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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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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!

iTunes Ratings

120 Ratings
Average Ratings
88
9
14
5
4

Good stuff

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

I enjoy it!

By Jkdizzle3 - Feb 09 2018
Read more
This is a quality podcast!
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NBA A to Z with Sam Amick and Jeff Zillgitt

Latest release on Jun 15, 2018

The Best Episodes Ranked Using User Listens

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Rank #1: 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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Rank #2: 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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Rank #3: 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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Rank #4: 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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Rank #5: 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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Rank #6: 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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Rank #7: 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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Rank #8: 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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Rank #9: 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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Rank #10: 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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Rank #11: 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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Rank #12: 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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Rank #13: 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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Rank #14: 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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Rank #15: Who should you take in your fantasy basketball draft?

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You've done your homework, studied all the analytics and are ready for your fantasy basketball draft. But all things being equal, who should you take No. 1? Josh Lloyd from Basketball Monster and the Locked on Fantasy Basketball podcast joins USA TODAY's Kevin Spain to tell you. They break down the top five players, go over some positions, give you the sleepers and where you take them, and tell you some guys to avoid.

Oct 15 2016

29mins

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Rank #16: 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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Rank #17: 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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Rank #18: 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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Rank #19: Rachel Nichols, Paul Flannery on Cavs incredible run

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The NBA A to Z guys wrap up the NBA season in the wee hours following Game 7 of the Finals. They break down how the Cleveland Cavaliers won an improbable title, coming from a 3-1 series deficit to beat the Warriors 4-3. They hit on the surprising good game from Kevin Love and how much Kyrie Irving came through for the Cavs. A big discussion is how LeBron James reasserted himself as the best player in the game, whereas Steph Curry had been the guy during the regular season. The are joined by SB Nation’s Paul Flannery to discuss Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue and how when he was with the Boston Celtics, everyone - included then head coach Doc Rivers - thought Lue was going to be a great coach. Then ESPN’s Rachel Nichols joins to talk about LeBron and how great this championship was for him.

Jun 20 2016

44mins

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Rank #20: 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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