Brian Windhorst & The Hoop Collective

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Ricks
 Feb 9, 2022
Hear what NBA agents want you to think....would be nice if Windhorst grew a spine


 Jun 11, 2021

Tony
 Nov 19, 2020
Great stuff

Pdude
 Oct 18, 2019
I love this podcast!


 Jul 7, 2019

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

Episode Date
Boston Bounces Back, Can Luka Carry The Mavs Again?
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Brian Windhorst is joined by ESPN's Tim MacMahon and Tim Bontemps to discuss the Celtics making a bounce back statement in Game 2 against Miami, Boston’s evolution over the course of the season, why the Heat need Lowry, the similarities between Ime Udoka and Jason Kidd, if Luka can carry the Mavs again and the prolific nature of this Warriors team. Plus, a league executive who may be on the move.
May 20, 2022
Conference Finals Preview, NBA Lottery
3251
Brian Windhorst is joined by ESPN’s Kevin Pelton and Marc J. Spears to react to the Mavs dismantling the Suns, Luka making a statement, the future in Phoenix, Boston closing out the Bucks despite a massive series from Giannis and what to expect from the NBA Lottery. 
May 17, 2022
Process Still Loading For 76ers, Mavs-Suns Game 7
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Brian Windhorst is joined by ESPN's Tim MacMahon and Tim Bontemps to discuss the Heat eliminating the 76ers, if Harden will give Philly a discount and how long ‘The Process’ can continue. Plus, can the Mavs take down the Suns in Game 7, which player will make a statement in the decisive game and if Boston can avoid elimination.
May 13, 2022
MVP Reaction, Stopping Flopping
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Brian Windhorst is joined by ESPN’s Bobby Marks and Nick Friedell to react to Jokic winning the MVP again, talk the upcoming offseason contract decisions for Zach LaVine and James Harden, the 76ers’ resurgence, how Portland can maximize Dame, injury designations in the NBA and flopping in the postseason.
May 10, 2022
Can The Warriors Defend Ja? Harden Struggles
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Brian Windhorst is joined by ESPN's Tim MacMahon and Tim Bontemps to discuss if Harden has officially started to regress, what the Mavs can do to get back into the series with the Suns’ historic shooting, if the Celtics can win it all with an all-time level defense and how the Warriors can defend Ja.
May 06, 2022
Keeping Zion In New Orleans, Bucks' Physicality
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Brian Windhorst is joined by ESPN’s Marc J. Spears and Andrew Lopez to talk Zion’s thoughts on the Pelicans postseason performance, the future in New Orleans, the Bucks' physicality against the Celtics, the Warriors escaping with Game 1 and Devin Booker’s competitiveness.
May 03, 2022
Significance Of Harden, Time For Change In Utah?
3940
Brian Windhorst is joined by ESPN's Tim MacMahon and Tim Bontemps to discuss Dallas closing out Utah for Luka’s first playoff series win, the future of the Jazz, the 76ers avoiding a Game 7, why Harden is the key to success in Philly and Chris Paul putting on another masterclass performance for the Suns to eliminate the Pelicans.
Apr 29, 2022
Young Talent Making Playoff Statements
3588
Brian Windhorst is joined by ESPN’s Dave McMenamin and Kevin Arnovitz to talk the matchup issues Minnesota creates for Memphis, the Pelicans making it a series with the Suns, the potential of the youth in New Orleans and if Trae Young can overcome the swarming Miami defense.
Apr 26, 2022
Boston Takes Charge, Key Playoff Injuries
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Brian Windhorst is joined by ESPN's Tim MacMahon and Tim Bontemps to discuss Boston’s transformation from the start of the season, the squad’s sensational defense on Kevin Durant, Booker & Middleton’s injuries and Joel Embiid making a statement in Toronto.
Apr 22, 2022
Boston Buzzer-Beater, T-Wolves Statement
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Brian Windhorst is joined by ESPN’s Marc J. Spears and Kirk Goldsberry to talk the significance of the Celtics’ epic Game 1 win over the Nets, Kyrie’s engagement with the Boston fans, Minnesota’s statement win against Memphis and Chris Paul’s mastery of the point guard position.
Apr 19, 2022
2022 Overall NBA Playoff Picture
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Brian Windhorst, Tim MacMahon and Tim Bontemps are reunited with the legend Jackie MacMullan to break down the NBA Playoff picture including if the Celtics should be favored over the Nets, how key injuries will impact a few key series and if Harden and Embiid can make a statement. Plus, the crew talks Jackie’s podcast series ‘Icons’ with the Ringer.
Apr 15, 2022
NBA Play-In Tournament Preview
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Brian Windhorst is joined by ESPN’s Nick Friedell and Andrew Lopez to break down everything you need to know about the NBA Play-In Tournament including if Ben Simmons or Zion may return and who has the most to prove. Plus, should teams have tanked to avoid the Nets and what matchup has the most exciting potential.
Apr 12, 2022
Best Odds To Reach The Finals
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Brian Windhorst is joined by ESPN’s Tim MacMahon and Tim Bontemps to break down which teams have the best betting odds to win the Eastern and Western Conferences including why the Nets are being wildly overvalued. Plus, MacMahon hands out his monthly major award.
Apr 08, 2022
Magic's Comments, Simmons' Grievance
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Brian Windhorst is joined by ESPN’s Ohm Youngmisuk and Bobby Marks to talk Magic’s comments about the Lakers, the significance of Ben Simmons filing a grievance against the 76ers, the Nets’ playoff potential and the chances Kawhi comes back.
Apr 05, 2022
Final NBA MVP Straw Poll Results
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Brian Windhorst is joined by ESPN’s Tim MacMahon and Tim Bontemps to talk the final NBA MVP straw poll results including reacting to a new leader at the top before talking seeding in the Eastern Conference and the Suns’ dominance.
Apr 01, 2022
Most Likely 1st Round Upsets, Celtics Injury
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Brian Windhorst is joined by ESPN’s Marc J. Spears and Kirk Goldsberry to talk the impact of the Celtics losing Rob Williams to injury, when Ja Morant may return, which team is most susceptible to a 1st Round upset this season and who will be the 7 & 8 seeds.
Mar 29, 2022
Hot Tempered Heat, Potential All-NBA Lineup
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Brian Windhorst is joined by ESPN’s Tim MacMahon and Tim Bontemps to talk the argument on the Heat sideline involving Jimmy Butler, Udonis Haslem and Erik Spoelstra, who the favorites are in the East, why it is now or never for the Jazz and who will make All-NBA this season.
Mar 25, 2022
Large Sample Size, Are The Celtics A Contender?
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Brian Windhorst is joined by ESPN’s Kevin Arnovitz and Kevin Pelton to talk if the Celtics have a legitimate chance to reach the NBA Finals this year, how concerning the drop-off is for the Bucks’ defensive rating, the struggles of the Lakers down the stretch and when the last time the Western Conference had such little depth.
Mar 22, 2022
The Good, The Bad And The Ugly For The 76ers
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Brian Windhorst is joined by ESPN’s Tim MacMahon and Tim Bontemps to talk how the 76ers are a team with massive strengths and massive weaknesses, if James Harden can show up in big games, when Ben Simmons will return to the Nets, Kyrie’s status in the league and the state of the Mavs in the Western Conference.
Mar 18, 2022
The Two Most Significant Players In Basketball
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Brian Windhorst is joined by ESPN’s Kendra Andrews and Marc J. Spears to talk the significance of Draymond Green to the Warriors as he returns to action including how vital he may be to overcoming Western Conference foes like Memphis. Plus, Windy and Spears discuss Kyrie’s status in home games and what strategy may be in place in Brooklyn.
Mar 15, 2022
Breaking Down Every Award But The MVP
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Brian Windhorst is joined by ESPN’s Tim MacMahon and Tim Bontemps to talk the awards races other than MVP including the Cade Cunningham/Evan Mobley Rookie Of The Year debate, which coach is leading the way for Coach Of The Year and if this season will lead to another Defensive Player Of The Year trophy for Rudy Gobert.
Mar 11, 2022
LeBron, The Elite Scorer
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Brian Windhorst is joined by ESPN’s Ramona Shelburne and Ohm Youngmisuk to react to LeBron’s historic performance against the Warriors, talk his current motivation to be remembered as an all-time great scorer and what the plan is for the Clippers including when their star players may be returning. Plus, the crew shares some stories about Gregg Popovich as he approaches the all-time wins record in the NBA.
Mar 08, 2022
Warriors Struggle, Mavs Catch Fire
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Brian Windhorst is joined by ESPN’s Tim MacMahon and Tim Bontemps to talk the Warriors struggles of late, Steph’s shooting slump, the importance of Draymond Green and Luka’s white hot play to lead the streaking Mavs. Plus, the return of MacMahon’s segment.
