The Ringer NBA Show

The Ringer NBA Show

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A daily breakdown of the latest story lines, trends, and important developments in the NBA. We promise to keep the Sixers and Celtics discussion to a reasonable amount … or to at least try.


How Will the Last Eight Games Affect Playoff Seeding?
Jun 30 • 64 min
We discuss how some of the lower seeds might get shuffled in the final eight games of the regular season before locking in the playoff matchups (10:30). Then, with no show scheduled for Friday, we dive back into the mailbag early this week, answering your…
J.R. Smith Might Be Joining the Lakers to Replace Avery Bradley. Which Other Players Sitting Out Will Have the Biggest Impact? | The Mismatch
Jun 26 • 64 min
After the first wave of news about which NBA players are opting out of the Orlando bubble plan for the season’s restart, we discuss whether our view of the competitive landscape of the league has changed at all (1:20). Then, we open back up the mailbag to…
The Five Players We’re Most Intrigued by Post-Quarantine | The Mismatch
Jun 23 • 56 min
A lot can change in an unprecedented, three-month interruption of the NBA season. After not seeing much of anything from players on social media since the NBA shut down, Chris and Kevin each list the three players they’re most excited to see when…
The NBA’s Orlando Health Guidelines, the 2009 Memphis Draft, and More Mailbag | The Mismatch
Jun 19 • 67 min
We run through some of the details of the NBA’s 100-page booklet of health guidelines for when the league returns in Orlando (2:00), before revisiting the Memphis Grizzlies’ choice to taken Hasheem Thabeet second overall in 2009 (22:36). Then we answer…
A Growing Contingent of NBA Players Is Wondering If the League Should Return at All | The Mismatch
Jun 16 • 52 min
A group of players reportedly led by Kyrie Irving held a phone call to discuss whether returning to play—amid the COVID-19 pandemic and continued social unrest surrounding police brutality—is the best course of action. Is this a representative sample of…
How Will the NBA Handle Growing Concern Over Its ‘Campus’ Environment? | The Mismatch
Jun 12 • 59 min
As the restart of the NBA season gets closer and closer, there are rumblings among some players about how comfortable they will be about staying in the campus environment of Disney World without the freedom to leave for two months (0:33). Plus, we answer…
What Needs to Happen Before the NBA Officially Returns? | The Mismatch
Jun 9 • 56 min
Now that we have a date for when the NBA will be playing games again, the focus has narrowed to what happens in the interim. We discuss the NBA’s evolving thought process on COVID-19 testing, how many players will be with their teams in Orlando, and more…
The NBA’s Return Plan Was Approved by the Board of Governors. Now What? | The Mismatch
Jun 5 • 46 min
After Thursday’s board of governors call with Adam Silver, the NBA has almost unanimously approved the league’s plan to return with eight regular-season games followed by a play-in tournament for the 8th seed in each conference. Now all that’s left is for…
As NBA Players Protest Police Brutality Around the Country, the League Is Locking in Its Return Plan | The Mismatch
Jun 3 • 40 min
We discuss the sweeping condemnation of police brutality from NBA players and the NBA community—in line with nationwide protests over the last week—and what it means to even think or talk about the return of basketball in this moment (0:39). Then we go…
Gregg Popovich on America in 2020, the Leadership Void, and What Needs to Change | Flying Coach With Steve Kerr and Pete Carroll
Jun 3 • 65 min
Steve and Pete are joined by San Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich to have a conversation about the state of our nation, how we got here as a country, our absence of leadership, and how we can take action to grow and bring about change following the…
Which Return Method Do NBA Front Offices Prefer? Plus: Most Overrated/Underrated NBA Stats | The Mismatch
May 29 • 59 min
We discuss Kevin’s report that the NBA GMs voted overwhelmingly against the group stage format floated by the league earlier this week (1:56). Then, we open the mailbag back up to answer your questions about the best and worst statistics in the NBA,…
Will the NBA Go to a Group Stage Format for Its Playoffs? | The Mismatch
May 26 • 58 min
As the NBA nears its return, we explore the benefits and drawbacks of adopting a World Cup–style group stage for the 2020 playoffs. Could this draw new fans? Could it be a precursor to future midseason tournaments or even playoffs? Does this shift the…
The Passing of Jerry Sloan, the NBA’s COVID Testing Plan, and Mailbag Questions | The Mismatch
May 22 • 71 min
Longtime Utah Jazz coach and NBA Hall of Famer Jerry Sloan died Tuesday morning. We remember his playing and coaching career and the legacy he leaves behind in the modern NBA (1:20). Then, we get into the nitty-gritty of Kevin’s reporting on the NBA’s…
The NBA Return Forecast, Bojan Bogdanovic’s Surgery, and the Knicks’ Future. Plus: ‘The Last Dance’ Finale. | The Mismatch
May 19 • 59 min
We run through the latest news around the NBA, including Tillman Fertitta’s comments to Donald Trump about the return of the NBA, Jazz wing Bojan Bogdanovic’s wrist surgery, and the Knicks’ new assistant GM, Frank Zanin (1:49). Then, we give our closing…
Final Takeaways From the ‘Last Dance’ Finale
May 18 • 48 min
After the final two episodes of ‘The Last Dance’ premiered Sunday night, Chris Ryan and Sean Fennessey break down the key takeaways and share their overall thoughts on the popular sports documentary. They talk about how a document like this could be made…
NBA Salary Reductions, Completing the Regular Season, Momentum Toward a Return. Plus: More Mailbag Questions. | The Mismatch
May 15 • 53 min
News about the NBA’s potential return continues to trickle out. This week, we discuss whether NBA players would feel compelled to complete the regular season if it meant they’d make their full salaries, and the timeline for the league’s return (5:01).…
Notes From the NBPA’s Call With Adam Silver. Plus: ‘The Last Dance’ Episodes 7-8. | The Mismatch
May 12 • 68 min
We go through the news leaking out of the conference call between the National Basketball Players Association and commissioner Adam Silver (1:17). Kevin shares his insights and reporting into the return ideas the NBA thinks are most feasible. Then, we…
The Challenges of Making ‘The Last Dance,’ The Stories Players Tell, and Quarantine Comforts With Jason Hehir | The JJ Redick Podcast
May 11 • 72 min
JJ and Tommy sit down with filmmaker Jason Hehir to talk about his Michael Jordan/Bulls docuseries ‘The Last Dance’ and explore what went into making the immensely popular project. They break down the animosity between players during that era (23:07).…
Internal Debates About the NBA’s Return. Plus: Pick a “Blow It Up!” Team. | The Mismatch
May 8 • 66 min
We discuss Kevin’s article about the debates going on within the league office about the best plan to bring basketball back this summer (1:42). Then, we open the mailbag back up to answer your questions about Matthew Dellavedova, which teams should blow…
Buying Into Analytics and The Advantage of the Multisport Athlete With Dave Roberts
May 7 • 50 min
Steve and Pete are joined by manager of the Los Angeles Dodgers, Dave Roberts, to discuss how they look at and assess multisport athletes, and how a player’s expertise at one sport can translate to another. Later the guys chat about how analytics factor…
‘The Last Dance’ and the Athlete As a Role Model | The Mismatch
May 5 • 60 min
We run through some league news, including the discussions about whether Kevin Durant would be ready to come back by the time the NBA is ready to ramp up again (1:41). Then we go deeper into episodes 5-6 of ‘The Last Dance,’ including the concept of the…
Instant Reactions to ‘The Last Dance Episodes 5-6 | The Ringer NBA Show
May 3 • 51 min
Justin Verrier and Rob Mahoney come to you immediately after the conclusion of the fifth and sixth episodes of ‘The Last Dance.’ On this week’s pod: an examination of Michael Jordan’s trip to Atlantic City during the 1993 playoffs, a window into the…
The NBA’s Orlando Bubble. Plus: ‘The Last Dance’ Questions, Allen Iverson in 2020, and Chris Paul to the Bright-Future Suns? | The Mismatch
May 1 • 59 min
With news swirling about the NBA’s continued exploration of potential return options, we discuss the complexities of restarting basketball in a bubble in Las Vegas or Orlando (1:23). Then, we open the Friday mailbag to answer your questions on ESPN’s ‘The…
NBA Facilities Opening in May. Plus: ‘The Last Dance’ Episodes 3-4 | The Mismatch
Apr 28 • 63 min
We react to the news that the NBA is considering opening its practice facilities up to players starting as soon as May (1:40), before discussing Marc Eversley’s hiring as the new Bulls general manager (7:06). Then, we close by giving our biggest takeaways…
Instant Reactions to ‘The Last Dance Episodes 3-4 | The Ringer NBA Show
Apr 26 • 67 min
Justin Verrier and Rob Mahoney gather to discuss the second week of ESPN’s Michael Jordan documentary, ‘The Last Dance.’ This week, we got a peek into the fascinating life of Dennis Rodman. Plus, we’re starting to peel the layers of the onion back on the…
Brooklyn’s Head Coaching Search, Chris Paul’s Hesitance to Return Too Fast, and More Mailbag Questions | The Mismatch
Apr 24 • 60 min
We discuss the short list (read: Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving’s list) for Kenny Atkinson’s replacement in Brooklyn (2:13). Then, we take a look at NBPA president Chris Paul’s reluctance to bring the NBA back without giving players at least a month to get…
Virtual Draft Strategies, Past Draft Stories, and Game-Changing Coaches | Flying Coach With Steve Kerr and Pete Carroll
Apr 22 • 53 min
Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr and Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll discuss all things draft, including how they are preparing for a virtual draft, how they scout players, and drafting late-round guys like D.K. Metcalf and Draymond…
‘The Last Dance,’ Re-living the Demise of the ’90s Bulls, and the NBA’s Quarantine Bubble With Bill Simmons | The Mismatch
Apr 21 • 84 min
Kevin and Chris are joined by Bill Simmons to react to Draymond Green’s Warriors-Bulls comparisons (1:48), discuss episodes 1-2 of ‘The Last Dance,’ recount some of the lesser-known stories of the late-’90s Bulls, and discuss the feasibility of the NBA’s…
Instant Reactions to ‘The Last Dance’ Episodes 1-2 | The Ringer NBA Show
Apr 19 • 50 min
Chris Ryan and Sean Fennessey convene for a special recap of ESPN’s new Michael Jordan documentary, ‘The Last Dance.’ Episodes 1-2 bring us back to the beginning, where Michael Jordan was a fresh young face at the University of North Carolina. What…
Jalen Green Forgoes College for the G League. Plus: The Ringer NBA Draft Guide Launches | The Mismatch
Apr 17 • 62 min
Top prospect Jalen Green is the next player to join the G League rather than go to college. Is he the next wave in a trend or an outlier (3:20)? Plus: The Ringer NBA Draft Guide has launched. Which players does Kevin have higher or lower than the NBA…
What Can the NBA Learn From Other Leagues Around the World About Returning in 2020? | The Mismatch
Apr 14 • 68 min
We discuss the successes and failures of the NBA’s H-O-R-S-E broadcast (2:30), before talking about Taiwan bringing basketball back with mannequins and cardboard cutouts in the stands as fans (12:25). Then, we jump back into the mailbag to answer a…
Flying Coach With Steve Kerr & Pete Carroll: Two Champions on Mentors, Philosophies, and Why They Coach (Premiere Episode!)
Apr 13 • 38 min
Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr and Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll sit down for the premiere episode of their new podcast ‘Flying Coach With Steve Kerr & Pete Carroll,’ in which they offer up their unique perspectives as…
Four Draft Prospects You Should Start Looking Up Now | The Mismatch
Apr 10 • 59 min
We chat about whether the proposed NBA H-O-R-S-E tournament will be entertaining or a bust (1:31), before reviewing the news that the Bulls will hire Arturas Karnisovas as their new executive vice president of basketball operations (6:15). Then, amid…
Creative Ideas to Bring Basketball Back and Even More Mailbag Questions | The Mismatch
Apr 7 • 44 min
The guys discuss the emerging ideas about how to bring back the NBA, including a H-O-R-S-E competition and rapid testing to resume the season (0:41), before answering more mailbag questions on: potential expansion team locations, greatest teams to never…
Our Biggest Draft Hits and Misses: Jayson Tatum, Mike Conley Jr., Draymond Green, and More | The Mismatch
Apr 3 • 72 min
With basketball still shelved, we revisit our biggest hits and misses in previous draft coverage: Dragan Bender, Jaylen Brown, Mario Hezonja, and more. Plus, are you in or out on Julius Randle? Hosts: Chris Vernon and Kevin O’Connor
Optimism for Completing the Season, the Jordan Documentary, Mailbag, and More | The Mismatch
Mar 31 • 63 min
We review comments by Mark Cuban and Adam Silver that make it seem like the NBA is still focused on finishing the 2019-20 season (3:52), before discussing the news that ESPN has decided to move up the release date of its much-anticipated 10-part Michael…
The Four Most Undercovered Stories or Players from the 2019-20 Season | The Mismatch
Mar 27 • 58 min
We revisit some of the stories and players that we dropped the ball on covering this year—including Goran Dragic (the unsung anchor of the Miami Heat), Victor Oladipo’s return to form, Alex Caruso, and more. Hosts: Chris Vernon and Kevin O’Connor
Possible NBA Return Scenarios, Draft Prospects Declaring, and More Mailbag Questions | The Mismatch
Mar 25 • 67 min
We look to other countries’ professional basketball leagues and wonder whether the NBA can develop a model to return that works in the United States (0:42) before discussing a bevy of college players that have declared for the NBA draft in the time since…
Reopening the Mismatch Mailbag: Who Should Blow It Up, NBA Sliding Doors, and More | The Mismatch
Mar 20 • 74 min
We sifted through all your questions and picked our favorites: What were our most memorable arguments? Which teams are primed to blow it up next season? What music are we listening to? And much more. Hosts: Chris Vernon and Kevin O’Connor
Life Without the NBA. Plus: Tom Brady Leaves the Patriots. | The Mismatch
Mar 17 • 58 min
Kevin reacts to the news that his favorite football player of all time, Tom Brady, is leaving the New England Patriots (0:00). Then, we discuss the NBA’s myriad of options for proceeding with the season—all contingent on global news—and discuss what we’ve…
The NBA Season Is Suspended | The Mismatch
Mar 12 • 43 min
In light of the news that the Utah Jazz’s Rudy Gobert has tested positive for COVID-19, the NBA announced that the 2019-20 season has been suspended. Hosts: Chris Vernon and Kevin O’Connor
The Rebuilding State of the NBA | Group Chat
Mar 11 • 45 min
The Lakers lose a shocker to the Nets, only their second defeat in 13 games (1:04). We then discuss what rebuilding looks like for the league and its teams these days (10:12). Plus: another segment of Line ’Em Up, where Tjarks analyzes the lineups we are…
Is LeBron James Catching Up in the MVP Race? Plus: How the Coronavirus Might Affect the Rest of the Season | The Mismatch
Mar 10 • 62 min
Kevin wonders whether LeBron James should be getting more serious consideration for the MVP award, which leads us to a knock-down, drag-out fight about whether or not Khris Middleton is a top-20 player in the NBA (0:40). Then, with the coronavirus…
Coronavirus Concerns, the Nets Fire Atkinson, and We All Drink the Ben Bartch Smoothie | Heat Check
Mar 9 • 43 min
Instant Replay: In this special extended segment, the gang looks at the latest news from around the NBA, including what further precautions the league might take to respond to the coronavirus outbreak. They also discuss the Nets’ firing of Kenny Atkinson…
Podcast Spotlight—Winging It With Vince Carter and Annie Finberg
Mar 7 • 41 min
Here are some highlights from our podcast ‘Winging It With Vince Carter.’ On this special preview, Vince and Annie Finberg talk to an array of guests from around the NBA, including Lamar Odom, Markelle Fultz, and Kyle Lowry. You can find ‘Winging It’ on…
At Full Strength, Are the Clippers the Title Favorites? | The Mismatch
Mar 6 • 53 min
After laying it on the Houston Rockets last night, the full-strength Clippers look about as good, if not better, than anyone in the NBA right now. Can they reach their final gear when the playoffs roll around (1:21)? Plus: We discuss Andrew Wiggins’s…
Lakers vs. Sixers Recap, Another Knicks Feud, Plus: Line ’Em Up—a Jon Tjarks Joint! | Group Chat
Mar 4 • 48 min
Our very own Chris Ryan recaps what he saw last night at the Lakers-Sixers game (1:45). Spike Lee addresses his feud with the Knicks and the infamous James Dolan (19:15). Plus: Line ’Em Up—a Jonathan Tjarks Joint, a new segment where Tjarks highlights the…
Should Giannis Antetokounmpo’s MVP Already Be Locked Up? | The Mismatch
Mar 3 • 68 min
In Kevin’s return to the show, we return to our old ways: arguing about James Harden’s gather dribble and Giannis’s claim to the MVP (10:30). Then, we discuss the Knicks’ awkward handling of Spike Lee (29:40), the Elam ending in the All-Star Game, and…
Things We Need to Stop Talking About | Heat Check
Mar 2 • 45 min
Instant Replay: The Knicks make a hire, developments in the Giannis-Harden beef, and the Timberwolves get a resting policy violation (03:16). The Main Event: We play Heat Check Survivor and vote tired conversations off Heat Check Island (22:58). Good…
Giannis vs. Harden, a Budding Personal Rivalry | The Mismatch
Feb 28 • 57 min
We parse James Harden’s comments in response to Giannis Antetokounmpo passing him over during the All-Star draft (16:28), before breaking down which middle-seeded Western Conference playoff teams should be the most feared (22:47). Finally, we take a look…
Zion vs. LeBron, Bucks vs. Raptors, and the Ben Simmons Injury | Group Chat
Feb 26 • 59 min
Giannis Antetokounmpo and the Bucks walked away with a win over Toronto, but who deserves the credit? Zion Williamson faced off against LeBron James in their first matchup and gave us a glimpse into what we can anticipate for the rest of the season from…
LeBron vs. Zion: A Potential Playoff Matchup and Passing of the Torch | The Mismatch
Feb 25 • 64 min
We recap some news from around the league, including Vanessa Bryant’s moving tribute to Kobe Bryant, Bradley Beal’s big scoring night, and Ben Simmons’s back injury (2:15). Then, we preview what it will mean when Zion Williamson plays in Los Angeles…
The Five Most Interesting Teams of the Stretch! Plus, Analyzing the Buyout Market and Playoff Projections | Heat Check
Feb 24 • 49 min
Instant Replay: Dwyane Wade’s jersey is retired, Mark Cuban has a very expensive meltdown, and we analyze the buyout market (03:08) The Main Event: The gang takes a look at Dan’s ranking of the NBA’s five most interesting teams of the stretch run,…
Trae Young Drops 50 on His First Night Back. Plus: Embiid Says He’s the Best Player in the World. | The Mismatch
Feb 21 • 46 min
We go over some highlights of the first night the NBA returned to action, including Trae Young’s and Joel Embiid’s big games against the Miami Heat and Brooklyn Nets, respectively (1:27). Then we try to make sense of the Western Conference playoff race…
The Cavs’ Coaching Change and Three Post-All-Star Story Lines | Group Chat
Feb 19 • 50 min
With a new head coach and a less-than-impressive season, what does the future look like for the Cleveland Cavaliers (3:30)? Plus, major story lines for the rest of the regular season: the impact of buyouts for the league (16:30), what Kyrie Irving’s…
Four Questions for the Post-All-Star NBA World | The Mismatch
Feb 18 • 49 min
We run down a list of items, including rumors that John Beilein might be on his way out in Cleveland and news that the G League is unionizing (1:23). Then, with the All-Star Game in the rearview, we ask four questions about the landscape of the league,…
All-Star Recaps, a Dunk Contest Controversy, and Dame D.O.L.L.A. | Heat Check
Feb 17 • 45 min
Instant Replay: John Beilein is reportedly not long for the Cavaliers, and we recap the All-Star events from Friday and find out who is the league’s best one-on-one player (03:50). The Main Event: The skills competition results, the 3-point contest…
The Sixers Are … Fine? Plus, More Knicks Drama, and Oh My God, Zion | Group Chat
Feb 12 • 50 min
Despite concerns surrounding Joel Embiid’s incendiary comments earlier this week, the Philadelphia 76ers defeated the Los Angeles Clippers; could this be the year the Embiid–Ben Simmons experiment succeeds (1:24)? Plus: The New York Knicks keep making…
Toronto Is on a Tear. Plus: Jimmy Butler Is Openly Recruiting Joel Embiid. | The Mismatch
Feb 11 • 49 min
We talk about how Toronto’s unbelievable win streak has kept teams like Boston, Miami, and Philly in their rearview mirror in the East (3:32), before breaking down the drama with the Sixers, Joel Embiid, and Jimmy Butler (29:56). Finally, we finish by…
Trade Deadline Winners and Losers, KD Goes Off, and We Do Art | Heat Check
Feb 10 • 41 min
Instant Replay: The Raptors just can’t seem to lose, Kevin Durant wants all the smoke, and James Dolan isn’t selling the New York Knicks (02:05). The Main Event: The gang breaks down the winners and losers of the trade deadline including the Heat and the…
D’Angelo Russell for Andrew Wiggins, Andre Iguodala to Miami, and More From the NBA Trade Deadline | The Ringer NBA Show
