The Ringer NBA Show

The Ringer NBA Show

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The Ringer’s Chris Vernon hosts an NBA-centric podcast with various Ringer staffers, players, coaches, front-office personnel, insiders, and more!
‘Heat Check’ — Basketball Doesn’t Stop (Ep. 165)
Nov 20 • 29 min
The Ringer’s Juliet Litman and John Gonzalez review the Celtics’ continuing win streak (0:49), marvel at the Warriors’ effortless dominance (3:31), and tout the young 76ers’ impressive recent performance (9:45). Then, they play “Real or Not Real?” with…
#RingerNBA Live: Warriors-Celtics (Ep. 164)
Nov 17 • 31 min
The Ringer’s Chris Ryan, Jason Concepcion, and Justin Verrier share their instant reactions to the blockbuster matchup between the Golden State Warriors and the Boston Celtics.
‘Group Chat’ — The Joel Embiid Experience (Ep. 163)
Nov 16 • 50 min
The Ringer’s Chris Ryan and Justin Verrier are joined by Haley O’Shaughnessy to examine Joel Embiid’s career-high display in the 76ers-Lakers game, Ben Simmons, and the state of Lonzo Ball (0:57). Then they give out some first month awards (14:30). Next,…
LeBron Keeps Feuding, Celtics Keep Soaring, Clippers Keep Falling (Ep. 162)
Nov 14 • 63 min
The Ringer’s Chris Vernon and Kevin O’Connor question whether LeBron James’s comments about Dennis Smith Jr. are true (1:55) and analyze how potent the Milwaukee Bucks’ defense really is (8:30). Then, they dissect the winning ingredients that make up the…
‘Heat Check’ — Silver Medalists, the Draymond Green Award, and LeBron vs. New York (Ep. 161)
Nov 13 • 30 min
The Ringer’s Juliet Litman and John Gonzalez deliberate on who the second-best team in the league is (0:17), analyze the implications of the Rudy Gobert injury for the Utah Jazz (10:08), and debate the most essential players for each team (13:36). Then,…
‘Group Chat’ — Anti-Melo, Pro-Kristaps, and the Lavar Ball Conspiracy (Ep. 160)
Nov 9 • 43 min
The Ringer’s Chris Ryan, Justin Verrier, Haley O’Shaughnessy, and Paolo Uggetti discuss whether they are hyped or concerned about some teetering teams (1:59). Then they debate some hypothetical coach trades (29:19) and play another round of Take Tank…
‘Sources Say’ — NBA Gossip in the Age of Leaks (Ep. 159)
Nov 8 • 28 min
The Ringer’s Chris Ryan and Juliet Litman unpack the newest batch of drama surrounding the Cleveland Cavaliers (1:02), speculate on the Chicago Bulls’ infighting scandal between Bobby Portis and Nikola Mirotic (13:13), celebrate the most fun teams in the…
Bill Simmons and Pastor Carl Lentz on Locker Room Culture, Secret Scrimmages, and More (Ep. 158)
Nov 8 • 67 min
HBO and The Ringer’s Bill Simmons is joined by Hillsong pastor and NBA confidant Carl Lentz to lay out how the secret NBA scrimmages come about in the summertime and many more inside-the-NBA stories from the likes of LeBron and reigning MVP Russell…
Bledsoe Is a Buck, Kyrie Is Basketball Houdini, Kristaps Is a Superstar (Ep. 157)
Nov 7 • 43 min
The Ringer’s Chris Vernon and Kevin O’Connor react to Eric Bledsoe being traded to the Milwaukee Bucks for Greg Monroe (0:24), address the Jahlil Okafor trade rumors (14:43), and marvel at the Celtics’ surprising early-season success (16:40). Then, they…
‘Heat Check’ — To Dame or Not to Dame (Ep. 156)
Nov 6 • 31 min
The Ringer’s Juliet Litman and John Gonzalez review the weekend’s exciting Thunder-Blazers matchup (1:30), laud the Celtics’ dominant winning streak (6:50), gauge their concerns about the precarious Cavaliers (11:55), and analyze D’Angelo Russell’s first…
Early Season Assessments With Bill Simmons and Tom Haberstroh (Ep. 155)
Nov 3 • 49 min
HBO and The Ringer’s Bill Simmons is joined by recently departed ESPNer Tom Haberstroh to give his thoughts on the Cavs’ lacking defense (18:00), potential Boogie Cousins trades (30:00), and re-drafting the 2017 NBA draft (42:00).
‘Group Chat’ — Should We Be Worried About the Cavs? Should We Be Excited for the Knicks? (Ep. 154)
Nov 2 • 47 min
The Ringer’s Chris Ryan and Justin Verrier are joined by Haley O’Shaughnessy to discuss the Cavs and the Bucks (0:57). Then they bring in Jason Concepcion to examine the current state of the New York Knicks (13:15). Finally, Haley O’Shaughnessy returns to…
Tricks and Treats of the Early NBA Season (Ep. 153)
Oct 31 • 70 min
The Ringer’s Chris Vernon and Kevin O’Connor discuss the personnel problems with the Cavs (10:00), the surprising top teams in the league (28:00), Aaron Gordon’s improvement (38:00), the impressive young Bucks (50:00), and Kobe’s film crew (1:02:00).
‘Heat Check’ — Real or Not Real: Cavs, Clips, Magic, and more (Ep. 152)
Oct 30 • 37 min
The Ringer’s Juliet Litman and John Gonzalez sit down to talk some NBA story lines, including some obvious trouble in Cleveland (1:35), Draymond Green and the Golden State Warriors (9:55), and the Clippers’ impressive start to the season with point-Blake…
‘Group Chat’ — It Turns Out All the Bad Teams Are Good (Ep. 151)
Oct 26 • 39 min
The Ringer’s Chris Ryan and Justin Verrier are joined by Paolo Uggetti to chat about Eastern Conference parity, the improved play of the Magic and Nets, the Spurs’ and Raptors’ style contrast with the rest of the league, the Cavs’ new roster having the…
‘Sources Say’ — Eight Days of Drama: Syringe-gate, Salon-gate, and More (Ep. 150)
Oct 25 • 31 min
The Ringer’s Juliet Litman and Chris Ryan wade through the murky news surrounding Markelle Fultz’s shoulder injury (1:10), react to the bizarre schism between Eric Bledsoe and the Phoenix Suns (9:45), and celebrate the return of Draymond Green’s expert…
First-Week Impressions and Overreactions With Kevin O’Connor (Ep. 149)
Oct 24 • 76 min
The Ringer’s Chris Vernon and Kevin O’Connor discuss the Suns firing Earl Watson (2:00), Eric Bledsoe’s trade value (8:00), D-Wade’s move to the bench (18:00), Giannis Antetokounmpo’s MVP-level start (24:00), LaMarcus Aldridge’s improved play (32:00), the…
MVP Giannis, the Suns’ Implosion, and Lonzo’s Awakening (Ep. 148)
Oct 23 • 34 min
The Ringer’s Juliet Litman and John Gonzalez sit down to talk some NBA story lines, including Oklahoma City’s precarious start to the season (1:05), Giannis MVP watch (5:15), Eric Bledsoe’s illuminative tweet (11:48), and Lonzo Ball’s first few NBA…
‘Group Chat’ — Lonzo Gets Baptized, CP3 Makes a Movie, and the Sixers Must Learn to Share (Ep. 147)
Oct 20 • 45 min
The Ringer’s Chris Ryan and Justin Verrier are joined by Haley O’Shaughnessy to chat about the first Clippers-Lakers matchup of the season (1:10), Chris Paul’s timely released short film (5:38), and the Rockets’ impressive bout with the Warriors (10:00).…
Blow It Out (or Up) NBA Season Preview With Kevin O’Connor (Ep. 146)
