The Baseline is a weekly NBA podcast hosted by Cal "GameFace" Lee and NBA journalist Warren Shaw. They provide a unique perspective on trades, matchups, analytics and the business of the NBA with special guests and insiders from the association. The Baseline is your go-to podcast for everything happening in and around the NBA.
This week, Shaw, Jabari and Cal give their Week 1 impressions of the games played. We also tackle the current health status on Ben Simmons and Zion Williamson and whether this will impact the team down any more than it already has. We air out our grievances on the NBA 75th Anniversary List andWe try to sort out the Sordid Sarver Emails.Download and Discuss with Us!Support for The Baseline NBA Podcast is brought to you by MANSCAPED™, who is the best in men's below-the-waist grooming champions of the world. Join over 2 million men worldwide who trust MANSCAPED™, with this exclusive offer for you…20% off and free worldwide shipping with the code: Baseline at MANSCAPED.com
MANSCAPED Presents: The Baseline NBA PodcastCal, Warren and Jabari are back with you to discuss the latest news and notes from around the NBA surrounding the Brooklyn Nets and Kyrie's status, Ben Simmons ending his holdout in Philly, Zion's availability to start the season, Klay's return and more before wrapping the show with your mailbag questions!Support for The Baseline NBA Podcast is brought to you by MANSCAPED™, who is the best in men's below-the-waist grooming champions of the world. Join over 2 million men worldwide who trust MANSCAPED™, with this exclusive offer for you…20% off and free worldwide shipping with the code: Baseline at MANSCAPED.com
Warren and Jabari headline an awesome panel to discuss and predicts End-of-Year winners for the 2021-22 NBA Awards. Can't miss convo with your favorite crew's selections of who is hoisting hardware by the season's end. Download and Discuss with Us!
As we continue our preview of the Western Conference Shaw, JD and Cal pick the over/under win totals for each team out of the West. Find out who will thrive and who will dive this upcoming season. Download and Discuss with US!
Our annual Conference Preview is up and its so hot that it might get you Tiered up the way our hosts break down the West. Who are our picks to come out the conference, who is poised to make the biggest leap. Who are the lottery teams?We cover em all. Download and Discuss with Us!
As we start to inch closer to the start of the 2021-22 season we dive into the following nba news this week:Kawhi Leonard could return this seasonClippers to build a new arena Intuit DomeTeam USA seeking a new head coach John Wall/Eric Gordon ready for a change and a ticket out of Houston - Dante Exum resigns Frank Nitlikina signs with the MavsZach LaVine hoping to extend in Chicago We also continue our discussion on guys who believe need some Hoops Redemption- Kemba Walker - Julius Randle - Jaren Jackson Download and Discuss with Us!
This week Dem Boys discuss:-9.11 Weekend and 20th Anniversary of WTC Attacks-Lakers trade Marc Gasol to the Grizzlies-Denzel Valentine and Alize Johnson sign 2-year deals with Bulls-Nets sign Paul Millsap and LaMarcus Aldridge -Hall of Fame ceremony reaction Hoops Redemption- -Anthony Davis-Ben Simmons -Kristaps Porzingis
This week we cover a litany of topics: -Coach Mike Budenholzer extension -Nerlens Noel suing Rich Paul/Zach LaVine signs with Rich Paul-ESPN - Rachel Nichols FallOut-Malice in the Palace documentary on Netflix : Why this incident still leaves a stain and sets unspoken precedence in the NBA community.-Lauri Markannen to the Cavs/Larry Nance to Blazers/Derrick Jones and a protected first and second rd pick -Kevin Love refusing to be bought out-Josh Richardson and Robert Williams extensions - Celtics up to something?-Rajon Rondo bought out by Memphis heading back to the Lakers-Highlighting some notable remaining Free Agents to come off the boardDownload and Discuss with Us!
2021-22 NBA Schedule has been released. We discuss whether the NBA hit all the marks or missed on some primetime matchups. We also discuss Dre Day interview with Kevin Durant and is there a Warriors Fallout?. And we look at another LeBron bomb being dropped on the NBA as he puts the league on notice that the "Washed King" is motivated to flood the haters that he is past his prime, but is his motivation misguided? We break it all down to the bone bristle so vibe with us in this week's ep.
