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Reviews: 22

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

@largeInLondon
 Dec 14, 2019
Top podcast pitched at the right level. A couple of smart and articulate guys chewing the fat on the NBA.


 Nov 16, 2019


 Oct 1, 2019

Alan
 Jun 24, 2019
entertaining

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The Ringer NBA team is providing instant reactions to all the playoff action and news five days a week. SUN: postgame show with Kevin O'Connor and J. Kyle Mann; MON: 'Real Ones' with Logan Murdock & Raja Bell; TUE: 'Group Chat' with Justin Verrier, Rob Mahoney & Wosny Lambre; THURS: 'Real Ones' with Logan Murdock & Raja Bell; FRI: 'The Answer' with Chris Ryan & Seerat Sohi.

Episode Date
Who Won the 2021 NBA Draft? | The Answer
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Late Thursday night, Chris is joined by J. Kyle Mann and Wos to recap the 2021 NBA Draft. They discuss the Draft's biggest surprises (0:57), Golden State picking Jonathan Kuminga (4:00), and Orlando's draft (11:08). Then, they get into the the Russell Westbrook trade (27:19) before breaking down some of the obvious picks of the draft (32:26). Host: Chris Ryan Guests: J. Kyle Mann and Wosny Lambre Producer: Carlos Chiriboga Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jul 30, 2021
Scenario Mock Draft, Trades Ideas, and Second-Round Sleepers | Ringer NBA University
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KOC and J. Kyle Mann start by talking about ideal team fits for Ben Simmons (1:25). Then they pretend to be GMs and try to conduct some mock draft trades (6:50). After that, with some help from Spotify Greenroom listeners, they go through a scenario mock draft (26:03). Lastly they each give four potential second-round sleepers (46:18). Hosts: Kevin O’Connor and J. Kyle Mann Production Assistant: Isaiah Blakely Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jul 29, 2021
Did Anybody Win the Grizzlies-Pelicans Trade? Plus: NBA Draft Cram Session. | Group Chat
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Justin, Rob, Tjarks, and J. Kyle Mann discuss every aspect of the trade between the Memphis Grizzlies and New Orleans Pelicans (1:45). Then Tjarks and J. Kyle Mann help get Rob and Justin up to speed on what they need to know going into the NBA draft (18:43). Lastly they answer some questions from Spotify Greenroom listeners (51:20). Hosts: Justin Verrier and Rob Mahoney Guests: Jonathan Tjarks and J. Kyle Mann Production Assistant: Isaiah Blakely Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jul 27, 2021
What’s Going On With Team USA? Plus: Can the Warriors Land Bradley Beal? | Real Ones
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Logan and Raja talk USA men’s basketball losing to France in the Olympics (5:00), as well as roster challenges and where Team USA may finish (19:45). Then, what happens if Bradley Beal is traded to the Warriors, and what does that mean for the rest of the NBA (22:49)? Plus: The Lakers shop Kyle Kuzma to every team in the league (34:20). Hosts: Logan Murdock and Raja Bell Associate Producer: Stefan Anderson Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jul 26, 2021
How Did Giannis Rise to the Top of the NBA? | The Answer
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Seerat and Rob are joined by Mirin Fader to discuss her new book, 'Giannis: The Improbable Rise of an NBA MVP.' They talk about Giannis's personality (4:39), the impact of being a European player (13:46), and his upbringing and early career struggles (18:21). Then they get into the way Giannis mentors his younger brothers (40:40) and favorite Giannis quotes from this postseason (51:13).  Hosts: Seerat Sohi and Rob Mahoney Guest: Mirin Fader Producer: Carlos Chiriboga Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jul 23, 2021
Mirin Fader on Giannis Antetokounmpo’s Drive, Loyalty, and Hard Work. Plus: The Bucks Win the NBA Finals! | Real Ones
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Logan and Raja talk all about Game 6 of the 2021 NBA Finals, which the Bucks took to win the whole darn thing (0:42), as well as what this loss means for Chris Paul (17:49). Then Mirin Fader joins the show to talk about her new book, 'Giannis: The Improbable Rise of an NBA MVP,' coming out August 10 (27:07). Then Logan and Raja make some way-too-early predictions about the 2021-22 NBA season (48:06) and Jomi joins to do his final pack watch of this season of basketball (51:04) Hosts: Logan Murdock and Raja Bell Guests: Mirin Fader and Jomi Adeniran Associate Producer: Sasha Ashall Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jul 22, 2021
Giannis Antetokounmpo Leads the Milwaukee Bucks to the 2020-21 NBA Championship | Group Chat
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Justin, Rob, and Wos come together live on Greenroom after the Milwaukee Bucks take the 2021 NBA championship in six games against the Suns to talk about how the Bucks pulled off the win (0:30), what this gut-punching loss means for Chris Paul’s legacy (21:08), and whether this championship will end the small vs. big market debates (35:27). Hosts: Justin Verrier, Rob Mahoney, and Wosny Lambre Associate Producer: Sasha Ashall Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jul 21, 2021
What Would a Championship Mean for Giannis Antetokounmpo’s Legacy? | Real Ones
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After Raja recounts his harrowing experience at the Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport, Logan and Raja talk about what they saw from the Bucks and Suns in Game 5 (5:00). Then, as Giannis Antetokounmpo approaches a title win, they wonder what a championship and likely Finals MVP in addition to two MVPs and a DPOY would mean for the 26-year-old's legacy (23:00). Finally they look to Game 6, when the Bucks will lay it all on the line to win and the Suns will lay it all on the line to stay alive (41:39). Hosts: Logan Murdock and Raja Bell Associate Producer: Sasha Ashall Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jul 19, 2021
Bucks Win Game 5 to Take a 3-2 Series Lead | Postgame
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Immediately following Game 5, KOC and J. Kyle Mann get together to discuss another exciting Bucks win. They start with Jrue Holiday's impressive performance (1:30), then they discuss the evolution of Giannis (12:00) and if the Suns will be able to force a Game 7 (22:45). Plus, have the Finals taught us anything about how teams should approach the draft (29:00)? Hosts: Kevin O'Connor and J. Kyle Mann Producer: Carlos Chiriboga Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jul 18, 2021
What Else Is Happening in the NBA, Other Than the Finals? | The Answer
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This week Chris and Seerat start by talking about all the other news in the NBA, besides the Finals, including Team USA having to make last-minute roster changes (14:15) and reports of Damian Lillard requesting a trade (2:00). Then they discuss their general observations and thoughts going into a pivotal Game 5 of the NBA Finals (25:28). Hosts: Chris Ryan and Seerat Sohi Production Assistant: Isaiah Blakely Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jul 16, 2021
Khris Middleton Leads the Bucks to a Series-Tying Game 4 Victory. Plus: Jovan Buha on Kawhi Leonard and the Clippers. | Real Ones
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As Raja sits sulking in the Fort Lauderdale airport, Logan and guest host Seerat Sohi discuss all the particulars of the Bucks’ Game 4 win on Wednesday night, including whether Giannis’s block was better than LeBron’s (0:42), why Seerat still stans Jrue Holiday (16:30), and the details of Khris Middleton’s best game of the playoffs (25:09). Then they talk about adjustments for Game 5 in Phoenix (32:57) before The Athletic’s Jovan Buha joins the program to dish the dirt on Kawhi Leonard and the Clippers (39:30).  Host: Logan Murdock Guests: Seerat Sohi and Jovan Buha Associate Producer: Sasha Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jul 15, 2021
The Bucks Squeeze Out a Win in Game 4 Despite Devin Booker’s Best Efforts. Plus: Kawhi Leonard’s Knee Surgery and Ben Simmons Trade Rumors. | Group Chat
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Coming to you live on Greenroom right after Game 4 of the NBA Finals or whenever you like on Spotify (or wherever you get your podcasts), Justin, Rob, and Wos talk about the Bucks beating the Suns to tie the series (0:30). Then they get into the offseason drama of the day, namely Kawhi Leonard’s ACL surgery (39:35) and potential Ben Simmons trade scenarios (49:00) Hosts: Justin Verrier, Rob Mahoney, and Wosny Lambre Associate Producer: Sasha Ashal Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jul 15, 2021
The Bucks Turn Up the Pressure on Deandre Ayton and Devin Booker to Win Game 3 | Real Ones
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Logan and Raja come to you after the Bucks trounce the Suns in Game 3 of the NBA Finals in Milwaukee to talk about how Deandre Ayton responded to increased pressure from the Bucks (4:00), how Devin Booker can increase his offensive impact (19:53), and the two-way clinic Giannis has put on in the past two games (25:10). Hosts: Logan Murdock and Raja Bell Associate Producer: Sasha Ashall Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jul 13, 2021
Giannis Dominates as the Bucks Win Game 3 | Postgame
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Just after Game 3, Justin Verrier and J. Kyle Mann come together to break down the Bucks win and look forward to the rest of the series. They discuss Giannis' big night (1:25), Ayton's foul trouble (17:40), and if the Bucks can actually make it a series (32:08). Plus, they talk potential Finals MVPs (45:13). Hosts: Justin Verrier and J. Kyle Mann Producer: Carlos Chiriboga Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jul 12, 2021
The Suns Take a 2-0 Lead. Can the Bucks Come Back? | The Answer
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Immediately following Game 2, Chris and Seerat discuss the Suns taking care of business in a clinical manner (2:30) and if the Bucks can still make it a series (16:52). Plus, was Chris Paul just a perfect fit for Phoenix (32:22)? Hosts: Chris Ryan and Seerat Sohi Producer: Carlos Chiriboga Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jul 09, 2021
The 2021 NBA Finals Is the Chris Paul Legacy Series | Real Ones
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Logan and Raja discuss the Suns beating the Bucks in Game 1 of the NBA Finals (0:42), then go through The Ringer’s 2021 NBA Finals Entrance Survey and respond to all the questions (23:03). Hosts: Logan Murdock and Raja Bell Associate Producer: Sasha Ashall Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jul 08, 2021
The Phoenix Suns Take Game 1 of the NBA Finals | Group Chat
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Justin, Rob, and Wos get together after Game 1 of the NBA Finals to talk about the Suns’ thrilling win over the Bucks (including a hobbled Giannis Antetokounmpo) (0:45), take some questions from live Greenroom listeners (24:41), and discuss any adjustments either team needs going into Game 2 (37:48). Hosts: Justin Verrier, Rob Mahoney, and Wosny Lambre Associate Producer: Sasha Ashall Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jul 07, 2021
The Bucks Beat the Hawks and Advance to the NBA Finals | Postgame
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Kevin O'Connor and J. Kyle Mann rejoin after Game 6 in Atlanta to discuss Milwaukee's victory over the Hawks and advancing to the Finals against the Suns. They discuss what key elements took the Bucks to victory, along with what to look forward to in the Finals when the two teams battle it out. Hosts: Kevin O'Connor and J. Kyle Mann Producer: Steve Ahlman Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jul 04, 2021
Who Is on Our All-NBA Playoff Team? | The Answer
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Chris is joined by The Ringer’s Justin Verrier to recap the Bucks’ Game 5 victory over the Hawks (1:11). Then they each draft an All–NBA Playoff Team (14:04). Host: Chris Ryan Guest: Justin Verrier Production Assistant: Isaiah Blakely Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jul 02, 2021
Chris Paul Puts Up 41 Points to Go to His First NBA Finals. Plus: Bucks-Hawks Game 5 Preview | Real Ones
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Chief Meme Officer Jomi joins up top for a prolific Clippers pack watch (0:28). Then Logan and Raja talk about the Suns’ first trip to the NBA Finals in 28 years (2:07), what his first trip to the Finals means for Chris Paul’s legacy, and whether the Suns can win it all (5:12). They get into the Clippers' side of things with some Paul George (23:25) and Kawhi Leonard chat (30:19). Finally, they preview Bucks-Hawks Game 5 (38:30) and each give their Real One of the Week (46:34). Hosts: Logan Murdock and Raja Bell Guest: Jomi Adeniran Associate Producer: Sasha Ashall Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jul 01, 2021
The Phoenix Suns Are Headed to the NBA Finals | Group Chat
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Justin, Rob, and Big Wos get together to talk about the Suns’ win over the Clippers in Game 6 of the Western Conference finals to make it through to the NBA Finals (1:34) and what the Clippers should do this offseason after another late-round loss in the playoffs (24:14). Then they get into a little bit of Bucks-Hawks talk as they look toward Thursday night’s Game 5 (37:53). Hosts: Justin Verrier, Rob Mahoney, and Wosny Lambre Associate Producer: Sasha Ashall Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jul 01, 2021
Paul George Leads the Clippers to Victory in Game 5 of the Western Conference Finals | Real Ones
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Logan and Raja convene after Paul George leads the Clippers to a win over the Suns in Game 5 of the Western Conference finals to talk about how he has stepped up to become the Clippers’ no. 1 guy after Kawhi Leonard went down with a knee injury (2:30). Then they talk about what the Suns need to do to pull this series out (16:16), and preview Game 4 of the Bucks-Hawks series in the East (28:04). Finally, Jomi pulls some questions from the Greenroom chat (34:25). Hosts: Logan Murdock and Raja Bell Guest: Jomi Adeniran Associate Producer: Sasha Ashall Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jun 29, 2021
The Suns Take a 3-1 Lead Over the Clippers | Postgame
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After a bizarre game, the Phoenix Suns scraped out a a win over the Clippers in a knock-down, drag-out fourth quarter. Kevin O'Connor and J. Kyle Mann get on the mic to break down the amazing performance from Deandre Ayton, the impressive playmaking from Paul George, and previewing Game 5 as these two teams look to battle it out. Hosts: Kevin O'Connor and J. Kyle Mann Producer: Steve Ahlman Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jun 27, 2021
The Bucks Destroy the Hawks and Why Are Young Players Succeeding in the Playoffs? | The Answer
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Seerat is joined by the Ringer's Rob Mahoney to break down the Bucks' beat down of the Hawks in Game 2 (0:51) and take some listener questions (38:40). Then Chris and Seerat talk about the success that young players have had so far in the playoffs (57:08). Hosts: Chris Ryan and Seerat Sohi Guest: Rob Mahoney Producer: Carlos Chiriboga Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jun 26, 2021
Hawks Outwork the Bucks to Win Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals. Plus: Rick Carlisle Is the New Pacers Head Coach. | Real Ones
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Logan and Raja first touch on Thursday morning’s news that Rick Carlisle has been hired by the Indiana Pacers to be the new head coach (0:38). Then they talk about Trae Young’s incredible performance in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals and mistakes the Bucks made down the stretch (9:56), as well as the recent hiring of Ime Udoka as the Celtics’ head coach (27:03). Finally, they get into the Western Conference finals, where the Suns are up 2-0 on the Clippers going into Game 3 (32:48). Hosts: Logan Murdock and Raja Bell Associate Producer: Sasha Ashall Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jun 24, 2021
Trae Young Astounds in Game 1 Victory Over the Bucks. Plus: Ime Udoka Is the New Celtics Head Coach | Group Chat
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Justin, Rob, and Big Wos convene after the Hawks bested the Bucks in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals to talk about Trae Young’s unbelievable performance and what adjustments the Bucks need to make to not just be another team on Trae’s hit list (0:30). Then they talk about Brad Stevens’s first move as president of basketball operations of the Celtics to hire Ime Udoka as head coach (21:09), what could happen to Ben Simmons after his poor performance in the playoffs (30:30), and other offseason rumors (42:07). Finally, they give their predictions for Game 3 of the Western Conference finals (52:15). Hosts: Justin Verrier, Rob Mahoney, and Wosny Lambre Associate Producer: Sasha Ashall Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jun 24, 2021
Is Giannis Antetokounmpo’s Game Misunderstood? Plus: The 76ers Collapse, the Suns Take Game 1, and Trae Young Is a Beast. | Real Ones
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The second round of the NBA playoffs have come to an intense and exhilarating conclusion and the conference finals have begun. Logan and Raja take you through everything that transpired over the weekend. First, they get into the 76ers’ utter collapse in Game 7 against the Hawks, including the resulting scrutiny on Ben Simmons (1:53). Then they give Trae Young and Kevin Huerter their flowers (22:34) and touch on the end of the Nets’ postseason journey (31:45), before talking about whether Giannis Antetokounmpo’s game is misunderstood (33:08). Finally, they dive into this Clippers-Suns Western Conference finals matchup (43:12), and Jomi and Logan forge a new bet for the outcome of Game 2 of that series (56:15). Hosts: Logan Murdock and Raja Bell Guest: Jomi Adeniran Associate Producer: Sasha Ashall Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jun 22, 2021
The Hawks Advance, the Suns Take Game 1, and We Preview the Draft Lotto | Post Game
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Kevin O'Connor and J. Kyle Mann bring you in-depth analysis from Sunday's NBA playoff games beginning with the Game 7 Hawks victory over the Sixers (01:31). They then move on to the first game of Suns vs. Clippers and what L.A. can do to improve in this series (21:41). Then they take an early look at the NBA draft lotto and what it could mean for teams looking to make moves for their ideal picks (49:22). Hosts: Kevin O'Connor and J. Kyle Mann Producer: Steve Ahlman Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jun 21, 2021
Crazy Clippers Comeback, Sixers Force Game 7 and What Does The Kemba Trade Mean? | The Answer
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Chris is joined by J. Kyle Mann to talk about the Clippers' comeback against the Jazz (1:00) and the Sixers forcing a game 7 against the Hawks (14:07). Then they discuss the Kemba Walker trade and what it means (48:17). Hosts: Chris Ryan and J. Kyle Mann Producer: Carlos Chiriboga Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jun 19, 2021
David Aldridge on Ben Simmons, Postseason Injuries, Kevin Durant’s Greatness, and More | Real Ones
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The Athletic’s David Aldridge joins Logan and Raja to talk about the 76ers' collapse against the Hawks on Wednesday night and the role Ben Simmons played in that Game 5 loss (0:30). Then they talk about Paul George holding things down for the Clippers against the Jazz after Kawhi Leonard injured his ACL, and the state of injuries this postseason (23:30), as well as Kevin Durant’s greatness (38:30) and predictions for Thursday night’s Bucks-Nets Game 6 (1:11:18). Hosts: Logan Murdock and Raja Bell Guest: David Aldridge Associate Producer: Sasha Ashall Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jun 17, 2021
The Hawks Eke Out Incredible Comeback Win Against the 76ers and the Clippers Take Game 5 Without Kawhi Leonard. Plus: The Coaching Carousel Starts Turning Early. | Group Chat
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The Ringer’s Jonathan Tjarks joins Justin, Rob, and Wos live on Greenroom Wednesday night to talk about the Hawks incredible comeback against the 76ers to win Game 5 (0:42) and the Clippers win over the Jazz without Kawhi Leonard (15:36). Then they get into the host of coaching and front office maneuvers that came out on this busy Wednesday, including the Pelicans firing head coach Stan Van Gundy (35:55), the Mavericks firing general manager Donnie Nelson (46:52), and the Wizards firing head coach Scott Brooks (54:50). Hosts: Justin Verrier, Rob Mahoney, and Wosny Lambre Guest: Jonathan Tjarks Associate Producer: Sasha Ashall Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jun 17, 2021
The Hawks and Clippers Bring Their Series to 2-2. Plus: Luka Doncic Flexes His Star Power. | Real Ones
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Logan is joined by The Ringer’s Seerat Sohi Monday night to discuss the Hawks narrowly beating the 76ers to tie up their series (1:40) and the Clippers ripping the Jazz a new one to tie up their series (22:00). Then they dive into Tim Cato and Sam Amick’s story in The Athletic about Luka Doncic not liking Dallas “shadow GM” Haralabos Voulgaris (39:00) before Jomi puts the Nuggets on pack watch (47:00) and Logan and Seerat give their predictions for Tuesday’s Bucks-Nets Game 5 (49:15). Host: Logan Murdock Guests: Seerat Sohi and Jomi Adeniran Associate Producer: Sasha Ashall Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jun 15, 2021
The Bucks Tie Their Series and the Suns Sweep! | Post Game
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Kevin O'Connor and J. Kyle Mann sit down to analyze this Sunday's NBA playoff games and preview the week ahead. They begin with the Bucks, who tied their series with the Nets, and how PJ Tucker ended up as the most effective player on the court (01:50). Then they set their sights on one of Monday's games to discuss how the Hawks could possibly improve against the 76ers (19:28). They then move to the Phoenix Suns, who swept the Denver Nuggets, and comment on Nikola Jokic getting ejected from the game after a hard foul (32:36). Finally, they preview the Jazz-Clippers matchup (51:34). Hosts: Kevin O'Connor and J. Kyle Mann Producer: Steve Ahlman Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jun 14, 2021
Joel Embiid Leads the Sixers to a Game 3 Win & What is the State of NBA Villains? | The Answer
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Seerat is joined by The Ringer's Rob Mahoney to begin to eulogize the Nuggets after the Suns take a 3-0 series lead (2:25) and discuss Joel Embiid and the 76ers commanding game 3 win over the Hawks (11:46). Then Chris and Seerat are joined by Logan Murdock to discuss the role of villains in the NBA (36:12). Hosts: Chris Ryan and Seerat Sohi Guests: Rob Mahoney and Logan Murdock Producers: Isaiah Blakely and Carlos Chiriboga Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jun 12, 2021
Chris Bosh on Getting the Heatles Together and Much More. Plus: Chris Paul Is the Suns’ Secret Sauce. | Real Ones
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Logan and Raja talk about what Chris Paul has done on and off the court to boost this Suns team through the postseason after they mollywhopped the Nuggets in Game 2 of the second round (0:53), whether the Nuggets can take a game in this series (22:23), and their predictions for Thursday night’s games (25:30). Then two-time NBA champion and Hall of Famer Chris Bosh joins the show to talk about coming to terms with retirement, the process of putting the Heatles together, his new book 'Letters to a Young Athlete,' and so much more (32:36).  Hosts: Logan Murdock and Raja Bell Guest: Chris Bosh Associate Producer: Sasha Ashall Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jun 10, 2021
The Suns Blow Out the Nuggets in Game 2. Plus: Small Markets and Young Stars Rule the 2021 Playoffs. | Group Chat
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Justin, Rob, and Wos talk about the Suns blowing the Nuggets out in Game 2 of the Western Conference semifinals Wednesday night (0:55). Then, with most big market teams and LeBron James and Steph Curry eliminated from the playoffs, they talk about how the NBA treats young stars and smaller markets (21:41), give their postseason awards (44:02), and look ahead to Thursday night’s games (51:28). Finally, Jordan Ritter Conn joins Justin to talk about his new podcast 'What If? The Len Bias Story' on the 'Book of Basketball 2.0' feed (58:52). Hosts: Justin Verrier, Rob Mahoney, and Wosny Lambre Guest: Jordan Ritter Conn Associate Producer: Sasha Ashall Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jun 10, 2021
2021 NBA Playoffs for The Ringer NBA Show
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The Ringer NBA team is providing instant reactions to all the playoff action and news five days a week. SUN: postgame show with Kevin O'Connor and J. Kyle Mann; MON: 'Real Ones' with Logan Murdock & Raja Bell; TUE: 'Group Chat' with Justin Verrier, Rob Mahoney & Wosny Lambre; THURS: 'Real Ones' with Logan Murdock & Raja Bell; FRI: 'The Answer' with Chris Ryan & Seerat Sohi. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jun 09, 2021
The Phoenix Suns Are For Real. Plus: The Bucks-Nets Series Is A Bummer So Far. | Real Ones
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Late Monday night, Logan and Raja get into Game 1 of the Suns-Nuggets second-round matchup, which Phoenix ran away with in the second half (2:15). Then they talk about this bummer of a Bucks-Nets series (20:45) and the Trail Blazers going out with a whimper (34:17), before Jomi puts the Mavericks, specifically Kristaps Porzingis, on pack watch (40:50). Hosts: Logan Murdock and Raja Bell Guest: Jomi Adeniran Associate Producer: Sasha Ashall Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jun 08, 2021
The Clippers Advance, A Weird Game In Philly, and Monday's Matchups | Post Game
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Kevin O'Connor and J. Kyle Mann sit down every Sunday of the NBA playoffs to bring you in-depth analysis of the latest matchups! Today they break down the Clippers victory over Dallas in Game 7 and explain how Kawhi Leonard can flip a switch and become one of the best players in the world (01:10). They then discuss the odd Atlanta-Philadelphia game that resulted in a Hawks victory (19:01). Then they preview the upcoming Monday games, discuss what they can expect from the Nets in their matchup against the Bucks (34:40), and figure out what has to be done by each team in the Nuggets-Suns series (50:41) Hosts: Kevin O'Connor and J. Kyle Mann Producer: Steve Ahlman Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jun 07, 2021