Oct 17 • 71 min
The Ringer’s Chris Vernon and Kevin O’Connor bang out a far-reaching NBA regular season preview. Topics include: LaMarcus Aldridge’s extension (4:00), McCollum missing the opener (14:00), the Houston Rockets experiment (17:00), the OKC superteam (24:00),…
The State of the NBA With Bill Simmons and Haralabos Voulgaris (Ep. 145)
Oct 15 • 60 min
HBO and The Ringer’s Bill Simmons is joined by Haralabos Voulgaris after a long hiatus from the podcasting world to discuss the biggest offseason moves (6:00), Oklahoma City’s potential contender status (13:00), Kyrie’s lacking defense (19:00), LeBron’s…
‘Group Chat’ — Drinking the Kool-Aid … or Not (Ep. 144)
Oct 13 • 40 min
The Ringer’s Chris Ryan and Justin Verrier are joined by Haley O’Shaughnessy to chat about the ballooning hype for Joel Embiid (1:20), the possible precariousness of the “new old-look” Cleveland Cavaliers (8:50), and the awkward roster fits for the…
The (Contract Extension) Price Is Right (Ep. 143)
Oct 10 • 56 min
The Ringer’s Chris Vernon and Kevin O’Connor express their astonishment at Joel Embiid’s contract extension (1:50), wonder about the reasoning behind Gary Harris’s contract extension (19:00), and discuss the importance of nutrition when it comes to young…
NBA Over/Under With Bill Simmons—Eastern Conference (Ep. 142)
Oct 4 • 81 min
HBO and The Ringer’s Bill Simmons outlines the entire Eastern Conference with help from Joe House and Jason Concepcion. Topics include: the inferior Eastern Conference (6:00), the Bulls’ tanking efforts (10:00), the Nets not tanking anymore (18:00), the…
New Season, New Rosters (Ep. 141)
Oct 3 • 53 min
The Ringer’s Chris Vernon and Kevin O’Connor kick off their preseason discussion by speculating the meaning of Tommy Heinsohn’s comments on Aron Baynes (1:05) and wondering about the Orlando Magic’s future with Jonathan Isaac and Mario Hezonja (7:55).…
Arcade Fire’s Win Butler on the NBA, With Kevin O’Connor (Ep. 140)
Sep 28 • 31 min
The Ringer’s Kevin O’Connor is joined by Arcade Fire frontman Win Butler to discuss the influence of Hakeem Olajuwon (1:30), the state of the Rockets (4:00), the beauty of the Spurs (8:00), beating Matt Bonner in a 3-point contest (11:00), the Pelicans’…
Carmelo’s New Home in Oklahoma City (Ep. 139)
Sep 26 • 53 min
The Ringer’s Chris Vernon and Kevin O’Connor discuss Carmelo Anthony’s trade to the Thunder (2:30), the history behind superteam success (10:00), the new-look Cavs (19:00), Chicago’s complete overhaul (28:00), LeBron vs. Western Conference contenders…
Durant’s Secret Social Media Identity (Ep. 138)
Sep 19 • 62 min
The Ringer’s Chris Vernon and Kevin O’Connor dissect Kevin Durant’s multiple social media accounts and discuss the best ways to respond to backlash on the internet in the NBA.
Rookie-Scale Candidates and Four Pressing Offseason Questions With Kevin O’Connor (Ep. 137)
Sep 12 • 65 min
The Ringer’s Chris Vernon and Kevin O’Connor discuss the most interesting rookie-scale candidates heading into the 2017-18 season (7:00), Joel Embiid’s future in Philly (16:00), Rodney Hood’s chance to shine in Utah (27:00), the Warriors’ repeat potential…
‘Sources Say’ With Mallory Edens (Ep. 136)
Aug 31 • 37 min
The Ringer’s Juliet Litman and Chris Ryan discuss the Celtics and Cavs finally finalizing the deal for Kyrie Irving (5:00), Blake Griffin and Chandler Parsons’s double date (12:00), and Rob Pelinka sticking to basketball even in the summer (17:00). Then,…
‘Sources Say’ Summer Special: Pelinka’s Power, Kyrie Rumors, and Sports Dad LeBron (Ep. 135)
Aug 3 • 35 min
The Ringer’s Chris Ryan and Juliet Litman discuss the ridiculously wild NBA summer, including CP3’s trade (4:00), Rob Pelinka’s press conference parables (11:00), LeBron’s interesting summer (21:30), Kyrie’s personality (24:00), and what’s going on with…
Chaos in Cleveland With Jonathan Tjarks (Ep. 134)
Jul 25 • 51 min
The Ringer’s Chris Vernon and Jonathan Tjarks discuss the possibility that Kyrie Irving is traded (8:00), the impact of David Griffin’s departure (20:00), Eric Bledsoe’s defensive upside (28:00), reasons Carmelo Anthony doesn’t make sense as a one-year…
Summer League Standouts and More NBA Free Agency (Ep. 133)
Jul 18 • 59 min
The Ringer’s Chris Vernon and Kevin O’Connor discuss the ire toward Lonzo Ball (5:00), Donovan Mitchell’s shooting (12:30), Josh Jackson’s jumper (20:30), the young Phoenix Suns (30:10), and the best free agents on the market (44:00).
The Best and Worst NBA Offseasons So Far With Kevin O’Connor (Ep. 132)
Jul 11 • 69 min
The Ringer’s Chris Vernon and Kevin O’Connor report live from summer league in Las Vegas to discuss the major story lines from the first weekend of games, and to rank the best and worst NBA offseasons so far.
Recapping the First Weekend of Free Agency (Ep. 131)
Jul 3 • 48 min
The Ringer’s Chris Vernon is joined by NBA TV’s Tas Melas to discuss the Toronto Raptors’ free-agency moves (1:00), Gordon Hayward’s potential landing spots (9:45), the dearth of talent in the Eastern Conference (21:15), Blake Griffin’s max deal with the…
The CP3 Trade, Phil Jackson’s Firing, and What’s Next for the Clippers? (Ep. 130)
Jun 28 • 64 min
The Ringer’s Chris Ryan brings on Bill Simmons to offer up initial reactions to the news that Chris Paul is heading to the Houston Rockets (3:00). Then, The Ringer’s Kevin O’Connor joins to give his thoughts on what’s next for the Clippers (17:30).…
NBA Awards and Free Agency (Ep. 129)
Jun 27 • 53 min
The Ringer’s Chris Vernon and Kevin O’Connor discuss the NBA Awards ceremony and some memorable moments (2:33). Then they take a hard look at upcoming free-agency moves (24:25).
‘High Upside’—The Butler Trade, Steals, and More Surprises (Ep. 128)
Jun 23 • 21 min
The Ringer’s Kevin O’Connor and Jonathan Tjarks recap the NBA draft. They start with the top six (0:32), then dissect the questionable Jimmy Butler trade (1:58), their draft surprises (9:45), and their draft steals (14:33).
The GM-less Cavs, Paul George, and the Porzingis Rumor (Ep. 127)
Jun 20 • 49 min
The Ringer’s Chris Vernon is joined by Sam Amick of USA Today to discuss David Griffin’s departure from the Cleveland Cavaliers (02:00), Jimmy Butler and the Boston Celtics (18:00), Paul George’s interest in the Lakers (22:00), what the Clippers’ addition…
Bill Simmons on LeBron James, Kevin Durant, Offseason Moves, and NBA Draft Advice (Ep. 126)
Jun 15 • 63 min
Bill Simmons is joined by Chris Ryan to discuss the similarities and differences between LeBron James’s and Kevin Durant’s decisions to leave their first NBA teams (2:07). Later they talk offseason trades and the NBA draft (37:00).
