Former Hawks GM turned NBA TV and Radio Analyst (and friend of the pod), Wes Wilcox, shares his picks for the Eastern and Western conference play-offs (Portland is a lock!), explains why the Clippers have the best roster construction in the league, how come Miami got a steal picking Tyler Herro at 13, and who's already feeling the most pressure before the official start of the season (hey Philly's coach Brett Brown, Wes is talking to you!). Plus, Wes weighs in on the Denver Nuggets, the Milwaukee Bucks, and trade predictions.
Tania Ganguli of the LA Times just got back from the NBA China Games, and shares her thoughts and observations about what she saw and heard on the ground in Shanghai (including a plethora of Lakers 23 jerseys in the Shanghai arena). She weighs in on the LeBron-Daryl Morey situation, the Adam Silver-Yao Ming connection, and the Lakers response (or lack thereof) as an organization. She also discusses LeBron and Anthony Davis' relationship, how Dwight Howard's assimilating to Lakers culture, and what the Lakers starting 5 might look like on opening night.
True Hoop partner and analyst and Executive Director of The Pro Training Center, David Thorpe, returns to discuss Thorpe's Team of players including JJ Redick, Brandon Ingram, Zion Williamson, Kevon Looney, and Mike Conley. He also breaks down the 3-point shots (or lack thereof) of Lonzo Ball, Markelle Fultz, and Ben Simmons, and weighs in on the hole in Giannis' game, and shares his take on Adam Silver's response to Houston Rockets GM Daryl Morey's comments on the civil rights issue in Hong Kong.
Vincent Goodwill of Yahoo! Sports has a serious issue with the B/R Top 50 Players list, and he's taking it up with Howard Beck! Isaiah Thomas at #47?!? Let the defense begin! Vincent also weighs in on the Dame vs Shaq debate, the Philadelphia 76ers vs Milwaukee Bucks as top team in the East, sleeper picks for the play-offs (Sacramento Kings and Chicago Bulls anyone?), and Carl Malone. There's also a great game of "Where is...?" (Pao Gasol, Jordan Bell, DeMarre Carroll & Trevor Ariza), and predictions for worst record in the league (not picking on the Knicks this time), and best 3-point percentage!
Husband and wife NBA referees, Jonathan Sterling and Lauren Holtkamp, discuss their new baby daughter and how they plan to navigate parenthood during the coming season, Lauren's ACL injury rehab, their respective rookie years in the league, keeping healthy competition on and off the court, and the changing landscape of females in the NBA. They also share the story of their first date, and what Jonathan did to prepare for the arrival of his baby girl. Plus, a very funny, side-by-side comparison of their ref bios!
Assistant Coach of Team USA and Golden State Warriors head coach, Steve Kerr speaks to Team USA's abysmal World Cup play, learning from Gregg Popovich, the crushing blow of losing Jayson Tatum to injury, Pop's geography quizzes, and why having the World Cup and the Olympics in back-to-back summers is bad for basketball. Steve also discusses Klay Thompson's injury rehab, MVP Steph Curry, the addition of D'Angelo Russell, developing young players, the Warriors elite defense, and the team's strategy for the coming season. Plus, he weighs in on Kevin Durant's run with the Warriors, and why no one in the organization was surprised by KD's decision to leave the franchise.
It's a round of burning questions with Zach Lowe from ESPN and The Lowe Post pod. He joins Howard to tackle tampering, the Big 2s (aka LeBron & AD, Paul George & Kawhi, Westbrook & Harden, Steph Curry & Draymond Green), the loneliest player in the NBA (Jimmy Butler), impending Giannis speculation, play-off predictions (Heat? Philly?), whether Ben Simmons will make 3-point shots, the most boring teams in the league this season, and "The Brady Bunch" versus "Saved By The Bell."
The Sports Illustrated Top 100 Players of the NBA is out, and list curator Rob Mahoney breaks it down! He explains why there's a brand new #1 in Giannis Antetokounmpo, how Giannis unseated 6-year reigning #1 LeBron James, where Kevin Durant factors into things, and why the Charlotte Hornets do not have a single player on this year's list! He also discusses the Kyrie Irving effect, James Harden vs Steph Curry, what Kawhi Leonard lacks that prevents him from being #1, Jimmy Butler's #11 rank, new age bigs, and the hot button issues the list has already created (no Lonzo Ball?? Klay Thompson at #58??)
Former Knicks and Trail Blazers center Enes Kanter is now a Boston Celtic, and excited about the coming season with his new team! He shares the phone call from Kemba Walker that sealed the deal, his true feelings about the Knicks ownership and the city of New York, the importance of team chemistry and how that's going to be the key to the Celtics' success this season, and why he always strives to be a good locker room guy! Plus, Enes discusses the political issues in Turkey and how that's affecting Enes and his family, and why being outspoken about what's happening in his home country is vital to the security of him and his loved ones.
Catch up on The Full 48 with the best-of Enes Kanter, Metta World Peace, and Doug Christie! Enes Kanter speaks to political activism in the NBA and how it's personally affecting his career, his path to US citizenship and the unique offers he's received from some of his female fans, and his childhood idol, Hedo Turkoglu. Doug Christie remembers the Lakers dynasty of the 2000s and what that was like for him as a member of the Sacramento Kings. He also sets the record straight on what really went down between him and Rick Fox all those years ago. And Metta World Peace talks "Ron Artest," Malice at the Palace, his relationship with Jermaine O'Neal, and pantsing Paul Pierce.
It's a special best-of episode featuring 3 of Howard's favorite interviews of the last 12 months including NBA Commissioner Adam Silver who discusses everything from the possible legalization of marijuana use in the league to NBA age limits; Brooklyn Nets guard Joe Harris who shares the best nicknames he's heard since growing his beard to the Nets success to the childhood goals that still grace the walls of his old bedroom in his parents' house; and the great Kareem Abdul-Jabbar who weighs in on the Michael Jordan GOAT debate, LeBron James, and the rebirth of athlete activism.
Current BIG3 player and cohost of the "Knuckleheads" podcast, Quentin Richardson discusses the BIG3, female coaches in the NBA, Kawhi Leonard and Paul George to the Clippers, "The Battle For LA," Phoenix Suns and Steve Nash, and his redemption with the Miami Heat. He also reveals the team nicknames on Power, and why he holds Nancy Lieberman in such high esteem.
It's NBA schedule release day, and in what is hopefully becoming an annual tradition, NBA Scheduling Czars, Sr. VP of Game Schedule Management Tom Carelli and Sr. VP of Basketball Strategy & Analytics Evan Wasch, return to shed some light on the blood, sweat, and tears that go into scheduling an NBA season. They discuss the reduction of back-to-back games, exploring earlier start times, focusing on player health and mental well-being, communicating and working with teams and arenas, identifying key match-ups and narratives, prioritizing high-profile and nationally-prominent games, and the factors considered when booking NBA travel. They also answer a few fan questions from twitter.