Kawhi's Monster Game 6 & Are Young Players Taking Over? | The Answer
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Seerat is joined by The Ringer's Rob Mahoney to recap Kawhi Leonard's incredible performance in the Clippers' win over the Mavs, and they look ahead to Game 7 (1:24). Then Chris and Seerat discuss the youth movement that has been prevalent in these playoffs, and they briefly preview some second-round matchups (29:30). Hosts: Chris Ryan and Seerat Sohi Guest: Rob Mahoney Production Assistant: Isaiah Blakely Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jun 05, 2021
David Fizdale on Luka and Juan Toscano-Anderson Shares Unique NBA Journey | Real Ones
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David Fizdale joins Logan and Raja to talk about Luka Doncic’s heroic performance in Game 5 against the Clippers to go up 3-2 in the series (0:30), what the Clippers need to do to uplift their stars (15:00), whether LeBron James himself can still go supernova for the Lakers (30:00), and predictions for Thursday night’s games (41:00). Then, Warriors forward Juan Toscano-Anderson joins the podcast to talk about his journey to the NBA, playing professionally overseas, and quite a lot more (48:00).  Hosts: Logan Murdock and Raja Bell Guests: David Fizdale and Juan Toscano-Anderson Associate Producer: Sasha Ashall Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jun 03, 2021
The Clippers Have No Answer For Luka. Plus, Celtics Upheaval and an Early Sixers-Hawks Preview | Group Chat
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Justin, Rob, and Wos are joined by The Ringer's Jonathan Tjarks to discuss the Mavericks beating the Clippers again in Staples Center to take a 3-2 series lead. Then they talk about the Hawks and Sixers closing out their series and how they'll match up in the next round. After that, they recap Utah's blowout series-clinching victory over the Memphis Grizzlies. Lastly, they discuss what's next for the Wizards, Grizzlies, and Knicks after being eliminated and the Boston Celtics after their changes to the front office. Hosts: Justin Verrier, Rob Mahoney, Wosny Lambre Guests: Jonathan Tjarks Production Assistant: Isaiah Blakely Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jun 03, 2021
Bill Simmons on Ben Simmons, the Celtics, and Playoff Predictions. Plus, Fans Are Still Acting Stupid. | Real Ones
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Bill Simmons joins Logan and Raja on Monday night to talk about whether Ben Simmons can carry the 76ers through without Joel Embiid (3:34), how the Bucks have transformed their reputation during their sweep of the Heat (13:41), and predictions for Tuesday night’s games (26:30). Then Logan and Raja talk about how fans in NBA stadiums are still acting stupid by antagonizing players (38:00), before Jomi Adeniran joins them to recount his trip to Palmdale after he lost a bet to Logan and Raja that the Clippers would lose Game 3 of their series against the Mavericks (49:06). Hosts: Logan Murdock and Raja Bell Guests: Bill Simmons and Jomi Adeniran Associate Producer: Sasha Ashall Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jun 01, 2021
Can the Clippers Come Back and Win the Series? | The Answer
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Seerat Sohi is joined by Wosny Lambre to discuss the Los Angeles Clippers' Game 3 win and if they believe the Clippers can come back and win the series. Host: Seerat Sohi Guest: Wosny Lambre Production Assistant: Isaiah Blakely Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
May 29, 2021
Ja Morant Puts Up a Career-High 47 Points. Plus: When Fans Cross the Line, With CC Sabathia. | Real Ones
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Logan and Raja start today’s podcast off by commending Ja Morant on his career-high 47 points against the Utah Jazz (0:28), looking forward to Game 3 of the Knicks-Hawks series (5:08), and bringing chief meme officer Jomi in to discuss the Clippers going down 0-2 on their home court (8:34). Then, CC Sabathia of The Ringer’s 'R2C2' podcast joins to talk about the fans that have been taking it too far over the past couple of days, with Trae Young getting spit on, Russell Westbrook getting popcorn dumped on him, and Kyrie calling out Celtics fans ahead of Nets-Celtics Game 3 in TD Garden (19:12).  Hosts: Logan Murdock and Raja Bell Guests: CC Sabathia and Jomi Adeniran Associate Producer: Sasha Ashall Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
May 27, 2021
The Clippers Are on the Verge of Disaster Again, Plus the Real Nets and Lakers Show Up | Group Chat
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Justin, Rob, and Wos start by discussing another disappointing performance from Clippers against the Mavs. Then they discuss the Lakers evening up their series and Anthony Davis’s bounce back performance. Lastly they discuss the Nets blow-out win over the Celtics, and they talk about how the Nets will match up in future rounds. Hosts: Justin Verrier, Rob Mahoney, Wosny Lambre Production Assistant: Isaiah Blakely Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
May 26, 2021
The Bucks Blow the Heat Away in Game 2. Plus: The Knicks-Hawks Series Is the Highlight of Round 1 and a Lakers Vent Session. | Real Ones
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First things first, noted Minnesota Timberwolves fan Barflaan Tedoe shows up to tell us why he's so mad (0:18). Then Logan and Raja get into all the excitement of the NBA playoffs Monday night after the Bucks beat the Heat to go up 2-0 in their series (2:54) and the Nuggets pulled out a win over the Trail Blazers to tie up the series at 1-1 (20:45). After that, they talk about Donovan Mitchell saying he didn’t want to be held out of Utah’s first game against the Grizzlies (24:00), the confidence of this young Grizzlies squad (29:25), how fun the Knicks-Hawks series has been and could be (32:47), the Lakers’ horrendous showing against the Suns in Game 1 of their series (36:43), and predictions for Tuesday night’s slate of games (51:56). We’ll be including a listener Mad Hooper segment in the podcast every Monday during the playoffs, so please leave us a message at 510-469-0294 and tell us why you’re so mad. Hosts: Logan Murdock and Raja Bell Guests: Barflaan Tedoe and Jomi Adeniran Associate Producer: Sasha Ashall Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
May 25, 2021
Were the Play-in Games a Success? | The Answer
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Chris Ryan and Seerat Sohi start by deciding whether the play-in format was a success (0:54). Then they talk about what other changes the league could make (20:00) and wrap up by talking about a couple of the first-round matchups they're looking forward to (31:41). Hosts: Chris Ryan and Seerat Sohi Production Assistant: Isaiah Blakely Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
May 21, 2021
Lamar Odom on His Journey Through the NBA, Addiction, and Being Reborn. Plus: Lakers Defeat Warriors in the Play-In With Marcus Thompson. | Real Ones
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First things first, The Athletic’s Marcus Thompson joins Logan and Raja to talk about the incredible Warriors-Lakers play-in game Wednesday night (0:30). Then NBA All-Star and champion Lamar Odom joins to talk about his journey through the NBA, playing with Kobe Bryant, winning championships, working through depression and addiction, and his new documentary “Lamar Odom: Reborn” following his journey (43:27). Hosts: Logan Murdock and Raja Bell Guests: Lamar Odom and Marcus Thompson Associate Producer: Sasha Ashall Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
May 20, 2021
Tatum’s 50-Point Performance and Best Young Cores in the Playoffs | Ringer NBA University
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Kevin O’Connor, J. Kyle Mann, and Jonathan Tjarks start by discussing the Celtics clinching the 7-seed in the East led by Jayson Tatum’s 50-point game (2:30). Then they talk about Charlotte’s disappointing end to its season (11:10) and how the Warriors and Lakers match up in their play-in game (18:30). Next, they discuss which playoff team has the best young core (23:58) and share their biggest 2020 NBA draft oversights (56:04). Hosts: J. Kyle Mann, Jonathan Tjarks, and Kevin O’Connor Production Assistant: Isaiah Blakely Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
May 19, 2021
The Seven Biggest Questions of the Play-in/offs | Group Chat
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The play-in tournament is upon us and Justin, Rob, and Wos join forces to tackle the biggest questions surrounding the matchups (03:00). We also speculate on who has the better chance at the title, Utah or Phoenix, discuss what is to be done about the tanking Clippers (21:13), and debate who in the East is the favorite to go to the Finals (30:00). Hosts: Justing Verrier, Rob Mahoney, and Wosny Lambre Producer: Steve Ahlman Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
May 18, 2021
The Regular Season Is Over. Here Come the NBA Playoffs. | Real Ones
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After the final minutes of NBA regular-season basketball wrap up, Logan is joined by Seerat Sohi and Wos Lambre to discuss Steph Curry’s unbelievable achievements this season and the Lakers-Warriors play-in matchup (3:42), which team they’re picking to win it all (29:57), and more. Then they answer some questions with the CMO (chief meme officer) of ‘Real Ones,’ Jomi Adeniran, from the Locker Room chat (34:43).  Make sure to download the Locker Room app to catch all of The Ringer's live shows during the NBA playoffs. Host: Logan Murdock Guests: Seerat Sohi, Wosny Lambre, and Jomi Adeniran Associate Producer: Sasha Ashall Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
May 17, 2021
So Your Team's Not Gonna Make the Postseason. Now What? | The Answer
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Chris is joined by Tyler Parker, author of The Ringer's Tank Diaries, to discuss the Thunder missing the postseason for the second time in their OKC existence (02:02), as well as advice on how to recalibrate watching the rest of the season when your favorite team isn't in the running (13:32). Host: Chris Ryan Guest: Tyler Parker Producer: Steve Ahlman Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
May 14, 2021
A’ja Wilson on Cultivating Her Mental Health, the Upcoming WNBA Season, and More. Plus: The Talen Horton-Tucker Wars Continue. | Real Ones
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First things first, friend of the show Jomi Adeniran returns to collect apologies from Logan and Raja after months of foolishness concerning one beautiful and talented Lakers sophomore Talen Horton-Tucker (4:24), and Logan and Raja congratulate the Knicks on a regular season well done (21:30). Then 2020 WNBA MVP A’ja Wilson of the Las Vegas Aces joins Logan to talk about cultivating her mental health after difficulties in the 2020 WNBA bubble (29:19), this upcoming season for the Aces with Liz Cambage back in the fold (54:00), when the candles from her company, Burnt Wax, will be restocked (58:10), and more. Hosts: Logan Murdock and Raja Bell Guests: A’ja Wilson and Jomi Adeniran Associate Producer: Sasha Ashall Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
May 13, 2021
Regular-Season Awards Ballot | Group Chat
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Justin and Rob are joined by The Ringer’s Wosny Lambre to discuss who they believe is the MVP of the 2021 season (02:00). Later, they make their picks for Rookie of the Year, Defensive Player of the Year, and more (38:00).  Hosts: Justin Verrier and Rob Mahoney Guest: Wosny Lambre Production Assistant: Jonathan Kermah Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
May 11, 2021
Do the Lakers Have a Playoffs Problem? Plus, Time to Give Russell Westbrook His Flowers.
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Lani Renaldo takes Raja to task for his opinions about Dunkin' (1:00). Then, Raja and Logan get into the Lakers' current problems and whether Anthony Davis has what it takes to lead the team to another championship (3:57). Plus, it’s time to give Russell Westbrook some credit for his triple-doubles (28:11), and the news that J Cole is joining a pro basketball team in Africa has Raja and Logan wondering who the best rappers turned hoopers are (47:21). Hosts: Logan Murdock and Raja Bell Guest: Lani Renaldo Producer: Sasha Ashall Additional Production: Kaya McMullen Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
May 10, 2021
What Are We Looking Forward to in the Playoffs? | The Answer
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Chris is joined by the newest member of The Ringer's staff, Wosny Lambre, to talk about what they're expecting and looking forward to come playoff time. Host: Chris Ryan Guest: Wosny Lambre Production Assistant: Isaiah Blakely Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
May 07, 2021
Enes Kanter on Damian Lillard’s Loyalty, Russell Westbrook’s Intensity, and His Activism | Real Ones
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First off, Logan and Raja get into the on-court spat between Indiana Pacers assistant coach Greg Foster and center Goga Bitadze (0:30) and J.A. Adande’s tweet saying that the play-in tournament could be bad for the league if it prevents the Celtics and Lakers from making the playoffs (10:49). Then Trail Blazers center Enes Kanter joins the show to talk about the dreaded play-in tournament (19:26), playing with Carmelo Anthony at this stage of his career (31:30), Damian Lillard’s loyalty to Portland (37:25), everything he learned from the great Russell Westbrook (40:15), staying away from social media where mountains of criticism are on players' feeds (50:45), and his activism surrounding human rights violations in Turkey and what speaking out has cost him (1:01:45).  Hosts: Logan Murdock and Raja Bell Guest: Enes Kanter Associate Producer: Sasha Ashall Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
May 06, 2021
LaMelo’s Creativity, Michael Porter Jr.’s Development, and All-Rookie Teams | Ringer NBA University
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Kevin O’Connor and J. Kyle Mann discuss the development of some of the young stars in the league, including Zion Williamson (3:32), LaMelo Ball (9:57), and Michael Porter Jr (45:16). They also discuss which players could be named to the All-Rookie teams (30:15). Hosts: Kevin O’Connor and J. Kyle Mann Production Assistant: Isaiah Blakely Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
May 05, 2021
Ranking the Top 25 Players in the NBA | Group Chat
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Justin and Rob open the show with reactions to a solid outing from Marc Gasol in the Lakers' win against the Nuggets and then discuss if the Lakers should be in panic mode (02:00). They also react to ESPN’s Marvel-themed broadcast (17:00). Later, they are joined by The Ringer’s J. Kyle Mann and Dan Devine to discuss their rankings of the top 25 players in the NBA (22:45). Hosts: Justin Verrier and Ron Mahoney Guests: J. Kyle Mann and Dan Devine Production Assistant: Jonathan Kermah Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
May 04, 2021
The Lakers Are Imploding. Plus: Giannis Antetokounmpo vs. Kevin Durant. | Real Ones
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This Monday, Logan and Raja are joined by The Ringer's Danyel Smith of 'Black Girl Songbook,' who tells them why she's so mad (0:23). Then they talk about the Lakers' implosion that we are all currently witnessing, even after the return of Anthony Davis and LeBron James from injury, with a little input from noted Lakers fan producer Sasha (6:25). Then they talk about the Bucks' victory over the Nets on Sunday night and who would win in a seven-game series if they met in the postseason (36:25). Last, but not least, Logan tees Raja up to rail against the lack of fundamentals in the league and among youngins these days after Steve Kerr’s comments to the same effect (48:35). Hosts: Logan Murdock and Raja Bell Guest: Danyel Smith Associate Producer: Sasha Ashall Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
May 03, 2021
What Can the NBA Draft Learn From the NFL Draft? | The Answer
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Chris is joined by Kevin O’Connor to discuss the differences between the NBA and NFL drafts, and what the NBA can adapt from the NFL’s draft to improve upon its own (03:00). Host: Chris Ryan Guest: Kevin O’Connor Associate Producer: Erika Cervantes Production Assistant: Jonathan Kermah Additional Production Supervision: Arjuna Ramgopal Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Apr 30, 2021
Chris Paul Is a Star and the Suns Are for Real. Plus: 10-Day-Contract Life With Paolo Uggetti, Kevin Love’s Outburst, and Russell Westbrook Disrespect. | Real Ones
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Logan and Raja have given you Darius Miles and Boris Diaw. They’ve given you The Kid Mero. So listen to this lovely basketball catch-up between two good friends as you pat your full belly. First off, the last time the Phoenix Suns made the playoffs, Raja was still in the NBA, so Logan and Raja give Chris Paul and the entire Suns organization the respect they deserve (0:32). Then The Ringer’s own Paolo Uggetti joins to talk about his beautiful piece on the hardships of 10-day-contract life in a pandemic (22:28). Finally, Logan and Raja take a look at Kevin Love’s history of slightly bratty on-court behavior after he carelessly inbounded the ball to the Raptors on Monday (34:45), and Raja fights to the death for Russell Westbrook’s honor (50:00) Hosts: Logan Murdock and Raja Bell Guest: Paolo Uggetti Associate Producer: Sasha Ashall Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Apr 29, 2021
Which Play-in Game Teams Do We Believe in Most? | Group Chat
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Justin and Rob start by ranking the eight potential play-in game teams by who they believe will be most successful in that format (4:16). Then they are joined by Chris Herrington of The Daily Memphian to discuss the expectations of the Grizzlies for the rest of this season and moving forward (42:07). Hosts: Justin Verrier and Rob Mahoney Guest: Chris Herrington Production Assistant: Isaiah Blakely Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Apr 27, 2021
The Kid Mero + 'Real Ones' New York Knicks Spectacular | Real Ones
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Clap your Timbs in the air because Bronx legend The Kid Mero joins Logan and Raja today amidst the Knicks’ nine game winning streak to talk absolutely everything Knicks in this Real Ones New York Knicks Spectacular. Hosts: Logan Murdock and Raja Bell Guest: The Kid Mero Associate Producer: Sasha Ashall Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Apr 26, 2021
What's Wrong With the NBA? And Whose Job Is It to Fix It? | The Answer
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Chris is joined by Ben Falk from ‘Cleaning the Glass’ to discuss NBA rule changes vs. team and player innovations to get a competitive edge, and how the NBA league office is responsible for keeping pace with the speed at which innovations are found with the use of analytics (06:00). Host: Chris Ryan Guest: Ben Falk Production Assistant: Jonathan Kermah Additional Production Supervision: Arjuna Ramgopal Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Apr 23, 2021
Boris Diaw on Traversing the Globe, Why the Suns Fell Apart, Guarding LeBron James, and Much More | Real Ones
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The man, the myth, the legend Boris Diaw joins Logan and Raja on a veritable odyssey through his interests and career, starting with his travels around the world on his catamaran and close calls with wildlife on safaris (0:27). Then they talk about the rise and fall of the Steve Nash–era Phoenix Suns (20:14), how and why Boris was traded with Raja to the Charlotte Bobcats (37:50), and his unceremonious buyout in Charlotte, which led to a championship-winning stint in San Antonio (55:30). Finally, they get into his time with the Spurs: playing with Tim Duncan, Tony Parker, and Kawhi Leonard (1:00:07), guarding LeBron James in the NBA Finals (1:11:41), and getting his ring in 2014 (1:15:52).  Hosts: Logan Murdock and Raja Bell Guest: Boris Diaw Associate Producer: Sasha Ashall Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Apr 22, 2021
How Good Are the Knicks? Plus, an OKC Deep Dive With Tyler Parker. | Ringer NBA University
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Kevin O’Connor and J. Kyle Mann start by discussing how good the New York Knicks can be during the rest of the regular season and potentially in the playoffs (0:51). Then they are joined by Tyler Parker to discuss the Oklahoma City Thunder's young guys and what the future holds for the franchise (21:51). Lastly, Tyler drops a hot take about a future NBA draft prospect (58:10). Check out J. Kyle Mann’s newest video, on Anthony Edwards. Read Tyler Parker’s Oklahoma City Thunder Tank Diaries. Hosts: Kevin O’Connor and J. Kyle Mann Guest: Tyler Parker Production Assistant: Isaiah Blakely Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Apr 21, 2021
Steph Curry on Fire, and the NBA Viewership Decline | Group Chat
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Justin and Rob discuss Steph Curry's greatness over the past set of games, and float his name in the MVP debate (02:00). Later, they are joined by The Athletic’s Ethan Strauss to talk about his recent story on the NBA’s dip in ratings and what that says about the success of the league during the pandemic (20:00). Hosts: Justin Verrier and Rob Mahoney Guest: Ethan Strauss Production Assistant: Jon Kermah Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Apr 20, 2021
The Knicks Are (Almost) Back, Baby! Plus: Listener Questions and Mad Hoopers! | Real Ones
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The Ringer’s Trudy Joseph joins Logan and Raja to tell them why she’s so mad (0:22). Then, in the wake of New York's six-game winning streak, Logan and Raja talk about how the Knicks are (almost) back (4:54) and Steph Curry’s one-man show (23:15). After that they get into some listener questions (27:28) and find out why you’re all so damn mad (44:18). Thanks for sending in your questions, everybody! You can email us questions at realonesmailbag@gmail.com, or tell us why you’re so mad by leaving a voice message at 510-469-0294. Hosts: Logan Murdock and Raja Bell Guests: Trudy Joseph and Jomi Adeniran Associate Producer: Sasha Ashall Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Apr 19, 2021
Is Steph Curry the Feel-Good Story of the Year? | The Answer
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Chris is joined by The Ringer's J. Kyle Mann to discuss Steph Curry's play on the court. They weigh in on the debate about whether Curry should be shooting more (5:10), discuss whether James Wiseman was the appropriate pick for the Warriors (24:30), and touch on the trajectory of Curry's career and the legacy he will leave behind (28:40). Host: Chris Ryan Guest: J. Kyle Mann Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Apr 16, 2021
Darius Miles on Coming Up on the Clippers, LeBron James Arriving in Cleveland, the "Jail Blazers" Media Narrative, and More | Real Ones
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First up, Logan and Raja discuss LaMarcus Aldridge’s sudden retirement from the league (0:35). Then Darius Miles joins the podcast to talk about joining the Clippers out of high school (10:15), Lamar Odom’s leadership (29:37), LeBron James arriving in Cleveland (34:42), his first time playing with veterans on the Trail Blazers, the offensive "Jail Blazers" media narrative surrounding that team at the time (49:32), and much more. Hosts: Logan Murdock and Raja Bell Guest: Darius Miles Associate Producer: Sasha Ashall Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Apr 15, 2021
Jamal Murray Is Out for the Season, Rookie of the Year Leaders, and 2021 Draft Prospects | Group Chat
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Justin and Rob open the show discussing what Jamal Murray’s torn ACL means for the Denver Nuggets’ season and the Western Conference playoff race (01:00). Later, they are joined by NBA draft expert Chad Ford to discuss the Rookie of the Year race (15:00) and the top prospects in the 2021 draft (55:00). Hosts: Justin Verrier and Rob Mahoney Guest: Chad Ford Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Apr 13, 2021
Kevin Durant and Draymond Green’s Relationship and the Brooklyn Nets’ Chances at a Championship with Eddie Gonzalez | Real Ones
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Eddie Gonzalez (@bansky) from ‘The ETCs’ podcast with Kevin Durant joins Logan and Raja to talk about his recent interview with Draymond Green and KD (2:10), working with KD (10:00), Brooklyn’s chances at winning the NBA championship this season (27:43), and much more! Hosts: Logan Murdock and Raja Bell Guest: Eddie Gonzalez Associate Producer: Sasha Ashall Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Apr 12, 2021
Did the Nets Solve the Regular Season? | The Answer
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Chris is joined by The Ringer’s Rob Mahoney to discuss the Nets' experimental approach to the regular season (02:00), the success of buyout additions Blake Griffin and LaMarcus Aldridge (35:00), and more. Host: Chris Ryan Guest: Rob Mahoney Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Apr 09, 2021
Steph Curry Proves He’s Still On Top. Plus: Nikola Jokic’s MVP Case and New WNBA Kits | Real Ones
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After feeding the streets Mikal Bridges, Steve Kerr, Vernon Maxwell, Greg Monroe, and Monica McNutt, Logan and Raja take a Thursday to catch up themselves (0:27). They get into the Warriors-Bucks game that Logan attended on Tuesday (5:29), Nikola Jokic’s MVP case and what makes Aaron Gordon such a special role player (31:18), and the newly fired-up WNBA kits (50:00). If you’d like to tell us why you’re so mad, record yourself using the Voice Memos app and email the file to realonesmailbag@gmail.com, or leave us a message at 510-469-0294. Hosts: Logan Murdock and Raja Bell Associate Producer: Sasha Ashall Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Apr 08, 2021
Progress Reports for Trade Deadline Movers and the Draft Stock of Some NCAA Tournament Stars | Ringer NBA University
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Kevin O’Connor and J. Kyle Mann start by handing out progress reports for players who got traded at the deadline, including Aaron Gordon (1:00). Then they discuss some observations from Tuesday night's games (29:18). Lastly, they play a game of Stock Up, Stock Down for a few of the stars from March Madness (40:45). Hosts: Kevin O'Connor and J. Kyle Mann Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Apr 07, 2021
The Warriors Are Falling Light-years Behind | Group Chat
