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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.

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.

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Top 100, 30-1: Middleton, Kyrie, Kawhi, Butler, Embiid, Durant, Steph, LeBron

9/17/2018
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On today’s show Sharp and Golliver are again joined by Sports Illustrated’s Rob Mahoney for part two of their journey through this 2019 ranking of the top 100 players in the NBA. Topics include Khris Middleton, Kyrie Irving vs. Damian Lillard, Kawhi Leonard, Jimmy Butler, Joel Embiid, Russell Westbrook vs. Chris Paul, Anthony Davis, James Harden, Kevin Durant, Steph Curry, and LeBron James.

Duration:01:15:23

Top 100, 100-31: Lonzo, Carmelo, Dwight, Ingram, Favors, Tatum, Love

9/14/2018
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On today’s show Sharp and Golliver welcome Sports Illustrated’s Rob Mahoney to discuss the top 100 players in the NBA. In the first half of an accidental two-part episode, they talk through realistic projections for Lonzo Ball (5:00), Carmelo Anthony vs. Pau Gasol (15:00), Marcus Smart and Rajon Rondo (21:00), Dwight Howard (29:00), Brandon Ingram vs. Andrew Wiggins and Nic Batum (32:00), Aaron Gordon in Orlando (42:00), Derrick Favors (48:00), Jaylen Brown vs. Jayson Tatum vs. Donovan...

Duration:01:13:09

Handicapping the MVP Race, Breakout Season Candidates, Bi-Monthly Suns Update

9/6/2018
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On today's show Andrew Sharp and Ben Golliver begin by lamenting the state of the Michigan Wolverines before jumping into a discussion of the preseason MVP odds. Topics include: a thinner group of genuine contenders this year (5:00), the factors working against the Warriors (8:00), the Celtics and the return of Gordon Hayward (15:00), James Harden's regular seasons vs. the playoffs (23:00), the Sixers as the new Thunder (28:00), and Giannis and LeBron as the favorites (40:00). From there...

Duration:01:20:00

Goodbye Manu, Ranking Teams Without a Title, Midseason Tournament Ideas

8/30/2018
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On today's show Andrew Sharp and Ben Golliver begin the show with Ben airing a series of offseason grievances, and from there, they get into Manu Ginobili's retirement (8:00), what they'll remember most about his game, whether he deserves to be in the Hall of Fame, the 2014 title against the Heat, and how the Spurs have changed over the past 20 years. Then they discuss NBA teams that have never won a title (26:00) and rank the chances of each team at eventually escaping the list. From there...

Duration:01:26:17

The Hottest Coaching Hot Seats, Pelicans Questions, Antetokounmpo Prophecy

8/22/2018
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On today's show Andrew Sharp and Ben Golliver look ahead to next year's NBA and sorting through the hot seats that various coaches will inherit this season. Categories include ice cold seats, recent signings, potentially malfunctioning seat warmers, lukewarm seats, and hot hot hot seats. Discussions include Steve Kerr in Golden State, Brad Stevens in Boston, Scott Brooks and Billy Donovan in D.C. and OKC, Mike Malone in Denver, Luke Walton in L.A., Terry Stotts in Portland, and Fred Hoiberg...

Duration:01:29:19

Carmelo vs. 24 Year-Old Bloggers, Bad Contract Life Cycle, Devin Booker Hype

8/15/2018
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On today's show Andrew Sharp and Ben Golliver begin by talking all things Carmelo Anthony. First they discuss how he might fit in Houston, why low expectations could be healthy after OKC, and what's on the table going forward. Then (14:00) they talk through Carmelo's career arc generally, internet criticism, hats, watches, and MVP votes. From there (27:00): Projecting the wins total for the Grizzlies next season, assessing problems on the wing, and walking through the life cycle of a bad...

