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

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Big Changes For The Mavs, Trae Young Amazes, 76ers Collapse, Clippers Surprise

Brian Windhorst, Tim MacMahon and Tim Bontemps discuss the changes in the Mavs organization, why it is 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.

Big Changes For The Mavs, Trae Young Amazes, 76ers Collapse, Clippers Surprise

Brian Windhorst, Tim MacMahon and Tim Bontemps discuss the changes in the Mavs organization, why it is 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.

01:04:17

18 Jun 21

2021 Playoffs Emergency Pod: Durant's Incredible Game 5

Zach Lowe and Brian Windhorst react to Kevin Durant's indescribable Game 5 performance against the Milwaukee Bucks.

2021 Playoffs Emergency Pod: Durant's Incredible Game 5

Zach Lowe and Brian Windhorst react to Kevin Durant's indescribable Game 5 performance against the Milwaukee Bucks.

27:35

16 Jun 21

Who Are The Real Clippers? The Hawks Even The Series, Playoff Injuries

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.

Who Are The Real Clippers? The Hawks Even The Series, Playoff Injuries

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.

53:50

15 Jun 21

Donovan Mitchell Impresses, Are The Bucks Back In The Series?

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.

Donovan Mitchell Impresses, Are The Bucks Back In The Series?

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.

56:13

11 Jun 21

NBA Coach Of The Year Reaction, Brooklyn Dominates, Kawhi Being Clutch

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.

NBA Coach Of The Year Reaction, Brooklyn Dominates, Kawhi Being Clutch

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.

57:24

8 Jun 21

Lakers Eliminated, Luka's Brilliance Bucks-Nets Preview

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 going forward, the Suns' potential going forward, Denver impressing while shorthanded, the brilliance of Luka and preview Bucks-Nets.

Lakers Eliminated, Luka's Brilliance Bucks-Nets Preview

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 going forward, the Suns' potential going forward, Denver impressing while shorthanded, the brilliance of Luka and preview Bucks-Nets.

51:11

4 Jun 21

Another Crazy Fan, Rappers On The Road, Embiid & AD Injuries

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. 

Another Crazy Fan, Rappers On The Road, Embiid & AD Injuries

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. 

55:46

1 Jun 21

A Trip Around The NBA Playoffs

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. 

A Trip Around The NBA Playoffs

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. 

01:01:54

28 May 21

They Came Out More Aggressive

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. 

They Came Out More Aggressive

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. 

56:08

25 May 21

LeBron's Late-Game Heroics, Play-In Tournament Success, Playoff Series To Watch

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. 

LeBron's Late-Game Heroics, Play-In Tournament Success, Playoff Series To Watch

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. 

54:55

21 May 21

NY Belongs To The Knicks, Clippers Dodge Lakers... For Now

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. 

NY Belongs To The Knicks, Clippers Dodge Lakers... For Now

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. 

55:16

18 May 21

Oladipo's Out, Fertitta All-In On Rockets, Mid-Season Tournament

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. 

Oladipo's Out, Fertitta All-In On Rockets, Mid-Season Tournament

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. 

54:56

14 May 21

Favorable Playoff Matchups for the Jazz, Lakers & The Play-In Tourney, NBA Tank-O-Thon

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. 

Favorable Playoff Matchups for the Jazz, Lakers & The Play-In Tourney, NBA Tank-O-Thon

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. 

51:47

11 May 21

The Future Is Bright

Brian Windhorst, Tim Bontemps and Tim MacMahon each pick one team from the lottery that they think has the best future. 

The Future Is Bright

Brian Windhorst, Tim Bontemps and Tim MacMahon each pick one team from the lottery that they think has the best future. 

52:27

7 May 21

The 2020 NBA (Re)Draft

Brian Windhorst, Mike Schmitz and Kevin Pelton re-draft the 2020 NBA class. 

The 2020 NBA (Re)Draft

Brian Windhorst, Mike Schmitz and Kevin Pelton re-draft the 2020 NBA class. 

56:50

4 May 21

With All (NBA) Due Respect

Brian Windhorst, Tim Bontemps and Tim MacMahon break down who should be on the three All-NBA teams. 

