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The Ringer NBA Show

The Ringer NBA Show & The Ringer

A daily breakdown of the latest story lines, trends, and important developments in the NBA. We promise to keep the Sixers and Celtics discussion to a reasonable amount … or to at least try.

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The Ringer’s Chris Vernon and Kevin O’Connor review the Warriors’ eventful night against the New Orleans Pelicans (1:40), debate the roots of the Minnesota Timberwolves’ issues (12:43), laud Donovan Mitchell’s impressive scoring display (37:17), and explore potential trades for DeAndre Jordan (44:31). Then they give out awards for the season thus far (51:46).

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HBO and The Ringer's Bill Simmons is joined by Haralabos Voulgaris after a long hiatus from the podcasting world to discuss the biggest offseason moves (6:00), Oklahoma City's potential contender status (13:00), Kyrie's lacking defense (19:00), LeBron's exit strategy (27:00), the Warriors' unselfishness (36:00), the myth behind the Warriors' reinvention of basketball (44:00), and Ben Simmons's Rookie of the Year campaign (55:00).

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The Houston Rockets’ slow start might be the new normal (0:50), the Orlando Magic are ... good? (19:40), and the young New York Knicks continue to develop (36:01). Plus, the quarter-season awards (47:03). Hosts: Chris Vernon, Kevin O’Connor

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Somehow, the Los Angeles Clippers have climbed to the best record in the crowded Western Conference (4:02), and the Philadelphia 76ers’ Jimmy Butler experiment starts to bear fruit (21:32). Host: John Gonzalez Guests: Dan Devine, Dan Pfeiffer

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We open up the mailbag by answering questions on the Wizards’ dysfunction, the first-, second-, and third-year players we’re most excited about, pre-agency, the Lakers, and much more. Hosts: Kevin O’Connor, Jonathan Tjarks, Danny Chau

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John Wall’s gargantuan contract stifles his trade value (2:27), the Sacramento Kings continue to outperform expectations in the crowded Western Conference (13:56), and the teams on a streak, winning or losing (33:19). Hosts: Chris Vernon, Kevin O’Connor

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The devastatingly underachieving Washington Wizards look to sell, sell, sell (3:17) and the glut of talent in the Western Conference coagulates even further (31:13). Host: John Gonzalez Guests: Joe House, Jonathan Tjarks

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Jimmy Butler’s tight fit in Philadelphia (1:07), a sophomore focus in this week’s The Kids Are Alright (23:26), and a look ahead at the weekend’s best games (37:36). Hosts: Kevin O'Connor, Danny Chau, Jonathan Tjarks

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Jimmy Butler’s debut for the Sixers didn’t go quite as smoothly as it could’ve—what does that mean for Ben Simmons (2:00)? Plus, Kevin Clark on the Magic (11:38), and a whole lot of Draymond Green and Kevin Durant melodrama (24:36). Hosts: Chris Ryan, Justin Verrier, Paolo Uggetti, Kevin Clark

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The Jimmy Butler trade reshapes both conferences (0:48), the Houston Rockets look to move on from their Carmelo Anthony experiment (10:06), the overachieving Los Angeles Clippers remain impressive (19:16), Caris LeVert’s injury sets back the Brooklyn Nets (26:44), and some teams’ expectations contrast with their performance (34:34). Hosts: Chris Vernon, Kevin O’Connor

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The Minnesota Timberwolves finally trade Jimmy Butler to the Philadelphia 76ers. Host: John Gonzalez Guests: Chris Ryan and Jason Concepcion

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Duke’s trio of outstanding freshman surpassed our lofty expectations (1:38), the NBA’s shooting guard renaissance has caught us off guard (14:03), and we’re not quite sure if Milwaukee has what it takes to handle a tough West Coast road trip (34:37).

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Kyrie Irving is totally not mad online about Jamal Murray, and the Boston Celtics totally don’t have a problem with offensive distribution (1:20). Plus, could the Lakers be the best League Pass team in NBA history? (22:37). The Lakers May Be the Greatest League Pass Team in History, Justin Verrier Hosts: Chris Ryan, Justin Verrier, Haley O’Shaughnessy, Paolo Uggetti

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A big night for Jamal Murray continues the Denver Nuggets’ hot streak (3:07), the torrid Toronto Raptors add another loss to the Utah Jazz’s disappointing start (14:53), precarious teams face sink-or-swim developments (32:58), and draft prospects look to shine as the college basketball season kicks off (47:55). Hosts: Chris Vernon, Kevin O’Connor

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The Los Angeles Lakers add another loss to their turbulent start to the regular season (4:07), and the league’s offensive explosion is transforming defensive schemes (27:34). Plus, examining the importance of providing context to Derrick Rose’s comeback narrative (55:04). Host: John Gonzalez Guests: Juliet Litman, Justin Verrier, Haley O’Shaughnessy

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Ringer staff writer Kevin O’Connor is joined by Jonathan Tjarks and Danny Chau to discuss the unfathomably bad Houston Rockets' start (2:27) and the bright futures of the Jazz and Nuggets (20:52). Then, the trio re-ups their patented "Draft Class" segment to talk about the tantalizing NBA prospects on the Duke Blue Devils (32:56). The State of the John Wall–Bradley Beal Union, Kevin O'Connor

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The Ringer’s Chris Ryan is joined by Justin Verrier, Haley O’Shaughnessy, and Paolo Uggetti to establish eight unique tiers of the NBA and place all 30 teams within them. Klay on Klay: The Warriors Guard on the Hidden Art and Craft of His Game, Kevin O'Connor

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The Ringer’s Chris Vernon and Kevin O’Connor recount the record-breaking night from Klay Thompson (0:50), debate how the still-undefeated Bucks have achieved early-season success (30:53), and discuss their concerns for underachieving Western Conference teams (44:44).

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The Ringer’s John Gonzalez is joined by Shea Serrano to discuss the Cleveland Cavaliers firing head coach Ty Lue (4:32) and all the drama going on in the NBA regular season through two weeks (11:30). Then, Jonathan Tjarks comes on to talk about the undefeated Milwaukee Bucks and Toronto Raptors (33:36) as well as oft-overlooked teams with intriguing narratives (37:01).

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The Ringer’s Kevin O’Connor is joined by Danny Chau and Jonathan Tjarks to discuss the exponential growth of 3-pointers in the NBA (1:24) and the promising offense but problematic defense of Trae Young and Luka Doncic (13:46). Then, they throw an outlet pass to this weekend’s games, previewing a rematch of Lakers-Spurs as well as exciting matchups between the Jazz and Pelicans and the Celtics and Pistons (26:57).

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The Ringer’s Chris Ryan is joined by Justin Verrier, Haley O’Shaughnessy, and Paolo Uggetti to discuss whether fans will get sick of the routinely high-scoring games from the first week of the season (1:27). Then, they talk about the Thunder’s cramped roster and wonder whether some of the Cavaliers’ veteran pieces could help Oklahoma City (21:34).

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The Ringer’s Chris Vernon and Kevin O’Connor discuss the lack of shooting plaguing the Lakers and Thunder through Week 1 of the season (1:43). Then, they break down how Milwaukee and Denver have overhauled their style of play for the 2018 season’s pace, while Boston, surprisingly, has not (33:17). Five Takeaways From the NBA’s Opening Week, By Kevin O'Connor The Celtics Didn’t Get the Memo About the NBA Scoring Boom, By Paolo Uggetti

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The Ringer’s John Gonzalez is joined by Kevin O’Connor, Paolo Uggetti, and Jason Gallagher to recount the brawl between the Los Angeles Lakers and Houston Rockets during their Saturday-night matchup (2:47) as well as the basketball aspects of the game (20:01). Then, Dan Devine comes on to discuss the standout teams from Week 1 of the regular season (38:26).

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The Ringer’s Kevin O’Connor is joined by Danny Chau and Jonathan Tjarks in the debut of their revamped Friday show: The Corner 3. They kick the season off with some immediate reactions to LeBron in purple and gold (1:41). Then, they assess DeAndre Ayton’s early signs of stardom and Nikola Jokic’s ability to take another leap in year four (13:04), before looking ahead to some upcoming games of interest (31:40). Jonathan Tjarks: Finding the Nikola Jokic Blueprint Paolo Uggetti: You May Not Know Josh Hart Yet, but You Will

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The Ringer’s Chris Ryan is joined by Haley O’Shaughnessy and Paolo Uggetti to share some immediate reactions to the first two days of NBA games, including whether they like Anthony Davis to win the MVP (2:25) and whether this will be the season the Suns’ future comes into focus. Then Justin Verrier joins to share his takeaways from being at the Clippers' home opener (28:00), before all four assess the state of Philadelphia’s young core (37:00).

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The Ringer’s Chris Ryan and Juliet Litman are joined by Joe House for the 2018 return of 'Sources Say,' live on stage during The Ringer’s 2018 NBA Previewpalooza. They dive back into NBA gossip with the latest Jimmy Butler rumblings, Ben Simmons’s dating life, and which players will see their NBA Twitter stock rise and fall this season. To see the video version of this podcast and the rest of Previewpalooza, head over the The Ringer’s YouTube channel.

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The Ringer’s Chris Vernon and Kevin O’Connor preview the imminent NBA season by answering and debating 20 questions about the league.

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The Ringer’s John Gonzalez is joined by Jason Concepcion to discuss the latest development in the Jimmy Butler drama (3:23) and preview the Eastern Conference playoff picture heading into the season (9:15). Then, Haley O’Shaughnessy and Paolo Uggetti come on to preview the Western Conference playoff picture heading into the season (25:38). Finally, Kevin Clark, Riley McAtee, and Isaac Lee come on to adjudicate whose fan base is the saddest in the NBA (47:56).

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The Ringer’s Chris Ryan and Justin Verrier are joined by Haley O’Shaughnessy and Paolo Uggetti to break down the explosive Timberwolves practice that owned NBA Twitter for a day (1:50). Then, they discuss what the Lakers’ pace of play in the offseason means for a 33-year-old LeBron James (30:55).

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The Ringer’s Chris Vernon and Kevin O’Connor react to the news of Ryan McDonough being ousted from the Phoenix Suns GM position (1:10), discuss the expectations for key players going into the 2018-19 season (24:35), and hash out an NFL argument regarding Drew Brees (56:30).

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The Ringer’s John Gonzalez is joined by Chris Ryan, Juliet Litman, Micah Peters, and Isaac Lee to draft all 30 NBA teams in order of League Pass watchability.

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The Ringer’s Chris Ryan and Justin Verrier are joined by Haley O’Shaughnessy and Paolo Uggetti to preview the imminent Jimmy Butler trade to Miami (0:53) and discuss the uncertainty around the new Lakers (13:47).

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The Ringer’s Chris Vernon and Kevin O’Connor give their takeaways from watching the renewed Lakers (6:45) and reloaded Rockets in person (27:32). Then, they react to the GM survey (40:43) and discuss some story lines floating around the league (46:52).

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The Ringer’s John Gonzalez is joined by Shea Serrano to assess the ongoing Jimmy Butler trade saga and new additions to the Eastern Conference elite (3:49). Then, comedian Ian Karmel comes on discuss the start of the LeBron James–era Lakers, J.R. Smith’s tattoo violation, and the Portland Trail Blazers’ season prospects (25:08). Finally, Jonathan Tjarks joins to examine Luka Doncic’s promising preseason debut, the return of Markelle Fultz, and the potential for Karl-Anthony Towns to elevate this season (53:02).

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The Ringer’s Chris Vernon and Kevin O’Connor explore the discussion around the Minnesota Timberwolves looking to trade away Jimmy Butler (0:52) and react to the highlights of an eventful media day (28:32). We are now on Twitter! Follow us at @RingerNBA.

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The Ringer’s John Gonzalez is joined by Jason Concepcion to discuss the Los Angeles Clippers’ unconventional hiring of Lee Jenkins, the tension between Jimmy Butler and the Minnesota Timberwolves, and the New York Knicks’ future prospects (3:45). Then, Paolo Uggetti joins to talk about the rise of NBA offseason trainers and the new dynamic of the Los Angeles Lakers' roster (31:00). Finally, Mike Levin from 'The Rights to Ricky Sanchez’ comes on to evaluate the Philadelphia 76ers’ ongoing GM pursuit and their outlook on the season (47:15). Note: This podcast was recorded before the Philadelphia 76ers announced their hiring of Elton Brand as general manager.

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The Ringer’s Chris Vernon and Kevin O’Connor discuss Anthony Davis’s uncertain future with the New Orleans Pelicans (15:30), Minnesota Timberwolves president-coach Tom Thibodeau acquiring his former players (24:08), and the most underrated acquisitions of the offseason (31:49).

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The Ringer’s John Gonzalez is joined by Joe House to discuss interesting NBA story lines as training camp approaches (2:24). Then, Haley O’Shaughnessy comes on to parse the trade between the Phoenix Suns and the Houston Rockets (31:08) and debate some Are We Sure questions (40:09).

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The Ringer’s Chris Vernon and John Gonzalez react to Spurs legend Manu Ginobili announcing his retirement (0:59) and discuss the Philadelphia 76ers’ ongoing search for a new GM (16:38). Then, they examine the NBA rookie survey (30:13) and debate Kobe fans’ scruples about LeBron James (38:26).

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The Ringer’s John Gonzalez is joined by Shea Serrano to discuss Carmelo Anthony officially signing with the Houston Rockets (2:28) and to parse Kawhi Leonard’s farewell letter to San Antonio (14:17). Then, Justin Verrier joins to evaluate the "Are We Sure" questions about the Lakers’ playoff contention, Markelle Fultz, Devin Booker, and the Trail Blazers’ stars (24:22). Finally, Paolo Uggetti comes on to make the case for the Toronto Raptors as the East favorites (46:29) and to discuss NBA players’ use of social media over the summer (55:41).

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The Ringer’s Chris Vernon and Kevin O’Connor answer an array of questions from listeners, including who would be the starting five of underappreciated NBA players (9:10), whether or not Luke Walton will be able to handle the new Lakers (33:30), the guys’ favorite albums of 2018 (42:10), and much more.

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The Ringer’s Chris Vernon and Kevin O’Connor highlight LeBron James creating a school for at-risk youth in Akron (0:11), discuss the Houston Rockets retaining Clint Capela as well as adding Carmelo Anthony (4:22), and react to Giannis Antetokounmpo gaining muscle (24:20).

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The Ringer’s Chris Vernon and Kevin O’Connor react to Kevin Love signing a four-year extension with the Cleveland Cavaliers (0:10), discuss the ripple effects of the Carmelo Anthony trade (14:21), and debate the Los Angeles Lakers’ questionable offseason moves (31:40).

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The Ringer’s Chris Ryan and Justin Verrier are joined by Haley O’Shaughnessy to discuss the impact of the Toronto Raptors acquiring Kawhi Leonard in exchange for a package led by DeMar DeRozan (0:54), Marcus Smart signing a four-year contract with the Boston Celtics (24:25), the uncertainties surrounding the Minnesota Timberwolves’ stars (29:03), and the next disgruntled stars to leverage their situations (37:12).

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The Ringer’s Chris Vernon and Kevin O’Connor discuss the report that Houston Rockets GM Daryl Morey spurned the Philadelphia 76ers’ attempt to hire him (0:41), landing spots for Carmelo Anthony (9:02), the Denver Nuggets’ updated roster (18:14), Ben McLemore heading back to the Sacramento Kings (26:24), Jimmy Butler turning down an extension with the Minnesota Timberwolves (30:27), and questions surrounding the remaining free agents (40:13).

