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Hosted by Ben Golliver and Rob Mahoney, SI’s Open Floor podcast brings you breakdowns of the biggest news, moves and more from around the NBA.

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Hosted by Ben Golliver and Rob Mahoney, SI’s Open Floor podcast brings you breakdowns of the biggest news, moves and more from around the NBA.

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Not the same anymore without Sharp

By JBMcSexy - Dec 01 2019
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This pod used to be THE go-to NBA pod. Now it’s growing increasingly hard to listen to. Not the same without Andrew there to balance Ben out. It makes me sad to type this, but I’ll be unsubscribing.

Here's Your Review

By pianoman11 - Nov 29 2019
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Golliver+Sharp or bust - trust me

iTunes Ratings

2003 Ratings
Average Ratings
1732
66
48
34
123

Not the same anymore without Sharp

By JBMcSexy - Dec 01 2019
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This pod used to be THE go-to NBA pod. Now it’s growing increasingly hard to listen to. Not the same without Andrew there to balance Ben out. It makes me sad to type this, but I’ll be unsubscribing.

Here's Your Review

By pianoman11 - Nov 29 2019
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Golliver+Sharp or bust - trust me

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Open Floor: SI's NBA Show

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Hosted by Ben Golliver and Rob Mahoney, SI’s Open Floor podcast brings you breakdowns of the biggest news, moves and more from around the NBA.

LeBron and the Bizarro Cavs, Bucks Ressurection, Blazers Breakdown

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On today's show Andrew Sharp and Ben Golliver talk more playoffs. They begin by discussing whether this year's first round is already better than last year's entire playoffs (2:00), then move to the state of Rockets (8:00), and then the surreal state of the Cavs offense (15:00). From there they move to Wizards-Raptors (26:00), the Bucks evening the series against the Celtics (35:00), Eric Bledsoe vs. Khris Middleton, and the Cantina Controversy heard round the world. At the end (47:00): OKC-Jazz predictions, a quick check-in with the Sixers and the bitter end for the Blazers.

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Apr 24 2018

1hr 15mins

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The Westbrook Roller Coaster, LeBron Goes John Wall, Relationship Advice

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On today's show Andrew Sharp and Ben Golliver begin by talking all things Jazz and Thunder. Topics include: the madness of Game 4 in Utah, the ongoing struggles of Carmelo Anthony, Golliver's slow transformation into Jazz superfan, Westbrook's spectacular Game 4, and the week of Russ referendums on the internet. From there they move to the future of Paul George (20:00) and the potential for a Westbrook trade (25:00). Then: LeBron listened to Open Floor and hit a game-winner in Cleveland (30:00), while the Wizards and Raptors are very on brand so far (37:00). Then: some early thoughts on Warriors-Pelicans (42:00), fawning over Donovan Mitchell (48:00), and describing Ben Simmons (52:00). At the end (55:00): Cavs-Warriors in jail, an exclusive report on Giannis vs. the Cantina, Duke players in the NBA, and playoff relationship advice.

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Apr 27 2018

1hr 20mins

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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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Boogie Trade, Boogie Trade, BOOGIE TRADE

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On today's show, Andrew Sharp and Ben Golliver try to make sense of the DeMarcus Cousins deal on Sunday night. First, Golliver gives notes from the scene after the All-Star Game in New Orleans. Then: Is this worse than the Harden trade? Why couldn't the Kings have waited a few days? How much value did Cousins really have? And what will this mean for the Pelicans and the rest of the NBA? At the end: They recap their experiences in New Orleans, including behind the scenes of Aaron Gordon's dunk contest, and playing 1-on-1 with Joel Embiid.

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Feb 20 2017

1hr 5mins

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Draft Winners and Losers: Knicks vs. Bulls, Celtics, Sixers, and WOLVES

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On today's show, Andrew Sharp and Ben Golliver get together late night to talk through the winners and losers from the 2017 NBA Draft. Questions include: Which team is more depressing: Bulls or Knicks? How badly did the Bulls misplay their hand? How good can the T'Wolves be with Jimmy Butler? Is the Celtics blockbuster dead, or is it coming in July? How much better do the Sixers look with Fultz instead of Tatum? What's the state of The Process? How does Jonathan Isaac fit in Orlando? What about Josh Jackson in Phoenix? What the hell is wrong with the Knicks? And was Porzingis skipping his exit interview actually the most respectful move he could make? 

