Open Floor: SI's NBA Show

By Sports Illustrated

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Hosted by Andrew Sharp and Ben Golliver, SI’s Open Floor podcast brings you breakdowns of the biggest news, moves and more from around the NBA.

Episode Date
20 NBA Draft Questions on Trae Young, Marvin Bagley, Luka Doncic, and More
01:16:45

On today's show Andrew Sharp and Ben Golliver celebrate the eve of the NBA Draft by reminding you that Open Floor will be broadcasting live on SI's Draft Show Thursday night. Then: the combine interview process, whether Jaren Jackson Jr. can sell you a pen, and what type of utensil Lonnie Walker Jr. would be. From there: the importance of franchise stability, the strange lack of buzz around Trae Young, the draft process adventures of Michael Porter Jr., the boom-or-bust potential of Marvin Bagley Jr., the Dwight Howard trade, how the Warriors will infuriate everyone, and what to make of Mo Bamba. At the end: Wendell Carter Jr as a sleeper, Luka Doncic as the number one pick, the next generation of Giannis Inc., and why there was no Open Floor draft party at a Brooklyn Buffalo Wild Wings.

Jun 21, 2018
Kawhi Trade Odds, Trouble at the Monastery, Big Decisions in Boston
01:11:28

On today's show Andrew Sharp and Ben Golliver get together for a Monday morning podcast to discuss the impending trade of Kawhi Leonard and everything that comes with it. First: What went wrong in San Antonio? How will the perception of Kawhi change after the way this year unfolded? Where do the Spurs go from here? Also, Golliver demands that everyone take a moment to appreciate Tim Duncan. Then (33:00): Where does Kawhi go next? The Lakers are the favorites (-140) but there are several obstacles, beginning with questions about whether Brandon Ingram has as much potential as it seems. The Kings could also get involved. The Celtics have a big decision to make. An unknown party in Philadelphia will make some calls as well. The field (Nuggets, Bulls, Knicks, Heat, Cavs, Clippers) is a real possibility. And there is always the nuclear option if the Sixers want to get crazy.

Jun 18, 2018
Regrettable Lakers Diss Tracks, LeBron and The Process, Drafting Ayton
01:19:59

On today's show Andrew Sharp and Ben Golliver celebrate the beginning of NBA summer. First: the winners of Open Floor's Bracket Challenge, Lakers diss tracks, Paul George as a glorified Jeff Green, the future of Russ in OKC, Carmelo's South Beach destiny, and Kevin Love as the canary in the coal mine. Then: Lavar Ball has takes (32:00), Steve Kerr and Bob Myers have jokes (44:00), and would the Sixers signing LeBron James (48:00) be proof that the Process worked? At the end (60:00): Discussing Deandre Ayton, reasons to draft him, reasons to worry about big man investments, questions about Luka Doncic and Jaren Jackson Jr., and the realities of this draft class.

Jun 15, 2018
Wrapping Up The Finals, Offseason Rapid Fire, Early Draft Takes
01:22:32

On today's show Andrew Sharp and Ben Golliver finish wrapping up the NBA Finals and begin to look to the offseason. First: a ceasefire (not a surrender) regarding the Kevin Durant debate, whether the NBA is broken and ruined in the Warriors era, how Durant and Curry could get even better going forward, and how the Golden State dynasty might eventually come undone. Then (35:00): LeBron's Finals, whether he quit in Game 4, the bi-weekly legacy update, and whether an eyepatch would have been a better accessory than a cast. From there (50:00): Offseason rapid fire including superteam potential, Paul George as the most important domino, the Celtics as the new Spurs, Kawhi Leonard as a Clipper, and more. At the end (68:00): An early look at the NBA Draft, Luka Doncic vs. DeAndre Ayton, ideal Doncic destinations, and the depths of basketball addiction.

Jun 12, 2018
The Kevin Durant Game, The Rodney Hood Game, Final Colangelo Thoughts
01:19:48

On today's show Andrew Sharp and Ben Golliver discuss all things NBA Finals. First, they recount the thrills of the Rodney Hood game and a Game 3 that was way more fun than it should have been. Then they talk about the spectacular night of Kevin Durant (12:00), what that performance says about his place in the league, his future with Golden State, and the difference between these Warriors titles and the Cavs in '16. Then Sharp recounts his journey through the content machine (37:00) after a week of "reporting" gone awry. From there (45:00) they discuss the NBA media's treatment of LeBron vs. Durant, whether Warriors domination is secretly helping LeBron's legacy, and how that could shape this summer. At the end (63:00): Final thoughts on Bryan Colangelo, the proper level of sympathy, the future of NBA social media, Instagram, and Ben's minivan.


Jun 08, 2018
Cavs-Warriors Reset, LeBron Free Agency Theories, Coffee Shop Revisionism
01:17:53

On today's show Andrew Sharp and Ben Golliver take stock of the Finals after the first two games. Topics include: Ben's new minivan, Ty Lue's Rodney Hood plans, a defense of J.R. Smith, reactions to that excruciating Game 1 video, and preferences for the length of this series. Then: a question about future Warriors challengers (30:00) becomes a discussion of why LeBron should go to the Spurs, and then another look at Boston's future. From there they move to LeBron and the state of the Sixers investigation (41:00), the rise of isolation offense and interchangable defenses (55:00), and the NBA's terrible new for instant replay. At the end (70:00) a return to the coffee shop to discuss the Kyrie trade, revisionist history, and Osho. 

Jun 06, 2018
Legendary LeBron Game, J.R. Smith Nightmare, Colangelo Burner Accounts
01:16:56

On today's show Andrew Sharp and Ben Golliver talk through Game 1 of the NBA Finals. First, they discuss an all-time LeBron performance and the frustration of the Cavs loss, the perplexing officiating decisions down the stretch, and the outlook for the rest of the series. Then they talk through the J.R. Smith nightmare (23:00), George Hill's missed free throw, Jordan Clarkson vs. Rodney Hood, the Warriors performances, and the most on-brand game imaginable for Draymond Green. At the end (52:00): The NBA's latest burner account scandal, the mind-bending week of news in Philadelphia, implications for the Sixers future, explanations for what happened, and other thoughts on the strangest NBA story of the year. 


Jun 01, 2018
The Rockets Were Awesome, Future Warriors Questions, LeBron Breaks Boston
01:12:30

On today's show Andrew Sharp and Ben Golliver pick up the pieces after a pair of Game 7s. First, they talk through the end of Warriors-Rockets, including the performance of Houston's role players, Golden State's mental toughness, Golden State's bizarre first half, Mike D'Antoni's cruel fate, asterisks in the wake of the CP3 injury, and the state of Playoff Harden discourse. Then (31:00): they discuss Kevin Durant's strange series, a cryptic post-game comment, and the future of Steve Kerr. At the end (47:00): they talk through LeBron's absurd performance in Game 7, why the LeBron conversation has become slightly annoying, lessons from his reign of his terror in the East, and whether Golden State will have an answer for Rodney Hood in the NBA Finals.

May 29, 2018
Rockets Hater Reckoning, So Many Warriors Questions, All-NBA Fixes
01:12:26

On today's show Andrew Sharp and Ben Golliver connect late Thursday night and begin by trying to process the final few minutes of Warriors-Rockets Game 5. Then (6:00): Sharp has to answer for a lifetime of Rockets slander, they talk KD and Steph, Golden State's bench, Playoff Chris Paul, Playoff James Harden, and more. From there they spend a few minutes checking in with the Cavs and Celtics (42:00). At the end (52:00): Follow-ups to the neutral-site Finals idea, KAT vs. Horford, All-NBA fixes, and more hockey fan listeners.

May 25, 2018
LeBron Strikes Back, Playoffs Have A Blowout Problem, Thibs Has a KAT Problem?
01:16:00

On today's show Andrew Sharp and Ben Golliver begin by discussing the dominant response from LeBron James and the Cavs through Games 3 and 4 in Cleveland (2:00). Topics include: LeBron's strategy for the rest of the series, the Cavs supporting cast stepping up, proper levels of panic in Boston, how the series might look with Kyrie Irving, and whether anyone needs Cavs-Warriors IV. Then they move to the West and discuss the NBA's blowout problems through the Conference Finals (31:00). Topics include: home court advantage, a dream for the NBA Finals in the next decade, the impact of Steph Curry, and the challenge for James Harden through the rest of this series. At the end (60:00): checking in with the Wolves after a week of KAT rumors, continued Thibs angst, and a summer of chaos around the corner.


May 22, 2018
The Kevin Durant Conversation, Drinking Celtics Kool-Aid, Suns Salvation
01:26:53

On today's show Andrew Sharp and Ben Golliver begin by talking through the various threads of Rockets-Warriors. Notes include: another maddening Steph Curry injury, Houston's brilliance in Game 2, Podium Harden, the perfect Draymond game, and more. From there (25:00): they argue about Kevin Durant in Golden State for thirty minutes straight. Then they discuss the cult of the Boston Celtics (56:00), whether Marcus Smart is the best player in the NBA, Brad Stevens vs. LeBron James, and other things. At the end (1:10): how excessive Open Floor cheapshots helped save the Phoenix Suns, Ayton vs. Doncic, and the prophecy in Sacramento. 

May 18, 2018
Celtics Dominate Game 1, More Rockets-Warriors Thoughts, NBA Lottery Preview
01:10:49

On today's show Andrew Sharp and Ben Golliver talk through a dominating performance from Boston in Game 1. Is it time to elevate the Celtics from "cute story" to genuine contender? What happened to LeBron James? Everyone knows Jayson Tatum is a future 12-time NBA All-Star, but is Jaylen Brown still underrated? Does the performance in Game 1 change the outlook of the series? And what will you tell your kids about The Rodney Hood Game? Then: Final thoughts before the Warriors-Rockets series (40:00), including the potential offseason implications for Houston if Golden State wins this series easily. At the end (55:00): The magic of NBA Lottery night, lottery simulations, and a quick run through some of the scenarios in play on Tuesday.

May 14, 2018
Conference Finals Survival Odds, Big Game James, Sixers Panic vs. Perspective
01:15:58

On today's show Andrew Sharp and Ben Golliver look back at Sixers/Celtics and preview the Conference Finals. They begin by discussing the Conference Finals in the context of the re-seeding conversation (1:00), and then discuss whether the Rockets or Celtics survive longer in the Conference Finals. Then they go into depth on Rockets-Warriors (16:00), including whether Houston is the Toronto of the West, whether Clint Capela can play in this series, the implications of the Hamptons 5 nickname, Chris Paul against the Jazz, and James Harden's playoff history. At the end (44:00): Missing Kyrie Irving, next year's Boston roster, the last two weeks of LeBron James, the proper level of concern for the Sixers and Ben Simmons, hate-listening to rival podcasts, and handicapping the Cavs-Celtics rematch.

May 11, 2018
All Things Sixers/Celtics, Raptors Facts, Coaching News Roundup
01:21:00

On today's show Andrew Sharp and Ben Golliver begin by talking through the many angles of Sixers-Celtics. What has gone wrong for Philly through the first four games? What can we learn from the TJ McConnell game? Who's been most impressive: Brad Stevens, Jayson Tatum, or Al Horford? What's the proper fashion etiquette for in-game twin support? And which of these teams has the brighter future? Then: they bid farewell to Toronto with some Raptors facts (39:00), talk Masai's next steps this summer, and introduce a potential solution in the MJ-LeBron debate. At the end (60:00): David Fizdale goes to New York, Igor Kokoskov takes over in Phoenix, Becky Hammon interviews in Milwaukee, Stan Van Gundy leaves Detroit, and Golliver starts a cult. 

May 08, 2018
Raptors in Crisis, LeBron in GOAT Mode, Scary Terry vs. the Sixers
01:13:32

On today's show Andrew Sharp and Ben Golliver begin by talking through the collapse of the Raptors through the first two games in Toronto. What has gone wrong? Which was more demoralizing: Game 1 or Game 2? And where does the franchise go from here? Then they talk through LeBron's dominance in this series (17:00) and the evolution of his game over the past few years. From there they move to Boston (29:00) where the Celtics are looking like the most complete organization in the NBA, while the Sixers have questions: What happened to Ben Simmons? Can Joel Embiid solve Al Horford on defense? Will the Celtics miss shots on the road? At the end (50:00): checking in with Dante Exum and Jazz-Rockets, the latest twists in the Kawhi saga, and Carmelo's future in OKC.


May 04, 2018
BONUS: SI's Lee Jenkins on the Rockets, D'Antoni, Harden, CP3 & LeBron to Houston
00:34:00

On today's show, Ben Golliver catches up with SI senior writer Lee Jenkins to discuss Lee's recent cover story on the Houston Rockets. How did a case of the yips form Mike D'Antoni's coaching philosophy? What tactics has Houston utilized to satisfy its superstars and empower its role players? How serious of a threat to the Warriors are the Rockets? Will James Harden's iso-heavy style work against Golden State? At the end, a discussion of where Houston sits among LeBron James's potential free-agency suitors and how LeBron might find himself needing to employ a different approach in 2018 than he did in 2010 and 2014. Note: Andrew Sharp will return for Friday's regularly-scheduled episode.


May 03, 2018
Cavs Game 7, The Weekend In The West, Final Westbrook Thoughts
01:22:52

On today's show Andrew Sharp and Ben Golliver talk through another weekend of playoff games. First, the incredible day of Rodney Hood and LeBron James in Sunday's Cavs-Pacers Game 7. Then: Should the Raptors be the favorites in Round 2? And what did we learn about the Pacers? From there they move to the state of the Warriors (17:00), who provided a scary reality check to the rest of the NBA against the Pelicans Saturday night. Then: quick takeaways from Rockets-Jazz Game 1 (30:00) and reliving the Game 6 fever dream in Utah Friday night (34:00), including more Donovan Mitchell praise, the Paul George foul, Playoff P's transformation into Loose Lips Paul, and Westbrook vs. Gobert in next year's top 100. At the end: Bucks-Celtics and Celtics-Sixers (52:00), a Wizards-Raptors post-mortem (60:00), reactions to John Wall's end of season comments, and purpose vs. a purpose.

Apr 30, 2018
The Westbrook Roller Coaster, LeBron Goes John Wall, Relationship Advice
01:19:03

On today's show Andrew Sharp and Ben Golliver begin by talking all things Jazz and Thunder. Topics include: the madness of Game 4 in Utah, the ongoing struggles of Carmelo Anthony, Golliver's slow transformation into Jazz superfan, Westbrook's spectacular Game 4, and the week of Russ referendums on the internet. From there they move to the future of Paul George (20:00) and the potential for a Westbrook trade (25:00). Then: LeBron listened to Open Floor and hit a game-winner in Cleveland (30:00), while the Wizards and Raptors are very on brand so far (37:00). Then: some early thoughts on Warriors-Pelicans (42:00), fawning over Donovan Mitchell (48:00), and describing Ben Simmons (52:00). At the end (55:00): Cavs-Warriors in jail, an exclusive report on Giannis vs. the Cantina, Duke players in the NBA, and playoff relationship advice.

Apr 27, 2018
LeBron and the Bizarro Cavs, Bucks Ressurection, Blazers Breakdown
01:14:29

On today's show Andrew Sharp and Ben Golliver talk more playoffs. They begin by discussing whether this year's first round is already better than last year's entire playoffs (2:00), then move to the state of Rockets (8:00), and then the surreal state of the Cavs offense (15:00). From there they move to Wizards-Raptors (26:00), the Bucks evening the series against the Celtics (35:00), Eric Bledsoe vs. Khris Middleton, and the Cantina Controversy heard round the world. At the end (47:00): OKC-Jazz predictions, a quick check-in with the Sixers and the bitter end for the Blazers.


Apr 24, 2018
Masked Madness in Miami, Present Cavs/Future Celtics, Angry Playoff E-mails
01:22:36

On today's show Andrew Sharp and Ben Golliver begin by celebrating the arrival of stars all over the playoffs, and then move to another incredible Sixers/Heat game (5:00). Why is this series so much fun? Who will win the battle over Joel Embiid's mask? And can the Sixers win the East? Then they move to the state of the Cavs (24:00) and the proper level of concern in this Pacers series, an update on the adventures of Playoff P (31:00), the arrival of Donovan Mitchell, and the return of Golliver Studios. From there they move to the Celtics in the playoffs so far (39:00), whether Jaylen Brown is better than Brandon Ingram, the ascent of OG Anunoby (47:00), and big men in the NBA Draft (51:00). At the end (57:00): Bucks, Wizards, Wolves, Ben playing hero ball, and a series of feisty listeners e-mails from the first week of the Playoffs.


Apr 20, 2018
Sixers and Heat, Opening Weekend Reactions, Rockets Traveling Detectives
01:23:45

On today's show Andrew Sharp and Ben Golliver celebrate the opening weekend of the playoffs. First they react to the first two games of the Sixers-Heat series, including the best strategy for defending Ben Simmons, another stubborn masterpiece for Dwyane Wade, and what Philly might look like with Joel Embiid back in the lineup. Then they celebrate the arrival of another legendary Paul George nickname (17:00) and discuss the dynamics in OKC-Utah. From there it's onto Cleveland (22:00) where LeBron James was on autopilot and Victor Oladipo was a superstar. Then: Giannis Inc. hits hard times in Boston (37:00), Kawhi is the biggest story from Warriors-Spurs (45:00), and the Blazers-Pelicans series is as good as expected (55:00). At the end (62:00): Joel Embiid posts an Instagram story, the Wizards are circling the drain, and the Rockets look great and terrifying.


Apr 17, 2018
Open Floor Bracket Challenge, Playoff Power Rankings, Westbrook Spicy Food
01:28:48

On today's show Andrew Sharp and Ben Golliver celebrate the arrival of the NBA Playoffs. First they discuss the Open Floor Globe Playoff Challenge, where listeners can submit brackets to this pool: https://www.nbabracketology.com/group/view/11954. Then they discuss where the first weekend of the playoffs ranks among other tentpole events on the NBA calendar (6:00). From there they rank each playoff matchup (12:00), including Sixers-Heat, Jazz-Thunder (18:00), Blazers-Pelicans (23:00), and more. Then: a discussion of Russell Westbrook and the proper food analogy to describe his game (39:00), an incredibly dark look at the Wizards (47:00), which teams might struggle with playoff officiating (52:00), the state of the Wolves and Nuggets (55:00), final thoughts on the rookie debate after Donovan Mitchell's sweatshirt (1:03), and early thoughts on LeBron in Philly (1:08). At the end (1:12): NBA groupthink and trolling, the state of the Magic, an award for the Phoenix Suns, and a sneak attack from a Hawks fan.  

Apr 13, 2018
Rookie of the Year Royal Rumble, Too Many Coaches, All-NBA Numbers Crunch
01:09:41

On today's show Andrew Sharp and Ben Golliver talk NBA Awards. They begin by revisiting their MVP discussion, including a question on how good the Rockets would be with LeBron instead of Harden, and the rest of their picks for this year's top five. Then they move to Rookie of the Year (14:00), whether Ben Simmons claiming he hasn't noticed another rookie is a good look, why Donovan Mitchell's candidacy is being dismissed too casually, and what Simmons' ceiling really is. From there they move to coach of the year (32:00) in a year where there are too many great coaches to choose from. At the end (40:00): most improved picks, the sixth man of the year, executive of the year, and All-NBA picks. 

Apr 10, 2018
Pre-Playoff Chaos, The Kyrie Injury, Best Players You'd Least Want
01:16:26

On today's show Andrew Sharp and Ben Golliver take of stock of the NBA through the chaotic final week of the season. First (2:00): an update on the Wizards and whether they are worth allocating internet to, and other lessons from Thursday in Cleveland. Then they discuss the Kyrie Irving injury in Boston (10:00), its implications for the playoffs, and how it changes Boston's future. From there: a state of the union for Paul George in OKC (20:00), other players facing scrutiny this postseason including John Wall (36:00), Kyle Lowry (38:00), Draymond Green (42:00), and Jusuf Nurkic (45:00). At the end: The best players in the NBA you'd least want on your team (50:00), Kawhi follow-ups (65:00), shoutout Christian and Scooby, and the Open Floor field trip to Cavs/Raptors. 

