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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.




NBA hot seat watch with Danny Leroux

On today's show Ben Golliver phones NBA writer Danny Leroux of The Athletic and Real GM Radio to discuss which GMs and coaches will be on the hot seat next season. How will this summer's many front-office changes alter the landscape going forward? Are the Pelicans destined for a major overhaul? Will star departures create ripple effects in Atlanta, Chicago and Indiana? Should Doc Rivers be on the clock in LA? How bad do the Bulls need to get before they clean house? Is Memphis a good sleeper...

Duration: 01:08:15

ESPN's Kevin Pelton breaks down RPM win projections

On today's show Ben Golliver chats with NBA writer and analytics guru Kevin Pelton of ESPN Insider about his 2017-18 RPM win projections. Why are the Warriors projected to backslide after a strong summer? Are the Raptors really going to fall out of the East's elite? Can Minnesota vault all the way into home-court advantage? Is Houston, not Cleveland or San Antonio, now the biggest challenger to Golden State? How will the West's bubble shake out? Who will be the East's worst team? Plus,...

Duration: 01:09:41

SI's Chris Ballard talks Monty, Hinkie, Kobe, Dirk, and pick-up hoop ethics

On today's show Ben Golliver chats with SI senior writer Chris Ballard. Why is Ballard drawn to weighty topics like suicide (Ryan Anderson), tragedy (Monty Williams) and a mid-career crisis (Sam Hinkie), and how does he get his interview subjects to open up on such personal material? What is it like inside the Spurs' secret curtain? After writing countless Kobe Bryant stories over the last 17 years, which version of the Lakers star is his favorite? Will Dirk Nowitzki be properly remembered...

Duration: 01:12:25

Rob Mahoney joins for a deep dive into SI's Top 100 NBA Players list

Ben Golliver invites SI writer and "Breakaway" podcast host Rob Mahoney on for an extra-length look at SI's annual Top 100 NBA players list. Ben and Rob lay out their ranking process and criteria, look back on 2017's biggest debates, and highlight key philosophical developments from the 2017-18 season. Then, they field questions and hate mail from Andrew Sharp, addressing Booker, Giannis, DeRozan, Jokic, Millsap and many others. They close by taking a victory lap over 2017's...

Duration: 01:26:32

10 Questions about Kyrie Irving and the Cavs

On today's show, Sharp and Golliver talk through Kyrie Irving's trade request and the many layers of confusion in Cleveland. Questions include: What percentage of this is a response to LeBron's summer? Whose Instagram stories do you believe, and who leaked news of the trade request? When did Kyrie indicate he wanted out, and what changed since the Finals? Is it possible that Kyrie stays? If not, where will he create his next self-sustaining community: New York, San Antonio, Miami, New...

Duration: 01:22:37

SI's Lee Jenkins dishes on PG's welcome party, LeBron 2018 scenarios, Russ & Lonzo

On today's show Ben Golliver catches up with SI senior writer Lee Jenkins. What did Jenkins learn about Paul George's future from his recent visit to Oklahoma City? Why will Russell Westbrook will be even more fascinating in 2018, and will he sign his extension? What's Jenkins' take on Lonzo and LaVar Ball, and does he prefer the Spurs Banana Boat or the LeBronzo Lakers as a LeBron James destination in 2018? Is Cleveland still in the mix? At the end: some advice for aspiring journalists....

Duration: 01:15:01

LeBron and Lonzo, Vegas Standouts, and End-of-Summer Mailbag

On today's show Andrew Sharp and Ben Golliver check in one more time from Vegas summer league. First: What is going on with LeBron James? Why was Lonzo wearing Nikes against the Sixers? Where do Magic and Pelinka fit in? How is it connected? Then: Who are the standouts among the rookies in Vegas? Is Donovan Mitchell about to take over the league? What about Dennis Smith? How good would OKC have to be for Paul George to stay? Why hasn't John Wall signed his extension? Who are on the "if he...

Duration: 01:02:01

ESPN's Chris Haynes on Hayward, NBA Scoops, and the Warriors Beat

On today's show Andrew Sharp and Ben Golliver are joined in Las Vegas with ESPN's Chris Haynes. At the outset, they talk through the mechanics of Haynes' 4th of July reporting on Gordon Hayward's free agency. When did he know? How did he handle the backlash? Did he ever worry that he might swing Hayward's decision and become a lifelong villain in Boston? Then they talk through the culture of scoops, in general, and the lessons Haynes has learned over the past few years. At the end, Haynes...

Duration: 00:58:04

Watching Lonzo Ball, The Celtics Offseason, and Summer League Mail

On today's show Andrew Sharp and Ben Golliver are in Vegas and checking in after the first weekend of summer league. First, what are the takeaways from the opening weekend of Lonzo Ball? And what about LaVar? At 20 minutes, they talk through the Harden extension and the Knicks Tim Hardaway signing. At 35 minutes, they talk about the Avery Bradley trade and offer some final thoughts on the puzzling summer of the Celtics. From there, more mail: How did the Otto Porter deal change after the...

Duration: 01:13:51

LeBron's Next Move and Free Agency Winners and Losers

On today's show Sharp and Golliver recap more of free agency. First: Golliver crosses over to become a banana boat truther with a new for LeBron's plans next summer. Then: Winners and losers from free agency, including thoughts on the Sixers and the Wolves, the summer Lakers, Clippers confusion and the Blake Museum, the summer of Dan Gilbert, Jazz optimism, and Celtics follow-ups. At the end: John Wall in no-man's land, Westbrook and Presti allowing us to pretend everything is OK, and...