With All (NBA) Due Respect

Brian Windhorst, Tim Bontemps and Tim MacMahon break down who should be on the three All-NBA teams. 

49:13

30 Apr 21

Surging Clips, Wizards Righting The Ship, New-Look Knicks

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. 

Surging Clips, Wizards Righting The Ship, New-Look Knicks

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. 

47:11

27 Apr 21

Play-In Games Are Here To Stay

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. 

Play-In Games Are Here To Stay

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. 

42:50

23 Apr 21

NY State Of Mind

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. 

NY State Of Mind

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. 

46:14

20 Apr 21

MVP Straw Poll, Aldridge Retires

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. 

MVP Straw Poll, Aldridge Retires

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. 

50:39

16 Apr 21

Race To #1, Limping Lakers, Zion's PG Evolution

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. 

Race To #1, Limping Lakers, Zion's PG Evolution

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. 

51:38

13 Apr 21

The Wild West

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. 

The Wild West

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. 

01:00:45

8 Apr 21

Holiday's Extension, 25 Under 25 Rankings

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. 

Holiday's Extension, 25 Under 25 Rankings

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. 

50:22

5 Apr 21

Redick's Comments, Buyout Market Bummers, The Rockets in 2030 & OKC's Failed Tank

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. 

Redick's Comments, Buyout Market Bummers, The Rockets in 2030 & OKC's Failed Tank

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. 

01:04:21

2 Apr 21

Nets & Lakers Buyouts, Zach LaVine's Future, LeBron Recruiting Steph, Rich Paul on AI

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. 

Nets & Lakers Buyouts, Zach LaVine's Future, LeBron Recruiting Steph, Rich Paul on AI

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. 

01:05:17

30 Mar 21

Vucevic to Chicago, Gordon to Denver, and Lowry still in Toronto

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.

Vucevic to Chicago, Gordon to Denver, and Lowry still in Toronto

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.

46:10

26 Mar 21

NBA Trade Deadline, Buyout Market, LeBron's Injury

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. 

NBA Trade Deadline, Buyout Market, LeBron's Injury

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. 

52:47

23 Mar 21

Tight MVP Race, Recent NBA Trades

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. 

Tight MVP Race, Recent NBA Trades

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. 

51:04

19 Mar 21

Kawhi's Comments, GSW's Future & KAT On Anthony Edwards

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. 

Kawhi's Comments, GSW's Future & KAT On Anthony Edwards

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. 

52:58

16 Mar 21

LaMarcus Aldridge & the Spurs, LaMelo Ball, KD & AD's Injuries

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. 

LaMarcus Aldridge & the Spurs, LaMelo Ball, KD & AD's Injuries

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. 

52:18

12 Mar 21

All-Star Game '21, Blake Griffin's Fit & Pelicans 2nd Half

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. 

All-Star Game '21, Blake Griffin's Fit & Pelicans 2nd Half

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. 

56:17

9 Mar 21

Embiid Dominating, Lottery Machinations, and Kyle Lowry Trades

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.

Embiid Dominating, Lottery Machinations, and Kyle Lowry Trades

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.

51:19

5 Mar 21

The Competent Knicks, the Clippers Shrinking in the Clutch, and Oladipo on the Block

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.

The Competent Knicks, the Clippers Shrinking in the Clutch, and Oladipo on the Block

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.

46:20

2 Mar 21

Buy or Sell: Celtics & Mavericks

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.

Buy or Sell: Celtics & Mavericks

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.

47:24

25 Feb 21

Damian Lillard Stories, Harden's New Role & Breaking News

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.

Damian Lillard Stories, Harden's New Role & Breaking News

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.

47:42

22 Feb 21

Zion Check-In, Draymond's Comments & Utah Jazz: Spurs 2.0

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.

Zion Check-In, Draymond's Comments & Utah Jazz: Spurs 2.0

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.

53:46

18 Feb 21

The Death of Defense, Nets' New Roles & Disappointing Celtics

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.

The Death of Defense, Nets' New Roles & Disappointing Celtics

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.

58:32

15 Feb 21

MVP Straw Poll: LeBron's MVP Chase, Steph's Resurgence, Embiid's Case

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.

MVP Straw Poll: LeBron's MVP Chase, Steph's Resurgence, Embiid's Case

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.

