Episodes
Brian Windhorst is joined by ESPN's Tim MacMahon, Dave McMenamin and Kendra Andrews to break down the state of the Lakers & Warriors, including the best possible matchups for both teams to make playoff runs, what dangers they may face in the play-in and what important decisions loom this summer for both teams. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Published 04/08/24
Zach and ESPN's Kevin Pelton discuss the Sixers' chances now that Joel Embiid is back in the fold, how seeds 3 through 5 might shake out in the East, the race for the top seed in the West, how dangerous the Lakers can be, and what to make of the Suns and Clippers. Sixers with Embiid (10:31) Are the Heat going to heat up or what? (24:01) Knicks without Randle (27:14) Cavs and Magic (35:26) Race for top seed in the West (44:35) How dangerous can the Lakers be? (49:56) Wolves without KAT...
Published 04/05/24
Brian Windhorst is joined by ESPN's Tim Bontemps and Tim MacMahon to react to the recent struggles of the Bucks, how concerning their losses are, how far the Knicks can go without Julius Randle and the how concerning Kawhi’s injury is for the Clippers. Plus, some interesting thoughts on the solar eclipse. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Published 04/05/24
Brian Windhorst is joined by ESPN's Tim Bontemps and Tim MacMahon to react to Embiid’s return in Philly and what the 76ers are capable of in the playoffs before breaking down the final Bontemps MVP Straw Poll of the season including some surprising vote placement. Plus, the Cojones Factor Player of the Month. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Published 04/03/24
Zach and ESPN's Tim MacMahon discuss Joel Embiid's expected return to the Sixers, the charging Mavericks, and a trio of teams succeeding without an injured star. Plus, TrueHoop's David Thorpe joins to run through the top candidates for Most Improved Player. Impact of Embiid's return (1:04) Mavs currently in 5th in the West (9:42) Hawks without Trae, Wolves without KAT, and Rockets without Sengun (30:57) Thorpe (48:10) Most Improved Player candidates (49:55) Learn more about your ad...
Published 04/01/24
Brian Windhorst is joined by ESPN's Tim Bontemps and Jorge Sedano to talk health issues for the Knicks, Jalen Brunson’s impressive level of play, the Thunder’s surprising maturity considering the youth on the team, how quickly Victor Wembanyama is progressing, more key injuries to the Heat and Kings and the current playoff picture. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Published 04/01/24
Brian Windhorst is joined by ESPN's Tim Bontemps and Tim MacMahon to talk the latest updates on the impending return of Joel Embiid including how quickly he can return to form, Paul George’s future with the Clippers, Dan Gilbert’s interesting comments on Donovan Mitchell’s future in Cleveland, the state of the Minnesota Timberwolves ownership and the Rockets stay hot. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Published 03/29/24
Zach and ESPN's Doris Burke discuss Draymond Green's ejection and the Warriors' push for the play-in before revealing their preseason takes that have since fallen flat. Headlines around the league (15:04) Worst Preseason Takes (22:07) Under on the Thunder (22:27) Hawks to finish in the top 5 (30:56) Lukewarm on the Porzingis trade (33:19) A Mavs swoon that never happened (41:58) D'Angelo Russell's season with the Lakers (47:17) The Suns as a title contender (55:23) Clippers escaped...
Published 03/28/24
Brian Windhorst is joined by ESPN's Tim Bontemps and Tim MacMahon to talk Dallas surging up the standings, how big a threat the Mavs could be in the playoffs, the Clippers’ struggles after an elite midseason stretch, the Suns suffering the worst loss of the NBA season, the Thunder passing a 'test game' but needing more help against teams with size and the Pelicans improvement with Zion. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Published 03/27/24
Zach and The Dunker Spot's Steve Jones, Jr. discuss what's going on with the Warriors, the races for the 6th seed in the East and West, and the battle for positioning among the 3-4-5 spots in the East. Then ESPN Chalk's David Purdum joins for the latest on the NBA looking into betting irregularities involving Toronto's Jontay Porter. What's going on with the Warriors? (2:27) 6-7-8 spots in the West (9:44) 6-7-8 spots in the East (33:56) 3-4-5 in the East (53:05) Purdum (1:08:34) Learn...
Published 03/26/24
Brian Windhorst is joined by ESPN's Tim MacMahon and 1st time guest Ryan Ruocco to talk Ryan’s experiences as a broadcaster, covering Caitlin Clark, a key upcoming series between the Kings & Mavs, Sabonis’ impressive double-double streak not getting enough love and how historically great the Celtics have been. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Published 03/25/24
Brian Windhorst is joined by ESPN's Tim Bontemps and Tim MacMahon to talk some injuries around the league including to stars like Brandon Ingram, Donovan Mitchell and OG. Plus, the impressive play of the Magic and the end of G League Ignite before a trip down St. Vincent-St. Mary memory lane. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Published 03/22/24
Zach and ESPN's Tim MacMahon discuss how the Celtics and Bucks would match up in a playoff series, forecast the Thunder's chances in the West, and weigh in on Coach of the Year candidates. Then The Athletic's Jon Krawczynski joins to talk all things Anthony Edwards- the dunk and his elevation into superstardom- plus, what success looks like for the Timberwolves this season. Celtics-Bucks matchup (1:50) Forecasting the Thunder (21:20) No one has an answer for Jokic (40:13) Coach of the...
