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On the NBA Beat Ep. 117: Grizz Gaming GM Lang Whitaker: “It’s Like Real Sports”

Lang Whitaker is back for another exhilarating appearance, this time informing us on the brand new NBA 2K League and his role as general manager of Grizz Gaming, the Memphis Grizzlies’ representative team. Whitaker, who also serves as a contributor to Grind City Media and GQ Magazine, cannot wait for the 2K League’s inaugural season, and he’s here to tell us why. There’s no chance you’ll need to grit or grind through these interview highlights below: 6:40-8:33: “I cohosted the Hang Time...


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. 108: Adam Mares: “Guys Are Figuring Out New Roles Around Millsap”

The 5-5 Denver Nuggets are currently about as good as their record would suggest, according to this week’s guest Adam Mares, host of the Locked on Nuggets podcast and site manager for SB Nation’s Denver Stiffs. He argues that despite the team’s considerable continuity, many players are still adjusting to new roles this season. In addition, the Nuggets are still incorporating Paul Millsap into their game plan, particularly on the offensive end. Adam discusses this process, Denver’s many...


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. 104: Ward-Henninger (Western Conference Preview): "There's Operation Shutdown Potential" for OKC

Colin Ward-Henninger of CBSSports.com helps preview the talent-loaded Western Conference after an action-packed offseason replete with key player movement. 8:54-9:52: “Paul George actually had a higher usage rate and more touches than Melo last year, and we all know what Russ [Westbrook] does on the court. And he had a hard enough time playing with Durant, and then when Durant left, we saw the madness that happened last year with just the NBA record usage rate of like 40 percent or...


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 ...


On the NBA Beat Ep. 2.37: 2017 NBA Finals Preview With Brendan Bowers, Andy Liu

The 2017 NBA Finals are finally here. And no surprise…the Golden State Warriors and Cleveland Cavaliers are set to face off an NBA-record third straight time. These behemoths come in a combined 24-1 this postseason. The Warriors have won at least 67 games each of...


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