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Hosted by Andrew Sharp and Ben Golliver, SI’s Open Floor podcast brings you breakdowns of the biggest news, moves and more from around the NBA.

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LeBronzo Part Deux, Warriors Without Steph, Overrated/Underrated Playoff Teams

1:24:34 | Mar 13th, 2018

On today's show Andrew Sharp and Ben Golliver begin by discussing LeBron's weekend in Los Angeles. Why was so the visit to L.A. so underwhelming? What did we learn (if anything) about this current Cavs group? What about Magic and Rich Paul? And who i...Show More

The End of Westbrook's Prime, Celtics Sweeping Toward Milwaukee, Donovan Mitchell and D'Angelo Russell

1:15:48 | Apr 23rd

On today's show Andrew Sharp and Ben Golliver begin by talking Russell Westbrook in the middle of a difficult first round series. Topics include: Whether this postseason marks the end of Westbrook's prime, ongoing battles with Damian Lillard, last ye...Show More

Two Versions of Kevin Durant, Derrick White Breaks Out, Ben Simmons Destroys Brooklyn

1:08:04 | Apr 20th

On today's show Andrew Sharp and Ben Golliver begin by processing the week of Kevin Durant scrutiny, from Monday's Game 2 collapse to Thursday's response in Game 3, which was the single most impressive performance of the playoffs so far. From there (...Show More

Shock and Awe and the Sixers, First Round First Impressions, Blazers/Thunder War

1:23:20 | Apr 16th

On today show's Andrew Sharp and Ben Golliver begin by considering the bigger picture for the 76ers. Topics include: Saturday's disastrous Game 1, Monday's Game 2 victory, the price of Ingram over Simmons stock, D'Angelo Russell's proper rating, Elto...Show More

Impromptu Dirk Farewell, Big Picture Playoff Questions, Kings and Lakers Chaos

1:30:19 | Apr 12th

On today's show Andrew Sharp and Ben Golliver begin with some thoughts on Dirk Nowitzki and everything that made his career so enjoyable. Then (17:00): Finals predictions and various narrative arcs at war in Sharp’s head, the final day of the regular...Show More

Revisiting Preseason Over/Unders, Ominous 'Bad Take' Hubris, Open Floor Book Club

1:18:40 | Apr 9th

On today's show Andrew Sharp and Ben Golliver begin with an elaborate mid-April hypothetical involving LeBron James, Tim Duncan, career swapping, King Arthur's sword, and religious icons. Then (13:00): Revisiting the preseason over/unders, including ...Show More

History's Least Enjoyable All-Time Greats, Robot Referees, The State of 12-Time Tatum

1:20:19 | Apr 5th

On today's show Andrew Sharp and Ben Golliver begin taking stock of the April angst that is sweeping the basketball internet as the regular season winds down. Then (5:00): Who are the least enjoyable great players throughout history? Nominees include...Show More

All the Angles on Zion Williamson, Live Reaction to Ernie Grunfeld News, Golden State vs. the Refs

1:15:11 | Apr 3rd

On today's show Andrew Sharp and Ben Golliver begin by disregarding the depressing state of the NBA and talking all things Zion Williamson. What did we learn from his weekend in DC? What weaknesses will he bring to the NBA? What's his best comp among...Show More

The Devin Booker Super Bloom, The Loss of Nurkic in Portland, Lottery Reform One Year Later

1:03:42 | Mar 29th

On today's show Andrew Sharp and Ben Golliver begin by noting the parallels between the California super bloom and the annual March tradition of gigantic Devin Booker games in the midst of meaningless Phoenix Suns losses. Topics include: How do we ex...Show More

The State of the MVP Race, The Heat in D.C., Contextualizing Luka and Trae

1:28:49 | Mar 26th

 On today's show Andrew Sharp and Ben Golliver begin with news that Ben is on LinkedIn and would love to add you to his professional network. Then: Before Harden and Giannis face off Tuesday night, they talk through the MVP cases for both players, in...Show More

The Rejuvenation of Doc Rivers, Drafting Lonzo vs. Trading Russell, USS Zion Returns to Sea

1:26:21 | Mar 22nd

On today's show Andrew Sharp and Ben Golliver begin by highlighting Allen Crabbe's work in his neighborhood back in Los Angeles and Ben's time with Doc Rivers across town. What has changed with the Clippers over the past few years? What's possible th...Show More

An Early All-NBA Conversation, Bucks-Sixers Takeaways, Pistons Nation Strikes Back

1:12:10 | Mar 19th

On today's show Andrew Sharp and Ben Golliver begin by taking an early look at the All-NBA candidates across the NBA. Who wins the battle between Joel Embiid and Nikola Jokic on the first team? What about Paul George and Kevin Durant? Then: Kawhi vs....Show More

The NBA's Second Best Team, The Third Seed in the West, Loans in Basketball

1:06:22 | Mar 12th

On today's show Andrew Sharp and Ben Golliver begin with a major announcement from Golliver that is, unfortunately, premature. Then: Who is the second best team in the NBA? What are the red flags in Milwaukee? And what about the Rockets and Celtics? ...Show More

LeBron Passes Jordan, Viking Funeral for the Lakers, D'Angelo vs. Kyrie

1:15:10 | Mar 8th

On today's show Andrew Sharp and Ben Golliver begin the show by agreeing that this is the last week of Lakers takes, but on the way out, there has to be one, final deep dive. At the start: Reconsidering LeBron James and the night he passed Michael Jo...Show More

The Impending LeBron Vacuum, The Suns in the Sarver Wilderness, Other Hot Early March Topics

1:14:01 | Mar 5th

On today's show Andrew Sharp and Ben Golliver begin by thinking ahead to the playoffs and confronting the reality that LeBron probably won't be there. Who will we focus on instead? Which stars will assume the spotlight? Will casual fans be less inter...Show More

Kyrie's February vs. LeBron's February, The Clippers as a Sleeping Giant, The New Best Player Alive

1:22:06 | Mar 1st

On today's show Andrew Sharp and Ben Golliver begin with a discussion of the great LeBron/Kyrie leadership and accountability summit and its disastrous bi-coastal aftermath. First, in Boston (6:00), the Celtics have lost four straight games since the...Show More

The Playoff Race Out West, De'Aaron Fox and the Kings, Your Best Pilgrimages

1:14:56 | Feb 26th

On today's show Andrew Sharp and Ben Golliver begin by talking through the dog days of the NBA before shifting their attention to the playoff race out West. Topics include: The struggling Lakers, LeBron's comments on commitment to basketball, and the...Show More

Scenes from UNC-Duke, USS Zion Explodes a Sneaker, The NBA's Age Limit Question

58:47 | Feb 22nd

On today's show, Andrew Sharp and Ben Golliver did not have an opportunity to watch games Thursday, so instead they talk UNC-Duke for a mini-episode that eventually became a full hour. First: the atmosphere at Cameron, parallels from their past exper...Show More

Recapping All-Star Weekend, Trade Demand Dystopian Scenarios, Visiting Basketball Mecca

1:29:27 | Feb 19th

On today's show Andrew Sharp and Ben Golliver begin by recapping All-Star Weekend 48 hours later. Topics include: Charlotte as a host city, whether Giannis was robbed of MVP, whether Steph Curry should be recruiting another superstar, and Kevin Duran...Show More

Charles Barkley Has Some Takes, Golden State Compounds These Problems, Playoff P is the New Oladipo

1:15:14 | Feb 15th

On today's show Andrew Sharp and Ben Golliver are live from NBA All-Star Weekend in Charlotte. They begin with talk about Nike hacking shoelaces, Zion Williamson, and Charles Barkley's thoughts on the Anthony Davis saga. Then (16:00): the shadow cast...Show More

Checking in with the Warriors, Making Finals Reservations, Building the LeBron Statue

1:12:37 | Feb 12th

On today's show Andrew Sharp and Ben Golliver begin with a progress update on DeMarcus Cousins and a reminder that Golden State remains untouchable, and then shift gears to talk through Kevin Durant's free agency thoughts, continued Warriors weirdnes...Show More

Post-Deadline Wiz Therapy, Sixers/Bucks/Raptors Arms Race, Lessons from the Lakers Strikeout

1:15:36 | Feb 8th

On today's show Andrew Sharp and Ben Golliver talk through the aftermath of the NBA Trade Deadline. First: Giving the people what they want with 15 minutes of sad John Wall news, mostly irrelevant Wizards complaints, and existential dread. Then (18:0...Show More

Dark Web Trade Deadline Preview, Life Comes at the Celtics Fast, Rodney Hood Goes West

1:18:26 | Feb 5th

On today's show Andrew Sharp and Ben Golliver begin by talking Golliver's adventures in the Bay Area and celebrating the big winner from Sunday night's Super Bowl. Then: Talking all things trade deadline (8:00), beginning with Giannis and the Bucks o...Show More