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Justin and Rob are joined by the cohosts of ‘Light Years: A Golden State Warriors Pod,’ Andy Liu and Sam Esfandiari, to discuss the Warriors’ struggles this season (03:00). Later, they debate whether making the playoffs this season will affect the Warriors’ future in free agency (39:00). Hosts: Justin Verrier and Rob Mahoney Guests: Andy Liu and Saam Esfandiari Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Apr 06, 2021
Monica McNutt on Stanford’s NCAA Championship, the Knicks’ Success, the Upcoming WNBA Season, and More. Plus: 'Bridgerton' Season 2 Is Announced. | Real Ones
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First things first, the Mad Hooper Talia Caldwell tells Logan and Raja why she’s so mad (0:25). After that, The Ringer’s Jomi Adeniran pops by to discuss his disappointment that Regé-Jean Page will not return to Season 2 of 'Bridgerton' (2:07). Then Monica McNutt joins Logan and Raja to talk about getting into journalism as a student athlete (8:22), Stanford’s win over Arizona to take the women’s NCAA championship (21:10), addressing disparities between how men and women basketball players are treated (29:16), how excited Knicks fans should be about this season (41:39), and who her favorite teams are for the upcoming WNBA season (44:49).  Hosts: Logan Murdock and Raja Bell Guests: Monica McNutt, Talia Caldwell, and Jomi Adeniran Associate Producer: Sasha Ashall Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Apr 05, 2021
What Will the Future of the NBA on TV Look Like? | The Answer
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Chris is joined by CNBC sports business reporter Jabari Young to discuss how the next NBA TV deal could change how we watch basketball (02:00). Later, Chris and The Ringer’s Bryan Curtis weigh in on how the NBA television and League Pass experience could be improved (23:00). Host: Chris Ryan Guest: Jabari Young and Bryan Curtis Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Apr 02, 2021
Greg Monroe on Getting Back Into the NBA During a Pandemic. Plus: JJ Redick Complains About Being Traded to the Mavericks | Real Ones
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Logan and Raja first get into JJ Redick’s complaints about the Pelicans front office trading him to the Dallas Mavericks instead of the Brooklyn Nets (0:25), and the power that the media has in shaping narratives around players and shaping young players’ careers (7:40). Then Greg Monroe joins Logan and Raja from a practice facility in Miami as he tries to make his way back to the NBA during a global pandemic (19:25). He talks about growing up in New Orleans, going to Georgetown (26:35), playing with Giannis in Milwaukee (43:18), and a whole lot more! Hosts: Logan Murdock and Raja Bell Guest: Greg Monroe Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Apr 01, 2021
Buyout Market Moves and the New-Look Nuggets | Group Chat
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Justin and Rob open the show with a discussion of the many buyout market players being picked up, including Andre Drummond to the Lakers and LaMarcus Aldridge to the Nets (01:30). Later, they are joined by Mike Singer of the Denver Post to discuss how Aaron Gordon will fit in his new home, Nikola Jokic’s MVP odds, and Jamal Murray’s struggles thus far this season (13:00). Hosts: Justin Verrier and Rob Mahoney Guest: Mike Singer Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Mar 30, 2021
Vernon Maxwell on Defending Michael Jordan, Trash-talking, Larry Brown, and Much More | Real Ones
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First things first, the king of Lakers Twitter, Ry Cole (@JustRyCole), tells Logan why he’s so mad (0:12). Then Vernon Maxwell joins Logan and Raja to talk about his beef with Utah (4:10), where the line is with fan heckling, feeling out of place in San Antonio, playing under Larry Brown, defending Michael Jordan, and a whole lot more.  Hosts: Logan Murdock and Raja Bell Guests: Vernon Maxwell and Ry Cole Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Mar 29, 2021
What Are the Biggest Unsolved Mysteries From the Trade Deadline? | The Answer
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Chris is joined by Justin Verrier and Rob Mahoney to dive into some of the greatest unsolved mysteries from the trade deadline and look back at the moves made by the Nuggets, Bulls, Heat, and more. Host: Chris Ryan Guests: Rob Mahoney and Justin Verrier Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Mar 26, 2021
NBA Trade Deadline Instant Reactions | Real Ones
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Logan is joined by real one Chris Ryan to react to all the trades and transactions, or lack thereof, after the deadline, including the Raptors holding onto Kyle Lowry (0:30), the Rockets trading Victor Oladipo to the Heat (8:56), whether Aaron Gordon can bring the Nuggets to title-contention level (13:34), the Lakers holding off on making moves (27:20), what the Clippers gain by trading Lou Williams to the Hawks for Rajon Rondo (35:02), and more! Hosts: Logan Murdock and Chris Ryan Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Mar 25, 2021
Young Players Who Could Be on the Move at the Trade Deadline. Plus: Players to Watch During March Madness. | Ringer NBA University
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Kevin O’Connor, Jonathan Tjarks, and J. Kyle Mann start by discussing some of the young players who have been rumored in potential trade deadline deals (1:18). Then they talk about NBA draft prospects to watch during the rest of March Madness (43:53). Hosts: Kevin O’Connor, Jonathan Tjarks, and J. Kyle Mann Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Mar 24, 2021
Five Biggest Names That Could Move by the Trade Deadline | Group Chat
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Justin and Rob are joined by Steve Jones Jr. of the Dunker Spot Podcast to discuss the biggest names that could be moved by this Thursday’s trade deadline, including Kyle Lowry (02:00), Lonzo Ball (09:00), Aaron Gordon (16:00), and more. Host: Justin Verrier and Rob Mahoney Guest: Steve Jones Jr. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Mar 23, 2021
Steve Kerr on Why He Traded Raja Bell, Coaching the Warriors Dynasty, and Much More | Real Ones
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First things first, Logan and Raja are joined by the Mad Hooper @DragonflyJonez, who tells them why he’s so mad (0:18). After that, Logan and Raja touch on the two injuries that rocked the NBA over the weekend, LaMelo Ball’s fractured wrist and LeBron James’s high ankle sprain (2:30), before giving their final thoughts on 'Bridgerton' (11:15). Then head coach of the Golden State Warriors Steve Kerr joins Logan and Raja to talk about why he traded Raja Bell from the Phoenix Suns (17:23), coaching the Warriors dynasty (25:53), James Wiseman (36:26), Klay Thompson’s recovery (1:01:48), and so much more Hosts: Logan Murdock and Raja Bell Guests: Steve Kerr and @DragonflyJonez Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Mar 22, 2021
The Hawks?! | The Answer
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Chris is joined by writer and Hawks fan Rembert Browne to discuss what it’s been like rooting for the Hawks in their up-and-down season and their current seven-game win streak (03:00). Later, Chris is joined by The Ringer’s Kevin O’Connor to discuss whether all bad teams are a Nate McMillan away from being good, how Bogdan Bogdanovic has changed the dynamic of the team since returning from injury, and more (17:00). Host: Chris Ryan Guest: Rembert Browne and Kevin O’Connor Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Mar 19, 2021
Mikal Bridges on Chris Paul’s Contributions, Gaining Confidence in the Bubble, and Much More | Real Ones
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Logan and Raja touch on how P.J. Tucker can help the Bucks and what Torrey Craig can do for the Suns (0:30), before Logan chats with Suns forward Mikal Bridges about gaining confidence in the NBA bubble (17:45), what he’s learned from playing with Chris Paul (26:45), getting traded from his home team, the 76ers, on draft night (32:35), and quite a lot more.  Hosts: Logan Murdock and Raja Bell Guest: Mikal Bridges Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Mar 18, 2021
The Celtics' Potential Trade Deadline Moves | Group Chat
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Justin, Tjarks, and Rob open with a discussion on Marvin Bagley's hand injury and what it means for this season and the future for the Kings (02:00). Later, they are joined by The Athletic’s Jared Weiss to discuss what potential trades can improve the Celtics roster ahead of the trade deadline (11:00) Hosts: Justin Verrier, Jonathan Tjarks, and Rob Mahoney Guest: Jared Weiss Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Mar 16, 2021
LaMelo Ball Is a Rookie Sensation. Plus: A One-Year Retrospective on the League Shutdown, and Meyers Leonard’s Anti-Semitic Outburst.
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Logan and Raja start off by remembering where they were when they found out the 2019-20 NBA season was suspended (3:00), then they talk about the NBA’s response to Meyers Leonard’s anti-Semitic outburst on a 'Call of Duty' livestream (22:02). Finally, they get into the rookie sensation that is LaMelo Ball and the other rookies who defied the common logic that this year’s rookie class had a dearth of talent (34:52). Hosts: Logan Murdock and Raja Bell Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Mar 15, 2021
Is the NBA No Country for Old Men? | The Answer
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Chris is joined by The Ringer’s Shea Serrano to look back at the LaMarcus Aldridge era of the Spurs in light of the recent news that Aldridge and the Spurs are looking to part ways (01:30). Later, Chris is joined by Justin Verrier to discuss the list of former All-Stars currently past their primes in the trade and buyout market who might be serviceable on contending teams (14:30). Host: Chris Ryan Guests: Shea Serrano and Justin Verrier Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Mar 12, 2021
Jameer Nelson on Mental Health, Playing With Dwight Howard, the G League, and More | Real Ones
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Logan and Raja are joined by former NBA All-Star Jameer Nelson to talk about growing up in the Philly basketball scene (0:30), his struggles with mental health and supporting Delonte West in his recovery (9:30), playing in Orlando during the Dwight Howard years (19:17), his new position as assistant general manager of the Delaware Bluecoats (43:30), and much more. Hosts: Logan Murdock and Raja Bell Guest: Jameer Nelson Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Mar 11, 2021
Deep Dive on the Charlotte Hornets and Handing Out Mid-Term Grades | Ringer NBA University
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Kevin O’Connor, Jonathan Tjarks, and J. Kyle Mann start by discussing LaMelo Ball’s impressive rookie season and the Charlotte Hornets' fun young core (1:20). Then they give out mid-term grades to six young guys across the league including James Wiseman, Nic Claxton, and Deandre Ayton (29:27). Lastly this week’s Draft Class feature is the G-League Ignite's Jalen Green (1:10:01). Tjarks talks about his piece on Green, his season so far in the G-League and his potential in the NBA. Hosts: Kevin O’Connor, Jonathan Tjarks, and J. Kyle Mann Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Mar 10, 2021
Big Questions for the Second Half of the NBA Season | Group Chat
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Justin, Rob, and Tjarks are joined by Travonne Edwards of The Athletic to discuss which teams' first-half performances they're not buying as legitimate (02:00). Later, they discuss whether any teams in the East can stop the Nets or 76ers (18:00), as well as the best player who could be moved by the trade deadline (40:00). Hosts: Justin Verrier, Rob Mahoney, and Jonathan Tjarks Guest: Travonne Edwards Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Mar 09, 2021
All-Star Gripes and Glories, Kevin Garnett’s Rocky Relationship With the Timberwolves, and Blake Griffin Signs With the Nets | Real Ones
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First things first, the Mad Hooper, Kellen Becoats of The Ringer, stops by to tell us why he's so mad (0:25). Then Logan and Raja get into their highlights, hot takes, winners, and losers of the 2021 NBA All-Star Game in Atlanta (4:00). After that they dive deep on The Athletic’s report detailing Kevin Garnett withdrawing his bid for ownership of the Timberwolves (23:45), Donovan Mitchell and Rudy Gobert publicly complaining about how they’re being refereed (37:10), and Blake Griffin signing with the Brooklyn Nets (52:00). Hosts: Logan Murdock and Raja Bell Guest: Kellen Becoats Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Mar 08, 2021
What Have We Learned From the First Half of the NBA Season? | The Answer
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Chris is joined by The Athletic’s Wosny Lambre to discuss what lessons they’ve learned from the NBA season thus far (02:30). Some topics include Joel Embiid’s dominance (19:00), Zion Williamson’s rise into superstardom (23:00), and the art of tanking (28:00). Host: Chris Ryan Guest: Wosny Lambre Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Mar 05, 2021
Deron Williams on Jerry Sloan, Getting Traded to the Nets, Team USA, and Much More | Real Ones
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Three-time NBA All-Star and two-time Olympic gold medalist Deron Williams joins Logan and Raja to discuss getting traded midseason from the Jazz to the Nets (0:30), the recipe for his famous Halloween party punch (8:20), his complicated relationship with former Utah Jazz head coach Jerry Sloan (19:00), the first time he met Jay-Z (35:45), which of the two gold medal USA teams he played on would win in a face-off (42:15), and much more.  Hosts: Logan Murdock and Raja Bell Guest: Deron Williams Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Mar 04, 2021
Reacting to the Hawks Coaching Change, and No Power Rankings | Group Chat
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Justin, Tjarks, and Rob discuss the Hawks firing Lloyd Pierce and installing Nate McMillan as interim head coach (01:00). Later, they debate their No Power Rankings, breaking down some of the most bleak franchises in the league this season (20:00). Hosts: Justin Verrier, Jonathan Tjarks, and Rob Mahoney Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Mar 02, 2021
Chris Webber on Why He Never Worked for the Kings Organization, Producing for Nas, and More | Real Ones
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Five-time NBA All-Star, top-shelf NBA commentator, and birthday boy Chris Webber joins Logan and Raja to talk about his new fund for minority-run cannabis businesses (9:00), being part of the Fab Five (21:00), the trade that brought him to Sacramento and why he never worked in the Kings organization after he retired (45:00), learning how to make beats in hotel rooms and working with Nas (48:30), and so much more.  Hosts: Logan Murdock and Raja Bell Guest: Chris Webber Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Mar 01, 2021
What If Kyrie Was Right (About Coaching)? | The Answer
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Chris is joined by ESPN’s Kirk Goldsberry to discuss the shift in coaching style in the NBA during the player empowerment era, looking at Steve Nash’s role as head coach with the Nets as a prime example (04:00). Later, Chris is joined by Musa Okwonga of 'Stadio’ to discuss the difference in modern NBA coaching and the big coach energy that is still around in the Premier League (25:00). Host: Chris Ryan Guests: Kirk Goldsberry and Musa Okwonga Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Feb 26, 2021
David West on Playing With Chris Paul, His Will to Win, His Championships With the Warriors, and More | Real Ones
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Logan and Raja are joined this week by two-time NBA champion David West and they get into the nitty-gritty of his long career, starting with his time playing for the New Orleans Hornets alongside Chris Paul (0:30), those wild Eastern Conference finals series with the Pacers against the Big Three Heat (23:00), and declining his player option in Indiana to go play with Tim Duncan on the Spurs during his final year in the league (34:15). Then, of course, they get into his fantastic two-championship run with the Warriors (39:15) and his efforts, as Principal COO of the Professional Collegiate League, to bring financial compensation to college basketball players (52:00). Hosts: Logan Murdock and Raja Bell Guest: David West Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Feb 25, 2021
The Bulls’ and Timberwolves’ Young Cores and First-Time All-Stars | Ringer NBA University
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Kevin O’Connor, Jonathan Tjarks, and J. Kyle Mann start by discussing the four first-time All-Stars (1:54). Then they do a deep dive into the play of the Minnesota Timberwolves’ young guys (32:51). After that, they discuss young players who have struggled early in their careers in a new segment called Study Hall (56:52). Next, they talk about Tjarks’s piece on Gonzaga’s Jalen Suggs and evaluate his pro potential (1:07:40). Lastly, KOC is joined by House of Highlights host and YouTuber Kenny Beecham to discuss the Chicago Bulls' young core (1:12:29). Hosts: Kevin O’Connor, Jonathan Tjarks, J. Kyle Mann Guest: Kenny Beecham Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Feb 24, 2021
All-Star Reserves, Lakers Lose Three Straight, and Porzingis Trade Rumors | Group Chat
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Justin, Tjarks, and Rob are joined by The Ringer’s Dan Devine to discuss whether the Lakers are in trouble after losing three straight (01:30), as well as Kristaps Porzingis trade rumors (08:00). Later, they discuss their picks for All-Star reserves (17:30). Hosts: Justin Verrier, Jonathan Tjarks, and Rob Mahoney Guest: Dan Devine Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Feb 23, 2021
Chris Finch Replaces Ryan Saunders As Timberwolves Head Coach. Plus: Draymond’s Ejection, AD’s Injury, and Buyout Season | Real Ones
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Logan and Raja invite the Mad Hooper Talia Caldwell to tell them why she’s so mad (0:30). Then Logan and Raja get into all the complications and frustrations of the Timberwolves firing head coach Ryan Saunders and immediately having Raptors assistant coach Chris Finch on deck to replace him (5:00), Draymond’s ejection against the Hornets and the referees’ performance this season (29:00), what AD’s injury could mean for the Lakers (38:30), and where DeMarcus Cousins, Blake Griffin, and Andre Drummond could be headed (42:00). Hosts: Logan Murdock and Raja Bell Guest: Talia Caldwell Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Feb 22, 2021
What Does It Mean to Be on a Winning (Or Losing) Streak? | The Answer
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Chris is joined by The Athletic’s Tony Jones to discuss the success of the Utah Jazz, who currently sit at the top of the league standings (2:00). They look at the team’s offseason turnaround after getting bounced in the bubble, Jordan Clarkson’s success, and more. Later, Chris is joined by The Ringer’s Megan Schuster to discuss the pain of rooting for the worst team in the league, the Minnesota Timberwolves (33:30). Host: Chris Ryan Guest: Tony Jones and Megan Schuster Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Feb 19, 2021
Bomani Jones on NBA Activism, Kevin Durant’s Legacy, and More | Real Ones
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ESPN’s Bomani Jones joins Logan and Raja this Thursday to talk about the NBA’s COVID response, the national anthem fiasco of late, what the NBA can do moving forward to support players, and whether players need to take more responsibility (0:45). Then they get into the on-court chemistry of the Brooklyn Nets (3:00) and Kevin Durant’s legacy (44:00) before anointing their Real Ones of the Week (56:45). Hosts: Logan Murdock and Raja Bell Guest: Bomani Jones Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Feb 18, 2021
Is Andre Drummond Getting a Raw Deal? And Which Middling Teams Should Buy or Sell | Group Chat
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Justin, Rob, and Tjarks discuss the ripple effects of Anthony Davis's recent calf strain (02:00), and the Spurs and Hornets dealing with COVID-19. They also talk about the Cavaliers sending Andre Drummond home as they look to trade him, as well as Draymond Green's comments on the NBA's treatment of players (11:00). Later, they look at some possible buyers and sellers of trade deadline season, including the Raptors, Hawks, Bulls, Rockets, and Kings (26:00) Hosts: Justin Verrier, Rob Mahoney, and Jonathan Tjarks Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Feb 16, 2021
Should the NBA Mandate That Teams Play the National Anthem Before Games? Plus: The Utah Jazz Continue Their Rampage. | Real Ones
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Logan and Raja are joined once again by the Mad Hooper, Bleacher Report’s Barflaan Tedoe, who’s gonna tell them why he’s mad, son (0:01). Then, Logan and Raja take a look at the first very early rumor of trade deadline season, that Andre Drummond may be headed to the Raptors (7:00); what the Utah Jazz have been doing to hold on to the no. 1 seed in the West (14:00); the NBA telling Mark Cuban he has to play the national anthem at Mavericks home games (22:30); and Jeremy Lin’s journey to get back to the NBA (39:30). Hosts: Logan Murdock and Raja Bell Guest: Barflaan Tedoe Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Feb 15, 2021
Why Are We Obsessed With the MVP Award? | The Answer
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Chris is joined by 'Ringer NBA University' cohost J. Kyle Mann to discuss the current obsession with the early MVP race and what factors go into who wins the award (03:00). Later, Chris is joined by 'Group Chat’ cohost Justin Verrier to spotlight “the real MVPs,” or important players to their teams who likely won’t get MVP recognition (25:30). Host: Chris Ryan Guest: J. Kyle Mann and Justin Verrier Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Feb 12, 2021
Quentin Richardson on Being in the Jordan Family, His Former Beef With Paul Pierce, and More | Real Ones
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Quentin Richardson joins Logan and Raja to talk about what it was like growing up in Chicago during the height of Michael Jordan’s Bulls run (10:30), his past beef with Paul Pierce (15:15), adjusting to life in Los Angeles after he was drafted by the Clippers at age 19 (18:15), being a part of the Jordan family (29:30), and much more. Hosts: Logan Murdock and Raja Bell Guest: Quentin Richardson Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Feb 11, 2021
Potential First-time All-Stars and Basketball Diversity | Ringer NBA University
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KOC and J. Kyle Mann start by discussing the play of some young stars in Tuesday night’s games (2:30). Then they talk about four guys who could become first-time All-Stars and what their potential is moving forward (38:20). After that, KOC is joined by Yahoo Sports writer Seerat Sohi to discuss the Los Angeles Lakers' young guys (1:12:48) and her piece on basketball diversity. Hosts: Kevin O’Connor and J. Kyle Mann Guests: Seerat Sohi Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Feb 10, 2021
Who Belongs in the NBA’s Top Tier With the Lakers? | Group Chat
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Justin and Rob are joined by The Athletic’s John Hollinger to discuss which teams are contenders, kicking things off with the surging Utah Jazz (01:00). Later, they look at other top teams, including the Bucks, Clippers, and more (23:00). Hosts: Justin Verrier and Rob Mahoney Guest: John Hollinger Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Feb 09, 2021
Will Steph Curry Win Another Title? Plus: NBA All-Star Discontent and COVID-19 Policy Confusion | Real Ones
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Logan and Raja are joined early this week by the Mad Hooper, The Ringer’s Jomi Adeniran, who has something to say about Lakers sophomore Talen Horton-Tucker (0:01). Then they get into the confusion around the NBA's COVID policy that caused Kevin Durant to be pulled in and out of the Raptors-Nets game on Friday (8:30) and the fairly widespread player discontent regarding the NBA’s plans to hold an All-Star game in Atlanta (19:30). Finally, they discuss Steph Curry’s 57-point performance in a loss to the Mavericks on Saturday and whether he will ever win another NBA championship (43:45). Hosts: Logan Murdock and Raja Bell Guest: Jomi Adeniran Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Feb 08, 2021
How Do You Watch Defense? | The Answer
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Chris is joined by ‘Real Ones’ cohost Raja Bell to discuss the impossibility of guarding the Brooklyn Nets as well as the Nets' defensive ability and what winning a championship with their caliber of defense would mean to NBA history. Later, Chris is joined by cohost of ‘The Mismatch’ and ‘Ringer NBA University’ Kevin O’Connor to figure out how to watch for good defense and more (21:00). Host: Chris Ryan Guest: Raja Bell and Kevin O’Connor Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Feb 05, 2021
Amin Elhassan on His Phoenix Suns Days, Shaq Locker Room Stories, and More | Real Ones
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Amin Elhassan of Meadowlark Media joins Logan and Raja to talk about his days working in the Phoenix Suns’ front office (1:00), how the team fell from grace (16:30), Shaq locker room stories (35:00), and more. Hosts: Logan Murdock and Raja Bell Guest: Amin Elhassan Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Feb 04, 2021
An Introduction to Trade Season | Group Chat
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Justin and Rob look around the NBA for potential deals ahead of the trade deadline, including possible moves by teams like the Dallas Mavericks, Miami Heat, and New Orleans Pelicans. Later, the two look at some of the more untouchable players across the league. Hosts: Justin Verrier and Rob Mahoney Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Feb 02, 2021
What Pieces Are Missing From the Brooklyn Nets’ Locker Room? | Real Ones
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Logan and Raja start the week off by talking about the Wizards' last-second 149-146 win over the Nets and what it looks like when a player is fully checked out, like perhaps one Bradley Beal (4:00). Then they get into the Nets’ side of things and what pieces are missing in the Nets’ locker room that could be the difference between a championship and a bust (19:00). Finally, they discuss the Miami Heat's chances to be contenders this season (42:00) and Aaron Gordon and Kyle Lowry’s beef from Sunday night’s Magic-Raptors game (49:00). Hosts: Logan Murdock and Raja Bell Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Feb 01, 2021