Feb 6 • 68 min
We react to the biggest news of today’s NBA trade deadline, including the Golden State Warriors swapping D’Angelo Russell for Andrew Wiggins, the Miami Heat acquiring Andre Iguodala, the Philadelphia 76ers making modest upgrades in Alec Burks and Glenn…
Breaking Down the Capela-Covington Blockbuster Trade | Group Chat
Feb 5 • 51 min
News of a four-team, 12-player trade revolving around Clint Capela and Robert Covington broke late Tuesday night, with numerous implications for the entire league. We discuss what this means for each team, as the trade deadline looms. Host: Justin Verrier…
Knicks Fire Steve Mills, Ja Morant vs. Andre Iguodala, and Trade Deadline Preview | The Mismatch
Feb 4 • 55 min
We run down the Andre Iguodala vs. Memphis Grizzlies timeline (1:21) before previewing Thursday’s NBA trade deadline (12:40). Then ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski breaks the news that the Knicks have parted ways with Steve Mills (46:56) and we react in real…
The Lakers Remember Kobe, All-Star Game Changes, and Trade Deadlines | Heat Check
Feb 3 • 42 min
Instant Replay: The Lakers’ touching tribute to Kobe Bryant, Damian Lillard’s amazing streak, and the impressive run from the Raptors (3:05). The Main Event: Trade deadlines, along with main contenders and the Knicks pulling off yet another chef’s kiss…
NBA All-Star Reserves, Lakers Back on the Court. Plus: Matisse Thybulle, Snubbed? | The Mismatch
Jan 31 • 49 min
We run through the list of All-Star reserves and debate whether guys like Bradley Beal have a good case for feeling left out (2:33). Then, we talk about the emotion surrounding the Lakers return to the court following Kobe Bryant’s death (27:07), and…
News From Around the League and Reflecting on Kobe Bryant | Heat Check
Jan 29 • 46 min
Today on ‘Heat Check,’ John, Dan, and Haley take a look at the news around the NBA, talk about a few recent games, and examine some impressive 50-point performances (02:42). They also discuss and reflect on the tragic passing of Kobe Bryant (19:33). Host:…
Grappling With the Death of Kobe Bryant | The Mismatch
Jan 28 • 49 min
We try to come to terms with the life and death of NBA legend Kobe Bryant after a tragic helicopter crash killed him, his daughter Gianna, and seven other people in Calabasas, California, on Sunday. Hosts: Chris Vernon and Kevin O’Connor
Remembering Kobe Bryant | Group Chat
Jan 27 • 37 min
Justin Verrier and Rob Mahoney remember Kobe Bryant on the day after the tragic death of the legendary Laker and eight others in a helicopter crash. Host: Justin Verrier Guest: Rob Mahoney
All-Star Starters, Zion’s Return, and Montrezl Harrell Rumors. Plus: Horford for Gallinari? | The Mismatch
Jan 24 • 56 min
We review the announced starters for the NBA’s All-Star Game (1:02) before discussing Zion Williamson’s return (47:00), debating whether the Sixers should trade Al Horford (21:22), and considering what the Clippers should do with their rim-running center,…
The Boring Clippers, Zion’s Debut, and Trade Deadline Preview | Group Chat
Jan 22 • 52 min
The Los Angeles Clippers are really, really good. But does that make them uninteresting to watch (0:44)? With Zion Williamson making his regular-season debut tonight, the New Orleans Pelicans could look to make a push for the playoffs (18:35). Plus: What…
The Lakers Are Missing a Piece. Plus: Ben Simmons Is Unleashed | The Mismatch
Jan 21 • 52 min
The Lakers got walloped by the Celtics last night—is there more to take away from this one game than meets the eye (5:56)? Plus, Ben Simmons has been unleashed by the open space on the floor since Joel Embiid has been out with injury. How will Embiid be…
Kent Bazemore Traded, Kyrie Back on the Record, and All-Star Starting Ballots | Heat Check
Jan 20 • 43 min
Instant Replay: The Blazers have cut ties with Kent Bazemore and Kyrie Irving is back saying weird things in the media (4:01). The Main Event: Our very own Dan Devine has been coronated as an All-Star voter! We run down his list of starters for the…
Reassessing Brandon Ingram’s Ceiling, Talking Zion’s Return, and Examining the Depth of Denver | The Mismatch
Jan 17 • 56 min
After Brandon Ingram scored 49 points to outduel Donovan Mitchell, we wonder whether it’s realistic to think he’s already better than Ben Simmons and on a path to be in the class of Anthony Davis (1:34). Then, we discuss Zion Williamson’s imminent return…
The Fast & Furious Grizzlies, SGA Is the Future, and Why the Bucks Don’t Get Their Due | Group Chat
Jan 15 • 84 min
We discuss the impressive new-era Grizzlies (1:57), teams looking to go all in at the trade deadline (18:16), contenders that are positioned to make a big second-half push (31:39), and the blossoming of Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (39:42). Then we debate why…
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander Is a Budding Superstar. Plus: Why Would Anyone Trade for Andre Drummond? | The Mismatch
Jan 14 • 52 min
We review Shai Gilgeous-Alexander’s historic triple-double and look at what the Clippers gave up when they sent him to OKC (1:04), before discussing the Lakers-Clippers regular-season dichotomy (9:33). Then, we talk about two of the hottest teams in the…
The Spurs Keep Coming Back | Heat Check
Jan 13 • 38 min
Instant Replay: The Nets beat the Hawks, plus the impact of Spencer Dinwiddie’s off-court interests, a possible Sixers trade, and debating whether Steph Curry should return this season (02:42). The Main Event: Paolo Uggetti joins us to talk about the…
Kevin Durant vs. Kendrick Perkins. Plus: Russ Returns to OKC but Chris Paul Prevails. | The Mismatch
Jan 10 • 64 min
We discuss the overperforming Oklahoma City Thunder and whether they should still consider dealing their desirable players at the trade deadline (1:02), before breaking down the KD vs. Kendrick Perkins Twitter fight that was spurred by Russell Westbrook’s…
Three Old Men and a Dunk Contest | Heat Check
Jan 8 • 37 min
Instant Replay: Anthony Davis busts his bum, Blake Griffin is no longer the bee’s knees, and more changes to the NBA (03:17). The Main Event: Dwight Howard gets a contract guarantee, and making the dunk contest amazing again (22:28). Good Call/Bad Call:…
The Wild, Wild West and Midseason Overreactions | The Mismatch
Jan 7 • 50 min
The Spurs, Pelicans, and Grizzlies have all looked quite encouraging as of late; do they have what it takes to make it into the playoffs (0:43)? As we approach the halfway mark of the regular season, the guys each give three overreactions from the season…
Can the Sixers Fix Themselves With a Trade? Plus: The Never-ending Kevin Love Speculation | Group Chat
Jan 6 • 56 min
The Sixers are 3-7 in their last 10 games—is the floor really dropping out from under them, or are they not suited to win regular-season games (1:07)? Plus: Where will Kevin Love end up? Are the Hawks just the Process Sixers but worse? And should the…
David Stern’s Monumental Legacy, the NBA’s Middle Class, and the Return of Zion | The Mismatch
Jan 3 • 61 min
We take some time to review David Stern’s illustrious life and career after the news of his death (0:58). Then, we run down a list of teams that can go one of two ways: trade their valuable assets and tank or push for the lower playoff seeds (9:03).…
Pelicans, Suns, Timberwolves: Who Can Still Turn It Around? | The Mismatch
Dec 31, 2019 • 57 min
We break down a Western Conference trio that had high hopes coming into the season but have struggled their way to the bottom of the conference. Can any of them get hot and get back into the playoff mix (3:12)? Then, we re-draft what we think are the top…
The Lakers Come Up Short Again Against the Clippers. Plus: Rockets Falter, Carlisle Calls the Post Extinct. | The Mismatch
Dec 27, 2019 • 50 min
We recap the Christmas Day games: Are the Clippers better suited for the playoffs than the Lakers? Does the same go for the Sixers vs. the Bucks? Plus: Is James Harden getting off too easy for the Rockets’ failures, including losing to the Warriors on…
NBA Christmas Day Preview. Plus: Ben Simmons Is Jahlil Okafor and Michael Carter-Williams All in One. | The Mismatch
Dec 24, 2019 • 49 min
Kevin deep-dives on his spicy Ben Simmons take (1:10) before we run down our wishes for the rest of the 2019-20 season and preview NBA Christmas Day (24:08). Hosts: Chris Vernon and Kevin O’Connor
What’s the Point of an In-Season Tournament? | Heat Check
Dec 23, 2019 • 39 min
Instant Replay: The Denver Nuggets’ sneaky resurgence, a Siakam-less Raptors comeback, IT suspended because of … Frosties?, and Pop goes Pop on plus-minus (4:48). The Main Event: A bizarrely structured in-season tournament and other proposed schedule…
Is Giannis the Best Player in The World?| The Mismatch
Dec 20, 2019 • 58 min
The weekend is here, and we are here to talk about the excellent face-off between the Lakers and the Bucks. We discuss whether Giannis Antetokounmpo is the best player in the world (05:56), focus on the short-handed Raptors (36:26), and look ahead to some…
Are the Knicks Good or Are the Hawks Just That Bad? Plus: Solving the Sixers and Cutting Bait SZN. | Group Chat
Dec 18, 2019 • 67 min
The New York Knicks win their third game in four against the Atlanta Hawks, exposing the Hawks’ roster construction issues and illuminating a larger problem with rebuilding in the modern NBA (1:20). The Philadelphia 76ers have proved themselves to be an…
The Bucks Stop There, Pelicans Down for the Count, and Drake Is Still Weird | Heat Check
Dec 17, 2019 • 38 min
Instant Replay (03:24): News from around the league, including the end of the Bucks’ win streak, Dion Waiters’s latest suspension, the excellent clapbacks from CJ McCollum, and more. The Main Event (18:32): Micah Peters stops in to talk to the gang about…
Can the Lakers or Bucks Amass 73 Wins? | The Mismatch
Dec 16, 2019 • 51 min
With the Lakers and Bucks on a crash course to meet each other with identical 25-3 records, we wonder whether each team can continue its torrid pace (11:30). Also, Luka’s twisted ankle (2:25) and trades that could change the league (28:49). Hosts: Chris…
Luka Lights Up Mexico City. Plus: Is There a Trade Out There for the Celtics? | The Mismatch
Dec 13, 2019 • 61 min
With Luka Doncic continuing to put up gaudy numbers (this time in Mexico), we imagine a world in which the NBA continues its global expansion and increases its player pool. Are there enough talented players for 34 teams, or even 36 (3:50)? Then, we run…
The Top 25 Players of the 2019-20 Season Thus Far | Group Chat
Dec 11, 2019 • 75 min
We run down our lists of the 25 best NBA players so far this season, including Giannis Antetokounmpo and James Harden as solo shows, but also Anthony Davis and LeBron James as well as Kawhi Leonard and Paul George as duos in Los Angeles. Hosts: Justin…
The Bucks and Lakers Are the Cream of the Balanced NBA’s Crop. Plus: Trade Season Preview and the Denied Rockets Protest. | The Mismatch
Dec 10, 2019 • 55 min
The Milwaukee Bucks and Los Angeles Lakers continue to thrive atop their respective conferences, but there is still more parity in the NBA than in years past (1:24). Then: It’s the most wonderful time of the year … trade season is here (31:29)! And…
Will Kevin Get Love, the Knicks Fire Fizdale, and Untucked Jerseys | Heat Check
Dec 9, 2019 • 35 min
Instant Replay (03:40): News from around the league, the state of the Cavs and what the price of Kevin Love might be, and the result of Clippers-Bucks and what this could mean for them down the line. The Main Event (14:08): Paolo Uggetti stops in to talk…
The NBA’s Replay Review System Is Flawed. So Do the Rockets Have a Point? | The Mismatch
Dec 6, 2019 • 43 min
We discuss the James Harden dunk that wasn’t counted in the Houston Rockets’ double-overtime loss to the San Antonio Spurs (1:21). Are the Rockets right to file a complaint in the hope that it will point out a flaw in the replay review system? Plus: what…
Does the NBA Have a TV Ratings Problem? | Group Chat
Dec 4, 2019 • 51 min
We take a look at the Rockets protesting their loss to the Spurs (2:00) and discuss the NBA’s plummeting ratings (14:00). Then Jonathan Tjarks joins the show to compare team power ranking tiers (29:30). Hosts: Chris Ryan and Justin Verrier Guest: Jonathan…
Giannis, Harden, and Luka Have Broken PER. Plus: Are the Raptors the 1993-94 Bulls? | The Mismatch
Dec 3, 2019 • 55 min
The high-usage superstars of the league have all become so dominant and efficient that they’re in line to break historical PER records. Do we need to adjust the record books to reflect the 3-point era (3:00)? Plus: The Pacers have righted the ship while…
The Ceiling For the Clippers, Nets Momentum without Irving, and Love Chokes | Heat Check
Dec 2, 2019 • 37 min
Instant Replay (03:16): The Clippers and Raptors had wonderful games with no signs of slowing down. Also, James Harden had a moment. The Main Event (21:25): The gang looks closely at the Nets in Kyrie Irving’s absence and his inevitable return. Brooklyn…
A Thanksgiving NBA Mailbag! | Group Chat
Nov 27, 2019 • 62 min
The ‘Group Chat’ crew answers questions from you, the listeners! Topics include: the biggest “pretender” team, help for Luka Doncic and the Dallas Mavericks, the 25-and-under power ranking, realistic midseason trades, and more. Host: Justin Verrier Guest:…
The NBA’s Radical Proposed Schedule Shakeups. Plus: Is Giannis as Big a Star as He Deserves to Be? | The Mismatch
Nov 26, 2019 • 57 min
We break down the ins and outs of the proposed changes to the NBA schedule, including playoff reseeding, the midseason tournament, and more (2:00). Then, we talk about the NBA’s dip in TV ratings this year, wondering whether it has anything to do with the…
Big League Changes, the Spurs’ Surprise Victory, and Crazy Jersey Choices | Heat Check
Nov 25, 2019 • 35 min
Instant Replay: The Spurs and the Bulls pull one out of the hat, along with Jimmy Butler returning to Philly to an irate crowd! (03:43). The Main Event: Zach Kram breaks down new changes to the NBA that could have a drastic effect on the playoffs, finals,…
Brandon Ingram Is Better Than Ben Simmons | The Mismatch
Nov 22, 2019 • 58 min
We talk about the Celtics’ versatility, including Kemba Walker’s range on and off the court (02:07), dive into how Brandon Ingram is the driving force making the Pelicans viable while Zion is injured (07:02), and ask whether Pascal Siakam is a legitimate…
Carmelo Is Back, and He’s the Same As Ever. Plus: Luka, Harden, LeBron, and Giannis Tangle for MVP Front-runner | Group Chat
Nov 20, 2019 • 58 min
We dive deep on the Blazers’ roster building and how it created a need for Carmelo Anthony just two months into the season (1:16). Then, Jonathan Tjarks joins the pod to discuss Luka Doncic’s gaudy box scores, James Harden being a 6-foot-5 Wilt…
Should the Spurs Trade DeMar DeRozan and LaMarcus Aldridge? | The Mismatch
Nov 19, 2019 • 52 min
We discuss Luka Doncic’s incredible start to the season, including his run of triple-doubles and how it compares to Russell Westbrook’s (1:31), before having a knock-down, drag-out argument about whether the Spurs should blow up their older core and try…
Paul George’s Historic Start, the Sixers’ Angst, and Austin vs. Doc | Heat Check
Nov 18, 2019 • 44 min
Instant Replay: The Blazers sign Carmelo Anthony, Paul George’s Clippers debut, and Pop’s second-in-command (5:32). The Main Event: Pod Save America’s Dan Pfeiffer on the Philadelphia 76ers’ recent struggles and whether they can reach their fullest…
Carmelo Anthony to the Blazers, Kristaps Porzingis Returns to the Garden, and Andrew Wiggins … Superstar? | The Mismatch
Nov 15, 2019 • 56 min
We discuss last night’s breaking news that Carmelo Anthony will be joining the struggling Portland Trail Blazers (1:20), before analyzing the Knicks’ revenge win over Kristaps Porzingis and the Dallas Mavericks (15:18) and Andrew Wiggins’s 11-game tear to…
Are AD and LeBron Better Than We Expected? Plus: Hipster Team Watch and Best Young Duos. | Group Chat
Nov 13, 2019 • 60 min
We are three weeks into the season, and LeBron has seemingly unlocked Anthony Davis. However, are the Clippers still the best team in the West? (1:15). Then, the enjoyment of watching the NBA’s “hipster” teams like the Hawks, Suns, and Grizzlies led by Ja…
A Knicks Coup! Plus: Injuries Are Starting to Pile Up. | The Mismatch
Nov 12, 2019 • 58 min
A rash of injuries has hit the NBA. We discuss the most impactful ones, including Gordon Hayward’s and Steph Curry’s (1:50). Then, we run through some Kristaps Porzingis troubles in Dallas and the absolute organizational debacle that is the New York…
Dion Waiters’s Suspension, Hayward’s Hand, and the Nightmare in New York | Heat Check
Nov 11, 2019 • 41 min
Instant Replay: Dion Waiters’s suspension, Gordon Hayward’s injury, and the success of the Raptors (03:00). The Main Event: James Dolan and the dreadful Knicks (22:00). Good Call/Bad Call: Giannis gets violent, Nick Nurse gets touchy, Carmelo still wants…
Is Kawhi Leonard’s Load Management a Problem? Plus: Gordon Hayward Is Back and the Wolves Need a Leader. | The Mismatch
Nov 8, 2019 • 59 min
The load management conversation is at a fever pitch in the NBA after the Clippers were fined for not communicating Kawhi Leonard’s reason for sitting out. Is this a real problem for the league or is it confined to Leonard (2:00)? Plus, we run through…
Trending: Lakers and Clippers Up, Blazers and Rockets Down | Group Chat
Nov 6, 2019 • 47 min
We examine four Western Conference teams who have had a noteworthy week: the Los Angeles Lakers trending up (1:09), the Portland Trail Blazers trending down (14:32), the Los Angeles Clippers trending up (23:06), and the Houston Rockets trending down…
John Collins’s PED Suspension, the Truly Bright Future Suns, and Anthony Davis’s Chicago Comments | The Mismatch
Nov 5, 2019 • 54 min
We react to the breaking news that Hawks forward John Collins has been suspended 25 games for violating the league’s PED policy (2:45). Then, we discuss the Suns’ hot start, Devin Booker’s tear, and whether they can sustain a winning season in the West…
The Tanking Warriors, the Overachieving Suns, and the Undefeated Sixers | Heat Check
Nov 4, 2019 • 37 min
Instant Replay: The tanking Warriors, Giannis-to-Raptors rumors, early overachievers, and the Blazers’ frontcourt void (4:00). The Main Event: The still-undefeated Philadelphia 76ers, with special guest Tyler Tynes (21:53). Good Call/Bad Call: Dwight…
Does Steph Curry’s Broken Hand Equal Tank for the Warriors? | The Mismatch
Nov 1, 2019 • 72 min
Two-time MVP Stephen Curry broke his hand this week—will the mighty Warriors wave the white flag on this season after a slow start and the loss of their superstar (3:42)? Plus: We run through a list of guys who have had incredible starts and discuss…
Real or Fake: MVP Anthony Davis, the Deep Mavs, the Suns Sans Ayton, and More | Group Chat
Oct 30, 2019 • 51 min
The Golden State Warriors’ bumpy start to the season highlights the steep cost of building a superteam (0:59). Then, with so many premature narratives shaping up from the first handful of games of the season, which ones are real and which ones are fake…
Early Signs of Trouble for the Nets and Kyrie Irving? Plus: Five Early Takeaways From the First Week of the Regular Season. | The Mismatch
Oct 29, 2019 • 67 min
We react to Jackie MacMullan’s story in ESPN about Kyrie Irving’s mood swings and the Nets’ organizational response to it (1:23). Then we share five early takeaways from this NBA season, including what look to be monster seasons for two young guards in…
Is the West More Wide Open Than We Thought? Plus: NBA Media in L.A. | Heat Check
Oct 28, 2019 • 43 min
With one week in the books for the 2019-20 regular season, we share our takeaways from the first handful of games (2:16). Plus: Los Angeles is the center of the basketball universe and the center of the NBA media universe; is this the new normal (23:16)?…
It’s Overreactions SZN: All-Star Trae Young, Portland in Trouble, MVP KAT, and More | The Mismatch
Oct 25, 2019 • 53 min
The guys share their concerns about the Houston Rockets experiment (1:26) as well as the revamped Los Angeles Lakers (9:07). Then they overreact to opening week of the regular season (24:20). Hosts: Chris Vernon, Kevin O’Connor
The Clippers Expose the Lakers’ Flaws in Round 1 of the Battle for L.A. Plus: Must-Watch Games. | Group Chat
Oct 23, 2019 • 39 min
The Los Angeles Clippers impress on opening night with a statement victory over crosstown rivals Los Angeles Lakers: how the Lakers can address their shortcomings (0:59) and what more we can expect from the Kawhi Leonard–era Clippers (12:29). Then we…
2019-20 NBA Season Preview: Three Bold Predictions, Title Picks, MVP, and More | The Mismatch
Oct 22, 2019 • 61 min
We speed through the last pieces of preseason news—Zion’s knee, contract extensions, Michael Jordan’s comments, and Klay Thompson’s timeline (1:30)—before diving headfirst into the 2019-20 season with three bold predictions (41:42). Then, finally, we run…
Zion’s Injury, Buddy Gets Paid, and Way-Too-Early Playoffs Predictions | Heat Check
Oct 21, 2019 • 64 min
The NBA-China story drags on, Zion Williamson’s injury delays his much-anticipated debut, and Buddy Hield reaches an extension with the Sacramento Kings (3:37). Then: Which teams will actually make the playoffs (18:06)? Host: John Gonzalez Guests: Dan…
Bradley Beal Gets Extended, Buddy Hield’s Feud, and Zion’s Knee. Plus: Final Preseason Takeaways. | The Mismatch
Oct 17, 2019 • 63 min
We’re shocked by Bradley Beal’s extension (1:00), confused by Buddy Hield’s public feud with the Kings (0:00), and dismayed by Zion’s knee injury, which could derail the beginning of his rookie season (5:00). Plus: We close the NBA preseason by each…
Rookie Standouts: Zion, Herro, Morant, Barrett, and More! Plus: KAT’s Next Step | Group Chat
