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Open Floor: SI's NBA Show

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Hosted by Andrew Sharp and Ben Golliver, SI’s Open Floor podcast brings you breakdowns of the biggest news, moves and more from around the NBA.

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Hosted by Andrew Sharp and Ben Golliver, SI’s Open Floor podcast brings you breakdowns of the biggest news, moves and more from around the NBA.

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1903 Ratings
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Much Improved- Awesome

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The most recent pods have been insightful and fun! Great banter. Please subscribe!

Best sports podcast out there

By mattygoldstein - Jul 09 2019
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Insightful, witty, hilarious. Everything a basketball fan could want!

iTunes Ratings

1903 Ratings
Average Ratings
1682
67
41
31
82

Much Improved- Awesome

By panacea762 - Aug 04 2019
Read more
The most recent pods have been insightful and fun! Great banter. Please subscribe!

Best sports podcast out there

By mattygoldstein - Jul 09 2019
Read more
Insightful, witty, hilarious. Everything a basketball fan could want!
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Open Floor: SI's NBA Show

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Hosted by Andrew Sharp and Ben Golliver, SI’s Open Floor podcast brings you breakdowns of the biggest news, moves and more from around the NBA.

Rank #1: Coach Pop's Team USA revenge, Next Gen stars, KD's decisions & Wall's comeback

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On today's show, Ben Golliver welcomes Michael Lee, Senior NBA writer at The Athletic, to break down USA Basketball's training camp live from Las Vegas. Is coach Gregg Popovich motivated by patriotism, shame or both? Which next-generation stars are poised to make the leap in the FIBA World Cup? Then, they shift focus to Kevin Durant's free agency decisions, John Wall's comeback plans and a possible landing spot for Carmelo Anthony. Note: Andrew Sharp is on vacation.

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Aug 09 2019
1 hour 25 mins
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Rank #2: Some Very Early Over/Unders, AD's New Nickname, An Important Fan Amnesty Ruling

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On today's show Andrew Sharp and Ben Golliver talk through the initial wins total numbers released in Las Vegas earlier this week. Topics include: the Wizards at 27.5, the Lakers and Warriors at 49.5, the wild cards for the Rockets and Clippers, the Jazz and Nuggets, the Heat, the Nets, the bet your mortgage lock of the 2019-20 season, the Suns, the Magic, and the Pelicans. From there: What to make of the Jazz and title chances in Salt Lake City, submissions for a new Anthony Davis nickname, the Clippers need new uniforms, and an official ruling for a Bulls fan who has requested fan amnesty to cheer for the Bucks in the year to come. 
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Aug 02 2019
1 hour 20 mins
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Rank #3: Trick or Treat NBA, Wolves Anxiety, Back to the Coffee Shop

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On today's show Sharp and Golliver begin by taking a look at some of the more impressive starts around the league and using a Halloween gimmick that they should've used on Tuesday. First (2:00), another tribute to Root Canal Reggie and the Pistons, and a closer look at the Jazz, Suns, Hornets, Clippers and Celtics. From there (34:00), we are not worried enough about Cleveland, and Maverick Carter has some thoughts on market size. Then (44:00), Coffee Shop Kyrie wants to start a conversation about the moon landing, Andrew Wiggins and the Wolves are frustrating, and more unsolicited advice for Giannis Inc. At the end: a fantasy hoops update, Delly's avocados, verified social media, and podcast soulmates. 

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Nov 03 2017
1 hour 12 mins
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Rank #4: Warriors/Celtics Reactions, Joel Embiid Owns Los Angeles, Unicorn Discourse

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On today's show Sharp and Golliver recap Celtics/Warriors, including thoughts on Jaylen Brown, Boston's defense, Kyrie's offense, and disgust with Golden State for not delivering the blowout that America needed. Other questions: Are the Celtics the new Hawks? Will they be the best team in the East? And are they the next team to beat Golden State? Then (18:00): Golliver recaps his night with the Sixers at Staples Center, and they spend 10 minutes in disbelief at how good the Sixers are, before moving to Lonzo Ball (29:00), and whether the Sixers or Celtics are better positioned to dethrone Golden State. From there (35:00) they discuss the unicorn stampede coming at the All-Star Game, and whether "unicorn" is an acceptable term. At the end (45:00): The best stadium atmospheres, the Greek Leap, Dwight Howard and Eddie Murphy, NBA twitter jokes in real life, and the long-awaited public debut of Ben's magnet collection.  