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The Ringer's Chris Vernon and Kevin O'Connor sit down in Caesars Palace Las Vegas to talk NBA summer league. They discuss Jonathan Isaac's impressive play, Mo Bamba, Jaren Jackson Jr., and Kevin Knox. They revisit Trae Young's bust potential and discuss the uncertainty of college stats and the shortage of sophomores in this year's summer league.

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The Ringer's Justin Verrier and Jonathan Tjarks sit down in Las Vegas to talk about some of the rookies and sophomores playing in NBA summer league, including Harry Giles, Marvin Bagley III, Deandre Ayton, Collin Sexton, Jaren Jackson Jr., and more. They they talk NBA free agents and some possible landing spots for Clint Capela, Marcus Smart, Isaiah Thomas, and Jabari Parker.

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The Ringer’s Chris Ryan is joined by Kevin O’Connor and Jonathan Tjarks to discuss the free agency signings of the weekend thus far (0:11) and takeaways from day 1 of NBA Summer League in Las Vegas (13:29).

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The Ringer’s Juliet Litman and Chris Ryan discuss the Oklahoma City Thunder reportedly parting ways with Carmelo Anthony (0:58), the possibility for Kyrie Irving to leave the Boston Celtics (8:15), how LeBron James affects the Los Angeles Lakers’ coaching staff (16:20), and Trae Young’s struggles during NBA summer league in Utah (25:54).

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The Ringer’s Chris Vernon and Kevin O’Connor react to DeMarcus Cousins signing with the Golden State Warriors (0:11), examine the Los Angeles Lakers’ puzzling roster additions (11:23), debate potential Kawhi Leonard trade scenarios (26:00), and discuss takeaways from the start of summer league in Utah (40:32).

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The Ringer’s John Gonzalez and Chris Ryan react to LeBron James signing with the Los Angeles Lakers for four years (1:44). Then, HBO and The Ringer’s Bill Simmons calls in to offer his thoughts on the LeBron signing and its ripple effect (26:56). Finally, Justin Verrier comes on to round up all the other free-agency news (48:59).

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The Ringer’s Chris Vernon and Kevin O’Connor discuss the recent trade by the Los Angeles Clippers that sent Austin Rivers to the Washington Wizards (01:12) and the potential for the Clips to deal DeAndre Jordan to the Dallas Mavericks (03:47). Then they discuss Paul George’s free agency and how what he decides will affect other free agents (16:26), what it would cost the 76ers to sign both Kawhi Leonard and LeBron James (30:16), and the free agents that aren’t being talked about (48:21).

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The Ringer’s John Gonzalez is joined by Chris Ryan and Danny Chau to discuss Carmelo Anthony opting into his contract with the Oklahoma City Thunder (02:40), free-agency rumors surrounding Kawhi Leonard and LeBron James (08:15), and their takeaways from the NBA draft (27:20). Then Bryan Curtis comes on to discuss Adrian Wojnarowski’s Twitter euphemisms (34:35) and LeBron’s media presence (45:25). You can buy new Ringer merch here.

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The Ringer’s Kevin O’Connor, Jonathan Tjarks, and Danny Chau react to the trades and selections made at the 2018 NBA draft.

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The Ringer’s Chris Ryan sits down with Kevin O’Connor, Tate Frazier, and Danny Chau to answer questions surrounding the 2018 NBA draft. For more on the draft, check out our 2018 NBA Draft Guide at nbadraft.theringer.com.

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The Ringer's John Gonzalez is joined by Joe House to talk Kawhi Leonard rumors and odds for which team he ends up on (2:40), then John sits down with Tate Frazier and Riley McAtee to discuss potential top 10 NBA draft picks including Luka Doncic, Marvin Bagley III, Wendell Carter Jr., Mo Bamba, Trae Young, and more (32:15).

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The Ringer’s Kevin O’Connor, Jonathan Tjarks, and Danny Chau discuss the puzzling news surrounding Michael Porter Jr.’s injuries (1:08) and the potential rise of former Kentucky forward Kevin Knox (7:26). Then, they bring on resident Memphis Grizzlies fan Chris Vernon (15:31), resident Orlando Magic fan Kevin Clark (32:09), and resident Chicago Bulls fan Tommy Alter (43:43) to discuss their respective teams' draft possibilities.

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The Ringer’s Chris Vernon and Kevin O’Connor discuss the Golden State Warriors’ championship parade (03:30), the best landing spots for LeBron James this offseason (08:30), Adrian Wojnarowski’s report that Kawhi Leonard and Gregg Popovich are scheduled to meet (21:25), and updates from the NBA draft (43:34).

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The Ringer’s John Gonzalez sits down with Chris Ryan and Kevin O’Connor to discuss whether the anticlimactic sweep in the Finals is good for basketball (3:45) and debate which team LeBron James might head to over the summer (22:56).

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The Ringer’s Juliet Litman and Kevin O’Connor react to the Golden State Warriors eliminating the Cleveland Cavaliers in the NBA Finals.

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The Ringer’s Kevin O’Connor and Jonathan Tjarks discuss the probability that the Phoenix Suns will take Deandre Ayton with the no. 1 overall pick (1:21). Then they bring on resident Sacramento Kings fan Riley McAtee (15:08), resident Dallas Mavericks fans David Shoemaker and Jason Gallagher (25:43), and resident Charlotte Hornets fan Tate Frazier (37:52) to discuss their respective team’s draft possibilities.

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The Ringer’s Chris Ryan and Justin Verrier sit down with writer Ben Detrick to discuss the news of Bryan Colangelo resigning from the Philadelphia 76ers, and examine what that means for the 76ers organization heading into the draft and free agency.

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The Ringer’s Chris Ryan is joined by Paolo Uggetti, Kevin O’Connor, and Justin Verrier to discuss Kevin Durant’s great Game 3 and the Cleveland Cavaliers' chances at keeping LeBron James this offseason before being joined by Shea Serrano for a quick breakdown of LeBron’s monster dunk in the first quarter. Then, they discuss the likeliness of Deandre Ayton as the no. 1 pick.

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The Ringer’s Chris Vernon and Kevin O’Connor preview Game 3 of the NBA Finals, breaking down what the Cleveland Cavaliers need from LeBron James to win (21:25) and Andre Iguodala’s potential impact if he plays (29:45). Then they examine the Detroit Pistons’ coaching situation (35:55).

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The Ringer’s John Gonzalez is joined by Kevin O’Connor to react to the Golden State Warriors’ convincing win against the depleted Cleveland Cavaliers in Game 2 of the NBA Finals.

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The Ringer’s Kevin O’Connor and Jonathan Tjarks are joined by Danny Chau to answer listener-submitted questions about the 2018 NBA draft. Topics include: trading into the lottery, concerns for Deandre Ayton’s defense, and whether Miles Bridges’s measurements will impact his draft stock.

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The Ringer’s Chris Ryan is joined by Haley O’Shaughnessy, Justin Verrier, Jason Concepcion, and Paolo Uggetti to discuss the Cleveland Cavaliers' loss to the Golden State Warriors in Game 1 of the NBA Finals (00:35). Then Jonathan Tjarks calls in to give his takeaway from the game (10:45) before they close it out with a game of Finals Flashback (32:50).

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The Ringer's Chris Ryan sits down with writer Ben Detrick to discuss The Ringer's investigation into Bryan Colangelo and a number of Twitter accounts. They break down how the story started, how they reported it out, and how it's been received since publication.

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The Ringer’s Chris Vernon and Kevin O’Connor discuss the Golden State Warriors’ comeback win in Game 7 of the Western Conference finals (00:30) before previewing another Finals matchup between them and the Cleveland Cavaliers (50:00).

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The Ringer’s John Gonzalez is joined by Shea Serrano to react to LeBron James’s Cleveland Cavaliers advancing past the Boston Celtics to the Finals (2:33). Then Jonathan Tjarks calls in to preview the Western Conference finals Game 7 between the Golden State Warriors and Houston Rockets (24:26). Finally Politico’s Jason Schwartz and Thrillist’s Kevin Alexander call in to eulogize the Boston Celtics’ season (39:42).

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The Ringer’s Kevin O’Connor and Shea Serrano react to the Houston Rockets defeating the Golden State Warriors to take a lead in the series (0:35), debate how LeBron James’s Cleveland Cavaliers can hold off the Boston Celtics (11:49), and discuss the All-NBA selections (19:39). Then O’Connor is joined by Jonathan Tjarks and Danny Chau to talk about Luka Doncic’s reported fall on draft boards and the potential for Michael Porter Jr. to be taken higher than expected (26:27).

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The Ringer’s Chris Ryan is joined by Justin Verrier, Jason Concepcion, Kevin O’Connor, and Paolo Uggetti to talk about the Cavaliers’ weak performance against the Celtics in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference finals (1:12). Then, they look ahead to the next Rockets-Warriors matchup and talk about some offseason rumors (20:29). All of The Ringer's NBA playoffs coverage The Early NBA Offseason Rumor Roundup

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The Ringer’s Juliet Litman, Chris Ryan, Justin Verrier, and Danny Chau discuss the Houston Rockets bouncing back against the Golden State Warriors (01:00) and make their predictions for the rest of the conference finals (27:45). Then they break down the recent free agency news surrounding DeMarcus Cousins (30:15), Karl-Anthony Towns (33:45), and Joel Embiid (40:55).

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The Ringer’s Chris Vernon and Kevin O’Connor discuss the Cleveland Cavaliers’ beatdown of the Boston Celtics (02:00) and preview Game 4 of the Western Conference finals between the Houston Rockets and Golden State Warriors (32:20). Then they talk about the winners and losers from the NBA draft combine (55:20). Check out Kevin O'Connor's draft combine coverage here.

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The Ringer’s John Gonzalez is joined by Chris Ryan to discuss the Golden State Warriors handily defeating the Houston Rockets in Game 3 of the Western Conference finals (2:24). Then Justin Verrier and Tate Frazier come on to debate whether LeBron James can bring the Cleveland Cavaliers to a series victory against the Boston Celtics (30:20).

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The Ringer’s Danny Chau and Jonathan Tjarks discuss how no. 1 draft prospect Luka Doncic would fit within the top lottery teams (0:11). Then, a special interview between Indiana Pacers All-Star Victor Oladipo and Hall of Fame center Shaquille O’Neal (12:34).

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The Ringer’s Chris Ryan is joined by Justin Verrier, Jason Concepcion, Jonathan Tjarks, and Paolo Uggetti to recap Game 2 of the Western Conference finals (1:30). Then, the guys make some predictions for the next Celtics-Cavaliers matchup and break down the results of the NBA draft lottery (20:37).

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The Ringer's Chris Ryan, Jonathan Tjarks, and Kevin O'Connor give their rapid reactions to the NBA draft lottery, including the biggest winners and losers.

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The Ringer’s Chris Vernon and Kevin O’Connor react to the Golden State Warriors’ dominance over the Houston Rockets in Game 1 of the Western Conference finals (00:55). Then they preview Game 2 between the Boston Celtics and the Cleveland Cavaliers (45:10) before looking ahead to the NBA draft (1:05:00).

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The Ringer’s John Gonzalez sits down with Jason Concepcion, Kevin O’Connor, and Jonathan Tjarks to react to the Boston Celtics’ dominant Game 1 win against the Cleveland Cavaliers (2:25), preview the highly anticipated Western Conference finals between the Golden State Warriors and the Houston Rockets (21:42), and discuss the futures of the four teams that exited the playoffs most recently (32:26).

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The Ringer’s Kevin O’Connor and Jonathan Tjarks are joined by Danny Chau to preview the two conference finals (3:13) and anticipate the NBA draft lottery (16:42). Then, O’Connor sits down with Sacramento Kings point guard De’Aaron Fox to discuss the draft process and 'Dragon Ball Z' (25:14).

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The Ringer’s Kevin O’Connor, Justin Verrier, and Haley O'Shaughnessy comfort Chris Ryan following the Sixers' loss to the Celtics. Then the group makes some predictions for the Celtics-Cavaliers and Warriors-Rockets matchups.

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The Ringer’s Chris Vernon and Kevin O’Connor react to the Cleveland Cavaliers defeating the Toronto Raptors in a historic sweep (0:11) and the Philadelphia 76ers avoiding a sweep from the Boston Celtics (30:42). Then, they preview the two Western Conference series (41:06) and discuss coaching changes around the league (55:46).

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The Ringer’s John Gonzalez is joined by HBO and The Ringer’s Bill Simmons to review how the Boston Celtics built a surprising 3-0 lead over the Philadelphia 76ers (2:27). Then, Shea Serrano calls in to discuss LeBron James and the Cavaliers dominating the Toronto Raptors (30:04). Finally, Haley O’Shaughnessy and Paolo Uggetti join to react to the Golden State Warriors overwhelming the New Orleans Pelicans (49:19) and the Houston Rockets pushing ahead of the Utah Jazz (59:32).

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The Ringer’s Kevin O’Connor and Jonathan Tjarks are joined by Danny Chau to answer listener-submitted questions about the 2018 NBA draft. Topics include: finding next year’s Donovan Mitchell, Terry Rozier and the diminishing need for point guards, strategies for trading picks, and more.

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The Ringer’s Chris Ryan, Justin Verrier, Haley O'Shaughnessy, and Kevin O’Connor go live to discuss the Eastern Conference semifinals.

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The Ringer’s Juliet Litman and Chris Ryan are joined by Shea Serrano to discuss the Raptors’ LeBron-sized curse (2:20) and the return of Stephen Curry (13:00) before launching into the beefs surrounding the NBA playoffs (14:28). Then they examine the current state of the rift between Kawhi Leonard and the San Antonio Spurs (25:20).

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The Ringer’s Chris Vernon and Kevin O’Connor react to the Boston Celtics’ convincing victory over the Philadelphia 76ers (1:19), debate whether LeBron could carry the Cleveland Cavaliers past the Toronto Raptors (41:46), and gauge the New Orleans Pelicans’ chances to make the series competitive against the Golden State Warriors (1:01:00).

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The Ringer’s John Gonzalez sits down with Juliet Litman and Chris Ryan to react to the Cleveland Cavaliers edging out the Indiana Pacers in Game 7 (3:40) and the Houston Rockets dominating the Utah Jazz (19:14). Then they preview the series between the Boston Celtics and the Philadelphia 76ers (25:27) and question the viability of the Oklahoma City Thunder’s future after they were bounced out of the first round (36:16). Finally, Kevin O’Connor joins to discuss the Golden State Warriors pummeling the New Orleans Pelicans (53:16), debate how the Cleveland Cavaliers will fare against the Toronto Raptors (58:46), and consider the ways in which the Washington Wizards and Milwaukee Bucks can learn from their early exits (1:05:03).

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The Ringer’s Kevin O’Connor and Jonathan Tjarks are joined by Zach Kram to discuss the Boston Celtics and Milwaukee Bucks going to Game 7 (2:39), the three series going into Game 6 (13:16), and the Golden State Warriors and New Orleans Pelicans tipping off in the first game of the second round (40:42).

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The Ringer’s Chris Ryan and Justin Verrier are joined by Haley O’Shaughnessy, Jason Concepcion, and Paolo Uggetti to react to the night’s quadruple header and answer a few mailbag questions.

