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A daily breakdown of the latest story lines, trends, and important developments in the NBA. We promise to keep the Sixers and Celtics discussion to a reasonable amount … or to at least try.

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A daily breakdown of the latest story lines, trends, and important developments in the NBA. We promise to keep the Sixers and Celtics discussion to a reasonable amount … or to at least try.

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By Nick Charlton 24 - May 15 2020
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I agree with Isaac. The Baden perfection and Wilson evolution are my two favorite balls

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By Lese D - Apr 27 2020
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Episode 612 watch the Dennis Rodman 30-30 please

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Nick

By Nick Charlton 24 - May 15 2020
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I agree with Isaac. The Baden perfection and Wilson evolution are my two favorite balls

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By Lese D - Apr 27 2020
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Episode 612 watch the Dennis Rodman 30-30 please
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The Ringer NBA Show

Latest release on Jun 30, 2020

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A daily breakdown of the latest story lines, trends, and important developments in the NBA. We promise to keep the Sixers and Celtics discussion to a reasonable amount … or to at least try.

Rank #1: LeBron Thought About the Knicks, but It Was All a (Pipe) Dream | The Mismatch (Ep. 352)

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LeBron James comments on having considered the New York Knicks as a free-agent destination (1:17), the Sacramento Kings and Dallas Mavericks continue to overperform behind their young stars (14:50), the Boston Celtics return to excellence after a slow start (34:10), and the Los Angeles Lakers look to add Trevor Ariza to an already wing-heavy roster (43:10).

Hosts: Chris Vernon, Kevin O’Connor

Dec 11 2018

52mins

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Rank #2: NBA Over/Under With Bill Simmons—Eastern Conference (Ep. 142)

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HBO and The Ringer's Bill Simmons outlines the entire Eastern Conference with help from Joe House and Jason Concepcion. Topics include: the inferior Eastern Conference (6:00), the Bulls' tanking efforts (10:00), the Nets not tanking anymore (18:00), the lack of incentive for the Knicks (24:00), reasons why the Pacers will stay competitive (29:00), the awful Orlando Magic (35:00), Philly's chance to take the next step (42:00), the Miami Heat's dark-horse title chances (57:00), Jabari Parker's trade value (1:06:00), the Wizards' chance for a Boogie trade (1:11:00), the Celtics' new core (1:15:00), and Kyrie's relationship with Brad Stevens (1:18:00).

Oct 04 2017

1hr 21mins

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Rank #3: Ep. 77: The Trade Deadline Extravaganza With Chris Ryan

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The Ringer's Chris Vernon and Chris Ryan discuss the quiet NBA trade deadline, the Raptors' acquisition of P.J. Tucker (8:00), the Lakers' activity level (14:00), Nerlens Noel's value (19:00), Lou Williams to the Rockets (28:00), the Celtics' assets (32:00), and the overall impact on the playoff race (38:00).

Feb 23 2017

45mins

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Rank #4: Houston Trusts the Math, OKC Has a Westbrook Problem, and the Sixers’ Next Steps | The Ringer NBA Show (Ep. 254)

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The Ringer’s Chris Vernon and Kevin O’Connor react to the Houston Rockets’ unbelievable 50-point quarter against the Minnesota Timberwolves (0:28) and the Utah Jazz’s dominant victory over the flawed Oklahoma City Thunder (15:32). Then, they discuss the other series in the playoffs (44:18).

Apr 24 2018

58mins

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Rank #5: NBA Salary Reductions, Completing the Regular Season, Momentum Toward a Return. Plus: More Mailbag Questions. | The Mismatch

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News about the NBA’s potential return continues to trickle out. This week, we discuss whether NBA players would feel compelled to complete the regular season if it meant they'd make their full salaries, and the timeline for the league’s return (5:01). Then, we reach back into the mailbag to answer questions on Lonzo Ball’s basketball preference, our all-time 3-point shootout and dunk contest lineups, and our favorite seasons of covering the league (23:30).

Hosts: Chris Vernon and Kevin O’Connor

May 15 2020

53mins

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Rank #6: A Simmons-House Emergency Pod for Rockets-GSW Game 4 | The Ringer NBA Show

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Bill Simmons is joined by Joe House to give immediate reactions to a gritty, frantic win for the Houston Rockets over the two-time reigning champion Golden State Warriors to even the series at 2-2 (1:10). Then, Simmons and House discuss the Milwaukee Bucks’ sound win over the Boston Celtics to take a commanding 3-1 lead in the series, which featured a dominant, MVP-like performance from Giannis Antetokounmpo (21:10).


