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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 breaks down the latest news, trends, and transactions around the league up to five days a week. MON: 'Real Ones' with Logan Murdock & Raja Bell TUE: 'Group Chat' with Justin Verrier, Rob Mahoney & Jonathan Tjarks WED: 'Ringer NBA University' with Kevin O'Connor, Jonathan Tjarks & J. Kyle Mann (Bi-weekly) THURS: 'Real Ones' with Logan Murdock & Raja Bell FRI: 'The Answer' with Chris Ryan

Episode Date
Is Steph Curry the Feel-Good Story of the Year? | The Answer
2419
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 megaphone.fm/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
3894
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 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/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 megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 13, 2021
Kevin Durant and Draymond Green’s Relationship and the Brooklyn Nets’ Chances at a Championship with Eddie Gonzalez | Real Ones
3285
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 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 12, 2021
Did the Nets Solve the Regular Season? | The Answer
3015
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 megaphone.fm/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 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/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 megaphone.fm/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 megaphone.fm/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
3235
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 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/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 megaphone.fm/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 megaphone.fm/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 megaphone.fm/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 megaphone.fm/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 megaphone.fm/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 megaphone.fm/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 megaphone.fm/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 megaphone.fm/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 megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 22, 2021
The Hawks?! | The Answer
2296
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 megaphone.fm/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 megaphone.fm/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 megaphone.fm/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 megaphone.fm/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 megaphone.fm/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 megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 11, 2021
Deep Dive on the Charlotte Hornets and Handing Out Mid-Term Grades | Ringer NBA University
5022
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 megaphone.fm/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 megaphone.fm/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 megaphone.fm/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 megaphone.fm/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 megaphone.fm/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 megaphone.fm/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 megaphone.fm/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 megaphone.fm/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 megaphone.fm/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 megaphone.fm/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 megaphone.fm/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 megaphone.fm/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 megaphone.fm/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 megaphone.fm/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 megaphone.fm/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 megaphone.fm/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 megaphone.fm/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 megaphone.fm/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 megaphone.fm/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 megaphone.fm/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 megaphone.fm/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 megaphone.fm/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 megaphone.fm/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 megaphone.fm/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 megaphone.fm/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 megaphone.fm/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 megaphone.fm/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 megaphone.fm/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 megaphone.fm/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 megaphone.fm/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 megaphone.fm/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 megaphone.fm/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 megaphone.fm/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 megaphone.fm/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 megaphone.fm/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 megaphone.fm/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 megaphone.fm/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 megaphone.fm/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 megaphone.fm/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 megaphone.fm/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 megaphone.fm/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 megaphone.fm/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 megaphone.fm/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 megaphone.fm/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 megaphone.fm/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 megaphone.fm/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 megaphone.fm/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 megaphone.fm/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 megaphone.fm/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 megaphone.fm/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 megaphone.fm/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 megaphone.fm/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 megaphone.fm/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 megaphone.fm/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 megaphone.fm/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 megaphone.fm/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 megaphone.fm/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 megaphone.fm/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 megaphone.fm/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 megaphone.fm/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 megaphone.fm/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 megaphone.fm/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 megaphone.fm/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 megaphone.fm/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 megaphone.fm/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 megaphone.fm/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 megaphone.fm/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 