Windhorst, Tim MacMahon, Ramona Shelburne and Andrew Han recap Celtics-Sixers discussing Joel Embiid's dominance, the slipping OKC Thunder (14:00), Doc Rivers snubbing the Lakers (26:00) and much more.
Mar 21, 2019
2018 NBA Re-Draft
3400
Brian Windhorst, Kevin Pelton, and Mike Schmitz go through the first 14 picks of the 2018 NBA Draft and do a re-draft based on what we know today. Plus, discuss Zion Williamson and other up and coming NBA hopefuls (51:27).
Mar 18, 2019
Boogie's Back, Westbrook vs Fan, Dolan
2790
Brian Windhorst, Tim MacMahon, Tim Bontemps and Andrew Han discuss DeMarcus Cousins' performance against the Rockets, what team could de-throne the Warriors (5:00), Russell Westbrook's interaction with a Jazz fan (12:00), James Dolan (20:00), Steve Ballmer (31:30) and much more.
Mar 14, 2019
Lakers' Woes And Pistons' Wins
3389
Brian Windhorst, Kevin Pelton and Kirk Goldsberry discuss Brandon Ingram's injury (3:30), the Lakers' mounting issues (10:00), the Pistons on an incredible hot streak (25:00), the Draft Lottery (45:00) and much more.
Mar 11, 2019
Postseason and Beyond
3209
Brian Windhorst, Tim McMahon and Michael C. Wright discuss the tight-knit Western Conference standings and why they don't believe in the Nuggets (1:10), the less-chaotic Eastern Conference (18:12) and the Lakers' possible offseason plans. Plus, Brian tells a quick Boban story (37:21) before discussing the futures of the 76ers and Celtics (41:30).
Mar 08, 2019
East Coast Road Trip
3442
Brian Windhorst is joined by Nick Friedell and Royce Young to discuss the Warriors east coast road trip questioning how they can utilize DeMarcus Cousins best (4:00), the current state of the Lakers including the pause on the Carmelo Anthony acquisition (20:00), the on-going drama with the Suns (30:00), Paul George's injury update (42:00) and much more.
Mar 04, 2019
No Margin for Error
3428
Brian Windhorst, Jackie MacMullan and Andrew Han discuss the Celtics' four-game losing streak and Kyrie Irving's recent mysterious behavior (00:50). Then, the crew discusses Dwyane Wade's game-winner (30:25) and how difficult the road ahead for the Lakers is (35:26). Plus, some speculation about Dirk Nowitzki and if will really call it quits after this season (42:05).
Feb 28, 2019
Large Sample-Size Theater
3721
Brian Windhorst welcomes ESPN NBA Writers Kevin Arnovitz and Kevin Pelton to break down the top teams in the Eastern Conference (4:36). Despite Boston's struggles, Windhorst still believes the Celtics are the team in the East to beat (13:56). Plus, the guys discuss the biggest threats to the Warriors in the Western Conference (19:30) and the Lakers' bleak playoff chances (30:40). Then, conversations about LeBron James and if he is still the best player in the NBA (42:10), as well as where Kawhi Leonard ranks among the NBA's top players (47:50). Lastly, the guys talk about who should win Coach of the Year (58:20).
Feb 26, 2019
The Irritating Beard
2923
Brian Windhorst, Jackie MacMullan and Tim MacMahon discuss the unintended consequences of the super max (3:28), a potential change in the Anthony Davis plan (7:14), the future of the Sixers (17:45), why other players are irritated with James Harden's performance (21:10), why the MVP race has become ideological (35:40), and the budding Celtics-Bucks rivalry (41:16)
Feb 20, 2019
All-Star Saturday Night
2702
Brian Windhorst and Andrew Han trek to Charlotte for All-Star weekend, interviewing players participating in the festivities and keeping record of their discussions leading up to All-Star Saturday night.
Feb 17, 2019
Balancing the Books
3096
Brian Windhorst, Andrew Han, Dave McMenamin, Nick Friedell and Tim Bontemps chat about the faltering Lakers (1:15), reevaluate the Porzingis trade (24:05), LeBron seeing Zion Williamson in action (9:55), how good the 76ers' new starting lineup is (44:35) and more.
Feb 15, 2019
Pelicans/Lakers Non-Trade, Magic, Celtics, and the Mecca
3353
Brian Windhorst, Jackie MacMullan and Tim MacMahon discuss the fallout behind the Pelicans and Lakers non-trade (3:00), Magic Johnson's interview (14:00), the Celtics struggling and Kyrie's mindset going into the offseason (30:00), media speculation about players wanting to join the New York Knicks (47:00) and much more.
Feb 11, 2019
2019 Trade season debrief
2427
Brian Windhorst, Andrew Han and Rachel Nichols parse the moves leading up to the 2019 trade deadline including the East race (1:30), the LA teams (16:20), Markelle Fultz leaving the 76ers (20:20) and more!
Feb 08, 2019
25 hours before the 2019 NBA trade deadline
1070
Brian Windhorst, Andrew Han and Bobby Marks mini pod the Clippers-Sixers trade of Tobias Harris and the looming implications 25 hours before the 2019 NBA trade deadline.
Feb 06, 2019
Game Time
4129
Brian Windhorst, Jackie MacMullan & Tim MacMahon discuss the plays to be made for Kyrie Irving (1:09) & Anthony Davis (8:58), weigh in on other intriguing trade possibilities (31:45) and much more. Plus, Tim's "Cojones Factor" Players of the Month for January (1:00:50).
Feb 04, 2019
ZING!
3574
Brian Windhorst, Jackie MacMullan, Tim MacMahon & Ramona Shelburne break down every angle of the Kristaps Porzingis blockbuster (1:13), discuss the ripple effects on Anthony Davis (35:32), Kyrie Irving (41:06) and much more.
Jan 31, 2019
Brow Greetin'
3802
Brian Windhorst, Kevin Pelton & Royce Young discuss the latest developments with Anthony Davis, the most likely destination for Davis and when a trade will take place.
Jan 28, 2019
Player Haters' Ball
3566
Brian Windhorst, Jackie MacMullan & Tim MacMahon discuss the hate aimed at James Harden (8:40), Victor Oladipo's injury (28:10), the hierarchy in the east (43:00) & more.
Jan 25, 2019
Boogie Is Back
3395
Brian Windhorst, Nick Friedell and Dave McMenamin discuss Dave's insane journey to the Duke vs Syracuse game (5:30), Klay Thompson's amazing offensive performance (12:00), the Lakers' current situation (20:00), where will Melo end up (25:00), the latest on the Pelicans and Anthony Davis (44:00) and much more.
Jan 22, 2019
Kyrie Apologizes, Doncic, Harden's Fatigue & More
2896
Brian Windhorst, Jackie MacMullan and Tim MacMahon Kyrie Irving's apology to LeBron (2:30), Luka Doncic and the Mavs (21:00), the Nets' win over the Rockets and the possible fatigue factor for James Harden (38:00).
Jan 17, 2019
Time To Panic?
4056
Brian Windhorst, Tim Bontemps & Kirk Goldsberry discuss the Lakers' struggles without LeBron (7:40), the Spurs' bounce-back (29:57), Boston's issues (51:00) & more. Plus, what's happened to all the good nicknames in the NBA?
Jan 14, 2019
Bucks, Harden, Celtics & Butler
3721
Brian Windhorst, Jackie MacMullan and Tim MacMahon discuss the Bucks' impressive win and James Harden (5:30), Story time about getting passes from NBA players (11:00), the Celtics (25:00), Jimmy Butler (45:00) and Patrick McCaw (55:00).
Jan 10, 2019
Thibs, Lakers, Butler
2820
Brian Windhorst, Ramona Shelburne and Nick Friedell discuss the firing of Tom Thibodeau (5:00), state of the Lakers 2019 edition (25:00), Jimmy Butler's relationship with the Sixers and where he may end up (30:00) and much more.
Jan 08, 2019
Kawhi, Pacers, All-Star Ballots
3667
Brian Windhorst, Jackie MacMullan, Andrew Han and Tim MacMahon discuss Kawhi Leonard's return to San Antonio and if he will get a tribute video (3:30), the Pacers' recent run (20:15), Pelicans-Nets (27:55), hypothetical All-Star ballots (36:00) Cojones Factor Player of the Month (50:45) and much more.