Oct 16, 2019 • 44 min
With the regular season right around the corner, we examine the rookies with the most outstanding preseason performances (1:09). Then, we discuss the career trajectory of Minnesota Timberwolves superstar Karl-Anthony Towns (35:41). Host: Justin Verrier…
LeBron James’s Comments on China Spur Backlash. Plus: The Rookie Extension Deadline Is Approaching. | The Mismatch
Oct 15, 2019 • 50 min
LeBron’s comments about Daryl Morey’s tweet were surprising and spurred a lot of backlash—what do we make of them (3:00)? Plus, we go over some lingering preseason headlines and then run down the list of rookie extension-eligible players and opine on…
The Shallow Lakers, a Kyrie Irving Setback, and Max Player Buddy Hield? Plus: the NBA League Pass Draft | Heat Check
Oct 14, 2019 • 47 min
We review the stories coming out of this weekend: a minor Anthony Davis thumb injury, Kyrie Irving’s reaggravated facial fracture, the Kings’ Buddy Hield contract dilemma, and Zion Williamson’s impressive performances (2:51). Then we draft all 30 NBA…
What Are the Chances Zion Williamson Is Actually As Dominant As He’s Looked in the Preseason? | The Mismatch
Oct 10, 2019 • 54 min
With Daryl Morey’s tweet now almost a week in the rearview, we talk about the NBA preseason games being played in China and assess how this story line might continue to unfold (9:30). Then, we share some more takeaways from preseason thus far, including…
Ben Simmons Shoots 3s Now, We Just Can’t Quit the Thunder, and Preseason True or False | Group Chat
Oct 9, 2019 • 46 min
Let’s overreact to preseason basketball! Ben Simmons shoots (and makes) a 3-pointer (7:30), the Oklahoma City Thunder flashes double–Ewing Theory potential (13:07), and the baby Pelicans might grow up quicker than anyone expects (22:59). Host: Chris Ryan…
Adam Silver’s Latest on Morey and China. Plus: The Five Things That Have Stood Out Most in the Preseason Thus Far. | The Mismatch
Oct 8, 2019 • 65 min
We discuss Adam Silver’s press conference from Tuesday morning following up on the NBA’s statement regarding Daryl Morey’s Hong Kong tweet (1:10). Then, we share our top five biggest takeaways of the early preseason, including Anthony Davis’s dominance…
Daryl Morey, China, and the NBA | Heat Check
Oct 7, 2019 • 34 min
Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey caused international ripples on Friday night after sending a since-deleted tweet in support of protesters in Hong Kong. Facing fierce backlash from the Chinese government and businesses, the NBA finds itself in…
NBA Approval Ratings and the Making of ‘Sonic Boom’ | Group Chat
Oct 2, 2019 • 45 min
As training camps kick off, Chris and Justin evaluate their perception of some noteworthy teams (1:51). Then Ringer staff writer Jordan Ritter Conn comes on to talk about his new podcast, ‘Sonic Boom: How Seattle Lost Its Team’ (35:43). Hosts: Chris Ryan,…
Media Day Highlights: The Houston Experiment, the Knicks’ Expectations, and the Pelicans’ Playoffs Excitement | The Mismatch
Oct 1, 2019 • 57 min
Basketball is (almost) back! The guys discuss the most intriguing quotes from all 30 NBA teams’ media days, on topics such as the James Harden–Russell Westbrook dynamic in Houston, the return of Kristaps Porzingis, the hype around Zion Williamson,…
What Are the Things You’d Love to See From Each Team Heading Into the Season? | Group Chat
Sep 26, 2019 • 50 min
We respond to a list of listener submissions about what they’d love to see for their team heading into the 2019-20 NBA season, including: Markelle Fultz getting solid NBA minutes, the Knicks looking competent, the Bulls becoming relevant again, and the…
Chris Paul–to–Miami Rumors, Bradley Beal Destinations, Warriors at a Crossroads, and … No. 1 Prospect LaMelo Ball??? | The Mismatch
Sep 24, 2019 • 59 min
The duo highlights a handful of selections from The Ringer’s 29 People and Things That Will Define the NBA in 2019-20 article (0:41), then adds a few of their own (30:14). Hosts: Chris Vernon, Kevin O’Connor
James Harden Thinks the Media Settles on MVP Narratives Too Soon. Is He Right? | Group Chat
Sep 19, 2019 • 42 min
We play a game of ‘Is This a Thing?’ with a slew of offseason story lines, including: James Harden’s comments about how the media chooses the MVP, the Orlando Magic’s locked-in roster, the outlook for Team USA in the 2020 Olympics, Isaiah Thomas’s injury,…
Spain Wins the FIBA World Cup. Plus: NBA Islands! | The Mismatch
Sep 17, 2019 • 58 min
The guys discuss Spain’s victory over Argentina in the 2019 FIBA World Cup finals (0:45) before comparing their respective lists of “island” players (12:00). Hosts: Chris Vernon, Kevin O’Connor
France Eliminates Team USA From the FIBA World Cup. What Now? | Group Chat
Sep 11, 2019 • 37 min
We gather for an emergency reaction to Team USA losing in international tournament play for the first time in 58 games. What comes next for USA basketball: Will they have to go young with Zion Williamson and Trae Young, or will veteran stars like LeBron…
Nikola Jokic and Serbia Get Bounced From the World Cup. Plus: Western Conference Big 3 Picks. | The Mismatch
Sep 10, 2019 • 57 min
NBA All-Star Nikola Jokic and Serbia were upset by a scrappy Argentina team at the FIBA World Cup (3:00). Plus: We go through the Kevin Durant Wall Street Journal article (8:57) and share the ideal Big 3 players for every Western Conference team (34:52).…
2019 Story Line Over/Unders | Group Chat
Sep 5, 2019 • 47 min
We do a little game of “predict the headlines” ahead of the 2019 NBA season: When will Anthony Davis start to get unhappy in L.A.? When will Ben Simmons’s jump shot get called into question? When will we start to worry that Zion is out of shape? And more.…
Team US-Meh Survives. Plus: A Big 3 Team for Every NBA Eastern Conference Team | The Mismatch
Sep 3, 2019 • 57 min
Team USA narrowly defeats Turkey in an unexpectedly competitive OT thriller, as FIBA World Cup action intensifies (0:48). Plus: With the 2019 Big 3 season coming to a close, the guys select a hypothetical Big 3 team for each Eastern Conference team…
The Eight Most Important NBA Players Heading Into the FIBA World Cup | Group Chat
Aug 29, 2019 • 43 min
As the beginning of the FIBA World Cup approaches, we run down the most important NBA players competing in the tournament and speculate over what impact their participation might have on their 2019-20 NBA seasons. Hosts: Justin Verrier and Jonathan Tjarks
LeVert Gets Locked Up and Dwight Howard Returns. Plus: A Very Mismatch Mailbag. | The Mismatch
Aug 27, 2019 • 63 min
The Brooklyn Nets extends Caris LeVert for $52.5 million over three years (0:43), and the Los Angeles Lakers sign former All-Star (and former Laker) Dwight Howard (8:27). Plus: the first-ever ‘Mismatch’ mailbag (22:58)! Hosts: Chris Vernon, Kevin O’Connor
Midsummer Mailbag: Luka Doncic vs. Ben Simmons, Harden’s All-Time SG Rank, and 2019 Breakout Candidates | Group Chat
Aug 22, 2019 • 48 min
We open up the mailbag in the dog days of August and field questions about dark-horse MVP candidates, James Harden’s usage, the 2019 Sixers, future All-Stars about to make a breakout, and more. Hosts: Chris Ryan and Justin Verrier
No One Wants to Play for Team USA. Plus: Rookie Survey Takeaways | The Mismatch
Aug 20, 2019 • 47 min
De’Aaron Fox joins the long list of Team USA dropouts for the upcoming FIBA World Cup, so how does the current team stack up against other countries’ squads (0:45)? Plus: The 2019-20 rookie class cast some surprising votes for superlatives among their…
DeMarcus Cousins Tore His ACL. Is This the End of Boogie As We Know Him? | Group Chat
Aug 16, 2019 • 35 min
We go over the news out of Las Vegas that DeMarcus Cousins has torn his ACL—what does this mean for the rest of his career, and what will it mean for the 2019-20 Lakers (1:50)? Then, we bounce around the rest of the NBA and talk about the sale of the Nets…
Most Exciting Matchups of the 2019-20 NBA Regular Season | The Mismatch
Aug 13, 2019 • 52 min
The NBA just officially announced the 2019-20 regular-season schedule. Which matchups are we most looking forward to? Hosts: Chris Vernon, Kevin O’Connor
Can Kevin Durant Be the Face of Basketball in Brooklyn? Plus: The Present and Future of Team USA. | Group Chat
Aug 8, 2019 • 58 min
We discuss Kevin Durant’s first on-the-record interview since his Achilles tear. What is the NBA going to look like in 2020 without its potential best player (1:00)? Then we break down the present and the future of Team USA, including who should and will…
Draymond Gets Paid, Zion’s Big Draw, and the 2010s All-Decade Teams | The Mismatch
Aug 6, 2019 • 51 min
The guys react to Draymond Green’s four-year contract extension with the Golden State Warriors (0:42), scheduling news for the 2019-20 season (16:24), and NBA.com’s All-Decade Teams for the 2010s (35:03). Hosts: Chris Vernon, Kevin O’Connor
The Blazers Lock Into McCollum and Lillard, the Raptors’ Post-Kawhi World, and Carmelo Anthony Musical Chairs | Group Chat
Aug 1, 2019 • 49 min
We break down CJ McCollum’s near-max extension, and what it means for the perennially good-but-not-great Blazers (1:00). Then, we briefly run through what it’s like for a coach and franchise to find out they lost their star free agent (25:10), before…
Lin-sad-ity, the End-of-Bench Rolodex, and Early Over/Unders | The Mismatch
Jul 30, 2019 • 49 min
Jeremy Lin bemoans the likely end of his NBA career (1:59) which begs the question: Which fringe NBA players could be valuable additions for contending teams (14:38)? Plus: Evaluating early Vegas odds for 2019-20 win totals (37:16). Hosts: Chris Vernon,…
Kawhi Is a Fun Guy, Zion Chooses Jordan, Fixing Free Agency, and the Best Young Cores | Group Chat
Jul 25, 2019 • 51 min
We share our takeaways from the Los Angeles Clippers’ introduction of Kawhi Leonard and Paul George (2:04) before discussing Zion Williamson’s Jordan brand deal (17:25) and the future of free agency (23:50). Then, Zach Kram joins to explore the best young…
The Wacky Wizards, the LeBron-AD Duo, and Coach Tim Duncan | The Mismatch
Jul 23, 2019 • 62 min
The guys discuss the noise coming out of the Washington Wizards (0:50), the Los Angeles Lakers’ new pairing of LeBron James and Anthony Davis (31:35), Tim Duncan joining the San Antonio Spurs coaching staff (50:26), and Zion Williamson’s signing with…
The Point God Is Stuck in Trade Purgatory | Group Chat
Jul 18, 2019 • 52 min
Chris Paul is reportedly “parked” in Oklahoma City. So how good will the Thunder be? (2:11) Plus: a way-too-early look at the FIBA World Cup (25:50) and a way-way-way-too-early index of 2020 championship contender tiers (39:19). Host: Justin Verrier…
The Actual NBA Offseason Is Here: The Bright-Future Grizzlies, Ripple Effects of the Westbrook Trade, and the Star Movement Era | The Mismatch
Jul 16, 2019 • 70 min
With the 2019 NBA summer league in the books, the guys discuss the bright future of the champion Memphis Grizzlies as well as other Las Vegas standouts (1:08). Then, they debate the merits of the controversial Russell Westbrook trade (22:40) and the…
Russell Westbrook for Chris Paul Emergency Podcast | The Ringer NBA Show
Jul 11, 2019 • 40 min
The Oklahoma City Thunder and the Houston Rockets just shook the league—again—by swapping Russell Westbrook and Chris Paul. We convene to discuss the ramifications for these two teams and the rest of the league. Hosts: Chris Ryan and Justin Verrier
To Russ or Not to Russ: Which Teams Should Be in on Westbrook? | Group Chat
Jul 11, 2019 • 58 min
With some distance from the initial shock value of the trade, we take a measured look at the unprecedented haul of picks that the Thunder received from the Clippers in exchange for Paul George (2:00). Then we try to find the ideal partner for Russell…
The Seven Most Intriguing Names of the 2019 NBA Offseason | The Mismatch
Jul 9, 2019 • 76 min
Live from Las Vegas at NBA summer league, the guys discuss seven topics they’re most interested in from the offseason so far. Hosts: Chris Vernon, Kevin O’Connor
Paul George Is Gone, What Happens to Russ? | The Ringer NBA Show
Jul 6, 2019 • 40 min
Now that Kawhi and Paul George have joined forces, what is the market for Russell Westbrook (0:57)? Then we discuss Kawhi Leonard’s savvy moves as a behind-the-scenes general manager, and the Clippers’ potential next season (18:10). Plus, a check in on…
Kawhi Leonard AND Paul George Go to the Clippers | The Ringer NBA Show
Jul 6, 2019 • 40 min
Emergency pod! The Los Angeles Clippers win the Kawhi Leonard sweepstakes and acquire Paul George from the Oklahoma City Thunder. Hosts: Chris Ryan, Kevin O’Connor
Free Agency News Slows, but the Kawhi Tension Grows. Plus: Contrarian Corner | Group Chat
Jul 3, 2019 • 46 min
Does anyone actually know anything about Kawhi Leonard’s impending decision (0:40)? Plus: Now that we’ve had a few days to think about the new signings, were our initial reactions correct (15:21)? Hosts: Chris Ryan, Justin Verrier
The Kawhi Decision Will Change Everything for an Already Changed NBA | The Mismatch
Jul 2, 2019 • 61 min
Kawhi Leonard seems destined to wind up with the Los Angeles Lakers, but whatever he decides to do will drastically shift the NBA landscape (0:36). The top Eastern Conference contenders reload for another run (16:59) while a handful of teams make some…
Free Agency Day 1 Madness: The Sixers! The Knicks … The Nets! And Wherever Kawhi Goes | Heat Check
Jun 30, 2019 • 64 min
Free agency is finally here! The Philadelphia 76ers sign-and-trade Jimmy Butler to the Miami Heat (1:24) and the New York Knicks strike out while the crosstown Brooklyn Nets sign two megastars (23:00). Plus: Where will Kawhi Leonard end up? Could the…
2019 NBA Free Agency Live Reactions: Hour 1 | The Ringer NBA Show
Jun 30, 2019 • 45 min
The Ringer NBA crew gives instant reactions to the first wave of free-agency signings. Watch on The Ringer’s YouTube channel. Host: John Gonzalez Guest: Kevin O’Connor
NBA Free Agency Preview: Which Domino Will Fall First? | The Corner 3
Jun 28, 2019 • 53 min
Ahead of the start of free agency on Sunday, we go over some of the emerging suitors for the top free agents and speculate about the order of operations that could determine which guys pair up on teams. Will Kawhi Leonard end up in a Lakers jersey? Will…
A Rockets, Sixers, and Jimmy Butler Love Triangle | Group Chat
Jun 26, 2019 • 52 min
The Houston Rockets are doing what they can to insert themselves into the sweepstakes for free agent Jimmy Butler—can the Sixers convince Butler to stay in Philadelphia? Plus, after a new Kevin Arnovitz report about league schedule changes, we re-enter…
Is New York Really the Best Destination for Kevin Durant? | The Mismatch
Jun 25, 2019 • 56 min
The results from the NBA awards were largely unsurprising (0:50), but free agency may have some surprises in store (27:48). Hosts: Chris Vernon, Kevin O’Connor
Free Agency Speculation SZN Is in Full Swing | Heat Check
Jun 24, 2019 • 53 min
With the start of free agency right around the corner, everyone is wondering where some of the league’s biggest stars will end up (3:55). Plus: Draft additions make a handful of young teams (hint: one of the teams has Zion Williamson on it) instantly…
NBA Draft Instant Reactions: Pelicans, Hawks, Grizzlies Grab the Reins of the Draft | The Corner 3
Jun 21, 2019 • 51 min
We break down the teams with the biggest draft hauls from Thursday night: the Pelicans, Hawks, and Grizzlies—who all seem to have gotten the exact guys they wanted in Zion Williamson, DeAndre Hunter, and Ja Morant, respectively. Then, we speed through…
James Harden vs. Chris Paul, Plus: Utah Is Trying to Seize Its Window With Mike Conley | Group Chat
Jun 19, 2019 • 53 min
The Jazz are putting their chips in the center of the table, trading for an expensive, sure-handed star in Mike Conley—will it pay off in a wide-open Western Conference (1:00)? Plus, we break down all the reporting, theories, and future fallout in Houston…
Ka-Why Not Stay in Toronto? Plus: Draft Picks Who Will Not Fail | The Mismatch
Jun 18, 2019 • 59 min
Kawhi Leonard led the Toronto Raptors to the first championship in franchise history, but will he re-sign with them (1:46)? The Anthony Davis trade shifts the landscape of the offseason, including raising questions about the fate of the no. 4 pick in the…
The NBA Season Is Over, Yet the NBA Season Continues | Heat Check
Jun 17, 2019 • 60 min
The blockbuster Anthony Davis trade kicks off a sure-to-be-dramatic offseason (3:57) as the now-imminent NBA draft shifts into focus (46:56). Host: John Gonzalez Guests: Joe House, Jonathan Tjarks
Anthony Davis to the Lakers Emergency Podcast | Group Chat
Jun 15, 2019 • 49 min
The Lakers and Pelicans wasted no time in kicking off a game of offseason musical chairs in the NBA. What does Davis in L.A. this early in the offseason mean for the rest of 2019 free agency? Plus, does this make the Lakers title favorites, or do they…
The Toronto Raptors Are the 2019 NBA Champions | Heat Check
Jun 14, 2019 • 39 min
In a thrilling Game 6 of the NBA Finals, the Toronto Raptors defeat the Golden State Warriors to win their first championship in franchise history. Host: John Gonzalez Guest: Kevin O’Connor
Kevin Durant’s Injury Changes the Offseason Calculus of Nearly Every NBA Team | Group Chat
Jun 12, 2019 • 52 min
We briefly preview what the Warriors have to do to make up for the loss of Kevin Durant for the remainder of the Finals (more Boogie?) (1:30). Then, we run through each big-market team with cap space and wonder whether KD’s injury has dramatically…
The Ripple Effects of the KD Injury, in These Finals and Beyond | The Mismatch
Jun 12, 2019 • 62 min
Game 5 of the NBA Finals was headlined by Kevin Durant’s league-shaking Achilles injury and punctuated by an unusual number of bizarre moments (4:39). Plus: Teams around the league prepare for movement in the fast-approaching NBA draft (41:33), and the…
KD Goes Down (Again), but the Warriors Survive | Heat Check
Jun 11, 2019 • 33 min
Kevin Durant suffers an Achilles injury in his first game back, but the Golden State Warriors manage to pull out a win against the Toronto Raptors in Game 5 of the NBA Finals. Host: John Gonzalez Guest: Chris Ryan
The Raptors Out-Warriored the Warriors | Heat Check
Jun 8, 2019 • 32 min
The Toronto Raptors push ahead to a 3-1 lead in the NBA Finals after defeating the Golden State Warriors in dominant fashion. Host: John Gonzalez Guests: Dan Devine, Kevin O’Connor
How to Plan for Having Multiple First-Round Draft Picks | The Corner 3
Jun 6, 2019 • 57 min
We review Steph Curry’s hero ball Game 3 of the NBA Finals—an interesting reversal of some past Golden State games against LeBron (1:32). Then, we pivot to talking about the teams that have multiple first-round picks in the upcoming NBA draft, and what…
The Raptors Ruin Curry’s Big Night | Heat Check
Jun 6, 2019 • 32 min
A well-rounded Game 3 performance by the Toronto Raptors wins them back home-court advantage from the shorthanded Golden State Warriors despite a transcendent performance from Stephen Curry. Host: John Gonzalez Guest: Dan Devine
Which Upcoming Free Agent Combinations Fit Best? | Group Chat
Jun 5, 2019 • 55 min
We briefly survey the NBA Finals as it stands, tied 1-1 (2:00), before diving into swirling rumors about Kyrie Irving to the Nets or Lakers, Anthony Davis to anyone who will open their wallet, D’Angelo Russell to a mid-level franchise, and more (34:00).…
The Warriors Are Up Against the Injury Bug As Well As the Raptors | The Mismatch
Jun 4, 2019 • 55 min
The undermanned Golden State Warriors managed to take Game 2 from the Raptors in Toronto; as the series shifts to Oakland, will they be able to replicate that success (0:51)? Plus: With the draft approaching in two weeks’ time, which sleepers could rise…
The Warriors Pull Off a True #StrengthInNumbers Victory | Heat Check
Jun 3, 2019 • 25 min
The Golden State Warriors win Game 2 of the Finals in impressive fashion, overcoming various injuries and ailments to their stars by locking up the Toronto Raptors with stellar defense. Host: John Gonzalez Guest: Dan Devine
Analyzing the NBA Draft Through the Lens of the Finals | The Corner 3
May 31, 2019 • 49 min
We briefly go over Thursday night’s NBA Finals Game 1 and look forward to what adjustments the Warriors can make in the face of a 1-0 deficit (1:46). Then, we hand out awards to the draft prospects who most closely mirror the roles that Finals…
Spicy P Heats Up to Take Game 1 | Heat Check
May 31, 2019 • 30 min
Pascal Siakam dominates Game 1 of the Finals, leading the Toronto Raptors to a solid victory over the Kevin Durant–less Golden State Warriors despite a poor shooting night from Kawhi Leonard. Host: John Gonzalez Guest: Dan Devine
The Rockets’ Reboot, the Lakers’ Turmoil, and Repositioning Basketball As International Soccer | Group Chat
May 29, 2019 • 65 min
We sit down ahead of the NBA Finals to go through some of the news that has broken between the end of the Eastern Conference Finals and now. First, do the Rockets need to hit the reset button on their core if they want to win the title (2:45)? Then, the…
A Very Mismatch Finals Preview | The Mismatch
May 28, 2019 • 62 min
The Toronto Raptors advanced to the NBA Finals for the first time in franchise history. How will they match up against the defending champs Golden State Warriors (0:44)? Plus: How will the outcome of this series affect free agency, if at all (40:18)?…
NBA Draft Mailbag Special | The Corner 3
May 27, 2019 • 68 min
With the NBA Finals still on hold, we convene our NBA draft experts to open up the mailbag and answer some of your pressing questions about the top prospects as we approach the 2019 NBA draft. From Zion Williamson and RJ Barrett to Ty Jerome and Matisse…
Are the Bucks Out of Answers for the Raptors? | Group Chat
May 24, 2019 • 61 min