The Knicks Go All In, Kristaps Porzingis Goes to Dallas, Dell Demps Answers His Phone

1:07:55 | Feb 1st

On today’s show Andrew Sharp and Ben Golliver try to process news of the Kristaps Porzingis Mavericks trade with some winners and losers. Topics include: what just happened and why, the difference between Porzingis and Giannis, whether the Knicks are...Show More

Emergency Three Days Late Anthony Davis Trade Demand Pod

1:07:28 | Jan 30th

On today's show Andrew Sharp and Ben Golliver talk through all angles of the Anthony Davis trade demand. Topics include: Unknowns on all sides except the thirsty Lakers, whether Dell Demps is answering his phone, whether Gayle Benson will upstage the...Show More

Mike Conley Trade Proposals, The James Harden Experience, T-Shirt Brainstorming

1:20:52 | Jan 25th

On today's show Sharp and Golliver begin with a sobering look at the Pacers in the wake of the Victor Oladipo injury. Then (15:00): Whether Mike Conley makes sense for the Jazz, whether Ben is a sellout, and additional Conley possibilities around the...Show More

Surprise Brow vs. Jokic Argument, Our All-Star Picks, New Lottery Odds

1:09:39 | Jan 23rd

On today’s show Andrew Sharp and Ben Golliver open the show discussing All-Star starters, beginning with the debates in the West, including Paul George vs. LeBron James on the wing and Nikola Jokic vs. Anthony Davis at center. From there (18:00): the...Show More

The Kyrie Irving/LeBron James Leadership Summit, Miserable Fanbases, Boogie's Return

1:17:06 | Jan 18th

On today's show Andrew Sharp and Ben Golliver begin in Boston, where Kyrie Irving has listened to critics and responded by reaching out to LeBron James to apologize. Then (27:00): Donovan Mitchell's progress in Utah and potential additions for the Ja...Show More

This Incredibly Strange Celtics Year, Blake Back in LA, Trading DSJ

1:08:17 | Jan 16th

On today's show Andrew Sharp and Ben Golliver begin with some buzz before Tuesday's Lakers-Bulls blockbuster and then move to a long-overdue discussion on the Celtics. Topics include: re-thinking six years of Celtics hype, Kyrie's re-brand as a veter...Show More

Regularly Scheduled Bucks Worship, Early Playoff Races, Zion Dream Team

1:20:15 | Jan 11th

On today's show Andrew Sharp and Ben Golliver begin by discussing America's team, the Milwaukee Bucks, after Wednesday night's victory over the Rockets. Should the Bucks be favored to make the Finals? What do they need before the playoffs? Who's thei...Show More

Farewell Tom Thibodeau, James Harden vs. Kevin Durant, Young Lakers Angst

1:22:12 | Jan 8th

On today's show Andrew Sharp and Ben Golliver begin with discussion of Ron Baker and a late night hotel adventures before moving to the end of Tom Thibodeau's time in Minnesota (8:00). Then they talk through James Harden vs. Kevin Durant for the titl...Show More

The Spurs Strike Back, LeBron's GOAT Comments, Sixers Weirdness Continues

1:20:18 | Jan 4th

On today's show Andrew Sharp and Ben Golliver return to discuss a holiday vacation in the Middle East, the alleged disappearance of Steph Curry on Christmas, and takeaways from a blowout Spurs win over Kawhi Leonard and the Raptors. Then (26:00): Tho...Show More

Scorching Christmas over-reactions, Luka & Jaren profiles and 2019 NBA resolutions

1:15:54 | Dec 28th, 2018

On today's show Ben Golliver and special guest co-host Rob Mahoney of Sports Illustrated send off 2018 in style by running through the major Christmas Day storylines and offering their top NBA New Year's resolutions. What were their instant reactions...Show More

Jokic and the MVP Conversation, Midseason Celtics Check, Your Best Boylen Suggestions

1:20:31 | Dec 21st, 2018

On today's show Andrew Sharp and Ben Golliver begin by discussing the outstanding performance of Nikola Jokic in December this season and whether he belongs in the MVP conversation. Then (11:00): Paul George has an MVP case of its own, and they discu...Show More

Anthony Davis Possibilities, De'Aaron Fox Kings Hyperbole, Instantly Regrettable Wizards Optimism

1:11:56 | Dec 19th, 2018

On today's show Andrew Sharp and Ben Golliver begin by discussing the state of Anthony Davis in New Orleans. Is it time for him to embrace a change? If he demands a trade this summer, where could he land? Topics include: Sharp being right since Octob...Show More

Damian Lillard and the Blazers, Houston One Year Later, American Basketball Culture

1:23:18 | Dec 14th, 2018

On today's show Andrew Sharp and Ben Golliver begin by with an SI sportsperson recap, LeBron breaking down KCP silver linings, and a fantasy overhaul. Then they talk all things Blazers after a rough month in Portland. Topics include: the absence of P...Show More

The Bulls and the Almost-Mutiny, Dream Playoff Matchups, Ben Simmons for Luka Doncic

1:13:14 | Dec 11th, 2018

On today's show Andrew Sharp and Ben Golliver are live in LA and they begin the show with reminders to watch SI's Sportsperson of the Year Awards Thursday at 9 pm EST on NBC Sports Network and subscribe to Ben's Washington Post newsletter. Then they ...Show More

Sixers/Raptors Check-In, Toxic LeBron/KD Comments, Bi-Monthly Suns Update

1:17:47 | Dec 7th, 2018

On today's show Andrew Sharp and Ben Golliver connect to talk through Ben's week in DC, Andrew's real name, and then, both sides of the Raptors and Sixers game Wednesday night. Topics include: Kawhi Leonard as an MVP candidate, the Raptors as contend...Show More

10 Thoughts After 20 Games, Goodbye Fred Hoiberg, More Nickname Nonsense

1:24:36 | Dec 4th, 2018

On today's show SI's Andrew Sharp and the Washington Post's Ben Golliver connect in D.C. to discuss art, bobbleheads, and Ben's first day at his new job. Then they talk through 10 big picture thoughts on the state of the NBA (8:00). Topics include: J...Show More

Five Rookie Questions, Kyle Korver to the Jazz, The Problem with AD Celtics Rumors

1:21:06 | Nov 30th, 2018

On today's show Andrew Sharp and Ben Golliver begin by talking through Kyle Korver and Wednesday night's Jazz-Cavs trade (2:00) before moving on to discuss various NBA rookies. Topics include: Luka Doncic and his ceiling (11:00), the two poles on the...Show More

Bet Your House Playoff Picks, Kawhi Leadership Kerfuffle, James Harden Celebrates

1:22:36 | Nov 28th, 2018

On today's show Andrew Sharp and Ben Golliver begin by discussing Ben's new role at the Washington Post, the future of the Open Floor podcast, and Michigan's disastrous showing against Ohio State. From there (13:00): Nominations for Western Conferenc...Show More

First Month Contender Check, Wizards Thanksgiving Celebration, Kemba Walker Rising

1:29:51 | Nov 21st, 2018

On today's show Andrew Sharp and Ben Golliver celebrate Thanksgiving break with an extended episode before they go. First (2:00): After one month of games they check-in with various contenders around the league, debate what their ceilings will look l...Show More

That Clippers Locker Room, The Week in Warriors News, Kevin Durant’s Next Move

1:19:05 | Nov 16th, 2018

On today's show Andrew Sharp and Ben Golliver press pause on the rest of the league and spend an hour talking through the week in Warrior news. First Golliver recounts the scene at the end of Clippers-Warriors (1:00) and how much of that ending speak...Show More

Giannis Blue Bubble Gang, Jimmy Butler to the Sixers, Early Celtics Concerns

1:14:29 | Nov 12th, 2018

On today's show Andrew Sharp and Ben Golliver begin their Jimmy Butler podcast with some on-scene reporting from the Clippers-Bucks game on Saturday. Then (13:00): Thoughts on the Butler trade, including why it made sense for Philly, whether Butler's...Show More

Zion Williamson Brain Scramble, Granting Injury Immunity, Steph Curry's Place in History

1:29:21 | Nov 8th, 2018

On today's show Andrew Sharp and Ben Golliver begin by discussing Zion Williamson's NBA future, his viral past, player comparisons, and what the hell happened against Kentucky Tuesday night. From there: some quick thoughts on the Kyrie Irving-Jamal M...Show More

Would You Rather Wiz/Cavs/Wolves, Amended League Pass Rankings, Doncic Tension in Dallas