The Warriors’ Win, Durant vs. LeBron, and Playoffs Recap (Ep. 125)
Jun 13 • 56 min
The Ringer’s Chris Vernon and Kevin O’Connor discuss the Cavaliers falling short of beating the Warriors (1:20), Kevin Durant’s and LeBron James’s legacies (11:21), what superteams mean for NBA fandom (21:30), how teams could compete against the Warriors…
‘High Upside’ — International Prospects (Ep. 124)
Jun 12 • 26 min
The Ringer’s Kevin O’Connor and Jonathan Tjarks look at the international prospects in their top 60 for the NBA draft. They discuss ‘Filthy’ Frank Ntilikina (2:02), Jonah Bolden (9:15), and Anzejs Pasecniks (14:08). Then, they talk about the most recent…
Warriors on the Brink of History (Ep. 123)
Jun 8 • 46 min
The Ringer’s Chris Vernon is joined by The Vertical’s Chris Mannix to discuss who should be the Finals MVP, who’s to blame for Wednesday night’s loss, LeBron’s future, who the Celtics should select no. 1 overall, and how to plan for the Warriors from a…
‘High Upside’—Long-Shot Prospects and Second-Round Steals (Ep. 122)
Jun 6 • 28 min
The Ringer’s Kevin O’Connor and Jonathan Tjarks discuss Adam Silver’s updated stance on one-and-done prospects (5:00), Kobi Simmons’s surprisingly low stock (12:00), Amile Jefferson’s NBA potential (15:30), Derrick White’s basketball smarts (19:00),…
The Warriors Came to Play (Ep. 121)
Jun 5 • 41 min
The Ringer’s Chris Vernon is joined by NBA writer Zach Harper to discuss LeBron’s fatigue (5:00), the Cavs’ chances to right the ship in Cleveland (13:00), the reason to blame Bill Russell for the Warriors’ superteam (24:00), Durant playing center…
Ten Pressing NBA Finals Questions (Ep. 120)
Jun 1 • 34 min
The Ringer’s Chris Vernon is joined by Washington Post national NBA writer Tim Bontemps to answer the 10 most important questions entering the 2017 NBA Finals.
NBA Finals Features (Ep. 119)
May 31 • 34 min
The Ringer’s Chris Ryan brings on a roundtable of Ringer writers to discuss the stories they’ve been working on leading up to the NBA Finals. First, Jonathan Tjarks gives his thoughts on Kevin Durant’s under-the-radar role (5:00). Then, Kevin O’Connor…
NBA Finals Primer With Kevin O’Connor (Ep. 118)
May 30 • 52 min
The Ringer’s Chris Vernon and Kevin O’Connor discuss the major story lines heading into the 2017 NBA Finals. Topics include: Steve Kerr’s absence on the bench (3:00), the importance of isolation scoring (10:00), the Warriors’ defense (19:00), Tristan…
‘High Upside’ — 3-and-D Specialists (Ep. 117)
May 29 • 32 min
The Ringer’s Kevin O’Connor and Jonathan Tjarks discuss the best wing players in the 2017 NBA draft. Topics include: Justin Jackson’s upside (8:00), Wesley Iwundu’s sleeper status (14:00), the importance of basketball IQ (18:00), the next Malcolm Brogdon…
Warriors-Cavaliers Collision Course and the NBA’s Best Podcast (Ep. 116)
May 25 • 65 min
The Ringer’s Chris Vernon and Chris Ryan discuss LeBron’s Game 3 illness (6:00) and his affinity for deferring (10:00), the Cavaliers’ struggling defense (18:00), the best players on the Cavaliers and Warriors (23:00), Lonzo Ball on the Sixers (28:00),…
Warriors Sweep, Manu’s Next Move, and the Celtics’ Future (Ep. 115)
May 23 • 57 min
The Ringer’s Chris Vernon and Kevin O’Connor discuss the Warriors’ historic run to the Finals (5:00), Manu Ginobili’s potential retirement (12:00), the Celtics’ improbable comeback (24:30), Kevin Love’s draft workout (33:00), the importance of “tweener”…
‘High Upside’—Molding the Modern Guard (Ep. 114)
May 22 • 31 min
The Ringer’s Kevin O’Connor and Jonathan Tjarks discuss the lottery-level guards in the 2017 NBA draft. Topics include: Markelle Fultz’s defense (5:00), Frank Ntilikina’s NBA frame (11:00), Dennis Smith Jr.’s fit on the Mavericks (17:00), Malik Monk’s…
The Warriors’ Big Spread, LaVar Ball’s Premonition, and Harry Giles (Ep. 113)
May 18 • 61 min
The Ringer’s Chris Vernon is joined by CBS Sports columnist Gary Parrish to discuss Jaylen Brown’s surprising play in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals (5:00), Vegas’s big spreads for the Warriors (15:00), Lonzo Ball on the Lakers (19:00), Markelle…
‘High Upside’ — Lottery Reaction (Ep. 112)
May 16 • 36 min
The Ringer’s Kevin O’Connor and Jonathan Tjarks give their initial reaction to the NBA draft lottery and discuss Boston’s big night (5:00), potential Celtics chemistry issues (10:00), Josh Jackson’s fit in Philly (17:00), the best players outside of the…
Kawhi’s Injury, Wall’s Big Shot, and Zaza’s Dirtiness (Ep. 111)
May 15 • 52 min
The Ringer’s Chris Vernon and Kevin O’Connor discuss John Wall’s game winner (5:00), the Wizards’ consistency against the Celtics (10:00), the Spurs’ chances without Kawhi Leonard (20:00), the Warriors’ defensive mistakes (24:00), Durant and Curry’s…
Houston’s Problem, Spurs-Warriors, and John Wall’s Cussing With Shea Serrano (Ep. 110)
May 12 • 42 min
The Ringer’s Chris Vernon and Shea Serrano discuss James Harden’s no-show against the Spurs (5:00), the Spurs winning without Kawhi (15:30), the top moments in Spurs history (23:00), John Wall’s cussing on the court (27:00), potential Wall vs. LeBron…
D.C.’s White Flag Wednesday With Bill Simmons and Joe House (Ep. 109)
May 10 • 51 min
HBO and The Ringer’s Bill Simmons brings on Joe House to discuss D.C.’s devastating sports night (5:00), the district’s Friday-night crowd (11:00), the Wizards’ end-of-game situations (16:00), James Harden’s management of minutes (20:00), Kyle Lowry’s…
The Raptors Reset and More Playoffs With Kevin O’Connor (Ep. 108)
May 9 • 66 min
The Ringer’s Chris Vernon and Kevin O’Connor discuss Kyle Lowry’s likely exit from Toronto (5:00), LeBron’s demoralizing dominance (15:00), reasons to blow up teams with stars (25:00), Paul George’s trade value (35:00), Wizards-Celtics (46:00), and the…
‘High Upside’ — Top Forward Prospects (Ep. 107)
May 8 • 37 min
The Ringer’s Kevin O’Connor and Jonathan Tjarks discuss the changing landscape of big men in the NBA (4:00), Jonathan Isaac’s ability to play center (8:00), Jayson Tatum’s NBA comparison (14:00), Josh Jackson’s jump shot (18:00), OG Anunoby’s high ceiling…
One-Dimensional DeRozan, Harden’s Charges, and NBA E-sports With Jason Concepcion (Ep. 106)
May 4 • 55 min
The Ringer’s Chris Vernon and Jason Concepcion discuss watching NBA games in L.A. (5:00), DeMar DeRozan’s one-dimensional offense (14:00), Rockets-Spurs (24:00), James Harden’s charging (29:00), ’90s basketball comparisons with Wizards-Celtics (35:00),…
Emergency Celtics Pod With Bill Simmons (Ep. 105)
May 3 • 37 min
HBO and The Ringer’s Bill Simmons calls his dad to talk about the Celtics’ epic overtime victory over the Wizards on Tuesday night (02:00), John Wall’s fatigue (08:00), if Avery Bradley is injured (11:00), if Isaiah Thomas is the best Celtics scorer since…
