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L'Affaire de Burner Accounts, Coffee Shop Kyrie, and More Top 100

Sep 22, 2017 - 01:10:42

On today's show Andrew Sharp and Ben Golliver talk through this week's Kevin Durant social media controversy, the summer of KD silencing the haters, and Golliver's thoughts on what we've learned from the past few days. At 25 minutes they answer more mail, with topics including: Kyrie Irving's triumphant and very much woke return to the media, Giannis' place in the NBA's top 10, John Wall vs. CP3, the value of Draymond Green, angry Bulls fans, the Wheel solution to the lottery, the future in New Orleans, the Swaggy/D'Angelo universe, Hoodie Melo, and more. 

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Our Five Favorite Games of All Time

Sep 19, 2017 - 01:03:37

On today's show Sharp and Golliver take a break from preview season to remember their five favorite games of all time. Highlights include: Reliving Damian Lillard's playoff game-winner against the Rockets, Steph Curry on a Saturday night in February, close encounters with Michael Jordan, Klay Thompson in Game 6, LeBron in Game 7, a field trip to Chapel Hill, and more. 

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Breaking Down the Top 100 NBA Players

Sep 15, 2017 - 01:25:01

On today's show Andrew Sharp and Ben Golliver are joined by Sports Illustrated's Rob Mahoney to talk through this year's list of the 100 best players in the NBA. Topics include: Elfrid Payton (96) vs. Dion Waiters and Malcolm Brogdon, the dynamism of Marvin Williams (88), Devin Booker (64) vs. Ben Golliver (not ranked), Avery Bradley (54) and Otto Porter (52) vs. Jae Crowder (44) and Danillo Gallinari (42), Boogie (23) vs. Gasol (24), Kyrie (21) vs. Conley (18), KD (2) vs. LeBron (1), and more. 

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MVP Odds, Sneaker Wars, and Lottery Reform

Sep 12, 2017 - 00:58:38

On today's show Andrew Sharp and Ben Golliver take an early look at the MVP odds for 2018, and talk through the contenders to watch. At 25 minutes, they talk through KD and Steph sneaker wars, the NBA's proposed lottery reform, and potential landing spots for DeMarcus Cousins. 

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The Nuclear Westbrook Trade, Anthony Davis, Future Hibberts

Sep 8, 2017 - 01:16:38

On today's show Andrew Sharp and Ben Golliver answer questions from listeners. First: Why hasn't Russell Westrbook signed his extension, and why can't Golliver see that Paul George and Westbrook will on the Cavs in six months? Then: Players lying about their height, the best way to steal a superstar, Kyrie believers and Kyrie haters, the reason everyone is talking about Anthony Davis' future, and the current All-Star most likely to disappear in a few years. At the end: Melo trade ideas, facts get in the way Lakers jokes, Process Talk, and the drone social network.

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Lakers Tampering, Kyrie in Boston, Early Over/Unders

Sep 6, 2017 - 01:11:24

On today's show Andrew Sharp and Ben Golliver return from their vacations and regroup after the past few weeks of NBA news. First they discuss the Lakers tampering charges. Was L.A.'s Paul George courtship business as usual, or a real problem for the NBA? If it's a problem, could it even be solved? At 20 minutes: More Kyrie Irving discussion, including expectations for this year's Celtics, the plight of Isaiah, and the debut of Coffee Shop Kyrie in Boston. At the end: they talk Nerlens Noel in Dallas, Ben's adventures in South Dakota, and win totals for the Sixers, Blazers, Wizards, and Lakers.

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A tribute to Australian basketball fans with NBA TV's Leigh Ellis

Aug 31, 2017 - 01:10:47

On today's show Ben Golliver pays tribute to Open Floor's Australian listeners with help from Leigh Ellis, an analyst on NBA TV's The Starters. Why are there so many rabid NBA fans in Australia? How did Ellis get into NBA hoops as a child in Sunbury in the 1980s? Ellis hails the 1987 All-Star Game, shows off his Rain Man recall of statistics, correctly names the greatest basketball card set of all time, and breaks down which 1980s stars would succeed in the modern era. Most importantly, he settles a debate between Golliver and Australian basketball legend Andrew Gaze: Did Australia tank a 2014 World Cup game against Angola? Note: Andrew Sharp is on vacation.

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Kyrie Irving traded for Isaiah Thomas: Winners, losers, predictions, repercussions and more

Aug 23, 2017 - 01:02:33

On today's show Andrew Sharp makes a triumphant return from vacation to join Ben Golliver for an emergency podcast breaking down the Cavaliers' trade of Kyrie Irving to the Celtics for a package that includes Isaiah Thomas, Jae Crowder and a first-round pick. Did Cleveland's rookie GM Koby Altman hit a home run? How will the move affect LeBron James's future with the Cavaliers? Why did Danny Ainge decide to trade for Irving when previous trades involving superstars repeatedly failed to materialize? Were Celtics fans ready to move on from Thomas? Will Irving thrive or stumble without James? Will Irving's return to Cleveland be the most anticipated regular-season game since LeBron's return to Cleveland with Miami? Who wins the East in 2018? And did the Warriors wind up the big winners yet again? 

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NBA hot seat watch with Danny Leroux

Aug 17, 2017 - 01:10:15

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 pick for a shake-up? Will Koby Altman be the last man standing in Cleveland? Is there any way Jeff Hornacek can overachieve in NY? Note: Andrew Sharp is on vacation.

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ESPN's Kevin Pelton breaks down RPM win projections

Aug 10, 2017 - 01:11:41

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, Golliver and Pelton reminisce about The Dontonio Wingcast, their long-lost NBA podcast, and the time Pelton jumped in front of Golliver's moving vehicle in Las Vegas. Note: Andrew Sharp is on vacation.

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

Aug 3, 2017 - 01:14:26

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 once he retires? What does a person's pick-up basketball game say about his character? Where does Ballard see long-form journalism headed in the mobile era? Note: Andrew Sharp is on vacation.

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

Jul 31, 2017 - 01:28:32

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 hotly-contested top three before offering some early thoughts on the 2018 list. Note: Sharp is on vacation.

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10 Questions about Kyrie Irving and the Cavs

Jul 24, 2017 - 01:24:37

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 Orleans ... what about Utah? Why haven't the Cavs looked to move Kevin Love? And is there a chance that all of this makes it more realistic for LeBron to stay in Cleveland? At the end: John Wall and the grand opening and grand closing of LeBron to DC rumors. 

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

Jul 20, 2017 - 01:17:01

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. Note: Andrew Sharp is on vacation.

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

Jul 14, 2017 - 01:04:01

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 could shoot" All-Stars? At the end: Recommendations for basketball books and a good drone price point, a deeply insulting NBA comparison, and some notes from an impromptu Open Floor field trip. 

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

Jul 12, 2017 - 01:00:04

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 talks about beat reporting with the Cavs and Warriors, the differences between the two teams, and the fashion advice he's gotten from Draymond Green. 

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

Jul 10, 2017 - 01:15:51

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 Nets offer sheet? Can the Kings make the playoffs in two years? What is the West field for next season? Where do the Bucks stand right now? And who can help find Jayson Tatum's missing ticket?

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LeBron's Next Move and Free Agency Winners and Losers

Jul 7, 2017 - 01:23:06

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 killing the Magic to save to East.

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

Jul 5, 2017 - 01:02:37

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. 

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The CP3 Trade, Goodbye Phil, and Free Agency Preview

Jun 30, 2017 - 01:23:56

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 Jackson? When will Anthony Davis be available? What about Russ? Who should the Sixers sign? Should the Wiz pay Otto? What can Denver do next? At 1:05: Early tales from NBA journalism, and Ben confronts an NBA Reddit setback.

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The NBA Awards, John Wall Dreams, and More Mailbag

Jun 27, 2017 - 01:16:37

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? Is it OK for Bulls fans to bandwagon other teams? Is the NBA in the middle of an international takeover? What are the best nicknames in the NBA? Where do the Hornets stand? And should the Kings have taken Malik Monk?

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

Jun 23, 2017 - 01:06:24

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 about Josh Jackson in Phoenix? What the hell is wrong with the Knicks? And was Porzingis skipping his exit interview actually the most respectful move he could make? 

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Draft Preview, Rumor Roundup, and Offseason Chaos

Jun 22, 2017 - 01:28:12

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, and address the best and worst offseason ideas they've heard all week. No, Giannis to Phoenix for Brandon Knight and Devin Booker does not make sense. But why can't Steph go to the Lakers?

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

Jun 19, 2017 - 01:08:25

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 should the Pacers look for in a Paul George deal? Would the '18 Nets pick be enough? Can Nike use illuminati powers to put him in Cleveland? And the question of the week: what will the Lakers do?

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

Jun 16, 2017 - 01:17:42

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 Ainge, NBA escape rooms, and we forgot to talk about Jerry West.

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The Warriors are NBA Champions

Jun 13, 2017 - 01:18:44

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 Warriors chant, Kyrie's top 100 ranking, and the summer of Gordo.

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

Jun 8, 2017 - 01:07:09

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 future of LeBron.

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

Jun 5, 2017 - 00:49:21

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.

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Warriors Game 1, Role Player's Revenge, and More Mailbag

Jun 2, 2017 - 01:24:25

On today's show, Andrew Sharp and Ben Golliver review Game 1 of the Finals and answer more questions from listeners. First: Is Kevin Durant still a "role player"? Do the Cavs have anyone who can guard him? What else did we learn from Game 1? Then: Who are history's greatest role players? If the Cavs could add anyone from a non-playoff team, would it be enough to swing the series? If LeBron gets swept for a second Finals, should that count against him in the MJ debate? What happens if these teams own the entire decade? What's Adam Silver's role in all this? And at the 60-minute mark: Next year's best hipster teams, war with the Sixers, Finnish hoops, and lectures from Australia.

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The NBA Finals Mailbag, aka Warriors-Cavs Take Roundup

May 31, 2017 - 01:08:47

On today's show, Andrew Sharp and Ben Golliver preview the NBA Finals with help from listeners. First, they debate how excited we should be about this series, and then: What can the Princess Bride tell us about Cavs-Warriors? Who are the favorites for Finals MVP? Does smallball favor LeBron or Golden State? Does Kyrie Irving have a neckbeard, and is Kyrie the most important player in the series? Are the Warriors the villains? Where do things stand with LeBron vs. Jordan? Is KD better off on a team that doesn't need him to lead? Is Steph Curry overrated? And what does a hedge fund psychologist say about the biggest factor in this series?

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Mailbag: CBA Regrets, Celtics vs. Sixers, Fake Trades

May 26, 2017 - 01:15:45

On today's show, Andrew Sharp and Ben Golliver meet live and in person to answer more questions from listeners. First: Does the NBA's designated player exception actually make sense? Will hurt more teams than it helps? Then: Would you rather have the Sixers future or the Celtics future? Is there any Porzingis trade that wouldn't end in riots? Is Lamarcus Aldridge still a top-30 player? Can Boogie work in DC? Who will run the Bucks? At the end: more on Lonzo v. Fox, the best Nets e-mail, and the rare splendor of the whooping crane.