NBA Summer League is in effect, but the summer belongs to the Lakers and USA Mens and Womens Basketball as they hit all the marks to give us a great talking points for a #HotPodSummer. This week we humbly allow our brotha Jabari speak from the highest of the high milk crates to give his sermon the Lakers offseason moves. We also deep dive on other Free Agency Acquisitions by the Clips, Sixers, Bulls, Jazz , Knicks and reigning champs Bucks. Alot of talk but plenty to absorb. Download and Discuss with Us
The Crew weigh in and tackle one of the most chaotic times of the season. Free Agencty. We weigh in on all the big time transactions, the winners losers and the forgotten in our Free Agent Tracker Edition of the The Baseline. Download and Discuss with US!
The Crew Autopsy the 2021 Champs Milwaukee Bucks and the Runner Up Phoenix Suns in our latest edition of the Autopsy Report. We also discuss USA Mens Basketball suffering an opening round loss in the Olympics and how bad it may get in Tokyo before its all said and done.
The Family just got stronger with the welcomed addition of our brother Jabari Davis joining the 'CAST and we wasted no time digging in to discuss NBA Finals, USA Mens Basketball, and of course properly putting the Portland Trailblazers and Brooklyn Nets on the slab as they are next two bodies on the Autopsy Report.
This week we Autopsy The Charlotte Hornets and the San Antonio Spurs. Both Teams finished 10th in their respective conferences so the question that lies for either is : Which team should grow from the play-in tourney experience or did both over achieve this season? We discuss the pathway to success or the lack thereof for both
Another great conversation West Virginia University's most talented NBA Prospect under Bobby Huggins in Derek Culver who shares his personal life lessons, and struggles to overcome and achieve his dream to becoming a professional athlete. His journey is a testament when none believes it only takes you to achieve. Catch one of Shaw's Dope Interviews as he sits down with Culver and does a little FT with the TB.
Before we reach an epic milestone, it's only right Russell Westbrook reaches his catching Oscar Robertson for most Career Triple Doubles. We weigh in on this awe-spiring achievement. We also discuss in the Breakdown dudes who likely won't be in your top 5 for End of the Year NBA Accolades but we gonna give 'em our shine. We hereby declare The Baseline Awards. Nominating the players who should get that convo on the pronto.
This week we give our take and predicts on the Western Conference Play In Predictions. We opine on the Return of the King and Ice Trae Young. Shaw and I differ on the nickname for the young phenom but we digress and We also weigh in on a recent article written by Veteran journalist and yahoo sports writer Chris Haynes on whether the Blazers really did all it could as Lillard has done all he could for the city of Portland. So much good content in one show you need to be plugged in. Download and Discuss with US!
The Eastern Conference takes front and center in the latest ediition of the The Baseline. We discuss and predict the likely Play In Matchups and why you should be impressed with Knicks and Washington Wizards thus far this season. We also speak Overtime Elite League and what their impact can have on young budding stars caught in crosshairs of building a name and fame in professional sports. Alot of good info, good discussions and Good Humor on our next ep. Download and DIscuss with US!
Continuing our efforts to broaden The Baseline into so many spaces, we continue our coveted series Branded with featured guest, Community Lead for Dapper Labs Jacob Eisenberg. He sits and discusses the latest uprising in the ranks of blockchain technology with Top Shot, one of the most sought after rising platforms that is building a large dedicated following of collectors and fans fawning over the digital craze where NBA Highlights and Tech become the EHarmony of the Sports ChatRooms abroad. But with all of the hype and craze that follows NBA Top Shot is the platform built for sustained success and will it provide a blueprint that invites all into the culture and phenomenon that Top Shot can offer? Find out the answers and more. Download and Discuss with US!
He's basically the Black Thought of Footwear. Innovator Pioneer Collaborator and Activist for black entrepreneurs, Robert Purvy joins us for a little FaceTime with the Baseline. Our convo covers the gambit from the streets of North Philly, the wondrous land of Asia and how this brotha figured out how to elevate in a world not meant for him to succeed. This is all the more reason to sit back and catch his story. Download and Discuss with US
The NBA has been busy this week and with a little more than 20 games left to play its getting close to shaking time. Shaw and Focus on the NBA's top star studded teams Lakers and Nets and really get at which we should worry might not make it out their conference due to the high profile injuries plaguing these teams. We also weigh in on the Bootyful exodus of Paul Pierce and how this may stain his legacy moving forward. Also we discuss the impact of some player injuries and who might catch the brunt of the impact and their playoff hopes. Alot to dive in so grab a wet suit and join us. Download n Discuss with US!
