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Eddie, Garnik, John and Raul are lifelong friends who love basketball and all have various experiences with the sport. They discuss multiple topics about the NBA and how basketball impacts their daily lives.

Eddie, Garnik, John and Raul are lifelong friends who love basketball and all have various experiences with the sport. They discuss multiple topics about the NBA and how basketball impacts their daily lives.
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Eddie, Garnik, John and Raul are lifelong friends who love basketball and all have various experiences with the sport. They discuss multiple topics about the NBA and how basketball impacts their daily lives.




060 - Special Guest Edward Shuler of Bulls Gold, Chicago Bulls and Minnesota Timberwolves team Previews!

On this very special episode of Contested Layups, we host Edward Shuler of the Bulls Gold podcast, as he comes on to discuss our 9 seeds for the upcoming year, the Chicago Bulls and the Minnesota Timberwolves. After finishing the 2018 season with 27 wins, the Bulls are poised to make a leap up the Eastern Conference in terms of competitiveness and total amount of wins. Will this team play any defense? Will they try to push the pace or slow it down in the half court? How will Kris Dunn and...


059 - Portland Trail Blazers and Cleveland Cavaliers team previews!

The NBA season is right around the corner, and Contested Layups is here to prep you for it! We have the Portland Trail Blazers as the 10 seed in the Western Conference this season. Did Portland get any worse, or did the rest of the West get that much better? Will Damian Lillard and CJ Mccollum take another step in their development, or did they already hit their potential? Next, we dive into the Cleveland Cavaliers as the 10 seed in the Eastern Conference. The Cavs lost Lebron James to the...


058 - Memphis Grizzlies and Brooklyn Nets team previews!

Contested Layups is different, and we pull up to the scene with our roofs gone! Tonight we give you the Memphis Grizzlies team preview! Will the Grizzlies rebound from an injury-plagued 2018 season? Can Marc Gasol team with Jaren Jackson to form the best defensive backcourt in the NBA? The Brooklyn Nets were a very competitive team last year. Can they take their strong finish from the 2018 season into this upcoming year? Will Deangelo Russell finally become a franchise-changing player? We...


057 - LA Clippers and Charlotte Hornets team previews!

Contested Layups is BACK! We took a brief hiatus, but we are back to bring you the finest team previews in the world! Tonight we take a look at the LA Clippers and Charlotte Hornets, as we project that they will both finish at the same rank in their respective conferences.


056 - Dallas Mavericks and Orlando Magic team previews!

Contested Layups is here to inform you on what you need to know for the upcoming NBA season! The Dallas Mavericks and the Orlando Magic will be the third worst teams in their respective conferences this season. Find out why on our latest episode!


055 - New York Knicks and Phoenix Suns team previews!

Contested Layups is in the house with your best breakdown of your favorite teams rosters! The New York Knicks and Phoenix Suns are two very young teams who have a lot of improving to do this year. There are many positives for both teams though, and we cover both teams rosters for the 2018-19 season!


054 - Team Previews: Atlanta Hawks and Sacramento Kings

Contested Layups is back! We are previewing two teams that may be at the bottom of the NBA this season in Atlanta and Sacramento! Will Trae Young be the answer for Atlanta? Will the young but talented Kings finally realize their potential? Find out on this episode!


053 - Carmelo Anthony trade, Lebron and the Lakers "Death Lineup", Kevin Love's extension!

Contested Layups is comin right at cha! Carmelo Anthony is gone from the Oklahoma City Thunder after one season. Addition by subtraction, much? Lebron James is going to play the 5 for the Los Angeles Lakers. Will this be the Lakers version of the Warriors "Death Lineup"? Kevin Love received an extension from the Cleveland Cavaliers, 4 years, $120 million. Did the Cavs make a mistake in building around Love, or did they learn from their mistakes after the first time Lebron left their team?...


052 - Emergency episode! Kawhi-Demar trade! Jabari Parker with the Bulls!

Contested Layups is bringing it to the North and San Antonio as we discuss the Kawhi Leonard trade. Who won the deal, and where will each team finish next season? Also, Jabari Parker signed with the crew's favorite team, the Chicago Bulls! What does his signing do for the team, and for Jabari himself? Find out, right now!


051 - Top 10 players since 1990!