Do Positions Even Matter Anymore? | The Answer
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Chris is joined by Yahoo Sports NBA reporter Seerat Sohi to discuss the “Draymond position” and building around positionless players like Zion Williamson and Ben Simmons (02:00). Later, Chris is joined by The Ringer’s Rob Mahoney to build a positionless all-star lineup (21:00). Host: Chris Ryan Guests: Seerat Sohi and Rob Mahoney Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jan 29, 2021
Kendrick Perkins on Bradley Beal, the Nets, and Contenders vs. Pretenders | Real Ones
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Friend of the show and official Real One Kendrick Perkins joins Logan and Raja to get into why Bradley Beal should ask for a trade from the Wizards (0:45) and whether the Nets can win a championship with this squad and if the team should trade Kyrie (19:30). Finally, they play a game of Contender or Pretender with teams vying for a championship (47:00) and give their Real Ones of the Week (56:45). Hosts: Logan Murdock and Raja Bell Guest: Kendrick Perkins Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jan 28, 2021
Sophomore Check-in | Ringer NBA University
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Kevin O’Connor, Jonathan Tjarks, and J. Kyle Mann check in on the development of five second-year players. Then they give a brief overview of potential no. 1 draft pick Cade Cunningham (1:00:33). Lastly, KOC is joined by Basketball News writer Nekias Duncan to discuss Bam Adebayo and some other interesting young payers on the Miami Heat (1:10:06). Zion Williamson (3:11) Michael Porter Jr. (17:51) Cam Reddish and De'Andre Hunter (31:14) Darius Garland (39:52) Hosts: Kevin O’Connor, Jonathan Tjarks, and J. Kyle Mann Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jan 27, 2021
Quarter-Season Awards Picks | Group Chat
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Justin, Tjarks, and Rob are joined by The Ringer’s Chris Ryan to discuss the top MVP candidates of the first quarter of the season. Later, Justin, Tjarks, and Rob look at Sixth Man of the Year, Defensive Player of the Year, and Most Improved (37:00). Hosts: Justin Verrier, Jonathan Tjarks, and Rob Mahoney Guest: Chris Ryan Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jan 26, 2021
Are Retired NBA Players Unnecessarily Critical of Current NBA Players? | Real Ones
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Logan and Raja go deep on how retired players criticize current NBA players after Shaq’s awkward postgame interaction with Donovan Mitchell last week (6:45). Then they discuss how NBA arenas are opening up to fans in the midst of the pandemic (32:30) and share some of their favorite memories of Kobe Bryant, a year removed from his death (53:00).  Hosts: Logan Murdock and Raja Bell Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jan 25, 2021
What are your new NBA obsessions thus far? | The Answer
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Chris Ryan is joined by the Ringer’s Bill Simmons to discuss early season things that they are obsessed with including Collin Sexton, chippy Kevin Durant, and more (01:00). Later, Chris is joined by NBC Sports Warriors reporter Kerith Burke to talk about the many reasons to obsess over the Warriors this season (24:00). Host: Chris Ryan Guests: Bill Simmons and Kerith Burke Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jan 22, 2021
Shawn Marion on Why He Never Won a Championship in Phoenix | Real Ones
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After a quick conversation about Kyrie Irving’s return to the Nets (0:01), four-time NBA All-Star and NBA champion Shawn “The Matrix” Marion joins Raja and Logan to talk about his playoff runs in Phoenix (9:00), the trade to Kobe’s Lakers that almost was and the trade to Miami for Shaq that ended the Seven Seconds or Less era in Phoenix (45:00), and being on the Cavaliers for their 2015 Finals run against the Warriors (59:00).  Hosts: Logan Murdock and Raja Bell Guest: Shawn Marion Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jan 21, 2021
Are the Nets the Best Team in the NBA? | Group Chat
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Today we’re joined by ESPN writer Royce Young to discuss the Brooklyn Nets after their impressive victory against the Bucks without Kyrie Irving, and power rank the best teams in the league (35:00). Later, Justin, Tjarks, and Rob talk about CJ McCollum’s recent foot injury and more in another edition of Show and Take (55:00). Hosts: Justin Verrier, Jonathan Tjarks, and Rob Mahoney Guest: Royce Young Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jan 19, 2021
The Nets Impress in James Harden's Debut. Plus: What Really Happens to a Player Who Gets Traded? | Real Ones
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Logan and Raja dive into James Harden’s fit on the Nets and how their Big Three will work together (1:30). Then they get into the recent beef between Harden and Shaq over whether former Black players have a responsibility to back up current Black players in the league (26:30), and Raja pulls back the curtain on what actually happens to a player when they get traded (46:00). Hosts: Logan Murdock and Raja Bell Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jan 18, 2021
What Are the Ripple Effects of the Nets' James Harden Trade? | The Answer
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Chris Ryan is joined by The Ringer’s Rob Mahoney to discuss how James Harden will impact Kyrie Irving, Kevin Durant, and the rest of the Nets roster. Later, Chris is joined by 'Greatest Of All Talk’ cohost Andrew Sharp to discuss key figures around the league affected by the trade, including the city of Houston, Ben Simmons, and more (20:00). Host: Chris Ryan Guests: Rob Mahoney and Andrew Sharp Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jan 15, 2021
Rip Hamilton on His AAU Days With Kobe, the 2004 Detroit Championship, Being on Team Jordan, and More | Real Ones
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Three-time NBA All-Star and NBA champion Rip Hamilton joins Logan and Raja to talk about growing up in Coatesville, Pennsylvania, and playing AAU with Kobe Bryant (1:00), his championship run against Kobe’s Lakers in 2004 (27:00), having Michael Jordan as a veteran on the Wizards (45:00), his top five 2-guards of all time (59:00), and much more. Hosts: Logan Murdock and Raja Bell Guest: Rip Hamilton Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jan 14, 2021
James Harden Nets Trade Reaction & 'Ringer NBA University' Premiere | Ringer NBA University
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Kevin O’Connor, Jonathan Tjarks, and J. Kyle Mann host the newest show on the 'Ringer NBA Show' feed, 'Ringer NBA University'. The show starts with a Ringer NBA live special instant reaction show where the guys discuss the four-team trade involving James Harden going to the Brooklyn Nets (0:47). Then they discuss the top rookies so far (33:01), including guys drafted outside the lottery that have been impressive. After that, they talk about a potential future no. 1 overall pick (01:38:58). Hosts: Kevin O’Connor, Jonathan Tjarks, and J. Kyle Mann Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jan 14, 2021
The Buzz Is Back in Charlotte | Group Chat
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We are joined by CBS Sports writer James Herbert to discuss the Hornets’ solid start to the season behind LaMelo Ball, Gordon Hayward, and wacky small-ball lineups. Later, the guys talk about CJ McCollum, Jerami Grant, and the NBA’s COVID-19 problem in another edition of Show and Take (46:00). Hosts: Justin Verrier, Rob Mahoney, and Jonathan Tjarks Guest: James Herbert Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jan 12, 2021
Bradley Beal, We’re Begging You to Ask for a Trade | Real Ones
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Logan and Raja talk about the increased player absences due to COVID-19 protocols, recent positive tests, and canceled games (1:00). Then they talk about Bradley Beal’s sad situation with the Wizards and where they’d like to see him end up (18:45), the leaked locker room conflict between John Collins and Trae Young (42:00), and Kyrie’s unexplained absence from the Nets (52:00). Hosts: Logan Murdock and Raja Bell Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jan 11, 2021
What Happened to Rivalries in the NBA? | The Answer
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Chris Ryan is joined by Ben Detrick of ‘Cookies: A Basketball Podcast’ to discuss the Nets' defeat of the 76ers without Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant and to attempt to figure out what happened to team rivalries within the NBA. Later, Chris is joined by The Ringer’s J. Kyle Mann to break down player rivalries within the current NBA landscape (26:00). Host: Chris Ryan Guest: Ben Detrick and J. Kyle Mann Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jan 08, 2021
Tim Duncan on Kevin Garnett's Trash Talk, His Relationship With Gregg Popovich, and Much More | Real Ones
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Five-time NBA champion with the San Antonio Spurs and Hall of Famer Tim Duncan joins Logan and Raja to talk about learning to play basketball in the Virgin Islands, adjusting to life on the mainland, what he likes and doesn’t like about the new style of play in the NBA, his relationship with Coach Pop, his most impactful teammates and biggest rivals, the move to Orlando that almost was, and much more. Hosts: Logan Murdock and Raja Bell Guest: Tim Duncan Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jan 07, 2021
Can the Mavericks Get Back on the Horse? | Group Chat
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Today we’re joined by The Athletic’s Tim Cato to discuss the Dallas Mavericks’ slow start to the season (02:00). Later, the guys briefly talk about the Knicks performing above expectations (36:00) and take a look at some of the early championship contenders, including the Nets, Clippers, and 76ers (39:00) Hosts: Justin Verrier, Jonathan Tjarks, and Rob Mahoney Guest: Tim Cato Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jan 05, 2021
Is the Steph Curry Discourse Getting Out of Hand? | Real Ones
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Logan and Raja start off by getting into the flopping and dirty fouls of Raja’s past (1:00), then discuss the over-the-top Steph Curry discourse following the Warriors’ abysmal start and Steph’s 62-point career-high performance (9:40), as well as the lengthened injury-recovery period that has produced explosive play from John Wall and Kevin Durant (25:47).  Hosts: Logan Murdock and Raja Bell Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jan 04, 2021
Tyrese Haliburton for Rookie of the Year? And Other Real or Fake Trends Across the NBA | Group Chat
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We take a look at several teams' performances in the first week of the season and attempt to separate the real trends from the fake, starting with the Sacramento Kings’ 3-1 start. Later we look at the 1-3 Denver Nuggets (13:00), 0-4 Washington Wizards (22:00), 4-0 Orlando Magic (30:00), 3-1 Pacers (49:00), 0-3 Raptors (58:00), and Julius Randle’s MVP-candidate-level averages (64:00). Hosts: Justin Verrier, Jonathan Tjarks, and Rob Mahoney Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Dec 30, 2020
Biggest Takeaways From the First Week of the NBA Season | Real Ones
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After the first week of the 2020-21 NBA campaign, Logan and Raja get into Raja’s experiences playing in Christmas games (2:45), their biggest takeaways from the new season (20:00), the Clippers' meltdown (44:00), and what, if anything, can be done about Golden State (51:30). Hosts: Logan Murdock and Raja Bell Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Dec 28, 2020
NBA Opening Night Reactions, and Previewing the Rest of the League | Group Chat
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We react to the Clippers beating the Lakers on opening night (2:00) as well as the offensive dominance of the Nets against the Warriors (27:00). Later, we look ahead to many of the teams and specific players starting their season tonight (47:00). Hosts: Justin Verrier, Rob Mahoney, and Jonathan Tjarks Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Dec 23, 2020
The 'Real Ones' 2020-21 NBA Season Preview | Real Ones
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Logan and Raja answer all the questions in The Ringer’s 2020-21 NBA entrance survey (1:30), and then give their award picks for the upcoming NBA season (40:30). Hosts: Logan Murdock and Raja Bell Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Dec 21, 2020
What Are 2021 Expectations for Giannis, Luka, and ... Lu Dort? | The Answer
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The Ringer’s Chris Ryan ponders expectations from different perspectives as the season gets close to tip-off (01:00). New Ringer staffer Mirin Fader joins to discuss Giannis’s decision to stay in Milwaukee as Chris ranks “what if” scenarios for the reigning MVP (05:00). Then, a conversation with Jason Gallagher and Tyler Parker on rooting for a rising star vs. a rebuilding project (22:00), before a “Philly Special” on expectations for the Sixers (36:30). Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Dec 18, 2020
Taylor Rooks on NBA Player-Media Relations, Betting in the Bubble, and More | Real Ones
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Bleacher Report’s Taylor Rooks joins Logan and Raja to talk about the emotional highs and lows of the NBA bubble (1:00), how she approaches relationship-building with NBA players as a member of the media (21:30), and gives her Real One of the Week (42:00). Hosts: Logan Murdock and Raja Bell Guest: Taylor Rooks Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Dec 17, 2020
Giannis Antetokounmpo’s Supermax Is a Referendum on the Small Market vs. Big Market Debate in the NBA
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We are joined by Sports Illustrated’s Michael Pina as we take our last pod before the start of the NBA season as an opportunity to pontificate on Harden trades, who will win MVP, and the best League Pass teams of 2021 (44:33). But before we get into all that, we break down every detail of the bombshell news that Giannis has inked a supermax extension to remain a Milwaukee Buck (1:15). Hosts: Justin Verrier, Rob Mahoney, Jonathan Tjarks Guest: Michael Pina Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Dec 16, 2020
Does Kyrie Have a Point? A Deep Dive Into the Relationship Between NBA Players and the Media | Real Ones
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Logan and Raja start off the top with Kyrie’s most recent comments on the media and Raja’s experiences with the media-NBA player relationship (7:00). Then they get into Giannis’s evasive language regarding his future in Milwaukee (31:00) and whether good or bad performances in the preseason mean anything at all (42:00). Hosts: Logan Murdock and Raja Bell Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Dec 14, 2020
Trailer for the 2020-2021 NBA Season!
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Introducing The Ringer NBA Show's 2020-2021 slate: 'Real Ones' with Logan Murdock and Raja Bell on Mondays and Thursdays, 'Group Chat' with Justin Verrier, Rob Mahoney, and Jonathan Tjarks on Wednesdays, and 'The Answer' with Chris Ryan every Friday to wrap up the week. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Dec 12, 2020
Does the NBA have a James Harden Problem? | The Answer
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The Ringer’s Chris Ryan searches for solutions to the James Harden saga on the debut episode of “The Answer”. First, Chris is joined by Kirk Goldsberry (ESPN) to rank implausible-but-technically-possible Harden trades (07:00) and then Musa Okwonga (Stadio, Ringer FC) dials in to compare the rise of soccer-like transfer requests from NBA stars (36:00). Host: Chris Ryan Guest: Kirk Goldsberry and Musa Okwonga Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Dec 11, 2020
Kendrick Perkins on Harden, Westbrook, the 76ers, Kyrie, and Much More | Real Ones
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NBA champion Kendrick Perkins joins Logan and Raja on their very first Thursday podcast to talk about his newfound career in NBA media (1:15), the Harden mess in Houston (7:00), how Russell Westbrook will help the Wizards (20:30), Doc Rivers’s potential impact in Philly (26:45), what the Nets could look like this season (32:45), the all-bark, no-bite Clippers (55:00), and much more. Make sure to subscribe to the need feed for 'The Mismatch' to keep getting Kevin O'Connor and Chris Vernon in your feed twice a week. Follow on Spotify, subscribe on Apple, or wherever you get your podcasts. Hosts: Logan Murdock and Raja Bell Guest: Kendrick Perkins Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Dec 10, 2020
Making Heads or Tails of James Harden in Houston. Plus a Retrospective on John Wall in Washington. | Group Chat
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James Harden has finally showed up to Houston training camp to participate in the COVID-19 preseason protocols—but does that mean he’ll remain a Rocket in 2021 (1:00)? Plus, Michael Lee of the Washington Post joins to discuss John Wall’s under-appreciated relationship with Washington D.C., the pressure he faced as the Wizards’ savior, and what changes about the franchise's direction with Russell Westbrook at the lead guard position (21:00). Hosts: Justin Verrier and Rob Mahoney Guest: Michael Lee Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Dec 09, 2020
James Harden’s Antics, Kawhi and PG’s Antics, and the League’s Antics | Real Ones
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Logan and Raja are back talking about James Harden’s COVID-unsafe antics in Atlanta and Las Vegas and decidedly not in Houston (1:00), Kawhi and Paul George’s antics for the Clippers that ruffled some feathers, as reported by The Athletic’s Jovan Buha (19:00), and the NBA’s new rules around player rest (35:00). Don’t forget that ‘The Mismatch’ has moved to its own feed. Follow ‘The Mismatch’ on Spotify, Apple, or wherever you get your podcasts. Hosts: Logan Murdock and Raja Bell Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Dec 07, 2020
Will Westbrook Help the Wizards? Plus: Lakers Loom Large and PG-13 Talks Trash | The Mismatch
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Subscribe now to the new feed on Spotify, Apple, or wherever you get your podcasts for ALL future episodes of "The Mismatch". On their last-ever podcast on the Ringer NBA Show feed, Verno and KOC get into the nitty gritty of the Westbrook-Wall trade (3:00), then talk over the latest news around the league, including the LeBron and AD signings (44:00), Paul George’s recent comments about his role on the Clippers, and the NBA season schedule. Hosts: Chris Vernon and Kevin O’Connor Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Dec 04, 2020
Emergency Podcast: Rockets Trade Russell Westbrook to the Wizards for John Wall | The Ringer NBA Show
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Logan Murdock, Chris Ryan, and Kevin O’Connor heed the call as the Rockets trade Russell Westbrook to the Wizards for John Wall and a 2023 protected draft pick.  Don't forget to go find the new feed for 'The Mismatch' on Spotify, Apple, or wherever you get your podcasts. Hosts: Logan Murdock, Chris Ryan, and Kevin O’Connor Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Dec 03, 2020
Taking News: Training Camp Edition | Group Chat
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Justin, Rob, and Tjarks are joined by The Athletic’s Zach Harper to take some news. They compete against each other to have the best takes on the positive coronavirus tests that have already appeared prior to the season starting (1:00), Kemba Walker’s knee injury (12:00), Kevin Durant denying having had conversations with James Harden about joining the Nets (22:00), David Griffin saying they want to play Zion at the three (32:30), the uncertainty around John Collins’ potential contract extension in Atlanta (43:00), Schroder telling the German press he wants to start for the Lakers (51:00), and the recently released Christmas Day schedule (01:00:00). And don't forget to go find the new feed for 'The Mismatch' on Spotify, Apple, or wherever you get your podcasts. Hosts: Justin Verrier, Rob Mahoney, and Jonathan Tjarks Guest: Zach Harper Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Dec 02, 2020
Three Free Agent Signings We Like and Three We Don’t | The Mismatch
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KOC and Verno have a VERY special announcement at the top of the show, so don’t pump that 30-second fast-forward too hard. Then they get into how coronavirus could affect the 2020-21 NBA season, based on what we’ve seen from MLB and the NFL, and how the NBA schedule could play out (4:45). After that they talk about three free agent signings they liked and three they didn’t (12:45). Hosts: Chris Vernon and Kevin O’Connor You can find the brand new feed for 'The Mismatch' on Spotify, Apple, or wherever you get your podcasts. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Dec 01, 2020
What Do You Have to Do to Get Nailed for Tampering in the NBA? | Real Ones
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Logan and Raja take a look at how tampering functions in the NBA and how badly you have to mess up in order to be investigated in light of the Bogdan Bogdanovic–Bucks debacle (1:00). Then, they get into how the coronavirus will affect the 2020-21 NBA season with all the mess happening in the NFL (36:00).  Hosts: Logan Murdock and Raja Bell Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Nov 30, 2020
Will Giannis Sign the Supermax Extension? Plus: The Suns’ Ceiling With Chris Paul. | Group Chat
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Matt Velazquez of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel joins the show to discuss what lies in store for Giannis and the Bucks: Will he sign his extension? Has the franchise done enough to convince him that Milwaukee is a title contender (1:00)? Then we discuss the teams that made the largest moves in free agency since we last spoke and talk about the Celtics declining to make an offer for Myles Turner and what says about the current state of the center position in the league (41:00). Hosts: Justin Verrier, Rob Mahoney, and Jonathan Tjarks Guest: Matt Velazquez Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Nov 25, 2020
Free Agency Shuffle: Playoff Potential, Puzzling Contracts, and Championship Contenders | The Mismatch
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Verno and KOC get into all the most fascinating free agency moves from the past few days. First they look at teams that have vaulted themselves from the lottery to a potential playoff run (0:45) and the most puzzling contracts that have been signed in free agency (22:10). Then they get into which championship contenders have improved their rosters and which have fallen flat in free agency (36:15). Hosts: Chris Vernon and Kevin O’Connor Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Nov 24, 2020
Which Teams Have Done Enough in Free Agency to Be Championship Contenders? | Real Ones
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Logan and Raja discuss the massive contracts that have been handed out in free agency this season (0:45) and the young players who received their first big contracts. Then they get into the free agency signings that championship contenders have made (26:00) and Klay Thompson’s season-ending injury (45:30).  Hosts: Logan Murdock and Raja Bell Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Nov 23, 2020
Unpacking the Bogdanovic Debacle and First Day of Free Agency Recap | The Mismatch
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Verno and KOC discuss the Bogdan Bogdanovic debacle and its affect on the first few hours of free agency (0:00), the situation in Philly, what the Hawks could look like next season, and Detroit’s free agency moves (1:00). Then, they go through all of the deals made in the first few hours of free agency (30:00). Hosts: Chris Vernon and Kevin O’Connor Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Nov 21, 2020
The Ringer NBA Show Post-Draft Special
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The Ringer’s draft mavens Kevin O’Connor, Jonathan Tjarks, and J. Kyle Mann convene the morning after the 2020 NBA draft to go over the top three picks (1:00) as well as the picks and trades that most intrigue them (32:00).  Hosts: Kevin O’Connor, Jonathan Tjarks, J. Kyle Mann Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Nov 19, 2020
Rockets Hit a Wall and More Trade Rumors. Plus: Predraft Spectacular. | Group Chat
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Justin, Tjarks, and Rob are joined by J. Kyle Mann to talk about the latest trade scuttlebutt circulating on the internet about a potential Russell Westbrook for John Wall trade and Atlanta’s bid for Gordon Hayward, as well as the recently released schedule for the first half of the upcoming season (1:55). Then we go back in time to Tuesday afternoon for Group Chat’s predraft spectacular (35:15). Hosts: Justin Verrier, Rob Mahoney, and Jonathan Tjarks Guest: J. Kyle Mann Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Nov 18, 2020
The Trade Machine Is Whirring: CP3, Jrue, and Bogdan Are on the Move. Plus: Possible Draft Pick Trade-Ups | The Mismatch
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Verno and KOC run through the myriad gigantic after-dark trades that kept us all up last night, including Chris Paul to the Suns (1:27), Jrue Holiday and Bogdan Bogdanovic to the Bucks (11:34), and the fresh rumors that James Harden wants out of Houston (26:17). Then they get into some draft talk ahead of the NBA draft on Wednesday (50:29). Hosts: Chris Vernon and Kevin O’Connor Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Nov 17, 2020
Chris Paul Is Headed to the Suns, James Harden Reportedly Requested a Trade, and More | Real Ones
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Chris Ryan joins Logan to briefly discuss Chris Paul being traded to the Phoenix Suns (0:01). Then Logan and Raja jump on to talk about the rumors absolutely flying around about the Rockets’ possible implosion this offseason (17:30). After that, they get into Raja’s experiences with free agency (41:00) and what actually happened in the locker room between Raja and Ty Corbin during the 2011-12 season he spent on the Utah Jazz (52:50).  Hosts: Logan Murdock and Raja Bell Guest: Chris Ryan Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Nov 16, 2020
The Rockets Are Burning Out Their Fuse. Plus: Sleeper Draft Picks with Jonathan Tjarks and J. Kyle Mann. | The Mismatch
