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On Off the Bench with Kanell and Bell hosts Danny Kanell and Raja Bell bring their professional sports experience to podcasting. Danny and Raja combined to come off the bench 241 times in their 18 years in the pros, now they're coming off the bench and behind the microphone 3 times a week to give raw sports insight from a former player's perspective.

On Off the Bench with Kanell and Bell hosts Danny Kanell and Raja Bell bring their professional sports experience to podcasting. Danny and Raja combined to come off the bench 241 times in their 18 years in the pros, now they're coming off the bench and behind the microphone 3 times a week to give raw sports insight from a former player's perspective.
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On Off the Bench with Kanell and Bell hosts Danny Kanell and Raja Bell bring their professional sports experience to podcasting. Danny and Raja combined to come off the bench 241 times in their 18 years in the pros, now they're coming off the bench and behind the microphone 3 times a week to give raw sports insight from a former player's perspective.




Episode 74: Rockets One Game Away, Last of LeBron in Cleveland? Stanley Cup Storylines

Kanell and Bell breakdown the Rockets huge victory to take a 3-2 series lead over the Warriors, including analysis on the how Houston has stunted Golden State's offense, late-game decisions, Andre Iguodala's absence, Chris Paul's potential absence, and more. The guys then preview Game 6 between the Cavaliers and Celtics, discussing what type of performance Cleveland needs from LeBron to send the series back to Boston. The guys also talk about Stanley Cup storylines, Carmelo Anthony...


Episode 73: Hungry Rockets, Cavs on Road, OTAs, Game 7s

Kanell and Bell breakdown the Rockets very impressive Game 4 victory on the road in Oakland to even their series with the Warriors at two games apiece, while highlighting Houston's intensity and defensive effort. The guys then analyze Game 5 between the Celtics and Cavs as that series heads back to Boston, also tied. Danny and Raja can't ignore the disaster that is Brandi Chastain's plaque. Next, it's "Move the Needle" on subjects like stars missing OTAs, Ben Roethlisberger's relationship...


Episode 72: NBA Blowouts, Is It a Wrap? Knights to Cup, Royal Wedding

Danny discusses Game 3 blowouts in the conference finals, Steph Curry getting back on track, the Cavs getting back in the series, and being underwhelmed by this postseason. He then discusses the Knights historic run to the Stanley Cup, Johnny Manziel's CFL comeback, and Julio Jones relationship with the Falcons. Next, reactions to Tua Tagovailoa's transfer comments, Justify winning the Preaknesss, and teams potentially passing on Luka Doncic. Finally, Topics! Hosted by: @dannykanell...


Episode 71: NBA Conference Finals, Testing Kanell and Bell Memory, 1st (Legal) Picks and Props

Kanell and Bell analyze both NBA conference final series, breaking down if the Rockets found the right offensive approach and if it's fair to still label the Celtics as "surprising." We test Danny and Raja's memory with stats/facts from their own careers and measure them against LeBron James. The guys discuss Nick Saban's comments regarding UCF, college coaches jumping to the NBA and the dismal Dodgers. The first edition of Picks and Props since the huge sports gambling news, plus a...


Episode 70: LeBron Worried Yet? Too Much Iso? Lottery, Sports Gambling, MJ Doc

Kanell and Bell breakdown another complete Celtics performance and lack of help around LeBron as Boston takes a 2-0 series lead, before previewing Warriors-Rockets Game 2 and analyzing how Houston can possibly contend with the juggernaut that is Golden State. The guys then discuss the NBA Draft Lottery, Yankees-Nationals, and Robinson Cano's suspension. Danny and Raja then react to the sports gambling news and look forward to a Michael Jordan documentary. Finally, Topics! Hosted by:...


Episode 69: Celtics crush Cavs, How Rockets can prevent death, Fortnite addictions

Kanell and Bell react to a dominating performance by the Celtics in Game 1 and analyze what the Cavs have to change moving forward. Then, the guys breakdown and preview the Warriors-Rockets series that probably will determine this year's NBA champion, and then discuss the NBA Draft Lottery. Raja and Danny talk Tiger, Andrew Luck, Dwane Casey's firing and the Sixers offseason. Finally, Topics


Danny Kanell Q&A

Danny Kanell answers listener-submitted questions ranging from the SEC to turtlenecks to how zambonis work. Enjoy this bonus episode of Off the Bench (with solo Kanell)!


Episode 68: Warriors vs. Rockets finally set, Sixers chances, Raptors future

Kanell and Bell analyze the upcoming Western Conference Finals featuring the Warriors and Rockets, the Cavs chances to win it all, and the Sixers chances to come back against the Celtics. The guys also discuss the future for the Raptors and Becky Hammon's head coaching future. Danny and Raja even cover some hockey talk, before going wayback on this Wednesday to remember Allen Iverson's practice rant. Finally, Topics!


Episode 67: LeBron Strong/Raptors Weak, Simmons Struggles, Matt Ryan Rich, Ichiro Impact

Kanell and Bell break down yet another LeBron masterpiece against the maybe mentally weak Raptors, before welcoming in podcast guest Matty Hundo, host of the 'Keepin' It A Hundo' podcast, who is also Raja's good friend and a big Celtics fan to discuss Boston's impressive comeback against the Sixers in Game 2. The guys then lookahead to Friday's playoff games between the Rockets/Jazz and Warriors/Pelicans. Danny and Raja then analyze Matt Ryan's new record contract, before Deebo updates us...