51:16

11 Feb 21

LeBron's Shooting, Brooklyn's Paradigm Shift & Milwaukee's Identity Issues

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?

LeBron's Shooting, Brooklyn's Paradigm Shift & Milwaukee's Identity Issues

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?

01:01:56

8 Feb 21

ASG Rosters, "Chesty" Rockets & Clippers' Kryptonite

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.

ASG Rosters, "Chesty" Rockets & Clippers' Kryptonite

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.

55:46

4 Feb 21

Trade Rumors, Nets Defense & Concerning Trends

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?

Trade Rumors, Nets Defense & Concerning Trends

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?

51:31

1 Feb 21

Early MVP Race, Kyrie's Fit, A Controversial Power Ranking

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.

Early MVP Race, Kyrie's Fit, A Controversial Power Ranking

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.

56:20

28 Jan 21

Embiid's Growth, Utah's Streak & A Can't-Miss Interview

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.

Embiid's Growth, Utah's Streak & A Can't-Miss Interview

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.

01:00:15

25 Jan 21

Clippers Turnaround, Bradley Beal Suitors & Roster Shuffling

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.

Clippers Turnaround, Bradley Beal Suitors & Roster Shuffling

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.

01:07:09

21 Jan 21

2020-21 Small Sample-Size Theater

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.

2020-21 Small Sample-Size Theater

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.

51:13

18 Jan 21

James Harden Blockbuster Trade

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.

James Harden Blockbuster Trade

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.

47:59

13 Jan 21

Westbrook's Struggles, LaMelo's Potential & Contact Tracing Concerns

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.

Westbrook's Struggles, LaMelo's Potential & Contact Tracing Concerns

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.

50:49

11 Jan 21

Pleasant Surprises: Warriors, Knicks & Bulls

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.

Pleasant Surprises: Warriors, Knicks & Bulls

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.

55:30

7 Jan 21

Causes for Concern

Brian Windhorst, Bobby Marks and Tim Bontemps discuss the five teams they're surprisingly worried about nearly two weeks into the season.

Causes for Concern

Brian Windhorst, Bobby Marks and Tim Bontemps discuss the five teams they're surprisingly worried about nearly two weeks into the season.

57:00

4 Jan 21

Harden Trade Packages, Grizzlies' Bright Future, Philly's Start

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.

Harden Trade Packages, Grizzlies' Bright Future, Philly's Start

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.

50:45

31 Dec 20

Brooklyn's Chemistry, Steph's Struggles & Harden's Value

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.

Brooklyn's Chemistry, Steph's Struggles & Harden's Value

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.

54:24

28 Dec 20

Expansion & Extensions

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.

Expansion & Extensions

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.

50:22

24 Dec 20

One Exciting Thing for the 2020-21 NBA Season

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.

One Exciting Thing for the 2020-21 NBA Season

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.

57:05

21 Dec 20

James Harden Latest & 2020-21 NBA West Preview

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.

James Harden Latest & 2020-21 NBA West Preview

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.

01:00:28

17 Dec 20

2020-21 East NBA Preview

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.

2020-21 East NBA Preview

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.

01:01:45

14 Dec 20

James Harden's Behavior & Giannis Speaks

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.

James Harden's Behavior & Giannis Speaks

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.

59:16

10 Dec 20

Trade Grades & LeBron's Extension

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.

Trade Grades & LeBron's Extension

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.

54:41

3 Dec 20

What Will Giannis Do?

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.

What Will Giannis Do?

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.

48:30

26 Nov 20

Free Agency Winners & Losers

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.

Free Agency Winners & Losers

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.

59:48

23 Nov 20

Countdown to Free Agency

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.

Countdown to Free Agency

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.

49:04

20 Nov 20

What's the Verb?

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.

What's the Verb?

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.

51:50

18 Nov 20

Trouble in Houston

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."

Trouble in Houston

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."

01:15:22

12 Nov 20

Quasi-Deal

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.

Quasi-Deal

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.

48:41

6 Nov 20

2020 NBA Draft Preview

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.

2020 NBA Draft Preview

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.

50:46

2 Nov 20

Gap Week

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.

Gap Week

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.

45:39

29 Oct 20

There Will Be No Hiatus

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.