Mar 04, 2022
Harden's Immediate Impact
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Brian Windhorst is joined by ESPN’s Kevin Pelton and Marc J. Spears talk how big of an impact the James Harden trade will have on the 76ers, their strong play of late, when we will see Simmons on the court for the Nets, some of the top NBA Draft prospects and the importance of Draymond Green to the Warriors.
Mar 01, 2022
Should The Lakers Trade Stars This Offseason?
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Brian Windhorst is joined by ESPN’s Tim MacMahon and Tim Bontemps to talk about the idea of the Lakers’ trading LeBron James, if LA will go all in or all out going forward and what they expect from James Harden on the Sixers. Then, MacMahon reminds us who the best shooting big man of all-time is.
Feb 25, 2022
All-Star Interviews With The NBA's Future
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Brian Windhorst interviews some of the NBA’s rising stars at All-Star weekend in Cleveland. He chats with Tyrese Haliburton about his trade, Anthony Edwards about the source of his confidence and more!
Feb 22, 2022
Latest Straw Poll Updates, Steaking Celtics
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Brian Windhorst is joined by ESPN’s Tim MacMahon and Tim Bontemps to discuss the latest MVP straw poll results including an incredibly tight race between Embiid and Jokic. Then, the crew talks the Celtics hot play of late.
Feb 17, 2022
Lakers' Deadline Inactivity
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Brian Windhorst is joined by ESPN’s Ramona Shelburne and Dave McMenamin to talk the Lakers’ inactivity at the trade deadline, why LA wants this team to figure things out and what that means for the future of the team and LeBron James.
Feb 15, 2022
NBA Trade Deadline Reaction
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Brian Windhorst is joined by ESPN’s Tim MacMahon and Tim Bontemps to react to the NBA Trade Deadline including breaking down the massive Simmons-Harden trade, the Mavs trading away Kristaps Porzingis and how big of a deal it is that the Lakers did not make a big splash at the deadline.
Feb 11, 2022
Trade Deadline Preview, All-Star Reserves
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Brian Windhorst is joined by ESPN’s Marc J. Spears and Kevin Pelton to talk All-Star reserves, If we will see Ben Simmons or James Harden get traded before the deadline and the significance of the Caris LeVert trade for the Cavs.
Feb 08, 2022
Trade Deadline Expectations
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Brian Windhorst is joined by ESPN’s Tim MacMahon and Tim Bontemps to talk how the Grizzlies have become the most fun team in the NBA, what trades the Pelicans can make, if CJ McCollum will be traded and why this may be a tame trade deadline.
Feb 04, 2022
Creating A Winning Culture In Phoenix
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Brian Windhorst is joined by ESPN’s Kirk Goldsberry to discuss how the Suns are creating a culture of winning, the Hawks are turning things around and the idea of the NBA adopting the European soccer model of loaning players for a short time frame.
Feb 01, 2022
Who Will Be The Top Seed In The East?
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Brian Windhorst is joined by ESPN’s Tim MacMahon and Tim Bontemps to talk how the Heat can be the top seed in the East, if the Bulls can avoid slipping in the standings considering their injuries, what the ceiling is for the Cavs and what is next for the Nets.
Jan 28, 2022
Injured Bulls, Potential Laker Trades
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Brian Windhorst is joined by ESPN’s Marc J. Spears and Kevin Pelton discuss the impact of injuries on the Bulls, if Detroit will trade Jerami Grant, if a Westbrook for Wall trade is possible and the Blazers' plan for the rest of the season.
Jan 25, 2022
All-Star Ballot Submissions
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Brian Windhorst is joined by ESPN’s Tim MacMahon and Tim Bontemps to talk their All-Star ballot submissions including how position distinctions impact starters. Plus, they break down the players deserving of a reserve spot, how many games you should need to play to get into the All-Star Game and the Celtics’ poor shooting percentages.
Jan 20, 2022
Significance Of Injuries To Contenders, Jerami Grant Trade Ideas
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Brian Windhorst is joined by ESPN’s Bobby Marks and Ohm Youngmisuk to talk Kevin Durant’s injury timeline, potential trades for the Nets, the significance of Draymond Green’s back injury, if Paul George can come back this season, the importance of the Clippers making a playoff push, if Detroit should trade Jerami Grant and where he may land.
Jan 18, 2022
When Is It Time To Hit The Reset?
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Brian Windhorst is joined by ESPN’s Tim Bontemps and Tim MacMahon to talk if the Blazers should tank this season and shut down Dame, how the Lakers should manage Russell Westbrook and an interesting betting moment from the Warriors game.
Jan 14, 2022
Klay Day In The Bay
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Brian Windhorst is joined by ESPN’s Nick Friedell and Marc J. Spears discuss the impact of Klay Thompson’s return to the Warriors, his performance in his first game back, the ceiling for Golden State, potential Ben Simmons trades and who needs to make a move.
Jan 11, 2022
Early Look At The NBA Market
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Brian Windhorst is joined by ESPN’s Tim Bontemps and Tim MacMahon discuss the moves that could be made at the trade deadline, an interesting quote from the Hawks front office, if the Blazers will move on from Dame or CJ and what teams will be buyers or sellers. 
Jan 07, 2022
DeRozan's Game-Winners, Bulls Potential, Kyrie Returning
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Brian Windhorst is joined by ESPN’s Kirk Goldsberry and Jamal Collier to discuss DeMar DeRozan's historic game-winners on back-to-back nights, the Bulls potential this season, the significance of Kyrie returning, if the Nets can overtake the Bucks and potential trade targets for the Bulls to get into the NBA Finals conversation.
Jan 04, 2022
Bad 3-Point Shooting, Best Guard Combos
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Brian Windhorst is joined by ESPN’s Tim Bontemps and Tim MacMahon to discuss a historically bad 3-point shooting performance from the Celtics, what moves Boston can make, Desmond Bane’s potential in Memphis and the best guard combinations in the NBA.
Dec 31, 2021
Roster Flexibility Around the League, What Moves Can The Lakers Make?
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Brian Windhorst is joined by ESPN’s NBA Front Office Insider Bobby Marks to discuss the challenge facing front offices around the league to fill out rosters with so many players in the COVID health and safety protocols and how that may impact moves around the trade deadline. Plus, what moves can the Lakers make?
Dec 28, 2021
Holiday Wishes For The NBA
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Brian Windhorst is joined by ESPN’s Tim Bontemps and Tim MacMahon to get into the holiday spirit by giving out their 3 biggest wishes for teams in the NBA and discuss some interesting comebacks around the league.
Dec 24, 2021
DeRozan's Respect Level, Updated COVID Protocols
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Brian Windhorst is joined by ESPN’s Marc J. Spears and Jorge Sedano to talk how DeMar DeRozan is viewed around the league, updates to the NBA G League Ignite, the latest COVID protocols around the NBA including who is required to wear masks.
Dec 21, 2021
State Of The Mavs, Trade Market Options
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Brian Windhorst is joined by ESPN’s Tim Bontemps and Tim MacMahon to talk MacMahon’s article on the relationship between Luka Doncic and Rick Carlisle, Dallas’ desire for cultural change, the organizational decision makers in Utah and what teams may be involved in the trade market.
Dec 17, 2021
Steph Set To Break A Record, Pacers' Future
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Briand Windhorst is joined by ESPN’s Dave McMenamin and Kirk Goldsberry to discuss the historic record Steph Curry is set to break, LeBron leveling up his play, what direction the Pacers will move in going forward and positive COVID tests in the NBA.
Dec 14, 2021
Straw Poll Results, Season Conditioning
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Brian Windhorst is joined by ESPN’s Tim Bontemps and Tim MacMahon to recap Bontemps’ straw poll, Steph Curry’s dominance to start the season, Luka’s comments on his conditioning and what to expect from the Nets.
Dec 10, 2021
The Future In Portland, Can Things Improve In New York?
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Brian Windhorst is joined by ESPN's Ohm Youngmisuk and Ramona Shelburne to break down what is going on in Portland, if Chauncey Billups is the right fit for the team, the current state of the Knicks, if things can improve in New York and if the Suns and Warriors are worried about the Lakers or the Nets.
Dec 07, 2021
Tampering Updates, Suns Make A Statement
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Brian Windhorst is joined by ESPN’s Tim Bontemps and Tim MacMahon to talk the significance of the Suns beating the Warriors, the NBA’s stance on tampering issues, a historical game from the Cavs, the impact of Bam’s injury on the Heat and another setback for Zion this season and the Rockets quality play of late.
Dec 03, 2021
Warriors And Suns Surge, NBA Fan Behavior
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Brian Windhorst is joined by ESPN’s Jamal Collier and Marc J. Spears to discuss the Warriors and Suns white hot play of late, the Bucks surging lately and what the line is for fans behavior at NBA games.
