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The Ringer NBA Show

The Ringer NBA team provides insight, reporting, and analysis on the NBA five days a week. MON & THURS: 'Real Ones' with Logan Murdock & Raja Bell; TUES: 'The Answer' with Seerat Sohi & J. Kyle Mann; WED: 'Group Chat' with Justin Verrier, Rob Mahoney & Wosny Lambre; FRI: 'Weekends With Wos' with Wosny Lambre.

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Vernon Maxwell on Defending Michael Jordan, Trash-talking, Larry Brown, and Much More | Real Ones

First things first, the king of Lakers Twitter, Ry Cole (@JustRyCole), tells Logan why he’s so mad (0:12). Then Vernon Maxwell joins Logan and Raja to talk about his beef with Utah (4:10), where the line is with fan heckling, feeling out of place in San Antonio, playing under Larry Brown, defending Michael Jordan, and a whole lot more. Hosts: Logan Murdock and Raja BellGuests: Vernon Maxwell and Ry Cole Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

54mins

29 Mar 2021

Rank #1

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Is the Steph Curry Discourse Getting Out of Hand? | Real Ones

Logan and Raja start off by getting into the flopping and dirty fouls of Raja’s past (1:00), then discuss the over-the-top Steph Curry discourse following the Warriors’ abysmal start and Steph’s 62-point career-high performance (9:40), as well as the lengthened injury-recovery period that has produced explosive play from John Wall and Kevin Durant (25:47). Hosts: Logan Murdock and Raja Bell Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

59mins

4 Jan 2021

Rank #2

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

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 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

52mins

11 Dec 2018

Rank #3

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The NBA Season Is Suspended | The Mismatch

In light of the news that the Utah Jazz’s Rudy Gobert has tested positive for COVID-19, the NBA announced that the 2019-20 season has been suspended.Hosts: Chris Vernon and Kevin O’Connor Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

43mins

12 Mar 2020

Rank #4

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NBA Over/Under With Bill Simmons—Eastern Conference (Ep. 142)

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). Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

1hr 21mins

4 Oct 2017

Rank #5

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Carmelo Is Back, and He's the Same As Ever. Plus: Luka, Harden, LeBron, and Giannis Tangle for MVP Front-runner | Group Chat

We dive deep on the Blazers' roster building and how it created a need for Carmelo Anthony just two months into the season (1:16). Then, Jonathan Tjarks joins the pod to discuss Luka Doncic’s gaudy box scores, James Harden being a 6-foot-5 Wilt Chamberlain, LeBron and Anthony Davis sharing the MVP narrative, and Giannis representing the Eastern Conference (19:05).Hosts: Chris Ryan, Justin VerrierGuest: Jonathan Tjarks Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

58mins

20 Nov 2019

Rank #6

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James Harden Nets Trade Reaction & 'Ringer NBA University' Premiere | Ringer NBA University

Kevin O’Connor, Jonathan Tjarks, and J. Kyle Mann host the newest show on the 'Ringer NBA Show' feed, 'Ringer NBA University'. The show starts with a Ringer NBA live special instant reaction show where the guys discuss the four-team trade involving James Harden going to the Brooklyn Nets (0:47). Then they discuss the top rookies so far (33:01), including guys drafted outside the lottery that have been impressive. After that, they talk about a potential future no. 1 overall pick (01:38:58).Hosts: Kevin O’Connor, Jonathan Tjarks, and J. Kyle Mann Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

1hr 54mins

14 Jan 2021

Rank #7

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Ep. 77: The Trade Deadline Extravaganza With Chris Ryan

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). Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

45mins

23 Feb 2017

Rank #8

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

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). Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

58mins

24 Apr 2018

Rank #9

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Lottery Reactions! Plus: The Rockets Blast Off, Don’t Worry About the Lakers, and the Sixers Roll Over | The Mismatch

Verno and KOC react to the 2020 NBA draft lottery (1:16) before discussing the ongoing first-round series in the playoffs (24:07).Hosts: Chris Vernon and Kevin O’Connor Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

1hr 22mins

21 Aug 2020

Rank #10

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Will Steph Curry Win Another Title? Plus: NBA All-Star Discontent and COVID-19 Policy Confusion | Real Ones

Logan and Raja are joined early this week by the Mad Hooper, The Ringer’s Jomi Adeniran, who has something to say about Lakers sophomore Talen Horton-Tucker (0:01). Then they get into the confusion around the NBA's COVID policy that caused Kevin Durant to be pulled in and out of the Raptors-Nets game on Friday (8:30) and the fairly widespread player discontent regarding the NBA’s plans to hold an All-Star game in Atlanta (19:30). Finally, they discuss Steph Curry’s 57-point performance in a loss to the Mavericks on Saturday and whether he will ever win another NBA championship (43:45).Hosts: Logan Murdock and Raja BellGuest: Jomi Adeniran Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

