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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


    • Jul 1, 2022 LATEST EPISODE
    • weekdays NEW EPISODES
    • 29m AVG DURATION
    • 380 EPISODES

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    Why Kevin Durant Wants Out

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 1, 2022 21:28

    Ric discusses Kevin Durant's reported request that the Brooklyn Nets trade him.Support this show http://supporter.acast.com/bucher-and-friends. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    Thoughts on Banchero Going No. 1 and Rookies Going at LeBron

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 26, 2022 22:03

    Ric discusses the Orlando Magic making Duke forward Paolo Banchero the No. 1 pick and two draft picks -- Jaden Ivey and Bennedict Mathurin -- challenging LeBron James.Support this show http://supporter.acast.com/bucher-and-friends. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    Steph Curry: Overrated, Under-appreciated or ?

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 17, 2022 26:32

    Ric discusses the perception of Steph Curry before and after his performance in the 2022 NBA Finals.Support this show http://supporter.acast.com/bucher-and-friends. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    The Boston Celtics' Missing Piece

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 15, 2022 26:36

    Ric examines why the Boston Celtics find themselves on the brink of elimination from the NBA Finals.Support this show http://supporter.acast.com/bucher-and-friends. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    No Easy Answers for Steve Kerr and the Warriors

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 10, 2022 18:50

    Ric discusses the criticism of Coach Steve Kerr's player rotations in the NBA Finals.Support this show http://supporter.acast.com/bucher-and-friends. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    The Warriors Need to get Honest with Themselves

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 4, 2022 20:17

    Ric examines the Golden State Warriors' comments after their Game 1 loss in the NBA Finals to the Boston Celtics.Support this show http://supporter.acast.com/bucher-and-friends. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    Preview and Predictions for Game 1 of the NBA Finals

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 2, 2022 18:57

    Ric shares his expectations for the NBA Finals between the Golden State Warriors and Boston Celtics.Support this show http://supporter.acast.com/bucher-and-friends. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    Biggest Takeaways from Celtics-Heat Game 7

    Play Episode Listen Later May 30, 2022 24:16

    Ric discusses all that transpired as the Boston Celtics beat the Miami Heat for the Eastern Conference Finals' title. Support this show http://supporter.acast.com/bucher-and-friends. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    Making Sense of the Celtics-Heat Series

    Play Episode Listen Later May 27, 2022 20:52

    Ric examines the dramatic swings in the first five games of the Eastern Conference Finals and what they portend for who will face the Golden State Warriors in the NBA Finals.Support this show http://supporter.acast.com/bucher-and-friends. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    The Mavericks Learned a Lesson

    Play Episode Listen Later May 25, 2022 30:01

    Ric examines how the Dallas Mavericks avoided a sweep in the Western Conference Finals with a Game 4 win and a troubling trend extended by the Golden State Warriors in the loss.Support this show http://supporter.acast.com/bucher-and-friends. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    Messages to Harden and Kyrie Are Far Different

    Play Episode Listen Later May 23, 2022 20:48

    Ric discusses the offseason contract decisions faced by the 76ers and Nets about James Harden and Kyrie Irving.Support this show http://supporter.acast.com/bucher-and-friends. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    Bucks and Suns: Why They Fell, Where They Go From Here

    Play Episode Listen Later May 16, 2022 19:30

    Ric discusses the Game 7 results that saw the Boston Celtics defeat the Milwaukee Bucks and the Dallas Mavericks upset the Phoenix Suns.Support this show http://supporter.acast.com/bucher-and-friends. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    What Happened to the NBA's Anti-Flopping Crusade?

    Play Episode Listen Later May 11, 2022 21:44

    Ric discusses how embellishing physical contact in the NBA, one something the league vowed to penalize, is now being rewarded.Support this show http://supporter.acast.com/bucher-and-friends. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    Draymond & Dillon: Cut from the Same Cloth

    Play Episode Listen Later May 5, 2022 23:13

    Ric examines the circumstances leading to the flagrant fouls and ejections of Draymond Green and Dillon Brooks in the first two games of the Warriors-Grizzlies second-round playoff series.Support this show http://supporter.acast.com/bucher-and-friends. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    Doc Rivers: The Ultimate Survivor

    Play Episode Listen Later May 2, 2022 20:54

    Ric examines the career of Philadelphia 76ers coach Doc Rivers and his relationship with the media.Support this show http://supporter.acast.com/bucher-and-friends. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    Lessons Learned from the Nets' Early Exit

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 29, 2022 28:59

    Ric examines the dynamics that led to the Brooklyn Nets being swept out of the playoffs by the Boston Celtics.Support this show http://supporter.acast.com/bucher-and-friends. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    MJ-Pippen vs. LeBron-Wade vs. KD-Kyrie

