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Hosted by Andrew Sharp and Ben Golliver, SI’s Open Floor podcast brings you breakdowns of the biggest news, moves and more from around the NBA.

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    Disappointing Nets, Rising Bulls, & Positionless Lineups

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 25, 2021 73:49

    On today's episode, Michael and Chris break down the first power ranking of the season. Which team has been the most disappointing? Which undefeated team is for real? Who's the best team in the league? They then have a discussion about the best positionless lineups in the league, and which player (current or retired) could best lead them down a Youtube rabbit hole.  Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com

    Our Top 5 Players Ever & Beginning of Season Breakdown

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 22, 2021 72:43

    On today's episode, Michael and Chris talk about the NBA's Top 75 team and rank their five best players of all time. Then it's a breakdown of Thursday night's doubleheader (Warriors-Clippers, Hawks-Mavericks), a conversation about when Frank Vogel should bring Russell Westbrook off the bench, Knicks praise, and more! Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com

    NBA Potluck Season Preview Extravaganza (Western Conference)

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 18, 2021 81:31

    On today's episode, Michael, Rohan, and Chris Herring are joined by Sports Illustrated Senior writers Howard Beck and Chris Mannix to preview the Western Conference! Can the Lakers miss the playoffs? Are the Nuggets contenders? Will Ja Morant make the All-Star team? Who's the best player in the conference right now? All that and more, before tomorrow's Part II over on The Crossover podcast's feed, where the five SI writers break down the East.  Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com

    Worst NBA Trends & Our Surprise Teams

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 15, 2021 79:11

    In today's episode, Michael and Rohan open up the mailbag and discuss annoying coaching trends, teams that will surprise people for the better (Sacramento?), the one GM who's the best drafter in the league, and, of course, horror movies.  Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com

    Kyrie & Simmons Saga's Continue, Best Five Man Lineups

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 11, 2021 73:07

    In today's episode, Michael and Chris discuss the latest developments with Kyrie Irving and Ben Simmons (including a brief discussion on why they haven't been traded for each other yet), and then open up the mailbag to talk about 5-man units they can't wait to see, and active players who can potentially crack all-time Top 10 conversations.  Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com

    Answering the NBA's Annual GM Survey

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 8, 2021 71:35

    On today's episode, Michael and Chris open up the mailbag to answer a couple questions before diving into the NBA's annual GM survey, including who is most likely to have a breakout season, this years MVP, the 2022 NBA Finals winner, and the one player you would sign if you were starting an NBA franchise today (Spoiler: the Celtics will be the best defensive team in the league) Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com

    Best In Their Prime Teams & Ranking Rebuilds

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 5, 2021 73:42

    In today's episode, Michael and Rohan open up the mailbag and wonder if the Portland Trail Blazers are better than everybody thinks they'll be, discuss which team would be the best if every player on it were in their prime, debate Trae Young vs. Bradley Beal, and rank the NBA's current rebuilds. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com

    Lakers Roster Questions & NBA Star Sustainability

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 1, 2021 77:10

    In today's episode, Michael and Rohan break down interesting developments with the Lakers, Thad Young's future, and what exactly is sustainable going into this upcoming NBA season! Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com

    NBA'S Anti-Vax Issue, Zion's Perfect Lineup

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 28, 2021 68:12

    In today's episode, Michael and Rohan discuss the NBA's anti-vaccination problem, why the regular season isn't appreciated like it should be, what the perfect lineup around Zion Williamson would look like, Ja Morant's apparently controversial ranking on SI's Top 100 list, and Michael's new magazine feature about Karl-Anthony Towns Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com

    Ranking The Top 100 Players (31-1)

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 24, 2021 68:47

    On today's episode, Michael is joined by SI staff writer Jeremy Woo to break down the rest of Sports Illustrated's Top 100 list! They get into KD vs. Giannis vs. LeBron, whether Trae Young is too high, if Zion Williamson is too low, why Carmelo Anthony was never considered (sorry Melo!) and so much more Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com

    Ranking The Top 100 Players (100-50)

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 21, 2021 73:37

    In today's episode, Rohan and Michael introduce the first half of Sports Illustrated's Top 100! They explain how the list was put together, break down snubs and players they wish were higher or lower, debate which fanbase will be the most upset, and so much more! Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com

