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From the NBA draft to the playoffs and back again, Ben Golliver and Michael Pina take you on a ride up and down the NBA standings, laying out the latest news and rumors along the way, and leaving no basketball conspiracy theory stone left unturned. Strap on your tinfoil hat and welcome to the Open Floor Globe.

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From the NBA draft to the playoffs and back again, Ben Golliver and Michael Pina take you on a ride up and down the NBA standings, laying out the latest news and rumors along the way, and leaving no basketball conspiracy theory stone left unturned. Strap on your tinfoil hat and welcome to the Open Floor Globe.

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Great

By gfsugztcat - May 12 2020
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I listen to about 7 nba pods. This is the best one by far.

Michael saved the show

By Cheeseburglar10 - Feb 13 2020
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Thank you Michael, thank you.

iTunes Ratings

2088 Ratings
Average Ratings
1783
75
52
40
138

Great

By gfsugztcat - May 12 2020
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I listen to about 7 nba pods. This is the best one by far.

Michael saved the show

By Cheeseburglar10 - Feb 13 2020
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Thank you Michael, thank you.
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Open Floor: SI's NBA Show

Latest release on Jul 31, 2020

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From the NBA draft to the playoffs and back again, Ben Golliver and Michael Pina take you on a ride up and down the NBA standings, laying out the latest news and rumors along the way, and leaving no basketball conspiracy theory stone left unturned. Strap on your tinfoil hat and welcome to the Open Floor Globe.

Rank #1: Rockets Hater Reckoning, So Many Warriors Questions, All-NBA Fixes

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On today's show Andrew Sharp and Ben Golliver connect late Thursday night and begin by trying to process the final few minutes of Warriors-Rockets Game 5. Then (6:00): Sharp has to answer for a lifetime of Rockets slander, they talk KD and Steph, Golden State's bench, Playoff Chris Paul, Playoff James Harden, and more. From there they spend a few minutes checking in with the Cavs and Celtics (42:00). At the end (52:00): Follow-ups to the neutral-site Finals idea, KAT vs. Horford, All-NBA fixes, and more hockey fan listeners.

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May 25 2018

1hr 13mins

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Rank #2: Wrapping Up The Finals, Offseason Rapid Fire, Early Draft Takes

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On today's show Andrew Sharp and Ben Golliver finish wrapping up the NBA Finals and begin to look to the offseason. First: a ceasefire (not a surrender) regarding the Kevin Durant debate, whether the NBA is broken and ruined in the Warriors era, how Durant and Curry could get even better going forward, and how the Golden State dynasty might eventually come undone. Then (35:00): LeBron's Finals, whether he quit in Game 4, the bi-weekly legacy update, and whether an eyepatch would have been a better accessory than a cast. From there (50:00): Offseason rapid fire including superteam potential, Paul George as the most important domino, the Celtics as the new Spurs, Kawhi Leonard as a Clipper, and more. At the end (68:00): An early look at the NBA Draft, Luka Doncic vs. DeAndre Ayton, ideal Doncic destinations, and the depths of basketball addiction.

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Jun 12 2018

1hr 23mins

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Rank #3: The Kevin Durant Game, The Rodney Hood Game, Final Colangelo Thoughts

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On today's show Andrew Sharp and Ben Golliver discuss all things NBA Finals. First, they recount the thrills of the Rodney Hood game and a Game 3 that was way more fun than it should have been. Then they talk about the spectacular night of Kevin Durant (12:00), what that performance says about his place in the league, his future with Golden State, and the difference between these Warriors titles and the Cavs in '16. Then Sharp recounts his journey through the content machine (37:00) after a week of "reporting" gone awry. From there (45:00) they discuss the NBA media's treatment of LeBron vs. Durant, whether Warriors domination is secretly helping LeBron's legacy, and how that could shape this summer. At the end (63:00): Final thoughts on Bryan Colangelo, the proper level of sympathy, the future of NBA social media, Instagram, and Ben's minivan.

