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The best new daily sports podcast w/ inside information and perspective from Bleacher Report & FS1's Ric Bucher, NFL Network's Will Blackmon, and former NBA center Ryan Hollins, as well as featured guests. Mon & Tues: Bucher & Blackmon Weds: Bucher & special guests Thurs & Fri: Bucher & Hollins

Ric Bucher, NBA insider; Ryan Hollins, ESPN; Will Blackmon, NFL Network


    • Dec 7, 2021 LATEST EPISODE
    • weekdays NEW EPISODES
    • 31m AVG DURATION
    • 321 EPISODES

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    How Aggressive Should The Warriors Be To Add Another Piece?

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 7, 2021 19:25

    Ric discusses trade rumors involving the Golden State Warriors and breaks down which ones make sense. Support this show http://supporter.acast.com/bucher-and-friends. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    Time for the Portland Trail Blazers to Realize Who -- and Where -- They Are

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 3, 2021 17:40

    Ric examines the current state of the Portland Trail Blazers with the ongoing investigation into basketball operations president Neil Olshey.Support this show http://supporter.acast.com/bucher-and-friends. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    What We Learned About the Knicks and Nets From Harden and Randle

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 2, 2021 19:11

    Ric discusses comments made by the Brooklyn Nets' James Harden and the New York Knicks' Julius Randle before and after the Nets' 112-110 win.Support this show http://supporter.acast.com/bucher-and-friends. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    Which Western Team Can Crash The Suns-Warriors Party?

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 1, 2021 19:02

    Ric shares thoughts from executives, coaches and scouts on which team in the Western Conference could rise up by season's end and upend the current expectation that the Golden State Warriors and Phoenix Suns will meet in the conference finals.Support this show http://supporter.acast.com/bucher-and-friends. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    Better Built For The Playoffs, Suns or Warriors?

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 30, 2021 22:12

    Ric examines the two best teams in the NBA right now, the Golden State Warriors and Phoenix Suns, and which one is more likely to come out on top in the playoffs.Support this show http://supporter.acast.com/bucher-and-friends. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    A Wild Lakers' Coaching Change Rumor

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 29, 2021 16:25

    Ric discusses a text he received that a revolutionary replacement for Lakers coach Frank Vogel has been proposed to owner Jeanie Buss.Support this show http://supporter.acast.com/bucher-and-friends. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    Setting Straight The 'Who Fears LeBron' Debate

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 25, 2021 19:55

    Ric discusses the recent debate over whether or not players in the NBA fear four-time champion LeBron James.Support this show http://supporter.acast.com/bucher-and-friends. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    In Praise Of Ricky Rubio

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 24, 2021 18:44

    Ric discusses the half-dozen players, unhappy for one reason or another, who have chosen not to play this season and recognizes the one who has decided to play despite his circumstances -- Cleveland Cavaliers point guard Ricky Rubio. Support this show http://supporter.acast.com/bucher-and-friends. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    Did We Just Witness A Lakers' Awakening?

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 22, 2021 17:35

    Ric discusses the Lakers' 121-116 comeback win over the Detroit Pistons following a skirmish that resulted in LeBron James being ejected from a game for only the second time in his career.Support this show http://supporter.acast.com/bucher-and-friends. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    What To Make Of The Milwaukee Bucks So Far

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 19, 2021 16:20

    Ric examines the slow start by the defending champion Milwaukee Bucks and what it means for their chances of winning a second consecutive title.Support this show http://supporter.acast.com/bucher-and-friends. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    What To Make Of The Warriors So Far

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 18, 2021 20:39

    Ric examines the Warriors' hot start, including their dominating win over the Brooklyn Nets and whether or not they have what it takes to return to title contention.Support this show http://supporter.acast.com/bucher-and-friends. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    Lonzo Is Ballin' On His Own Terms

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 16, 2021 20:18

    Ric discusses the development of Chicago Bulls point guard Lonzo Ball after rough stops in LA and New Orleans on his NBA journey.Support this show http://supporter.acast.com/bucher-and-friends. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    How Ben Simmons Can Get His Wish

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 15, 2021 18:32

    Ric discusses Ben Simmons' desire to be traded by the Philadelphia 76ers and what he can do to help make that happen.Support this show http://supporter.acast.com/bucher-and-friends. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    The Big Man Returneth?

