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The Full 48

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Howard Beck takes on the biggest topics and invites A-List guests along for a fast-moving NBA podcast from Bleacher Report that goes the full 48.

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Howard Beck takes on the biggest topics and invites A-List guests along for a fast-moving NBA podcast from Bleacher Report that goes the full 48.

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562 Ratings
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Spread it out

By PhillyNayshe - Jul 29 2019
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I’m sorry is this the Giannis and bucks pod? Mix up the conversation a little.

Keep it up

By emanvillarreal - Jul 23 2019
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Good podcast and I’m glad you dropped the rambling intros lol

iTunes Ratings

562 Ratings
Average Ratings
486
34
17
5
20

Spread it out

By PhillyNayshe - Jul 29 2019
Read more
I’m sorry is this the Giannis and bucks pod? Mix up the conversation a little.

Keep it up

By emanvillarreal - Jul 23 2019
Read more
Good podcast and I’m glad you dropped the rambling intros lol
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The Full 48

Updated 11 days ago

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Howard Beck takes on the biggest topics and invites A-List guests along for a fast-moving NBA podcast from Bleacher Report that goes the full 48.

Rank #1: Zach Lowe on free agency & the 2017 NBA Awards Show, and Charles Barkley For President

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ESPN's Zach Lowe (and host of "The Lowe Post" podcast) joins to break down the 2017 NBA Awards Show, and talk free agency. Plus, Red Carpet action - Charles Barkley for President 2020, Vince Carter dunks on everyone, and ESPN's Rachel Nichols' on NBA MVP vs Player Of The Year. via Knit
Jun 27 2017
1 hour 9 mins
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Rank #2: ESPN's Howard Bryant Says Abolish Free Agency, the Luxury Tax, and the Draft

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ESPN columnist/commentator, Howard Bryant, joins The Full 48 with Howard Beck to debate the hypothetical effect of abolishing free agency, the luxury tax, and the draft in the NBA. They dissect apocalyptical scenarios that might result including league contraction, lack of player spread, and extreme over-spending for A List talent in smaller markets. They also discuss changing fandom, the end of the dynasty/super team era in the NBA, and the soap opera culture (aka free agency) taking over the league. via Knit
Jul 28 2019
1 hour 21 mins
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Rank #3: Zach Lowe on Tanking, Tom Thibodeau, and Trades

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Zach Lowe returns for a game of "Tanking or Just Crappy" involving the New York Knicks, Cleveland Cavaliers, Atlanta Hawks, Phoenix Suns, and Chicago Bulls. He also weighs in on the Tom Thibodeau firing and how the Jimmy Butler trade likely figured into that, and debates the league's trade and extend policy, and what frequent player moves mean for the long term health and future of smaller market and non-destination teams. via Knit
Jan 10 2019
1 hour
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Rank #4: David Griffin on the Lakers & LeBron, Kawhi's Letter, Koby Altman's Wedding, and NBA Schedule Conspiracy Theories

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Former Cleveland Cavaliers and Phoenix Suns Exec, David Griffin, returns to dig into the Dog Days of NBA Summer! He offers some insight and analysis on the Lakers & LeBron James, Toronto & Kawhi Leonard, the Utah Jazz as a sleeper play-off contender, and the regression of the Philadelphia 76ers. He's also talking East vs West Conference Finals, and debunking conspiracy theories about the NBA schedule, and what it really means to play on Christmas and MLK Day. And he's explaining the how and why of his officiating duties at Koby Altman's upcoming nuptials. via Knit
Aug 10 2018
1 hour 2 mins
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Rank #5: Drunk With Power

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You asked for it; you got it! Howard Beck, Zach Lowe, Rachel Nichols and an alcoholic beverage (or three) are in a Las Vegas tiki bar, and drunk with power (or other stuff). This is part 1 (if you're listening to this first) of a two-part megapod with The Lowe Post, and anything goes as you're about to discover (or already have if you listened to The Lowe Post first). This part of the convo includes everything from the most insane thing they've seen in this free agency period (aka Anthony Davis trade) to generational shifts in fandom to the end of the Super Team era to what exactly the Brooklyn Nets will be with Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant to worst and best NBA team names, and NBA Award and ownership reform! Plus Zach & Rachel become "Commish For A Day," and decree the changes they'd make to the league (adios to the cha-cha slide and air horn). via Knit
Jul 09 2019
1 hour 13 mins
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Rank #6: J.A. Adande On Magic Johnson, The Lakers, and Charles Barkley