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The Ringer’s Juliet Litman and Chris Ryan discuss LeBron’s social media presence during the playoffs (1:30), fresh-out-of-prison Meek Mill attending the Philadelphia 76ers game (12:30), and Hassan Whiteside (16:55). Then they discuss Kevin Durant’s move to Malibu (28:35) and Chris Paul selling his Houston home (31:30).

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The Ringer’s Chris Vernon and Kevin O’Connor react to the Houston Rockets’ unbelievable 50-point quarter against the Minnesota Timberwolves (0:28) and the Utah Jazz’s dominant victory over the flawed Oklahoma City Thunder (15:32). Then, they discuss the other series in the playoffs (44:18).

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The Ringer’s John Gonzalez sits down with Joe House to react to all of the weekend’s playoff action, including the Washington Wizards’ electric comeback against the Toronto Raptors (2:29), the Philadelphia 76ers’ impressive rise to contention (23:59), the New Orleans Pelicans’ surprising sweep of the Portland Trail Blazers (32:03), and the Cleveland Cavaliers’ rocky road thus far (50:45).

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The Ringer’s Kevin O’Connor, Jonathan Tjarks, and Danny Chau debate the pros and cons of taking traditional big men in the draft (2:07), discuss how the Portland Trail Blazers should rebuild their team (12:18), and receive grades for their analyses (25:14).

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The Ringer’s Chris Ryan and Justin Verrier are joined by Kevin O’Connor, Jason Concepcion, and Paolo Uggetti to react to the night’s triple-header action and assess the state of the playoffs thus far.

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The Ringer’s Chris Vernon and Kevin O’Connor discuss the Miami Heat vindicating themselves against the Philadelphia 76ers (0:40) and Joel Embiid’s frustration at not being able to play (12:08). Then they talk about the Spurs’ chances to keep their series against the Warriors competitive (18:10) and whether the Kawhi Leonard mystery will ever be solved (21:45) before previewing tonight’s games (35:02) and debating whether LeBron James will be able to carry the Cleveland Cavaliers through the first round (47:15).

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The Ringer’s John Gonzalez brings on Jason Concepcion to discuss the Minnesota Timberwolves blowing their chance at stealing a game against the Houston Rockets (2:33), the Philadelphia 76ers steamrolling the Miami Heat (10:09), and Oklahoma City Thunder flipping the switch against the Utah Jazz (19:10). Then, Kevin O’Connor comes on to talk about the Indiana Pacers pulling off an impressive upset against the Cleveland Cavaliers (28:26), the Boston Celtics’ thrilling overtime win against the Milwaukee Bucks (34:45), and the dominant Golden State Warriors coming back into form against the San Antonio Spurs (40:34). Finally, Justin Verrier and Danny Chau join in to review the New Orleans Pelicans edging out the Portland Trail Blazers (44:44) and the Toronto Raptors snapping their decade-long losing streak against the Washington Wizards (52:30).

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The Ringer’s Kevin O’Connor, Jonathan Tjarks, and Danny Chau debate their most-differing rankings from The Ringer's updated draft guide (2:27), discuss observations from the Nike Hoops Summit (19:33), and evaluate how the impressive rookie class will perform in the playoffs (22:26).

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The Ringer's Justin Verrier and guest host Bill Simmons are joined by Jason Concepcion, Kevin O'Connor, and Haley O'Shaughnessy to discuss each of the NBA playoff matchups.

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The Ringer's Joe House is joined for the second pod in a row by his longtime buddy Bill Simmons to rank each of the potential NBA Finals cities based on their food scene. We're sorry in advance.

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The Ringer’s Chris Vernon and Kevin O’Connor preview the battle between the Minnesota Timberwolves and Denver Nuggets for the 8-seed in the Western Conference (2:03) and evaluate the potential matchups in the Eastern Conference (10:35). Then, they discuss how the playoffs will impact LeBron James’s looming free agency (31:59), debate whether the inevitability of superteams contending for the championship is bad for the sport (42:32), and react to the raised price for ownership of the Memphis Grizzlies (47:06).

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The Ringer’s John Gonzalez is joined by Shea Serrano to debate how the Western Conference playoffs will shake out (1:49). Then, Kevin O’Connor and Justin Verrier come on to discuss which teams could rise above the fray in the Eastern Conference (25:52) and which players belong on the All-NBA teams (39:21). Finally, Michael Baumann and The Rights To Ricky Sanchez’s Mike Levin join to talk all things Philadelphia 76ers (48:27).

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The Ringer’s Kevin O’Connor and Jonathan Tjarks answer listener-submitted questions about the 2018 NBA draft. Topics include: draft stock rising in the NCAA tournament, this year’s Donovan Mitchell, the safest pick in the draft, Deandre Ayton versus unicorns, and the Knicks’ rebuilding plan. Preorder new Ringer merch here: http://bit.ly/ringershop.

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The Ringer’s Chris Ryan and Justin Verrier are joined by Paolo Uggetti to react live to the Kyrie Irving knee surgery news (1:25) and discuss the impact of the injury on the rest of the Eastern Conference (13:04). Then, they debate which contending team will make it into the Western Conference playoffs (23:11) and look to the future for lottery teams (34:20). Preorder new Ringer merch here: http://bit.ly/ringershop.

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The Ringer’s Chris Vernon and Kevin O’Connor project the futures of Villanova players who could leap to the NBA (1:09), discuss the various possibilities for playoff seeding (16:54), and debate the favorites in each conference (32:11).

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The Ringer’s John Gonzalez is joined by Juliet Litman to discuss the matchups to watch for in the looming playoffs (2:57). Then, Kevin O’Connor comes on to evaluate the impact of players out with injury and returning from injury (26:12). Finally, Jonathan Tjarks and Danny Chau join to name the biggest surprises and disappointments of the season (49:17) and are quizzed on current scoring streaks in the NBA (58:29). Pre-order Ringer merch at http://bit.ly/ringershop.

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The Ringer’s Kevin O’Connor and Jonathan Tjarks debate who the Philadelphia 76ers should take with their lottery pick (3:01), examine whether any players in the Final Four could be taken in the draft (14:59), discuss which college coaches could leap to the NBA this summer (21:48), and evaluate the risks for prospects who return to college (28:23). For more draft coverage, check out The Ringer’s 2018 NBA Draft Guide.

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The Ringer’s Chris Ryan and Justin Verrier are joined by Haley O’Shaughnessy to discuss the bright future of the Philadelphia 76ers (2:41) and the Boston Celtics’ ability to elicit valuable production from unproven players (14:51). Then, they re-rank this season’s rookie class (26:02) and examine Karl-Anthony Towns’s complicated stardom (34:42).

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The Ringer’s Juliet Litman and Chris Ryan discuss Lakers guard Isaiah Thomas undergoing hip surgery (1:24), Markelle Fultz returning to the rising Philadelphia 76ers (7:02), and Ben Simmons’s recent exploits (9:59). Then, they discuss singer Lorde’s Oklahoma City Thunder fandom (15:55) and some struggling playoff teams (27:40).

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The Ringer’s Chris Vernon and Kevin O’Connor react to Markelle Fultz’s return to action (2:19), discuss the Minnesota Timberwolves’ puzzling loss to the Memphis Grizzlies (13:39), debate playoff teams that the top seeds want to avoid (24:25), and assess the value of dissent in draft evaluations (40:16). Check out Kevin’s analysis of Fultz’s return here: https://www.theringer.com/nba/2018/3/27/17167456/markelle-fultz-return-sixers-analysis. And pre-order Ringer merch at http://bit.ly/ringershop.

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The Ringer’s John Gonzalez is joined by Kevin O’Connor to weigh playoff concerns for the Golden State Warriors with a sidelined Stephen Curry (2:35). Then, Joe House calls in to discuss how LeBron James’s recent hot streak bolsters the Cavaliers’ title chances (21:25). Finally, Jason Concepcion comes on to apologize for underestimating the now-potent Philadelphia 76ers (38:06) and explain how the Knicks fail at tanking (47:30).

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The Ringer’s Kevin O’Connor and Jonathan Tjarks is joined by Danny Chau to project the NBA future for Oklahoma sensation Trae Young (2:00), discuss Texas A&M big man Robert Williams (19:00), and analyze Kentucky freshmen Shai Gilgeous-Alexander and Jarred Vanderbilt (29:00).

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The Ringer’s Chris Ryan and Justin Verrier are joined by Paolo Uggetti to discuss a new wrinkle in the strange case of Kawhi Leonard (0:48), debate whether the Cleveland Cavaliers have flipped a switch (9:56), evaluate how the Portland Trail Blazers will fare in the playoffs (20:52), and consider playoff teams on a hot streak (25:24).

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The Ringer’s Chris Vernon and Kevin O’Connor discuss hypothetical first-round matchups in the Western Conference (3:54), how the Cavs will fare during Tyronn Lue’s hiatus (19:41), and the fluctuating draft stocks of NBA prospects who have been bumped out of the NCAA tournament (31:30).

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The Ringer’s John Gonzalez is joined by Juliet Litman to discuss the impact of Tyronn Lue temporarily stepping away as the Cavaliers' head coach, due to illness (2:20). Then, Haley O’Shaughnessy and Danny Chau discuss how the Warriors’ recent slew of injuries affect the Western Conference playoff picture (24:44) and variability in the Eastern Conference playoff picture (39:54). Finally, Micah Peters and Justin Verrier come on to discuss the future of the New Orleans Pelicans regarding the passing of owner Tom Benson (44:16) and how superstar Anthony Davis is carrying his team into the playoffs (53:49).

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The Ringer’s Kevin O’Connor, Jonathan Tjarks, and Danny Chau debate the pros and cons of two highly touted Duke University freshmen, Marvin Bagley III and Wendell Carter Jr. (3:21), and highlight four prospects whose draft stock may rise over the course of March Madness (17:19). Check out The Ringer’s 2018 NBA Draft Guide with contributions from O’Connor, Tjarks, and Chau.

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The Ringer’s Chris Ryan and Justin Verrier are joined by Haley O’Shaughnessy to discuss the decimated Warriors’ triumph over the up-and-coming Lakers (1:55), to debate the turbulent career of former no. 1 pick Andrew Wiggins in context of the 2014 draft (17:59), and to consider how to reconfigure the Bucks to better complement their superstar, Giannis Antetokounmpo (28:19). Articles mentioned on the showBrew Hoop piece on the Bucks’ struggles with consistencyESPN piece on Julius Randle’s uncertain future

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The Ringer’s Chris Ryan and Juliet Litman sit down to discuss Stephen Curry's and Tristan Thompson’s birthday festivities (01:00). Then they discuss how unhappy Andrew Wiggins is (29:50) and the potential rift between Nikola Jokic and Mike Malone (33:20).

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The Ringer’s Chris Vernon and Kevin O’Connor discuss the possibility for the Spurs to miss the playoffs for the first time in two decades (6:05), the Steph Curry–like ascent of Portland Trail Blazers All-Star Damian Lillard (14:47), the minimum number of wins necessary to make it into the competitive Western Conference playoffs (22:17), intriguing Eastern Conference teams on the rise (27:21), and prospects to look forward to watching during March Madness (47:23).

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The Ringer’s John Gonzalez is joined by Shea Serrano and Kevin O’Connor to debate whether the Spurs dynasty is nearing its end (3:09). Then, Jonathan Tjarks and Danny Chau come on to discuss the dominant Toronto Raptors and the scorching-hot Portland Trail Blazers (23:01). Finally, Paolo Uggetti joins to highlight the most important players in the last month of the season (42:38). Articles mentioned in the show Kevin O’Connor on the Spurs’ concerns for the future 'NBA Desktop,' featuring Danny Chau’s take on tanking Paolo Uggetti and Haley O’Shaughnessy on the most important players of the final month

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The Ringer’s Kevin O’Connor and Jonathan Tjarks are joined by Mark Titus and Tate Frazier of ‘One Shining Podcast’ to discuss the impact of Missouri freshman Michael Porter Jr.’s return on his draft stock (2:49), compare two lottery prospects named Bridges (10:47), debate Ohio State junior Keita Bates-Diop’s NBA potential (23:21), and select sleeper picks for each position (34:51).

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The Ringer's Chris Ryan and Justin Verrier are joined by Haley O'Shaughnessy to check in on the revitalized Cavs (3:20), DeMar DeRozan's MVP candidacy (10:45), and mid-tier playoff contenders, including the Pelicans and 76ers (20:15). Then Jason Concepcion stops by to talk Russ vs. Harden (37:55). Links: Kevin O'Connor on The End of The Spurs Dynasty Jason Concepcion on Russ vs. Harden

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The Ringer’s Chris Vernon and Kevin O’Connor discuss the Portland Trail Blazers’ impressive late-season run (3:08), the questions surrounding Kawhi Leonard and the Spurs (9:47), the rapidly improving Lakers (20:23), the coach-GM conundrum as it relates to the Detroit Pistons’ struggles (28:01), regular-season award predictions (38:30), and draft prospects to watch for during March Madness (48:57).

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The Ringer’s John Gonzalez is joined by Joe House to discuss J.R. Smith's Soupgate (3:17), the Cleveland Cavaliers’ concerns (9:12), and the Rockets’ chances to usurp the Warriors (15:17). Then, Chris Ryan comes on to discuss the legacy of former Sixers GM Sam Hinkie (27:05), the hypothetical of LeBron going to Philadelphia (35:02), and the future for Hinkie (42:28). Finally, Kevin O’Connor and Paolo Uggetti join to reevaluate draft-day debates (48:22) and Lonzo Ball’s recent improvements (63:16). Articles mentioned on the show: Paolo Uggetti on the Rockets’ regular-season dominance John Gonzalez on Sam Hinkie’s future Chris Ryan and Justin Verrier on how LeBron James would fit on the 76ers Kevin O’Connor on past draft-day debates

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The Ringer’s Kevin O’Connor and Jonathan Tjarks answer listener-submitted questions about the 2018 NBA draft. Topics include: Michael Porter Jr.’s return to action, NBA prospects who could play football, Kawhi Leonard vs Luka Doncic, and more.

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The Ringer's Chris Ryan and Justin Verrier are joined by Haley O'Shaughnessy to talk LeBron rumors (2:25), the red-hot Rockets (5:30), and Anthony Davis's MVP candidacy (13:10), before trying to pin down some of the teams between third and 10th place in the East and West who might make some noise in the playoffs (22:50).

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The Ringer's Chris Ryan and Juliet Litman sit down to talk about teams tanking (2:55) and rumors about LeBron leaning toward joining the 76ers and what that would mean for Philadelphia (9:15). Then they do locker room check-ins for the Lakers, Cavs, Clippers, and more (14:55).

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HBO and The Ringer’s Bill Simmons brings on Haralabos Voulgaris and Jason Concepcion to discuss the trends of the modern NBA (3:09), the merits of advanced metrics (13:48), and how to fix tanking (34:17). Then they are joined by Justin Verrier to debate who belongs in the All-NBA first team (46:37), how much coaching matters (58:32), and the future of the post-trade-deadline Cleveland Cavaliers (69:14). Link — The Ringer’s Kevin O’Connor on Takeaways From the Sloan Conference

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The Ringer’s Kevin O’Connor and Jonathan Tjarks debate whether the NBA should change the one-and-done rule (2:40), evaluate the potential of Arizona big man Deandre Ayton (12:47), and receive grades for their analyses (30:12). Links Jonathan Tjarks on how the NBA could adapt soccer’s youth academy model Jonathan Tjarks on the concerns about Deandre Ayton’s defensive prowess

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The Ringer's Chris Ryan and Justin Verrier are joined by Danny Chau and Paolo Uggetti to briefly address the allegations surrounding the Dallas Mavericks (2:20) before they discuss Kawhi Leonard's current status, his relationship with the Spurs, and his longevity with the team (4:25). Then they examine Adam Silver's comments about exploring a radically different kind of NBA playoffs (23:45).