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Verno and KOC get into the absolute dumpster fire raging in Houston right now with Westbrook forcing a trade and multiple role players expressing discontent (1:00), then get into other trades that could happen next week (26:45). Then The Ringer’s Jonathan Tjarks and J. Kyle Mann join KOC go team by team looking at potential late-first- and second-round draft picks (39:00). Hosts: Chris Vernon and Kevin O’Connor Guests: Jonathan Tjarks and J. Kyle Mann Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Nov 13, 2020
A "Plausible Eventual Possibility” With Nate Duncan | Group Chat
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Justin, Rob, and Tjarks are joined by Nate Duncan to talk about recent reports from Kevin O’Connor that Russell Westbrook could be had in a trade and from ESPN that a forced trade by Westbrook or James Harden is a “plausible eventual possibility” (1:15). Then they discuss potential landing spots for Chris Paul (21:30), the Thunder’s new head coach Mark Daigneault (33:30), Marc Stein’s report that the Atlanta Hawks are pursuing Jrue Holiday (37:30), and some draft talk (50:30). Hosts: Justin Verrier, Rob Mahoney, and Jonathan Tjarks Guest: Nate Duncan Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Nov 11, 2020
NBA 2020-2021 Season Dates Are Set. Plus: Where LaMelo Ball and Other Prospects Will Wind Up in the Draft | The Mismatch
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Verno and KOC get into all the NBA news that’s broken over the past couple of days regarding the start of the 2020-2021 season (0:45) and where LaMelo Ball could end up in the draft (11:00), and then they talk through some of the most interesting prospects in the draft (30:30). Hosts: Chris Vernon and Kevin O’Connor Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Nov 10, 2020
Austin Rivers on the NBA’s Return, Doc Rivers' Move From LA to Philly, and More | Real Ones
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Logan and Raja are back talking about the NBA’s plan to return to basketball December 22 (45:00). Then, Austin Rivers joins Logan to discuss the Rockets’ 2019-20 season, Doc Rivers’s new job as head coach for the 76ers, which teams will be at the top of league next season, and much more (30:00). Hosts: Logan Murdock and Raja Bell Guest: Austin Rivers Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Nov 10, 2020
NBA Tentatively Approves 2020-21 Season Plan. Plus: Draft Rumors With Jonathan Tjarks and J. Kyle Mann | The Mismatch
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Verno and KOC get into all the intricacies of Thursday’s tentative deal between the NBA and NBPA to start the 2020-21 season during the week of Christmas (1:00). Then, Jonathan Tjarks and J. Kyle Mann join KOC to get into the draft rumors floating around and some of their favorite draft prospects (30:00). Hosts: Chris Vernon and Kevin O’Connor Guests: Jonathan Tjarks and J. Kyle Mann Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Nov 06, 2020
Jrue Holiday Trade Rumors With Scott Kushner and the Knicks' Future With Mike Vorkunov | Group Chat
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The Times-Picayune’s Scott Kushner joins Justin, Rob, and Tjarks to talk about this morning’s Jrue Holiday trade rumors (1:55). Then, The Athletic’s Mike Vorkunov joins the show to discuss the Knicks’ draft options and potential offseason moves (32:50).  Hosts: Justin Verrier, Rob Mahoney, and Jonathan Tjarks Guests: Scott Kushner and Mike Vorkunov Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Nov 04, 2020
Season Start Date Negotiations Are Heating Up. Plus: Most Intriguing Players of the Week. | The Mismatch
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Verno and KOC discuss the developments in the debate over the start of the 2020-21 NBA season (1:00), then get into their intriguing free agents, returning players, and draft prospects of the week (15:50). Hosts: Chris Vernon and Kevin O’Connor Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Nov 03, 2020
The Nets Coaching Staff Grows and the NBA Draft Rumor Mill | Real Ones
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Logan and Raja discuss Mike D’Antoni being added to Steve Nash’s coaching staff (7:50). Then they discuss how much you can trust predraft rumors (29:18) and each give out their Real One of the Week (52:44). Hosts: Logan Murdock and Raja Bell Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Nov 02, 2020
The Coaching Carousel Keeps Spinning. Plus: Draft Deep Dive With Jonathan Tjarks and J. Kyle Mann | The Mismatch
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Verno and KOC discuss the breaking news that Mike D’Antoni is headed to Brooklyn (0:00), plus Daryl Morey’s move to the 76ers’ front office (3:35) and the Rockets’ new head coach, Stephen Silas (20:35). Then they answer a few listener questions (Hello, Hornets fans! You exist!) (27:30). After that, Jonathan Tjarks and J. Kyle Mann join the pod to get deep into some draft analysis (48:30).  Hosts: Chris Vernon and Kevin O’Connor Guests: Jonathan Tjarks and J. Kyle Mann Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Oct 30, 2020
The Daryl Morey Process Comes to Philly. Plus: The Warriors Have Reentered the Chat, With Anthony Slater | Group Chat
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Justin and Sixers fan Chris Ryan delve into the breaking news of the day: Daryl Morey signs a five-year deal with the 76ers (1:30). Then The Athletic’s Anthony Slater joins Justin, Rob, and Tjarks to talk about what the 2020-21 NBA season will look like (17:35), what the Warriors will do this offseason to maximize their roster and be competitive against the best teams from the 2019-20 season (43:30), and some potential trades for the Lakers (1:12:00). Hosts: Justin Verrier, Rob Mahoney, and Jonathan Tjarks Guests: Anthony Slater and Chris Ryan Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Oct 28, 2020
Most Intriguing Free Agents, Gainfully Employed Players, and Draft Picks | The Mismatch
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Verno and KOC get together to chat about developments in the ongoing negotiation over when the next NBA season will start (1:20). Then they get into the free agents, currently employed players, and draft picks that intrigue them the most this offseason (14:45). Hosts: Chris Vernon and Kevin O’Connor Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Oct 27, 2020
Bubble Basketball, LeBron vs. Kawhi, Duncan vs. AD, and More With Danny Green | Real Ones
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Logan and Raja are joined by three-time NBA champion Danny Green to talk about what it was like to play and win in the bubble, playing with LeBron and Kawhi, when the next NBA season should start, and much more. Tap in. Hosts: Logan Murdock and Raja Bell Guest: Danny Green Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Oct 26, 2020
How Will Stan Van Gundy Fit With the Pelicans? Plus: NBA Mailbag | The Mismatch
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Verno and KOC are back analyzing the Stan Van Gundy hire in New Orleans (1:20) and answering your mailbag questions about the draft, offseason team building, card collecting, and more (9:45). Hosts: Chris Vernon and Kevin O’Connor Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Oct 23, 2020
Road to a Brighter Future: Pacers, Suns, and Pelicans Offseason Moves | Group Chat
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J. Kyle Mann joins Justin, Rob, and Tjarks to talk about the offseason for a few of the more underappreciated teams, including the Pacers’ new head coach, Nate Bjorkgren, and Oladipo’s future with the team, the Suns’ draft pick and offseason moves, and the Pelicans’ trade potential.  Hosts: Justin Verrier, Rob Mahoney, and Jonathan Tjarks Guest: J. Kyle Mann Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Oct 21, 2020
Three Things to Look Forward to in the NBA Offseason | The Mismatch
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Verno and KOC start off by discussing when the next NBA season should start, then they each get into their top three things to look forward to during the offseason. Hosts: Chris Vernon and Kevin O’Connor Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Oct 20, 2020
The Lakers’ Ceiling, Clippers Rumors, Plus Raja’s 2007 WCF Experience | Real Ones
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Logan and Raja get into what the Lakers’ ceiling could look like (9:59), all the suspect rumors coming out about Kawhi and the Clippers and what the Clips can do to revamp their team culture (17:43), and Raja’s experience in the 2007 Western Conference finals between the Suns and Spurs (33:39). Then the guys each crown their Real One of the Week (52:32). Hosts: Logan Murdock and Raja Bell Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Oct 19, 2020
Daryl Morey Resigns From the Rockets, Ty Lue Promoted at the Clippers, Plus: NBA Mailbag | The Mismatch
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Verno and KOC get into the hiring of Ty Lue as head coach of the Clippers and Daryl Morey’s resignation from the Rockets (0:35). Then they dig into the ‘NBA Show’ mailbag to answer all your questions about head coach searches, offseason team building, the draft, and more (24:02).  Hosts: Chris Vernon and Kevin O’Connor Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Oct 16, 2020
Officially the Offseason: Coaching Carousel, Team Building, and the Draft for Dummies | Group Chat
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Justin, Rob, and Tjarks are joined by The Ringer’s Kevin O’Connor to talk head coaching rumors (0:39) and potential offseason moves for teams around the league (14:13). Then Tjarks goes through his Draft Guide for Dummies (53:33). Hosts: Justin Verrier, Rob Mahoney, and Jonathan Tjarks Guest: Kevin O’Connor Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Oct 14, 2020
How Will the NBA Adapt to the Lakers’ Successful Style of Play? | The Mismatch
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Verno and KOC in a post-Finals glow discuss why there’s no asterisk on this championship (0:32), the future of this Lakers team and how the rest of the league might adapt to compete with them (10:09), and Rajon Rondo’s reascension in the playoffs (41:10). Then they give their two cents on the reignited LeBron-Jordan GOAT debate (48:09). Hosts: Chris Vernon and Kevin O’Connor Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Oct 13, 2020
LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers are the 2020 NBA Champions | Real Ones
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Logan and Raja go live right after LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers win the 2020 NBA championship to talk about Game 6 and how this win impacts the legacies of all involved. Hosts: Logan Murdock and Raja Bell Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Oct 12, 2020
The Heat Stay Alive in Game 5 of the NBA Finals with Bill Simmons | The Mismatch
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Verno and KOC go live after the Heat outlast the Lakers in Game 5 of the NBA Finals with special guest Bill Simmons.  Hosts: Chris Vernon and Kevin O’Connor Guest: Bill Simmons Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Oct 10, 2020
Lakers Earn NBA Finals Game 4 Win Over Heat | Group Chat
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Justin, Rob, and Tjarks convene right after the tight and scrappy Game 4 of the NBA Finals to talk about the Lakers’ win to go up 3-1 in the series (0:32) and the Finals MVP race (32:57). Hosts: Justin Verrier, Rob Mahoney, and Jonathan Tjarks Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Oct 07, 2020
Can Miami Make the 2020 NBA Finals Even More Interesting? | The Mismatch
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Verno and KOC talk about Miami’s win in Game 3 of the NBA Finals (3:07), what to look for in Game 4 (18:54), and whether they think that Miami has a shot to make this series even more interesting (31:47). Hosts: Chris Vernon and Kevin O’Connor Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Oct 06, 2020
Jimmy Butler Reigns As the Heat Take Game 3 of the NBA Finals | Real Ones
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Logan and Raja convene right after Game 3 of the NBA Finals to talk about the Lakers’ meltdown and Jimmy Butler’s unreal 40-point triple-double (0:41). Then they each crown their Real One of the Week (37:58). Hosts: Logan Murdock and Raja Bell Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Oct 05, 2020
Lakers Go Up 2-0 on the Heat in NBA Finals, Plus: Doc Rivers to Philadelphia | The Mismatch
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Verno and KOC convene after the Lakers beat the Heat in Game 2 of the NBA Finals to talk about this Lakers roster and whether the Heat have a chance at winning one game in the series (3:00). Then they get into Doc Rivers’ new challenge as the new head coach of the Philadelphia 76ers (32:10) and other head-coach shopping going on around the league (42:48). Hosts: Chris Vernon and Kevin O’Connor Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Oct 03, 2020
The Lakers Look Unbeatable: NBA Finals Game 1 Postgame
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Logan Murdock, Raja Bell, and Kevin O'Connor break down a tumultuous Game 1 of the NBA Finals between the Los Angles Lakers and Miami Heat, which the Lakers took decisively as Miami fell to multiple injuries. Hosts: Logan Murdock, Raja Bell, Kevin O'Connor Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Oct 01, 2020
The 7 Most Interesting Questions About the NBA Finals | Group Chat
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Justin, Rob, and Tjarks attempt to answer the seven most interesting questions about this season’s thrilling Lakers vs. Heat NBA Finals, including who the most important player in the series is (1:23), whether Erik Spoelstra is the best coach in the NBA (18:54), what the biggest takeaways from this postseason are (43:20), and whose legacy will be most impacted by the outcome of the NBA Finals (53:34).  Hosts: Justin Verrier, Rob Mahoney, and Jonathan Tjarks Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Sep 30, 2020
The Unexpected and Unpredictable Lakers vs. Heat NBA Finals, Plus: Doc Rivers Is “Out” With the Clippers | The Mismatch
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Chris and Kevin discuss Adrian Wojnarowski’s latest bomb that Doc Rivers is “out” with the Clippers organization (0:39), Game 6 of the Eastern Conference finals (12:57), and the unexpected but exciting matchup between the Miami Heat and Los Angeles Lakers in the NBA Finals (27:39). Hosts: Chris Vernon and Kevin O’Connor Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Sep 29, 2020
Miami Heat Overcome the Celtics to Face the Lakers in the NBA Finals | Real Ones
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On today’s newly dubbed 'Real Ones,' Logan and Raja discuss Miami’s monster victory over the Celtics in Game 6 to win the Eastern Conference finals and go through to the Finals (3:23) and the Finals matchup between the Lakers and Heat (35:05). Then noted Celtics fan Jackson Safon of The Ringer’s video team joins to pour out some liquor for his Celtics (58:46) and Jordan Ligons from The Ringer’s copy desk joins to talk about everything that’s happening in the Wubble (1:06:25). Finally, Logan and Raja each award their Real One of the Week (1:18:08). Hosts: Logan Murdock and Raja Bell Guests: Jackson Safon and Jordan Ligons Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Sep 28, 2020
The Lakers Squeak Out a Win, Plus: Holding Out for a Herro, and the Bulls’ Future With Donovan | The Mismatch
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Chris and Kevin get together to talk about the Lakers’ narrow win over the Nuggets to go up 3-1 in the Western Conference finals (1:22), the superstar-esque heroics of Tyler Herro in Miami’s win over Boston to go up 3-1 (27:51), and the Bulls’ new look with head coach Billy Donovan (58:10).  Hosts: Chris Vernon and Kevin O’Connor Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Sep 25, 2020
Nuggets Smoke the Lakers and Playing Coaching Matchmaker with Mike Trudell | Group Chat
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Lakers.com's Mike Trudell joins Justin, Jon, and Rob to go over the Lakers’ loss in Game 3 of the Western Conference finals to the Nuggets (0:34), match up available head coaches with vacancies around the league (42:18), and preview Game 4 of the Eastern Conference finals (1:08:52). Hosts: Justin Verrier, Rob Mahoney, Jonathan Tjarks Guest: Mike Trudell Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Sep 23, 2020
Don’t Count the Nuggets Out, Hayward’s Importance, and Awards Voting Hysteria | The Mismatch
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Chris Vernon and Kevin O’Connor cover the Lakers-Nuggets Western Conference finals (1:06), the importance of Gordon Hayward to the Celtics’ success against the Heat (25:07), and other stories from around the league, including the potential G League restart reported by Shams Charania (40:21) and the controversy around awards voting this season (47:10). Hosts: Chris Vernon and Kevin O’Connor Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Sep 22, 2020
The Lakers Are … Inevitable, the Celtics Get Their Heads in the Game, and the Wubble Is in Jeopardy
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Logan and Raja are back Monday morning discussing the inevitability of the Lakers-Nuggets series (5:18), whether awards snubs motivate star players (18:21), and if Marcus Smart’s outburst after Game 2 brought the Celtics back into the series (38:07). Then from The Ringer’s copy desk, Jordan Ligons hops on to talk about recent coronavirus concerns in the Wubble, Candace Parker’s future, and the WNBA playoff format (51:33). Finally, producer extraordinaire Isaac Lee pours out some liquor for his cursed Clippers (59:33), and Logan and Raja each pick their Real One of the Week (1:05:30).  Hosts: Logan Murdock and Raja Bell Guests: Jordan Ligons and Isaac Lee Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Sep 21, 2020
Celtics Can’t Take the Heat in Eastern Conference Finals Game 2 Loss | The Mismatch
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The Heat beat the Celtics to go up 2-0 in the Eastern Conference finals, and Chris and Kevin got together after the game to talk about the Celtics’ meltdown in the face of Miami’s zone defense (0:40), the matchup between the Lakers and Nuggets (39:26), and what moves the Clippers might make in the offseason (50:58). Hosts: Chris Vernon and Kevin O’Connor Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Sep 18, 2020
Clippers Gonna Clip, Nuggets Kill Them With Joy, and Bam Goes the Dynamite with Ben Golliver | Group Chat
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Justin Verrier, Jonathan Tjarks, and Rob Mahoney are joined by The Washington Post’s Ben Golliver to decompress from the dopamine overdose of the Nuggets’ historic win over the Clippers (0:50) and Bam Adebayo’s near-unbelievable Game 1–winning block against the Celtics (47:12). Hosts: Justin Verrier, Jonathan Tjarks, and Rob Mahoney Guest: Ben Golliver Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Sep 16, 2020
The Keys to Clippers vs. Nuggets and Celtics vs. Heat and the Future for the Raptors and Rockets | The Mismatch
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Chris Vernon and Kevin O’Connor discuss the importance of Kawhi Leonard and Nikola Jokic in Game 7 of the Clippers-Nuggets series (0:43) and what to look for in the Eastern Conference finals between the Celtics and Heat (32:22). They then touch on the future of the Raptors (48:44), the head coach shuffle around the league (61:17), and what might be next for Russell Westbrook (69:19). Hosts: Chris Vernon and Kevin O’Connor Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Sep 15, 2020
Who’s Afraid of the Big, Bad Clippers? Not the Nuggets. | Real Ones
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Logan Murdock and Raja Bell hop on during this basketball-less Monday to figure out who’s to blame for the Clippers’ less-than-expected performance in the playoffs and what could sway Game 7 against the Nuggets (3:26), who the key players are in the upcoming Eastern Conference finals between the Heat and Celtics (30:49), and the aftermath of Houston’s unfruitful postseason (42:48). Then The Ringer’s Sean Yoo joins to pour out a little liquor for his Houston Rockets (56:29), and Logan and Raja each anoint their Real One of the Week (1:07:02).  Hosts: Logan Murdock and Raja Bell Guest: Sean Yoo Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Sep 14, 2020
Instant Reaction: Boston Wins Game 7 and Heat vs. Celtics Preview
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Kevin O'Connor and Logan Murdock hop on right after Celtics-Raptors Game 7 to share their instant reactions (00:11) as well as a very early preview of the Eastern Conference Finals (13:10). Plus, quick thoughts on the Nuggets surviving elimination against the Clippers (17:33). Hosts: Logan Murdock and Kevin O'Connor Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Sep 12, 2020
Rockets in Retrograde: Lakers Punish Houston in Game 4 | The Mismatch
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Chris Vernon and Kevin O’Connor discuss the Rockets’ abysmal showing against the Lakers in Game 4 and what potential moves the team might make in the likely event they lose the series (1:53). They then discuss the down-to-the-wire Game 6 between the Celtics and Raptors (26:31), Kawhi’s dominance in the playoffs versus the regular season (41:59), and the age-old question of whether Giannis will stay or go (58:07). Hosts: Chris Vernon and Kevin O'Connor Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Sep 11, 2020
The Bucks Stop Here, What's Next for Billy Donovan, and Playoff Rondo Manifests | Group Chat
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Justin, Jonathan, and Rob are joined by Ethan Strauss of The Athletic to discuss what the Bucks can do to move forward from a disappointing loss in the second round and the role of star players in shaping the landscape of the league (1:53), plus how the Heat pulled off the upset and what could be the key to their next matchup (hint: it rhymes with ham) (32:03). Then the Group Chat crew takes a look at what Billy Donovan's departure from the Thunder means for the team's future (41:00) and what the sudden appearance of Playoff Rondo means for the championship-hungry Lakers (51:10). Hosts: Justin Verrier, Rob Mahoney, and Jonathan Tjarks Guest: Ethan Strauss Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Sep 09, 2020
Dead or Alive: Nuggets Still Kicking, Bucks Barely Twitching, Raptors and Lakers Fight for Their Lives | The Mismatch
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Chris Vernon and Kevin O’Connor get into all the conference semifinal matchups about halfway through the round, starting with a surprisingly competitive Nuggets-Clippers series (2:43). They then move on to the basically over Bucks-Heat series (21:09), the back-and-forth Raptors-Celtics series (32:29), and the early days of the tied-up Rockets-Lakers series (42:42). Hosts: Chris Vernon and Kevin O’Connor Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Sep 08, 2020
The Westbrook Conundrum, the Perfect Sidekick for Giannis, and Is Miami a Championship Contender? | Real Ones
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Logan Murdock and Raja Bell get into the Lakers' Game 2 win against Houston and the role Russell Westbrook plays in swinging Rockets games (2:48), whether Giannis can lead a championship charge on his own in a league of fearsome twosomes, which other star in the NBA would be the best pairing for him (39:33), and playoff predictions (59:18). Hosts: Logan Murdock and Raja Bell Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Sep 07, 2020
Raptors Snatch Last-Half-Second Victory From Celtics, Bucks Still Can’t Take the Heat, and Steve Nash Named New Nets Head Coach | The Mismatch
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Chris Vernon and Kevin O’Connor dive into the Raptors’ huge one-point victory over the Boston Celtics to stay in their second-round series (1:51), beg Mike Budenholzer to play Giannis and Middleton for 40 minutes (19:40), mourn the exhausted Denver Nuggets after their blowout loss against the Clippers (40:23), debate what could constitute a “small” Lakers lineup against the Rockets in their Round 2 matchup (45:40), and finally discuss the hiring of Steve Nash as the new Brooklyn Nets head coach (1:02:26). Hosts: Chris Vernon and Kevin O'Connor Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Sep 04, 2020
Emergency Podcast: Brooklyn Nets Hire Steve Nash As Head Coach and Rockets Beat OKC
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Logan Murdock and Raja Bell share their reactions to the Brooklyn Nets signing Steve Nash to a four-year head-coaching deal and keeping interim head coach Jaque Vaughn as lead assistant coach (00:48). Then they discuss the dramatic ending to Game 7 between the Rockets and Thunder (31:05).  Hosts: Logan Murdock and Raja Bell Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Sep 03, 2020
Unpacking the Nuggets' Win, Discussing the Raptors' Supreme Struggle, and Lu Dort Nerd Corner With Wosny Lambre | Group Chat
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Justin, Jonathan, and Rob are joined by The Athletic's Wosny Lambre to discuss the drag-out battle between the Nuggets and the Jazz in Game 7 and what ultimately made the difference for the Nuggets (02:23). They also talk about the Raptors' failure to hold off the Celtics and how Toronto can improve in this first playoff outing without Kawhi Leonard (36:17). Then Jonathan takes us to Nerd Corner to break down how players with big wins can be difficult to build a team around (55:43). Hosts: Justin Verrier, Rob Mahoney, and Jonathan Tjarks Guest: Wosny Lambre Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Sep 02, 2020
The Grand Rockets Debate Continues, the Bucks Feel the Heat, and Murray Mania | The Mismatch
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Verno and KOC turn yet another contentious page in their ongoing Houston Rockets debate after the Rockets' embarrassing Game 6 collapse against the Oklahoma City Thunder (1:38) before discussing the predictably competitive Bucks-Heat matchup as well as the other series in the NBA playoffs (32:27). Hosts: Chris Vernon and Kevin O’Connor Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Sep 01, 2020
Mitchell and Murray Face Off, Kawhi Clinches the First Round, and Blazers and Mavericks Head Home | Real Ones
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Logan and Raja discuss the incredible back-and-forth guard play between Donovan Mitchell and Jamal Murray in the Jazz-Nuggets series (5:22), what moves the homeward-bound Trail Blazers need to make in order to be a real title contender (32:35), Kawhi’s outstanding play and Marcus Morris’s dirty play to send the Mavericks home (45:39), and finally The Ringer’s Jason Gallagher joins the show to pour a little liquor out for his Mavericks (49:35). Hosts: Logan Murdock and Raja Bell Guest: Jason Gallagher Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Aug 31, 2020
