Brooklyn Nets star Kyrie Irving has been benched over his decision not to get vaccinated. Today on Post Reports we discuss what responsibilities famous athletes bear and why this story is resonating beyond the basketball world.Read more:Kyrie Irving has been benched indefinitely because of his refusal to get vaccinated against the coronavirus. His team, the Brooklyn Nets, has been favored to win the NBA title this year, but that is now being thrown into question.Irving has long been a controversial figure in the league, because of his outspokenness and his espousing of baseless conspiracy claims. But the stakes and implications of his stance are high, with hundreds of millions of dollars and a championship on the line.NBA reporter Ben Golliver says that beyond the court, the situation raises questions about the social responsibility public figures bear and the collective impact of one individual's choice.
Host Danny Leroux (@DannyLeroux), Ben Golliver of the Washington Post (@BenGolliver) and Matt Moore of The Action Network (@HPBasketball) go in-depth on the NBA's Pacific Division. They discuss how the Warriors, Lakers, Clippers, Suns and Kings fared in the off-season, including which teams improved and what moves stood out. The three also predict the season to come, including projected finish, breakout players and rookies they are most excited to see. Subscribe to RealGM Radio on iTunes or via the RSS feed.
Second hour of The V Show with Jeff Greer in for Bobby V. Kent Spencer of WHAS joins to talk some NIL...from the golf course. Nicky V tries to motivate Greer. We post a Bet Rivers Twitter Poll and The Washington Post's Ben Golliver joins to talk some NBA playoffs. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Ben Golliver talks about LeBron and the Lakers' first round exit in the NBA Playoffs, the key takeaway and outlook for LeBron's future, what Kawhi Leonard's future holds if the Clippers lose to the Mavericks, the Cavs' future under Koby Altman and more. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
0:09 -- We kick off the final hour of this shortened show with the Five at 5, covering the latest on the Aaron Rodgers saga, Andy Dalton vs Justin Fields, the Nats splitting the series in ATL, and more 17:00 - Washington Post Basketball columnist Ben Golliver joins the show to break down the NBA Playoffs so far, and give his thoughts on whats next for the Wizards 30:40 - Does the WFT have enough depth everywhere? 37:40 - WFT LB Cole Holcomb chats with Grant & Danny about OTA's so far, year #2 with Rivera and Del Rio, and his impressions of Jamin Davis. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
It's an exciting day for us at KJR as we give away $100 every hour. EQC Note Thursday is back courtesy of the Emerald Queen Casino. The debate rages on: should we trade the Mariners' best player for more prospects? Even as some of the young outfielders come up, question marks still remain. If this team is going to compete, isn't it best to have a guy you know can play? Kevin is okay with a trade, but only under specific circumstances. Ben Golliver joins the show to talk all things NBA as the playoffs continue. More great games in the Stanley Cup Playoffs as well, which we'll discuss during the Power Play.
John Canzano talks with Ben Golliver, NBA writer for the Washington Post to discuss the NBA Playoffs and the Blazers-Nuggets series. Jon Wilner of the SJ Mercury News and Bay Area News Groups joins the program in the one-o-clock hour to discuss the early Pac-12 football T.V. schedule and significance of this season for the conference. We also play The Big Splash, Punch It! Audio, the 2 at 2, the Culligan Water Cooler Report, and more. Subscribe NOW to this podcast for more great content. Follow @JohnCanzanoBFT on Twitter.
John Canzano talks with Ben Golliver, NBA writer for the Washington Post. Canzano asks Golliver what he makes of the fan behavior in Philadelphia and New York, if teams should revist their ticket offering of seats so close to the players and action because of the recent fan antics, what he thinks of the Lakers-Suns series, how the Blazers-Nuggets series will play out, what is the most surprising series so far, and much more. Subscribe NOW to this podcast for more great content. Follow @JohnCanzanoBFT on Twitter.