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Jun 23 2017

1hr 5mins

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Too Early or Not Too Early, The Record-Breaking Warriors, Kings Kings KINGS

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On today's show Andrew Sharp and Ben Golliver begin by discussing the latest updates in the neverending Jimmy Butler stand-off with the Wolves, and then discuss when it stops being too early to draw meaningful conclusions from the NBA regular season (9:00). Topics include: Writing off teams before Thanksgiving, the state of the Houston Rockets, fire tweets, whether saying the Lakers won't make the playoffs is a crazy take, and a disappointing first few weeks in Philadelphia. From there (35:00): The Warriors look incredible, and Golliver proposes various records they should try to break this season. Then (50:00): The Raptors and whether Kawhi Leonard is an MVP candidate, and the progress DeMar DeRozan has made in San Antonio. At the end (1:05): De'Aaron Fox and the Kings revolution, Australian NBA power rankings, and the nerdiest LEGO e-mail yet. 

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Nov 01 2018

1hr 18mins

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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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Mailbag: Warriors Back, Nurkic Rising, Nuggets Reality Check

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On today's show, Andrew Sharp and Ben Golliver field more questions from listeners. They begin with an update on the Warriors, who are as terrifying as ever and look poised to remove the drama from the NBA playoffs. Then: How real is the Jusuf Nurkic revolution in Portland? Who should win the MVP if we were voting based on acceptance speeches? Does Russ really have as much talent as Harden? Who is the most improved player in the league? Why haven't any coaches been fired this year? What should we make of Kobe's Musecage project? And how concerned should we be about the Nuggets future? At the end: updates on Golliver's chess game, Sharp's half-baked celebrity theories, and the NBA's version of a peanut butter taco.

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Mar 31 2017

1hr 20mins

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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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Top 100, 30-1: Middleton, Kyrie, Kawhi, Butler, Embiid, Durant, Steph, LeBron

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On today’s show Sharp and Golliver are again joined by Sports Illustrated’s Rob Mahoney for part two of their journey through this 2019 ranking of the top 100 players in the NBA. Topics include Khris Middleton, Kyrie Irving vs. Damian Lillard, Kawhi Leonard, Jimmy Butler, Joel Embiid, Russell Westbrook vs. Chris Paul, Anthony Davis, James Harden, Kevin Durant, Steph Curry, and LeBron James.

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Sep 17 2018

1hr 16mins

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The Bucks Look Like a Juggernaut, The Warriors as Test Takers, Way Too Early Offseason Ideas

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On today's show Andrew Sharp and Ben Golliver talk through the state of the Bucks. Topics include: how surreal this must be for actual Bucks fans, what learned in Game 1 against the Raptors, why this defense is so good, and what's possible from here. Then (30:00): The Warriors are not better without KD, but they may be more focused, and the Finals will bring another set of challenges. From there (40:00): Would the Pelicans trade for LeBron? How great can Zion be? And what about Kevin Love and Kyrie Irving to the Lakers? From there (55:00): 10 minutes on the Sixers future, Kemba on the Knicks, Beal on the Grizzlies, and ending with the most exciting possibility of all: Al Horford to the Hawks in July. 

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May 17 2019

1hr 23mins

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Masked Madness in Miami, Present Cavs/Future Celtics, Angry Playoff E-mails

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On today's show Andrew Sharp and Ben Golliver begin by celebrating the arrival of stars all over the playoffs, and then move to another incredible Sixers/Heat game (5:00). Why is this series so much fun? Who will win the battle over Joel Embiid's mask? And can the Sixers win the East? Then they move to the state of the Cavs (24:00) and the proper level of concern in this Pacers series, an update on the adventures of Playoff P (31:00), the arrival of Donovan Mitchell, and the return of Golliver Studios. From there they move to the Celtics in the playoffs so far (39:00), whether Jaylen Brown is better than Brandon Ingram, the ascent of OG Anunoby (47:00), and big men in the NBA Draft (51:00). At the end (57:00): Bucks, Wizards, Wolves, Ben playing hero ball, and a series of feisty listeners e-mails from the first week of the Playoffs.