ESPN columnist/commentator, Howard Bryant, joins The Full 48 with Howard Beck to debate the hypothetical effect of abolishing free agency, the luxury tax, and the draft in the NBA. They dissect apocalyptical scenarios that might result including league contraction, lack of player spread, and extreme over-spending for A List talent in smaller markets. They also discuss changing fandom, the end of the dynasty/super team era in the NBA, and the soap opera culture (aka free agency) taking over the league.
Michael Lee of The Athletic returns to break down this crazy Summer and off-season! He weighs in on the Washington Wizards front office re-org, the City of Los Angeles winning big in free agency (nabbing 4 of the top 8 players in the league between the Lakers and the Clippers), Mike Conley joining the Utah Jazz, and the Brooklyn Nets landing Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving. Howard and Michael also share their top 5 Christmas Day match-ups (which may or may not include the Golden State Warriors), their play-off predictions for both the Eastern and Western Conferences (and why Dallas and Atlanta are definitely out), and why Russell Westbrook will never be hated in OKC. Plus, Michael Lee reveals the entire story behind the Jay-Z diss track inspired by the DeShawn Stevenson and LeBron James feud covered by Michael during his beat writing days in DC.
President of the New Orleans Pelicans, David Griffin, offers an explanation for Zion Williamson's limited showing at Summer league, why the Pelicans are Jrue Holiday's team, what JJ Redick brings to a younger roster, and why it makes a lot of sense to flip flop the draft and free agency. He also provides some insight to the blockbuster Anthony Davis trade with the Los Angeles Lakers, why he thinks the Utah Jazz and Los Angeles Clippers are "scary good," and how he feels the Brooklyn Nets will get the best version of Kyrie Irving.
NBA VP of Referee Development and Training, Monty McCutchen, discusses the upcoming Coach's challenge rule, implementing the proposed use of the replay center, experimenting with the Transition Foul rule in the G-League, micro-chips in basketballs, L2M reports, improving the player-referee relationship, and female referees in the NBA.
Minnesota Timberwolves President of Basketball Operations, Gersson Rosas, says Karl-Anthony Towns is the reason they almost landed a big free agent (aka D'Angelo Russell), is excited about incoming rookie, Jarrett Culver, is advocating for swapping the draft and free agency dates, and shares the important core values he learned during his 16 years with Daryl Morey and the Houston Rockets. Gersson also recounts the heartbreak of Chris Paul's injury during last year's Conference Finals, and the joy of signing James Harden. Plus, "Minnesota Nice" is a real thing!
You asked for it; you got it! Howard Beck, Zach Lowe, Rachel Nichols and an alcoholic beverage (or three) are in a Las Vegas tiki bar, and drunk with power (or other stuff). This is part 1 (if you're listening to this first) of a two-part megapod with The Lowe Post, and anything goes as you're about to discover (or already have if you listened to The Lowe Post first). This part of the convo includes everything from the most insane thing they've seen in this free agency period (aka Anthony Davis trade) to generational shifts in fandom to the end of the Super Team era to what exactly the Brooklyn Nets will be with Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant to worst and best NBA team names, and NBA Award and ownership reform! Plus Zach & Rachel become "Commish For A Day," and decree the changes they'd make to the league (adios to the cha-cha slide and air horn).
Former GM of the Atlanta Hawks and current NBA TV analyst, Wes Wilcox, returns to breakdown the crazy whirlwind of NBA free agency! He and Howard discuss most impressive and best deals, biggest disappointments, best value contract, most eyebrow-raising contract, and which teams are already Finals contenders. They analyze the Lakers situation, possible Kawhi Leonard scenarios, the Knicks, and DeMarcus Cousins' current homeless plight.
*This interview was recorded early Sunday (6/30) afternoon before the news broke about Andre Iguadala's trade to the Memphis Grizzlies.
Three-time NBA Champion, one-time NBA Finals MVP, and author of "The Sixth Man," Andre Iguodala, lays to rest the idea that the Golden State Warriors dynasty days are over, speaks to the surprising nature of free agency, why LeBron James is the best example of finding peace in the league, and how the race issue in the NBA continues to evolve over the years. Andre also shares his take on social media and fandom, and its effect on all players including Kevin Durant, his own relationship with Rob Pelinka, and the big change he'd make to the league if he were Commish For A Day!
Landry Shamet of the Los Angeles Clippers wasn't initially happy about being traded to the Los Angeles Clippers last season, admits that the Golden State Warriors did a good job defending him in the round 1 of the play-offs, got some tremendous advice from JJ Redick, and some funny courtside hazing from Floyd Mayweather. Landry also shares his sales pitch to Kawhi Leonard and/or Kevin Durant on why they should consider signing with the Clippers, and recounts a great story involving Chick-Fila, the Toronto Raptors, and forgotten passports.
Yahoo Sports Senior Writer, Vincent Goodwill, returns to talk NBA Awards Show, the Houston Rockets, and free agency! He has thoughts on Giannis as MVP and the James Harden loyalists response to that win, how the NBA can better serve the big awards, and today's fandom. He also weighs in on the drama in Houston surrounding Chris Paul and James Harden, how Daryl Morey and the front office are handling it, and how a banged-up Golden State roster may influence the Rockets' next moves. Plus, they cover free agency and Kawhi Leonard, the importance of chemistry, and Michael Jordan's MVP history.
B/R Draft GURU, Jonathan Wasserman, joins to breakdown the madness of the 2019 NBA Draft -
The good: David Griffin and the New Orleans Pelicans trade away #4 pick to get Jaxson Hayes at #8 to accelerate rebuild after losing franchise player Anthony Davis, thus making themselves exciting team to watch. The Memphis Grizzlies are also big winners getting a star point guard of the future in Ja Morant, and best defensive prospect, Brandon Clarke.
The bad: Washington Wizards picking Rui Hachimura at #9, and potentially squandering Bradley Beal's prime years.
The ugly: Cam Johnson becoming oldest first-rounder going #11 to the Phoenix Suns (which even shocks Cam's former teammate, Coby White).
Beck & Wass also analyze Atlanta's surprise move up to grab DeAndre Hunter at #4 and Cam Reddish at #10, possibly to make the Hawks more attractive to free agents, Minnesota Timberwolves grabbing Jarrett Culver and potentially dumping Andrew Wiggins, Oklahoma City's "hit or miss" draft pick, Darius Bazley, the pros and cons of flip-flopping the draft and free agency deadline, and the reason why Zion Williamson is pretty much a lock for Rookie Of The Year.