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 23, 2022 20:08

    Ric reacts to recent remarks by Hall of Fame G-F Tracy McGrady about the most skilled pair of teammates in league history.Support this show http://supporter.acast.com/bucher-and-friends. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    One Last Look at You Know Who and the Scoring Title Race

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 19, 2022 19:06

    Ric examines, for the last time, whether or not LeBron James made scoring a priority this season at the expense of being his overall best for the Lakers.Support this show http://supporter.acast.com/bucher-and-friends. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    The Memphis Grizzlies are in Uncharted Territory

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 18, 2022 16:58

    Ric examines how and why the Minnesota Timberwolves upset the Memphis Grizzlies in Game 1 of their first-round series.Support this show http://supporter.acast.com/bucher-and-friends. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    The Russell Westbrook Destination That Makes Sense

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 14, 2022 20:23

    Ric discusses trade rumors involving Lakers guard Russell Westbrook.Support this show http://supporter.acast.com/bucher-and-friends. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    The Difference Between Joel and Giannis

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 11, 2022 24:59

    Ric discusses recent comments by two of the top MVP candidates, Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid and Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo.Support this show http://supporter.acast.com/bucher-and-friends. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    Takeaways from last week's KD-Giannis Battle

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 2, 2022 24:47

    Ric discusses what we learned from watching Kevin Durant and Giannis Antetokounmpo battle in the Milwaukee Bucks' overtime win against the Brooklyn Nets.Support this show http://supporter.acast.com/bucher-and-friends. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    Ja Morant and the NBA MVP Race

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 1, 2022 20:52

    Ric discusses whether or not Memphis Grizzlies guard Ja Morant deserves consideration as the NBA's Most Valuable Player. Support this show http://supporter.acast.com/bucher-and-friends. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    Latest Overblown Outrage: All-NBA Selection Process

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 30, 2022 25:01

    Ric discusses complaints that Nikola Jokic or Joel Embiid, both MVP candidates, could potentially miss out on first-team All-NBA honors.Support this show http://supporter.acast.com/bucher-and-friends. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    What Prompted the Miami Heat Squabble and What It Means

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 28, 2022 21:38

    Ric discusses what caused the in-game shouting match between Heat coach Erik Spoelstra, star guard Jimmy Butler and veteran Udonis Haslem and the potential repercussions.Support this show http://supporter.acast.com/bucher-and-friends. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    Is LeBron James Still a Top 10 Player?

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 25, 2022 16:32

    Ric examines where LeBron James stands currently among the NBA's best all-around players.Support this show http://supporter.acast.com/bucher-and-friends. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    Paralysis By Analysis

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 22, 2022 21:11

    Ric examines commentary on the reason for Golden State Warriors' Steph Curry's injury involving Boston Celtics guard Marcus Smart.Support this show http://supporter.acast.com/bucher-and-friends. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    Player-hatin' Players

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 16, 2022 23:08

    Ric discusses recent disparaging comments by Los Angeles Lakers big man Anthony Davis about the Phoenix Suns and by former Boston Celtics forward Paul Pierce about Philadelphia 76ers guard James Harden.Support this show http://supporter.acast.com/bucher-and-friends. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    What We've Learned about the 76ers So Far

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 14, 2022 16:40

    Ric examines the Philadelphia 76ers' eight games since acquiring star guard James Harden, including the root of their disappointing performance against Harden's former team, the Brooklyn Nets.Support this show http://supporter.acast.com/bucher-and-friends. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    Being Sensitive Is Completely Off-Brand for Russell Westbrook

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 10, 2022 25:35

    Ric discusses complaints by Lakers point guard Russell Westbrook and his wife Nina that being taunted by fans and media for his struggles on the court are affecting their family off of it.Support this show http://supporter.acast.com/bucher-and-friends. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    Can Ja Morant Be The Next Face of the NBA?

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 7, 2022 18:19

    Ric discusses Memphis Grizzlies' star point guard Ja Morant's path to becoming the next face of the NBA.Support this show http://supporter.acast.com/bucher-and-friends. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    Why Steph Curry is Not the Face of the NBA (Which Is Too Bad)

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 1, 2022 21:35

    Ric discusses who is and has been -- and maybe will be -- the face of the NBA.Support this show http://supporter.acast.com/bucher-and-friends. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    Zion is Latest Proof that Being a No. 1 Pick Requires More Than Talent

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 24, 2022 21:47

    Ric examines the last decade of NBA drafts, the No. 1 picks in each and their readiness to handle all that comes with being taken first.Support this show http://supporter.acast.com/bucher-and-friends. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    The LeBron-Bronny Package Deal