Apr 06, 2018
The Harden MVP Episode, Kawhi Trade Ideas, Knicks Coaching Search
01:20:49

On today's show Andrew Sharp and Ben Golliver begin by talking through the NBA's vague definition of MVP (4:00) and then move to the MVP year of James Harden (9:00), whether this season changes his value next to KD, Steph and LeBron, and whether he'll be the unanimous winner in June. Also: what about LeBron's MVP case (19:00)? Then: best and worst case scenarios for this year's Finals MVP (29:00) and the Sixers/Hornets poetry of Brett Brown (34:00). From there: a deep dive into the latest twist in the Kawhi/Spurs Saga (40:00), supermax cold feet, and some fake Kawhi trades that now look more plausible than ever. At the end (61:00): Knicks and Bucks coaching options, the best commentators, and bedtime with Adam Silver.



Apr 04, 2018
Coping with the Embiid Injury, Kevin Durant vs. Blog Boys, KAT Drops 56
01:18:27

On today's show Andrew Sharp and Ben Golliver begin recording five minutes after finding out that Joel Embiid will miss the next 2-4 weeks with a fractured orbital bone. As they sort through their emotions, they discuss why this is Ben's fault and Markelle Fultz shouldn't be blamed (2:00), how much this hurts the playoffs, potential silver linings for the Sixers (10:00), and how this will affect Ben Simmons (18:00). Then: potential playoff race tanking scenarios in Washington and OKC (23:00), reactions to Kevin Durant's war on blog boys (31:00), more thoughts on the dangers of worst day analysis (40:00), rethinking the end of peak Steph Curry (45:00), and the state of Giannis Inc. (50:00). At the end (60:00): minutes management and the Wolves, Karl Towns and e-Sports disrespect, the metric system, Melbourne, Sister Jean beef, and playoff wagers.

Mar 30, 2018
Steph Curry Injury Implications, Sixers Surging, NBA x Amateur Hoops
01:21:29

On today's show Andrew Sharp and Ben Golliver begin by discussing the many implications of the Steph Curry injury and the questions that have emerged as a result. Which West teams could give them trouble in the first two rounds? Does this make the season more interesting, or more frustrating? Does this change the way we think about Steph? And are the Warriors still title favorites? Then: Rudy Gobert and the dangers of judging bad days (30:00), the Celtics and the value of playoff experience (38:00) and the Sixers' stretch of excellence (45:00). At the end (55:00): Steven Adams in OKC, and brainstorming NBA solutions to the broken amateur basketball landscape. 

Mar 27, 2018
Blazers/Raptors Summit, Time Machine Title Race, Most Unimproved Player
01:23:22

On today's show Andrew Sharp and Ben Golliver begin by talking through the Blazers and Raptors (5:00). First: What did we learn from the Blazers winning streak? How close could they play the Rockets in the playoffs? Then they move to the Raptors (16:00). Is this the best challenger LeBron has ever faced in the East? And why should anyone believe Cleveland can guard them in the playoffs? From there they move to Kyrie Irving and John Wall in the top 15 (32:00) and more bizarre Kawhi news out of San Antonio (35:00). Then: the time machine title race (42:00), the most unimproved players of the year (48:00), the Sixers and the Process and the future of Okafor (55:00), Team USA in Melbourne (1:02) and relegating teams to Euroleague. At the end: British slang and team nicknames, our first brickhead NBA star, #TeamTolkien gets the last word, and the internet in Ireland.

Mar 23, 2018
Warriors and Cavs Attrition, Bulls Tanking, Hayward Alternate Ending
01:17:32

On today's episode Andrew Sharp and Ben Golliver begin with quick thoughts after a weekend watching Michigan, Michigan St., UMBC, college refs, Syracuse's zone, and the rest of the NCAA Tournament. Then they move back to the NBA (11:34), where injuries to the Cavs, Warriors, and Celtics are quickly becoming the biggest story of the NBA's stretch run. Can the Cavs survive without Ty Lue? Should the Celtics be worried? Is Steph a system player? And then: is Draymond Green really a top 10 player (20:00), and how does the rest of the top 10 look right now? From there (30:00) they talk Raptors/Thunder, Doc Rivers fines, and lessons for the league after the Bulls failed tanking expedition. At the end (55:00): Adding NBA players to college teams to beat the Wizards, adding Gordon Hayward and Lamarcus Aldridge to the Jazz and Blazers, Steven Adams and Dwight Howard on an island, and more Harry vs. Frodo analysis.

Mar 20, 2018
Your New Favorite Team, Wizards/Celtics, Worst Takes
01:15:25

On today's show Andrew Sharp and Ben Golliver begin by reliving the Wizards/Celtics game on Wednesday night. Then they make their nominations (8:00) for the best bandwagons in basketball for any fans without a favorite team. Nominees include the Milwaukee Bucks, the Miami Heat, the Washington Wizards, the Utah Jazz, the Philadelphia 76ers, and the Los Angeles Lakers. Then they discuss the worst takes of the 2017-2018 season (32:00), including Pistons optimism, Rockets skepticism, and LaVar Ball's Luke Walton thoughts. From there they move to the Blazers (45:00) and Damian Lillard's revenge, the Spurs playoff chances (50:00), and the franchises worth deleting (55:00). At the end: the final word on Minnesota, how to pronounce "Gif", Harry Potter, stranded on an island with Vince Carter, and March Madness picks.

Mar 16, 2018
LeBronzo Part Deux, Warriors Without Steph, Overrated/Underrated Playoff Teams
01:22:34

On today's show Andrew Sharp and Ben Golliver begin by discussing LeBron's weekend in Los Angeles. Why was so the visit to L.A. so underwhelming? What did we learn (if anything) about this current Cavs group? What about Magic and Rich Paul? And who is Juju Smith-Shuster? Then they move to the other contenders, including the Warriors (20:00), whether their continued success despite halfhearted effort should terrify the rest of the NBA, and Sharp's disastrous trolling effort Thursday. Then they play "Overrated and Underrated?" with various contenders (31:00), including discussion of the Rockets, the Raptors, the Bucks, the Pacers, the Sixers, and the field in the Western Conference. At the end (50:00): the progress of Julius Randle, the LeBron All-NBA dilemma, choosing the best version of Shaq, fusing two rosters to beat Golden State, dreaming (or not) about the Wolves, LeBron James Jr., George Karl, and 78 reasons to love the NBA. 

Mar 13, 2018
Ignoring Rockets Warnings, Reseeding the Playoffs, NBA Twitter Greatest Hits
01:11:46

On today's show Andrew Sharp and Ben Golliver begin by discussing the Rockets (6:00) and whether we've all been ignoring signs that they are title contenders. Can anyone in the league stop Harden from getting to the rim? Will the supporting cast show up in the playoffs? And who's more likely to get to the Finals between the Rockets and Raptors? Plus: The case for re-seeding the playoffs begins in Houston this year (18:00) but are we sure there's really a problem? From there (34:00), a theory on Anthony Davis' injuries and a discussion of his ongoing run with the Pelicans. Then (45:00): Kawhi Leonard conspiracies, a discussion of plus/minus statistics, the Nets, and the next team to leave the losers lounge. At the end (60:00): Greatest hits from NBA Twitter, more Minnesota takes, and Golliver's goodbyes.  

Mar 09, 2018
Coach of the Year, East Coast Dame Bias, Sixers/Bucks
01:22:31

On today's show Andrew Sharp and Ben Golliver begin by discussing Gregg Popovich, Brad Stevens, Dwane Casey, and the coach of the year race as the regular season winds down. From there they move to evaluating Celtics free agents (17:00), Larry Nance as a starter in Cleveland (22:00), and the recent excellence of the Blazers and Damian Lillard (26:00). Then: the state of the Sixers and Bucks as they approach the playoffs (36:00) at the end more unsolicited advice for Giannis Antetokounmpo. At the end: unicorn-y unicorn skills (45:00), the most underrated players in the league (55:00), fake Hornets apologies (62:00), and real Pacers apologies (66:00), the Minnesota State fair, Sharp's chances of getting drafted, and Ben's diet.

Mar 07, 2018
Eastern Conference Survey, Adam Silver's Tanking Tour, College Hoops Scandal
01:02:37

On today's show Andrew Sharp and Ben Golliver begin by taking a look around the Eastern Conference, including updates on the Pacers, the Pistons, and the Heat. They also talk through potential playoff matchups -- Toronto-Miami? Milwaukee-Cleveland? Philly-Boston? And then they touch on the LeBron Sixers rumors. From there they move to more discussion of the NBA lottery tournament (22:00), Ben's theory about the best way to solve tanking, and a close reading of the Kevin Durant/LeBron James Uber Commercial. Then they address the college basketball scandal (35:00), the NBA's response, and alternate models going forward. At the end (45:00): Under-23 list omissions Aaron Gordon and Myles Turner, close encounters, and Team Sharp vs. Team Golliver simulated across seven games. 

Mar 02, 2018
The Anthony Davis Reminder, West Playoff Race, Tanking Tournaments
01:18:23

On today's show Sharp and Golliver talk through the first weekend of games since the All-Star Game. At the top, Anthony Davis after an outrageous set of performances against the Heat and Bucks (2:00), including his MVP case, how he stacks up next to the best players in the league, and whether the Pelicans can make a run. Then (13:00): handicapping the chaos in the West, Jimmy Butler's injury and the concerns for the Wolves, Warriors/Thunder Saturday night, Zaza's latest controversy, and Pop's latest recruiting pitch. From there (32:00) they move to the NBA's proposal for a play-in tournament and some tanking solutions that would make more sense. At the end (44:00): Damian Lillard's MVP case, the complicated Nuggets future, the delayed rise of Moreyball, the atmosphere in DC, and the step mom in Golden State. 

Feb 27, 2018
Mavericks Dysfunction, Top 10 Players Under 23, Goodbye Kawhi
01:19:57

On today's show Sharp and Golliver begin by discussing the toxic Mavericks culture brought to light by Jon Wertheim and Jessica Luther in this week's Sports Illustrated investigation. How much did Mark Cuban's behavior inform the culture elsewhere? How will the league respond? And what can be learned from this investigation and others like it? From there, they celebrate a slow week in the NBA by ranking the top 10 young players in the NBA (14:00), including Giannis, Embiid, Porzingis, Jokic, Ingram, Booker, Lonzo, Markkanen, Mitchell, 12-Time Tatum, and more. Then they revisit the Kawhi Leonard situation (45:00) to discuss what's next in San Antonio, and what conclusions can be drawn from this week's news. At the end (1:05) they discuss realignment, expansion, LeBron's objections, and KD's Warriors.

Feb 23, 2018
All-Star Game Reactions, Dunk Contest Angst, Alien Abductions
01:06:38

On today's show Sharp and Golliver check in from Los Angeles to recap NBA All-Star Weekend. First, they talk through a surprisingly not-terrible All-Star game and the ongoing dominance of LeBron James. Plus: the tragic demise of Team Steph, the clutch performance of James Harden, and the arrival of Joel Embiid. From there they move to the rest of the weekend, beginning with Adam Silver's comments on the playoff format (18:00) and LeBron's response to Laura Ingraham. Then (29:00) they talk through the three-point contest, L.A. logistics, Donovan Mitchell and the overdose of dunk nostalgia, the scandalous results on Saturday night, and the dramatic tale of Ben's Rising Stars MVP vote. At the end (44:00): Sneaker brand winners and losers, best All-Star moments, the implications of an alien abduction, and the possibility of LeBron and KD on the same team. 

Feb 19, 2018
Where Art Thou Kawhi, All-Star Storylines, Early Awards Arguments
01:11:12

On today’s Sharp and Golliver are live from a Los Angeles hotel room where they begin by wondering about the fate of the Spurs and Kawhi Leonard for the rest of the season. From there, they discuss Steve Kerr’s coaching decision and the ongoing Warriors riddle, when the Cavs will really miss Kyrie, the Celtics struggles, Isaiah Thomas vs. Rondo, the failed peace summit between Marcin Gortat and John Wall, and All-Stars to watch this weekend. Then: answering some e-mails about Elfrid Payton, last year’s MVP voting, this year’s executive of the year voting, and a Donovan Mitchell conspiracy. At the end: a defense of the mountain time zone, an update on Sharp’s fantasy campaign, and a fair and balanced review.

Feb 16, 2018
Cavs Overreactions, 10 Straight Jazz Wins, and the AD Dark Horse
01:20:41

On today's show Sharp and Golliver begin with 20 minutes of reactions to the new-look Cavs after LeBron James ruined Paul Pierce's retirement party. Questions include: Are the Cavs fixed now? Will Jordan Clarkson ever miss a three? Is Koby Altman the new Jerry West? And then, beyond the Cavs (20:00), what about the rest of the chaotic East? Then they move briefly to the Denver Nuggets (28:00), before focusing on the Utah side of the Rodney Hood trade (32:00) and the Jazz storming through the West (37:00) with 10 straight wins. From there they move to the Lakers (43:00), including a clairvoyant listener and the one Anthony Davis scenario that might make more sense than Boston. At the end (54:00): Khris Middleton's 2019 market value, Derrick Rose ruins a rainy day, Ben Simmons vs. Donovan Mitchell, and a halfhearted Pierce vs. Carmelo debate. 


Feb 13, 2018
Cavs Madness, Lakers Calibrations, and All Things Trade Deadline
01:14:32

On today’s show Sharp and Golliver talk through the trade deadline as the dust settles on wild day in Cleveland. First they talk through how Koby Altman and the Cavs pulled a fun roster out of thin air (1:00), what it changes in East and against the Warriors, the rest of the year for LeBron in Cleveland. Then they discuss the sobering year of Isaiah Thomas (22:00), the future in LA, Danny Ainge’s dark arts, and the possibilities in Lakers free agency. From there they move to thoughts on the national TV Suns (30:00), Tyreke Evans, DeAndre Jordan, Dwyane Wade’s future, Marcus Smart, and a Rose/Thibs reunion. At the end (55:00): mourning Kristaps, preparing for Mudiay to take Manhattan, and worrying about not worrying about the Warriors.

Feb 09, 2018
Reseeding the Playoffs, CBA Questions, NBA Pet Name Hall of Fame
01:30:48

On today's show Sharp and Golliver celebrate the calm before the trade deadline storm. First, after another disastrous Cavs game, when will the NBA think about abandoning conferences and re-seeding the playoffs? How has the current model hurt the East? And what's the best way to fix it? Then (19:00): they circle back to talk about the diminishing returns of today's max contracts, the pitfalls for teams in the middle tier, and the ongoing implications of the failure to smooth the cap in 2016. From there (32:00) they examine LeBron's role as player/GM and how much credit/blame he deserves for the state of the Cavs. At the end (42:00): they discuss Kobe the cat, LeBron the lizard, Rasheed the guinea pig, and 45 minutes worth of NBA pet names, family histories, and the hidden meaning of Ben Golliver's initials.

Feb 06, 2018
Another Warriors Banner, More Blake Takes, Montessori Madness
01:19:20

On today's show Sharp and Golliver begin with some praise for their colleague Rob Mahoney and the Breakaway podcast, and then dive into the bizarre LeBron Warriors rumor (7:00). Is this fake news? Would the Warriors really trade Klay? And how much did Golden State love this news? Then (20 minutes): quick thoughts Mirotic to the Pelicans, Prunty with the Bucks, and the Greg Monroe buyout sweepstakes. From there they offer some follow-up thoughts on the Blake trade (32:00), the Wizards without Wall (38:00), the future of Ten-Time Tatum (48:00) and other All-Star Game thoughts. At the end (55:00): a hot new Lego, Pelicans impostors and bad fan behavior, 90s NBA x 90s hip hop, basketball embarrassments, another dog named Kyrie, and the church of CP3.

Feb 02, 2018
The Blake Blockbuster, Pelicans Darkness, Player Coaches
01:29:49

On today's show Sharp and Golliver begin by discussing the Blake Griffin trade that came out of nowhere Monday night (and forced them to double back for a second phone call). Topics include: the strangely coherent logic coming from the Clippers, the pros and cons of the move from Detroit's side, potential moves LA could make from here, and more. From there (35:00) they discuss the Boogie injury news and the various ways it complicates the future in New Orleans. Then: OKC after Roberson's injury, Vince Carter's past and present, the state of the Hornets, and NBA players who could be coaches. At the end: Travis Scott, Scottie Pippen, and Tony Parker's place in the September 2013 top 100. 

Jan 30, 2018
LeBron's Trade Demand, All-Star Takes, Team World vs. Team USA
01:12:18

On today's show Sharp and Golliver begin by discussing Ben's completely reasonable proposal for LeBron to demand a trade from the Cavs. Where would he go? Why would it make sense? Why won't it happen? And is LeBron becoming the Brett Favre of basketball? Then: they follow-up on Jason Kidd's oral history of his phone call with Giannis (21:00), and discuss the All-Star selections (28:00), All-Star fixes, Team Steph vs. Team LeBron, and All-Star uniforms. At the end (45:00), they answer some follow-up questions regarding Sharp's international basketball feature from last week, including the legend of Kukoc, Jokic in Denver, American players abroad, story time with Nellie, and Team World vs. Team USA. 

Jan 26, 2018
Jason Kidd is Gone, Kawhi Leonard is Distant, Cavs are Cavs-ing
01:07:03

On today's show, Sharp and Golliver react live on the podcast to the news of Jason Kidd's firing in Milwaukee, but first, they begin with a word about profanity and Golliver deconstructing Sharp's personal growth over the past two years. Then they address the report of Kawhi Leonard's frustration in San Antonio (7:00) and the potential implications for both the Spurs and the rest of the league. From there they move to the Cavs (20:00), the pros and cons of LeBron's GM skills, more horrendous defense, a non-endorsement of Ty Lue, and whether there's a suitable challenger in the East. Then they discuss Houston's win against the Warriors this weekend (34:00), before interrupting things when news of Jason Kidd's dismissal trickles in (40:00). Then they discuss the real problems were in Milwaukee, why the move happened how, and why it's a good sign for the Bucks' future. They move to All-Star picks at the end (54:00), including Goran Dragic vs. Andre Drummond, John Wall vs. team meetings, Lou Williams vs. Damian Lillard, and #televisethedraft vs. reality. 

Jan 22, 2018
International Oral History, NBA Fight Club, Markelle Fultz Solutions
01:17:48

On today's show Sharp and Golliver begin by talking through Sharp's oral history of international players adapting to the NBA. Topics include: the bond between international players, the importance of American teammates, the Western Conference and European stylistic influences, the NBA's role in the evolution, and the joys of Dario Saric. From there they hit the mailbag to discuss the NBA's recent spate of fights (33:00), Kawhi's continued injury for the Spurs (39:00), a new Nets pick dream for the Cavs (43:00), accountability for Kings optimism (47:00), and the ongoing Markelle Fultz mystery (55:00). At the end (62:00): dark Wizards thoughts, Lonzo vs. Draymond, Shaq's statue, and Kyrie the dog.

Jan 19, 2018
Clips/Rockets Reactions, Future Draymond, the All-Star Starters
01:01:33

On today's show Sharp and Golliver begin by discussing the fallout from the Clippers and Rockets on Monday night. What did we learn about the Lob City years? Why does everyone hate Blake? And which was more impressive: Chris Paul's passive aggressiveness, or Patrick Beverley's aggressive aggressiveness? From there (21:00), they recap a disturbingly familiar Cavs-Warriors game, marvel at the Kevin Durant cheat code, and wonder about Draymond Green and potential weak links in the Warriors machine. At the end (40:00) they run through their ballots for the All-Star voting and settle arguments like DeRozan vs. Oladipo, Horford vs. Embiid, and Boogie vs. Aldridge.  

Jan 17, 2018
Midseason Fact or Fiction, Bad Draft Comps, Wrapping Up Lavar Talk
01:11:13

On today's show Sharp and Golliver celebrate the halfway point around the NBA by taking stock of a handful of wild cards after the first few months. First, they talk about the Miami Heat (2:00), whether they deserve real praise or generic praise, whether they can scare anyone in the playoffs, and where they will go from here. Then they talk about the red-hot Wolves (15:00) and where they fit in the West hierarchy, the Thunder and whether Paul George is secretly more valuable to title teams than Westbrook (22:00), the Clippers and whether they can make the playoffs (31:00), and the rise of Lauri Markkanen (38:00) forcing Golliver to break from his vegan diet to eat crow. At the end (49:00): they discuss irresponsible draft comps, and revisit their discussion of Lavar Ball (60:00) and the media after a week of good e-mails.

