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Sam Amick and Jeff Zillgitt, two of the best and most respected journalists covering the NBA for the USA TODAY Network, get fans inside the game with this weekly podcast series, NBA A to Z. On each show, you will hear about what’s going on behind the scenes about the league and your favorite teams. Sam and Jeff interview the top people in the game – players, coaches, executives – to give you more of the story. They also break down the league, discussing who’s hot and who’s not, what trends you should be aware of and answer your questions.

Sam Amick and Jeff Zillgitt, two of the best and most respected journalists covering the NBA for the USA TODAY Network, get fans inside the game with this weekly podcast series, NBA A to Z. On each show, you will hear about what’s going on behind the scenes about the league and your favorite teams. Sam and Jeff interview the top people in the game – players, coaches, executives – to give you more of the story. They also break down the league, discussing who’s hot and who’s not, what trends you should be aware of and answer your questions.
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Sam Amick and Jeff Zillgitt, two of the best and most respected journalists covering the NBA for the USA TODAY Network, get fans inside the game with this weekly podcast series, NBA A to Z. On each show, you will hear about what’s going on behind the scenes about the league and your favorite teams. Sam and Jeff interview the top people in the game – players, coaches, executives – to give you more of the story. They also break down the league, discussing who’s hot and who’s not, what trends you should be aware of and answer your questions.

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Episodes

Introducing 'The Potcast,' a new USA TODAY NETWORK podcast

4/19/2018
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"The Potcast" launches on April 20, and you can find it by searching "USA TODAY Network Potcast" on your favorite podcast player. New episodes drop every Friday. Subscribe for free on Apple Podcasts today: https://apple.co/2GrGzOA

Duration:00:17:01

NBA First Round Playoff Breakdown

4/18/2018
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On this week's NBA A to Z podcast, Insiders Sam Amick and Jeff Zillgitt break down the early part of the playoffs, from the mysterious Kawhi Leonard situation in San Antonio and what that might mean to the Cavs' struggles, Boston's battle against Milwaukee to the rest of the East and West matchups around the Association.

Duration:00:42:11

C.J. McCollum, Portland Trailblazers

4/10/2018
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On this week's edition of the NBA A to Z podcast, Insiders Sam Amick and Jeff Zillgitt talk with Portland Trail Blazers star and new podcast host, C.J. McCollum. The 26-year-old whose team is on the verge of the playoffs, and who graduated with a journalism degree from Lehigh University, launched a new show, "Pull Up with C.J. McCollum," to discuss life on and off the court in the NBA. He discusses this season, his new venture and how sharing his opinion stirs emotions from fans. He also...

Duration:00:38:55

Breaking down the playoff races; Jon Krawczynski, The Athletic

4/3/2018
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On this week's edition of the NBA A to Z podcast, Insider Sam Amick discusses the Wild West playoff race with Jon Krawczynski of The Athletic. They discuss the Minnesota Timberwolves' attempt to end their league-long playoff drought, the San Antonio Spurs' hopes of continuing their two-decade-long playoff streak, and the many other subplots of this race.

Duration:00:38:05

Donovan Mitchell and Rudy Gobert, Utah Jazz; Top stories from around the NBA

3/27/2018
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On this week's NBA A to Z podcast, Insider Sam Amick talks with Utah Jazz stars Donovan Mitchell and Rudy Gobert about their surprise season and their respective candidacies for the Rookie of the Year and Defensive Player of the Year awards. Sam and fellow NBA reporter Jeff Zillgitt discuss other storylines as well, from LeBron James' place in the MVP race to the Washington Wizards and why getting John Wall back is such a big deal.

Duration:00:31:53

NBA writer Sam Smith

3/20/2018
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On this week’s NBA A to Z podcast, USA TODAY Sports Insider Jeff Zillgitt talks with veteran NBA writer Sam Smith, who covered Michael Jordan’s Chicago Bulls, about Sam’s new book titled Hard Labor: The Battle That Birthed the Billion-Dollar NBA. Sam shares his insights about an era of basketball that was historical – with its share of political, racial and social issues as players fought for their rights on and off the court. He discusses the way the game was played, Oscar Robertson’s...

Duration:00:50:30

Alvin Gentry, head coach Pelicans; Rajon Rondo Pelicans PG; Luke Walton, Lakers head coach

3/13/2018
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On this week's NBA A to Z podcast, Insider Sam Amick shares observations from his trip to LA over the weekend to cover LeBron James' one-and-only visit to Laker Land this season. He caught up with Lakers coach Luke Walton during the trip, and discusses his team's turnaround and the integration of Isaiah Thomas into the mix as he enters free agency this summer. This week's episode also focuses on the New Orleans Pelicans, who have survived and thrived without DeMarcus Cousins after his...

Duration:00:37:33

The NBA A to Z Playoff Breakdown

3/6/2018
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On this week's NBA A to Z podcast, Insiders Sam Amick and Jeff Zillgitt break down the wild playoff races in the East and the West and discuss all the possible ramifications of these final five weeks.

Duration:00:34:21

NBA on NCAA with Jalen Rose and Michele Roberts

2/27/2018
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On this week's NBA A to Z pod, Sam Amick shares his Sloan Conference conversations in Boston with Michele Roberts (National Basketball Players Association executive director) and Jalen Rose (ESPN analyst, former NBA players). From the NCAA controversy to the gambling issue that is making its way into the NBA to the question of diversity in NBA front offices, they hit a number of hot topics. Sam breaks down the issues with fellow NBA reporter Jeff Zillgitt as well.