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Apr 20 2018

1hr 24mins

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The End of Westbrook's Prime, Celtics Sweeping Toward Milwaukee, Donovan Mitchell and D'Angelo Russell

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On today's show Andrew Sharp and Ben Golliver begin by talking Russell Westbrook in the middle of a difficult first round series. Topics include: Whether this postseason marks the end of Westbrook's prime, ongoing battles with Damian Lillard, last year's Jazz series, not making the Carmelo mistake, playing with *a* purpose, the origins of Westbrook backlash, and what all of this might mean for the future in Oklahoma City. From there (34:00): Why does everyone continue believing in Celtics hype? What will a Boston-Milwaukee series look like? And what about Kawhi and the Raptors on the other side of the bracket? Then (50:00): Jamal Murray for Ben Simmons and why neither team would do it, the Nuggets fighting back against the Spurs, and various highlights from the playoff podium. At the end (60:00): the Rockets in game 3, the futures of Donovan Mitchell and D'Angelo Russell, and shoutout to Caris LeVert. 

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Apr 23 2019

1hr 16mins

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Sixers and Heat, Opening Weekend Reactions, Rockets Traveling Detectives

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On today's show Andrew Sharp and Ben Golliver celebrate the opening weekend of the playoffs. First they react to the first two games of the Sixers-Heat series, including the best strategy for defending Ben Simmons, another stubborn masterpiece for Dwyane Wade, and what Philly might look like with Joel Embiid back in the lineup. Then they celebrate the arrival of another legendary Paul George nickname (17:00) and discuss the dynamics in OKC-Utah. From there it's onto Cleveland (22:00) where LeBron James was on autopilot and Victor Oladipo was a superstar. Then: Giannis Inc. hits hard times in Boston (37:00), Kawhi is the biggest story from Warriors-Spurs (45:00), and the Blazers-Pelicans series is as good as expected (55:00). At the end (62:00): Joel Embiid posts an Instagram story, the Wizards are circling the drain, and the Rockets look great and terrifying.

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Apr 17 2018

1hr 25mins

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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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The Rejuvenation of Doc Rivers, Drafting Lonzo vs. Trading Russell, USS Zion Returns to Sea

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On today's show Andrew Sharp and Ben Golliver begin by highlighting Allen Crabbe's work in his neighborhood back in Los Angeles and Ben's time with Doc Rivers across town. What has changed with the Clippers over the past few years? What's possible this summer? And how many times can the Clippers dunk on the Lakers before this season is over? Then (25:00): A quick look at the Nets and Knicks as free agent targets, and then second-guessing some of this week's Lakers second-guessing. Is it fair to criticize the Lakers for the D'Angelo Russell trade? And why aren't more people criticizing them for the Lonzo Ball pick? Also (40:00): How good can D'Angelo Russell really be? From there (50:00): Joel Embiid can stake his claim to the throne this spring, Ja Morant has a triple double, RJ Barrett's complicated season, and some assorted thoughts on Zion Williamson as the tournament begins. At the end (1:15:00): The return of The Lantern™ as listeners share minor setbacks which cleared the way for triumphs later in life.

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Mar 22 2019

1hr 27mins

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Charles Barkley Has Some Takes, Golden State Compounds These Problems, Playoff P is the New Oladipo

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On today's show Andrew Sharp and Ben Golliver are live from NBA All-Star Weekend in Charlotte. They begin with talk about Nike hacking shoelaces, Zion Williamson, and Charles Barkley's thoughts on the Anthony Davis saga. Then (16:00): the shadow cast by the Hamptons Five, whether games still matter, and what the NBA might look like a year from now. From there (40:00): Paul George is making believers out of the whole world, Russ is playing with a purpose, and Trae Young leads a rookie class that looks kind of incredible. At the end (60:00): Checking in with LeBron as L.A. takesmen grow restless, and then listeners write in with ideas for All-Star Weekend -- including a ban on backboards, tampering live feeds, and a wine-drinking contest.