This week IndyCornrows Contributor Caitlin Cooper gives us a Masterclass in trying to understand and appreciate the enigma that is the Indiana Pacers. From the Two Nates, to Pritchards Precarious moves, theres only one person we could think of that could solve this complicated puzzle of NBA Random. Also we dive in a little on some potential lookouts for the NBA Trade Deadline/Buyout. Alot for us to dig into, bring a shovel and some earbuds. Download and Discuss with Us!
This week Gerald Bourguet from The Step Back and Valley of the Suns Podcast stops by to kick up dust and take names on any who believe the Phoenix Suns arent considered the most dangerous team in the NBA right now, all this and they still waiting on Deandre Ayton to step up and be that Man in the Middle Booker and Paul have been waiting for. Yet so much drama in the WC, is it really hard being Monty or CP3? Bourguet spills facts and more in our breakdown convo. Also we speak on the 2021 Hall of Fame Finalist selections and more in this weeks too hyped episode. Download and Discuss with Us!
This week we were fortunate to be graced with one of the most premiere voices in the game right now with Travonne Edwards of the The Athletic. Known by many as Blk Try on his twitter is like the Boondocks of Sports Pod right now and he's only getting warmed up in these spaces. Our convo with him ranges from his upbringing all the way to his thoughts on what second half NBA life will be like and why we shouldn't come down too hard on the NBA's All Star efforts. Its a cant miss convo as we break it down to the bone bristle with one of LA's Finest
With a week before All Star Weekend, we discuss the reserves selected and whether there was any "snubbery" taking place this year. We dig into the discuss of how the NBA should honor the legacy of Kobe Bryant, and we Breakdown the Rise of the Tampa Bay (Toronto) Raptors. Have they turned the corner? or is this just a facade with inevitable extinction. We breaks it all down to the bone bristle. Download and Discuss with US!
We sit down and go one on one with the Associate Head Coach of the Sacramento Kings Alvin Gentry as he expounds on how 33 years of professional coaching in the NBA has enabled him to have the kind of influence he's had on the league. He talks coaching, Kings, Pelicans and why Reporters wish they had him as their best friend on the mean NBA Streets. Its great convo to be had, with Gentry, Us and You. Download and Discuss with Us
This week we take it back to high school and try to impress each other with some under the radar storylines bubbling the league. On the Drop Shaw and I double down or abandon ship on preseason predicts. Quality Talk with a little Busta Bust in the background! Download and Discuss with Us!
Despite a lackluster SuperBowl Weekend, the NBA didnt dissappoint with some quality comp and some moves made that actually may make the Knicks look like they know what they are doing this season. Shaw might disagree so we weigh in on the Derrick Rose Trade and other possible trade rumors bubbling in the league. We also discuss the players dissatisfaction of the NBA push for an All Star Game. Alot to dig into. Download n Discuss with US!
This week we spent a few moments memorializing the passing of Sekou Smith on the 1 yr anniversary of losing Kobe and Gianna Bryant in that fatal helicopter crash that took 9 lives. Though 2021 has not offered us any oxygen of optimism, we still found some hope in Utah that their success in the West is great eye candy for the NBA. But is it sustainable? We weigh in on what's going right in Salt Lake.We also take a look at some of the offseason acquisitions and early season trades that has moved some marquee names over to new teams. Are they panning out? Will they be there by the Trade Deadline? So much to get into. Download and DIscuss with Us
We run through a bevy of topics this week including if we believe if Joel Embiid will be a top 3 MVP candidate. Shaw shows optimism, but you know GameFace Lee isnt completely sold on that sediment. Also we have a juicy Who Ya Got segment. Which of the two guys we discuss would you pick first to start your franchise...Download and Discuss with US!
We discuss the blockbuster trade that has shook up the 2021 Season. James Harden was dealt to the Brooklyn Nets to form one of the most offensively potent Threesome in NBA History. We discuss the impact of the trade for all teams involved. Winners, Losers, the pawns. Does this trade automatically put them in the NBA Finals. Is this squad good enough to beat The King and The Brow? So many questions to answer and this episode just might give you the guidance you seek. Download n Discuss with US!