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The Ringer’s Chris Vernon and Kevin O’Connor debate whether LeBron James has a chance to catch up to Michael Jordan in the GOAT conversation (0:32) and discuss how the rest of the season will play out (35:17). Links The Ringer's Jordan-LeBron Week

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The Ringer’s John Gonzalez is joined by Shea Serrano to review All-Star Weekend (3:05), including Jimmy Butler’s decision to sit out the All-Star Game (8:05) and the utilization of nostalgia in the dunk contest (11:11). Then Haley O’Shaughnessy and Micah Peters come on to discuss other All-Star festivities (21:17) and the Rookie of the Year debate (32:42). Finally, Kevin O’Connor and Danny Chau sit down to evaluate the upcoming free agency (42:13) and the future All-Stars (52:33). Links Ringer staff on regular-season awards Kevin O’Connor on potential player movement Danny Chau on the 2023 All-Stars

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The Ringer’s Kevin O’Connor and Jonathan Tjarks are joined by Danny Chau to glean lessons from the 2015 NBA draft (1:16), debate the future of Duke’s Marvin Bagley III (14:30), evaluate an overlooked prospect (21:20), and receive grades for their analyses (29:32). Links The Ringer's 2015 NBA Redraft Jonathan Tjarks on Marvin Bagley III

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The Ringer's Chris Ryan and Justin Verrier are joined by Haley O'Shaughnessy to discuss the state of the NBA as we approach All-Star Weekend. They examine what sort of adjustments the Celtics can make (3:30), the Warriors' recent stretch of games (9:10), and the red-hot Utah Jazz (17:20). Then they talk about the Raptors and the Rockets (28:00), who are on top of the East and West, respectively. Finally, they revisit the Cavs' trade-deadline moves (39:40) and speculate on Isaiah Thomas's NBA future (44:45).

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The Ringer's Chris Ryan and Juliet Litman sit down to discuss current NBA story lines, including Adrian Wojnarowski's inside story of the Cavs' drastic roster change (2:35), Steve Kerr letting his players coach (15:15), the Wizards' locker room problems (19:45), Blake Griffin's palimony lawsuit (28:00), Lonzo Ball expecting a child (34:10), and more.

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The Ringer’s Chris Vernon and Kevin O’Connor discuss the Utah Jazz on a 10-game win streak (1:24), consider Donovan Mitchell’s candidacy for Rookie of the Year (14:46), and debate their differing methods of evaluating the upcoming NBA draft (22:43).

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The Ringer’s John Gonzalez brings on Juliet Litman to discuss the revamped Cleveland Cavaliers on display against the Boston Celtics on Paul Pierce day (4:30), Jason Concepcion to explain the bizarre phenomenon of Isaiah Thomas on the Los Angeles Lakers (22:09), and Chris Ryan to scrutinize the Philadelphia 76ers’ mishandling of once-prized rookie Markelle Fultz (40:30).

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The Ringer’s Kevin O’Connor and Jonathan Tjarks explain the importance of the NBA draft (0:07), identify their current top prospects (3:23), consider the possibility of second-tier prospects jumping up to the no. 1 pick conversation (8:31), and evaluate the potential for Michigan State’s Jaren Jackson Jr. (10:14). Then they discuss the effects of Thursday's NBA trade deadline on the upcoming draft (19:43) and receive grades for their analyses (29:10).

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The Ringer's Chris Ryan and Justin Verrier are joined by a plethora of Ringer staffers — Haley O'Shaugnessey, Kevin O'Connor (1:10), Jason Concepcion (13:50), Paolo Uggetti, and Danny Chau (26:10) — to try to explain the events of the NBA trade deadline.

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HBO and The Ringer's Bill Simmons sits down with Chris Ryan and Justin Verrier to discuss Kristaps Porzingis's recent season-ending injury and its effect on the trajectory of the Knicks' season (2:35), possible destinations for Avery Bradley (12:20), and just what the hell is going on in Cleveland (26:55). Then, the guys are joined by Jason Concepcion to commiserate about Porzingis and explore what kinds of changes he may make to his game when he returns (37:30).

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The Ringer’s John Gonzalez brings on Shea Serrano to discuss the tumultuous Cleveland Cavaliers (3:30), Jonathan Tjarks to deliberate over the Pistons’ future (18:45), Joe House to question whether the Wizards should trade John Wall (32:35), and Kevin O’Connor and Jason Concepcion to review previous trade deadlines and preview the upcoming one (44:35).

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The Ringer’s Chris Vernon and Kevin O’Connor consider which moves the Cleveland Cavaliers should make (3:47), discuss the Houston Rockets’ chances at climbing atop the Western Conference (11:20), and analyze the shifting order of the playoff standings (16:27). Then, they explore which players will be targeted before the trade deadline (34:37), debate the conundrum of max contracts (41:01), and predict the biggest name traded before Thursday’s trade deadline (55:09).

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The Ringer's Chris Ryan and Justin Verrier are joined by Haley O’Shaughnessy to discuss LeBron saying he would "consider" going to Golden State (1:20), Nikola Mirotic's trade to the Pelicans (9:20), and possible trades for players including DeAndre Jordan (15:05) and Tyreke Evans (19:20). Then, they survey some NBA teams to figure out if they're at their best or worst for this season, including the Nuggets, Pacers, Wizards, and more (27:50).

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The Ringer's Chris Ryan and Juliet Litman sit down to discuss the end of the Lob City era, Blake Griffin's new life in Detroit, and who may be L.A.'s next big star (1:25). Then they discuss Kevin Love's tumultuous last couple of weeks (20:40), the end of the Cavs era (26:25), and the Warriors' post-loss escape-room trip (28:20).

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The Ringer’s Chris Vernon and Kevin O’Connor discuss the impact of John Wall’s injury on the Eastern Conference playoff picture (0:54), scrutinize the Blake Griffin trade (6:37), project the futures for both teams involved (30:24), and debate the fallacies of defensive metrics (41:39).

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HBO and The Ringer's Bill Simmons, Chris Ryan, and Justin Verrier discuss the Clippers trading Blake Griffin to the Pistons in an emergency edition of 'The Ringer NBA Show.'

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The Ringer’s John Gonzalez and Kevin O’Connor discuss the impacts of DeMarcus Cousins’s Achilles injury (1:48), the Memphis Grizzlies’ future after Mike Conley’s season-ending surgery (8:12), potential improvements to All-Star Weekend (13:30), and possible trade-deadline moves (18:22). Then, they debate Boston vs. Philadelphia (25:30) and preview this week’s most exciting games (31:28).

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The Ringer's Chris Ryan and Justin Verrier are joined by Kevin O'Connor to talk about the Celtics snapping their four-game losing streak and Kyrie Irving stepping into the role of team spokesperson (2:40), Ben Simmons's developing talent (6:25), and the multitude of rumors circling the Cavs (11:55). Then, they speculate about the "best version" of the Blazers (30:05), Spurs (39:00), Bucks (44:00), and more.

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The Ringer’s Chris Ryan, Justin Verrier, and Kevin O’Connor react to the announcement of All-Star reserves and perform a mock draft of the All-Star teams (1:28). Then, they are joined by The Ringer’s Haley O’Shaughnessy to discuss intriguing trade possibilities ahead of the upcoming deadline (29:53).

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The Ringer’s Chris Vernon and Kevin O’Connor review the recent dramatic news in the NBA: the Milwaukee Bucks firing Jason Kidd (2:19), the seemingly imploding Cleveland Cavaliers (16:18), Kawhi Leonard’s rift with the San Antonio Spurs (29:25), and Damian Lillard’s reported discontentment with the Portland Trail Blazers' front office (35:05).

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The Ringer’s Juliet Litman and John Gonzalez analyze the Cleveland Cavaliers’ continuing struggles (0:50), review Chris Paul’s recent exploits (7:27), and discuss Eastern Conference teams dealing with internal turmoil (16:32). Then, they debate the omissions from the All-Star starters (23:11) and preview this week’s most exciting games (32:10).

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The Ringer's Chris Ryan and Justin Verrier are joined by Danny Chau and Paolo Uggetti to discuss the Kemba Walker trade rumors and possible destinations for him (1:30). Then, they talk about the NBA All-Star Game, the starters for the East and West, and who was left out (16:10), before implementing a mock All-Star starter draft (23:20).

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The Ringer's Juliet Litman and Chris Ryan marvel at the NBA fights of late, and offer theories to explain the recent rise in incidents (1:05). Next, they examine the Isaiah Thomas video tribute debacle (11:20) and Clippers-Cavs trade rumors (19:10). Then, they congratulate Jayson Tatum on his new child (21:05), wonder whether the Baby Lakers are friends (22:55), and examine Chris Paul's California real estate ventures (24:20).

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The Ringer’s Chris Ryan and Kevin O’Connor review the various altercations in and around the Rockets-Clippers game (1:13), answer fan questions regarding the aforementioned incident (17:56), and analyze the Cleveland Cavaliers’ issues, as were on display against the Warriors (24:15).

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The Ringer’s Juliet Litman and John Gonzalez check in on the state of the NBA through the first half of the season (0:34), preview Chris Paul's return to play the surging Los Angeles Clippers (15:20), laud the NBA’s efforts regarding social activism (26:15), review some quirky stories coming out of last week (35:52), and look forward to this week’s slate of games (39:34).

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The Ringer's Chris Ryan and Justin Verrier are joined by Haley O’Shaughnessy and Jason Concepcion to react to the London 76ers-Celtics game (2:18), then they ask some "What if..." questions about the NBA in general (18:35), before speculating on the future of the Golden State Warriors (28:50).

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The Ringer’s Chris Vernon and Kevin O’Connor discuss the recent Jimmy Butler–led Minnesota Timberwolves surge (0:58), speculate about the Phoenix Suns’ future with Devin Booker at the helm (18:33), and debate the change in the role of 3-pointers (31:09). Then, they analyze how the San Antonio Spurs have managed to thrive in the absence of key players (37:31), wonder if DeMarcus Cousins should be shooting 3s (46:01), and evaluate the likelihoods of recent trade rumors (48:23).

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The Ringer’s Juliet Litman and John Gonzalez unpack the drama surrounding the Los Angeles Lakers (0:58), evaluate the updated All-Star voting process (8:52), project the impact of players returning to action (14:38), and wonder if the Toronto Raptors could contend with the top-tier teams (20:24). Then they discuss some regrettable choices by players named Paul (24:49), react to eccentric news stories in basketball (30:47), and preview this week’s slate of games (34:01).

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The Ringer's Chris Ryan and Justin Verrier sit down with Haley O’Shaughnessy and Paolo Uggetti to discuss the less than impressive Cavaliers-Celtics game and ask whether the teams have a real rivalry (0:50). Then they test out a new segment, "Illusion vs. Reality," in which they review the Raptors, Thunder, Nets, and more (10:30). Finally, they try to separate some of the middle-of-the-road teams from contenders and wannabes (30:50).

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The Ringer's Juliet Litman and Chris Ryan kick off the new year by discussing the photo of Baron Davis and Laura Dern (01:00), Isaiah Thomas's return (10:15), Jackie MacMullan's piece on Kyrie Irving (14:45), and the Lakers airing their grievances (24:30).

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The Ringer’s Chris Vernon and Kevin O’Connor anticipate the impact of Isaiah Thomas returning to action for the Cleveland Cavaliers (1:09), assess the potential consequences of James Harden’s injury on the Houston Rockets’ future (18:30), commend the Toronto Raptors’ improvements as evidenced by their recent winning streak (24:47), analyze the manifold implications of the Los Angeles Lakers falling down the standings (31:26), debate the plausibility of Donovan Mitchell winning Rookie of the Year (44:10), and evaluate the Los Angeles Clippers’ suddenly viable playoff hopes (49:51).

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HBO and The Ringer’s Bill Simmons and The Ringer’s Kevin O’Connor discuss one topic for each of the 30 teams in the NBA. In Part 2, they break down teams with records over .500.

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HBO and The Ringer’s Bill Simmons and The Ringer’s Kevin O’Connor discuss one topic for each of the 30 teams in the NBA. In Part 1, they analyze teams with records under .500.

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The Ringer's Justin Verrier is joined by Danny Chau, Paolo Uggetti, and HBO and The Ringer's Bill Simmons to discuss the Christmas Day slate and beyond through 12 questions, including: "Who are the 76ers?" (1:50), "Should the Cavaliers trade the Brooklyn pick?" (14:50), and others.

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The Ringer’s Chris Vernon and Kevin O’Connor review Kobe night at Warriors-Lakers (0:40), evaluate Jayson Tatum’s rapid maturation on display against the Pacers (9:33), and laud this year’s impressive rookie class (17:18). Then they discuss the Bulls’ surprising win streak stemming from Nikola Mirotic’s return (27:02), analyze the ingredients behind Houston Rockets’ continued dominance (33:42), and anticipate the return of key players in the Eastern Conference (43:44).

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The Ringer’s Juliet Litman and John Gonzalez review the Oklahoma City Thunder’s eventful week (1:26), debate which team is the worst in the league (13:24), preview the Kobe Bryant jersey-retirement ceremony (19:44), discuss some young players (26:58), and get excited for Christmas Day games (34:32).

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HBO and The Ringer's Bill Simmons is joined by his dad and The Ringer's Kevin O'Connor to discuss some of the trades that shaped this NBA season, Russell Westbrook's off-ball play, the trade deadline, and way-too early NBA Finals talk.

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The Ringer's Chris Ryan and Justin Verrier are joined by Danny Chau and Haley O’Shaughnessy to throw out some LeBron relocation theories (0:50), try to pinpoint what's wrong with the Thunder (3:30), gush about the Rockets (14:45), and answer some rapid-fire questions (21:10). Then they bring back 'Take Tank' (27:25) and try guess the narrative for the upcoming Lakers-Cavaliers game (41:25).

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The Ringer’s Chris Vernon and Kevin O’Connor react to Victor Oladipo’s transformation into a star (4:15), debate why the Oklahoma City Thunder superteam hasn't worked (17:54), and analyze the Toronto Raptors’ surprising success (29:09). Then, they gauge whether the dominant Rockets will contend with the Warriors (43:34), speculate around LeBron’s future (51:22), and consider which Western Conference teams will rise to playoff contention (56:20).

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The Ringer’s Juliet Litman and John Gonzalez discuss the Stephen Curry–less Warriors (01:15), how the Sixers and the Nets have been adjusting since the Jahlil Okafor trade (11:00), and Victor Oladipo's impressive play for Indiana (19:15). Then they play an all–Boogie Cousins edition of "Real or Not Real" (23:30), talk about "the J-Team" catching on in Boston (28:15), and wrap up by looking ahead to this week's games (33:30).

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The Ringer’s Chris Ryan, Justin Verrier, and Danny Chau parse through their article ranking the 25 best players in the NBA through the season thus far.

