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We’ve got the NBA covered from A to Z with this inside look at the Association from veteran journalists Sam Amick and Jeff Zillgitt. Great guests and gab for the hoophead in you. 

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We’ve got the NBA covered from A to Z with this inside look at the Association from veteran journalists Sam Amick and Jeff Zillgitt. Great guests and gab for the hoophead in you. 

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A to Z works really hard and puts out great content, keep it up!

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This is a quality podcast!

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119 Ratings
Average Ratings
88
9
14
5
3

Good stuff

By soni91b - Feb 28 2018
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A to Z works really hard and puts out great content, keep it up!

I enjoy it!

By Jkdizzle3 - Feb 09 2018
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This is a quality podcast!

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NBA A to Z with Sam Amick and Jeff Zillgitt

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We’ve got the NBA covered from A to Z with this inside look at the Association from veteran journalists Sam Amick and Jeff Zillgitt. Great guests and gab for the hoophead in you. 

The West is brutal; Andrew Bogut interview

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The teams in the Western Conference who are in the playoffs are fighting for position as we move into the final week of the season and A to Z guys Sam Amick and Jeff Zillgitt discuss that with USA TODAY Sports' Kevin Spain. Sam Amick talks to Andrew Bogut about how he changed as a player and his Golden State Warriors. Kevin Spain and Sam Amick talk to Oklahoman reporter Darnell Mayberry about the Oklahoma City Thunder. The guys discuss the sale of the Atlanta Hawks and the players association announcement of awards voted on by players. Jeff Zillgitt and Kevin Spain talk to USA TODAY Sports colleges reporter Nicole Auerbach about top talent from the NCAA Tournament.

Apr 08 2015

1hr 29mins

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Draft talk, Justise Winslow interview

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USA TODAY Sports' Kevin Spain talks with Scott Gleeson about some of the top players at the upcoming NBA draft. Gleeson catches up with Duke's Justise Winslow, who talks about how his experience with Coach K prepared him for the NBA. Spain talks to Derek Bodner about the top five centers and power forwards in this year's draft.

May 19 2015

28mins

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Stephen Curry on how he has changed basketball

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Steph Curry talks to USA TODAY’s Sam Amick about his incredible three-point shooting and how he has changed the game. They discuss how other teams are trying to space the floor and open up shooters, emulating what he and the Golden State Warriors are doing. Curry said he’s flattered how even kids are trying to play the game like he does. He talks about discovering how he might be this generation’s Michael Jordan and the spotlight on he and his team. They discuss the idea that Curry could be the best ever and his thoughts on that. Before the interview, Sam makes his predictions for the Western Conference first round playoffs series.

Apr 15 2016

26mins

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Is Steph Curry unstoppable? Can Raps catch Cavs? Is Terry Stotts coach of the year?

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Since there's not much discussion of Stephen Curry and the Golden State Warriors, the NBA A to Z guys Sam Amick and Jeff Zillgitt talk about his season with USA TODAY's Kevin Spain. The guys also discuss the race in the Eastern Conference and if the Toronto Raptors can catch the Cleveland Cavaliers and what teams will make the playoffs. They explore the candidacy of Portland's Terry Stotts as coach of the year.

Feb 29 2016

52mins

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Around the NBA with Sam and Jeff

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In this episode, the A to Z guys Sam Amick and Jeff Zillgitt discuss who will emerge in this hotly-contested MVP race. They'll break down the top candidates and give their assessment on why each guy has a legit shot. Does Russell Westbrook win it if he averages a triple-double? Can James Harden win because of the Rockets' turnaround? LeBron James has been as good as ever, why not him? The guys also talk about the playoff races, which are tightening up as we begin the final stretch run of the season.

Mar 14 2017

52mins

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NBA First Round Playoff Breakdown

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On this week's NBA A to Z podcast, Insiders Sam Amick and Jeff Zillgitt break down the early part of the playoffs, from the mysterious Kawhi Leonard situation in San Antonio and what that might mean to the Cavs' struggles, Boston's battle against Milwaukee to the rest of the East and West matchups around the Association. 