Duration:01:30:02

Top 100 Self-Reflection, Bet Your Mortgage Over/Under Locks, Advanced NBA Jersey Purchasing

8/8/2018
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On today's show Andrew Sharp and Ben Golliver begin by recapping Ben's internal monologue after a few offseason weeks full of mindfulness, World War 2, and top 100 phone calls with Rob Mahoney. Then they discuss the recent release of the season win over/unders in Vegas, including three numbers that made people mad (Blazers, Spurs, Pacers), two stone cold bet your mortgage locks (Celtics, Sixers) and a requisite check-in with the Lakers and Warriors. From there: the future of Draymond Green...

Duration:01:28:10

Unsolicited Kevin Durant Advice, Team USA Takeaways, The Wal-Mart Warriors

8/1/2018
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On today's show Andrew Sharp and Ben Golliver celebrate the arrival of August and begin with some thoughts on the aging process. Then (5:00): Scenes from the Team USA practices in Las Vegas, including PR advice for Kevin Durant, thoughts on his podcast appearance with CJ McCollum, and whether he should stay with Golden State for the long term. From there (23:00): Devin Booker and Myles Turner in Team USA pickup games, and some cautious optimism for the next iteration of the Thunder. Then...

Duration:01:21:43

The Top 10 in 2023, Kevin Love Stays in Cleveland, Dwight Arrives in D.C.

7/25/2018
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On today's show Andrew Sharp and Ben Golliver begin the (real) offseason by looking at the big picture. Who will be the 10 best players in the league five years from now? Nominees include: Anthony Davis, Giannis, KD (if he's not retired), Embiid (if he's healthy), KAT, Kyrie, Ben Simmons, Devin Booker, and more. They also discuss this year's draft class, where Donovan Mitchell and Jayson Tatum might fit, whether 39 year-old LeBron James will remain dominant, and how LeBron James Jr. will...

Duration:01:23:43

BONUS: Kawhi Leonard is Finally Traded, The Raptors Win Big, DeRozan Heads to the Monastery

7/18/2018
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On today's show Andrew Sharp and Ben Golliver connect for an emergency episode to talk through the many layers of the Kawhi trade. First, they focus on the Kawhi side and why the trade makes sense for both next season's Raptors and the long term outlook in Toronto. Then (12:00): mixed emotions for Raptors fans and DeRozan in the wake of this deal, and whether he'll make another All-Star team in San Antonio. From there (18:00): the Spurs and whether they can surprise some people next season,...

Duration:00:49:45

Proof of Life from Summer League, Sixers Reality Check, Knicks Pipe Dreams

7/18/2018
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On today's show Andrew Sharp and Ben Golliver begin by recapping the end of summer league after Ben's two weeks in Vegas. Topics include: Stalking Ben Simmons, close encounters with LeBron, $500 Lakers shorts, the legend of Summer Svi, and the absence of Lavar Ball. Then (18:30): The summer of the Sixers, what went wrong, what to make of Markelle Fultz, and what to expect in Philadelphia next season. From there (33:00): The next mile-marker in the Kawhi journey is Team USA practice in Las...

Duration:01:20:50

Begrudging Reminder that the Celtics Exist, The Latest Kawhi Talk, Lakers Make the Media Rounds

7/13/2018
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On today's show Andrew Sharp and Ben Golliver begin by talking through Adam Silver's comments at the board of governor's meeting and whether the league should admit it has a competitive balance problem. Then (7:00) they discuss the imbalance between the East and West, and why no one seems to be acknowledging that the healthy Celtics are clearly the second best team in the league. From there (18:00): Raptors Kawhi Leonard rumors, how this summer has affected Kawhi’s value, and whether it...

Duration:01:22:58

The Bulls Win (and Lose) at Summer League, Rockets Try to Reload, More Vegas Impressions

7/10/2018
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On today's show Andrew Sharp and Ben Golliver check in after the opening weekend of NBA summer league. First they discuss the growing popularity of Summer League and Ben's response to the critics. Then (6:00) they discuss the performance of Wendell Carter Jr. thus far, what his success could mean for Chicago's future, and how to feel about the Bulls' decision to match Zach LaVine's $78 million offer sheet. From there (22:00): first impressions of Harry Giles for the Kings, Deandre Ayton on...