1:24:28 | Nov 5th, 2018

On today's show Andrew Sharp and Ben Golliver begin with an impromptu discussion of rampant dysfunction in Cleveland, Minnesota, and Washington that eventually becomes a game of would you rather, as they choose between whether to play for the Wizards...Show More

Too Early or Not Too Early, The Record-Breaking Warriors, Kings Kings KINGS

1:17:31 | Nov 1st, 2018

On today's show Andrew Sharp and Ben Golliver begin by discussing the latest updates in the neverending Jimmy Butler stand-off with the Wolves, and then discuss when it stops being too early to draw meaningful conclusions from the NBA regular season ...Show More

OK The Wizards Might Be Dead Now, Coach Bud Goes Electric, Goodbye Ty Lue

1:07:12 | Oct 30th, 2018

On today's show Andrew Sharp and Ben Golliver begin by addressing the shockingly dysfunctional elephant in the room: the 2019 Washington Wizards. Topics include: Otto Porter as a the scapegoat, John Wall hustle plays, Scott Brooks job security, Austi...Show More

Thunder In Darkness, The Jimmy Butler Godfather Offer, Bulls Nation Checks In

1:29:36 | Oct 26th, 2018

On today's show Andrew Sharp and Ben Golliver begin with more exclusive reporting from Ben's new home at Staples Center. Then (12:30): the state of the Thunder after a rocky start in Oklahoma City, including questions about Russell Westbrook's health...Show More

Early LeBron in L.A. Symposium, Kawhi in Toronto, The Wizards Are Not Dead Yet

1:32:15 | Oct 24th, 2018

On today's show Andrew Sharp and Ben Golliver begin by talking about the scoring boom across the NBA through the first week of regular season action, and then, after ignoring them last week, they shift to the Lakers (4:00) after three losses to open ...Show More

Opening Week Observations, Celtics and Sixers Status Updates, G-League Payment Plan

1:14:21 | Oct 19th, 2018

On today’s episode, before going to blockbuster Thursday night games (Wizards-Heat, Lakers-Blazers) Sharp and Golliver talk through the first two days of the NBA season. Topics include: the Bucks and the offense they always dreamed of, the Jason Kidd...Show More

30 Teams 30 Questions, Part II: Hawks Apologies, Celtics Adjustments, and The East Preview

1:35:06 | Oct 15th, 2018

On today's show Andrew Sharp and Ben Golliver continue their NBA preview by looking to the East. First (5:00): the Hawks and an official apology regarding Trae Young, the Celtics and their 2010 Heat adjustments, and D'Angelo Russell vs. Caris LeVert ...Show More

30 Teams 30 Questions, Part I: Jimmy and the Wolves, Lakers Predictions, and a West Preview

1:38:52 | Oct 12th, 2018

On today's show Sharp and Golliver begin by recapping the madness at Wednesday's Wolves practice, taking stock of the Jimmy Butler situation as of Wednesday night, and talking through the Wolves outlook from here. Then, in the first part of a two-par...Show More

Farewell Ryan McDonough, Dejounte Murray Depression, Kings Hope vs. Kings Reality

1:14:26 | Oct 9th, 2018

On today's show Andrew Sharp and Ben Golliver begin by discussing all things Phoenix Suns in the wake of Ryan McDonough's dismissal a week before the season. Topics include: Why this move could be a long-term win for McDonough, Robert Sarver's role i...Show More

Reviewing the 2019 GM Survey, Calculated Reputation Tanking, Early Durant Murmurs

1:20:03 | Oct 5th, 2018

On today's show Andrew Sharp and Ben Golliver begin with two important announcements regarding upcoming events, and then they talk through the results from NBA.com's annual GM survey (7:00). Topics include: Four GMs picking against the Warriors, whet...Show More

Lakers First Impressions, Doncic vs. the Ducks, Obligatory Butler Trade Ideas

1:16:03 | Oct 2nd, 2018

On today's podcast Sharp and Golliver catch up to talk through the state of the Lakers as the season begins. Topics include: the re-emergence of the internet's Lakers fans, their lack of dependable big men, worries about veterans and young players, t...Show More

Butler and Thibs Watch, Giannis Inc. Board Meeting, AD Joins the Klutch Family

1:12:33 | Sep 28th, 2018

On today's show Sharp and Golliver check in with the latest reporting on the Jimmy Butler situation and talk through a few sides of the story as of Thursday afternoon. Topics include: why it's not crazy for the Wolves to wait on a trade, what they sh...Show More

Assigning Blame in the Wolves Mess, Jimmy Butler's Trade Value, Media Day Mania

1:26:20 | Sep 25th, 2018

On today's show Andrew Sharp and Ben Golliver begin with a quick recap of Ben's tour through the deep south and weekend with Alabama football. Then (7:00): they catch up on the mess in Minnesota and decide who deserves the most blame for how things h...Show More

Top 100, 30-1: Middleton, Kyrie, Kawhi, Butler, Embiid, Durant, Steph, LeBron

1:15:23 | Sep 17th, 2018

On today’s show Sharp and Golliver are again joined by Sports Illustrated’s Rob Mahoney for part two of their journey through this 2019 ranking of the top 100 players in the NBA. Topics include Khris Middleton, Kyrie Irving vs. Damian Lillard, Kawhi ...Show More

Top 100, 100-31: Lonzo, Carmelo, Dwight, Ingram, Favors, Tatum, Love

1:13:09 | Sep 14th, 2018

On today’s show Sharp and Golliver welcome Sports Illustrated’s Rob Mahoney to discuss the top 100 players in the NBA. In the first half of an accidental two-part episode, they talk through realistic projections for Lonzo Ball (5:00), Carmelo Anthony...Show More

Handicapping the MVP Race, Breakout Season Candidates, Bi-Monthly Suns Update

1:20:00 | Sep 6th, 2018

On today's show Andrew Sharp and Ben Golliver begin by lamenting the state of the Michigan Wolverines before jumping into a discussion of the preseason MVP odds. Topics include: a thinner group of genuine contenders this year (5:00), the factors work...Show More

Goodbye Manu, Ranking Teams Without a Title, Midseason Tournament Ideas

1:26:02 | Aug 30th, 2018

On today's show Andrew Sharp and Ben Golliver begin the show with Ben airing a series of offseason grievances, and from there, they get into Manu Ginobili's retirement (8:00), what they'll remember most about his game, whether he deserves to be in th...Show More

The Hottest Coaching Hot Seats, Pelicans Questions, Antetokounmpo Prophecy

1:29:19 | Aug 22nd, 2018

On today's show Andrew Sharp and Ben Golliver look ahead to next year's NBA and sorting through the hot seats that various coaches will inherit this season. Categories include ice cold seats, recent signings, potentially malfunctioning seat warmers, ...Show More

Carmelo vs. 24 Year-Old Bloggers, Bad Contract Life Cycle, Devin Booker Hype

1:29:01 | Aug 15th, 2018

On today's show Andrew Sharp and Ben Golliver begin by talking all things Carmelo Anthony. First they discuss how he might fit in Houston, why low expectations could be healthy after OKC, and what's on the table going forward. Then (14:00) they talk ...Show More

Top 100 Self-Reflection, Bet Your Mortgage Over/Under Locks, Advanced NBA Jersey Purchasing

1:28:10 | Aug 8th, 2018

On today's show Andrew Sharp and Ben Golliver begin by recapping Ben's internal monologue after a few offseason weeks full of mindfulness, World War 2, and top 100 phone calls with Rob Mahoney. Then they discuss the recent release of the season win o...Show More

Unsolicited Kevin Durant Advice, Team USA Takeaways, The Wal-Mart Warriors

1:21:43 | Aug 1st, 2018

On today's show Andrew Sharp and Ben Golliver celebrate the arrival of August and begin with some thoughts on the aging process. Then (5:00): Scenes from the Team USA practices in Las Vegas, including PR advice for Kevin Durant, thoughts on his podca...Show More

The Top 10 in 2023, Kevin Love Stays in Cleveland, Dwight Arrives in D.C.