    Aaron Gordon's Extension & Predictable Kyrie Rumors

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 17, 2021 65:29

    In today's episode, Rohan takes over hosting duties and is joined by The Ringer's Paolo Uggetti. They settle the 1-on-1 debate tearing apart the Open Floor family, discuss the Aaron Gordon extension, look back on the LA basketball rivalry that never happened, and ruminate on the latest round of Kyrie Irving rumors.  Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com

    1-on-1 Debate Debacle Fallout, Draft Re-Do's

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 14, 2021 69:58

    In today's episode, Michael and Chris open up the mailbag to discuss the fallout from last week's 1-on-1 debate (Kevin Garnett forever), then re-do the 2016 and 2017 NBA drafts!  Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com

    The History of NBA Tanking w/ Jake Fischer

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 10, 2021 57:55

    In today's episode, Michael welcomes special guest Jake Fischer to the show! They discuss his wonderful new NBA book "Built to Lose: How the NBA's Tanking Era Changed the League Forever", Ben Simmons trade rumors, the Brooklyn Nets, and so much more! Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com

    A Heated Hypothetical 1 on 1 Debate

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 7, 2021 66:32

    In today's episode, Michael and Rohan open up the mailbag to discuss who they think would win a hypothetical 1 on 1 tournament, why Uncut Gems is in fact a basketball movie, whether the Bulls would be better off with Zach LaVine or Ben Simmons, and so much more! Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com

    Ben Simmons Saga Continues, Unpredictable Teams

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 3, 2021 76:51

    In today's episode, Michael and Chris unpack new developments in the Ben Simmons saga, including a closer look at which team he will be on when the season begins. They then open the mailbag up and answer a few questions about the Spurs, this upcoming season's least predictable teams, Anthony Davis, and more!  Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com

    More Offseason Trades & The Best Basketball Movies

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 31, 2021 73:19

    In today's episode, Michael and Rohan break down the Lauri Markkanen three-team trade before they open up the mailbag to rank their all-time favorite basketball-related movies, explain why the Mavericks should (or shouldn't?) be urgent building around Luka Doncic, and so much more! Send your questions in to OpenFloorMail@gmail.com Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com

    Mailbag Ep: Fave Starting Lineups & AD vs. Giannis

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 27, 2021 73:23

    In today's episode, Michael and Rohan hit the mailbag! They talk about the C- grade Michael gave the Lakers in his most recent offseason report card column (available to read on SI.com), what some of their favorite starting lineups for the upcoming season might look like, why Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum didn't crack their top 10 dynamic duo rankings, whether the media needs to put more pressure on Denver to trade for another star, the similarities and differences between Anthony Davis and Giannis Antetokounmpo, and so much more! Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com

    MVP Betting Odds: Long Shots to Sure Things

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 24, 2021 89:41


    In today's episode, Michael and Chris take a long look at the 2021-22 season's MVP race, using the latest betting odds in Las Vegas to frame their discussion. Would you rather have Giannis Antetokounmpo at +800 or Chris Paul at +10000? Why are Russell Westbrook's odds so high? And why is this Jayson Tatum's race to lose? Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com


    Christmas Schedule Disappointment & KD's Lasting Legacy

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 20, 2021 75:26

    In today's episode, Michael and Chris break down the Christmas Day schedule, debate which teams have a right to feel disrespected by the release, digress into a deep conversation about whether Kevin Durant could ever be seen as LeBron James' equal, and more! Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com

    Top Ten Best NBA duos

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 17, 2021 81:24

    On today's episode, Michael and Rohan quickly break down the Eric Bledsoe/Rajon Rondo/Patrick Beverley trade, answer an email from a listener who's particularly down on the Golden State Warriors, and rank the 10 best duos in the NBA! Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com

    Ranking The Western Conference Standings

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 13, 2021 77:30

    In today's episode, Michael and Rohan power ranked the Western Conference! They agreed on just about nothing, especially when it comes to the Lakers, Jazz, and Warriors.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    Ranking The Eastern Conference Standings

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 10, 2021 79:30

    In today's episode, Michael and Chris predict the Eastern Conference standings for the 2021-22 NBA season! Every team, from 15 down to 1.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    Offense Obsessed Lakers & Celtics Slow Start

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 6, 2021 70:30

    On today's show, Michael and Chris break down a whole bunch of free agency news, including the Celtics' slow offseason, the Lakers deciding to abandon defense, whether the Nets have lengthened their talent gap on everybody else, Spencer Dinwiddie's fit with Bradley Beal, an apology to the Knicks, and so much more! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    Winners (And a Lot of Losers) of NBA Free Agency

