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Would you root for Russell Westbrook if he was on your team, or still hate his iso-heavy style of play?

Nate and I jumped on the Mindcast to discuss how no matter where you live, you can still hate on the Thunder, should you desire. Also, we delved into the question of: “If Russell Westbrook was on your team, would you root for him, or hate his iso-heavy, domineering style of play?” We also asked ourselves how we enjoyed rooting for (recently) Draymond Green who other teams’ fanbases tend to despise, and (longer ago) Monta Ellis, who was basically “Westbrook-lite.” Time-stamps: 2:00 - The...


Golden State of Mindcast: Breaking down the surprising Timberwolves with David Naylor

Bram was off for this pod, but Ivan and Nate welcomed Minnesota Timberwolves writer David Naylor! As always, we love having David on Mindcast. We talked all things Wolves and Minnesota, while breaking down how the Timberwolves have been one of the most interesting teams in the league so far, racing out to a third (or currently fourth) place standing in the packed Western Conference. Annotated list of topics covered: 1:30 - David explains his twitter handle, which for some reason has to...


2018 NBA All-Star MOCK DRAFT! Steph vs. LeBron — who you got?

Bram Kincheloe and Ivan Bettger are joined by Daniel Hardee to discuss the 2018 NBA All-Star picks, and the intrigue surrounding Stephen Curry and LeBron James as captains. Daniel hosts a mock draft, and things get very petty. We also talk Westbrook, the Cleveland Cavaliers' decline and next move, and the wild Rockets/Clippers show. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit


Stephen Curry’s newest injury, how the Raptors are for real, and more

Nate and I welcome famed GSOM writer Hugo Kitano to the pod, covering a huge swath of issues including injuries, the nature of fandom, and how life can change in an instant. Enjoy! We had a blast with this one. 1:00 - A brief football discourse, and how championships and struggle are processed. 5:00 - Welcome Hugo! Talking about how he twisted his ankle a bunch of times and how that impacted his pick-up hoops game. 6:30 - Looking at All-Star voting, the doldrums of the...


Re-drafting the Harrison Barnes draft, and wondering why we still care

Nate and I welcomed GSOM writer Charlie Stanton to his inaugural pod, and broke down 2018, the Warriors’ biggest storylines, our lingering obsession with Harison Barnes, the 2018 NBA draft, and much more. [Annotated list of topics, add time if advertisements inserted] 0:50 - Welcome to 2018. We ... made it? 5:00 - Mavericks vs. Warriors always reminds us of “We Believe.” 6:00 - Finding meaning in each new year. 9:20 - What’s the storyline that will dictate the rest of the...


Golden State of Mindcast: Christmas day complaints: All the beef you’ll ever need

It’s Christmas! It’s time for family, cheer, holiday wishes, and well wishes. So, of course, we got on a podcast and talked soooooooo much s—t about the Cavaliers, Russell Westbrook, Carmelo Anthony, and the Rockets (and Clippers). Our souls are broken, I suppose. In other news, this podcast originally included about 45 minutes of Kobe Bryant talk (read: hatred) that I edited out because ... why waste more words on that dude? Enjoy our vitriol and go out and spread some cheer on our...


Playmakers on the wings: Klay Thompson, Pat McCaw... Nick Young?!

Nate, Dubydubdubs, and Ivan discuss all of their favorite players, including Dallas Mavericks Best Player Harrison Barnes. We go into depth on the development of Patrick McCaw, the growth of Klay Thompson as a playmaker (or so our eyes would make us believe), and "found money" Jordan Bell. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit


Curry’s injury provides the first “wake-up call” of the season

Golden State of Mindcast is back! Nate and I sat down with new writer Thomas Bevilacqua to discuss the season, how Curry’s injury has really been a “wake-up call,” the limits of fandom, and mortality. Sounds like a nice little jaunt through the first part of the season! 1:30 - Where are we as Warriors fans, especially with championship fatigue and the Stephen Curry ankle injury? 6:20 - When will we see Curry again? 9:30 - Reactions to the injury, how it brings back old pains. 11:30 -...


Which teams can challenge the Warriors next year?