1:23:04 | Jul 25th, 2018

On today's show Andrew Sharp and Ben Golliver begin the (real) offseason by looking at the big picture. Who will be the 10 best players in the league five years from now? Nominees include: Anthony Davis, Giannis, KD (if he's not retired), Embiid (if ...Show More

BONUS: Kawhi Leonard is Finally Traded, The Raptors Win Big, DeRozan Heads to the Monastery

48:51 | Jul 18th, 2018

On today's show Andrew Sharp and Ben Golliver connect for an emergency episode to talk through the many layers of the Kawhi trade. First, they focus on the Kawhi side and why the trade makes sense for both next season's Raptors and the long term outl...Show More

Proof of Life from Summer League, Sixers Reality Check, Knicks Pipe Dreams

1:20:50 | Jul 18th, 2018

On today's show Andrew Sharp and Ben Golliver begin by recapping the end of summer league after Ben's two weeks in Vegas. Topics include: Stalking Ben Simmons, close encounters with LeBron, $500 Lakers shorts, the legend of Summer Svi, and the absenc...Show More

Begrudging Reminder that the Celtics Exist, The Latest Kawhi Talk, Lakers Make the Media Rounds

1:22:21 | Jul 13th, 2018

On today's show Andrew Sharp and Ben Golliver begin by talking through Adam Silver's comments at the board of governor's meeting and whether the league should admit it has a competitive balance problem. Then (7:00) they discuss the imbalance between ...Show More

The Bulls Win (and Lose) at Summer League, Rockets Try to Reload, More Vegas Impressions

1:07:26 | Jul 10th, 2018

On today's show Andrew Sharp and Ben Golliver check in after the opening weekend of NBA summer league. First they discuss the growing popularity of Summer League and Ben's response to the critics. Then (6:00) they discuss the performance of Wendell C...Show More

The Magnificent Summer of the Wizards, Boogie on the Warriors, Playoff P in OKC

1:26:41 | Jul 5th, 2018

On today's show Andrew Sharp and Ben Golliver review the biggest stories through the first week of free agency. First: the Wizards are getting reckless even by Wizards standards, and they talk through the offseason of Dwight Howard, Austin Rivers, an...Show More

LeBron Makes the Lakers Move Official, Business vs. Basketball Arguments, LeBronzo Prophecy Realized

1:17:04 | Jul 2nd, 2018

On today's show Andrew Sharp and Ben Golliver react to Sunday night's @KlutchSports exclusive by discussing all angles of LeBron on the Lakers. First: processing the LeBron signing with a side of Lance Stephenson and Javale McGee. Then (7:00): Paul G...Show More

Lakers Chasing Kawhi, Free Agency Chatter at the 11th Hour, CJ McCollum Calls In

1:30:25 | Jun 29th, 2018

On today's show Andrew Sharp and Ben Golliver celebrate the eve of NBA free agency and connect with Trail Blazers guard CJ McCollum. First: Golliver interrogates Sharp about his conspiracy consumption habits headed into the weekend. Then (7:00): they...Show More

Awards Show Red Carpet Report, All Eyes On Paul George, Bonus Draft Thoughts

1:13:26 | Jun 27th, 2018

On today's show Andrew Sharp and Ben Golliver begin by discussing the NBA's Awards Show in L.A.. Topics include: killer bees on the red carpet, Oscar Robertson's big night, what Harden's MVP victory means, Dwane Casey's coach of the year award, and a...Show More

Mavs, Suns, Sixers, Spurs, and NBA Draft Winners and Losers

1:06:09 | Jun 22nd, 2018

On today's show Andrew Sharp and Ben Golliver recap the NBA Draft with some winners and losers. First: whether pick tipping is cool, the relatively subdued draft after a week of hype, the league on hold waiting for LeBron and Kawhi, and the real winn...Show More

20 NBA Draft Questions on Trae Young, Marvin Bagley, Luka Doncic, and More

1:16:45 | Jun 21st, 2018

On today's show Andrew Sharp and Ben Golliver celebrate the eve of the NBA Draft by reminding you that Open Floor will be broadcasting live on SI's Draft Show Thursday night. Then: the combine interview process, whether Jaren Jackson Jr. can sell you...Show More

Kawhi Trade Odds, Trouble at the Monastery, Big Decisions in Boston

1:11:28 | Jun 18th, 2018

On today's show Andrew Sharp and Ben Golliver get together for a Monday morning podcast to discuss the impending trade of Kawhi Leonard and everything that comes with it. First: What went wrong in San Antonio? How will the perception of Kawhi change ...Show More

Regrettable Lakers Diss Tracks, LeBron and The Process, Drafting Ayton

1:19:59 | Jun 15th, 2018

On today's show Andrew Sharp and Ben Golliver celebrate the beginning of NBA summer. First: the winners of Open Floor's Bracket Challenge, Lakers diss tracks, Paul George as a glorified Jeff Green, the future of Russ in OKC, Carmelo's South Beach des...Show More

Wrapping Up The Finals, Offseason Rapid Fire, Early Draft Takes

1:22:32 | Jun 12th, 2018

On today's show Andrew Sharp and Ben Golliver finish wrapping up the NBA Finals and begin to look to the offseason. First: a ceasefire (not a surrender) regarding the Kevin Durant debate, whether the NBA is broken and ruined in the Warriors era, how ...Show More

The Kevin Durant Game, The Rodney Hood Game, Final Colangelo Thoughts

1:19:48 | Jun 8th, 2018

On today's show Andrew Sharp and Ben Golliver discuss all things NBA Finals. First, they recount the thrills of the Rodney Hood game and a Game 3 that was way more fun than it should have been. Then they talk about the spectacular night of Kevin Dura...Show More

Cavs-Warriors Reset, LeBron Free Agency Theories, Coffee Shop Revisionism

1:17:53 | Jun 6th, 2018

On today's show Andrew Sharp and Ben Golliver take stock of the Finals after the first two games. Topics include: Ben's new minivan, Ty Lue's Rodney Hood plans, a defense of J.R. Smith, reactions to that excruciating Game 1 video, and preferences for...Show More

Legendary LeBron Game, J.R. Smith Nightmare, Colangelo Burner Accounts

1:16:56 | Jun 1st, 2018

On today's show Andrew Sharp and Ben Golliver talk through Game 1 of the NBA Finals. First, they discuss an all-time LeBron performance and the frustration of the Cavs loss, the perplexing officiating decisions down the stretch, and the outlook for t...Show More

The Rockets Were Awesome, Future Warriors Questions, LeBron Breaks Boston

1:12:30 | May 29th, 2018

On today's show Andrew Sharp and Ben Golliver pick up the pieces after a pair of Game 7s. First, they talk through the end of Warriors-Rockets, including the performance of Houston's role players, Golden State's mental toughness, Golden State's bizar...Show More

Rockets Hater Reckoning, So Many Warriors Questions, All-NBA Fixes

1:12:26 | May 25th, 2018

On today's show Andrew Sharp and Ben Golliver connect late Thursday night and begin by trying to process the final few minutes of Warriors-Rockets Game 5. Then (6:00): Sharp has to answer for a lifetime of Rockets slander, they talk KD and Steph, Gol...Show More

LeBron Strikes Back, Playoffs Have A Blowout Problem, Thibs Has a KAT Problem?

1:16:00 | May 22nd, 2018

On today's show Andrew Sharp and Ben Golliver begin by discussing the dominant response from LeBron James and the Cavs through Games 3 and 4 in Cleveland (2:00). Topics include: LeBron's strategy for the rest of the series, the Cavs supporting cast s...Show More

The Kevin Durant Conversation, Drinking Celtics Kool-Aid, Suns Salvation

1:26:53 | May 18th, 2018

On today's show Andrew Sharp and Ben Golliver begin by talking through the various threads of Rockets-Warriors. Notes include: another maddening Steph Curry injury, Houston's brilliance in Game 2, Podium Harden, the perfect Draymond game, and more. F...Show More

Celtics Dominate Game 1, More Rockets-Warriors Thoughts, NBA Lottery Preview

1:10:49 | May 14th, 2018

On today's show Andrew Sharp and Ben Golliver talk through a dominating performance from Boston in Game 1. Is it time to elevate the Celtics from "cute story" to genuine contender? What happened to LeBron James? Everyone knows Jayson Tatum is a futur...Show More

Conference Finals Survival Odds, Big Game James, Sixers Panic vs. Perspective

1:15:58 | May 11th, 2018

On today's show Andrew Sharp and Ben Golliver look back at Sixers/Celtics and preview the Conference Finals. They begin by discussing the Conference Finals in the context of the re-seeding conversation (1:00), and then discuss whether the Rockets or ...Show More

All Things Sixers/Celtics, Raptors Facts, Coaching News Roundup

1:21:00 | May 8th, 2018

On today's show Andrew Sharp and Ben Golliver begin by talking through the many angles of Sixers-Celtics. What has gone wrong for Philly through the first four games? What can we learn from the TJ McConnell game? Who's been most impressive: Brad Stev...Show More

Raptors in Crisis, LeBron in GOAT Mode, Scary Terry vs. the Sixers

1:13:32 | May 4th, 2018

On today's show Andrew Sharp and Ben Golliver begin by talking through the collapse of the Raptors through the first two games in Toronto. What has gone wrong? Which was more demoralizing: Game 1 or Game 2? And where does the franchise go from here? ...Show More

BONUS: SI's Lee Jenkins on the Rockets, D'Antoni, Harden, CP3 & LeBron to Houston