Apr 18 2018

42mins

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The great best players debate

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Sam Amick and Jeff Zillgitt talk about who should be on the Eastern and Western Conference All-Star rosters. The guys start out with who should’ve been starting, but didn’t get the nod. They then break down who should be on the reserves on the East and West teams. They start with the East and an obvious pick in Kyle Lowry. They then look at some who should be in and some who are long shots. Does the poor season in New York hurt the chances of Carmelo Anthony and Kristaps Porzingis? They go out west and discuss some difficult picks into guys who should be on the team but might not make it. They discuss if Portland’s step back this season hurts Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum’s chances. After they talk All-Stars, they discuss the state of the top of the league coming out of the big San Antonio Spurs win against the Cleveland Cavaliers. They talk about what we learned about those teams coming out of that game.

Jan 24 2017

1hr 4mins

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Billy Donovan, Oklahoma City Thunder coach; MVP Debate Pod

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On this week's edition of the NBA A to Z podcast, Sam talks to Oklahoma City Thunder coach Billy Donovan about Russell Westbrook's special season and the question of how he sizes up against the Houston Rockets' James Harden in the MVP race. Donovan, the former Florida coach who joined the Thunder two summers ago, shares behind-the-scenes stories of Westbrook's winning ways and why his impact goes well beyond his numbers."

Apr 04 2017

37mins

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Why is Ben Simmons No. 1 in mock draft boards?

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The first USA TODAY NBA mock draft is out and the man who put it together, Derek Bodner, joins Kevin Spain to discuss. They talk about possible top pick Ben Simmons from LSU and how his game fits into the NBA. They break down other players in the Top 10 -- guys who can make an immediate impact and possible surprises. Then they discuss guys at the lower end of the draft and their opportunity to be a good longterm player.

Mar 25 2016

36mins

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Why 76ers' Sam Hinkie resigned and he's still polarizing

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When Philadelphia 76ers general manager Sam Hinkie resigned recently, he wrote a 13-page letter to the owners of the team. That letter was leaked to the public and it had quotes attributed to people like Warren Buffett and Abraham Lincolin. NBA A to Z guys Sam Amick and Jeff Zillgitt discuss the resignation, the state of the Sixers and most importantly, the letter. That is what everyone in the league has been talking about.

Apr 08 2016

39mins

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Can the Warriors or Kristaps Porzingis be stopped?

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The Golden State Warriors keep piling up wins and the NBA A to Z guys Sam Amick and Jeff Zillgitt weigh in with Kevin Spain on how good they are and how impressive Luke Walton has been as interim coach. They also look at how good Kristaps Porzingis looks for the New York Knicks so far and how Ryan Anderson has gotten hot for the New Orleans Pelicans. Everyone is doing the Dirk now - Dirk Nowitzki's influence on the tall shooter. The ageless wonders of Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh are leading the Miami Heat to good things so far. The guys give their airball and swish. Oh, and there's an interlude about going to a Grateful Dead concert (after all, we're talking about a Walton).

Nov 24 2015

42mins

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Billy Donovan joins to talk about his rookie year

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Not many coaches have made the leap from college to the NBA and been successful right off the bat. Jeff Zillgitt, USA TODAY NBA reporter, sat down with one of those guys, Billy Donovan of the Oklahoma City Thunder. The two discuss the move Donovan made, what he's learned on the job and his relationship with Thunder stars Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook.

Apr 28 2016

18mins

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Isaiah Thomas on life on and off the court

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Sam Amick chats with Boston Celtics guard Isaiah Thomas. They talk about Isaiah’s work with the Boy’s and Girl’s Club in Tacoma, Wash. He donated a basketball court and talked to kids about his story, how as a boy growing up he had to fight battles and what he had to overcome to become a professional athlete. They talk about Isaiah’s time in Sacramento and how it all ended there. They also talk about his journey to Boston and how he’s in a perfect situation for him now. Isaiah talks about his relationship with Celtics coach Brad Stevens. They talk about Isaiah’s parents, and how they instilled into him his work ethic. They talk about how Isaiah grew up a Lakers fan and he thought he was going to be drafted by them when he came out of college. They talk about the upcoming All Star weekend and his thoughts on not being a starter.

Feb 14 2017

41mins

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Breaking down the trades at NBA trade deadline

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NBA A to Z guys Sam Amick and Jeff Zillgitt break down the trades made at NBA trade deadline. There's more to the story of Jeff Green being shipped out of Memphis. What to make of Lance Stephenson with the Grizzlies. How did the Wizards make out in their move. And, Dwight Howard is still in Houston.