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Nov 17 2017
1 hour 9 mins
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Rank #5: Thanksgiving Special: Family Arguments and Adjustments to the SI Top 100

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On a special post-Thanksgiving episode of the pod, Sharp and Golliver talk through the first month of basketball and discuss who's risen the furthest in SI's Top 100 rankings, and who's fallen. Topics include: the rebirth of Boogie in New Orleans, Karl-Anthony Towns in Minnesota, Robert Covington's meteoric rise in Philly, Russell Westbrook's place in the top 10, market corrections for every Cavs player not named LeBron, properly rating Kyrie in Boston, Kristaps Porzingis vs. Draymond Green and Paul George, Ben Simmons vs. Kyle Lowry, James Harden's place in the NBA hierarchy, Joel Embiid vs. the top 10, and some long-awaited clarity on Devin Booker. 

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Nov 24 2017
58 mins
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Rank #6: Clippers Questions, LeBron and the Sixers, Tryptophan Warriors

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On today's show Sharp and Golliver take more questions from listeners and begin by discussing Doc Rivers and the free-falling Clippers. What does this start say about Chris Paul? How long can Rivers last in LA? What happens if they tank? And will Blake Griffin be the first supermax contract to be traded? Then: Becky Hammon and Knicks coaching (20:00), the pros and cons of LeBron James to the Sixers (25:00), Michael Porter Jr.'s season-ending surgery (32:00), and the "Libero" generation of the NBA (35:00). At the end (40:00): they respond to a Raptors/Spurs comparison and remember their podcast roots, they don't talk about LaVar Ball, and they compare Thanksgiving courses to the Golden State Warriors. 

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Nov 22 2017
1 hour 7 mins
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Rank #7: The Zombie Cavs, DeAndre Trades, Free Agency Hindsight

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On today's show Sharp and Golliver take more questions from listeners and begin by discussing the Cavs resurgence (3:00). Now that they are back from the dead, are they the clear favorites in the East? How will Isaiah change their team? And would Paul George be worth the Nets pick? Then they discuss DeAndre Jordan trade destinations (15:00), including Cleveland, Washington, Milwaukee, and Houston. From there (25:00): they discuss the ghosts of the Wolves' past (Ricky Rubio and Steph Curry) and the puzzling developments of the Wolves' present (Andrew Wiggins and Jimmy Butler). Then (40:00): Reviewing the winners and losers of free agency after the first six weeks of basketball. At the end (55:00): Markelle Fultz and dodgeball, museums, virtual reality, All-Hair team, and Parks and Rec.

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Dec 01 2017
1 hour 12 mins
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Rank #8: Too Early or Not Too Early, The Record-Breaking Warriors, Kings Kings KINGS

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On today's show Andrew Sharp and Ben Golliver begin by discussing the latest updates in the neverending Jimmy Butler stand-off with the Wolves, and then discuss when it stops being too early to draw meaningful conclusions from the NBA regular season (9:00). Topics include: Writing off teams before Thanksgiving, the state of the Houston Rockets, fire tweets, whether saying the Lakers won't make the playoffs is a crazy take, and a disappointing first few weeks in Philadelphia. From there (35:00): The Warriors look incredible, and Golliver proposes various records they should try to break this season. Then (50:00): The Raptors and whether Kawhi Leonard is an MVP candidate, and the progress DeMar DeRozan has made in San Antonio. At the end (1:05): De'Aaron Fox and the Kings revolution, Australian NBA power rankings, and the nerdiest LEGO e-mail yet. 