Episode 66: Cavs Steal Game 1, Steph Back, Brady's Relationship with Pats

Kanell and Bell breakdown the Cavs stealing Game 1 in Torono, Steph Curry's return for the Warriors, and Tom Brady's relationship with the Pats. The guys also discuss Tiger appearing at Quail Hollow this weekend, Big Ben's future, and Hassan Whiteside's intervention with the Heat. Finally, Topics!


Episode 65: LeBron wills Cavs to 2nd Round, What to do with Thunder? NFL Draft Takeaways

Kanell and Bell discuss another incredible Game 7 LeBron James performance as the Cavs survive and advance to the Eastern Conference semifinals. The guys also hit on the Rockets' rhythm, the Thunder's future and Russell Westbrook's altercation, and the Sixers-Celtics renewing an old rivalry. Later, Danny and Raja assign 'Overreaction' or 'Proper Reaction' to NFL Draft storylines and assess Ben Roethlisberger's responsibility in teaching Mason Rudolph, from a player's perspective. Finally,...


Bonus Episode: Steve Nash Full Interview

2-time NBA MVP Steve Nash joins Off the Bench with Kanell (and former teammate Raja) Bell to discuss his upcoming induction into the Pro Basketball Hall of Fame, his interest in soccer, his family, the state of the point guard position in the NBA, and his former coach Mike D'Antoni's chances at escaping his rep and getting over the hump. Nash also recalls some career memories including his playing days with Raja, his role now with the Warriors, Dirk's future, working alongside Kobe, and...


Episode 64: NFL Draft Round One Recap, Steve Nash Interview

Kanell and Bell break down Day 1 of the NFL Draft including the Browns going with Baker Mayfield at No. 1, the Giants going RB and Saquon Barkley at No. 2, the 3 other QBs selected in the Top 10, and the Ravens selecting Lamar Jackson to end the first round. The guys discuss NBA playoffs before bringing on soon-to-be Pro Basketball Hall of Famer and Raja's former teammate, Steve Nash, to discuss hoops, his career, soccer and so much more! Finally, 5-star Q&A!


Episode 63: NFL Draft QBs with Dan Orlovsky, Process Continues, NBA Game 5s

Kanell and Bell react to the Sixers and Warriors closing out their respective series, and Giannis Antetokounmpo's relative lack of aggressiveness during the postseason, before previewing a slew of Game 5s set for Wednesday night. Hana updates us on what's happening in sports. Then, the guys welcome in former NFL quarterback Dan Orlovsky to break down the draft and quarterback class. We unveil, the 'Off the Bench Draft Drinking Game' and finally, Topics!


Episode 62: Cavs Match Suits and Match Series, Westbrook Shutting S**t Down?

Kanell and Bell recap the weekend that was in the NBA playoffs including the Cavaliers evening their series with the Pacers, the Raptors and Celtics dropping back-to-back games, and the ageless Manu Ginobili keeping the Spurs season afloat. Hana updates us on what's happening in the sports world. Then, the guys discuss what's at stake in the upcoming NFL Draft, before playing a game of Overreaction or Proper Reaction with NBA topics such as the Rockets rhythm, Ricky Rubio's triple double,...


Episode 61: Trusting the Process Again? Non-Story Stories, LeBron's Pace, NFL Sked

Kanell and Bell bring you Episode 61 of Off the Bench, chatting NBA playoffs, the NFL schedule being released, Saquon Barkley as a potential face of the NFL, Picks & Props and 5-star Q&A.


Episode 60: Brad Stevens' Genius, Embiid's Frustration, Rodgers' Emotion

Kanell and Bell react to the latest in the NBA playoffs and just a tad on the NHL postseason. The guys discuss Brad Stevens brilliant job with the Celtics, the Raptors as a threat in the East, Joel Embiid's frustration and LeBron James' aggressiveness. Danny and Raja analyze reports about Aaron Rodgers being upset with how the Packers have handled some of their offseason moves, if we are overhyping the 2018 QB draft class, and the elimination of kickoffs. On the pod we also discuss if...


Episode 59: Cavs in Trouble? 'Patriots Way' a Problem?

Kanell and Bell react to the opening weekend of the NBA playoffs including the Cavs surprising loss, the Warriors looking fine without Steph and an impressive playoff debut from Ben Simmons and the Sixers. Danny and Raja also discuss what seems to be growing disgruntlement with the 'Patriot Way' and if it will be an issue for the franchise moving forward. The guys then cover the rest of the postseason action, before Topics!


Episode 58: Mega NBA Playoff Preview, Undetermined Finals?

Kanell and Bell break down every angle of the 2018 NBA Playoffs including LeBron's chances to get back to the Finals for the 8th straight season, how injuries will impact the postseason, and newcomers and old-timers. The guys analyze 1st-round series before Picks and Props evaluating the playoffs as a whole, while also handing out season awards and superlatives. Finally, 5-star Q&A!


Episode 57: Patrick Reed Wins Masters, Ohtani Dominant, Streaks and Playoffs

Kanell and Bell break down the Masters and Patrick Reed's first Major title, Spieth and Fowler's impressive Sundays', and Tiger's overall return to Augusta. Hana updates us on what's happening in sports including Shohei Ohtani flirting with a perfect game, Giancarlo Stanton's struggles, and Johnny Manziel's Spring League debut. Next, Danny and Raja discuss the winning and losing streaks, before analyzing the NBA playoff picture. Then NHL talk. Kinda. Finally, Topics!


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