Welcome home Ivan! We are back, and geared up to talk about all things Warriors, including the new uniforms, all their offseason moves, the return of their core, and much more! [Annotated list of topics] Let’s do this! 1:00 - Ivan is back and the first thing we talk about is ... uniforms? 8:30 - When and where did Ivan find out about the Nick Young signing? 11:30 - We are obsessed with Patrick McCaw, as you may have noticed. 12:30 - Are the Warriors being #lightyears by burying...


Golden State of Mindcast: The Finals are finally here!!

Boy howdy, things are about to get fun. It’s almost June, and that means it’s time for our annual Warriors vs. Cavaliers match-up in the NBA Finals. Yes, that’s right. Round Three is almost upon us! Ivan and I sat down last night to discuss...


Golden State of Mindcast: Sitting down with Marcus Thompson II to discuss ‘The Miraculous Rise of Steph Curry’

Beloved Warriors scribe Marcus Thompson II has a fantastic new book out called, “Golden: The Miraculous Rise of Steph Curry.” We did a giveaway a few weeks ago, but if you didn’t win the giveaway, or if you haven’t yet picked up a copy of...


Golden State of MindCast: Will Steve Kerr’s absence hurt his legacy?

Ivan is a Steve Kerr hater. Bram obviously has to put him in his place. We discuss that and much more on the latest episode of Golden State of Mindcast! Annotated list of topics covered: 0:50 – Apparently I’m an “excitable lad.” 1:00 – The Warriors...


Golden State of MindCast: As the Warriors dominate the first round, we brazenly look ahead to Round 2

Last year around this very same time, Golden State of Mindcast feverishly roasted the LA Clippers and salivated at the Warriors dismantling them in the next round of the playoffs. During that very recording, Chris Paul broke a bone in his hand and derailed the...


Golden State of MindCast: 2017 NBA Playoffs First Round: Previewing Warriors vs. Blazers, podcast style

Ivan and Nate couldn’t make it, so I brought David MacKay and Dan Marang on to the pod from Blazer’s Edge. We had a blast, talking about the upcoming first round battle, as well as the soul of Portland, the future of the Trail Blazers,...


Golden State of MindCast: Previewing the future of the Warriors and the universe

Ivan sadly could not make this pod, so we called up our good buddy David Naylor, from Canis Hoopus, to talk some hoops. Because Ivan was gone, things obviously went a little haywire. IVAAAAAAN! DON’T LEAVE US TO OUR OWN DEVICES!!!!! So, I apologize for...


Golden State of MindCast: Who will be “the man” on the Warriors when Durant returns?

The Mindcast crew is back and better than ever. Follow along as they giggle their way through a spirited basketball (mostly) conversation. [Annotated list of things we covered] 0:10 – Bram has no idea Ivan has already started recording and relays a funny story about...


Golden State of MindCast: Durant injury: Warriors battle towards end of season with nothing guaranteed

Nate, Ivan, and Bram are here for you. Listen along as they giggle their way through the NBA news, the world news, and whatever else news is out there. Annotated list of things we covered: 0:30 – Catching up on all the things we covered. 1:00...


Golden State of MindCast: Previewing Warriors vs Trailblazers with Blazer’s Edge

Dan Marang and David MacKay of SB Nation’s Blazer’s Edge joins Ivan Bettger to preview the matchup between the Warriors and Blazers. We discuss the “snub” of Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum, Portland’s conundrum of roster construction and payroll, potential targets for the trade deadline, and...


Golden State of MindCast: Cavaliers demolished, cranes dancing, and a Warriors-Thunder preview

This week we discuss the fan catharsis of a big victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers. We also lament the oddities of the Chase Center groundbreaking pageant, Draymond Green’s maturity, and preview Wednesday’s battle with the Oklahoma City Thunder.


Golden State of MindCast: Understanding the NBA through the prism of the league’s best team

The crew is back in town, taking a long look at the NBA through the prism of the league’s most talented squad. What can we learn by watching different teams battle the Warriors? 1:50 – Talking about the Portland Trailblazers, especially the Festus Ezeli signing....


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