Kawhi Leonard had one of the best games of his career en route to a surprising Game 5 road win over one of the best teams in the NBA. Will Mike Budenholzer have to shorten his rotation in Game 6 to avoid getting eliminated (1:30)? Plus, we react to the…
Kawhi Leonard (Literally) Limps the Raptors to Another W | The Corner 3
May 22, 2019 • 40 min
Despite Kawhi Leonard’s lingering quadricep injury, his stellar defense and the Toronto Raptors’ overall adjustments prove successful against the Milwaukee Bucks for the second game in a row as they tie the series (1:25). Plus: Rumors say Kevin Durant…
The Warriors Without KD Are Still Pretty Damn Good | The Mismatch
May 21, 2019 • 71 min
The Golden State Warriors are headed to their fifth straight NBA Finals after sweeping the Portland Trail Blazers despite Kevin Durant out with an injury (0:48). Plus: belated reactions to the NBA draft lottery (43:09) and critical reactions to Magic…
The Raptors Win the Most Boring Double-OT Playoff Game in Recent Memory | Heat Check
May 20, 2019 • 48 min
Kawhi Leonard and the Toronto Raptors take advantage of an off-night from Giannis Antetokounmpo to edge out a double-OT win against the Milwaukee Bucks in Game 3 (3:12), while the Portland Trail Blazers fall behind 3-0 to the still-dominant Golden State…
Western Conference Finals Game 2: The Blazers Just Couldn’t Close the Door on the Warriors | The Ringer NBA Show
May 17, 2019 • 31 min
We give immediate reactions to the Warriors’ hot third-quarter comeback against the Blazers, behind strong performances from Steph Curry on offense and Andre Iguodala on defense (1:00). Then, we briefly preview Game 2 of the Eastern Conference finals,…
The Brook Lopez Game Trumped the Kyle Lowry Game | The Ringer NBA Show
May 16, 2019 • 54 min
We recap a hard-nosed win for the Milwaukee Bucks over the Toronto Raptors in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals—one that featured a solid performance from Giannis and an outstanding one from his supporting cast (2:08). Then we bounce around to some…
NBA Draft Fits and Conference Finals Thoughts | The Corner 3
May 15, 2019 • 55 min
Now that we know the order of the NBA draft, we go over which teams might be the best fit for the non-Zion top talent: R.J. Barrett, Ja Morant, Darius Garland, Cam Reddish, and more (1:05). Then, we recap Game 1 of the Western Conference finals, in which…
Emergency NBA Draft Lottery Pod | The Ringer NBA Show
May 15, 2019 • 52 min
The New Orleans Pelicans win the 2019 NBA draft lottery, presumably landing superstar prospect Zion Williamson (5:26), while multiple teams find themselves in more or less fortunate draft positions than expected (16:20). Plus: Kevin O’Connor reports his…
Let’s Get Ready to Conference Finals! | The Mismatch
May 14, 2019 • 68 min
The shorthanded Portland Trail Blazers advance to the Western Conference finals in impressive fashion, but how far will they be able to push reigning champs Golden State Warriors (0:48)? With the Toronto Raptors now facing the well-rested Milwaukee Bucks,…
The Four Bounces Heard Round the World: Kawhi’s Raptors Advance | Heat Check
May 13, 2019 • 51 min
Kawhi Leonard’s buzzer-beating fadeaway lifts the Toronto Raptors over the Philadelphia 76ers to move on to the conference finals (3:12), while CJ McCollum’s big night helps the Portland Trail Blazers defeat the Denver Nuggets to secure their first…
Sixers Earn a Game 7. Have the Bucks Earned the Title of ‘Favorites’? Plus, Kevin Durant’s Injured Calf | Group Chat
May 10, 2019 • 45 min
We give our immediate reactions to a statement game from Ben Simmons, who helped the Sixers force a Game 7 in Toronto on Sunday (0:50). Then, we eulogize the Celtics and wonder if the Bucks are flying under the radar as the best team in the league, before…
The Sixers’ Worst Dreams Are Being Realized. Plus, Are We Seeing a Combo-Guard Renaissance? | The Corner 3
May 8, 2019 • 58 min
We go over what appears to be the worst possible timeline for the Sixers—backs against the wall in the present, uncertain of how to build their Frankenstein roster in the future (1:15). Then, we run down the larger takeaways from the other series:…
A Sad, Somber Emergency Pod for Raptors-Sixers Game 5 | The Ringer NBA Show
May 8, 2019 • 18 min
Two of our resident Philadelphia 76ers fans commiserate over the Sixers’ embarrassing loss to the Toronto Raptors in Game 5. Hosts: John Gonzalez, Michael Baumann
The Bucks Beat the Celtics, and the Celtics Also Beat the Celtics | The Mismatch
May 7, 2019 • 69 min
Giannis Antetokounmpo takes advantage of the imploding Boston Celtics to propel the Milwaukee Bucks to a 3-1 series lead (0:34) while the Houston Rockets hold off a late run from the Golden State Warriors to tie the series (25:04). Plus: The Portland…
A Simmons-House Emergency Pod for Rockets-GSW Game 4 | The Ringer NBA Show
May 7, 2019 • 36 min
Bill Simmons is joined by Joe House to give immediate reactions to a gritty, frantic win for the Houston Rockets over the two-time reigning champion Golden State Warriors to even the series at 2-2 (1:10). Then, Simmons and House discuss the Milwaukee…
Murray Gets Hot, Kawhi Stays Hot, Curry Not Looking So Hot | Heat Check
May 6, 2019 • 53 min
An impressive scoring outburst from Jamal Murray helps the Denver Nuggets edge out the Portland Trail Blazers (3:45) while yet another dominant performance from Kawhi Leonard lifts the Toronto Raptors over a struggling Joel Embiid and the Philadelphia…
Have the Sixers Found Themselves? | Group Chat
May 3, 2019 • 52 min
We give our instant reactions to the Sixers’ convincing Game 3 win over the Raptors (1:30), before bouncing around to the other Round 2 series (21:00). Then, we go over some of the offseason news that has gotten swallowed by the playoff churn, including…
Playoff Round 2 Check-in, Plus an Early Look at the Centers in the NBA Draft | The Corner 3
May 1, 2019 • 54 min
We check in with each of the four playoff series, including what the Celtics need from Kyrie Irving and Gordon Hayward, whether Brett Brown’s adjustments in the Sixers-Raptors series are here to stay, and whether Nikola Jokic has finally made the choice…
Warriors-Rockets Game 2 Instant Reactions | The Ringer NBA Show
May 1, 2019 • 20 min
In Game 2 of the most anticipated playoff series thus far, the Golden State Warriors hold off a bloody-eyed James Harden and the Houston Rockets to defend home-court advantage with a 2-0 lead. Host: John Gonzalez Guest: Haley O’Shaughnessy
Raptors-Sixers Might Be the Big Matchup We Were Promised After All | The Mismatch
Apr 30, 2019 • 68 min
The Philadelphia 76ers defeat the juggernaut Toronto Raptors in Game 2, tempering concerns of a one-sided series (0:47), while Nikola Jokic and the Denver Nuggets present a big-man problem for the Portland Trail Blazers (14:36). The Milwaukee Bucks need…
How the Warriors “Stole” Game 1 From the Rockets | Heat Check
Apr 29, 2019 • 52 min
The first game of the highly anticipated second-round matchup between the Golden State Warriors and the Houston Rockets ended with a conspicuous lack of foul calls (4:04), while in the East, the Boston Celtics proved their formidability with a resounding…
Tying Up Warriors Loose Ends and Previewing Round 2 | Group Chat
Apr 26, 2019 • 52 min
We wonder whether the Warriors can close the Clippers in Game 6 in L.A., or whether we’re starting to see signs that they’re unraveling (4:00). Then, we touch on the other Western Conference series that’s still going—Spurs vs. Nuggets—and what a potential…
Damian Lillard Sent Russell Westbrook and the Thunder Home | The Corner 3
Apr 24, 2019 • 58 min
We recap one of the most ridiculous shots in NBA history—Damian Lillard’s 37-foot stepback 3 to end the series against Oklahoma City (1:08). Then we talk about the rise of the pull-up 3 in the NBA, and how it might affect scouting and drafting going…
It’s Time to Fear the Deer | The Mismatch
Apr 23, 2019 • 77 min
The Phoenix Suns fire head coach Igor Kokoskov, continuing a season of constant upheaval for the franchise (1:14), the Milwaukee Bucks look unstoppable as they complete their sweep of the Detroit Pistons (22:38), and the Utah Jazz pull off an impressive…
Round 1 Check-In: Where Do Teams Stand? Plus, Player-Fan Interaction | Heat Check
Apr 22, 2019 • 60 min
With the first round of the NBA playoffs in full effect, Joe House calls in to check on where the current Eastern and Western Conference matchups stand (02:51), including 76ers - Nets (18:03) and Clippers - Warriors (28:59). Then Tyler Tynes discusses his…
No Embiid? No Problem! | Group Chat
Apr 19, 2019 • 54 min
The Philadelphia 76ers found themselves without superstar center Joel Embiid against the Nets in Brooklyn for Game 3, unintentionally unlocking Ben Simmons to seize a win (0:52). Meanwhile, the San Antonio Spurs handily beat the Denver Nuggets behind an…
The Nuggets’ Comeback Might’ve Saved Their Season | The Corner 3
Apr 17, 2019 • 55 min
We break down how Jamal Murray shot his way out of his cold streak, helping the Nuggets tie their series with the Spurs at 1-1 and potentially stopping the bottom from falling out from underneath them this playoffs (1:30). Then, we wonder whether the…
The Warriors Blew a 31-Point Lead | The Mismatch
Apr 16, 2019 • 67 min
The resilient Los Angeles Clippers make a historic comeback against the reigning champion Golden State Warriors in Game 2 (0:42) and the Philadelphia 76ers redeem themselves with a resounding win against the Brooklyn Nets (26:44). Hosts: Chris Vernon,…
Upset SZN: Game 1 Shockers and Not-So-Shockers | Heat Check
Apr 15, 2019 • 76 min
The 2019 NBA playoffs are finally here! The first round kicked off with some surprising upsets (2:53), most notably the Brooklyn Nets defeating the Philadelphia 76ers (29:55) and the Orlando Magic edging out the Toronto Raptors (57:16). Host: John…
The Playoff Matchup Draft | The Corner 3
Apr 12, 2019 • 51 min
We preview the 2019 NBA playoffs by drafting the series we’re most excited to watch, including intriguing stylistic matchups like the Rockets and Jazz, talent-heavy lineups vs. up-and-coming teams like the Sixers and Nets, and hotly contested new…
The NBA Playoff Brackets Are Set | Group Chat
Apr 11, 2019 • 55 min
We open by briefly delving into the Kings firing Dave Joerger, and examining what the potential trickle-down effects of that might be (1:30). Then, we preview the playoffs through a series of questions (9:00): How far do teams like the Raptors and…
Magic Johnson Stepped Down and the Lakers Are (Further) Off the Rails | The Ringer NBA Show
Apr 10, 2019 • 41 min
Magic Johnson resigning put the finishing touches on an NBA season that was filled with an absurd amount of drama. What does this mean for members of the Lakers franchise—including Rob Pelinka, Jeanie Buss, and LeBron James—and have we reached Peak NBA…
Ten Questions Leading Into the Playoffs | The Mismatch
Apr 9, 2019 • 58 min
Top prospects audition for the pros in the NCAA championship game (0:46) while the still-murky NBA playoff picture continues to shift (15:23). Then: 10 burning questions for the 2019 NBA playoffs (22:24). Hosts: Chris Vernon, Kevin O’Connor
Concern-Trolling Playoff Teams and Just Concerns for the Sixers | Heat Check
Apr 8, 2019 • 56 min
With the postseason just within grasp, which flaws could haunt playoff-bound teams in the weeks to come (4:50)? And of course, the Philadelphia 76ers generate genuine apprehension from their fan base (34:04). Host: John Gonzalez Guests: Joe House, Dan…
Giannis Antetokounmpo’s MVP Moment | The Corner 3
Apr 5, 2019 • 43 min
We recap the exciting Bucks comeback win over the Sixers on Thursday night, which featured gigantic performances from Giannis and Joel Embiid (1:30). Then, ahead of the Final Four, we take one last dive into NCAA tournament prospects like Jarrett Culver…
Whose Future Timeline Is the Darkest? | Group Chat
Apr 4, 2019 • 63 min
We weigh the different bleak futures of some of the NBA’s bottom-feeders and try to determine who has the longest path back to contention (2:00). Then, with the playoffs on the immediate horizon, we go over the teams that are trending up and trending…
First-Round Matchups We’d Like to See | The Mismatch
Apr 2, 2019 • 54 min
With the end of the regular season in sight, which first-round matchups would be the most interesting (0:56)? Plus: even more NBA draft takeaways from the NCAA tournament (30:43). Hosts: Chris Vernon, Kevin O’Connor
The Only Playoff Race Left: The Eastern Conference | Heat Check
Apr 1, 2019 • 58 min
With the Western Conference playoff teams locked in, we shift our focus to the four teams competing for the last three spots in the Eastern Conference (5:39). Then, we examine how media coverage for NBA teams varies across the country (34:50). Host: John…
Sixteen(-ish) NBA Prospects in the Sweet 16 | The Corner 3
Mar 29, 2019 • 48 min
Halfway through the Sweet 16 in the NCAA tournament, we examine the notable players with draft potential (1:12). Plus: parity between the Eastern and Western conferences (39:05). Hosts: Danny Chau, Jonathan Tjarks
2019 NBA Award SZN Is Here | Group Chat
Mar 28, 2019 • 68 min
We hand out some traditional awards for the 2018-19 NBA season, as well as a bevy of ‘Group Chat’–specific ones—like Most Washed, the Best Player in the World Belt, and the Skeleton Key Award. Hosts: Justin Verrier, Haley O’Shaughnessy, Paolo Uggetti
(Not) Jockeying for Playoff Matchups | The Mismatch
Mar 26, 2019 • 62 min
Jusuf Nurkic’s horrific leg injury takes the air out of the Portland Trail Blazers’ postseason ambitions (1:00), the variability of playoff seeding in the Western Conference makes matchup-jockeying impossible (20:15), and the NCAA’s March Madness sheds…
The NBA All-Entertainment Team and the Über-competitive Coach of the Year Race | Heat Check
Mar 25, 2019 • 59 min
Who have been the most entertaining personalities in the NBA this season? (4:01) Plus: our pick for Coach of the Year from an unusually stacked pool of candidates (43:10). Host: John Gonzalez Guests: Ian Karmel, Chris Almeida
Ja Morant Mania and the NCAA Tournament Through an NBA Draft Lens | The Corner 3
Mar 22, 2019 • 43 min
We assess a dominant first-game performance from Murray State point guard Ja Morant, who has now solidified his case to be a top-three pick in the coming NBA draft (1:20). Then we note a bevy of prospects to look out for in this weekend’s March Madness…
The Playoff Watchability Rankings | Group Chat
Mar 21, 2019 • 64 min
We do some in-depth analysis on the Sixers finally getting over the hump and beating the Celtics, then wonder whether the Thunder’s recent skid means they might be one-and-done in the playoffs (2:30). Then, we rapid-fire draft the teams in the playoff…
The Hottest Team in the NBA Right Now Is … the Spurs?! | The Mismatch
Mar 19, 2019 • 69 min
Another home victory against the Golden State Warriors marks an impressive nine-game winning streak for the San Antonio Spurs (6:46). Plus: previewing regular-season awards (32:55) and NBA prospects to look forward to in March Madness (43:59). Hosts:…
The Degenerate’s Guide to the NBA Playoff Race | Heat Check
Mar 18, 2019 • 59 min
Resident gambling degenerate Joe House gives his predictions for how the playoff race will shake out in each conference (4:05). Plus: New York Knicks owner James Dolan was in the headlines for all the wrong reasons last week; will he ever sell the team?…
Early 2019 NBA Draft Thoughts | The Corner 3
Mar 15, 2019 • 53 min
We react to Thursday night’s games, where the Pacers proved they’re going to be a tough out in the playoffs and Luka Doncic started to look worn down by the NBA season (2:04). Then Kevin and Danny share a short list of prospects who are piquing their…
Which Team Is Headed for a First-Round Upset? | Group Chat
Mar 14, 2019 • 63 min
Now that the Anthony Davis trade saga has cooled down, we wonder whether the dwindling list of potential outcomes means he might just re-sign in New Orleans—and, of course, what that would mean for the Lakers and Celtics (01:30). Then, we speculate about…
The Race for the Playoffs and the Race for the Lottery | The Mismatch
Mar 12, 2019 • 53 min
Altercations mar an otherwise entertaining night in the NBA (0:53), playoff-bound teams jockey for matchup advantages (20:21), and draft season approaches as the NCAA action accelerates (42:37). Hosts: Chris Vernon, Kevin O’Connor
The Infallible Warriors Might Not Be So Infallible | Heat Check
Mar 11, 2019 • 53 min
Amid a dynastic run of dominance, the Golden State Warriors are starting to show some cracks (2:47). But is anyone a real threat to challenge the reigning champions (8:48)? Plus: Is Brett Brown the right coach for the star-studded Philadelphia 76ers…
We Unironically Care About the Eastern Conference Playoff Race | The Corner 3
Mar 8, 2019 • 62 min
We start by taking stock of the incredible Thunder vs. Blazers Thursday-night game, which featured 51 points from Damian Lillard in a Thunder victory (2:00). Then, Danny goes iso in a special Dwyane Wade–jersey-swap-edition of “Huerter She Wrote” (20:03).…
LeBron Passes Jordan and Lakers Fans Are … Apathetic? | Group Chat
Mar 7, 2019 • 58 min
We react to the underwhelming response from the Lakers crowd as LeBron James passed Michael Jordan for fourth on the NBA’s all-time leading scorers list (1:30). Then we crib a segment from the Magic’s television broadcast and answer “Is this anything?”…
Is This Your King? The Clippers Win the Battle for L.A. | The Mismatch
Mar 5, 2019 • 54 min
The Clippers add one more blow to the Lakers’ playoffs hopes (1:40) while the Boston Celtics’ chemistry issues continue to fester (31:15). Plus: takeaways from the MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference (43:05). Hosts: Chris Vernon, Kevin O’Connor
Who Is to Blame for the Lakers’ Letdown? | Heat Check
Mar 4, 2019 • 47 min
The Los Angeles Lakers continue their collapse (4:04) while the Eastern Conference playoff race heats up (17:21). Plus: an inside look at the story of Rick Pitino in Greece (29:21). Host: John Gonzalez Guests: Jonathan Tjarks, Chris Ryan, Dave the Greek
How Many 3s Will Trae Young Be Shooting in 2029? | The Corner 3
Mar 1, 2019 • 50 min
We recap the Jazz-Nuggets game and wonder whether this is proof that the Jazz are back to where they need to be to contend in the Western Conference (1:00). Then, Zach Kram joins to talk about his piece on the 3-point revolution (25:00). Finally, we throw…
Our NBA Potluck Dinner | Group Chat
Feb 28, 2019 • 57 min
We all bring one team, one player, and one take to discuss on this episode. Featured: the Boston Celtics, the Los Angeles Lakers, Chris Paul, Ben Simmons, and more. Hosts: Justin Verrier, Haley O’Shaughnessy, Paolo Uggetti
Are We Sure the Lakers Will Make the Playoffs? | The Mismatch (Ep. 393)
Feb 26, 2019 • 59 min
After falling below .500, the Los Angeles Lakers are at risk of missing the playoffs (1:19). Plus: checking in with the young rebuilding teams (33:28). Hosts: Chris Vernon, Kevin O’Connor
Are We In or Out on LeBron, Davis, Zion, Durant, Kyrie, and More? | Heat Check (Ep. 392)
Feb 25, 2019 • 56 min
With so many story lines in the NBA, which ones are we in on (3:41)? Then: the New Orleans Pelicans’ continuing conundrum (30:55) and the most interesting MVP candidates of the season (44:21). Host: John Gonzalez Guests: Shea Serrano, Dan Devine
The Playoff Musical Chairs in the Western Conference | The Corner 3 (Ep. 391)
Feb 22, 2019 • 59 min
We talk about the sustainability of the Lakers’ flipping the switch and what it means for Western Conference playoff contenders the Kings, Clippers, and Spurs (1:00). Then, we do a mini Draft Class in light of the news that Zion Williamson dodged a bullet…
Should We Care Whether Kyrie Irving Is Happy? | Group Chat (Ep. 390)
Feb 21, 2019 • 47 min
We react briefly to the news that top prospect Zion Williamson has a sprained knee (2:40) before diving deep on the recent Kyrie Irving interview with Rachel Nichols (8:40). Then, news breaks that Anthony Davis will not only be active in the Pelicans game…
Stories From NBA All-Star Weekend | The Mismatch (Ep. 389)
Feb 19, 2019 • 60 min
Our hosts had an eventful time in Charlotte over All-Star Weekend, and they’re here to share some notable highlights. Hosts: Chris Vernon, Kevin O’Connor
Our Top 25 Players Right Now and the Ongoing Anthony Davis Headache | Heat Check (Ep. 388)
Feb 18, 2019 • 56 min
The New Orleans Pelicans’ Anthony Davis problem casts a shadow on All-Star Weekend (1:57). Plus: debating the Ringer staff’s ranking of the top 25 players (36:05). Host: Chris Ryan Guest: Justin Verrier
Early Returns on the Eastern Conference Arms Race, Plus Pelicans Talk With Arcade Fire’s Win Butler | The Corner 3 (Ep. 387)
Feb 15, 2019 • 59 min
We run down the list of the five Eastern Conference contenders that made deadline additions and where they’ll stand in relation to each other come playoff time (1:00). Then, Arcade Fire’s Win Butler joins the show for a second time to discuss the awkward…
A Ringer NBA Investigation: Who’s to Blame for the Lakers Tailspin? | Group Chat (Ep. 386)
Feb 14, 2019 • 59 min
We parse last night’s news through the lens of some unnecessarily hot takes—Luka is the next LeBron, Jake Layman is first-team All-NBA, Buddy Hield is better than Jamal Murray, and more (2:00). Then, we steal a bit from Chris Ryan and Jason Concepcion and…
MVPaul George? Plus: the Rising East | The Mismatch (Ep. 385)
Feb 12, 2019 • 53 min
Paul George’s MVP case grows as his scorching offensive streak continues (1:15), Marc Gasol bolsters the already-formidable Toronto Raptors (10:45), the Philadelphia 76ers’ new Big Four forms a threat in the East (27:35), and the Los Angeles Lakers’…
The New-New Sixers Look Good-Good | Heat Check (Ep. 384)
Feb 11, 2019 • 45 min
