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USA TODAY: NBA A to Z

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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

Isaiah Thomas, Cleveland Cavaliers; Carmelo Anthony, OKC Thunder

11/21/2017
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On this week's NBA A to Z podcast, Insider Sam Amick talks with the Cleveland Cavaliers' Isaiah Thomas about his comeback, the trade that brought his time in Boston to a stunning end, and the docu-series that he recently launched to document it all. He also talks with Carmelo Anthony abo

Duration: 00:34:10


Hall of Famer Bernard King on his new book

11/14/2017
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Jeff and Sam break down the Boston Celtics, Golden State Warriors, Cleveland Cavaliers, the three best teams in the NBA so far and much more. Then Jeff sits down with NBA Hall of Fame legend Bernard King to discuss his new book, his career, some disturbing revelations from his childhood, some racial issues he faced when he was a star at the University of Tennessee and the current state of the NBA. He discusses, as one of the greatest midrange shooters of all time, how would he fit into...

Duration: 01:02:48


NBA Power Rankings; Chris Paul, Houston Rockets; Malcolm Turner, NBA G League president Malcolm Turner

11/7/2017
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On this week's NBA A to Z pod, Insiders Sam Amick and Jeff Zillgitt are joined by our power rankings guru, AJ Neuharth-Keusch, to break down the wild start to this season. Sam also talks with Houston's Chris Paul about his delayed start with the Rockets due to knee injury, and NBA G League president Malcolm Turner about the NBA's minor league season that comes with many changes

Duration: 00:49:27


NBA early season struggles around the league, plus the inside scoop on the Bucks and Lakers

11/1/2017
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On this week's NBA A to Z, Insiders Sam Amick and Jeff Zillgitt break down the early season struggles of the Cavs and Warriors, Sam talks all things Bucks and Giannis Antekounmpo with Milwaukee Journal Sentinel beat writer Matt Velazquez, and Sam also breaks down the Lakers and the Lonzo Ball beat with Tania Ganguli of the LA Times and Bill Oram of the Orange County Register.

Duration: 00:57:41


Week 1 of the NBA Season, The Rookie Update, and Jeff Stotts from instreetclothes.com

10/25/2017
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On this week’s NBA A to Z podcast, USA TODAY’s Sam Amick and Jeff Zillgitt discuss the start of the NBA season, including Golden State’s uneven start, Cleveland’s rotation issues and a deep rookie class led by Ben Simmons and Lonzo Ball. Jeff and Sam also talk early-season injuries with certified athletic trainer Jeff Stotts, who operates the informative site instreetclothes.com.

Duration: 00:40:27


NBA Opening Night. Heyward's injury, Houston's victory, and much more.

10/18/2017
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On this week's NBA A to Z podcast, USA TODAY's Sam Amick and Jeff Zillgitt talk season-openers between Boston-Cleveland, Houston-Golden State and Gordon Hayward's horrific injury to his left ankle and leg. Plus, Sam and Jeff share details of life on the road.

Duration: 00:27:42


NBA A-Z from China; Steph Curry, Golden State Warriors; USAT NBA editor Mike Singer

10/10/2017
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On today's pod, Sam checks in after returning from covering the NBA pre-season action in China and breaks down all your hoops news with Jeff. Then we listen in to an interview Sam did with Steph Curry while in the far east. Lastly, USAT's NBA editor Mike Singer joins Jeff for a discussion on rookie extensions and more.

Duration: 01:10:06


NBA Season at a glance; Jason Lloyd, The Athletic

10/3/2017
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On this week’s NBA A to Z podcast, Sam and Jeff talk national anthem and potential issues for the NBA, Russell Westbrook’s long-term deal with the Oklahoma City Thunder, Dwyane Wade’s decision to join his good friend LeBron James on the Cleveland Cavaliers, and Jeff interviews The Athletic’s Jason Lloyd, who covers the Cavaliers and has a new book out detailing how the Cavs built their championship team.

Duration: 00:55:44


NBA A to Z is Back! Paul George, Oklahoma City Thunder

9/26/2017
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On this week's NBA A to Z podcast, Sam sits down with the Oklahoma City Thunder's Paul George to talk about his Pacers past, the Thunder present and his free agency future. Jeff and Sam preview this coming season after all the superstar shakeup over the summer.

Duration: 00:56:38


NBA Free Agency Breakdown

7/6/2017
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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

6/29/2017
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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

6/28/2017
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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

6/22/2017
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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

5/30/2017
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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

5/25/2017
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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

5/16/2017
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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

5/10/2017
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"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

5/2/2017
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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

4/25/2017
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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"

4/18/2017
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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

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