megaphone.fm/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 megaphone.fm/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 megaphone.fm/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 megaphone.fm/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 megaphone.fm/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 megaphone.fm/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 megaphone.fm/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 megaphone.fm/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 megaphone.fm/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 megaphone.fm/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 megaphone.fm/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 megaphone.fm/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 megaphone.fm/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 megaphone.fm/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 megaphone.fm/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 megaphone.fm/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 megaphone.fm/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 megaphone.fm/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 megaphone.fm/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 megaphone.fm/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 megaphone.fm/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 megaphone.fm/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 megaphone.fm/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 megaphone.fm/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 megaphone.fm/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 megaphone.fm/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 megaphone.fm/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 megaphone.fm/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 megaphone.fm/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 megaphone.fm/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 megaphone.fm/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 megaphone.fm/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 megaphone.fm/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 megaphone.fm/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 megaphone.fm/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 megaphone.fm/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 megaphone.fm/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 megaphone.fm/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 megaphone.fm/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 megaphone.fm/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 megaphone.fm/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 megaphone.fm/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 megaphone.fm/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 megaphone.fm/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 megaphone.fm/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 megaphone.fm/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 megaphone.fm/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 megaphone.fm/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 megaphone.fm/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 megaphone.fm/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 megaphone.fm/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 megaphone.fm/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 megaphone.fm/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 megaphone.fm/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 megaphone.fm/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 megaphone.fm/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 megaphone.fm/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 megaphone.fm/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 megaphone.fm/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 megaphone.fm/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 megaphone.fm/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 megaphone.fm/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 megaphone.fm/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 megaphone.fm/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 megaphone.fm/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 megaphone.fm/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 megaphone.fm/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 megaphone.fm/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 megaphone.fm/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 megaphone.fm/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 megaphone.fm/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 megaphone.fm/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 megaphone.fm/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 megaphone.fm/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 megaphone.fm/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 megaphone.fm/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 megaphone.fm/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 megaphone.fm/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 megaphone.fm/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 megaphone.fm/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 megaphone.fm/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 megaphone.fm/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 megaphone.fm/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 megaphone.fm/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 megaphone.fm/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 megaphone.fm/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 megaphone.fm/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 megaphone.fm/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 megaphone.fm/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 megaphone.fm/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 megaphone.fm/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 megaphone.fm/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 megaphone.fm/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 megaphone.fm/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 megaphone.fm/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 megaphone.fm/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 megaphone.fm/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 megaphone.fm/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 megaphone.fm/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 megaphone.fm/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 megaphone.fm/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 megaphone.fm/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 megaphone.fm/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 megaphone.fm/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 megaphone.fm/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 megaphone.fm/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 megaphone.fm/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 megaphone.fm/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 megaphone.fm/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 megaphone.fm/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 megaphone.fm/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 megaphone.fm/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 