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Read and React is a podcast focused on the philosophy, strategy, tactics, trends, and minutiae of the NBA. Hosted by Ben Ladner and Jon Sauber.

Read and React is a podcast focused on the philosophy, strategy, tactics, trends, and minutiae of the NBA. Hosted by Ben Ladner and Jon Sauber.


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Read and React is a podcast focused on the philosophy, strategy, tactics, trends, and minutiae of the NBA. Hosted by Ben Ladner and Jon Sauber.




Pacers, Cavaliers & Knicks Season Previews

Ben Ladner and Jon Sauber discuss the Pacers, Cavs, and Knicks' outlooks for the 2021-22 season, including what the Cavs should pay Collin Sexton, whether Julius Randle will regress after a career year, and more.


Grizzlies, Magic & Wizards Season Previews

Read & React’s offseason preview series continues with the Grizzlies, Magic, and Wizards. Plus, Ben and Jon discuss the impact of Paul Millsap signing with the Nets.


Hawks, Heat & Bulls Season Previews, Plus More Ben Simmons Drama

Ben Ladner and Jon Sauber touch on yet another development in the Ben Simmons Trade Saga before sharing their expectations for the Hawks, Heat, and Bulls' upcoming seasons.


Markkanen to Cleveland, Plus Bucks, Nets & Suns Season Previews!

The Summer of the Sign-and-Trade continues as the Cavaliers acquire Lauri Markkanen in a three-team deal with the Bulls and Blazers. Ben Ladner and Jon Sauber discuss the move, then look at what to expect from the Bucks, Nets, and Suns next season.


Embiid Extension, Beverley Movement, and the NBA's Christmas Schedule

Ben Ladner and Jon Sauber discuss what Joel Embiid's four-year extension means for the Sixers and how it fits into a trend of the offseason. Then they discuss the NBA's 2021 Christmas Day schedule and which games have the most allure before dissecting the activity involving the Grizzlies, Clippers, and Timberwolves this week.


Summer League Observations, Simmons Posturing & Schröder to Boston

Ben Ladner and Jon Sauber share their thoughts and observations on how Cade Cunningham, Alperen Şengün, and other 2021 draftees have played in the Las Vegas Summer League so far. Then they touch on the state of the Ben Simmons trade market and Dennis Schröder’s deal with the Celtics.


Top 30 Players in the NBA

Ben Ladner and Jon Sauber rank and discuss the 30 best players in the NBA right now, including the philosophical considerations that went into making the list, the differences between primary and complementary stars, the relative value of scoring and playmaking, and where stars like LeBron James, Kevin Durant, Joel Embiid, and others fall in the top 10.


The Biggest Deals of Free Agency So Far

Almost 48 hours into free agency, Ben Ladner and Jon Sauber react to some of the biggest deals of the offseason so far, including the Heat's big swings, the Bulls' bold moves, the Lakers' veteran acquisitions, and more.


2021 Free Agency Primer

Ben Ladner and Jon Sauber discuss some of the deals that have already been done this offseason, as well as what to expect once NBA free agency opens up.


NBA Draft & Westbrook Trade Reactions

Ben Ladner and Jon Sauber discuss the Lakers’ perplexing trade for Russell Westbrook and the Wizards’ direction after the deal. Then they analyze some of the best, worst, and most interesting picks of Thursday night’s NBA Draft.


2021 NBA Draft Preview With Brad Rowland

NBA Draft expert Brad Rowland joins Ben Ladner and Jon Sauber for a comprehensive discussion on the upcoming Draft, including how the top prospects in the class stack up against one another, which players could provide the most value late in the first round, and much more. Keep up with Brad's work on Dime Uproxx and the Locked On Hawks podcast, and follow him on Twitter @BTRowland.


The Milwaukee Bucks Are NBA Champions!

The Milwaukee Bucks finally got over the hump and won an NBA title. Ben Ladner and Jon Sauber discuss the Bucks' Game 6 win over the Suns, the key elements that turned the series, Giannis Antetokounmpo's dominance, and more.


The Bucks Pull Ahead in the Finals, Plus More Offseason Rumblings

After a thrilling Game 5 win over the Suns, the Milwaukee Bucks lead the NBA Finals 3-2. Ben Ladner and Jon Sauber discuss how the Bucks got here, how they might close the series in Game 6, and what the Suns can do to stave off elimination. Plus, what the latest reporting surrounding Damian Lillard and the Blazers augurs for the offseason.


How the Bucks Evened Up the Finals

We have a series! With the NBA Finals tied at 2-2, Ben Ladner and Jon Sauber discuss what they saw from the Bucks in Games 2 and 3, adjustments each team can make in Game 5, how these playoffs have changed their perceptions of Giannis Antetokounmpo, and more.


Suns Take a 2-0 Lead, Plus Reevaluations of "Empty" Scorers

The NBA Finals shift back to Milwaukee after the Suns took a 2-0 lead; what can the Bucks do to even the series at home? Plus, how to evaluate young scorers on bad teams after Devin Booker and Trae Young's star turns in the playoffs.


NBA Finals Preview

Ben Ladner and Jon Sauber discuss how Giannis’ Antetokounmpo’s knee injury affects the Bucks’ outlook for the NBA Finals and beyond, then dive into the details that could define the series between Milwaukee and Phoenix.


Hypothetical Damian Lillard Trade Ideas & the State of the NBA Right Now

Ben Ladner and Jon Sauber discuss the state of the NBA midway through the Conference Finals, plus the reports of Damian Lillard’s dissatisfaction with Blazers’ management and which teams could realistically trade for him.


Pistons Win the Lottery, NBA Fixes Foul Rule & More Ben Simmons Discourse

Ben Ladner and Jon Sauber discuss what Tuesday night's NBA lottery results augur for the Draft, the upside of the NBA tweaking its foul rules, and Ben Simmons' standing in the league after another playoff loss.


Hawks Topple the 76ers, Devin Booker's Historic Game 1, and Conference Finals Previews

Ben Ladner and Jon Sauber analyze Atlanta's Game 7 win in Philadelphia and where the 76ers go from here. Then they discuss how the Hawks and Bucks match up in the Eastern Conference Finals and what Game 1 of the West Finals could mean for the rest of the series.


Read and Overreact: Ben Simmons Trade Ideas, Plus the Kemba-for-Horford Trade

Ben Ladner and Jon Sauber spend 35 minutes discussing potential Ben Simmons trades in order to help Jon cope with the Sixers’ Game 5 loss to the Hawks. Then they hit the latest Mavericks news and the Kemba-Walker-for-Al-Horford trade.