Nov 30, 2021
Our First Annual Friendsgiving
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Brian Windhorst is joined by a roundtable of ESPN NBA reporters for a special Thanksgiving episode with Dave McMenamin, Tim Bontemps, Tim MacMahon, Nick Friedell and Kevin Pelton. The crew talks LeBron’s suspension following an altercation in Detroit, if Draymond Green can be an All-Star this season, what the ceiling is for the Warriors, Klay’s progression as he returns from injury, a few teams surging in the West and a unique game delay in Sacramento. 
Nov 24, 2021
Can The Celtics And Knicks Get Out Of Their Slumps?
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Brian Windhorst is joined by ESPN’s Tim Bontemps and Tim MacMahon to discuss the Celtics’ struggles this season, if their ceiling is lower than we expected as a team, how good the Knicks can really be, if the Suns are still favorites to return to the Finals from the West and what teams have a legitimate shot to make it out of the East.
Nov 19, 2021
Can The Warriors Keep This Up? Expectations In Brooklyn
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Brian Windhorst is joined by ESPN’s Nick Friedell and Cassidy Hubbarth to talk the incredible start to the season for the Warriors, what impact Klay can have when he returns, how Brooklyn plans to move forward with their roster and if Brooklyn can win a title as currently constructed.
Nov 16, 2021
Did The Lakers Make The Right Offseason Decisions?
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Brian Windhorst is joined by ESPN’s Tim Bontemps and Dave McMenamin to discuss a memorable trip to the White House for Bontemps, the Lakers’ start to the season, the success of players traded from Los Angeles and the Bulls surging with their new pieces blending well together.
Nov 12, 2021
Some Surprising Starts To The NBA Season
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Brian Windhorst is joined by ESPN’s Kevin Pelton and Kevin Arnovitz to discuss Dame Lillard’s struggles to open the season, the 76ers successful start to the year despite the drama surrounding the team, the Cavs surprising start to the season, the Wizards’ strong performances and the state of dress in the NBA.
Nov 09, 2021
Reaction To The Allegations In Phoenix
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Brian Windhorst, Tim MacMahon and Tim Bontemps react to the allegations of racism and misogyny with the Phoenix Suns' majority owner Robert Sarver, how the team is reacting to it and how they will move forward. Then the group talks the state of the Celtics after a big win before discussing the Lakers' shocking loss to the Thunder.
Nov 05, 2021
Foul Changes, More Physical Play In The NBA
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Brian Windhorst, Ohm Youngmisuk and Marc J. Spears discuss their thoughts on the new foul rules being enforced, scoring being down across the league, the Nets’ struggles on offense, a strong start to the season for the Warriors and some impressive showings from the rookies around the NBA.
Nov 02, 2021
Takeaway's From Week 1 Of The NBA Season
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Brian Windhorst, Tim MacMahon and Tim Bontemps talk their early takeaways from the first week of the NBA season including James Harden’s early drop-off in scoring, the decline in free throw numbers, surprising early success from the Wizards, if they believe in the starts from the Hornets and Timberwolves and Tyler Herro’s start to the season.
Oct 29, 2021
Bulls Hot Start To The Season, Bucks Stay Motivated
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Brian Windhorst welcomes a new member of the ESPN family Jamal Collier to discuss what to make of the Bulls’ great start to the season, free throws being down across the league, how the Bucks are staying motivated and what next level Giannis can reach.
Oct 26, 2021
What Will The 76ers Do? Parity Across The NBA
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Brian Windhorst, Tim MacMahon and Tim Bontemps talk how long it will take for Ben Simmons to get traded, how the 76ers can succeed with the current situation, some interesting quotes about the Mavs’ past, the parity in the NBA this season and what teams are flying under the radar.
Oct 22, 2021
2018 Rookie Class Extensions
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Brian Windhorst is joined by ESPN Front Office Insider Bobby Marks to discuss which contract extensions were made, like Jaren Jackson, and which ones were not, like Deandre Ayton, from the 2018 rookie class.
Oct 19, 2021
What Will The Nets Look Like This Season?
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Brian Windhorst, Tim Bontemps and Tim MacMahon talk the impact of Kyrie’s stance on the Nets, what Brooklyn’s title chances look like without Kyrie, how long can the Nets keep this team together and when Zion will be back.
Oct 15, 2021
What Will Ben Simmons' Reception Be? Lakers' Expectations
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Brian Windhorst, Dave McMenamin and Ramona Shelburne discuss Ben Simmons returning to the 76ers, what the reception will be like for him in Philadelphia, how the Lakers are preparing for the season and what their expectations should be.
Oct 12, 2021
Can Talent Beat Out Fit For The Lakers?
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Brian Windhorst, Tim MacMahon and Tim Bontemps discuss the expectations surrounding the Lakers, what minimum players can make an impact. if talent can overcome fit, how well the Suns can replicate their success and if the Pelicans or Bulls will be able to play better defense this season.
Oct 08, 2021
Blueprint For Star Players To Get Traded, Updates From Camp
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Brian Windhorst, Nick Friedell and Ohm Youngmisuk talk NBA teams training in San Diego, Kyrie’s vaccination status, the blueprint for players like Ben Simmons to get a trade and what to expect as the season starts.
Oct 05, 2021
Ben Simmons Holds Out, Lakers Lineup Options
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Brian Windhorst, Tim MacMahon and Tim Bontemps talk Draymond’s interesting comments, why the latest statements from the 76ers are a win for Ben Simmons, what type of team would trade for Simmons, what the keys are for the Mavs this season, if Anthony Davis will play center this season and how all of the pieces will fit on the Lakers.
Oct 01, 2021
NBA Media Day Reactions
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Brian Windhorst, Andrew Lopez and Marc J. Spears discuss the interesting developments around the league from the NBA Media Days. We talk everything from David Letterman’s appearance at Nets’ Media Day, surprising new information about an injury to Zion, the latest from Warriors Media Day and the potential impact of vaccination status on the league.
Sep 28, 2021
Roundtable Talk Of Make Or Break Players In The NBA
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Brian Windhorst, Tim MacMahon and Tim Bontemps discuss the players who will make or break seasons for potential contending teams. The group talks the importance of Ben Simmons, Tyler Herro, Kristaps Porzingis Kemba Walker, Lonzo Ball, Klay Thompson and others.
Sep 23, 2021
Who From The 2018 Draft Class Will Get Max Deals?
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Brian Windhorst, Tim MacMahon and Tim Bontemps discuss the players negotiating contracts at the end of their rookie deals from the 2018 draft class including how the Suns’ should manage Deandre Ayton, what to do with Jaren Jackson, where Collin Sexton fits in, what Miles Bridges should ask for and what space the Bucks have to fill out their roster.
Sep 17, 2021
What Tier Is Each NBA Team On?
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Brian Windhorst, Kevin Pelton and Tim Bontemps discuss the different tiers of NBA teams heading into this season. The crew breaks down what teams are actual contenders, what teams have a chance to become relevant this season and what teams will be battling in the lottery.
Sep 08, 2021
What Will Happen With Ben Simmons?
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Brian Windhorst, Tim MacMahon and Tim Bontemps discuss the latest developments on Ben Simmons this offseason, what it means for where he will play in 2021-22, how the 76ers can maximize their championship window and an interesting trade from the past week that could impact the futures of Chicago and Portland.
Sep 03, 2021
NBA Win Total Reactions, Which Teams Will Defy Expectations?
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Brian Windhorst, Tim MacMahon and Tim Bontemps discuss the likelihood that Ben Simmons starts the season with the 76ers, how consistent the Nets lineup will be in the regular season, why the Bucks and Jazz are likely go over their win totals, if Dallas got better this offseason, why the Warriors have such a variety of possible outcomes, how many games the Bulls will win and some of the key young guards ability to grow.
Aug 27, 2021
Why Did KD and Kyrie Sign In Brooklyn, Future Landscape Of The NBA
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Brian Windhorst is joined by author Matt Sullivan to talk about his book Can't Knock the Hustle: Inside the Season of Protest, Pandemic, and Progress with the Brooklyn Nets' Superstars of Tomorrow and the future of the Nets. Then Jake Fischer author of Built to Lose: How the NBA's Tanking Era Changed the League Forever joins to about the landscape of team construction in the league.
Aug 16, 2021
Kawhi Signs An Extension, NBA Summer League Reaction
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Brian Windhorst, Tim MacMahon and Tim Bontemps discuss Kawhi signing a surprise 4-year extension, the key takeaway’s from the NBA Summer League so far, which young rookies have impressed, the potential on the Rockets in the future, Evan Mobley’s potential talent and Dennis Schroder’s contract with Boston.