The anticlimactic nonresolution of the Anthony Davis saga leaves the Western Conference at the mercy of the Golden State Warriors (3:03), while the reloaded Philadelphia 76ers look to rise atop the Eastern Conference elite (25:33). Host: Chris Ryan…
NBA Trade Deadline: Eastern Conference Power Shifts and Favorite Trades | The Ringer NBA Show (Ep. 383)
Feb 7, 2019 • 62 min
The trade deadline delivered on medium deals—including Marc Gasol to the Raptors, Tobias Harris to the Sixers, and Nikola Mirotic to the Bucks—but it was missing the Anthony Davis trade we were hoping for. What does this mean for the Eastern Conference…
The Sixers Are All In (We Think?), With Bill Simmons | The Ringer NBA Show (Ep. 382)
Feb 6, 2019 • 50 min
Bill Simmons and Chris Ryan hop on the Ringer NBA Show feed to talk about the Sixers spending what was left of their draft capital to acquire Tobias Harris and make a push for the NBA Finals this season (1:06). Then, Ben Detrick joins to break down how…
Is Anthony Davis’s Price Tag Worth It? | The Mismatch (Ep. 381)
Feb 5, 2019 • 55 min
The Los Angeles Lakers may need to overpay to acquire Anthony Davis before the trade deadline (3:57). Plus: Which trade candidates could propel fringe playoff teams into contention? (37:10) Hosts: Chris Vernon, Kevin O’Connor
Trade Deadline Week Is Here and the Big Hitters Get Busy | Heat Check (Ep. 380)
Feb 4, 2019 • 54 min
The Lakers, Celtics, Knicks, and Sixers are making noise as the trade deadline approaches (3:39), while the New Orleans Pelicans are still looking to move Anthony Davis (35:14). Host: John Gonzalez Guests: Jonathan Tjarks, Micah Peters, Zach Kram
Kristaps Porzingis Is Out in New York. Does This Mean Two (or Three?) Superstars Might Be In? | The Corner 3 (Ep. 379)
Feb 1, 2019 • 52 min
We break down the Kristaps Porzingis–to-Dallas trade from every angle: the Mavericks, the Knicks, Porzingis himself, Kevin Durant, Anthony Davis, the Pelicans, the Lakers, the Raptors, and more. NBA trade season is upon us! Hosts: Kevin O’Connor, Jonathan…
Assessing the Best Anthony Davis Trade Packages | Group Chat (Ep. 378)
Jan 31, 2019 • 47 min
We pore over the myriad teams that could offer a reasonable package for Anthony Davis: chief among them the Lakers and Celtics, but maybe equally as intriguing, the dark horse Clippers and Raptors. Disclaimer: This podcast was recorded prior to the…
Where Will Anthony Davis End Up? | The Mismatch (Ep. 377)
Jan 29, 2019 • 52 min
The Los Angeles Lakers are the clear front-runners to trade for Anthony Davis, but 28 other teams could look to acquire him (1:32). With the trade deadline fast approaching, teams bifurcate into buyers and sellers (28:54). Hosts: Chris Vernon and Kevin…
Anthony Davis Wants Out | Heat Check (Ep. 376)
Jan 28, 2019 • 46 min
Adrian Wojnarowski dropped a not-so-surprising Woj bomb on Monday morning, reporting that Anthony Davis will not sign a contract extension in New Orleans and has requested a trade. Will this shake up the Lakers? Does Boston have the most assets, or will…
The Rolling Raptors and All-Star Reserves, Plus: A Special Interview With Nikola Jokic | The Corner 3 (Ep. 375)
Jan 25, 2019 • 51 min
The hype around the Toronto Raptors has died down despite their continued excellence (0:40). With the All-Star starters announced, which players will make the team as reserves? (14:05) Plus: Kevin O’Connor sits down with Denver Nuggets star Nikola Jokic…
Where Do the Pacers Turn Without Victor Oladipo? | Group Chat (Ep. 374)
Jan 24, 2019 • 49 min
We digest the news that Victor Oladipo is out for the rest of the season by wondering whether the Pacers should push on for the playoffs or reset until he gets back (2:30). Then, we debate who has a more promising future: the Hawks or the Mavericks…
Uh-oh, the Warriors Look Invincible Again | The Mismatch (Ep. 373)
Jan 22, 2019 • 55 min
The juggernaut Golden State Warriors look unstoppable as of late (4:10) and Carmelo Anthony looks to return to the court (15:00). Plus: Which players could benefit from a change of scenery at the trade deadline? (25:43) Hosts: Chris Vernon, Kevin O’Connor
The NBA All-Drama All-Stars and the Western Conference Shuffle | Heat Check (Ep. 372)
Jan 21, 2019 • 55 min
What would the All-Star teams look like if they were selected on the merits of creating drama (3:11)? Plus: Lonzo’s injury, Boogie back, the PG-Russ dynamic, and the Dennis Smith Jr. saga’s resolution (?) (33:03). Host: John Gonzalez Guests: Jason…
Dennis Smith Jr.‘s Unraveling Drama in Dallas, Plus All-Star Ballots | The Corner 3 (Ep. 371)
Jan 18, 2019 • 57 min
Dennis Smith Jr. is the latest high draft pick to become uncomfortable with the ball being taken out of his hands. What does that mean for him and Luka Doncic (18:00)? Then we run down our All-Star ballots for this season (28:18). To wrap up, Kevin…
Playing Trade-Deadline Doctor and Going Deep on the Pelicans | Group Chat (Ep. 370)
Jan 17, 2019 • 57 min
We diagnose the problems that the Celtics, the Lakers, and the Grizzlies will have to address at the upcoming NBA trade deadline (1:10). Then, we call up Scott Kushner, the ‘New Orleans Advocate’ Pelicans beat reporter, to give us the Pelicans side of the…
The Celtics Start to Show Their Cracks. Plus: The Trade Deadline Rumor Mill | The Mismatch (Ep. 369)
Jan 15, 2019 • 56 min
The fraying Boston Celtics slide even further (0:44), James Harden continues his historic scoring streak amid the Houston Rockets’ injury plague (23:04), and trade rumors pile up as the deadline approaches (34:42). Hosts: Chris Vernon, Kevin O’Connor
A Year Later: Did the Clippers Win the Blake Griffin Trade? | Heat Check (Ep. 368)
Jan 14, 2019 • 72 min
The Los Angeles Clippers host Blake Griffin for the first time since the controversial trade (3:27), the Boston Celtics falter despite their talent (15:26), the New York Knicks accelerate their tank (28:08), and rookies’ statistical comparisons encourage…
Predicting the NBA Headlines for the Coming Weeks | The Corner 3 (Ep. 367)
Jan 11, 2019 • 43 min
We take a stab at clairvoyance by each trying to predict two headlines that will be written over the coming weeks (1:05). Then, we throw an outlet pass to the weekend’s best games (34:00). Hosts: Kevin O’Connor, Danny Chau, Jonathan Tjarks
Half-Season Superlatives and Kings Nation | Group Chat (Ep. 366)
Jan 10, 2019 • 64 min
We award 2018-19 half-season awards for: Best Player, Most Surprising Team, Most Disappointing Team, Most Confusing Team, and League Pass Poison Teams (0:50). Then, Kings superfan Riley McAtee joins to talk about how he hopes the rest of Sacramento’s…
How Should Teams Build Around Their Young Stars Before It’s Too Late? | The Mismatch (Ep. 365)
Jan 8, 2019 • 53 min
Tom Thibodeau is out in Minnesota. So what does that mean for franchise cornerstone Karl-Anthony Towns (1:00)? Then we dive deep into how the Spurs have reinvented themselves by turning the clock forward and backward at the same time (18:25). Finally, we…
Goodbye Thibs and Hello Hoiberg (?!) | Heat Check (Ep. 364)
Jan 7, 2019 • 49 min
Minnesota firing Tom Thibodeau after a win, who could replace him, Kawhi Leonard’s return to San Antonio, and the drama-filled Sixers. Host: John Gonzalez Guests: Shea Serrano and Jonathan Tjarks
James Harden Is a Cheat Code | The Corner 3 (Ep. 363)
Jan 4, 2019 • 51 min
James Harden daggered the Golden State Warriors Thursday night in overtime (1:30), and Kawhi Leonard was showered with boos while the Raptors got throttled by the Spurs (29:12). Plus, NBA prospect Bol Bol’s college season is done after just nine games…
Debating Ben Simmons and Russell Westbrook for All of Eternity | Group Chat (Ep. 362)
Jan 3, 2019 • 54 min
The Thunder beat the Lakers (sans LeBron) Wednesday night, but are we right to be concerned about Russell Westbrook’s continued shooting woes (1:30)? Plus, Chris spills his deepest, darkest concerns about the future of the Sixers as Ben Simmons still…
Elite, but Overlooked: The Pacers and the Nuggets | The Mismatch (Ep. 361)
Jan 2, 2019 • 50 min
The Indiana Pacers remain consistently among the Eastern Conference elite (2:59), the Denver Nuggets continue their dominant run atop the West (9:33), and James Harden’s propensity for drawing fouls fuels his scorching stretch of games (18:00). Plus, five…
New Year’s Resolutions for All 30 Teams | The Corner 3 (Ep. 360)
Dec 28, 2018 • 60 min
We ring in the new year by giving 2019 resolutions for every team in the league — from the lowly Knicks and Hawks to the high and mighty Warriors. Hosts: Kevin O’Connor, Jonathan Tjarks, Danny Chau
The Lakers Refuse to Let LeBron’s Injury Scare Spoil Their Christmas | The Mismatch (Ep. 359)
Dec 26, 2018 • 56 min
The Los Angeles Lakers handily defeat the Golden State Warriors despite LeBron James’s groin injury (3:25), James Harden continues getting back to MVP form as his Houston Rockets beat the Oklahoma City Thunder (24:07), and more takeaways from the…
NBA Guilty Pleasures | Heat Check (Ep. 358)
Dec 24, 2018 • 41 min
As the NBA regular season nears its midpoint, we share our favorite guilty pleasures of this year thus far. Host: John Gonzalez Guest: Chris Ryan
Which Rebuilding NBA Franchise Would You Want Most? | The Corner 3 (Ep. 357)
Dec 21, 2018 • 42 min
We try to temper our hype after Luka Doncic’s 32-point explosion in a loss to the Clippers, review Chris Paul’s nagging hamstring and the Rockets’ thin roster, and discuss the weird Buddy Hield age news (2:00). Then, we each choose the rebuilding…
’Tis the (NBA Trade) Season | The Mismatch (Ep. 356)
Dec 18, 2018 • 50 min
Trade season dawns on the NBA as free-agency restrictions get lifted (0:54), the James Harden–led Houston Rockets surge up the standings (21:07), and the Oklahoma City Thunder’s stellar defense keeps them rolling (33:49). Hosts: Chris Vernon and Kevin…
The Trevor Ariza Trade That Wasn’t, Then Was | Heat Check (Ep. 355)
Dec 17, 2018 • 49 min
A three-team trade centered on the Washington Wizards acquiring Trevor Ariza falls through in dramatic circumstance and is reincarnated in altered form (4:21): The Phoenix Suns receive Kelly Oubre Jr. and Austin Rivers while the Memphis Grizzlies keep the…
Exploring the Trade Candidates That Could Shuffle the League | The Corner 3 (Ep. 354)
Dec 14, 2018 • 42 min
The Kings are our kings and we hope the trade market might heat up soon for guys like Kevin Love and Tim Hardaway Jr.. Plus, we throw an outlet pass to the games we’re looking forward to this weekend. Hosts: Kevin O’Connor, Jonathan Tjarks, Danny Chau
Did the Raptors’ Big Win Over the Warriors Make Them the Best Team in the League Right Now? | Group Chat (Ep. 353)
Dec 13, 2018 • 42 min
We try to sift through the noise of the Raptors’ blowout win against the Warriors (1:45) and diagnose the state of the Pelicans after Anthony Davis’s big night against the Thunder (13:33). Then, we take a look at two teams whose stocks are up and two…
LeBron Thought About the Knicks, but It Was All a (Pipe) Dream | The Mismatch (Ep. 352)
Dec 11, 2018 • 52 min
LeBron James comments on having considered the New York Knicks as a free-agent destination (1:17), the Sacramento Kings and Dallas Mavericks continue to overperform behind their young stars (14:50), the Boston Celtics return to excellence after a slow…
The Bulls’ Drama Is Boiling Over Under Boylen | Heat Check (Ep. 351)
Dec 10, 2018 • 69 min
Turmoil continues for the Chicago Bulls under Jim Boylen (7:16), the three Texas teams deviate from expectations (14:12), growing pains afflict the Philadelphia 76ers’ Jimmy Butler experiment (32:12), and Buddy Hield emerges as the Sacramento Kings’…
Lessons From the 2016 NBA Draft | The Corner 3 (Ep. 350)
Dec 7, 2018 • 41 min
We review some of the Houston Rockets’ biggest problems and ask whether they could be remedied with a Kevin Love trade (1:30). Then we take a look back at the lessons we learned from the 2016 draft (25:00), before throwing an outlet pass to this weekend’s…
Debating the NBA’s Top 25 Players Through 25 Games | Group Chat (Ep. 349)
Dec 6, 2018 • 47 min
We review the Lakers vs. Spurs and Thunder vs. Nets games from Tuesday night (1:30) before coming clean on our ballots for The Ringer’s Top 25 Players in the NBA Through 25 Games (31:24). Hosts: Chris Ryan, Justin Verrier, Haley O’Shaughnessy, Paolo…
The Nuggets Are Here to Stay | The Mismatch (Ep. 348)
Dec 4, 2018 • 55 min
The Denver Nuggets have proved themselves to be elite (1:07), the Oklahoma City Thunder’s stellar defense is leading their surge (9:51), the retooled Minnesota Timberwolves start to climb up (22:06), the New Orleans Pelicans’ struggles amplify in a loss…
30 Thoughts for 30 Teams | Heat Check (Ep. 347)
Dec 3, 2018 • 73 min
More than a quarter of the way through the regular season, what can we say about every team in the NBA? Host: John Gonzalez Guests: Jason Concepcion, Kevin O’Connor, Haley O’Shaughnessy
The Spurs Are Pivoting to Boring Basketball | The Corner 3 (Ep. 346)
Nov 30, 2018 • 46 min
Gregg Popovich’s disdain for 3-point shots (1:36), Andrew Wiggins’s future in the league (15:52), and R.J. Barrett’s less-than-stellar start at Duke (24:14). Plus, is Luka Doncic “tall James Harden” or “fat Steph Curry” (29:00)? Hosts: Kevin O’Connor,…
What Were We Wrong About Before the Season? | Group Chat (Ep. 345)
Nov 29, 2018 • 54 min
Kyle Korver to the Jazz (0:40), Luka Doncic owns our hearts (7:30), the Wolves are looking up without Jimmy Butler (17:30), and the Clippers might be a playoff lock (22:08). Plus, we admit the takes we misfired on before the season (35:30). Hosts: Chris…
Can the Rockets and Jazz Turn It Around? | The Mismatch (Ep. 344)
Nov 27, 2018 • 65 min
The Houston Rockets’ slow start might be the new normal (0:50), the Orlando Magic are … good? (19:40), and the young New York Knicks continue to develop (36:01). Plus, the quarter-season awards (47:03). Hosts: Chris Vernon, Kevin O’Connor
The Clippers Are Atop the Wacky West (for Now) | Heat Check (Ep. 343)
Nov 26, 2018 • 45 min
Somehow, the Los Angeles Clippers have climbed to the best record in the crowded Western Conference (4:02), and the Philadelphia 76ers’ Jimmy Butler experiment starts to bear fruit (21:32). Host: John Gonzalez Guests: Dan Devine, Dan Pfeiffer
Opening Up the Thanksgiving Mailbag | The Corner 3 (Ep. 342)
Nov 21, 2018 • 46 min
We open up the mailbag by answering questions on the Wizards’ dysfunction, the first-, second-, and third-year players we’re most excited about, pre-agency, the Lakers, and much more. Hosts: Kevin O’Connor, Jonathan Tjarks, Danny Chau
Will Anyone Trade for John Wall? | The Mismatch (Ep. 341)
Nov 20, 2018 • 49 min
John Wall’s gargantuan contract stifles his trade value (2:27), the Sacramento Kings continue to outperform expectations in the crowded Western Conference (13:56), and the teams on a streak, winning or losing (33:19). Hosts: Chris Vernon, Kevin O’Connor
The Wizards (Finally) Want to Blow It Up | Heat Check (Ep. 340)
Nov 19, 2018 • 56 min
The devastatingly underachieving Washington Wizards look to sell, sell, sell (3:17) and the glut of talent in the Western Conference coagulates even further (31:13). Host: John Gonzalez Guests: Joe House, Jonathan Tjarks
Sophomore Surge or Sophomore Slump? | The Corner 3 (Ep. 339)
Nov 16, 2018 • 45 min
Jimmy Butler’s tight fit in Philadelphia (1:07), a sophomore focus in this week’s The Kids Are Alright (23:26), and a look ahead at the weekend’s best games (37:36). Hosts: Kevin O’Connor, Danny Chau, Jonathan Tjarks
Relationship Counseling: Warriors Edition | Group Chat (Ep. 338)
Nov 15, 2018 • 50 min
Jimmy Butler’s debut for the Sixers didn’t go quite as smoothly as it could’ve—what does that mean for Ben Simmons (2:00)? Plus, Kevin Clark on the Magic (11:38), and a whole lot of Draymond Green and Kevin Durant melodrama (24:36). Hosts: Chris Ryan,…
The Rockets Don’t Stay Melo | The Mismatch (Ep. 337)
Nov 13, 2018 • 54 min
The Jimmy Butler trade reshapes both conferences (0:48), the Houston Rockets look to move on from their Carmelo Anthony experiment (10:06), the overachieving Los Angeles Clippers remain impressive (19:16), Caris LeVert’s injury sets back the Brooklyn Nets…
Jimmy Butler Is a Sixer | Heat Check (Ep. 336)
Nov 11, 2018 • 53 min
The Minnesota Timberwolves finally trade Jimmy Butler to the Philadelphia 76ers. Host: John Gonzalez Guests: Chris Ryan and Jason Concepcion
Zion Has Broken Our Mold of What a Pro Prospect Can Be | The Corner 3 (Ep. 335)
Nov 9, 2018 • 42 min
Duke’s trio of outstanding freshman surpassed our lofty expectations (1:38), the NBA’s shooting guard renaissance has caught us off guard (14:03), and we’re not quite sure if Milwaukee has what it takes to handle a tough West Coast road trip (34:37).
The Five Tenets of a Legendary League Pass Team | Group Chat (Ep. 334)
Nov 8, 2018 • 43 min
Kyrie Irving is totally not mad online about Jamal Murray, and the Boston Celtics totally don’t have a problem with offensive distribution (1:20). Plus, could the Lakers be the best League Pass team in NBA history? (22:37). The Lakers May Be the Greatest…
The Deep, Dominant Raptors Keep Rolling Along | The Mismatch (Ep. 333)
Nov 6, 2018 • 57 min
A big night for Jamal Murray continues the Denver Nuggets’ hot streak (3:07), the torrid Toronto Raptors add another loss to the Utah Jazz’s disappointing start (14:53), precarious teams face sink-or-swim developments (32:58), and draft prospects look to…
The LeBron-Era Lakers’ Drama Intensifies | Heat Check (Ep. 332)
Nov 5, 2018 • 72 min
The Los Angeles Lakers add another loss to their turbulent start to the regular season (4:07), and the league’s offensive explosion is transforming defensive schemes (27:34). Plus, examining the importance of providing context to Derrick Rose’s comeback…
When Should We Panic About Houston? Plus, Duke Mania Is Here to Stay | The Corner 3 (Ep. 331)
Nov 2, 2018 • 45 min
Ringer staff writer Kevin O’Connor is joined by Jonathan Tjarks and Danny Chau to discuss the unfathomably bad Houston Rockets’ start (2:27) and the bright futures of the Jazz and Nuggets (20:52). Then, the trio re-ups their patented “Draft Class” segment…
The Early Tiers of the NBA | Group Chat (Ep. 330)
Nov 1, 2018 • 57 min
The Ringer’s Chris Ryan is joined by Justin Verrier, Haley O’Shaughnessy, and Paolo Uggetti to establish eight unique tiers of the NBA and place all 30 teams within them. Klay on Klay: The Warriors Guard on the Hidden Art and Craft of His Game, Kevin…
Klay Thompson Catches Fire, the Bucks Remain Aflame, and the Cold-Start Teams | The Mismatch (Ep. 329)
Oct 30, 2018 • 57 min
The Ringer’s Chris Vernon and Kevin O’Connor recount the record-breaking night from Klay Thompson (0:50), debate how the still-undefeated Bucks have achieved early-season success (30:53), and discuss their concerns for underachieving Western Conference…
Cavs Fire Ty Lue, Early-Season Drama, Bud’s Bucks, and Overlooked Teams | Heat Check (Ep. 328)
Oct 29, 2018 • 54 min
The Ringer’s John Gonzalez is joined by Shea Serrano to discuss the Cleveland Cavaliers firing head coach Ty Lue (4:32) and all the drama going on in the NBA regular season through two weeks (11:30). Then, Jonathan Tjarks comes on to talk about the…
The Three-Point Revolution Is Only Just Beginning | The Corner 3 (Ep. 327)
Oct 26, 2018 • 41 min
The Ringer’s Kevin O’Connor is joined by Danny Chau and Jonathan Tjarks to discuss the exponential growth of 3-pointers in the NBA (1:24) and the promising offense but problematic defense of Trae Young and Luka Doncic (13:46). Then, they throw an outlet…
Is the NBA Trying Too Hard to Entertain Us, Or Is the Scoring Boom What We Need? | Group Chat (Ep. 326)
Oct 25, 2018 • 42 min
The Ringer’s Chris Ryan is joined by Justin Verrier, Haley O’Shaughnessy, and Paolo Uggetti to discuss whether fans will get sick of the routinely high-scoring games from the first week of the season (1:27). Then, they talk about the Thunder’s cramped…
The Lakers or the Thunder: Who’s in More Trouble? Plus Milwaukee’s Overhaul and Boston’s Slow Start | The Mismatch (Ep. 325)
Oct 23, 2018 • 49 min
The Ringer’s Chris Vernon and Kevin O’Connor discuss the lack of shooting plaguing the Lakers and Thunder through Week 1 of the season (1:43). Then, they break down how Milwaukee and Denver have overhauled their style of play for the 2018 season’s pace,…
Lakers-Rockets #Spitgate, Plus Opening-Week Takeaways | Heat Check (Ep. 324)
Oct 22, 2018 • 64 min
The Ringer’s John Gonzalez is joined by Kevin O’Connor, Paolo Uggetti, and Jason Gallagher to recount the brawl between the Los Angeles Lakers and Houston Rockets during their Saturday-night matchup (2:47) as well as the basketball aspects of the game…
Digesting LeBron in a Lakers Uniform, Plus Early Evaluations for Ayton and Jokic | The Corner 3 (Ep. 323)
Oct 19, 2018 • 49 min
The Ringer’s Kevin O’Connor is joined by Danny Chau and Jonathan Tjarks in the debut of their revamped Friday show: The Corner 3. They kick the season off with some immediate reactions to LeBron in purple and gold (1:41). Then, they assess DeAndre Ayton’s…
Anthony Davis’s Hot Start, the Young Suns, and Early Sixers Reactions | Group Chat (Ep. 322)
Oct 18, 2018 • 50 min
The Ringer’s Chris Ryan is joined by Haley O’Shaughnessy and Paolo Uggetti to share some immediate reactions to the first two days of NBA games, including whether they like Anthony Davis to win the MVP (2:25) and whether this will be the season the Suns’…
‘Sources Say’ Live From Ringer #NBAPalooza | Sources Say (Ep. 321)
Oct 17, 2018 • 53 min
The Ringer’s Chris Ryan and Juliet Litman are joined by Joe House for the 2018 return of ‘Sources Say,’ live on stage during The Ringer’s 2018 NBA Previewpalooza. They dive back into NBA gossip with the latest Jimmy Butler rumblings, Ben Simmons’s dating…
20 Questions for the 2018-19 NBA Season | The Mismatch (Ep. 320)
Oct 16, 2018 • 70 min
The Ringer’s Chris Vernon and Kevin O’Connor preview the imminent NBA season by answering and debating 20 questions about the league.
