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.
Note: Show Recorded Prior to recent Trade of Rui Hachimura (1/22/22)We dive into some of the possible trade rumors happening in the association Trade Chatter:Raptors: Fred VanVleet/Gary TrentWizards: Kyle Kuzma/Rui Hachimura Warriors: James WisemanBucks: Serge IbakaRockets: Eric GordonHornets: Gordon Hayward Knicks: Cam Reddish Jazz: Anyone but Markkannen or KesslerWho ya Got? : D'Aaron Fox & Domantas Sabonis vs Jalen Brunson & Julius Randle We breakdown these two budding superstar pairings and let you know whod we roll with on our roster.Download and Discuss
This week we discuss:- Most Recent All-star voting results - Impress Scale on the most recent jaw dropping performances: Luka Doncic 60-21-10Donovan Mitchell 71-11-8Klay Thompson 54-8--3Giannis Antetokounmpo 55-10-7Nikola Jokic 40-27-10BreakdownTraders Delight: Names we like to hear on the move by the Trade Deadline. Will they stay or will they go?Bojan BogdanovicJae Crowder Zach LaVineMyles Turner
We take a look back at 2022 and highlight what stood out for us this past season; And what would one of our final episodes for the year be without giving some NBA New Years' Resolutions and starting some Revolutions.Tis the Season to download and discuss with US!
Shaw and GameFace Lee breakdown what has lit a fire into the two of the hottest teams in the East and they comin fresh off A train. New York Knicks and Brooklyn Nets have entered the NBA Chat but is just pillow talk or are they in it for the long haul. We discuss on this ep of The Baseline
Hey move over Master P and Young Weezy, them Pelicans have taken over in 'Nola. Is Zion Williamson that dude or will the true identity of this team be reflected when Brandon Ingram returns. Are the Pels as good as their record tells us? Thats right yall... The New Orleans Pelicans have entered the chat and we discuss why they maybe the team nobody wants to face come playoff time!
This week we spent some time chopping it up with athletic trainer and owner of InStreetClothes.com Jeff Stotts. A great convo as he schools us on his fascination with sports injuries and how impactful they have been. From injury trends, and understanding the NBA's load management era to the wildest ways players have gotten hurt this is a can't-miss conversation.
We put eyes on what weve seen in the early outset of the NBA through the Association. We spoke to the unspoken: Mounting Injuries ( Ja Morant, Cade Cunningham, Tyrese Maxey, Mike Conley Damian Lillard, LaMelo Ball,)ShawScoring is up as teams adopt the Ole' defense Bulls and Warriors sending some weird vibes No Name Fame - Dudes you never heard of making their mark This is in.. (Skinny Dudes playing big in role and minutes)Giannis getting that Heel Heat
A month into the NBA season has given us a glimpse into the real and the fake. We reflect on our early season predictions and debate if it's time to stand ten toes down on what we said or drop make amendments based on the results so far. We discuss the Warriors, Nets, Suns, Celtics, Pistons, Bucks and more.
The Utah Jazz isnt playing second fiddle to anybody with their torrid start to the nba season but is it sustainable? Eric Walden from the Salt Lake Tribune and Host of "Talkin All that Jazz" joins us to put a spotlight on that answer. Download and Discuss with US
Crazy week of news in the NBA and its not even what heads in Brooklyn are doing on the court as much of the storylines that have impacted them off the court. So what does this mean for the Brooklyn Nets? Can they afford to hold this team together despite the vitriol. We break it down on this week's episode. Download and Discuss with Us!
We weigh in on:- The release of Josh Primo - Adam Silver throwing out the idea of going toward Hard Cap - Key Injuries ( Damian Lillard and DeAndre Ayton )On the Breakdown we discuss who we believe has the best Starting 5 in the NBA. Find out our criteria who made the cut and who didn't. You'd be surprise who got our Props and Who Got our Drops!
There are some shows that are just better with our friends and we couldn't have found two better dudes with mad boosties to help deliver our preview of whose taking home NBA hardware at season's end. Jack O'Brien and our brother Jabari Davis join us in this epic convo about who we think will win the NBA Awards. Kick Back and Enjoy!
We breakdown the NBA's Eastern Conference with one of the best doing it today Malik Grady from the CloseUp Magic Podcast. We dig into the teams we expect to go lotto here's looking at you Pacers, Pistons and Magic. Who will be fighting for the play-in? Our playoff locks include the Cavs, Heat and Nets. And who ultimately will be the Beasts of the East as the Celtics, Bucks and Sixers all have claim. It's a can't miss episode. Lets Ride!
With the start of the 2022-23 season on the horizon we bring on one of own Desmond Powell from Hip 2 Da Games to help us breakdown a heavily contested Western Conference. Who do the crew feel are the Top Tier Teams expected to thrive in the West? Download and Discuss with Us!
