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On the NBA Beat Ep 114: Jordan Maly: Markkanen’s “Confidence is Oozing” for the Bulls

1/15/2018
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The Chicago Bulls ended the year last season by surprisingly stealing two games in Boston in their first-round playoff series against the Celtics and then subsequently losing the next four games. Since then, they let go of veterans Dwyane Wade and Rajon Rondo, traded away franchise superstar Jimmy Butler, and brought back a new young core of Zach Lavine, Kris Dunn and rookie Lauri Markkanen. In our first episode of 2018, we’ve brought on Jordan Maly, host of the Locked on Bulls podcast, to...

Duration: 00:44:35


On the NBA Beat Ep. 113: Ian Levy: Oladipo Spearheads Pacers' Newfound “Kinetic Explosiveness”

12/23/2017
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The Indiana Pacers have bounced back from a subpar start to stand 18-14. In an Eastern Conference crowded with many solid, second-tier teams looking to separate themselves from the pack, Indiana is more than holding its own thanks to an elite offense led by Victor Oladipo. Ian Levy, NBA editor and columnist for FanSided and Editor-in-Chief of The Step Back, helps us break down the team he knows best. We’ll cover Indiana’s captivating comeback ability, the sudden emergence of Oladipo and so...

Duration: 00:46:48


On the NBA Beat Ep. 112: Max Rappaport: "Now 76ers Care About Wins & Losses Too"

12/9/2017
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With redshirt rookie Ben Simmons garnering heavy praise around the league and Joel Embiid looking healthy and better than ever, the long-tanking 76ers are finally winning games, beginning to reap the benefits of their ambitious Process, which Sam Hinkie launched nearly four and a half years ago. As Simmons comfortably leads the Rookie of the Year chase, filling virtually every corner of the stat sheet, he’s surrounded by improved shooter Robert Covington, veteran free-agent acquisition...

Duration: 00:48:57


On the NBA Beat Ep. 111: Duncan Smith: Drummond’s Game Sees “Complete & Total Shift”

12/4/2017
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The Detroit Pistons have bounced back from an incredibly disappointing 2016-17 campaign to begin this season 14-8. In the process, Detroit is securing come-from-behind victories with great frequency – half of its wins have occurred in games it trailed by double-digits – the second unit is dominating opposing benches and Andre Drummond is showcasing a vastly expanded offensive repertoire. Duncan Smith, contributor to The Athletic Detroit and Bball Breakdown, operates as our tour guide on...

Duration: 00:45:45


On the NBA Beat Ep. 110: Eric Nehm: "Giannis Is a Kobe-Level Lunatic"

11/21/2017
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Since the Milwaukee Bucks took Giannis Antetokounmpo with the 15th pick of the 2013 NBA Draft, he’s shown tremendous growth as a basketball player, both literally and figuratively. This season, he has planted his name firmly within the MVP conversation, even if casual fans still have trouble pronouncing it. To guide us through this episode wholly devoted to the Grecian phenom, we’ve brought on Eric Nehm, Bucks beat writer for ESPN Milwaukee and cohost of the Locked on Bucks podcast. Eric...

Duration: 00:48:43


On the NBA Beat Ep. 109: Andrew Schlecht: Thunder Have No Offensive Identity Yet

11/13/2017
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The Oklahoma City Thunder turned heads around the NBA this offseason when they added stars, Paul George and Carmelo Anthony. So far, integrating them into the team hasn't been a smooth process though. Before back-to-back wins against the Los Angeles Clippers and Dallas Mavericks, they had been riding a four-game losing streak and were winless against the Western Conference. Andrew Schlecht, host of the Down to Dunk and OKC Dream Team podcasts and contributor to Daily Thunder, joined us to...

Duration: 00:41:57


On the NBA Beat Ep. 108: Adam Mares: “Guys Are Figuring Out New Roles Around Millsap”

11/7/2017
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The 5-5 Denver Nuggets are currently about as good as their record would suggest, according to this week’s guest Adam Mares, host of the Locked on Nuggets podcast and site manager for SB Nation’s Denver Stiffs. He argues that despite the team’s considerable continuity, many players are still adjusting to new roles this season. In addition, the Nuggets are still incorporating Paul Millsap into their game plan, particularly on the offensive end. Adam discusses this process, Denver’s many...

Duration: 00:35:57


On the NBA Beat Ep. 107: Sandy Mui: "Nets Fans Have a Lot to Look Forward To"

10/31/2017
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The Brooklyn Nets’ 2017-18 season, much like Boston’s, was shaken from the very start when starting point guard Jeremy Lin went down with a scary-looking knee injury. Shortly after, it was announced the veteran guard would be sidelined for the rest of the season with a ruptured patella tendon. To discuss the implications of the devastating injury and much more, Sandy Mui, host of the Brooklyn Revolution Podcast, not to mention Brook-Lin.com assignment editor and writer at The Brooklyn...

Duration: 00:30:42


On the NBA Beat Ep. 106: Clippers Basketball "Transports" Will & Grace Co-Creator David Kohan

10/24/2017
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David Kohan, best known for co-creating the pioneering hit comedy series “Will & Grace” is actually a huge Los Angeles Clippers fan, attending games at the LA Sports Arena beginning in the late ‘80s. In this episode, Aaron had the opportunity to talk with David about both the return of Will & Grace after 11 years off the air and his beloved Clippers. Some clips, pun intended, are excerpted below: 4:31-4:50: “There was something about last season that felt joyless. In fact, that should...

Duration: 00:39:35


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

10/17/2017
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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

10/16/2017
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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”

10/11/2017
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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

9/24/2017
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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

9/14/2017
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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

9/5/2017
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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”

8/18/2017
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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

8/11/2017
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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. 2.42: Joe Morgan on Pro Scout School and “Belief in the Future” for the Sacramento Kings

7/15/2017
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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”

7/7/2017
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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

6/30/2017
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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

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