The Cavs’ Dominance, Rockets’ Liftoff, and Warriors’ Huge Spread (Ep. 104)
May 2 • 53 min
The Ringer’s Chris Vernon and Kevin O’Connor discuss the Raptors’ reliance on isolation against the Cavs (5:00), James Harden’s masterful pick-and-roll play (10:00), LaMarcus Aldridge’s dismal showing (15:00), the Spurs’ discipline on defense (23:00),…
Wizards’ Magic, Iso Joe, and Kerr’s Absence (Ep. 103)
Apr 27 • 52 min
The Ringer’s Chris Vernon is joined by Washington Post NBA writer Tim Bontemps to discuss Wizards-Hawks (4:00), the Bucks’ point totals (10:00), the Bulls without Rondo (15:00), the Spurs’ struggles (23:00), Joe Johnson and the Jazz (27:15), offseason…
Sweeps, Hacks, and Kawhi’s Iso Game (Ep. 102)
Apr 25 • 68 min
The Ringer’s Chris Vernon and Kevin O’Connor discuss sweeps by the Warriors and Cavs (5:00), Raptors-Bucks (11:00), the Wizards’ lacking bench (18:00), Taurean Prince’s improvement (22:00), Hack-a-Shaq situations (30:30), Gasol and Conley (38:00), Kawhi’s…
Rondo’s Injury, the Bucks’ Blowout, and Westbrook With Chris Mannix and Rodger Sherman (Ep. 101)
Apr 21 • 49 min
The Ringer’s Chris Vernon is joined by Chris Mannix of The Vertical to discuss Rajon Rondo’s injury (01:00), an epic comeback by LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavs (11:00), the Raptors’ loss in Milwaukee (19:30), and the Grizzlies striking back in…
Celtics Struggle, Westbrook Bricks, and More Playoffs (Ep. 100)
Apr 20 • 54 min
The Ringer’s Chris Vernon and Kevin O’Connor discuss the Celtics’ struggles (5:00), Al Horford’s disappearing act (11:00), Russell Westbrook’s fourth-quarter collapse (18:55), John Wall’s entertaining style (26:00), the Warriors’ winning ways (32:00),…
Take That for Data! With Kevin O’Connor (Ep. 99)
Apr 18 • 63 min
The Ringer’s Chris Vernon and Kevin O’Connor discuss David Fizdale’s postgame rant (3:00), Kawhi’s historic efficiency (14:00), Kevin Love’s lack of shots (18:00), Raptors déjà vu (23:00), the Bucks defense (29:00), Bulls-Celtics (33:00), the loss of Rudy…
The Playoffs Are Here! With Bill Simmons (Ep. 98)
Apr 14 • 62 min
The Ringer’s Chris Vernon is joined by Bill Simmons to discuss the most polarizing MVP race ever (5:00), James Harden’s MVP case (10:00), CP3’s attrition (15:00), Kyrie Irving and LeBron’s disappointing win total (21:00), Celtics-Bulls (28:00), the Cavs’s…
Kristen Ledlow (Ep. 97)
Apr 13 • 36 min
The Ringer’s Chris Vernon is joined by NBA TV’s Kristen Ledlow to discuss the end of the NBA regular season (5:00), the Cavs’ playoff switch (11:00), Raptors-Bucks (16:00), Ahmad Rashad giving his blessing to her hosting ‘Inside Stuff’ (22:00), the best…
Who Is the Real MVP? With Kevin O’Connor (Ep. 96)
Apr 11 • 60 min
The Ringer’s Chris Vernon and Kevin O’Connor discuss the end of the NBA regular season, the Heat’s playoff push (6:00), the Bulls’ best lineup (11:00), the best deal of the season (16:00), the underrated Clippers (22:00), LeBron’s MVP argument (32:00),…
Probable Playoff Matchups With Taco Trey Kerby (Ep. 95)
Apr 7 • 37 min
The Ringer’s Chris Vernon is joined by Trey Kerby of NBA TV’s ‘The Starters’ to discuss LeBron’s Eastern Conference dominance (6:00), the most dangerous late seeds in the East (13:00), the Warriors’ chances without Durant (19:00), Jazz-Clippers home-court…
Records Worth Breaking With Shea Serrano (Ep. 94)
Apr 6 • 47 min
The Ringer’s Chris Vernon and Shea Serrano discuss Russell Westbrook’s ridiculousness (5:00), Cavs-Celtics (13:00), Gordon Hayward’s improvement (20:00), and the best NBA records yet to be broken (26:00).
The Magic Whiteboard With Kevin O’Connor (Ep. 93)
Apr 4 • 54 min
The Ringer’s Chris Vernon and Kevin O’Connor discuss the NCAA championship (5:00), Rob Hennigan’s leaked whiteboard (13:00), JaMychal Green’s market value (24:00), the Boogie–Anthony Davis experiment (35:00), and the best potential playoff matchups…
The Blazers’ Bosnian Beast With John Gonzalez (Ep. 92)
Mar 31 • 40 min
The Ringer’s Chris Vernon and John Gonzalez discuss the curious case of the Cleveland Cavs (02:00), the ascent of Nikola Jokic and the Denver Nuggets (06:30), Jusuf Nurkic flourishing with the Trail Blazers (10:30), and the NBA experience in Portland…
The Playoff Picture in the West and End-of-Season Awards (Ep. 91)
Mar 30 • 48 min
The Ringer’s Chris Vernon talks to Zach Harper about the end of the NBA regular season and the nearly finalized playoff picture in the West (1:10). They also discuss the MVP race heating up between James Harden and Russell Westbrook (35:00).
Cavs Can’t Play D, the Raptors’ Next Move, and Ball vs. Fox With Kevin O’Connor (Ep. 90)
Mar 28 • 54 min
The Ringer’s Chris Vernon and Kevin O’Connor discuss the Cavs’ putrid defensive effort against the Spurs (5:00), historically bad defenses to win titles (12:00), the Celtics taking over the 1-seed (21:00), Toronto’s five-year plan (28:00), the 2011 Spurs’…
The Young Suns, Barea the Bully, and NBA Prospects in the NCAA Tournament (Ep. 89)
Mar 24 • 35 min
The Ringer’s Chris Vernon and Jonathan Tjarks discuss the young Suns (01:00), J.J. Barea vs. Blake Griffin (05:30), the Knicks and the triangle offense (10:45), Josh Jackson’s draft value (14:00), the shooting mechanics of Lonzo Ball (19:00), and…
Most Underrated Player in the NBA With Chris Mannix (Ep. 88)
Mar 23 • 38 min
The Ringer’s Chris Vernon is joined by The Vertical’s Chris Mannix to discuss Avery Bradley’s expanded game (5:00), Bradley Beal’s scoring (12:00), contenders in the Eastern Conference (15:00), Isaiah Thomas’s thoughts on the Celtics’ top pick (22:00),…
Ep. 87: Mini-Melee in OKC, Resting Players, and the 2016 NBA Draft Class With Kevin O’Connor
Mar 21 • 51 min
The Ringer’s Chris Vernon and Kevin O’Connor discuss the spat between the Warriors and Thunder in OKC (5:00), the injury-report model in the NBA (17:00), the impact of resting stars like LeBron (23:00), redrafting the 2016 NBA draft (29:00), Malcolm…
Ep. 86: B.J. Armstrong
Mar 16 • 50 min
The Ringer’s Chris Vernon is joined by former NBA champion B.J. Armstrong to discuss MJ’s popularity (5:00), targeting players like Draymond Green (14:00), the lack of development in the D-League (25:00), the age-limit rule (33:00), and Derrick Rose’s…
Ep. 85: Vinsanity, Injuries in the West, and Prospects to Watch in the NCAA Tournament
Mar 14 • 51 min
The Ringer’s Chris Vernon and Kevin O’Connor discuss Vince Carter’s performance Monday night (01:00), Western Conference teams losing players (03:00), Rajon Rondo and the rebuilding Bulls (23:00), and college players to watch in the tourney (32:15).