megaphone.fm/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 megaphone.fm/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 megaphone.fm/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 megaphone.fm/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 megaphone.fm/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 megaphone.fm/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 megaphone.fm/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 megaphone.fm/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 megaphone.fm/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 megaphone.fm/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 megaphone.fm/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 megaphone.fm/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 megaphone.fm/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 megaphone.fm/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 megaphone.fm/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 megaphone.fm/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 megaphone.fm/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 megaphone.fm/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 megaphone.fm/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 megaphone.fm/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 megaphone.fm/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 megaphone.fm/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 megaphone.fm/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 megaphone.fm/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 megaphone.fm/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 megaphone.fm/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 megaphone.fm/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 megaphone.fm/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 megaphone.fm/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 megaphone.fm/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 megaphone.fm/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 megaphone.fm/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 megaphone.fm/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 megaphone.fm/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 megaphone.fm/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 megaphone.fm/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 megaphone.fm/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 megaphone.fm/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 megaphone.fm/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 megaphone.fm/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 megaphone.fm/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 megaphone.fm/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 megaphone.fm/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 megaphone.fm/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 megaphone.fm/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 megaphone.fm/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 megaphone.fm/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 megaphone.fm/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 megaphone.fm/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 megaphone.fm/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 megaphone.fm/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 megaphone.fm/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 megaphone.fm/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 megaphone.fm/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 megaphone.fm/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 megaphone.fm/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 megaphone.fm/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 megaphone.fm/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 megaphone.fm/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 megaphone.fm/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 megaphone.fm/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 megaphone.fm/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 megaphone.fm/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 megaphone.fm/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 megaphone.fm/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 megaphone.fm/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 megaphone.fm/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 megaphone.fm/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 megaphone.fm/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 megaphone.fm/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 megaphone.fm/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 megaphone.fm/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 megaphone.fm/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 megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 08, 2019
Trending: Lakers and Clippers Up, Blazers and Rockets Down | Group Chat
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We examine four Western Conference teams who have had a noteworthy week: the Los Angeles Lakers trending up (1:09), the Portland Trail Blazers trending down (14:32), the Los Angeles Clippers trending up (23:06), and the Houston Rockets trending down (32:12). Plus: league narratives we love to see and hate to see (40:45). Host: Justin Verrier Guest: Jonathan Tjarks Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 06, 2019
John Collins’s PED Suspension, the Truly Bright Future Suns, and Anthony Davis’s Chicago Comments | The Mismatch
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We react to the breaking news that Hawks forward John Collins has been suspended 25 games for violating the league’s PED policy (2:45). Then, we discuss the Suns’ hot start, Devin Booker’s tear, and whether they can sustain a winning season in the West (10:38), before running down some news and notes of the last few days (40:32). Hosts: Chris Vernon, Kevin O’Connor Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 05, 2019
The Tanking Warriors, the Overachieving Suns, and the Undefeated Sixers | Heat Check
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Instant Replay: The tanking Warriors, Giannis-to-Raptors rumors, early overachievers, and the Blazers’ frontcourt void (4:00). The Main Event: The still-undefeated Philadelphia 76ers, with special guest Tyler Tynes (21:53). Good Call/Bad Call: Dwight Howard’s nickname for the Lakers, Mike Malone calls out his team, Kenny Atkinson’s unconventional communication, and 42-year-old Vince Carter (30:39). Host: John Gonzalez Guests: Haley O’Shaughnessy, Dan Devine, Tyler Tynes Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 04, 2019
Does Steph Curry’s Broken Hand Equal Tank for the Warriors? | The Mismatch
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Two-time MVP Stephen Curry broke his hand this week—will the mighty Warriors wave the white flag on this season after a slow start and the loss of their superstar (3:42)? Plus: We run through a list of guys who have had incredible starts and discuss whether they can sustain their torrid paces (40:15). Hosts: Chris Vernon and Kevin O’Connor Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 01, 2019
Real or Fake: MVP Anthony Davis, the Deep Mavs, the Suns Sans Ayton, and More | Group Chat