This week we discuss the impressive start to the New York Knicks. Their competitive play has got them in the mix in the Atlantic Division and has already generated a buzz in the NY area, but what do we make of their early success? Is it just 'hype' or can the Knicks sustain this level of play to position them selves to contend. We Discuss. Also in The Drop we discuss Adam Silver's running game theory on NBA Expansion and which teams are primed to receive a franchise. Find out where we think are some possible locations for the game to expand. Download n Discuss. Note: Recent Show experienced some technical difficulties. We apologize any inconvenience in sound quality received from the latest episode.
The Memphis Grizzlies want to be the team no one should sleep on, but Ja Morant's Grade 2 ankle sprain is a serious blow to their chances to keep up with the rest of the West. Can they maintain while Morant is on the mend. We discuss on the Breakdown. Also in the Drop, we are ADOPTING. We are expanding the Family by discussing our new "Young Sons" who we think are going to make some noise and have a prime opportunity to do so this season. We take a look at rising stars like Darius Bazley and Rui Hachimura, and you might see a custody battle or two cause we are protective of our Adopted Young Sons! A lot to discuss and more on this week's ep. Download and Discuss with us!
This week we give our NBA Week 1 impressions in our new little seg 'About That or Doubt That' and if you told us that the Orlando Magic, Minnesota Timberwolves were among the NBA Elite after a weekend, our only response would be 'WTF'. Also in the "Drop" it's been long overdue but we felt it was time to throw out some baller names that we think need the 2021 season to help their Hoops Redemption. All that and more topics ahead on this week's show. Download and Discuss with US!
Shaw and I break down the Western Conference and dig into the teams we believe are best equipped to make a play for the Top 8 spots and two play in seeds. There is very little argument from us the Lakers are expected to be the top team in the West, so our focus is on which teams have put together the right roster to give themselves a punchers chance to knock of the King and AD. There are more questions to raise than answers to provide in the West which is why it will be a no holds barred Royal Rumble finish to the regular season and we cant wait to break it all down for you. Download and Discuss with US!
We get you tee'd up for the upcoming NBA Season with our Eastern Conference Previews. 15 teams but only 10 have an opportunity to play for the postseason. We breakdown the most competitive divisions and whether Milwaukee can repeat their regular-season conference dominance. We also take a close look at if we are elevating the Brooklyn Nets too soon and if teams like the Raptors, Celtics, and Sixers are being overlooked and disrespected now that Brooklyn has Irving and Durant healthy and ready to go. In the Southeast, the Miami Heat should take this division handily but we think the Hawks and Wizards have positioned themselves to put a little 'Heat' on Butler and the Boys in the sunshine state. So much to discuss and we do it in less than 60. Download and Discuss with US
NBA tip off is just around the corner and you know what that means. It's time for The Baseline boys to give our predictions for the NBA season awards. Joining in on the action is our brother from day 1, the OG Gerald Brown from Bottom Line Sports Show on SiriusXM NBA Radio and co-host of the hit YouTube Sports Show 'Lets Get Technical' with Bonzi Wells and Rasheed Wallace. We run through em' all including our predictions of Rookie of the Year and MVP. We came to cook with our peoples this week, so kick your feet up and Download and Discuss with US!
We rifle through a litany of Free Agency moves as the NBA wasted little time getting us all worked up over the jersey swaps. NBA Draft Analyst Matt Babcock joins us on 'The Drop' to breakdown the NBA Draft. He gives us the winners and losers of the draft and highlights the ones who may be set up for early season success! Download and Discuss with US!
