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#71 - Should the Cleveland Cavaliers trade Kyrie Irving?

Jul 24, 2017 - 01:20:00

With Kyrie Irving reportedly wanting out of Cleveland, should the Cavaliers trade him before training camp? Which teams make sense as a trade partner? What should Cleveland target in return? As for John Wall, will he live up to the four-year "supermax" extension he just signed with Washington? Does that contract limit the Wizards' ceiling? How can they improve moving forward? Check out the episode to hear Morten Jensen (@msjnba), Sarah Cilea (@wildhorses65) and Bryan Toporek (@btoporek) discuss all of that and more. Follow us on Twitter: @TheNBAPod  

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#70 - Buy or sell: Carmelo to Houston rumors, Lonzo Ball hype

Jul 15, 2017 - 01:21:56

Is Carmelo Anthony eventually headed to the Houston Rockets? What should they be willing to give up to land him? Which other teams might be involved in this four-team trade? How will the latest free-agent signings fit in with their respective teams? Fresh off a dazzling summer league performance, is Lonzo Ball actually the greatest thing since sliced bread? Which other rookies have dazzled in Las Vegas? Check out the episode to hear Morten Jensen (@msjnba), Sarah Cilea (@wildhorses65) and Bryan Toporek (@btoporek) discuss all of that and more. Follow us on Twitter: @TheNBAPod

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#69 - Winners and losers of the 2017 NBA offseason

Jul 8, 2017 - 01:23:17

Which NBA teams made the smartest moves this offseason? Which managed to salvage bad situations? Which made the most regrettable decisions? (Here's looking at you, New York Knicks.) Check out the episode to hear Morten Jensen (@msjnba), Sarah Cilea (@wildhorses65) and Bryan Toporek (@btoporek) discuss all of that and more. Follow us on Twitter: @TheNBAPod

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#68 - Did Gordon Hayward do the Utah Jazz wrong?

Jul 6, 2017 - 01:14:55

Does Gordon Hayward owe it to the Utah Jazz to orchestrate a sign-and-trade with the Boston Celtics for Jae Crowder? Are the Celtics a legitimate threat to the Cleveland Cavaliers or Golden State Warriors after signing Hayward? Will Paul Millsap make the Denver Nuggets a playoff team in the cutthroat Western Conference? How will Danilo Gallinari fare alongside Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan in L.A.? Were the Toronto Raptors right to re-sign Kyle Lowry and Serge Ibaka? Did the Philadelphia 76ers overpay JJ Redick and Amir Johnson? Did the Sacramento Kings err in signing George Hill and Zach Randolph? Check out the episode to hear Morten Jensen (@msjnba) and Bryan Toporek (@btoporek) discuss all of that and more. Follow us on Twitter: @TheNBAPod

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#67 - Evaluating the Paul George, Ricky Rubio trades

Jul 1, 2017 - 01:03:38

Did the Indiana Pacers get enough for Paul George? Why didn't they wait until free agency began? Will George's arrival convince Russell Westbrook to sign a "supermax" extension with the Oklahoma City Thunder? How will Victor Oladipo and Domantas Sabonis fit with the Pacers? Will Jeff Teague be a good match with the Minnesota Timberwolves? How will Ricky Rubio fare on the Utah Jazz? Were the Los Angeles Clippers and New Orleans Pelicans right to retain Blake Griffin and Jrue Holiday, respectively, on monster five-year deals? What were the best and worst signings from the first few hours of free agency? Check out the episode to hear Morten Jensen (@msjnba), Sarah Cilea (@wildhorses65) and Bryan Toporek (@btoporek) discuss all of that and more. Follow us on Twitter: @TheNBAPod

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#66 - 2017 Western Conference free agency preview

Jun 30, 2017 - 01:42:37

After acquiring CP3, what's next for the Houston Rockets? What big moves do the San Antonio Spurs have up their sleeves? Should the New Orleans Pelicans give Jrue Holiday a five-year max deal? Should the Dallas Mavericks match a max offer sheet for Nerlens Noel? How much should the Los Angeles Clippers offer Blake Griffin to keep him around? Are the Golden State Warriors at real risk of losing Andre Iguodala? Should the Los Angeles Lakers go all-in to trade for Paul George? Can the Utah Jazz keep all three of Gordon Hayward, George Hill and Joe Ingles? Check out the episode to hear Morten Jensen (@msjnba), Bryan Toporek (@btoporek) and special guest Kelly Scaletta (@kellyscaletta) discuss all of that and more. Follow us on Twitter: @TheNBAPod

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#65 - 2017 Eastern Conference free agency preview

Jun 27, 2017 - 01:02:39

With Paul George likely to leave next year, should the Indiana Pacers allow Jeff Teague to walk in free agency? Should the Cleveland Cavaliers continue shopping Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love? Should the Detroit Pistons match any offer sheet Kentavious Caldwell-Pope receives? Can the Boston Celtics land both Gordon Hayward and Paul George? Should the Toronto Raptors blow up their core or attempt to bring back the band? How should the Philadelphia 76ers spend their $50-plus million in cap space? Would the Atlanta Hawks be smart to let Paul Millsap walk? Who might the Miami Heat target once Chris Bosh's contract comes off the books? Check out the episode to hear Morten Jensen (@msjnba), Bryan Toporek (@btoporek) and special guest Ian Levy (@hickoryhigh) discuss all of that and more. Follow us on Twitter: @TheNBAPod

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#64 - Reaction to the 2017 NBA draft & the Jimmy Butler trade