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. More details about what's next for Open Floor will be released next week. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
David Locke and Ben Golliver get together for the Thursday Locked On NBA. The nightly run through the NBA action while touching on all the biggest stories of the NBA Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Washington Post's Ben Golliver detailed his intense experiences covering the NBA playoffs in 2020 in a restrictive bubble & the inspiration for his book "Bubbleball: Inside The NBA's Fight To Save A Season"
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
Ben Golliver and Michael Pina turn their attention to the 2021 All-NBA selections. How do the NBA's positional designations impact this year's teams? Is it okay to treat Joel Embiid as a forward rather than a center if the NBA allows it? Is Embiid deserving of a first team spot because he's been a top-five player this season? How many players are no-brainers for the first team? Is Damian Lillard or Luka Doncic more deserving? Has Ben come around on Stephen Curry and has Michael changed his mind on Chris Paul? How should voters handle players like LeBron James, James Harden, Kevin Durant and others who have missed extended stretches of the season? Is it okay to snub LeBron entirely? Does Zion Williamson or Julius Randle deserve to make it? Both? Neither? Who are this year's biggest snubs? Should the NBA do away with positional designations for All-NBA? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
On today's episode, Jason kicks things off with a quick thought on the latest in the Aaron Rodgers soap opera going down in Green Bay. Rodgers comparing their general manager to infamous Chicago Bulls GM Jerry Krause isn't that big of a deal, but it does give some insight into how upset Rodgers is. Buckle up, Packers fans, we've just reached DEFCON-2. Later, Washington Post NBA writer Ben Golliver swings by to discuss new book 'Bubbleball' and what life was like inside the NBA's Orlando Bubble, why you absolutely cannot put an asterisk next to the Los Angeles Lakers' 2020 championship, why he wasn't surprised to see the Houston Rockets and the Los Angeles Clippers implode in Orlando, why he still doesn't trust the Clippers heading into these playoffs, why Nikola Jokic playing like the best player in the League makes the Denver Nuggets the one team in the West you'd least like to face, how the pandemic impacted the 2021 free agency class, why he expects the Portland Trail Blazers to try to re-shape their roster around Damian Lillard in the offseason, why the Milwaukee Bucks vs. Brooklyn Nets is the playoff series he most wants to see, and much more! Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
David Locke and Ben Golliver run through the night of the NBA as well as looking to the playoffs and how the seeding is going to impact the champions Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Season 2 starts off with a bang! In this episode’s “What’d I Miss” Jared and Bobby talk about the Aaron Rodgers debacle in Green Bay, the NFL Draft, LeBron and Luka's complaints on the play-in tournament, the Lakers, the Celtics, the Phillies/Mets series, Max Scherzer's new addition, and the surprising Royals, Brewers, and Giants (1:51-21:31). Then, national NBA writer for the Washington Post and host of Sports Illustrated’s Open Floor podcast Ben Golliver joins us to discuss his brand new book “Bubbleball: Inside the NBA’s Fight to Save A Season” (22:10-39:40) and the quiz master closes it out with a return of "Name That Player" in this week's trivia competition(39:41-52:10). Follow us on twitter and Instagram @Chatter_Up, send us an email at email@example.com, and give us a rating, review and subscribe! --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app
5-4-21 The Program is joined by Ben Golliver, author of the book “Bubbleball” and NBA writer from the Washington Post to talk about his experience in the bubble and what he thinks of the NBA season as the playoffs approach. The Program is also joined by Trevor Sikkema of the Draft Network for his thoughts on the Chiefs draft and to give you the end of the hour question for a chance to win Goodcents. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Ben Golliver and Michael Pina pick up the pieces from a wild weekend of basketball to discuss the crumbling Los Angeles Lakers, the streaking Denver Nuggets, and the exciting duel between the Milwaukee Bucks and Brooklyn Nets. What's wrong with Anthony Davis? Did LeBron James return too quickly? Does Andre Drummond even fit? Should Nikola Jokic be viewed as the best player in basketball, not just this year's MVP? Can Giannis Antetokounmpo sustain his monster 49-point effort against Brooklyn across an entire playoff series or will the Nets adjust their defensive approach to stopping him? Would James Harden have made a difference on Sunday? At the end, Michael helps Ben preview his first book, "Bubbleball," which releases on Tuesday. How will the bubble be remembered? What was Ben's writing process like? What are the worst questions he's gotten during promo interviews? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