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Jun 08 2018

1hr 21mins

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Rank #4: The Magnificent Summer of the Wizards, Boogie on the Warriors, Playoff P in OKC

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On today's show Andrew Sharp and Ben Golliver review the biggest stories through the first week of free agency. First: the Wizards are getting reckless even by Wizards standards, and they talk through the offseason of Dwight Howard, Austin Rivers, and Jeff Green. Then (22:00): Boogie on the Warriors, whether they should have added a wing instead, and why this could work for Golden State. From there: The effects of the CBA on the current NBA landscape (35:00), Paul George and his shocking decision to stay in OKC (50:00), and the future of Julius Randle and Tyreke Evans (65:00) in Indiana and New Orleans. At the end (70:00): Jimmy Butler and the Wolves, LeBron Lakers follow-ups, and the All-Star outlook for Twelve Time Tatum.

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Jul 05 2018

1hr 28mins

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Rank #5: Mavs, Suns, Sixers, Spurs, and NBA Draft Winners and Losers

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On today's show Andrew Sharp and Ben Golliver recap the NBA Draft with some winners and losers. First: whether pick tipping is cool, the relatively subdued draft after a week of hype, the league on hold waiting for LeBron and Kawhi, and the real winners of the night in Mo Wagner and De'Anthony Melton. Then: the Mavs make a play for Luka, the Hawks roll the dice with Trae Young, the Grizzlies are caught between two eras, and Michael Porter Jr. tumbles out of the top 10. From there: what to make of the Suns draft, the good and bad of the Sixers moves, Colin Sexton in Cleveland, and Lonnie Walker in San Antonio. At the end: the Wizards take Troy Brown, and the Knicks and Bulls remain inscrutable as ever. 

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Jun 22 2018

1hr 7mins

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Rank #6: The New King of LA, Charles Barkley’s take summit, Opening week instant reactions

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On today's episode, Ben Golliver and Rob Mahoney discuss TNT commentator Charles Barkley's latest take summit. Ben lays out Barkley's thoughts on why Kawhi Leonard has surpassed LeBron James after the Clippers' opening win over the Lakers. They also dissect two other Barkley ideas: that Anthony Davis needs to be the Lakers' best player if they're going to win the title, and that Paul George will face significant pressure in the 2020 playoffs. From there, Ben and Rob take questions from the Open Floor Globe on why no one cares about Andre Drummond, Kyrie Irving's 50-point Brooklyn debut, and whether it was acceptable for a listener to cut short a trip to San Diego so that he could return to Ohio and watch basketball by himself.

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Oct 25 2019

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Rank #7: 20 NBA Draft Questions on Trae Young, Marvin Bagley, Luka Doncic, and More

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On today's show Andrew Sharp and Ben Golliver celebrate the eve of the NBA Draft by reminding you that Open Floor will be broadcasting live on SI's Draft Show Thursday night. Then: the combine interview process, whether Jaren Jackson Jr. can sell you a pen, and what type of utensil Lonnie Walker Jr. would be. From there: the importance of franchise stability, the strange lack of buzz around Trae Young, the draft process adventures of Michael Porter Jr., the boom-or-bust potential of Marvin Bagley Jr., the Dwight Howard trade, how the Warriors will infuriate everyone, and what to make of Mo Bamba. At the end: Wendell Carter Jr as a sleeper, Luka Doncic as the number one pick, the next generation of Giannis Inc., and why there was no Open Floor draft party at a Brooklyn Buffalo Wild Wings.

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Jun 21 2018

1hr 18mins

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Rank #8: Being Michael Jordan's teammate, more NBA quitters

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Ben Golliver and Michael Pina begin their latest recap of "The Last Dance" by asking how they would survive as Michael Jordan's teammate. Would Ben take the bullying without responding? Would Michael walk off the job? Then, they ponder whether Steve Kerr truly believes getting punched was the best thing that happened to his relationship with Jordan, break down Gary Payton's memorable cameo and show love to B.J. Armstrong. After making their predictions for the series' final two episodes, they shift gears to take more listener nominations for the NBA's biggest quitters.  

