Brian Windhorst & The Hoop Collective

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

Episode Date
What Will The 76ers Do? Parity Across The NBA
3375
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
2774
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?
2947
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
2665
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?
3309
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
3800
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
3523
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
3136
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
2931
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?
3205
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?
3148
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?
3578
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?
3092
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
4679
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
3318
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
4274
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?
3976
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
3471
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
4119
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
3402
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?
3605
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
2578
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
2964
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
3504
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
2844
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
2718
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
2181
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
3490
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
3190
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
3819
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
3507
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
3506
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
3202
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
4112
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
1910
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
3564
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?
3628
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
3699
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
3326
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
3600
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
3969
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
3623
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
3549
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
3570
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
3550
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
3362
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
3380
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
3665
Brian Windhorst, Mike Schmitz and Kevin Pelton re-draft the 2020 NBA class. 
May 04, 2021
With All (NBA) Due Respect
3208
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
3086
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
2825
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
3029
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
3294
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
3353
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
3900
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
3277
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
4116
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
4172
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
3025
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
3422
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
3319
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
3433
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
3393
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
3632
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
3334
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
3035
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
3099
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
3117
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
3481
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
3767
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
3331
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
3971
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
3346
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
3635
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
3870
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
4284
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
3134
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
3304
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
3585
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
3675
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
3300
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
3519
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
3277
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
3680
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
3883
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
3960
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
3811
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?
3165
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
3199
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?
3365
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
3176
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
3301
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
2994
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
3360
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
3648
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
3980
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
3169
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
3066
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
1830
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
3075
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
2900
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
3339
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
3166
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
3194
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
3066
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
3403
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
2519
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
2865
Zion's minutes restriction and lackluster play have Brian Windhorst, Kirk Goldsberry and Bobby Marks wondering how the Pelicans should manage the young phenom moving forward. The guys also discuss the tight race for the 8th seed in the West (36:30), Philly's struggles against Indiana (23:53) and their initial impressions of the restart.
Aug 03, 2020
Restart Eve
3179
With the NBA set to resume on Thursday, Brian Windhorst, Jackie MacMullan and Tim MacMahon tackle some of the mysteries swirling around Zion Williamson, LeBron James and Damian Lillard, among others.
Jul 30, 2020
The Bubble's Youth Movement
3695
Kevin Pelton and draft expert Mike Schmitz join Brian Windhorst to discuss the young stars of the bubble, and if their careers (so far) match the expectations that surrounded them coming into the league.
Jul 27, 2020
Unknown Gems
2615
Bol Bol's impressive debut put the basketball world on notice, so Brian Windhorst, Jackie MacMullan and Tim MacMahon discuss what it means for the Nuggets (15:01). Plus, they talk about Zion Williamson's anticipated return to the bubble (35:14), some teams who could thrive in this altered season, and Alex Caruso's decision to skip his sister's wedding (22:36).
Jul 23, 2020
Restricted Area
2993
It's been two weeks since players have arrived at the Disney World campus and Brian Windhorst catches up with Malika Andrews in Orlando on the latest in the NBA bubble (1:30). Then, Ohm Youngmisuk and Kevin Pelton join to sort out the dearth of information (15:50), the hotel room hierarchy (31:20) and whether it's a big deal that award voting will not include the seeding games (39:25).
Jul 20, 2020
Roster Shake-Ups
3030
Brian Windhorst, Jackie MacMullan and Tim MacMahon discuss a big change to the 76ers lineup, Victor Oladipo's playing status (17:10) and head coaching searches for the Nets (27:30) and Knicks (39:10).
Jul 15, 2020
Basketball's Bubble Start
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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
3050
After entering the NBA bubble, Malika Andrews joins Brian Windhorst and Royce Young to detail her experience thus far. Plus, the crew discusses how teams' playoff standing could impact some player decisions regarding opting in or out of playing at Disney World (41:00).
Jul 06, 2020
...It's Complicated
3112
Several players don't trust that their teammates will adhere to the NBA's campus protocol, Brian Windhorst tells Jackie MacMullan and Tim MacMahon (38:45). The crew also discusses big decisions that Victor Oladipo and Bradley Beal must make, and if any coaches will voluntarily forgo the chance to go to Disney.
Jul 02, 2020
The Big Three That Never Happened
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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
3043
Avery Bradley's absence is significant, but is it enough to derail the Lakers' title chances? Brian Windhorst, Jackie MacMullan and Tim MacMahon discuss that (21:45), as well as growing concerns around the league amid a number of positive coronavirus tests publicly announced this week.