Jan 03, 2019
Rookie phenoms, in praise of the Nuggets
3349
Brian Windhorst, Jackie MacMullan, Andrew Han and Tim MacMahon marvel at the rookie class headlined by Luka Doncic (2:30), assess the Lakers as 2018 closes (18:15), dream up fantastical Celtics trades (27:55) and sing the praises of the Denver Nuggets (37:10).
Dec 24, 2018
AD to LA, Houston's Struggles, And Shenanigans
3485
Brian Windhorst, Jackie MacMullan, Tim MacMahon and Andrew Han discuss the possible Anthony Davis to LA situation (35:00), the Rockets (26:00), the Celtics tough schedule (16:50) and much more. Plus, Jackie calls out all the shenanigans.
Dec 20, 2018
Trade Talk, Joerger, Dolan sit down and more
4110
Brian Windhorst, Tim Bontemps and Kirk Goldsberry discuss the trade over the weekend and the confusion surrounding "Brooks" (5:00), criticism of Dave Joerger (15:00), James Dolan's interview with Ian O'Connor (30:00), Celtics on a roll (41:30), OKC guaranteeing Billy Donovon's contract (50:00) and much more.
Dec 17, 2018
A three-team non-trade
1878
An emergency pod with Brian Windhorst, Bobby Marks and Andrew Han trying to make sense of a deal between the Wizards, Grizzlies and Suns that fell apart over the confusion of which players would be traded.
Dec 15, 2018
Lakers Winning, Jordan Drama And Bulls Saga Continues
3440
Brian Windhorst, Jackie MacMullan, Tim MacMahon and Andrew Han discuss the Michael Jordan-Malik Monk situation (6:45), the ongoing Bulls drama (16:00), the Celtics, Luka Doncic's incredible week and much more.
Dec 13, 2018
Kawhi, Lakers & Ariza, Bulls Issues
3682
Brian Windhorst, Royce Young, Kevin Pelton and Andrew Han discuss what's more likely: Kawhi Leonard to the Clippers or Anthony Davis to the Celtics (3:00), issues with the Chicago Bulls (31:00), thoughts on the Lakers and if a trade for Trevor Ariza could help (42:00) and much more.
Dec 10, 2018
Kawhi, Lakers, Paul George, KD's Comments
3681
Brian Windhorst, Jackie MacMullan, Tim MacMahon and Andrew Han discuss last night's Raptors vs 76ers matchup (2:00), the Lakers' 4th quarter performance (10:30), Paul George putting the Thunder on his back vs the Nets (18:00), KD's comments on LeBron (50:00) and much more.
Dec 06, 2018
Spurs' Struggles, Fred Hoiberg Fired, A Ricky Davis Story
3572
Brian Windhorst, Michael C. Wright, Nick Friedell and Andrew Han discuss the Spurs' struggles (2:30), issues with their medical staff (25:00) and much more. Plus, a classic Ricky Davis story (21:52) and the crew discusses Bulls' HC Fred Hoiberg getting fired.
Dec 03, 2018
The Marvelous Mavs & Struggling Rockets
3132
Brian Windhorst, Jackie MacMullan, Tim MacMahon and Andrew Han discuss the thumping the Mavericks gave the Rockets and the year Luka Doncic is having. Plus, Jayson Tatum's struggles and the Cojones Player Of The Month (50:45).
Nov 29, 2018
Western Conference, Westbrook, Kawhi vs Pop, Jimmy Butler
3866
Brian Windhorst, Royce Young, Kevin Pelton and Andrew Han discuss the crazy Western Conference standings (2:00), Russell Westbrook's shot selection (20:30), Storytime with Brian on Sasha Pavlovic (32:00), Kawhi Leonard vs Pop (45:00), Jimmy Butler's tear (55:00) and much more.
Nov 26, 2018
Thanksgiving Question Marks
3638
Brian Windhorst, Jackie MacMullan, Tim MacMahon and Andrew Han discuss who's more talented: KD or Steph (2:20), Markelle Fultz's future (9:30), what to make of the Cavs' Dysfunction (20:00), Boston's issues and Terry Rozier's cryptic tweets (41:00), LeBron's return to Cleveland (51:00) and much more.
Nov 21, 2018
Warriors, Celtics, Kemba, Wizards ready to blow it up?
4001
Brian Windhorst, Tim Bontemps and Nick Friedell discuss Draymond Green's injury and what it means for the Warriors, the Celtics' progression from their early-season slump, Kemba Walker's incredible game and if the Wizards are ready to blow it all up.
Nov 19, 2018
Tension By The Bay
3153
Brian Windhorst, Jackie MacMullan, Tim MacMahon and Andrew Han discuss the dust-up between KD and Draymond Green and how that relates to the Warriors' internal struggles (3:00), Jimmy Butler's fit with the 76ers and the Eastern Conference (30:00), Carmelo Anthony's future (45:00) and much more.
Nov 15, 2018
Small Sample Size Theater
3680
Brian Windhorst, Andrew Han, Kevin Arnovitz and Kevin Pelton discuss if the Milwaukee Bucks are legit contenders, Houston's problems, Boston's offensive struggles so far, Denver's case in the Western Conference and much more.
Nov 12, 2018
Jimmy Butler is traded
1899
Brian Windhorst, Andrew Han, Nick Friedell and Bobby Marks launch an emergency session to break down the trade of Jimmy Butler from the Minnesota Timberwolves to the Philadelphia 76ers.
Nov 10, 2018
Running diary from Timberwolves-Lakers
3133
Brian Windhorst and Andrew Han catalog the day's events leading up to Timberwolves vs. Lakers starting at shootaround with Taj Gibson and Anthony Tolliver (4:30), Michelle Beadle and Chauncey Billups of NBA Countdown (15:30) and ending postgame with Rachel Nichols from The Jump (40:00).
Nov 08, 2018
Raptors, the East, Lakers and Kawhi
4018
Brian Windhorst, Andrew Han, Ohm Youngmisuk, Tim Bontemps and Dave McMenamin discuss the Raptors (2:00), the top of the East (15:00), the Wizards (17:15), Lakers (24:20), Kawhi's future (37:30) and much more.
Nov 05, 2018
Rockets woes, Kyrie kicks rust, Cavs reboot
3666
Brian Windhorst, Jackie MacMullan, Tim MacMahon and Andrew Han discuss the issues with the Rockets (3:00), Kyrie's resurgence, his haircut and the Celtics' season so far (14:00), Story Time with Jackie Mac (18:30), what's wrong with the Wizards (22:00), the toxic internal situation in Cleveland (40:00), Tim's Cojones Factor Player of The Month (54:00) and much more.
Oct 31, 2018
Ty Lue fired, Thunder worries and the Spurs
3711
Brian Windhorst, Royce Young, Michael C. Wright and Andrew Han discuss the Cleveland Cavaliers quickly moving on from Tyronn Lue and the situation between Lue and the Cavs' front office (2:00), State Of The Union address on the OKC Thunder (28:00) and the San Antonio Spurs (40:00), tribute videos, Warriors troll Fergie and much more.
Oct 29, 2018
LA Fight, Week One Frights
3182
Brian Windhorst, Jackie MacMullan, Tim MacMahon and Andrew Han break down fight night in LA, including Rondo saying that special effects were used by the Rockets staff if Chris Paul is a good teammate and Luke Walton criticizing the refs (2:00). Plus, Storytime with Brian and Jackie on Darius Miles (24:40), revising the LA suspensions & reliving "Malice in the Palace" (40:00), the Celtics rocky start (45:30) and more.
Oct 24, 2018
Running commentary from LeBron's LA debut
2535
Brian Windhorst and Andrew Han record from LA for LeBron James' Laker debut and chat with Rachel Nichols on the fight (33:00), Adrian Wojnarowski on the construction of the Lakers (20:50), Michelle Beadle, Jalen Rose, Chauncey Billups and Paul Pierce for early impressions (30:00) and much more.
Oct 21, 2018
Tatum ready to rise, Anthony Davis ready to contend
3781
Brian Windhorst, Jackie MacMullan, Tim MacMahon and Andrew Han break down all angles of Celtics vs Sixers including Jason Tatum's potential superstardom (6:00), Pelicans vs Rockets (18:30), Anthony Davis' evolution as a player (23:00), his potential free agency (41:00), great Paul Allen stories (48:00) and much more. Plus, Storytime with Jackie Mac.