J.B. Bickerstaff on the NBA Strike and Racial Justice | The Mismatch
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Verno and KOC are joined by Cleveland Cavaliers head coach J.B. Bickerstaff to discuss the NBA players’ strike and how professional sports can lead the pursuit of racial justice for Black Americans. Hosts: Chris Vernon and Kevin O’Connor Guest: J.B. Bickerstaff Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Aug 27, 2020
Emergency Podcast: Reactions to the NBA Players' Strike
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Logan Murdock, Rob Mahoney, and Van Lathan share their real-time reactions to the NBA postponing Wednesday's games as a result of the player strike led by the Milwaukee Bucks. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Aug 26, 2020
A Clippers and Mavs Blowout, and Pacers Fire Nate McMillan with Tom Haberstroh | Group Chat
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Justin, Jon, and Rob are joined by NBC Sports' Tom Haberstroh to talk about Tuesday's blowout between the Clippers and the Mavs, including the drama surrounding Luka Doncic and Marcus Morris (15:15). They also discuss the Nuggets' latest victory over the Jazz and the Pacers' decision to fire Nate McMillan just after announcing his extension (26:18). Hosts: Justin Verrier, Rob Mahoney, Jonathan Tjarks Guest: Tom Haberstroh Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Aug 26, 2020
The First Round: The Close, the Not, and the Swept | The Mismatch
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Verno and KOC discuss the competitive first-round matchups (1:16), teams that are figuratively on the ropes (28:37), and the already-concluded series (52:52). Hosts: Chris Vernon and Kevin O’Connor Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Aug 25, 2020
Luka Is Unreal, Fixing the Sixers, and "Kobe Day" | Real Ones
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Logan and Raja discuss Luka Doncic's stunning performance against the Clippers and where he fits in when it comes to the top franchise building blocks in the NBA right now (07:04). They are also joined by Ringer staff writer Tyler R. Tynes to talk about the 76ers getting swept out of the bubble and how to fix the absolute mess of a team (39:42). Finally, Logan and Raja remember Kobe Bryant on "Kobe Day" with memorable stories and encounters with the legendary player. Hosts: Logan Murdock and Raja Bell Guest: Tyler R. Tynes Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Aug 24, 2020
Lottery Reactions! Plus: The Rockets Blast Off, Don’t Worry About the Lakers, and the Sixers Roll Over | The Mismatch
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Verno and KOC react to the 2020 NBA draft lottery (1:16) before discussing the ongoing first-round series in the playoffs (24:07). Hosts: Chris Vernon and Kevin O’Connor Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Aug 21, 2020
The Lakers' Continued Offensive Woes, Clippers vs. Mavericks, and Giving Jimmy Butler the Respect He Deserves | Group Chat
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Justin, Jonathan, and Rob are joined by L.A. Times reporter Dan Woike to discuss the Los Angeles Lakers' woes against the Portland Trail Blazers in Game 1 (01:45), and the loaded Los Angeles Clippers' win over Luka Doncic and the Dallas Mavericks (22:00). Later, they bounce around the NBA bubble with their show-and-tell picks from the start of the playoffs (36:00). Hosts: Justin Verrier, Jonathan Tjarks, Rob Mahoney Guest: Dan Woike Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Aug 19, 2020
Playoff Basketball Is Back: Breaking Down Jazz vs. Nuggets, Raptors vs. Nets, Sixers vs. Celtics, and Clippers vs. Mavericks | The Mismatch
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Verno and KOC break down the first day of playoff games, including Donovan Mitchell’s 57-point performance that still couldn’t save the Jazz (2:42), the sleepy Raptors vs. Nets series (20:58), the continued problems with the Sixers (28:29), and the flagrant call on Kristaps Porzingis that could have tipped the Clippers vs. Mavericks series (44:20). Plus, some predictions for the next round of games (59:20). Hosts: Chris Vernon and Kevin O’Connor Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Aug 18, 2020
Play-in Excitement, the Dame vs. Steph Debate, the Importance of Role Players in the Postseason | Real Ones
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Logan Murdock and Raja Bell sit down to discuss the winners and losers of this weekend's play-in games (09:18). Logan also debates Raja on his take about Damian Lillard eclipsing Steph Curry (24:52). Then they touch on the dismissal of Alvin Gentry form the Pelicans, what role players do best in the postseason, and their picks for the postseason matchups going forward. Hosts: Logan Murdock and Raja Bell Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Aug 17, 2020
The Portland Trail Blazers Advance, Plus: Next-Round Predictions | The Mismatch
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Verno and KOC discuss the Portland Trail Blazers' win over the Brooklyn Nets and what we can expect for their next matchup against the Memphis Grizzlies, with the eighth seed on the line (1:00). Then they break down the potential franchises that could see changes in the near future (12:40) and discuss the teams to keep an eye on as they move on to the next rounds (33:40). Hosts: Chris Vernon and Kevin O'Connor Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Aug 14, 2020
Damian Lillard, Sixers Sadness, and What to Do With Denver | Group Chat
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Justin, Rob, and Jonathan talk about bubble MVP Damian Lillard (01:25). Chris Ryan joins to discuss the downer of a time the 76ers are having and how improvements by other players could affect Ben Simmons’s performance (27:20). Later they dive into nerd corner to talk about the Denver Nuggets’ growth and what makes Michael Porter Jr. one of the breakout stars of the bubble (50:52). Hosts: Justin Verrier, Rob Mahoney, Jonathan Tjarks Guest: Chris Ryan Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Aug 12, 2020
Seeds, Seeds, Seeds, Fixing the Sixers, and the Bubble Suns | The Mismatch
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Verno and KOC discuss the narrowing race for the 8-seed in the West (0:37), the never-ending quest to make the Philadelphia 76ers' roster fit together (28:12), and the still-undefeated Phoenix Suns (45:47). Hosts: Chris Vernon and Kevin O’Connor Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Aug 11, 2020
Damian Lillard Balls Out, Devin Booker in Phoenix, and Should We Worry About the Lakers? | Real Ones
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Logan Murdock and Raja Bell discuss this weekend’s games, including Damian Lillard’s incredible showing against the 76ers (00:41). They also talk about Phoenix’s momentum and how to best capitalize on Devin Booker’s moment (06:21) before discussing possible concerns for the Lakers, potential reform in the fight for the 8-seed, and players’ relationship with the media. Hosts: Logan Murdock and Raja Bell Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Aug 10, 2020
Kemba Walker on the Celtics’ Title Hopes, New York Basketball, and MJ Stories | R2C2 with CC Sabathia and Ryan Ruocco
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CC and Ryan are joined by All-NBA point guard Kemba Walker to discuss how he’s adjusted to the Orlando bubble (11:58), New York basketball (25:13), his relationship with Michael Jordan, and the Celtics’ playoff hopes (48:53). This episode originally ran on the R2C2 feed. Hosts: CC Sabathia and Ryan Ruocco Guest: Kemba Walker Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Aug 08, 2020
Dame Time in the Bubble, the Bright Now Suns, and the Race for the 8-Seed in the West | The Mismatch
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Verno and KOC discuss the Portland Trail Blazers’ strong push for the playoffs (1:18), the Phoenix Suns’ surprising run (17:54), and the jockeying for seeding in the Western Conference (43:39). Hosts: Chris Vernon and Kevin O’Connor Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Aug 07, 2020
The Excitement of the Rockets and Blazers, the Suns' Contention, and Nerd Corner With the Lakers | Group Chat
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'Group Chat' returns to talk about the excitement in the NBA bubble, including the Rockets–Trail Blazers barn burner and the return of Carmelo Anthony (01:29); the Phoenix Suns' excellent game and whether or not they're legitimate contenders for the eighth seed (23:44); and lastly, in the Nerd Corner segment, how Anthony Davis has massively improved and what it's like for him when Lebron is absent (39:45). Hosts: Justin Verrier, Jonathan Tjarks, Rob Mahoney Guest: Logan Murdock Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Aug 05, 2020
Shake’s Big Shot, Zion Bounces Back, and the Jimmy Butler Mystery | The Mismatch
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Verno and KOC react to Shake Milton’s clutch game-winner against the Spurs (0:43), the fight for the 8-seed (13:26), the micro-ball Rockets (23:40), the defending champion Toronto Raptors (41:21), the bizarre Jimmy Butler story (50:06), and more. Hosts: Chris Vernon and Kevin O’Connor Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Aug 04, 2020
Reporting on the Bubble With Raja Bell | Real Ones
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Logan Murdock is joined by Raja Bell as they break down the start of the NBA season. They discuss the kind of play they are seeing inside the bubble (11:30), which teams to keep an eye on (39:15), and Bell's transition to the media side of the industry. Then they choose the "Real One of the Week," a segment that highlights a player of the week who they believe stood out from the rest (1:01:10). Hosts: Logan Murdock and Raja Bell Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Aug 03, 2020
Give Us More Lakers-Clippers, Free Zion, and the Seeding Race | The Mismatch
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Verno and KOC discuss the thrilling kickoff of seeding games in Orlando: Clippers-Lakers (0:42) and Jazz-Pelicans (32:51). Then, they preview the weekend’s upcoming games (59:18). Hosts: Chris Vernon and Kevin O’Connor Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jul 31, 2020
Thibs in New York, Lou Will’s Excursion, and Seeding Games Preview | The Mismatch
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Verno and KOC discuss the New York Knicks hiring Tom Thibodeau (0:12), Lou Williams visiting Magic City while on leave from the Orlando campus (21:30), and the imminent start of seeding games (43:01). Hosts: Chris Vernon and Kevin O’Connor Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jul 28, 2020
Basketball Is Back! Scrimmages Takeaways, Changing Expectations, and Mailbag Questions | The Mismatch
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Verno and KOC react to the first NBA scrimmages in Orlando and potential new game operations (4:28) before answering a few questions from you, the listeners (36:35). Hosts: Chris Vernon, Kevin O’Connor Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jul 24, 2020
The Latest NBA COVID-19 Testing Reveals No New Positive Tests. Plus: Regular-Season Award Selections | The Mismatch
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We discuss the most recent NBA COVID-19 testing results, which revealed no new positive tests of players in the Orlando bubble (2:08). Then, we break down whether the four months of training could benefit a team like the Sixers, who are talented but were dysfunctional in the first half of the season (17:06). Finally, we share our choices for the NBA regular-season awards—MVP, Coach of the Year, Rookie of the Year, Most Improved, Defensive Player of the Year, and Sixth Man of the Year (30:30). Hosts: Chris Vernon and Kevin O’Connor Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jul 21, 2020
Which Team—Apart from the Lakers and Clippers—Has the Best Shot of Coming Out of the West? | The Mismatch
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We discuss the news that Victor Oladipo is now considering returning to play this season after previously stating he’d be out for the year (4:16). Then, we discuss Kemba Walker’s nagging knee injury, the Bucks’ challengers in the East, and Jakob Poeltl’s role with the Spurs (38:36). Finally, we open the mailbag and answer your questions about why the Lakers and Clippers are favored over the Bucks, which teams we’d invite to the NBA bubble if we could replace the Nets or Wizards, and whether the Lakers should try and buy out Vince Carter (49:24). Hosts: Chris Vernon and Kevin O’Connor Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jul 17, 2020
Russell Westbrook Announces He Tested Positive for COVID-19. Plus: Bruno Caboclo and Richaun Holmes Break Quarantine. | The Mismatch
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Russell Westbrook announced on Instagram that he tested positive for COVID-19 and is experiencing mild symptoms while away from the team. What will this mean for the Rockets? And is the NBA’s bubble going according to plan? Plus: multiple NBA players have accidentally broken quarantine since arriving in Orlando. Hosts: Chris Vernon and Kevin O’Connor Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jul 14, 2020
Senator Cory Booker on NCAA Reform, Speaking on the Senate Floor, the Criminal Justice System, and Fighting for a Better America | Flying Coach With Steve Kerr and Pete Carroll
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Steve and Pete provide updates on the upcoming NBA and NFL seasons before welcoming Senator Cory Booker to discuss player exploitation in the NCAA, his fight for criminal justice reform, expanding economic opportunity, and environmental reform. Later he talks about what it was like speaking as a Black man on the Senate floor, his experiences in politics, the complicity of America, and how individuals can help build a better nation. Host: Steve Kerr and Pete Carroll Guest: Cory Booker Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jul 13, 2020
Would the Bucks Give Giannis a 10-Year, $1 Billion Contract If There Were No Salary Cap? | The Mismatch
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We discuss the NBA bubble food photos that leaked on social media and the most recent roster additions for fringe playoff teams (2:11). Then, we open up the 'Mismatch' mailbag to answer your questions on which NBA players deserve a Pat Mahomes deal, which players are the most intriguing X factors during the playoffs, and whether the 'Mismatch' crew could beat Zion in a 3-1 matchup (28:31). Hosts: Chris Vernon and Kevin O’Connor Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jul 10, 2020
Vince Carter and Antawn Jamison on Their Many Years in the League, Black Fatherhood, and Player Activism | The Bakari Sellers Podcast
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Bakari is joined by former NBA players Vince Carter and Antawn Jamison to talk about their respective NBA careers (8:15), Black fatherhood (22:29), Vince’s recent retirement (35:06), and player activism (46:07). This podcast ran originally as an episode of 'The Bakari Sellers Podcast.' Subscribe on Spotify or wherever you hear podcasts. Host: Bakari Sellers Guests: Vince Carter and Antawn Jamison Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jul 08, 2020
Bradley Beal Is Out for the Season. So, Remind Us Why the Wizards Are Going to Orlando? | The Mismatch
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We discuss the breaking news that Brad Beal will sit out the rest of the season to manage a shoulder injury he’s been dealing with this season. What does that mean for the Wizards’ chances of making the playoffs or even the play-in tournament? Plus: Beal’s injury raises questions about why the NBA decided to go with 22 teams in Orlando instead of the initially proposed 20-team plan.  Hosts: Chris Vernon and Kevin O’Connor Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jul 07, 2020
How Will the Last Eight Games Affect Playoff Seeding?
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We discuss how some of the lower seeds might get shuffled in the final eight games of the regular season before locking in the playoff matchups (10:30). Then, with no show scheduled for Friday, we dive back into the mailbag early this week, answering your questions about players from the last four drafts who we haven’t given up hope on, biggest underachievers in NBA history, what games we’re best at, and more (37:17). Hosts: Chris Vernon and Kevin O’Connor Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jun 30, 2020
J.R. Smith Might Be Joining the Lakers to Replace Avery Bradley. Which Other Players Sitting Out Will Have the Biggest Impact? | The Mismatch
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After the first wave of news about which NBA players are opting out of the Orlando bubble plan for the season’s restart, we discuss whether our view of the competitive landscape of the league has changed at all (1:20). Then, we open back up the mailbag to answer your questions on Vince Carter, the NBA teams left out of the bubble plan, tampering in Orlando, and more (27:50). Hosts: Chris Vernon and Kevin O’Connor Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jun 26, 2020
The Five Players We’re Most Intrigued by Post-Quarantine | The Mismatch
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A lot can change in an unprecedented, three-month interruption of the NBA season. After not seeing much of anything from players on social media since the NBA shut down, Chris and Kevin each list the three players they’re most excited to see when basketball returns. Hosts: Chris Vernon and Kevin O’Connor Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jun 23, 2020
The NBA’s Orlando Health Guidelines, the 2009 Memphis Draft, and More Mailbag | The Mismatch
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We run through some of the details of the NBA’s 100-page booklet of health guidelines for when the league returns in Orlando (2:00), before revisiting the Memphis Grizzlies' choice to taken Hasheem Thabeet second overall in 2009 (22:36). Then we answer your questions about which rookies are in the best and worst situations, which teams have the brightest decades ahead of them, and which two teams from NBA history we’d want to watch face off (35:40). Hosts: Chris Vernon and Kevin O’Connor Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jun 19, 2020
A Growing Contingent of NBA Players Is Wondering If the League Should Return at All | The Mismatch
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A group of players reportedly led by Kyrie Irving held a phone call to discuss whether returning to play—amid the COVID-19 pandemic and continued social unrest surrounding police brutality—is the best course of action. Is this a representative sample of what NBA players want to do, and will this mean we won’t see some players make the trip to Orlando when the ramp-up begins at the end of June? Hosts: Chris Vernon and Kevin O’Connor Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jun 16, 2020
How Will the NBA Handle Growing Concern Over Its ‘Campus’ Environment? | The Mismatch
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As the restart of the NBA season gets closer and closer, there are rumblings among some players about how comfortable they will be about staying in the campus environment of Disney World without the freedom to leave for two months (0:33). Plus, we answer your questions about which underdog could win the title when basketball comes back, fixing the Knicks, ‘The Bachelor,’ and more (35:12). Hosts: Chris Vernon and Kevin O’Connor Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jun 12, 2020
What Needs to Happen Before the NBA Officially Returns? | The Mismatch
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Now that we have a date for when the NBA will be playing games again, the focus has narrowed to what happens in the interim. We discuss the NBA’s evolving thought process on COVID-19 testing, how many players will be with their teams in Orlando, and more (0:34). Then, we briefly discuss the wing prospects in the coming NBA draft that Kevin is most excited about (49:58). Hosts: Chris Vernon and Kevin O’Connor Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jun 09, 2020
The NBA’s Return Plan Was Approved by the Board of Governors. Now What? | The Mismatch
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After Thursday’s board of governors call with Adam Silver, the NBA has almost unanimously approved the league’s plan to return with eight regular-season games followed by a play-in tournament for the 8th seed in each conference. Now all that’s left is for the players union to approve the plan and for each team to get to Orlando and ramp up to play. We discuss potential challenges the teams will face getting ready to play competitively again (0:49), and then we open up the mailbag to answer your questions about the return plan, the league’s openness to potential player protests during games or the national anthem, and more (21:03). Hosts: Chris Vernon and Kevin O’Connor Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jun 05, 2020
As NBA Players Protest Police Brutality Around the Country, the League Is Locking in Its Return Plan | The Mismatch
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We discuss the sweeping condemnation of police brutality from NBA players and the NBA community—in line with nationwide protests over the last week—and what it means to even think or talk about the return of basketball in this moment (0:39). Then we go over reports about the league’s plan to return in late July and the board of governors meeting tomorrow that will dictate the terms of that return (10:08). Hosts: Chris Vernon and Kevin O’Connor Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jun 03, 2020
Gregg Popovich on America in 2020, the Leadership Void, and What Needs to Change | Flying Coach With Steve Kerr and Pete Carroll
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Steve and Pete are joined by San Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich to have a conversation about the state of our nation, how we got here as a country, our absence of leadership, and how we can take action to grow and bring about change following the killing of George Floyd by a Minneapolis police officer. Host: Steve Kerr and Pete Carroll Guest: Gregg Popovich This show is raising money for COVID-19 relief. You can help! Donate here! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jun 03, 2020
Which Return Method Do NBA Front Offices Prefer? Plus: Most Overrated/Underrated NBA Stats | The Mismatch
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We discuss Kevin’s report that the NBA GMs voted overwhelmingly against the group stage format floated by the league earlier this week (1:56). Then, we open the mailbag back up to answer your questions about the best and worst statistics in the NBA, players whose legacies would be most improved with a title, and our favorite type of player to create in NBA2K (23:06). Hosts: Chris Vernon and Kevin O’Connor Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
May 29, 2020
Will the NBA Go to a Group Stage Format for Its Playoffs? | The Mismatch
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As the NBA nears its return, we explore the benefits and drawbacks of adopting a World Cup–style group stage for the 2020 playoffs. Could this draw new fans? Could it be a precursor to future midseason tournaments or even playoffs? Does this shift the competitive balance in any way?  Hosts: Chris Vernon and Kevin O’Connor Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
May 26, 2020
The Passing of Jerry Sloan, the NBA’s COVID Testing Plan, and Mailbag Questions | The Mismatch
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Longtime Utah Jazz coach and NBA Hall of Famer Jerry Sloan died Tuesday morning. We remember his playing and coaching career and the legacy he leaves behind in the modern NBA (1:20). Then, we get into the nitty-gritty of Kevin’s reporting on the NBA’s COVID-19 testing plans in the event of a return this year (10:50), before answering more of your mailbag questions (27:19). Hosts: Chris Vernon and Kevin O’Connor Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
May 22, 2020
The NBA Return Forecast, Bojan Bogdanovic’s Surgery, and the Knicks’ Future. Plus: ‘The Last Dance’ Finale. | The Mismatch
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We run through the latest news around the NBA, including Tillman Fertitta’s comments to Donald Trump about the return of the NBA, Jazz wing Bojan Bogdanovic’s wrist surgery, and the Knicks’ new assistant GM, Frank Zanin (1:49). Then, we give our closing thoughts on ESPN’s Michael Jordan documentary ‘The Last Dance’ (35:30). Hosts: Chris Vernon and Kevin O’Connor Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
May 19, 2020
Final Takeaways From the 'Last Dance' Finale
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After the final two episodes of 'The Last Dance' premiered Sunday night, Chris Ryan and Sean Fennessey break down the key takeaways and share their overall thoughts on the popular sports documentary. They talk about how a document like this could be made for modern players and what this doc does to Michael Jordan's legacy as a whole. Hosts: Chris Ryan and Sean Fennessey Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
May 18, 2020
NBA Salary Reductions, Completing the Regular Season, Momentum Toward a Return. Plus: More Mailbag Questions. | The Mismatch
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News about the NBA’s potential return continues to trickle out. This week, we discuss whether NBA players would feel compelled to complete the regular season if it meant they'd make their full salaries, and the timeline for the league’s return (5:01). Then, we reach back into the mailbag to answer questions on Lonzo Ball’s basketball preference, our all-time 3-point shootout and dunk contest lineups, and our favorite seasons of covering the league (23:30). Hosts: Chris Vernon and Kevin O’Connor Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
May 15, 2020
Notes From the NBPA’s Call With Adam Silver. Plus: ‘The Last Dance’ Episodes 7-8. | The Mismatch
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We go through the news leaking out of the conference call between the National Basketball Players Association and commissioner Adam Silver (1:17). Kevin shares his insights and reporting into the return ideas the NBA thinks are most feasible. Then, we discuss the emotional impact of episodes 7-8 of ESPN’s ‘The Last Dance,’ the only stain on Scottie Pippen’s career, and Jordan as a baseball player (37:04). Hosts: Chris Vernon and Kevin O’Connor Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
May 12, 2020
The Challenges of Making 'The Last Dance,' The Stories Players Tell, and Quarantine Comforts With Jason Hehir | The JJ Redick Podcast