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Spurs Religion, the 27-1 Warriors, and more

May 23, 2017 - 00:51:12

Description: On today's show Andrew Sharp and Ben Golliver talk through Warriors-Spurs after Game 4. What was it like in the stadium as Manu Ginobili (maybe) played his last game? What sets the Spurs apart? Are they still ignored, or properly appreciated? How will Manu be remembered? Then: Could this year's Warriors beat the Super Spurs -- with 2003 Tim Duncan, '05 Tony Parker, '07 Manu, '17 Kawhi, and '99 David Robinson? Is there too much focus on the Golden State stars? Can they go 16-0 in these playoffs? And at the end: an update from Cavs-Celtics, and visions of LeBron and LeBron Jr.

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Mailbag: "Vulnerable" Cavs, Celtics/Lakers, and more

May 19, 2017 - 01:19:14

On today's show, Andrew Sharp and Ben Golliver answer more questions from listeners, and they begin by addressing the fools who doubted the Cavs two months ago. Plus: How great is LeBron right now? How bright is the Celtics future? Is the world ready for heat check Danny Ainge? What will the Lakers do at number two? Should they make a deal for Paul George? Plus: What will the Wizards do after this playoff run? Should they sign Otto Porter? Was Game 7 worth it? At the hour-mark: T'Wolves lottery corrections, Game 7 condolences, favorite podcasts, and Golliver gets someone a job.

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Our Premature Post-Lottery Mock Draft

May 17, 2017 - 00:53:46

On a special draft episode of Open Floor, Andrew Sharp is joined by SI's Jeremy Woo to run through picks 1-14 from Woo's initial mock draft after the lottery. Questions include: How unfair are the Celtics now? Could the Lakers pass on Lonzo? Is Ben Simmons worth the complications he creates in Philly? Did the Suns secretly get lucky at the lottery? And where do the Kings go from here? Plus: thoughts on Jonathan Isaac in Minnesota, Malik Monk in New York, Justin Patton in Denver, and more.

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Warriors Game 1, Wizards-Celtics, and Lottery Scenarios

May 15, 2017 - 01:00:57

On today's show, Andrew Sharp and Ben Golliver begin by breaking down Game 1 of Warriors-Spurs, with Golliver sharing thoughts from the scene at Oracle. Then they revisit Game 6 of the Wizards-Celtics series and Sharp shares his experience watching in D.C., and they offer some final thoughts before Game 7. At the end, they spend 15 minutes simulating the lottery simulator on Tankathon and discussing various scenarios that may emerge.

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CSI James Harden, the Future Spurs, and More Mailbag

May 12, 2017 - 01:23:50

On today's show Andrew Sharp and Ben Golliver talk through the playoffs with more help from listeners. First: What the hell happened to James Harden in Game 6? How much will this affect how he and the Rockets are viewed going forward? How much should it affect MVP discussions? Then: Where do things stand for LaMarcus Aldridge in San Antonio? How will the Spurs build around Kawhi? What's wrong with Cavs-Warriors III? Will the Finals be sponsored by Mack Weldon? Should Giannis and Ben Simmons play more center? Does the NBA need to reinvent the lottery? At the end: The best fake Celtics team, James Harden's gucci sweatshirt, all-international teams, Game of Thrones, and useless skills.

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The Kevin Durant Conversation, Draymond Brilliance, Porzingis Emojis

May 9, 2017 - 01:08:05

On today's show, Andrew Sharp and Ben Golliver take a break from the playoffs to talk about Kevin Durant in Golden State. Is this good for the league? Is it good for Durant? Would the playoffs be more interesting if he were somewhere else? And how long will Golden State's reign last? Plus: Draymond Green is the most enjoyable player in the postseason, Porzingis emoji theories, a Raptors postscript, and quick thoughts on John Wall and Wizards-Celtics after four games.

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The Kelly Oubre Game, Lonzo Sneakers, and More Mailbag

May 5, 2017 - 01:16:47

On today's show, Andrew Sharp and Ben Golliver break down the playoffs with more questions from listeners. They begin by discussing the Kelly Oubre incident in Washington, the potential fallout for the rest of the series, and anything else that could be learned from Game 3. Then: How much has Isaiah Thomas proved this postseason, and what makes him so dangerous? Should the Celtics pay him? What can the Raptors do this summer? Is Steph the best bargain in NBA history? Who are the best and worst players to watch in Rockets-Spurs? At the end: A discussion of the new Lonzo Ball sneakers, conspiracy theories, Instagram, and Iverson.

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Disrespectful Game 1s, Celtics-Wiz, and Clipper Darkness

May 2, 2017 - 01:07:51

On today's show Sharp and Golliver begin by breaking down the blowouts in San Antonio and Cleveland. They discuss the dominance of LeBron James and the marvelous disrespect of the Cavs, and from there they discuss whether three-pointing shooting could go too far from a fan's perspective. Then they consider the most extreme example, with the Rockets shooting LaMarcus Aldridge and the Spurs off the court. In the second half they talk Wizards-Celtics after Game 1, the dark future of the Clippers, and Golden State's feelings on the age old Utah vs. Los Angeles debate.

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Mailbag: Bucks/Raptors, Final Westbrook Thoughts, and Musecage Candidates

Apr 29, 2017 - 01:12:22

On today's podcast, Andrew Sharp and Ben Golliver pick up the pieces from the playoffs with help from listeners. Questions include: Should DeMar Derozan haters apologize after the past week? How good can the Bucks be with Giannis Antetokuonmpo? Had Larry Bird lost his touch? Why haven't the Wizards made a statement against the Hawks? Which players are most in need of some time in their musecage? What are the final thoughts on the Rockets and Russ? Who is the angriest person in the playoffs? At the end: Lakers and Lonzo, Gregg Popovich the oenophile, and Suns accountability for Golliver.

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Weekend Recap: Celtics-Bulls, Podium Russ, Terminator Kawhi

Apr 24, 2017 - 01:00:10

On today's show, Andrew Sharp and Ben Golliver connect for a late night recap of the playoff weekend. They begin by discussing the Celtics-Bulls Game 4, including perplexing lineup choices from Fred Hoiberg and a dominant second half from Isaiah Thomas. Then: recapping Westbrook in Game 4 and Westbrook at the podium, thoughts on Steve Kerr's health, Blake Griffin's future, and the battle between Kawhi Leonard and Mike Conley in Memphis Saturday night. At the end: goodbye to Paul George and the Pacers.

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Raptors Meltdown, the Bulls Campaign, and Playoff Nonsense

Apr 21, 2017 - 01:22:00

On today's show, Andrew Sharp and Ben Golliver sort through the NBA Playoffs with help from listeners. First: They answer question about the Raptors ongoing struggles in the playoffs and the upset potential against the Bucks. Then: How wrong was Sharp about Thon Maker? Will confirmation bias ruin the Russ/Harden showdown? Could Paul George end up on the Cavs? Are the Bulls the NBA's version of Donald Trump's campaign? Are the Celtics paying the price for patience at the trade deadline? Do people understand how unfair Draymond Green is? Do people understand how good John Wall is? At the end: Ben Googles Kendrick Lamar, updates to the Open Floor altitude contest, and NBA relationship advice.

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Paul George is Grumpy, Fizdale Goes Electric, the Knicks are the Knicks

Apr 18, 2017 - 00:59:00

On today's episode, Andrew Sharp and Ben Golliver welcome the arrival of playoff chippiness and grumpiness across the league. They begin by talking about Paul George's sudden turn toward podium drama, the dynamics at work in Indiana, and options for the future. From there, they salute David Fizdale for edging out Kawhi Leonard as Spurs-Grizzlies MVP, take stock of Celtics-Bulls, the state of Blake Griffin and the Clippers, and the Giannis coming out party in Toronto. At the end: Carmelo's having a terrible week, and Phil Jackson's triangle obsession is even worse than we thought.

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Playoff Preview and Awards Mailbag Extravaganza

Apr 14, 2017 - 01:25:45

On today's episode, Andrew Sharp and Ben Golliver preview the playoffs with help from listeners. First, Golliver makes an early upset pick in the East, Sharp picks his favorite future bets, and they discuss whether it's actually healthy for the Bulls to make a playoff push. Then: Could the Bucks scare the Raptors? Who's got the better Big 3 in Clips-Jazz, and who's got the most enticing free agent this summer? Did John Wall deserve MVP love? Did Rich Paul mastermind an Eastern Conference playoff conspiracy? Is Kyrie Irving overrated? At 45 minutes, they re-enter the MVP discussion, and then select other awards such as Least Valuable Player, Coldest Take, League Pass All-Star Teams, 6'10 All-Stars vs. 6'4 All-Stars, Hipster MVP, and more. At the end: They say goodbye to the regular season by resolving the Nutella pronunciation debate.

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MVP Arguments and More: Breaking Down Our Awards Ballots

Apr 11, 2017 - 01:17:33

On today's show, Andrew Sharp and Ben Golliver explain their ballots for the NBA's end-of-year awards. They begin by clearing up some confusion about whether they actually have official votes, and it turns out that both of them do. Then they spend the next 25 minutes arguing about the MVP conversation and explaining their choices. From there, they talk through their picks for Most Improved (Giannis ... or Waiters?), Rookie of the Year (Embiid), Defensive Player of the Year (Gobert? Draymond?), and more. They finish by questioning the NBA's All-NBA system, picking their teams, and looking ahead to the playoffs.

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Mailbag: Alien Invasions, Cavs Panic Update, Ernie Johnson

Apr 7, 2017 - 01:21:20

On today's show, Andrew Sharp and Ben Golliver answer more questions from listeners. What's the best starting five if the NBA has to play a team of aliens? What did Wednesday night's game say about the Cavs? What did it say about the Celtics and the rest of the East? Would the Lakers ever trade D'Angelo Russell to the Nets? Who will be more beat-up by the playoffs: the Rockets or Spurs? What moves could the Wolves make going forward? Can the NBA Lottery give us a new Bird-Magic rivalry? At the end: Ben shares thoughts on Ernie Johnson after his feature, they talk about defensive player of the year, Lance Stephenson and the Devin Booker butterfly effect, and the definitive pronunciation for nutella.

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Title Game, Magic Mistakes, Random Weekend Notes

Apr 4, 2017 - 00:58:02

On today's show, Andrew Sharp and Ben Golliver celebrate the regular season dog days by bouncing all over the map. They begin with a few preliminary notes from Sharp's time with Markelle Fultz on Monday afternoon, and then shift to a recap of Monday night's uninspiring NCAA title game. Then: Reactions to the Magic's social media gaffe on Monday, including some of Golliver's experience with past front office mistakes. At the end: an apology to Jusuf Nurkic, thoughts on the Cavs continued struggles, the Wizards' officiating complaints, potential regrets for the Celtics, and a good ol' fashioned Tankathon simulation.

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Mailbag: Warriors Back, Nurkic Rising, Nuggets Reality Check

Mar 31, 2017 - 01:21:07

On today's show, Andrew Sharp and Ben Golliver field more questions from listeners. They begin with an update on the Warriors, who are as terrifying as ever and look poised to remove the drama from the NBA playoffs. Then: How real is the Jusuf Nurkic revolution in Portland? Who should win the MVP if we were voting based on acceptance speeches? Does Russ really have as much talent as Harden? Who is the most improved player in the league? Why haven't any coaches been fired this year? What should we make of Kobe's Musecage project? And how concerned should we be about the Nuggets future? At the end: updates on Golliver's chess game, Sharp's half-baked celebrity theories, and the NBA's version of a peanut butter taco.

