Brian Windhorst and a team of ESPN's Insiders sort out life in and around the NBA world.
Brian Windhorst is joined by ESPN's Bobby Marks and Ohm Youngmisuk to talk Kevin Durant's injury timeline, potential trades for the Nets, the significance of Draymond Green's back injury, if Paul George can come back this season, the importance of the Clippers making a playoff push, if Detroit should trade Jerami Grant and where he may land.
Brian Windhorst is joined by ESPN's Nick Friedell and Marc J. Spears discuss the impact of Klay Thompson's return to the Warriors, his performance in his first game back, the ceiling for Golden State, potential Ben Simmons trades and who needs to make a move.
Brian Windhorst is joined by ESPN's Tim Bontemps and Tim MacMahon discuss the moves that could be made at the trade deadline, an interesting quote from the Hawks front office, if the Blazers will move on from Dame or CJ and what teams will be buyers or sellers.
Brian Windhorst is joined by ESPN's Kirk Goldsberry and Jamal Collier to discuss DeMar DeRozan's historic game-winners on back-to-back nights, the Bulls potential this season, the significance of Kyrie returning, if the Nets can overtake the Bucks and potential trade targets for the Bulls to get into the NBA Finals conversation.
Brian Windhorst is joined by ESPN's Tim Bontemps and Tim MacMahon to discuss a historically bad 3-point shooting performance from the Celtics, what moves Boston can make, Desmond Bane's potential in Memphis and the best guard combinations in the NBA.
Brian Windhorst is joined by ESPN's NBA Front Office Insider Bobby Marks to discuss the challenge facing front offices around the league to fill out rosters with so many players in the COVID health and safety protocols and how that may impact moves around the trade deadline. Plus, what moves can the Lakers make?
Brian Windhorst is joined by ESPN's Marc J. Spears and Jorge Sedano to talk how DeMar DeRozan is viewed around the league, updates to the NBA G League Ignite, the latest COVID protocols around the NBA including who is required to wear masks.
Brian Windhorst is joined by ESPN's Tim Bontemps and Tim MacMahon to talk MacMahon's article on the relationship between Luka Doncic and Rick Carlisle, Dallas' desire for cultural change, the organizational decision makers in Utah and what teams may be involved in the trade market.
Briand Windhorst is joined by ESPN's Dave McMenamin and Kirk Goldsberry to discuss the historic record Steph Curry is set to break, LeBron leveling up his play, what direction the Pacers will move in going forward and positive COVID tests in the NBA.
Brian Windhorst is joined by ESPN's Ohm Youngmisuk and Ramona Shelburne to break down what is going on in Portland, if Chauncey Billups is the right fit for the team, the current state of the Knicks, if things can improve in New York and if the Suns and Warriors are worried about the Lakers or the Nets.
Brian Windhorst is joined by ESPN's Tim Bontemps and Tim MacMahon to talk the significance of the Suns beating the Warriors, the NBA's stance on tampering issues, a historical game from the Cavs, the impact of Bam's injury on the Heat and another setback for Zion this season and the Rockets quality play of late.
Brian Windhorst is joined by a roundtable of ESPN NBA reporters for a special Thanksgiving episode with Dave McMenamin, Tim Bontemps, Tim MacMahon, Nick Friedell and Kevin Pelton. The crew talks LeBron's suspension following an altercation in Detroit, if Draymond Green can be an All-Star this season, what the ceiling is for the Warriors, Klay's progression as he returns from injury, a few teams surging in the West and a unique game delay in Sacramento.
Brian Windhorst is joined by ESPN's Tim Bontemps and Tim MacMahon to discuss the Celtics' struggles this season, if their ceiling is lower than we expected as a team, how good the Knicks can really be, if the Suns are still favorites to return to the Finals from the West and what teams have a legitimate shot to make it out of the East.
Brian Windhorst is joined by ESPN's Nick Friedell and Cassidy Hubbarth to talk the incredible start to the season for the Warriors, what impact Klay can have when he returns, how Brooklyn plans to move forward with their roster and if Brooklyn can win a title as currently constructed.