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 21, 2022 19:29

    Ric discusses LeBron James' announcement that he will sign with whichever NBA team acquires his son, Bronny.Support this show http://supporter.acast.com/bucher-and-friends. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    Deciphering the Harden and Simmons Press Conferences

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 18, 2022 23:17

    Ric examines what James Harden and Ben Simmons said at their first press conferences since being traded for each other by the Philadelphia 76ers and Brooklyn Nets.Support this show http://supporter.acast.com/bucher-and-friends. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    The Difference Between Ben Simmons and James Harden

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 15, 2022 19:41

    Ric discusses the events that led to the James Harden-Ben Simmons trade.Support this show http://supporter.acast.com/bucher-and-friends. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    Discovering the Joy and Sorrow of Being a Fan

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 14, 2022 17:57

    Ric discusses what he discovered about being a fan rooting for his hometown Cincinnati Bengals in Super Bowl LVI.Support this show http://supporter.acast.com/bucher-and-friends. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    A Better Time and Deal for the 76ers to get James Harden

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 11, 2022 19:06

    Ric examines the blockbuster Ben Simmons-James Harden trade between the Philadelphia 76ers and Brooklyn Nets.Support this show http://supporter.acast.com/bucher-and-friends. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    The Lakers and Nets Have Killed The Big Three Myth

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 10, 2022 17:10

    Ric examines the state of the Lakers and Nets with their trios of stars and why they don't compare to previous star-laden championship teams.Support this show http://supporter.acast.com/bucher-and-friends. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    Clippers and Blazers Headed In Opposite Directions

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 8, 2022 22:16

    Ric examines the five-player trade between the Los Angeles Clippers and Portland Trail Blazers last week that not only reflects where they are this season but where they are as organizations.Support this show http://supporter.acast.com/bucher-and-friends. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    Making Sense of Trade Rumors and No Suns All-Star Starters

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 4, 2022 18:10

    Ric sorts through the latest trade deadline rumors and complaints that the Phoenix Suns do not have a starter in the upcoming All-Star Game despite having the league's best record.Support this show http://supporter.acast.com/bucher-and-friends. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    The Otherness Of Giannis Antetokounmpo

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 2, 2022 22:50

    Ric examines what makes Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo an atypical superstar and how that may be why fans and his peers don't appreciate him as much as they should.Support this show http://supporter.acast.com/bucher-and-friends. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    How Tom Brady's Retirement Decision Impacts LeBron James

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 31, 2022 20:18

    Ric examines the longevity goals of quarterback Tom Brady and the NBA's LeBron James and how Brady's reported retirement exposes the dilemma James will soon face -- if he isn't facing it already.Support this show http://supporter.acast.com/bucher-and-friends. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    Good Vs. Evil: The Grayson Allen-Alex Caruso Story

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 28, 2022 25:31

    Ric examines Bucks guard Grayson Allen's flagrant foul on Bulls guard Alex Caruso and how their images and reputations informed the public and media reaction to it.Support this show http://supporter.acast.com/bucher-and-friends. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    LeBron and His Non-Pursuit of the All-Time Scoring Record

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 25, 2022 17:00

    Ric discusses comments made by Steph Curry about his recent shooting struggles and LeBron James on his recent shooting excellence.Support this show http://supporter.acast.com/bucher-and-friends. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    A Tale of Two Coaches

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 24, 2022 24:46

    Ric discusses back-to-back losses by the Lakers and Warriors to the Indiana Pacers and how their treatment points up the impossible position Lakers coach Frank Vogel finds himself. Support this show http://supporter.acast.com/bucher-and-friends. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    The Challenge -- and Solution -- to Ranking Kyrie Irving as a Point Guard

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 19, 2022 25:05

    Ric discusses recent comments by several notable NBA players touting Kyrie Irving as one of the all-time great point guards in the history of the league.Support this show http://supporter.acast.com/bucher-and-friends. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    A Shortage of All Stars

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 18, 2022 23:48

    Ric reveals his 10 All-Star starters and discusses the challenge facing NBA coaches in filling out the remaining 14 roster spots this season.Support this show http://supporter.acast.com/bucher-and-friends. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    Is There Reason To Worry About Steph Curry?

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 7, 2022 22:59

    Ric discusses superstar guard Steph Curry's recent shooting slump and what it means for the Golden State Warriors.Support this show http://supporter.acast.com/bucher-and-friends. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    Kyrie Irving Returns

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 6, 2022 26:16

    Ric discusses Kyrie Irving's first game this season and what it means for the Brooklyn Nets going forward.Support this show http://supporter.acast.com/bucher-and-friends. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

    There's Something Special Going On In Chicago

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 4, 2022 28:40

    Ric discusses the Chicago Bulls' rise to the top of the Eastern Conference.Support this show http://supporter.acast.com/bucher-and-friends. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

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