Oct 17, 2018
Basketball: A Love Story
3438
Jackie MacMullan talks to Basketball: A Love Story's creator Dan Klores about the making of the film, his love for the game of basketball, some of their favorite stories from the project and much more.
Oct 15, 2018
Lakers, Warriors, Butler, oh my!
3873
Brian Windhorst, Nick Friedell, Dave McMenamin and Andrew Han discuss the outlook for the Los Angeles Lakers, can KD and LeBron be working on something for next season (4:00), what do the Warriors have to look forward to this season (27:00), Jimmy Butler's practice fallout and much more.
Oct 15, 2018
Mavs Internal Drama, West playoff bubbles and Jimmy Butler
4181
Brian Windhorst, Tim MacMahon, Jackie MacMullan and Andrew Han discuss the latest on the Mavericks' continued internal drama (5:00), pro-ready Luka Doncic can be a special player (15:00), can Dejounte Murray's torn ACL shake up the Western Conference playoff race (40:00) and some Jimmy Butler trade scenarios (1:00:00).
Oct 10, 2018
2018-19 Eastern Conference Preview
4847
Brian Windhorst, Nick Friedell, Kevin Pelton and Andrew Han preview the Eastern Conference.
Oct 08, 2018
GM Survey
3688
Brian Windhorst, Tim MacMahon, Jackie MacMullan and Andrew Han discuss traveling and eating in China, the latest GM survey, how the Lakers will mesh, if Brad Stevens gets unfair treatment from the media and much more.
Oct 04, 2018
2018-2019 Western Conference Preview
3281
Brian Windhorst, Dave McMenamin, Michael Wright, Andrew Han and Tim MacMahon preview the Western Conference before training camp opens.
Oct 01, 2018
Kawhi Leonard is a Raptor
53:47
Brian Windhorst, Bobby Marks, Andrew Han and Kevin Pelton sort out the parts of the Kawhi Leonard trade to Toronto (2:30), how good a DeMar DeRozan-led Spurs team could be (20:50), how good a Kawhi Leonard-Raptors team could be (28:10) and reactions to other league news (33:30).
Jul 18, 2018
2018 Las Vegas Summer League special
2757
Cassidy Hubbarth, Nick Friedell, Andrew Han, Tim MacMahon and Amin Elhassan chat about the sights and sounds of Las Vegas Summer League, including the fervor for the summertime Knicks (3:45), the oddities of summer league (11:40), players that caught buzz (28:00), being the face of a franchise (32:00) and the Rockets (36:30).
Jul 11, 2018
Unpacking all the free agency machinations
4600
Brian Windhorst, Tim MacMahon, Andrew Han and Jackie MacMullan chat about LeBron (9:00), Carmelo's inevitable exodus from OKC (16:45), continuing speculation about Kawhi (20:20), the revamped Lakers (36:25), LeBron and the Cavs (52:15) and Boogie Cousins (66:50).
Jul 06, 2018
The remaking of the Lakers
2005
Cassidy Hubbarth, Dave McMenamin, Andrew Han and Ramona Shelburne discuss the continuing ramifications of LeBron James going to the Lakers (2:00), the Rondo signing and its implications for Lonzo (6:55) and the Lakers renouncing Julius Randle (21:55).
Jul 02, 2018
LeBron to the Lakers emergency pod
2119
Brian Windhorst, Amin Elhassan and Rachel Nichols gather in the offices of ESPN LA to record an "emergency pod" about LeBron James choosing the Lakers in free agency and the subsequent news.
Jul 02, 2018
The day before 2018 NBA free agency
3024
Brian Windhorst, Jackie MacMullan, Andrew Han and Tim MacMahon read the tea leaves about LeBron's options (3:30), the shifting leverage in Kawhi trade scenarios (8:00), the Cavs' conundrum (25:30), Paul George (34:00) and other free agents (42:15).
Jun 30, 2018
LeBron, Paul George and free agency
3071
Ramona Shelburne, Royce Young and Dave McMenamin discuss free agency impressions for LeBron James and Paul George (2:20), the leaked Lakers pitch for George (10:10), the logic of LeBron to "team X" (20:10), the Paul George of it all (35:50) and potential wildcard scenarios (42:10).
Jun 25, 2018
2018 Post-draft reactions
3061
Brian Windhorst, Tim MacMahon, Andrew Han and Jackie MacMullan offer reactions to the Luka Doncic trade (2:45), other draft surprises (19:15), the implications on free agency (22:55), the next steps in the Kawhi situation (38:40) and picks they liked (44:50).
Jun 22, 2018
Conversations about the 2018 draft
2835
Kevin Arnovitz, Jonathan Givony, Mike Schmitz and Kevin Pelton discuss how a prospect's profile can fluctuate leading up to the draft (1:30), how to sift through the rumor mill (10:50), the top players in the 2018 draft (19:05) and draft night questions (36:10).
Jun 19, 2018
Adrian Wojnarowski, ESPN
2223
Adam Schefter talks to Sr. NBA Insider Adrian Wojnarowski about LeBron James' future (4:40), his life as an Insider (11:27), the origin of the "Woj Bomb" (26:10) and more.
Jun 18, 2018
Workshopping the Kawhi situation
4140
Brian Windhorst, Tim MacMahon, Andrew Han and Jackie MacMullan chat about the news Kawhi Leonard wants out of San Antonio and workshop the permutations and implications of the news.
Jun 16, 2018
Finals postmortem, what comes next for LeBron
53:20
Cassidy Hubbarth, Chiney Ogwumike and Ramona Shelburne chat about the diss tracks in LA (3:10), the Warriors celebrating and making news (21:30), pining for LeBron in free agency (35:50) and awards (43:00).
Jun 13, 2018
Courtside after Game 4 of Cavs-Warriors
47:25
Brian Windhorst, Amin Elhassan, Kevin Arnovitz and Andrew Han (feat. Steve Martinez of The Jump, Ros Gold-Onwude, Marcus Thompson, Ethan Strauss) offer reactions from the floor of The Q after Game 4 in Cleveland to chat about the Warriors sweeping the Cavs.
Jun 09, 2018
Colangelo sunk, Cavs on the brink
4000
Brian Windhorst, Andrew Han, Kevin Arnovitz, Ramona Shelburne and Shelley Smith discuss Colangelo's departure from the Sixers (1:00), Game 3 of the NBA Finals (14:45), Durant's performance (33:15), the Cavs' offseason plans (38:10) and LeBron's plans (53:05).
Jun 07, 2018
Courtside from Game 2 of the Finals
2805
Amin Elhassan, Kevin Pelton, Kevin Arnovitz, Marc Spears and Brian Windhorst (feat. Aaron Dodson of The Undefeated and Andrew Han) chat courtside from Oracle Arena after Game 2 of the NBA Finals about Steph Curry's big night (2:00), CJ McCollum on Twitter (10:00), JR Smith with MVP chants (12:20), Finals fatigue (18:10), the Cavs' mood (25:20) and if Dub Nation will be the same in two years (35:05).
Jun 04, 2018
Wild and crazy Game 1 of the 2018 Finals
2854
Brian Windhorst, Andrew Han, Kevin Pelton and Amin Elhassan discuss the varied reactions around Game 1 of the NBA Finals (2:35), overshadowed moments (9:50), downplaying suspensions and flagrants (16:05), the Cavs' collapse in OT (22:05), the Warriors' crunchtime lineup (28:50) and the block/charge controversy (32:15) and if Game 1 was the Cavs' best chance to make it a series (44:00).
Jun 01, 2018
Burner season in Philadelphia
3342
Brian Windhorst, Jackie MacMullan, Andrew Han and Tim MacMahon try to figure out the wild story of 76ers GM Bryan Colangelo allegedly using Twitter accounts to leak info (4:30), if there are realistic due process options (19:00) and speculating on the nature of how this alleged scandal came to light (30:30) and the best player of the postseason so far (47:00).
May 31, 2018
Cavs to the Finals, LeBron's epic performance
3213
Cassidy Hubbarth, Nick Friedell, Andrew Han and Royce Young delve into the East finals series win by the Cavaliers over the Celtics (3:40), how high Jayson Tatum's ceiling is (7:40), if this is LeBron's best postseason performance (20:15) and a game of who wins Warriors-Rockets Game 7 (40:40).