Jun 24, 2017 - 01:17:47

Did the Chicago Bulls get enough from the Minnesota Timberwolves in the Jimmy Butler trade? How will Jimmy Buckets fit in Minnesota? What's next for the Bulls? Who were the biggest winners and losers from the 2017 NBA draft? Did the Los Angeles Lakers give up too quickly on D'Angelo Russell? Is Brook Lopez a long-term fit with the Lakers? What does the Atlanta Hawks' decision to trade Dwight Howard mean for Paul Millsap's future with the team? How will the lower-than-expected 2017-18 salary cap of $99 million affect free agency? Check out the episode to hear Morten Jensen (@msjnba), Bryan Toporek (@btoporek), Mark Deeks (@markdeeksnba) and Mark Karantzoulis (@markknba) discuss all of that and more. Follow us on Twitter: @TheNBAPod

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#63 - Breaking down Jimmy Butler, Paul George, Kristaps Porzingis trade rumors

Jun 20, 2017 - 01:10:49

Do the Indiana Pacers have to trade George this offseason? Should they do it by this Thursday's NBA draft? What should they expect in return? Is it time for the Chicago Bulls to trade Jimmy Butler? What is their long-term plan moving forward? Should the New York Knicks fire Phil Jackson before he can trade away Kristaps Porzingis? Should the Boston Celtics go all-in on acquiring KP? Why did the Cavaliers refuse to re-sign David Griffin? What does that mean for LeBron James' free agency in 2018? Check out the episode to hear Morten Jensen (@msjnba), Sarah Cilea (@wildhorses65), Bryan Toporek (@btoporek) and special guest Jason Patt (@bulls_jay) discuss all of that and more. Follow us on Twitter: @TheNBAPod

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#62 - Evaluating the Markelle Fultz blockbuster trade

Jun 18, 2017 - 01:14:03

Did the Boston Celtics get enough to move down from No. 1 to No. 3? Should they keep the No. 3 pick or trade it for Jimmy Butler? What does the trade mean for Isaiah Thomas' future in Boston? How will Markelle Fultz fit alongside Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid? In the wake of this trade, who should the Philadelphia 76ers target in free agency? Does this deal justify The Process? Check out the episode to hear Morten Jensen (@msjnba), Bryan Toporek (@btoporek) and special guest James Holas (@snottiedrippen) discuss all of that and more. Follow us on Twitter: @TheNBAPod

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#61 - Previewing the 2017 NBA draft with Sam Vecenie

Jun 16, 2017 - 01:20:45

Should the Cleveland Cavaliers roll back the same core, or should they shop Kevin Love and/or Kyrie Irving? Are the Golden State Warriors ruining the NBA by being too dominant? What makes Markelle Fultz the clear-cut No. 1 overall pick? Is Lonzo Ball a no-brainer for the Los Angeles Lakers at No. 2? Should the Philadelphia 76ers abandon the "best player available" mindset and consider fit at No. 3? Which non-Fultz prospects project as surefire All-Stars? Who should teams target in the middle of the first round? Which late-first or second-round prospects could emerge as sleepers? Should the Sixers trade for the No. 1 overall pick? Check out the episode to hear Morten Jensen (@msjnba), Sarah Cilea (@wildhorses65), Bryan Toporek (@btoporek) and Sam Vecenie (@sam_vecenie) discuss all of that and more. Follow us on Twitter: @TheNBAPod

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#60 - Can the Cavaliers come back from a 3-1 Finals deficit again?

Jun 10, 2017 - 01:18:35

Can the Cleveland Cavaliers come back from a 3-1 series deficit for the second straight year, or will the Golden State Warriors finish the deed this time? Does LeBron James belong in the GOAT conversation with Michael Jordan? Is LeBron a legitimate free-agent flight risk in 2018? Should the Boston Celtics consider shopping the No. 1 pick? Is Lonzo Ball the best fit for the Los Angeles Lakers at No. 2? Should the Sacramento Kings consider using the Nos. 5 and 10 picks to trade up? Check out the episode to hear Morten Jensen (@msjnba), Bryan Toporek (@btoporek) and special guest James Holas (@snottiedrippen) discuss all of that and more. Follow us on Twitter: @TheNBAPod

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#59 - Finals Game 1 reaction and NBA Draft preview

Jun 2, 2017 - 01:12:21

What were the big takeaways for the Cleveland Cavaliers and Golden State Warriors from Game 1? What adjustments can the Cavaliers make heading into Game 2? Is this series already over? Should the Boston Celtics consider trading the No. 1 overall pick? Should LaVar Ball affect Lonzo Ball's draft stock? What should the Philadelphia 76ers do at No. 3? What are the strengths and weaknesses of the other top draft prospects? Which mid-first-round prospects could emerge as draft-day steals? Who are the sleepers in this year's draft class? Check out the episode to hear Morten Jense (@msjnba), Bryan Toporek (@btoporek) and special guest Derek Bodner (@derekbodnerNBA) discuss all of that and more. Follow us on Twitter: @TheNBAPod

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#58 - 2017 NBA Finals preview, postmortems for BOS and SAS

May 29, 2017 - 01:20:23

Can the San Antonio Spurs afford to stand pat at point guard this summer, or do they need to make a big splash in free agency? Should they be shopping LaMarcus Aldridge? What should the Boston Celtics do with Isaiah Thomas, Avery Bradley and Marcus Smart during the offseason, especially after landing the No. 1 overall pick? Is there any circumstance where the Celtics should consider trading that pick? What are the biggest keys to the NBA Finals? Who are the X-factors for each side? Would Chris Paul be a good fit with the Spurs? Should the Philadelphia 76ers be willing to throw gobs of money at Kyle Lowry and JJ Redick? Check out the episode to hear Morten Jensen (@msjnba), Sarah Cilea (@wildhorses65) and Bryan Toporek (@btoporek) discuss all of that and more. Follow us on Twitter: @TheNBAPod