Jan 12, 2018
Lonzo Needs to Step Up, Up Close with Giannis Inc., Extinct Player Comps
01:04:57

On today's show Sharp and Golliver begin by talking through Lavar Ball's comments about Luke Walton. First they discuss the role of Lonzo in all of this (1:00) and wonder why he hasn't stepped forward to explain how he feels about Walton. Then they consider Lavar Ball's role in everything (10:00) and debate whether the media deserves any blame for giving him a platform. From there they move to the Wizards and Bucks on Saturday night (23:00), the state of the Mavericks (30:00), and the players from the mid-2000s who would be even better today (40:00). At the end (47:00): Jimmy Butler is an El-Camino, Dennis Schroeder and the Hawks, and e-mailers compare NBA players to animals throughout history

Jan 09, 2018
In Defense of Lakers Rumors, Isaiah and LeBron, All-Decade Team
01:18:16

On today's show Sharp and Golliver begin by taking stock of what's gone wrong with this season's Lakers (2:00), what's possible this summer, and whether the steady stream of "LOL Lakers" articles make any sense. Then, they discuss Isaiah Thomas' return for the Cavs (19:00), LeBron's staggering numbers 15 years in (24:00), and whether it's possible for either one of them to say something nice about the Celtics (30:00). From there they check in with DeMar DeRozan and the Toronto termites (39:00), Aaron Gordon and the Magic (45:00), and life with Fred Hoiberg in Chicago (52:00). At the end (56:00): they argue about the All-Decade team for the 2010s, listening to sports on the radio, the best old team names, 2018 resolutions, and some final thoughts from #brickheads and a trip to Lego Land. 

Jan 05, 2018
Rockets Reality Check, Debating the New DeRozan, Choose Your Coach
01:16:07

On today's show Sharp and Golliver reunite to provide a post-holidays update to Golliver’s December discussion of Sharp’s crumbling basketball world. After a brief overview at the beginning (1:00), they focus on the Rockets (8:00) and what's become complicated since Houston opened the year looking like the NBA's newest Warriors threat. Then they discuss the excellent year of DeMar DeRozan in Toronto (22:00), his 52-point performance against Khris Middleton, and where he belongs in the hierarchy of NBA stars. From there they move to Ben Simmons and the Sixers' recent struggles (35:00), the NBA's most depressing arenas (42:00), and a few trade possibilities in New Orleans. At the end (53:00) they touch on the value of potential in the NBA Draft and the wild year of Trae Young at Oklahoma, then discuss which coaches they'd want to play for if they were NBA players.

Jan 03, 2018
End of Year of Gratitude, Jimmy Butler Week, Warriors Time Travel
01:11:42

On today's show Sharp and Golliver open the show by giving thanks to the listeners, and then dive into this week's NBA news and discuss the value of Jimmy Butler in Minnesota (4:00). Then they answer more questions from listeners, including the re-programming of NBA defenses and offenses in the modern era (10:00), the rise of the Raptors, historical comparisons for their team, and the complicated conversation about how good they really are (20:00). From there: the 1988 Lakers dropped into 2017 to play against the Warriors (28:00), underwhelming title teams of the past (34:00), and the Torrey Craig story in Denver. At the end (50:00): recommendations for British basketball fans, a correction on Die Hard, more takes on Adult Legos, new Nike jerseys, and the Jazz marketing directly to Golliver.

Dec 29, 2017
Westbrook Strikes Back, Wizards Save Christmas, Cavs-Warriors Takeaways
01:03:23

On today's show Sharp and Golliver get together to talk through takeaways from Christmas Day. First (3:00): they talk through Oklahoma City's win against Houston and the latest twist in the Great Harden-Westbrook War of 2017. Has OKC actually changed? What does it mean if Chris Paul wasn't playing? And if the Thunder stabilize over the next few weeks, how much will that affect their decision on a Paul George trade? Then (21:00): Revisiting old Celtics takes, debating the differences between Bradley Beal and Kyrie Irving, and looking for resolution on whether Christmas is a real holiday. At the end (38:00): Golliver thinks the NBA needs some flex options on Christmas, the Cavs still can't play defense, the Warriors are a different team without Steph, and don't sleep on adult legos.

Dec 27, 2017
Quantifying Apathy, Updated LeBronzo Theories, NBA Christmas Movies
01:23:05

On today’s show Sharp and Golliver celebrate the holiday weekend with an extended mailbag. They begin (4:00) addressing the Wizards, DeMarcus Cousins, and the lack of apathy analytics in today’s NBA. Then: Kyrie’s MVP case and Danny Ainge (18:00), Paul George to San Antonio (23:00), the Cinderella Bulls and the restorative powers of a good punch (28:00), Kyle Lowry and the Raptors as the forgotten stars of 2017 (37:00), and another battle against basic math from Jason Kidd (45:00). At the end (50:00): updated theories on LeBron James to the Lakers, LaVar Ball’s new league and arguments about whether a minor league can succeed, the “What does he do??” all-stars, TV recommendations, NBA teams as Christmas movies, and Golliver ranks the Christmas games.

Dec 22, 2017
MVP, Worst Take, and More Early Season Award Picks
01:00:12

On today's show Sharp and Golliver begin by airing some grievances after Joel Embiid's 49-minute game against the Thunder. Then it's time for awards picks. Real awards include: the early MVP favorites (7:00), Will Barton vs. Eric Gordon for sixth man of the year (16:00), Brad Stevens as the obvious coach of the year, Ben Simmons vs. Donovan Mitchell vs. Jayson Tatum (22:00), and whether Oladipo and Draymond are foregone conclusions after two months. Then: Least valuable player (31:00), worst coach, worst take, best beef (45:00), best troll, and fake news player of the year. 

Dec 19, 2017
Several LeBron Questions, Victor Oladipo Week, Thibs is Spiderman
01:25:55

On today's show Sharp and Golliver get back together to run through a supersized edition of the mailbag. They begin with LeBron (3:00), yet another mind-boggling season in Cleveland, and how he'll eventually be remembered. Then (12:00): Will he go to the Rockets this summer? Would the world implode if LeBron joined a title team? And what happens if the Cavs land Paul George and Marc Gasol? Then, the year of Oladipo in Indiana (33:00) and what it says/doesn't say about Russell Westbrook in OKC. From there they talk Tom Thibodeau in Minnesota (43:00), the playoff-bound Bulls, and the Blazers. At the end (60:00): talking about not talking about the Wizards, Ben Simmons vs. Lonzo Ball, a fantasy basketball odyssey, and GM comparisons. 

Dec 15, 2017
Lee Jenkins on Ben Simmons, LeBron's odes to Mike, & OKC's Paul George dilemma
00:57:59

On today's show, Ben Golliver is joined by SI Senior Writer Lee Jenkins for a deep dive into Lee's recent feature on Ben Simmons. What does Lee make of Philly's rookie sensation and his fit alongside Joel Embiid? What role did LeBron James play in Simmons' development? Why was there a debate about Simmons' natural position? What's next for his outside shot? What does the former No. 1 pick think about his brief NCAA stint? Then, Ben and Lee shift gears to discuss LeBron's recent odes to Michael Jordan, what LeBron made of Kyrie Irving's departure, and whether there's any way LeBron could actually lose a playoff series to the Celtics this year. The episode closes with a check-in on Paul George's fit in Oklahoma City and whether the Thunder's struggles increase the likelihood of LBJ and PG teaming up in 2018. Note: Andrew Sharp will return on Friday. 

Dec 12, 2017
Acknowledging the Rockets, Donovan Mitchell Questions, Luka Doncic Destinations
01:11:52

On today's show Andrew Sharp and Ben Golliver return to answer more questions from listeners, but first (2:00), Golliver explains that Sharp's basketball world is crumbling. To underscore the point, Golliver lays out an extensive of breakdown of recent excellence from the Houston Rockets and James Harden, and then they discuss whether Houston's better than the Curry-less Warriors. From there (18:00) they discuss Donovan Mitchell, whether he's the greatest draft nerd win in history, and whether the Sixers would trade Markelle Fultz for him. Then (34:00): A brief check-in with the Wizards and an update on the bottom half of the West. At the end (44:00): Jason Kidd's battening down the hatches in Milwaukee, preferred destinations for Luka Doncic, NBA writer/player comps, more Open Floor vs. Wildlife, and Ben explains his Apple allegiances.

Dec 08, 2017
The Zombie Cavs, DeAndre Trades, Free Agency Hindsight
01:10:37

On today's show Sharp and Golliver take more questions from listeners and begin by discussing the Cavs resurgence (3:00). Now that they are back from the dead, are they the clear favorites in the East? How will Isaiah change their team? And would Paul George be worth the Nets pick? Then they discuss DeAndre Jordan trade destinations (15:00), including Cleveland, Washington, Milwaukee, and Houston. From there (25:00): they discuss the ghosts of the Wolves' past (Ricky Rubio and Steph Curry) and the puzzling developments of the Wolves' present (Andrew Wiggins and Jimmy Butler). Then (40:00): Reviewing the winners and losers of free agency after the first six weeks of basketball. At the end (55:00): Markelle Fultz and dodgeball, museums, virtual reality, All-Hair team, and Parks and Rec.

Dec 01, 2017
The Westbrook Ceiling, Meltdown in Memphis, Dream Journals
01:20:26

On today's show Sharp and Golliver catch up after their holiday break. They begin by talking through the bigger picture in OKC after one great win against Golden State and two bad losses against Detroit and Dallas. Is Billy Donovan the problem? How does Russell Westbrook affect a team's ceiling? How does Paul George compare to KD? Then (20:00) they discuss the sloppiness in Golden State, and where the Thunder will end up in April. From there (30:00): they break down the Fizdale firing in Memphis, the problems with "blow it up" logic in Memphis, and what Grizz decisions say about the NBA's small market blindspot. At the end (52:00): Pistons love, Lakers and Clippers reality check, pronunciation trauma, Golliver's fandom, the Open Floor survival kit, wine massages, and hosting Saturday Night Live. 

Nov 29, 2017
Thanksgiving Special: Family Arguments and Adjustments to the SI Top 100
00:57:14

On a special post-Thanksgiving episode of the pod, Sharp and Golliver talk through the first month of basketball and discuss who's risen the furthest in SI's Top 100 rankings, and who's fallen. Topics include: the rebirth of Boogie in New Orleans, Karl-Anthony Towns in Minnesota, Robert Covington's meteoric rise in Philly, Russell Westbrook's place in the top 10, market corrections for every Cavs player not named LeBron, properly rating Kyrie in Boston, Kristaps Porzingis vs. Draymond Green and Paul George, Ben Simmons vs. Kyle Lowry, James Harden's place in the NBA hierarchy, Joel Embiid vs. the top 10, and some long-awaited clarity on Devin Booker. 

Nov 24, 2017
Clippers Questions, LeBron and the Sixers, Tryptophan Warriors
01:06:00

On today's show Sharp and Golliver take more questions from listeners and begin by discussing Doc Rivers and the free-falling Clippers. What does this start say about Chris Paul? How long can Rivers last in LA? What happens if they tank? And will Blake Griffin be the first supermax contract to be traded? Then: Becky Hammon and Knicks coaching (20:00), the pros and cons of LeBron James to the Sixers (25:00), Michael Porter Jr.'s season-ending surgery (32:00), and the "Libero" generation of the NBA (35:00). At the end (40:00): they respond to a Raptors/Spurs comparison and remember their podcast roots, they don't talk about LaVar Ball, and they compare Thanksgiving courses to the Golden State Warriors. 

Nov 22, 2017
Warriors/Celtics Reactions, Joel Embiid Owns Los Angeles, Unicorn Discourse
01:08:32

On today's show Sharp and Golliver recap Celtics/Warriors, including thoughts on Jaylen Brown, Boston's defense, Kyrie's offense, and disgust with Golden State for not delivering the blowout that America needed. Other questions: Are the Celtics the new Hawks? Will they be the best team in the East? And are they the next team to beat Golden State? Then (18:00): Golliver recaps his night with the Sixers at Staples Center, and they spend 10 minutes in disbelief at how good the Sixers are, before moving to Lonzo Ball (29:00), and whether the Sixers or Celtics are better positioned to dethrone Golden State. From there (35:00) they discuss the unicorn stampede coming at the All-Star Game, and whether "unicorn" is an acceptable term. At the end (45:00): The best stadium atmospheres, the Greek Leap, Dwight Howard and Eddie Murphy, NBA twitter jokes in real life, and the long-awaited public debut of Ben's magnet collection.  

Nov 17, 2017
Introducing The Front Office, SI's New NBA Draft Site
00:32:58

On a special episode of Open Floor, Sharp welcomes Sports Illustrated's Jeremy Woo to talk about The Front Office, SI's new home for year-round draft coverage. Then, after explaining what the site will be and goals for this year's coverage, they run through a quick discussion of the preseason mock draft Woo released this week (5:00), and discuss early impressions of Luka Doncic, Marvin Bagley, DeAndre Ayton, Michael Porter, and more standouts from next year's draft class. At the end (20:00), they discuss this year's NBA rookies and compare notes on who's shown the highest upside thus far.

Nov 15, 2017
East/West First Month Survey, Kristaps Comps, Jimmy Butler and Klay Thompson
01:09:23

On today's show Sharp and Golliver begin with some friendly encouragement for Steph Curry, and then (8:00) take a look around the strangely fun East, including the Celtics, the Pistons, the Sixers, and an answer to Golliver's Triple AAA analogy. Then (22:00) they talk through the stressful West, including thoughts on the Jazz, the Thunder, the Wolves, the Nuggets, and Rockets. At the end (45:00), they discuss a Kristaps Porzingis comparison, LeBron James Knicks dreams, D'Angelo Russell vs. analytics, Klay Thompson vs. Jimmy Butler, and another nod to Nikola Jokic/Balkan Ben Golliver. 

Nov 14, 2017
Bucks Get Bledsoe, Kyrie as MVP, Ben Simmons Takeover
01:10:01

On today's show Sharp and Golliver take more questions from listeners and begin by breaking down the Eric Bledsoe trade. Was Greg Monroe really the best Phoenix could do? Where were the Nuggets? And (7:00) where does this leave Giannis and the Bucks? What will they do with Kidd? What about Jabari? And did Sharp will the Bledsoe experiment into existence? From there (26:00): they discuss Kyrie Irving's MVP candidacy, the Celtics' Finals chances, and how to explain the firstmonth in Boston. Then (42:00): rethinking the Sixers over/under, the shocking start for Ben Simmons, and how he compares to Giannis. At the end (52:00): an update on OKC and Billy Donovan, Dirk's twilight, NBA dopplegangers, bicycle cautionary tales, and the birth of the Golli Lama.

Nov 10, 2017
LeBron's Response, the Porzingis Ceiling, the Kawhi Mystery
01:10:20

On today's show Sharp and Golliver begin by comparing the Cavs and Thunder, and then (5:00) recap LeBron's 57-point explosion against the Wizards. How did that game affect the mental state of the Wiz? Why didn't anyone double LeBron? Was this karmic payback for too many Reggie Jackson jokes? And what does the win say about the year in Cleveland? Then (24:00): Porzingis has been incredible to start the year. How does it affect the Knicks future, and how good can he be? If Giannis is LeBron of the 2025 banana boat, who else is on the boat? From there (42:00): How does Kawhi compare to Scottie Pippen, Tracy McGrady, and Clyde Drexler? And why isn't his injury a bigger story? At the end (53:00): Lonzo, Linsanity, Australian avocados, and Taco Bell. 

Nov 07, 2017
Trick or Treat NBA, Wolves Anxiety, Back to the Coffee Shop
01:11:10

On today's show Sharp and Golliver begin by taking a look at some of the more impressive starts around the league and using a Halloween gimmick that they should've used on Tuesday. First (2:00), another tribute to Root Canal Reggie and the Pistons, and a closer look at the Jazz, Suns, Hornets, Clippers and Celtics. From there (34:00), we are not worried enough about Cleveland, and Maverick Carter has some thoughts on market size. Then (44:00), Coffee Shop Kyrie wants to start a conversation about the moon landing, Andrew Wiggins and the Wolves are frustrating, and more unsolicited advice for Giannis Inc. At the end: a fantasy hoops update, Delly's avocados, verified social media, and podcast soulmates. 

Nov 03, 2017
What the Hell Cavs, War on Draymond, Root Canal Reggie
01:06:14

On today's show Sharp and Golliver discuss the Cavs after a ghastly run that included losses to the Nets, Pelicans, Magic, and Knicks. How much of these struggles were expected? How concerned should the Cavs be? What does Cleveland's October tell us about LeBron's July? And how will Isaiah Thomas fit? Then (20:00): Reactions to the Wizards-Warriors kerfuffle, a conversation about whether Draymond Green is unfairly targeted by the NBA, and some overdue love for the Orlando Magic. From there (40:00): An early victory lap for the Pacers and Bulls, Ben Simmons as an All-Star, Donovan Mitchell's coming out party, and the magic of Reggie Jackson. 

Oct 31, 2017
The Rookie Golden Age, Wolf Season, Carmelo Hall of Fame
01:06:39

On today's show Sharp and Golliver begin by discussing the Wizards let down against the Lakers, then jump into questions. First (5:00): How impressive have the Celtics young wings been, and what does it mean for the future? What about the rest of the rookies in a historically loaded draft class? Then (16:00) they discuss the state of Ben Simmons, Markelle Fultz, and Brandon Ingram. From there (33:00): they talk more about the Wizards and their Wolf Season, Hassan Whiteside in a smallball world, and the pros and cons of the Boogie experience. At the end (44:00): Carmelo and his hoodie, Carmelo vs. Dwight for the Hall of Fame, the Spurs and Kawhi, Klutch Sports conspiracy theories, and the next move for Giannis Inc. 

Oct 27, 2017
The Suns in Shambles, Early Lonzo Takes, More Mailbag
01:08:18

On today's show Sharp and Golliver begin by discussing the disastrous opening week in Phoenix. How did things get this bad? How much blame does management deserve? And are the Suns the most dysfunctional organization in the league? Then they discuss potential landing spots for Eric Bledsoe and whether the Bucks should deal Malcolm Brogdon or Jabari Parker. At 30 minutes, they discuss Lonzo Ball and how much we've learned after the first three Lakers games. At 35 minutes, Portis and the Bulls, the longevity of Klay, Kyrie's not so woke, and Giannis is the future and the past in Deeeborn, Michigan. At the end: horrifying food choices, Dennis Rodman as Death Valley, fantasy teams, and Instagram captions.

Oct 24, 2017
The Kyrie Celtics, MVP Giannis, Week 1 Overreactions
01:07:22

On today's show Sharp and Golliver process the first meaningful NBA basketball in five months, and run through their favorite overreactions to the first wave of games. First they discuss the state of the Celtics after Gordon Hayward's awful injury on opening night. Will Kyrie Irving be explosive enough to keep them in the top half of the East? Then (15 minutes): MVP Giannis, the Rockets, more Warriors arguments, the Spurs and LaMarcus Aldridge, and Thibs and the Wolves. At the end (42 minutes): the Suns and Devin Booker, D'Angelo vs. Lonzo, the Jazz and Nuggets, and lessons from the Sixers-Wizards Super Bowl in D.C.


Oct 20, 2017
Last Minute Awards Picks, Our First Real NBA Preview
01:16:57

On today's show Sharp and Golliver offer their first and only serious predictions for the NBA season. They begin (3 minutes) by picking surprise teams this season, including the Pistons, Bucks, Wolves, and Heat. Then (10 minutes) they look for potential flops in 2018, including the Bucks, Blazers, and Thunder. Then (20 minutes): picks for MVP, rookie of the year, coach of the year, most improved, sixth man, and defensive player of the year. Then (40 minutes) they pick the playoff brackets in the East and West, and answer questions (45 minutes) on the Cavs-as-Knicks, DeAndre Jordan trades, the state of the Grizzlies. At the end (60 minutes): a unifying theory of Jordan Bell and Gar Forman, a note from Puerto Rico, Ben's Vegan habits, the best fantasy basketball league, and the worst baseball game ever.