May 29, 2018
Cavs on the brink, Rockets ready to pounce
3430
Brian Windhorst, Tim MacMahon, Andrew Han and Jackie MacMullan discuss the Cavs with their backs against the wall after Game 5 (2:10) and the likelihood Rockets-Warriors goes the full series (23:10).
May 24, 2018
'Magic' Curry, the young Celtics
2523
Cassidy Hubbarth, Michele Steele and Ramona Shelburne discuss "magic" Steph and the Rockets-Warriors (2:20), the homecourt advantages in Celtics-Cavs (20:22), cussing in the NBA (25:55) and Celtics talk (35:10).
May 22, 2018
Reevaluating the conference finals
3762
Brian Windhorst, Andrew Han and Tim MacMahon chat about the Rockets-Warriors series (2:05) and what's happening in Celtics-Cavs (28:50) after Game 2 of the respective conference finals.
May 18, 2018
What happened in Boston? Who picked the Rockets?
47:19
Chiney Ogwumike, Andrew Han and Kevin Pelton discuss the surprising Game 1 result between the Celtics and Cavs (0:50). Later, Ramona Shelburne chats with Royce Young about his series prediction between the Rockets and Warriors (32:55).
May 15, 2018
Boston's future becomes the present, conf finals thoughts
1:07:36
Brian Windhorst, Tim MacMahon, Andrew Han and Jackie MacMullan discuss the Celtics' bright future (3:30), what Kawhi's trade value is (13:45), the East finals (24:40), the West finals (37:25) and Paul George (59:20).
May 10, 2018
Four teams on the brink?
57:06
Andrew Han, Royce Young and Ian Begley discuss LeBron's wild shot to put the Cavs up 3-0 over the Raptors (1:45), the Sixers facing elimination (27:25) and the Rockets surging (43:00).
May 07, 2018
Early thoughts on Round 2 of the playoffs
1:03:58
Brian Windhorst, Chris Forsberg, Andrew Han and Tim MacMahon discuss the Rockets-Jazz series (2:20), the Celtics-Sixers series (20:50) and Raptors-Cavs (34:50).
May 03, 2018
What have we learned for Round Two?
48:44
Andrew Han, Kevin Pelton, Ohm Youngmisuk, Nick Friedell and Royce Young autopsy the Thundersa€™ season (2:40), thoughts on the Rockets-Jazz series (9:40), the Warriors-Pelicans (21:45), the Raptors-Cavs series (30:35) and the Celtics-Sixers in round two (43:35).
May 01, 2018
LeBron's shot, free agency implications, playoff chatter
1:05:20
Brian Windhorst, Tim MacMahon, Andrew Han and Jackie MacMullan talk about Game 5 in Cleveland (8:40), free agency implications (20:30) and observations from the first round (48:00).
Apr 26, 2018
Freakishly Good
38:22
Cassidy Hubbarth, Nick Friedell and Ramona Shelburne discuss Giannis Antetokounmpo (1:55), KD's mishap on Instagram (6:00), the Pelicans (12:10), the Sixers (25:45) and what's been the most fun so far in the playoffs (33:20).
Apr 24, 2018
Assessing the playoffs through two games
1:02:11
Brian Windhorst, Tim MacMahon, Andrew Han and Kevin Arnovitz discuss the Rockets-Wolves series (3:00), the Cavs (12:00), what's going on with the Wizards (26:55), the Blazers (36:30), the Jazz (43:20) and Sixers-Heat (53:50).
Apr 19, 2018
Reactions to playoff opening weekend
42:58
Andrew Han, Dave McMenamin, Kevin Pelton and Royce Young talk about the first weekend of playoff action with the Cavs losing (1:10), the Thunder's win over the Jazz (16:45), the Pelicans surprising win in Portland (29:40) and overreactions/underreactions to the first weekend of the playoffs (36:05).
Apr 17, 2018
Marathon Monday
53:45
Marty chats with former NBA great and Memphis Tigers head coach Penny Hardaway (1:33). Plus, Marty talks about running in the Boston Marathon a year after the bombings (37:40)
Apr 16, 2018
Last night of regular season, playoffs
1:00:28
Brian Windhorst, Tim MacMahon, Royce Young and Jackie MacMullan chat about the finally settled playoff seedings (4:05), the Wolves-Nuggets "play-in game" (14:35), the East matchups (26:05), clutch scorer of the year (38:05) and coaching changes in the league (49:10).
Apr 12, 2018
How to make sense of regular season awards
36:10
Cassidy Hubbarth, Chiney Ogwumike, Ohm Youngmisuk and Ramona Shelburne parse out the cases for Rookie of the Year (1:25), the conversations about who is the MVP (19:40) and LeBron's marathon season (32:10).
Apr 10, 2018
Kawhi, end-of-season awards, Kyrie news
1:11:33
Brian Windhorst, Tim MacMahon, Andrew Han and Jackie MacMullan assess the continuing Kawhi issue in San Antonio (3:00), figuring out end-of-season NBA awards (22:45) and the news of Kyrie Irving's season being over (1:00:35).
Apr 05, 2018
Playoff seeding, the San Antonio crossroad
41:40
Cassidy Hubbarth, Andrew Han, Ohm Youngmisuk and Ramona Shelburne get together to chat about a Gordon Hayward sighting (3:40), the toughest lower seed in the East (6:05), the bottom of the West playoffs (12:35), the San Antonio crossroad (18:35) and the team with the most drama this season (34:15).
Apr 03, 2018
Tanking, MVPs, the value of awards
51:31
Brian Windhorst, Tim MacMahon and Nick Friedell discuss the race to tank (8:55), the case for splitting up the MVP (25:20) and the value of various awards (38:40).
Mar 29, 2018
Dinner with Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum
1:28:58
Chris Haynes has dinner with Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum and chat about the rising Portland Trail Blazers (1:10), how the two guards complement each other (9:40), preseason expectations (16:30), All Star changes (30:35), unwritten rules of basketball (48:55), the Rockets (53:40), the problem with rankings (56:05) and developing as players (1:11:10).
Mar 28, 2018
Fultz returning, Warriors' injuries
42:41
Cassidy Hubbarth, Chiney Ogwumike and Ramona Shelburne chat about the Sixers and the imminent return of Markelle Fultz (1:10), LeBron's MVP chances (11:10), Warriors' injuries (20:40) rookies and team fit (33:45) and Giannis (36:50).
Mar 26, 2018
Trying to beat LeBron, Blazers and Rockets, too washed for sneaker culture
50:47
Brian Windhorst, Andrew Han, Nick Friedell and Tim MacMahon chat about LeBron and the Raptors (3:45), the uneven Bucks (23:40), the Blazers and Rockets (32:05) and trying to decipher sneaker culture (37:15).
Mar 22, 2018
LeBron, Lillard and Westbrook (oh my)
51:56
Ramona Shelburne, Chiney Ogwumike and Royce Young chat about Ty Lue (2:55), LeBron (8:10), the impressive Blazers (13:50) and the resurgent Thunder (33:40).
Mar 19, 2018
Warriors, Wolves, Cavs and enjoying sports
55:39
Brian Windhorst, Andrew Han, Tim MacMahon and Rachel Nichols free associate on the Warriors' injuries (2:55), the Timberwolves (13:40), Ty Lue and JR Smith (23:15), the surprising Pacers, Raptors and East seeding (30:30) and Finals pairings (49:20).
Mar 15, 2018
Challengers to Cavs-Warriors IV?
25:21
Cassidy Hubbarth, Ramona Shelburne, Ohm Youngmisuk and Dave McMenamin reflect on the Cavs' weekend in LA (1:35), if the Raptors can take the Cavs (7:45) and if the Warriors should be nervous about the Rockets (17:50).
Mar 12, 2018
Raptors, Rockets, West playoff race
1:05:14
Brian Windhorst, Brandon Lowe, Andrew Han and Tim MacMahon chat about the viability of a Raptors-Rockets championship series (2:00), the Raptors' evolution (8:20), a 2017 draft revisit (16:45), the Clippers (19:15) and the West playoff mess (27:55). Plus, Kevin Pelton, Kaileigh Brandt and Han unpack mental health, athletes and society (43:30).
