Brian Windhorst is joined by ESPN Front Office Insider Bobby Marks discuss which contract extensions were made, like Jaren Jackson, and which ones were not, like Deandre Ayton, from the 2018 rookie class.
Brian Windhorst, Tim Bontemps and Tim MacMahon talk the impact of Kyrie’s stance on the Nets, what Brooklyn’s title chances look like without Kyrie, how long can the Nets keep this team together and when Zion will be back.
Brian Windhorst, Dave McMenamin and Ramona Shelburne discuss if Ben Simmons will be returning to the 76ers, what the reception will be like for him in Philadelphia, how the Lakers are preparing for the season and what their expectations should be.
Brian Windhorst, Tim MacMahon and Tim Bontemps discuss the expectations surrounding the Lakers, what minimum players can make an impact. if talent can overcome fit, how well the Suns can replicate their success and if the Pelicans or Bulls will be able to play better defense this season.
Brian Windhorst, Nick Friedell and Ohm Youngmisuk talk NBA teams training in San Diego, Kyrie’s vaccination status, the blueprint for players like Ben Simmons to get a trade and what to expect as the season starts.
Brian Windhorst, Tim MacMahon and Tim Bontemps talk Draymond’s interesting comments, why the latest statements from the 76ers are a win for Ben Simmons, what type of team would trade for Simmons, what the keys are for the Mavs this season, if Anthony Davis will play center this season and how all of the pieces will fit on the Lakers.
Brian Windhorst, Andrew Lopez and Marcus Spears discuss the interesting developments around the league from NBA Media Days. We talk everything from David Letterman’s appearance at Nets’ Media Day, surprising new information about an injury to Zion, the latest from Warriors Media Day and the potential impact of vaccination status on the league.
Brian Windhorst, Tim MacMahon and Tim Bontemps discuss the players who will make or break seasons for potential contending teams. The group talks the importance of Ben Simmons, Tyler Herro, Kristaps Porzingis Kemba Walker, Lonzo Ball, Klay Thompson and others.
Brian Windhorst, Tim MacMahon and Tim Bontemps discuss the players negotiating contracts at the end of their rookie deals from the 2018 draft class including how the Suns’ should manage Deandre Ayton, what to do with Jaren Jackson, where Collin Sexton fits in, what Miles Bridges should ask for and what space the Bucks have to fill out their roster.
Brian Windhorst, Kevin Pelton and Tim Bontemps discuss the different tiers of NBA teams heading into this season. The crew breaks down what teams are actual contenders, what teams have a chance to become relevant this season and what teams will be battling in the lottery.
Brian Windhorst, Tim MacMahon and Tim Bontemps discuss the latest developments on Ben Simmons this offseason, what it means for where he will play in 2021-22, how the 76ers can maximize their championship window and an interesting trade from the past week that could impact the futures of Chicago and Portland.
Brian Windhorst, Tim MacMahon and Tim Bontemps discuss the likelihood that Ben Simmons starts the season with the 76ers, how consistent the Nets lineup will be in the regular season, why the Bucks and Jazz are likely go over their win totals, if Dallas got better this offseason, why the Warriors have such a variety of possible outcomes, how many games the Bulls will win and some of the key young guards ability to grow.
Brian Windhorst is joined by author Matt Sullivan to talk about his book Can't Knock the Hustle: Inside the Season of Protest, Pandemic, and Progress with the Brooklyn Nets' Superstars of Tomorrow and the future of the Nets. Then Jake Fischer author of Built to Lose: How the NBA's Tanking Era Changed the League Forever joins to about the landscape of team construction in the league.
Brian Windhorst, Tim MacMahon and Tim Bontemps discuss Kawhi signing a surprise 4-year extension, the key takeaway’s from the NBA Summer League so far, which young rookies have impressed, the potential on the Rockets in the future, Evan Mobley’s potential talent and Dennis Schroder’s contract with Boston.
Brian Windhorst, Tim MacMahon and Tim Bontemps discuss Team USA Men’s Basketball beating Australia, the score line being misleading, the upcoming gold medal game, the winners and losers of NBA Free Agency, if Zach Lavine will ever extend with the Bulls and what will happen with the Clippers and Kawhi.
Brian Windhorst, Marc J. Spears and Ramona Shelburne discuss the variety of moves made by the Lakers, how big of a concern age is for L.A. this year, what to make of the Bulls bringing in Lonzo Ball and DeMar DeRozan and if Team USA Men’s Basketball has figured things out.
Brian Windhorst, Tim MacMahon and Tim Bontemps discuss the trade sending Russell Westbrook to the Lakers, why the fit may be an issue, where Kyle Lowry will land this offseason and if Ben Simmons can get traded . Then the guys dive into the NBA Draft including a player who went later than expected who could make a huge impact.
Brian Windhorst, Marc J. Spears and Kevin Pelton discuss the unique setup for the Olympics in Tokyo, Team USA Men’s Basketball struggling out of the gate, what Luka can do in Tokyo and what to expect from the NBA Draft including impressive comparisons for Jalen Green.
Brian Windhorst and Zach Lowe are joined by Cleveland Forward Larry Nance Jr. to discuss Giannis’ historic performance, the significance of a small market team winning, the Bucks’ ability to keep fighting, the coaching redemption in Milwaukee and the future of the Suns.
Brian Windhorst, Tim MacMahon and Tim Bontemps discuss Team USA Basketball’s chances in the Olympics, the challenges facing the roster, Damian Lillard’s status in Portland, potential moves the Blazers can make, the impact of Jrue Holiday on the NBA Finals and if the Bucks can close out the series.
Brian Windhorst and Zach Lowe are joined by Raptors Head Coach Nick Nurse to discuss the wild ending to Game 5, Khris Middleton’s amazing performance, Jrue Holiday’s clutch play, the level of shot making in the game and how the Suns should feel going into Milwaukee for Game 6.
Brian Windhorst and Zach Lowe are joined by Denver Nuggets Head Coach Michael Malone to discuss Khris Middleton’s outstanding performance, how great Giannis’ key block was, Devin Booker’s sensational performance, the Bucks’ reliance on transition buckets, the Suns’ turnovers and Phoenix needing more from Ayton offensively. Then the group talks coach getting into a horse and carriage with Nikola Jokic, get an update on Jamal Murray and discuss the grind of the last two seasons.
Brian Windhorst, Tim MacMahon and Tim Bontemps discuss the incredible performances from Giannis in the NBA Finals, the importance Jrue Holiday and Khris Middleton, Ayton’s foul trouble, the Suns struggling to shoot, the significance of Game 4 in this series and the challenge for Team USA to get the gold medal.
Brian Windhorst and Zach Lowe are joined by Kings’ guard Tyrese Haliburton to talk Giannis’ dominant Game 3, Ayton getting in foul trouble, how Game 4 will set the tone for the series and Chris Paul’s leadership.
Brian Windhorst and Zach Lowe are joined by former Hornets and Magic Head Coach Steve Clifford to discuss the great effort from the Bucks, the amazing offensive response from the Suns, what the preparation is like for the teams ahead of Sunday’s Game 3, the importance of Khris Middleton and the process of making adjustments for coaches.