We break bread with Paul Knepper, author of the book The Knicks of the Nineties: Ewing, Oakley, Starks and the Brawlers That Almost Won It All. The Knicks were probably the most under appreciated team in 1990's. Their style of play separated the men from the boys in the league, and yet with all the talent, and moxy. Having Pat Riley and Jeff Van Gundy as your head coach, the ability to win a chip constantly slipped through their fingers. Paul's book brings us right there and lays out why they were feared and respected and what let to their dismantling. A great convo lies ahead. Download and Discuss with US
Our final Autopsy Report for 2020 focuses on the last two teams standing, Miami Heat and Los Angeles Lakers. No one expected this to be our 2020 NBA Finals matchup but everyone certainly didnt doubt either deserved to get there either. The Heats path to the Finals gives everyone a lot of reason to feel good over the next 3-5 years because they have a young, diversified roster of talent coupled with one of the best floor generals in the game in Jimmy Butler. Certainly there are needs for this team to be addressed but make no mistake the way the Heat competed in the playoffs should give Heat fans great confidence and the rest of the East great concern should they get the necessary pieces to sustain this type of play. As for the Lakers what more can be said, Lebron James has all but cemented him self to be amoung the NBA Rushmore and while teaching young AD how to carry a team on his back, the Lakers could very well be set up for one more run to defend and recapture the chip. Still there are a lot question marks on what this roster will look like going into 2021, and whether they can replicate the defensive majesty the showed to win the championship. One thing is for certain the Lakers (preferably LBJ) will undoubtedly lean on Jeannie Buss, and Rob Pelinka do their Magic and keep the TitleTown Revival going. Download and Discuss with US!
On this edition of the Autopsy Report we examine the Boston Celtics and the Denver Nuggets. Both teams showed us the potential potency each can display yet when push came to shove, neither were able to overcome the respective counterparts in the Conference Finals. For the Boston Celtics, the slow yet steady ascension of Jaylen Brown and Jayson Tatum have been exciting yet torturous. Celtics Fan believe that they should've participated in at least 2 NBA Finals over the last 4 years, but now the Opt In Man Cometh and for the Celtics the question that lies is: Do they run it back with Walker, Brown, Tatum and Heyward? Will Danny Ainge flex his Executive muscle and add some quality pieces to their FrontCourt and Bench to really give the Celtics the push to overcome. In Denver there is no denying Jamal Murray and his potential greatness and with Nikola Jokic, this can be a fun and fearsome tandem causing havoc in the West, but for the rest of the roster in Denver, that was Magic Mike Malone and summoning the team overcome deficit after deficit in their playoff runs. Is this team a bunch of overachievers or is what we have witnessed over the last 3 years a true sign that the Nuggets will be major players in the Chase for the western crown? Alot to digest on this ep. Download and Discuss with US!
We continue our Autopsy Report reviewing two uniquely built teams in the Rockets and the Raptors. For the Houston Rockets, their present and uncertain future is financially tied to the two most offensively volatile tandem in the NBA with Harden and Westbrook. This season proved that while small ball is fun to watch its not a long term sustainable roster that can compete with the powerhouse teams in the current NBA, and after losing their architects of such maniacal strategy, the biggest task for Stephen Silas an unknown future Rockets GM is how do you construct this roster to compete without fear or favor to cater to their superstars. Its a dicey game of chance for the Rockets and so far they are rolling snake eyes with very little chips to gamble with for their future.Further north, in Toronto , the Raptors have an embarrassment of riches and talent in a wide open Eastern Conference that looks like they didn't lose a step with Kawhi Leonard heading to LA. While The Raptors were unable to defend their championship, they did make an impressive run to be second best in the East and participate in the second round of the playoffs. Still with all the positive takes, the tenured guys like Lowry, Gasol and Ibaka are showing their age, and the biggest question that makes pundits nervous is whether or not the talent can catch up with the veteran contributions that has gotten them here. Also has the Masai-ah set Toronto up as an attractive destination for the Giannis FA Sweepstakes. Ohh our forensic examination of both teams are audacious and deep and you don't want to miss out on that. Download and Discuss with US!
This episode of our Autopsy Reports features the Milwaukee Bucks and Los Angeles Clippers. Two teams who by all counts should've been the last for us to examine but both teams found ways to perform far below what was expected and so now we are here. For the Bucks all eyes on Giannis and his patience with the franchise to put a championship caliber sqaud around him, but the real focus should on the coach and the necessary players who can step up and support Da Greek Freak and Khris Middleton. On the side of coast, the LA Clippers did everything possible to give the LA Lakers fans the necessary heat they needed to give Clippers all they smoke they can choke on. That includes Kawhi Leonard, Paul George, and Doc Rivers who now has stepped down from being the head coach. And whether Tyronne Lue is the right man to coach this team, his biggest challenge will be is he the right man to coach Kawhi, and PG. No one is for sure but the heiroglyphics on the wall still reads the Clippers still dreaming Western Conference Finals aspirations. Can this squad re-up and do it right this upcoming season. All of swirling questions for two teams expected to contend. Download n Discuss with US!