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JJ and Tommy sit down with filmmaker Jason Hehir to talk about his Michael Jordan/Bulls docuseries 'The Last Dance' and explore what went into making the immensely popular project. They break down the animosity between players during that era (23:07). Jason reveals what went down during the supposed "Jordan freeze-out" in 1985, and then they draft their favorite quarantine comforts (48:09). Subscribe to The JJ Redick Podcast here. Hosts: JJ Redick and Tommy Alter Guest: Jason Hehir Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
May 11, 2020
Internal Debates About the NBA’s Return. Plus: Pick a “Blow It Up!” Team. | The Mismatch
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We discuss Kevin’s article about the debates going on within the league office about the best plan to bring basketball back this summer (1:42). Then, we open the mailbag back up to answer your questions about Matthew Dellavedova, which teams should blow it up, and whether Steph Curry could score 101 points in a game (37:16). Hosts: Chris Vernon and Kevin O’Connor Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
May 08, 2020
Buying Into Analytics and The Advantage of the Multisport Athlete With Dave Roberts
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Steve and Pete are joined by manager of the Los Angeles Dodgers, Dave Roberts, to discuss how they look at and assess multisport athletes, and how a player's expertise at one sport can translate to another. Later the guys chat about how analytics factor into their respective coaching strategies, how analytics are being utilized for player development, and getting players to live in the present. Hosts: Steve Kerr and Pete Carroll Guest: Dave Roberts This show is raising money for COVID-19 relief. You can help! Donate here! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
May 07, 2020
‘The Last Dance’ and the Athlete As a Role Model | The Mismatch
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We run through some league news, including the discussions about whether Kevin Durant would be ready to come back by the time the NBA is ready to ramp up again (1:41). Then we go deeper into episodes 5-6 of ‘The Last Dance,’ including the concept of the “role model” athlete (30:00). Hosts: Chris Vernon and Kevin O’Connor Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
May 05, 2020
Instant Reactions to ‘The Last Dance Episodes 5-6 | The Ringer NBA Show
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Justin Verrier and Rob Mahoney come to you immediately after the conclusion of the fifth and sixth episodes of ‘The Last Dance.’ On this week’s pod: an examination of Michael Jordan’s trip to Atlantic City during the 1993 playoffs, a window into the unique pressure Jordan faced every time he stepped out of his hotel or home, and what NBA Twitter would have to say about the ascension of Jordan the shoe mogul. Hosts: Justin Verrier and Rob Mahoney Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
May 04, 2020
The NBA’s Orlando Bubble. Plus: ‘The Last Dance’ Questions, Allen Iverson in 2020, and Chris Paul to the Bright-Future Suns? | The Mismatch
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With news swirling about the NBA's continued exploration of potential return options, we discuss the complexities of restarting basketball in a bubble in Las Vegas or Orlando (1:23). Then, we open the Friday mailbag to answer your questions on ESPN’s ‘The Last Dance,’ teams that could make a leap next season, and whether or not Kevin is secretly British (23:39). Hosts: Chris Vernon and Kevin O’Connor Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
May 01, 2020
NBA Facilities Opening in May. Plus: ‘The Last Dance’ Episodes 3-4 | The Mismatch
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We react to the news that the NBA is considering opening its practice facilities up to players starting as soon as May (1:40), before discussing Marc Eversley’s hiring as the new Bulls general manager (7:06). Then, we close by giving our biggest takeaways from episodes 3-4 of ‘The Last Dance,’ including some revelations about Dennis Rodman and intriguing moments with Phil Jackson (18:40). Hosts: Chris Vernon and Kevin O’Connor Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Apr 28, 2020
Instant Reactions to ‘The Last Dance Episodes 3-4 | The Ringer NBA Show
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Justin Verrier and Rob Mahoney gather to discuss the second week of ESPN’s Michael Jordan documentary, ‘The Last Dance.’ This week, we got a peek into the fascinating life of Dennis Rodman. Plus, we’re starting to peel the layers of the onion back on the real Jordan as he shows his past frustrations with Scottie Pippen, Phil Jackson, and the Detroit Pistons. Hosts: Justin Verrier and Rob Mahoney Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Apr 27, 2020
Brooklyn’s Head Coaching Search, Chris Paul’s Hesitance to Return Too Fast, and More Mailbag Questions | The Mismatch
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We discuss the short list (read: Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving’s list) for Kenny Atkinson’s replacement in Brooklyn (2:13). Then, we take a look at NBPA president Chris Paul’s reluctance to bring the NBA back without giving players at least a month to get their bodies ready (7:19). Finally, we open the 'Mismatch' mailbag again to answer your questions about the draft, the Grizzlies, our dream 3v3 partners, and more (11:53).  Hosts: Chris Vernon and Kevin O’Connor Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Apr 24, 2020
Virtual Draft Strategies, Past Draft Stories, and Game-Changing Coaches | Flying Coach With Steve Kerr and Pete Carroll
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Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr and Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll discuss all things draft, including how they are preparing for a virtual draft, how they scout players, and drafting late-round guys like D.K. Metcalf and Draymond Green (3:25) before talking about the coaches in both the NFL and NBA who innovated the game like no one before them (39:30). Hosts: Steve Kerr and Pete Carroll This show is raising money for COVID-19 relief. You can help! Donate here! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Apr 23, 2020
‘The Last Dance,’ Re-living the Demise of the ’90s Bulls, and the NBA’s Quarantine Bubble With Bill Simmons | The Mismatch
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Kevin and Chris are joined by Bill Simmons to react to Draymond Green’s Warriors-Bulls comparisons (1:48), discuss episodes 1-2 of ‘The Last Dance,’ recount some of the lesser-known stories of the late-’90s Bulls, and discuss the feasibility of the NBA's return from quarantine (54:44). Hosts: Chris Vernon and Kevin O’Connor Guest: Bill Simmons Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Apr 21, 2020
Instant Reactions to ‘The Last Dance’ Episodes 1-2 | The Ringer NBA Show
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Chris Ryan and Sean Fennessey convene for a special recap of ESPN's new Michael Jordan documentary, 'The Last Dance.' Episodes 1-2 bring us back to the beginning, where Michael Jordan was a fresh young face at the University of North Carolina. What memories did the documentary evoke, and what were the moments that gave us goose bumps? Hosts: Chris Ryan and Sean Fennessey Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Apr 20, 2020
Jalen Green Forgoes College for the G League. Plus: The Ringer NBA Draft Guide Launches | The Mismatch
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Top prospect Jalen Green is the next player to join the G League rather than go to college. Is he the next wave in a trend or an outlier (3:20)? Plus: The Ringer NBA Draft Guide has launched. Which players does Kevin have higher or lower than the NBA community consensus (55:15)? Hosts: Chris Vernon and Kevin O’Connor Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Apr 17, 2020
What Can the NBA Learn From Other Leagues Around the World About Returning in 2020? | The Mismatch
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We discuss the successes and failures of the NBA’s H-O-R-S-E broadcast (2:30), before talking about Taiwan bringing basketball back with mannequins and cardboard cutouts in the stands as fans (12:25). Then, we jump back into the mailbag to answer a handful more of your questions (33:04). Hosts: Chris Vernon and Kevin O’Connor Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Apr 14, 2020
Flying Coach With Steve Kerr & Pete Carroll: Two Champions on Mentors, Philosophies, and Why They Coach (Premiere Episode!)
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Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr and Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll sit down for the premiere episode of their new podcast ‘Flying Coach With Steve Kerr & Pete Carroll,’ in which they offer up their unique perspectives as championship-level coaches in the NBA and NFL. Hosts: Steve Kerr and Pete Carroll This show is raising money for COVID-19 relief. You can help! Donate here! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Apr 13, 2020
Four Draft Prospects You Should Start Looking Up Now | The Mismatch
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We chat about whether the proposed NBA H-O-R-S-E tournament will be entertaining or a bust (1:31), before reviewing the news that the Bulls will hire Arturas Karnisovas as their new executive vice president of basketball operations (6:15). Then, amid uncertainty about the rest of the regular season, we look ahead to the NBA draft and give four prospects we think you should be familiarizing yourself with (16:05). Hosts: Chris Vernon and Kevin O’Connor Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Apr 10, 2020
Creative Ideas to Bring Basketball Back and Even More Mailbag Questions | The Mismatch
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The guys discuss the emerging ideas about how to bring back the NBA, including a H-O-R-S-E competition and rapid testing to resume the season (0:41), before answering more mailbag questions on: potential expansion team locations, greatest teams to never win a championship, Giannis destinations, and more (14:01). Hosts: Chris Vernon and Kevin O’Connor Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Apr 07, 2020
Our Biggest Draft Hits and Misses: Jayson Tatum, Mike Conley Jr., Draymond Green, and More | The Mismatch
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With basketball still shelved, we revisit our biggest hits and misses in previous draft coverage: Dragan Bender, Jaylen Brown, Mario Hezonja, and more. Plus, are you in or out on Julius Randle? Hosts: Chris Vernon and Kevin O’Connor Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Apr 03, 2020
Optimism for Completing the Season, the Jordan Documentary, Mailbag, and More | The Mismatch
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We review comments by Mark Cuban and Adam Silver that make it seem like the NBA is still focused on finishing the 2019-20 season (3:52), before discussing the news that ESPN has decided to move up the release date of its much-anticipated 10-part Michael Jordan documentary (7:09). Then we open back up the Mismatch Mailbag to a whole new list of your questions (11:00). Hosts: Chris Vernon and Kevin O’Connor Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Mar 31, 2020
The Four Most Undercovered Stories or Players from the 2019-20 Season | The Mismatch
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We revisit some of the stories and players that we dropped the ball on covering this year—including Goran Dragic (the unsung anchor of the Miami Heat), Victor Oladipo’s return to form, Alex Caruso, and more. Hosts: Chris Vernon and Kevin O’Connor Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Mar 27, 2020
Possible NBA Return Scenarios, Draft Prospects Declaring, and More Mailbag Questions | The Mismatch
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We look to other countries’ professional basketball leagues and wonder whether the NBA can develop a model to return that works in the United States (0:42) before discussing a bevy of college players that have declared for the NBA draft in the time since basketball’s hiatus began (12:46). Then, we revisit some of the questions we didn’t get to from last Friday’s mailbag, including basketball book and movie recommendations, potential rule changes to the league, and more (21:11). Hosts: Chris Vernon and Kevin O’Connor Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Mar 25, 2020
Reopening the Mismatch Mailbag: Who Should Blow It Up, NBA Sliding Doors, and More | The Mismatch
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We sifted through all your questions and picked our favorites: What were our most memorable arguments? Which teams are primed to blow it up next season? What music are we listening to? And much more. Hosts: Chris Vernon and Kevin O’Connor Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Mar 20, 2020
Life Without the NBA. Plus: Tom Brady Leaves the Patriots. | The Mismatch
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Kevin reacts to the news that his favorite football player of all time, Tom Brady, is leaving the New England Patriots (0:00). Then, we discuss the NBA’s myriad of options for proceeding with the season—all contingent on global news—and discuss what we’ve been doing while sports have been on hiatus (0:00). Hosts: Chris Vernon and Kevin O’Connor Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Mar 17, 2020
The NBA Season Is Suspended | The Mismatch
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In light of the news that the Utah Jazz’s Rudy Gobert has tested positive for COVID-19, the NBA announced that the 2019-20 season has been suspended. Hosts: Chris Vernon and Kevin O’Connor Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Mar 12, 2020
The Rebuilding State of the NBA | Group Chat
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The Lakers lose a shocker to the Nets, only their second defeat in 13 games (1:04). We then discuss what rebuilding looks like for the league and its teams these days (10:12). Plus: another segment of Line ’Em Up, where Tjarks analyzes the lineups we are seeing on the floor (33:17). Host: Chris Ryan Guest: Jonathan Tjarks Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Mar 11, 2020
Is LeBron James Catching Up in the MVP Race? Plus: How the Coronavirus Might Affect the Rest of the Season | The Mismatch
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Kevin wonders whether LeBron James should be getting more serious consideration for the MVP award, which leads us to a knock-down, drag-out fight about whether or not Khris Middleton is a top-20 player in the NBA (0:40). Then, with the coronavirus threatening to affect the NBA regular season, we imagine what it might be like if games have to be played without fans (36:40). Host: Chris Vernon and Kevin O’Connor Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Mar 10, 2020
Coronavirus Concerns, the Nets Fire Atkinson, and We All Drink the Ben Bartch Smoothie | Heat Check
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Instant Replay: In this special extended segment, the gang looks at the latest news from around the NBA, including what further precautions the league might take to respond to the coronavirus outbreak. They also discuss the Nets' firing of Kenny Atkinson as well as LeBron looking a lot like an MVP (03:57). Good Call/Bad Call: The 'Heat Check' family gets weird, and concocts and drinks the Ben Bartch smoothie with special guest Colleen Wolfe of the NFL Network (34:16). Host: John Gonzalez Guests: Haley O'Shaughnessy, Dan Devine, Colleen Wolfe Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Mar 09, 2020
Podcast Spotlight—Winging It With Vince Carter and Annie Finberg
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Here are some highlights from our podcast 'Winging It With Vince Carter.' On this special preview, Vince and Annie Finberg talk to an array of guests from around the NBA, including Lamar Odom, Markelle Fultz, and Kyle Lowry. You can find 'Winging It' on the Ringer Podcast Network wherever you find podcasts. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Mar 07, 2020
At Full Strength, Are the Clippers the Title Favorites? | The Mismatch
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After laying it on the Houston Rockets last night, the full-strength Clippers look about as good, if not better, than anyone in the NBA right now. Can they reach their final gear when the playoffs roll around (1:21)? Plus: We discuss Andrew Wiggins’s future with the Warriors and the race for the eighth seed in the West (10:49). Hosts: Chris Vernon and Kevin O’Connor Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Mar 06, 2020
Lakers vs. Sixers Recap, Another Knicks Feud, Plus: Line ’Em Up—a Jon Tjarks Joint! | Group Chat
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Our very own Chris Ryan recaps what he saw last night at the Lakers-Sixers game (1:45). Spike Lee addresses his feud with the Knicks and the infamous James Dolan (19:15). Plus: Line ’Em Up—a Jonathan Tjarks Joint, a new segment where Tjarks highlights the most pressing story lines in the league (28:30).  Host: Justin Verrier  Guests: Chris Ryan and Jonathan Tjarks Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Mar 04, 2020
Should Giannis Antetokounmpo’s MVP Already Be Locked Up? | The Mismatch
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In Kevin’s return to the show, we return to our old ways: arguing about James Harden’s gather dribble and Giannis’s claim to the MVP (10:30). Then, we discuss the Knicks' awkward handling of Spike Lee (29:40), the Elam ending in the All-Star Game, and Jayson Tatum’s ascendance since Kevin’s absence from the podcast (56:26). Host: Chris Vernon and Kevin O’Connor Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Mar 03, 2020
Things We Need to Stop Talking About | Heat Check
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Instant Replay: The Knicks make a hire, developments in the Giannis-Harden beef, and the Timberwolves get a resting policy violation (03:16). The Main Event: We play Heat Check Survivor and vote tired conversations off Heat Check Island (22:58). Good Call/Bad Call: Dan Devine gets a new nickname, the aftermath of the mystery box, and should the gang try a disgusting smoothie (37:49)? Host: John Gonzalez Guests: Haley O'Shaughnessy, Dan Devine Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Mar 02, 2020
Giannis vs. Harden, a Budding Personal Rivalry | The Mismatch
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We parse James Harden’s comments in response to Giannis Antetokounmpo passing him over during the All-Star draft (16:28), before breaking down which middle-seeded Western Conference playoff teams should be the most feared (22:47). Finally, we take a look at the lowly Chicago Bulls, who are getting good minutes from Coby White, and try to determine which of their young players most deserve to stay for the long haul (44:34). Host: Chris Vernon Guest: Jonathan Tjarks Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Feb 28, 2020
Zion vs. LeBron, Bucks vs. Raptors, and the Ben Simmons Injury | Group Chat
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Giannis Antetokounmpo and the Bucks walked away with a win over Toronto, but who deserves the credit? Zion Williamson faced off against LeBron James in their first matchup and gave us a glimpse into what we can anticipate for the rest of the season from this young Pelicans team. Plus, Ben Simmons's back injury and the tentative timeline for his return to the court. Hosts: Justin Verrier and Chris Ryan Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Feb 26, 2020
LeBron vs. Zion: A Potential Playoff Matchup and Passing of the Torch | The Mismatch
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We recap some news from around the league, including Vanessa Bryant’s moving tribute to Kobe Bryant, Bradley Beal’s big scoring night, and Ben Simmons’s back injury (2:15). Then, we preview what it will mean when Zion Williamson plays in Los Angeles against LeBron James for the first time in his career (46:39). Finally, we finish by talking about some draft prospects that might fly under the radar (58:03).  Host: Chris Vernon Guest: Jonathan Tjarks Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Feb 25, 2020
The Five Most Interesting Teams of the Stretch! Plus, Analyzing the Buyout Market and Playoff Projections | Heat Check
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Instant Replay: Dwyane Wade's jersey is retired, Mark Cuban has a very expensive meltdown, and we analyze the buyout market (03:08) The Main Event: The gang takes a look at Dan's ranking of the NBA’s five most interesting teams of the stretch run, including the Rockets, Pelicans, and podcast favorite Grizzlies (21:31). Good Call/Bad Call: Zion debuting some new shoes, spending time at a Milwaukee casino, and deciding to go in on a $100 mystery box (40:39). Host: John Gonzalez Guests: Haley O'Shaughnessy, Dan Devine Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Feb 24, 2020
Trae Young Drops 50 on His First Night Back. Plus: Embiid Says He’s the Best Player in the World. | The Mismatch
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We go over some highlights of the first night the NBA returned to action, including Trae Young's and Joel Embiid’s big games against the Miami Heat and Brooklyn Nets, respectively (1:27). Then we try to make sense of the Western Conference playoff race and predict who will grab the eighth seed out of Memphis, Portland, and New Orleans (25:39). Host: Chris Vernon Guest: Jonathan Tjarks Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Feb 21, 2020
The Cavs’ Coaching Change and Three Post-All-Star Story Lines | Group Chat
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With a new head coach and a less-than-impressive season, what does the future look like for the Cleveland Cavaliers (3:30)? Plus, major story lines for the rest of the regular season: the impact of buyouts for the league (16:30), what Kyrie Irving’s injury means for the Nets (28:55), and Giannis’s MVP reputation (39:28). Host: Justin Verrier Guest: Rob Mahoney Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Feb 19, 2020
Four Questions for the Post-All-Star NBA World | The Mismatch
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We run down a list of items, including rumors that John Beilein might be on his way out in Cleveland and news that the G League is unionizing (1:23). Then, with the All-Star Game in the rearview, we ask four questions about the landscape of the league, including: Who should the Bucks and Lakers fear most in their respective conferences (27:12)? Hosts: Chris Vernon and Jonathan Tjarks Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Feb 18, 2020
All-Star Recaps, a Dunk Contest Controversy, and Dame D.O.L.L.A. | Heat Check
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Instant Replay: John Beilein is reportedly not long for the Cavaliers, and we recap the All-Star events from Friday and find out who is the league's best one-on-one player (03:50). The Main Event: The skills competition results, the 3-point contest shockers, and Team LeBron taking the All-Star Game by a single free throw (17:58). Good Call/Bad Call: Honoring Vince Carter, controversial billboards for the Kings, and Bam Adebayo's strange training drill (38:44). Host: John Gonzalez Guests: Haley O'Shaughnessy, Dan Devine, Micah Peters Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Feb 17, 2020
The Sixers Are ... Fine? Plus, More Knicks Drama, and Oh My God, Zion | Group Chat
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Despite concerns surrounding Joel Embiid’s incendiary comments earlier this week, the Philadelphia 76ers defeated the Los Angeles Clippers; could this be the year the Embiid–Ben Simmons experiment succeeds (1:24)? Plus: The New York Knicks keep making headlines for all the wrong reasons, as their new brand consultant, Steve Stoute, publicly comments on the future of interim head coach Mike Miller (32:00), and rookie star Zion Williamson continues to amaze (41:35). Hosts: Justin Verrier and Chris Ryan Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Feb 12, 2020
Toronto Is on a Tear. Plus: Jimmy Butler Is Openly Recruiting Joel Embiid. | The Mismatch
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We talk about how Toronto’s unbelievable win streak has kept teams like Boston, Miami, and Philly in their rearview mirror in the East (3:32), before breaking down the drama with the Sixers, Joel Embiid, and Jimmy Butler (29:56). Finally, we finish by touching on the Western Conference standings ahead of All-Star Weekend (35:32). Hosts: Chris Vernon and Jonathan Tjarks Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Feb 11, 2020
Trade Deadline Winners and Losers, KD Goes Off, and We Do Art | Heat Check
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Instant Replay: The Raptors just can’t seem to lose, Kevin Durant wants all the smoke, and James Dolan isn't selling the New York Knicks (02:05). The Main Event: The gang breaks down the winners and losers of the trade deadline including the Heat and the Clippers, and even the Knicks (19:28). Good Call/Bad Call: D'Angelo Russell has a camcorder, Dame D.O.L.L.A. performs at All-Star Weekend, and we do art (33:47). Host: John Gonzalez Guests: Haley O'Shaughnessy, Dan Devine Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Feb 10, 2020
D’Angelo Russell for Andrew Wiggins, Andre Iguodala to Miami, and More From the NBA Trade Deadline | The Ringer NBA Show
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We react to the biggest news of today’s NBA trade deadline, including the Golden State Warriors swapping D’Angelo Russell for Andrew Wiggins, the Miami Heat acquiring Andre Iguodala, the Philadelphia 76ers making modest upgrades in Alec Burks and Glenn Robinson, and more. Hosts: Chris Vernon and Kevin O’Connor Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Feb 06, 2020
Breaking Down the Capela-Covington Blockbuster Trade | Group Chat
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News of a four-team, 12-player trade revolving around Clint Capela and Robert Covington broke late Tuesday night, with numerous implications for the entire league. We discuss what this means for each team, as the trade deadline looms. Host: Justin Verrier Guest: Jonathan Tjarks Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Feb 05, 2020
Knicks Fire Steve Mills, Ja Morant vs. Andre Iguodala, and Trade Deadline Preview | The Mismatch
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We run down the Andre Iguodala vs. Memphis Grizzlies timeline (1:21) before previewing Thursday’s NBA trade deadline (12:40). Then ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski breaks the news that the Knicks have parted ways with Steve Mills (46:56) and we react in real time. Hosts: Chris Vernon and Kevin O’Connor Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Feb 04, 2020