Ep. 84: The Wizards of Washington With Katie Baker
Mar 10 • 40 min
The Ringer’s Chris Vernon and Katie Baker discuss the Wizards’ rise in the East (5:00), Scott Brooks’s “forced sabbatical” (11:00), John Wall and Bradley Beal’s relationship (17:00), Wall’s candidness (24:00), and the stars in the D.C. market (33:00).
Ep. 83: Durant’s Timeline, the Playoff Picture, and Dirk’s Milestone With Sam Amick
Mar 9 • 43 min
The Ringer’s Chris Vernon is joined by USA Today’s Sam Amick to discuss Kevin Durant’s injury (01:00), the possible playoff matchups (08:30), MVP chants for Isaiah Thomas at Golden State (16:00), the universal love for Dirk Nowitzki (23:30), and the…
Ep. 82: NBA Legends Podcast With Micah Peters
Mar 8 • 36 min
The Ringer’s Micah Peters sits down with Gary Payton, Horace Grant, and Theo Ratliff to discuss the generation gap in basketball today, the Westbrook vs. Harden MVP debate, and who is the best Batman villain of all time.
Ep. 81: Bogut’s Injury and Kawhi’s MVP Moment With Kevin O’Connor
Mar 7 • 44 min
The Ringer’s Chris Vernon and Kevin O’Connor discuss Andrew Bogut’s bizarre injury (5:00), Dwight Howard vs. Dennis Schroder (10:00), Kawhi’s MVP moment (22:00), and Gordon Hayward’s superstar season (36:00).
Ep. 80: The NBA and Other Things With Shea Serrano
Mar 3 • 37 min
The Ringer’s Chris Vernon and Shea Serrano discuss the Warriors’ recent loss (1:00), wonder if the Spurs are actually good (3:15), and debate which Wilt Chamberlain myth is more likely to have happened (9:50). Later, they chat about the Cavs vs. the field…
Ep. 79: The Durant Ripple Effect With Tim Bontemps
Mar 2 • 36 min
The Ringer’s Chris Vernon is joined by The Washington Post’s Tim Bontemps to discuss witnessing Kevin Durant’s injury firsthand (5:00), the importance of the 1-seed in the West (8:00), Matt Barnes’s role on the Warriors (18:00), LeBron’s loss in Boston…
Ep. 78: Three-Quarter-Season Awards With Kevin O’Connor
Feb 28 • 49 min
The Ringer’s Chris Vernon and Kevin O’Connor discuss Andrew Bogut’s final four team choices (6:00), Brandon Jennings on the Wizards (11:00), the three-quarter-season awards (15:00), Harden vs. Westbrook for MVP (24:00), the 15 most important players in…
Ep. 77: The Trade Deadline Extravaganza With Chris Ryan
Feb 23 • 45 min
The Ringer’s Chris Vernon and Chris Ryan discuss the quiet NBA trade deadline, the Raptors’ acquisition of P.J. Tucker (8:00), the Lakers’ activity level (14:00), Nerlens Noel’s value (19:00), Lou Williams to the Rockets (28:00), the Celtics’ assets…
Ep. 76: Buddy Hield, Jimmy Butler, and Trade Deadline Predictions With Kevin O’Connor
Feb 21 • 52 min
The Ringer’s Chris Vernon and Kevin O’Connor discuss Vivek Ranadivé’s comments on Buddy Hield’s star potential (8:00), what constitutes a bad trade (15:00), how DeMarcus Cousins fits with Anthony Davis (19:00), Jimmy Butler trade talk (26:00), Kevin…
Ep. 75: The DeMarcus Cousins Deal With Bill Simmons
Feb 20 • 56 min
The Ringer’s Chris Vernon and HBO’s Bill Simmons discuss the many ramifications of the DeMarcus Cousins trade to New Orleans. Topics include: Vlade Divac’s cap knowledge (8:00), Buddy Hield’s star potential (12:00), the rundown of every team’s trade…
Ep. 74: Dave Joerger
Feb 17 • 37 min
The Ringer’s Chris Vernon is joined by Sacramento Kings head coach Dave Joerger to discuss DeMarcus Cousins’s desire to finish his career in Sacramento (5:00), Ty Lawson’s comeback (11:00), unfounded criticism of Cousins’s defense (18:00), Willie…
Ep. 73: All-Star Weekend With Tim Bontemps
Feb 16 • 40 min
The Ringer’s Chris Vernon and The Washington Post’s Tim Bontemps discuss Carmelo replacing Kevin Love in the All-Star Game (6:00), Bradley Beal’s snub (14:00), Lou Williams’s trade potential (18:00), and the battle for the 8-seed in the Western Conference…
Ep. 72: The Serge Ibaka Trade, Kevin Love’s Injury, and Nikola Jokic With Kevin O’Connor
Feb 14 • 53 min
The Ringer’s Chris Vernon and Kevin O’Connor discuss the top 10 story lines of the NBA, including the Serge Ibaka trade (5:00), Kevin Love’s injury (10:00), Mike Budenholzer backing Paul Millsap (14:00), Nikola Jokic’s breakout performance (22:15),…
Ep. 71: One-on-One With Jared Dudley
Feb 9 • 56 min
The Ringer’s Chris Vernon sat down on Tuesday, February 7, with Phoenix Suns forward Jared Dudley to discuss his early years in the league (02:00), adjusting his game to play with Steve Nash (04:50), a different vibe with the Clippers (10:40), moving to…
Ep. 70: Cavs-Wizards, Boogie Cousins, and the Suns
Feb 7 • 44 min
The Ringer’s Chris Vernon and Kevin O’Connor discuss Monday night’s epic showdown between Cleveland and Washington (01:25), DeMarcus Cousins’s likely suspension (11:55), the Jahlil Okafor trade rumors (19:55), and the past, present, and future of the…
Ep. 69: NBA Twitter Beefs, Markelle Fultz, and Cavs Tryouts With Kevin O’Connor
Feb 3 • 50 min
The Ringer’s Chris Vernon and Kevin O’Connor discuss Markelle Fultz’s potential to be the no. 1 overall pick (5:00), Lakers vs. Sixers tanking strategy (15:00), LeBron’s open tryouts for the Cavs (26:00), the return of Dion Waiters (34:00), and their best…
Ep. 68: Stu Jackson
Feb 2 • 24 min
The Ringer’s Chris Vernon is joined by former NBA executive vice president and current NBA TV analyst Stu Jackson to discuss his induction into the Pac-12 Men’s Basketball Hall of Honor (5:00), Rick Pitino pioneering the 3-point shot (8:00), quality…
Ep. 67: Sam Amick on the LeBron-Barkley Beef
Jan 31 • 41 min
The Ringer’s Chris Vernon is joined by USA Today’s Sam Amick to discuss LeBron putting haters on blast (5:00), LeBron’s business relationship with the Cavs (11:00), the Cavs’ free-agent workout (15:00), Charles Barkley’s status as a beloved figure…
Ep. 66: All-Star Snubs, Rondo vs. Wade, and More Melo
Jan 27 • 34 min
The Ringer’s Chris Vernon is joined by Zach Harper of FanRag Sports to discuss the All-Star lineups (2:05), Rajon Rondo and the Bulls (13:33), and the Knicks’ continuing Carmelo Anthony saga (22:13).
Ep. 65: Melo Trade Talk With Chris Mannix
Jan 26 • 36 min
The Ringer’s Chris Vernon is joined by The Vertical’s Chris Mannix to discuss the trade rumors around Carmelo Anthony (5:00), possible destinations for Melo (10:00), the Cavs’ lack of depth (15:00), Brett Brown’s positive outlook (22:00), the Sixers’…
Ep. 64: A Bizarre Night in the NBA
Jan 24 • 42 min
The Ringer’s Chris Vernon and Kevin O’Connor discuss a weird evening in the NBA (0:55), Kevin’s Isaiah Thomas interview (12:45), and whether or not acquiring Carmelo Anthony could put the Celtics above the Cavs (29:36).