We put on our GM Thinking Caps and discuss some fun NBA Narratives. From which team will be the most exciting to watch to who is poised for a breakout season...we answer the hard questions usually asked in the NBA GM Survey. Tune in as we discuss some of your favorites like Steph Curry, Kevin Durant, Giannis Antetokounmpo, Donovan Mitchell and some of the underrated like TJ Warren, Zaire Williams and John Wall. (Editor's note: this show was recorded before the news regarding Ime Udoka and the Boston Celtics)
We discuss the major trade between the Utah Jazz and Cleveland Cavaliers: The Cavaliers get: Donovan Mitchell The Jazz get: Forward Lauri Markkanen, rookie wing Ochai Agbaji, guard Collin Sexton, three unprotected first-round picks (2025, 2027 and 2029) and two pick swaps (2026 and 2028) - Colin Sexton also signs 4-year-$72 million extensions as part of the dealWho won the deal and did the Knicks make a mistake by passing on Mitchell?
Born out of the playgrounds of New York City, the “AND1 Mixtape Tour” took streetball to the masses. “The Rise and Fall of AND1” directed by Kevin Wilson Jr. traces the journey of how three young friends with a dream of bringing greater acclaim to the game they loved, connected with the underground artform of streetball, and ended up flipping the billion-dollar basketball industry on its head. Kevin joins the show to discuss the making of the basketball documentary that touches on exploitation, the price of fame, loyalty, the love of the game and so much more.
Shaw and I select our Summer Sinister Six of the NBA. These dem dudes we rollin up in the Drew League or Summer Pro Am Tour with a Wrecking Ball and gas masks for the all the smoke we looking to make you choke. You got Next? Download and Discuss
What should be the current criteria of being a 2 - way Player in the NBA? Are 3 and D guys considered 2 way? Have their value faded or is business boomin for the 2 way. We weigh in on the essence of Duality
Shaw and Cal continue to challenge your GM Medulla with another savage Who Ya Got: Josh Giddey/Chet Holmgren vs Jalen Green/Jabari Smith. Is it too soon to compare? We don't think so and it makes for a fascinating conversation with an amazing duo of players who are on the rise.
Shaw and I breakout an oldie but goodie segment that has us challenging our bball eye in Who ya Got? Who would you choose to build your squad around?Karl Anthony Towns and Anthony Edwards of the Minnesota Timberwolves or Pelicans Brandon Ingram and Zion Williamson.
We look at who won and who lost in the NBA offseason so far and which teams we are most excited to see going into camp this fall. It's a conference-by-conference look that includes the Celtics, Bucks, Hawks, Lakers, Timberwolves, Grizzlies, Warriors, Kings and more.
We discuss the NBA Buffet:James Harden takes less to stay with the Sixers 2 yrs- $68.6 millionMonty Williams signs long-term extension JaMychal Green intends to sign with the WarriorsKyle Korver gets a new cushy Atlanta Hawks front office gigAnd A lot Leftovers in Free Agency including names like: Collin Sexton, Dennis Schroder, Dwight Howard, Carmelo Anthony, Blake Griffin, LaMarcus Aldridge, Montrezl Harrell, Hassan Whiteside, Eric Bledsoe, DeMarcus Cousins, Eric Paschall, Markieff Morris, Lou Williams, Jeremy Lamb
We breakdown the impact of the Donovan Mitchell Trade Rumors and how this reshapes our interpretation of how Player Empowerment is perceived in the current climate of todays NBA. This weeks ep is powered by Hennessy: Must Include a read from Hennesey Hennessy celebrates those who never stop and never settle in their never-ending pursuit of greatness. Maurice Ashley LIVES HIS PASSION. Through his love of Chess, he made history in 1999 as the world's first Black Grandmaster. An inspiring story of intellect and brilliance, his ability to push the potential of his own mind to new levels of greatness is universally inspiring. Visit www.Hennessy.com to learn more about Maurice Ashley. In the world of the mind, there are no limits. Hennessy. Never stop. Never settle.“21+, please enjoy responsibly.”
Our latest ep dives into:-Kenny Atkinson declines Hornet's job-Christian Wood to Mavs-JaMychal Green traded to OKC -NBA Draft expectationsOf course, we gotta throw on the white coats to discuss and body up the Celtics and Warriors. Is each team poised to run this back? Find out on the latest Baseline!
Even though we are twice as a nice, bringing back Jabari Davis never gets old as we discuss the latest storylines in the NBA.- Quinn Snyder steps down in Utah- Darvin Ham hired as the Lakers coach- Kenny Atkinson hired as Hornets coach - Zach LaVine not long for Chicago?- DeAndre Ayton done in Phoenix?- Blazers rumors: (John Collins/OG Anunoby)
We breakdown the epic yet unique matchups of this years Conference Finals MatchUp: Boston Celtics vs Miami Heat &Dallas Mavericks vs Golden State Warriors Find out who we think is going to take that Last Dance!!!
On this episode, we body up the Charlotte Hornets and San Antonio Spurs as we continue our coveted Autopsy Report. Was the firing of James Borego justified? Should Gordon Hayward remain on the roster and how much do you pay Miles Bridges? Is Pop looking to return? Can the Spurs attract a second star? We answer all these questions and more.