Host: Bill Simmons

Guest: Joe House

May 07 2019

36mins

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Rank #7: The (Sort of) Brawl in the Hall and the Broken Cavs (Ep. 192)

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The Ringer’s Chris Ryan and Kevin O’Connor review the various altercations in and around the Rockets-Clippers game (1:13), answer fan questions regarding the aforementioned incident (17:56), and analyze the Cleveland Cavaliers’ issues, as were on display against the Warriors (24:15).

Jan 16 2018

41mins

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Rank #8: Early Season Assessments With Bill Simmons and Tom Haberstroh (Ep. 155)

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HBO and The Ringer's Bill Simmons is joined by recently departed ESPNer Tom Haberstroh to give his thoughts on the Cavs' lacking defense (18:00), potential Boogie Cousins trades (30:00), and re-drafting the 2017 NBA draft (42:00).

Nov 03 2017

49mins

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Rank #9: Tanking Reform, Playoff Sleepers, and Anthony Davis's Brilliance With Bill Simmons | Heat Check (Ep. 218)

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HBO and The Ringer’s Bill Simmons brings on Haralabos Voulgaris and Jason Concepcion to discuss the trends of the modern NBA (3:09), the merits of advanced metrics (13:48), and how to fix tanking (34:17). Then they are joined by Justin Verrier to debate who belongs in the All-NBA first team (46:37), how much coaching matters (58:32), and the future of the post-trade-deadline Cleveland Cavaliers (69:14).


Link — The Ringer’s Kevin O’Connor on Takeaways From the Sloan Conference

Feb 26 2018

1hr 17mins

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Rank #10: Kawhi Leonard AND Paul George Go to the Clippers | The Ringer NBA Show

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Emergency pod! The Los Angeles Clippers win the Kawhi Leonard sweepstakes and acquire Paul George from the Oklahoma City Thunder.

Hosts: Chris Ryan, Kevin O’Connor

Jul 06 2019

40mins

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Rank #11: The State of the NBA With Bill Simmons and Haralabos Voulgaris (Ep. 145)

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HBO and The Ringer's Bill Simmons is joined by Haralabos Voulgaris after a long hiatus from the podcasting world to discuss the biggest offseason moves (6:00), Oklahoma City's potential contender status (13:00), Kyrie's lacking defense (19:00), LeBron's exit strategy (27:00), the Warriors' unselfishness (36:00), the myth behind the Warriors' reinvention of basketball (44:00), and Ben Simmons's Rookie of the Year campaign (55:00).

Oct 16 2017

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Rank #12: The Future of the Cavs and Knicks With Bill Simmons, Chris Ryan, and Justin Verrier | The Ringer NBA Show (Ep. 206)

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HBO and The Ringer's Bill Simmons sits down with Chris Ryan and Justin Verrier to discuss Kristaps Porzingis's recent season-ending injury and its effect on the trajectory of the Knicks' season (2:35), possible destinations for Avery Bradley (12:20), and just what the hell is going on in Cleveland (26:55). Then, the guys are joined by Jason Concepcion to commiserate about Porzingis and explore what kinds of changes he may make to his game when he returns (37:30).

Feb 07 2018

1hr 7mins

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Rank #13: The Playoffs Are Here! With Bill Simmons (Ep. 98)

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The Ringer's Chris Vernon is joined by Bill Simmons to discuss the most polarizing MVP race ever (5:00), James Harden's MVP case (10:00), CP3's attrition (15:00), Kyrie Irving and LeBron's disappointing win total (21:00), Celtics-Bulls (28:00), the Cavs's switch (32:00), Raptors-Bucks (35:00), the Celtics' formula (39:00), Thon Maker's wild-card potential (42:00), Kevin Durant's return (47:00), Spurs-Grizzlies (51:00), Clippers-Jazz (55:00), and the chance the Warriors-Cavs rubber match happens (58:00).

Apr 14 2017

1hr 2mins

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Rank #14: Bill Simmons on LeBron James, Kevin Durant, Offseason Moves, and NBA Draft Advice (Ep. 126)

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Bill Simmons is joined by Chris Ryan to discuss the similarities and differences between LeBron James's and Kevin Durant's decisions to leave their first NBA teams (2:07). Later they talk offseason trades and the NBA draft (37:00).