The Way-Too-Early Playoff Predictions, Plus: NBA Sad Face | Heat Check (Ep. 319)
Oct 15, 2018 • 69 min
The Ringer’s John Gonzalez is joined by Jason Concepcion to discuss the latest development in the Jimmy Butler drama (3:23) and preview the Eastern Conference playoff picture heading into the season (9:15). Then, Haley O’Shaughnessy and Paolo Uggetti come…
Jimmy Butler’s Practice Tirade and Lakers vs. Warriors Preseason Takeaways | Group Chat (Ep. 318)
Oct 11, 2018 • 47 min
The Ringer’s Chris Ryan and Justin Verrier are joined by Haley O’Shaughnessy and Paolo Uggetti to break down the explosive Timberwolves practice that owned NBA Twitter for a day (1:50). Then, they discuss what the Lakers’ pace of play in the offseason…
The Future of the Young Suns and Key Players to Watch Out For | The Ringer NBA Show (Ep. 317)
Oct 9, 2018 • 67 min
The Ringer’s Chris Vernon and Kevin O’Connor react to the news of Ryan McDonough being ousted from the Phoenix Suns GM position (1:10), discuss the expectations for key players going into the 2018-19 season (24:35), and hash out an NFL argument regarding…
The 2018-19 NBA League Pass Draft | Heat Check (Ep. 316)
Oct 8, 2018 • 49 min
The Ringer’s John Gonzalez is joined by Chris Ryan, Juliet Litman, Micah Peters, and Isaac Lee to draft all 30 NBA teams in order of League Pass watchability.
Jimmy Butler to Miami? Plus: Tempering the Lakers Hype. | Group Chat (Ep. 315)
Oct 4, 2018 • 29 min
The Ringer’s Chris Ryan and Justin Verrier are joined by Haley O’Shaughnessy and Paolo Uggetti to preview the imminent Jimmy Butler trade to Miami (0:53) and discuss the uncertainty around the new Lakers (13:47).
The New Lakers, the New-ish Rockets, and GM Survey Takeaways | The Ringer NBA Show (Ep. 314)
Oct 3, 2018 • 56 min
The Ringer’s Chris Vernon and Kevin O’Connor give their takeaways from watching the renewed Lakers (6:45) and reloaded Rockets in person (27:32). Then, they react to the GM survey (40:43) and discuss some story lines floating around the league (46:52).
Waiting for the Butler Trade, LeBron’s Lakers, and Doncic’s Debut | Heat Check (Ep. 313)
Oct 1, 2018 • 73 min
The Ringer’s John Gonzalez is joined by Shea Serrano to assess the ongoing Jimmy Butler trade saga and new additions to the Eastern Conference elite (3:49). Then, comedian Ian Karmel comes on discuss the start of the LeBron James–era Lakers, J.R. Smith’s…
Jimmy Butler Trade Talks and Media Day Takeaways | The Ringer NBA Show (Ep. 312)
Sep 25, 2018 • 46 min
The Ringer’s Chris Vernon and Kevin O’Connor explore the discussion around the Minnesota Timberwolves looking to trade away Jimmy Butler (0:52) and react to the highlights of an eventful media day (28:32). We are now on Twitter! Follow us at @RingerNBA.
Jimmy Butler v. the Timberwolves, the Lakers’ Lonzo Problem, and the Sixers’ GM Search | Heat Check (Ep. 311)
Sep 18, 2018 • 71 min
The Ringer’s John Gonzalez is joined by Jason Concepcion to discuss the Los Angeles Clippers’ unconventional hiring of Lee Jenkins, the tension between Jimmy Butler and the Minnesota Timberwolves, and the New York Knicks’ future prospects (3:45). Then,…
The Anthony Davis Pre-Pre-Agency, the Minnesota Timberbulls, and (Another) Dwight Howard Debate | The Ringer NBA Show (Ep. 310)
Sep 11, 2018 • 43 min
The Ringer’s Chris Vernon and Kevin O’Connor discuss Anthony Davis’s uncertain future with the New Orleans Pelicans (15:30), Minnesota Timberwolves president-coach Tom Thibodeau acquiring his former players (24:08), and the most underrated acquisitions of…
Wizards Chemistry Experiment, Suns-Rockets Trade, and Are We Sure …? | Heat Check (Ep. 309)
Sep 4, 2018 • 58 min
The Ringer’s John Gonzalez is joined by Joe House to discuss interesting NBA story lines as training camp approaches (2:24). Then, Haley O’Shaughnessy comes on to parse the trade between the Phoenix Suns and the Houston Rockets (31:08) and debate some Are…
Manu Ginobili Retires, the Sixers’ GM Search, and Kobe Fans vs. LeBron | The Ringer NBA Show (Ep. 308)
Aug 28, 2018 • 46 min
The Ringer’s Chris Vernon and John Gonzalez react to Spurs legend Manu Ginobili announcing his retirement (0:59) and discuss the Philadelphia 76ers’ ongoing search for a new GM (16:38). Then, they examine the NBA rookie survey (30:13) and debate Kobe…
Melo (Finally) Signs in Houston, Kawhi’s “THANK YOU” Letter, and Are We Sure …? | Heat Check (Ep. 307)
Aug 14, 2018 • 65 min
The Ringer’s John Gonzalez is joined by Shea Serrano to discuss Carmelo Anthony officially signing with the Houston Rockets (2:28) and to parse Kawhi Leonard’s farewell letter to San Antonio (14:17). Then, Justin Verrier joins to evaluate the “Are We…
Do the Lakers Have Too Many Personalities? Plus, Other Mailbag Questions | The Ringer NBA Show (Ep. 306)
Aug 7, 2018 • 53 min
The Ringer’s Chris Vernon and Kevin O’Connor answer an array of questions from listeners, including who would be the starting five of underappreciated NBA players (9:10), whether or not Luke Walton will be able to handle the new Lakers (33:30), the guys’…
LeBron Gives Back, Rockets Keep Capela, Giannis Bulks Up, and NBA Hard Knocks | The Ringer NBA Show (Ep. 305)
Jul 31, 2018 • 40 min
The Ringer’s Chris Vernon and Kevin O’Connor highlight LeBron James creating a school for at-risk youth in Akron (0:11), discuss the Houston Rockets retaining Clint Capela as well as adding Carmelo Anthony (4:22), and react to Giannis Antetokounmpo…
Kevin Love’s Extension, the Carmelo Trade 2.0, and the Lakers’ Meme Team | The Ringer NBA Show (Ep. 304)
Jul 24, 2018 • 40 min
The Ringer’s Chris Vernon and Kevin O’Connor react to Kevin Love signing a four-year extension with the Cleveland Cavaliers (0:10), discuss the ripple effects of the Carmelo Anthony trade (14:21), and debate the Los Angeles Lakers’ questionable offseason…
Kawhi for DeRozan, Smart Stays a Celtic, the Timberwolves’ Shaky Future, and Pre-Agency | Group Chat (Ep. 303)
Jul 19, 2018 • 52 min
The Ringer’s Chris Ryan and Justin Verrier are joined by Haley O’Shaughnessy to discuss the impact of the Toronto Raptors acquiring Kawhi Leonard in exchange for a package led by DeMar DeRozan (0:54), Marcus Smart signing a four-year contract with the…
Carmelo Destinations, Jimmy Butler’s Future in Minnesota, and the Kawhi Saga | The Ringer NBA Show (Ep. 302)
Jul 17, 2018 • 51 min
The Ringer’s Chris Vernon and Kevin O’Connor discuss the report that Houston Rockets GM Daryl Morey spurned the Philadelphia 76ers’ attempt to hire him (0:41), landing spots for Carmelo Anthony (9:02), the Denver Nuggets’ updated roster (18:14), Ben…
Jonathan Isaac Is a Star, Trae Young’s Bust Potential, and Other Summer League Takeaways | The Ringer NBA Show (Ep. 301)
Jul 10, 2018 • 43 min
The Ringer’s Chris Vernon and Kevin O’Connor sit down in Caesars Palace Las Vegas to talk NBA summer league. They discuss Jonathan Isaac’s impressive play, Mo Bamba, Jaren Jackson Jr., and Kevin Knox. They revisit Trae Young’s bust potential and discuss…
The Big Men Are Running Summer League, Plus Free-Agency Check-in | The Ringer NBA Show (Ep. 300)
Jul 9, 2018 • 36 min
The Ringer’s Justin Verrier and Jonathan Tjarks sit down in Las Vegas to talk about some of the rookies and sophomores playing in NBA summer league, including Harry Giles, Marvin Bagley III, Deandre Ayton, Collin Sexton, Jaren Jackson Jr., and more. They…
LaVine Gets Paid, Kawhi Trade Possibilities, and Summer League Takeaways | The Ringer NBA Show (Ep. 299)
Jul 7, 2018 • 19 min
The Ringer’s Chris Ryan is joined by Kevin O’Connor and Jonathan Tjarks to discuss the free agency signings of the weekend thus far (0:11) and takeaways from day 1 of NBA Summer League in Las Vegas (13:29).
Melo to Leave OKC, Kyrie’s Uncertain Future, Lakers’ Coaching Conundrum, and Trae Young Misses Treys | Sources Say (Ep. 298)
Jul 6, 2018 • 28 min
The Ringer’s Juliet Litman and Chris Ryan discuss the Oklahoma City Thunder reportedly parting ways with Carmelo Anthony (0:58), the possibility for Kyrie Irving to leave the Boston Celtics (8:15), how LeBron James affects the Los Angeles Lakers’ coaching…
Warriors Add Boogie, the Lakers’ Bizarre Signings, Kawhi Destinations, and Summer League Tips Off | The Ringer NBA Show (Ep. 297)
Jul 3, 2018 • 59 min
The Ringer’s Chris Vernon and Kevin O’Connor react to DeMarcus Cousins signing with the Golden State Warriors (0:11), examine the Los Angeles Lakers’ puzzling roster additions (11:23), debate potential Kawhi Leonard trade scenarios (26:00), and discuss…
LeBron to the Lakers, Paul George Stays with the Thunder, and More Free-Agency News | Heat Check (Ep. 296)
Jul 1, 2018 • 69 min
The Ringer’s John Gonzalez and Chris Ryan react to LeBron James signing with the Los Angeles Lakers for four years (1:44). Then, HBO and The Ringer’s Bill Simmons calls in to offer his thoughts on the LeBron signing and its ripple effect (26:56). Finally,…
Austin Rivers to the Wizards, D.J. to Dallas (Potentially), and More Free-Agency Rumors | The Ringer NBA Show (Ep. 295)
Jun 27, 2018 • 69 min
The Ringer’s Chris Vernon and Kevin O’Connor discuss the recent trade by the Los Angeles Clippers that sent Austin Rivers to the Washington Wizards (01:12) and the potential for the Clips to deal DeAndre Jordan to the Dallas Mavericks (03:47). Then they…
Melo’s Opt-in, Free-Agency Rumors, and Woj vs. ESPN | Heat Check (Ep. 294)
Jun 25, 2018 • 57 min
The Ringer’s John Gonzalez is joined by Chris Ryan and Danny Chau to discuss Carmelo Anthony opting into his contract with the Oklahoma City Thunder (02:40), free-agency rumors surrounding Kawhi Leonard and LeBron James (08:15), and their takeaways from…
2018 NBA Draft Takeaways | Draft Class (Ep. 293)
Jun 22, 2018 • 46 min
The Ringer’s Kevin O’Connor, Jonathan Tjarks, and Danny Chau react to the trades and selections made at the 2018 NBA draft.
2018 NBA Draft Preview Spectacular | The Ringer NBA Show (Ep. 292)
Jun 20, 2018 • 42 min
The Ringer’s Chris Ryan sits down with Kevin O’Connor, Tate Frazier, and Danny Chau to answer questions surrounding the 2018 NBA draft. For more on the draft, check out our 2018 NBA Draft Guide at nbadraft.theringer.com.
Kawhi Rumors and Draft Prep | Heat Check (Ep. 291)
Jun 18, 2018 • 52 min
The Ringer’s John Gonzalez is joined by Joe House to talk Kawhi Leonard rumors and odds for which team he ends up on (2:40), then John sits down with Tate Frazier and Riley McAtee to discuss potential top 10 NBA draft picks including Luka Doncic, Marvin…
Michael Porter Jr.’s Injuries and Kevin Knox’s Rise. Plus: Ringer Fans on the Grizzlies, Magic, and Bulls | Draft Class (Ep. 290)
Jun 15, 2018 • 58 min
The Ringer’s Kevin O’Connor, Jonathan Tjarks, and Danny Chau discuss the puzzling news surrounding Michael Porter Jr.’s injuries (1:08) and the potential rise of former Kentucky forward Kevin Knox (7:26). Then, they bring on resident Memphis Grizzlies fan…
The Warriors’ Wild Parade, LeBron’s Offseason, Kawhi Meeting With Pop, and Draft Talk | The Ringer NBA Show (Ep. 289)
Jun 13, 2018 • 68 min
The Ringer’s Chris Vernon and Kevin O’Connor discuss the Golden State Warriors’ championship parade (03:30), the best landing spots for LeBron James this offseason (08:30), Adrian Wojnarowski’s report that Kawhi Leonard and Gregg Popovich are scheduled to…
Warriors-Cavs Fatigue, LeBron Landing Spots, Offseason Story Lines | Heat Check (Ep. 288)
Jun 11, 2018 • 49 min
The Ringer’s John Gonzalez sits down with Chris Ryan and Kevin O’Connor to discuss whether the anticlimactic sweep in the Finals is good for basketball (3:45) and debate which team LeBron James might head to over the summer (22:56).
Warriors Sweep Cavs for Third Championship in Four Years | The Ringer NBA Show (Ep. 287)
Jun 9, 2018 • 23 min
The Ringer’s Juliet Litman and Kevin O’Connor react to the Golden State Warriors eliminating the Cleveland Cavaliers in the NBA Finals.
Deandre Ayton to the Suns? Plus: Ringer Fans on the Kings, Mavs, Hornets | Draft Class (Ep. 286)
Jun 8, 2018 • 51 min
The Ringer’s Kevin O’Connor and Jonathan Tjarks discuss the probability that the Phoenix Suns will take Deandre Ayton with the no. 1 overall pick (1:21). Then they bring on resident Sacramento Kings fan Riley McAtee (15:08), resident Dallas Mavericks fans…
Bryan Colangelo’s Resignation and the Future of the Sixers With Ben Detrick | The Ringer NBA Show (Ep. 285)
Jun 7, 2018 • 26 min
The Ringer’s Chris Ryan and Justin Verrier sit down with writer Ben Detrick to discuss the news of Bryan Colangelo resigning from the Philadelphia 76ers, and examine what that means for the 76ers organization heading into the draft and free agency.
KD Crushes the Cavs in Game 3. Plus: Will Deandre Ayton Go No. 1? | Group Chat (Ep. 284)
Jun 7, 2018 • 37 min
The Ringer’s Chris Ryan is joined by Paolo Uggetti, Kevin O’Connor, and Justin Verrier to discuss Kevin Durant’s great Game 3 and the Cleveland Cavaliers’ chances at keeping LeBron James this offseason before being joined by Shea Serrano for a quick…
Previewing Game 3 of the Finals, Plus Coaching Free Agency | The Ringer NBA Show (Ep. 283)
Jun 5, 2018 • 39 min
The Ringer’s Chris Vernon and Kevin O’Connor preview Game 3 of the NBA Finals, breaking down what the Cleveland Cavaliers need from LeBron James to win (21:25) and Andre Iguodala’s potential impact if he plays (29:45). Then they examine the Detroit…
Warriors Rout Cavs in Game 2 | Heat Check (Ep. 282)
Jun 4, 2018 • 45 min
The Ringer’s John Gonzalez is joined by Kevin O’Connor to react to the Golden State Warriors’ convincing win against the depleted Cleveland Cavaliers in Game 2 of the NBA Finals.
The Draft Mailbag, Vol. 4 | Draft Class (Ep. 281)
Jun 1, 2018 • 44 min
The Ringer’s Kevin O’Connor and Jonathan Tjarks are joined by Danny Chau to answer listener-submitted questions about the 2018 NBA draft. Topics include: trading into the lottery, concerns for Deandre Ayton’s defense, and whether Miles Bridges’s…
LeBron’s Teammates Throw Game 1 Away | Group Chat (Ep. 280)
Jun 1, 2018 • 34 min
The Ringer’s Chris Ryan is joined by Haley O’Shaughnessy, Justin Verrier, Jason Concepcion, and Paolo Uggetti to discuss the Cleveland Cavaliers’ loss to the Golden State Warriors in Game 1 of the NBA Finals (00:35). Then Jonathan Tjarks calls in to give…
The Bryan Colangelo Twitter Story With Ben Detrick | The Ringer NBA Show (Ep. 279)
May 30, 2018 • 25 min
The Ringer’s Chris Ryan sits down with writer Ben Detrick to discuss The Ringer’s investigation into Bryan Colangelo and a number of Twitter accounts. They break down how the story started, how they reported it out, and how it’s been received since…
Golden State Comes Back, and a Cavs–Warriors Finals (Again) | The Ringer NBA Show (Ep. 278)
May 29, 2018 • 63 min
The Ringer’s Chris Vernon and Kevin O’Connor discuss the Golden State Warriors’ comeback win in Game 7 of the Western Conference finals (00:30) before previewing another Finals matchup between them and the Cleveland Cavaliers (50:00).
LeBron to the Finals (Again), Warriors-Rockets Game 7, and Mourning the Celtics | Heat Check (Ep. 277)
May 28, 2018 • 48 min
The Ringer’s John Gonzalez is joined by Shea Serrano to react to LeBron James’s Cleveland Cavaliers advancing past the Boston Celtics to the Finals (2:33). Then Jonathan Tjarks calls in to preview the Western Conference finals Game 7 between the Golden…
Rockets Up on Warriors, All-NBA Teams, Doncic Falls, and Porter Rises | The Ringer NBA Show (Ep. 276)
May 25, 2018 • 47 min
The Ringer’s Kevin O’Connor and Shea Serrano react to the Houston Rockets defeating the Golden State Warriors to take a lead in the series (0:35), debate how LeBron James’s Cleveland Cavaliers can hold off the Boston Celtics (11:49), and discuss the…
The Depreciating Cavs, the Strengthening Rockets, and Offseason Rumors | Group Chat (Ep. 275)
May 24, 2018 • 37 min
The Ringer’s Chris Ryan is joined by Justin Verrier, Jason Concepcion, Kevin O’Connor, and Paolo Uggetti to talk about the Cavaliers’ weak performance against the Celtics in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference finals (1:12). Then, they look ahead to the next…
WCF Game 4 Instant Classic, Joel Embiid in the Bahamas, and Conference Finals Predictions (Ep. 274)
May 23, 2018 • 45 min
The Ringer’s Juliet Litman, Chris Ryan, Justin Verrier, and Danny Chau discuss the Houston Rockets bouncing back against the Golden State Warriors (01:00) and make their predictions for the rest of the conference finals (27:45). Then they break down the…
Cleveland Bullies Boston, WCF Game 4, and the Draft Combine | The Ringer NBA Show (Ep. 273)
May 22, 2018 • 70 min
The Ringer’s Chris Vernon and Kevin O’Connor discuss the Cleveland Cavaliers’ beatdown of the Boston Celtics (02:00) and preview Game 4 of the Western Conference finals between the Houston Rockets and Golden State Warriors (32:20). Then they talk about…
Warriors Overpower Rockets and LeBron Carries Cavs (Again) | Heat Check (Ep. 272)
May 21, 2018 • 56 min
The Ringer’s John Gonzalez is joined by Chris Ryan to discuss the Golden State Warriors handily defeating the Houston Rockets in Game 3 of the Western Conference finals (2:24). Then Justin Verrier and Tate Frazier come on to debate whether LeBron James…
Who Is Luka Doncic? Plus: Victor Oladipo and Shaquille O’Neal | The Ringer NBA Show (Ep. 271)
May 18, 2018 • 37 min
The Ringer’s Danny Chau and Jonathan Tjarks discuss how no. 1 draft prospect Luka Doncic would fit within the top lottery teams (0:11). Then, a special interview between Indiana Pacers All-Star Victor Oladipo and Hall of Fame center Shaquille O’Neal…
The Rockets Blast Golden State and We Have Ourselves a Series, Plus Celtics-Cavs and the NBA Draft | Group Chat (Ep. 270)
May 17, 2018 • 42 min
The Ringer’s Chris Ryan is joined by Justin Verrier, Jason Concepcion, Jonathan Tjarks, and Paolo Uggetti to recap Game 2 of the Western Conference finals (1:30). Then, the guys make some predictions for the next Celtics-Cavaliers matchup and break down…
NBA Draft Emergency Micropod | The Ringer NBA Show (Ep. 269)
May 15, 2018 • 9 min
The Ringer’s Chris Ryan, Jonathan Tjarks, and Kevin O’Connor give their rapid reactions to the NBA draft lottery, including the biggest winners and losers.