Ep. 63: One-on-One With Isaiah Thomas
Jan 23 • 22 min
The Ringer’s Kevin O’Connor is joined by Celtics guard Isaiah Thomas to discuss about his stellar 2016 (00:24), improving his step-back jumper (02:47), his thoughts during the draft (10:35), and what he learned from Kevin Garnett (15:28).
Ep. 62: The Thunder-Warriors “Rivalry,” Embiid’s Antics, and Shea Serrano Loses a Game to His Son
Jan 19 • 44 min
The Ringer’s Chris Vernon and Shea Serrano discuss Russell Westbrook’s stare during warm-ups (2:40), Zaza Pachulia’s flagrant foul (4:55), the surging 76ers (11:19), five non-obvious guys whom Shea loves (15:10), and the ‘White Men Can’t Jump’ reboot…
Ep. 61: LeBron’s Acting, Melo Trade Talk, and All-Star Ballots
Jan 17 • 44 min
The Ringer’s Chris Vernon and Kevin O’Connor discuss the Warriors’ drubbing of the Cavs (5:00), LeBron’s flopping (8:00), Melo’s trade options (12:00), the improving Wizards (19:00), Buddy Hield’s defense (25:00), All-Star ballots (28:00), Wade-Melo…
Ep. 60: Adrian Wojnarowski
Jan 13 • 60 min
The Ringer’s Chris Vernon is joined by The Vertical’s Adrian Wojnarowski to discuss Mark Cuban’s relationship with NBA referees (5:00), D-Rose’s absence (16:00), potential trades on the horizon (24:00), LeBron’s Eastern Conference dominance (32:00), Ice…
Ep. 59: Knicks’ Nonsense and Midseason NBA Hipster Squads With Jason Concepcion
Jan 12 • 51 min
The Ringer’s Chris Vernon and Jason Concepcion discuss the Knicks’ demoralizing loss in Philly (5:00), Carmelo Anthony’s no-trade clause (12:00), Ron Baker’s children’s book (16:00), Mason Plumlee’s triple-double pursuit (23:00), Bucks vs. T’Wolves for…
Ep. 58: One-on-One With Joel Embiid
Jan 10 • 12 min
The Ringer’s Kevin O’Connor is joined by Sixers forward and Rookie of the Year candidate Joel Embiid to discuss his nickname, the return of the big man in basketball, his desire to play point guard, and his strong social media presence.
Ep. 57: D-Rose’s Absence, the Knicks’ Next Move, and McCollum Trade Talk With Kevin O’Connor
Jan 10 • 42 min
The Ringer’s Chris Vernon and Kevin O’Connor discuss MIA Derrick Rose (5:00), what’s next for the Knicks (15:00), moving Paul Millsap (23:00), C.J. McCollum trade talk (28:00), Joel Embiid at point guard (36:00), and Steph Curry’s cameo on ‘Family Guy’…
Ep. 56: The Kyle Korver Trade, the MVP Race, and All-Star Voting With Tim Bontemps
Jan 6 • 43 min
The Ringer’s Chris Vernon is joined by Tim Bontemps of The Washington Post to discuss the huge trade that brought Kyle Korver to the Cavs (0:50) and possible other moves before the deadline (4:15). They also discuss the MVP race (19:45) and voting for the…
Ep. 55: Jimmy Goldstein
Jan 5 • 50 min
The Ringer’s Chris Vernon is joined by NBA superfan James Goldstein to discuss pioneering NBA fandom (3:00), growing up a Milwaukee Hawks fan (6:00), Goldstein’s rivalry with Kobe (10:00), his love for Dominique Wilkins (13:00), Clippers fandom (16:00),…
Ep. 54: Houston Experiment, Potential Trades, and Harden vs. Westbrook
Jan 3 • 51 min
The Ringer’s Chris Vernon and Kevin O’Connor discuss the Rockets’ rise in the Western Conference (5:00), Eric Gordon’s all-star candidacy (12:00), potential teams to challenge the Cavs and Warriors (19:00), superstar trade scenarios (26:00), the glut of…
Ep. 53: Corey Brewer
Dec 23, 2016 • 39 min
The Ringer’s Chris Vernon is joined by Houston Rockets forward Corey Brewer to discuss his transition from back-to-back national championships to bottom of the NBA (4:00), running “the octagon” with the Timberwolves (8:00), returning to Minnesota (12:00),…
Ep. 52: NBA Christmas Wish List With Kevin O’Connor
Dec 20, 2016 • 52 min
The Ringer’s Chris Vernon and Kevin O’Connor discuss Blake Griffin’s durability and decreasing dunk numbers (6:00), Nerlens Noel vs. Jahlil Okafor (15:00), and Cheick Diallo’s surprising rookie season (23:00). Then, Chris and Kevin draft their top-five…
Ep. 51: Ringing in the New CBA With Tim Bontemps
Dec 15, 2016 • 50 min
The Ringer’s Chris Vernon is joined by The Washington Post’s Tim Bontemps to discuss who gets credit for the new CBA (5:00), the details on designated veteran player contracts (12:00), the new max contract (19:00), the addition of two extra roster spots…
Ep. 50: The Morey Effect, First-Time All-Stars, and the Warriors’ Weakness
Dec 13, 2016 • 54 min
The Ringer’s Chris Vernon and Kevin O’Connor discuss the foundation of footwork (6:00), the Daryl Morey effect on offense (10:00), James Harden’s greatest skill (20:00), potential first-time All-Stars (25:00), Grizzlies-Warriors (35:00), and the…
Ep. 49: The Warriors in L.A., the Separation in the East, and the Water Bottle Challenge at MSG
Dec 8, 2016 • 44 min
The Ringer’s Chris Vernon is joined by Trey Kerby of NBA TV to discuss Wednesday night’s Warriors-Clippers game (3:13), the Cavs humiliating the Knicks (13:58), Tom Thibodeau’s struggles in Minnesota (28:58), and the success of ‘The Starters’ (34:48).
Ep. 48: Quarterly Awards With Kevin O’Connor
Dec 6, 2016 • 45 min
The Ringer’s Chris Vernon and Kevin O’Connor celebrate the first quarter of the NBA season by handing out awards, including MVP (17:00), then they talk Joel Embiid’s Rookie of the Year bid (25:00), Gregg Popovich vs. Quin Snyder for Coach of the Year…
Ep. 47: The MVP Rat Race, Clippers-Nets, and Conley’s Injury With Chris Mannix
Dec 1, 2016 • 50 min
The Ringer’s Chris Vernon and Yahoo Sports senior NBA writer Chris Mannix discuss the state of the MVP race (5:00), Sean Kilpatrick’s breakout game (12:00), the Clippers-Nets fiasco (16:00), the Celtics’ struggling defense (24:00), the impressive Pistons…
Ep. 46: Conference Playoff Outlook, and Three Guys Better Than Their Stats Suggest
Nov 29, 2016 • 51 min
The Ringer’s Chris Vernon and Kevin O’Connor discuss Russell Westbrook’s triple-double standard (5:00), decide which teams are out of the playoff picture in each conference (15:00), pick three guys who are better than their stats suggest (22:30), and…
Ep. 45: The Greek Freak, Tanking Strategies, and CBA Changes With Kevin O’Connor
Nov 22, 2016 • 54 min
The Ringer’s Chris Vernon and Kevin O’Connor discuss Giannis Antetokounmpo’s historic statistical feat (6:00), tanking advice for the Kings (14:00), Mark Cuban vs. Chandler Parsons (19:00), Kawhi Leonard’s improved shooting (31:00), Evan Turner’s poor…
Ep. 44: Clippers-Grizz, Klay Thompson Trades, and Phil Jackson’s LeBron Comment With Sam Amick
Nov 17, 2016 • 48 min
The Ringer’s Chris Vernon is joined by USA Today’s Sam Amick to discuss Marc Gasol’s Conor McGregor dance (6:00), the Clippers’ “strength in numbers” model (12:00), Klay Thompson’s numbers returning to normal (16:00), the D.C. catastrophe (20:00), the…
Ep. 43: Leaguewide Look With Kevin O’Connor
Nov 15, 2016 • 47 min
The Ringer’s Chris Vernon and Kevin O’Connor discuss overarching themes and intriguing developments 10 games into the season, including the Clippers’ bench play (5:00), the issue with high-usage players (12:00), Luke Walton’s Lakers (18:00), Willie…
Ep. 42: Contenders and Panic-Button Teams With Tim Bontemps
Nov 10, 2016 • 50 min
The Ringer’s Chris Vernon welcomes Tim Bontemps of The Washington Post to discuss Stan Van Gundy’s rant, God Shammgod’s influence on Harrison Barnes (4:42), the toughest competition for the Warriors in the West (11:40), and five teams that need to worry…
Ep. 41: 17 Years in the League With Mike Miller
Nov 8, 2016 • 29 min
The Ringer’s Chris Vernon is joined by the Denver Nuggets’ Mike Miller to discuss what it’s like to be a veteran on a young team, joining LeBron James and the Heat (7:50), his days as a Cav (17:05), and his future in basketball (28:15).