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Feb 15 2019

1hr 15mins

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Post-Deadline Wiz Therapy, Sixers/Bucks/Raptors Arms Race, Lessons from the Lakers Strikeout

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On today's show Andrew Sharp and Ben Golliver talk through the aftermath of the NBA Trade Deadline. First: Giving the people what they want with 15 minutes of sad John Wall news, mostly irrelevant Wizards complaints, and existential dread. Then (18:00): Talking through the risks and potential rewards of the Tobias Harris Sixers deal, the Bucks and Niko Mirotic, Giannis and the All-Star Draft, the Raptors and Marc Gasol, and what the Western Conference elitists have to say as their kingdom comes crashing down around them. At the end (55:00): Reviewing the Lakers at the trade deadline, whether the Pelicans will find a better offer in June, and finally, the return of The Lantern™ to discuss growing up with KD, intramural refs, Timofey Mozgov, DeJuan Blair, and more. 

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Feb 08 2019

1hr 16mins

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Winners and Losers Live from the Lottery, Warriors-Rockets in Review, The Post-LeBron Playoffs

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On today's show Andrew Sharp and Ben Golliver talk through the NBA Lottery results, including Zion to New Orleans, a lottery room breach, a sidekick for "Jaren", the Knicks, the Lakers, and a close call for the Wizards. From there (36:00): Warriors-Rockets in review, including a legendary performance from Steph Curry, and a debate on what happened to James Harden. At the end (1:03): Kawhi Leonard's shot and a mind-blowing Game 7, the Nikola Jokic apology, the Blazers and a year of redemption, and whether the NBA playoffs are better without LeBron James.

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May 15 2019

1hr 32mins

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Mailbag: Russ vs. Harden, PB+J, Draft Talk

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On today's show, Andrew Sharp and Ben Golliver take more questions from listeners. Discussion includes thoughts on the top five players to start a team with, James Harden's last season in Houston, the rise of the Milwaukee Bucks, the NBA's addiction to peanut butter and jelly, the future of Markelle Fultz, and what's waiting for teams in the draft.

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Mar 24 2017

1hr 8mins

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Live from the Bronny James beat, more NBA cheating ideas, Peak Giannis

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On today's episode, Ben Golliver and Michael Pina dig deep into Bronny James and the Sierra Canyon Trailblazers. After Ben's visit to the elite high school in California, they discuss the different environments faced by LeBron James and his son, the hype that has built around the Southern California powerhouse, how the ambitious school positioned itself to land Bronny and whether a LeBron/Bronny NBA connection is possible. From there, they open it up to the Open Floor Globe for another batch of hilarious plans for cheating in the NBA. They close with questions about how Giannis Antetokounmpo can reach his absolute peak and whether Kawhi Leonard made one of the worst free agency decisions of all time. 

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Dec 06 2019

1hr 8mins

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Quarterly NBA awards, the ethics of a scoring rampage, Spurs’ faith dwindling?

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On today's episode, Ben Golliver and Michael Pina reconvene after the long holiday weekend to hand out first-quarter NBA awards. LeBron James, Giannis Antetokounmpo or James Harden for MVP? Is Luka Doncic both an MVP candidate and the MIP favorite? Who are Michael's off-the-radar picks for Most Improved and Sixth Man? From there, they shift gears to discuss the evolving ethics of stat-hunting in blowouts. Should Harden have chased Kobe Bryant's 81-point mark or did the Houston Rockets do the right thing by shutting him down? To close, Ben and Michael take emails from the Open Floor Globe on the dwindling prospects of the San Antonio Spurs and a snowy sunrise at Bryce Canyon National Park.