Brian Windhorst is joined by ESPN's Tim Bontemps and Dave McMenamin to discuss a memorable trip to the White House for Bontemps, the Lakers' start to the season, the success of players traded from Los Angeles and the Bulls surging with their new pieces blending well together.
Brian Windhorst is joined by ESPN's Kevin Pelton and Kevin Arnovitz to discuss Dame Lillard's struggles to open the season, the 76ers successful start to the year despite the drama surrounding the team, the Cavs surprising start to the season, the Wizards' strong performances and the state of dress in the NBA.
Brian Windhorst, Tim MacMahon and Tim Bontemps react to the allegations of racism and misogyny with the Phoenix Suns' majority owner Robert Sarver, how the team is reacting to it and how they will move forward. Then the group talks the state of the Celtics after a big win before discussing the Lakers' shocking loss to the Thunder.
Brian Windhorst, Ohm Youngmisuk and Marc J. Spears discuss their thoughts on the new foul rules being enforced, scoring being down across the league, the Nets' struggles on offense, a strong start to the season for the Warriors and some impressive showings from the rookies around the NBA.
Brian Windhorst, Tim MacMahon and Tim Bontemps talk their early takeaways from the first week of the NBA season including James Harden's early drop-off in scoring, the decline in free throw numbers, surprising early success from the Wizards, if they believe in the starts from the Hornets and Timberwolves and Tyler Herro's start to the season.
Brian Windhorst welcomes a new member of the ESPN family Jamal Collier to discuss what to make of the Bulls' great start to the season, free throws being down across the league, how the Bucks are staying motivated and what next level Giannis can reach.
Brian Windhorst, Tim MacMahon and Tim Bontemps talk how long it will take for Ben Simmons to get traded, how the 76ers can succeed with the current situation, some interesting quotes about the Mavs' past, the parity in the NBA this season and what teams are flying under the radar.
Brian Windhorst, Dave McMenamin and Ramona Shelburne discuss if Ben Simmons will be returning to the 76ers, what the reception will be like for him in Philadelphia, how the Lakers are preparing for the season and what their expectations should be.
Brian Windhorst, Tim MacMahon and Tim Bontemps discuss the expectations surrounding the Lakers, what minimum players can make an impact. if talent can overcome fit, how well the Suns can replicate their success and if the Pelicans or Bulls will be able to play better defense this season.
Brian Windhorst, Nick Friedell and Ohm Youngmisuk talk NBA teams training in San Diego, Kyrie's vaccination status, the blueprint for players like Ben Simmons to get a trade and what to expect as the season starts.
Brian Windhorst, Tim MacMahon and Tim Bontemps talk Draymond's interesting comments, why the latest statements from the 76ers are a win for Ben Simmons, what type of team would trade for Simmons, what the keys are for the Mavs this season, if Anthony Davis will play center this season and how all of the pieces will fit on the Lakers.
Brian Windhorst, Andrew Lopez and Marc J. Spears discuss the interesting developments around the league from the NBA Media Days. We talk everything from David Letterman's appearance at Nets' Media Day, surprising new information about an injury to Zion, the latest from Warriors Media Day and the potential impact of vaccination status on the league.
Brian Windhorst, Tim MacMahon and Tim Bontemps discuss the players who will make or break seasons for potential contending teams. The group talks the importance of Ben Simmons, Tyler Herro, Kristaps Porzingis Kemba Walker, Lonzo Ball, Klay Thompson and others.
Brian Windhorst, Tim MacMahon and Tim Bontemps discuss the players negotiating contracts at the end of their rookie deals from the 2018 draft class including how the Suns' should manage Deandre Ayton, what to do with Jaren Jackson, where Collin Sexton fits in, what Miles Bridges should ask for and what space the Bucks have to fill out their roster.
Brian Windhorst, Kevin Pelton and Tim Bontemps discuss the different tiers of NBA teams heading into this season. The crew breaks down what teams are actual contenders, what teams have a chance to become relevant this season and what teams will be battling in the lottery.
Brian Windhorst, Tim MacMahon and Tim Bontemps discuss the latest developments on Ben Simmons this offseason, what it means for where he will play in 2021-22, how the 76ers can maximize their championship window and an interesting trade from the past week that could impact the futures of Chicago and Portland.