Feb 18 2016

33mins

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Learning how NBA teams roster moves work with Larry Coon, The Sports Business Classroom

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On this week's NBA A to Z podcast, Insider Sam Amick talks with Larry Coon, the league's preeminent expert on the collective bargaining agreement, a longtime NBA writer and the founder of The Sports Business Classroom event that takes place every July at Las Vegas Summer League. Sam and Larry discuss the story behind his famous CBA FAQ, the behind-the-scenes discussions he frequently has with league executives about key roster moves, and the ways in which he's paying it forward by way of The Sports Business Classroom.

May 01 2018

38mins

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Who are the biggest threats to the Golden State Warriors?

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On this week's NBA A to Z, USA TODAY Sports' Insiders Sam Amick and Jeff Zillgitt break down the would-be threats to the Golden State Warriors' throne. Can the Houston Rockets, with Chris Paul back in the fold, pose a problem for Golden State? Might San Antonio survive the extended absence of Kawhi Leonard to truly challenge the champs? Jeff breaks down the most familiar foe of all, LeBron James' Cleveland Cavaliers, with beat writer Joe Vardon of Cleveland.com

Nov 28 2017

50mins

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Jared Dudley on free agency, today's players and best food cities in the NBA

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Jared Dudley of the Washington Wizards joins NBA A to Z guys Sam Amick and Jeff Zillgitt to talk about the evolution of the game and how his position of stretch four has changed. They also discuss free agency and Dudley’s opinion that the mid-level salaries need to be adjusted. Amick talks to LeBron James about former players criticizing Stephen Curry’s game, as well as some of the other current players and Dudley also weighs in. Being a foodie, Dudley talks about some of the great food cities in the NBA.

Mar 11 2016

45mins

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Why Kevin Durant is going to the Warriors

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How did the Golden State Warriors land Kevin Durant in free agency? Sam Amick and Jeff Zillgitt, USA TODAY NBA reporters walk you through the behind the scenes and discuss the meetings that were had that led to his decision. They also discuss what backlash Durant might experience for leaving the Thunder, comparing it to what LeBron James went through when he left Cleveland to join the Miami Heat. They then talk about how the Warriors with Durant will play. They also discuss how things will be different for the Oklahoma City Thunder this season and how they will have some decisions to make for the future as well.

Jul 04 2016

24mins

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Going inside the Golden State Warriors

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Ever wonder what it’s like to be on the inside of a championship team? USA TODAY’s Sam Amick talks to Golden State Warriors assistant general manager Travis Schlenk. They discuss everything from how life is with the team on the road, what it’s like after wins and losses and how to keep building a team when you pick at the end of the draft. They also talk about what the team thought of Draymond Green when he was at Michigan State and what he thinks of how good Stephen Curry is now.

May 20 2016

34mins

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Stephen Curry talks about the MVP award and the season

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In the minutes after giving his speech for winning the NBA’s most valuable player award, Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry joined USA TODAY’s Sam Amick on the phone. The two discuss his award, the first time a player ever got all first place votes. They also talk about the crazy season and how he has had to watch some of the playoffs because of injury.

May 12 2016

8mins

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NBA Finals Recap

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On this week's NBA A to Z podcast, USA TODAY Sports Insiders Sam Amick and Jeff Zillgitt reflect on the Finals and what the latest Warriors title means, discuss the draft and all the fireworks that might come with it and dissect LeBron James' free agency options from every angle.

Jun 15 2018

40mins

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NBA Finals Game 1 recap - JR Smith's historical brain cramp

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On this week's NBA A to Z pod, we unpack the wild Game 1 of the Finals and what it means for the Warriors and Cavs going forward with USA TODAY Sports' Sam Amick, Michael Singer and A.J. Neuharth-Keusch. Will LeBron James ever forgive JR. Smith for his late-game blunder? Was this the Cavs' last, best at challenging the Warriors? So many questions, and we're here for the answers.

Jun 02 2018

33mins

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Inside the Conference Finals and a look at the 2018 draft

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On this week’s NBA A to Z podcast, Insiders Jeff Zillgitt and Sam Amick discuss the Western finals between the Golden State Warriors and Houston Rockets and Eastern Conference final between the Cleveland Celtics and Boston Celtics. Both series are going at least six games. Also, USA TODAY Sports’ NBA editor Mike Singer joins the pod to discuss the NBA draft combine and its impact on the June draft.

May 23 2018

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Conference Finals Breakdown

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On this week’s NBA A to Z podcast, Insiders Jeff Zillgitt and Sam Amick discuss the Eastern Conference finals between the Boston Celtics and Cleveland Cavaliers and Western Conference finals between the Golden State Warriors and Houston Rockets. With a break between Games 2 and 3 in both series, Jeff and Sam dig deep and break down what’s transpired through two games.

