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The Jump

Rachel Nichols and a rotating cast of ESPN NBA Insiders and analysts keep tabs on everything around the league.

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Giannis Signs the Supermax

Rachel Nichols, Amin Elhassan, Paul Pierce and Malika Andrews discuss why Giannis decided to sign his supermax extension with the Bucks. AND Rick Flair joins to the show to talk about his collab with Damian Lillard.

46mins

15 Dec 2020

Rank #1

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Kyrie's Media Blackout

Rachel Nichols, Paul Pierce and Brian Windhorst discuss the impact COVID vaccines will have on the NBA season. Is Kyrie's media boycott - something, nothing or everything? John Wall gears up for the Rockets first preseason game, AND can the Blazers truly contend in the West?

41mins

11 Dec 2020

Rank #2

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Harden Trade Watch

Rachel Nichols, Paul Pierce and Richard Jefferson discuss the latest James Harden trade news and the NBA investigating the Clippers recruitment of Kawhi Leonard. Malika Andrews joins for a Nets season preview AND an interview with the Matrix, Shawn Marion.

41mins

18 Dec 2020

Rank #3

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Lakers fall to 0-3 without LeBron this Season

Rachel Nichols, Richard Jefferson and Matt Barnes discuss the Lakers falling to 0-3 without LeBron this season, how James Harden's durability impacts the MVP race and where the best fit for Kyle Lowry is ahead of the NBA trade deadline.

40mins

24 Mar 2021

Rank #4

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James Harden's MVP Case

Rachel Nichols, Richard Jefferson and Robert Horry discuss James Harden's MVP case, Rudy Gobert's postgame comments after a loss to the Wizards and the level of concern for the Clippers after not winning consecutive games since February.

38mins

19 Mar 2021

Rank #5

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Nets sweep 5-game road trip

Rachel Nichols, Kendrick Perkins and Ramona Shelburne discuss the Nets sweeping their 5-game road trip, winning 6 straight overall and what adjustments they expect LeBron to make during AD's absence.

37mins

22 Feb 2021

Rank #6

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NBA & NBPA Finalizing agreement on All-Star Game

Rachel Nichols, Vince Carter and Kendrick Perkins discuss how the NBA & NBPA are finalizing an agreement on the All-Star Game in Atlanta and how LeBron feels about it.

35mins

5 Feb 2021

Rank #7

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Heat Blow 18-point Lead to Clippers

Jorge Sedano, Vince Carter and Kendrick Perkins discuss Jimmy Butler missing his 10th straight game due to COVID-19 protocols and how the Heat blew an 18-point lead to the Clippers who were without Kawhi and Paul George.

41mins

29 Jan 2021

Rank #8

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NBA Dealing with COVID

Rachel Nichols, Paul Pierce, Robert Horry and Zach Lowe discuss the latest COVID issues to hit the 76ers and Celtics. Kyrie Irving is not traveling with the Nets for personal reasons, and Luka Doncic is living up to his MVP-hype. Plus, we play "What Were You Thinking" with Robert Horry.

38mins

8 Jan 2021

Rank #9

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The Knicks may be on to something

Rachel Nichols, Kendrick Perkins and Jackie MacMullan discuss whether team's like the Knicks, Cavs, Magic and Hawks are just good stories or good teams.

40mins

6 Jan 2021

Rank #10

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2020 NBA Moments

Jorge Sedano, Kendrick Perkins and Nick Friedell on the show. Is Becky Hammon on track to be Pop's successor? Were you more impressed by the Hawks or Nets last night. AND we pick our most memorable NBA moments of 2020.

39mins

31 Dec 2020

Rank #11

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Harden in Hot Water Again

Rachel Nichols, Vince Carter, Kendrick Perkins and Adrian Wojnarowski discuss the latest trouble between James Harden and the Rockets. Rachel interviews Jayson Tatum about his new contact extension. Our panel makes their predictions for MVP, DPOY and ROY. Plus an interview with Tim Hardaway Sr.

45mins

23 Dec 2020

Rank #12

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Toughest NBA Finals Ever?

Rachel Nichols, Kendrick Perkins and Richard Jefferson debate LeBron's claim that 2016 & 2020 were the toughest NBA Finals ever. Tim MacMahon joins to discuss the latest on James Harden asking for a trade out of Houston, AND Zach Lowe comes on for a Bucks 2020-21 season preview.

45mins

8 Dec 2020

Rank #13

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NBA Schedule Release Show

Rachel Nichols, Paul Pierce, Matt Barnes and Brian Windhorst discuss the NBA schedule release AND preview the best matchups for the first half of the 2020-21 season.

43mins

4 Dec 2020

Rank #14

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Free Agency Winners & Losers

Rachel Nichols, Kendrick Perkins, Zach Lowe and Jackie MacMullan sort through all the winners and losers from free agency this weekend. PLUS we discuss the max extensions from the 2017 draft class: Jayson Tatum, De'Aaron Fox, Donovan Mitchell BUT no Bam Adebayo yet.

46mins

23 Nov 2020

Rank #15

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Best Move for Russ?

Rachel Nichols, Ramona Shelburne and Zach Lowe discuss the hot mess in Houston AND if there's a trade that makes sense for Russell Westbrook. We have details on the Warriors proposal to have fans at 50% capacity, a round of BS or Real Talk, AND an interview with Robert Covington.

44mins

13 Nov 2020

Rank #16