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#57 - 2017 draft lottery analysis, ECF preview and Zaza banter

May 18, 2017 - 00:49:36

Who were the biggest winners and losers from Tuesday's draft lottery? Is there any chance the Los Angeles Lakers don't select UCLA point guard Lonzo Ball at No. 2 overall? What should the Philadelphia 76ers do at No. 3? Did Zaza Pachulia intend to injure Kawhi Leonard? How can Gregg Popovich get the San Antonio Spurs back into their series against the Golden State Warriors? What changes should the Washington Wizards make to their roster this offseason? Do the Boston Celtics stand a chance against the Cleveland Cavaliers? Check out the episode to hear Morten Jensen (@msjnba), Sarah Cilea (@wildhorses65) and Bryan Toporek (@btoporek) discuss all of that and more. Follow us on Twitter: @TheNBAPod

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#56 - Previewing Spurs-Warriors and the NBA draft lottery

May 14, 2017 - 01:23:34

After running out of steam in their second-round series against the San Antonio Spurs, what's next for James Harden and the Houston Rockets? What are the major keys to Game 7 of the Boston Celtics-Washington Wizards series Monday? Are the Golden State Warriors ruining the playoffs by being too good? How much money should the Utah Jazz be willing to spend on Gordon Hayward and George Hill in free agency this summer? Should the Toronto Raptors and Los Angeles Clippers embrace a rebuild? Do the Spurs have any chance of toppling Golden State in the Western Conference finals? Who came out as a major winner from the NBA draft combine? Check out the episode to hear Morten Jensen (@msjnba), Sarah Cilea (@wildhorses65) and Bryan Toporek (@btoporek) discuss all of that and more. Follow us on Twitter: @TheNBAPod

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#55 - Second-round playoff analysis and Eastern Conference overhauls

May 7, 2017 - 01:19:10

Did the Washington Wizards already blow their best shot of stealing their second-round series against the Boston Celtics? Can the San Antonio Spurs survive Tony Parker's season-ending injury? Do the Toronto Raptors and Utah Jazz have any chance of staving off elimination against the Cleveland Cavaliers and Golden State Warriors, respectively? How will the Indiana Pacers and Atlanta Hawks' front office overhauls affect their offseason plans? Should the New York Knicks be listening to trade offers for Kristaps Porzingis? Check out the episode to hear Morten Jensen (@msjnba), Sarah Cilea (@wildhorses65) and Bryan Toporek (@btoporek) discuss all of that and more. Follow us on Twitter: @TheNBAPod

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#54 - First round wrap-up

Apr 30, 2017 - 01:37:37

Did LeBron dominate just to remind us of who he is? Will Toronto improve now that they don't have to match up against Octo-Giannis? Will Golden State sweep the second round, regardless of match-up? How good is Kawhi Leonard? Was dropping four straight, after winning the first two, the most 2017 Bulls thing ever? Check out the episode to hear Morten Jensen (@msjnba) and Sarah Cilea (@wildhorses65) discuss all of that and more.

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#53 - Reaction to Week 1 of the 2017 NBA playoffs

Apr 21, 2017 - 01:26:29

Can the Boston Celtics overcome their rebounding woes to get back into their series against the Chicago Bulls? What's going wrong for the Indiana Pacers and Atlanta Hawks against the Cleveland Cavaliers and Washington Wizards, respectively? Do the Toronto Raptors have the personnel to slow down the Milwaukee Bucks? Should the Golden State Warriors rest Kevin Durant until the second round? How can the Memphis Grizzlies slow down Kawhi Leonard without Tony Allen? What adjustments should the Oklahoma City Thunder make against the Houston Rockets? Can the Utah Jazz survive without Rudy Gobert against the Los Angeles Clippers? Check out the episode to hear Morten Jensen (@msjnba), Sarah Cilea (@wildhorses65), Bryan Toporek (@btoporek) and Bobby Karalla (@bobbykaralla) of Mavs.com discuss all of that and more.

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#52 - Our 2017 NBA playoffs mega-preview

Apr 13, 2017 - 01:21:02

What are the keys to each first-round series in the 2017 NBA playoffs? Who are the X-factors for each team? How will each series play out? Will there be any major upsets? Can the Cleveland Cavaliers snap out of their late-season funk? Who will win the battle of the MVP candidates between Russell Westbrook and James Harden? Are the Toronto Raptors a dark-horse threat to make the Finals? Check out the episode to hear Morten Jensen (@msjnba), Sarah Cilea (@wildhorses65) and Bryan Toporek (@btoporek) discuss all of that and more. Follow us on Twitter: @TheNBAPod

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#51 - Debating MVP, DPOY and other 2016-17 NBA awards

Apr 9, 2017 - 01:24:05

Is Russell Westbrook's historic season enough for him to defy precedent and win Most Valuable Player? Does Kawhi Leonard's claim as the league's best two-way player mean he should win the award? How much should preseason expectations factor in to the MVP debate? Who should be Defensive Player of the Year, Draymond Green or Rudy Gobert? Can Joel Embiid win Rookie of the Year despite playing only 31 games? Who deserves consideration for Sixth Man of the Year, Most Improved Player, Coach of the Year and Executive of the Year? Check out the episode to hear Morten Jensen (@msjnba), Sarah Cilea (@wildhorses65) and Bryan Toporek (@btoporek) discuss the top contenders for each of the major awards. Follow us on Twitter: @TheNBAPod

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#50 - What's next for the Pelicans and the Pistons?