Sports Illustrated Senior Writer and NBC Sports Boston analyst, Chris Mannix, joins to break down the Anthony Davis trade, and what it means for the Los Angeles Lakers and the New Orleans Pelicans moving forward. He also has thoughts on Kyrie Irving possibly going to the Brooklyn Nets, and why that would really be no different than his situation in Boston, what Boston might do if Kyrie leaves, and how all of this may impact Jimmy Butler, Tobias Harris, and Kevin Durant. Chris also makes predictions about next year's Western Conference play-off picture, and the 2020 NBA Finals (will it be the Milwaukee Bucks vs the Lakers or the Bucks vs the Houson Rockets).
The Athletic's Sam Amick returns to talk about game 5 of the NBA Finals, the devastating achilles injury to Kevin Durant, the strange circumstances surrounding the press conference and KD's surgery announcement, pressure he may have felt from fans, teammates, the Warriors and/or the media to come back too soon, and the impact the injury may have on KD's free agency decision as well as Kyrie Irving and Anthony Davis' respective futures.
Dennis Scott from NBA TV joins Howard moments after the Toronto Raptors stunning victory over the Golden State Warriors to go up 3-1 in the Finals! Dennis explains why the first 5 minutes set the tone for the second half, how Kawhi Leonard's cool, quiet leadership affected the Raptors, why Steph Curry's still the greatest shooter ever, and when he knew that Kevin Durant was a necessity for the Warriors and not just a luxury. Dennis also speaks to DeMarcus Cousin's role and future, Kevin Durant's free agency, why the Los Angeles Clippers are not a good fit for Kawhi Leonard, how LeBron James changed free agency, and what free agency really means to NBA players today. He also recalls Shaq leaving the Magic for the Lakers, and the birth of Kobe's "mamba mentality."
The Athletic's Marcus Thompson, who also authored the book, "KD: Kevin Durant's Relentless Pursuit to Be the Greatest," returns to talk NBA Finals, the Warriors health issues, and what the Toronto Raptors need to do to win the Championship. He also reveals what he discovered about Kevin Durant while researching his new book, why KD's hypersensitivity is cool with Marcus, and how he thinks KD's free agency will play out in the off-season.
5-star basketball recruit RJ Hampton has made a groundbreaking move in pursuit of an NBA career. He's bypassing college basketball to join the New Zealand Breakers in the Australian National Basketball League. RJ speaks to the groundbreaking decision that will relocate his entire family halfway across the world, and what he hopes it may do for age limits and the NBA. He also talks about his heroes (Steph, LeBron, Kobe and Michael Jordan), how he hopes to develop his game and improve as a player, and what the Breakers could offer that college couldn't. Plus, RJ reveals his college pick had the Breakers not been an option, and makes an obvious prediction about this year's NBA Finals.
Zach Lowe of ESPN and "The Lowe Post" podcast fame joins to talk NBA Finals, and especially how things might look when the Golden State Warriors arrive in Toronto for the first two games of the series on the Raptor's home court. He shares thoughts on the best defensive use of Kawhi Leonard, how Kevin Durant's possible absence will affect the Warriors' game, Steph Curry's offensive power, and how DeMarcus Cousins will factor into the strategy. Zach also weighs in on the "Toronto Drakes," ToronTo vs Toronno, Rob Pelinka's Kobe Bryant & Heath Ledger story, the new free agency deadline, and what's sure to be a very challenging off-season for the Milwaukee Bucks! And then there's the whole Giannis MVP debate, and whether Steph Curry deserves to be named Finals MVP should the Warriors win the Championship.
Former Milwaukee Buck, Jason "The Jet" Terry, who retired last year after a 19-year NBA career, shares some insight into Giannis and Bucks, the current Bucks-Raptors play-off series, and who'll make the tougher opponent for the Golden State Warriors. Jason speaks to why Toronto may be more equipped than Milwaukee to handle the NBA Finals environment, how Giannis needs to improve his game to help his team, who should have made the various All NBA Teams (hello Patrick Beverley and Klay Thompson), and why Kevin Durant should consider the Los Angeles Lakers and the Los Angeles Clippers as potential future options. And then there's the ownership of "The Jet" nickname, and the one change that Jason would make if he were "Commish For A Day," and what that change has to do with the NCAA Tournament.
LA Times beat writer Tania Ganguli has been covering the Lakers for the last 3 years, and was at the Lakers' press conference yesterday to introduce new head coach Frank Vogel. She joins to share her thoughts on what she saw and heard yesterday from Rob Pelinka (about Magic Johnson), Frank Vogel, and LeBron James. Tania also speaks to the Lakers' chaotic and drama-filled front office, Jeanie Buss' noticeable absence yesterday, "Laker Exceptionalism," their free agency and lottery plans and whether Anthony Davis is still an option, and the perceived lack of confidence in the Lakers that is beginning to spread in the league.
B/R's NBA Draft Guru Jonathan Wasserman returns to break down the lottery draw and what it means for tanking, the top 10 picks, and potential trade packages from the Memphis Grizzlies and the Los Angeles Lakers for Zion Williamson. Jonathan shares draft scenarios for the New York Knicks, Cleveland Cavaliers, Chicago Bulls, Atlanta Hawks, and Phoenix Suns, explains why there's really no difference between the 4th and 11th picks in this weak draft class, why Ja Morant is actually perfect for Memphis, and how come the team with the most to lose and prove is the Los Angeles Lakers. Plus, Howard's view from inside the actual lottery draw room!
Former Atlanta Hawks GM, Wes Wilcox, returns to talk the future of eliminated playoff teams including which are (or should be) in crisis mode, which should be concerned, and which have nothing to worry about. He offers analysis and possible trade/free agent scenarios for the Houston Rockets, Oklahoma City Thunder, Boston Celtics, and Philadelphia 76ers. How will Kevin Durant's plans affect Kyrie Irving and Boston? What should Houston do with Chris Paul? How does competitive rebuilding factor into Boston's off-season? And what does Philadelphia need to do with Tobias Harris and Jimmy Butler. Plus, Wes weighs in on the new head coach in Cleveland, John Beilein, and why that out of the blue move actually makes complete sense.
Former Defensive Player of the Year, 4-time member of the All-Defensive Team, All-Star, 2010 NBA Champion, and star of the upcoming documentary, "Quiet Storm: The Ron Artest Story," Metta World Peace addresses his mental health issues, the Malice In The Palace, his relationship with Jermaine O'Neal, and growing up in the projects in New York. He also recalls pantsing Paul Pierce, brunching with Dr. Jerry Buss, and the inspiration he took from Dennis Rodman's Oprah appearance. Plus, he explains why "small ball" doesn't do it for him, why he'd make a great NBA head coach, and who he hopes the Lakers get to play with LeBron James.