The Washington Post's Ben Golliver joins Sam and Andy to discuss all things Warriors. His initial tour of Chase Center, thoughts on Steph Curry's season, Klay Thompson's return and the Brooklyn Nets (9:35)Later they discuss what stars GSW could make a move for (27:05) and the Pelicans games. Finally we discuss Ben's new book "BubbleBall" (1:01:17), releasing Tuesday May 4th. Host: Andy Liu and Sam EsfandiariGuest: Ben GolliverProducer: Tim Angan
Ben Golliver and Michael Pina break out their crystal balls in an attempt to handicap the 2026 NBA MVP race. What will the NBA look like in five years? Which types of players will have the inside track on the league's most coveted award? Will any players who are currently 30 or older be in the mix? Will playmaking forwards still dominate the discussion. Once they've set the parameters, Ben and Michael break out their top five lists. Luka Doncic or Zion Williamson? Where should Anthony Davis rank? Do any current rookies like LaMelo Ball or incoming 2022 rookies like Cade Cunningham crack the top five? Can Bam Adebayo be the next Kevin Garnett? Can Ja Morant be the next Derrick Rose? Should Michael Porter Jr. be included among the dark horse contenders? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Ben Golliver joins the Huddle, gives incredible insight into his new book Bubbleball, and shares the type of NBA stories and Warriors takes that only come with a decade spent covering the League. SUPPORT US ON PATREON by clicking here: Huddle Patreon GET A HUDDLE T-SHIRT & MORE click here: Huddle Merch LEAVE US A VOICEMAIL: 510-473-5133 TWEET US by clicking here: warriorshuddle EMAIL US by clicking here: firstname.lastname@example.org Subscribe to us on Apple Podcasts here, Google Play here, Spotify or Stitcher here.
Guest host Matt Moore welcomes Ben Golliver of the Washington Post as they break down a huge slate of Wednesday games. The Suns return to the playoffs, officially, beating the Clippers. Can the Suns get past this team in the postseason if they have Kawhi? The Lakers falter again and the Nuggets slip by the Pelicans. Denver is hot on the Clippers trail. Should the Clippers panic about facing LA in Round 1? What does the Suns's success say about Robert Sarver? Then the two discuss potential coaching changes in Sacramento and their picks for Coach of the Year. Support Us By Supporting Our Sponsors! | Offers from our sponsors: lockedonpodcasts.com/offers Built Bar Built Bar is a protein bar that tastes like a candy bar. Go to builtbar.com and use promo code “LOCKED15” and you’ll get 15% off your next order. BetOnline AG There is only 1 place that has you covered and 1 place we trust. Betonline.ag! Sign up today for a free account at betonline.ag and use that promocode: LOCKEDON for your 50% welcome bonus. Rock Auto Amazing selection. Reliably low prices. All the parts your car will ever need. Visit RockAuto.com and tell them Locked On sent you. Indeed Get started RIGHT NOW with a FREE SEVENTY-FIVE DOLLAR SPONSORED JOB CREDIT to upgrade your job post at Indeed.com/locked Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Ben Golliver from the Washington Post rejoins the show to talk big picture Bucks, playoff scenarios, Mike Budenholzer and the challengers in the Eastern Conference. Listen to The Ultimate Mock Draft 2021 presented by Audacy and the Locked On Podcast Network. April 19th-26th. Follow the feed today!Support Us By Supporting Our Sponsors! Built Bar Built Bar is a protein bar that tastes like a candy bar. Go to builtbar.com and use promo code “LOCKED15” and you’ll get 15% off your next order. BetOnline AG There is only 1 place that has you covered and 1 place we trust. Betonline.ag! Sign up today for a free account at betonline.ag and use that promocode: LOCKEDON for your 50% welcome bonus. Rock Auto Amazing selection. Reliably low prices. All the parts your car will ever need. Visit RockAuto.com and tell them Locked On sent you. Indeed Get started RIGHT NOW with a FREE SEVENTY-FIVE DOLLAR SPONSORED JOB CREDIT to upgrade your job post at Indeed.com/locked Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Ben Golliver and Michael Pina search for silver linings during the NBA's pandemic season by highlighting two interesting awards races: Coach of the Year and Most Improved Player. Which criteria should matter more in Coach of the Year: results or overachievement? Will Utah's Quin Snyder and Phoenix's Monty Williams be held back by skepticism about their teams' playoff capabilities? Will Tom Thibodeau carry the day thanks to big-market bias? Does Steve Nash have a case? What about Doc Rivers or Nate McMillan? Who is the League Pass Alert Coach of the Year aka the underrated coach who doesn't get enough attention? Is MIP going to Julius Randle no matter what? Do Zion Williamson and Michael Porter Jr. have cases despite their relative youth? And is Michael crazy for suggesting Joel Embiid deserves a look? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Ben Golliver and Michael Pina open with a rundown of the NBA community's response to the verdict in the Derek Chauvin trial. Was this "justice" for George Floyd? What role did current and former NBA players play in ensuring that this prosecution took place? Did the league and its teams strike the right notes in their statements and what were the Oakland Raiders thinking? From there, Ben and Michael shift to a discussion of teams hitting newfound turbulence. Will the Hawks fall into the East's play-in round after Trae Young's ankle injury? Are the Blazers doomed to be passed by the Mavericks and lose control of the coveted sixth seed? The guys wrap with Open Floor Globe suggestions for the NBA Clone Wars, the power of positive reinforcement in coaching players, and our habits towards the referees in pick-up games. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
David Locke and Ben Golliver come together for the Thursday edition of Locked On NBA. On today's episode * Denver keeps winning and Portland keeps losing what does it say The Cllipers are acting like the best in the West while the Suns are eyeing the #1 seed Are the Ratptors back and will they or the Wizards grab the 10th spot for the play in Did Chicago miss with their trade? Knicks and the Hawks battle for 4th in the East. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Host: Anthony Irwin Guest: Ben Golliver Segment One: Reacting to the huge Anthony Davis news. Segment Two: Looking back on last year's experience in the bubble. Segment Three: Was last year the most unique season in NBA history? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Ben Golliver and Michael Pina reflect on Stephen Curry's torrid April by taking a fresh look at the Golden State Warriors guard's place in the MVP, All-NBA and "Best Player Alive" conversations. Then, they shift gears to imagine a world with NBA clones. Could 5 LeBrons beat 5 Durants or 5 Kawhis? Would 5 Zions beat 5 Stephs? What's the ideal combination of clones to form a superteam: 1 LeBron, 2 Durants, 1 Steph and 1 Anthony Davis? Would a Zion/Zion pick-and-roll combination be unstoppable? How do Giannis Antetokounmpo, Nikola Jokic and James Harden factor into this conversation? At the end: Playing matchmaker in the Eastern Conference playoff field. Which play-in candidates should the favorites root for as first-round opponents and which teams are looming as potential spoilers? Can Miami climb out of the play-in round? Will Washington sneak in to make things interesting? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Ben Golliver and Michael Pina gather themselves during a storm of NBA news to discuss LaMarcus Aldridge's sudden retirement due to an irregular heartbeat. How will Aldridge be remembered? How will the Nets adjust without him? From there, Michael presents his research findings on Joel Embiid's incredible shooting numbers. Which factors are driving Embiid's shooting and can they be trusted in the playoffs? Will the new-and-improved Embiid be able to win the match-up game in a way that he wasn't able to in postseasons past? Then, the guys discuss whether James Wiseman's injury clarified the Golden State Warriors' goals in the short-term. Can they transform into the Stephen Curry Show as they eye the play-in tournament and are they a sneaky threat if they claim the 8th seed? The episode closes with Ben trying to get Michael to admit that he secretly loves Luka Magic after the Dallas Mavericks' miraculous last-second win over the Memphis Grizzlies. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Guest host Matt Moore (@HPBasketball) welcomes in Ben Golliver (@BenGolliver) from the Washington Post for an in-depth discussion after Wednesday night's games. How did Luka Doncic make that shot? Was it a good shot? Was it A shot? Why are the Bulls so terrible since the trade for Nikola Vucevic and how much of it can be blamed on Zach LaVine? = Plus, the two talk about the Nets' decision to rest Kevin Durant and others vs. the Sixers and the fallout, why players are so vexed about this season and the play-in tournament, and how the Nuggets responded to losing Jamal Murray with a dominant win over the Heat. Don't sleep on the Nuggets completely, folks. Support Us By Supporting Our Sponsors! | Offers from our sponsors: lockedonpodcasts.com/offers Built Bar Built Bar is a protein bar that tastes like a candy bar. Go to builtbar.com and use promo code “LOCKED15” and you’ll get 15% off your next order. BetOnline AG There is only 1 place that has you covered and 1 place we trust. Betonline.ag! Sign up today for a free account at betonline.ag and use that promocode: LOCKEDON for your 50% welcome bonus. Rock Auto Amazing selection. Reliably low prices. All the parts your car will ever need. Visit RockAuto.com and tell them Locked On sent you. Indeed Get started RIGHT NOW with a FREE SEVENTY-FIVE DOLLAR SPONSORED JOB CREDIT to upgrade your job post at Indeed.com/locked Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Ben Golliver and Michael Pina catch their breath during the dog days of the NBA's regular season to look ahead to the 2021 NBA playoffs. Which players are looming as X-factors in the title chase? Can LaMarcus Aldridge hold up against big centers or will size be the Nets' undoing? Is Bojan Bogdanovic the key to a properly-balanced offense for the Jazz? Can Aaron Gordon transform the Nuggets from very good to great? How heavy will Donte DiVincenzo's load be in Milwaukee's new backcourt? Can Rajon Rondo step forward for the Clippers in ways that Patrick Beverley and Reggie Jackson can't? Is Deandre Ayton ready for primetime? Will Tobias Harris finally show up? Why has less Kemba Walker been more for the Boston Celtics and should that continue? Can the Hawks win a first round series if Bogdan Bogdanovic shows up big? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Ben Golliver and Michael Pina take stock of the Phoenix Suns after a signature win over the Utah Jazz. Should Chris Paul be an all-NBA selection? Can Devin Booker be trusted in the clutch? Will Deandre Ayton be their playoff X-factor and did his play against the Jazz inspire newfound confidence? Who can the Suns beat in the first round and would drawing the Lakers be their worst nightmare? From there, Ben and Michael break down Kevin Durant's long-awaited return and whether the Brooklyn Nets are as unfairly loaded as their critics like to suggest. They close by looking at the Bulls' future and running through Open Floor Globe reactions to the NBA's best and worst contracts. Do Alex Caruso, Donovan Mitchell, Carmelo Anthony and Trae Young deserve some love? Were Otto Porter and Steven Adams snubbed from the “worst” list? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Ben Golliver and Michael Pina open by recapping Baylor's NCAA title game triumph over Gonzaga and discussing Jalen Suggs' strong tournament run. Does Suggs have a shot at being the first pick? Did the NCAA tournament prove its worth from a visibility standpoint compared to the G-League? Then, the guys dig into Suggs' best NBA fits. Should he ride shotgun to Zion Williamson in New Orleans? Take over for Kyle Lowry in Toronto? Enjoy an epic homecoming in Minnesota? Pair with Shai Gilgeous-Alexander in OKC? Ben and Michael close by shifting gears to dissect Jrue Holiday's four-year, $160 million extension. Is this one of the NBA's worst contracts? Was it still worth doing? What chance does Milwaukee have to win a title with its new Big 3? Is Jrue Holiday now Milwaukee's version of Tobias Harris? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Ben Golliver and Michael Pina take a look at the NBA's best and worst contracts after the trade deadline and the round of buyout agreements. Who is delivering the most value in the league this year? Should LeBron James be the automatic No. 1? Or should all-stars on rookie deals like Luka Doncic and Zion Williamson top the list? Which veteran all-stars are delivering max production on non-max deals and which former second-round picks are way outperforming their contracts? On the flip side, now that guys like Blake Griffin and Andre Drummond have been bought out, which deals are the league's most onerous? Would you rather have John Wall, Russell Westbrook or Kevin Love? Does Klay Thompson have to be mentioned? How does Tobias Harris, who has had an awesome season, factor into this conversation? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Ben Golliver and Michael Pina analyze the latest buyout moves, including LaMarcus Aldridge to the Brooklyn Nets and Andre Drummond to the Los Angeles Lakers. What roles will Aldridge and Drummond play in the postseason? Which factors influenced their decisions? Does the recent acceleration of buyouts harm small-market teams? Should the NBA institute rules governing buyouts to help limit the flow of veteran players to a select number of contenders? From there, Ben and Michael discuss whether two-way wings were the real winners of the trade deadline before digging into the NBA's tank race. Is OKC headed for a draft lottery dream after shutting down Al Horford? Who needs the number one pick the most? Which team deserves the top pick? The guys close with a look at the MVP race and how best to pitch Nikola Jokic's candidacy to voters. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Ben Golliver and Michael Pina react to Thursday's NBA trade deadline, handing out their grades for a busier-than-expected day and running through the winners and losers. Were the Orlando Magic smart for pulling the plug? How do Nikola Vucevic, Aaron Gordon and Evan Fournier fit in their new homes? Which aspiring contenders in the West made moves that could tilt the title chase? Will the Miami Heat's many new additions boost them higher in the East standings? Was anyone a bigger loser than the Houston Rockets? Did the Chicago Bulls make a sneaky good play by adding Daniel Theis? Should the Raptors have lowered their asking price to get a Kyle Lowry trade done or was grabbing Gary Trent Jr. enough? Will Portland be willing to pay up to keep Norman Powell or is this a short-term rental only? Will Victor Oladipo's short Houston tenure turn into another example of Player Tanking? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Ben Golliver and Michael Pina dig into a depressing weekend of NBA injury news concerning LeBron James and LaMelo Ball. How will the Lakers manage without LeBron James and how far will they slide in the standings? Does the high ankle sprain end his MVP pursuit, and which players are the new favorites? Will top teams try to tank down the stretch to avoid the Lakers in the playoffs? From there, Ben and Michael pay a quick tribute to Ball's sensational rookie year by listing their favorite moments and ranking him compared to his fellow under-23 playmakers. The guys close with a discussion of Aaron Gordon's reported trade request and ponder a listener's question about whether the NBA should seek better competitive balance by mandating that each team can only have one all-star or one player on a max contract. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Ben Golliver and Michael Pina open with an extended discussion of the Milwaukee Bucks' trade with the Houston Rockets for P.J. Tucker. How does Tucker fit with Milwaukee on offense and defense? Was the price fair? Does Milwaukee have a shot at the No. 1 seed? From there, the guys check in on the Rockets' rebuilding plans and the Miami Heat's trade for Trevor Ariza. Do the Rockets have more deadline moves coming? What does their future hold with Victor Oladipo? How much does Ariza have left in the tank? The guys close with a preview of the top NBA prospects in the NCAA tournament and a look back at the relative success of guards and big men selected near the top of recent drafts. How good does a big need to be these days to warrant a top-five selection given the NBA's evolving style of play? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Ben Golliver is joined by special guest Jack McCallum, a former NBA writer at Sports Illustrated, to discuss season two of his podcast series: "The Dream Team Tapes: Kobe, LeBron and The Redeem Team." What were Jack's first impressions of covering a young Kobe Bryant and a young LeBron James? How did Jack track down Phil Jackson for an interview about Bryant? Who emerged as the alpha dog of the 2008 USA Basketball team? Were they destined to win gold or is that revisionist history? Would the original Dream Team beat the 2008 and 2012 Olympic teams? Why was Mike Krzyzewski the right coach for the job? Ben and Jack close by discussing Jerry Colangelo's role as one of basketball's great powerbrokers and then run down the 2021 Hall of Fame finalists to decide which players deserve induction: Chris Bosh, Paul Pierce, Tim Hardaway, Ben Wallace, Chris Webber, Michael Cooper and Marques Johnson. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
With little buzz building before the March 25 trade deadline, Ben Golliver and Michael Pina try to decide which bigger names should actually be moved. Ben makes the case for 10 players to be traded and Judge Pina renders his verdicts. Why are the Wizards clinging so desperately to Bradley Beal? Have the Raptors officially reached the point where they need to pull the plug on Kyle Lowry? Should Brooklyn cash in Spencer Dinwiddie for a piece that could help them win the title? Do the Sacramento Kings need to sell high on Harrison Barnes? Would anyone actually bite on Al Horford's contract? Is it time to free Nikola Vucevic from Orlando? Has Devonte Graham become expendable in Charlotte? Do Lonzo Ball and Brandon Ingram fit with Zion Williamson on the Pelicans? Who has more trade value: Victor Oladipo or Norman Powell? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices