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On the NBA Beat Ep. 121: "The (Clippers) Curse" Book Special With Mick Minas

Mick Minas, author of "The Curse: The Colorful & Chaotic History of the LA Clippers," is here to discuss his comprehensive book that chronicles the wild history of the Clippers. Plagued by penny-pinching ownership, questionable management, terrible luck, and a well earned abysmal reputation, the franchise experiences so many low lows, but optimism is somehow rarely too far away. Even with a new era of Clippers basketball beginning, there is reason for hope. For those interested, Mick's...


On the NBA Beat Ep. 120: LeBron's Lakers With Harrison Faigen, Eric Pincus

Following a five-year playoff drought, come July, the Los Angeles Lakers and their fan base could exhale. That’s when they landed LeBron James, the most dominant and versatile player in today’s NBA. To discuss these Lakers, Aaron and Loren are joined by Harrison Faigen of SB Nation’s Silver Screen & Roll and Eric Pincus, Lakers reporter for Bleacher Report, cohost of the Hollywood Hoops Podcast and Capologist for Basketball Insiders and NBATV. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit...


On the NBA Beat Ep. 119: Around the League in 80 Days Book Special With Bill, Gabe Allen

A soon-to-be college graduate and his dad, a recently retired professor, set out on an 80-day journey around the NBA, stopping by all 29 arenas over a nearly three-month period. That's the backdrop for "Around the League in 80 Days," a 2015 memoir penned by William and Gabriel Allen. The father-son duo was gracious enough to join Aaron for a detailed, behind-the-scenes discussion on the book and their underlying adventure. If interested, the book can be purchased here. Learn more about...


On the NBA Beat Ep. 118: Harvey: “Which Rockets Team Will We See?"

We’ve brought back Randy Harvey, former sports editor of the Houston Chronicle, to discuss the Houston Rockets’ Western Conference finals run. Since retiring on March 1st, Randy and his wife moved to Pasadena where he’s continued to follow the Rockets from afar. With the series tied at one, the Rockets stand three wins away from their first NBA Finals berth in 23 years. Standing in their way, the mighty Warriors who have won two of the past three titles. This season’s Rockets won a...


On the NBA Beat Ep. 116: Bill Bohl: "Everything Makes More Sense When [Jimmy Butler's] on the Court"

A little more than six months after our latest Timberwolves-themed episode, things are looking pretty good for the team currently fourth in the West. Aaron checked in with Billy Bohl, writer for ESPN True Hoop’s A Wolf Among Wolves to discuss a slew of topics, including but not limited to coach Tom Thibodeau’s minutes allocation, 22-year-old phenoms Karl-Anthony Towns and Andrew Wiggins, and Jimmy Butler’s multifaceted impact on the organization’s success. Feel free to wolf down some...


On the NBA Beat Ep. 115: Salman Ali: Rockets "Not Mincing Words; Want to Go at the Warriors"

After a disappointing second-round exit in the 2017 playoffs, the Rockets were busy during the offseason, trading for star point guard Chris Paul and adding defensive specialists Luc Richard Mbah a Mouse and P.J. Tucker. Those moves have been bearing fruit thus far, as last week they became only the third team since 2015 to win the season series over the Golden State Warriors. To help us assess how much of a threat these Rockets pose to the defending champions, we brought back Salman Ali,...


On the NBA Beat Ep 114: Jordan Maly: Markkanen’s “Confidence is Oozing” for the Bulls

The Chicago Bulls ended the year last season by surprisingly stealing two games in Boston in their first-round playoff series against the Celtics and then subsequently losing the next four games. Since then, they let go of veterans Dwyane Wade and Rajon Rondo, traded away franchise superstar Jimmy Butler, and brought back a new young core of Zach Lavine, Kris Dunn and rookie Lauri Markkanen. In our first episode of 2018, we’ve brought on Jordan Maly, host of the Locked on Bulls podcast, to...


On the NBA Beat Ep. 107: Sandy Mui: "Nets Fans Have a Lot to Look Forward To"

The Brooklyn Nets’ 2017-18 season, much like Boston’s, was shaken from the very start when starting point guard Jeremy Lin went down with a scary-looking knee injury. Shortly after, it was announced the veteran guard would be sidelined for the rest of the season with a ruptured patella tendon. To discuss the implications of the devastating injury and much more, Sandy Mui, host of the Brooklyn Revolution Podcast, not to mention Brook-Lin.com assignment editor and writer at The Brooklyn...


On the NBA Beat Ep. 106: Clippers Basketball "Transports" Will & Grace Co-Creator David Kohan

David Kohan, best known for co-creating the pioneering hit comedy series “Will & Grace” is actually a huge Los Angeles Clippers fan, attending games at the LA Sports Arena beginning in the late ‘80s. In this episode, Aaron had the opportunity to talk with David about both the return of Will & Grace after 11 years off the air and his beloved Clippers. Some clips, pun intended, are excerpted below: 4:31-4:50: “There was something about last season that felt joyless. In fact, that should...


On the NBA Beat Ep. 103: Dave Zirin: “There Is No Stay in Your Lane…All the Rules Are Gone”

In these unprecedented political and social times, Dave Zirin of The Nation and the Edge of Sports podcast joins the show for an important conversation. Below, you can find some highlights from the interview: 6:31-7:18: “There is no stay in your lane at this point. All the rules are gone, and I think the very existence of Donald Trump should remove this idea, even as a debate. But the reason you’ve heard it step up in recent years is precisely because we have this Donald Trump[-led]...


On the NBA Beat Ep. 102: Magnotti: Luka Doncic's "Brilliant Passing" Draws CP3 Comparison

Led by tournament MVP Goran Dragic and impressive 18-year-old Luka Doncic, Slovenia upset the perennial favorite, Spain, on its way to a EuroBasket Gold, the first medal of any kind in the tournament for the small country of only about 2 million people. Trevor Magnotti, who covers all things EuroLeague at The Step Back, joins Aaron to break down the most important takeaways from EuroBasket, including the draft implications of Doncic's performance and the possibility of new young...


On the NBA Beat Ep. 101: Matt Hill on His Projects, Lonzo Ball Fascination

The creative Matt Hill, Super Hoopers cofounder and cohost, graces us with his presence, as we discuss a wide selection of topics, ranging from his viral animated comedy web series “Spurs Special Forces” to Lonzo Ball, bandwagon fans and so much more. A trio of excerpts can be found below: 6:50-7:06: Matt discusses longtime friend Randall Park [actor-comedian]’s unique contributions to "Spurs Special Forces." “He’s just an old friend. So I was doing the Spurs [Special Forces video], and...


On the NBA Beat Ep. 100: Celebrating the 100th Show

For this special episode, your hosts will break precedent and not write too much below the audio player. Most importantly, we sincerely appreciate the myriad contributions to our project and made this episode to help spell those out. It’s a long episode, but one which we hope you’ll find well worth your while. Interview Time Stamps: 13:30-23:40: Lang Whitaker 44:24-51:50: Andy Liu 52:40-57:35: Justin Faudree 58:40-1:06:10: Josh Baumgard 1:06:40-1:13:30: Dan Feldman 1:14:35-1:22:10:...


On the NBA Beat Ep. 99: Oliver Maroney: Big3 Players Really “Looking to Prove Something”

Oliver Maroney, basketball writer for Dime on Uproxx and host of The Big3 Show, calls in to discuss the Big3 tour just as it concludes its regular season and prepares for Sunday’s semifinal round in Seattle. Maroney gets into the business and marketing side of things, while also, of course, delving into the basketball issues at play. For instance, we’ll ...


On the NBA Beat Ep. 98: Sue Favor: WNBA Must Increase Its Visibility, Start Growing Again

Ahead of Friday night’s matchup between the top two teams in the WNBA, the Minnesota Lynx and Los Angeles Sparks, Sue Favor joins the podcast to talk about the league. Sue, a devoted women’s hoops writer at Women’s Hoops World and her “They’re Playing Basketball” blog, handicaps the MVP race, details the Sparks’ winning formula and more broadly discusses the ...


On the NBA Beat Ep. 2.42: Joe Morgan on Pro Scout School and “Belief in the Future” for the Sacramento Kings

On the NBA Beat Ep. 2.42: Joe Morgan on Pro Scout School and "Belief in the Future" for the Sacramento Kings On the NBA BeatOn the NBA Beat Ep. 2.42: Joe Morgan on Pro Scout School and "Belief in the Future" for the Sacramento KingsOn the NBA Beat iTunes Android RSS TuneIn Stitcher Google Play The NBA world has taken over ...


On the NBA Beat Ep. 2.41: Jovan Buha: Griffin Will “Surpass Paul as Best & Most Important Clipper Ever”

On the NBA Beat Ep. 2.41: Jovan Buha: Griffin Will "Surpass Paul as Best & Most Important Clipper Ever” On the NBA BeatOn the NBA Beat Ep. 2.41: Jovan Buha: Griffin Will "Surpass Paul as Best & Most Important Clipper Ever”On the NBA BeatESPN.com’s Jovan Buha joins the podcast to analyze the Los Angeles Clippers’ tumultuous 2017 offseason, highlighted by the ...


On the NBA Beat Ep. 2.40: Keith Smith: Clippers Face “No-Win Situation,” Celtics Target Hayward

Though the free agency period does not officially begin until July 1, the landscape of the NBA has already been shifted dramatically after the draft, a few franchise-altering trades and a couple executive team shake-ups. To help us sort through all the madness of the last week and predict the remaining changes to come, we’ve brought on Keith Smith, who ...


Sean Derenthal: Lonzo Ball Could Be Draft’s “Best Player or Basically Unplayable” - On the NBA Beat

Sean Derenthal: Lonzo Ball Could Be Draft’s “Best Player or Basically Unplayable”Sean Derenthal: Lonzo Ball Could Be Draft’s “Best Player or Basically Unplayable”{{svg_share_icon}} {{svg_share_icon}} {{embed_code}} Copy Embed EmbedWith the draft fast approaching – it’s scheduled for Thursday, June 22, – we’re joined by a pair of men who closely and passionately follow the NBA draft and its potential prospects year-round. ...


On the NBA Beat Ep. 2.38: The Golden State Warriors’ Pursuit of Playoff Perfection - On the NBA Beat

With just over three minutes left in a thrilling Game 3, the Cleveland Cavaliers held a three-point lead and looked to be on their way to handing the Golden State Warriors their first loss since April 10. Not to be deterred, the Warriors finished the game with 11 straight points, sealing the victory and continuing their quest for an undefeated ...