Apr 8, 2017 - 01:23:11

What should Golden State Warriors fans hope to see from Kevin Durant upon his return? Which Eastern Conference team poses the biggest threat to the Cleveland Cavaliers in the playoffs? How will Derrick Rose's latest knee injury affect his free-agent prospects? With the New Orleans Pelicans officially eliminated from playoff contention, how should they build around the DeMarcus Cousins-Anthony Davis tandem? Should the Detroit Pistons blow up their core this offseason? How will Patrick Ewing fare as the new head coach at Georgetown? Check out the episode to hear Morten Jensen (@msjnba), Sarah Cilea (@wildhorses65) and Bryan Toporek (@btoporek) touch upon all of these topics and more.

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#49 - Postmortems for Western Conference lottery teams

Apr 1, 2017 - 01:28:39

Is Tony Parker playable against the Golden State Warriors in a hypothetical playoff matchup? Is it officially time to sound the alarm about the slumping Cleveland Cavaliers? If the Los Angeles Lakers draft Lonzo Ball, how would he fit next to D'Angelo Russell? Should the Phoenix Suns trade Eric Bledsoe this offseason and build around Devin Booker? Is it fair to call Andrew Wiggins a draft bust? Should the Dallas Mavericks go all-in on one final playoff push for Dirk Nowitzki in 2017-18? Are the Sacramento Kings screwed as long as they have Vivek Ranadive as their owner? Check out the episode to hear Morten Jensen (@msjnba), Sarah Cilea (@wildhorses65) and Bryan Toporek (@btoporek) touch upon all of these topics and more. Follow us on Twitter at @TheNBAPod

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#48 - Bidding adieu to Eastern Conference bottom-feeders

Mar 25, 2017 - 01:32:51

Should the Philadelphia 76ers sign Joel Embiid to an extension this summer? What characteristics should the Orlando Magic look for in a new general manager if they fire Rob Hennigan? Will the New York Knicks' obsession with the triangle offense continue to be their downfall? Do the Brooklyn Nets have any signs of hope for the future? Are the Charlotte Hornets destined for the treadmill of mediocrity? Is Tinder helping eliminate home-court advantage in the NBA? Check out the episode to hear Morten Jensen (@msjnba), Sarah Cilea (@wildhorses65) and Bryan Toporek (@btoporek) touch upon all of these topics and more. Follow us on Twitter at @TheNBAPod.

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#47 - Can the Suns out-tank the Lakers?

Mar 19, 2017 - 01:14:30

Has Dwyane Wade already played his final game with the Chicago Bulls? Do the Phoenix Suns have any chance of out-tanking the Los Angeles Lakers down the stretch? Are the Sacramento Kings less screwed post-Boogie trade than we thought? Which NBA prospects should we be watching during the NCAA tournament? Should the NBA intervene to prevent teams from resting players during marquee regular-season games? Check out the episode to hear Morten Jensen (@msjnba) and Bryan Toporek (@btoporek) discuss all of these topics and more.

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#46 - How are the major trade-deadline splashes faring?

Mar 11, 2017 - 01:17:51

How are the biggest players moved at the trade deadline faring on their new squads? Which teams are going to win the No. 8 seed in their respective conferences? Is it too early to panic about Los Angeles Lakers rookie forward Brandon Ingram? Where does Dirk Nowitzki rank among the all-time great power forwards in his generation? Check out the episode to hear Morten Jensen (@msjnba), Sarah Cilea (@wildhorses65) and Bryan Toporek (@btoporek) touch upon all of these topics and more.

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#45 - How do Durant, Lowry injuries impact the playoff race?

Mar 4, 2017 - 01:06:31

With Kevin Durant sidelined for the next four weeks (or longer), are the Golden State Warriors still the favorite to represent the Western Conference in the NBA Finals? How will Kyle Lowry's wrist surgery impact the playoff seeding in the Eastern Conference playoff bracket? Does Joel Embiid deserve to be Rookie of the Year despite playing only 31 games? Should the NBA tweak the way buyouts currently operate? Are the New York Knicks insane for attempting to reinstall the triangle offense? Check out the episode to hear Morten Jensen (@msjnba), Sarah Cilea (@wildhorses65) and Bryan Toporek (@btoporek) touch upon all of these topics and more.

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#44 - Recapping the 2017 NBA trade deadline

Feb 25, 2017 - 01:26:31

Is there any justification for the Philadelphia 76ers trading Nerlens Noel to the Dallas Mavericks for 25 cents on the dollar? Can Cameron Payne justify his high price with the Chicago Bulls? Did the acquisitions of P.J. Tucker and Serge Ibaka make the Toronto Raptors the Eastern Conference's second-best team? Will Lou Williams help the Houston Rockets make it to the Western Conference Finals? Should the Boston Celtics have cashed in their trade assets? Will the Indiana Pacers regret not trading Paul George? And how will Magic Johnson fare as the Los Angeles Lakers' president? Check out the episode to hear Morten Jensen (@msjnba), Sarah Cilea (@wildhorses65) and Bryan Toporek (@btoporek) discuss all of these topics and more.

