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The NBA desk from USA TODAY Sports talks league news, trades, personalities, playoffs and the draft. We interview players, coaches and insiders to talk all things NBA.

The NBA desk from USA TODAY Sports talks league news, trades, personalities, playoffs and the draft. We interview players, coaches and insiders to talk all things NBA.
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The NBA desk from USA TODAY Sports talks league news, trades, personalities, playoffs and the draft. We interview players, coaches and insiders to talk all things NBA.

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English


Episodes

Dwight Howard says Rockets can win a championship

3/24/2016
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Houston Rockets center Dwight Howard talks to USA TODAY's Sam Amick about the disappointing season the Rockets are having and that he's having. They discuss what went wrong from a team that went to the Western Conference finals last year. They also chat about his future and his relationship with teammate James Harden.

Duration: 00:09:30


Can Thunder get a win against the Warriors?

3/2/2016
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With the third and final regular season game between the Golden State Warriors and Oklahoma City Thunder coming up, Sam Amick talks to Thunder coach Billy Donovan about the last meeting - a heartbreaking loss by his team - and a look to the next game.

Duration: 00:07:26


Jeanie Buss on Kobe and Phil

2/25/2016
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Los Angeles Lakers president Jeanie Buss joins NBA A to Z guys Sam Amick and Jeff Zillgitt to discuss Kobe Bryant's final season and the chances that Phil Jackson will leave New York and return to Los Angeles.

Duration: 00:08:17


What inspired Damian Lillard to write "Bigger Than Us"

1/20/2016
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Portland Trail Blazers point guard Damian Lillard, a.k.a. Dame Dolla, released a music video called "Bigger Than Us". Lillard joins Sam Amick and Kevin Spain from USA TODAY to discuss what inspired him to write the song. He also explains his own experience with racial profiling.

Duration: 00:05:38


New York Knicks outlook

1/13/2016
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The New York Knicks are playing much better this season and a big reason is how Carmelo Anthony and rookie Kristaps Porzingis are working together. The 7-foot rookie is a skilled player who has taken the pressure off Anthony in scoring and rebounding. Anthony has become more of a distributor than in the past. USA TODAY's Jeff Zillgitt, Sam Amick and Kevin Spain discuss.

Duration: 00:06:01


Is Stephen Curry hurting the NBA?

12/29/2015
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During a recent broadcast, former NBA player and coach Mark Jackson said that Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry is hurting the game. NBA A to Z guys Sam Amick and Jeff Zillgitt discuss that with USA TODAY Sports' Kevin Spain.

Duration: 00:05:48


Why the Rajon Rondo situation is disturbing

12/23/2015
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NBA A to Z guys Sam Amick and Jeff Zillgitt discuss the Rajon Rondo situation, the Sacramento Kings guard who used a slur against an NBA referee who came out as gay after the incident. Since it happened, Rondo offered a half-hearted apology and has refused to talk about it.

Duration: 00:06:56


Andrew Bogut on motivating the Warriors

12/11/2015
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Golden State Warriors center Andrew Bogut joins NBA A to Z guy Sam Amick to talk about being on the road in the NBA and the Warriors winning streak.

Duration: 00:09:27


LeBron James's big shoe deal

12/8/2015
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LeBron James has reached a lifetime shoe contract with Nike and the NBA A to Z guys Sam Amick and Jeff Zillgitt discuss it with USA TODAY's Kevin Spain. They also throw out the idea of having an A to Z shoe?

Duration: 00:06:06


DeAndre Jordan's WWE match game in Dallas

11/11/2015
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When the Los Angeles Clippers play the Dallas Mavericks Wednesday, it will be like a WWE match because of all the offseason drama between DeAndre Jordan and the Mavs. NBA A to Z guys Sam Amick and Jeff Zillgitt break it down. They also talk about LaMarcus Aldridge returning to Portland with his new team the San Antonio Spurs.

Duration: 00:07:05


Craig Sager on his return to NBA sidelines from cancer

10/28/2015
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NBA A to Z guy Sam Amick sits down at a preseason Turner Broadcasting event to talk to sideline reporter Craig Sager, who is returning this season after a second battle with cancer. Sager discusses some of the support he received, including a call from San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich.

Duration: 00:06:42


Thabo Sefolosha could sue the New York Police Department

10/14/2015
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After winning his jury trial in New York, Thabo Sefolosha could sue the NYPD because of injuries he suffered after being roughed up by officers last spring. USA TODAY Sports Jeff Zillgitt and Kevin Spain discuss how that could work.

Duration: 00:04:35


What Metta World Peace brings to the Lakers

10/9/2015
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USA TODAY Sports Sam Amick and Kevin Spain discuss what Metta World Peace brings to the Lakers as he's trying to make a comeback with the team. Amick then catches up with World Peace after a game.

Duration: 00:08:10


What's going on with Matt Barnes and Derek Fisher?

10/9/2015
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USA TODAY Sports Sam Amick discusses the situation between New York Knicks coach Derek Fisher and Memphis Grizzlies player Matt Barnes with Kevin Spain, NBA editor.

Duration: 00:03:16


Kobe Bryant returns for Lakers

10/5/2015
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Kobe Bryant plays in his first preseason game and USA TODAY Sports reporter Sam Amick updates his performance, and breaks down what to expect from the veteran and his team with Kevin Spain of USA TODAY Sports.

Duration: 00:04:25


Kevin Durant is back, what's it mean for Thunder?

9/23/2015
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The NBA A to Z guys Sam Amick and Jeff Zillgitt talk about what the announcement of Kevin Durant joining the team at the start of training camp means for the Oklahoma City Thunder and for Durant.

Duration: 00:07:06


What big name free agents could be leaving their teams?

6/26/2015
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The NBA free agency period is looming and Kevin Spain of USA TODAY Sports talks with the A to Z guys Sam Amick and Jeff Zillgitt about top free agents who could be with another team next season.

Duration: 00:04:24


Two guys who aren't your average ballers and what will Phil Jackson do?

6/24/2015
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Willie Cauley-Stein and Justise Winslow aren't your average basketball players and the NBA A to Z guys Sam Amick and Jeff Zillgitt discuss that with USA TODAY Sports' Kevin Spain. They also look at what Phil Jackson might do in his first draft with the New York Knicks.

Duration: 00:06:06


NBA Finals wrap and who will be looking to improve for next season

6/17/2015
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The NBA A to Z guys Sam Amick and Jeff Zillgitt break down the NBA Finals with USA TODAY Sports' Kevin Spain. They take a quick look at what teams might be active in free agency and who of the recently hired coaches will make the most impact on their team next season.

Duration: 00:05:52


NBA Finals Game 5 preview

6/12/2015
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Why are the NBA Finals setting ratings records? What happened in Game 4 and what do we expect in Game 5? Kevin Spain of USA TODAY Sports discusses that with NBA reporter Sam Amick.

Duration: 00:04:59