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

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    Latest episodes from Brian Windhorst & The Hoop Collective

    Our First Annual Friendsgiving

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 24, 2021 87:32

    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. 

    Can The Celtics And Knicks Get Out Of Their Slumps?

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 19, 2021 55:20

    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.

    Can The Warriors Keep This Up? Expectations In Brooklyn

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 16, 2021 63:30

    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.

    Did The Lakers Make The Right Offseason Decisions?

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 12, 2021 54:39

    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.

    Some Surprising Starts To The NBA Season

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 9, 2021 59:56

    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.

    Reaction To The Allegations In Phoenix

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 5, 2021 43:40

    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.

    Foul Changes, More Physical Play In The NBA

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 2, 2021 56:53

    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.

    Takeaway's From Week 1 Of The NBA Season

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 29, 2021 56:22

    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.

    Bulls Hot Start To The Season, Bucks Stay Motivated

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 26, 2021 47:20

    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.

    What Will The 76ers Do? Parity Across The NBA

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 22, 2021 56:15

    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.

    2018 Rookie Class Extensions

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 19, 2021 46:14

    Brian Windhorst is joined by ESPN Front Office Insider Bobby Marks discuss which contract extensions were made, like Jaren Jackson, and which ones were not, like Deandre Ayton, from the 2018 rookie class.

    What Will The Nets Look Like This Season?

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 15, 2021 49:07

    Brian Windhorst, Tim Bontemps and Tim MacMahon talk the impact of Kyrie's stance on the Nets, what Brooklyn's title chances look like without Kyrie, how long can the Nets keep this team together and when Zion will be back.

    What Will Ben Simmons' Reception Be? Lakers' Expectations

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 12, 2021 44:25

    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.

    Can Talent Beat Out Fit For The Lakers?

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 8, 2021 55:09

    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.

    Blueprint For Star Players To Get Traded, Updates From Camp

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 5, 2021 63:20

    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.

    Ben Simmons Holds Out, Lakers Lineup Options

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 1, 2021 58:43

    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.

    NBA Media Day Reactions

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 28, 2021 52:16


    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.


    Roundtable Talk Of Make Or Break Players In The NBA

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 23, 2021 48:51

    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.

    Who From The 2018 Draft Class Will Get Max Deals?

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 17, 2021 53:25

    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.

    What Tier Is Each NBA Team On?

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 8, 2021 52:28

    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.

    What Will Happen With Ben Simmons?

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 3, 2021 59:38

    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.

    NBA Win Total Reactions, Which Teams Will Defy Expectations?

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 27, 2021 51:32

    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.

    Why Did KD and Kyrie Sign In Brooklyn, Future Landscape Of The NBA

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 16, 2021 77:59

    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.

    Kawhi Signs An Extension, NBA Summer League Reaction

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 13, 2021 55:18

    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.

    Team USA Plays For Gold, Winners And Losers Of NBA Free Agency

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 6, 2021 71:14

    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.

    Lakers And Bulls Make Big Moves In Free Agency, Team USA Figuring It Out?

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 4, 2021 66:16

    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.

    Reaction To The Westbrook Trade, NBA Draft Recap

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 30, 2021 57:51

    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.

    Team USA Men's Basketball Has Tough Olympic Start, NBA Draft Preview

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 27, 2021 68:39

    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.

    Bucks Clinch - NBA Finals Game 6 Reaction

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 21, 2021 56:42

    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.

    Team USA's Olympic Chances, Dame's Future, Can The Bucks Close Out The Finals?

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 20, 2021 60:05

    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.

    NBA Finals Game 5 Reaction

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 18, 2021 42:58

    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.

    NBA Finals Game 4 Reaction

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 15, 2021 49:24

    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.

    Giannis Dominates, Suns Struggle To Shoot, Team USA Struggles

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 13, 2021 58:24

    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.

    NBA Finals Game 3 Reaction

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 12, 2021 47:24


    Brian Windhorst and Zach Lowe are joined by Kings' guard Tyrese Haliburton to talk Giannis' dominant Game 3, Ayton getting in foul trouble, how Game 4 will set the tone for the series and Chris Paul's leadership.


    NBA Finals Game 2 Reaction

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 9, 2021 45:18

    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.

    NBA Finals Game 1 Reaction

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 7, 2021 36:21


    Brian Windhorst and Zach Lowe discuss the Suns winning Game 1, Chris Paul's brilliance, the importance of free throw shooting, what adjustments the Bucks can make and Deandre Ayton stepping up.


    NBA Finals Preview

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 6, 2021 58:10

    Brian Windhorst, Ramona Shelburne and Marc Spears dive into everything you need to know heading into the NBA Finals showdown between the Bucks & Suns, kicking off tonight at 9p ET on ABC.

    Bucks Take Series Lead Without Giannis, Suns To The Finals, No Asterisks Needed

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 2, 2021 53:10

    Brian Windhorst, Tim MacMahon and Tim Bontemps discuss the Bucks absolutely dominating the Hawks in the paint, the great game from Brook Lopez, the various injury situations of the series, the Suns' amazing run to the NBA Finals and how there should be no asterisk stories for the playoffs.