Jun 25, 2020
Too Big To Fail
2967
Ahead of Wednesday's deadline for NBA players to decide whether they'll enter the bubble, Brian Windhorst, Ohm Youngmisuk, Nick Friedell and Kirk Goldsberry talk about players who may not want to return, due to a variety of factors (24:20). Plus, the guys discuss how the league will respond to inevitable complications and the chances of players agreeing to wear technology that could help the league identify guys at risk for COVID-19.
Jun 22, 2020
Make-Up Talk
2294
With the date and protocol in place, the NBA is rolling toward restarting the 2019-20 season. Brian Windhorst, Jackie MacMullan and Tim MacMahon discuss the varying coalitions involved, the stress and pressure to move forward and the next steps as Orlando looms.
Jun 18, 2020
Bubble Trouble: Part Two
3173
With some players openly expressing their concerns with the NBA's return plans, Brian Windhorst, Tim Bontemps and Dave McMenamin talk about the impact of such comments and how they will be received around the league. Plus, the guys discuss players they're excited to watch next month (27:07) and how winning a championship this season would affect LeBron's legacy (35:05).
Jun 15, 2020
Bubble Trouble
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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
3050
While the NBA players await the protocol that outlines the rules and regulations of life inside the bubble, Brian Windhorst, Bobby Marks and Disney aficionado Royce Young discuss what questions remain and how challenging life down in Orlando could be.
Jun 08, 2020
Let's Get Goin'
2380
Now that the NBA officially plans to resume its regular season at Disney World at the end of July, Brian Windhorst, Jackie MacMullan and Tim MacMahon try to answer looming questions about the Disney complex, hotel accommodations, coronavirus testing, playoff seeding plans, the TV programming schedule, the loss of home court advantage and more.
Jun 04, 2020
Planning the Future
3103
Brian Windhorst, Malika Andrews, Andrew Lopez and Kevin Pelton discuss the events of the past week and how the NBA community has rallied around the cause. Then, the crew tries to answer questions about the quality of games to expect when the NBA returns, if the "playoff-plus" format is fair and whether the league is trying to tailor its return plan around Zion Williamson and the Pelicans (16:00).
Jun 01, 2020
Warp Speed
2818
With multiple return-to-play proposals on the table, Brian Windhorst, Jackie MacMullan and Tim MacMahon discuss the feasibility of these options, as well as the NBA's real motivations behind each plan. Plus, the crew identifies the teams who could benefit the most from this extended layoff (33:50).
May 28, 2020
Disney World of Questions
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The NBA's potential return to Disney World poses a lot of questions. Brian Windhorst, Bobby Marks and Tim Bontemps talk about what they've heard from within the league about life inside the bubble, coronavirus testing protocols, and whether it's even worth it for bottom-tier teams to finish out the regular season. Plus, the crew looks at potential playoff matchups and if this year's format could pave the way for 1-16 playoff seeding in the future (28:55).
May 25, 2020
Something About Interviews
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Horace Grant didn't hold back in his criticism of "The Last Dance," so Brian Windhorst, Jackie MacMullan and Tim MacMahon discuss whether his comments are valid, and if the documentary really missed the mark on Scottie Pippen. Plus, Brian tells some stories of LeBron's former football prowess, leaving the crew to wonder about what type of NFL career he could (or still could?) have had (29:25).
May 21, 2020
Revisionist History
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The 1997-98 season didn't need to be "the last dance" for Jordan's Bulls, Ramona Shelburne explains to Brian Windhorst and Kirk Goldsberry. Plus, the crew discusses potential modifications to the CBA and how they might lead to some "big-time" players suddenly hitting the open market (27:30).
May 18, 2020
74 Greatest Players
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Can you compare across eras? Brian Windhorst, Jackie MacMullan, Tim MacMahon and Kevin Pelton offer thoughts on NBArank's 74 greatest players of all time.
May 14, 2020
Dorkville: Deals of the Decade
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Brian Windhorst, Kevin Arnovitz and Tim Bontemps discuss Adam Silver's league-wide conference call before diving into some of the 74 trades, signings and draft picks that have shaped the NBA since "The Decision" in 2010 (15:00).