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The Golden State Warriors’ bumpy start to the season highlights the steep cost of building a superteam (0:59). Then, with so many premature narratives shaping up from the first handful of games of the season, which ones are real and which ones are fake (10:04)? Hosts: Chris Ryan, Justin Verrier Guest: Jonathan Tjarks Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 30, 2019
Early Signs of Trouble for the Nets and Kyrie Irving? Plus: Five Early Takeaways From the First Week of the Regular Season. | The Mismatch
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We react to Jackie MacMullan’s story in ESPN about Kyrie Irving’s mood swings and the Nets’ organizational response to it (1:23). Then we share five early takeaways from this NBA season, including what look to be monster seasons for two young guards in Trae Young and Ja Morant (14:30). Hosts: Chris Vernon and Kevin O’Connor Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 29, 2019
Is the West More Wide Open Than We Thought? Plus: NBA Media in L.A. | Heat Check
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With one week in the books for the 2019-20 regular season, we share our takeaways from the first handful of games (2:16). Plus: Los Angeles is the center of the basketball universe and the center of the NBA media universe; is this the new normal (23:16)? Host: John Gonzalez Guests: Dan Devine, Haley O’Shaughnessy, Bryan Curtis Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 28, 2019
It’s Overreactions SZN: All-Star Trae Young, Portland in Trouble, MVP KAT, and More | The Mismatch
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The guys share their concerns about the Houston Rockets experiment (1:26) as well as the revamped Los Angeles Lakers (9:07). Then they overreact to opening week of the regular season (24:20). Hosts: Chris Vernon, Kevin O’Connor Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 25, 2019
The Clippers Expose the Lakers’ Flaws in Round 1 of the Battle for L.A. Plus: Must-Watch Games. | Group Chat
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The Los Angeles Clippers impress on opening night with a statement victory over crosstown rivals Los Angeles Lakers: how the Lakers can address their shortcomings (0:59) and what more we can expect from the Kawhi Leonard–era Clippers (12:29). Then we preview some of the most anticipated matchups of this week (20:19). Host: Chris Ryan Guests: Justin Verrier, Jonathan Tjarks Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 23, 2019
2019-20 NBA Season Preview: Three Bold Predictions, Title Picks, MVP, and More | The Mismatch
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We speed through the last pieces of preseason news—Zion’s knee, contract extensions, Michael Jordan's comments, and Klay Thompson's timeline (1:30)—before diving headfirst into the 2019-20 season with three bold predictions (41:42). Then, finally, we run down our predictions for the championship and the NBA regular-season awards (56:45). Hosts: Chris Vernon and Kevin O’Connor Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 22, 2019
Zion’s Injury, Buddy Gets Paid, and Way-Too-Early Playoffs Predictions | Heat Check
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The NBA-China story drags on, Zion Williamson’s injury delays his much-anticipated debut, and Buddy Hield reaches an extension with the Sacramento Kings (3:37). Then: Which teams will actually make the playoffs (18:06)? Host: John Gonzalez Guests: Dan Devine, Haley O’Shaughnessy Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 21, 2019
Bradley Beal Gets Extended, Buddy Hield’s Feud, and Zion’s Knee. Plus: Final Preseason Takeaways. | The Mismatch
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We’re shocked by Bradley Beal’s extension (1:00), confused by Buddy Hield’s public feud with the Kings (0:00), and dismayed by Zion’s knee injury, which could derail the beginning of his rookie season (5:00). Plus: We close the NBA preseason by each sharing the four stats that interested us most over the last month (42:30). Hosts: Chris Vernon and Kevin O’Connor Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 18, 2019
Rookie Standouts: Zion, Herro, Morant, Barrett, and More! Plus: KAT’s Next Step | Group Chat
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With the regular season right around the corner, we examine the rookies with the most outstanding preseason performances (1:09). Then, we discuss the career trajectory of Minnesota Timberwolves superstar Karl-Anthony Towns (35:41). Host: Justin Verrier Guest: Jonathan Tjarks Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 16, 2019
LeBron James’s Comments on China Spur Backlash. Plus: The Rookie Extension Deadline Is Approaching. | The Mismatch
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LeBron’s comments about Daryl Morey’s tweet were surprising and spurred a lot of backlash—what do we make of them (3:00)? Plus, we go over some lingering preseason headlines and then run down the list of rookie extension-eligible players and opine on whether their respective teams should offer to bring them back (18:36). Hosts: Chris Vernon and Kevin O’Connor Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 15, 2019
The Shallow Lakers, a Kyrie Irving Setback, and Max Player Buddy Hield? Plus: the NBA League Pass Draft | Heat Check
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We review the stories coming out of this weekend: a minor Anthony Davis thumb injury, Kyrie Irving’s reaggravated facial fracture, the Kings’ Buddy Hield contract dilemma, and Zion Williamson’s impressive performances (2:51). Then we draft all 30 NBA teams in terms of watchability (12:16) before deciding whether an NBA news item is a good call or bad call (42:42). Host: John Gonzalez Guests: Haley O’Shaughnessy, Dan Devine, Micah Peters, Isaac Lee Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 14, 2019
What Are the Chances Zion Williamson Is Actually As Dominant As He’s Looked in the Preseason? | The Mismatch
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With Daryl Morey’s tweet now almost a week in the rearview, we talk about the NBA preseason games being played in China and assess how this story line might continue to unfold (9:30). Then, we share some more takeaways from preseason thus far, including the Rockets looking like the best team in the NBA and Zion seemingly dominating the NBA like he’s dominated his past competition (21:28). Hosts: Chris Vernon and Kevin O’Connor Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 11, 2019
Ben Simmons Shoots 3s Now, We Just Can’t Quit the Thunder, and Preseason True or False | Group Chat
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Let’s overreact to preseason basketball! Ben Simmons shoots (and makes) a 3-pointer (7:30), the Oklahoma City Thunder flashes double–Ewing Theory potential (13:07), and the baby Pelicans might grow up quicker than anyone expects (22:59). Host: Chris Ryan Guest: Justin Verrier Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 09, 2019
Adam Silver’s Latest on Morey and China. Plus: The Five Things That Have Stood Out Most in the Preseason Thus Far. | The Mismatch
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We discuss Adam Silver’s press conference from Tuesday morning following up on the NBA’s statement regarding Daryl Morey’s Hong Kong tweet (1:10). Then, we share our top five biggest takeaways of the early preseason, including Anthony Davis’s dominance and the new look Pelicans (31:51). Hosts: Chris Vernon and Kevin O’Connor Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 08, 2019