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May 15 2020

1hr 8mins

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Rank #9: Kawhi and Fred VanVleet Against the World, More Supermax Fun, Magic Johnson Has Takes

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On today’s Andrew Sharp and Ben Golliver connect for a late night recap of Game 5 in the Eastern Conference Finals. Topics include: The shocking turnaround for Toronto, sobering performances across the board for the Bucks, Fred VanVleet coming through as predicted all along on Open Floor, Kawhi Leonard on another planet, Giannis looking mortal, and the suddenly uncertain future for Milwaukee. Then (47:00): The All-NBA teams, second-guessing all the Klay second-guessers, and the latest twists in the ongoing mess surrounding supermax contracts. At the end (1:05): A look at the Wizards’ GM search, questions surrounding KD as the Warriors head to the Finals, and follow-up thoughts after Magic Johnson’s appearance on First Take at the beginning of the week.

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May 24 2019

1hr 43mins

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Rank #10: The Termites Go to the Finals, Giannis Inc. Addresses the Investment Community, Kawhi's Place in History

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On today's show Andrew Sharp and Ben Golliver talk through the triumph of the Raptors, Kawhi Leonard, Kyle Lowry, and millions of Toronto Termites who can now look down on legions of doubters. Topics include: the celebration in Toronto this weekend, the incredible performance of Lowry, Masai focusing on a title, various takes Sharp and Golliver got wrong, and whether this team is now playing with house money in the NBA Finals. Then (30:00): Official statementd on the health and future of Giannis Inc. after the Bucks collapse, questions about Coach Bud, a response to a sad and jealous Sixers ambassador, Malcolm Brogdon's offseason outlook, and Khris Middleton's performance in the East Finals. At the end (1:10): Early thoughts on Warriors-Raptors, Kawhi's evolution, his place in history, and a tremendous origin story for a Norwegian-turned-Termite.

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May 28 2019

1hr 33mins

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Rank #11: LeBron Strikes Back, Playoffs Have A Blowout Problem, Thibs Has a KAT Problem?

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On today's show Andrew Sharp and Ben Golliver begin by discussing the dominant response from LeBron James and the Cavs through Games 3 and 4 in Cleveland (2:00). Topics include: LeBron's strategy for the rest of the series, the Cavs supporting cast stepping up, proper levels of panic in Boston, how the series might look with Kyrie Irving, and whether anyone needs Cavs-Warriors IV. Then they move to the West and discuss the NBA's blowout problems through the Conference Finals (31:00). Topics include: home court advantage, a dream for the NBA Finals in the next decade, the impact of Steph Curry, and the challenge for James Harden through the rest of this series. At the end (60:00): checking in with the Wolves after a week of KAT rumors, continued Thibs angst, and a summer of chaos around the corner.

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May 22 2018

1hr 17mins

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Rank #12: Blazers/Raptors Summit, Time Machine Title Race, Most Unimproved Player

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On today's show Andrew Sharp and Ben Golliver begin by talking through the Blazers and Raptors (5:00). First: What did we learn from the Blazers winning streak? How close could they play the Rockets in the playoffs? Then they move to the Raptors (16:00). Is this the best challenger LeBron has ever faced in the East? And why should anyone believe Cleveland can guard them in the playoffs? From there they move to Kyrie Irving and John Wall in the top 15 (32:00) and more bizarre Kawhi news out of San Antonio (35:00). Then: the time machine title race (42:00), the most unimproved players of the year (48:00), the Sixers and the Process and the future of Okafor (55:00), Team USA in Melbourne (1:02) and relegating teams to Euroleague. At the end: British slang and team nicknames, our first brickhead NBA star, #TeamTolkien gets the last word, and the internet in Ireland.

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Mar 23 2018

1hr 24mins

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Rank #13: Coach of the Year, East Coast Dame Bias, Sixers/Bucks

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On today's show Andrew Sharp and Ben Golliver begin by discussing Gregg Popovich, Brad Stevens, Dwane Casey, and the coach of the year race as the regular season winds down. From there they move to evaluating Celtics free agents (17:00), Larry Nance as a starter in Cleveland (22:00), and the recent excellence of the Blazers and Damian Lillard (26:00). Then: the state of the Sixers and Bucks as they approach the playoffs (36:00) at the end more unsolicited advice for Giannis Antetokounmpo. At the end: unicorn-y unicorn skills (45:00), the most underrated players in the league (55:00), fake Hornets apologies (62:00), and real Pacers apologies (66:00), the Minnesota State fair, Sharp's chances of getting drafted, and Ben's diet.