Aug 13, 2021
Team USA Plays For Gold, Winners And Losers Of NBA Free Agency
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Brian Windhorst, Tim MacMahon and Tim Bontemps discuss Team USA Men’s Basketball beating Australia, the score line being misleading, the upcoming gold medal game, the winners and losers of NBA Free Agency, if Zach LaVine will ever extend with the Bulls and what will happen with the Clippers and Kawhi.
Aug 06, 2021
Lakers And Bulls Make Big Moves In Free Agency, Team USA Figuring It Out?
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Brian Windhorst, Marc J. Spears and Ramona Shelburne discuss the variety of moves made by the Lakers, how big of a concern age is for L.A. this year, what to make of the Bulls bringing in Lonzo Ball and DeMar DeRozan and if Team USA Men’s Basketball has figured things out.
Aug 04, 2021
Reaction To The Westbrook Trade, NBA Draft Recap
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Brian Windhorst, Tim MacMahon and Tim Bontemps discuss the trade sending Russell Westbrook to the Lakers, why the fit may be an issue, where Kyle Lowry will land this offseason and if Ben Simmons can get traded . Then the guys dive into the NBA Draft including a player who went later than expected who could make a huge impact.
Jul 30, 2021
Team USA Men's Basketball Has Tough Olympic Start, NBA Draft Preview
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Brian Windhorst, Marc J. Spears and Kevin Pelton discuss the unique setup for the Olympics in Tokyo, Team USA Men’s Basketball struggling out of the gate, what Luka can do in Tokyo and what to expect from the NBA Draft including impressive comparisons for Jalen Green.
Jul 27, 2021
Bucks Clinch - NBA Finals Game 6 Reaction
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Brian Windhorst and Zach Lowe are joined by Cleveland Forward Larry Nance Jr. to discuss Giannis’ historic performance, the significance of a small market team winning, the Bucks’ ability to keep fighting, the coaching redemption in Milwaukee and the future of the Suns.
Jul 21, 2021
Team USA's Olympic Chances, Dame's Future, Can The Bucks Close Out The Finals?
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Brian Windhorst, Tim MacMahon and Tim Bontemps discuss Team USA Basketball’s chances in the Olympics, the challenges facing the roster, Damian Lillard’s status in Portland, potential moves the Blazers can make, the impact of Jrue Holiday on the NBA Finals and if the Bucks can close out the series.
Jul 20, 2021
NBA Finals Game 5 Reaction
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Brian Windhorst and Zach Lowe are joined by Raptors Head Coach Nick Nurse to discuss the wild ending to Game 5, Khris Middleton’s amazing performance, Jrue Holiday’s clutch play, the level of shot making in the game and how the Suns should feel going into Milwaukee for Game 6.
Jul 18, 2021
NBA Finals Game 4 Reaction
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Brian Windhorst and Zach Lowe are joined by Denver Nuggets Head Coach Michael Malone to discuss Khris Middleton’s outstanding performance, how great Giannis’ key block was, Devin Booker’s sensational performance, the Bucks’ reliance on transition buckets, the Suns’ turnovers and Phoenix needing more from Ayton offensively. Then the group talks coach getting into a horse and carriage with Nikola Jokic, get an update on Jamal Murray and discuss the grind of the last two seasons.
Jul 15, 2021
Giannis Dominates, Suns Struggle To Shoot, Team USA Struggles
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Brian Windhorst, Tim MacMahon and Tim Bontemps discuss the incredible performances from Giannis in the NBA Finals, the importance Jrue Holiday and Khris Middleton, Ayton’s foul trouble, the Suns struggling to shoot, the significance of Game 4 in this series and the challenge for Team USA to get the gold medal.
Jul 13, 2021
NBA Finals Game 3 Reaction
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Brian Windhorst and Zach Lowe are joined by Kings’ guard Tyrese Haliburton to talk Giannis’ dominant Game 3, Ayton getting in foul trouble, how Game 4 will set the tone for the series and Chris Paul’s leadership.
Jul 12, 2021
NBA Finals Game 2 Reaction
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Brian Windhorst and Zach Lowe are joined by former Hornets and Magic Head Coach Steve Clifford to discuss the great effort from the Bucks, the amazing offensive response from the Suns, what the preparation is like for the teams ahead of Sunday’s Game 3, the importance of Khris Middleton and the process of making adjustments for coaches.
Jul 09, 2021
NBA Finals Game 1 Reaction
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Brian Windhorst and Zach Lowe discuss the Suns winning Game 1, Chris Paul’s brilliance, the importance of free throw shooting, what adjustments the Bucks can make and Deandre Ayton stepping up.
Jul 07, 2021
NBA Finals Preview
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Brian Windhorst, Ramona Shelburne and Marc Spears dive into everything you need to know heading into the NBA Finals showdown between the Bucks & Suns, kicking off tonight at 9p ET on ABC.
Jul 06, 2021
Bucks Take Series Lead Without Giannis, Suns To The Finals, No Asterisks Needed
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Brian Windhorst, Tim MacMahon and Tim Bontemps discuss the Bucks absolutely dominating the Hawks in the paint, the great game from Brook Lopez, the various injury situations of the series, the Suns’ amazing run to the NBA Finals and how there should be no asterisk stories for the playoffs.
Jul 02, 2021
Clippers Avoid Elimination, Trae Young's Injury, Latest On Dame Lillard, Leadership Changes In Utah
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Brian Windhorst, Kevin Pelton and Royce Young discuss the confounding ability of the Clippers to win elimination games on the road, the Suns’ ability to close, Trae Young’s injury, the Bucks ability to dominate in the paint, the backlash Dame Lillard has gotten for the Chauncey Billups hire, if Dame will want a trade and the leadership changes in Utah.
Jun 29, 2021
Booker's Broken Nose, Atlanta's Arrival, and the Coaching Carousel
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Brian Windhorst, Tim MacMahon, and Tim Bontemps discuss the Clippers' win in Game 3, the lasting effects of Devin Booker's broken nose, the ascension and chutzpah of Trae Young, the latest intel on the coaching carousel, and the two biggest takeaways from the draft lottery.
Jun 25, 2021
The Valley-Oop, Draft Lottery Implications, and Ben Simmons' Future
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Brian Windhorst, Ramona Shelburne, and Tim MacMahon discuss the game winning tip in by Deandre Ayton in Game 2 of the Western Conference Finals, the multitude of implications from last night's draft lottery, and the future for Ben Simmons.
Jun 23, 2021
76ers Collapse, Next Steps For Ben Simmons, Hawks Season Turnaround, Devin Bookers' Sensational Play
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Brian Windhorst, Doris Burke and Kirk Goldsberry discuss the state of Ben Simmons’ confidence, what is next for the 76ers, Ben’s trade value, the Hawks continuing to win road playoff games, the opportunity for the Bucks in the playoffs now, the display Devin Booker put on in Game 1 of the Western Conference Finals and Monty Williams’ coaching job this season.
Jun 22, 2021
Big Changes For The Mavs, Trae Young Amazes, 76ers Collapse, Clippers Surprise
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Brian Windhorst, Tim MacMahon and Tim Bontemps discuss the changes in the Mavs organization, why some see it as controversial, who Dallas may hire, the brilliance of Trae Young, the 76ers’ collapse, a big win for the Bucks and try to understand the Clippers.
Jun 18, 2021
2021 Playoffs Emergency Pod: Durant's Incredible Game 5
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Zach Lowe and Brian Windhorst react to Kevin Durant's indescribable Game 5 performance against the Milwaukee Bucks.
Jun 16, 2021
Who Are The Real Clippers? The Hawks Even The Series, Playoff Injuries
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Brian Windhorst, Kevin Pelton and Nick Friedell discuss the confounding nature of this Clippers team on a nightly basis, Kawhi’s injury, what version of Mike Conley we will see in the playoffs if at all, Joel Embiid massively struggling to shoot, who can take big shots for the 76ers, the impact of the Hawks’ coaching change, the culture in Phoenix, the Suns’ great defense and the Jokic ejection.
Jun 15, 2021
Donovan Mitchell Impresses, Are The Bucks Back In The Series?
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Brian Windhorst, Tim Bontemps and Tim MacMahon discuss the impressive performances from the Jazz so far, the outstanding play of Donovan Mitchell, the interesting lineup choices from the Clippers, if the Bucks are now officially back in the series, the offensive struggles of the Bucks and Nets and the keys to both the Nuggets-Suns and Hawks-76ers series going forward.
Jun 11, 2021
NBA Coach Of The Year Reaction, Brooklyn Dominates, Kawhi Being Clutch
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Brian Windhorst, Ramona Shelburne and Kirk Goldsberry discuss the voting for the NBA Coach Of The Year, then talk the domination from the Nets in Game 2 against the Bucks, the surprisingly good defense from Brooklyn, who is the key to the Nuggets-Suns series, the brilliance of Kawhi in the most clutch moments, the Jazz’s matchup with the Clippers and the amazing performances from Trae Young so far in the playoffs.