34:00 | May 3rd, 2018

On today's show, Ben Golliver catches up with SI senior writer Lee Jenkins to discuss Lee's recent cover story on the Houston Rockets. How did a case of the yips form Mike D'Antoni's coaching philosophy? What tactics has Houston utilized to satisfy i...Show More

Cavs Game 7, The Weekend In The West, Final Westbrook Thoughts

1:22:52 | Apr 30th, 2018

On today's show Andrew Sharp and Ben Golliver talk through another weekend of playoff games. First, the incredible day of Rodney Hood and LeBron James in Sunday's Cavs-Pacers Game 7. Then: Should the Raptors be the favorites in Round 2? And what did ...Show More

The Westbrook Roller Coaster, LeBron Goes John Wall, Relationship Advice

1:19:03 | Apr 27th, 2018

On today's show Andrew Sharp and Ben Golliver begin by talking all things Jazz and Thunder. Topics include: the madness of Game 4 in Utah, the ongoing struggles of Carmelo Anthony, Golliver's slow transformation into Jazz superfan, Westbrook's specta...Show More

LeBron and the Bizarro Cavs, Bucks Ressurection, Blazers Breakdown

1:14:29 | Apr 24th, 2018

On today's show Andrew Sharp and Ben Golliver talk more playoffs. They begin by discussing whether this year's first round is already better than last year's entire playoffs (2:00), then move to the state of Rockets (8:00), and then the surreal state...Show More

Masked Madness in Miami, Present Cavs/Future Celtics, Angry Playoff E-mails

1:22:36 | Apr 20th, 2018

On today's show Andrew Sharp and Ben Golliver begin by celebrating the arrival of stars all over the playoffs, and then move to another incredible Sixers/Heat game (5:00). Why is this series so much fun? Who will win the battle over Joel Embiid's mas...Show More

Sixers and Heat, Opening Weekend Reactions, Rockets Traveling Detectives

1:23:45 | Apr 17th, 2018

On today's show Andrew Sharp and Ben Golliver celebrate the opening weekend of the playoffs. First they react to the first two games of the Sixers-Heat series, including the best strategy for defending Ben Simmons, another stubborn masterpiece for Dw...Show More

Open Floor Bracket Challenge, Playoff Power Rankings, Westbrook Spicy Food

1:28:48 | Apr 13th, 2018

On today's show Andrew Sharp and Ben Golliver celebrate the arrival of the NBA Playoffs. First they discuss the Open Floor Globe Playoff Challenge, where listeners can submit brackets to this pool: https://www.nbabracketology.com/group/view/11954. Th...Show More

Rookie of the Year Royal Rumble, Too Many Coaches, All-NBA Numbers Crunch

1:09:41 | Apr 10th, 2018

On today's show Andrew Sharp and Ben Golliver talk NBA Awards. They begin by revisiting their MVP discussion, including a question on how good the Rockets would be with LeBron instead of Harden, and the rest of their picks for this year's top five. T...Show More

Pre-Playoff Chaos, The Kyrie Injury, Best Players You'd Least Want

1:16:26 | Apr 6th, 2018

On today's show Andrew Sharp and Ben Golliver take of stock of the NBA through the chaotic final week of the season. First (2:00): an update on the Wizards and whether they are worth allocating internet to, and other lessons from Thursday in Clevelan...Show More

The Harden MVP Episode, Kawhi Trade Ideas, Knicks Coaching Search

1:20:49 | Apr 4th, 2018

On today's show Andrew Sharp and Ben Golliver begin by talking through the NBA's vague definition of MVP (4:00) and then move to the MVP year of James Harden (9:00), whether this season changes his value next to KD, Steph and LeBron, and whether he'l...Show More

Coping with the Embiid Injury, Kevin Durant vs. Blog Boys, KAT Drops 56

1:18:27 | Mar 30th, 2018

On today's show Andrew Sharp and Ben Golliver begin recording five minutes after finding out that Joel Embiid will miss the next 2-4 weeks with a fractured orbital bone. As they sort through their emotions, they discuss why this is Ben's fault and Ma...Show More

Steph Curry Injury Implications, Sixers Surging, NBA x Amateur Hoops

1:21:29 | Mar 27th, 2018

On today's show Andrew Sharp and Ben Golliver begin by discussing the many implications of the Steph Curry injury and the questions that have emerged as a result. Which West teams could give them trouble in the first two rounds? Does this make the se...Show More

Blazers/Raptors Summit, Time Machine Title Race, Most Unimproved Player

1:23:22 | Mar 23rd, 2018

On today's show Andrew Sharp and Ben Golliver begin by talking through the Blazers and Raptors (5:00). First: What did we learn from the Blazers winning streak? How close could they play the Rockets in the playoffs? Then they move to the Raptors (16:...Show More

Warriors and Cavs Attrition, Bulls Tanking, Hayward Alternate Ending

1:17:32 | Mar 20th, 2018

On today's episode Andrew Sharp and Ben Golliver begin with quick thoughts after a weekend watching Michigan, Michigan St., UMBC, college refs, Syracuse's zone, and the rest of the NCAA Tournament. Then they move back to the NBA (11:34), where injuri...Show More

Your New Favorite Team, Wizards/Celtics, Worst Takes

1:15:25 | Mar 16th, 2018

On today's show Andrew Sharp and Ben Golliver begin by reliving the Wizards/Celtics game on Wednesday night. Then they make their nominations (8:00) for the best bandwagons in basketball for any fans without a favorite team. Nominees include the Milw...Show More

Ignoring Rockets Warnings, Reseeding the Playoffs, NBA Twitter Greatest Hits

1:13:46 | Mar 9th, 2018

On today's show Andrew Sharp and Ben Golliver begin by discussing the Rockets (6:00) and whether we've all been ignoring signs that they are title contenders. Can anyone in the league stop Harden from getting to the rim? Will the supporting cast show...Show More

Coach of the Year, East Coast Dame Bias, Sixers/Bucks

1:26:31 | Mar 7th, 2018

On today's show Andrew Sharp and Ben Golliver begin by discussing Gregg Popovich, Brad Stevens, Dwane Casey, and the coach of the year race as the regular season winds down. From there they move to evaluating Celtics free agents (17:00), Larry Nance ...Show More

Eastern Conference Survey, Adam Silver's Tanking Tour, College Hoops Scandal

1:06:37 | Mar 2nd, 2018

On today's show Andrew Sharp and Ben Golliver begin by taking a look around the Eastern Conference, including updates on the Pacers, the Pistons, and the Heat. They also talk through potential playoff matchups -- Toronto-Miami? Milwaukee-Cleveland? P...Show More

The Anthony Davis Reminder, West Playoff Race, Tanking Tournaments

1:22:23 | Feb 27th, 2018

On today's show Sharp and Golliver talk through the first weekend of games since the All-Star Game. At the top, Anthony Davis after an outrageous set of performances against the Heat and Bucks (2:00), including his MVP case, how he stacks up next to ...Show More

Mavericks Dysfunction, Top 10 Players Under 23, Goodbye Kawhi

1:21:57 | Feb 23rd, 2018

On today's show Sharp and Golliver begin by discussing the toxic Mavericks culture brought to light by Jon Wertheim and Jessica Luther in this week's Sports Illustrated investigation. How much did Mark Cuban's behavior inform the culture elsewhere? H...Show More

All-Star Game Reactions, Dunk Contest Angst, Alien Abductions

1:10:38 | Feb 19th, 2018

On today's show Sharp and Golliver check in from Los Angeles to recap NBA All-Star Weekend. First, they talk through a surprisingly not-terrible All-Star game and the ongoing dominance of LeBron James. Plus: the tragic demise of Team Steph, the clutc...Show More

Where Art Thou Kawhi, All-Star Storylines, Early Awards Arguments

1:13:12 | Feb 16th, 2018

On today’s Sharp and Golliver are live from a Los Angeles hotel room where they begin by wondering about the fate of the Spurs and Kawhi Leonard for the rest of the season. From there, they discuss Steve Kerr’s coaching decision and the ongoing Warri...Show More

Cavs Overreactions, 10 Straight Jazz Wins, and the AD Dark Horse

1:22:41 | Feb 13th, 2018

On today's show Sharp and Golliver begin with 20 minutes of reactions to the new-look Cavs after LeBron James ruined Paul Pierce's retirement party. Questions include: Are the Cavs fixed now? Will Jordan Clarkson ever miss a three? Is Koby Altman the...Show More

Cavs Madness, Lakers Calibrations, and All Things Trade Deadline

1:16:32 | Feb 9th, 2018

On today’s show Sharp and Golliver talk through the trade deadline as the dust settles on wild day in Cleveland. First they talk through how Koby Altman and the Cavs pulled a fun roster out of thin air (1:00), what it changes in East and against the ...Show More