    Clippers Avoid Elimination, Trae Young's Injury, Latest On Dame Lillard, Leadership Changes In Utah

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 29, 2021 63:39

    Brian Windhorst, Kevin Pelton and Royce Young discuss the confounding ability of the Clippers to win elimination games on the road, the Suns' ability to close, Trae Young's injury, the Bucks ability to dominate in the paint, the backlash Dame Lillard has gotten for the Chauncey Billups hire, if Dame will want a trade and the leadership changes in Utah.

    Booker's Broken Nose, Atlanta's Arrival, and the Coaching Carousel

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 25, 2021 58:27

    Brian Windhorst, Tim MacMahon, and Tim Bontemps discuss the Clippers' win in Game 3, the lasting effects of Devin Booker's broken nose, the ascension and chutzpah of Trae Young, the latest intel on the coaching carousel, and the two biggest takeaways from the draft lottery.

    The Valley-Oop, Draft Lottery Implications, and Ben Simmons' Future

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 23, 2021 58:26

    Brian Windhorst, Ramona Shelburne, and Tim MacMahon discuss the game winning tip in by Deandre Ayton in Game 2 of the Western Conference Finals, the multitude of implications from last night's draft lottery, and the future for Ben Simmons.

    76ers Collapse, Next Steps For Ben Simmons, Hawks Season Turnaround, Devin Bookers' Sensational Play

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 22, 2021 53:22

    Brian Windhorst, Doris Burke and Kirk Goldsberry discuss the state of Ben Simmons' confidence, what is next for the 76ers, Ben's trade value, the Hawks continuing to win road playoff games, the opportunity for the Bucks in the playoffs now, the display the Devin Booker put on in Game 1 of the Western Conference Finals and Monty Williams' coaching job this season.

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

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 18, 2021 68:32

    Brian Windhorst, Tim MacMahon and Tim Bontemps discuss the changes in the Mavs organization, why it is controversial, who Dallas may hire, the brilliance of Trae Young, the 76ers' collapse, a big win for the Bucks and try to understand the Clippers.

    2021 Playoffs Emergency Pod: Durant's Incredible Game 5

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 16, 2021 31:50

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

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

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 15, 2021 59:24

    Brian Windhorst, Kevin Pelton and Nick Friedell discuss the confounding nature of this Clippers team on a nightly basis, Kawhi's injury, what version of Mike Conley we will see in the playoffs if at all, Joel Embiid massively struggling to shoot, who can take big shots for the 76ers, the impact of the Hawks' coaching change, the culture in Phoenix, the Suns' great defense and the Jokic ejection.

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

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 11, 2021 60:28

    Brian Windhorst, Tim Bontemps and Tim MacMahon discuss the impressive performances from the Jazz so far, the outstanding play of Donovan Mitchell, the interesting lineup choices from the Clippers, if the Bucks are now officially back in the series, the offensive struggles of the Bucks and Nets and the keys to both the Nuggets-Suns and Hawks-76ers series going forward.

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

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 8, 2021 61:39

    Brian Windhorst, Ramona Shelburne and Kirk Goldsberry discuss the voting for the NBA Coach Of The Year, then talk the domination from the Nets in Game 2 against the Bucks, the surprisingly good defense from Brooklyn, who is the key to the Nuggets-Suns series, the brilliance of Kawhi in the most clutch moments, the Jazz's matchup with the Clippers and the amazing performances from Trae Young so far in the playoffs.

    Lakers Eliminated, Luka's Brilliance Bucks-Nets Preview

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 4, 2021 55:26

    Brian Windhorst, Tim MacMahon and Tim Bontemps discuss the Lakers’ getting eliminated by the Suns with a massive game from Devin Booker, what moves the Lakers can make next season, the Suns’ potential going forward, Denver impressing while shorthanded, the brilliance of Luka and preview Bucks-Nets.

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

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 1, 2021 60:00

    Brian Windhorst, Marc Spears and Ohm Youngmisuk discuss the latest fan interference episode in Washington and around the league, meeting famous rappers on the road, Joel Embiid’s injury, the LA Clippers show signs of life and tie the series 2-2, can LeBron will the Lakers to victory without Anthony Davis and much more. 

    A Trip Around The NBA Playoffs

    Play Episode Listen Later May 28, 2021 66:09

    Brian Windhorst, Tim Bontemps and Tim MacMahon talk about NBA Playoff games being blacked out, the Lakers taking a 2-1 lead over the Suns, what will happen to the Blazers if they lose this series to the shorthanded Nuggets, the Bucks demolishing the Heat and taking a 3-0 lead, how can the Clippers stop Luka Doncic and much more. 

    They Came Out More Aggressive

    Play Episode Listen Later May 25, 2021 60:23

    Brian Windhorst, Ohm Youngmisuk and Bobby Marks discuss the Milwaukee Bucks taking a commanding 2-0 lead on the Miami Heat, the latest on Donovan Mitchell’s injury and a trip to LA to check in with the Clippers & Lakers who are both down 1-0. 

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