Daryl Morey, China, and the NBA | Heat Check
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Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey caused international ripples on Friday night after sending a since-deleted tweet in support of protesters in Hong Kong. Facing fierce backlash from the Chinese government and businesses, the NBA finds itself in a delicate balance between protecting business interests and freedom of expression. Read John Gonzalez’s reporting on this story here. Host: John Gonzalez Guests: Dan Devine, Haley O’Shaughnessy Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 07, 2019
NBA Approval Ratings and the Making of ‘Sonic Boom’ | Group Chat
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As training camps kick off, Chris and Justin evaluate their perception of some noteworthy teams (1:51). Then Ringer staff writer Jordan Ritter Conn comes on to talk about his new podcast, ‘Sonic Boom: How Seattle Lost Its Team’ (35:43). Hosts: Chris Ryan, Justin Verrier Guest: Jordan Ritter Conn Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 02, 2019
Media Day Highlights: The Houston Experiment, the Knicks’ Expectations, and the Pelicans’ Playoffs Excitement | The Mismatch
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Basketball is (almost) back! The guys discuss the most intriguing quotes from all 30 NBA teams’ media days, on topics such as the James Harden–Russell Westbrook dynamic in Houston, the return of Kristaps Porzingis, the hype around Zion Williamson, LeBron’s late-career trajectory, and much more. Hosts: Chris Vernon, Kevin O’Connor Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 01, 2019
What Are the Things You’d Love to See From Each Team Heading Into the Season? | Group Chat
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We respond to a list of listener submissions about what they’d love to see for their team heading into the 2019-20 NBA season, including: Markelle Fultz getting solid NBA minutes, the Knicks looking competent, the Bulls becoming relevant again, and the Hawks playing at least a shred of defense. Hosts: Chris Ryan and Justin Verrier Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 26, 2019
Chris Paul–to–Miami Rumors, Bradley Beal Destinations, Warriors at a Crossroads, and ... No. 1 Prospect LaMelo Ball??? | The Mismatch
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The duo highlights a handful of selections from The Ringer’s 29 People and Things That Will Define the NBA in 2019-20 article (0:41), then adds a few of their own (30:14). Hosts: Chris Vernon, Kevin O’Connor Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 24, 2019
James Harden Thinks the Media Settles on MVP Narratives Too Soon. Is He Right? | Group Chat
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We play a game of ‘Is This a Thing?’ with a slew of offseason story lines, including: James Harden’s comments about how the media chooses the MVP, the Orlando Magic’s locked-in roster, the outlook for Team USA in the 2020 Olympics, Isaiah Thomas’s injury, and Lonzo Ball and Brandon Ingram’s potential as a young duo. Hosts: Justin Verrier and Danny Chau Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 19, 2019
Spain Wins the FIBA World Cup. Plus: NBA Islands! | The Mismatch
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The guys discuss Spain’s victory over Argentina in the 2019 FIBA World Cup finals (0:45) before comparing their respective lists of “island” players (12:00). Hosts: Chris Vernon, Kevin O’Connor Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 17, 2019
France Eliminates Team USA From the FIBA World Cup. What Now? | Group Chat
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We gather for an emergency reaction to Team USA losing in international tournament play for the first time in 58 games. What comes next for USA basketball: Will they have to go young with Zion Williamson and Trae Young, or will veteran stars like LeBron James, James Harden, Anthony Davis, and more reenter the fold? Hosts: Justin Verrier and Dan Devine Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 11, 2019
Nikola Jokic and Serbia Get Bounced From the World Cup. Plus: Western Conference Big 3 Picks. | The Mismatch
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NBA All-Star Nikola Jokic and Serbia were upset by a scrappy Argentina team at the FIBA World Cup (3:00). Plus: We go through the Kevin Durant Wall Street Journal article (8:57) and share the ideal Big 3 players for every Western Conference team (34:52). Hosts: Chris Vernon and Kevin O’Connor Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 10, 2019
2019 Story Line Over/Unders | Group Chat
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We do a little game of "predict the headlines" ahead of the 2019 NBA season: When will Anthony Davis start to get unhappy in L.A.? When will Ben Simmons’s jump shot get called into question? When will we start to worry that Zion is out of shape? And more. Hosts: Chris Ryan and Justin Verrier Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 05, 2019
Team US-Meh Survives. Plus: A Big 3 Team for Every NBA Eastern Conference Team | The Mismatch
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Team USA narrowly defeats Turkey in an unexpectedly competitive OT thriller, as FIBA World Cup action intensifies (0:48). Plus: With the 2019 Big 3 season coming to a close, the guys select a hypothetical Big 3 team for each Eastern Conference team (34:09). Hosts: Chris Vernon, Kevin O’Connor Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 03, 2019
The Eight Most Important NBA Players Heading Into the FIBA World Cup | Group Chat
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As the beginning of the FIBA World Cup approaches, we run down the most important NBA players competing in the tournament and speculate over what impact their participation might have on their 2019-20 NBA seasons. Hosts: Justin Verrier and Jonathan Tjarks Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 29, 2019
LeVert Gets Locked Up and Dwight Howard Returns. Plus: A Very Mismatch Mailbag. | The Mismatch
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The Brooklyn Nets extends Caris LeVert for $52.5 million over three years (0:43), and the Los Angeles Lakers sign former All-Star (and former Laker) Dwight Howard (8:27). Plus: the first-ever 'Mismatch' mailbag (22:58)! Hosts: Chris Vernon, Kevin O’Connor Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 27, 2019
Midsummer Mailbag: Luka Doncic vs. Ben Simmons, Harden’s All-Time SG Rank, and 2019 Breakout Candidates | Group Chat
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We open up the mailbag in the dog days of August and field questions about dark-horse MVP candidates, James Harden’s usage, the 2019 Sixers, future All-Stars about to make a breakout, and more. Hosts: Chris Ryan and Justin Verrier Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 22, 2019
No One Wants to Play for Team USA. Plus: Rookie Survey Takeaways | The Mismatch
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De’Aaron Fox joins the long list of Team USA dropouts for the upcoming FIBA World Cup, so how does the current team stack up against other countries’ squads (0:45)? Plus: The 2019-20 rookie class cast some surprising votes for superlatives among their peers (22:11). Hosts: Chris Vernon, Kevin O’Connor Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 20, 2019