Jun 15 2017

1hr 3mins

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Rank #15: The Warriors' Big Spread, LaVar Ball's Premonition, and Harry Giles (Ep. 113)

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The Ringer's Chris Vernon is joined by CBS Sports columnist Gary Parrish to discuss Jaylen Brown's surprising play in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals (5:00), Vegas's big spreads for the Warriors (15:00), Lonzo Ball on the Lakers (19:00), Markelle Fultz's lack of skeptics (25:00), LaVar Ball's premonition in AAU basketball (31:00), Josh Jackson's upside (37:00), De'Aaron Fox's demeanor (41:00), and Harry Giles's NBA chances (48:00).

May 18 2017

1hr 1min

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Rank #16: #RingerNBA Live: All-Star Reserves and Trade Deadline Preview | After-Party (Ep. 197)

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The Ringer’s Chris Ryan, Justin Verrier, and Kevin O’Connor react to the announcement of All-Star reserves and perform a mock draft of the All-Star teams (1:28). Then, they are joined by The Ringer’s Haley O’Shaughnessy to discuss intriguing trade possibilities ahead of the upcoming deadline (29:53).

Jan 24 2018

54mins

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Rank #17: D.C.'s White Flag Wednesday With Bill Simmons and Joe House (Ep. 109)

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HBO and The Ringer's Bill Simmons brings on Joe House to discuss D.C.'s devastating sports night (5:00), the district's Friday-night crowd (11:00), the Wizards' end-of-game situations (16:00), James Harden's management of minutes (20:00), Kyle Lowry's injury (26:00), Otto Porter's midrange misses (33:00), and matchups of the best teams in NBA history against the Warriors (38:00).

May 11 2017

51mins

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Rank #18: Anthony Davis to the Lakers Emergency Podcast | Group Chat

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The Lakers and Pelicans wasted no time in kicking off a game of offseason musical chairs in the NBA. What does Davis in L.A. this early in the offseason mean for the rest of 2019 free agency? Plus, does this make the Lakers title favorites, or do they have a lot more work to do?


Hosts: Chris Ryan and Justin Verrier

Jun 16 2019

49mins

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Rank #19: The Griffin Trade With Bill Simmons, Justin Verrier, and Chris Ryan (Emergency Edition) | The Ringer NBA Show (Ep. 200)

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HBO and The Ringer's Bill Simmons, Chris Ryan, and Justin Verrier discuss the Clippers trading Blake Griffin to the Pistons in an emergency edition of 'The Ringer NBA Show.'

Jan 30 2018

53mins

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Rank #20: The Playoff Matchup Draft | The Corner 3

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We preview the 2019 NBA playoffs by drafting the series we’re most excited to watch, including intriguing stylistic matchups like the Rockets and Jazz, talent-heavy lineups vs. up-and-coming teams like the Sixers and Nets, and hotly contested new rivalries like the Blazers and Thunder.


Hosts: Kevin O’Connor, Danny Chau, Jonathan Tjarks

Apr 12 2019

51mins

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How Will the Last Eight Games Affect Playoff Seeding?

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We discuss how some of the lower seeds might get shuffled in the final eight games of the regular season before locking in the playoff matchups (10:30). Then, with no show scheduled for Friday, we dive back into the mailbag early this week, answering your questions about players from the last four drafts who we haven’t given up hope on, biggest underachievers in NBA history, what games we’re best at, and more (37:17).


Hosts: Chris Vernon and Kevin O’Connor

Jun 30 2020

1hr 4mins

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J.R. Smith Might Be Joining the Lakers to Replace Avery Bradley. Which Other Players Sitting Out Will Have the Biggest Impact? | The Mismatch

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After the first wave of news about which NBA players are opting out of the Orlando bubble plan for the season’s restart, we discuss whether our view of the competitive landscape of the league has changed at all (1:20). Then, we open back up the mailbag to answer your questions on Vince Carter, the NBA teams left out of the bubble plan, tampering in Orlando, and more (27:50).


Hosts: Chris Vernon and Kevin O’Connor

Jun 26 2020

1hr 4mins

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The Five Players We’re Most Intrigued by Post-Quarantine | The Mismatch

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A lot can change in an unprecedented, three-month interruption of the NBA season. After not seeing much of anything from players on social media since the NBA shut down, Chris and Kevin each list the three players they’re most excited to see when basketball returns.


Hosts: Chris Vernon and Kevin O’Connor

Jun 23 2020

56mins

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The NBA’s Orlando Health Guidelines, the 2009 Memphis Draft, and More Mailbag | The Mismatch

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We run through some of the details of the NBA’s 100-page booklet of health guidelines for when the league returns in Orlando (2:00), before revisiting the Memphis Grizzlies' choice to taken Hasheem Thabeet second overall in 2009 (22:36). Then we answer your questions about which rookies are in the best and worst situations, which teams have the brightest decades ahead of them, and which two teams from NBA history we’d want to watch face off (35:40).