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 12, 2021 21:57

    Ric discusses a potential shift in the NBA small-ball revolution. Support this show http://supporter.acast.com/bucher-and-friends. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    Why The Nikola Jokic-Markieff Morris Altercation Happened

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 10, 2021 19:54

    Ric breaks down the circumstances that led to Denver Nuggets center Nikola Jokic and Miami Heat forward Markieff Morris exchanging blows in the Nuggets' 113-96 win that resulted in Jokic receiving a one-game suspension and Morris being fined $50,000.Support this show http://supporter.acast.com/bucher-and-friends. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    In Search Of The Brodie

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 8, 2021 19:29

    Ric discusses the career and current state of the Lakers' struggling star point guard Russell Westbrook and the most shocking element missing from his game.Support this show http://supporter.acast.com/bucher-and-friends. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    The Challenge In Taking Down An NBA Owner

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 5, 2021 23:10

    Ric discusses ESPN's investigative story accusing Phoenix Suns owner Robert Sarver of misogyny and racism, the possible rise in the mid-range game's value and the Lakers' latest loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder.Support this show http://supporter.acast.com/bucher-and-friends. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    Ben Simmons, The 76ers and Mental Health

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 4, 2021 16:19

    Ric discusses Ben Simmons' fractured relationship with the Philadelphia 76ers and reports that Simmons is being treated for mental health issues. Support this show http://supporter.acast.com/bucher-and-friends. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    What Marcus Smart Said and What He Meant

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 3, 2021 23:22

    Ric discusses Marcus Smart's comments after the Boston Celtics' meltdown loss to the Chicago Bulls, specifically his comment that stars Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown "don't want to pass the ball," and what it all means for the Celtics' prospects this season.Support this show http://supporter.acast.com/bucher-and-friends. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    Deciphering What Marcus Smart Said

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 3, 2021 23:22

    Ric discusses Marcus Smart's comments after the Boston Celtics' meltdown in losing to the Chicago Bulls, specifically his assertion that team stars Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown "don't want to pass the ball," and what it all means for the Celtics' prospects this season.Support this show http://supporter.acast.com/bucher-and-friends. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    The Referees Are Not The Ones Holding Back James Harden

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 2, 2021 21:12

    Ric discusses the new rules interpretation by NBA referees this season that has resulted in some of the league's top scorers shooting fewer free throws and averaging fewer points -- while others are actually flourishing.Support this show http://supporter.acast.com/bucher-and-friends. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    Are The Warriors And Heat For Real?

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 1, 2021 17:19

    Ric discusses the hot starts by both the Golden State Warriors and Miami Heat and which is better equipped to continue their early winning ways. Support this show http://supporter.acast.com/bucher-and-friends. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    Why Getting The No. 1 Pick Isn't All That It's Cracked Up To Be

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 31, 2021 18:55

    Ric discusses the recent history of the NBA No. 1 pick and how the influences on who a team selects goes far beyond who the best player may be.Support this show http://supporter.acast.com/bucher-and-friends. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    The Lakers, Knicks and Bulls Just Showed Us Who They Are

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 29, 2021 17:25

    Ric discusses what we learned from the Lakers' most recent performance, as well as the Eastern Conference battle between the Knicks and Bulls. Support this show http://supporter.acast.com/bucher-and-friends. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    Exactly The Kind Of Win The Lakers Needed

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 27, 2021 16:06

    Ric examines the crisis averted and hope inspired by the Lakers' overtime win against the San Antonio Spurs without LeBron James.Support this show http://supporter.acast.com/bucher-and-friends. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    What To Make Of The Chicago Bulls' Hot Start

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 26, 2021 18:23


    Ric examines the Chicago Bulls' first 4-0 start since the days of Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen and what it means for the Bulls' prospects this season.Support this show http://supporter.acast.com/bucher-and-friends. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.