Since the NBA is in a bit of a slow spell, we decided to debate the top 10 players of the past 28 years since 1990! Where does Lebron rank? What about Steph Curry? Who will be number 1? Cmon man, is there any doubt who's number 1?! Find out on this episode!


050 - 50th episode celebration! Zach Lavine re-signs with the Bulls, impressions of Summer League Lottery picks

Contested Layups is here to celebrate our 50th career episode! We cover the Zach Lavine offer sheet signing by Sacramento, and the match by Chicago a couple of hours later! We also go over several other restricted free agents, and delve into some impressive Summer League performances by Wendell Carter, Kevin Knox, and DeAndre Ayton!


049 - Walker joins the show from South Korea, Kawhi/Demarcus breakdown, Thunder pay the luxury tax now and not in 2012?

The newest episode of Contested Layups has crossed the Pacific Ocean from South Korea to bring your best NBA breakdown to you! Why is Kawhi Leonard's rumor mill churning, but he's remaining silent? Did Demarcus Cousins make the right move in signing with Golden State? Why did Sam Presti FINALLY pay deep into the luxury tax for Paul George, and NOT for James Harden?


048 - Lebron James changes the NBA, Free Agency 2018

Contested Layups breaks down the 2018 NBA free agency period! Lebron James goes to the Lakers, Paul George re-signs with the Thunder, and a bunch of other free agent signings! We break it all down for you, our listener, on this newest episode!


047 - Free agents gone wild!!!

Contested Layups is going wild for free agents! We have all of our predictions down to a tea of where each of the top 20 free agents will go this off season to get you ready for Sunday's drama! Where will Lebron go? Will Paul George leave Oklahoma City? What will happen to Demarcus Cousins? Find out now!


046 - NBA Awards! Who's going to win?! Split votes?!

Contested Layups loves making predictions, and we're back with some more for the wrap up of this NBA season! The NBA Awards are June 25th on TNT, and we break down each award that will be broadcast on tv that night. Will James Harden win his first MVP? Will Ben Simmons win the Rookie of the Year, or will there be a split vote?! Will the recently fired Dwayne Casey win the Coach of the Year, or is it Brad Stevens turn? Find out on this episode!


045 - NBA Draft Night! Trades! MPJ Falling! And Dwight Howard!

It's the NBA draft, one of the most exciting nights of the NBA season, and Contested Layups is here to break it down for ya! Deandre Ayton was the first pick to the Phoenix Suns, and after that, the unpredictability began! The trade of Luka Doncic to the Dallas Mavericks, and Trae Young to the Atlanta Hawks, Michael Porter Jr. slipping to the Denver Nuggets, and our beloved Bulls selecting Wendell Carter Jr.! Later in the episode, we break down the ridiculousness of the Dwight Howard trade!...


044 - Mock-YEAH-ing-YEAH-draft-YEAH! Yeah. YEAH!

Mocking draft don't sing! Contested Layups is the podcast you need for your NBA draft previews! On this episode, we break down who the top 14 teams in this year's NBA draft will select, and why. Why is Marvin Bagley increasing his stock, and why is Luka Doncic's stock dropping? Where does Michael Porter Jr. go? What about Trae Young? We got it all fo ya!


043 - Draft Preview!

The Contested Layups group is making an NBA draft breakdown soup! We discuss each of the top twelve draft prospects in depth to give you the best breakdown for the NBA draft. Why is Luka Doncic such a hot commodity? What's Mo Bamba's biggest flaw? What will happen with Trae Young? Find out on this episode!


042 - Warriors win! Maritime puns! Where will Lebron go?!

Contested Layups is proud to end the NBA season with you listening! The Golden State Warriors defeated the Cleveland Cavs in four games, securing their third championship in four seasons. Can this Warriors dynasty be stopped? What can the rest of the NBA do to compete with them? Also, we delve into Lebron James' impending free agency, and we break down what Lebron needs to do in order to fit with his next team. Where does he go?!


041 - Game 3 means KD. The Cavs are about done, and is it on Lebron's lack of leadership?

It's Game 3 and Kevin Durant was ready! After an all-time performance, the Contested Layups crew breaks it all down for you. Can Cleveland's defensive deficiences be masked enough to win a game in this series? Or is this series over in four? Also, why can't Lebron be the leader that the Cavs so desperately need? Find out on this episode of Contested Layups!