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Mar 07 2018

1hr 23mins

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Rank #14: The Raptors Respond with No Klay, Kawhi vs. LeBron in 2020, Exploring Kyrie to the Nets

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On today's show Andrew Sharp and Ben Golliver are live at the Finals recapping Game 3. Topics include: Did Golden State just punt a finals game?, the Raptors' insane shooting performance and the impressive response up and down the roster, Klay's injury timeline, KD's return, Steph's obscene night, a Fred VanVleet branded swag update, and rethinking Golden State's legacy (or not). Then (35:00): Kawhi Leonard vs. LeBron James next season: who ya got? At the end (45:00): Exploring Kyrie to the Nets and whether that idea actually makes sense, Anthony Davis trade scenarios, Chris Paul for Andrew Wiggins, Donovan Mitchell vs. Devin Booker, Ben Simmons to the Bulls, and a reminder that none of this is matters because the earth is crumbling. 

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Jun 06 2019

1hr 12mins

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Rank #15: Ignoring Rockets Warnings, Reseeding the Playoffs, NBA Twitter Greatest Hits

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On today's show Andrew Sharp and Ben Golliver begin by discussing the Rockets (6:00) and whether we've all been ignoring signs that they are title contenders. Can anyone in the league stop Harden from getting to the rim? Will the supporting cast show up in the playoffs? And who's more likely to get to the Finals between the Rockets and Raptors? Plus: The case for re-seeding the playoffs begins in Houston this year (18:00) but are we sure there's really a problem? From there (34:00), a theory on Anthony Davis' injuries and a discussion of his ongoing run with the Pelicans. Then (45:00): Kawhi Leonard conspiracies, a discussion of plus/minus statistics, the Nets, and the next team to leave the losers lounge. At the end (60:00): Greatest hits from NBA Twitter, more Minnesota takes, and Golliver's goodbyes.  

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Mar 09 2018

1hr 13mins

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Rank #16: Begrudging Reminder that the Celtics Exist, The Latest Kawhi Talk, Lakers Make the Media Rounds

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On today's show Andrew Sharp and Ben Golliver begin by talking through Adam Silver's comments at the board of governor's meeting and whether the league should admit it has a competitive balance problem. Then (7:00) they discuss the imbalance between the East and West, and why no one seems to be acknowledging that the healthy Celtics are clearly the second best team in the league. From there (18:00): Raptors Kawhi Leonard rumors, how this summer has affected Kawhi’s value, and whether it makes sense for other teams to get involved. Then (30:00): A defense of Trae Young in the face of blasphemous comparisons, Floyd Mayweather visits summer league, Giannis Inc. updates, follow-ups to the 2017 re-draft conversation, whether Jayson Tatum is overrated, and whether Grayson Allen will start a full-blown fistfight next season. At the end (55:00): Jabari Parker's next team, cap smoothing hindsight and who deserves blame, Devin Booker's max deal, Luke Walton's next 12 months, and more thoughts on the summer in L.A.

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Jul 13 2018

1hr 23mins

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Rank #17: LeBronzo Part Deux, Warriors Without Steph, Overrated/Underrated Playoff Teams

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On today's show Andrew Sharp and Ben Golliver begin by discussing LeBron's weekend in Los Angeles. Why was so the visit to L.A. so underwhelming? What did we learn (if anything) about this current Cavs group? What about Magic and Rich Paul? And who is Juju Smith-Shuster? Then they move to the other contenders, including the Warriors (20:00), whether their continued success despite halfhearted effort should terrify the rest of the NBA, and Sharp's disastrous trolling effort Thursday. Then they play "Overrated and Underrated?" with various contenders (31:00), including discussion of the Rockets, the Raptors, the Bucks, the Pacers, the Sixers, and the field in the Western Conference. At the end (50:00): the progress of Julius Randle, the LeBron All-NBA dilemma, choosing the best version of Shaq, fusing two rosters to beat Golden State, dreaming (or not) about the Wolves, LeBron James Jr., George Karl, and 78 reasons to love the NBA. 