May 17 2018

54mins

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Inside the NBA video room

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On this week’s NBA A to Z podcast, Insiders Jeff Zillgitt and Sam Amick talk with Mo Dakhil, a former video coordinator for the Los Angeles Clippers and San Antonio Spurs. Mo goes behind the scenes inside the video room and describes the role and life of a video coordinator during the regular season and playoffs. What do coaches want from the video coordinator? What do players want? Plus, Mo tells us how he found a way to stop of a Los Angeles Lakers play involving Kobe Bryant.

May 09 2018

43mins

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Learning how NBA teams roster moves work with Larry Coon, The Sports Business Classroom

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On this week's NBA A to Z podcast, Insider Sam Amick talks with Larry Coon, the league's preeminent expert on the collective bargaining agreement, a longtime NBA writer and the founder of The Sports Business Classroom event that takes place every July at Las Vegas Summer League. Sam and Larry discuss the story behind his famous CBA FAQ, the behind-the-scenes discussions he frequently has with league executives about key roster moves, and the ways in which he's paying it forward by way of The Sports Business Classroom.

May 01 2018

38mins

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Ian Thomsen, basketball writer

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On this week’s NBA A to Z podcast, Insiders Sam Amick and Jeff Zillgitt talk to veteran basketball writer Ian Thomsen whose new book ‘The Soul of Basketball: The Epic Showdown Between LeBron, Kobe, Doc, and Dirk That Saved the NBA’ was just released. The book focuses on the 2010-11 season and how it revealed the NBA’s identity and its impact on the future of the league. Thomsen shares stories about LeBron James, Dirk Nowitzki, Pat Riley, Doc Rivers and Gregg Popovich, and he explains why he wanted to write the book.

Apr 24 2018

42mins

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NBA First Round Playoff Breakdown

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On this week's NBA A to Z podcast, Insiders Sam Amick and Jeff Zillgitt break down the early part of the playoffs, from the mysterious Kawhi Leonard situation in San Antonio and what that might mean to the Cavs' struggles, Boston's battle against Milwaukee to the rest of the East and West matchups around the Association. 

Apr 18 2018

42mins

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C.J. McCollum, Portland Trail Blazers

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On this week's edition of the NBA A to Z podcast, Insiders Sam Amick and Jeff Zillgitt talk with Portland Trail Blazers star and new podcast host, C.J. McCollum. The 26-year-old whose team is on the verge of the playoffs, and who graduated with a journalism degree from Lehigh University, launched a new show, "Pull Up with C.J. McCollum," to discuss life on and off the court in the NBA. He discusses this season, his new venture and how sharing his opinion stirs emotions from fans. He also talks about the media and how it covers the league.

Apr 11 2018

38mins

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Breaking down the playoff races; Jon Krawczynski, The Athletic

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On this week's edition of the NBA A to Z podcast, Insider Sam Amick discusses the Wild West playoff race with Jon Krawczynski of The Athletic. They discuss the Minnesota Timberwolves' attempt to end their league-long playoff drought, the San Antonio Spurs' hopes of continuing their two-decade-long playoff streak, and the many other subplots of this race. 

Apr 03 2018

38mins

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Donovan Mitchell and Rudy Gobert, Utah Jazz; Top stories from around the NBA

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On this week's NBA A to Z podcast, Insider Sam Amick talks with Utah Jazz stars Donovan Mitchell and Rudy Gobert about their surprise season and their respective candidacies for the Rookie of the Year and Defensive Player of the Year awards. Sam and fellow NBA reporter Jeff Zillgitt discuss other storylines as well, from LeBron James' place in the MVP race to the Washington Wizards and why getting John Wall back is such a big deal.

Mar 27 2018

31mins

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NBA writer Sam Smith

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On this week’s NBA A to Z podcast, USA TODAY Sports Insider Jeff Zillgitt talks with veteran NBA writer Sam Smith, who covered Michael Jordan’s Chicago Bulls, about Sam’s new book titled Hard Labor: The Battle That Birthed the Billion-Dollar NBA. Sam shares his insights about an era of basketball that was historical – with its share of political, racial and social issues as players fought for their rights on and off the court. He discusses the way the game was played, Oscar Robertson’s lawsuit, along with other players, that led to free agency, Spencer Haywood’s fight to leave college early and the relationships between players that helped make the game what it is today. Smith also talks about the current state of the NBA, including the Bulls’ rebuilding process and the NBA playoff races.