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The Annual Cavs Meltdown, Devin Booker, and 7 Hopeless Franchises

Mar 29, 2017 - 01:08:35

On today's show, Andrew Sharp and Ben Golliver take stock of the Cavs after a particularly rough stretch of losses as the playoffs approach. Are people around the NBA overreacting or not reacting enough? How much do the defensive issues matter? Is Iman Shumpert actually good? And can anyone in the East actually beat them in seven games? Plus: Some thoughts on James Harden and the MVP race, reactions to Devin Booker's 70-point explosion in Boston, and Ben's notes on the 7 most hopeless franchises in basketball.

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Mailbag: Russ vs. Harden, PB+J, Draft Talk

Mar 24, 2017 - 01:07:24

On today's show, Andrew Sharp and Ben Golliver take more questions from listeners. Discussion includes thoughts on the top five players to start a team with, James Harden's last season in Houston, the rise of the Milwaukee Bucks, the NBA's addiction to peanut butter and jelly, the future of Markelle Fultz, and what's waiting for teams in the draft.

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Warriors-Thunder, Rest Referendum, and Ubuntu Drama

Mar 21, 2017 - 00:52:41

On today's show, Andrew Sharp and Ben Golliver recap another one-sided Thunder/Warriors matchup. They talk Steph Curry's value over the past few years and what he still has left to prove, the matchup problems Golden State creates for OKC, and Sharp gives an update to bad Westbrook takes from last week's pod. Then: Golliver reports from Staples Center, aka ground zero of the NBA's latest war over superstars and rest, and they discuss possible solutions to a problem that's not going away. At the end: Rajon Rondo is having a party and Ray Allen is not invited.

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Mailbag: Tournaments, Tankathon, and LaVar Ball

Mar 17, 2017 - 01:04:19

On today's show, Andrew Sharp and Ben Golliver answer more questions from listeners. Including: Who's tanking the hardest? Where is the best place for Lonzo Ball, and how will NBA teams feel about his Dad? In an eighth-seed tournament, who are the favorites in the East and West? How vulnerable are the Warriors right now? Is Rick Carlisle the best coach for a bad team? How scary are the Miami Heat? Should KD's departure factor into Russell Westbrook's MVP case? And who would win an NBA 2-on-2 tournament?

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BONUS EPISODE Ice Cube Talks BIG3, His 3-on-3 Basketball League

Mar 15, 2017 - 00:16:49

Ice Cube joined Open Floor for a special bonus episode to talk about the Big 3 basketball league, his dream three-man team, acting roles he turned down and much more.

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Breaking Down the March Madness Draft Prospects

Mar 14, 2017 - 01:00:09

On today's show, SI draft guru Jeremy Woo subs in for Ben Golliver and joins Andrew Sharp to talk through this year's draft class on the eve of March Madness. Who's been rising, who's falling, and why could this year's tournament have a bigger impact than most? Includes thoughts on: Markelle Fultz, Lonzo Ball, Jayson Tatum, Josh Jackson, Malik Monk, De'Aaron Fox, Lauri Markkanen, Justin Jackson, Luke Kennard, and more.

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Mailbag: Inside the NBA and Nurkic Fever

Mar 10, 2017 - 00:57:58

On today's show, Andrew Sharp and Ben Golliver recap a night at Inside The NBA, and then answer questions from listeners. Topics include: Jusuf Nurkic, Steph Curry, MVP hot takes, Gordon Hayward and the Jazz, basketball nerdery, and more.

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Kawhi's MVP Case, and Can the Lakers Steal Blake?

Mar 7, 2017 - 00:46:57

On today's show, Andrew Sharp and Ben Golliver break down Kawhi Leonard's dominant performance against James Harden and the Rockets, and what it says about the MVP race. Then: a reminder that the Clippers are the most unpredictable team in the league, a Magic-and-Blake conspiracy theory, and some tanking scenarios for the final few weeks.

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Mailbag: Simulated Universe, Kawhi vs. LeBron, and Rookie Awards

Mar 3, 2017 - 01:11:12

On today's show, Andrew Sharp and Ben Golliver take more questions from listeners. Including: Does KD's injury prove that we're living in a simulated universe? Is Avery Bradley being overlooked as an X-factor for the Celtics? Should the Sixers cut Jahlil Okafor? Could your wife coach the Spurs? Can two crazy teammates co-exist? For the next five years, would you rather have LeBron James or Kawhi Leonard? How can we fix the Rookie of the Year voting? And how much money would it take to buy the Knicks from James Dolan?

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Emergency KD Pod

Mar 1, 2017 - 00:33:15

On today's show, Andrew Sharp and Ben Golliver connect for an emergency pod to talk through Tuesday night's Kevin Durant injury, why today's news was a relief, and what it could mean for the rest of the season.

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Pelicans, Raptors, and picking Up the Pieces Post-Deadline

Feb 28, 2017 - 00:45:34

On today's show Andrew Sharp and Ben Golliver pick up the pieces after the trade deadline and offer some reality checks around the league. Talk includes: Challenges for the Pelicans, injuries for the Raptors, Celtics and Wizards struggles, Cavs buyout options, and some internet wars with Javale McGee and Mark Cuban.

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Deadline Mailbag: Celtics, Bulls, Raptors, and More

Feb 24, 2017 - 01:16:13

On today's show, Andrew Sharp and Ben Golliver answer questions from listeners and pick up the pieces after a day of trades and near-trades. Questions include: What happened with the Celtics? Does anyone know what the Bulls are doing? Did Paul George just pledge allegiance to Magic Johnson? How badly did the Sixers miss at the deadline? Will Sam Presti's moves ever buy him Harden immunity? Is the league ready for the Bojan era in DC? If Masai Ujiri is calling, should you answer? And is Vivek Ranadive trying to "Foxcatcher" Buddy Hield?

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Boogie Trade, Boogie Trade, BOOGIE TRADE

Feb 20, 2017 - 01:04:25

On today's show, Andrew Sharp and Ben Golliver try to make sense of the DeMarcus Cousins deal on Sunday night. First, Golliver gives notes from the scene after the All-Star Game in New Orleans. Then: Is this worse than the Harden trade? Why couldn't the Kings have waited a few days? How much value did Cousins really have? And what will this mean for the Pelicans and the rest of the NBA? At the end: They recap their experiences in New Orleans, including behind the scenes of Aaron Gordon's dunk contest, and playing 1-on-1 with Joel Embiid.

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Mailbag: All-Star Preview, MVP theories, Sixers

Feb 17, 2017 - 00:53:48

On today's show, Andrew Sharp and Ben Golliver check in from New Orleans with some thoughts headed into All-Star Weekend, then answer questions from listeners. Includes: Who will Kerr play next to his four Warriors? Isn't the NBA more fun with crappy GMs? Does Kawhi Leonard have an MVP case? What's going on with the Sixers? Who is the most boring player in the NBA? And what fake trades of the past should have happened in real life?

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How Much Can Ibaka Change the East?

Feb 14, 2017 - 00:54:14

On today's show, Andrew Sharp and Ben Golliver react to an Ibaka Raptors trade that broke just before they began recording. Coupled with news of Kevin Love's knee injury, the East feels more wide open than ever. But how wide open is it, really? Should Cleveland feel threatened? Will Toronto bring back this nucleus next year? Does the Ibaka deal put pressure on the Celtics and Wizards? How do the Warriors factor into this equation? Plus: They debate the specifics of Denver and Portland's Nurkic/Plumlee deal, and recap an underwhelming Warriors/Thunder rematch in OKC.

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Knicks, Bucks, and More Mailbag

Feb 10, 2017 - 01:10:00

On today's show, Andrew Sharp and Ben Golliver take questions from listeners and discuss the state of the Knicks after an especially Knickstastic week. Then they address the bad Jabari Parker news in Milwaukee, and why it's so concerning for the Bucks. From there: What's the most under-reported story around the NBA? Why isn't anyone talking about the Jazz? What can the Pistons do about Reggie Jackson? Should the playoffs be re-seeded across both conferences? At the end: an update on Draymond's ongoing psychology experiment.

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Cavs-Wizards Delivers, And Boogie Strikes Again

Feb 7, 2017 - 00:46:33

On today's show, Andrew Sharp and Ben Golliver recap the wild matchup between the Wizards and Cavs in Washington D.C. Monday night. What did we learn about the Wizards? What does any of this mean for the Cavs? Is LeBron's dominance taken for granted? And why are we still talking about Love-for-Melo? Plus: A report on another Kings meltdown, and some thoughts on the Zach LaVine news in Minnesota.

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Extended Mailbag

Feb 3, 2017 - 01:17:37

On today's show, Andrew Sharp and Ben Golliver answer more questions with an extended mailbag. Includes: Who are the five worst managed teams in basketball? Would you rather have Dwyane Wade on your team or Dion Waiters? Are the Wizards for real? How far can the Raptors fall? When should teams tank, and when they should they push for the playoffs? Are the Cavs still a foregone conclusion in the East? At the end: Their most memorable in-game experiences, the best options for a time machine, and some unpopular NBA opinions.

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LeBron vs. Barkley, and Celtics Questions

Jan 31, 2017 - 00:53:42

On today's show, Andrew Sharp and Ben Golliver do a close reading of LeBron James' takedown of Charles Barkley. Where was he wrong? Where was he right? Did he call Charles Barkley broke? Is Sheriff LeBron the new Subtweet LeBron? Plus: They answer some leftover Celtics questions at the end, and discuss one darkhorse Carmelo Anthony destination.

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Mailbag: The Bulls, #TheFuneral, and The Return of Subtweet LeBron

Jan 28, 2017 - 01:03:56

On today's show, Andrew Sharp and Ben Golliver take questions from listeners and recap a wild week in the NBA. First, there is a dramatic reading of Rajon Rondo's Instagram post, and a discussion of the mess in Chicago. Then, a recap of the Wizards-Celtics funeral earlier in the week, a celebration of Subtweet LeBron's triumphant return, an important Milos Teodosic idea, and Carmelo trade dreams. At the end: Would Kevin Durant's OKC superteam (with Durant, Russ, Harden, and Ibaka) beat Kevin Durant's Warriors superteam?

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Choose Your Bandwagon: Rockets/Spurs, Celtics/Raps, Kristaps/Jokic

Jan 24, 2017 - 00:59:15

On today's show, Andrew Sharp and Ben Golliver choose from bandwagons around the league. Rockets or Spurs? Celtics or Raptors? Kristaps or Jokic? Plus: They discuss the Lakers coming back to earth, the future of the Pelicans, the differences between Stan Van Gundy and Tom Thibodeau, and a trade target for the Nuggets.

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Mailbag: All-Star Starters, Sixers, and Playoff Dreams

Jan 20, 2017 - 01:08:43

On today's show, Andrew Sharp and Ben Golliver talk through Thursday night's All-Star voting results, including some peculiar player votes, and the triumph of DeMar Derozan. Then they answer more questions about the Sixers, the Wizards, NBA what ifs, contracts in the new CBA, their ideal playoff fields in the East, the NBA's best new names, life with Matt Bonner, and more. At the end: An update on the science of Draymond Green cursing out Kevin Durant.