Duration: 01:21:06

Hayward's July 4th, PG in OKC, and KD's Discount

On today's show, Andrew Sharp and Ben Golliver regroup after five or six days wild days of NBA free agency. First, they talk through the awkward rollout of Gordon Hayward's decision and what Hayward means for the Celtics summer. Then they move to the Pacers baffling Paul George trade, the possibilities for Paul George in Oklahoma City, and the summer of Sam Presti. At the end: the Raptors, Kevin Durant's discount, and Paul Millsap to Denver, and Nuggets workout videos.

Duration: 01:00:37

The CP3 Trade, Goodbye Phil, and Free Agency Preview

On today's show, Andrew Sharp and Ben Golliver answer questions from listeners and preview free agency. First: What does the CP3 trade mean for the Rockets? What does it mean for the Clippers? Is Austin Rivers catching more heat than his father? And how realistic are the summer '18 banana boat dreams? At 30 minutes: Why wasn't Avery Bradley on the All-Defense team, and does Lou Williams have a point about sad podcast nerds? At 40 minutes: Are the Knicks quietly in good shape after Phil...

Duration: 01:23:56

The NBA Awards, John Wall Dreams, and More Mailbag

On today's show, Andrew Sharp and Ben Golliver begin by talking through Monday's NBA awards and settling some old Westbrook scores. Then they discuss the awards show itself, including the fashion, the voting, rookie of the year arguments, and whether the show succeeded. At 30 minutes, they talk about John Wall's comments and whether the Wizards can steal Paul George. At 35 minutes, mailbag questions: Do the Warriors deserve credit for this crazy offseason? Did Jordan Bell win draft night?...

Duration: 01:15:16

Draft Winners and Losers: Knicks vs. Bulls, Celtics, Sixers, and WOLVES

On today's show, Andrew Sharp and Ben Golliver get together late night to talk through the winners and losers from the 2017 NBA Draft. Questions include: Which team is more depressing: Bulls or Knicks? How badly did the Bulls misplay their hand? How good can the T'Wolves be with Jimmy Butler? Is the Celtics blockbuster dead, or is it coming in July? How much better do the Sixers look with Fultz instead of Tatum? What's the state of The Process? How does Jonathan Isaac fit in Orlando? What...

Duration: 01:05:03

Draft Preview, Rumor Roundup, and Offseason Chaos

On today's show, Andrew Sharp and Ben Golliver run through questions, rumors, and players to watch at the NBA draft. First, Golliver quizzes Sharp on the top 10 players in the Draft as they preview the biggest names in play Thursday. At 35 minutes: They answer questions and talk Lakers and D'Angelo, Cavs and David Griffin, Suns and number 4, LeBron and the Clips, Nuggets and superstars, Pistons and hope, and more. At 1:05, they run through a rumor lightning round, answer podium questions,...

Duration: 01:26:51

Draft week: Markelle Fultz is a Sixer, and Paul George doesn't want to be a Pacer

On today's show, Andrew Sharp and Ben Golliver talk through this weekend's Sixers-Celtics trade, and what it means for both teams. Why was Fultz so valuable to the Sixers? How did they make this happen with only one extra pick? How does this affect Sharp's ongoing feud with Sixers fans, and how does it affect the future of Ben Simmons? Does it validate the Process? Then: A closer look at the Celtics side of the deal, and some rationale that still seems pretty puzzling. At the end: What...

Duration: 01:07:03

Post-Finals Instagrams, De'Aaron Fox, and the Summer of Gordo

On today's show, Andrew Sharp and Ben Golliver celebrate the arrival of the offseason and Thursday's Instagram theatrics around the NBA. Then they spend a few minutes discussing De'Aaron Fox and his future. Around 30 minutes they get into mail: What will the Kings do at 5 and 10? Will the Lakers pick tell us anything about LeBron's future? What's the best case comp for Josh Jackson? When will people realize defense is half the game? At 50 minutes: the Summer of Gordo, Pat Riley vs. Danny...

Duration: 01:16:21

The Warriors are NBA Champions

On today's show, Andrew Sharp and Ben Golliver talk through the end of the NBA Finals and the beginning of the KD Warriors era. First: Golliver shares his thoughts from the scene, the game, and the celebration at Oracle. Then Sharp explains why this series felt anti-climatic, and they talk through Durant's story, Steph's role, LeBron James, Kevin Love, Steve Kerr, Nike commercials, and the dynasty that's coming. At the end: Mailbag questions on Steph as Randy Moss, Durant vs. Bird, that...

Duration: 01:17:22

Durant Answers, LeBron Questions, and 16-0 vs. 73-9

On today's show, Andrew Sharp and Ben Golliver take more questions from listeners and relive an incredible Game 3 and another takeover from Kevin Durant. First: What was that game like in the stadium? Did the Cavs choke? Is LeBron's fatigue a fair explanation? And how much has the Kevin Durant conversation changed after three Finals games? At 30 minutes: 73-9 vs. 16-0, Cavs air conditioner conspiracies, a feisty e-mail about Steph's showboating, the future of the Cavs, and at the end, the...

Duration: 01:05:47

Late Night Game 2 Reactions, Durant's Statement, and the 90s Bulls

On today's show Andrew Sharp and Ben Golliver talk through Game 2 of the Finals. Topics include: more dominance from Steph and KD, Durant exceeding Finals expectations, the disappearance of Tristan Thompson and JR Smith, LeBron's place in the pecking order of this series, Steph and KD in the NBA's franchise player pecking order, the chances of the Warriors becoming the 90s Bulls of this generation, and more.

Duration: 00:48:00

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