Jun 08, 2021
Lakers Eliminated, Luka's Brilliance Bucks-Nets Preview
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Brian Windhorst, Tim MacMahon and Tim Bontemps discuss the Lakers’ getting eliminated by the Suns with a massive game from Devin Booker, what moves the Lakers can make next season, the Suns’ potential going forward, Denver impressing while shorthanded, the brilliance of Luka and preview Bucks-Nets.
Jun 04, 2021
Another Crazy Fan, Rappers On The Road, Embiid & AD Injuries
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Brian Windhorst, Marc Spears and Ohm Youngmisuk discuss the latest fan interference episode in Washington and around the league, meeting famous rappers on the road, Joel Embiid’s injury, the LA Clippers show signs of life and tie the series 2-2, can LeBron will the Lakers to victory without Anthony Davis and much more. 
Jun 01, 2021
A Trip Around The NBA Playoffs
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Brian Windhorst, Tim Bontemps and Tim MacMahon talk about NBA Playoff games being blacked out, the Lakers taking a 2-1 lead over the Suns, what will happen to the Blazers if they lose this series to the shorthanded Nuggets, the Bucks demolishing the Heat and taking a 3-0 lead, how can the Clippers stop Luka Doncic and much more. 
May 28, 2021
They Came Out More Aggressive
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Brian Windhorst, Ohm Youngmisuk and Bobby Marks discuss the Milwaukee Bucks taking a commanding 2-0 lead on the Miami Heat, the latest on Donovan Mitchell’s injury and a trip to LA to check in with the Clippers & Lakers who are both down 1-0. 
May 25, 2021
LeBron's Late-Game Heroics, Play-In Tournament Success, Playoff Series To Watch
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Brian Windhorst, Tim Bontemps and Tim MacMahon talk about LeBron’s late-game heroics, their thoughts on how the Play-In Tournament is going with one game left, which playoff series are the guys paying the most attention to and much more. 
May 21, 2021
NY Belongs To The Knicks, Clippers Dodge Lakers... For Now
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Brian Windhorst, Ramona Shelburne and Vanity Fair’s Lisa Robinson discuss her beloved New York Knicks, NBA players’ reluctance to speak to the media, the LA Clippers avoiding the LA Lakers in the playoffs – for now and much more. 
May 18, 2021
Oladipo's Out, Fertitta All-In On Rockets, Mid-Season Tournament
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Brian Windhorst, Tim Bontemps and Tim MacMahon discuss Victor Oladipo’s season ending injury, an interesting quote from Tilman Fertitta on the state of the Rockets, Russell Westbrook’s stellar play, would a mid-season tournament work in the NBA and much more. 
May 14, 2021
Favorable Playoff Matchups for the Jazz, Lakers & The Play-In Tourney, NBA Tank-O-Thon
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Brian Windhorst, Royce Young and Kirk Goldsberry discuss the potential of the Utah Jazz getting the #1 seed and a very favorable draw in the playoffs, will the Lakers be able to avoid the play-in tournament, and the tank-o-thon Is on at the bottom of the NBA. Plus, what is going on with the Boston Celtics and more. 
May 11, 2021
The Future Is Bright
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Brian Windhorst, Tim Bontemps and Tim MacMahon each pick one team from the lottery that they think has the best future. 
May 07, 2021
The 2020 NBA (Re)Draft
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Brian Windhorst, Mike Schmitz and Kevin Pelton re-draft the 2020 NBA class. 
May 04, 2021
With All (NBA) Due Respect
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Brian Windhorst, Tim Bontemps and Tim MacMahon break down who should be on the three All-NBA teams. 
Apr 30, 2021
Surging Clips, Wizards Righting The Ship, New-Look Knicks
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Brian Windhorst, Ohm Youngmisuk and Ramona Shelburne discuss the surging LA Clippers, how the Washington Wizards have turned their season around, the difference in how the playoff-bound Knicks’ front office is being run now and much more. 
Apr 27, 2021
Play-In Games Are Here To Stay
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Brian Windhorst, Tim Bontemps and Tim MacMahon discuss the play-in game scenarios from both conferences and why the play-in tournament is here to stay. 
Apr 23, 2021
NY State Of Mind
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Brian Windhorst, Malika Andrews and Kevin Pelton give you the latest NBA happenings from New York City, including – Julius Randle putting up an All-NBA season for the Knicks, Zion Williamson’s effusive praise of Madison Square Garden and if the Brooklyn Nets will get it together in time for the playoffs. 
Apr 20, 2021
MVP Straw Poll, Aldridge Retires
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Brian Windhorst, Tim Bontemps and Tim MacMahon discuss Bontemps’ NBA Media MVP straw poll and things get a little spicy. Plus, the guys talk about LaMarcus Aldridge’s retirement, Luka’s crazy shot and much more. 
Apr 16, 2021
Race To #1, Limping Lakers, Zion's PG Evolution
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Brian Windhorst, Marc Spears and Kirk Goldsberry discuss the race to the #1 seed in the Eastern Conference – if the 76ers need home court advantage that badly, will the Lakers be able to keep up in the West without LeBron & AD and Zion’s evolution into the Pelicans’ PG of the future. 
Apr 13, 2021
The Wild West
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Brian Windhorst, Tim Bontemps and Tim MacMahon break down the top contenders in the Western Conference. Plus, is Nikola Jokic the MVP, should Monty Williams win Coach of The Year, Michael Porter Jr’s future with Denver and how to get a read on the LA teams. 
Apr 08, 2021
Holiday's Extension, 25 Under 25 Rankings
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Brian Windhorst, Kevin Pelton and Bobby Marks discuss the Jrue Holiday extension and what that means for the point guard market in free agency. Plus, the annual 25 Under 25 rankings – Pelton and Marks talk about their lists and what went into their decision making process for some young stars. 
Apr 05, 2021
Redick's Comments, Buyout Market Bummers, The Rockets in 2030 & OKC's Failed Tank
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Brian Windhorst, Tim MacMahon and Tim Bontemps react to JJ Redick’s comments about the New Orleans Pelicans front office, if the buyout market players are all hype, judging the Rockets trades in 2030, OKC’s failed tank and much more. 
Apr 02, 2021
Nets & Lakers Buyouts, Zach LaVine's Future, LeBron Recruiting Steph, Rich Paul on AI
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Brian Windhorst, Marc Spears and Nick Friedell talk about how the buyout market shaped out for the Nets & Lakers, what will happen with Zach LaVine and the Chicago Bulls, is LeBron recruiting Steph Curry and Rich Paul’s take on what he could’ve done with Allen Iverson’s business brand. 
Mar 30, 2021
Vucevic to Chicago, Gordon to Denver, and Lowry still in Toronto
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Brian Windhorst, Tim MacMahon, and Tim Bontemps discuss Toronto not trading Kyle Lowry before the deadline, how much better the Bulls are with Nikola Vucevic, what Aaron Gordon brings to the Nuggets, and how the buyout market may shake out.
Mar 26, 2021
NBA Trade Deadline, Buyout Market, LeBron's Injury
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Brian Windhorst, Kevin Arnovitz and attorney Alex Spiro discuss some of the biggest things to watch for as the NBA heads to the trade deadline. Plus, who will be some of the major players to watch for in the buyout market and what will the Lakers do with both LeBron & Anthony Davis injured. 
Mar 23, 2021
Tight MVP Race, Recent NBA Trades
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Brian Windhorst, Tim Bontemps and Tim MacMahon discuss a very tight MVP race between Harden, LeBron, Giannis, Embiid, Lillard & Jokic. Plus, the latest on the recent NBA trades – will PJ Tucker make a difference for Milwaukee and much more. 
Mar 19, 2021
Kawhi's Comments, GSW's Future & KAT On Anthony Edwards
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Brian Windhorst, Ramona Shelburne and Monica McNutt discuss what’s going on with the LA Clippers, Kawhi’s comments having weight behind them, the outlook for the Golden State Warriors heading to the trade deadline & beyond, and Karl Towns’ comments on Anthony Edwards. 
Mar 16, 2021
LaMarcus Aldridge & the Spurs, LaMelo Ball, KD & AD's Injuries
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Brian Windhorst, Tim Bontemps, and Tim MacMahon discuss what the Spurs can get for LaMarcus Aldridge, LaMelo Ball’s historic season, if KD and AD’s injuries are bigger than their teams are letting on, and if the New York Knicks should be buyers going to the trade deadline. 