DeMarcus Cousins Tore His ACL. Is This the End of Boogie As We Know Him? | Group Chat
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We go over the news out of Las Vegas that DeMarcus Cousins has torn his ACL—what does this mean for the rest of his career, and what will it mean for the 2019-20 Lakers (1:50)? Then, we bounce around the rest of the NBA and talk about the sale of the Nets and Team USA news (20:46). Hosts: Chris Ryan and Justin Verrier Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 16, 2019
Most Exciting Matchups of the 2019-20 NBA Regular Season | The Mismatch
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The NBA just officially announced the 2019-20 regular-season schedule. Which matchups are we most looking forward to? Hosts: Chris Vernon, Kevin O’Connor Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 13, 2019
Can Kevin Durant Be the Face of Basketball in Brooklyn? Plus: The Present and Future of Team USA. | Group Chat
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We discuss Kevin Durant's first on-the-record interview since his Achilles tear. What is the NBA going to look like in 2020 without its potential best player (1:00)? Then we break down the present and the future of Team USA, including who should and will make it this year, and who we’re most excited to see in 2020 and beyond (31:11). Hosts: Justin Verrier and Dan Devine Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 08, 2019
Draymond Gets Paid, Zion’s Big Draw, and the 2010s All-Decade Teams | The Mismatch
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The guys react to Draymond Green’s four-year contract extension with the Golden State Warriors (0:42), scheduling news for the 2019-20 season (16:24), and NBA.com’s All-Decade Teams for the 2010s (35:03). Hosts: Chris Vernon, Kevin O’Connor Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 06, 2019
The Blazers Lock Into McCollum and Lillard, the Raptors’ Post-Kawhi World, and Carmelo Anthony Musical Chairs | Group Chat
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We break down CJ McCollum’s near-max extension, and what it means for the perennially good-but-not-great Blazers (1:00). Then, we briefly run through what it’s like for a coach and franchise to find out they lost their star free agent (25:10), before talking through some potential Carmelo landing spots (31:41). Hosts: Justin Verrier and Danny Chau Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 01, 2019
Lin-sad-ity, the End-of-Bench Rolodex, and Early Over/Unders | The Mismatch
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Jeremy Lin bemoans the likely end of his NBA career (1:59) which begs the question: Which fringe NBA players could be valuable additions for contending teams (14:38)? Plus: Evaluating early Vegas odds for 2019-20 win totals (37:16). Hosts: Chris Vernon, Kevin O’Connor Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 30, 2019
Kawhi Is a Fun Guy, Zion Chooses Jordan, Fixing Free Agency, and the Best Young Cores | Group Chat
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We share our takeaways from the Los Angeles Clippers’ introduction of Kawhi Leonard and Paul George (2:04) before discussing Zion Williamson’s Jordan brand deal (17:25) and the future of free agency (23:50). Then, Zach Kram joins to explore the best young cores in the NBA according to the numbers (33:31). Host: Justin Verrier Guests: Danny Chau, Zach Kram Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 25, 2019
The Wacky Wizards, the LeBron-AD Duo, and Coach Tim Duncan | The Mismatch
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The guys discuss the noise coming out of the Washington Wizards (0:50), the Los Angeles Lakers’ new pairing of LeBron James and Anthony Davis (31:35), Tim Duncan joining the San Antonio Spurs coaching staff (50:26), and Zion Williamson's signing with Jordan brand (55:37). Hosts: Chris Vernon, Kevin O’Connor Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 23, 2019
The Point God Is Stuck in Trade Purgatory | Group Chat
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Chris Paul is reportedly “parked” in Oklahoma City. So how good will the Thunder be? (2:11) Plus: a way-too-early look at the FIBA World Cup (25:50) and a way-way-way-too-early index of 2020 championship contender tiers (39:19). Host: Justin Verrier Guests: Danny Chau, Jonathan Tjarks Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 18, 2019
The Actual NBA Offseason Is Here: The Bright-Future Grizzlies, Ripple Effects of the Westbrook Trade, and the Star Movement Era | The Mismatch
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With the 2019 NBA summer league in the books, the guys discuss the bright future of the champion Memphis Grizzlies as well as other Las Vegas standouts (1:08). Then, they debate the merits of the controversial Russell Westbrook trade (22:40) and the increase in player movement in the modern NBA (49:21). Hosts: Chris Vernon, Kevin O’Connor Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 16, 2019
Russell Westbrook for Chris Paul Emergency Podcast | The Ringer NBA Show
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The Oklahoma City Thunder and the Houston Rockets just shook the league—again—by swapping Russell Westbrook and Chris Paul. We convene to discuss the ramifications for these two teams and the rest of the league. Hosts: Chris Ryan and Justin Verrier Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 12, 2019
To Russ or Not to Russ: Which Teams Should Be in on Westbrook? | Group Chat
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With some distance from the initial shock value of the trade, we take a measured look at the unprecedented haul of picks that the Thunder received from the Clippers in exchange for Paul George (2:00). Then we try to find the ideal partner for Russell Westbrook at this stage of his career and consider which teams can make those partnerships happen (26:00). Finally, Tjarks shares his three biggest observations from NBA summer league in Las Vegas (47:30). Hosts: Justin Verrier and Jonathan Tjarks Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 11, 2019
The Seven Most Intriguing Names of the 2019 NBA Offseason | The Mismatch
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Live from Las Vegas at NBA summer league, the guys discuss seven topics they're most interested in from the offseason so far. Hosts: Chris Vernon, Kevin O’Connor Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 09, 2019
Paul George Is Gone, What Happens to Russ? | The Ringer NBA Show
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Now that Kawhi and Paul George have joined forces, what is the market for Russell Westbrook (0:57)? Then we discuss Kawhi Leonard’s savvy moves as a behind-the-scenes general manager, and the Clippers’ potential next season (18:10). Plus, a check in on the Lakers’ new roster (34:20). Hosts: Chris Ryan, Kevin O'Connor, Jonathan Tjarks Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 07, 2019
Kawhi Leonard AND Paul George Go to the Clippers | The Ringer NBA Show
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Emergency pod! The Los Angeles Clippers win the Kawhi Leonard sweepstakes and acquire Paul George from the Oklahoma City Thunder. Hosts: Chris Ryan, Kevin O’Connor Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 06, 2019