Oct 16, 2017
Three Teams to Ignore, Kyrie vs. Cleveland, Utah National Parks
01:03:33

On today's show Sharp and Golliver begin by listing three teams they're not interested in this season, including thoughts on the Kings, Bulls, Knicks, Raptors, Pistons, Grizzlies, and Warriors. At 18 minutes they talk through Joel Embiid's debut, Jahlil Okafor's place in Philly, the outlook for Ben Simmons, and the state of Markelle Fultz. Then, mailbag (33 minutes): Can the Nets make the playoffs? How should Boston feel about Isaiah? How should Cleveland feel about Kyrie? Are there any NBA players who couldn't execute a full court press on Sharp? If the Warriors didn't exist, could the Rockets beat the Cavs? At the end (55 minutes): podcast recommendations, plagiarism allegations, and Golliver gives a detailed scouting report of Utah's national parks.

Oct 13, 2017
Embiid's $148 Million, Preseason Means Nothing, Five Teams to Watch
01:08:06

On today's show Sharp and Golliver begin by discussing Joel Embiid's contract and whether $148 million for 31 games is as crazy as it sounds. Then they discuss preseason basketball and whether anyone can actually learn anything from these games. At 25 minutes they discuss the Clippers, Nuggets, Thunder, Celtics, Rockets, Sixers, Heat, Wolves, and new-look Cavs, among other teams to watch this year. 

Oct 10, 2017
Silver Disappoints Golliver, Extreme Smallball, Spurs vs. Rockets vs. OKC
01:08:08

On today's show Sharp and Golliver answer more mailbag questions. First they talk through Adam Silver's exciting support of the podcast, but his disappointing failure to give the West the respect it deserves. At 15 minutes, they talk through lottery reform: what the NBA got wrong, and what could be great anyway. At 25 minutes they talk about Kevin Love starting at center and the NBA's smallball destiny. At 35 minutes: Thoughts on the Spurs, what's possible for CP3 on the Rockets, and the West hierarchy after the Warriors. At the end: the best and worst of NBA social media, how to watch defense, and a word on neuroscience. 

Oct 06, 2017
Westbrook's $200 Million Weekend and Fantasy Hoops Guidance
01:08:09

On today's show Sharp and Golliver begin by talking through Russell Westbrook's massive extension. Was this a no-brainer for Westbrook? Will this deal look as good a few years from now? How will OKC handle the CBA? And how good is OKC right now? At 20:00: Sharp forces Golliver to endure 45 minutes of fantasy basketball discussion. Topics include: Giannis vs. Westbrook, Gary Harris vs. Harrison Barnes, Marcus Morris on the Celtics, Kyrie vs. Steph, fantasy football vs. fantasy basketball, and being confronted by a loved one while refreshing box scores at 1 a.m. At the end: Avery Bradley, Larry Nance Jr., Derrick Favors, and other sleepers to keep an eye on.

Oct 04, 2017
The New Cavs, Media Day Recaps, and Our Worst Articles
01:16:52

On today's show Andrew Sharp and Ben Golliver begin by answering some questions about the Cavs. How will Ty Lue handle the egos in Cleveland? Is Wade still useful? Did the Cavs get better this summer? At 20 minutes: Recaps from Media Day in Los Angeles and Philly, including thoughts on Lonzo Ball's altitude training and the two sides of the Embiid coin. At 40 minutes: the state of the NBA's superteam system, the next stranded superstars to watch, LeBron and Popovich, and another visit to the coffee shop with Kyrie Irving and special guest Michael Beasley. At 60 minutes: they share their daily routines and their worst articles ever. 


Sep 29, 2017
Half-Full vs. Half-Empty on Carmelo, Donald Trump vs. the Warriors
01:13:16

On today's show we spend the first half discussing all things Melo. Will it really matter with the Warriors waiting for them? How much credit should Presti get? Will Adam Silver have to change the All-Star Game? At 20 minutes: Just how Knicksy are the Knicks after this summer? And how will Melo be remembered in New York? At 40 minutes they shift to the other news that broke Friday. If there were podcast championships, would we go to the White House? Were the Warriors baiting Trump into action? Was Adam Silver's statement forceful enough? How will the league handle sports vs. politics, and where does this go next?

Sep 25, 2017
L'Affaire de Burner Accounts, Coffee Shop Kyrie, and More Top 100
01:08:42

On today's show Andrew Sharp and Ben Golliver talk through this week's Kevin Durant social media controversy, the summer of KD silencing the haters, and Golliver's thoughts on what we've learned from the past few days. At 25 minutes they answer more mail, with topics including: Kyrie Irving's triumphant and very much woke return to the media, Giannis' place in the NBA's top 10, John Wall vs. CP3, the value of Draymond Green, angry Bulls fans, the Wheel solution to the lottery, the future in New Orleans, the Swaggy/D'Angelo universe, Hoodie Melo, and more. 

Sep 22, 2017
Our Five Favorite Games of All Time
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On today's show Sharp and Golliver take a break from preview season to remember their five favorite games of all time. Highlights include: Reliving Damian Lillard's playoff game-winner against the Rockets, Steph Curry on a Saturday night in February, close encounters with Michael Jordan, Klay Thompson in Game 6, LeBron in Game 7, a field trip to Chapel Hill, and more. 

Sep 19, 2017
Breaking Down the Top 100 NBA Players
01:23:01

On today's show Andrew Sharp and Ben Golliver are joined by Sports Illustrated's Rob Mahoney to talk through this year's list of the 100 best players in the NBA. Topics include: Elfrid Payton (96) vs. Dion Waiters and Malcolm Brogdon, the dynamism of Marvin Williams (88), Devin Booker (64) vs. Ben Golliver (not ranked), Avery Bradley (54) and Otto Porter (52) vs. Jae Crowder (44) and Danillo Gallinari (42), Boogie (23) vs. Gasol (24), Kyrie (21) vs. Conley (18), KD (2) vs. LeBron (1), and more. 

Sep 15, 2017
MVP Odds, Sneaker Wars, and Lottery Reform
00:56:38

On today's show Andrew Sharp and Ben Golliver take an early look at the MVP odds for 2018, and talk through the contenders to watch. At 25 minutes, they talk through KD and Steph sneaker wars, the NBA's proposed lottery reform, and potential landing spots for DeMarcus Cousins. 

Sep 12, 2017
The Nuclear Westbrook Trade, Anthony Davis, Future Hibberts
01:14:38

On today's show Andrew Sharp and Ben Golliver answer questions from listeners. First: Why hasn't Russell Westrbook signed his extension, and why can't Golliver see that Paul George and Westbrook will on the Cavs in six months? Then: Players lying about their height, the best way to steal a superstar, Kyrie believers and Kyrie haters, the reason everyone is talking about Anthony Davis' future, and the current All-Star most likely to disappear in a few years. At the end: Melo trade ideas, facts get in the way Lakers jokes, Process Talk, and the drone social network.

Sep 08, 2017
Lakers Tampering, Kyrie in Boston, Early Over/Unders
01:09:24

On today's show Andrew Sharp and Ben Golliver return from their vacations and regroup after the past few weeks of NBA news. First they discuss the Lakers tampering charges. Was L.A.'s Paul George courtship business as usual, or a real problem for the NBA? If it's a problem, could it even be solved? At 20 minutes: More Kyrie Irving discussion, including expectations for this year's Celtics, the plight of Isaiah, and the debut of Coffee Shop Kyrie in Boston. At the end: they talk Nerlens Noel in Dallas, Ben's adventures in South Dakota, and win totals for the Sixers, Blazers, Wizards, and Lakers.

Sep 06, 2017
A tribute to Australian basketball fans with NBA TV's Leigh Ellis
01:08:47

On today's show Ben Golliver pays tribute to Open Floor's Australian listeners with help from Leigh Ellis, an analyst on NBA TV's The Starters. Why are there so many rabid NBA fans in Australia? How did Ellis get into NBA hoops as a child in Sunbury in the 1980s? Ellis hails the 1987 All-Star Game, shows off his Rain Man recall of statistics, correctly names the greatest basketball card set of all time, and breaks down which 1980s stars would succeed in the modern era. Most importantly, he settles a debate between Golliver and Australian basketball legend Andrew Gaze: Did Australia tank a 2014 World Cup game against Angola? Note: Andrew Sharp is on vacation.

Aug 31, 2017
Kyrie Irving traded for Isaiah Thomas: Winners, losers, predictions, repercussions and more
01:00:33

On today's show Andrew Sharp makes a triumphant return from vacation to join Ben Golliver for an emergency podcast breaking down the Cavaliers' trade of Kyrie Irving to the Celtics for a package that includes Isaiah Thomas, Jae Crowder and a first-round pick. Did Cleveland's rookie GM Koby Altman hit a home run? How will the move affect LeBron James's future with the Cavaliers? Why did Danny Ainge decide to trade for Irving when previous trades involving superstars repeatedly failed to materialize? Were Celtics fans ready to move on from Thomas? Will Irving thrive or stumble without James? Will Irving's return to Cleveland be the most anticipated regular-season game since LeBron's return to Cleveland with Miami? Who wins the East in 2018? And did the Warriors wind up the big winners yet again? 

Aug 23, 2017
NBA hot seat watch with Danny Leroux
01:08:15

On today's show Ben Golliver phones NBA writer Danny Leroux of The Athletic and Real GM Radio to discuss which GMs and coaches will be on the hot seat next season. How will this summer's many front-office changes alter the landscape going forward? Are the Pelicans destined for a major overhaul? Will star departures create ripple effects in Atlanta, Chicago and Indiana? Should Doc Rivers be on the clock in LA? How bad do the Bulls need to get before they clean house? Is Memphis a good sleeper pick for a shake-up? Will Koby Altman be the last man standing in Cleveland? Is there any way Jeff Hornacek can overachieve in NY? Note: Andrew Sharp is on vacation.

Aug 17, 2017
ESPN's Kevin Pelton breaks down RPM win projections
01:09:41

On today's show Ben Golliver chats with NBA writer and analytics guru Kevin Pelton of ESPN Insider about his 2017-18 RPM win projections. Why are the Warriors projected to backslide after a strong summer? Are the Raptors really going to fall out of the East's elite? Can Minnesota vault all the way into home-court advantage? Is Houston, not Cleveland or San Antonio, now the biggest challenger to Golden State? How will the West's bubble shake out? Who will be the East's worst team? Plus, Golliver and Pelton reminisce about The Dontonio Wingcast, their long-lost NBA podcast, and the time Pelton jumped in front of Golliver's moving vehicle in Las Vegas. Note: Andrew Sharp is on vacation.

Aug 10, 2017
SI's Chris Ballard talks Monty, Hinkie, Kobe, Dirk, and pick-up hoop ethics
01:12:26

On today's show Ben Golliver chats with SI senior writer Chris Ballard. Why is Ballard drawn to weighty topics like suicide (Ryan Anderson), tragedy (Monty Williams) and a mid-career crisis (Sam Hinkie), and how does he get his interview subjects to open up on such personal material? What is it like inside the Spurs' secret curtain? After writing countless Kobe Bryant stories over the last 17 years, which version of the Lakers star is his favorite? Will Dirk Nowitzki be properly remembered once he retires? What does a person's pick-up basketball game say about his character? Where does Ballard see long-form journalism headed in the mobile era? Note: Andrew Sharp is on vacation.

Aug 03, 2017
Rob Mahoney joins for a deep dive into SI's Top 100 NBA Players list
01:26:32

Ben Golliver invites SI writer and "Breakaway" podcast host Rob Mahoney on for an extra-length look at SI's annual Top 100 NBA players list. Ben and Rob lay out their ranking process and criteria, look back on 2017's biggest debates, and highlight key philosophical developments from the 2017-18 season. Then, they field questions and hate mail from Andrew Sharp, addressing Booker, Giannis, DeRozan, Jokic, Millsap and many others. They close by taking a victory lap over 2017's hotly-contested top three before offering some early thoughts on the 2018 list. Note: Sharp is on vacation.

Jul 31, 2017
10 Questions about Kyrie Irving and the Cavs
01:22:37

On today's show, Sharp and Golliver talk through Kyrie Irving's trade request and the many layers of confusion in Cleveland. Questions include: What percentage of this is a response to LeBron's summer? Whose Instagram stories do you believe, and who leaked news of the trade request? When did Kyrie indicate he wanted out, and what changed since the Finals? Is it possible that Kyrie stays? If not, where will he create his next self-sustaining community: New York, San Antonio, Miami, New Orleans ... what about Utah? Why haven't the Cavs looked to move Kevin Love? And is there a chance that all of this makes it more realistic for LeBron to stay in Cleveland? At the end: John Wall and the grand opening and grand closing of LeBron to DC rumors. 

Jul 24, 2017
SI's Lee Jenkins dishes on PG's welcome party, LeBron 2018 scenarios, Russ & Lonzo
01:15:01

On today's show Ben Golliver catches up with SI senior writer Lee Jenkins. What did Jenkins learn about Paul George's future from his recent visit to Oklahoma City? Why will Russell Westbrook will be even more fascinating in 2018, and will he sign his extension? What's Jenkins' take on Lonzo and LaVar Ball, and does he prefer the Spurs Banana Boat or the LeBronzo Lakers as a LeBron James destination in 2018? Is Cleveland still in the mix? At the end: some advice for aspiring journalists. Note: Andrew Sharp is on vacation.


Jul 20, 2017
LeBron and Lonzo, Vegas Standouts, and End-of-Summer Mailbag
01:02:01

On today's show Andrew Sharp and Ben Golliver check in one more time from Vegas summer league. First: What is going on with LeBron James? Why was Lonzo wearing Nikes against the Sixers? Where do Magic and Pelinka fit in? How is it connected? Then: Who are the standouts among the rookies in Vegas? Is Donovan Mitchell about to take over the league? What about Dennis Smith? How good would OKC have to be for Paul George to stay? Why hasn't John Wall signed his extension? Who are on the "if he could shoot" All-Stars? At the end: Recommendations for basketball books and a good drone price point, a deeply insulting NBA comparison, and some notes from an impromptu Open Floor field trip. 

Jul 14, 2017
ESPN's Chris Haynes on Hayward, NBA Scoops, and the Warriors Beat
00:58:04

On today's show Andrew Sharp and Ben Golliver are joined in Las Vegas with ESPN's Chris Haynes. At the outset, they talk through the mechanics of Haynes' 4th of July reporting on Gordon Hayward's free agency. When did he know? How did he handle the backlash? Did he ever worry that he might swing Hayward's decision and become a lifelong villain in Boston? Then they talk through the culture of scoops, in general, and the lessons Haynes has learned over the past few years. At the end, Haynes talks about beat reporting with the Cavs and Warriors, the differences between the two teams, and the fashion advice he's gotten from Draymond Green. 

Jul 12, 2017
Watching Lonzo Ball, The Celtics Offseason, and Summer League Mail
01:13:51

On today's show Andrew Sharp and Ben Golliver are in Vegas and checking in after the first weekend of summer league. First, what are the takeaways from the opening weekend of Lonzo Ball? And what about LaVar? At 20 minutes, they talk through the Harden extension and the Knicks Tim Hardaway signing. At 35 minutes, they talk about the Avery Bradley trade and offer some final thoughts on the puzzling summer of the Celtics. From there, more mail: How did the Otto Porter deal change after the Nets offer sheet? Can the Kings make the playoffs in two years? What is the West field for next season? Where do the Bucks stand right now? And who can help find Jayson Tatum's missing ticket?

Jul 10, 2017
LeBron's Next Move and Free Agency Winners and Losers
01:21:06

On today's show Sharp and Golliver recap more of free agency. First: Golliver crosses over to become a banana boat truther with a new for LeBron's plans next summer. Then: Winners and losers from free agency, including thoughts on the Sixers and the Wolves, the summer Lakers, Clippers confusion and the Blake Museum, the summer of Dan Gilbert, Jazz optimism, and Celtics follow-ups. At the end: John Wall in no-man's land, Westbrook and Presti allowing us to pretend everything is OK, and killing the Magic to save to East.

Jul 07, 2017
Hayward's July 4th, PG in OKC, and KD's Discount
01:00:37

On today's show, Andrew Sharp and Ben Golliver regroup after five or six days wild days of NBA free agency. First, they talk through the awkward rollout of Gordon Hayward's decision and what Hayward means for the Celtics summer. Then they move to the Pacers baffling Paul George trade, the possibilities for Paul George in Oklahoma City, and the summer of Sam Presti. At the end: the Raptors, Kevin Durant's discount, and Paul Millsap to Denver, and Nuggets workout videos. 

Jul 05, 2017
The CP3 Trade, Goodbye Phil, and Free Agency Preview
01:21:56

On today's show, Andrew Sharp and Ben Golliver answer questions from listeners and preview free agency. First: What does the CP3 trade mean for the Rockets? What does it mean for the Clippers? Is Austin Rivers catching more heat than his father? And how realistic are the summer '18 banana boat dreams? At 30 minutes: Why wasn't Avery Bradley on the All-Defense team, and does Lou Williams have a point about sad podcast nerds? At 40 minutes: Are the Knicks quietly in good shape after Phil Jackson? When will Anthony Davis be available? What about Russ? Who should the Sixers sign? Should the Wiz pay Otto? What can Denver do next? At 1:05: Early tales from NBA journalism, and Ben confronts an NBA Reddit setback.

Jun 30, 2017
The NBA Awards, John Wall Dreams, and More Mailbag
01:14:37

On today's show, Andrew Sharp and Ben Golliver begin by talking through Monday's NBA awards and settling some old Westbrook scores. Then they discuss the awards show itself, including the fashion, the voting, rookie of the year arguments, and whether the show succeeded. At 30 minutes, they talk about John Wall's comments and whether the Wizards can steal Paul George. At 35 minutes, mailbag questions: Do the Warriors deserve credit for this crazy offseason? Did Jordan Bell win draft night? Is it OK for Bulls fans to bandwagon other teams? Is the NBA in the middle of an international takeover? What are the best nicknames in the NBA? Where do the Hornets stand? And should the Kings have taken Malik Monk?

Jun 27, 2017
Draft Winners and Losers: Knicks vs. Bulls, Celtics, Sixers, and WOLVES
01:04:24

On today's show, Andrew Sharp and Ben Golliver get together late night to talk through the winners and losers from the 2017 NBA Draft. Questions include: Which team is more depressing: Bulls or Knicks? How badly did the Bulls misplay their hand? How good can the T'Wolves be with Jimmy Butler? Is the Celtics blockbuster dead, or is it coming in July? How much better do the Sixers look with Fultz instead of Tatum? What's the state of The Process? How does Jonathan Isaac fit in Orlando? What about Josh Jackson in Phoenix? What the hell is wrong with the Knicks? And was Porzingis skipping his exit interview actually the most respectful move he could make? 