Reseeding the Playoffs, CBA Questions, NBA Pet Name Hall of Fame

1:32:48 | Feb 6th, 2018

On today's show Sharp and Golliver celebrate the calm before the trade deadline storm. First, after another disastrous Cavs game, when will the NBA think about abandoning conferences and re-seeding the playoffs? How has the current model hurt the Eas...Show More

Another Warriors Banner, More Blake Takes, Montessori Madness

1:21:20 | Feb 2nd, 2018

On today's show Sharp and Golliver begin with some praise for their colleague Rob Mahoney and the Breakaway podcast, and then dive into the bizarre LeBron Warriors rumor (7:00). Is this fake news? Would the Warriors really trade Klay? And how much di...Show More

The Blake Blockbuster, Pelicans Darkness, Player Coaches

1:31:49 | Jan 30th, 2018

On today's show Sharp and Golliver begin by discussing the Blake Griffin trade that came out of nowhere Monday night (and forced them to double back for a second phone call). Topics include: the strangely coherent logic coming from the Clippers, the ...Show More

LeBron's Trade Demand, All-Star Takes, Team World vs. Team USA

1:14:18 | Jan 26th, 2018

On today's show Sharp and Golliver begin by discussing Ben's completely reasonable proposal for LeBron to demand a trade from the Cavs. Where would he go? Why would it make sense? Why won't it happen? And is LeBron becoming the Brett Favre of basketb...Show More

Jason Kidd is Gone, Kawhi Leonard is Distant, Cavs are Cavs-ing

1:09:03 | Jan 22nd, 2018

On today's show, Sharp and Golliver react live on the podcast to the news of Jason Kidd's firing in Milwaukee, but first, they begin with a word about profanity and Golliver deconstructing Sharp's personal growth over the past two years. Then they ad...Show More

International Oral History, NBA Fight Club, Markelle Fultz Solutions

1:19:48 | Jan 19th, 2018

On today's show Sharp and Golliver begin by talking through Sharp's oral history of international players adapting to the NBA. Topics include: the bond between international players, the importance of American teammates, the Western Conference and Eu...Show More

Clips/Rockets Reactions, Future Draymond, the All-Star Starters

1:03:33 | Jan 17th, 2018

On today's show Sharp and Golliver begin by discussing the fallout from the Clippers and Rockets on Monday night. What did we learn about the Lob City years? Why does everyone hate Blake? And which was more impressive: Chris Paul's passive aggressive...Show More

Midseason Fact or Fiction, Bad Draft Comps, Wrapping Up Lavar Talk

1:13:13 | Jan 12th, 2018

On today's show Sharp and Golliver celebrate the halfway point around the NBA by taking stock of a handful of wild cards after the first few months. First, they talk about the Miami Heat (2:00), whether they deserve real praise or generic praise, whe...Show More

Lonzo Needs to Step Up, Up Close with Giannis Inc., Extinct Player Comps

1:08:57 | Jan 9th, 2018

On today's show Sharp and Golliver begin by talking through Lavar Ball's comments about Luke Walton. First they discuss the role of Lonzo in all of this (1:00) and wonder why he hasn't stepped forward to explain how he feels about Walton. Then they c...Show More

In Defense of Lakers Rumors, Isaiah and LeBron, All-Decade Team

1:22:16 | Jan 5th, 2018

On today's show Sharp and Golliver begin by taking stock of what's gone wrong with this season's Lakers (2:00), what's possible this summer, and whether the steady stream of "LOL Lakers" articles make any sense. Then, they discuss Isaiah Thomas' retu...Show More

Rockets Reality Check, Debating the New DeRozan, Choose Your Coach

1:20:07 | Jan 3rd, 2018

On today's show Sharp and Golliver reunite to provide a post-holidays update to Golliver’s December discussion of Sharp’s crumbling basketball world. After a brief overview at the beginning (1:00), they focus on the Rockets (8:00) and what's become c...Show More

End of Year of Gratitude, Jimmy Butler Week, Warriors Time Travel

1:13:42 | Dec 29th, 2017

On today's show Sharp and Golliver open the show by giving thanks to the listeners, and then dive into this week's NBA news and discuss the value of Jimmy Butler in Minnesota (4:00). Then they answer more questions from listeners, including the re-pr...Show More

Westbrook Strikes Back, Wizards Save Christmas, Cavs-Warriors Takeaways

1:05:23 | Dec 27th, 2017

On today's show Sharp and Golliver get together to talk through takeaways from Christmas Day. First (3:00): they talk through Oklahoma City's win against Houston and the latest twist in the Great Harden-Westbrook War of 2017. Has OKC actually changed...Show More

Quantifying Apathy, Updated LeBronzo Theories, NBA Christmas Movies

1:25:05 | Dec 22nd, 2017

On today’s show Sharp and Golliver celebrate the holiday weekend with an extended mailbag. They begin (4:00) addressing the Wizards, DeMarcus Cousins, and the lack of apathy analytics in today’s NBA. Then: Kyrie’s MVP case and Danny Ainge (18:00), Pa...Show More

MVP, Worst Take, and More Early Season Award Picks

1:02:12 | Dec 19th, 2017

On today's show Sharp and Golliver begin by airing some grievances after Joel Embiid's 49-minute game against the Thunder. Then it's time for awards picks. Real awards include: the early MVP favorites (7:00), Will Barton vs. Eric Gordon for sixth man...Show More

Several LeBron Questions, Victor Oladipo Week, Thibs is Spiderman

1:27:55 | Dec 15th, 2017

On today's show Sharp and Golliver get back together to run through a supersized edition of the mailbag. They begin with LeBron (3:00), yet another mind-boggling season in Cleveland, and how he'll eventually be remembered. Then (12:00): Will he go to...Show More

Lee Jenkins on Ben Simmons, LeBron's odes to Mike, & OKC's Paul George dilemma

59:59 | Dec 12th, 2017

On today's show, Ben Golliver is joined by SI Senior Writer Lee Jenkins for a deep dive into Lee's recent feature on Ben Simmons. What does Lee make of Philly's rookie sensation and his fit alongside Joel Embiid? What role did LeBron James play in Si...Show More

Acknowledging the Rockets, Donovan Mitchell Questions, Luka Doncic Destinations

1:13:52 | Dec 8th, 2017

On today's show Andrew Sharp and Ben Golliver return to answer more questions from listeners, but first (2:00), Golliver explains that Sharp's basketball world is crumbling. To underscore the point, Golliver lays out an extensive of breakdown of rece...Show More

The Zombie Cavs, DeAndre Trades, Free Agency Hindsight

1:12:37 | Dec 1st, 2017

On today's show Sharp and Golliver take more questions from listeners and begin by discussing the Cavs resurgence (3:00). Now that they are back from the dead, are they the clear favorites in the East? How will Isaiah change their team? And would Pau...Show More

The Westbrook Ceiling, Meltdown in Memphis, Dream Journals

1:22:26 | Nov 29th, 2017

On today's show Sharp and Golliver catch up after their holiday break. They begin by talking through the bigger picture in OKC after one great win against Golden State and two bad losses against Detroit and Dallas. Is Billy Donovan the problem? How d...Show More

Thanksgiving Special: Family Arguments and Adjustments to the SI Top 100

59:14 | Nov 24th, 2017

On a special post-Thanksgiving episode of the pod, Sharp and Golliver talk through the first month of basketball and discuss who's risen the furthest in SI's Top 100 rankings, and who's fallen. Topics include: the rebirth of Boogie in New Orleans, Ka...Show More

Clippers Questions, LeBron and the Sixers, Tryptophan Warriors

1:08:00 | Nov 22nd, 2017

On today's show Sharp and Golliver take more questions from listeners and begin by discussing Doc Rivers and the free-falling Clippers. What does this start say about Chris Paul? How long can Rivers last in LA? What happens if they tank? And will Bla...Show More

Warriors/Celtics Reactions, Joel Embiid Owns Los Angeles, Unicorn Discourse

1:10:32 | Nov 17th, 2017

On today's show Sharp and Golliver recap Celtics/Warriors, including thoughts on Jaylen Brown, Boston's defense, Kyrie's offense, and disgust with Golden State for not delivering the blowout that America needed. Other questions: Are the Celtics the n...Show More

Introducing The Front Office, SI's New NBA Draft Site

34:58 | Nov 15th, 2017

On a special episode of Open Floor, Sharp welcomes Sports Illustrated's Jeremy Woo to talk about The Front Office, SI's new home for year-round draft coverage. Then, after explaining what the site will be and goals for this year's coverage, they run ...Show More