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Dec 03 2019

1hr 11mins

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NBA schedule proposals, cheating the game, Harden's double teams

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On today's show, Ben Golliver and Michael Pina vote up or down on the NBA's three major schedule proposals: reseeding the conference finals, adding a midseason tournament, and incorporating play-in games for the playoffs. From there, they dive into a wide-ranging debate about cheating in sports. Should honor be a bigger deal? What can be done to curb flopping and other acts that violate the spirit of the game? What crazy methods, like Deflate-Gate in football or sign-stealing in baseball, could prove to be successful strategies in the NBA? They close with a discussion of James Harden's double teams, an absolutely epic takedown comparing Vlade Divac to POTUS, and a bunch of emails explaining how various Open Floor Globe listeners partake in the show. Note: Open Floor will take off on Friday for the Thanksgiving holiday and resume next Tuesday with the usual schedule.

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Nov 26 2019

1hr 21mins

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LeBron James, Luka Doncic and the top 5 stories of the 2019-20 season so far

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On today's show, Ben Golliver and Michael Pina run through the top five basketball stories of the 2019-20 season so far, highlighted by LeBron James's resurgence and Luka Doncic's emergence as an MVP candidate. From there, they take questions from the Open Floor Globe. How did Kawhi Leonard and Paul George look in their first game together? If the Warriors had the "Death Lineup," do the Clippers have the "Coma Lineup"? How good of a shooter does a 5'6", 220-pound listener need to be to make the NBA? Ben and Michael close by expanding their understanding of podcasting genres, adding "listening while cooking" and "listening while working on shooting mechanics." 

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Nov 22 2019

1hr 2mins

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Celtics cruising, Sixers stumbling, Carmelo resurrected, Paul George shining

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On today's episode, Ben Golliver welcomes his new co-host: Michael Pina, NBA writer for SB Nation. With Open Floor's bi-coastal balance restored, Ben and Michael dig into two teams at the top of the Eastern Conference: the Boston Celtics and Philadelphia 76ers. Are the Celtics as good as their record indicates? Does their hot start, coupled with Brooklyn's challenges, shine a new light on Kyrie Irving? How does Philly fix its offense? Are Al Horford and Joel Embiid a fit? Is the clock ticking on Ben Simmons again? From there, Ben and Michael take questions from the Open Floor Globe on Carmelo Anthony's resurrection with the Blazers and Paul George's strong start for the Clippers.

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Nov 19 2019

1hr 14mins

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Knicks coaching crisis, Harden's place in the hierarchy, Shot quality vs. shot location

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On today's podcast, Ben Golliver and Rob Mahoney discuss the dilapidated state of the Knicks. Is there any coach, or person, alive who could replace David Fizdale and find success? Why did the front office shift its expectations between July and November? Which of New York's young building blocks are keepers? From there, Ben and Rob debate James Harden's place in the NBA hierarchy and dissect Russell Westbrook's dismissal of Patrick Beverley. After discussing the relative importance of shot location and shot distribution, they close with a painful email from a British listener whose 2016 USA road trip was ruined by Klay Thompson. Note: This is Rob's last episode as co-host. Ben will welcome a new co-host on the next episode, which will be released on Tuesday.

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Nov 15 2019

1hr 6mins

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Siakam's soaring Raptors, Lillard's slumping Blazers, Rob Mahoney reflects on 7 years at SI

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On today's show, Ben Golliver and Rob Mahoney open with extended comments on Pascal Siakam and the Toronto Raptors. Where does Siakam rank right now? Is he actually Giannis-like? Does Toronto's player development program get enough credit? From there, Ben and Rob shift gears to discuss Damian Lillard's MVP start, the Blazers' roster problems, Ja Morant's Rookie of the Year chances and the fan's perspective on load management. To close, Rob reflects on his favorite stories and games as he prepares to leave Sports Illustrated after seven years.

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Nov 12 2019

1hr 3mins

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Giannis revenge mission, NBA statues, load management ethics

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On today's show, Ben Golliver and Rob Mahoney go deep on the Milwaukee Bucks after their recent win over the Los Angeles Clippers. They engage in comical Giannis Antetokounmpo hyperbole on the following topis: his revenge mission, MVP defense, pre-game grunting, winning plays and leadership intangibles. From there, they tackle pressing questions from the Open Floor Globe on everything from NYC marathon attire to the utility of the phrase "two-way player." Ben and Rob also debate the many ethical issues surrounding the load management question and how teams should determine which stars to honor with statues outside their arenas. They close by checking the temperature on Mike D'Antoni's seat in Houston.