Jun 23, 2017
Draft Preview, Rumor Roundup, and Offseason Chaos
01:26:12
On today's show, Andrew Sharp and Ben Golliver run through questions, rumors, and players to watch at the NBA draft. First, Golliver quizzes Sharp on the top 10 players in the Draft as they preview the biggest names in play Thursday. At 35 minutes: They answer questions and talk Lakers and D'Angelo, Cavs and David Griffin, Suns and number 4, LeBron and the Clips, Nuggets and superstars, Pistons and hope, and more. At 1:05, they run through a rumor lightning round, answer podium questions, and address the best and worst offseason ideas they've heard all week. No, Giannis to Phoenix for Brandon Knight and Devin Booker does not make sense. But why can't Steph go to the Lakers?
Jun 21, 2017
Draft week: Markelle Fultz is a Sixer, and Paul George doesn't want to be a Pacer
01:06:25
On today's show, Andrew Sharp and Ben Golliver talk through this weekend's Sixers-Celtics trade, and what it means for both teams. Why was Fultz so valuable to the Sixers? How did they make this happen with only one extra pick? How does this affect Sharp's ongoing feud with Sixers fans, and how does it affect the future of Ben Simmons? Does it validate the Process? Then: A closer look at the Celtics side of the deal, and some rationale that still seems pretty puzzling. At the end: What should the Pacers look for in a Paul George deal? Would the '18 Nets pick be enough? Can Nike use illuminati powers to put him in Cleveland? And the question of the week: what will the Lakers do?
Jun 19, 2017
Post-Finals Instagrams, De'Aaron Fox, and the Summer of Gordo
01:15:42
On today's show, Andrew Sharp and Ben Golliver celebrate the arrival of the offseason and Thursday's Instagram theatrics around the NBA. Then they spend a few minutes discussing De'Aaron Fox and his future. Around 30 minutes they get into mail: What will the Kings do at 5 and 10? Will the Lakers pick tell us anything about LeBron's future? What's the best case comp for Josh Jackson? When will people realize defense is half the game? At 50 minutes: the Summer of Gordo, Pat Riley vs. Danny Ainge, NBA escape rooms, and we forgot to talk about Jerry West.
Jun 16, 2017
The Warriors are NBA Champions
01:16:44
On today's show, Andrew Sharp and Ben Golliver talk through the end of the NBA Finals and the beginning of the KD Warriors era. First: Golliver shares his thoughts from the scene, the game, and the celebration at Oracle. Then Sharp explains why this series felt anti-climatic, and they talk through Durant's story, Steph's role, LeBron James, Kevin Love, Steve Kerr, Nike commercials, and the dynasty that's coming. At the end: Mailbag questions on Steph as Randy Moss, Durant vs. Bird, that Warriors chant, Kyrie's top 100 ranking, and the summer of Gordo.
Jun 13, 2017
Durant Answers, LeBron Questions, and 16-0 vs. 73-9
01:05:09
On today's show, Andrew Sharp and Ben Golliver take more questions from listeners and relive an incredible Game 3 and another takeover from Kevin Durant. First: What was that game like in the stadium? Did the Cavs choke? Is LeBron's fatigue a fair explanation? And how much has the Kevin Durant conversation changed after three Finals games? At 30 minutes: 73-9 vs. 16-0, Cavs air conditioner conspiracies, a feisty e-mail about Steph's showboating, the future of the Cavs, and at the end, the future of LeBron.
Jun 08, 2017
Late Night Game 2 Reactions, Durant's Statement, and the 90s Bulls
00:47:21
On today's show Andrew Sharp and Ben Golliver talk through Game 2 of the Finals. Topics include: more dominance from Steph and KD, Durant exceeding Finals expectations, the disappearance of Tristan Thompson and JR Smith, LeBron's place in the pecking order of this series, Steph and KD in the NBA's franchise player pecking order, the chances of the Warriors becoming the 90s Bulls of this generation, and more.
Jun 05, 2017
Warriors Game 1, Role Player's Revenge, and More Mailbag
01:22:25
On today's show, Andrew Sharp and Ben Golliver review Game 1 of the Finals and answer more questions from listeners. First: Is Kevin Durant still a "role player"? Do the Cavs have anyone who can guard him? What else did we learn from Game 1? Then: Who are history's greatest role players? If the Cavs could add anyone from a non-playoff team, would it be enough to swing the series? If LeBron gets swept for a second Finals, should that count against him in the MJ debate? What happens if these teams own the entire decade? What's Adam Silver's role in all this? And at the 60-minute mark: Next year's best hipster teams, war with the Sixers, Finnish hoops, and lectures from Australia.
Jun 02, 2017
The NBA Finals Mailbag, aka Warriors-Cavs Take Roundup
01:06:47
On today's show, Andrew Sharp and Ben Golliver preview the NBA Finals with help from listeners. First, they debate how excited we should be about this series, and then: What can the Princess Bride tell us about Cavs-Warriors? Who are the favorites for Finals MVP? Does smallball favor LeBron or Golden State? Does Kyrie Irving have a neckbeard, and is Kyrie the most important player in the series? Are the Warriors the villains? Where do things stand with LeBron vs. Jordan? Is KD better off on a team that doesn't need him to lead? Is Steph Curry overrated? And what does a hedge fund psychologist say about the biggest factor in this series?
May 31, 2017
Mailbag: CBA Regrets, Celtics vs. Sixers, Fake Trades
01:13:45
On today's show, Andrew Sharp and Ben Golliver meet live and in person to answer more questions from listeners. First: Does the NBA's designated player exception actually make sense? Will hurt more teams than it helps? Then: Would you rather have the Sixers future or the Celtics future? Is there any Porzingis trade that wouldn't end in riots? Is Lamarcus Aldridge still a top-30 player? Can Boogie work in DC? Who will run the Bucks? At the end: more on Lonzo v. Fox, the best Nets e-mail, and the rare splendor of the whooping crane.
May 26, 2017
Spurs Religion, the 27-1 Warriors, and more
00:49:12
Description: On today's show Andrew Sharp and Ben Golliver talk through Warriors-Spurs after Game 4. What was it like in the stadium as Manu Ginobili (maybe) played his last game? What sets the Spurs apart? Are they still ignored, or properly appreciated? How will Manu be remembered? Then: Could this year's Warriors beat the Super Spurs -- with 2003 Tim Duncan, '05 Tony Parker, '07 Manu, '17 Kawhi, and '99 David Robinson? Is there too much focus on the Golden State stars? Can they go 16-0 in these playoffs? And at the end: an update from Cavs-Celtics, and visions of LeBron and LeBron Jr.
May 23, 2017
Mailbag: "Vulnerable" Cavs, Celtics/Lakers, and more
01:17:14
On today's show, Andrew Sharp and Ben Golliver answer more questions from listeners, and they begin by addressing the fools who doubted the Cavs two months ago. Plus: How great is LeBron right now? How bright is the Celtics future? Is the world ready for heat check Danny Ainge? What will the Lakers do at number two? Should they make a deal for Paul George? Plus: What will the Wizards do after this playoff run? Should they sign Otto Porter? Was Game 7 worth it? At the hour-mark: T'Wolves lottery corrections, Game 7 condolences, favorite podcasts, and Golliver gets someone a job.
May 19, 2017
Our Premature Post-Lottery Mock Draft
00:51:46
On a special draft episode of Open Floor, Andrew Sharp is joined by SI's Jeremy Woo to run through picks 1-14 from Woo's initial mock draft after the lottery. Questions include: How unfair are the Celtics now? Could the Lakers pass on Lonzo? Is Ben Simmons worth the complications he creates in Philly? Did the Suns secretly get lucky at the lottery? And where do the Kings go from here? Plus: thoughts on Jonathan Isaac in Minnesota, Malik Monk in New York, Justin Patton in Denver, and more.
May 17, 2017
Warriors Game 1, Wizards-Celtics, and Lottery Scenarios
00:58:57
On today's show, Andrew Sharp and Ben Golliver begin by breaking down Game 1 of Warriors-Spurs, with Golliver sharing thoughts from the scene at Oracle. Then they revisit Game 6 of the Wizards-Celtics series and Sharp shares his experience watching in D.C., and they offer some final thoughts before Game 7. At the end, they spend 15 minutes simulating the lottery simulator on Tankathon and discussing various scenarios that may emerge.
May 15, 2017
CSI James Harden, the Future Spurs, and More Mailbag
01:21:50
On today's show Andrew Sharp and Ben Golliver talk through the playoffs with more help from listeners. First: What the hell happened to James Harden in Game 6? How much will this affect how he and the Rockets are viewed going forward? How much should it affect MVP discussions? Then: Where do things stand for LaMarcus Aldridge in San Antonio? How will the Spurs build around Kawhi? What's wrong with Cavs-Warriors III? Will the Finals be sponsored by Mack Weldon? Should Giannis and Ben Simmons play more center? Does the NBA need to reinvent the lottery? At the end: The best fake Celtics team, James Harden's gucci sweatshirt, all-international teams, Game of Thrones, and useless skills.
May 12, 2017
The Kevin Durant Conversation, Draymond Brilliance, Porzingis Emojis
01:06:05
On today's show, Andrew Sharp and Ben Golliver take a break from the playoffs to talk about Kevin Durant in Golden State. Is this good for the league? Is it good for Durant? Would the playoffs be more interesting if he were somewhere else? And how long will Golden State's reign last? Plus: Draymond Green is the most enjoyable player in the postseason, Porzingis emoji theories, a Raptors postscript, and quick thoughts on John Wall and Wizards-Celtics after four games.
May 09, 2017
The Kelly Oubre Game, Lonzo Sneakers, and More Mailbag
01:14:47
On today's show, Andrew Sharp and Ben Golliver break down the playoffs with more questions from listeners. They begin by discussing the Kelly Oubre incident in Washington, the potential fallout for the rest of the series, and anything else that could be learned from Game 3. Then: How much has Isaiah Thomas proved this postseason, and what makes him so dangerous? Should the Celtics pay him? What can the Raptors do this summer? Is Steph the best bargain in NBA history? Who are the best and worst players to watch in Rockets-Spurs? At the end: A discussion of the new Lonzo Ball sneakers, conspiracy theories, Instagram, and Iverson.
May 05, 2017
Disrespectful Game 1s, Celtics-Wiz, and Clipper Darkness
01:05:51
On today's show Sharp and Golliver begin by breaking down the blowouts in San Antonio and Cleveland. They discuss the dominance of LeBron James and the marvelous disrespect of the Cavs, and from there they discuss whether three-pointing shooting could go too far from a fan's perspective. Then they consider the most extreme example, with the Rockets shooting LaMarcus Aldridge and the Spurs off the court. In the second half they talk Wizards-Celtics after Game 1, the dark future of the Clippers, and Golden State's feelings on the age old Utah vs. Los Angeles debate.
May 02, 2017
Mailbag: Bucks/Raptors, Final Westbrook Thoughts, and Musecage Candidates
01:10:22
On today's podcast, Andrew Sharp and Ben Golliver pick up the pieces from the playoffs with help from listeners. Questions include: Should DeMar Derozan haters apologize after the past week? How good can the Bucks be with Giannis Antetokuonmpo? Had Larry Bird lost his touch? Why haven't the Wizards made a statement against the Hawks? Which players are most in need of some time in their musecage? What are the final thoughts on the Rockets and Russ? Who is the angriest person in the playoffs? At the end: Lakers and Lonzo, Gregg Popovich the oenophile, and Suns accountability for Golliver.
Apr 28, 2017
Weekend Recap: Celtics-Bulls, Podium Russ, Terminator Kawhi
00:58:10
On today's show, Andrew Sharp and Ben Golliver connect for a late night recap of the playoff weekend. They begin by discussing the Celtics-Bulls Game 4, including perplexing lineup choices from Fred Hoiberg and a dominant second half from Isaiah Thomas. Then: recapping Westbrook in Game 4 and Westbrook at the podium, thoughts on Steve Kerr's health, Blake Griffin's future, and the battle between Kawhi Leonard and Mike Conley in Memphis Saturday night. At the end: goodbye to Paul George and the Pacers.
Apr 24, 2017
Raptors Meltdown, the Bulls Campaign, and Playoff Nonsense
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On today's show, Andrew Sharp and Ben Golliver sort through the NBA Playoffs with help from listeners. First: They answer question about the Raptors ongoing struggles in the playoffs and the upset potential against the Bucks. Then: How wrong was Sharp about Thon Maker? Will confirmation bias ruin the Russ/Harden showdown? Could Paul George end up on the Cavs? Are the Bulls the NBA's version of Donald Trump's campaign? Are the Celtics paying the price for patience at the trade deadline? Do people understand how unfair Draymond Green is? Do people understand how good John Wall is? At the end: Ben Googles Kendrick Lamar, updates to the Open Floor altitude contest, and NBA relationship advice.
Apr 21, 2017
Paul George is Grumpy, Fizdale Goes Electric, the Knicks are the Knicks
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On today's episode, Andrew Sharp and Ben Golliver welcome the arrival of playoff chippiness and grumpiness across the league. They begin by talking about Paul George's sudden turn toward podium drama, the dynamics at work in Indiana, and options for the future. From there, they salute David Fizdale for edging out Kawhi Leonard as Spurs-Grizzlies MVP, take stock of Celtics-Bulls, the state of Blake Griffin and the Clippers, and the Giannis coming out party in Toronto. At the end: Carmelo's having a terrible week, and Phil Jackson's triangle obsession is even worse than we thought.
Apr 18, 2017
Playoff Preview and Awards Mailbag Extravaganza
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On today's episode, Andrew Sharp and Ben Golliver preview the playoffs with help from listeners. First, Golliver makes an early upset pick in the East, Sharp picks his favorite future bets, and they discuss whether it's actually healthy for the Bulls to make a playoff push. Then: Could the Bucks scare the Raptors? Who's got the better Big 3 in Clips-Jazz, and who's got the most enticing free agent this summer? Did John Wall deserve MVP love? Did Rich Paul mastermind an Eastern Conference playoff conspiracy? Is Kyrie Irving overrated? At 45 minutes, they re-enter the MVP discussion, and then select other awards such as Least Valuable Player, Coldest Take, League Pass All-Star Teams, 6'10 All-Stars vs. 6'4 All-Stars, Hipster MVP, and more. At the end: They say goodbye to the regular season by resolving the Nutella pronunciation debate.
Apr 14, 2017
MVP Arguments and More: Breaking Down Our Awards Ballots
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On today's show, Andrew Sharp and Ben Golliver explain their ballots for the NBA's end-of-year awards. They begin by clearing up some confusion about whether they actually have official votes, and it turns out that both of them do. Then they spend the next 25 minutes arguing about the MVP conversation and explaining their choices. From there, they talk through their picks for Most Improved (Giannis ... or Waiters?), Rookie of the Year (Embiid), Defensive Player of the Year (Gobert? Draymond?), and more. They finish by questioning the NBA's All-NBA system, picking their teams, and looking ahead to the playoffs.
Apr 11, 2017
Mailbag: Alien Invasions, Cavs Panic Update, Ernie Johnson
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On today's show, Andrew Sharp and Ben Golliver answer more questions from listeners. What's the best starting five if the NBA has to play a team of aliens? What did Wednesday night's game say about the Cavs? What did it say about the Celtics and the rest of the East? Would the Lakers ever trade D'Angelo Russell to the Nets? Who will be more beat-up by the playoffs: the Rockets or Spurs? What moves could the Wolves make going forward? Can the NBA Lottery give us a new Bird-Magic rivalry? At the end: Ben shares thoughts on Ernie Johnson after his feature, they talk about defensive player of the year, Lance Stephenson and the Devin Booker butterfly effect, and the definitive pronunciation for nutella.
Apr 07, 2017
Title Game, Magic Mistakes, Random Weekend Notes
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On today's show, Andrew Sharp and Ben Golliver celebrate the regular season dog days by bouncing all over the map. They begin with a few preliminary notes from Sharp's time with Markelle Fultz on Monday afternoon, and then shift to a recap of Monday night's uninspiring NCAA title game. Then: Reactions to the Magic's social media gaffe on Monday, including some of Golliver's experience with past front office mistakes. At the end: an apology to Jusuf Nurkic, thoughts on the Cavs continued struggles, the Wizards' officiating complaints, potential regrets for the Celtics, and a good ol' fashioned Tankathon simulation.
Apr 04, 2017
Mailbag: Warriors Back, Nurkic Rising, Nuggets Reality Check
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On today's show, Andrew Sharp and Ben Golliver field more questions from listeners. They begin with an update on the Warriors, who are as terrifying as ever and look poised to remove the drama from the NBA playoffs. Then: How real is the Jusuf Nurkic revolution in Portland? Who should win the MVP if we were voting based on acceptance speeches? Does Russ really have as much talent as Harden? Who is the most improved player in the league? Why haven't any coaches been fired this year? What should we make of Kobe's Musecage project? And how concerned should we be about the Nuggets future? At the end: updates on Golliver's chess game, Sharp's half-baked celebrity theories, and the NBA's version of a peanut butter taco.
Mar 31, 2017
The Annual Cavs Meltdown, Devin Booker, and 7 Hopeless Franchises
01:08:35
On today's show, Andrew Sharp and Ben Golliver take stock of the Cavs after a particularly rough stretch of losses as the playoffs approach. Are people around the NBA overreacting or not reacting enough? How much do the defensive issues matter? Is Iman Shumpert actually good? And can anyone in the East actually beat them in seven games? Plus: Some thoughts on James Harden and the MVP race, reactions to Devin Booker's 70-point explosion in Boston, and Ben's notes on the 7 most hopeless franchises in basketball.
Mar 28, 2017
Mailbag: Russ vs. Harden, PB+J, Draft Talk
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On today's show, Andrew Sharp and Ben Golliver take more questions from listeners. Discussion includes thoughts on the top five players to start a team with, James Harden's last season in Houston, the rise of the Milwaukee Bucks, the NBA's addiction to peanut butter and jelly, the future of Markelle Fultz, and what's waiting for teams in the draft.
Mar 24, 2017
Warriors-Thunder, Rest Referendum, and Ubuntu Drama
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On today's show, Andrew Sharp and Ben Golliver recap another one-sided Thunder/Warriors matchup. They talk Steph Curry's value over the past few years and what he still has left to prove, the matchup problems Golden State creates for OKC, and Sharp gives an update to bad Westbrook takes from last week's pod. Then: Golliver reports from Staples Center, aka ground zero of the NBA's latest war over superstars and rest, and they discuss possible solutions to a problem that's not going away. At the end: Rajon Rondo is having a party and Ray Allen is not invited.
Mar 21, 2017
Mailbag: Tournaments, Tankathon, and LaVar Ball
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On today's show, Andrew Sharp and Ben Golliver answer more questions from listeners. Including: Who's tanking the hardest? Where is the best place for Lonzo Ball, and how will NBA teams feel about his Dad? In an eighth-seed tournament, who are the favorites in the East and West? How vulnerable are the Warriors right now? Is Rick Carlisle the best coach for a bad team? How scary are the Miami Heat? Should KD's departure factor into Russell Westbrook's MVP case? And who would win an NBA 2-on-2 tournament?
Mar 17, 2017
BONUS EPISODE Ice Cube Talks BIG3, His 3-on-3 Basketball League
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Ice Cube joined Open Floor for a special bonus episode to talk about the Big 3 basketball league, his dream three-man team, acting roles he turned down and much more.
Mar 15, 2017
Breaking Down the March Madness Draft Prospects
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On today's show, SI draft guru Jeremy Woo subs in for Ben Golliver and joins Andrew Sharp to talk through this year's draft class on the eve of March Madness. Who's been rising, who's falling, and why could this year's tournament have a bigger impact than most? Includes thoughts on: Markelle Fultz, Lonzo Ball, Jayson Tatum, Josh Jackson, Malik Monk, De'Aaron Fox, Lauri Markkanen, Justin Jackson, Luke Kennard, and more.
Mar 14, 2017
Mailbag: Inside the NBA and Nurkic Fever
00:57:58