Shaw and Cal Lee throw on their forensic jackets again and start-up another session of Autopsy Reports for 2022. The first set of teams on the slab will be the LA Clippers and the Cleveland Cavaliers. While both had surprisingly successful seasons, only one may have a brighter future while one may have a window closing sooner than they think. We discuss the highs and lows of both these teams in this episode and what would the health of Kawhi Leonard and Collin Sexton meant for each roster.
Our 1st Annual Baseline Awards. Cal Lee and Warren Shaw doling out accolades and props for the attributes that often get overlooked or lost in the mainstream awards every year. We had fun creating these categories we hope you enjoy them too:- Glue Guy of the Year - Multiverse Player of the Year - The MacGyver Award - Say Hi To The Bad Guy Award - You Don't Want This Smoke Award- Invisible Bully Award- The Robin Award - MVPBT (Most Valuable Player on a Bad Team)Also, we dish out Filler Awards that you don't wanna miss Download and Discuss with US!
We check in on our Young Suns and Hoops Redemption selections we made earlier this year and discuss how they fared this season.We dole out the Interim Reports on the latest ep of the Baseline
CEO/Founder of ProFitX Joshua Ebrahim joins the show to explain how he went from a sports agent to an agent of analytics. We discuss how his software is helping to reshape honest conversations on player valuations and analytic transparency in the NBA. Find out why ESPN's Bobby Marks and the Dallas Mavericks backed by Mark Cuban are all in on ProFitX and how fans can use the software to their advantage too.
Zach Ramey, host of The Off The Glass Podcast, joins the cypher to provide his Play-In Predictions for the East and West. Warren and Cal give their takes on the NBA's version of March Madness. We celebrate LeBron's latest accomplishment and more.The Madness has officially begun – it's time for you to shoot your shot and score big on the non-stop action with MyBookie.Sign up today at MyBookie and use promo code BASELINENBA to secure the first-deposit bonus up to $1000! It's simple – put in $200 and play with $300 – just use promo code BASELINENBA to claim your bonus.College ball, NBA, and UFC – no matter the sport, no matter the minute, MyBookie puts the action in your hands with in-game live betting. And with the choice from thousands of lines and odds, you can turn any gameday, into payday!Bet Anything, Anytime, Anywhere… with MyBookie.Download and Discuss with US!
Our man Tim Faklis joins the show to explain why the Timberwolves are like the Wu-Tang Clan right now, Aint Nuthin to F*ck With. Also a major announcement at the end of this episode you don't wanna miss
This week Its all about the West West Y'all and our boy Jabari is bout that energy: We discuss:Ja's stock risingWarriors slipping...falling can they get up?Phoenix holding steady despite being without CP3 and Booker (of late)And our topic for the Breakdown:Are the Dallas Mavericks a threat in the West? Hey Y'all March is here and the Madness has officially begun – it's time for you to shoot your shot and score big on the non-stop action with MyBookie.Predict winners in each round of the MyBookie bracket contest for a chance to win a BITCOIN, a Doodle NFT (currently valued at over $50,000), and over $100,000 more in cash prizes! Whether you're filling out multiple brackets, betting the national championship winner, or simply looking for player and game props – MyBookie has you covered.Sign up today with MyBookie and use promo code BASELINENBA to make your first deposit, earning a free entry into the MyBracket contest.Selections for the bracket will officially begin on March 13th and close March 17th at 12pm, so make sure you get your deposit in now with BASELINENBA to secure that free entry.Bet Anything, Anytime, Anywhere… with MyBookie.
5 Reason Sports and Host of Five on the Floor, Greg Sylvander joins the show to break down how impressive the Miami Heat has been this season and why he's here for all that Eastern Conference Smoke. We also delve into the early reports and trade discussions over the weekend. This is a cant miss ep with the crew. Download and Discuss with us!
Bleacher Report's Jake Fischer joined The Baseline for an in-depth conversation on the NBA's Trade Deadline including potential deals and transactions to come:Kings/Pacers dealBlazers/Pelicans dealJames HardenBen SimmonsRussell WestbrookBuyout market & more!Follow Jake: https://twitter.com/jakelfischer?s=21Support Jake: https://www.triumphbooks.com/built-to-lose-products-9781629378718.php
Host of the Close Up Magic Podcast , Stephen Cameron joins and helps us breakdown this impressive rookie class that exhibits a multitude of talent and possible untapped potential. We also discuss Jerami Grant's lofty expectations to be the man offensively for any team, while the Sacramento Kings walk away from the Ben Simmons sweepstakes, and why are there no ALL Star Starters for the Suns and Heat. We break it all down to the bone bristle. Download and Discuss with Us!
This week Basketballnews.com and Nets Daily journalist, Matt Brooks hops on with the crew to discuss the Brooklyn Nets and whether they will be able to weather the storm of controversy and combustible chemistry that is still considered the envy of the Eastern Conference. Also in our News and Notes- Frank Vogel being evaluated game by game?- Russell Westbrook & a first-round pick for John Wall rumors/Anthony Davis returns- Bad luck Bulls- Lonzo Ball and Alex Caruso out 6-8 weeks It's another great show on tap. Download and Discuss with US!