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NBA Free Agency Breakdown

On this week's NBA A to Z podcast, Insiders Sam Amick and Jeff Zillgitt break down the free agency period that was highlighted by Gordon Hayward's exit from Utah to Boston, the blockbuster trades of Chris Paul, Jimmy Butler and Paul George, and what's next when it comes to the league-wide attempt to unseat the Golden State Warriors as champs."

Duration: 00:44:19

Lawrence Frank, LA Clippers Executive Vice President of Basketball Operations

On this special edition NBA A to Z podcast, USA TODAY Sports Insider Sam Amick breaks down the Chris Paul trade with Clippers executive vice president of basketball operations Lawrence Frank. How did the trade with the Houston Rockets go down? What does life look like after Paul for the Clippers? How confident is he that free agent Blake Griffin will re-sign? Frank, who works with Doc Rivers and Jerry West and others in the Clippers' front office, dissects it all. "

Duration: 00:22:37

Mike D'Antoni, Houston Rockets Head Coach

On this week's NBA A to Z podcast, Insider Sam Amick talks with Houston Rockets coach Mike D'Antoni about the Chris Paul trade that shook the NBA. The former Clippers star will be joining forces with the Rockets' James Harden next season, and D'Antoni sheds light on how he'll make it all work and how - like so many other teams - Houston plans on gaining ground on the Golden State Warriors.

Duration: 00:15:15

Jamal Crawford, LA Clippers guard; NBA Draft discussion

On this week's NBA A to Z pod, USA TODAY Sports' Sam Amick talks with Clippers guard and three-time Sixth Man of the Year Jamal Crawford about the draft (he's close friends with prospective No. 1 pick Markelle Fultz), free agency (his Clippers have some of the biggest in Chris Paul and Blake Griffin) and why he takes so much pride in the Seattle roots that have continued to grow during his career.

Duration: 00:34:28

NBA Finals Preview; Brandon Payne, Steph Curry trainor

On this week's NBA A to Z podcast, USA TODAY Sports' Sam Amick and Jeff Zillgitt break down the three-match in the Finals between the Golden State Warriors and the Cleveland Cavaliers, and Sam talks to the longtime trainer for Warriors star Stephen Curry, Brandon Payne of Accelerate Basketball in Charlotte N.C.

Duration: 00:39:53

Enes Kanter, Oklahoma City Thunder; Dan Bailey, 'Father John Misty' drummer and NBA Fan

On this week's NBA A to Z podcast, we help pass the pre-Finals time with two very different interviews. NBA Insider Sam Amick talks to Oklahoma City Thunder forward Enes Kanter about his harrowing reality right now. The 25-year-old from Turkey was detained at an airport in Romania recently and held for several hours because of - as he sees it - his outspoken views about Turkish president Recep Erdogan. His situation has shed light on the troubling situation in Turkey, with Kanter having...

Duration: 00:55:39

Eastern & Western Conference Breakdowns; Jalen Rose

On this week's NBA A to Z pod, USA TODAY Sports' Sam Amick and Jeff Zillgitt break down the East and West Conference Finals, discuss what the Wizards do going forward after falling to Boston, and debate the controversial play that put the San Antonio Spurs' Kawhi Leonard on the sideline. Sam also talks with ESPN analyst Jalen Rose, who once infamously admitted to intentionally hurting Kobe Bryant on a similar play in the 2000 Finals.

Duration: 00:46:43

Sam & Jeff's NBA Postseason Breakdown

"On this week's NBA A to Z pod, reporters Sam Amick and Jeff Zillgitt take a break from their playoff travels to break down the postseason to this point. Is this this the best LeBron James has ever played? Can anyone beat the Cavs or Warriors, or are we headed toward an unprecedented third consecutive rematch in the Finals? Which teams pose the biggest threat? What's next for Toronto after they fell to Cleveland, and Utah after losing to the Warriors? "

Duration: 00:36:14

NBA Playoffs Round 2 Update; Ron Adams, Golden State Warriors

On this week's NBA A to Z podcast, Insiders Sam Amick and Jeff ZIllgitt break down the second round of the playoffs. Sam also talks to Golden State Warriors assistant coach Ron Adams, whose team will have to chase another title without Steve Kerr. The Warriors' ailing head coach is out indefinitely because of complications from back surgery he underwent two summers ago, and he isn't expected to return until the agonizing symptoms subside. Adams, who has been an NBA assistant since 1992 and...