Mar 09, 2018
Dinner with Kevin Durant and Michael Beasley
1:02:17
Chris Haynes has dinner with Kevin Durant and Michael Beasley to discuss their early days of the friendship (0:40), playing AAU together (9:45), hooping in PG County (18:25), differing NBA paths (27:50), the trials and tribulations in the league (35:50) and what's next for them (45:35).
Mar 08, 2018
CJ McCollum, Portland Trail Blazers guard
48:52
Kevin Arnovitz chats with CJ McCollum of the Portland Trail Blazers about the NBA as a workplace (4:20), the one-and-done rule (10:30), CJ's interest in business (13:50), the platform athletes have today (23:55), how the Blazers have changed (30:40) and CJ's list of questions (36:10).
Mar 07, 2018
Rockets, Raptors, winter horror stories
29:14
Andrew Han, Kevin Pelton, Chris Forsberg, Bobby Marks and Nick Friedell ask how serious a threat the Rockets are to the Warriors (1:20), why people are looking past the Raptors (12:40) and winter horror stories (19:30).
Mar 06, 2018
Celtics, Cavs, Lonzo, Kawhi's shoes
29:26
Cassidy Hubbarth, Chiney Ogwumike and Ramona Shelburne on the Celtics and Cavs (1:30), Lonzo Ball's surge (16:20) and Kawhi's shoe situation (20:25).
Mar 05, 2018
No Soup for You
1:00:26
Brian Windhorst, Tim MacMahon, Brandon Lowe, Andrew Han and Jackie MacMullan discuss the Warriors trip to DC (2:15), the best soup in Cleveland and food in Boston (10:10), Windhorst story time (26:10), the Sixers and Spurs (31:50) and Jimmy Butler (54:45).
Mar 02, 2018
Broken ankles or being dunked on?
30:17
Amin Elhassan, Marc Spears and Chris Haynes go down the rabbit hole of James Harden breaking Wes Johnson's ankles and discuss whether it's worse to get viciously crossed over or to get dunked on.
Mar 01, 2018
Answering Listener Questions
32:38
Kevin Pelton, Kaileigh Brandt and Andrew Han answer listener questions from Twitter (0:55) and take a deeper look at the last bastion of amateurism (20:45).
Feb 28, 2018
Tanking, Anthony Davis, in-arena experiences
39:23
Andrew Han, Nick Friedell, Bobby Marks and Chris Forsberg try to fix the tankathon underway in the league (1:50), marvel at Anthony Davis (24:20) and gripe about in-arena experiences (30:20).
Feb 27, 2018
Wizards, Spurs, Zaza, sideline reporting
40:57
Cassidy Hubbarth, Andrew Han, Ramona Shelburne and an interlude with Chiney Ogwumike to discuss the surging Wizards (2:05), the cruising Spurs (5:05), Pachulia-gate (11:35), how underrated Damian Lillard is (21:50) and the frenzy of sideline reporting (27:40).
Feb 26, 2018
Kawhi, the Lakers, tanking, rabbit hole
1:11:21
Brian Windhorst, Brandon Lowe and Tim MacMahon discuss the Kawhi situation brewing in San Antonio (2:45), assess the Lakers' young talent (22:55) and going down a tanking/reminiscing about The Decision rabbit hole (34:20). Plus, Kevin Pelton, Kaileigh Brandt and Andrew Han tackle a favorite topic in NBA Twitter: Is a hot dog a sandwich? (56:15)
Feb 23, 2018
All-Star weekend, Dallas, Warriors in DC
53:29
Amin Elhassan, Marc Spears and Chris Haynes reconvene to chat about on and off-the-court festivities at All-Star weekend (2:10), the Mavs' workplace (28:10) and the Warriors' D.C. plans (44:15).
Feb 22, 2018
How The Warriors Became Woke
50:04
Doubletruck Stories: It's a combination of all that winning, Oakland's place in the black power movement and these unusual times. By Lonnae O'Neal and Marc J. Spears.
Feb 21, 2018
Mini-pod: All-Star Day 3
18:54
Jackie MacMullan, Andrew Han, Steve Martinez and Baxter Holmes congregate inside Staples Center to give quick reactions to Day 3 of All-Star Weekend plus final thoughts on the events.
Feb 19, 2018
Mini-pod: All-Star Day 2
15:41
Kevin Pelton, Kaileigh Brandt and Dave McMenamin give a quick take on Day 2 of All-Star Weekend.
Feb 18, 2018
Mini-pod: All-Star Day One
18:49
Cassidy Hubbarth, Chiney Ogwumike, Andrew Han and Ramona Shelburne give a quick take on Day One of All-Star Weekend -- deep from the underbelly of Staples Center -- with insights from the Celebrity Game, Rising Stars Challenge and NBA community events.
Feb 17, 2018
Buckets, college basketball, two-way players
1:09:07
Brian Windhorst, Andrew Han and Jackie MacMullan are joined by Rob Perez to chat about his show Buckets (4:05), the brewing scandal in college sports (10:55), LeBron and Durant's car ride (30:55), getting in people's heads (40:30), Pierce's jersey retirement (47:10) and the Cavs' roster (55:10).
Feb 16, 2018
D'Wayne Wiggins, Tony! Toni! Toné!
44:53
Marc Spears and Amin Elhassan call up D'Wayne Wiggins of Tony! Toni! Toné! to talk about his Warriors fandom (5:45), thoughts on Quincy Jones (12:00), working with the biggest names in music (16:40), the heyday of Tony! Toni! Toné! (28:50) and advice to players (33:00).
Feb 15, 2018
Front offices on deadline, tanking, media dining
49:58
Andrew Han, Bobby Marks, Chris Forsberg and Nick Friedell discuss the logistics of making multiple trades at the deadline (2:35), tanking teams (14:00) and media dining (27:45). Plus, Kevin Pelton, Kaileigh Brandt and Han answer listener questions (36:15).
Feb 13, 2018
Cavs again the king of the East?
34:58
Cassidy Hubbarth, Andrew Han and Ramona Shelburne on the new-look Cavs (3:05), if they can challenge the Warriors (14:20) and which incoming Cav helps the most (21:50).
Feb 12, 2018
How much did the NBA landscape change?
1:10:58
Brian Windhorst, Jackie MacMullan and Tim MacMahon recap the Cavs' deadline demolition (4:00), a Shaq story (13:00), the shrinking market for free agents (18:30), Rodney Hood and George Hill (25:30), if there's optimism now in Cleveland (36:45), Joe Johnson (42:00) and Boogie (48:05). Plus, Kevin Pelton, Kaileigh Brandt and Andrew Han try to disentangle idea of art being separate from the artist (56:10).
Feb 09, 2018
2018 trade deadline first impressions
49:03
Amin Elhassan, Marc Spears and Chris Haynes convene after a frantic trade deadline to talk Cavaliers movement (2:15), Isaiah Thomas (9:10), Paul Allen's musical skills (20:30), Mudiay, Payton and depressed values (26:30), DeAndre Jordan (30:30), the Kings (34:15) and Wade's return to Miami (43:10).
Feb 08, 2018
Making sense of what we know
35:50
Kevin Arnovitz and Kevin Pelton chat about Porzingis and injury causality (1:15), believing in the Raptors (9:20), what the Jazz should do (22:30), the evolving perception of bigs (26:00) and the Cavs (29:35).
Feb 07, 2018
'88 dunk contest, unseating LeBron, bad teams
1:03:49
Andrew Han, Nick Friedell, Ohm Youngmisuk and Ian Begley recount the 1988 MJ vs. 'Nique dunk contest (4:45), if a trade could help a team unseat the Cavs (16:10) and bad team talk (30:30). Plus, Kevin Pelton, Kaileigh Brandt and Han answer listener questions (46:50).
Feb 06, 2018
Cleveland problems, Rolling Celtics
42:55
Cassidy Hubbarth, Chiney Ogwumike and Ramona Shelburne on the tightening NBA budget (6:30), the problems in Cleveland (9:30), Super Bowl post-mortem (30:25), the rolling Celtics (35:00) the Knicks self-sabotaging (37:35) and dunk contest excitement (40:10).