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Cavs-Warriors Takeaways, and Final All-Star Ballots

Jan 17, 2017 - 01:05:40

On today's show, Andrew Sharp and Ben Golliver take stock of Cavs-Warriors after Golden State's blowout on MLK Day. What's the biggest lesson for the Warriors? How outrageous was LeBron's flop? How much did we learn before the Finals? Then, both Sharp and Golliver have All-Star votes this year, so they reveal their picks for the starters in NOLA, and nerd out trying to sort through potential reserves. At the end: a recap of Process Night in DC, and a new rock bottom for the Blazers.

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Mailbag: Knicks, Future Title Teams, Draymond Psychology

Jan 13, 2017 - 01:01:47

On today's show, Andrew Sharp and Ben Golliver take questions on the state of the Knicks. How will Derrick Rose be remembered? Where does Carmelo make sense? What's the plan? Then: Switching skills among superstars, the future for Embiid and McConnell, personal All-Star teams, CJ McCollum trade ideas, the best bets to win titles in the next 10 years, and the science behind Draymond's approach to Kevin Durant.

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Warriors Look Human, and the East Arms Race Begins

Jan 10, 2017 - 00:53:18

On today's episode, Andrew Sharp and Ben Golliver take a closer look at the Warriors in the wake of this weekend's collapse against the Grizzlies. Topics include Draymond's role, Kevin Durant and Steph Curry in the clutch, Steve Kerr's coaching, Andre Iguodala's health, and how many of these issues will actually make a difference in June. Plus: Some thoughts on the Cavs' deal for Kyle Korver, Atlanta's confusing rebuilding project, Jimmy Butler rumors, and whether the Celtics and Raptors should make a move in the next month.

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Mailbag: Giannis, Free Agent Remorse, and Apathy All-Stars

Jan 6, 2017 - 01:12:51

On today's show, Andrew Sharp and Ben Golliver answer more questions from listeners, but first they talk about the initial batch All-Star votes. Then, they take 15 minutes to go nuts over Giannis Antetokuonmpo after what happened against the Knicks Wednesday night. Then they talk an alternate Harrison Barnes timeline in L.A., Goran Dragic trade ideas, underrated defenders, injury immunity, NBA siblings. Plus: Who are the most apathetic great players of all time?

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George Karl has takes, and everyone's dropping 50

Jan 3, 2017 - 00:48:31

On today's episode, Andrew Sharp and Ben Golliver talk through the recent comments from George Karl about Damian Lillard, Carmelo Anthony, officiating, PEDs, and more. Then they respond to the weekend's scoring outbursts from Isaiah Thomas and James Harden in light of Charles Barkley's recent NBA criticisms. At the end, they throw out some Paul Millsap trade ideas for 2017.

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Mailbag: Warriors/Cavs, Wizards, and Growth Spurts

Dec 30, 2016 - 00:55:54

On today's show, Andrew Sharp and Ben Golliver answer more questions from listeners. Topics include: reactions to the Warriors and Cavs on Christmas, the best league pass commentators, potential expansion destinations, Otto Porter and the Wizards, and which NBA player would benefit most from a four-inch growth spurt?

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Boogie's Holiday Spirit, and Quarter Awards Picks

Dec 22, 2016 - 01:05:40

On today's episode, Andrew Sharp and Ben Golliver relive DeMarcus Cousins' wild night against the Blazers (55 points, ejection, un-ejection), and respond to the Sacramento Bee's video release over the weekend. Then they hand out awards for MVP, Rookie of the Year, Coach of the Year, Biggest Surprise, Worst Use of Social Media, Best Beef, and more.

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An In-Depth Look at LeBron James With SI Senior Writer Lee Jenkins

Dec 15, 2016 - 00:53:48

SI Senior Writer Lee Jenkins discusses his Sportsperson of the Year Story on LeBron James and more.

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Re-drafting the 2014 Draft

Dec 13, 2016 - 00:58:11

On today's show, Andrew Sharp and Ben Golliver catch up on the weekend's results, and then look back at the 2014 NBA Draft. What would the board look like if they re-drafted today? They discuss Joel Embiid, Andrew Wiggins, Nikola Jokic, Clint Capela, Rodney Hood, Julius Randle, Marcus Smart, and more names from an especially weird year at the Draft.

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The Week in Warriors, and More Mailbag

Dec 9, 2016 - 01:04:41

On today's show, Andrew Sharp and Ben Golliver look back at the Warriors-Clippers, Klay going nuts, and the week that gave us the full spectrum of the Warriors experience. Then they answer mailbag questions. What should the Nuggets do? Does the NBA have more good centers, or more good point guards? Second-favorite team in case of emergencies? Would you let LeBron James throw a basketball at your face? And what is the NBA's Battle of Agincourt?

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What Changed for Harden?

Dec 6, 2016 - 01:02:48

On today's show, Andrew Sharp and Ben Golliver give some long overdue love to James Harden in Houston. After Golliver's sitdown with him in LA, they talk about his MVP case, the sneaker wars, the new pieces in Houston, and whether the Rockets are as good as their record suggests. Plus: More Draymond drama in Golden State, Steve Kerr's marijuana comments, and Golliver's new magazine story on the Clippers, Raptors, and how to chase superteams.

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Mailbag: Grizzlies, Hinkie, Giannis

Dec 2, 2016 - 01:11:58

On today's show, Andrew Sharp and Ben Golliver answer reader questions. First, they apologize for jinxing Mike Conley, and spend 10 minutes on the Grizzlies. Next they discuss Chris Ballard's excellent profile of Sam Hinkie, and where to send Nerlens Noel and Jahlil Okafor. Also: Is Giannis a real-life Monstar? Is Zach LaVine actually good? Who has the best (and worst) nicknames in the league? What's the best Boogie trade? And who are the NBA comps for Sharp and Golliver as pickup players?

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Thanksgiving Leftovers: Thunder, Blazers, and more

Nov 29, 2016 - 00:57:10

On today's show Sharp and Golliver run through notes from Thanksgiving week in the NBA. The Thunder rebounded from two ugly losses with two very impressive wins, while the Blazers are under-.500 and officially struggling. Plus: Nick Young had his Jordan in Utah moment, the Wolves and Pelicans are lurking in the West, the league's parity is working better than it seems, and at the end, it's time to talk about Marc Gasol and Mike Conley in Memphis.

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First month lessons and NBA turkeys

Nov 22, 2016 - 00:58:26

Before a break, Andrew Sharp and Ben Golliver talk through lessons from the first month of the season, including the rise of the Clippers, the resurgence of the Warriors, and the stupidity of NBA instant replay. Plus: Phil Jackson in New York, Byron Scott in the NBA, and more NBA turkeys.

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Mailbag: Most Improved Players, NBA Survival Squads

Nov 18, 2016 - 01:04:58

In their first mailbag, Andrew Sharp and Ben Golliver answer questions about George Hill in Utah, Carmelo Anthony in New York, and the most improved players across the NBA. Plus: An ugly TNT Thursday, KAT vs. Embiid, and if you had to choose four players to join you in a hand-to-hand battle against five other NBA stars, who would you choose?

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Ranking the Stranded Superstars

Nov 15, 2016 - 00:57:33

On today's show Sharp and Golliver take a look at DeMarcus Cousins in Sacramento, and the other superstars stranded around the NBA. Between Cousins, John Wall, Paul George, Anthony Davis, Carmelo Anthony, and Jimmy Butler, who's the most desperate for a new home? Plus: They talk Andrew Wiggins' 47 points on the Lakers, the rise of the Clippers, and a ridiculous Klay Thompson trade rumor.

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The Cavs go to the White House

Nov 11, 2016 - 00:50:22

On today's show, Sharp and Golliver discuss LeBron James and the Cavs after their trip to the White House on the same day as Donald Trump, along with their own thoughts on the election, and the general reactions of NBA players and coaches around the league. Plus: Ben visits the Kings' new arena for a Lakers-Kings blockbuster, the Heat are afraid of ghosts, and Paul George is here to give you hope.

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League Pass Notes: Lakers, Suns, Kings, Mavericks

Nov 8, 2016 - 00:53:42

On today's show, Sharp and Golliver run through notes from watching the NBA over the weekend, beginning with thoughts on both Lakers-Warriors and Lakers-Suns. From there, they move to Raptors-Kings, Pacers-Bulls and Paul George's ejection, and Mavericks-Bucks, including Mark Cuban's media ban on ESPN reporters Marc Stein and Tim McMahon.

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Recapping Russ-KD Round One

Nov 4, 2016 - 00:54:15

On today's show Sharp and Golliver talk through the various storylines to emerge from Kevin Durant's outrageous night at Oracle. Plus: The Cavs look dominant, DeMar DeRozan is on a mission to prove Sports Illustrated wrong, and John Wall is looking for respect on the Wizards.

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Clips-Jazz, Bulls and the Basketball Internet Stock Watch, and Oladipo in OKC

Nov 1, 2016 - 00:52:43

On today's show Sharp and Golliver take a look at the Clippers, Jazz, and the Halloween scene at LA live. They also look at the stock of the Kings, the Bulls and the basketball internet after Week 1, and then finish talking OKC and the Oladipo extension before Thursday night's Warriors game.

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Warriors Reality Check, the Baby Lakers, and Processing Week 1

Oct 28, 2016 - 00:51:29

Description: In today's episode, Andrew Sharp and Ben Golliver take a look at the biggest Warriors questions after their opening night blowout against the Spurs. Plus: the Lakers arrive in LA, Embiid debuts in Philly, Lillard takes over in Portland, the Wolves stumble in Memphis, and Canada hates Ben.

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KD and Russ, NBA Buy or Sell, and the State of Draymond

Oct 25, 2016 - 00:46:13

With NBA season finally (almost) here, Andrew Sharp and Ben Golliver discuss the launch of The Crossover at Sports Illustrated, and the dueling Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant cover stories that hit newsstands last week. Plus: Buy or sell for the Clippers, Blazers, Jazz, Hornets, and more. And at the end, some thoughts on Draymond Green and his role in Golden State.

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NBA Preview: Title picks and 20 questions before the year to come

Oct 19, 2016 - 00:50:14

In the final installment of this year's NBA Preview, Andrew Sharp and Ben Golliver field 20 questions from the rest of SI's NBA staff. Topics include: Steph vs. Durant, coaches on the hotseat, lockout discussion, Blake vs. Draymond, life with Rajon Rondo and much more.

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West preview: Wolves arguments, Warriors titles and more

Oct 17, 2016 - 01:01:08

In part two of their NBA Preview, Andrew Sharp and Ben Golliver are back to preview the Western Conference. Questions include: Will the Lakers keep their (top-3 protected) pick this year? Who finishes higher between the Jazz and Blazers? How good can the Wolves be in Year 1 with Thibs? And what's the over/under for Warriors titles in the KD era?

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East preview: LeBron's future, Boston's present and more

Oct 13, 2016 - 01:05:51

In part one of their eastern conference preview, Andrew Sharp and Ben Golliver look at the East from top to bottom. Questions include: Will LeBron win another title before he's done? When will the Sixers make the playoffs? Can you name the starters for the Nets? And can the Celtics steal the East?