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 3, 2021 71:20

    On today's episode, Michael and Rohan each give their 3 biggest winners and 3 biggest losers for Day 1 of the NBA's silly season. What are the Lakers and Knicks doing? Can the Heat win the title? Which unsigned free agent should you be following closest? All that and more on our free agency megapod! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    NBA Draft Breakdown w/ Jeremy Woo

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 30, 2021 68:24

    Rohan and SI's NBA draft insider Jeremy Woo break down the big trade that sent Russell Westbrook to the Lakers, the big winners & losers of the draft, and the surprising picks from one of the deepest drafts in recent years Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    The Making of an Improbable MVP w/ Marin Fader

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 27, 2021 62:12

    On today's episode, Chris is joined by Ringer feature writer and author Mirin Fader, who has an upcoming biography on two-time MVP and now Finals MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo. They talk about the incredible odds he and his family have overcome, how and why he began to see himself differently after a couple years in Milwaukee, and what we're likely to see from him now that he's an NBA champion with an even bigger platform. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    Mega Crossover NBA Finals Recap

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 21, 2021 82:57


    On today's episode, Michael and Chris are joined by Rohan and special guest, Sports Illustrated Senior Writer Howard Beck, who also co-hosts SI's Crossover NBA Show. The guys talk about the Finals, Giannis Antetokounmpo's place in history, super teams, Chris Paul's future, whether Mike Budenholzer should retire on top, and so much more! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices


    A Game Five Instant Classic & Team USA Drama

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 19, 2021 68:01

    In today's episode, Michael and Rohan open up the mailbag to discuss Team USA drama and Kawhi Leonard's ACL surgery before a deep NBA Finals dive. Game 5 was another classic. Can the Suns tie it up Tuesday night? Keep the emails coming to OpenFloorMail@Gmail.com! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    An Instant Finals Classic & Giannis' Impossible Block

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 15, 2021 74:02

    On today's show, Michael and Chris break down Game 4, an absolute and instant Finals classic that was packed with memorable moments, from Giannis' brilliant block to Devin Booker's foul to all the excellent shot making Khris Middleton (and Booker) had throughout the contest to Chris Paul's costly turnovers. This was the best Finals game since...? Let us know what you think! OpenFloorMail@gmail.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    Giannis Turn Superhuman, Top 5 Individual Finals Performances

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 12, 2021 75:09

    In today's episode, Michael and Rohan break down Game 3 of the NBA Finals and wonder if there are any adjustments the Suns can make to slow down Giannis Antetokounmpo. Speaking of Giannis, in his honor they then list the top 5 individual Finals performances that they've ever seen. If you have any thoughts on this series, our great Finals performance rankings, or Rohan's favorite sandwich, Email the show at OpenFloorMail@Gmail.com! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    Suns Stars Do It All & Giannis' Willis Reed Moment

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 8, 2021 72:51


    In today's episode, Michael and Chris open up the mailbag and answer a few big-picture questions about the NBA playoffs before taking a deep dive into the series. How can Milwaukee slow down Chris Paul? Will Jrue Holiday bounce back? Can Giannis play mega minutes? All that and so much more. If you have any questions and want us to read them on the show, shoot us an e-mail at OpenFloorMail@Gmail.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices


    Jrue Holiday the Deity & Atlanta's Spending Problems

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 6, 2021 58:01

    On today's episode, Michael and Rohan take a look back at Atlanta's magical season and wonder if they need to consolidate some of their young pieces in order to make a stronger Finals run in the future. They also...PREVIEW THE FINALS by asking each other 3 critical questions about the Bucks-Suns series that nobody saw coming. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    We Celebrate All Things CP3 (And Are Crushed Over Giannis)

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 1, 2021 76:07

    In today's episode, Michael and Chris celebrate Chris Paul's greatness from multiple angles, wonder if Kawhi Leonard will stay in Los Angeles, think about the significance of a potential Hawks-Suns matchup, and, in the spirit of Paul finally making the Finals, list a few players they most want to see in the championship before their careers are over. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    Totally Plausible Lillard Trades, Bucks Operate At 100%

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 28, 2021 70:07

    In today's episode, Michael and Rohan recap Hawks-Bucks, discuss Portland's controversial Chauncey Billups hire, and give several of their favorite hypothetical Dame Lillard trades  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    NBA Draft Lottery Winners, Team USA's Roster, & The Conference Finals