Mar 12, 2021
All-Star Game '21, Blake Griffin's Fit & Pelicans 2nd Half
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Brian Windhorst, Marc Spears, and Andrew Lopez discuss the 2021 All-Star Game, how the NBA is going to handle the COVID-19 vaccination process for the league, Blake Griffin’s fit with the Brooklyn Nets, and the second-half outlook for the New Orleans Pelicans. 
Mar 09, 2021
Embiid Dominating, Lottery Machinations, and Kyle Lowry Trades
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Brian Windhorst, Tim MacMahon, and Tim Bontemps discuss Philadelphia's overtime win over Utah, Joel Embiid vying for Defensive Player of the Year (and MVP), the most interesting draft lottery since 2003, and potential Kyle Lowry trades.
Mar 05, 2021
The Competent Knicks, the Clippers Shrinking in the Clutch, and Oladipo on the Block
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Is the Knicks' success sustainable? Brian Windhorst, Kirk Goldsberry, and Royce Young discuss the competent Knicks in their first year under Tom Thibodeau. Plus, the Clippers struggles late in games and the market for Victor Oladipo at the trade deadline and in the summer.
Mar 02, 2021
Buy or Sell: Celtics & Mavericks
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As Luka Doncic, Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown continue their All-NBA-caliber seasons, Brian Windhorst, Tim MacMahon and Tim Bontemps discuss whether the Mavericks and Celtics, respectively, should go all in this season. Plus, more on the worst coaching job in the NBA (39:30) and Zion Williamson's interior scoring prowess.
Feb 25, 2021
Damian Lillard Stories, Harden's New Role & Breaking News
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Brian Windhorst, Marc J. Spears and Kevin Pelton offer strong reaction to Minnesota's decision to separate ties with Ryan Saunders (39:58). Before that, the guys tell some Damian Lillard pre-draft stories (25:40) and debate if the Nets -- after a string of impressive wins -- are now the team to beat in the East.
Feb 22, 2021
Zion Check-In, Draymond's Comments & Utah Jazz: Spurs 2.0
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How legit are the Jazz? Brian Windhorst, Tim MacMahon and Tim Bontemps discuss Utah's big leap this season and if it's enough to beat the NBA's best in the playoffs. Plus, reaction to Draymond Green's "double standard" comments and a look at Zion Williamson's numbers thus far.
Feb 18, 2021
The Death of Defense, Nets' New Roles & Disappointing Celtics
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As teams continue to allow record scoring numbers, Brian Windhorst, Ramona Shelburne and Nick Friedell debate whether good defense is actually necessary to win a title in 2021. Plus, trouble in Boston and a look at the motivations behind the trade that sent Derrick Rose to New York.
Feb 15, 2021
MVP Straw Poll: LeBron's MVP Chase, Steph's Resurgence, Embiid's Case
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In a season unlike any other, Brian Windhorst, Tim Bontemps and Tim MacMahon discuss several players' cases for the MVP award. Plus, a stroll down LeBron James memory lane.
Feb 11, 2021
LeBron's Shooting, Brooklyn's Paradigm Shift & Milwaukee's Identity Issues
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Brian Windhorst, Malika Andrews and Dave McMenamin discuss key adjustments made by the Lakers this season, as well as LeBron James' improvement from beyond the arc. Plus, are the Nets setting a new championship blueprint?
Feb 08, 2021
ASG Rosters, "Chesty" Rockets & Clippers' Kryptonite
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Brian Windhorst, Tim MacMahon and Tim Bontemps discuss which players belong in this year's All-Star Game. Plus, the crew dives into the Clippers' biggest weakness and Houston's post-Harden turnaround.
Feb 04, 2021
Trade Rumors, Nets Defense & Concerning Trends
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Another poor defensive showing for the Nets leaves Brian Windhorst, Kirk Goldsberry and Bobby Marks wondering how the NBA's most fascinating team will adjust. Plus, should we be worried by slow starts from Dallas, Miami and Toronto?
Feb 01, 2021
Early MVP Race, Kyrie's Fit, A Controversial Power Ranking
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Brian Windhorst, Tim MacMahon and Tim Bontemps discuss challengers to LeBron James in the MVP race, John Wall's first game against the Wizards and if the Timberwolves made the right choice in selecting Anthony Edwards No. 1 overall. Plus, Tim and Tim square off over the Jazz.
Jan 28, 2021
Embiid's Growth, Utah's Streak & A Can't-Miss Interview
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Chiney Ogwumike joins Brian Windhorst to discuss the evolution of Joel Embiid and an impressive stretch from the Jazz. Brian's longtime friend, music journalist and NBA superfan Lisa Robinson, then comes on to talk about her relationships with the game's most elite players, recruiting Anthony Davis to the Knicks and why she doesn't respect the Nets. Buckle up.
Jan 25, 2021
Clippers Turnaround, Bradley Beal Suitors & Roster Shuffling
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Brian Windhorst, Ohm Youngmisuk and Tim MacMahon discuss an apparent change in chemistry for the Clippers, potential landing spots for Bradley Beal should he become available, as well as some teams who could look to make big roster moves this season. Plus, the amazing Lou Dort.
Jan 21, 2021
2020-21 Small Sample-Size Theater
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In an annual tradition, Brian Windhorst, Kevin Pelton and Kevin Arnovitz discuss some of the league's statistical anomalies and whether they'll hold up. Will Paul George's hot shooting continue? How unreal are Nikola Jokic's passing numbers? Can Trae Young shake his cold spell? All that and more in the small sample theater.
Jan 18, 2021
James Harden Blockbuster Trade
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Brian Windhorst is joined by ESPN’s Tim MacMahon and The Undefeated’s Marc Spears to break down the James Harden trade and discuss what this means for all of the teams involved.
Jan 13, 2021
Westbrook's Struggles, LaMelo's Potential & Contact Tracing Concerns
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As COVID-19 continues to impact teams around the league, Brian Windhorst, Royce Young and Tim Bontemps discuss how the NBA will move forward. Plus, the crew also dives into Russell Westbrook's rough start in Washington and LaMelo Ball's ceiling.
Jan 11, 2021
Pleasant Surprises: Warriors, Knicks & Bulls
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A string of vintage Stephen Curry performances has Brian Windhorst, Tim MacMahon and Nick Friedell wondering how the Warriors can sustain success for the entire season. The crew also discusses Tom Thibodeau's immediate impact on the Knicks' culture and Chicago's impressive young core.
Jan 07, 2021
Causes for Concern
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Brian Windhorst, Bobby Marks and Tim Bontemps discuss the five teams they're surprisingly worried about nearly two weeks into the season.
Jan 04, 2021
Harden Trade Packages, Grizzlies' Bright Future, Philly's Start
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The Nets lose Spencer Dinwiddie for an extended period of time, leaving Brian Windhorst, Marc J. Spears and Tim MacMahon to discuss how the injury will impact James Harden's trade market. Plus, the crew discusses Tyrese Haliburton's strange journey to the Kings and how Ja Morant's injury could be a blessing in disguise for Memphis.
Dec 31, 2020
Brooklyn's Chemistry, Steph's Struggles & Harden's Value
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Brian Windhorst, Kirk Goldsberry and FiveThiryEight's Chris Herring discuss James Harden's strong beginning to the season, Stephen Curry's struggles as the lone star on the Warriors, this year's rookie class and first impressions of the new-look Nets.
Dec 28, 2020
Expansion & Extensions
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After discussing the latest news regarding James Harden and the Rockets, Brian Windhorst, Tim MacMahon and Tim Bontemps talk about possible locations for expansion. Plus, some under-the-radar contract extensions from the past few days.
Dec 24, 2020
One Exciting Thing for the 2020-21 NBA Season
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Brian Windhorst talks to Malika Andrews, Nick Friedell, Andrew Lopez, Bobby Marks, Dave McMenamin, Eric Woodyard, Royce Young and Ohm Youngmisuk about one thing they’re watching this upcoming season.
Dec 21, 2020
James Harden Latest & 2020-21 NBA West Preview
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After discussing the latest in the James Harden saga, Brian Windhorst, Ramona Shelburne and Tim MacMahon dive into the Western Conference's biggest storylines as we head into the new season.
Dec 17, 2020
2020-21 East NBA Preview
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Brian Windhorst, Kevin Pelton and Tim Bontemps tackle the biggest questions facing the Eastern Conference's top teams as we get set for the 2020-21 season.
Dec 14, 2020
James Harden's Behavior & Giannis Speaks
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Brian Windhorst, Tim MacMahon and Kevin Arnovitz discuss James Harden's strange behavior and the Rockets' response to it. Plus, the guys dig into Giannis Antetokounmpo's recent comments and what they might tell us about his future in Milwaukee.