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Former LA Times columnist and ESPN reporter, and current Director of Sports Journalism at Northwestern University, J.A. Adande. has a unique relationship with and perspective about Laker great, Magic Johnson. J.A. shares his insight on Magic's stunning resignation as President of Laker Operations, Magic's legacy as a player and Laker specifically, his role in bringing LeBron James to Los Angeles, and what the Lakers should consider doing in the wake of Magic's departure. J.A. also speaks to Dirk Nowitzki's time in Dallas, Charles Barkley's life philosophy, Adam Silver's comments about NBA player's mental well-being, and why J.A.'s incapable of covering Magic Johnson objectively. via Knit
Apr 13 2019
1 hour 4 mins
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Rank #7: Bleacher Report's Ric Bucher

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Bleacher Report, Mad Dog Radio, and NBA Radio's Ric Bucher joins Howard to analyze and debate the recent moves in the off season, and what it might mean for the playoff picture next Spring. They discuss LeBron and the Lakers, Paul George staying in Oklahoma City, the Kawhi Leonard trade, DeMarcus Cousins signing with the Golden State Warriors, and Carmelo Anthony and Dwight Howard. They also vote for the Biggest Winners and Losers so far, the Best Value of the Summer, the move Underrated Move of the Off Season and the Most Baffling. Plus they answer two critical questions - are the Lakers now a playoff contender thanks to LeBron? And with Cleveland out in the East, who slides into that spot? via Knit
Jul 23 2018
1 hour 8 mins
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Rank #8: ESPN's Zach Lowe

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ESPN's Zach Lowe joins Howard to break down both game 7s of the conference finals, speculate on Houston's sustainability and reliance on "iso ball," Golden State's vulnerability, and rank LeBron James' achievements. They also theorize on how Cleveland can possibly beat Golden State, what would have happened if Kyrie Irving had not gone to Boston, Kevin Durant's finals play, how the league may look next season for LeBron, and why Coach Tyronn Lue deserves more credit than he's given. via Knit
May 30 2018
1 hour 4 mins
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Rank #9: It's Way Too Early But... with Bleacher Report's Ric Bucher

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Howard Beck's Bleacher Report colleague, Ric Bucher, joins the pod for a game of "It's Way Too Early But..." And that means hot takes are back... and covering issues like the Memphis Grizzlies' struggles and firing of David Fizdale, The Detroit Pistons' hot start, Doc Rivers as the long haul choice for the Lakers, blowing up the Clippers, Brad Stevens as Coach Of The Year, fixing the Cavs, and the NBA's MVP so far. via Knit
Nov 28 2017
1 hour 3 mins
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Rank #10: Richard Jefferson on LeBron, Steph, KD, Russell Westbrook, and the Lakers

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Richard Jefferson, host of "The Road Trippin' Podcast" and Executive Producer of the new film, "Sprinter," returns to speak to his foray into movie making, and the reason this specific project connected with him. He also of course talks play-off basketball including whether anyone has a shot at beating the Warriors, what Philadelphia needs to do to beat the Nets, why it's tough to play in Portland, and why he thinks Russell Westbrook of the Oklahoma City Thunder is the most intense player in the game. RJ also weighs in on the dysfunctional Lakers and what they should do about a coach and a President of Basketball Ops. And he offers his own take on Kevin Durant's future and rumored move to the New York Knicks. via Knit
Apr 19 2019
1 hour 5 mins
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Rank #11: Tom Haberstroh on the NBA going vegan

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Is the NBA going vegan? Bleacher Report's newest team member, Tom Haberstroh, investigated that very issue, and joins Howard to discuss the findings from Tom's article "The Secret (but Healthy!) Diet Powering Kyrie and the NBA." They hit on Kyrie Irving and Damian Lillard's adoptions of a more plant-based diet, Iman Shumpert's rejection of the vegan lifestyle, and the controversial Netflix documentary, "What The Health!" They also tackle Isaiah Thomas' hip injury, the current state of the Cavaliers, and why they're both sold on the Boston Celtics and the Milwaukee Bucks. via Knit
Nov 16 2017
59 mins
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Rank #12: The Coach David Thorpe on NBA Surprises, Busts, and LeBron James

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The Coach, David Thorpe, is back talking about his return to True Hoop, his new venture, The Pro Training Center, and lots of NBA action! David runs down his surprises (both good and bad) so far in the season, and they include the Milwaukee Bucks, the Indiana Pacers, and the Washington Wizards. He runs down "bust, not or too-soon-to-tell" on Kevin Knox, Andrew Wiggins, and Lonzo Ball. He talks about average coaches versus elite coaches, fan code of conduct and zero-tolerance (in relation to Russell Westbrook's altercation with the fan in Utah), how NBA owners are much like Bobby Axelrod from the TV show "Billions," and why all basketball fans should be worried about the Lakers and LeBron James. via Knit
Mar 19 2019
1 hour 11 mins
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Rank #13: Former Cavaliers GM David Griffin