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The Sixers, the Pistons and some preseason hot takes

Oct 6, 2016 - 01:05:12

In this week's episode of Open Floor, Andrew Sharp and Ben Golliver start with the Sixers, suddenly at the center of the basketball universe. How excited should we be about Joel Embiid's return, and how depressed should fans be about Ben Simmons' injury? And where do they trade Okafor? Plus, a look at the Pistons in the wake of Reggie Jackson's injury, the Cavs and the latest standoff between Rich Paul and Dan Gilbert, and some snap judgments after a week of preseason basketball.

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Breaking down SI.com's Top 100 NBA players of 2017

Sep 16, 2016 - 01:17:37

After a month off from the Open Floor Podcast, Andrew Sharp and Ben Golliver reunite to argue about Sports Illustrated's Top 100 NBA players of 2017 rankings.

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USA Basketball winners and losers in Rio

Aug 22, 2016 - 01:10:34

After Team USA's dominating gold medal win over Serbia, Andrew Sharp and Ben Golliver catch up to talk about the past month of USA hoops. Who made the most of this experience, who struggled and who's coming next in 2020? Also, a quick programming note: Open Floor will be on break until mid-September.

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Team USA's problems and a medal round preview

Aug 16, 2016 - 00:47:51

Andrew Sharp and Ben Golliver talk through the developments in Rio, including the Brazil-Argentina thriller, Spain's resurgence in the field and the perplexing struggles of Team USA. At the end, they preview Wednesday's medal round marathon, including a dramatic reunion of Spain and France after 2014 and the cheapshot heard round the world.

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Olympic hoops, Westbrook's Return and Team USA hypotheticals

Aug 10, 2016 - 00:50:58

Andrew Sharp and Ben Golliver talk about the scene on the ground in Rio and the international hoops competition in this Olympic field. Plus: They get into Russell Westbrook's return, and which Team USA stars would make the best football players.

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Open Floor: Rio, Draymond drama, and LeBron vs. ghosts

Aug 4, 2016 - 01:05:30

Sports Illustrated's Andrew Sharp made the trip Rio for the 2016 Olympics, and he is joined Ben Golliver to talk about the hectic days before the opening ceremony and the first games for Team USA. Within that discussion, they catch up on Draymond Green's snapchat incident, discuss Carmelo Anthony's evolving legacy in the NBA and beyond.

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Goodbye Summer League, Hello Team USA

Jul 20, 2016 - 00:50:21

Andrew Sharp and Ben Golliver talk through the Summer League playoffs, including the unfairness of the Minnesota Timberwolves, and the future frontline of the Bulls. Plus: Team USA comes together in Las Vegas, Coach K is not a kindergarten teacher, and Kevin Durant sees the future with Brandon Ingram.

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Summer league, Westbrook rumors and Tim Duncan arguments

Jul 14, 2016 - 01:07:48

Andrew Sharp and Ben Golliver are in Las Vegas for the week, where they discuss the D'Angelo Russell and the Summer Lakers, Ben Simmons and the Sixers, and more from summer league. Plus: They talk through Russell Westbrook Celtics rumors, argue about Tim Duncan's legacy, and recap Adam Silver's press conference in Vegas. If you want to get in touch with the show, tweet Andrew Sharp at twitter.com/andrewsharp or Ben Golliver at twitter.com/bengolliver, and use the hashtag #openfloor to have your voice heard. You can find more great Sports Illustrated podcasts at si.com/podcasts, and please subscribe to the show on iTunes, Google Play, Stitcher and SoundCloud.

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Dwyane Wade goes home, plus a free agency roundup

Jul 8, 2016 - 01:20:18

Andrew Sharp and Ben Golliver talk through Dwyane Wade's decision to leave Miami for Chicago, Pat Riley's role in the decision, and what it means for the Bulls. Plus: Beyond Durant, what happened in free agency? It's time to nerd out and talk Spurs, Jazz, Wizards Grizzlies, Magic, Pistons, and more. If you want to get in touch with the show, tweet Andrew Sharp at twitter.com/andrewsharp or Ben Golliver at twitter.com/bengolliver, and use the hashtag #openfloor to have your voice heard. You can find more great Sports Illustrated podcasts at si.com/podcasts, and please subscribe to the show on iTunes, Google Play, Stitcher and SoundCloud.

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Kevin Durant chooses the Warriors, let chaos reign

Jul 5, 2016 - 01:01:27

In the wake of Kevin Durant's free agency decision, Andrew Sharp and Ben Golliver debate what this means for Durant, Steph Curry, and the rest of the NBA. Questions: Is this a good thing? How will it work? Was Nike involved? What will the Thunder do now? And finally, where should we send Russell Westbrook? If you want to get in touch with the show, tweet Andrew Sharp at twitter.com/andrewsharp or Ben Golliver at twitter.com/bengolliver, and use the hashtag #openfloor to have your voice heard. You can find more great Sports Illustrated podcasts at si.com/podcasts, and please subscribe to the show on iTunes, Google Play, Stitcher and SoundCloud.

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Kevin Durant sweepstakes and more free agency questions

Jun 29, 2016 - 01:07:24

Andrew Sharp and Ben Golliver catch up after a few days of vacation (and jury duty) to talk Kevin Durant and NBA Free Agency. They begin with a farewell to the KD2DC era, then dig into some general free agency questions. Are this year's B-List stars worth the investment? Should Mike Conley and Al Horford leave? Where will Hassan Whiteside land? Who is winning the Allen Crabbe sweepstakes? And, of course, what happens with Durant? If you want to get in touch with the show, tweet Andrew Sharp at twitter.com/andrewsharp or Ben Golliver at twitter.com/bengolliver, and use the hashtag #openfloor to have your voice heard. You can find more great Sports Illustrated podcasts at si.com/podcasts, and please subscribe to the show on iTunes, Google Play, Stitcher and SoundCloud.

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NBA draft week winners and losers

Jun 24, 2016 - 01:07:26

Andrew Sharp and Ben Golliver get together late night to talk through the biggest winners and losers after a week of trades, surprises and nationally televised Sacramento Kings decisions. Includes thoughts on the Celtics draft, the OKC/Magic trade, the Wolves/Bulls trade that didn't happen, the Lakers, Sixers, Bucks and more.

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NBA draft stock watch: Buy or sell?

Jun 22, 2016 - 00:52:11

With the 2016 NBA Draft just a day away, Andrew Sharp and Jeremy Woo run through some of the bigger names in the First round (Ben Simmons, Jaylen Brown), and some of the not so big names (Dejounte Murray, Pat McCaw), and decide whether to buy or sell the hype.

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LeBron and the Cavs get a perfect ending

Jun 20, 2016 - 00:57:12

Andrew Sharp and Ben Golliver discuss the Cavs title and the crowning achievement for LeBron in the NBA Finals. Plus: How good can Kyrie Irving be over the next few years? How much blame do Steph Curry the Warriors deserve for their Finals downfall, and what do they do from here? Does losing a title help their chances at Kevin Durant?

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LeBron is not human, Steph is not happy, and Game 7 is here

Jun 17, 2016 - 00:53:01

Andrew Sharp and Ben Golliver discuss LeBron's historic performance in Game 6, and what's at stake headed into Game 7. Plus: they look at the ejection of Steph Curry, the conspiracy theories of Ayesha Curry, and what's been going wrong for the Warriors over the past week. Then, at the end, they make their picks for Sunday night.

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NBA Mock Draft: Projecting every pick in Round 1

Jun 15, 2016 - 01:23:09

SI.com's NBA crew gets together for a special Mock Draft edition of Open Floor. Mainstays Andrew Sharp and Ben Golliver are joined by draft experts Matt Dollinger, Jeremy Woo and David Gardner to project every pick in Round 1 of the draft. If you want to get in touch with the show, tweet Andrew Sharp at twitter.com/andrewsharp or Ben Golliver at twitter.com/bengolliver, and use the hashtag #openfloor to have your voice heard. You can find more great Sports Illustrated podcasts at si.com/podcasts, and please subscribe to the show on iTunes, Google Play, Stitcher and SoundCloud.

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NBA Finals: Can the Cavaliers steal the series?

Jun 14, 2016 - 01:00:34

Andrew Sharp and Ben Golliver talk through Game 5, the outrageous performances from LeBron James and Kyrie Irving, and another surprise in the NBA Finals. Plus: the value of Draymond Green, Steph Curry's struggles, trash talk etiquette, the outlook for Game 6, and at the end, a quick discussion of the Wolves and Bulls trade rumors involving Jimmy Butler and Andrew Wiggins. If you want to get in touch with the show, tweet Andrew Sharp at twitter.com/andrewsharp or Ben Golliver at twitter.com/bengolliver, and use the hashtag #openfloor to have your voice heard. You can find more great Sports Illustrated podcasts at si.com/podcasts, and please subscribe to the show on iTunes, Google Play, Stitcher and SoundCloud.

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NBA Finals: Have LeBron, Cavs swung momentum against Warriors?

Jun 9, 2016 - 00:59:28

Andrew Sharp and Ben Golliver talk through Game 3 in Cleveland and what it means for the rest of the NBA Finals. They tackle the struggles of Steph Curry, the redemption of Kyrie Irving, and the cloudy future of Kevin Love of in Cleveland. If you want to get in touch with the show, tweet Andrew Sharp at twitter.com/andrewsharp or Ben Golliver at twitter.com/bengolliver, and use the hashtag #openfloor to have your voice heard. You can find more great Sports Illustrated podcasts at si.com/podcasts, and please subscribe to the show on iTunes, Google Play, Stitcher and SoundCloud.

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NBA Draft: Should Ben Simmons go No. 1?

Jun 7, 2016 - 00:59:41

With two weeks until the NBA Draft, Andrew Sharp talks to Jeremy Woo to get a feel for the first round. They discuss the rise of Marquese Chriss, the options for the Suns and Celtics and the pluses and minuses of Ben Simmons. Also, what should the Bulls do? And is this draft worth paying attention to? If you want to get in touch with the show, tweet Andrew Sharp at twitter.com/andrewsharp or Jeremy Woo at twitter.com/jeremywoo, and use the hashtag #openfloor to have your voice heard. You can find more great Sports Illustrated podcasts at si.com/podcasts, and please subscribe to the show on iTunes, Google Play, Stitcher and SoundCloud.

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NBA Finals: Do the Cavaliers have a chance?

Jun 3, 2016 - 00:59:47

Sharp and Golliver talk through Game 1 of the NBA Finals and a Warriors-Cavs matchup that looks as a lopsided as ever. How should Ty Lue change things? Could this series change the future with Kyrie? Will America turn on the Warriors? Plus: Some NBA draft talk on the Sixers and Lakers, and an appreciation for LeBron James. If you want to get in touch with the show, tweet Andrew Sharp at twitter.com/andrewsharp or Ben Golliver at twitter.com/bengolliver, and use the hashtag #openfloor to have your voice heard. You can find more great Sports Illustrated podcasts at si.com/podcasts, and please subscribe to the show on iTunes, Google Play, Stitcher and SoundCloud.