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#43 - Breaking down the DeMarcus Cousins trade

Feb 20, 2017 - 00:53:02

How badly did the New Orleans Pelicans fleece the Sacramento Kings in their acquisition of DeMarcus Cousins? Will a frontline of Cousins and Anthony Davis work in New Orleans? What types of players should the Pelicans target to build around their Boogie-Brow frontcourt? Is there any silver lining for Sacramento in this trade? Should the Pelicans have made the deal without getting reassurance Cousins would re-sign with them in 2018? Was this deal an unintended consequence of the new collective bargaining agreement? Check out the episode to hear Morten Jensen (@msjnba) and Bryan Toporek (@btoporek) discuss all of these topics and more.

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#42 - All-Star break award updates and WTF, Bryan Colangelo?

Feb 18, 2017 - 01:33:17

Do Philadelphia 76ers fans have any reason to trust team president Bryan Colangelo heading into the trade deadline? Is Carmelo Anthony a deserving All-Star Game replacement for Kevin Love? Why are we sleeping on the San Antonio Spurs as title contenders? Which players should be front-runners for the NBA's major awards heading into the All-Star break? What major shakeups could happen at the trade deadline? Check out the episode to hear Morten Jensen (@msjnba), Sarah Cilea (@wildhorses65) and Bryan Toporek (@btoporek) discuss all of these topics and more.

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#41 - Reaction to Toronto's Serge Ibaka trade and the Nurkic-Plumlee swap

Feb 14, 2017 - 00:45:06

After acquiring Serge Ibaka from the Orlando Magic, are the Toronto Raptors a legitimate threat to topple the Cleveland Cavaliers in the playoffs? How does Ibaka fit in Toronto? Did the Raptors overpay for him? Should the Magic have held out for more? Who came out as the biggest winner in the Jusuf Nurkic-Mason Plumlee swap between the Denver Nuggets and Portland Trail Blazers? Check out the episode to hear Morten Jensen (@msjnba) and Bryan Toporek (@btoporek) discuss all of this and more.

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#40 - Jabari Parker's Torn ACL, Jahill Okafor Trade Rumors and the Latest Knicks Dysfunction

Feb 11, 2017 - 01:26:16

Should the Milwaukee Bucks change course in the wake of Jabari Parker's second ACL tear? How would Jahlil Okafor fit on the New Orleans Pelicans? Is the New York Knicks' dysfunction jeopardizing their chances of ever landing a marquee free agent? Are the Washington Wizards a legitimate dark horse to make the NBA Finals? Would the Miami Heat have been better off without catching fire and reeling off a massive win streak? Check out the episode to hear Morten Jensen (@msjnba), Sarah Cilea (@wildhorses65) and Bryan Toporek (@btoporek) touch upon all of these topics and more.

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#39 - Fixing the Bulls, LeBron vs. Chuck and All-Star Saturday Analysis

Feb 4, 2017 - 01:29:25

Are the Chicago Bulls doomed to mediocrity until they fire Gar Forman and John Paxson? Was LeBron James right to clap back at Charles Barkley after Chuck called him whiny? Can Jordan Farmar, Mario Chalmers, Kirk Hinrich or Lance Stephenson appease LeBron's desire for the Cleveland Cavaliers to add another playmaker? Should the Orlando Magic trade Serge Ibaka no matter what by the Feb. 23 deadline? Who will win the Three-Point Shootout, Skills Contest and Slam Dunk Contest during All-Star Weekend? Should Los Angeles Lakers executive vice president Jim Buss be updating his resume after the team hired Magic Johnson on Thursday? Check out the episode to hear Morten Jensen (@msjnba) and Bryan Toporek (@btoporek) touch upon all of these topics and more.

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#38 - All-Star Reserve Snubs and Team Banana Boat Drama

Jan 28, 2017 - 01:10:06

Should NBA coaches have named Chris Paul, Mike Conley or Joel Embiid as All-Star Game reserves? What should the Chicago Bulls do in the wake of Jimmy Butler and Dwyane Wade criticizing their younger teammates? With LeBron James openly pining for a backup playmaker, do the Cleveland Cavaliers need to make a major move by the trade deadline? How low should the New York Knicks be willing to sell on Carmelo Anthony? Fresh off their worst loss in franchise history, should the Los Angeles Lakers embrace the tank? Check out the episode to hear Sarah Cilea and Bryan Toporek touch upon all of these topics and more.

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#37 - All-Star Starter Snubs and CP3, Rudy Gay Injury Analysis

Jan 23, 2017 - 01:15:45

Who was the bigger starting snub from the 2017 NBA All-Star Game, Russell Westbrook or Kyle Lowry? How should the Los Angeles Clippers proceed in the wake of Chris Paul's thumb injury? Should Rudy Gay opt in after tearing his Achilles tendon? What will the loss of Pau Gasol mean for the San Antonio Spurs? Which teams should be interested in Minnesota Timberwolves point guard Ricky Rubio? Do the Philadelphia 76ers have a legitimate chance to make the playoffs? Check out the episode to hear Sarah Cilea and Bryan Toporek touch upon all of these topics and more.

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#36 - How should the Knicks proceed with Derrick Rose?

Jan 14, 2017 - 01:14:26

After Derrick Rose's mysterious disappearance on Monday, how should the New York Knicks proceed with him moving forward? Who won the Kyle Korver trade? Why would DeMarcus Cousins sign an extension with the Sacramento Kings? Should the Chicago Bulls be shopping Jimmy Butler? Which Western Conference contender poses the biggest threat to the Golden State Warriors? Check out the episode to hear Sarah Cilea and Bryan Toporek touch upon all of these topics and more.

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#35 - Should the Atlanta Hawks Trade Paul Millsap?