May 11, 2020
The Fun Max
3063
A Kevin Durant return this season isn't completely off the table, according to Nets GM Sean Marks. Brian Windhorst, Jackie MacMullan and Tim MacMahon discuss whether it's in KD's best interests to come back (15:10), as well as tension in the Jazz locker room and how "The Last Dance" has portrayed interactions between players in the 1990s (35:07).
May 07, 2020
The Bubble Boys
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While remaining optimistic that the NBA will resume its season at some point in 2020, Brian Windhorst, Tim Bontemps and Bobby Marks recognize the steep uphill battle the league must overcome to return in a safe manner. The guys discuss these many hurdles, as well as how history would remember this year's champion (46:05) and whether the league needs to seriously consider beginning its season in December from this point forward (26:50).
May 04, 2020
Poor Sports
2595
What might a return to NBA practice facilities look like across the league? Brian Windhorst, Jackie MacMullan and Tim MacMahon discuss that, as well as Dennis Rodman's trip to Las Vegas (13:36) and the feud between Michael Jordan and Isiah Thomas (19:00). Plus, a call from The Hoopline about defense in the modern NBA (31:30).
Apr 30, 2020
Greener Pastures
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With the NBA stating some training facilities could soon reopen, Brian Windhorst, Tim MacMahon and Tim Bontemps discuss the feasibility of these first steps. And with Draymond Green's recent comments, the guys talk about the messy ending to the Warriors dynasty (11:12) before taking some questions from The Hoopline (25:50).
Apr 27, 2020
The NBA's Lady Gaga
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Ahead of Episodes 3 and 4 of "The Last Dance," Brian Windhorst, Jackie MacMullan and ESPN writer Tim Keown dive deep into the complicated man that was -- and still is -- Dennis Rodman. Plus, the crew discusses the '08 Celtics' group message (27:56) and the real reason why Ben Simmons is hesitant to shoot from beyond the arc (39:45).
Apr 23, 2020
Uncharted Territory
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Major changes to the NBA's pre-draft process could be coming, draft expert Jonathan Givony explains to Brian Windhorst and Bobby Marks (28:00). Plus, the guys discuss what top prospect Jalen Green's lucrative G-League deal really means for the futures of the NBA and college basketball.
Apr 20, 2020
NBA Regular Season Awards
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Around the time they would normally cast their ballots, Brian Windhorst, Jackie MacMullan and Tim MacMahon give their selections for NBA MVP, Rookie of the Year, Most Improved Player, and more.
Apr 16, 2020
2019 NBA Lottery Re-Draft
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Draft expert Mike Schmitz joins Brian Windhorst and Kevin Pelton to re-select the NBA's 2019 draft lottery based on the information we now have from this season. Plus, a question from the Hoopline about the logistics of a virtual NBA Draft (46:00).
Apr 13, 2020
Snake Blank-Blankers
2715
Kevin Garnett made some, um, colorful comments about the Timberwolves this week. Brian Windhorst, Jackie MacMullan and Tim MacMahon try to make sense of the soon-to-be Hall of Famer's messy relationship with Minnesota before discussing what it will take for the NBA to return in 2020 (28:26).
Apr 09, 2020
NBA Future Power Rankings
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The Clippers (3:48) and Raptors (30:37) should be very excited for what's to come, whereas the Rockets (13:57) and 76ers should be a bit more concerned (21:50). Based on a variety of factors, Brian Windhorst, Kevin Pelton and Tim Bontemps break down which teams they expect will rise and fall over the next few seasons. Plus, the guys discuss the opening in Chicago's front office and whether it's a desirable position.
Apr 06, 2020
Michael Jordan Memories
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Now that the Michael Jordan documentary debut is imminent, Brian Windhorst, Jackie MacMullan and Tim MacMahon decide it's time to tell some unbelievable stories about Jordan's iconic career.
Apr 02, 2020
NBA Offseason To-Do List
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The Bucks have to make a decision on Giannis' future (9:05), the Nets need a new coach (14:22), and the Nuggets (26:04) and Rockets (37:45) are in dire financial situations. With the 2020 season on hold, Brian Windhorst, Kevin Pelton and Bobby Marks tackle the offseason's biggest questions and answer a voicemail from the Hoopline (402-316-2955).
Mar 30, 2020
Move off the Spreadsheets
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The suspended season will create major financial implications for the NBA, its players, and free agency, explains Brian Windhorst to Jackie MacMullan and Tim MacMahon. Plus, the crew discusses how the Olympics postponement could affect the 2021 season (30:35) and then the show takes its first listener voicemail.