    Dwight Howard Has Every Reason To Be Salty

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 25, 2021 18:44

    Ric discusses the source of the blow-up between Lakers' big men Dwight Howard and Anthony Davis, as well as the one potential flaw he sees in his choice of the Phoenix Suns repeating as Western Conference champions.Support this show http://supporter.acast.com/bucher-and-friends. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    The Tragic Connection Between Kobe and Vince Carter's Documentary

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 22, 2021 33:43

    Ric discusses with Burton Chawla, NBA "connector" and head of sports for Lineage Digital, the making of Vince Carter's documentary, "Legacy," as well as the Ben Simmons' predicament in Philadelphia and potential solutions. Support this show http://supporter.acast.com/bucher-and-friends. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    The Tragic Connection Between Kobe Bryant and the Vince Carter Documentary

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 22, 2021 32:58

    Ric discusses the making of Vince Carter's documentary, "Legacy," with NBA connector and Lineage Digital executive Burton Chawla, along with who is to blame for the Ben Simmons' predicament in Philadelphia and potential solutions.Support this show http://supporter.acast.com/bucher-and-friends. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    New Pieces, Same Old Ways For The Knicks

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 21, 2021 19:05

    Ric discusses the Knicks' season-opening double-overtime win against the Boston Celtics and what it revealed about how Coach Tom Thibodeau plans to use his upgraded roster. Support this show http://supporter.acast.com/bucher-and-friends. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    What We Learned On Opening Night

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 20, 2021 15:48

    Ric examines the performances in the Milwaukee Bucks' decisive win over the Brooklyn Nets and the Golden State Warriors out-dueling the Los Angeles Lakers to open the 2021-22 NBA season.Support this show http://supporter.acast.com/bucher-and-friends. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    Best and Worst Bets For The 2022 NBA Awards

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 19, 2021 19:13

    Ric examines the oddsmakers' picks for this season's individual NBA awards -- MVP, Most Improved, etc. -- and analyzes which ones make the most and least sense.Support this show http://supporter.acast.com/bucher-and-friends. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    The Two Teams That Will Meet In The 2022 NBA Finals

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 18, 2021 22:04

    On the eve of the 2021-22 NBA regular season, Ric discusses who his favorites are to meet next June in the Finals.Support this show http://supporter.acast.com/bucher-and-friends. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    Nepotism In The NBA -- It's Everywhere But Is It Wrong?

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 15, 2021 22:19

    Ric discusses Zaire Wade, son of former NBA star Dwyane Wade, signing with the Salt Lake City Stars, the G League affiliate for the Utah Jazz, a team in which his father has an ownership stake.Support this show http://supporter.acast.com/bucher-and-friends. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    Deciphering The Latest Kyrie Irving Machinations

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 14, 2021 21:06

    Ric discusses the reported moves by the Brooklyn Nets involving Kyrie Irving, as well as Irving's latest statements on social media about where he stands and why.Support this show http://supporter.acast.com/bucher-and-friends. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    On The Ball PSA

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 11, 2021 1:37

    Ric explains why he's taking a brief hiatus and will resume recording in a couple of days.Support this show http://supporter.acast.com/bucher-and-friends. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    Why NBA Players Would Risk Jail For A Few Thousand In Insurance Money

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 8, 2021 21:25

    Ric discusses the New York Times' report that 18 former NBA players have been charged with bilking the NBA's health and welfare program for $2.5 million in fictitious medical and dental expenses. Support this show http://supporter.acast.com/bucher-and-friends. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    Being The Best Player On A Bad Team Has Been Good To Bradley Beal

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 7, 2021 17:24

    Ric discusses the validity of Bradley Beal's ranking as the second-best shooting guard in the NBA entering the 2021-22 season. Support this show http://supporter.acast.com/bucher-and-friends. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    It's Past Time For The Nets To Move On

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 6, 2021 17:17

    Ric discusses the ongoing uncertainty surrounding Kyrie Irving's availability for the Brooklyn Nets this season and how that impacts their championship aspirations.Support this show http://supporter.acast.com/bucher-and-friends. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    Things I Love About The NBA Right Now

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 5, 2021 20:37

    Accused by a listener of being too negative, Ric offers a random, off-the-cuff list of things he loves about the NBA. Support this show http://supporter.acast.com/bucher-and-friends. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    Player Empowerment: Is It Making The NBA Better or Worse?