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Mar 13 2018

1hr 23mins

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Rank #18: Your New Favorite Team, Wizards/Celtics, Worst Takes

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On today's show Andrew Sharp and Ben Golliver begin by reliving the Wizards/Celtics game on Wednesday night. Then they make their nominations (8:00) for the best bandwagons in basketball for any fans without a favorite team. Nominees include the Milwaukee Bucks, the Miami Heat, the Washington Wizards, the Utah Jazz, the Philadelphia 76ers, and the Los Angeles Lakers. Then they discuss the worst takes of the 2017-2018 season (32:00), including Pistons optimism, Rockets skepticism, and LaVar Ball's Luke Walton thoughts. From there they move to the Blazers (45:00) and Damian Lillard's revenge, the Spurs playoff chances (50:00), and the franchises worth deleting (55:00). At the end: the final word on Minnesota, how to pronounce "Gif", Harry Potter, stranded on an island with Vince Carter, and March Madness picks.

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Mar 16 2018

1hr 16mins

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Rank #19: Luka Luka Luka, Bucks check-in, sputtering Rockets

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On today's episode, Ben Golliver and Rob Mahoney discuss the mounting hype around Luka Doncic following his weekend duel with LeBron James and his multiple triple-doubles. Should Dallas be viewed as a legit playoff threat? What's Luka's long-term ceiling? Would you undo/redo the Trae Young trade from either side? From there, Ben and Rob discuss NBPA executive director Michele Roberts' comments on China before taking questions from the Open Floor Globe on the Rockets' dynamic duo, the Bucks' uneven start and Kevin Love trade scenarios. They close by examining the conversation around Kyrie Irving's mental health and Rodney Hood's lack of flare.

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Nov 05 2019

1hr 8mins

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Rank #20: The Raptors Take Game 1, KD and the Question of the Finals, Tillman Takes the Wheel in Houston

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On today's show Andrew Sharp and Ben Golliver check in live from Toronto to recap Game 1 of the NBA Finals. Topics include: Pascal Siakam's incredible Game 1 (32/8/5), the Raptors doing their best OKC impression, the scene on the ground in Toronto, the cost of Golden State turnovers, and the triumph of the East. Then (30:00): The Warriors will probably need Kevin Durant to win this series, but Charles Barkley has said he's not coming back, and all of this is the biggest wild card in recent Finals history. At the end (50:00): The Rockets are cleaning house for some reason and their new owner is forfeiting the benefit of the doubt. Also, a 2 a.m. discussion of Drake as mayor of the sidelines at Scotiabank Arena. 

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May 31 2019

1hr 11mins

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Recapping NBA bubble opening night: Kneeling! LeBron! Rudy! Zion!

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Ben Golliver and Michael Pina offer a detailed breakdown of the NBA bubble's opening night. They start by analyzing the pre-game social justice demonstrations during the National Anthem by players, coaches and referees. Was this a demonstration, a protest or a sanctioned protest? Then, they pivot to discussing LeBron James's epic opener: a game-winner, a big defensive stand and a moving tribute to Colin Kaepernick. They wrap up by discussing the Pelicans' weird treatment of Zion Williamson and Rudy Gobert's full-circle moment after being the "patient zero" of American sports

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Jul 31 2020

1hr 7mins

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BONUS: Podding the Bubble - Part 3: Will the NBA Bubble Burst?

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Podding the Bubble is a three-part mini-series taking a deep dive look into the biosphere created by the NBA in Orlando. Part 3 puts the NBA's plan into the context of what other major sports leagues are doing, and of the pandemic at large as it stands today. And with the help of global health expert and noted bioethicist, Dr. Zeke Emanuel, we try to answer the question: Was all of this a good idea?

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Jul 29 2020

28mins

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The NBA returns, complete with strip club drama - NBA Bubble Insider

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Ben Golliver and Michael Pina welcome NBA fans to opening week of the bubble restart. They discuss how stars like LeBron James, Giannis Antetokounmpo and Luka Doncic looked in early scrimmage play, and break down the audio and visual components of the NBA's new made-for-TV courts. From there, they dive into Lou Williams' Magic City misadventure. Did he threaten the bubble? Should we be thanking our lucky stars for Jack Harlow? Do Williams and the Clippers owe their fans and colleagues an apology? Then, the Open Floor Globe weighs in with questions. How close in proximity are the MLS and NBA bubbles? Are there any titles from past NBA history that deserve asterisks? Who won the Jay-Z versus Nas beef? 