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The Ringer's Chris Ryan and Justin Verrier are joined by Paolo Uggetti and Haley O’Shaughnessy to discuss peak LeBron and KD (1:45). Then they wonder if some teams would've taken a do-over if given a second chance to make managerial decisions, including the Suns, T-Wolves, and more (18:33). Finally they tackle some NBA anomalies, including Bradley Beal's recent performance and DeMarcus Cousins's solo success (40:20).

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The Ringer’s Juliet Litman and Chris Ryan examine the recent scandal regarding decertified NBA agent Andy Miller (0:43), wonder about the future of big men in the league (7:54), and debate the most frustrated teams so far (10:47). Then, Juliet is joined by ‘The 5th Quarter’ director and producer Michael D. Ratner and LaVar Ball to discuss the intersections between the NBA and Hollywood (21:26).

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The Ringer’s Juliet Litman and John Gonzalez discuss Chris Paul returning to Los Angeles with the soaring Rockets (0:20), speculate on the possibility of DeAndre Jordan joining his old teammate in Houston (6:36), examine the cratering young Lakers (9:12), and consider the significance of Derrick Rose returning to the dominant Cleveland Cavaliers (13:30). Then, they detail the feud between Andre Drummond and Joel Embiid (18:33), debate the best big men in the league (21:17), recount the bizarre story of Nerlens Noel getting a hot dog during a game (28:38), and run through this week’s most exciting games (32:09).

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The Ringer's Chris Ryan and Justin Verrier are joined by Danny Chau and Haley O’Shaughnessy to try to figure out just how bad the Thunder really are (1:44). Then the crew re-ranks the top five NBA teams based on watchability (20:04), before ending with Danny’s Odditorium—a new segment that dives into the mind of an NBA oddball (29:51).

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The Ringer’s Chris Vernon and Kevin O’Connor parse the falling out between Marc Gasol and David Fizdale (1:16) and debate whether the Memphis Grizzlies should tank (15:34). Then they review the implications of the surging Pistons’ win against the Celtics (45:19), wonder how the San Antonio Spurs keep winning without Kawhi Leonard (51:02), and speculate as to what the latest Blake Griffin injury could mean for the Los Angeles Clippers’ future (52:49).

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The Ringer’s Juliet Litman and John Gonzalez discuss Derrick Rose considering leaving basketball (1:03), look forward to Isaiah Thomas’s looming return to action (5:49), examine the schism between Marc Gasol and the Memphis Grizzlies (9:23), scrutinize the Oklahoma City Thunder’s recent struggles (19:29), check in on retiring NBA players (27:23), and list the games they are excited for (32:28).

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The Ringer’s Chris Ryan and Juliet Litman discuss Klay Thompson’s comments on scaffolding (0:33), react to C.J. McCollum’s subpar trash-talking (5:25), condemn Danny Ainge’s questionable tweet regarding Kyrie Irving (7:50), speculate on the turmoil within the Oklahoma City Thunder (11:34), recount Ray Allen’s catfishing saga (17:28), and ruminate on Ben Simmons’s guarded personal life (20:13).

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The Ringer’s Chris Vernon and John Gonzalez react to the phenomenon that is the Boston Celtics’ ongoing winning streak (0:31), reinstate the Cleveland Cavaliers as a true contender (6:15), diagnose the problem with the free-falling Clippers (9:40), speculate on the future of the Utah Jazz without Rudy Gobert (16:28), and praise the surprisingly good Portland Trail Blazers (24:09). Then, they adjudicate which middling teams will rise above the fray (29:53).

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The Ringer’s Juliet Litman and John Gonzalez review the Celtics’ continuing win streak (0:49), marvel at the Warriors’ effortless dominance (3:31), and tout the young 76ers’ impressive recent performance (9:45). Then, they play "Real or Not Real?" with the sinking Los Angeles Clippers (16:33), check in on James Harden and Lonzo Ball (22:50), and preview the holiday weekend’s slate of games (27:52).

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The Ringer’s Chris Ryan, Jason Concepcion, and Justin Verrier share their instant reactions to the blockbuster matchup between the Golden State Warriors and the Boston Celtics.

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The Ringer's Chris Ryan and Justin Verrier are joined by Haley O’Shaughnessy to examine Joel Embiid's career-high display in the 76ers-Lakers game, Ben Simmons, and the state of Lonzo Ball (0:57). Then they give out some first month awards (14:30). Next, the guys are joined by Kevin Clark, who tries to explain the enigma that is the Orlando Magic (36:50). Finally, Haley rejoins the group to look ahead to an exciting Warriors-Celtics matchup (45:40).

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The Ringer’s Chris Vernon and Kevin O’Connor question whether LeBron James’s comments about Dennis Smith Jr. are true (1:55) and analyze how potent the Milwaukee Bucks’ defense really is (8:30). Then, they dissect the winning ingredients that make up the Boston Celtics (14:25), consider the Detroit Pistons as a sustainably good team (22:55), highlight Anthony Davis’s dominant string of games for the New Orleans Pelicans (31:00), project how the Utah Jazz will adjust to losing Rudy Gobert (39:00), and diagnose the extent of the Los Angeles Clippers’ problems (42:00). Afterward, they look ahead to the college basketball prospects who may make an impact in the NBA (48:00).

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The Ringer’s Juliet Litman and John Gonzalez deliberate on who the second-best team in the league is (0:17), analyze the implications of the Rudy Gobert injury for the Utah Jazz (10:08), and debate the most essential players for each team (13:36). Then, they play "Real or Not Real?" with LeBron James’s comments on Dennis Smith Jr. (17:06), Lonzo Ball’s apathy toward his triple-double (19:43), and Rick Carlisle’s apparent dislike of Nerlens Noel (21:33). After, they heat-check Jordan Clarkson and the new-look Milwaukee Bucks (24:14) before running through the most intriguing games of the week (28:27).

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The Ringer’s Chris Ryan, Justin Verrier, Haley O’Shaughnessy, and Paolo Uggetti discuss whether they are hyped or concerned about some teetering teams (1:59). Then they debate some hypothetical coach trades (29:19) and play another round of Take Tank (37:04).

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The Ringer’s Chris Ryan and Juliet Litman unpack the newest batch of drama surrounding the Cleveland Cavaliers (1:02), speculate on the Chicago Bulls’ infighting scandal between Bobby Portis and Nikola Mirotic (13:13), celebrate the most fun teams in the league (17:03), and assess the state of NBA gossip thus far in the regular season (24:21).

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HBO and The Ringer's Bill Simmons is joined by Hillsong pastor and NBA confidant Carl Lentz to lay out how the secret NBA scrimmages come about in the summertime and many more inside-the-NBA stories from the likes of LeBron and reigning MVP Russell Westbrook.

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The Ringer’s Chris Vernon and Kevin O’Connor react to Eric Bledsoe being traded to the Milwaukee Bucks for Greg Monroe (0:24), address the Jahlil Okafor trade rumors (14:43), and marvel at the Celtics’ surprising early-season success (16:40). Then, they discuss the drama within the Miami Heat concerning Hassan Whiteside (26:12), speculate on the meaning behind LeBron’s Instagram post (28:32), and debate whether Kristaps Porzingis could be in the MVP conversation (33:18).

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The Ringer’s Juliet Litman and John Gonzalez review the weekend’s exciting Thunder-Blazers matchup (1:30), laud the Celtics’ dominant winning streak (6:50), gauge their concerns about the precarious Cavaliers (11:55), and analyze D’Angelo Russell’s first return to Los Angeles as a Brooklyn Net (16:05). Then they play Real or Not Real with the Eastern Conference 2-seed Detroit Pistons (20:00), sensational Utah Jazz rookie Donovan Mitchell (21:35), and stats-stuffing savant DeMarcus Cousins (22:05). Finally, they heat-check the New York Knicks’ Kristaps Porzingis (23:40) and look forward to the week’s most intriguing games (27:45).

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HBO and The Ringer's Bill Simmons is joined by recently departed ESPNer Tom Haberstroh to give his thoughts on the Cavs' lacking defense (18:00), potential Boogie Cousins trades (30:00), and re-drafting the 2017 NBA draft (42:00).

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The Ringer's Chris Ryan and Justin Verrier are joined by Haley O’Shaughnessy to discuss the Cavs and the Bucks (0:57). Then they bring in Jason Concepcion to examine the current state of the New York Knicks (13:15). Finally, Haley O’Shaughnessy returns to tackle some more teams, including: the Suns, Nuggets, Timberwolves, Pistons, and Pacers (24:52).

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The Ringer's Chris Vernon and Kevin O'Connor discuss the personnel problems with the Cavs (10:00), the surprising top teams in the league (28:00), Aaron Gordon's improvement (38:00), the impressive young Bucks (50:00), and Kobe's film crew (1:02:00).

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The Ringer's Juliet Litman and John Gonzalez sit down to talk some NBA story lines, including some obvious trouble in Cleveland (1:35), Draymond Green and the Golden State Warriors (9:55), and the Clippers' impressive start to the season with point-Blake (22:13). Then they go on rookie watch to talk Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown, Frankie Smokes, and more (28:40). Finally, they look ahead to some of this week's more exciting matchups (33:50).

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The Ringer's Chris Ryan and Justin Verrier are joined by Paolo Uggetti to chat about Eastern Conference parity, the improved play of the Magic and Nets, the Spurs' and Raptors' style contrast with the rest of the league, the Cavs' new roster having the same old issues, Draymond Green's deflection tactics, and Eric Gordon’s impressive play without Chris Paul.

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The Ringer’s Juliet Litman and Chris Ryan wade through the murky news surrounding Markelle Fultz’s shoulder injury (1:10), react to the bizarre schism between Eric Bledsoe and the Phoenix Suns (9:45), and celebrate the return of Draymond Green’s expert trash talk (16:30). Then they run through the trending topics from the first eight days of the young NBA season, including the joyless Minnesota Timberwolves (20:50), the ever-tumultuous New York Knicks (24:10), and the surprisingly competent Brooklyn Nets (29:50).

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The Ringer's Chris Vernon and Kevin O'Connor discuss the Suns firing Earl Watson (2:00), Eric Bledsoe's trade value (8:00), D-Wade's move to the bench (18:00), Giannis Antetokounmpo's MVP-level start (24:00), LaMarcus Aldridge's improved play (32:00), the Warriors' early struggles (37:00), Denver's bench talent (45:00), De'Aaron Fox's 'Dragon Ball Z' infatuation (57:00), the undefeated Grizzlies (1:05:00), and Ben Simmons's hot start (1:08:00).

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The Ringer's Juliet Litman and John Gonzalez sit down to talk some NBA story lines, including Oklahoma City's precarious start to the season (1:05), Giannis MVP watch (5:15), Eric Bledsoe's illuminative tweet (11:48), and Lonzo Ball's first few NBA performances (19:14). Then they indulge in a few overreactions (29:44) and end with some games to look forward to (32:30).

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The Ringer’s Chris Ryan and Justin Verrier are joined by Haley O’Shaughnessy to chat about the first Clippers-Lakers matchup of the season (1:10), Chris Paul's timely released short film (5:38), and the Rockets' impressive bout with the Warriors (10:00). Then they discuss rookies' updated stock values (16:40), speculate on this season's MVP prospects (34:15), and discuss the talent gap between some top and bottom tier teams (38:15).

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The Ringer's Chris Vernon and Kevin O'Connor bang out a far-reaching NBA regular season preview. Topics include: LaMarcus Aldridge's extension (4:00), McCollum missing the opener (14:00), the Houston Rockets experiment (17:00), the OKC superteam (24:00), the unpredictable T'Wolves (33:00), Nurkic's inspired play (43:00), the Pistons' improvement (49:00), IT's belief in Boston's regret (53:00), the Coach of the Year contenders (1:00:00), and the potential first coach fired this season (1:05:00).

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The Ringer’s Chris Ryan and Justin Verrier are joined by Haley O’Shaughnessy to chat about the ballooning hype for Joel Embiid (1:20), the possible precariousness of the "new old-look" Cleveland Cavaliers (8:50), and the awkward roster fits for the revamped Minnesota Timberwolves (18:55). Then, they bring on Paolo Uggetti to debate the meaning behind Kyrie Irving’s bizarre comments regarding the Cavs (26:10), whether Kyle Kuzma can maintain his impressive preseason performance (35:55), and if Carmelo Anthony will be good for the Oklahoma City Thunder (38:35).

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The Ringer’s Chris Vernon and Kevin O’Connor express their astonishment at Joel Embiid’s contract extension (1:50), wonder about the reasoning behind Gary Harris’s contract extension (19:00), and discuss the importance of nutrition when it comes to young NBA players (25:10). Then they debate the trajectory for preseason standout Kyle Kuzma (33:35), take sides in the James Harden–Kevin McHale feud (42:15), and explain Markelle Fultz’s new shooting form (49:50).

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HBO and The Ringer's Bill Simmons outlines the entire Eastern Conference with help from Joe House and Jason Concepcion. Topics include: the inferior Eastern Conference (6:00), the Bulls' tanking efforts (10:00), the Nets not tanking anymore (18:00), the lack of incentive for the Knicks (24:00), reasons why the Pacers will stay competitive (29:00), the awful Orlando Magic (35:00), Philly's chance to take the next step (42:00), the Miami Heat's dark-horse title chances (57:00), Jabari Parker's trade value (1:06:00), the Wizards' chance for a Boogie trade (1:11:00), the Celtics' new core (1:15:00), and Kyrie's relationship with Brad Stevens (1:18:00).

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New Season, New Rosters (Ep. 141)

Oct 3rd, 201753:44

The Ringer’s Chris Vernon and Kevin O’Connor kick off their preseason discussion by speculating the meaning of Tommy Heinsohn’s comments on Aron Baynes (1:05) and wondering about the Orlando Magic’s future with Jonathan Isaac and Mario Hezonja (7:55). Then they react to Russell Westbrook’s contract extension (15:25), Ben Simmons playing with Markelle Fultz during his de facto rookie season (27:25), Klay Thompson’s looming free agency (35:45), Jaylen Brown’s lukewarm comments on the new Boston roster (38:15), and the Cleveland Cavaliers’ fluctuating starting five (42:55).

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The Ringer's Kevin O'Connor is joined by Arcade Fire frontman Win Butler to discuss the influence of Hakeem Olajuwon (1:30), the state of the Rockets (4:00), the beauty of the Spurs (8:00), beating Matt Bonner in a 3-point contest (11:00), the Pelicans' potential (12:30), the rise of Canadian basketball (18:30), and the idea of "sticking to sports" (24:00).

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The Ringer's Chris Vernon and Kevin O'Connor discuss Carmelo Anthony's trade to the Thunder (2:30), the history behind superteam success (10:00), the new-look Cavs (19:00), Chicago's complete overhaul (28:00), LeBron vs. Western Conference contenders (34:00), and potential changes to the current playoff format (44:00).

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The Ringer's Chris Vernon and Kevin O'Connor dissect Kevin Durant's multiple social media accounts and discuss the best ways to respond to backlash on the internet in the NBA.

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The Ringer's Chris Vernon and Kevin O'Connor discuss the most interesting rookie-scale candidates heading into the 2017-18 season (7:00), Joel Embiid's future in Philly (16:00), Rodney Hood's chance to shine in Utah (27:00), the Warriors' repeat potential (36:00), Pat Beverley in Los Angeles (54:00), and Hoodie Melo in an actual NBA game (1:01:00).