Mar 26, 2020
LeBron's Greatest Performances
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LeBron's comments from a recent Instagram Live chat spark the question: what are some of The Chosen One's most memorable single-game performances? Brian Windhorst, Kevin Arnovitz and Royce Young take a trip down memory lane.
Mar 23, 2020
It's a Quagmire
2608
A charity game? Adam Silver says that's one solution the NBA is considering to excite basketball fans while the league is on hiatus. Brian Windhorst, Jackie MacMullan and Tim MacMahon discuss the commissioner's ideas, long-term scheduling ramifications of suspended play (11:18) and Michele Roberts' comments about coronavirus testing for NBA players.
Mar 19, 2020
Pie in the Sky
2795
What was it like the night the NBA stopped? Brian Windhorst looks back with Royce Young (at the postponed Jazz/Thunder game) and Tim MacMahon (at the final Nuggets/Mavericks game). Then, the guys discuss possible adjustments to the season's calendar (26:19) and why the league is incentivized to finish out the season (36:22).
Mar 16, 2020
Reaction Pod: NBA Suspends Season
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Shortly after the NBA announced the suspension of its season due to coronavirus concerns, Brian Windhorst, Jackie MacMullan and Kirk Goldsberry discuss why the NBA made the right decision, how the league will handle this situation moving forward and possible silver linings that could emerge from this.
Mar 12, 2020
Hand on the Joystick
3325
LeBron's huge weekend puts him neck-and-neck with Giannis Antetokounmpo in the MVP race, explains Brian Windhorst to Dave McMenamin and Pelicans reporter Andrew Lopez (19:14). Plus, the guys discuss Zion Williamson's impact on New Orleans and what makes the young phenom so impressive (40:03).
Mar 09, 2020
Majoring in the Minor
2419
On the heels of Caris LeVert's monster performance, Brian Windhorst, Jackie MacMullan and Tim MacMahon debate if LeVert could be a trade piece in the Nets' pursuit of a third star. Plus, the crew discusses a big weekend for the Lakers (28:48), Trevor Ariza's reaction to being nutmegged by Trae Young (13:56) and what the Spike Lee incident means for Leon Rose and the Knicks (20:57).
Mar 05, 2020
Large Sample Size Theater
3063
The Bucks find themselves in the midst of a historical regular season, but will that dominance translate to the playoffs? Brian Windhorst, Kevin Pelton and Kevin Arnovitz discuss that as well as the impacts of rookies Zion Williamson and Ja Morant and what the stats say about their futures (20:35). Plus, can Russell Westbrook propel a new-look Rockets team through the playoffs? (40:00)
Mar 02, 2020
Hot Streak
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Is Jayson Tatum's leap the new normal? Brian Windhorst, Jackie MacMullan and Tim MacMahon discuss his hot streak, then breakdown the Rockets and how small ball is working (11:20). Plus, why are the Jazz (26:00), Heat (33:00) and 76ers (38:00) all struggling? And who could be bought out and join the Lakers (44:00)?
Feb 27, 2020
Men of Their Word
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Is it a two-man race for MVP? Brian Windhorst, Kirk Goldsberry and Ohm Youngmisuk discuss how dominant LeBron James has been and how vulnerable the Lakers might be (8:15), when to raise the warning flag on the Clippers (28:25) and the all-in Rockets (36:30).
Feb 24, 2020
Bit of a Disaster
3194
The Celtics are hot, so how wide really is the gap between Boston and Milwaukee? Brian Windhorst, Jackie MacMullan and Tim MacMahon debate that (24:50) after discussing John Beilein's departure from Cleveland. Plus, the crew talks about some of the overachieving teams they're excited to watch down the final stretch of the regular season (37:20).
Feb 20, 2020
Expecting the Unexpected
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How early on in their lives do players realize that they're better than good? Brian Windhorst and Andrew Han get some unexpected thoughts from the NBA's younger players at All-Star weekend.
Feb 17, 2020
Tighten It Up
2650
The debut of Zion Williamson was later than folks hoped for, but he's tearing up the league. Brian Windhorst, Kevin Pelton and Andrew Han discuss how good Zion already is and how good he could become, Ja Morant and the Grizzlies' 8-seed run (16:26) and whether the Clippers can stay healthy (20:03).