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Nov 01 2018
1 hour 18 mins
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Rank #9: Kyrie Irving traded for Isaiah Thomas: Winners, losers, predictions, repercussions and more

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On today's show Andrew Sharp makes a triumphant return from vacation to join Ben Golliver for an emergency podcast breaking down the Cavaliers' trade of Kyrie Irving to the Celtics for a package that includes Isaiah Thomas, Jae Crowder and a first-round pick. Did Cleveland's rookie GM Koby Altman hit a home run? How will the move affect LeBron James's future with the Cavaliers? Why did Danny Ainge decide to trade for Irving when previous trades involving superstars repeatedly failed to materialize? Were Celtics fans ready to move on from Thomas? Will Irving thrive or stumble without James? Will Irving's return to Cleveland be the most anticipated regular-season game since LeBron's return to Cleveland with Miami? Who wins the East in 2018? And did the Warriors wind up the big winners yet again? 

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Aug 23 2017
1 hour 1 min
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Rank #10: Boogie Trade, Boogie Trade, BOOGIE TRADE

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On today's show, Andrew Sharp and Ben Golliver try to make sense of the DeMarcus Cousins deal on Sunday night. First, Golliver gives notes from the scene after the All-Star Game in New Orleans. Then: Is this worse than the Harden trade? Why couldn't the Kings have waited a few days? How much value did Cousins really have? And what will this mean for the Pelicans and the rest of the NBA? At the end: They recap their experiences in New Orleans, including behind the scenes of Aaron Gordon's dunk contest, and playing 1-on-1 with Joel Embiid.

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Feb 20 2017
1 hour 5 mins
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Rank #11: LeBron and the Bizarro Cavs, Bucks Ressurection, Blazers Breakdown

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On today's show Andrew Sharp and Ben Golliver talk more playoffs. They begin by discussing whether this year's first round is already better than last year's entire playoffs (2:00), then move to the state of Rockets (8:00), and then the surreal state of the Cavs offense (15:00). From there they move to Wizards-Raptors (26:00), the Bucks evening the series against the Celtics (35:00), Eric Bledsoe vs. Khris Middleton, and the Cantina Controversy heard round the world. At the end (47:00): OKC-Jazz predictions, a quick check-in with the Sixers and the bitter end for the Blazers.

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Apr 24 2018
1 hour 15 mins
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Rank #12: Breaking down SI.com's Top 100 NBA players of 2017

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After a month off from the Open Floor Podcast, Andrew Sharp and Ben Golliver reunite to argue about Sports Illustrated's Top 100 NBA players of 2017 rankings.

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Sep 16 2016
1 hour 19 mins
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Rank #13: Mailbag: Warriors Back, Nurkic Rising, Nuggets Reality Check

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On today's show, Andrew Sharp and Ben Golliver field more questions from listeners. They begin with an update on the Warriors, who are as terrifying as ever and look poised to remove the drama from the NBA playoffs. Then: How real is the Jusuf Nurkic revolution in Portland? Who should win the MVP if we were voting based on acceptance speeches? Does Russ really have as much talent as Harden? Who is the most improved player in the league? Why haven't any coaches been fired this year? What should we make of Kobe's Musecage project? And how concerned should we be about the Nuggets future? At the end: updates on Golliver's chess game, Sharp's half-baked celebrity theories, and the NBA's version of a peanut butter taco.

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Mar 31 2017
1 hour 20 mins
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Rank #14: Half-Full vs. Half-Empty on Carmelo, Donald Trump vs. the Warriors

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On today's show we spend the first half discussing all things Melo. Will it really matter with the Warriors waiting for them? How much credit should Presti get? Will Adam Silver have to change the All-Star Game? At 20 minutes: Just how Knicksy are the Knicks after this summer? And how will Melo be remembered in New York? At 40 minutes they shift to the other news that broke Friday. If there were podcast championships, would we go to the White House? Were the Warriors baiting Trump into action? Was Adam Silver's statement forceful enough? How will the league handle sports vs. politics, and where does this go next?

