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Open Floor: SI's NBA Podcast


Hosted by SI senior writer Lee Jenkins, SI’s Open Floor podcast features guest appearances from some of the biggest names in the NBA.

Hosted by SI senior writer Lee Jenkins, SI’s Open Floor podcast features guest appearances from some of the biggest names in the NBA.
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Hosted by SI senior writer Lee Jenkins, SI’s Open Floor podcast features guest appearances from some of the biggest names in the NBA.




Masked Madness in Miami, Present Cavs/Future Celtics, Angry Playoff E-mails

On today's show Andrew Sharp and Ben Golliver begin by celebrating the arrival of stars all over the playoffs, and then move to another incredible Sixers/Heat game (5:00). Why is this series so much fun? Who will win the battle over Joel Embiid's mask? And can the Sixers win the East? Then they move to the state of the Cavs (24:00) and the proper level of concern in this Pacers series, an update on the adventures of Playoff P (31:00), the arrival of Donovan Mitchell, and the return of...


Sixers and Heat, Opening Weekend Reactions, Rockets Traveling Detectives

On today's show Andrew Sharp and Ben Golliver celebrate the opening weekend of the playoffs. First they react to the first two games of the Sixers-Heat series, including the best strategy for defending Ben Simmons, another stubborn masterpiece for Dwyane Wade, and what Philly might look like with Joel Embiid back in the lineup. Then they celebrate the arrival of another legendary Paul George nickname (17:00) and discuss the dynamics in OKC-Utah. From there it's onto Cleveland (22:00) where...


Open Floor Bracket Challenge, Playoff Power Rankings, Westbrook Spicy Food

On today's show Andrew Sharp and Ben Golliver celebrate the arrival of the NBA Playoffs. First they discuss the Open Floor Globe Playoff Challenge, where listeners can submit brackets to this pool: Then they discuss where the first weekend of the playoffs ranks among other tentpole events on the NBA calendar (6:00). From there they rank each playoff matchup (12:00), including Sixers-Heat, Jazz-Thunder (18:00), Blazers-Pelicans (23:00), and...


Rookie of the Year Royal Rumble, Too Many Coaches, All-NBA Numbers Crunch

On today's show Andrew Sharp and Ben Golliver talk NBA Awards. They begin by revisiting their MVP discussion, including a question on how good the Rockets would be with LeBron instead of Harden, and the rest of their picks for this year's top five. Then they move to Rookie of the Year (14:00), whether Ben Simmons claiming he hasn't noticed another rookie is a good look, why Donovan Mitchell's candidacy is being dismissed too casually, and what Simmons' ceiling really is. From there they...


Pre-Playoff Chaos, The Kyrie Injury, Best Players You'd Least Want

On today's show Andrew Sharp and Ben Golliver take of stock of the NBA through the chaotic final week of the season. First (2:00): an update on the Wizards and whether they are worth allocating internet to, and other lessons from Thursday in Cleveland. Then they discuss the Kyrie Irving injury in Boston (10:00), its implications for the playoffs, and how it changes Boston's future. From there: a state of the union for Paul George in OKC (20:00), other players facing scrutiny this...


The Harden MVP Episode, Kawhi Trade Ideas, Knicks Coaching Search

On today's show Andrew Sharp and Ben Golliver begin by talking through the NBA's vague definition of MVP (4:00) and then move to the MVP year of James Harden (9:00), whether this season changes his value next to KD, Steph and LeBron, and whether he'll be the unanimous winner in June. Also: what about LeBron's MVP case (19:00)? Then: best and worst case scenarios for this year's Finals MVP (29:00) and the Sixers/Hornets poetry of Brett Brown (34:00). From there: a deep dive into the latest...


Coping with the Embiid Injury, Kevin Durant vs. Blog Boys, KAT Drops 56

On today's show Andrew Sharp and Ben Golliver begin recording five minutes after finding out that Joel Embiid will miss the next 2-4 weeks with a fractured orbital bone. As they sort through their emotions, they discuss why this is Ben's fault and Markelle Fultz shouldn't be blamed (2:00), how much this hurts the playoffs, potential silver linings for the Sixers (10:00), and how this will affect Ben Simmons (18:00). Then: potential playoff race tanking scenarios in Washington and OKC...


Steph Curry Injury Implications, Sixers Surging, NBA x Amateur Hoops

On today's show Andrew Sharp and Ben Golliver begin by discussing the many implications of the Steph Curry injury and the questions that have emerged as a result. Which West teams could give them trouble in the first two rounds? Does this make the season more interesting, or more frustrating? Does this change the way we think about Steph? And are the Warriors still title favorites? Then: Rudy Gobert and the dangers of judging bad days (30:00), the Celtics and the value of playoff...


Blazers/Raptors Summit, Time Machine Title Race, Most Unimproved Player

On today's show Andrew Sharp and Ben Golliver begin by talking through the Blazers and Raptors (5:00). First: What did we learn from the Blazers winning streak? How close could they play the Rockets in the playoffs? Then they move to the Raptors (16:00). Is this the best challenger LeBron has ever faced in the East? And why should anyone believe Cleveland can guard them in the playoffs? From there they move to Kyrie Irving and John Wall in the top 15 (32:00) and more bizarre Kawhi news out...


Warriors and Cavs Attrition, Bulls Tanking, Hayward Alternate Ending

On today's episode Andrew Sharp and Ben Golliver begin with quick thoughts after a weekend watching Michigan, Michigan St., UMBC, college refs, Syracuse's zone, and the rest of the NCAA Tournament. Then they move back to the NBA (11:34), where injuries to the Cavs, Warriors, and Celtics are quickly becoming the biggest story of the NBA's stretch run. Can the Cavs survive without Ty Lue? Should the Celtics be worried? Is Steph a system player? And then: is Draymond Green really a top 10...