Kelly AuCoin is "Dollar Bill Stern" on Showtime's "Billions." He's also a die-hard Portland Trail Blazers fan, who shed a few tears over Damian Lillard's 37-foot shot. Hear his take on the Blazers' post-season to date, and what drastic change he would make to the league if he were "Commish For A Day." He's also sharing plenty of great stories from the set of "Billions," including Dollar Bill's big boxing match against Mafee, meeting Deontay Wilder, singing Bruce Springsteen, and the creation of Chickentown.
Brooklyn Nets Coach Kenny Atkinson returns to talk about the team's breakthrough season, when he realized they were onto something, the night that Caris LeVert went down, the development and growth of D'Angelo Russell into a starting point guard and All-Star, and 2019 free agency. Kenny also speaks to his coaching style and philosophy, what it took to build the Nets culture, basketball's relationship with the media, and how he combats PSS (Post Season Syndrome).
Ric Bucher, Senior Writer for Bleacher Report and host of the "Bucher & Friends" podcast, breaks down game 1 of the Warriors Rockets series, and how to keep the focus on the game(s) and not the officiating. He speaks to the Warriors current kumbaya chemistry and whether it's just a front for fans and media, and Kevin Durant's predicted offseason move to the New York Knicks, and how it compares to LeBron James' move to LA. And of course, Ric and Howard engage in the ongoing debate about Russell Westbrook as the great player that Bucher sees him to be or the flawed player that needs to work on his 3s and his attack-style of playing that Howard envisions.
Houston Rockets GM Daryl Morey thinks the Utah Jazz series went better than he expected, is preparing for round 2 most likely against the Golden State Warriors even though he had hoped to potentially face them later in the playoffs, and addresses the Rockets 11-14 start. He also weighs in on lottery reform, the 3-point shot and its effect on the game, and Damian Lillard's series-winning, amazing shot against Oklahoma City.
ESPN's Tim Bontemps joins to breakdown the Eastern Conference playoffs to date, including the Boston Celtics making quick work of the Indiana Pacers. He weighs in on the upcoming Celtics-Bucks series, the Kyrie Irving-Gordon Hayward chemistry, why Giannis is the best player in the NBA (and will be for the next 6-10 years), and whether Coach Mike Buldenholzer's defense will hold up as the Bucks advance in their playoff run. Tim also speaks to why he believes the Raptors will give Golden State a run for their money in the Finals, and the one thing that might prompt Kawhi Leonard to leave Toronto in the off season.
Richard Jefferson, host of "The Road Trippin' Podcast" and Executive Producer of the new film, "Sprinter," returns to speak to his foray into movie making, and the reason this specific project connected with him. He also of course talks play-off basketball including whether anyone has a shot at beating the Warriors, what Philadelphia needs to do to beat the Nets, why it's tough to play in Portland, and why he thinks Russell Westbrook of the Oklahoma City Thunder is the most intense player in the game. RJ also weighs in on the dysfunctional Lakers and what they should do about a coach and a President of Basketball Ops. And he offers his own take on Kevin Durant's future and rumored move to the New York Knicks.
The Malamut Brothers, Craig and Adam, are the mad geniuses behind Game of Zones on the B/R app, and they just launched their brand new 8-episode season! Discover their take on the just-released Jimmy Butler episode, what they have planned with the Toronto Raptors, and why Game Of Thrones ending doesn't concern them too terribly much. The brothers also discuss their creative inspiration, their favorite episodes (Sun Kings) and characters, the ones they kinda feel bad about doing (Tobias Harris), and why the San Antonio Spurs as the White Walkers has become problematic. Plus, the Philadelphia natives and die-hard 76ers fans have some tips for dealing with disappointment, and predictions for their team's playoff run.
Former LA Times columnist and ESPN reporter, and current Director of Sports Journalism at Northwestern University, J.A. Adande. has a unique relationship with and perspective about Laker great, Magic Johnson. J.A. shares his insight on Magic's stunning resignation as President of Laker Operations, Magic's legacy as a player and Laker specifically, his role in bringing LeBron James to Los Angeles, and what the Lakers should consider doing in the wake of Magic's departure. J.A. also speaks to Dirk Nowitzki's time in Dallas, Charles Barkley's life philosophy, Adam Silver's comments about NBA player's mental well-being, and why J.A.'s incapable of covering Magic Johnson objectively.
Former VP of Strategic Research for the San Antonio Spurs, current ESPN NBA analyst, and author of the upcoming book, "SprawlBall: A Visual Tour of the New Era of the NBA," Kirk Goldsberry, discusses the rapid expansion of the 3-point revolution, and what it means for the game and the league. He and Howard also talk about the 4-point shot, banning field goal percentage, James Harden vs Giannis Antetokounmpo for MVP, Russell Westbrook criticism, the future of Andrew Wiggins, and the All NBA team ballot.
Marc Lasry is the co-owner of the team with the best record in the NBA and guaranteed home court advantage in the play-offs - the Milwaukee Bucks! Marc speaks to the Bucks' special season, when he knew they might be play-off bound, what Giannis Antetokounmpo is like on and off the court, why the Bucks' chemistry works, and how GM Jon Horst and Coach Mike Budenholzer shaped the culture and jump-started the team's progress. He also explains the business of winning, and shares some great Giannis stories, some cool behind-the-scenes info on Showtime's "Billions" (including what it was like filming his cameo appearance last season), and the worst thing he's ever yelled at a ref.
Former New York Times journalist Harvey Araton's 8th book, "Elevated: The Global Rise Of The NBA," arrives April 16th. It's an interesting and unique look at the history of the NBA through a curated collection of New York Times articles published in the paper over the last 30-40 years. Harvey specifically speaks to Magic Johnson's welcome back after his HIV announcement, Michael Jordan's leadership style with the Bulls (and a great huddle story involving Scottie Pippen during the playoffs against the New York Knicks), Ronald Reagan and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, and Red Auerbach's prediction of the NBA's demise with the advent of free agency. Harvey also offers thoughts on why Michael Jordan wins the GOAT debate in his opinion, what competitive balance means in today's NBA, and the two changes he'd make if he were commissioner for a day!
Yahoo! Sports Senior Writer, Vincent Goodwill, joins to talk about more than just his beloved Detroit Pistons! He's has thoughts on the Denver Nuggets, the Western Conference Finals and who, if anyone, is a threat to the Golden State Warriors, why the Milwaukee Bucks Mike Budenholzer should be Coach Of The Year, who are likely candidates for the upcoming All NBA teams, and why Chris Webber and Ben Wallace deserve to be in the basketball Hall of The Fame.