Dec 10, 2020
Trade Grades & LeBron's Extension
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A blockbuster Russell Westbrook-John Wall trade has Brian Windhorst, Tim MacMahon and Kevin Pelton asking who the winner is. Then, Dave McMenamin joins the crew to discuss LeBron James' surprising contract extension and its impact on Anthony Davis' future.
Dec 03, 2020
What Will Giannis Do?
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Brian Windhorst welcomes Malika Andrews and Tim MacMahon to discuss the possibilities of what comes next for Giannis Antetokounmpo. And before that, the crew talks about the growing implications of player options in contracts.
Nov 26, 2020
Free Agency Winners & Losers
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As the NBA world waits to know more about the future of Giannis Antetokounmpo, Brian Windhorst, Ramona Shelburne and Tim Bontemps discuss the flurry of roster moves made over the past few days and how they may alter the landscape of the 2020-21 season.
Nov 23, 2020
Countdown to Free Agency
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As we inch closer to the official start of NBA free agency, Brian Windhorst, Tim MacMahon and Kevin Pelton discuss landing spots for Gordon Hayward, the Bucks' attempts to appeal to Giannis Antetokounmpo and the latest in James Harden's showdown with the Rockets.
Nov 20, 2020
What's the Verb?
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Zach Lowe joins Brian Windhorst to discuss what the Jrue Holiday trade means for Giannis Antetokounmpo's future with the Bucks. Plus, the guys take a look at some of the deals already made around the league.
Nov 18, 2020
Trouble in Houston
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According to reports, James Harden and Russell Westbrook are uncertain of the Rockets' future. Brian Windhorst, Tim MacMahon and Kirk Goldsberry discuss how Houston can fix the situation. And, if the Suns receive Chris Paul in a trade, how might he fit in Phoenix's young lineup? Plus, Brian speaks to longtime sportscaster Jim Gray about his legendary interviews with MJ, Kobe, and Shaq, and also LeBron for "The Decision."
Nov 12, 2020
Quasi-Deal
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With a Dec. 22 season start date set, Brian Windhorst, Bobby Marks and Tim MacMahon look at some of the biggest names who could be on the move in the coming weeks.
Nov 06, 2020
2020 NBA Draft Preview
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Brian Windhorst welcomes ESPN NBA Draft experts Jonathan Givony and Mike Schmitz to make sense of a class filled with question marks entering the draft under unique circumstances.
Nov 02, 2020
Gap Week
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After a flood of news, Brian Windhorst, Tim MacMahon and Tim Bontemps speculate on Daryl Morey's potential plans for the 76ers and how James Harden will fit with new Rockets head coach Stephen Silas. Plus, the guys discuss the peculiar timing of the Jazz sale and what it means for the team's future.
Oct 29, 2020
There Will Be No Hiatus
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As the idea of a Christmas-time start date gains steam, Brian Windhorst, Ohm Youngmisuk and Bobby Marks discuss the would-be accelerated offseason timeline and its impact on 2021 roster construction. Plus, bubble alternatives, the latest in the GOAT debate and the weirdest places the guys have reported from.
Oct 26, 2020
A Stan With a Plan
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After hiring Stan Van Gundy, can the Pelicans now contend in a crowded Western Conference? Brian Windhorst, Tim MacMahon and Kirk Goldsberry debate. Plus, the guys discuss the Rockets' future post-Daryl Morey and how Ty Lue will fare as the Clippers' new coach.
Oct 22, 2020
Hypothetical Trades
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Brian Windhorst, Kevin Pelton and Tim Bontemps discuss hypothetical offseason trade scenarios involving four players: Chris Paul, Victor Oladipo, Jrue Holiday and Bradley Beal.
Oct 19, 2020
Word of the Day
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Brian Windhorst, Tim MacMahon and Bobby Marks try to make sense of the NBA's complex financial picture. The crew also identifies teams who may look to make some roster changes this offseason.
Oct 15, 2020
Game 6 of the 2020 Finals
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Brian Windhorst and Zach Lowe offer instant reaction to the Los Angeles Lakers' closeout Game 6 win over the Miami Heat in the 2020 NBA Finals.
Oct 12, 2020
Game 5 of the 2020 Finals
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Brian Windhorst, Zach Lowe and former NBA forward Chris Bosh offer instant reaction to the Miami Heat's epic Game 5 win over the Los Angeles Lakers in the 2020 NBA Finals.
Oct 10, 2020
Day 88
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Brian Windhorst, Marc J. Spears and Tim MacMahon discuss the best candidates for the Rockets and Pelicans coaching jobs. Plus, Doc Rivers' fit with the 76ers and once the Larry O'Brien trophy is handed out, does the bubble immediately pop?
Oct 08, 2020
Game 4 of the 2020 Finals
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Brian Windhorst, Zach Lowe and Raptors coach Nick Nurse offer instant reaction to the Los Angeles Lakers' Game 4 win over the Miami Heat in the 2020 NBA Finals.
Oct 07, 2020
Game 3 of the 2020 Finals
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Brian Windhorst, Zach Lowe and coach David Fizdale offer instant reaction to the Miami Heat's Game 3 win over the Los Angeles Lakers in the 2020 NBA Finals.
Oct 05, 2020
Game 2 of the 2020 Finals
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Brian Windhorst, Zach Lowe and Kendrick Perkins offer instant reaction to the Los Angeles Lakers' Game 2 win over the Miami Heat in the 2020 NBA Finals.
Oct 03, 2020
Game 1 of the 2020 Finals
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Brian Windhorst, Zach Lowe and Doris Burke offer instant reaction to the Los Angeles Lakers' Game 1 win over the Miami Heat in the 2020 NBA Finals.
Oct 01, 2020
No Confetti: NBA Finals Preview
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Can the Heat (12-3 in the playoffs) take down the Lakers in the NBA Finals? Brian Windhorst, Ramona Shelburne and Kirk Goldsberry weigh the factors. Plus, the Eastern Conference Finals regrets the Celtics will have and the rocky history between LeBron James and Pat Riley.
Sep 28, 2020
Super Herro
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Tyler Herro's breakout performance has Brian Windhorst, Tim MacMahon and Ohm Youngmisuk singing the praises of the confident rookie and #HeatCulture after Miami's gutsy Game 4 win over Boston. Plus, the crew discusses Jamal Murray's emerging stardom and the need for a big LeBron game in the Western Conference Finals.
Sep 24, 2020
Push and Pull
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Anthony Davis’ buzzer-beating 3-pointer leads Brian Windhorst, Dave McMenamin and Royce Young to talk about the rapport between Davis and LeBron James, and what AD’s game-winner really says about LeBron. The guys also discuss LeBron’s gripes with the MVP award and Wednesday’s Game 4 between the Celtics and Heat.
Sep 21, 2020
Clippers Collapse & Heat's OT Win
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How will the Clippers' epic downfall affect Kawhi Leonard, Paul George and Doc Rivers? Brian Windhorst, Nick Friedell and Tim MacMahon discuss the team's cloudy future and a Nuggets-Lakers showdown. Then, they turn to the East to revel in Bam Adebayo's game-saving block in the Heat's OT win over the Celtics.
Sep 16, 2020
The Comeback Kids
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With Nuggets-Clippers heading to Game 7, Brian Windhorst, Kevin Pelton and Kevin Arnovitz wonder about the long-term future of Kawhi Leonard's Clippers. Plus, the guys discuss Giannis Antetokounmpo's standing with the Bucks and an interesting trade scenario the Rockets could pursue in the offseason.
Sep 14, 2020
A House Divided
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After a 2OT thriller between the Raptors and Celtics, Brian Windhorst, Tim MacMahon and Tim Bontemps discuss the reversal of Kyle Lowry's career postseason narrative, Kemba Walker's timidness and which team is better suited for the next round. Plus, how might Danuel House's potential absence impact the Rockets-Lakers series?
Sep 10, 2020
All-Or-Nothing
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Brian Windhorst, Bobby Marks and Royce Young break down Russell Westbrook's Game 2 shooting struggles and the Lakers' improved overall team effort. Plus, as Milwaukee's season hangs in the balance, the crew discusses the near future for Giannis Antetokounmpo.
Sep 07, 2020
Nash To the Nets
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After discussing James Harden's confusing playoffs narrative, Brian Windhorst, Tim MacMahon and Kirk Goldsberry react to breaking news of the Nets' hiring of Steve Nash as head coach. Plus, Kirk gets heated about shooting fouls and the crew wonders if Giannis and the Bucks are just a regular-season team now that they're down 2-0 to the Heat.
Sep 03, 2020
Matrix Moments
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The Jamal Murray-Donovan Mitchell fireworks show has Brian Windhorst, Dave McMenamin and Tim Bontemps buzzing about the Western Conference playoffs. They discuss Marcus Morris' antics against the Mavericks, Dallas' future and why the Lakers' title hopes rests on Anthony Davis. Plus, can the Heat upset the East's top-seeded Bucks?
