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Open Floor: SI's NBA Podcast

Hosted by SI senior writer Lee Jenkins, SI’s Open Floor podcast features guest appearances from some of the biggest names in the NBA.

Hosted by SI senior writer Lee Jenkins, SI’s Open Floor podcast features guest appearances from some of the biggest names in the NBA.

Hosted by SI senior writer Lee Jenkins, SI’s Open Floor podcast features guest appearances from some of the biggest names in the NBA.
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Hosted by SI senior writer Lee Jenkins, SI’s Open Floor podcast features guest appearances from some of the biggest names in the NBA.

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English


Episodes

30 Teams 30 Questions, Part II: Hawks Apologies, Celtics Adjustments, and The East Preview

10/15/2018
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On today's show Andrew Sharp and Ben Golliver continue their NBA preview by looking to the East. First (5:00): the Hawks and an official apology regarding Trae Young, the Celtics and their 2010 Heat adjustments, and D'Angelo Russell vs. Caris LaVert in Brooklyn. Then (30:00): the Hornets and the ghost of Donovan Mitchell, the Bulls in darkness, the Pistons and the Drummond dream, and the Pacers juggling Sabonis and Myles Turner. Then (55:00): Pat Riley and D-Wade hagiography, Bucks wing...

Duration:01:36:53

30 Teams 30 Questions, Part I: Jimmy and the Wolves, Lakers Predictions, and a West Preview

10/12/2018
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On today's show Sharp and Golliver begin by recapping the madness at Wednesday's Wolves practice, taking stock of the Jimmy Butler situation as of Wednesday night, and talking through the Wolves outlook from here. Then, in the first part of a two-part episode (blame Jimmy Butler), they jump into their NBA Preview. Topics include: The Mavericks and Dirk's twilight (31:00), the pace of the Pelicans (38:00), Jokic defense and buy or sell on the Nuggets (43:00), the Thunder and whether Bully...

Duration:01:40:27

Farewell Ryan McDonough, Dejounte Murray Depression, Kings Hope vs. Kings Reality

10/9/2018
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On today's show Andrew Sharp and Ben Golliver begin by discussing all things Phoenix Suns in the wake of Ryan McDonough's dismissal a week before the season. Topics include: Why this move could be a long-term win for McDonough, Robert Sarver's role in everything, the point guard mandate that allegedly started all this, and the All-Time McDonough roster. They (30:00): they talk through the Dejounte Murray injury and why it's so frustrating for the Spurs, whether the Raptors can win the East...

Duration:01:14:26

Reviewing the 2019 GM Survey, Calculated Reputation Tanking, Early Durant Murmurs

10/5/2018
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On today's show Andrew Sharp and Ben Golliver begin with two important announcements regarding upcoming events, and then they talk through the results from NBA.com's annual GM survey (7:00). Topics include: Four GMs picking against the Warriors, whether GMs actually answer these surveys, whether players are sabotaging their own reputations as part of a long-term strategy (22:00), Markelle Fultz's jumper, Dejounte Murray's jumper, starting a franchise with Anthony Davis, whether Giannis needs...

Duration:01:20:55

Lakers First Impressions, Doncic vs. the Ducks, Obligatory Butler Trade Ideas

10/2/2018
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On today's podcast Sharp and Golliver catch up to talk through the state of the Lakers as the season begins. Topics include: the re-emergence of the internet's Lakers fans, their lack of dependable big men, worries about veterans and young players, the challenge for LeBron, and how many of this year's players will be around by the beginning of next season. From there (30:00) they move to a social media lecture from Golliver, as well as some quick thoughts after a weekend on Tobacco Road....

Duration:01:16:03

Butler and Thibs Watch, Giannis Inc. Board Meeting, AD Joins the Klutch Family

9/28/2018
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On today's show Sharp and Golliver check in with the latest reporting on the Jimmy Butler situation and talk through a few sides of the story as of Thursday afternoon. Topics include: why it's not crazy for the Wolves to wait on a trade, what they should be seeking from Miami and others, and why it could make sense to fire Thibodeau now. From there: Checking in with Golliver's favorite rookie Luka Doncic (27:00) and debating where he'd land if he were eligible for the top 100. Then: why it...