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Sep 25 2017
1 hour 14 mins
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Rank #15: Draft Winners and Losers: Knicks vs. Bulls, Celtics, Sixers, and WOLVES

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On today's show, Andrew Sharp and Ben Golliver get together late night to talk through the winners and losers from the 2017 NBA Draft. Questions include: Which team is more depressing: Bulls or Knicks? How badly did the Bulls misplay their hand? How good can the T'Wolves be with Jimmy Butler? Is the Celtics blockbuster dead, or is it coming in July? How much better do the Sixers look with Fultz instead of Tatum? What's the state of The Process? How does Jonathan Isaac fit in Orlando? What about Josh Jackson in Phoenix? What the hell is wrong with the Knicks? And was Porzingis skipping his exit interview actually the most respectful move he could make? 

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Jun 23 2017
1 hour 5 mins
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Rank #16: Kevin Durant chooses the Warriors, let chaos reign

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In the wake of Kevin Durant's free agency decision, Andrew Sharp and Ben Golliver debate what this means for Durant, Steph Curry, and the rest of the NBA. Questions: Is this a good thing? How will it work? Was Nike involved? What will the Thunder do now? And finally, where should we send Russell Westbrook? If you want to get in touch with the show, tweet Andrew Sharp at twitter.com/andrewsharp or Ben Golliver at twitter.com/bengolliver, and use the hashtag #openfloor to have your voice heard. You can find more great Sports Illustrated podcasts at si.com/podcasts, and please subscribe to the show on iTunes, Google Play, Stitcher and SoundCloud.

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Jul 05 2016
1 hour 2 mins
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Rank #17: Sharp and Golliver: Challenging the Warriors, drama in Cleveland and more

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In this episode of the Open Floor Podcast, Andrew Sharp and Ben Golliver talk about the Golden State Warriors and whether the Spurs or Thunder can challenge them in the West. Later, they discuss the drama in Cleveland, Michael Jordan and the perfect starting lineup, DeMar Derozan in a contract year and the LA Clippers' new mascot Chuck The Condor. You can find Andrew Sharp at twitter.com/andrewsharp and Ben Golliver at twitter.com/bengolliver, and use the hashtag #openfloor to have your voice heard. You can find more great Sports Illustrated podcasts at si.com/podcasts, and please subscribe to the show on iTunes and Stitcher. -- Open Floor is brought to you by FreshBooks. It’s smart, mobile accounting, designed specifically for freelancers and small business owners. You can try FreshBooks for 30-days on us, with no credit card required. Go to FreshBooks.com/sports and enter SPORTS in the “How your heard about us” section.

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Mar 03 2016
1 hour 8 mins
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Rank #18: NBA Mock Draft: Projecting every pick in Round 1

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SI.com's NBA crew gets together for a special Mock Draft edition of Open Floor. Mainstays Andrew Sharp and Ben Golliver are joined by draft experts Matt Dollinger, Jeremy Woo and David Gardner to project every pick in Round 1 of the draft. If you want to get in touch with the show, tweet Andrew Sharp at twitter.com/andrewsharp or Ben Golliver at twitter.com/bengolliver, and use the hashtag #openfloor to have your voice heard. You can find more great Sports Illustrated podcasts at si.com/podcasts, and please subscribe to the show on iTunes, Google Play, Stitcher and SoundCloud.

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Jun 15 2016
1 hour 24 mins
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Rank #19: NBA draft week winners and losers

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Andrew Sharp and Ben Golliver get together late night to talk through the biggest winners and losers after a week of trades, surprises and nationally televised Sacramento Kings decisions. Includes thoughts on the Celtics draft, the OKC/Magic trade, the Wolves/Bulls trade that didn't happen, the Lakers, Sixers, Bucks and more.

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Jun 24 2016
1 hour 8 mins
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Rank #20: Mailbag: Russ vs. Harden, PB+J, Draft Talk

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On today's show, Andrew Sharp and Ben Golliver take more questions from listeners. Discussion includes thoughts on the top five players to start a team with, James Harden's last season in Houston, the rise of the Milwaukee Bucks, the NBA's addiction to peanut butter and jelly, the future of Markelle Fultz, and what's waiting for teams in the draft.

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Mar 24 2017
1 hour 8 mins
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