Duration: 00:46:34

David Stern, former NBA Comissioner; Playoff Update with Sam and Jeff

On this week's NBA A to Z podcast, Insiders Sam Amick and Jeff Zilgitt talk playoffs with former NBA Commissioner David Stern. He weighs in on the early postseason action, discusses why he doesn't miss the league office after spending more than three decades there, and even admonishes one particular team for resting its players late in the season. "

Duration: 00:42:54

"NBA A to Z playoff podcast"

On this week's show, NBA Insiders Sam Amick and Jeff Zillgitt break down the early stages of the playoffs with TNT analyst and two-time champion Brent Barry. From the Cavaliers' defensive struggles to Memphis coach David Fizdale's "Take that for data" drop the mic moment and Barry's view of a possible Warriors-Spurs faceoff, they dive deep on the postseason. Barry also pulls the curtain back on his life as a jet-setting broadcaster who is widely respected for his dedication to the craft...

Duration: 00:40:25

"Western Conference playoff podcast"

On this special playoff edition of the NBA A to Z podcast, Sam Amick has in-depth conversations with Clippers coach and president of basketball operations Doc Rivers, Houston Rockets coach Mike D'Antoni and Portland Trailblazers star point guard Damian Lillard. They discuss it all heading into the postseason, from the stories of their respective regular seasons to the question of whether anyone will be able to beat the juggernaut Golden State Warriors.

Duration: 00:53:53

Oscar Robertson, NBA Legend; Rudy Gobert, Utah Jazz; Brian Kopp of Catapult Sports

On this week's NBA A to Z pod, USA TODAY Sports reporters Sam Amick and Jeff Zillgitt discuss their looming votes on regular season awards. Sam chats with the great Oscar Robertson about Russell Westbrook's historic season and how the Oklahoma City Thunder star caught him on the triple-double front. Sam also talks to Brian Kopp of Catapult Sports, an industry leader on the sports science front who has a lot to say about the value of rest and recovery in today's NBA. Lastly, Sam debates the...

Duration: 00:55:41

Billy Donovan, Oklahoma City Thunder coach; MVP Debate Pod

On this week's edition of the NBA A to Z podcast, Sam talks to Oklahoma City Thunder coach Billy Donovan about Russell Westbrook's special season and the question of how he sizes up against the Houston Rockets' James Harden in the MVP race. Donovan, the former Florida coach who joined the Thunder two summers ago, shares behind-the-scenes stories of Westbrook's winning ways and why his impact goes well beyond his numbers."

Duration: 00:37:35

Draymond Green, Golden State Warriors

In this week's A to Z, Sam sits down with the Warriors' Draymond Green to debate the Defensive Player of the Year award and discuss his well-known prowess on that end of the floor. How would he judge players if he had a vote, and why shouldn't Utah's Rudy Gobert or back-to-back winner Kawhi Leonard of the San Antonio Spurs win it? The two-time All-Star has been close to winning this honor the past two seasons, only to lose out to Leonard. But this year, with the Warriors again among the...

Duration: 00:26:48

A Deep Dive into the NBA Playoff Picture

On this week's episode of A to Z, Sam and Jeff dive deep on the playoff races in the East and the West as the regular season nears an end. Which teams have the toughest schedules? What are the MVP implications? Is an NBA Finals rematch still on tap between the Warriors and Cavs?"

Duration: 00:38:53

Around the NBA with Sam and Jeff

Sam and Jeff go around the league and look at the MVP race, the playoff picture, and much more.

Duration: 00:52:05

Tim Bontemps; NBA writer

This week on NBA A to Z, Sam Amick sits down with NBA writer Tim Bontemps of the Washington Post to talk about the Warriors' life without Kevin Durant and what it means, the MVP race, whether or not the Cavs are in trouble, and other topics from around the league.

Duration: 00:49:16

David Thorpe; ESPN analyst, coach, and author

On this week's NBA A to Z podcast, Sam and Jeff go around the league with David Thorpe, an ESPN analyst, longtime coach to NBA players and author of the new book, "Basketball is Jazz: Stories and lessons from a basketball lifer." From his view on the recent DeMarcus Cousins trade to New Orleans and whether it will work to his opinion of the Eastern Conference and whether the Cavs can defend their title, he shares his unique perspective on all things NBA while sharing a few stories along...

Duration: 00:53:29

Lakers blow it up, and DeMarcus Cousins trade talk

The tables are turned on USA TODAY’s Sam Amick. On this episode, he is the one aswering the questions instead of asking. USA TODAY’s NBA Editor Kevin Spain comes in to talk to Sam about the Los Angeles Lakers front office shake up. They discuss how this went down, with Magic Johnson taking over as president of basketball operations and Jim Buss and Mitch Kupchak being fired. Sam has interview Lakers owner and governor Jeanie Buss on several occasions and knew this kind of move was in the...

Duration: 00:40:33

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