Free Agency News Slows, but the Kawhi Tension Grows. Plus: Contrarian Corner | Group Chat
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Does anyone actually know anything about Kawhi Leonard’s impending decision (0:40)? Plus: Now that we’ve had a few days to think about the new signings, were our initial reactions correct (15:21)? Hosts: Chris Ryan, Justin Verrier Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 03, 2019
The Kawhi Decision Will Change Everything for an Already Changed NBA | The Mismatch
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Kawhi Leonard seems destined to wind up with the Los Angeles Lakers, but whatever he decides to do will drastically shift the NBA landscape (0:36). The top Eastern Conference contenders reload for another run (16:59) while a handful of teams make some questionable signings (42:44). Hosts: Chris Vernon, Kevin O’Connor Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 02, 2019
Free Agency Day 1 Madness: The Sixers! The Knicks … The Nets! And Wherever Kawhi Goes | Heat Check
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Free agency is finally here! The Philadelphia 76ers sign-and-trade Jimmy Butler to the Miami Heat (1:24) and the New York Knicks strike out while the crosstown Brooklyn Nets sign two megastars (23:00). Plus: Where will Kawhi Leonard end up? Could the reloaded Utah Jazz be real contenders? What in the world are the Charlotte Hornets doing? And much, much more (39:26). Host: John Gonzalez Guests: Chris Ryan, Kevin O’Connor Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 01, 2019
2019 NBA Free Agency Live Reactions: Hour 1 | The Ringer NBA Show
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The Ringer NBA crew gives instant reactions to the first wave of free-agency signings. Watch on The Ringer’s YouTube channel. Host: John Gonzalez Guest: Kevin O’Connor Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 30, 2019
NBA Free Agency Preview: Which Domino Will Fall First? | The Corner 3
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Ahead of the start of free agency on Sunday, we go over some of the emerging suitors for the top free agents and speculate about the order of operations that could determine which guys pair up on teams. Will Kawhi Leonard end up in a Lakers jersey? Will Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant pair up in Brooklyn? Will the Knicks strike out? And more. Hosts: Kevin O’Connor and Jonathan Tjarks Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 28, 2019
A Rockets, Sixers, and Jimmy Butler Love Triangle | Group Chat
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The Houston Rockets are doing what they can to insert themselves into the sweepstakes for free agent Jimmy Butler—can the Sixers convince Butler to stay in Philadelphia? Plus, after a new Kevin Arnovitz report about league schedule changes, we re-enter into past discussions about whether the NBA needs to be proactive in changing their schedule format and adding a midseason or a play-in tournament. Hosts: Chris Ryan and Justin Verrier Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 26, 2019
Is New York Really the Best Destination for Kevin Durant? | The Mismatch
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The results from the NBA awards were largely unsurprising (0:50), but free agency may have some surprises in store (27:48). Hosts: Chris Vernon, Kevin O’Connor Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 25, 2019
Free Agency Speculation SZN Is in Full Swing | Heat Check
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With the start of free agency right around the corner, everyone is wondering where some of the league’s biggest stars will end up (3:55). Plus: Draft additions make a handful of young teams (hint: one of the teams has Zion Williamson on it) instantly exciting to watch (34:06). Host: John Gonzalez Guests: Dan Devine, Danny Chau Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 24, 2019
NBA Draft Instant Reactions: Pelicans, Hawks, Grizzlies Grab the Reins of the Draft | The Corner 3
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We break down the teams with the biggest draft hauls from Thursday night: the Pelicans, Hawks, and Grizzlies—who all seem to have gotten the exact guys they wanted in Zion Williamson, DeAndre Hunter, and Ja Morant, respectively. Then, we speed through recapping the rest of the lottery picks, including the biggest surprise in Cam Johnson going 11th and the awkward fit between Darius Garland and Collin Sexton in Cleveland. Hosts: Kevin O’Connor, Danny Chau, Jonathan Tjarks Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 21, 2019
James Harden vs. Chris Paul, Plus: Utah Is Trying to Seize Its Window With Mike Conley | Group Chat
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The Jazz are putting their chips in the center of the table, trading for an expensive, sure-handed star in Mike Conley—will it pay off in a wide-open Western Conference (1:00)? Plus, we break down all the reporting, theories, and future fallout in Houston after an explosive report of discord between James Harden and Chris Paul came out earlier this week. Should the Rockets do what they can to get rid of Chris Paul and his huge contract, or should they press the big red button and trade James Harden (22:37)? Hosts: Chris Ryan and Justin Verrier Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 19, 2019
Ka-Why Not Stay in Toronto? Plus: Draft Picks Who Will Not Fail | The Mismatch
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Kawhi Leonard led the Toronto Raptors to the first championship in franchise history, but will he re-sign with them (1:46)? The Anthony Davis trade shifts the landscape of the offseason, including raising questions about the fate of the no. 4 pick in the upcoming draft (10:38). Plus: Verno’s annual list of draft picks who will not fail (34:41). Hosts: Chris Vernon, Kevin O’Connor Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 18, 2019
The NBA Season Is Over, Yet the NBA Season Continues | Heat Check
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The blockbuster Anthony Davis trade kicks off a sure-to-be-dramatic offseason (3:57) as the now-imminent NBA draft shifts into focus (46:56). Host: John Gonzalez Guests: Joe House, Jonathan Tjarks Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 17, 2019
Anthony Davis to the Lakers Emergency Podcast | Group Chat
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The Lakers and Pelicans wasted no time in kicking off a game of offseason musical chairs in the NBA. What does Davis in L.A. this early in the offseason mean for the rest of 2019 free agency? Plus, does this make the Lakers title favorites, or do they have a lot more work to do? Hosts: Chris Ryan and Justin Verrier Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 16, 2019
The Toronto Raptors Are the 2019 NBA Champions | Heat Check
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In a thrilling Game 6 of the NBA Finals, the Toronto Raptors defeat the Golden State Warriors to win their first championship in franchise history. Host: John Gonzalez Guest: Kevin O’Connor Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 14, 2019
Kevin Durant’s Injury Changes the Offseason Calculus of Nearly Every NBA Team | Group Chat