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The Ringer's Juliet Litman and Chris Ryan discuss the Celtics and Cavs finally finalizing the deal for Kyrie Irving (5:00), Blake Griffin and Chandler Parsons's double date (12:00), and Rob Pelinka sticking to basketball even in the summer (17:00). Then, Mallory Edens joins to give her thoughts on owning an NBA franchise and dealing with the TMZ photo-snapping process (24:00).

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The Ringer's Chris Ryan and Juliet Litman discuss the ridiculously wild NBA summer, including CP3's trade (4:00), Rob Pelinka's press conference parables (11:00), LeBron's interesting summer (21:30), Kyrie's personality (24:00), and what's going on with the Banana Boat crew (29:00).

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The Ringer's Chris Vernon and Jonathan Tjarks discuss the possibility that Kyrie Irving is traded (8:00), the impact of David Griffin's departure (20:00), Eric Bledsoe's defensive upside (28:00), reasons Carmelo Anthony doesn't make sense as a one-year rental (34:00), and LeBron's rebuttal on Twitter (41:00).

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The Ringer's Chris Vernon and Kevin O'Connor discuss the ire toward Lonzo Ball (5:00), Donovan Mitchell's shooting (12:30), Josh Jackson's jumper (20:30), the young Phoenix Suns (30:10), and the best free agents on the market (44:00).

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The Ringer's Chris Vernon and Kevin O'Connor report live from summer league in Las Vegas to discuss the major story lines from the first weekend of games, and to rank the best and worst NBA offseasons so far.

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The Ringer’s Chris Vernon is joined by NBA TV’s Tas Melas to discuss the Toronto Raptors’ free-agency moves (1:00), Gordon Hayward’s potential landing spots (9:45), the dearth of talent in the Eastern Conference (21:15), Blake Griffin’s max deal with the Clippers (31:40), and the possibility of LeBron leaving Cleveland again (41:20).

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The Ringer's Chris Ryan brings on Bill Simmons to offer up initial reactions to the news that Chris Paul is heading to the Houston Rockets (3:00). Then, The Ringer's Kevin O'Connor joins to give his thoughts on what's next for the Clippers (17:30). Finally, Knicks fan Jason Concepcion of The Ringer bids farewell to the Phil Jackson era in New York (56:00).

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NBA Awards and Free Agency (Ep. 129)

Jun 27th, 201753:25

The Ringer's Chris Vernon and Kevin O'Connor discuss the NBA Awards ceremony and some memorable moments (2:33). Then they take a hard look at upcoming free-agency moves (24:25).

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The Ringer's Kevin O'Connor and Jonathan Tjarks recap the NBA draft. They start with the top six (0:32), then dissect the questionable Jimmy Butler trade (1:58), their draft surprises (9:45), and their draft steals (14:33).

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The Ringer's Chris Vernon is joined by Sam Amick of USA Today to discuss David Griffin's departure from the Cleveland Cavaliers (02:00), Jimmy Butler and the Boston Celtics (18:00), Paul George's interest in the Lakers (22:00), what the Clippers' addition of Jerry West means to Chris Paul, Blake Griffin and the Clippers (26:30), and Phil Jackson's statement on possibly trading Kristaps Porzingis (34:30).

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Bill Simmons is joined by Chris Ryan to discuss the similarities and differences between LeBron James's and Kevin Durant's decisions to leave their first NBA teams (2:07). Later they talk offseason trades and the NBA draft (37:00).

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The Ringer's Chris Vernon and Kevin O'Connor discuss the Cavaliers falling short of beating the Warriors (1:20), Kevin Durant’s and LeBron James’s legacies (11:21), what superteams mean for NBA fandom (21:30), how teams could compete against the Warriors (41:48), and the biggest what-ifs of the playoffs (49:00).

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The Ringer's Kevin O'Connor and Jonathan Tjarks look at the international prospects in their top 60 for the NBA draft. They discuss 'Filthy' Frank Ntilikina (2:02), Jonah Bolden (9:15), and Anzejs Pasecniks (14:08). Then, they talk about the most recent prospects to drop out of the draft (17:45) and finish up with two more prospect profiles (20:06).

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The Ringer's Chris Vernon is joined by The Vertical's Chris Mannix to discuss who should be the Finals MVP, who’s to blame for Wednesday night’s loss, LeBron’s future, who the Celtics should select no. 1 overall, and how to plan for the Warriors from a GM's perspective.

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The Ringer's Kevin O'Connor and Jonathan Tjarks discuss Adam Silver's updated stance on one-and-done prospects (5:00), Kobi Simmons's surprisingly low stock (12:00), Amile Jefferson's NBA potential (15:30), Derrick White's basketball smarts (19:00), Cameron Oliver's maturity (23:00), and Jordan Bell's ability to box out in the NBA (26:00).

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The Ringer's Chris Vernon is joined by NBA writer Zach Harper to discuss LeBron's fatigue (5:00), the Cavs' chances to right the ship in Cleveland (13:00), the reason to blame Bill Russell for the Warriors' superteam (24:00), Durant playing center (28:00), and Russell's favorite TV show (34:00).

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The Ringer's Chris Vernon is joined by Washington Post national NBA writer Tim Bontemps to answer the 10 most important questions entering the 2017 NBA Finals.

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NBA Finals Features (Ep. 119)

May 31st, 201734:32

The Ringer's Chris Ryan brings on a roundtable of Ringer writers to discuss the stories they've been working on leading up to the NBA Finals. First, Jonathan Tjarks gives his thoughts on Kevin Durant's under-the-radar role (5:00). Then, Kevin O'Connor discusses the importance of isolation scoring (11:10). Finally, John Gonzalez gives his thoughts on the culture of the Warriors and the Cavaliers (20:15).

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The Ringer's Chris Vernon and Kevin O'Connor discuss the major story lines heading into the 2017 NBA Finals. Topics include: Steve Kerr's absence on the bench (3:00), the importance of isolation scoring (10:00), the Warriors' defense (19:00), Tristan Thompson's importance (28:00), LeBron James's potential "greatest of all-time" label (34:00), and which is the favorite team for the casual fan (41:00).

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The Ringer's Kevin O'Connor and Jonathan Tjarks discuss the best wing players in the 2017 NBA draft. Topics include: Justin Jackson's upside (8:00), Wesley Iwundu's sleeper status (14:00), the importance of basketball IQ (18:00), the next Malcolm Brogdon (23:00), and the best dark horse wing prospects (28:00).

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The Ringer's Chris Vernon and Chris Ryan discuss LeBron's Game 3 illness (6:00) and his affinity for deferring (10:00), the Cavaliers' struggling defense (18:00), the best players on the Cavaliers and Warriors (23:00), Lonzo Ball on the Sixers (28:00), and the best TV shows to fill time before the Finals (36:00). Then, writer John Gonzalez joins to discuss Richard Jefferson, Channing Frye, and Allie Clifton's in-season podcast, 'Road Trippin' With R.J. and Channing' (45:00).

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The Ringer's Chris Vernon and Kevin O'Connor discuss the Warriors' historic run to the Finals (5:00), Manu Ginobili's potential retirement (12:00), the Celtics' improbable comeback (24:30), Kevin Love's draft workout (33:00), the importance of "tweener" players in today's NBA (37:00), and the Celtics' impending free-agency decisions (41:00).

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The Ringer's Kevin O'Connor and Jonathan Tjarks discuss the lottery-level guards in the 2017 NBA draft. Topics include: Markelle Fultz's defense (5:00), Frank Ntilikina's NBA frame (11:00), Dennis Smith Jr.'s fit on the Mavericks (17:00), Malik Monk's lack of assists (22:00), Donovan Mitchell's foundation of skills (26:00), and the ideal skill set of the modern NBA guard (30:00).

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The Ringer's Chris Vernon is joined by CBS Sports columnist Gary Parrish to discuss Jaylen Brown's surprising play in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals (5:00), Vegas's big spreads for the Warriors (15:00), Lonzo Ball on the Lakers (19:00), Markelle Fultz's lack of skeptics (25:00), LaVar Ball's premonition in AAU basketball (31:00), Josh Jackson's upside (37:00), De'Aaron Fox's demeanor (41:00), and Harry Giles's NBA chances (48:00).

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The Ringer's Kevin O'Connor and Jonathan Tjarks give their initial reaction to the NBA draft lottery and discuss Boston's big night (5:00), potential Celtics chemistry issues (10:00), Josh Jackson's fit in Philly (17:00), the best players outside of the top three (21:00), the battle for point guards between Dallas and New York (26:00), a wide range of outcomes for Lauri Markkanen (31:00), and the biggest late-lottery sleepers (34:00).

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The Ringer's Chris Vernon and Kevin O'Connor discuss John Wall's game winner (5:00), the Wizards' consistency against the Celtics (10:00), the Spurs' chances without Kawhi Leonard (20:00), the Warriors' defensive mistakes (24:00), Durant and Curry's offensive explosion (29:00), Zaza Pachulia's closeout on Kawhi (33:00), the problem with 3-point shooters trying to draw fouls (37:00), and De'Aaron Fox's star power on draft night (47:00).

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The Ringer's Chris Vernon and Shea Serrano discuss James Harden's no-show against the Spurs (5:00), the Spurs winning without Kawhi (15:30), the top moments in Spurs history (23:00), John Wall's cussing on the court (27:00), potential Wall vs. LeBron scenarios (34:00), and Harden's major shortcoming (38:00).

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HBO and The Ringer's Bill Simmons brings on Joe House to discuss D.C.'s devastating sports night (5:00), the district's Friday-night crowd (11:00), the Wizards' end-of-game situations (16:00), James Harden's management of minutes (20:00), Kyle Lowry's injury (26:00), Otto Porter's midrange misses (33:00), and matchups of the best teams in NBA history against the Warriors (38:00).

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The Ringer's Chris Vernon and Kevin O'Connor discuss Kyle Lowry's likely exit from Toronto (5:00), LeBron's demoralizing dominance (15:00), reasons to blow up teams with stars (25:00), Paul George's trade value (35:00), Wizards-Celtics (46:00), and the Rockets without Nene (54:00).

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The Ringer's Kevin O'Connor and Jonathan Tjarks discuss the changing landscape of big men in the NBA (4:00), Jonathan Isaac's ability to play center (8:00), Jayson Tatum's NBA comparison (14:00), Josh Jackson's jump shot (18:00), OG Anunoby’s high ceiling (25:00), and potential fits for each top forward in the 2017 NBA draft (32:00).

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The Ringer's Chris Vernon and Jason Concepcion discuss watching NBA games in L.A. (5:00), DeMar DeRozan's one-dimensional offense (14:00), Rockets-Spurs (24:00), James Harden's charging (29:00), ’90s basketball comparisons with Wizards-Celtics (35:00), and the NBA's investment in e-sports (44:00).

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HBO and The Ringer's Bill Simmons calls his dad to talk about the Celtics' epic overtime victory over the Wizards on Tuesday night (02:00), John Wall's fatigue (08:00), if Avery Bradley is injured (11:00), if Isaiah Thomas is the best Celtics scorer since Larry Bird (13:00), and the upcoming NBA draft lottery (26:00).

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The Ringer's Chris Vernon and Kevin O'Connor discuss the Raptors' reliance on isolation against the Cavs (5:00), James Harden's masterful pick-and-roll play (10:00), LaMarcus Aldridge's dismal showing (15:00), the Spurs' discipline on defense (23:00), Wizards-Celtics (29:00), Scott Brooks's rotations (34:00), John Wall's scoring (40:00), and the Warriors' ridiculous spread over the Jazz (44:00).

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The Ringer's Chris Vernon is joined by Washington Post NBA writer Tim Bontemps to discuss Wizards-Hawks (4:00), the Bucks' point totals (10:00), the Bulls without Rondo (15:00), the Spurs' struggles (23:00), Joe Johnson and the Jazz (27:15), offseason moves for the Clippers (34:00), and Steve Kerr's absence from the bench (44:00).

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The Ringer's Chris Vernon and Kevin O'Connor discuss sweeps by the Warriors and Cavs (5:00), Raptors-Bucks (11:00), the Wizards' lacking bench (18:00), Taurean Prince's improvement (22:00), Hack-a-Shaq situations (30:30), Gasol and Conley (38:00), Kawhi's iso offense (44:00), and the Bulls without Rondo (55:00).

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The Ringer's Chris Vernon is joined by Chris Mannix of The Vertical to discuss Rajon Rondo's injury (01:00), an epic comeback by LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavs (11:00), the Raptors' loss in Milwaukee (19:30), and the Grizzlies striking back in Memphis (26:00). Then, Ringer staff writer Rodger Sherman joins the show to analyze Russell Westbrook's performance in Game 2 (39:00) and the importance of Game 3 (46:00).

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The Ringer's Chris Vernon and Kevin O'Connor discuss the Celtics' struggles (5:00), Al Horford's disappearing act (11:00), Russell Westbrook's fourth-quarter collapse (18:55), John Wall's entertaining style (26:00), the Warriors' winning ways (32:00), Raptors-Bucks (39:00), Spurs-Grizzlies (42:00), and the Brooklyn Nets' playoff impact (50:00).

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The Ringer's Chris Vernon and Kevin O'Connor discuss David Fizdale's postgame rant (3:00), Kawhi's historic efficiency (14:00), Kevin Love's lack of shots (18:00), Raptors déjà vu (23:00), the Bucks defense (29:00), Bulls-Celtics (33:00), the loss of Rudy Gobert (40:00), Hawks-Wizards (44:00), Thunder-Rockets (48:00), and Warriors-Blazers (54:00).

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The Ringer's Chris Vernon is joined by Bill Simmons to discuss the most polarizing MVP race ever (5:00), James Harden's MVP case (10:00), CP3's attrition (15:00), Kyrie Irving and LeBron's disappointing win total (21:00), Celtics-Bulls (28:00), the Cavs's switch (32:00), Raptors-Bucks (35:00), the Celtics' formula (39:00), Thon Maker's wild-card potential (42:00), Kevin Durant's return (47:00), Spurs-Grizzlies (51:00), Clippers-Jazz (55:00), and the chance the Warriors-Cavs rubber match happens (58:00).

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Kristen Ledlow (Ep. 97)

Apr 13th, 201736:35

The Ringer's Chris Vernon is joined by NBA TV's Kristen Ledlow to discuss the end of the NBA regular season (5:00), the Cavs' playoff switch (11:00), Raptors-Bucks (16:00), Ahmad Rashad giving his blessing to her hosting ‘Inside Stuff’ (22:00), the best shoes in basketball (27:00), and advice for aspiring female broadcasters (31:00).

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The Ringer's Chris Vernon and Kevin O'Connor discuss the end of the NBA regular season, the Heat's playoff push (6:00), the Bulls' best lineup (11:00), the best deal of the season (16:00), the underrated Clippers (22:00), LeBron's MVP argument (32:00), Westbrook vs. Harden (38:00), and the NBA awards banquet (48:00).

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The Ringer's Chris Vernon is joined by Trey Kerby of NBA TV's 'The Starters' to discuss LeBron's Eastern Conference dominance (6:00), the most dangerous late seeds in the East (13:00), the Warriors' chances without Durant (19:00), Jazz-Clippers home-court advantage (25:00), Harden-Westbrook (31:00), and Harrison Barnes's upside (37:00).

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The Ringer's Chris Vernon and Shea Serrano discuss Russell Westbrook's ridiculousness (5:00), Cavs-Celtics (13:00), Gordon Hayward's improvement (20:00), and the best NBA records yet to be broken (26:00).

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The Ringer’s Chris Vernon and Kevin O’Connor discuss the NCAA championship (5:00), Rob Hennigan’s leaked whiteboard (13:00), JaMychal Green’s market value (24:00), the Boogie–Anthony Davis experiment (35:00), and the best potential playoff matchups (43:00).

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The Ringer's Chris Vernon and John Gonzalez discuss the curious case of the Cleveland Cavs (02:00), the ascent of Nikola Jokic and the Denver Nuggets (06:30), Jusuf Nurkic flourishing with the Trail Blazers (10:30), and the NBA experience in Portland (31:00).

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The Ringer’s Chris Vernon talks to Zach Harper about the end of the NBA regular season and the nearly finalized playoff picture in the West (1:10). They also discuss the MVP race heating up between James Harden and Russell Westbrook (35:00).

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The Ringer's Chris Vernon and Kevin O'Connor discuss the Cavs' putrid defensive effort against the Spurs (5:00), historically bad defenses to win titles (12:00), the Celtics taking over the 1-seed (21:00), Toronto's five-year plan (28:00), the 2011 Spurs' thought experiment (39:00), and De'Aaron Fox vs. Lonzo Ball (45:00).

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The Ringer's Chris Vernon and Jonathan Tjarks discuss the young Suns (01:00), J.J. Barea vs. Blake Griffin (05:30), the Knicks and the triangle offense (10:45), Josh Jackson's draft value (14:00), the shooting mechanics of Lonzo Ball (19:00), and under-the-radar NBA prospects in the tournament (29:00).

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The Ringer's Chris Vernon is joined by The Vertical's Chris Mannix to discuss Avery Bradley's expanded game (5:00), Bradley Beal's scoring (12:00), contenders in the Eastern Conference (15:00), Isaiah Thomas's thoughts on the Celtics' top pick (22:00), Tony Parker's impact on the Spurs (28:00), and the top prospect in the 2017 draft (35:00).

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The Ringer's Chris Vernon and Kevin O'Connor discuss the spat between the Warriors and Thunder in OKC (5:00), the injury-report model in the NBA (17:00), the impact of resting stars like LeBron (23:00), redrafting the 2016 NBA draft (29:00), Malcolm Brogdon's Rookie of the Year candidacy (36:00), and the best prospects through the first weekend of the NCAA tournament (42:00).

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Ep. 86: B.J. Armstrong

Mar 16th, 201750:21

The Ringer's Chris Vernon is joined by former NBA champion B.J. Armstrong to discuss MJ's popularity (5:00), targeting players like Draymond Green (14:00), the lack of development in the D-League (25:00), the age-limit rule (33:00), and Derrick Rose's injury-riddled career (44:00).

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The Ringer's Chris Vernon and Kevin O'Connor discuss Vince Carter's performance Monday night (01:00), Western Conference teams losing players (03:00), Rajon Rondo and the rebuilding Bulls (23:00), and college players to watch in the tourney (32:15).

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The Ringer's Chris Vernon and Katie Baker discuss the Wizards' rise in the East (5:00), Scott Brooks's "forced sabbatical" (11:00), John Wall and Bradley Beal's relationship (17:00), Wall's candidness (24:00), and the stars in the D.C. market (33:00).

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The Ringer's Chris Vernon is joined by USA Today's Sam Amick to discuss Kevin Durant's injury (01:00), the possible playoff matchups (08:30), MVP chants for Isaiah Thomas at Golden State (16:00), the universal love for Dirk Nowitzki (23:30), and the complicated MVP race (34:30).

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The Ringer's Micah Peters sits down with Gary Payton, Horace Grant, and Theo Ratliff to discuss the generation gap in basketball today, the Westbrook vs. Harden MVP debate, and who is the best Batman villain of all time.

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The Ringer's Chris Vernon and Kevin O'Connor discuss Andrew Bogut's bizarre injury (5:00), Dwight Howard vs. Dennis Schroder (10:00), Kawhi's MVP moment (22:00), and Gordon Hayward's superstar season (36:00).

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The Ringer’s Chris Vernon and Shea Serrano discuss the Warriors' recent loss (1:00), wonder if the Spurs are actually good (3:15), and debate which Wilt Chamberlain myth is more likely to have happened (9:50). Later, they chat about the Cavs vs. the field in the East (24:40) and Shea’s upcoming book (28:30).

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The Ringer's Chris Vernon is joined by The Washington Post's Tim Bontemps to discuss witnessing Kevin Durant's injury firsthand (5:00), the importance of the 1-seed in the West (8:00), Matt Barnes's role on the Warriors (18:00), LeBron's loss in Boston (23:00), contenders in the East (28:00), and Joel Embiid's injury-riddled career (33:00).

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The Ringer's Chris Vernon and Kevin O'Connor discuss Andrew Bogut's final four team choices (6:00), Brandon Jennings on the Wizards (11:00), the three-quarter-season awards (15:00), Harden vs. Westbrook for MVP (24:00), the 15 most important players in each conference (29:00), and if the Pelicans are worse with DeMarcus Cousins (35:00).

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The Ringer's Chris Vernon and Chris Ryan discuss the quiet NBA trade deadline, the Raptors' acquisition of P.J. Tucker (8:00), the Lakers' activity level (14:00), Nerlens Noel's value (19:00), Lou Williams to the Rockets (28:00), the Celtics' assets (32:00), and the overall impact on the playoff race (38:00).

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The Ringer's Chris Vernon and Kevin O'Connor discuss Vivek Ranadivé's comments on Buddy Hield's star potential (8:00), what constitutes a bad trade (15:00), how DeMarcus Cousins fits with Anthony Davis (19:00), Jimmy Butler trade talk (26:00), Kevin Garnett's NBA TV interview (34:00), and final predictions before the trade deadline (44:00).

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The Ringer's Chris Vernon and HBO's Bill Simmons discuss the many ramifications of the DeMarcus Cousins trade to New Orleans. Topics include: Vlade Divac's cap knowledge (8:00), Buddy Hield's star potential (12:00), the rundown of every team's trade scenario for Cousins (16:00), why the Celtics didn't take the risk for Cousins (27:00), Ralph Sampson–Hakeem Olajuwon similarities with Anthony Davis and Cousins (35:00), CP3's return to New Orleans (40:00), and potential trades still on the table (48:00).

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Ep. 74: Dave Joerger

Feb 17th, 201737:19

The Ringer's Chris Vernon is joined by Sacramento Kings head coach Dave Joerger to discuss DeMarcus Cousins's desire to finish his career in Sacramento (5:00), Ty Lawson's comeback (11:00), unfounded criticism of Cousins's defense (18:00), Willie Cauley-Stein's improved play (23:00), if the Warriors are better or worse this season (26:00), and favorite All-Star Game activities (30:00).

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The Ringer's Chris Vernon and The Washington Post's Tim Bontemps discuss Carmelo replacing Kevin Love in the All-Star Game (6:00), Bradley Beal's snub (14:00), Lou Williams's trade potential (18:00), and the battle for the 8-seed in the Western Conference (24:00). Then, they address the relevance of the dunk contest (28:00), Klay Thompson in the 3-point contest (34:00), and Tim Hardaway Sr.'s LGBT advocacy (38:00).

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The Ringer's Chris Vernon and Kevin O'Connor discuss the top 10 story lines of the NBA, including the Serge Ibaka trade (5:00), Kevin Love's injury (10:00), Mike Budenholzer backing Paul Millsap (14:00), Nikola Jokic's breakout performance (22:15), LaMarcus Aldridge's All-Star snub (34:00), the newly coined NBA G-League (41:00), and 'John Wick 2' (44:00).

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The Ringer's Chris Vernon sat down on Tuesday, February 7, with Phoenix Suns forward Jared Dudley to discuss his early years in the league (02:00), adjusting his game to play with Steve Nash (04:50), a different vibe with the Clippers (10:40), moving to Milwaukee (16:40), the young stars on the Phoenix roster today (32:30), the difference between stars and superstars (38:15), learning he was traded on Twitter (48:30), and the most ridiculous purchase he saw a teammate make (50:20).

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The Ringer's Chris Vernon and Kevin O'Connor discuss Monday night's epic showdown between Cleveland and Washington (01:25), DeMarcus Cousins's likely suspension (11:55), the Jahlil Okafor trade rumors (19:55), and the past, present, and future of the Phoenix Suns (29:10).

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The Ringer's Chris Vernon and Kevin O'Connor discuss Markelle Fultz's potential to be the no. 1 overall pick (5:00), Lakers vs. Sixers tanking strategy (15:00), LeBron's open tryouts for the Cavs (26:00), the return of Dion Waiters (34:00), and their best personal NBA Twitter stories (39:00).

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Ep. 68: Stu Jackson

Feb 2nd, 201724:40

The Ringer's Chris Vernon is joined by former NBA executive vice president and current NBA TV analyst Stu Jackson to discuss his induction into the Pac-12 Men's Basketball Hall of Honor (5:00), Rick Pitino pioneering the 3-point shot (8:00), quality control of NBA gameplay (13:00), and whether he would have suspended Draymond Green in the Finals (18:00).

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The Ringer's Chris Vernon is joined by USA Today's Sam Amick to discuss LeBron putting haters on blast (5:00), LeBron's business relationship with the Cavs (11:00), the Cavs' free-agent workout (15:00), Charles Barkley's status as a beloved figure (21:00), the biggest threat in the East (27:00), and the immigration executive order's impact on the NBA (33:00).

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The Ringer's Chris Vernon is joined by Zach Harper of FanRag Sports to discuss the All-Star lineups (2:05), Rajon Rondo and the Bulls (13:33), and the Knicks' continuing Carmelo Anthony saga (22:13).

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The Ringer's Chris Vernon is joined by The Vertical's Chris Mannix to discuss the trade rumors around Carmelo Anthony (5:00), possible destinations for Melo (10:00), the Cavs' lack of depth (15:00), Brett Brown's positive outlook (22:00), the Sixers' bright future (28:00), and Danny Ainge's many assets (33:00).

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Ep. 64: A Bizarre Night in the NBA

Jan 24th, 201742:33

The Ringer's Chris Vernon and Kevin O'Connor discuss a weird evening in the NBA (0:55), Kevin's Isaiah Thomas interview (12:45), and whether or not acquiring Carmelo Anthony could put the Celtics above the Cavs (29:36).

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The Ringer's Kevin O'Connor is joined by Celtics guard Isaiah Thomas to discuss about his stellar 2016 (00:24), improving his step-back jumper (02:47), his thoughts during the draft (10:35), and what he learned from Kevin Garnett (15:28).

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The Ringer's Chris Vernon and Shea Serrano discuss Russell Westbrook's stare during warm-ups (2:40), Zaza Pachulia's flagrant foul (4:55), the surging 76ers (11:19), five non-obvious guys whom Shea loves (15:10), and the 'White Men Can't Jump' reboot (29:45).

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The Ringer's Chris Vernon and Kevin O'Connor discuss the Warriors' drubbing of the Cavs (5:00), LeBron's flopping (8:00), Melo's trade options (12:00), the improving Wizards (19:00), Buddy Hield's defense (25:00), All-Star ballots (28:00), Wade-Melo legacy picks (35:00), and League Pass problems (40:00).

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Ep. 60: Adrian Wojnarowski

Jan 13th, 20171:00:08

The Ringer's Chris Vernon is joined by The Vertical's Adrian Wojnarowski to discuss Mark Cuban's relationship with NBA referees (5:00), D-Rose's absence (16:00), potential trades on the horizon (24:00), LeBron's Eastern Conference dominance (32:00), Ice Cube's 3-on-3 basketball league (38:00), Adam Silver's open-door policy (42:00), and the origin of the "Woj Bomb" (46:00).

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The Ringer's Chris Vernon and Jason Concepcion discuss the Knicks' demoralizing loss in Philly (5:00), Carmelo Anthony's no-trade clause (12:00), Ron Baker's children's book (16:00), Mason Plumlee's triple-double pursuit (23:00), Bucks vs. T'Wolves for the hipster belt (34:00), Giannis Antetokounmpo's stardom (39:00), Joel Embiid's rookie season (42:00), and Chandler Parsons's virgin status (45:00).

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Ep. 58: One-on-One With Joel Embiid

Jan 10th, 201712:42

The Ringer's Kevin O'Connor is joined by Sixers forward and Rookie of the Year candidate Joel Embiid to discuss his nickname, the return of the big man in basketball, his desire to play point guard, and his strong social media presence.

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The Ringer's Chris Vernon and Kevin O'Connor discuss MIA Derrick Rose (5:00), what's next for the Knicks (15:00), moving Paul Millsap (23:00), C.J. McCollum trade talk (28:00), Joel Embiid at point guard (36:00), and Steph Curry's cameo on 'Family Guy' (42:00).

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The Ringer’s Chris Vernon is joined by Tim Bontemps of The Washington Post to discuss the huge trade that brought Kyle Korver to the Cavs (0:50) and possible other moves before the deadline (4:15). They also discuss the MVP race (19:45) and voting for the All-Star Game (27:20).

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Ep. 55: Jimmy Goldstein

Jan 6th, 201750:28

The Ringer's Chris Vernon is joined by NBA superfan James Goldstein to discuss pioneering NBA fandom (3:00), growing up a Milwaukee Hawks fan (6:00), Goldstein's rivalry with Kobe (10:00), his love for Dominique Wilkins (13:00), Clippers fandom (16:00), Durant signing with the Warriors (20:00), potential NBA rules changes (24:00), the history of the Lakers (31:00), almost buying the Bucks (39:00), hosting Rihanna's birthday party (42:00), and the Ray Allen shot in 2013 (45:00).

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The Ringer's Chris Vernon and Kevin O'Connor discuss the Rockets' rise in the Western Conference (5:00), Eric Gordon's all-star candidacy (12:00), potential teams to challenge the Cavs and Warriors (19:00), superstar trade scenarios (26:00), the glut of good point guards (31:00), the MVP race between James Harden and Russell Westbrook (38:00), and coaches on the chopping block heading into 2017 (44:00).

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Ep. 53: Corey Brewer

Dec 23rd, 201639:52

The Ringer's Chris Vernon is joined by Houston Rockets forward Corey Brewer to discuss his transition from back-to-back national championships to bottom of the NBA (4:00), running "the octagon" with the Timberwolves (8:00), returning to Minnesota (12:00), the Rockets' hangover last season (17:00), advice for his younger NBA self (25:00), the best trash talkers in basketball (30:30), Kawhi Leonard's potential with the Spurs (34:00), and his farming abilities at home (38:00).

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The Ringer's Chris Vernon and Kevin O'Connor discuss Blake Griffin's durability and decreasing dunk numbers (6:00), Nerlens Noel vs. Jahlil Okafor (15:00), and Cheick Diallo's surprising rookie season (23:00). Then, Chris and Kevin draft their top-five Christmas wishes for the rest of the NBA season.

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The Ringer's Chris Vernon is joined by The Washington Post's Tim Bontemps to discuss who gets credit for the new CBA (5:00), the details on designated veteran player contracts (12:00), the new max contract (19:00), the addition of two extra roster spots (30:00), the unchanged one-and-done rule (39:00), and Chris Paul and LeBron's final max contracts (42:00).

