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On the NBA Beat Ep. 105: Sekou Smith (Eastern Conference Preview): Giannis' Next Challenge? Being Great Every Night

A number of stars, including Paul George, Jimmy Butler and Paul Millsap, no longer play in the East, potentially leaving the conference with ample playoff spots available for the taking. In addition, the reigning Eastern Conference finalists swapped star point guards adding a special flavor to their already existing rivalry. Meanwhile, teams like the Raptors, Bucks and Wizards hope their various brands of continuity can vault them to an elite class. To help us sort through it all, Sekou...

Duration: 00:36:08

On the NBA Beat Ep. 104: Ward-Henninger (Western Conference Preview): "There's Operation Shutdown Potential" for OKC

Colin Ward-Henninger of CBSSports.com helps preview the talent-loaded Western Conference after an action-packed offseason replete with key player movement. 8:54-9:52: “Paul George actually had a higher usage rate and more touches than Melo last year, and we all know what Russ [Westbrook] does on the court. And he had a hard enough time playing with Durant, and then when Durant left, we saw the madness that happened last year with just the NBA record usage rate of like 40 percent or...

Duration: 00:29:57

On the NBA Beat Ep. 103: Dave Zirin: “There Is No Stay in Your Lane…All the Rules Are Gone”

In these unprecedented political and social times, Dave Zirin of The Nation and the Edge of Sports podcast joins the show for an important conversation. Below, you can find some highlights from the interview: 6:31-7:18: “There is no stay in your lane at this point. All the rules are gone, and I think the very existence of Donald Trump should remove this idea, even as a debate. But the reason you’ve heard it step up in recent years is precisely because we have this Donald Trump[-led]...

Duration: 00:39:33

On the NBA Beat Ep. 102: Magnotti: Luka Doncic's "Brilliant Passing" Draws CP3 Comparison

Led by tournament MVP Goran Dragic and impressive 18-year-old Luka Doncic, Slovenia upset the perennial favorite, Spain, on its way to a EuroBasket Gold, the first medal of any kind in the tournament for the small country of only about 2 million people. Trevor Magnotti, who covers all things EuroLeague at The Step Back, joins Aaron to break down the most important takeaways from EuroBasket, including the draft implications of Doncic's performance and the possibility of new young...

Duration: 00:36:16

On the NBA Beat Ep. 101: Matt Hill on His Projects, Lonzo Ball Fascination

The creative Matt Hill, Super Hoopers cofounder and cohost, graces us with his presence, as we discuss a wide selection of topics, ranging from his viral animated comedy web series “Spurs Special Forces” to Lonzo Ball, bandwagon fans and so much more. A trio of excerpts can be found below: 6:50-7:06: Matt discusses longtime friend Randall Park [actor-comedian]’s unique contributions to "Spurs Special Forces." “He’s just an old friend. So I was doing the Spurs [Special Forces video], and...

Duration: 00:34:21

On the NBA Beat Ep. 100: Celebrating the 100th Show

For this special episode, your hosts will break precedent and not write too much below the audio player. Most importantly, we sincerely appreciate the myriad contributions to our project and made this episode to help spell those out. It’s a long episode, but one which we hope you’ll find well worth your while. Interview Time Stamps: 13:30-23:40: Lang Whitaker 44:24-51:50: Andy Liu 52:40-57:35: Justin Faudree 58:40-1:06:10: Josh Baumgard 1:06:40-1:13:30: Dan Feldman 1:14:35-1:22:10:...

Duration: 01:54:01

On the NBA Beat Ep. 99: Oliver Maroney: Big3 Players Really “Looking to Prove Something”

Oliver Maroney, basketball writer for Dime on Uproxx and host of The Big3 Show, calls in to discuss the Big3 tour just as it concludes its regular season and prepares for Sunday’s semifinal round in Seattle. Maroney gets into the business and marketing side of things, while also, of course, delving into the basketball issues at play. For instance, we’ll ...

Duration: 00:39:50

On the NBA Beat Ep. 98: Sue Favor: WNBA Must Increase Its Visibility, Start Growing Again

Ahead of Friday night’s matchup between the top two teams in the WNBA, the Minnesota Lynx and Los Angeles Sparks, Sue Favor joins the podcast to talk about the league. Sue, a devoted women’s hoops writer at Women’s Hoops World and her “They’re Playing Basketball” blog, handicaps the MVP race, details the Sparks’ winning formula and more broadly discusses the ...

Duration: 00:41:20

On the NBA Beat Ep. 98 Tim Faklis: Timberwolves Primed for Playoffs as 5 or 6 Seed

The Minnesota Timberwolves have missed the playoffs in each of the past 13 seasons, while finishing with more losses than wins over the last 12. However, the tide is about to turn, according to our guest, Tim Faklis, who contributes to A Wolf Among Wolves, Wolves Wired and FanSided’s The Step Back. He argues that the team’s active offseason, highlighted ...