Ep. 40: KD vs. Westbrook
Nov 3, 2016 • 39 min
Chris Vernon welcomes Shea Serrano to discuss tonight’s meeting between the Warriors and the Thunder, bench celebrations (31:10), and Shea’s experience going away to college (35:20).
Ep. 39: ‘Sources Say’ With Michael D. Ratner
Nov 2, 2016 • 39 min
Juliet Litman welcomes Michael D. Ratner to the show to discuss his new mockumentary series ‘The 5th Quarter’ (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I9ch7TuWRbo). Then they speak with a few stars from the show — the Lakers’ Metta World Peace (5:54), Courtney…
Ep. 38: Who’s Got Staying Power? With Zach Harper
Nov 1, 2016 • 44 min
The Ringer’s Chris Vernon brings on NBA writer Zach Harper to run through the early-season story lines and determine if Russell Westbrook’s ridiculous tear will continue (6:00), if Anthony Davis can continue to score 50-plus and still lose (15:00), if the…
Ep. 37: One-Game Overreactions With Jonathan Tjarks
Oct 27, 2016 • 42 min
Chris Vernon and Jonathan Tjarks discuss the Warriors loss, the weird Grizzlies win over the Timberwolves (8:52), monster numbers from Anthony Davis (25:32), and the Lakers’ new life without Kobe (35:35).
Ep. 36: ‘Thirty Things to See’ Season Tipoff With Kevin O’Connor
Oct 25, 2016 • 58 min
The Ringer’s Chris Vernon and Kevin O’Connor celebrate the kickoff of the NBA season by selecting their top storyline for all thirty teams. Topics include: the Warriors’ dominance (4:00), Doc Rivers’s need for creativity (6:00), Boogie’s ideal coach…
Ep. 35: The Genesis of PER and the Grizzlies’ Untapped Potential With John Hollinger
Oct 20, 2016 • 50 min
The Ringer’s Chris Vernon is joined by former ESPN analytics guru and current Memphis Grizzlies vice president of basketball operations John Hollinger to discuss developing his formula for PER (8:00), working for a franchise vs. covering a franchise…
Ep. 34: Basketball Analytics and the Revamped Rockets With Daryl Morey
Oct 18, 2016 • 32 min
The Ringer’s Chris Vernon is joined by Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey to discuss the growth of analytics in sports (6:00), handling criticism of team chemistry (14:00), his beef with Charles Barkley (18:00), the additions of Eric Gordon and…
Ep. 33: NBA Hipster Team Championship Belt and Five Players to Watch With Jason Concepcion
Oct 13, 2016 • 54 min
The Ringer’s Chris Vernon and Jason Concepcion discuss why the Timberwolves are the top hipster team this season (6:00), Chandler Parsons’s Instagram (11:00), the longest-tenured players on one franchise (15:00), the promising Bucks (22:00), Devin…
Ep. 32: Covering Superteams and Positive CBA Talks With Tim Bontemps
Oct 11, 2016 • 42 min
The Ringer’s Chris Vernon brings on Washington Post national NBA writer Tim Bontemps to discuss the new-look Warriors (6:00), Steph Curry taking a backseat to Kevin Durant (12:00), who’s the second-best team in the West (18:00), the NBA’s need to avoid…
Ep. 31: The Process of Signing Superstars With Sonny Vaccaro
Oct 6, 2016 • 40 min
The Ringer’s Chris Vernon is joined by the godfather of grassroots basketball and former sports marketing executive for Nike and Adidas, Sonny Vaccaro, to discuss betting his job with Nike on signing Michael Jordan (6:00), the first time Kobe showed his…
Ep. 30: Ben Simmons’s Injury and Bold Preseason Predictions With Chris Vernon and Kevin O’Connor
Oct 4, 2016 • 36 min
The Ringer’s Chris Vernon makes his hosting debut with help from Kevin O’Connor to discuss Ben Simmons’s injury (8:25) and the “buzzard’s luck” of the Sixers. Then, the duo play a game of ‘Three Things We Feel Alone in Feeling’ (15:35) and make bold…
Ep. 29: Fireside NBA Chatter With Bill Simmons and Brad Stevens
Sep 19, 2016 • 66 min
HBO and The Ringer’s Bill Simmons is joined by the head coach of the Boston Celtics, “The President” Brad Stevens, to discuss coaching in the NBA vs. college (5:00), Brandan Wright’s time with the Celtics (16:50), Marcus Smart’s career arc (22:00),…
Ep. 28: Olympics Knockout Round With Tate Frazier and Jonathan Tjarks
Aug 16, 2016 • 45 min
The Ringer’s Tate Frazier and Jonathan Tjarks discuss the upcoming Olympic basketball knockout round, the expectations for Team USA, which team is the biggest dark horse, the standout stars from Rio, and Coach K’s final farewell.
Ep. 27: ‘Sources Say’ With Chris Ryan and Juliet Litman
Aug 12, 2016 • 36 min
The Ringer’s Chris Ryan and Juliet Litman discuss Team USA’s eventful summer in Rio and LeBron’s back-to-back European travel schedule. Then, Tate Frazier joins to lament Kyrie Irving’s inability to lose lately.
Ep. 26: Kobe Stories, TV Shows, Building a Superteam, and More With Roy Hibbert and Tate Frazier
Aug 3, 2016 • 28 min
The Ringer’s Tate Frazier and Roy Hibbert discuss the two-time NBA All-Star’s low-key offseason, his favorite Kobe Bryant farewell tour tales, the superteam Hibbert would construct to defeat the Warriors, and his favorite television shows.
Ep. 25: Russell Westbrook’s Future and the ‘Miami Vice’ 10-Year Anniversary With Bill Simmons
Jul 27, 2016 • 43 min
HBO and The Ringer’s Bill Simmons and Ringer executive editor Chris Ryan drop a special double-feature edition of the ‘Ringer NBA Show’ to discuss Russell Westbrook’s options in Oklahoma City, potential trade suitors, and the best basketball fit moving…
Ep. 24: Team USA and U18 NBA Prospects With Tate Frazier and Jonathan Tjarks
Jul 25, 2016 • 35 min
The Ringer’s Tate Frazier and Jonathan Tjarks discuss Team USA, Coach K’s farewell tour, the 2016 FIBA Americas U18 Championship, and the promising prospects of the 2018 NBA draft.