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 4, 2021 21:59

    Ric discusses the seeming uselessness of NBA preseason games and Warriors forward Draymond Green's defense of teammate Andrew Wiggins' short-lived anti-vaccination stand. Support this show http://supporter.acast.com/bucher-and-friends. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    What the Embiid-Simmons Muddle Tells Us About The 76ers

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 2, 2021 23:39

    Ric discusses the discovery by Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid that his fellow All-Star and teammate, Ben Simmons, no longer wants to play with him. Support this show http://supporter.acast.com/bucher-and-friends. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    The Lakers Are Painting The Most Perfect Picture

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 30, 2021 19:21

    Ric discusses comments by Russell Westbrook, Anthony Davis, LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony about how they see their respective talents fitting together in their first season together as Los Angeles Lakers.Support this show http://supporter.acast.com/bucher-and-friends. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    The Truth Just Set Jonathan Isaac and Jason Kidd Free

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 29, 2021 20:20

    Ric finds commonality in Orlando Magic forward Jonathan Isaac's explanation as to why he has declined getting vaccinated and Dallas Mavericks coach Jason Kidd's view of how Mavs star Luka Doncic has to change his game.Support this show http://supporter.acast.com/bucher-and-friends. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    NBA Media Day: Equal Parts Promising and Depressing

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 28, 2021 19:57

    Ric breaks down what he took from comments made on the start of NBA training camp by a variety of stars, including Kawhi Leonard, Zion Williamson, Kyrie Irving, Andrew Wiggins and Bradley Beal.Support this show http://supporter.acast.com/bucher-and-friends. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    What Do NBA Players Want And How Do They Plan To Get It?

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 27, 2021 17:28

    Ric discusses the issue of unvaccinated NBA players on the eve of the 2021-22 season.Support this show http://supporter.acast.com/bucher-and-friends. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    How The NBA Plans To Eliminate Non-Basketball Moves

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 24, 2021 21:19

    Ric discusses what he learned in a call and video session with Monty McCutcheon, the NBA head of referee development and training, about how the league hopes to curb offensive players from launching themselves into defenders to draw fouls. Support this show http://supporter.acast.com/bucher-and-friends. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    Diving Into The Minnesota Timberwolves' Mess & Fighting Revisionist History

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 23, 2021 18:28

    Ric details the dysfunction laid bare by the the Minnesota Timberwolves firing team president Gersson Rosas and balks at revisionist history with both Warriors forward Draymond Green and Pelicans GM David Griffin.Support this show http://supporter.acast.com/bucher-and-friends. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    Why Comparing Draymond Green to Ben Simmons Is An Insult

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 22, 2021 17:54

    Ric discusses comments made by Warriors owner Joe Lacob about the team's interest in Philadelphia 76ers guard Ben Simmons, comparing him to his incumbent defensive star, Draymond Green.Support this show http://supporter.acast.com/bucher-and-friends. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    A Dose Of Reality For Both Ted Lasso And The Warriors

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 21, 2021 18:56

    Ric discusses his disappointment in Season 2 of the comedy series, "Ted Lasso," and the sobering announcement from the Warriors on the status of Klay Thompson and James Wiseman.Support this show http://supporter.acast.com/bucher-and-friends. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    Why Moving Ben Simmons May Take Longer Than Expected

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 20, 2021 19:39

    Ric examines the dynamics facing the Philadelphia 76ers in moving disgruntled point guard Ben Simmons, along with the video clip of star Kawhi Leonard looking unhappy at the ground-breaking ceremony for the Los Angeles Clippers' new arena.Support this show http://supporter.acast.com/bucher-and-friends. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

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