Duration: 00:41:18

On the NBA Beat Ep. 2.42: Joe Morgan on Pro Scout School and “Belief in the Future” for the Sacramento Kings

On the NBA Beat Ep. 2.42: Joe Morgan on Pro Scout School and "Belief in the Future" for the Sacramento Kings On the NBA BeatOn the NBA Beat Ep. 2.42: Joe Morgan on Pro Scout School and "Belief in the Future" for the Sacramento KingsOn the NBA Beat iTunes Android RSS TuneIn Stitcher Google Play The NBA world has taken over ...

Duration: 00:41:31

On the NBA Beat Ep. 2.41: Jovan Buha: Griffin Will “Surpass Paul as Best & Most Important Clipper Ever”

On the NBA Beat Ep. 2.41: Jovan Buha: Griffin Will "Surpass Paul as Best & Most Important Clipper Ever” On the NBA BeatOn the NBA Beat Ep. 2.41: Jovan Buha: Griffin Will "Surpass Paul as Best & Most Important Clipper Ever”On the NBA BeatESPN.com’s Jovan Buha joins the podcast to analyze the Los Angeles Clippers’ tumultuous 2017 offseason, highlighted by the ...

Duration: 01:03:02

On the NBA Beat Ep. 2.40: Keith Smith: Clippers Face “No-Win Situation,” Celtics Target Hayward

Though the free agency period does not officially begin until July 1, the landscape of the NBA has already been shifted dramatically after the draft, a few franchise-altering trades and a couple executive team shake-ups. To help us sort through all the madness of the last week and predict the remaining changes to come, we’ve brought on Keith Smith, who ...

Duration: 00:59:35

Sean Derenthal: Lonzo Ball Could Be Draft’s “Best Player or Basically Unplayable” - On the NBA Beat

Sean Derenthal: Lonzo Ball Could Be Draft’s “Best Player or Basically Unplayable”Sean Derenthal: Lonzo Ball Could Be Draft’s “Best Player or Basically Unplayable”{{svg_share_icon}} {{svg_share_icon}} {{embed_code}} Copy Embed EmbedWith the draft fast approaching – it’s scheduled for Thursday, June 22, – we’re joined by a pair of men who closely and passionately follow the NBA draft and its potential prospects year-round. ...

Duration: 00:59:50

On the NBA Beat Ep. 2.38: The Golden State Warriors’ Pursuit of Playoff Perfection - On the NBA Beat

With just over three minutes left in a thrilling Game 3, the Cleveland Cavaliers held a three-point lead and looked to be on their way to handing the Golden State Warriors their first loss since April 10. Not to be deterred, the Warriors finished the game with 11 straight points, sealing the victory and continuing their quest for an undefeated ...

Duration: 00:47:02

On the NBA Beat Ep. 2.37: 2017 NBA Finals Preview With Brendan Bowers, Andy Liu

The 2017 NBA Finals are finally here. And no surprise…the Golden State Warriors and Cleveland Cavaliers are set to face off an NBA-record third straight time. These behemoths come in a combined 24-1 this postseason. The Warriors have won at least 67 games each of...

Duration: 00:59:47

On the NBA Beat Ep 2.36: Jim Park: If Warriors Fall Short, “Being Disappointed Would Be the Understatement of the Century”

In advance of the NBA Finals, Aaron catches up with former Sheridan Hoops writer Jim Park about the Golden State Warriors’ dominance, Steve Kerr’s health-related absence and what, if anything, can slow down these rolling Warriors. A season after winning an NBA-record 73 games and...

Duration: 00:48:13

On the NBA Beat Ep. 2.35: Missing Kawhi and “Peak Powers” LeBron With Paul Garcia, Tas Melas

In this two-part episode, The Starters’ Tas Melas joins us to discuss the league’s biggest storylines, such as the highly anticipated third straight Warriors-Cavaliers Finals matchup, the Celtics’ rapid and robust rebuild and Paul George and Gordon Hayward not qualifying for max extensions. But first,...

Duration: 00:58:37

On the NBA Beat Ep. 2.34: Wizards Must Overcome Road Woes to Advance, Featuring Chase Hughes & Michael Pina

Chase Hughes of Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic and Vice Sports’ Michael Pina deliver back-to-back interviews in which they delve deeply into the captivating Eastern Conference semifinal series between the Washington Wizards and Boston Celtics. While the Celtics lead 3-2, the home team has won every single...

Duration: 01:00:32

On the NBA Beat Ep. 2.33: Flipping the Switch, IT’s Legendary Night, Rockets-Spurs Breakdown

Did they just “flip the switch?” Following Cleveland’s middling post-All-Star break stretch, Loren and Aaron begin by discussing the Cavaliers’ dominant first two games against the Raptors. Also on tap: Diminutive Celtics star Isaiah Thomas’ historic Game 2 performance in what figures to be a...

Duration: 00:32:41

On the NBA Beat Ep. 2.32: Zach Harper: With Continuity, Jazz Could Become “Best Non-Warriors Lineup in NBA”

Before this season, the Utah Jazz had made their last postseason appearance in 2012 and hadn’t won a playoff game since 2010. Since then, they bottomed out at 25 wins in 2013-14, then steadily built themselves back up by developing players, finding diamonds in the...

Duration: 02:14:49

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