Duration:01:12:33

Assigning Blame in the Wolves Mess, Jimmy Butler's Trade Value, Media Day Mania

9/25/2018
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On today's show Andrew Sharp and Ben Golliver begin with a quick recap of Ben's tour through the deep south and weekend with Alabama football. Then (7:00): they catch up on the mess in Minnesota and decide who deserves the most blame for how things have played out thus far. From there (22:00): thinking through Jimmy Butler trade destinations, why the Lakers didn't make sense, why the Clippers may or may not make sense, and where this past week leaves the Wolves now that Karl-Towns has signed...

Duration:01:26:51

Top 100, 30-1: Middleton, Kyrie, Kawhi, Butler, Embiid, Durant, Steph, LeBron

9/17/2018
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On today’s show Sharp and Golliver are again joined by Sports Illustrated’s Rob Mahoney for part two of their journey through this 2019 ranking of the top 100 players in the NBA. Topics include Khris Middleton, Kyrie Irving vs. Damian Lillard, Kawhi Leonard, Jimmy Butler, Joel Embiid, Russell Westbrook vs. Chris Paul, Anthony Davis, James Harden, Kevin Durant, Steph Curry, and LeBron James.

Duration:01:15:23

Top 100, 100-31: Lonzo, Carmelo, Dwight, Ingram, Favors, Tatum, Love

9/14/2018
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On today’s show Sharp and Golliver welcome Sports Illustrated’s Rob Mahoney to discuss the top 100 players in the NBA. In the first half of an accidental two-part episode, they talk through realistic projections for Lonzo Ball (5:00), Carmelo Anthony vs. Pau Gasol (15:00), Marcus Smart and Rajon Rondo (21:00), Dwight Howard (29:00), Brandon Ingram vs. Andrew Wiggins and Nic Batum (32:00), Aaron Gordon in Orlando (42:00), Derrick Favors (48:00), Jaylen Brown vs. Jayson Tatum vs. Donovan...

Duration:01:13:09

Handicapping the MVP Race, Breakout Season Candidates, Bi-Monthly Suns Update

9/6/2018
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On today's show Andrew Sharp and Ben Golliver begin by lamenting the state of the Michigan Wolverines before jumping into a discussion of the preseason MVP odds. Topics include: a thinner group of genuine contenders this year (5:00), the factors working against the Warriors (8:00), the Celtics and the return of Gordon Hayward (15:00), James Harden's regular seasons vs. the playoffs (23:00), the Sixers as the new Thunder (28:00), and Giannis and LeBron as the favorites (40:00). From there...

Duration:01:20:00

Goodbye Manu, Ranking Teams Without a Title, Midseason Tournament Ideas

8/30/2018
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On today's show Andrew Sharp and Ben Golliver begin the show with Ben airing a series of offseason grievances, and from there, they get into Manu Ginobili's retirement (8:00), what they'll remember most about his game, whether he deserves to be in the Hall of Fame, the 2014 title against the Heat, and how the Spurs have changed over the past 20 years. Then they discuss NBA teams that have never won a title (26:00) and rank the chances of each team at eventually escaping the list. From there...

Duration:01:26:17

The Hottest Coaching Hot Seats, Pelicans Questions, Antetokounmpo Prophecy

8/22/2018
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On today's show Andrew Sharp and Ben Golliver look ahead to next year's NBA and sorting through the hot seats that various coaches will inherit this season. Categories include ice cold seats, recent signings, potentially malfunctioning seat warmers, lukewarm seats, and hot hot hot seats. Discussions include Steve Kerr in Golden State, Brad Stevens in Boston, Scott Brooks and Billy Donovan in D.C. and OKC, Mike Malone in Denver, Luke Walton in L.A., Terry Stotts in Portland, and Fred Hoiberg...

Duration:01:29:19

Carmelo vs. 24 Year-Old Bloggers, Bad Contract Life Cycle, Devin Booker Hype

8/15/2018
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On today's show Andrew Sharp and Ben Golliver begin by talking all things Carmelo Anthony. First they discuss how he might fit in Houston, why low expectations could be healthy after OKC, and what's on the table going forward. Then (14:00) they talk through Carmelo's career arc generally, internet criticism, hats, watches, and MVP votes. From there (27:00): Projecting the wins total for the Grizzlies next season, assessing problems on the wing, and walking through the life cycle of a bad...