Duration:00:57:50

Around the NBA with JZ and Mike Singer

2/26/2018
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On this edition of the NBA A to Z podcast, USA TODAY basketball insiders Jeff Zillgitt and Mike Singer take a look back at All-Star Weekend, address the workplace turmoil inside the Dallas Mavericks organization and look ahead to the storylines that will dominate the finals weeks of the regular season.

Duration:00:59:31

All Star Weekend News and Notes!

2/14/2018
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On this week's edition of the NBA A to Z podcast, Sam Amick and Jeff Zillgitt are joined by fellow USA TODAY Sports colleagues Michael Singer and AJ Neuharth-Keusch to talk about their forthcoming trip to Los Angeles for All-Star weekend. What to watch, what to know, and why the league's annual affair should be more entertaining than in recent years. Also, the guys look ahead to the home stretch of the season and discuss everything from the new-look Cavs to the Warriors, Rockets, Celtics,...

Duration:00:43:38

Trade Deadline Fireworks, Lakers beat writer Bill Oram, Paul George interview

2/9/2018
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On this week's edition of the NBA A to Z podcast, Insiders Sam Amick and Jeff Zillgitt break down the trade deadline fireworks and what they might mean for the future of the Cavs and Lakers. Sam also talks with Lakers beat writer Bill Oram of the Orange County Register, and shares his recent conversation with Oklahoma City Thunder star Paul George.

Duration:00:40:40

Blake Griffin Trade, John Wall's knee, and a discussion with NBA officials about the rising tension with players

1/31/2018
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On this week's edition of the NBA A to Z podcast, Insiders Sam Amick and Jeff Zillgitt debate what the Blake Griffin trade means for the Clippers and the Pistons and discuss the fallout of John Wall's knee injury for the Washington Wizards. Sam, in a recent conference call with NBA league officials Byron Spruell, Michelle Johnson and Monty McCutchen, also explores the hot topic of rising tensions between players and officials.

Duration:00:49:54

Jason Kidd firing, All Star reserves, the trade deadline, plus an interview with Tom Thibodeau.

1/23/2018
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On this week's NBA A to Z podcast, USA TODAY Sports reporters Sam Amick and Jeff Zillgitt discuss the firing of Milwaukee Bucks coach Jason Kidd, the All-Star reserves and how they see them, and the Feb. 8 trade deadline that is looming large. Sam also talks with Minnesota Timberwolves coach and president of basketball operations Tom Thibodeau, whose team has gone from winning just 31 games in his debut season to legitimate Western Conference contenders.

Duration:00:46:37

Lou Williams, L.A. Clippers; Gary Payton NBA Hall of Famer

1/15/2018
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On this week's NBA A to Z podcast, USA TODAY Sports' Sam Amick talks with the Clippers' Lou Williams about his career year that's coming in Season No. 13, the possibility that he might be traded by next month, the time he talked a would-be robber out of holding him up and much more. With All-Star weekend in Los Angeles coming next month, Sam also chats with the one-and-only Gary Payton about his All-Star picks and the major differences between today's NBA and his playing days.

Duration:00:45:19

Kara Lawson, Former WNBA player and Current Washington Wizards TV Analyst

1/10/2018
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Jeff and Sam sit down with Kara Lawson and talk about her career, the Wizards, and the league.

Duration:00:30:13

Kobe's Retirement, New Arenas, and the Christmas Day Games.

12/20/2017
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On this week's NBA A to Z podcast, Insiders Sam Amick and Jeff Zillgitt discuss the retirement of Kobe Bryant's Los Angeles Lakers jerseys, the new arenas being built in San Francisco and Milwaukee and the compelling Christmas Day games, including Golden State vs. Cleveland and Houston vs. Oklahoma City.

Duration:00:36:14

Kareem Abdul Jabbar, NBA Hall of Famer

12/12/2017
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On this week's NBA A to Z podcast, Insiders Sam Amick and Jeff Zillgitt talk to the great Kareem Abdul-Jabbar about everything from hoops to social issues to his new book, "Becoming Kareem," and his work with the Coaches v. Cancer organization that is so dear to his heart. Kareem discusses his view of the way in which today's pro athletes have learned to use the power of their voices, and a number of other topics as well.

Duration:00:26:25

Jamal Crawford, Minnesota Timberwolves

12/6/2017
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On this week's edition of the NBA A to Z podcast, Insider Sam Amick talks with three-time Sixth Man of the Year Jamal Crawford of the Minnesota Timberwolves on the eve of his reunion game against the LA Clippers. Crawford goes around the Association, sharing his view of title contenders and outstanding rookies alike.

Duration:00:37:12

Breaking down the Western Conference Threats to the Warriors and the State of the Cavs.

11/28/2017
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On this week's NBA A to Z, USA TODAY Sports' Insiders Sam Amick and Jeff Zillgitt break down the would-be threats to the Warriors' throne. Can Houston, with Chris Paul back in the fold, pose a problem for Golden State? Might San Antonio survive the extended absence of Kawhi Leonard to truly challenge the champs? Jeff breaks down the most familiar foe of all, LeBron James' Cleveland Cavaliers, with beat writer Joe Vardon of Cleveland.com.

Duration:00:50:36

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