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Sharp and Golliver: NBA Finals preview and Thunder-Warriors review

May 31, 2016 - 01:05:54

Andrew Sharp and Ben Golliver pick up the pieces after the Warriors comeback, look at what went wrong for the Thunder, and what could be next for Kevin Durant. Then, it's time to talk Finals: Who will be the surprise hero? Who guards Steph Curry? Will LeBron and the bench be good enough to beat a confident Warriors team? All that and more, before Game 1 Thursday night. If you want to get in touch with the show, tweet Andrew Sharp at twitter.com/andrewsharp or Ben Golliver at twitter.com/bengolliver, and use the hashtag #openfloor to have your voice heard. You can find more great Sports Illustrated podcasts at si.com/podcasts, and please subscribe to the show on iTunes, Google Play, Stitcher and SoundCloud.

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Warriors vs. Thunder: Game 7 Preview with Ben Golliver & Rob Mahoney

May 30, 2016 - 00:40:20

The stage is set for Game 7 of the NBA’s Western Conference Finals. Steph Curry, Klay Thompson, and the surging Warriors will defend Oracle Arena from Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook, and the battered Thunder, who just let a potentially deciding Game 6 slip through their fingers at home. SI’s Ben Golliver and Rob Mahoney recount this rollercoaster of a series and forecast the result and implications of this massive game. Ben Golliver: http://twitter.com/bengolliver Rob Mahoney: http://twitter.com/robmahoney http://si.com/nba | http://twitter.com/si_nba Use the hashtag #openfloor to have your voice heard. Find more great Sports Illustrated podcasts at http://si.com/podcasts Subscribe to the show on iTunes, Google Play, Stitcher or your app of choice.

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Sharp and Golliver: The Madness of Thunder-Warriors

May 27, 2016 - 01:03:41

Andrew Sharp and Ben Golliver go all in on the wild week of the Thunder-Warriors series, and the stakes for Game 6 Saturday night. They discuss the Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant comments about Stephen Curry, the state of Draymond Green after this series, the contributions of Andrew Bogut and Billy Donovan, and whether the Warriors have enough to survive two more games against the OKC juggernaut. If you want to get in touch with the show, tweet Andrew Sharp at twitter.com/andrewsharp or Ben Golliver at twitter.com/bengolliver, and use the hashtag #openfloor to have your voice heard. You can find more great Sports Illustrated podcasts at si.com/podcasts, and please subscribe to the show on iTunes, Google Play, Stitcher and SoundCloud.

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Draymond Green dodges suspension

May 24, 2016 - 00:29:44

Live from Oklahoma City, Sports Illustrated's Ben Golliver and Rob Mahoney break down Draymond Green's flagrant kick of Steven Adams and the NBA's decision not to suspend the Warriors' All-Star forward for Game 4 of the West finals against the Thunder.

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Sharp and Golliver: NBA Lottery, Thunder-Warriors and Hornacek to the Knicks

May 19, 2016 - 01:02:03

Andrew Sharp and Ben Golliver discuss the NBA Lottery results and what they mean for the Sixers, Lakers and Celtics. Plus, they discuss the Thunder-Warriors after two games and finish with a look at the New York Knicks and new head coach Jeff Hornacek. If you want to get in touch with the show, tweet Andrew Sharp at twitter.com/andrewsharp or Ben Golliver at twitter.com/bengolliver, and use the hashtag #openfloor to have your voice heard. You can find more great Sports Illustrated podcasts at si.com/podcasts, and please subscribe to the show on iTunes, Google Play, Stitcher and SoundCloud.

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Sharp and Golliver: Previewing the West Finals and dreaming about the NBA Lottery

May 13, 2016 - 01:08:07

Andrew Sharp and Ben Golliver say goodbye to the San Antonio Spurs and preview the Western Conference Finals between the Warriors and the Thunder. Plus, they check in with the suddenly fun Cavaliers in the East, discuss what's next for the Trail Blazers and take a look what's at stake in next Tuesday's NBA Lottery.

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Sharp and Golliver: Thunder come back from the dead

May 11, 2016 - 00:29:34

Andrew Sharp and Ben Golliver return for a special NBA playoff episode of Open Floor with an immediate reaction to Game 5 of the Spurs-Thunder series and a look ahead to Game 6. They also discuss Stephen Curry’s triumphant return to the Warriors' lineup. If you want to get in touch with the show, tweet Andrew Sharp at twitter.com/andrewsharp or Ben Golliver at twitter.com/bengolliver, and use the hashtag #openfloor to have your voice heard. You can find more great Sports Illustrated podcasts at si.com/podcasts, and please subscribe to the show on iTunes, Google Play, Stitcher and SoundCloud.

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Sharp and Golliver: LeBron James's domination, the end of the Frank Vogel era and more

May 5, 2016 - 00:55:28

Andrew Sharp and Ben Golliver discuss who they trust most (and least) in the 2016 NBA Playoffs, including Dion Waiters, LeBron James, the Raptors, Dwyane Wade, Billy Donovan and more. Plus, they discuss the end of Frank Vogel's time in Indiana, and the future for Paul George in Indiana. If you want to get in touch with the show, tweet Andrew Sharp at twitter.com/andrewsharp or Ben Golliver at twitter.com/bengolliver, and use the hashtag #openfloor to have your voice heard. You can find more great Sports Illustrated podcasts at si.com/podcasts, and please subscribe to the show on iTunes, Google Play, Stitcher and SoundCloud.

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Sharp and Golliver: Spurs-Thunder, trading Blake Griffin, Lakers head coach and more

Apr 27, 2016 - 00:58:34

Andrew Sharp and Ben Golliver return for another episode of the Open Floor Podcast. They discuss the Chris Paul injury, trading Blake Griffin, Scott Brooks as the coach of the Washington Wizards, potential candidates for the Lakers head coaching vacancy, the highly anticipated Spurs-Thunder series and, of course, Drake. If you want to get in touch with the show, tweet Andrew Sharp at twitter.com/andrewsharp or Ben Golliver at twitter.com/bengolliver, and use the hashtag #openfloor to have your voice heard. You can find more great Sports Illustrated podcasts at si.com/podcasts, and please subscribe to the show on iTunes, Google Play, Stitcher and SoundCloud.

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Sharp and Golliver: First round of the playoffs, pick your poison, Thibs to T-Wolves and more

Apr 20, 2016 - 01:05:10

Andrew Sharp and Ben Golliver are back for another episode of Open Floor with a brand new segment called “Pick Your Poison.” In this episode, they discuss the lopsided first round of the playoffs, James Harden’s abysmal defense, Tom Thibodeau nearing a deal to becoming the next coach of the Minnesota Timberwolves, playoff hopes for the rest of the first round, the potential Cavaliers-Heat Eastern Conference Finals matchup and much more. If you want to get in touch with the show, tweet Andrew Sharp at twitter.com/andrewsharp or Ben Golliver at twitter.com/bengolliver, and use the hashtag #openfloor to have your voice heard. You can find more great Sports Illustrated podcasts at si.com/podcasts, and please subscribe to the show on iTunes, Google Play, Stitcher and SoundCloud.

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Sharp and Golliver: Mamba Day, Warriors make history, NBA playoff preview and more

Apr 14, 2016 - 00:58:33

Andrew Sharp and Ben Golliver discuss the Mamba Funeral at Staples Center and the Golden State Warriors making history. Later, they preview the NBA playoffs and take a closer look at the Cleveland Cavaliers. At the end, they discuss the end of Randy Wittman in D.C. and look at some of the coaching vacancies around the NBA. Will Vivek pay Reggie Miller $35 million to try his hand at coaching? If you want to get in touch with the show, tweet Andrew Sharp at twitter.com/andrewsharp or Ben Golliver at twitter.com/bengolliver, and use the hashtag #openfloor to have your voice heard. You can find more great Sports Illustrated podcasts at si.com/podcasts, and please subscribe to the show on iTunes, Stitcher and SoundCloud.

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Jimmy Goldstein talks Kobe Bryant, Lakers and more

Apr 12, 2016 - 00:46:22

SI senior writer Lee Jenkins welcomes NBA superfan Jimmy Goldstein to the Open Floor Podcast to talk about his insatiable love for basketball, Kobe Bryant and the Lakers, fashion and the famous Sheats Goldstein Residence. Goldstein tells Jenkins about the fortune he spends and the lengths he goes to attend postseason games, getting special courtside seats arranged for him during the playoffs, bringing models to games and why he'll fly coach during his playoff tour. Later, they discuss his rocky relationship with Bryant, NBA players approaching him and greeting him before games, sitting courtside at Lakers game back when it only cost $15, chasing girls with Wilt Chamberlain and much more. Tweet Lee Jenkins at twitter.com/si_leejenkins, and use the hashtag #openfloor to have your voice heard. You can find more great Sports Illustrated podcasts at si.com/podcasts, and please subscribe to the show on iTunes and Stitcher.

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Sharp and Golliver: MVP, All-NBA teams and more year-end awards

Apr 7, 2016 - 01:16:23

Sharp and Golliver run through year-end awards, including the All-NBA teams, MVP, Fakest Tough Guy, Best League Pass Team, Best Beef and more. If you want to get in touch with the show, tweet Andrew Sharp at twitter.com/andrewsharp or Ben Golliver at twitter.com/bengolliver, and use the hashtag #openfloor to have your voice heard. You can find more great Sports Illustrated podcasts at si.com/podcasts, and please subscribe to the show on iTunes, Stitcher and SoundCloud.

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Bill Walton

Apr 4, 2016 - 00:39:43

In the latest episode of the Open Floor Podcast, SI.com's Lee Jenkins sits down with the incomparable Bill Walton to discuss his outlook on life, the many hardships he's suffered and the amazing twists of his Hall of Fame career. Walton also talks about his new memoir, "Back From the Dead," which details the many ups and downs of his fascinating life. The NBA great also talks to Jenkins about overcoming his stuttering problem, playing for Donald Sterling, his relationship with John Wooden ("I never won a single argument with the guy") and his ubiquitous personality ("Can you imagine being married to me?). And it wouldn't be a conversation with Walton without some pearls of wisdom from the former Blazers and Celtics great. Walton dishes out life lessons while also touching on some of his fondest memories involving The Grateful Dead, Larry Bird and more. Tweet Lee Jenkins at twitter.com/si_leejenkins, and use the hashtag #openfloor to have your voice heard. You can find more great Sports Illustrated podcasts at si.com/podcasts, and please subscribe to us on iTunes and Stitcher.

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Sharp and Golliver: Kevin Durant in free agency, D'Angelo Russell Lakers drama and more

Mar 31, 2016 - 00:59:59

After teasing it on the podcast last week, SI.com's Andrew Sharp and Ben Golliver break down potential Kevin Durant free agency scenarios on the latest episode of the Open Floor podcast. They also discuss the drama surrounding D'Angelo Russell and the Los Angeles Lakers, NBA prospects Brandon Ingram and Buddy Hield, the remaining teams in the Final Four, Coach K, Karl-Anthony Towns and the Minnesota Timberwolves and much more. If you want to get in touch with the show, tweet Andrew Sharp at twitter.com/andrewsharp or Ben Golliver at twitter.com/bengolliver, and use the hashtag #openfloor to have your voice heard. You can find more great Sports Illustrated podcasts at si.com/podcasts, and please subscribe to the show on iTunes, Stitcher and SoundCloud.