Feb 14, 2020
Big-Time Bucket Getter
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The skidding 76ers need the All-Star break, explains Brian Windhorst, Jackie MacMullan and Tim MacMahon. Plus, the crew discusses the Rockets' small-ball lineup (26:52), how James Harden feels about the recent roster moves and the D'Angelo Russell era in Golden State (42:14).
Feb 10, 2020
No Bathroom Breaks
2569
Just after the trade deadline, Brian Windhorst, Rachel Nichols and Kevin Pelton gather to discuss the Timberwolves/Warriors trade (10:03), the Clippers' acquisition of Marcus Morris Sr. (19:45), the surprising Andre Drummond trade (25:31) and some significant contender moves (36:00).
Feb 07, 2020
Sneaky Big Move
3387
Just days away from the NBA trade deadline, Brian Windhorst, Bobby Marks and Tim Bontemps look at players the Clippers (7:48), Lakers (18:53), 76ers (25:13) and Blazers (46:25) might consider. Plus, the guys discuss how struggling teams like the Timberwolves and Cavaliers could make a huge splash.
Feb 03, 2020
Rookie of the Year?
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Just one week into Zion Williamson's NBA career, Brian Windhorst, Jackie MacMullan and Tim MacMahon give their early impressions of the rookie phenom (14:40). Plus, conversations about the NBA's surprising cap projections (29:55) and Damian Lillard's unheralded dominance (41:36).
Jan 30, 2020
Remembering Kobe Bryant
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Brian Windhorst, Dave McMenamin and J.A. Adande look back on their favorite Kobe Bryant moments.
Jan 27, 2020
Always Tinkering
2663
With the 76ers taking a skid, Brian Windhorst, Jackie MacMullan and Tim MacMahon wonder if Philly should move on from one of its franchise stars (25:04). Plus, the crew looks at James Harden's prolonged struggles and how Daryl Morey might be able to reverse the Rockets' course (11:40).
Jan 23, 2020
Too Much, Too Fast
2602
Is Adam Silver's failed midseason tournament a stain on his resume? Brian Windhorst, Nick Friedell and Kevin Arnovitz discuss alternate ideas as the NBA looks for ways to drum up more regular season interest, especially from younger fans. Plus, a review of the Clippers' last month and what it says about their hopes of reaching the NBA Finals (27:49).
Jan 20, 2020
Calling It Out
3024
Brian Windhorst and Jackie MacMullan compare their All-Star ballots and assess any tough omissions (3:00). Plus, Tim MacMahon joins to talk Kyrie Irving's 'glaring' comments (23:30) and the Jazz's recent resurgence (41:55).
Jan 16, 2020
Knuck If You Buck
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With Milwaukee still on pace to reach the 70-win mark, Brian Windhorst, Kirk Goldsberry and Kevin Pelton debate the Bucks' title chances and if Giannis and the team are built for more than just the regular season. Plus, the group discusses Kyle Kuzma's value to the Lakers (24:43) and a surprising season for the Grizzlies (38:48).
Jan 13, 2020
Pillow-Fight Playoff Race
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Never count out the Spurs. Brian Windhorst, Jackie MacMullan and Tim MacMahon discuss the suddenly-sizzling Spurs and the race for the eighth spot in the West (17:15). Plus, they talk about John Beilein's speaking error and which teams could potentially buy or sell during trade season (34:00).
Jan 09, 2020
Basketball Mercenaries
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With trade rumors circling, Brian Windhorst, Kevin Arnovitz and Royce Young outline where Kevin Love and Andre Drummond could fit in. Plus, the guys lay out their concerns for the 76ers and Clippers (33:20) before discussing the peculiar handling of Kyrie Irving's shoulder injury (41:36).
Jan 06, 2020
Remembering David Stern
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On the day David Stern passed, Brian Windhorst and Jackie MacMullan get together to share memories of the former NBA commissioner and to discuss his impact on basketball before, during and after his time in the league.
Jan 02, 2020
New Year's Six
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Now that the highly-anticipated Christmas Day games have passed, Brian Windhorst, Jackie MacMullan and Tim MacMahon get together to break down the top six teams in each conference and whether they have what it takes to make a deep postseason run.
Dec 30, 2019
NBA Nowhere
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The Bucks can make it to the NBA Finals, but Brian Windhorst, Nick Friedell and Bobby Marks cast doubt on Milwaukee's hopes of actually winning the title. Plus, the demise of Blake Griffin (15:32), the latest from the trade market (27:56) and why the on-court product isn't as compelling as it once was.