B/R's college hoops experts, Jonathan Wasserman and David Gardner, offer analysis of the Sweet 16 and the remaining 20+ potential first round draft picks still remaining in the tournament! Hear their respective takes on Duke's Zion Williamson, RJ Barrett, and Cam Reddish, Murray State's Ja Morant, Gonzaga's Rui Hachimura and Brandon Clarke, UNC's Coby White, Texas Tech's Jarrett Culver, and Kentucky's Tyler Herro. They also talk draft wild cards, international players, injured ballers, the supposed weakness of the draft, and why Ja Morant would be a great pick for the New York Knicks, Phoenix Suns, Chicago Bulls or Cleveland Cavaliers. Plus, Howard Beck and Jonathan Wasserman share their Final Four brackets!
The radio voice of the Utah Jazz, and the founding CEO of The Locked On Podcast Network, David Locke, joins and engages in a spirited debate about elite offenses versus elite defenses. He also weighs in on the Los Angeles Lakers mistake in letting both Brook Lopez and D'Angelo Russell go, the Utah Jazz' standing in the Western Conference, the All-Star Team bias against Rudy Gobert, the incredible talent of Donovan Mitchell, and whether Gordon Hayward or Dennis Rodman is the biggest NBA villain in Utah. David and Howard also discuss the recent Russell Westbrook fan incident in Utah, the Jazz front office's immediate response, and whether Utah has a larger race issue and if so, what implications that may have on the team and the NBA.
The Coach, David Thorpe, is back talking about his return to True Hoop, his new venture, The Pro Training Center, and lots of NBA action! David runs down his surprises (both good and bad) so far in the season, and they include the Milwaukee Bucks, the Indiana Pacers, and the Washington Wizards. He runs down "bust, not or too-soon-to-tell" on Kevin Knox, Andrew Wiggins, and Lonzo Ball. He talks about average coaches versus elite coaches, fan code of conduct and zero-tolerance (in relation to Russell Westbrook's altercation with the fan in Utah), how NBA owners are much like Bobby Axelrod from the TV show "Billions," and why all basketball fans should be worried about the Lakers and LeBron James.
Jason Lloyd, the Editor-In-Chief of The Athletic in Cleveland, joins to talk about the disaster that has become LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers. How did things break down so quickly, and can anything be done to salvage the season? How much of this rests on the Lakers rookie front office (Magic Johnson and Rob Pelinka)? Who can they potentially sign this summer to help LeBron (Jimmy Butler, Anthony Davis, Kris Middleton, Kyrie Irving)? What will happen to the city of Cleveland if Kyrie Irving does in fact move to LA (burn baby, burn)? And will any of this Lakers debacle have an impact on LeBron's legacy at the end of the day?
Detroit Pistons Assistant GM (and former Spurs and Knicks player), Malik Rose, talks about the Pistons' surprise season, the return of Reggie Jackson, Blake Griffin's leadership skills, the spark plug that is Ish Smith, old school scouting versus new school analytics, concern for players in today's "age of anxiety" and the role that social media plays in that, and what it truly takes to win a championship. Malik also evaluates his skills as a player and how that would translate to today's game, and remembers the temper-tantrum tirade by a former Spurs teammate that resulted in a destroyed locker room in Cleveland, and bat incidents of another kind during his time in San Antonio.
Former Sacramento Kings shooting guard turned current Kings commentator, Doug Christie, knew by game 10 that the Kings had a special team this year. He speaks to the talent and chemistry of the starting roster, why he's so high on De'Aaron Fox and Marvin Bagley, how youth and inexperience may challenge a Kings play-off run, and why Coach Dave Joerger deserves more recognition and credit than he's currently receiving. Doug also recounts his time as a player with the Kings, and what it was like traveling with Vlade Divac and Peja Stojakovic, their rivalry with the Lakers, controversial game 6 of the 2002 Western Conference Finals, and that pre-season off-court, full-on brawl with Rick Fox.
Sam Amick from The Athletic joins for a live podcast complete with audience Q&A at the end! Sam and Howard discuss the MVP race and why Sam believes it's between Paul George, Gianna Antetokounmpo, and James Harden (and not Nikola Jokic), the Milwaukee Bucks run, the Lakers crisis vs the Celtics crisis, the great Anthony Davis question, the Sacramento Kings' turnaround, and the hype surrounding Ben Simmons.
True Hoop is back! Original founder, and former ESPN writer, Henry Abbott relaunched the revolutionary, independent, all-things basketball new media company in newsletter form with plans to grow to video and podcasts! He does talk about that, but he also offers thoughts on poorly run NBA teams, why competitive balance cannot be affected or achieved with any existing tools, player empowerment and team accountability, tanking, the crisis of the 3-point shot, the possibility of adding 4-pointers, and the Tim Donaghy gambling scandal.
NBA legend and Hall of Famer, Rick Barry, remembers his own All-Star Game experience in 1967, reveals what prevented him from playing for the Boston Celtics at the end of his career, and explains the importance of coaching and playing the game properly. He also comments on Anthony Davis' situation, why Kevin Durant leaving the Warriors would be a mistake, and why he firmly believes that nobody will beat the Golden State Warriors in 7 this season.
NBA Legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar remembers a couple of his favorite All-Star Game moments, has some thoughts on athlete activism and NBA age limits, explains why there's really no GOAT debate when it comes to Michael Jordan and LeBron James, and thinks James Harden gets a bad rap! Kareem breaks down the comparison between his former teammate Oscar Robertson and Russell Westbrook, the similar career situation Kareem shares with Anthony Davis, and some of the players he enjoys watching today. He'll also tell you where and how you can score a piece of memorabilia from his career!
Michael Lee, Senior NBA Writer for The Athletic, returns for the Second Annual Full 48 All-Star Weekend Wrap-Up! Howard and Michael break down what made this year's All-Star game different, why the 3-point contest won the weekend, the lack of audience enthusiasm, the "dud" of a dunk contest, and Kevin Durant as All-Star MVP and his all-time rank in the NBA. They also discuss the drama surrounding trade rumors and tampering speculation, league policy regarding teams benching players, LeBron and the Lakers chasing the 8th seed down the stretch, the Anthony Davis list, and why Red Vines beat Twizzlers any day of the week.
Rachel Nichols, host of ESPN's The Jump, joins Howard to talk about the televised All Star draft, LeBron's "tampering", an All NBA award, what winning MVP really means, the Knicks and Kristaps Porzingis, Kevin Durant, free agency, supermax contracts, and her recent, hilarious sit-down with Kobe Bryant and Tracy McGrady.
Andre Holland plays sports agent Ray in the new Netflix film, "High Flying Bird," which is loosely based on the 2011 NBA lockout and directed by Steven Soderbergh. Andre speaks to the difficulty in making a basketball movie that doesn't really feature a lot of basketball playing, what he thinks about reviewers labeling the film "subversive," and why it was important to address racial injustice in sports. Andre also grew up a Magic Johnson and Los Angeles Lakers fan, enjoys watching the Golden State Warriors, and explains why he's more inspired by LeBron James' actions off the court than on.
