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NBA A to Z with Sam Amick and Jeff Zillgitt

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We’ve got the NBA covered from A to Z with this inside look at the Association from veteran journalists Sam Amick and Jeff Zillgitt. Great guests and gab for the hoophead in you. 

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We’ve got the NBA covered from A to Z with this inside look at the Association from veteran journalists Sam Amick and Jeff Zillgitt. Great guests and gab for the hoophead in you. 

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Good stuff

By soni91b - Feb 28 2018
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A to Z works really hard and puts out great content, keep it up!

I enjoy it!

By Jkdizzle3 - Feb 09 2018
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This is a quality podcast!

iTunes Ratings

114 Ratings
Average Ratings
85
9
13
4
3

Good stuff

By soni91b - Feb 28 2018
Read more
A to Z works really hard and puts out great content, keep it up!

I enjoy it!

By Jkdizzle3 - Feb 09 2018
Read more
This is a quality podcast!
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NBA A to Z with Sam Amick and Jeff Zillgitt

Updated 13 days ago

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We’ve got the NBA covered from A to Z with this inside look at the Association from veteran journalists Sam Amick and Jeff Zillgitt. Great guests and gab for the hoophead in you. 

Rank #1: NBA playoffs are here!

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The seedings are set and the NBA playoffs are about to begin. The NBA A to Z guys Sam Amick and Jeff Zillgitt break it all down with Kevin Spain of USA TODAY Sports. They take a look at the first round, what are some of the compelling matchups and then look down the road at who will advance to the conference finals and the NBA Finals. Their resistance to pick a winner is futile.
Apr 16 2015
41 mins
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Rank #2: Welcome back Splash Brothers as Warriors ready to eliminate LeBron and Cavs

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Remember Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson? Yeah, we do too. Especially after they broke out of their slump to lead the Golden State Warriors to an NBA Finals Game 4 win against the Cleveland Cavaliers. NBA A to Z guys Sam Amick and Jeff Zillgitt break down this game and look ahead to Game 5 in Oakland. They also explore what might happen to Draymond Green after his scuffle with LeBron James.
Jun 11 2016
15 mins
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Rank #3: NBA First Round Playoff Breakdown

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On this week's NBA A to Z podcast, Insiders Sam Amick and Jeff Zillgitt break down the early part of the playoffs, from the mysterious Kawhi Leonard situation in San Antonio and what that might mean to the Cavs' struggles, Boston's battle against Milwaukee to the rest of the East and West matchups around the Association. 

Apr 18 2018
42 mins
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Rank #4: What will Kevin Durant do and other free agency talk

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The Kevin Durant sweepstakes is on. Where will this summer's top free agent going to sign? The NBA A to Z guys Sam Amick and Jeff Zillgitt take a deep dive into what the Oklahoma City Thunder star’s options are and when he might do. A team that could lose some players is the Toronto Raptors. What will they do? The guys discuss players like DeMar DeRozan and Bismarck Biyombo and what they might do. The discussion turns to some restricted free agents like Andre Drummond and Bradley Beal. What will Mike Conley do? He has been a perfect fit in Memphis, he helped create the style of play and the culture there with the Grizzlies, but does he like what he is seeing in terms of the future? Will Charlotte keep Nic Batum, a sneaky good player they picked up in a trade with Portland before last season. They get around to Miami to talk about Dwyane Wade and the businessman Hassan Whiteside. They break down how the Derrick Rose trade could help the New York Knicks in free agency. The chat about J.R. Smith and the fact that he is now, in fact, wearing a shirt.
Jun 28 2016
54 mins
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Rank #5: Is home court advantage not sacred anymore?

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Is home court advantage not sacred? Road teams have won in each of the conference semifinals of the NBA playoffs and the A to Z guys Sam Amick and Jeff Zillgitt discuss that with USA TODAY Sports' Kevin Spain. The guys break down a gutty performance by Memphis Grizzlies' guard Mike Conley and talk about Stephen Curry's win and speech from the most valuable player ceremony.
May 06 2015
33 mins
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Rank #6: Kevin Love injury update and who goes to OKC?