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Jul 28 2020

1hr 13mins

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BONUS: Podding the Bubble - Part 2: Will the NBA Players Go Stir Crazy?

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Podding the Bubble is a three-part mini-series taking a deep dive look into the biosphere created by the NBA in Orlando. Part 2 follows the lives of the NBA players inside the bubble who now face a unique challenge. How do they stave off restlessness and cabin fever for three months while living inside the bubble through the rest of the season and the playoffs? Not to mention, they still have to find a way to play their best basketball.

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Jul 28 2020

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BONUS: Podding the Bubble - Part 1: A Deep Dive into the NBA Biosphere

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Podding the Bubble is a three-part mini-series taking a deep dive look into the biosphere created by the NBA in Orlando. Part 1 explores how the NBA decided that a bubble was the right solution for them to be able to finish the 2019-2020 NBA season and conduct something resembling a normal playoffs and NBA finals. We'll also get into how the bubble is supposed to work on paper, both for players and basketball staff, as well as for Disney Parks employees, and for journalists.

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Jul 27 2020

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LeBron James & Giannis Antetokounmpo meet the media at NBA bubble practices - NBA Bubble Insider

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Ben Golliver and Michael Pina celebrate as the NBA's Disney bubble opened practice sessions to the media. What was the best thing LeBron James said? How did Giannis Antetokounmpo's shot look? Are the Bucks about to spoil all the narratives and run to a "boring" title just like the Spurs of yore? From there, Ben and Michael take questions from the Open Floor Globe. What do the new playing courts look like? Should we rename the "Mt. Rushmore of the NBA" conversation? Will players want to keep their social justice message jerseys after this season?

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Jul 23 2020

1hr 2mins

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NBA bubble tour & top informant suspects - NBA Bubble Insider

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Ben Golliver and Michael Pina get into the NBA bubble talk with a quick tour from Ben of the media's access area after he finally cleared his week-long quarantine. Which Disney World areas and amenities are available to media and which are off limits? Which NBA players and figures has he seen so far? Do the NBA's rules regarding media access make sense? From there, Ben and Michael dig into everyone's favorite bubble topic: the informant tip line. Which players are most likely to rat out violators? What kind of crazy informant conspiracies has Tinfoil Hat Pina come up? Is Michael actually a secret agent? What would it take for Ben to call the line? 

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Jul 21 2020

1hr 8mins

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Latest from NBA bubble & playoff X-factors - NBA Bubble Insider

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Ben Golliver and Michael Pina open with the latest from the NBA bubble, where Ben has entered Day 5 of quarantine. How is Ben holding up? Is Michael starting to get worried? Are the NBA's safety protocols holding up as designed? From there, they shift gears to an extended conversation about playoff X-factors, discussing Mike Budenholzer, Kemba Walker, Zion Williamson, Anthony Davis and more. They close by launching Michael's new series of book recommendations, "The Pod Reads."

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Jul 17 2020

1hr 18mins

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Reporting live from the NBA's Orlando bubble - NBA Bubble Insider

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Ben Golliver and Michael Pina detail the launch of the NBA's Orlando bubble, with Ben reporting live from Disney World as he begins his seven-day hotel room quarantine. They talk through a variety of topics: how to pack for a three-month trip, how to dress for a bubble playoffs, how media members are able to interact with each other, and how the NBA's extensive coronavirus testing raises ethical questions given the state of testing around the country. From there, Ben and Michael name their NBA bubble soulmates, select their favorite player social media accounts to follow, and ponder how Rudy Gobert will be treated by the broadcast media when games return. They close by taking reader questions about the use of the term "stud" and on Stephen Jackson's unfortunate turn. 