Feb 05, 2018
Thunder nuggets, CBA minutiae, guessing deadline moves
1:06:47
Brian Windhorst, Brandon Lowe and Tim MacMahon discuss the end-of-game hijinks of Thunder-Nuggets (4:20), Mirotic to the Pelicans (15:00), Asik and CBA minutiae (28:05) and trying to forecast the trade deadline (32:05). Plus, Kevin Pelton, Kaileigh Brandt and Andrew Han explore the ethics of recruiting promises (48:20).
Feb 02, 2018
Jamal Crawford, Minnesota Timberwolves veteran guard
1:03:11
Marc Spears and Chris Haynes call up Jamal Crawford to talk about favorite kicks (8:25), adjusting to cold weather (13:30), the Blake Griffin trade (14:55), what happened with Lob City (25:00), the Sterling tapes (31:30), the uncanny similarity of Lonzo Ball's sneakers (43:40) and if Seattle produces the best players (54:00).
Feb 01, 2018
Answering Listener Questions
20:30
Kevin Pelton, Kaileigh Brandt and Andrew Han answer listener questions about the MVP race (0:50), how to statistically evaluate front offices (8:30) and the increased friction between players and referees this season (13:00).
Jan 31, 2018
Blake Griffin? To the Pistons?
1:00:53
Brian Windhorst, Royce Young, Bobby Marks and Kevin Pelton discuss their initial reactions to the Blake Griffin trade (2:10), parsing loyalty and leverage (13:25), the Clippers' future plans (23:00), the Pistons picture (28:25), Blake vs. Tobias vs. "the supermax" (38:15), if the Clippers got enough (44:10) and the changing market (52:20).
Jan 30, 2018
Cavs, Embiid-Russ, social media mea culpa
36:32
Ramona Shelburne and Dave McMenamin discuss the state of flux for Cleveland (1:55), how much help the Cavs need (10:55), notoriety on social media (18:55), Embiid and Russ (28:40) and helping others (33:25).
Jan 29, 2018
All-Star draft and Countdown stories
1:11:49
Brian Windhorst, Brandon Lowe and Jackie MacMullan discuss the All-Star draft (2:20), the third star of a Big Three (7:50), Kyrie and surgery threats (13:25), the NBA and gambling (32:20) and more NBA Countdown stories (46:25). Plus, Kevin Pelton, Kaileigh Brandt and Andrew Han ponder if social media is making everyone crankier (54:40).
Jan 26, 2018
Dwane Casey, Toronto Raptors head coach
1:01:58
Marc Spears, Chris Haynes and Amin Elhassan call Raptors coach Dwane Casey to discuss the head coach firings this season (2:45), the difficulty in changing styles (9:45), figuring out how to beat LeBron (21:45), the young Raptors (28:00), working with GM Masai Ujiri (38:05), coaching abroad (41:40), Drake (50:35) and Kentucky (52:45).
Jan 25, 2018
Going around the Association
1:01:23
Kevin Arnovitz chats with NBA writer Tom Haberstroh about how to make sense of the Cavs (0:40), scheduling and conference alignments (22:55), the crankiness around the league (38:00) and the Bucks situation (47:00).
Jan 24, 2018
NBA soap opera recap
54:23
Andrew Han, Nick Friedell and Chris Forsberg discuss what it's like to become a meme (1:00), Love drama in Cleveland (8:20), Kidd gone in Milwaukee (15:15), Kawhi's unworldly trade value (25:10) and Lillard's meeting in Portland (29:55). Plus, Kevin Pelton and Kaileigh Brandt answer listener questions (34:05).
Jan 23, 2018
We need to talk about the Spurs
42:56
Ramona Shelburne, Michael C. Wright and Ohm Youngmisuk discuss reports of a fraying relationship between Kawhi Leonard and the Spurs (1:25), his injury (8:10), Tony Parker (21:55), potential life after Pop (27:50) and Cavs disarray (31:00).
Jan 22, 2018
Being petty and dumping salary
1:11:50
Brian Windhorst, Andrew Han, Brandon Lowe and Tim MacMahon go behind the scenes of NBA Countdown (3:30), secret tunnels in L.A. (11:30), potential Houston trades (25:20) and what to do with Kemba Walker (38:30). Plus, Kevin Pelton, Kaileigh Brandt and Han on the merits of doing your own research (57:35).
Jan 19, 2018
Damian Lillard, Portland Trail Blazers star
31:29
Chris Haynes and Marc Spears get on the line with Trail Blazers star Damian Lillard to talk about All-Star selections (4:20), market size (7:40), being a franchise legacy (10:20), staying connected to his neighborhood and more.
Jan 18, 2018
What Is Kyrie Irving Chasing?
49:28
Doubletruck Stories: The inside story of Irving's last year in Cleveland, from his relationship with LeBron James to his demand to leave to what he is hoping to find as a member of the Boston Celtics. By Jackie MacMullan.
Jan 17, 2018
In the green room with Jackie MacMullan
35:39
Kevin Arnovitz hangs out with Jackie MacMullan in the ESPN green room to chat about NBA profanity (1:20), the Clippers (5:40), the Kings (16:05) and Jackie Mac stories (23:15).
Jan 17, 2018
Are the Rockets and Clippers rivals?
50:25
Tim MacMahon, Andrew Han, Bobby Marks, Chris Forsberg and Nick Friedell break down the postgame fracas in L.A. (2:10), officiating difficulties (11:05), most calculated players (20:30) and if the Clippers and Rockets are rivals (25:05). Plus, Kevin Pelton, Kaileigh Brandt and Han answer listener questions (36:05).
Jan 16, 2018
Cavs-Warriors II, Lakerland, MLK
28:52
Cassidy Hubbarth, Chiney Ogwumike and Ramona Shelburne assess Cavs-Warriors II (3:00), what the options are for the Cavs (9:35), CP3's return to LA (12:20), what to do in Lakerland (16:35) and the importance of MLK day (21:05).
Jan 15, 2018
Cavs keep pulling us back in
1:08:29
Brian Windhorst, Andrew Han, Brandon Lowe and Tim MacMahon on the Cavs' losses (4:40), if it's time to panic in Cleveland (18:00), really reckless trade speculation (28:10) and figuring out Boogie's future (37:40). Plus, Kevin Pelton and Kevin Arnovitz discuss the demography and makeup of the NBA fan (57:40).
Jan 12, 2018
Elton Brand, former NBA star and current G League GM
49:30
Marc Spears and Amin Elhassan chat with former NBA star and current Delaware 87ers GM Elton Brand about his post-playing career (4:40), rap battles with Shaq (15:20), Lou Williams (21:25), playing for Donald Sterling (27:55) AAU with Ron Artest and Lamar Odom (35:35) and college recruiting visits (42:30).
Jan 11, 2018
Kent Bazemore, Atlanta Hawks wing
35:18
Kevin Arnovitz chats with Kent Bazemore of the Atlanta Hawks about cycling and fatigue (2:45), minutes played and travel (16:15) and beefing with the referees (29:40).
Jan 10, 2018
Tribute videos, charter vs. commercial travel, player camaraderie
42:02
Andrew Han, Chris Forsberg, Bobby Marks and Nick Friedell discuss tribute video issues (2:20), commercial travel vs. team charters (13:25) and DeRozan and Lowry not talking to each other their first year together (22:15). Plus, Kevin Pelton and Kaileigh Brandt answer listener questions (29:15).
Jan 09, 2018
What to do about LaVar?
41:47
Cassidy Hubbarth, Chiney Ogwumike and Ramona Shelburne break down what the Lakers are supposed to do about LaVar and the Balls (3:00) and Paul George's homecoming in LA (36:40).
Jan 08, 2018
ROY candidates, revisiting the Kyrie trade
1:26:11
Brian Windhorst, Tim MacMahon, Brandon Lowe and Jackie MacMullan discuss ROY candidates (8:20), East and West parity (16:15), player of the month (23:10), recent Wolves draftees (28:00) and revisit the Kyrie trade (34:10). Plus, Kevin Pelton, Kaileigh Brandt and Andrew Han analyze the aftereffects of Jason Collins' announcement nearly five years ago with Kevin Arnovitz (1:05:40).
Jan 05, 2018
Name-dropped by Chappelle or Drake?
47:56
Amin Elhassan, Marc Spears and Chris Haynes ring debate whether it's cooler to be name-dropped in a Dave Chappelle set or a Drake song (7:25), player references in music (20:30), how Kyrie Irving got his handles (28:55) and regions claiming players (33:15).