Jan 6, 2017 - 01:23:12

How should the Chicago Bulls resolve their Rajon Rondo dilemma? Should the Atlanta Hawks trade Paul Millsap rather than risk losing him for nothing in free agency? Does Chicago head coach Fred Hoiberg deserve to be on the hot seat? What's ailing the Detroit Pistons since Reggie Jackson's return? With scoring on pace to set a new all-time high, should the NBA intervene and alter its rules? Check out the episode to hear Morten Jensen, Sarah Cilea and Bryan Toporek touch upon all of these topics and more.

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#34 - New CBA Analysis and Debating DNP-Rest

Dec 16, 2016 - 01:07:50

Who stands to benefit from the NBA's new collective bargaining agreement? Should teams be allowed to rest players on the road? What's behind the Spurs' defensive decline when Kawhi Leonard is on the court? Are the Indiana Pacers, Charlotte Hornets and Portland Trail Blazers legitimate threats to make noise in the playoffs? Check out the episode to hear Sarah Cilea and Bryan Toporek touch upon all of these topics and more.

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#33 - Where Do the Magic Go From Here?

Dec 12, 2016 - 01:22:13

With ill-fitting pieces and young lottery picks playing out of position (or buried on the bench), how should the Orlando Magic proceed in their rebuild? Did Brooklyn Nets general manager Sean Marks screw up in his structuring of Donatas Motiejuanas' offer sheet? Why aren't the Boston Celtics living up to preseason expectations? Should the Phoenix Suns go all-in on their youth movement? Which players would be favored for the major NBA awards one-quarter of the way through the 2016-17 campaign? Check out the episode to hear Morten Jensen, Sarah Cilea, Bryan Toporek and special guest Keith Smith of RealGM touch upon all of these topics and more.

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#32 - How Screwed Are the Grizzlies Without Mike Conley?

Dec 2, 2016 - 01:25:48

With Mike Conley sidelined by a back injury for the next 6-8 weeks, are the Memphis Grizzlies' playoff hopes on life support? Should the Golden State Warriors, Los Angeles Clippers and San Antonio Spurs be most afraid of the Utah Jazz compared to any other Western Conference team? Is Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban right to not pursue tanking? How should the Washington Wizards, Miami Heat and Denver Nuggets reshape their rosters over the coming months? Check out the episode to hear Morten Jensen, Sarah Cilea and Bryan Toporek touch upon all of these topics and more.

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#31 - Are the Knicks a Legit Playoff Contender?

Nov 27, 2016 - 01:16:42

After going 5-1 in their past six games, are the New York Knicks a serious playoff contender? Can Reggie Jackson transform the Detroit Pistons into a legitimate threat to the Cleveland Cavaliers once he returns? Do Giannis Antetokounmpo and Jabari Parker work together long-term? What's ailing the Boston Celtics and Minnesota Timberwolves? Check out the episode to hear Morten Jensen, Sarah Cilea and Bryan Toporek touch upon all of these topics and more.

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#30 - The Lakers Rise Again

Nov 18, 2016 - 01:17:24

Can Jrue Holiday help the New Orleans Pelicans turn their season around? Who deserves the most credit for the surprising starts from the Los Angeles Lakers and Brooklyn Nets? How can the Portland Trail Blazers get Evan Turner going? Is it finally time for the Sacramento Kings to trade DeMarcus Cousins? Which teams have emerged as threats to the Golden State Warriors and Cleveland Cavaliers? Check out the episode to hear Morten Jensen, Sarah Cilea and Bryan Toporek touch upon all of these topics and more.

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#29 - The NBA Takes On The Election

Nov 13, 2016 - 01:20:43

In this episode of The NBA Podcast, Morten Jensen, Bryan Toporek and special guest Mark Karantzoulis break down the biggest stories from the third week of the 2016-17 NBA season. What are the major takeaways from the Chicago Bulls' surprising start? Can Jrue Holiday help the New Orleans Pelicans turn their season around? How should the Orlando Magic proceed moving forward? Are the Los Angeles Clippers are the best team in the NBA thus far? They also delve into the NBA's reaction to the U.S. presidential election and the feud between Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban and ESPN reporters Tim MacMahon and Marc Stein.

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#28 - Russell Westbrook's Revenge Tour Derails

Nov 4, 2016 - 01:15:14

Have the Golden State Warriors already found their groove after laying waste to the Portland Trail Blazers and Oklahoma City Thunder? What's most surprising about the undefeated Cleveland Cavaliers? Are the Chicago Bulls actually... good? Is there any hope for the New York Knicks? Was Detroit Pistons head coach Stan Van Gundy right to rail against coaches resting playings? Which extensions handed to rising fourth-year players were good values? Which could prove detrimental? Check out the episode to hear Morten Jensen, Sarah Cilea and Bryan Toporek touch upon all of these topics and more.

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The NBA Podcast
#27 - Opening Night Reaction

Oct 28, 2016 - 01:11:23

Morten, Sarah and Bryan recap a wild first few days of the 2016-17 NBA season, including the new-look Knicks starting off on the wrong foot against the defending-champion Cavaliers, the Spurs' demolition of the Warriors and Joel Embiid's regular-season debut. They also touch upon the Lakers and Kings looking shockingly competent this season, Blake Griffin's return and Dwyane Wade suddenly learning how to shoot three-pointers. They wrap up with the "My Crush" segment, highlighting lesser-known players who deserve some attention nevertheless. Check out the episode to hear their reaction to an amazing first few days of the season.