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Jul 14 2020

1hr 14mins

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It's finally NBA bubble time! Plus, more worst decisions of the decade - NBA Bubble Insider

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Ben Golliver and Michael Pina announce that Ben will enter the NBA's Orlando quarantine bubble this weekend. Michael offers his travel tips and the two discuss health, food, exercise, and other quality of life concerns as a marathon hotel stay awaits. They check in on why the MLS had to send two teams home from its bubble and answer questions from the Open Floor Globe about how the next three months might unfold. From there, they double back to answer queries about topics from previous episodes, including the value of ring-chasing and which common phrases should be removed from the NBA pundit lexicon in light of the social justice protests. They close by running through listener nominations for worst NBA moves of the past decade, including the Paul George trade, the Grievis Vasquez trade, the entire Timberwolves franchise history, and Nerlens Noel betting on himself.

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Jul 10 2020

1hr 21mins

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The 10 worst NBA decisions since "The Decision" by LeBron James

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Ben Golliver and Michael Pina commemorate the tenth anniversary of LeBron James's "The Decision" television special by running through the 10 worst NBA decisions of the past decade. Before they dig into the list, Ben and Michael recall where they were when they found out James had picked the Heat in 2010, whether Miami's four-year run was a success or a disappointment (or both), and why "The Decision" left such a major mark on the league. Then, it's time to dig deep on blown draft picks (Anthony Bennett), terrible trades (Jayson Tatum), insane free agent contracts (Ian Mahinmi), and much more.

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Jul 07 2020

1hr 25mins

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NBA ramps up and top contenders push back on asterisk talk

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Ben Golliver and Michael Pina take stock of the NBA ramping up its return for the Orlando bubble. Top contenders like the Lakers, Clippers and Bucks met the media this week, seeking to pick up their title chases and push back against asterisk talk. Will the 2020 champs get an asterisk or a gold star? Is this, like Giannis Antetokounmpo said, the "toughest championship" of all time? From there, Ben and Michael take questions from the Open Floor Globe. Who is Steele Sidebottom and how will players be punished if they violate the terms of the bubble? How should we distinguish between the coronavirus and an injury? Did the pairing of Vince Carter and Tracy McGrady in Toronto deserve more props? Why are the Jazz on opening night in Orlando? What should you do if a deer interrupts your free-throw shooting routine? 

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Jul 03 2020

1hr 4mins

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Vince Carter retrospective & NBA schedule breakdown

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Ben Golliver and Michael Pina open by taking a long look back at Vince Carter's career after the 22-year vet announced his retirement? Where did he rank compared to his contemporaries? What were his best moments? How will he be remembered? Did he inspire love? Did he have both the greatest in-game dunk and Dunk Contest dunk of all time? Will he make the Hall of Fame? From there, Ben and Michael shift gears with a breakdown of the NBA's schedule for the Orlando restart. Which opening week games are the most tantalizing? Do Zion Williamson and the Pelicans have the inside track to the playoffs? Which first-round playoff matchups do the guys want to see?

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Jun 30 2020

1hr 18mins

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NBA players test positive for coronavirus, renaming awards, star semantics

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Ben Golliver and Michael Pina take stock of the NBA's return plan, which saw players report to their teams for coronavirus testing this week. Is the media to blame for reporting an individual player's positive tests? If now, how should the NBA be handling the testing results? Did Nikola Jokic's positive test reveal anything new about worst-case scenarios facing the league inside the bubble? Then Ben and Michael touch on the worsening state of the coronavirus in Florida and how fans should react to players who decide not to participate before taking questions from the Open Floor Globe. Which NBA awards and accomplishments should be named after famous players? Should it be the Kareem Abdul-Jabbar MVP award and the Michael Jordan scoring title? To close, the guys debate the difference between a "star" and "superstar" and wonder whether there should be a new category that differentiates between a garden-variety superstar and the cream of the crop. 