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The NBA A to Z guys Sam Amick and Jeff Zillgitt discuss what the Kevin Love injury will mean to the Cleveland Cavaliers and to Love's future with USA TODAY Sports' Kevin Spain. The guys also talk about some surprises in the playoffs, who are the Oklahoma City Thunder looking for in a coach and what is the market for Rajon Rondo?
Apr 28 2015
39 mins
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Rank #7: Buzzer beaters: Jimmy Butler interview; draft talk

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It's the buzzer-beater playoffs in the conference semifinals and the NBA A to Z guys Sam Amick and Jeff Zillgitt discuss that with USA TODAY Sports' Kevin Spain. Jeff Zillgitt caught up with Chicago Bulls guard Jimmy Butler and talked to him about how his offensive game has improved. Kevin Spain talked with NBA draft guru Derek Bodner about some of the top guards and small forwards in this year's draft.
May 11 2015
39 mins
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Rank #8: NBA Finals Recap

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On this week's NBA A to Z podcast, USA TODAY Sports Insiders Sam Amick and Jeff Zillgitt reflect on the Finals and what the latest Warriors title means, discuss the draft and all the fireworks that might come with it and dissect LeBron James' free agency options from every angle.

Jun 15 2018
40 mins
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Rank #9: The NBA A to Z Playoff Breakdown

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On this week's NBA A to Z podcast, Insiders Sam Amick and Jeff Zillgitt break down the wild playoff races in the East and the West and discuss all the possible ramifications of these final five weeks.

Mar 06 2018
34 mins
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Rank #10: Learning how NBA teams roster moves work with Larry Coon, The Sports Business Classroom

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On this week's NBA A to Z podcast, Insider Sam Amick talks with Larry Coon, the league's preeminent expert on the collective bargaining agreement, a longtime NBA writer and the founder of The Sports Business Classroom event that takes place every July at Las Vegas Summer League. Sam and Larry discuss the story behind his famous CBA FAQ, the behind-the-scenes discussions he frequently has with league executives about key roster moves, and the ways in which he's paying it forward by way of The Sports Business Classroom.

May 01 2018
38 mins
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Rank #11: Breaking down the playoff races; Jon Krawczynski, The Athletic

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On this week's edition of the NBA A to Z podcast, Insider Sam Amick discusses the Wild West playoff race with Jon Krawczynski of The Athletic. They discuss the Minnesota Timberwolves' attempt to end their league-long playoff drought, the San Antonio Spurs' hopes of continuing their two-decade-long playoff streak, and the many other subplots of this race. 

Apr 03 2018
38 mins
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Rank #12: Ian Thomsen, basketball writer

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On this week’s NBA A to Z podcast, Insiders Sam Amick and Jeff Zillgitt talk to veteran basketball writer Ian Thomsen whose new book ‘The Soul of Basketball: The Epic Showdown Between LeBron, Kobe, Doc, and Dirk That Saved the NBA’ was just released. The book focuses on the 2010-11 season and how it revealed the NBA’s identity and its impact on the future of the league. Thomsen shares stories about LeBron James, Dirk Nowitzki, Pat Riley, Doc Rivers and Gregg Popovich, and he explains why he wanted to write the book.

Apr 24 2018
42 mins
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Rank #13: Tom Thibodeau is fired; first looks at NBA Finals

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In a move that wasn't a surprise, but should be, the Chicago Bulls fired coach Tom Thibodeau after he won 65 percent of his games. The NBA A to Z guys Sam Amick and Jeff Zillgitt discuss that with USA TODAY Sports' Kevin Spain. The guys also take a first look at the NBA Finals matchup between the Cleveland Cavaliers and Golden State Warriors. They talk about what to expect from LeBron James and Stephen Curry and how this is the matchup everyone wanted to see.
May 28 2015
46 mins
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Rank #14: Donovan Mitchell and Rudy Gobert, Utah Jazz; Top stories from around the NBA

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On this week's NBA A to Z podcast, Insider Sam Amick talks with Utah Jazz stars Donovan Mitchell and Rudy Gobert about their surprise season and their respective candidacies for the Rookie of the Year and Defensive Player of the Year awards. Sam and fellow NBA reporter Jeff Zillgitt discuss other storylines as well, from LeBron James' place in the MVP race to the Washington Wizards and why getting John Wall back is such a big deal.

