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USA TODAY: NBA A to Z

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Sam Amick and Jeff Zillgitt, two of the best and most respected journalists covering the NBA for the USA TODAY Network, get fans inside the game with this weekly podcast series, NBA A to Z. On each show, you will hear about what’s going on behind the scenes about the league and your favorite teams. Sam and Jeff interview the top people in the game – players, coaches, executives – to give you more of the story. They also break down the league, discussing who’s hot and who’s not, what trends you should be aware of and answer your questions.

Sam Amick and Jeff Zillgitt, two of the best and most respected journalists covering the NBA for the USA TODAY Network, get fans inside the game with this weekly podcast series, NBA A to Z. On each show, you will hear about what’s going on behind the scenes about the league and your favorite teams. Sam and Jeff interview the top people in the game – players, coaches, executives – to give you more of the story. They also break down the league, discussing who’s hot and who’s not, what trends you should be aware of and answer your questions.
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Sam Amick and Jeff Zillgitt, two of the best and most respected journalists covering the NBA for the USA TODAY Network, get fans inside the game with this weekly podcast series, NBA A to Z. On each show, you will hear about what’s going on behind the scenes about the league and your favorite teams. Sam and Jeff interview the top people in the game – players, coaches, executives – to give you more of the story. They also break down the league, discussing who’s hot and who’s not, what trends you should be aware of and answer your questions.

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Episodes

Lou Williams, L.A. Clippers; Gary Payton NBA Hall of Famer

1/15/2018
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On this week's NBA A to Z podcast, USA TODAY Sports' Sam Amick talks with the Clippers' Lou Williams about his career year that's coming in Season No. 13, the possibility that he might be traded by next month, the time he talked a would-be robber out of holding him up and much more. With All-Star weekend in Los Angeles coming next month, Sam also chats with the one-and-only Gary Payton about his All-Star picks and the major differences between today's NBA and his playing days.

Duration: 00:45:19


Kara Lawson, Former WNBA player and Current Washington Wizards TV Analyst

1/10/2018
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Jeff and Sam sit down with Kara Lawson and talk about her career, the Wizards, and the league.

Duration: 00:30:13


Kobe's Retirement, New Arenas, and the Christmas Day Games.

12/20/2017
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On this week's NBA A to Z podcast, Insiders Sam Amick and Jeff Zillgitt discuss the retirement of Kobe Bryant's Los Angeles Lakers jerseys, the new arenas being built in San Francisco and Milwaukee and the compelling Christmas Day games, including Golden State vs. Cleveland and Houston vs. Oklahoma City.

Duration: 00:36:14


Kareem Abdul Jabbar, NBA Hall of Famer

12/12/2017
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On this week's NBA A to Z podcast, Insiders Sam Amick and Jeff Zillgitt talk to the great Kareem Abdul-Jabbar about everything from hoops to social issues to his new book, "Becoming Kareem," and his work with the Coaches v. Cancer organization that is so dear to his heart. Kareem discusses his view of the way in which today's pro athletes have learned to use the power of their voices, and a number of other topics as well.

Duration: 00:26:25


Jamal Crawford, Minnesota Timberwolves

12/6/2017
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On this week's edition of the NBA A to Z podcast, Insider Sam Amick talks with three-time Sixth Man of the Year Jamal Crawford of the Minnesota Timberwolves on the eve of his reunion game against the LA Clippers. Crawford goes around the Association, sharing his view of title contenders and outstanding rookies alike.

Duration: 00:37:12


Breaking down the Western Conference Threats to the Warriors and the State of the Cavs.

11/28/2017
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On this week's NBA A to Z, USA TODAY Sports' Insiders Sam Amick and Jeff Zillgitt break down the would-be threats to the Warriors' throne. Can Houston, with Chris Paul back in the fold, pose a problem for Golden State? Might San Antonio survive the extended absence of Kawhi Leonard to truly challenge the champs? Jeff breaks down the most familiar foe of all, LeBron James' Cleveland Cavaliers, with beat writer Joe Vardon of Cleveland.com.

Duration: 00:50:36


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

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