Golden State Dominates, Houston’s Role Players Disappear, and Previewing Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Finals | The Ringer NBA Show (Ep. 268)
May 15, 2018 • 81 min
The Ringer’s Chris Vernon and Kevin O’Connor react to the Golden State Warriors’ dominance over the Houston Rockets in Game 1 of the Western Conference finals (00:55). Then they preview Game 2 between the Boston Celtics and the Cleveland Cavaliers (45:10)…
Celtics Pummel Cavs, Warriors-Rockets Is Here, and Second-Round Exit Interviews | Heat Check (Ep. 267)
May 13, 2018 • 53 min
The Ringer’s John Gonzalez sits down with Jason Concepcion, Kevin O’Connor, and Jonathan Tjarks to react to the Boston Celtics’ dominant Game 1 win against the Cleveland Cavaliers (2:25), preview the highly anticipated Western Conference finals between…
Conference Finals and Lottery Preview, Plus De’Aaron Fox | Draft Class (Ep. 266)
May 11, 2018 • 50 min
The Ringer’s Kevin O’Connor and Jonathan Tjarks are joined by Danny Chau to preview the two conference finals (3:13) and anticipate the NBA draft lottery (16:42). Then, O’Connor sits down with Sacramento Kings point guard De’Aaron Fox to discuss the draft…
Saying Goodbye to the Sixers and Looking Ahead to the Eastern and Western Conference Finals | Group Chat (Ep. 265)
May 10, 2018 • 41 min
The Ringer’s Kevin O’Connor, Justin Verrier, and Haley O’Shaughnessy comfort Chris Ryan following the Sixers’ loss to the Celtics. Then the group makes some predictions for the Celtics-Cavaliers and Warriors-Rockets matchups.
Cavs Sweep Raptors, Sixers Hang On Against Celtics, SVG Out of Detroit, and Fiz In New York | The Ringer NBA Show (Ep. 264)
May 8, 2018 • 79 min
The Ringer’s Chris Vernon and Kevin O’Connor react to the Cleveland Cavaliers defeating the Toronto Raptors in a historic sweep (0:11) and the Philadelphia 76ers avoiding a sweep from the Boston Celtics (30:42). Then, they preview the two Western…
Celtics Eclipse Sixers, #LeBronto Continues, and Warriors-Rockets Is Near | Heat Check (Ep. 263)
May 7, 2018 • 69 min
The Ringer’s John Gonzalez is joined by HBO and The Ringer’s Bill Simmons to review how the Boston Celtics built a surprising 3-0 lead over the Philadelphia 76ers (2:27). Then, Shea Serrano calls in to discuss LeBron James and the Cavaliers dominating the…
The Draft Mailbag, Vol. 3 | Draft Class (Ep. 262)
May 4, 2018 • 42 min
The Ringer’s Kevin O’Connor and Jonathan Tjarks are joined by Danny Chau to answer listener-submitted questions about the 2018 NBA draft. Topics include: finding next year’s Donovan Mitchell, Terry Rozier and the diminishing need for point guards,…
LeBron’s Toronto Takeover, the Ben Simmons No-Show, and More Playoff Prescriptions | Group Chat (Ep. 261)
May 4, 2018 • 52 min
The Ringer’s Chris Ryan, Justin Verrier, Haley O’Shaughnessy, and Kevin O’Connor go live to discuss the Eastern Conference semifinals.
Steph Curry Is Super-Back, Drake vs. Perk, and New Wrinkles in the Kawhi Saga | Sources Say (Ep. 260)
May 2, 2018 • 34 min
The Ringer’s Juliet Litman and Chris Ryan are joined by Shea Serrano to discuss the Raptors’ LeBron-sized curse (2:20) and the return of Stephen Curry (13:00) before launching into the beefs surrounding the NBA playoffs (14:28). Then they examine the…
Here They Don’t Come: The Celtics Bulldoze the Sixers, Plus Cavs-Raptors and Pelicans-Warriors | The Ringer NBA Show (Ep. 259)
May 1, 2018 • 74 min
The Ringer’s Chris Vernon and Kevin O’Connor react to the Boston Celtics’ convincing victory over the Philadelphia 76ers (1:19), debate whether LeBron could carry the Cleveland Cavaliers past the Toronto Raptors (41:46), and gauge the New Orleans…
Cavs Push Through, Rockets Blast Jazz, and Warriors Still Got It, Plus Sixers-Celtics Preview | Heat Check (Ep. 258)
Apr 29, 2018 • 76 min
The Ringer’s John Gonzalez sits down with Juliet Litman and Chris Ryan to react to the Cleveland Cavaliers edging out the Indiana Pacers in Game 7 (3:40) and the Houston Rockets dominating the Utah Jazz (19:14). Then they preview the series between the…
Celtics-Bucks Goes Seven, Predicting Game 6s, and Warriors-Pelicans Preview | The Ringer NBA Show (Ep. 257)
Apr 27, 2018 • 51 min
The Ringer’s Kevin O’Connor and Jonathan Tjarks are joined by Zach Kram to discuss the Boston Celtics and Milwaukee Bucks going to Game 7 (2:39), the three series going into Game 6 (13:16), and the Golden State Warriors and New Orleans Pelicans tipping…
LeBron Carries the Cavs (Again), Raptors Take the Lead, the Thunder Make a Comeback, and the Rockets Decimate the Timberwolves | Group Chat (Ep. 256)
Apr 26, 2018 • 49 min
The Ringer’s Chris Ryan and Justin Verrier are joined by Haley O’Shaughnessy, Jason Concepcion, and Paolo Uggetti to react to the night’s quadruple header and answer a few mailbag questions.
What Happened to ‘Zero Dark Thirty’ LeBron? Plus Meek Mill and the Sixers | Sources Say (Ep. 255)
Apr 25, 2018 • 37 min
The Ringer’s Juliet Litman and Chris Ryan discuss LeBron’s social media presence during the playoffs (1:30), fresh-out-of-prison Meek Mill attending the Philadelphia 76ers game (12:30), and Hassan Whiteside (16:55). Then they discuss Kevin Durant’s move…
Houston Trusts the Math, OKC Has a Westbrook Problem, and the Sixers’ Next Steps | The Ringer NBA Show (Ep. 254)
Apr 24, 2018 • 58 min
The Ringer’s Chris Vernon and Kevin O’Connor react to the Houston Rockets’ unbelievable 50-point quarter against the Minnesota Timberwolves (0:28) and the Utah Jazz’s dominant victory over the flawed Oklahoma City Thunder (15:32). Then, they discuss the…
Washington Resurges, Sixers Escalate, Pelicans Sweep, and Cavs Edge One Out | Heat Check (Ep. 253)
Apr 23, 2018 • 60 min
The Ringer’s John Gonzalez sits down with Joe House to react to all of the weekend’s playoff action, including the Washington Wizards’ electric comeback against the Toronto Raptors (2:29), the Philadelphia 76ers’ impressive rise to contention (23:59), the…
The Future for Big Men and Rebuilding the Blazers | Draft Class (Ep. 252)
Apr 20, 2018 • 28 min
The Ringer’s Kevin O’Connor, Jonathan Tjarks, and Danny Chau debate the pros and cons of taking traditional big men in the draft (2:07), discuss how the Portland Trail Blazers should rebuild their team (12:18), and receive grades for their analyses…
Jazz Strike Down Thunder, LeBron Carries Cavs, and Rockets Back on Course | Group Chat (Ep. 251)
Apr 19, 2018 • 56 min
The Ringer’s Chris Ryan and Justin Verrier are joined by Kevin O’Connor, Jason Concepcion, and Paolo Uggetti to react to the night’s triple-header action and assess the state of the playoffs thus far.
The Heat Steal One in Philadelphia and the Struggling Spurs Need Kawhi | The Ringer NBA Show (Ep. 250)
Apr 17, 2018 • 52 min
The Ringer’s Chris Vernon and Kevin O’Connor discuss the Miami Heat vindicating themselves against the Philadelphia 76ers (0:40) and Joel Embiid’s frustration at not being able to play (12:08). Then they talk about the Spurs’ chances to keep their series…
The Playoffs Are Here: Early Upsets and Flipping the Switch (or Not) | Heat Check (Ep. 249)
Apr 16, 2018 • 59 min
The Ringer’s John Gonzalez brings on Jason Concepcion to discuss the Minnesota Timberwolves blowing their chance at stealing a game against the Houston Rockets (2:33), the Philadelphia 76ers steamrolling the Miami Heat (10:09), and Oklahoma City Thunder…
Disagreements on the Big Board and Rookies in the Playoffs | Draft Class (Ep. 248)
Apr 13, 2018 • 33 min
The Ringer’s Kevin O’Connor, Jonathan Tjarks, and Danny Chau debate their most-differing rankings from The Ringer’s updated draft guide (2:27), discuss observations from the Nike Hoops Summit (19:33), and evaluate how the impressive rookie class will…
Emergency NBA Playoff Preview | Group Chat (Ep. 247)
Apr 12, 2018 • 87 min
The Ringer’s Justin Verrier and guest host Bill Simmons are joined by Jason Concepcion, Kevin O’Connor, and Haley O’Shaughnessy to discuss each of the NBA playoff matchups.
Bill Simmons on the Best NBA-Finals Food Cities | House of Carbs (Ep. 40)
Apr 11, 2018 • 61 min
The Ringer’s Joe House is joined for the second pod in a row by his longtime buddy Bill Simmons to rank each of the potential NBA Finals cities based on their food scene. We’re sorry in advance.
Countdown to the Playoffs, LeBron’s Future, and Not Predicting the Finals | The Ringer NBA Show (Ep. 245)
Apr 10, 2018 • 53 min
The Ringer’s Chris Vernon and Kevin O’Connor preview the battle between the Minnesota Timberwolves and Denver Nuggets for the 8-seed in the Western Conference (2:03) and evaluate the potential matchups in the Eastern Conference (10:35). Then, they discuss…
Narrowing Down the West, the Wide-Open East, and Sixers, Sixers, Sixers | Heat Check (Ep. 244)
Apr 9, 2018 • 69 min
The Ringer’s John Gonzalez is joined by Shea Serrano to debate how the Western Conference playoffs will shake out (1:49). Then, Kevin O’Connor and Justin Verrier come on to discuss which teams could rise above the fray in the Eastern Conference (25:52)…
The Draft Mailbag, Vol. 2 | Draft Class (Ep. 243)
Apr 6, 2018 • 33 min
The Ringer’s Kevin O’Connor and Jonathan Tjarks answer listener-submitted questions about the 2018 NBA draft. Topics include: draft stock rising in the NCAA tournament, this year’s Donovan Mitchell, the safest pick in the draft, Deandre Ayton versus…
Kyrie Irving’s Shutdown, Sixers Stay Hot, West Playoff Carousel, and Hope for Bottom-Dwellers | Group Chat (Ep. 242)
Apr 5, 2018 • 46 min
The Ringer’s Chris Ryan and Justin Verrier are joined by Paolo Uggetti to react live to the Kyrie Irving knee surgery news (1:25) and discuss the impact of the injury on the rest of the Eastern Conference (13:04). Then, they debate which contending team…
Villanova Wildcats in the NBA, Shuffling Playoff Seeds, and Predicting the Favorites | The Ringer NBA Show (Ep. 241)
Apr 3, 2018 • 49 min
The Ringer’s Chris Vernon and Kevin O’Connor project the futures of Villanova players who could leap to the NBA (1:09), discuss the various possibilities for playoff seeding (16:54), and debate the favorites in each conference (32:11).
Updated Playoff Picture, Players In and Players Out, Surprises, and Disappointments | Heat Check (Ep. 240)
Apr 2, 2018 • 66 min
The Ringer’s John Gonzalez is joined by Juliet Litman to discuss the matchups to watch for in the looming playoffs (2:57). Then, Kevin O’Connor comes on to evaluate the impact of players out with injury and returning from injury (26:12). Finally, Jonathan…
Next Piece for the Process Sixers, Final Four Prospects, and (Don’t) Stay in School, Kids | Draft Class (Ep. 239)
Mar 30, 2018 • 35 min
The Ringer’s Kevin O’Connor and Jonathan Tjarks debate who the Philadelphia 76ers should take with their lottery pick (3:01), examine whether any players in the Final Four could be taken in the draft (14:59), discuss which college coaches could leap to…
Streaking Sixers, Scrappy Celtics, Re-drafting the Top 5 Rookies, and the Evolution of KAT | Group Chat (Ep. 238)
Mar 29, 2018 • 42 min
The Ringer’s Chris Ryan and Justin Verrier are joined by Haley O’Shaughnessy to discuss the bright future of the Philadelphia 76ers (2:41) and the Boston Celtics’ ability to elicit valuable production from unproven players (14:51). Then, they re-rank this…
IT Out, Fultz Back, Lorde’s Thunder Fandom, and Concern-Trolling Playoff Teams | Sources Say (Ep. 237)
Mar 28, 2018 • 33 min
The Ringer’s Juliet Litman and Chris Ryan discuss Lakers guard Isaiah Thomas undergoing hip surgery (1:24), Markelle Fultz returning to the rising Philadelphia 76ers (7:02), and Ben Simmons’s recent exploits (9:59). Then, they discuss singer Lorde’s…
Fultz’s Return, Overworked Wolves, Potent Underdogs, and Contrarian Drafting | The Ringer NBA Show (Ep. 236)
Mar 27, 2018 • 58 min
The Ringer’s Chris Vernon and Kevin O’Connor react to Markelle Fultz’s return to action (2:19), discuss the Minnesota Timberwolves’ puzzling loss to the Memphis Grizzlies (13:39), debate playoff teams that the top seeds want to avoid (24:25), and assess…
Weakened Warriors, LeBron Flips the Switch, and the Sixers Soar | Heat Check (Ep. 235)
Mar 26, 2018 • 58 min
The Ringer’s John Gonzalez is joined by Kevin O’Connor to weigh playoff concerns for the Golden State Warriors with a sidelined Stephen Curry (2:35). Then, Joe House calls in to discuss how LeBron James’s recent hot streak bolsters the Cavaliers’ title…
Trae Young Declares, Robert Williams’s Future, and Kentucky One-and-Dones | Draft Class (Ep. 234)
Mar 23, 2018 • 41 min
The Ringer’s Kevin O’Connor and Jonathan Tjarks is joined by Danny Chau to project the NBA future for Oklahoma sensation Trae Young (2:00), discuss Texas A&M big man Robert Williams (19:00), and analyze Kentucky freshmen Shai Gilgeous-Alexander and Jarred…
The Kawhi Leonard Mystery and Pre-Playoffs Questions | Group Chat (Ep. 233)
Mar 22, 2018 • 37 min
The Ringer’s Chris Ryan and Justin Verrier are joined by Paolo Uggetti to discuss a new wrinkle in the strange case of Kawhi Leonard (0:48), debate whether the Cleveland Cavaliers have flipped a switch (9:56), evaluate how the Portland Trail Blazers will…
Playoff Picture Musical Chairs, Post-Lue Cavs, and Prospects Out of March Madness | The Ringer NBA Show (Ep. 232)
Mar 20, 2018 • 42 min
The Ringer’s Chris Vernon and Kevin O’Connor discuss hypothetical first-round matchups in the Western Conference (3:54), how the Cavs will fare during Tyronn Lue’s hiatus (19:41), and the fluctuating draft stocks of NBA prospects who have been bumped out…
Ty Lue Steps Away, the Hobbled Warriors, and Anthony Davis Takes Flight | Heat Check (Ep. 231)
Mar 19, 2018 • 65 min
The Ringer’s John Gonzalez is joined by Juliet Litman to discuss the impact of Tyronn Lue temporarily stepping away as the Cavaliers’ head coach, due to illness (2:20). Then, Haley O’Shaughnessy and Danny Chau discuss how the Warriors’ recent slew of…
Debate the Dukies: Marvin Bagley vs. Wendell Carter, Plus NCAA Tournament Risers | Draft Class (Ep. 230)
Mar 16, 2018 • 33 min
The Ringer’s Kevin O’Connor, Jonathan Tjarks, and Danny Chau debate the pros and cons of two highly touted Duke University freshmen, Marvin Bagley III and Wendell Carter Jr. (3:21), and highlight four prospects whose draft stock may rise over the course…
Zombie Warriors vs. Young Lakers, the Andrew Wiggins Debate, and Building the Bucks Around Giannis | Group Chat (Ep. 229)
Mar 15, 2018 • 39 min
The Ringer’s Chris Ryan and Justin Verrier are joined by Haley O’Shaughnessy to discuss the decimated Warriors’ triumph over the up-and-coming Lakers (1:55), to debate the turbulent career of former no. 1 pick Andrew Wiggins in context of the 2014 draft…
NBA Birthdays, Griping Wiggins, and Jokic vs. Malone | Sources Say (Ep. 228)
Mar 14, 2018 • 37 min
The Ringer’s Chris Ryan and Juliet Litman sit down to discuss Stephen Curry’s and Tristan Thompson’s birthday festivities (01:00). Then they discuss how unhappy Andrew Wiggins is (29:50) and the potential rift between Nikola Jokic and Mike Malone (33:20).
Spurs in Danger, Lillard Elevates, Unpredictable Playoff Picture, and Prospects on Display | The Ringer NBA Show (Ep. 227)
Mar 13, 2018 • 66 min
The Ringer’s Chris Vernon and Kevin O’Connor discuss the possibility for the Spurs to miss the playoffs for the first time in two decades (6:05), the Steph Curry–like ascent of Portland Trail Blazers All-Star Damian Lillard (14:47), the minimum number of…
The End of the Spurs, Underrated Raptors, Streaking Blazers, and Most Important Players | Heat Check (Ep. 226)
Mar 12, 2018 • 62 min
The Ringer’s John Gonzalez is joined by Shea Serrano and Kevin O’Connor to debate whether the Spurs dynasty is nearing its end (3:09). Then, Jonathan Tjarks and Danny Chau come on to discuss the dominant Toronto Raptors and the scorching-hot Portland…
The Return of Michael Porter Jr., Bridges or Bridges, KBD in the NBA, and the All-Sleepers Team | Draft Class (Ep. 225)
Mar 9, 2018 • 49 min
The Ringer’s Kevin O’Connor and Jonathan Tjarks are joined by Mark Titus and Tate Frazier of ‘One Shining Podcast’ to discuss the impact of Missouri freshman Michael Porter Jr.’s return on his draft stock (2:49), compare two lottery prospects named…
The Russ-vs.-Harden Debate, and Anthony Davis’s Unbelievable Season | Group Chat (Ep. 224)
Mar 8, 2018 • 53 min
The Ringer’s Chris Ryan and Justin Verrier are joined by Haley O’Shaughnessy to check in on the revitalized Cavs (3:20), DeMar DeRozan’s MVP candidacy (10:45), and mid-tier playoff contenders, including the Pelicans and 76ers (20:15). Then Jason…
Blazing-hot Blazers, the Lakers’ Latest Run, and March Madness Prospects | The Ringer NBA Show (Ep. 223)
Mar 6, 2018 • 55 min
The Ringer’s Chris Vernon and Kevin O’Connor discuss the Portland Trail Blazers’ impressive late-season run (3:08), the questions surrounding Kawhi Leonard and the Spurs (9:47), the rapidly improving Lakers (20:23), the coach-GM conundrum as it relates to…
Don’t Worry About the Cavs, LeBron-to-Philly, and Lonzo’s Lakers | Heat Check (Ep. 222)
Mar 5, 2018 • 70 min
The Ringer’s John Gonzalez is joined by Joe House to discuss J.R. Smith’s Soupgate (3:17), the Cleveland Cavaliers’ concerns (9:12), and the Rockets’ chances to usurp the Warriors (15:17). Then, Chris Ryan comes on to discuss the legacy of former Sixers…
The Draft Mailbag, Vol. 1 | Draft Class (Ep. 221)
Mar 2, 2018 • 24 min
The Ringer’s Kevin O’Connor and Jonathan Tjarks answer listener-submitted questions about the 2018 NBA draft. Topics include: Michael Porter Jr.’s return to action, NBA prospects who could play football, Kawhi Leonard vs Luka Doncic, and more.