It might have been one of the most mind-boggling and chaotic trade deadlines in recent NBA history, and former Atlanta Hawks GM Wes Wilcox joins to shed some light on the most impressive deals (Milwaukee and Sacramento), the biggest head-scratchers (Memphis and Washington), the LeBron factor in the East, the Anthony Davis factor in the West, how Zion Williamson fits into the trade scenario, Kyrie's future, and process vs outcome when it comes to Kristaps Porzingis and the New York Knicks.
Joe Harris is the 4th ranked 3-point shooter by percentage in the league, and will be repping the Brooklyn Nets in the 3-point shoot-out during All-Star Weekend in Charlotte. He talks about the Nets incredible turnaround, the All-Star transformation of D'Angelo Russell, Caris LeVert's expected return, Brooklyn's culture and player development philosophy, his only bucket in an NBA Finals game, lessons learned from LeBron James, and maintaining his hipster beard (and the nicknames that go along with it)!
Chris Mannix, Senior Writer for Sports Illustrated and NBA Analyst for NBC Sports Boston, weighs in on the shocking Kristaps Porzingis trade. He joins Howard to break down what it all might mean for Kevin Durant, Kawhi Leonard, Anthony Davis, Jimmy Butler, and even Zion Williamson. They also speak to Kyrie Irving's future in Boston, whether Anthony Davis has played his last game in New Orleans, and the Los Angeles Lakers' role in the whole Anthony Davis controversy.
B/R NBA Draft Guru (aka expert), Jonathan Wasserman, returns to talk Duke's Zion Williamson and why he's Jonathan's #1 pick and what that may mean for Anthony Davis and the New Orleans Pelicans. Jonathan discusses the 2013 Draft comparisons to this year's potential class, where he thinks Ja Morant and RJ Barrett will fall, and why tanking won't help any team land the number one lottery pick this year. Plus, Jonathan analyzes how last year's picks are fairing (Luka Doncic vs Trae Young vs Marvin Bagley), and breaks down the 2017 class including Jayson Tatum, De'Aaron Fox, and Dennis Smith, Jr.
Former NBA All-Star, Olympic Gold Medalist, and current President of the NBA G-League, Shareef Abdur-Rahim, breaks down the G League's planned expansion, upcoming Select Contract and Pro Path program, and the effect that a 30-team G League might have on the NBA Age Limits policy. Plus, Shareef recounts his time with the Vancouver Grizzlies, playing with Bryant "Big Country" Reeves, his 2002 All-Star Game appearance with Michael Jordan, and meeting his hero, Muhammad Ali.
Is New York Knicks Center Enes Kanter headed to the Sacramento Kings? He answers that question, and addresses the trade rumors that have surrounded him as of late. Enes also speaks to why he won't be going to London with the Knicks even if he's still with the team. And he talks about his decision to speak out publicly and vocally against Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, and the consequences that activism has had on Enes' family (his dad's facing 15-years in a Turkish prison), and his own career.
Zach Lowe returns for a game of "Tanking or Just Crappy" involving the New York Knicks, Cleveland Cavaliers, Atlanta Hawks, Phoenix Suns, and Chicago Bulls. He also weighs in on the Tom Thibodeau firing and how the Jimmy Butler trade likely figured into that, and debates the league's trade and extend policy, and what frequent player moves mean for the long term health and future of smaller market and non-destination teams.
B/R Senior Writer and host of the "Bucher and Friends" podcast, Ric Bucher, sets the record straight about his "nobody wants to play with LeBron James" article, and weighs in on LeBron's recent self-proclaimed GOAT comment. Ric also breaks down the Golden State Warriors deterioration from dominance, and the factors that he believes are contributing to their decline (including a possible Draymond Green injury, team chemistry issues, and the league catching up to the Warriors unique style of play).
It's The Full 48 "Best of 2018" featuring three of Howard's fav interviews of the past year: Jeanie Buss of the Los Angeles Lakers, Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr, and longtime NBA photographer, Andy Bernstein. Jeanie talks Shaq and Kobe, Laker culture, and lessons learned from Dr. Buss. Steve speaks to the end of the Stick To Sports era, player autonomy on the court, and his own personal coaching style. And Andy Bernstein shares stories about his famous Michael Jordan "Come Fly With Me, Photo," shooting Shaq, and some of the worst injuries he suffered on behalf of his craft.
NBA Commissioner Adam Silver returns to discuss a myriad of NBA-related issues including age limits, the league's marijuana policy, lottery reform, and even Robert Sarver and the Phoenix Suns! Atlanta Hawks head coach Lloyd Pierce offers insight to his coaching philosophy and strategy, the rebuild process in Atlanta, his talented young players including Trae Young, why veteran player Vince Carter is integral to the team's success and growth, and what Lloyd ultimately hopes for the Hawks' season.
Toronto Raptors shooting guard and "Inside The Green Room" podcast host, Danny Green, speaks to his team's recent loss to the Brooklyn Nets and what they have to do in order to make a legit playoff run. He also talks about being traded to Toronto from the Spurs, his relationship with his former head coach Gregg Popovich and his new head coach Nick Nurse, and the expectations that Toronto has for Danny and teammate Kawhi Leonard. Danny also shares thoughts on Kawhi, Michael Jordan, LeBron James, Kevin Durant, his "3 and D" label, and the upcoming Raptors vs Spurs game in January!
Yahoo! Sports Senior NBA Writer, Vincent Goodwill, spent many years in Chicago covering the Bulls, and weighs in on the firing of Fred Hoiberg, Jim Boylen being named new head coach, and the current roster's chance of post-season success. Vince also shares stories about his time in Detroit covering the Pistons, his recent article about Blake Griffin, and whether Blake still harbors bitter feelings toward his former team, the LA Clippers. Plus, Vince and Howard talk fan code of conduct as it relates to Patrick Beverly, NBA players in general, and even the press, including Vincent!
Former Atlanta Hawks GM, Wes Wilcox, returns to breakdown the 20-Game marker and why it's so significant for NBA GMs. Wes weighs in on the best teams, the teams that GMs should be concerned about, flatter lottery odds, and why a little drama is actually a good thing for the Golden State Warriors. He also assesses the Jimmy Butler trade, Markelle Fultz, Kyrie Irving's status in Boston, and the Los Angeles Clippers' amazing first-place spot in the West. And he discusses tanking and rebuild strategies, and the plight of Carmelo Anthony.
Host of the "I Am Rapaport Stereo Podcast," and long-suffering New York Knicks fan, actor Michael Rapaport dreamed of being an NBA player as a kid, and shares the second he knew that dream was dead! He also remembers the moment the acting bug bit, his first on-set experience, and what it was like working with his acting heroes, Robert DeNiro and Denzel Washington. And Michael sets the record straight on being banned from Madison Square Garden, hating LeBron James and Michael Jordan, his love of David Fizdale, a prediction about Kevin Durant's future, and his ultimate fantasy for Knicks owner James Dolan.