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Jun 26 2020

1hr 12mins

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Remember that NBA move? Plus, Florida's coronavirus spike

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Ben Golliver and Michael Pina open by going back to review some of the NBA's minor transactions from February and March before the shutdown. Consider this "Who he play for?" Open Floor style. Who signed Reggie Jackson? Michael Kidd-Gilchrist? Joakim Noah? Jeff Green? Markieff Morris? They debate whether any of those moves will be viewed in a new light given the NBA's Orlando bubble plan and possible player withdrawals. From there, they pivot to questions from the Open Floor Globe. How concerned should the NBA be about Florida's spike in coronavirus cases? Does the NBA have enough schedule flexibility to handle a wider outbreak in Orlando or would a forfeit be in order? Would the NBA consider signing up its players for vaccine trials? Is it time to bust myths like "the team with the best player always wins the series"? 

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Jun 23 2020

1hr 11mins

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Life, safety and games in the NBA's Disney World bubble

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Ben Golliver and Michael Pina dig into the NBA's health and safety protocol for the upcoming season at Disney World. Is this a good plan? How will games be played and which hotels will house the players? Will the players buy in? What are some of the quirks fans should watch for once play resumes? From there, Ben and Michael shift gears to take questions from the Open Floor Globe. What can the NBA do to increase its number of African-American owners? What happens in the empty arenas next year if NBA games can't be played with fans? Could the NBA players ever break off to form their own league? Should fans get to pick their audio broadcasts -- fake noise or real noise -- during the Orlando bubble? How can the broadcasts incorporate activist messages? 

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Jun 19 2020

1hr 14mins

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NBA players voice concerns about Orlando return

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Ben Golliver and Michael Pina react to the NBA players' various concerns about the Orlando return plan. What is Kyrie Irving's role in all of this? What did Damian Lillard tell Michael about his stance? Will basketball distract from the ongoing social justice protests? What would happen if the players collectively chose not to play? Have the health and safety questions been answered? Will the plan stay on track? From there, Ben and Michael shift gears to answer questions from the Open Floor Globe. Can the NBA incorporate fans into the visual and audio experiences? Which teams will be hurt the most by the long lay-off? Finally, who would be the worst person to present the Finals MVP trophy if Bill Russell can't make it to Orlando? 

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Jun 16 2020

1hr 20mins

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NBA superstars mobilize for social justice

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Ben Golliver and Michael Pina open by surveying the superstar landscape to detail how the NBA community is gearing up in the wake of George Floyd's death. LeBron James tackles voting rights, Michael Jordan donates $100 million, Kevin Durant calls for fair treatment of the police officers involved in Minneapolis, Giannis Antetokounmpo seeks to better Milwaukee, Russell Westbrook funds a documentary about Tulsa, and Stephen Curry protests and chants about President Trump. After digging into each of those topics, Ben and Michael take questions from the Open Floor Globe about their all-quarantine draft from last week. Which team did the Globe think won? Who had a better draft strategy? Could a Globe member field a better team? Why were Luka Doncic and Marcus Smart snubbed? 

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Jun 12 2020

1hr 20mins

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Ten predictions for the new NBA playoffs

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Ben Golliver and Michael Pina dive headfirst into an impossible task: trying to predict the most unpredictable playoffs in NBA history. Will the NBA be able to keep its players safe and crown a champion? If so, who will win the title and Finals MVP? Will there actually be a play-in round? Will the extra eight regular season games influence the NBA award races? How will the neutral site impact the length of series? Will we see any noticeable differences from the referees? What aspect of the television product will Basketball Twitter whine about the most? How many owners will appear in the bubble? Should Michael Jordan make an appearance? 

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Jun 09 2020

1hr 18mins

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The NBA sets return plans & an all-quarantine draft

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Ben Golliver and Michael Pina open by recapping the NBA's 22-team return-to-play plan. Was it a good compromise, a money grab or both? Will it succeed in generating interest out of the gate? From there, they draft their all-quarantine teams, putting together eight-man rosters of the guys they expect to play well, and play well together, in Orlando's unique circumstances. Who will thrive without fans? Who will suffer? Which stars will be in tip top shape? How much should a TV-friendly roster matter? At the end, they challenge the Open Floor Globe to vote on whether Ben or Michael drafted the better squad.

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Jun 05 2020

1hr 16mins

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Great

By gfsugztcat - May 12 2020
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I listen to about 7 nba pods. This is the best one by far.

Michael saved the show

By Cheeseburglar10 - Feb 13 2020
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Thank you Michael, thank you.