Mar 27 2018
31 mins
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Rank #15: NBA Finals preview and Fred Hoiberg discussion

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As the NBA Finals approach the A to Z guys Sam Amick and Jeff Zillgitt discuss Klay Thompson's concussion, Kyrie Irving's injury and how the two coaches match up against each other with USA TODAY Sports' Kevin Spain. Zillgitt has a one-on-one discussion with Cavaliers coach David Blatt about how he grew this season and what it's like coaching a guy like LeBron James. Spain and Zillgitt talk to Des Moines' Register columnist Randy Peterson, who has covered Fred Hoiberg for several years about why he wanted to make the jump to coaching in the NBA.
Jun 01 2015
57 mins
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Rank #16: Inside the NBA video room

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On this week’s NBA A to Z podcast, Insiders Jeff Zillgitt and Sam Amick talk with Mo Dakhil, a former video coordinator for the Los Angeles Clippers and San Antonio Spurs. Mo goes behind the scenes inside the video room and describes the role and life of a video coordinator during the regular season and playoffs. What do coaches want from the video coordinator? What do players want? Plus, Mo tells us how he found a way to stop of a Los Angeles Lakers play involving Kobe Bryant.

May 09 2018
43 mins
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Rank #17: NBA writer Sam Smith

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On this week’s NBA A to Z podcast, USA TODAY Sports Insider Jeff Zillgitt talks with veteran NBA writer Sam Smith, who covered Michael Jordan’s Chicago Bulls, about Sam’s new book titled Hard Labor: The Battle That Birthed the Billion-Dollar NBA. Sam shares his insights about an era of basketball that was historical – with its share of political, racial and social issues as players fought for their rights on and off the court. He discusses the way the game was played, Oscar Robertson’s lawsuit, along with other players, that led to free agency, Spencer Haywood’s fight to leave college early and the relationships between players that helped make the game what it is today. Smith also talks about the current state of the NBA, including the Bulls’ rebuilding process and the NBA playoff races.

Mar 20 2018
50 mins
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Rank #18: NBA Finals Game 1 recap - JR Smith's historical brain cramp

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On this week's NBA A to Z pod, we unpack the wild Game 1 of the Finals and what it means for the Warriors and Cavs going forward with USA TODAY Sports' Sam Amick, Michael Singer and A.J. Neuharth-Keusch. Will LeBron James ever forgive JR. Smith for his late-game blunder? Was this the Cavs' last, best at challenging the Warriors? So many questions, and we're here for the answers.

Jun 02 2018
33 mins
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Rank #19: Inside the Conference Finals and a look at the 2018 draft

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On this week’s NBA A to Z podcast, Insiders Jeff Zillgitt and Sam Amick discuss the Western finals between the Golden State Warriors and Houston Rockets and Eastern Conference final between the Cleveland Celtics and Boston Celtics. Both series are going at least six games. Also, USA TODAY Sports’ NBA editor Mike Singer joins the pod to discuss the NBA draft combine and its impact on the June draft.

May 23 2018
1 hour
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Rank #20: Cavaliers make it a series as LeBron goes off

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So where did this Cleveland Cavaliers team come from? After looking overmatched in the first two games of the NBA Finals, the Cavs come alive and blow out the Golden State Warriors. A to Z guys Jeff Zillgitt and Sam Amick break it down from an empty Quicken Loans Arena. They also look ahead to Game 4 and explore how Cleveland can keep this run going.
Jun 09 2016
20 mins
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