The Lakers Remember Kobe, All-Star Game Changes, and Trade Deadlines | Heat Check
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Instant Replay: The Lakers' touching tribute to Kobe Bryant, Damian Lillard's amazing streak, and the impressive run from the Raptors (3:05). The Main Event: Trade deadlines, along with main contenders and the Knicks pulling off yet another chef's kiss (19:32). Good Call/Bad Call: Changing the All-Star game format, snubs, and Aaron Gordon getting in the action (35:31). Host: John Gonzalez Guests: Haley O’Shaughnessy, Dan Devine Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Feb 03, 2020
NBA All-Star Reserves, Lakers Back on the Court. Plus: Matisse Thybulle, Snubbed? | The Mismatch
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We run through the list of All-Star reserves and debate whether guys like Bradley Beal have a good case for feeling left out (2:33). Then, we talk about the emotion surrounding the Lakers return to the court following Kobe Bryant’s death (27:07), and finish by going over Kawhi’s latest knee trouble and the Rising Stars lineup announcements (30:00). Hosts: Chris Vernon and Kevin O’Connor Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jan 31, 2020
News From Around the League and Reflecting on Kobe Bryant | Heat Check
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Today on 'Heat Check,' John, Dan, and Haley take a look at the news around the NBA, talk about a few recent games, and examine some impressive 50-point performances (02:42). They also discuss and reflect on the tragic passing of Kobe Bryant (19:33). Host: John Gonzalez Guests: Haley O’Shaughnessy, Dan Devine Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jan 29, 2020
Grappling With the Death of Kobe Bryant | The Mismatch
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We try to come to terms with the life and death of NBA legend Kobe Bryant after a tragic helicopter crash killed him, his daughter Gianna, and seven other people in Calabasas, California, on Sunday. Hosts: Chris Vernon and Kevin O’Connor Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jan 28, 2020
Remembering Kobe Bryant | Group Chat
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Justin Verrier and Rob Mahoney remember Kobe Bryant on the day after the tragic death of the legendary Laker and eight others in a helicopter crash. Host: Justin Verrier Guest: Rob Mahoney Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jan 27, 2020
All-Star Starters, Zion’s Return, and Montrezl Harrell Rumors. Plus: Horford for Gallinari? | The Mismatch
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We review the announced starters for the NBA’s All-Star Game (1:02) before discussing Zion Williamson’s return (47:00), debating whether the Sixers should trade Al Horford (21:22), and considering what the Clippers should do with their rim-running center, Montrezl Harrell (33:49). Hosts: Chris Vernon and Kevin O’Connor Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jan 24, 2020
The Boring Clippers, Zion’s Debut, and Trade Deadline Preview | Group Chat
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The Los Angeles Clippers are really, really good. But does that make them uninteresting to watch (0:44)? With Zion Williamson making his regular-season debut tonight, the New Orleans Pelicans could look to make a push for the playoffs (18:35). Plus: What moves could we see at the trade deadline (36:44)? Host: Justin Verrier Guests: Chris Ryan and Jonathan Tjarks Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jan 22, 2020
The Lakers Are Missing a Piece. Plus: Ben Simmons Is Unleashed | The Mismatch
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The Lakers got walloped by the Celtics last night—is there more to take away from this one game than meets the eye (5:56)? Plus, Ben Simmons has been unleashed by the open space on the floor since Joel Embiid has been out with injury. How will Embiid be reintroduced into the lineup, and will the Sixers pursue Pistons guard Derrick Rose (20:00)? Hosts: Chris Vernon and Kevin O’Connor Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jan 21, 2020
Kent Bazemore Traded, Kyrie Back on the Record, and All-Star Starting Ballots | Heat Check
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Instant Replay: The Blazers have cut ties with Kent Bazemore and Kyrie Irving is back saying weird things in the media (4:01). The Main Event: Our very own Dan Devine has been coronated as an All-Star voter! We run down his list of starters for the Eastern and Western conferences (24:04). Good Call/Bad Call: LaMelo has a horse named … LaMelo, Josh Richardson is out here naming random iguanas in his backyard, and the Memphis Grizzlies are bumping metal in their arena (35:17).  Host: John Gonzalez Guests: Haley O’Shaughnessy and Dan Devine Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jan 20, 2020
Reassessing Brandon Ingram’s Ceiling, Talking Zion’s Return, and Examining the Depth of Denver | The Mismatch
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After Brandon Ingram scored 49 points to outduel Donovan Mitchell, we wonder whether it’s realistic to think he’s already better than Ben Simmons and on a path to be in the class of Anthony Davis (1:34). Then, we discuss Zion Williamson’s imminent return and what it could mean for night-to-night interest in the league (13:00). Finally, we close with some thoughts on how Denver has set itself up with a deep roster, and how this year’s NBA draft is shaping up to be a real stinker (29:10). Hosts: Chris Vernon and Kevin O’Connor Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jan 17, 2020
The Fast & Furious Grizzlies, SGA Is the Future, and Why the Bucks Don’t Get Their Due | Group Chat
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We discuss the impressive new-era Grizzlies (1:57), teams looking to go all in at the trade deadline (18:16), contenders that are positioned to make a big second-half push (31:39), and the blossoming of Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (39:42). Then we debate why the Milwaukee Bucks are not getting prevalent recognition as the best team in the NBA (48:49). Host: Justin Verrier Guests: Jonathan Tjarks and Rob Mahoney Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jan 15, 2020
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander Is a Budding Superstar. Plus: Why Would Anyone Trade for Andre Drummond? | The Mismatch
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We review Shai Gilgeous-Alexander’s historic triple-double and look at what the Clippers gave up when they sent him to OKC (1:04), before discussing the Lakers-Clippers regular-season dichotomy (9:33). Then, we talk about two of the hottest teams in the NBA: the Mike Conley–less Jazz and the Memphis Grizzlies (23:01). Hosts: Chris Vernon and Kevin O’Connor Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jan 14, 2020
The Spurs Keep Coming Back | Heat Check
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Instant Replay: The Nets beat the Hawks, plus the impact of Spencer Dinwiddie's off-court interests, a possible Sixers trade, and debating whether Steph Curry should return this season (02:42). The Main Event: Paolo Uggetti joins us to talk about the Grizzlies' fight for the eighth spot and why you should never count out the Spurs (16:39). Good Call/Bad Call: KD and Kendrick Perkins get into a spat on Twitter, Rob Pelinka gets an extension, and the glorious gift of scratchers (32:15). Host: John Gonzalez Guests: Haley O’Shaughnessy, Dan Devine, Paolo Uggetti Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jan 13, 2020
Kevin Durant vs. Kendrick Perkins. Plus: Russ Returns to OKC but Chris Paul Prevails. | The Mismatch
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We discuss the overperforming Oklahoma City Thunder and whether they should still consider dealing their desirable players at the trade deadline (1:02), before breaking down the KD vs. Kendrick Perkins Twitter fight that was spurred by Russell Westbrook’s return to OKC (28:46). Finally, we gauge whether the younger Spurs have a chance to reset their season, and briefly re-rank the 2019 rookie class (46:00). Hosts: Chris Vernon and Kevin O’Connor Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jan 10, 2020
Three Old Men and a Dunk Contest | Heat Check
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Instant Replay: Anthony Davis busts his bum, Blake Griffin is no longer the bee’s knees, and more changes to the NBA (03:17). The Main Event: Dwight Howard gets a contract guarantee, and making the dunk contest amazing again (22:28). Good Call/Bad Call: Can you party too hard in Miami, Dramatic Apologies, Throwing Shade to Load Management. (31:33). Host: John Gonzalez Guests: Haley O’Shaughnessy, Dan Devine Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jan 08, 2020
The Wild, Wild West and Midseason Overreactions | The Mismatch
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The Spurs, Pelicans, and Grizzlies have all looked quite encouraging as of late; do they have what it takes to make it into the playoffs (0:43)? As we approach the halfway mark of the regular season, the guys each give three overreactions from the season thus far (27:28). Hosts: Chris Vernon and Kevin O’Connor Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jan 07, 2020
Can the Sixers Fix Themselves With a Trade? Plus: The Never-ending Kevin Love Speculation | Group Chat
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The Sixers are 3-7 in their last 10 games—is the floor really dropping out from under them, or are they not suited to win regular-season games (1:07)? Plus: Where will Kevin Love end up? Are the Hawks just the Process Sixers but worse? And should the Thunder move Chris Paul? Hosts: Chris Ryan, Justin Verrier, Jonathan Tjarks Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jan 06, 2020
David Stern’s Monumental Legacy, the NBA’s Middle Class, and the Return of Zion | The Mismatch
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We take some time to review David Stern’s illustrious life and career after the news of his death (0:58). Then, we run down a list of teams that can go one of two ways: trade their valuable assets and tank or push for the lower playoff seeds (9:03). Finally, we try to contain our excitement for the rumors of Zion Williamson’s imminent return (43:15). Hosts: Chris Vernon and Kevin O’Connor Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jan 03, 2020
Pelicans, Suns, Timberwolves: Who Can Still Turn It Around? | The Mismatch
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We break down a Western Conference trio that had high hopes coming into the season but have struggled their way to the bottom of the conference. Can any of them get hot and get back into the playoff mix (3:12)? Then, we re-draft what we think are the top four players from the 2016 NBA draft: Ben Simmons, Brandon Ingram, Jaylen Brown, and Pascal Siakam (31:45). Hosts: Chris Vernon and Kevin O’Connor Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Dec 31, 2019
The Lakers Come Up Short Again Against the Clippers. Plus: Rockets Falter, Carlisle Calls the Post Extinct. | The Mismatch
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We recap the Christmas Day games: Are the Clippers better suited for the playoffs than the Lakers? Does the same go for the Sixers vs. the Bucks? Plus: Is James Harden getting off too easy for the Rockets' failures, including losing to the Warriors on Christmas? Hosts: Chris Vernon and Kevin O'Connor Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Dec 27, 2019
NBA Christmas Day Preview. Plus: Ben Simmons Is Jahlil Okafor and Michael Carter-Williams All in One. | The Mismatch
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Kevin deep-dives on his spicy Ben Simmons take (1:10) before we run down our wishes for the rest of the 2019-20 season and preview NBA Christmas Day (24:08). Hosts: Chris Vernon and Kevin O’Connor Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Dec 24, 2019
What’s the Point of an In-Season Tournament? | Heat Check
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Instant Replay: The Denver Nuggets’ sneaky resurgence, a Siakam-less Raptors comeback, IT suspended because of … Frosties?, and Pop goes Pop on plus-minus (4:48). The Main Event: A bizarrely structured in-season tournament and other proposed schedule changes (21:47). Good Call/Bad Call: The Milwaukee Pro Wrestling Bucks, Romeo Langford heart-emoji Celine Dion, and Tacko Fall fever (31:28). Host: John Gonzalez Guests: Haley O’Shaughnessy, Dan Devine Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Dec 23, 2019
Is Giannis the Best Player in The World?| The Mismatch
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The weekend is here, and we are here to talk about the excellent face-off between the Lakers and the Bucks. We discuss whether Giannis Antetokounmpo is the best player in the world (05:56), focus on the short-handed Raptors (36:26), and look ahead to some of the exciting Christmas Day matchups (39:05). Hosts: Chris Vernon and Kevin O’Connor Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Dec 20, 2019
Are the Knicks Good or Are the Hawks Just That Bad? Plus: Solving the Sixers and Cutting Bait SZN. | Group Chat
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The New York Knicks win their third game in four against the Atlanta Hawks, exposing the Hawks’ roster construction issues and illuminating a larger problem with rebuilding in the modern NBA (1:20). The Philadelphia 76ers have proved themselves to be an elite defensive team, but can they live up to the championship predictions without a potent offense (32:29)? And finally: Now that free agents from the summer can be traded, it’s time to cut bait on some valuable players in ill-fitted situations (41:32). Hosts: Justin Verrier and Chris Ryan Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Dec 18, 2019
The Bucks Stop There, Pelicans Down for the Count, and Drake Is Still Weird | Heat Check
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Instant Replay (03:24): News from around the league, including the end of the Bucks’ win streak, Dion Waiters's latest suspension, the excellent clapbacks from CJ McCollum, and more. The Main Event (18:32): Micah Peters stops in to talk to the gang about the absolute mess the Pelicans are in, and whether Zion and all the team's missing parts can even fix it. Good Call/Bad Call (30:11): Drake is being really weird again, gambling for 3-point shots, and we get Cubas mixed up.  Host: Jawn Gonzalez Guests: Haley O’Shaughnessy, Dan Devine, Micah Peters Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Dec 17, 2019
Can the Lakers or Bucks Amass 73 Wins? | The Mismatch
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With the Lakers and Bucks on a crash course to meet each other with identical 25-3 records, we wonder whether each team can continue its torrid pace (11:30). Also, Luka’s twisted ankle (2:25) and trades that could change the league (28:49). Hosts: Chris Vernon and Kevin O’Connor Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Dec 16, 2019
Luka Lights Up Mexico City. Plus: Is There a Trade Out There for the Celtics? | The Mismatch
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With Luka Doncic continuing to put up gaudy numbers (this time in Mexico), we imagine a world in which the NBA continues its global expansion and increases its player pool. Are there enough talented players for 34 teams, or even 36 (3:50)? Then, we run down some of the potential players who could get moved in the coming weeks, now that the Dec. 15 restriction on trades for free-agent signings has been removed (32:17). Hosts: Chris Vernon and Kevin O’Connor Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Dec 13, 2019
The Top 25 Players of the 2019-20 Season Thus Far | Group Chat
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We run down our lists of the 25 best NBA players so far this season, including Giannis Antetokounmpo and James Harden as solo shows, but also Anthony Davis and LeBron James as well as Kawhi Leonard and Paul George as duos in Los Angeles. Hosts: Justin Verrier and Jonathan Tjarks Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Dec 11, 2019
The Bucks and Lakers Are the Cream of the Balanced NBA’s Crop. Plus: Trade Season Preview and the Denied Rockets Protest. | The Mismatch
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The Milwaukee Bucks and Los Angeles Lakers continue to thrive atop their respective conferences, but there is still more parity in the NBA than in years past (1:24). Then: It’s the most wonderful time of the year ... trade season is here (31:29)! And finally, the Houston Rockets’ protest gets denied (52:52). Hosts: Chris Vernon and Kevin O’Connor Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Dec 10, 2019
Will Kevin Get Love, the Knicks Fire Fizdale, and Untucked Jerseys | Heat Check
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Instant Replay (03:40): News from around the league, the state of the Cavs and what the price of Kevin Love might be, and the result of Clippers-Bucks and what this could mean for them down the line. The Main Event (14:08): Paolo Uggetti stops in to talk to the gang about the Knicks' firing Fizdale, the awkward fallout for the interim head coach, and who New York may have an eye on. Good Call/Bad Call (29:03): The city of brotherly love has another incident, Portland’s Terry Stotts gets ejected, and snitches get bad calls! Guests: Haley O’Shaughnessy, Dan Devine, Paolo Uggetti Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Dec 09, 2019
The NBA’s Replay Review System Is Flawed. So Do the Rockets Have a Point? | The Mismatch
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We discuss the James Harden dunk that wasn’t counted in the Houston Rockets’ double-overtime loss to the San Antonio Spurs (1:21). Are the Rockets right to file a complaint in the hope that it will point out a flaw in the replay review system? Plus: what Zion will look like when he returns (26:09), David Fizdale’s clock is ticking (32:11), and LaMelo Ball’s chances at going first overall in the NBA draft (38:10). Hosts: Chris Vernon and Kevin O’Connor Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Dec 06, 2019
Does the NBA Have a TV Ratings Problem? | Group Chat
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We take a look at the Rockets protesting their loss to the Spurs (2:00) and discuss the NBA’s plummeting ratings (14:00). Then Jonathan Tjarks joins the show to compare team power ranking tiers (29:30).   Hosts: Chris Ryan and Justin Verrier Guest: Jonathan Tjarks Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Dec 04, 2019
Giannis, Harden, and Luka Have Broken PER. Plus: Are the Raptors the 1993-94 Bulls? | The Mismatch
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The high-usage superstars of the league have all become so dominant and efficient that they’re in line to break historical PER records. Do we need to adjust the record books to reflect the 3-point era (3:00)? Plus: The Pacers have righted the ship while the Jazz haven’t, and the Raptors are more legitimate than anyone could’ve predicted (18:30). Hosts: Chris Vernon and Kevin O’Connor Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Dec 03, 2019
The Ceiling For the Clippers, Nets Momentum without Irving, and Love Chokes | Heat Check
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Instant Replay (03:16): The Clippers and Raptors had wonderful games with no signs of slowing down. Also, James Harden had a moment. The Main Event (21:25): The gang looks closely at the Nets in Kyrie Irving’s absence and his inevitable return. Brooklyn seems to be doing just fine without him. Will he be hindering them or putting more gas in the tank? Good Call/Bad Call (32:23): The Bulls' optimism through movie quotes, love chokes in Philly, and cussing in Boston.Host: John Gonzalez Guests: Haley O’Shaughnessy, Dan Devine Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Dec 02, 2019
A Thanksgiving NBA Mailbag! | Group Chat
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The ‘Group Chat’ crew answers questions from you, the listeners! Topics include: the biggest “pretender” team, help for Luka Doncic and the Dallas Mavericks, the 25-and-under power ranking, realistic midseason trades, and more. Host: Justin Verrier Guest: Jonathan Tjarks Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Nov 27, 2019
The NBA’s Radical Proposed Schedule Shakeups. Plus: Is Giannis as Big a Star as He Deserves to Be? | The Mismatch
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We break down the ins and outs of the proposed changes to the NBA schedule, including playoff reseeding, the midseason tournament, and more (2:00). Then, we talk about the NBA’s dip in TV ratings this year, wondering whether it has anything to do with the Western Conference's being loaded and a dearth of Eastern Conference stars (33:51). Hosts: Chris Vernon and Kevin O’Connor Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Nov 26, 2019
Big League Changes, the Spurs' Surprise Victory, and Crazy Jersey Choices | Heat Check
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Instant Replay: The Spurs and the Bulls pull one out of the hat, along with Jimmy Butler returning to Philly to an irate crowd! (03:43). The Main Event: Zach Kram breaks down new changes to the NBA that could have a drastic effect on the playoffs, finals, and beyond (17:21). Good Call/Bad Call: More Jersey redesigns even wilder than the last (29:20).   Host: John Gonzalez Guests: Haley O’Shaughnessy, Dan Devine, Zach Kram Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Nov 25, 2019
Brandon Ingram Is Better Than Ben Simmons | The Mismatch
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We talk about the Celtics' versatility, including Kemba Walker's range on and off the court (02:07), dive into how Brandon Ingram is the driving force making the Pelicans viable while Zion is injured (07:02), and ask whether Pascal Siakam is a legitimate no. 1 option (26:12). Hosts: Chris Vernon and Kevin O’Connor Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Nov 22, 2019
Carmelo Is Back, and He's the Same As Ever. Plus: Luka, Harden, LeBron, and Giannis Tangle for MVP Front-runner | Group Chat
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We dive deep on the Blazers' roster building and how it created a need for Carmelo Anthony just two months into the season (1:16). Then, Jonathan Tjarks joins the pod to discuss Luka Doncic’s gaudy box scores, James Harden being a 6-foot-5 Wilt Chamberlain, LeBron and Anthony Davis sharing the MVP narrative, and Giannis representing the Eastern Conference (19:05). Hosts: Chris Ryan, Justin Verrier Guest: Jonathan Tjarks Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Nov 20, 2019
Should the Spurs Trade DeMar DeRozan and LaMarcus Aldridge? | The Mismatch
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We discuss Luka Doncic’s incredible start to the season, including his run of triple-doubles and how it compares to Russell Westbrook's (1:31), before having a knock-down, drag-out argument about whether the Spurs should blow up their older core and try to rebuild around younger players on their roster (20:28). Then, we finish by marveling over James Harden’s incredible scoring season so far, assessing his fit with Westbrook, and wondering whether the Rockets pose a serious threat in the Western Conference (43:17). Hosts: Chris Vernon and Kevin O’Connor Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Nov 19, 2019
Paul George’s Historic Start, the Sixers’ Angst, and Austin vs. Doc | Heat Check
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Instant Replay: The Blazers sign Carmelo Anthony, Paul George’s Clippers debut, and Pop’s second-in-command (5:32). The Main Event: Pod Save America’s Dan Pfeiffer on the Philadelphia 76ers’ recent struggles and whether they can reach their fullest potential (18:00). Good Call/Bad Call: Jersey redesigns, Rivers-on-Rivers crime, and eating a waffle on the bench (37:03). Host: John Gonzalez Guests: Haley O’Shaughnessy, Isaac Lee, Dan Pfeiffer Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Nov 18, 2019
Carmelo Anthony to the Blazers, Kristaps Porzingis Returns to the Garden, and Andrew Wiggins ... Superstar? | The Mismatch
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We discuss last night’s breaking news that Carmelo Anthony will be joining the struggling Portland Trail Blazers (1:20), before analyzing the Knicks' revenge win over Kristaps Porzingis and the Dallas Mavericks (15:18) and Andrew Wiggins’s 11-game tear to start the season (43:43). Hosts: Chris Vernon and Kevin O’Connor Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Nov 15, 2019
Are AD and LeBron Better Than We Expected? Plus: Hipster Team Watch and Best Young Duos. | Group Chat
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We are three weeks into the season, and LeBron has seemingly unlocked Anthony Davis. However, are the Clippers still the best team in the West? (1:15). Then, the enjoyment of watching the NBA’s “hipster” teams like the Hawks, Suns, and Grizzlies led by Ja Morant, Devin Booker, and Trae Young grow into established units (18:45) before we highlight some of the NBAs best up-and-coming duos (43:00). Hosts: Chris Ryan, Justin Verrier Guest: Jonathan Tjarks Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Nov 13, 2019
A Knicks Coup! Plus: Injuries Are Starting to Pile Up. | The Mismatch
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A rash of injuries has hit the NBA. We discuss the most impactful ones, including Gordon Hayward's and Steph Curry's (1:50). Then, we run through some Kristaps Porzingis troubles in Dallas and the absolute organizational debacle that is the New York Knicks (25:11). Hosts: Chris Vernon and Kevin O’Connor Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Nov 12, 2019
Dion Waiters’s Suspension, Hayward’s Hand, and the Nightmare in New York | Heat Check
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Instant Replay: Dion Waiters’s suspension, Gordon Hayward’s injury, and the success of the Raptors (03:00). The Main Event: James Dolan and the dreadful Knicks (22:00). Good Call/Bad Call: Giannis gets violent, Nick Nurse gets touchy, Carmelo still wants to ball, and the Clippers’ throwback jerseys (36:15). Host: John Gonzalez Guests: Haley O’Shaughnessy and Dan Devine Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Nov 11, 2019
Is Kawhi Leonard’s Load Management a Problem? Plus: Gordon Hayward Is Back and the Wolves Need a Leader. | The Mismatch
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The load management conversation is at a fever pitch in the NBA after the Clippers were fined for not communicating Kawhi Leonard’s reason for sitting out. Is this a real problem for the league or is it confined to Leonard (2:00)? Plus, we run through Kemba Walker’s return to Charlotte, Gordon Hayward’s resurgence, the Wolves' precarious position, and more (19:33). Hosts: Chris Vernon and Kevin O’Connor Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Nov 08, 2019
Trending: Lakers and Clippers Up, Blazers and Rockets Down | Group Chat