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We briefly preview what the Warriors have to do to make up for the loss of Kevin Durant for the remainder of the Finals (more Boogie?) (1:30). Then, we run through each big-market team with cap space and wonder whether KD’s injury has dramatically affected their offseason plans (31:32). Hosts: Chris Ryan, Justin Verrier, and Jonathan Tjarks Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 12, 2019
The Ripple Effects of the KD Injury, in These Finals and Beyond | The Mismatch
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Game 5 of the NBA Finals was headlined by Kevin Durant’s league-shaking Achilles injury and punctuated by an unusual number of bizarre moments (4:39). Plus: Teams around the league prepare for movement in the fast-approaching NBA draft (41:33), and the Memphis Grizzlies hire Taylor Jenkins as their new head coach (56:26). Hosts: Chris Vernon, Kevin O’Connor Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 12, 2019
KD Goes Down (Again), but the Warriors Survive | Heat Check
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Kevin Durant suffers an Achilles injury in his first game back, but the Golden State Warriors manage to pull out a win against the Toronto Raptors in Game 5 of the NBA Finals. Host: John Gonzalez Guest: Chris Ryan Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 11, 2019
The Raptors Out-Warriored the Warriors | Heat Check
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The Toronto Raptors push ahead to a 3-1 lead in the NBA Finals after defeating the Golden State Warriors in dominant fashion. Host: John Gonzalez Guests: Dan Devine, Kevin O’Connor Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 08, 2019
How to Plan for Having Multiple First-Round Draft Picks | The Corner 3
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We review Steph Curry’s hero ball Game 3 of the NBA Finals—an interesting reversal of some past Golden State games against LeBron (1:32). Then, we pivot to talking about the teams that have multiple first-round picks in the upcoming NBA draft, and what the best plan of action is to capitalize on those picks (16:53). Hosts: Danny Chau and Jonathan Tjarks Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 06, 2019
The Raptors Ruin Curry’s Big Night | Heat Check
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A well-rounded Game 3 performance by the Toronto Raptors wins them back home-court advantage from the shorthanded Golden State Warriors despite a transcendent performance from Stephen Curry. Host: John Gonzalez Guest: Dan Devine Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 06, 2019
Which Upcoming Free Agent Combinations Fit Best? | Group Chat
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We briefly survey the NBA Finals as it stands, tied 1-1 (2:00), before diving into swirling rumors about Kyrie Irving to the Nets or Lakers, Anthony Davis to anyone who will open their wallet, D’Angelo Russell to a mid-level franchise, and more (34:00). Hosts: Chris Ryan and Justin Verrier Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 05, 2019
The Warriors Are Up Against the Injury Bug As Well As the Raptors | The Mismatch
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The undermanned Golden State Warriors managed to take Game 2 from the Raptors in Toronto; as the series shifts to Oakland, will they be able to replicate that success (0:51)? Plus: With the draft approaching in two weeks’ time, which sleepers could rise above the fray (38:54)? Hosts: Chris Vernon, Kevin O’Connor Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 04, 2019
The Warriors Pull Off a True #StrengthInNumbers Victory | Heat Check
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The Golden State Warriors win Game 2 of the Finals in impressive fashion, overcoming various injuries and ailments to their stars by locking up the Toronto Raptors with stellar defense. Host: John Gonzalez Guest: Dan Devine Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 03, 2019
Analyzing the NBA Draft Through the Lens of the Finals | The Corner 3
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We briefly go over Thursday night’s NBA Finals Game 1 and look forward to what adjustments the Warriors can make in the face of a 1-0 deficit (1:46). Then, we hand out awards to the draft prospects who most closely mirror the roles that Finals participants like Pascal Siakam and Andre Iguodala are filling for their teams (15:00). Hosts: Kevin O’Connor and Danny Chau Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 31, 2019
Spicy P Heats Up to Take Game 1 | Heat Check
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Pascal Siakam dominates Game 1 of the Finals, leading the Toronto Raptors to a solid victory over the Kevin Durant–less Golden State Warriors despite a poor shooting night from Kawhi Leonard. Host: John Gonzalez Guest: Dan Devine Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 31, 2019
The Rockets' Reboot, the Lakers' Turmoil, and Repositioning Basketball As International Soccer | Group Chat
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We sit down ahead of the NBA Finals to go through some of the news that has broken between the end of the Eastern Conference Finals and now. First, do the Rockets need to hit the reset button on their core if they want to win the title (2:45)? Then, the deluge of Lakers turmoil seems to be never ending, but will it ultimately trickle off if they go star-hunting this offseason (22:00)? Finally, we share our observations on NBA free agency and rumblings about a midseason tournament that have us thinking about the ways that basketball is starting to mirror soccer (37:40). Hosts: Justin Verrier and Chris Ryan Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 29, 2019
A Very Mismatch Finals Preview | The Mismatch
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The Toronto Raptors advanced to the NBA Finals for the first time in franchise history. How will they match up against the defending champs Golden State Warriors (0:44)? Plus: How will the outcome of this series affect free agency, if at all (40:18)? Hosts: Chris Vernon, Kevin O’Connor Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 28, 2019
NBA Draft Mailbag Special | The Corner 3
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With the NBA Finals still on hold, we convene our NBA draft experts to open up the mailbag and answer some of your pressing questions about the top prospects as we approach the 2019 NBA draft. From Zion Williamson and RJ Barrett to Ty Jerome and Matisse Thybulle, we break down our thoughts on top prospects and role players who might be available for late-round steals. Hosts: Kevin O’Connor, Jonathan Tjarks, Danny Chau Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 27, 2019
Are the Bucks Out of Answers for the Raptors? | Group Chat
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Kawhi Leonard had one of the best games of his career en route to a surprising Game 5 road win over one of the best teams in the NBA. Will Mike Budenholzer have to shorten his rotation in Game 6 to avoid getting eliminated (1:30)? Plus, we react to the All-NBA team announcements and the potential salary cap implications for some of the league’s biggest stars in Kemba Walker, Damian Lillard, and Klay Thompson (33:00). Hosts: Justin Verrier and Jonathan Tjarks Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 24, 2019
Kawhi Leonard (Literally) Limps the Raptors to Another W | The Corner 3
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