On today's show, Andrew Sharp and Ben Golliver recap a night at Inside The NBA, and then answer questions from listeners. Topics include: Jusuf Nurkic, Steph Curry, MVP hot takes, Gordon Hayward and the Jazz, basketball nerdery, and more.
Mar 10, 2017
Kawhi's MVP Case, and Can the Lakers Steal Blake?
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On today's show, Andrew Sharp and Ben Golliver break down Kawhi Leonard's dominant performance against James Harden and the Rockets, and what it says about the MVP race. Then: a reminder that the Clippers are the most unpredictable team in the league, a Magic-and-Blake conspiracy theory, and some tanking scenarios for the final few weeks.
Mar 07, 2017
Mailbag: Simulated Universe, Kawhi vs. LeBron, and Rookie Awards
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On today's show, Andrew Sharp and Ben Golliver take more questions from listeners. Including: Does KD's injury prove that we're living in a simulated universe? Is Avery Bradley being overlooked as an X-factor for the Celtics? Should the Sixers cut Jahlil Okafor? Could your wife coach the Spurs? Can two crazy teammates co-exist? For the next five years, would you rather have LeBron James or Kawhi Leonard? How can we fix the Rookie of the Year voting? And how much money would it take to buy the Knicks from James Dolan?
Mar 03, 2017
Emergency KD Pod
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On today's show, Andrew Sharp and Ben Golliver connect for an emergency pod to talk through Tuesday night's Kevin Durant injury, why today's news was a relief, and what it could mean for the rest of the season.
Mar 01, 2017
Pelicans, Raptors, and picking Up the Pieces Post-Deadline
00:45:34
On today's show Andrew Sharp and Ben Golliver pick up the pieces after the trade deadline and offer some reality checks around the league. Talk includes: Challenges for the Pelicans, injuries for the Raptors, Celtics and Wizards struggles, Cavs buyout options, and some internet wars with Javale McGee and Mark Cuban.
Feb 28, 2017
Deadline Mailbag: Celtics, Bulls, Raptors, and More
01:16:13
On today's show, Andrew Sharp and Ben Golliver answer questions from listeners and pick up the pieces after a day of trades and near-trades. Questions include: What happened with the Celtics? Does anyone know what the Bulls are doing? Did Paul George just pledge allegiance to Magic Johnson? How badly did the Sixers miss at the deadline? Will Sam Presti's moves ever buy him Harden immunity? Is the league ready for the Bojan era in DC? If Masai Ujiri is calling, should you answer? And is Vivek Ranadive trying to "Foxcatcher" Buddy Hield?
Feb 24, 2017
Boogie Trade, Boogie Trade, BOOGIE TRADE
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On today's show, Andrew Sharp and Ben Golliver try to make sense of the DeMarcus Cousins deal on Sunday night. First, Golliver gives notes from the scene after the All-Star Game in New Orleans. Then: Is this worse than the Harden trade? Why couldn't the Kings have waited a few days? How much value did Cousins really have? And what will this mean for the Pelicans and the rest of the NBA? At the end: They recap their experiences in New Orleans, including behind the scenes of Aaron Gordon's dunk contest, and playing 1-on-1 with Joel Embiid.
Feb 20, 2017
Mailbag: All-Star Preview, MVP theories, Sixers
00:53:48
On today's show, Andrew Sharp and Ben Golliver check in from New Orleans with some thoughts headed into All-Star Weekend, then answer questions from listeners. Includes: Who will Kerr play next to his four Warriors? Isn't the NBA more fun with crappy GMs? Does Kawhi Leonard have an MVP case? What's going on with the Sixers? Who is the most boring player in the NBA? And what fake trades of the past should have happened in real life?
Feb 17, 2017
How Much Can Ibaka Change the East?
00:54:14
On today's show, Andrew Sharp and Ben Golliver react to an Ibaka Raptors trade that broke just before they began recording. Coupled with news of Kevin Love's knee injury, the East feels more wide open than ever. But how wide open is it, really? Should Cleveland feel threatened? Will Toronto bring back this nucleus next year? Does the Ibaka deal put pressure on the Celtics and Wizards? How do the Warriors factor into this equation? Plus: They debate the specifics of Denver and Portland's Nurkic/Plumlee deal, and recap an underwhelming Warriors/Thunder rematch in OKC.
Feb 14, 2017
Knicks, Bucks, and More Mailbag
01:10:00
On today's show, Andrew Sharp and Ben Golliver take questions from listeners and discuss the state of the Knicks after an especially Knickstastic week. Then they address the bad Jabari Parker news in Milwaukee, and why it's so concerning for the Bucks. From there: What's the most under-reported story around the NBA? Why isn't anyone talking about the Jazz? What can the Pistons do about Reggie Jackson? Should the playoffs be re-seeded across both conferences? At the end: an update on Draymond's ongoing psychology experiment.
Feb 10, 2017
Cavs-Wizards Delivers, And Boogie Strikes Again
00:46:33
On today's show, Andrew Sharp and Ben Golliver recap the wild matchup between the Wizards and Cavs in Washington D.C. Monday night. What did we learn about the Wizards? What does any of this mean for the Cavs? Is LeBron's dominance taken for granted? And why are we still talking about Love-for-Melo? Plus: A report on another Kings meltdown, and some thoughts on the Zach LaVine news in Minnesota.
Feb 07, 2017
Extended Mailbag
01:17:37
On today's show, Andrew Sharp and Ben Golliver answer more questions with an extended mailbag. Includes: Who are the five worst managed teams in basketball? Would you rather have Dwyane Wade on your team or Dion Waiters? Are the Wizards for real? How far can the Raptors fall? When should teams tank, and when they should they push for the playoffs? Are the Cavs still a foregone conclusion in the East? At the end: Their most memorable in-game experiences, the best options for a time machine, and some unpopular NBA opinions.
Feb 03, 2017
LeBron vs. Barkley, and Celtics Questions
00:53:42
On today's show, Andrew Sharp and Ben Golliver do a close reading of LeBron James' takedown of Charles Barkley. Where was he wrong? Where was he right? Did he call Charles Barkley broke? Is Sheriff LeBron the new Subtweet LeBron? Plus: They answer some leftover Celtics questions at the end, and discuss one darkhorse Carmelo Anthony destination.
Jan 31, 2017
Mailbag: The Bulls, #TheFuneral, and The Return of Subtweet LeBron
01:03:56
On today's show, Andrew Sharp and Ben Golliver take questions from listeners and recap a wild week in the NBA. First, there is a dramatic reading of Rajon Rondo's Instagram post, and a discussion of the mess in Chicago. Then, a recap of the Wizards-Celtics funeral earlier in the week, a celebration of Subtweet LeBron's triumphant return, an important Milos Teodosic idea, and Carmelo trade dreams. At the end: Would Kevin Durant's OKC superteam (with Durant, Russ, Harden, and Ibaka) beat Kevin Durant's Warriors superteam?
Jan 28, 2017
Choose Your Bandwagon: Rockets/Spurs, Celtics/Raps, Kristaps/Jokic
00:59:15
On today's show, Andrew Sharp and Ben Golliver choose from bandwagons around the league. Rockets or Spurs? Celtics or Raptors? Kristaps or Jokic? Plus: They discuss the Lakers coming back to earth, the future of the Pelicans, the differences between Stan Van Gundy and Tom Thibodeau, and a trade target for the Nuggets.
Jan 24, 2017
Mailbag: All-Star Starters, Sixers, and Playoff Dreams
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On today's show, Andrew Sharp and Ben Golliver talk through Thursday night's All-Star voting results, including some peculiar player votes, and the triumph of DeMar Derozan. Then they answer more questions about the Sixers, the Wizards, NBA what ifs, contracts in the new CBA, their ideal playoff fields in the East, the NBA's best new names, life with Matt Bonner, and more. At the end: An update on the science of Draymond Green cursing out Kevin Durant.
Jan 20, 2017
Cavs-Warriors Takeaways, and Final All-Star Ballots
01:05:40
On today's show, Andrew Sharp and Ben Golliver take stock of Cavs-Warriors after Golden State's blowout on MLK Day. What's the biggest lesson for the Warriors? How outrageous was LeBron's flop? How much did we learn before the Finals? Then, both Sharp and Golliver have All-Star votes this year, so they reveal their picks for the starters in NOLA, and nerd out trying to sort through potential reserves. At the end: a recap of Process Night in DC, and a new rock bottom for the Blazers.
Jan 17, 2017
Mailbag: Knicks, Future Title Teams, Draymond Psychology
01:01:47
On today's show, Andrew Sharp and Ben Golliver take questions on the state of the Knicks. How will Derrick Rose be remembered? Where does Carmelo make sense? What's the plan? Then: Switching skills among superstars, the future for Embiid and McConnell, personal All-Star teams, CJ McCollum trade ideas, the best bets to win titles in the next 10 years, and the science behind Draymond's approach to Kevin Durant.
Jan 13, 2017
Warriors Look Human, and the East Arms Race Begins
00:53:18
On today's episode, Andrew Sharp and Ben Golliver take a closer look at the Warriors in the wake of this weekend's collapse against the Grizzlies. Topics include Draymond's role, Kevin Durant and Steph Curry in the clutch, Steve Kerr's coaching, Andre Iguodala's health, and how many of these issues will actually make a difference in June. Plus: Some thoughts on the Cavs' deal for Kyle Korver, Atlanta's confusing rebuilding project, Jimmy Butler rumors, and whether the Celtics and Raptors should make a move in the next month.
Jan 10, 2017
Mailbag: Giannis, Free Agent Remorse, and Apathy All-Stars
01:12:51
On today's show, Andrew Sharp and Ben Golliver answer more questions from listeners, but first they talk about the initial batch All-Star votes. Then, they take 15 minutes to go nuts over Giannis Antetokuonmpo after what happened against the Knicks Wednesday night. Then they talk an alternate Harrison Barnes timeline in L.A., Goran Dragic trade ideas, underrated defenders, injury immunity, NBA siblings. Plus: Who are the most apathetic great players of all time?
Jan 06, 2017
George Karl has takes, and everyone's dropping 50
00:48:31
On today's episode, Andrew Sharp and Ben Golliver talk through the recent comments from George Karl about Damian Lillard, Carmelo Anthony, officiating, PEDs, and more. Then they respond to the weekend's scoring outbursts from Isaiah Thomas and James Harden in light of Charles Barkley's recent NBA criticisms. At the end, they throw out some Paul Millsap trade ideas for 2017.
Jan 03, 2017
Mailbag: Warriors/Cavs, Wizards, and Growth Spurts
00:55:54
On today's show, Andrew Sharp and Ben Golliver answer more questions from listeners. Topics include: reactions to the Warriors and Cavs on Christmas, the best league pass commentators, potential expansion destinations, Otto Porter and the Wizards, and which NBA player would benefit most from a four-inch growth spurt?
Dec 30, 2016
Boogie's Holiday Spirit, and Quarter Awards Picks
01:05:40
On today's episode, Andrew Sharp and Ben Golliver relive DeMarcus Cousins' wild night against the Blazers (55 points, ejection, un-ejection), and respond to the Sacramento Bee's video release over the weekend. Then they hand out awards for MVP, Rookie of the Year, Coach of the Year, Biggest Surprise, Worst Use of Social Media, Best Beef, and more.
Dec 22, 2016
An In-Depth Look at LeBron James With SI Senior Writer Lee Jenkins
00:53:48
SI Senior Writer Lee Jenkins discusses his Sportsperson of the Year Story on LeBron James and more.
Dec 15, 2016
Re-drafting the 2014 Draft
00:58:11
On today's show, Andrew Sharp and Ben Golliver catch up on the weekend's results, and then look back at the 2014 NBA Draft. What would the board look like if they re-drafted today? They discuss Joel Embiid, Andrew Wiggins, Nikola Jokic, Clint Capela, Rodney Hood, Julius Randle, Marcus Smart, and more names from an especially weird year at the Draft.
Dec 13, 2016
The Week in Warriors, and More Mailbag
01:04:41
On today's show, Andrew Sharp and Ben Golliver look back at the Warriors-Clippers, Klay going nuts, and the week that gave us the full spectrum of the Warriors experience. Then they answer mailbag questions. What should the Nuggets do? Does the NBA have more good centers, or more good point guards? Second-favorite team in case of emergencies? Would you let LeBron James throw a basketball at your face? And what is the NBA's Battle of Agincourt?
Dec 09, 2016
What Changed for Harden?
01:02:48
On today's show, Andrew Sharp and Ben Golliver give some long overdue love to James Harden in Houston. After Golliver's sitdown with him in LA, they talk about his MVP case, the sneaker wars, the new pieces in Houston, and whether the Rockets are as good as their record suggests. Plus: More Draymond drama in Golden State, Steve Kerr's marijuana comments, and Golliver's new magazine story on the Clippers, Raptors, and how to chase superteams.
Dec 06, 2016
Mailbag: Grizzlies, Hinkie, Giannis
01:11:58
On today's show, Andrew Sharp and Ben Golliver answer reader questions. First, they apologize for jinxing Mike Conley, and spend 10 minutes on the Grizzlies. Next they discuss Chris Ballard's excellent profile of Sam Hinkie, and where to send Nerlens Noel and Jahlil Okafor. Also: Is Giannis a real-life Monstar? Is Zach LaVine actually good? Who has the best (and worst) nicknames in the league? What's the best Boogie trade? And who are the NBA comps for Sharp and Golliver as pickup players?
Dec 02, 2016
Thanksgiving Leftovers: Thunder, Blazers, and more
00:57:10
On today's show Sharp and Golliver run through notes from Thanksgiving week in the NBA. The Thunder rebounded from two ugly losses with two very impressive wins, while the Blazers are under-.500 and officially struggling. Plus: Nick Young had his Jordan in Utah moment, the Wolves and Pelicans are lurking in the West, the league's parity is working better than it seems, and at the end, it's time to talk about Marc Gasol and Mike Conley in Memphis.
Nov 29, 2016
First month lessons and NBA turkeys
00:58:26
Before a break, Andrew Sharp and Ben Golliver talk through lessons from the first month of the season, including the rise of the Clippers, the resurgence of the Warriors, and the stupidity of NBA instant replay. Plus: Phil Jackson in New York, Byron Scott in the NBA, and more NBA turkeys.
Nov 22, 2016
Mailbag: Most Improved Players, NBA Survival Squads
01:04:58
In their first mailbag, Andrew Sharp and Ben Golliver answer questions about George Hill in Utah, Carmelo Anthony in New York, and the most improved players across the NBA. Plus: An ugly TNT Thursday, KAT vs. Embiid, and if you had to choose four players to join you in a hand-to-hand battle against five other NBA stars, who would you choose?
Nov 18, 2016
Ranking the Stranded Superstars
00:57:33
On today's show Sharp and Golliver take a look at DeMarcus Cousins in Sacramento, and the other superstars stranded around the NBA. Between Cousins, John Wall, Paul George, Anthony Davis, Carmelo Anthony, and Jimmy Butler, who's the most desperate for a new home? Plus: They talk Andrew Wiggins' 47 points on the Lakers, the rise of the Clippers, and a ridiculous Klay Thompson trade rumor.
Nov 15, 2016
The Cavs go to the White House
00:50:22
On today's show, Sharp and Golliver discuss LeBron James and the Cavs after their trip to the White House on the same day as Donald Trump, along with their own thoughts on the election, and the general reactions of NBA players and coaches around the league. Plus: Ben visits the Kings' new arena for a Lakers-Kings blockbuster, the Heat are afraid of ghosts, and Paul George is here to give you hope.
Nov 11, 2016
League Pass Notes: Lakers, Suns, Kings, Mavericks
00:53:42
On today's show, Sharp and Golliver run through notes from watching the NBA over the weekend, beginning with thoughts on both Lakers-Warriors and Lakers-Suns. From there, they move to Raptors-Kings, Pacers-Bulls and Paul George's ejection, and Mavericks-Bucks, including Mark Cuban's media ban on ESPN reporters Marc Stein and Tim McMahon.
Nov 08, 2016
Recapping Russ-KD Round One
00:54:15
On today's show Sharp and Golliver talk through the various storylines to emerge from Kevin Durant's outrageous night at Oracle. Plus: The Cavs look dominant, DeMar DeRozan is on a mission to prove Sports Illustrated wrong, and John Wall is looking for respect on the Wizards.
Nov 04, 2016
Clips-Jazz, Bulls and the Basketball Internet Stock Watch, and Oladipo in OKC
00:52:43
On today's show Sharp and Golliver take a look at the Clippers, Jazz, and the Halloween scene at LA live. They also look at the stock of the Kings, the Bulls and the basketball internet after Week 1, and then finish talking OKC and the Oladipo extension before Thursday night's Warriors game.
Nov 01, 2016
Warriors Reality Check, the Baby Lakers, and Processing Week 1
00:51:29
Description: In today's episode, Andrew Sharp and Ben Golliver take a look at the biggest Warriors questions after their opening night blowout against the Spurs. Plus: the Lakers arrive in LA, Embiid debuts in Philly, Lillard takes over in Portland, the Wolves stumble in Memphis, and Canada hates Ben.
Oct 28, 2016
KD and Russ, NBA Buy or Sell, and the State of Draymond
00:46:13
With NBA season finally (almost) here, Andrew Sharp and Ben Golliver discuss the launch of The Crossover at Sports Illustrated, and the dueling Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant cover stories that hit newsstands last week. Plus: Buy or sell for the Clippers, Blazers, Jazz, Hornets, and more. And at the end, some thoughts on Draymond Green and his role in Golden State.
Oct 25, 2016
NBA Preview: Title picks and 20 questions before the year to come
00:50:13
In the final installment of this year's NBA Preview, Andrew Sharp and Ben Golliver field 20 questions from the rest of SI's NBA staff. Topics include: Steph vs. Durant, coaches on the hotseat, lockout discussion, Blake vs. Draymond, life with Rajon Rondo and much more.
Oct 19, 2016
West preview: Wolves arguments, Warriors titles and more
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In part two of their NBA Preview, Andrew Sharp and Ben Golliver are back to preview the Western Conference. Questions include: Will the Lakers keep their (top-3 protected) pick this year? Who finishes higher between the Jazz and Blazers? How good can the Wolves be in Year 1 with Thibs? And what's the over/under for Warriors titles in the KD era?
Oct 17, 2016
East preview: LeBron's future, Boston's present and more
01:05:51
In part one of their eastern conference preview, Andrew Sharp and Ben Golliver look at the East from top to bottom. Questions include: Will LeBron win another title before he's done? When will the Sixers make the playoffs? Can you name the starters for the Nets? And can the Celtics steal the East?
Oct 13, 2016
The Sixers, the Pistons and some preseason hot takes
01:05:12
In this week's episode of Open Floor, Andrew Sharp and Ben Golliver start with the Sixers, suddenly at the center of the basketball universe. How excited should we be about Joel Embiid's return, and how depressed should fans be about Ben Simmons' injury? And where do they trade Okafor? Plus, a look at the Pistons in the wake of Reggie Jackson's injury, the Cavs and the latest standoff between Rich Paul and Dan Gilbert, and some snap judgments after a week of preseason basketball.
Oct 06, 2016
Breaking down SI.com's Top 100 NBA players of 2017
01:17:36
After a month off from the Open Floor Podcast, Andrew Sharp and Ben Golliver reunite to argue about Sports Illustrated's Top 100 NBA players of 2017 rankings.
Sep 16, 2016
USA Basketball winners and losers in Rio
01:10:33
After Team USA's dominating gold medal win over Serbia, Andrew Sharp and Ben Golliver catch up to talk about the past month of USA hoops. Who made the most of this experience, who struggled and who's coming next in 2020? Also, a quick programming note: Open Floor will be on break until mid-September.
Aug 22, 2016
Team USA's problems and a medal round preview
00:47:51
Andrew Sharp and Ben Golliver talk through the developments in Rio, including the Brazil-Argentina thriller, Spain's resurgence in the field and the perplexing struggles of Team USA. At the end, they preview Wednesday's medal round marathon, including a dramatic reunion of Spain and France after 2014 and the cheapshot heard round the world.
Aug 16, 2016
Olympic hoops, Westbrook's Return and Team USA hypotheticals
00:50:57
Andrew Sharp and Ben Golliver talk about the scene on the ground in Rio and the international hoops competition in this Olympic field. Plus: They get into Russell Westbrook's return, and which Team USA stars would make the best football players.
Aug 10, 2016
Open Floor: Rio, Draymond drama, and LeBron vs. ghosts
01:05:29
Sports Illustrated's Andrew Sharp made the trip Rio for the 2016 Olympics, and he is joined Ben Golliver to talk about the hectic days before the opening ceremony and the first games for Team USA. Within that discussion, they catch up on Draymond Green's snapchat incident, discuss Carmelo Anthony's evolving legacy in the NBA and beyond.