Mar 20 2018

50mins

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Alvin Gentry, head coach Pelicans; Rajon Rondo Pelicans PG; Luke Walton, Lakers head coach

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On this week's NBA A to Z podcast, Insider Sam Amick shares observations from his trip to LA over the weekend to cover LeBron James' one-and-only visit to Laker Land this season. He caught up with Lakers coach Luke Walton during the trip, and discusses his team's turnaround and the integration of Isaiah Thomas into the mix as he enters free agency this summer. This week's episode also focuses on the New Orleans Pelicans, who have survived and thrived without DeMarcus Cousins after his season-ending Achilles tendon tear. Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry talks with Sam about Anthony Davis' MVP-caliber play and other factors in their success. Sam also talks with Pelicans point guard Rajon Rondo about his role in it all and how he sees his free agency future. 

Mar 13 2018

37mins

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The NBA A to Z Playoff Breakdown

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On this week's NBA A to Z podcast, Insiders Sam Amick and Jeff Zillgitt break down the wild playoff races in the East and the West and discuss all the possible ramifications of these final five weeks.

Mar 06 2018

34mins

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NBA on NCAA with Jalen Rose and Michele Roberts

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On this week's NBA A to Z pod, Sam Amick shares his Sloan Conference conversations in Boston with Michele Roberts (National Basketball Players Association executive director) and Jalen Rose (ESPN analyst, former NBA players). From the NCAA controversy to the gambling issue that is making its way into the NBA to the question of diversity in NBA front offices, they hit a number of hot topics. Sam breaks down the issues with fellow NBA reporter Jeff Zillgitt as well.

Feb 28 2018

57mins

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Around the NBA with JZ and Mike Singer

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On this edition of the NBA A to Z podcast, USA TODAY basketball insiders Jeff Zillgitt and Mike Singer take a look back at All-Star Weekend, address the workplace turmoil inside the Dallas Mavericks organization and look ahead to the storylines that will dominate the finals weeks of the regular season. 

Feb 26 2018

59mins

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All Star Weekend News and Notes!

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On this week's edition of the NBA A to Z podcast, Sam Amick and Jeff Zillgitt are joined by fellow USA TODAY Sports colleagues Michael Singer and AJ Neuharth-Keusch to talk about their forthcoming trip to Los Angeles for All-Star weekend. What to watch, what to know, and why the league's annual affair should be more entertaining than in recent years. Also, the guys look ahead to the home stretch of the season and discuss everything from the new-look Cavs to the Warriors, Rockets, Celtics, Raptors and more.

Feb 14 2018

43mins

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Trade Deadline Fireworks, Lakers beat writer Bill Oram, Paul George interview

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On this week's edition of the NBA A to Z podcast, Insiders Sam Amick and Jeff Zillgitt break down the trade deal that sent Isaiah Thomas from the Cleveland Cavaliers to the Los Angeles Lakers. The guys talk about what this means for both teams. Cleveland re-made its roster, but did it do something that can help it get back to the Finals? Did the Lakers make this move to free up space to go after LeBron James in the offseason? Sam also talks with Lakers beat writer Bill Oram of the Orange County Register, and shares his recent conversation with Oklahoma City Thunder star Paul George.

Feb 09 2018

40mins

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Blake Griffin Trade, John Wall's knee, and a discussion with NBA officials about the rising tension with players

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On this week's edition of the NBA A to Z podcast, Insiders Sam Amick and Jeff Zillgitt debate what the Blake Griffin trade means for the Los Angeles Clippers and the Detroit Pistons and discuss the fallout of John Wall's knee injury for the Washington Wizards. Sam, in a recent conference call with NBA league officials Byron Spruell, Michelle Johnson and Monty McCutchen, also explores the hot topic of rising tensions between players and officials.

Jan 31 2018

49mins

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Jason Kidd firing, All Star reserves, the trade deadline, plus an interview with Tom Thibodeau.

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On this week's NBA A to Z podcast, USA TODAY Sports reporters Sam Amick and Jeff Zillgitt discuss the firing of Milwaukee Bucks coach Jason Kidd, the All-Star reserves and how they see them, and the Feb. 8 trade deadline that is looming large. Sam also talks with Minnesota Timberwolves coach and president of basketball operations Tom Thibodeau, whose team has gone from winning just 31 games in his debut season to legitimate Western Conference contenders.

Jan 23 2018

47mins

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