1hr 5mins

8 Feb 2021

Rank #11

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Lakers Go Up 2-0 on the Heat in NBA Finals, Plus: Doc Rivers to Philadelphia | The Mismatch

Verno and KOC convene after the Lakers beat the Heat in Game 2 of the NBA Finals to talk about this Lakers roster and whether the Heat have a chance at winning one game in the series (3:00). Then they get into Doc Rivers’ new challenge as the new head coach of the Philadelphia 76ers (32:10) and other head-coach shopping going on around the league (42:48).Hosts: Chris Vernon and Kevin O’Connor Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

56mins

3 Oct 2020

Rank #12

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Raptors Snatch Last-Half-Second Victory From Celtics, Bucks Still Can’t Take the Heat, and Steve Nash Named New Nets Head Coach | The Mismatch

Chris Vernon and Kevin O’Connor dive into the Raptors’ huge one-point victory over the Boston Celtics to stay in their second-round series (1:51), beg Mike Budenholzer to play Giannis and Middleton for 40 minutes (19:40), mourn the exhausted Denver Nuggets after their blowout loss against the Clippers (40:23), debate what could constitute a “small” Lakers lineup against the Rockets in their Round 2 matchup (45:40), and finally discuss the hiring of Steve Nash as the new Brooklyn Nets head coach (1:02:26).Hosts: Chris Vernon and Kevin O'Connor Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

1hr 25mins

4 Sep 2020

Rank #13

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The (Sort of) Brawl in the Hall and the Broken Cavs (Ep. 192)

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). Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

41mins

16 Jan 2018

Rank #14

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Luka Lights Up Mexico City. Plus: Is There a Trade Out There for the Celtics? | The Mismatch

With Luka Doncic continuing to put up gaudy numbers (this time in Mexico), we imagine a world in which the NBA continues its global expansion and increases its player pool. Are there enough talented players for 34 teams, or even 36 (3:50)? Then, we run down some of the potential players who could get moved in the coming weeks, now that the Dec. 15 restriction on trades for free-agent signings has been removed (32:17).Hosts: Chris Vernon and Kevin O’Connor Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

1hr 1min

13 Dec 2019

Rank #15

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The Lakers Squeak Out a Win, Plus: Holding Out for a Herro, and the Bulls’ Future With Donovan | The Mismatch

Chris and Kevin get together to talk about the Lakers’ narrow win over the Nuggets to go up 3-1 in the Western Conference finals (1:22), the superstar-esque heroics of Tyler Herro in Miami’s win over Boston to go up 3-1 (27:51), and the Bulls’ new look with head coach Billy Donovan (58:10). Hosts: Chris Vernon and Kevin O’Connor Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

1hr 16mins

25 Sep 2020

Rank #16

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Early Season Assessments With Bill Simmons and Tom Haberstroh (Ep. 155)

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). Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

49mins

3 Nov 2017

Rank #17

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Giannis vs. Harden, a Budding Personal Rivalry | The Mismatch

We parse James Harden’s comments in response to Giannis Antetokounmpo passing him over during the All-Star draft (16:28), before breaking down which middle-seeded Western Conference playoff teams should be the most feared (22:47). Finally, we take a look at the lowly Chicago Bulls, who are getting good minutes from Coby White, and try to determine which of their young players most deserve to stay for the long haul (44:34).Host: Chris VernonGuest: Jonathan Tjarks Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

57mins

28 Feb 2020

Rank #18

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Remembering Kobe Bryant | Group Chat

Justin Verrier and Rob Mahoney remember Kobe Bryant on the day after the tragic death of the legendary Laker and eight others in a helicopter crash.Host: Justin VerrierGuest: Rob Mahoney Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

37mins

27 Jan 2020

Rank #19

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Sophomore Check-in | Ringer NBA University

Kevin O’Connor, Jonathan Tjarks, and J. Kyle Mann check in on the development of five second-year players. Then they give a brief overview of potential no. 1 draft pick Cade Cunningham (1:00:33). Lastly, KOC is joined by Basketball News writer Nekias Duncan to discuss Bam Adebayo and some other interesting young payers on the Miami Heat (1:10:06).Zion Williamson (3:11)Michael Porter Jr. (17:51)Cam Reddish and De'Andre Hunter (31:14)Darius Garland (39:52)Hosts: Kevin O’Connor, Jonathan Tjarks, and J. Kyle Mann Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

1hr 56mins

27 Jan 2021

Rank #20