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 24, 2021 74:31

    On today's episode, Michael and Chris give their NBA lottery winners and losers, question Team USA's roster, answer a few more emails about the Sixers (should they trade Embiid instead?), and break down the excellent conference finals that are taking place. (Hawks in 7) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    The Jazz Fizzle Out & Ben Simmons Future

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 22, 2021 54:33


    Mannix and Beck dive into a disappointing finish in Utah (with an assist from The Athletic's Tony Jones), Ben Simmons's future in Philadelphia, a housecleaning in Dallas, Brad Stevens makes his first big trade, why Stan Van Gundy failed in New Orleans and more. Subscribe, rate and review on Apple Podcasts, Spotify or wherever you download podcasts.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices


    What Happens To Ben Simmons?, Conference Finals Live Draft

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 21, 2021 80:31

    In today's episode, Michael and Rohan discuss where Utah and Brooklyn go from here, Ben Simmons' trade value (including a few hypothetical partners to get a deal done), and Kemba Walker's exit from Boston. Then, they preview the conference finals with a special live draft, where they each select their own starting lineups from the players who are still competing. Let us know whose team is better! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    Sixers Epic Collapse, Top Five All Time Playoff Performances

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 17, 2021 76:58

    In today's episode, Michael and Chris recap Philadelphia's epic Game 5 meltdown against the Hawks, discuss how injuries are impacting the NBA playoffs, and go over several coach/executive firings from earlier in the week. THEN, in honor of Kevin Durant's magical Game 5 performance on Tuesday night, the guys rank their five favorite individual performances. Who's number one? LeBron? Durant? Listen in and find out! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    Breaking Down Game 6 of the 2013 Finals w/ Chris Bosh

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 16, 2021 51:11


    On a special edition of Open Floor, Rohan and two-time NBA champion Chris Bosh dive deep into one of Chris's favorite games from his career: Game 6 of the 2013 Finals. They discuss Tim Duncan's brilliance, the pressure facing the Heat's Big Three, how much the NBA has changed since, and much more. Rohan also asks Chris about his new book, Letters to a Young Athlete. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices


    Bucks Even w/ Nets, Nuggets Roster Questions, Suns Complete Sweep

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 14, 2021 54:24

    In today's episode of Open Floor, Michael Pina and Rohan Nadkarni discuss the fallout of Game 4 between the Nets and Bucks, including how Kyrie Irving's injury affects the series moving forward, Milwaukee's frustrating offense, and if Mike Budenholzer is the League Pass of NBA coaches. They also ruminate on the end of the Nuggets' season and what they should do to the roster this summer, and what the Suns' performance in the playoffs means so far. Michael also takes a gratuitous shot at Rohan's clothing decisions.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    Jokic A Single MVP Winner?, Power Ranking The Remaining Teams

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 10, 2021 75:40

    In today's episode, Michael and Chris answer a few listener emails about Nikola Jokic's chance of winning multiple MVP awards, along with a few interesting fake trades. From there, in honor of how unpredictable these playoffs feel, they power rank the remaining eight playoff teams from least to most likely to win it all.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    Mavs/Clips End Battle, Porzingis Trades, Bucks/Nets Underway

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 7, 2021 66:26

    In today's episode, Michael and Rohan went deep on the instant classic Mavs-Clippers series and talked about where each organization goes from here. What did we learn about Dallas as they try to build an actual contender around Luka? Will they trade Kristaps Porzingis? Where? And how will the small Clippers fare against Rudy Gobert's Utah Jazz in the second round? From there they discussed James Harden's hamstring, Mike Budenholzer's increasingly questionable decisions, and whether Trae Young has become the best player in Atlanta's matchup against the Sixers. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    Suns Beat L.A., Should Portland Blow It Up?, & Beal To Boston??

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 4, 2021 76:45

    In today's episode, Michael and Chris look at what went wrong for the Lakers, Anthony Davis' decision to play while injured in Game 6, why it's so hard to picture the Suns actually winning the championship even though they're clear title contenders, why the Blazers are positioned to blow everything up, the (new) Brad Stevens' era in Boston, and rapid fire questions to preview Bucks/Nets—which may be the real NBA Finals. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    Bucks Embarrass Heat, Nets Look Unstoppable, How Good are the Hawks?

