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NBA playoffs first round preview, plus NBA careers at Basketball 101

Can Indiana upset Boston? What about the Thunder as they take on the shorthanded Trail Blazers? And who comes out on top when Houston and Utah face off? Steve Kyler of Basketball Insiders joins NBC Sports' Kurt Helin to talk the first round of the playoffs and the rash of fired coaches right as the season ended. They also talk about the Basketball 101 program, part of the Professional Basketball Combine, coming to Southern California, and how it can teach you about career paths in the NBA...


NBA awards breakdown: MVP, All-NBA, Rookie and more

James Harden or Giannis Antetokounmpo for MVP? Rudy Gobert or Paul George for Defensive Player of the Year? For the first time in more than a decade, is LeBron James not going to make All-NBA First Team? This year's NBA end of season awards have some challenging choices and debates, and Kurt Helin and Dan Feldman of NBC Sports get into all of them. And no, Hawks fans, Trae Young playing good for half a season does not mean Rookie of the Year is up for debate. Kurt and Dan discuss Defensive...


Is this the final playoff run for these Golden State Warriors?

It's being treated as a foregone conclusion: The Golden State Warriors will be the NBA champions. Again. A three-peat and four-in-five years. It probably should be, but is there any team in the Western Conference that puts some fear in the hearts of the Warriors? What about Milwaukee or Boston out of the East? Mark Medina, Warriors beat writer for the San Jose Mercury News and Bay Area News Group joins Kurt Helin of NBC Sports to talk about that — and then the thing everyone actually cares...


What's next for the Portland Trail Blazers?

CJ McCollum was already out (maybe for the rest of the regular season) when Portland center and third-best player Jusuf Nurkic went down with a horrific leg injury. Where does that leave Damian Lillard and Portland heading into these playoffs? Have they become the team everyone else wants to face in the first round now? Beyond that, what happens this summer in Portland? Do they keep the core together, try to add role players and make another run at it, or is it time to see what the trade...


Zion Williamson, Ja Morant, future NBA players to watch in NCAA Tournament

Zion Williamson, R.J. Barrett, and Cam Reddish of Duke are the big names, the top five pick stars we've watched all season. But what can they show us in the ACC and NCAA Tournament that will translate to the NBA? Just how good is Ja Morant? When watching Virginia, should I be focused on De'Andre Hunter? What can Jarrett Culver of Texas Tech bring to the NBA? Rob Dauster,'s college basketball expert, joins Kurt Helin of NBC to talk about that and more, players that NBA fans need...


MVP talk, listener questions answered with NBC's Dan Feldman

James Harden, Giannis Antetokounmpo, or Paul George for MVP? What team is going to come out of the East? When Kawhi Leonard, Kevin Durant, and the rest of the league's free agents are making their decisions next summer, will the Clippers dark past hurt their chances? Listeners asked those questions and more, and Kurt Helin and Dan Feldman of NBC Sports answer and discuss them and more in the latest NBC Sports PBT Podcast. Other topics include the surging Pistons and the Suns beating the...


Former Cavs/Suns GM David Griffin; breaking down East playoff chase

David Griffin is a hot commodity — any time a general manager opening comes up in the NBA, so does his name (most recently New Orleans). What does Griffin want in a job if he returns to an NBA front office? He discusses what he learned from his experiences at the helm of a LeBron James team, as well as how that applies to what the Lakers went through at the trade deadline. We also discuss his new show on NBA TV, “GM School,” which debuts on tonight (Feb. 20) at 8pm ET. After that we bring in...


Breaking down NBA trade deadline moves, starting with Anthony Davis

Anthony Davis is still a New Orleans Pelican, for now. However, while that shoe didn't drop at the trade deadline (wait for this summer) a lot of other ones did that have changed the landscape of the NBA. Philadelphia added Tobias Harris, Milwaukee added Nikola Mirotic, and Toronto traded for Marc Gasol — there is an arms race at the top of the East. Kristaps Porzingis is in Dallas, setting the Knicks up for a big summer. The Clippers and the Mavericks (even with KP) are poised for big moves...


Kristaps Porzingis trade breakdown; All-Star Game draft

Kristaps Porzingis is a member of the Dallas Mavericks in a blockbuster trade that has sent ripples from Boston to Los Angeles. The Mavericks have gambled that Porzingis can return from his ACL to full Unicorn status and form a contender with Luka Doncic. The Knicks cleared out cap space for two max deals and are betting there are stars that want to fill those slots. Dennis Smith Jr. gets to shoot all he wants now. There's a lot for Kurt Helin and Dan Feldman of NBC Sports to break down....


Anthony Davis requests trade from Pelicans. Now what?

Now things get crazy. Anthony Davis' agent has informed the Pelicans he will not re-sign with the team and wants to be traded. It has opened up a floodgate of rumors and led to a lot of questions: What are the Pelicans looking for in a trade? Who has the hammer and gets to make the call on the trade? Do the Pelicans feel pressure to act fast or do they have the patience to wait until this summer, when Boston can get in the mix and there may be more options. Or, will a contender come in over...