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Nov 08 2019

1hr 6mins

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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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Steph Curry’s injury, Kawhi Stockton, Team Jo or Team KAT?

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On today's episode, Ben Golliver and Rob Mahoney discuss the grisly repercussions of Stephen Curry's broken hand for the Golden State Warriors. Should Golden State tank? Does this increase the urgency to trade D'Angelo Russell or Draymond Green? From there, they take questions on Kawhi Leonard's newfound passing ability, the Minnesota Timberwolves' impressive start and the longstanding rivalry between Karl-Anthony Towns and Joel Embiid. Are you team KAT or Team JoJo? Is a rivalry with Embiid the best possible thing that could happen to Towns? They close by considering an old man take on the NBA's "Content Industrial Complex" and debating whether League Pass is worth the sticker price. 

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Nov 01 2019

1hr 8mins

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Warriors' comeuppance, Trae Young's arrival, Suns' progress

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On today's show, Ben Golliver and Rob Mahoney consider the Golden State Warriors' slow start. Do their early struggles require a reputation revision for Stephen Curry, Draymond Green and Steve Kerr? Is there any hope for their putrid defense? Should they consider trading D'Angelo Russell or Draymond Green? Should they tank? Then, Ben and Rob shift gears to answer questions from the Open Floor Globe on Trae Young's All-Star chances, the Phoenix Suns' sudden competence, Dwight Howard's promising first week and Deandre Ayton's 25-game suspension. 

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Oct 29 2019

1hr 5mins

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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

1hr

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The NBA season is here! Finals predictions, Zion heartbreak & Jamal Murray's swag

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On today's show, Ben Golliver and Rob Mahoney gear up for the start of the 2019-20 NBA season by making their predictions. Which teams will make the conference finals? Who will win the title? What's the dream West match-up? Are there any spoilers looming in the East? Which teams will disappoint, which will surprise, and which will be downright awful? Then, Ben and Rob shift gears to reflect on the implications of Zion Williamson's knee surgery. How bad is this for the NBA as a whole? Will he need to change his body type? Are Blake Griffin and Greg Oden reason comparison points? They close by digging into Rob's Sports Illustrated story on Jamal Murray, which features a fateful coaching decision and a brash prediction of better days to come. 

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Oct 22 2019

1hr 9mins

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LeBron takes on Morey over China, NBA award predictions, Buddy's threat and Beal's deal

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On Today's show, Ben Golliver and Rob Mahoney pick up their jaws after LeBron James's pointed criticism of Daryl Morey on the Hong Kong/China issue. Did LeBron have a point about Morey's bad timing? Should activism be convenient? What did this episode reveal about LeBron? Did the controversy prove that Kawhi Leonard made the right decision to join the Clippers rather than the Lakers? Then, Ben and Rob shift gears to make their picks for MVP, ROY, DPOY, COY, SMOY and MIP. The usual suspects (Giannis and Zion) make appearances, but so do some other big names (Embiid, AD, Luka). Finally, they close with why context matters in Buddy Hield's negotiation standoff with the Kings, and the different levels of winning baked into the Wizards' new contract extension for Bradley Beal. 

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Oct 18 2019

1hr 6mins

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Harden and Westbrook deep dive, California vs. the World, the West's future powers

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On today's show, Ben Golliver and Rob Mahoney dive deep into Rob's Sports Illustrated NBA preview story on the Houston Rockets. How will James Harden and Russell Westbrook actually work together? Are the Rockets as unstable as they appear from the outside? Are they title contenders? Then, Ben and Rob take questions from the Open Floor Globe, assessing Tilman Fertitta's competence, fielding rosters for a "California vs. the rest of the world" showdown, and welcoming the coming galactic battle between Zion Williamson and Giannis Antetokounmpo. They close by discussing the West's best rising powers and taking on a brutal critique of Portland, Oregon, from an Irish tourist. 