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Sharp and Golliver: Inside LeBron's mind games

Mar 24, 2016 - 00:57:19

In the latest episode of the Open Floor Podcast, SI.com's Andrew Sharp and Ben Golliver take a deep dive into James's mind games and the recent drama he's started on social media. Sharp and Golliver examine LeBron's decision to unfollow the Cavaliers on Twitter and his strange public response when asked about it. They also try and figure out what kind of message LeBron is trying to send and who it is directed at. Later, the hosts discuss LeBron's comments that he wants to play with Carmelo Anthony, Dwyane Wade and Chris Paul and whether or not that's potentially feasible. Also discussed in this week's show: the rising Boston Celtics (and Sharp's magazine feature on them), Carmelo Anthony's irrelevancy in New York, Kevin Durant to the Spurs, the inevitable Warriors-Spurs showdown and a little NCAA tournament talk. If you want to get in touch with the show, tweet Andrew Sharp at twitter.com/andrewsharp or Ben Golliver at twitter.com/bengolliver, and use the hashtag #openfloor to have your voice heard. You can find more great Sports Illustrated podcasts at si.com/podcasts, and please subscribe to the show on iTunes, Stitcher and SoundCloud.

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Kemba Walker

Mar 21, 2016 - 00:26:02

In the latest episode of the Open Floor Podcast, SI.com's Lee Jenkins welcomes Hornets guard Kemba Walker to the show to discuss Charlotte's second–half success, his NCAA tournament memories and what it means to be a New York point guard. Jenkins and Walker begin the program by examining the Hornets' startling success of late. Charlotte has won 15 of its last 18 games, largely thanks to Walker. The two examine Charlotte's newfound flow on offense and what changes have led the team to be competing in the upper tier of the Eastern Conference. Later, Walker takes a stroll down memory lane and discusses some of his favorites plays and games from UConn's 2011 national championship. Walker also touches on what it means to be a point guard from New York City and how he's changed his game since entering the NBA. Tweet Lee Jenkins at twitter.com/si_leejenkins, and use the hashtag #openfloor to have your voice heard. You can find more great Sports Illustrated podcasts at si.com/podcasts, and please subscribe to us on iTunes and Stitcher.

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Sharp and Golliver: 2016 NBA Draft, trading DeMarcus Cousins, March Madness and more

Mar 17, 2016 - 00:54:30

This week on the Open Floor Podcast, Andrew Sharp and Ben Golliver join in on March Madness and talk about current NBA players they'd like to see play in this year's NCAA Tournament, whether Ben Simmons should be the No. 1 pick in the upcoming draft, trading DeMarcus Cousins, the upcoming Warriors-Spurs game and more. If you want to get in touch with the show, tweet Andrew Sharp at twitter.com/andrewsharp or Ben Golliver at twitter.com/bengolliver, and use the hashtag #openfloor to have your voice heard. You can find more great Sports Illustrated podcasts at si.com/podcasts, and please subscribe to the show on iTunes, Stitcher and SoundCloud.

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Jimmy Butler

Mar 10, 2016 - 00:34:21

In this episode of the Open Floor Podcast, Lee Jenkins welcomes in Chicago Bulls SG Jimmy Butler. They discuss some of the difficulties Butler went through growing up, transitioning into a franchise player, who he looks to in developing his leadership style, whether the Bulls have reached their full potential and much more. Ben Golliver, who wrote a feature story on Butler last year for SI, also joins the program to discuss Butler's backstory and share some insight from what he learned while writing the story and watching the team this season. Tweet Lee Jenkins at twitter.com/si_leejenkins, and use the hashtag #openfloor to have your voice heard. You can find more great Sports Illustrated podcasts at si.com/podcasts, and please subscribe to us on iTunes and Stitcher.

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Sharp and Golliver: Breaking up the Bulls, coach of the year and more

Mar 8, 2016 - 00:45:57

In this episode of the Open Floor Podcast, Andrew Sharp and Ben Golliver discuss the Warriors losing to the Lakers, LeBron James's questionable posts on social media, potential destinations for coach Tom Thibodeau, breaking up the Chicago Bulls, their top choices for coach of the year and much more. If you want to get in touch with the show, tweet Andrew Sharp at twitter.com/andrewsharp or Ben Golliver at twitter.com/bengolliver, and use the hashtag #openfloor to have your voice heard. You can find more great Sports Illustrated podcasts at si.com/podcasts, and please subscribe to the show on iTunes, Stitcher and SoundCloud.

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Sharp and Golliver: Challenging the Warriors, drama in Cleveland and more

Mar 3, 2016 - 01:07:19

In this episode of the Open Floor Podcast, Andrew Sharp and Ben Golliver talk about the Golden State Warriors and whether the Spurs or Thunder can challenge them in the West. Later, they discuss the drama in Cleveland, Michael Jordan and the perfect starting lineup, DeMar Derozan in a contract year and the LA Clippers' new mascot Chuck The Condor. You can find Andrew Sharp at twitter.com/andrewsharp and Ben Golliver at twitter.com/bengolliver, and use the hashtag #openfloor to have your voice heard. You can find more great Sports Illustrated podcasts at si.com/podcasts, and please subscribe to the show on iTunes and Stitcher. -- Open Floor is brought to you by FreshBooks. It’s smart, mobile accounting, designed specifically for freelancers and small business owners. You can try FreshBooks for 30-days on us, with no credit card required. Go to FreshBooks.com/sports and enter SPORTS in the “How your heard about us” section.

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Jamal Crawford

Mar 2, 2016 - 00:37:55

In this episode of the Open Floor Podcast, Lee Jenkins welcomes in Los Angeles Clippers guard Jamal Crawford. The two discuss the best 1-on-1 players in the NBA, what it's like to get hot from the floor, the freedom Stephen Curry gets to shoot, playing pick-up basketball at LA Fitness, what he thinks he'll do when he retires and much more. Tweet Lee Jenkins at twitter.com/si_leejenkins, and use the hashtag #openfloor to have your voice heard. You can find more great Sports Illustrated podcasts at si.com/podcasts, and please subscribe to us on iTunes and Stitcher. -- Open Floor is brought to you by FreshBooks. It’s smart, mobile accounting, designed specifically for freelancers and small business owners. You can try FreshBooks for 30-days on us, with no credit card required. Go to FreshBooks.com/sports and enter SPORTS in the “How your heard about us” section.

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Sharp and Golliver: Wizards woes, KD's future and more

Feb 26, 2016 - 01:05:10

Joining the Open Floor Podcast are SI.com's Andrew Sharp and Ben Golliver. In this episode, they discuss the Wizards' woes, the Trail Blazers' hot streak, where Kevin Durant may sign during free agency, bad teams they like to watch, the most disappointing teams this season and much more. You can find Andrew Sharp at twitter.com/andrewsharp and Ben Golliver at twitter.com/bengolliver, and use the hashtag #openfloor to have your voice heard. You can find more great Sports Illustrated podcasts at si.com/podcasts, and please subscribe to the show on iTunes and Stitcher. -- Open Floor is brought to you by FreshBooks. It’s smart, mobile accounting, designed specifically for freelancers and small business owners. You can try FreshBooks for 30-days on us, with no credit card required. Go to FreshBooks.com/sports and enter SPORTS in the “How your heard about us” section.

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Meyers Leonard

Feb 25, 2016 - 00:53:48

In this episode of the Open Floor Podcast, Lee Jenkins welcomes in the Portland Trail Blazers' Meyers Leonard. Leonard discusses his first encounter with Damian Lillard and when he knew he would be a special player, how his game has evolved since he first entered the league, the struggles his family dealt with growing up and much more. Tweet Lee Jenkins at twitter.com/si_leejenkins, and use the hashtag #openfloor to have your voice heard. You can find more great Sports Illustrated podcasts at si.com/podcasts, and please subscribe to us on iTunes and Stitcher. -- Open Floor is brought to you by FreshBooks. It’s smart, mobile accounting, designed specifically for freelancers and small business owners. You can try FreshBooks for 30-days on us, with no credit card required. Go to FreshBooks.com/sports and enter SPORTS in the “How your heard about us” section.

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Atlanta Hawks G/F Kent Bazemore

Feb 10, 2016 - 00:41:43

In this episode of the Open Floor Podcast, Lee Jenkins welcomes in Atlanta Hawks wing Kent Bazemore. The two discuss Bazemore's journey to get to the NBA, being arrested minutes before his final game at Old Dominion, "Bazemoring" on the bench, guarding the opposing team's best wing players, rebuilding his jumpshot and much more. Tweet Lee Jenkins at twitter.com/si_leejenkins, and use the hashtag #openfloor to have your voice heard. You can find more great Sports Illustrated podcasts at si.com/podcasts, and please subscribe to us on iTunes and Stitcher. -- Today’s show is brought to you by FreshBooks. For freelancers and small business owners, Freshbooks takes the pain out of accounting. Have a question about the service? A real-live human will answer every call in about 3 rings. Get your 30-day free trial by going to FreshBooks.com/openfloor and entering OPENFLOOR.

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Earl Watson, Phoenix Suns head coach

Feb 4, 2016 - 00:32:47

Welcome to the return of the Open Floor, SI’s NBA Podcast. Hosted by SI senior writer Lee Jenkins, the podcast welcomes new Phoenix Suns head coach and former NBA point guard Earl Watson. In this episode, Watson opens up about playing pickup basketball at UCLA with Magic Johnson and Kobe Bryant, his biggest coaching influences – John Wooden, Hubie Brown, Jerry Sloan and Jeff Hornacek – and the lessons he learned from them. Watson also touches on the legendary trash talk of Gary Payton, the drama around Markieff Morris and much more. Tweet Lee Jenkins at twitter.com/si_leejenkins, and use the hashtag #openfloor to have your voice heard. You can find more great Sports Illustrated podcasts at si.com/podcasts, and please subscribe to us on iTunes and Stitcher. -- Today’s show is brought to you by FreshBooks. For freelancers and small business owners, Freshbooks takes the pain out of accounting. Have a question about the service? A real-live human will answer every call in about 3 rings. Get your 30-day free trial by going to FreshBooks.com/openfloor and entering OPENFLOOR.

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Curry's Warriors vs. Jordan's Bulls ... who wins?

Dec 22, 2015 - 00:43:35

In this episode of the Open Floor Podcast, host Chris Mannix welcomes Howard Beck back to the SI podcast studio to talk hoops. They discuss Beck's piece on the L.A. Clippers being the most hated team in the NBA (http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2600907-why-everyone-in-the-nba-hates-the-clippers), whether or not Stephen Curry and the Golden State Warriors could beat Michael Jordan's Chicago Bulls, Jimmy Butler criticizing head coach Fred Hoiberg, Dwight Howard and more. Tweet Chris Mannix at twitter.com/ChrisMannixSI, and use the hashtag #openfloor to have your voice heard. You can find more great Sports Illustrated podcasts at si.com/podcasts, and please subscribe to us on iTunes or Stitcher. -- Open Floor is brought to you by FanDuel, the leader in one-week fantasy sports, with more winners and more payouts than any other site. Enter promo code OPENFLOOR at FanDuel.com to play a risk-free tournament for up to $10. We’re also sponsored by the SeatGeek app, the easiest way to find a great deal, pay for your ticket and get to your seat. Download the SeatGeek app and enter our code: OPENFLOOR, for $20 off your first purchase.