Aug 31, 2020
Weight of the World
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Now that it's clear the 2020 NBA season will continue, Brian Windhorst, Ramona Shelburne and The Undefeated's Marc J. Spears discuss why the majority of players want to keep playing, as well as how players and owners can keep pushing for social justice.
Aug 27, 2020
Young Legend
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Chiney Ogwumike and Mike Golic Jr., hosts of ESPN Radio's "Chiney & Golic Jr.," join Brian Windhorst to laud Luka Doncic's Game 4 performance and to question Paul George's readiness for the big stage. Then, Tim Bontemps blasts the 76ers for a disappointing season before diving into Joel Embiid's cryptic postgame comments and the team's murky future (23:00).
Aug 24, 2020
The Ones Get It Done
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After watching the Lakers even the series against Portland, Brian Windhorst, Jackie MacMullan and Tim MacMahon try to make sense of the West's top seed. The crew also discusses Houston's impressive run (20:09), the Mavericks' chances against the Clippers (28:40) and Thursday night's draft lottery (35:20).
Aug 21, 2020
August Madness
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On the first day of the playoffs, Brian Windhorst, Kevin Pelton and Kevin Arnovitz discuss Portland's chances of upsetting the Lakers in the first round. The guys also preview the other matchups before reflecting on Vlade Divac's tenure in Sacramento.
Aug 17, 2020
Blazin' Ahead
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Immediately after watching Damian Lillard and the Blazers secure the top spot in the Western Conference play-in, Brian Windhorst, Jackie MacMullan and Tim MacMahon discuss Dame's amazing bubble run, Phoenix's future and how nagging injuries for LeBron James and Russell Westbrook might affect their respective teams' title hopes.
Aug 14, 2020
The NBA's Wonderful Weekend
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Should we be concerned about the Lakers heading into the playoffs? Brian Windhorst, Dave McMenamin and Tim Bontemps discuss that, as well as Damian Lillard's memorable weekend (41:56) and if TJ Warren's recent scoring outbreak is an anomaly (23:27).
Aug 10, 2020
Setting the Seeds
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After one week of bubble basketball, Brian Windhorst, Jackie MacMullan and Tim MacMahon discuss the teams who could pose some serious problems for the top seeds in each conference. Plus, a breakdown of Luka Doncic's monster Tuesday night performance (25:35).
Aug 06, 2020
NBA Restart Recap
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Zion's minutes restriction and lackluster play have Brian Windhorst, Kirk Goldsberry and Bobby Marks wondering how the Pelicans should manage the young phenom moving forward. The guys also discuss the tight race for the 8th seed in the West (36:30), Philly's struggles against Indiana (23:53) and their initial impressions of the restart.
Aug 03, 2020
Restart Eve
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With the NBA set to resume on Thursday, Brian Windhorst, Jackie MacMullan and Tim MacMahon tackle some of the mysteries swirling around Zion Williamson, LeBron James and Damian Lillard, among others.
Jul 30, 2020
The Bubble's Youth Movement
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Kevin Pelton and draft expert Mike Schmitz join Brian Windhorst to discuss the young stars of the bubble, and if their careers (so far) match the expectations that surrounded them coming into the league.
Jul 27, 2020
Unknown Gems
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Bol Bol's impressive debut put the basketball world on notice, so Brian Windhorst, Jackie MacMullan and Tim MacMahon discuss what it means for the Nuggets (15:01). Plus, they talk about Zion Williamson's anticipated return to the bubble (35:14), some teams who could thrive in this altered season, and Alex Caruso's decision to skip his sister's wedding (22:36).
Jul 23, 2020
Restricted Area
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It's been two weeks since players have arrived at the Disney World campus and Brian Windhorst catches up with Malika Andrews in Orlando on the latest in the NBA bubble (1:30). Then, Ohm Youngmisuk and Kevin Pelton join to sort out the dearth of information (15:50), the hotel room hierarchy (31:20) and whether it's a big deal that award voting will not include the seeding games (39:25).
Jul 20, 2020
Roster Shake-Ups
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Brian Windhorst, Jackie MacMullan and Tim MacMahon discuss a big change to the 76ers lineup, Victor Oladipo's playing status (17:10) and head coaching searches for the Nets (27:30) and Knicks (39:10).
Jul 15, 2020
Basketball's Bubble Start
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Live from the NBA bubble, Malika Andrews discusses her observations of practices and social gatherings, and whether players are adhering to the proper safety protocols. Bobby Marks and Tim Bontemps also join Brian Windhorst to talk about the lack of transparency concerning several star players' absences from the bubble (21:23). Plus, the guys wonder if we should be concerned about positive COVID-19 tests in the MLS (15:03) and also take an early look at next season's calendar (36:35).
Jul 13, 2020
The Heist: How an NBA Exec Stole Millions
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How did a Sacramento Kings executive steal $13 million and almost get away with it? On this special episode, Brian Windhorst shares his favorite story of the season.
Jul 09, 2020
No Doubles
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After entering the NBA bubble, Malika Andrews joins Brian Windhorst and Royce Young to detail her experience thus far. Plus, the crew discusses how teams' playoff standing could impact some player decisions regarding opting in or out of playing at Disney World (41:00).
Jul 06, 2020
...It's Complicated
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Several players don't trust that their teammates will adhere to the NBA's campus protocol, Brian Windhorst tells Jackie MacMullan and Tim MacMahon (38:45). The crew also discusses big decisions that Victor Oladipo and Bradley Beal must make, and if any coaches will voluntarily forgo the chance to go to Disney.
Jul 02, 2020
The Big Three That Never Happened
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Ten years after "The Decision," Brian Windhorst, Kevin Arnovitz and Nick Friedell recount the unforgettable week that nearly ended with LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh choosing the Chicago Bulls over the Miami Heat.
Jun 29, 2020
Full Steam Ahead
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Avery Bradley's absence is significant, but is it enough to derail the Lakers' title chances? Brian Windhorst, Jackie MacMullan and Tim MacMahon discuss that (21:45), as well as growing concerns around the league amid a number of positive coronavirus tests publicly announced this week.
Jun 25, 2020
Too Big To Fail
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Ahead of Wednesday's deadline for NBA players to decide whether they'll enter the bubble, Brian Windhorst, Ohm Youngmisuk, Nick Friedell and Kirk Goldsberry talk about players who may not want to return, due to a variety of factors (24:20). Plus, the guys discuss how the league will respond to inevitable complications and the chances of players agreeing to wear technology that could help the league identify guys at risk for COVID-19.
Jun 22, 2020
Make-Up Talk
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With the date and protocol in place, the NBA is rolling toward restarting the 2019-20 season. Brian Windhorst, Jackie MacMullan and Tim MacMahon discuss the varying coalitions involved, the stress and pressure to move forward and the next steps as Orlando looms.
Jun 18, 2020
Bubble Trouble: Part Two
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With some players openly expressing their concerns with the NBA's return plans, Brian Windhorst, Tim Bontemps and Dave McMenamin talk about the impact of such comments and how they will be received around the league. Plus, the guys discuss players they're excited to watch next month (27:07) and how winning a championship this season would affect LeBron's legacy (35:05).
Jun 15, 2020
Bubble Trouble
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With a small group of players growing hesitant about the NBA's restart plans, Brian Windhorst, Jackie MacMullan and Tim MacMahon break down some of the players' most pressing concerns.
Jun 11, 2020
Shark Tank
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While the NBA players await the protocol that outlines the rules and regulations of life inside the bubble, Brian Windhorst, Bobby Marks and Disney aficionado Royce Young discuss what questions remain and how challenging life down in Orlando could be.
Jun 08, 2020
Let's Get Goin'
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Now that the NBA officially plans to resume its regular season at Disney World at the end of July, Brian Windhorst, Jackie MacMullan and Tim MacMahon try to answer looming questions about the Disney complex, hotel accommodations, coronavirus testing, playoff seeding plans, the TV programming schedule, the loss of home court advantage and more.
Jun 04, 2020
Planning the Future
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Brian Windhorst, Malika Andrews, Andrew Lopez and Kevin Pelton discuss the events of the past week and how the NBA community has rallied around the cause. Then, the crew tries to answer questions about the quality of games to expect when the NBA returns, if the "playoff-plus" format is fair and whether the league is trying to tailor its return plan around Zion Williamson and the Pelicans (16:00).
Jun 01, 2020
Warp Speed
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With multiple return-to-play proposals on the table, Brian Windhorst, Jackie MacMullan and Tim MacMahon discuss the feasibility of these options, as well as the NBA's real motivations behind each plan. Plus, the crew identifies the teams who could benefit the most from this extended layoff (33:50).
May 28, 2020