Is Houston the Biggest Threat to Golden State’s Dynasty? | Group Chat (Ep. 220)
Mar 1, 2018 • 44 min
The Ringer’s Chris Ryan and Justin Verrier are joined by Haley O’Shaughnessy to talk LeBron rumors (2:25), the red-hot Rockets (5:30), and Anthony Davis’s MVP candidacy (13:10), before trying to pin down some of the teams between third and 10th place in…
LeBron-to-Philly Rumors, Plus Locker Room Check-Ins | Sources Say (Ep. 219)
Feb 28, 2018 • 31 min
The Ringer’s Chris Ryan and Juliet Litman sit down to talk about teams tanking (2:55) and rumors about LeBron leaning toward joining the 76ers and what that would mean for Philadelphia (9:15). Then they do locker room check-ins for the Lakers, Cavs,…
Tanking Reform, Playoff Sleepers, and Anthony Davis’s Brilliance With Bill Simmons | Heat Check (Ep. 218)
Feb 26, 2018 • 77 min
HBO and The Ringer’s Bill Simmons brings on Haralabos Voulgaris and Jason Concepcion to discuss the trends of the modern NBA (3:09), the merits of advanced metrics (13:48), and how to fix tanking (34:17). Then they are joined by Justin Verrier to debate…
Done With One-and-Dones, Plus Deandre Ayton’s potential | Draft Class (Ep. 217)
Feb 23, 2018 • 32 min
The Ringer’s Kevin O’Connor and Jonathan Tjarks debate whether the NBA should change the one-and-done rule (2:40), evaluate the potential of Arizona big man Deandre Ayton (12:47), and receive grades for their analyses (30:12). Links Jonathan Tjarks on how…
What Is Going on With Kawhi Leonard and the Spurs? | Group Chat (Ep. 216)
Feb 22, 2018 • 41 min
The Ringer’s Chris Ryan and Justin Verrier are joined by Danny Chau and Paolo Uggetti to briefly address the allegations surrounding the Dallas Mavericks (2:20) before they discuss Kawhi Leonard’s current status, his relationship with the Spurs, and his…
Jordan vs. LeBron and Final Stretch Preview | The Ringer NBA Show (Ep. 215)
Feb 20, 2018 • 50 min
The Ringer’s Chris Vernon and Kevin O’Connor debate whether LeBron James has a chance to catch up to Michael Jordan in the GOAT conversation (0:32) and discuss how the rest of the season will play out (35:17). Links The Ringer’s Jordan-LeBron Week
All-Star Weekend, Star Rookies, and Future Stars | Heat Check (Ep. 214)
Feb 19, 2018 • 64 min
The Ringer’s John Gonzalez is joined by Shea Serrano to review All-Star Weekend (3:05), including Jimmy Butler’s decision to sit out the All-Star Game (8:05) and the utilization of nostalgia in the dunk contest (11:11). Then Haley O’Shaughnessy and Micah…
Learning From 2015, Concerns for Marvin Bagley, and Chau-ing Down on Lonnie Walker | Draft Class (Ep. 213)
Feb 16, 2018 • 31 min
The Ringer’s Kevin O’Connor and Jonathan Tjarks are joined by Danny Chau to glean lessons from the 2015 NBA draft (1:16), debate the future of Duke’s Marvin Bagley III (14:30), evaluate an overlooked prospect (21:20), and receive grades for their analyses…
Should We Be Worried About the Warriors? | Group Chat (Ep. 212)
Feb 15, 2018 • 48 min
The Ringer’s Chris Ryan and Justin Verrier are joined by Haley O’Shaughnessy to discuss the state of the NBA as we approach All-Star Weekend. They examine what sort of adjustments the Celtics can make (3:30), the Warriors’ recent stretch of games (9:10),…
Inside the Cavs’ Trade Deadline, Drama in D.C., and More NBA Gossip | Sources Say (Ep. 211)
Feb 14, 2018 • 39 min
The Ringer’s Chris Ryan and Juliet Litman sit down to discuss current NBA story lines, including Adrian Wojnarowski’s inside story of the Cavs’ drastic roster change (2:35), Steve Kerr letting his players coach (15:15), the Wizards’ locker room problems…
Red-Hot Utah Jazz, Donovan Mitchell for ROY, and Early Draft Debate | The Ringer NBA Show (Ep. 210)
Feb 13, 2018 • 47 min
The Ringer’s Chris Vernon and Kevin O’Connor discuss the Utah Jazz on a 10-game win streak (1:24), consider Donovan Mitchell’s candidacy for Rookie of the Year (14:46), and debate their differing methods of evaluating the upcoming NBA draft (22:43).
Rejuvenated Cavs, New Laker Isaiah Thomas, and a Markelle Fultz Update | Heat Check (Ep. 209)
Feb 12, 2018 • 60 min
The Ringer’s John Gonzalez brings on Juliet Litman to discuss the revamped Cleveland Cavaliers on display against the Boston Celtics on Paul Pierce day (4:30), Jason Concepcion to explain the bizarre phenomenon of Isaiah Thomas on the Los Angeles Lakers…
Don’t Win for Doncic, the Jaren Jackson Jr. Debate, and the Lakers’ Anti-tank | Draft Class (Ep. 208)
Feb 9, 2018 • 30 min
The Ringer’s Kevin O’Connor and Jonathan Tjarks explain the importance of the NBA draft (0:07), identify their current top prospects (3:23), consider the possibility of second-tier prospects jumping up to the no. 1 pick conversation (8:31), and evaluate…
Cleveland’s Midseason Rebuild and Other NBA Trade Deadline Reactions | Group Chat (Ep. 207)
Feb 8, 2018 • 38 min
The Ringer’s Chris Ryan and Justin Verrier are joined by a plethora of Ringer staffers — Haley O’Shaugnessey, Kevin O’Connor (1:10), Jason Concepcion (13:50), Paolo Uggetti, and Danny Chau (26:10) — to try to explain the events of the NBA trade deadline.
The Future of the Cavs and Knicks With Bill Simmons, Chris Ryan, and Justin Verrier | The Ringer NBA Show (Ep. 206)
Feb 7, 2018 • 67 min
HBO and The Ringer’s Bill Simmons sits down with Chris Ryan and Justin Verrier to discuss Kristaps Porzingis’s recent season-ending injury and its effect on the trajectory of the Knicks’ season (2:35), possible destinations for Avery Bradley (12:20), and…
Collapsing Cavs, New-Look Pistons, Wizards Without Wall, and Trade Deadlines | Heat Check (Ep. 205)
Feb 6, 2018 • 68 min
The Ringer’s John Gonzalez brings on Shea Serrano to discuss the tumultuous Cleveland Cavaliers (3:30), Jonathan Tjarks to deliberate over the Pistons’ future (18:45), Joe House to question whether the Wizards should trade John Wall (32:35), and Kevin…
Playoff Standings Overview and Trade Deadline Preview | The Ringer NBA Show (Ep. 204)
Feb 5, 2018 • 60 min
The Ringer’s Chris Vernon and Kevin O’Connor consider which moves the Cleveland Cavaliers should make (3:47), discuss the Houston Rockets’ chances at climbing atop the Western Conference (11:20), and analyze the shifting order of the playoff standings…
Unpacking the LeBron-to-GSW Possibility, Plus Trade Rumors | Group Chat (Ep. 203)
Feb 1, 2018 • 52 min
The Ringer’s Chris Ryan and Justin Verrier are joined by Haley O’Shaughnessy to discuss LeBron saying he would “consider” going to Golden State (1:20), Nikola Mirotic’s trade to the Pelicans (9:20), and possible trades for players including DeAndre Jordan…
Who Is the Clipper That Was Promised? Examining L.A.’s Future in Basketball | Sources Say (Ep. 202)
Jan 31, 2018 • 32 min
The Ringer’s Chris Ryan and Juliet Litman sit down to discuss the end of the Lob City era, Blake Griffin’s new life in Detroit, and who may be L.A.’s next big star (1:25). Then they discuss Kevin Love’s tumultuous last couple of weeks (20:40), the end of…
The Blake Griffin Blockbuster | The Ringer NBA Show (Ep. 201)
Jan 30, 2018 • 55 min
The Ringer’s Chris Vernon and Kevin O’Connor discuss the impact of John Wall’s injury on the Eastern Conference playoff picture (0:54), scrutinize the Blake Griffin trade (6:37), project the futures for both teams involved (30:24), and debate the…
The Griffin Trade With Bill Simmons, Justin Verrier, and Chris Ryan (Emergency Edition) | The Ringer NBA Show (Ep. 200)
Jan 29, 2018 • 53 min
HBO and The Ringer’s Bill Simmons, Chris Ryan, and Justin Verrier discuss the Clippers trading Blake Griffin to the Pistons in an emergency edition of ‘The Ringer NBA Show.’
Boogie Goes Down, Fixing the All-Star Draft, and Boston vs. Philadelphia | Heat Check (Ep. 199)
Jan 29, 2018 • 33 min
The Ringer’s John Gonzalez and Kevin O’Connor discuss the impacts of DeMarcus Cousins’s Achilles injury (1:48), the Memphis Grizzlies’ future after Mike Conley’s season-ending surgery (8:12), potential improvements to All-Star Weekend (13:30), and…
Cleveland’s Very Bad Week, Trade Rumors, and Marveling at the Spurs | Group Chat (Ep. 198)
Jan 25, 2018 • 48 min
The Ringer’s Chris Ryan and Justin Verrier are joined by Kevin O’Connor to talk about the Celtics snapping their four-game losing streak and Kyrie Irving stepping into the role of team spokesperson (2:40), Ben Simmons’s developing talent (6:25), and the…
#RingerNBA Live: All-Star Reserves and Trade Deadline Preview | After-Party (Ep. 197)
Jan 24, 2018 • 54 min
The Ringer’s Chris Ryan, Justin Verrier, and Kevin O’Connor react to the announcement of All-Star reserves and perform a mock draft of the All-Star teams (1:28). Then, they are joined by The Ringer’s Haley O’Shaughnessy to discuss intriguing trade…
Firings, Accusations, Rifts: This Is Why We Play? | The Ringer NBA Show (Ep. 196)
Jan 23, 2018 • 43 min
The Ringer’s Chris Vernon and Kevin O’Connor review the recent dramatic news in the NBA: the Milwaukee Bucks firing Jason Kidd (2:19), the seemingly imploding Cleveland Cavaliers (16:18), Kawhi Leonard’s rift with the San Antonio Spurs (29:25), and Damian…
East Teams in Strugglesville and All-Stars in Tinseltown | Heat Check (Ep. 195)
Jan 22, 2018 • 33 min
The Ringer’s Juliet Litman and John Gonzalez analyze the Cleveland Cavaliers’ continuing struggles (0:50), review Chris Paul’s recent exploits (7:27), and discuss Eastern Conference teams dealing with internal turmoil (16:32). Then, they debate the…
Kemba Walker Trade Rumors and Mock-Drafting the All-Star Starters | Group Chat (Ep. 194)
Jan 19, 2018 • 34 min
The Ringer’s Chris Ryan and Justin Verrier are joined by Danny Chau and Paolo Uggetti to discuss the Kemba Walker trade rumors and possible destinations for him (1:30). Then, they talk about the NBA All-Star Game, the starters for the East and West, and…
‘Sources Say’: NBA Fight Club and Celtics Legends Controversy (Ep. 193)
Jan 17, 2018 • 31 min
The Ringer’s Juliet Litman and Chris Ryan marvel at the NBA fights of late, and offer theories to explain the recent rise in incidents (1:05). Next, they examine the Isaiah Thomas video tribute debacle (11:20) and Clippers-Cavs trade rumors (19:10). Then,…
The (Sort of) Brawl in the Hall and the Broken Cavs (Ep. 192)
Jan 16, 2018 • 41 min
The Ringer’s Chris Ryan and Kevin O’Connor review the various altercations in and around the Rockets-Clippers game (1:13), answer fan questions regarding the aforementioned incident (17:56), and analyze the Cleveland Cavaliers’ issues, as were on display…
‘Heat Check’: The Jimmy Butler-for-MVP Campaign Starts Here (Ep. 191)
Jan 15, 2018 • 41 min
The Ringer’s Juliet Litman and John Gonzalez check in on the state of the NBA through the first half of the season (0:34), preview Chris Paul’s return to play the surging Los Angeles Clippers (15:20), laud the NBA’s efforts regarding social activism…
‘Group Chat’: Sixers-Celtics, What Ifs, and the Future of the Warriors (Ep. 190)
Jan 11, 2018 • 34 min
The Ringer’s Chris Ryan and Justin Verrier are joined by Haley O’Shaughnessy and Jason Concepcion to react to the London 76ers-Celtics game (2:18), then they ask some “What if…” questions about the NBA in general (18:35), before speculating on the future…
The Rule of Three(-Pointers) and Trade-Season Preview (Ep. 189)
Jan 9, 2018 • 58 min
The Ringer’s Chris Vernon and Kevin O’Connor discuss the recent Jimmy Butler–led Minnesota Timberwolves surge (0:58), speculate about the Phoenix Suns’ future with Devin Booker at the helm (18:33), and debate the change in the role of 3-pointers (31:09).…
‘Heat Check’: Turbulent Lakers, Triumphant Raptors, and Tampering in L.A. (Ep. 188)
Jan 8, 2018 • 36 min
The Ringer’s Juliet Litman and John Gonzalez unpack the drama surrounding the Los Angeles Lakers (0:58), evaluate the updated All-Star voting process (8:52), project the impact of players returning to action (14:38), and wonder if the Toronto Raptors…
‘Group Chat’: Is Cavs-Celtics a Real Rivalry? (Ep. 187)
Jan 4, 2018 • 47 min
The Ringer’s Chris Ryan and Justin Verrier sit down with Haley O’Shaughnessy and Paolo Uggetti to discuss the less than impressive Cavaliers-Celtics game and ask whether the teams have a real rivalry (0:50). Then they test out a new segment, “Illusion vs.…
‘Sources Say’: The Air-balling of Grievances (Ep. 186)
Jan 3, 2018 • 34 min
The Ringer’s Juliet Litman and Chris Ryan kick off the new year by discussing the photo of Baron Davis and Laura Dern (01:00), Isaiah Thomas’s return (10:15), Jackie MacMullan’s piece on Kyrie Irving (14:45), and the Lakers airing their grievances (24:30).
The King in the Fourth Joins King James, the Raptors Evolve, and the L.A. Teams Diverge (Ep. 185)
Jan 2, 2018 • 62 min
The Ringer’s Chris Vernon and Kevin O’Connor anticipate the impact of Isaiah Thomas returning to action for the Cleveland Cavaliers (1:09), assess the potential consequences of James Harden’s injury on the Houston Rockets’ future (18:30), commend the…
One Thing for Every Team With Bill Simmons, Part 2 (Ep. 184)
Dec 27, 2017 • 53 min
HBO and The Ringer’s Bill Simmons and The Ringer’s Kevin O’Connor discuss one topic for each of the 30 teams in the NBA. In Part 2, they break down teams with records over .500.
One Thing for Every Team With Bill Simmons, Part 1 (Ep. 183)
Dec 26, 2017 • 59 min
HBO and The Ringer’s Bill Simmons and The Ringer’s Kevin O’Connor discuss one topic for each of the 30 teams in the NBA. In Part 1, they analyze teams with records under .500.
‘Group Chat’: The 12 Questions of Christmas With Bill Simmons (Ep. 182)
Dec 21, 2017 • 71 min
The Ringer’s Justin Verrier is joined by Danny Chau, Paolo Uggetti, and HBO and The Ringer’s Bill Simmons to discuss the Christmas Day slate and beyond through 12 questions, including: “Who are the 76ers?” (1:50), “Should the Cavaliers trade the Brooklyn…
Kobe’s Past, Rockets’ Present, and Rookies’ Future (Ep. 181)
Dec 19, 2017 • 56 min
The Ringer’s Chris Vernon and Kevin O’Connor review Kobe night at Warriors-Lakers (0:40), evaluate Jayson Tatum’s rapid maturation on display against the Pacers (9:33), and laud this year’s impressive rookie class (17:18). Then they discuss the Bulls’…
‘Heat Check’: Anyone Can Beat the Thunder, Including the Thunder (Ep. 180)
Dec 18, 2017 • 36 min
The Ringer’s Juliet Litman and John Gonzalez review the Oklahoma City Thunder’s eventful week (1:26), debate which team is the worst in the league (13:24), preview the Kobe Bryant jersey-retirement ceremony (19:44), discuss some young players (26:58), and…
Bill Simmons on the NBA Trade Saga With Bill’s Dad and Kevin O’Connor (Ep. 179)
Dec 15, 2017 • 32 min
HBO and The Ringer’s Bill Simmons is joined by his dad and The Ringer’s Kevin O’Connor to discuss some of the trades that shaped this NBA season, Russell Westbrook’s off-ball play, the trade deadline, and way-too early NBA Finals talk.
‘Group Chat’: Houston Is Good, OKC Is Bad, and Hezonja Is Back (Ep. 178)
Dec 14, 2017 • 45 min
The Ringer’s Chris Ryan and Justin Verrier are joined by Danny Chau and Haley O’Shaughnessy to throw out some LeBron relocation theories (0:50), try to pinpoint what’s wrong with the Thunder (3:30), gush about the Rockets (14:45), and answer some…
Rising Teams in the East, Setting Teams in the West (Ep. 177)
Dec 12, 2017 • 63 min
The Ringer’s Chris Vernon and Kevin O’Connor react to Victor Oladipo’s transformation into a star (4:15), debate why the Oklahoma City Thunder superteam hasn’t worked (17:54), and analyze the Toronto Raptors’ surprising success (29:09). Then, they gauge…
‘Heat Check’: Jah, Boogie, and the J-Team (Ep. 176)
Dec 11, 2017 • 36 min
The Ringer’s Juliet Litman and John Gonzalez discuss the Stephen Curry–less Warriors (01:15), how the Sixers and the Nets have been adjusting since the Jahlil Okafor trade (11:00), and Victor Oladipo’s impressive play for Indiana (19:15). Then they play…
The Top 25 NBA Players of the First 25 Games (Ep. 175)
Dec 8, 2017 • 30 min
The Ringer’s Chris Ryan, Justin Verrier, and Danny Chau parse through their article ranking the 25 best players in the NBA through the season thus far.
‘Group Chat’ — LeBron James and Kevin Durant at Their Best (Ep. 174)
Dec 7, 2017 • 46 min
The Ringer’s Chris Ryan and Justin Verrier are joined by Paolo Uggetti and Haley O’Shaughnessy to discuss peak LeBron and KD (1:45). Then they wonder if some teams would’ve taken a do-over if given a second chance to make managerial decisions, including…
‘Sources Say’ — Agent News, Frustrated Teams, and LaVar Ball Speaks (Ep. 173)
Dec 6, 2017 • 42 min
The Ringer’s Juliet Litman and Chris Ryan examine the recent scandal regarding decertified NBA agent Andy Miller (0:43), wonder about the future of big men in the league (7:54), and debate the most frustrated teams so far (10:47). Then, Juliet is joined…
Underperforming Superteams, Overperforming Rookies, and the First-Quarter Awards (Ep. 172)
Dec 5, 2017 • 67 min
The Ringer’s Chris Vernon and Kevin O’Connor review the Warriors’ eventful night against the New Orleans Pelicans (1:40), debate the roots of the Minnesota Timberwolves’ issues (12:43), laud Donovan Mitchell’s impressive scoring display (37:17), and…
‘Heat Check’ — Old Friends and New Foes (Ep. 171)
Dec 4, 2017 • 33 min
The Ringer’s Juliet Litman and John Gonzalez discuss Chris Paul returning to Los Angeles with the soaring Rockets (0:20), speculate on the possibility of DeAndre Jordan joining his old teammate in Houston (6:36), examine the cratering young Lakers (9:12),…
‘Group Chat’ — NBA Watchability Rankings (Ep. 170)
Nov 30, 2017 • 38 min
The Ringer’s Chris Ryan and Justin Verrier are joined by Danny Chau and Haley O’Shaughnessy to try to figure out just how bad the Thunder really are (1:44). Then the crew re-ranks the top five NBA teams based on watchability (20:04), before ending with…
A Tale of Two Hot Seats: The Fractured Grizzlies and the Dismal Clippers (Ep. 169)
Nov 28, 2017 • 64 min
The Ringer’s Chris Vernon and Kevin O’Connor parse the falling out between Marc Gasol and David Fizdale (1:16) and debate whether the Memphis Grizzlies should tank (15:34). Then they review the implications of the surging Pistons’ win against the Celtics…
‘Heat Check’ — A Rose by Any Other Name (Ep. 168)
Nov 27, 2017 • 34 min
The Ringer’s Juliet Litman and John Gonzalez discuss Derrick Rose considering leaving basketball (1:03), look forward to Isaiah Thomas’s looming return to action (5:49), examine the schism between Marc Gasol and the Memphis Grizzlies (9:23), scrutinize…
‘Sources Say’ — The New NBA: Exciting for Basketball, Not As Exciting for Gossip (Ep. 167)
Nov 22, 2017 • 27 min
The Ringer’s Chris Ryan and Juliet Litman discuss Klay Thompson’s comments on scaffolding (0:33), react to C.J. McCollum’s subpar trash-talking (5:25), condemn Danny Ainge’s questionable tweet regarding Kyrie Irving (7:50), speculate on the turmoil within…
The NBA Therapy Session and the Rorschach Test (Ep. 166)
Nov 21, 2017 • 59 min
The Ringer’s Chris Vernon and John Gonzalez react to the phenomenon that is the Boston Celtics’ ongoing winning streak (0:31), reinstate the Cleveland Cavaliers as a true contender (6:15), diagnose the problem with the free-falling Clippers (9:40),…
‘Heat Check’ — Basketball Doesn’t Stop (Ep. 165)
Nov 20, 2017 • 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, 2017 • 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, 2017 • 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, 2017 • 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, 2017 • 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, 2017 • 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, 2017 • 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, 2017 • 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, 2017 • 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, 2017 • 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, 2017 • 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, 2017 • 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, 2017 • 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, 2017 • 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, 2017 • 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, 2017 • 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, 2017 • 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, 2017 • 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, 2017 • 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, 2017 • 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, 2017 • 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, 2017 • 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, 2017 • 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, 2017 • 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, 2017 • 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, 2017 • 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, 2017 • 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, 2017 • 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, 2017 • 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, 2017 • 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, 2017 • 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, 2017 • 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, 2017 • 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, 2017 • 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, 2017 • 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, 2017 • 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, 2017 • 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, 2017 • 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, 2017 • 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, 2017 • 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, 2017 • 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, 2017 • 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, 2017 • 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, 2017 • 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, 2017 • 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, 2017 • 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, 2017 • 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, 2017 • 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, 2017 • 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, 2017 • 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, 2017 • 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, 2017 • 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, 2017 • 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, 2017 • 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, 2017 • 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, 2017 • 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, 2017 • 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, 2017 • 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, 2017 • 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, 2017 • 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, 2017 • 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, 2017 • 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, 2017 • 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, 2017 • 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, 2017 • 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, 2017 • 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, 2017 • 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, 2017 • 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, 2017 • 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, 2017 • 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, 2017 • 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, 2017 • 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, 2017 • 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, 2017 • 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, 2017 • 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, 2017 • 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, 2017 • 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, 2017 • 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, 2017 • 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, 2017 • 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, 2017 • 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, 2017 • 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, 2017 • 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, 2017 • 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, 2017 • 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, 2017 • 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, 2017 • 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, 2017 • 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, 2017 • 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, 2017 • 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, 2017 • 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, 2017 • 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, 2017 • 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, 2017 • 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, 2017 • 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, 2017 • 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, 2017 • 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, 2017 • 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, 2017 • 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, 2017 • 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, 2017 • 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, 2017 • 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, 2017 • 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, 2017 • 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, 2017 • 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, 2017 • 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, 2017 • 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, 2017 • 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, 2017 • 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, 2017 • 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, 2017 • 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, 2017 • 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 • 101 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 • 53 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),…