Aug 04, 2016
Goodbye Summer League, Hello Team USA
00:50:21
Andrew Sharp and Ben Golliver talk through the Summer League playoffs, including the unfairness of the Minnesota Timberwolves, and the future frontline of the Bulls. Plus: Team USA comes together in Las Vegas, Coach K is not a kindergarten teacher, and Kevin Durant sees the future with Brandon Ingram.
Jul 20, 2016
Summer league, Westbrook rumors and Tim Duncan arguments
01:07:48
Andrew Sharp and Ben Golliver are in Las Vegas for the week, where they discuss the D'Angelo Russell and the Summer Lakers, Ben Simmons and the Sixers, and more from summer league. Plus: They talk through Russell Westbrook Celtics rumors, argue about Tim Duncan's legacy, and recap Adam Silver's press conference in Vegas. If you want to get in touch with the show, tweet Andrew Sharp at twitter.com/andrewsharp or Ben Golliver at twitter.com/bengolliver, and use the hashtag #openfloor to have your voice heard. You can find more great Sports Illustrated podcasts at si.com/podcasts, and please subscribe to the show on iTunes, Google Play, Stitcher and SoundCloud.
Jul 14, 2016
Dwyane Wade goes home, plus a free agency roundup
01:20:18
Andrew Sharp and Ben Golliver talk through Dwyane Wade's decision to leave Miami for Chicago, Pat Riley's role in the decision, and what it means for the Bulls. Plus: Beyond Durant, what happened in free agency? It's time to nerd out and talk Spurs, Jazz, Wizards Grizzlies, Magic, Pistons, and more. If you want to get in touch with the show, tweet Andrew Sharp at twitter.com/andrewsharp or Ben Golliver at twitter.com/bengolliver, and use the hashtag #openfloor to have your voice heard. You can find more great Sports Illustrated podcasts at si.com/podcasts, and please subscribe to the show on iTunes, Google Play, Stitcher and SoundCloud.
Jul 08, 2016
Kevin Durant chooses the Warriors, let chaos reign
01:01:26
In the wake of Kevin Durant's free agency decision, Andrew Sharp and Ben Golliver debate what this means for Durant, Steph Curry, and the rest of the NBA. Questions: Is this a good thing? How will it work? Was Nike involved? What will the Thunder do now? And finally, where should we send Russell Westbrook? If you want to get in touch with the show, tweet Andrew Sharp at twitter.com/andrewsharp or Ben Golliver at twitter.com/bengolliver, and use the hashtag #openfloor to have your voice heard. You can find more great Sports Illustrated podcasts at si.com/podcasts, and please subscribe to the show on iTunes, Google Play, Stitcher and SoundCloud.
Jul 05, 2016
Kevin Durant sweepstakes and more free agency questions
01:07:24
Andrew Sharp and Ben Golliver catch up after a few days of vacation (and jury duty) to talk Kevin Durant and NBA Free Agency. They begin with a farewell to the KD2DC era, then dig into some general free agency questions. Are this year's B-List stars worth the investment? Should Mike Conley and Al Horford leave? Where will Hassan Whiteside land? Who is winning the Allen Crabbe sweepstakes? And, of course, what happens with Durant? If you want to get in touch with the show, tweet Andrew Sharp at twitter.com/andrewsharp or Ben Golliver at twitter.com/bengolliver, and use the hashtag #openfloor to have your voice heard. You can find more great Sports Illustrated podcasts at si.com/podcasts, and please subscribe to the show on iTunes, Google Play, Stitcher and SoundCloud.
Jun 29, 2016
NBA draft week winners and losers
01:07:26
Andrew Sharp and Ben Golliver get together late night to talk through the biggest winners and losers after a week of trades, surprises and nationally televised Sacramento Kings decisions. Includes thoughts on the Celtics draft, the OKC/Magic trade, the Wolves/Bulls trade that didn't happen, the Lakers, Sixers, Bucks and more.
Jun 24, 2016
NBA draft stock watch: Buy or sell?
00:52:11
With the 2016 NBA Draft just a day away, Andrew Sharp and Jeremy Woo run through some of the bigger names in the First round (Ben Simmons, Jaylen Brown), and some of the not so big names (Dejounte Murray, Pat McCaw), and decide whether to buy or sell the hype.
Jun 22, 2016
LeBron and the Cavs get a perfect ending
00:57:12
Andrew Sharp and Ben Golliver discuss the Cavs title and the crowning achievement for LeBron in the NBA Finals. Plus: How good can Kyrie Irving be over the next few years? How much blame do Steph Curry the Warriors deserve for their Finals downfall, and what do they do from here? Does losing a title help their chances at Kevin Durant?
Jun 20, 2016
LeBron is not human, Steph is not happy, and Game 7 is here
00:53:01
Andrew Sharp and Ben Golliver discuss LeBron's historic performance in Game 6, and what's at stake headed into Game 7. Plus: they look at the ejection of Steph Curry, the conspiracy theories of Ayesha Curry, and what's been going wrong for the Warriors over the past week. Then, at the end, they make their picks for Sunday night.
Jun 17, 2016
NBA Mock Draft: Projecting every pick in Round 1
01:23:08
SI.com's NBA crew gets together for a special Mock Draft edition of Open Floor. Mainstays Andrew Sharp and Ben Golliver are joined by draft experts Matt Dollinger, Jeremy Woo and David Gardner to project every pick in Round 1 of the draft. If you want to get in touch with the show, tweet Andrew Sharp at twitter.com/andrewsharp or Ben Golliver at twitter.com/bengolliver, and use the hashtag #openfloor to have your voice heard. You can find more great Sports Illustrated podcasts at si.com/podcasts, and please subscribe to the show on iTunes, Google Play, Stitcher and SoundCloud.
Jun 15, 2016
NBA Finals: Can the Cavaliers steal the series?
01:00:34
Andrew Sharp and Ben Golliver talk through Game 5, the outrageous performances from LeBron James and Kyrie Irving, and another surprise in the NBA Finals. Plus: the value of Draymond Green, Steph Curry's struggles, trash talk etiquette, the outlook for Game 6, and at the end, a quick discussion of the Wolves and Bulls trade rumors involving Jimmy Butler and Andrew Wiggins. If you want to get in touch with the show, tweet Andrew Sharp at twitter.com/andrewsharp or Ben Golliver at twitter.com/bengolliver, and use the hashtag #openfloor to have your voice heard. You can find more great Sports Illustrated podcasts at si.com/podcasts, and please subscribe to the show on iTunes, Google Play, Stitcher and SoundCloud.
Jun 14, 2016
NBA Finals: Have LeBron, Cavs swung momentum against Warriors?
00:59:27
Andrew Sharp and Ben Golliver talk through Game 3 in Cleveland and what it means for the rest of the NBA Finals. They tackle the struggles of Steph Curry, the redemption of Kyrie Irving, and the cloudy future of Kevin Love of in Cleveland. If you want to get in touch with the show, tweet Andrew Sharp at twitter.com/andrewsharp or Ben Golliver at twitter.com/bengolliver, and use the hashtag #openfloor to have your voice heard. You can find more great Sports Illustrated podcasts at si.com/podcasts, and please subscribe to the show on iTunes, Google Play, Stitcher and SoundCloud.
Jun 09, 2016
NBA Draft: Should Ben Simmons go No. 1?
00:59:40
With two weeks until the NBA Draft, Andrew Sharp talks to Jeremy Woo to get a feel for the first round. They discuss the rise of Marquese Chriss, the options for the Suns and Celtics and the pluses and minuses of Ben Simmons. Also, what should the Bulls do? And is this draft worth paying attention to? If you want to get in touch with the show, tweet Andrew Sharp at twitter.com/andrewsharp or Jeremy Woo at twitter.com/jeremywoo, and use the hashtag #openfloor to have your voice heard. You can find more great Sports Illustrated podcasts at si.com/podcasts, and please subscribe to the show on iTunes, Google Play, Stitcher and SoundCloud.
Jun 07, 2016
NBA Finals: Do the Cavaliers have a chance?
00:59:47
Sharp and Golliver talk through Game 1 of the NBA Finals and a Warriors-Cavs matchup that looks as a lopsided as ever. How should Ty Lue change things? Could this series change the future with Kyrie? Will America turn on the Warriors? Plus: Some NBA draft talk on the Sixers and Lakers, and an appreciation for LeBron James. If you want to get in touch with the show, tweet Andrew Sharp at twitter.com/andrewsharp or Ben Golliver at twitter.com/bengolliver, and use the hashtag #openfloor to have your voice heard. You can find more great Sports Illustrated podcasts at si.com/podcasts, and please subscribe to the show on iTunes, Google Play, Stitcher and SoundCloud.
Jun 03, 2016
Sharp and Golliver: NBA Finals preview and Thunder-Warriors review
01:05:54
Andrew Sharp and Ben Golliver pick up the pieces after the Warriors comeback, look at what went wrong for the Thunder, and what could be next for Kevin Durant. Then, it's time to talk Finals: Who will be the surprise hero? Who guards Steph Curry? Will LeBron and the bench be good enough to beat a confident Warriors team? All that and more, before Game 1 Thursday night. If you want to get in touch with the show, tweet Andrew Sharp at twitter.com/andrewsharp or Ben Golliver at twitter.com/bengolliver, and use the hashtag #openfloor to have your voice heard. You can find more great Sports Illustrated podcasts at si.com/podcasts, and please subscribe to the show on iTunes, Google Play, Stitcher and SoundCloud.
May 31, 2016
Warriors vs. Thunder: Game 7 Preview with Ben Golliver & Rob Mahoney
00:40:20
The stage is set for Game 7 of the NBA’s Western Conference Finals. Steph Curry, Klay Thompson, and the surging Warriors will defend Oracle Arena from Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook, and the battered Thunder, who just let a potentially deciding Game 6 slip through their fingers at home. SI’s Ben Golliver and Rob Mahoney recount this rollercoaster of a series and forecast the result and implications of this massive game. Ben Golliver: http://twitter.com/bengolliver Rob Mahoney: http://twitter.com/robmahoney http://si.com/nba | http://twitter.com/si_nba Use the hashtag #openfloor to have your voice heard. Find more great Sports Illustrated podcasts at http://si.com/podcasts Subscribe to the show on iTunes, Google Play, Stitcher or your app of choice.
May 30, 2016
Sharp and Golliver: The Madness of Thunder-Warriors
01:03:40
Andrew Sharp and Ben Golliver go all in on the wild week of the Thunder-Warriors series, and the stakes for Game 6 Saturday night. They discuss the Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant comments about Stephen Curry, the state of Draymond Green after this series, the contributions of Andrew Bogut and Billy Donovan, and whether the Warriors have enough to survive two more games against the OKC juggernaut. If you want to get in touch with the show, tweet Andrew Sharp at twitter.com/andrewsharp or Ben Golliver at twitter.com/bengolliver, and use the hashtag #openfloor to have your voice heard. You can find more great Sports Illustrated podcasts at si.com/podcasts, and please subscribe to the show on iTunes, Google Play, Stitcher and SoundCloud.
May 27, 2016
Draymond Green dodges suspension
00:29:43
Live from Oklahoma City, Sports Illustrated's Ben Golliver and Rob Mahoney break down Draymond Green's flagrant kick of Steven Adams and the NBA's decision not to suspend the Warriors' All-Star forward for Game 4 of the West finals against the Thunder.
May 24, 2016
Sharp and Golliver: NBA Lottery, Thunder-Warriors and Hornacek to the Knicks
01:02:02
Andrew Sharp and Ben Golliver discuss the NBA Lottery results and what they mean for the Sixers, Lakers and Celtics. Plus, they discuss the Thunder-Warriors after two games and finish with a look at the New York Knicks and new head coach Jeff Hornacek. If you want to get in touch with the show, tweet Andrew Sharp at twitter.com/andrewsharp or Ben Golliver at twitter.com/bengolliver, and use the hashtag #openfloor to have your voice heard. You can find more great Sports Illustrated podcasts at si.com/podcasts, and please subscribe to the show on iTunes, Google Play, Stitcher and SoundCloud.
May 19, 2016
Sharp and Golliver: Previewing the West Finals and dreaming about the NBA Lottery
01:08:07
Andrew Sharp and Ben Golliver say goodbye to the San Antonio Spurs and preview the Western Conference Finals between the Warriors and the Thunder. Plus, they check in with the suddenly fun Cavaliers in the East, discuss what's next for the Trail Blazers and take a look what's at stake in next Tuesday's NBA Lottery.
May 13, 2016
Sharp and Golliver: Thunder come back from the dead
00:29:34
Andrew Sharp and Ben Golliver return for a special NBA playoff episode of Open Floor with an immediate reaction to Game 5 of the Spurs-Thunder series and a look ahead to Game 6. They also discuss Stephen Curry’s triumphant return to the Warriors' lineup. If you want to get in touch with the show, tweet Andrew Sharp at twitter.com/andrewsharp or Ben Golliver at twitter.com/bengolliver, and use the hashtag #openfloor to have your voice heard. You can find more great Sports Illustrated podcasts at si.com/podcasts, and please subscribe to the show on iTunes, Google Play, Stitcher and SoundCloud.
May 11, 2016
Sharp and Golliver: LeBron James's domination, the end of the Frank Vogel era and more
00:55:28
Andrew Sharp and Ben Golliver discuss who they trust most (and least) in the 2016 NBA Playoffs, including Dion Waiters, LeBron James, the Raptors, Dwyane Wade, Billy Donovan and more. Plus, they discuss the end of Frank Vogel's time in Indiana, and the future for Paul George in Indiana. If you want to get in touch with the show, tweet Andrew Sharp at twitter.com/andrewsharp or Ben Golliver at twitter.com/bengolliver, and use the hashtag #openfloor to have your voice heard. You can find more great Sports Illustrated podcasts at si.com/podcasts, and please subscribe to the show on iTunes, Google Play, Stitcher and SoundCloud.
May 05, 2016
Sharp and Golliver: Spurs-Thunder, trading Blake Griffin, Lakers head coach and more
00:58:33
Andrew Sharp and Ben Golliver return for another episode of the Open Floor Podcast. They discuss the Chris Paul injury, trading Blake Griffin, Scott Brooks as the coach of the Washington Wizards, potential candidates for the Lakers head coaching vacancy, the highly anticipated Spurs-Thunder series and, of course, Drake. If you want to get in touch with the show, tweet Andrew Sharp at twitter.com/andrewsharp or Ben Golliver at twitter.com/bengolliver, and use the hashtag #openfloor to have your voice heard. You can find more great Sports Illustrated podcasts at si.com/podcasts, and please subscribe to the show on iTunes, Google Play, Stitcher and SoundCloud.
Apr 27, 2016
Sharp and Golliver: First round of the playoffs, pick your poison, Thibs to T-Wolves and more
01:05:09
Andrew Sharp and Ben Golliver are back for another episode of Open Floor with a brand new segment called “Pick Your Poison.” In this episode, they discuss the lopsided first round of the playoffs, James Harden’s abysmal defense, Tom Thibodeau nearing a deal to becoming the next coach of the Minnesota Timberwolves, playoff hopes for the rest of the first round, the potential Cavaliers-Heat Eastern Conference Finals matchup and much more. If you want to get in touch with the show, tweet Andrew Sharp at twitter.com/andrewsharp or Ben Golliver at twitter.com/bengolliver, and use the hashtag #openfloor to have your voice heard. You can find more great Sports Illustrated podcasts at si.com/podcasts, and please subscribe to the show on iTunes, Google Play, Stitcher and SoundCloud.
Apr 20, 2016
Sharp and Golliver: Mamba Day, Warriors make history, NBA playoff preview and more
00:58:32
Andrew Sharp and Ben Golliver discuss the Mamba Funeral at Staples Center and the Golden State Warriors making history. Later, they preview the NBA playoffs and take a closer look at the Cleveland Cavaliers. At the end, they discuss the end of Randy Wittman in D.C. and look at some of the coaching vacancies around the NBA. Will Vivek pay Reggie Miller $35 million to try his hand at coaching? If you want to get in touch with the show, tweet Andrew Sharp at twitter.com/andrewsharp or Ben Golliver at twitter.com/bengolliver, and use the hashtag #openfloor to have your voice heard. You can find more great Sports Illustrated podcasts at si.com/podcasts, and please subscribe to the show on iTunes, Stitcher and SoundCloud.
Apr 14, 2016
Jimmy Goldstein talks Kobe Bryant, Lakers and more
00:46:22
SI senior writer Lee Jenkins welcomes NBA superfan Jimmy Goldstein to the Open Floor Podcast to talk about his insatiable love for basketball, Kobe Bryant and the Lakers, fashion and the famous Sheats Goldstein Residence. Goldstein tells Jenkins about the fortune he spends and the lengths he goes to attend postseason games, getting special courtside seats arranged for him during the playoffs, bringing models to games and why he'll fly coach during his playoff tour. Later, they discuss his rocky relationship with Bryant, NBA players approaching him and greeting him before games, sitting courtside at Lakers game back when it only cost $15, chasing girls with Wilt Chamberlain and much more. Tweet Lee Jenkins at twitter.com/si_leejenkins, and use the hashtag #openfloor to have your voice heard. You can find more great Sports Illustrated podcasts at si.com/podcasts, and please subscribe to the show on iTunes and Stitcher.
Apr 12, 2016
Sharp and Golliver: MVP, All-NBA teams and more year-end awards
01:16:22
Sharp and Golliver run through year-end awards, including the All-NBA teams, MVP, Fakest Tough Guy, Best League Pass Team, Best Beef and more. If you want to get in touch with the show, tweet Andrew Sharp at twitter.com/andrewsharp or Ben Golliver at twitter.com/bengolliver, and use the hashtag #openfloor to have your voice heard. You can find more great Sports Illustrated podcasts at si.com/podcasts, and please subscribe to the show on iTunes, Stitcher and SoundCloud.
Apr 07, 2016
Bill Walton
00:39:43
In the latest episode of the Open Floor Podcast, SI.com's Lee Jenkins sits down with the incomparable Bill Walton to discuss his outlook on life, the many hardships he's suffered and the amazing twists of his Hall of Fame career. Walton also talks about his new memoir, "Back From the Dead," which details the many ups and downs of his fascinating life. The NBA great also talks to Jenkins about overcoming his stuttering problem, playing for Donald Sterling, his relationship with John Wooden ("I never won a single argument with the guy") and his ubiquitous personality ("Can you imagine being married to me?). And it wouldn't be a conversation with Walton without some pearls of wisdom from the former Blazers and Celtics great. Walton dishes out life lessons while also touching on some of his fondest memories involving The Grateful Dead, Larry Bird and more. Tweet Lee Jenkins at twitter.com/si_leejenkins, and use the hashtag #openfloor to have your voice heard. You can find more great Sports Illustrated podcasts at si.com/podcasts, and please subscribe to us on iTunes and Stitcher.
Apr 04, 2016
Sharp and Golliver: Kevin Durant in free agency, D'Angelo Russell Lakers drama and more
00:59:59
After teasing it on the podcast last week, SI.com's Andrew Sharp and Ben Golliver break down potential Kevin Durant free agency scenarios on the latest episode of the Open Floor podcast. They also discuss the drama surrounding D'Angelo Russell and the Los Angeles Lakers, NBA prospects Brandon Ingram and Buddy Hield, the remaining teams in the Final Four, Coach K, Karl-Anthony Towns and the Minnesota Timberwolves and much more. If you want to get in touch with the show, tweet Andrew Sharp at twitter.com/andrewsharp or Ben Golliver at twitter.com/bengolliver, and use the hashtag #openfloor to have your voice heard. You can find more great Sports Illustrated podcasts at si.com/podcasts, and please subscribe to the show on iTunes, Stitcher and SoundCloud.
Mar 31, 2016
Sharp and Golliver: Inside LeBron's mind games
00:57:18
In the latest episode of the Open Floor Podcast, SI.com's Andrew Sharp and Ben Golliver take a deep dive into James's mind games and the recent drama he's started on social media. Sharp and Golliver examine LeBron's decision to unfollow the Cavaliers on Twitter and his strange public response when asked about it. They also try and figure out what kind of message LeBron is trying to send and who it is directed at. Later, the hosts discuss LeBron's comments that he wants to play with Carmelo Anthony, Dwyane Wade and Chris Paul and whether or not that's potentially feasible. Also discussed in this week's show: the rising Boston Celtics (and Sharp's magazine feature on them), Carmelo Anthony's irrelevancy in New York, Kevin Durant to the Spurs, the inevitable Warriors-Spurs showdown and a little NCAA tournament talk. If you want to get in touch with the show, tweet Andrew Sharp at twitter.com/andrewsharp or Ben Golliver at twitter.com/bengolliver, and use the hashtag #openfloor to have your voice heard. You can find more great Sports Illustrated podcasts at si.com/podcasts, and please subscribe to the show on iTunes, Stitcher and SoundCloud.
Mar 24, 2016
Kemba Walker
00:26:02