Hall of Famer and 7x NBA All-Star, Grant Hill, is part of the Atlanta Hawks ownership group, and has also just been added to the board of the National Basketball Retired Players Association. The former Duke Blue Devil speaks about becoming an NBA franchise owner, the Hawks start this season, and how he feels about the contributions from their young players (like Trae Young) to the team. Grant also shares his thoughts on NBA age limits, his bittersweet Hall of Fame induction, his 4-years at Duke, the injuries that plagued, and maybe even cut short, his NBA career, and how he ended up making a cameo appearance in a Nickelback music video!
NBA Champion with four Finals appearances turned NBA Analyst for the Yes Network, Richard Jefferson, has plenty to say about his recent NBA retirement, his new gig in broadcasting, and why he opted not to go the coaching route. He's also talking about Kyrie Irving's controversial Flat Earth statements on Richard's own podcast, "Road Trippin'," his friendship with Lakers coach Luke Walton, the advice he gave Luke when LeBron signed with the Lakers, and why Luke is the perfect coach for the LA team. Richard shares what it was like winning the Championship with the Cleveland Cavaliers, and answers the all-important question, where does he keep that Championship ring!
14-year veteran and 3-time NBA Champ, Shaun Livingston, talks Warriors motivation and a possible 4th championship, Steve Kerr's coaching philosophy, KD's 25-point run in the 4th quarter of Friday night's game against the New York Knicks, and DeMarcus Cousin's ejection after a technical foul from the bench during that same game. Shaun also shares the DeMarcus Cousins that the public and media don't really get to see, his assessment of the Warriors' playoff series against Houston last year, and why "relief" best describes how he felt right after Golden State's 3rd Championship title in 4 years. Plus, Shaun discusses injuries, recovery, and possible retirement plans.
The Athletic's Sam Amick shares some behind-the-scenes anecdotes about his story on how Jeanie Buss brought LeBron to the Lakers, including the role that Kobe Bryant played in her decision to do so. Sam was also at the Lakers-Rockets game that turned into a brawl and resulted in suspensions for Brandon Ingram, Rajon Rondo, and Chris Paul. And Sam explains why he's high on the Denver Nuggets, feeling a little queasy about the Oklahoma City Thunder, and believes the Lakers should be a bit panic-stricken about their 3-0 start.
Los Angeles Clippers veteran forward Tobias Harris looks at all his trades as opportunities for growth, and explains what he learned from each team and coach for whom he played, including Stan Van Gundy and the Detroit Pistons and Doc Rivers and the Clippers. Tobias previews his current team's roster and rookies Shai Gilgeous-Alexander and Jerome Robinson, weighs in on the Clamp City nickname, speaks to their chemistry and unity, and shares the philosophy the team's adopted in hopes of making a play-off run. Tobias also discusses his mentors George Gervin and Dale Ellis, his 70% vegan lifestyle, his love of chicken wings, and how he keeps his mind as mentally sharp and focused as his body.
Filmmaker Dan Klores provides a behind-the-scenes look at the making of his monumental new docu-series, "Basketball: A Love Story." The 10-hour, 5-part film premieres on ESPN on October 9th, and features short stories spanning the entire basketball universe - from Michael Jordan and the Bulls to Kobe and Shaq to Kyrie and LeBron to Yao Ming and the Beijing Olympics. Dan also reveals the reasons why certain stories didn't make the final cut like The Malice At The Palace, and what his biggest disappointment was when it came to missing interviews.
Chris Mannix of Yahoo! Sports and NBC Sports Boston explains his bold prediction that LeBron and the Los Angeles Lakers will not make the playoffs! Chris also discusses the most likely lottery-bound teams, this year's possible surprise teams, why the Boston Celtics will be among this season's most interesting teams to watch, how Kyle Lowry may directly affect the Toronto Raptors and Kawhi Leonard's success, likely outcomes for the Jimmy Butler-Minnesota Timberwolves situation, and why he's such a believer in the Denver Nuggets.
Ben Golliver, Senior NBA Writer for Sports Illustrated, breaks down the just-published SI Top 100 Rankings. He speaks to the two trickiest guys to rank (Kristaps Porzingis and DeMarcus Cousins), the biggest backlash (Devin Booker), the Top 10 (Joel Embiid, Chris Paul, James Harden, and Kevin Durant), and the most controversial (Kawhi Leonard). He also weighs in on his biggest "Camp Curiosities" (Los Angeles Lakers, Kawhi, and Boston Celtics), and makes some playoff predictions for the East and West.
The NBA's sharp-dressed Vice President and Head of Referee Development and Training, Monty McCutchen, discusses the expected rule changes for the coming season including shot clock resets, the clear path rule, and hostile acts. He also speaks to the importance of female officials in the league, enforcing the existing wraps and holds rules, the elimination of flopping, and improving player referee relations. He also shares a couple of truly hilarious heckling stories (7-Up anyone?).
Three-time NBA Sixth Man Of The Year and current free agent (at least at the time of this recording), Jamal Crawford talks 18 coaches in 18 seasons, best and worst advice he's received over the years, injuries (or lack thereof in Jamal's case), the return of the NBA to Seattle, and Manu Ginobili's retirement. And Jamal shares a great story about sneaking into the Forum as a kid to see the Los Angeles Lakers and the Chicago Bulls.
NBA and Lakers team photographer Andy Bernstein has covered 36 NBA Finals, 36 All-Star games, and took Michael Jordan's iconic "Come Fly With Me" photo (among many others), and now he's being inducted into the Hall Of Fame, along with Steve Nash, Jason Kidd, Grant Hill, and Ray Allen (whose careers he also photographed from rookie to retirement). Andy shares stories from on and off the court, talks about taking hits from Shaq and James Harden, explains how he teamed up with Kobe Bryant for the upcoming book, "Mamba Mentality," and reveals why meeting Bruce Springsteen is one of the greatest moments of his life.
Two time NBA champion with the San Antonio Spurs and current Assistant General Manger of the Detroit Pistons, Malik Rose, offers thoughts on former teammate Manu Ginobili's retirement, and shares stories about this days playing with Manu - from their first meeting to their current friendship. Malik also speaks about Coach Gregg Popovich and the lessons he learned from Pop that he applies to his new Detroit front office job. And Malik gives a short breakdown of what the Pistons' are hoping to get out of Blake Griffin and Reggie Jackson this coming season.