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Former Cavaliers GM David Griffin still watches the Cavs closely despite now living in Sonoma, California! He joins Howard to talk a little fire relief for his new neighborhood, and of course The Cavaliers. David weighs in on the Cavs start this season, the Kyrie trade, Kyrie's reasons for leaving Cleveland, and LeBron James' future. Howard and David also discuss LaVar and Lonzo Ball and the Lakers, corporate sponsorships on player jerseys, and the competitive balance issue in the league and whether lottery reform will make it better or worse. via Knit
Oct 27 2017
41 mins
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Rank #14: David Thorpe on Kyrie Irving, player empowerment and the wild & crazy NBA offseason

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David Thorpe, former ESPN analyst and longtime skills coach to NBA players, joins Howard to discuss the new age of superstar empowerment, and what it means for the NBA's future.  via Knit
Jul 26 2017
54 mins
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Rank #15: Jason Lloyd of The Athletic

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Jason Lloyd covers the Cleveland Cavaliers for The Athletic, and joins The Full 48 to break down the Kyrie Irving trade to Boston and what it really means for The Cavs upcoming season, Kyrie's relationship with LeBron, and parallels between Kyrie & LeBron and Kobe & Shaq. Jason also discusses the threat of LeBron leaving Cleveland for Los Angeles, and what the franchise will be like post-LeBron, for which he believes Cleveland is already preparing. via Knit
Sep 05 2017
53 mins
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Rank #16: Zach Lowe & The NBA Finals

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Zach Lowe of ESPN and "The Lowe Post" podcast fame joins to talk NBA Finals, and especially how things might look when the Golden State Warriors arrive in Toronto for the first two games of the series on the Raptor's home court. He shares thoughts on the best defensive use of Kawhi Leonard, how Kevin Durant's possible absence will affect the Warriors' game, Steph Curry's offensive power, and how DeMarcus Cousins will factor into the strategy. Zach also weighs in on the "Toronto Drakes," ToronTo vs Toronno, Rob Pelinka's Kobe Bryant & Heath Ledger story, the new free agency deadline, and what's sure to be a very challenging off-season for the Milwaukee Bucks! And then there's the whole Giannis MVP debate, and whether Steph Curry deserves to be named Finals MVP should the Warriors win the Championship. via Knit
May 28 2019
1 hour 5 mins
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Rank #17: On the Cavs Beat with Joe Vardon, Jason Lloyd & Dave McMenamin

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Joe Vardon of Cleveland.com, Jason Lloyd of The Athletic, and Dave McMenamin of ESPN are not only the Cavs Beat, they're also very close friends and guesting on The Full 48! They discuss their unique friendship, the intensity and competitiveness of covering the Cavaliers, and their collective and individual relationships with LeBron James. They also weigh in on the Kyrie Irving trade, LeBron's control of the team, and what they think the future holds for LeBron and the Cavaliers. Plus, you'll hear some fantastic road stories involving Napa and "Top Gun," a Canadian border crossing, and what happens when you drink 88 ounces of beer in Erie, Pennsylvania. via Knit
Jun 04 2018
1 hour 28 mins
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Rank #18: Richard Jefferson on LeBron, Luke, The Lakers, and Kyrie Irving's Flat Earth

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NBA Champion with four Finals appearances turned NBA Analyst for the Yes Network, Richard Jefferson, has plenty to say about his recent NBA retirement, his new gig in broadcasting, and why he opted not to go the coaching route. He's also talking about Kyrie Irving's controversial Flat Earth statements on Richard's own podcast, "Road Trippin'," his friendship with Lakers coach Luke Walton, the advice he gave Luke when LeBron signed with the Lakers, and why Luke is the perfect coach for the LA team. Richard shares what it was like winning the Championship with the Cleveland Cavaliers, and answers the all-important question, where does he keep that Championship ring! via Knit
Nov 05 2018
54 mins
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Rank #19: ESPN's Kevin Pelton

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ESPN's Kevin Pelton joins with projections for the upcoming season including the only four teams he believes will have over 50 wins. He also discusses Avery Bradley, Kyrie Irving, Andrew Wiggins, Carmelo Anthony, the Chris Paul effect on The Clippers, the Cavaliers future, and what's up with all of the available unrestricted free agents? via Knit
Aug 10 2017
50 mins
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Rank #20: Chris Mannix on LeBron Media Day, Jimmy Butler, and The Erosion of The Houston Rockets

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Chris Mannix of Yahoo! Sports and NBC Sports Boston explains his bold prediction that LeBron and the Los Angeles Lakers will not make the playoffs! Chris also discusses the most likely lottery-bound teams, this year's possible surprise teams, why the Boston Celtics will be among this season's most interesting teams to watch, how Kyle Lowry may directly affect the Toronto Raptors and Kawhi Leonard's success, likely outcomes for the Jimmy Butler-Minnesota Timberwolves situation, and why he's such a believer in the Denver Nuggets. via Knit
Oct 01 2018
52 mins
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