East/West First Month Survey, Kristaps Comps, Jimmy Butler and Klay Thompson

1:11:23 | Nov 14th, 2017

On today's show Sharp and Golliver begin with some friendly encouragement for Steph Curry, and then (8:00) take a look around the strangely fun East, including the Celtics, the Pistons, the Sixers, and an answer to Golliver's Triple AAA analogy. Then...Show More

Bucks Get Bledsoe, Kyrie as MVP, Ben Simmons Takeover

1:12:01 | Nov 10th, 2017

On today's show Sharp and Golliver take more questions from listeners and begin by breaking down the Eric Bledsoe trade. Was Greg Monroe really the best Phoenix could do? Where were the Nuggets? And (7:00) where does this leave Giannis and the Bucks?...Show More

LeBron's Response, the Porzingis Ceiling, the Kawhi Mystery

1:12:20 | Nov 7th, 2017

On today's show Sharp and Golliver begin by comparing the Cavs and Thunder, and then (5:00) recap LeBron's 57-point explosion against the Wizards. How did that game affect the mental state of the Wiz? Why didn't anyone double LeBron? Was this karmic ...Show More

Trick or Treat NBA, Wolves Anxiety, Back to the Coffee Shop

1:13:10 | Nov 3rd, 2017

On today's show Sharp and Golliver begin by taking a look at some of the more impressive starts around the league and using a Halloween gimmick that they should've used on Tuesday. First (2:00), another tribute to Root Canal Reggie and the Pistons, a...Show More

What the Hell Cavs, War on Draymond, Root Canal Reggie

1:08:14 | Oct 31st, 2017

On today's show Sharp and Golliver discuss the Cavs after a ghastly run that included losses to the Nets, Pelicans, Magic, and Knicks. How much of these struggles were expected? How concerned should the Cavs be? What does Cleveland's October tell us ...Show More

The Rookie Golden Age, Wolf Season, Carmelo Hall of Fame

1:08:39 | Oct 27th, 2017

On today's show Sharp and Golliver begin by discussing the Wizards let down against the Lakers, then jump into questions. First (5:00): How impressive have the Celtics young wings been, and what does it mean for the future? What about the rest of the...Show More

The Suns in Shambles, Early Lonzo Takes, More Mailbag

1:10:18 | Oct 24th, 2017

On today's show Sharp and Golliver begin by discussing the disastrous opening week in Phoenix. How did things get this bad? How much blame does management deserve? And are the Suns the most dysfunctional organization in the league? Then they discuss ...Show More

The Kyrie Celtics, MVP Giannis, Week 1 Overreactions

1:09:22 | Oct 20th, 2017

On today's show Sharp and Golliver process the first meaningful NBA basketball in five months, and run through their favorite overreactions to the first wave of games. First they discuss the state of the Celtics after Gordon Hayward's awful injury on...Show More

Last Minute Awards Picks, Our First Real NBA Preview

1:18:57 | Oct 16th, 2017

On today's show Sharp and Golliver offer their first and only serious predictions for the NBA season. They begin (3 minutes) by picking surprise teams this season, including the Pistons, Bucks, Wolves, and Heat. Then (10 minutes) they look for potent...Show More

Three Teams to Ignore, Kyrie vs. Cleveland, Utah National Parks

1:05:33 | Oct 13th, 2017

On today's show Sharp and Golliver begin by listing three teams they're not interested in this season, including thoughts on the Kings, Bulls, Knicks, Raptors, Pistons, Grizzlies, and Warriors. At 18 minutes they talk through Joel Embiid's debut, Jah...Show More

Embiid's $148 Million, Preseason Means Nothing, Five Teams to Watch

1:10:06 | Oct 10th, 2017

On today's show Sharp and Golliver begin by discussing Joel Embiid's contract and whether $148 million for 31 games is as crazy as it sounds. Then they discuss preseason basketball and whether anyone can actually learn anything from these games. At 2...Show More

Silver Disappoints Golliver, Extreme Smallball, Spurs vs. Rockets vs. OKC

1:10:08 | Oct 6th, 2017

On today's show Sharp and Golliver answer more mailbag questions. First they talk through Adam Silver's exciting support of the podcast, but his disappointing failure to give the West the respect it deserves. At 15 minutes, they talk through lottery ...Show More

Westbrook's $200 Million Weekend and Fantasy Hoops Guidance

1:10:09 | Oct 4th, 2017

On today's show Sharp and Golliver begin by talking through Russell Westbrook's massive extension. Was this a no-brainer for Westbrook? Will this deal look as good a few years from now? How will OKC handle the CBA? And how good is OKC right now? At 2...Show More

The New Cavs, Media Day Recaps, and Our Worst Articles

1:18:52 | Sep 29th, 2017

On today's show Andrew Sharp and Ben Golliver begin by answering some questions about the Cavs. How will Ty Lue handle the egos in Cleveland? Is Wade still useful? Did the Cavs get better this summer? At 20 minutes: Recaps from Media Day in Los Angel...Show More

Half-Full vs. Half-Empty on Carmelo, Donald Trump vs. the Warriors

1:15:16 | Sep 25th, 2017

On today's show we spend the first half discussing all things Melo. Will it really matter with the Warriors waiting for them? How much credit should Presti get? Will Adam Silver have to change the All-Star Game? At 20 minutes: Just how Knicksy are th...Show More