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Oct 15 2019

1hr 7mins

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The NBA game goes on in China, Zion hype heats up, the next Jrue contract

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On today's show, Ben Golliver and Rob Mahoney detail the latest developments from the NBA's China crisis. What should James Harden make of Daryl Morey? Did Adam Silver let down the media by allowing the Lakers and Nets to play without conducting press conferences? Do Steve Kerr and Gregg Popovich deserve heat for sidestepping the controversy? Then, Ben and Rob field questions from the Open Floor Globe on Zion Williamson's debut week, which players have the chance to surprisingly live up to their massive contracts a la Jrue Holiday, and whether the NBA intelligentsia has it all wrong on the depressing Hornets.     

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Oct 11 2019

1hr 9mins

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Daryl Morey's China crisis, AD's stellar debut, 2020 NBA style of play

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On today's show, Ben Golliver offers an Open Floor "State of the Union" address in light of Sports Illustrated's recent staffing changes. Ben is then joined by his new co-host, Rob Mahoney of Sports Illustrated, to discuss Houston Rockets GM Daryl Morey's tweet about Hong Kong and the ensuing fallout in China. Should Morey have been fired? Could the NBA have handled its response differently? Are US politicians correct when they accuse the NBA of hypocrisy? From there, Ben and Rob discuss: Anthony Davis's stellar debut, how Davis compares with Giannis Antetokounmpo, and whether the NBA will see major changes in its style of play now that Kevin Durant hast left the Warriors. They close by analyzing Deandre Ayton's summer priorities and Michael Porter Jr.'s Rookie of the Year chances. 

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Oct 08 2019

1hr 5mins

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Meeting the Lakers and Sixers, Kyrie at Media Day, Rookie of the Year Projections

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On today's show Andrew Sharp and Ben Golliver begin by sharing some thoughts on the Sixers and Lakers after media days in L.A. and Philly. Then (20:00): The Clippers debut in L.A. and Kawhi gets booed at a Rams game. From there (30:00): Kyrie Irving opens up about his grief in Brooklyn, plus some thoughts on his comments regarding KD in the Finals. At the end (40:00): the wrong Bradley Beal trade, the right Bradley Beal trade, Zion Williamson concern trolling, contenders for the rookie of the year runner-up, and wireless headphones remain dumb.

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Oct 01 2019

1hr 7mins

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The Fog of a Tampering War, Brown and Ingram Extensions, Chris Paul to the Bucks

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On today's show Andrew Sharp and Ben Golliver begin by celebrating the imminent return of the NBA before a wide-open season. Then (5:00): A look at the the NBA's recent passage of new tampering rules, whether enforcement is realistic, why the Bucks were fined, and how much this harms or helps the game. From there (25:00): Contract possibilities for Jaylen Brown and Brandon Ingram, and whether the Celtics and Pelicans should offer them max extensions before October 21st. Then (37:00): The Suns as an Eastern Conference playoff team, the Bulls bandwagon, and some thoughts on Ariana Grande. At the end (60:00): a CP3 trade could redeem the Bucks offseason, unpacking the NBA's new height reporting, Rachel Nichols preaches availability gospel, and a moment for the mountain lions in Zion National Park.  

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Sep 27 2019

1hr 20mins

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Team USA Is Missing The Hawaiian Sunrise, James Harden PR Advice, NBA Wedding Etiquette

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On today's show Andrew Sharp and Ben Golliver reconnect after Golliver's vacation. They begin with a guide to watching the sunrise in Hawaii and some belated thoughts on Team USA's downfall at the FIBA World Cup in China. How much blame do U.S. players deserve? How much of this lays at Popovich's feet? Then: what we learned about the NBA's next generation (20:00), Kemba Walker and Khris Middleton, Carmelo Anthony, and prospects for 2020. From there: thoughts on James Harden's MVP frustration (40:00), Tillman Fertitta's Chris Paul comments, and Kevin Durant's comments in the Wall Street Journal. At the end (60:00): Doc Rivers and the proper etiquette for NBA coaches and players financing family weddings, plus revisiting Succession comparisons from the previous podcast.

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Sep 20 2019

1hr 24mins

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