In the latest episode of the Open Floor Podcast, SI.com's Lee Jenkins welcomes Hornets guard Kemba Walker to the show to discuss Charlotte's second–half success, his NCAA tournament memories and what it means to be a New York point guard. Jenkins and Walker begin the program by examining the Hornets' startling success of late. Charlotte has won 15 of its last 18 games, largely thanks to Walker. The two examine Charlotte's newfound flow on offense and what changes have led the team to be competing in the upper tier of the Eastern Conference. Later, Walker takes a stroll down memory lane and discusses some of his favorites plays and games from UConn's 2011 national championship. Walker also touches on what it means to be a point guard from New York City and how he's changed his game since entering the NBA. Tweet Lee Jenkins at twitter.com/si_leejenkins, and use the hashtag #openfloor to have your voice heard. You can find more great Sports Illustrated podcasts at si.com/podcasts, and please subscribe to us on iTunes and Stitcher.
Mar 21, 2016
Sharp and Golliver: 2016 NBA Draft, trading DeMarcus Cousins, March Madness and more
00:54:30
This week on the Open Floor Podcast, Andrew Sharp and Ben Golliver join in on March Madness and talk about current NBA players they'd like to see play in this year's NCAA Tournament, whether Ben Simmons should be the No. 1 pick in the upcoming draft, trading DeMarcus Cousins, the upcoming Warriors-Spurs game and more. If you want to get in touch with the show, tweet Andrew Sharp at twitter.com/andrewsharp or Ben Golliver at twitter.com/bengolliver, and use the hashtag #openfloor to have your voice heard. You can find more great Sports Illustrated podcasts at si.com/podcasts, and please subscribe to the show on iTunes, Stitcher and SoundCloud.
Mar 17, 2016
Jimmy Butler
00:34:21
In this episode of the Open Floor Podcast, Lee Jenkins welcomes in Chicago Bulls SG Jimmy Butler. They discuss some of the difficulties Butler went through growing up, transitioning into a franchise player, who he looks to in developing his leadership style, whether the Bulls have reached their full potential and much more. Ben Golliver, who wrote a feature story on Butler last year for SI, also joins the program to discuss Butler's backstory and share some insight from what he learned while writing the story and watching the team this season. Tweet Lee Jenkins at twitter.com/si_leejenkins, and use the hashtag #openfloor to have your voice heard. You can find more great Sports Illustrated podcasts at si.com/podcasts, and please subscribe to us on iTunes and Stitcher.
Mar 10, 2016
Sharp and Golliver: Breaking up the Bulls, coach of the year and more
00:45:57
In this episode of the Open Floor Podcast, Andrew Sharp and Ben Golliver discuss the Warriors losing to the Lakers, LeBron James's questionable posts on social media, potential destinations for coach Tom Thibodeau, breaking up the Chicago Bulls, their top choices for coach of the year and much more. If you want to get in touch with the show, tweet Andrew Sharp at twitter.com/andrewsharp or Ben Golliver at twitter.com/bengolliver, and use the hashtag #openfloor to have your voice heard. You can find more great Sports Illustrated podcasts at si.com/podcasts, and please subscribe to the show on iTunes, Stitcher and SoundCloud.
Mar 08, 2016
Sharp and Golliver: Challenging the Warriors, drama in Cleveland and more
01:07:19
In this episode of the Open Floor Podcast, Andrew Sharp and Ben Golliver talk about the Golden State Warriors and whether the Spurs or Thunder can challenge them in the West. Later, they discuss the drama in Cleveland, Michael Jordan and the perfect starting lineup, DeMar Derozan in a contract year and the LA Clippers' new mascot Chuck The Condor. You can find Andrew Sharp at twitter.com/andrewsharp and Ben Golliver at twitter.com/bengolliver, and use the hashtag #openfloor to have your voice heard. You can find more great Sports Illustrated podcasts at si.com/podcasts, and please subscribe to the show on iTunes and Stitcher. -- Open Floor is brought to you by FreshBooks. It’s smart, mobile accounting, designed specifically for freelancers and small business owners. You can try FreshBooks for 30-days on us, with no credit card required. Go to FreshBooks.com/sports and enter SPORTS in the “How your heard about us” section.
Mar 03, 2016
Jamal Crawford
00:37:55
In this episode of the Open Floor Podcast, Lee Jenkins welcomes in Los Angeles Clippers guard Jamal Crawford. The two discuss the best 1-on-1 players in the NBA, what it's like to get hot from the floor, the freedom Stephen Curry gets to shoot, playing pick-up basketball at LA Fitness, what he thinks he'll do when he retires and much more. Tweet Lee Jenkins at twitter.com/si_leejenkins, and use the hashtag #openfloor to have your voice heard. You can find more great Sports Illustrated podcasts at si.com/podcasts, and please subscribe to us on iTunes and Stitcher. -- Open Floor is brought to you by FreshBooks. It’s smart, mobile accounting, designed specifically for freelancers and small business owners. You can try FreshBooks for 30-days on us, with no credit card required. Go to FreshBooks.com/sports and enter SPORTS in the “How your heard about us” section.
Mar 02, 2016
Sharp and Golliver: Wizards woes, KD's future and more
01:05:10
Joining the Open Floor Podcast are SI.com's Andrew Sharp and Ben Golliver. In this episode, they discuss the Wizards' woes, the Trail Blazers' hot streak, where Kevin Durant may sign during free agency, bad teams they like to watch, the most disappointing teams this season and much more. You can find Andrew Sharp at twitter.com/andrewsharp and Ben Golliver at twitter.com/bengolliver, and use the hashtag #openfloor to have your voice heard. You can find more great Sports Illustrated podcasts at si.com/podcasts, and please subscribe to the show on iTunes and Stitcher. -- Open Floor is brought to you by FreshBooks. It’s smart, mobile accounting, designed specifically for freelancers and small business owners. You can try FreshBooks for 30-days on us, with no credit card required. Go to FreshBooks.com/sports and enter SPORTS in the “How your heard about us” section.
Feb 26, 2016
Meyers Leonard
00:53:47
In this episode of the Open Floor Podcast, Lee Jenkins welcomes in the Portland Trail Blazers' Meyers Leonard. Leonard discusses his first encounter with Damian Lillard and when he knew he would be a special player, how his game has evolved since he first entered the league, the struggles his family dealt with growing up and much more. Tweet Lee Jenkins at twitter.com/si_leejenkins, and use the hashtag #openfloor to have your voice heard. You can find more great Sports Illustrated podcasts at si.com/podcasts, and please subscribe to us on iTunes and Stitcher. -- Open Floor is brought to you by FreshBooks. It’s smart, mobile accounting, designed specifically for freelancers and small business owners. You can try FreshBooks for 30-days on us, with no credit card required. Go to FreshBooks.com/sports and enter SPORTS in the “How your heard about us” section.
Feb 25, 2016
Atlanta Hawks G/F Kent Bazemore
00:41:42
In this episode of the Open Floor Podcast, Lee Jenkins welcomes in Atlanta Hawks wing Kent Bazemore. The two discuss Bazemore's journey to get to the NBA, being arrested minutes before his final game at Old Dominion, "Bazemoring" on the bench, guarding the opposing team's best wing players, rebuilding his jumpshot and much more. Tweet Lee Jenkins at twitter.com/si_leejenkins, and use the hashtag #openfloor to have your voice heard. You can find more great Sports Illustrated podcasts at si.com/podcasts, and please subscribe to us on iTunes and Stitcher. -- Today’s show is brought to you by FreshBooks. For freelancers and small business owners, Freshbooks takes the pain out of accounting. Have a question about the service? A real-live human will answer every call in about 3 rings. Get your 30-day free trial by going to FreshBooks.com/openfloor and entering OPENFLOOR.
Feb 10, 2016
Earl Watson, Phoenix Suns head coach
00:32:47
Welcome to the return of the Open Floor, SI’s NBA Podcast. Hosted by SI senior writer Lee Jenkins, the podcast welcomes new Phoenix Suns head coach and former NBA point guard Earl Watson. In this episode, Watson opens up about playing pickup basketball at UCLA with Magic Johnson and Kobe Bryant, his biggest coaching influences – John Wooden, Hubie Brown, Jerry Sloan and Jeff Hornacek – and the lessons he learned from them. Watson also touches on the legendary trash talk of Gary Payton, the drama around Markieff Morris and much more. Tweet Lee Jenkins at twitter.com/si_leejenkins, and use the hashtag #openfloor to have your voice heard. You can find more great Sports Illustrated podcasts at si.com/podcasts, and please subscribe to us on iTunes and Stitcher. -- Today’s show is brought to you by FreshBooks. For freelancers and small business owners, Freshbooks takes the pain out of accounting. Have a question about the service? A real-live human will answer every call in about 3 rings. Get your 30-day free trial by going to FreshBooks.com/openfloor and entering OPENFLOOR.
Feb 04, 2016
Curry's Warriors vs. Jordan's Bulls ... who wins?
00:43:35
In this episode of the Open Floor Podcast, host Chris Mannix welcomes Howard Beck back to the SI podcast studio to talk hoops. They discuss Beck's piece on the L.A. Clippers being the most hated team in the NBA (http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2600907-why-everyone-in-the-nba-hates-the-clippers), whether or not Stephen Curry and the Golden State Warriors could beat Michael Jordan's Chicago Bulls, Jimmy Butler criticizing head coach Fred Hoiberg, Dwight Howard and more. Tweet Chris Mannix at twitter.com/ChrisMannixSI, and use the hashtag #openfloor to have your voice heard. You can find more great Sports Illustrated podcasts at si.com/podcasts, and please subscribe to us on iTunes or Stitcher. -- Open Floor is brought to you by FanDuel, the leader in one-week fantasy sports, with more winners and more payouts than any other site. Enter promo code OPENFLOOR at FanDuel.com to play a risk-free tournament for up to $10. We’re also sponsored by the SeatGeek app, the easiest way to find a great deal, pay for your ticket and get to your seat. Download the SeatGeek app and enter our code: OPENFLOOR, for $20 off your first purchase.
Dec 22, 2015
Adam Silver, Warriors C Festus Ezeli on winning streak being snapped, Ethan Skolnick on LeBron James
01:09:53
On this episode of Open Floor, Chris Mannix brings you his interview with NBA commissioner Adam Silver. They talk about the Philadelphia 76ers and what Jerry Colangelo brings to the franchise, potentially changing the draft lottery formula, the impending lockout and more. Golden State Warriors center Festus Ezeli also joins the program, and he talks to Mannix about the Warriors' winning streak finally being snapped, guarding Stephen Curry in practice, Steve Kerr and more. The Miami Herald's Ethan Skolnick also comes on to talk about Rajon Rondo's suspension, LeBron James leaving for Cleveland, the Miami Heat and several other topics. Tweet Chris Mannix at twitter.com/ChrisMannixSI, and use the hashtag #openfloor to have your voice heard. You can find more great Sports Illustrated podcasts at si.com/podcasts, and please subscribe to us on iTunes or Stitcher. -- Open Floor is brought to you by the SeatGeek app, the easiest way to to find a great deal, pay for your ticket and get to your seat. Download the SeatGeek app and enter our code: OPENFLOOR, for $20 off your first purchase. We’re also sponsored by FanDuel, the leader in one-week fantasy sports, with more winners and more payouts than any other site. Enter promo code OPENFLOOR at http://FanDuel.com to play a risk-free tournament for up to $10.
Dec 15, 2015
Brad Stevens, Ben Golliver on LeBron James, Jeff Zillgitt on Stephen Curry and more
00:52:43
Welcome to episode No. 8 of the Open Floor NBA podcast, hosted by Chris Mannix. In this episode, Mannix welcomes SI NBA writer Ben Golliver, USA Today's Jeff Zillgitt and his interview with Boston Celtics head coach Brad Stevens. Tweet Chris Mannix at twitter.com/ChrisMannixSI, and use the hashtag #openfloor to have your voice heard. You can find more great Sports Illustrated podcasts at si.com/podcasts, and please subscribe to us on iTunes or Stitcher. -- Open Floor is brought to you by FanDuel, the leader in one-week fantasy sports, with more winners and more payouts than any other site. Enter promo code OPENFLOOR at FanDuel.com to play a risk-free tournament for up to $10. We’re also sponsored by the SeatGeek app, the easiest way to find a great deal, pay for your ticket and get to your seat. Download the SeatGeek app and enter our code: OPENFLOOR, for $20 off your first purchase.
Dec 08, 2015
Frank Vogel; Bobby Marks on why the Nets passed on Kobe Bryant, the Celtics trade and more
00:54:54
Welcome to episode No. 7 of the Open Floor NBA podcast hosted by Sports Illustrated's Chris Mannix. Coming on the heels of Kobe Bryant's retirement announcement, Mannix shares his thought on the decision and whom he believes is his heir apparent. Indiana Packers head coach Frank Vogel also joins the show, and he shares some stories about Larry Bird, talks about Paul George and more. Bobby Marks, former assistant GM for the Brooklyn Nets, also joins Mannix to talk hoops. They discuss the Nets passing on Kobe Bryant in the draft, the trade with the Boston Celtics and more. Tweet Chris Mannix at twitter.com/ChrisMannixSI, and use the hashtag #openfloor to have your voice heard. You can find more great Sports Illustrated podcasts at si.com/podcasts, and please subscribe to us on iTunes or Stitcher. -- Open Floor is brought to you by the SeatGeek app, the easiest way to to find a great deal, pay for your ticket and get to your seat. Download the SeatGeek app and enter our code: OPENFLOOR, for $20 off your first purchase. We’re also sponsored by FanDuel, the leader in one-week fantasy sports, with more winners and more payouts than any other site. Enter promo code OPENFLOOR at FanDuel.com to play a risk-free tournament for up to $10.
Dec 01, 2015
Jeff Hornacek; Baxter Holmes on Kobe Bryant, D'Angelo Russell and more
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Chris Mannix shares his thoughts on the Rockets' decision to fire Kevin McHale, what he thinks of the team and which big name coaches could take the job. Jeff Hornacek, former NBA guard and now the head coach of the Phoenix Suns, joins the podcast to talk about some memorable moments from his playing days, who he thinks is the best shooter of all time, how he got into coaching, Tom Chambers's dunking skills, playing for Jerry Sloan and more. ESPN's Baxter Holmes also joins the program to talk about Kobe Bryant, D'Angelo Russell, Byron Scott and the mess that is the Los Angeles Lakers. Tweet Chris Mannix at twitter.com/ChrisMannixSI, and use the hashtag #openfloor to have your voice heard. You can find more great Sports Illustrated podcasts at si.com/podcasts, and please subscribe to us on iTunes or Stitcher. -- Open Floor is brought to you by FanDuel, the leader in one-week fantasy sports, with more winners and more payouts than any other site. Enter promo code OPENFLOOR at FanDuel.com to play a risk-free tournament for up to $10. We’re also sponsored by the SeatGeek app, the easiest way to find a great deal, pay for your ticket and get to your seat. Download the SeatGeek app and enter our code: OPENFLOOR, for $20 off your first purchase.
Nov 24, 2015
Paul Millsap; Frank Isola on Kristaps Porzingis, Carmelo Anthony and the NY Knicks
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Returning from a trip out west, Chris Mannix shares his thoughts about the Memphis Grizzlies, Golden State Warriors and New Orleans Pelicans after getting an opportunity to see them play in person. Atlanta Hawks forward Paul Millsap joins the program, and he talks about his decision to re-sign with the Atlanta Hawks, playing for Jerry Sloan, his love for football and more. Frank Isola, New York Knicks beat writer for the New York Daily News, is also a guest on the podcast, and he talks to Mannix about Kristaps Porzingis, Carmelo Anthony, the worst moves in Knicks history and more. Tweet Chris Mannix at https://twitter.com/ChrisMannixSI, and use the hashtag #openfloor to have your voice heard. You can find more great Sports Illustrated podcasts at si.com/podcasts, and please subscribe to us on iTunes or Stitcher. -- Open Floor is brought to you by the SeatGeek app, available in app stores and at seatgeek.com. Enter code OPENFLOOR in the app to for a $20 rebate off your first ticket purchase. We're also sponsored by FanDuel. Enter promo code OPENFLOOR at FanDuel.com for up to $200 in bonus cash.
Nov 17, 2015
Tim Bontemps on Kobe, Lakers and Nets; Sam Amick on Warriors, Kings and Thunder
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Tim Bontemps, currently with the New York Post and soon to be the national NBA writer for the Washington Post, joins Chris Mannix in the Sports Illustrated podcast studio to talk about how bad the Brooklyn Nets are playing, Kobe Bryant's abysmal season and what needs to happen with the Los Angeles Lakers. USA Today's Sam Amick also joins the program, and he talks with Chris about DeMarcus Cousins and the Sacramento Kings, Billy Donovan and the Oklahoma City Thunder, the Golden State Warriors and more. You can subscribe to the Open Floor podcast on iTunes and Stitcher, and you can find more great Sports Illustrated podcasts at si.com/podcasts. -- Open Floor is brought to you by the SeatGeek app, available in app stores and at seatgeek.com. Enter code OPENFLOOR in the app to for a $20 rebate off your first ticket purchase. We're also sponsored by FanDuel. Enter promo code OPENFLOOR at FanDuel.com for up to $200 in bonus cash. Music by The Passion Hifi twitter.com/Passion_HiFi
Nov 10, 2015
Al Jefferson; Lee Jenkins on Kobe Bryant, the LA Lakers, Steph Curry and more
00:58:41
To kick off episode No. 3 of the Open Floor podcast, Chris Mannix shares three things he likes and three things he doesn't like after the first week of the season. Then he welcomes the Charlotte Hornets' Al Jefferson to talk about players he's modeled his game after, what makes him such a great low-post player, what he's learned from Michael Jordan and more. Finally, Sports Illustrated's very own senior NBA writer Lee Jenkins comes on the program to share his thoughts on Kobe Bryant and the Los Angeles Lakers, Steph Curry and much more. You can find more great Sports Illustrated podcasts at si.com/podcasts, and please subscribe to us on iTunes or Stitcher. -- Open Floor is brought to you by the SeatGeek app, available in app stores and at seatgeek.com. Enter code OPENFLOOR in the app to for a $20 rebate off your first ticket purchase. We're also sponsored by FanDuel. Enter promo code OPENFLOOR at FanDuel.com for up to $200 in bonus cash. Music by The Passion Hifi twitter.com/Passion_HiFi
Nov 03, 2015
Kyle Lowry on Raptors; Howard Beck on Kobe Bryant and Knicks, Mark Bechtel on Cavaliers
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In the second episode of the Open Floor podcast, host Chris Mannix welcomes SI Kids managing editor Mark Bechtel to talk about LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers; Toronto Raptors point guard Kyle Lowry; and Bleacher Report's Howard Beck to discuss the New York Knicks, Kobe Bryant, Kevin Durant and more. You can subscribe to the Open Floor podcast on iTunes, and you can find more great Sports Illustrated podcasts at si.com/podcasts. -- Open Floor is brought to you by the SeatGeek app, available in app stores and at seatgeek.com. Enter code OPENFLOOR in the app to for a $20 rebate off your first ticket purchase. We're also sponsored by FanDuel. Enter promo code OPENFLOOR at FanDuel.com for up to $200 in bonus cash. Music by The Passion Hifi twitter.com/Passion_HiFi
Oct 26, 2015
OKC Thunder coach Billy Donovan and Chicago Bulls beat writer KC Johnson
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Welcome to the inaugural episode of the Open Floor podcast. Hosted by NBA insider Chris Mannix, Sports Illustrated’s NBA podcast dishes weekly analysis and features guest appearances from some of the biggest names in the NBA and sports media. In this episode, Mannix welcomes Oklahoma City Thunder head coach Billy Donovan. They talk about why he chose to leave the college coaching ranks for the NBA, what happened in Orlando, how he connected with Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook, transitioning to the pros and more. Also joining the show is K.C. Johnson, Chicago Bulls beat writer for the Chicago Tribune. They discuss Derrick Rose’s latest injury, the differences between new coach Fred Hoiberg and former coach Tom Thibodeau and much more. You can subscribe to the Open Floor podcast on iTunes, and you can find more great Sports Illustrated podcasts at si.com/podcasts. -- Open Floor is brought to you by the SeatGeek app, available in app stores and at http://seatgeek.com. Enter code OPENFLOOR in the app to for a $20 rebate off your first ticket purchase. We're also sponsored by FanDuel. Enter promo code OPENFLOOR at http://FanDuel.com for up to $200 in bonus cash. Music by The Passion Hifi https://twitter.com/Passion_HiFi
Oct 20, 2015