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

1:10:42 | Sep 22nd, 2017

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 ...Show More

Our Five Favorite Games of All Time

1:03:37 | Sep 19th, 2017

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,...Show More

Breaking Down the Top 100 NBA Players

1:25:01 | Sep 15th, 2017

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...Show More

MVP Odds, Sneaker Wars, and Lottery Reform

58:38 | Sep 12th, 2017

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 ...Show More

The Nuclear Westbrook Trade, Anthony Davis, Future Hibberts

1:16:38 | Sep 8th, 2017

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 abo...Show More

Lakers Tampering, Kyrie in Boston, Early Over/Unders

1:11:24 | Sep 6th, 2017

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...Show More

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

1:10:47 | Aug 31st, 2017

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 ...Show More

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

1:02:33 | Aug 23rd, 2017

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-ro...Show More

NBA hot seat watch with Danny Leroux

1:10:15 | Aug 17th, 2017

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? Ar...Show More

ESPN's Kevin Pelton breaks down RPM win projections

1:11:41 | Aug 10th, 2017

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 t...Show More

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

1:14:26 | Aug 3rd, 2017

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 ...Show More

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

1:28:32 | Jul 31st, 2017

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 ke...Show More

10 Questions about Kyrie Irving and the Cavs

1:24:37 | Jul 24th, 2017

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 ...Show More

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

1:17:01 | Jul 20th, 2017

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 hi...Show More

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

1:04:01 | Jul 14th, 2017

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: Wh...Show More

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

1:00:04 | Jul 12th, 2017

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 b...Show More

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

1:15:51 | Jul 10th, 2017

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 Hard...Show More

LeBron's Next Move and Free Agency Winners and Losers

1:23:06 | Jul 7th, 2017

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 ...Show More

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

1:02:37 | Jul 5th, 2017

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...Show More

The CP3 Trade, Goodbye Phil, and Free Agency Preview

1:23:56 | Jun 30th, 2017

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 ...Show More

The NBA Awards, John Wall Dreams, and More Mailbag

1:16:37 | Jun 27th, 2017

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...Show More

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

1:06:24 | Jun 23rd, 2017

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 ...Show More

Draft Preview, Rumor Roundup, and Offseason Chaos

1:28:12 | Jun 21st, 2017

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: T...Show More

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

1:08:25 | Jun 19th, 2017

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 S...Show More

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

1:17:42 | Jun 16th, 2017

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 ...Show More

The Warriors are NBA Champions

1:18:44 | Jun 13th, 2017

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 ...Show More

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

1:07:09 | Jun 8th, 2017

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 ex...Show More

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

49:21 | Jun 5th, 2017

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...Show More

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

1:24:25 | Jun 2nd, 2017

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: Wh...Show More

The NBA Finals Mailbag, aka Warriors-Cavs Take Roundup

1:08:47 | May 31st, 2017

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 fo...Show More

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

1:15:45 | May 26th, 2017

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...Show More

Spurs Religion, the 27-1 Warriors, and more

51:12 | May 23rd, 2017

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 appreci...Show More

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

1:19:14 | May 19th, 2017

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...Show More

Our Premature Post-Lottery Mock Draft

53:46 | May 17th, 2017

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 S...Show More

Warriors Game 1, Wizards-Celtics, and Lottery Scenarios

1:00:57 | May 15th, 2017

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 i...Show More

CSI James Harden, the Future Spurs, and More Mailbag

1:23:50 | May 12th, 2017

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...Show More

The Kevin Durant Conversation, Draymond Brilliance, Porzingis Emojis

1:08:05 | May 9th, 2017

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 lo...Show More

The Kelly Oubre Game, Lonzo Sneakers, and More Mailbag

1:16:47 | May 5th, 2017

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...Show More

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

1:07:51 | May 2nd, 2017

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 coul...Show More

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

1:12:22 | Apr 28th, 2017

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 L...Show More

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

1:00:10 | Apr 24th, 2017

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 Thom...Show More

Raptors Meltdown, the Bulls Campaign, and Playoff Nonsense

1:22:00 | Apr 21st, 2017

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 Shar...Show More

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

59:00 | Apr 18th, 2017

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 ...Show More

Playoff Preview and Awards Mailbag Extravaganza

1:25:45 | Apr 14th, 2017

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...Show More

MVP Arguments and More: Breaking Down Our Awards Ballots

1:17:33 | Apr 11th, 2017

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 th...Show More

Mailbag: Alien Invasions, Cavs Panic Update, Ernie Johnson

1:21:20 | Apr 7th, 2017

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 ...Show More

Title Game, Magic Mistakes, Random Weekend Notes

58:02 | Apr 4th, 2017

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 ...Show More

Mailbag: Warriors Back, Nurkic Rising, Nuggets Reality Check

1:21:07 | Mar 31st, 2017

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...Show More

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

1:10:35 | Mar 28th, 2017

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 Im...Show More

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

1:07:24 | Mar 24th, 2017

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 ...Show More

Warriors-Thunder, Rest Referendum, and Ubuntu Drama

52:41 | Mar 21st, 2017

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 g...Show More

Mailbag: Tournaments, Tankathon, and LaVar Ball

1:04:19 | Mar 17th, 2017

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 fa...Show More

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

16:49 | Mar 15th, 2017

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.

Breaking Down the March Madness Draft Prospects

1:00:09 | Mar 14th, 2017

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...Show More

Mailbag: Inside the NBA and Nurkic Fever

57:58 | Mar 10th, 2017

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.

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

46:57 | Mar 7th, 2017

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...Show More

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

1:11:12 | Mar 3rd, 2017

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 Ja...Show More

Emergency KD Pod

33:15 | Mar 1st, 2017

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.

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

45:34 | Feb 28th, 2017

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 buyou...Show More

Deadline Mailbag: Celtics, Bulls, Raptors, and More

1:16:13 | Feb 24th, 2017

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...Show More

Boogie Trade, Boogie Trade, BOOGIE TRADE

1:04:25 | Feb 20th, 2017

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 ...Show More

Mailbag: All-Star Preview, MVP theories, Sixers

53:48 | Feb 17th, 2017

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...Show More

How Much Can Ibaka Change the East?

54:14 | Feb 14th, 2017

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? Shoul...Show More

Knicks, Bucks, and More Mailbag

1:10:00 | Feb 10th, 2017

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 Buck...Show More

Cavs-Wizards Delivers, And Boogie Strikes Again

46:33 | Feb 7th, 2017

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?...Show More

Extended Mailbag

1:17:37 | Feb 3rd, 2017

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...Show More

LeBron vs. Barkley, and Celtics Questions

53:42 | Jan 31st, 2017

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 so...Show More

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

1:03:56 | Jan 28th, 2017

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-C...Show More

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

59:15 | Jan 24th, 2017

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 ...Show More

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

1:08:43 | Jan 20th, 2017

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,...Show More

Cavs-Warriors Takeaways, and Final All-Star Ballots

1:05:40 | Jan 17th, 2017

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 Shar...Show More

Mailbag: Knicks, Future Title Teams, Draymond Psychology

1:01:47 | Jan 13th, 2017

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 McConnel...Show More

Warriors Look Human, and the East Arms Race Begins

53:18 | Jan 10th, 2017

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, Andr...Show More

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

1:12:51 | Jan 6th, 2017

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 W...Show More

George Karl has takes, and everyone's dropping 50

48:31 | Jan 3rd, 2017

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 ...Show More

Mailbag: Warriors/Cavs, Wizards, and Growth Spurts

55:54 | Dec 30th, 2016

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, an...Show More

Boogie's Holiday Spirit, and Quarter Awards Picks

1:05:40 | Dec 22nd, 2016

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, Rooki...Show More

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

53:48 | Dec 15th, 2016

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

Re-drafting the 2014 Draft

58:11 | Dec 13th, 2016

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,...Show More

The Week in Warriors, and More Mailbag

1:04:41 | Dec 9th, 2016

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 h...Show More

What Changed for Harden?

1:02:48 | Dec 6th, 2016

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 ...Show More

Mailbag: Grizzlies, Hinkie, Giannis

1:11:58 | Dec 2nd, 2016

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...Show More

Thanksgiving Leftovers: Thunder, Blazers, and more

57:10 | Nov 29th, 2016

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 Jor...Show More

First month lessons and NBA turkeys

58:26 | Nov 22nd, 2016

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 ...Show More

Mailbag: Most Improved Players, NBA Survival Squads

1:04:58 | Nov 18th, 2016

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 pla...Show More

Ranking the Stranded Superstars

57:33 | Nov 15th, 2016

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 fo...Show More

The Cavs go to the White House

50:22 | Nov 11th, 2016

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 ...Show More

League Pass Notes: Lakers, Suns, Kings, Mavericks

53:42 | Nov 8th, 2016

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 Maveri...Show More

Recapping Russ-KD Round One

54:15 | Nov 4th, 2016

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 f...Show More

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

52:43 | Nov 1st, 2016

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 extens...Show More

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

51:29 | Oct 28th, 2016

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, ...Show More

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

46:13 | Oct 25th, 2016

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 ...Show More

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

50:13 | Oct 19th, 2016

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 R...Show More

West preview: Wolves arguments, Warriors titles and more

1:01:08 | Oct 17th, 2016

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...Show More

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

1:05:51 | Oct 13th, 2016

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 f...Show More

The Sixers, the Pistons and some preseason hot takes

1:05:12 | Oct 6th, 2016

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' inj...Show More

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

1:17:36 | Sep 16th, 2016

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.

USA Basketball winners and losers in Rio

1:10:33 | Aug 22nd, 2016

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 not...Show More

Team USA's problems and a medal round preview

47:51 | Aug 16th, 2016

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, includin...Show More

Olympic hoops, Westbrook's Return and Team USA hypotheticals

50:57 | Aug 10th, 2016

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.

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

1:05:29 | Aug 4th, 2016

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 Gre...Show More

Goodbye Summer League, Hello Team USA

50:21 | Jul 20th, 2016

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, a...Show More

Summer league, Westbrook rumors and Tim Duncan arguments

1:07:48 | Jul 14th, 2016

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...Show More

Dwyane Wade goes home, plus a free agency roundup

1:20:18 | Jul 8th, 2016

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, ...Show More

Kevin Durant chooses the Warriors, let chaos reign

1:01:26 | Jul 5th, 2016

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 ...Show More

Kevin Durant sweepstakes and more free agency questions

1:07:24 | Jun 29th, 2016

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 ...Show More

NBA draft week winners and losers

1:07:26 | Jun 24th, 2016

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, t...Show More

NBA draft stock watch: Buy or sell?

52:11 | Jun 22nd, 2016

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...Show More

LeBron and the Cavs get a perfect ending

57:12 | Jun 20th, 2016

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, ...Show More

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

53:01 | Jun 17th, 2016

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 Warrio...Show More

NBA Mock Draft: Projecting every pick in Round 1

1:23:08 | Jun 15th, 2016

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 wan...Show More

NBA Finals: Can the Cavaliers steal the series?

1:00:34 | Jun 14th, 2016

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 f...Show More

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

59:27 | Jun 9th, 2016

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 wan...Show More

NBA Draft: Should Ben Simmons go No. 1?

59:40 | Jun 7th, 2016

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 Bu...Show More

NBA Finals: Do the Cavaliers have a chance?

59:47 | Jun 3rd, 2016

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 ...Show More

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

1:05:54 | May 31st, 2016

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? Wil...Show More

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

40:20 | May 30th, 2016

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...Show More

Sharp and Golliver: The Madness of Thunder-Warriors

1:03:40 | May 27th, 2016

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 thi...Show More

Draymond Green dodges suspension

29:43 | May 24th, 2016

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 Thunde...Show More

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

1:02:02 | May 19th, 2016

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 Hornace...Show More

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

1:08:07 | May 13th, 2016

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 Blaz...Show More

Sharp and Golliver: Thunder come back from the dead

29:34 | May 11th, 2016

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' lin...Show More

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

55:28 | May 5th, 2016

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 t...Show More

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

58:33 | Apr 27th, 2016

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 vaca...Show More

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

1:05:09 | Apr 20th, 2016

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...Show More