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 1, 2021 63:38

    In today's episode, Michael and Rohan discuss the impact injuries are having on the NBA playoffs, whether the Miami Heat can get back to the Finals with Jimmy Butler on their roster, if the Brooklyn Nets are officially the most unstoppable offense in NBA history, if the Atlanta Hawks can (gasp) reach the conference finals, and who they'd rather build a team around if given the chance: Trae Young or Ja Morant? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    Fan Unruliness, Luke May Be Unstoppable, & First Round Disappointments

    Play Episode Listen Later May 27, 2021 54:55

    On today's episode of Open Floor, Michael and Chris discuss unruly fans, the struggling Clippers, how Kawhi Leonard's free agency may be impacted if Los Angeles is eliminated in Round 1, Nate McMillan vs. himself, which players have disappointed them the most so far in these playoffs, and more! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    The Playoffs Are Finally Underway

    Play Episode Listen Later May 24, 2021 63:40


    In today's episode, Michael Pina welcomes his (other) new co-host, Sports Illustrated staff writer Rohan Nadkarni to the show! The two recap several games from the weekend, and ask how concerned the Lakers, Suns (get better, Chris Paul!), Heat, Jazz, and Clippers should really be as they approach Game 2. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices


    Wizards Win Their Way In, Lakers Still Contending, & The Best Playoff Matchups

    Play Episode Listen Later May 21, 2021 75:21

    In today's episode, Michael Pina welcomes his new co-host, Sports Illustrated Senior Writer Chris Herring to the show! The two talk play-in developments—the punchy Wizards, whether or not they still believe the Lakers should be considered a contender, and what's next for the Pacers—before previewing the NBA playoffs with a discussion around the series and matchups they're most looking forward to.   Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    Ten questions about LeBron vs. Steph, the play-in & the 2021 playoffs

    Play Episode Listen Later May 18, 2021 71:38


    Ben Golliver and Michael Pina wrap up a wild final weekend of the regular season by asking 10 questions about the upcoming play-in tournament and playoffs. As teams jockeyed for seeds down the stretch, did any cross the line and anger the basketball gods? Which play-in teams were the biggest winners and losers once the dust settled? Does a match-up between LeBron James and Stephen Curry guarantee that the play-in will be back next year? Are the Boston Celtics ready to head to Cancun? Of the teams that barely missed out on the play-in, which was the saddest? What are the best and worst first-round match-ups that have already been set? Note: This was Ben's last episode as co-host of Open Floor. Ben will continue podcasting about the NBA. For more information, visit www.greatestofalltalk.com. More details about what's next for Open Floor will come later this week. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices


    Playoff Pressure Check & Show Announcement

    Play Episode Listen Later May 14, 2021 70:29


    Ben Golliver and Michael Pina open by discussing the excellent feedback for Michael's SI Daily Cover story about Spurs guard Dejounte Murray. Then, they make a major show announcement: Ben will be stepping down on May 17 after a five-year run as co-host of "Open Floor." From there, Ben and Michael look ahead to the upcoming 2021 NBA playoffs by ranking which star players are facing the most pressure. Does any player need to win a title more than James Harden? Can Giannis Antetokounmpo's reputation survive another early exit? How far do the 76ers need to advance before Joel Embiid starts to be labeled as a postseason underachiever? What has Kawhi Leonard done for us lately? Are Rudy Gobert and the Utah Jazz about to run head first into a referendum?  Note: Ben will continue podcasting about the NBA. For more information, visit www.greatestofalltalk.com. For comments, questions and concerns about Ben's departure, please email openfloormail@gmail.com. More details about what's next for Open Floor will be released next week. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices


    Luka's temper, Zion's finger & All-NBA backlash

    Play Episode Listen Later May 11, 2021 67:09


    Ben Golliver and Michael Pina open by discussing Luka Doncic's attempted low blow on Collin Sexton. Is Doncic's temper becoming a problem and does an unsportsmanlike act like that change how we should view a player? Then, a discussion of Pelicans executive David Griffin's rigorous defense of Zion Williamson after the second-year star broke his finger. Were the NBA's referees really to blame for the injury and did Griffin deserve to be fined? From there, the guys preview Michael's piece on Spurs guard Dejounte Murray and then dig into responses to their All-NBA debates from last week. Was Russell Westbrook snubbed? Should Ben be judged for listing Joel Embiid at forward? Is Michael a LeBron James hater? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices


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