Dec 23, 2019
Anything Is Plausible
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How good are the Celtics? Brian Windhorst, Jackie MacMullan and Tim MacMahon discuss Kemba Walker's impact on Boston (13:05), Pascal Siakam's continued improvement (22:15) and how the Pelicans could shift the title race (33:30). Also, the Miami Heat are storming the East (25:00).
Dec 19, 2019
To Live and Contend in L.A.
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The Lakers are on a tear, with the Clippers not far behind. Brian Windhorst, Dave McMenamin and Ohm Youngmisuk discuss their early impressions of the Clippers (16:35) and how the two teams match up against each other (28:30). Plus, the guys talk about title contenders (39:00), the trade market and LeBron's visit to his alma mater to watch his son play.
Dec 16, 2019
Like Father, Like Son? What LeBron's Legacy Means for Bronny James
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LeBron James has turned basketball on its head, from the moment he first stepped onto the court. His son, Bronny, is currently a high school NBA prospect. But how much has basketball changed since LeBron got his start - and how much has he paved the way for his son to succeed...or to fail? ESPN's Brian Windhorst joins Mina Kimes to get an inside look at the lives and careers of LeBron and Bronny James, the nature of fame, and the impact of sports on family.
Dec 13, 2019
Uncomfortably Good
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Last night, Kawhi Leonard returned to Toronto and Brian Windhorst, Jackie MacMullan and Tim MacMahon discuss the Raptors' reception before asking the question: should Kawhi's jersey be retired? Then, the crew makes early All-Star roster predictions (12:27) before reacting to some confounding stats (21:42) and asking if any player would merit a 9-year contract like the one Gerrit Cole just signed with the New York Yankees (31:31).
Dec 12, 2019
No Love
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The Knicks find themselves mired in basketball purgatory and Brian Windhorst, Kirk Goldsberry and Tim Bontemps discuss why James Dolan's team can't seem to figure it out. Plus, the guys talk about this year's disappointing rookie class (22:23) and potential trade partners for Cleveland and Kevin Love (37:09).
Dec 09, 2019
All Riled Up
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The Rockets should be "embarrassed" by their behavior this week, explains Jackie MacMullan to Brian Windhorst and Tim MacMahon. Plus, the crew takes a look at Jimmy Butler's fit in Miami (28:30) and the flaws of the coach's challenge. And, an unbelievable story about Pat Riley (39:23).
Dec 05, 2019
The Dawn of Luka Doncic
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Luka Doncic is having an electric second season in the NBA. He's even in the running for the MVP at just 20 years old. But what makes last season's Rookie of the Year so dominant on the court - and why did the skeptics underestimate him? NBA Draft analyst Mike Schmitz joins Mina Kimes to examine Luka's career so far, and what his ascent means for the rest of the NBA.
Dec 04, 2019
Underrated Trade SZN
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They're two of the NBA's leading candidates in the early MVP race, but is it possible the media has been underrating the performances of James Harden and Giannis Antetokounmpo? Bobby Marks and Royce Young join Brian Windhorst to answer that question. Plus, the guys discuss Denver's great start (22:14) and some teams that could become real players in the trade market (34:00).
Dec 02, 2019
King Slayers
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The next Larry Bird? Jackie MacMullan tells Brian Windhorst and Tim MacMahon why Luka Doncic reminds her of the Celtics legend (15:26). Plus, the crew casts doubt on the proposed rule changes before breaking down the incredible start to the season by Giannis Antetokounmpo (29:46).
Nov 27, 2019
Sign Stealing
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Why settle for two All-Stars when you can have three? Brian Windhorst tells Jackie MacMullan and Tim MacMahon a big name the Clippers should target this season (21:56). Plus, Jackie calls Portland's 'Melo signing a "desperate" move before she and the guys discuss one of the worst stretches for the Spurs in the Popovich era (8:05).
Nov 21, 2019
Small Sample Size Theater 2019
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In this annual early-season tradition, Brian Windhorst, Kevin Pelton and Kevin Arnovitz wonder if James Harden can average 40 points per game, if LeBron James can lead the NBA in assists (9:30) and if the Lakers' defense can continue shutting down its opponents. Plus, they discuss the two most surprising starting units (31:12) and Paul George's GOAT campaign...after two games (53:57).
Nov 18, 2019