Derek Fisher, Ish Smith, and Ray Allen in the same episode! This is your chance to catch up with the Full 48 and some great moments from the first half of 2018! Derek Fisher talks Kobe Bryant and Shaq, and what it was like being on that championship team in the middle of that tumultuous relationship. Ish Smith has played for 10 NBA teams in the last seven seasons and shares what it's like to be constantly traded, and the great advice he got from former OKC teammate Russell Westbrook that Ish still follows to this day. And soon-to-be Hall of Famer Ray Allen sets the record straight about what really happened when he left the Boston Celtics to sign and signed with the Miami Heat. He also weighs in on the GOAT debate between LeBron James and Michael Jordan.
Creating the NBA regular season schedule is a complex task to say the least, and it falls primarily to two gentlemen to work through the individual arena schedules, TV partners' broadcast schedules, the balance of home games vs away games, back-to-back games, marquee matchups, and featured holiday games while at the same time taking great storylines, travel, and ticket sales into consideration. Sr. Vice President & Head of Basketball Strategy and Analytics of the NBA Evan Wasch, and Sr. Vice President Broadcast Schedule Management for the NBA, Tom Carelli, are the brain trust behind the schedule and speak to the factors that go into crafting it each season.
Former Cleveland Cavaliers and Phoenix Suns Exec, David Griffin, returns to dig into the Dog Days of NBA Summer! He offers some insight and analysis on the Lakers & LeBron James, Toronto & Kawhi Leonard, the Utah Jazz as a sleeper play-off contender, and the regression of the Philadelphia 76ers. He's also talking East vs West Conference Finals, and debunking conspiracy theories about the NBA schedule, and what it really means to play on Christmas and MLK Day. And he's explaining the how and why of his officiating duties at Koby Altman's upcoming nuptials.
Counting Crows frontman Adam Duritz is a Golden State Warriors fan and a Boston Celtics fan! He speaks to his dual fandom along with the 25th Anniversary of the band's breakout album, "August And Everything After." He's sharing stories about "Round Here" (and how it ended up in "Billions" this season), "Mrs. Potters Lullaby" (and the role actress Monica Potter played in getting the song recorded and released), and the first song he ever wrote, "Good Morning Little Sister." He's also talking about the current tour and the songs he and the band love to play live. And he explains why his own podcast, "Underwater Sunshine" is his favorite thing he's doing right now!
Bleacher Report, Mad Dog Radio, and NBA Radio's Ric Bucher joins Howard to analyze and debate the recent moves in the off season, and what it might mean for the playoff picture next Spring. They discuss LeBron and the Lakers, Paul George staying in Oklahoma City, the Kawhi Leonard trade, DeMarcus Cousins signing with the Golden State Warriors, and Carmelo Anthony and Dwight Howard. They also vote for the Biggest Winners and Losers so far, the Best Value of the Summer, the move Underrated Move of the Off Season and the Most Baffling. Plus they answer two critical questions - are the Lakers now a playoff contender thanks to LeBron? And with Cleveland out in the East, who slides into that spot?
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander sat down with Howard Beck at Summer League in Las Vegas and spoke about being drafted by the Los Angeles Clippers, his experience to date at Summer League, his Rookie Of The Year aspirations, why Doc Rivers is a great coaching match for him, playing in the same city and arena as LeBron James, his basketball hero Allen Iverson, the Canadian basketball scene, learning leadership skills at Kentucky, cutting his hair, and how he celebrated on draft night.
Associate Head Coach of the Golden State Warriors, Mike Brown, has a strategy to get to 5 Championships, some advice for Lakers Coach Luke Walton regarding LeBron James, and pure excitement for new Warrior DeMarcus Cousins! Mike also reveals what it's like having his son play Summer League for the Warriors, how it was to coach LeBron in Cleveland, what he learned from Gregg Popovich, and whether another head coaching job may be in his future.
Former Atlanta Hawks GM Wes Wilcox offers some insight and analysis to the recent flurry of NBA signings: LeBron James to the Los Angeles Lakers, DeMarcus Cousins to the Golden State Warriors, Paul George to the Oklahoma City Thunder. They discuss likely scenarios for Jabari Parker, Kyrie Irving, Lonzo Ball, and Kawhi Leonard. Plus, Wes and Howard breakdown the 2019 salary cap expansion and what that might do for teams like the Brooklyn Nets and the Chicago Bulls.
Howard Bryant, ESPN Senior Writer, and author of the book, "The Heritage: Black Athletes, A Divided America, and The Politics of Patriotism," has many thoughts and theories to share about LeBron James' free agency, activism, heritage, and legacy. Bryant also discusses the comparisons to Michael Jordan, LeBron's effect on the power of the player, the sphere of lightning, the new breed of NBA coaches, and the erosion of team parity in the NBA.
Boston Celtics analyst Brian Scalabrine (aka White Mamba aka Veal Scalabrine aka Ginga Ninja) is also the captain of the Ball Hogs in the Big3 league, which starts its second season this Friday in Houston, and he's discussing Big3 playing style, rosters, trash talking, and beating Trilogy! Brian's also got stories about playing against Shaq and Kobe, KG's big arm wrestling victory, and playing in the NBA finals. Plus, he weighs in on LeBron James' legacy and future, Kawhi Leonard's situation with the San Antonio Spurs, Michael Jordan as GOAT, and why he calls Shaq the most dominant player in the NBA.
The Athletic's Marcus Thompson has been covering the Warriors for years and joins Howard to talk about the team's latest championship win, their unique team chemistry and culture, how their dynasty stacks up against past dynasty teams like the Bulls and the Lakers, Steph Curry, Jordan Bell's Hennessey chugging, and the controversy surrounding Kevin Durant's Finals MVP win.
Joe Vardon of Cleveland.com, Jason Lloyd of The Athletic, and Dave McMenamin of ESPN are not only the Cavs Beat, they're also very close friends and guesting on The Full 48! They discuss their unique friendship, the intensity and competitiveness of covering the Cavaliers, and their collective and individual relationships with LeBron James. They also weigh in on the Kyrie Irving trade, LeBron's control of the team, and what they think the future holds for LeBron and the Cavaliers. Plus, you'll hear some fantastic road stories involving Napa and "Top Gun," a Canadian border crossing, and what happens when you drink 88 ounces of beer in Erie, Pennsylvania.
ESPN's Zach Lowe joins Howard to break down both game 7s of the conference finals, speculate on Houston's sustainability and reliance on "iso ball," Golden State's vulnerability, and rank LeBron James' achievements. They also theorize on how Cleveland can possibly beat Golden State, what would have happened if Kyrie Irving had not gone to Boston, Kevin Durant's finals play, how the league may look next season for LeBron, and why Coach Tyronn Lue deserves more credit than he's given.
Michael Lee of Yahoo Sports returns to break down the Golden State Warriors' problems including iso ball and Steph Curry's health; Game 5 statistics and who has the most on the line; the Houston Rockets' incredible season and if their future will include both James Harden and Chris Paul; and Michael offers up a rather unconventional suggestion and theory for how LeBron James should approach his NBA future.