Hosts: Chris Vernon and Kevin O’Connor

Jun 19 2020

1hr 7mins

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A Growing Contingent of NBA Players Is Wondering If the League Should Return at All | The Mismatch

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A group of players reportedly led by Kyrie Irving held a phone call to discuss whether returning to play—amid the COVID-19 pandemic and continued social unrest surrounding police brutality—is the best course of action. Is this a representative sample of what NBA players want to do, and will this mean we won’t see some players make the trip to Orlando when the ramp-up begins at the end of June?

Hosts: Chris Vernon and Kevin O’Connor

Jun 16 2020

52mins

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How Will the NBA Handle Growing Concern Over Its ‘Campus’ Environment? | The Mismatch

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As the restart of the NBA season gets closer and closer, there are rumblings among some players about how comfortable they will be about staying in the campus environment of Disney World without the freedom to leave for two months (0:33). Plus, we answer your questions about which underdog could win the title when basketball comes back, fixing the Knicks, ‘The Bachelor,’ and more (35:12).

Hosts: Chris Vernon and Kevin O’Connor

Jun 12 2020

59mins

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What Needs to Happen Before the NBA Officially Returns? | The Mismatch

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Now that we have a date for when the NBA will be playing games again, the focus has narrowed to what happens in the interim. We discuss the NBA’s evolving thought process on COVID-19 testing, how many players will be with their teams in Orlando, and more (0:34). Then, we briefly discuss the wing prospects in the coming NBA draft that Kevin is most excited about (49:58).


Hosts: Chris Vernon and Kevin O’Connor

Jun 09 2020

56mins

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The NBA’s Return Plan Was Approved by the Board of Governors. Now What? | The Mismatch

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After Thursday’s board of governors call with Adam Silver, the NBA has almost unanimously approved the league’s plan to return with eight regular-season games followed by a play-in tournament for the 8th seed in each conference. Now all that’s left is for the players union to approve the plan and for each team to get to Orlando and ramp up to play. We discuss potential challenges the teams will face getting ready to play competitively again (0:49), and then we open up the mailbag to answer your questions about the return plan, the league’s openness to potential player protests during games or the national anthem, and more (21:03).


Hosts: Chris Vernon and Kevin O’Connor

Jun 05 2020

46mins

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As NBA Players Protest Police Brutality Around the Country, the League Is Locking in Its Return Plan | The Mismatch

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We discuss the sweeping condemnation of police brutality from NBA players and the NBA community—in line with nationwide protests over the last week—and what it means to even think or talk about the return of basketball in this moment (0:39). Then we go over reports about the league’s plan to return in late July and the board of governors meeting tomorrow that will dictate the terms of that return (10:08).


Hosts: Chris Vernon and Kevin O’Connor

Jun 03 2020

40mins

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Gregg Popovich on America in 2020, the Leadership Void, and What Needs to Change | Flying Coach With Steve Kerr and Pete Carroll

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Steve and Pete are joined by San Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich to have a conversation about the state of our nation, how we got here as a country, our absence of leadership, and how we can take action to grow and bring about change following the killing of George Floyd by a Minneapolis police officer.

Host: Steve Kerr and Pete Carroll

Guest: Gregg Popovich

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Jun 03 2020

1hr 5mins

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Which Return Method Do NBA Front Offices Prefer? Plus: Most Overrated/Underrated NBA Stats | The Mismatch

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We discuss Kevin’s report that the NBA GMs voted overwhelmingly against the group stage format floated by the league earlier this week (1:56). Then, we open the mailbag back up to answer your questions about the best and worst statistics in the NBA, players whose legacies would be most improved with a title, and our favorite type of player to create in NBA2K (23:06).

Hosts: Chris Vernon and Kevin O’Connor

May 29 2020

59mins

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Will the NBA Go to a Group Stage Format for Its Playoffs? | The Mismatch

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As the NBA nears its return, we explore the benefits and drawbacks of adopting a World Cup–style group stage for the 2020 playoffs. Could this draw new fans? Could it be a precursor to future midseason tournaments or even playoffs? Does this shift the competitive balance in any way? 