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The NBA Podcast
#26 - Preseason Recap, Season Predictions

Oct 24, 2016 - 01:21:29

Morten, Sarah and Bryan recap their biggest takeaways from the 2016-17 preseason before diving into their season predictions. How will Michael Carter-Williams fit with the Chicago Bulls? What's behind the latest influx of LaMarcus Aldridge trade buzz? Which players surprised during the preseason? How will the playoff races shake out in each conference? Which players will walk away with the major hardware at the end of the regular season? Check out the episode to hear all of their picks.

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The NBA Podcast
#25 - Northwest Division Preview

Oct 21, 2016 - 01:14:46

Morten, Sarah and Bryan finish their division-by-division preview of the 2016-17 NBA season with a look at the Northwest Division. Should the Denver Nuggets go all-in on their youth movement? Will Tom Thibodeau guide the Minnesota Timberwolves to the playoffs? How will the Oklahoma City Thunder fare in their first year sans Kevin Durant? Are the Portland Trail Blazers due for regression? Can the Utah Jazz emerge as a legitimate contender in the West? Check out the episode to hear discussion on all of those topics and more.

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The NBA Podcast
#24 - Southwest Division Preview

Oct 18, 2016 - 01:17:42

Morten, Sarah and Bryan continue their division-by-division preview of the 2016-17 NBA season with a look at the Southwest Division. Will Harrison Barnes flourish in a bigger role with the Dallas Mavericks? How will James Harden fare as the Houston Rockets' full-time point guard? Are the Memphis Grizzlies a legitimate threat to contend in the Western Conference? Which New Orleans Pelicans player will emerge as Anthony Davis' sidekick? What will the San Antonio Spurs look like without Tim Duncan? Check out the episode to hear discussion on all of those topics and more.

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The NBA Podcast
#23 - Pacific Division Preview

Oct 15, 2016 - 01:21:25

Morten, Sarah and Bryan preview the Pacific Division ahead of the 2016-17 NBA season. How can anyone stop the Golden State Warriors? Is this the last stand for the Los Angeles Clippers' Big Three era with Chris Paul, Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan? What will the Los Angeles Lakers look like without Kobe Bryant? Should the Phoenix Suns go all-in on their youth movement? Will the Sacramento Kings stop being a tire fire? Check out the episode to hear discussion on all of those topics and more.

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The NBA Podcast
#22 - Southeast Division Preview

Oct 11, 2016 - 01:14:49

Morten, Sarah and Bryan preview the Southeast Division ahead of the 2016-17 NBA season. Can Dwight Howard replace Al Horford in Atlanta? How will the Miami Heat fare without Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh? How will the Charlotte Hornets build upon their success in 2015-16? Can new Orlando Magic head coach Frank Vogel sort through the crowded frontcourt he inherited? Will John Wall and Bradley Beal make it through the season without killing each other? Check out the episode to hear discussion on all of those topics and more.

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The NBA Podcast
#21 - Central Division Preview

Oct 5, 2016 - 01:11:35

Morten, Sarah and Bryan preview the Central Division ahead of the 2016-17 NBA season. Can the Milwaukee Bucks bounce back after their disappointing 2015-16 campaign? How will Dwyane Wade and Rajon Rondo fit with the Chicago Bulls? Are the Indiana Pacers or Detroit Pistons legitimate challengers to the Cleveland Cavaliers in the Eastern Conference? Check out the episode to hear discussion on all of those topics and more.

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The NBA Podcast
#20 - Atlantic Division Preview

Sep 22, 2016 - 01:03:17

Sarah, Morten and Bryan preview the Atlantic Division ahead of the 2016-17, touching upon the rebuilding Brooklyn Nets, the new-look New York Knicks, the debuts of Philadelphia 76ers rookies Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid, and how Al Horford will fit with the Boston Celtics.

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The NBA Podcast
#19 - 2016 NBA Free Agency Update

Jul 10, 2016 - 01:29:50

Bryan Toporek, Sarah Cilea and Morten Jensen discuss the biggest storylines from the first week of free agency, touching upon Kevin Durant, Dwyane Wade, Al Horford, Pau Gasol and many others.

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The NBA Podcast
#18 - First Day of 2016 NBA Free Agency

Jul 1, 2016 - 01:27:39

Morten Jensen and Bryan Toporek react to a wild first few hours of NBA free agency, including analysis of Jeremy Lin to the Nets, Timofey Mozgov to the Lakers, Joakim Noah to the Knicks and a few late-breaking signings (Chandler Parsons, Evan Fournier and Evan Turner).

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The NBA Podcast
#17 - 2016 NBA Draft Reaction

Jun 24, 2016 - 01:08:08

BBALLBREAKDOWN draft expert Jeff Feyerer joins Morten Jensen and Bryan Toporek to recap the 2016 NBA draft. They discuss the Jimmy Butler trade rumors, the Oklahoma City Thunder-Orlando Magic megadeal and weigh in on the best and worst picks of the night.

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The NBA Podcast
#16 - 2016 NBA Finals Recap

Jun 23, 2016 - 00:58:38

Morten and Sarah share their thoughts on Game 7 of the 2016 NBA Finals and what the result means for the legacy of LeBron James and the Golden State Warriors.

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The NBA Podcast
#15 - Reaction to Wednesday's Tradepocalypse

Jun 23, 2016 - 00:33:35

Morten and Sarah share their reactions to the two big trades that went down Wednesday: Chicago sending Derrick Rose to the New York Knicks and the three-team swap between the Atlanta Hawks, Indiana Pacers and Utah Jazz.

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The NBA Podcast
#14 - 2016 NBA Draft Preview

Jun 16, 2016 - 01:15:49

Jeff Feyerer of BBALLBREAKDOWN joins Bryan to preview the 2016 NBA draft, touching upon the Ben Simmons-Brandon Ingram debate, the biggest question marks among the top 10, mid- and late-first-round value picks and where this year's top prospects rank among the best NCAA players since 2002.