All-Star Game starters named, who should fill out rosters?

LeBron James and Giannis Antetokounmpo are the captains — they were voted in by the fans and they will be picking their teams for next month's All-Star Game in Charlotte. Nobody should have a problem with those two as starters, but the fans didn't everyone they wanted in the 10 to open the game — Derrick Rose was out and James Harden was in, and Luka Doncic was out Paul George was in. Kurt Helin of NBC Sports welcomes in Keith Smith of Yahoo Sports to break down the All-Star Game starters...


NBA Mid-Season awards: MVP, Coach of the Year, more

The NBA has no chill — we were talking MVP race the first week of the season. Which is way too early. However, now teams are more than halfway through the season and we have seen enough games, we have enough data to start discussing who is the frontrunner for the NBA's end-of-season awards. Is it James Harden or Giannis Antetokounmpo for MVP? Can anyone challenge Luka Doncic for Rookie of the Year? It's a deep field for Coach of the Year, but is Mike Budenholzer the front runner and can Doc...


Previewing the (likely slow) NBA Trade Deadline

Blockbusters? Probably not. But the NBA trade deadline is coming Feb. 7 and there will be some deals — salary will get moved around and a few players who could help teams will change cities and jerseys. Put more directly, Anthony Davis and John Wall aren't getting traded, but Jeremy Lin, Terrence Ross and a few others may be. Sean Deveney of The Sporting News joins Kurt Helin of NBC Sports to talk about why this will be a slow trade deadline, what guys could get moved and why, and how...


Best (and worst) under-the-radar NBA player pick-ups last summer

We know the big moves: LeBron James went Hollywood, Kawhi Leonard went north. Very north. But while the NBA World has been focused on those, now that we are a couple months into the season, what were some of the best — and worst — pick-ups of the NBA summer that went under the radar at the time. Danny Green as a throw-in when Leonard was traded to Toronto? Brook Lopez in Milwaukee? And what were some of the worst moves of the summer — has Michael Carter-Williams been worse for Houston than...


Zion Williamson and the rest, an early NBA Draft breakdown

Zion Williamson is a force of nature, an athletic freak that has become must-watch television and silenced the doubters about his game. Before the season, scouts questioned his shot and fit, but his play for Duke so far has moved him past teammate R.J. Barrett on everybody's draft board. Actually, Cam Reddish may be the second Blue Devil taken in next June's draft. Rob Dauster of NBC Sports joins Kurt Helin to talk Duke's trio of superstars, plus other names to watch in this coming draft,...


Jimmy Butler, Joel Embiid, Sixers talk with Philly sideline reporter Serena Winters

Philadelphia has won 8-of-9, coming together quickly after the Jimmy Butler trade. The All-Star guard brings them floor spacing they were missing on offense, he certainly can defend, and the man loves to be the guy closing out games with the ball in his hands — something the 76ers needed. But even with all that, do the Sixers see themselves as contenders in the East right now, or do they need another piece? Serena Winters of NBC Sports Philadelphia, the sideline reporter for Sixers games,...


Utah Jazz deep dive, Kyle Korver trade and slow start breakdown

The Utah Jazz are confounding this season. Nearly everyone went into the season picturing a top 3 team in the West, but a quarter of the way into the season the Jazz are the 14 seed at 11-13, with a middle-of-the-road defense and a bottom five offense. Donovan Mitchell has been flat to start the season after a phenomenal rookie campaign. The Jazz defense has been good but not dominant when Defensive Player of the Year Rudy Gobert is on the court? And what happened to all the shooting. Tony...


20 games in: Surprises, early awards talk, plus listener questions

We are 20 games into the NBA season — no more talk of small sample sizes, we have enough data to start drawing conclusions. What teams have surprised us? Boston, Utah, Houston... how worried should we really be about them? Is Sacramento for real? Are teams still ramping up the pace this season? Then there is awards talk: Giannis Antetokounmpo for MVP? LeBron James? And is it Luka Doncic or Deandre Ayton for Rookie of the Year. Kurt Helin and Dan Feldman from NBC Sports get into all of that...


Lakers talk with Eric Pincus (plus Butler, Carmelo news)

Jimmy Butler is in Philadelphia. Carmelo Anthony is in Houston, but not for much longer. And the Lakers have Tyson Chandler and a three-game winning streak — there is never a dull moment in the NBA. Kurt helin of NBC Sports welcomes in Eric Pincus, who covers the Lakers for Bleacher Report plus is a salary cap expert you have seen on NBA TV, to talk about it all. The pair talk about what the Sixers need to do next to capitalize on their window with Butler, are there landing spots for Carmelo...


Everything looks good in Portlandia, but are the Blazers for real?

The Portland Trail Blazers are hot out of the gate: 9-3, including a big win over Milwaukee (which turned around and beat Golden State), with the third best net rating in the league and Damian Lillard playing like an MVP candidate. But I hear what you're saying, "We've seen this movie before and it ends in a first round exit." What is different this time around? Have the Blazers matured and are they ready for the next step? Kurt Helin of NBC Sports put those questions to Dane Delgado of NBC...