Ep. 23: ‘Sources Say’ With Juliet Litman and Chris Ryan
Jul 20, 2016 • 29 min
The Ringer’s Juliet Litman and Chris Ryan discuss the last remaining NBA free agents and where they could end up (1:00). Then Juliet gives her Cavs report, including Channing Frye’s height and how Kyrie Irving’s always ready for the party (7:00). Finally…
Ep. 22: NBA Free Agency Roundup With Bill Simmons
Jul 15, 2016 • 45 min
HBO and The Ringer’s Bill Simmons moonlights on today’s ‘Ringer NBA Show’ with Ringer executive editor Chris Ryan, with each giving his hometown perspective on the Celtics and Sixers, respectively. Then they offer some broad perspective on the status of…
Ep. 21: NBA Summer League Special With Tate Frazier and Jonathan Tjarks
Jul 11, 2016 • 29 min
The Ringer’s Tate Frazier and Jonathan Tjarks recap the opening weekend of NBA summer league in Las Vegas, and discuss Brandon Ingram–Ben Simmons, Thon Maker’s debut, the rise of Guerschon Yabusele, and major takeaways moving forward.
Ep. 20: Kevin Durant to the Warriors and Team USA
Jul 5, 2016 • 38 min
On this week’s episode, Juliet Litman and Chris Ryan discuss Kevin Durant’s move to the Warriors and how players may be feeling about the change. Later, they discuss why Steph Curry and Draymond Green are like Hamilton and Burr, and what it all means for…
Ep. 19: ‘Sources Say’
Jul 1, 2016 • 29 min
On this week’s episode of ‘Sources Say,’ Juliet Litman and Chris Ryan talk about why the Bucks could be back in business and offer their predictions on where players are headed. Later they talk about Iguodala’s mistaken tweet and why they think Al…
Ep. 18: 2016 NBA Draft Recap With Danny Chau and Jonathan Tjarks
Jun 24, 2016 • 30 min
The Ringer’s Danny Chau and Jonathan Tjarks discuss the Ibaka trade, the Celtics’ future, and Thon Maker conspiracy theories.
Ep. 17: 2016 NBA Draft Top International Talents
Jun 22, 2016 • 26 min
The Ringer’s Danny Chau and Jonathan Tjarks on the international prospects projected to land in the lottery, like Dragan Bender and Timothe Luwawu, in Thursday night’s draft, and on some sleepers, like Ante Zizic and Zhou Qi, who may wind up being…
Ep. 16: Game 7 Reaction
Jun 20, 2016 • 31 min
The Ringer’s Chris Ryan, Juliet Litman, and Tate Frazier discuss Game 7 of the NBA Finals, where the teams go from here, LeBron James’s transcendent performance, and more.
Ep. 15: 2016 NBA Draft Lottery Picks and Late-First-Round Selections
Jun 17, 2016 • 31 min
The Ringer’s Danny Chau and Jonathan Tjarks on prospects slated to go in the top 10, and some prospects who may find themselves being selected later in the first round.
Ep. 14: ‘Ringer NBA Show’ Finals Game 6 Preview with Tate Frazier, Travon Free, and Pat Barker
Jun 14, 2016 • 35 min
The Ringer’s Tate Frazier and ‘Any Given Wednesday’ writers Travon Free and Pat Barker recap the Cavaliers’ Game 5 resurgence and look forward to Game 6 in Cleveland.
Ep. 13: Game 5 and Draymond’s Suspension
Jun 13, 2016 • 25 min
HBO and The Ringer’s Bill Simmons and longtime pal Joe House on Draymond Green’s suspension, Kyrie Irving’s Game 4 flop, GSW’s chances to close out the series, and if Andre Iguodala is the rich man’s Robert Horry.
Ep. 12: 2016 NBA Draft Sleepers and Busts With Danny Chau and Jonathan Tjarks
Jun 10, 2016 • 30 min
The Ringer’s Danny Chau and Jonathan Tjarks on the under-the-radar talents to target in the 2016 NBA draft.
Ep. 11: Winners and Losers Finals Game 3 With Chris Ryan, Juliet Litman, and Tate Frazier
Jun 9, 2016 • 24 min
The Ringer’s Chris Ryan, Juliet Litman, and Tate Frazier on the winners and losers from the Cavs’ win over the Warriors in last night’s Game 3 in Cleveland.
Ep. 10: ‘The Ringer NBA Show’ Finals Game 1 With Chris Ryan, Juliet Litman, and Tate Frazier
Jun 3, 2016 • 25 min
The Ringer’s Chris Ryan, Juliet Litman, and Tate Frazier on the implications of the Game 1 loss for the Cavs, Kyrie’s “superstar” status, and potential mid-tier Team USA combinations.
Ep. 9: ‘Ringer NBA Show’ Finals Preview With Chris Ryan, Travon Free, and Tate Frazier
Jun 1, 2016 • 35 min
The Ringer’s Tate Frazier and Chris Ryan and ‘Any Given Wednesday’ writer Travon Free on the NBA Finals rematch between the Golden State Warriors and the Cleveland Cavaliers. Plus, predictions for Kevin Durant’s free-agent destination.
Ep. 8: Conference Finals With Juliet Litman, Travon Free, and Tate Frazier
May 27, 2016 • 28 min
The Ringer’s Juliet Litman and Tate Frazier and ‘Any Given Wednesday’ writer Travon Free discuss the major talking points from the NBA conference finals heading into GSW-OKC Game 6.
Ep. 7: ‘Sources Say’ With Andrew Sharp
May 19, 2016 • 38 min
The Ringer’s Chris Ryan and Juliet Litman and Sports Illustrated’s Andrew Sharp talk about Kevin Durant buying in with Billy Donovan, Steph Curry’s popularity (12:00), Dwight Howard’s reputation restoration (16:00), Pat Riley’s Machiavellian moves…
Ep. 6: NBA Draft Lottery
May 18, 2016 • 25 min
The Ringer’s Danny Chau and Jonathan Tjarks on whether there’s a 76ers conspiracy, who should be the no. 1 overall pick, and whom Boston should take at no. 3.
Ep. 5: What’s Up With the Magic???
May 12, 2016 • 17 min
Quick pod: Bill Simmons and Ringer staff writer Kevin Clark (the world’s only living Orlando Magic fan) discuss Scott Skiles’s abrupt resignation and the Magic’s always-confusing future.
Ep. 4: ‘The Ringer NBA Show’ With Bill Simmons and Joe House
May 10, 2016 • 35 min
HBO and The Ringer’s Bill Simmons grabs Joe House to discuss Curry’s historic return against the Blazers, Thompson’s two-way dominance (11:00), KD’s alpha dog status (18:00), Kanter as the Spurs’ kryptonite (25:00), and predictions for Thunder-Spurs…
Ep. 3: ‘NBA Show’ With Bill Simmons and Tate Frazier
May 6, 2016 • 30 min
HBO and The Ringer’s Bill Simmons grabs Tate Frazier on a Friday morning to figure out who’s winning OKC-Spurs, whether Kyrie’s latest hot streak is legit, why Atlanta and Toronto’s backcourt are sputtering, how to beat the Curry-less Warriors, and…
Ep. 2: ‘Sources Say’ With Chris Ryan and Juliet Litman
May 5, 2016 • 40 min
Chris and Juliet break down a slew of happenings around the NBA, including Larry Bird’s tough love, Harden’s solo bus, Lowry’s struggles (10:00), Drake’s basketball fandom (14:00), Dwight’s next stop (28:00), the new-look Lakers (32:00), Durant’s…
Ep. 1: ‘NBA Show’ Premiere With Bill Simmons and Howard Beck
Apr 29, 2016 • 63 min
HBO and The Ringer’s Bill Simmons launches an all-NBA-everything feed for the Ringer podcast network. In Episode 1, Bleacher Report’s Howard Beck joins Bill to discuss the ongoing struggles of New York’s two teams, Phil Jackson’s future (16:00),…