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The Ringer's Chris Vernon and Kevin O'Connor discuss the foundation of footwork (6:00), the Daryl Morey effect on offense (10:00), James Harden's greatest skill (20:00), potential first-time All-Stars (25:00), Grizzlies-Warriors (35:00), and the highest-scoring game in NBA history (44:00).

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The Ringer's Chris Vernon is joined by Trey Kerby of NBA TV to discuss Wednesday night's Warriors-Clippers game (3:13), the Cavs humiliating the Knicks (13:58), Tom Thibodeau's struggles in Minnesota (28:58), and the success of 'The Starters' (34:48).

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The Ringer's Chris Vernon and Kevin O'Connor celebrate the first quarter of the NBA season by handing out awards, including MVP (17:00), then they talk Joel Embiid's Rookie of the Year bid (25:00), Gregg Popovich vs. Quin Snyder for Coach of the Year (28:00), the plethora of Most Improved options (34:00), and whether anyone can top Klay Thompson's 60-point explosion (40:00).

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The Ringer's Chris Vernon and Yahoo Sports senior NBA writer Chris Mannix discuss the state of the MVP race (5:00), Sean Kilpatrick's breakout game (12:00), the Clippers-Nets fiasco (16:00), the Celtics' struggling defense (24:00), the impressive Pistons backcourt (28:00), and the best plan for the Grizzlies post-Mike Conley injury (32:00).

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The Ringer's Chris Vernon and Kevin O'Connor discuss Russell Westbrook's triple-double standard (5:00), decide which teams are out of the playoff picture in each conference (15:00), pick three guys who are better than their stats suggest (22:30), and break down Kevin Love vs. Klay Thompson(38:00).

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The Ringer's Chris Vernon and Kevin O'Connor discuss Giannis Antetokounmpo's historic statistical feat (6:00), tanking advice for the Kings (14:00), Mark Cuban vs. Chandler Parsons (19:00), Kawhi Leonard's improved shooting (31:00), Evan Turner's poor start in Portland (40:00), and the expected changes in the upcoming CBA (44:00).

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The Ringer's Chris Vernon is joined by USA Today's Sam Amick to discuss Marc Gasol's Conor McGregor dance (6:00), the Clippers' "strength in numbers" model (12:00), Klay Thompson's numbers returning to normal (16:00), the D.C. catastrophe (20:00), the impact of a Boogie trade on Kings fans (28:00), and Phil Jackson's "posse" comment (37:00).

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The Ringer's Chris Vernon and Kevin O'Connor discuss overarching themes and intriguing developments 10 games into the season, including the Clippers' bench play (5:00), the issue with high-usage players (12:00), Luke Walton's Lakers (18:00), Willie Cauley-Stein's trade value (22:00), Malcolm Brogdon's impressive rookie season (33:00), DeMar DeRozan's improved scoring (38:00), and the Timberwolves' surprisingly good offense (42:00).

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The Ringer's Chris Vernon welcomes Tim Bontemps of The Washington Post to discuss Stan Van Gundy's rant, God Shammgod's influence on Harrison Barnes (4:42), the toughest competition for the Warriors in the West (11:40), and five teams that need to worry (25:14).

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The Ringer's Chris Vernon is joined by the Denver Nuggets' Mike Miller to discuss what it's like to be a veteran on a young team, joining LeBron James and the Heat (7:50), his days as a Cav (17:05), and his future in basketball (28:15).

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Ep. 40: KD vs. Westbrook

Nov 3rd, 201639:42

Chris Vernon welcomes Shea Serrano to discuss tonight's meeting between the Warriors and the Thunder, bench celebrations (31:10), and Shea's experience going away to college (35:20).

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Juliet Litman welcomes Michael D. Ratner to the show to discuss his new mockumentary series 'The 5th Quarter’ (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I9ch7TuWRbo). Then they speak with a few stars from the show — the Lakers’ Metta World Peace (5:54), Courtney Lee of the Knicks (22:46), and the Grizzlies’ Chandler Parsons (32:28) — to talk about their experiences in front of the camera.

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The Ringer's Chris Vernon brings on NBA writer Zach Harper to run through the early-season story lines and determine if Russell Westbrook's ridiculous tear will continue (6:00), if Anthony Davis can continue to score 50-plus and still lose (15:00), if the Sixers are better than the Magic (20:00), if the Bulls are for real (25:00), if the Warriors are taking a step back (35:00), and if Kawhi Leonard can become a top-three player in the Association (40:00).

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Chris Vernon and Jonathan Tjarks discuss the Warriors loss, the weird Grizzlies win over the Timberwolves (8:52), monster numbers from Anthony Davis (25:32), and the Lakers' new life without Kobe (35:35).

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The Ringer's Chris Vernon and Kevin O'Connor celebrate the kickoff of the NBA season by selecting their top storyline for all thirty teams. Topics include: the Warriors' dominance (4:00), Doc Rivers's need for creativity (6:00), Boogie's ideal coach (10:00), What is Harrison Barnes? (13:00), Anthony Davis's eliteness (19:30), Emmanuel Mudiay's leap (22:00), Oladipo's scoring ability (26:00), How good is Dante Exum? (30:00), Danny Ainge's many assets (33:00), Sixers potential with Embiid and Saric (37:00), LeBron as an underdog (44:00), Drummond's defensive struggles (46:00), Kemba Walker's shooting clip (51:00), Winslow's opportunity in Miami (54:00), and Brad Beal’s massive contract (57:00).

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The Ringer's Chris Vernon is joined by former ESPN analytics guru and current Memphis Grizzlies vice president of basketball operations John Hollinger to discuss developing his formula for PER (8:00), working for a franchise vs. covering a franchise (21:00), the importance of making smart personnel decisions (30:00), and the upside of the Grizzlies this season (38:00).

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The Ringer's Chris Vernon is joined by Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey to discuss the growth of analytics in sports (6:00), handling criticism of team chemistry (14:00), his beef with Charles Barkley (18:00), the additions of Eric Gordon and Ryan Anderson (26:00), and potential NBA rule changes to increase pace of play (30:00).

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The Ringer's Chris Vernon and Jason Concepcion discuss why the Timberwolves are the top hipster team this season (6:00), Chandler Parsons's Instagram (11:00), the longest-tenured players on one franchise (15:00), the promising Bucks (22:00), Devin Booker's trash talk (26:00), Boogie's playoff chances (36:00), Embiid's media availability (40:00), and Dwight Howard's smile (44:00).

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The Ringer's Chris Vernon brings on Washington Post national NBA writer Tim Bontemps to discuss the new-look Warriors (6:00), Steph Curry taking a backseat to Kevin Durant (12:00), who's the second-best team in the West (18:00), the NBA's need to avoid work stoppage (23:00), why the Knicks will be horrible this season (30:55), the health of the Grizzlies (36:00), and the best League Pass team this season (40:00).

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The Ringer's Chris Vernon is joined by the godfather of grassroots basketball and former sports marketing executive for Nike and Adidas, Sonny Vaccaro, to discuss betting his job with Nike on signing Michael Jordan (6:00), the first time Kobe showed his true skill (10:00), T-Mac's unknownness (14:00), Adidas missing out on LeBron (17:30), Under Armour's luck with Curry (28:00), Dwight Howard vs. Al Horford (36:00), and the Knicks' playoff potential (41:00).

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The Ringer's Chris Vernon makes his hosting debut with help from Kevin O'Connor to discuss Ben Simmons's injury (8:25) and the "buzzard's luck" of the Sixers. Then, the duo play a game of 'Three Things We Feel Alone in Feeling' (15:35) and make bold declarations about the upcoming NBA season.

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HBO and The Ringer's Bill Simmons is joined by the head coach of the Boston Celtics, "The President" Brad Stevens, to discuss coaching in the NBA vs. college (5:00), Brandan Wright's time with the Celtics (16:50), Marcus Smart's career arc (22:00), success against the Warriors (29:30), the efforts to recruit Kevin Durant and Al Horford in free agency (34:00), potential NBA rule changes (41:00), picking the brains of Popovich and Belichick (52:20), and the 3-point shot's impact on positionless basketball.

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The Ringer's Tate Frazier and Jonathan Tjarks discuss the upcoming Olympic basketball knockout round, the expectations for Team USA, which team is the biggest dark horse, the standout stars from Rio, and Coach K's final farewell.

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The Ringer's Chris Ryan and Juliet Litman discuss Team USA's eventful summer in Rio and LeBron's back-to-back European travel schedule. Then, Tate Frazier joins to lament Kyrie Irving's inability to lose lately.

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The Ringer’s Tate Frazier and Roy Hibbert discuss the two-time NBA All-Star’s low-key offseason, his favorite Kobe Bryant farewell tour tales, the superteam Hibbert would construct to defeat the Warriors, and his favorite television shows.

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HBO and The Ringer's Bill Simmons and Ringer executive editor Chris Ryan drop a special double-feature edition of the 'Ringer NBA Show' to discuss Russell Westbrook's options in Oklahoma City, potential trade suitors, and the best basketball fit moving forward. Then Bill and Chris pay homage to Michael Mann's 'Miami Vice' by reviewing the film's impact 10 years after its release.

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The Ringer's Tate Frazier and Jonathan Tjarks discuss Team USA, Coach K's farewell tour, the 2016 FIBA Americas U18 Championship, and the promising prospects of the 2018 NBA draft.

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The Ringer's Juliet Litman and Chris Ryan discuss the last remaining NBA free agents and where they could end up (1:00). Then Juliet gives her Cavs report, including Channing Frye's height and how Kyrie Irving's always ready for the party (7:00). Finally they talk about Team USA, including which players they'd enjoy hanging out with (15:00).

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HBO and The Ringer's Bill Simmons moonlights on today's 'Ringer NBA Show' with Ringer executive editor Chris Ryan, with each giving his hometown perspective on the Celtics and Sixers, respectively. Then they offer some broad perspective on the status of the league, including where Russell Westbrook might end up, how to make the NBA season last 12 months, and predictions for the new-look Knicks.

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The Ringer's Tate Frazier and Jonathan Tjarks recap the opening weekend of NBA summer league in Las Vegas, and discuss Brandon Ingram–Ben Simmons, Thon Maker's debut, the rise of Guerschon Yabusele, and major takeaways moving forward.

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On this week's episode, Juliet Litman and Chris Ryan discuss Kevin Durant's move to the Warriors and how players may be feeling about the change. Later, they discuss why Steph Curry and Draymond Green are like Hamilton and Burr, and what it all means for the Thunder. Finally, the two give their predictions for next season's Eastern Conference playoffs and talk Team USA.

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Ep. 19: 'Sources Say'

Jul 1st, 201629:38

On this week's episode of 'Sources Say,' Juliet Litman and Chris Ryan talk about why the Bucks could be back in business and offer their predictions on where players are headed. Later they talk about Iguodala's mistaken tweet and why they think Al Jefferson is getting overpaid.

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The Ringer's Danny Chau and Jonathan Tjarks discuss the Ibaka trade, the Celtics' future, and Thon Maker conspiracy theories.

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The Ringer's Danny Chau and Jonathan Tjarks on the international prospects projected to land in the lottery, like Dragan Bender and Timothe Luwawu, in Thursday night's draft, and on some sleepers, like Ante Zizic and Zhou Qi, who may wind up being selected later in the first round.

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Ep. 16: Game 7 Reaction

Jun 20th, 201631:44

The Ringer's Chris Ryan, Juliet Litman, and Tate Frazier discuss Game 7 of the NBA Finals, where the teams go from here, LeBron James's transcendent performance, and more.

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The Ringer's Danny Chau and Jonathan Tjarks on prospects slated to go in the top 10, and some prospects who may find themselves being selected later in the first round.

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The Ringer's Tate Frazier and 'Any Given Wednesday' writers Travon Free and Pat Barker recap the Cavaliers’ Game 5 resurgence and look forward to Game 6 in Cleveland.

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HBO and The Ringer's Bill Simmons and longtime pal Joe House on Draymond Green's suspension, Kyrie Irving's Game 4 flop, GSW's chances to close out the series, and if Andre Iguodala is the rich man's Robert Horry.

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The Ringer's Danny Chau and Jonathan Tjarks on the under-the-radar talents to target in the 2016 NBA draft.

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The Ringer's Chris Ryan, Juliet Litman, and Tate Frazier on the winners and losers from the Cavs' win over the Warriors in last night's Game 3 in Cleveland.

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The Ringer's Chris Ryan, Juliet Litman, and Tate Frazier on the implications of the Game 1 loss for the Cavs, Kyrie's "superstar" status, and potential mid-tier Team USA combinations.

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The Ringer's Tate Frazier and Chris Ryan and 'Any Given Wednesday' writer Travon Free on the NBA Finals rematch between the Golden State Warriors and the Cleveland Cavaliers. Plus, predictions for Kevin Durant's free-agent destination.

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The Ringer's Juliet Litman and Tate Frazier and 'Any Given Wednesday' writer Travon Free discuss the major talking points from the NBA conference finals heading into GSW-OKC Game 6.

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The Ringer's Chris Ryan and Juliet Litman and Sports Illustrated's Andrew Sharp talk about Kevin Durant buying in with Billy Donovan, Steph Curry's popularity (12:00), Dwight Howard's reputation restoration (16:00), Pat Riley's Machiavellian moves (20:00), the Bucks vs. the Timberwolves (28:00), and candidates for the 76ers’ top pick.

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Ep. 6: NBA Draft Lottery

May 18th, 201625:52

The Ringer's Danny Chau and Jonathan Tjarks on whether there's a 76ers conspiracy, who should be the no. 1 overall pick, and whom Boston should take at no. 3.

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Ep. 5: What's Up With the Magic???

May 12th, 201617:15

Quick pod: Bill Simmons and Ringer staff writer Kevin Clark (the world's only living Orlando Magic fan) discuss Scott Skiles's abrupt resignation and the Magic's always-confusing future.

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HBO and The Ringer's Bill Simmons grabs Joe House to discuss Curry's historic return against the Blazers, Thompson's two-way dominance (11:00), KD's alpha dog status (18:00), Kanter as the Spurs' kryptonite (25:00), and predictions for Thunder-Spurs tonight (31:00).

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HBO and The Ringer's Bill Simmons grabs Tate Frazier on a Friday morning to figure out who's winning OKC-Spurs, whether Kyrie's latest hot streak is legit, why Atlanta and Toronto's backcourt are sputtering, how to beat the Curry-less Warriors, and whether Warriors-Cavs is just plain inevitable.

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Chris and Juliet break down a slew of happenings around the NBA, including Larry Bird's tough love, Harden's solo bus, Lowry's struggles (10:00), Drake's basketball fandom (14:00), Dwight's next stop (28:00), the new-look Lakers (32:00), Durant's situational height (35:00), and a return to Waiters Island (40:00)!

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HBO and The Ringer's Bill Simmons launches an all-NBA-everything feed for the Ringer podcast network. In Episode 1, Bleacher Report's Howard Beck joins Bill to discuss the ongoing struggles of New York's two teams, Phil Jackson's future (16:00), Griffin-Melo trade options (23:00), a Lopez reunion in Brooklyn (34:00), the dysfunctional Clippers (38:00), CP3's prime window (46:00), the 2016 playoff picture, Westbrook's Round 2 ceiling, and Cleveland's upset potential (54:00).

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