Duration:01:30:02

Top 100 Self-Reflection, Bet Your Mortgage Over/Under Locks, Advanced NBA Jersey Purchasing

8/8/2018
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On today's show Andrew Sharp and Ben Golliver begin by recapping Ben's internal monologue after a few offseason weeks full of mindfulness, World War 2, and top 100 phone calls with Rob Mahoney. Then they discuss the recent release of the season win over/unders in Vegas, including three numbers that made people mad (Blazers, Spurs, Pacers), two stone cold bet your mortgage locks (Celtics, Sixers) and a requisite check-in with the Lakers and Warriors. From there: the future of Draymond Green...

Duration:01:28:10

Unsolicited Kevin Durant Advice, Team USA Takeaways, The Wal-Mart Warriors

8/1/2018
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On today's show Andrew Sharp and Ben Golliver celebrate the arrival of August and begin with some thoughts on the aging process. Then (5:00): Scenes from the Team USA practices in Las Vegas, including PR advice for Kevin Durant, thoughts on his podcast appearance with CJ McCollum, and whether he should stay with Golden State for the long term. From there (23:00): Devin Booker and Myles Turner in Team USA pickup games, and some cautious optimism for the next iteration of the Thunder. Then...

Duration:01:21:43

The Top 10 in 2023, Kevin Love Stays in Cleveland, Dwight Arrives in D.C.

7/25/2018
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On today's show Andrew Sharp and Ben Golliver begin the (real) offseason by looking at the big picture. Who will be the 10 best players in the league five years from now? Nominees include: Anthony Davis, Giannis, KD (if he's not retired), Embiid (if he's healthy), KAT, Kyrie, Ben Simmons, Devin Booker, and more. They also discuss this year's draft class, where Donovan Mitchell and Jayson Tatum might fit, whether 39 year-old LeBron James will remain dominant, and how LeBron James Jr. will...

Duration:01:23:43

BONUS: Kawhi Leonard is Finally Traded, The Raptors Win Big, DeRozan Heads to the Monastery

7/18/2018
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On today's show Andrew Sharp and Ben Golliver connect for an emergency episode to talk through the many layers of the Kawhi trade. First, they focus on the Kawhi side and why the trade makes sense for both next season's Raptors and the long term outlook in Toronto. Then (12:00): mixed emotions for Raptors fans and DeRozan in the wake of this deal, and whether he'll make another All-Star team in San Antonio. From there (18:00): the Spurs and whether they can surprise some people next season,...

Duration:00:49:45

Proof of Life from Summer League, Sixers Reality Check, Knicks Pipe Dreams

7/18/2018
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On today's show Andrew Sharp and Ben Golliver begin by recapping the end of summer league after Ben's two weeks in Vegas. Topics include: Stalking Ben Simmons, close encounters with LeBron, $500 Lakers shorts, the legend of Summer Svi, and the absence of Lavar Ball. Then (18:30): The summer of the Sixers, what went wrong, what to make of Markelle Fultz, and what to expect in Philadelphia next season. From there (33:00): The next mile-marker in the Kawhi journey is Team USA practice in Las...

Duration:01:20:50

Begrudging Reminder that the Celtics Exist, The Latest Kawhi Talk, Lakers Make the Media Rounds

7/13/2018
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On today's show Andrew Sharp and Ben Golliver begin by talking through Adam Silver's comments at the board of governor's meeting and whether the league should admit it has a competitive balance problem. Then (7:00) they discuss the imbalance between the East and West, and why no one seems to be acknowledging that the healthy Celtics are clearly the second best team in the league. From there (18:00): Raptors Kawhi Leonard rumors, how this summer has affected Kawhi’s value, and whether it...

Duration:01:22:58

The Bulls Win (and Lose) at Summer League, Rockets Try to Reload, More Vegas Impressions

7/10/2018
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On today's show Andrew Sharp and Ben Golliver check in after the opening weekend of NBA summer league. First they discuss the growing popularity of Summer League and Ben's response to the critics. Then (6:00) they discuss the performance of Wendell Carter Jr. thus far, what his success could mean for Chicago's future, and how to feel about the Bulls' decision to match Zach LaVine's $78 million offer sheet. From there (22:00): first impressions of Harry Giles for the Kings, Deandre Ayton on...

Duration:01:08:03