Your New Favorite Team, Wizards/Celtics, Worst Takes

On today's show Andrew Sharp and Ben Golliver begin by reliving the Wizards/Celtics game on Wednesday night. Then they make their nominations (8:00) for the best bandwagons in basketball for any fans without a favorite team. Nominees include the Milwaukee Bucks, the Miami Heat, the Washington Wizards, the Utah Jazz, the Philadelphia 76ers, and the Los Angeles Lakers. Then they discuss the worst takes of the 2017-2018 season (32:00), including Pistons optimism, Rockets skepticism, and LaVar...


LeBronzo Part Deux, Warriors Without Steph, Overrated/Underrated Playoff Teams

On today's show Andrew Sharp and Ben Golliver begin by discussing LeBron's weekend in Los Angeles. Why was so the visit to L.A. so underwhelming? What did we learn (if anything) about this current Cavs group? What about Magic and Rich Paul? And who is Juju Smith-Shuster? Then they move to the other contenders, including the Warriors (20:00), whether their continued success despite halfhearted effort should terrify the rest of the NBA, and Sharp's disastrous trolling effort Thursday. Then...


Ignoring Rockets Warnings, Reseeding the Playoffs, NBA Twitter Greatest Hits

On today's show Andrew Sharp and Ben Golliver begin by discussing the Rockets (6:00) and whether we've all been ignoring signs that they are title contenders. Can anyone in the league stop Harden from getting to the rim? Will the supporting cast show up in the playoffs? And who's more likely to get to the Finals between the Rockets and Raptors? Plus: The case for re-seeding the playoffs begins in Houston this year (18:00) but are we sure there's really a problem? From there (34:00), a...


Coach of the Year, East Coast Dame Bias, Sixers/Bucks

On today's show Andrew Sharp and Ben Golliver begin by discussing Gregg Popovich, Brad Stevens, Dwane Casey, and the coach of the year race as the regular season winds down. From there they move to evaluating Celtics free agents (17:00), Larry Nance as a starter in Cleveland (22:00), and the recent excellence of the Blazers and Damian Lillard (26:00). Then: the state of the Sixers and Bucks as they approach the playoffs (36:00) at the end more unsolicited advice for Giannis Antetokounmpo....


Eastern Conference Survey, Adam Silver's Tanking Tour, College Hoops Scandal

On today's show Andrew Sharp and Ben Golliver begin by taking a look around the Eastern Conference, including updates on the Pacers, the Pistons, and the Heat. They also talk through potential playoff matchups -- Toronto-Miami? Milwaukee-Cleveland? Philly-Boston? And then they touch on the LeBron Sixers rumors. From there they move to more discussion of the NBA lottery tournament (22:00), Ben's theory about the best way to solve tanking, and a close reading of the Kevin Durant/LeBron James...


The Anthony Davis Reminder, West Playoff Race, Tanking Tournaments

On today's show Sharp and Golliver talk through the first weekend of games since the All-Star Game. At the top, Anthony Davis after an outrageous set of performances against the Heat and Bucks (2:00), including his MVP case, how he stacks up next to the best players in the league, and whether the Pelicans can make a run. Then (13:00): handicapping the chaos in the West, Jimmy Butler's injury and the concerns for the Wolves, Warriors/Thunder Saturday night, Zaza's latest controversy, and...


Mavericks Dysfunction, Top 10 Players Under 23, Goodbye Kawhi

On today's show Sharp and Golliver begin by discussing the toxic Mavericks culture brought to light by Jon Wertheim and Jessica Luther in this week's Sports Illustrated investigation. How much did Mark Cuban's behavior inform the culture elsewhere? How will the league respond? And what can be learned from this investigation and others like it? From there, they celebrate a slow week in the NBA by ranking the top 10 young players in the NBA (14:00), including Giannis, Embiid, Porzingis,...


All-Star Game Reactions, Dunk Contest Angst, Alien Abductions

On today's show Sharp and Golliver check in from Los Angeles to recap NBA All-Star Weekend. First, they talk through a surprisingly not-terrible All-Star game and the ongoing dominance of LeBron James. Plus: the tragic demise of Team Steph, the clutch performance of James Harden, and the arrival of Joel Embiid. From there they move to the rest of the weekend, beginning with Adam Silver's comments on the playoff format (18:00) and LeBron's response to Laura Ingraham. Then (29:00) they talk...


Where Art Thou Kawhi, All-Star Storylines, Early Awards Arguments

On today’s Sharp and Golliver are live from a Los Angeles hotel room where they begin by wondering about the fate of the Spurs and Kawhi Leonard for the rest of the season. From there, they discuss Steve Kerr’s coaching decision and the ongoing Warriors riddle, when the Cavs will really miss Kyrie, the Celtics struggles, Isaiah Thomas vs. Rondo, the failed peace summit between Marcin Gortat and John Wall, and All-Stars to watch this weekend. Then: answering some e-mails about Elfrid...


Cavs Overreactions, 10 Straight Jazz Wins, and the AD Dark Horse

On today's show Sharp and Golliver begin with 20 minutes of reactions to the new-look Cavs after LeBron James ruined Paul Pierce's retirement party. Questions include: Are the Cavs fixed now? Will Jordan Clarkson ever miss a three? Is Koby Altman the new Jerry West? And then, beyond the Cavs (20:00), what about the rest of the chaotic East? Then they move briefly to the Denver Nuggets (28:00), before focusing on the Utah side of the Rodney Hood trade (32:00) and the Jazz storming through...


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