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The NBA Podcast
#13 - Halfway Through the NBA Finals

Jun 9, 2016 - 01:13:10

Sarah, Morten and Bryan discuss Games 2 and 3 of the 2016 NBA Finals, including Cleveland's Kevin Love conundrum, what's wrong with Stephen Curry and whether J.R. Smith's Game 3 breakout is sustainable. They also give their Game 4 predictions and hear about Andre Drummond's recent trip to Denmark.

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The NBA Podcast
#12 - What Must the Sixers Do This Offseason?

Jun 5, 2016 - 01:01:31

Jeff McMenamin of Metro Philly joins Bryan to discuss the Nerlens Noel-for-Jeff Teague trade rumor, debate whether the Sixers should trade Noel or Jahlil Okafor this offseason, weigh Philly's draft options and preview Game 2 of the 2016 NBA Finals.

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The NBA Podcast
#11 - 2016 NBA Finals Preview

Jun 2, 2016 - 00:49:11

Sarah and Bryan bid farewell to the Oklahoma City Thunder before diving deep into a preview of the NBA Finals between the Cleveland Cavaliers and Golden State Warriors. They also share their "Crushes" from the conference finals.

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The NBA Podcast
#10 - Eastern Conference Finals Recap

May 30, 2016 - 01:14:40

Morten, Sarah and Bryan discuss what's next for the Raptors, praise LeBron James for his sixth straight NBA Finals appearance, preview Game 7 of the Western Conference Finals, and weigh in on Mike D'Antoni's fit in Houston, which big man the Sixers should trade, and whether Joakim Noah should re-sign with the Bulls this summer.

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The NBA Podcast
#9 - Post-Draft Lottery, Who Should Go No. 1?

May 22, 2016 - 01:07:17

Morten, Sarah and Bryan break down what the 76ers should do with the No. 1 overall pick, discuss the latest in the Warriors-Thunder and Cavaliers-Raptors conference finals, and weigh in on the Knicks hiring Jeff Hornacek and the Magic hiring Frank Vogel.

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The NBA Podcast
#8 - A Western Conference Finals Preview and a Spurs Eulogy

May 16, 2016 - 01:00:24

Sarah, Morten and Bryan eulogize the Spurs, preview the Western Conference Finals matchup between the Warriors and the Thunder, and break down some of the latest coaching moves across the Association.

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The NBA Podcast
#7(Part 2) - Awards Banter

May 12, 2016 - 00:34:53

In Part 2 of a special two-part episode, Morten and Bryan debate who should have finished second in this year's Most Valuable Player race, argue over whether Portland's Neil Olshey deserved Executive of the Year over San Antonio's R.C. Buford, and discuss Sam Hinkie receiving three Executive of the Year votes.

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The NBA Podcast
#7 (Part 1) - Bidding Farewell to the Hawks and the Blazers

May 12, 2016 - 00:50:20

In Part 1 of a two-part episode, Morten and Bryan discuss Stephen Curry's Game 4 heroics and touch upon whether the Trail Blazers are a free-agent destination, break down keys to Spurs-Thunder moving forward and weigh in on how the Hawks should navigate the offseason.

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The NBA Podcast
#6 - Can the Hawks Come Back Against Cleveland?

May 6, 2016 - 00:59:36

After beginning with an epic Spurs-Thunder Game 2 rant, Sarah and Bryan discuss whether the Hawks are dead in the water against Cleveland, detail big storylines to watch in the Heat-Raptors series and weigh in on the Pacers letting head coach Frank Vogel go.

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The NBA Podcast
#5 - Eastern Conference Semifinals Preview

May 4, 2016 - 01:17:26

Morten and Bryan discuss whether the Hawks have a chance against the Cavaliers, make their picks for the Heat-Raptors series and offer a look at what lies ahead for the Hornets, Celtics, Pacers and Pistons this offseason.

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The NBA Podcast
#4 - Western Conference Semifinals Preview

May 1, 2016 - 01:19:35

Morten, Sarah and Bryan discuss whether the Trail Blazers can upset the Warriors, suggest a path ahead for the Clippers, break down the Spurs-Thunder series and weigh in on Tom Thibodeau's fit in Minnesota and Luke Walton's fit with the Lakers.

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The NBA Podcast
#3 - Do the Bulls Need to Begin a Rebuild?

Apr 13, 2016 - 01:17:34

Morten, Bryan, and Sarah share their NBA awards ballots, discuss the Bradley Beal situation in Washington and provides answers as to why the Bulls need to rebuild. Hosts: Morten Jensen, Bryan Toporek, and Sarah Cilea.

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The NBA Podcast
#2 - Ding, Dong, The Process Is Dead

Apr 9, 2016 - 00:55:56

In Morten's absence, Bryan and Sarah discuss the current state of the Philadelphia 76ers after the resignation of Sam Hinkie, as well as which playoff match-ups the two wish to see this upcoming post-season. Hosts: Bryan Toporek, and Sarah Cilea

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The NBA Podcast
#1 - Can Anyone Stop the Warriors?

Apr 3, 2016 - 01:20:42

First-ever episode of The NBA Podcast, presented by BBALLBREAKDOWN. Topics include the dominance of the Golden State Warriors, the complicated state of the Oklahoma City Thunder, the scandal involving the Los Angeles Lakers and the introduction of the Depressed Fan Scale. Hosts: Bryan Toporek, Sarah Cilea, & Morten Stig Jensen

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