Hosts: Chris Vernon and Kevin O’Connor

May 26 2020

58mins

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The Passing of Jerry Sloan, the NBA’s COVID Testing Plan, and Mailbag Questions | The Mismatch

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Longtime Utah Jazz coach and NBA Hall of Famer Jerry Sloan died Tuesday morning. We remember his playing and coaching career and the legacy he leaves behind in the modern NBA (1:20). Then, we get into the nitty-gritty of Kevin’s reporting on the NBA’s COVID-19 testing plans in the event of a return this year (10:50), before answering more of your mailbag questions (27:19).

Hosts: Chris Vernon and Kevin O’Connor

May 22 2020

1hr 11mins

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The NBA Return Forecast, Bojan Bogdanovic’s Surgery, and the Knicks’ Future. Plus: ‘The Last Dance’ Finale. | The Mismatch

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We run through the latest news around the NBA, including Tillman Fertitta’s comments to Donald Trump about the return of the NBA, Jazz wing Bojan Bogdanovic’s wrist surgery, and the Knicks’ new assistant GM, Frank Zanin (1:49). Then, we give our closing thoughts on ESPN’s Michael Jordan documentary ‘The Last Dance’ (35:30).

Hosts: Chris Vernon and Kevin O’Connor

May 19 2020

59mins

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Final Takeaways From the 'Last Dance' Finale

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After the final two episodes of 'The Last Dance' premiered Sunday night, Chris Ryan and Sean Fennessey break down the key takeaways and share their overall thoughts on the popular sports documentary. They talk about how a document like this could be made for modern players and what this doc does to Michael Jordan's legacy as a whole.

Hosts: Chris Ryan and Sean Fennessey

May 18 2020

48mins

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NBA Salary Reductions, Completing the Regular Season, Momentum Toward a Return. Plus: More Mailbag Questions. | The Mismatch

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News about the NBA’s potential return continues to trickle out. This week, we discuss whether NBA players would feel compelled to complete the regular season if it meant they'd make their full salaries, and the timeline for the league’s return (5:01). Then, we reach back into the mailbag to answer questions on Lonzo Ball’s basketball preference, our all-time 3-point shootout and dunk contest lineups, and our favorite seasons of covering the league (23:30).

Hosts: Chris Vernon and Kevin O’Connor

May 15 2020

53mins

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Notes From the NBPA’s Call With Adam Silver. Plus: ‘The Last Dance’ Episodes 7-8. | The Mismatch

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We go through the news leaking out of the conference call between the National Basketball Players Association and commissioner Adam Silver (1:17). Kevin shares his insights and reporting into the return ideas the NBA thinks are most feasible. Then, we discuss the emotional impact of episodes 7-8 of ESPN’s ‘The Last Dance,’ the only stain on Scottie Pippen’s career, and Jordan as a baseball player (37:04).


Hosts: Chris Vernon and Kevin O’Connor

May 12 2020

1hr 8mins

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The Challenges of Making 'The Last Dance,' The Stories Players Tell, and Quarantine Comforts With Jason Hehir | The JJ Redick Podcast

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JJ and Tommy sit down with filmmaker Jason Hehir to talk about his Michael Jordan/Bulls docuseries 'The Last Dance' and explore what went into making the immensely popular project. They break down the animosity between players during that era (23:07). Jason reveals what went down during the supposed "Jordan freeze-out" in 1985, and then they draft their favorite quarantine comforts (48:09).

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Hosts: JJ Redick and Tommy Alter

Guest: Jason Hehir

May 11 2020

1hr 12mins

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Internal Debates About the NBA’s Return. Plus: Pick a “Blow It Up!” Team. | The Mismatch

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We discuss Kevin’s article about the debates going on within the league office about the best plan to bring basketball back this summer (1:42). Then, we open the mailbag back up to answer your questions about Matthew Dellavedova, which teams should blow it up, and whether Steph Curry could score 101 points in a game (37:16).

Hosts: Chris Vernon and Kevin O’Connor

May 08 2020

1hr 6mins

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Buying Into Analytics and The Advantage of the Multisport Athlete With Dave Roberts

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Steve and Pete are joined by manager of the Los Angeles Dodgers, Dave Roberts, to discuss how they look at and assess multisport athletes, and how a player's expertise at one sport can translate to another. Later the guys chat about how analytics factor into their respective coaching strategies, how analytics are being utilized for player development, and getting players to live in the present.

Hosts: Steve Kerr and Pete Carroll

Guest: Dave Roberts

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May 07 2020

50mins

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708
428
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Nick

By Nick Charlton 24 - May 15 2020
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I agree with Isaac. The Baden perfection and Wilson evolution are my two favorite balls

612

By Lese D - Apr 27 2020
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Episode 612 watch the Dennis Rodman 30-30 please