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Adam Silver, Warriors C Festus Ezeli on winning streak being snapped, Ethan Skolnick on LeBron James

Dec 15, 2015 - 01:09:54

On this episode of Open Floor, Chris Mannix brings you his interview with NBA commissioner Adam Silver. They talk about the Philadelphia 76ers and what Jerry Colangelo brings to the franchise, potentially changing the draft lottery formula, the impending lockout and more. Golden State Warriors center Festus Ezeli also joins the program, and he talks to Mannix about the Warriors' winning streak finally being snapped, guarding Stephen Curry in practice, Steve Kerr and more. The Miami Herald's Ethan Skolnick also comes on to talk about Rajon Rondo's suspension, LeBron James leaving for Cleveland, the Miami Heat and several other topics. Tweet Chris Mannix at twitter.com/ChrisMannixSI, and use the hashtag #openfloor to have your voice heard. You can find more great Sports Illustrated podcasts at si.com/podcasts, and please subscribe to us on iTunes or Stitcher. -- Open Floor is brought to you by the SeatGeek app, the easiest way to to find a great deal, pay for your ticket and get to your seat. Download the SeatGeek app and enter our code: OPENFLOOR, for $20 off your first purchase. We’re also sponsored by FanDuel, the leader in one-week fantasy sports, with more winners and more payouts than any other site. Enter promo code OPENFLOOR at http://FanDuel.com to play a risk-free tournament for up to $10.

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Brad Stevens, Ben Golliver on LeBron James, Jeff Zillgitt on Stephen Curry and more

Dec 8, 2015 - 00:52:43

Welcome to episode No. 8 of the Open Floor NBA podcast, hosted by Chris Mannix. In this episode, Mannix welcomes SI NBA writer Ben Golliver, USA Today's Jeff Zillgitt and his interview with Boston Celtics head coach Brad Stevens. Tweet Chris Mannix at twitter.com/ChrisMannixSI, and use the hashtag #openfloor to have your voice heard. You can find more great Sports Illustrated podcasts at si.com/podcasts, and please subscribe to us on iTunes or Stitcher. -- Open Floor is brought to you by FanDuel, the leader in one-week fantasy sports, with more winners and more payouts than any other site. Enter promo code OPENFLOOR at FanDuel.com to play a risk-free tournament for up to $10. We’re also sponsored by the SeatGeek app, the easiest way to find a great deal, pay for your ticket and get to your seat. Download the SeatGeek app and enter our code: OPENFLOOR, for $20 off your first purchase.

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Frank Vogel; Bobby Marks on why the Nets passed on Kobe Bryant, the Celtics trade and more

Dec 1, 2015 - 00:54:55

Welcome to episode No. 7 of the Open Floor NBA podcast hosted by Sports Illustrated's Chris Mannix. Coming on the heels of Kobe Bryant's retirement announcement, Mannix shares his thought on the decision and whom he believes is his heir apparent. Indiana Packers head coach Frank Vogel also joins the show, and he shares some stories about Larry Bird, talks about Paul George and more. Bobby Marks, former assistant GM for the Brooklyn Nets, also joins Mannix to talk hoops. They discuss the Nets passing on Kobe Bryant in the draft, the trade with the Boston Celtics and more. Tweet Chris Mannix at twitter.com/ChrisMannixSI, and use the hashtag #openfloor to have your voice heard. You can find more great Sports Illustrated podcasts at si.com/podcasts, and please subscribe to us on iTunes or Stitcher. -- Open Floor is brought to you by the SeatGeek app, the easiest way to to find a great deal, pay for your ticket and get to your seat. Download the SeatGeek app and enter our code: OPENFLOOR, for $20 off your first purchase. We’re also sponsored by FanDuel, the leader in one-week fantasy sports, with more winners and more payouts than any other site. Enter promo code OPENFLOOR at FanDuel.com to play a risk-free tournament for up to $10.

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Jeff Hornacek; Baxter Holmes on Kobe Bryant, D'Angelo Russell and more

Nov 24, 2015 - 00:55:20

Chris Mannix shares his thoughts on the Rockets' decision to fire Kevin McHale, what he thinks of the team and which big name coaches could take the job. Jeff Hornacek, former NBA guard and now the head coach of the Phoenix Suns, joins the podcast to talk about some memorable moments from his playing days, who he thinks is the best shooter of all time, how he got into coaching, Tom Chambers's dunking skills, playing for Jerry Sloan and more. ESPN's Baxter Holmes also joins the program to talk about Kobe Bryant, D'Angelo Russell, Byron Scott and the mess that is the Los Angeles Lakers. Tweet Chris Mannix at twitter.com/ChrisMannixSI, and use the hashtag #openfloor to have your voice heard. You can find more great Sports Illustrated podcasts at si.com/podcasts, and please subscribe to us on iTunes or Stitcher. -- Open Floor is brought to you by FanDuel, the leader in one-week fantasy sports, with more winners and more payouts than any other site. Enter promo code OPENFLOOR at FanDuel.com to play a risk-free tournament for up to $10. We’re also sponsored by the SeatGeek app, the easiest way to find a great deal, pay for your ticket and get to your seat. Download the SeatGeek app and enter our code: OPENFLOOR, for $20 off your first purchase.

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Paul Millsap; Frank Isola on Kristaps Porzingis, Carmelo Anthony and the NY Knicks

Nov 17, 2015 - 00:48:38

Returning from a trip out west, Chris Mannix shares his thoughts about the Memphis Grizzlies, Golden State Warriors and New Orleans Pelicans after getting an opportunity to see them play in person. Atlanta Hawks forward Paul Millsap joins the program, and he talks about his decision to re-sign with the Atlanta Hawks, playing for Jerry Sloan, his love for football and more. Frank Isola, New York Knicks beat writer for the New York Daily News, is also a guest on the podcast, and he talks to Mannix about Kristaps Porzingis, Carmelo Anthony, the worst moves in Knicks history and more. Tweet Chris Mannix at https://twitter.com/ChrisMannixSI, and use the hashtag #openfloor to have your voice heard. You can find more great Sports Illustrated podcasts at si.com/podcasts, and please subscribe to us on iTunes or Stitcher. -- Open Floor is brought to you by the SeatGeek app, available in app stores and at seatgeek.com. Enter code OPENFLOOR in the app to for a $20 rebate off your first ticket purchase. We're also sponsored by FanDuel. Enter promo code OPENFLOOR at FanDuel.com for up to $200 in bonus cash.

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Tim Bontemps on Kobe, Lakers and Nets; Sam Amick on Warriors, Kings and Thunder

Nov 10, 2015 - 00:51:45

Tim Bontemps, currently with the New York Post and soon to be the national NBA writer for the Washington Post, joins Chris Mannix in the Sports Illustrated podcast studio to talk about how bad the Brooklyn Nets are playing, Kobe Bryant's abysmal season and what needs to happen with the Los Angeles Lakers. USA Today's Sam Amick also joins the program, and he talks with Chris about DeMarcus Cousins and the Sacramento Kings, Billy Donovan and the Oklahoma City Thunder, the Golden State Warriors and more. You can subscribe to the Open Floor podcast on iTunes and Stitcher, and you can find more great Sports Illustrated podcasts at si.com/podcasts. -- Open Floor is brought to you by the SeatGeek app, available in app stores and at seatgeek.com. Enter code OPENFLOOR in the app to for a $20 rebate off your first ticket purchase. We're also sponsored by FanDuel. Enter promo code OPENFLOOR at FanDuel.com for up to $200 in bonus cash. Music by The Passion Hifi twitter.com/Passion_HiFi

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Al Jefferson; Lee Jenkins on Kobe Bryant, the LA Lakers, Steph Curry and more

Nov 3, 2015 - 00:58:42

To kick off episode No. 3 of the Open Floor podcast, Chris Mannix shares three things he likes and three things he doesn't like after the first week of the season. Then he welcomes the Charlotte Hornets' Al Jefferson to talk about players he's modeled his game after, what makes him such a great low-post player, what he's learned from Michael Jordan and more. Finally, Sports Illustrated's very own senior NBA writer Lee Jenkins comes on the program to share his thoughts on Kobe Bryant and the Los Angeles Lakers, Steph Curry and much more. You can find more great Sports Illustrated podcasts at si.com/podcasts, and please subscribe to us on iTunes or Stitcher. -- Open Floor is brought to you by the SeatGeek app, available in app stores and at seatgeek.com. Enter code OPENFLOOR in the app to for a $20 rebate off your first ticket purchase. We're also sponsored by FanDuel. Enter promo code OPENFLOOR at FanDuel.com for up to $200 in bonus cash. Music by The Passion Hifi twitter.com/Passion_HiFi

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Kyle Lowry on Raptors; Howard Beck on Kobe Bryant and Knicks, Mark Bechtel on Cavaliers

Oct 26, 2015 - 00:54:58

In the second episode of the Open Floor podcast, host Chris Mannix welcomes SI Kids managing editor Mark Bechtel to talk about LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers; Toronto Raptors point guard Kyle Lowry; and Bleacher Report's Howard Beck to discuss the New York Knicks, Kobe Bryant, Kevin Durant and more. You can subscribe to the Open Floor podcast on iTunes, and you can find more great Sports Illustrated podcasts at si.com/podcasts. -- Open Floor is brought to you by the SeatGeek app, available in app stores and at seatgeek.com. Enter code OPENFLOOR in the app to for a $20 rebate off your first ticket purchase. We're also sponsored by FanDuel. Enter promo code OPENFLOOR at FanDuel.com for up to $200 in bonus cash. Music by The Passion Hifi twitter.com/Passion_HiFi

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OKC Thunder coach Billy Donovan and Chicago Bulls beat writer KC Johnson

Oct 20, 2015 - 00:55:13

Welcome to the inaugural episode of the Open Floor podcast. Hosted by NBA insider Chris Mannix, Sports Illustrated’s NBA podcast dishes weekly analysis and features guest appearances from some of the biggest names in the NBA and sports media. In this episode, Mannix welcomes Oklahoma City Thunder head coach Billy Donovan. They talk about why he chose to leave the college coaching ranks for the NBA, what happened in Orlando, how he connected with Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook, transitioning to the pros and more. Also joining the show is K.C. Johnson, Chicago Bulls beat writer for the Chicago Tribune. They discuss Derrick Rose’s latest injury, the differences between new coach Fred Hoiberg and former coach Tom Thibodeau and much more. You can subscribe to the Open Floor podcast on iTunes, and you can find more great Sports Illustrated podcasts at si.com/podcasts. -- Open Floor is brought to you by the SeatGeek app, available in app stores and at http://seatgeek.com. Enter code OPENFLOOR in the app to for a $20 rebate off your first ticket purchase. We're also sponsored by FanDuel. Enter promo code OPENFLOOR at http://FanDuel.com for up to $200 in bonus cash. Music by The Passion Hifi https://twitter.com/Passion_HiFi

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Feb 4, 2015 - 3:09:16

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