There Will Be No Hiatus

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.

51:45

26 Oct 20

A Stan With a Plan

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.

A Stan With a Plan

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.

56:33

22 Oct 20

Hypothetical Trades

Brian Windhorst, Kevin Pelton and Tim Bontemps discuss hypothetical offseason trade scenarios involving four players: Chris Paul, Victor Oladipo, Jrue Holiday and Bradley Beal.

Hypothetical Trades

Brian Windhorst, Kevin Pelton and Tim Bontemps discuss hypothetical offseason trade scenarios involving four players: Chris Paul, Victor Oladipo, Jrue Holiday and Bradley Beal.

01:02:06

19 Oct 20

Word of the Day

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.

Word of the Day

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.

48:34

15 Oct 20

Game 6 of the 2020 Finals

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.

Game 6 of the 2020 Finals

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.

44:29

12 Oct 20

Game 5 of the 2020 Finals

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.

Game 5 of the 2020 Finals

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.

29:03

10 Oct 20

Day 88

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?

Day 88

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?

46:51

8 Oct 20

Game 4 of the 2020 Finals

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.

Game 4 of the 2020 Finals

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.

29:30

7 Oct 20

Game 3 of the 2020 Finals

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.

Game 3 of the 2020 Finals

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.

31:32

5 Oct 20

Game 2 of the 2020 Finals

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.

Game 2 of the 2020 Finals

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.

29:53

3 Oct 20

Game 1 of the 2020 Finals

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.

Game 1 of the 2020 Finals

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.

29:03

1 Oct 20

No Confetti: NBA Finals Preview

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.

No Confetti: NBA Finals Preview

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.

57:55

28 Sep 20

Super Herro

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.

Super Herro

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.

50:05

24 Sep 20

Push and Pull

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.

Push and Pull

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.

47:00

21 Sep 20

Clippers Collapse & Heat's OT Win

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.

Clippers Collapse & Heat's OT Win

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.

52:57

16 Sep 20

The Comeback Kids

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.

The Comeback Kids

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.

48:11

14 Sep 20

A House Divided

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?

A House Divided

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?

44:05

10 Sep 20

All-Or-Nothing

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.

All-Or-Nothing

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.

51:24

7 Sep 20

Nash To the Nets

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.

Nash To the Nets

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.

48:31

3 Sep 20

Matrix Moments

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?

Matrix Moments

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?

49:00

31 Aug 20

Weight of the World

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.

Weight of the World

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.

42:06

27 Aug 20

Young Legend

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).

Young Legend

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).

46:51

24 Aug 20

The Ones Get It Done

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).

The Ones Get It Done

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).

49:22

21 Aug 20

August Madness

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.

August Madness

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.

52:28

17 Aug 20

Blazin' Ahead

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.

Blazin' Ahead

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.

37:21

14 Aug 20

The NBA's Wonderful Weekend

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).

The NBA's Wonderful Weekend

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).

57:39

10 Aug 20

Setting the Seeds

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).

Setting the Seeds

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).

37:44

6 Aug 20

NBA Restart Recap

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.

NBA Restart Recap

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.

43:30

3 Aug 20

Restart Eve

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.

Restart Eve

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.

48:44

30 Jul 20

The Bubble's Youth Movement

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.

The Bubble's Youth Movement

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.

57:20

27 Jul 20

Unknown Gems

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).

Unknown Gems

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).

39:20

23 Jul 20

Restricted Area

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).

Restricted Area

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).

45:38

20 Jul 20

Roster Shake-Ups

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).

Roster Shake-Ups

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).

46:15

15 Jul 20

Basketball's Bubble Start

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).

Basketball's Bubble Start

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).

49:44

13 Jul 20

The Heist: How an NBA Exec Stole Millions

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.

The Heist: How an NBA Exec Stole Millions

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.

44:32

9 Jul 20

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The Howie Games

The Howie Games

Where the biggest names in the world of sport go one-on-one with sports journalist Mark Howard. From ultimate highs to tear-jerking lows, Howie lifts the lid on the real stories behind the headlines. He sits down with the biggest names in Australian & world sport, finding out how they started out, what makes them tick, how they deal with the big wins and the big losses, and how they take on sport and life from here.

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