Published 03/21/24
Brian Windhorst is joined by ESPN's Tim Bontemps and Tim MacMahon to talk an interesting ending to Wolves-Nuggets, how Anthony Edwards is must watch, some updated draws for Team USA for the Olympics, the significance of the Bucks-Celtics matchup and what the Rockets’ surprising win streak means. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Published 03/20/24
Zach and The Athletic's Mo Dakhil discuss the latest Laker losses, the charging Mavericks, their concern for the Clippers and Suns, Victor Wembanyama making highlight plays look routine, and candidates for 6th Man of the Year. Lakers-Warriors reaction (4:03) The surging Mavs (15:08) Concerns about the Clippers (30:47) Officiating has been tweaked since the All-Star break (44:28) Suns (50:22) Wembanyama is here (1:02:44) Sixth Man of the Year contenders (1:10:44) Learn more about your...
Published 03/18/24
Brian Windhorst is joined by ESPN's Tim Bontemps and Andrew Lopez to talk the challenges building around Victor Wembanyama with how good he is so early on, how Zion & the Pelicans are flying under the radar playing very well, the Knicks' insane record with OG and more! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Published 03/18/24
Zach and ESPN's Bobby Marks run through their preliminary list of candidates for All-NBA. Then the NBA's Head of Basketball Operations Joe Dumars and the Senior VP of Referee Training and Development Monte McCutchen join to discuss why scoring has dipped since the All-Star Break, ideas to help defenders, and the unintended consequences of the 65-game rule for awards. Bucks still trying to figure it out (15:48) Brunson is going to make an All-NBA team and state of the Knicks...
Published 03/15/24
Brian Windhorst is joined by ESPN's Tim Bontemps and Tim MacMahon to talk some teams battling for seeding in the NBA Play-In Tournament in both the East and West including the Warriors, Lakers, 76ers and more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Published 03/15/24
Brian Windhorst is joined by ESPN's Tim Bontemps and Tim MacMahon to talk how the new minimum game rule & eliminating of positions for All-NBA will impact the league, a difficult stretch for the Rockets, who can hang on to the top of the Western Conference and more! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Published 03/13/24
Zach and ESPN's Andrew Lopez discuss the Pelicans' chances in a crowded West, Zion's improvement, and the unheralded Brandon Ingram. Then Zach and ESPN's Kevin Pelton review their All-Defense lists, why scoring is down, and why the time is now for the Suns. Pels are a mystery box and a sleeping giant (6:26) Zion's improved defense and rebounding (10:57) Herb Jones has a case for All-Defense and Most Improved (13:28) The Pelicans' shooting luck defensively (20:13) Not enough talk about...
Published 03/12/24
Oklahoma City Thunder star Chet Holmgren joins The Woj Pod to discuss his remarkable rookie season, the lonely road back from a season-ending injury, shaping an imagination for what he can be, the greatness of Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, his history with Victor Wembanyama, and much more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Published 03/12/24
Brian Windhorst is joined by ESPN's Tim Bontemps and Kevin Pelton to talk the hottest team in the NBA, if Zion deserves more attention for his play, the impact injuries in Minnesota could have on the trajectory of the season, the likelihood the Warriors remain in the play-in territory and the mess developing in the Eastern Conference. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Published 03/11/24
Zach and ESPN's Bobby Marks discuss Denver's win over Boston in a potential Finals preview, whether Boston has crunch-time issues, the game's impact on the MVP race, and much more -- the impact of Karl-Anthony Towns injury on Minnesota's playoff chances and big-picture future, Dallas' win over Miami, ankle issues for Steph Curry, Victor Wembanyama, and LeBron James, Ben Simmons being out for the season, and what to make of Wembanyama wanting to win more soon. Then -- a special guest on all...
Published 03/08/24
On this episode of the Hoop Collective, Brian Windhorst, Tim Bontemps, and Tim MacMahon dive into key NBA highlights. They discuss the Nuggets' win over the Celtics, Jayson Tatum's impact on the Celtics' playoff chances, the team's defense strategy against Nikola Jokic, and how the Nuggets' bench outperformed the Celtics'. The episode also covers Anthony Edwards' critical block against the Pacers, Karl-Anthony Towns' meniscus surgery, the Bulls' surprising season turnaround, and Steph Curry's...
Published 03/08/24
The Charlotte Hornets' new Executive VP of Basketball Operations Jeff Peterson joins The Woj Pod on the challenge of ending the longest playoff drought in the NBA, taking on the job at 35 years old, LaMelo Ball and Brandon Miller, his history with co-owner Rick Schnall, Kevin Durant, much more.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Published 03/07/24