Jan 04, 2018
Are the Thunder who we think they are?
35:03
Kevin Arnovitz and Royce Young discuss the expectations for the Thunder (3:20), Melo's role (6:50), what we learn about OKC when looking players who have left (16:55) and if the NBA is a civic pastime in Oklahoma now (28:55).
Jan 03, 2018
Disrespectful dunks, Isaiah's return, Wolves
49:40
Nick Friedell, Andrew Han and Chris Forsberg on Anthony Davis' disrespectful dunk (2:20), Isaiah Thomas' impending return (10:00) and what's in store for the Timberwolves (18:50). Plus, Kevin Pelton and Kaileigh Brandt answer listener questions (34:30).
Jan 02, 2018
Rich Paul, Klutch Sports Group
1:16:46
Chris Haynes, Marc Spears and Amin Elhassan speak with sports agent Rich Paul about his early dreams (6:30), his perspective on Nerlens Noel and Eric Bledsoe (20:40), LeBron free agency plans (28:05), thoughts on LaVar Ball (32:15), feelings on the music industry (38:35), future business plans (48:10) and music artists (56:50).
Dec 25, 2017
Sliding Celtics, what-if Kyrie deals, Rockets
1:15:42
Brian Windhorst, Tim MacMahon, Jackie MacMullan and NBA Countdown producer Brandon Lowe talk about the regressing Celtics (7:30), the future for Isaiah Thomas (19:10) and Banana Boat odds in Houston (33:20). Plus, Kevin Pelton, Kaileigh Brandt and Andrew Han on the scariness of change (57:05).
Dec 22, 2017
Baron Davis, former NBA star
44:19
Marc Spears and Amin Elhassan share their favorite Baron Davis stories (3:00), then chat with Baron about his legacy (20:50), playing for the worst owner in sports (28:50), what players catch his eye (37:45) and thoughts on LiAngelo Ball and UCLA (40:30).
Dec 21, 2017
Isaac Chotiner, Slate.com
53:07
Kevin Arnovitz and Isaac Chotiner of Slate assess the ascending Rockets (1:40), if the Warriors are impervious (21:15), the nature of NBA fandom (26:10) and the philosophy of player rest (37:00).
Dec 20, 2017
Are there any other East contenders?
59:01
Dave McMenamin, Ian Begley, Chris Forsberg and Nick Friedell discuss whether any other team can come out of the East (1:15), defensive stoppers (15:30), surprise teams (22:00) and beat reporting stories (30:00). Plus, Kevin Pelton, Kaileigh Brandt and Andrew Han answer listener questions (42:25).
Dec 19, 2017
Kobe, Kobe, Kobe
37:48
Cassidy Hubbarth, Chiney Ogwumike and Ramona Shelburne chat about Kobe Bryant's jersey retirement (1:30), Kobe disciples (10:00), Sixers-Thunder (25:10) and Chiney's scandalous story from her other podcast (33:05).
Dec 18, 2017
Harden and Rockets, Kawhi and Spurs
47:19
Brian Windhorst, Tim MacMahon and Jackie MacMullan discuss the surging Rockets (2:20), James Harden's MVP candidacy (15:45), Kawhi Leonard and the Spurs (20:00), the NBA referee turnover (29:40) and appropriate travel attire (36:30).
Dec 15, 2017
Player rappers, PG-13 and OKC, cold weather ASG
1:06:46
Amin Elhassan, Chris Haynes and Marc Spears chat about player rappers (7:35), what to do with OKC and Paul George (28:15) and share stories from cold weather All Star Games (44:50).
Dec 14, 2017
The Greatest Story Ever Trolled
49:22
Doubletruck Stories: Joel Embiid has turned the Sixers' famed process into performance art, and everyone is feeling merry and bright-for now. By Ramona Shelburne.
Dec 13, 2017
Trusting the Sixers
1:00:04
Pablo Torre, Kevin Arnovitz and Jackie MacMullan discuss Ben Simmons (6:15), Joel Embiid (14:25), Brett Brown (19:00), re-litigating "The Process" (24:55), Sam Hinkie (40:15) and the future for Philly (47:30) in advance of Thunder-Sixers on Friday, Dec. 15 on ESPN.
Dec 12, 2017
Twitter Listener Questions
32:37
Kevin Pelton, Kaileigh Brandt and Andrew Han answer listener questions submitted via Twitter (0:30) and unpack the athlete outreach to a bullying video that went viral on social media (12:50).
Dec 11, 2017
Rookies, media dining, Hayward, gambling
1:10:06
Brian Windhorst, Tim MacMahon and Jackie MacMullan chat about Utah's Donovan Mitchell and the draft (3:30), Nerlens Noel and media-room dining (14:35), Gordon Hayward and the Celtics (23:55) and sports gambling (42:25). Plus, Kevin Pelton, Kaileigh Brandt and Andrew Han on loving success vs. fearing failure (54:20).
Dec 08, 2017
Randy Williams, close friend of Kevin Durant
43:30
Amin Elhassan, Chris Haynes and Marc Spears chat with Randy Williams, close friend of Kevin Durant, about KD stories at Texas (2:45), Durant's move from OKC to Oakland (10:55) and the Balls on AAU circuit before the buzz (27:20).
Dec 07, 2017
Daryl Morey, Houston Rockets GM
44:26
Kevin Arnovitz has breakfast with Houston GM Daryl Morey at Nate'n Al Delicatessen to discuss how Mike D'Antoni was hired (5:45), player evaluation (19:45) and the Rockets defense (27:30).
Dec 06, 2017
KD-Boogie scuffle, Thunder, Westbrook
1:03:55
Royce Young, Tim MacMahon, Bobby Marks, Cristina Daglas and Andrew Han examine the Durant-Boogie kerfuffle (2:10), the Thunder (15:45) and Russell Westbrook (39:25). Plus, Kevin Pelton, Kaileigh Brandt and Han answer listener questions (45:45).
Dec 05, 2017
Spurs, Livingston, Embiid, too early MVP talk
58:10
Cassidy Hubbarth, Chiney Ogwumike, Ramona Shelburne and Andrew Han investigate the state of the Spurs (2:00), Thunder (15:05), the Livingston ejection (21:40), Embiid shade investigations (33:30) and early MVP talk (44:40).
Dec 04, 2017
Grizzlies, Clippers, Thunder and Spurs
58:15
Tim MacMahon, Michael C. Wright and Nick Friedell talk about what's going on with the Grizzlies (4:40), Clippers (15:45), Thunder (18:10) and Spurs (26:55). Plus, Kevin Pelton, Kaileigh Brandt and Andrew Han take listener questions (40:45).
Dec 01, 2017
LeBron's ejection, Lonzo, Fizdale's firing
51:31
Marc Spears, Chris Haynes and Marcus Thompson of The Athletic get together to chat about music tastes growing up (1:40), LeBron's ejection (15:55), Lonzo avoiding scuffles (22:30) and Fizdale's firing in Memphis (37:35).
Nov 30, 2017
Omri Casspi, Golden State Warriors
38:36
Kevin Arnovitz chats with Golden State wing Omri Casspi on joining the Warriors, player misconceptions, his early career as a Jewish player and basketball in Israel.
Nov 29, 2017
Rose, Durant in OKC, Shade Investigation
48:52
Cassidy Hubbarth, Chiney Ogwumike and Ramona Shelburne discuss the unexpected Derrick Rose hiatus (2:50), Durant's return to OKC (23:50) and shade investigation (41:50).
Nov 27, 2017
Thanksgiving Special
1:18:36
Brian Windhorst, Rachel Nichols and Amin Elhassan share travel horror stories (8:55), the NBA's Thanksgiving strategy (25:15) and catfishing (35:35). Plus, Kevin Pelton, Kaileigh Brandt and Andrew Han answer listener questions (56:20).
Nov 22, 2017
Lakers, Butler iced, Embiid and Sixers, Isaiah
1:00:10
Cassidy Hubbarth, Chiney Ogwumike, Andrew Han and Ohm Youngmisuk talk about the Lakers (2:30), if the circus around Lonzo matches early LeBron (13:15), Jimmy Butler getting iced (23:50), Embiid shade investigation (29:40), Sixers (35:10) and Isaiah Thomas (49:05).
Nov 20, 2017
Rockets, Celtics, Towns' marijuana stance, sliding Clippers
1:43:20
Brian Windhorst, Tim MacMahon and Nick Friedell talk Rockets and Celtics (4:55), Towns' marijuana advocacy (28:45), the sliding Clippers (41:15), a Portis-Mirotic update (49:05) and Jody Avirgan on the 30 for 30 podcast Hoodies Up (1:02:35). Plus, Kevin Pelton, Kaileigh Brandt and Andrew Han take questions (1:21:20).
Nov 17, 2017
Ben Simmons, Fultz, Kuzma, Intimidating Arenas
53:25
Amin Elhassan and Marc Spears are joined by Keith Pompey to talk about the expectations on the Sixers (7:50), intimidating arenas (13:30), Ben Simmons (27:00), Markelle Fultz (30:55) and if Kyle Kuzma is the best Lakers rookie (43:00).
Nov 16, 2017
Young Sixers, Fun Knicks
39:07
Kevin Arnovitz and Chris Herring marvel at the young Sixers (0:35), the unique Ben Simmons (15:50), how history will view Sam Hinkie (25:00) and how fun it is to be a Knicks fan again (28:55).
Nov 15, 2017
Petty Cavs, Blooming Celtics, Road Stories
53:35
Jorge Sedano, Baxter Holmes, Chris Forsberg and Dave McMenamin talk about the Cavs in New York(0:55), the Celtics' lofty position (11:10), if Cleveland takes Boston seriously (21:30) and road stories (24:20). Plus, Kevin Pelton, Kaileigh Brandt and Andrew Han answer listener questions (36:40).
Nov 14, 2017
Streaking C's, Rolling Thunder, Rockets role players
49:11
Cassidy Hubbarth, Chiney Ogwumike and Ramona Shelburne discuss the streaking Celtics (3:30), the Thunder star power (16:20), Rockets role players (28:20) and shade investigations (36:50).
Nov 13, 2017
Cavs-Rockets, Ray Allen, struggling Thunder
1:07:30
Brian Windhorst, Tim MacMahon and Jackie MacMullan discuss Cavs-Rox (3:10), how much Cleveland misses Kyrie (12:00), Ray Allen (21:30) and OKC's struggles incorporating stars (34:50). Plus, Kevin Pelton, Kaileigh Brandt and Andrew Han ruminate on a listener question (49:10).
Nov 10, 2017
Former Phoenix Suns coach Earl Watson
56:52
Chris Haynes, Amin Elhassan and Marc Spears speak with former Phoenix Suns coach Earl Watson about what happened this season (5:15), Eric Bledsoe's situation (14:35), his days at UCLA with Baron Davis (28:40), Kansas basketball (34:15), the death of his brother (39:30) and one hot take (45:20).
Nov 09, 2017
NBA insider Alex Spiro
34:18
Kevin Arnovitz speaks with attorney Alex Spiro about his interactions with players, teams, the league and how good his hometown Boston Celtics look.
Nov 08, 2017
Bledsoe and Bucks, Wolves, Listener questions
1:00:40
Jorge Sedano, Baxter Holmes and Nick Friedell break down LeBron's Instagram post (0:38), Bledsoe to the Bucks (2:45), the state of the Wolves (14:50) and what's left of the Bulls after Portis-Mirotic (22:20). Plus, Kevin Pelton, Kaileigh Brandt and Andrew Han answer listener questions (36:15).
Nov 07, 2017
Big performances, Melo's ejection, Warriors-Cuban
1:08:27
Cassidy Hubbarth, Chiney Ogwumike and Ramona Shelburne discuss Harden and Porzingis' big performances (1:55), if LeBron's 57-pointer was more impressive (23:25), Melo's ejection (39:10), Warriors and Cuban (46:20) and shade investigation (58:45).
Nov 06, 2017
Kyrie conspiracies, Cavs' struggle, meals on Pop
52:06
Brian Windhorst, Tim MacMahon, Kaileigh Brandt, Andrew Han and Kevin Pelton discuss Kyrie's double down on conspiracy theories (3:30), the Cavs' continued struggles (13:20) and meals on Popovich (28:30). Plus, Kevin and Kaileigh open shop to answer questions (37:10).
Nov 03, 2017
Surprising Magic, NBA life as a Muslim
50:45
Amin Elhassan and Marc Spears are joined by former NBA player Tariq Abdul-Wahad to talk about the Magic (2:30), Dubs-Spurs (9:15), life in the NBA as a Muslim (16:50), Lonzo vs. Lillard (46:25) and what Olajuwon does with cognac (31:30).
Nov 02, 2017
Small Sample Size Theater
45:56
Are the Celtics better than we thought (3:25), are the Knicks a .500 team (9:50), how good is Ben Simmons (13:40) and is Wiggins already fully formed (19:30)? Kevin Arnovitz and Kevin Pelton investigate in Small Sample Size Theater.
Nov 01, 2017
Slow Cavs, Ringzz, Porzingis, Thunder, Wolves
54:52
Jorge Sedano, Baxter Holmes, Ian Begley and Royce Young on if they're concerned about the Cavs (1:00), "ringzz" as a legacy grade (9:40), Porzingis and the Knicks (19:50) and how the Thunder (26:45) and Wolves (38:50) look so far.
Oct 31, 2017
Slow start for Cavs-Dubs, top of the West, travel horror stories
40:00
Cassidy Hubbarth, Chiney Ogwumike and Ramona Shelburne ask if it's too soon to panic about the Cavs and Warriors (1:05), the top of the West (16:10), travel horror stories (24:15) and shade investigations (31:45).
Oct 30, 2017
BONUS: 30 for 30 Season Two Sneak Peek
51:42
The Hoop Collective shares the trailer for Season Two of 30 for 30 Podcasts, launching November 14th, as well as one of our favorite episodes from Season One, Yankees Suck.
Oct 30, 2017
Sixers, surprising Clippers, coaching hot seats
1:01:24
Brian Windhorst, Tim MacMahon and Jackie MacMullan talk about the interesting week with the Sixers (7:00), the preposterous young big men in the league (15:20), the surprising Clippers (24:00), Boogie's night back in Sac (54:20) and storytime with Jackie Mac (38:15).
Oct 27, 2017
Boogie Returns to Sacto, Suns' Dysfunction Junction
55:41
Amin Elhassan, Marc Spears and Chris Haynes talk about DeMarcus Cousins' return to Sacramento (4:10), Spears story time around a young Melo (15:30) and the mess in Phoenix (33:28).
Oct 26, 2017
Memphis Grizzlies and Pro Wrestling
20:46
Kevin Arnovitz and Andrew Han spend a few days with the Memphis Grizzlies and discover how the city's pro wrestling history informs the team's game operations as Grizz (the mascot) prepares for a stunt.
Oct 25, 2017
Phoenix fiasco, the Brow, Bay Area villains, Lakers
51:24
Jorge Sedano, Israel Gutierrez and Baxter Holmes talk about the mess in Phoenix (1:13), Anthony Davis and the Pelicans (15:00), if the Warriors are villains (25:10), Lonzo and the Lakers' future (32:50) and week one hot takes (46:40).
Oct 24, 2017
Wiggins' winner, shooting yips, Giannis' rise, Warriors
55:04
Cassidy Hubbarth, Chiney Ogwumike and Ramona Shelburne discuss the first week of the NBA: Wolves-Thunder (1:03), shooting yips (9:25), Bledsoe tweets (18:36), shade investigations (25:15), Giannis' rise (32:30) and motivating the Warriors (42:33).
Oct 23, 2017
Lonzo, Rockets, Thunder and lottery reform
Brian Windhorst, Tim MacMahon and Jackie MacMullan chat about Lonzo (and LaVar's) NBA debut with the Lakers (4:00), first thoughts on the Rockets (14:55) and Thunder (23:45) and Mark Cuban's proposed lottery reforms (39:20).
Oct 20, 2017
Spurs' Equality Message
Amin Elhassan and Marc Spears speak with Knicks GM Scott Perry about taking over the Knicks, his time with the Pistons and how non-athlete minority personnel can rise in a front office. Then, Michael C. Wright joins to talk about the Spurs' protest and does LaMarcus Aldridge have a burner billboard?
Oct 19, 2017