Duration:01:08:03

The Magnificent Summer of the Wizards, Boogie on the Warriors, Playoff P in OKC

7/5/2018
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On today's show Andrew Sharp and Ben Golliver review the biggest stories through the first week of free agency. First: the Wizards are getting reckless even by Wizards standards, and they talk through the offseason of Dwight Howard, Austin Rivers, and Jeff Green. Then (22:00): Boogie on the Warriors, whether they should have added a wing instead, and why this could work for Golden State. From there: The effects of the CBA on the current NBA landscape (35:00), Paul George and his shocking...

Duration:01:27:03

LeBron Makes the Lakers Move Official, Business vs. Basketball Arguments, LeBronzo Prophecy Realized

7/2/2018
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On today's show Andrew Sharp and Ben Golliver react to Sunday night's @KlutchSports exclusive by discussing all angles of LeBron on the Lakers. First: processing the LeBron signing with a side of Lance Stephenson and Javale McGee. Then (7:00): Paul George's cold shoulder and the challenge LeBron may or may not have recruiting stars over the next few years. From there (14:00): An extensive and occasionally heated debate over whether the Lakers were the best choice for LeBron, what motivated...

Duration:01:17:43

Lakers Chasing Kawhi, Free Agency Chatter at the 11th Hour, CJ McCollum Calls In

6/28/2018
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On today's show Andrew Sharp and Ben Golliver celebrate the eve of NBA free agency and connect with Trail Blazers guard CJ McCollum. First: Golliver interrogates Sharp about his conspiracy consumption habits headed into the weekend. Then (7:00): they talk through the week of Kawhi rumors, reading tea leaves, why the Celtics might be reluctant to get involved, and why the Sixers should think harder about getting aggressive. From there (20:00): Are we sure LeBron James needs another star in...

Duration:01:30:47

Awards Show Red Carpet Report, All Eyes On Paul George, Bonus Draft Thoughts

6/27/2018
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On today's show Andrew Sharp and Ben Golliver begin by discussing the NBA's Awards Show in L.A.. Topics include: killer bees on the red carpet, Oscar Robertson's big night, what Harden's MVP victory means, Dwane Casey's coach of the year award, and a better way to do this show next year. Then (30:00) they talk through the many signals coming from the Loose Lips Paul George and his camp in the week before free agency, what his decision could mean for everyone else, and the worst case scenario...

Duration:01:13:26

Mavs, Suns, Sixers, Spurs, and NBA Draft Winners and Losers

6/22/2018
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On today's show Andrew Sharp and Ben Golliver recap the NBA Draft with some winners and losers. First: whether pick tipping is cool, the relatively subdued draft after a week of hype, the league on hold waiting for LeBron and Kawhi, and the real winners of the night in Mo Wagner and De'Anthony Melton. Then: the Mavs make a play for Luka, the Hawks roll the dice with Trae Young, the Grizzlies are caught between two eras, and Michael Porter Jr. tumbles out of the top 10. From there: what to...

Duration:01:06:31

20 NBA Draft Questions on Trae Young, Marvin Bagley, Luka Doncic, and More

6/20/2018
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On today's show Andrew Sharp and Ben Golliver celebrate the eve of the NBA Draft by reminding you that Open Floor will be broadcasting live on SI's Draft Show Thursday night. Then: the combine interview process, whether Jaren Jackson Jr. can sell you a pen, and what type of utensil Lonnie Walker Jr. would be. From there: the importance of franchise stability, the strange lack of buzz around Trae Young, the draft process adventures of Michael Porter Jr., the boom-or-bust potential of Marvin...

Duration:01:17:07

Kawhi Trade Odds, Trouble at the Monastery, Big Decisions in Boston

6/18/2018
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On today's show Andrew Sharp and Ben Golliver get together for a Monday morning podcast to discuss the impending trade of Kawhi Leonard and everything that comes with it. First: What went wrong in San Antonio? How will the perception of Kawhi change after the way this year unfolded? Where do the Spurs go from here? Also, Golliver demands that everyone take a moment to appreciate Tim Duncan. Then (33:00): Where does Kawhi go next? The Lakers are the favorites (-140) but there are several...

Duration:01:11:49