Brian Windhorst, Tim MacMahon and Tim Bontemps discuss the likelihood that Ben Simmons starts the season with the 76ers, how consistent the Nets lineup will be in the regular season, why the Bucks and Jazz are likely go over their win totals, if Dallas got better this offseason, why the Warriors have such a variety of possible outcomes, how many games the Bulls will win and some of the key young guards ability to grow.
Brian Windhorst is joined by author Matt Sullivan to talk about his book Can't Knock the Hustle: Inside the Season of Protest, Pandemic, and Progress with the Brooklyn Nets' Superstars of Tomorrow and the future of the Nets. Then Jake Fischer author of Built to Lose: How the NBA's Tanking Era Changed the League Forever joins to about the landscape of team construction in the league.
Brian Windhorst, Tim MacMahon and Tim Bontemps discuss Kawhi signing a surprise 4-year extension, the key takeaway's from the NBA Summer League so far, which young rookies have impressed, the potential on the Rockets in the future, Evan Mobley's potential talent and Dennis Schroder's contract with Boston.
Brian Windhorst, Tim MacMahon and Tim Bontemps discuss Team USA Men's Basketball beating Australia, the score line being misleading, the upcoming gold medal game, the winners and losers of NBA Free Agency, if Zach LaVine will ever extend with the Bulls and what will happen with the Clippers and Kawhi.
Brian Windhorst, Marc J. Spears and Ramona Shelburne discuss the variety of moves made by the Lakers, how big of a concern age is for L.A. this year, what to make of the Bulls bringing in Lonzo Ball and DeMar DeRozan and if Team USA Men's Basketball has figured things out.
Brian Windhorst, Tim MacMahon and Tim Bontemps discuss the trade sending Russell Westbrook to the Lakers, why the fit may be an issue, where Kyle Lowry will land this offseason and if Ben Simmons can get traded . Then the guys dive into the NBA Draft including a player who went later than expected who could make a huge impact.
Brian Windhorst, Marc J. Spears and Kevin Pelton discuss the unique setup for the Olympics in Tokyo, Team USA Men's Basketball struggling out of the gate, what Luka can do in Tokyo and what to expect from the NBA Draft including impressive comparisons for Jalen Green.
Brian Windhorst and Zach Lowe are joined by Cleveland Forward Larry Nance Jr. to discuss Giannis' historic performance, the significance of a small market team winning, the Bucks' ability to keep fighting, the coaching redemption in Milwaukee and the future of the Suns.
Brian Windhorst, Tim MacMahon and Tim Bontemps discuss Team USA Basketball's chances in the Olympics, the challenges facing the roster, Damian Lillard's status in Portland, potential moves the Blazers can make, the impact of Jrue Holiday on the NBA Finals and if the Bucks can close out the series.
Brian Windhorst and Zach Lowe are joined by Raptors Head Coach Nick Nurse to discuss the wild ending to Game 5, Khris Middleton's amazing performance, Jrue Holiday's clutch play, the level of shot making in the game and how the Suns should feel going into Milwaukee for Game 6.
Brian Windhorst and Zach Lowe are joined by Denver Nuggets Head Coach Michael Malone to discuss Khris Middleton's outstanding performance, how great Giannis' key block was, Devin Booker's sensational performance, the Bucks' reliance on transition buckets, the Suns' turnovers and Phoenix needing more from Ayton offensively. Then the group talks coach getting into a horse and carriage with Nikola Jokic, get an update on Jamal Murray and discuss the grind of the last two seasons.
Brian Windhorst, Tim MacMahon and Tim Bontemps discuss the incredible performances from Giannis in the NBA Finals, the importance Jrue Holiday and Khris Middleton, Ayton's foul trouble, the Suns struggling to shoot, the significance of Game 4 in this series and the challenge for Team USA to get the gold medal.
Brian Windhorst and Zach Lowe are joined by former Hornets and Magic Head Coach Steve Clifford to discuss the great effort from the Bucks, the amazing offensive response from the Suns, what the preparation is like for the teams ahead of Sunday's Game 3, the importance of Khris Middleton and the process of making adjustments for coaches.